Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Phase Two of the Huggins-Grube Protocol – Part Two Intravenous Vitamin C (“High-Powered C”)

Last week’s post began our discussion of the second phase of the Huggins-Grube Protocol. You’ll remember we talked about the practice of conscious sedation, humming along with Annie Lennox singing in the background. If you’re like me, you’re still humming!

Intravenous Vitamin C

Anyway, it’s time now to cover the topic of protection against mercury and other toxins. One of the most important features of our Protocol is the use of intravenous Vitamin C.

Cellular Metabolism

Everyone knows that Vitamin C is good for you, right? I mean, it increases the general efficiency of cellular metabolism – that is, the nitty-gritty work that each one of our billions of cells performs to keep us alive.

Remember high school biology? Well, just in case: each cell has a membrane that surrounds and protects it. By means of this cell membrane, nutrients are pulled into the cell, and toxins are pushed out. Vitamin C keeps this process running smoothly.

An Efficient Detoxifier

Even more to the point of our Protocol, Vitamin C is easily one of the most efficient aids in helping the body detoxify from the effects of dead and root canal teeth, as well as the waste accumulated around them.

Molecular Bouncers

Upon detecting the presence of a heavy metal – lead, cadmium, or mercury – within a cell, Vitamin C immediately issues a “red-alert” message to the cell, prompting it to begin production of glutathione. Glutathione is a special detoxifying chemical that binds itself to mercury and escorts it out of the body. If your cells are so many “clubs,” then glutathione molecules are their bouncers: “Out the door, buddy!”

Oral Vitamin C: A Big “No-No” During Revision

As great as intravenous Vitamin C therapy is during the dental revision process, a word of caution is needed here. Under no circumstances should a patient ingest oral Vitamin C in any form on the day of surgery. Why? Because in this form, it counteracts the effects of anesthetics, and big-time.

Practically, this means that all local anesthetic will wear-off within 5 to 10 minutes. After that, you might as well be in thumb screws.

Mysteriously, the 25 to 50 grams of intravenous Vitamin C delivered directly to your blood stream doesn’t interfere at all in this way. So rest easy. Just skip your Vitamin C supplements on surgery day!

More Protection

In the next couple of posts, we’ll look at the other important tools we use to protect our patients – and ourselves – during the work of dental revision. Yes, heavy metals are toxic to humans, and dental personnel are people too!

Until then, take good care, and make sure you’re getting your Vitamin C every day! Your cells will thank for it.

All the best,

Dr. Blanche

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Huggins-Grube Protocol – Phase Two – Conscious Sedation (Sweet Dreams)

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to order your own jar of My Magic Mud. As soon as you receive it and start using it, you’ll see why I wrote about it so enthusiastically in last week’s post. (Need a refresher? You can find it here.)

Meanwhile, it’s time to continue our look at the Huggins-Grube Protocol. We’ve seen pretty much everything involved in the first, or preparatory, phase. So, now it’s time to have a look at the second phase. This is where we get into the actual work of dental revision . . . the “goal” of Phase One.

Conscious Sedation

Remember Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics? They were really popular back in the early 80’s. That is, back when “the oldies” were the hit songs of the 50’s and 60’s. Crazy how time flies, huh?

Anyway, the Eurythmics had a hit song called “Sweet Dreams.” For whatever reason, it popped into my head as I was thinking about this post and its main topic: conscious sedation. If you know this catchy tune, you’ll probably hum along with me as I explain why.


“Conscious sedation?” you ask. It’s easily one of the most important recent additions to the Protocol within the past decade. Most of you probably have had a local anesthetic – such as a Novacaine shot – once or twice in your lifetime. You remain conscious, but the treated area of your mouth goes completely numb, enabling more or less painless dental work. The other extreme would be a general anesthetic, such as nitrous oxide. It might be used in the case of more detailed surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal.

