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Written by Hal Huggins, DDS, MS   
Friday, 25 June 2010 18:01

DNA Studies Confirm Dr. Weston Price’s Century-Old Findings

Toxic dental materials have created much havoc in the dental profession, as well as in patient health, for nearly two centuries. Dental mercury fillings, nickel crowns (especially in children, called “chrome crowns”), root canals and cavitations have been the target of concern for a long time.

Dental mercury was first exposed as a health-compromising product in 1840. The dental profession finally overcame the perception that putting toxic mercury in the mouth might be detrimental to human health; organized dentistry still considers the current fillings containing 50 percent mercury as “state of the art.”

The toxicity of root canals was disclosed by Mayo’s Clinic and Dr. Weston Price jointly back in about 1910. Close to a century ago. Price’s textbook on root canals, published in 1922, upset the dental associations at that time, and still does today. The American Dental Association (ADA), denies his findings and claims that they have proven root canals to be safe; however, no published data from the ADA is available to confirm this statement. Statements, but no actual research.

My attention was drawn to the increase in autoimmune disease after the high-copper amalgams of 1975 were initiated as “state of the art” fillings, which ADA claimed released no mercury. On the contrary, studies from Europe1 found that the high-copper amalgams released fifty times more mercury than previous amalgam!

In watching these changes regarding the onset of autoimmune disease, I noticed a blip in the statistics—an increase in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1976 (See Figure 1).

Note in Figure 2 that the actual number of cases of multiple sclerosis increased tremendously, from an average of 8800 per year during the period 1970 to 1975, to an increase of up to 123,000 in one year. That year being 1976, the birth date of high-copper amalgams.

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Is mercury the only dental hazard that can create conditions favorable to autoimmune diseases? No. There are bacteria in root canals that favor destruction of the nervous system and many other systems, resulting in the creation of autoimmune reactions.

What is the common denominator? The formation of a hapten (see page 46). A hapten is a small molecule that can elicit an immune response only when attached to a large carrier such as a protein; the carrier may be one that also does not elicit an immune response by itself. In general, only large molecules, infectious agents, or insoluble foreign matter can elicit an immune response in the body.

Healthy cells have a code imprinted on them. It is called the Major Histo-compatibility Complex (MHC). This is your personal code called “self.” Your body considers other code or alteration of this code to be “non-self.” The immune system is trained to kill and eliminate any “non-self” invaders.

If an atom of mercury attaches to a normal healthy cell, a hapten is formed and the immune system immediately identifies that cell as “nonself.” The immune system then proceeds to kill the contaminated cell. If mercury attaches to a nerve cell, the result is a neurological disease, such as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, seizures or lupus. If mercury attaches to a binding site on a hormone, that endocrine function is altered. Mercury can attach to almost any cell in the body and create autoimmune diseases in those tissues.

Lately, it has become evident that toxins from anaerobic bacteria have the same ability to create non-self autoimmune diseases by interfering with the MHC. This is the project that Dr. Price began to study a century ago. Resistance from organized dentistry was the same then as it is today. Price wondered why dentistry was considered a “health” profession.

Price was concerned about the pathological bacteria found in nearly all root canal teeth of that time. He was able to transfer diseases harbored by humans from their extracted root canal teeth into rabbits by inserting a fragment of a root canal root under the skin in the belly area of a test rabbit. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks. Transference of heart disease could be accomplished 100 percent of the time. Some diseases transferred only 88 percent of the time, but the handwriting was on the wall.

Dr. Price discovered that root canals had within them bacteria capable of producing many diseases. They had no place in the body. Which is more important? The life of the tooth or the life of the patient? This is still the primary argument facing us today.


Considering the difficulty of culturing anaerobic bacteria, it was hard to identify them with 1920s technology. Most of the bacteria reported by organized dentistry at that time were aerobes of unknown significance. Today, with DNA analysis available, anaerobic bacteria (the dangerous kind) can be identified whether dead or alive by the presence of their tell tale DNA signatures.

Let’s go back to the graphs of ALS up through the year 2000. Note an increase in 1976 and another increase in slope in 1991. In 1990, the dental association “suggested” that dentists perform thirty million root canals per year by the year 2000. Dentists accomplished that goal by 1999. As I understand it, the bar has now been raised to sixty million per year.

The unexplained increase in MS (8800 to 123,000) coincided with the advent of high copper amalgams. The increase in ALS in the same year is suggestive of the same cause. ALS also increased in 1991 as more root canals were performed. Statistical coincidence?

The goal of dentistry is to save teeth. Root canals allow dentists to maintain many teeth for years instead of extracting them. But is this goal appropriate considering the biological expense exposed with DNA research? What is more important? To save the life of the tooth or that of the patient?


Dr. Price, while head of research for the now-defunct National Dental Association, took one thousand extracted teeth and reamed them out as dentists normally do, prior to filling the canals with wax. Price sterilized the canals with forty different chemicals far too toxic to be used in a live human situation; he wanted to see whether the canals could be permanently sterilized. After forty-eight hours, each tooth was broken apart, and cultured for the presence of bacteria. Nine hundred ninety out of one thousand cultured toxic bacteria just two days after treatment with chemicals designed to make the tooth sterile. Where did these bacteria come from?

An overview of the structure of a tooth (see Figure 4) shows the outer layer, known as enamel, the second layer, known as dentin, and the inner portion, known as the pulp chamber, where the nerve lives. On the outside of the tooth is what is called the periodontal ligament. Teeth are not attached directly to bone. Fibers come out of the tooth and intertwine with fibers coming out of the bone, and they unite to form what is called the periodontal ligament.

