The Unintended Consequences of Tongue & Lip Piercings

The picture hasn’t turned any rosier for oral piercings since we last blogged about some of their unintended consequences, including infection, broken or damaged teeth, and orthodontic issues. One of the latest studies, published last month in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, confirms earlier research about the damage tongue and lip piercings can do […]

Homemade Sunscreens – Yea or Nay?

Did you see the piece that PBS NewsHour recently ran on the dangers of DIY sunscreens? No sooner did they did cite an FDA-led JAMA study published this past May on the potential absorption of sunscreen ingredients than they downplayed its significance. The study was small, they said – which it was (though it actually […]

KTH Flashback: More Than Just the Absence of Symptoms

Originally posted October 24, 2018 Health is more than just the absence of symptoms. And the good news is that more Americans than ever understand that. According to a new survey from Samueli Integrative Health Programs, more than 9 out of 10 Americans today say health is about much more than not being sick. It […]

Cultivating Consciousness in an Unconscious World

In last week’s post, Dr. V explored some of the factors that can affect our decision-making and, ultimately, well-being. And it brought to mind David Foster Wallace’s famous speech “This Is Water,” which he originally delivered as a speech to Kenyon College’s 2005 graduating class. The inability to recognize how distracted we are seems to […]

When It Comes to Your Health, Are You Deciding – or Letting a Movie Decide for You?: Some Thoughts on Health Choices After Seeing Root Cause

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Diseases don’t read textbooks. A good detective never makes a conclusion until everything outside of the box is examined. – Dr. Jerry Bouquot, Oral Pathologist You probably know the game, but you might not be familiar with the name we had for it when I was a kid: Roshambo, […]

Need Another Sign That “Healthcare”-as-Usual Isn’t Exactly Working?

We’re just going to leave this here: Fitch Solutions highlighted how the six leading chronic illnesses — diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and cancer — are affecting healthcare costs and the added burden in the future…. These leading conditions cost more than $1 trillion annually through hospitalizations, doctor visits, prescription drugs, medical devices […]

It’s Not Just Vaccines

There’s a certain type of meme we’ve been seeing a lot more of lately, as the conflict between vaccine proponents and those who favor vaccine choice keeps growing ever more heated: While we certainly question the “wisdom” of current vaccine practices and believe it wiser to focus on building physical resilience naturally by nurturing the […]

Reason to Steer Clear of Chemical Cleaners

Just in time for spring cleaning comes a new study reminding us that how you clean and what you clean with matter. A lot. Researchers looked at the long-term effects of cleaning chemicals among 6230 women and men. Lung function was measured. Frequency of exposure was documented. They found that Women cleaning at home or […]