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July 2021 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Summer Expectation = Going to the beach every day, water fights, parties, road trips and BBQs.  Summer Reality = Trying to find the right position to hold you phone so the sun doesn‘t blackout the screen.”  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

M. Samuels of Sun City, Arizona and Y. Hutton of Goodyear, 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:

Is Barbecuing Effecting Your health?

What do you love best about summer?  Is it heading to the lake or pool, sunbathing, eating juicy watermelon, or having a BBQ?

For me enjoying a nice BBQ dinner is one of the best parts of summer!  Nothing beats the aroma of all those delicious foods cooking.  However, did you know that grilling can jeopardize your health?

That‘s right.

The aromatic smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that attach to the outside of the food.  When eaten, it can alter the genetic materials of the cells.

Another risk is when the meat proteins are combined with a high heat source they create heterocyclic aromatic amines (HCAs).  The longer the meat sits over the heat the more HCAs are produced.  During experimental trials on lab mice, both PAHs and HCAs have been linked to cancer–like tumors.

Luckily, this has not been confirmed during human trials.
Below are a few tips on how to protect yourself from PHAs and HCAs:
  • Reduce fat drippings – Cook more lean meats.

  • Marinades – Use low-fat marinades. This will help reduce flare-ups.

  • Do not pierce food – Do not use a fork, instead use tongs.

  • Use foil – Place food on foil instead of directly on the rack.

  • Cut cooking time – Partially bake food before placing it on the grill.

  • Trim – Remove the charred portions before eating.

  • Skip grilling meat – Grill vegetables and fruit instead.
Before grilling always make sure the grill is nice and clean.

If you are not going to use foil, coat the rack with some vegetable oil to prevent any food from sticking.

When the grill is finally heated, place your hand about five inches above the coals or rack.  If you can hold your hand there for no more than 3-4 seconds the grill is at the perfect heat to start cooking.

Remember to always keep a full water bottle nearby in case of a flare–up!

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.:

Bacon Ranch Egg Salad – Keto Friendly

Grandma C.
  1. 6 hard boiled eggs

  2. 3 TBSP scallions, chopped

  3. 4 6 pieces cooked bacon (crispy)

  4. ½ cup cheddar/jack shredded cheese

  5. ⅓ cup mayonnaise

  6. 1 TBSP dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

  7. Salt and Pepper to taste
Chop the hard boiled eggs and place in a medium bowl.

Crumble the bacon and place in the bowl, reserving a teaspoon or so for topping.  Add cheese, salt and pepper.

Add 2 tbsp scallions, mayonnaise and dry ranch dressing mix.  Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Top with reserved bacon bits and scallions.

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.


Dentistry At Grayhawk

Our spotlight for July goes to the city of Scottsdale, Arizona and shines on Dentistry At Grayhawk.

Dental Center
The team at Dentistry at Grayhawk creates a warm, family-friendly environment where patients not only receive compassionate and gentle dental care but also benefit from state-of-the-art dental equipment and best practice

Patients can rely on the Dentistry at Grayhawk team always putting their dental health and well-being first.  Here are some of the things that patients have said about this practice:
  • “Dr. Bahar Abadi, and her husband Dr. Cameron and staff are genuine about their care.  They're excellent about listening to your needs and wants as well as educating you on your necessary care for your teeth.  Their expertise in their field is unsurpassed!  Love them!” (Nauheed N.)

  • “This is the best dentist office I've been to my entire life.  The office staff is excellent, the dentists are the best in the Phoenix area and the dental hygienist great.  I highly recommend this place to everybody I know!!” (Douglas B.)
The practice is located at 20801 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 209, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  The phone number is (480) 513-2773.  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

  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

  • Edgar Allan Poe married his 13–year-old cousin.

  • The Super Soaker was designed and invented by a NASA engineer.

  • Alaska is the only state whose name is on one row on a keyboard.

  • There are 32 muscles in a cat‘s ear.

  • A cubic inch of human bone can bear the weight of five standard pickup trucks.

  • Four out of five children recognize the McDonald‘s logo at three years old.

  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil.

  • Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

  • Salt used to be a currency.
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. Bosnell of Miami, Florida asks: 

“Your website shows that you have dentists in Florida but it also says that your plan is not for sale there.  Can you explain?”

Savon’s Answer

While It‘s true that we don‘t sell the plan in some States but we show that we have dentists, these dentists are in our network to take care of members of Savon that are either winter visitors or travelers with a dental emergency.

