May 2016 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” - (35th President John F. Kennedy 1917-1963)

Congratulations To:

R. Beitz of Prescott, Arizona  Winner of our April early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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

A Memorial Day Poem


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (Canadian Army)-(1872-1918)
(Flanders Fields is an American World War I cemetery on the southeast edge of the town of Waregem, Belgium.
Poppie flowers began to grow after the burial of the fallen soldiers.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Sun Poisoning

Sunshine!  Unless you live in the desert where the tempature usually goes from beautiful to warm then to really hot, you probably have spent the last 6 months inside do to the cold, nasty weather.  Well, it‘s finally starting to warm up all around the country which means you are most likely spending every minute you can outside

Being outside provides many health benefits.  Some include breathing in fresh air, exercising, reduced stress levels and we can‘t forget about vitamin D! Although it‘s nice to receive health benefits from being outside, there is one major downfall…  SUNBURN.  It can take less than 15 minutes to burn if not protected by sun screen or protective clothing.

If you have spent more than 15 minutes outdoors without protection you can develop sun poisoning. Sun poisoning is an extreme sunburn that goes unnoticed until it‘s too late, leading to severe symptoms. I know for a fact that sun poisoning is no joke since I have experienced it once and would never wish it upon anyone.

As I mentioned, above sun poisoning can lead to severe symptoms such as:
  • Swelling
  • Large blisters (DO NOT POP)
  • Dehydration
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Cold sweats
  • Fainting
  • Rapid breathing
If you have developed sun poisoning and don't want to go to your doctor, here are a few remedies that may help relive the pain:
  • Stay Hydrated and take some ibuprofen.
  • Use cold Aloe Vera to help sooth the skin.
  • Do not take a hot shower, use cool water.
  • Avoid using scented locations, perfumes, etc.
  • Avoid any sun until you are feeling better.
If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than 7 days you should seek medical attention.  The effects of sun poisoning can last about 4-7 days.

Always take measures to avoid sun poisoning.
  • Wear protective clothing like hats, sun glasses and long sleeved shirts.
  • Make sure you have sun screen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Reapply the sun screen about every 2 hours whether you think you need it or not.
  • Stay hydrated &ndash take a water bottle with you and drink constantly.  Do not wait until you are thirsty, by then you are already dehydrated.  Most places have fountains so you can refill.
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.:

Savory Sweet Pineapple Baked Beans - Crock Pot Style

Grandma C.
  1. 3 cans pinto beans
  2. 6-8 slices cooked bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
  3. ⅓ cup BBQ sauce (any style)
  4. 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  5. 2 cloves fresh garlic or 2 tsp garlic from a jar
  6. 2 TBSP brown sugar
  7. 1TBSP soy sauce
  8. 1 can of pineapple chunks, drained
  9. Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in crock pot and mix with a wooden spoon.

Cover and cook on low setting for 4-6 hours.

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

Upper Body Workouts Without Weights

Clayton (TR)
There are many different “at home” workouts that you can do without weights.

Last month I gave you 5 leg workouts that you can do to tone up those calves and hamstrings.  I hope you had the opportunity to try them out!

This month I will continue this series and move to the upper body.  Unlike the leg workout that is basically universal for both males and females and usually always focuses on building leg strength, the upper body is quite different.

Workout routines are different based on your workout goals, desired result and upper body capability.  However, the good news is that there are some simplistic workout routines that are designed to be universal.  They focus on the one part of the upper body workout routine that is necessary for everyone, conditioning.

Conditioning is important especially when it comes to your upper body.  More upper body injuries happen during workout routines than any other activity.  If you build endurance you will be able to do the more personal goal focused workout and reduce the risk of injury, however I am taking a different approach to this.  Everybody knows that push-ups and sit-ups are part of an upper body routine and you all know how to do them, so I am not going to bore you with that.  Instead, for this workout, I am going to re-address the exercise resistance bands that I talked about last year.  They are very inexpensive yet very valuable.

