My Dental Health Tips

Why I Don’t like Cyclists on the Streets !

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Two days ago I was almost wiped out by a careless, inconsiderate cyclist

while I was walking in the middle of a crosswalk in the pouring rain. As matter

of fact, there were actually two cyclists. One went in front of me less than a foot

away and the other went behind me in a similar fashion.

I just don’t understand why most cyclist appear to have no regard whatsoever, for

pedestrians , crosswalks , signal lights  and/or stop signs !

Although I have numerous friends who ride bikes, I firmly believe that they should

not be allowed to ride their bikes on the city street without a license and insurance.

On top of this, they should have more respect and regard for pedestrians .

When I was a teenager back in the 50s, I had to buy a license for my bicycle . It cost

$2.00 for a year.

Have you ever seen cyclist riding their bikes on city sidewalks ? I have on several

occasions. Just a few months ago, a student riding a bicycle on a UBC campus

sidewalk stopped inches short of my crotch with the front tire wedged between my legs.

If he had not been going as slow as he was, I’m sure I would have been knocked squarely

on my ass.

The Vancouver City Council passed some legislation a few years ago to make Vancouver safer

for cyclists. In fact, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, providing  bicycle lanes all over

the city . Who pays for these changes ?     We do!————- The tax payers.

Not only do we have to pay for these cycle lanes, we also have to put up with all the

inconvenience, and hazards caused by inconsiderate, careless , rude and reckless

cyclists who disregard stop signs, red lights, crosswalks, and pedestrians in those

crosswalks.

Don’t you think the bicycle riders should pay their fare share by having to buy a license to ride

on the streets and highways  ? I sure do !  It should also be mandatory that they have accidental

insurance coverage.

If any of my readers and followers have any comments to add to my article , please

do not hesitate to speak up and express your opinions regarding cyclists riding in the

streets and highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAYO CLINIC- DRINKING WATER ( H2O )

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This  morning , I received this very informative and interesting article from a

classmate of mine regarding a Mayo Clinic Study on the effects of “drinking water”.

Because this article contains so much valuable information  and as a member of the

health profession, I felt compelled to  share it with the readers and followers of my

Dental Blog website, ” mydentalhealthtips .com”

A cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic has determined that heart attacks can be triggered

by dehydration. If you are an individual who is currently  having health issues with

your blood pressure, and at risk of having a stroke and/or heart attack, the following

information could save you life.

How many people do you know who say they don’t like to drink anything

before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night ?

Did you know that drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids a

stroke or heart attack ?     I did not know this ! Did you?

Other than having a prostate problem which can cause  men to get up many times

in the night to urinate, cardiologists at the Mayo clinic tell us that gravity holds water

in the lower part of your body when you  are upright in a standing position. This causes

the legs to swell . When you lie down  and the lower part of your body seeks a level

with the kideys which in turn can then  remove the water more easily.  Water is necessary to

flush the toxins from your body.

According to Mayo Clinic Cardiologists, drinking water at a certain time maximizes its

effectiveness on the body :

 

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal-helps digestion

1  glass of water before talking a bath -helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

It is also know that drinking water at bedtime will  help prevent night time

leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and

wake you up. They call these “Charlie Horse Cramps ” . Please don’t ask me why

they are called that, because I don’t know . What I do know is that these so called

“Charlie Horse Cramps ” are extremely painful. I know because I get them quite

frequently !

Dr Virend Somers is a Mayo Clinic Cardiologist who is the lead author of a report in July

29th 2008 issue of the Journal of American College of Cardiology. He states that ” most

heart attacks happen during the day, generally between 6: AM and noon.”

Having an  Heart attack  during the night , when the heart should be most relaxed,

indicates that something unusual has happened. Somers and his colleagues  have

been working for a decade to show that sleep Apnea is to blame.

If you take one aspirin or one baby aspirin ( 81 mg) once a day, take it at night !

The reason : Aspirin has a 24 – hour ” half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen

in the early hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be at its strongest level in your system.

Aspirin lasts a long time in your medicine cabinet. Apparently ,if kept for years, it

smells like vinegar.

Bayer Pharmaceutical Company is now making a crystal aspirin that will dissolve

instantly on or under the tongue. This way , they work much faster and are more effective

than the regular aspirin tablets.

Always keep Aspirins by your bedside. Its about the possibility of having a heart attack .

You should realize that there are many other symptoms or warning signs of having

a heart attack besides the usual pain in the chest and or in your left arm. For example,

one might also experience intense pain on the chin area, as well as nausea, profuse

sweating , light- headedness and difficulty in breathing. These symptoms however seem to

occur less frequently.

It is interesting to note that often there may be no chest pain during a heart attack.

I  was told by my cardiologist that I had what is called a “Silent Heart Attack ” No pain

whatsoever. But I did experience the dizziness, sweating and nausea for only a few seconds.

It has been suggested that the majority of people (about 60% ) who had a heart attack

during their sleep don’t wake up. However , if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up

from your sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve  two aspirins  in your mouth and

swallow them with a little water. Then call 911- phone a neighbor , friend

or family member who lives close by and say “Heart Attack ! ”

Tell them that you have taken two aspirins ,sit down and wait at the front door.

……………………………DO NOT LIE DOWN !

The  Cardilologist has stated that if each person who reads this blog , sends it to 10

other people, more than likely, one or more lives will be saved !

Please consider sending this message to your friends and relatives. You may save

someone’s life by doing so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Frustrations With Cyclist Who don’t Adhere to Road signs !

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Have you ever noticed how inconsiderate cyclist are when they approach

stop signs and/or crosswalks ? I see it  happen daily and it really frustrates me

that they have no consideration for pedestrians in crosswalks or don’t stop at

stop signs.

