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Old 05-17-2014, 03:14 PM   #21
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My gastric reflux is definitely worse when I'm stressed and breaks through my meds (usually at about 4 in the morning!)

When hard pressed by the GF and nothing else is working I resort to porridge/oatmeal - very soothing.
Ulcers are not the same as GERD. Most ulcers are caused by bacteria. Stress can worsen symptoms, but it's not the cause of the disease.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:40 PM   #22
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My grandmother told me that her grandparents used soot to clean their teeth. Never very sure whether to believe her!
I've never heard of that but I have heard stories of people (in the olden days) who used a twig cut at an angle (and used carefully) to clean their teeth. This was told to me by a woman who, though very modern, came from very poor parents who did that.)

I've also heard that some POWs who weren't horribly mistreated but weren't given toothbrushes used twigs to clean their teeth. Some of them came back with the healthiest gums and teeth seen!

But I'll never give up my great tasting toothpaste!

You don't need anything except a brush and floss to clean your teeth (with some fluoridated water to rinse if you're under 15.) Really.

(I won't address the issue about fluoride. Anyone can believe what they want.)
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #23
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I've never heard of that but I have heard stories of people (in the olden days) who used a twig cut at an angle (and used carefully) to clean their teeth. This was told to me by a woman who, though very modern, came from very poor parents who did that.)

I've also heard that some POWs who weren't horribly mistreated but weren't given toothbrushes used twigs to clean their teeth. Some of them came back with the healthiest gums and teeth seen!

But I'll never give up my great tasting toothpaste!

You don't need anything except a brush and floss to clean your teeth (with some fluoridated water to rinse if you're under 15.) Really.

(I won't address the issue about fluoride. Anyone can believe what they want.)
You don't even need a brush Once, I spent the night, unplanned, with a college friend and in the morning asked if she had an extra toothbrush. She didn't, but a washcloth worked just fine

I've heard about twigs used for that purpose, too. Although, in the "olden days," many Americans and Europeans believed that washing was the wrong thing to do.
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You don't even need a brush Once, I spent the night, unplanned, with a college friend and in the morning asked if she had an extra toothbrush. She didn't, but a washcloth worked just fine
But you flossed your teeth as soon as you got home, right?
(Once a dental hygienist, always a dental hygienist!)
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Unless a person has a disease or condition that disrupts 'things' in the body these are working constantly.
Yes, they are working constantly, but SAD taxes that delicate balance.

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When people encourage you to “alkalize your blood,” most of them mean that you should eat plenty of foods that have an alkaline-forming effect on your system. The reason for making this suggestion is that the vast majority of highly processed foods - like white flour products and white sugar - have an acid-forming effect on your system.
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Yes, they are working constantly, but SAD taxes that delicate balance.

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Do you mean Seasonal Affective Disorder?
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SAD = Standard American Diet
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I thought Seasonal Affective Disorder too...

Never heard of it being Standard American Diet!
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Standard American Diet is a real description, it is the over-processed and fast foods that many Americans eat on a daily basis.
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SAD (Standard American Diet) taxes a person's body and pH, as postulated by Zerah, quoting another site, by those people who eat foods that are highly acidic. White sugar, white flour products were named as the culprits.

Meat (including fish and chicken), eggs and dairy, fruit, most grains are also acidic but those weren't mentioned.

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""Can Diet Change the pH Balance of the Body?

The body's pH levels may change slightly as a result of eating some foods, but will remain in the tightly held range of 7.35-7.45.[...] However, even if you eat large quantities of these foods, your blood pH will barely change and only for a short time."

Alkaline Diets and Cancer: Fact or Fiction? - Intelihealth

I'm confident that Zareh will agree with this. Perhaps she just read the wrong type of articles and not science based ones.
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