February 2016 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   If you feel sad that you stay home all alone on Valentine‘s day, just remember that nobody loves you on any of those other 364 days of the year.  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

J. Ivaschenko of Kent, WA  Winner of our January early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Wonders Of Coconut Oil

When you think of a coconut what comes to your mind?  Palm trees, fruit, pina coladas, and beaches?  These are just a few things that come to my mind.  Did you know that you can use coconut oil in more ways than just your cooking and drinks?  Coconut oil is taking over many beauty products!  This wonder ingredient can be used as a moisturizer and can remove makeup, but that is just the beginning.

You may be wondering how coconut oil is made, right?  This can be produced by two different methods, the “drying method” and the “wet method”.

Dry Method – The fresh “meat” is dried, then later the oil is pressed out of the coconut. (This is the type that you would find in the stores)

Wet Method - The oil is extracted from fresh coconut “meat” without drying it first.  “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing it out of the wet coconut “meat”.  The oil is then further separated from the water by either boiling, fermentation or refrigeration.

So what can this wonder ingredient actually do?
  • Bug bite soother – Helps relieve the burning and itching of insect bites.

  • Calms dry skin – Apply it to dry patches first so it can soak in, then apply as a moisturizer to the whole body.  Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.  (Very helpful if you suffer from eczema and psoriasis).

  • Repair damaged hair – Use coconut oil as a conditioner.  Apply to clean-wet hair, let it absorb for a couple minutes then rinse and style as normal.

  • Treat cuts – Apply a small amount to scrapes or cuts.  The oil contains antioxidants that help cuts heal faster.

  • Energy booster – Swallow a tablespoon of coconut oil a day when you need a pick me up…  No need for a sugar snack or drink.

  • Sore throat soother – Gargling one tablespoon coconut oil, one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon warm water helps alleviate sore throats.
As you can see from above, coconut oil is pretty much used for everything.  What I have listed is just a tiny sliver of ideas.  Do your research on what you can do with coconut oil then head to your local grocery store, pick up a jar and start experimenting!

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.:

Tasty Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 1 can of Pillsbury Grand Flaky Rolls
  2. 6 eggs
  3. 1/3 cup milk
  4. 2 cups chunked fresh ham (bite sized pieces)
  5. 1 cup onion, chopped
  6. 2 cups shredded cheddar and jack cheese blend
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and milk by hand until blended.  Add ham, onion, cheese, salt and pepper and stir.

Open Flaky Rolls and cut each unbaked roll into 6 pieces.  Fold all pieces into egg mixture.  Pour entire mixture into a greased oblong cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until egg mixture is solid and rolls are browned.  Serve with fresh fruit on the side and juice.

**This is a great brunch recipe and it's simple to make.  I made it over the Christmas holiday and my whole family loved it!

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.

Keeping Fit With Clayton "TR" Parker

Elliptical VS Treadmill

Clayton (TR)
The elliptical and the treadmill are two fantastic machines with the same concept but two very different ways of going about it.  Personally, the elliptical is my apparatus of choice, however, sometimes there is not anything better than a good run on a treadmill.  So, with that being said, let‘s compare them side by side and see which one has the advantage.

Versatility:  The treadmill allows for more versatility with the multiple training programs.  You can set the machine to have you walk, jog, run or sprint on a flat surface or inclined to simulate an uphill run.  The elliptical speed is regulated by you and your work out.  Unlike the treadmill, you cannot set the elliptical to a speed and have the machine regulate it.  Some elliptical machines have an incline feature, however the grade ratio is not a steep as the treadmill.

Versatility Advantage: Treadmill

Better For Joints:  The treadmill is what is known as an impact exercise machine.  That means that while you are running there is strain on your bones and joints due to the impact of your feet hitting the belt with each step.  The elliptical is a non-impact exercise machine.  The unique design allows you to emulate a running motion without your feet actually picking up and setting down.  This puts the minimal amount of strain on your joints.  For someone with hip, knee, ankle or back problems the elliptical would be ideal.

Better For Joints Advantage: Elliptical

Cross-Training Ability:  In our September 2015 Newsletter I defended the multifaceted workout ability of the treadmill.  As I stated in that article, you can workout your legs, abs, cardio and back all on a treadmill.  The elliptical however, has something that the treadmill does not have which pushes it over the top.  The elliptical has moveable handles. Those handles set the stage for a complete upper body workout as well as the expected lower body workout. With the elliptical movement being controlled by you, the ability to switch from driving with your legs to driving with your arms proves to give it the edge in cross-training ability.  Furthermore, the elliptical also gives you the ability to reverse your stride to workout different muscles.  For that to happen on a treadmill you would literally have to run backwards.

Cross-Training Ability Advantage: Elliptical

No “Cheat” Ability:  Some machines allow you to cheat and slack off a little bit and some don‘t.  The treadmill is one that will not allow you to cheat.  Because the belt is machine driven you are forced to work out to the speed that you have set.  The elliptical, however, is momentum based.  So the ability to lighten up your stride and let the machine to do the work is greater.

No “Cheat” Ability Advantage: Treadmill

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The one that is right for you is based on your preference of workout style and routine.

Until Next Time. Stay Healthy, Stay Strong and Never Give Up!

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

The above fitness material is provided as an information service.  Remember:  Always check with your doctor before starting any new type of excerise program.


Mountain Shadows Family Dental

Dr Matt Garrett
Our spotlight for February goes to the city of Buckeye, Arizona and shines on Mountain Shadows Family Dental

Mountain Shadows Family Dental opened in 2010 but just recently became part of the Savon network.  Dr. Garrett is the brother of Dr. Todd Garrett of Garrett Family Dentisty in Surprise Arizona.

Mountain Shadows is not a dental clinic or corporate owned dental office.  Dr Garrett is the owner and operator.  Mountain Shadows offers a variety of dental services for your family including Periodontal treatment (gum disease), endodontics (root canals), oral surgery (extractions), implant placement, mini implant retained dentures, crowns and bridges, dentures, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign and routine dental treatment for all ages.

His office can treat children as young as 2 years old and offers digital X-rays as well as all the latest technology that dentistry has to offer.  Dr Garrett is skilled in all areas of dentistry, because of this; most procedures can be performed without referring you out to a specialist, which saves you time and money.
The practice is located at 21765 W Yuma Rd in Buckeye AZ.  The phone number is 623-691-6300.  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 nomimating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn't Know


  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

  • If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.

  • Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake.  They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float.  Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

  • One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930's lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.  It is not as chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.

  • The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.

  • The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella.

  • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight.  These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

  • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

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

E. Brighton of Boston MA. asks: 

I live part of the year in Arizona and the other part of the year in Massachusetts.  I have noticed that Schedule of Benefits changes from State to State, can you explain why.

Savon’s Answer

Great Question!  The Schedule of Benefits are broken up into 8 zones.  Zone 1 is Arizona only.  The main reason for that is Arizona is our corporate headquarters.  The rest of the states are in zones 2 through 8.

What zone each state is placed in is determined using the U.S. Census Bureau economic indicators.  The higher the per capita income is for a state the higher the zone is and visa versa.  Alaska, for example is in zone 8 while Arkansas is in zone 2.

Please keep in mind that our mission statement is:  "To provide quality and timely dental care at a price that is fair and reasonable to the member and the dentist".

We understand that the cost of living is higher is some states than it is in others but the income level, for the most part, is also higher in these states.

Using the zone system is the best way to make sure that our members are saving as much as possible while making sure that our providers are not losing money by being in our network.

If you would like to see what zone each state is in please visit our Member Center and click on the PDF Schedule of Benefits.

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