Root Canal Dangers

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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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.

Dr. Hal Huggins, DDS, MS, has fought the mercury in dental fillings battle for over forty years and the root canal battle for over twenty-five years. The past three years of DNA research have connected many diseases with their microbe causes. He is fulfilling Dr. Price’s requests. He can be reached in Colorado Springs, Colorado at (719) 522-0566,

60 Responses to Root Canal Dangers

  1. Catherine says:

    Have more than 6 Root Canals- need you to recommend a Dr. Expert in the Montreal-Quebec area. Who is the specialist I should contact to avoid the risk of bacteria spreading.

  2. James says:

    Thankyou! my history trhat has lead me here is, unexplained bad brain fog dr.s couldn’t find cause. ringing in ears, for the past two years, that has increased to a steady buzzing in my head, dr. says Tinnitus. lastly recently diagnosed with CLL. on researching CLL sucess stories patients first had root canal teeth removed. I have come to the conclusion, that I need to take resposibility for my own health, and not just go with main stream diagnosis’s would greatly appreciate your help, looking for a recommendation for root canal removal for Temecula, Calif. area if possible
    Thanks Again!

    • craigo says:

      I have the exact same symptoms as you and have had 4 root canals done! I have to get these out! What medical terms should I use so that I know dentist will clean everything right?

    • stephanie says:

      I have the same symptoms James…tinnitus in my forties and 3 years ago CLL was diagnosed….I have 6 mercury filled teeth and this year had a root canal done which hadn’t realised then the dangers. Great. Will have them all removed in time. How are you?

  3. Anna Buckner says:

    Looking for a dentist that also believes this and will remove a root canal tooth Looking in Reno.Nv and Virginia Beach ,Va

  4. Vivian says:

    What do you recommend as an alternative? Pulling the tooth?
    Thanks so much.

  5. Gazza says:

    Is there anywhere in the uk that deals with the proper removal and cleaning up of root canals that I have?


    • Clare wilson says:

      Munro hall in Bedford Dr Graeme Munro is the only dental surgeon in the UK that removes these correctly using iv but c infusions as discussed by Weston price x

  6. Kate says:

    So what is the alternative treatment to a root canal? Extraction and implant? Is titanium bad as well? What’s the best option?

  7. steve says:

    I had 2 root canals done in the military 10 years ago and I have been going crazy since that time. I felt like I had a swamp growing in my head. There was a lump on the side of my head and my gums were swollen and eventually started turning purple and sort of gray. I didn’t want to lose my teeth but took the leap of faith and had them extracted. Its made a world of difference. The lump went down, and after a week I began to feel normal again just like I did before they did those horrible root canals. I can focus on my work now without getting angry and itchy about everything. Bacteria in root canals are no joke, don’t let them lie to you about the root canal zombie teeth, because the first dentist I saw said nothing was wrong and he wouldn’t pull them , but the second dentist who was a Periodontist agreed to take them out thank God, and I do mean thank Jesus Christ. Just make sure you research a dentist on Yelp, because you want him to clean those sockets out real good.

    • angela eisenhauer says:

      First dentist took Xray, refused to remove. so I booked two more dentists, next dentist, gave me the whole spiel on dont read Weston Price, or read Google, I demanded it out, he dug around the tooth with a pick, and pus came out, so yes he removed it. My dead tooth, why do they refuse to pull them? Covering up the biggest medical fraud in history?
      On antibiotics, and yes, feeling the herx, but not too badly, headache, blocked sinuses. But damn CFS, 2 years near housebound, thank god for Weston Price! I work in pathology, I had no idea, but damn the dentist couldnt bluff me. I KNOW that Xrays dont show infection. As proven in my case. 25 years I had that root canal, my non stop illnesses began 2 years after that. 15 years of chronic ear infection, ear drum repaired, chronic staph infection same side.
      6 years of antidepressants, that destroyed my life. Medicine and dentistry, such a fraud.

  8. Ali says:

    What is the alternative to having a root canal???

    • Todd says:

      Removal with ligament removed properly with bone scraped with time to heal then implanted per Huggins/Levy via Toxic Tooth by Dr. Thomas Levy. 🙂

    • Clare wilson says:

      Removal of the tooth and have a denture x do not consider implants these too are toxic to the body x
      Or a Maryland bridge is safe

  9. What is the alternative to root canals? What about implants with metal in you mouth?

  10. Rohit says:

    You can visit the following link to find alternatives for root canal treatment?

