In visiting with many of you during your visits to MedCenter TMJ, I have been impressed with the light many of you carry with you, despite your hardship and pain. I make particular note of those who amid personal challenges and pain, still find a way to smile and enjoy life, counting the blessings they […]
Dr. Pettits Tips for Healthy Living
Most of us have at least 2 or 3 pillows on our bed. Stuffed with feathers, down, or polyester, these pillows can be a source of great relief or a source of night-long discomfort. This is a complicated issue to address broadly, as personal preference, sleeping position habits, and home environment all factor into the
One of the most difficult systems in the body to maintain over a life-time is the skeletal system. Bone density, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and bone fracture are a major concern for many of us. What can be done to help ease the burden of age on our bones? Physical activity and nutrition are key elements of
We emphasize again and again; you are what you eat. Quite literally, the food you consume becomes incorporated into the make-up of your body cells. Our cells will respond based on the quality of food we eat, and the nutrients we consume. A dilemma many of our patients face is the inability to eat wholesome
This month I want to discuss a very important organ of the human body. It is the largest gland in your body, and what you eat can affect its health. This organ is your liver, responsible for more than 500 tasks of the human body. A few of these functions include the synthesis of important
This month I want to focus your attention to food choices that affect your body’s response to injury and infection. Inflammation is a common ailment to many people suffering from temporomandibular disorders. Inflammation has its place in the homeostasis of human health, but it can become a difficult burden if not well controlled. Chronic inflammatory
For this month’s tip for healthy living, I wanted to focus on the effect of color in our lives. I’ve referenced before, a variety of natural occurring colors in our food selection tends to help us reach a higher balance of nutrients and healthy eating. But could the colors we surround ourselves with affect our
Many of you have inquired about our “foods to avoid” list in our treatment booklets. You may be wondering why certain foods are on the list, or if avoiding these foods is a permanent lifestyle change to be made. I will briefly address each of these concerns. Why is there a “foods to avoid” list?
An important element of healthy living is healthy eating. We have said before, we are what we eat. With a new year upon us, it is important to remember, we are also what we drink! I have stressed the importance of proper hydration before. This year I want to encourage you to cutback on carbonated beverages.
Our best wishes and hopes go to you and your families this Holiday season. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to reflect on life and the relationships that matter most in our lives. Since it is a religious time for many, I hope to share a few thoughts on the importance of physical health