Why do cyclists act like they don’t have to obey traffic signs ?

In Vancouver B.C. , a few years ago, the Mayor of the Vancouver  City Council,

implemented numerous bike lanes within the city  for thousands of dollars.

Oddly enough, I hardly ever see these lanes being used by cyclists.

 

I still see cyclists using sidewalks instead that I thought were provided for pedestrians

In fact ,just two weeks ago I was almost run down by a student cyclist at UBC who was

riding her bike on the sidewalk. Why she was not using the  designated cycle lanes on

the road escapes me. The front wheel of her bike stopped just short of hitting me in the

crotch. I could not believe that this near catastrophe was happening.

Cyclists should have a license to ride their bikes on the road as well as accidental insurance.

If I drove my automobile the way  most cyclists ride their bikes on the streets,  I

would probably be put in jail charged with vehicular homicide  sooner or later. They just

blatantly disregard all road signs and any consideration for pedestrians who are walking

within a crosswalk.

It has to be a miracle that a cyclist is not seriously injured and/or killed on the road

in Vancouver  on a daily basis. For some reason ,they act like they’re immune  to the

possibility of having a serious accident injuring themselves or someone else.

Have you ever noticed how poorly visible  some cyclists  are on the road because they do

not have adequate flashers and or bright clothing on ? No reflectors  and /or lights of

any kind visible.  I just don’t understand the mentality of these cyclists who don’t  take

the necessary precautions to ride safely on the roads.

Cyclists for the most part, are a serious hazard on the street of Vancouver and in my view

should be heavily fined for breaking the traffic laws . I would appreciate any comments

you may have regarding this subject .

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Dentistry

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Suffer a cracked or broken tooth and your dentist is likely to recommend a crown,
a custom-fitted cap to cover it and restore the tooth’s shape, strength and appearance.

Traditionally that meant having a model of the tooth and surrounding area made using a mold,
sending the impression to a dental laboratory to make the crown, having a temporary restoration
put in place, waiting a week or more for the finished crown to be sent back to the dentist’s
office and returning for a second visit where the temporary is removed and the new crown
is cemented into place.

In the last several years, however, an increasing number of dentists have embraced a quicker
option. Using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies,
many have begun making crowns in one-office visit while the patient waits.

After taking a digital scan of the mouth using an intra-oral camera (think of an over-sized
pen with a video camera on the end), a 3-Dimage of the teeth and gums appears on a computer
screen. Based on the position, size and shape of the damaged tooth, computer software suggests
the ideal dimensions of the needed crown. The dentist fine-tunes the virtual restoration and
sends the digital information to a “milling” machine that carves the crown out of a ceramic block,
ready to be bonded to the patient’s tooth. The entire process takes less than two hours

Commonly referred to as a “same-day crown,” or a “crown while you wait,” the procedure is one
of several advancements that reflect the growth in digital dentistry. Others include:

•Digital radiography or X-rays. Compared to traditional film X-rays, these computer-generated
images produce a clearer image in a shorter time and have been shown to produce significantly
less radiation.

•Cone-beam computed tomography (CT) imaging. The dental equivalent of a medical CT scan,
the X-ray rotates around the patient’s head capturing a 3-D view of the teeth, jaw, gum and
nerves. It can also identify possible tumors and other diseases that don’t appear on
traditional X-rays.

•Digital dentures. Made using computer design and digital manufacturing, they offer the
convenience of a permanent digital record that can be duplicated easily if the original
denture is lost or damaged.

From the recording and creation of restorations to office management, “a full digital
integration of clinical care, diagnostics and patient communication” is occurring at some
dental offices today, says John Weston, a cosmetic dentist and director of the Scripps
Center for Dental Care in La Jolla, Calif..

Adopting these advances is about finding ways “to improve the experience for patients,” says
Steven Spitz, a prosthodontist (specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth)
at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Brookline, Mass.

Special lasers, for example, can be used in procedures from detecting cavities
and placing fillings, to placing dental implants, often eliminating the need for
scalpels, drills and sutures. “That means less pain and trauma for the patient and
often the need for little or no anesthetic,” Spitz says.

And before cone beam CT imaging, there was a lot more guess work involved in placing
implants, he says: “Today, this can be done with precision.”

Many dentists use digital imaging technology solely to make virtual models that they
then send to dental labs where ceramists fabricate the actual crowns or bridgework,
says Leila Jahangiri, professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at
New York University College of Dentistry.

The use of digital technology to make crowns and other dental restorations is not new.
The first dental CAD/CAM system for the in-office production of ceramic crowns
and inlays was introduced about 25 years ago. And dental labs have been digital
“for years, using commercial milling machines and all kinds of
digital processes,” Weston says.

“Initially, it was just a few early adopters” using it in the office, he says.
Even now, research suggests that “a small percentage, maybe about 10%,” have
implemented it,” he adds, noting that purchasing the equipment and getting started
with the needed supplies can cost $150,000 to $200,000.

Over the years, “the materials have gotten better, the mills have gotten better, but
the main thing is that the digital capture has gotten more accurate,” Weston says.
“And when you improve that, now you can improve the fit and that’s the goal.”

Because the in-office equipment saves on lab costs, dentists say they don’t charge more
for a one-day crown than the traditional version. That’s supported by a limited analysis
in New York that found “the costs were identical, whether chair-side or lab fabricated,”
Jahangir says. “People are not very tolerant of a huge difference (in dental prices)
in the same geographical area,” she says.

“The technology is expensive, but on the other hand it makes me more efficient
,” Spitz says. “I can prepare and finish four or five crowns in half the time
another dentist may do half as many.”

Both types of crowns are typically covered by dental insurance, says Bill Kohn,
vice president of dental science and policy for Delta Dental Plans Association,
the nation’s largest dental benefits carrier.