Well, between these two “extremes,” if you will, is conscious sedation. Think of it like a pleasant twilight sleep. You know what’s going on – more or less – but without a care in the world. Afterward, however, you may not remember anything, due to the amnesia that accompanies this kind of sedation.


Aside from not remembering your time in the dental chair, there are much more serious benefits associated with conscious sedation.  It is possible to do the entire work of dental revision, involving all four quadrants of the mouth, in a single sitting. This is a huge deal for your immune system. Essentially, your body is able to endure the relative trauma associated with amalgam removal and then start healing, without the interruptions of sequential appointments. And, because of the “twilight sleep,” the six or more hours that might be involved in the process seem more like two.

Next week, I’ll talk about the other important safety features used during the revision process. For now, just know that we take every step of that process with the utmost seriousness. At Centers For Healing, there is no such thing as the contradiction between a successful treatment, on the one hand, and an unhealed patient, on the other. Our work is only a success when you’re back on the road to restored health and immunity. Period.

All the best,

Dr. Blanche Grube

Monday, June 15, 2015

Black and White

I don’t know about know about you, but I could use a break from our Protocol discussion, as important as it is. So, now seems as good a time as any to talk to you about My Magic Mud, an awesome new product that is taking the oral hygiene industry by storm.

Teeth Whitening

But, first some background. You may have heard me say in a video I recorded a while ago that people often come to me about whitening their teeth. And, no matter what the method, I’ve always been against it, for the simple reason that all teeth whiteners contain peroxide. And, you know what peroxide does, right?

Remember back when you were a kid, and you scraped your knee? Your mother or other caregiver immediately poured peroxide on it to clean it. If you were anything like I was, in spite of the stinging sensation you watched in amazement as the wound bubbled-up. What you were watching were your red blood cells reacting to the peroxide.

Exploding Blood Cells

Well, when you place peroxide on tooth enamel, it doesn’t just stay on the enamel. Like all bone, our teeth are porous. So, some of that peroxide seeps through the dentin and pulp to where the blood vessels are. Now, what do you suppose the red blood cells in those vessels – deep inside your teeth – do when the peroxide hits them? You guessed it: they start bubbling. And they only stop when they finally explode. Yep: explode. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Hypersensitivity and Root Canals

Folks, this is why so many people today experience hypersensitivity when they get their teeth whitened. And, how does a conventional dentist respond? “No problem, have a root canal done.” That’s why the number of anterior root canals – meaning those placed in your front teeth – has sky-rocketed in recent years.

Again, this is the simple reason why I’ve always been against teeth whitening.


Until now, that is. It’s funny, you know. Sometimes, you have to experience the opposite of what you really want in order to get precisely what you really want. If you think about it, everyday life is filled with these paradoxes, or apparent contradictions.

For instance, you’ve probably heard the saying “It’s darkest before the dawn.” That’s right: the dark night gets even darker just before the first rays of morning light break through. Then, of course, there’s the famous saying, “No pain, no gain.” What athlete hasn’t heard that more than once?
I don’t want to get too philosophical here, however. In fact, after so many years searching for a practical solution to the problem of tooth-whitening, I’ve finally found something that I want to share with you.

My Magic Mud

Lately I’ve been brushing my teeth with a great new product called “My Magic Mud.” It’s a one-hundred percent natural tooth powder made of activated coconut shell charcoal and calcium bentonite clay. It cleans and detoxifies your mouth, and, yes, whitens your teeth!


So, what’s the “magic” in My Magic Mud Tooth Powder? Answer: its simplicity.  You’ve probably heard the word “synergy.” Bottom line, that’s when the different parts of something, when working together the right way, end-up creating something much greater than just the sum of those separate parts.
In this case, the activated coconut shell charcoal scrubs your teeth squeaky clean and detoxifies your mouth at the same time. Because it’s grit-free and ultra fine, it’s gentle on tooth enamel.
Meanwhile, the calcium bentonite clay improves dental hygiene in general by lifting the toxins right out of your teeth and gums, by a process known as “adsorption.” Even more, it actually helps remineralizeyour teeth.  That’s a huge benefit right there!

