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January 2018 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   An opportunist is the guy who drinks the water while the pessimist, the optimist and the realist are arguing about how full the glass is.  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

M. Herman of Carmichael, California:  Winner of our December 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:

Common Cold

The day is just beginning and you already know it's going to be a long one, possibly a long week too.  Why do you ask?  Because you woke up to a scratchy throat, headache and a runny nose.  That only means one thing… the dreaded COLD.

There are more than 200 different viruses that can cause the common cold.  The “cold” season generally runs from the beginning of September to the end of April but the viruses are always lurking around.  Why do people seem to catch the cold during these months rather than the other months?  Because people spend more time indoors and they are in closer contact with other people.

“Contact” is the key word on how the cold virus spreads.  You can catch a cold by simply touching an object, a person or by breathing in contaminated particles from a cough or sneeze.

It is said that most people can expect to get between 2-4 colds a year.  Whether or not this is true depends on several factors such as your age, genetic makeup, whether you’re a smoker and the duration of your exposure to various elements.  Colds usually last between 2-14 days.  During this time it’s important to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and use the appropriate medications.

Many of us head to the pharmacy to get over the counter medications such as: Cough medicines, Pain relievers, Decongestants and Antihistamines to help cure our colds but did you know there are alternative treatments?
  • Vitamin C – Taking 500 milligrams of vitamin c can help strengthen resistance to viruses and also acts as an antihistamine.

  • Echinacea – This is an herb that helps stimulate the immune system.  Studies have shown this herb doesn’t help prevent colds but helps shorten the duration.  *Before taking this herbal supplement, make sure you consult with your doctor*

  • Zinc - There have been many debates about whether or not zinc helps to reduce the severity of a cold.  Zinc can be most effective if taken at the first signs of a cold and it is possibly more effective if it is taken in the form of a lozenge or syrup form.  This allows the substance to line the throat over a swallowed pill.
Sometimes a cold can take a turn for the worse and a simple cold can turn into something major. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing:
  • Fever over 102* that lasts for more than 2 days.

  • Ear, throat or sinus pain that lasts more than 3 days.

  • Rash.

  • A cough lasting more than two weeks.

  • If you just got over a cold and it comes back.
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best defense against catching a cold.  You can also carry antibacterial wipes with you and wipe everything before touching it.  Also try doing a daily nose flush, eat lots of fruits and veggies and sip on tea.

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.:

Chicken Spaghetti Pie

Grandma C.
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded 1 cup crumbled bacon bits 16 oz spaghetti
2 eggs ¼ cup milk 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 medium yellow onion, chopped 6 TBSP butter, melted 4 oz soft cream cheese
1½ cups sour cream 2 cans cream of chicken soup ½ cup parmesan
2 cups mozzarella cheese 1 tsp Italian season 1 tsp parsley flakes
Salt and Pepper 1 pkg. garlic flavored croutons, crushed (for topping).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To begin, cook spaghetti to a slightly underdone state, (al dente`).  Drain.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs and parmesan cheese.  Toss the spaghetti noodles and this mixture together.  Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, mix the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cream cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, milk, chicken, bacon and your seasonings.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly grease a 13 x 9 in baking dish.  Pour half of the spaghetti mixture into the pan and spread evenly.  Top with half of the chicken soup mixture, spread evenly.  Repeat the layers one time.

Use the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and the garlic croutons to sprinkle on the top before baking.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly.  Remove from oven.  Let it set for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

*I would use a roasted chicken ready-made from the grocery store for this recipe, but you can certainly cook your own or use canned chicken, either way.

**This recipe makes 12 servings. It can easily be reduced for a smaller crowd by simply cutting the ingredients in half.

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.


Dentistry At Grayhawk

Dental Center
Our spotlight for January goes to the city of Scottsdale, Arizona and shines on Dentistry At Grayhawk.

Here are some of the things that patients have said about this practice:
  • “Dr. Bahar Abadi, and her husband Dr. Cameron and staff are genuine about their care.  They're excellent about listening to your needs and wants as well as educating you on your necessary care for your teeth.  Their expertise in their field is unsurpassed!  Love them!” (Nauheed N.)

  • “This is the best dentist office I've been to my entire life.  The office staff is excellent, the dentists are the best in the Phoenix area and the dental hygienist great.  I highly recommend this place to everybody I know!!” (Douglas B.)
The practice is located at 20801 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 209, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  The phone number is (480) 513-2773.  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 nominating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn't Know

  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.

  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

  • A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

  • A skunk can spray its stinky scent more than 10 feet.

  • A whale's penis is called a dork.

  • An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Come blog with us!  Dental Talk with Savon is a fun forum to post your interesting topics!  Your comments are welcome, it’s free to use and no membership is required.

Some of the topics include;

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

George V. of Arizona asks: 

How can a dental office charge a lab fee for a crown that they make in their own office and why doesn't the crown have its own ADA code?

Savon’s Answer

The crown that is being questioned is the Cerec® crown.  At this point the ADA has not assigned this crown its own specific code and the suggestion that we tell the ADA to assign it a code is not realistic.  Companies that work in the medical field use the codes that are set by the governing agencies and these agencies listen to the largest insurance companies and the lobbyists.

It is Savon's opinion that although the Cerec® is manufactured "in office", the machine and materials required to produce the finished product constitutes an "in house lab".  The expense of the machine and the materials used is calculated per crown and that becomes the lab fee.

Some patients feel that they are being "ripped offed" by the lab fee, but in fact the doctors on Savon that use the Cerec® system are very fair with the lab pricing, not to mention the convenience of not having to wait 2 to 3 weeks for a crown.

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