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Natural Approaches for the Prevention of Oral Cancer and Periodontal Disease

Thursday, April 03, 2008 by: Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Tags: periodontal disease, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) This article is a chapter excerpt from the new book Winning The War On Cancer by Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD. It offers some very clear and personal experiences we can have with many of the basic substances in the IMVA cancer protocol. Meaning salt water, magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, iodine and bentonite clay can all be used to great effect to cleanse and strengthen oral and dental environments. The experience of using these substances in the mouth gives us a close up feeling for how to use them for other applications like cancer in other parts of the body.

We cannot attain or maintain a complete state of good health without healthy oral environments.

The incidence of oral cancer is on the rise. Current estimates have the rate of increase at around 11%, with approximately 34,000 people in the U.S. being diagnosed with oral cancers each year. Of those 34,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in five years. Oral Cancer can mimic common mouth sores meaning most patients do not experience noticeable symptoms in the early stage of the disease process, and that is dangerous.

Scientists have also discovered a link between gum and pancreatic cancer in men. "Our study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer," said Dr. Dominique Michaud of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the research. Men with a history of periodontal disease had a 64 per cent increased risk of pancreatic cancer than men with no such history. And increased severity of periodontitis, for example with recent tooth loss, had the greatest risk. People with periodontal disease have an increased level of inflammatory markers such as C reactive protein (CRP) in their blood. These markers are part of an early immune system response to persistent inflammation and have been linked to the development of pancreatic cancer. It is the high levels of carcinogenic compounds that are present in the mouths of people with periodontal disease that increases risk of pancreatic cancer.

Every year about 32,000 people in the U.S. and 60,000 in Europe are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Because the symptoms of early development are often a common cause of other ailments (loss of appetite, stomach pains, weight loss), early diagnosis is very unusual. The contribution this study makes is to emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene, not only for oral health but also as a way to reduce the risk factor of a cancer that has the highest fatality rate among American men and women where less than 5 per cent of patients survive more than 5 years after diagnosis.

This chapter is crucial to medicine and especially cancer treatment because it addresses a fundamental meeting point or converging causes of many diseases including cancer. Mercury vapors in the mouth that spread mercury to all points in the body, increased use of antibiotics, periodontal disease, inappropriate oral care, yeast and fungal overgrowth, and decreasing immune strength are all colliding and reinforcing each other in a downward spiral that leads to chronic diseases and cancer. Most people, and certainly dentists, are surprised to find out that more often than not this all starts out in the mouth.

"Most of our cancer patients have a lot of amalgam dental fillings," says Professor W. Kostler, President of Austrian Society of Oncology.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from periodontitis. The underlying causes of periodontal disease are infectious agents such as virus, bacteria, spirochetes, amoebas and fungus. Periodontitis is a micro climate that reflects the macro climate of the entire body. A published study in the Journal of Periodontology confirms recent findings that people with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of systemic diseases and appears to be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In periodontal disease the pathogens form a sticky, colorless plaque that constantly forms on our teeth; however other factors can cause periodontal (gum) disease or influence its progression.

Periodontal Disease is a Chronic Infection That Leads to Chronic Disease

Harvard Medical School researchers studied longevity and found that one of the most important contributing factors was daily flossing. Because it removes bacteria from the teeth and gums, flossing helps to prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis. Another study found that men with periodontitis had a whopping 72% greater risk of developing coronary disease. Gingivitis was associated with a 42% increased risk for men. A 1996 study involving over 1,100 individuals found that the incidence of coronary heart disease, fatal coronary disease, and strokes were all significantly related to their baseline periodontal status.

"Around each one of your teeth there is a natural space between the gum and the tooth. The depth of this space is important. If it's too deep, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. Disease is diagnosed by redness, swelling, bleeding, odor and pocket depth. The presence or absence of gum disease is a reflection of an individual's ability to withstand the negative influences of improper teeth care, daily eating, drinking, and even by the content of one's own saliva," writes Dr. Ray G Behm Jr., DDS.

