Sunday, February 4, 2018

States with the Best & Worst Dental Health-- How Does TN Rank?

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With February being National Children’s Dental Health Month and dental health having an effect on appearance, general well-being and even earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst Dental Health.

In order to determine which places have the healthiest teeth and gums in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition.
Source: WalletHub


States with the Best Dental HealthStates with the Worst Dental Health
1Minnesota42Texas
2Wisconsin43South Carolina
3Connecticut44Florida
4Illinois45California
5North Dakota46Louisiana
6District of Columbia47Montana
7Michigan48West Virginia
8Massachusetts49Alabama
9South Dakota50Arkansas
10Idaho51Mississippi

Tennessee's Score

So, how does Tennessee compare to the other 50 states in terms of healthy teeth? The great State of TN came in at a disappointing #38 due to poor dental habits and tooth care as well as oral health risk. Another factor contributing to Tennessee's dental woes and under-performing ranking is Tenn. has the fewest dentists per residents with only 16 dentists per 100,000 Tennesseans.
Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State
Total Score
‘Dental Habits & Care’ Rank
‘Oral Health’ Rank
38Tennessee47.844039

Best vs. Worst
  • Rhode Island has the lowest share of the population who couldn’t afford more dental visits due to costs, 37 percent, which is two times lower than in Georgia, the highest at 74 percent.
     
  • Massachusetts has the most dentists per 100,000 residents, 48, which is three times more than in Tennessee, the fewest at 16.
     
  • The District of Columbia has the highest share of the population who receive fluoridated water, 100 percent, which is 8.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 11.70 percent.
     
  • Minnesota, Hawaii and Illinois have the lowest share of adults with poor or fair oral condition, 22 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Montana, the highest at 40 percent.
     
  • Hawaii has the lowest share of adults aged 65 and older with no natural teeth, 5.6 percent, which is 5.4 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest at 30.4 percent. 

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-worst-dental-health/31498/    

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Are Essential Oils Safe?


We hear a lot of hype today about natural products like essential oils as well as related products like herbal supplements and all-natural beauty products, but are these products all they are cracked up to be. More importantly, are essential oils and other so-called all-natural products safe?

It is so important to realize that all-natural products are NOT by definition safe and can be harmful to your health. For instance, poison ivy is all natural. So is rattlesnake venom.

It is equally important to understand that the all-natural industry is a huge, money-making industry with its own big spin machine as well as mom and pop websites and Facebook pages all too happy to regurgitate the latest spin without any scientific fact checking

When asked if products labeled :natural" or "organic" are by default safe,  the FDA states that not all natural products are safe and that all ingredients--both natural and clinical--must meet the same safety requirements.


One of the worst problems produced by the all-natural industry is its hype against medicine and the fact some people delay going to a doctor because they are trying to treat a condition "naturally." My own mother delayed going to her doctor while she rubbed oils on a small lesion on her leg for months. By the time she went to the doctor, the melanoma had spread to her lymph nodes. She died a few years later after many painfully invasive surgeries.

So do your due diligence when looking at essential oils, herbal supplements and other all-natural products. Understand you are looking at a big, money-making industry. The people producing these oils often don't have clinical trials, science or facts behind them, and the people selling them have little to no training and just want to make some extra money.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Severe Winter Weather Preparation for Home Propane Users



As the Southeast prepares for more cold winter temperatures, Blossman Gas shares some important propane safety tips

How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Winter Weather
·         Schedule your tank and appliances for a maintenance check by your propane provider
·         Be sure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank. Federal regulations do not allow propane providers to fill your tank more than 80%. Your optimal tank level is between 25% and 80%. If your level is below 20%, please contact your service provider for a fill.
·         Keep the area around your propane tank and any vents, chimneys, flues free from ice and snow.
·         Be sure your propane generator is well-maintained, stored outdoors away from open windows and doors, and there is adequate supply of fuel in the tank; and be sure to use high-quality extension cords designed for outside use to connect your propane generator to your home.
·         NEVER store propane tank indoors.
·         Notify your propane provider immediately if you run out of propane as a qualified technician must check for leaks before turning the gas back on.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Warning: Intimate Rose Herbal Supplement Natural Horomone Balance Estrogen Pills Are Not Estrogen Pills

I was contacted by the company Intimate Rose through a program called Intellifluence and offered a free bottle of estrogen pills to try if I would post a photo of them and share it with the company. I agreed because I have readers of all ages and estrogen loss from surgeries, menopause and other causes is of concern to a number of my readers. Estrogen therapy has a bad name due to tests on an estrogen drug called Premarin, and many women prefer to try alternatives.