The second layer of the tooth, the dentin, is not really solid but composed of tiny dentinal tubules. In a front tooth, if all these tubules were attached end to end, they would reach over three miles.3 Note that the tubules have adequate space to house many thousands of bacteria (see Figure 5). This is where the bacteria were hiding in the thousand teeth Price tested. From the dentin tubules, bacteria can migrate either into the pulp chamber, where space is left as the gutta percha—a natural form of rubber used to fill the space inside the cleaned-out root—shrinks upon cooling, rebounding from the force applied to push the wax down the canal, and losing the liquid portion (see Figure 6), or into the periodontal ligament where a plentiful supply of food awaits them.

A tooth has one to four major canals. This fact is taught in dental school, but never mentioned are the additional “accessory canals.” Price identified as many as seventy-five separate accessory canals in a single central incisor (the front tooth). Figure 7 shows one of these canals filled with necrotic (dead) tissue.

There is no way that any dental procedure can reach into these accessory canals and clean out the dead tissue. This necrotic tissue creates a home for multiple bacterial infections outside the tooth in the periodontal ligament. With added food supply from this area, the anaerobic bacteria can multiply and their toxins can contribute to the onset of disease (see Figure 8).

Of course, the root apex (terminal end) is the primary area of concentration of infection. Even though this may be the last area to show infection, dentistry generally considers a tooth sterile unless areas of bone resorption show up on X-ray. Upon cooling and shrinking of the gutta percha, space is left at the apex in which bacteria can thrive, where neither white blood cells of the immune system, nor antibiotics can reach them.

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Figure 8


Our first DNA studies examined bacteria retrieved from crushed root tips. We can identify eighty-three different anaerobic bacterial species with DNA testing. Root canals contain fifty-three different species out of these eighty-three samples. Some are more dangerous than others, and some occur frequently, some occasionally. Selecting those that occur more than 5 percent of the time, we found:

Capnocytophaga ochracea
Fusobacterium nucleatum
Gemella morbillorum
Leptotrichia buccalis
Porphyromonas gingivalis

Of what significance are these? Four affect the heart, three the nerves, two the kidneys, two the brain and one the sinus cavities. Shouldn’t we question the wisdom of supplying a haven for these microbes so close to our brain and circulatory system? Does this information validate the claims of “sterile” root canals?

Dentists claim they can “sterilize” the tooth before forcing the gutta percha wax down into the canal. Perhaps they can sterilize a column of air in the center of the tooth, but is that really where the problem is? Bacteria wandering out of the dentinal tubules is what Price was finding, and what we were finding in the crushed tooth samples. But does the problem end there? Hardly.

Just out of curiosity, we tested blood samples adjacent to the removed teeth and analyzed them for the presence of anaerobic bacteria. Approximately 400 percent more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were in the tooth itself. It seems that the tooth is the incubator. The periodontal ligament supplies more food, therefore higher concentration of bacteria.

But the winner in pathological growth was in the bone surrounding the dead tooth. Looking at bacterial needs, there is a smorgasbord of bacterial nutrients present in the bone. This explains the tremendous increase in bacterial concentration in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth. Try sterilizing that volume of bone.

Apparently, the immune system doesn’t care for dead substances, and just the presence of dead tissue will cause the system to launch an attack. Infection, plus the autoimmune rejection reaction, causes more bacteria to collect around the dead tissue. Every time a person with a root canal bites down, these bacteria are flushed into the blood stream, and they start looking for a new home. Chemotaxis, or the chemical attraction of a specific bacteria for a specific tissue, assists the anaerobes in finding new quarters in the heart, nervous system, kidney, brain, etc., where they will perform their primary damage.

Many of the bacteria in the surrounding bone are present in far more than 50 percent of the samples tested. Streptococcus mutans was found in 92 percent of the blood samples. It can cause pneumonia, sinusitis, otitis media, meningitis and tooth decay.

Streptococcus mitis was found 92 percent of the time. This microbe attacks the heart and red blood cells. It is a rather hearty bug, for it went to the moon (hiding in a camera) on an unmanned expedition, stayed there over two years in an environment without atmosphere, exposed to temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, minus 250 in the shadow. Upon returning to Earth with the astronauts of Apollo 12, over two years later, this microbe was still alive.10 In humans, S. mitis binds to platelets and is involved in the pathogenesis of infective endocarditis. Want this guy living in your dead root canal tooth?

Of the top eight bacteria in the blood adjacent to root canal teeth, five affect the heart, five the nervous system, two the kidney, two the liver, and one attacks the brain sinus, where they kill red blood cells Of these, Prevotella intermedia (present in 76 percent of the samples) attacks heart, kidney and sinus; Strep intermedius (present in 69 percent of the samples) attacks heart, nerves, lungs, liver and brain.

DNA examination of extracted root canals has shown bacterial contamination in 100 percent of the samples tested. This is quite the opposite of official claims that root canals are 97 percent successful. Do they need a new definition of success?


Cavitations are the next big problem that result from dental procedures. Cavitations are areas of unhealed bone left over after a tooth extraction (see Figure 9).

Dentists are generally taught to remove a tooth and leave the periodontal ligament in the socket, a procedure which would be like delivering a baby and leaving the placenta in the uterus.

