The Huggins-Grube Dental Center

Dr. Blanche D. Grube has been practicing dentistry for more than forty years and was mentored by the late Dr. Hal Huggins. For many years, Drs. Huggins and Grube collaborated to create The Huggins–Grube Protocol.

Dr. Blanche not only continues this work, but she has also expanded on their original practice of restoring the mouth as holistically as possible. She does this by obtaining an extensive health and dental history, utilizing the latest technology, and by determining the bio-compatibility of dental restorative materials for the individual patient.

The Huggins-Grube Protocol

The Huggins-Grube Protocol  is an integrated system that incorporates multiple safety factors to enhance immune recovery. The foundation of the Huggins-Grube Protocol is the “Full Dental Revision”. A Full Dental Revision consists of the removal of all toxic materials from the mouth and restoring the mouth as holistically as possible, using biocompatible materials.

The Huggins-Grube Protocol is devoted to providing not only education for the patient, but also alternatives to dental materials and procedures that may be connected to a variety of health issues. Science is now proving, that in fact, many chronic health problems have been caused by these same procedures being used today such as, the continued use of mercury amalgam fillings, root canals, and implants. Research is showing that the damage from these toxins may accumulate in the body and cause a negative impact on an individual’s health and well-being.

Prior to his death, Dr. Huggins passed his torch to Dr. Blanche. He was confident that due to her deep understanding and commitment to treating the mouth while taking into account how that treatment can affect the whole body, his legacy would continue through her. Today, Dr. Blanche continues to enhance and teach the Huggins–Grube Protocol in the United States and abroad.

Safe removal of mercury dental amalgams using
The Huggins-Grube Protocol Full Dental Revision

The Huggins-Grube Protocol is an integrated system that incorporates multiple safety factors to enhance immune recovery. The foundation of the Huggins-Grube Protocol is the “Full Dental Revision”. A Full Dental Revision consists of the removal of all toxic materials from the mouth and restoring the mouth as holistically as possible, using biocompatible materials. The following is an outline of the Protocol:

  • In the dental office, expect a dental examination that includes hard (teeth) and soft (gums and neck areas) tissue evaluations. X-rays will be taken to locate decayed teeth, defective fillings, missing teeth, cavitations, root canals, or dead teeth.
  • Electrical readings of each of the fillings and crowns will be taken in order to determine the sequential order in which the restorations should be replaced.

Your doctor can write prescriptions for blood drawings for the following items:

  • The complete blood count (CBC). This shows the red and white blood cells that are generally altered by the presence of mercury and root canals. From these tests information on how your immune system is functioning can be gleaned, and how the removal of dental interference can re-ignite proper immune function.
  • Blood chemistry analysis from which your intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins can be determined. In other words, a scientific basis for your individual diet.
  • Additional blood is drawn to be sent to Biocomp Laboratories for what is called the “compatibility” test. This shows which dental materials are reactive with your specific immune function and which ones can more safely be used in your mouth.
  • A small sample of your hair from the nape of the neck will be taken (probably best by your barber or beautician) to be sent to Doctors Data for analysis of minerals. Some minerals, like lead, mercury, and cadmium, are toxic. Others, like sodium, potassium, and calcium are compared to blood levels for the same minerals in order to be able to interpret the real condition of your body. There is a relationship between blood and hair analysis – which shows us that high levels are indicative of high tissue levels, but the reverse is not true. Low levels do not always mean you have low levels in the body but can mean that the body is having difficulty excreting the toxins. These results may be totally the opposite of conventional wisdom with respect to people with cellular transport problems caused by dental toxins.

 

Plan your treatment jointly with the dentist, physician, IV personnel, acupuncturist, nutritionist, detoxification doctor, and other health professionals so that the timing of events complements each other, and does not interfere with the final results.

Set your appointment schedule in accordance with the 7-14-21 day immune cycles. If this is violated, it is too easy to create an autoimmune disease you might otherwise have never gotten. Be sure to allow 48 hours in between appointments, and keep your appointments as close to 2 hours or less, however, it may be necessary for the dentist to go an additional 15 minutes and that is acceptable. Be sure to get all of the “removal” appointments (amalgam, nickel crowns, and root canals) accomplished within a 30-day period or less if at all possible.

If you are using Intravenous Conscious Sedation, then there is generally only one removal appointment, and it can be 6 or 8 hours long without a problem. Since IV sedation causes amnesia, you won’t really remember or care how long you have been in the dental chair. Placement of new non-metallic crowns and partials can be done at any later time without regard to the immune cycles.

