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By Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby “The Allergy Detective”, author of VIRTUAL MEDICINE

There are many more health hazards to dentistry than just mercury toxicity, as this article reveals (excerpted from VIRTUAL MEDICINE, as published by "What Doctors Don't Tell you").

Right at the start of the Twentieth Century, the biggest single risk factor of death due to heart disease was tooth and jaw infections. Numerous pathology specimens in the medical school museum, showing sub­acute bacterial endocarditis, cavernous sinus thrombosis and brain abcesses, testify to just how precarious life could be in the age before antibiotics and what we may face is the present abuse continues. A single unhealthy tooth could lead to an early grave. Now, at the very end of the Twentieth Century, what do you suppose is among the biggest predictors of death due to heart disease?

Teeth. Well, more exactly, gum disease. This one risk factor has recently been shown to be just as important as smoking, obesity, blood pressure or an unfortunate family history in determining whether we will die before we should (1). Why is what goes on in your mouth so dangerous?

Teeth sockets are a royal highway for disease pathogens leading straight into your bones and bloodstream. A tooth abcess is really just another kind of osteomyelitis, that is bacterial bone infection. From their bacteria migrate to other parts of the body and can cause septic foci.

As biological dentist George Meinig puts it ‘These bacteria are kind of like people, if they get to like Seattle or Reno or someplace they decide that’s where they are going to have their home. Well, the bacteria travelling round the body, they may get to the liver, the kidneys or the heart or eyes or some other tissue and they set up an infection in that area. This is why the degenerative diseases occur from the teeth’ (2).

[The position is not helped by techniques such as crowning of teeth. It may make them appear cosmetically attractive on the outside. But often these metal or plastic caps do nothing more than cover and hide a seat of purulent infection, waiting to explode at some time in the future when defences are compromised.]


The late Patrick Stortebecker, Professor of Neurology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Swedish, carried out a series of experiments in the 1960s which I consider highly illuminating and the results are rather scary. He injected tooth bone margins under pressure with radio­opaque dyes and then took x­rays of the skull. What he showed was that most head veins do not have valve control and therefore blood could travel backwards into the cranium; his radio­opaque dye appeared all over the head, far away from the tooth which was injected(3). If the tooth in question should happen to be infected, the results could be very adverse indeed. Bacterial toxic matter could be propelled into the cranium and there set up an unwanted focus of infection right inside the skull. Stortebecker himself mentioned the obvious risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis and suppuration. This was once a killer condition. The cavernous sinus is a large vein reservoir at the base of the brain and if it should clot and become filled with purulent matter, widespread meningitis and brain abcesses were the almost inevitable result. Many fatal tragedies from nose picking and spot scratching took place in former times; those of us old enough may remember that parents tended to frown on this behaviour and we were slapped. Now you know there was a scientific reason for the almost universal injunction against spot scratching.

But that's not all. Stortebecker had another disease model which is very persuasive. He considers that what he found is the principle factor in pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. Through extensive research he was able to show that most plaques of nerve de­myelination (the unmistakable sign of MS) were located around blood vessels(4). No­one else has noticed this important fact before. Stortebecker speculated that the back­pressure on veins had shunted toxic matter into the brain tissues, where is set up foci of inflammation and myelin loss. What was particularly convincing was that MS cases with optic neuritis (leading to blindness) generally had bad teeth and inflammation plaques in the brain; whereas those who had leg weakness or paralysis, with de­myelination plaques in the spinal cord, had pelvic or other lower-body disease foci.

[Unfortunately, Stortebecker is gone. Apart from a handful of us, his work is ignored and it is very difficult to interest anyone in the medical establishment. Dentists don't want to even think about it. Doctors say it's a dental problem and nothing to do with them. Another sad example of how specialization makes medicine foolish and ineffective. ]


It is not really stretching the human mind too far to suggest that most dentistry is, by nature, quite toxic. Modern methods rely heavily on materials such as metals, plastics and polymers, ceramics and prosthetic structures of many kinds. Most of this foreign material is stressful to the body. It can be a considerable drain on the immune system and therefore a major contributory cause of fatigue and chronic ill health. In this new context we can only urge people even more emphatically to try to prevent dental problems from starting up. Good diet and adequate teeth hygiene may, even in this day of antibiotics, still be a key life-saver.


Recent research by Ralph Turk and Fritz Kronner in Germany has shown that even the act of drilling a tooth causes severe energy disturbance(5). Turk describes the modern dental turbine rotor as a sort of time bomb and that its damaging intensity has been completely missed by the vast majority of dentists. There are many likely reason, not least being the fact that, despite water cooling, the temperature of the dentine rises by as much as 10 degrees after just a few seconds of drilling. In biological terms that is cooking the tooth. This denaturation obviously destroys the viability of the tooth and its ability to resist bacterial invasion. From over 6,000 cases studied it was uniformly seen that, as soon as a tooth was visited by a high-speed drill, focal osteitis trouble began in connection with that tooth within 2 years. It is possible to reduce the damage by taking sensible anti-tox procedures before, during and after a dental programme. Such elementary measures would include vitamin C, charcoal (to absorb toxins), homeopathic support and immune drainage remedies, such as HEEL’s lymphomyosot or Pascoe’s Pascotox (all this is described in detail in my book VIRTUAL MEDICINE, Thorsons, London 1999).


