“The crisis in modern dentistry”

The crisis in “modern” dentistry is many fold. High cost of the toxic materials that are used to fill and some way “save” dead or decaying teeth is staggering. These inflated costs, greed and economic depression have driven many to go to Mexico or worse yet sent the poor to illegal immigrant dentists like 71 year old Ukrainian native Vladimir Mandzyuk who ran his illegal clinic in the basement of a Sugar Hill, Georgia home.
The Crisis in Dentistry
The Office of the Surgeon General estimates that some 108 million children and adults  mostly the poor or lower middle class in the US have no dental coverage. One key determining factor in who can secure dental coverage is the source of their overall healthcare plan. 8 out of 10 people with employer provided health insurance had some sort of dental coverage while only 3 out 10 people who self-purchased health plans included dental coverage. The businesses would come out ahead if they would bank funds for their employees.
Most of these dental plans are not work purchasing. They are good if your family has strong healthy teeth and don’t need anything besides a cleaning twice a year, but it is cheaper to have a special saving account and monthly put $30 in it rather than  pay for the dental insurance.  You can let your money work for you.
Not surprisingly, the burden of this lack of dental coverage is heaped onto the poor. The Surgeon General reports that tooth decay remains the single most chronic disease for children, poor children suffer from twice as many cavities as the children of the affluent and 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illnesses. A shocking 50 percent of poor children have not even been seen by a dentist before entering Kindergarten.
Next topic: There is the issue of natural quality care and the over pricing issue. In the past three years my eyes have been open to the shoddy overpriced care

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“Are your batteries safe”- health tip

Battery Safety for hand held devices and cars

WARNING: Leakage of battery fluid can cause an explosion and personal injury. If battery leakage occurs, thoroughly wash the affected skin and clothes.
Keep batteries away from children.Keep battery fluid away from your eyes and mouth.
Leaking batteries may make popping sounds that leakage if from a car or truck can cause an explosion and significant bodily harm. Check out these real life accounts.
The Lead Acid battery is made up of plates, lead, and lead oxide (various other elements are used to change density, hardness, porosity, etc.) with a 35% sulfuric acid and 65% water solution.

This solution is called electrolyte, which causes a chemical reaction that produce electrons. When you test a battery with a hydrometer, you are measuring the amount of sulfuric acid in the electrolyte. If your reading is low, that means the chemistry that makes electrons is lacking. So where did the sulfur go? It is resting on the battery plates and when you recharge the battery, the sulfur returns to the electrolyte.

To avoid battery leakage:
Do not mix used and new batteries (replace all batteries at the same time).
Do not mix different brands of batteries.
Nintendo recommends alkaline batteries. Do not use Lithium ion, nickel cadmium (nicad), or carbon zinc batteries.
Do not leave batteries in the remote or other devices for long periods of non-use.
Do not recharge alkaline or non-rechargeable batteries.
Do not put the batteries in backwards. Make sure that the positive (+) and negative (-) ends are facing in the correct directions. Insert the negative end first. When removing batteries, remove the positive end first.
Do not use damaged, deformed or leaking batteries.
Do not dispose of batteries in a fire.
Recycle batteries safely.

For more technical information on the types of batteries check out.

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“Beware of kids loving tooth paste !”

Beware of young children loving tooth paste too much. Seems if a young child eats or drinks and then swallows too much fluoride, the fluoride, it can damage the natural coloration of their teeth permanently. Their teeth can be damaged mildly as in the image below or severely as in the bottom.

Dental fluorosis is a health condition caused by a child receiving too much fluoride during tooth development and nutrition. The critical period of exposure is between 1 and 4 years old; children over age 8 are not at risk. In its mild form, which is the most common, fluorosis appears as tiny white streaks or specks that are often unnoticeable. In its severest form, which is also called mottling of dental enamel, it is characterized by black and brown stains, as well as cracking and pitting of the teeth.
How does fluoride stain or pit the teeth?

