(tw: chronic disease, trauma with conventional medicine)
Please stop and read this if you or someone you know has had a root canal or extraction of and infected tooth at the dentist. Extra important for you to read if you also have persistent health issues with unclear causes/solutions, whether they’re simple (mild fatigue, acne, sinus issues etc) or complex (autoimmune disorders, cancer.) This might be really, really important information for you or a loved one.
I got a root canal in 2011 which, unbeknownst to me until now, slowly ruined my health. Eventually, it culminated in two instances of ER hospitalization this year, one in spring and one recently in September. I had septic shock, a fancy term for an infection traveling to the heart or brain in a sudden/dangerous way. Organ systems began to fail, one after the other, rapidly. Sepsis kills people, often, to put it frankly…I have to be truthful about this in order for people to understand how serious it can get. I’m scheduled for a surgery to remove the infection later this month.
It’s taken me years of research and inexplicably worsening symptoms to realize what the root cause of all of this was. I was fresh out of high school, a few months into college when I got a root canal on a tooth with an infected cavity. 18 years old. Within two months I started developing serious skin problems that have since escalated dramatically. I began losing weight and couldn’t gain it back and haven’t since. I lost my appetite, developed cystic acne for the first time, had bad brain fog & it worsened my depression and anxiety. I was constantly tired and have been since 2011, to this day. I need more naps than a healthy adult should. It effected my memory, mood and immune system. It’s a large part of why I didn’t make it through college and I didn’t even know that until now. It effects my overall oral health and the teeth nearby. Its made me more painfully sensitive to light and sound. I developed tachycardia, muscle twitching and ovarian cysts. I can’t focus or concentrate to the best of my ability, I tend to feel groggy and vaguely unwell. Despite the fact that I’ve switched to a healthier diet and lifestyle for while now, in the past year it has gotten so bad that its lead to medical emergencies, hospitals and tests. 18 to 25 going on 26 is how long I’ve dealt with this.
I had a weird feeling starting in 2013 that maybe the root canal had something to do with it, but no one around me would hear it or considered the possibility of it. I was gaslit so bad I started trying to ignore the problems. But I eventually started doing research online around 2015. I found “Weston Price” and Dr. Huggins and all these alternative researchers in dentistry who finally said things that made sense to me and confirmed my suppressed suspicions. One famous research study showed that rabbits implanted with root canaled tissue from chronically sick human patients almost always developed the identical sickness from the patient, and the patients tended to improve drastically after removal. I also found hundreds of stories and group chats on medical/health internet forums, from real people, whose health went to shit after a root canal or bad extraction. They all ended up on these forums because they could not find a doctor or dentist to validate their experience or find the root cause of their sudden, confusing onset of illnesses….
Long story short: root canals are toxic. They leave a dead tooth in your mouth, create a place for bacteria to thrive and lock it inside jaw bone tissue, creating a focal infection which then travels through the body through the bloodstream (this is called a “cavitation”). You can also get an infection if your dentist doesn’t remove the entire ligament that connects the sick tooth to the bone during an extraction…lots of them don’t because they aren’t trained to do so. In either case, whatever toxins are there flow to various tissues in your body, causing persistent, chronic health problems that then seem ‘incurable’ or ‘made up’ to conventional practictioners. These toxins can poison you slowly, for years, even decades without you realizing it. Because I’m extremely sensitive and my immune system was already compromised, my symptoms became acute and obvious, but there are many people reading this who probably have cavitations and don’t realize it because their immune system works well enough to filter the toxins…but maybe its effecting you already and you don’t realize it because its subtle? And if not, then what about five years from now? Ten, or twenty years? That’s a lot of toxic stuff leaking into your body daily.
Today, right now, there are tens of millions of Americans being slowly internally poisoned by their root canals and bad extractions. Only trained biological and holistic dentists can properly remove these infections because conventional dental schools straight up do not teach this as a clinical possibility. If you have a root canal, its likely toxic. But it’s a traditional practice that makes dentists a lot of $$$$$ and drives up the statistical likelihood of patients returning/needing more work in the future. Most young dentists would, of course, disagree with me because they are learning within the old paradigm. If more people knew there has been solid research on this shit since the 1930s, then you’d have millions with serious diseases suing, protesting and popping off. Not to sound conspiracy-ish but this shit is basically a massive coverup with insane public health implications. I really can’t tell you how many stories I read online from people who went through even worse things than I did. Cancer. Arthritis. Diabetes. Losing loved ones. Even young people like me….Healthy, active young people with absolutely no current or genetic history of any of these problems, all of which began after their root canal or extraction. I was a varsity athlete in highschool (track) and a serious, lifelong dancer and performer. I had glowing skin, way more energy and an 8 pack. Still getting over the physical effects this experience has had on me Excited to get back to pre-root canal coral.
