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Cavitations: More Than Just Another Hole In Your Head

Many of our readers are well aware of the problems that mercury amalgams and root canals can cause. Recently, while visiting patients at Gerson hospital in Mexico, I spoke to one of the patients in depth about a more silent health threat known as cavitations. Not to be confused with a cavity, which is of course a hole in the tooth, a cavitation is a hole in the jawbone that cannot be detected by x-rays.

"When teeth are removed," writes Dr. Hal Huggins in It's All in Your Head, "the periodontal ligament (a membrane that attaches the tooth to the bone) is usually left in the socket." Huggins explains that when this ligament is left in the jaw the area around the socket never heals completely. When this occurs, Dr. Huggins has found that "the top of the socket seals over with two or three millimeters of bone; under that, a hole remains. This bony hole is usually lined with chronic inflammatory lymphocytes, which are the cells of autoimmune disease."

The term "cavitation" is used to describe not only the lesions which appear as tiny empty holes, it also applies to other lesions in the jawbone, which after tissue analysis have been found to be ischemic (lacking in oxygen), osteomyelitic (bone infected) and toxic. Dr. Karen and Steven Evans of the University of Kentucky explain that "these lesions are often located in old extraction sites and under or near the roots of root canal teeth, a vital (dead) teeth, and wisdom teeth. Sometimes they spread extensively from these locations throughout the jawbone and may penetrate the sinuses or totally encompass the inferior alveolar (jaw) nerve.

Dr. Christopher Hussar, a licensed osteopath (D.O.) and dentist (D.D.S.) is one of the few dentists in the United States who will surgically remove cavitations. "When you open up these lesions and see the mush that comes out, you can understand why these infection sites will not heal on their own. I have opened up sections of jawbones and taken out decayed vegetable matter such as corn and carrots that had become locked within the original extraction site and were not reabsorbed by the body. Inside these jawbone cavities you may also encounter viruses, bacteria, yeasts and parasites, all of which contribute to the harmful dental focal disturbance," writes Dr. Hussar in an article entitled "No More Chronic Pain" (Alternative Medicine Digest, Issue 15)

The term "focal disease" was coined in the 1850s. Although now discredited by conventional dentists, Dr. Hussar points out that U.S. physicians from the 19th century "were aware that chronic, untreated dental [or focal] infections could produce serious symptoms elsewhere in the body. In fact...physicians once routinely recommended having teeth extracted as a cure for arthritis."

Since 1988 Dr. Hussar has used a technique known as neural therapy "to remove infected or dead bony tissue." He states that by "using this approach I have been able to reverse headaches, blindness, hearing disorders, arthritic pain, rheumatological problems and all manner of unexplained pain disorders."

Several medical journal articles have been published which concur with Hussar's findings. The New England Journal of Medicine published an article on November 22, 1990 by Eric I. Logigian, M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He and his colleagues described how Bonelia burdorferi infections in the jaw can lead to chronic neurological problems. Another article, entitled "Alveolar Cavitational Osteopathosis: Manifestations of an Infectious Process and its Implication in the Causation of Chronic Pain" was published in the October 1986 issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The author, Eugene Ratner, D.D.S. describes how he healed thousands of patients who suffered from pain in their face, shoulder, arms, groin and legs by treating jaw infections.

Sadly most conventional dentists will not subscribe to such beliefs. They routinely extract teeth, failing to "recognize that the area around the extraction site of most wisdom teeth is infected. Consequently, dentists often fail to properly clean out (debride) all the unhealthy tissue and dead bone from the site, thereby creating chronic infection. This can produce referred pain, which is pain felt elsewhere in the body rather than the jaw," explains Hussar.

How can we explain this phenomena known as "referred pain?" We need only look towards the East for the answer. "According to accupuncture," states Hussar, "numerous energy pathways [meridians] traverse the body, running from head to toe, and most of them pass through the jaw in direct association with specific teeth." So if a patient seeks acupuncture to treat a chronic problem and the treatment "doesn't hold, it can mean there is some kind of `focal' disturbance in the mouth that is blocking the flow of energy throughout the body," Hussar explains. "Different areas of the jaw correspond to different parts of the body," writes Hussar in the International DAMS (Defense Against Mercury Syndrome) Newsletter." The anterior regions of the jaw correspond to the frontal sinuses, pharyngeal area, cervical spine, urogenital area, kidneys and adrenal glands. The canines correspond to the hip, knees, lung and stomach. The posterior part of the jaw corresponds to the shoulder, elbow and lower back."

Hussar recalls treating "patients with chronic chest pain, mitral valve prolapse and other heart conditions. When I cleaned out the chronic infection at their third molar, which is on the heart meridian, I have been able to end the problem without any intervention. All four wisdom teeth are on the heart meridian which runs through both sides of the mouth." Hussar goes so far as to surmise that "some of the high incidence of heart disease in the U.S. may be attributed to chronic infections left over from faulty wisdom teeth extractions sending their negative influence through the heart meridian to the actual heart."

Although I fail to see eye to eye with most conventional dentists, I can understand why they are reluctant to acknowledge the existence of cavitations - because, well, they really are very hard to "see!" My research on cavitations led me to an article entitled "Preoperative Diagnosis of Cavitational Lesions" by Stephen Koral, DMD. The fact of the matter is, dentists have not yet developed a tool that can detect these lesions because they are so tiny. As mentioned before, they cannot be diagnosed using an x-ray, and the anesthetic technique that Hussar uses is not always clear. For the time being, dentists must aspirate a sample of tissue, which is then tested. If it can inhibit enzymatic activity, then that sample is deemed as being toxic. This evidence of toxicity would "demonstrate not a hole in the bone, but the active principle of cavitational pathology - the presence of bacterial toxins," writes Koral. This is a minimally invasive pre-operative diagnosis.

The Gerson Institute.


By Susan DeSimone

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