Finding the Fountain of Youth

by Claire W. Gilbert, Ph.D., from BLAZING TATTLES magazine, May-August 2001 issue, originally found at

I recently underwent some state-of-the art, radical dental surgery for the purpose of improving my health. I thought I knew what the results would be, but they are not all in yet. Still, I need to tell how my hearing has improved, as well as leg and stomach edema, and circulation to my skin on my legs.

Also, my body is more supple and flexible, I have more sexual energy, and most of my daily brain fog is gone. (Brain fog is common to Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Chemical Injury, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.) As if those improvements were not enough, I notice I drizzle food on my clothes while I eat about 95% less, and I have much better control of my urinary bladder. Also, gone is acid reflux and indigestion. Can you believe that?

Things are not always simple, and getting from being brain-damaged and bedridden to becoming a reasonably functional person cannot easily be explained. The odds were against me, but I decided to defy the authorities who gave me no hope.

Over two decades I've done a lot of things to reverse my situation. Enough things, that it would take at least a book-length manuscript to tell about it all. The oral surgery was just one more thing in my movement toward health.

I got interested in the effect of teeth on health in my struggle to get my brain to work properly. I read that if you have metal across the midline of your head, it can impair the function of the brain. I had my two front teeth crowned with something called "ceramco" which was ceramic over gold, and the dentist, for strength, actually made it with one piece of gold shaped like two teeth, so there I was with metal over my midline. I wanted it off!

At the same time, I heard that people with environmental illness (multiple chemical sensitivity) felt better and were healthier when they had their amalgam (silver & mercury) fillings removed and replaced. I knew little of this but I helped add up the results of a survey taken at a large support group of MCS people in New York City.

People were given questionnaires regarding what modalities helped them. All those who answered they had mercury amalgam removed, reported it helped them. (Other things I recall that helped a lot were supplements and prayer/meditation.)


In time, I had all of my crowns and fillings removed and replaced with a relatively innocuous composite. The most surprising immediate effect was on the evening of the day the last crown was removed (in the lower rear of my mouth), I stopped hearing noise in my ears. I had been hearing "whoosh, whoosh," every night. It stopped.

Another effect was that my very painful fibromyalgia was greatly relieved. In fibro, your muscles don't work within themselves in synch, i.e., some fibers pull harder than others, and you get really bad pain. There were times I was crippled from it, and turning over in bed at night was excruciating. That all improved vastly with the removal of the mercury and other metals.

Studies have shown a link between muscle pains, MS, and the like, and mercury amalgam fillings, often called "silver" fillings.

Still another effect was that my cholesterol level fell. A little realized relationship exists between cholesterol and mercury. The body -- to protect itself from the mercury whose fumes gets breathed in and as a solution in saliva gets swallowed - - binds the mercury with cholesterol. When the mercury begins to leave the body, so does the excess cholesterol.

In other words, it is not pathological to have an elevated cholesterol level when you also have mercury fillings in your mouth. In fact, the cholesterol is a protection against symptoms developing such as to the nerves or muscles.[7]

During the time I was undergoing the amalgam-removal (by a dentist who knew the proper, safe protocol for this work[1]), I started reading the dental protocol of Hulda R. Clark, N.D., Ph.D. She recommends strongly against capping or crowning teeth because if they are that badly damaged, they should be removed. But I wanted very much to keep my teeth. I had nearly all of them and wanted to keep it that way.

In the process of recrowning or recapping teeth, I had a few go bad. I could tell. They were dead by then so didn't hurt a lot, but I had a discomfort in the gums/jaw. I also saw my ankles become puffy and was exhausted to the point that it was hard to stand on my feet to cook and do dishes. I found when the tooth in question (they went bad, one at a time) was pulled, the puffiness left my ankles and my strength came back.

I hadn't learned yet that my heart was also being affected by an infected tooth and that was why I was so weak. At least, I believe that now.

