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Lettrs: Don’t take your body for granted

Don't take your body for granted

It is always good to open up dialogue so that an exchange of ideas can happen. Dr. Robert Jensen recently responded to a letter I wrote which addressed Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Dr. Jensen is absolutely right when he writes that I have no formal training in dentistry ("Leave dental work to a dentist, letters, Nov. 7, The Aspen Times).

The focus in my studies is looking at the body as a whole and what kind of different stresses affect the body as a whole.

While certain treatment in a specific area may create the desired results, I have found that it is also helpful to consider what happens in one area of the body and how it may affect another part of the body.

I applaud Dr. Jensen for not having put amalgam fillings in patients for a long time. Recent research does indicate the insidious effects of mercury on the overall health of the body. More studies indicate that minute seepage of mercury fillings can indeed have detrimental effects in other areas of the body, the brain being one such organ. Our body is made up of systems and they all interact. They do not act alone.

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While some may consider that the American Dental Association is the ultimate authority on teeth, I question some of its statements. I have long questioned and challenged the use of fluoride, one of the deadliest toxins on the planet, being used systemically in the body. My research in this area has led me to believe that there are dubious ways that fluoride was integrated into health care.

New research indicates that there may be a connection between root canals and long-term health issues. I have personally had two root canals by Dr. Roger Brown, who is an excellent endodontist. Yet, I do look at information presented and try to consider what the best thing for my health is.

It seems as though Dr. Jensen and I agree on some things yet disagree on others. That is fine.

My concern is that chronic health diseases are at all-time highs and getting worse. The world we live in is becoming more toxic and stressful and taking a toll on our health. People need to take responsibility for what they do with their bodies. New research is challenging old belief systems. Money and greed are more insidious than ever, especially when it comes to our health. An area where this is evident is with Monsanto and our food system. We are living in a quagmire of toxins and they are seriously affecting our health.

It is my purpose to get people to evaluate how they can improve the quality of their lives. It is important to question the status quo so that we can continue to evolve.

Asking questions is never a bad thing. Trying to learn more is a good thing. Being exposed to new information and concepts allows us to grow. Change is not always easy.

Health is a contact sport. You need to be involved and learn more about what you can do for your health.

Dr. Tom Lankering

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