The most common strain of bacteria in dental plaque can cause blood clots that induce heart attacks when they escape into the bloodstream, researchers have reported.

As the plaque gets harder and thicker, it becomes what is known as dental calculus or tartar, a hard calcified layer that is virtually impossible to shift with normal brushing, you would have to get the dental hygienist to do it. It can even descend into pockets around the base of teeth inside the gums. This provides an ideal environment for the bacteria to breed and cause gum inflammation. For many people the symptoms are mild, with some bleeding but little pain or irritation, so it can be quite advanced before it is detected. It can also be associated with bad breath.

Research reveals that diseased gums pump high levels of harmful bacterial components into the bloodstream. The skin of the oral cavity is known as "Oral Mucosa". It is very rich with blood vessels and if outside bacteria and the toxins which they produce get into the blood stream, they are off and running throughout the body.

The Dangers of Mercury Amalgams

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the teeth due in great part to improper cleaning of the teeth. Although systemic factors and general health can modify the tissue reactions to local irritants, the primary irritant is mercury containing dental amalgam. It is a well known fact in the published, peer-reviewed dental journals that mercury leaks directly from amalgam into adjacent oral tissues causing periodontal disease. In 1957, Zander (JADA, 55:11-15) reported "materials used in restorative dentistry may be a contributing factor in gingival disease." In 1961, App (J Prosth Dent 11:522-532) suggested that there was greater chronic inflammation around amalgam sites than non-amalgam areas. In 1964, Trott and Sherkat (J CDA, 30:766-770) showed that the presence of mercury amalgam correlates with gingival disease. Such disease was not present at contralateral amalgam-free sites. In 1973, Trivedi and Talim (J. Prosth. Dentistry, 29:73-81) demonstrated that 62% of amalgam sites have inflammatory periodontal tissue reaction. In 1976, Goldschmidt et al (J. Perio. Res., 11:108-115) demonstrated that amalgam corrosion products were cytotoxic to gingival cells at concentrations of 10 to 6; that is, micrograms/gram of tissue.

The Richardson Report, a study completed for Canada health in 1995, found that the tolerable daily intake of mercury was exceeded in different age groups with the following number of amalgam fillings:

* adults - 4

* teenagers – 3

* children and toddlers – 1.

- Dr. Robert Gammal

Dentists and their parent dental associations are loath to inform patients that the mercury they place in the mouth is a deadly poison that negatively influences not only their oral environments but total body health as well. This is a shame that the majority of dentists will take to their grave. "Mercury is one of the most potent chemical inhibitors of thiol-sensitive enzymes and mercury vapour easily penetrates into the central nervous system," writes Dr. Boyd Haley who goes on to say, "Amalgams leak mercury, this is a fact that any chemistry department can confirm. We have made amalgam fillings outside of the mouth, placed these fillings in sterile water for 15 minutes to several hours. We then tested this water for toxicity to tubulin and creatine kinase. The result was that the solutions in which amalgams were soaked (even for fifteen minutes) were extremely toxic. This work is supported by reports doing similar experiments at the University of Michigan Dental School where they described solutions in which amalgams were soaked as being 'extremely cytotoxic.'

It is estimated that an amalgam filling will release up to half of its mercury content over a ten year period (50% corrosion rate). - Dr. Robert Gammal

"There is no safe level of mercury, and no one has actually shown that there is a safe level," said Dr. Lars Friberg, Chief Adviser to the WHO (World Health Organization) on mercury safety. Survival Medicine has a two hundred page section called The Rising Tide of Mercury because mercury toxicity needs to be factored into all notions of health and disease today. "The Richardson Report, a study completed for Canada health in 1995, found that the tolerable daily intake of mercury was exceeded in different age groups with the following number of amalgam fillings: adults - 4, teenagers – 3, children and toddlers – 1," reports Dr. Gammal. When you walk into a doctor's office with serious health complaints, the first thing they should do is ask you to open your mouth and take a look at your teeth. He should count the number of toxic mercury fillings that have been implanted into your mouth and make a quick calculation.

