Could something as common as a tooth extraction or root canal lead to a heart attack? Dr. Thomas E. Levy believes the answer is YES!
Dr. Levy is the author of 6 books on Health issues, based on his experiences while practicing cardiology and intensive research. For the last 10 years, his has advocated the importance of maintaining proper levels of antioxidants in your body at all times.
Vitamin C is one such antioxidant. It’s usefulness for your health and wellness has previously been discussed in this blog.
Since the human body does not naturally produce vitamin C, it must be obtained from eating fruits and vegetables or through supplementation. The ultimate value of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, which helps to strengthen your body’s connective tissue.
According to Dr. Levy, vitamin C deficiency leads to focal (local) toxic effects on various tissues in your body. For example, a low vitamin C level in your eye lens increases the risk of cataracts. A similar result can be seen as a cause of periodontal (gum) disease.
Dr. Levy’s review of the research, indicates people with periodontal disease have a greater risk of heart disease. This is because dental procedures, such as root canals and tooth extractions, cause the release of previously trapped bacteria into your blood stream.
Without sufficient levels of vitamin C in your body to fight these bacteria, you have an increased risk of blockages in your heart arteries. Blockages are a major cause of heart attacks.
Check out this video interview of Dr. Levy. It’s provided courtesy of ihealthtube.com.
This information is not intended to discourage you from receiving necessary dental procedures. It’s intended to increase your awareness that dental procedures, such as root canals and extractions, are a significant source of inflammation and toxins in your body.
The Bottom Line: Preparation is the key to success in anything. The time to seek health and wellness is before you get sick, not after. It’s important to gain good, reliable information from respected sources. Review the information against your current situation, to find areas for improvement. Discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor or a natural health practitioner, to come up with a plan of action. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it must be practical.
In the second part of this post, we’ll look at the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C and the opinions of health practitioners regarding higher intake levels. Also, we’ll review natural sources of vitamin C, which you should consider for your health and wellness regimen. See you then!
It’s your life, live well.