Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gum Health: Biomarker for Longevity and Health

Photo by Jeff Seldon of UK's DFID.
Many people assume that gum disease is an isolated problem.

However, gum disease can affect the health of other systems of the body. Additionally, poor oral hygiene is correlated with poor self-care in other areas of the body.

The technical terms for gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.

1. gingivitis, meaning the inflammation of the gums (called the gingiva).

2. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which happens when immflamation causes the gums pull away from the teeth and gums bleed more readily. Left untreated, people with periodontitis can lose their teeth and suffer destruction of their mouth bones, gums and other tissue.

For a more thorough discussion of the causes, prevention, and treatment of gingivitis, see Medicine Net's page here.

The significance of gum health is demonstrated further by its inclusion as a biomarker of health and longevity.

This post is part of a series on biomarkers.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quotes about Aging: O through Z

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski.
Here for your review is the last list of quotes about aging from my treasury.

You can find the first two lists from this series here and here.

This caution bears repeating: I do not agree with every quote. Some depict aging in a negative or trivializing way.

However, I believe it's vital to respond to broadly circulated quotes in order to evaluate them. If a negative quote is popular, the underlying assumptions about aging should be addressed.

Offer your evaluation in the comments. Which is your favorite? Which rankles you the most? Which is the most ambiguous?

Some people are old at 8 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created. Yoko Ono


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso

It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. Antonio Porchia

This is your life and its ending one moment at a time. Chuck Palahniuk

I think it's time we learnd to be as good at dying as we are at living. Sir Terry Pratchett

No one is actually dead  until the ripples they cause in the world die away. Sir Terry  Pratchett (in Reaper Man)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quotes About Aging: G through N

Photo by Raymond Zoller.
I have a treasury of quotes about aging that I have been sharing via Twitter since 2012.

Why not share these quotes here?

This is the second part in a series.

Note: I do not agree with all of these.

I do think that if a quote gets passed around, it contains elements that people should examine and discuss.

Which quotes should be promoted? Which contain assumptions about aging that should be challenged? Share your views in the comments.


I like to describe myself as a proudly visible member of the most invisible segments of our society -- older women. Cindy Gallop

There is still no cure for the common birthday. John Glenn

Old enough to know better and young enough to want to do it anyway. Stormy Glenn

I feel the tomb is just around the corner. And there are all these books I haven't read yet. Edward Gorey

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hello, My Name Is Doris: Film Review

Released 1 April 2016.
Hello My Name Is Doris has at least two themes, some of which contradict.

Does Doris encourage people to embrace change? Or does she warn people not to venture too far outside the norm?

What did the entertainment journalists think?

Why am I surprised that the majority of entertainment journalists failed to get past the jaw-dropping kiss featured in this film's preview?

Before the film's general release, the two leads, Sally Field and Max Greenfield, addressed questions posed to them about this film.

After watching several interviews conducted during the press junket, I have concluded that entertainment journalists failed to scratch the surface of Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016).

Yes, this is a movie that plays up the comedy about a mature woman who becomes increasingly infatuated with a man about three decades younger than she.  Yes, people want to talk about the scenes filled with sexual tension.

After watching ten interviews that never got past the lead actors' 34 year age difference, I was frustrated by the lack of discussion about the film's themes.

Hello, My Name Is Doris is more than a comedy about a woman who fails to read social cues.  For me, it was an allegory about breaking free from the safety of a comfortable routine and discovering that growth and opportunity can happen despite limits imposed by others and limits imposed by self.

Remember The Accidental Tourist (1988)?  Like Macon (played by William Hurt), Doris has created a buffer between herself and the world by keeping to a strict routine.  Her reasons differ from Macon's but are also tied to a losses from the past.