How Oral Health and Heart Disease May Be Related

You likely know that regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are good for maintaining oral health—but did you know they may also help keep your heart healthy?

It’s true;rearchers are beginning to find links between poor oral health and an increased risk of heart disease. And yet the vast majority of Americans see a dentist irregularly at best; for instance, some estimate that only 1 in 9 seniors have visited a dentist within the last year. In fact, more than 80 percent of Americans may currently live with periodontal (or gum) disease.

Yet some studies show this could come at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Gum disease and heart disease—linked?

A recent study actually showed that if someone has gum disease, be that disease advanced or even mild, they are at a tremendously increased risk of developing heart disease. But why?

Scientists say that it has to do with inflammation caused by bacteria. That same inflammation that can cause painful gums can also put you at an increased risk of developing atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in your arteries.

In particular, inflammation can be present in your gums as part of gum disease in a few different ways. For instance, swollen gums are a pretty common dental issue, and can reflect two main conditions. The first, gingivitis, is simply an inflammation of the gum itself. The second, though, periodontis, can be far more serious, as it’s the result of an infection. As a result, periodontis often includes infected pus pockets—which are a problem, because they allow bacteria and toxins into the bloodstream.

But how does mouth bacteria end up in your blood?

It just so happens that your gums are full of blood vessels, so if the gums are disrupted—such as by pus pockets, for instance—that disruption allows bacteria into the bloodstream. That bacteria, then, has free rein to the rest of the body, where it can trigger inflammation elsewhere. And that inflammation can then cause major damage to blood vessels, including those found in your heart.

And scientists have noted that for those of us with healthy gums, we’re far less likely to have bacteria in our hearts. As it so happens, keeping our gums healthy may just be another way to help keep our heart healthy.

Additionally, researchers note that higher bacterial prevalence has also been correlated with more plaque in major arteries, like the carotid artery. Enough plaque build-up can cause a total blockage, and a blockage of a major artery like the carotid is a recipe for a disaster, such as a stroke. As a result, experts say that lowering our bacterial counts can be a major step toward stroke and heart attack prevention.

Antibiotics?

Of course, that doesn’t mean we should just load up on antibiotics. After all, taking antibiotics when we don’t need them makes it more likely that they won’t work in the future, when we might really need them. Instead, we should focus on taking care of our oral health by practicing good dental hygiene, and the rest will likely come in time.

Lifestyle

Lastly, some researchers note that part of the correlation between gum disease and heart disease may also be related to lifestyle factors. Quite simply, individuals with lifestyles who put them at greater risk for gum disease are also at higher risk for heart disease. For instance, smoking is a huge risk factor for both, as is poor diet or lack of exercise.

Additionally, many people who suffer from periodontal disease are diabetics, which is also a major cardiovascular health risk factor.

Still, in addition to making the lifestyle changes that make us less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, addressing our oral health and dental practices is also a good idea.

Even if the American Heart Association says there is no proven link that preventing gum disease can prevent heart disease, it’s still something you should want for yourself. Good health, quite simply, is good health, so you should want to take good care of your mouth just as you would take good care of your heart.

After all, plenty of research shows the two are related, even if we don’t completely understand how. After all, do you really want gum disease? Good dental hygiene is a great place to start—and it just might help your heart, too!

inner rainbows

kundaliniWe each have an inner sense of knowing and ways to attract the things we need in life. Each color of the rainbow has a particular attribute outlined in ancient traditions connected to the chakra system:

Red=Security — What makes you secure?

Orange=Creativity — What do you create to express your self?

Yellow=Power –Do you express power with rather than “power over”

Green=Love — In what ways do you give and receive love?

Blue=Clarity of Communication — Are you clearly asking for your needs to be met?

Indigo=Vision and Imagination — Are your dreams fulfilled?

Violet=Connection — Are you practicing forgiveness?

Listen to a 12 min. meditation designed to sooth your mind and body using these colors and manifest more of what you need in your life at this time.

