Bad Breath Doesn’t Always Begin in the Mouth

Once again, 90 Day Fiance has come through with some more dental cringe, this time courtesy of “Big Ed”:

While Ed’s motivation for the “gift” is suspect, you can’t totally blame him for thinking that bad breath comes only from poor oral hygiene. After all, 90% of all halitosis is caused by conditions in the mouth -food debris, infection, gum disease, oral cancers, faulty restorations, and the like.

Another 2% comes from what you put in your mouth: pungent foods, such as onions and garlic, and things like tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Very low carb/keto diets are also well-known for causing bad breath.

woman breathing into cupped handThat leaves 8% of cases due to issues beyond the mouth – such Rose’s stomach ulcer or acid reflux and other gastrointestinal problems. Endocrine and metabolic disorders can lead to bad breath, too, as can some forms of respiratory illness, liver failure, kidney disease and failure, and leukemias.

And this is exactly why you should talk with your dentist about bad breath that doesn’t go away despite good hygiene. They can rule out or treat any dental cause – or observe signs pointing to a potential medical cause.

Oh, and while Ed is correct about the link between gum disease and heart health, that’s just the beginning when it comes to this particular oral/systemic link. Research has also shown a relationship between perio problems and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and cognitive decline.

And healthy gums need more than toothpaste and mouthwash. You also need to clean between your teeth and along the gumline. That’s where tools such as floss, oral irrigators (Waterpik), proxy brushes, and the like come into play.

Unless you’d like to leave about 40% of your tooth surfaces grungy, of course.

The post Bad Breath Doesn’t Always Begin in the Mouth appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

Attitude Makes a Difference When It Comes to Healing

mug saying eternal optimist

Earlier this year, research presented at the International Stroke Conference provided yet more evidence that attitude makes a difference when it comes to healing.

The research team analyzed data from 49 stroke survivors, including their levels of optimism, stroke severity, physical recovery, and inflammatory markers. Three months after stroke,

optimistic stroke survivors showed lower inflammation, less stroke severity, and less physical disability.

The reduced inflammation is particularly key, as “post-stroke inflammation is detrimental to the brain and impairs recovery.”

“Our results suggest that optimistic people have a better disease outcome, thus boosting morale may be an ideal way to improve mental health and recovery after a stroke,” said Yun-Ju Lai, Ph.D., M.S., R.N., the study’s first author and a postdoctoral fellow in the neurology department at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Of course, it’s not just stroke patients who may benefit from keeping optimistic. Studies have shown that all kinds of positive emotions seem to keep chronic inflammation in check. Yet chronic inflammation is a problem for many, many people. As one overview of the problem puts it,

Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. The prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years in the United States. In 2000, nearly 125 million Americans were living with chronic conditions and 61 million (21%) had more than one. In recent estimates by Rand Corporation, in 2014 nearly 60% of Americans had at least one chronic condition, 42% had more than one and 12% of adults had 5 or more chronic conditions. Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

Yet feelings like optimism and hope can seem harder than ever to cultivate in these days of our global pandemic. As ever, though, “hard” does not mean “impossible.” There are things we can all do to make the positive outweigh the negative even in the most challenging times.

Here are five articles we’ve recently run across that offer some excellent advice – and motivation – for getting started. There are certainly more out there – Psychology Today blogs and the Greater Good are both excellent resources on positive psychology – but these are some of the best we’ve read lately.

  1. The Perspective Less Taken: Opportunity in Difficulty (Psychology Today)
  2. The Perspective Less Taken: 10 Ways to See the Possibilities (Psychology Today)
  3. How to Stop Feeling So Helpless During Quarantine (Greater Good)
  4. 10 Things You Can Do to Stay Positive During COVID-19 (Thrive Global)
  5. Hope Is a Risk that Must Be Run – Particularly in Our Darkest Days (Forbes)

The post Attitude Makes a Difference When It Comes to Healing appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

KTH Flashback: Far More Than Just a Sleep Supplement

In the search for effective COVID-19 treatments, some researchers have been looking into – and reportedly finding some success with – things like high-dose vitamin C and zinc. Now, a new paper just published in Life Sciences suggests another possibility worth exploring: melatonin.