Mercury Exposures Compared

Dr. Hal A. Huggins stated that amalgam fillings can devastate human health. The most common form of exposure to mercury is by inhalation of vapor and there is widespread general agreement that this leads to a slowly developing and insidious poisoning, which at first yield psychic and other general effects that are vague and difficult to diagnose. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 determined that dental amalgam was the greatest source of mercury contamination to the general population - up to ten times greater than all other sources combined - and that for mercury vapor, there is no known "no-observable-effect level (NOEL)". Yet dentists have continued to expose children to the toxic effects of mercury.

Children with amalgams are exposed to from tens to several hundreds of micrograms of mercury per day depending on how many fillings are in their mouth, how old the fillings are, how much a person brushes their teeth, chews and eats, the bacteria count in the mouth, and even the temperature of the body. Dr. Murry Vimy, professor of dentistry says, "It is estimated that the average individual, with eight biting surface mercury fillings, is exposed to a daily dose uptake of about 10 micrograms of mercury from their fillings. Select individuals may have daily doses 10 times higher (l00 mcgs) because of factors which exacerbate the mercury vaporization.

Mercury is invisible in vapor form but we have to see that it's raining mercury, literally. The FDA says it's everywhere and for once they are right about something. People with mercury fillings have literal Vapors From Hell in their mouths, fumes from their mercury dental fillings that rise up from their teeth 24/7 with more powerful bursts when chewing or drinking hot fluids. These vapors play havoc on the body through a host of means the least of which is to feed the bacteria, fungi and yeasts that thrive on mercury. Mercury will promote the growth of Candida, though as it adsorbs the mercury it thereby protects the system to a certain extent from its toxicity. Candida cannot be effectively dealt with without dealing with the dental issues. This is not an optional approach, but necessarily part of the primary approach.

The list of organisms that have the highest affinity for toxic metals reads like a "who's who" of our typical human infectious diseases: fungi of the candida species, streptococci, staphylococci, amoebas, etc. - Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

With mercury implanted in the majority of peoples' mouths and with mercury now outdistancing lead as the number one polluter in the environment, we can assume that mercury toxicity is playing a huge role in the creation of many diseases including cancer and heart disease, the number one and two causes of death.

There are poisonous time bombs going off in billions of mouths and few in medicine and dentistry are aware of it. Why dentistry did not study mercury chemistry before 1000's of tons were implanted
two inches from the brain and why allopathic medicine did not scream out warnings are questions we will be asking for a long time.

When we look at the fungal and yeast infections that are an integral aspect of cancer, we should begin to understand the desperate need to include chelation of mercury in each and every cancer treatment. Mercury fed candida become more and more virulent and eventually penetrate and root into the intestinal walls and invade the cells. These fungal microorganisms become quite at home in the cell, and can easily be considered a principle characteristic of cancer. Survival Medicine has a two hundred page section on cancer and its treatment with sodium bicarbonate, which is proving to be effective against cancer because it is lethal to yeasts and fungi growths.

Mercury from amalgam fillings has been shown to be neurotoxic, embryotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, immunotoxic and clastogenic. It is capable of causing immune dysfunction and auto-immune diseases. - Dr. Robert Gammal

When we consider mercury as one of the basic causes of cancer and heart disease we can begin to review our estimates on iatrogenic death and disease. Mercury toxicity is in the realm of chronic disease yet we also have to look at its ability to weaken the immune system and leave people vulnerable to acute infection. Mercury is often at the heart of periodontitis and many other diseases; yet the vast majority of dentists are still in denial, which makes them inept at taking care of the problems they themselves create for patients. It is bad enough that they plant the mercury in the mouth but then they add insult and injury by suggesting, as they do, antibiotics that make the entire situation worse with the yeasts and fungus.