I also believe now that high speed drills are not good for teeth. They cook them, and also can make minute cracks in them. I wouldn't be surprised if the high speed drill contributed to the demise of my teeth, but I don't know for sure.[2] But in any case, if you look in any of Clark's books, you see pictures of what it looks like under those shiny crowns. It's not pleasant![3]

I acceded to Clark's dental protocol to the extent I did not get any bridges made, as bridges have to cut into good teeth to secure themselves. I got partials (removable partial dentures) instead. And so it went for years. My surviving teeth looked just fine. In general, if I went for a dental check up, I was not told I needed to have teeth extracted, except I did develop a draining fistula under my front lip.

Without detailing it, I treated the fistula and it "went away." I consulted a conventional oral surgeon and he saw no reason to pull my front tooth. (I had lost one in the first round of having teeth go bad after I changed caps.) The fistula was not apparent, and the tooth was solidly in. There was no decay to be seen.


I've learned to pay attention to my body and its reactions. Maybe it's a survival thing. After I saw health improvements described above, I was living in a situation in which I was daily the recipient of pesticide sprays, and also herbicides and lawn chemicals. These do not agree with me and my body began to shut down. One of the signs was that I could not only not lose weight (I'm overweight) but all I could do was gain weight. My body systems were slowing down including my metabolism.

Some of my neighbors who were not environmentally ill, were also showing signs of increasing or sudden, serious illnesses. It was an unhealthy situation.

I was able to escape and get my own, relatively safe house, and my weight, for the first time, began to fall of its own accord. I was not on a special diet. The body tucks poisons or toxins away in the fat, and to that extent, fat protects the body as it keeps the toxins from circulating where they can do damage to vital organs.


After about a year and a half in the house, things began to go wrong again for my health. A medical examination revealed high blood sugar, for the first time.

I had an hypothesis that the upper molars second from the wisdom teeth (dentists call these teeth "No. 3" and "No. 14") were causing a problem with my pancreas, the organ believed to regulate blood sugar. Both of these teeth were crowned and had hurt me at one time or another. They are also believed to be on the same acupuncture meridian as the pancreas, and I found that if I stimulated the reflex point (similar to the idea of acupressure point) for the pancreas, the teeth would stop hurting!

I went to an endocrinologist about the blood sugar and was called "diabetic." Maybe I'm in denial but I don't believe in it. It's "high blood sugar." It's not a unified disease. Not all diabetics lose their eyesight or their toes. I mean, it doesn't predict what diseases a person will get.

And I believe in the reversibility of illness, so I thought it is time to get those crowned teeth out according to the Dr. Clark protocol, which incorporates that of Hal Huggins, D.D.S. in terms of cleaning out the sockets from which infected teeth are pulled. I had six crowned teeth.

Not many oral surgeons or dentists are familiar with the Huggins procedure and they assume that your body will take care of the infected dental ligaments and jawbones after your teeth are pulled. This does not always happen.

While I was diddling around trying to find a dentist and funds to cover the work, my hearing in the right ear went bad. I thought it was a wax plug. I worked on getting the ear cleaned out, but the hearing got progressively worse. Shortly before my oral surgery, the ear was almost deaf.

Also, I noticed my loose fitting clothes were becoming tight. I hadn't changed my diet in any way. I also noticed puffiness around my ankles. I was becoming scared that I was degenerating. I was beginning to have bladder control problems upon awakening from sleep, too. Well, I'm not a kid any more. Was this just aging?

I located a dentist in my region who was able to use kinesiology to locate teeth that were dead and rotting. These things do not show up by inspection in nicely crowned teeth, and they do not show up in x-rays. The dentist was also familiar with the Clark protocol and had the skills necessary to do it.

It took a little research to find him. But it was very expensive to have him perform the oral surgery. He wanted to remove about 7 teeth, and "clean the cavitations[6]." He also found an amalgam tattoo in an area where teeth had been removed. A tattoo is where amalgam in the past got on or in the gum and fused with the gum tissue.

There was an oral surgeon in Mexico to whom Hulda Clark sends patients and I decided to use that surgeon. I had heard excellent things about his work and his personality, as well as the quality of his staff. Because, probably, of the rate of exchange of dollars and pesos, the work cost less in Mexico, and the savings would pay for the trip.

