This article first appeared in the December 2017 issue of Austin All Natural magazine.
© 2018, Austin All Natural
BIOLOGIC DENTISTRY: What exactly is it, and how can it contribute to your health?
by Dr. Matthew Carpenter, DDS
There’s no recognized specialty for Biologic Dentistry, although there are a few reputable holistic dental organizations that pay attention to science, as well as to the impact dental materials and procedures can have on your health and your propensity for autoimmune disease,heart disease, or neurological disorders.
The best biologic dental organizations are the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), the IABDM (International Academy of Biologic Dental Medicine) and the HDA (Holistic Dental Association). There are accreditation exams for each organization. If you’re seeking a biologic dentist, you’d want to know they’re accredited members of one of these organizations.
One of the problems – and blessings – with biologic dentistry is there’s really no baseline for procedures or protocols. As with any organization promoting truth and honesty, there will be varied opinions, and all are welcome. They all serve to improve awareness of informed, consented, and research-based approaches to the safe removal of poisonous metals, no use of fluoride, and natural approaches to dental hygiene.
Like poison in our air, chemicals and toxins in our water, genetically modified and chemically treated food, poisons in our dental work can illicit disease. A few illnesses documented in research to be related to toxic dentistry include Hashimoto’s disease, Lupus, Leukemia, Sjogrens disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and cancer.
I chose to change my dental practice out of necessity, like most people choose a different path with natural healing – whether it’s diet, supplementation, meditation, chiropractic, biofeedback, neural therapy, acupuncture, prayer, muscle testing, massage – and see it now as a blessing. There are good forces guiding us.
As an Integrative Biologic dentist, there are three basic levels of how I assess the impact of dental procedures and materials on patients – Structural, Microbiological, and Energetic.
When you look at the anatomical relationship of the mouth to the heart, you realize that it looks like your favorite water slide at Schlitterbahn. Vessels draining toxins from the mouth (from infected gums, teeth, sinuses, and tonsils) have the ability to drain directly into the heart. A current look at heart disease from cardiologist Tom Levy demonstrated that most infectious agents in atherosclerosis, heart attack, and coronary artery disease originate in the mouth – particularly from root canals.
By pumping cerebral fluid through your brain’s tissues, the glial lymphatic (glymphatic) system system flushes wastes from your brain back into your body’s circulatory system. From there, it eventually reaches the liver, where it’s ultimately eliminated. It’s been demonstrated repeatedly in research that mercury from fillings enters the brain within minutes of the fillings being placed in the mouth.
In my practice, we help remove metals safely, and through supplementation and neural therapy help stimulate this system to drain toxins from the brain.
Bacteria, parasites, mold, fungus, viruses – the mouth is a dirty place. From anaerobic bacteria associated with gum disease that produce hydrogen sulfide gas, to the Mycobacterium Leprae (leprosy) routinely discovered in genetic pathology reports of root canal-treated teeth, the mouth can contain some of the most toxic bacteria in the world.
When you have an infection, the entire immune system is alerted. When you have eight or ten necrotic bone infections in your mouth, the immune system becomes overwhelmed. It’s why you experience fatigue if you have an abscessed tooth – it’s draining your energy.
A competent immune system is intimately tied to having a healthy life. Infections observed in an unhealthy mouth routinely cause death, and no one is safe from this possibility, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or gender. Death by oral infection happens to successful people every day.
At Transcend Dental Health we use microscopes and genetic reports to diagnose these bacteria and use ozone, essential oils, and natural products to help patients be at their best health – naturally. We help patients create individualized daily hygiene protocols to help keep their mouths from becoming an instigator to blood-borne bacteria.
