Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specializing in hormones, detoxification and self love
What your Teeth Say about your Organs
“I HAVE A TOOTHACHE”
A friend of mine is nursing a back molar ache. Tooth #1. He's taking serious pain killers for it and was prescribed antibiotics because they couldn't find anything wrong with it.
Hold up…are we even asking the right questions? Especially when there are serious consequences to randomly taking antibiotics:
Unfortunately, even a single course of antibiotics can permanently alter the gut flora.
What's the gut flora?
It's only our KEY driver that expresses everything from our genes to our looks. Did you know we’re made up of 98% + bacteria? We are literally MORE bug than we are HUMAN. Before you freak out, read on…these bugs, when leveraged correctly and if taking the correct forms of probiotics, can literally mean the difference between being Superhuman or Supersick. Microbes in our bodies and in the environment play a very important role in day-to-day function and regulation of the other microbes and the system.Ideally we are made up of good, friendly bacteria that can actually modulate your immune system, control the presence of bad bacteria and enhance the growth of good bacteria.
READ MORE HERE
So back to teeth.
What does our teeth say about our organs and health?
And what is our tooth ache trying to tell us?
AND the most IMPORTANT QUESTION – What if dentists weren't looking in the right place?
Unfortunately, most aren't. Unless they're what's called a holistic, biological dentist. These specialists are trained to look under the hood of the body, as every tooth has a corresponding meridian flowing to other parts of the body. So for example, my friends Tooth #1 hurts, so this may mean his infection began, is rooted in (pun intended LOL) in his small intestine (see chart above).
This would NOT surprise me as many clients and patients I see and treat, have malabsorption issues and hence major vitamin deficiencies, the most common being magnesium (energy), potassium (needed for thyroid hormone to be used by cells – even if your TSH is in range, if your potassium levels aren't it can't be used), B (energy) and C (immune health). The Small intestine is a large mass of organs with a surface area the size of a tennis court, and is where our body takes in vitamins from the foods we eat, so long as we break them down properly in the stomach (rare b/c 90% of us lack proper stomach acid to do so). What I see frequently, in about half of my clients is something called SIBO whereby the small intestine is overgrown by bacteria that migrate up from the large intestine (oops wrong way). Their job IS to eat our food particles, b/c when they off gas they make vitamins. Just they're supposed to do that in the large intestine, not the small intestine, where there's no way out for gas (contrary to the colon – ahem you know…a fart LOL), so the air/gas gets trapped in the small intestine and creates bloating. Bloat isn't always present, but bowel movement issues may occur, however primarily, we're not getting our nutrients from food, the bacteria are.
Sadly, the antibiotics prescribed to my friend may not work against killing off this type of bacteria. Likely they won't because broad spectrum doesn't typically work with SIBO – if Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth IS the issue anyway. However, dentists aren't all trained to understand this, hence (irresponsibly) prescribe Abx that can do more harm, killing off good guys (probiotics, aka our immunity) and making the bad guys more resistance, hence stronger. This is the true downfall of western medicine as we prescribe without fully understanding the ROOT of the issue. A major study was done, recently which showed how dangerous even one round of antibiotics can be to our health:
“The study, recently published in mBio, found that just one weeklong course of antibiotics changed participants' gut microbiomes, with the effects sometimes lasting as long as a year. After all, antibiotics don’t discriminate—as they attack the bad bacteria, the good ones are vulnerable too. People who took clindamycin and ciprofloxacin saw a decrease in types of bacteria that produce butyrate, a fatty acid that lowers oxidative stress and inflammation in the intestines. The reduced microbiome diversity for clindamycin-takers lasted up to four months; for some who took ciprofloxacin, it was still going on at the 12-month check-up.”
What would have been a better solution for my friend? Well, first, the question needs to be explored “Is this indeed a bacterial infection?” If so, which kind and where? Then run testing on it to WHICH type of antibiotics would work to effectively kill that strain of bacteria. I've seen MORE issues than most anything else, with doctors prescribing antibiotics that bacteria are resistant to, which creates something called dysbiosis (more bad bugs inhabiting our system than good), impairing our immune system, buffering candida infections, increasing our odds of further disease, such as cancer, auto immune disease, hormonal imbalances, etc. As already mentioned,
It could take an ENTIRE YEAR for the body to recover itself after one round of ineffective antibiotics.
