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Challenge FDA’s “no right to know” policy

You have a right to know that amalgam dental fillings are 50% mercury.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t want you to know. FDA denies you this right by refusing to provide dental consumers with direct information – i.e., patient labeling – about amalgam’s mercury content. In its 2009 dental amalgam rule, FDA goes so far as to illogically claim that providing this information directly to consumers would somehow prevent dentists and patients from discussing treatment options.

This week, Consumers for Dental Choice filed a petition calling on FDA to require patient labeling for amalgam, which would include at least information about amalgam’s mercury, risks, and mercury-free filling options.

The petition points out that FDA continues to reject proposals to provide consumers with direct information about amalgam’s mercury even though Zogby polls show that almost 90% of people are not learning this important fact from their dentists….

….even though the Minamata Convention on Mercury requires each party to promote and facilitate provision of information on mercury-free alternatives to the public….

….even though the experience of Sweden and Norway – where amalgam use is banned – proves that public awareness of amalgam’s mercury results in a phase down of amalgam use, as the Minamata Convention requires….

….even though new international guidance from United Nations Environment Programme, a brochure entitled Lessons from Countries Phasing Down Dental Amalgam Use, urges countries to raise public awareness of amalgam’s mercury….

….even though FDA’s own expert advisory panel repeatedly says patient labeling is needed for dental amalgam….

…and even though FDA’s own Guidance on Medical Device Patient Labeling indicates that patient labeling is necessary to ensure safety and proper disposal.

It is time for FDA to get consumers the information they need to say “No” to mercury amalgam fillings. We invite you to join us in challenging FDA’s “no right to know” policy. The Director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health – and the person who signed FDA’s amalgam rule approving the industry cover-up of the mercury – is Dr. Jeff Shuren.

We urge you to email Director Shuren at or call him at 301-796-5900 to ask: When will FDA order the disclosure of dental amalgam’s mercury to American parents and patients.

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Bodywork for Children

When we are children our bones are more maluable (before they are fully formed) and bodywork with Mercedez, can prevent many issues that adults develop. Bodywork is especially effective if your child is going through orthodontics. If so, after each orthodontic adjustment, bodywork is used to balance the pressures being placed on the cranium, body and mouth.

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Shining a Light on Men’s Dental Health

Shining a Light on Men’s Dental Health – By Dr. Steven Swidler

Shining a light on Men's Dental Health

A quick internet search on “men and dental health” will show that men are simply less likely to take care of their teeth and gums. With all the hard scientific dental data available linking dental issues with major health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, compromised immune systems and more, men still tend to procrastinate far more than women when it comes to their oral health.

According to new research in the Journal of Periodontology, men are almost twice as likely to completely ignore this important and often overlooked segment of our health and well-being. The National Institutes of Health says that dentists are in a unique position to identify a host of issues and early signs of ailments, such as rheumatoid arthritis, acid reflux (exponentially accelerates tooth erosion), oral cancer, celiac disease (leads to tooth discoloration, spots, banded/grooved look on teeth), osteoporosis, increased risk of heart attack and stroke and more.

Men increase their odds of having major dental problems over women due to specifics such as putting pain off, less homecare attention, being on more medications than women (many of which can lead to dry mouth), contact sports or physical hobbies, increased tobacco use (especially chewing tobacco), and maybe some good old-fashioned pride/avoidance. As a result, men have more plaque, more bleeding and swollen gums, bad breath, fewer teeth and far more trouble with their bite. Statistics support that men are on more medications, and a result of many meds is less saliva, which makes for a dry mouth. We need saliva to wash cavity-causing bacteria away. Men are also more likely to develop throat, tongue and other mouth cancers.

While it is difficult for the experts to be conclusive about what percent of the above conditions are dentally induced, we know from extensive research they most certainly are dentally involved. There are excellent products, dentists and information out there to support men with the increasingly growing gap of health issues related to dental avoidance. Procrastinating invites far greater costs, pain and side effects. Consistent monitoring with a dental professional, proper homecare and addressing any problems early on can save tens of thousands of dollars.

