Monday, May 25, 2015

Phase 1 of the Huggins-Grube Protocol – Test Time

Phase Two of the Huggins-Grube Protocol – Test Time

With last week’s post I began discussing the “meat and potatoes” of the Huggins-Grube Protocol. If you need to refresh your memory, you can read it below. 

We looked at the Protocol’s first phase, which is all about preparation. If restored health is our destination, and if dental revision is the means of travel, then this preparatory phase is where we plan our trip. We plot our course, make our reservations, and pack our bags.

A big part of that planning involves testing. Specifically, today we’ll be talking about two of several special tests we use to determine how best to treat our patients. So, relax: there’re no “right” or “wrong” answers. There’s just you!


The thought of this test might be shocking for some of you. (Yes, the pun was intended.) The dentist will take electric readings on your amalgam fillings and crowns. Think about it for a moment: amalgam dental work is metallic. And metal conducts electricity. Add a nice solution like saliva, and presto! You’ve got your very own, built-in personal battery. 

(Think “Physics 101.”) Sometimes, that “battery” even transmits and receives radio waves. Yes, some folks really have reported hearing radio transmissions over this frequency. Talk about it being “all in your head”! If you’ve got a mouthful of amalgam and are having difficulty understanding this, don’t worry. This artificial electrical current being generated in your mouth is way stronger (around 1,000 times) than the one naturally generated by your brain. This means your brain has to work really hard to adjust itself and the rest of your nervous system to this intruding electricity. The result? Brain fog. If you’ve felt it, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

As you might have guessed by now, this test is an extremely important part of the Protocol. By it, your dentist is able to determine the sequential order in which your amalgam fillings and crowns should be replaced. I’ll explain this in greater detail when I cover the actual process of dental revision, so stay-tuned. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.)


They say beauty is more than skin deep. Well, there’s a lot more to your hair than meets the eye. So, a sample is taken from the nape of your neck – probably best done by your barber or beautician – to be sent to another special laboratory for mineral analysis. 

Some minerals, like lead, mercury, and cadmium, are toxic. Others, like sodium, potassium, and calcium, are necessary – in the right amounts – for optimal health. This test will measure these necessary minerals to determine your body’s supply of them. Plus, these test results will be correlated with those from other tests, about which we’ll be writing in our next post.

More Tests To Follow 

So, check back next week to read about the remaining critical tests we run prior to beginning the actual dental revision process. As you can see already, there’s a lot more to this than just taking the metal out of your mouth, willy-nilly. Your health, oral and otherwise, is way too important! 

Until next week, 

Dr. Blanche

Monday, May 18, 2015

Phase One of the Huggins-Grube Protocol

Phase One of the Huggins-Grube Protocol

Last week’s post was a general introduction to the Huggins-Grube Protocol. You’ll remember that’s what we call the specially developed patient protection procedure we use in our work of dental revision.

Now it’s time to dive into the different phases of the Protocol. When you take a long trip, you plan the details beforehand, right? Well, the Protocol is no different. In fact, think of it like a journey from illness to wellness. So, let’s begin with Phase One.

Phase One: Before the Revision Work
There are actually many different steps involved in this first part of the Protocol. However, I don’t want to overload you with too much information. So, I’m only going to talk briefly about the first three steps.

This is really important. If you are well enough, you need to get educated on the topic of dental toxicity. I strongly encourage you to read Dr. Huggins’ book, It’s All In Your Head. It’s like the “magna carta” of biological dentistry. Then, if you have time, continue with Uninformed Consent. Both are available for purchase in the Resources section of

Once you are familiar with the protocol, it’s time to interview a dentist – and other therapists – to see if you can assemble an adequate team to do the treatment you’ve chosen. If you can get to northeast Pennsylvania, then our staff can take care of this. Otherwise, we can put you in touch with another biological dentist nearer your hometown.

Once you’re at the dental office, you can expect a thorough dental examination. It will include both both hard and soft tissue evaluation: that is, teeth and gums, as well as areas of the neck. X-rays will be taken in order to locate: 

  • decayed, dead, or missing teeth
  • cavitations
  • defective fillings
  • root canals

Models of your teeth may be taken at this time in order to evaluate your “bite.” These also may be used in the laboratory to fabricate replacements for any missing teeth that might need to be removed during subsequent procedures.
Whew! Not a bad start, right? Since the examination is pretty comprehensive, I’m going to save the rest of it for next week’s post. For now, you’ve got a good idea of how important it is to plan well any dental revision you are considering.  And, as I said in last week’s post, you can see what a big part a patient plays in his or her healing!

Until next week,

Dr. Blanche

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Huggins Protocol

The Huggins Protocol

Centers for Healing is all about . . . healing. Go figure, right? Yes, names still mean something, and we chose ours for good reason. After all, the heart of our work here at Centers for Healing involves biological dental revision. That is: the systematic removal and replacement of all toxic materials in your mouth. Why? So you can heal.
During his years of tireless and committed work, he learned that the safety involved in the removal of mercury-filled amalgams and crowns is just as important as the removal itself. Well, that safety is the heart and soul of his Protocol.

To ensure the safety and efficacy of our work, we follow a special patient (and doctor) protection plan developed by my mentor, Dr. Hal Huggins. We call this plan “the Huggins Patient Protection Protocol,” or simply “the Huggins Protocol.”

Dr. Huggins gained notoriety due to his attempt to convince the dental profession to stop using mercury in fillings. During his years of tireless and committed work, he learned that the safety involved in the removal of mercury-filled amalgams and crowns is just as important as the removal itself. Well, that safety is the heart and soul of his Protocol.

The Huggins Protocol, thus, is a comprehensive plan covering the phases before, during, and after dental revision treatment. After all, getting the toxins out of your mouth is just the first step in getting healed, by removing the cause of your symptoms. The second step is the healing process itself, during which we help your body recover from the effects of exposure to those toxins, many of which take on the features of full-fledged autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune disease? Maybe it doesn’t sound as bad as it should. After all: “auto” means “self” and “immune” means “protected.” So, “auto-immune” ought to mean “self – protected,” right? Wrong. Although there are many kinds of autoimmune diseases, they all have one terrible thing in common: they cause the body to mistake and attack itself as a foreign object! If the immune system is like a series of battleships, then autoimmunity is like having those ships wage relentless war on their homeport. What are some of these autoimmune diseases? Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis . . . you get the picture.

Bottom line: if you’ve got an autoimmune condition, then you certainly don’t want to make it worse than it already is. Again, that is why, over the course of the next few weeks, I will be writing about specific aspects of the Protocol, so you’ll have a better understanding of its importance and why we follow it so closely.

I need to stress something from the get-go, however. We do everything in our power to protect and heal you, as safely and quickly as we can. But, a patient’s own involvement in his or her own healthcare plays a major part in the total healing process. The success rate of our work dramatically increases when a patient takes his or her treatment in hand, working with us as active partners in healing. Active partners in healing: what a concept!

You’ll see that concept in action as I walk you step-by-step through the different phases of the Huggins Protocol. I have no doubt that you will see clearly how it helps me and my colleagues here at Centers for Healing in our daily work for your best physical, dental, and emotional health, as safely and quickly as possible.

All the best,

Dr. Blanche