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Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS, received his dental degree
from the University of Nebraska in 1962. There he met noted international
lecturer Arne Lauritzen, L.D.S. Dr. Lauritzen asked Dr. Huggins
to ghostwrite a book with him. The team spent the next five years
researching an international textbook called Atlas of Occlusal Analysis,
which was translated into five languages. The topic of the book
is the original work on tempero mandibular joint (TMJ). Dr. Huggins
was given the assignment of interviewing several of the noted dental
and medical nutritionists of the day, and of writing the section
on nutrition in dentistry.
Dr. Huggins became intrigued by blood chemistry
and how it could be used to determine a patient's nutritional needs,
as well as to monitor progress of a patient's treatment plan. He
soon took blood chemistry interpretations into many aspects of dental
degenerative disease, and he accidentally found that all degenerative
diseases had common denominators.
While expanding his chemistry interpretations,
Dr. Huggins met Olympio Pinto, C.D., of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dr. Pinto introduced him to the concept of mercury toxicity, and
Dr. Huggins immediately found correlations between dental materials
and chemistry changes. His first cases had "accidental"
rapid improvements that captured his attention and inspired him
to delve into the depths of chemistry, endocrinology, toxicology,
and immunology to develop what is now the most advanced technology
for treating dental material-stimulated degenerative and autoimmune
Dr. Huggins entered into a Master of Science program
at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1985. He graduated
in 1989, and by that time had already incorporated many of the things
he had learned into his private practice. In 1990, he founded the
Huggins Diagnostic Center, which embodies multiple health disciplines,
including medicine, dentistry, biochemistry, hematology, toxicology,
pathology, nutrition, nursing, psychology, movement education, Feldenkrais
(a gentle body discipline that reintroduces the muscular system
to the nervous system), acupressure, massage, and sauna therapy,
in one diagnostic and treatment facility, all under a team direction.
Dr. Huggins believes that mercury toxicity damages
so many areas that the team approach seems to be required in order
to cover the avenues found to stimulate recovery. He hopes this
will serve as a pattern for a future healthcare model.
Public interest in his techniques has brought
him invitations to speak in forty-six of the fifty United States
and thirteen foreign countries. Radio, television, and print media
have followed his research by requesting over 900 interviews in
the past fifteen years.