I agreed to participate in the Intellifluence promotion to learn more about these Intimate Rose Natural Hormone Balance Estrogen pills. I was curious what kind of natural estrogen they were using. This is how the listing appeared on Amazon:

Menopause Relief Herbal Supplement For Hot Flashes, Mood Swings & Libido - Natural Horomone Balance Estrogen Pills - DIM, Black Cohosh & Vitamin D, E, B Passion Flower & Red Clover - Feminine Therapy 

Called "estrogen pills" twice in the listing

The Amazon listing provided by Intimate Rose refers to the pills twice as "estrogen pills," underlined in red in the photo above.

After receiving the package the first thing I noticed is the packaging says these are NOT estrogen pills. I contacted the seller on Amazon  and discovered I was corresponding with Distinguished Excellence. Distinguished Excellence told me on Dec. 9 that I must have read the listing wrong, that they weren't called estrogen pills. I replied pointing out the two places the pills are clearly labeled as estrogen pills and the company said they would change the description and offered me a refund if I would provide the order number which I promptly did.
Note my question about estrogen and others' concern about Black Cohosh

I followed up twice in December asking when I would receive the refund and Distinguished Excellence never replied.

In January I contacted Intellifluence to report the problem. The transaction was so convoluted with the seller being both Intimate Rose (clearly named next to the item description) and Distinguished Excellence being the seller who replied to my questions, that Intellifluence decided it wasn't the same transaction. Not so "Intelli" after all.

Finally I contacted Amazon who immediately took care of my problem.

* Thumbs down for these Estrogen Pills which are not Estrogen Pills and which have questionable ingrdients based upon other questions to the seller.
* Thumbs down for Intimate Rose and Distinguished Excellence, the dubious sellers of the non-estrogen estrogen pills.
* Thumbs down for Intellifluence who did not help me get a refund from a bad seller.
* Two thumbs up for Amazon for their prompt resolution.
Herbal supplements are regulated by the FDA, but not as drugs or as foods. 
They fall under a category called dietary supplements. 
The rules for dietary supplements are as follows: 
Manufacturers don't have to seek FDA approval before selling 
dietary supplements
Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy - Mayo Clinichttps://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/...and.../herbal-supplements/art-20046714
This is just another reason why "all-natural" products don't impress me. They are often untested, unregulated, and depend on all-natural hype and not less-than-perfect science to sell their products. These pills should never have been listed as "Estrogen Pills" even though they are called "Herbal Supplements" elsewhere in the description. There also seems to be some question about the safety of some of the ingredients. Do your due diligence before you buy "all-natural." The all-natural industry is a big, money-making machine with a lot of spin doctors just like big Pharma.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Brighten Those Eyes & Lengthen Those Lashes!



RF has long made one of the most popular eye creams on the planet, the Multi-Function Eye Cream that treats wrinkles and crow's feet, but in the past year the company has outdone itself in the eyes department!

First known as the makers of Proactivfor acne, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have expanded their offerings with products that treat the most common signs of aging skin... and that includes the eyes!

At the end of 2016 the doctors unveiled the exclusive Lash Boost formulation which makes eyelashes thicker, longer and fuller-looking. In addition, the new lashes treatment is good for filling in thinning eyebrows! Lash Boost quickly dominated the eyelash market, outselling the top-selling mascara in the U.S.
My Eyes Over 3 Months with Lash Boost
Most recently the doctors revealed their New Bright Eye Complex to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Based on the same new molecule created for their Active Hydration Serum, Bright Eye Complex hydrates the eye area and nourishes the delicate skin to produce brighter, younger-looking, more rested-looking eyes.
My eyes before and after using Bright Eye Complex
Add in our Eye Cloths treatment and our Acute Care Patches for crow's feet and wrinkles around the eyes and your eyes will look better than they have in years! Ask me which products would work best for you and how to get the best discounts! I have been a leader with the company since 2010 and am glad to help you have the healthiest skin of your life.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tennessee Named 2017’s 3rd Fattest State in U.S. According to Study

Tennessee ranked 3rd fattest state in America
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and Americans collectively spending nearly $200 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017's Fattest States in America, along with interesting stats about diabetes in its Facts & Statistics infographic.

To determine which states contribute the most to America’s overweight and obesity problem, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. They range from share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.

