Monthly Archives: November 2018

Dental Careers: Periodontists

If you're thinking about going into dentistry you might consider becoming a periodontist. Many people have never even heard of a periodontist, however, or are unsure of what one does. Basically, a periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the support systems of the teeth: namely, the gums and the periodontium, which is the tissue that surrounds the gums. (Every periodontist is a dentist, but not all scholars are periodontist.) The periodontist is also a specialist in the bones and ligaments in this part of the mouth as well. Basically, if you have something wrong with your gums you go to see a periodontist. He or she can treat gum disease and help patients get rid of gum inflammation. Gum disease and other infections of the bones around the teeth can be devastating to a person's mouth, and can result in the loss of teeth and bone density. In addition, they're just plain painful, and if your gums hurt your nutrition is likely to be affected as you will not feel like eating much.

Many times the only medical professionals qualified to fight such diseases are periodontists. In fact, sometimes regular dentists are unable to even detect some forms of gum disease, let alone treat them, and so patients who feel something might be wrong with their gums must schedule an appointment to see a periodontist to learn what's wrong. Periodontists can also perform cosmetic procedures on people's gums to improve the appearance of their smiles. These procedures usually involve inserting implants into the gums. Periodontists will then meet with the patients who've received implants on a semi-regular basis to perform maintenance work on those implants and make sure nothing's wrong.

It takes a long time to become a periodontist. To become a regular dentist you have to go to college as an undergraduate for four years, and then go to dental school for three years more. To become a periodontist, you need that bachelor's degree and you have to complete the standard three or four years of dental school. And then on top of that a periodonist has to complete three more years of training and education. (These periodontal programs must be accredited by the American Dental Association.) These courses of study will combine education in the anatomy and health of the gums and the supporting structures of teeth with hands-on experience. Many times students at this level will complete intensive internships in the offices of working periodontists so they will get a real feel for all the challenges and procedures that this profession involves. And when a person completes one of these programs, he or she must then take an exam that's administrated by the American Board of Periodontology. If a person does well enough on this test, then the American Board of Periodontology will grant him or her the status of Diplomate, and that person will be ready to start practicing as a registered periodontist. …

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Fish Oil Supplements That Are Crucial To Your Health

After hearing so much about fish oil, you might be wondering what the health benefits of fish oil supplements are. Perhaps, by knowing how this oil benefits the body, you will understand why more and more people are relying on fish supplements to lead a healthier life, and who knows, you might even be persuaded to join the bandwagon yourself like I did.

Oily fish that feed on algae contain great amounts of Omega-3, and these essential fatty acids are the main reasons for the health benefits of fish oil supplements, which include:

* Nourishing the brain. Majority of the brain is made up of fats, and it needs these essential fatty acids to function normally. People who happen to have not enough Omega-3s are more likely to get depressed and anxious; they too are more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease. Supplementing the diet with these essential fatty acids can sharpen one's memory, too. Omega-3 fatty acids are also necessary in brain development, the reason why pregnant women are often advised to have these essential fats in their daily diet.

* Controlling symptoms of ADHD and ADD. The incidence of childhood disorders, such as ADHD and ADD, seems to be higher in children with insufficient Omega-3s.

* Regulating inflammatory processes. Inflammation can cause pain and abnormal inflammatory processes can increase your risk for developing chronic diseases like cancer. Consuming fish oil with Omega-3 regularly reduces this risk as well as the intensity and severity of the pain.

* Decreasing the bad cholesterol. This is by and large the most popular of the fish oil benefits. Bad cholesterol levels have to be kept at the minimum for you to enjoy life at the fullest. These bad fats can cause the formation of plaque which can harden eventually, causing very unfortunate confences.

* Increasing the good cholesterol. Some anti-cholesterol drugs only bring down the levels of the bad cholesterol, but Omega-3 fatty acids do more than that. Besides regulating bad cholesterol levels, Omega-3 fats increase the good cholesterol at the same time. Now why would you need to increase the good cholesterol? Well, the fact that it is called good cholesterol has to mean a lot. As it is, the good cholesterol helps to clear the walls of the arteries and brings the bad cholesterol out of the body.

In order to fully appreciate the benefits of Omega-3, take it with Vitamin E. Vitamin E is necessary in the processing and metabolism of these essential fatty acids. Not a lot of people are unaware of this, but this fact needs to be emphasized, otherwise the Omega-3s will be of very little value to you.

Like per other all supplements, fish oil does have its fair share of drawbacks, too, and these include:

* Stomach upset

* Abdominal pain

* Diarrhea

* Fishy after taste

The intensity of these reactions may, however, be minimal with the pharmaceutical grade fish supplements. These are the types of supplements that have gone through the process of …

Affordable Health Dental Insurance – Insurance For Dental Implants

Dental insurance coverage are generally for ordinary dental care such as extraction, cleaning and filing and lately, even partial coverage of dental braces. If your need is for an insurance to cover dental implants, you might find it hard to look for an insurance company that will cover such kind of dental service.

The reason for this is obvious. Dental implants are a rare dental application which would not be advantageous income wise, on the part of an insurance company to offer considering the rarity of such dental need. On the other hand, you might indeed find an insurance company offering this kind of coverage but on a very costly basis. Insurance companies offering this kind of coverage are those high end companies catering to the rich and affluent segment of our society.

Such insurance companies are the heavyweights of the industry that would tend to insure anything of great value. These kind of insurance companies insure international shipping, airline companies, oil explorations and even precious stones. Their health insurance covers anything that would be insurable. Unlike the small and traditional insurance companies that do not tend to insure things that are rare in nature, these kind of insurance companies will go for it so long as their price of insurance will be accepted by the client.

You can find these international insurance companies in the internet. When you browse in their websites, look for their health insurance offerings where you can find their offerings on dental care. For sure, dental implants will be offered and dental braces together with other ordinary dental care services. You can then visit the office of the insurance company you browsed on the net and inquire from them personally the cost of their insurance offerings on dental implants.

Naturally, this insurance to cover dental implants is no ordinary matter thus you have to expect extra ordinary insurance charges. If you think you can manage with the insurance cost, then why not? In fact, so long as you can afford to pay the insurance premiums, it would be to your advantage to have one, if you think you might need it in the near future. Dental implants, though a very costly type of dental service, can be moderated with an insurance coverage, especially a full coverage type of insurance dedicated to dental implants.

Although you might feel you are in good hands with these giants of the insurance business, it would still be worth examining very closely the terms and agreements of the policy that they have for a full coverage of dental implants. Further, before you visit them and examine their offered policy, it is advised that you have to visit first a dentist of your choice and inquire about dental implants. Try to inquire if what is the basic procedure in having an implant, and other dental services needed to have an implant. Inquire also about the cost of such a dental procedure. If your dentist might not be able to give you …

What Is a Taoist Diet?

To truly understand the Taoist diet you have to first understand a little bit about Taoist beliefs. Taoism comes from the core of East Asian and Chinese culture and has roots as deep as 2000 years, although it has only spread to the west in more modern times as people begin to reject materialism for deeper spiritual understanding.

Taoists are egoless humble people that emphasize compassion, humility and moderation – the latter of which is stressed through their minimalistic eating habits.

Although not known for their rule breaking because of their caring non active views, Taoism focuses on the human connection with nature and therefore they do not believe in the rigid and orderly ways of modern society, preferring to follow the natural flow of the Universe. The common Taoist term Yin and Yang refers to the positive and negative energies of the Universe.

The five colors blind eyes.

The five tones deafen ears.

The five tastes blur tongues.

Fast horses and breathtaking hunts make minds wild and crazy.

Things rare and expensive make people lose their way.