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has become a pandemic with tens of thousands of infected patients. Based on clinical features, pathology, the pathogenesis of acute respiratory disorder induced by either highly homogenous coronaviruses or other pathogens, the evidence suggests that excessive inflammation, oxidation, and an exaggerated immune response very likely contribute to COVID-19 pathology. This leads to a cytokine storm and subsequent progression to acute lung injury (ALI)/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and often death. Melatonin, a well-known anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative molecule, is protective against ALI/ARDS caused by viral and other pathogens. Melatonin is effective in critical care patients by reducing vessel permeability, anxiety, sedation use, and improving sleeping quality, which might also be beneficial for better clinical outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Notably, melatonin has a high safety profile. There is significant data showing that melatonin limits virus-related diseases and would also likely be beneficial in COVID-19 patients. Additional experiments and clinical studies are required to confirm this speculation.

Yes, melatonin has been shown to have potential benefits far beyond mere sleep support, something we looked at here on our blog back in 2019

Melatonin May Benefit More Than Just Sleep Quality

Even if you can’t easily get the lesser known sleep supplements we looked at before, the more common ones can still be a big help – and not just for getting the quality sleep your body needs.

melatonin supplementTake melatonin, for instance. This safe and non-addictive supplement has been shown to be effective for treating sleep disorders. For sleep support, Dr. V says you can start with 40 mg a half hour to two hours before you plan to go to sleep. If your sleep is interrupted, you can repeat this up to a total of 130 mg.

Some users report that they dream more vividly more frequently. Research has shown that very high doses may increase both dream activity and increased REM sleep time.

But melatonin also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help in other ways.

One avenue of research, for instance, suggests that melatonin may support mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are your cells’ power plants, converting food into energy. Impaired mitochondrial function leads to disease and aging.

As Life Extension has reported,

A contributor to mitochondrial dysfunction is the opening of a hole in the mitochondrial inner membrane that decreases their ability to produce energy. Preventing or closing this hole is a key to preserving youthful mitochondrial function. Up until recently, there were no drugs able to do so permanently.

[A] landmark 2017 study reveals that melatonin helps maintain normal levels of an enzyme whose job is to plug that hole.

By preserving mitochondrial function, melatonin exerts a highly targeted and specific action on a fundamental cause of aging.

Other research suggests that melatonin may help with gum disease, as well. For instance, one study published this past fall in the Journal of Periodontal Research looked at whether supplementation with melatonin could help reverse some of the damage that gum disease can do.

Seventy-four patients with both generalized chronic periodontitis and insomnia took part. Thirty-eight had conventional perio treatment – scaling and root planing – and were given 10 mg of melatonin to take before bedtime each day for a set period. The remaining 36 patients had the perio treatment and were given a placebo.

After 6 months, those in the melatonin group “showed significantly greater [clinical attachment level] gain and [pocket depth reduction]” compared to those in the control group. In other words, their condition improved. They also had lower levels of inflammatory cytokines in their saliva and lower insomnia scores, as well.

A review of the literature in the same journal noted other potential roles in oral health.

Functions of melatonin in the oral cavity are likely to relate primarily to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. These actions may suppress inflammation of the gingiva and periodontium, reduce alveolar bone loss, abrogate herpes lesions, enhance osteointegration of dental implants, limit oral cancer, and suppress disorders that have a free radical component. Sublingual melatonin tablets or oral melatonin sprays and topical melatonin-containing gel, if used on a regular basis, may improve overall oral health and reduce mucosal lesions.

While more research, particularly in humans, remains to be done, the initial findings are definitely promising.

Image by Michael Reuter, via Flickr

The post KTH Flashback: Far More Than Just a Sleep Supplement appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

Does Breastfeeding Raise the Risk of Early Tooth Decay?

breastfeeding infantBreastfeeding is essential – and not just for infant nutrition and overall health. It’s essential for good orofacial development, too, which you can read more about here.

