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Product of the Month

Medicine Wheel Dental believes in promoting local businesses within our community. We developed a program called “Product of the Month” to share with like-minded individuals and companies best associated with our values and practice beliefs. Our motivation and intention is to support and provide local businesses with exposure to people and organizations with which we are affiliated.

We are excited to announce this month’s Product of the Month: Kaelen Harrell offering a full line of Organic Skincare Products.

For more information please visit Kaelen’s website by clicking here!

If you are interested in joining our Product of the Month program, please contact us as it is our hope that this is as exciting for you as it is for us. We look forward to working with you in the future and watching your business grow as we feel your company has integrity, strong values, and high quality products.


Thank You To Our Valued Friends

Dearest Valued Friends,

As 2016 comes to a close, we acknowledge that there has not been one person in our waiting room that has not experienced some major highs and lows physically, mentally, or emotionally this year. Yet in the midst of this uncertainty, we find ourselves in a place of excitement and serenity. Our entire team at Medicine Wheel know wonderful times lie ahead for all of us and wish to remind you, none of us are alone.

We would like to take this opportunity to simply THANK YOU. Without your support and trust in us we would not be here doing what we love most. Your support of our practice is confirmation that people want change, both from standard dental approaches and in general.

Thank you for being the backbone of our practice and being in our lives.

From all of us, to all of you, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

With love and gratitude, your Medicine Wheel dental team.

Medicine Wheel Dental Team

Our sincere thanks to Echo Starmaker for her photo artistry.


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.

For more information please click here:–no-right-to-know–policy.aspx


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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Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card. We are now offering a loyalty card for our amazing bodywork sessions! When you purchase 7 sessions, your 8th is free! You can pick up your card at our office today!

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Worldwide Mercury Reduction

We’ve been keeping a pulse on the global and domestic plans for mercury reduction, here’s another update:

US Can Benefit From Worldwide Mercury Reduction

Global reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for U.S.

Cambridge, Massachusetts – Mercury pollution is a global problem with local consequences: Emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources travel around the world through the atmosphere, eventually settling in oceans and waterways, where the pollutant gradually accumulates in fish. Consumption of mercury-contaminated seafood leads to increased risk for cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairments.

In the past several years, a global treaty and a domestic policy have been put in place to curb mercury emissions. But how will such policies directly benefit the U.S.?

In a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MIT researchers report that global action on reducing mercury emissions will lead to twice the economic benefits for the U.S., compared with domestic action, by 2050. However, those in the U.S. who consume locally caught freshwater fish, rather than seafood from the global market, will benefit more from domestic rather than international mercury regulations.

The researchers calculated the projected U.S. economic benefits from the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty adopted in 2013 to reduce mercury emissions worldwide, compared with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a national regulation set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury pollution from the country’s coal-fired power plants.

Overall, while both policies are projected to lead to roughly the same amount of reductions in mercury deposited on U.S. soil compared to a no-policy case, Americans’ consumption of mercury by 2050 are estimated to be 91 percent lower under the global treaty, compared to 32 percent under U.S. policy alone. The researchers say these numbers reflect the U.S. commercial fish market, 90 percent of which is sourced from Pacific and Atlantic Ocean basins — regions that are heavily influenced by emissions from non-U.S. sources, including China.



Read the whole article from Imperial Valley News


Mercury in Fish Affecting Health

Some of the California Pacific Medical Center physician’s well-heeled patients were coming into her clinic complaining of fatigue, or trouble thinking – an on-and-off feeling of not being well. Sometimes it was problems with vision, hearing, nausea and vomiting, or a metallic taste in the mouth.

In 1999, she began keeping a tally of what they ate. Fish, it turned out – a lot of it. Specifically large fish, like shark, tuna, swordfish, cod and ahi tuna.

A possible cause began to emerge for their ailments: mercury, a potent neurotoxin that builds up in fish and can cause serious illness.

“I have a Pacific Heights practice,” said Hightower. “They’re not fishing in Martinez. They’re fishing at Bryans and Whole Foods.”

But another at-risk population in the Bay Area, she said, are lower income folks, who do spend time fishing out on the piers in Martinez, Berkeley, Pinole and other East Bay cities every season not only for recreation, but to supplement the family dinner table. The striped bass, sturgeon and halibut they bring home can be loaded with mercury, which is widespread in the bay but impossible to detect with the naked eye.


So where does all this mercury come from? Mercury enters the bay watershed from a number of sources, including stormwater and wastewater runoff from local oil refineries and cement kilns. Significant quantities also drift through the air from coal-burning power plants in China.

But the biggest culprit can be found at very root of California’s history and prosperity. In the 19th century, Gold Rush miners also mined mercury in copious amounts in the cinnabar-rich hills just south of San Jose. To extract mercury, crushed ore was heated in furnaces and transformed into a vapor. As the gas cooled and condensed, it turned into a liquid form known as quicksilver, which is naturally attracted to gold. Sierra miners used it to separate gold from crushed rock.

Roughly 2,000 pounds of mercury enter the bay each year from all these different sources. The bay is slowly cleaning itself, washing an estimated 3,100 pounds a year out to sea. But at the present rate, it will take generations for the bay to flush out so much mercury that fish are no longer contaminated.

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What “Out of Network” Means To You


Why out of network?

Medicine Wheel Dental made the decision 37 years ago to be an “out of network” dental provider for the good of our patients. Being out of network enables Medicine Wheel Dental to:

  • Work for our patients and not the insurance companies
  • Allow more time to understand the patients’ individual needs
  • Prepare integrative and comprehensive treatment plans
  • Allows utilization of high quality dental materials

Don’t be fooled by your insurance company!

Dental benefits typically max out in the range of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 per year. This range has been minimally adjusted in the last 40 years, not keeping pace with inflation. When a dental office contracts with an insurance company, that office accepts the insurances companies rates, terms, and conditions. For that dental office, this means they must rely on volume of patients to keep their doors open for business. For our patients in our practice, it means the same amount of insurance benefits regardless of whether the doctor is in network or out of network.

Is this style of benefits right for you?

As long as you have an “out of network” option available on your policy, Medicine Wheel Dental will file all of the paperwork necessary for you to receive reimbursement of the benefits owed to you. Medicine Wheel Dental does this by collecting your insurance information and then filing a claim electronically which is the quickest form of claim submission available. Medicine Wheel Dental offers 12 month no interest rate payment plans as accommodation for the inconvenience this method of reimbursement may create. Every person is different and special in their own way so at Medicine Wheel we have created a practice built around this important awareness.

If you have any questions regarding insurance, please contact us, we’re here to help you!