Unhealthy Mouth Linked to Health Problems?

Most of us grow up not really taking heed to warnings about our oral hygiene.  I can remember as a child forgetting to brush my teeth many nights before bed.  I had no idea how I was putting my life in jeopardy.

Although you probably understand that poor dental care can lead to cavities, did you know that other, more serious health problems can also result from poor oral care? The truth is that if you don’t take proper care of your teeth, you could face far more serious consequences than a simple toothache or some unsightly stains.

The Mayo Clinic, as well as a report from ABC News, highlight some major areas of importance:

  • Heart disease: The bacteria from swelling of the gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and travel to the arteries in the heart and cause hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries which thicken and this decreases or may even block blood flow to the body. This can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The inner lining of the heart can also become infected and swollen (a condition known as endocarditis).
  • Dementia: I had no idea about this one! The bacteria from gingivitis (swelling of the gums) may enter the brain through either nerve channels in the head or through the bloodstream This may even lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Lung infections: The Journal of Periodontology warns that gum disease could cause you to get infections in your lungs, including pneumonia. While this cause and effect may not be so obvious , think about breathing in bacteria from infected gums and teeth long-term.
  • Diabetic complications: Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar and make your symptoms from diabetes much worse. Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to periodontal disease, which means proper dental care is even more important for diabetics.

As you can see, brushing and flossing keeps more than your teeth healthy — they might also prevent serious illnesses. Poor dental care is also a possible factor in other conditions, such as immune system disorders, weak bones, and problems with pregnancy and low birth weight.

Listen to what Dr. Raymond Gist has to say about disease prevention. He’s been advocating for easier access to dental care for years. He was the first African-American president for the American Dental Association.

Practice Good Hygiene Habits

The obvious: Practicing proper dental care is important in many ways you might not have thought of before. Encourage your family to practice good oral hygiene by brushing after every meal. I prefer a more natural, non-flouride toothpaste, such as Tom’s of Maine.  Also floss daily and use a mouth rinse to kill bacteria. You should also visit a dental professional regularly for cleanings and the prevention and treatment of cavities. Doing so can protect more than just your teeth — it can save your life!

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Help Needed for the Chageem

Chag Sameach Family & Friends!  Once again we are in the High Holy Day Season and as a community we are in need of your assistance.  Due to a large number of guests coming in, we are asking for your assistance in hosting them.  Many come to the Holy Land looking for a spiritual experience and we do our best to accommodate them during those times.

You may help by giving any of the amounts below and can donate as many times as you are moved to do so.

Chageem Donation

$100.00

Chageem Donation

$75.00

Chageem Donation

$50.00

Chageem Donation

$25.00

Chageem Donation

$10.00

Thank you ahead of time for your generosity and faith. We pray that you and your family enjoy the upcoming Chageem!  We will post a weekly update here of donation progress so feel free to stop by!

 

Give a Little Receive a Jewel

Just a quick update and thank you to all who have helped us in the process of trying to raise funds for our Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe!

First of all, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts if you gave, shared the news, gave words of encouragement or any support to help us on our journey!  We are super excited to report that we have raised enough to obtain material for costumes and our Dance Troupe T-shirts.  We are still in need of the other items but we are so grateful for what we have received.

 

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Our initial performance goal is to perform for those in need of cheering up and inspiration such as children in orphanages or hospitals and adults in hospitals and nursing homes living with chronic illnesses or medical hardships.  What better way to teach children how to serve others with the talents given to us by our Heavenly Father?  Thank you for whatever is put on your heart to give!  For those donating $25 or more and would like to receive a special gift, an inspirational book entitled, “Jewel”, by Dr. S’rah Yisrael, please click the donate button and follow the instructions below.

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The book “Jewel” is an inspirational journey to empowerment for a woman with an exceptional life!
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Author of “Jewel”, Dr. S’rah Yisrael

For your donation of $25 or more you receive this powerful book entitled “Jewel”!

For more about this amazing author, mother and writer, Dr. S’rah Yisrael, please click on this link:  Jewel by Dr. S’rah Yisrael

Here’s how to donate:

Step 1:

Decide on which amount you would like to give then click on the corresponding PayPal button below.  Any amount is welcome. Be sure to include shipping address if donating $25 or more.

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$10.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$15.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$25.00

If giving $25 or more and you would like to receive the inspirational book, “Jewel”, please fill out the below contact form and allow for approximately 2-3 weeks for shipping. Be sure to include your name, email below and full shipping address including zip code with your amount after clicking the donate button. 

Your email address will only be used for any needed shipping clarifications and will not be shared or saved after the close of the fund raiser. 

Don’t forget to subscribe here, tapin2life and to the Taptutor YouTube Channel! (Click on “Taptutor”) Stay updated here for our fund raiser progress!

Watch the dance troupe in action in our premiere video!!! 

Help these precious children to succeed by donating toward our cause.  Help us to share the joy of giving to others less fortunate & in need of hope.

Thanks for dropping by and please spread the news of our goals by sharing this link with others!

Kick HFCS to the Curb Already!

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I think a lot of us were born in the era of the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) Boom.  If you are around my age, you were not around to see the switch.  Bleaching the nutrients out of pure sugar was enough of a detriment to our health, now, with the use of HFCS, illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, liver failure, dementia, cancer, tooth decay and more are at an all time high and rising.  On the average each American has increased their yearly intake of HFCS from 0 to over 60 pounds which mostly comes from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food.

So, while various organizations are trying to push the lie that HFCS is good for your health, follow the trail back to who benefits if corn loses its foothold as a major crop in not only the American economy, but other countries as well…..the Corn Industry.  The bottom line is that sugar is sugar no matter how you package it!!! Oh but wait….what’s worse is that HFCS can be more detrimental than sugar because no digestion of the sugars is required and they go straight to your bloodstream, elevating your blood glucose as well as producing fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol.  You develop a fatty liver, your metabolism becomes a hot mess, you crave more food, you gain weight and have a likelihood to develop one or more of the above mentioned diseases.

It is also stated by those promoting HFCS that when used in moderation, it is safe.  The biggest problem I see with this statement is that if you are consuming it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between in snacks or drinks, is this in moderation? question-622164_960_720.jpgHmmmmmmmm

About 17 years ago, I made up my mind that I was going to eat and cook as healthy as I could with the means available to me.  It was a rude awakening to go to the grocery store and come out with flour, bread (which I had to search for a brand without HFCS for 10 minutes), dried pasta, brown rice, sunflower oil, beans, butter, real cheese, fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed meat from the butcher section of the store.  I was on a mission!!!  The biggest hurdle was time.  I was and am a working mom outside of the home, but once I convinced myself that it takes a bit more time to make what you can from scratch and be healthier instead of being a consumer of numerous processed food, I felt much better about what I was feeding me and my family.

In short, do what you can to minimize your intake of HFCS:

  • Look at food labels and decide if this is a product that maybe you can do without and incorporate something healthier, or maybe just do less of a serving.
  • The fresher the better!  Buy raw or frozen fruits and veggies….whatever you can afford.  I would even go a step further and say to experiment with your own garden.  You would be surprised the number of things that I have grown in a small space and if you have children, they will be more likely to eat healthy from the experience.
  • Continue your research and spread the news to others.

Watch this informative video featuring Dr. Valerie Garrett, an expert in the field of diabetes as she explains the HFCS phenomenon.

There are a list of foods that do not contain HFCS, but please do your own review.  I came across the below sites that may be helpful.

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Fund Raiser Progress Give a Little Receive a Jewel

It’s been a few weeks since the launching of our fund raiser and we want to thank all that have donated so far.  Getting closer to our goal of $1,000 but not yet there as you can see.  We are grateful for the support and will continue to update you on the fund raiser progress from week to week. 🙌😄

There are several things that the children need such as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatic shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Portable music equipment for on-the-go performances.

Dance wear, costumes, tumbling mats, and other small dance accessories .

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Photo by Fancycrave.com on Pexels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget for your donation of $25 or more you receive this inspirational book, “Jewel”, by Dr. S’rah Yisrael! To read more about this visit  Jewel by Dr. S’rah Yisrael

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Here’s how to donate:

Step 1:

Decide on which amount you would like to give then click on the corresponding PayPal button below.  Any amount is welcome. Be sure to include shipping address if donating $25 or more.

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$10.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$15.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$25.00

If donating $25 or more please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping of your book, “Jewel”, by Dr. S’rah Yisrael.

Watch our premiere video for the Stars of Heaven Lion Cubs Dance Troupe and show your support by subscribing, commenting and liking!

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Out of Loss Beauty Blossoms

I wanted to share an amazing story with you about a woman struck by sudden tragedy, responding with enormous courage, her method of healing and finally her triumph over her illness.  My guest artist is not a musician, poet or a dancer but is extremely creative and an inspiration to anyone who has been the victim of a debilitating illness.  She is also an inspiration for those who make excuses that something simply can’t be done.  Please take a few minutes to read about how she turned a loss that could’ve ended a craft that she enjoys, into beauty, despite her challenges.


Hi, my name is Brenda Dunams and before I had a stroke I was an artist of sorts.  I enjoyed making everything with my hands from crocheting and sewing to jewelry making, handmade clocks and wall hangings.

After my stroke, I knew my life had changed forever.  Accepting this harsh fact, I worried about how I could become an artist again.

At that time my daughter was pregnant and was concerned about how I was going to at least hold my grand baby.  I was offered an opportunity to receive rehab while recuperating in the hospital.  There, my occupational therapist asked what I did.  When I told her one of the things I did was crochet, she said, “I can show you how to do it with one hand.”  My inspiration was a bird and it’s beak.  I thought, if a bird can make a nest with a beak, what could I do with one hand, right?