In our office, we routinely use a Chinese Tooth, Organ, and Meridian chart to help discover oral and systemic connections of disease, and strategies for healing. Thomas Rau, MD, who operates a clinic in Switzerland, found root canal-treated teeth in ninety-seven percent of the breast cancer patients he treated, on the same meridian as the breast. (The breasts are energetically connected to the upper right and left first molars, #3 and #14, on the same meridian as the breast.) Jerry Tenant in Dallas found the number to be closer to ninety-nine percent of cancer patients he treated with a root canal on the same energetic meridian as the cancer.
Think of it like electricity through a wire. A root canal is a dead tooth draining vitality from the meridian it’s on, resulting in low vitality of energetic life force traveling through that meridian – potentially affecting each organ, joint, muscle, and gland sharing that meridian. The light bulb won’t shine as brightly if there’s loss of power in the wire supplying it electricity.
Resonate with any of this information?
A consultation and a review of your panoramic radiograph can let you know if dental procedures from your past, or materials you have in your mouth, could be contributing to your health problems. That could be a good resolution for a new year – or anytime.
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health is an Integrative Biologic Dentist and Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, offering natural oral care products incorporating essential oils, drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, non-surgical treatment of gum disease, safe mercury and root canal removal, and natural heavy metal elimination. (512) 255-3618, www.tdhtx.com
This article first appeared in the Sept. 2017 issue of Austin All Natural magazine.
© 2018, Austin All Natural
CHILDHOOD SLEEP APNEA: Can holistic dentistry help?
In his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Westin Price demonstrated that when a mother ate processed foods, it contributed to negative craniofacial development in a child.
This meant changes in food quality were translating to actual changes in facial bone development and health of the following generation – those children had more crowded teeth and less effective airways than children born of mothers still on their ancestral diet, resulting in more oral disease.
It also led to health challenges related to an inability to move air properly through the nose. Three or four generations away from the time Dr. Price did this research, how much more can we expect children’s bites and airways to be affected by toxins that mothers and children experienced in utero?
We’re talking about obstructive sleep apnea, a breathing problem related to the structure of the nose, palate, jaws, and airways.
There are other types of apnea, but we’re focusing on airway problems related to a blockage or obstruction, resulting in a child’s brain and body not receiving enough oxygen.
Apnea in defined as when a child stops breathing for at least ten seconds, whereas hypopnea is when breathing only partially stops, but there’s a drop in oxygen saturation, or oxygen levels in the blood.
Children are organized according to episodes per hour – mild, moderate, or severe. Currently, the only way to diagnose a child is with a polysomnogram (PSG) – commonly known as a sleep study – typically performed by a neurologist.
It’s estimated over ninety percent of obstructive sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed.
Some outward behavioral signs include learning disabilities, developmental problems, behavioral problems, heart problems, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Since there’s lack of oxygen saturation and less oxygen to the brain, there’s daytime sleepiness or hyperactivity, lost cognitive ability, and a maybe child lagging behind in many areas of development or becoming frustrated and depressed.
Other common presentations for children with sleep apnea are chronic mouth breathing, narrow jaws, dry lips, abnormal swallowing, and consistently swollen, enlarged tonsils. Sometimes they’ll have dark circles under the eyes from venous pooling, related to mouth breathing.
Many times children with obstructive sleep apnea will grind their teeth excessively and snore loudly, have restless sleep, or experience nightmares, night terrors, or bedwetting from lowered oxygen levels while sleeping.
When children are mouth breathers, it suggests nasal breathing is obstructed, causing the tongue to sit on the floor of the mouth instead of against the palate, as in nasal breathing. This tongue position actually affects a child’s normal head and neck development.
Questions for parents suspecting sleep apnea.
Does your child:
- Snore, grind his or her teeth?
- Wake up in the same position they went to sleep, or sleep restlessly?
- Wet the bed?
- Wake up with a headache?
- Have chronic congestion, rhinitis allergica, frequent upper respiratory infections, sinus infections?
- Have difficulty swallowing, poor appetite?
- Have growth failure?
- Have hyperactivity, aggressiveness, oppositional behavior, anxiety, social withdrawal?
