Art Youmans, “Migrating Oral Bacteria Killed Columbo. Will It Kill You, Too?” 5 May 2020
Just like there are about 7.8 billion men & women on this planet, along with some dangerous killers among them, there are over 20 billion bacteria in your mouth, including over 500 different species, some of which of which are dangerous species which could harm or kill you.
One of the dangerous bacterial species is Porphyromonas gingivalis, (AKA Pg.) Pg has been linked as one cause of pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease & dementia. This bacteria can easily penetrate the blood brain barrier & has been observed in high levels, in a deceased Alzheimer's patient's brain.
To further explain the presence of mouth bacteria, the average person who has just brushed his/her teeth has an estimated 20 billion bacteria still in his mouth, whereas the average person who has not brushed his teeth & gently brushed his tongue, that day, has about 100 billion in his mouth, In general, mouth bacteria double every 5 hours, plus you swallow more than 100 billion every day. These statistics were 1st estimated by Walter Loesche DDS, from the dental school at University of Michigan, from his book, “Caries, A Treatable Infection.” (SOURCE: “Oral Bacteria: How Many? How Fast,” Bill Landers, rdhmag.com, 7/1/2009)
How Do The Dangerous Bacteria Get Into the Blood Stream?
Teeth are the only body part that sticks through the skin with a bone at the base. At the base of each tooth is a protection called “biological width,” which is a protective gasket that, in a healthy mouth, keeps dangerous bacteria from entering the body & causing infection.
However, when you have diseased teeth, chronic gum disease or other oral infections, this “biological width” seal breaks down & dangerous bacteria, like Pg can enter the bloodstream, releasing toxins that can migrate to your brain & other organs.
Essentially, disease in the mouth weakens your immune system & can kill you. “Bad teeth” were the cause of death on the death certificate of Grandpa Zeak Duncan's 16-year-old son, Melvin, circa 1936, according to Betty Lee.
Other harmful mouth bacteria cause cavities & disease by forming plaque, a biofilm that gives you a slimy feeling on your teeth when you awaken in the morning.
Your teeth are directly connected to your brain by the trigeminal nerve, the largest of 12 cranial nerves.
“Your teeth are organs that are connected to your whole nervous system and basically are part of your brain, kind of like your eyes,” he says. “You have this massive brain nerve there called the trigeminal nerve. It's one of the 12 cranial nerves and takes up 50% of the space of all the other ones, so it's quite important.” (SOURCE:”It's All In Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness,” Dominik Nischwitz DDS.)
What Can I Do To Protect My Mouth?
Below are a few dentistry suggestions from my 30 April 2019 newsletter:
Columbo Didn’t Protect His Brain from Dementia
From 1968 to 2003, actor Peter Falk’s TV detective character, Lt. Columbo, was famous for looking befuddled & forgetful & then, suddenly, recalling,”just one more thing.” Neither his short height of 5'6” nor glass eye (cancer at age 3) prevented him from stardom.
Around 2007, Peter Falk became permanently befuddled & forgetful as he battled Alzheimer’s disease until he died in 2011. Perhaps, if Falk had less stress in his life, avoided sugar, ate Vitamin K-rich vegetables & choline-rich eggs & steak, took B-Complex vitamins etc., a 92-year-old Columbo might be on TV, today, solving crimes from a wheelchair while living in a nursing home.
Falk rapidly slipped into dementia immediately after a series of dental operations about age 79. Likely, the operations allowed dangerous mouth bacteria into Falk's bloodstream from where bacterial toxins, like Pg, entered the brain, triggering Alzheimer's.
If you plan to have extensive dental work done & you're over 60, or have a weak immune system, I'd advise you to ask the dentist for a prescription for antibiotics both before & after each procedure, if the dentist doesn't suggest it.
NOTE: Choline is an essential nutrient that is the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many functions including memory & muscle control. According to Al Sears M.D., a Florida doctor, like many nutrients, your supply of choline drops as you age, If you don’t replace it with supplements, you’re on the fast-track to mental decline. Although I’m not on the fast-track but am on the slow-track to mental decline, I started taking a daily 500mg Choline supplement about a year ago.
Gently brush your teeth & tongue once a day. I recommend using baking soda instead of toothpaste, since most toothpastes are full of fluoride, a known toxin as dangerous as lead.
Floss once a day.
Black raspberries contain phytochemicals that reduce inflammation & may inhibit early stages of cancer. Stop or limit simple carbohydrates (white flour & sugary food) that swiftly becomes plaque
. Eliminate acidic foods like soda, energy & sports drinks that all damage your teeth. Since meat is also highly acidic & one needs only about 6-ounces of it (a small hamburger patty) daily, some folks (including me) limit their meat intake to 6-ounces/day.
Brush your tongue gently, whenever you brush your teeth. If you use food-grade baking soda as toothpaste on your tongue & teeth, it will kill harmful bacteria, such as Streptococcus & Candida. that cause infections in the mouth. Eat high fiber foods, like fruit & vegetables, because the fiber reduces the progression of gum disease.
Although ignored by Big Pharma because it can't be patented, IV hydrogen peroxide (IV H202) has been used effectively by medical/dentalexperts to treat dental gum diseases. IV H202 has a history of successfully-fighting more than 17 diseases including virus diseases like COVID-19, cancer, pulmonary disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, type 2 diabetes, asthma etc.
