12 Years of Chronic Fatigue
Dental / Chronic Fatigue Connection
Traditional medicine believes that the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not yet known. Current theories are looking at the possibilities of neuroendocrine dysfunction, viruses, retroviruses environmental toxins, genetic predisposition, stealth organisms or a combination of these. Unfortunately researchers are looking for common denominators amongst the CFS patients that would provide the underlying cause for all CFS patients. Over 25 years of clinical research has led me to witness that the disease process is as individual as one’s finger print. As the number of insults to the body increases, so are the patient’s chances for developing the disease. Most patients are walking time bombs and often a single incident is capable of triggering off the symptoms. As Hans Seyle, the internationally known researcher on stress and distress, discovered no matter what the insult to the body is the adrenal glands are the first line of defense. The weaker the adrenal glands become other glands like the thyroid become over worked and eventually decrease in function.
P.H. is a 41 year-old female patient who has suffered from severe CFS for the past 12 years. This patient suffered with headaches, low grade fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, loss of mental quickness and fuzzy thinking, muscle and joint pains and weakness, abnormal low blood pressure, Candida Albicans, viral infections, allergies, digestive problems, chronic constipation, kidney infections, dizziness, speech and visual impairment, weight loss, severe loss of energy accompanied by severe overall weakness.
Clinically this patient presented with a multitude of factors all of which contributed to her CFS. The two areas circled in red (see x-ray, below) represent areas of infection. The upper area also involved an old root canal which not only was infected with five major pathogens but also had two small mercury fillings that were placed in its roots following a surgergical procedure (apicoectomy). The lower area represented an infected site where a tooth was previously extracted. Other issues involved the presence of mercury poisoning, mercury in the thyroid gland and small intestine yeast infection, bite interferences, cranial bone distortions, neurologic weakness of the upper left cervical nerves (C1-6), galvanic currents due to various mentals, presence of two other heavy metals (aluminum and platnum), severe intraoral muscle spasm,emotional distress and pelvic muscle weakness. All factors combined overloaded the adrenal glands.
Treatment involved a program to chelate out the heavy metals, correct metabolic imbalances, boost the immune system and treat the emotional component of her problem with Bach Flower Essences. The patient returned after two weeks for further treatment. After balancing the cranial bones and bite the upper left second premolar tooth was extracted. The socket of this tooth was further treated by drilling out the infected bone, irrigated with Sanum homeopathic remedies and packed with Gelfoam soaked with the same remedies to prevent post-surgical infection. The patient stated that she awakened the next morning at 3 O’clock, experiencing sweating, fever and chills. The patient remained up from 3 O’clock on but was not tired. Normally such an event would have destroyed her. Three weeks later the patient phoned and stated that she had more energy than she knew what to do with.
The patient’s immune system was overwhelmed by the insults of the heavy metal poisoning, infected areas of the bone, old root canal tooth plus low thyroid function and cranial and bite imbalances. By removing the primary offending foci, the body was quickly able to respond and regain much of its lost energy. Since mercury poisoning affects the nervous system and is an enzyme poison and clinically minics many medical diseases it is difficult to separate out the underlying causes.
CFS is caused by many potential agents which present the clinician a major challenge in diagnosing the underlying factors in each patient. Many potential factors exist that can cause CFS and each patient shares many of the same factors but they also have their own unique pattern. This is what frustrates most health care practitioners since they are almost always are looking for the same pattern (syndrome) in all patients. Also of extreme importance is the dental component of this disease which is often missed by most health care practitioners.
Case treated by Dr. Gerald H. Smith