Pitner Orthodontics March 2019


March 2019

I Promise to Say No Learning to be Essential and Effective

Did you know that before the 20th century, the word “priorities” didn’t exist? Priority means “the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.”We can only have one priority, one most important thing. Multiple priorities are just a to-do list. It wasn’t until around the 1940s that people started to claim they had more than one priority. They began to fill their days with too many priorities, and their lives became cluttered. Spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. Over the last fewmonths, I know a lot of people went crazy over Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” style of minimalism and decluttering their homes. My husband and I have already done that, so my goal is to declutter my life. To do this, the first step is rereading “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” byGreg McKeown. This book is incredible. I’ve read it three times! Not because it’s complicated, but because the concepts are so simple that sometimes you need to remind yourself of them. I highly “... I NEED TO BE RUTHLESS ABOUT GETTING RID OF WHAT’S NOT ESSENTIAL .”

recommend this book to everyone. CEO of THIS, Inc., Greg McKeown is an expert of replacing the “We can have it all” mentality with “I’m going to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.” There are many great concepts in “Essentialism,” but the one that really stuck out to me was a story about Hungarian professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.When Professor Csikszentmihalyi was writing his book on creativity, he wanted to interview creative individuals. One of these individuals was Peter Drucker, the father of modern management thinking. Drucker’s response to the invitation was nothing short of amazing: “I amgreatly honored and flattered by your kind letter of Feb. 14— for I have admired you and your work for many years, and I have learnedmuch from it. But, my dear Professor Csikszentmihalyi, I amafraid I have to disappoint you. I could not possibly answer your questions. I am told I am creative— I don't knowwhat that means … I just keep on plodding… I hope that you will not think me presumptuous or rude if I say that one of the secrets of productivity (in which I believe whereas I do not believe in creativity) is to have aVERY BIGwaste paper basket to take care of ALL invitations such as yours —productivity inmy experience consists of NOT doing anything that helps the work of other people but to spend all one's time on the work that theGood Lord has fitted one to do, and to do well.”

Or, as McKeown put it, “Peter Drucker believed that people are effective because they say no.”

As someone who has a bad habit of saying yes to everything, I thought this story was awesome. This year, my mission is to focus on what is essential. To do this, I need to be ruthless about getting rid of what’s not essential. This means I need to start saying no. I vow to say no to requests I can’t fulfill, no to other people’s agendas, and, most importantly, no to myself when I try to stray away frommy priorities. Seven years ago, my friend Joanne climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I thought that sounded so cool and thought about attempting it myself.

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'Champions' "Champions" is a story about teenage superheroes, but don’t

It’s no secret that superhero movies are

means to be a teenager, a first-generation American, a friend, and a superhero. The storylines promote an important message: “Good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do.” In just a few years, Ms. Marvel has become an established superhero in comics, and it won’t be long before she steps onto the big screen with a live-action movie. ‘Super Sons: The Polarshield Project’ Jon Kent, son of Superman, and Damian Wayne, son of Batman, couldn’t be more different. But when a mysterious force threatens the world, these super sons must learn to trust each other — and themselves — to save the day. Based on the hit "Super Sons" comic book series, “Super Sons: The Polarshield Project” doesn’t hit shelves until April 2, 2019, which means you and your kids have plenty of time to reserve a copy of this graphic novel at your local comic book shop! If patients waiting for their appointment are feeling a little anxious, that’s my cue to swoop in and save the day. Soft pets and warm cuddles are my superpower. It’s been scientifically proven that hanging out with a pet can help calm you down when you’re stressed. As Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, said, "Holding and stroking a pet is calming for many people, even those without anxiety problems." Not all dogs can do this job. While we have lots of fun at the office, it’s still a place of business, where patients go when they need help. We can’t have dogs tearing down the halls and barking at new patients who walk in the door. It’s important to know when it’s time to play fetch and when it’s time to sit and be calm. I’m already a pretty chill dog, so no one has to worry when I’m at the office. The

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expect pizza or relationship drama in these panels. These comics tackle how young people today approach problems with a readiness to rally together and take matters into their own hands. "Champions" doesn’t shy away from hard topics, making it more appropriate for older kids and teens. But that doesn’t mean this story lacks heart or humor. Featuring comic favorites like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man as well as popular newcomers, "Champions" is about identity, purpose, and what it really means to save the world.

box office. The highest-grossing movies of 2018 (and the third and fourth highest-grossing

of all time) were “Black Panther” and “Avengers: InfinityWar.” There’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes or to become a fan of superhero comics. If your kids are interested in reading more about superheroes, here are a few great titles your whole family can enjoy together. 'Ms. Marvel' Since her debut in 2013, Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, has been a wildly popular character, and her comic has gained critical acclaim. A 2015 Hugo Award winner, "Ms. Marvel" explores what it Here to Help! G’DAY, MATE! One of my favorite things in the world is going to work with my mom. I miss her so much when she’s gone, and I love getting to say hello to everyone at the office. But I’m not wandering around the office just for fun. I have a very important job to do while I am there! People are always telling Dr. Pitner how nice and friendly I am, so we decided to put my skills to good use. My mom and the rest of the Pitner Ortho team work really hard to make sure all our patients feel relaxed and comfortable when they come into any of the offices, but that doesn’t mean patients aren’t nervous sometimes. That’s where I come in! I’m basically the office therapy dog. I even have a vest!

