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Mercury Free vs Mercury Safe


by Dr. Kevin Flood, Grand Rapids

I have recently been asked this question several times last month: “What’s the difference between a mercury free dentist and a mercury safe dentist?”

There is a huge difference. The recent  peer reviewed scientific literature has begun to turn out research that  verifies that dental amalgam fillings, which are 50% mercury by weight, are really not good for the human body. Not only is the dental amalgam not good for humans but it is really an terrible environmental hazard that could easily be eliminated. The World Health Organization has declared that exposure to dental fillings is the major source of mercury exposure to humans: not fish as many people believe.

The press often cites fish as the major source of human exposure to mercury but research has proven otherwise.

A study conducted by the Canadian Center for Health several years ago identified dentists as the major source of  environmental mercury.

They estimated that for every pound of mercury released into the environment by dentists would require one million dollars to remove.

Yes I am mercury free– I do not have any dental amalgam filling material in my office and it has been over 28 years since I have used it as a filling material for my patients.

There has been a recent rush by dentists to advertise that they are mercury free.

This is a great step forward for the environment . For the patient this is where the difference between mercury free and mercury safe makes all the difference in the world.

As a mercury free and mercury safe dentist I take extreme precautions to prevent mercury recontamination during the removal process.

During the entire process the patient is breathing medical oxygen through a nose piece to prevent the mercury vapor from being inhaled and reabsorbed into your body. Sitting right above your chest is a mercury vapor vacuum system designed specifically to gather up any mercury vapor associated with the removal process. A rubber dam is used. This might be best thought of as a tarp you would use when you were painting. This dam fits over your mouth with only the tooth we are working on exposed. This prevents any amalgam chunks or dust from entering your oral cavity.

An ionizer is also utilized which will prevent the mercury vapor from floating around. It will add ions to the mercury vapor making it a heavy molecule which will fall to the floor. Mercury vapor is absorbed by the human body at a rate of 80%. It is easily absorbed by the body. You are better off swallowing a big chunk of amalgam filling than breathing the mercury vapor. The mercury swallowed in an amalgam particle is absorbed at a rate less than 40%.

Mercury safe should be an important consideration to you if you are considering  removing your mercury fillings.



Prostate Health and Pressure-Free Living


Prostate health has been in the news recently as the American Urology Association announced that it no longer recommends routine annual prostate screening for men ages 40-54 or over the age of 70. They also extended the recommended interval for men 55 to 69 to every two years. Frequent screening had resulted in misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments.

Stopping the release of stress hormones is a key strategy for prostate health. When a male experiences emotions that cause him to trigger the fight-or-flight stress response, stress hormones restrict blood flow to the prostate and cause changes in the tissues of the bladder and sphincter muscles. This can cause prostate enlargement and frequent urination. Thus, anxiety and worry about the prostate contributes to prostate problems. And now, for some, deciding whether or not to be screened is causing anxiety.

A stress management program that reduces anxiety and prevents hormone release can be very helpful for the prostate gland and for overall health. Since it takes the male body up to nine hours to clear these hormones out of the cells, most men are never free of their negative effects.

Elle Ingalls is creator of the Pressure-Free Performance Method: an on-the-go stress-management method you can use anytime, anywhere to prevent the release of stress hormones. Elle has taught this method to hundreds of male students, athletes, businessmen and professionals, resulting in fast and significant improvements in health and performance.

Herbal Solutions for Tooth Pain


The nutritional, medical and health information in this article is based upon the research, training, and professional experience of the author. The information presented is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. This information is only intended as an informative guide for those wishing to know more about their health and nutrition. It is not intended to replace or countermand the advice given to readers by their personal physician. Each person and each situation is unique, the author urges the reader to check with a qualified healthcare professional before using any product where there is any question of its appropriateness. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the information in this article. It is the responsibility of the reader to consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional.


A natural tooth can become chipped, fractured, and broken. A tooth can chip as a result of trauma, biting down on something hard, there is a large filling in the tooth and the tooth is unable to with stand the normal pressures of biting any longer, placing excessive forces on the tooth from clenching or grinding, or a cavity can form under an old filling weakening the tooth. Often there is no pain, and the person doesn’t even know the tooth has become broken or chipped.

Teeth that are broken should be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. See a dentist as soon as possible

If you have a painful broken tooth the following herbs may provide some relief until you are able to see your dentist:

  • Aloe vera  Place the gel on a cotton tipped swab. Apply to the gums at night. The gel, which is taken from the leaf of the aloe vera plant is an excellent moisturizer that soothes skin irritations, burns, wounds, nd dry skin. Aloe also contains a compound called acemannan that appears to boost immunity. Aloe vera will promote healing
  • Chamomille  Prepare as a tea and drink 2-3 cups per day. Chamomille contains natural anti-inflammatory. If you are allergic to ragweed steer clear of this herb as they are in the same family. This herb has a soothing effect on a toothache and promotes relaxation.
  • Clove Oil Place on a cotton tipped swab and rub on the affected tooth. Clove oil is a strong antiseptic and can bring immediate relief to a toothache.
  • Hops Prepare as a tea. Drink 2-3 glasses. Similar to Camomille, Hops generates a soothing effect on tooth aches and promotes relaxation. Hops create a calming effect on the nervous system; it is utilized as a pain reliever and a sleeping aid.