“When dentists submit for a porcelain crown, we just look at it as crown. We don’t’
know whether it was done chair-side or whether it was done in a laboratory,” he says.

Dentists who offer same-day crowns often limit it to a single restoration at a time,
Weston says when multiple crowns, a bridge or a very visible restoration in the front
of the mouth requiring “a more accurate and more aesthetic” fabrication is needed,
it’s typically sent to a lab. That kind of time-consuming and sophisticated work
“just can’t be done chair-side as easily,” he says.

✖placing fillings, to placing dental implants, often eliminating the need for scalpels,
drills and sutures. “That means less pain and trauma for the patient and often the need
for little or no anesthetic,” Spitz says.

And before cone beam CT imaging, there was a lot more guess work involved in placing
implants, he says: “Today, this can be done with precision.”

Many dentists use digital imaging technology solely to make virtual models that they
then send to dental labs where ceramists fabricate the actual crowns or bridgework,
says Leila Jahangiri, professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at
New York University College of Dentistry.

The use of digital technology to make crowns and other dental restorations is not new.
The first dental CAD/CAM system for the in-office production of ceramic crowns and
inlays was introduced about 25 years ago. And dental labs have been digital “for years,
using commercial milling machines and all kinds of digital processes,” Weston says.

“Initially, it was just a few early adopters” using it in the office, he says.
Even now, research suggests that “a small percentage, maybe about 10%,” have
implemented it,” he adds, noting that purchasing the equipment and getting started
with the needed supplies can cost $150,000 to $200,000.

Over the years, “the materials have gotten better, the mills have gotten better,
but the main thing is that the digital capture has gotten more accurate,” ”

Both types of crowns are typically covered by dental insurance, says Bill Kohn,
vice president of dental science and policy for Delta Dental Plans Association,
the nation’s largest dental benefits carrier.

“When dentists submit for a porcelain crown, we just look at it as crown. We don’t’
know whether it was done chair-side or whether it was done in a laboratory,” he says.

Dentists who offer same-day crowns often limit it to a single restoration at a time,
Weston says when multiple crowns, a bridge or a very visible restoration in the front
of the mouth requiring “a more accurate and more aesthetic” fabrication is needed,
it’s typically sent to a lab. “That kind of time-consuming and sophisticated work
just can’t be done chair-side as easily,” he says.

Trends in Dentistry

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To assist the American Dental Association in its strategic planning, Diringer 
and Associates was retained in March 2013 to conduct an environmental scan of 
emerging trends that affect the future of dentistry.

I have taken the liberty of providing you parts of this study that I thought
could be of some value to you, the general public. I have almost copied the
article word for word and certainly take no credit for any of its content. I
certainly do not wish to be accused of plagiarism  of any kind. That being said ,
I have on one or two occasions added a few of my personal comments pertaining
to specific statements in the study.

Dentistry in the United States, and North America for that matter,   is in a period 
of transformation. The population is aging and becoming more 
diverse. The health care delivery system is changing rapidly with the implementation 
of the Affordable Care Act. Consumer habits are shifting with Americans increasingly
relying on technology and seeking greater value from their 
spending. The nature of oral disease and the financial care are in a state of flux.

This is a critical moment in dentistry and not a time for complacency. Understanding 
the key
forces at work will assist the profession in defining its own destiny. Ignoring what 
is happening
in the health and consumer environments will mean ceding the future of the profession
to others

.THE POPULATION IS GETTING OLDER AND MORE DIVERSE, LEADING TO DIFFERENT DISEASE PATTERNS,
 CARE‐SEEKING BEHAVIOR AND ABILITY TO PAY.

 AN AGING POPULATION

The U.S. is continuing to have an older and more diverse population. Between 2000 and 2010,
the elderly grew at a rate that far exceeded the overall U.S. population (15% vs. 10%)
and is expected to double by 2060 to 92 million persons.By 2030, all of the Baby Boomers
 (born 1946‐1964) will have moved into the ranks of the older population. This will result 
in a shift in the age structure of the elderly ages 65 and over, from 13 percent of the 
population aged 65 and older in 2010 to 19 percent in 2030.

Unlike prior elderly populations, the Baby Boomers will be more likely to retain their teeth
 and remain active consumers  of dental care. Payments will  increasingly be made out pocket,
since they will be less likely to have dental coverage, as Medicare does not cover most
 dental services.

Succeeding generations ‐‐ the Gen X’ers (born 1965‐1980) and the Millennials (born 1981‐2000)
will have reduced dental disease and less need for restorative dental care. They are also more 
technologically savvy and are more likely to seek lower costs for care.

They will  have higher rates of dental coverage than the older population, primarily due to 
employer supplied insurance.

Children born 2000 and later will have even less dental disease and less demand for restorative 
dental services as they age. Children are the most likely to have dental coverage, primarily
 due to public coverage – Medicaid and CHIP ‐‐and   the pediatric dental benefit in the
 Affordable Care Act.

While they will have less coverage as they reach adulthood, they will probably not need
as much restorative care as previous generations.

The  utilization of dental care is changing. The percentage of adults who visit a
 dentist has been dropping for the past decade among all income groups, but particularly
 among poor adults. On the other hand, the 2000s actually saw remarkable gains in the 
percent of children in the United States who see a dentist .driven in a large part
by expansion of public programs.

