I take great pleasure in introducing Dr. Louisa Williams, who received the naturopathic training at Bastyr University. She holds a Master’s degree in psychology, [always raised me] and a degree in chiropractic and is the author of Radical Medicine which is in itself a wonderful departure from the world of, well, drill, fill, and bill dentistry and see it, and that is, you know what that is, right? You show up, we see you and see you, that’s it. So Dr. Williams?
Thank you, John. Appreciate it. So thank you for asking me here, it’s such an honor to present in front of my favorite dental group and it’s so great to see friends, some of them I hadn’t seen in 20, 25 years. Feel like we have been through the wars together. You know, as holistic physicians and biological dentists, we have been through the wars together. So thank you so much for allowing me to present here.
So my first presentation is on naturopathic prophylaxis, it’s there in your notes. I have changed the name of your time, sorry. And I never know how long these talks are going to go. So why don’t we go ahead and get started because at the end, I have a – I am going to be having you guys workshop together on a new test I want you to try and perform in your office. So I want to have enough time for that.
All right. So you all know this but what changed in April 2007? After over 50 years, what standard of care was largely discarded that was very significant for all dentists but especially biological dentists? There you go. Antibiotic prophylaxis, it’s no longer — it was no longer advised for mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve disease typically, which is a big population, rheumatic heart disease, bicuspid valve disease, aortic stenosis and regular congenital heart conditions. However, it was still advised for high-risk patients, serious congenital heart conditions, patients that had undergone surgery, artificial heart valves, a significant history of infective endocarditis. And I think this is in your notes but I added recently the first two years following joint replacement, which is a sizable percentage nowadays, right? Lots of patients of ours are getting hip and joint surgery.
So what happened is American Heart Association, a group of 23 doctors along with American Dental Association dentists got together and did a retrospective study for 56 years. They did this huge longitudinal study of a MEDLINE search to try to figure out if giving antibiotics for the transient bacteremia after dental drilling or any kind of dental procedure was indeed worthwhile. And Walter Wilson, the head of the group concluded that only an extremely small number of bacterial endocarditis affecting the valves or infective endocarditis might be prevented by antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures, if – if it was even effective. And he went on to say, there is actually no evidence that it works after 56 years of giving patients preventive antibiotics. This is a huge population.
And I kept looking in the article, you’re like, where is the I am sorry or anything? Can you imagine it, naturopaths for 56 years had been giving statin and we found out it doesn’t even work? Anyway, no, I’m sorry, just this is what they had found. So no research, no prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled studies. Of course, this policy, this recommendation began in the 1950s throwing antibiotics at everything, right? It was kind of like that was the style, that was the standard of care at that time, and it just kept going, which for many people it still does overprescribing of antibiotics.
So for us biological dentists and biological physicians, I like that John biological physicians too, we look in the mouth and work with dentists or biological physicians, yeah I like that new term. So for us, it was an excellent change because you know, we don’t like giving any antibiotics unless it’s really necessary, because we know the side effects and the real damage to the gut and dysbiosis that it can cause. George Vithoulkas, a very famous Greek homeopath, wrote a good book on the damage from antibiotics and other drugs and “A New Model for Health and Disease” is the title and he said that our quality of health depends almost entirely on the quality of microorganisms that exist normally within our bodies. If our gut is healthy, our immune system is functioning just as simple as that.
So antibiotics have been labeled as ecological marauders by Dr. Nigel Plummer. He’s a British microbiologist and expert on antibiotics and dysbiosis and also probiotic. So he has found that cephalosporin erythromycin families are capable of eliminating 99% of Lactobacillus species, the most common microorganisms, in our esophagus tube. By the way there is lactobacillus predominately in our esophagus as well as in our intestines, especially small intestine. Of course, we know that our bodies have the ability to recolonize afterwards after a bout of antibiotics but if you’re eating sugar and a toxic diet and you’ve had a lot of rounds of antibiotics that gets less and less possible.
Alexander Fleming who accidentally discovered penicillin, right, was quite honest in the early 1940s, mid-1940s. He cautioned people the misuse of penicillin could lead to mutant forms of bacteria resistant to the drug back in 1945, long time ago. So good for him and his honesty. He was already seeing this in his laboratory. So now we have MRSA, we’ve had MRSA for quite a while. In the 1950s, penicillin was 95% effective in killing staph aureus, 95% effective in the 1950s. Now we have methicillin resistant staph aureus, these little bugs have figured out how to be resistant to the methicillin. And so doctors and hospitals where these infections ran rampant, started using vancomycin.
Well then vancomycin started having a resistance to Staphylococcus. The vancomycin-resistant staph aureus bug, bacteria figured out how to thicken cell walls so that vancomycin couldn’t get in. And we know that MRSA infections are very dangerous, these are the flesh eating bacteria, so called necrotizing fasciitis where it eats away of the skin and the subcu tissue and even the organs, causes toxic shock syndrome and cause death. So it’s a very serious problem. So antibiotics aren’t the answer, they were in the ‘50s, they were amazing at first but as anything that’s toxic and synthetic, it won’t hold up in the long run, right? We know that, it just won’t hold up and it’s not holding up.
So nosocomial infections, hospital-induced infections, another one is the Clostridium difficile, this bacteria is resistant to antibiotics. This one is so pathogenic it literally peels off the lining of the intestine, very dangerous. I have a patient in Rhode Island. He’s 85 years old and he’s just gone through that. And we’ve got him back in good shape but he was in the hospital twice and almost died. So it results in a very explosive debilitating and often lethal form of diarrhea. So often what they use for Clostridium difficile is vancomycin, and that’s not working for Clostridium all the time now anyway and so sometimes they’ll use metronidazole which is Flagyl which nowadays has a warning label, has caused cancer in mice and rats. Literally that’s a dangerous drug to take, but it’s like, what is the biggest gun, what do we do now? If this doesn’t work, then what do we do? This is a very important study.
