Saturday, 19 May 2012

Ground zero for Lyme is in the mouth

The mouth is the most important factor in the breakdown of health; there is no close second. All the antibiotics, and all the holistic approaches to healing, are likely to fail if the mouth has been overlooked.

The mouth is a reservoir of bacterial infections that become entrenched within the structure of teeth and trigger the high number of chronic degenerative diseases now epidemic in America, including Lyme.

Lyme has the ability to embed itself in tooth structure, where it goes undetected and remains unreachable by antibiotics. Each tooth has some three miles of tubules that emanate from the main canal. Bacteria hide out in all that footage. Lyme is a spirochete similar to spirochetes that cause syphilis. Spirochetes by nature burrow into tissue, such as teeth, bones, and soft tissue like the brain. These areas are the toughest to get to, impenetrable by drugs and herbs.

Many dentists do not realize that antibiotics cannot reach bacteria in dead teeth. In the case of endodontic therapy, or root canal, the dead tooth lacks a blood supply to its interior. Antibiotics circulating in the bloodstream have no way penetrate this dead tissue and hence have no effect on the bacteria.

Herbs are a little more effective, because they tend to make the body healthier by raising the immune function. But they can't knock out bacteria.

Energetic Approach Proves Most Effective in Lyme
Andrew Landerman, DDS, of Sebastopol, California, has mastered the use of energetics to get at Lyme. According to Landerman, one must focus on the oral cavity when dealing with Lyme because the oral cavity, in part or whole, blocks the immune functions, especially when incompatible dental materials are used. He has found this is the genesis of much degenerative disease, and it is often overlooked by both physicians and dentists today.

"Energy can pass through hard or soft tissue with no interference, much the same way as sound travels better through more dense structure than it does through air," Landerman says. "The sound of a blue whale can be heard by other whales in the water several hundred miles away. I first started to understand the relationship between Lyme and the oral cavity when I checked all the teeth in the mouth associated to symptoms in the body. As I went through this process, it became obvious that in Lyme, there are certain teeth more prone to show degenerative conditions than other teeth. I began to see a pattern develop. The first molars, top and bottom, are particularly affected. In time, I saw that the pattern also included the two front teeth, top and bottom."

He learned to use percussion, a method of tapping the tooth to send it a tiny shock to see how it responds. All teeth and their extraction sites relate to the different organs through the Chinese medical system of meridians, and they are all connected energetically. "As you go around the mouth," he says, "you see a pattern of low or high voltage in some teeth. No amount of herbs or remedies would get these underperforming or overperforming teeth to change their readings for the better. "

Landerman studied years ago in Germany, where he saw dentists extract affected teeth, and patients improved. But it bothered him that the pulp of the extracted teeth appeared normal. He wondered if those teeth had really needed to come out.

Metal is used in fillings and often under crowns. Metal interferes with the body's energetic network and suppresses or negatively excites the immune system. It doesn't matter if it's gold or nickel - all metal is problematic. "Nickel is probably the worst because it is carcinogenic; it knocks out the immune system," Landerman states. Mercury is about the most active of metals. The higher the temperature, the more it is released, poisoning the system.

One must remove the intrusive dental materials in order to correct the energetic flow of the related organ meridian, to restore proper function of the organ. Without this, degenerative diseases such as Lyme can take root. "It makes sense; you want to go back and correct the cause of the block," says Landerman. "The oral cavity is the seat of most of the energetic blocks in the system."

Landerman understands that teeth respire. "Normally, in a healthy tooth, fluid will go from the inside of the tooth to the outside," he explains. "That is their gatekeeper mechanism, their way to keep bad bacteria out of the tooth. But if a tooth is compromised, the fluid goes the other way - outside in. That is how infections enter the oral cavity, breed virulent pathogens, and can create havoc throughout the body for decades."

He figured he could use respiration to his advantage. "It took me probably 15 to 18 years to come up with homeopathic remedies that would change these teeth back to normal readings," he says. "Then we could save the teeth. If I could cause the homeopathic solution to go into the tooth, the tooth would be partially or wholly healed. Experience has proven the truth of this."

Landerman's patients are fitted with a tray and a custom-made homeopathic remedy. They bathe the affected teeth for an hour a day for as long as prescribed. The remedy transmits the homeopathic solution to the tooth and the tooth responds. If it can, the tooth returns to normal. Homeopathy is able to move fluids into the tooth.

"We need to knock down the Lyme hiding in the miles of tubules and in the bony socket," Landerman says. "I have my patients do this procedure at least once a year. And you do not have to have a Herxheimer reaction to get better. In homeopathy, if you hit the nail on the head, you won't have a Herx."
Focal Infection - Starts in the Mouth and Migrates

Where Lyme and other chronic diseases are concerned, the big enemy is root canals. American dentistry has been slow to recognize the negative impact of this procedure. Elsewhere in medicine, when a part of the body dies, say, a foot turns gangrenous, it is cut off. But in a root canal, dead teeth are left in, filled with a sealant where the nerve was drilled out. These teeth always cause energetic blocks.

George Meinig, DDS, FACD, author of Root Canal Cover Up, questions how standard dentistry can claim that infections seated in the mouth do not affect the body. "Patients who have heart conditions, knee or hip replacements, are told by their physician or dentist that for the remainder of their lives, they must have an antibiotic prescription before and after any dental treatment, including cleaning of their teeth," he wrote. "The reason antibiotics are needed is because it has been proven bacteria that live in the mouth can easily enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart and joints where they frequently cause endocarditis and many other infections."

This is called the focal infection theory. Meinig and Landerman believe that this valuable information was buried years ago by a minority group of autocratic dentists within the American Dental Association (ADA) who just couldn't grasp the concept.

The infectious mechanism was initially documented by Dr. Weston A. Price, chairman of the Research Section of the American Dental Association from 1914 to 1923. Price would extract a tooth that had undergone a root canal and implant it under the skin of a laboratory rabbit. He documented that in almost every case the animal would develop the same disease that the patient did. Price found he could embed small pieces of the root instead of the entire tooth, or pulverize the teeth and inject the powder, and cause the same results. Eventually, he found that he could culture the bacteria from a root-filled tooth and inject the toxins from it into the laboratory animal and reproduce the disease from the toxins alone. Price also found that bacteria present in the roots of the teeth and cementum were also present in the first few millimeters of adjacent bone in the jaw. The sterilization process involved in root canals simply does not work.

History tells us that the ADA wanted to promote root canal therapy as a new service and never moved forward with Price's report. Penicillin was discovered in 1928, the study of viruses soon followed, and antibiotics took center stage. However, the Germans made a big study of focal infections.