I arranged to have my work done and I went to Mexico. The surgeon was wonderful in terms of his kindness to me as a person overly sensitive to anesthetics and the like. His skill and equipment was state-of-the art. He went one step beyond the Huggins protocol. Also, he does not use a high speed drill. And no antibiotics.

I hadn't taken antibiotics for decades because of my sensitivity to them. I had other surgeries (tongue lesion - nonmalignant and oral surgery without antibiotics and used colloidal silver, echinacea, etc.) without problems.

This surgeon cleaned all of my jawbone (upper and lower, front and rear) from which he removed teeth or from which teeth were removed in the past. He scraped the bone "clean."

I do not know if such an operation is even legal in the United States. In Europe, at least, doctors and dentists are debating the issue of whether there is anything to be gained from bone cleaning.[4] The Heavy Metal Bulletin had an entire issue devoted to this. It is published by Monica Kauppi, Lilla Aspuddsv. 10, S-12649 Hagersten, Sweden.

My surgeon removed not one amalgam tattoo, but two. He also removed an amalgam shard (small piece of amalgam) that was in my front, upper gum. He found two old root tips that had been left behind in my jaw by other dentists and he removed them. And he found the remains of the fistula in the gum under my top lip and removed it, too.

He removed all my crowned and capped teeth plus two other dead teeth and a dying tooth. What was totally amazing and shocking is that these crowned teeth which looked so nice from the top, looked worse underneath than the ugly teeth in Clark's books! One molar with many roots had rot between the roots under the tooth!

This does not show up in x-rays. Two single-rooted teeth had brown rot along the root, also not visible from x-rays. One molar had a big abscess at its root tip, not visible from an x-ray. Unbelievable.[5]


When the oral surgery was complete, my hearing came back completely! I asked the surgeon if there was a connection and he replied "Everything is connected to everything." I took a hearing screening test after I got home from Mexico and I did very, very well on it. I can hear the softest tones -- 4 of 4 on my left ear, 3 of 4 on my right ear. The screening person said that is excellent.

For a while after the surgery, my leg edema was completely gone, and the puffiness stays away yet. I think the epinephrine in the anesthetic may have encouraged the edema to go totally away, not sure. In any case, my leg retains now a shape that it had lost for a long time.

Now that it is a little more than five weeks, I can note other subtle changes in my body. The skin on my legs where I have had edema for so long is improving. Presumably, the circulation is better.

In doing a yoga type exercise or just bending over to touch my toes, I notice my body gives more than it did before.

Of course, a huge benefit and one I hoped for was the lifting of the brain fog that I used to experience usually for hours every day. That is almost completely gone or completely gone. My IQ used to get depressed when I was in a fog and I don't think that happens any more.

I've noticed improvement in my digestion. I used to need to take digestive enzymes almost daily during the months prior to the oral surgery. Now I don't take them at all. I've taken them twice in five weeks, that's all. And I do not have acid reflux any more! And I don't drizzle food on my shirts much at all anymore, so I am assume the hand-eye coordination is improved.

Something else, too. I've noticed I have more sexual energy. That one surprises me, perhaps, the most!


Our models of dentistry and medicine make us think that teeth and the rest of the body are mutually exclusive. Dentists only do teeth and for the most part are not even allowed to discuss health or recommend for it. Yet from my experience, I believe dental infections can gravely impact health in untold ways. I believe the bacteria can migrate to vital organs and cause death.

Hulda Clark is able to actually trace the migration of pathogens from the mouth to vital organs and cancers using her resonancing equipment -- controversial but also state of the art. It is so state of the art that she can do metabolic studies in minutes which take conventional research long periods to do, i.e., she can trace the movement of something ingested as it becomes incorporated in tissues.

I can't say yet whether my blood sugar will come down as my body detoxifies itself from all the poisons with which the dental infections loaded it up. So the report on my alleged diabetes will await a future report. What I can say is that I believe that anyone who has any health problem for which the cause is unknown ought to consider removing all teeth that are crowned or need crowning and remove all dental materials from their small cavities.