Iatrogenic dentistry is a new concept that has yet to be explored but already a great part of the civilized world understands the incredible stupidity and cruelty of fluoridated water, toothpaste and fluoride treatments at the dental clinic and the continued widespread use of mercury containing dental amalgam. Harvard University Medical Center is just one of many universities that recognize fluoride as a cause of cancer. If one wants to study the basic elements of terrorism, one need look no further than the people and organizations that support the fluoridation of public water supplies.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and others have long observed that patients diagnosed with chronic viral illnesses (EBV, CMV, HIV, herpes zoster and genital herpes, CFIDS etc.), chronic fungal illnesses (Candidiasis and others) and recurrent episodes of bacterial infections (chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, bladder/prostate infections, HIV related infections) often have dramatic recoveries following an aggressive amalgam detoxification program. Detrimental accumulation of mercury from amalgam fillings lowers immunity through a depletion of beneficial, antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase and catalase as well as the vital mineral selenium, which chemically is the best antidote to mercury contamination.

Dentists who are not happy with the use of mercury and fluoride end up prescribing antibiotic mouth rinses containing an antimicrobial agent called chlorhexidine to control bacteria when treating gingivitis and after gum surgery. Also, gels that contain the antibiotic doxycycline and antibiotic micro-spheres that release minocycline slowly over time, along with the terrible mouthwashes that one can buy at every pharmacy and supermarket in the world are also prescribed. Fungal overgrowth occurs because its natural competitors have been removed, which is the case with heavy antibiotic usage. The mercury in dental amalgam increases the problem exponentially due to decreased immunity from immunocompromisation.

It is very difficult to accept the devastating reality about what dentists have done to humanity. Dentistry is in dire need of change and it does come as a great surprise to most of us that our trusted highly skilled dentists have been hypnotized and conditioned into ignorance by their dental professors and dental organizations. It is these people and organizations that should be on President Bush's terrorist list because dental amalgams could easily be considered a weapon of mass destruction if you calculate the massive tonnage of mercury put into mouths around the world each year.

U.S. Dentists purchase 34 tons of mercury per year, the Nation's third largest purchaser of mercury.
Dental amalgams are legalized toxic waste sites planted inches from the brain! It is more than amazing to see seemingly intelligent men and woman live with the belief that mercury is highly toxic and dangerous everywhere except in the mouth. Some people are able to clear the mercury vapors from their system but others develop devastating symptoms.

Periodontitis is one of two common types of gum inflammation, the other being gingivitis. Gingivitis is where the soft tissue around the teeth becomes inflamed, whereas Periodontitis is a deeper condition that affects the tissue that support the teeth and is also associated with loss of bone around the base of the teeth. About 50 per cent of Americans over 30 years of age have periodontitis. The two diseases are linked in that persistent gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. Gingivitis comes from bacteria that get into the soft gum tissue and infect it. The bacteria live in the plaque that builds up around the base of teeth due to poor dental hygiene. Plaque is a gradual accumulation of food debris, saliva and minerals.

It has been estimated that 16.5 percent of senior citizens have lost all of their natural teeth.

The bacteria in gum disease can enter your bloodstream through damaged blood vessels which run through the gums. This can increase the toxin load in your bloodstream which increases your risk of many chronic diseases. Thus the first thing a doctor should check when examining his or her patients are their mouths to get a feeling for the general state of their oral environments. A quick look at both tongue and gums will yield much important information. In fact, oriental physicians and acupuncturists are trained in tongue diagnosis because it reflects the general state of health in the body.

Several studies have found a strong relationship between the bacterium causing gum disease and atherosclerosis. In fact, the same bacterium has been cultured from the crud, or plaque, is seen in arteries. It is the battle between the bacteria/viruses and the immune system, which is in perpetual action to destroy the invaders, that begins the process of atherosclerosis. An estimated 100 trillion bacteria make themselves at home in our GI track, which starts in the mouth. Many of these bacteria are bad guys — nasty bacteria that can make you sick, and some of them are "stone-cold killers."

In 2000, Nevada recorded 210 cases of oral cancer, representing 2.3% of all cancers in Nevada.

