Aronson’s Family Dental and Biological Dentistry – A Journey into Wellness, Part 2
As I continue down this road of discovering my personal Wellness and Health Goals, one of the health focused areas I personally take to heart is good dental health.
We often don’t realize how our dental health is so closely integrated with our total body health and what systemic effects it can have from our Heart Health, Endocrine System, to our Respiratory Function, Chronic Systemic Inflammation, and so much more!
One of the most recent reviews I’ve done is on “Biological Dentistry”. Sure, I know what you might be thinking, isn’t dentistry biological anyway? What’s the difference from my current dentist to someone who practices Biological Dentistry?
“Biological dentistry, is not an attempt to stake out a new specialty for dentistry but rather to describe a philosophy that can apply to all facets of dental practice and to health care in general: Always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, all the goals of modern dentistry, and do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain. A more biocompatible approach to oral health is the hallmark of biological dentistry.”
The more I’ve looked into it, Biological Dentistry is a specific approach to how care is planned for each client and the fundamentals on how dentistry is approached. It could be from eliminating metal fillings and replacing them with a more biocompatible material to recommendations to help the body’s natural pathways support good dental hygiene and immune support. The goal is to support the body’s natural processes of detoxifying and eliminating toxins, as well as support our body’s healing capabilities in the least invasive way to accomplish each patient’s dental health and goals.
To get a little science’y, it would be good to understand that Biological Dentistry first began in the mid-1980s by Dr. Gary M. Verigin and co-founder Dr. Edward Arana. They had first met at a conference at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Honolulu in 1984. During this conference they were first introduced to the study and practice of “German Biological Medicine”.
The fundamentals of German Biological Medicine was rooted in “Homotoxicology”. Here comes the technical biology:
“Homotoxicology is based on the principle that diseases are caused by homotoxins. According to Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (founder of Homotoxicology), illnesses are agent-determined reactive processes in which homotoxins can cause the body to react with inflammation. He described a homotoxin as “any substance that creates a direct or indirect toxic burden in the human organism.” The target structure of the homotoxin is the extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix or space acts as a molecular sieve between the capillary system, the lymph vessels, and the cells which are to be supplied with nutrients or have their waste removed. All substances and information reaching a cell are filtered through the molecular sieve of the extracellular matrix (ground substance). The sieve can become clogged, but can be restored to functionality through appropriate detoxification measures.”
“Homotoxicology represents a unique synthesis of healing disciplines designed to strengthen the organs of detoxification and excretion, to remove the toxins accumulated in the extracellular matrix, to stimulate and modulate the immune system, and to regulate the whole by rebalancing the diseased body system. The methodology of homotoxicology differs from that of conventional medicine in that illness is viewed as much more than the mere presence of clinical symptoms. Homotoxicological therapy approaches the patient as a whole. It attempts to detoxify the body, to correct derailed immunological processes through immunomodulation, and to support cells and organs.”
So, back to Dr. Verigin and Dr. Arana. They wanted to develop a way to apply this “Homotoxicology” to their practice of dentistry and since their methods would parallel German Biological Medicine, the American Academy of Biological Dentistry was born. The organization continues today as the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.
One of our longest trusted partners, who specializes in “Biological Dentistry” is Aronson’s Family Dental!
“We are a state of the art dental office providing health enhancing biological dentistry. Our office is warm and open and was designed with families in mind. Our goal is to provide a positive, comfortable experience, and to make our patients feel heard, validated and at ease. We are a mercury free office and we understand and honor the connection between your oral and systemic health. Our team provides a personalized touch and gentle care to help you keep your smile healthy, functional and vibrant. Let us earn your continued business. We are always accepting new patients.”
Some of the services they offer are:
- Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART)
- BPA Free Composites and Sealants
- Ozone-Oxygen Therapy
- Biocompatibility Testing
- Lightwalker Erbium Laser
- Digital X-Rays
- OralID Oral Cancer Screening
- Alpha-Stim Technology
- KÖR Whitening
- Metal Free Crowns and Bridges
They have a variety of additional services to offer their clients to really meet the personal dental needs of each individual.
One of the other really amazing aspects of Dr. Aronson and her practice is that she is a big proponent of the empowerment of women, supporting female professionals, assisting in their growth and professional development in this field, and also has an all female staff.
Having had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Aronson and her staff, I can’t sing their praises enough for what they do for their patients, their gentle, holistic, and empathetic approach to meet each patient’s unique dental needs.
We have helped to support her patients by providing infusion therapy to a number of her patients that undergo more involved dental procedures where infusion therapy can support the body’s healing and wellbeing of her patient’s recovery.
I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to connect with Aronson’s Family Dental to help you in your dental health and overall wellness.
