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September 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “School:  2+2=4, Homework:  2+4+2=8, Exam:  Omar has 4 apples, his train is 7 minutes early, calculate the mass of the sun.”  (Anonymous)

Congratulations To:

A. Schuett of Surprise, Arizona and B. Gollmer of Sun City, Arizona.  Winners of our August 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 4 Of 5

This month I will discuss the Effects of Cannabis Oil on Parkinson´s disease.

Parkinson´s disease is a devastating nervous system disorder that affects people´s quality of life by causing uncontrollable shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balancing and basic coordination.

The symptoms of Parkinson´s disease usually develop slowly over the years and the effects of the disease are usually different for each person.

Unlike Alzheimer´s disease which tends to affect primarily people over 65, the onset of Parkinson´s has occured in people much younger.  A few notable people, living and deceased, that have been diagnosed with Parkinson´s disease are; Alan Alda. Steve Allen, Michael J. Fox, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Billy Graham, Muhammad Ali, Ba Jin, Neil Diamond, Brian Grant, Linda Ronstadt and the list goes on and on.

Now I´m going to share some startling statistics that I found on the Parkinson´s News Today´s website:

➤  Parkinson´s disease is the second most common age–related neurodegenerative disorder.  Alzheimer´s disease takes first place.

➤  Somewhere between seven to ten million people suffer from Parkinson´s disease worldwide.

➤  About one million Americans suffer from Parkinson´s disease.

➤  An estimated 4% of people with Parkinson´s are diagnosed before the age of 50.

➤  In the U.S. the average cost of medication is $2,500 per year and Parkinson´s related surgery can cost up to $100,000 per patient.

➤  Men are more likely to have the disease than women.

Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time, however research is on–going.  In an article by Robert Vicary published in the Journal of the Australian Traditional–Medicine Society, he explains how CBD oil may slow down the progression of Parkinson´s disease if it is used as a supplement.

CBD can help in ways that traditional medications don´t by crossing the blood–brain barrier to improve the health of the midbrain and the endocannabinoid nerve system.  Also, research has shown that cannabis that contains THC and CBD helps repair the receptors in the nerve cells enabling the transfer of neuron instruction and dopamine.

Unlike Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s disease, Multiple Sclerosis knows no age limit so come back next month as I discuss the use of CBD oil in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

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.:

Best 30 Minute Dreamy Garlicky Steak Fettuccine

Grandma C.
  1. 1 lb Sirloin Steak
  2. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  4. 1 12 oz pkg Fettuccine
  5. 4 cups baby spinach
  6. 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  8. 2 tbsp flour
  9. 2 tbsp butter
  10. 2 cups whole milk (for a creamier effect)
  11. ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  12. ½ tsp garlic salt
  13. Salt and Pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions, to al dente stage.  Drain and set aside.

Brush both sides of steak with olive oil, season with garlic salt, salt & pepper and place in a large, preheated skillet on medium heat.  Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.  The result will be a medium rare steak.  Remove from pan and set aside to rest for a few minutes before slicing.

To make the Alfredo sauce, add butter and minced garlic to the skillet on medium heat and stir until melted.

Whisk in the flour until smooth and add the whole milk.  Stir to blend.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer on medium low heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once it has thickened, add parmesan cheese and stir until melted.  Add parsley and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes to let the tomatoes soften a bit.

Add cooked pasta and toss to coat, then add the spinach and toss until it´s wilted.  Top with sliced steak.

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.

The Rural Side Of Things With Clayton “TR” Parker

The “Locals” Spots

Small town life has its perks for sure.  One of those is knowing all of the spots around town that the visitors really don´t know about! This comes in very handy on summer holidays when our town is packed with visitors who are enjoying the lake, river and the Laughlin Casinos.

On holidays, the bridge across the river into Laughlin is usually crowded and backed up.  Most visitor´s don´t know that there is another way to the Laughlin Strip by crossing a bridge further into town (but every local person does!)

Community Park and Rotary park are the 2 most well-known places to access the river on the Arizona side and they are usually over-crowded.  So getting in to play on the river or fishing is next to impossible unless you get there early.

However, locals know of other places off of the highway that are not really marked, where river access does not get crowded and where we, too, can go enjoy the coolness of the mighty Colorado River on a holiday.  Also, there are many little fishing spots that not too many visitors know about where we can go set up, relax and enjoy an evening of fishing.  The lake is usually packed, so most locals know to either stay away from that, get there early or launch a boat.

Enjoy golf?  On the holidays, the major championship courses are booked.  However there are 2 smaller courses in the area that a lot of the visitors either don´t know about or may overlook because they are further from town and not as well marked.  They´re off the beaten path, so to speak.  One of them doesn´t even qualify as an executive course, because it&acus all par 3s.  The course uses the “honor system” for those who want to play when the office is closed.

