See what people are saying about Valdemar Welz
An exchange between Valdemar and a dental student who attended Valdemar’s course:
“The Damaged Dentition in the Damaged Human Person –A Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Investigation”
Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:22:10 PM
Dear Dr. Welz,
I am a first year dental student at Boston University, and I was present in the dental anatomy lecture that you gave earlier today. I owe you two things: an apology and a thank you.
First of all, as you know, you had an audience full of scientists. And, as you can imagine, religion is not a topic that has ever been touched upon in any of our science classes. We tend to stick to pathways, molecules, evolution, diseases, symptoms, and stuff like that. Additionally, dental school is the most diverse place I have ever been in my life. There are so many different types of people, from so many different countries, with so many different beliefs and religions. I am constantly afraid that I am going to accidentally say something to offend someone.
Unfortunately, today, I was not so aware of other people’s feelings, namely yours. I think that all of us students were a little surprised when we realized the doctor lecturing us was a religious man — like I said, it hasn’t happened before in any of our classes. For some of us, this surprise turned to negativity toward the subject matter. During your lecture, I was sitting with a group of students who were upset that the lecture we were attending had a somewhat religious undertone even though we don’t go to a religiously-affiliated school. I am embarrassed to admit it, but upon hearing their whispers, I immediately joined their team and decided it wasn’t fair for us to have religion forced upon us. I am even more embarrassed to admit that I followed their suit and left your lecture a couple of minutes early.
I am so sorry for my ignorant and disrespectful behavior. I regret it. Since leaving your lecture, I have thought A LOT about your message today.
The Thank You:
I now realize that I actually owe you a thank you for teaching me something that I would not otherwise have learned in dental school. You helped me understand that dentistry is not all about teeth; it is about helping all different types of people feel good and be healthy. As dentists, we will deal with real patients who come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs and different levels of spirituality. We the dentists need to be understanding of all of our patients’ beliefs, and also understand that there are multiple approaches to dentistry.
So, in summary, I am sorry that I left your lecture early and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. It is pretty ironic that the lecture I thought was not worth my time has ended up being more thought provoking than any lecture I have ever attended in dental school. Thank you for that.
Most sincerely and respectfully,
(Student’s name omitted from this email for her privacy)
P.S. It is such a coincidence that you taught us about the benefits of brushing without toothpaste because earlier this morning (before your lecture), as I sat on the bathroom floor brushing my teeth in front of the heater as I always do, I remembered something about my grandfather that I had forgotten for a number of years: he didn’t use toothpaste!. My grandfather was an oral surgeon, but sadly he died of Alzheimer’s Disease when I was in the 8th grade. I was exceptionally close to him, and I miss him everyday. He is the person who first got me interested in oral surgery. Anyways, for most of his life, he was brilliant, so I couldn’t understand why someone so smart – especially a dentist who was so smart- would not use toothpaste. He must have used it occasionally, because I used a tube from his cabinet whenever I brushed at his house, but he only ever used water (or sometimes he rubbed the bristles of his toothbrush against a bar of hand soap and then brushed….) when I saw him brush his teeth. Now I know why.
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:32am
Dear (Student’s name omitted from here for her privacy),
Thank you for your beautiful email. I will keep you in my prayers. If you’d like to learn more about any of the subjects I discussed, you are always welcome to drop by my office. There is now enough scientific evidence that shows that Alzheimer’s is preventable with a plant-based diet if started early enough. Take a look at Dr Michael Gregor’s web site NutritionFacts.org (July 26, 2012) entitled Uprooting The Leading Causes of Death. Also take a look at the Sept 7th and 10th, 2012 dates on his web site. Dr Gregor discusses the Book of Daniel diet put to a scientific test. Also look up a DVD entitled Science Tests Faith (loveandmercy.org).
God bless you,
P.S. When I was a dental student, I might have walked out on me too.
I’m writing to say thank you, to express some gratitude.
You are a wonderful dentist and practitioner, but I’m writing beyond that.
more than your considerable skills in the chair, you have assembled an office of people (without the people it’s just the walls…) who provide for me a safe, cheerful, very civilized place, a place where I get good care not only from you but from everyone, a place where all your people are committed to good values.
it’s a lovely resource for me, I’m very happy and very grateful
with admiration, gratitude and kindest wishes,
I am 61 years old. When I was in my mid 20s, you did extensive restorative work on my teeth. I moved back to New York when I was 30 and today I saw my fourth dentist since that time. I expected compliments and I received them! She told me that she was very impressed with the “old work in your mouth.” She said that what is being done today does not measure up to your work. She also said she will do her best to match your work.
I don’t know why I am so proud! Because I had the good sense to listen to my then friend, who referred me to you You’re the one who did the work!
Thank you. ”