  11. Lamiya Jannat says:

    Nerve filling with MTA can be the best alternative to having a root canal.But conventional dentists don’t use enough this procedure.Biological dentists are expert about it.

  12. Amy Boydston says:

    Found out last year that I had an allergic reaction to my tattoo removal using Q-switched Nd-YAG laser that released toxins into my blood stream (Mercury based red ink). The reaction was severe itching all over my body, only had two treatments then stopped(never finished). Just recently I’ve had a root canal( 2 weeks ago) and the same itching is reoccurring, and I’m not sure if the materials used contained any heavy metals. I asked my dentist and he said no, but after researching I believe that it does. What can I do, it’s only been two weeks and its now permanent in my mouth.

    • Jill Smith says:

      I know this is an old post, but if you are still having health problems you should look into Andy Cutlers chelation. You can do a hair analysis to test for heavy metal toxicity and then do at home chelation with proper supplementation.

  13. Magdaleen Kemp says:

    One of my front teeth is painful. My dentist wants to put me on a course of antibiotics to “save the nerve”. I have one root canal already and is not keen on having another one done. I have used tea tree oil for the pain and number 6 tissue salts to help the nerve. I live in South Africa.

  14. Helena Pokoyski says:

    I’ve had a root canal done on the same tooth 3x. Upon xray, bacteria is seen invading my upper jaw. Since the root canals i feel like I have chronic areas of pain throughout my whole body. My bones in my fingers and back hurt. My sinuses are stuffy, I get headaches, my memory is terrible, etc….Do you think the root canals are a cause??
    Can you please recommend a dentist who can extract my tooth in Vancouver bc?!

    • Christine says:

      Hi, I have 2 root canals that need to be removed too, im in Calgary. This is how I found my holistic dentist…

      He said he wants to put crowns on them until I develop troubling symptoms following the tooth meridian chart.

      After some thought (and the fact that my insurance does not cover any of the crowns) I have decided to get them pulled. I hope this does not offend the dentist. and I hope he is willing to remove them using the proper protocols (removing the ligament and 1mm of the bone. Have high anxiety about this 🙁

    • Marc says:

      I have heard a success story at Clinemedical in Nanaimo! You are lucky to be so near them!

  15. steve says:

    can a root canal cause mysthenia gravis?

    I had one last 3 years and for over 2 years now I have suffered mysthenia.

    Please advise

  16. Taffy Palenski says:

    I am scheduled to have 4 root canal teeth removed after the EAV testing which confirmed a 10 on 3 and 8 on 1 of them. Is this my only option, and doing partials instead of implants cause why would I want to block the meridians?
    thank you

    • Clare wilson says:

      Yes don’t even consider implants the bacteria around the implant harbour also x hope all goes well for you ? There is a good face book group the Nico and cavitation group who can give you advice

  17. Kerry says:

    What alarmist bullshit. These types of fillings have not been used for close to 4 decades. Look at the research used in this article. It’s all from 1986 or earlier. lol. Not only are root canals not contraindicated, people used to die quite frequently from abscessed teeth. That bacteria in your blood stream will do far more damage than an exceedingly small amount of metal leeching into your system.

    • Tana says:

      Have you had a family member suffer with ALS?

    • Todd says:

      Consider reading the very well referenced and recent work of Dr. Levy in his book the Toxic Tooth. 1000’s upon thousands of case study, clinical study and historical evidence offered of whihc most work has been done in the last 15 years. Truth always sounds “alarmist” to those most often in denial. Blessings.

    • Clare wilson says:

      I am an admin on the mercury detox support group . I and many others over 6000 now in the group have mercury poisoning from our amalgam fillings. Not everyone gets poisoned but it depends on the length of time the amalgams have been in and how well your liver detoxes this poison. So please be aware Weston price is spot on with what he says ?

    • Ron says:

      You have no idea what you are talking about and obviously didn’t actually read the whole article. Dr Huggins PROVED (with DNA testing) Dr Price’s theory that root canals harbored pathological bacteria. So root canals are silently poisoning the blood stream and jaw with nanobacteria that are proven to be related to precisely the symptoms and diseases that Weston Price found 100 years ago.

      As far as the high copper mercury amalgams that Dr Huggins mentions in the beginning of the article — Yes, they may not use them any more, but even current mercury amalgams release mercury daily as proven through numerous studies now. The fact that the ADA thought it was ever a good idea to use high copper mercury amalgams says loads about their cluelessness when it comes to biochemistry. There was obviously something wrong with them or they wouldn’t have gotten away from them.

      So what exactly is alarmist?