Dental fluorosis occurs by ingesting too much fluoride, either from the fluoride in the water supply, naturally occurring or added to it; or from fluoride toothpaste or other sources. It damages teeth while they are developing in children between the ages of 3 months to 8 years, from the overexposure to fluoride.
How are teeth damaged by fluorosis?

Teeth are generally composed of minerals/calcium compounds, calcium phosphate hydroxyapatite and carbonated hydroxyapatite; when fluoride is present, some fluorapatite is formed. When excessive fluoride is present, white spots, brown stains or pitting or mottling of enamel will occur. Once the tooth has come through gums into the oral cavity, fluorapatite is beneficial; it is more resistant to dissolution by acids (demineralization). Although it is usually the permanent (adult) teeth which are affected, occasionally the primary (baby) teeth may be involved.

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The organic portion of enamel does not contain collagen, as dentin and bone does. Instead, it has two unique classes of proteins called amelogenins and enamelins . The role of these proteins is uncertain but thought to be needed for the development of enamel as a framework support and other mechanisms.

Talk to your pediatric dentist or water treatment facility to tell you how much fluoride is in your local drinking water. If you drink well water or bottled water, your pediatric dentist can assist you in getting an analysis of its fluoride content. After you know how much fluoride your child receives, you and your pediatric dentist can decide together whether your child needs a fluoride supplement.

Caution:

  • Monitor your child when it is tooth brushing time:
  • If you are using a fluoridated toothpaste use a pea-sized amount on the brush is plenty for fluoride protection.
  • Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste, not swallow it, after brushing.

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“Bubbles under breast skin cancer risk”

The old saying “Beauty is only skin deep”, but cancer can go deeper

applies to breast implant cancer risk too.

U.S. government health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after reviewing a handful of cases reported over the last 13 years.

ALC attacks the lymph nodes and skin, and has been reported in the scar tissue that grows around implants. So far, the data suggest women with silicone or saline-gel breast implants “may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant,” the agency said.

The body considers the implant as a foreign substance and sends immune boosting cells to the area around the scar tissue to get rid of it. If it cannot the cell mutation occurs and this can lead to cancer.

The cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, involves the immune system. It is not breast cancer. It is usually a systemic disease, but in the cases linked to implants, the lymphoma grew in the breast, usually in the capsule of scar tissue that formed around the implant. The cases were discovered because women developed symptoms long after they had healed from the implant surgery lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma begins after scar tissue is formed around the implant:
lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

In some cases simply removing the implant and scar tissue gets rid of the disease, but some women might need chemotherapy and radiation, said Dr. William Maisel, the chief scientist and deputy director for science in the drug agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He said there was some evidence, though not conclusive, that the form of this lymphoma found in implant patients was less aggressive than the usual type.

“We need more data and are asking that health-care professionals tell us about any confirmed cases they identify,” said Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s device unit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to report all cases of the cancer so the agency can better understand the association. The agency is aware of just 60 cases of the disease worldwide among the estimated five million to 10 million women with implants.
This type of lymphoma in the breast is normally found in only 3 in 100 million women who do not have implants.

The devices are marketed in the U.S. by Allergan Inc. and Mentor Corp.
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“Health risks Benadryl + diphenhydramine”

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long term cognitive impairment. They include such common over-the-counter brands as Benadryl (or Dimedrol in other countries), Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, Midol PM and Advil PM though some Unisom products contain doxylamine instead.
Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil are available only by prescription.
One of the oldest antihistamines on the market Benadryl is more effective than even some of the latest prescription drugs. It is frequently used to stop or reduce the uncomfortable itchy and inflammation associated with an allergic reaction. It is fast and often effective at reversing the sometimes dangerous effects of a massive histamine release.
On the other side of this drug’s picture are adverse side effects often worse and more life threatening in children and the elderly or those chronically ill.
Diphenhydramine works by blocking the effect of histamine at H1 receptor sites. This results in effects such as the increase of vascular smooth muscle contraction, thus reducing the redness, hyperthermia and edema that occurs during an inflammatory reaction. In addition, by blocking the H1 receptor on peripheral nociceptors, diphenhydramine decreases their sensitization and consequently reduces itching that is associated with an allergic reaction.
Benadryl is the oldest antihistamine, diphenhydramine, is a potent anticholinergic agent.
The possible effects of Diphenhydramine include:

