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Inside this issue:

Study indicating a Link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Peridontal Disease and how this can affect you.

Health tip recipe

Quote of the Day
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PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, HOW WILL THIS AFFECT YOU?

A recent study published in the June issue of the Journal of Periodontology revealed information showing a strong indication of a relation between gum disease and people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both RA and gum disease are systemic inflammatory disorders which may explain the connection between the two. Inflammation is already thought to link periodontal disease with other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

A link to this study can be found at Journal of Periodontology Online

This study came of interest to me as this is something that I have battled with over the years.

Personnally I have found success in the recent years working closely with my dentist and hygenist. The hygenist suggested cleaning 4 times per year and explained to me why this was important towards clearing up the periodontal disease.

As well as the regular visits the hygenist suggested to me that perhaps using a rubber tip to clean between the teeth combined with the flossing I was already doing might be of benefit to me due to the positioning of my teeth and the recession in the gums.

This is not always suggested because for some people rough use of the rubber tip can cause further recession in the gums.

I noticed immediately that even after brushing and flossing the rubber tip did much to clean under the gum and between the teeth.

Another technique that appeared very valuable to me came during a period where I was suffering from an infection and I had to make it through the weekend.

Oil Pulling, was something I read about and decided to try. I recommend this for everyone as this technique not only pulls the toxins from our body, helping over all health, but also helps to clean and whiten the teeth.

Clearly we can see from above the importance of treating our "whole body" when we treat any health challenge.

Inflammation that we suffer in RA can affect many other areas of our health including our dental health.

Poor dental health has been linked to shortened lives although all the facts are not in on why dental health so strongly relates to a shortened life.





HEALTH TIP RECIPE

As it's summer and we all enjoy outdoor meals I've included a recipe that may make an excellent substitute for the greasy hamburger on the barbecue.

Delicious Turkey Burgers

INGREDIENTS:

3 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely diced onion
l green cooking apple, cut finely
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, apple, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 12 patties.

Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).


Prepare a nice Greek salad to go with this and you have a meal that you can enjoy outdoors while not totally giving up healthy eating.


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