Case Study – 25 Years of Migraine Headaches

Case Study – 25 Years of Migraine Headaches

A Mercury/Migraine Connection

Robert C. had migraine headaches since 1976. His chronic pain did not respond to traditional medical cures and diminished his quality of life. One month following the removal of his last mercury filling, Robert realized that his migraine headaches of 25-year duration was no longer an issue. His daily big smile attests to his renewed state of well-being.Treating the chronic migraine patient presents one of the biggest challenges a physician will ever face.


Headaches can mean more than sheer physical torture-they can disrupt work, destroy weekend plans, even put strain on a marriage. In reality chronic headaches can destroys one’s quality of life.

It has been estimated that approximately 25 million people suffer from migraine headaches. Its victims are all ages and are from all walks of life. Some of the more notable sufferers were the noted psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, novelist Lewis Carroll, philosopher Immanuel Kant and Paul, the Apostle.

The word “migraine” originated more than 2500 years ago during the time of Hippocrates. It was the Greek physician Galen in the second century A.D. who first called the malady “hemikrania,” a Greek word meaning “half skull.” The present day term migraine, was derived from the French. Commonly, the migraine headache is visualized as a throbbing, recurrent pain which affects one side of the head. Although the symptoms of migraine are varied, approximately 10 per cent of the victims suffer the more common classic form. Approximately two hours prior to the onset of pain, the patient experiences prodromal visual phenomena. These may consist of flashing or shimmering lights, visual floaters, zigzag patterns of lines, blind spots in the visual field, and even temporary loss of vision in one eye. Additional early signs may include paresthesia or tingling in an arm or foot that progressively spreads through a portion or entire half of the body on the opposite side where the migraine will strike. Accompanying these early warning signs, may be depression, feelings of helplessness, irritability and impending doom.

There are many triggers of a migraine headache: color dyes in food; physical (physical exertion and fatigue), psychological(emotional tension) and environmental factors (weather changes preceding hot, dry winds and thunderstorms). Other triggers involve intense light and glare, head injury, birth control pill, hunger, alcohol, certain cheeses, chocolate and red wines, menstruation and menopause, various drugs, high altitude, excessive vitamin A, strong odors from perfumes, solvents or smoke, cold foods, pregnancy, high humidity and flickering lights. Another major triggering factor that has come to light is the poisonous affects of mercury that leaks out of conventional dental filling.

Mercury fillings have been used in America as early as 1833. Its safety has never been proven scientifically and continues to be used routinely by many dentists to fill tooth cavities. As the second most toxic substance on this planet (second only to plutonium), mercury leaks out of dental fillings to enter the body. Mercury can interfere with virtually any process or organ in the body. Of considerable importance is the documented fact that mercury has an affinity for nerve tissue and the amount of mercury that concentrates in the brain is proportional to the number of mercury fillings one has in their mouth. It has also been documented that as mercury travels along the nerve fiber it destroys the tubulin tracts within the nerve.

As an enzyme poison, mercury disrupts many bodily processes with the end result that its victims can suffer from a multitude of symptoms: allergies, anxiety, bad temper, bloating, increased blood pressure, chest pains, depression, dizziness, fatigue, stomach problems, gum disease, insomnia, lack of concentration, headaches and migraine headaches to name a few.

Case treated by Dr. Gerald H. Smith

Dr. Gerald Smith is certified by the World Organization for Natural Medicine to practice natural medicine globally. He is also a certified dental practitioner. His broad base of post-graduate training in dentistry and natural medicine enabled him to integrate many health care specialties.

The Health Benefits of Oil of Oregano

The Health Benefits of Oil of Oregano

Ancient civilizations like the Romans, the Chinese, and those in the middle east have used oregano medicinally throughout history.  However, the Greeks may deserve the credit to be be the first to have used oil of oregano. The word “oregano” is derived from two Greek words: “oras” which means mountain and “ganos” which means joy. Basically naming oregano “joy of the mountains.” The Greeks credited Aphrodite, the goddess of love, with creating oregano with the purpose of bringing joy to mankind. Quite the tagline – Oil of Oregano – bringing joy to mankind.

