What does your smile say about her health?Even if your teeth look white and pearly and have no cavities, symptoms in your mouth could spell trouble for other areas of your health. "If your eyes are a window into your soul, your mouth is a gateway into your health," says Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS, CNS, a Beverly Hills periodontist.
"The way I treat patients who come to me, I connect the mouth with the rest of the body because I do believe we're a unit, and we're no longer separating the two," says Moldovan.
Seems what's going on below can directly impact the teeth, the gums and the mouth, so never ignore an oral problem. Here, some things your mouth can reveal about your health:
Bleeding gums = Hormonal imbalance
Hormone receptors are embedded in your gum tissue. During pregnancy women may experience bleeding gums, not because of a problem with a tooth but because their hormones have gone a little haywire. Ditto for menopause. Women also have more sensitive gums during their menstrual cycle, so you might avoid a trip to the
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What does your smile say about her health?Even if your teeth look white and pearly and have no cavities, symptoms in your mouth could spell trouble for other areas of your health. "If your eyes are a window into your soul, your mouth is a gateway into your health," says Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS, CNS, a Beverly Hills periodontist.Read More »from 7 Things Your Mouth Can Reveal About Your Health
Should you leave money for your dog in your will?Even on a bad day, I can't imagine life without my dog Lulu. My mother enjoys reminding me that Lulu has no reason to leave - even if the door stood wide open. Evidently, the dog has trained me well. But neither of us is getting any younger, and I do think about would happen to Lulu if I weren't around.Read More »from How to Include Pets in Your Estate Plans
Would another caregiver know that she loves peanut butter but hates bananas? Would they check behind her food bowl for pills because that's her favorite hiding place?
Thinking about death can feel morbid, but a good game plan is the best way to ensure that pets are protected. Here are a few tips to help you establish a long-term pet care plan.
Create a pet care plan - and share it
Write a detailed list of everything associated with caring for your pet. Include dietary restrictions, favorite toys and even temperament issues. All of this information will help identify friends or family members who may be up for the task.
Also see: These pets inherited a fortune
"Once you have
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
A sandwich made of foie gras ice cream with gingersnap cookies from Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco. Americans eat more ice cream than anyone else in the world, with an average of 48 pints per person consumed each year. Although we eat the most ice cream, the history of the sweet frozen confection is much older than our country. In fact, it goes all the way back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD).Read More »from Are These the 10 Strangest Ice Cream Flavors Ever?
The emperors of the Tang Dynasty are thought to be the first to eat "a frozen milk-like confection." Yet that version was made with cow, goat or buffalo milk that was mixed with flour and camphor, then frozen. Fast-forward to the 17th century when Antonio Latini, a man working for a Spanish Viceroy in Naples, created a milk-based sorbet, which most culinary historians consider the first "official" ice cream.
Although the bulk of ice cream's history in the western world has been imbued with vanilla, chocolate, and fruit, it almost seems as if we're coming full circle to the earliest incarnations. Although gourmet buffalo milk and camphor ice cream hasn't turned up on any artisan parlor
Is this dog pregnant?After getting my dog Lulu as a puppy, I kept her on a very short leash until we could set up a spay appointment. Perhaps it was my imagination, but I could hear dogs howling every time we stepped outside for a potty break. Fortunately, Lulu did go under the knife and we remain puppy-free, except for the occasional foster. But some pet owners choose not to have their female dogs "fixed," leading to the possibility of extra mouths to feed or worse.Read More »from How to Tell If Your Dog is Pregnant
Since there isn't a pet pregnancy test at the local drugstore (yet), how do you know if your dog is pregnant?
Dr. Jennifer Monroe of the Eagle's Landing Veterinary Hospital in Georgia offers a few tips to detect whether your pooch is "in the family way."
"The first thing is knowing whether or not your pet has mated with an intact male recently," Monroe said. "You've got to have that to start."
Also see: 7 CEOS who work like dogs
To prevent the risk of an unwanted pregnancy, be sure to monitor dogs when they are outdoors. If your dog has
Cats and windows can be a dangerous combinationDuring summer, it's tempting to open the windows and enjoy some fresh air, but an open window can be irresistible to a cat. Because of this, warm months are prime time for high-rise syndrome, a term used to describe cats and other pets falling from open windows, terraces and fire escapes.Read More »from How to Protect Your Cat from High-Rise Syndrome
Because cats enjoy perching in high places, it's easy to assume that they know how to safely handle heights, but while felines can cling to trees with their claws, surfaces like window ledges and concrete are more difficult.
