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Dental Health Summit - What your dentist may not know can hurt you

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I've been doing a lot of learning about dental health at this online dental health summit. The lectures are free for each day but it is also possible to buy the whole package. This is particularly important for people who have had amalgam fillings, fluoride treatments or root canal treatments in the past and have other health issues.
There is also lots of info on how to keep kids' teeth healthy.
healthymouthsummit.com/

  
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KELTIC-CARA 1/18/2013 1:59PM

    Oral health is extremely important, thanks for the link

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SLENDERMAMA1 1/17/2013 6:27PM

    Gracemcdog, hope you don't mind my asking, but is there a relationship between being hypothyroid and mercury fillings? I have never heard of this. I had a root canal done when I was 11 , I am also hypothyroid, so this interesting information for me.

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ROSEWAND 1/17/2013 12:56PM

    Thanks for this link. My husband who died suddenly
last summer was a pioneer in the field in of
biological dentistry and took many hits in the
dental community for his vision.

He became aware of what he called "the mercury
story" in the mid-seventies and at that time stopped
using amalgams. He was the only biological
dentistry in In the eastern half of Kentucky and
patients would travel for hours for his care. Now
that he is gone, we have no other dentist in our area
who understands these important health issues.
It is sad when the patients know more
than the doctors about our health.

Edited to add. Never, never allow your mercury
fillings to be removed without precautions. Without
these extra steps, you will be exposed to more
mercury than if you leave the amalgam fillings in
place. Many dentists are now happy to replace
your amalgams with resin fillings, but do not
have a clue about protecting you from mercury
in the process. Contact me if you have questions
about this.

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JSTETSER 1/17/2013 5:43AM

    Great post!
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GRACEMCDOG 1/16/2013 2:15PM

    The dentist I used to go to removed the mercury fillings, for free, from all his employees. He found ways to gradually take all of mine out, too, in a way that my insurance would pay for, bless his heart. I had 13 of them for over 40 years. I've refused fluoride treatments since I became hypothyrdoid. I became severely hypothyroid almost immediately after my one and only root canal. When I brought up any of these issues with my GP he was totally dismissive. But my dentist wasn't. I was lucky. I'm convinced it's become an issue of denial due to fear of reprisal and costly class action suits. We need to decide, as a society, to offer a blanket pardon and get on with a way of dentistry that benefits everyone's health.

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Running with snow/ice spikes

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


This is a great way to stay safe when running or walking on snow or ice. Spikes like these only cost about $15.00 and the individual spikes are replaceable.

  
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CINDYTW 1/18/2013 6:38PM

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LEW0213 1/16/2013 8:54AM

    This was the first time I've seen a video blog. Love the idea. I'd probably invest in a pair of spikes if we had snow more that once or twice a year but we seldom do. Love the cat. Looks just like one of my barn cats, Payne. Acts like him too. Always wants your attention.

Linda

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KELTIC-CARA 1/16/2013 12:03AM

    What a great idea, we don't have snow, but I can see the benefit of them.

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FLAMENM 1/15/2013 10:43PM

    I have a pair of Yak Trax I swwear by.
Safety first!

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WOUBBIE 1/15/2013 10:11PM

    Ooh. These things are great! My godfather showed them to me years ago after he hiked up our ice-covered driveway in perfect safety, but I didn't invest in them until a couple of years ago. Bought a pair for every pair of feet in the house except for the kitties. :)

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MARITIMER3 1/15/2013 7:37PM

    I have them too, and they're great. I broke a bone in my foot several years ago, so now I use the snow spikes, and if I'm going for a long walk take my treking poles so that i feel more stable.

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Passing on a very special blog

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is special about it is that it is my 15-year-old daughter's first blog and it is a topic that I'm passionate about (which got me an "honorable mention" in it). emoticon

But seriously, I'm proud of her. Here is what she wrote:

" My crazy nutrition views (warning, VERY long, lol)

