Silver diamine chloride has been used in Japan for almost a decade. It has now been approved by the FDA as a means of retarding tooth decay. It is an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on a cavity killing bacteria that will cause further tooth decay. It can prove to be extremely useful for children as well as older adults who have a problem with sedation, injections and drilling since none of these are needed. The process takes about 30 seconds and cost can be as little as $25 as opposed to around $150 for an actual filling. The only downside is it will change the decaying portion of the tooth to a black color. Parents prefer this in younger children since they will eventually lose their baby teeth. Older adults might not mind the procedure if it is done on the rear teeth.
- Go Meatless more often-use beans as your replacement for a protein source at least 1 or 2 times a week. They are a fraction of the cost of meat and work well with whole grains, soups and salads.
- Snack Smarter-nuts compliment fruit. Together they make up a snack that contains a healthy amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Nuts can be bought in bulk which is more economical if you are on a budget.
- Shop in Season-Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season. Out of season produce is not only more expensive but it may prove to be less nutritious since it has to be picked earlier to enable it to be transported.
The health community cannot quite decide whether coffee is beneficial or detrimental to our health. The reason for such controversy may lie in our genes. Researchers have zeroed in on a gene called CYPIA2 which determines how quickly we metabolize caffeine. Depending on how many variants of this fast gene we inherit from our parents can make the difference between being mildly euphoric and jittery.
The Jersey tomato was once looked upon as the sweetest tomato of the summer season. However due to its thin skin it became impossible to transport. This brought about cross breeding of the tomato which produced a thicker skin and the loss of flavor. Rutgers University was able to reinvent the actual 1934 version of the Jersey tomato. At its peak it represented 60% of all tomatoes sold. Rutgers agricultural programs once worked closely with Campbell Soup Company. It was discovered that Campbell still had the genetic material from the original parent plants which made the resurrection of the tomato possible. This is great news for consumers who are tired of large tasteless tomatoes. It is now possible to purchase either seedlings or seeds from these original tomatoes to grow in your own garden or purchase from your local small farmers.
Most people I have spoken with have found the heat waves of this summer to have completely drained them. As a result, many have found themselves leaning on takeout, consuming too many calories and having absolutely no desire to take the time to prepare something healthy to eat. If you find yourself slowing down in the heat maybe it is better to consider eating lighter and preparing easier simpler meals. Cooled foods can have a beneficial effect on body temperature. Having a bowl of cold gazpacho, potato or borsch soup with a bean salad and a piece of whole grain bread can make a great lunch. Canned wild salmon or sardines with slices of avocado, a little mustard and a stem of grapes can work well as a light dinner. Shakes made from scratch should contain a healthy amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates and will taste more like a malted then a replacement meal. Consider left over chicken or baked salmon cold over a bed of lettuce and spinach with some cherry tomatoes, berries, pecans in an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Steamed veggies, beans, pignoli nuts and grain with lemon, olive oil and basil left in the fridge are great as a quick snack. Stock up on organic canned beans, frozen vegetables, and quinoa (15 minutes to prepare) for last minute hunger attacks. Granted summer is for sitting in a café, relaxing and having a great meal outdoors and it should be. But if you find yourself just wanting to stay home and lounge on a comfortable chair these are simple ways to throw together a truly healthy and extremely tasteful meal. Most important stay hydrated. Dehydration will make you crave sugar. Incorporate melons, cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes in your diet. They are a few of the foods that contain over 90% water. Most of all don’t stress out about maintaining a healthy diet. Preparing balanced, healthy meals and snacks does not have to be time consuming.
Researches at Tufts University and Beth Israel Medical Center have designed what has been named the Silk Screw. These screws are being made from the cocoons that silkworms have spun and are strong enough to hold bones together. They would eventually get absorbed into the body and could eliminate many complications. The silk screws would be the replacement for steel screws which often place stress on bone and tissue. Steel screws interfere with x-rays and sometimes require a second surgery for removal. Further research will be able to make it possible to set a short or long time frame for the screw to last inside the body.
Source: National Geographic