Elkins Dental - September 2019




Mountain Hikes and Musical Memories

Of course, the highlight of this summer has been, without a doubt, Beth’s and my anniversary trip to Spain.

Me and Beth in front of a 12th-century cathedral built above the city of Oviedo

It’s been quite a while since I was in Spain — 23 years, in fact. I lived there for two years in the mid ‘90s. At that point of my life, I was able to speak Spanish very fluently, but that was a long time ago. I was nervous about how that would play out during our trip, but it’s interesting how the brain works. Surrounded by Spanish, something switched on, and I was able to speak the language and comprehend it.There were actually a few times when Beth asked me a question in English, and, in my head, I had to translate from Spanish back to English to respond to her! One of the highlights of the trip for me was stopping in Oviedo, a place I lived for five months. We walked on the same sidewalks I’d walked on years earlier, passed by the same parks and shops I’d frequented. As we were walking along one of the streets, we passed by a music store. Suddenly, I stopped; it was a music store I’d walked into many times

Me and Beth on The Cares Trail hike

Jesus and me in his music store

I remembered this lion from the original picture I took 23 years ago

Beth striking a pose on the northern coast of Spain in a small town called Llanes

when I lived in Oviedo. I recalled the man who owned the store, Jesus. When I lived there, we had fun jamming together. He played the piano, and I played the guitar. He’d become a good friend, but we hadn’t spoken since I lived in Spain.

How’s your summer winding down? Beth’s sister came to visit us last month, and it was a great excuse to get everyone together and spend a day on the lake with the Jet Skis. We also got to see “Les Misérables” at the Morrison Center, and it was really cool to see it live.The actors were fantastic, especially the actor who played Jean Valjean. Some of the songs aren’t easy, but he nailed them. Since performing in gigs with my brother, I have even more appreciation for performers who get everything right.

On a whim, Beth and I walked into the store.The owner looked up, and there was my jamming buddy, Jesus, in

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Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools

and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future. AHH ... AHH ... ACHOO! Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as …well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the germs that are spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health. As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.

School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips. BUTMOMMY DOESN’T COVER HER NOSE! Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest,

Christina Is at the Top of Her Game Bringing Laughter and Joy to the Office

-Kalie and Caryn We’re proud of every person we bring on board at Elkins Dental, and that’s exactly how we feel about Christina. She is at the top of her game, and we’re so happy to have her on our team! After putting a pause on her career to be home with her kids, Christina was ready to come back to work, so she opened herself up to opportunities. It was serendipitous that Elkins Dental had an opening that was the perfect fit for her. She found a day care that’s just up the hill from our office.The great location “makes it easier,” she says of dropping her kids off so close by. Christina is mom to Logan, who’s 3, and Rhylee, who’s 4 months old.The family enjoys playing at the park, watching cartoons together, and making occasional trips to Donnelly to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

This month, we’re so excited to introduce a recent addition to the Elkins Dental team: Christina. Christina is stepping into our insurance coordinator position, taking on a big task but making it look easy. She’s been a perfect fit since day one. It helps to have friendly faces to work alongside, and Jessica and Sara have been just that for Christina.They and Christina are learning and growing together. All of us at the office are enjoying Christina’s positive personality and her contagious laugh! How has Christina been settling in at Elkins Dental? “It’s going great. I couldn’t ask to work with better people,” Christina says. “Jessica helps me a lot and gives me a lot of insight. I’ve been given all the right tools and resources to do my job. Everybody is very helpful. Everyone works as a team and offers their knowledge freely. It flows really well. It’s truly a team here.”

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GOOD CHEER Beer lovers, rejoice! Idaho is the world’s largest hop producer, and more and more people are taking advantage of our agricultural bounty by opening breweries in the Treasure Valley. Share a few of these treasures with visiting family members and their only question will be “How did we not come here sooner?” until it forms lumps roughly the size of a pea, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle topping over fi ling. 4. Bake for 35–40 minutes, let stand for 10 minutes, and serve. • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/4 tsp salt • 6 tbsp chilled butter, cut into pieces • 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

• 2 tbsp maple syrup • 1 tbsp lemon juice Topping: • 3/4 c p ll-pur ose flour • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Filling: • 5 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped • 1/4 cup pecans, finely ch pped • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

MOUNTAIN RANGES Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we don’t have to go far to find mountaintop winter activities. If skiing or tubing is your idea of winter fun, Bogus Basin is just a short drive away, and heading to McCall makes a fun weekend getaway. ... AND RIVERS Not only are we surrounded by the Payette and Boise rivers, Idaho is also home to the deepest gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. Take that, Arizona!

