Tooth Loss, Dementia, & the Biological Terrain

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that most dentists scoffed at the notion that oral and systemic health are related. After all, they were trained – and still are largely trained – to be mouth mechanics, specialists at repairing problems in isolation, with little consideration for how that might affect the rest of the body. Now, […]


The Illusion of “Side Effects”

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Some news items say so much all on their own. Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]


Clash of the Health Polls

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The Central Valley isn’t known for being all that healthy of a place. According to the latest rankings, most Valley communities rank in the bottom half of the list of 150 US cities – and most of those toward the bottom of that. (The one exception? Sacramento, which came in at a respectable 28th, just […]


To Freak Out or Not to Freak Out? Diet Soda Edition

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

There’s nothing quite like a Daily Mail headline to freak you out: Naturally, there were those who felt the need to respond. But while the article below it correctly points out the limitations of the study in question (more on this in a sec’), headlines like that can make it sound as if the research […]


Some Thoughts on Consumer Genetic Testing

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Earlier this month, the FDA announced that 23andMe could go ahead and market its genetic testing for 10 health conditions. Naturally, the company’s CEO got right to celebrating in the media.” “My hope is that 23andMe, by being less and less regulated, will enable more people to open their eyes to science,” said Wojcicki on […]


New & Improved Root Canals? Yeah, Right

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Even endodontists will tell you, if they’re being honest, that root canal disinfection isn’t always effective. They’ll tell you that about 25% of all root canals fail due to infection by pathogens left in the canal before it’s filled and sealed off. Actually, latent infection is far more common than that, but let’s give them […]


Dental Implants: Hype vs. Reality

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

You often hear implant dentists brag about implant success rates as high as 98% – despite the fact that such numbers just don’t jibe with reality. The reality is much more modest (and non-industry funded). And as we noted before, this is partly because implants are often placed into the diseased tissue. After all, tooth […]


Power vs. Manual Toothbrushes: The Debate Continues

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In the ongoing debate over which toothbrush is better for you, power or manual, we ultimately come down on the side of “whichever you use regularly and effectively.” For some, that’s a power brush. For others, it’s manual. Some switch between both. The main thing is brushing twice a day and, at minimum, flossing once. […]


What’s Healthy Eating? 10 Guidelines

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, the faculty of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University recently sent out a list of tips for maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet. It’s good stuff, reminding that nutrition isn’t just about what you eat but how you eat; your attitudes about food; your approach to […]



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