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Watermelon is Full of Health Benefits


WebMD Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH,RD,LD on June 17, 2018

Watermelons red color inside comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or vegetable.                                        

Watermelon can be good for your heart.  It is rich in an amino acid called citrulline.  Citrulline helps move your blood and can lower your blood pressure.                     

Watermelon has a natural pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin that could protect your joints from inflammation.

Watermelon gives you more than 30% of the vitamin D you need each day.

Watermelon is 92% water.  Great for hydration!

Watermelon has vitamin A, B6, and C which are all great for the skin.  A recipe for a face mask includes; 1 T watermelon juice and 1 T greek yogurt mixed together. 10 min.                                                        

Watermelon can soothe a sweet tooth without all the calories. Fat free, low cholesterol and no sodium.  Sorbet recipe; puree watermelon in blender, add a squeeze of lime juice and freeze.

Watermelon has high water content, antioxidants and amino acids which all help during a workout and add to that potassium which helps with cramping.

Watermelon keeps your blood glucose levels steady.

Watermelon is easy on the digestive system.

Watermelon seeds are ok to swallow if one slides down by mistake.  They actually have nutrients as well.

Watermelon is best when free from nicks, dents and bruises.  Find one with a yellow spot on the bottom not white.  It can keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for smoothies.

Be creative when thinking of ways to eat watermelon; salads, sorbet, smoothies and more.    Always wash the outside of the melon before cutting.                      



EpiPens can Save a Life!

Epinephrine Pens have been proven to effectively treat severe allergic reactions.  Recently a study reported in Reuters (6/13, Rapaport) stated that EpiPens may still be potent months after the expiration date.  The cost of refills can be very expensive.  Researchers examined “the contents of 46 different autoinjectors to see how much epinephrine remained at least two years after their labeled expiration date.”  They saw that at two-years post expiration, 80% of the devices still retained 90% or more of the epinephrine, indicating they were still effective under the FDA rules.”  The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 

Authors,Lynn Kassel BCPS, Caroline Jones PharmaD, Abebe Mengesha PhD.  College of Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

5 Things every Family should know about Dental Health


This information is from ADA

 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health

Use toothpaste with fluoride for infants and children

Consider sealants to prevent decay or treat beginning cavities on the back teeth

Ask about all the options for calming your child during dental procedures

For jaw pain, try conservative treatments first

Don’t replace fillings just because they’re old

For more information go to…

Tooth Color and Whitening


Tooth color and whitening has grown to be one of the major concerns patients share when talking to a dentist.  It is always wise to talk to your dentist before moving ahead and trying to undo the years of stains (tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine,  aging, trauma and certain medications).  All of these can contribute to a less than Hollywood look to your smile.

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. 

It is important to talk to your dentist before moving forward because whitening does not work on all teeth. 

Here are 4 ways to put a little brightness back in your smile. 

  1. Stain Removal Toothpastes.  These do not change the color of the tooth but use abrasives to remove surface stains. Only use ADA approved products. ADA Seal of Acceptance 
  2. Chair-side Bleaching or In Office Bleaching is done in the dental office and changes the color of the teeth with bleach.  Protection of applied to the gums. Usually only one appointment can make a difference.
  3. At Home Bleaching from your Dentist is sometimes offered.  This would be under the dentist guidance and at slower pace.  The bleach and tray are sent home with the patient with instructions.  It is sometimes preferred because it can be done at home.
  4. Over the Counter Bleaching Products.  Here is a great guide when selecting a particular product.  Get a list of all ADA-Accepted at-home bleaching products. These products are not as strong as what the dentist would use in his office but can still offer a good product.  

Over use of some of these products can damage gums and/or enamel so always share your thoughts and concerns with your dentist who can guide you to healthy oral health. 

Northern Michigan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cares about your Oral Health. 

Always brush 2x a day and floss everyday.

Be Well, Be Healthy!

It is all connected !

The link between your Oral Health and General Health is overwhelming. 

All parts of your body are connected, supporting, responding and reacting to each other.  If you are experiencing pain or see a change in your mouth have it looked at and diagnosed, it could be connected to something serious.    