That’s why a sage tends to the belly, not the eye,

always ignores that and chooses this.

– Tao Te Ching, Part 12

Historically, the Taoist diet has consisted of mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, with little meat and no grain – as they thought during the digestive process demon like creatures would be released from the rotting grain and attempt to eat them from inside out. During more contemporary times, the diet has changed to be primarily based around the acceptance of whole grains, as well as the fresh fruits and vegetables of tradition.

The Taoist diet relates the five basic flavors with an element of nature: sweet (earth), salty (water), sour (wood), bitter (fire), spicy (metal). They believe that becoming greedy and putting one flavor on a pedestal above another causes you not to taste at all, so it is important to balance the flavors in order to reach internal harmony.

Taoism is all about the natural, and humans being part of nature. One of the most important beliefs is to ‘eat only food’ – meaning to avoid unnatural man made substances that the body cannot process and may contain unbalanced flavors, such as artificial additives, drugs etc. Heavily processed foods that contain little or no nutritional value, such as white flour, sugar and fast food are also considered inedible. These are not things that the body is designed to consume and do not grow from the earth, so are not really natural ‘foods’ fit for human consumption.

Historical

In much of the classic Taoist literature, a lot of mention is made of the sagacious men of old – or, people who existed in pre-history. Several of the texts talk about them existing only on breath, and not consuming food at all. They lived as they were born and only gained sustenance from the qi or Yin Yang from the Universe.

This practice, known as “Bigu” is sometimes employed within …

Orthodontics – What Does Orthodontics Entail?

Orthodontics is a field of dental specialty that is concerned with tooth movement and facial development. This helps patients who need to have their teeth straightened or jaws aligned, either for cosmetic purposes or to help assist them with oral function such as speaking and eating. There are numerous benefits associated with correcting crooked or crowded teeth, including improving the bite, making it easier to clean your teeth more effectively, and helping to improve your facial appearance. This can lead to far greater confidence in the long run. However, before you begin treatment, it’s helpful to learn more about what to potentially expect.

There are numerous procedures that can be used today in the field of orthodontics. To get started, your dentist will refer you to a specialist in this field, who will give you a full examination. During this initial consultation, you can expect to have photographs, X-rays, and impressions taken of your teeth and bite. The orthodontist will also go through your medical and dental history with you. With this information in hand, the dentist can better determine what type of treatment will best benefit you, so that your teeth are able to move more efficiently in line in the shortest time span possible.

Some of the various appliances that are used in orthodontics can include retainers, palatal expanders, and braces. There are also specific procedures that are involved after the initial consultation. Banding is the process that involves physically fitting and cementing the orthodontic bands to your teeth, while bonding involves fitting brackets to the teeth with cement. To remove these same bonds or bands, the orthodontist will undertake debanding and debonding procedures, and retainers can be given to hold these changes in place indefinitely. Modern orthodontic procedures make use of the latest forms of technology for best results.

There are numerous conditions that may call for the application of orthodontics. For example, if you have a overbite or buck teeth, these can be corrected. The same holds true for those whose lower teeth stick out too far forward in comparison to the upper teeth. Spacing in between the teeth can be taken care of with braces pushing these teeth together, while many people find that their mouths are too small to accommodate their teeth, causing crowding. Whether the problem lies primarily with your jaw or with the teeth themselves, there are orthodontic procedures that can help.

The most common type of tool used in orthodontics is the traditional metal brace. These braces consist of bands, wires, and brackets. The bands are fixed around the tooth as anchors for the appliance, while the brackets are bonded to the tooth’s front exterior. These are then tightened monthly as the teeth go through the movement process. Yet there are numerous types of braces that you can choose from today, including invisible brackets and bands. There are also clear aligners that can be used, which typically take less time for treatment than the traditional methods. These are just a few …

Type 2 Diabetes – Do You Take Care of Your Body?

