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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. While mouthguards are most commonly used for contact sports, the ADA suggests athletes might need a mouthguard when participating in any of the following activities: acrobatics, baseball, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian events, extreme sports, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot-putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.  When considering a mouthguard it is important to recognize ones options. Most are familiar with the semi-custom mouth pieces which you “boil and bite”. These work well but may be a little bulky and lead to decreased use. Custom mouthguards may be made which are fabricated in a lab to exactly fit the person’s mouth. While these are more expensive, they do offer an improved fit and many people find it easier to breath well and tolerated the custom forms. The most important thing is to have a mouthguard in place, whether custom or semi-custom, whenever there is a chance of being struck in the face. Think of your mouthguard as cheap insurance for your teeth and jaws.

Is your poor quality of sleep killing you?

Is it possible that several of your most concerning problems are caused by poor quality sleep?  Too tired, can’t lose weight, the list of prescription drugs is way too long and too expensive, catch everyone’s bug and can’t stay well, don’t have time to eat right and exercise, my significant other won’t sleep with me.  Sleep is essential to healthy survival and sleep is robbed from; for everything else in our lives.  We stay up too late, and maybe get up to early.  My partner snores or yes, worse you may snore.  Snoring sounds are caused by resistance air flow to the lungs.  Worse yet are those who snore and stop breathing. Yes, it’s Sleep Apnea!  Many different things cause a decrease in the quality of our sleep.  Light, sounds, worries, hot nights, poor bed, all result in diminished quality of sleep.  Fifty percent of mature married couples do not sleep together due to snoring. I don’t have a statistic for the contribution of snoring to divorce, but I am confident it is very significant.  Poor sleep leads to weight gain, lowered immune system response and more illness and disease including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  Poor sleep leads to increased insulin resistance, hunger and not feeling and knowing when you have eaten enough. For a complimentary Sleep Apnea consumer guide or for a TMJ information guide on pain and “The Great Imposter”  call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning headaches, TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, snoring or related subjects drdwight@thetmjcenter.com   call 234-PAIN.
A recent study in the Biological Psychiatry journal showed that stress can slow a woman’s metabolism and lead to weight gain, which is not great news.  On average, the women who had one or more stressful events during the previous 24 hours burned fewer calories and had higher levels of insulin, the hormone that contributes to fat storage.  My most successful clients are using amazing mind-body tools to decrease the harmful effects of stress, including “Beth” who has lost – and kept off – almost 100 pounds.  We know what works and right now we’re offering a special Weight Loss and Wellness package that includes a FREE emotional eating session with me, a massage, a chakra balancing session, a Healing Touch session, and tips from our personal trainer.  You also get unlimited fitness class, a 14-day mind-body detox, and recorded audio classes.  Contact us at 233-0593, excelweightloss@gmail.com, or watch a video at excelweightloss.com.  Don’t less stress sabotage your weight less efforts any more.
Under Idaho law, a Will must be signed according to statutory formalities to be valid.  Additionally, even if the Will was properly signed, a Will may be invalidated for other reasons.  These reasons may be that the deceased person was not competent or was unduly influenced at the time the Will was signed.  An interested party may ask the court to invalidate a will that has been presented for probate.  A good family law attorney can advise you of the available options to challenge the will in your situation.
There are many variables to the selection of an attorney such as his professional competence, time constraints, professional fees, and the inter-meshing of personalities, etc.  Before hiring an attorney for any legal work, I would recommend: (a) that an attorney’s professional credentials (experience and training) for the work be investigated;  (b) that a fee arrangement be discussed and understood;  (c) that the general time-lines for the completion of the work be reviewed; and  (d) that the attorney be someone that you are comfortable working with.  The fact that your parents Wills are in storage with a different attorney should be neither a positive nor a negative factor to his/her hiring.  Call for a free first appointment consultation.  Remember that a general informational series is not a substitute for actual legal representation.
Register for the Peak Performance Symposium!  It’s an online summit featuring internationally acclaimed researchers, authors, athletes, and experts to help YOU become a Peak Performer.  You’ll get to listen to Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dr. Dean Ornish (Preventive Medicine Research Institute), John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief), Howard Martin (HeartMath Institute), and yours truly on the subject of weight and stress!  I’m honored to be in the company of such amazing people.  You can hear many of the speakers for free, or upgrade to hear them all for just one dollar ($1.00).  To register, go to www.excelweightloss.com and click on the link for the Peak Performance Symposium.  You’ll be glad you did!

Who has Occipital Headaches?

Occipital headaches are a very common condition for a large portion of the population and can be caused by several different sources.   The most frequent suspect for causing neck and occipital pain is from neck disorders, but often over looked is an injury to the jaw joint.  Surprisingly the number one symptom of a TMJ disorder is occipital headaches or pain.  The jaw joint is not usually the prominent pain complaint.  Who would ever guess the jaw joint would cause the back of your head to hurt?   As the occipital pain becomes more long term or chronic the occipital areas itself refers pain to other areas primarily to the top of the head, the back of the eye, and to the ear.  If you are one of those with occipital pain simply press into the tender area and hold it for a minute and observe where the pain may refer to.  A similar technique may be used on other tender or painful points in the muscle to identify the pain referral pattern.  Knowing the source of the pain allows one to treat each of the trigger points and eliminate each of the associated painful areas.  Too good to be true!  Many of my patients are amazed at the extensive relief from finally identifying not only where the pain is, but more importantly what is the source of the referred pain and eliminate the future referral of the historical pain.   For answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning chronic pain, TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects  drdwight@thetmjcenter.com  call 234-PAIN.
This is a topic that has received considerable attention as mandibular fractures are relatively common after trauma to the face. Fractures of the mandible (broken jaw) may be seen after any kind of trauma that generates enough force to the lower face. This may include contact sports or any other activity that places one at risk of falling or being struck by any object. Various studies have supported the findings that having third molars (wisdom teeth) present, especially if they are not completely erupted, increases the likelihood of breaking the mandible approximately 4 fold. One such study suggested that having the wisdom teeth in place only requires 60% of the force to fracture the jaw as if the teeth were not present.
By paying it forward!  This week a very sweet client of mine weighed in and is just 4 pounds shy of losing 100 pounds and keeping it off.  She has been working with me for about 11 months, and every week she releases more fat.  Of course we are working on nutrition, but the key for her has been working on the emotional issues that caused her weight gain in the first place. To celebrate, we’re offering a Weight Loss and Wellness Package that will blow you away!  You’ll get a FREE intro to EFT session with me, a massage with Auna, a Healing Touch session wtih Daphne, a chakra balancing session with Kathy, and weight loss recipes from Meagan.  These are all bonuses to our 3-month special which included unlimited fitness classes, a 14-day detox that includes a Food/Mood Diary, and recorded audio sessions on mind-body weight loss.  You get EVERYTHING listed for just $150.  Offer expires soon, so please call today 233-0593 or go to excelweightloss.com.
Idaho Statutes provides a strict formality of signature before two witnesses to be a legal organ donation.  The affixating of organ donor upon your drivers license is just a method to identify to legal authority that you have previously executed an organ donor card.  A good family law attorney can advise you of the available options in your situation to become organ donors.  Remember that a general informational series is not a substitute for actual legal representation.
 As part of its estate planning service, Meyers Law Office, PLLC., provides a free Statutory Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney.