Could the Cause of Your Illness Be Right Under Your Nose?

by Will Revak Healthy Living, Oral HealthComments: 59

By Will and Susan Revak of

Dr. Weston. A. PriceDo you ever wonder what compels a person to take and refute decades of “established” research all in the name of helping humanity?

We recently came across a new piece of information about one of our heroes, Dr. Weston A Price.

Many readers of this blog will already be familiar with who Dr. Price was and the gift to humanity his research continues to provide.  After all, we couldn’t perform this research now as we don’t have the isolated cultures still intact!

While most of us are now familiar with the research Dr. Price performed with isolated cultures that he highlighted in his landmark book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, some of you may not be aware of the research Dr. Price did with embedding root canal teeth under the skin of rabbits. What could have provoked Dr. Price to conduct this study? What could have compelled a practicing dentist to shift his focus to research? Read on…

As a practicing dentist, Dr. Price once performed a root canal on a 16 year old young man. This young man died of a heart attack shortly thereafter. Dr. Price then removed the root canal tooth from the young man who had the fatal heart attack (after he died) and embedded just the tip of one of the roots of the tooth under the skin on the belly of a rabbit.

Two weeks later, that rabbit died of a heart attack. Dr. Price then removed the root tip from the dead rabbit and again embedded the root tip under the skin of a second rabbit. Two weeks later, the second rabbit died from a heart attack. Over the course of many months, Dr. Price took that same single root tip and embedded it under the skin of 100 rabbits. All 100 rabbits died within approximately 2 weeks, all from heart attack.

100 out of 100? All of the same cause of death???

Clearly, realizing that his dental work had caused the death of this young man provoked Dr. Price to shift the direction of his whole life’s work.

Over the course of next 35 years, Dr. Price relentlessly studied the impact that the mouth has on the health of the whole body. He experimented on over 60,000 rabbits (I know, I’m not a fan of animal testing either, but since it’s already been done, let us all learn from the work).

Dr. Price found a correlation between the dental work and whole body diseases. He found that heart attacks are one of the diseases that transferred 100% of the time. But he also found that many other diseases transferred from an embedded root canal tooth to a rabbit. Some of these diseases only transferred 88% of the time. Diseases like arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, the list is long…

How do we know that the death of this young man deeply impacted Dr. Price? Well, he dedicated one of his textbooks to this young man Donald. Donald Price.

Yes, Weston Price did a root canal on his own son who then died of a heart attack. It’s clear to me as a father that feeling the responsibility for the death of one’s own child would drive a person like Weston Price to make researching the impact the mouth has on the health of the whole body one’s life mission.

We encourage us all to learn from this so the death of a child and the relentless pursuit of the truth over the course of 35 years of research doesn’t go wasted. May we be inspired by this person who was able to take tragedy and redirect that energy into a work so that we could live healthier lives.

To learn more about the relative risks of root canals and more importantly what options each of us has to effectively navigate these risks, here’s a link to another article discussing the research and options available.

Knowledge is power.

Source:  Patient Empowerment by Dr. Hal A Huggins

About the Authors

Will and Susan RevakWill and Susan Revak are the founders of They are committed to bringing empowering solutions to help others navigate to greater oral health.

They are the creators and hosts of the HealThy Mouth World Summit where they interviewed 20 experts from 6 countries about solutions how to create positive changes in our oral health.


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Comments (59)

  • Stanley Fishman

    This article points out how dangerous a particular dental treatment can be. Many medical and dental treatments still in use today are very risky, yet they continue to be used, despite all the deaths and illnesses they cause. It is a testimony to the courage and goodness of Dr Price that he responded to the horrifying death of his son by discovering the health benefits of traditional diets, and benefiting the health of so many.

    Many of us have been able to become healthy by following the nutritional principles discovered by Dr Price, and have found that we need little or no medical treatment. The human body knows how to keep itself healthy, if properly nourished.

    June 27th, 2013 9:36 am Reply
  • Jill

    Wow, so, so interesting! Thanks for sharing this article!

    June 27th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
  • Afton

    Though I believe that root canals should be avoided, I can’t make the same connection this article is implying. Why is it that the same root that was placed in all the animals caused a heart attack 100% of the time and many people in the US receive root canals without the same result?