These socket areas with the ligament left in place rarely heal. After tooth removal, a cap of about 2 millimeters (one sixteenth of an inch) covers the extraction site, leaving a hole the size of the root of the tooth behind. In records of five thousand surgical debridements (cleaning) of cavitations, only two were found to be healed.14 When the periodontal ligament is left in the bone, the body senses that the tooth is still there, and the order for healing is canceled. These holes are lined with many of the same bacteria found in root canal sockets, but actually more different species. Whereas root canal teeth contain up to fifty-three different species of bacteria, cavitations yield up to eighty-two of the eighty-three we test for.

Of the five most frequently present bacteria found in cavitations, three affect the heart, two the nervous system and one the kidneys and lungs. They are as follows:

Streptococcus mutans (occurrence 63 percent of the samples), affects the nervous system, can cause pneumonia, sinusitis, otitis media and meningitis. It has also been blamed for causing dental decay in teeth, but this may be more the result of the fluid flow pulling bacteria into the tooth than actual active invasion by the bacteria.2

Porphyromonas gingivalis (occurring in 51 percent of the samples), damages the kidney, alters integrity of endothelial lining of blood vessels, and induces foam cells from macrophages, contributing to atherogenesis. It contains proteases that lyse red blood cells and extract nutrients (primarily iron) from the red blood cells. This action is called porin forming, which can destroy red blood cells rapidly. (By the way, P. gingivalis can both up and down regulate about five hundred different proteins critical to maintaining our normal biochemical actions.)

Candida albicans (present in 44 percent of the samples), in its yeast form is beneficial in the process of demethylation of methyl-mercury as well as its ability to destroy pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract. When converted into the fungal form by a shift in pH in the digestive system, candida can penetrate the intestinal wall, leaving microscopic holes that allow toxins, undigested food particles, bacteria and other yeasts to enter the blood stream. This condition is sometimes referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome, which can lead to environmental intolerances.

Prevotella intermedia (occurrence rate of 44 percent) has as its primary concern coronary heart disease (CHD). P. intermedia invades human coronary artery endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells. It is generally located in atheromatous plaques. Cellular invasion of cardiac muscle is central to the infective process.11


So, if all these diseases of “unknown etiology,” that is, of unknown origin, are the result of bacterial invasion, why not just flood the body with antibiotics? They kill bacteria, don’t they? Ever hear of someone who was sick, was given antibiotics, and then got even worse? Most of us have heard the story. Perhaps the following information explains what happens in these cases, and why antibiotics cannot be used in infections of this nature.

Most antibiotics are “bactericidal”—think suicidal, or homicidal. Antibiotics kill. But this is not the same type of killing that John Wayne was noted for. When he fired at the bad guy, the bad guy fell over dead. Was then presumed to be buried. But when bactericidal antibiotics kill a bacterium, the bacterium explodes (see Figure 10).

The fragments are not eliminated immediately, for each piece is a lipopolysaccharide called endotoxin.12 By way of contrast, exotoxins are the toxic chemicals that are released by pathogenic bacteria, and endotoxins are toxic entities (fragments of the original bacteria) that are the result of the bacterial explosion caused by the antibiotic. Endotoxins present a huge challenge to the immune system, for now, instead of facing one bacterium, it has to process and eliminate perhaps one hundred endotoxins. With dozens of bacteria to confront from each single root canal or cavitation, no one antibiotic can kill all of them, and if there were one, the resulting dead bacterial corpses would overwhelm the body and produce either greater disease or death.

Broad spectrum antibiotics cannot be used for this reason. Sometimes even one capsule of antibiotic produces more problems than the immune system can tolerate. Plus, of course, it takes only two or three capsules to completely sterilize the gut of its four or more pounds of friendly bacteria.13 Antibiotics are far more powerful and potentially devastating than I ever thought they were. Antibiotics should be used with ultra caution, not routinely given for ten days or so after oral surgery, “just in case.”

There are other ways to get these microbes under control, and several are being tested at this time. It is advantageous to have intravenous vitamin C and occasionally a non-killing antibiotic is added to this solution. This combination does reduce the challenge to the immune system, but, overall, root canals represent the rock-and-hard-place situation.

Leave the root canal or cavitation in the body, and there is the potential of creating an unwanted autoimmune or degenerative disease that could be life threatening. Toxins and bacteria can both leak from these contamination sites wreaking havoc with a person’s cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and immune systems. The public needs to be informed, so they can make educated choices in the trade-off between toxic convenience and health.

Removing the offending tooth presents problems that must be confronted, or other problems can be induced—problems not as dangerous as the continuous bacterial spill, but ones that need to be avoided if possible. In order to allow the immune system to focus on healing, all other offending dental materials should be removed (mercury, copper, implants, tattoos and nickel crowns) so that the immune system can deal with the bacterial challenge instead of the bacteria plus toxic metals. Nutrition should be calculated from the aspect of the blood chemistries commensurate with one’s ancestral diet and in line with the dietary principles formulated by Dr. Price. Recovery from a root canal is complicated, but your patient’s life is worth salvaging.

These studies in DNA analysis of bacteria in root canals and cavitations confirm the fact that Dr. Weston Price, despite being one century ahead of his colleagues, was absolutely correct in determining that bacteria-laden root canals have no place in the body of people interested in their health. This toxic waste spill can be stopped, but not with the assistance of dental associations, which continue to insist that the procedure of root canals is perfectly safe. The recent increase in suggested quota up to sixty million root canals per year is not in the best interest of their patients, nor can that action do anything but increase health costs for the innocent patient.

Price was right. Root canals are not worth the price.

