IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN CANCER AND ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES?
This root canal fear is older than the Internet.
Dr. Weston Price lived and practised in the early 1900s and he advocated a link between various diseases and root-canaled teeth. More recently, an article published by Dr. Joseph Mercola in October 2012 helped this claim gain traction by vocally supporting it, as well as a number other discredited or dubious beliefs.
He said that Dr. Price’s work is proof positive that endodontics and cancer go hand-in-hand, insisting that the discoveries have since been “discounted and suppressed by medical & dental professionals.
Price claimed that various diseases endemic to Western cultures of the 1920s and 1930s – from dental caries to tuberculosis – were rarely present in non-Western cultures. He argued that as non-Western groups abandoned indigenous diets and adopted Western patterns of living, they showed increases in typical Western diseases. He concluded that Western methods of commercially preparing and storing foods stripped away vitamins and minerals necessary to prevent these diseases.
Price had been treating persistent root canal infections and became suspicious that root-canaled teeth always remained infected, in spite of treatments. Then one day, he recommended to a woman, wheelchair bound for six years, to have her root canal tooth extracted, even though it appeared to be fine. She agreed, so he extracted her tooth and then implanted it under the skin of a rabbit. The rabbit developed the same crippling arthritis as the woman and died from infection days later. But the woman, now free of the toxic tooth, recovered from her arthritis and could walk without even the assistance of a cane.
He then went on to show that many chronic degenerative diseases originate from root-filled teeth — the most frequent being heart and circulatory diseases. He actually found 16 different causative bacterial agents for these conditions. Dr. Price wrote two groundbreaking books in 1922 detailing his research into the link between dental pathology and chronic illness. Unfortunately, his work was buried for 70 years, until George Meinig, a endodontist, recognized the importance of his work and tried to expose the truth.
By the time Price died in 1948, the "focal infection theory" he had researched decades earlier had already fallen out of favor among medical professionals. By the 1950s it was considered to be an outdated fringe belief; and endodontic research in the half century since then has turned up no evidence to support a causal link between root canals and cancer.
But the myth of cancer-causing endodontics persists and on a page addressing root canal myths, the American Association of Endodontists tries to explain: “There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a safe and effective procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.”
While the circulating claims suggest modern endodontics buried Price's research, in actuality the AAE addressed his findings and explained why they did not stand up to basic modern standards in research, that they lacked many aspects of modern scientific research, including absence of proper control groups and induction of excessive doses of bacteria.
In fact, the AAE noted research published in 2013 concluded that individuals who underwent multiple endodontic treatments actually experienced a 45 percent reduced risk of cancer.
So, as it appears, ‘official’ websites seem to support root canal, saying it is harmless whereas ‘naysayer’ websites seem to suggest the opposite. But it is interesting to note that they however do not promote drastic alternatives, like wear aluminum hats, just only to not do root canal and opt to extract and replace with implants.
Bottom-line, take care of those pearlywhites!
And oh... Last thing, don't take seriously what you read on the Internet. I read somewhere last week that 100% of all people who died, drank water.