May 082015
Flossing teeth

Flossing Teeth

Is flossing really all that important?

Yes! When you floss, you are cleaning the areas of the teeth that a toothbrush cannot access. Left on its own, plaque bacterial biofilm organizes and changes the environment in your mouth so that nastier bugs can survive. Once those bad boys get on the scene, you are at risk of developing infection, and possibly disease of the structures that support your teeth in your mouth.By flossing, you disorganize the bacterial plaque biofilm, and you are doing so in the most vulnerable area of your mouth. The tissue is more likely to become diseased between the teeth.The most likely outcome of not flossing is a gum infection (gingivitis) that may lead to gum disease (periodontitis), which can eventually cause tooth loss. The catch is that the initial signs of gum infection can be easy to ignore. Early on, the gums are a bit tender, red, and may bleed when brushing or flossing.

By flossing regularly, you also remove smelly plaque bacteria from more of your mouth than brushing alone removes, leading to fresher breath. It has also been shown to add years to your life!

— Source: University of California, San Francisco Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The secret to healthy living

 Posted by on April 30, 2015
Apr 302015
Secret to healthy living

Secret to healthy living

The secret to healthy living


1 Think Positive

2] Eat Better

3] Exercise Often

4] Feel Good

5] Repeat

12 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights

 Posted by on January 27, 2015
Jan 272015
image of strength training

Benefits of Resistance Exercise…

12 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights (and The Health Benefits of Resistance Exercise).

A few of the Benefits…

1) It’s Heart healthy

  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved cholesterol profile (lower LDL, higher HDL)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improves coronary blood flow

2) Lower your risk of developing diabetes mellitus (DM)

  • National Institute of health: weight training reduces your risk of diabete by 34%
  • Type 2 DM: Insulin Resistance
  • Weight training: increase insulin sensitivity, reduced disease burden, reduce need for medication (potentially) reversed the disease

3) Improve Athletic Performance, Reduce Risk of Injury

  • Includes casual sports, professional sports, anything in between
  • Reduced risk of sports related injuries (especially to high risk joints)
  • E.g. Strengthening muscles at the knee, reduce risk of ACL injury
  • Reduce risk of back injuries (lift safely, good form)

4) Extended lifespan/ live longer

  • Research has shown that people who exercise live longer, but also who eat healthy and take supplements they can get from sites as
  • Folks with less skeletal muscle or decline in skeletal muscle have shorter lifespans
  • In other words, more muscle mass, longer life span

5) Improved / better sleep

  • Research: exercise associated with better, healthier sleep
  • Who benefits the most (insomnia, night shift) and exactly how it helps are still being investigated
  • Lifting weights = Improved sleep hygiene

6) Increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR)

  • Describes the number of calories you burn in a 24-hour period (regardless of activity level)
  • Weightlifting increases skeletal muscle mass, BMR
  • Increase whole body metabolism (reason athletes need to eat more)

7) Weight loss & Improved body adiposity

  • Associated with weight loss, decrease in total body fat (adiposity)
  • Muscle does way more than fat, so some folks may not lose much weight
  • However, research shows total body fat will decrease
  • Associated with reduced risk of disease ( diabetes, heart attack, stroke)

8) Healthy bones

  • Osteoporosisis a disease of “brittle bones”, often associated with “little old ladies”
  • However, weaker bones and decreased bone mineral density is part of the aging process
  • Osteopenia: “pre-osteoporosis” , (think of it as a spectrum)
  • Primary prevention and treatment: strength training and resistance exercise
  • Increases joint loading, forcing bones to remodel and strengthen

9) Boost your balance & flexibility

  • Research: strength and balance training reduces risk of falls
  • Improved, maintained functional capacity
  • Falls (and fractures) are a major cause of morbidity (disease) and mortality (death) in elderly population

10) Improved stamina & productivity

  • Associated with reduction in fatigue, improved stamina
  • You may be exhausted immediately after exercise (transient)
  • Research: weight training improves total body stamina on a day-to-day basis, allowing you to get more out of your day.

11) Psychological and neurological benefits

  • Reduced the risk of depression and suicide
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved self esteem
  • Increase social activity, body image and mood.
  • Reduces the risk of memory loss, dementia.

12) Finally… You don’t have to lift like an Olympic power lifter or an NFL athlete to enjoy these benefits. You can also do pull ups and squats if you prefer.

See this excellent video detailing all of the benefits:

Operation squeak toy

 Posted by on January 10, 2015
Jan 102015
Removal of squeak organ

Removal of squeak organ

SImple back surgery with single incision

SImple back surgery with single incision

Sweetpea's favorite pig toy quit squeaking

Sweetpea’s favorite pig toy quit squeaking

Happy dog with 100% fully recovered toy pig and squeaker

Happy dog with 100% fully recovered toy pig and squeaker

Simple double tread suture close up

Simple double tread suture close up

Sweetpea broke the squeaker in her favorite pig toy. I could tell she was incredibly sad, which breaks my heart. So I decided to undergo “operation squeak toy”. I decided to go in through the spine for easy access. A quick single incision squeakerectomy and it was over. After several minutes of micro-surgery, the squeaker was repaired and reinserted back into the little pig. After a quick closing using single row of sutures, the pig was brought back from her deep anesthesia and returned to Sweetpea. Happy dog once again!


Proud trainer moment with Flexible Larry

 Posted by on January 2, 2015
Jan 022015
Larry still flexible at 80 after 14 years

Larry still flexible at 80 after 14 years

Proud trainer moment…  My 80 year old client still flexible after 14 years because of frequent exercise and stretching.

Once again, my client Larry deserves a mention. I’ve been working with Larry for over 14 years now and truly believe in the anti-aging effects of diet and frequent exercise. They are truly like an anti-aging drug. Larry, having just turned 80 years old, came to me years ago with great flexibility, however, no one keeps it without constant effort. Larry is a testament to what a commitment to the program can achieve.

A proud trainer mention. More moments that make me love my job!