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Figure 9 Figure 10



summer2010-fig3A hapten is a small molecule that can elicit an immune response only when attached to a large carrier such as a protein or toxic metal such as mercury; the carrier may be one that also does not elicit an immune response by itself. In general, only large molecules, infectious agents, or insoluble foreign matter can elicit an immune response in the body. Once the body has generated antibodies to a hapten-carrier adduct, the small-molecule hapten may also be able to bind to the antibody, but it will usually not initiate an immune response; usually only the hapten-carrier adduct can do this.



Let’s look at five major bacterial species lurking in root canals more closely, keeping in mind that these are only five of the fifty-three that are routinely found in root canal teeth.

Capnocytophaga ochracea: Found in brain abscesses associated with dental source of infection. Causes human disease in the central nervous system. Also related to septicemia and meningitis.4

Fusobacterium nucleatum: Produces toxins that inhibit fibroblast cell division and wound healing processes. Causes infection in the heart, joints, liver and spleen.5,6

Gemella morbillorum: Linked to acute invasive endocarditis, septic arthritis and meningitis.7

Leptotrichia buccalis: Reduces the number of neutrophils (a critically important white blood cell), thus lowering immune competence.8

Porphyromonas gingivalis: Destroys red blood cells by drilling holes (porins) in them, causing the cell to “bleed to death.” Low red cell counts that do not recover after dental revision are frequently responding to the porin activity of this microbe. P. gingivalis also alters the integrity of the endothelial lining of blood vessels, which leads to inflammation and bleeding in the inner lining of blood vessels. This is the key step in formation of atherogenesis that leads to heart attacks. P. gingivalis can change friendly bacteria into pathogens.9


1. Brune, D, Metal release from dental biomaterials, Biomaterials, Vol. 7, May 1986.

2. Steinman, RR, Leonora, J, Relationship of fluid transport through the dentin to the incidence of dental caries. J Dental Research, Vol. 50, No. 6, Nov-Dec 1971.

3. Price, WA, Dental Infections, Oral and Systemic, Vol. I, Penton Pub Co. Ohio, USA, 1923.

4. J. Clin Microbiology Vol. 45, No. 2 p. 645-647.

5. Apoptic cell death in PMNs, J. Infection and Immunology Vol. 68, No. 4, April 2000, p. 1893-1898.

6. Can Family Physician Vol. 53, No.9 Sept. 2007 p. 1451-1453.

7. J. Med Microbiology Vol. 56 2007 p. 1689-1691.

8. Anaerobe Vol. II Issue 6 Dec 2005 p. 350-353.

9. JSTOR: Clinical infectious diseases Vol. 25 Sept 1997 p. 5284-5286.

10. a Sept. 1, 1998

11. Archives of Internal Medicine Vol. 166 No. 5 Mar 13, 2006, PP 554-559.

12. Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology, Kenneth Todar, PhD 2008.

13. Journal of Nutrition Vol. 130 p.4105-4145 - PubMed.

14. Personal communication, Dr. Blanche Grube.


This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2010.

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sick person
written by Leandra Hanes , Mar 06 2014
I was born in 1967. As you know, they were usintsome of the nastiest junk to fill teeth then. They even filled baby teeth. Fast forward to 1985,I joined the the U.S.Army,proudly. I suddenly went from having few or no cavities, to needing at least one root canal every time I went to the dentist. After all,they just graduated and needed the practice. Desert Storm started, putting an end to that. I now have Secondary-Progressive MS, orthostatic hypotension and poor health in general. I also have Epstein Barre. It flares up frequently. Have you ever looked into the incidence of E.B. and Chronic Fatigue w/dental work?
Right and good
written by St Boomer, Mar 01 2014
Someone said on a previous comment: "Never believe anything from quackwatch. Stephen Barrett (from is not even a licensed physician, yet he promotes himself as the Lord of all that is right and good." Dr. Huggins' dental license was revoked in the past, so he is not a licensed dentist as well. Am I missing something here?

You are promoting that you can cure Multiple Sclerosis or ALS by removing silver fillings, sound teeth with root canals or nickel crowns, or even sound dental titanium implants. I think that every extreme position is bad. What happens when all your proposed "holistic dental treatment" is done and there is no improvement in that person's illness?

I wonder how expensive it would be to have all your root canals, crowns and dental implants removed, then the bone drilled away to remove the "cavitations", having all the silver fillings removed and replaced with composite resins, and then undergo a chelation process to remove all the toxins from the blood followed by a nutrition "calculated from the aspect of the blood chemistries commensurate with one’s ancestral diet and in line with the dietary principles formulated by Dr. Price." This doesn't seem to be a cheap option and still there is no warranty that the main illness will cure.

At the end, the bacteria are impossible to eliminate from the mouth. After removing all the teeth with root canals, silver fillings and even implants, you need to restore the person's ability to chew. Every dental material used for restoration (fillings like composite resins or denture materials) is artificial; so, there is always a chance that a reaction will take place with any artificial material.
Okay but what is the solution then?
written by Marcel Vossen, Feb 19 2014
So basically you can't do a rootcanal, can't pull the tooth out, can't use antibiotics? What else can you do if you get an infection of a tooth then??

