For the last three decades, allopathic medicine has been involved in a vital paradigm shift that is radically changing the course of its predominantly Cartesian philosophies. The impact of the models generated by Quantum Physics and Fractal Geometry on the field of biological study, have turned our attention to the Classical medical sciences by showing that these more holistic models are not only compatible with contemporary science, but are also able to provide avenues of further development and research into the nature of the living organism and the operations of synergistic systems.
A growing awareness of the efficacy of the Classical Medical traditions have begun to transform the reductionist theories of medical and dental practice, from viewing pathologies as isolated phenomena with its focus on symptoms, to a more holistic understanding of the living organism and the functions of its integrated systems. This has provided new perspectives regarding the processes involved in pathologies that are imperative for creating successful therapeutic strategies that are more in keeping with the biological nature of the organism itself.
The first part of this paper will concern itself with understanding the role played by the oral cavity in the general health of the organism from a progressive allopathic point of view. We will focus on the Embryological Germ Tissues and their effect on biological functions and the homeostasis of the organism, a perspective that is often over looked in the field of dentistry. In addition, we will consider the contributions made by recent developments in electro-field diagnosis pioneered by Dr. Reinholdt Voll, the founder of EAV, and Poul Schmidt, author of Krebs, eine Vollblockade im Zellerneuerungs- zentrum des Gehirns, and Das Bio-Mosaik.
In our second section we will investigate the contributions of Classical Medical science relative to the field of dentistry. Classical Traditional Medicine has always placed a great emphasis on the importance of the oral cavity in the biological economy of the body/mind matrix. These various traditions have identified a fundamental principle that could be defined as a functional feedback loop with one polar aspect originating in the oral cavity, and its complimentary area located in the subtle metabolism of the Reproductive Organs and the energy constellations of the pelvic organs. The two most representative models are found in the Ayurvedic and Chinese Medical traditions. I will retain the original Sanskrit and Chinese terms for those already working in those traditions.
New Allopathic Paradigms in Classical Medical Context
In 1994, a group of German doctors headed by Dr.med. Ryke Geerd Hamer, published Kurzfassung der Neuen Medizin at the University of Tubingen. This research clarifies the relationship of embryological germ tissue reflexes to microbial activity, the phenomenology of the psyche, and tissue pathology.
In the context of dental pathologies, the main focus is associated with the Mesodermand Ectoderm embryological tissues and their relationships to body/mind functions. It is vital to note that each Embryonic Germ Tissue represents an integrated system of synergistic functions. This means for instance, that a pathological condition of the dental pulp will affect the functions of all organ/tissue functions associated with theMesodermic system from which the dental pulp has evolved. Conversely, imbalances in the organ/tissue functions of other Mesodermic organs impacted by invasive allopathic therapies, will affect the dental pulp. We most not overlook the role played by these synergistic systems in the health of the individual nor overlook their value in differential diagnosis.
The research initiated by Dr. Hamer’s group also showed clearly that microbial activity was in fact an essential part of the basic immune reactions of tissue systems rather than being a primary pathological mechanism. This is by no means a new observation, having been clearly described for centuries in the field of Classical Medicine, but brings us closer to an understanding of biological immune mechanisms and subsequent therapeutic strategies.
The objective point of reference used by the Dr. Hamer’s research group was based on CAT scan studies of brain section lesions that were subsequently related to existing pathological manifestations occurring in organ and tissue systems of the body. This clearly showed the synergistic functional relationships between the Embryological Germ Tissues systems and the organs, and also supported the Classical Traditional medical concepts regarding the body/mind connections relative to tissue systems, manifesting pathologies, and the microbial activity of the immune system.
These new paradigms describe microbial activity not as a primary causal pathology but as an important phase in primary immune reactions involving the healing process. The ‘infections’ encountered in these processes are therefore an import part of theresolution of the causal patterns and as such, should not be ‘suppressed’ but controlled and integrated by appropriate measures that will stabilize and support the final resolution of causal issues. This methodology we see in therapies that support the immune system like homeopathy, acupuncture, and herbology, rather than standard allopathic approaches such as anti-microbial drugs.
