Root Canals/Chronic Dental Infection

CHRONIC DENTAL INFECTION

Chronic infection can be one of the underlying reasons for rosacea because with any infection that goes untreated, the body must constantly fight to keep you healthy. A lot of your body’s energy will be focused on clearing out/containing that source. This often occurs with dental surgeries/extractions. Many patients have told me that their rosacea symptoms first appeared after a tooth extraction or root canal. Often when teeth are removed, complications can arise such as dry socket, nerve injury and disrupted sinus communication/infection. Sometimes tiny tooth chips can be left behind, also causing infection. If these are not dealt with, your immune system will become chronically taxed, and will be unable to fight viruses, allergens, pathogens, etc. effectively. This leads to chronic inflammation, which leads to rosacea. 

Root canals are another common source problem which some dentists are finally starting to recognize as problematic. Root canals involve removing a decayed or infected tooth, where the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned out and sealed. Often the inside of the tooth is not cleaned out properly and bacteria remains, which is then placed back in the socket for the bacteria to proliferate.  The problem is when the “dead” tooth is placed back in the mouth. If one of your fingers had frostbite and “died” you could not leave that finger attached to your body or it would poison your entire body. Some believe the same is true with root canals. 

There are at least 5 ways a root canal can cause problems:

  • Infection inside or outside of the root canals
  • Extruded root canal filling causing an immune response
  • Accumulation of cholesterol crystals that irritate the tissues
  • Cystic lesion where the root canal is done
  • Scar tissue healing of the root canal site

Dr. Weston Price has done extensive testing on root canals and the bacteria that is left behind. One study tested the effectiveness of root canal cleaning procedures and found endotoxins and pathogenic bacteria in 100% of root canals. The cleaning procedures can clear up to 44% of these bacteria, but the bacteria always persist. According to Dr. Price, “many of these bacteria are naturally present in the mouth, but they only become a problem when we are infected with them. When they grow in the root canal, the anaerobic conditions inside the root canal can cause these bacteria to become more dangerous. In addition, the ecosystem of these bacteria can make them even more dangerous.”

Research consistently shows that infections of the mouth and teeth can cause systemic inflammation and disease throughout the entire body. 

Dr. Price believes root canals can cause a host of medical issues ranging from heart disease to cancer. In my short time treating rosacea patients, I have already encountered three who told me their symptoms began shortly after a root canal. Coincidence? I doubt it. A holistic dentist can help by removing the infected tooth or decay and replacing it with a ceramic bridge or titanium post, which both appear to be better options than a root canal.

Rosacea and Heavy Metals

If you’re familiar with Anthony William (Medical Medium) then you’ve heard of the problem with heavy metals. He believes they are the underlying cause of hundreds of ailments ranging from psoriasis to Alzheimer’s to thyroid conditions. When I first heard this theory I didn’t give it much thought. (This was back when I thought rosacea was a skin condition.) After all I’ve learned in the past 10 months and all the people I’ve witnessed get better after years of rosacea, I do think heavy metals play a role. Mercury is the biggest offender, followed by aluminum, lead, copper, etc. We are exposed to these metals daily in our water, medications, vaccines, canned food, soda cans, cookware, deodorant, medications, makeup, lotions, shampoo, etc. Ugh. Now a small amount of heavy metal exposure is manageable, but the problem is we are no longer eating the foods necessary to purge these metals out of the body.

Heavy metals most often land in our liver, gut and brain. They stay there, accumulating over time. Heavy metal deposits in the brain are the main cause of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Heavy metal deposits in the liver are one of the underlying causes of rosacea. So how do we rid our bodies of these metals? There is a combination of ingredients recommended by Anthony William which is very effective. I started making smoothies last fall with all the ingredients when I considered the possibility of this being the underlying cause of my rosacea. These ingredients all work in harmony to latch on to heavy metals, carry them to the kidneys and colon, and get rid of them! The problem is I don’t like taking the time to prepare everything, so I came up with an alternative: a heavy metal detox drink. It turns out that 4 of the 5 critical ingredients are already in the Greens Balance powder I use daily. (Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass Juice Powder, Blueberries). I then add a scoop of cilantro powder or eat cilantro during the day, and I’m done.

I knew this detox was working when I started to have sore gums. I couldn’t figure out what this was from so I would go a couple of days without the greens, and my gums would stop hurting. Then when I did the greens again, within a few hours my gums would start to ache. It finally occurred to me that it was probably the mercury in my amalgams. They ached on and off for a few weeks, then finally stopped aching. Many people experience headaches the first few weeks of doing a heavy metal detox, but I always see all side effects as a good thing. They are temporary, and they are a reminder that you are on the right path.

I plan to have this daily drink for the rest of my life, along with my liver detox tea and probiotic. While I’ve already purged the majority of toxins, chemicals and heavy metals that were overwhelming my organs, I want to keep my liver happy for maintenance. So a daily greens drink and a cup of detox tea are certainly within reason.

If you would like to make your own smoothies, the best ingredients are:

-Cilantro, wild blueberries from Maine, Atlantic dulse, spirulina, chlorella, and barley grass juice powder. There are a few other substitutions that can be made, but those are they key ingredients.

