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June 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups.  The very first one will say,
‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’.”  (Conan O'Brien, television host, comedian 1963-present)

Congratulations To:

G. Andres of Tucson, AZ and J. Jones of Gilbert, AZ  Winners of our May 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 1 Of 5

The next 5 articles will discuss the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) oil as a treatment for diseases in adults.  Having never really been exposed to hemp products, I found it interesting as I listened to people talk about the beneficial effects of CBD oil.  Knowing that I have an anxiety problem that is linked to public speaking of any kind, I wanted to see if it could help me.  As I took a little closer look, I decided that I also wanted to see what other types of diseases CBD Oil had been used as treatment and whether or not the treatment was effective.

What are the benefits of using CBD oil to treat diseases on older adults?  There has been a great deal of testing and research on this topic.  In order to understand the value of CBD, it is best that I start with the History of Marijuana and Hemp.

Next month I will discuss the Baby Boomers and their part in the rebirth of hemp as a medicine.  In August, September and October, I will examine the use of CBD to treat such afflictions as Alzheimer´s disease, Parkinson´s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.

The use of Marijuana has been traced back to the Chinese about 2700 BC.  According to Chinese herbal information it was primarily used as a medicine such as an anesthetic, an antibiotic or a sedative and was administered externally usually as a balm or smoked.

In the 1800s, the tips of the plant were used internally to treat diseases like gonorrhea.  The physical effects of the plant vary based upon the strength of the plant, how much is used and the user´s tolerance to it.  The most common effects of use are mild euphoria, alterations in vision, judgment, distortions of time and space, drowsiness, unsteadiness, and muscular incoordination.

Marijuana was not considered to be an illegal drug until the Opium Convention of 1925.  By the late 1960s, most countries had outlawed the use of Marijuana and had very harsh penalties for possession, sale and supply of it.  In the 1970s, the Netherlands became the first country to allow the sale and possession of small amounts of the drug.

In the 1970s and 80s, several states passed laws to fund research on the medical use of Marijuana.  In the 1990s, a dozen states legalized Marijuana for medical use but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them.  In 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder set new guidelines that shifted prosecutors away from the states that legalized medical use and focused instead on the illegal use and trafficking.  In 2012 Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana although according to the federal statute it is still an illegal drug.

CBD Oil (Cannabidiol,) is thought by many to be a relatively new supplement.  The fact is CBD Oil has been around for more than half a century but in recent years its popularity has been on the rise.  In 1940 a Harvard chemist, Roger Adams, was the first person to extract CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant.  At that time, he did not know what he had accomplished but a few years later he and a few other scientists realized what he had discovered and started researching the use and benefits of CBD.  In 1946 Dr. Walter Loewe conducted CBD tests on lab animals proving that CBD doesn´t have the side effects associated with Marijuana.  That same year Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered the structure of CBD leading to most people crediting him with its discovery.

It doesn´t matter if CBD is derived from Hemp or Marijuana, it´s still CBD.  The difference between the two is that CBD from hemp has a very low level of THC where CBD from marijuana has higher levels of THC and are low in CBD.  For the most part, the most potent CBD comes from hemp and it is very rare to find strains of marijuana that come close to hemp as far as potency.  Studies have continued over the years and in 1980 Dr. Mechoulam ran a study that showed CBD could be a key factor in treating certain diseases commonly associated with the aging population (Baby Boomers).  This will be discussed in next month´s news letter.

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.:

Crock Pot Cajun Rosemary Chicken

Recipe Compliments of Clayton Parker, III
Grandma C.
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 4 potatoes, cut in 2 inch cubes
  3. 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  4. Fresh garlic (2 cloves)
  5. 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (can use more or less, depending on your taste for spice)
  6. 1 tsp ground Rosemary
  7. 1 pinch Thyme
  8. 1 pinch Marjoram
  9. 1 tsp McCormick Grillmates — Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning
  10. 2 tbsp olive oil
  11. Salt and Pepper

Place all seasonings and 1 tbsp oil in a large plastic Ziploc bag and shake to mix.

Add 1 tbsp oil to the bottom of the crock pot.  Using a small amount of the spice mixture from the Ziploc Bag, sprinkle over the oil in the crock pot.

Place Chicken in Ziploc bag and shake to coat.  Layer the chicken in the bottom of the crock pot.

Add 2 cloves of garlic to the crock pot.  Spoon 1 can of cream of chicken soup over the chicken.  Add potatoes over the layer of chicken soup.  Salt and pepper to taste, then add 2nd can of cream of chicken soup over the potatoes.

Cover and cook on high 6 hours.

Extra veggies such as carrots can be added to this dish.  It makes a wonderful, hearty meal at the end of a long day!

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.

Alluring Smiles Doctor

Alluring Smiles

Our spotlight for June goes to the city of Mesa, Arizona and shines on Dr. Portocarrero and the team at Alluring Smiles

This dental practice dedicated to comfortable dentistry, top-notch customer service and compassionate care.  They are not your typical dental office:  “We´re committed to our patients´ comfort and try to make excellent dental care available to everyone.”

Their convenient hours allow you to fit a dental appointment into your busy work day, and they offer financing options that make oral care affordable.  “After you visit our office and meet our team, you´ll never go anywhere else for dental care again!”