According to an article recently published in the Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, chronic periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer of the tongue among men. Researchers at the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have found the same thing. Another recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute linked periodontal disease to pancreatic cancer as well. "Our study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer," said Dr. Dominique Michaud of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the research.

Periodontal disease has increased prevalence amongst patients with certain systemic diseases such as type-2 diabetes mellitus.

Oral candidiasis, a fungal infection in the mouth appears more frequent among persons with diabetes and dentures. If you smoke, have high blood glucose levels or need to take antibiotics often, you are more likely to have a problem with oral fungal infections. Diminished salivary flow and an increase in salivary glucose create an attractive environment for fungal infections such as thrush which produces white (or sometimes red) patches in the mouth that may be sore or may become ulcers.

Low-grade infections in the mouth lead to systemic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases (heart disease), respiratory ailments (pulmonary or lung disease), and poor pregnancy outcomes. - New York Dept of Health

Bacteria and viruses and fungi that occur naturally in the mouth do proliferate and undermine or defeat the body's immune system. Waging war, day in and day out, it's a classic battle — the "good guys" versus the "bad guys" from the beginning to the end of the GI track. The good guys are our body's patriots, friendly bacteria that help us digest and absorb the food we eat, and keep our immune system humming, metabolizing hormones, and helping repair our gut linings, among other things. But most importantly they keep the bad guys under control. Your good bacteria patrol and police your digestive system to prevent the bad bacteria from taking over and wreaking havoc all over our bodies.

This war is often fought and won or lost in our mouths. For individuals with dental mercury amalgams (about 85 percent of the population), it's not a fair war because mercury vapors are like fifth columnists, traitors behind enemy lines working hard to sabotage our oral and total body environment. The modern world we live in, due to the onslaught of stress, poor diet, exposure to a host of toxins and especially the overuse of antibiotics create a situation where the odds are high that we have too few good bacteria in the GI track to defend us from harmful bacteria and fungus. Meaning the bad guys are getting the upper hand and this is the very beginning of cancer, which often takes many years to develop. No one with cancer can be considered healthy and in a recent Blaylock Wellness Report we are warned why dysbiosis should not be taken lightly.

"Gas, belching, and bad breath due to dysbiosis may seem more socially-threatening than health-threatening," Dr. Russell Blaylock says, but he is alluding to a long drawn out process that easily ends in disaster. So how do we head the bad guys off at the pass? Obviously the first step is to stop feeding ourselves poison, the very stuff the bad guys enjoy eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner! In oral and dental terms it means stop the fluoride, meaning drink water without it and for Gods sake, STOP USING FLORIDATED TOOTH PASTE! Commercial toothpastes are worthless as healing oral health agents though it does take a serious adjustment of the mind to throw out those tubes that have been around since we could walk and talk.

The scope of the disaster with flouride is beyond most of our capacities to imagine. We now find out about the formation of iodoacetic acids during cooking: interaction of iodized table salt with chlorinated drinking water. Iodoacetic and chloroiodoacetic acids are formed when municipal chlorinated tap water is allowed to react with iodized (with potassium iodide) table salt or with potassium iodide itself. Iodoacetic acid is a potent cytotoxic and genotoxic agent. Scientists have demonstrated that iodoacetic acid is the most cytotoxic and genotoxic drinking water disinfection byproducts analyzed in a mammalian cell system. Little is known of the mechanisms of its genotoxicity. Results of studies support the hypothesis that oxidative stress is involved in the induction of genotoxicity and mutagenicity by iodoacetic acid.

It should be very interesting to learn that the very medical weapons we can use against cancer, the very same ones that are common emergency room medicines are the same ones we can use to deeply clean and maintain our oral environments. Many of us have damaged oral environments because of poor diet and years of dissolving dental amalgams so we need the best weapons we can get against the bacteria, yeasts and fungi growing in our mouths.