Sequential removal of the fillings requires that the quadrant containing the highest negative current filling be removed first. Then the quadrant with the next highest electrical charge is next. Some procedures involving filling replacement, crown replacement, tooth extraction, or cleaning out of cavitations (bone infections) without conscious sedation can generally be accomplished within the 2-hour window, before compromising the immune system. Even if the procedures are quite short – like 15 minutes – never, never cross the mid-line during the same appointment. The mid-line is an imaginary line dividing the head into two halves at a point between the front teeth and between the eyes. Unless, of course, you are utilizing IV conscious sedation. Then you can do things upside down and backward with no effect on the immune system.

Start your nutritional program based on your blood chemistry interpretations as soon as is feasible in the program. The amounts of carbohydrate, protein and fat intake are suggested with the first blood test, and a more refined diet can be determined with follow-up blood tests.

Supplements may be started prior to the dental procedures when possible. Needs for calcium are specific, and most patients suffer from an overdose of the improper form of calcium. Care must be exercised when prescribing calcium. Most of the rest of the necessary supplementation is based on your chemistries (not blood type) and is individual. Modifications in dose are based on follow-up chemistries. Do not take Vitamin C the day of dental procedures. Vitamin C by mouth may shorten the effect of the dental anesthetic. The IV form of Vitamin C does not do this for reasons unknown, but even 500 milligrams in the tablet form will detoxify the anesthetic enough to let you feel more discomfort during the drilling or surgery.

Observe the Patient Protection Protocol as closely as possible during removal procedures. Complete protection includes IV Vitamin C, the use of a rubber dam, copious amounts of water, high-speed suction, full body and head draping while amalgams and nickel crowns are being cut with the high-speed drill. The use of air filtration in the operatory and the presence of negative ion generators is used to remove the massive amount of mercury vapor within the dental office. Then placement of dental materials that have been proven to be biocompatible to the patient are inserted.

If a root canaled tooth extraction is performed, the tooth is put in a test tube and sent to DNA ConneXions® for the list of the microorganisms. If cavitation surgery is performed, at least one blood sample should be sent to DNA ConneXions® for a list of infectious organisms and a separate biopsy should be sent to a pathology laboratory. This is done to ensure the patient is not dealing with a cancerous lesion. Ideally, all cavitations should be sampled, but that necessity is determined by the surgeon.

If surgery is done, the dentist/surgeon will determine the need to use ice packs immediately after the procedures are finished, the use of magnets if desired, or dispensing of homeopathic remedies or pain medication. Please avoid codeine when possible, for it makes many people nauseated, and is constipating for the majority of people. Minimal travel after surgery is advisable (like 5 miles or less) for the vibration in a car can release the blood clot resulting in the famous painful “dry socket”. Smoking after surgery will almost guarantee the formation of a painful dry socket. Be forewarned.

Be absolutely certain that your IV during the dental procedures contains NO Vitamin B-12.  Methylcobalamin can donate a methyl group to mercury making it methylmercury which is extremely damaging to your nervous system.

Acupressure/acupuncture immediately after dental appointments is helpful to all patients, especially those with neurological problems. With all the electrical currents beaming into the brain for many years (at a current 1000 times greater than the brain operates on) the brain tries to reorganize after the removal of this current. The resulting reorganization can cause a pretty uncomfortable feeling for about a week. Acupressure or acupuncture can shorten this period of reorganization and be accomplished while the IV is still running. This is not a problem.

Massage is a good way to stimulate lymphatic drainage and is in particular helpful in patients with white blood cell or serum calcium problems. It can be applied a few days before the dental removal sessions, and a few days afterward.

After dental removal procedures are completed, be sure that the patient maintains a high protein diet. If surgery was done, best to use a blender for a few days to avoid damage to fresh surgical sites.

Be sure that the C-flush procedures are followed. Many people achieve a new level of health after basic dental revision procedures but do not feel that they have all the health and energy they would like. When they remember the C-flush and actually do it, they immediately feel much better. Remember, eating the right foods is only part of the treatment. You have to digest, absorb and assimilate the breakdown products of foods before your body can really build a new you. It takes a renewed gut to do that.

An alternative to the C flush procedure would be having 2 or more colon hydrotherapy sessions. This form of cleansing the lower bowel is preferable to the C flush. Contact your local colon hydro-therapist as soon as possible, after your dental revision. The microbiome of the gut must be restored with prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods.

Select the detoxification procedures that are available and acceptable to you. Be careful to find the balance between adequate and overdoing. Two to three procedures per week are adequate for most people, and six to seven per week is overdoing it for almost anyone. Be kind to yourself. The biggest single problem post-dental revision is too much detoxification too fast. Be really careful here. This goes for detoxification medications as well as saunas, etc. Get educated. Read the book on detoxification and take heed.

