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July 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “According to a new survey, 90% of men say their lover is also their best friend. Which is really kind of disturbing when you consider man´s best friend is his dog.”  (Jay Leno - American comedian & television host - 1950 - Present)

Congratulations To:

M. Shoun of Phoenix, Arizona and F. Schenck of Sun City, Arizona  Winners of our June 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 2 Of 5

This month I will discuss the Baby Boomers and their part in the rebirth of hemp as a medicine.

There has long been a question of whether or not the compound from the marijuana plants shows promise for age-related health problems.  Some people argue that CBD helps people deal with pain, inflammation, seizures and even mental issues.  Just as many, if not more, believe that CBD oil is “snake oil”.  In an article by Garrett Schaffel published in the AARP magazine, Schaffel explains that as of March 2018, 36% of the people signed up with the medical marijuana registry in Colorado were 50 and older.

Project CBD, a Northern California non-profit, claims the vast majority of interest in their project and the use of CBD is amongst seniors, as an alternative to the medically accepted forms of drug therapy.

In 2011 CBD for medical use was legalized in the District of Columbia.  Since that time Dr. Mikhail Kogan of Washington, DC has been prescribing it to his patients.  He believes that CBD is safer than Tylenol, caffeine or opiates.

I read an article aboout a man suffering from a rare form of cancer.  He was in constant pain and suffered from a lack of sleep as a side effect of his treatment so he decided to try CBD and marijuana.  His wife knew the plant was used to get high but she had no idea of the benefits of the plants other compound called cannabidiol or CBD until she watched as her husband started using it to control his pain.  Shortly after using CBD she saw that he had less pain and was sleeping peacefully.

When her husband passed away, she started using the CBD to treat her arthritis.  Now she can work a thirty-five-hour work week without any pain.  She never tried cannabis prior because the THC found in the plant causes a high.  Because the majority of the CBD users are elderly, extensive research is being done concerning several other afflictions such as Alzheimer´s disease.

Come back next month as I discuss the use of CBD oil in the treatment of Alzheimer´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.:

No–Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Grandma C.
  1. 1½ cups old fashioned rolled oats

  2. 2 scoops (from the scoop in the can) chocolate flavored protein powder

  3. ¼ cup honey

  4. 1 cup chunky peanut butter (preferably natural with no added sugar)

  5. 2 TBSP chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon in a medium mixing bowl, then form into 1 inch balls and place on a piece of waxed paper.

After an hour or so, layer them in a container using waxed paper to separate.  You can refrigerate them but it isn´t necessary unless you live in a warm, humid climate… they might get a little sticky.  So easy!

I had the pleasure of munching on these over the weekend, courtesy of my daughter, Dawn.  I researched the recipe and found there are many sweet variations!

You can use virtually ANY nut butter such as almond or hazelnut.  Try using vanilla flavored protein powder.  You can add coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, macadamia nuts or other flavored baking chips.  So many possibilities!

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

Rural Marketing Would Seem Easier… But It Is Actually Harder

Marketing is one of my strong suits and for years I have handled the marketing for various companies.  When I moved out of the urban environment of Phoenix to the rural environment of Fort Mohave, I quickly learned that everything I knew about marketing was null and void.  This made my job very difficult.  Nothing in my bag of tricks that I had spent years working to build, had any effect in the rural market.  I was faced with challenges that I never even thought about and was not at all prepared for.

There is one key piece of competition in the rural market that makes things very difficult for small businesses.  That competition is the urban market.  You see, when I was doing marketing in the urban market, I never gave the rural market a second thought.  So, ideally when I moved here, I wasn´t thinking about the impact that the urban market had on this community.

The urban market is stronger competition than the direct competition that is right down the street.  They have the resources readily available to them, where we don´t.  It costs us more to get supplies and products, where the urban market has suppliers that are local to them.  This causes us to generally be higher in our prices.
This led me to a 2 part marketing scheme that I quickly learned I needed to implement.  I had to not only convince the community to come to us and not the guy down the street, I also had to convince them to be willing to pay a little more and shop local instead of going to an urban market where they can pay less.  Convincing customers that we are better than our competition is the easy part, that´s marketing 101.  However, convincing consumers to pay a higher price can be quite the challenge.