So I've been eating wheat free for about 12 months, although only 100% for about 5 months.
Why? Yeah, I was wondering the same thing for the first 7 months, lol but it all started when my mom, who is a crazy, crazy, (but very well informed) health nut found out about this book called " Wheatbelly". As soon as she started explaining it to me, my first thought was: NOOO!!!!!!!!! Why? Because the author of the book, Dr. William Davis,(here's a link to the blog, if you're interested, www.wheatbellyblog.com/ ) does not recommend slightly reducing wheat consumption, but ELIMINATING ALL WHEAT PRODUCTS, even the so-called "healthy" whole wheat, *gasps in horror*. So not only is this an extremely controversial idea, it also seems when you look at it like it would be impossible to keep. Since pretty much 100% of any store bought processed food is made with it, and probably 60% of everything else readily available at the supermarket. That's just what I was thinking.
I really, really didn't want to believe this was true. but when my Mom lost the last 10 pounds she'd had for as long as I can remember, and she kept showing me the countless stories of success, not just with weight loss but a whole page of chronic problems that had gone away after people stopped eating wheat I had to wake up and smell the coffee. The horrible, nasty, painfully true coffee...
You've probably heard of the 5 stages of grief. That is, without a doubt, what I was going through when my Mom first introduced me to this new, strange, and terrifying lifestyle change.
The first stage is Denial. This wasn't hard, because my whole life I had been told that wheat (and other grains) were nutrition packed, and absolutely necessary for my health. "But whole wheat is good for me!!" I protested, plus, I didn't want to change. Croissant's. Baguettes. Rolls. Life without them? Unlivable. Barely a world worth living in. I went on with this for a while. I'm very committed - or stubborn. Whichever you choose.

The second stage is anger. Yes, I definitely went through this, I didn't go throwing things around but I sure wasn't too happy about my new realization. I went through several bouts of mild hysteria, and asking over and over, why? why? WHY?! It was almost worth crying over. I almost did.

The third is bargaining, I did that, too. "But just a tiiiny bit wouldn't hurt, would it? Just a little pizza or doughnut every few weeks?" and "I can't haveSOY SAUCE?! Why does it have to have to be in SOY SAUCE?! ( went back and forth between two and three for a while, sometimes both at once)

The forth stage. depression. Need I say more? It was all, "Why? What's the point of even eating at all? I might as well just lay in bed and wait to die." (if you haven't figured it out, I sometimes add just a touch of melodrama).

Acceptance. Finally, I had come to realize that, like many things, I may wish it different, but it's still not going to change the facts. It's bad for me. Really , really bad for me. *sighs*
So if you've read through all this, thank you. When I write about something that affects me personally, I tend to start what looks like a book, not a blog. I'm going to continue writing about this, but.. I think we're both a little tired at this point . emoticon "

For those of you who may be wondering what this is all about: click on the link above and find out or join us on the wheatbelly spark team. emoticon

Birgit

  
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CHUTEROOSTER 1/23/2013 2:49AM

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Well written. For a 15 year old your daughter shows a great deal of maturity in her writing.

Jim

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WOUBBIE 1/15/2013 10:16PM

    That was excellent!

(I had to laugh, my younger son is doing a Nutrition segment in Health class and they're watched Super Size Me, and he said they should watch Fat Head too. It's great when your kids accept that you might have a good thought or two now and then!)

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AMYD726 1/15/2013 9:19AM

    SO true about the five stages of grief. I went through it when quitting cigarettes and now with eliminating gluten. It's like saying a sad goodbye to an old friend, despite the fact that that old friend might be hurting you! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 1/15/2013 2:20AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERMAMA1 1/14/2013 9:12PM

    emoticon luv it emoticon

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MARITIMER3 1/14/2013 7:31PM

    Your daughter is very lucky to be learning, at 15, what some of us are learning in our 60's and 70's.

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RAGTHIEF 1/14/2013 6:00PM

    she's right u r craaaaaayzee!

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CINDYTW 1/14/2013 4:39PM

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FILARECKI1 1/14/2013 4:37PM

    Terrific inspiring blog. I was so impressed that I included a link to it in my Wheat Belly Journal. If you would prefer that it not be in there, please let me know and I'll remove it. It was just so potent in how it expressed the sequences of feelings that so many people taking on a new challenge express. You deserve to be very proud of your daughter and she also deserves to be very proud of herself.

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LILY_SPARK 1/14/2013 4:18PM

    That was GREAT! Well-written but very real!

Of course, it wasn't my choice to go grain and legume-free but her style reflects a lot of my internal feelings, too.

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NAYPOOIE 1/14/2013 2:56PM

    Excellent blog.

