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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
35 DECEMBER 20 11 Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org), and which appeared in Volume 60, No 9 of The NSW Dentist, September, 2011. Your Reviewer thinks it should be shared with dentists in other states, and considers it an excellent clinical hint. She has studied the role of water intake in maintaining optimum health, discusses the background behind the current popularity of bottled water, and how it is promoted. She notes that bottled water became a fashion accessory over the last two decades, and film stars and magazine articles urged folk to drink at least two litres of water a day to 'flush out the toxins'. Large corporations were not slow in promoting this concept, to the extent that the Australian market is now worth about $500 million per year. Dr Pearce found that many of the best- selling brands are owned by larger corporations. In Australia, Coca Cola owns Mount Franklin and Pump, plus a 'vitamin water' called Gaceau, Nestlé owns Perrier, Vittel and San Pellegrino, and Danone has Volvic and Evian. There are others, and nearly all sell for about the same price as soft drinks. She noted that a kidney specialist Professor Goldfarb has stated, in refereed journals, that there is no evidence that increased water consumption improves your skin, reduces your appetite, helps to remove toxins or prevent or control headaches. Laura Pearce points out that the body has a sophisticated mechanism for telling us when to drink more, and when to stop. She says that fluid balance is important, and a normal intake of water is around two litres for a woman and two-and- a-half for men. But most foods contain water, and your body will tell you when to drink more water. You simply drink when you are thirsty. You don't need to carry a bottle of water wherever you go. Besides, there is an environmental concern. There are a lot of bottles out there to be disposed of. Bundanoon (2578) has banned the sale of plastic-bottled water and installed water bubblers in public places. The NSW government has banned all its departments from buying bottled water. Australia's public water supplies are uniformly excellent, so use them as required and save money. A final word: the Director of the environment group, Do Something, asks: "what do you get when you spell 'Evian' backwards? 'Naive!'" OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES Bill Bryson, in his book Down Under, a very flattering account of his visit to our country, tells a story told to him by author Catherine Veitch of a neighbour with workmen next door building a house. The neighbour's three-year-old daughter started 'helping' the workers, and was eventually adopted as a sort of mascot and had her do little odd jobs. Come payday, they gave her a pay-packet containing some coins, and her mother, eager to encourage thrift, took her and the packet to the bank to deposit it in her account. The cashier asked her how she had come by her own pay packet. The rest of the story is exactly as it appears in the book: "I've been building a house this week" she replied proudly. "Goodness", said the cashier. "And will you be building a house next week too?" "I will if we ever get the ****ing bricks," answered the little girl. HIV AND DENTISTRY Older dentists will remember the concerns expressed by some colleagues about treating patients who were HIV-positive. Your Recorder was on the ADA NSW Branch Council at the time (1980s), and one member stated that he would not, under any circumstances, treat HIV-positive patients. A colleague poked fun at him by telling him that some hospitals limited HIV patients to a diet of pizza and pancakes, as these were the only foods which could be slid under a locked door. Things have changed, in particular the universal acceptance by the dental profession of infection control measures, and great improvements in sterilisation equipment and techniques. In the June 2011 Australian Prescriber, (p72) Michael McCullough, Chair, ADA Therapeutics Committee, provides brief but comprehensive notes on managing HIV in general practice. If you have not already read them, you should do so. Patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy often have dental problems requiring special attention. MELBOURNE FOOTIE Australian Rules Football is as near to religion as some fans get, as Bill Bryson, in his book Down Under explains. It is Grand Final, and a man sits next to another man who has a vacant seat next to him, and asks: "excuse me, do you know why there is no-one in this seat?" The man replies: "it was my wife's, but I'm afraid she died." The story continued: "Oh that's terrible. I'm so sorry". "Yes, she never misses a match." "But couldn't you have given the ticket to a friend or relative?" "Oh no. They're all at the funeral". CHINESE PILLOWS If you ever go shopping in a place where Asian porcelain items are sold, you may come across a decorated porcelain block about the size of a housebrick. You will be advised that it is a Chinese pillow, and will wonder how anyone can fall asleep on one. A well-known conventional pillow manufacturer has recently introduced a 'use by date' concept for their pillows, because they accumulate bed mites and epithelial scales. A Dr John Maunder, who works at the British Medical Entomology Centre, says that a pillow used for, say, five years will be about 10 per cent heavier than when new. The increase in weight is because of the accumulated epithelial scales, dust mites, dead mites and mite dung, all of which pass easily through the pillowcase. The mites were discovered recently, and their presence is harmless. HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR Your Recorder hopes that the heading has attracted your attention so that he can tell you about an entomologist who, in an expedition lasting two years, trekked nearly 5,000 kilometres and collected over 300,000 wasps. For reasons best known to himself, he then changed direction, studied human sexuality, wrote several books on the subject and established the Human Sex Research Institute at Indiana University. His name is Alfred C Kinsey. GREEN PENGUINS The penguin is a flightless aquatic bird (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae). There are about 17 varieties, the largest being the Emperor, and the smallest the Little Blue*. They live in the southern hemisphere, are as cute as hell, and make great movie characters. Nearly all of them are black and white. Penguins of other colours are a different matter. They can be red, orange, yellow, green, blue, cerise or purple. They are books published under the Penguin Group banner since 1935, when Allen Lane, managing director of Bodley Head Publishers, found that there were very few readable books on sale at railway stations. The colours denote the subjects, and the green Penguins are 'Mystery and Crime'. Google <penguins> to find the subjects of the other colours. All colours are eminently collectable. Your Narrator's life partner collects the green ones, of which there are an astonishing 493. She has, to date, collected (and read) 491 of them, and thus can detect a false alibi with astonishing ease, and can tell whether the butler did it in the first few minutes of the TV program. Her friends know of her interest and have bought copies for her for decades. In this way, she has acquired duplicates, triplicates and so on, which she boxes and donates to charity. Recently, a friend told her, in clinical hints *Also known as the Fairy Penguin, and found all along Australia's East Coast, but especially Phillip Island.
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