3 1/2 Year Success of Root Canal Cover-Up
George E. Meinig, DDS, FACD
Note: Dr. Meinig's Root Canal Cover-Up describes the
extensive and meticulous root canal research of Dr. Weston A. Price,
carried out over a period of 25 years. Originally published in two
massive volumes, totaling 1174 pages, Price's work remained unknown
to the world until Dr. Meinig's Root Canal Cover-Up translated
Price's scientific findings into layman's terms. The following report
describes Price's findings on root canals, and details Dr. Meinig's
efforts to make them known to the public.]
Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation was organized on September
11, 1965, in order to make Dr. Weston A. Price's monumental work
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration available to the public.
This book clearly demonstrated to the world that human physical
degeneration was basically a nutritional problem. The book made
Dr. Price famous.
the last 31 years, the Foundation has reprinted Nutrition and
Physical Degeneration eight times, in order to meet the growing
interest in his work.
Foundation has also had custodial care of Dr. Price's vast dental
research data. Documenting his incredible accomplishments are 220
articles, which can be found in the dental and medical literature,
along with two additional books. Unfortunately, until recently,
Price's dental research remained unknown.
of Price's research is contained in two monumental volumes entitled
Dental Infections Oral & Systemic and Dental Infections
and the Degenerative Diseases. While these works have long been
in the PPNF library, it was only just four years ago that the Foundation
became aware of their importance. These volumes have moldered in
obscurity because Dr. Price's research was suppressed and buried
over 70 years ago by the autocratic action of a minority group of
dentists and physicians who refused to accept the focal infection
spite of the thousands of experiments conducted on 5,000 animals,
and in spite of the thoroughness and excellence of his root canal
research, all of Price's 25 years of scientific efforts were so
well covered up that there is hardly a dentist alive today who has
ever heard about his discoveries.
Pat Connolly, our beloved Executive Director, was alerted to the
importance of these volumes, she brought them to my attention. Pat
knew of my graduate studies with Professor Edgar Coolidge, the foremost
root canal teacher and researcher in the world. She knew that I
was one of 19 dentists that founded the Root Canal Association,
and that I had a long association with the American Association
of Endodontists. (Endodontists are specialists in root canal
therapy.) In fact, my background in nutrition and root canal therapy
led to my appointment as manager for the new dental office at the
20th Century Fox Movie Studio.
forwarded PPNF's precious copies of the two volumes to me and suggested
that I review Dr. Price's root canal studies and report back to
the PPNF Board of Directors my findings and interpretation of his
immediately realized, upon reading the volumes, that Dr. Price's
research was thorough and sound. It was easy to see why he was so
revered as a dental research specialist.
gist of the research and of the thousands of animal studies is this:
That root-canal-filled teeth always remain
infected no matter how good they might look or how good they might
Price suspected that bacterial infection accompanied many degenerative
illnesses. In the beginning, he didn't know what bacteria were involved
or just how they contributed to so many disease conditions. But
he did recall that in medical practice doctors made cultures from
the infection site, grew the organism present in a culture medium
and then injected the bacteria into an animal to see if they could
reproduce the disease and thereby prove it was the cause of the
Price suspected that these infections arose from the teeth. He decided
to implant an extracted root-filled tooth under the skin of an animal.
He felt that if bacteria were present and carrying illness, their
presence in a tooth might offer the same kind of proof physicians
found when they injected the bacterial culture to produce disease
in an animal. That is exactly what took place. He found that by
implanting the root-filled tooth, the disease of the patient was
transferred to animals. Whatever disease the patient had, the animal
with the extracted tooth under its skin developed the same disease
as the patient.
other words, if the patient had heart disease, the animal developed
heart disease. If he had kidney trouble, disease of the kidney was
transferred to the animal. If he had a problem in his joints, the
animals' joints became similarly involved. The principle held true
for the whole spectrum of human ailments. Whatever the disease,
the animal would develop that of the patient.
of the time Dr. Price found the bacteria involved were of the streptococcus
family, but he also found staphylococcus, spirochetes and fungi.
He found that if a patient had more than one root-canal treated
tooth, he could actually have a different organism infecting each
one of the treated teeth. That is the reason some people have various
ailments from their teeth, all at the same time. In addition, infected
root canals have a detrimental effect on the immune system, causing
a number of different illnesses.
a long time, Dr. Price had trouble finding out just how the bacteria
existed in the tooth. His own experience in treating infection present
in root canals led him to believe that disinfectants controlled
the organisms. Thousands of experiments proved this assumption to
discovered that the dentin, which makes up 95 percent of the structure
of the teeth, was not a solid stone-like mass but consisted of very
tiny tubules. Undamaged dentin tubules contain a nutrient-dense
fluid that keeps the teeth alive and healthy. These nutrients are
supplied daily to each tubule by the artery that accompanies the
nerve and vein in the root canal. The artery does this in the same
way that other arteries supply nutrients to every cell of the body.
tooth decay spreads and attacks a tooth, it can usually be removed
by a dentist and the tooth saved with a filling. However, if the
decay is neglected or not discovered until after it spreads into
the root canal of the tooth itself, then the nerve and blood vessels
become infected from the bacteria which are part of the tooth decay
bacteria easily and rapidly travel the entire root canal and of
course they easily discover those tubules and their nutrient supply.
