Frequently Asked Questions About Cavitations
1. What are cavitations?
As recently as 1979, a newly described pain syndrome was reported by two separate oral surgeons, Ratner and Roberts. This disorder wasn’t really new, for as early as 1915, Dr. G.V. Black, the father of modern dentistry, described these lesions in his pathology textbook, calling the condition chronic osteitis. Futher, this bony problem has been discussed in the medical literature since the 1600s.
Dr. Black felt this bony inflammatory process had the unique ability to produce extensive bone destruction without producing redness or swelling of the overlying tissues, without causing an increase in the patient’s body temperature, and often producing no pain. He used the word cavity to describe these lesions within the bone marrow cavities. He recommended surgical curettage as the only effective treatment. Later, this condition became known as osteonecrosis of the bone, often a direct result of osteomyelitis (chronic osteitis), or bone inflammation.
2. Are cavitations known by other names?
Yes. The real term for cavitations is osteocavitation lesions. These bony lesions are also known as NICO lesions (Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis).
3. What causes these cavities in the bone to develop?
Basically, some pathological problem or disorder causes a small blood clot (termed a thrombus) to form, stopping the flow of blood and therefore, starving the bone of oxygen past the thrombus. A similar problem occurs in the heart with a heart attack or in the brain with a stroke.
In bones, oxygen starvation produces ischemia (loss of oxygen), actually causing osteonecrosis, or dead bone.
4. Do cavitations occur in other bones in the body?
Yes. In fact, jawbone cavitations occur at approximately the same frequency as do those in the hip. Any bone in the body is susceptible, but because of common tooth infections, dead and dying teeth, periodontal disease, and now the implication of mercury containing fillings (called amalgams), the jawbones seem more suseptible than other bones.
5. What causes thrombi or decreased blood flow in the jaws, thus producing cavitations?
There are many factors and conditions, which can reduce or stop the flow of blood in either the upper or lower jaw.
First, it seems as if chronic tooth infections, especially those that kill teeth, are most often the cause of jawbone cavitations. Usually, the story goes like this: a patient has a sensitive tooth or the dentist feels a filling should be replaced. The tooth becomes very sensitive, requiring another filling, but the sensitivity continues or gets worse. The patient requires a root canal, which may help for a short time, but the bone blood flow seems to already have been damaged. A second or even third root canal is done, maybe a surgical procedure termed an apicoectomy is performed, but ultimately, due to intense pain, the tooth is removed. Unfortunately, the pain often continues or returns after a short time.
Second, it seems that hormonal changes may cause a narrowing of the jawbone blood vessels, reducing the oxygen content. Couple this with a tooth infection and a cavitation may develop. This is true in some women who take or have taken birth control pills or who have had other forms of hormonal therapy.
There also appears to be a direct connection between cortisone use and osteocavitations. We often receive cortisone injections or pills because of infections, poison ivy, bee stings, or chronic illnesses. Cortisone use is a known cause of osteonecrosis in other areas of the bone (especially the hip), and so it is with the jawbones, too.
Trauma in the form of a direct blow to the jaw or even trauma from oral surgery (especially, wisdom tooth removal) are recognized causes of cavitations. Any form of trauma can cause blood vessel injury, thus slowing the blood flow in the jaws.
A fourth general cause of jaw bone cavitations may be blood clotting disorders (hyperfibrinolysis, sickle cell anemia, antiphospholipid syndrome), or perhaps, an elevated homocysteine blood level.
A fifth and common cause of cavitations is the use of local anesthetics, which contain a vasoconstrictor. Dentists are taught and generally use local anesthetics that contain various types of chemicals, which purposely decrease the size of blood vessels in order to prevent bleeding during surgery or to prolong the anesthetic’s effects. As you can appreciate, any reduction in blood flow through the jaws, especially when there are other predisposing factors, can certainly produce osteocavitations.
These are not the only causes of cavitations. In fact, to date, we know of at least 74 separate causes!
6. Where do most cavitations occur?
The third molar regions (wisdom tooth areas) are most often the sites of cavitations. First molar areas (six-year molar areas) are the second most frequent sites of cavitation development. However, cavitations form in any tooth area and any jawbone region, but posterior or back areas are more susceptible than areas closer to the front of the mouth.
7. What are the symptoms of jawbone cavitations?
Many, but not all, cavitations produce some type of jaw or facial pain. These pains may only be dull and infrequent, but many people suffer from constant, deep aching pain, which at times produces sharp, shooting and electrical-type pains. That’s why so many of those suffering from cavitations are mis-diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, undergo various types of neurosurgery, and still have pain.
Another common complaint we’ve found with cavitation patients is a sour or bitter taste or smell coming from an unknown area in the mouth. Periodontal disease can also cause these symptoms, but many of our patients have excellent oral hygiene and still have a sour taste and/or smell.
