Man Plans God Laughs

Dr. William Thornton enrolled at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 1975. Thirty-eight years later he received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine.

Man plans god laughs

Obviously, Dr. Thornton’s education took a long and windy road before he finally graduated in 2012. Ironically, just three months before graduation, his health caused yet another detour. As Dr. Thornton says, “Man Plans God Laughs.”

In describing his educational journey in his essay, “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dr. Thornton relates:

… a sudden onset of bacteremia and endocarditis put me in the hospital, threatening to take me permanently out of school and out of life. As my very competent physicians ….puzzled over the cause of the infection, they administered massive amounts of IV antibiotics. In between hospitalizations, there were high doses of IV  vitamin C (sodium ascorabete) … which I credit from keeping me from sepsis. The infection was eventually narrowed down to a root canal tooth gone bad. I believe the IV-C saved my life, in conjunction with the fine work of my MD physicians….


Ironically, the efficacy of IV-C and the work of Thomas Levy, MD, JD, sparked my interest in wanting to provide this service for patients with infections, and they are part of the original motivation that brought me back to NCNM.

Today Dr. Thornton is a licensed naturopathic and chiropractic physician and retirement is not part of his vernacular.

While this is a very unusual story, unfortunately Dr. Thornton’s illness is not. Connecting the Dots Between vitamin C and Root Canal-Treated Teeth
For those who doubt the connection between Root Canals, Disease and Supplements like vitamin C, we recommend an article by Dr. Thomas E. Levy, “Root Canals are a Primary Cause of Chronic Disease.” This article, which can be found on Dr. Levy’s website,, notes that

Root canal-treated teeth can be the primary cause of chronic disease, and they can always be expected to worsen pre-existing chronic disease. As all disease eventually boils down to selected areas, tissues, and organ systems of the body having chronically increased oxidative stress, the pro-oxidant toxins of root canals promote all diseases at the cellular level. If you have one or more root canals, or if you are planning on getting one, ingest a broad spectrum of quality antioxidant supplements on a regular basis if extraction and cleaning of the socket(s) are not possibilities for you.

For those seeking more information on root canals and disease, many articles and books have been written on this subject including The Roots of Disease. Connecting Dentistry and Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Corporation.