Archive | November, 2012

Music To Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: Gangnam Style

I have previously made several posts with some recommendations for some music you can listen to if you are recovering from wisdom teeth removal surgery. See the posts Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: Christian Music, Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: Jazz Songs, Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: Rock and Roll Songs, and Music To Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: YouTube Musicians. Now I wanted to make another post about some things you can do after having  your wisdom teeth extraction and this time make it Gangnam Style! PSY – Gangnam Style If you haven’t heard about this video yet, it is now the most watched video on YouTube and has over 800 million views. It recently surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” which was previously the most watched video on YouTube. PSY’s video has become a worldwide sensation with many mimicking the Gangnam Style dance worldwide. Due to the success of PSY’s video numerous parodies have been made. Mitt Romney Style Mitt Romney Style was made by CollegeHumor before the 2012 Presidential Election. It is my favorite of the Gangnam Style parodies. Oregon Ducks Gangnam Style Not sure exactly why the University […]

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Keeping the Germs Off Your Toothbrush

Kayla Holiday writes for 1Dental.com, which offers discount dental plans nationwide. She enjoys keeping people up to date on dental news and helping them save money on dental care. A toothbrush is a very important part of any dental hygiene routine. Toothbrushes are key in removing plaque from the surface of your teeth, even in hard to reach areas. However, your toothbrush could also be key in causing illness and stimulating bacterial growth in your mouth, depending on how well you’re taking care of it. Germs are on every surface. They are always present. Your toothbrush is especially vulnerable to housing germs as it contains both the plaque from your teeth, and it typically rests in the least sanitary room in the house—the bathroom. Airborne germs from the toilet or unwashed hands touching items near your toothbrush could all be factors which assist in a germ-infested toothbrush. Preventing the Germs There are many steps you can take to keeping your toothbrush—and your mouth!—germ free. Keeping your toothbrush away from the toilet. When you flush, a phenomenon called the “aerosol effect” takes place. This means that as the water is being sucked down, a tiny bit of water is being sprayed […]

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Teeth Whitening Options

Teeth Whitening Before you choose to have your teeth whitened it’s best to go and see your dentist first. Whether whitening at home or having it done by a professional, your dentist will be able to give advice to you on which products and services will be best for you. In-surgery whitening, administered by a professional, it is mostly risk free a procedure that promises immediate results, though it can be costly. At-home whitening is preferred by many who want a great smile without the costly price tag and these days there’s an abundance of affordable teeth whitening products on the shelves. Paint on teeth whiteners are applied twice daily like a toothpaste and, while less effective than bleaching or laser whitening, are able to lighten teeth by up to five shades. More effective than the paint whiteners are teeth whitening strips, which can result in teeth looking whiter for up to 18 months. Alternatively, a teeth whitening toothpaste is one of the least expensive options and a safer option for those with sensitive gums, as they don’t contain bleach or harsh chemicals. This kind of toothpaste won’t penetrate as deeply as other types of whitening products; however it can […]

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What does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Mean for Americans?

Yahoo finance recently asked the question “Obamacare Will Become Reality: What Does it Mean for You?” by Kevin Chupka, November 13, 2012. The article discusses the Affordable Care Act which I recently discussed on this blog in the article Health Care Should Not Be Framed in the Personal Responsibility Narrative. The Affordable Care Act of course is widely known as Obamacare as is slanted to go into effect in the U.S. in 2014. The article from Yahoo Finance article says “Under Obamacare, states have two key decisions to make: (1) Whether to create state-run exchanges where people can shop for and select their health insurance coverage from an online marketplace, and (2) Whether to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income Americans.” The article further discusses how pre-existing conditions will need to be covered and how it is quite possible that insurance companies will raise premiums as a result of this. It is always interesting to see what type of comments come about from articles on Yahoo Finance to see how Americans really feel and their thoughts and opinions. Saxonmor says “Health insurance, health insurance; that’s all our gutless leaders want to talk about. How about health CARE reform. My cousin’s dad […]

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Using Adaptogens to Help Reduce Stress

An interesting review by Robert Provino titled “The role of adaptogens in stress management” appears in the Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism (2010, 22, 2, pp 41-49). The author states: “Adaptogens can be viewed as tonics and are prescribed to enhance vitality and are indicated when stress levels are high, during convalescence after surgery or illness, or during periods of challenging or difficult life changes.” “Adaptogens appear to exert their antistress effects by regulating homeostasis via the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and inhibiting or decreasing circulating levels of nitric oxide (NO) and cortisol.” The author searches peer reviewed journal articles on adaptogens and ends up finding papers on the following 8 (to which I have linked to the Wikipedia articles): Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) : Some research indicates a potential ability to decrease anxiety. In a study on memory deficient mice showing neuronal atrophy and synaptic loss in the brain, treatment induced significant regeneration of both axons and dendrites, in addition to the reconstruction of pre and postsynapses in the neurons. Other studies showed a reduction in stress and increase in semen quality. Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng):  Research indicates that it is effective for chronic stress. Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng): […]

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