The Mesoderm system evolves the dentin, the periodontal ligament, and the dental pulp as well as the tissue systems that make up the re-creative and functional foundation of the biological organism including the primary aspects of the immune system. These tissues include the heart, lymphatic system, connective tissue, bone tissue, muscle tissue, kidneys, spleen, and vascular/glandular systems as well as theReproductive System. Dr. Hamer’s research group showed that the Mesoderm tissue system also affects a reflex feed back loop to the functions of the cerebral medulla and the cerebellum.
The cerebral medulla, and the cerebellum not only contain control mechanisms associated with all the Mesodermic tissues, but also reflect specific psychosomatic patterns. These include responses to all conflicts involving a compromise of self-esteem in the emotional sphere, or any situation that the body/mind perceives as a threat to the stabile functions of its life. These issues, in cases where they tend to be chronic and unresolved, will create pathological changes in the functions of organ systems associated with the Mesoderm Tissue System. ‘Threats’ to the organism are found not only in psychological parameters, but also include such inhibitors as environmental toxins, medical toxins, vaccines, and amalgam fillings that the body/mind will perceive as an ‘attack’ on its functional integrity.
The causal elements of the Mesoderm system related pathologies described above, create destruction of cells and tissues with resulting necrosis. These causal elements can have their locus either in oral cavity pathologies and procedures- or have their locus in the tissues systems of the Mesoderm, creating oral cavity pathologies through the feedback loop. The healing phase of these issues involves immune activity that expresses itself through the presence of bacteria and myco-bacteria, creating ‘hot phase’ manifestations described in allopathic terms as ‘infections-itis’. In dental issues these manifest as dental fistulae, abscesses, pulpitis, ostitis etc.
The Ectoderm system evolves the tooth enamel as well as the skin, nails, hair, and the nerve tissue and nerve systems. The Ectoderm tissue system is affected by a reflex feed back loop to the functions of the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is very susceptible to the impact of stimuli, sensory as well as emotional. It contains control mechanisms relating to the tissues associated with the Ectodermic system, and also responds to emotional conflicts regarding the personality and its ‘territory’. Territorial conflicts involve fear reactions; angst; loss of personal integrity when a person’s ‘boundaries’ have been compromised or invaded; loss of important personal relationships; being inhibited in self-manifestation by external factors or authorities; and being unable to change or ‘escape’ areas of conflict.
The causal elements impacting the Ectodermic system also create high catabolic rates and eventual necrosis of Ectodermic related cells and tissue. The issues mentioned above are one of the important factors in the development of caries in tooth enamel. This is why the incidence of caries is higher in early years, puberty, and during pregnancy then otherwise, where stress on the cerebral cortex functions tend to be stronger.
As in the Mesodermic tissue connections, oral cavity pathologies and procedures can also manifest themselves in the tissues associated with the Ectoderm, or, functional disturbances in the Ectodermic tissues can cause oral cavity issues.
The healing phase of Ectoderm pathologies involve immune activities that express themselves through viral ‘infections’. Viral influenza and Herpes for example, are immune responses that relieve pressures on the Ectodermal tissues of central nerve system and ‘download’ them to peripheral areas such as mucus membranes and the skin where they impact less ‘vital’ tissue systems during the acute phase. These viral outbreaks, as shown by the traditions of Classical medicine, as well as Dr. Hamer’s research group are actually part of the resolution of Ectodermic system dysfunctions rather than simply acute ‘disease’ forms.
Hertz Frequencies: Periodontitis, Gingivitis, and Caries
During the last twenty years, investigators in Europe, notably Dr. Voll, founder ofElectro Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV), and Poul Schmidt, innovator in the field of bio-electrical resonance therapy, have been recording the correspondences between tissues and pathological conditions by comparing resonance fields in rates that can be measured in electromagnetic Hertz frequencies. They have discovered precise parallels that connect oral cavity conditions to the body’s pathological tendencies and their dysfunctional patterns. This further illustrates the relationships that are actively generated in the integrated systems of the living organism. As in all other parameters of biological medicine, we are dealing with feedback mechanisms in which each point of reference will directly affect its resonant polarity.