      Funny how you show complete contradiction in your statement. You are alarmed about bacteria from an abscessed tooth, but you are not worried about bacteria from a dead, root-filled tooth. I’ve seen many of my patients have root canals extracted after their dentist told them it looked fine on X-ray — and they often have abscesses on the root tips. Root canal-ing a tooth doesn’t eliminate root tip abscesses — as a matter of fact, it often creates them.

      Go troll somewhere else.

    • angela eisenhauer says:

      ???? I was born in 1959, I had a mouth full of metal fillings from 1974. They gone! As for the root canal, mine been causing me grief for 20 damn years. Near killed me, rip em out! Save your life.

  18. Saf says:

    Hi. My partner desperTly wants his root canal extrActed from his head as his health has not been the same since he got it took a bit of research but his convinced it has to go. Only problem is finding a dentis that understands this and ia willing to extract it…if anyone knows of any in Mmelbourne, Australia. Please please please would love to hear fromm u….

    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      I’m horrified by this. I am so sick, bed ridden slot of times. Had to quit a job I loved but was to sick to carry on. Living off of a j- tube being diagnosed with Hemochromatosis,Gastophoresis, peptic ulcers so severe that they had almost burned through my stomach lining. Chronic Pancreatitis. Then Lupus, Relapsing Poly chondroitin. Last summer my teeth and gums were decaying so fast I didn’t know what to do. The first dentist sent me for an emergency tooth pulled of an old crown. Then my top front tooth broke off. My teeth were decaying faster than a meth addict. I went to a dentist who said I needed multiple root canals and crowns. I have had 9. I am having problems with the top front 4. They hurt, are vert very sensitive to hot and cold. I can’t pay my bill. I feel ripped off. I’m very scared that that they aren’t sealed because I can feel with my tongue and it sends pain clear up my face. It’s worse if I have a lupus flare. Please please help

      • Todd says:

        Jenny, consider the fact that between toxicity and deficiency, nearly all disease reside. Teeth deteriorating? Consider that you body is using all it can to keep blood pH proper using calcium from whatever it can get it from, including the teeth leaving it with no foundation. Calcium will not help but magnesium, large doses can help greatly. Also keep in mind that everything mentioned here also can fall into the mycotoxin category which is vast. The magnesium, among other will help with much discussed and also keep in mind that clinical evidence has shown pancreas issues, including the langerhans islets (cancer) can be caused by fungus which is what emits mycotoxins in the first place. You need to learn all you can about raising your pH to start while you get all the alkalizing nutrients you can get preferably through whole live foods via juicer while also strictly following an anti-fungal diet. and Doug Kaufmann are the best in the field and his Phase One diet is FREE! Blessings.

  19. lou says:

    hi some doctors recommend that, use ozone gause for re-new and clean area of root canal treatment.however ozone gause is expensive.i cant go. if use sodium hypochlorite or( and plus )colloidal silver water for wash that area , it is enough ? these ways cannot use instead of ozone gause?

    many thanks

  20. lou says:

    why nobody dont explain that, how dentist can remove the teeth from aneorob bacteria? there are many people here from 3. world countries.. our dentists dont know correct way how they can help the patients?

    it must simple.. merciful dentists should add how to make video on youtube for educate 3. world’ countries dentists.

  21. Elena Corral says:

    I had root canals since I was fifteen, more than ten over my life.
    I starting being so sick I thought I was going to die in my forties.
    I had chronic fatigue, pneumonia, arthritis, the neurologist said I had a brain tumor, fibromialgia, dizziness, pain in my chest.
    Not any kind of doctor could help me.
    I had implants, I did new root canals over the old root canals, crowns, bridges.
    “I decided to pull all that teeth and make dentures, now Im healthy and never happier”
    From my experience I recommend to stay away from the “mayor evil root canal”
    The majority of the dentist will advise you agains pulling out the tooth, they live from the crowns…
    The only safe choice come from within you.

    • Vytautas Radziunas says:

      Dear Elena,

      Thank you for sharing your story.
      My wife has the many root canal and has big health problems. Did you pull out all the implants as well?

      Thank you,

  22. G. says:

    Elena Corral, please email to me so i can talk to you as i may do the same.
    My email is

  23. Phil Akery says:

    Not to hijack this thread, but, I need Atlanta dentists and I have no idea who is good and who is not… do you know anyting about this Atlanta dental care? They’reIt’s located Atlanta, clost to my office. I can’t find reviews on them – Exceptional Smile LLC, 4420 Bankers Cir, Atlanta, GA 30360 – (678) 841-8800

  24. Todd says:

    Just taking the time to say I love Weston A. Price’s work, especially his book Nutrition and Degenerative Disease. I proudly own the book and have referred to it hundreds of times. The work you folks do here is admirable and powerful. I so hope it continues. If I may add a plug for Dr. Thomas Levy as I am a fan of his incredible work and dedication to real health for millions as well and to his great work in past books and his new Toxic Tooth. Blessings!