Yet there are some who think that breastfeeding also raises a child’s risk of early tooth decay. This isn’t without reason. Many dentists can give you case histories that seem to prove it, and some studies have even seemed to confirm the idea – even as other research challenges the notion.

In light of the rivaling science, a group of researchers recently set out to explore the possible connection by following the oral health and dietary practices of Australian toddlers. Breastfeeding habits were noted at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months. How much sugar they ate was tracked at ages 1 and 2. Dental exams were done at age 2 to 3 to see if early childhood caries (ECC) – early tooth decay – had developed.

The researchers found “no independent association” between ECC and breastfeeding beyond 12 months, although they did note a tendency toward such a relationship among children who were breastfeed to sleep – something that’s consistent with Dr. V’s observations over the years.

Two things were associated with a higher risk of ECC, however, and neither of them was a surprise: higher sugar intake and socioeconomic disadvantage.

“Breastfeeding practices were not associated with ECC,” they concluded.

Given the wide-ranging benefits of breastfeeding, and the low prevalence of sustained breastfeeding in this study and Australia in general, recommendations to limit breastfeeding are unwarranted, and breastfeeding should be promoted in line with global and national recommendations. To reduce the prevalence of early childhood caries, improved efforts are needed to limit foods high in free sugars.

The study was just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The post Does Breastfeeding Raise the Risk of Early Tooth Decay? appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

More Evidence for Acupuncture’s Role in Treating Pain

While recent health news has necessarily been dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, other things have continued happening in the medical world, such as a new study in the BMJ, which offers additional evidence for acupuncture.

acupuncture needle in scalpThe randomized trial involved 150 patients – mostly women – with common migraines and little knowledge of acupuncture. All received usual care over 8 weeks, but some received standard acupuncture with needles while others received sham acupuncture or no acupuncture at all.

Compared to those in the sham group, patients who got standard acupuncture had significantly fewer migraine days and fewer attacks.

Twenty sessions of manual acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture and usual care for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine without aura. These results support the use of manual acupuncture in patients who are reluctant to use prophylactic drugs or when prophylactic drugs are ineffective, and it should be considered in future guidelines.

This jibes with earlier research showing acupuncture to be an important drug-free alternative for “pain management,” including pain associated with specific health conditions. One recent review of the science in JAMA Oncology, for instance, found “ a significant association…between real (compared with sham) acupuncture and reduced pain.” When it was combined with drug therapy for pain, drug use actually decreased.

This study found a moderate level of evidence that acupuncture and/or acupressure was significantly associated with lower pain intensity in patients with cancer compared with a sham control, which suggests a potential for a combination of acupuncture and acupressure to help reduce opioid doses in patients with cancer.

We’re grateful to see the evidence continue to mount like this.

The post More Evidence for Acupuncture’s Role in Treating Pain appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

KTH Flashback: Stress Isn’t Going Anywhere. So What to Do About It?

Last week, we looked at the importance of self-care in weathering the extra stress brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As it shows no signs of abating anytime soon, we thought we’d repost this piece from last summer, which includes some additional info on supplements and homeopathics that may be helpful in easing stress and anxiety…

stressed man pulling hoodie over faceIf you feel more stressed out than ever these days, you’re hardly alone.

Take our country’s current political climate and recurring episodes of mass violence, top it off with the more typical stress-inducers of money and work, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for feeling totally maxed out.

According to the American Psychological Association’s most recent Stress in America survey, younger adults appear to be feeling it most of all.

Slightly more than nine in 10 Gen Zs between ages 18 and 21 say they have experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom due to stress in the past month, compared to around three-quarters of adults overall who say they have experienced at least one symptom. Among Gen Z adults (ages 18 to 21), common symptoms of stress include feeling depressed or sad (58 percent), lack of interest, motivation or energy (55 percent) or feeling nervous or anxious (54 percent). During the prior month, adult Gen Zs also commonly reported laying awake at night due to stress (68 percent) or eating too much or eating unhealthy food (58 percent).

Only Millennials say they’re more stressed out, with their average reported stress level at 5.7 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Overall, “nearly three-quarters of adults (74 percent) say they have experienced at least one symptom of stress in the past month.” About half say the stress has disrupted their sleep. A little more than a third say it has a negative impact on diet.