Cats don't deliberately jump from dangerously high places, but felines have an incredible ability to focus their attention - on birds, insects and other things - which can be distracting enough for your pet to lose its balance and fall.
Also see: How to tell if your cat is depressed
While you may have heard that cats always land on their feet, this isn't always the case. In 1987, New York City's Animal Medical Center did a study of felines that had fallen from tall
What's the best course of action when you find a kitten?This time of year doesn't just mean warm weather and longer days - it also means kittens. And lots of them. With the number of feral cats in the U.S. estimated to be in the tens of millions, the Humane Society estimates that thousands of kittens are born each day.Read More »from What to Do If You Find a Stray Kitten
If you come across one of these adorable bundles of fur, your first instinct might be to scoop it up and take it home, but the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals cautions that this isn't always in the best interest of the kitten.
Before you rescue any kittens, wait to see if their mother returns. She could be hunting nearby, and taking the kittens away puts them in a critical situation, one that requires time-consuming care to keep them alive.
Also see: Bike courier's cat loves to go for rides
If she returns and seems friendly, Alley Cay Allies a national advocacy organization for cats, recommends taking her and the kittens indoors until the kittens are old enough to be weaned.
If she's feral,
Is lipstick dangerous?Thankfully, in these modern times, we seldom have to worry about things like death by bubonic plague or smallpox. But as progress has given us the tools to tame those troubles, it has also given us the ability to breed a whole new family of deleterious imps that can wreak havoc on our health - mostly compliments of the chemical industry.Read More »from 5 Surprising Everyday Things that Are Toxic
The chemicals and pollutants that escape industry and invade the environment are obviously awful, but the chemical ingredients that sneak in through the products we buy are particularly troubling. They're an insidious bunch, and ones with which we have a special intimacy. We rub them on our skin, eat them, and spray them in our homes. The unfortunate fact is that chemical additives make manufacturing easier and cheaper, and make many a product more appealing to the unwitting consumer. Synthetic chemicals make lipsticks last longer, keep food fresh, and make cleaning products fragrant.
But it's primarily those same chemicals that star in study after
Why would a cat get a sex change operation?In a world where pets get braces, face lifts and fake testicles, feline "sex change" operations may not seem that shocking.Read More »from Why Some Cats Get 'Sex Change' Operations
However, veterinarians say such surgery isn't a true sex reassignment because it's not performed for the purpose of changing the cat's sex.
The technical term for the procedure is "perineal urethrostomy," and it's performed on male cats that suffer from frequent urinary problems.
Also see: 5 unusual pet procedures that improve quality of life
For example, last year an 8-year-old Australian cat named Domino had the operation because he had a blocked bladder caused by salt crystals in his blood.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the surgery "will permanently cure urethral obstruction in 90 percent of male cats."
As Domino's veterinarian Dr. Bob Cavey explains, the procedure involves removing a cat's "male parts" and shortening the urethra's opening to create a new opening similar to a female's.
Although former veterinarian Ann Staub told
Eating this could make you lose weightby Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Why Breakfast is Essential for Losing Weight
So you're looking to lose weight and need some easy places to cut calories. What about skipping breakfast? Bad idea. It turns out that eating a healthy breakfast and achieving sustained weight loss are inextricably linked.
The National Weight Control Registry has been tracking the eating and lifestyle habits of about 3000 people, all of whom have maintained a 30-pound (or more) weight loss for at least a year (some have been participating for as many as six years). The researchers tracking these studies found that 78 percent reported eating breakfast every day, and almost 90 percent reported eating breakfast at least five days a week.
But why does breakfast help with weight loss?
One of the primary reasons breakfast is so effective may be as simple as reducing hunger later in the day. By eating breakfast, you stock up on (hopefully!) healthy fuels which reduces your hunger as the day progresses. This can certainly
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Shine Food – Thu, Jul 11, 2013 8:58 AM EDT
Bagels cause 2,000 trips to the emergency room each year."Approach love and cooking with equal abandon," advises the Dalai Lama, but emergency room doctors beg to differ. Although spending time in the kitchen can be magic for the soul, it can be brutal for the body. Most of know we are supposed to handle razor-sharp knives and searing hot pans with care - but we persist in misusing them, not to mention all of the other dangers awaiting us in the kitchen. Consider the following:
1. Playing with fire
FEMA reports that cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. The agency, which notes that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking, offers some tips for avoiding being a statistic:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while