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December 2009

The Cost Of Poor Oral Hygiene - Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease, Bleeding Gums, Sensitive Teeth

Ora Are you worried because your gums are bleeding, are they red and puffy, tender, sensitive to hot or cold,  starting to recede, loose tooth, or do you seem to constantly have bad breath? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you’ve got pre or full blown periodontal disease/gum disease. And you should be worried because not only may you lose your teeth, but periodontal disease is now linked to heart disease, stokes, respiratory disease, digestive disorders, pancreatic cancer, and preterm low birth weight babies, diabetes and obesity.

It all starts with an onslaught of bacteria invading your gum tissues. Bacteria can literally multiply by the millions in just a few short hours and if left unchecked can form plaque, then tartar, and the next thing you know you have a pocket. A pocket is a separation of the gum tissue from the tooth and your dentist will measure them in millimeters – “tooth number 7 is a 4, 22 is a 6” and so on - the larger the number the deeper the pocket and the worse your condition.

Here’s what happens, the bacteria builds up and invades the pocket. You will notice some bleeding as this occurs and maybe redness or gum swelling. As the bacteria hides in the pocket, it turns into toxins or poisons and starts eating away at the gum tissue and bone of the tooth causing receding and possibly a loose tooth. When it is deep enough the bacteria is getting access to your blood and the next thing you know you’re finding yourself with all kinds of health challenges and big dental bills.

There are several things that could have contributed to this happening:


  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medication
  • Dry Mouth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Substance abuse
  • Stress
  • Hereditary

No matter what caused it, if you find yourself in this position with gum disease or pre gum disease, then you must aggressively fight the problem or you are going to begin losing your teeth and battling other health challenges.

When you’re in the midst of the battle it is nice to get some reinforcements. The first thing (first punch) you have got to do – and any dentist will tell you this - is to establish a good oral hygiene program. The second thing (second punch) you have to do is to get the bacteria under control and that’s where OraMD comes in. You’ve got to have a formula for success to win the battle.

OraMD is a liquid toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath freshener that is the best product on the planet to fight the bad bacteria in your mouth. This precise formulation of three 100% pure botanical oils of almond, spearmint, and peppermint is designed to kill the bad bacteria that are ravaging your gums. There are 100’s of types of these 3 botanical oils and dozens of properties for each type – literally millions of combinations. This is a scientific formula matching the right properties of the right oils and designed specifically to combat the bacteria in your mouth. There is nothing like it on the market - it’s fast and effective, and it leaves a real fresh, clean feeling in your mouth.

Why doesn’t my TOOTH PASTE and MOUTHWASH work?

Virtually every tooth paste has an ingredient in it called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This ingredient is what makes your toothpaste suds up, but is a harsh chemical that is used the world over in clinical studies to irritate the skin. It is also used in car wash soaps. The last thing you want to do when you have a gum problem is continually apply something to your gums twice a day that is an irritant.

Mouth wash with alcohol is a formula for dry mouth. Alcohol will dry out your mouth and dry mouth leads to bacteria multiplying voraciously – into the billions.

Ai


Avoiding Health Hazards This Holiday Season - Stay Healthy During Travel & Get Togethers

Snowman Whether you’re traveling or staying home, you’ll likely be exposed to a plethora of different pathogens this holiday season. While many people are cognizant of their own healthy hygiene and self-care habits such as washing their hands, chances are, there are plenty of people who don’t share the same concern for their health (or yours).

In addition, there are often places where you have little control over your exposure to germs such as planes or offices, or unlikely spots in your home or hotel room that you may not consider that are harboring bacteria, viruses, or worse. Stay safe by being aware of potential health threats that could wreak havoc on your holiday plans!

Show Disease the Door

There are few places you can enter without being forced to touch a doorknob, but the Centers for Disease Control report that you should be more aware of your next grand entrance (or exit), as colds, the influenza virus, staph germs, and even HPV (the human papillomavirus) can be transmitted via a common doorknob.  
 
While you can’t live in fear of all doorknobs, taking extra precautions can help keep you healthy. Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or right as you get home, and avoid touching your face.

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“Friends” Who Follow You Home

At home or on the road, few women go anywhere without their purse. An ABC News investigation inspected many handbags, and many had thousands of bacteria present, with one whopper having 6.7 million present! Over half of the bags tested were contaminated with fecal bacteria. As purses are thrown on the bathroom floor to the car seat to the kitchen counter, the potential for illness is high, as cross contamination to food preparation areas or even hands-to-face contact occurs.