If we don‘t sell the plan in your State and you want to join, you can try to find a friend or family member in another State, and with their permission, use their mailing address.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Maxillofacial Surgery‘s Dark Past In Nazi Germany

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
About 60% of maxillofacial surgeons joined the Nazi Party during the Third Reich, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Cranio–Maxillofacial Surgery.  More maxillofacial surgeons had ties to the National Socialist Party than other medical professionals.

Maxillofacial surgeons who were members of the National Socialist German Workers‘ Party (NSDAP) advanced their careers more frequently than nonmembers.  They also experienced no professional setbacks after World War II ended in 1945, the authors wrote.

“Maxillofacial surgeons joined the NSDAP on a larger scale than the medical profession as a whole,” wrote the authors, led by Lisa Bitterich of the Institute for the History, Theory, and Ethics of Medicine at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany (J Craniomaxillofac Surg, April 2021, Vol. 49:4, pp. 329–335).
Nazis in the medical field

To identify and classify maxillofacial surgeons from Germany and Austria, researchers used archives, including the NSDAP membership files in the Federal Archives in Berlin, to analyze each case.  This was the first time these files were evaluated, the authors wrote.

University, federal, and state archives, as well as other sources, including directories of doctors and dentists, faculty journals, and biographical theses and dissertations, were reviewed.  The authors conducted the research, which identified 187 German and Austrian specialist surgeons, between 2017 and 2020, according to the study.

With a membership rate of about 45%, the medical profession was the professional group with the highest proportion of Nazi Party members during the Third Reich by far.  For comparison, the membership rate for teachers was about 25%.

Yet far more maxillofacial surgeons joined the Nazi Party than the medical profession as a whole.  Of the 187 maxillofacial surgeons in the study, 62% were members of the Nazi Party by 1945, the authors wrote.

Of these specialists who were members, about 64% of surgeons advanced their careers during the Third Reich.  Another 31% maintained their positions, and only 5% were dismissed from their positions or were forced into retirement by 1945.

“The NSDAP membership rate of maxillofacial surgeons was unexpectedly high,” Bitterich and her colleague wrote.

Most of the members of the Nazi Party also did not suffer any career setbacks after 1945.  By that year, 13 surgeons who were party members had retired, died, or their whereabouts were unknown.  The remaining 103 surgeons were able to resume their careers in the postwar era, the authors wrote.

Career development wasn‘t as positive for maxillofacial surgeons who were not members of the Nazi Part.  Only 17 of the 69 nonmembers made strides in their careers before 1945.  Eight were demoted and the rest held their positions, the authors wrote.

Many more?

Maxillofacial surgeons likely were more inclined to join the party than other medical professions because Nazis emphasized that they played integral roles in treating injured soldiers and civilians.  During this period in history, many specialized surgeons worked at university hospitals and being a member of the Nazi Party was very beneficial to those who wanted to maintain or advance their academic careers, they acknowledged.

The period of the Third Reich was subsequently a breakthrough period for maxillofacial surgeons.  In 1935, a specialist qualification for maxillofacial surgery was introduced and the prerequisites for the job were a dual degree in dentistry and medicine.  Many German and Austrian specialist surgeons, including Hans Pichler, an oral surgeon who assisted in treating Sigmund Freud‘s maxillary jaw cancer, rose to international prominence.

Nevertheless, reliable membership data for medical specialists, including maxillofacial surgeons, have been scarce through the period of the Third Reich.  The authors noted that the true proportion of maxillofacial surgeons who were members of the Nazi Party is likely higher.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

News You Need To Know

New Schedule Of Benefits Goes Into Effect 09/01/2021 And Will Be Available For Download Soon

We have completed the process of examining the Schedule of Benefits and the new Schedule of Benefits will be available on our website by August 1, 2021

The last update to the Schedule of Benefits was March of 2020.  We worked very hard to keep the fees that you pay for dental care as low as possible and we are confident that the plan has stayed true to our mission statement; “To provide quality and timely dental care at a price that is fair and reasonable to the member and the dentist.”

You may download the new Schedule Of Benefits for your state by following this link or by visiting the members page at WWW.MYSdp.com.

The next examination of the Schedule of Benefits will be in the Spring of 2023.

Thank you for your continued trust in Savon Dental Plan and rest assured that we will continue to work hard to protect that trust.

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