Second, the practitioner should have asked more questions around digestion, then run labs to explore digestive disfunction – proper stomach acid? pathogens in the gut? enzyme release? SIBO? H Pylori? etc etc…and to have a practitioner to help him interpret them (this is what functional diagnostic practitioners like myself are trained to do). There is SO MUCH more to explore before we drug our people. But it's not a system that is trained to do so. We are doing more harm than good by blanket prescribing pain killers and antibiotics.
“Conditions in the mouth have a profound potential to reflect and influence the health of the whole person. Disruptions to the flow of energy through the mouth may affect remote regions of the body and disruptions elsewhere may manifest in the mouth. These relationships are a result of communication between the Acupuncture Meridians and the Teeth.” – The Center For Holistic Dentistry
So the next time you have a toothache, show them this post, and ask your dentist these kind of questions. It would even be best to first check for a local Holistic Dentist near you and ask them how they can help.
Oral care is much more than being isolated to the mouth. As with everything, our entire body is connected, and if the pain is in your tooth, it could be caused by somewhere farther from it than that. This is the mystery yet amazing discovery I have found fascinating in all of my years of training in ancient medicine. It's time we bring this back! 🙂
How to take action
1. Try OIL PULLING for a week straight. It only takes 10-20 minutes to do and is one of the most powerful ways to flush bad bacteria and fungus from your mouth. If you have oral thrush, bad breath, fuzzy white coating on your tongue, swollen/bleeding gums, stained teeth, frequent cavities, infections, tooth pain, or any other unfavorable mouth issue, try this. We have fun Challenges and offer support in all things exercise, hormones, fat loss and beauty in our Warrior for Life Membership program. This is one we put together for our Sexy Skin and Self Love month, which on occasion we'll run things like this in our FREE member group, which you can join HERE. (for women warriors only)
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Oral Health & Mercury Fillings?
The ONLY time it's debatable not to is if you have mercury fillings as they do leech vapor into your mouth which gets absorbed into your bloodstream through your cheeks, under your tongue (sublingually) as well as you swallow it with food when you chew. WATCH THIS VIDEO which clearly illustrates it. This is why I HIGHLY recommend against mercury fillings and/or seeing a Biological dentist to have them removed properly and in small groups. I made the mistake of having all of mine removed at the same time which is just too much for the body to absorb at once. It went into my lymph nodes on my neck under my cheek bones and I looked swollen for years until I slowly detox'ed them with these HEAVY METAL HERBS as well as more dedicated detox things such as Coffee enemas and NIR Infrared sauna. It takes a MINIMUM of 2 years to remove these toxic metals from your body so the very best thing you can do for yourself is not add them back in.
Without knowing, many people chase the concept of a sexy body, booty or belly, without realizing that one of the key root causes that roadblocks us from these goals is toxicity, much of which comes from the mouth, and the meridians you see above.
What if your oral care routine helped you not only whiten your teeth and freshen your breath but helped you burn more fat too?
2. Consider having a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis lab test completed and analyzed for you by a trained professional (I would love to help you with this), as well as implementing a detox and mineral balancing protocol, to flush metals effectively and safely from your body. You may have heard of chelation therapy and that can be extremely tax'ing on many, with the prevalence of adrenal disfunction today. Your adrenals are responsible for giving you energy, so if they're not working optimally, you won't have the gusto to cleanse these hard to flush metals from your body and they might end up in more dangerous places, such as your brain. The leading cause for dementia, Alzheimers, ADD, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, auto immune disease and many other brain/toxicity related diseases today is metal toxicity and not having the detox pathways to get it out.
And when metals accumulate in the detox and digestive track, related to oral meridians, we get leaky gut, which leads to allergies, skin rashes and more.
BOTTOM LINE: if your Oral Care isn't on par, it will drain your energy and distance you from your health goals.
3. Eat real food, as humans were designed to. Cut the sugar, processed foods, GMO's, soy, inflammatory grains and vegetable oils. If this sounds overwhelming, it probably is. But don't worry, we made it simple for you. With a simple 4 week online program designed to bring you back to life. To learn more about cleansing, hormonal freedom, energy and fat burning, check out THE WARRIOR CLEANSE, my flagship program to help you remodel your life AND your entire body, from the inside out…with LOVE. Lots of it! 😉