Jason A. Schermer April 2018


April 2018

Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY

WHY IS THERE A GYM IN THE BASEMENT? 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003

Teach i ng My K i ds t he Va l ue o f Phys i ca l F i t ness

Who else thought this last winter would never end? There were some mornings when I looked out on the snow-covered streets and wondered if we’d ever see the sun again. Thankfully, spring is in full swing, and I’m happy to report my kids are getting their share of time outdoors. My two eldest daughters, Addison and Kayla, both decided to go out for track this year. This was a new sport for them, and though Addison is in high school and Kayla is still in middle school, it’s cool to see them participating in the same activity.

Before they signed up for track, Addison was debating which events she wanted to go out for, while Kayla’s main concern was getting more exercise clothes. When she told me she didn’t have any “track workout clothes,” I told her, “There’s no such thing. You just get shoes, shorts, and you start running.” Even without the new clothes, she quickly got the hang of it. The season is halfway over at this point, and I don’t think my kids are going to land a college scholarship or reach the Olympics for track and field. I’m not sure they’ll even go out again next year. The important thing to me is that they are developing good habits for physical activity. I hope at some point they realize there’s a reason I put a gym in our basement, and it’s not just because I like to make purchases on Amazon. As a dentist, my job is the help patients maintain their health by taking care of their teeth. Oral health is important, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. I succeed as a dentist if my kids brush and floss every day, but my job as a dad is to show them the importance of getting a good workout and staying physically fit, too. Your overall quality of life increases exponentially when you exercise regularly. Plus, it helps put off the negative effects of aging. I’d like to think I’ve been doing a good job so far of teaching my girls the importance of exercise. Addison and Kayla have both

“I succeed as a dentist if my kids brush and floss every day, but my job as a dad is to show them the importance of getting a good workout and staying physically fit, too.”

done a great job during their first year of track, and my youngest daughter, Leah, has her own aspirations as an athlete. This past winter, she tested for her second- degree black belt, and she’s been in travel volleyball. All my girls are developing lifelong fitness habits, and it makes me proud. If they ever need any advice about exercise, I hope they come to me. I mean, I did letter in track, after all.

I wasn’t a huge runner myself, though I did go out for track in high school. For me, track was more of a social event with some running thrown in. Luckily, because I lived in such a small district, the school had a no-cut policy. If you went out, you made the team. This likely played a part in how I was able to letter in both football and track, something I am truly grateful for.

–-Jason A. Schermer


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Swiss Spaghetti Growers Enjoy Record Harvest

Pranks From the Pre-Internet Age April Fools’

Ah, to be as naive as we were during the early days of television. In 1957, a BBC news show called “Panorama” conducted a special report on a massive spaghetti harvest in Ticino, Switzerland, following a remarkably mild winter. The black and white images showed farmers pulling huge strands of noodles off tall trees and prompted hundreds of viewers to call into the station and ask how they might procure their own spaghetti tree. Thomas Edison’s Amazing Food Machine When Edison was in his prime, Americans truly believed he could create anything — even a machine that transformed air, water, and dirt into biscuits, vegetables, meat, and wine, as reported by the New York Daily Graphic in 1878. The article was reprinted in newspapers across the country. Thousands of people bought the trick. When Buffalo’s Commercial Advertiser ran an editorial on

Nixon for President, 1992

April Fools’ Day isn’t what it used to be. Sure, it’s still a fun distraction, with Google announcing “scratch and sniff” digital technology and Amazon declaring new features enabling Alexa to understand your pets. But it’s pretty hard for anyone to genuinely pull your leg in the internet age. Back when you couldn’t debunk a hoax with a simple Snopes search, things were a little more interesting. Here are a few of the most hilarious — yet somehow convincing — April Fools’ pranks in history.

When NPR’s popular “Talk of the Nation” program announced in 1992 that former President Richard Nixon had announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, listeners were shocked. Never mind that he’d been the center of the largest presidential scam in history, but his campaign slogan, “I never did anything wrong, and I won’t do it again,” left something to be desired. NPR even brought political experts on the show to discuss the ramifications of such a move, and listeners flooded the station with outraged calls — until host John Hockenberry revealed that the on-air Nixon was actually comedian Rich Little.

Edison’s genius in the endeavor, the Graphic reprinted it in full, along with the headline, “They Bite!”


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“I always look forward to the exceptional care I receive at the office of Dr. Schermer and Dr. Almudallal. The entire staff is so friendly and caring. Everyone I’ve met there has gone above and beyond, especially Janae, whom I’ve worked with mostly. They take great care in establishing not only a relationship, but a partnership with their patients, and they focus on recognizing our needs while providing excellent care.” -Kristen W.


