Linda’s Survivor Story: Root Canals and Cancer

My name is Linda, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June of 2010 at age 47.

I had surgery and unfortunately I did chemo. A few months into chemo I started reading books and changed a lot of things. I finished all but one treatment – I did stop early though because of the things I had learned while reading and researching.

I changed my diet to completely vegan, with juicing, I started doing the flax oil and cottage cheese (Budwig Protocol), drinking Essiac Tea, and began seeing a naturopathic doctor who also has medical doctors at his clinic who deal with cancer, and changed my supplements to the best I could buy.

But the thing that I think saved my life was having all of my root canals removed.

I read about it in a book called Outsmart Your Cancer, then I read more in a book called
The Root Canal Cover Up. Basically what happens is bacteria gets trapped in tiny tubes in the dentin, and the bacteria isn’t harmful, but the toxins that it produces that pour into your body are harmful. Many of them more powerful than mustard gas.

I went to a holistic dentist who took a 360 degree xray of my head. All of my root canals were infected underneath into the bone. I decided to remove them all. We worked in quadrants of my mouth doing the lower left first, which was the worst. The last tooth that I had a root canal on was tooth #21, and it had never settled down. That was about 6 months prior to my diagnosis. When that tooth came out, there was a big blob of infection hanging on the root, and he had to work to dig all of the infection out of the bone. All teeth are on a meridian that corresponds with an organ or part of the body. Tooth #21, corresponds to the ovary (I had ovarian cancer). My naturopath had me monitoring my ph and it was continually high. He said something was bothering my body.

The day that tooth came out, my ph went to normal and has remained at normal ever since !!

I know it seems crazy, but do your research. That was all the proof I needed. It took me a year and a half to get them all done and also remove 2 remaining mercury fillings, so now I am working on detoxing. Been cancer free for 2 years.

What books, products, and supplements do you recommend?

Outsmart Your Cancer: Alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work

by Tanya Harter Pierce




Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing

by Bill Henderson




Killing Cancer, Not People by Robert G. Wright

The China Study by T. Collin Campbell

The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle McWilliams


Websites: (Great info about root canals and cancer) (Bill Henderson’s site) – to see the meridian tooth chart


Supplements: USANA

Are there any links you would like to share?:

I’m happy to talk to anyone about my experience. Like Chris, it changed my life and all I want to do is help people now. lgdonohue (at) gmail (dot com)


Chris’s Comments

Thank you so much Linda! Congratulations to you! And by the way, it’s not crazy to me at all!

Friends, this is not the first time I have heard a story of someone developing cancer within a short time after a root canal.

There is definitely a connection.

After 40 years of treating “terminal‟ cancer patients, Dr. Josef Issels reported that 97% of his cancer patients had root canals. He would not treat a patient until all their root canals had been removed.

Here’s the big take-away:

1) Do not get a root canal. Tooth rot can be reversed.

2) If someone you know is sick, find out if they have root canals and/or mercury fillings. If so, they should seriously consider removing them.

3) A holistic approach to healing using nutrition and natural therapies works!

Dentist Dr. Hal Huggins is one of the foremost experts on root canals and mercury fillings
Check out his site

Definitely read this press release from the Toxic Element Research Foundation about root canals.

And you may also want to check out these books about healing dental issues:

Cure Tooth Decay

by Ramiel Nagel




Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing

by Dr. Bruce Fife





Read my post about the danger of mercury fillings here

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Patrick

    What does one do if they need a root canal? Just have the tooth removed and get a fake tooth?

    1. Elissa

      I was wondering the same thing. What is the alternative to a root canal?

      1. chrisbeatcancer

        Hi Elissa I added some more links to the post. :)

      2. Linda

        Elissa, a bridge or a 100% porcelain implant, which holistic dentists can now do. Don’t let them put any metal back in your mouth. I have a bridge and am working on getting some implants. A bridge feels like a real tooth, the only problem is they have to take off quite a bit of either tooth on both sides of the extraction because they attach it to the two other teeth (hence – bridge). If your both teeth on either side are healthy, I’d opt for the implant. Chris’ link to Hal Huggins website is helpful. They can direct you to a holistic dentist in your area.

    2. chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Patrick I added some more links to the post. :)

  2. Linda

    Patrick, I have one bridge and I’m getting 3 implants. Linda

  3. Natalie

    I’m wondering the same thing as Patrick, I have had one root canal and need to have that tooth “redone”, what is the remedy? You can’t just leave a rotting tooth in. Help!