Dr. Kevin Flood is a general dentist in Grand Rapids Michigan. Dr. Flood has taken the principles of dentistry and interwoven them with alternative healing modalities such as nutrition, dental material sensitivity, and manual medicine to create a new paradigm for dentistry. This new paradigm moves beyond drilling and filling and addresses the relationships of dentistry to the rest of the body.




8 Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums


Bleeding gums are often the sign of a deeper problem. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease or an infection of the tissues which surround your teeth. Do not ignore this sign. Early treatment is cost effective and will prevent more extensive and expensive treatments. The following are effective ways to treat bleeding gums.

  1. Floss daily. Plaque build up around teeth is a major cause of gum disease. Flossing prevents decay as well as prevents gum disease.
  2. Brush properly after every meal to remove food particles. These particles become infected with bacteria and soon an infection is off and running. Always brush your teeth after meals and especially before you go to bed at night.
  3. Consider an electric brush. Research has shown that your teeth are cleaner with an electric brush.
  4. Have your teeth cleaned and checked regularly at your dentist. If money is an issue, you should consider the Hygiene program at Grand Rapids Community College available from September until the end of May.
  5. Rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, or apply the aloe vera gel directly on the inflamed gums. Aloe vera is an herb with the following properties:  assists in wound healing; it is known for its’ anti-inflammatory activity; antimicrobial properties; and it stimulates the immune system.
  6. Brush your teeth with a mixture of water and golden seal. Keep dipping your brush in the solution. Goldenseal has an antimicrobial action which makes it a good candidate for this condition. You can also place the goldenseal on your finger or a cotton pellet and apply it directly to the inflamed gum.
  7. Vitamin C. Vitamin C provides for the basic building blocks for the gum tissue. Two time Nobel prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling was the first to realize vitamin C’s crucial importance in the maintenance of a proper immune system. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune system and protecting the damage created when the body is fighting off the infection.


Dr. Kevin Flood is a general dentist in Grand Rapids Michigan. Dr. Flood has taken the principles of dentistry and interwoven them with alternative healing modalities such as nutrition, dental material sensitivity, and manual medicine to create a new paradigm for dentistry. This new paradigm moves beyond drilling and filling and addresses the relationships of dentistry to the rest of the body.

Age-Defying Exercise

ageless grace

by Kathleen Barnes

Specially designed movements performed to music can dramatically improve memory, as well as slow the process of physical aging, according to Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, the founder of Agelss Grace.

Medved’s foundational physical and mental exercise classes involve 21 exercises that promote brain plasticity by activating all five functions of the brain: analytic, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall and creativity and imagination. Find videos of Ageless Grace exercises by searching YouTube, including this one:

While sitting in a chair (all exercises are taught in this position to develop core strength), make a circle with the right lower arm.

Add a triangular motion with the left foot.

Next, add horizontal movement with the left hand.

Finally, do the entire series in reverse.

Classes are available in all 50 states and in 12 countries. To find a teacher nearby, visit

Pumping Iron Boosts Overall Health for Men and Women


Wayne Westcott, who has served as a consultant for many national organizations, from the U.S. Air Force to the American Council on Exercise, points to the relevant body of research he’s studied, which shows that the health benefits of building muscle can also help ward off many diseases and debilitating conditions.

  • Osteoporosis, by building up bone tissue
  • Diabetes, by increasing lean muscle, which helps the body regulate blood sugar levels
  • Heart disease, by increasing the good cholesterol and lowering the bad
  • Stroke, by lowering resting blood pressure
  • Depression, by building self-esteem and boosting endorphins
  • Colon disease, by increasing natural intestinal movement that keeps the colon clear
  • Energy loss, by enhancing mitochondria, the powerhouse of the body

Tweet Those Fitness Goals

Online Friends Help Us Stay on Track

by Tamara Grand


Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse.

At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise with more pounds shed and kept off over the long term. Researchers believe that in addition to the motivation and accountability supporters provide, benefits are also enhanced by learning through observing; changing our behavior through watching the actions and outcomes of others’ behavior. If we don’t have physical access to a local support group, we can access one online or create our own, using one of the following social media platforms.


The leading social networking website includes thousands of community and group pages devoted to weight loss, exercise and healthy living. Its search function helps find one that fits our needs. Make an introduction and join the discussion. Participating in a special challenge helps everyone stay motivated.


