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...

Dental tips for a great vacation

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Hooray — it’s time for the long awaited vacation.  I’m going to share some of the tips on how to handle a dental problem when you are away from home. Nobody wants a tooth problem but being prepared will help lessen the inconvenience and perhaps keep that vacation on track.    Send article as PDF   ...

Inner Nature: Immunity — Autosurveillance

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The immune system is the mechanism that protects and defends the body. Although its main purpose is defense against attack, the immune system is also a barrier, border patrol, soldier, police, doctor, parent, and amazingly, a fortune-teller, all in one package. Not only that, it exists in every living organism from bacteria to plants to animals to protect against...

Brush up on your teeth cleaning skills

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Did you know that May is designated National Dental Care Month? I didn’t but it seems there is a national month for everything. I just learned that May is National Dental Care Month. A great time to share some toothbrushing tips.    Send article as PDF   

Inner Nature: Circulation — nutrients in, waste out

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times The purpose of circulation is to bring nutrients to cells and remove wastes. Circulation is important for all organisms, including plants, fungi and bacteria; it’s no good to a cell if materials cannot get in and out efficiently. In single-celled organisms, which live suspended in an aqueous environment, the medium performs this function.   ...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Connections

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times What comes to your mind when you think about connection? Whatever your answer is, no doubt, it brings “good feels”. It’s a massive word that can take your mind in so many directions. Making human connection begins at birth.  It starts where no words are spoken, just the gentle connection of a mother holding her baby and looking into his or her...

On Your Table: Mushrooms star in TV Chef Nick Stellino’s kitchen

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Mushrooms and arugula join together in this easy side dish for a marriage of flavors (photo courtesy Nick Stellino) “Food is a celebration of life and there’s joy to be found in the kitchen,” according to Emmy-nominated PBS cooking show chef Nick Stellino. I recently had the opportunity to chat with him about Italian cooking, his passion...

On Your Table: A hearty taste of spring, Asparagus soup

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times : It’s spring and asparagus leek chowder is on the menu for weekday supper. Steamed, sautéed, roasted or grilled — asparagus takes on differently delicious qualities depending on how you cook it. Roasting and grilling turns asparagus almost sweet. Steamed, it retains the heart of its natural flavor.  Please, please don’t boil these...

Take the threat of oral cancer seriously

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times April is oral cancer awareness month. A cancer that few talk about. Most people rarely notice the red and white ribbon that is the official designator of oral cancer.  As a dental professional I have to ask, If there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try...