The August 2015 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online.
For this issue, we’re stepping away from our usual format to share, in full, the latest installment in Dr. V’s ongoing series on the need for truly comprehensive biological dental care to support healing and optimal whole body health: Dentistry Shouldn’t Be “Just Another Profession,” Part 3: On the Road Ahead:
We ended last time with a look ahead to some case histories that illustrate both the ravages of modern medicine and what is actually needed to stimulate healing. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that we should first take some time to get clear on the matter of what biological dentistry actually is.
So often, patients come in for a second opinion, having been told that they need many thousands of dollars of dental work, including implants and root canals and unnecessary crowns. Sometimes it’s a conventional dentist who’s told them this; sometimes one who describes his or her practice as “biological.” In neither case has the relationship between their dental and medical ills been completely or successfully explored.
The very term “biological dentistry” didn’t even exist until 1985, when Dr. Ed Arana and I started the American Academy of Biological Dentistry (now called the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine). We felt it was the best term to describe the fusion of biological medicine and clinical dentistry we were learning from German researchers and practitioners like Reinhold Voll, Ralf Turk, Fritz Kramer and others. As we put it back then in our founding statement,
21st Century Medicine will be concerned with the depollution of the internal and external environments. It is time to correct our mistakes and become biologists of the mouth in addition to our technical expertise. Physicians and dentists must work together for the good of the whole person. The fragmentation caused by specialization must be rethought. An integrated and unified approach of mind, body and spirit in diagnosis and treatment must be instituted for all. [emphasis added]
The shift away from this ideal is one that we’ve seen before. So let’s take one more look back at the evolution to dollar-driven health care, only this time focusing on the dental aspect…
Read Biosis #48 now.