Oil of Oregano is produced from the leaves and flowers of the origanum vulgare plant species.  There are many origanum varieties, but the vulgare is what makes the oil of oregano so effective.  Some may say that “vulagare” is a good name since they believe the oil has a bit of a “vulgar” taste in your mouth.  Many of the other varieties of origanum can be used for cooking or for their lovely aroma – however the vulgare is the one that needs to be picked at its peak, especially those in the mountainous areas of Greece and Turkey, since they have the highest grade.  Then the plant needs to be distilled properly and naturally to ensure that the key medicinal actives are preserved.

That is why taking the oregano spice will not perform the same way as the oil of oregano.  The same goes for the flower essence of oregano.  They simply do not have those key medicinal actives.

Thymol and carvacrol are two phenols found in oregano oil.  Phenols are chemical compounds quite commonly found in nature.  Cloves, vanilla bean and mint plants get their taste and odor from phenols.  Phenols are found in amino acids in proteins, hormones like adrenaline, the “poison” secreted by poison ivy.

Today, all phenols used in industry are synthetic and are used for thousands of industry cleaners, disinfectants, scented candles, and as a raw material for everything from aspirin to explosives to wood preservatives.  Synthetic phenol can be a powerful disinfectant and bacteria killer, but it can be highly corrosive and toxic.  Phenols can burn skin and can cause internal damage if inhaled, and that is why they need to be used with care.

One of those phenols mentioned, carvacrol, is the key super ingredient in oil of oregano because that is the one that has been shown to help break through the outer cell membranes that protects the bacteria from the immune system. Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria, and could also help the immune system take better action against viruses, fungi and parasites.

When you consider all facets that are concerned with achieving a level approach to wellness – movement (exercise), food, sleep, etc – quality not quantity should always be your highest level of concern.

That is why when considering an oil of oregano, the quality of the oil is of utmost importance then.  For if the quality is not high, then the original medicinal properties of why the greeks and other societies has used this plant, you need to consider:

  • Was the plant grown in the wild or farm raised?
  • Is it a high carvacrol species vs a low carvacrol?  How much of that super ingredient is actually in there?
  • Is it relatively low in thymol?
  • Is it extracted in a natural process?
  • It is free of all chemical and pesticide residues?

A study released in 2001 by a Georgetown researcher found that oil of oregano be an effective treatment against dangerous, and sometimes drug-resistant bacteria.  Two studies have shown that oregano oil—and, in particular, carvacrol, appear to reduce infection as effectively as traditional antibiotics.  Harry G. Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS, professor of physiology and biophysics, said of his research teams study:

“While this investigation was performed only in test tubes and on a small number of mice, the preliminary results are promising and warrant further study.  The ability of oils from various spices to kill infectious organisms has been recognized since antiquity. Natural oils may turn out to be valuable adjuvants or even replacements for many anti-germicidals under a variety of conditions.”

Uses for Oil of Oregano

  • According to the Huffington post – One lab test in 2001 found that oregano oil was effective in killing staphylococcus bacteria, and another published laboratory study out of the UK found that it showed effectiveness against 25 different bacteria.”  It is said that Oil of oregano, when properly distilled from the flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics.
  • A couple of drops on the skin at the sternum.  On the feet.  Rubbed into your shin which helps with lymphatics because this is where they are attached.
  • Some uses for oil of oregano has been used on potential gum infections OR jaw infections caused from a tooth abscess.
  • To help your immune system fight a respiratory infection, put one drop of oil of oregano in a bowl of steaming water. Put a towel loosely over your head and inhale the steam once a day until you feel better.
  • Due to the anti-inflammatory effects, some experts have advocated the use oil of oregano to treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Combine equal amounts of oregano oil and coconut oil and apply it to your problem areas with a cotton swab before you go to bed.
  • Oil of oregano also contains thymol, an ingredient used in many mouthwashes to combat bacteria, plaque and bad breath. Try adding a drop or two of oil of oregano on your toothbrush with or without toothpaste.

