An apple a day may keep the dentist away

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times We’ve all heard that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This old adage has been around for more than 100 years.  While there is no real empirical evidence that regularly eating an apple will replace your primary care physician, there is plenty of evidence that apples are a healthy choice. The vitamins, minerals and fiber are good...

Don’t Retire – ReFire: New Year! New Decade! New Beginnings?

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times So many of us enter the New Year with great expectations and high hopes for a year greater than the year before.  In order to accomplish that, we look for ways to start over and improve ourselves. We’re ready to turn over a new leaf, to make things different, to get ahead, and to achieve greatness. Whether resolutions were made or not, my guess is that...

Done retire, ReFire: Dealing with holiday stress

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are, at the last month of not only the year but of the decade! It’s also a shorter holiday season, since Thanksgiving came late this year. How does the above make you feel? For many, these thoughts can bring on feelings of stress and anxiousness, especially when they are thought of at the same time! Lately, I’ve had many conversations about multi-tasking...

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 manage...

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 not...

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,...