It is a travesty, so many people neglect their health and well-being because caring is inconvenient. Managing one’s health requires work and attention, the same effort often given to other areas of a person’s life.

Your job, relationships, and the activities you engage in are undoubtedly important to you. But do you give the same amount of attention and effort to your health? Most people do not, and this is one reason why preventable diseases like Type 2 diabetes and obesity are rampant in our society.

You ought to take care of your body. If avoiding diseases or complications is overshadowed by other priorities, then care for your body for no reason other than to live a better life…

  • investing in your body is investing in your health.
  • investing in your health is investing in your future.

Isn’t this the reason why so many people work hard? Money can be made with an exchange of effort and time. If your health is at risk, your ability to work is compromised, and your life expectancy may be affected. Type 2 diabetes on its own reduces the average life expectancy by up to 10 years. Other complications can suddenly arise and threaten a person’s well-being with more immediate consequences.

The point is there is no more precious resource than your health. Once you realize this, you should stop making excuses for not taking care of your body. Moreover, taking care of your body also implies taking care of your appearance.

While your physique is a component, it is not a vital factor. Weight loss is relevant for many trying to improve their health, but there are often more benefits beneath the surface. Internal health is measured by more than just body weight, even if high body fat is indicative of poor inner well-being. Two individuals may have the same body composition, but one may be healthy while the other is ill. This is why nutrition is so important…

  • healthy eating is number one on the list of priorities when it comes to taking care of your health.
  • weight loss is relevant, but particularly for those who are overweight.

In regards to physical activity, it is essential for everyone to the same degree. There is no avoiding exercise. However, it has so many benefits you should not be avoiding it anyway.

There are other things to keep in mind when taking care of your body, such as…

  • avoiding stress,
  • limiting alcohol, and
  • improving the quality of your sleep.

But you cannot go wrong by starting with healthy eating and making positive changes to your diet plan…

  • create a weight loss plan if it’s relevant for you.
  • start exercising or make a greater commitment to physical activity if you are insufficiently active.

Do it for your body, for your health, and ultimately for your future…

When a Placebo is Not a Placebo

Often when traditional technologies fail to work it’s not uncommon for a new treatment to be dismissed as “it’s the placebo effect”, if it helps the patient. This is so very common with the chronic pain patient and could possibly be the worse use of the term “placebo” in medicine and regulatory parlance.

Here’s some background on the path the chronic pain patient takes.

The pain could be of “unknown etiology” or it could be a disease process such as fibromyalgia, RSD, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or the common secondary diagnosis of sciatica. The issue though is crystal clear. The symptom has become the diagnosis simply because the patient’s problem can not be corrected and the pain is not eliminated.

Prior to the diagnosis evolving to “chronic pain” the patient exhibits her/himself as a patient that has come for medical attention due to pain. The initial exam generally consists of a preliminary diagnosis being made and then a treatment protocol is designed for that patient. In most cases such as protruding disc, degenerative disc disease, Tic Doloreux as examples there is a physical cause of the pain and if that is discovered via lab tests, radiology, observation etc. then the cause of the pain is discovered and treated. The pain goes away because the causative factor is discovered and treated, or the cause is determined and the patient is educated that it could be a viral causation and, time, is the healer with treatment only for the symptomatic pain until the virus is gone or the condition is untreatable.

In most situations it will be something simple to eradicate the problem such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, aspirin, ibuprofen, rest, hot/cold modalities, or physical therapy. The pain symptom goes away and the medical team no longer sees the patient since there is no problem. Cause has been treated and pain is no longer present. Patient is “well”.

However, there are a certain percentage of the above patients that the treatment protocol did not work. Those patients did everything they were told to do yet the pain persists and they continue to visit the doctor complaining the pain is not getting better and may actually be getting worse. If the doctor is a primary care physician it is now the patient is referred out to some other specialty such as neurology, rheumatology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, chiropractic or some one else. New tests begin, review of old tests continues and the treating medical specialist knows, or should know, the traditional remedies did not work. An important point to remember is when the patient has reached this point in the treatment of “pain” the success rate at this point for these patients is 0 %. It is no longer valid to state that “80% of these patients get better with bed rest and aspirin”. These patients did not.