4027 Boardwalk Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Stay tuned for my next adventure into Wellness, until then…
Aloha a hui hou!!
- Published in Partners, Pure Drip Blog
A Journey into Wellness, Part 1: 212˚ Wellness
As the veil of the New Year opens its doors to new adventures, opportunities, and experiences, much like a good majority of resolute’ers, I am compelled to attempt to understand my own personal Self-Care and Wellness Journey. Throughout the next several months, I hope to find out what that really means, “Self-Care”, “Wellness”, “Health”, and what that looks like. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you.
Sometimes the most challenging part of any journey is figuring out where to start. I am thankful there are so many local businesses geared towards Wellness and taking care of one’s “Self”. Also, there are an array of local trusted Partners with Pure Drip IV Health and Wellness that continually strive to bring Wellness back to the community.
What better place to start than with Lasers!! I had the wonderful opportunity to really connect with the experienced practitioners and a few of their offered services at 212˚ Wellness.
You can check out on their website: https://212wellness.com/
Their address is: 2038 Vermont Dr UNIT 207, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Or connect with them by phone at: (970) 999-5862
As I walked into their beautiful 2nd floor clinical space it felt far from clinical. I was greeted by Chris Hodel, Brittany Cipriano, and Emma Vondruska. Each with their own respective expertise. I was grateful for the opportunity to sit with each of them to better understand what they provide for their clientele and what a typical first time experience looks like for a new client.
To be bold, I will admit I was skeptical before I arrived. I have had previous Laser experience in the Operating Room as a Laser Operator and the Dept.’s Laser Safety Officer. I have a fundamental understanding about medical lasers (CO2, Homiun, YAG) and the foundations of how they work for various procedures and tissue types.
Though I have never worked with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), which are the types of lasers utilized at 212˚ Wellness, I went in with an open mind to all the knowledge and experience they would share. I have to say I was impressed with the amount of clinical information, experience, medical research, and their ability to convey it in a palatable and understanding way.
We started off our experience with Mr. Chris Hodel. Chris is a wonderful down to earth practitioner who is passionate about what he does and even more so in providing care and recovery for his clients. Chris has 15 years of experience in his field with an array of certifications, and continually seeks education and knowledge to enhance the optimum care he provides. The first thing we engaged in was a head-to-toe assessment of my gait, balance, strength, with both my eyes open and closed. We continued with a series of Reflexology components and further assessment. This was so cool to experience and I appreciated how thorough it was. He explained everything as we went through his assessment which helped to comfort my skepticism and really opened up to the process throughout his assessment.
Typically, a new client will first be assessed by Chis and through his review and findings, he may have a variety of recommendations. From there, he may recommend a combination of services that they offer from Rolfing, PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field), or Erchonia FX 405 Laser.
I would be happy to provide a brief definition of Rolfing and PEMF, though I would recommend to anyone to take some time to read up on both. The one thing I really appreciated about 212˚ Wellness is that they are not short of information, content, and studies to back up their processes and procedures. If you ask, they would be happy to provide information to you about what they do and how it effectively works on the body for your Health and Wellness.
Rolfing was first developed by Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf. Side note Dr. Ida P. Rolf has an amazing story and I would recommend checking out the mark she left on the world.
In 1920, Ida Pauline Rolf received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Despite the resistance she faced as a woman in the field of science, she furthered her knowledge of the body through research in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute.
Driven to find solutions to her own health problems as well as those of her two sons, she spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation.
Throughout most of her life she was intrigued with and explored many forms of alternative healing including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and yoga. The notion that proper alignment, physiologic function and anatomical structure are related is the basis of many of these healing methods.
Dr. Rolf agreed that the body functions best when the bony segments are in proper alignment. She added her observations that lasting improvement in alignment and an overall sense of well-being required a closer look at the effects of gravity on our bodies. She believed that the imbalances in structure placed demands on the body’s pervasive network of soft tissues: muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments, thereby creating compensations throughout the body structure.
Dr. Rolf posed this fundamental question: “What conditions must be fulfilled in order for the human body-structure to be organized and integrated in gravity so that the whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way?”
Her life’s work was devoted to this investigation which led to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that we now call Rolfing.
Chris and I did not do a session of Rolfing during my first time experience, though we ventured on to checkout the PEMF which is also located in the same space as their Erchonia FX 405 Laser (Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
Mrs. Emma Vondruska is the primary laser operator for the Erchonia FX 405 Laser and will often manage the PEMF device, though all staff are trained on both. The nice thing is that the PEMF and the Erchonia FX 405 Laser can be run on a set program and once the program starts it can be unattended. During the session you can choose to have the room to yourself, to meditate, deep breathe, listen to a podcast, whatever calls to you. It is very relaxing with soft lighting.