Personally, I like using it a bit more frequently when the seasons begin to change, and will use 1 or 2 drops daily in the morning.  If I feel like “something is coming on” then I might take a few more. drops  Some will claim that if you take too much, you can start killing some good bacteria as well, which is valid, but I rather get the bad out first, but if you are taking more than 30 drops a day, I have heard from a doctor that at that time, you may want to supplement with a high quality probiotic.

The therapeutic use of oregano oil should be avoided in infants and children, and pregnant or nursing women. It also should be avoided by people with high blood pressure or a heart condition. Again, it is always a good idea to talk to a doctor and to disclose your use of alternative therapies in case of contraindications with other medications or treatments.

In her great little book “Oregano Oil” Joyce Johnson ND writes that about 1,000 pounds of oreganum vulgre is needed to make one pound of oil.  Johnson feels that “this is why superior medicinal quality oregano oil is quite expensive.  However, it is also very potent and a little goes a long way as a natural remedy or treatment, making this healing herb a good investment.”

Case Study – ALF Treatment and the Whole Body Connection

Case Study – ALF Treatment and the Whole Body Connection

Embryologically the teeth, with the exception of the enamel, develop from neural crest cells. This same group of “brain cells” gives rise to the autonomic nervous system. This developmental relationship is the underlying connection for the myriad of somatic symptoms that are directly and indirectly caused from malocclusions. Crooked teeth feed noxious impulses into the nervous system which cause responses from corresponding organs (liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, brain, etc.), muscles, endocrine (thyroid, pancreas, parathyroids, adrenals) system imbalances, lymphatic stasis, structural imbalances (scoliosis, herniated discs, sciatica, etc.) and dominance or hypofunction of sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves. Imbalance of the nervous system can have far reaching effects on the total health of the individual. One just has to look at the teeth of Olympic gold medal winners to see that most if not all have broad dental arches and straight teeth. High physical performance cannot be achieved with crooked teeth.

Jennifer was referred to my office for treatment of chronic headaches, neck and low back pain. These symptoms lingered despite regular chiropractic care. Clinically, any time chiropractic and or osteopathic manipulations do not hold, there is a dental component to the structural problem. Underlying dental abnormalities can range from a minor bite interference to a sever malocclusion. The former can easily be treated with a minor tooth adjustment while the later requires extensive dental orthopedics and orthodontics.

Jennifer’s dental problem was complicated since it also involved strain patterns within the cranium. These strain patterns directly influence the dural tube, which extends down the spine and ends in the sacrum. The narrowed maxillae (upper palate) is really the base of the human skull. Any distortions in the foundation will manifest else where in the body. Treatment involved use of an upper ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional) appliance. The treatment goals were first to release the strain patterns within the skull bones and second to level the maxillae or foundation of the skull. The last treatment objective was to use conventional braces to align the teeth to literally hold the skull bones in a balanced position. Unfortunately, conventional dental treatment totally ignores balancing the skull bones prior to doing the teeth straightening procedures. Often times the patient is left with “straight teeth” but a crooked head and chronic body symptoms.

The series of photographs depicts the various phases of treatment in this case. Completion resulted in a balanced cranial mechanism, stable spine and pelvis and a pretty smile. Comprehensive treatment of this nature insures a better quality of life for the patient as well as a beautiful cosmetic result.


Chronic headaches, neck pain and low back pain … totally resolved by correcting crooked teeth and skull distortions.

Narrow Upper Arch
Corrected Dental Arch
Severe Lower Arch Crowding
Dental Arch Expansion
ALF Non-Extraction Final Alignment with Braces


Case treated by Dr. Gerald H. Smith