Now, I´m not going to give these little local secrets away.  It´s one of the perks of being a local!  However, I will say this… when you visit a small town, think outside the box a bit if you want to avoid the crowded community gathering areas.  Everyone goes to those because they are the most obvious.

If you take the time to explore the town instead of having tunnel vision to your destination, you may find a less crowded spot to enjoy your time with a little more peace and a little less craziness.  Give it a try!  I´m pretty sure you will meet some locals there as well.

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


Bower Dental Care

Dr. Bower
Our spotlight for September points to the city of Prescott, Arizona and shines on Bower Dental Care

Dr. Peter Bower (aka. The Singing Doctor) provides care in Aesthetic Dentistry, Dental Implant Restoration, Reconstructive Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and TMJ to our members in the Prescott area.  Our members have told us that not only is he a great dentist, the entire office staff is great.

Dr. Bower graduated from Asbury University in 1990, and from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1996.  He has been treating members in the Prescott area for the past 18 years.

The practice is located at 701 W. Hillside Ave, Prescott, AZ. 86301  Phone number 928-541-9000.  You may also 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

  • The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.”  (Thus the name of the Don McLean song)

  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

  • The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses.  The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

  • The “save” icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
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. Alverez of San Diego, California asks: 

“My doctor said I can have a better smile if I had a crown lengthening procedure.  I don't even have a crown in my mouth so what is it and will it really help?”

Savon’s Answer

You probably have what is commonly called a “gummy smile”.  This means that while your teeth may appear to be very short they are actually be the proper length, but they're covered with too much gum tissue.  To correct this, your dentist can perform a dental crown lengthening procedure.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue removed or reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.  This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a bigger smile and you don't need to have a crown to have this procedure.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

JADA: Sealed primary molars less likely to develop caries

A direct reprint from DrBicuspid.com
July 26, 2019 -- Sealed primary molars were less likely to develop pit-and-fissure caries in a new study, published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Researchers also found sealants delayed the need for restorative work on these teeth.

Previous research has confirmed the benefits of sealants for permanent molars, but fewer studies have looked into their effects on primary teeth.  The current study authors, led by Michael Hong, DDS, believe their findings provide much-needed evidence in support of providing sealants for young children.

“With findings that firmly correlate dental sealants with caries incidence reduction and delay in time to development of new caries in primary molars, our study supplements the growing body of evidence that sealants should be considered in children at high risk of caries,” wrote Dr. Hong, a pediatric dentist at Boston Children´s Hospital and a lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and colleagues (JADA, August 2019, Vol. 150:8, pp. 641-648).
When Massachusetts´ combined Medicaid and Children´s Dental Health Insurance Program ended reimbursements for sealants on primary teeth in 2013, it gave researchers the perfect opportunity to investigate how much sealants prevent decay.  Dr. Hong and colleagues looked at sealant and caries experience data from the electronic records of children who visited the Boston Children´s Hospital Department of Dentistry before and after the reimbursement change.

They focused their research on children ages 6 and younger with a high caries risk.  They only included children with at least two years of follow-up data, and they distinguished between two unique patient cohorts:
  1. Children who visited the dental operating room or outpatient clinic between April 1, 2009, and September 30, 2013, and received at least one resin-based sealant on a primary molar

  2. Children who visited the dental operating room or outpatient clinic between October 1, 2013, and November 1, 2016, and did not receive any resin-based sealants
Sealed primary molars were significantly less likely to develop caries, the researchers found.  This was true for both patients treated in the operating room and the outpatient clinic.

Children with sealed primary teeth also had a higher percentage of caries-free teeth and a longer length of time until carious lesion development.  The sealants placed in the study had about a 5.5% failure rate.

“The delay in caries formation associated with sealant placement on primary molars may defer the need for restorative intervention until a child has developed the cognition and emotional maturity to tolerate treatment in the dental chair, averting the need for advanced behavior guidance including sedation and general anesthesia,” the study authors wrote.

They did include some study limitations, such as selection bias.  It also focused on children at one hospital, so the results may not be generalized to practices that do not use the same caries prevention and risk management protocols.

Nevertheless, the researchers hope their findings contribute to the growing body evidence that sealants on primary molars can help prevent decay, delay restorative treatment, and even save insurers money.

“Primary molar sealants could result in cost savings by means of reducing the need for restorative treatment,” the authors wrote.  “Future directions of this research can expand on the cost-effectiveness of sealants on primary molars, especially as coverage for primary molar sealants continues to be dropped from insurance programs.”

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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