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October 2017 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:  “If you want to go really scary for Halloween you should go as the person you claim to be on Facebook.” (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

O. Suarez of Scottsdale, Arizona  Winner of our September early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:


Have you ever felt like you‘re on your own private merry-go-round ride that won‘t stop to let you off?  NO, I‘m not talking about hangovers but if your answer is yes, then you may be suffering from a disorder called Vertigo.

According to Merriam Webster, Vertigo is described as:  A.) A sensation of motion in which the individual or the individual‘s surroundings seem to whirl dizzily.  B.) A dizzy confused state of mind.

Vertigo is often caused by problems in the brain or the inner ear canal.  This can be due to sudden head movements, inflammation from viral or bacterial ear infections, Méniére's disease, trauma to the head and many more. Vertigo attacks can develop suddenly and can last for a few seconds to a few days, but it may take 3-6 weeks to settle completely.  Symptoms you can experience from a vertigo attack include:
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Headaches
  • Temporary hearing loss/ringing of the ears
Most cases of Vertigo improve over time, without treatment.  There are several home remedies that you can use to treat Vertigo but I‘m only going to share the first go-to strategy called:

Epley Maneuver:  *You may want someone to assist you on this exercise.*
  • Sit upright on your bed, with a pillow behind you and with your legs stretched out.
  • Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.
  • With your head still tilted, quickly recline with your head on the pillow.  Stay in this position for at least 30 seconds.
  • Slowly turn your head to the left, a full 90 degrees, without lifting your neck.
  • Engage your whole body, turning it to the left so that you are completely on your left side.
  • Slowly return to your original position.
If you continue to experience frequent vertigo symptoms, you may have an underlying condition and it‘s very important to seek medical attention right away.  Home remedies are only a short term solution!

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.:

Cajun Shrimp, Sausage And Noodle Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 1 box spaghetti noodles
  2. 2 tbsp butter
  3. 1 lb shrimp, raw, deveined
  4. 1 pkg smoked sausage or polska kielbasa, cut in 1/2 inch slices
  5. 1 cup chicken stock or chicken broth
  6. ⅓ cup heavy cream
  7. 1 cup yellow onion
  8. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  9. fresh parsley for garnish
  10. ½ cup celery, sliced
  11. 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  12. 1 tbsp dried Thyme
  13. 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  14. Salt and Pepper
Cook spaghetti to desired consistency.  Drain and set aside.

Melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat in a deep skillet.  Add 1 tsp cajun seasoning, stir.  Add uncooked shrimp, saute for 2 to 2½ minutes, making sure both sides are browned.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Add 1 more tbsp butter to pan, melt.  Add sausage, garlic, celery and onion, brown until heated through and flavors are blended, then add cayenne pepper, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt.  Stir to mix.

Add in cooked shrimp. Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream.  Stir.  Heat but do not boil.  When heated, remove and fold in the cooked spaghetti noodles until well blended.  Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

*This is a very spicy dish!  Recipe serves 4 people.

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

Weight Bands, Are They Good Or Bad?

Clayton (TR)
This is one of those topics that you can ask 10 people about and they will probably be split 50/50 on whether they like them or hate them.  There is really is no gray area here, either you like them or hate them!

Weight bands are a type of weight that are usually filled with sand that you can strap to your ankles or wrists while you exercise or run.  It sounds like a great concept and for some I am sure it works well.  The real question is, are they good or bad for you to use?  First, let‘s look at the pros and cons.

  • They give you added weight when exercising to help you get more out of your routine.
  • They help build strength.
  • They help build endurance, especially when running.

  • Since they are strapped to you during your work out, they do not allow your muscles to rest, which increases the chance of a strained, pulled or torn muscle.
  • If used on a consistent basis, they can cause damage to your joint.
  • It is easy for someone to “overdo it” when using weight bands
I talked to a couple friends of mine about the use of weight bands during workouts.  One is a high school athletic trainer.  He stated that he advises against the use of them for most sports for his student athletes, especially because the they are still growing and it could cause problems with the growth plates and damage the joints.  The only sport that he allows for them to be used, on very limited basis, is cross country.  He allows the runners to wear them to help build leg muscle and cardio endurance.  However, he will only allow it when they are running on flat surface, not up and down hills and steps.

Another of my friends is a physical therapist.  She uses weight bands in her rehab facility.  One of the main reasons for using them is to help build consistent strength on both sides of the body for her patients.  For example, if someone is rehabbing the left knee, she wants them to work the left and right knee out together in order to help keep bilateral strength.

So, the consensus that I got is that weight bands work well for someone rehabbing an injury but they are not advised for young athletes.  Personally, I have a set that I got with some workout equipment.  I used them once and did not like them; I felt too restricted and that I did not have control of the weights…  consequently, they are in a box in my shed!

If you decide to use weight bands, take it slowly!  Don‘t strap them on for your mile run the first time, make sure you try them out in shorter distances first.

As always, consult your doctor and/or personal trainer first.

Until next time: Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, 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 exercise program.


Northwest Dental

Northwest Dental Center
Our spotlight for October 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:

Fun Facts About Halloween We Bet You Didn't Know

  • The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

  • The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman."  In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time.  According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

  • According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.

  • Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

  • According to legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it's actually the spirit of a loved one watching you.

  • It's actually very rare for a full moon to occur on Halloween, although, it's predicted to occur on 10/31/2020
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

R. Allen of Tulsa, OK. asks: 

“An Orthodontist told me that I‘m not a candidate for Invisalign braces but I‘m not clear on why, can you shed some light on this for me?”

Savon’s Answer

While both treatments can straighten teeth Invisalign is not ideal for people with bridgework, back tooth bite issues, the need to rotate canines or premolars or the need to move teeth vertically.

There is also the issue of removability.  Since Invisalign braces are removable, it is important to make sure that you are wearing them at least 22 hours a day and they must be taken out when eating or drinking anything but water, a problem not associated with regular braces.

These are just a couple of reasons that you may not be a candidate for Invisalign but I suggest you reconnect with the Orthodontist and see if he or she can fully explain why the Invisalign system is not for you.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Periodontal Disease

You brush.  You floss.  You do everything the dentist tells you to do.  But would you believe me if I told you that you could still end up with gum disease?  Gum disease is known as periodontal disease.  It's a bacterial infection beneath the gum line that can affect a lot more than your smile.

If you've ever seen pictures of mouths with gum disease, you'll see how it affects the surrounding bone and tissue around the teeth.  Although the pictures are not pretty, they don‘t tell the whole story, like the impact it can have on pregnancy.

According to an article in Prevention Magazine, pregnant women that have gum disease are up to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth-weight babies.  Gum disease can also have a correlation to diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions.
Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that 47.2 percent of American adults over 30 have some form of gum disease.  Nearly 70% of adults over 65 have it.  Add it all up, and that's 64.7 million adults over age 30 with gum disease.

Not sure if you have gum disease?  Just listen to your teeth and watch for these signs:
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that pull away from teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose or separated teeth
Of course, you don‘t have to have all of these signs and there's only one way to know for sure, and that's to visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning, exam and X-rays.

Regular visits to your dentist can save you a lot of unnecessary dental and medical expense.  If you have chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, these visits can actually save your life.  Listen to your teeth and visit your dentist or periodontist soon.

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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