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Sunday 08/21/2016
Local dentists fear news about flossing could lead to gum disease resurgence
Posted: August 21, 2016

Last week, Ahwatukee dental offices were bombarded with shocking national headline news.

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Friday 07/15/2016
Be careful when taking diet supplements if you’re also taking prescription drugs
Posted: July 15, 2016

Every cell in the body continually carries out millions of biochemical processes requiring oxygen.

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Sunday 06/26/2016
Despite excessive heat, some residents still active outside
Updated: June 26, 2016 - 9:32 pm

By Jiahui Jia | Cronkite NewsFriday, June 24, 2016PHOENIX — It was 9 a.m. and the temperature had already reached 100 degrees.Instead of enjoying his cool, air-conditioned home, Brantwon Bowser was hiking Piestewa Peak with his girlfriend.“I think you can just have good workout climbing the mountain, instead of staying in the gym for an hour, ” Bowser said.He knows the heat can be deadly. Four hikers died over the weekend because of the heat.“I am not really afraid of it, and I prepare myself,” Bowser said. “I drink a lot of water everyday before I hike.”Phoenix recreation officials and others discourage hiking in extreme temperatures.“In an environment like this, with the increased temperature, every little problem becomes a huge problem,” said Josh Parnell of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.“We want to make sure that we can do our best to keep that from happening.”The city has a campaign, Take a Hike, Do it Right that offers tips on its website. Free bottles of water and ice are available in the parking lots of some of the city’s mountain parks.Denise Seomin, spokeswoman for the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, said they recommend to their guests that they take the resort’s fitness test before hiking.Phoenix officials, hikers and the Phoenician offer these tips for hiking in the metro area during an Arizona summer:Before a hikeEat a good, protein-based meal.Drink as much water as you can.Check the weather. Reschedule your hike for another day if the temperature is in the triple digits or a monsoon storm is forecast.When to hikeEarly in the morning – preferably starting by 5 a.m and leaving before 9 a.m. – or in the evening shade.During the hikeWear sunscreen, long-sleeved, light-colored clothes to protect skin, hiking shoes, gloves to protect your hands in case of falling and a big hat to shade the face.Try to hike in the shade to reduce sun exposure and carry a water pack or spray water bottle.Bring frozen water with you or have some in your car. Drink one bottle of water at least every 20 minutes. When your water is halfway gone, turn around and head home.Bring your cell phone and call 911 if you or a fellow hiker is in trouble.Hike with a friend rather than walk alone. If you are solo, tell others your start time, end time and location.Don’t push yourself. If you’re not feeling well, head home.After the hikeContinue drinking water throughout the day, stay in shade or indoors and make yourself comfortable.

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Tuesday 06/07/2016
Don’t doctor yourself if you get sick
Posted: June 07, 2016

There’s a scary bug (bacteria) in town called Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA (pronounced mersa). The story behind MRSA is a prime example of what can happen due to antibiotic overuse, or said another way, misuse.  

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Sunday 06/05/2016
Mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth to adolescence
Posted: June 05, 2016

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMSHA, 2016) seeks to publicize the importance of children’s mental health being essential to a child’s healthy development from birth to adolescence.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
The impact of oral health on pregnancy
Posted: May 11, 2016

A woman’s body undergoes several hormonal changes during pregnancy, but did you know those changes can have an adverse affect on oral health?

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Karate Klips: Opponents’ hands and feet
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 9:55 am

Consider your opponent’s hands and legs sharp swords. Make a habit of suspecting that your opponent has a sharper and faster sword than you, so that you will always be cautious with your energy.

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Monday 01/25/2016
Health Advice: January is Thyroid Awareness Month
Posted: January 25, 2016

Optimizing thyroid function, healing and reversing thyroid symptoms, including thyroid autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s and Grave’s) starts with identifying the root cause.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Oil pulling: DIY remedy for white teeth, healthy gums
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The health of your teeth, mouth and gums has a profound impact on the health of your entire body. In fact, poor oral health and hidden dental infections can be making you tired, inflamed and tox-sick.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Golf Tips: From the yips to the Tour!
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I personally do not have any trouble talking about the yips because I have 100 percent overcome them.

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Tuesday 12/29/2015
Health Advice: 12 tips for a strong, healthy immune system
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 5:00 pm

A heathy immune system is influenced by lifestyle choices, emotional state, stress levels, dietary habits, gut health, environment and nutritional status. Chronic stress, underlying infections, eating a nutritionally-void diet, insufficient sleep, poor gut health, and nutrient deficiencies are the most common and frequent causes of a depressed or overactive immune system.

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Karate Klips: The importance of utilizing your hips
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 1:18 pm

Coaches constantly stress the role of hips in furnishing maximum power to any movement.

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Monday 12/28/2015
Dental tips from Hermey the Elf, D.D.G.
Posted: December 28, 2015

In 2014, the American Dental Association (ADA) awarded Hermey the Elf with a Dental Do Gooder (DDG) certificate for his passion for dentistry. Hermey the Elf is known for his adventures with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the classic holiday movie. He is also known for his promotion of good dental health throughout the North Pole. Now his drive for dental public health has joined forces with the ADA to create a national campaign in promotion of good dental health during the holiday season. The Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips are listed on the MouthHealthy.org website and include the following:

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Tuesday 12/15/2015
Hocknull: Two schools of thought on club fitting
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I would like to present a scenario to you that might explain the two different schools of thought when it comes to purchasing custom fit equipment.

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Thursday 12/10/2015
How to ensure people get end-of-life health care they want
Posted: December 10, 2015

My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. She even drafted her own obituary. Ironically, she never discussed her end-of-life care goals with my father or her physician son (me), preferring to talk about “more pleasant subjects.”

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Thursday 11/19/2015
A sea of estrogen: Estrogen dominance and obesogens
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Estrogen dominance not only affects women, it’s also prevalent in men, teens and adolescents nowadays due to estrogen-mimicking compounds also known as obesogens.

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Friday 11/13/2015
Medical advice: The backstory on ‘anti-inflammatory’ medicines
Posted: November 13, 2015

Consider the following very typical scenario: You are one of the growing numbers of individuals who take, on the advice of a health care provider, an aspirin every day because Consider the following very typical scenario: You are one of the growing numbers of individuals who take, on the advice of a health care provider, an aspirin every day because of its cardio protective properties. f its cardio protective properties. 

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Friday 09/04/2015
Properly diagnosing mental illness is not an easy task
Posted: September 04, 2015

It takes a long time to learn how to properly diagnose those who come for therapy. It’s far more complicated than one might think, which makes for an interesting clash with a unique handful of clients who, by God, know what they or someone else has, professional input be damned. I’ll call it defensive diagnosing.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Dental Advice: The question of e-cigarettes
Posted: September 03, 2015

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a division of the National Institute of Health, has recently launched an initiative for research on the possible effects on oral health of aerosol mixtures produced by electronic “e” cigarettes (EC). An April 2015 press release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 2 million middle and high school students throughout the United States are using EC recreationally. This is a triple increase from 2013 statistics.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Mental Health Advice: How to deal with OCD
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 10:57 am

Question: Our son has been an excellent student throughout high school and the college courses he has taken thus far. But around the time he finished the required general courses in junior college he decided against pursuing a career in biology.

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By Jiahui Jia | Cronkite NewsFriday, June 24, 2016PHOENIX — It was 9 a.m. and the temperature had...

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