Are your ready for Summer Solstice and Healthy Choices?
Summer Solstice and Skin
Hey! I just added a link for a great informative PowerPoint to help you Stay Sun and Suncreen Safe. Please enjoy the other links I have added for you, as well. Santa Cruz fog and sunshine is here. This morning when walking the dogs it was foggy, Before noon the sun has brightened to show the blue sky. It is a gorgeous day, with Double Delight roses, Jasmine, Gladiolas and many more flowers abloom. Less than three weeks until the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice.
How Are You All Doing? Are You Waxing or Waning?
When I last noticed the moon, it was waning. My weight is waning very nicely and my knowledge continues to wax. Have you ever had white asparagus? If not, be sure to peel it before eating it! The picture above is a homemade German dinner made by our host daughter, Anna. Those stuffed potatoes sprinkled with sesame seeds and lovely lemon sauce were really yummy. It has been a few months now, since that indulgence of eating potatoes has ended. Yams only, these days and it is really working. “Cooking Right for Your Type” is definitely working for my blood / body type. Time with my granddaughter, Alejandra, has waned for many weeks. I am looking forward to resuming our Tuesdays and awaiting the time to wane for a family reunion down in Coronado-near San Diego, in just a few more weeks.
Facebook is so amazing for being reconnected
Most recently, I met a cousin of mine, Alexander. He is my aunt Fredia’s son. Now I only have one memory of my aunt Fredia, and it is that she liked her dogs a lot better than us kids! Which, now as a dog owner of six, I can totally understand. However, long ago, as a two and a half year old, that was scary. Now it is 2010 and “I’s a big girl I is”, as Eliza Dolittle would say in ‘My Fair Lady.’
I want to toot my horn about how I have been so consistent, lately, by nightly brushing of all six dogs’ mouths and teeth. Do you know the reality of increased heart and infectious disease with poor oral hygiene, in both people and animals? See below information for more details about oral care and disease. (Oh boy, this reminds me of the class series I taught called Horse and Human Health. That was a fun series!) More next time, I want to go enjoy a bike ride with my honey before we go to see the movie, ‘Prince of Persia’. Tony is such a movie buff.
Periodontal Disease Linked To Life Threatening Diseases -Chae
- Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common infections – Often more prevalent than the common cold.
- The U.S. Public Health Service reports that 98% of all Americans have some form of dental disease, which can be eliminated by improving preventative care.
- The mouth has over 400 species of bacteria that cause gum disease. By the age of 35, most people have some level of gum disease.
- Most people are unaware that they have it. The reason for this is simple. Periodontal disease is not painful until it gets to the advanced stages.
- Gingivitis is the earliest form of periodontal disease that causes your gums to become red and bleed easily. They may even become slightly swollen, but there is usually little or no discomfort.
- For most people, the disease starts with dental plaque accumulating on our teeth. This is a sticky, colorless film that is made up of more than 400 species of bacteria.
- Whether or not you get periodontal disease will then depend on which bacteria are present in your mouth and how your body reacts to this bacteria. Bacteria multiply faster in the mouth than in other parts of the body.
- A number of studies confirm a link between gum infections and a weakened immune system, leading to a host of serious diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term low birth weight births, etc. The health of the mouth is crucial to overall health.
Heart Disease and Stroke
- Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.
- Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation that may lead to heart attacks.
- Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal bacteria increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
- Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.
- People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes.
- Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for diabetic complications.
- This is supported by a study reported in the Journal of Periodontology in 1997 involving 113 Pima Indians with both diabetes and periodontal disease. The study found that when their periodontal infections were treated, the management of their diabetes markedly improved.
Pre-term Low Birth Weight Births
- Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.
- Recent research suggests that bacteria found in the throat, as well as bacteria found in the mouth, can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract. This can cause infections or worsen existing lung conditions.
- It is thought that bacterial respiratory infections are acquired through aspiration (inhaling) of fine droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain germs that can breed and multiply within the lungs to cause damage.