November 11, 2010

What is the Best Replacement for Mercury Fillings?

I'm one of the lucky ones that does not have any filling in my mouth, but not all of my family members are so lucky. Silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, and although it can be expensive, replacement is advised.

Dr. Lina Garcia, DDS, DMD of has written an excellent post explaining dental filling options.

I believe that the ideal replacement for a mercury-amalgam filling is an all-porcelain inlay or onlay.

Porcelain is a ceramic material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel in terms of appearance and functionality, and it is the most biocompatible restoration material available on the market today. ("Biocompatible" means that it is as neutral as possible when placed in your mouth, and it is most agreeable with the rest of your body.)

Porcelain is the best choice, even if biocompatibility tests conclude that you would be okay with other materials like gold, platinum, or composite resins (made of an acrylic plastic).


Because porcelain is chemically inert and does not contain any ionized metal or plastic.
Dr. Garcia's post is an excellent resource to help you safely replace your mercury fillings and finding the best dentist to do it.

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November 9, 2010

Canning Jar Lids Contain BPA Too


Many people grow and can their own fruits and vegetables in an effort eat healthily, as well as avoid BPA in the lining of cans. Many people have switched to drinking water from mason jars to avoid stainless steel water bottles made in China, as well as plastic. Unfortunately, canning jar lids also contain BPA. Natural News reports:
Bad news has emerged for those hoping to avoid exposure to the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) by canning their own vegetables: BPA can also be found lining the lids of canning jars...

Since canned food and plastic are major sources of BPA exposure, many consumers are now shifting to foods in glass and even canning their own vegetables. Unfortunately, the white underside of the metal lids on these jars is also lined with BPA...

People canning at home might try glass or BPA-free certified plastic lids. Meanwhile, Jacob suggests another action that all of us can take to help reduce our exposure: contact the FDA and ask for a ban on BPA.

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November 5, 2010

Homeopathic Pain Relief by Topricin

topricin.jpgIf you suffer from chronic pain, like arthritis, or need relief from aching pain, such as a sports injury, Topricin offers a natural solution. Topricin makes "odorless, greaseless, FDA regulated homeopathic biomedicine formulas". We were sent three Topricin products to try:

  • Topricin Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief Cream
    Great for your bag or pocket!!! Topricin provides pain relief by improving circulation and attracting and stimulating the body's healing chemistries at the site of pain. Topricin delivers reliable pain relief, improving quality-of-life, and providing a strong adjunct to professional care with no side effects or contraindications.

  • Topricin Foot Therapy Cream:
    By stimulating the body's desire to heal the damage that is causing the pain, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream drains the toxins and fluids that build up in an injured area to improve blood flow to the injured tissue. Made to penetrate the skin much like a moisturizer, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream is fast absorbing and paraben free.
Finding effective relief from pain naturally can be challenging at times, but most pain relief products contain chemicals that may help mask the pain but will contribute negatively to your health overall.  Homeopathy is effective, and I have used it for years to manage carpal tunnel and an arthritic hip.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 2, 2010

Study: Ambient Light at Night Leads to Obesity

Diet and exercise are certainly important to maintaining proper health, but a new study has found an interesting result: our metabolism is affected by light exposure when sleeping. Natural News reports:

According to new research, persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain, even without decreasing physical activity or eating more food...

An Ohio State University research team found that mice exposed to a fairly dim light at night over about a two month period experienced a gain in body mass that was approximately 50 percent more than other mice who lived and slept in a normal light-dark cycle. "Although there were no differences in activity levels or daily consumption of food, the mice that lived with light at night were getting fatter than the others," Laura Fonken, a doctoral student in neuroscience at Ohio State who headed the study, said in a statement to the media.

Light pollution is predominant in America's cities and suburbs, perhaps contributing to Americans' tendency to be overweight in light of this new study.

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October 20, 2010

Plant-Sourced, Certified Organic Calcium Builds Stronger Bones in 180 Days

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I have a hard time taking calcium. It usually upsets my stomach, but I have recently discovered plant-based calcium. It is much more gentle, and as a vegetarian, I am ensured my dietary ethics are not being compromised by my supplements.

AlgaeCal is derived from the South American Algae Algas Calcareas.

Most of the calcium supplements sold today are derived from limestone, so unless you know what to look for, the chances are that you're swallowing things like citric acid, oyster shells, coral and stones. This rock-sourced calcium can be difficult to absorb and can cause digestive problems. We're just not meant to eat rocks!

However, there's another type of calcium that's ideal for the vegan or vegetarian diet. Plant-sourced calcium comes from an edible substance: algae. A study shows that plant calcium can increase the growth of human bone building cells from 200 to 400% more than other types of calcium. AlgaeCal is raw, unbleached, completely plant-based and the only USDA Certified Organic calcium available. It is easy to digest, rich with other essential bone health minerals and ecologically harvested.

