May 2012

Published 05/06/2012

We are nearly at the end of May and so much is happening at this time.

People are losing jobs, we are all taking stock of our lives and trying to reduce waste, remembering old skills that we had used for years, such as home cooking, budgeting, entertaining at home, sewing, recycling, and taking lunches to work. These are invaluable tools to make our lives pleasant and a lot easier on the purse.

Maybe for some of us it is a wakeup call to appreciate the valuable aspects of our lives, friends, family and the joy of relaxed conversation.

I have recently attended a seminar on Fluoride – the Pros and Cons. As we in Queensland are still getting used to the idea of fluoride in our drinking water it was interesting to see a notice by the then Premier of Queensland printed in the United Kingdom version of the Dental Tribune in March 2009 stating:

“State Premier of Queensland, I Anna Bligh, as the instigator of forced fluoridation in Queensland, give my personal guarantee that fluoridation causes no adverse health effects, and in the event that it does, I will accept full liability and will provide financial compensation.”

This must allay the fears of all Queenslanders and yet when I see a special warning from Colgate – I am confused. “Colgate recommends Special warnings and special precautions for use: Children Under 7, use a pea size amount. If using fluoride supplements, consult your dentist. As for any toothpaste containing fluoride for children under systemic fluoride therapy, it is important to evaluate the total exposure to fluoride (fluorosis).”

How do we do this on mass medication, we cannot be sure how much fluoride each child has had, or how much water they have drunk with what amount of fluoride in it?

A Great tip: To prevent the growth of bacteria on toothbrushes, dip them in a solution of 2 drops of tea tree essential oil in a tumbler of water. Rinse thoroughly and always store in a place where there is good circulation.

Mint and Lemon Tooth Powder

½ Cup of Bicarb of Soda, 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves (finely ground to a powder), ¼ Cup finely ground sea salt, 1 tablespoon dried lemon zest (yellow part only – finely ground to a powder), 3 drops lemon essential oil, 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Combine all the ingredients except for the essential oils and pass through a fine sieve, add the oils a drop at a time stirring constantly, store the mixture in small airtight jars – one for each member of the family.

Let us remember that before the laboratories, people grew plants in their gardens and made remedies in their kitchens. This went on for centuries and kept the population healthy in a safe and cost effective way.



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