A Toothpaste Too Good to Be True?

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Maybe you saw the recent CBS This Morning segment on a new toothpaste “that claims to be more than twice as effective [as] traditional toothpaste.” Actually, the head of the company that makes it won’t call it toothpaste but a “dental gel.” Whatever. The Very Big Deal about it is that they claim it controls […]


Bad Ideas in Brand Extension: Oral Hygiene Edition

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

This was never real: But once upon a time – in 1982, to be exact – this was: Yes, Colgate – maker of toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene products; a brand that absolutely dominates the global market; the first company to put toothpaste in tubes – thought it was a good idea to roll […]


The Latest To-Do Over Coconut Oil

Posted on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

According to USA Today and other mainstream outlets now, coconut oil is just terrible for you. So saith the American Heart Association. Except that they didn’t really. What they said was what they’ve been saying for decades: the same old bad advice about lowering your risk of heart disease by replacing saturated fats with mono- […]


“Holistic” and “Biological” Are NOT Interchangeable Terms

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Over the past decade or so, conventional dentistry has finally begun to appreciate the relationship between oral and systemic health. It’s a welcome change. Just the other day, we ran across an article on dentistry’s “paradigm shift.” The dental field is experiencing a paradigm shift in which the mouth is no longer viewed as an […]


Is It Stress That’s Making You Grind Your Teeth – or Something More?

Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

“Stress sheared off my front teeth,” Demi Moore recently told Jimmy Fallon. And she isn’t alone. For months, my jaw and teeth have been in a constant state of clenching and grinding. Now, a molar had broken in half, pushed over the edge by one bite of a salted caramel cookie and a steady diet […]


Removing Mercury Amalgam Fillings – an Important Step but Just One Step

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Imagine you’re locked in a room where low levels of carbon monoxide are constantly being piped in. Eventually, you start to get a headache. You feel queasy, dizzy, weak. But before you get to feeling any worse, someone comes to let you out. A feeling of relief comes quick. So you might expect similar relief […]


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 […]



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