The prevalence and severity of dental decay in permanent teeth has declined over 
the lastseveral decades. In the early 1970s children aged 6‐18 years averaged 4 teeth
 with decay but by
the early 2000s that had decreased to fewer than 2 teeth with decay.10,11 The coming
generations of children, especially higher income children, will have fewer decayed teeth
 and
will need less complex restorative dental care as they age. With the changing patterns
 of dental decay, comes a shift in services from traditional restorative care to cosmetic
 and preventive services. Because a higher proportion of the population are keeping their
 teeth as they age,

Older consumers generally prefer “high touch” interactions, which include personal 
experienceswith providers. However, Baby Boomers may become more price‐conscious
 as they join theranks of the elderly, with less coverage and more out of pocket cost
s for their care. Since 57percent of those who have not visited a dentist in the past
year cite lack of insurance and costof care as the primary reason for not visiting a 
dentist,15 the Baby Boomers may become moreastute shoppers of care and demand more
 value for the money.There may be an increased need for periodontal care;services
generally provided by dentalhygienists rather than dentists.
The changing utilization patterns are predicted to drive down overall dental spending
due tothe divergent mix of procedures between adults and children.

CONSUMERS ARE BECOMING MORE ASTUTE PURCHASERS OF HEALTH CARE AND SEEKING VALUE
FOR THEIR SPENDING.

AN EMERGING CONSUMERISM

There is a shift among the American population from wanting to be regarded
 as “patients,” to one in which they view themselves as health care “consumers”
 with differing behaviors,expectations and needs.

A 2012 Deloitte Survey of Health Care Consumers finds indications that “consumers
 are ready to become more active, informed decision‐makers.”According to the Deloitte survey,
consumers are ready to customize and shop for insurance to find the best quality and price.
This emerging “consumerism” is more salient in the younger populations, who are more apt to
prefer “high tech” interactions where they can comparison shop through social media.
However, although social media is increasing as a source of referrals, it is not used by a
significant portion of the population for that purpose. Furthermore, use of consumer health
information technology (HIT) is low, and consumers’ interests in using emergent HIT is also
relatively low.
Older consumers generally prefer “high touch” interactions, which include personal experiences
with providers. However, Baby Boomers may become more price‐conscious as they join the
ranks of the elderly, with less coverage and more out of pocket costs for their care. Since 57
percent of those who have not visited a dentist in the past year cite lack of insurance and cost
of care as the primary reason for not visiting a dentist,The Baby Boomers may become more
astute shoppers of care and demand more value for the money.

 MEDICAL TOURISM

As the cost of care rises, “medical tourism” is also increasing. Medical tourism is used more
often for high cost, non‐reimbursed, and often elective care. Thus it is more  sensitive to cost,
and to a consumer’s willingness to pay for elective procedures.

Consumers are choosing to go abroad to receive higher cost services at less expense in
accredited facilities in Mexico, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe and Asia. Over one‐third of
Americans (37%) would consider traveling to another country to receive medical or dental care
if the cost were significantly lower. The younger populations are more likely (45% of
 those under age 35)than older populations(38% ages 35‐49 and 30% ages 50‐64)to travel abroad for care.16  The easiest access to foreign care is in Mexico, where border towns offer
 much less expensive dental care than in the  U.S., but travel abroad for vacation and 
dental care is attractive to some.

On a side note, as an experienced dentist who practiced for over 45 years and now currently
a clinical associate professor at the UBC Dental Faculty, I’ve had the opportunity on many
occasions to see the results of dental work done in other countries . Believe me, the
quality of dental treatment overall is very poor. Remember that old expressions ,
“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR “. I’m not saying that you cannot get competent dental
work done abroad in countries where the dental fees are greatly reduced.

All I’m saying is that you must be very diligent in seeking out dental treatment in
other countries. The Vacation aspect is quite appealing of  course, but most of the
outcomes I’ve seen are nightmares and usually the dental work has to be removed and
retreated. Please be Careful!

Have you Ever Heard of a Silent Heart Attack ?

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I had never heard of a “silent heart attack” until a year ago last August 2012.

That is exactly what I had and didn’t even know it. In early June of 2012, I made an appointment with my family Physician for my annual medical exam. I have one every year and have been doing so for several years.

When It was my turn, I went into my Doctor’s office and I no sooner sat down getting ready to have that dreaded prostate exam when my physician and friend, announced that he would be retiring at the end of June 2012.

He said, ” Bill i’m retiring June 30th and you and your wife will have to find yourselves another family Doctor !”

Although I wasn’t really surprised by his comments, I was disappointed because family Doctors these days are very hard to find. If you have ever tried to locate a good, dependable family General Practitioner, you’ll know what I mean.

To make I long story short, my wife Shauna has a co-worker who knew a good , general Practitioner and she referred both of us to her family Physician who fortunately,accepted us as patients. I was very happy about having a new family Doctor and soon made an appointment.

During my first appointment with my new Doctor, she informed me that I had Very high Blood Pressure readings. I was surprised because i had never been told that before. As far as I could recall , my blood pressure has always been in the low 130/90 range/. I had never been recorded in the normal range of 120/80.

When I asked her why my Blood Pressure was so high, she replied ” your over 70 years of age and when you hit the 70’s, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)  is quite common”.Actually I was 75 at the time.Not only was my blood pressure high but she was concerned enough to order several tests for  me and refer me to a Cardiologist.

I’m sure my blood pressure went up a few more notches, because now I was very concerned about my overall well being and general health. I’ve always lived a very healthy lifestyle, exercised regularly, eat healthy foods and am not over weight.   The first  test my Physician sent me for was a electrocardiogram, This was followed by echo sound test, stress tests, blood-work and ultimately an Angiogram.

I couldn’t believe how quickly my life had changed that Summer of 2012. For almost three months, I was in and out of the hospital having all of these test to determine why my blood pressure reading were so abnormal. After I had the Angiogram, my Doctor phoned me the very next day and told me that I had had a heart attack some time in the past. She did not know when but she said the 100% blockage in one of my arteries in the left ventricle of my heart indicated that I had had an EVENT!.

Needless to say I was absolutely flabbergasted and told her that i did not believe her. After all, being a Dentist by profession and having some educational background  in medicine.I certainly was  aware of the critical signs of a heart attack and I don’t recall ever having any of the classic symptoms like, chest discomfort,( uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness )

On top of that,I don;t recall having any other symptoms like discomfort in other areas of m y upper body ( head, neck, jaw shoulder or arms and back). I’ve never had any shortness of breath that I can remember even following some extensive exercises in the past. I did not realize that there were other more subtle  symptoms of a heart attack, like nausea, profuse sweating and dizziness or light- headed).

My doctor told me that I had what  she referred to as a “Silent Heat Attack” and said they are quite common ! I couldn’t believe it and was still in denial. Subsequently, I was placed on two or three prescription medications and currently appear to have my blood pressure under control.

Being the curious individual I am. I began to reflect back in my past and try to recall when I had the symptoms of Nausea, sweating and being light-headed. Yureka ! About six years ago, I quite vividly remember having such an event that lasted less that one minute. I was sitting in front of my computer in the morning when suddenly, my vision began to falter. I became nauseous  and began sweating profusely. I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. My head was just spinning ! I quickly stood up, shook my head several times and sat down . The event was over  and all of the symptoms mentioned disappeared as quickly as they had arrived.

That moment had to be the time I had the silent heart attack and didn’t even realize it. Imagine having a heart attack several years before being diagnosed with severe hypertention. This is my story. Perhaps you have a similar one . I’m sure I am not the only one to ever have experienced a “Silent Heart Attack” and lived to tell about it!

Natural Cure Halts Invasive Breast Cancer

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This ground breaking natural cure halts the most invasive breast cancer even when chemotherapy fails.

This is a very bold and perhaps unbelievable  statement  don’t you think?

The article I’m about to share with you was written  October 2012 in the Health Sciences Institute, Volume Fifteen. I am a member of the Health Sciences Institute which is dedicated to keeping its members healthy and “in the know.” Members receive FREE daily health updates by way of e-mails.

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The statistics regarding breast cancer are indeed startling. More than 225,000 American women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the year 2012.

Nearly 65,000 more women will suffer from non-invasive breast cancer.

And almost 40,000 of our sisters, mothers, daughters, nieces, neighbors and friends will die,every year form breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women , second only to lung cancer. The death rate is so high because invasive breast cancer does just what it says it does. It invades and spreads to other vital organs of the body often with fatal results.

My oldest sister Violet, died at a premature age of 47 years back in the mid 70’s. From the day she was diagnosed, she received a massive mastectomy of one breast. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread so quickly that she died within 6 months following the surgery,radiation  and chemotherapy.

I was absolutely devastated by our loss. My deceased sister left behind her husband and four beautiful children ranging in ages of 6 to 16 years of age. two young girls and two teenage boys.

I’m sure many of you have heard other horror stories like the one about my sister. Its not unique and no doubt, more like-stories will continue to be told.

Conventional treatments are nearly as devastating as the disease itself. All that being said, we now know that there is a true breast cancer solution. A natural cure that slows tumor growth and prevents breast cancer spread — even the most deadly, aggressive , invasive forms.

A cancer- fighting supplement  called BreastDefend was created by HSI panelist Dr. Issac Eliaz. In May of 2012, a breast cancer patient stopped taking chemotherapy and began taking BreastDefend (4 capsules,twice a day with food). Within a little more than  two months, her cancer tumors stopped growing . Completely.

Her tumors eventually did begin to grow again but at a much slower rate.  She then added a another natural cancer -fighting supplement called Pectasol-C provided by Dr Eliaz,to her routine.

As a result of combining these two natural cancer-fighting supplements BreastDefend and Pectasil-C, the tumors stopped growing altogether.

Just think about this. Where conventional treatments-radiation, chemotherapy and surgery— all  failed, two completely natural causes saved the day.

There is now a recently published study in a major medical journal regarding natural cures for invasive breast cancer  that may have  a major impact on the way later stages of breast cancer is treated.

These studies have show without a doubt that the BreastDefend formula is toxic to breast cancer cells . It holds back tumor growth and prevents the metastasis (spreading) of the cancer into the lungs.

And since metastasis is the most deadly phase of breast cancer, preventing it may very well save many women’s lives.

It is important to note that the information in this article should not be construed as medical advice or instruction.  Readers must do their own due diligence to seek and consult the appropriate health professionals  on any matter that is related to their health and well- being.

The material in this report has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration . The products mentioned or discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

If you require more information on this topic, please visit www.breast-science.com. HSI members can also receive Dr Eliaz’s free integrative solutions for Breast Cancer report with newly updated research by visiting www.hsibreastreport.com.

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2 Kids killed by A Boa Snake

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The recent deaths of two beautiful,young innocent children aged 5 and 7

has upset me so much that I felt compelled to write an article about this troubling

and PREVENTABLE TRAGEDY !

In early August 2013, two innocent, brothers aged 5 and 7 were apparently

strangled by an ” python snake” after escaping from a  from an exotic animal pet shop.

This pet shop is located in Campbelton a small Canadian town, located in the Province of New Brunswick .

Apparently these two boys  were visiting a friend for a sleepover. They were sleeping

in an apartment above an exotic, retailer pet store. The two victims who have been identified

as Connor and Noah Barthe, were friends of the son of the Pet Store owner, Jean-Claude Savale.

How sad ! What a terrible story this is! Why did this  happen ?  Could it have been avoided ?

In my view, the answer is an emphatic YES!

Obviously, if exotic animals were not imported into this country and were left to live in

their natural ,wild, habitat incidents like this would never happen !

When I first heard of this tragic event, I was absolutely flabbergasted. I couldn’t

believe my ears. Just when you think you have heard it all, something like this terrible

tragedy pops up and blows you away.

This particular boa constrictor was apparently 14 to 16 feet long. WOW!

That’s one hell of a large animal. Frightening to even think about . Especially when

I HATE snakes of any kind. I don’t even like watching them on TV.

Although this African Rock  Python is not venomous, they are know to able

to devour a whole antelope in the wild ,after they strangle it.

In the pet shop, this particular Boa occupied an enclosure that was securely

locked with not one but two locks. One of which, was a master lock that had its

keys hung up in an nearby laundry room.

The owner of the pet shop, Jean-Claude, has a son who is a good friend of

the two victims. He knew the boys and loved them like his own. and certainly

would not have placed the children in harm”s way. He remains in total shock and disbelief !

I know that many people will find Jean-claude  responsible and that he should

be punished in some way  but I feel that Jean-Claude has been punished enough

having to live with the guilt that he has to deal with. ! I cannot even imaging what

he is going through at this time . It must be absolutely awful to say the least.

I feel sorry for Jean-claude and wouldn’t wish this situation on my worst enemy

if I had one. In a way, he is a victim as well.  And I know that if he could have done

something different to prevent this preventable tragedy, he would do so  in a heartbeat.

I have two lovely grandsons about the same age as Connor and Noah. They are my

pride and joy and I can’t imagine how I would if they were suddenly taken from our family

in any way.

In a five minute interview with Jean Claude by the Global news, he explained

that the snake which was rarely handled, escaped through a narrow ventilation

duct and fell through the ceiling of the bedroom where the boys were sleeping.

How freaky is that?!

Still in shock and dismay, Mr. Savoie went on to say that ” he was baffled how

the snake could have found its way through such a narrow pipe in the ceiling .

” He discovered the children  dead on Monday morning and the treacherous snake,

is now in police custody.

Personally, I believe that this particular snake should be put down. It should

never be given another opportunity to kill again.

Exotic animals of any kind should be left to live in their natural wild habitat and

should not be taken from their natural environment . They do not belong in our society !

They belong in the Jungle ?

I understand that it has not yet been decided if any charges will be laid in

connection with the deaths of these two boys. Currently, there is still an ongoing

investigation.

Realistically, there is really no one to blame here.  The snake escaped from a

locked enclosure and therefore there was no evidence of negligence found at this time.

This was unfortunately a terrible, devastating accident.

All that being said, however it is my personal view that if this snake was left were it

belongs in the wild, this could never have happened. This obvious I know !

If exotic animals like the Boa are allowed to be imported either legally or illegally,

they will always pose a danger to our society , no matter what .

Infection Control In The Dental Office –

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Infection prevention and control is an important part of safe patient care. In the
dental office, concerns about the possible spread of blood-borne diseases, and the
impact of emerging, highly contagious respiratory and other illnesses, require
practitioners to establish, evaluate,continually update and monitor their infection
prevention and control strategies and protocols.

These Guidelines are significantly broader than previous documents, and they reflect
current knowledge of the transmission of infections, and how to prevent and control
them.

Before I get into the latest and most current infection control guidelines for dental
offices, I would like to tell you how we did it in the 50’s and 60’s. We merely washed
our hands with soap and proceeded to place our hands into a patient’s mouth to begin
most dental procedures.

Although it was appropriate at the time, it certainly would not come close to
measuring up to the much higher standards of infection control recommended and
enforced today!

Most conscientious dentists in the old days always washed their hands before
embarking on a dental procedure. I know I did and I only wore latex gloves when
I was performing a surgical procedure of some kind. I did not want or like to get
any blood on my hands or under my finger nails.

Dentists in general have always been concerned about disease transmission in the
dental office, and traditionally this has been accomplished by the sterilization of
all operative and surgical instruments that are used when providing dental procedures
in the office.

In the early days, these sterilization techniques involved the use of an
autoclave which was an apparatus effecting sterilization using high pressure
and steam to kill the oral bacteria.

In the old days like in the 40’s,50’s and early 60’s many dentists had their
instruments scrubbed,washed and placed in a bacteriocidal and/or bacteriostatic
solutions.The bacteriocidal solutions killed the bacteria while the bacteriostatic
solutions merely prevented them from growing and multiplying in great numbers.

The appreciation that dentists are at risk of acquiring a number of serious diseases
such as Hepatitis B (a liver disease ) for example, has resulted in the realization
that disease may be transmitted not only from patient to patient but also from patient
to dentist and dentist to patient.

This has created the realization that all blood, saliva and other body fluids must
be considered potentially infectious.That being said, such an understanding has
necessitated a revision of previous infection control procedures.

The Canadian Dental Association for example, developed guidelines for dentists to
follow in protecting their patients from diseases. Since medical history and
examination cannot reliably identify all patients infected with HIV,HBV or any other
blood-borne pathogens, precautions should be consistently used for all patients.

The following infection control procedures that were developed are:

1. All dental team members must use facial masks, protective eye-wear and latex or
vinyl gloves while working in a patient’s mouth.

2. Dental team members must keep the treatment rooms clean,using germicidal
solutions that will kill all bacteria on all potentially contaminated surfaces.

3. Dental team members must use extremely efficient suction methods for removal of
saliva, blood,and other debri from the oral cavity.

4. The hands should be washed with a germicidal solution prior too and immediately
after the use of each set of gloves used.

5. Rubber dams should be used during any restorative procedure where ever
possible.

6. Up-to-date immunization status must be maintained for all dentists and staff
members who have patient related duties.These include: Hepatitis B, Rubella,
Mumps, Measles and influenza vaccine shots.

