RIP Dr. Hal Huggins
We at the Center for Natural Dentistry were deeply saddened recently to learn that Dr. Hal Huggins, DDS passed away at his home on Saturday, November 29th at the age of 77. For more than 40 years Dr. Huggins had dedicated his life to educating patients as well as other doctors about the dangers of many traditional dental practices. He was not only revolutionary in his approach to health and dentistry, but he had the conviction and integrity to stand up for his beliefs in the face of persecution. He pioneered some of the techniques and methods we still use today. In fact, his contributions were so great that he is aptly and widely known as the “father of mercury free dentistry” and a founding father of holistic dentistry.
Dr. Huggins had already been practicing dentistry for several years in 1973, when his observations of multiple patients with mercury toxicity prompted him to explore further the health ramifications of mercury amalgam fillings. This put him on a lifelong journey of asking the questions that no one at the time wanted to ask, and then doing the extensive research and study that it took to answer those questions. Along the way he received his post-doc master’s degree from the University of Colorado with an emphasis on immunology and toxicology. Over the years, Dr. Huggins helped bring to light important dental health issues regarding the dangers of root canals, cavitations, autoimmune conditions, and of course, mercury.
At first he tried to change the dangerous status quo through the existing power structure. This seemed plausible, as Dr. Huggins was already a well regarded, high-profile member of the ADA. In fact, he was often asked to be a speaker at ADA events. Sadly, this all changed drastically when Dr. Huggins voiced his concerns and findings to high ranking ADA officials. He was actually disinvited to future speaking engagements, beginning a 30 year effort to silence and discredit him.
As disheartening as that still is to all of us in the holistic dental community, it also brought to light the greatest indication of Dr. Huggins’ extraordinary character. The doctor’s passion for healing and compassion for people never allowed him to waver. In the face of extreme professional and sometimes personal persecution, Dr. Huggins continued to treat patients, continued to research, continued to innovate, and most importantly continued to speak out.
At the time of his death, Dr. Huggins was operating the Huggins Applied Healing center in Colorado. According to them, ”He devoted his last years to establishing the Huggins Applied Healing center, but his greatest passion was the recent formation of the Dental DNA laboratory. This sophisticated facility specializes in the detection of dangerous, disease-causing DNA that reside within root canals, cavitations, implants, and other oral environments.”
Dr. Huggins will be greatly missed, and his virtually incomparable contributions to the field of holistic dentistry will not be forgotten. Huggins Applied Healing has stated that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF), 5082 List Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919