Cavitation patients also seem to suffer with chronic maxillary sinusitis if the cavitation lesion is in the upper jaw. Some have had multiple sinus surgeries with little or no success.
Unfortunately, a high percentage of cavitation patients have had one or more root canals, endodontic surgery, and one or multiple oral surgical procedures. In an attempt to help the patient, we dentists can actually cause cavitations to develop. This in no way implies that dentists are negligent, but we were all taught certain dental procedures in order to help patients. Yet, in our best attempts, we can produce cavitations.
8. How are cavitations diagnosed?
As with any disease or disorder, there is no one way or method to diagnose cavitations. However, there are four (4) known successful methods of diagnosis:
A) History. An accurate and complete history is very important. The best thing a patient can do to help the doctor is to have his or her complete history written down in chronological order, listing all symptoms, doctors and/or therapists seen, past diagnoses and treatments, results of those treatments, lists of trauma or dental treatment, and lists of hormones and/or cortisone taken (if any).
B) X-rays. A panoramic x-ray is most often used to look for jawbone cavitations. All dentists receive extensive training in radiology, but unfortunately, we now know that what appears normal on x-rays often isn’t. Dentist and radiologists must be re-trained to read these valuable x-rays.
For example, look at the first x-ray. Most dentists and radiologist would claim this x-ray is normal.
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Compare the same x-ray once the cavitations are indicated. If you look closely, you too, will see the cavitations.
Not to be shocking, but look at the cavitation, shown in the x-rays above, after only making an incision and reflecting the tissues to expose the bony lesion. Nothing else was done. This is exactly what we found at the beginning of surgery!
C) Diagnostic anesthetic injections. A good way to isolate where pain might be originating is using anesthetic injections. Just like throwing a circuit breaker in your home to turn-off the dishwasher for repair (for example), numbing an area in the jaw can also “turn-off” pain generation from that region, thus indicating a source of pain.
D) Cavitat examination. By far and away, the best method to “view” jawbone cavitations is by using a new ultrasonic device termed the Cavitat. This unique and very accurate ultrasound allows us to not only visualize the size and extent of cavitations, but we can also see areas of bone being robbed of oxygen, allowing us to treat areas that haven’t become painful or don’t show up on a panoramic x-ray. The Cavitat is, in my opinion, the most accurate method of evaluating jawbones for cavitations and I personally would not practice without it. I’m not proud to say that I have missed many lesions, both size and extent, in my career, but the Cavitat has never been wrong since we’ve been using it in our office. Early in August 2001, the U.S. FDA gave provisional approval for its use in the evaluation of jawbone cavitations and areas of ischemia.
9. How are cavitations treated?
There is only one way to treat osteocavitations of the jaw: surgery. Injections of homeopathic remedies, medicines, or any oral medications can only provide temporary relief at best. Dead is dead! Period. Dead bone must be removed and a good blood flow must be re-established. If not, there’s great danger that a cavitation will slowly expand, endangering more jawbone and vital teeth.
Don’t allow anyone to operate without first proving where your pain originates, if you’re experiencing pain.
10. Do teeth always have to be lost in areas of cavitations?
If the bone, seen on an x-ray or in a Cavitat scan shows a lack of oxygen, the tooth or teeth should be removed. If not, they will ultimately die, probably producing themselves another cavitation.
11. Does one surgery usually cure the cavitation problem?
In about 60 to 70% (estimated at this time), yes. However, about 30% require an additional surgery or even further multiple surgeries. This should not be surprising as orthopedic surgeons have similar healing problems when they surgically treat osteonecrosis of leg or hip bones.
12. If only one surgery is needed, is it always successful?
That depends upon what you consider successful. If you’re in intense, constant pain, then most likely, 75% relief most of the time would be considered successful. Many people receive total relief of their pain, but others receive a great reduction most of the time of pain, but not totally. This is just the nature of this horrible disease. It is very hard to re-establish good blood flow.
13. What about blood tests?
Today, blood tests to screen patients concerning possible clotting problems are very expensive ($1,500 to $2,000). We usually order blood tests if the patient requires more than two or three surgical procedures.
14. What can you do if you think you might have a cavitation problem?
Realize that most dentists today haven’t even heard of this problem. So, understanding that, talk with your family dentist. If he or she doesn’t treat facial pain problems (and most don’t), then ask to be referred to someone who does. You can also contact Cavitat Medical Technologies. Call (303) 755-2688. They have a list of many doctors who treat cavitations.
