What Do Patients Think About Dental Implants?

“Have you ever seen this stat before?” Dr. V recently asked, showing us an image he’d recently seen on Facebook. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found that over 70 percent of respondents reported being “pleased” or “extremely satisfied” with the results of their dental implants. Considering the relationship between implants and […]

Stat!: Dental Mercury & Informed Consent

Percent of Americans who don’t know that mercury is the main component of “silver” amalgam dental fillings: 57 Percent who are ever told by their dentists that “silver” fillings contain mostly mercury: 11 Percent of Americans who don’t think their dentists give them enough information on alternatives to amalgam to make informed decisions: 66 Source: […]

Vaccinations & Informed Consent

When it comes to the matter of vaccinations, informed consent often seems to fall by the wayside. We’ve noted this before with respect to the annual flu shot hype. The dominant media message insists on how important it is to get vaccinated. Pharmacies, clinics and countless medical professionals do the same, touting benefits without ever […]

Breast Cancer, Fear & Informed Choice(s)

As we were taking a look back at the first 5 years of this blog, maybe you heard a little something about a certain celebrity who had a “preventive” double mastectomy. How “brave” and “heroic”, folks said of Angelina Jolie’s going public about her decision, which others rushed to validate as “the right medical choice.” […]

After Prop. 37…

Prop. 37’s defeat was a disappointment to those of us who value the right to know and who care about the quality of our food, our health and the environment. It remains up to us to do our homework, ask questions and stay informed so we can make good choices while shopping. One of the […]

Tomorrow, the Right to Know Vote

Tomorrow, at last, we Californians vote on GMO labeling. Like most holistic and biological practitioners, we support Prop. 37 and the right to know whether a food has been genetically modified or not. After all, it’s kin to the informed consent we value in our practice. You provide information that people can evaluate based on […]

The Cost of Dental Implants

When someone’s trying to sell you something, chances are you’ll hear nothing but positives about it – all of its benefits, none of its drawbacks. After all, negatives might jeopardize the sale. Why risk losing it, right? We all “know” the average salesperson probably won’t tell us the whole story about any product. So, wanting […]

Speed Bleaching & Getting Sensitive

One theme we return to a lot here is the often overlooked costs of short-term solutions. It’s human nature, of course, to seek shortcuts and instant gratification, but when it comes to health matters – dental or otherwise – they too often can cause new problems to replace the ones they solve. New research on […]

Mercury Amalgam Removal Can Only Be a Partial Solution

Originally posted 19 September 2008 It seems that some people, when they start learning the truth about the risks of amalgam fillings, will instantly ascribe all of their symptoms to the presence of mercury in their mouths. They want to get it out immediately and often expect to feel instantly better once it’s removed. But […]

The “Alternative” Controversy

Originally posted 19 June 2009 There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man. onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, […]