- Exhibit ADHD symptoms, inattention, executive skill dysfunction?
- Have learning problems, school failure?
Besides the negative impact of nutrition, factors like breastfeeding, thumb sucking, and chewing have a big impact on proper development of bony structures of the face.
Breastfeeding encourages mandibular development, strengthening jaw muscles as the tongue, lower lip, and mandible move in concert to draw the nipple into the mouth. Drinking through a bottle, there’s more forceful sucking, causing cheeks to draw in, putting pressure on gums and teeth and affecting tooth position.
While most people think removing tonsils and adenoids is the best solution for improving a child’s airway, research shows up to seventy-five percent of children who have tonsils and adenoids removed still develop obstructive sleep apnea. Myofunctional therapy is another way of improving obstructed airways, shown to improve oxygenation in both pediatric patients and adults.
Sometimes surgery may be indicated, but I support conservative treatment plans for children and provide consultations for parents interested in understanding how obstructive sleep apnea may affect their child. I don’t always perform all treatment, but do act as a source for information and support for patients seeking safe, natural solutions to dental problems.
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, offers natural oral care products incorporating essential oils, drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, non-surgical treatment of gum disease, safe mercury and root canal removal, and natural heavy metal elimination. (512) 255-3618, www.tdhtx.com
This article first appeared in the August 2017 issue of Austin All Natural magazine.
© 2018, Austin All Natural
DENTISTRY AND NATUROPATHY
Why would a dentist want, or need, to get a naturopathic license?
Simple– to get closer to root causes of patients’ health challenges, oral and systemic, offer options safe and supportive to their natural biology, shatter barriers segregating medical specialties, and treat patients comprehensively with diet, supplementation, detoxification, digestion – and do it all naturally, without man-made or prescription medications.
Synthetic pharmaceutical drugs are known to thwart your body’s natural healing processes, energy production, and mitochondrial function. Quite frankly, they create new illnesses.
I practiced allopathic dentistry for nearly a decade before realizing I was poisoning my patients (and their offspring) with mercury, increasing their propensity for heart disease, autoimmune illness, and cancer, and putting lives at risk doing dentistry the way I was taught in dental school.
Here’s what naturopathy has brought to my practice:
- Safe, natural ways to help anxiety with CBD oils, homeopathics, and mental field therapy. Laughing gas is still available, as is IV sedation, but with what’s being discovered about how nitrous oxide can wreck a methylation-impaired system, safer options for anxiety are critical.
- Traditional German homeopathic drainage formulas to open up lymph, liver, and kidney drainage before mercury fillings are removed, preventing the dreaded detoxification/retoxification my mentor, Hal Huggins, talked to me about.
- Antioxidant and vitamin infusions strengthen immune systems when removing mercury and root canals, ozone therapy naturally and effectively treats dental infections, and I almost never prescribe antibiotics.
- Traditional German neural therapy resets patients’ autonomic nervous systems where they’ve experienced past physical, chemical, or emotional damage.
- Ingenuity, a truthful understanding of the body, and all-natural products can completely control periodontal disease, usually without surgery or senseless (and painful) cutting away of gum tissue.
- Reducing infectious loads from root canals and bone infections prior to treating them results in faster, more comfortable healing and recovery.
- Headaches can be treated and sinus and tonsil infections can be eliminated naturally, without addictive or damaging prescription drugs.
And that’s just the beginning.
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health recently completed naturopathic medical certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. Transcend Dental Health offers natural oral care products incorporating essential oils, drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, non-surgical treatment of gum disease, safe mercury and root canal removal, and natural heavy metal elimination. (512) 255-3618, www.tdhtx.com
This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Austin All Natural magazine.
