European Hypnosis Meeting in Manchester

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting at the triennial meeting of the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH) in Manchester and subsequently workshop in Glasgow. The ESH meeting was multidisciplinary with participants from around the globe and the Glaswegian was exclusively for dentists.

The underlying premise that drives these meetings is the fact that we are not mind and body, but mind-body where to be truly healthy we must be mens sana in corpore sano. The old Latin phrase means a healthy mind in a healthy body. Today, this is harder to achieve that before – the global uncertainties whether climate related, geopolitical or economic, impact us negatively making it hard to thrive.

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While in the UK we had the opportunity to see the Canadian invasion – the first Tim Hortons in Europe. It was opened near the Glasgow train station. Five more are to follow soon.


A little touch of home where they had posters of the first Tim’s in Hamilton.
The following are some of our nearly 1000 pictures of the adventure. Enjoy.

Old Manchester Town Center

Manchester Museum of Industry -Avro Plane

Cila Black Statue in front of the Cavern Club for Beatles fans

Glasgow Cathedral

More floss….

by Kristi L.

Last month we took floss into the wilderness. This month we stay indoors.

Dental floss is something you should always have around – and hopefully you’re using it every day to clean between your teeth. But beside the dental duty, floss is also awesome as a stand-in for all sorts of common items. From hanging photos (recommended over wire because dental floss does not mark wall paint) to acting as a micro-spatula, read on to find out all the ways that floss can help you around the house. Like . . .

Replace A Shoelace: In the case of a broken lace, you can use floss to fill in until you find a real replacement. It’s super-strong so it’s up to the job.

Support Climbing Plants: Many common garden plants – like cucumbers or tomatoes or roses – often need the help of scaffolding to allow them to grow. You can create a simple trellis by tying floss in a ladder pattern. Easy and cheap too!Hang Things Around The House: Take advantage of floss’s inherent stretch and strength, and use it to hang up all sorts of things. You can suspend wind chimes, ornaments, pictures, and more.

Make A Dream Catcher: This awesome art project uses different colored floss to create a lovely DIY dream Catcher. It’s a simple project and great for kids too.Remove Sticky Photos: Old photos are prone to adhering themselves to the album pages. To remove them without risking damage, simply slide a piece of floss between the picture and the page. It should separate with ease.

Remove Cookies From A Tray: Same concept as above. When you don’t want to wait for you cookies to cool, but you’re afraid your still-hot cookies might crumble, you can use the floss trick to separate them from the baking sheets, and then gently slide them onto a serving plate.

Make A Hair Tie: Self explanatory, but absolutely perfect in a pinch.

Lock” Your Luggage: You can seal up your luggage, or other personal possessions, by wrapping the zippers tightly with floss. This works wonderfully in lieu of a zip-tie.

Quiet A Dripping Faucet: This little trick might mean the different between you and a good night’s sleep. If your faucet is leaking and it’s too late at night to call a plumber, tie a piece of floss at the spout and let it trail down into the basin. This way, the water will simply slide down the string, instead of drip-drip-dripping you awake all night.

Slice Cake: If you’re ever caught out – say on a picnic or at the beach – and find yourself needing to slice through cake or other soft food, but you’re lacking in the knife department . . . just rummage around in your bag until you come up with some dental floss! Hold it taught and use it to slice – it works wonders!

Line Drying Clothing: If you ever need to make a quick clothesline, super-strong floss is a great choice. Just suspend the string between two stationary objects, and voila! It’s tough enough to hold wet clothes, guaranteed.

As you can see it’s not just for your teeth! Keep it on hand for just about everything!  If you find a new use for it please let us know!

Summer’s almost here

By Kristi L.

Schools out’s for summer!” … Well almost.

Parents are scrambling to find a pass time for the kids while they are at work.

Camp is the first thing that comes to sport-310484_960_720mind.  Whether it is a day camp, overnight camp, or enjoying the great outdoors with the family, the camp sites are a buzzing. (FYI, there is not one available camp site from Bing park to the Pinnery for the 150th Canada day long weekend.)