Antibiotics, overuse of antibiotics can cause cancer. This is a Washington State study, more than 10,000 women, there were exactly 2266 women older than 19 with primary invasive breast cancer and then they had this huge control group, 7953 random control group. And they found that women who have taken more courses of antibiotics have doubled the chances of getting breast cancer. I can’t tell you exactly how many rounds of antibiotics that was because it was based on the age. So it’s more a percentage thing but this is a very important study well-controlled study. There was only one other study before that, when you think about it, who’s going to fund these studies? It’s not like the drug companies are going to fund this.
So there was a Finland study in 1999 before that was reported in the British Journal of Cancer in 2000 and in Finland, they found that women with chronic urinary tract infections that took antibiotics a lot were much more prone to get cancer. And they even controlled for the urinary tract infection bacteria. So it wasn’t the bacteria, it was the antibiotic use.
So is Dr. Huggins here? Not yet. Well I love Hal Huggins because he says things so clearly. So in a recent Weston A. Price journal he said, antibiotics are not like John Wayne, right, and we feel that way and you hear patients say that sometimes like I am just going to break down, I am just going to take the antibiotic and get rid of it. And it does cause short-term usual decrease in symptoms but Dr. Huggins said when he fired at the bad guy John Wayne, the bad guy fell over dead, right? You’re going to kill the bug, when in fact, what happens in our body as the bacterium explodes, we don’t have the knowledge and wisdom of the immune system sending out macrophages and white blood cells and CD cells and quarantining and getting rid and eating up of the particular bacteria. We have an explosion, hundreds of bacterial endotoxins, fragments of the pathogenic bacteria and then the body must try to eliminate them.
So autoimmune disease is a result of this, giving so many antibiotics to the tissue just gets more and more congested and what happens with all these foreign proteins and foreign toxins and byproducts of chronic infection is that the tissue no longer recognizes itself. In autoimmune disease as you know is just epidemic. Now the Merck manual, our conventional medical manual we all have, we all study, has actually clearly said lupus interstitial nephritis, myasthenia gravis, it’s already admitted to several autoimmune diseases that are clearly the result of taking antibiotics. Now when you think about it, most autoimmune diseases are rather slow in coming, right? So these are just the ones that are obvious most of the time, who knows how somebody develops an autoimmune disease.
So another autoimmune disease that is rather a new acronym is PANDAS, many of you have heard this and this is an autoimmune disease due to the tonsils. This is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus Infection. So after as a sore throat, after tonsillitis, after otitis media, children can begin to exhibit obsessive compulsive disease syndromes, Chorea like movements, involuntary movements, tics, it’s very similar to Tourette. And in the old days Sydenham’s chorea, which has been around for over a century and has been written on, that was that Saint Vitus Dance when the involuntary movements were very strong, that’s been recognized for over a century. As a result of streptococcus bacteria causes these neurological symptoms.
So when I have a Tourette’s patients, what do I always look for, is it tonsil focus? Be sure and ask about the history of that and usually it’s after tonsillitis and then antibiotics and that just drives the autoimmune disease in deeper. Now unfortunately, what’s the conventional treatment? They’re blaming it all on strap, not the antibiotics too and the conventional treatment is just more antibiotics. So I have – you won’t find this if you google it because I just made this up, but this is called [Grandist] and we all know as biological dentists and physicians. What is Grandist? Well, it’s a chronic tonsil focal infection. Chronic tonsil focal infection which are really even harder than dental focal infections. So this is for all of us adults that still have a little OCD or tics or worry or anxiety, huge population of patients.
So how do you diagnose [Grandist] in an adult – well, the person almost always has a significant childhood history of sore throats, tonsillitis, ear infections and then what they remember of how many antibiotic rounds they took in, it’s hard to say. As an adult, you may or may not have sore throats and swollen glands, sometimes you can or you may have no symptoms at all. Now we’re talking about everybody, not just people that haven’t had a tonsillectomy, without a tonsillectomy, you can still have the symptoms because remember we have five tonsils. We don’t just have two. We don’t have the palatine pharyngeal tonsils only, right? We got tubal tonsils that relate to the ear, lingual to the tongue, and the laryngeal to the windpipe, to larynx. So this Waldeyer’s ring is all going to be infected as well as the chain of lymph nodes and cervicals, you can’t take it out, you can’t slice it all out, you can’t improve things, but it’s better to treat it holistically, treat the whole body.
So chronic tonsil focal infections are grandest as an adult, anxiety and obsessive worrying, subtle compulsive movements, tapping, twisting on your fingers, knee jerking, fidgeting, constant clearing of the throat, little tics. I now I’ve had these things. So – and of course, as adults we cover it up. You notice you’re kind of doing this with your leg or fidgeting and you could say, what is that, why is it my nervous system quiet and relaxed and enjoying this beautiful Carmel weather. What’s going on with this? A lot of it is streptococcus bacteria and our tonsils are in that lymphatic area causing chronic autoimmune neurological stress.
So the good news, so the new April 2000 guidelines, I think we were all really excited about that, because it will reduce antibiotic resistance and antibiotic induced illnesses for a significant percentage of the population. However, what’s the bad news about that? Well, what do we do about bacteremia, bacteria migrating in the bloodstream to different areas in the body after of any kind of dental work? So is bacterial metastasis to the heart, for example, after dental drilling significant? So here’s some research studies just periodontal probing measuring pockets in patients with gingivitis and periodontal — periodontitis create significant bacteremia from 10 to 40% of the time. Well, we agree with that because when you have gingivitis and periodontitis obviously you’re going to have bacteremia. So these are more vulnerable population, but many of our patients are quite a vulnerable population. Bacteremia from dental procedures, inter-ligament injection, injections most of the time, 90% of the time, wedge dam placement 32, rubber dam placement, 29, polishing teeth 24, this is in pediatric cardiology though.
So this is a healthy population of children. So this is just in healthier children, not even in adults that have more chronic illnesses. Bacteremia from extractions, again we’re talking about children, no history of disease. Extractions in children cause bacteremia 69 to 72% of the time as measured by blood cultures and studies indicate bacteremia from extractions 39 to 100%. Of course, extractions really cause a lot of bleeding and that goes into the bloodstream and can be measured afterwards. As we said, patients with gingival disease are more susceptible. Of course, this was — this study was 100 children aged 1 to 8 years old. How many children have that significant gingivitis, isn’t that funny? Yeah, this was in Journal of American Dental Association, they found them.
