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Root Canals – Facts vs. Fictions

If one of your teeth begins to hurt, your dentist may suggest that you have a “root canal.”  This is accomplished by drilling a hole on the top of your tooth, inserting an auger, and ripping out the artery and nerve.  The root canal area is cleaned, sterilized, and disinfected. Then the inside of the tooth is filled, and the hole is typically sealed with a crown. Each year, millions of root canals are done with an apparent success rate of over 90%. In other words, there is no pain, and the X-rays indicate that the tooth has been “healed.” Unfortunately, this masks a problem which can still be occurring.

You see, there are over 3 miles of tubules (tiny channels) in every tooth, and only an insane (or delusional) dentist would claim to be able to clean or sterilize 100% of the 3 miles of tubules. This then leaves areas of necrotic (dead) tissue in the tooth to continue decomposing and being infected. Our immune system’s white blood cells don’t travel into tubules nor do antibiotics filter into these areas. Thus, the tubules become a “safe haven” for microbes (viruses, yeasts, fungi, molds, bacteria, etc).  And since the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and living tissue inside the tooth have been removed, it is now dead.

If you went to the doctor and told him that your appendix hurts and he told you that he was going to cut the nerve to the appendix so you won’t feel the pain and then rip the artery off the appendix so it will die, I think you would probably find another doctor. To my knowledge, dentists are the only physicians that purposely leave *DEAD* tissue in the body.  Dentist Frank Jerome stated: “The idea of keeping a dead, infected organ in the body is only thought to be a good idea by dentists. A root canal-treated tooth always negatively affects your immune system.”  Using the example above, if your appendix dies and you don’t remove it, you will die from peritonitis.  The medical fact is this: ALL DEAD TISSUE GETS INFECTED.

In the image below, you can see a study published in the Endodontists Journal.  (Endodontists are root canal specialists.) In the study, they took people that were going to have wisdom teeth removed and performed a root canal on one side and then removed both wisdom teeth in three months.  As you can see, the tooth that didn’t have anything done had only 1.1% of the tubules infected (i.e. 98.9% healthy).  However, the tooth that had a root canal three months earlier had 39% of the tubules infected and only 61% healthy.

Way back in the 1920’s, Dr. Weston A. Price performed experiments which at first were hailed by the American Dental Association, but which were later ignored. Dr. Price suspected that bacterial infection accompanied many degenerative diseases, and he suspected that these infections arose from the teeth. He decided to implant an extracted root-filled tooth under the skin of an animal. He found that by implanting the root-filled tooth, the disease of the patient was transferred to animals. Whatever disease the patient had, the animal with the extracted tooth under its skin developed the same disease as the patient. He also observed that when root-filled teeth were taken out using correct techniques then a variety of health problems improved, from arthritis to kidney problems to cancer. This was done with hundreds of patients.

What Dr. Price reported and what he found with the tests which involved some 5,000 animals over the 25-year period was that “root canal teeth,” no matter how good they looked, or how free they were from symptoms, always remained infected. Dr. Price documented his findings in two monumental volumes entitled Dental Infections Oral & Systemic and Dental Infections and the Degenerative Diseases.  Not surprisingly, the books were effectively suppressed for 50 years until Dr. George Meinig, a retired endodontist discovered these books and republished a shortened version of these books called Root Canal Cover-up.  Meinig, who actually invented the root canal procedure, spent the last years of his career trying to get dentists to stop doing the procedure which he invented.

Obviously, many people appear to be able to handle root canals with no ill effects. The problem is that we have no way of knowing if or when our toxic threshold will be reached or how much it will damage the immune system.  Without question, root canals are a burden to our bodies, and especially to our immune systems. When our immune systems are at a low point, the microorganisms or toxins produced by the bacteria more readily move toward a target organ in the body based on acupuncture meridians. If you are healthy and strong, the better the odds that the toxins from the root canal will be quarantined and not have a systemic effect. Based on my research, the safest action is extraction of the tooth.

