Exercise Matters

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Exercise is one of those things we all know we should do to stay healthy. Still, most of us fail to do enough of it. In fact, only about 20% of adults meet the standard guidelines for physical activity. There are plenty of reasons why it can be so hard for so many of us […]


Product Review & Giveaway: Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Let’s face it: Most people don’t floss regularly. Why else would things like this and this be at all funny? Yet that simple fact goes a long way toward explaining why periodontal (gum) disease is so rampant. As many as 75% of the adult population has it to some degree. It’s the sixth most prevalent […]


Biosis #44: Power, Root Canals & Homeopathics

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

        The August 2014 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: You Have the Power Many years ago, I was introduced to my first computer – an Apple IIE. The local grammar school was providing a class for the teachers who would be getting […]


Is Coffee Really That Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The coffee that’s supposed to be so horrible for your teeth and gums? It may not be quite that horrible at all. Oh, sure, it can stain the heck out of ’em. And if you like to drink it loaded with sugar, milk, flavored syrup, whipped cream and all that, your teeth will be the […]


Homeopathics & Gum Disease

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

If you’re having a problem with gum disease – and nearly all adults are – the first thing to do is to NOT do nothing. Periodontal problems don’t get better on their own. They get worse. Doing nothing puts you at risk of tooth loss and may contribute to any number of other inflammatory conditions, […]


More Ways to Wreck Your Gums & Lose Your Teeth

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013

If you want to wreck your gums and lose your teeth, smoking is a darn good way to do it. How strong is the association between tobacco use and gum disease? Although most studies report smoking to increase the risk of periodontal disease in the order of two- to six-fold, a study carried out in […]


How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Last week, the Journal of Dental Research published a study that questions the conventional wisdom of twice yearly dental visits. Professional reaction was no surprise: Still, you might wonder: Are semi-annual exams and cleanings, as one headline put it, “really necessary”? Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for more than 50 years without supporting evidence, the […]


Biosis #40: Weston Price, Healing the Terrain & More!

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

    The May 2013 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online & includes… JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: What Technology Can’t Replace When we are truly communicating, we use all of our senses – and our instinct. For all the progress made with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, technology cannot replace this. When a […]


The “Politics” of Periodontitis

Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013

The political blog Daily Kos is the last place you’d expect to find a post on treatment for periodontal disease, but there it was, its utter unlikelihood luring us in. A few years ago I was diagnosed with an advanced case of gum disease. I was showing pocket depths of 9s and 10s. Many of […]


Obesity: A Risk Factor for Gum Disease or Not?

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

No sooner had we started to write about this – when an email alert popped up with news of this – Is it any wonder why people think health news can sometimes be crazy-making? Over the past few years, research – such as this and this – has repeatedly suggested a link between obesity and […]



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