15. What can you do if you’ve been diagnosed with cavitations to prepare yourself for surgery?
First, if you’re not satisfied, get a second opinion. Second, you need to improve blood flow through the jawbones, so consider taking the following:
A) Vitamin C, 2,000 to 3,000 mg per day in divided doses;
B) Coenzyme Q10, 100 to 200 mg per day;
C) Vitamin B complex (make sure it contains vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid);
D) Vitamin E, 800 to 1,200 IU per day;
E) Zinc gluconate 50 to 100 mg per day;
F) Gingko baloba, 80 mg per day;
G) Odorless garlic, approximately 5 mg per day;
H) Selenium, 200 to 400 micrograms per day;
I) 1/2 to 1 aspirin per day; and,
J) Increase your water consumption each day.
Obviously, these are only suggestions and you should consult your surgeon before taking any of these. Also, discontinue the gingko baloba, garlic and vitamin B complex a couple days before surgery (to prevent bleeding during surgery) and DO NOT take vitamin C the day of surgery (it often decreases the effectiveness of local anesthetics).
16. Does insurance cover the expense of cavitation treatment?
Good question! Most medical insurance companies will give benefits for the examination and diagnosis of cavitations. They will term the disorder as ischemic osteonecrosis or osteomyelitis of the jaws. Check with your insurance company to see if they allow benefits for this type of treatment.
17. What about HMOs?
Do they provide benefits? Again, who knows? HMOs are supposed to pay for out-of-network doctors if no one in the HMO network treats a specific problem, and osteonecrosis of the jaws is no exception. Like insurance companies, they may require a referral from a network doctor to a dental surgeon before even considering paying benefits.
18. Are there possible complications with cavitation surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there are risks. Fortunately, cavitation surgery is relatively safe, but some of the post-operative risks are listed below. This is not an inclusive list:
A) Post-operative pain (although, it is surprising how many of our patients require little or no medication following surgery);
B) Normal bruising and swelling;
C) No improvement or only partial improvement;
D) Worsening of the pain condition (this is very rare);
E) Injury to the inferior alveolar nerve (the main nerve in the lower jaw), which may produce temporary or in some cases, permanent numbness throughout the lower jaw, lips, gums and teeth;
F) Entrance into the maxillary sinus;
G) Loss of teeth;
H) The need for additional surgeries; and
I) The need to consult other doctors.
19. What next?
If you’re concerned that you may have a cavitation problem, first, don’t panic. Many other orofacial pain disorders mimic cavitations. Don’t expect the worst. See a doctor knowledgeable about cavitations, but also one who understands orofacial and TMJ problems.
20. Does Dr. Shankland see patients from other states or countries?
Yes. We’ve treated patients from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and every continent in the world except Antarctica. However, Dr. Shankland believes it’s best to see a doctor in your area. Unfortunately, there are only a few of these doctors world-wide.
21. What do I ask the doctor or receptionist when inquiring about the doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat cavitations?
Ask how long the doctor has been treating cavitations. There are many new doctors, so longevity doesn’t always mean the better, but experience is important.
Second, ask about success rates. If you’re told that a doctor has a 90 or 95% success rate, find someone else. That’s just not possible, regardless of the skill of the surgeon.
Third, ask if you might be able to talk with a former patient or two, just to hear about what you might expect in that specific office.
Lastly, ask if the doctor uses a Cavitat. There are a few good doctors who don’t yet use a Cavitat, but that is changing. The best radiologist can’t see all the damage or potential damage due to impaired blood flow. The Cavitat is the best method of determining the presence and extent of cavitations.
Please do not call our office asking about specific problems or expecting a phone consultation. Due to the large volume of phone calls which we receive every day (every hour!) from all over the world, we can’t and won’t provide specific information about pain disorders. Also, unless a physical examination is conducted, it wouldn’t be fair or proper for Dr. Shankland to comment on your particular problem(s). Thank you for your understanding.
THE ULTIMATE IN HEAVY METAL DETOXIFICATION
In this toxic world, many substances have been proven to adversely affect the human body. Among those leading the list are mercury and other heavy metals. The most common source of this is dental amalgam fillings. As reported by the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, “When amalgams were introduced to the US in 1833 by two French entrepreneurs, the Crawcour brothers, amalgam use was denounced by a substantial number of American dentists. So strong was the opposition to amalgams that the American Society of Dental Surgeons, formed in 1840, required its members to sign pledges promising not to use them.. In 1848, the Society found 11 of its New York members guilty of ‘malpractice for using dental amalgam’ and suspended them. The amalgam safety debate was revived in this country first by a 1989 Environmental Protection Agency declaration that amalgams are a hazardous substance under the Superfund law and then a December 1990 broadcast of a program by ‘60 Minutes’ that presented a devastating critique of amalgams.”
While the medical community does not recognize that dental and environmental mercury causes disease, many practitioners find that patients benefit from products that assist them in detoxifying metals from their body.
In our patient experience using METAL-FREE as part of a mercury detoxification protocol, the period of time required for program completion has been 30-50% faster than without using METAL-FREE. This translates to a smoother and faster reduction in mercury toxicity.