A Unique Blend

The charcoal and clay in My Magic Mud is very different from other charcoals and clays on the market. This blend has been lab tested, ensuring that the end result is the finest powder available, not like the charcoal, for example, found in most capsules. Bottom line: on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, the ingredients in My Magic Mud are not as hard as tooth enamel. This means a medium-low abrasivity level, which is spot on for cleaning your teeth. 
Finally, the certified orange peel extract – a natural whitener – and the certified organic mint extract – a natural anti-inflammatory – finish-off this amazing combination of products. Period. That’s right: there’s nothing else in My Magic Mud. No bleaching agents. No fillers. No GMO’s. No foaming agents. Zip. Nil. Nada.

Get Dirty to Get Clean!

Using My Magic Mud is actually super simple. You’ve seen what it’s done for me. But, don’t just take my word for it. Put it to the test in your own mouth and see whether it doesn’t do for your smile what you’ve just seen it do for mine.
Oh, and talk about a real bargain. A jar of My Magic Mud sells for $25. But, it lasts for 5 months. That’s $5 bucks a month for one of the best oral health products I’ve ever seen in my long career in dentistry. And you get free shipping to boot!
You can order your own jar right here from my website: My Magic Mud. Doing so helps support the work we all do here at Centers for Healing. Work we do for you!
All the best,

Dr. Blanche

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Phase One of The Huggins-Grube Protocol – Treatment Plan and Cyclic Scheduling

Phase One of The Huggins-Grube Protocol – Treatment Plan and Cyclic Scheduling

Your test results are in! We know your personal nutritional profile and your biocompatibility parameters. We also know the electrical charges of your fillings.

Now, it’s time to work up your treatment plan. Think of it like this: your map application on your smartphone tells you the possible routes for getting from wherever you are to wherever you want to be. The route you end up taking, however, with its stops and starts, detours and visits, is the particular path you actually take to get there.

Making the Protocol a Custom Fit

It’s the same thing with the Protocol. Its various components and steps are one thing; how we adapt them to your specific needs is quite another. You know those clothes marked “one size fits all,” where “all” is really “none”? Well, this is definitely a case where one size – that is, one practical application of our Protocol – definitely does not fit all!

“What are some of these planning variables, Dr. Blanche?” Well, since you’re having amalgam removed from your teeth, we’ve got to replace it with something else, right? We can’t leave holes in your head (literally). So, do you want a composite filling, or maybe a gold one? If we also have to remove teeth in the revision process, do you prefer a fixed bridge or a removable one? Then, there’s the question of anesthesia. Do you prefer conscious sedation or just a local anesthetic? See? All of these variables need to be determined to get the best fit for you.

The 7-14-21 Day Cycles

There’s more. Now that we’ve determined what we’re going to do for you, it’s time to determine when. It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of this. Over the years, we’ve observed the responses of many patients with respect to appointment length. More importantly, we’ve studied the scheduling intervals between successive appointments, in conjunction with a patient’s immune cycles.

The science behind this is fascinating, but it’s more than we can cover in this format. Suffice it to say that our bodies run on many overlapping cycles. For instance, there are:

·      the numbers of hours you sleep
·      when you go to bed
·      when you get up in the morning
·      when you eat your first meal of the day
·      your menstrual cycles (for women)
·      how long your red blood cells live
·      how long your white blood cells live

Whew! I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of different cycles. Now, from the dental point of view, toxic exposure initiates cycles of immune activity, which likewise activate other immune or endocrine activity. Yes, the human body, in spite of how simply and smoothly it operates, is incredibly complex.