So even tooth brushing we should be taking antibiotics, right, after we brush our teeth at night and even tooth brushing, manual brushing 46%, electric toothbrushes 78%. So what does that mean? Eating or chewing gum causes bacteremia. So now you’re thinking, well lots of stuff cause bacteremia, right? But to our patients that can be a very real threat to vulnerable populations. When I used to be less healthy, I’d go to the dentist and get a cleaning and I would feel bad afterwards. I’d have patients feel bad afterwards, especially sensitive patients, and we had means of taking products and stuff that reduced that bacteria just even after a cleaning. So bacteremia – the bacteria in the bloodstream and also in the lymphatics and walking along the nerves to axonal transport, that’s a very real threat and it increases the load on any existing bacterial focal infections.
Let’s talk about bacterial endocarditis. So bacterial endocarditis is an infection of endocardium affecting the inner lining of the heart and its valves, mainly the valves. Now is bacterial infective endocarditis that rare? Well, it’s hard to say because it isn’t seen and it is not diagnosed that often. Now here’s a more broader definition of bacterial endocarditis rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever, nowadays you don’t hear about that much either, right? It’s an acute inflammatory complication of this strap bacteria, and it affects the joints, the brain and the heart, right, because it’s followed — it’s characterized by arthritis, chorea against central nervous system distress and Carditis, heart pain. So with residual heart disease as a possible sequel event.
So this is usually after dental drilling or some kind of trauma or like that the patient comes home and they get severe flu and then they go to the doctor and they are diagnosed with rheumatic fever. So what did Weston Price say that the two worst things were in life in regard to stress to our immune system? What were the two worst challenges in life? Divorce and death. You’re close. So Dr. Price said the two biggest challenges to our immune system in life are pregnancy, it’s a big deal, a woman has to really be taken care of, nourished, and flu for he lived through the 1918 flu. But this is what this rheumatic fever is. It’s characterized by like flulike symptoms which are sometimes diagnosed as rheumatic fever often missed.
Rheumatic disease just to review, this is any disease of streptococcal bacterial origin. Now again this used to be a lot more common and talked about in the 1950s, 1940s but then when antibiotics came in, as soon as you gave an antibiotic, yes that did reduce the symptoms. So it’s not talked about so much. But we know what the antibiotics do, they kill some bugs, other ones cause later problems. So as biological dentists and physicians and practitioners, we know about silent focal infections. That’s why I love this group because we’re very aware of these chronic silent focal infections that conventional dentists and doctors aren’t aware of at all and sadly, holistic practitioners and physicians aren’t very aware of at all.
So what are typical focal infections? The dental tonsils, sinus, genital, other foci, and what do these focal infections do? They are chronically like a machine generating pathogenic bacteria and they are going to migrate and metastasize typically to what’s called rheumatic disturbed fields in the body, rheumatic streptococcal related places that make a happy home for strep bacteria where strep bacteria like to live. And there are five main rheumatic disturbed fields. First of all, the heart, again the endocarditis to the valves, rheumatic fever includes all of these — three of these areas. Joints chronic rheumatoid arthritis, kidney’s acute chronic glomerular nephritis, the gut, appendicitis, stomach duodenal ulcers, and we already talked about the brain. In the old days they called it chorea, nowadays we call it Tourette’s. It’s really the same thing.
It is interesting Tourette’s was diagnosed or identified by a Frenchman Tourette in an 86-year-old woman in the 1880s, unusual? Because nowadays we see it in children and teens and usually after that except for 10% of the time the patient adapts and it’s not so obvious those kind of symptoms or they grow out of it as they say. PANDAS, Grandas and then this whole epidemic of ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity in kids, all manifestations of strep bacteria. So I want to mention Edward Rosenow. Who knows Edward Rosenow? Such an amazing man and if you do get my book, I hope you will read that history as well (inaudible) to my next book the price of root canals, the turn of the 20th century was just amazing. That was just the hallmark, that was the time of focal infection theory that was just exploding, and we had an incredible research that — doing root canals became such a thing, giving antibiotics in the ‘30s and ‘40s, which was huge backlash to that and then it all died. And we are the ones taking up the reins on that and telling people, yes, focal infections are real, we have to address them. You can’t diagnose what you don’t know about and treat.
So Rosenow was considered a research genius. Later Mayo Institute recruited him because he was an amazing biologist, amazing man and he found that streptococcal bacteria loved this partial tension of oxygen, they don’t like anaerobic areas without oxygen, they don’t like aerobic areas, they like this partial tension of oxygen. And also that streptococci along with that had a specific pathogenic affinity for certain tissues. Well, what are those certain tissues? They love the heart valves. Again that’s a partial oxygen environment, mitral valve first, aortic valve, second, very common for patients to come in with some kind of diagnosis of mitral valve disease, minor or moderate or significant, usually minor to moderate, it’s a very common finding in what it is strep bacteria metastasizing to that heart valve. And it can be mitral valve prolapse, stenosis or more serious regurgitation.
The strep bacteria also love the joints, they love the joint capsule, that synovial fluid, very warm, nice, happy little environment for them. That’s why we have so much arthritis, again partial tension of oxygen partly oxygenated, same thing with the kidney glomeruli, same thing with the frontal cortex in the brain, all these tissues are very good areas for the Streptococcus to live and to thrive. So Rosenow did this same research that Dr. Price did too and we all know this research that Dr. Price in Cleveland, Rosenow was at Rush medical College in Chicago. Dr. Price was in Cleveland, there was a lot going on in the Midwest. Midwest was really popping band with all these scientists studying focal infections. So Dr. Price put together a team of 60 leading scientists, what an amazing man and that included Dr. Milton Rosenau, not the same one of Harvard Charles Mayo or Rochester, we know what he ended up doing at Mayo clinic. Dr. Frank Billings of Chicago at Rush medical College who also — that’s where Rosenau worked and what he would find is, if he took an infected tooth and infected root canal tooth from a patient with heart disease and pulled that tooth, extracted it, cavitated it well I hope and then he put it under the skin of a rabbit that would develop the same disease, whether it was ovarian disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, heart disease, skin disease, anything. So it was so well correlated. It was amazing. It is almost like that strep bacteria had grown to that particular affinity and then it would want to go to that same place in that animal, right? I was in a joint before, I’m going to go to a joint again, wanted to find a home again, right?