The practice is located at 7115 E. Baseline Rd. Ste. 101, Mesa Arizona  The phone number is 480-830-6300.  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 nominating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.

  • Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as President Bush in 1991.

  • One in every 4 americans has appeared on television.

  • Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.

  • Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

  • Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

  • The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

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

D. Jamis of Atlanta, Georgia asks: 

“I went to the dentist for an exam and cleaning but when they found that I had heart problems, they wouldn´t do anything until my cardiologist sent them a letter saying it was ok for them to work on me.  I think that´s dumb, don´t you?”

Savon’s Answer

I guess dumb is in the eye of the beholder.  The reason for the concern is probably due to one or more of the medications that you are on.  As a rule of thumb, anyone with at heart condition is usually on some type of a blood thinner.  The dental facility needs to know if you need to and are able to stop taking your medication prior to having a dental procedure performed.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Seriously, What´s With The Wait?

A reprint from our February 2010 Newsletter
We´ve all at some point or another, have been left to wait 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes or more in a dental office waiting room.  We´ve all experienced that tad bit of irritation and frustration that stems from not knowing when you will be seen at this point, let alone the fact that you don´t know why you are waiting.  We all dislike waiting.  What we don´t know, is what exactly is happening behind that waiting room door that may be the very good cause of your dental appointment delay.

With this being a touchy subject for most patients who have had to endure a long, unplanned wait in the dentist office, I´m going to focus on the dental office side of this fence.
Now, being that dentistry is not an exact science, the time allowance a dentist and his staff is given for a procedure is only an estimate.  At times, unforeseen complications during treatment may cause a doctor to run behind, causing your appointment to be delayed.

Problems with anesthesia taking too long, an uncooperative patient, a cavity being larger or deeper than anticipated, a tooth fracturing at the root tip during extraction are all extremely common occurrences for the dentist and his assistants.  When given the opportunity to leave chairside, the front desk is informed of the situation that is causing the staff to run late, unfortunately, not all dental emergencies and complications allow for the assistant to leave the patient to do so in a timely manner.

In most cases, patient´s aren´t usually kept waiting more than an average of 5 to 10 minutes.  Usually at the 15-minute mark, the front desk will notify the patient of the delay and offer them to wait or reschedule.  Any longer of a wait, the patient is usually rescheduled, or, if the front desk knows ahead of time that the doctor is running behind, they may call ahead and reschedule your appointment before you make it to the office.  Granted, in some offices this courtesy isn´t always extended, however, in most dental facilities, it is applied.

If, for any reason, you´ve been made to wait at the office, I´ve always told my patients to:
  1. Ask the front desk if the dentist is running on time.

  2. Inform the front desk of other appointments or commitments you have that may conflict with your appointment if you are made to wait.

  3. Ask the front desk if there would be a better time for you to return if the doctor is running late.
We understand that your time is precious to you as well and in most cases we would be happy to accommodate you in any way to make up for the inconveniences we may have caused you.

Most of all, I´ve always asked my patients to be patient.  Doctors will take the time necessary to finish the patient before you with the same expertise and care as he give would you.  You wouldn´t want to be that patient they had to rush to finish, would you?

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

The Rural Side Of Things With Clayton “TR” Parker

Smaller Things… Are Bigger

One of the nice things about a rural town is things that seem small in a big city are bigger here for us.  For example, most big cities have professional sports teams.  The closest professional team for us is 250 miles away, so going to see one of them is a rarity.

Here, we have high school sports and they are what our town is all about.  So much so, that the voters approved a 27 million dollar bond for a Field House (Mini Indoor Stadium) for the high school teams to play in.

This 125,000 square foot multi-sport facility will house sporting events for both of our local high school teams.  It is permanently set up for football and soccer and with a simple change over can be used for basketball, volleyball, wrestling as well as mutli-game tournaments, concerts and other events.  It is a new feature for this town, a very nice facility and the closest this town will have a to a professional sports stadium.
New businesses here are like a shiny new object.  When businesses open in a big city, they may be busy if they get enough exposure.  Marketing of a new business in a city is key to their success, because rarely do most people even know that they have been built.

In a rural town however, there is a big announcement made, everyone is always asking “what´s being built there” and their grand openings are a big event which often includes a Chamber Of Commerce ribbon cutting and attendance by local dignitaries.  Regardless if it is Bullhead City, Fort Mohave or Mohave Valley, the Bullhead City Mayor and City Council are almost always on hand for a grand opening of a new business.  Then, they are REALLY busy for a long time.  Recently we welcomed Culver´s and Hobby Lobby.  Culvers is non-stop and Hobby Lobby is very busy as well.

Lastly, just about everything makes the news here.  I mean EVERYTHING!  We do not have a local news channel, so our newspaper runs most of the media and it branches out to live coverage via social media and local radio stations.  If you get in a car accident, it will be in the news.  If you get arrested, it will be in the news.  If the police are called, it will be in the news.  However it is not all negative.  People within the community are constantly being recognized for the outstanding work that they do in the community.

In a rural town, you learn to appreciate some of the smaller things in life, simply because the smaller things are what you depend on.

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

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