Atoms penetrate right through the teeth and molars
written by Benjamin, Jan 17 2014
I had a terrible tooth infection, with no money to visit a doctor, and no insurance I turned to colloidal silver atoms 4000 PPM. This form of colloidal silver is not as common as other low ppm colloids, I washed my mouth 3 times a day, I took 1/2 ounce also 3 times per day on an empty stomach, after 3 days this terrible swelling disappeared! When I spoke with the people at, they explained that the atoms actually penetrate through the teeth and work their way directly were the bugs are, the person from the company explaine that he took 12,000 PPM 1/2 ounce and let it stay in his mouth for about 2 minutes, he did this 3 or 4 times in one day and the particles started making his teeth very sensitive, to the point where it hurt to eat, he explained that what had happened was that the silver also made better nerve conductivity and magnified the sensitivity, he also explained that after a day of not taking such high PPM the teeth returned completely back to normal and his infection was gone as well.
Seeking information and help removing RCT
written by Eric V, Dec 01 2013
I am a disabled single parent living in constant pain.
After reading about what is now suspected concerning root canal teeth(RCT), I am suspicious that it could be the root cause of my health problems.
At 43 I have a confirmed diagnosis of multiple auto immune diseases including RA and scleroderma. Having multiple RCT, and a few silver ones I am seeking a way to have all my teeth removed. If there is a link I would be an excellent test case.
Surly there are researchers willing to help identify any health links relative to RCT? Anyone know of anything?
written by Nic, Oct 16 2013
Conversation started today


Hello and please help,

Tomorrow I am scheduled for a root canal with the Endocal process by a dentist that's also a naturopath. I have an abscess.. its been coming and going but now its swollen, sore, aching and red with a white, flat area on the side of my swollen gum by that tooth that is draining pus.

I went to visit my dentist today and was told I have two options now: either extraction or need a root canal asap. So I have a root canal scheduled for tomorrow morning. I just recently heard of Ramiel Nagel's book Cure Tooth Decay and recently ordered it and have only had time to read part way through it. I started oil pulling with coconut oil and taking the fermented cod liver oil / butter from Green Pastures Blue Ice last week. I did those treatments for a few days and it started feeling better quickly then I had to go on the road for work where I didn't have those items with me for several days so I missed several days and now the abscess is here and seems pretty bad. I have done oil pulling and the cod liver oil/butter for the past few days again, yesterday twice and don't notice any difference now.

My dentist said he had never heard of this book but now he wants to get a copy. I'm still not convinced that my two only options are extraction or root canal.. but am scared because its been an ongoing issue this tooth and I'm scared the infection could cause me more damage elsewhere in the body if I don't get a root canal asap.

Anyway, do you think there's hope for healing this abscess naturally or do you think I should go with the Endocal root canal?

Thank you, Nic

written by Trillium, Oct 02 2013
First when I read this I thought this dentist was actually following the science on this and then I realized the more I dug into this he isn't. I even went to his website. For him to link things like diabetes to dental work first had me freaked since I have had a ton of dental work over 5 + decades and then what? Do I have all the remaining teeth pulled since no way could I afford to replace everything. Some teeth have a lot of fillings. Then it dawned on me his position was flawed. I also found many here posting and asking questions like myself and no answers. That also had me thinking well he likes to make bold statements but doesn't like being tested on them. Here is the big flaw of his assertions on diabetes an autoimmune disease as one example. My dog has zero fillings. His teeth were fine. He was older too. He got diabetes which is an autoimmune disease. My other dog got arthritis. Again an autoimmune disease and her teeth were fine, no fillings. Neither dog had fillings, pulled teeth or missing teeth or broken teeth. Both labs. One a female and one a male. However both were eating dry dog food. The female didn't show signs of arthritis until after she had a significant bacteria infection in her throat area. They couldn't explain why she got it could have been caused by some splinter of bone or whatever. After she took a dose of antibiotics did she begin to limp. I then began feeding her raw chicken instead of dry dog food. The limp went away. Her body is now solid muscle not fat like before. She is older dog too and doesn't do that much in activity. I would say that what you eat has much more bearing on autoimmunity than these fillings and bacteria in the mouth. I see this dentist likes to cite all sorts of research but I don't see him really prove this with a broader look at autoimmunity. He only cites what pushes his argument and doesn't have a balanced look at it. Alessio Fasano is the researcher who is renown for his Celiac (autoimmune condition) research who clinically is proving the triggers for ALL autoimmunity through the gut and what you eat that leaks into blood stream. I came here hoping to find answers but found this site absolutely focused on some weird stuff like milk. With my autoimmune conditions eating milk only causes problems. Fermented milk is the worst since it has yeast/mold in it big time and those moldy critters are very quickly found by my immune system via a leaky gut. I can literally watch my eczema and rosacea flare on my hands. Milk has a high insulin response too. No wonder it is for calves to signal them to grow big and put on a bunch of weight. I feel like the milk lobby is working this site. Too bad for Dr. Price's legacy since I do think he was on the right track but it looks like the inmates have taken over his mission and are running this legacy afoul. Funding Masterjohn is another big red flag here. The bloggers here are just not very credible. I think you need to use some serious critical thinking when vetting out this site. I would not donate here since the research they are funding is way off the path of what Dr. Price was talking about. I think whoever is managing this needs to rethink this since there is much out there right now that can easily disprove where you are headed with all of this. I think paleo type diet is the first step with this. I think clean food and and avoiding chemicals in farming is key. I think grassfed meat is key as well. Avoiding antibiotics and many drugs is a big deal if possible. I think replacing all your dental work is just not possible for many and to guilt trip them about this is just ridiculous. Many would have to take more antibiotics to do that IF they could afford it. Since like he claims not much research on this why aren't you funding specific dental research to prove or disprove this big issue about dental work and autoimmunity link? I think that is the sort of thing Dr. Price would be keen on.
Treatment with Huggins
written by Ruth, Jun 21 2013
I had my dental work replaced by Dr. Huggins in January of 1991, the week of Martin Luther King's birthday. It takes 4 days to do the whole mouth, one day for each quadrant. One of the best things I have ever done for my health. Each day after the treatment just as I was beginning to arrive in Denver (it's about a 1 1/4 hours' drive from his office in Colorado Springs to Denver) I would begin to have profuse drainage from my sinuses, a band of pain and pressure around my head began to subside on the side of my head he worked on, my hearing improved, and as my face and neck began to relax I became aware that for years I had walked around with my teeth clinched and my tongue shoved into the back of my throat.

