A Toxic I.V. Drip
Back east, the only rattlesnake I ever saw was in a Western movie. During my 20 years living in Patagonia, I narrowly missed stepping on a rattler sunbathing by my front door. Gordon Whitefoot, my cat died from a rattlesnake bite. My wife was on a first name basis with the Hualapai Tiger, a beetle commonly known as the kissing bug. She spent a morning at Holy Cross Hospital experiencing firsthand the “kiss” of its venom. And of course scorpions, which if you’re so inclined, you can hunt at night with the help of a black light.
We’re surrounded by things that want a piece of us. But there are also venomous creatures living inside us. And they are just as dangerous. They also want a piece of us. Crotalus adamanteus, the Western Diamondback and Porphyromonas gingivalis, a nasty tissue eating bug: both produce toxic venom that can kill us.
Unlike a rattler, P. gingivalis is microscopic. It nests in humans. It lives under our gingiva, our gums. Hence its name. And similar to rattlesnake venom, it will destroy living tissue, causing it to rot away. But it’s not quick like rattler’s venom. It dines on us at a leisurely pace. P. ging also makes babies and goes to the bathroom. The toxic bathroom waste is picked up by our amazing capillary plumbing system which unfortunately, in this matter anyway, carries the sewerage to wherever blood goes. And where doesn’t blood go?
With every heartbeat, distant organs are flooded with this toxic waste. All we see is a little blood on our toothbrush. A little swish with some mouthwash and we kill a few of the critters. Of course, we also kill our friendly bacteria who have been keeping the nasties in check. Hearts and livers and brains and kidneys, etc. can’t spit out the polluted blood. Hoping to neutralize the poison, they fight back producing massive inflammation. It is now a commonly accepted medical fact that inflammation is the root cause of most diseases.
Recently, the Journal of Arthritis Research Therapy published findings that people with rheumatoid arthritis were eight times more likely to have periodontal disease. Rheumatoid arthritis patients found that professional deep cleanings of their gums greatly reduced their stiff, swollen and painful joints.
Periodontal (gum) disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 19% and 44% in those of us over 65 years of age. Patients with type II diabetes have over three times greater mortality risk when coupled with severe periodontal disease. P gingivalis is found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients causing neurological destruction. Almost 6 million in the US have Alzheimer’s. It’s the sixth leading cause of death; higher than prostate and breast cancer combined. P. ging has been found in almost every organ in the body. It has also been implicated in many childhood abnormalities. This is amazing stuff, folks.
Dr. David Williams writes: “Periodontal disease is the equivalent of having a constant IV drip of toxins entering your body on a 24/7 basis.” Blood on your toothbrush should be a red flag, alerting you that something’s not right. If you’re hairbrush produce bleeding would you ignore it? Why ignore blood on our toothbrush? The foul odor emanating from our mouth, making people flinch, can be another sign of necrosing or rotting gums. Remember, P. ging. is not in a hurry. He doesn’t want alarm you by causing pain. So he dines very slowly and makes lots of babies who also need three meals a day. And it doesn’t hurt us until the last stages. Often, then it’s just too late to right the ship.
So, speaking for all our body parts: PLEASE DON’T IGNORE US…. Clean the bugs out, they’re killing us. Buy a sonic toothbrush. Get a Water Flosser. See your dentist. He loves you. Take care of us and we’ll take care of you!
Stay well, Dr. Bill Ardito, D.D.S. – Sunshine Dentistry AZ 520-761-1600