Unfortunately, things like poor diet can actually make matters worse. So can other aspects of our modern way of life. While time in nature can lower stress, for instance,

Bright light or blue night exposure late in the evening from the use of LED screens can delay the release of melatonin, a hormone that has been shown to reduce anxiety. Low-intensity exercise reduces circulating levels of cortisol, yet the need for frequent movement is often redundant.

Urbanisation is increasing the consumption of processed food and an ultra-processed diet has been linked to the incidence of depressive symptoms in at least two large cohorts. Our dietary habits modify the micro-organisms living in the digestive tract and these micro-organisms, through cross-talk with immune cells and other routes, can influence how the mind reacts to stress.

There is some evidence that modulating gut microbiota with specific foods or taking probiotics can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Early results suggest taking either a single strain or a combination of probiotics may reduce mental fatigue and improve cognitive performance during stress – but not in the absence of stress.

(Aside: The whole book excerpt the above quote comes from is fascinating, and we encourage you to take a few minutes to read the whole thing.)

Naturally, this raises the question of what to do about all this stress, for chronic stress has been well documented not just to impact the mind, but body, too, oral and systemic health alike.

But it’s not like we can just banish stress completely, nor should we want to. As Hans Selye, the doctor who first identified the stress response, once wrote, “No one can avoid stress. To eliminate stress completely would mean to destroy life itself. If you make no more demands upon your body, you are dead.”

What we can do is develop strategies for dealing with ongoing negative stress in healthy ways – and there are lots of great ones out there, such as the ones on this tip sheet. Some supplements may also be helpful. Vitamin D, valerian root, B complex, lavender, and lemon balm, for instance, have all been proven to help alleviate stress and anxiety.

bottle of NEU-regen Pekana remedy with box Additionally, Dr. V recommends a trio of homeopathic-spagyric remedies by Pekana. These German-made medications are high-energy remedies that have been developed to successfully treat many individuals for mental strain and emotional exhaustion. Where the allopathic drugs, stimulants, and sedatives many often reach for place even greater demands upon an already worried and exhausted body, the combination of remedies below helps restore proper organ function and energetic balance to the performance of the body through gentle auto-regulation.

  • Neu-regen syrup, for mental and physical exhaustion
  • PSY-stabil drops, for anxiety, lack of concentration, restlessness, and nervous exhaustion
  • coro-CALM drops, a sedative for circulatory function which frequently accompanies anxiety, worry, and psychic unrest

These medications are most commonly available through doctors – we keep a full range of Pekana remedies available here in our office – though there appear to be some online sellers now, as well. Feel free to reach out to us if you need help getting the three listed above – or if you want to learn more about the role these and other measures might help you in your quest towards optimum health.

Top image by Erik F. Brandsborg, via Flickr

The post KTH Flashback: Stress Isn’t Going Anywhere. So What to Do About It? appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

Countering the Chaos of These Turbulent Times

Here’s a meme you may have seen recently on social media:

social media meme

On the version we saw, most responses expressed a negative feeling: anxious, nervous, frazzled, depressed, pained, grouchy, lonely, despondent….

It’s hardly surprising. In these days of sheltering in place and the incessant stream of frightening news coming at us from all sides, positive feelings like hope, gratitude, and love can feel harder to come by. Disconnection from your usual social channels can make it all seem worse.

After all, human beings are social animals. We need connection with others to truly thrive – not just mentally but physically, as well. One 2016 study, for instance,

found that a higher degree of social integration was associated with lower risk of physiological dysregulation in a dose–response manner in both early and later life. Conversely, lack of social connections was associated with vastly elevated risk in specific life stages. For example, social isolation increased the risk of inflammation by the same magnitude as physical inactivity in adolescence, and the effect of social isolation on hypertension exceeded that of clinical risk factors such as diabetes in old age. Analyses of multiple dimensions of social relationships within multiple samples across the life course produced consistent and robust associations with health.