7. The appropriate sterilization methods must be used on all dental instruments.

8. All Hand-pieces and similar intra-oral devices must be cleaned and sterilized.
Where this is not possible, these instruments must receive a very high level of
disinfection.

9. Counter-tops,working surfaces and all operatory furniture should be protected
by disposable covers or disinfected if aerosols and/or blood splatter will
be generated during a dental procedure.

10. All materials used should be discarded in plastic bags and all sharps like
needles and scalpel blades should be placed in a puncture resistant container
before disposing them.

11. A high temperature wash cycle with normal bleach concentration,followed by machine
drying,is highly recommended for any clothing worn during dental procedures.
Dry cleaning and/or steam pressing is also appropriate.

Now all the above being said, the dental office is not likely a place where serious
infections are transmitted. Dentists have always used and continue to use effective
methods of preventing infections including the more serious infections like the Aids
virus and Hepatitis B virus.

The Aids virus can only be trasnmitted from one person to another through the body
fluids and almost always by way of sexual intercourse or the sharing of needles by
drug addicts.

All of the steps taken by the dental team to prevent other types of infections, works
extremely well against the Aids and Hepatitis B viruses. There is no evidence to
suggest that the aids virus can be transmitted during a dental procedure if the
recommended preventive measures are used.

The clinical evidence has proven that the aids virus is quite unstable and dies very
quickly once out of its normal environment. Normal sterilization techniques such as heat
sterilization of various kinds is effective in destroying the aids virus. Some cold
sterilization solutions are also quite effective in killing the aids virus.

The transmission of the aids virus from one patient to another in a dental office is
highly unlikely. Therefore casual contact,touching chairs and/or furniture will not
spread this virus.

The greater concern would be for the more sturdy and stubborn hepatitis B virus.

The term ‘hepatitis’ simply means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis may be caused
by a virus or a toxin such as alcohol. Other viruses that can cause injury to liver
cells include the hepatitis A and hepatitis C viruses. These viruses are not related
to each other or to hepatitis B virus and differ in their structure,the ways they are
spread among individuals, the severity of symptoms they can cause,
the way they are treated, and the outcome of the infection.

Direct contract with blood may occur through the use of dirty needles during illicit
drug use, inadvertent needle sticks experienced by healthcare workers, or contact with
blood through other means. Semen, which contain small amounts of blood, and saliva that
is contaminated with blood also carry the virus.

• The virus may be transmitted when these fluids come in contact with a broken
skin lesion or a mucous membrane (in the mouth, genital organs, or rectum) of an
uninfected person.

People who are at an increased risk of being infected with the hepatitis B virus
include the following:

* Men or women who have multiple sex partners, especially if they don’t
use a condom

* Men who have sex with men

* Men or women who have sex with a person infected with hepatitis B virus

* People with other sexually transmitted diseases

* People who inject drugs with shared needles

* People who receive transfusions of blood or blood products

* People who undergo dialysis for kidney disease

* Institutionalized mentally handicapped people and their attendants,
caregivers, and family members.

* Health care workers who are stuck with needles or other sharp
instruments contaminated with infected blood.

* Infants born to infected mothers

In some cases, the source of transmission is never known.

You cannot get hepatitis B from the following activities:

* Having someone sneeze or cough on you

* Hugging someone

* Handshaking a persons hand

* Breastfeeding your child

* Eating food or drinking water

* Casual contact (such as an office or social setting)

What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis B?

Acute hepatitis B is the period of illness that occurs during the
first one to four months after acquiring the virus. Only 30% to 50% of
adults develop significant symptoms during acute infection. Early symptoms may

be non-specific, including fever, a flu-like
illness, and joint pains. Symptoms of acute hepatitis may include:

* fatigue,

* loss of appetite,

* nausea,

* jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and pain in the upper right abdomen
(due to the inflamed liver).

The dentist, hygienist and dental assistants are at a greater risk of getting
infections in the dental office environment by coming into contact with lesions
that may be present on their hands or mucous membranes with infected blood and
possibly saliva from the infected patient.

Although the potential for transmission of blood-borne viruses between patients
and the dentist health provider will continue because of the nature of the dental
procedures that are required to provide dental treatment.

There are no scientific studies that confirm the transfer of infection through the
dental hand-piece(drills) or any other dental equipment.The dental profession’s
foremost responsibility remains the health, safety and welfare of its patients!

ETHICS and The Dental Profession

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The study of ethics is a broad branch of philosophy that covers morality-based
issues and dilemmas of character, situation and decision. There are many areas
of study, or types, ofethics; these are further broken down into fields and sub-fields.
Following is a brief overview of some of the most commonly studied fields of
ethics: normative ethics, moral psychology anddescriptive ethics.

According to Wikipedia, the FREE encyclopedia, The definition of Normal ethics,
moral psychology and descriptive ethics is as follows respectively :
1. Normative ethics is the study of ethical action. It is the branch of philosophical
ethics that investigates the set of questions that arise when considering how one
ought to act, morally speaking.

2. Moral psychology is a field of study in both philosophy and psychology. Some use
the term “moral psychology” relatively narrowly to refer to the study of moral
development.[1] However, others tend to use the term more broadly to include any
topics at the intersection of ethics and psychology and philosophy of mind.[2] Some
of the main topics of the field are moral judgment, moral reasoning, moral
responsibility, moral development, moral character (especially as related to
virtue ethics), altruism,psychological egoism, moral luck, and moral disagreement.

3. Descriptive ethics, also known as comparative ethics, is the study of people’s
beliefs about morality. It contrasts with prescriptive or normative ethics, which
is the study of ethical theories that prescribe how people ought to act,Descriptive
ethics is a form of empirical research into the attitudes of individuals or groups
of people. Those working on descriptive ethics aim to uncover people’s beliefs about
such things as values, which actions are right and wrong, and which characteristics
of moral agents are virtuous.