If the patient continues to experience pain any previous diagnosis may be ruled out and a new diagnosis emerges. The new “diagnosis” is “chronic pain” possibly “due to”, or …

Aging Well Through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

More attention is being spent in this country on the topic of aging than every before. As more and more Americans enter their fifth, sixth, and seventh decades, they are looking for ways to feel younger, look younger and age healthfully. Millions of dollars are spent annually on vitamins and food supplements, cosmetics and cosmetic procedures, exercise equipment and gadgets in an effort to ward off, and even deny, the "ravages" of old age.

In our culture, we tend to think of aging as a breakdown or a decline in health, almost as if our bodies are failing us. However, the Chinese have a different perspective. According to Chinese Theory, aging are not considered a breakdown, but rather a normal life transition. How you age and live in your later years depends on your lifestyle in the preceding years. There are many factors, some you can control and some you can not, that affect how you will feel and look as you age.

To understand aging from the traditional Chinese framework, we need to understand the concept of Essence. Essence is one of the most important substances in the body, and is responsible for birth, growth, development, and maturation. It is also the foundation for all other substances in the body.

We inherit one kind of Essence at the moment of conception, called Congenital Essence. Congenital Essence is not only responsible for growth and maturation, but also genetic hits and constitution. As we age, Congenital Essence becomes depleted, and when this Essence is completely used up, according to Chinese theory, we die. While Congenital Essence can not be renovated, it can be used judiciously through good lifestyle habits, and it can be augmented by another kind of essence, called Acquired Essence.

Acquired Essence is made up of nutrients from the food we eat, and can be built up by eating well. Good health, strength, and high levels of energy manifest an abundance of Acquired Essence. Any excess of Acquired Essence is stored in the Kidney, along with Congenital Essence.

Essence is stored in the Kidney, which in Chinese medicine is a system of functioning, not necessarily the kidney organ. The Kidney, according to the Chinese, is responsible for growth, maturation, sexuality and fertility. It also governs the bones and teeth, the brain, and is associated with the ear and hearing. Essence is strongly associated with the Kidney, and is often referred to as Kidney Essence.

The gradual depletion of Kidney Essence is the mechanism responsible for aging. It can be seen in decreasing and brittle bones, loss of teeth, hearing loss, confusion, and memory problems – all manifestations associated with the Kidney. Weakness and lack of energy is also a common condition of depleted Kidney Essence, along with lumbar pain, as the Kidney is housed in the lower back.

Eat Well

So how, according to Chinese Medical theory, does one reserve Kidney Essence to age well? While there are many factors, good diet is the most obvious. Chinese diet therapy …

Chinese Medicine For Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that has been plaguing the human race since time memorial. Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that affects all of the cells in the body. It is characterized by the body's ability to produce or burn sugar.

In a more accurate description, Diabetes is the condition wherein the body can not create, use, or store glucose. Glucose is found in the blood stream and it is the substance measured by doctors to determine the severity of the disease in a patient. There are two types of Diabetes, Type I and Type II Diabetes.

Type I Diabetes is called insulin-dependent Diabetes. It commonly occurs in children and takes place the moment the body stop producing insulin. In order to survive, the patients suffering from it have to take insulin injections on a daily basis.

Type II Diabetes occurs in older individuals. Here, the patient's body fails to produce insulin or is unable to use it properly. It usually strikes individuals who are overweight and has a history of diabetes in their family.

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is the most common way to treat this disease.
There are also several effective herbs to fight it off.

Astragalus membranaceus has been used by countless of generations in treating diabetes, as far as Chinese heritage is concerned. This medicine could reduce the blood sugar level of the body, while improving kidney functions and ensuring the health of the nerves. When put to a test, this medicine had faired a high score of 97% effectiveness against type II diabetes.