As the coolers get packed with provisions and the backpacks are filled with 100’s of useful things, let’s not forget the Swiss army knife of personal items – floss!

Yeah, you thought we were going to talk about oral hygiene….not. Floss has a myriad of uses. It’s very versatile and should be in everyone’s kit bag. Some thoughts-

Par Exemplum:

  • Use floss to lash sticks and branches together for an impromptu shelter.
  • Use floss wherever rope or string is needed for lashings. You’ve got braid  strands together.
  • Tie down a tent or tarp with dental floss.
  • Use un-waxed for a shoe string.
  • Use it to fix the broken mesh window on a tent.
  • Dental floss can be used to create a quick clothes line.
  • If you don’t have a fishing pole, you can make a quick one out of a branch, a safety pin and floss; even make a net for your catch of the day.
  • By braiding several strands together it could be used for a replacement string on a bow.
  • Everyone has that one family or friend who thinks he is Jimmy Page, strumming the guitar but when that string breaks look to un-waxed floss for replacement.
  • Since waxed dental floss burns easily, use it to get a fire going.
  • In a pinch un-waxed floss and a sterile needle can stitch a wound until you reach an emergency room – of course you have to have some idea of what you’re doing.
  • Use floss to cut or slice softer foods like cheese.
  • It can be used in snares.
  • Use your ingenuity…

Weighing less than half an ounce, campers can easily stash both waxed and un-waxed floss in their backpack without a problem.  So make the Tooth Fairy and Bear Gryllis proud, pack it in your camping kit for your next trip to the wilderness.

Oh, and by the way you don’t have to floss your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!



April Fools

by Kristi L


“Surely you jest” is the phrase of the month…  Some may say that April Fool’s Day is for the foolish or childish.  This last year in entertainment and the media, some may say we have been living a Groundhog day of April Fool’s Days.

Where and when did this day for the fool start?  There are a few theories the first of which dates back to Pope Gregory XIII. In 1582, he wanted his new Gregorian calendar to replace the old Julian calendar. This called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on January 1 instead of the end of March.  Some people must have missed the memo and continued celebrating New Years on April 1st. These people were sent on a “fools errand”.

Other theodeity-614238__340ries reference the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis and involved dressing in disguise. The Hindu calendar has the festival of Holi, the festival of colours and love.




In the Jewish calendar Purim is celebrated with gift giving, partying and charity to remember the salvGirls_wearing_Purim_costumes_on_the_Jerusalem_Light_Railation from the Persians. Many other cultures have held renewal festivals around April first in Europe and there are references to these dating back to the 1500s.


Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.  This was later investigated by the associated press and found that after publishing this was nothing but an April Fool’s prank by Boskin.

What is clear though is that by the 1700s, the day of hilarity was well entrenched in Britain, and now April 1 is officially the most amusing day of the year.

Some of the most famous of April Fool’s day pranks are so absurd that they could be true; here are the top four, you can decide for yourself…

  1. Spaghetti harvest -In 1957, the BBC broadcast a film on Panorama showing Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti, calling it the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest. The broadcaster was flooded with requests about the plant
  2. Fools’ Day Parade -Since 1986 press releases for the New York City April Fools’ Day Parade – which doesn’t exist – have been issued every year
  3. Left-handed burger-In 1998 Burger King reeled in customers with a full-page advert in USA Today for its ‘left-handed Whopper’ – with all the condiments rotated 180 degrees especially for left-handed diners. The fast-food chain later announced ‘Everyone knows that it takes two hands to hold a Whopper!’
  4. Flying penguins-in 2008 the BBC caught viewers out by running a video clip of flying penguins, claiming the birds were flying to tropical rain forests in South American to escape the harsh Antarctic weather

                                                                                    HAPPY APRIL FOOLS 






back-gallery-for-daylight-savings-time-begins-clipart-Ae3s44-clipartBy Kristi L.
“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” “April showers, bring May flowers.”  With our ever changing weather patterns this year certainly makes these sayings debatable. However…

In March we have a lot going on: March break for the kids, St. Patrick’s Day for the big kid, First day of spring and lastly the dreaded sleep depriving Daylight Saving Time (DST) March 12 2017.

