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Mobile Phone Radiation Is Bad For Your Health – Myth, or Fact?

Here’s a question we get multiple times per day in the health center from patients, and even doctors!

Is mobile phone radiation bad for your health?

There have been plenty of studies done on this topic, but who do you trust, and what do you believe?

Lets explore this link a little further.

Myth Busted?

The past decade has seen great technological developments but none has been more popular or influential than the mobile phone. Although mobiles were invented a while ago, they have greatly evolved into devices that are basically computers in the palm of your hands. Apple and Motorola are among the companies that greatly influenced this development and made it what it is today something which transformed them into some of the biggest companies in the world today. Mobile phones today can play videos and music, they can carry out advanced word processing like computers, they can be used to access the internet and carry out even more advanced functions such as accessing email and other information resources. Basically when you have a modern mobile phone, you have the ability to do almost anything a normal computer can. Its no secret that your mobile phone has greatly revolutionized the way people communicate.

However the rise in mobile phones has not come without controversy. Apart from the ease of access to questionable material online especially by young persons and contribution to road accidents there has also been some concern about health safety. Mobile phones work using radio waves hence the health concern has mostly been about whether prolonged exposure to these waves is harmful to one’s health. The question everybody wants answered is Are mobile phones radiation waves harmful or not? This question can only be answered by looking at what the relevant bodies with the capacity to investigate such matters have to say. However generally speaking a majority of the research on this matter has found no strong and conclusive links between mobile phone radio frequencies and cancer or other diseases.

The World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the UK National Health Service, the US Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) among other institutions have outlined the points below with regards to mobile phone radiation

  • Mobile phones use non ionizing radiation. Unlike ionizing radiation such as x-rays, studies have not found any consistent link between mobile phone radiation and cancer.
  • Mobile phones today use very low radio frequency energy hence their effect on the human body is quite negligible.
  • A majority of the research by the various independent bodies worldwide and institutions such as universities have not been able to find any conclusive evidence that mobile phone radiation contributes to diseases such as cancer.

The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is one of the standards currently in use by phone manufacturers and industry regulators to ensure that phones adhere to a specific standard with regards to the amount of radiation they produce. The FCC defines SAR as a value that corresponds to the relative amount of RF energy absorbed in the head of a user of a wireless handset. The limit for any device has been set at an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

The following precautions have been recommended by the various institutions and bodies that have been researching and monitoring the health effects of mobile phone radiation:

  • Use of hands free devices is recommended as it creates a safer distance between the cellphone user and the mobile device.
  • When using mobile phones keep your conversations as brief as possible to reduce exposure
  • Texting is better than calling as the mobile phone is far from your brain compared to when calling
  • Whenever available use a landline for your communication
  • Try and avoid using your mobile phone if the signal is weak. This is because cell phones tend to increase their antennas radio frequency output in such cases as they try to get a better signal.
  • As for your children, limit their phone use as much as possible to minimize any potential risk.
  • Lastly one can also check the SAR rating of the device they wish to purchase to ensure that it is within the industry recommended levels before purchasing any mobile device that uses wireless signals.

In general mobile phone devices are quite safe for humans based on the current evidence. However, everyone is encouraged to err on the side of caution by observing the safety tips listed above before more long term studies are concluded.

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What To Expect From Root Canal Surgery

There is a reason why people use the expression “about as fun as a root canal”.

Not exactly a dream dental procedure by any stretch of the imagination (at least for the person that the world canal is being performed on), this dental surgery can be pretty invasive and very uncomfortable – before, during, and after the surgery – which is why people aren’t all that excited about the prospect of having to go through with root canal surgery all on their own.

Thankfully, advanced dental tools and technology (not to mention the state of dental research) as bend a celebrated significantly in just the last few years, and now we know a lot more about who canal surgery than we ever did in the past. This procedure is designed to help save teeth that otherwise wouldn’t have been saved at all, and it is a procedure that has the opportunity to breathe new life into your smile when it started to lose its luster.

If you are wondering what you need to expect from having your root canal performed come or just want to make sure that you aren’t going to be in for a world of hurt once you come out of the surgery, you’re going to want to pay close attention to all of the inside information included below.

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What Exactly is a Root Canal, Anyway?

Root Canal

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It’s almost impossible that to feel at least a little bit anxious when it comes time to have a root canal performed, but honestly you don’t have all that much to worry about these days.

Today’s root canal is nowhere near as invasive or as painful as the root canals of years past were, and thanks large part to new technology, new understandings, and new medicines and drugs, you might be able to enjoy a completely pain-free root canal – provided that your dentist and endodontist know exactly what they’re doing.

The dental surgeon is essentially going to know what a small hole in the top of your tooth, penetrating deeper into the inner layers until they hit the actual root of your tooth and the nerve cluster within. From there, a variety of different methodologies are going to be put into place to try and reawaken the nerves inside of your teeth, if only to save that tooth from being eaten away from the inside out.

It’s important to prepare pre-operation as much as humanly possible for your post-operation lifestyle

One of the most important things for you to realize about moving forward with a root canal is the overall value and importance of understanding how much your life is going to change immediately post operation, and for how long those changes are going to blast.

For about two or three weeks after the root canal you aren’t going to feel like yourself, and your two (or teeth) are definitely going to feel more than a little bit funky. You aren’t going to be able to eat many of your favorite foods, you’re going to need to brush and flaws religiously, and you’re going to need to monitor the healing progress of your root canal to make sure that everything is as it should be.

