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"Splinters" Book Review
This is a book written in layman's terms. It's straight-forward, deconstructs the overly complex medical jargon and appeals to common sense...which is probably why it goes over the medical industry's head. And that's kind of the whole point.
Dr. Gerald Smith has been practicing medicine all over the world for over 50 years, and in his book he has outlined numerous case studies of seemingly "miraculous" cures, only he claims that they are anything but. In fact, his cures are almost too simple. His approach is to look for the root cause of each ailment in each individual patient. In contrast to the standard method of care, which treats broad symptoms over root causes, Dr. Smith shows over and over again how acknowledging that every ailment has a root cause (and the body doesn't just randomly attack itself or randomly succumb to germs) is the biggest hurdle that medical practitioners are facing when it comes to helping their patients. At times he goes even further and shows real life examples of doctors having unintentionally done more harm than good, while the true cure was under their noses all along.
This is an eye‑opening book. It challenges the status quo of medical care and backs it up with case after case of simple treatment methods that worked to quickly and "miraculously" cure heart disease, migraines, cancer, infections, chronic pain and so on. Armed with the knowledge that there are other (more) effective treatment methods, patients will be able to have some control over their own health.
Here's hoping the medical industry as a whole will come to understand the role they have played in creating this world of chronic illness, and will then realize the power of simplicity in correcting their errors. Taking a look at Dr. Smith's book would certainly be a start.
Tooth pain caused by toxic “Ice Breakers” mints
I have been practicing dentistry for over fifty years and never came across this issue until recently. One of my patients in my integrative medical practice complained of chronic pain in his lower right second molar. His general dentist had x-rayed the tooth and visually exam it. His stock response was root canal to resolve the chronic pain. My patient had bought into this mantra and even had an appointment scheduled to have the procedure done.
Interestingly when my patient brought up his chronic tooth pain issue he was sucking on a mink. Being intuitive I asked him if he routinely used the mints. His response was yes, every day I suck on these Ice Breaker sugar free mints. I then asked him if he had the container, which he promptly produced. The ingredients were appalling: Ice Breakers Mint Ingredients. Sorbitol, Contains 2% or Less of: Maltodextrin, Maltitol, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine), Magnesium Stearate, Gum Acacia, Artificial Color (Blue 1, Yellow 5), and Soy Lecithin.
Lets dissect the ingredients:
Sorry to bore you with the facts but what was of great interest was the fact that when my patient stopped using Ice Breaker mints his tooth pain totally disappeared. If he would have followed through with his general dentists’s recommendation, he would have developed a potential major health issue from the toxicity of a dead root canal tooth.