Other studies have likewise found that connectedness boosts health while isolation puts a drag on it. Consider the two studies presented by BYU psychology professor Dr. Julianne Holt-Lundstad at the 2017 meeting of the American Psychological Association:

The first [meta-analysis] involved 148 studies, representing more 300,000 participants, and found that greater social connection is associated with a 50 percent reduced risk of early death. The second study, involving 70 studies representing more than 3.4 million individuals primarily from North America but also from Europe, Asia and Australia, examined the role that social isolation, loneliness or living alone might have on mortality. Researchers found that all three had a significant and equal effect on the risk of premature death, one that was equal to or exceeded the effect of other well-accepted risk factors such as obesity.

“Social pain is as real a sensation for us as physical pain,” noted an Independent article long before COVID-19 rattled our world. “Researchers have shown that loneliness and rejection activates the same parts of the brain as physical pain.”

This is why it’s so crucial that we do what we can during these chaotic days to nurture positive emotions and stay connected even when we can’t share the same physical space with friends and colleagues

Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, and other video and conferencing apps are invaluable tools for sharing time together while remaining apart. Nextdoor and neighborhood groups on social platforms can connect you to your neighbors and facilitate mutual aid, including simple acts of kindness and unity during this uncertain time. You’ll find some ideas to get you started here and here.

Self-care matters, as well, of course – which includes turning off the bad news for a while and focusing on activities that instill you with good feeling. For as we’ve noted before, just as negative emotions can harm health, positive emotions can enhance it.

There’s another meme we’ve been seeing around lately that can be particularly helpful in this regard. We leave you with it as something to think about putting into action through the coming days, as we continue to weather the storm…

mindfulness in quarantine meme

The post Countering the Chaos of These Turbulent Times appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

A Higher Level of Patient Safety Isn’t Just for These Pandemic Days

dental chair in shadowAs we write this, the world has gotten a whole lot quieter in these new days of social distancing.

But not everything is closed – including our office. Though we ask that clients with a cough or fever or who have been exposed to coronavirus-positive folks stay at home and reschedule their appointments further into the future, we remain committed to our patient/clients who need us during these turbulent times.

Some biological dentists have remarked that our offices are actually well-suited for the present moment. Our mercury-safe practices, for instance, mean our offices are already fit out with powerful air purifiers and filters, and we have always emphasized supporting good immune function and resilience of the body’s greater regulatory system.

Yes, we’ve added hand sanitizers around the office, and we’re doing enhanced cleaning and disinfection throughout the day, as well as at the end of it. It’s only reasonable in these days of intensified concern.

But universal precautions are standard procedure for us – for infection control isn’t something you should pay attention to only during a pandemic but every day, for your safety and ours alike.

As any properly run dental office in this state, we regularly follow the infection control procedures spelled out in the California Code of Regulations. We review and update our minimum infection control standards every year. A copy of this is conspicuously posted in our office.

All instruments are in good working order and sterilized before every use. They are first run through an ultrasonic unit, then air dried and packaged for sterilization. A chemical indicator is used to confirm that essential sterilization parameters have been met. External indicators on each package also verify that the instruments have been sterilized.

Proper functioning of the sterilizer is verified weekly by a third party through the use of a biological indicator. These test results are documented and maintained for 12 months.

We fill our dental unit waterlines with distilled water at the start of each day. The water lines are purged with air and flushed with water for at least 2 minutes before we attach hand pieces, scalers, and air water syringe tips. These lines and devices are thoroughly flushed between each patient, as well.

Single-use disposable items such as prophylaxis brushes, saliva ejectors, air/water syringe tips, and gloves are used for one patient only and then properly discarded. All non-critical items such as the dental chair, light, and countertops are wiped down, cleaned and disinfected with a Cal/EPA-registered hospital low-level disinfectant that is labeled effective against HBV and HIV, as well as a tuberculocide.

The clean, white towels we use to protect our patients’ eyes from any particulate – including dead or diseased tissue – that may become airborne during a procedure are used once only and then thoroughly sanitized before being used again; likewise, the towels we use in lieu of plasticized dental bibs for keeping the patient dry. (Towels are far more environmentally friendly, as well!)

