Stat!: Overtreatment Is a Problem…but Not for Me

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009

Percent of Americans who think overtreatment is a “major problem” in American health care: 49 Percent who say that, over the past two years, they have not received any unnecessary medical tests or treatments themselves: 82 Percent who say their doctor never recommended an expensive test or treatment when a cheaper alternative would do: 87 […]


First Year CA Schoolkids Need to Get Their Teeth Checked

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009

A reminder to our California readers: All California public school students must get “an oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional” before the end of their first school year (kindergarten or first grade). The deadline for submitting proof of exam is fast approaching: May 31. These […]


Healthcare, Not Disease-Care

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2009

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an excellent opinion piece by Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Rustum Roy and Andrew Weil. While we have had occasional bones to pick with these folks, we are really pleased with this call to President Obama to consider the use of holistic therapies and a truly preventive approach […]


Fluoride…Again

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009

From a recent editorial in The Lancet (login bypass available via BugMeNot): Oral health is a neglected area of global health and has traditionally registered low on the radar of national policy makers. The reasons for this situation are complex and varied. In many countries oral health is not included in national health surveys. And, […]


Short Term Bisphosphonate Use Also Damaging, and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009

Common Oral Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Serious Jaw Necrosis (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable […]


Stressed Out Decision-Making, Vaccines and CFS, and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2008

Stress Hinders Rats’ Decision-Making Abilities (Science Daily) A little bit of stress goes a long way and can have far-reaching effects. Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have found that a single exposure to uncontrollable stress impairs decision making in rats for several days, making them unable to reliably seek out the larger of two […]


Nebraskans Say “No” to Fluoride in Their Water

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008

This year, the state of Nebraska passed a law mandating fluoridation of drinking water but gave communities the chance to opt out by 2010. Last week, more than 60 communities voted on the issue, the majority of which said no to fluoride. Jeff Green of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water reports, via the IAOMT: Up […]


Fluoridation Follow-Up: Opposition Gaining Scientific Support

Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008

Via NewswireToday Old Bethpage, NY – Several cities, including 61 Nebraska cities, are voting on fluoridation this year. They should reject it because science tells us adding fluoride chemicals into tap water to reduce tooth decay is ineffective, harmful and a waste of money. Over 1300 additional professionals signed onto the Fluoride Action Network’s (FAN) […]


Fluoridation: Low Benefit, High Risk Policy

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008

Bravo, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, for your recent statement of opposition to fluoridation, reprinted below.   The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) does not support fluoridation of drinking water for the following reasons: 1) The decline in caries in communities that are fluoridated has been highly significant – but […]



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