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September 2023 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Respect your parents.  They passed school without Google.”  – Anonymous

Congratulations To:

L. Bonaguidi of Glendale, Arizona and J. Shaw of Phoenix, 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:

Fitness Advice For Wheelchair Users

Are you a wheelchair user or do you know someone who uses a wheelchair?  Many wheelchair users overlook physical fitness and exercise.  Physical activity is just as important to the health of a wheelchair user as it is to a non wheelchair user.

The pushing motion that moves a wheelchair shows only the chest and shoulder muscles are being used.  This means that the back muscles are not involved causing them to become weak.

An active life which includes excise is important to both your psychical and mental health  Exercise helps to ensure that the body is fit and the muscle tone is retained.

A lack of exercise can lead to an increase in blood clots and also higher chances of contracting illness.  Sitting in the same position can cause body sores which are painful and difficult to alleviate.

Here are some activities you can do to improve your fitness:

Cardiovascular exercise:

Your goal is to raise your heart rate, and be warm enough to break a sweat and be slightly out of breath.

Start out with 10 minute sessions and work your way up to a 20 minute session. Here are some good cardiovascular exercise ideas:
  • Wheelchair sprints

  • Resistance training (using resistance bands.  The bands are available in different strengths so you can choose one which is best suited for you)

  • Rowing machine that attaches to the wheelchair

  • Wheelchair sports (basketball, volleyball, rugby, skiing, football, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and even golf)
Muscle-strengthening exercise:

Before you begin doing any strength training exercises, you should warm up with stretches for five minutes.  After the exercises, there should also be five minutes of cooling down.

  • Pushups are one form of strength training.  Apply the brakes on your wheelchair and place your hands on the armrest.  Holding the armrest, lift your body a few inches off the seat and slowly sit back again.  Repeat this five times and increase the number of sets gradually.  Take breaks in between and be careful not to overexert.

  • You can also do overhead stretches which involves sitting straight and extending both hands above the head while inhaling.  Interlock your fingers and turn your palms towards ceiling.  Then, exhale and push your hands slightly backwards.  Hold the position for few seconds and return to original position.  Repeat the set five times.  You can also use free weights or dumbbells for bicep curls and lateral raises.

  • You can also look into a gym that is adapted to wheelchair users, they will have the proper equipment to help you strengthen other muscles.
Remember: Always consult your physician before starting any new exercises or activities.

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.:

Peas, Bacon And Penne Pasta Salad

Grandma C.
  1. 6 or 7 slices thick sliced Bacon, cut into 1 inch slices

  2. 1 cup frozen peas*

  3. 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  4. ¼ cup heavy cream

  5. 1 TBSP olive oil

  6. Salt and Pepper

In a large pot, boil Penne pasta to an al dente state.  (Almost done but not mushy.)  About halfway through cooking it, add the frozen peas.


Add olive oil to large skillet.  Fry bacon and onion in the olive oil until it‘s done, but not overly crispy.

Lower the heat to medium and add the pasta and peas, stirring to mix then, slowly stir in the heavy cream.

Add salt and pepper to taste and give it a good stir.  Serve hot, straight from the skillet.

This is an awesome side dish or it can even be a meal by itself!

*Frozen broccoli can be used as a substitute for those who don‘t prefer peas.  You can also add a small can of diced carrots at the end, just before serving.

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 Grayhawk

Our spotlight for September goes to the city of Scottsdale, Arizona and shines on Dentistry At Grayhawk.

Dental Center
The team at Dentistry at Grayhawk creates a warm, family-friendly environment where patients not only receive compassionate and gentle dental care but also benefit from state-of-the-art dental equipment and best practice

Patients can rely on the Dentistry at Grayhawk team always putting their dental health and well-being first.  Here are some of the things that patients have said about this practice:
  • “Dr. Bahar Abadi, and her husband Dr. Cameron and staff are genuine about their care.  They're excellent about listening to your needs and wants as well as educating you on your necessary care for your teeth.  Their expertise in their field is unsurpassed!  Love them!” (Nauheed N.)

  • “This is the best dentist office I've been to my entire life.  The office staff is excellent, the dentists are the best in the Phoenix area and the dental hygienist great.  I highly recommend this place to everybody I know!!” (Douglas B.)
The practice is located at 20801 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 209, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  The phone number is (480) 513-2773.  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

  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

  • A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel can.

  • One single teaspoon of honey represents the life work of 12 bees.

  • 3.6 cans of Spam are consumed each second.

  • The average American spends about 2.5 days a year looking for lost items.

  • The U.S. Air Force introduced Bob Ross to painting.

  • Alaska is the only state whose name is on one row on a keyboard.
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!!

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

This Warm, Subtly Spicy Root May Improve Bad Breath

A direct reprint of an article by Mellisa Busch of DrBicuspid.com
Using a mouthwash containing Glycyrrhiza uralensis (G. uralensis) extract, also known as licorice, may be more effective in reducing bad breath than rinsing with saline, according to a study published on August 28 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Also, gargling with a mouthwash that contains licorice may stop the bacteria that causes bad breath from reproducing, the authors wrote.

“The use of mouthwash containing G. uralensis extract showed subjective and objective halitosis reducing effects,” wrote co–authors Dr. Seoul–Hee Nam of Kangwon National University in Samcheok, South Korea, and Yu–Rin Kim, PhD, of Silla University in Busa, South Korea.
To prevent bad breath, Gram–negative anerobic bacteria must be removed from the oral cavity.  In addition to toothbrushing, flossing, and gum chewing, many people gargle with mouthwashes containing antibacterial ingredients, including synthetic substances like chlorhexidine and triclosan.  However, using rinses with synthetic ingredients for extended periods may affect the mouth‘s good bacteria.  Therefore, researchers have been studying the use of natural substances to prevent halitosis that have no negative effects on humans.

To determine the effects that a mouthwash with licorice extract had on halitosis, a randomized, double–blind, placebo–controlled study was conducted on 60 patients.  Half of the study‘s participants were instructed to gargle with a saline mouthwash and the other half gargled with a licorice extract-containing mouthwash, according to the study.

Bad breath and halitosis–causing bacteria were measured in the patients while they were in a fasted state.  The levels were measured before gargling, immediately after using mouthwash, and five days after using the rinse.  The participants were tested immediately after waking up without brushing their teeth or drinking, the authors noted.

Using a licorice mouthwash reduced the prevalence of bad breath.  Also, halitosis improved immediately after gargling with a licorice mouthwash immediately and after five days (p <0.05).  Over time, there was no significant change in halitosis in the group using a saline mouthwash, they wrote.  In those who had pseudo bad breath, there was a significant decrease in halitosis–causing germs when the licorice rinse was used (p <0.05).

Nevertheless, the study had limitations, including a short study period of five days, they wrote.  In the future, more research should be conducted with longer study periods, they wrote.

“Therefore, using a mouthwash containing safety–guaranteed natural ingredients such as G. uralensis extract instead of a chemical mouthwash that can cause adverse effects will contribute to the improvement of the oral environment by inhibiting the development of halitosis,” Nam and Kim wrote.

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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