“Common Oral Bacteria May Accelerate Growth Of Colon Cancer 

   A release on EurekAlert (3/4) states scientists previously have “demonstrated that about a third of colorectal cancers are associated with a common oral bacterium called F. nucleatum,” and “those cases are often the most aggressive.” Now, in a studypublished in the journal EMBO Reports, researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine discovered how F. nucleatum “accelerates the growth of colon cancer.” The release states “the researchers found in cell cultures that noncancerous colon cells lack a protein, called Annexin A1, which stimulates cancer growth,” and “they then confirmed both in vitro and later in mice that disabling Annexin A1 prevented F. nucleatum from binding to the cancer cells, slowing their growth.” The researchers also found that “F. nucleatum increases production of Annexin A1, attracting more of the bacteria,” and “patients with increased Annexin A1 expression had a worse prognosis, regardless of the cancer grade and stage, age, or sex.”

        The Daily Mail (UK) (3/4) reports Dr. Yiping Han, of Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, said the research helps explain why some cases advance more quickly than others. “We identified a positive feedback loop that worsens the cancer’s progression,” said Dr. Han.”

From ADA Morning Huddle March 5, 2019

Kids and Teens and E-Cigarettes

From the ADA (American Dental Association) Morning Huddle January 30,2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics’s quote, “The increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth threatens five decades of public health gains.” is alarming.  Be Aware


Gum Disease linked to development of Alzheimer’s Disease?

“The Telegraph (UK) (1/23, Knapton) reports that “gum disease may play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe.” According to the article, “Researchers said they now had ‘solid evidence’ that the bacteria which causes periodontitis produces an enzyme which destroys neurons leading to memory loss.” The article says that the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) is “one of the chief causes of gum disease and tooth loss in humans,” and “an international team of researchers tested the brains of 53 people with Alzheimer’s,” finding the bacteria enzyme present in 96 percent.

        Science Magazine (1/23, Kaiser) reports that “the provocative findings are the latest in a wave of research suggesting microbial infections may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.” Still, some scientists question a causal relationship between the bacteria and Alzheimer’s. “I’m fully on board with the idea that this microbe could be a contributing factor. I’m much less convinced that [it] causes Alzheimer’s disease,” says neurobiologist Robert Moir of the Harvard University. The findings were published in Science Advances.”


When you have a loved one with Dementia these articles really hit home. 

The quote,  “gum disease may play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease” continues to make us realize how everything is connected and good oral health can have a positive effect on your general health. 

Be Well in 2019

Tips about Health Insurance

New From MDA Check Up eNews…

January 2019

“5 tips to get the most out of your Health Insurance in 2019”

“Tip #1: Make sure you understand your health plan. For example, by law, all individual and small group health plans include 10 “essential” benefits. Pay close attention to the benefits that are available with no copay or coinsurance before your deductible is met.”

“Tip #2: Schedule annual preventive service tests and screenings. All insured health plans and many other plans cover a comprehensive list of preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. Your deductible does not apply!”

“Tip #3: Make the most of your plan if you max out your deductible. Once you’ve met your deductible in most plans, you’ll pay significantly less out of pocket for any health care you use above and beyond that. So when you meet your deductible for the year, schedule other services you need at a decreased cost.”

“Tip #4:  Stick with in-network providers. The lowest charges are for doctors, hospitals, and labs that participate in your insurance network. Also check to make sure doctors who treat your children are in-network providers.”

“Tip #5: Take advantage of your plan’s freebies and incentives

  • The MDA Health Plan has free onboarding software with EaseCentral, a free mobile app, and some plans have health assessments and healthy living rewards.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plans have a free mobile app, healthy living education, disease management guidance and discounts, and many plans offer support to help you quit smoking.”

Navigating your insurance is often difficult but it is your responsibility to get the most out of what you are paying for and to understand the fine print and the extras you might be entitled to, be aware.

Sleep is connected to your Oral Health

It may not seem that your sleep is connected to your oral health, but it has been determined that your sleep habits affect all aspects of your overall health.  Everything is related.  The article below gives you valuable tips and is especially helpful this time of year.  Read on…

(HealthDay News) — Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds. 
The link below is worth checking out and gives you valuable tips on how to stay ahead of the sleep deprived curve. Scroll down on the link to “Bed Basics-How to get your best sleep ever” and even further down is all about “Know the signs of sleep deprivation”