Holistic dentistry focuses on overall wellness as a standard practice, from material testing to alternative approaches to gum problems. A holistic dentist can remove toxic mercury/amalgam fillings safely. They provide noninvasive approaches to TMJ, which affects one’s bite, and as a result, their entire structural alignment. TMJ symptoms are accelerated even more by stress, clenching or an overlooked imbalance.

It is not recommended to exceed six months between dental visits (sooner if something is wrong), but we are individuals. What works for one person may not be the same for the next. Therefore, it is important to locate a dental office where we feel comfortable and our unique needs are acknowledged, as it is a cooperative effort to achieve and maintain dental and overall health.

Having and maintaining daily oral health practices is a key to a long healthy life for both sexes, even if it is not our favorite thing to do as males. Putting dentistry off simply costs more. It costs our health, our vitality, our confidence and therefore our quality of life.

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Here’s the link to the article in Natural Awakenings


Holistically Fighting Gum Disease

Holistically Fighting Gum Disease

By: Dr. Steven Swidler

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A recently published dental bulletin states that, “almost all Americans, except the millions who already wear false teeth, have some form of gum disease.” Over the past decade, there has been mounting evidence that points to the relation of cardiovascular disease, stroke, atherosclerosis and vascular disease in patients with higher levels of gum—or periodontal—disease.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

The mouth routinely harbors about 300 different varieties of bacteria, however it has been scientifically proven that the troublemakers are spirochetes, motile rods and cocci. If these nasty bugs can be reduced below certain levels, the body can heal itself.

Our teeth are encompassed by bone and attached to our gums by a periodontal ligament. A space, or crevice, just under the gum line, which is measurable and varies between 1 and 3 millimeters, is a natural hiding place for the hundreds of good and bad bacteria our mouths naturally harbor. When these bacteria are not cleansed routinely through tooth brushing, flossing, oil pulling and other cleansing techniques, a low-grade infection or gingivitis can occur.

Gingivitis is the beginning of a potentially harmful disease process which, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss and significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Swollen, bleeding gums harbor bacteria, which travels through the enlarged blood vessels through the blood stream and to the entire body, much of which has been proven to settle in the heart.

In understanding the etiology of gum disease, it is well to keep in mind that no two human beings are exactly alike. There is a wide variation in any individual’s resistive ability when it comes to fighting off gum disease. According to many studies, in a large sample of people whose general health would be considered good, a few would have such strong resistance that their gums and supportive bone stays healthy even if they were very neglectful of oral hygiene, eating habits and the like. Another small group would be highly prone even if they were very conscientious. A large group in the middle would suffer what might be called typical gum disease.

Some people will suffer from what could be called “magnified” gum problems. Gum disease can be exacerbated by many conditions, including stress, immunosuppression, malnutrition, endocrine abnormalities and mouth chemistry. Therefore, one who has been using all the right methods of eliminating the cause of gum disease, yet still having problems, should analyze the possibility of some intrinsic factor that might be complicating the overall health picture.

Being treated medically for any number of problems can also have side effects complicating the gum disease situation. For example, about 500 different commercially prepared drugs can cause a reduction in the amount of saliva flow. Reduced salivary flow can have an extremely damaging effect on the teeth, gums and supportive bone.

Minimizing or Reversing Periodontal Disease

Part of the solution lies in cleansing this crevice of the toxic waste products from harmful bacteria. Brushing and flossing are just part of a healthy dental routine. A healthy and effective alternative to toothpaste is a do-it-yourself toothpaste remedy that has been around for decades. Take equal parts of salt and baking soda in a “dipping bowl” and, using a damp toothbrush, dip into the powder mixture and brush. You may need to reapply as necessary. This technique might be a bit messy and not taste great, but will do wonders for decreasing the biofilm buildup and inflammation associated with early stage periodontal disease. This oral hygiene method can be included a few times per week as a maintenance or preventive means to battle gum disease.

Holistic dentistry focuses on treating the whole body and not just the symptoms, as with mainstream health care, so it is no surprise that the discipline stresses good nutrition and gut health—key factors among those that enjoy freedom from dental problems. Teeth, like bones, are made up of primarily calcium and phosphorus. Individuals, who, at any time in their lives, have been shortchanged of these two valuable elements in their diet, will most likely suffer a degree of adverse dental effects, such as soft teeth or weak bone support for the roots.