Though if you did not prefer some alone time during your session, Emma will often sit with clients during their session, reviewing and assessing clients ailments and symptoms of concern. Emma has a Holistic Health degree, is a Certified Wellness Coach, and on top of that she is also trained in the art of Reiki Energy Healing.
To provide some brief context for the therapeutic benefits for PEMF or Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) :
PEMF devices offer a non-drug approach to pain management and a potential decrease of medication use and dependency. There are many pulsed electromagnetic field devices on the market. The devices vary depending on the magnetic field intensity, waveform, and frequency. A great amount of research has been performed using PEMF for different aspects of healing in animal models, as well as clinical treatment of non-healing fractures, tendon tears, chronic ulcers, post-surgical pain, and acute or chronic pain. Unfortunately, there is no strong consensus on specific intensities, frequencies, or waveforms for particular conditions. It has been difficult to establish an agreement because different magnetic fields applied for different medical issues can cause different results (Markov, 2015).
Despite the challenges of research, there are multiple possible benefits of a therapeutic magnetic field application to healing the body (Jerabek and Pawluk, 1996). Studies have shown a decrease in:
– Pain, Swelling, and Inflamation
Magnetic field application studies have also shown to improve:
– Circulation, Cellular Metabolism, & Energy
Proposed mechanisms of PEMF therapy include activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to increase intracellular calcium and nitric oxide release (Pilla, 2015). Nitric oxide promotes blood vessel production and growth, which is helpful in healing injured tissues (Pilla, 2015).
PEMF has been examined in many painful conditions including: acute injury, arthritis and nerve issues. Researchers found improved healing of soft tissue injuries by decreasing swelling and healing hematoma, while low frequency PEMFs improved edema during treatment and high frequency PEMF improved edema up to several hours after the treatment session (Markov and Pilla, 1995).
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT):
There is a podcast by Dr. Chad Woolner & Dr. Andrew Wells on Spotify called “Laser Light Show” that was recommended to listen to by the staff at 212˚ Wellness. There are about 25 episodes ranging from How LLLT Works, Why Research Matters, to Gut and Dermatological Health with the use of LLLT. Check it out!
“Laser Light Show” with Dr. Chad Woolner & Dr. Andrew Wells.
212˚ Wellness also has the option for Handheld Rental Lasers. Their about the size of 5”x7” index card and as thick as 2 decks of cards. Though they pack a powerful Low Level Laser in them and can be utilized in the comfort of your own home. They are from the same technology and company as the Erchonia FX 405 Laser.
As if the aforementioned wasn’t enough great personalized service options offered by 212˚ Wellness, I was introduced to the Zerona Laser by Mrs. Brittany Cipriano. Brittany is the primary laser operator for the Zerona Laser and 212˚ Wellness’s Laser Safety Officer. Brittany is also an Army Veteran with training as a Combat Medic and EMT (Thank you for your service!!), a Licensed Esthetician, Certified Physical Therapy Technician, a Certified Nursing Assistant, and has her degree in Psychology from CSU.
Listening to Brittany describe how she personalizes each session for her clients was fascinating. To provide a small glimpse of what the Zerona laser is used for, it helps to reduce lipids (fat) without cell destruction. The Zerona Laser’s specific wavelength and intensity creates a transitory pore in the Fat Cell’s membrane which allows the lipid inside the fat cell to move into the extracellular space to be transported through the lymphatic system to be disposed of in our poo. The science is kinda cool and there is a good amount of extensive research on this technology and how it works, as well as the benefits of not destroying the fat cells in the process of trying to lose weight.
Though as a side of caution, please do not mistake this kind of high quality laser technology as equivalent to LED lights sold claiming the same results. Trust me I’ve looked, and if this were the case, then LED lights in this wavelength would be the holy grail of weight loss and we’d all have the LED light pads.
Though the amazing thing I kept hearing from Brittany is it’s not all about getting the client under the laser for her, it’s about the whole person. She provides an extensive personalized assessment to first determine the best approach to meet her client’s goals. In her practice she provides testing kits to identify total gut health, identifying allergies and sensitivities that you may not have been aware of. She also is well versed in Lymphatic Drainage which is key to help the body’s natural process to rid itself from toxins, free floating lipids, damaged cells, etc.
In conclusion, I went in skeptical and came out amazed. Their mission and goals are holistically client centered and with their extensive combined knowledge, background, education, and experience I don’t think anyone could go wrong checking them out to see how they can help you on your journey of Healing, Wellness, and Self-Care.
Stay tuned for my next adventure into Wellness, until then…
Aloha a hui hou!!
- Published in Partners, Pure Drip Blog