Already around the turn of this century, Price studied a hidden phenomenon that probably also has great significance for our public health – which is common root canal fillings during dental repairs. What the dentist does during a root canal procedure, is to drill the pulp in the tooth’s root and fill it with gutta-percha.
Price had been treating infected root canals for some time when became suspicious after he found that this type of root canal remained infected despite being treated. The infections stubbornly returned. One day he recommended a female patient, who had an infected root canal, to have the tooth extracted. The woman, who had severe arthritis, had been confined to a wheelchair for six years.
The female patient agreed to the recommendation. After being freed from her poisoned tooth, she quickly recovered from her arthritis and was able to walk again without even needing to use a cane. The poisoned tooth was transplanted under the skin of a rabbit, that immediately developed the same disabling arthritis – and died ten days later. This was the wake-up call that made Price continue his research.
Price stated that it was, and is, mechanically impossible to sterilize a root-filled tooth, something that I myself experienced a few years ago with three root canals of my own. My dentist struggled with them for a few years and finally gave up and made the decision to pull out the teeth.
So, Price continued his research and believed he could prove that many chronic degenerative conditions derive from infected root canals. Most common are cardiovascular problems. His research results have been buried for 70 years, until they were finally unearthed by endocrinologist Dr. George Meinig who realized the importance of his work. In June 1993 he published the book Root Canal Cover-Up.
Root canals cause a number of diseases
Inside the hard interior of the teeth is a pulp canal with a soft, living internal structure containing blood vessels and nerves. Surrounding the pulp is dentin, which consists of living cells that secrete hard minerals which build up the actual tooth. On the outside of the dentine layer is the hardest enamel. The tooth’s dentin is pierced by a mass of extremely fine channels through which microscopic organisms can move. When the tooth is root-filled with gutta-percha, the blood supply to the tooth is cut off so that liquid can no longer circulate in the canals that remain. This means that the tooth dies, and bacteria can hide there – without being reached by antibiotics or the body’s immune system via the blood supply.
Under the influence of oxygen and lack of nutrition, these previously harmless organisms transform into stronger and more malignant anaerobes that produce a spectrum of potent toxins. What originally is normal friendly oral bacteria, mutate into highly toxic pathogens – hiding in the tiny canals of the dead tooth and waiting for an opportunity to spread outside the tooth.
No sterilizing agent has proven effective in attempting to reach into these fine canals, which is why almost every root-filled tooth on analysis has been found to be colonized by these pathogenic bacteria. Many times, the infection extends down into the jawbone where it creates cavities with dead infected tissue in the jawbone itself. This means that removing a dead infected tooth is no guarantee that the pathogenic bacteria will be removed, since they can remain in cavities in the jawbone. According to Price’s record of 5,000 documented surgical debridement’s of such cavities, only two were found to have healed.
All of these can occur with few if any follow-up symptoms. You can have a permanent dead tooth without knowing it. This focal infection in the area around a root-filled tooth is bad enough, but the damage it can cause doesn’t stop there. For my own part, I discovered my infected root fillings by leaking everywhere in the oral cavity through persistent blisters on the gums which eventually burst.
As long as the body’s immune system is strong enough, any bacteria that leaves the infected tooth will be captured and destroyed. However, as soon as the immune system is weakened for any reason by an accident, illness or other trauma, the immune system can lose the ability to keep the infection under control.
The bacteria can migrate into surrounding tissues and enter the bloodstream, through which they can move to new places in the body and get stuck. The new place can be any organ, gland, or tissue. Reports of heart infections attributable to root canals are common.
As in the example mentioned, Price implanted infected tooth tissue in rabbits. He found that root fragments from an infected tooth from a person who had a heart attack, transplanted into a rabbit, also caused a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks. Price discovered that he could transfer heart disease to rabbits 100% of the time. Other diseases were more than 80% transmissible using the same method.
Almost all chronic degenerative diseases can be linked in some way to root canals, including diseases of the heart and kidneys, arthritis and rheumatism, neurological diseases such as ALS and MS, and autoimmune diseases. It is also considered that there may be a connection to cancer.
A researcher named Dr. Robert Jones, who looked at the relationship between root canals and breast cancer, claims that in a five-year study of 300 different cases, he found that 93% had root canals, 7% had other oral infections, and that in the majority of cases the tumors occurred on the same side of the body as the root canals and infections were located.
Jones believes that the toxins from the bacteria in an infected tooth or jawbone can inhibit the proteins that counteract tumor development. A Dr. Jodef Issels has reported similar results during his 40 years of treating dying cancer patients, and 97% had root canals. If these observations are correct, a cure for many cancers could be to extract root-filled teeth and rebuild the immune system.
A given question is how these mutated oral bacteria are associated with e.g., heart disease and arthritis? Many working within medical healthcare claim that the connections are a myth, but they base their assumptions on the bacteria in the diseased teeth being the same as normal oral bacteria, which does not seem to be a correct assumption according to Price’s observations.
Today, bacteria can be identified by DNA analysis whether they are alive or dead. In a continuation of Price’s research, the Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF) used DNA analysis to check root-filled teeth. They found bacterial contamination in all the samples tested, consisting of a wide range of different bacteria. They found i.e., the following types: Capnocytophagaochracea, Fusobacteriumnucleatum, Gemellamorbillorum, Leptotrichiabuccalis and Porphyromonasgingivalis. The question is, are these benign common oral bacteria? The answer is, absolutely not. Four can affect the heart, three the nervous system, two the kidneys, two the brain and one can infect the sinuses. They are thus far from harmless oral bacteria without potent pathogens.
Financial interests prevent the problem from receiving the right attention
There is no other medical treatment that allows dead tissue to remain in the body than dead root-filled teeth. The immune system does not work on dead tissue. Infection plus autoimmune rejection causes bacteria to gather around the dead tissue and bacteria are given the opportunity to enter the bloodstream every time you chew.
The American Dental Association (ADA) rejects Dr. Price’s findings and claims that root canals are safe. However, they have not been able to report any published data or current research to support their claims. The American Heart Association (AHA) is more cautious and recommends a course of antibiotics before many routine dental procedures, to prevent infection of the heart if the patient is predisposed to that type of infection. So, in other words, they acknowledge the risk of dental bacteria reaching the heart.
The dental industry frantically denies any possibility that pathogenic bacteria could hide in dead root-filled teeth, only to be released into the bloodstream and cause serious infections around the body every time we chew. Could there be another reason why so many dentists and their organizations refuse to acknowledge the risks of root canals? Yes, you can use the well-proven method to follow the money – root canal filling is the most profitable form of treatment in dentistry.
So, the conclusion being to talk to our dentists and find out if we have any dormant root filling in our mouths. If this is the case, one should probably consider pulling the tooth and instead put in a dental bridge – even if it might cost you a little.