I finished this book a few weeks ago and keep meaning to do a 'review'. I find it really helps me to think through what I've learned in a book, if I 'talk it out'.
It's a fascinating book! It was first published in 1993. I read the 4th edition, written in 1997. Not sure why they had 4 editions in 4 years.
It was written by a dentist and endondist (root canal specialist), George Meinig, and written for the purpose of exposing root canals problems to both patients and dentists. While it did get technical at times, it was overall, a very easy book to follow and very enlightening.
Hid 'credentials' and history were impressive. Meinig taught dentists how to perform root canals for 20+ years. He was one of the 19 founding members of the 'American Association of Endodontists', and performed thousands of root canals himself. He also worked for 20 years as a director of the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. He did believe in overall nutritional health for caring for one's teeth. But he also believed that saving dead teeth was important, and so root canals were the best option if proper nutrition had not been able to save a tooth.
That all changed when he somewhat inadvertently got a hold of, and eventually read, a copy of Dr. Weston Price's books 'Dental Infection, Oral and Systemic' and 'Dental Infections and the Degenerative Diseases'. A total of 1174 pages, weighing 9 pounds! No wonder it took him awhile to actually get to reading it. :) It came to his attention because of another Dentist named Hal Huggins, whose books I really want to read also (One on mercury fillings and how it causes degenerative diseases, and a second one on overall dental care and how it affects your health). He looks like an amazing dentist, check out his website.
After Meinig read Price's work, he felt compelled to 'buck the system' and get the truth into the public's hands. 'The purpose of writing a book about this subject, was to alert people everywhere about the extensive and meticulous 25 years research program of Dr. Weston A. Price, and how the discoveries he made rank right up there with the greatest medical discoveries of all time. "
Dr. Price's own son had died of an infected root canal (not mentioned in this book. I read it on the WAPF site). Which caused him to do a lot more research on root canals, as they were becoming routine when he was practicing dentistry. He found that many patients who had degenerative diseases, when a non-infected root-canaled tooth was removed, healed completely of their degenerative diseases.
One woman, whose pictures are in this book, had severe arthritis. She had developed it over the 6 years before coming to see Dr. Price and was confined to a wheelchair. When he removed a seemingly uninfected tooth that had a root canal under it, she was healed even to the point of being able to do needlework and walk with no assistance. Dr. Price, being the genius that he was, decided to implant the infected tooth under the skin of a rabbit. Within 2 days, the rabbit developed the same symptoms as the woman, and died 8 days later. He continued doing other such experiments for the next 25 years.
Now all dentists know that infected teeth, gums, canals, etc, can cause major physical damage, including degenerative diseases. But they assumed (and still do) that once the canal was filled, the tooth could no longer cause any of those issues. They assumed that any bacteria in the tooth would be killed, due to a lack of blood and oxygen.
However, Mr. Price assumed, and eventually proved, that that was not the case. What he found (and has since been proven with stronger microscopes then were available in his time) was that the tooth has 3 miles of tubules (each tooth!) that have various bacteria living in them. Rather then dying after a root canal, the bacteria (mostly streptococcus-fecalis) mutate from being aerobic (needing air) to anaerobic bacteria. And they also create a toxic substance that can go through the tubules, dentin and enamel and into the bloodstream. They (the bacteria and the toxins) then go through the bloodstream and they usually pick a 'host' to which they attach and cause it to degenerate over time. If the person has a strong immune system, it can fight them, but as soon as stress or some sort of immune problem arises, the bacteria become stronger and cause severe degeneration.
This is VERY simple of course. But that is about the level I can understand it. :) If you want to learn more, I would highly suggest reading the book.
Weston Price used over 500 rabbits a year for 25 years and continually proved the same thing. Not every instance of degenerative disease was healed by taking out seemingly innocuous root canals, but many did. And like Meinig said, it's cheaper and easier to start there, when looking for healing from a disease. People are willing to have invasive sugeries of all types, but why not start with the root canals and diet?
Meinig still thinks that keeping a tooth is important (for mastication and jaw structure), but new research needs to be done to see about actually sterilizing root canals and their tubules.
I do not have any root canals, but my husband has two. And I hope to be able to have the teeth removed (most of them have broken off already) and the filling from the roots removed as well. I still need to research and decide on specific tooth care for me and my family. I want to buy some tooth powder that I've heard a lot about. I also want to get us rinsing daily with salt water and Drew and I to oil pull daily. Right now I use my own tooth paste powder, but I'm not sure it's great (not bad, just not real helpful either). And the kids don't do anything at all.
I still need to read up on dental health. But this was a great place to start!
This is a part of Real Food Wednesday and Fight Back Friday.