The saliva that is produced for us by glands in and around the mouth contains calcium and phosphorus in solution, along with various enzymes. The calcium and phosphorus ions help to keep teeth strong by depositing themselves in the outer layers of the teeth. Therefore, under the right conditions, teeth are constantly being hardened or mineralized.

The key to avoiding the effects of most types of gum disease in human beings should include a multifactorial approach, outlined below.

• A focus on proper nutrition and gastrointestinal health, to decrease overall inflammation and immune issues

• Test and monitor mouth alkalinity/acidity

• A consistent and thorough oral hygiene program including, but not limited to, brushing, flossing, use of a Waterpik and in many cases, oil pulling

• Smoking cessation

• Safe and effective home care products

• Drinking plenty of water

• Brush teeth or swish with water immediately after eating highly acidic foods or drinking lemon water

• Regular hygiene and dental check-ups


Great Tips for Home Cooking that’s Healthier and Cheaper

Home-Cooked Food Is Healthier And Cheaper – Check Out These Tips To Get The Most From Your Kitchen!

Cooking methods which will result in a great dining experience are diverse topic that involves many different ideas and techniques to create delicious food. Some are easy and some are simple.

If you’re trying to start making more food yourself, where you can find a vast array of options. Try some recipes until you come up with something that works for you.


Preparation is one of the most important things that you will have to do before you cook a meal for family or friends. Make sure you have all of the ingredients available. stir-fryThis can seriously reduce stress and help to ensure that you are able to cook the masterpiece you want.

Cut meat very thin and with the grain when you are stir-frying. This can take up much time and somewhat tricky.

This will give your food’s flavor is maximized when it is done cooking.
Do you often feel bad about it? You may have wondered if it’s okay to salvage them by trimming away the rotten part. You can’t save a piece of fruit that has any mold on it. Mold goes a lot deeper than you can’t even see and it can make you sick so throw moldy fruit in the garbage.

Apples are used in cooking mostly during the fall, but they tend to spoil quickly if not stored properly. Apples tend to rot in warm dry air, so store them in loosely tied plastic bags in the refrigerator or a cool basement. One rotten apple will spoil the whole bag so make sure you keep an eye on them while stored.

Fresh Basil:

Are you a dish with fresh basil? Place your basil into a glass. Fill the container with water till the stems are covered. Put the basil on top of your kitchen counter and it will remain fresh for up to seven days! The basil may even start growing roots if you change the water regularly.Trim the basil once in a while so it grows even more and you will be able to enjoy fresh basil!

You can sprinkle it on other foods besides meat! Try roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with the seasoning for a tasty snack or chickpeas. Everyone will beg you to let them in on the secret ingredient is!

Use fresh foods any time you can, as they bring out the flavor in a dish, and they are also less expensive.

The downside of tasty ingredients like garlic can transfer to your hands. Try rubbing your hands on the inside of a steel when they smell from an odoriferous cooking ingredient This will clean your hands of the smells from transferring to the food that you handle next.

This procedure will help to keep fruits fresh throughout the year. You will also have the benefit of enjoying fruits even when they are not in season.

Always make certain to measure the amount of cooking oil you use. This will help you lower the fat is present in your cooking. This is the best way to know the amount of exactly how much oil being added to your food.

Leave the bone in a roast if you are pressed for time. The bone can quicken the cooking process by distributing the heat directly to the roast.

Don’t use any wine in your meal that is a kind you wouldn’t drink regularly. You could try wine that are made for cooking purposes.

Prepare some of your food the day before if you cannot handle doing everything in one night. Cut up veggies and make the sauce the night before going to bed at night. This will help you to feel less stressed when it is time to cook.

Have you heard the saying, “too many cooks spoil the broth?” The same is true about too many techniques, ingredients, or elements to a dish. By sticking to a simple recipe, you can come up with something that is quick and healthy but still manages to taste wonderful. The tips you’ve read in this article can help you to move forward with a great grasp of cooking techniques, leading to more enjoyable meals every day.

Source: The Blog of Herbs