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About the IABDM

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) is a network of dentists, physicians and allied health professionals committed to integrating body, mind, spirit and mouth in caring for the whole person. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The Academy was founded in 1985 by Ed Arana, DDS, and Gary Verigin, DDS, to teach and promote a more informed dentistry – one that fully accounts for the systemic nature of health and illness, and the body’s self-regulating ability.

We are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of biological dentistry.

We encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.

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Founding Statement

The purpose of the IABDM is to promote biological dental medicine utilizing non-toxic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the field of clinical dentistry.


We propose to accomplish this purpose by actively importing the technology and knowledge that our foreign and American colleagues now possess. Seminars on biological diagnosis and therapy with medical-dental therapy literature and instruments will be presented.

We will also promote the transfer of worldwide biophysical knowledge to the field of clinical dentistry. We intend to bring the theory and practice of traditional Chinese acupuncture into better focus so as to act as a unifying concept to allow the biologically-oriented dentist to participate with the biologically-, ecologically- and environmentally-oriented physician in the resolution of common patient disease states.

A network of physicians and dentists working conjointly to provide unified diagnosis and treatment procedures for their common patients will be established. Dentists will play a greater role in the treatment of the environmentally ill patient and those whose disease etiology is still identified as idiopathic or unknown.

We intend to promote biocompatible corrections and restorative dental procedures based on our scientific knowledge of energy, electromagnetics, sound, light, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition, in addition to the myriad of traditional scientific disciplines that constitute clinical dentistry.


The Academy acknowledges the great work Reinhold Voll, MD, initiated and developed, along with the tremendous contribution made by Dr. Med. Dent. Fritz Kramer in showing the energetic relationships of the teeth to the organs, glands, joints, muscles, nerves, vertebrae, dermatomes, sinuses, reflexes and fields of disturbance. These contributions will become an integral part of the foundation of 21st Century Medicine.


21st Century Medicine will be concerned with the depollution of the internal and external environments. It is time to correct our mistakes and become biologists of the mouth in addition to our technical expertise. Physicians and dentists must work together for the good of the whole person. The fragmentation caused by specialization must be rethought. An integrated and unified approach of mind, body and spirit in diagnosis and treatment must be instituted for all.