Clenched Teeth: A Sign of Stress

Many times throughout the day I find myself clenching my teeth. This use to be an occasional occurrence for me but lately I find myself doing it more and more. So much so that it is starting to hurt my jaw. It turns out that clenching my teeth is my unconscious response to stress (one of many I'm sure). The medical profession even has a name for this unconscious response to stress, Bruxism. Bruxism is when you clench (tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together) or grind (slide your teeth back and forth over each other) your teeth. One look at today’s news headlines can probably tell you why the frequency of my teeth clenching has increased. Whenever I realize that I am clenching my teeth I immediately unclench them, take a deep breath, and move my jaw around a little bit. … [Read more...]

Night Blindness

DID YOU KNOW? Carrots can help you see the stars! WHAT IS NIGHT BLINDNESS? Light enters your eye and lands on light sensitive cells on the retina (back of the eye). These light receiving cells send signals to your brain where it is decoded and you see images. Visual purple is a most important light receiver, and it is composed of two parts: a protein molecule and a molecule made from vitamin A. People who have a deficiency of vitamin A cannot make enough visual purple to see well at night. This condition is called night blindness. CONCLUSION While carrots and other vegetables, including pumpkin do not contain vitamin A, they have carotene which your liver changes into vitamin A. DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF One way your eyes adjust to the dark is that the pupils dilate (get bigger) so … [Read more...]

The Medicine Cabinet: What You Need, How to Store, When to Toss

"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals." --Sir William Osler Expiration and Disposal Do medications really expire?  Richard Altschuler writes an informative article with a refreshing lack of technical jargon; he even tests his theory on his mother in law!  The bottom line: First, the expiration date, required by law in the United States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use. Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs purportedly are. Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't … [Read more...]

Creating a Selective/Delayed Vaccination Schedule

Much of the recent media coverage on the debate about childhood vaccinations and the possible links to autism or other neurological disorders presents the issue as an "either/or" decision.  Parents may feel they either have to vaccinate their children in complete compliance with the CDC mandated schedule or choose not to vaccinate their children at all. A growing number of parents are discovering that vaccines are not all-or-nothing.  If for any reason, you don't feel comfortable with the vaccine schedule created by the CDC, there are steps you can take to create a schedule of immunizations that you feel comfortable with for each of your children. 1) Do your research.  You will find impassioned viewpoints on either side of the vaccine debate, and it's important to carefully evaluate … [Read more...]