  25. Cindy Fowler says:

    Hello… My name is Cindy and I’m looking for a personal referral for a holistic/biologic dentist in Georgia, preferably metro Atlanta area. Thanks!

  26. Angel says:

    Regarding the MERCURY you talk about, HOW ABOUT THE CROWNS MADE OUT OF ZIRCONIA? (NO METAL), ZIRCONIA IS ALL WHITE MINERAL DIAMOND TYPE ROCK….I have 4 root canals with two of those zirconia crowns…and the other two have metal in it……

    • Ron says:

      Dr Huggins was pretty much against all implants (but especially titanium). That said, many dentists trained in his methods do use zirconium implants. There are definitely benefits to having an implant as long the bone / socket has completely healed. You really need to re-mineralize, heal and get healthier, IMO before getting a zirconium implant.

  27. Andy says:

    I would recommend finding a TCM Acupuncturist urgently they can help with teeth issues

    I had a dentist pressure me in to having a Root Canal, He did not give Fully informed consent, He got part though the task and stopped,

    Said the operation was Too complex for him to complete

    1. He did not cap tooth…..Breech of Duty of Care

    2. Told me to go find specialist, “MY SELF” Breech Medical Ethics

    Told me to get out of his clinic, I subsequent went back to see him, he tried to blame me,saying I have bad teeth and gums, He got really Nasty

    The interesting Fact, being when I went into the clinic, the receptionist pull up my records, when she looked and saw tooth had been capped, she screamed, “It hasn’t been capped” I said is that serious , she said “Yes”

    When I saw Dr Foley he became very nasty aggressive towards me, did not want to address the issues, and in denial about how harmful Root canals are, I quoted Dr Western Price, to which he claimed, he was not a Dentist…… saying Dr Western Prices research is Not reconised by Dentist

    I have since done extensive research, my health has deterred seriously, where I sick constantly, and cannot now work because of the “Harm he has caused me.

    With in a month of Root Canal, I became very sick, massive pains all over body and in head, and it has progressively got worse, I had a couple of close shaves with dying, Thank goodness my acupuncturist has good skills and keep me alive

    The last five years have been a night mare, as a result of this; If any one who knows a good Lawyer that could do some pro-Bono work, I would like to know please,

    Dr Foley is more interested in $ than patient care !

  28. Steve Lo says:

    I have two tooth in my mouth that are dead. I don’t know what to do with it. If I remove them, the infections will be gone but I would have two empty spots that need to be filled with either implants or dentures, which are expensive and problematic. Man you really don’t know how much trouble that is until you run into the trouble.

    Dentists love to bring up “Root Canal”. It makes them excited. The thought of making a couple thousands from you get them excited.

    I eagerly wait for the date when lab grown teeth become available.

  29. Joseph says:

    It is time to put some common sense into the equation. Dentists are basically a money oriented profession, they usually have very poor training in health sciences and biology and most of them end up in this profession just for the income. On the other hand, they work alone and don’t collaborate with other physicians. This is extreme tunnel vision of human health.
    In some countries dentistry used to be linked to medicine (the dentist had to be a physician as well), not that medicine is any wonder, but at least you leave medical school with a much broader perspective of human health. Have you ever had your dentist discuss with you your joint pain, brain fog, family cancer, digestive problems, recent bypass and so forth ?. Probably not.
    When you have gangrene in your leg as a result of diabetes, the surgeon will not try to mummify your leg because he is “conservative” but he will probably amputate in order to save your life (we are now trying to repair the defects with stem cells, but that is bringing the limb back to life, we are also trying to do the same in dead teeth but this is still science fiction).
    Some time ago, a professor of pathology friend of mine was asked by a member of the board of endodontists to carry out a study on several hundred of extracted root canals with his brand new electron microscope. The results were so heartbreaking that everything was trashed, including the honorability of the endodontists involved.
    There is no way in the world that you can seal a root canal, and now, with the advent of new technologies, it is much easier to prove the point. High definition sectional CT-scans will show an area of inflammation at the tip of the root of 95% of all “healthy” root canals; DNA testing can trace microbes involved in systemic disease back to the mouth. Inflammatory markers can also detect the effects of these procedures. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methyl mercaptan (CH3SH) resulting from the toxic bacteria in root canals can now be detected by a simple OROTOX test done in the office.
    A large number of life threatening emergencies in the maxillofacial unit are due to severely infected root canals.
    All the above mentioned also leads to correlate systemic disease with oral toxicity; it is just common sense and there is a ton of science to back it up. Furthermore, it is also challenging the establishment; a billion dollar industry with incredible economic ramifications. Speaking out can lead you to loose your practice to say the least.
    The new teams work in cooperation and not in competition; a good dentist would greatly benefit from medical studies but in any case they should aways work together with environmental doctors, expert biochemists, good laboratories and others. We have seen just too many improvements in general health after a combined medical and dental treatment that included removal of metals and root canals.
    On the other hand, dentists cannot become integrative practitioners overnight. Removing a root canal requires surgical ability and a good deal of expertise. The damaged/infected bone and periodontal ligament has to be removed correctly, the site has to be closed and maybe a ZIRCONIA implant placed immediately or after a few months. Growth factors, ozone and blood cells can be used to enhance healing and encourage osteogenesis.
    I hope you find this useful to shed some light on these problems.