DST affects your body clock. If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day, you have your circadian rhythm to thank. What is it, exactly? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle.

This is why it can feel a little harder to get out of bed on Monday morning after springing forward one hour on the Sunday night.

Studies show that there is an increase in both heart attacks and road accidents in the days immediately after the clocks are set forward one hour in the spring.  In our sleep deprived society, the reason for this is believed to be that stress hormones may be released due to lack of sleep. These hormones increase inflammation, which can cause problems in people already at risk for heart attacks or strokes. Being tired can decrease productivity, concentration, and general well-being.

There have been no studies on the correlation of dental issues with Daylight Savings Time, but it seems logical that sleep deprivation induced increased inflammation added to the persistent inflammation of gums disease can’t be good in the long run. If you already have risk factors, pay special attention to oral hygiene around this time. It might be a good idea to schedule a regular dental checkup a week or two before Daylight Saving Time commences in the spring to address any issues you might have before the clocks click forward.

According to Science Daily, “Beginning in 2007, daylight savings time was extended by almost a month. This additional amount of daylight may also help extend the life and health of people’s teeth and bones. That’s because vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is made by the body through casual and minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is just as essential as calcium for healthy teeth and bones according to a paper that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Periodontology.”

So when Springing ahead  this Sunday, March 12 remember to book your Spring Oral Health appointment with your Hygienist and also get those batteries changed in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Remember your oral health is but a window into your overall health and wellness!


Valentine’s Day 2017


Valentine’s Day is back!

Are you ready? Do you have plans?
Well if you are like most of us (men that is) the answer is no. So, here’s a last minute check list to help organize and avoid the dog house.

 Significant other

 Have they dropped hints about the Day?heart-1576516__340
 Stuff that they want to do or expect?

 Celebrationsfrogs-1175802__340
 Night out planned
 Dinner reservations
 Try your luck
 entertainment


Night in
 Mealfrog-927769__340
 Libations

 entertainment

 Card &gift selected and purchased

 Flowersi-beg-your-pardon-927750__180
 Bouquet personally hand delivered
 Florist delivery
• To home
• To work
• Other location?

 Chocolates or other sweets
 Box(es)

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 With sparkles maybe
 practical

 Bright White kissable Smile

 Photos



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yankee Dental Congress 2017

I would like t20170127_121711o thank the organizers of the Conference for inviting me to present an Introduction to Hypnosis and on Hypnosis, Dental Fear, Anxiety and Phobia. It was a privilege to be amongst  the profession’s best and brightest clinicians.

The final attendance numbers are not yet available, but the estimate is up to 27,500 folks attended the New England States’ dental societies annual conference. Participants had the opportunity to take part in more than 300 continuing education courses and peruse more than 450 exhibitors’ booths in the exhibit hall.

20170127_124346This year’s theme was “Focus, Fast, Forward” which describes the profession as it moves ever forward in delivering state of the art lifelong health care to our patients through technological advances and continuing education.

Attendees came from all over the continent to enrich their skills and knowledge. The Bostonian venue is  quite impressive and remarkable. Doubtless, like myself they were entranced. Boston is well worth a visit if you have never been before. To pique your interest, the tall ship is part of the Boston Tea Party museum.


New Year 2017 Musings

by Kristi L.janus1

2017 is under way! New Year’s traditions piqued our interests so we did some research. Resolutions are found mostly commonly in the Western Hemisphere. People resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior or to acquire beneficial new ones.

Babylonians made promises to the gods each year that they would return borrowed objects and repay debts.

Romans began each year making promises to the god Janus (January’s namesake). Janus is the two faced god of beginnings, transitions, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted with two faces; one looks to the future and one to the past, hence the term two faced.

In Medieval times, knights took a “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry.

At watch night services (late-night Christian church services started late on New Year’s Eve and ending after midnight on New Year’s Day) the year that has passed is reviewed. Confessions are made and prayers with resolutions are made for the year ahead.

