Updated from the original 
Another year, another National Root Canal Awareness Week is underway, courtesy of the American Association of Endodontists (i.e., root canal specialists).
“Millions of root canal treatments are performed successfully every year,” says one past AAE president , “saving natural teeth and helping patients keep their smiles.” More than 3/4 individuals they surveyed said they’d “want to avoid losing a permanent tooth, something root canal treatment can help prevent.”
That’s presuming, of course, that they don’t mind that tooth being morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably dead .
For that’s what a root canal therapy (RCT) involves: removing all the living human tissue within, then filling and crowning the remaining hull of the tooth. Take a look:
In no other case would it be considered good medicine to leave a dead organ inside a living body.
More, it is impossible to completely disinfect the dentin – the tissue between the enamel and pulp. Its 3 miles or so of microscopic tubules make an ideal home for bacteria and other pathogens, which continue to generate toxic, metabolic waste long after the tooth has been filled and crowned. In fact, that’s when they thrive, preferring a dark, moist, low-oxygen environment.
Such toxins may freely enter the general circulation via the tooth root and go on to affect other tissues in the body.
That’s what Dr. Joseph Issels was getting at when he referred to a root canal tooth as “a dangerous toxin producing ‘factory,'” and a potential source of chronic, degenerative illness – just as Weston Price had established in the early 20th century and has been repeatedly confirmed since.
The solution is not to just yank out all root canal teeth, though. In fact, one reason why Price’s work on focal infections came to be discounted was dentists naively extracting root canal teeth from patients whose health did not improve one bit afterwards. It wasn’t the theory that was wrong; only some of the actions it inspired.
Simple extraction is seldom if ever enough.
If healing is to happen, the health of the extracellular matrix – the biological terrain – MUST be addressed first. For just as its condition dictates the course of disease, it also guides healing. Addressing the terrain means supporting and strengthening the body’s self-regulating abilities so that when it comes time to address specific dental issues – root canal teeth or otherwise – the body will be able to respond positively and move toward health.
For more on Issels and the connections between systemic health and root canal teeth, see “Focus on Foci”  from the Issels clinic.
Image via Lucy Barfoot