Sodium bicarbonate is used to reduce the inflammation of oral mucosa resulting from chemotherapeutic agents or ionizing radiation. Mucositis typically manifests as erythema or ulcerations.

Bicarbonate has been shown to decrease dental plaque acidity induced by sucrose and its buffering capacity is important to prevent dental cavities. Other studies have shown that bicarbonate inhibits plaque formation on teeth and, in addition, increases calcium uptake by dental enamel. This effect of bicarbonate on teeth is so well recognized that sodium bicarbonate-containing tooth powder was patented in the USA in October 1985. Sodium bicarbonate has been suggested to increase the pH in the oral cavity, potentially neutralizing the harmful effects of bacterial metabolic acids. Sodium bicarbonate is increasingly used in dentifrice and its presence appears to be less abrasive to enamel and dentine than other commercial toothpaste.

Check the pH of your saliva with pHydrion paper. If your saliva pH is below 7.2 then you are at risk for cavities, mouth sores, bacteria, yeast and even Oral Cancer.

To increase your oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate salt in 2 ounces of distilled water. It is that simple to neutralize the acids that cause cavities, mouth sores, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), bacteria, yeast and even Oral Cancer.

Bicarbonate is a major element in our body. Secreted by the stomach, it is necessary for digestion. When ingested, for example with mineral water, it helps buffer lactic acid generated during exercise and also reduces the acidity of dietary components. Bicarbonate is present in all body fluids and organs and plays a major role in the acid-base balances in the human body. The first organ where food, beverages and water stay in our body is the stomach. The mucus membrane of the human stomach has 30 million glands which produce gastric juice containing not only acids, but also bicarbonate. The flow of bicarbonate in the stomach amounts from 400 µmol per hour (24.4 mg/h) for a basal output to 1,200 µmol per hour (73.2 mg/h) for a maximal output. Thus at least half a gram of bicarbonate is secreted daily in our stomach.

So it is perfectly safe to use bicarbonate in the mouth and to swollow it after using it to clean the gum tissues and teeth, or to take it orally. The same goes for the iodine if you use the iodine in its atomic form. But we need not stop at iodine or sodium bicarbonate. We can employ magnesium chloride, preferably in a natural pure form and this truly is a our secret weapon offering not only healing and strenghtening of the tissues but magnesium also strenghtens the teeth.

Povidone-iodine gargle has rapid bactericidal activity against the causative bacteria of periodontal disease.

Candida species have become a major opportunistic pathogen causing recurrent oral thrush and oesophageal candidiasis in patients with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. This has resulted in repeatedly high use of expensive anti-fungal drugs (ie. Clotrimazole, Amphotericin B and Nystatin) which most of these patients cannot afford full dose. This has resulted in the development of Candida strains resistant to common antifungals in the community. Due to this, Kibera Based Health Care (KCBHC), which cares for the sick at home decided to look for cheap and effective drugs to manage this problem.

Iodine mouth gurgle is an effective and cheap therapy for managing recurrent oral thrush and prevents it from degenerating to oesophageal candidiasis on HIV/AIDS patients.

Patients with recurrent oral thrush under the care of KCBHC were grouped in two. One group was managed with 2% Povidone Iodine mouth gurgle, the other was managed with Clotrimazole or Nystatin which are routinely used. Healing effects, recurrence and development of oesophageal candidiasis and disappearance of mouth odor were monitored over two years. The patients on Iodine healed within 10 days and mouth odor disappeared. Gurgling of Iodine whenever patients felt signs of recurrence prevented serious recurrence and development of esophageal Candidiasis. Those on antifungal medicines also healed within 10 days but continued having mouth odor. Some developed serious recurrent oral thrush which degenerated to esophageal candidiasis. The medical cost of care using Iodine was very low compared with antifungal care.

Magnesium is essential for proper calcium absorption and is an important mineral in the bone matrix.

"Bones average about 1% phosphate of magnesium and teeth about 1% phosphate of magnesium. Elephant tusks contain 2% of phosphate of magnesium and billiard balls made from these are almost indestructible. The teeth of carnivorous animals contain nearly 5% phosphate of magnesium and thus they are able to crush and grind the bones of their prey without difficulty," wrote Otto Carque (1933) in Vital Facts About Foods.

