Archive for October, 2010

Vote – Your Civic Duty

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hello Readers,

To everyone interested in the health of this great nation, I encourage you to get out Tuesday, November 2, and exercise your civic duty and vote.

Many patriots have fought and died to make it possible for our opinion to count in this wonderful democratic republic. Election time is a great time to reflect on the heroes of our history and to work to find more heroes in our everyday lives.

The effort each of us makes to participate in this legislative procedure is proof of our social consciousness. Voting is our most obvious means of demonstrating how we feel about the liberty this United States affords us.

Take time to vote thoughtfully. This privilege is ever so important.

Karen

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Vote – Your Civic Duty

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hello,

To everyone interested in the health of this great nation, get out one week from today and exercise your civic duty – VOTE.

Many patriots have fought and died to make it possible for our opinion to count in this wonderful democratic republic.

The effort each of us makes to participate in this legislative procedure is proof of our social consciousness.  Voting is our most obvious means of demonstrating how we feel about the liberty this United States affords us.

Take time to vote thoughtfully.

Dr. Hood

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Halloween, Sugar, and Your Child’s Dental Health

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, October 25, 2010

Yes, Halloween is rapidly approaching and parents often avoid talking about the amount of sweets consumed during this holiday period.

Limit the amount of time in which teeth are exposed to sugar without being cleaned.  I often tell parents that, if a child has 3 gallons of candy, the best way for a child to consume that amount is to sit and eat it all in 5 minutes and then brush his/her teeth.  Obviously, this is a bit extreme, but the idea is to avoid long and multiple exposures to sugars and the lactic acid which bacteria create as de-mineralizing agents to teeth.  To sit and suck on hard candy all day or to bathe your teeth – one sip at a time – to the carbonic and phosphoric acids in soda is the worst way (for teeth) to be exposed to sweets.  The trick to eating treats is few short exposures.

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat!

Dr. James G. Hood

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Voices for the North Fork Flathead Reaches 2010 Goal

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

“Friends of the North Fork Flathead” Reaches 2010 Goal

Just a brief announcement! We thought you’d like to know that Headwaters Montana has reached its goal of signing up 2010 “Friends of the North Fork” before the end of the year ~ ahead of schedule!

As of today’s date we have 2115 Friends of the North Fork. That’s a lot of voices speaking out to protect this special part of the world.

What You Helped Accomplish

Your voice has helped protect the North Fork by:
• Encouraging Governor Schweitzer to negotiate a ” Memorandum of Understanding” with British Columbia;
• Helping Senator Baucus convince oil and gas lease holder in the North Fork to give up of over 80 percent of their dormant oil and gas leases in the North Fork (working towards 100 percent!);
• Convincing senators Baucus and Tester to introduce legislation (S.3075) to withdraw all mineral and oil and gas rights in the North Fork (still pending in Congress);
• Convincing the Obama administration to negotiate an international agreement for the North Fork with Canadian federal government (in process); and
• Helping complete Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park by adding 100,000 acres in British Columbia (on-going).
The Work’s Not Done Yet

The North Fork of the Flathead River still needs your attention and help. While we accomplished much in 2010, the list above demonstrates that work remains to be finished, in addition to other conservation objectives on the U.S. side of the watershed.

Help Headwaters Meet the “Cinnabar Challenge”

You can keep this record of success moving forward by helping Headwaters Montana stay in the game. Headwaters Montana is the only locally-based NGO that focuses on the Transboundary Flathead on a daily basis. We’re local voices working to protect our back yard.

The Cinnabar Foundation will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. Please double your financial impact by making your donation here today.

Thank you!

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Dental Health and Regular Check-ups

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hello Readers,

The state of the economy in this country is not good at this time.  People are cutting back in many areas.  They are spending less or going without things they would not have a few years ago.  Dental health is not an area to cut back or go without.  Dr. Mayo, of Mayo Clinic, said that the average person will extend his/her life 10 years by maintaining good oral health.  Maintenance is always cheaper than repair.

I have a brother who is a mechanic and he says that, if you check fluids regularly and change them in a timely manner, your car(s) and truck(s) will surprise you on how long they will last.

So also it is with dentistry.  Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings will catch problems when they are small and can easily be restored.  I frequently see people who come in on an emergency basis, with abscessed teeth, swollen faces, and yes, in pain.  In questioning them, they often report that they knew they broke a tooth in the past, but it didn’t hurt and they were busy or didn’t want to spend money on a tooth that didn’t hurt.   However, once a tooth is abscessed, they also find they don’t want to hurt or have a distorted face or foul breath.

Don’t wait until a tooth needs a root canal or extraction.  See your dentist regularly and repair teeth when repair is small, inexpensive, painless, and done quickly.  Be informed about your dental health.

Keep smiling,

Dr. James G. Hood

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