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Prompted by a recent scientific study offering grave warnings about the long-standing use of fluoride in drinking water and dental products, many dentists are using Dental Hygiene Month (October) to bring attention to the data. The official position is that given the elevated number of fluoride sources and the increased rates of fluoride intake in the American population since the 1940's, it is now necessary to reduce and work toward eliminating fluoride exposure. They say that not only is the synthetic fluoride in community water ineffective at reducing tooth decay, but it exposes us to a number of toxins. Many children now show signs of fluoride overdose by a tooth mottling known as fluorosis.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has free fluoride awareness resources and the position paper on their website.


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The results of another new scientific study show significant relief of moderately severe chronic pain associated with arthritis, neuropathic conditions, and musculoskeletal disorders is now demonstrated by using topical analgesics without the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction or adverse effects associated with some oral treatments including. This relief also led to a 60 percent reduction in use of concurrent pain medications, including opioid analgesics. No adverse side effects from the non opioid topical analesics were reported from almost all of the patients treated.

The author of the study finds significance in the topical analgesics’ therapeutic effect, and also in being able to offer a safer alternative to opioids for pain relief. He states the study demonstrates a measurable improvement in quality of life without waiting for new and experimental drugs to address the already monumental issue of the current opioid epidemic.

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National Health Literacy Month in October stresses the importance of raising awareness for the need to improve health literacy among American adults. In an age when we are trying to improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospital visits, understanding the importance of health literacy is crucial.

Authors of a white paper, “Solving the Determinants of Health by Improving Health Literacy,” emphasize that only 12 percent of Americans have proficient health literacy. As the nation converts from a fee-for-service to a value-based care model, a key factor will be individuals having more involvement in services they receive. Yet, in 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that nearly a third of adults in the United States fell into the basic or below basic health literacy groups and nearly 9 percent of Americans are not proficient in English. Healthcare providers understand that individuals experience the highest risk in their home environments after discharge.

The white paper explains how communication with patients once they’ve returned home, collaboration with other care-team members, and building alliances of support networks within the community will provide a solid foundation in which the country can address health literacy and overcome barriers to ultimately improving health outcomes and lower overall costs.

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A groundbreaking report reveals the cruel exploitation of wild animals as photo props by tourists for travel selfies across Latin America. The report, “A close up on cruelty: The harmful impact of wildlife selfies in the Amazon,” was commissioned by World Animal Protection for insights into the worldwide trend on social media of wildlife selfies. The report shows the number of wildlife selfies posted on Instagram has increased 292 percent between 2014 to present, the 27 percent of the wildlife selfies were posted within the U.S. or by U.S. users, that over 40 percent of wildlife selfies show “bad” or harmful wildlife selfies (someone hugging, holding or inappropriately interacting with a wild animal), and that people will most likely upload a “good” or humane wildlife selfie when they have been educated or exposed to the cruelty behind the scenes.

World Animal Protection is calling on relevant governments to enforce laws protecting wild animals, and wants to ensure that travel companies and individuals who are exploiting wild animals for tourism in the Amazon abide by the existing laws.

They are also launching a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photo with wild animals without fueling the cruel wildlife entertainment industry.

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Other articles of interest in this Fall 2017 TMIS eNewsletter:

* New U.S. maps taken from current hospital data show urgent need for new antibiotics with good activity against ESBL-producing and quinolone-resistant bacteria.

* Broad spectrum antibacterial action of nitric oxide demonstrates promise in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria ‘Superbugs.’

* New head-eye vestibular motion therapy positively affects the mental and physical health of severe chronic postconcussion patients by reducing symptoms in 5 days.

* Data released by the CDC show suicide rates for rural counties were consistently higher than urban counties from 2001-2015.

* New book, “Fearless Women at Work, Five Powerful Strategies to Thrive in Your Career and Life!,” highlights importance of bringing feminine energy to create balance in the workplace.

* New scientific dietary supplement for honey bees provides a fighting chance to combat environmental and man-made forces attacking colonies.

* “Truth About Abuse” report helps young people recognize digital dating abuse and navigate the complex combination of today’s dating scene and the ever-changing world of technology.
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