METAL-FREE is the first in series of exclusive, scientifically formulated products that are produced by enzyme-potentiated microfermentation. This product is an extremely potent heavy metal remover.
In order to understand how METAL-FREE works, one must first be familiar with how the active ingredients actually bind to heavy metals in the body.
The peptides in METAL-FREE bind to heavy metals at several sites on the metal molecule rather than at one site. This creates a non-competitive irreversible bond. On the other hand, with other popular chelators, a competitive reversible bond is created, allowing the possibility of metal reattachment within the body. The peptide’s affinity to metal is several orders of magnitude stronger than other chelators. This means that when a metal is picked up by METAL-FREE it will not lose the particle along its way out of the body. Metals may be removed in the urine, sweat or fecal matter. Heavier metals, such as lead and mercury, are principally removed through the bowels, while metals such as tin and aluminum are more commonly removed in the urine.
Further, the product is orally active as it is absorbed into the oral mucosa and is assimilated throughout the body, which includes crossing the blood-brain barrier.
Method of Detoxification
The cell receptor sites in the body have a lesser affinity to heavy metals as compared to METAL-FREE. This means the locations in the body where metal is being stored will release this metal when the product pervades its area. When the metal is released from the receptor site, a molecule in the METAL-FREE formula attaches itself onto the metal or toxin, which keeps it soluble and in circulation to be removed. The formula attaches itself using all three methods of bonding (ionic, covalent and hydrogen) while DMPS uses only ionic. METAL-FREE’s triple bond prevents the metal from being lost and reattaching itself into another area of the body.
METAL-FREE is a unique product and is a very potent heavy metal remover. As you will read below, the key ingredients work together to accomplish its task of helping the body detoxify heavy metals. For example, the peptides derived from the algae form a cage-like structure, which bind to heavy metals in the body, which are then eliminated. The final solution is filtered to nanogram units, allowing it to be readily absorbed by the body.
Microactivated algae, lactobacillus and bifidus extracts
This is a culture of bacteria involved in a microfermentation process with algae and the following nutrients. Certain nutrients from the culture are then extracted and filtered using a four-step process.
Peptidylgluconase is an enzyme with binding properties produced by the lactobacilli during fermentation. It is also involved in glucose metabolism.
Glycine is a component of a vital bile acid, and along with glutamic acid and cysteine, makes up glutathione, a free radical fighter and key detoxifier of the liver.
Ionic sea minerals
An ionic mineral is an element that has either positive or negative charge. Ionic minerals are part of a process that allows the body to facilitate changes that move nutrients to the areas that need them. The body relies on ionic minerals and trace elements to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. It has long been known that the blood contains the same minerals as are found in seawater.
Hydrated colloidal silica
Silica is found in every living substance on earth, and is a vital component to the health and regeneration of human cells. It is a basic constituent for proper body function and a key element in the following body components: the lungs, the spleen, the lymph nodes, the blood, connective tissues, the nails, the hair, the skin, the skeletal system (bones), the blood vessels, cartilage and tendons.
Glutathione is a small peptide that dumps free radicals as well as being an antioxidant, heavy metal detoxifier, protector of red blood cell integrity and a transporter of various proteins. It also helps to regenerate vitamin C.
As an antioxidant, Vitamin C can help prevent damage to DNA, lipids and proteins caused by free radical molecules. Studies have shown that Vitamin C can also help remove heavy metals.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance with physiological therapeutic activity. It is a highly viscous substance with numerous biological functions that is found in a variety of body tissues. In the body, it is part of a jelly-like complex necessary for transportation of essential nutrients from the bloodstream, via the capillary network, to the living cells of the skin.
Fulvic, Ferulic and Lipoic Acids
Fulvic acids are excellent natural chelators and are vitally important in the nutrition of cells. Ferulic acid is an organic acid, and its major physiological role is likely to be its potent antioxidant and photo-protective function. Lipoic acid has been used for many years to protect the liver and to help detoxify the body of heavy metals, such as excessive copper and iron and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury.
Numerous studies have been done on chlorella’s detoxifying effect on cadmium, heavy metals, PCBs and chlordecone (a harmful insecticide).
Despite being little known, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant and a powerful tool in maintaining immunity. It also can detoxify heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium.
*Vitamin C in nanogram amounts.
**Chlorella: METAL-FREE has been analyzed by King James Medical and Doctor’s Data laboratories for mercury contamination (as well as other heavy metals) and was shown to be free of such contamination. We also regularly perform Quality Control and in-office testing to monitor the product and ensure no heavy metals are present in METAL-FREE.
1. Product should be shaken well before use.
2. 1 - 8 sprays should be taken daily on an empty stomach based on individual patient tolerance. Patients should be started out on a low daily dose, such as 2-4 sprays per day. Once they are comfortable at a certain level, they can gradually be moved up to 8 sprays per day or more according to your recommendation.