Furthermore, AlgaeCal backs its products with a 6 month refund guarantee if after 180 days your bones are not stronger as evident on a body DEXA scan.
In a six-month randomized, open label human clinical study, 176 women and men ages 18 to 85 used AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost supplements and followed a healthy diet while participating in a light exercise program. In just six months (180 Days), participants experienced a significant average INCREASE in bone mineral density of 2.8% as evidenced by before and after DEXA scans. Highly compliant participants experienced an INCREASE in bone mineral density by an incredible 3.7%.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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October 18, 2010

Handcrafted Organic Herbal Bitters by Urban Moonshine Aids Digestion

The tradition of taking bitters began in 1824 when a German physician in Venezuela discovered their effect on curing sea sickness and stomachaches. Urban Moonshine has brought the Old World tradition to modern times using organically-grown herbs.

Cultures around the world have long believed that bitter flavors are essential to good health because they stimulate the digestive system. Thus began the tradition of steeping bitter-tasting roots, leaves, berries and fruits in alcohol and serving the mixture before or after a meal. Often the formula was accompanied by more pleasant tasting carminative herbs such as ginger, fennel, cardamon, or orange peel.

Whether brewed according to secret recipes by medieval monks or concocted according to oral tradition by wise women, the first bitters had medicinal purposes. Over time, the theory, if not the recipes, passed into the hands of apothecaries and on to the makers of 19th Century patent medicines. After bartenders discovered that bitters softened the often harsh liquors of the day, the cocktail was born. Until the late 1880s, any drink called a cocktail contained bitters--this includes such classics as the martini, the Manhattan and the Old-Fashioned. Only in the 1950s did the taste for bitters fade.

Now, whether you enjoy them as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, calm a hangover or gently cleanse the liver, bitters are back!

We tried out two flavors of Urban Moonshines handcrafted digestif bitters:
 Urban Moonshine supports local farmers and is a member of United Plant Savers, whose mission is to "protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come".

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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September 13, 2010

SmartSilk Pillow Protector Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly

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Nothing lies as close to your head for as many hours as your pillow (1/3 of your life is spent in bed). It only makes sense to protect your pillow from allergens, like dust mites and pet dander, considering its close proximity to your nose and mouth. Smartsilk Pillow Protector offers such protection:

Smartsilk is the only all natural bedding to be certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Asthma Society of Canada. Smartsilk is proven to be an effective barrier against dust mites, allergens and pet dander and is resistant to mold and mildew. Our Smartsilk silk filled pillow protectors have a 233 thread count 100-percent cotton outer shell, are filled with 100-percent SmartSilk silk fill and are also machine washable in cold water and dryable on low. Smartsilk pillow protectors help to regulate body temperature, keeping your head and neck comfortable all year long. SmartSilk is scientifically proven to wick away moisture thus promoting a more comfortable nights sleep especially for those suffering with night sweats.

Unlike many mattress and pillow protectors on the market, this one is made of all natural materials. Smartsilk is also "scientifically proven to be naturally fire retardant",unlike most bedding that is treated with harmful, toxic PBDEs.  Of course, it would be best if the outer shell was made of organic cotton, like the one I have from Keetsa.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
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August 31, 2010

Canada Lists BPA as Toxin and Bans the Plastic Chemical

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Canada has done what many Americans have been waiting for since BPA concerns became mainstream four years ago. Companies know that BPA free is selling point, but the US government has not followed suit with actually banning the chemical because of the power of industry lobbying. Not so for our neighbors to the north, the Grist reports:

Environment Canada -- our northern neighbor's version of the EPA -- has officially declared bisphenol A (BPA) toxic. The ubiquitous chemical, found in the lining of nearly all cans used by the food and beverage industry, will have to be phased out in Canada...

The North American chemical industry is furious with Environment Canada's decision. The American Chemistry Council has vigorously defended BPA during Environment Canada's toxic review, declaring that the agency had "pandered to emotional zealots" by even considering the toxic designation, the Toronto Star reports. The industry group demanded that Environment Canada halt the review process; Environment Canada held firm.

In our political system, the chemical industry has had better luck pushing its agenda.

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August 12, 2010

People Who Read Food Labels Eat Healthier

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Much as you would suspect, a new study has found that people who read food labels consume a healthier diet. Published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, two studies found label reading creates "nutritional awareness". Natural News reports:

Based on a sampling of American adults in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers observed a significant difference in mean intake of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and sugars, between those who pay attention to nutrition labels and those who do not.

"If the food label is to have a greater public health impact, rates of use will likely need to be increased among U.S. adults," explained Professor Ollberding, one of the study authors. "Low rates of label use also suggest that national campaigns or modification of the food label may be needed to reduce the proportion of the population not using this information."

I imagine cookbook readers also have healthier diets too!

Image: The Holistic Kitchen on Flickr

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August 5, 2010

Study: Tongue Piercings Major Cause of Unnecessary Orthodontic Issues

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According to a new British study, tongue piercings lead to a gap between the front teeth when people play with them. Medical News Today reports:
The report claimed that those with tongue piercings were likely to push the metal stud up against their teeth and consequently cause gaps and other problems to arise.

Dr Carter said: "It's certainly something to think about before going out to get a tongue piercing. The temptation of playing with the stud in the mouth would be very high and in time this could lead to hundreds of pounds worth of corrective treatment.

Of course, braces can correct the problem, but the gap will return if the patient continues to play with their tongue stud.


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