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March 2016 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “The shamrock is a religious symbol.  St. Patrick said the leaves represented the trinity:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  That's why four leaf clovers are so lucky, you get a bonus Jesus.”  (Stephen Colbert - 1964 - Present)


Congratulations To:

S. Tudur of Peoria, Arizona  Winner of our February 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:

Cough Relief

Jourdin
Over the past couple of weeks I have been suffering with a nasty cough, as have many others I have noticed.

I was experiencing an uncontrollable repeating cough to the point it was causing me to choke and with that came a tender sore throat.  Since over the counter medications weren’t helping at all, I finally gave in and went to the doctor.

The doctor told me I was experiencing bronchial spasms and was in the beginning stages of bronchitis.  He gave me a nebulizer treatment (breathing on a machine with medicine in it) and I was given an antibiotic along with cough medicine.

I read an article ‘7 Best Acupressure Points For Cough Relief’ and I wondered if I had read and tried these first, would I have reduced my cough before it got bad enough for me to go to the doctor?

If you have suffered from the common cold and cough like I have, try some of these acupressure points to help relieve your cough:
  • Heaven Rushing out –  There is pressure point in a large hollow spot right under the Adams apple known as ‘Heaven Rushing Out.’  If you are starting to feel some congestion in your throat, place your index finger on the pressure point for 2-3 minutes.  This will help give you some relief from a dry cough, sore throat, chest congestion and bronchitis.

  • Ding Chua –  The next pressure point, known as ‘Ding Chua’ can be found on the vertebra that protrudes on the top when you bend your neck.  If you massage this pressure point in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes every day it will help reduce coughing, thyroid imbalance and throat problems.

  • Self Massage technique –  Sit or stand in a relaxed position placing one finger on the protrusion in the vertebrae and one on the hollow under the Adams apple.  (both pressure points are listed above)  Press these two points gently and breath deeply with closed eyes.  This will soothe your throat and may heal it completely, if practiced regularly.
If your cough has lasted more than a week you should see your primary physician because it can turn into something serious and in a worst case scenario become fatal.  Above all, take care of yourself and don't take chances with your health! 

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.:

Crunchy Blueberry Cream
Cheese Parfait

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  2. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  3. ½ cup sour cream
  4. 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  5. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  6. ¼ cup powdered sugar
  7. 3 graham crackers, crushed, or ¼ cup of your favorite granola
Place a small amount of blueberries in a small mixing bowl.  Mash with a fork.  Add granulated sugar, then fold in the rest of the blueberries.  Let stand.

With a hand mixer, blend cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.

Layer in parfait goblets beginning with blueberries, then a layer of cream cheese mixture, then a small amount of graham crackers or granola, then repeat.  Garnish with mint leaves if desired.  Chill for 1 hour befor serving.

Variations:
  1. Can be made with blueberries and lemon cream cheese by substituting lemon extract for vanilla.

  2. Can also be made with raspberries and orange cream cheese by using orange extract instead of vanilla.
Makes 4 parfait desserts

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.


Keeping Fit With Clayton "TR" Parker

I Am Now A FitBit® Fan!

Clayton (TR)
In December of 2013 I wrote an article about an app that I had found that helps you track your work-out.  It worked great for me for a few years but part of what I noticed is that for it be effective I had to have my phone on me at all times.  Now, I know that my dad will tell you that it doesn’t matter because I always have it on me anyway, but really I don’t.  So, I took the plunge and gave a Fitbit® a try.

It started with me borrowing my Mom’s Fitbit® Flex just to give it a try.  So I strapped it to my wrist, downloaded the app on my phone, got it synced up and gave it try.  I was rather impressed with the results.  I found myself walking more and actively working out more just to hit the goals that I set for each day.  It has been very effective in getting me on track with my routine.  Since my point of emphasis this year is to obtain my ideal weight, (which by the way is going fantastic, I am down 11.5 pounds since Christmas), having the Fitbit® gives ma a way to track my progress on a daily basis.

With that being said, you can imagine my horror when all of a sudden I could not find my Mom’s Fitbit. Yes, I lost it.  I have turned every office, vehicle and my house upside down to no avail.  Theory says that it’s buried in the backyard courtesy of my 2 year old German Shepherd, but I am not willing to dig up the yard to find it.  So there are 2 things wrong here.  First, Mom I owe you a new Fitibit®.  Second, I basically lost track of everything that I had logged in and it really threw me for a loop.  Four days without it, I felt like I was working out blind not knowing if I was hitting my mark.

So I went out and bought a Fitbit® Charge.  Basically, this is a Fitbit® Flex on steroids.  It has all the features of the flex, but includes the time, a stopwatch, and as an extra bonus a call alert setting.  Immediately I became of fan of it.  Unlike the Flex, the Charge will show me my progress from the band itself instead of having to open the app all the time.  I can also sync it with my computer so I can input the data into my workout planner.

If you haven’t given it try, I would advise that you do so.  It is a great tool to keep you on track and measure your progress in meeting your goals.  The more information you put in, the better results it gives you.  I don’t track water intake, calorie intake and stuff like that as I don’t feel the need but it can help you track that as well.

I know have written many times about the importance of setting your workout goals and sticking to them.  I can now vouch for the theory that it is very handy to have a tool like this to help track the progress!

Until next time.. Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong!

P.S. Mom, as soon as you tell me which FitBit® you want, I will replace yours!

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

The above fitness material is provided as an information service.  Remember:  Always check with your doctor before starting any new type of excerise program.


spotlight
 

Mesa Dental Care

Mesa Dental Cre
Our spotlight for March 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

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  • The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year.

  • The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.

  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

  • The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

  • The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.

  • The average person laughs 15 times a day.

  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

  • About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money.
    (The rest of us are avoiding reality for four more years.)

Come back for more in next months issue!


Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Blogging
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

A. Bassett of Fresno, California asks: 

My dentist says I have a cavity and that I need a filling.  My tooth doesn'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 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.

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