Here are some highlights from each report:

Obesity & Overweight Problem in Tennessee (1=Fattest; 25=Avg.)
  • 9th – % of Obese Adults
  • 4th – % of Overweight Children
  • 5th – % of Obese Children
  • 7th – % of Physically Inactive Adults
  • 3rd – % of Adults with High Cholesterol
  • 16th – % of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day
  • 7th – % of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
  • 7th – % of Adults with Hypertension
  • 23rd – Obesity-Related Death Rate
For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/fattest-states/16585/

Diabetes Facts & Statistics
  • $407.6 Billion: Estimated cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2015 ($312.2 billion in direct medical costs, $95.4 billion in nonmedical costs)
     
  • $7,900: Average annual diabetes-related health care costs for patients
     
  • 2.3: Number of times by which a diabetes patient’s health care costs increase
     
  • 11 & 13 Years: Reduction in the average male and female type 1 diabetes patient’s life expectancy, respectively

For the full infographic, please visit: http://wallethub.com/blog/diabetes-statistics/41253/

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rodan + Fields Convention 2017 Starts In Las Vegas This Week


The 2017 Rodan + Fields convention starts this week in Las Vegas, Nevada! New break-through technologies in skincare will be announced including a new innovation in removing wrinkles.

Rodan + Fields is already known for their effective clinical skincare regimens that use advanced peptide technology to fight wrinkles. Next the anti-aging micro-needle roller was added to the lineup followed soon by patches that fill wrinkles while you sleep.

Rodan + Fields Las Vegas: New Products To Be Announced





While the new wrinkle product remains a closely-guarded secret, the cat will be let loose from the bag this week when new skincare products and treatment are announced by the #1 skincare company in North America.

Stay tuned to this blog for more details or visit our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute announcements about the new products from Rodan + Fields Dermatologists being announced in Las Vegas this week.

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Rodan + Fields is Las Vegas Bound!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Crazy Ex-Girlfriends and Ex-Wives

Looking at male-dominated websites like Funny Junk, memes abound about crazy ex-girlfriends. The internet is full of men who think they need to "Go Their Own Way" instead of dealing with crazy women. Talking to my girlfriends the topic also comes up. 

A couple of my friends have been called "crazy ex-wives" by their husbands, and just today a woman told me she had to delete her Facebook account due to her husband's crazy ex-wife. 

I am sure some women have mental health issues, perhaps genetic, or due to addictions, or perhaps hormonal, but how many of the other "crazy" women are just average women trying to put up with a husband who is married to his business, or married to football, alcohol, porn, video games, golf, etc.?



I have known men who schedule an hour with their partner to watch a show or play a game and then rush back to work, never sharing about each other's day. These well-intentioned guys never understand the value of debriefing each other at the end of the day. In fact, in many cases the man really doesn't want to hear any "talky-talk" from his partner. Is it any wonder these women find their emotional needs unfulfilled?

Or how about a woman whose spouse is OCD and has to correct every little thing: where she puts the yellow scrubbie, how well her character reacts in a video game, if she left a paper towel on the counter, etc. with the mantra "why did or didn't you do so-and-so" dominating her life?

Some men are night owls and like to work on the computer or get frisky at 1 or 2 in the morning when their sleep-deprived partner just needs some shut-eye. The woman is not only going to suffer from lack of sleep but probably from her spouse's dissatisfaction with her unwillingness to have a romp.

Then there's the "magic coffee table" husband. I got this from a video on YouTube where a man thinks his coffee table must be magic because everything he leaves on it magically disappears. Some men never realize the time a woman spends on household chore. They just expect the coffee table to be clean each day, the laundry done, the towels folded, the meals cooked, the dishes cleaned, etc.... and some millennial men expect their girlfriends to do all of the above without a wedding ring or any financial responsibility on his part! 

Some men think the woman should do ALL the housework, even if these women have their own jobs and responsibilities. No wonder these women get emotionally overloaded.

And then there are men who cheat. They deserve crazy ex-wives or ex-girlfriends. They earned them. 

So yes, maybe your husband's ex-wife seems a little crazy, but maybe he is doing all the things for YOU that he never did for HER. Maybe she stuck with him for two, ten, 15 years to help him make his fortune and maybe he's spending that fortune on his new younger, hotter, trophy wife. That would make me a little crazy, too. 

Next time you hear about someone's "crazy ex-girlfriend," take a closer look. I have come to believe that behind many crazy ex-wives and ex-girlfriends are the men who drove them crazy.

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