As far as references for Dr. Huggins many have written about the dangers of root canals and focal infections. Read the article, "The Right Price" Interpreting the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price, written by Sally Fallon which is on this website. Dr Harold Hawkins DDS, Dr Melvin Page DDS, Dr George Meinig DDS, Emanuel Cheraskin, MD, DMD were all dentists who practiced in a similar vein to Dr. Weston Price. Only a quack like Stephen Barrette would try to discredit them. He is juat a shill for the medical establishment. .
Irrefutable Statistics
written by jamesginn, Jun 05 2013
The correlation between root canals and the increase in autoimmune disease since 1975 is irrefutable.
In Thailand
written by Bruno, May 30 2013
Well I sure won't be getting a root canal now...especially since I'm in Thailand...I'll just pull the teeth out.
written by Nicole , Apr 29 2013
Oh wow. I have had a gut feeling about this horrid thing I've had in my mouth since an accident age 9. After years of fighting candida and subsequent ca cervix, things have been sooo much better with vigilant WAPF diet and GAPS. But there has still been something nigggling and this is it. Funnily enough the tooth has recently finally broken apart and the stuff that came out was disgusting. Despite reassurances from my dentist that it was fine - no infection- the periodontist says it is, with accompanying bone loss and gingivitis. So I figure zirconia implant and ceramic crown is the way to go? I feel fortunate to be able to afford it, but its my front tooth I'm young and I'd rather sell my car for a good tooth (I love cycling anyway!) thanks for a great summation of the pathophysiology - better late than never
dental fillings
written by natalie wright, Apr 27 2013
I wrote last week, i had the composite resin filling changed, with a glass inomer, with no resins, a few days later it was sensitive again , filling area sore to touch, reacting to it again, had it extracted on Friday, now I have no fillings in mouth, I believe I reject all dental fillings, root canals,
written by Jana Irvin , Feb 18 2013
I am elderly, broke and struggling. I have been blessed with good health so far and am terrified after learning that due to numerous "leaking" root canals and teeth that apparantly are infecsted underneath the many fillings I have, all my teeth have to go and be replaced with plates. I had a second opinion which was exactly the same as the first....done in another city. I am willing to have them all removed, my life is more important than the teeth. PROBLEM: I don't have the $3590. to get the teeth removed and replaced with plates. I was denied financing as my income is very low now. For many months now I have been consistantly waking up every morning with severe headaches and feel some increasing pain in both the upper teeth and the jawline on the left and right lower quadrants. Is there any way to get help to finance this desperately needed dental work? Thank you for your consideration.
Jana Irvin
Root canal
written by Val, Jan 05 2013
What is the safest way to have my root canal removed? I have read that you can get really sick after removal.
written by marie, Dec 21 2012
I just had a broken root canal tooth removed on Tuesday. I can already see an improvement in my health. I know this is the best thing to do for my health. It was not expensive compared to how much it was hurting my health. Fatigue has been reduced. I have 3 more to remove next month. I will let you know how I am then. Our health is our wealth. The 700.dollars to remove under anesthesia and remove the necessary tissue and treat the socket was worth every dollar.
Practitioner of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist
written by Lorraine Harris, Dec 13 2012
I prescribe strong Chinese herbal anti-microbials (kill bacteria)and a good probiotic before and after dental procedures. Have also done that for myself for a root canal, low grade infection (dentist first missed), tooth abscess. Finally, I'm pain free!
Obscure pain related to existing root canal?
written by Dental Decepticon, Dec 05 2012
I've had a root canal for about two decades due to a childhood accident that had my a milk tooth knocked out, which subsequently resulted in the root dying. Over a decade later the tooth began to discolour, as such, I had a crown done.

In the past twelve months I've felt an odd, intermittent, mild pain in my right side, near the kidney (*same side as the root canal). X-Rays, ultrasounds and blood tests have shown nothing. Yet, the 'irritation' still persists.

I'm beginning to think the dead tooth might have something to do with it, as otherwise I'm in perfect health; with a good diet, regular exercise and no family history of any kidney related issues.