The Spiritually Transformative Experience

The Spiritually Transformative Experience

On the soul’s spiritual path the Spiritually Transformative Experience is just one step in the course of a life time of awakenings. When working with you we first listen deeply to what is happening and honor your past or present experiences through the practice of presence. Second, I guide the client’s understanding of any personal issues that are a result of a particular experience or set of experiences. We then work together to define messages and meaning and work toward understanding and integration. Each session is unique to what is going on in the present circumstances. Sessions are based on your needs and religious or spiritual orientation and may include prayer, reflection, meditation, guided visualization, expressive arts or ritual to connect or reconnect within a spiritual guidance framework. In your session with me we may use various altered-states of consciousness including dream work, energetic awakenings, intuitive experiences, kundalini, nature-based spiritual experiences, near-death experiences and visions. I work with clients one-on-one or with family members present, as well as in small groups of peers.
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5 tips for parents to help their teens overcome learning difficulties

healthy-relationship-hearts-11Teenagers who experience serious and ongoing difficulties with the different areas of learning are said to be suffering from a learning disability. In addition to struggling in school, they may also be undergoing social and emotional pressure. Most adolescents who have this problem are often unwilling or hesitant to approach their parents as dealing with this difficulty can be frustrating to both of them. But avoiding it does NOT solve the problem.

Parents who see signs of learning disabilities in their kids should not panic. They should understand that this is not uncommon and there are ways to overcome these difficulties. When teenagers start to show signs of learning difficulties, parents should keep the lines of communication open. Talking about the problem can be challenging, but it is the first and most effective way of arriving at a solution. It is up to the parent to address the problem.

Understanding the Cause

The first step in helping your child is to accept that s/he may be suffering from a learning disability. Denying the possibility that they may be going through a tough time will not help ease the burden. Ask questions about what is going on, in what ways are they struggling? Once you have acknowledged the problem, explore resources to find out how you can help.

Talk to Your Teen about the Disability

Talking to your child during this time may be both tricky and taxing. However, it is the only way you can both agree on how to come up with a solution to the problem. Keep the communication lines between you and your child open at all times. Make your child feel that you can be a confidant willing to listen and understand, and to find solutions.

Identify Your Teen’s Strengths and Weaknesses

As a parent, you should be aware of what your teen is good at and what areas they need to work on. This way, you can come up with activities to highlight strengths and improve  weaknesses. A great website to discover Multiple Intelligences is www.literacyworks.org. Do not forget to make your child feel accepted and not to focus what s/he can and cannot do.

 Seek Help from Experts

It is perfectly acceptable when parents do not immediately know what they can do to assist their child. Extra help is offered by health professionals and experts who understand the problem better than anyone. These people are trained to identify learning disabilities, and they studied ways to treat them. Consult with your child’s teacher or a psychologist. They can recommend professional assessment tests for your child.

 Choose the Right School for Your Teen

Addressing a learning disability is not limited to the home. Parents should choose a school that has an effective program for teens having difficult time learning. These children should be kept in an environment where they can work on their weaknesses while developing their strengths. Find more information at www.helpyourteennow.com.

Help your teens remember they are loved for who they are, not for their accomplishments or failures. We are all different in how we learn and process information. Keep looking for the best fit in a school setting.

Affectionate Touch

We can live our whole lives without sex, but we have a need for touch and affection.

Many think the only way to get touched is through sex. Cuddle Party provides an opportunity for safe, affectionate, nurturing touch.  People attend these part-workshop, part social event in order to meet new people, have comfortable conversation and to get their touch quota met. Cuddle Party is held about once per month in Denver, CO and many other cities around the world. Check out www.cuddleparty.com for more info and to RSVP this Sunday, Sept. 4th @ 3 pm.

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Cultivating Healthy Relationships

working with insight and intuition

Human beings are born helpless, which means we are immediately in relationship with others. As newborns we rely on developing senses. Sight, sound, smell and taste allow us to be in touch with this new world. We need to be touched and held. Babies who are stroked and cuddled thrive.

Our need for human interaction never ends. From birth, we detect the quality of touch and begin to make judgments. We develop emotional intelligence as we learn to read the meaning of facial expressions. We learn to trust the motivation of others when our needs are met. Babies mature and begin to sense energy fields. This requires that we become self-aware and eventually learn to manage our “mood.” Mood is a quality of feeling or a distinctive emotional quality. Emotions are a result of our internal energy in motion. Emotions are the combination of temperament and personality.

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