The organisms have, in fact, found a new home, one in which they
grow and rapidly reproduce.
Price's microscope photographs, published along with his research,
show the dentin tubules with bacteria in them. Although most dentists
know about dentin tubules, it is only in the last few years that
any have ever heard of bacteria residing in them. I personally never
heard or knew about their presence until just four years ago when
I saw Dr. Price's photographs. Remember that his work containing
the photos was published way back in 1923!
will find these pictures in my book Root Canal Cover-Up,
along with several recent electron microscope pictures. The electron
microscope photographs magnify these tubules and bacteria up to
5,000 times, making the bacteria, which are much smaller than the
period at the end of this sentence, appear as big as peas in a pod.
dentists are unfamiliar with the presence of bacteria in the dentin
tubules and are ignorant of the fact that these bacteria escape
and spread throughout the body, causing a vast number of degenerative
dentist may think that the disinfecting treatment he uses during
root canal therapy would cause the death of these bacteria. Treatment
does kill most bacteria in the root canal, but Price found that
not one of the over 100 disinfectants he studied was capable of
penetrating the tubules. The same holds true for antibiotics today.
dentists argue that the bacteria die off because the root canal
filling blocks off their source of nutrients. Unfortunately, this
is not the case. In fact, the bacteria are capable of mutating and
changing their form. Price found that the challenge of a changed
environment actually caused the organisms to become more virile
and their toxins much more toxic. It will interest you to know that
this discovery of Dr. Price's was confirmed in recent times by a
German oncologist named Dr. Josef Issel. He was able to identify
these toxins and found them to be closely related to the same chemicals
used by the Germans in World War I to make mustard gas.
bacteria which contribute to most of today's diseases no longer
can be killed by antibiotics because the same polymorphic ability
of bacteria to mutate, change and adjust that happens in root canals
is happening to these organisms in response to antibiotics. These
bacteria are involved in most illnesses.
do bacteria -- apparently trapped in the dentin tubules -- escape
to other parts of the body? There are billions of germs in tubules
of root canal-treated teeth and those in the vicinity of any of
the lateral accessory root canals present in all teeth, can escape
into them. From there they travel into the tooth's surrounding periodontal
membrane. This is the hard, fibrous membrane that holds the tooth
in its bony socket and keeps it from falling out.
bacteria then spread throughout the periodontal membrane and from
there it is easy for them to escape into the surrounding bony network.
Everybody knows that cancer cells can metastasize and break away
from the main cancer and travel to another gland, organ or tissue.
Similarly, when bacteria get into the tooth's bony socket, they
also get into the blood supply of the jaw, allowing them to metastasize
and travel in the blood vessels to another gland, organ or tissue
and establish a whole new infection.
is called focal infection -- caused when an infection in one part
of the body travels to another part and sets up a new site of infection.
The American Association of Endodontists -- which I helped
organize and which lists me as a life member -- states that they
have proven over the years that the focal infection theory is invalid.
The arguments they cite are incorrect. They are based on false assumptions.
are several reasons why they have been misled about this. One is
the fact that 25 to 30 percent of people seem to get along with
root-canal-filled teeth for many years without any detrimental effects.
Dr. Price studied that very problem. He found that those people
who had no history of degenerative diseases usually had strong immune
systems which were capable of engulfing any bacteria present and
prevented them from becoming sick. However, Price found that if
these same people suffered a severe accident, a bad case of the
flu or some serious stress problem, their immune systems that had
been protecting them would become so compromised that they would
then become ill with a degenerative disease.
about the 70 percent of our people who have poorer immune systems
to start with? Price found -- and we are finding today -- that they
develop degenerative diseases much sooner, many of them right after
completion of the root canal treatment.
endodontists' efforts to save teeth are desirable and admirable,
but in their enthusiasm for saving teeth they too often lose the
patient. They cite numbers of studies that they believe establish
the efficacy of root canal treatment but they never mention the
bacteria in the dental tubules. It they want to deny the finding
of Dr. Price in this regard, it behooves them to come up with peer
review research to prove his findings are inaccurate. Their assertion
that this is "old research that has been disproved" is
only a statement -- a statement without scientific backing.
the April 1944 Journal of Endodontics, the message from outgoing
President Eric J. Hoveland, DDS, MEd, MBA stated that formerly,
endodontists took great pride in being scientists, but "now
it is much different." The talk is on new products and "manufacturer
led" innovations in equipment. Where is the science, the biology?