Reading all this new 'anti root canal' stuff is fast goading me to part with a hefty chunk of my hard earned just so as to eliminate even the mere possibility of some arcane bacteria harbouring in my face... smilies/cry.gif

F*** dentistry. smilies/angry.gif
check this out..
written by MInx, Nov 16 2012
The health of the teeth comes from within. Clean the diet, and remineralize the dentin. =)
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written by madison elkhorn, Oct 02 2012
My conventional dentist said they never leave the PDL. He said he never heard of anyone- conventional or holistic leaving the PDL.
written by Dental Student, Sep 27 2012
Actually, after proper root canal treatment of a periapical infection with bone loss and lesions, filling the canal and even the side dentin canals, you get a stable result with regrowth of the lost bone tissue and no symptoms in the following years. How can you state of the chronic infection within the dentin, that's why there are several techniques to properly clean the canal before the obscuration, if the end result is bone generation in the years following the treatment?
Extracting teeth is the prosthetic dentist's dream because he can sell you expensive restorations that last 7 years average (20 even) and nothing is as stable and efficient as your own tooth, even a "dead one".
However a root canal treatment should be prognosed for it's success considering the thickness of the dentin roots, paradont level and overall health, etc.
Where to go from here?
written by Renee, Sep 24 2012
Thanks for the informative article. However, I have YET to see any articles or suggestions on what to do now? I had a root canal where they saved the tooth and filled it with composite. 5 years later the tooth broke beyond repair and was extracted. I now have a gap in my teeth. The gums have completely healed over, but I am wondering if I can/should consider an implant or other thing to replace or fill the gap to avoid tooth movement and bone loss. Help? Anyone answering these queries?
written by Rose, Sep 21 2012
Reading this information for many of us is after the fact of having many root canals and other dental procedures. Its extremely scary to know this stuff and not really have any way to rectify it. I have had 6 root canals and believe there is truth to them being infested with bacteria. My root canals are part of several bridges, If I was to get all these teeth extracted I would have massive holes in my mouth and all the troubles associated with missing teeth. Unable to eat, face caving in, other teeth falling over, etc. Not to mention the fact that many of us are not rich, And lets face it, you have to be practically rich to get almost any procedure done by dentists. The costs alone make it impossible for anyone to do anything about it anyway. Problem now is information is empowering but also very frightening when one cant do anything about it.
What to do now is a huge problem, you have opened a can of worms without giving anyone answers as to what to do if they have tons of root canals already?
OK, I read zirconium implants, they cost anywhere from 3-6 thousand dollars, most people cant even afford one implant, let alone 1/2 dozen or so.
This information while I embrace it for the most part has got me paranoid as to my health issues and future health issues.
What a quandry!!!!
revision of root canal
written by Karen, Aug 03 2012
I had a root canal 20 years ago and the tooth became hot again. I was told to have a revision of the root canal. I had a revision. The infection did not go away, it got worse despite antibiotics. The end result is an extraction of the tooth, loss of bone in my face where the infection was, and a whole lot of pain. My other root canals are fine.

So I don't know what to think about this article but can share what the oral surgeon told me-- NEVER agree to redo a root canal that has already been done. Always in that case have the tooth removed.

Good luck everyone.
Root Canal Dangers
written by Larry Huddleston, Jul 31 2012
Mi Wife had a root canal Oct 1st 2010 this did not go very well it was a prefereted root canals with in six months she had lost over 50 lbs she has a small cyst in the rt cheek were the first crown was placed in her mouth. She has dry mouth, dry eyes, her mouth cracks in the corners. Frequent mouth sores, joint pain. She has been on three different types of medications 1st was metholtrexate her liver enzymes were very high so the put her on cellcept and had very bad on set of shingles so the tried her on eovace and her pancreous started to shut down now she starts a new drug at the U of M August6 for infused chemo to supress her immune system even more. She still has the crowns. Would like you input on this Thank You.
no body
written by Veda, Jul 01 2012
Dear sir
I am interested to have a look at my tooth ( and many feelings and root canal ) by a dentist that is aware of Dr Price research can you send me a list of such a dentist in the US and abroad
I am living in India
11 root canals and 3 implants
written by Ara, Jun 12 2012
This is topic is so complex, so confusing. I'm supposed to take out my 11 root canals? Wouldn't that be more traumatic to my jaw? Is there any alternative? I feel hopeless
written by marshan, May 10 2012
Have always believed this all to be truth..
Alternatives to root canal???
written by Linda, Mar 29 2012
I keep seeing questions about alternatives to root canals. I have pain in the site of a crowned tooth. I'm fairly certain the dentist will advise root canal. If I just have the tooth extracted, there is danger of a cavitation, and my other teeth will shift out of place. I can't afford an implant, and I've heard they are not safe either. I appreciate all this information about the dangers of root canals, but it appears that MANY of us need to know about alternatives. Thank you.
written by Nicole o, Mar 08 2012
Need dental work done and don't want to gt a root canal. What are my options????
Root canal dangers
written by Laura, Feb 24 2012
I had a root canal -- my only one -- on the left side of my mouth 5 years ago. Then last year I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and herniated discs in both the cervical and lumbar regions. The herniated discs were on the left side and affected my left side, including sciatica and left arm numbness.

Could there be any connection between cervical arthritis and root canals? I had never had any back problems before and since reading that root canals tend to affect the side of the body that they were performed...well, it appears to be quite a coincidence there, at the very least.
Squirming is to be expected.
written by Ronald, Feb 18 2012
Amazing all of the attacks on Dr. Price and Dr. Huggins and the simultaneous trust and belief in all things mainstream dentistry. The 'Quackwatchers' love attacking things that they don't know or understand - usually due to their own narrow-mindedness. The research is there. As a matter of fact, you just read a nice summation of it. Or did you actually read it?

I have seen the clinical reality of these facts for years. Patients who get better after having a rotten root canal or mercury amalgam fillings removed. I've seen the sacs of infection that are commonly at the tips of the roots when removed even though they didn't show on the x-rays.

I find mainstream dentistry one of the most dangerous and archaic medical practices still alive today. Shame for the people being subjected to it.