    June 27th, 2013 10:53 am Reply
    • Jorge Lopez

      The implication is that if enough bacteria from our mouth that causes cavities enters our bloodstream in enough quantity and our body immune system is unable to combat it, it attacks the heart muscle and valves and can cause heart complications such as a heart attack. The rabbits were inoculated with the bacteria in way that is more severe than the root canal, thus they always got a large amount of bacteria in their blood stream to cause heart complications. We could speculate that people don’t always die after a root canal because (1) They may have a strain that is not as severe or that does not attacks heart tissue (2) Their immune system is able to combat the infection reducing the effects on the heart (3) The quantity of bacteria that gets in the blood stream varies depending on the complications during the root canal and is much much less than if they place a root canal tooth in your belly! The worse outcome is a Heart Attack, but what if other non-lethal heart complications are caused by dental procedures, what if the problem grows depending on how many root canals you get? Now a days they are starting to get people on antibiotics prior to dental procedures of such nature… But the evidence in PUBMED on dental procedures/flossing/peridontitis and heart/insulin resistance/etc. conditions is highly contradictory… and it is controversial.

      June 27th, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
    • Johman

      Probably had to do with the pathogens on that particular tooth.

      June 27th, 2013 12:18 pm Reply
    • Sofia

      Click on the link and read the article. It helped me understand it all better :)

      June 27th, 2013 12:36 pm Reply
  • Julia Sathler

    Clever blog post title and great information. Thanks to you and Sarah!

    June 27th, 2013 10:55 am Reply
  • John

    I have trouble with this article too. Many people get root canals and don’t die of heart attacks. I admire Dr. Price’s other research, but wonder what was going on here. Maybe it was the anesthesia being used.

    June 27th, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Peter Staniscia

    Great article….THANKS for posting and sharing.
    Rgds, Peter

    June 27th, 2013 12:00 pm Reply
  • RSE

    Not to quibble, but “heart attack” is a symptom, not a disease. It could be the result of a virus, or a bacterial infection, or bad diet, etc, etc, etc.

    June 27th, 2013 1:40 pm Reply
  • Lily

    Hi Sarah
    Orawellness recently published an article on the dangers of fluoride in Kombucha. Does all tea have fluoride? Is it possible to make kombucha out of homegrown tea making sure the water does not have fluoride?

    June 27th, 2013 1:41 pm Reply
    • Belle Miller

      I recently read about studies that while they backup the idea that flouride is in the tea LEAVES, very little actually ends up in brewed tea. So I think that Orawellness may have missed the boat on that one. I’m so sorry I did not keep the link but some researching may turn up similar studies for you.

      June 27th, 2013 4:32 pm Reply
    • Andrea Smith

      Tea plants use fluoride to make their leaves less appealing to animals. Steeping the tea releases the fluoride into the water. Growing the tea in areas of low mineral content in the soil and not watering with fluoridated water does help, but really there is no way around it.

      June 28th, 2013 5:26 pm Reply
  • Deborah Meade

    Hello Sarah,

    I too read the Orawellness article on the dangers of fluoride in Kombucha. I was planning to make my first batch this weekend. I would like your take on this.

    June 27th, 2013 2:40 pm Reply
    • OraWellness

      Aloha Deborah,

      Sarah has written a very well thought out response to our original article about the risks of fluoride in kombucha. I think you will find benefit from a follow up article we wrote which goes into this subject more thoroughly and more balanced too. :)

      We hope this helps you along your path.

      Thank you and Aloha!

      February 10th, 2014 5:12 pm Reply
  • David

    Hey Lily,

    I didn’t read the article, but I do make my own Kombucha. I use a water filter for all drinking water that removes most/all of the fluoride (so they claim). The water tastes better so I keep drinking it.

    Fluoride is a poison to the SCOBY (Kombucha mushroom). If the SCOBY is dying then the fluoride could be the cause. I personally wouldn’t be too concerned about the water you make Kombucha with until you see the effects of the SCOBY. My belief is that the SCOBY is more sensitve than my body and just like animals is an indicator. If the SCOBY dies then I am doing something wrong in the brewing process. If it doesn’t die then I think it is safe to drink. Again the SCOBY will die much faster than the fluoride (or any other problem with the brew) having any effect on my body. Just like an animal. They show signs and symptoms before us.

    Kombucha is actually quite hardy and many different inputs (time/ingredients/etc.) can have an effect on the outcome. The good thing is the brewing process itself gets rid of a lot of harmfull substances and the SCOBY provides a great indicator of your health. If you have a healthy SCOBY then the liquid will (most likely) be healthy and nourishing.

