Issue #34, August 2011

In This Issue:
Natural Rejuvenation – Chemicals & the Terrain – “Metal-Free Dentistry”?

JoAnne’s Motivational Minute

Natural Rejuvenation

By JoAnne Boettcher-Verigin

My dad always said that if you wanted to get to know somebody well, just go fishing with them. Being out on the water for hours and hours, you have the chance for uninterrupted talk or just quiet contemplation. From preparing gear in the morning to cleaning fish in the fading daylight, all are expected to pitch in and help. A fishing trip, Dad believed, could help you really see what a person is made of.

Fishing on a quiet lake

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I went fishing a lot with Dad. We never had far to travel. There were lakes, rivers and streams everywhere, teeming with fish just waiting for us to cast our lines – or so I thought as a little girl, certain that fish existed only to feed us. Mostly, though, I just enjoyed spending time with my dad.

Mother thought it was all a waste of time. But one day, Dad managed to coax her into a fishing trip on a secluded British Columbia lake. As we drove in the 4-wheel drive truck needed to manage the mountain terrain, Mother didn’t complain much – nor did she seem too excited. Then wildlife began to appear: here, an elk; there, a deer; even the occasional bear. Mother brightened up and began to show some interest.

Upon reaching the lake, we crossed by boat to an isolated cabin. It wasn’t much – especially by today’s standards. No electricity. No phone. No indoor plumbing. But it was cozy and comfortable enough with table, chairs, cots, gas lanterns, cook stove and an outhouse at the edge of the forest.

Early the next morning, we set out in the boat, poles at the ready. It wasn’t long before the fish began biting. Even Mother began to catch some! What’s more, fishing caught her. She had a ball! Dad always said that from that time on, he never needed to urge Mother to go fishing. She was always ready to pack up and go at a moment’s notice.

When you’re out on the water with fishing pole in hand, the boat gently rocking, you have time to take in the beauty of nature – not just to see it but savor it. You’re imbued with a great sense of peace. And why not? The natural world is where we’re from. Taking time out from the rapid pace and stress of modern life, we feel relief and ease in the presence of the living, breathing Earth.

I thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky, and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
– e.e. cummings

Sky through trees on the Oregon coast

In a few weeks, Gary and I will be heading to the Oregon Coast for vacation. No, we won’t do any fishing, but we will spend a lot of time on the shore, breathing the fresh, salty air, listening to the surf, watching the cormorants, gulls and other wildlife. And we’ll see the fishers bring in their catch from the bay – and enjoy fresh fish for our dinners.

In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world – the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware. – John Muir

Dr. Verigin’s Comment

Environmental Influences on Chronic Illness: Chemicals & the Terrain

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN

Do you ever wonder why some people don’t believe facts, despite all evidence? For instance, think of the known links between environmental factors and autism, asthma [PDF] and other health conditions affecting more and more children. Why would anyone doubt the connection between toxins and illness? In A Compromised Generation, Beth Lambert gives one reason: It all seems too unbelievable.

Every day, kids are exposed to lots of different chemicals – in air, soil and water, as well as food, clothing, toys and countless other consumer goods. The exposure begins before birth. One study by the Environmental Working group found nearly 300 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns! As a Peer Statement on the study put it,

The finding of these chemicals in the bloodstreams of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society raises issues of substantial importance to public health and points to the need for major reforms to the nation’s laws that aim to protect the public from chemical exposures.

* * *

These health concerns are largely the results of gaping holes in the government safety net that allows this largely uncontrolled exposure. There are 75,000 chemicals in commerce, and at least 3,000 produced in quantities greater than 1,000,000 pounds per year. Yet we do not know how many of these chemicals end up in fetal blood and what the effects of these exposures are. Presumably, if EWG had tested for more compounds, more would have been detected, perhaps many more.

And like mother, like child, like all of us. Awful to say, but it’s simply impossible for anyone to avoid chemical exposure. Nearly all mass marketed consumer goods harbor at least some chemicals, most of which have yet to be proven safe. We’re exposed to industrial pollution in air, soil and water.Drinking water alone contains hundreds of pollutants, including pesticides and pharmaceutical drug residues.

Toxic landscape

Since 2001, the CDC has tracked the levels of synthetic chemicals in the blood and urine of average Americans – our so-called “body burden.” These studies, too, have found that we’re all contaminated to one degree or another. Yet the CDC has chosen to measure just a couple hundred chemicals. Other research has shown from 400 to 800 residues in the average human body.