Well, I was able to walk up out of rehab, and had the strength to hold my newborn grand daughter.  Slowly, I relearned how to crochet.  I’ve found other ways to do my crafts.  These are a few things I’ve done.


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All of the above and below items are handcrafted by Brenda and inspired from nature.

img-20180712-wa0006-collage Just goes to show that where there’s a will there’s a way.  I hope by sharing Brenda’s story that it is an inspiration for all of us to put forth our very best and to be grateful for every day that we have to share our talents with others.  Also to be courageous in the face of tragedy and know that we can overcome with a lot of determination and most of all our Heavenly Father and Creator of all of the Heavens, Earth and all that are within.

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Fund Raiser Progress Give a Little Receive a Jewel

It’s been a great start and we want to thank all that have donated so far….but we still need to reach our goal of $1,000.  We are grateful for the support and will continue to update you on the fund raiser progress from week to week. 🙌😄

There are several things that the children need such as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatic shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Portable music equipment for on-the-go performances.

Dance wear, costumes, tumbling mats, and other small dance accessories .

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Photo by Fancycrave.com on Pexels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget for your donation of $25 or more you receive this inspirational book, “Jewel”, by Dr. S’rah Yisrael! To read more about this visit  Jewel by Dr. S’rah Yisrael

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Here’s how to donate:

Step 1:

Decide on which amount you would like to give then click on the corresponding PayPal button below.  Any amount is welcome. Be sure to include shipping address if donating $25 or more.

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$10.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$15.00

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe Fund Raiser

$25.00

If donating $25 or more please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping of your book, “Jewel”, by Dr. S’rah Yisrael.

Watch our premiere video for the Stars of Heaven Lion Cubs Dance Troupe and show your support by subscribing, commenting and liking!

As always, why not SHARE IT🔗🙌, LIKE👍,  REPOST♻, COMMENT💬 

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Beloved One Performing Group

An update on what’s new with Beloved One Performing Group in Israel

We are a unique performing arts group in Israel specializing in poetry, song, and dance. We combine our individual talents to create a body of work telling stories of hope, love, unity, and freedom through spoken word, music, and dance.  Our source of our talents is most definitely the Heavenly Father, all praises to Him!!!  Take a look at what we do when we come together.

Beloved One is a performance group featuring Akilah Mosley “Lay”(far right), Nikia Browne “Nakiyah” (center) and yours truly, Monica Terry “Taptutor” (far left).  We’ve performed our trio act of Poetry, Song and Dance for The Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) which was hosted by the daughters of Adinah Dorfman (Elana & Aviva Dorfman), in Tel Aviv at the Levontin7 Club for a fund raiser event to give awareness and a place of safety to abused women, Bar Ilan University for a memorial and various occasions in our community.   Although each of us has our own endeavors and performances outside of Beloved One, it’s a blessing to come together in unity to magnify the name of the Heavenly Father who gave us our talents.

Please check out our recent contest entry video above.  We would be happy to perform for your special occasion as well.  You can contact us at spitscattap@gmail.com or visit our site at http://belovedone.wixsite.com/beloved1 

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(Logo: by talented artist Mykael Terry)

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Black and Invisible

About a year ago, I did a post on our missing African American girls and women.  Sadly, this problem does not receive enough attention in the media, and therefore, often the victims and the families do not get the support and care in the cases being solved nor the victims being found….alive or otherwise.  It’s as if they were here and did not matter….at all.

I am asking anyone that reads this to take the time to educate yourself of this social injustice that allows one person’s life to be placed above another’s as more important due to race, economic status, social ties or background.  No one deserves to be snatched and blotted out of existence or become a slave of another under any circumstances.

64,000 Black women and girls missing nationwide in AmericaWhere are the Amber AlertsThe Outpouring, The Awareness ConcertsDC 501 cases in 2017

The Black and Missing Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about missing people of color and gives support and resources to families.  According to this organization, nearly 40 percent of all missing people in the country are people of color.

No matter what your ethnicity or location,

What WILL you do for the sake of humanity?

Please provide any information you discover about the missing to all of these sites below or contacts in order to help bring them home and support the victims, families and friends.  Let’s join together and post whatever we can on our social medias & blogs to bring more awareness to this madness.  The more awareness, the more help we can generate for the Missing and bring them back, no matter what the reason they are missing.  This could easily be any of our loved ones.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Black and Missing Foundation

24/7 HelpLine (800-587-4357) or Master List of Missing Children

bring our missing home

The Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC:  Youth & Family Services Division (202)576-6768,

Command Information Center (202)727-9099

https://twitter.com/hashtag/missingdcteens

Help the awareness to continue to grow until our voices are so loud that there must be attention paid to it and ACTION WILL BE TAKEN to not only prevent abductions, but find the victims that suddenly go missing.

Now I have a favor to ask to bring some awareness to light……please share some statistics of your own that you may have found as it pertains to the topic in the comment field below and your website or a site that we can all share to help the victims and families.  By being more aware, show that you care!

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