See to it that your follow-up blood tests and interpretations are scheduled. It is easy to slip back into the habits that created your original problem, so all of us need the hand holding to maintain improved health.

A really important part of going through this program is that you have a competent caregiver. Especially during dental procedures, the brain is undergoing a new form of electrical and chemical stimulation, and it can easily become confused. Even menial tasks like selecting which clothes to wear, which foods to eat, preparing the foods, cleaning up the kitchen afterward, and what time are the appointments, are stresses to a patient undergoing dental revision that are not ordinarily considered stressors. Having someone appointed as a designated decision-maker will enhance healing and reduce stress on your immune system. Pull off your ego hat, and let someone else help you at this time.

A note to new patients

The Huggins-Grube Dental Center provides the finest holistic dental care in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Bluffton, South Carolina. In order to provide our services at the most reasonable cost to our patients, payment is requested at the time service is rendered.

Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by our office regardless of your insurance coverage. Many times, a simple telephone call will clarify any billing questions.

If you have questions, please contact the Huggins-Grube Dental Center at (570) 343-1500. We accept all major credit cards.

Please be advised that the Huggins-Grube Dental Center
does not currently accept insurance of any type.

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Meet Our Doctors

Our philosophy is to encourage the best collaboration possible between doctor and patient;
we feel that when our patients actively engage in their own health and wellness, true healing can begin.

Dr. Blanche D. Grube


A graduate of Queens College, C.U.N.Y, Blanche D. Grube received her doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1982 (now Rutgers University).

Dr. Blanche  holds a second doctorate in Integrative Medicine from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. She also received training in conscious sedation at Albert Einstein Hospital, New York and at St. Joseph’s Hospital, New Jersey. To this, she has added extensive training in homeopathy, nutrition, iridology, colon hydrotherapy, neural therapy and acupuncture.

She discovered early in her work with her mentor, Dr. Huggins, that if she followed his very specific protocol when treating patients, her patients’ health would improve. Dr. Huggins taught her, what is now referred to as the Huggins-Grube Protocol, which includes a complete dental revision. Prior to the death of Dr. Huggins, he passed his torch to Dr. Blanche and she is dedicated to continuing his life’s work through the Huggins-Grube Dental Center.

Dr. Blanche is a biological dentist and former President of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine (IABDM); she holds a Mastership from the IABDM, a Fellowship from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), The Institute of Natural Dentistry, and the Dental Association of Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Blanche has published peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of dentistry, and has lectured both, nationally and internationally. A successful businesswoman, she owns Huggins-Grube Dental Centers- Scranton, PA (Formally Centers for Healing) & Bluffton, SC, Biocomp Laboratories, DNA Connexions, Huggins Applied Healing, and will soon be launching the Huggins – Grube Institute, to honor Dr. Huggins and to preserve his legacy.

 
Dr. Blanche discovered early in her work with Dr. Huggins that if she followed his very specific protocol when treating patients, her patients’ health would improve. Dr. Huggins taught her, what is now referred to as The Huggins-Grube Protocol, which includes a complete dental revision. Prior to the death of Dr. Huggins, he passed his torch to Dr. Blanche and she is dedicated to continuing his legacy through Centers for Healing. Dr. Huggins discusses passing the torch to Dr. Blanche during this touching 2014 interview. (Click the image to watch on YouTube.)

Dr. John H. Grube has had a heart for healing since he was a young man. He became interested in nutrition while listening to a talk by a nutritionist who spoke of the importance of eating whole foods and staying away from processed foods for better health. This discussion set a new direction for his life back in the ‘70s. Dr. John Grube’s chiropractic practice is located in the same friendly homelike facility as Dr. Blanche’s dental practice. Dr. John brings his expertise in chiropractic and nutrition to the combined practices.

Dr. John Grube has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Queens College in New York City, he received his chiropractic doctoral degree in 1981. He and Dr. Blanche both received a second doctoral degree in Integrative Medicine from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC. Through these advanced studies combined with hundreds of hours of continuing education for close to 30 years Dr. John has amassed quite a set of skills to treat his patients.

Dr. John is a Master Muscle Tester and utilizes this non-evasive diagnostic tool to help create the best treatment plan across the spectrum of chiropractic manipulation, nutrition counseling and supplementation. He finds that his patients get the best results when he combines these three modalities in their treatment but emphasis that proper nutrition is key to healing the body.

Dr. John is continually looking for ways to serve his patients better. Whatever health problems a patient brings to Dr. John, whether they are structural, biochemical or psychological, he utilizes combined treatments to achieve healing. 

Dr. John H. Grube


Both Doctors John and Blanche work together closely to achieve the best outcome possible for each patient.

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