Thursday, 28 November 2019

DDS meets MD

This article is written by Canadian dentist / manual osteopath, Dr Paul Greenacre, one of my students at National University of Medical Sciences (Spain). 


A personal view by Dr. Paul Greenacre DDS & manual osteopath

Today we are faced with an epidemic of disturbed dietary patterns and deficient human growth outcomes termed Musculo-skeletal Dysmorphogenesis (MD), which are being caused by widespread micronutrient deficiencies. These are due to such factors as deficient maternal nutrient supply or insufficient resources within the mother’s system generally. This involves several other factors such as poor modern macronutrient food choices, partly due to faulty meal planning, partly due to consuming too much cooked or depleted foods and partly due to obvious world-wide soil nutrient depletion, combined with a dangerous decline in breastfeeding.  Further the introduction of several metabolic disruptor synthetic foods like refined sugars, MSG, additives, preservatives, and a host of non food chemicals .In summary, all of these factors lead to imperfect epigenetic expression of the potentially perfect human physical genome.

The first obvious indicator-area of Mankind’s Dysmorphogenesis or skeletal breakdown is the shape or width of the palatal arch – Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis (MD) - that starts forming at about 8½ weeks in utero. No one in clinical medicine is measuring the size or shape of the palatal arch at birth or beyond. This is a major medical oversight as it is vital diagnostic information. It is a key biological marker measurement that is being overlooked by all practitioners worldwide.

Under-developed palates mean that 60% of the children today will need orthodontics. Small palates have serious jaw, cranial, airway and spinal consequences.

An under-developed palate can cause a posteriorly displaced lower jaw, or the other DDS the Disc Displacement Syndrome and this in turn can lead to a forward-head posture so that C2 and C3 are significantly displaced. Consequently, the whole spine suffers. Putting it very simply,  “the head does not balance well if the palate is underdeveloped compared to our ancestral standards and then the mandible are displaced ”. Similarly Micronutrient Deficiencies mean that the (female) pelvis does not develop as fully or as widely as intended and therefore there is no full pelvic brim development to facilitate traditional vaginal deliveries. This may lead to a need for a C-section. One astute Australian Obstetrician, Dr. Kathleen Vaughn, told Dr. Weston Price that she could usually predict which women would need a C-section by looking at their faces and their crowded teeth and narrow smaller jaws. Further she found their gait was different due to their narrow under-developed hips.

The Dietary Dysmorphogenesis Dilemma:
Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis (MD) leads to shrinking Faces, shrinking airways, shrinking pelvises and possibly premature brain dysfunction. Why are human palates, pelvises, airways and faces shrinking? Is this related to Brain Dysmorphogenesis and Sleep Apnea Dysfunction?

Why do today’s humans not grow wide healthy palates like they did for 2 million years of humanoid history? Dr. Clark Spencer-Larsen, professor of anthropology at Ohio State University, states - “Over the past 10,000 years there has been a trend toward rounder skulls with smaller faces and jaws.”

Could it be that our jaws, faces and brains are all exhibiting Musculo-skeletal Dysmorphogenesis for the same reasons? Dr. Harold Arlen, MD ENT specialist, often spoke about jaw deterioration and the connection between the Tensor Veli Palatini (TVP) muscle, jaw dysfunction, stuffy ears or hearing loss and the Trigeminal nerve.
“ the TVP is the only muscle of the soft palate innervated by the Trigeminal nerve and the only muscle that functions to open the Eustachian tube. This is the key to the relationship between the jaw and ear dysfunction that is plaguing modern man, along with the deterioration of other parts of the jaw and the dental apparatus.” Others have referred to Maxillo-mandibular Dysmorphogenesis as well.

The following summary of a TMJ/MRI study refers to Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis in relation to TMJ problems and retrognathia and midline distortions:

A retrospective MRI study on 128 children 14 years of age or younger by two neuro-radiologists and an oral surgeon was designed to “evaluate the relationship between internal derangements of the temporomandibular joints and disturbed facial skeleton growth (Dysmorphogenesis),.........We conclude that TMJ derangements are both common in children and may contribute to the development of retrognathia, with or without asymmetry, in many cases.” (Pediatric Internal Derangements of the TM Joint: Effect on Facial Development. Published in the American J of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 1993; 104:51-9)
Authors:  Dr. K.P.Schelhas,MD , neuroradiologist. Dr. S.R.Pollei,MD, neuroradiologist.
Dr. C.H.Wilkes,MD, oral surgeon.

I believe that there is a straight line relationship between ‘Micronutrient Deficiencies and the tmj related  “Disc Displacement Syndrome” Dr Brendan Stack, orthodontist, thought that about 70 per cent of orthodontic cases suffered from some form of   Disc Displacement Syndrome.

