"Doc, my tooth is killing me! I've been up all night from the pain!" What happens next in the dental chair is fairly straightforward. The severe pain seems to indicate an abscessing tooth. Usually an X-ray is taken, certain questions are asked, and perhaps certain tests are performed.
Patients often ask their holistic doctor, "Why should I buy my supplements from you? I can order them online and probably pay less."
It's a good question-and it also has a very good answer. When you order supplements from your trusted doctor, you know exactly what you are getting.
Op-Ed Hartford Courant - August 2015
Connecticut Dental Mercury Rule Imperils Patients
By CYNTHIA R. JENNINGS, MARK A. MITCHELL, MARK A. BREINER
I often say that the truth is always the truth. If I want to learn about nutrition I rely on the wisdom of the old-timers like Dr. Weston price and Dr. Royal Lee. Eventually, their approach is always vindicated.
Periodically we take a sample of a patient's plaque from underneath the gums and look at it under a microscope. There is a difference between a healthy sample and a non-healthy sample. Someone with periodontal disease is likely to have a bad slide. Usually, this condition can be reversed with good home care and visits with our hygienist. However, sometimes this infection persists.
I view a patient as analogous to an egg. There is the visible outer shell and the inner gooey substance. The shell represents physicality; it is the level of toxins, the presence of mercury fillings, root canals, etc. It is the level where we can deal with the problem in a very direct physical way. If a patient has mercury fillings, they can be removed. A broken arm can be reset and placed in a cast. Such situations are pretty straightforward and easy to fix.
In past newsletters I have discussed the health benefits of a proper pH level in our bodies and in our water.This month I want to delve deeper into the topic of pH and the role it plays in our systemic wellbeing.
I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Most importantly, I wish everyone a healthy year. Good health is an essential basis for happiness, fulfillment, and emotional well-being. With that in mind, I would like to urge everyone to pursue natural ways of healing before taking prescription drugs. There is a place for everything and sometimes a drug is necessary. If I were to have surgery, I would be grateful that there are drugs for pain. However, the chronic use of most drugs is best avoided.
In my last newsletter I promised to share with you some case studies and the results of treatment with the Sankaran method. I hope you find these interesting and that they help you to appreciate the beauty of homeopathy.
Last month I discussed my strategy of treating on two levels, the outer physical level (the level of toxins, mercury fillings, bad bite, etc.) and the inner energetic level. (For a greater understanding of this month's newsletter, please read Part One; Why Some Holistic Dentists Think I am Not Holistic). This month I want to further discuss treatment of this inner level.
Some holistic dentists and physicians believe that every root canal needs to be extracted, no exceptions. Some feel that every third molar extraction site needs to be surgically exposed. Because I do not believe this, some of these dentists believe that I am not a true-blue holistic dentist.
Have you ever heard the idiom, "To act like a canary in a coal mine?" Canaries were used in coal mines to warn the miners of the presence of dangerous methane gas. Similarly, there is an exciting new dental technology, The Canary System (TCS), which targets the detection and prevention of tooth decay. Just like the little yellow birds, this low-power laser light technology serves as an "early warning system" to identify decay.
On Thursday, March 28, the Dr. Oz television show aired a segment on Mercury Amalgam (“silver”) fillings. I would like to congratulate Dr. Oz on exposing to the public some of the dangers from mercury fillings.
Do you want to know what is one of the biggest medical frauds of all time? It is the statin drug scam! Millions are on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. We are told that the lower your cholesterol, the better it is for your heart. The drug companies are even trying to convince us that children should be placed on statin drugs!
Are you worried that you or a family member may need periodontal surgery? This month, I am continuing the topic of “The Use of Lasers in Treating Periodontal Disease.” In Part One of my interview with Connecticut periodontist, Dr. Lawrence Gelb, we covered the topic of what is periodontal disease, what are the conventional treatments for periodontal disease, and introduced the exciting advantages of using new laser technology in periodontal treatment. If you missed Part One, or would like to Review Part One, click here for last month’s newsletter.
Are you afraid of having periodontal surgery? Do you hope your gum problems will just go away? A few months ago I wrote about Conscious Sedation Dentistry, a new tool for the fearful dental patient (see A Solution for Fearful Dental Patients). Now there is an exciting advancement in periodontal surgery; it has many advantages over traditional periodontal surgery, as it represents a less painful and less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease.
From the moment your baby's first teeth erupt, they need to be cared for. At every stage of a child's growth, good oral hygiene can and should be encouraged. However, given that children's physical systems are more vital and reactive than those of adults, parents need to be especially prudent about the dental decisions they make for their children. These dental choices can have an impact for years to come.