    Brewing Kombucha is really not as complicated as everyone makes it out and not everyone can use perfect ingredients from the top of virgin mountains and they derive a GREAT deal of benefit from it. I know I do and I don’t use organic tea, sugar, etc. I would like to but the cost is too much and I will put the health of my finished product up against anyone elses (the taste is better with organic ingredients, but not 5-10 times better, so cost/benift for organic is not there for me at the moment.)

    Good Luck

    June 27th, 2013 2:45 pm Reply
  • Shaniqua

    My husband has had 2 heart surgeries before the age of 30 due to a congenital defect. The second one was due to an endocarditis that ate through the first repair. So he’s had his valve and aorta replaced and had to have a month of antibiototics pumped directly to the infection site. The weirdest thing I found when we first married is that ALL of his cardiologists make a BIG deal about, oral hygiene & cavities for him.

    He doesn’t share toothbrushes or eat behind people… They say that having any sort of cavity at all could mean death for him and would be a waste of all of his surgeries if he didn’t take care of his teeth…(Even though his infection was from a bird – helping a friend clean a bird cage and got a cut on his hand).

    It seems that world class heart specialists know this and make it very clear for all heart surgery patients how connected your teeth health is to your heart health. This is only unknown and sounds strange to laypeople and people who are fortunate enough to have no heart problems.

    June 27th, 2013 5:03 pm Reply
  • Pat

    Please address the issue of the flouride and aluminum in the tea that Ora Wellness claims
    we get when we make Kombucha.
    I make Kombucha all the time and am worried about it.

    June 27th, 2013 7:29 pm Reply
    • Jamie

      Apparently Sara isn’t going to address the issue of Oral Wellness and their claim about too much flouride in Kombucha. She has been asked NUMEROUS times. Too bad– considering this is supposed to be her blog.

      June 29th, 2013 2:50 pm Reply
  • Daniel John Armas Walton via Facebook

    And to think I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes not even a month after I had a root canal done..

    June 27th, 2013 9:27 pm Reply
  • Dawn McKinney via Facebook

    Use this oil daily!! LOVE IT!! (and the toothbrush!)

    June 27th, 2013 9:27 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    really? hardly a controlled study; perhaps his son had underlying heart disease prior to anesthesia (standards of care for whenever this occurred???); inducing sepsis in rabbits is not difficult

    June 27th, 2013 9:28 pm Reply
  • Sara Elizabeth via Facebook

    I can’t see Type 1 showing up a month after a root canal but who knows. Some people with root canals live to be 100, like my grandma and die of old age. :)

    June 27th, 2013 9:37 pm Reply
  • Renie Fleming via Facebook

    Wow! Amazing!

    June 27th, 2013 10:28 pm Reply
  • Tarren Tate via Facebook

    Wow! Interesting! I guess I will continue to oil pull.

    June 27th, 2013 10:30 pm Reply
  • Christina

    How about a blog post on all of the bpa containing fillings. My 3.5 yr old had a strange pit develop on his front too right tooth. The other teeth are fine. I suspect his homeopathic vaccine clear was too aggressive and/or brought up this tooth enamel weakness. Or the vaccine clear created an acidic state. It developed from a pin size to wide pit in a month or two. Anyhow im having a heck of a time finding safer brands. He was filled with a 3m filtek brand which from my research has bpa. The filling has fell out two times im assuming from saliva contamination from his screaming and being held down by five people. Anyhow i was told by the hal huggins office Grandio and Admira. Then on a mercury chelation group i read Diamond Lite is the safest so far. Any ideas?

    June 28th, 2013 12:30 am Reply
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    June 29th, 2013 4:04 am Reply
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  • Alan Jimenez

    Super fascinating and a bit sad.
    Bought the book before finishing this post.

    Thanks for the share.

    July 18th, 2013 2:58 pm Reply
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  • Jennifer Bingham Western via Facebook

    Wanting to understand this correctly… His sons tooth carried what caused every rabbit death?? So his sons tooth was 100% the issue. My question is what percentage of root canals would cause that to happen?

    February 10th, 2014 10:43 am Reply
  • Allen Cooke via Facebook

    Dr. Price offered irrefutable proof in his research about diet and in this article about root canals, but his findings were against what the establishment wanted to hear.

    February 10th, 2014 10:57 am Reply
  • Junie Seow via Facebook

    What is the alternative to root canal? I heard tooth implant is worse. I am suffering now and was recommend root canal by 2 dentists. If delay, it might spread to other teeth and not doing anything is worse. What shall I do?

