Case Study #151


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"Splinters" Book Review

This is a book written in layman's terms. It's straight-forward, deconstructs the overly complex medical jargon and appeals to common sense...which is probably why it goes over the medical industry's head. And that's kind of the whole point.

Dr. Gerald Smith has been practicing medicine all over the world for over 50 years, and in his book he has outlined numerous case studies of seemingly "miraculous" cures, only he claims that they are anything but. In fact, his cures are almost too simple. His approach is to look for the root cause of each ailment in each individual patient. In contrast to the standard method of care, which treats broad symptoms over root causes, Dr. Smith shows over and over again how acknowledging that every ailment has a root cause (and the body doesn't just randomly attack itself or randomly succumb to germs) is the biggest hurdle that medical practitioners are facing when it comes to helping their patients. At times he goes even further and shows real life examples of doctors having unintentionally done more harm than good, while the true cure was under their noses all along.

This is an eye‑opening book. It challenges the status quo of medical care and backs it up with case after case of simple treatment methods that worked to quickly and "miraculously" cure heart disease, migraines, cancer, infections, chronic pain and so on. Armed with the knowledge that there are other (more) effective treatment methods, patients will be able to have some control over their own health.

Here's hoping the medical industry as a whole will come to understand the role they have played in creating this world of chronic illness, and will then realize the power of simplicity in correcting their errors. Taking a look at Dr. Smith's book would certainly be a start.

Tooth pain caused by toxic “Ice Breakers” mints

ice breaker mints

I have been practicing dentistry for over fifty years and never came across this issue until recently. One of my patients in my integrative medical practice complained of chronic pain in his lower right second molar. His general dentist had x-rayed the tooth and visually exam it. His stock response was root canal to resolve the chronic pain. My patient had bought into this mantra and even had an appointment scheduled to have the procedure done.

Interestingly when my patient brought up his chronic tooth pain issue he was sucking on a mink. Being intuitive I asked him if he routinely used the mints. His response was yes, every day I suck on these Ice Breaker sugar free mints. I then asked him if he had the container, which he promptly produced. The ingredients were appalling: Ice Breakers Mint Ingredients. Sorbitol, Contains 2% or Less of: Maltodextrin, Maltitol, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine), Magnesium Stearate, Gum Acacia, Artificial Color (Blue 1, Yellow 5), and Soy Lecithin.

Lets dissect the ingredients:

  • Phenylalanine in aspartame is a byproduct when aspartame breaks down in the body and can be dangerous for people who have an inherited disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). Phenylketonuria is a condition in which your body can't break down an amino acid called phenylalanine, which then builds up in the blood and causes health problems. Some of the symptoms are: skin rashes (eczema), hyperactivity, neurological problems that may include seizures, intellectual disability, behavioral, emotional and social problems, and psychiatric disorders to name a few.
  • Aspartame: this artificial sweetener breaks down into formic acid, methanol, which can make you blind, and formaldehyde which is what morticians use for embalming dead bodies.
  • Sorbitol: is a sugar alcohol. Other sugar alcohols include erythritol, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, and xylitol. Excessive use of sorbitol has been reported to cause problems with digestion, such as gas and diarrhea and, in some rare cases, dramatic and unwanted weight loss.
  • Maltodextrin: is a complex carbohydrate with a low-sugar content, however, it has a glycemic index of 130 (table sugar is only 65). Because of it's high glycemic index, maltodextrin can spike blood sugar very quickly. Side effects may include allergic reactions, weight gain, gas, flatulence, and bloating. Maltodextrin may also cause a rash or skin irritation, asthma, cramping, or difficulty.
  • Maltitol: is a double sugar produced by hydrogenation of maltose obtained from starch. Maltitol has a glycemic index of 52, which approaches that of table sugar at 65.
  • Acacia: is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It's a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
  • Soy Lecithin: is a food additive that comes from several sources—one of them being soy. Common side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fullness. Soy is also high in phytoestrogens, which can potentially enhance the formation of cancer or exacerbate existing cancers.
  • Blue 1 and Yellow 5: they have long been known to cause allergic reactions in some people. Yellow dye 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests.

Sorry to bore you with the facts but what was of great interest was the fact that when my patient stopped using Ice Breaker mints his tooth pain totally disappeared. If he would have followed through with his general dentists’s recommendation, he would have developed a potential major health issue from the toxicity of a dead root canal tooth.