Root Canals Can Lead to Heart, Kidney, Bone, and Brain Disease (And Cancer?)

I have a feeling that this is going to kickstart the old causation versus correlation debate, but nevertheless in an article entitled “97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had This Dental Procedure” Why Don’t You Try This? identifies root canals as the root (ahem, excuse the pun) of all evil. You may wish to consider this an opinion piece for entertainment value rather than serious research. I’m sure someone has already debunked it – link away in the comments:

Do you have a chronic degenerative disease? If so, have you been told, “It’s all in your head?” Well, that might not be that far from the truth… the root cause of your illness may be in your mouth.

There is a common dental procedure that nearly every dentist will tell you is completely safe, despite the fact that scientists have been warning of its dangers for more than 100 years. Every day in the United States alone, 41,000 of these dental procedures are performed on patients who believe they are safely and permanently fixing their problem. What is this dental procedure? The root canal.


More than 25 million root canals are performed every year in this country. Root-canaled teeth are essentially “dead” teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious medical conditions—many not appearing until decades later.

Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back. Sadly, the vast majority of dentists are oblivious to the serious potential health risks they are exposing their patients to, risks that persist for the rest of their patients’ lives.

The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have NO published data or actual research to substantiate this claim.

Fortunately, I had some early mentors like Dr. Tom Stone and Dr. Douglas Cook, who educated me on this issue nearly 20 years ago. Were it not for a brilliant pioneering dentist who, more than a century ago, made the connection between root-canaled teeth and disease, this underlying cause of disease may have remained hidden to this day. The dentist’s name was Weston Price—regarded by many as the greatest dentist of all time…

[continues at Why Don’t You Try This?]


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16 Comments on "Root Canals Can Lead to Heart, Kidney, Bone, and Brain Disease (And Cancer?)"

  1. Amacai Zerand | Dec 27, 2013 at 11:21 am |

    If you follow the link the source for the article is Dr. Mercola. Not your best source for medical advise.

    • Agreed, which is why I wrote that “you may wish to consider this an opinion piece for entertainment value rather than serious research.”

      • Amacai Zerand | Dec 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

        Yep, you sure did. Having an interest in the subject matter here I just skimmed your posting and went right to the linked article and missed that bit.


    • What evidence do you have indicting Dr. Mercola as not being a sound source for medical advice?

      • I find that Dr. Mercola has a high truthiness quotient in his stories – seems everything reflects the wishful thinking that “people knew what was healthy before the invention of Penicillin made people worship the AMA and Big Government.” Hence vaccines are by definition evil, every attempt at surgery damages without fixing anything, and root canals cause every degenerative disease known to man.

        Now I will admit that truthiness does not mean false, that much of what he believes was considered gospel truth over a hundred years ago (and may be true yet again, as much of what helps us seems to be dependent on Petroleum Products), that he can be cautious when he finds something too good to be true, and that the Medical Community has its own issues (starting with the so-called uselessness of Glucosamine, a supplement that I’ve actually experimented on through ten years). However, I find that he’s best taken with plenty of salt ready to use.

        • But you’ve not said anything, no offense, but if you are going to come off this self-assured, please provide at least one slice of evidence where some of your critique could be justified. For instance, something he has actually done and it’s proven deleterious to health, etc. Regarding vaccines, let’s just keep the discussion to Root Canals for now and whether or not it could be that the ADA is ignorant of modern science calling into question their long held practices. Cough Flouride. cough neurotoxin, cough not good for your brain but as common as a flu shot…oh snap I couldn’t resist the bait. Seriously though, let’s just focus on Root Canals. Good, evil, or somewhere in between?

          • Well, the same people bringing up the issue of Root Canals causing every sort of degenerative disease are the same people who say all vaccines are dangerous and modern medicine is a conspiracy intended to sicken the people for profits and political control. It’s all connected (on both sides of the issue, I’ll state here) and seems to follow strict lines of thought (on the Modernist side, everything the AMA and their allies say is gospel, on the Alternative side everything from Penicillin afterwards is part of a conspiracy to sicken America).

            As for Root Canals, the issue is immediate problems (painful tooth, possible infection that could kill) vs long-term future harm. Remove grains and sugars from the diet and Root Canals become unnecessary, however having been in a situation where a root canal was needed I decided that the long-term risks were worth getting rid of the immediate risks. I’d rather deal with the possibility of cancer decades later (how many people who had root canal had cancers? Flip the question around, let’s see whether the correlation fits.) than worry about dying from an immediate infection.

          • Fouride could fit into the immediate benefit/long term risk protocol, as well. I’m betting that Flouride doesn’t so much strengthen teeth as kills off mouth bacteria, including bacteria that contributes to tooth decay. Short term benefit, long term harm (and that assumes low-level topical application via toothpaste and that long term means many years, Fosamax was found to WEAKEN jawbones and make it so they couldn’t heal properly when fractured rather quickly).

          • Are there no other topical means to polish teeth? You know, ones that are not also neurotoxic and associated with decreased IQ? Baking soda, peroxide, turmeric. Fluoride causes dental fluorosis ( and cancer ) mind you.


            So what is the real purpose behind this you might ask…. well what do you think?

  2. Anarchy Pony | Dec 27, 2013 at 11:52 am |

    As someone with invincible teeth, this is good news for me.

  3. リカルド 忍者の心 | Dec 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

    In 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 574,743 people died from cancer in the United States. If 25 million root canal treatment procedures are made every year (as the above article says), that’s more than 43 procedures for each death by cancer.

    Does someone here have more than 32 teeth?! 🙂

  4. according to the doofus at the food co-op, garlic, clove oil and ear candles get rid of tooth infections. He even quoted this article. I hate the interned, sometimes!

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