Spiritual Dimensions of Illness
I couldn’t publish this without including what I’ve learned from this on a spiritual and emotional level. Whats weird is, I kind of had to accept sickness before the solution could come into my life. I had to stop wanting to ‘get rid of it’ and eradicate/kill off my symptoms. I had to just…stop and be PRESENT with myself for a change…not trying to escape my experience. I had to learn to be OK with the person I am right now, in this now moment, not the person I want to be, not the projection my ego wants me to be so it can protect itself from the shame it honestly needs to process. I had to learn to embrace pain, unwellness, scars, darkness and know that although I contain those things, they are not “me”. I spent years deeply exploring myself and spiritually awakening while all this was happening to my physical body. Sickness paused what my ego thought it wanted, and forced me to sit alone with myself at the bottom of my inner well in the dark for a very long time, exploring every shadowy corner, exploring my past and past lives, exploring trauma and childhood, parents and sibling relationships, friendships, social communities, culture & the world at large, undoing lifetimes of social programming while healing personal/ancestral trauma.
Until I got sick it wasn’t clear to me how gaslighted I had been growing up at home and also by institutions in general, not just medicine. I didn’t realize how much I had come to believe that suffering was normal, how often I would push right through it and do what had to be done. How hard it was for me back then to understand/believe my own suffering and locate + name the cause, be it physical or emotional. How much I was taught by society that I’m worthless if not constantly healthy, productive and successful. How much external pressure I put on myself to achieve despite the internal truth inside me begging me to focus within, on what hurt and needed attention. Its like the symptoms were my souls way of saying: ‘you’re hurting! Somethings wrong! Something happened, they put a toxic thing in you. Please pay attention to me and stop everything and take care of me and love me. Believe me when I give your body symptoms, because I am your soul and that is the easiest way for me to communicate with you right now since you are not awakened yet, so you don’t understand my language but you do understand pain and crisis. Also, listen to your physical intution plz, and stop letting others deny your experience/truth! And stop denying yourself of it! Of all you are, the immense light and the darkness. The symptoms just want you to validate them and love them and see them for what they are, they are just a message to you from your soul, once you embrace them then the solutions will manifest so you can heal but it has to start from within, Coral…” etc etc. It might sound woo but whatever. I really kinda have learned to see my body and sickness/disease in a new light.
One one level I was a victim of a dangerous and toxic procedure, but on a *higher* level I was learning from experiences that were a symbolic reflection of muuuuch deeper things within, and the physical experience was teaching me the exact lessons I had to learn. I’m not saying sickness and illness are ‘good’ things, nor am I minimizing the fucked upness of any of it. It sucked, it still sucks, and I’d love nothing more than a healthy, disease and root canal free world. I just like to explore various ways of looking at life. And looking at things this way seems to have some very interesting/cool spiritual effects that feeling like a victim of something does not. It’s really just a matter of perspective. And there’s no separation because it’s honestly both…we are victims of conditioning and capitalism and all kinds of isms outside of us individually and it would be socially irresponsible and naive to deny that. I went to the dentist in 2011 and got sick as a result, linear cause and effect. However, I also think there is more to reality than what we see before us, that there are deeper meanings and reasons for things and that it takes a conscious connection with your soul to understand them.
