Emi Okuda, Dentist
"There's something I want to show you. Why
don't you come with me?” One of my university classmates
invited me one day to a dental surgery in Osaka city. Out of curiosity,
I went there to see Mr. Fujii's practice. I still remember the day
The following is the conversation between Mr. Fujii and his patient:
Fujii: What's wrong?
Patient A: I cannot raise my arm higher than this (she put her arm
horizontally and frowned with pain).
Me: He is a dentist! Why is he listening about the
pain in the arm?
Fujii: Okay, can you make a circle with your fingers?
(taking the patient's hand..)
Me: What is this guy doing?
Fujii: Okay, I’ve got it. I'll adjust your tooth
a little bit (he did something to the patient's tooth within a second).
It's done. Please gargle.
Me: What? Did he shave the tooth or what?
Fujii: How's your arm now?
Patient: I can raise my arm! No Pain! Thanks very much!
Me: What on earth is this!?!?!?!?
After this patient, he saw a patient who had pain
in her jaw, another with severely stiff shoulders and another with
headaches and dizziness, successfully treating them immediately.
I have never ever been shocked so much in my whole
life. I had no idea what he did but patients obviously got a lot
better in front of me and they left happy.
This was the first time I had heard about
the o-ring test, which treats malocclusion and general conditions
in the whole body.
After the initial shock had gone, I got scared thinking if such
a little adjustment of the tooth can have that much of an affect,
then the patients I saw could have gotten worse after my treatment
because I've never thought about how it could effect the whole body".
At the end of the day, Mr. Fujii asked me where I was working. I
said to him I was working for a dental surgery but after seeing
his treatment, I was too scared to practice there anymore. He asked
me, "Then, why don't you come to my surgery in Kobe right away?"
I spent one month on trial at Shin Kobe Dental Clinic and have worked
there ever since.
At university, we didn't study the relationships
between teeth and general health conditions because the consequences
of causes and effects had never been verified. But, there are some
medical practitioners who had published books and/or were doing
lectures for dentists on this issue.
I myself had been to these kinds of lectures and read books but
I consciously avoided this issue, because in most cases that I saw,
patients didn't show much improvement or had unnecessary treatments.
It seemed to be very difficult for the patients physically and financially.
Meeting Mr. Fujii, I finally found real satisfaction as a dentist.
I'm so glad to hear many patients say when they leave, "It
was worth coming here. I've gotten a lot better".
Until then, I used to believe that just chewing and eating properly
made for good health. But it is a fact that less and less people
visit dental surgeries as often since the national health coverage
for dental treatment was decreased.
But, people won’t care about money if something
is really important for them. I started to doubt in my mind that
my job was really helping people. And, on seeing that business seminars
for dentists to teach how to get more patients were popular, I began
to think that something was wrong and I wasn’t able to be confident
in my job.
There’s no standard to determine if a person is
healthy or not. Even if nothing wrong is found during a medial check-up,
if the person feels that something is wrong, then something must
be wrong. Doctors quite often say that nothing is wrong or the cause
is unknown. Some people might be told that it is probably stress
related, but I believe that doctors should say, “I cannot find anything
wrong” or “I cannot find the cause”. This is because people knew
something was wrong and that was why they visited the hospital.
We decided to start this website because we thought
there might be many people who suffer from different problems without
knowing that the cause might be related to orthodontic and dental
problems. Of course dental/ orthodontic treatments don’t work for
all but seeing the 80% rate of improvement, we thought it was worth
letting people know.
I hope that seeing a dentist will become a known option when people
have health problems in the near future.
Emi Okuda, Dentist
Graduated from Osaka Dental University in 1995
After working for a dental surgery, started working for the
Shiundernkobe Dental Clinic using holistic dental treatments.
Member of “Kamiawase to zenshin no kenko wo kangaeru kai”
Member of Japan Dental Society of Oriental Medicine
Associate member of the Japanese Medical Society of the Arthrokinematic
Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Matsumoto who
understood my philosophy and designed this website (also my patient)
voluntarily, senior dentist, Mr. Fujii who provided much information,
and dental nurses, Mr. Sano and Ms. Akamatsu.
Emi Okuda: Dentist, Shin Kobe Dental Clinic