3. The optimum way to use the product is to have the patient take one daily dose in the morning and then wait 30-45 minutes before eating. Ideally, METALFREE should be taken 30-45 minutes away from food, before and after. However, if this is not convenient or possible, it is better to take the product rather than not taking it at all.
4. Once taken, the liquid is held under the tongue for as long as possible, this is usually 1-2 minutes. The purpose of this step is maximal absorption through the oral mucosa.
5. Pregnant and lactating mothers should not use METAL-FREE and are advised to contact their healthcare practitioner about being on any type of detox during this period.
6. For children under 12 years of age, a healthcare practitioner should be contacted prior to use.
7. Product will keep best if refrigerated. If kept refrigerated, a bottle will remain good up to one year. Outside the fridge, it can last approximately 6 months as long as it is not in direct sunlight and within room temperature.
8. METAL-FREE should not be used on patients with oral metals, such as amalgams. Research is in progress to determine if alternate methods of ingestion are possible, such as a nasal spray to bypass oral metals. However, insufficient research exists at this time to be able to recommend this.
9. In the event of any increase of tiredness, headache, mental fog or other adverse reaction, discontinue use and consult your healthcare practitioner immediately.
What Patients are Saying about the Metal Detoxification Program
“When I discovered I had mercury poisoning it was actually a relief as no past medical handlings were able to find anything. Then I was put on a mercury detox program. Some of the benefits have been: 1) No longer sick after eating, 2) What I thought was arthritis in my knees is virtually gone, 3) Increased ability to study with concentration and understanding, 4) Improved skin tone, 5) Improved sense of well-being and calmness, b) Near total elimination of ‘brain-fog’ to date.”
Another patient wrote, “I’ve had some excellent results so far, e.g.: concentration greatly improved, mentally more organized and to the point, great calmness (used to spend much of my life in a frantic fear) . . . great improvements in memory.”
A practitioner had the following to say, “I am writing as a testimonial to your great product. This is my favorite product of 2000! It is very tolerable to patients, and they feel better and test better on it. This is easier on the body than DMPS or DMSA.”
One patient on METAL-FREE recently wrote in from South Africa, “I reached a very nice stable point . . . body feeling very robust and strong and relaxed with a nice feeling of well-being . . . The METAL-FREE had a lot to do with this.”
And finally, one woman said, “My symptoms of tiredness, no energy, mood swings, insomnia, fever chills, nausea, depression, lack of memory and concentration are all gone. It is amazing how long I have been having them and had no idea it was related to mercury poisoning!”
Are You Turning to Stone?
Actually, we all are. As we age, calcium leaves the bones and teeth where it belongs, and deposits itself in soft tissues of the body.
When the calcium deposits in the arteries, it is called arteriosclerosis.
If the arteries of the heart are affected, it can cause a heart attack.
If calcium deposits itself in the arteries of the brain, the result can be a stroke.
As a matter of fact, calcium finds it way into every part of the body causing the problems that we tend to associate with “old age.”
Here are some more examples.
Gallstones? You guessed it, calcium in the gall bladder.
Kidney stones? Calcium in the kidneys.
Calcium has also been seen in the lung and in the spleen.
When calcium gets into the skin, it causes wrinkles, and if it gets into the fatty tissue, it causes cellulite.
Calcium can show up just about everywhere, and wherever it goes, it causes problems. Circulation drops, toxins build up, oxygen levels drop. Now if calcium gets inside of an individual cell, that cell doesn’t have a heart attack, or a stroke. An individual cell, deprived of blood flow, unable to get nutrition in or toxins out can develop cancer.
As a matter of fact, a study out of Switzerland shows that people who do chelation (to remove toxic calcium) may reduce their risk of cancer 90%.
So the next question to ask is, “How can I get this excess calcium out?”
The answer is a process called chelation. Chelation has been used safely and effectively for the last 50 years to remove excess calcium out of the soft tissues. Not only that, but while it is removing the toxic calcium, it also takes with it lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, nickel, arsenic and uranium.
Chelation uses a synthetic amino acid called EDTA to bind to all of these toxic metals and safely escort them out the body. For the last 40 years, hundreds of thousands of people have used chelation to help improve their health. Up until now, it was only administered by IV in a doctor’s office. It was an uncomfortable and time-consuming procedure, assuming that you were even lucky enough to have a chelating physician in your area.
EDTA Chelation by Suppository?
Yes. Now you can have all the benefits of chelation in the privacy of your own home. EDTA, the active ingredient used in chelation therapy, is now available in a suppository form through your health care provider (to order Suppositories please see page 23 of our Order Form).
Unlike oral chelation, which you may have heard about, suppository EDTA is not destroyed by stomach acids, and so is a viable alternative to IV chelation.
