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April, 2010 Vol. 1 Issue #3

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Take a Bite out of Tooth Loss dental caries, but many people are unaware of this equally destructive but gradual and relatively painless (at first!) attack on their teeth.

Periodontal disease is both one of the most common and prevalent causes of tooth loss and one of the most easily preventable dental conditions. Periodontitis actually includes several inflammatory diseases affecting the periodontium ( the tissues that surround and support the teeth ) which results in bone loss of the alveolar bone. This is the ridge of bone that contains the tooth sockets, so when the bone goes, so do the teeth. Certainly we know that oral care is vital in preventing

In very simple terms, periodontitis is most commonly caused by gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) which in turn was caused by the accumulation of tartar at the gum line and even beneath. Tartar is plaque left to harden rather than having been removed in time with adequate oral care starting with brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash to attack the offending bacteria. The last opportunity to break down the tartar is with the help of a dental hygienist or your dentist. Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease can include occasional redness or bleeding of gums when brushing, recurring swelling of the gums, bad breath, receding gums, deep pockets between the teeth and gums, and in the later stages, loose teeth. Certainly, these

“It’s important to realize that this is a chronic condition…”

symptoms can occur for other reasons but generally indicate some underlying progression of a dental condition that should be assessed. Additional factors such as smoking, poorlymanaged diabetes and inherited predisposition can increase the incidence and seriousness of the disease. Dr. Rose Dhillon at Lakewood Dental Center, says “It’s important to realize that this is a chronic condition. Gingivitis can be cured if caught in time, but once the gum tissue has broken down around the teeth, plaque buildup can occur even more easily below the gum line. The treatment involves a procedure of scaling and root planing to remove the plaque.” In severe cases where deep pockets have formed around teeth, surgery may be on option, but to reverse actual bone lose is complex and costly if even an option at all.  As is so often the case, while new treatment options are always desirable, prevention is the true goal.  Dr. Dhillon couldn’t agree more. “There is plenty that can be done to treat mild inflammation and prevent the onset of gingivitis and it’s all so simple.  Good oral hygiene and regular cleaning and check- ups are the best line of defense. “ ■

More Caffeine Allowed On March 19th, Health Canada announced it has authorized broader use of caffeine as a food additive from cola-type beverages to all carbonated soft drinks. Health Canada determined that adding synthetic caffeine to non-cola soft drinks in concentrations no higher than 150 parts per million (ppm) poses no health risk to consumers when they follow Health Canada's recommendations for maximum daily caffeine intake. The authorized concentration for non-cola beverages is lower than the maximum of 200 ppm authorized under the Food and Drug Regulations for cola beverages. The current prohibition against adding synthetic caffeine to other foods remains in place. Further details are available at


Muffins made with pea fibre.

Super Peas! As dry and unassuming as Clark Kent, peas are a super food recently discovered capable of lowering cholesterol and safeguarding insulin levels in a single bound. From 2006 to 2008, the Canadian pulse industry initiated seven human clinical trials to look at the connection between eating pulses and the prevention of chronic diseases. The studies revealed a number of positive health benefits in relation to eating pulses and the management of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In one of the trials Researchers at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba found the dietary fiber-rich content of peas helped to regulate insulin management in overweight adults with elevated cholesterol levels . Participants who consumed muffins made with whole pea flour or pea fiber on average decreased insulin resistance

by 20 percent and had fasting insulin levels 20 percent lower than participants consuming control muffins made with wheat flour. What really created excitement was that these changes happened after just 30 days and without the participants having to lose weight before seeing health benefits. When you factor in that peas are high in protein, antioxidants and fiber as well as being gluten-free, it’s a wonder how we could have not realized there was a super food among us all this time. For the muffin recipe developed in this study go to www.bestcookingpulses. com/recipes.html ■

New Wave or Old Ways? The second week of April marks World Homoeopathy Week. Though considered an alternative form of medicine in North America, the practice of homoeopathy is hundreds of years old and recognized around the world, particularly in Europe, South America, Africa and India where it is considered on par with western medicine. Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that aims to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. The term comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Treatment includes prescribing highly diluted natural substances based on the

Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that aims to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.

premise that they are capable of curing the same symptoms they can cause. “There are about 20 Homoeopathic doctors practicing here in Manitoba” says Dr. Kumar Belgumkar. “The Manitoba Society of Homoeopathic Physicians started in 2005. We are in the process of joining/ affiliating with a national Homoeopathic Association. “ “Becoming a Doctor of Homoeopathy generally requires four years of full-time study at a recognized college,” explains Dr. Belgumkar. “The majority of the Homoeopathic Doctors also have a background in sciences such as chemistry, biology and botany. Presently there is no local college of homoeopathic medicine. Dr. Nielsen's Homoeopathic Medical Education and Research Centre Inc. and the Manitoba College of Homoeopathic Medicine are not taking students due to lack of funding. Your can find out more about the practice of homoeopathy at the following websites: Homeopathic Medical Association of Canada Canada Homoeopathy Consumer Resources http:// Cons_Other/cons_other.html ■

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A Clean bill of Health! The fresh air and sunshine makes us eager to throw open the doors and windows and start on our list of chores both indoors and outside. Even for those who don’t suffer from allergies, its a good idea to review some lung-friendly guidelines before embarking on Spring cleaning. While we are attempting to rid our homes of mould and dust, be wary not to replace them with chemical pollutants that can be just as harmful. Natural, non-irritating cleaners can include baking soda, lemon or vinegar solutions and there are more ecofriendly options on shelves than ever before. If you're in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, consider one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter, which removes over 99% of dust on vacuumed surfaces. A central vacuum system is also highly effective. When cleaning carpets, use only nontoxic carpet cleaners. If the label includes a caution or toxic symbol, or if the odour is strong, choose another product. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. People who misread or fail to follow directions for diluting carpet shampoo may expose themselves and others to respiratory problems from soap dust. Soap dust will lead to coughing, dry throat, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion and headaches. Vacuuming will not remove the dust. Steam cleaning is the only effective means to remove the dust and solve the problem. If your carpet is water damaged and mouldy it should be discarded. Beware of anti-mould treatments; they may be more dangerous to your health than the mould being removed. ■


News & Events Osteoporosis Canada Tea With a Twist With Keran Sanders of CBC Radio Sunday, April 25 from 2:00-4:30 pm Venue: Seine River Retirement Residence, 1015 St. Anne’s Road, Wpg The fundraising event for the local chapter is presented in partnership with Cornelia Bean and hosted by Seine River Retirement Residence. Enjoy the afternoon sampling unique blends of teas and Tangria (a wine cocktail prepared with tea). Enjoy the Fashion Show by Nygard, Refreshments, Music and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $30 are available at the office; call 772-3498 or email osteoman@ and also at Cornelia Bean and McNally Robinson April 18th to the 24th is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK In Winnipeg contact Volunteer Manitoba Suite 410-5 Donald Street South Winnipeg, R3L 2T4 Tel: 888-922-4545 Fax: 204-284-5200  Special Olympics Manitoba in partnerships with Liquor Marts, proudly presents the 8th annual Winnipeg Wine Festival taking place from Sunday April 25th until Saturday, May 1, 2010 The Crohns and Colitis Foundation presents the All That Glitters Gala Thursday, May 6, 2010 The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM An exciting evening with both live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment.

For more information, follow links to events under The Parkinsons Society of Manitoba Regional Conference Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:00 am Registration Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion Hotel For further information:

Manitoba Lotteries MS Walk: Wpg, Sunday, April 25, 2010 Grant Park High School and Charles A. Barbour Arena Get started at www.mssociety. ca/en/events/scwalk/onlinefundraising.htm Other ways to register: Phone: 943-9595 Fax: 988-0915 By Mail/In Person: MS Society of Canada, Manitoba Division 100 - 1465 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L8


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April 2010  

Winnipeg WellNews is a monthly newsletter emphasizing original, local content emphasizing active living, nutrition and natural health and he...

April 2010  

Winnipeg WellNews is a monthly newsletter emphasizing original, local content emphasizing active living, nutrition and natural health and he...