Some people, like a spokesperson for the UK-based charity, the National Osteoporosis Society, continue to think that "magnesium deficiency is, in fact, very rare in humans." So they cannot get it through their neural circuits that magnesium deficiency, not calcium deficiency plays a key role in osteoporosis. Thus it is no surprise when we find more studies suggesting that high Ca intake had no preventive effect on alteration of bone metabolism in magnesium deficient rats. Moderate dietary restriction of magnesium results in qualitative changes in bones in rats. The results from some of these studies may be surprising to some. We have plenty of reason to doubt the value of consuming large amounts of calcium that are currently being recommended for adults and young people alike.
One of the most important aspects of the disease osteoporosis has been almost totally overlooked. That aspect is the role played by magnesium. - Dr. Lewis B. Barnett

In a study, conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, involving subjects aged 40 yrs and older, increased serum Mg/Ca was significantly associated with reduced probing depth (p < 0.001), less attachment loss (p = 0.006), and a higher number of remaining teeth (p = 0.005). Subjects taking magnesium showed less attachment loss (p < 0.01) and more remaining teeth than did their matched counterparts. These results suggest that increased magnesium supplementation will improve periodontal health.

In the study cited, it was shown that a group of caries resistant teeth contained on the average twice as much magnesium as those in a comparable group that were caries-prone. Magnesium plays a key role in bone formation, and many young women don't get enough of the mineral. To better understand the role of magnesium supplements and bone health in a healthy population, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA, randomised 44 girls aged 8 to 14 to take 300 mg of magnesium daily for one year or a placebo. All of the girls had intakes of the mineral that were below 220 mg a day; the recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 240 mg for girls aged 8 to 13 and 360 mg for girls 14 to 18 years old.

Girls given magnesium showed significantly greater bone mineral content in the hip than those who took placebo.

It is magnesium, not calcium, that forms the kind of hard enamel that resists decay. And no matter how much calcium you take, without magnesium only soft enamel can be formed. If too soft, the enamel will lack sufficient resistance to the acids of decay. For years it was believed that high intakes of calcium and phosphorus inhibited decay by strengthening the enamel. Recent evidence, however, indicates that an increase in these two elements is useless unless we increase our magnesium intake at the same time. It has even been observed that dental structures beneath the surface can dissolve when additional amounts of calcium and phosphorus diffuse through the enamel at different rates. Thus milk, poor in magnesium, but high in the other two elements, not only interferes with magnesium metabolism, but also antagonizes the mineral responsible for decay prevention.

Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However, Asian and African populations with a low intake (about 300 mg) of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. With a low magnesium intake, calcium moves out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to move from the tissues into the bones. Thus high magnesium levels leads to bone mineralization.

What this all adds up to is that using a natural magnesium chloride solution as a mouth wash is ideal for not only dental care of the teeth but it is also excellent at revitalizing and strengthening the gums. One would want to use the purest magnesium chloride possible for it is very good to swollow the magnesium with a chaser of water as another optimal way of insuring high levels of daily magnesium intake.

So our oral lineup so far includes sodium bicarbonate, iodine and magnesium chloride. In addition one may use strong salt water for plaque control as well as a good clay but one would want to make sure not to swollow the salt and to rinse the mouth thoroughly. I use a calcium bentonite clay, which is slightly abrasive when the brush is used, which is helpful for good cleaning on a deeper level. The clay, when left to soak in the mouth, pulls out the poisons in and around the gums thus completing our dental care system.