Why do humans have noticeably more narrow skulls while other mammals’ skulls and jaws have not changed? What are we doing wrong? Is our “civilized” diet now becoming a major disease factor?

Humans and our Hominid ancestors consistently grew great wide jaws with an almost edge-to-edge bite for about two million years without any effort.  These jaws grew to be very wide and healthy. Their simple raw and partly cooked diet and consistent tongue-swallow pattern essentially powered all this magnificent palatal growth. However, our civilized diet and feeding practices have changed this pattern of growth for the worse. Today 60 to 70 per cent of children require some form of orthodontics. There is now an epidemic of smaller maxillae creating under developed jaws, airways and faces.

Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis, or a smaller than acceptable palate, is very common today. In fact you could say that the ‘Canary in the Cranium” is Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis.  A small maxilla is in fact, an overlooked and undiagnosed medical epidemic, a poorly underestimated osseous key marker of human health. It is quite simply overlooked. Yet it represents an undeclared modern human crisis. The first consequence of a small upper jaw is that this problem affects good functioning of the upper airway the sinuses our vision possibly and it certainly disturbs lower jaw posture. The dysfunction of the two most important joints in the human being  (which are the left and right jaw joints) is usually a direct consequence. Of Maxillary Dysmorphogenesis .If your lower jaw grows to be almost full sized how could it fit into an undersized maxilla? How do you fit a size 9 mandible into a size 7 maxilla? This is why everyone knows about TMJ problems. As my teacher and orthodontist confrere, Dr. Lawrence Funt, used to say:

  The Maxilla is the Criminal and the Mandible is the Victim.”

Archeologists and anthropologists know that the human palates, faces and pelvises are shrinking but they do not know why. Perhaps this is all part of a larger overlooked problem. This is the Dietary Deficiency Syndrome meeting Musculo-skeletal Dysmorphogenesis. Thus DDs meets MD!

Here are a few of the possible reasons for the big picture of Mankind’s Decline or our Musculoskeletal Dysmorphogenesis:

1.                  Changes in how many modern humans swallow.  The hypoglossal muscle gets mistrained when we use badly designed and unphysiologic latex nipples when we bottle feed. This means the tongue does not consistently push up and forward on the developing palate to empower or stimulate proper forward and lateral palatal growth. This means the palatal and the two lateral growth plates do not grow to their full lateral and forward physiologic ancestral genetic potential.   Leonardo da Vinci said
 “The function of muscles is to pull not to push except in the case of the tongue.”

2. Micronutrient deficiencies in our food supply due to soil depletion means fewer trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes and essential oils. Dr Roger Williams said years ago
 After 55 years in the field of biochemistry, I believe strongly that good nutrition is the key to expanding our physical, mental and emotional powers.”
 Other experts have recognized Micronutrient Deficiencies. Linus Pauling, PhD. said
“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

Sadly many children are deficient in trace minerals and other nutrients today. Yet we as dentists could measure these easily using baby teeth for mineral assay.   

Teeth are the most mineral-dense structures in our bodies. Our baby teeth and our adult teeth could provide us with an exact trace mineral record or mineral assay of any trace minerals that we have lacked during prenatal and post natal development. Some researchers think that they can predict our future disease tendencies by knowing our trace mineral deficiencies.  Certainly, this is true in veterinary medicine and logically  
This is why farmers employ “salt licks “. It should hold true in human medicine.  The concentration of trace minerals in our baby teeth and adult teeth is a unique biological phenomenon.  We should be using information about minerals more in modern medical and dental diagnosis. Imagine counseling all your patients on their actual trace mineral deficiencies and which diseases these deficiencies will make them susceptible to develop. This knowledge and methodology is coming soon.

 Dr  Haigivara, MD and medical researcher stated “Modern science has made it clear that all changes within the cells of Humankind are performed by the action of enzymes. It has been found that minerals have much to do with the activities of enzymes. In that sense, minerals can be said to be enzymes for the enzymes.”

Dr. Alfred Aslander wrote about trace minerals over 50 years ago in the Journal of Applied Nutrition (Vol 17 No 4, 1964).  He applied the principles of plant-based trace mineral supplementation to his children via bone meal. They all grew  good arches and perfect teeth. The animals ate plants rich in minerals to pass this on to his children in their bone meal. Even better fishmeal is infused with all the minerals of the ocean, the original and the richest source of all life sustaining ionic trace minerals.
Dr Robert Thompson just wrote The Calcium Lie II recommending more trace minerals to all his patients and appealing to physicians everywhere to follow his biochemical logic. I highly recommend you read his book. His results are excellent.
Dr Charles Northern an Alabama MD spent his lifetime researching how to enrich impoverished soils.
“I'm an M. D. My work lies in the field of biochemistry and nutrition. I gave up medicine because this is a wider and a more important work. Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people. Physical, mental, and moral fitness depends largely upon an ample supply and a proper proportion of the minerals in our foods. Nerve function, nerve stability, nerve cell-building likewise depend thereon. I'm really a doctor of sick soils."  “Countless human ills stem from the fact that the impoverished soils of America no longer provides plant foods with mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health”

