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John Augspurger

Biological dentistry is about more than your teeth

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Despite what you might read on various websites or Internet forums, removing amalgam fillings, root canals and so on is not the end-all, be-all of biological dentistry, let alone achieving wellness. Even though removing poisonous mercury is crucial, it addresses only a part of the problem while remaining ignorant to the whole. Biological dentistry is a total, whole-systems approach that places heavy emphasis on the health of the gut wall, the extra-cellular matrix, and the immune system, just to name a few.

Every day we are confronted with the fact that chronic disease is epidemic in this country. It consumes vast amounts of medical resources and affects nearly every adult by age 50. According to the CDCs most recent data, almost half of all adult Americans have at least one chronic disease and 70% of deaths are due to chronic disease – mostly heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Per capita, we Americans spend more on health care than any other country, and what do we have to show for it? A life expectancy lower than that of most other developed nations. A health care system that ranks 37th in performance among WHO member nations. In terms of overall health, the US ranks 72nd.   The Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States last in quality of health care among seven similarly developed countries, despite its costing the most.

In light of such statistics, it’s no surprise that so many of our incoming clients are clearly frustrated with the way the medical establishment has treated their chronic conditions. They see physicians as attacking symptoms while ignoring root causes and failing to address the patient as a whole human being. For example, people who have cancer or heart attacks are never told by their doctor and dentist that their mouth and the presence of infections there could have anything to do with their disease. The medical effort is aimed at suppressing symptoms after a 10-minute office visit using either a prescription pad or a fancy surgery costing tens of thousands. If the drugs and fancy surgery are covered by insurance, nobody questions it. Or if it’s covered by Medicare or Medicaid, then the American people pay for it, and in that moment nobody questions that, either.

We believe there’s a better way. A fully integrated, holistic view of the human body, combined with an understanding of the delicate and intimate connection between the health of your mouth and the health of everything else in your life. Stop by and let’s talk about how we can work together to elevate your oral health as a way to directly elevate your life.

Yours for Better Health,

John E. Augspurger, DDS

Biological vitality vs. fear-driven medicine

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Treating symptoms instead of root causes often leads to the rise of new symptoms, often called “side effects”, which then require more tests, drugs, and surgeries of their own. The physician prescribes yet more medicine, and up goes the risk of these different symptoms becoming another disease as the initial condition morphs into others, driving the chaos and the expense even higher. Meanwhile, the dentist just keeps fixing the broken teeth and performing root canals on the ones that hurt. The treatments of disease causes even greater disease, recovery becomes more difficult, and further diagnosis of the root cause becomes even more impossible. It is a true case of the blind leading the blind.

Unfortunately, this approach feeds another phenomenon: fear-driven medicine. Doctors are burdened by two rivaling fears: 1) the fear of making a mistake and being sued by the patient; and 2) the fear of punishment by their boards the authorities who supervise and license them if they dare depart from accepted standards of practice, regardless of whether those standards are actually sound or even helpful to the patient.

These fears are real, and they root deep in a doctor’s psyche. The threat of losing one’s professional license eventually evokes a knee-jerk fear response. Doctors and dentists start to practice defensive medicine. They over-test, over-treat, and over medicate, driving costs even higher.   The impact of this affects more than our pocketbooks and the pocketbooks of our country. It negatively impacts everyone’s health, the quality of our society, and the health of our planet.

At BioDentist, we aggressively practice proactive, biological medicine. We don’t take insurance, which means we don’t answer to for-profit corporations when it comes to making the best choices for your health. And we expect our patients to play an active, engaged role in their health. More than anything, your health will define the quality and quantity of life that you live. And it all starts with a healthy mouth.

Yours for Better Health,

John E. Augspurger, DDS

A healthy biological terrain is the foundation of health and wellness

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If you go back in time and look at the concept of what Alfred Pischinger called the Basic Regulative System, or the extra-cellular matrix, you will begin to understand the concept of “homeostasis.” Homeostasis is the state of inner balance and stability maintained by the human body despite constant changes in the external environment.   Every bodily process involves keeping this balance by maintaining the milieu intrieur (interior environment), or what we call the “biological terrain”.

A healthy, resilient biological terrain is the foundation of health and wellness, and must be understood by all doctors and dentists in order truly help their patients. That’s our goal at BioDentist, to help your body achieve a state of homeostasis within yourself and with the world around you. Health and happiness doesn’t have to be that hard.

Yours for Better Health,

John E. Augspurger, DDS

The Root Cause – Understand Biological Terrain Theory

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Both the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of the American Dental Association have run editorials encouraging front-line physicians and dentists to be on the cutting edge to better treat the increasing numbers of chronically ill patients, even as they acknowledge the difficulty in treating them due to “the multiplicity of symptoms”.

Currently, no US dental schools teach that root canal filled teeth can adversely affect one’s health, though they are now beginning to teach the relationship between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. Mainstream dental and medical research is now showing that certain oral microbes are degenerating the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, are in the blood clots of the heart attack victims, and are in the cancerous breast tissues, just to name a few. These bugs and the toxins they produce can only be found in one place in the body: inside root canaled (dead) teeth, in periodontal pockets just underneath your gums, and in old tooth extraction sites (where your wisdom teeth used to be).

Being able to diagnose the root cause of disease means recognizing and resolving blockages in the biological terrain. The first place to look is in the mouth, where most infections begin. Once the infections are safely removed by an experienced biological dentist using strict integrated medical protocols, the health of the patient will begin to improve.   Then and only then, the biological dentist becomes a catalyst for positive change in the lives of responsible patients, who inherently know this is the direction they want to go.

My hope is that over time, the dental establishment will continue to move in this direction, understanding and appreciating the connection between the mouth and the rest of the body, the whole guided by the state of the biological terrain. But we have a long way to go. As a society, we must understand and support not only biological dentistry but also biological medicine in order to truly achieve optimal health. Choose your doctor and your dentist wisely!!

Yours for Better Health,

John E. Augspurger, DDS

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