How Fruit Helps Your Pregnancy

How Fruit Helps Your Pregnancy

 

Every mother wants what is best for her children, not just during pregnancy, but long into adulthood as well. There are countless books which discuss everything from pre-natal vitamins to educational toys, but from the moment of conception, women have a choice in the health of their baby and new research is confirming what we already knew… fruit is amazingly healthy for women.

The study, from the University of Alberta, suggest that when pregnant women eat large quantities of fruit during pregnancy, their children will get better test scores in the future. When women ate six to seven servings of fruit per day, their children performed better during developmental testing by the time they were one year of age than their counterparts did.

Over 3,500 Canadian infants and their families were involved in this study. Between the years, 2008 and 2011 over 800 pregnant women were recruited for the study. Their children’s progress was tracked when they were one, two, three, and five respectively.

Those who conducted the study were looking specifically at the cognitive development and the factors which influence it. They realized that the amount of fruit a mother eats while she is pregnant is one of the influential of all factors.

When the team from the University of Alberta combined efforts with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Division of Pediatric Neurology the research became more thorough. The Division of Pediatric Neurology had been studying the genetics of fruit flies and human beings, particularly focusing on cognition.

Though fruit flies and human beings are two very different species, they share roughly 85% of the genetics in the brain. This makes them useful to study when predicting how the human brain will react. The two groups hope that by combining their research, new insights into the human mind will be uncovered.

 

We know that with genetic engineering and alteration it would someday be possible to raise a child’s IQ. However, discovering a natural method not only enables mothers to have a hand in their child’s intelligence after conception but, also provides us with insight into how and why our minds work the way they do.

Many modern mothers are sacrificing nutrition and really depriving their baby of all of those nutrients necessary to start off their life healthy. It should not matter how busy you are as a mother-to-be, nutrition is vital. Unfortunately, we lack an emphasis on a proper diet in this country, particularly when it comes to pregnant women.

Many females are not taught the keys to a healthy pregnancy until after they are pregnant. Yes, we want women to be healthy then too, but if it was part of standard curriculum, women could take the right steps before they discover that they are pregnant.

I do also want to mention that being pregnant is a reason to go to the dentist more frequently. Your body is giving everything to the baby and it is often your dental health that will suffer. So, eat lots of fruit and make those dental appointments. Then when your child gets his or her first teeth, make an appointment with a good Pediatric dentist. Your baby and your body will thank you.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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Green Dentistry

Green Dentistry

In every industry, professionals are being persuaded to “go green” and use more sustainable techniques. As the demand for green techniques increases, especially in the medical field, it was only a matter of time before the dental industry had to stand up and take notice. It seems that the businesses that will succeed are those with the smallest (carbon) footprint.

Just under half of U.S. consumers stated, in a recent survey, that they prefer to use businesses that do business in a way that is good for the environment. A staggering 80% of people said they would prefer to work for an environmentally responsible company.

Dentists and orthodontists, like Dr. J.J. Edderai, are not the kind of business most people think of when they think of sustainability. After all, dentists are not contributing to deforestation or greenhouse gasses, at least no more than anyone else. However, just like everyone else, dentists have to play their part in protecting the environment.

The first step is to choose reusable products whenever possible. Think about the difference if every dentist used cups would be sterilized and reused rather than the paper ones that get thrown away. Using reusable cups also increases profit margins by minimizing the day-to-day cost of doing business.

There is one material used in the dental industry that does have a measurable impact on the environment… mercury. When dental amalgams are made, mercury is the substance which holds them together. Anytime these amalgams are disposed of, there is a risk that the mercury will pollute bodies of water or other areas.

So, how do we fix this? The answer may be as easy as buying an amalgam separator. This device works by filtering mercury out of the amalgam mixture. From here, the mercury can be disposed of without going through the water system and pose a threat to the environment. The mercury that is removed from the amalgam can be recycled. Not as easily as an aluminum can, but it can be. Some locations, especially larger metropolitan areas have recycling companies that are set up to deal with mercury. Not all recycling companies can, but a quick search should turn up those recyclers nearby who have this capability.