This is also an excellent daily drink to give kids (35 fruits and veggies!) or elderly who may be showing early signs of dementia. While you may not see results right away, over time, why NOT detox heavy metals from the body?

Rosacea and Emotions

What role, if any, do emotions play in a chronic skin condition?

A BIG ROLE.

I always suspected this was true, but after the remarkable healing that took place before my eyes from December 2019 to April 2020, I had to re-assess what actaully happened.

Yes, I did a 30 Day Cleanse which started the ball rolling on gut healing and liver detoxing. Yes, I treated the surface of my skin with a sulfur cream which killed the demodex mites and allowed skin healing to take place. Yes, I consistently took a daily greens powder and added the correct ingredients to make a phenomenal heavy metal detox drink. Yes, I DRASTICALLY changed my diet from a “healthy” diet of bagels, pizza, and iceberg lettuce to organic, nonGMO foods, a HUGE variety of fruits and veggies, and a non-gluten and non-dairy approach.

But what else did I do?

I knew there was a connection to anger/deep resentment and some buried emotions. In Chinese Medicine, these emotions in particular are “stored” in the liver. And if you’ve been reading my site for a while, you know I talk about the liver/rosacea connection A LOT.

I figured there must be some sort of suppressed emotion going on in my liver. I’ve never considered myself to be an angry person; in fact I’m quite happy, positive, and forgiving. Yet there had to be something I was missing.

One day I read a quote a friend had posted, and it struck me.

I heard someone say “Don’t cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you,” which I thought was good advice. But then someone spoke up and said “NO, do it, do cross oceans for people. Love all people, no conditions attached. No wondering if they are worth it. Life and love aren’t about what you gain, they’re about what you give.” And I changed my mind.

I thought about that quote all night, and how I’d always been the type of sensible person who “wouldn’t cross an ocean for someone who wouldn’t cross a puddle for me.” It was a mentality I’d developed as a child, a mentality of do things for others… who deserve it. A mentality of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” an eye for an eye, etc. It occurred to me that this wasn’t actually who I was, it was an acquired behavior I thought I was supposed to follow.

What would happen if I shed that belief and started doing for others simply for the joy I could bring them? Looking for nothing in return, just GIVE. What a freeing way to live. Stop holding people in judgment, stop keeping tabs, stop being angry at people.

I thought back to times I’d been angry at people for weeks at a time. I remember a person on eBay bought a prized baseball card from my husband. After the buyer paid for the card, we mailed it and he soon told eBay he’d never received the card because he’d moved to a new address. We had to refund his money, even though we knew it was a scam. I found out he’d done the same thing to other sellers and I became infuriated with the situation. At the time, I didn’t know enough about Karma, and obviously I didn’t trust the universe.

I’ve heard incredible healing stories from authors like Luise Hay and Georgie Holbrook. In Georgie’s book The Rosacea-Acne Natural Remedy she discusses her own miraculous rosacea healing based on a profound change in her thought pattern. These stories are incredibly telling. The mind is capable of so much more than we realize, including the healing of physical ailments.

In the past year I’ve been in contact with hundreds of you, guiding you through the healing process. Some of you see remarkable progress right away, while others take much longer. Some people come to me with the cleanest diet on the planet, and have already done the detoxes, cleanses, pure products, and demodex mite treatment, and yet still have ongoing symptoms after months and months. In these cases it would seem there has to be an emotional component that hasn’t yet been addressed.

Perhaps the biggest change that happened to me was how I felt about people who’d wronged me. In the past, I felt compelled to feel anger towards them, which is only natural. What I realized however, was that this anger was only hurting me, not them. Most of the people who’d “wronged” me were completely unaware that I was angry, and if they were aware, they didn’t seem to care. Letting go of deep seeded anger at people who are indifferent is so liberating. To do this you must know in your heart that this person is simply on the “younger” side of many lives. If you believe in the notion that with each life we learn a lesson, then you also believe that in doing so we evolve to a point of becoming the kindest, purest form of human there can be. Rather than wish suffering on those who’ve made you suffer, feel compassion for them because they still have much to learn.

Many people with rosacea are perfectionists who constantly put themselves down. They hold anger in their hearts not for others, but for themselves. These are the people who criticize their own appearance in the mirror, and often feel they are not worthy of love. This endless chatter which reverberates in the brain is detrimental to one’s well being. To heal, this must be addressed. I assure you, you are worthy of love. Your rosacea is is trying to tell you to look deep within and heal from the inside. Find things about yourself you love, and focus on those. Change the negative self-talk into positive. This can absolutely be done.

Looking back at my own healing journey, it’s now clear to me that a significant mental shift took place in the midst of my progress. As I watched my gut, thyroid, and asthma heal unexpectedly, I became thankful for what rosacea had done for me. Rosacea made me acutely aware of my own health and how the poor dietary choices I’d made had drastically impacted my body. It also made me consider my thought patterns and certain criticisms I often felt towards others. Rosacea forced me to re-evaluate my diet, my relationships, my life, and the way I view the world. For that, I am forever thankful.