Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
I’m a severe critic of the broken North American Health Care System. For the most part, so far, I’ve focused my commentaries on the medical world. I’ve not ignored the dental world – I just haven’t given it all the attention it deserves. From what I’ve seen, though, North American Dentistry may be in worse shape than Medicine.
Its common knowledge that “dentistry,” as we know it, in North America is under siege. The American Dental Association’s whole public presence reeks of the fear inherent in their ranks. Dental Boards, in each State, watch the doorways at meetings, worried that, suddenly, a citizen’s group will figure out what they’re up to, and come after them en masse, with a hangman’s noose – so to speak.
Somewhere, years ago I suspect, North American Dentistry took a wrong turn, and they’ve been stuck on their road, afraid to turn back and take the right path, for years. That turn, their failure to correct, and their efforts to forestall the inevitable, is heading North American Dentistry towards a violent end.
Frankly, they deserve everything that coming their way.
Dentistry today, as an industry, is a house of cards. The question is “who is going to be the one to pull out the bottom card, and let the whole thing fall in on itself?” Maybe it’ll be you… Or, maybe someone will just open a window, and the morning breeze will do it.
There are several divisions of the North American Health Freedom Movement working on bringing down “dentistry” as we know it, right now. American Trial Lawyers are licking their chops, so to speak, looking for “deep pocket” targets. Government is looking hard at their activities.
What wrong turns did Dentistry take?
I’ll give you a list:
(1) Mercury Amalgam – and the criminally misleading action of calling the results “silver” amalgam, to hide the fact that “Dentistry” as a whole, for a lot of money, had connived to put DEATH (mercury) into the mouths of America’s families.
(2) Root Canals – one of the deadliest, most unhealthy things anyone could foist off on a population.
(3) The emphasis on “pretty” versus “healthy” teeth – a deliberate public relations program to lead Americans away from the reality that “what happens in your mouth affects your whole body.”
(4) The promotion of “fluoride,” in the form it’s being forced on communities, is one of the most deadly combinations of toxins known to man.
(5) The making of Dentists into “mechanics” instead of “health professionals.”
(6) The use of dental materials, besides mercury amalgam, without having a system to test for allergic reaction in their patients.
(7) The use of mismatched metals in the mouth.
The wrong emphasis…
In Europe, you can’t become a Dentist until you’ve become a Medical Doctor. Dentistry, there, is a sub-specialty of Medicine – and that makes a lot of sense. In North America Dentist have little, if any, medical training. And, it shows.
Run-of-the-mill North American Dentists are flat out dangerous, not just because of the reasons above, but because the general public thinks these people know something about health care – and they don’t.
Fixing the problem…
But there is a growing group of Dentists in North America who subscribe to the European thinking. They believe, for instance, that “what happens in your mouth affects your whole body.” Called, “Biological Dentists, Holistic Dentists, etc., this group is trying to shift dental mainstream to a more European approach. In reality, this combined group should be called “Dental Medicine.”
Of course, the whole group, Dental Medicine, itself, is under attack by the human filth that calls itself the “quackbusters”
The attack on the Good Guys…
Of course, the way health care is in North America, no one would be surprised to find out that the “status quo” in Dentistry seems to resent the emergence of“Dental Medicine.”
Virtually every State, and Province, in North America, has some sort of ongoing assault aimed at Dental Medicine. The “status quo” intends to maintain itself. Any cutting-edge Dentist who argues for the removal of mercury amalgam, or any of the seven items above, is at risk, virtually everywhere.
It’s bloody on the cutting-edge…
The Cavitat v. Aetna lawsuit is one result of the “status quo’s” efforts to attack Dental Medicine. For years, “status quo” Dentists have lined their pockets, bought that Mercedes Benz, the new speedboat for the lake house, and five or six around-the-world cruises for the family on the sales of “Root Canals” (Endodontics). The American Dental Association brags that it’s members have done 44 million root canals. At an average $1500 per unit, that comes out to $66,000,000,000 (66 trillion dollars) in sales. No wonder they don’t want to give it up.
But the reality of Root Canal Therapy is somewhat different. An interview with George Meinig DDS paints an opposing, and very frightening view of the reality of Root Canals. Meinig was one of the originators of Root Canal Therapy – but has turned completely against it, for good reason. He says:
Yes, a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases can originate from root filled teeth. The most frequent were heart and circulatory diseases and he found 16 different causative agents for these. The next most common diseases were those of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism. In third place – but almost tied for second – were diseases of the brain and nervous system. After that, any disease you can name might (and in some cases has) come from root filled teeth.
Let me tell you about the research itself. Dr. Price undertook his investigations in 1900. He continued until 1925, and published his work in two volumes in 1923. In 1915 the National Dental Association (which changed its name a few years later to The American Dental Association) was so impressed with his work that they appointed Dr. Price their first Research Director. His Advisory Board read like a Who’s Who in medicine and dentistry for that era. They represented the fields of bacteriology, pathology, rheumatology, surgery, chemistry, and cardiology.
The Cavitat device, basically, provides scientific documentation of the damage done to bone surrounding Root Canal teeth. The Cavitat, a sonograph, paints an early picture of what’s happening to the bone, long before an x-ray shows anything. It can see bone damage at Stage 1 – in time to save the tooth. Bone damage, at Stage 3, usually means removal of the tooth.
Worse, is the comparison of what actually is being done with a Root Canal. Endodotists are, by a Root Canal, acknowledging that the tooth is dead, and that nothing within their power, or skill, can save it, so their solution is to CUT THE NERVE ENDINGS SO THAT THE PAIN OF THE DAMAGE CAN’T BE FELT.
Just be glad these “status quo” Dentists are restricted to working on your teeth. Imagine what they’d do if the had access to the rest of your body, and you went to them to complain about “chest pains.”
But THIS attack on Dental Medicine has backfired…
The primary reason why the “quackbusters” will not survive 2005 is the Federal Court (Cavitat v. Aetna) Racketeering (RICO) lawsuit.
Aetna, in this case, like several entities, made the mistake of relying on information offered on “quackwatch.com” to condemn an innovative health device. Now, they are facing a massive claim for damages.
The “quackbusters,” we know, are a subversive operation started in the United States shortly after the American Medical Association (AMA) lost a Federal court case to the Chiropractors (Wilk v. AMA). In that case the chiropractic profession rightly, and successfully, accused the medical profession of attempting, through covert operation, to shut down, or damage the chiropractors as a competitive health profession.. They won their case – and the AMA was ordered to shut down their operation.
Today, the “quackbusters,” those you see, are a motley lot, led, they would have you believe, by failed MD Stephen Barrett through his boring, and repetitive,”quackwatch.com” website. “Quackwatch. com” is the quackbuster’s “bible.” On that site, and their dubious “web-ring” you’ll find a condemnation of anything, and everything, that competes with the use of drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
Over the last few years, Barrett, his minions, and wanna-bees, have been roundly, and soundly, humiliated in their efforts. Barrett, himself, has been officially declared in a PUBLISHED Appeals Court decision to be “biased, and unworthy of credibility.”
Even better is that the once vaunted National Council Against Health (NCAHF), after having been rudely evicted from its moorings at Loma Linda University, lost so badly in Court actions against the Homeopathic profession it owes over $100,000 to its intended victim. The Homeopaths trounced them them in Court – more than once.
In Wisconsin, the NCAHF, still licking its wounds from California, tried to regain some status – but it, through its president, hair removal and ear piercing specialist Robert S. Baratz, was, figuratively speaking, beaten to a pulp there – and humiliated in the media besides.
Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate