July 27, 2023
May 17, 2023
Mouth and throat cancers are on the rise. And the number one cause of these types of cancers is from smoking, and from alcohol use. These used to be the most common causes, but times have changed. Nowadays, the number one cause of oral cancer is from the HPV virus.
April 9, 2023
Looking for a simple way to lose excess weight and gain more energy? Then Intermittent Fasting may be the answer for you.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.
It is not a question of which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them.
There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day into eating periods and fasting periods. This diagram explains more.
There are lots of health benefits to Intermittent Fasting, so it is definitely worth a try. If you find it difficult to go the distance, it might be helpful to have an electrolyte drink or herbal tea to hold you over.
Most people already “fast” 8 hours every day, while they sleep. So if you can just hold off a few more hours, it can make a world of difference in your health.
The easiest method is to skip breakfast, eat your first meal at noon or later and then your last meal by 8 pm. In this way, you’re technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of Intermittent Fasting, known as the 16/8 method.
Despite what you may think, Intermittent Fasting is actually fairly easy to do. Many people report feeling better and having more energy during a fast.
Hunger is usually not that big of an issue, although it can be a problem in the beginning, while your body is getting used to not eating for extended periods of time.
Here are some health benefits that occur when you fast:
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH): The levels of HGH skyrocket, increasing as much as 5-fold. This has benefits for fat loss and muscle gain. A game changer in losing unwanted pounds and improving overall stamina.
- Insulin: Insulin sensitivity improves, and levels of insulin drop dramatically. Lower insulin levels make stored body fat more accessible to be utilized. A1c may enter a more perfect range (lower than 5.7%)
- Cellular repair: When fasting, your cells initiate cellular repair processes. This includes autophagy, where cells digest and remove old and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells.
- Improve heart function by reducing inflammation. See this recent study
- Reduce pain caused by inflammation.
- Gene expression: There are changes in the function of genes related to longevity and protection against disease.
- Improve brain function. See this link.
Oral Health Benefits
· Lowers the number of microbes in your mouth
· Balances the saliva pH
· Reduces inflammation of periodontal disease.
· Reduces the risk of decay
Personally, I make sure to keep up my electrolyte intake throughout the fasting time. This is as simple as drinking water with a quality mineral salt added or adding a flavored electrolyte powder to your water.
When you come for your next appointment, we can discuss specifics on the best way to do this.
There are tons of anecdotal stories on Goggle search or Pub Med where chronic disease has disappeared with fasting. So if this is a concern of yours, Intermittent Fasting may help you on your road to healing.
February 13, 2023
When we think about how we can make our teeth and bones stronger, the first Vitamin that comes to mind is Vitamin D. As we discussed in our Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth. But you will see here that it is so much more effective when taken with Vitamin K-2.
January 2, 2023
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps regulate calcium and phosphorus in the body. It plays a major role in maintaining proper bone and tooth structure. Most recently, it has been implicated as a necessary nutrient to keep our immune system strong and is an important marker (need high blood values) in recovering from Covid.
November 3, 2022
When cleaning out the freezer this weekend, I noticed that I had a few bags of frozen pumpkin puree. I had just finished making a fresh batch of BONE SOUP, so it seemed like the perfect time for making the bone soup into pumpkin soup.
The way I make Pumpkin Soup is quite simple and quite delicious. Unlike most recipes for pumpkin soup, my version has no dairy, no brown sugar, and is full of nutrients.
My recipe below is very basic. You can adjust quantities of spices and maple syrup to your own taste. Sometime I add no maple syrup, as the pumpkin can have its own sweetness. You can also substitute pureed squash for the pumpkin to give the soup a whole new flavor.
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 quart of bone soup or chicken broth
4 cups of pumpkin puree (or two 15 oz cans)
1-2 TBSP Maple syrup (optional)
Chopped cilantro or walnuts for garnish (optional)
1. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil.
2. Add the spices and sauté a bit to bring out their flavors.
3. Stir in the bone broth.
4. Blend in the puree.
5. Bring to a low simmer.
6. Keep stirring to make it a smooth creamy consistency.
7. Serve warm. Garnish with chopped cilantro or walnuts if desired.
The amounts of spice listed are not exact. It really depends on your taste buds. You might want to start with half the amounts listed and add more as you do a taste test. For me, I add a lot more ginger for that additional kick in flavor. But some people do not like the taste of ginger, so you might start with just a pinch. You could also use Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of the individual spices listed.
I hope this recipe warms your soul as well as your stomach. You no longer have to eat heavily sweetened and cream laden pumpkin soup anymore. This version is so much healthier.
September 27, 2022
As many of you may know, I love to cook. Give me any recipe, and I will find a way to make it healthier. So when a patient asked what to feed her 5 year old child who loves conventional cereal, the first thing that came to mind was Granola. Sure it’s not the healthiest food out there, but it’s a lot better than Fruit Loops and Coco Pebbles.
Conventional cereals made with white flour, white sugar and lots of preservatives and artificial flavors and colors, can’t be healthy for anyone. And especially if the ingredients are GMO’ed.
So I told my patient Lorie that I would share a simple Granola recipe that I have used for years. You only need one bowl and some basic baking ingredients.
This delicious healthy granola recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup (or honey). It’s made with oats, coconut oil and your favorite nuts and fruit. Always best to use organic ingredients if possible.
Basic Ingredients Finished Product
· 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (instant or quick, not steel cut)
· 1 ½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I have used walnuts, pecans, almond slivers or raw cashews or shelled pumpkin seeds)
· 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (I use Himalayan)
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon is healthiest)
· ½ cup melted coconut oil
· ½ cup maple syrup or honey
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use 2 teaspoons if you want)
· Optional: coconut chips (unsweetened) or 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 TBSP of ground orange peel. Depends on what flavor you are looking for. Just use your imagination!
After fully baked and cooled, mix in:
· For fruity granola: ½ cup any chopped dried fruit (like figs or apricots) or just use raisins or dried cranberries
· For chocolate granola: ½ cup chocolate chips (look for brands sweetened with monk fruit instead of sugar)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Do not use wax paper as it may melt at this temperature.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
3. Pour in the oil, maple syrup and/or honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.
4. Bake until lightly golden, about 21 to 24 minutes, stirring halfway (for extra-clumpy granola, press the stirred granola down with your spatula to create a more even layer). The granola will further crisp up as it cools.
5. Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed (at least 45 minutes). Top with the dried fruit (or optional chocolate chips, if using). Break the granola into pieces with your hands if you want to retain big chunks, or stir it around with a spoon if you don’t want extra-clumpy granola.
6. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature or in a sealed freezer bag in the refrigerator.
Yields about 8 cups granola, enough for about 16 half-cup servings.
Once you try fresh home baked granola, you won’t go back to the store-bought variety. This tastes so much better and is far healthier than anything you can get in the supermarket. Plus it is so easy to make. Bon appetit!
September 4, 2022
May 7, 2020
Dear Dental Family,
- · Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- · A Sneeze guard has been installed at the Reception desk area for your protection.
- · You temperature will be taken while in the Reception room. If it is higher than 99.2, you will not be seen and will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
- · A Pulse Oximeter reading will be taken while in the Reception Room. If your blood oxygen levels are low, you will not be seen and will be advised to see your physician for follow-up. Low blood oxygen level is a symptom of asymptomatic Covid infection.
- · We have hand sanitizer at the reception area. Please use when you enter the office.
- · You may see that our Reception room will no longer offer reading material since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Please enjoy the ambiance of the waterfall and relaxing music.
- · Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- · We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
- · We have also updated our personal protection gear, so we may look a little unusual when you see us.