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27 Responses to “Root Canals – Facts vs. Fictions”

    • Kathy says:

      I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. I did not want to do radiation so I went to Mexico for alternative treatment after my lumpectomy. There I was told to have any root canals removed. I had been a dental assistant for 20 years and also had a root canal of 30 years that looked fine on the exray and never a problem. This February I had the upper right molar removed (my cancer was on the left breast which coorilates with the Chinese tooth meridian). The tooth was indeed very infected. The dentist said this could have caused my health problem!

      • Steve says:

        Doctors are ignorant. Everyone in the country should have their root canals removed. This should be told to everyone. But without control of the media there is no way to tell people. The Internet is such a slow process

      • Tim says:

        Hi,
        Can you email me the contact information on the dentist that you used to extract your root canal tooth? Did this dentist use the “Huggins Protocol” for your root canal tooth removal?

        Thank you,

        Tim

    • Abigail says:

      if your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, etc…. what other options are there? what do you doto stop the pain and take care of any infection?

    • Meris says:

      Recently, I was hospitalized with a serious infection and inflammation (osteomyelitis) cause by a tooth which had had root canal work. I escaped an operation, but was prescribed intravenous and then oral antibiotics over a long period. Until the “dead” tooth was extracted, I experienced terrible, uncontrollable pain. After 5 months, the loss of sensation in the lower part of my jaw is still there and may never return, creating an uncomfortable sensation. The dentist who did the root canal work was judged “negligent” by members of the profession. If root canal work is done, all dentists should warn patients of possible complications and survey the tooth closely after the work is done.

  1. Brenda says:

    Thank you for your articles .

  2. Rona says:

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  3. Sharon MacGregor says:

    I have a tooth abscess, but no dental insurance right now, and a root canal OR extraction is expensive – so I was doing research online and found info on “oil pulling” for dental health. I started trying it. Not only is abscess better, but my teeth have gotten whiter, too. I figured I’d try it since it’s a natural remedy..so far it’s worked! If anyone wants more info, http://oilpulling.com or you can just google “oil pulling for tooth abscess” and lots of info comes up.

  4. Ashley Hannan says:

    Thank you for this useful information. What people also don’t know is that prophylactic wisdom tooth removal is unnecessary and harmful.

  5. Smithy says:

    Dentistry is in the dark ages. Why can’t dental researchers clone and grow teeth with stem cells, or fill teeth with biocompatible materials close to the natural components of teeth?
    Drill and fill is all they know. And the new filling materials are plastic.

    • TM says:

      I know this post is old but I need to reply. I’m a dental hygienist and what you say is true. Not only is dentistry in the dark ages….it is different based on the skill of each dentist. True cosmetic dentistry is an art that FEW can actually do well. The rest will do no better than putting a band aid on the situation….one that eventually will wear off or cause furthered problems. Research on restorations and hygiene is badly needed. Sadly, every dental convention and continuing education course I take is redundant information with nothing new since the day I entered hygiene school. I could go on and on with what is wrong with dentistry. I just pray and hope that some day we will have a break thru in our diagnosis and treatment in dentistry.

  6. Anony says:

    Look up this guy: your teeth can and do heal themselves:
    Ramiel Nagel

  7. brian says:

    Check out biocalex or calcium oxide. It’s more biocompatible as a root canal filler than gutta percha.
    http://www.life-enthusiast.com/root-canal-cover-up-a-1058.html

    Extracting teeth is expensive in the long run and can make things complicated. Bridges require carving out adjacent teeth, implants are expensive, and dentures wear out jaw bones.

    The best dental materials are dentin, enamel, and root.

  8. Ben Stephens says:

    I have run across a site that addresses the “experts” Dr. Huggins and Dr. Price.

    Apparently Huggins had his license taken away, was found guilty of deceptive practices, and all cancer centers regard him as a quack.

    Dr. Price lived 100 years ago and his studies were pretty poorly done. Even wikipedia states he did not have properly designed studies, no control groups and exhibited considerable experimental bias.