So I know a lot of you know about Price’s research on this and a lot of other doctors did research and found the same issue. Now later on detractors which we are feeling because this focal infection theory isn’t popular nowadays. Detractors tried to do the same thing other scientists did and they didn’t do it properly. They didn’t put the strep bacteria, they didn’t keep it in a partial oxygen environment. They said [it isn’t true]. So you have to do the research correctly.
So let’s talk about focal infection parlance, I got to see tons of old friends here. Maybe some of you are new and don’t realize that our biological demo group, we’re very into vocal infections, the diagnosis and treatment of those. So the two main ones of course the teeth and the tonsils, that’s the cause, okay, and the disturbed fields is the area, the rheumatic field area like the heart valves or the hip joint or the kidneys or the brain. So if you have an impacted wisdom teeth, often those are silent with intermittent little pain and swelling. You are not even thinking about your heart. Or if you have a root canal infected or if you have an abscessed tooth or if you have incompletely extracted wisdom tooth. In the focal infection site there all of these areas continually generate bacteria and go to susceptible areas in that patient and of course the patient — there’s also the patient’s miasm, right, or condition or heredity, but really those of us that know about epigenetic nowadays that it’s really not the genetics itself, genetics is really only 5 to 10% of the time the problem. Epigenetic says you can completely change your life based on your environment. You don’t have to be prone to heart disease just because your family was or your ancestors were.
So I love this quote from Dr. Price, modern medicine is mistaking effect for cause. Modern medicine is mistaking effect for cause. So as we said this may be a new slide – no, do you have this in your slide? Okay, sorry, I added a few new slides. So I just love this quote, treating a patient’s joint or heart disease without examining the strong possibility of a focal infection in the teeth or tonsils, when doctors are doing that they are treating the effect, the symptom, rather than the true cause of the problem, the focus. Now the problem is patients come to us and talk about their hip joint or their heart pang. They don’t come into you guys that know about dental focal infections. They’re just talking about teeth.
So as biological physicians and practitioners we – the teeth information as biological dentists, you all need to list it as you do the whole systemic history, the whole history on what’s going on in the body. But this is so important, meaning that as biological dentists and physicians we’ve got to treat upstream, not just downstream. We’ve got to treat the cause and dental and tonsil focal infections are epidemic, every single one of you in this room probably has one or the other.
Now [Spransky] was a renowned Russian physiologist and he talked about this trigger factor and he was saying that chronic relatively silent dental focal infections can flare up from the second insult and I just added as dental cleaning, drilling, extractions. So again what we don’t want to do when we have this bacteremia in the bloodstream is that we don’t want to trigger a dormant heart disturbed field and be part of the cause of a heart attack in three weeks or triggers more bacteria to load onto the patient who already has existing dental and tonsil focal infections, already has a lot of bacteria on board. So what can we do? So silent heart disease, little bit more about the mitral valve, the mitral valve is the main valve that gets injured. This is very common mitral valve disease. It’s the most commonly disturbed and infiltrated and infected valve than the heart, the second is the aortic, third tricuspid.
Now again heart disease even though it’s a disturbed field and we’re saying disturbed fields are usually symptomatic. This disturbed field is usually rather asymptomatic patients. Sometimes they have palpitations, shortness of breath, apnea, angina, heart pain and fatigue but often this deposition of strep bacteria causes very little symptoms. Mitral valve disease, rheumatic heart disease without a history of rheumatic fever, well as we said rheumatic fever flu gets missed all the time depending how strong the symptoms, often undiagnosed, or you take antibiotics prophylactically and you just never know you have it, which some people will say, well that’s good but there are better choices.
So do you have heart disease of any kind? So a conventional medical history would ask you of angina, heartburn, shortness of breath, fatigue, our patients come in complaining of fatigue like it’s number one complaint nowadays, and we think of the adrenal glands or the kidneys, think of the heart, that late afternoon fatigue is often the heart — reduced circulation in the body causes a lot of fatigue, palpitation, tachycardia, weakness, dizziness, nausea, sweating. Now what we ask, what we ask additionally is did you have a lot of tonsil focal? Did you have a lot of tonsil infections as a child? Did you have a lot of ear infections? Did you get a lot of antibiotics for that, how many rounds, do you have any idea? Did you have a lot of sinus infections as a child? Is this a new slide too? Good, okay.
Do you have gum disease, right, dental cavities, abscesses, root canals, extractions, who pulled your wisdom teeth, the conventional dentist? It’s always the same thing, there’s very few people that extract correctly. So we have to ask all of these questions, and I just – these are two new slides, I just have to throw in my information on cholesterol. It just saddens me so much when I see all of us, especially senior citizens just getting beat up by the side effects of statin drugs, it’s outrageous. So this is a very good website, benefits of high cholesterol, you go to the WestonAPrice.org and you google benefits of high cholesterol, and you’ll see excellent peer-reviewed journal articles, in this particular article talking about the scientific basis of the fact that cholesterol really doesn’t cause heart disease. Trans fats do, toxic fats, rancid fat, sugar those things cause heart disease. We will be talking about that next.
So some facts about cholesterol, 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol, 75% older patients with lower cholesterol have risk of death than those with high cholesterol. Countries with higher average cholesterol like Switzerland and Spain have less heart disease. So there’s just tons of facts on cholesterol and how important it is to the system. I had a patient come in recently going to a Kaiser doctor, her doctor wants to get her cholesterol down to 120. Yeah, AIDS patients, 150, 140, they keep lowering this cholesterol, it’s the most insane and [person you’re close think], I have never seen in my life. It’s amazing.
