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August 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:  “14,000 people are having sex right now.  25,000 are kissing.  50,000 are hugging.  And you… well you´re reading this.”  (Author unknown)

Congratulations To:

P. Deladi of Scottsdale, Arizona and G. R. Madarash of Chandler, Arizona, winners of our July early payment drawings for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

CBD Oil As An Alternative Treatment For Diseases In Adults — Part 3 Of 5

This month I will discuss the Effects of Cannabis Oil on Alzheimer´s disease.

As you may know, Alzheimer´s is a form of dementia that impacts the memory, thoughts, and behavior of the afflicted person.  In documented cases of dementia, Alzheimer´s accounts for somewhere between 60 to 80% of the cases.

According to the Alzheimer´s Association, approximately 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease and by 2025 that number is projected to rise to 14 Million.  The association further states that “on average, after a person is diagnosed with having Alzheimer´s disease, their life expectancy is between four to eight years.”

Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time but an article published by CBD International explains how CBD oil may slow down the progression of this devastating disease.

“What are the Effects of Cannabis Oil on Alzheimer´s Disease?”, published in October 2017, gives the following insight into the use of CBD with Alzheimer´s patients.

➤  Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer´s, often involve inflammation of the neural tissue which gets worse over time.  The use of CBD as an anti-inflammatory could help slow down the disease.

➤  Using CBD oil as an antioxidant may help reduce the amount of Oxidative stress caused by the inflammation which affects the cells ability to produce free radicals.

➤  CBD may also be used as a neurogenesis stimulant.  If it can stimulate the neurogenesis process or aid in creating new neural tissue, it may be another tool in slowing down the progression of the disease.

Alzheimer´s is generally considered to be a disease that affects the elderly but there is another disease called Parkinson´s that has similar characteristics and research is being done using CBD to treat Parkinson´s too.

Come back next month as I discuss the use of CBD oil in the treatment of Parkinson´s disease.

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jourdin, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here.

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your doctor.

Grandma´s Kitchen With Grandma C.:

Mexican Mini Pepper Tacos

(Low Carb, Keto Friendly)
Grandma C.
  1. 8 mini bell peppers, assorted colors
  2. 1 lb lean ground turkey
  3. ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  4. ¾ cup shredded Mexican four cheese blend
  5. 1 tbsp dry taco seasoning mix
  6. 3 tbsp water
  1. Sour Cream
  2. Cilantro (chopped)
  3. ¼ cup sliced green onions (scallions)
  4. 1 small can sliced black olives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or) tin foil.

Slice the bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet until cooked through.  Drain off excess juices.  Stir in the taco seasoning, water and tomato sauce.

Fill each pepper with meat mixture, top with cheese.  Be as generous as you like with the cheese, it adds to the dish!

Bake for approx. 15 minutes.  Garnish with the olives, onions cilantro and sour cream.  Recipe makes 16 small tacos.

**If you have leftover Taco meat, serve it with chips for dipping!
** You can substitute ground beef for the turkey meat and still be within the guidelines for Keto or Low Carb diets!

Enjoy!  And remember, if it looks and smells good, eat it!!

If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Grandma C., drop her an email by clicking here.

The Rural Side Of Things With Clayton “TR” Parker

The Perks Of A Unified Community

During the week of the 4th of July I took my vacation in one of my favorite spots, the town of Show Low, Arizona.  Now, I have been going there off and on for the last 10 years and on every trip there is something I see within this community that impresses me.

Show Low is a town a little smaller than the one I am living in, approx. 11,000 people and almost literally on the other side of the state.  It does not live up to the common assumption that Arizona is nothing but hot desert land.  In fact, Show Low has only twice reached 100 degrees.  Here in Fort Mohave, we are still at 100 degrees at 11pm when it is “cooling off.”

This is the first major holiday that I spent in Show Low and my first experience with their community 4th of July Events.  One of the main roads in the town is “Deuce Of Clubs” which is keeping with the card game theme of the town.  It is said that the town was named after a marathon poker game.  Deuce of Clubs was the site for the Independence Day Parade.
The night before the parade, I was driving with Mom down Deuce of Clubs and much to my amazement, people had already set up for the parade.  No big deal right?  I mean, every city is always set up for a parade a day to two ahead of time.