This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational photos, low-calorie recipes and at home workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also a fabulous way to connect with an established and helpful healthy living tribe.


A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo, pumpkin and oatmeal themed boards. It’s fun to connect with our favorite healthy living peeps and start following their boards for continuous injections of inspiration and motivation.


Love to take photos using a smartphone? Instagram provides a platform for sharing snippets of our day via pictures. Fitness fans regularly “Instagram” their meals and workouts, in part to remain accountable to their online followers, but also to help motivate themselves and others to make healthy choices each day.


Our go-to resource for music videos is also home to hundreds of healthy living “channels”. Want to follow someone’s 100-pound weight-loss journey, learn how to cook quinoa or follow along with free, at-home workout videos? This is the place. Watch, share and comment on a favorite YouTube video to become part of its online community. The key to using social media to improve our health and fitness is inherent in the name. It’s a friendly way to interact, participate and engage with others.

Tamara Grand, Ph.D., is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness and indoor cycling instructor in Port Moody, British Columbia, in Canada. Her new book is Ultimate Booty Workouts. She contributes to and blogs at

Jungle Gym


Moving Like Animals Can Wildly Improve Fitness

by Debra Melani

Fitness seekers across the country are finding their wild sides by crouching like cougars, leaping like leopards and crawling like crabs. Although it might seem like they’ve let silliness encroach on their fitness goals, these adventurous types might be on the right track, realizing more of the rippled muscles and exceptional agility of our four-legged complements.Jungle Gym pic

“It’s getting people back into their own bodies,” says Mike Fitch, creator of Animal Flow, one of several fitness programs offered in health clubs around the country that enable participants to make the most of their inner beast. “People are tired of being injured and doing the same old workouts. They need a more well-rounded, holistic approach to their health.” Fitch, founder of Global Bodyweight Training, in Miami, Florida, incorporates fluid movement (including parkour, break dancing and gymnastics) in his routines.

Animal-related workouts are proving to be a fun form of natural bodyweight training—named a top fitness trend for 2013 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Men and women are mimicking animals to attain stronger, leaner and more agile bodies that perform better in life. Whether building arm strength by swinging their lower bodies sideways, feet-to-hands, like a gorilla, or toning thigh muscles by stalking forward inches from the ground like a panther, animal workout converts are toning their bodies in challenging ways without the use of heavy weights or equipment.

“The bear crawl is another good example,” advises David Nordmark, author of Animal Workouts: Animal Movement Based Bodyweight Training for Everyone. With hands and feet on the ground and rear end raised in the air, the bear crawl involves scrambling quickly forward and backward—a popular high school football and karate agility drill for years. He contends, “Even if you think you are in shape and do it for a minute, you’ll be amazed at how much more of a workout your arms get.”

Neal Pire, a New Jersey-based strength trainer and ACSM fellow, agrees the movements are intense and strength building, but wonders if an evolved, two-legged animal is meant to mimic four-legged species. “It’s a very tough workout,” says Pire. “You’re loading muscles where typically you don’t have very much leverage, so your muscles are doing all of the work; yet some moves might be overloading to certain people’s joints.”

Fitch claims the overall result is increased muscle endurance. He cites a study published in the journal Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism of women that found whole-body, aerobic resistance training like what’s applied in his program supplies a cardiovascular workout similar to endurance training, but with the added benefits of increased balanced muscle strength and perceived enjoyment.

“I call it body balance, working your body as a unit,” Nordmark says, citing pushups, which activate specific muscle groups, as a more traditional example. He notes, “I think it gives people a more natural and attractive look than bodybuilding, more like dancers or even martial artists or gymnasts.”

Working out like animals keeps human cores activated, especially when combining the exercises together for a sustained routine. In addition to tightened abdominal muscles, it boosts calorie consumption and leads to enhanced core and overall strength. Fitch points to a relevant study of college football players that demonstrated the strength connection, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Pire concurs that sustained exercises at a moderate range, as with animal workouts, is an effective calorie burner. Firming up a flabby middle also works to improve balance, as another study in the same journal showed, involving sedentary women performing fitness ball exercises.

Moving the body in many directions in intense, but flowing, almost dance-like workouts, naturally improves stability, agility, flexibility and balance, as exhibited in the animal kingdom. “Challenging the body as it moves in all directions uses the body the way it was intended to be used,” maintains Fitch. Nordmark also points to similarities in yoga poses resembling animal postures that have contributed to physical and spiritual health for millennia.

Nordmark and Fitch believe that animal themes provide many more bodyweight movements that can keep workouts fresh and be mastered for life, keeping bodies strong and functional as people age. “If you meet an old bear in the woods, he’s not walking around with a walker,” Nordmark observes. “He’s still a formidable animal, and you don’t want to mess with him.” Plus, adds Fitch: “The workouts are great fun.”


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Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at or