The following article is a blog I wrote for Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. Copyright is owned by PPNF. Visit their blog here.
Hal Huggins is known as ‘the most controversial dentist’ for his anti-amalgam/mercury filling stance, and anti-root canal crusade, via lectures, books, articles and TV appearances. Consider him the arch-enemy of the American Dental Association, an organization whose members administer over 25 million root canals a year.

Huggins has been practicing dentistry since 1962 and received a post-doctorate masters in immunology/toxicology. These days, Huggins still maintains a practice and runs a dental DNA lab, where he continues to make discoveries linking autoimmune diseases to root canals.

To date, Huggins has successfully treated--and pioneered many of the treatments--over 5,000 patients with autoimmune disorders, caused by dental toxins.

You could say Huggins has come a long way, considering that for 25 years, he modestly acknowledges that he was “quite good” at doing root canals.

So what changed?

Huggins was introduced to the work of Weston Price, DDS, who, in the early 20th century, was one of the first dentists to make the astute observation that infected teeth from root canals led to chronic disease in many of his patients.

Supporters of PETA might be upset to learn how Price verified his hypothesis: he removed from his patients the tooth (or teeth) that had been administered a root canal and inserted fragments of said tooth under the skin of a live rabbit. Incredibly, the rabbit would develop the same disease as his patient, arthritis for example.

Although animal lovers might shudder to learn that Price’s studies involved some 60,000 rabbits, according to Huggins (who once joked “That’s why there are no rabbits left in Ohio,” referring to Dr. Price’s home state), keep in mind that in the early 1900s, animal welfare lacked the consciousness and support of contemporary times; through his studies, Price and subsequent dentists who studied and advanced his work, such as Huggins, have been able to reverse autoimmune disorders in thousands of patients.   

What is a root canal?

In an attempt to save an infected tooth, a dentist will recommend a root canal, perhaps out of noble intentions or perhaps out of economic incentive: root canals are the most profitable dental procedure.

The pulp chamber (a mini-canyon) in all 32 teeth house blood vessels and nerves. Conventional dental schools teach future dentists that each tooth has one to four major canals. But Dr. Price discovered up to 75 ancillary canals in some teeth, forming an intricate maze similar to how the human body’s large blood vessels trail off into tiny capillaries. On a micro level, the roots of our teeth are like the Pentagon, containing a maze of tubules that if stretched out would extend for a mind-boggling three-and-a-half miles, Dr. Price discovered.

This complex network of tubules are rooted into the jawbone, bound by the periodontal ligament.

Now that you have a picture of this micro superhighway of dental arteries, ask yourself if a root canal makes sense, whereby a dentist drills into the pulp chamber and “sterilizes” (at least that’s what the dentist thinks is happening, says Huggins) the canal with chemicals. Where the nerves once were, the dentist fills in a wax, which is dipped with a lubricating agent (containing the potentially toxic poison, chloroform, which Huggins says can easily vaporize) and heated.

The dentist performing the root canal then jams the wax into the end of the removed nerve canal. Huggins refers to this procedure as a “violation of physics.” Even though the chloroform is heated, the wax cools and shrinks. This, says Huggins, in a lecture he delivered at the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, results in “bacterial heaven.”

Root Canals Lead to Bacterial Infections

Huggins deftly explains that antibiotics (the good, natural pathogen-fighters found in our bodies, not the pharmaceutical-created derivatives) and white blood cells (also microscopic pathogen fighters) cannot get into the sealed-off canal, but food can, leading to a horror-show of surviving and mutating bacteria.

Normal, ordinary and harmless bacteria do an about face, akin to Dr. Jekyl morphing into Mr. Hyde, becoming nefarious due to oxygen deprivation around the deadened nerve canals.

The aforementioned periodontal ligament accumulates toxins and becomes impossible to clean. Bacteria becomes more concentrated and migrates to different parts of the body. The bacteria detects rotten tissue and becomes attracted to it as if the tissue is an all-you-can-eat hot fudge sundae buffet.

Bacteria, such as forms of streptococcus, duplicate in the canal by double every 24 hours. One cell of strep mutates into one billion in just one day. These anaerobic bacteria eventually leads to chronic disease.

Painful teeth are good

Dr. Huggins explains that a painful tooth signifies that the immune system is doing its job, trying to fight unwelcome bacteria; if the pain goes away, it’s quite possible, Huggins warns, that the bacteria may have migrated, perhaps to the heart, possibly leading to heart disease or a heart attack. Huggins strongly suggests that Crohn's Disease, ALS, Alzheimer’s and other chronic and autoimmune diseases are relative newcomers, first appearing shortly after heavy metals first became administered in dental practices, such as the use of amalgam (mercury and copper) fillings. 
More on mercury/amalgam fillings role in a forthcoming article, as well as ways to reverse chronic diseases for those people who have had root canals or amalgam fillings.

Until then, consider this: how many medical procedures leave deadened tissue in the body? The answer is just one...root canals. It’s no wonder that many people who have received a root canal have their immune systems go hay wire.

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