Okay, some research on statin drugs and again I think Sally Fallon has done a very good job of compiling a lot of research statistics on statin drugs and cholesterol. So again go to the Weston A. Price.org website and just google statin drugs. This is the thing, when they first got the board together to figure out who to recommend statin drugs to, they couldn’t figure it out for women because women even at 200, 250 more than that, there was no evidence that that caused heart disease, but nevertheless I think they first set at 200 and again gone down to 180, now they’re down to 170 but a healthy woman, there’s no evidence that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack and death.
Lancet, respected British Journal 2007, men or women over 69 years old with high cholesterol, there’s no proof that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack and death, same article. And here’s an article where two statin drugs Zocor and Zetia, aggressive treatment with them, they did lower cholesterol, but it led to more plaque build-up. What does cholesterol do in our body? It goes to the artery, it’s there to heal that infection, that inflammation, right? So it led to more plaque buildup in the arteries and no fewer heart attacks. New England Journal of Medicine. So I just wanted to say that any of you that are on statin drugs I really wish you do some research and consider or reconsider taking that medication, that’s some serious side effects, including death.
Okay, how many do blood pressure in your office, how many take blood pressure? Quite a few. Okay, so what can we do for the physical exam? Blood pressure is an excellent test. I don’t find – I find that blood pressure machines give a lot of false positives. So those can be a bit of a problem. So if you are going to buy a blood pressure machine, I’d caution you to go with a lot of money, buy a really good quality one because the cheaper ones usually give too higher reading. So blood pressure is a good measurement, the pulse is also a very good measurement. Now we’re supposed to take our stethoscope and diagnose the heart sounds. When you’re in school you get a tape and you get this information on all these particular sounds you’re going to hear. When you hear — when you listen with your stethoscope on the chest, I just want to say it’s very difficult to diagnose heart sounds. Even cardiologists are challenged by this and they confirm these heart sounds by echocardiogram studies and ECGs. So you can take your stethoscope and listen but don’t worry about doing it just right because it’s difficult, we leave that for the cardiologists, the people that, doctors that listen all the time.
Now, left ventricular hypertrophy, this is a very common complication from rheumatic fever from strep bacteria with resulting mitral and aortic valve disease, okay. So here we have the left ventricle, and we have the mitral valve right between the left atrium and left ventricle that brings the oxygenated blood from the lungs into the left atrium, goes through that mitral valve, goes into the left ventricle and then that left ventricle has to push out all that oxygenated blood through the aortic valve into the whole rest of the body. So our left ventricle is a huge – has a huge workload. It’s our main pumping chamber and as you can see what can happen just like Hans Selye said about the adrenal glands in the 1950s, that brilliant doctor and scientist, the adrenal glands with a lot of stress, what do they do? They hypertrophy too. Glands areas get bigger under stress, well, so does this muscle, so does this left ventricle area.
So why not everybody put your hand on your heart, and remember the seventh rib comes out here where the xiphoid is, so the heart ends at the fifth rib. One third of it is to the right of the sternum, two thirds of it is to the left of the sternum and it’s about two fists – size of two fists, small person, those person’s fists, big person, those persons, bigger heart. So if you’re feeling, you should be feeling a beat, that is the left ventricle. It’s the most anterior to the chest wall. So you’re feeling that apex area, that apical area of the left ventricle. Now, if it’s forced and strong, you well could have left ventricular hypertrophy, it is not an uncommon finding.
Here’s another picture of the thickening of the myocardium of the left ventricle. Very common in hypertension, of course you increase the peripheral pressure the body’s got to get stronger just like building up your biceps in the gym to push out force more blood, so you get the blood circulating throughout the body. It occurs naturally in athletes, we will talk about that in a minute. I am not sure how natural that is and it’s diagnosed with an echocardiogram.
Another picture left, left ventricular hypertrophy, blood is unable to flow freely from the left ventricle to the aorta as we said during aortic stenosis and remember most people have some kind of mitral valve impairment too by definition, and it can cause arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, not enough blood getting to the tissues, congestive heart failure and death. And often see the left ventricle is the first sign and after a while it can lead to right heart failure. So this is first to fail and it’s the strong pumping chamber and then this is second to fail, the right ventricle. So if we catch the left ventricle first, we’re catching it earlier.
Now there is a test in autonomic nervous system labs called the sustained grip test, and it’s used as an alternative stress test to reveal cardiac abnormalities. And they say that it’s necessary since cardiovascular function in many patients with clinical heart disease is within normal range. I think we see this a lot in our practice, I can pick up a heart issue, some kind of distress in the heart and yet a patient can go out and get a normal ECG and normal echo and yet I see heart issues and they eventually will show up unless I treat that.
So, challenging the left ventricle, so in 1967 this Dr. Donald figured out how to do that and he demonstrated that if you have a sustained isometric contraction of the flexor muscles of the forearm, in other words, those little teeth you have in front of you, if you squeeze that real hard for a sustained period of time and it resulted in a marked increase in blood pressure, you increase the peripheral blood pressure, you increase the stress on your left ventricle. That’s no problem if you don’t have a left ventricle problem hypertrophy but if you do, it results in a positive test. They’ve been doing this for over 30 years in autonomic nervous system labs.
Again another picture the heart, the heart has to pump harder to get that blood out from the left ventricle through the aorta to the whole rest of the body. You can also do it with a Valsalva maneuver, right? We know some of these parasympathetic nervous system stresses we can do in our offices. So it’s considered, it’s a very well respected test. It’s considered very simple, very easy, very safe. And it’s a valuable intervention for the evaluation of this left ventricular function. Very well praised in the literature as a good test to do.
Professional athletes, they did a study with professional athletes, male professional basketball players 42 of them, 33i – this is a new slide, sorry, added a few — 33 had left ventricular hypertrophy and an enlargement and 16 had bilateral hypertrophy both sides. Now this is called physiological hypertrophy because at their basal state, at their resting state these guys were okay. I don’t know if I agree with that. What’s the typical age of death of a professional male professional sports player, a male professional sports player? What’s the typical age of death? Yes, Mike, you get a prize, 67. That’s young, right? Lot of us are in that range. What’s the typical age of death of a professional football player? Lower, of course, lot of fractures and concussions, 58, professional football player male, they all are male, still aren’t they? No women yeah, 58 years old. So I don’t know it’s interesting that they consider professional athletes, this is okay and again in our offices we have tools and techniques to figure out just how physiological just how normal this is.
