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This year millions of Americans and their children will needlessly suffer a broad range of preventable illnesses. Less serious conditions like excessive fatigue and headaches may go unnoticed or will be incorrectly attributed to aging or stress. Thousands of individuals will develop more serious symptoms like arthritis, colitis, Alzheimer's, heart disease, infections, hypertension, thyroid imbalances, migraines, kidney damage, and even neurological problems. These people will become ill for no apparent reason.
But more often than not, there is a reason for these illnesses: their mouth. The renowned German physician, Dr. Reinhard Voll, based on more than forty years of research and observation, estimated that nearly 80% of all illness is related entirely or partially to problems in the mouth. This important statistic would surprise almost all health care practitioners; when I first heard it, it seemed incredible. In fact, both physicians and dentists have been trained to overlook almost entirely the fact that attached to every tooth is a person!
Conventional dentistry takes an extremely limited and mechanistic view of its practice, rarely considering the impact of dental work beyond the frame of the jaw. And there is a disconcerting lack of training on the systemic effects that dental procedures can have on overall body functioning. Dentists have been taught to make treatment decisions without recognizing their impact and with little appreciation of the relationship of the mouth to the rest of the body.
Since most dentists have not been trained to look at the entire person as a whole functioning system, they do not recognize the interrelationship of dental procedures and general health. Traditional dentistry has yet to understand how essential the whole-body approach to treatment is to the patient's well-being.
As a result, traditional dental practices can often cause physical illness and trauma, and can actually do more harm than good. The truth is that every dental procedure is an invasion of the human system and may generate an adverse response somewhere in the body. The milder symptoms are often confused with what we've been led to believe are the normal side effects of stress-filled lives, or the natural aging process.
Seemingly unrelated physical illnesses can be caused by dental problems like non-vital teeth, decay, or impacted wisdom teeth, because of their effect on the body's energetic meridians. In fact, some of the things that we have been told to consider natural or normal may cause completely unnecessary suffering.
That may explain why a new breed of dental practitioner is emerging. These dentists are offering important alternative solutions to traditional dental practices. I like to call this practice "Whole-Body Dentistry."
While, understanding the importance of being a highly skilled and technically proficient practitioner, Whole-Body Dentistry goes beyond this point and takes a broad, holistic view of the dental profession. This all encompassing philosophy recognizes that any work done in the mouth effects the entire human body - often with surprisingly profound results, either positive or negative. By being aware of these relationships, we strive to minimize the invasive quality of these procedures.
Whole-Body Dentistry also interprets information differently. Traditional dentistry has taught us to misread many of the body's cues, because it is still trapped in "old thinking" about the human body. But quantum physics and leading-edge medical theory now indicate that the human system has potential far beyond the prevailing medical model's overly simplistic interpretations.
Consider for a moment that the human body is entirely comprised of billions of tiny particles of energy. Within this energetic system, there are pathways called meridians. Every organ and every part of your body is directly linked to a specific tooth or area of the mouth via these meridians, or energy highways. This connection is so strong that a Whole-Body Dentist can often accurately "guess" your dental history simply by reviewing your physical symptoms.
For example, a patient came to me with chronic sinus problems which seemed to have no cause or cure. Without even examining him, I immediately asked if he had any root canal work performed on his upper first molar, which relates to the maxillary sinuses. He was amazed that I "guessed" correctly and further conversation uncovered that his sinus problems had indeed begun after the root canal. The offending tooth was removed and within a week his sinusitis completely disappeared.
It can often be that simple. A Whole-Body Dentist is like a detective, sorting through a series of clues and signals and putting the information together in a different way to discover the real source of problems. Often extracting a misaligned or offending tooth will alleviate a whole host of seemingly unrelated physical symptoms in a matter of days. Some problems will actually correct in the chair. I have had patients whose eyesight improved while they were still in the dental chair. You cannot underestimate the impact of your teeth and mouth on your entire body's health.