This was different though, the residents were already set up for it.  Chairs and easy-ups lined the parade route as residents reserved their spot for the show.  Residents left their chairs and easy-ups out along the side of the main road all night.  My first thought was WOW, I don´t even think that people could get away with that in my town.  If they did set their stuff out like that, most of it would become someone else´s free possession before the sun rose.  I know there is no way that anyone in the big cities would get away with that.

This just shows the strength and unification of this community.  The trust among its residents to look out for each other´s stuff and their own.  Despite all of the visitors that overtook their town, crowded their streets, took all of the spots at the lakes and caused all of the very long lines at their stores, they still had the trust in their community to feel comfortable leaving their stuff out along the parade route all night long.

I will say, their fireworks show did not disappoint either.  I have become accustomed to large firework displays and the town of Laughlin always does their “Rockets over the River” every year, but the display that was put on by Show Low was really good.

Strength and unification of a community is usually only shown in the time of tragedy, when the community is tested.  That strength and unity will eventually wear off as people resume their normal daily routines.  I can say that it does happen like that to an extent in my community.  We are a strong community that supports each other, but nothing like I see in Show Low.  I am not saying it´s paradise and I´m sure they have their bits of trouble like every town, but the strength and unification is more part of the daily routine.

It makes we wonder how much better every community can be if strength and unity was part of their daily routine.

Until Next Month, Embrace Your Community and They´ll Embrace You!


Garrett Family Dental Care

Garrett Family Dental Care
Our spotlight for August goes to the city of Surprise, Arizona and shines on Garrett Family Dental Care for the 4th time since 2013.

A graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California, Dr. Garrett has been in private practice in the valley for 19 years.

“From the front office to the exam room, our practice is made up of professionals who take your oral health very seriously.  Using state-of-the art equipment designed with safety and efficiency in mind, we are able to offer top-notch care.  As you walk through our office, you will notice that everything is clean, comfortable and thoroughly sterilized.  Your safety and comfort are our priority.”

Garrett Family Dental Care has been a preferred provider for Savon since 2005 and takes care of many of our members in the far west valley.  Because of the caring manner in which they treat their patients, many of our members that used to live in Surprise now drive 15 to 20 miles for their dental work because they love Dr. Garrett and the entire staff.

“At our practice, you aren´t just a patient. We take an interest in you and your oral health needs.  We think you´ll find a friend in your dental professional during your visit!”

The practice is located at 15009 W. Bell Rd. Ste 175 - Surprise, AZ 85374.  The phone number is 623-476-8100.  We also invite you to visit them on the web.

Say thank you to your dental office for the excellent manner in which you are treated by nominating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Interesting Facts About Dentists And Dentistry

A partial reprint from NorthPoleDental.com
  • Have you ever considered using a twig to brush your teeth?  Believe it or not, twigs were the first toothbrushes!  The end of the twig was gnawed on, which allowed the fibers to spread out.  The fibers were then used to brush teeth.

  • Many people may believe that with the technological savvy of modern dentistry, it is a fairly new profession, but that´s not actually the case.  Hesi–Re was a dentist who lived over 5,000 years ago that lived in Egypt.

  • Sugar does attack your teeth, but it´s not really the culprit when it comes to doing damage to your teeth.  The real problems arise from acid and bacteria, which cause cavities.

  • Many people know that dental records are unique to each individual, but did you know that your tongue print is just as unique as your fingerprints?  Even identical twins have different tongue prints.

  • The crocodile has its very own hygienist.  The crocodile bird actually cleans a crocodile´s teeth.

  • Tooth enamel is harder than your bones.  In fact, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body!  Still, it isn´t recommended that you use your teeth to pry off bottle caps.  There are other, safer tools for that.

  • Everyone knows that grinding your teeth isn´t good for them, but elephants don´t seem to have much of a problem with it.  In fact, elephants grind their molars and regrow new ones!  On average, this will happen about 6 times throughout an elephant´s lifetime.

  • Roughly 80% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease, and 25% of adults over the age of 60 have lost all of their teeth.

