A (SOMETIMES) CHILLY CELEBRATION Growing up in Kentucky, it was almost guaranteed that I would see snow on the ground by the time October 31 rolled around. Occasionally, we got lucky, and we didn’t have to trudge through a cold tundra to earn our candy. My sister and I used to look up the weather forecast a week before Halloween to see if we were going to have to layer up under our costumes, and it was so disappointing when the forecast predicted a cold Halloween! My sister and I put a lot of work into our costumes, and it was always a letdown if we had to cover it up with a coat or bulk it up with a layer of long underwear. If we did have to cover up with a big coat, we would walk up to a house, ring the doorbell, and try to unzip before the neighbors could open the door. As you can imagine, there were times when the neighbors were too quick for us, and we had to yell “Trick or treat!” while we were still yanking on our zippers. We always prayed for a snowless Halloween so our costumes could stay intact, but the snow never ruined our excitement to get candy from the neighbors. HalloweenMemoriesFromMyChildhood
One year, my sister and I decided to go trick-or-treating as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. She was taller than me at the time, so, naturally, she went as Stan. I went as a short and fat Oliver, which required me to stick a big pillow under my shirt. I remember being irritated at first, but it worked out all right since it was a freezing Halloween and my pillow kept me warm.
I grew up in the ’70s, and our costume selection back then wasn’t as diverse as it is today. When we bought a costume pack, we were given a vinyl-like outfit that we tied behind our backs and a hard, plastic mask held in place by an elastic band. The masks had three holes, two for our eyes and one for our mouth. When I think back on Halloweens as a kid, I have to laugh because I probably spent the same amount of time adjusting my mask
"When I think back on Halloweens as a kid, I have to laugh because I probably spent the same amount of time adjusting my mask as I did trick-or-treating."
as I did trick-or-treating. If I could see perfectly, I couldn’t breathe right. And if I could let out a clear “Trick or treat!” I couldn’t see anything. I am so glad they’ve done away with those masks. The candies I was always most excited about were the Bottle Caps. I liked to trade my sister and our friends for root beer Bottle Caps since that was the best flavor. My dad loved chocolate, and he would always tell us that he needed
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The end of summer doesn't have to signal an end to fun. How about sweater weather, Halloween parties, and football season? The list goes on and on. In fact, fall might be the most interesting season of them all. Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the season. 1. It was originally called “harvest.” The reasons for that should be fairly obvious. In a world that was far more agricultural, the season was defined by the harvesting of crops. It’s also a reference to the harvest moon, which was essential to farmers during the season. The name "fall" is used almost exclusively in America. 2. Fall babies tend to be impressive. Not only does the world’s most common birthday, October 5, land in fall, but those babies have built an impressive resume. The British Department for Education found that they tend to do better in school and also tend to live longer. 3. Weight gain is most common in the fall. It’s not only the Halloween candy or Thanksgiving turkey. Researchers believe it’s primarily caused by lower levels of vitamin D. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, we tend to get less sun. It’s another reason to be careful about diet and exercise this season.
4. Autumn is good for the economy. “Leaf peeping,” which is a slang term for fall foliage tourism, is more than just a funny name. It’s also a $3 billion industry in New England alone. So, if you thought winter and summer were the only seasons that brought along seasonal tourism spikes, you thought wrong. 5. People fall in love more in the fall. Men and women’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the autumn, which makes women even more attractive to men than in the summer months. A data study on Facebook also found that more people change their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” during the fall than any other season.
Stars,Stripes andSmiles GIVING BACK TO THOSE WHO ENSURE OUR FREEDOM
Of the 21 million
on Friday, November 10. Doctors David and Patti Bradley and Dr. Shelly Pound, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants, and other team members, will provide free extractions, fillings, and cleanings for veterans that day. Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time, along with his team, to help as many people as possible.
veterans in the United States, fewer
than 10 million are enrolled for
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, and
It is Lake Oconee Dentistry’s honor to serve those who have fought to make our country free.
more than 1.2 million lack health insurance altogether. This disparity is even more pronounced when it comes to dental care, because the VA only provides dental benefits to veterans classified as disabled or as a prisoner of war — or as veterans who have a service- connected dental condition. This year, to honor our veterans, Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting Stars, Stripes and Smiles, a free day of dentistry solely for our servicemen and servicewomen,
If you are a veteran and are interested in receiving treatment on November 10, please call the office at 706-453-1333 to receive an appointment time. Doctors and volunteers will treat the first 100 patients — and possibly more if time allows.
Thank you for your service. We look forward to serving you!
