Biological dentistry, like naturopathy, is less a distinct discipline in its own right than it is a particular way of practicing a common discipline. In the case of naturopathy, that common discipline is medicine, considered in its widest application.
Refusal and Separation
Now, biological dentistry first became known by what it refused to do: amalgam fillings, root canals, titanium implants, fluoride treatments, etc. Then, of necessity, alternative therapies were introduced, such as the use of composite fillings, cavitation surgery, etc. We learn more every day, and our protocol for safe dental revision reflects in practice the knowledge that we gain.
In a similar way, naturopathy began as a reaction to what its advocates and practitioners saw as a growing distancing of the conventional medical world from that of nature. Symptoms overshadowed causes, and pharmaceutical drugs largely replaced natural remedies that had been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The Principles of Naturopathy
Progressively, naturopaths developed their guiding principles of practice, which were finally “codified” in the 1980’s by the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians).
As a recap of what we’ve discussed in our most recent posts, those principles are:
- The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
- Identify and treat the causes (tolle causam)
- First do no harm (primum non nocere)
- Doctor as teacher (docere)
- Treat the whole person
Bringing It All Home
These are the same tenets that Dr. Huggins always taught. In fact, they all come back to a single principle: “First do no harm”!
However, this is not limited to what we actually do. It includes what we don’t do, but should. What do I mean by this? We stopped teaching people (i.e., doctor as teacher) how to take care of themselves!
For instance, you may have the beginnings of a cavity where you have some hyopcalcification in the enamel. Rather than having that drilled out and replaced with filling material, wouldn’t it be a lot easier to provide your body with the proper amount of minerals, enabling that hypocalcification to heal itself within as little as twenty-four hours?
Then, there’s the principle of identifying and treating the causes. Let’s make that really simple: it’s what you eat. That’s right: nutrition is the foundation of good health, oral and otherwise. “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”
Finally, let’s consider the principle “Treat the whole person.” How are dental materials we use going to affect the whole body of a given patient? For example, how will bridgework that locks the bones of the head affect the whole body? How will putting nickel based orthodontic wires in a teenager’s body affect their mood? I could go on and on.
Instead, I’ll stop here and wish you all a safe and happy weekend!
All the best,
Dr. Blanche Grube