© 2018, Austin All Natural
DRAIN THE BRAIN: Can your dentist help prevent brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis?
by Dr. Matthew Carpenter
In June 2011, Derek Sivers wrote an article entitled Fish Don’t Know They’re in Water, suggesting someone’s so submerged in something they’re no longer aware of it. I’m reminded of that as a way to introduce information to share with fellow Integratively Minded Austinites (IMA’s).
Like fish in water, we exchange with our environment. Water and air seem different, but both act as a medium for exchange, a way for organisms to expel wastes and get precious, life-sustaining oxygen.
Our exchange process hasn’t changed for thousands of years. What’s changed is the environment with which we’re exchanging. It’s become increasingly toxic – air we breathe, water we drink, soil we grow food in, ways we communicate, materials for making, clothes, cosmetics, houses. Even soap for bathing, containers for drinking, and pastes for brushing teeth contain poisonous substances.
What’s an informed person to do? A baby born today already contains over two hundred toxic, non-biodegradable substances, half of which are carcinogenic. This is horrifyingly astounding, but helps us understand the trend we’re seeing.
Children are being born with increased cognitive impairments (autism and other spectrum disorders), impaired healing and detox (methylation) systems, and heavy metal poisoning and adrenal fatigue. At birth, human liver, kidney, brain, and immune functions aren’t fully developed or strong enough to deal with the poisons newborns have to contend with today.
As the world becomes more toxic, your brain becomes more toxic.
We’re in an osmotic equilibrium with the environment, becoming increasingly affected. The toxic milieu we exchange with supports the growth of unhealthy, pathogenic micro-biome in the brain and gut – parasites and infections, strongly interacting with the epigenetic regulation of our genes.
We are, in other words, beginning to express less than our genetic best, as epigenetic damage is passed on to offspring, affecting people, animals, and plants, generation to generation.
I’ve noticed this in my practice – impaired healing with younger people, and the negative impact mercury and infections from procedures like root canals have on an already weakened and impaired healing and detox system. Several young patients, women eighteen to twenty-five, have had their lives completely derailed by a single root canal.
Like Derek Sivers suggested in his article, we’re so surrounded with local culture – in this case, toxins we eat, breathe, bathe, and make love in – we can’t see the universal truths and human rights violated in the name of industry.
My intention is to help raise consciousness regarding the truth about what’s happening, and what we can do to alter the course we’re on regarding neuro-inflammatory illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s.
In the June 2015 issue of NeuroscienceNews.com an article titled Researchers find missing link between the brain and immune system… implications profound for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimers to Multiple Sclerosis revealed a stunning discovery, overturning decades of false medical training and textbook teaching.
The melatonin connection.
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine determined the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. Called the glymphatic (glial lymphatic) system, this system is designed to help drain toxins from the brain. Here’s how it works:
- Each night, when you sleep, your brain cells shrink to roughly sixty percent of their original size, to support drainage of toxins. Melatonin is the most important housekeeping molecule for cleaning the brain, the main antioxidant and detox agent for mercury, lead, and other harmful molecules. It’s the brain’s clearing agent, the hormone stimulating the glial lymphatic system to drain.
- Melatonin is produced naturally each night when you sleep, but is tied closely to light exposure and your ability to have complete darkness when you’re asleep. It’s only produced in total darkness – any light exposure during the night stops melatonin production, affecting your ability to drain harmful brain toxins.
- Orally consumed melatonin isn’t as effective as your own natural melatonin.
When you chew, muscles in your face pump lymphatics.
Although this isn’t research based, I believe this is why we’re seeing more people grind their teeth during the night – in an increasingly toxic world, the body’s compensating by increasing muscle activity at night through grinding and stress.
Research does demonstrate losing vertical height of your face from grinding affects your glial lymphatic system’s ability to drain – losing 3 mm of tooth structure from grinding could contribute to up to fifty percent less ability for your brain to clear toxins.
This has become an important reason in our integrative dental practice to evaluate grinding (bruxism) potential in patients, as it relates to supporting competent brain lymphatic drainage. It’s even been shown “rhythmic skull compressions” during rest and “anterior neck lymphatic drainage” can increase your ability to drain brain toxins.