How Environmental Toxins Pollute Your Body

Chemicals find their way into us when we breathe, eat and drink, and when there’s skin contact. But then what? Where do they go?

Some we’re able to excrete, but constant chemical exposure means that even these tend to be ever present.

Other toxins are persistent and bioaccumulative. That is, they hang around in our bodies for a long time and build up over time – in our blood, fat, muscles, bones, vital organs and the biological terrain itself. How long? Consider: PCBs have been banned in the US for over 30 years, and DDT for nearly 40, yet both are still found in nearly all adults tested by the CDC.

Many of these bioaccumulative toxins are lipophilic – fat soluble or tending to combine with fat – and thus naturally gravitate toward fat cells. They’re also hydrophobic, tending to move away from water. Since bodily waste is transported by water and filtered by the kidneys, materials that won’t dissolve in water can’t be excreted. They stay in the body.

Bioaccumulation isn’t restricted to fat cells. Consider Strontium-90. This is the radioactive isotope of strontium, a highly reactive alkaline earth metal which can imitate the properties of calcium. That’s why establishment medicine thinks it’s such a great treatment for bone cancer: it’s absorbed by the bones like calcium.

Lead likewise can accumulate in bone, mimicking the action of calcium. It can also mimic iron and zinc, accumulating in blood.

Interestingly, certain species of animals use this sort of storage mechanism for self-defense: They consume things that make them too toxic for predators to eat. This highlights another sad fact: Once enough of these materials are in an organism – human or otherwise – the overwhelmed body has no natural way to get rid of them. Yes, eventually they’ll break down and be excreted, but again, because our exposure is continuous, there are always toxins to replace them.

Impact on the Terrain

Recently, scientists at UCLA announced a new method for measuring biological age. Lead investigator Dr. Eric Vilain said of the discovery, “With just a saliva sample, we can accurately predict a person’s age without knowing anything else about them.”

But while his method may be new, the outcome is not. We’ve been able to gauge bio-age for years, analyzing saliva and urine samples to survey what 19th century physiologist Claude Bernard called the milieu intérieur. The “internal environment,” he theorized, determines a cell’s function and integrity, and a little less than a century later, hydrologist Louis-Claude Vincent developed a method for evaluating it. As Han van de Braak writes in his essential article on the tool now known as Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA; also called “matrix imaging”), Vincent’s

Bioelectronimètre was first used in France in 1946. His method forces one to take a contextual, broad-spectrum view beyond any chronic symptomatology a patient presents. Vincent found that the defining triad of pH, rH2 (oxidation-reduction potential at the given pH) and Ohms resistance was as equally appropriate to human health as he had found it to be to testing water quality.

Vincent’s research in France – where he established his reference bandwidths – struck a chord with eminent doctors in Germany like Dr.phil. Bach, Reinhold Voll valued technique in Germany used by medical physicians, dentists, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists and naturopathic physicians alike. Since, Vincent’s technique has been adopted in many countries around the world most notably in the USA.

Sample BTA report

Those parameters – pH, rH2 and R (Ohms) – can tell us much more than just a person’s biological age. By letting the health practitioner understand the energetic and biochemical state of the terrain, BTA provides insight to what’s taking place behind a client’s symptoms. It provides a useful guide for treatment decisions and a way to follow the effectiveness of treatment on an ongoing basis.

Most importantly, it lets us know when it’s advisable to go ahead with oral surgery to remove foci in the jaw. For if surgery is to be successful, the client’s terrain must have low level redox potentials and optimum level pH. Otherwise, the blood can’t play its proper, active healing role following cavitational surgery or other procedures to remove oral foci.

The terrain must be dealt with first, for the terrain is everything.

I see Dr. Vilain’s study verifying and validating a small but important piece of Vincent’s breakthrough paradigm. Reading about his work, it was all I could do but keep from shouting out, “I think he’s got it! By George, he’s got it!”

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. – William Pollard

From Our Blog:

Is There Really Such a Thing as “Metal-Free Dentistry”?

As more people become aware of the health risks of mercury amalgam fillings, you see more dental practices marketing themselves as “metal-free.” Sounds great, no?

It’s also inaccurate – and not just because these dentists often do place metal restorations such as gold crowns. As dental materials expert Jess Clifford has noted, “There is no such creation as a metal-free restorative” – not even tooth-colored restorations. All modern composites, glass ionomers (dental cements), porcelain and ceramics contain some metal. It’s not that “metal-free” dental offices are trying to mislead you. They just seem to be using it as shorthand for “mercury-free dentistry.”