    • Lisa Rosenberg says:

      Is there any way to test my arthritis symptoms with my root canal? If so how and where? It is such a long story to write here but I have arthritic joints with inflammation and no lab test that are consistent with any type of arthritis. The symptoms began in my early 30’s after a root canal and recently I had to have a spinal tap to check for MS because of incidental findings on an MRI but all the fluid cultures came back fine but the MRI is showing that something is causing demyelination of the nerves. Any info helpful. Thank you.

  30. Rob Allen Sr says:

    I had root canal in a front top tooth when I was a young man in my 20’s. Now I am 56. Three months ago my dentist of all my life, said my root canal is leaking probably from grinding teeth and cracking root canal tooth. I have always had sinus infections and bronchitis through the years when my immune system form stress was low. He said take care of it now as it could be life threatening. Not sure if he wants money or is serious as he has given me so many fillings and stuff its ridiculous. Having a hard time trusting him as I age. He did say it could reach my brain. But its in a front tooth so how can infection reach my brain? However…

    By coincidence or root canal related, I have developed sinus infections and severe chest cold lately. There is no pain I the tooth or root canal area but I am feeling weak, stomach indigestion and lungs feel full or inflamed. This could be psychosomatic but I feel there is some type issue going on. Funny I didn’t have any problems until my dentist suggested deep gum cleaning thats when he said it leaking after. My question is should I be concerned and if so where do I go for help? I’m in Va Beach Va. Thanks.

    • angela eisenhauer says:

      A root canal tooth is dead, there is no pain, mine got ripped out, and had a huge abscess on it, didnt show in Xrays. Yes, the bacteria goes throughout the body, mine caused chronic ear infections.

  31. Josiah says:

    I’ve read quite a bit today about the “possible” side effects of root canals. Thing is, I’ve yet to see any statistics about the number of people who have had root canals and of that number, how many have had complications. What I have read are things like: 97% of cancer patients previously had root canals. Couldn’t you pick another commonality between those patients and blame that? Based on what I’ve read so far, there doesn’t appear to be a better alternative other than properly taking care of your teeth from a young age.

    • Jeff says:

      I’ve also wondered about that 97% had root canals thing. Like how big % of people of age 55 and over have “had root canals”? Or how big % of people without cancer(diagnosis) of age 55 and over have “had root canals”? I have no idea if it is 20% or 99%, so without knowing that the 97% really has no meaning. Anyone know?

  32. Valerie says:

    I just have to share: I had two root canals done in 2011. I became ill one month later and by three months after I had a huge cyst/nodule on my thyroid. I was chronically ill for 5 years until I finally had those two root canal teeth extracted last March 2016. I now have my life back and the chronic illness. I still have the odd reoccurring symptom of that illness especially when I push myself working very long days but I finally have my life back.

  33. Jason Campbell says:

    The root canal danger has been solved. The biggest problem you have identified with root canals is leakage. Leakage of bacteria from the mouth through the filling material of the canals and into the bone is a bigger problem than the tubules. The solution is simply a better seal. The bio race sealer by Brassler combined with their ceramic lined gutta percha provides a permanent seal that bacteria cannot get past. I have been using this system for about 5 years and the results are truly impressive. No pain, no leakage, no failures, and the patient keeps their own natural tooth.

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