If you’d rather not deal with mercury at all, gold, composites, and ceramics can serve the same purpose, holding amalgams together. There are many dentists who offer to replace the old mercury amalgam crowns and fillings with their mercury-free versions, often at minimal cost.

Change is frequently uncomfortable, there is no way around that fact. But, once the change is made, it is easy to stick with. If every industry starts making choices that are eco-friendlier now, we may get to a place where our planet is actually healthy. How nice would that be? Then, we’ll already be using green solutions, the kind of solution we should have been using all along.

    

 Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

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Getting Seniors to Think About Nutrition

Getting Seniors to Think About Nutrition

As we age, our bodies no longer take in as much nutrition as they used to. This means that senior citizens, aside from experiencing the usual changes associated with age, are at risk of not getting what they need to keep their bodies running. We can usually see the effects of this on the mouth, specifically their teeth and gums.

Thankfully, there is something that can be done about this. You see, there are two main reasons that seniors are at risk. The first is due to being on a fixed (and usually small) income. If they can’t buy more nutritious food, we are setting them up for failure.

The second reason is that they don’t know about the changes in their nutritional needs. The Health Promotion Board is hoping to fix this latter problem by providing much needed educational information to seniors. The toolkit they have constructed contains an educational poster and a cookbook full of nutritious recipes. The kit, aptly named the Recipe for Healthy Ageing, also contains specific information and guidelines for getting enough protein and calcium.

No matter what age we are, eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent disease, especially diseases which are chronic. Since senior citizens are more susceptible to chronic conditions, this is one group that we should be focusing on. Sadly, this is often not the case, especially for seniors in assisted living facilities.

Even small steps like reducing salt and eating more fruit and vegetables dramatically reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease. But, if seniors don’t have this information, then they don’t know it is something they have control over. Not all will opt for a healthier diet, but the option should ALWAYS be available.

The Health Promotion Board planned ahead when designing the toolkit, it is currently available in four languages. There will be a quarter million copies made available in paper format, but it is also able to be viewed online. If the kit is successful, more paper copies and language options are likely to be available.

Since senior citizens are such an underserved group, this toolkit may seem like a drop in the bucket, but it is a great start. In other areas of the world, as people age their communities or family members take care of them. In the United States this concept is foreign. Many seniors will find themselves having to take care of themselves even as mundane tasks become more challenging.

The educational toolkit will help, it really will. I think about my grandpa. For fifty years my grandmother cooked all of his meals. When she passed, he was lucky if he could boil his own water. The recipes in the book are not only nutritious, but many are fairly simple. The point is to get the elderly eating better, even if they aren’t master chefs. That is exactly what this toolkit provides, a quick and easy solution for those who need it most.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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Raising Awareness of an Invisible Disease

Raising Awareness of an Invisible Disease

In the United States alone, over one million people suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). You may know it by its more common name, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). For people who suffer from this disease, simple day-to-day activities can seem impossible. Even spending a night out with friends turns into a challenge to be overcome.

In the most severe cases of ME/CFS, a patient can be housebound for 90% of the time. Even in its less severe forms, it can still be frequently incapacitating. Despite the name, there are more symptoms than fatigue. It can, and frequently does, impact immune, endocrine, and cardiac systems as well as affecting the brain and gut biology. Because of the complexity of the disease and the fact that it has no visible signs, it is hard to accurately diagnose.

The fatigue that comes as a primary symptom of ME/CFS is more than just being tired after work. One patient described it as “unrelenting exhaustion.” Imagine being weak in your arms and legs, having swelling in your joints and throughout your upper torso. Since your body is always tired, you become susceptible to every cold and bacteria that gets close, most of which enter in through the mouth and nose. For those with ME/CFS, this isn’t a bad week, it is a daily reality.