Slightly more bizarre is the phenomenon of electrical fields around certain teeth and the effects these produce. I remember well the first time I saw Hal Huggin’s slides of teeth cut open to show the scorch marks, where electrical current had been running for many years. Teeth can work like little batteries. This is quite logical: there are two or more metals and a saltwater fluid medium (saliva). This is how Allessandro Volta’s original batteries were made; the battery of your motorcar is essentially the same thing.

The trouble starts from the fact that electrical currents actually leech the mercury out of the teeth, because of an effect called electrolysis. This is why patients sometimes complain of a constant metallic taste in the mouth, made worse by hot fluids and salty food (more electrolysis). If that isn’t scary enough, then the reader should know that electrolysis is capable of releasing deadly mercury vapour. This goes straight to the brain tissue where it is highly invasive and toxic.

But the problem is even more complicated. The currents generated by amalgams can be quite considerable and these are being formed very close to brain tissue, which operates at far lower potentials (a few millivolts). I have seen momentary spikes of up to one volt when testing teeth for the electrical effect; this is enough to light a small torch battery. Remember the brain is really only a few millimetres from the jaw bone where the roots of the teeth lie, just the other side of the thin cranial bone and the meninges. Thus there is potential for mental dysfunction and this is often found in clinical practice, by asking the appropriate questions.

CASEBOOK. Female, 44 years.

The patient had suffered from Meniere's disease: vertigo and vomiting, with intermittent staggering (sailor's gait). She could not think clearly any more, had trouble with her memory, could not see clearly ­ lines appeared not straight. This was accompanied by pain in the nape of the neck. She was unable to continue working, due to the severity of these symptoms. Her attending physicians could find no clinical explanation and the patient was told it was all in her head (in a way this was true). Finally, a brain tumour was suspected and tests were required to exclude this grim possibility.

The patient’s luck eventually turned and an ENT surgeon referred her to Dr. Helmut Raue, an electro-acupuncture specialist who understands biological dentistry, as this new speciality is called. He measured the teeth galvanically and found 215 microamperes current between the gold filling and a nearby amalgam. One week after having the amalgam removed, all pain had disappeared and her balance had returned to normal. The patient admitted then that she had had suicidal thoughts because of the excruciating pain and baffling dizziness(6).

The reason that not enough of these cases are being diagnosed and the true picture is not emerging is that patients do not, usually, consult their dentist with symptoms such as headache, facial neuralgia, dizziness, sleep disorders and digestive disturbance (just to give a few examples).


Electro-acupuncture practitioners are finding teeth foci as a common cause of energetic disturbance. The problem is immensely more complicated than it at first might seem. Several key acupuncture meridians cross the line of teeth as they pass over the face. An abcess or ‘transmitting focus’ can actually create pathological results anywhere along the line of that meridian. These are reconnected again with secondary organs and sites. Thus problems with a front incisor tooth may impact on the kidneys, since this meridian passes through the incisors. But the kidneys, in turn are related to the knee joints. If I see a patient with incisor problems or a bridge in this location I can surprise them by asking about the arthritis of the knees. Try it yourself!

Sometimes the consequences of these interconnections are very surprising and virtually beggar explanation but should make us very wary indeed about the effects of dentistry.

CASEBOOK. Female, 33 years.

The dentist had prepared a new crown tooth prosthesis, the type with a post of nickel, which fits in a hole drilled down the centre of the tooth, to give support. As the dentist offered the post to its new location on the right upper jaw, the woman let out a squeal: she went blind in that eye! The dentist removed the tooth and she could see again. He offered it back and she went blind again. This was repeated several times until both were quite sure of what they were observing.

She refused the crown and had the tooth removed.

What important about this striking example of what we might call ‘VIRTUAL DENTISTRY’ is that there was an INSTANT reaction; there was no way it could depend on any chemical manifestation, even metal toxicity. Allergies to nickel do occur, though this metal is far less poisonous than mercury. But it would take a little time to develop. The sudden loss of vision indicated clearly there was neurological dysfunction along the optical pathways due to a field disturbance, probably at the quantum or information level.

This story makes vividly clear what risks we take when we allow metal into our mouths. The resulting disturbance of the body's energy field can have unpredictable and very serious consequences. I try to imagine in this case what would have happened if the woman had not lost her vision immediately but had gone blind over the subsequent few weeks. Almost certainly the correct cause would never have been diagnosed. She may have ended up with harmful and unnecessary interventions which would fail because they were not aimed at correcting the real problem.


