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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. Root_Canal_Illustration_Molar 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...
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Woman Leaves Dentist Office With Foreign Accent

Photo: Heinz Hirndorf (CC)

Photo: Heinz Hirndorf (CC)

When we leave the dentist after oral surgery it’s common to talk a little funny while the novocaine wears off, but Karen Butler left with a foreign accent. While this isn’t the first incident of its kind, it’s still a mystery as to why individuals develop accents or lose  is From Jane Greenhalgh via NPR:

When Karen Butler went in for dental surgery, she left with more than numb gums: She also picked up a pronounced foreign accent. It wasn’t a fluke, or a joke — she’d developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that’s usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.

Butler was born in Bloomington, Ill., and moved to Oregon when she was a baby. She’s never traveled to Europe or lived in a foreign country — she’s an American, she says, “born and bred.”

But she doesn’t sound like one anymore.

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