How to quickly treat cold sores

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Got a Cold Sore? Here’s How to Treat It Quickly. A cold sore always crops up at just the wrong time. Nobody likes to have an ugly sore on their lip or corner of their mouth. Finding which cold sore treatment works best for you can help speed along its healing. And that’s why we’re here. Cold sores usually last 7-10 days but how you...

InnerNature: Sex — The key to diversity

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In his book “Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea,” Carl Zimmer concedes: “Sex is not only unnecessary, but it ought to be a recipe for evolutionary disaster. For one thing, it is an inefficient way to reproduce…And sex carries other costs as well…By all rights, any group of animals that evolves sexual reproduction should be promptly outcompeted by nonsexual...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The spirit of thankfulness

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are in the month of November, where the fourth Thursday is designated as a day to give thanks. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving on the day only, or do you celebrate the spirit of thanksgiving every day? If you currently just look to the day, but have the desire to open your heart to more than that, what you need to do is slow down, be still, listen,...

Scary teeth are for Jack-O-Lanterns

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Scary teeth may look great on Halloween night but they never look great the next day. Here are a few tips and tricks that may take a bite out of all that Halloween candy. Safety first, when that sack of candy comes home after Trick-or-Treating, always take a few minutes to sort through all that loot. Throw away any candy or treats that are...

Don’t retire, ReFire: Don’t fit in….stand out!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times At this time in the world, we are discovering more and more how important being ourselves and expressing our individuality is. We are coming to the realization that we all possess unique gifts that, once recognized, must be developed and shared with the world. Imagine one never ending string of precious gems, each with its own special powers. ...

Inner Nature: Animal Development: Evolution of Body Plans

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times To observe a graceful animal in motion is a beautiful thing. This is even more so for those justly celebrated for their mastery of movement, such as a hummingbird hovering over a flower, or a human thundering to a heart-stopping sub-10 second 100 meter Olympic run. The seeming perfection of form is an illusion – all forms are in development, with each generation...

Don’t retire, ReFire: As summer draws nigh

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As the sun sets earlier each night and the periodic crispy evenings have returned, we are reminded that the season of fall will be upon us in the blink of an eye. Did it go fast for you? Time passes. The days, the months, the years go on. In spite of that, we often times try to hold on to the season that we’re in and the moments in that season, because,...

A new world for dentistry

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s a new world in dental care and most people just don’t know. Online dental consultations, called teledentistry is here and here to stay. Have a question? Need advice? Don’t know what to do? For a small fee you can go online to a number of different teledental sites, answer a few questions and get hooked up with a dentist licensed...

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Buyer Beware, I heard my parents tell me that decades ago when I earned my first paycheck working as a part time lifeguard.  It was the mid 1970’s and I wanted a stereo. Yes I just dated myself. I listened to music before the ipod,earbuds and pandora.  I knew the sound of a needle skipping on a record and the horror of a cassette tape...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Living with urgency

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As I thought about what urgency means to me, and the purpose of my message, more forms of urgency opened up and surfaced. Urgency, by definition, has two meanings. One meaning is of persistence and insistence. A good example of this meaning is the urgency of the “now” mentality we live in. In this day and age where all of our “conveniences” have...