NATIONAL CANCER AWARENESS AND DENTAL HYGIENE MONTH: NON-OBVIOUS CONNECTION REVEALED
October is National Cancer Awareness month. There are approximately 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed per year in the United States. Most, if not all, of these cases are preventable. October is also National Dental Hygiene Month, an annual reminder for the nation to practice the daily habits that promote healthy teeth and gums.
While to some people these two subjects may seem completely unrelated, the evidence has become very clear that they are very connected. So I thought I would devote my October blog to illuminating the connection. I would also like to dedicate this month’s blog to my very dear friend who just lost his decade long battle with cancer.
We’ve known for decades the importance of oral health and how it relates to our cardiovascular system and overall health. People with gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event.
This is caused by the disruption in the oral microbiome. In other words, the bad bacteria outcompete the good bacteria and create an unhealthy environment in the mouth. Chronic gum disease and poor oral hygiene cause an increase in chronic inflammation. It is the chronic unresolved inflammation that then contributes to cardiovascular issues.
There can also be bacterial translocation from the oral cavity into the blood stream, especially since bleeding gums is not uncommon in people with periodontal disease. It makes sense since the same blood that supplies your mouth and gums is also the same blood that supplies every other organ, tissue and cell throughout your body.
The cytokines and inflammatory molecules produced in the mouth in response to the inflammation of the gums and mouth can travel throughout the body and wreak havoc on other systems. The net result is that all of the above disrupt nitric oxide production and as a consequence puts your body at increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
The mechanism for the oral systemic link has been revealed as the disruption in nitric oxide production. But what about cancer?
Cancer is unique in that cancer only grows in a low oxygen (hypoxia) and low pH (potential hydrogen) environment. This is referred to as the Warburg effect. Otto Warburg won a Nobel Prize in 1931 for this discovery. Low pH really means a change in the electrical potential of the cellular environment. Our body is electric and we must have our electrical circuit intact for all systems to work properly.
If there is a disruption in the electrical conductivity throughout our body, then the affected cells cannot function properly, there is a disruption in nitric oxide production leading to low oxygen and low pH, the perfect environment for cancer onset and progression. The wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture meridians provides an explanation of how infections in specific teeth can cause tissue specific disease, even primary tumors and cancer in the affected organs.
This interactive meridian tooth chart below shows you further that the mouth and body are interconnected. Problems in the teeth can have a direct influence on another organ (or organs) in the body. All electrical circuits in our body that serve all organ systems go through our teeth. You can think of our teeth as circuit breakers. If there is an infection from a root canaled tooth or metal fillings (mercury), this will cause a disruption in the electrical activity to the organ systems associated with that specific tooth.
I’ve never seen a cancer patient that did not have either a root canal or a cavitation from an extracted tooth and an asymptomatic infection.
Although the science is clear, I still have not met or interacted with any oncologist that looks for the reason people get cancer. How can you treat something that you don’t know the cause or even recognize the source of the cancer?
This is why modern cancer treatment using chemotherapy and radiation has not “cured” anyone of cancer. You must first recognize the cause of cancer, which most of the time is an oral infection, remove the source and then fix the electrical activity to increase cellular potential and improve oxygen delivery through restoration of nitric oxide production.
When you do this, cancer cells cannot and will not survive. As Nikola Tesla (my favorite historical scientist) said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
Modern medicine has failed to consider this fundamental principle. The following quote by Tesla also highlights why modern cancer treatment is ineffective. “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
The way cancer is treated today is insane. It makes no sense biologically or physiologically. We have billions of dollars in research funding every year and yet, we are still doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is what Einstein referred to as insanity. As the old song goes, the hip bone is connected to the leg bone, etc, etc., the teeth are connected to specific organs, supplied by the same blood supply and innervated by the same electrical system.
If blood supply or electrical conductance is compromised, this leads to low oxygen and low pH, conditions that favor cancer cell proliferation. The cancer or any other disease cannot be cured or treated until you address the electrical potential. If you have a chronic disease that is not currently managed by modern medicine, look to the mouth as it may provide an explanation for your disease. If you have cancer or know someone with cancer, I recommend they go see a good dentist that can recognize an asymptomatic dental infection and has the skills to clean up the infection.
Chronic disease is caused by two reasons and two reasons only.
- The body is exposed to something toxic (infections, chemicals, etc)
- The body is missing something that it needs (nutrient deficiency)
If you do not address these two fundamental issues, your body can never heal or recover from any underlying disease. If we give the body what it needs and remove from the body what is toxic, the human body heals itself.
These are the principles of applied physiology. Unfortunately, modern medicine employs applied pharmacology without any regards to physiology. So during the month of October, take care of your dental hygiene and in doing so will reduce your risks of cancer and other chronic diseases. The connection is clear.