The Truth About The Root Cause
If you have not heard from a friend or caught word over the many media channels, there was a documentary on Netflix called “Root Cause” that was released that touches on a very interesting topic. This documentary is all about a specific individual’s experience with their root canal treatment, and the alleged issues this patient claims are directly associated with the root canal. As a dentist, I heard about this documentary and watched it so I would be prepared to answer any questions from patients that might have seen it.
I thought I would provide some information to curb the questions I thought might turn up on my doorstep.
Three doctors were the part of this documentary:
Dr. Weston Price
Dr. Hal Huggins
Dr. Boyd Haley
They each played their own role and it turned into quite an interesting story.
Dr. Price is from Canada and is known for promoting the relationship between nutrition, dental Health and physical health. He formed a theory called “focal infection theory” after 25 years of research. This theory claims that chronic diseases are caused by focal or localized infection. This theory led many people to want to have teeth extracted as well as the removal of their tonsils. In the 1930s this theory was dug into deeper, and it was found that Price’s studies were flawed in how they were being done (excessive doses of bacteria, contamination, etc) causing biases in the research. After Dr. Price passed away in 1948 the Journal of the American Dental Association released a special review issue stating there will be a shift away from extraction and back to more endodontic treatment.
Dr. Huggins was a doctor that caused quite a bit of controversy over the use of amalgam fillings. He had many studies on mercury toxicity and its impact on human health from using it in fillings. Dr. Huggins eventually was found to have many holes in his research and procedures. This was found to be so extensive that his dental license was revoked for gross negligence and the use of unnecessary and unproven procedures.
Dr. Haley is a retired professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky. He believes the mercury exposure from amalgam fillings and vaccinations could be contributing to autism and Alzheimer’s disease. He went on to try and market supplements to children without FDA approval or any research to support his claims that the supplement helps autism symptoms.
All three of these doctors were eventually ousted with serious violations against their industry and mankind. Do you think they can be trusted in such an important topic? To me, this answers any and all questions about this topic. All the information is not substantiated in any sort of way and so should be thrown out, never represented as fact in any way.
When the documentary was released in 2018, it got little attention. However, myself, along with other dentists, have noticed patients asking more and more questions about the safety of root canals since the film was picked up by Netflix. It is obvious that it has gained attention due to Netflix’s platform.
Across the nation, dentists and dental researchers are warning Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Vimeo to remove this documentary. All that it is doing is spreading fear and misinformation about the safety of root canals and extracting wisdom teeth.
One of the claims causing the most commotion is saying there is a connection between root canals and breast cancer. The film on multiple occasions repeats, “Ninety-eight percent of women that have breast cancer have a root canal tooth on the same side as their offending breast cancer.”
The American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE) and American Association of Dental Research (AADR) all warned the media companies in a private letter sent late last month that continuing to host the film could harm the viewing public by spreading long-disproven claims.
The letter states, “The premise the film is based on dates back to research conducted in the 1920s which was later disproved because the original conditions for the experiments were poorly controlled and performed in non-sterile environments. Perhaps most importantly, other researchers have not been able to duplicate the results from the original experiment. Why portray information demonstrated to be incorrect as fact?”
I think it is pretty obvious what should happen with these horrendous allegations, and I hope