Dr. Meinig brings a most curious
perspective to an expose of the latent dangers of root canal therapy.
As one of the original founders of the American Association of
Endodontists (root canal specialists) he’s filled his share of root
canals. And when he wasn’t filling canals himself, he was teaching the
technique to dentists across the country at weekend seminars and
clinics. About two years ago, having recently retired, he decided to
read all 1174 pages of the detailed research of Dr. Weston Price,
(D.D.S). Dr. Meinig was startled and shocked. Here was valid
documentation of systemic illnesses resulting from latent infections
lingering in filled roots. He has since written a book, “Root Canal
Cover-Up EXPOSED – Many Illnesses Result”, and is devoting himself to
radio, TV, and personal appearances before groups in an attempt to blow
the whistle and alert the public of the dangers of root canal therapy.
What is the problem with root canal therapy?
First, let me note that my book is
based on Dr. Weston Price’s twenty-five years of careful, impeccable
research. He led a 60-man team of researchers whose findings –
suppressed until now rank right up there with the greatest medical
discoveries of all time. This is not the usual medical story of a
prolonged search for the difficult-to-find causative agent of some
devastating disease. Rather, it’s the story of how a “cast of millions”
(of bacteria) become entrenched inside the structure of teeth and end
up causing the largest number of diseases ever traced to a single
What diseases? Can you give us some examples?
A high percentage of chronic
degenerative diseases can originate from root filled teeth. The most
frequent were heart and circulatory diseases and he found 16 different
causative agents for these. The next most common diseases were those of
the joints, arthritis and rheumatism. In third place – but almost tied
for second – were diseases of the brain and nervous system. After that,
any disease you can name might (and in some cases has) come from root
What is the “focal infection” theory?
This states that germs from a
central focal infection – such as teeth, teeth roots, inflamed gum
tissues, or maybe tonsils – metastasize to hearts, eyes, lungs,
kidneys, or other organs, glands and tissues, establishing new areas of
the same infection. Hardly theory any more, this has been proven and
demonstrated many times over. It’s 100% accepted today. But it was
revolutionary thinking during World War I days, and the early 1920’s!
Today, both patients and physicians
have been “brain washed” to think that infections are less serious
because we now have antibiotics. Well, yes and no. In the case of
root-filled teeth, the no longer-living tooth lacks a blood supply to
its interior. So circulating antibiotics don’t faze the bacteria living
there because they can’t get at them.