Out-of-town relatives who are visiting for the holidays might wonder what makes Emmett so special. But we already know the Treasure Valley is full of gems — and we don’t just mean the rocks. Here are some additional reasons Emmett and The Gem State are great. WE’VE GOT SUNSHINE On average, we have 210 sunny days per year. Compare that to 144 rainy days in Portland and we can feel pretty happy about all our free vitamin D.


1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. In a mixing bowl, mix all filling ingredients together. Transfer to individual serving ramekins. 3. In a different mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. Mix in butter


27th Emmett Harvest Festival & Street Fair When: Sept. 27–28, 2019 Where: Gem County Chamber of Commerce

2nd Annual HomeGrown Country Music Festival When: Sept. 28, 2019 Where: Kuna Greenbelt (behind City Hall)


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the same exact spot he’d sat when I was there! He was older but looked almost the same. He didn’t recognize me at first, but I’d brought pictures from my days living there, and I happened to have one of us playing music together. He looked at the picture, and then at me. “That’s you!” he said. We talked and reminisced about the time that had passed. It was an amazing and surreal moment. Before our trip, I’d wondered what (and who) I might see from my days there. It was a fun surprise to learn that Jesus was there, still playing music and encouraging others to do the same. Probably the biggest highlight of the trip for both Beth and me was our hike along The Cares Trail in Asturias. It’s a gorgeous 7 1/2-mile hike through the mountains. We left in the morning and hiked to a small village at the end of the trail, where we stopped and had lunch. While you can take a taxi back down the trail, Beth and I opted for the more scenic route. As we hiked the 7 1/2 miles back, the incredible views and picturesque scenes made it more than worth it. After all that hiking and walking around, we were ready to return to Idaho and settle back into life! I’ve found that if you vacation right, you’re ready to return home. –Dr. Elkins


Sept. 13 just so happens to land on a Friday this year. What’s someone with triskaidekaphobia — fear of the number 13 — to do? Historically, the number 13 has been associated with bad luck and nefarious omens.The Bible may have something to do with this: Cain is said to have killed Abel on Friday the 13th. Ancient Babylonians also

avoided 13, leaving the number out of their list of laws. Sailors, too, carried forth the superstition.They would not go to sea with a crew of 13. In contrast, the Ancient Mayans felt 13 was a sacred number. So, will you spend Friday the 13th avoiding

all the potential pitfalls (and black cats), or will you embrace the day and enjoy it? After all, it is Friday.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. Dr. Elkins’ Adventures in Spain 2. Teach Your Kids Flu Prevention



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FINDING THE RIGHT WORKOUT FOR YOUR DIET How to Match Your Routine to Your Plate

you go keto, you’ll burn more fat during cardio because you won’t have a store of glycogen to compete with it as an energy source. VEGAN Plant-based diets are generally associated with slow-moving exercises like yoga, but VegNews reports that short, high- intensity workouts are actually the best option for people who don’t eat meat or dairy. Choosing quick workouts means your body won’t use up as much protein (which

What you eat and how your body performs are two intimately linked aspects of your overall fitness.That’s why distance runners carb-load on spaghetti before marathons and yogis skip breakfast before a 105-degree Bikram class. However, this nuance is easy to neglect in a world of fad diets and food trends that move at whiplash speed.

If you’ve jumped on the keto, vegan, or paleo bandwagons but are still slogging through the same workout routine, it’s time to take a closer look at your body’s needs and tailor your gym time accordingly. Here are a few tips for matching your diet to the optimal workout. KETO

vegans generally consume less of ), and the ample glucose in a vegan diet is ideal for powering intense workouts like sprints, stairs, body-weight lifts, and CrossFit drills. PALEO

The paleo diet is unique in that it actually comes with its own exercise plan, though many paleo eaters probably don’t know it. According to Paleo Leap, “The paleo lifestyle emphasizes natural movement (preferably outside) over machine- based exercises and brief but intense strength training workouts over extended sessions of steady-state cardio.” Above all, paleo advocates advise listening to your body and choosing a workout plan that leaves you feeling good.

This high-fat, low-carb diet is currently booming among athletes who relish the opportunity to chow down on pork rinds and cheese (a perk that comes at the expense of giving up chips, bread, and most fruits). Shape magazine recommends moderate-intensity workouts for people eating keto because they won’t have the ample supply of glucose the body relies on for high-intensity exercises like sprints and HIIT. On the plus side, if

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