NICO is an abbreviation of neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis. Osteonecrosis means the bone has died or lost its viability as a result of restricted nutrient supply; it is softened and eaten away, like rot in an apple. Neuralgia-inducing means that it has been postulated as a potent cause of neuralgia of the face, particularly that vicious kind known as trigeminal neuralgia. The trigeminal nerve (emerging at the ear) is largely sensory and supplies the face, jaws and teeth. A phenomenon known as referred pain means that trouble anywhere within the nerve net can be felt at other places supplied by the same nerves. Thus NICO is a factor to consider in migraine or any kind of atypical headache. It is worth pointing out that the jaws are the only major bony tissue with important sensory nerve endings.

The cavitational part of the label simply means some kind of cyst or space in the jaw bone, not necessary infected or inflammatory. Quite common is a fatty osteitis, where an old focus of inflammation has finally settled down and turned into a fatty cyst. There may be blood or chocolate matter in the cavity. But the important point that knowledgeable dentists are making is that this is not really an inflammatory process but tissue destruction caused by insidious loss of blood supply. In that respect it is more like other textbook bone diseases, where destruction comes from impaired blood and nutritional supply, which in 1915 US dentist G. V Black described as progressive ‘death of bone, cell by cell’(7).

NICO is not rare. In one population study it was found in 1 in every 4,900 adults. This makes NICO by far the most common osteonecrotic bone disease; once again, specialization means that doctors are not talking to dentists as they should. NICO has been seen in ages 18 - 94 but typically it affect people in the 35- 65 age range. An individual may have more than one focus of this disease process. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that it is the result of burnt out chronic infective foci.

It is unfortunate that NICO is usually not visible on x-ray. Many cases are missed even by experienced diagnosticians, since 35- 50% of bone loss is necessary before changes become radiographically evident. That is where electro-acupuncture diagnostic screening comes in. I know dentists who are bold enough, and trust good electro-dermal screening practitioners sufficiently, to drill into bone at the site indicated as a reading focus. It is very satisfying to both parties when the cortex is breached and a cavity filled with biological sludge makes its presence known.

Once diagnosed, treatment is currently by curettage of the site, sweeping away all the dead and softened bone, and maybe the first millimetre or so of healthy bone, in the hope that new good bone will form. Coral granules may be used to pack the hole and encourage re-calcification of bone tissue. In about a third of cases this radical treatment fails and may even make the problem worse but according to one writer only about 10% of patients feel that the process wasn’t worthwhile(7). Curettage is rather heroic and I have no doubt that in future something a little less aggressive will be the rule. While NICO is chiefly the domain of holistic dentists, such ‘commando cures’ are rather untypical of holism in general.

This is a NICO detector


You might be worried about what is written here. This could be with good cause, but don’t over-react. The first thing to do is make contact with a biological dentist, as they call themselves. These are advanced dentists who appreciate Price’s work and freely use homeopathic remedies, nutrition and other natural accompaniments to dental hygiene. They also willingly interact with EAV practitioners, preferring the body’s own signals for guidance.

Read more and become informed about the issues. WDDTY has always had the view that individuals should take responsibility for their own health care and this applies equally to dentistry. To leave decisions solely to your dentist, if he of conventional thought mode, is to be subject to yesterday’s science and it may do you harm in the long run.

Eat a proper diet which avoids sugars that cause dental decay and feed micro-organisms.

Use co-enzyme Q 10 supplements (ubiquinone). This has been shown to have unequivocal benefit for periodontal (gum) disease. More teeth are lost due to gum disease than caries.

Large doses of vitamin C seem to be very helpful for periodontal disease and toxicity of all kinds. Take large amounts before, during and after any dental programme - at least 10 grammes daily (two and a half teaspoonsful).


  1. Beck J D, Offenbacher S, Williams R, Gibbs P, and Garcia R, PERIODONTITIS: A RISK FACTOR FOR CORONARY HEART DISEASE?, Annals of Periodontology, Chicago, Vol. 3, No 1, July 1998, pp. 127- 141.
  2. Radio interview of the Laura Lee Show, transcript published in the TOWNSEND LETTER for DOCTOR AND PATIENT, August/ September 1996.
  3. Stortebecker P. DENTAL CARIES AS A CAUSE OF NERVOUS DISORDERS, Bio-Probe Inc, Orlando, USA, 1986. P. 34.
  4. Stortebecker P. DENTAL CARIES AS A CAUSE OF NERVOUS DISORDERS, Bio-Probe Inc, Orlando, USA, 1986. P. 116.
  5. R Turk IATROGENIC DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH SPEED DRILLING, paper presented at the Scientific Session at the dedication of the Princeton Bio Center, New Jersey, 13th June, 1981.
  6. H Raue, Resistance to Therapy; Think of Tooth Fillings. Medical Practice: vol 32, No 72, pp 2303­ 2309, Sept 6 1980).
  7. J E Bouquot IN REVIEW OF NICO, G V BLACK’S FORGOTTEN DISEASE The Maxillofacial centre, Morgantown, West Virginia, 3rd Edition, 1995.

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