    See for yourself. I would be very wary of listening to these guys. Get them pulled if they cannot be saved. If you need a root canal, see a specialist for the greatest chance for success.

    Ben

    http://www.rootcanaltruth.com

    • Mark says:

      Typically a root canal procedure will attempt to treat 1 to 5 roots on a tooth. However there are MANY accessory canals – dozens in fact, which greatly complicates the issue even if you “see a specialist”. From Wikipedia: “…this lateral component may represent a relatively large volume, which challenges the cleaning phase of the instrumentation procedure in that tissue remnants of the vital or necrotic pulp as well as infectious elements are not easily removed in these areas. Thus, the image of root canals having a smooth, conical shape is generally too idealistic and underestimates the limited reach of root canal instrumentation.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_canal). In other words, this is not a straightforward treatment, the complexity of which is underestimated. There are recent studies that back up Western Price’s original findings that EVERY root canal filled tooth inevitably becomes infected with bacteria. See http://www.westonaprice.org/dentistry/root-canal-dangers for example. A word to anyone considering this treatment: do your OWN research – reading multiple sources – and question the validity of each source.

      • Nemosan says:

        Oh, and it would really behoove people to do REAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH on Dr. Weston Price. Dr. Huggins or DR. Mercola Etc.

        I was stuck in the LYME DISEASE world for a lot of years…

        …if you know what I mean.

        The internet is really destroying the truth. The funny part is that everyone thinks the opposite while it’s happening!

        Sad but true.

    • Nemosan says:

      Thanks.

    • Nemosan says:

      Ben,

      Thanks for the site on Root Canal truth.

      I spent over 8 years and $80K of my own money to get myself better from a long term health issue.

      As a result, I have a much more skeptical mind of BOTH SIDES of medicine.

      I was misdiagnosed for years with

      SINUSITIS
      Bi-Lateral Mastoiditis
      Heavy Metal Toxicity
      Lyme Disease
      Chronic Fatigue
      You name it.

      I did everything.

      Eventually I ended up getting well in about 2 months. Though there was years of work involved.

      No diet.
      No detoxing.
      No vitamins.
      No Herbs.
      Nothing.

      Just words.

      I owe Dr. John Sarno (and a few others) my life.

      Anyway, I need a root canal and have been back on the whirlwind of research. Reminds me of the old days. HA!

      Good I can laugh about it now…

      If you have not read it. Check out Dr. Michael Shermers book

      THE BELIEVING BRAIN

      Reminds me of all this internet misinformation on BOTH SIDES of the medical isle.

      Anyway, thanks for the root canal site.

      I’m going to the endo next week.

      Hope my root canal lasts 30+ years like many people I know.

      If I have to alt to an implant later, I’m ok with it.

      Emotion trumps Diet and Biochemistry everytime.

  9. hugs says:

    What is the alternative when a dentist tells you that you need a root canal?

  10. Elisa Lang says:

    Does anyone have any information on how to naturally heal pockets in the gums? THANKS

    • TM says:

      There are three groups I’d put reasoning for pockets in your gums. First, your over health….a hidden immune issue, etc may be revealing itself in your mouth. If your absolutely confident in your brushing habits and technique and still have perio….thus could be your cause. Seek a medical docyor first. Second, your occlusion and morphology may be to blame. If you don’t have straight teeth and have large spacing or some arrangement of teeth that allow food to get stuck in certain spots….this can cause pocketing. Your only help here is to get braces, fix a bad crown, and brush/floss/irrigate after every meal. Third, it could be you just suck at brushing! Allowing all the crap we consume to grow bacteria and sit in one spot forms pockets. This I found to be the most prevelant reasoning….one that people need to own up to. A good cleaning by a hygienist is needed to fix this one and a significant change on your part to fix your hygiene habits. There are many natural methods to heal gums….after the “crap” is physically removed that harbors continuing bacteria. Oils like cloves, peroxide, betadine, and simply salt water are excellent at nourishing gum tissue. But to get the medicinal to go below into the pocket is best accomplished using an irrigation device found at many general stores.

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