John Lydon is back on tour, and in a recent pre-gig interview, he talked a bit about his current dental woes.
Back in the 70s, Lydon’s notoriously bad teeth were what inspired his stage name as lead singer for the Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten. About three years ago, though, he went to L.A. and spent $22,000 to get them fixed, not for the sake of “vanity” but health. “All those rotten teeth were seriously beginning to corrupt my system,” he told The Telegraph back in 2008. “I was feeling incredibly ill. I was permanently poisoning myself with gum infections. And my gums were receding and I was starting to look seriously weird. I’m 52 and I need to survive the next 52 years….I don’t lead a madly healthy lifestyle, but it’s not bad.”
Now the problems have returned. As he told The Star,
Actually I have very few real teeth left. That’s something my parents didn’t pass on to me. They passed many good things on, but dental health wasn’t one of them.
I have to keep having them done and they keep getting infections.
Why should that be happening? Is it just bad luck of the genetic draw?
Obviously, we can’t diagnose Lydon, and we certainly won’t speculate. But his misfortune reminds us of something we regularly see in our office: people who have spent vast amounts of time and money on dental procedures they believed treated the “root cause” of their systemic illness – mercury amalgam fillings, root canals, cavitations or other sources of focal infection. Some experienced no improvement at all or even got sicker. Others experienced relief for a while before their symptoms came back with a vengeance, sometimes accompanied by new ones. Illness returned full force.
When we see a client with systemic health issues for the first time, we do extensive exams and tests to assess their whole health situation. We need to see the big picture. Consistently, we find that dental factors are often triggers to deeper, more ingrained health issues.
Dr. Verigin writes of just such a case in our current newsletter. Although the client has three cavitations he wants to have treated immediately, we’re advising against it. Why? Because the whole of our evaluation showed there are deeper, fundamental health issues going on. Testing showed that his biological terrain – the body’s internal environment – is very polluted and disordered. For cavitational surgery and subsequent detox and healing to be effective, this must be addressed first. The terrain is what dictates how health and illness manifest in an individual’s body. When it’s in good shape, the body functions as designed – as a self-regulating system, with a robust immune system, excretion mechanisms and all else needed to fight off infections, toxins and other insults. Not so when the terrain is disordered. A body can only get sicker, progressing across the stages of Reckeweg’s disease evolution model.
Click here to view a full size PDF of this chart.
To treat the cavitations without first treating the terrain would be like fixing a broken door on a house that’s burning down.
To learn more about the terrain and its role in generating chronic, systemic illness, read the articles by Dr. Verigin linked to here, especially all parts of the last two articles, “A Biological Dentist’s Perspective on Living Systems” and “Healing as Process.
As for Mr. Lydon, we hope that his current dental treatments will be more helpful and, in the long term, healthful than his last.