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SWEET ESCAPE Make Ma l l ey ’s Choco l a t es You r Sp r i ng Des t i na t i on

Did you know the first Malley’s Chocolates opened in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1935 during the height of the Great Depression? This was a time when people struggled to feed their families and the future looked bleak, but Albert “Mike” Malley didn’t let uncertainty derail his dream of becoming a chocolatier. Mike and his wife, Jo, put everything on the line, and through hard work, they realized their dream. In 1949, the second Malley’s Chocolates shop opened its doors. Remodeled in 1994, that shop continues to serve chocolate lovers and ice cream fans. Malley’s Chocolates is a staple of Ohio, and it’s a prime example of what can be achieved with perseverance. If you have never visited a Malley’s shop, it’s certainly a worthwhile trip for your family. There’s nothing like some sweet ice cream to celebrate a warm spring day.

health, we shouldn’t be fearful of a little sugar. In fact, a study from Osaka University in Japan found that the antioxidants in dark chocolate can help prevent tooth decay. Not all sweets have dental perks, of course. Lollipops and sticky caramel have a bad habit of letting sugar linger on your teeth. Fortunately, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss are readily available. These tools, coupled with regular checkups, can help even the biggest sweet tooth remain cavity-free. Go ahead and share a scoop of ice cream or a bar of dark chocolate with your family at Malley’s Chocolates. You’ll be participating in a wonderful Ohio tradition. Just remember to brush your teeth afterward.

Understandably, having your dentist recommend a candy shop might be a little surprising. “Are they trying to trick me into eating more sugar so I’ll get more cavities?” conspiracy theorists may wonder. Not at all! We’ll let you in on a secret: As long as you take care of your teeth, a little sugar isn’t a bad thing. One of the reasons we have teeth is to enjoy the good foods and sweet treats that make life worth living! While we shouldn’t go overboard with sugar since it’s bad for our teeth and overall


Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? TEN-TICKLES.

With the beautiful spring weather, peas will soon be ripe enough to slip out of their pods. In honor of the season, this recipe pairs peas and pearl onions with mint to make a refreshing soup.

Ingredients •

3 pearl onions, diced 3 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup fresh mint, plus more for garnish 1 tablespoon agave nectar

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6 cups fresh or frozen peas 5 cups vegetable stock

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Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste

Pistachios for garnish

Directions 1. Place pot on stove over medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. 2. Add peas and stock. Cook until peas are just tender and still bright green. Remove from stove and allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes. 3. Put the mixture in a blender. As you blend, add mint, agave, lemon juice, and salt. 4. Once blended, pour into a bowl, garnish with mint and pistachios, and serve!



Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY



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3 Places to View Natural Wonders


Bioluminescent Plankton in Jamaica Imagine looking out at the water as the sky gets dark and seeing it turn a bright, glowing blue. That’s the sight you might be treated to at Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, where dinoflagellates, microscopic organisms in the water, lend their glow to the lagoon. These tiny organisms thrive in areas where salt water and fresh water meet, making the lagoon in springtime an ideal place to see them. ECO TIP: To ensure this magical sight will remain for years to come, always go with a “pack it in, pack it out” mentality. Take all of your belongings with you when you leave and be respectful of the beautiful environment that is yours to enjoy. Northern Lights in Scandinavia One of the most elusive natural wonders, the aurora borealis, can only be seen on dark nights in

If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you might see rare magical sights — baby turtles scuttling toward water, glowing lagoons, or a shimmering sky. But when and where do you need to be to catch these natural wonders? Sea Turtles Hatching in Hawaii On Oahu’s North Shore, head to Turtle Beach, which gets its name from the many turtles that nest along its shores. During late spring and summer, the waves subside, allowing turtles to crawl onto the beach to lay their eggs. Baby turtles hatch at night and make their way to the water by the light of the moon. If you do head to the beach at night to see this spectacle, don’t use white light, as it can disrupt the turtles’ progress (that means no flash photography).

the most northern parts of the world. That makes Sweden and its Scandinavian neighbors a great place to see the phenomenon. From December through April, you’ll have your best chance of seeing the northern lights. Sightings are dependent on solar activity, so it’s impossible to predict the exact timing and location, but they’re easier to see during the longer, darker nights of winter and early spring.


Book your trip through a responsible travel company, such as those that practice a fair-trade policy.

ECO TIP: Look, but don’t touch! It’s illegal to touch a sea turtle in Hawaii.


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