The same risk of bacteria and germs could therefore likely be associated with suitcases, as they are transferred many times from baggage handlers to taxis to hotel rooms. Keep antibacterial wipes handy and clean your handbag and suitcase, especially the handles and bottom.

In addition, travelers should be especially careful in hotels, as the Environmental Protection Agency says bedbugs are on the rise and becoming an increasing health problem. When returning home, don’t throw your suitcase right on the bed. Instead, clean it with a brush and vacuum inside, and wash all its contents.

Showers, Saunas & Swimming Pools – Not Safe Havens

After a long day of traveling or dealing with demanding family members, escaping to the comfort of a steamy shower may seem like just the trick to wash away the worries of the day. However, a recent study from the University of Colorado found dirty showerheads to be full of bacteria, while other reports from the CDC and hotel case studies showed bacteria and diseases transmitted via hot tubs and saunas, from pneumonia originating from legionella bacteria via inhalation of water aerosols to digestive, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, and even neurological infections from bacteria, parasites and other pathogens that can even survive chlorine in swimming pools.

While some may find it laughable, the best way to stay safe is to stay clear of any pool, sauna or hot tub unless you know it’s properly maintained. At home, be sure to thoroughly clean your showerheads regularly, and while away, if you’re unsure of cleanliness, request an extra cleaning.

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5-Star Ratings Don’t Always Equate to Safety

The CDC estimates that 76 million cases of foodborne infections occur annually in the United States, leading to 323,000 hospitalizations. From contaminated work surfaces to dirty hands, improper food preparation is the main culprit of infection.

While the FDA has reported 15 foodborne illness-inducing organisms, five are responsible for the worst illnesses: Salmonella, E. coli O157 and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Campylobacter, Listeria, and Toxoplasma.

You might want to check out your local restaurant inspection reports online before ordering takeout or heading to that pricey bistro up the street, or offer to lend a (clean) hand to your hostess who is preparing your holiday meal. And if you’re staying at a hotel, don’t be shy to ask for a new water glass. Fox 5 in Atlanta uncovered hotel room glasses that had never been properly sanitized in a dishwasher, but simply clothed off by housekeeping and returned to the sink counter or nightstand.

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Stay Well All Year

Your main concern should be boosting immunity, as it’s your body’s first line of defense against illness. Natural remedies can provide the added support the body needs. Astragalus membranaceous (also called 'huang qi') is a natural rejuvenating tonic shown to have an excellent effect on immune system health and functioning. Viscum album is also commonly known to enhance the immune-stimulating properties of other ingredients, and it encourages repair of damaged cells.

Other natural ingredients with immune boosting properties are Inula helenium, Withania somnifera, Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato), Mentha piperita, Solidago virgaurea, Crataegus oxycanthoides, Schizandra chinensis, and Olea europea (extract of Olive leaf).

All of these powerful ingredients are found in nature’s medicine chest and will go a long way in helping you strengthen your immune system against illness, disease, and infection, so you can make the most of the holiday season and everyday.

Question:
“Hello, I am very terrified of getting sick, especially any kind of influenza. Is there any homeopathic remedy that will protect against it? Please help me! I’m also afraid of medicines. I have been able to take some homeopathic successfully, so I feel more comfortable taking those. Thank you”
-- Wendy S.

Answer:
We recommend a combination of our BaniFlu and Easy AirTravel™ remedies, which are safe, non-addictive, FDA-registered and 100% homeopathic. Taken at the start of winter, or just before travel, BaniFlu will provide seasonal protection against current flu viruses and increase the body’s ability to fight against invading germs.

Easy AirTravel contains ingredients selected to relieve symptoms of the flu or cold like cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat and fatigue. Easy AirTravel works quickly to support the immune system and assist the body in its task of fighting invading germs. - Native Remedies Team


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Cat Food Recall Originated In Same Plant That Sickened Dogs, Diamond Pet Food says

By McClatchy Newspapers
Friday, December 4, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An executive of Diamond Pet Foods, which announced a recall of two varieties of cat food, said Thursday the tainted products were manufactured at the same Gaston, S.C., plant that in 2005 produced toxic dog food responsible for the deaths or illnesses of dozens of dogs around the nation.

"Yeah, it’s out of Gaston," Diamond president Mike Kampeter said. Kampeter declined to answer further questions about the plant, which employs about 100 people.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has oversight of pet-food manufacturing, said an investigation is under way.