While the phrase “first do no harm” isn’t actually a part of the Hippocratic Oath, it is a guiding principle in everything we do. For as we noted before, if your goal is to help a person heal, the last thing you want to do is throw impediments in the way. Hence, our emphasis on patient safety in all realms – from choosing biocompatible dental materials to favoring minimally invasive procedures to practicing good infection control.

It’s the right thing to do.

Image by Tea, two sugars, via Flickr

The post A Higher Level of Patient Safety Isn’t Just for These Pandemic Days appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

KTH Flashback: How Biological Terrain Assessment Can Help Make “Mystery” Illnesses a Lot Less Mysterious

Originally posted December 12, 2018

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN

You might be surprised to realize just how many health problems wind up labeled as idiopathic – that is, of unknown cause. But when you consider how most medicine is done from a linear mindset – one symptom, one cause – this fact becomes a lot less surprising.

All of the symptom clusters we call diseases have multiple causes. Dentistry can be one of them.

Indeed, quite a few of the new patients I’ve seen recently have come in to find out if their medical complaints might have something to do with past dental work they’ve had done. Many have lived for years or even decades with mercury fillings or root canal teeth or implants or chronic ischemic bone disease (“cavitations”) – often a combination of these.

mosaic of appleDespite all kinds of exams, blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and the like, many have also never been given a clear medical diagnosis. Others have been victims of overzealous early diagnoses and aggressive treatment that only added to their long list of complaints.

Those complaints – symptoms – are like the pieces that make up a mosaic. They only make a complete picture when arranged into a whole. Remove some pieces, and the image becomes distorted. One piece – one symptom – can never convey the whole picture.

Likewise, to truly be of help, a doctor must be able to see all the pieces and the big picture their arrangement conveys.

Missing the Medical Mark

Dr. Gilbert Welch is a professor at the Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine who has written several books now on the problem of unnecessary medical care, not to mention numerous articles in medical journals and the popular press alike. He’s especially concerned about biomedical companies designing ever more diagnostics, such as breath tests for cancer.

stethoscope pen and chartMore tests, more premature or off-base diagnoses, more unnecessary treatments. And the problem seems poised to worsen. “It’s a very frothy industry right now,” Welch says.

I’ve seen the results in my own practice, particularly with new patients who have previously gone to corporate dental clinics or high volume, commission-based private practice groups. The patient goes in for one thing only to be told they need all kinds of work done because some hint of a potential problem is taken as a problem in and of itself – something that’s commonly called an “incidentaloma” by the profession.

One of the cases Welch uses to illustrate the problem involves a new patient who consulted him about lingering hoarseness. The patient was referred to an ENT who found a small tumor on his vocal cords. The tumor was removed, and the hoarseness went away.

However, Welch was later informed that his patient had also had a CT scan which revealed a cancer in one of his kidneys – an incidentaloma. The urologist wanted the kidney removed, but Welch challenged him. Through 10 years of follow-up, the tumor never changed size. The patient eventually died of pneumonia.

This kind of problem is in no way restricted to medicine. I recently saw a patient who came in for a second opinion. Having acquired a new dental benefits plan, she had gone to a corporate dental clinic for a cleaning only to be told that she needed an implant, a root canal, two crowns, and four fillings. When I examined her teeth, I found they had been quite overzealous with their treatment plan. She didn’t need nearly so much dental work.

The patient was delighted to hear this, to say the least!

Case Report: 17 Health Professionals, 5 Years, No Answers

As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts. Yet with the rushing torrent of information we’re bombarded with every day, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between the two. There’s so much spin, it can make your head spin!

man in a bubbleOne of the dangers of this situation is that it can lead us to have entirely different realities. We become trapped in our own “filter bubble,” as activist Eli Pariser has called it – a metaphorical space in which we only see and hear what we already believe or what confirms our established world view. We are less apt to question it – and have less opportunity to see conflicting information that might challenge or deepen our understanding.

Consequently, a lot of people seem to have trouble separating solid science from popular belief. They become informed by myth, not fact; supposition, not science; headlines, not in-depth explorations. And it happens on both sides of the spectrum, holistic and conventional alike.

