Whole Body Dentistry: Discover the Missing Piece to Better Health Paperback – Jan 1999
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Whole-Body Dentistry is an attractive and well-executed lay-person's guide to sensible dental decision-making. Written in a refreshingly open, simple and accessible first person style, the author's passion, dedication and vast clinical experience is abundantly clear.Whole-Body Dentistry is logically and compellingly organized starting with a personal account of Dr. Breiner's journey from an advocate of the "party line" offered by conventional dentistry to an advocate of wellness through data-based (not politically correct) choices. Believing that "if you wish to understand the body and healing, you must be willing to explore and learn from new ideas and from your patient's responses", this book serves another function as well. It documents the admirable course which every healing professional should take from predigested teaching to courageous exploration which follows wherever the data leads.
Our culture is currently in the midst of a great paradigm evolution. Scientism (rigidly adhering to dogma) battles science (which dares question all previous truths fearlessly). This is beautifully exemplified by the tension between "conventional" and "alternative" medicines. Practitioners like Dr. Breiner, by following their patient's clinical realities in integrity, despite personal cost, light the path to the new options for excellence.
But Whole-Body Dentistry does more: by offering simple, clear and concise information it informs and opens possibilities for patients who wish to become active and knowledgeable participants in their health care. Abundant clinical examples illustrate the points of each chapter nicely.
This is a book free of bombast or apology which eloquently provides an essential guide to new concepts and better choices. Written for non-professional audiences, the quality of the information is high enough to provide useful orientation and direction for professionals as well.
This patient education book belongs on the shelves of professionals and in the hands of the public. I recommend it highly.
Rima E. Laibow, MD, Medical Director,Alexandria Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine, Croton on Hudson, NY
From the Back Cover
"An important book for everyone who is interested in participating in their own health." Bernie Siegel, M.D., Author of Love, Medicine and Miracles and Prescriptions for Living
"Mark Breiner's new book, Whole Body Dentistry, is the cutting edge of telling the truth about the options you have when you go to a dental office." Gary Null, Ph.D Public Health Scientist Author, Get Healthy Now!
"Your total, physical health does depend on your dental health. Dr. Breiner shows you how and why - and gives you fascinating stories to prove it." Jerome Mittelman, D.D.S. Editor, The Holistic Dental Digest
"I would recommend Dr. Mark Breiner unconditionally just on the basis of my 25+ years as one of his dental patients. AND now he has written a surprisingly interesting, highly informative, easy- to-read book. WHOLE BODY DENTISTRY is easy enough for newcomers to digest yet it contains sufficient information to entice even advanced health practitioners. I was intrigued by how by how much I was learning as I read it." Barbara Hoberman Levine, Author of Your Body Believes Every Word You Say: The Language of the Body/Mind Connection
"In a powerful call-to-arms, Mark Breiner challenges the Medical and Dental professions to recognize that the teeth are vital living structures that impact the health of the entire body, so that the old song should include "the tooth bone connected to the heart bone" as well as innumerable other structures. His expos of the risks to the patient, the dentist and the chair side assistant from exposure to mercury is clear and well-documented, as are the dangers of fluoride. The sections on Root Canals and Cavitations (NICO's) are mind-boggling! Everyone should read this book!" Warren M. Levin, M.D.See all Product Description
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I still stand by Dr. Breiner's assertion that "silver/mercury" amalgam is bad for you. Not only is the mercury frequently toxic to many people, but amalgams are not bonded to the tooth like composites or ceramics. This requires the dentist to drill out more tooth structure to make the amalgam hold, thus leaving the tooth even weaker. Additionally, since the amalgam is not bonded, amalgam offers less physical support to the tooth (than bonded materials) and the tiny gap between the amalgam and the tooth can sometimes (but not always) lead to secondary tooth decay. (All of which lead to more tooth problems down the road).
The issue on both root canals and fluoride is still up in the air (IMO), but something that we should all pay attention to. From what I've read, topical fluoride is okay, but fluoridated water may not be so great for you. If you require a root canal, ask around about BioCalex as an alternate form of root canal therapy.
