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June 2021 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Filling out a credit card application, my friend came upon this question: ‘What is your source of income?’ She wrote: ‘ATM.’” (Michael McRae – American Actor – 1949 – Present)

Congratulations To:

J. Wolf of Gilbert, Arizona and J. Payne of Goodyear, Arizona  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:

Skin Cancer

Last month I discussed how to keep your skin healthy.  Unfortunately, it does not matter how much time and effort you put into protecting your skin, there is always that lurking disease called skin cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that about 106,110 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed and about 7,180 people are expected to pass away from the disease in the United States this year.

When you think of skin cancer, what comes to mind?  Did you know that there are actually three different types of skin cancers?  If your answer is no, don‘t worry, I‘ll break them down.

Basal Cell Carcinoma(BCC) – This is the most common type of skin cancer.  It can look like a round flesh–colored growth, a pearl–like bump, or a small pink patch of skin.  This type of cancer is usually linked to people who have fair skin.  This is mainly found around the neck, head, and arms.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC) – This is the second most common type of skin cancer.  This can often look like a red firm bump, a rough patch of skin, or a sore that heals then re–opens.  This type of cancer is usually linked to people who are frequently exposed to the sun.  Keep an eye out for any spots around the ears, face, neck, arms, chest and back.

Melanoma – This is the most serious type of skin cancer since it has the tendency to spread and can be deadly.  This type of cancer can develop anywhere, like in a mole that you already have.  The mole may suddenly have a dark spot on it.  If this type of cancer is suspected, it‘s crucial that you seek immediate treatment.

Below is a self-examination guide to check for melanoma.
  • Asymmetry – Round and oval growths are usually benign, so, it is important to look for irregular shapes where one side is shaped different from the other.

  • Border – Any lesion with irregular, notched or scalloped borders needs to be examined.

  • Color – Look for growths with many colors or uneven coloring.

  • Diameter – If a growth is bigger than 6 millimeters (pencil eraser) it needs to be checked.
I know it sounds silly, but it is very important to scan your body every few months and see a dermatologist at least once a year to check for unusual skin spots.

**All information has been obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology Association**

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.:

Keto/Low Carb Candied Pecans

Grandma C.
  1. 2½ cups Pecan halves

  2. ¾ cup granular sweetener, such as Monkfruit or Swerve

  3. 1 tsp cinnamon

  4. 1 tsp salt

  5. 1 egg white, beaten until frothy

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the beaten egg white and pecans and set aside.

In a larger bowl, mix together the sweetener, salt and cinnamon.  Add the pecan/egg white mixture and fold until mixed well.

Lay the coated pecans out on the lined baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to keep them separated.  The pecans will be slightly browned and crunchy!

Once cooled, store in a Ziploc bag or an airtight plastic container to maintain freshness.

This is a great sweet/salty snack for low carber‘s with a sweet tooth!

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 Dove Valley

Dentistry at Dove Valley
Our spotlight for June goes to the city of Cave Creek, Arizona and shines on Dentistry At Dove Valley

The expert dental treatments and procedures led by the highly experienced team at Dove Valley in Cave Creek, AZ, will provide you with excellent quality, pain-free dental care.  The team at Dentistry at Dove Valley offers a wide variety of dental treatments to ensure healthy, attractive teeth and smiles.  All dental services are performed in a warm, welcoming office environment.  This superb dental team will ensure that your dental visits and treatments are relaxing, pleasant and pain–free.

The practice is located at 4705 E Carefree Hwy #126, Cave Creek, Arizona 85331.  The phone number is 480-595-5688.  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

  • No number from 1 to 999 includes the letter ‘a’ in its word form.

  • The King of Hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache.

  • If you open your eyes in a pitch–black room, the color you'll see is called ‘eigengrau.’

  • Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.

  • The average adult spends more time on the toilet than they do exercising.

  • Taco Bell was named after its owner, Glen Bell.

  • Riding roller coasters can help you pass kidney stones.

  • The cheesiest pizza ever was topped with 154 varieties of cheese.

  • More than two–thirds of millennials sleep nude.

  • According to the Bible, the chicken came before the egg (Genesis 1:20–22.)

  • Montpelier, Vermont, is the only U.S. capital without a McDonald‘s.
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. Chaffer of Peoria, Arizona asks: 

“I like my dentist but my wife doesn‘t.  Do we both have to go to the same dentist to receive a benefit from the plan?”

Savon’s Answer

The short answer is NO.  You can go to one dentist and your wife can go to another as long as both dentists are in our network you both will receive the plan benefits.

Remember;  You must stay within our network in order to receive any benefit from the plan.  You can view all network dentist by visiting MySDP.com.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Man Nearly Dies After Using Nail To Pick Popcorn From Teeth

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
January 8, 2020 — Using a metal nail and other objects to dislodge popcorn from between his teeth may have caused a U.K. man‘s potentially fatal blood infection that led him to undergo a lengthy surgery, according to news reports.

Adam Martin is recovering following a deadly blood infection that led to his diagnosis of endocarditis.

Doctors believe his attempts to remove the popcorn from his teeth by using a toothpick, pen cap, piece of wire, and a metal nail led to a mouth or gum infection, which caused bacteria to enter his bloodstream.  They believe jamming these foreign objects into the sensitive gum area triggered the reaction.  Left untreated, the condition would have killed him.
Martin‘s ordeal began in September when he and his wife were watching a movie and eating popcorn.  After popcorn got stuck in his teeth, he spent three days using household items to try and dislodge it.  Instead, he ended up cutting his gums.  He was experiencing pain but didn‘t visit a dentist.

About a week later, Martin began experiencing headaches, fatigue, and night sweats.  He sought medical care and doctors discovered that he had a heart murmur.  These symptoms are signs of endocarditis.

The 41 year–old was sent home with medication after he underwent x–rays and blood tests.  However, his flu–like symptoms persisted, and he developed a blood blister on his toe.  Clinicians diagnosed the blister as a Janeway lesion, which is another sign of infective endocarditis.

Martin‘s condition worsened.  On October 18, he was diagnosed with endocarditis.  Doctors also discovered that the aching muscle in Martin‘s leg was an infected clot in his femoral artery.  He underwent a five–hour surgery to have it removed.

Though Martin continued to be treated with medication, chest scans revealed his heart was severely damaged.  On October 21, he underwent a seven–hour open–heart surgery to replace his aortic valve and repair the mitral valve.  Since the gums are a bacterial roadway to the heart, doctors believe the gum infection caused the heart damage.

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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