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BANDMOM2012 1/14/2013 10:38AM

    Too cute, and extremely well written :)

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-LINDA_S 1/14/2013 10:33AM

    You're raising an amazing young woman!

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KELLYIM 1/14/2013 10:11AM

    What a great post! She sounds like such a smarty-pants (in the best way).

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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/14/2013 10:05AM

    Great! In my blog I wrote today, I mentioned my son. Now, every time anything that is mentioned about why this or why that, he goes "it's the wheat!"...LOL

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LEW0213 1/14/2013 8:50AM

    You have an exceptional daughter but you already know that, don't you? I loved reading her blog and she convinced me to take a look at the wheatbelly diet. Thanks for blogging this.
Linda

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SNUZSUZ 1/14/2013 8:49AM

    Great blog!

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MAGGIE101857 1/14/2013 6:54AM

    Wow!!!! You have an amazing daughter; I think she hit the nail on the head with this one!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERIN1957 1/14/2013 6:28AM

    How fantastic!

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JSTETSER 1/14/2013 5:45AM

    Don't you just love it when your kids catch the vision for healthy eating?

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KELTIC-CARA 1/14/2013 2:17AM

    Great blog, I can understand every stage and I'm not even on it; YET emoticon
Who knows, I may give it a go

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LIBBYL1 1/14/2013 1:12AM

  Wonderful! And I particularly love the crazy crazy mom bit (I have a 17 year old daughter and laugh at how she and each of her friends think they have the craziest moms)

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2013 1:04AM

    So, so proud of your daughter's great blog! You can really feel the heart and emotion into the learning process . . . but learn, we must! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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Behind schedule on long runs

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I just got a little bit of a late start with my long runs this year.
It had to do with my body still adjusting to fewer carbs. Now that I feel I've adjusted I will do my regular long runs.
My half-marathon is coming up on March 2 and if I want to run it I want to be able to run 12 miles the week before and then have 9 days to taper.
So I decided to do a long run every 5 days instead of every 7 and increase 1 mile for each.
This is not ideal but should get me far enough to run, although maybe not PR which is not that important.
Today I ran 4 miles in 59min. 33 seconds, average heart rate 134 on the treadmill.
Hopefully the weather will warm up soon because I do much better doing long runs outside.
My strength training is going well. I was able to increase my upper body weights a little and do more reps with ab exercises. Our gym got some new equipment that allows me to use machines for a few things instead of using only free weights.
The main thing is to work out 6 times/week for at least an hour, better 90 minutes and take one rest day.

  
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DOVESEYES 1/13/2013 7:00PM

    Great work

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KELTIC-CARA 1/13/2013 1:52PM

    Pace yourself and I'm glad you included the one day rest.

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/13/2013 8:40AM

    Sounds like a good plan. I found that part of going low carb and exercising more was to take electrolyte supplements as part of my workouts. I really like the Hammer Endurolytes" from Amazon.

Good luck!

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LEW0213 1/13/2013 8:11AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Here's hoping you get some warmer weather.

Linda

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JSTETSER 1/13/2013 5:51AM

    You have some excellent goals. Remember to listen to your body when it needs rest.
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2nd MAF test

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

It's been just over 3 weeks since my last MAF test. I did have a significant improvement.

Mile 1: 4.3 mph
Mile 2: 4.2 mph
Mile 3: 4.0 mph
average pace: 4.16, average heartrate 133

My body has clearly adjusted to the lower carb intake (currently between 15-30 grams/day) and I hope that I can start adding a weekly long run and one sprint workout per week now.
I only have 7 1/2 weeks left until my half-marathon so this will be interesting.

  
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LEW0213 1/12/2013 10:18AM

    Good going there, gal. Running was never my thing unless I was on the back of a horse but I applaud you for what you are doing.

Linda

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TWEETYKC00 1/11/2013 10:05AM

    Wow, great work!

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IGSBETH 1/9/2013 3:17PM

    Awesome!

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-LINDA_S 1/9/2013 7:28AM

    Glad you're on track and things are going well!

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JSTETSER 1/9/2013 5:38AM

    Go girl, go!
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KELTIC-CARA 1/9/2013 3:03AM

    emoticon on the great results

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    Looks like a great set of numbers half marathon here you come emoticon emoticon emoticon

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