This tradition parallels other religious. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through to Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the past year. One should seek and offer forgiveness of those they have wronged and have done wrong by them.

People act similarly during the Christian season of Lent. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year’s resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to annually reflect upon spiritual self-improvement.

Approximately 40% to 50% of North Americans participate in making New Year’s resolution. It should be noted that the 46% of those who made common resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were over ten times as likely to succeed, compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions.

So is it better to resolve to make small changes over time? An example could be adding flossing to our home care routine. Or should we look at changing our bigger pictures and go for the large change? Use the KISS (keep it simple silly) principle. Resolve to make a change that is attainable little by little, adding change every day, eventually bringing about your desired change.

Resolve: Oral wellness, Whole Health!

Christmas 2016

By Kristi L.

Thanksgiving is done! Christmas hustle and bustle abounds. Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales, extended shopping hours – never ending online shopping, and Moonlight Madness is well under way! Families are digging out the decorations, choosing trees and planning outdoor light extravaganzas to rival Vegas. They’re hanging stockings and preparing feasts. But, my favorite of all, Elf on the Shelf is back.

He, she, it (just what gender is an elf?) has been a tradition in my family since 1973. My mother used it as a tool to keep me in line. I called him Jasper. The family elf is still around today to keep my daughter in check.
Have you noticed all the supernatural beings associated with the Yule tide season?


Santa, his elves, Krampuses, angels, fairies with sugar plums and all of the others that tradition has associated with the Season to name a few. Possibly even the Tooth Fairy can be included after the ravages of the sugar plums. Some of these folks serve a purpose. Usually they are to urge good behavior like Jasper.

This “new family tradition” became main stream in the last few years. Jasper has buzz – I heard people talking about “elf on the shelf”. My mom and I had a good laugh. She missed the boat on that trade mark and I missed out on an early retirement.

The new shelf elf phenomenon is just as creepy as it was back when.31fmzwzccl Don’t take my word compare yourself!!!

So with the children are all snug in their beds, dreaming of sugar plums and gifts; Mom and Dad eating Santa’s cookies and drinking eggnog, make sure there is a place beside the toothbrushes for the Shelf Elf. Santa and the Tooth Fairy should get positive feedback!


October and Fall

by Kim D.


It’s hard for me to determine which feels most like the true beginning of the year-January or September.  Anyone agree?  As the lazy summer days are winding down and kids are ready to hit the books again, I always feel a new surge of momentum going forward into the fall. There is a renewed enthusiasm for plans and goal development that got lost in the fray of the “go go go” summer months.

In autumn we get the best of both worlds-beautiful warm days and cool nights which bring relief to the air conditioning unit and hydro bill!   Football players prepare to dominate the field as husbands prepare to dominate the couch, and the smells of fall bring to mind:  Turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all kinds of chili’s, soups and stews.

There’s still a lot to do outdoors before the snow flies and hibernation begins.  You don’t need to look too far to find some entertainment.  Right here in in and around our City of Hamilton we can enjoy Oktoberfest at the German club, or inKitchener, Hamilton Music and Film Festival, Art Crawl Tour , Steel City Jazz festival, Apple-Lee Fun Weekends, Autumn Sundays and Thanksgiving. These  are held in October -see Tourism Hamilton for more.

Usually accompanying these celebrations is a good cold beer.  Believe it or not, light to moderate beer drinking can actually have beneficial effects!  Beer contains silicon and calcium, reinforcing bones, teeth, breze-1611750__180nails and hair.  Beer has antibacterial properties, assisting in controlling the number of harmful bacteria present in the mouth.  Tannins are “good acids” found in beer, which have similar properties to fluoride, reducing the ability of bacteria to stick to teeth.

Beer also aids in gastric acid production, promoting proper digestion, can help to decrease bad cholesterol, and increase good cholesterol.  Even if you prefer darker ales that can stain your teeth, it’s easy enough for your Dental Hygienist to brighten your smile with a 20 minute Spadent Whitening session.

So cheers to the benefits of beer, as we enjoy the fleeting warm days we have left this year and what our increasingly more vibrant city has to offer.