By pumping cerebrospinal fluid through brain tissues, the glymphatic system flushes waste from your brain into your body’s circulatory system. From there, wastes eventually reach your liver, where they’re eliminated.
The glymphatic system ramps up at night during sleep, becoming ten times more active than during wakefulness and allowing the brain to clear out toxins – including harmful amyloid-beta, the buildup of which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.
Clean your head.
Employing traditional German neural therapy, a technique used at Transcend Dental Health assists drainage of harmful toxins built up in the brain from any number of reasons – unsafe environment (like a dental office using toxic materials, or removing them unsafely), poor sleep, no light control during sleep, history of leaky gut syndrome.
We use a safe anesthetic to stimulate ten to twelve different lymphatic areas, including the neck chain, tonsils, adenoids, resulting in the stimulation of the glial lymphatic system, helping to reduce brain inflammation and toxicity.
The entire procedure, taking less than fifteen minutes, is completely safe, with no harmful chemicals. It’s designed to trigger and stimulate your body’s natural channels for drainage, at your own pace. Binders like chlorella, charcoals, or clays are sometimes employed if there’s a potential to drop heavy-metal toxic loads. It’s also helpful to have vitamin C therapy in conjunction with the protocol – affectionately named Clean the Head.
We’ve seen tremendous results with this protocol, including immediate improved mental acuity and less brain fog – and, with repeated exposure, improved psychological attitude and emotional wellbeing from reducing toxic loads on the brain.
To help patients preventively with brain health, a history and initial exam are taken prior to any therapy, including:
Examination. A single digital X-ray and oral exam helps see if you’re exposing your brain to toxic dental materials like nickel, aluminum, and mercury. Sometimes, removing these materials through safe, well-controlled dental procedures is the first step of any detox program, to slow down or completely stop exposure to substances you wish to reduce.
A history of scars. Scars left after removal of tonsils, or scars in bone caused by improper healing after tooth removal or root canal therapy, can allow migration of anaerobic, flesh-eating bacteria, resulting in dead jawbone tissue up to 5 cm from the treated tooth. These scars act like blocked highways, preventing proper head lymphatic drainage.
Removing infection. Head and neck drainage of brain toxins are sometimes improved by removing infected root canal-treated teeth and cleaning out necrotic jawbone infections, called cavitational osteonecrosis. Neural therapy and ozone are sometimes used in conjunction with surgeries at Transcend Dental Health.
Family history. Other integrative providers are used to assess genetic inabilities to manufacture and regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, through genetic testing specific for supporting brain detox pathways, muscle-tested for accuracy. Many people have genetic inabilities to drain toxins like metals because of impaired liver or kidney function.
Support the body. We frequently recommend homeopathic kidney, lymph, and liver systemic drainage formulas, to reduce your body’s toxic load naturally and safely through improved drainage and support of your body’s intrinsic drainage pathways. We work with integrative providers that can energetically assess many important factors supporting proper drainage – critical to any person wishing to stay well, given the toxic nature of our current world.
Legal cannabinoids. We also support brain nourishment, and reduce inflammation, through the use of CBD oils and other legal cannabinoids, shown repeatedly in research to reduce brain inflammation radically and naturally.
If you have a history of neurodegenerative disease in your family, are experiencing brain fog related to environmental or occupational exposure, or just want to be proactive about protecting your brain health, it’s possible to push the limits of natural healing, plasticity, and regeneration. Protecting the health of your brain is a God-given right everyone has.
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health uses drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, natural alternatives to antibiotics, non-surgical treatment of gum disease, safe mercury and root canal removal, and natural heavy metal elimination. To schedule a consultation to discuss a plan to protect your brain, call (512) 255-3618.
This article first appeared in the February 2017 issue of Austin All Natural magazine.