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4 WAYS YOU MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENT DEMENTIA B reItSt rts
exercises. Check out eldergym.com for more info on staying active as you age. Heart-healthy eating may also protect the brain. Limit your intake of sugar and saturated fats and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Replace butter and margarine with olive or canola oil. Two diets that have been linked to heart health are the DASH diet (dashdiet.org) and the Mediterranean diet. Frequent social engagement may help keep your brain sharp. Make efforts to speak face to face with someone you’re close to as often as you can. Try to make new friends, volunteer, join a club or social group, get to know your neighbors, or connect with people over social media. Mental stimulation may also be important to brain health as we age. Study something new to you, such as a foreign language or a musical instrument. Make reading books and newspapers part of your regular routine. Try doing crossword or sudoku puzzles. It’s not difficult to find an activity you enjoy that will also help keep your brain active. REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS With Cheese
From the moment you wake up in the morning, it feels like a dense fog fills your head. When you drag yourself out of bed and go to make yourself a plate of eggs and toast, it suddenly seems like a much more complicated task than before. You lose track of time, and the smell of smoke enters your nostrils. Frantically turning the burner off, it occurs to you that you can’t remember the day of the week. According to Time Magazine, 47 million people around the world live with some type of dementia. Typically, as we age, we’re told that all we can do is hope for the best and bide our time until there’s a cure, but recent research by the Alzheimer’s Research Center paints a different picture. A set of simple lifestyle changes may be the key to staving off cognitive decline as we get older. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent, according to Help Guide, and it can even slow the onset of already-present cognitive decline. Walk or swim for about 150 minutes each week, along with two to three sessions of moderate resistance training, as well as balance and coordination
Ingredients • 4 medium poblano
• 1 cup (4 ounces) pre- shredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional) • Snipped fresh basil • Grated Parmesan cheese
chilies, halved and seeded • 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans • 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice • 1/2 cup picante sauce
to look through our candy before we could dig in. It was always strange how we were missing a few chocolate candy bars after my dad’s inspection. I prefer gummy candies now, so my kids always hide their gummies before letting me look through their candy. I remember trick-or-treating at houses that gave out apples instead of candy, and I was always disappointed by the healthy treat. Those feelings stayed with me until I was an adult, and when Patti and I got married, we decided we weren’t going to be the house that handed out apples and toothbrushes. We wanted kids to enjoy trick-or-treating at our house, and we love to see all the hard work the kids put into their costumes. So, we hand out candy like many of our neighbors. I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. See you soon! — Dr. David
Instructions 1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave- safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice, and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes. 3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
Recipe courtesy of CookingLight.com.
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Can You Prevent Dementia Before It Starts? page 3 Refried Bean Poblanos With Cheese page 3 The Benefits of Essential Oils page 4
UseDiffusers toRe p theBenefits OF ESSENTIAL OILS
If you’ve stopped by a health store recently, you’ve no doubt seen a huge selection of essential oils. These liquids, which contain concentrated, natural aroma compounds found in plants, are the basis of aromatherapy, one of the most popular trends in holistic health. Aromatherapy involves applying these oils to the skin or spraying them into the air. Skin application requires that you use diluted oils, because aromatic compounds are strong and can cause irritation. As a result of these concerns, many are turning to diffusers to get the benefits of aromatherapy in a safe, wonderful-smelling manner. In addition to filling your house with an all-natural, appealing perfume, aromatherapy has been touted as a way to help with everything from stress and insomnia to cognitive function and mood enhancement. To receive these benefits, you’ll need to pick up a diffuser and some oils. With so many options, though, how do you know which one is right for you? There is no shortage of methods for diffusing essential oils. Nebulizing diffusers don’t require any heat source, instead atomizing the essential oils. They are extremely effective, but they are also large and expensive. Ultrasonic diffusers
are similarly heatless, preserving the oils. This type of diffuser can also work as a humidifier, making it a valuable multitasker. Heat and evaporative diffusers are cheaper options, but they tend to alter oils or separate particles according to size. Once you decide on the best diffuser for your home, you need to select a few essential oils and put your new toy to use. Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, and will freshen your environment. Cinnamon oil can clear congestion and has a homey, autumnal scent. Eucalyptus oil is an air purifier, but its scent is strong and not for everybody. If you want to de-stress, try rosemary oil, which decreases your cortisol levels. You should alert your doctor before partaking in aromatherapy if you’re pregnant, nursing, or on any medication. While most essential oils are perfectly safe to diffuse, the compounds in certain oils can combine with medication and trigger adverse side effects. Once you begin diffusing, you’ll never go back to commercial, chemical scent sprays. The benefits are evident, and the results smell sweet.
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