I think a lot of people are doing their exercise completely wrong. So that’s a whole other subject we will have to talk about at cocktail hour, but I think there’s a lot of mistakes with exercise. Okay, well of course, professional football players are also billionaires and millionaires and get a lot of glories, so there is that aspect, I understand that but I would hope that all of them got holistic health after their — during their years and after their years of being in sports. So also this is a very good test if you had a heart attack and you’re supposedly recovering, an uncomplicated recovery, if it’s positive that can indicate yes, now there’s still a problem. Again you have to correlate these with other findings, blood-pressure, pulse, symptoms, history etc. but they use this test a lot, left ventricular function in patients to see if they’re really doing well after myocardial infraction.
So for biological dentists, the sustained grip test is an excellent screening test along with the pulse, along with the blood-pressure to determine any heart impairment so that the transient bacteremia that may be mild from dental procedures to make sure that it won’t worsen an existing problem. Of course, we’re already aware that patient has gingivitis or periodontitis, we’re already aware of the chronic dental focal infections, some of you even take a tonsil focal infection history and have an awareness that they have a chronic tonsil focal infection. So we are aware of the state of that patient’s health. So adding this sustained grip test to our screening is very easy to do.
So, what else can reveal underlying cardiovascular disease? Energetic testing such as kinesiology, we all have been able to therapy localize the heart and see issues, electro-dermal screening reveals that. My technique matrix reflex testing, very sensitive, I’m aware of any kind of heart issues coming up. We all know that a therapy localization, a positive TL, and those of us that do kinesiology is a lower galvanic skin resistance point like if I had – if a patient has a chronic ulcer there’s going to be a lowered galvanic skin resistance over this area because of the high sympathetic activity, think of high sympathetic activity, high [sooth riferous] activity, lot of sweating, sweaty area less resistant, right. So it’s a positive TL over that positive TL — over that stomach or over that heart area.
So Dr. Arvind Kaur, a great scientist, worked with osteopathic colleges for years, did amazing research on proving the efficacy of therapy localization actually. So he used a dorm armature, which is just a fancy skin resistance machine and he found that if that tested positive over the sternum, over the medial scapula and T1 through T4 that consistently correlated with heart disease in all his subjects he studied. In one subject he had been studying this subject for months and months but then for three weeks this subject’s T1 through T4 were observed for testing positive before that subject had a heart attack. And we also worry not only about the viscerosomatic relationship, but what about the somatovisceral relationship? As practitioners and doctors and especially as dentists, what do we – we’re honked over a lot, it’s really a problem.
So this kind of stress in the upper thoracic area, you know is going to have a problem to the heart. They’re going to reflex back and forth through these nerve pathways here. So they used to say dentists primarily die of heart attacks. I was trying to find that on the Internet, I couldn’t find it. I did read about dentists were used to say that they committed suicide more than anybody else but that was an urban myth. So I don’t know what the normal death is but it is a consideration because you know how much fine work you do, how much hunch over you are and again how prone you are to toxic chemicals and toxic metals, the Jeep Brothers, we’re not even talking about mercury yet, right, but the Jeep Brothers wrote a book about mercury toxicity, mercury amalgam, dental fillings and heart disease and then [Sam Jeep] later wrote a book — another book on heart disease and mercury. So mercury is a whole other issue in regard to intoxication of the heart.
So autonomic lab test, or expensive echocardiograms, ECGs going to a cardiologists, these are all very complicated. Now of course and expensive for the patient. Now of course if you have a patient that’s definitely indicating significant heart disease you want to refer them to a cardiologist and get all that information but for the bulk, for the most part, what we need is some kind of easy screening tool we can do in our office. So we can do a variation of the isometric handgrip test in our office using a ball or a dynamometer and then observing if a strong indicator muscle weakens and responds.
Okay. So does anybody have a dental focal infection here, tonsil focal infection here, anybody a strong athlete? Who wants to – none of those clean, who wants to come up? Russ, come on up, I remember Russ, years ago you had a big bicycle accident, didn’t you? You’re a big bicyclist, right? I thought so. Okay. So stand here, and I am so used to taking off watches but I guess I don’t know. I don’t have to do that. Let’s have you go ahead and take off the watch. Okay. Take the phone out. Take the pager, take the – okay. All right. So let’s have hand and get away from the electricity little bit, no, it’s not going to make that big a difference with just a gross muscle test. But okay, so, we have this patient hold his arm up, hold tight. And he’s got a strong indicator muscle, you can also do the supraspinatus muscle to get his elbow real straight, 30° out from the body, hold tight, can check both sides, straight up. Just a general indicator muscle or a more specific muscle and he’s super strong.
Okay. So then you want to take your little ball that Don and Toby got for me and have that patient squeeze it for 15 seconds. Now in your note it says 10 seconds, and the reason it because I don’t have a watch, I don’t like electricity on my body when I’m working in the office and I don’t have a Rolex which works. So my watches have been broken for years. So what I do is I count, I usually count, 1, 2, 3, I count to 10, and well I just got a stopwatch for this conference and realize I am counting so slowly, it’s actually 15 seconds. So I have been doing this test for years, but it’s 15 seconds. Okay. So let’s have the patient hold it in their dominant hand, okay. So when I say go, Russ is going to squeeze that moderately hard, not terribly hard but not weak, usually man around 20 pounds of pressure, okay. So Russ, go ahead and squeeze. Now stop. Okay. Wait a minute, sorry.
Okay, now squeeze, okay, moderate hard, moderate hard and stop. Now quickly you want to retest the muscle, hold tight and he goes into weakness. Okay, he’s not holding any more quickly, hold tight and he goes into weakness. You only have 3 to 4 seconds to quickly retest because now after that hold up, hold tight. And he’s absolutely strong again, right, because this is a dynamic test on the surface, he’s fine but underneath that when he bikes, he bikes 26 miles, I don’t know probably you don’t have any dental focal infections, holistic dentist specializes in cavitation surgery but definitely could be one of those physiological hypertrophy issues with the left ventricle and it’s something that we want to take into mind too because I’m not sure if that’s a good idea to go weak with any particular test.