This can be a hard fight to prepare for.  However, I did find that a lot of the companies around here do want to shop local and keep their dollars local.  Others will try to get us to match the cost of an urban market company which, of course, we are not able to do.

The best way I have found to deal with the competition of the urban market, is to strongly promote shopping local.  Expressing that they can meet with us anytime.  Stressing that by keeping their dollars local, it helps our economy as community, which benefits everyone and allows for more resources and growth.  I also campaign on the fact that it is the local businesses that are giving back to the community.  We are the ones that are sponsoring your kids baseball team, football team, soccer team, giving money for your child´s band trip and sponsoring the local parks and pools.

So if you are reading this and you live in a rural town, as much as possible, shop local.  You may pay a little more, but understand that the business is paying more to their suppliers as well.  It is not a “captive audience” situation.  We would love to charge the prices that are charged in Phoenix, but it would almost put us out of business.  Support your local community and your local businesses and they will support you.

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


Northwest Dental

Northwest Dental Center
Our spotlight for July goes to the city of Federal Way, Washington and shines on Northwest Dental

“We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available.  It is one of our top priorities to protect the well-being of our valued patients.  For this reason, Northwest Dental meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards.  Dr.Yako Liu and his staff are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.”

Patients have reported, “ I am very lucky to have met and become a patient with NorthWest Dental! Drs. Yako Liu and Meiting Nieh are fantastic and very attentive to their patients.”

The practice is located at 720 S 348th St #A1-A, Federal Way, WA.  The phone number is 253-517-9065.  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:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

  • Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

  • Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor.  It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

  • The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.

  • The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver.”

  • The moon is moving away at a tiny, although measurable distance from the earth every year.  Do the math and you will clearly see that 85 million years ago it was orbiting the earth at a distance of about 35 feet from the earth´s surface.  This would explain the death of the dinosours; the tallest ones, anyway.

  • The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.  When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
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

B. McDowell of Long Beach, California asks: 

I was treated by a dentist today that is not associated with your plan.  Where do I send the claim forms?

Savon’s Answer

Unfortunately, if a Savon Dental Plan Preferred Provider does not treat you, there is no plan benefit.  Since Savon Dental Plan is NOT an insurance company, we DO NOT reimburse any member or doctor for payments on fees for services or prescriptions rendered.  The following links will help: answer questions regarding our plan policies and help you find a Savon Dental Plan Preferred Provider.  If you need further assistance, please contact our Customer Care Team at 800-809-3494.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Is Your Sunscreen SPF Right For You?

With the thousands of sunscreens and sunblocks available to consumers today, it´s difficult to determine the right sunscreen protection for you and your family.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following formula to calculate your recommended SPF.

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, increases the length of time you can stay outside in the sun without incurring sunburn or irritation from UV-B rays.  At present there is no standard to measure protection from UV-A rays.

Calculate your recommended SPF:
  1. Rate yourself:
    • a.  Select your skin type.
    • b.  Fair skin - 10 minutes
    • c.  Olive skin - 15 minutes
    • d.  Dark skin - 20 minutes
    • The corresponding amount of time indicates how long you can stay safely in the sun before burning.

  2. Look at the SPF on your sunscreen
    • Note which SPF is stated on the product labeling, eg. SPF 20.

  3. Calculate your protection time, the amount of time you can stay outside before burning:
    • Multiply the sun safety time for your skin type with the SPF listed on your sunscreen.  (eg. 15 minutes (for olive skin) x SPF 20 = 300 minutes (5 hours) of sun protection)

    • Result: Olive skin using a sunscreen with SPF 20 can under ideal conditions stay in the sun for up to 5 hours.
Keep in mind that prolonged exposures to the sun´s rays require more repetitive applications of your sunscreen to assure that you´re receiving the best protection it can provide.  Usually, most sunscreens need reapplications after prolonged water activities and sports that cause perspiration.

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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