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Stress: It’s Free, Do You Want Some?

In high school I had the unfortunate experiences of being picked on by the biggest bully in my class. We were both athletes so he could not physically intimidate me but the mental torments are probably worse. One day I noticed his bullying was about my physical appearance and others. At the right moment, while bothering me, he was in front of a large mirror. I said, “Turn around, take a good look and tell me what you see.” Wow, what an amazing reaction. He got so angry, he couldn’t talk, started stuttering and then ran out of the room, slamming the door. The others there, who didn’t hear our conversation said, what’s up with him? He never bullied me again.


My mother lost all her teeth in her early thirties. I was eight years old and present in the dental office, waiting and wondering why it was taking so long. Her teeth were perfect; she lost them because they became very loose. The stress of her traumatized childhood, her teenage years with family life, her unhappy marriage and children, with no coping skills, added up to tremendous mental and physical stress, losing her teeth while getting a divorce. As a specialist in TMD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders) and dental reconstruction, all my patients suffer from excess mind and body stresses, affecting their mastication anatomy, including head, neck, shoulder and back pains.


Teeth are not supposed to touch. When we speak, our upper and lower teeth do not touch. When relaxed, our upper and lower lips kiss lightly with the upper and lower teeth apart. To swallow, the upper and lower teeth come together without much force and cannot cause any damage. Chewing food, our muscles are designed to bring the teeth “almost” together while the food is being masticated. These functions do not cause any harm or trauma to our tissues. The problem is our mind. When we react to the stresses of life, we unconsciously contract the body’s muscles. Like a knee jerk, we clamp down on our teeth and may grind, gnashing them side-to-side. At night in our dreams or during the day, we are unaware of these reactions and the physical harm to our tissues.

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Life is better if we respond to it, being aware of our presence at all times. This means knowing what our body is doing. When aware we can prevent harm. Like watching our children, we cannot take our eyes off them for a second. It is about being alert to our environment. If we go off into some mental daydream of the past or future and leave our awareness of our present surroundings, problems happen. Look at the before and after pictures of a patient. This physician was self-medicating her pain for ten years until she found the right treatment for her unaware traumas.

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Dr. T.K. Stone

Dr. T. K. Stone fell in love with the dental arts as a dental laboratory technician in the US Army. Working with dentists inspired him to become one. Finishing very high in his class, he joined the faculty and later specialized at the same dental school. In private practice, he focused on TMJ disorders and complicated restorative rehabilitation cases. He was also invited to teach at another dental school. As a professor in the 1980's and 1990's, he published articles in health magazines on the mind and body connections, relating to the dental health of the teeth, gums and jaw joints (TMJ). The 1960's were a very inspiring decade for Dr. Stone as a teenager. Not only his passion for the dental arts was born, his other passion in life, mind and body health, flourished throughout these years from his ninth to nineteenth birthdays. His book, "The Fertile Ground" published in 2011, summarizes an understanding about this life. Our planet Earth, and Mother Nature, intends a healthy existence for all its creatures, free of the diseases commonly seen in today's humanity. This unhealthy lifestyle doesn't exist in our evolutionary past. Tooth decay and all the other degenerative diseases are not seen in our world's wildlife, not now or in the past. We are all related within the genetics of Nature's "Tree of Life." We all live and survive with the same natural laws, under the same sun. We humans take an unnatural direction, which has consequences. Why? Purchase "The Fertile Ground" by Dr. T.K. Stone on Amazon Today.



  1. Colette S June 29, 2016

    Stress is definitely not just mental.
    It’s crazy that you could lose all your teeth this way also!

    I am always trying to keep stress away from my being. It’s not always easy.

  2. Dr. Diana Hardy July 4, 2016

    It is not easy to keep stress away but we can try our best. Stress only comes when we are in any trouble, office work burden, fighting etc. Online prayers can keep stress away from us. Because meditation gives us a power to face happiness and sorrow.

    Wishes for good health!

    ~Dr. Diana

  3. Cascia Talbert July 6, 2016

    I believe in the power of prayer. Thanks for stopping by, Dr. Hardy. Have a terrific day!