Find these titles and other incredible stories at your local comic book shop.


last thing I want to do is make a mess or stress anyone out when they’re already anxious about their appointment. The next time you’re at the office and you’re feeling nervous or need a little extra love, remember that I’ll probably be here. And I can’t wait to say hi! –Buster



THE HISTORY OF SNOOZING How the Art of Sleep Has Changed Over Time

Sleep Gaps While many modern sleep experts support the consecutive eight-hour sleep regimen, historically, people had completely different sleep schedules. Medieval society actually had two sleep sessions a night — known as biphasic sleep — with a gap of wakefulness in between to eat, pray, talk, read, or write by candlelight. But by the 1920s, this practice of having two sleep sessions each night entirely receded from the social consciousness. Historians attribute this shift to innovations in artificial lighting and work schedules during the Industrial Revolution that required workers to stay up longer and sleep less. Cozy Blankets Most people find it difficult to sleep without some kind of covering, like a blanket, over their bodies. While researchers of the past entertained the idea that blankets offer some kind of primal protection for sleepers, they now

There are few things in life that feel better than crawling into a comfy bed after a long day. Sleep is an essential part of human health. After a mere 24 hours of sleep deprivation, bodily functions and mental faculties start to go haywire, and 11 days seems to be the longest a person can live without sleep. While people acknowledge that sleep has always been a necessary part of human existence, very few know how drastically nightly routines have changed over time. Here are three significantly different historical approaches to sleep. Brain Floods For centuries, theorists associated sleep with blood loss and other health problems. But by the 1800s, notable physicians blamed sleep on a process known as congestion theory. In this theory, sleep was thought to be brought on by an overwhelming flow of blood to the brain, effectively flooding it and sending sleepers into a dreamlike state.

believe the coverings help with temperature regulation, as maintaining a comfortable body temperature is necessary for good sleep. However, according to a recent study conducted in Sweden, weighted blankets help with much more than just temperature. Due to the added pressure, weighted blankets provide deep pressure touch (DPT), which increases the body’s amount of serotonin — a chemical that helps decrease blood pressure and rapid heart rate. Because of the effects of increased serotonin, weighted blankets are believed to help with anxiety and insomnia. While sleep patterns may change over time, the human need for sleep will not. As you crawl into your bed tonight, take some time to think about the way your ancestors approached their nightly snooze sessions. It’ll put you to sleep faster than counting sheep.


Fortunately, Joanne is a straight shooter.When I asked her about the trip, she told me everything, the good — how amazing it felt to stand on top of the mountain — and the bad — howmany people had internal bowel issues along the way.When she was done, I said, “That sounds amazing! I’m glad you told me all about it because now I never have to do it.” FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” is one of those big reasons our lives get cluttered.We see howmuch fun everyone else is having, the great adventures they’re on, and we worry that we should also be having adventures. If you really want to go hiking every day after work, then you should do that! But if you’re happy to go home and sit on the couch with your dog, why make yourself unhappy by telling yourself you should be doing something else? When I start to experience FOMO, I need to ask myself if that experience is something I really want in my life. If not, I need to tell myself no and refocus on my own priorities. More often than not, those priorities don’t involve climbing mountains. We can have a different priority in each area of our life; we have to focus on what’s essential in our work or in our relationships. But we also have to recognize what’s most essential in our lives.What is our one true priority?


1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed

1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

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1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup ricotta cheese 1 garlic clove, grated

Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil-lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes. 3. While beet is roasting, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice,

4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve.

When we answer that question, it’s easy to say no to all the other clutter.

ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth.

–Dr. Leslie Pitner

Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


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Local Events

Make Your Week More Fun Mark Your Calendar for Great Local Events

St. Pat’s in Five Points Where: Five Points, Columbia When: Saturday, March 16 Admission: $25; Free for kids 12 and under Website: StPatsColumbia.com You don’t have to fly to Ireland in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. One of the nation’s biggest Gaelic and green celebrations is held right here in Columbia! Start the day with a musical parade before enjoying a family- friendly carnival, fantastic food trucks, vendor booths, and great music. Five stages will feature bands shamrockin’ out all day, from local favorites to national icons. This is a festival for everybody, so get decked out in all green and join the fun.

ShenYun Where: Koger Center for theArts, Columbia When: March 19 and 20; 7:30 p.m. Admission: See website for tickets Website: KogerCenterForTheArts.com For two days only, the Koger Center for the Arts will be home to 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture. Banned in China today, ShenYun is an artistic nonprofit organization that fights to preserve ancient traditions and share this beautiful culture with the world. Grab your tickets now and see some of the world’s greatest performers bring heavenly battles, ancient legends, and modern heroes to the stage through the universal language of musical and dance.

Friday Night Laser Lights at the State Museum Where: South Carolina State Museum, Columbia When: Friday, March 22; 6–10 p.m. Admission: $10 general public / $8 museum members Website: SCMuseum.org/events/friday-night- laser-lights/ The SouthCarolina StateMuseum is going out of this world with lasers, CGI visuals, and legendary music. More than your average laser light show, this event is one of Colombia's favorite ways to kick off a weekend. Grab something to eat from local food trucks, challenge your friends to a game of giant Connect Four or cosmic cornhole PlantToss, and enjoy a spectacular show that’s truly astronomical.



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