Chelation may well be the most important thing you ever do for you health, and now, it’s available to you.
An Open Letter To Whom It May Concern
31 May 2000
I have been involved in the development of the EDTA suppositories since the idea was first conceived seven years ago. The suppository delivery system was developed because it meets a special need. The primary purpose was to produce a drug delivery system that was painless and effective for children and for adults that found it difficult to take chelation therapy because of time constraints.
Research studies showed that the uptake of EDTA was effective by the colonic route. The low molecular weight of EDTA of 292.1 facilitates efficient absorption through the colon wall. Moreover, there is an additional safety factor because it is in a special time release formulation. There is clinical evidence available that the suppository is not only safe, but it is effective. It is my professional opinion that approximately 90% or more of the EDTA is absorbed through the colon. For additional information on this subject it will be helpful to review my book, The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation Therapy, by Halstead and Rozema 1977.
Keep up the good work.
Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.
How does suppository chelation compare with IV chelation?
IV chelation has one advantage and four disadvantages over suppository chelation. The advantage of IV chelation is that a larger amount of EDTA can be administered in a shorter amount of time. If a client is in a life threatening situation, this may be necessary.
1. A higher amount of EDTA over a shorter period is more stressful on the kidneys, through which the heavy metals must pass.
2. The ingredient used in IV chelation is Di-Sodium EDTA. This is a very caustic substance that burns tissue. That is why painkillers are injected into the IV bags. The painkillers do not stop the damage from happening, they only prevent you from feeling it. In addition, procaine, the painkiller normally used to cover up the damage is slightly toxic.
Magnesium Di-Potassium does not contain sodium and thus does not burn the body. No painkillers are required.
3. Di-Sodium EDTA raises sodium levels in the body. For most people taking chelation, this is not beneficial. More likely is that they are deficient in either magnesium or potassium or both making Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA the logical choice.
4. Suppositories can be done non-invasively at home.
5. Cells have pumps in them specifically designed to remove sodium and bring in magnesium and potassium. Thus a magnesium and potassium based EDTA will be more readily brought into the cell to remove the toxic metals as opposed to a sodium based EDTA which will be kept out.
What about oral chelation?
Oral chelation is only 5% absorbed since it is destroyed by stomach acid. Since there is no acid in the colon, the EDTA in the colon is not destroyed when given as a suppository. Also, Di-Sodium EDTA, which is the active ingredient in most oral chelators, is known to cause hemorrhages (internal bleeding).
Is it safe?
EDTA has been used for the last 50 years in the medical field. No side effects have ever been reported. EDTA is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has a lower toxicity than aspirin.
What is its shelf life?
EDTA is an antioxidant and a preservative, While we believe the shelf live to be decades, 3 years is the most that we are allowed to put the label.
How do I take it?
(See Protocols on next page.)
When should I take it?
In the evening, and you should have gone to the bathroom that day.
What should I notice?
If you are magnesium deficient, you may feel a wave of relaxation come over you in 5 to 10 minutes. The long term effects may include more stamina, better mood, better memory, younger appearance and resolution of chronic medical conditions.
How long should I take it?
Many people take it their entire lives.
How much Magnesium Di-Potassium is in each suppository?
What are the contraindications?
Like regular chelation the contraindications include kidney disease, nursing or pregnancy, tuberculosis, and blood thinning medication.
I’ve heard it helps with menstrual cramps, is this true?
Many of our clients tell us that a suppository will make menstrual cramps reduce or disappear within 10 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Like table salt, Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA does not hurt normal tissue, but it will sting an open cut. If you find that the suppository stings, then you may have hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, or dry stools that cause slight abrasions to your rectum when you go to the bathroom. If the suppository stings, you may want to consider taking a butyeric acid supplement to help rebuild the colonic mucosa. Allergy research offers a product called ButyrEn than contains butyric acid. Butyric acid enemas are also available by prescription at some pharmacies. In most cases, any discomfort is temporary and minor.
I’ve heard that these really sting . . .
What you are referring to are Di-Sodium EDTA suppositories, not Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA suppositories. Certain groups do make suppositories out of the sodium form of EDTA and these can be very painful. They have also been known to cause hemorrhaging (bleeding) severe enough to warrant hospitalization. This is because sodium EDTA is extremely caustic and burns tissues. This is not an issue with Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA, which does not burn tissue.
It melted, what should I do?
The product will melt above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the seal did not break (if there is no yellow substance outside the wrapper) then squeeze the bottom of the suppository to reshape it, and put in the refrigerator to harden. If the product did come out of the wrapper, or if you want the product replaced simply mail us back the suppositories and we will send you new ones. In the summer months, we will send the product with freezer packs to keep cold during shipping.