Berberine appears in the list of Chinese herbs that can be used for diabetes. It can be obtained from the bark and roots of Chinese medicinal plants. If the plant can be used to heal wounds, chances are, it has high Berberine content. For diabetic patients, berberine works by activating a body enzyme that increases the sensitivity of the body tissues to insulin. The effect is lowered blood sugar level. Recent medical research had demonstrated the potency of this substance to diabetic patients.

Lianjin Chong, a doctor and director of Beijing's Red Cross Hospital, created the Yu Xiao San 8805 formula.

This Chinese medicine is designed to bring back the health and normal functions of the pancreas. The formula will also enhance the production of the insulin-producing cells of the body. Taking the therapy on a regular basis will effectively lower one's blood sugar levels while increasing the secret of insulin for better management of the disease. It also regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, improves the circulation of the blood, and lowers blood cholesterol. The Yu Xiao San 8805 formula contains herbs like Radix Ginseng, and Clemetidis Chinensis, among others.

His formula has undergone a series of tests both in the United States and China and had produced best results in each one. The medicine is being used for many years now and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

It is also good to note is that this medicine does not produce …

The Health Advantages and Disadvantages of Eating Avocado

By now, you all have seen those bumpy, greenish-black globes called avocados in your grocery store. Avocado is considered by many to be a “superfood” and lots of people love the taste. They can be creamy and have a subtle flavor. Beyond taste, avocados have numerous health benefits, too.

Advantages of Eating Avocados

Protects Against Eye Disease

Avocados have the antioxidant, lutein, that is needed to help prevent eye disease. Not only that, but avocados also enhance the eye-disease-fighting nutrients in other foods when paired with them. Other good sources of lutein are: spinach, tomatoes, kale, carrots, corn, and other deep green, orange, or yellow-colored fruits or veggies. To get the most benefit for your eyes, toss sliced or diced avocado in a salad with spinach, carrots, red peppers, and corn.

Helps Lose Weight

Avocados do have a good amount of fiber in them – 3.4 grams of fiber in half an avocado. Fiber is an essential element to helping you lose weight and make you feel full. In addition, the oleic acid in an avocado creates a reaction in the brain to make you feel full after eating avocado. For a yummy, filling, less fatty treat, use mashed avocado instead of mayo or butter on a sandwich.

Protects Pregnant Women and Their Unborn Babies

Avocados have a high rate of folate, an essential nutrient that helps lower the rate of birth defects in pregnant women. An added bonus of folate is that it helps prevent heart disease and heart attacks as well.

Keeps Blood Sugar Stable

After you eat avocado, your blood sugar will be more stable and will not spike because avocado slows your digestion. This is important for people who cannot easily control their blood sugar levels.

Lowers Cholesterol

It can increase the healthy cholesterol and lower the unhealthy cholesterol in your body. You can thank the oleic acid in avocado again for that. A plant chemical in avocados called betasitosterol also helps lower cholesterol.

Promotes Healthy Blood Flow

The monounsaturated fats are good for promoting healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow is important for many body functions, such as aiding mental activity and decreasing blood pressure.

Provides Necessary Nutrients

Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, iron, and B6 as well. Just as with lutein, combining avocado with different fruits and veggies will aid in the absorption of immunity-boosting nutrients and vitamins. So don’t eat it alone!

Downsides to Eating Avocado

Although they obviously have enormous heath benefits, avocados also have downsides to them. First, they are high in fat and calories. With one avocado, you would be getting 30 grams of fat and 300-plus calories. However, it helps that the fat is monounsaturated fat, which is good for cholesterol and heart disease. Of course, like any other food, you want to eat avocados in moderation.

Secondly, not many people know that a person can be allergic to avocados. If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to avocados, too. An enzyme …