    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Natalie I added some more links to the post. :)

  4. Cortney Campbell

    Within a few months of finding my first tumor, I too had a root canal done. Once I finally read about the relation between root canals and cancer, I was unable to get it removed since I was pregnant at the time, but what the holistic dentist told me was that they would place a bridge in the space where the missing tooth would be. Anyone hear anything differently?

    1. Linda

      I have one bridge and I am working on getting three implants – metal free. they now can do 100% porcelain implants, don’t put metal back in your mouth. Chris’ link to Hal Huggins website is a good one, they can give you a listing of several holistic dentists in your area. they’ll try to get you to come to Texas to him, but they are happy to pass along holistic dentists names if you decline going to Texas. they are very helpful. Linda

  5. Sundaram

    A good way to detox the heavy metals is with an ionic foot bath (chinese machine). Looks really simple, but really works. I’ve done about 100 foot detoxes and lots of heavy metals and other garbage came out. Now the water color is much purer, but still there is some heavy metals (I presume mostly mercury) coming out. Had my mercury fillings removed a few years ago. But getting the rest of the mercury out of the body is the work. I tried zeolite, chlorella, etc. but didn’t ‘see’ any proof it was coming out. But with the ionic foot detox machine, it is very evident by sight and smell!

  6. damian

    hi i have a grandma who beat cancer

  7. Jenn

    Hey Chris, do you know of any holistic dentists in town? We tried to find some but only came up with someone who doesn’t use mercury fillings, didn’t say anything else about a holistic approach to oral care. Thanks!

  8. Linda L.

    How do you remove a root canal exactly? I told my mom about this (she has had a ton) and she said that you can’t have them “removed.” She explained that they go in and remove the roots … you can’t reverse that can you?

    1. Laura

      What do they fill root canals with? I am wondering because my husband recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer had 2 root canals done about 6 years ago. Is this an avenue we truly should be looking into — about having the root canals removed? Thank you for your input.

  9. Cathy Prins

    Never had any root canals. Have three mercury fillings. Diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2009. Recurred in April 2012. Have been trying all kinds of holistic programs since 2009 including everything I have read about on this site. Am now trying ketogenic from low carb paleo. Now have several brain mets that I am having to do some radiation for. I think lymph health (along with liver, gallbladder and pancreatic health) are key to detox and recovery. Trying to get stable before removing the mercury fillings.

  10. Barbara

    I recommend reading Ebook available free on line, just search on the web “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel. Is written in PDF format. Hope you change your perception to regular dentistry and take control of your own health.

  11. Kathy

    I have gone to a conference and listened to Hal Huggins. He says an implant is even worse for your health than a root canal. He says get the root canal tooth removed and if you wish get a bridge. I plan to have this done soon. I have breast cancer and the root canal I have is on the tooth that relates to my breast. I also plan to have all mercury amalgams removed.

  12. Stephanie

    Hello! I am very excited about entering into a more natural lifestyle myself and have read a bunch of articles on here that I am definitely going to try. However, this article on root canals perked my interest due to i’ve been a dental assistant for 8 yrs and as I see correlation with infection in an organ to relate to infection in a tooth does make complete sense since i’ve dealt with a lot of very ill patients and often wondered if there was relation, however to have a root canal removed is to have it extracted and bridgework done; to have an implant done please be aware that i’ve not heard of a porcelain screw that holds the porcelain crown of the implant, in fact the screw portion is metal and if metal is what is causing cancers or other illness then I think more research needs done. Just ask lots of questions when you see your dentists about exactly how they do their procedures because they are bound by legalities to inform you. I hope this helps!

  13. Autism Mummy

    Can someone direct me to or show me a map where it shows which tooth represents the breast and which one represent the ovaries etc please?
    Just came back from having root canal done although not stuffed or capped yet so am still nervous about this and when I told him and their staff about the links to BD and RC they laughed!
    I don’t know what to do, my sister got diagnosed and she had RC done about 5 years ago…………..very stuck here.

  14. Tammy

    Linda, I would like to know if you are still cancer free in the year 2013? My mom died of ovarian cancer and she never had a root canal; however, i have had 7 root canals and there is a good chance I could have several more due to my roots and nerves being at the

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