  • Handedness can tell us where you chew your food.  Right-handed people tend to chew on the right side of their mouths, while left-handed people tend to chew on the left.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Come blog with us!  Dental Talk with Savon is a fun forum to post your interesting topics!  Your comments are welcome, it´s free to use and no membership is required.

Some of the topics include;

These are just a few of the topics.  Our blog site contains many other interesting topics.  Please join us!!

Here´s Your Answer

Questions From Our Members

A. Manford of New York, Ny asks: 

“I have a tooth with some decay and my dentist said that instead of a composite filling that he wants to do an inlay or onlay.  Can you explain the difference?“

Savon’s Answer

Inlays and onlays are a specific type of dental restoration that restores a tooth by providing additional support without requiring the need to damage or destroy too much of the natural tooth.  It is often recommended as a form of treatment when a patient has a situation where a composite filling won´t provide enough support to properly restore a tooth, but the damage isn´t so bad that it needs a dental crown.

Inlays and onlays are a solid, single piece of porcelain material that fit snuggly onto a tooth that has a hole left by tooth decay.  There is a slight difference between an inlay and onlay.  An inlay is shaped to fit the space that occurs near the center of a tooth, while an onlay is larger and fits over the biting surface or the space between teeth.

A composite filling is a quick, easy tooth restoration process that can be completed in a single office visit.  Dental inlays and onlays are sturdy dental restorations for teeth that have been damaged to much for a composite filling to be sound, but not so damaged they need a dental crown.  The dental inlays and onlays are customized to securely and snugly fit the gap caused by tooth decay.  Since inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab they require two visits to your dentist.

Reply information from Bonham Dental Arts

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

What Is Minimally Invasive Dentistry?

A direct reprint from Academy of General Dentists
The goal of minimally invasive dentistry, or microdentistry, is to conserve healthy tooth structure.  It focuses on prevention, remineralization, and minimal dentist intervention.  Using scientific advances, minimally invasive dentistry allows dentists to perform the least amount of dentistry needed while never removing more of the tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their normal condition.  In addition, in minimally invasive dentistry, dentists use long-lasting dental materials that conserve the maximum tooth structure so the need for future repairs is reduced.

How does it work?

First your dentist will evaluate your risk for tooth decay.  The presence of bacteria, quality and quantity of saliva, and your diet are all contributors to decay.  Your dentist will then use strategies to prevent or reduce your risk for tooth decay.  For instance, if you have a high level of oral bacteria, you might be advised to use mouthwash daily, limit the intake of certain carbohydrates, and practice good oral hygiene.
Which techniques are used?

Minimally invasive dentistry techniques include:
  • Remineralization: Remineralization is the process of restoring minerals.  Remineralization can repair the damage created by the demineralization process.  Fluoride plays a very important role in remineralization.

  • Air abrasion: When a tooth cannot be remineralized and decay is present, your dentist may use air abrasion to remove the decay.  Air abrasion is used instead of a traditional drill and may not require anesthesia.  It resembles microscopic sand blasting and uses a stream of air combined with a super-fine abrasive powder.

  • Sealants: Usually made of plastic resin, dental sealants protect teeth from bacteria that cause decay.  Sealants fit into the grooves and depressions of the tooth and act as a barrier, protecting against acid and plaque.  Sealants do not require any cutting of the tooth and can be placed on teeth that might be susceptible for decay at any time.

  • Inlays and onlays: Usually dentists use crowns to restore a tooth, but inlays and onlays do not require them to remove as much of the tooth structure.  Inlays are similar to fillings except that they are custom-made to fit the cavity in your tooth and are typically the same color as the tooth or gold colored.  Onlays are used for more substantial reconstruction and also do not require your dentist to remove as much of the tooth as would a crown.

  • Bite splints: Many people grind their teeth at night.  Grinding, or bruxism, may cause serious damage to the teeth, and may require you to need crowns.  Grinding, which often begins in your teenage years or early 20s, can be detected and corrected before much damage has been done.  Dentists can create bite splints for you to wear at night or during stressful times when most teeth-grinding occurs.
Where can I find a dentist who practices minimally invasive dentistry?

Most of our network dentists use some type of minimally invasive dentistry techniques in their everyday practice.  Ask your dentist if he or she uses these techniques.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.

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