By Lina Garcia, DDS, DMD
When considering the numerous reasons for the increasing prevalence of chronic illness in our society, I think that we should not overlook the possibility that metal-containing dental work, especially titanium implants, could be acting like antennas for the microwave transmissions going on between our cell phones and all of the cell phone towers in our 21st century environment. I strongly suspect that this is an unrecognized source of insidious stress on our physical, mental, and emotional health. The purpose of this article is to bring awareness to the public of this possibility.
If metal dental restorations – especially titanium implants – are acting like antennas for microwave transmissions from cell phones and cell phone towers, then this would ultimately be a new and insidious stress for the human body. In addition to this new type of stress, it is important to be aware that metal dental restorations and implants have already been shown to cause galvanic and electromagnetic stress for the human body. Galvanic and electromagnetic stress occurs when an unnatural electric current is generated by metal ions interacting with the electrolyte-rich fluid known as saliva.
The microwave-attracting stress, along with the galvanic and electromagnetic stress coming from metal dental restorations and implants, can certainly affect all people at any age. In my clinical experience, however, women seem to be more affected than men. This seems particularly true for menopausal women, especially when they have titanium implants. Titanium implants, particularly when combined with other ‘toxic teeth’ that make up what I call a "dirty mouth," are causing sleep disturbances, anxiety and other neurological problems, thyroid dysfunction, digestive problems, heart problems, and other chronic symptoms in a number of my patients.
After beginning my research in preparation for writing this article, I drove my car past two big cell phone towers that really made me think about what they were doing. I thought about how those antennas were obviously amplifying my phone reception and clarity, and how they were also transmitting microwaves toward my head as I wore my phone headset. So I thought about the possibility that metal dental restorations and especially implants, because they go so deep into the living tissue we call bone, can be adding an additional source of "high tech" stress to our bodies, bodies that are already being "hammered" with stress from so many other sources. I have never heard any other researcher or health care practitioner make this connection.
The big question is: What is an individual’s tolerance to this type of stress? I do believe there are a growing number of people who are finding out for themselves just what the answer is, and it is not likely to be a pleasant experience of discovery.
I recently saw a patient who came to my office after visiting 20 different physicians. This patient had been experiencing what she described to me as “nightly adrenaline rushes,” which produced a racing heartbeat that kept her from being able to sleep. Even though this patient told every physician she saw that her symptoms started after having a titanium dental implant put in and worsened after having a second titanium dental implant put in, none of physicians had any interest in considering these implants as the reasons for this patient’s persisting problems. The physicians did a number of "standard of care" tests but could not find the cause of this patient’s distress. Unfortunately, the only "treatment" this patient was offered was antidepressants and sleeping pills.
After searching the Internet and other resources, this patient decided to call me for a consultation. The first question I asked was, “What had been done to your body before you started having these symptoms?” This patient then told me about the two titanium implants and also about having a root canal done around the same time that the second implant was put in. I further learned that this patient had a long history of extensive dental work, including mercury-amalgam fillings, metal crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, root canals, and a permanent metal retainer.
Adding the titanium implants and another root canal certainly could have pushed this patient into the seriously imbalanced state of being she was experiencing. Adding to this the insidious stress of the implants picking up microwave transmissions from cell phone towers could have caused this patient’s body to get stuck in a state of ‘fight or flight’ stress response. Her symptoms were certainly a strong indication of this. After I removed her mercury-amalgam fillings and her permanent metal retainer, she experienced a lessening of her symptoms. I expect that she will see further improvement after the removal of her titanium implants. Despite this patient’s extensive medical workup with supposedly qualified physicians, none of them even considered the connection between her present illness and her extensive dental work.
When considering whether metal implants will be safe for us or not, I believe it is prudent to acknowledge the reality that we are already exposed to many stressors in our environment, from the toxic chemicals and metals in our air, water, and food supply, to insidious sources of radiation and microwaves coming from the ever-increasing number of cell phone towers. Plus, we struggle to balance the ongoing stress of our jobs and the challenging relationships that seem to be part of everyone’s life. And now it is becoming common for Americans to have somewhere between three to five titanium implants imbedded into their jawbone, just a few inches from their brain.
It is enough of a stress for the body to deal with root canals, mercury-amalgam fillings, metal crowns, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (which are mostly metal). These are obstacles to healing that one’s body would have to overcome in order to maintain balance, or what is medically called homeostasis. Putting titanium implants into the mouth of someone who already has other toxic teeth can push that person even further away from balance and towards an increased susceptibility for disease.
Even if your mouth has no implants, root canals, metal crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, or mercury-amalgam fillings, your body still needs to adapt to all of the microwave-transmitting cell phone towers and other environmental stressors. Humans are made up of different layers – different energy fields – including bioelectrical fields and musculoskeletal fields. It takes time for the different layers of our being to adapt to all the changes going on in our environment.
When metal implants or root canals are added to a compromised body that is already lacking enough adaptive or healing energy, the physiology of that body will break down even faster. This is a consequence of stress overload. Metal implants, root canals, mercury-amalgam fillings and other metal restorations will all be a stress to anyone’s body. One person may be able to handle these types of stress, but another person may not. Because of this, we should always be very careful in considering when to have extensive dental work, especially implants. Having extensive dental work at a time when the body is already significantly stressed can result in what I am seeing in a lot of my new patients: neurological issues, insomnia, anxiety, and extreme emotional sensitivity, plus heart problems, thyroid problems, and digestive disorders.
Worldwide, cell phones are being used at an alarming rate. People are not just talking on their cell phones for several minutes a day anymore, but for hours a day. I believe that these everyday microwave transmitting machines are putting a significant stress on the thyroid and brain and causing more autoimmune disturbances and cancers than scientific research can keep up with. From what I have seen in my clinical experience and from what I have heard from my patients, it is a careless mistake to not be attentive to the very real consequences of our modern microwave communication technology and how it seems to be interacting with metals in the mouth from titanium implants, metal crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, mercury amalgam fillings, and root canals (which sometimes have metals in them).
Conventional dentists and their patients think it is "normal" to keep adding titanium implants without considering how the whole body will be affected or understanding the dynamics between the implants, the body, and the outside environment. It will certainly be very valuable to your good health to be aware of all these factors. Finding a dentist who truly practices with holistic awareness, along with taking some responsibility for educating yourself about the dental treatments you may be having, will help you make the right choices for your overall and long-term health. You will avoid creating more stress for your body, especially your immune system, and decrease your susceptibility to disease. We have only one body to live this life - one body to be the home of our spirit. If you don’t take care of your body – where are you going to live?
March 7, 2012
Dr. Lina Garcia is a Doctor of Medical Dentistry as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She has been on staff at St. Alexius Medical Center since 1998. She graduated from the University of Nova Friburgo Dental School in 1985 and did her residency at Sesi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated from the Boston University Advanced Dental Program in 1991. Since then, Dr. Garcia has been dedicated to the research and teaching of alternative solutions for conventional dentistry.