Can A Headline Hurt You?

Can A Headline Hurt You? Here’s one that was recently put forth by Reuters yet another news company that, like the New York Times, feels compelled to masquerade as the New England Journal of Medicine. “Herbal and dietary supplements tied to liver damage” The headline paints all supplements with a broad stroke . “Watch out” it says. Those supplements in …

The 3 Critical Components of Health

I just returned from another conference. That’s how I spend a good deal of my weekends; in search of the best and most up to date information and opportunities to help people. At this conference Physicians, Dentists, Chiropractors, PhD’s, Nutritionists and Osteopaths all spoke about health. There 3 were the common themes. Airway, Inflammation and Epigenetics Airway’s effective breathing controls …

The NY Times and Toothpaste

So, after flossing and x-rays, the NY Times has now aimed it’s editorial arrows at Colgate, America’s most popular toothpaste. After the FDA banned certain hand soaps containing triclosan a week ago, the NY Times questioned why the same ingredient is allowed to be used in toothpaste. After all, they claim, things get absorbed much more readily through the mouth …

The NY Times, Your Dentist Of Record?

Yet again, The New York Times has taken to discussing what must be a most pressing, or at least, popular issue; you and your children’s dental health.  This time, the piece is actually from a Physician who is the Associate Dean for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.  One of his areas of interest …

Mouthwash Anyone?

Mouthwash is big business.  Just look at all the options in the supermarket or pharmacy.  Ever question which one is right for you? Here are some guidleines. NEVER use a mouthwash that contains alcohol.  There are two reasons why not to.   The first is that the tissues lining your mouth and throat are very sensitive and hence are more prone to damage by alcohol.   According …

Shame on you NYT!

Last week it was an indictment of dental x-rays.  This week it’s telling you to stop flossing.  Maybe next week they’ll say tell you to just stop going to the dentist altogether! The New York Times is acting like the Donald Trump of dental healthcare reporting; sensationalizing headlines, giving snippets of factual information without context.  They’re pandering to people’s dislikes, …

July 20, 1969

July 20, 1969 I remember that day as most who were alive and old enough then do. But, I remember it for another reason. While man landed on the moon 47 years ago today, it was also my first date with Laurie Jay, to whom I’m now married. The memories of that day are so vivid, I can feel them …

The Uncommon Denominator

If you’re reading this, you know I have strong opinions.  I also am a student of both currents and history.  Yes, currents, otherwise known as “trends.”  I see it in healthcare, in dentistry, in our society and in the world. Paris, Turkey and Bangladesh abroad, Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, Newtown, Fort Hood here in the United States.   Dozens of dead bodies …

One Question?

The salesman, a seasoned veteran for a great company, looked at me with astonishment.   I had just asked him a question.  I was doing research prior to purchasing a new, state-of-the-art  3-D scanning device, one that can help diagnose a myriad of issues from TMJ to airway to implant and bone health for the new, New Jersey office. The question …

Helping Yourself

  You Can Help Your Doctor and Yourself. A recent study published online in the British Medical Journal concludes that “difficult” patients are more likely to be medically misdiagnosed. Physicians had a 42% greater chance of misdiagnosing a difficult patient than a “neutral” one. Lucy came in because she was in pain. She could no longer tolerate it and the …