Many of us are afraid of the dentist. The sound of a drill buzzing is enough to get your heart racing, and the smells and awkwardness of having your teeth worked on doesn’t exactly make it easier to put that dental appointment on your list.
If that wasn’t enough, understanding common dental procedures and how many of them are conducted has also given people more reasons to avoid the dentist. Given what we know now about two major dental procedures, who can blame them?
The problem with root canals
Teeth are similar to other organ systems in the body in that they require a blood supply, lymphatic and venous drainage, and nervous innervations. Root canals, however, are dead teeth, and they can become one of the worst sources of chronic bacterial toxicity in your body.
Keep in mind that if any other organ in your body dies, it will need to be removed so bacteria and necrosis will not set in and kill you, but unfortunately, dead teeth are commonly left inside the body. Teeth have roots with main canals and side canals, and in those side canals are nerves. When a root canal is performed, the nerves from the main canals are removed, but there is no access to the side canals, which have dead nerves left behind in those spaces.
Anaerobic bacteria that do not require oxygen to survive live in these side canals and release toxins that cause chronic infection. The blood supply and lymphatics that surround these teeth drain this toxicity and allow it to spread through the entire body. This allows it to invade organs and cause all kinds of disease processes like autoimmune diseases, cancer, IBS, depression, and more.
The longer these teeth stay in your body, the more your immune system becomes compromised. And don’t think antibiotics will work – these bacteria are protected inside the dead tooth.
If an infected tooth requires removal for some reason, consider a holistic dentist who utilizes the extraction technique, which removes ligaments and material to encourage infection free healing.
The toxicity of dental amalgams
Dental amalgam fillings can release mercury, tin, copper, and silver into the body. These metals have various degrees of toxicity, and when used as fillings for teeth, can corrode or disassociate into metallic ions. These ions then migrate from the tooth to the root, the mouth, the bone, the connective tissues of the jaw, and finally into the nerves. This allows them to travel into the central nervous system, where the ions will permanently reside; disrupting the body’s normal functioning if they are not removed.
While all metals used for dental restoration are toxic, the most harmful are mercury dental amalgams (silver) used for fillings. These “silver fillings” contain 50 percent mercury and only 25 percent silver. Mercury has been recognized as a poison since the 1500s, yet they have been used in dentistry since the 1820s.
As accurately stated by Richard D. Fischer, D.D.S., “I don’t feel comfortable using a substance (mercury amalgams) designated by the EPA to be a waste disposal hazard. I can’t throw it in the trash, bury it in the ground, or put it in a landfill, but they say it’s okay to put it in people’s mouths. That doesn’t make sense”.
Also keep in mind that due to its mineral content, saliva in the mouth is electrically conductive. When saliva interacts with a dental restoration containing metal, a battery is created causing an effect known as electrogalvanism. This is quite simply electricity generated by a person’s fillings.
The saliva acts as a conductant and the dissimilar metal fillings try to neutralize each other to balance out the electrical charge. This causes toxic materials from the filling to erode and leak into the body.
This is why it is important to avoid mercury fillings and have existing ones properly removed by a biological dentist.
How to naturally clean up your oral health
One of the easiest ways to start cleaning up your oral health is to consume more nutrient dense whole foods rooted in organic produce. Do this at the expense of flours, sugars, and processed foods that create acidity and eventually prevent proper absorption of nutrients.
Google Now Has Access To Millions of Patients’ Medical Records
A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.
According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.
The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.
Results of pathology and radiology tests are also shared, as is information from critical care and accident and emergency departments. In addition, DeepMind’s access to the centralised records of all NHS hospital treatments in the U.K. means the tech company can access historical data from the last five years, all while receiving a continuous stream of new data.
At the same time, DeepMind is developing a platform called Patient Rescue, which uses hospital data streams to build tools to carry out analysis and support diagnostic decisions. The New Scientist explained how it works:
Comparing a new patient’s information with millions of other cases, Patient Rescue might be able to predict that they are in the early stages of a disease that has not yet become symptomatic, for example. Doctors could then run tests to see if the prediction is correct.
While the Royal Free has not yet responded to the question of what — if any — opt-out mechanisms are available to patients, the New Scientist suggests this is unlikely to be a straightforward process. Despite the agreement stating Google cannot use the data in any other part of the company’s business, many will be seriously wary of the access the online tech giant now has to the confidential data of millions of people.
As the New Scientist wrote:
Data mining is the name of the game in the burgeoning field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and there’s no company in the world better at that than Google.
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