From a mental aspect, ME/CFS restricts word recognition, conversation skills, and inhibits conversational ability. The isolation is frequently frustrating and many patients become depressed after a time. Even more frustrating is that not all patients have all of the symptoms. So, one person may have fatigue but less cognitive blocks and another may have problems with cognitive function and less fatigue.

Currently, researchers, scientists, doctors, and other medical professionals are examining a variety of theories related to determining a cause, finding a cure, and alleviating symptoms. Since most individuals who have CFS are female, it is possible that chemicals play a role or that the predisposition is genetically inherited.

There are many other theories concerning what causes CFS. One theory is that viruses such as human herpes virus 6, mouse leukemia viruses, and the Epstein-Barr virus are a trigger for the disease. Another theory is that problems in the immune system are the cause.

As far as treatments go, there are many medications designed to treat the symptoms when they are caused by other conditions (such as pain killers). All that can be done with these pharmaceuticals is to temporarily relieve pain. But it is likely that more long-term damage is being done. Luckily, there are research teams exploring organic and holistic methods, including meditation, yoga, diet, energy healing, herbal teas, dental hygiene, and therapy. Of course, this is uncharted territory. But, by taking Western medicine and blending in Eastern healing methods we actually stand a chance at giving people back their lives.

The cause will likely be unclear until many more years of research are done. What we do know is that women, especially those over 40 and under large amounts of stress are the most susceptible and make up the largest percentage of sufferers.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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THC as a Treatment: The Top Diseases MMJ is Currently Fighting

THC as a Treatment: The Top Diseases MMJ is Currently Fighting

 

There are millions of people taking countless types of medications in the world. Some are medications are taken simply to counteract the side-effects of other medications. All in all, some patients take a dozen medications and still feel no relief.

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions, yes that’s with a “B,” of dollars every year. But, they are getting some stiff competition from one natural remedy that is quickly turning into a “cure-all” across the country. Even if all doctors and dentists haven’t come to a consensus on marijuana’s many benefits, those who use it usually swear by it.

As the use of medical, and recreational, marijuana grows, the stigma around it may have no choice but to fade into memory. In the next decade, we will likely see universal approval for the use of the cannabinoid producing plant. Below are listed the diseases that marijuana is already impacting. These will likely be among the first to get federal approval to use THC as a treatment.

Alzheimer’s: This is a cruel disease that slowly strips a patient of their memories and cognitive functions until it ultimately leads to death. In recent studies, Alzheimer’s patients that were prescribed cannabinoids were able to gain weight and showed a reduction in agitation. Furthermore, one theory for the cause of Alzheimer’s is a buildup of protein deposits. When patients took concentrated THC, these deposits did not build as quickly. While this isn’t necessarily it cure, it is a good lead and in the meantime, any improvement made to their quality 419724647949800 of life should be welcomed.

Chronic pain: Several studies conducted on both animals and people have shown that using marijuana can induce an analgesic effect. This is medical jargon for pain relieving. Some research shows a pain decrease of as much as 30%. This is far from a new idea, though. As far back as the early 1800’s, there are documented reports of people using marijuana in one form or another to relieve pain. In some European countries and in Canada, Sativex (a cannabis-based drug) has gotten approval.

Cancer: There are few words as frightening to hear as “cancer.” The benefits of MMJ for cancer patients is three-fold. First, studies on animals show that a marijuana extract can kill cancer cells. A separate study revealed that it can stop the growth of new cancer cells. Secondly, using marijuana prevents nausea that comes with chemo. Many patients are able to regain much of their original appetite. Third, research suggests that a person’s body will respond better to the chemoradiation when they “toke up” before treatment.

Asthma: It seems a bit counterintuitive that smoking something could actually help with asthma, but it’s true. It is worth noting that not all patients in this study had improvement. Some complained about a tightness in their chest and throat. Those who did not have tightness reported breathing better than they had.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

 

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