These investigations have shown the following parallels between simple oral cavity conditions and their corresponding reflex pathologies. It is important to note that these conditions and patterns all vibrate at exactly the same frequencies in living tissues and create a mutual feedback loop.
Gingivitis 91.5Hz and 95.5Hz corresponds to: Depression; Trigiminus Neuralgia; Pituitary functions; Parkinson’s Syndrome; and mucus membrane symptoms of the Upper Respiratory tract.
Caries 87Hz corresponds to the Bladder System functions. It is important to note that according to the teachings of Chinese medicine, the Bladder System carries the primary energy of tissue and cell immunity (Wu wie) through the connective tissue matrix of the body.
Periodontal Tissues (periodontitis) 79Hz corresponds to: Thymus functions; Odema patterns; and Glaucoma.
Ayurvedic Perspectives: Oral Cavity
The Ayurvedic model is based on understanding cell metabolism as being a synergy of anabolic/catabolic energies (Vata/Pitta/Kapha—Sanskrit) functioning within primary tissues systems (dhatu- Skr.), that comprise specific ‘channels’ (srotas—Skr) of primary physiological function involving organ systems and tissue groups. The metabolic process as a whole is seen as a progression of metabolic events moving through these specific tissue groups and impacting their respective channels in a feedback loop sequence.
Asthi vaha srotas: Term for the tissue system channel responsible for metabolizing the basic elements of the teeth and bones. It is connected to the Mesoderm and Ectoderm tissue system functions. The Asthi dhatu (dhatu meaning ‘tisssue’- Sanskrit) receives its basic nutrients from the metabolism occurring in fat tissues (Medas dhatu) and passes on the end products of its own metabolism to the bone marrow (Majja dhatu). Functional disturbances in the metabolism of fat tissues (Medas dhatu) will impair the nutrition and metabolism of the teeth and bone constellations. The Asthi dhatu tissues are controlled by the Vata dosa an energy matrix that is associated with the functions of the central nerve system. Over stimulation of the Vata dosa through stress, allopathic drugs, emotional conflicts etc., creates disproportionate catabolic tissue metabolism and the consequent breakdown of cells. ‘High’ Vata is the basis for caries originating in the enamel, while Mesoderm related pathologies of the tooth and periodontal tissues are related to the Medas and Majja dhatus that are elements of theKapha dosa. The Kapha dosa is the energy matrix that is most closely associated with the potential stability of tissue functions. It can be considered a polarity to the Vata dosa and as such is strongly anabolic, whereas the Vata dosa is conversely catabolic in nature.
Bodhaka kapha: This is the element of the Kapha dosa that is located in the oral cavity and is derived from the Rasa dhatu (see below). The primary organ associated with Bodhaka kapha is the tongue. The tongue contains taste sense receptors that stimulate the primary digestive metabolism (Agni/Pitta) of all nutritive events in the organism. Physiologically, Agni/Pitta is identified with all hormonal and enzymatic components as well as aspects of will, self-manifestation, and comprehension abilities of the mind.
The tongue organ is also high in the element of Tin (Stannum) that is an essential energetic component in the primary function of the liver and spleen. Chronic disturbance in the body’s metabolism of Stannum creates patterns in the oral cavity for gingivitis, cavities of the enamel, and loose teeth.
In the embryo, the heart is connected to the tongue by the dorsal mesocardium and shows their intimate relationship. The heart system is the main integrative system of the mind/body relationships involving the synergy of the organ systems and the individual’s evolving consciousness.
Chinese medicine also associates the functions of the tongue with the Heart system. The Heart System that controls the fundamental functions (shen—Chinese) of all anabolic Yin organs, the liver, spleen, heart, pancreas, kidney, and lungs. According to the Ayurvedic medical sciences, the tongue also controls the matrix of energies that creates the cohesive relatedness of all body/mind functional energies and their interconnected relationships. This is consistent with the Chinese concept of the Heart Shen.