Replacement material recommendations which are totally nontoxic can be found in Clark's The Cure for All Diseases and on the net at

I firmly believe that perfect health should be available to everyone and that many so-called congenital or hereditary defects do not develop unless certain other conditions are present. While teeth are not the only consideration, they are most certainly and definitely overlooked.

Claire wrote later the following on the Doctor in Mexico...

I've received inquiries for the name of the dentist I used in Mexico. Actually, he's an oral surgeon. The reason I didn't put his name in the article is because at the time I wrote it, Quackbusters had made a lot of trouble for Dr. Clark in Tijuana (and indirectly for her patients), and I didn't want to call attention to the name of the oral surgeon. However, Clark is in the clear now and has quackbusters on the defensive, and I can give you the surgeon's name, etc.

As for Quackbusters, Clark's attorneys are taking the principals to court and will depose them to find out (among other things) from whom or where their money comes.

The oral surgeon is Benjamin Are'chiga, D.D.S.
Phone from US: 011-52-66-82-94-64. That may also work for fax.
Email is .
Address is Edificio Cazzar (Cazzar Building), Paseo Centenario de Tijuana, 10310-302, Tijuana, B.C.

I learned the hard way that you might not find the street on the map as it goes by the also of simply Paseo de Tijuana. In U.S. lingo, it's 10310 Paseo Centenario de Tijuana, Rm. 302.

I stayed at Hotel Pueblo Amigo 4 nights and five days. It is a $5. cab ride (or $1 or $2 by shared taxi, but that's tricky unless you speak Spanish and know Tijuana) or a nice walk to the dental clinic. I got a promotional rate at the Hotel. It is very near the border. I did not want to cross the border every day while I was undergoing dental surgery. I had an old friend with me whom I knew from a long time ago, who lives in Orange County, Calif.

The hotel costs more than a chain motel, but it was worth it to me, at my age, etc. It was environmentally pretty safe, and it had windows that open. The bathroom was large and made of marble.

First day surgery was my upper center jaw. Second day, the right quadrant (upper and lower) and third day, the left quadrant (upper and lower). Stitches are not dissolving (they are more inclined toward infection) and are taken out on second day after surgery. Mouth is kept as sterile as possible. No antibiotics were administered.

I went back a second time to Tijuana, two months after the oral surgery, although you can have it all done at once. I went back for a couple of fillings and another cavity which was just cleaned and left unfilled, and for partial dentures. I stayed then in Chula Vista and took the tram to the border each time I had an appointment. I didn't rent a car that trip, although on the first trip when I had a rental, it just sat in the Hotel parking lot. We didn't want to drive in Tijuana, but don't forget I'm an old lady, and my friend was even older.

I hope this answers the questions I've been asked.

Best wishes,


I can tell you that if you email them, you are not likely to hear back. Probably also if you fax. I call. I found there are some prepaid calling cards (not US postal service, at&t, etc.) by companies that cater to people who call Mexico or overseas, and calls are 17 cents a minute to Tijuana with no connection charge. My long distance service wanted over $1.00 a minute. There is also a dentist who does the restorations, partials, onlays, etc. That is Dr. Solorio.

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1 See The importance of safely removing (mercury) amalgam "silver" fillings.

2 Extensive details on how drilling and crowning damages and frequently kills teeth can be read at Drilling & filling teeth: an unwise choice?.

3 Extensive details on Dr. Hulda Clark's recommendations for teeth and dental treatment at Hulda Regehr Clark on dental detox: guidelines for a healthy, toxin-free mouth, Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark's perspective on bridges and crowns and Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark's instructions for oral care.

4 Two dentists with extensive experience in oral detox via surgery, Drs. Graeme and Lilian Munro-Hall, consider the scraping out of sockets detrimental and use a different procedure (see their book "Toxic Dentistry Exposed").

5 Many dramatic stories of healings after similar oral surgery can be read in Drs. Graeme and Lilian Munro-Hall's book "Toxic Dentistry Exposed".

6 See Dental cavitations and cavitation infections (ischemic osteonecrosis): dangerous hidey-holes in the jawbone.

7 "High" cholesterol has other surprising benefits, see On the link between cholesterol and cancer incidence.

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