GMOs: The Labels We May Be Getting vs. the Labels We Say We Want

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Speaking of food, health, and surveys, a new survey on GMOs came out this past week, right on the heels of Congress passing what’s been called a “non-labeling GMO labeling bill” and “DARK Act 2.0.”. President Barack Obama is poised to sign the so-called DARK Act, a GMO labeling bill critics say notches a win […]


What Do Patients Think About Dental Implants?

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

“Have you ever seen this stat before?” Dr. V recently asked, showing us an image he’d recently seen on Facebook. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found that over 70 percent of respondents reported being “pleased” or “extremely satisfied” with the results of their dental implants. Considering the relationship between implants and […]


R.I.P. Hal Huggins, DDS, MS

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

One of biological dentistry’s most outspoken practitioners and advocates peacefully passed away this past weekend: Dr. Hal Huggins. Dr. Huggins received his DDS degree over 50 years ago at the University of Nebraska and practiced for decades in Colorado Springs. Continuing his education in 1990, he received his post-doc master’s degree from the University of […]


Stat!: Dental Mercury & Informed Consent

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Percent of Americans who don’t know that mercury is the main component of “silver” amalgam dental fillings: 57 Percent who are ever told by their dentists that “silver” fillings contain mostly mercury: 11 Percent of Americans who don’t think their dentists give them enough information on alternatives to amalgam to make informed decisions: 66 Source: […]


Stat!: Second Opinions

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013

Percent of Americans who’d seek a second opinion for a major home repair: 70 Percent who’d do so for a major car repair: >50 Percent who’d do so for dental work: 6 Is this really so surprising? After all, second opinions are largely about securing the best work at the best price. Most of us […]


Vaccinations & Informed Consent

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

When it comes to the matter of vaccinations, informed consent often seems to fall by the wayside. We’ve noted this before with respect to the annual flu shot hype. The dominant media message insists on how important it is to get vaccinated. Pharmacies, clinics and countless medical professionals do the same, touting benefits without ever […]


Breast Cancer, Fear & Informed Choice(s)

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013

As we were taking a look back at the first 5 years of this blog, maybe you heard a little something about a certain celebrity who had a “preventive” double mastectomy. How “brave” and “heroic”, folks said of Angelina Jolie’s going public about her decision, which others rushed to validate as “the right medical choice.” […]


The Cost of Dental Implants

Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012

When someone’s trying to sell you something, chances are you’ll hear nothing but positives about it – all of its benefits, none of its drawbacks. After all, negatives might jeopardize the sale. Why risk losing it, right? We all “know” the average salesperson probably won’t tell us the whole story about any product. So, wanting […]


Speed Bleaching & Getting Sensitive

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

One theme we return to a lot here is the often overlooked costs of short-term solutions. It’s human nature, of course, to seek shortcuts and instant gratification, but when it comes to health matters – dental or otherwise – they too often can cause new problems to replace the ones they solve. New research on […]


The “Alternative” Controversy

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012

Originally posted 19 June 2009 There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man. onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, […]



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