3. Less breastfeeding, or none at all, for economic or other reasons. This is made worse by substituting cow’s milk for human milk; cow’s milk is high fat and high risk to cause allergies in human babies. Human milk is only 4% fat content. Think about that fact. Look up Milksucks. org. Read and think.  “What in milk’s name are we doing?” Cow’s milk has so many large molecules that can damage the child’s immature microbiome before he or she has the chance to make an informed decision on what he or she should eat for food. Why not stick with Mother Nature’s original plan? Imagine gorillas trying to raise cows to feed their young. How stupid can we get? I will bet on the gorillas.

4. Poor macronutrients food choices are made by too many people. We consume too many sweet drinks, sugars, synthetic sweeteners, and non-foods from the “just for profit” junk food industry; these are dangerous to human health. Contrast this modern fast food to Stone Age man. They used their stone clubs to smash open bones left behind by other animals to get the bone marrow “treat” in the center of the bones. Native North American Indians would transition a breast-feeding infant on to bone marrow from deer or moose. Today we stress out our infants’ microbiomes by introducing solids too early. Drop in at your local butchers and buy some bones for a bone marrow “treat” and make bone broth soup like your grandparents used to do. Corn syrup and fructose production increases every year in the USA and so does the level of late onset Diabetes. We consume far too much sugar and fructose. We grow far too much corn and import too much sugar cane.

5. Metabolic Disruptors in our diet and chemicals in our environment are disturbing human growth and development. We have added 100,000 new chemicals to our food and our environment since World War II. The chemical industries actually won the war. How can good fertilizers come from the oil industry?  Instead of traditional biologically smart farming methods we now farm chemically. Clean air and water are hard to find as well. Smog induced Rickets is back in many smog enveloped cities in China.

6. More allergies and food sensitivities block more noses and this changes the pattern of facial growth. Look at all the kids with open mouths and long faces. They are mostly victims of environmental allergens. Blocked noses are signs of lymphoid reactions to the wrong foods and other allergens and perhaps even earlier in utero predisposing nutrient deficiencies There are many studies suggesting strongly that disturbed nasal breathing due to allergies leads to mouth breathing and disturbed maxilla-mandibular development. Or the long face syndrome as suggested by Bursey and others. Many experts say our bankruptcy of trace minerals and enzymes has lead to the development of more and more allergies. Note cooking or heating foods kills the enzymes therein.

7. More high-speed traumas to children’s jaws because we move at a much faster speed in high-speed vehicles. One of the overlooked issues in almost all accidents and falls is the damage done to the discs and ligaments of the jaw joints caused by whiplash. Reciprocal to whiplash is ‘jaw lash’, which is always present and rarely checked.  Every accident victim should be checked for “jaw lash” to the growing jaw joints  - the two most important joints in the human body. Most test crash dummies do not even have jaw joints incorporated into their design. How stupid is that.

8. Frenum ties, both lingual to the tongue and under the upper lip are often undiagnosed or untreated. Midwives a hundred years ago corrected these tongue-tie problems within minutes of the child being born. I have several midwives as patients and I greatly respect their knowledge and opinions. They all regard tongue-ties as impediments to infants latching on to breast-feed.

9. ‘Disuse atrophy’ is another theory that says we just do not chew enough any more. It is true that we do not chew as heavily or as heartily as we used to. Can you imagine the Kardashians being invited over to a “hide chewing” party to make some new animal hide clothes? Actually the Kardashians would probably do this as a publicity stunt.
Don’t tell them the idea.
I guess times have changed in the clothing industry. Jaw muscles simple are not used that much in clothing production as in the time of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

10. I cannot emphasize enough that enzyme deficiencies are involved in every single case of Microbiome Dysfunction. We age as the enzymes in our Microbiome degenerate and dysfunction.  Microbiome Dysfunction leads to Metabolic Dysfunction, which leads to Myodascial Dysfunction and Mental Dysfunction. We grow or regenerate if our microbiome flourishes . Our Enteric Brain or the One hundred trillion bacteria of our microbiome cannot be denied as being critical to our growth and health patterns. This is the future of nutrition research as begun almost 100 years ago by Dr Edward Howell. Your microbiome help manufacture many vitamins and other nutrients.
I quote Dr Howell “ To say that the body can easily digest and assimilate cooked food
may someday prove to be the most grievous oversight yet committed by science.” He suggested taking plant-based enzymes to help replace the lost enzymes in enzyme diminished cooked foods. Dr Richard Gerber said  “enzymes. .provide the electrochemical fire to run the cellular engines and ultimately keep the entire system working.”