The probe could lead to enforcement actions aimed at getting the company to correct problems, a spokesman said. In July, Diamond announced a $3.8 million expansion of its Lexington County plant that would add 37 employees to its work force.

On Sept. 23, Diamond voluntarily recalled Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food. The Meta, Mo.-based company said the recall was necessary because the products had "the potential to produce thiamin ... deficiency."

The FDA said there were reports of 21 cases of thiamine deficiency, which can cause neurological problems and loss of appetite in cats, but no deaths. Cases were confined to New York and Pennsylvania, and none has been reported since Oct. 19.

An FDA spokeswoman said that cat food case was a "Class I" recall, meaning the situation involved the possibility of serious illness or death.

Bags of the tainted food were distributed at stores in 18 states in the Southeast and Northeast.

Four years ago, Diamond’s Gaston plant was the source of dog food with a poisonous fungus called aflatoxin in it. The fungus came from the corn used in the food production.

The FDA reported 76 dogs had died after eating the food and another 21 had become ill.

Diamond later admitted it did not follow its own testing procedures at the plant and in January 2008 agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle a class-action suit.

The latest recall includes food that was manufactured in Lexington County from May 28 to Aug. 30, the company said.

Kampeter said the company issued a voluntary recall Sept. 23, asking retailers to pull the two cat food products off their shelves.

Diamond said it tested the product and determined there were no contaminants in the cat food. It also tracked the vitamin premix lot number and notified distributors and retailers.

Further testing on another lot of the Premium Edge brand was done and there was no thiamine deficiency, the company said.

A cat suffering from a thiamine deficiency may have a wobbly walk, appear weak, have paralysis of the hind limbs, suffer seizures, bend its neck toward the floor, walk in circles, and have abnormal eye movements called nystagmus. Affected cats also may suffer loss of appetite and vomiting.

The probe could lead to enforcement actions aimed at getting the company to correct problems, a spokesman said. In July, Diamond announced a $3.8 million expansion of its Lexington County plant that would add 37 employees to its work force.

On Sept. 23, Diamond voluntarily recalled Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food. The Meta, Mo.-based company said the recall was necessary because the products had "the potential to produce thiamin ... deficiency."

The FDA said there were reports of 21 cases of thiamine deficiency, which can cause neurological problems and loss of appetite in cats, but no deaths. Cases were confined to New York and Pennsylvania, and none has been reported since Oct. 19.

An FDA spokeswoman said that cat food case was a "Class I" recall, meaning the situation involved the possibility of serious illness or death.

Bags of the tainted food were distributed at stores in 18 states in the Southeast and Northeast.

Four years ago, Diamond’s Gaston plant was the source of dog food with a poisonous fungus called aflatoxin in it. The fungus came from the corn used in the food production.

The FDA reported 76 dogs had died after eating the food and another 21 had become ill.

Diamond later admitted it did not follow its own testing procedures at the plant and in January 2008 agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle a class-action suit.

The latest recall includes food that was manufactured in Lexington County from May 28 to Aug. 30, the company said.

Kampeter said the company issued a voluntary recall Sept. 23, asking retailers to pull the two cat food products off their shelves.

Diamond said it tested the product and determined there were no contaminants in the cat food. It also tracked the vitamin premix lot number and notified distributors and retailers.

Further testing on another lot of the Premium Edge brand was done and there was no thiamine deficiency, the company said.

A cat suffering from a thiamine deficiency may have a wobbly walk, appear weak, have paralysis of the hind limbs, suffer seizures, bend its neck toward the floor, walk in circles, and have abnormal eye movements called nystagmus. Affected cats also may suffer loss of appetite and vomiting.


Diamond Cat Food Recall Update - Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball

Please forward to anyone you know feeding this cat food or anyone you know that has a cat having these kinds of problems.....

Press Release From The FDA

Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food

 

Company Contact:
800-977-8797

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 27, 2009 - On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided.

Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. At the first stage the cat may show decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. Later, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. These ultimately may result in the death of the animal if left untreated. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida.

The affected date codes were RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

To date, 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in cats have been reported and confirmed by Diamond. The reports have been confined to the New York and Pennsylvania areas and none have been received since October 19.

Diamond has tested the product and found the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Samples taken by the FDA indicated that there were additional lots with insufficient levels of thiamine. No other complaints have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

Consumers who have purchased the affected lots are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-977-8797, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

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