some interesting research - Charcot- Marie-Tooth .... sound familiar ?
the history of dentistry is ..... longer than you can imagine ......
..... and if my memory is to be trusted ..... did not ALL of the inventors of anesthesia die from personal addiction of their own great discovery ?
very sad ...... the price paid ........ for medical history and advancement .
we can only imagine the state of dental care .... in Charcot's time .....
Is there a connection ?
I wouldn't bet AGAINST it.
Hi Mr. Success,
Just for clarification to the online masses who may not have heard of it, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disorder is not an oral affliction
, but a heriditary peripheral neuropathy named after the docs who discovered it: Jean-Martin Charcot
(a very big name in the history of MS), Pierre Marie
, and Howard Henry Tooth
. CMT is way more common than MS.
As a matter of fact, Ms. Euphoniaa is afflicted by another peripheral neuropathy in the same family as CMT – HNPP
(the details of which she whines about regularly
) – which is characterized by a missing myelin gene rather than duplication of the same gene in CMT1A.
See CMT/HNPP link and quote from it below:http://www.cmtausa.org/
What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder (CMT)?
Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT, is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy... Discovered in 1886 by three physicians, Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie, and Howard Henry Tooth, CMT affects an estimated 2.6 million people.
If you study their symptoms, both CMT and HNPP sound like a mild version of MS, but without the brain damage (they’re degenerative, demyelinating, (but not dental), progressive, and cause weakness, numbness, tingling, foot drop, carpal tunnel, balance problems, etc. – no bad teeth there, either)
and should be on any list of MS mimics.
As for dentistry in general, it has long been under a bit of scrutiny as a possible environmental culprit suspected of contributing to all manner of tragic diseases, including MS, due mainly to the use of mercury amalgam fillings
There have been tons of studies, articles, and even books, with no unequivocal mercury link yet. I dutifully bought the Huggins book “It’s All in Your Head” at the suggestion of a flaky GP I went to a couple of times right after my MS dx, who also suggested I look into Bee Venom Therapy (Google that, too). Yikes.
FYI - There are lots of links about the Dental Amalgam Controversy at the MSRC site:
http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1596
I think it's too early to identify any connections between CCSVI and dentistry, but I daresay that the memories of patients lining up for intentional bee stings and removal of all their fillings - with still no cure of their MS – is doubtless contributing to the skepticism of neuros toward the new theory of CCSVI.
HP, I’m sorry to hear you had such a reaction. I’m surprised that I’ve never reacted badly to dental work, because I have nasty reactions to so many meds like antihistamines. Interesting...I wonder how epinephrine compares to that? My own dentist has both a daughter and an ex-wife with MS, and he no longer uses amalgam fillings. I think I’ll ask him what he thinks about epinephrine next time I’m under the drill.