With above brief definitions being stated regarding ETHICS, I would like to concentrate
on ethics as it is related to the dental profession.

Can ETHICS be taught or learned ? Yes it can be taught at an early age but I’m not so
sure after an individual reaches adulthood. Most people are usually taught ethics by
their parents and other authority figures when they are young, and by the time they
reach adulthood, their ethics are pretty much set in stone.

I firmly believe that if an individual is not an ethical person by the time they reach
adulthood, I don’t believe it can be taught after the fact. You are either ethical
or not ethical. There is no in-between status regarding ETHICS in my personal opinion!

During the 50’s and through the 70’s, the dentist’s code of ethics in North America
defined ethics in terms of behavior towards other dentists rather than towards the
public domain !

Dentists according to the Code of Ethics, must hang together lest they be hanged
separately. This attitude created a dilemma that underlined most of the problems
that faced dentistry as a profession in those years. Is a man moral who is honest
with his colleagues but deliberately misleading to his or her patients?

Historically, the art of healing and magic have been closely allied, mystery and
secrecybeing the major ingredients of both.

The healer was a man or woman who had the knowledge, abilities and power which set
him or her apart from all others. Care was taken to maintain the mystery and the
distance between healer and patient. It is from such beginnings that, yesterday’s
and today’s healing arts have sprung.And one might say that they have not sprung too far !

The dental societies across the nation imposed complete censorship on the public
writings and utterances by its members. The rational being that the “layperson”
did no thave the background to interpret professional information.

In the hands of the public a little knowledge was a dangerous thing and any hard
facts may be misconstrued. So drug prescriptions were written in latin and doctors
used the term ” hemmorage” instead of bleeding and “sequellae” instead of consequences.

The Code Of Ethics for the dental profession was a modern outgrowth of the doctor’s
ancientdesires to keep their secrets from the public. In a copy of the code of any
local dental society, one would have been hard pressed to find any convincing emphasis
that the dentist’s
first obligation was to his or her patient. The code as written was simply a manual
of business conduct applying to the behavior of dentists towards another.

Therefore in the written Code of Ethics,there were articles relating to office signs,
advertising,and taking patients away from other dentists, just to mention a few. To
say anything that might be interpreted as a criticism of another dentist’s work was
then, thought to be unethical.

It was thought to be unfair to publically be critical of another fellow dentist’s work
because the critic did not know the circumstances under which the dental work was done.
For example, the patient may have been a chronic gagger or perhaps a epileptic who had
frequent petite -mal siezures. Such behavior, certainly would have compromised the
treatment that was given to that particular patient and could have resulted in
unsatisfactory work and /or incompetence.

This argument though univesally heard, was absolute nonsense ! Inquiry among
competent dentists and the experience I had in my own practice led me to believe that
satisfactory results could be obtained if the dentist was willing to follow standard
procedures and take the TIME and EFFORT necessary to do the dental procedures in a
appropriate and competent manner.

To briefly summerise, in the old days,the code of ethics simply mediated the business dealings
among dentists and was setup to further the privledge, convenience, mutual advantage and profit
of dentists.

The time had come for a big change ! The public should have learned by now to respect the dentist
because of their knowledge, ability and legitimate accomplishments and not because of his or her
distance, arrogance and contrived aura of mystery.

The past performances of the dental profession,may not suggest that they deserve to continue to
be their own judges. If the healing professions do not demonstrate that they are capable of
maintaining a high standard of moral conduct,then the public will decide to intervene.

In February of 1992,The Canadian Dental Association, published a new Code of Ethics. This code
is now the national guideline of the dental profession of Canada. In each province,the licensing
authorities adopt this Code or a similar code to guide and set standards in their respective
jurisdictions.
This product is the resource for the profession that relects both current thought on issues
and provides an etical framework responsive to changing needs and values.

The dentist’s primary responsibilty in my view is to the “PATIENT”. The new Code of Ethics
of the Candian Dental Association, states this unequivocally and accordingly directs the ethical
conduct of every dentist licensed in Canada.
This code of Ethics is as et of principles of professional conduct to which all dentists must
aspire to fulfill their duties to thie patients, to the public. to the profession and to their
colleagues.

This code identifies the basic moral commitment of dentistry and serves as a source of education
and reflection paricularly for those who about to enter the profession.

For those outside of the profession,the Code provides public identification of the profession’s
ethical expectations and expresses to the larger community the values and ideals that
the dental profession as a whole, proclaims. Did you know that there is a Dental Patient’s
Charter of Rights ?

Her is the the Dental Patient’s Charter of Rights :

1. You have the right to be examined and diagnosed by a licensing dentist.
2. You have a right to an explanation of treatment recommended and their costs before
treatment begins.
3. You have the right to receive treatment that meets the accepted standards of the profession.
4. You have a right to be treated in a safe and healthy environment.
5. You have the right be cared for by the dentist of your choice regardless, of race or religion.
6. You have the right to receive prompt emergency service whether you can pay or not .
7. You have a right to an avenue in which you can file a complaint against a dentist.

Dentistry in part, is a profession because the decision of its members involve choices
between conflicting values when providing care for patients. These values should be
carefully condidered by the dentists and decisions regarding them should be made prior
to treatment!

All the above being said however, the dentists does still have the obligation to his or
her colleagues. In the interest of the public, dentists are encouraged to consult with a
previous dentists concerning any treatment rendered. Through active communication, it should
be possible to advise a patient how to achieve an appropriate reolution if a problem occurs.

In today’s world of high technology, computers, i-pads,i-pods, cell phones, the general
public has become much more aware of the dental services that are available and therefore,
have developed a much higher dental IQ ! This in my view, is a good thing!

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