    February 10th, 2014 10:59 am Reply
  • Allen Cooke via Facebook

    Dr. Price found that primitive societies who ate their traditional foods did not need a dentist. Once modern processed foods were introduced they had rampant tooth decay. He also found that there were elements in their diet whereby any tooth decay would heal over on its own without need for intervention. He also found that degeneration that ensued from the modern diet was not limited to dental effects, but encompassed the whole body as well as mind.

    February 10th, 2014 11:10 am Reply
  • Angela Williams via Facebook

    I have two root canals that took place after two of my pregnancies. I didn’t think that I needed them but the dentist insisted. I am having many problems with both and do not know what to do. Could you please point me in be right direction?

    February 10th, 2014 11:10 am Reply
  • Lory Michele via Facebook

    Alena Capra

    February 10th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
  • Angela Matson via Facebook

    So what’s the alternative. I understand they are bad, but if someone is needing one, what is to be done? I feel the article is incomplete without that addressed.

    February 10th, 2014 11:33 am Reply
  • Charity Ardt Dunn via Facebook

    Have the teeth pulled instead

    February 10th, 2014 12:00 pm Reply
  • Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook

    What is so awesome about this and all the nutrition information that is coming out lately is that eventually it will be mainstream and it will be normal to heal ourselves of many things. At least I won’t be a freak forever! Lol Thank you Sarah for all you do!

    February 10th, 2014 1:41 pm Reply
  • Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook

    Omg Steve Markley watch this video!

    February 10th, 2014 1:54 pm Reply
  • David Mueller via Facebook

    Is it OK to take the CLO and/or CLO/BO capsules, or do you have to take the liquid to get the benefits for the teeth? Is there any other reasons that the liquid is better than the capsules?

    February 10th, 2014 3:04 pm Reply
  • Holly Housand Godwin via Facebook


    February 10th, 2014 3:40 pm Reply
  • Jenny Sullivan via Facebook

    My holistic dentist told me that one root canal can be more toxic than a whole mouth full of amalgams. I actually just recently finished the process of getting all my amalgams replaced and getting my root canal tooth pulled. It’s interesting to note that the lymph nodes in my neck that have stayed big since I had mono about 4 years ago are FINALLY almost back to normal- all since I had my root canal tooth pulled. If you go this website: and call Dr. Huggins’ office, you can talk to the very friendly receptionist and she can give you locations of holistic dentists that were trained by Dr. Huggins to safely do these procedures. I’ve had a VERY good experience with my dentist- and I’m happy to answer anyone’s questions :)

    February 10th, 2014 5:55 pm Reply
  • Emy Arias Baez via Facebook

    Oh! No just by reading this I may have a heart attack, I had my first and last root canal 2 years ago :(

    February 10th, 2014 6:47 pm Reply
  • Brandy Raymond via Facebook

    I have almost more root canals than regular teeth. Meh, what can be done about the past? Well, at least I now know what my impending cause of death will be.

    February 10th, 2014 6:55 pm Reply
  • Bertha Burke via Facebook


    February 10th, 2014 9:20 pm Reply
  • Brandi Patton via Facebook

    I had one done in November of 2013. Will someone please share a link with me on what action I need to take now to try to keep from getting sick? And if there’s not anything I can I do to prevent future sickness from it, then what should my action be on getting it removed?

    February 10th, 2014 10:21 pm Reply
  • Kolfinnia Titching via Facebook

    I would like to see more peer-reviewed studies here. Those two articles were pretty unsatisfying.

    February 10th, 2014 11:05 pm Reply
  • Lindsey Miani via Facebook

    Ok…. so this article tells us that he did a root canal and the son died of a heart attack….. where’s the facts? Where’s the substance?? Why did the root canal cause the heart attack??????

    February 10th, 2014 11:40 pm Reply
  • Judi Copeland via Facebook

    More to read and consider…..
    OraWellness February 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Aloha Jennifer,

    Here is a link to more articles we have written on the root canal subject. We hope these help you along your path…
    – See more at:

    February 10th, 2014 11:53 pm Reply
  • Iris Eastburn via Facebook

    interesting Colleen Eastburn

    February 11th, 2014 8:38 pm Reply
  • Dang Yaman via Facebook

    I hate dentist chair!

    October 13th, 2014 2:53 am Reply
  • Delores Powell via Facebook

    I guess there’s an advantage to not having any teeth.

    October 13th, 2014 3:14 am Reply
  • Amber Ross Ortiz via Facebook

    My integrative doctor for autoimmune disease told me to get my root canal tooth out, so I had it removed. It still had a major infection going on in there. I’m so glad I pulled it.

    October 13th, 2014 12:26 pm Reply

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