Since 2004, Dr. Gary Verigin’s free newsletter Biosis has offered its readers comment and teaching by Dr. Verigin, health news, wellness tips and more – all within an integrative, biological dental frame. It’s name comes from the Greek word meaning “to live.” “Biosis” means “a mode of life,” which is both a process and an indivisible state of being. It is wholeness itself.
Below is a sample – part of Dr. Verigin’s article “A Biological Dentist’s Perspective on Living Systems,” which offers a good intro and overview to what a comprehensive biological approach to oral and physical health involves.
FAQ on the Biological Dental Perspective
Originally published in Biosis #29, May 2010
In Neural Focal Dentistry, Dr. Ernesto Adler quotes dialogue from a German TV show:
Interviewer: Is it possible to draw conclusions about the rest of the organism from the examination of the teeth?
Dental Professor: NO!
Interviewer: Is it possible that teeth in a pathological condition may cause or sustain illness and disorders in the organism?
Dental Professor: NO!
But as Adler’s text shows, those resounding nos speak loudly of the speaker’s ignorance or resistance (or both) to dental realities. In 339 pages, Adler brilliantly relates his clinical observations on the connections between dental foci, interference fields and nearly every other branch of medicine. He presents hundreds of well-documented cases, showing amazing cures of severe illnesses once interference fields of the head were removed. (What are foci? See the previous series “Understanding Dental Foci and the Disease Process”: Part 1, Part 2.)
I now want to share how we combine Adler’s paradigm with Reckeweg’s, which we explored last time. The more keenly our clients know these concepts, the more effectively we can work together to map out the most logical route of beneficial dental therapy. And perhaps the easiest way to see how this all comes together is through answers to some common questions about our work with biological clients.
What happens when someone contacts you because their health care provider recommended they see a biological dentist?
First, I think that their practitioner is someone who thinks outside the box! Many conventional physicians seem to think teeth are like fingernails — appendages that look nice, help us eat and may be chewed on when nervous. The globally thinking practitioner understands better. The teeth are living organs, and along with the surrounding structures, they can affect a person’s health.
So while most dentists know that diseased periodontal tissues are linked to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, not all realize that the teeth can cause problems. They don’t accept that mercury amalgam fillings, root canal teeth, cavitations and implants pose any health risks. They don’t think biocompatibility testing is needed or useful. They seem to believe that whatever materials a manufacturer sells must be safe and will cause no problems so long as they’re properly crafted into properly fitted restorations.
How do toxins fit into the picture?
If you follow the daily news, you’re well aware of just how unhealthy our country is. If you’ve seen films like Food, Inc., you know how genetically modified foods and industrial farming practices are global efficiencies that trade profits for health. If you’ve read books like Selling Sickness, you know how corporate medicine is driven by markets, not health or human need. And how unhealthy is it making us? Consider these findings from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices:
According to the information gathered from data submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the first quarter of 2008, there were 20,745 reported serious injuries associated with drug therapy, up 34% from the previous quarter, and up 38% from last year’s average. Even more eye-opening than the number of serious injuries is the number of reported deaths — 4,824 people were reported killed from pharmaceutical drugs in the first quarter of 2008, a 2.6 fold increase from the previous quarter. This figure represents the highest number of patient deaths ever reported in a single quarter as a result of drug therapy. It also accounts for more deaths than those due to homicide during the same period.
Meanwhile, our environment is increasingly contaminated. The subglacial volcano that erupted in Iceland last month [April 2010] coughed up a dust cloud that crept across the industrial powerhouses of Europe, casting a pall over an interwoven world. The microscopic particles were reported to be as hard as a knife blade. Not long after, the BP spill began gushing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its source deep below the sea. Whole ecosystems are threatened. If and when fishing ever resumes there, you can be sure the catch will be tainted for a long time after. (You can read here about some of the already emerging health effects of the toxins involved.)
These kinds of polluting substances are what Reckeweg called homotoxins:
[In] our war with these homotoxins and that which is damaged by poisons, toxins, chemotherapeutics and others, the organism tries to repair itself. These reactions of self repair we call illness. These reactions are expressions of proper healing. In Phases 1-3, the humoral phase the detoxication and excretion of homotoxins occurs. In Phases 4-6, the cellular phase is where the organism has lingering diseases; the organism is damaged more or less by homotoxins and attempts to regulate these damages.
So one of the first things we do when a person asks us to look for dental obstacles is to get their complete health history. For one, it can help us identify potential sources of homotoxins, whether their origin is explicitly dental or external. But it can also cue us to the possibility of dental foci. Lingering, chronic diseases, degenerative diseases, recurrent illnesses, allergic reactions and unclear ailments such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia often suggest that foci may be a factor.
How do you determine whether dental conditions are a factor?
Obviously, a detailed oral exam is required. We chart the existing teeth, fillings and restorations, as well as the condition of the gums. I also look for any soft tissue conditions that could indicate trauma or potential cancer lesions.