As for Electro-dermal screening a.k.a Electo-accupuncture According to Voll (EAV): Voll was a German scientist who did his research in the 50's (if I recall correctly). From my understanding, his research has never been verified or validated. I have many German friends who are medical doctors and they have never heard of this device or methodology of testing. As far as I can tell, EAV is a total scam that is frequently used by naturopaths and homeopaths to drain money out of people's wallets. Outside of that, EAV is completely useless.
In a nutshell, the chapters about amalgam, fluoride, and root canal issue are a good introduction.Read more ›
The GOOD: Section 2 - Dental Amalgams
In the past 10 - 20 years there has been mounting evidence that silver fillings are not as safe as once thought. Mercury is a known (and very potent) neurotoxin and is not useful to your body in any form. Unfortunately mercury makes up ~50% of your supposedly "silver" fillings (the rest of the filling being ~35% silver and 15% other metals). Even though the mercury is supposedly stable in this form, there is plenty of scientific evidence that very tiny amounts leak into your body. While most people have a decent level of tolerance for these low levels of mercury, many people don't and consequently it affects their health negatively. Obviously the more "silver" fillings you have, the higher you are at risk for being negatively affected. The real unfortunate part of the these negative health problems is that very few doctors are able to recognize that the mercury in these fillings is causing/exacerbating the problem. The book also accurately addresses the politics behind why mercury is still endorsed today.
The BAD: Section 4 - Tools of the Trade
The book has a section about many "alternative" testing techniques. Most of these procedures/techniques have not been proven by proper science or peer review in the medical community and are thus questionable at best. The worst of these is probably the Electro-dermal Screening (or sometimes called EAV).Read more ›
There are many topics covered by this book besides the debate regarding mercury ("amalgam" fillings).
I saw that one reviewer here disliked the use of "EAV" (Electro-dermal Screening). I would like to provide a more detailed look at this technology. I have not seen EAV used in the dental practice, but have friends who have tried it, and I have personally seen it used (several times) to detect hidden medical problems in a non-dental area. I have had done to myself (non-dental).
Here's my take on this situation: 1) a good dentist can clearly see the major problems in your mouth and you really don't need the EAV screening in most standard cases, 2) it's value comes when the dentist can't see things visually, or doesn't see them with x-rays, 3) it must be used by a skilled practioner and this means they should know accu-puncture as well as conventional medical diagnostic techniques (being a conventional MD is a real plus), 4) the big criticism on EAV should be that it can tell WHERE the problem is, but not WHAT the problem is.
Overall, its a device for finding things... in the hands of a skilled practioner. Unfortunately, many dentists who want to go non-conventional may think that simply buying and using this equipment will make them a better dentist, or let them charge more. The problem is not the tool, but in its use, and its requirement for a skiled practioner.
Back to this book review, I think the author does a great job of presenting many different concepts of holistic dental care. I have heavily underlined this book and used its sources listed in the back.
Sugar Land, TX
Most recent customer reviews
This book is a must-read for anyone with teeth, who cares for someone with teeth or who works on teeth professionally.
No joke. Read more
I have read a very large number of books on alternative healthcare over the last 5 years and I consider this book on wholistic dentistry to be one of the best. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002 by GeorgeG
Whole-Body Dentistry: Discover The Missing Piece To Better Health by dental surgeon Mark A. Briener provides a unique education specifically written for the non-specialist general... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by Midwest Book Review
This was the second of two books about the effect of toxic dental work on a person's overall health. Thank you Dr. Breiner for getting the word out. Read morePublished on April 18 2002
This book alerts readers to information traditional dentists don't want you to know. Mercury is a known poison. Mercury in dental fillings, Dr. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001
This book is a wealth of extremely important information and a real eye opener. It's the most important book I've read in the past 10 years.Published on May 19 2001
This book is a wealth of extremely important information. I recommend it highly. It's a real eye opener. It's the most important book I've read in the past 10 years.Published on May 19 2001 by Will
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