With the highest quality clay, one then can also swollow. For extreme oral problems instead of just sprinkling dry clay powder on the tooth brush, one can pack the gums with a pre-made thick clay, which will absorb poisons from deeper in the oral tissues. The clay offers a healing power to the entire GI track, the iodine is wonderful for the thyroids, breasts, ovaries and prostrate gland as well as overall metabolism. It will also help with the removal of mercury, fluoride and bromide from the body. Magnesium is almost as valuable as the air we breathe and the water we drink. Bicarbonate also is helpful for overall pH control so we have an oral care system that is effective for our entire physiology: a complete oral health care system. Suggestion: Bicarbonate is also helpful for overall pH control, so we have an oral care system that is effective for our entire physiology and a complete oral health care system!

The clay can be used just like the bicarbonate, just dip your brush into a little bit of it after wetting the brush slightly and apply and repeat for each section of the teeth.

I also had the great fortune of dealing with two excellent clay companies. The particualar clay mentioned above is the only clay I use and recommend for oral consumption. It is a very fine calcium bentonite clay, also known as a "living clay," and is perfect for oral consumption on a daily basis. In the final analysis, I have been using and recommend another high grade clay from LL's Magnetic Clay, which is a sodium bentonite clay that I use to pack my mouth with as sodium bentonites traditionally have a stronger drawing power on the gums and other tissues.

We often forget to floss even though flossing is crucial if a person already has a problem with their gums. A dentist worth his weight in gold would tell you to floss after each meal and not eat between meals either. The oral environment is delicate and when you are battling for control, floss is a man's or woman's best friend.

In Summary: This article is telling you that common baking soda can be mixed with non-chlorinated and non-fluoridated water to make a paste for use in tooth brushing on a regular basis. Magnesium oil of the purest form (not the stuff you can buy in the pharmacy), should be used as a tooth or mouth rinse once a day, twice a day or even just once a week, depending on the need or state of oral health. You can take a sip at full strength or half strength. It's like sweetening your coffee to taste so to speak. All of the substances in the oral protocol are like that; you have to adjust the strengths and frequencies depending on personal need and perception. For use with children, everything should be diluted and used less frequently. One can alternate between different items in the protocol with ease. Alternating with iodine rinses, for instance, is a good idea. If you use the right type of iodine that's suitable for ingestion, such as nascent iodine one can swallow after rinsing.

Another good idea is to use a water pick with magnesium chloride added to the water. This will allow better irrigation of the deeper gum tissues. I use about 1/2 oz of the Ancient Minerals Magneisum with a full resevroir of warm water.

What works for many is to simply swish the iodine/water ingested daily (only the iodine in atomic form (nascent) is suggested for this) around my mouth and teeth before I swallow daily. For children it easily takes the place of vaccines in that one is using the iodine to ensure an immune system at full strength. The iodine will take on much of the load of seeking out and destroying viruses, bacteria and candida fungi infections. A person will notice a huge difference in the feeling of cleanliness, with pinker and healthier looking tongue and gums.

Caution: Iodine can stain the teeth.

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Mark A. Sircus Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA)http://www.imva.info/. Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M., and in the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, in México, and was awarded the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was one of the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United States. Dr. Sircus's IMVA is dedicated to unifying the various disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in healthcare.

He is particularly concerned about the effect vaccinations have on vulnerable infants and is identifying the common thread of many toxic agents that are dramatically threatening present and future generations of children. His book The Terror of Pediatric Medicine is a free e-book one can read. Dr. Sircus is a most prolific and courageous writer and one can read through hundreds of pages on his various web sites.

He has most recently released his Survival Medicine for the 21st Century compendium (2,200 page ebook) and just released the Winning the War Against Cancer book. Dr. Sircus is a pioneer in the area of natural detoxification and chelation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. He is also a champion of the medicinal value of minerals and is fathering in a new medical approach that uses sea water and different concentrates taken from it for health and healing. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, his first published work, offers a stunning breakthrough in medicine, an entirely new way to supplement magnesium that naturally increases DHEA levels, brings cellular magnesium levels up quickly, relieves pain, brings down blood pressure and pushes cell physiology in a positive direction. Magnesium chloride delivered transdermally brings a quick release from a broad range of conditions.
International Medical Veritas Association: http://www.imva.info/

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