© 2018, Austin All Natural
CANDIDA CATCH-22 Can a fungus be good for you?
by Michael Abedin
Oh my Candida
We could make it together
– Tony Orlando and Dawn, Candida
In Joseph Heller’s 1961 World War II novel Catch-22, American bomber crews keep having the number of insanely dangerous missions they have to fly raised, right before being relieved. Only way out of flying the extra missions is to go to the flight surgeon and ask to be declared crazy and unfit for duty.
There’s a catch, though – Catch-22. Asking not to fly them is the act of a rational mind, which means you’re not crazy, so you get sent back to duty.
According to some researchers, there might be a Catch-22 going on in your body if you’ve been battling candida – particularly if you’ve been exposed to mercury poisoning.
There’s no question mercury is toxic.
Strangely, there’s controversy over getting rid of it – but that’s not the catch.
According to one school of thought, mercury damages a cell’s energy production and its ability to detoxify itself. The cell grows weak, can’t function properly, and may die unless it gets help.
Unfortunately, the help often comes in the form of bacteria or fungi that can bond large amounts of mercury within their cell walls. You then have to deal with a pesky, chronic fungal infestation, however, like Candida albicans, usually thought to be from consuming too much sugar or yeasty things, or taking antibiotics that kill off beneficial bacteria that keep it in check.
If you’ve rigorously avoided those foods and would only take an antibiotic if your life quite literally depended on it and you still have candida, after trying every cleanse and remedy there is – it may be doing you a favor by gobbling up its own weight in mercury.
Wait, you say – you never had amalgam fillings, or had them removed. If, however, your parents had them, if you (or they) received vaccinations with thimerosal as a preservative, or if you had amalgam fillings removed without strict precautions, you could still have toxic levels.
Here’s the catch.
Leaving candida alone to get rid of mercury is sort of like hiring Hell’s Angels to do security at a rock concert – you may have a whole new set of problems on your hands. Once a candida cell gets full, it may toss the mercury out the back door, but it also may release it, in more toxic forms.
Manage to get rid of candida, and you’re back to dealing with mercury, starting another round of candida, unless and until you get rid of the mercury, too. Get rid of either of them too quickly, and your system may go into overload. (That might even be a Catch-23.)
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health uses state of the art technology to remove mercury and other heavy metals from a patient’s mouth without exposure to patients or staff, following it with intravenous Vitamin C therapy, acupressure, and dietary counseling to reduce further exposure.
He then offers a comprehensive program to eliminate mercury from a patient’s entire system by ramping up the immune system, naturally and safely supporting excretion with vitamin C, R-Lipoic acid, glutathione, natural binders for eliminating toxins from the bowel, and phytonutrient antioxidants.
The elimination program uses what Carpenter calls “the highest efficiency delivery vehicle in medicine right now – liposomal delivery. Liposomes are made of phospholipids – the basic building block of cell membranes – with encapsulated nutritional compounds enclosed, making them more bio-available than other delivery vehicles like traditional pills and herbs. This means you actually get more of the product into your cells.”
Getting the mercury – and lead, aluminum, and other metals – out of your system can free up your immune system to deal with candida and other chronic conditions.
Carpenter, in fact, agrees with a statement by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, a leading researcher of metal toxicity and its connection with chronic infections, illness, and pain. “As soon as anybody has any type of medical illness or symptom, whether physical or emotional, amalgam fillings should be removed and mercury residues should be eliminated from the body, especially the brain.”
And, yes, there really was a hit song called Candida in 1970, by Tony Orlando and Dawn – and once you’ve heard the lyrics, nothing will eliminate them from your brain.
Dr. Matthew Carpenter of Transcend Dental Health uses drill-free air abrasion, ozone therapy, natural alternatives to antibiotics, non-surgical treatment of gum disease, safe mercury removal, and natural heavy metal elimination using liposomal delivery.
(512) 255-3618, www.tdhtx.com