Schedule regular checkups to make sure that your root canal surgery was successful

At the end of the day, you’re going to want to make sure that your root canal is progressing exactly as it should be, which is why you’ll want to schedule at least one regular checkup (maybe three or four months later downline) so that your dentist can verify that everything’s on the up and up and that you are in the clear.

Root canals can be a truly devastating experience for those that do not prepare, but hopefully you’ll never have to worry about that thanks in large part to the help offered in this quick guide!

Be prepared! Check out our tips for some common dental emergencies.

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A Brief History of Montgomery, PA


The 1700’s:

The history of the county dates back to September 10, 1784 when part of the land was carved out which originally formed Philadelphia County.

The 1800’s

The Pennsylvania General Assembly then incorporated Montgomery as a boroughon on March 27th, 1887, out of land that was originally part of Clinton Township.

What’s in the Name?

Prior to being called Montgomery, the county was named Black Hole in recognition of the creek that flows through it. The name was also in solidarity of the post office of the same name that was established back in 1836.

Varying accounts persist as to the origins of the name Montgomery. Some historians hold that the county was named after the famous revolutionary war hero, Major General Richard Montgomery (the 1775 invasion of Canada fame). But others tend to disagree!

The newly carved out land was initially part of the Pennsylvania’s Welsh Tract, a strong hold of Welsh Quaker settlers. Other historians believe that the name “Montgomery” was a tribute to Roger de Montgomerie, a key counselor of William the Conqueror in whose memory was also named the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire.

One early name that stands out in Montgomery’s history is that of P.M. Barber, who could rightfully be thought of as the county’s first entrepreneur. In 1859, Barber established the county’s first distillery, then a planing mill in 1869, and followed by the establishment of the Montgomery Machine Shops in 1873.

The one name that residents would however identify with is Montco, a term of endearment that is used to identify modern day Montgomery county.

Over the Years

The US Census Bureau puts the county at a total area of 487 sq. miles, with 483 sq. miles land-based, and the remainder (4.2 sq. miles) covered by water. The county is situated along the Western leg of the Susquehanna River, 6 miles due southwest of Muncy borough, and 8.5 miles southeast of Williamsport city.

Administratively, the county is comprised of the following:

  1. 22 Boroughs
  2. 34 Townships
  3. 33 Census-designated places
  4. 6 Home Rule Municipalities
  5. 15 unincorporated communities

Montgomery county comprises of 5 congressional districts, including the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th and the 13th.

Historically, the county has been a Republican stronghold. Since 2008, the Democratic party has gained some inroads. Republicans still hold significant local sway in 2008 and subsequently in 2012, President Barack Obama won the county.




In keeping with its entrepreneurial roots back in 1859, Montgomery has now grown into a thriving suburb of Philadelphia, and is a key employment driver for the region. Large commercial and industrial hubs like Fort Washington, Blue Bell, Horsham, Lansdale and King of Purssia attract workers by the thousands from all over.

The economic prosperity of Montgomery has resulted in leading credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s awarding the county the highest credit rating possible – “AAA”. Montco is only a handful of counties in the US to be granted such a rating.

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Emergency Dental Tips – Being Prepared


Accidents happen all the time in life – it’s the reason why health insurance exists. One of the most expensive heath emergencies that could happen to you or your family is a dental emergency.

When the unforeseeable happens, it’s important to have a bit of basic dental first aid knowledge in order to avoid losing a tooth or having extensive and irreparable damage to a tooth or your set of teeth.

Be prepared for the un-prepare-able – here are some tips that will come in handy for some common dental emergencies:

Situation/emergency > solution

  1. An object stuck in between teeth – try to gently remove with dental floss. Do not use sharp objects to remove it as this might cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
  2. A severe toothache – clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water, then floss gently to remove food residue caught between the teeth. It’s wrong to place aspirin tablets on the aching tooth or gum because it may burn the gum tissue. Visit a dentist immediately if the pain becomes un bearable.
  3. If you bite your tongue, lip, cheek or gum – gently clean the area with water and apply a cold press. Place a piece of gauze on the affected area to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist immediately.
  4. A cracked, chipped or broken tooth – rinse your mouth immediately with warm water and put a cold press on your cheek to reduce swelling and relieve pain. If bleeding occurs, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about ten minutes or until the bleeding stops.
  5. A knocked-out permanent or adult tooth – keep it moist at all times. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root with water if it is dirty. Do not scrub the tooth. Try to put the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. Do not force it into the socket. If you are unable to do that, place it between your cheek and gums, in milk or a cup of water with a pinch of table salt or in a tooth preservation product, then visit your dentist immediately.
  6. An extruded or partially dislodged tooth – see your dentist immediately. On your way to the dentist, apply a cold press to the affected area or to your cheeks to relieve pain. If necessary, take a pain reliever.
  7. A lost filling – stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity or use an over-the-counter dental cement. See your dentist immediately.
  8. Broken braces or wires – when a wire breaks and pokes your cheek and causes discomfort, try using an eraser to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you are unable to re-position it, cover the end with a small cotton ball or gauze until you can get to your orthodontist. Do not cut the wire as you can end up swallowing it.
  9. Abscess – this is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth. To prevent the spread of infection, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution to relieve pain, then see a dentist immediately.

The last and most important piece of advice: make sure your dental insurance plan is up to date! This is extremely important, to ensure that you are not left with a catastrophic dental bill, as we’ve said before: you never know when its going to happen.