This is one of the ways in which conventional dentistry and medicine persist in treating all illness or dysfunction as having a single cause. If a cause can’t be found, the illness is declared to be unclear and the focus falls onto treating symptoms, typically with pills that beget even more symptoms to be treated.

Recently, I examined a new long-distance patient who had consulted at least 17 health professionals over the past five years for a variety of symptoms, including chronic sinusitis, chronic sore throat, left side facial pain in the upper bicuspid area radiating to the ear and up into her temple. It all started, she said, after she began to experience pain around her upper left bicuspids.

dentist shining light on patientThe first dentist she saw for it recommended removing a mercury amalgam filing from the second bicuspid. It had some open margins and slight chipping, so there was a gap where sweet and cold drinks could seep in and elicit pain. The dentist placed a new composite filling on the tooth, but the sensitivity persisted, so the patient consulted a second dentist. That dentist said that she needed a root canal and referred her to an endodontist who concurred, for the dental pulpal complex was inflamed.

Even after the root canal, the pain persisted, so she contacted a third dentist who advised that the first bicuspid should be crowned. The patient agreed to treatment but still got no relief. So she consulted yet other dentists, as well as two oral surgeons. She had two CT scans and an MRI. The net result was the loss of both bicuspids.

Some time after those extractions, she saw a third oral surgeon to re-open the surgical sites to see if cavitations had formed. After these procedures, she received numerous ozone injections, as well as vitamin C drips.

Most recently, the patient had consulted an infectious disease specialist who had ordered a variety of blood tests only to tell her that nothing was wrong. No further treatments were advised.

During this same five-year span, the patient had been put on several rounds of different antibiotics, fungal medicines, and pain pills. When she finally decided to get off the allopathic merry-go-round, she began using different herbs to ease her symptoms. If she skipped them even for a day or two, the sinus pain and sore throat would return, and she’d go back to the herbs and other supplements.

After discussing this history with her at some length, I advised that we do a Biological Terrain Assessment. As of this writing, she is still considering the path she wants to take.

Taking a Quantum Approach to Health

Biological Terrain Assessment, or BTA, is an invaluable test that isn’t nearly as known as it should be. I believe one reason why is because it’s pure physics. Western School Medicine and Dentistry speak solely in biological and biochemical terms. Physics is never considered, even though Einsteinian quantum physics has been the real basis of our science since the mid-1920s. Where classical physics fixates on certainties, quantum physics deals in probabilities.

Claude VincentBiological Terrain Assessment was developed by hydrologist Claude Vincent, who worked for the French government from about 1920 to 1950. His job was to find water and purify it so all the villages, towns, and cities in France had the best water possible. In the course of doing so, he found that there were different kinds of water and that the quality of water corresponded to certain kinds of illnesses.

The statistical work was difficult, as the authorities were rather tight-fisted with the data. Still, doing what he could, he found very high rates of cancer where the water was polluted and calcium-rich. The healthiest people, he found, lived where the water was very pure and contained few mineral salts. That included the water near his home in the village of Riom in central France: the Volvic spring system. In fact, it was the purest water he analyzed. Eventually, he placed a plaque there which was engraved with the first surah of the Koran: And we created all living things from water.

Vincent ultimately found that the technique he had developed for water testing could also be used to test an individual’s biological terrain, or the cumulative area between individual cells in the human body. Focused mainly on measuring protons, electrons, and minerals, BTA detects whether the condition of the terrain lends itself to health or illness.

For Pasteur was mistaken in his belief that microbes alone are the cause of disease. Rather, as his associate Claude Bernard taught, the environment that the microbe winds up in determines just what that microbe can do. The microbe can’t cause harm if the environment is inhospitable to it.

soil with plant shootsA good way to understand this is by the analogy of a garden. You’ll have a tough time growing nutritious vegetables if you just scatter seeds, rake them into the soil, and wait. The chemistry of that soil makes all the difference. Most vegetables and fruits grow best when the soil has a near-neutral pH (6.7 to 7.3 on the pH scale), though they can tolerate slightly acidic soil. A few plants actually prefer acidic soil, though (from 7 down to 3.5 pH), such as radishes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, currants, and cranberries.