It must continue to be the basis for this specialty.
I began to present Dr. Price's research about root canals, I had
hoped that the American Association of Endodontists would
take a serious look at his discoveries and that they would then
initiate research to discover how to kill the bacteria in the dentin
tubules and successfully treat tooth infections. At present, they
have failed to face these issues. However, numbers of independent-minded
dentists have been using new and different approaches. Ultrasound,
lasers, colloidal silver, garlic, Enderlein sanum remedies, nutrition,
the French calcium oxide treatment and prayer are among the approaches
being investigated. It is gratifying that people have at last become
concerned about the extraction of infected teeth and are impatient
for a better solution. Keep in mind, to be scientific and actually
prove the safety of any treatment procedure takes time. Such research
challenges our patience and ability to face the conditions that
currently confront us.
those facing the dilemma of existing root canals, the status of
one's health and its maintenance is the paramount consideration.
The effect of dental infection upon one's immune system must be
considered. People with degenerative disease often live long lives,
but unfortunately such longevity is marred by suffering and disabilities.
At the same time, the resulting degenerative diseases do cause many
to die before their time. This is the main question that one must
face in considering whether or not to remove root-canal-filled teeth.
The problem is: How good is our immune system and how long will
it be able to protect us?
spirit of "alternative" or "functional" medicine
demands that each individual assume responsibility for his own health.
In order to do so, one must learn everything he can about his problem.
If you have a root canal or periodontal disease, the best way to
gain this information is to read and study my report of Dr. Price's
research, Root Canal Cover-Up, so that you will have sufficient
background to assess the opinions of doctors and dentists with whom
you consult, as they often know nothing of research discoveries.
you are a professional or are capable of digesting technical data,
you can contact the PPNF office for copies of Dr. Price's original
performed root canal therapy for many years, I read Dr. Price's
two volumes of documentation with utter shock. I became very concerned
about the millions of people who are suffering illness from the
infection still present in their root canal-filled teeth.
worried about how PPNF would ever find someone with sufficient background
to adequately bring the subject to the public and to health professionals.
It would have been easy enough to make copies of Dr. Price's two
volumes available to health professionals alone, but such an approach
would have ensured that Dr. Price's research remained obscure. The
public had to be told.
of my 30-year service with PPNF, as well as my extensive professional
background, it seemed that I was the logical person to take on the
task of informing the public and medical profession about Dr. Price's
root canal research discoveries. It wasn't an easy decision as it
was obvious that anyone doing so would risk alienating many colleagues
and friends, and would certainly invite resentment and anger. On
the other hand, I knew that many were ill because of these dental
and oral infections. In dwelling on their plight, I began to realize
that I was being given an opportunity, a calling, and a privilege
to inform people everywhere of the relevance of Dr. Price's work
to the state of their personal health.
June 25, 1993, the first edition came off the press. It sold out
in seven months. During that time, I learned much more about the
problem of jawbone cavitation infections that often occur where
infected teeth have been previously extracted. Therefore, I rewrote
Chapter 24 for the second edition, and made some other minor changes.
The title was shortened and the cover changed. This somewhat larger
printing sold out in one year. In April of 1996, our fourth printing
came off the press.
publishers and authors tell us that this is a very good record for
a self-published book. In 1996, 1 gave lectures to 21 organizations
(mostly medical, dental and other health professionals) and was
interviewed on 28 radio and two television stations. These appearances
have been a great boost to book sales.
word about the serious side effects of root canal therapy is getting
out. Those who have been suffering from these infections are talking.
Three years ago, the Root Canal Association stated that there
are 20 million root canals being treated each year. The logical
conclusion is that a high percentage of our current degenerative
disease epidemic can be laid at the door of the cover-up of Dr.
Price's research over 70 years ago.
are all aware that many of the great medical discoveries sometimes
take years and years of research to locate the organism causing
the disease. In almost all cases it is one organism causing one
Price found that at least 20 organisms were responsible for infections
in the teeth. These 20 organisms caused not one disease but numbers
of oral and dental illnesses. But more importantly these germs are
responsible for an enormous number of medical diseases manifesting
in other parts of the body. These discoveries of Dr. Price greatly
overshadow any single medical disease discovered by other physicians.
Dr. Price should have received the Nobel Price for all his discoveries,
but that eluded him when his work was covered up.
the hours and hours of time I have spent with the studies of the
work of that genius, I have concluded that Dr. Weston Price's
25-year root canal research ranks as one of the greatest discoveries
in the history of medicine.