Doing so doesn’t make everything automatically ‘perfect’, although it does set you on the right path. What it does is it allows you is to stop feeling like your experiences are only out to get you, and start flowing along with them instead of against them. What we resist persists and illness is no different. We give power to experiences by resisting them, but when we surrender to them and let go of trying to solve or control, paradoxically we become aware that “we” are the field of consciousness in which the experience is happening, not the experience itself. Healing, therefore, becomes a matter of shifting your consciousness from being the person who is sick, to the field of awareness who is having an experience of being sick. From that state of awareness you access the ability to heal yourself and, beyond that, decide/create your physical experience. All along, illness was only trying to wake me up to this incredible knowledge about the truth of who and what I am. Once properly integrated and applied, this awareness is meant to alter my experience of reality, lifting me out of ‘this is being done to me’ awareness, into ‘i am creating this entire experience’ awareness’. Its kind of hard to explain this concept lol…
Anywayyyy, this has an automatic healing effect and is what sets in motion the wave of energy that will deliver the solution to you without your mind struggling to come up with one… Without you fighting your body, your emotions, yourself. This is a deeper, more effective and permanent way to heal, just my perspective though. Practicing this perspective created a big enough energetic shift that it manifested in my physical reality as finding all the answers to my health issues which released all the doubt I had and calmed my nerves a lot. It manifested as finding a kind, supportive not crazy expensive dentist in my boyfriends hometown, so I’m in a comfortable homey place after my appointments. And the craziest thing is the dental clinic turned out to be on the other side of the building where I got my first album (“The Awakening“) mastered. We had nooooo idea 🙂 When shit like this happens I know I’m in alignment with my soul…because my efforts to heal physically are happening effortlessly now and spirit/my higher self does funny stuff like the last thing just so I know for a fact its looking out for me.
Like any crisis a human faces, disease can be viewed as an invitation back into the self, back into the truth of who you are beyond all personal expectations or human experiences, back into truths you have hidden very deep inside you where its non verbal…in your flesh. Because I truly could not solve or fix what I thought was ‘broken’, and I had no choice but to surrender to it, I ended up doing a cool thing. I accepted being sick and surrounded the entire ‘negative’ experience with the light of who I truly am, formless consciousness that can never be ‘sick’, because it is outside of time/space. It exists beyond the convincing illusion of physical reality, and this space is the true source of wellness. This space is the fountain of youth, a metaphor for the space where you find a source of unconditional love and light within you. From there, it became easier to start learning how to love my physical self unconditionally. Only then did spirit (higher intuition) draw me to the websites that would finally lead to understanding what caused me to get sick in the physical realm. I had to first understand the spiritual cause/meaning before I could understand, then heal, the physical. It had to start within. Doctors have the shit allllll wrong.
Getting sick also lead me back to the truth that in our natural, untampered with by capitalist industrial society state….we are already whole. Healthy and whole. Natural food, natural environment, natural lifestyle, the way life was meant to be lived. I’ve changed how I eat and live and care for myself. The only reason we end up needing modern dentistry in the first place is because of modern diets and ways of living. Without a sugar fueled cavity filled childhood in poverty, I wouldn’t have ‘needed’ it at all. The root canal was an external, destructive force that fucked up my physical equilibrium the same way that capitalism is fucking up the equilibrium of our planet, our home. As without, so within. Realizing this has helped me understand/name larger systems of oppression and their effects on the physical body and public health at large. As more and more people realize their seemingly personal physical problems are all interconnected and related to capitalism/modern western craziness/our own spiritual disconnection from ourselves, we come closer to finding solutions to shared problems and realizing that health and vitality is our natural birthright as sovereign beings on this planet.
Why I’m sharing my story: I feel like a canary coming out of a toxic coal mine who has flown back to tell people ‘nope, do notttt fuck with this coal mine, take it from me its not safe in there’, lol. What I mean is, if you’ve gotten root canals or extractions done, take the advice of someone who’s been through the potential long term effects and don’t go down the same road. If you are perfectly healthy, that’s great and you’re probably fine, even though some say all root canals are inherently toxic. But if you have health issues you or doctors just cant pinpoint/solve/explain, or even a constant mild feeling of fatigue, please consider your dental history….. (You’ll need a non conventional dentist and a 3D bone scan to even pick up on a cavitation and clean it properly FYI) This experience has had such an enormous cumulative effect on my life…still processing it and will be for a time as I heal and detox. One thing that helps emotionally is the idea of making sure people around me are aware and empowered when it comes to taking their power back from the problematic institution that is modern western dentistry. I hope this helps someone else out there get their health back ❤ Feel free to share this and ask me any questions about my journey through this, if you think you might start your own.