Next, we evaluate the client’s occlusion, dental orthopedic alignment, vertical dimension and TM joint function, and palpate the muscles of the dental cranial complex, including the neck and shoulders. If multiple metals or a lot of metal restorations are present, oral battery testing is in order. This test measures the electrical current they emit, which at significant levels can contribute to a host of medical problems. We may also conduct pulp vitality testing, which measures the response of each tooth’s nerves to electrical stimulation. It’s important to note, though, that this doesn’t determine pulpal health. A tooth can be “vital” yet still have a chronically inflamed pulp that may be a focus.
A full mouth set of x-rays is also taken, but they give us just a two-dimensional understanding of the teeth. They may show potential foci, but foci can’t be diagnosed from them.
How can you diagnose foci?
Palpation (systematic touching) of the submandibular (below the jaw) lymph nodes is the first step. If any are sensitive or enlarged, we know that the lymphatic defense barrier is under siege. Antibodies are being formed to counter homotoxins in the jaws’ terrain.
Another set of points to be evaluated are those advocated by Dr. Adler in Neural Therapy Dentistry. These “Adler points” are located in front of the paravertebral (upper back) muscles on the transverse processes toward the top of the spine (C2-3). If they’re sensitive to pressure, foci are likely present. If the sensitivity is over C2, the focus is in the upper arch; if C3, the lower. Sinus points are located at the lower edge of the occipital bone (on the lower back of the skull). Tonsillar points are located on the upper edge of the trapezius muscle. People who have had their tonsils removed — or who have thyroid disorders — often experience pressure to the fourth cervical vertebra, which indicates pathological changes in the deep lymphatic glands.
If these tests are positive, we then turn to electrodermal acupuncture evaluation (EAV). This technology lets us locate foci and determine their type, intensity and distant effect. Bar none, it’s the most meaningful test for foci available. As with any diagnostic tool, of course, EAV is subject to an element of uncertainty. Thoroughness and precision in collecting the health history and conducting the various exams, then comparing results across the data, are the best means of minimizing uncertainty.
If toxins are the problem, what kinds escape a root canal tooth or cavitation jaw lesion and disrupt the biological terrain?
In Cancer: A Second Opinion, German physician Joseph Issels noted that 98% of the cancer patients he’d treated had at least two root canal teeth when he first examined them. Swedish neurologist Patrick Störtebecker reported that over 90% of his brain surgery cases reflected the presence of dental foci. Suffice it to say, potent toxins are at work here.
One of the main toxins emitted is mercaptan — the same stuff that natural gas companies add to their odorless product so that if there’s a gas leak, people can smell it. It’s so powerful that if you had two Olympic-sized pools and someone put just three drops of mercaptan in one of them, your nose would be able to tell the difference (Discover Magazine, May 2010). Root canal teeth and cavitations ooze this stuff — along with equally smelly thioethers — into a person’s system 24/7, 365 days a year, from the dead microbes they house.
So what does a person do with this knowledge, and how should they proceed with treatment?
First, it’s important to realize that even if foci are present, they may not necessarily be the root or sole source of illness. Other factors may be involved, including toxins from pesticide residues in foods, food additives and pharmaceutical drugs. Often in the case of long-standing, chronic illnesses, an interference field can prove to be but a co-factor — albeit one that plays a huge role in the development of the multi-causal illnesses charted on Reckeweg’s Table of Homotoxicosis.
Click here to view a full size PDF of this chart.
This is another reason why getting the big picture is so important.
Over the years, I’ve seen all kinds of clients come in. One totes two shopping bags full of supplements they’re taking. Another lists 84 different pharmaceutical drugs and 60 over-the-counter drugs they’ve used in the past decade. Yet both and others like them still walk around profoundly fatigued, in pain and experiencing all manner of symptoms. They think that if they just have their amalgams replaced, root canal teeth removed or cavitations cleaned out, they’ll be on the road to physical recovery.
After 45 years of practicing dentistry, I can tell you, this never happens.
The homotoxins they harbor in their biological terrain — the common sounding board for the accumulation of everything they’ve been exposed to in their lives — are numerous. This is why Reckeweg developed his paradigm. He needed to have a roadmap of which organ systems or tissues layers were involved with which symptoms or illnesses, and how those symptoms or illnesses progressed.
Those with a profound toxic load should never proceed with dental surgery without first triggering regressive vicaration — movement from right to left on Reckeweg’s chart above — via Antihomotoxic Therapy and dietary changes. Once the illness, symptoms or EAV data shift from the cellular phases to the humoral, surgery becomes an option. The idea is to enhance the client’s physiological functions before doing anything that might sap their strength or otherwise cause a setback. You prepare the body to heal.
While it is impossible to see the moon during an eclipse, the beautiful moon is still there. It is not possible to see everything at once. Interference fields are sometimes imperceptible to our sense of sight and smell, but in spite of everything, they do exist as far as their effects are concerned! It is just that they are sometimes very difficult to find. Because of this, it is not easy to come up with the appropriate treatment for the illness corresponding to the hidden interference field.
But although it’s not easy, the benefits of finding and appropriately treating dental foci are immense, and if foci are suspected, the sooner the better. Individuals need to be carefully evaluated before functional illness becomes an inorganic syndrome and they are plagued with chronic, lingering diseases which may be irreversible.
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