Okay. So Russ, why don’t you sit down again? So well, no, I am going to keep your watch because I am going to have you come back in a minute. Now I have a watch, does it have a battery in it, Russ? Oh, wind up or is it – I have a hard time keeping my wind up, good. If it’s a Rolex, because the automatics work better. Okay. So now we rechecked the indicator muscle and you get a positive result, and that’s a weak response of a previously strong indicator muscle, it’s a positive test for the left ventricle. Now Russ within 4 seconds, 5 seconds went into strength again, you don’t have this slide, this is the preference pyramid, it’s in my book. This is a picture that’s been redone from the great Dr. [George Partal’s] work. Basically it’s important to think about this physiologically as well as philosophically, we only have one brain. We only have one heart, we only have one liver. We have 32 teeth, or some thereabout. We have lots of bones, muscles, skin. So the body will try to detoxify through a rash and get rid of toxins before it will impair the heart. The body will do anything it can, we can lose a tooth, but we can’t lose our heart, we can’t lose our stomach or brain, our more vital organs.
So it’s important to think about survival and how the body prioritizes in life. So often these vital organs are harder to therapy localize, harder to bring up because the body is protecting them. Now, so how do we test Russ? So what does he need now? [cocu] or magnesium, what does he – does he need for focal infection, what does he need to treat especially now that he’s gone into strength? Now we have the same problem, for example, if we are therapy localizing a tooth. If you do muscle testing and you’re therapy localizing a tooth and then you’re trying to put this product on and that product, this homeopathic and this herb, and keep that same position of that tooth, keeping it weak and seeing what two points, it’s difficult, it’s awkward, right?
So how do we handle that with heart to therapy localize areas or dynamic tests that are only positive for a few seconds? We only get to look at that left ventricle for a few seconds that issue. So this is another test that we’ve been doing for years for decades and decades. This came from Dr. [Alan Baer] as well as an osteopathic friend of mine in Austria and this is called the straight lock test and the reason it is the tooth is there is because we use it a lot for teeth. So if I am therapy localizing a tooth, I’ve got a strong indicator muscle at therapy localized number 30, it’s positive. I can lock this weakness into the whole system and then the whole body is the tooth. It works, we’ve been doing it for years and the way you lock it in, as you have the patient, you keep that ischemic grip, keeping the patient weak with that positive TL and you have the patient closed their eyes, open their eyes, just rub that forehead from the glabella to the hairline twice, eyes closed. The brain stand proprioceptive information, eyes opened, frontal cortex, this particular maneuver works all the time, it makes it so much easier in practice.
So when you do that, then you can two-point the treatment because the right treatment will cause a global strengthening in all those weak muscles, if am all number 30, it’s positive, then any muscle I test that helps that tooth, arnica or some kind coenzyme Q10 for the gums or whatever is needed, some kind of antibacterial will cause a two-point. Many of you know this, you do muscle testing all the time. So what do we use for the heart? Lots of things, Ubiquinol actually throughout my coenzyme Q10 it was so impotent compared to Ubiquinol, Ubiquinol is also much more active form of coenzyme Q10 and it works much more effectively, much more assimilable. This is information from Steve Sinatra, one of the — a few holistic cardiologist in the country, hasn’t gone mad about statin drugs. He’s a great — great cardiologist, great lecturer.
So many products to test, patient may need Ubiquinol, patient may need magnesium. Magnesium is excellent for relaxing the heart muscle, like Magnesium CitraMate from Thorne, D-Ribose, Corvalen M, very good sugar that helps feed the glucose, helps give the patient energy especially in the heart, very good for heart conditions, L-carnitine, fish oil is very good, anti-inflammatory, of course, you don’t want the patient taking the fish oil before surgery because it’s a blood thinner. Okay, so we can use all those but Tolle Causam, right, we like to treat the cause. So in most of our patients the issue with the heart is due to the teeth or tonsils, and that’s usually due to bacteria — bacterial infiltration and infection of the heart valves. So treating the root cause, again going upstream to the tooth will more deeply affect the heart. So again the patient comes in, to us, then complain about the wisdom tooth they have this left shoulder problem all the time.
All of us as doctors and practitioners very well know that ipsilateral rule, everybody know the ipsilateral rule? Some familiar with that, if a patient comes in, they say I have the right hip pain, I have right shoulder pain. I’ve got Writer’s cramp, tendonitis, it’s all on the right side. What’s the first thing a good biological physician or practitioner should do? Check on the right idea, yeah, exactly. Check the teeth, check the tonsils, especially the teeth, this whole one-sided thing, great diagnostic tool. Most the time you’re going to find a dental focal infection on that same side, some kind of problem with the tooth can be a million different issues.
Okay, so if we want to consider most of the time that these are caused from underlying silent focal infections, then I would like to talk about notatum — notatum 4x now, got to state that I don’t get any kickback or remuneration or any kind of money from these companies for talking about their products but if we want to be master carpenters, we’ve got to have the very best hammer and drill, screwdriver that we can possibly have. So I am always testing to try to find out the very best quality, the best product you can use. We will be talking about that a lot in my second lecture. So notatum is a natural anti-inflammatory, natural antibacterial, isopathic remedy, I have been using it ever since it’s been available in this country for about 12 to 15 years, tested it in Germany from the naturopath that developed it, it tests well there too. So it works. Remember not through killing and splattering those endotoxins all over the body into tissues, it works through the wisdom of immune modulation, it activates natural killer cells and macrophages so they can go in and kill and neutralize the bacteria and then eat up the toxic byproducts of that whole war that’s going on in the system.
So these are indoline products, right, these are based on professor — indoline products but they don’t contain cell wall antigenic material which cause healing crisis and disturbance in the system. So I just used to use [sonum], I used to have a microscope and all that too but as soon as the SanPharma came out, I will just plug them quickly, it tests hundred percent of the time better than the [sonum]. So do consider SanPharma and you guys have this in your — did you get sonum — you didn’t get any in your – he was supposed to give us a sample. Don, can you check with Mike and see if he has samples of notatum? Oh, Mike, how many samples do you have? Can you just place them at the end of the table? I am sorry.
