When Drugs & Botanicals Collide

A lot of folks don’t think to mention herbal supplements and such when their doctor or dentist asks about medication use. Sometimes, it’s from fear of disapproval; others, because botanicals seem so benign compared to “drugs.” They’re “natural,” so they must not count. But truth be told, mixing pharmaceuticals and herbal medications can in some …

“The Only Appropriate Response Is Gratefulness”

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – GK Chesterton We’ll be taking a break from blogging through Thanksgiving weekend and will see you back here on December 4. If you’ll be on the road in the coming week, we wish you safe …

Not “Side Effects.” Effects.

The drug companies have done such an amazing job of drilling it into people’s brains that their products are “safe and effective” and often the best option for coping with whatever ails you, there’s a point that bears repeating: Drugs do not have “side effects,” per se. They have effects. Some of those effects are …

KTH Flashback: Yes, Dental Care Can Cost. Avoiding It? Even More So.

According to a new report from the ADA Health Policy Institute, about 1 in 5 American adults skip needed dental care. Far and away, the main reason they give is cost. They say they just can’t afford it or don’t want to spend the money. But one thing wasn’t exactly clear in the news coverage …

What Every Jack o’Lantern Needs Is…a Good Dental Theme?

About 10 years ago, we found out just how sacred the Halloween candy tradition is to some people when our post on alternative treats drove an extreme amount of new traffic to our blog – and a whole lot of spirited (pardon the pun) comments. Many were supportive, but of course there were others that …

Why We Start with the Biological Terrain: Sarah’s Story

If you’ve been dealing with long term illness and then learn about the impact that things like cavitations, root canals, or mercury amalgam can have on your health, it’s easy to think that simply addressing them is all that you need to finally begin healing. But despite what you hear from some corners of the …

But Does Fluoride Stop Decay? Not So Much, Suggests New Study

Elsewhere on the fluoridation front, another new study questions the conventional wisdom on fluoride varnishes. The literature review and meta-analysis, published last month in Caries Research, looked at data from 20 earlier studies from 13 countries to see how effective such treatments are when it comes to preventing tooth decay in preschoolers. Fluoride varnish has …

The Latest Study to Link Fluoride Exposure with Lower IQ

Fluoride is an unqualified good for preventing tooth decay, suggest its defenders, and fluoridated water is the best means of delivering it to the most people, particularly those who lack access to regular dental care. We have zero doubt that such folks mean well, but they also seem to overlook a critical point: All drugs …