These synergistic energy matrixes are found in a polarity reflex loop with one of its points located in the oral cavity and the other in the reproductive organs. This feedback loop is the foundation of all nutritive events as well as procreation, basic immunity (ojas—Sanskrit), and primary biological vitality (bala—Sanskrit). Bodhaka kapha also represents the physiological function of the saliva that involves enzyme activity, and is not only a digestive factor, but also helps to create a stable biological environment in the oral cavity itself. Saliva (Bodhaka kapha) is derived from the Rasa dhatu (see below).
The Rasa dhatu is a very important tissue component reflecting the entire biological economy of the organism. It permeates every vital principle of the body/mind matrix. Physiologically, the Rasa dhatu is the basis of all nutritive events associated with anabolic processes, and corresponds to plasma, chyle, interstitial fluid, and lymphatic fluid. The source of plasma arises from the nutritive elements that are the results of metabolic processes undergone in specific tissue groups (related to the Endodermal, Mesodermal, and Ectodermal embryonic germ tissues systems) and controlled by their cells. The Rasa dhatu is the medium that transports nutritive elements to, and receives the waste products of cell metabolism.
Cells draw their own protoplasmic elements from plasma that is the source of all extra-cellular fluids, creating a ‘unified field’ of nutritive events throughout the entire body/mind constellation. The Rasa dhatu is the first constituent of the Kapha dosa that nourishes the oral cavity and the fat tissues (Medas dhatu), as well as being the physiological basis of the immune system and all anabolic activities connected to the feedback loop associated with the functions of the reproductive organs (Sukra dhatu). The Rasa dhatu directly affects the formation of the Rakta dhatu that creates the blood tissue and is vitally involved in heme-factor immunity.
Stress on the body/mind including improper diet, chronic emotional conflicts, and toxins will both increase the catabolic action of the Vata dosa as well as decrease the anabolic activity and stability of the Kapha dosa, resulting in the breakdown of basic tissue elements.
Acupuncture Meridian Interface with the Oral Cavity
The constructive and interactive biological energy of the body termed Ch’i in Chinese medicine, flows through conduits termed meridians that create an interconnected matrix of functions throughout the entire organism. The meridian system represents various feedback loops that control the biological functions of the organism as a whole through its specific tissue and organ systems. As in all feedback loop mechanisms, pathologies arising within one part of the system will have a direct affect on the system as a whole inhibiting its major functions. This then becomes an important tool in understanding the consequences of oral cavity pathologies on other systems of the body as well as the impact of the other tissues systems on the oral cavity. The meridians associated with the oral cavity feedback loops are presented below.
Chong mo: One of the most important of the Eight Extra Meridians. The Chong mocontrols the deep fundamental circulation of energies that has its origins in the Kidney system and is responsible for all hereditary/constitutional energies as well as being the foundation for all functional energies of the body. The Chong mo Follows the embryonic development of the GI tract (Mahasrotas—Sanskrit), and is connected to the Mingmen (Chinese), the energy matrix of all embryonic development patterns and Germ Tissues functions throughout pre- as well as postnatal development. The Chong mo is also directly connected to the processes of immunity and basic nutritive metabolism through the functions of the Reproductive Organs. The Chong mo circulates from its initial polarity in the Mingmen and the pelvic organs, and moves upward through control centers for primary digestive metabolism, the bone marrow, and centers for primary metabolic energies, and ends in the functions of the oral cavity.
Ren mo: The Ren mo is termed the ‘Sea of Yin’, and is the principle Yin Meridian. Yin energies qualify and utilize the ch’i in the metabolic events of all tissues and their anabolic processes. The Ren mo directs all forms of ch’i and carries the fundamental ‘ancestral energy’ yuan ch’i, of the Kidney system that is related to the concept of DNA, as well as playing a fundamental role in all primary digestive metabolism. The Ren mocontrols the Yin aspect of circulating embryonic energies coupled to the Du mo (see below). The Ren mo travels from the oral cavity through all of the Yin processes of the body’s metabolic organs to end in the pelvic organs and Reproductive system.