The age minus 20 formula:
The formula that most chelating physicians use to determine the amount of chelation a client will require is calculated as age minus 20. As an example, a 46 year old client would require 26 IV treatments. Since one box of Medicardium is equivalent to one IV, then this same client would require 26 boxes.
The standard protocol for the administration of Medicardium is one suppository inserted into the rectum in the evening for two consecutive nights. On the third day, no suppository is used. On this day, the body is given a rest from the detoxification process. This will require two boxes of Medicardium every month.
Once the client has gone thorough their age minus 20 in boxes, they have removed years worth of pathological soft tissue calcium as well as their accumulated lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, aluminum, and uranium. Their body is now in a physiologically younger condition than before they started. At this point, the cancer study that shows a decrease in cancer risk from 35% to 3.5% now applies to them.
After the client has finished their initial round of chelation, they may wish to continue at a lower dose. Using one suppository every third day is the same as one IV per month. This is the amount of chelation normally suggested by anti-aging physicians to slow down the aging process. As well as keeping further heavy metals and pathological calcium from accumulating in their bodies, the preventative protocol may have life extending properties. This preventative protocol requires one box of Medicardium per month.
Chelation will also pull out certain healthy minerals from the body as it takes out the toxic ones. As such, it is necessary to supplement the client with the following minerals:
Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Cobalt and Chromium.
Medicardium is working on a mineral supplement that will contain all of these minerals in the correct ratio. It will also include selenium, which, while not removed by EDTA, is nevertheless deficient in most clients bodies. [Editor’s Note: Water Oz Minerals will replace your minerals safely and quickly. Please order your Water Oz Minerals today using our Order Form and/or call and ask for a free Water Oz Protocol Booklet. Call: (800) 651-7080.]
EDTA is also known to increase the body’s need for vitamin B-6.
EDTA also removes magnesium, but this is not a problem with Medicardium since it actually puts magnesium into the client. Iron is also removed by chelation, but this is a mineral that many of your clients may be too high in. In addition, although many clients use chelation in their anti-cancer regimens, iron intake must be carefully regulated in cancer clients. For this reason, Iron will not be included in our mineral supplement.
The half-life of EDTA is 1 hour so within 8 hours over 98% of the EDTA is out of the bloodstream. Since you do not want the good minerals to bind to the EDTA, they should be taken first thing in the morning, and the suppositories should be inserted before going to sleep. This will assure that most of the EDTA is out of the bloodstream when the minerals are taken, and that they are fully absorbed before the next suppository is taken approximately 16 hours later.
EDTA should not be used without medical supervision with pregnant or nursing mothers. EDTA is also contraindicated with Tuberculosis and kidney disease.
Since the suppository will most likely be cold upon insertion, it may tingle for a few minutes. Like table salt, Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA will not hurt healthy tissue, but will sting on an open cut. If the client reports any burning, he or she probably either has hemorrhoids, or has been constipated lately, and a dry stool may have irritated the colon on its way out.
Since suppositories in general and Magnesium in particular may make the client want to evacuate, it is important that they have gone to the bathroom to pass stool that day.
If there is no stool in the lower colon, then there is rarely a problem.
Since the suppository is fully dissolved in 30 minutes, if the client feels the need to evacuate at that point, no product will be lost.
Ear Candling — Removing a Lifetime of Debris
by Marian Brown
Reprinted from Holistic Health NEWS
Although centuries old, the ancient technique of ear candling or ear coning has seen increasing interest in the past decade in the holistic community. Thought to have originated with the Egyptians, it was used for spiritual cleansing as well as physical cleaning. It was believed to open and clear the spirit centers and refresh the auras.
Original style coning by the Egyptians utilized hollow reeds. Today, coning/candling uses a hollow candle, much like a large straw. Although they differ, most candles are made of 100% unbleached cotton (muslin) fabric coated with purified paraffins and/or bees’ wax. There are also some specialty candles which contain herbs and oils.
Candling applies simple laws of science. The flame of the candle (when the candle is properly seated in the ear) creates a draw or vacuum which pulls the wax, fungus, Candida yeast, and other particles of debris out of the ear and up into the bottom of the candle. The vacuum is caused by the warmed air from the flame and the colder existing air moving through the hollow chamber of the candle. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow with increasing velocity, thus producing the “sucking” vacuum.
As the particles are drawn from the ear and into the bottom of the candle, the air flow becomes disrupted. This is why it is important to remove the candle and “tap out” the contents.
Why candle? The purpose of candling is to remove wax buildup, especially the heavy impacted wax that normal cleaning cannot remove. Candling is a more comfortable and less expensive alternative to the traditional cleaning method of forcing water into the ear canal.
Candling is also believed to remove Candida yeast, fungus, and remnants of past infections. The Ear, Nose and Throat Journal of U of U Medical lab reported that the types of bacteria we currently fight in our ears include Streptococcus pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Anaerobic bacteria, and Influenza A and B.
