Follow-up: Lead in Dental Work

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Thanks to Valerie at Creative Arts Dental Lab for sending us this link to a terrific Good Morning America story (with video) on the problems of lead in outsourced dental restorations. Is There Lead in Your Dental Work?: Dental Work Made in China Might Contain Lead For more on dental restorations, including the types we […]


Video: Big Bucks, Big Pharma

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

An excerpt from the new Media Education Foundation documentary Big Bucks, Big Pharma…


Stat! Nursing Home Relaxation or Sedation?

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2008

Percentage of U.S. nursing home patients on antipsychotic meds: 30 Percentage on antipsychotics at Providence Rest in the Bronx, where massage, aromatherapy and other alternative treatments are the norm: 2 to 3 Source: A Touch of Grace: Massage Therapy Aids Retired Nuns (WSJ)


Recommended Reading: On Fluoride, Mercury, Obesity & Cancer, Cholesterol Cons and Yoga over HRT

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2008

1945 Human Experiment Predicts Current Fluoride Ill Effects A fascinating overview of a mid-20th century study showing increases in “bone defects, anemia and earlier female menstruation in children purposefully dosed with sodium fluoride-laced drinking water” and the legacy of the ongoing fluoridation experiment that makes great numbers of the American population into human guinea pigs. […]


Eminently Quotable: Martin H. Fischer

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008

“Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window except that the birds might eat them.” Image by incurable_hippie, via Flickr (CC)


Quick Links: Tooth Loss and Cancer; Drugged America

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008

Study: Over Half of Americans on Chronic Medicines (PhysOrg) Tooth Loss Linked To Esophageal, Head and Neck, and Lung Cancer (Medical News Today) Drug Marketing Shifts the Doctor-Patient Relationship (LA Times)


A Drug to De-Numb? Dumb!

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008

Photo by Vaprotan, via Flickr (CC) New Drug Reverses Dentists’ Anesthesia The FDA has approved OraVerse, the first drug indicated for reversing the effects of local anesthesia used by dentists. In the clinical studies, the patients who got OraVerse regained normal sensation in their lips faster than those who got the placebo. Within an hour […]


Positively Living: Leisure and Changing Habits

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008

Two notable articles touching on matters of wellness recently ran in the New York Times – in the Business section, of all places. Both are brief, pointed and worth checking out. The first is Why Leisure Matters in a Busy World,  a short interview with Alison Link on the need for leisure and its role […]


The State of American Teeth

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008

Best Teeth Image from Wisconsin Historical Society, via Flickr (CC) Worst Teeth Ranks of Northern California cities in survey: San Francisco – 21 (B) Fremont – 26 (B) San Jose – 32 (B-) Modesto – 49 (C+) Oakland – 55 (C) Sacramento – 73 (D+) Numbers crunched by Men’s Health using CDC data “on the […]



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