When the soil is too acidic, problems arise with a process called cation exchange. (Cations are positively charged atoms or groups of atoms.) Cation exchange is how plants extract nutrients from the soil. When soil is acidic, nitrogen uptake in particular gets blocked. Nitrogen, of course, is a crucial nutrient for plant life. The soil may contain a lot of it, but if conditions are acidic, the nitrogen remains chemically locked up. The plants can’t obtain it.

This is why a nursery will provide phosphorous fertilizers to growers who buy plants, particularly trees and shrubs. Mixing that into the soil before placing the root ball helps unlock the existing nitrogen so the saplings get a healthy start.

Just as the condition of the soil dictates whether a particular plant will languish or thrive, so, too, the biological terrain.

Another way to understand the role of your body’s internal environment is to think of each of your cells as a goldfish swimming about in an aquarium. Not only do they live in water but the food provided, as well as the waste they generate. If the water is not regularly cleaned – if the proper environment is not maintained – the fish’s immune system weakens and the fish soon dies.

The cells in our body become toxic in a similar way. They, too, “swim” in the water that ever so slightly separates them. For water is plentiful in the human body. About 50 to 60% of a human’s body is made up of water. In infants, it’s about 75%. The brain and heart are each about 73% water, and the lungs are 83%.

If we don’t keep this internal environment clean, toxins of all kinds will ultimately make us sick. The life-quality of each cell depends on the purity of the biological terrain, which is far more important than genetics.

geneRecently, scientists at Calico Life Sciences collaborated with colleagues from to establish whether genetic makeup affects longevity in any meaningful way. They crunched data from millions of people and “found that genes have a lower impact on how long a person can expect to live than scientists had previously believed.” Their findings were just published in the journal GENETICS.

Such research underscores the fact that, contrary to popular belief, genes have less to do with our health and longevity than previously thought.

And this points to one of the dangers of over-the-counter genetic testing that’s now allowed to report an individual’s risk of developing certain conditions, as well as their ancestry. As the president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Michael Watson, told Scientific American, such tests may actually confuse many consumers, since they won’t know how to quantitatively balance genetic risk against other factors such as environmental influences, lifestyle, and health status.

To be clear, genetic vulnerability is always in play, but as they say, genetics loads the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.

That includes the internal environment of the extracellular matrix, or terrain.

Targeting Causes to Map a Path to Healing

Today’s BTA measures three key values of a patient’s extracellular matrix – pH, rH2, and R (Ohms) – using samples of their saliva and urine. (We used to have to test blood, as well, but this is no longer necessary since the software has been retooled to predict the outcome of blood values.) My job then becomes a matter of interpreting those results in light of the patient’s health history, exam results and other diagnostics, and the dynamics of German autoregulation theory.

We also have to look at their subtle energy fields for any missing links. Only then can we suss out the dynamic of causes that led to the patient’s current state of health and map a sensible route of healing.

By looking at the whole profile, we can learn a lot more than any simple blood test or x-ray or MRI can show.

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees
only so long as its surface is undisturbed,
the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self
when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
– Indra Devi

Images: mosaic by Karen Blakeman, bubble by I’m Mr P.,
via Flickr; dental exam via USAF

The post KTH Flashback: How Biological Terrain Assessment Can Help Make “Mystery” Illnesses a Lot Less Mysterious appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.

The Relationship Between Stress & Disease

Just as there’s no separation between your mouth and the rest of your body, there’s no separation between body and mind. Yet for all it’s lip service to “wellness,” the medical establishment tends to treat such separateness as the most natural thing in the world.

Yet as Dr. Gabor Maté notes in the talk below, to truly understand health and disease, you cannot separate mind from body, nor the body from the environment. To do otherwise is one of the major limitations of the western biomedical model of disease.

It’s a full lecture, so a bit over an hour long, but it’s a great talk and definitely worth your time.

The post The Relationship Between Stress & Disease appeared first on Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc..

Originally from Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.