OTHER SOURCES:1. “How To Stop Bad Bacteria In Your Mouth from Migrating to Your Brain,” Healthline.com, 3/14/2020, Stephanie Booth; 2.”How Much Bacteria is in My Mouth?” dentalplans.com; 3/14/20 Fascinating things Scientists Know About the Billions of Bacteria in Your Mouth,” jnj.com, Susan Segrest 3/14/2020; “Hydrogen Peroxide vs Viruses,” BobLivingstonletter.com, May 1, 2020.
NOTE: I had major dental surgery, April 13, 2020. I discussed the unfortunate Peter Falk with the dentist months before the surgery, where I had 2 upper teeth extracted. I was flooded with stuff like ozone & antibiotics, minutes before & after the surgery & healed fast with no pain, just minor discomfort. Fortunately, I had a great dentist. I continued to take an antibiotic, Clindamycin 300mg, every 4 hours after the surgery, until my prescription of 28 capsules was exhausted. Daily, I also gargled two times a day with colloidal silver, a known killer of only bad bacteria.
So far, I haven't had the problem that Lt. Columbo could not solve. Peter Falk should have asked the dentist (BEFORE the dental work), QUESTION: “Say Doc, just one more thing. Could bacteria from my mouth, like Pg, hurt me?” ANSWER: “Yep. Bacteria in your mouth, like Pg, entering your bloodstream could be lethal when teeth are extracted & gums bleed etc, (if you have a weak immune system) no matter what your age is.”
About 35 years ago, in 1985 at age 53, a dentist noted my inflamed gums & suggested I see a periodontist. I carpooled to road races with a good friend & periodontist, Ross Waltzer DDS, so I called him to look over my gums. Ross sliced my gums open from ear-to-ear in four appointments. He gave me no antibiotics, as was the custom at that time. My immune system, built up from hundreds of 5km, 10km, 20km road races, competitive mile lake swims, karate training & triathlons was strong enough to protect me from Pg & other deadly bacteria. I was one of the lucky ones. Peter Falk was not so lucky, 22 years later.
More important facts about your mouth:
People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease.(I had a mild heart attack at age 48, in 1978, started running to lose weight in 1979, & consider myself living on borrowed time, partly due to Ross's gum disease work.) Diabetes can reduce the body's resistance to infection, so diabetics should gently brush their teeth after each meal to prevent gum disease.
A dry mouth is more susceptible to tooth decay & gum disease. Keep hydrated. Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers & antidepressants are some of the drugs that can cause dry mouth. Drinking alcohol & grinding teeth & stress also cause dry mouth. Osteoporosis affects all bones in the body, including the jaw bone, causing teeth loss.
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are eight times as likely to have gum disease. People without teeth are more likely to have chronic kidney disease than those with teeth. (SOURCE: “What Your Teeth and Gums Say About Your Health,” MedicineNet.com, reviewed by Michael C. Friedman DDS, 9/1/2017)
NOTE: Some doctors believe that up to 80% of disease begins in your mouth. Brushing & flossing can be good for your health. Your brain will love you for not harming it.
A dose of antibiotics given to dental patients kills both good & bad bacteria in your gut, where 80% of your immune system is located. It may take 6 months to a year to replace good bacteria with a normal American diet. Some folks, myself included, have doubled the use of probiotic capsules for the next month. I now take 2 capsules of probiotics with every meal.
No doctor advised me to do it. I'm guessing that 2 probiotic capsules per meal for 1 month is better than none. :) If I feel any ill effects from 2 probiotics per meal, I'll cut back to 1 probiotic per meal, but I've had no ill effects after about 3 weeks from my April 13th major dental procedure.
I take Flora Source Multi-Probiotic sold by TrueHealth.com in bottles of 60 capsules. Each capsule has 32 billion bacteria colony-forming units (CFU) which is about double what many probiotics companies have. I'm on TrueHealth's mailing list & I reorder in quantity whenever they have a sale & the per bottle price lowers to $19.95.
Your immune system is an army of combat soldiers in your body.
When this immune system army is healthy, & at full combat readiness, it can defeat invading pathogens which includes most bacteria, like Pg & viruses like COVID-19.
If you have an unhealthy lifestyle, get little sleep, smoke, use excess alcohol etc. you weaken your immune system army. As you age, when over 60, your immune system begins to weaken. If you don't do anything to combat this gradual weakening, you'll be susceptible to every disease on this planet, just like Peter Falk was.
If you eat few vegetables & fruits, are overweight, are diabetic, have severe arthritis, never exercise, are stressed, drink sodas & other empty calorie beverages, eat junk food & have “micronutrient malnutrition,” your immune system will be damaged. The most common nutrients missing in the diet of someone who is “micronutrient deficient” are: zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folate (B-9), vitamins B-6, A, C & E. (SOURCE: “How to Boost
Your Immune System,” Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard University, April 6, 2020 updated)
There is an obvious connection between good nutrition & immunity among the elderly. Practicing good nutrition is a form of prevention that gives you strong immunity (at any age) against both the bad bacteria that gave Peter Falk his dementia & the COVID-19 coronavirus that kills those with weakened immune systems.
99% of the foolish advice given to you by the biased media is furnished by Big Pharma, which is interested in only managing disease, never giving folks information about preventing disease with a strong immune system.
Washing your hands frequently, social distancing, staying home from work, cowering in your home like a terrified rabbit, wearing a face mask etc are only ways to manage a disease & give you a false sense of control. This worthless advice bankrupted the economy & didn't work when tried in the 1300s against Bubonic plague, a virulent bacterial infection & won't work today in 2020.