Risk Assessment for Covid

Know your risks for Covid-19. It’s all about minimizing risk. Here is a list ranked by a Covid-19 task force and a committee of infectious disease experts: High risk: Going to a bar or working out in a gym High-Moderate risk: Eating indoors at a restaurant or hugging. Moderate: Shopping in a mall or eating dinner at a friends home …

Vaccination for HPV

After a recent presentation in League City, TX, an attendee asked if I work with Merck. I denied any association with the pharmaceutical and asked why. She said, ‘The way you talked about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine.’ She continued to tell me about another speaker she heard who believes the vaccine is harmful. In my presentation, I …

Pathologist with a Passion: 20 Years as Deputy Director for NIH

It’s a special person who has the prestigious role leading the National Cancer Institute for several years and at the same time, help cancer patients who need advice at no charge.  “Every evening he would be on the phone” talking to desperate patients, his son said about his father Dr. Alan Rabson. Every medical school except one rejected his application …

Bad Breath: Can You Smell The Cause?

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Can the odor be described as rotten, foul or unclean, musky, strong, pungent, rancid, rank? Dental professionals can strengthen their role as trusted gatekeepers of systemic and oral health by developing their sense of smell to diagnose breath malodor. It’s subjective nature is problematic. Sinusitis, allergies, smells in the operatory, diet and medications can all interfere with an accurate organoleptic …

Triclosan Trickle Effect: An Anti-Bacterial Pesticide

When ‘Anti-Bacterial’ soaps came on the market, the additional ingredient was triclosan. It was first created for hospital use but quickly spread to the mass market for use in:   antibacterial soaps and shampoos (Dial, Softsoap, Clerasil…) skin cleansing wipes (SaniCart) toothpaste (Colgate Total…) deodorants (Old Spice, Right Guard…) shaving gels (Gilette…) childrens toys (Playskool…) brake fluids (STP, Valvoline, Penzzoil…) antibacterial …