Ataxia; loss of coordination
Decreased mucus production in the nose and throat; consequent dry, sore throat
Xerostomia or dry-mouth with possible acceleration of dental caries
Cessation of perspiration; consequent decreased epidermal thermal dissipation leading to warm, blotchy, or red skin
Increased body temperature
Pupil dilation (mydriasis); consequent sensitivity to bright light (photophobia)
Loss of accommodation (loss of focusing ability, blurred vision — cycloplegia)
Double-vision (diplopia)
Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Tendency to be easily startled
Urinary retention
Diminished bowel movement, sometimes ileus – (decreases motility via the vagus nerve)
Increased intraocular pressure; dangerous for people with narrow-angle glaucoma
Shaking
Possible effects in the central nervous system resemble those associated with delirium, and may include:
Confusion
Disorientation
Agitation
Euphoria or dysphoria
Respiratory depression
Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Wandering thoughts; inability to sustain a train of thought
Incoherent speech
Wakeful myoclonic jerking
Unusual sensitivity to sudden sounds
Illogical thinking
Photophobia
Visual disturbances
Periodic flashes of light
Periodic changes in visual field
Visual snow
Restricted or “tunnel vision”
Visual, auditory, or other sensory hallucinations
Warping or waving of surfaces and edges
Textured surfaces
“Dancing” lines; “spiders”, insects; form constants
Lifelike objects indistinguishable from reality
Hallucinated presence of people not actually there
Rarely: seizures, coma, and death

Since 2002, the US FDA requires special labeling warning against using multiple products that contain diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine has been shown to build tolerance against its sedation effectiveness very quickly, with placebo-like results after a third day of common dosage.

Caution:

Severe reactions (children) to diphenhydramine are documented, particularly amongst children, and it may cause excitation instead of sedation.
Severe reactions (elderly) are also common in the elderly.Because of potential for more severe side effects, diphenhydramine is on the “Beers list” to avoid in the elderly. (See NCQA’s HEDIS Measure: Use of High Risk Medications in the Elderly,

Caution: Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel contains additional ingredients including camphor. It is dangerous when swallowed.

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“Kids’ health risk higher in stroke belt “

This is not a stroke of good luck belt this is the debilitating possibly paralyzing belt.
Too much fried food may contribute to the high rate of stroke in America’s southern states.
The study claims that eating fried fish twice a week is the possible culprit for the high incidence of stokes in the southern states of the USA.

The results showed that people living in the stroke belt – including residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana were about 30 percent more likely to eat two or more servings of fried fish every week than those living in the rest of the country, the researchers said.
However the data did not include all the other deep fried, dairy, pork or butter laden foods so typically consumed by southerners like hush puppies, collard greens or other foods drowned in butter, fries, chicken fried steaks, and cheese sticks to name a few.

Blacks have 3.5 times greater risk

Blacks statistically have an increased risk of stroke regardless of where they live, but their stroke risk was 3.5 times higher if they ate two or more servings of fried fish per week than whites.
Inhabitants of the stroke belt are 20 percent more likely to die from a stroke than those living in the rest of the country. Those living at the center of the stroke belt, the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, are 40 percent more likely to die from stroke, said study researcher Fadi Nahab of Emory University in Atlanta.
Anything fried in oil or cooked in butter, is not healthy to eat
Stroke Belt or Stroke Alley is the name given to a region in the southeastern United States that has been recognized by public health authorities for having an unusually high incidence of stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. It iincludes an 11-state region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Analysis by the CDC of U.S. found that stroke death rates for these states ranged from a high of 169 per 100,000 in South Carolina to a low of 89 per 100,000 in New York. While most observational studies have focused primarily on stroke incidence in adults, in 2004 researchers reported that children in the eleven stroke belt states also have an increased risk of death from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke compared with children in other states.

Glymour et al. (2007) reported that adults who had resided in the stroke belt during childhood and had moved outside the region had higher stroke risk at ages 50 and older than adults who grew up in areas with lower stroke incidence. Other stroke risk factors: hypertension, low socioeconomic status, diet, quality of healthcare facilities, smoking, and infections.

The Stroke Belt also has high rates of lung cancer, caused by smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke as a child, poverty, poor maternal nutrition,low birth weights would predispose individuals to higher than average risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Smoking or  exposure to second and third hand smoke is reputed to be the strongest contributing factor of developing both diseases


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“Mercury contamination in kids”

If women are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing eating more than one or two servings a week of canned tuna, especially albacore tuna could be harmful to their health according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tuna fish and other seafoods are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But lurking unseen is a toxic contaminant mercury that can affect brain development and the nervous system in young children. The number of children born witth mercury contamination is on the rise.

Buy your fish from the first list below not the last.

Lowest in mercury – You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week

Anchovies, 
Butterfish, 
Calamari (squid), 
Caviar (farmed)
, King crab, 
Pollock, 
Catfish
, Whitefish, 
Perch (ocean), 
Scallops
, Flounder, 
Haddock, 
Hake
, Herring, 
Lobster (spiny/rock), 
Shad, 
Sole
, Crawfish/crayfish
, Salmon, 
Shrimp, 
Clams,
Tilapia
, Oysters, 
Sardines, 
Sturgeon (farmed), 
Trout (freshwater)

Below are a few of the cities that have  had trouble with toxic mercury levels in tuna:
Santa Cruz, CA,  San Diego, CA,  Destin, FL,  Long Island, N Y
Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa   San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Mercury in Seafood: No Fair Warning.
Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, Il

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“Recalled kids meds =ER trips”

CDC researchers  found that recalled cough and cold over the counter medications accounted for too many of the ER visits for small children.
The good news
The numbers of ER nonfatal trips of young children between 0 and 4 years of age dropped by more than half, from 2,790 visits to 1,248 nationwide in the past 14 months.
The bad news
If parents had thrown away these old cough and cold childrens’ syrups when they were recalled in 2007 these children would not have gotten sick.
Some uninformed parents are still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines, and young children are still finding ways to get a hold of these old medicines themselves.
Please throw these old medicines away.

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“Save lives before you die”

More than 109,698 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.

Active transplant candidates as of today 72,341.

Check latest stats here

  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
  • An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
  • In 2009, there were 8,021 deceased organ donors and 6,610 living organ donors resulting in 28,465 organ transplants.
  • Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.

Two types of donor gifts -Living (organ and tissue) and End of Life

It is becoming more common to donate organs and partial organs and tissues while alive. Kidneys are the most common organ donated by living donors. Other organs that can be donated include a lobe of a lung, partial liver, pancreas or intestine.

Although the decision to become a living donor involves careful consideration, being a living donor offers others an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.

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“Behind influencing others lurks a monster”

The back side to influencing others –

Does power or positions of influence over others

like doctors, lawyers, minsters, government … corrupt?

Behavior of the powerful can and often does poison even the most intelligent and well-meaning people when their influential positions go to their head and let ego run the show.

Beware of  the following symptoms of developing ego corruption:

  • focusing more on your own needs and wants and less on the needs and reactions of others;
  • having less empathy for others, acting like the rules don’t apply to you and simply using others for your own selfish ends;
  • exhibiting less impulse control – too much sex, food, drugs, wild life and erratic emotional highs and lows.
  • They do inane things that damage themselves, their families, their business or organization and their country.

The good news is we do have fine examples to follow Dr. Deepak Chopra, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama who stay grounded and growing in health, warmth, compassion and spirituality even at the height of their power.

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