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August 2018 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   A cop just knocked on my door and told me that my dogs were chasing people on bikes. My dogs don´t even own bikes!  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

K. Nemecek of Phoenix, AZ   Winner of our July early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winner and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Retinal Detachment

Have you ever noticed your vision (usually only in one eye) is suddenly filled with dark spots, specks, hair-like strings and has the sensation of flashing lights?  If you have, then you should see your ophthalmologist immediately because you may have a detached retina.

The retina is the light sensitive tissue that lies smoothly against the inside wall of the eye and sends images to the brain.  Beneath the retina is a thin layer of blood cells that supply the retina with oxygen and nutrients.

Retinal detachment is described as an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position.

According to the National Eye Institute, retinal detachment can occur at any age but is more common in people over the age of 40.  It affects more men than women and more Whites than African Americans.  Retinal detachments can occur from many other factors as well, such as injury or inflammation.

Retinal detachment is said to be painless but symptoms usually appear before it occurs.  These symptoms may include:
  • Eye Floaters - tiny specks or hair-like strings that drift through your field of vision.

  • Sensation of flashing lights.

  • Blurred vision

  • Gradually reduced peripheral (side) vision.

  • Shadow over the vision field.
The only effective treatment for a retinal detachment is surgery.  After surgery, it could take several months for your vision to improve and sometimes vision may never return to normal, it all depends on whether the macula (most important part of the eye) was affected by the detachment.  If a detached retina is left untreated, it may progress and result in complete vision loss.

For more information on this subject, please visit

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jourdin, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here.

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your doctor.

Grandma´s Kitchen With Grandma C.:

Sea Scallops And Pesto Parmesan Pasta

Grandma C.
  1. 1 pkg angel hair pasta
  2. 1½- 2 lbs large Sea Scallops (fresh or frozen)
  3. 2 tbsp pesto (from a jar, any brand)
  4. 2 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese
  5. 1 tsp minced garlic
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. Fresh parsley
  8. Lemon wedges
  9. Salt and Pepper

Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions to an al dente´ stage.  Drain, rinse and set aside.

In a large frying pan, add olive oil and heat on medium high heat until a drop of water sizzles in the pan.  Reduce heat to medium.

Add minced garlic and spread around the pan with a wooden spoon.  Add Sea Scallops to pan, placing them about an inch apart.

Scallops should sizzle immediately — if they don´t, turn up heat until you get the sizzle effect.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook 2 minutes until nicely browned, then turn them over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove scallops at this point.  (You don´t want them overdone!)

Add cooked, drained pasta to the frying pan and add in pesto, tossing to blend.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Heat until pasta is hot, tossing constantly as you don´t want the pasta to burn.

During the last minute, add the parmesan cheese and toss gently.  Serve immediately with the scallops on top.  Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.

Enjoy!  And remember, if it looks and smells good, eat it!!

If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Grandma C., drop her an email by clicking here.


Mesa Dental Care

Mesa Dental Cre
Our spotlight for August is aimed at the city of Mesa, Arizona and shines on Mesa Dental Care

At Mesa Dental Care Dr. Ali Nia and his excellent friendly and highly experienced staff will strive to tailor your dental care to suit your individual dental needs.  Through his extensive training and thirty years of experience each patient receives the best dental care available.

Dr. Nia is a devoted and compassionate dental professional whose passion for excellence is reflected in his meticulous and gentle dental care.  He truly is committed to his patients and their comfort and ensuring they receive the best treatment that works and will last.

The practice is located at 1930 S Dobson Rd, Suite 1, Mesa, AZ 85202.  The phone number is (480) 730-0500.  We also invite you to visit them on the web.

Say thank you to your dental office for the excellent manner in which you are treated by nomimating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for 8 weeks before it was finally picked up.  It became the first ever animated show to air during primetime.

  • Researchers have found that flossing your teeth can help your memory.  Flossing prevents gum disease, which prevents stiff blood vessels, which cause memory issues.

  • Samsung® means “three stars” in Korean.  This was chosen by the founder because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky.

  • Red Solo cups are a common souvenir to bring back from the United States.  The novelty comes from the cups being used in many party scenes in movies.

  • Employees at MillerCoors get three free cases of beer each month, in addition to having access to beer and cider on location after a work day.

  • Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson set a new Guinness World Record for the Most Selfies taken in 3 minutes.  He took 105 selfies with fans at his movie premiere for San Andreas.

  • The number of stars on the European Union (EU) flag doesn´t represent anything.  12 stars were chosen as a number with no political association and for a symbol of unity.

  • Ben & Jerry´s has an online flavor graveyard for their 10 discontinued ice cream flavors.  Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph.

  • Selfies now cause more deaths than shark attacks.  It is estimated there are 28 selfie related deaths per year, with the leading cause being heights.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:


These are just a few of the topics.  Our blog site contains many other interesting topics.  Please join us!!

Here´s Your Answer

Questions From Our Members

D. Blackenship of Los Angeles, California asks: 

“My dentist says I have several cavities and that I need some fillings.  My teeth don't hurt so why should I listen to him?  I think he may be trying to take advantage of me.”

Savon’s Answer

Most dentists will show you the x-rays and point out what they are seeing.  A cavity is caused by bacteria eating away at the enamel of the tooth.  Caught early enough, it can usually be fixed with a simple filling but if you ignore it, at some point it is going to start hurting.

Waiting often makes the problem more difficult and more expensive to fix such as requiring a root canal and a crown.  Trust the x-rays and the professional opinion of the doctor, it appears that he is really trying to save you some future pain and expense.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Lingering Effects of Dental Anesthetics

A reprint from Chairside Chat With Dawn Lawler May-June 2010)
“Ugh…  When is this numbness going to wear off?”

A question all too familiar in a dental office and the truth of it is, that´s a loaded question.

The 4 most common local anesthetics used in the dental practice are bupivicaine (Marcaine), lidocaine, articaine (Septocaine), and mepivicaine (Carbocaine). Marcaine is the longest acting injectable dental anesthesia and carbocaine is the shortest acting. Lidocaine and Septocaine are probably the two most frequently used anesthetics.

Dentists will administer any one of the above anesthetics or their derivatives to a patient based on:
  1. type of procedure

  2. length of time it will take to complete the procedure

  3. health history of the patient (i.e., sensitivities to epinephrine, blood thinning medications)

  4. potential post—operative pain occurrences

  5. discomfort concerns of the patient
With a combined equation of procedure, patient, anesthetics and technique (or placement of the anesthetic), a dentist can usually “guesstimate” how long it will take for the numbness to wear off.  If you have concerns about the effects of local anesthetics, discuss your options with your dentist, he is more worried about hurting you than you are.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.

News You Can Use

New Membership Cards Now Being Issued

In an effort to provide each member with a new membership card every year, we have started replacing the old hard plastic membership identification cards.

The new cards are printed on thermal card stock.  It includes your name, plan ID number, number of dependents and expiration date.  Do not laminate these cards, THEY WILL TURN BLACK!

Other changes we have made include important disclosures pertaining to plan usage, benefits and updated information regarding services offered.  If you have any questions regarding your new card, feel free to contact us at 1-800-809-3494.

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