So, what does this mean for you, bottom-line? It means that any successive dental revision work done before your immune system has had a chance to “reboot” can cause major health problems. If you picture a runner who hurts his ankle and then starts running again before the ankle is healed, then you’ve got a pale image of what I’m talking about. That’s because when it’s a question of your immune system, there’s a lot more than a damaged joint at stake. Quite literally, it’s you who are at stake. Immunity is no joke, and a damaged immune system is a tragedy.

End of Phase One

With that, we’ve completed our review of the first phase of our Protocol for patient protection. We’ve covered a lot of ground together, and there’s been a lot to absorb. Don’t worry: we’re not going anywhere, and this is just the beginning of our discussion of everything we do to protect you and your health – which, by now, you certainly realize includes much more than a nice smile.

We’ll be taking a break next week from our discussion of the Protocol to tell you about an awesome new product we’ve discovered. So, be sure to check back next Monday to read all about it.

Until then, keep well!

Dr. Blanche

Monday, June 1, 2015

Phase 1 - MORE TESTS!

Last week’s discussion of electricity and hair analysis might have left you wondering if Centers for Healing is more of a day spa than a dental office. Actually, that intuition is not as far off the mark as you might think. This will become clearer as I write more on this blog about our integrated understanding of health and wellness.

Meanwhile, it’s time to complete our review of the standard tests we use in the first phase of our Protocol. Like hair analysis, they are designed to give us guidelines for balancing your body chemistry. Moreover, they tell us what dental materials are safe to use specifically in your mouth. We call this “biocompatibilty.” Your blood serum helps us here.

Blood Chemistry

The blood chemistry test is actually a comprehensive profile consisting of anywhere from 18 to 24 separate chemical tests. Some of the more commonly known are:
  • calcium
  • blood sugar
  • cholesterol
  • sodium
  • potassium
Liver and kidney function are also included. We test your urine especially for mercury levels but for other factors, as well. By combining the results of all of these tests, it’s possible to determine an individual’s specific proteinfat, andcarbohydrate requirements. This allows us to help you plan a diet or nutritional plan tailored to your own body, way beyond the profile of your generic blood type.

Thyroid hormone is another important test, since mercury particularly compromises it. Estrogen, testosterone, and anti-nuclear antibody levels are also tested.

Complete Blood Count


Complete blood count, or CBC, is a test that measures red and white blood cells, independently and in relation to one another.

Red blood cell count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit tell us about your body’s ability to transport oxygen. After all, what’s the use of breathing (i.e, your respiratory system) if all that oxygen isn’t reaching your blood (i.e., circulatory system) and all those other points along your circulatory highway? So, we take a close look at your oxyhemoglobin levels in what is called your “venous” blood. That’s the blood that has kept you alive by having already made its metabolic trip through your circulatory system.

Then there are the white blood cells. This can get even more complicated, since there are so many different kinds of them. As a general rule, however, the presence of any invading substance in the body usually triggers an increase in white blood cell count. Think of this like an army calling up its reserves – and increasing its draft program – in order to heighten national defense against the threat of an invading foreign power.

Wonder of wonders! Do you know what happens whenever amalgam fillings are placed in teeth? Bingo! That person’s white blood cell count goes up. So much for “benign” mercury levels! Translation: your body recognizes mercury as an invader. “Non-self.” Bad news. Period.

Comparison with Hair Analysis

There is a direct relationship between blood analysis and hair analysis. Only, it’s not in the way you might expect. In fact, high or low level readings in hair do not indicate necessarily corresponding levels in tissue. Results may even be polar opposites from the expectations of conventional wisdom, especially in people with cellular transport problems caused by dental toxins

With that, we’ve pretty well covered all of the preliminary testing we use to prepare for the actual work of dental revision. As we have seen in these last couple of posts, these tests tell us a lot about you. Specifically to the point of amalgam removal, they tell us both how well (or poorly) your immune system is functioning and how much the removal of dental interference can get it back on track.

What remain to discuss are your personal treatment plan and your cyclical appointment schedule. We’ll have a look at these in next week’s post.

Until then, take good care, and stay well!

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