But it’s still inaccurate.

And it makes it very easy to think of just about any non-precious metal as dangerous. Consider, for instance, this excerpt from an article on the website of Dr. Hal Huggins, a pioneer in the fight against dental mercury:

I became curious about the composition of porcelain crowns and called one of the manufacturers. I was told their porcelain was pure ceramic. Thanks. I called another and asked what their ceramic was made out of. Porcelain I was told. I called another and asked what their porcelain ceramic was made out of. Natural products. Knowing that mercury was “natural” I went to scientists other than manufacturers. Natural porcelain ceramic is made from clay B kaolin specifically B which is 45 percent aluminum oxide. Oh! So porcelain crowns are really aluminum. The aluminum does come out of the crown and I have personally seen some tragic cases of poisoning from dental porcelain ceramic aluminum crowns. Obviously not everyone has violent reactions, but when they occur, it is not a happy site [sic].

Scary, no? Makes you want to avoid porcelain all together, doesn’t it? There’s just one problem: aluminum oxide is a benign form of the element. As Clifford explains, while aluminum in its “fully reduced (shiny metal) form…will react with a vast number of chemical constituents,” some of which arehighly toxic,

not all forms of aluminum are readily reactive, nor do they have appreciable toxicity concerns. In order to be a toxic problem, aluminum must be ionizable or dissociable or otherwise available to bind chemically with tissue constituents. If the aluminum does not have opportunity to chemically separate and bind, toxic constituents are simply not formed. [emphasis added]

In short, it’s not the metal itself but the kind of metal that matters. According to Clifford, “benign” forms of aluminum include alumina and aluminosilicate, in addition to aluminum oxide.

Aluminum oxide lattice diagram

In such fully oxidized forms, the aluminum is either completely bound, or is part of a chemical matrix in crystalline lattice form, or both. Some common occurrences of these forms of aluminum are quartz, mica, feldspar, opal, glass and basic sand. While it is technically possible to force aluminum to chemically separate from any of these materials, it would require extreme furnace heat or high irradiation energy. These conditions are not commensurate with life and tissue survival.

* * *

Dental products are not the only ones where we find the benign forms of aluminum. The glass jars which contain our foods and beverages on the grocer’s shelf are basically barium-boro-aluminosilicates. Sand on the seashore is a rich mix of aluminum oxide and various aluminosilicates. Glass utensils, dishes and vessels in the kitchen (ie., Pyrex, Kimax, Corningware, Stoneware, Anchor-Hocking) are similar aluminosilicates and aluminum oxides. In our bodies, by nature, the bones are comprised of 2.0% – 2.5% aluminosilicate, aluminum oxide or alumina. If the patient can safely have food or beverage stored in glass, or can safely eat food prepared in a Pyrex pan or bowl, or can safely walk on sand, then it becomes immediately obvious that these forms of aluminum are not a threat to good health. The aluminunosilicate / aluminum oxide content of the bones is supplied and replenished daily from the fruits, grains and vegetables of the diet. The aluminosilicate content of lettuces and other vegetables in a single fresh garden salad serving will easily exceed the total quantity of aluminum released in ionized form from a mouthful of porcelain or ceramic crowns over a period of years. [emphasis added]

He adds that only time when even benign forms of aluminum are contraindicated is when an individual tests sensitive to both aluminum and silicates.

You can read his complete paper – “Should I Be Worried About Aluminum in Fillings and Crowns?” – here.

Where sensitivity or reactivity is a concern, we always recommend testing to be absolutely sure we choose restorative materials that the client will be able to tolerate. This includes both energetic and blood serum compatibility evaluations. Energetic testing is done via EAV and matrix imaging. For blood serum analysis, we rely on the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test, which reports on 94 chemical groups and families in more than 11,000 trade name dental products. For assessing material quality, it’s the method of choice for conscientious holistic and biological practitioners. Energetic testing, on the other hand, gives us insight to the quantitative scenario, as well – how much of any given material may be safely used.

To learn more about the stuff that goes into fillings, crowns and bridges, see Dr. Verigin’s articles on dental restorations.

For more articles like this one, as well as health news, tips and video, visit our blog, Know Thy Health.

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw

Image credits (via Flickr)

Copyright ©. Gary M. Verigin, D.D.S., inc. All Rights Reserved. California State Licensed General Dentist.
Disclaimer: We make no claim of providing superior services, nor do we guarantee any specific outcomes from the services we provide.