A lifetime of residues build up in the ear canal!
Candling can be done on persons of any age. Candlers often have accounts of children, even babies, being candled with remarkable results. Inner ear infection is one of the top reasons for hospital admittance in children. Often candling has been used as a last effort for treating chronic ear infections and to avoid ear tubal placement. As well as treating the ear, candling can work on the sinus and lymph system, removing impurities there as well.
Because of all the intricate crevices in the ear, unbelievable amounts of debris can accumulate. This buildup creates a breeding ground for problems, and can also interfere with correct hearing. Impacted wax can build up against ear ducts and can also block reception of incoming sound waves. This lifetime accumulation may explain some of the hearing problems we develop as we age. It is reported that 20% of adults between 65-74 have hearing problems.
It is important to discuss candling with your health practitioner and always use common sense. Candling is not a replacement for proper health care, but can be an effective home remedy. Candling should not be done on a person who has a perforated eardrum or similar problems.
Candling is quite simple and is done with a partner. Generally, three candles are used in each ear. This varies from person to person, as does the frequency of candling. The basic procedure is to have the person whose ears are being candled to lie on his/her side or to place their head sideways on a table. (Editor’s Note: The person may also sit upright as pictured below.) Be sure they are comfortable, as candling can take 15-20 minutes per candle, depending on the type of candle. The “candlee” should place the one end of the candle snugly into the ear. (The candle may be inserted through a paper plate covered with aluminum foil to protect the face and hair.) The candle must fit snugly to allow proper air draw. As the bottom fills, gently tap it out in a bowl and carefully cut back the burned wick. The “suction” sounds much like the gentle hum one hears when a seashell is placed against the ear. (Editor’s Note: Moistened fingers easily pinch off the burnt end of our candles — no scissors needed. As soon as you see a column of smoke at end pinch off blackened tip at flame and discard it into a shallow bowl of water.)
After candling, it is recommended to gently rinse the ears and place a couple of drops of oil of garlic into the ear. The normal wax will be replaced within 24 hours. For the first 24 hours after candling, it is best to protect the ears from wind, cold, and excessive amounts of water. Within 24 hours the normal production of wax will again protect the ear.
CAUTION: Ear candles are a home remedy and should not take the place of medical treatment. They make no medical claims. They are not a medical device or take the place of any medical device.
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Shortening daylight, the hum of cicadas and the occasional sound of a falling walnut foretell the approaching season of ripening green walnuts. Looking back on previous years, there’s been some beautiful. moments at harvest time captured forever in my memory. Like the time I was coming down from a climb up a walnut tree and heard the song of a mockingbird start up. I just happened to be directly across from this chorusing bird perched on top of an utility post. Then there was the tree in the pasture of black angus cows. As I shook the walnuts to the ground from my position high in the tree, a growing number of cows ambled over to munch on the hulls of the green walnuts. I guess they knew what they needed!
Much joy is found in the climb, as I spiral upward in the limbs of these beautiful trees.
For the seventh year now, I will continue to harvest green black walnuts to send to those who wish to make their own tincture, as well as provide black walnut tincture made from fresh green walnuts at an affordable price. Due to my travel agenda, it is now necessary to receive orders and payment ahead for the walnuts and tincture, both of which will be shipped in the month of October. So please think ahead and plan for the supply you will need for the year. Orders need to be received by October 1st. I hope this isn’t an inconvenience!
I now have the first edition of my book, Native and commonly found Plants as Food and Medicine. Included in the book is information on plants found in the eastern United States that have been used throughout history for cancer. Besides black walnut, these include: bloodroot, mayapple, poke and violet. Interesting to note is that besides historic use, I have found current medical use of black walnut, poke and mayapple. Parasites are all over the world, and so are parasite remedies. Tobacco, aloe, ginger, grapefruit seed extract, heal all, milk, pomegranate, papaya, pumpkin seeds and sour orange are some that are tried and true. Other plants useful as medicine or as highly nutritious food are also included. Amaranth, chickweed, ginkgo, horsetail, plantain, pine, purslane and witch hazel are some examples. As told by an African-American woman from Alabama, pine needle tea was used to cure her of malaria when she was a child — in copious amounts as a tea and in baths.
I’ve seen our fresh horsetail extract do such wonderful things as reversing osteoporosis, fungus nails and pain from injury. I have harvested or used these plants practically every day of the year, and so can you!
I have included drawings and descriptions of plants, harvesting details and recipes, as well as general information for use. The book is 120+ pages, and I am still adding to it.
Dr. Clark started something great when she inspired me to harvest black walnuts, make soap and use or make pure plant products. The liver cleanse is awesome and gets easier all the time. This “road to health” has not only been a great adventure, but food for the soul as I get healthier and connect with all the wonderful plants and people.
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