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written by Janet, Feb 05 2012
where is the science. what do the charts depicting the rise of certain diseases and the simultaneous rise of amalgams have to do with each other? Did the people affected by the disease have this dental work, and did those receiving it all, or a significant sample get the disease? I reject mercury in my mouth, but i am not that thrilled with the plastic crap alternative either. Sewing teeth into a rabbit does not produce such a conclusion. I am appalled at the rumor and innuendo and non convincing psuedo science, even though i refuse amalgams myself. I would like to see some research, some studies. They can be based on past dental records and the health of those individuals. Some critical reading and thinking is needed here.
written by Nancy, Oct 24 2011
Where do the majority of people go for root canal teeth removal and cavitation cleaning. Who is considered to be the expert, most skilled and reasonably priced (outside US, if necessary)? Thanks.
written by Ainsley Apirana, May 14 2011
what about gum disease - can it be related to root canal fillings
root canal options
written by balance, May 13 2011
Read this for a more balanced practical view on root canals:
To all of you who beleive quackwatch!
written by Lori Lamb, May 11 2011
I recently did some of my own research on quackwatch and found that when I googled to the name of the Dr. arguing against this protocol, he didn't even exist. The ADA has ghost writers that do nothing but post faulse, faulty stories about obvious truths. I don't trust the ADA, FDA, USDA or any government organization that tells me something is safe. They are Liars! It's all about covering the butts of the industry to avoid class action lawsuits if they were to admit the truth. I for one with 15 silver fillings removed that my insurance would not cover because the ADA still insists that silver fillings are safe are full of ____!
written by Meg, Apr 16 2011
The article states that "Dentists are generally taught to remove a tooth and leave the periodontal ligament in the socket, a procedure which would be like delivering a baby and leaving the placenta in the uterus." Except that this isn't true. I've been a professor at 2 dental schools and a student at 1 and this statement would be considered completely crazy. No one today advocates leaving the periodontal ligament in the socket and it is certainly not what "dentists are generally taught". It isn't even something that is controversial. This statement is just wrong. It isn't even a matter of philosophy or opinion. This isn't what dentists are taught. I know. I'm teaching them!

WAPF- please do some fact checking!

root canal alternative
written by marissa, Feb 10 2011
oil-pulling is an auyrvedic practice that restores mouth health almost entirely. i recommend google-ing it and read the thousands of amazing stories.
written by kelly, Dec 15 2010
Like Meghan Kinney,I myself have a broken tooth and don't know what's the best option? Also I have about 4 root canals I plan to have something done but not sure due to my area of limited dentist qualified for removal of them. I don't want to get even sicker from having them removed improperly. Oh what to do because money is a problem as well but first thing is first and that is a treatment plan with a qualified dentist how to do this?
A vicum of Root Canals...
written by darleng, Dec 04 2010
I was diagnosed with FULL BLOWN aids some 21 years ago- with 6 months to live. I researched and did alternative treatments and educated myself* I read much about the dangers of root canals but 7 years ago had 3.( then 45 looking 35 and feeling great) Devistating effects- the virus that was never evident shouted through outmyy entire body and my face was shrinking! What I can tell anyone is that you have to educate yourself and believe that you have the power to say no to a Dr. who is only what he has been taught by the pharmaceitical companies that write their bible. I am now 50 and always looking for the healthier answers ... it is an adventure and always feeling better is a great destination! smilies/smiley.gif
written by Laura A, Dec 02 2010
So what are the alternatives to a root canal? I got one a year or so before I was diagnosed with MS. Is it worth having it removed? What is involved with that and what would go in it's place? Is there a healthy alternative? particularly for a front tooth?
written by D., Nov 14 2010
Never believe anything from quackwatch. Stephen Barrett is not even a licensed physician, yet he promotes himself as the Lord of all that is right and good. Leave him,and his proclamations,in the gutter where he belongs.
Dental Work Dangers
written by Lowell, Oct 27 2010
15 years ago I had all amlagam fillings replaced with composite, and it was the best thing I have ever done, health wise. The differance was amazing. I had previously as well sores all across my scalp, that had not healed in over a year. One would heal slightly and another form. Mercury retention toxicity. After the first and largest quadrant of amalgam was removed, the sores disappeared, as the body then was able to handle it and dump the mercury. All of it was done by the Huggins protocol, at a Huggins trained dentist.

I also had previous bouts with the yeast syndrome, some severe; and that also has not since been a problem. Prior to that I had to stay on a not to low sugar diet etc.

I had 5 cavitations also cleaned, with that procedure. The word is that you have to do it right, and all I can tell you is that the Huggins protocol obviously was.

My website is There are two amalgam related truth pages there.
If Huggins lost his license in Colorado
written by FrankX, Oct 11 2010
can he still claim to be a DDS? The report at makes him sound like he wanted to have the hearing go against him. Example:
40. It is highly probably that had additional studies lent credence to Respondent's practices, he would have supplied them or at least been able to identify them in substantially greater detail, particularly in light of the fact that he knew the scientific bases of his practices were being questioned and his dental license was at stake.
written by Meghan Kinney, Oct 07 2010
I'm wondering what to do if the doc recommends root canal. Extraction is better as long as the ligament is taken too? What's the answer? Right now I have amalgams and plan to get them replaced but don't have the money. I do currently have a broken tooth that will probably need a cap. Is this an ok option?
Root Canal Dangers
written by cath hannaford, Sep 02 2010
Shocking! Probably the most informative and detailed article on root canals that I have ever read. Thank you.

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