Okay, so it’s a very effective therapy, inflammation, antibiotic type therapy without the healing crisis. I use this all the time, I use it for cavitation surgery pre and post, I use it on an inflamed tooth, that somebody’s threatening a root canal, they don’t need a root canal at all, I just laser it in perforatically, I use it on cuts, bruises, use it after dental drilling, use it after even dental cleaning to use to reduce the bacterial metastasis in the bloodstream to these different focal infections in the body. Yeah, they have injection formula too, they have sets. You don’t? oh, okay, so that’s why. Okay. Well, as far as using this Chairside just orally or giving it to your patient, it works great. Again like I said you can drop on the tooth or tonsils. You can snore it up nasally to the sinuses, you can rub on the elbow crease. The Germans, the Swish, the Austrians, they just rub it vigorously, (inaudible) vigorously on the elbow crease. Of course, the left elbow crease is excellent – excellent way to directly communicate with the heart. It’s a very highly vascularized area. And so therefore, you’re just getting a whole holistic systemic treatment and an immune system response and protection.
So after you do that, the weak muscles should now test strong and the grip test should not elicit weakness again. If not, you can test another remedy. Maybe they need ubiquinol, ribose, magnesium, something like that. Okay, so we’re going to practice, but let me bring Russ up here again. Let me demonstrate. Now it’s important to remember that if somebody – if we’re going to workshop, if somebody in your group is in weakness, is in parasympathetic [atonia] — 15 more minutes — you can’t do this test. Okay, because if they already start out weak and then you have them squeezed, you can’t tell anything.
Okay. So we will hand out these, so people can test. Okay, so we’re going to do the test again, hold this arm up, hold tight, now we’re using the left arm, it’s good to let them use their dominant hand for the grip test. So he’s nice and strong. Now we can use a dynamometer or you can use your tooth. All right. So I get my timer. Okay, Russ, squeeze moderately hard. Now moderately hard. Okay, now close the eyes, open the eyes. So if you know your patient is positive, you want to lock in that weakness right away and then what you’ll find, hold his arm up, hold tight, he will be weak everywhere. Okay, so his left ventricular weakness here is systemic, really neat thing to do. It works very well. Now we can therapy localize a treatment, so you can put this on his energy field, you have to put it in your pocket and just see if we’re on the right track. Hold tight. He goes super strong and then you can take out your product, go ahead and drop it on. Let’s do the left – elbow crease here. Such a direct relationship but inguinal crease is also highly vascular. So we use either.
Okay, so now you can have him retest, so hold on. So everything is okay. So tell him — squeeze moderately hard, oh, strong up to 40. Usually people stay about 20 or 30, okay, stop. All right. Then we test again, hold tight. And that no longer causes stress in his left ventricle. Okay, so that’s the way you test, he’s strong. Now of course, so let’s consider notatum, I’d also want to go into the heart relationship again to see if there’s other issues, check to make sure since it was the notatum which is an antibacterial that helped him to see if that’s any kind of focal infections in the mouth, but I doubt it but maybe a tonsil, maybe something else. Lot of us dentists and doctors have problems with the very thing that we’re working on. So, okay Russ, thank you.
All right. So let’s — very good job – so we have 10 minutes to very quickly break up into groups, doctor, patient, teacher. Doctor will test the strong indicator muscle, have the patient do the grip test, squeezed the ball. If it’s positive, then do it again and then quickly lock it in and then test to see if the notatum tests positive if that’s a good treatment for you and then repeat the grip test, it should not weaken the indicator muscle.
Okay, so let’s break up, you got like seven minutes. Quickly.
I have some more. Here you guys, here’s – squeeze, it doesn’t matter which hand, yeah.
Okay, all right. Let’s have a seat and we will wrap up. Thank you, so I thought everybody had a sample in their pocket. Okay, so first of all, good enthusiastic group here, we’re actually running on schedule. Okay, some comments about the muscle testing and the test. One of the main things that was missing is people. I went through this too fast quickly lock in this weakness. So you know the patient has some kind of left ventricle issue, they went weak, have them redo it again. As soon as they finish that 15 seconds close the eyes, open the eyes and their all left ventricle, just like their all tooth, every muscle in their body is weak that left ventricle is displaying. Then you can see how to help them be a better athlete or find a focal infection or test for particular products, do all kinds of diagnosis and treatment at the time.
There were some tests to talk about, it’s difficult sometimes to test a strong indicator muscle, use a big shoulder muscle or use a more specific muscle like the supraspinatus 30 degrees in front of the body, that’s what the applied kinesiologists do and they are such excellent muscle testers. So it’s a more specific muscle, more precise, more able to see obvious strength versus weakness. But overall everybody caught on really well and I saw some great testing.
So conclusion, rheumatic disease, illnesses of streptococcal origin are still quiet pandemic, but they’re just not diagnosed except through us. Dental cleaning, dental drilling, extraction obviously causes transient bacteremia. Is that a big deal? Well, yes, if you have underlying dental and tonsil focal infections or heart disease, and it can worsen these areas or any part in the body that’s a disturbed rheumatic field. What’s a rheumatic field? An area where strep bacteria likes to reside.
Sustained grip test is an excellent dynamic test to reveal underlying cardiac abnormalities. It can help you determine the natural therapeutic supplement. You can get a pre and post dental cleaning, drilling, injection, like I said it’s on my five dental cavitation surgery protocol now. Everybody uses notatum drops and other therapeutic supplements to help support that surgery. And the naturopathic prophylaxis again, notatum 4x to help to reduce and prevent pathogenic bacteria, post-cavitation surgery, mercury amalgam removing – removal, even post cleaning. You can use Chairside or give to the patient to take home.
All right. So again the point is the reason I named my book Radical Medicine is radical actually means getting to the root or the origin or the cause of disease. Many, many diseases are caused by these chronic underlying silent insidious dental and tonsil focal infections and we’re the ones to diagnose that and to propagate that through our colleagues who know more about that.
Okay, So I’m done. Thank you.