Here are some exercises that you can do with them by yourself:
  1. Arm Curls:  Stand on the center of the band, grab the handles of the band and pull up towards your chest.  This will work out your arms and shoulders.

  2. Butterflies:  Stand on the center of the band, grab the handles and pull out away from your body.  This will work out your shoulders and neck.

  3. Rowing:  Get in the setup position, put the band around the bottom of your feet, grab the handles of the band and do sit ups.  The resistance of the band will be felt going backwards.  This will work out your core and back muscles.

  4. Hugs:  Put the band around your back with the handles in your hand.  Move your arms across your body like you are going to hug yourself.  This will work out your shoulders and back.

  5. Bucket Lift:  Stand on the center of the band, hold the handles of the band with the back of your hand facing your body.  Pull your arms towards you like you are lifting a bucket off of the ground.  This will work out the backs of your arms, forearms and back.
Although the resistance bands may seem light and harmless do not get complacent while using them because you can get injured even if they are used correctly.  Make sure you adhere to proper lifting techniques when using them.  Proper using techniques are often included in the box that the bands come in.

Until next time, Stay Fit, Stay Health, Stay Strong!

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.


James M. McGee DMD

Dr. McGee
Our spotlight for May goes to the city of Stone Mountain, Geogria and shines on the practice of James M. Mcgee.

Dr. McGee was born and raised in Mississippi.  He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson, MS. In 1997, with a D.M.D. degree, moved to Atlanta and immediately began practicing dentistry in a large group practice.

In 1998 he opened his own practice in Stone Mountain.  Dr. McGee and his professional staff strive to provide their patients with the best that dentistry has to offer.  Dr. McGee also continues to educate himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and procedures.  This gives them the ability to provide their patients with comfortable and personalized dental care.

Dr. McGee has the great ability to put his patients at ease and his patients usually leave with a laugh and a smile on their faces.

The practice is located at 5462 Memorial Drive Suite 103, Stone Mountain, GA. 30083.  The phone number is (404) 299-0022.  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:

Interesting Facts About Memorial Day We Bet You Didn't Know


  • Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 and was originally called “Decoration Day.”

  • Memorial Day was originally created to honor Union soldiers who‘d died while fighting in the Civil War.  Because of this, southern states did not observe Memorial Day until after World War I, when the holiday was expanded to include soldiers from all wars.

  • In addition to the national Memorial Day holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.  The days vary, but only Virginia observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, in accordance with the federal observance of Memorial Day.

  • The red poppy is a traditional symbol of Memorial Day (many veterans wear them to commemorate the day).

  • On the Thursday before Memorial Day, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.  They patrol the cemetery 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.  This tradition, called “Flags In”, has been in place since 1948.

  • In 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years. This coincided with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial.

  • Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer, while Labor Day traditionally marks the end.

  • “Memorial Day” did not become the holiday‘s official name until 1967, when federal law declared it.

  • In 1968, Memorial Day was moved from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May in order to ensure a three-day weekend.

Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

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Here’s Your Answer

Questions From Our Members

D. Ramos of Tucson, Arizona asks: 

“I have a daughter that is on the University swimming team.  Her front teeth are becoming stained.  Her coach told her is was swimmers teeth.  Before I take her to the dentist and look like a complete fool, can you tell me if there is such a thing?”

Savon’s Answer

Yes, it's true.  Swimmers teeth is an actual condition also known as "swimmers calculus."

Mostly common in competitive swimmers, "swimmers teeth" refers to a dark yellow/brown coloring mainly on the front teeth.  This is actually made of deposits quite like the tartar or plaque everyone gets, but is darker and more difficult to remove.

Swimmers teeth is actually caused by the amount of time spent in the pool.  Pool water contains chemical additives that make the water have a higher pH than saliva.  This causes the proteins in saliva to break down causing dark stains on the teeth.  It is said that this condition is most common in people who spend more than six hours a week in the pool.

The good news is that this is not permanent, just unattractive.  Regular brushing won't help, but your dentist can completely remove it.  Proper oral hygiene and regular preventative treatments will help keep the problem under control.

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