Du mo: The Du mo controls and unites the Yang ch’i the interactive catabolic energies of the entire body. It represents the Yang aspect of embryonic energies coupled to the Yin energies of the Ren mo. The Du mo arises in the pelvic organs and follows the spinal energy matrix to the head and Central Nerve System to end in the oral cavity.
Distinct Meridian of Stomach: This meridian connects the oral cavity to the Stomach 30 point (QiChong). QiChong, the ‘Sea of Nourishment’ and the ‘Central Reunion particular Point of Food’ that is a main point in primary immunity (Ojas- Skr./ wei ch’i—Chinese) and vital biological energy (Bala- Skr. / Ching ch’i—Chinese) as well as primary digestive metabolism, and is connected to the embryonic systems governed by the Kidney through Ren mo, Du mo, and Chong mo. The meridian starts in the oral cavity, moves downward into the functions of the heart (including the Heart Shen) and spleen, passes into QiChong and ends at the second toe.
Longitudinal Lo of Colon: This is the reservoir of Ying ch’i (the foundation of all metabolic processes in the body) connecting the colon system to its main meridian. It branches from the roots of the teeth into the ear, then downward into the shoulder joint, the elbow, and wrist joint. The colon system is intimately related to the functions of the central nerve system and the Vata dosha illustrating how stressors affect the metabolic functions of the Ying ch’i.
Tendo-Muscle Meridian of Stomach: The Tendo-Muscle meridians control the circulation of the immune system energies, termed ‘defensive wei ch’i’, that permeate the connective tissues and skin. Besides circulating the wei ch’i these meridians also play an important role in all the transformative processes of the body’s metabolic energies classified as Zhongji. Zhongji relates to the genetic and constitutional patterns of the organism and forms a constellation of functions with the Lung and Kidney systems. The Tendo-Muscle meridian of the Stomach ramifies around the mouth and oral cavity and TMJ joint, then moves downward to the thyroid, breast glands, GI tract, Reproductive organs, spinal column, and into the knee and ankle joints.
Yang Chiao Mo: This Extra Meridian connects to the Stomach systems, an Extra Meridian that is a branch of the Kidney/Bladder system that is associated with the energies of ‘heaven’ (T’ien) that transports the Yang catabolic energies throughout body. The Yang chiao mo connects to the Stomach system that runs through the teeth and teeth roots, the cerebral cortex and brain stem. It moves downwards into the thyroid, breasts, the stomach, the Reproductive organs, and into the knee and ankle joints.
Internal Meridian of Colon: The Internal Meridian of the Colon Connects to the Yang chiao mo (see above). It runs from the index finger through the elbow and shoulder joints to move upward into the thyroid and passes into the oral cavity.
The Main and Internal Meridian of the Stomach: the Main Stomach Meridian has 5 main local points that directly control the energies circulating through the jawbone, the teeth, and teeth roots. These points are connected to the Internal Meridian of the Stomach, and QiChong the Reproductive immune system point also on the Distinct Meridian of the Stomach, as well as connecting to the Chong mo as mentioned above. The Internal Meridian of the Stomach runs from the oral cavity to the thyroid, the breasts, the GI tract, into the Reproductive Organs, and downward through the knee and ankle joints to end in the 2nd toe.
The Liver System plays a very important ‘distant’ role in the health of teeth in that any dysfunctions of this system directly effects the functions of the Pancreas/Spleen system that control the tissue metabolism of the teeth through Reproductive System functions. The Liver is affected by stress, emotional conflicts involving anger, angst, and depression, as well as all forms of toxins including environmental and medical toxins such as medical drugs and vaccines.
From the models presented here, it is clear to see that the oral cavity plays a decisive role in the health and the maintenance of the entire organism. It is imperative that we look to a more holistic evaluation of the procedures and therapeutic strategies practiced in dentistry in order to contribute to the healing of the organism as a whole, and its ability to maintain a proper level of health.