Popular ‘Diet’ Ingredient Now Linked to Leukemia and Lymphoma in Landmark Study on Humans

According to the original article, here is a summary of some of the points.

Aspartame, an artificial sweetener sold under names like Equal and NutraSweet, has a number of potential health hazards which many people don’t recognize. For one thing, Aspartame contains free-floating methanol which is not accompanied by an ethanol as it is in alcoholic beverages or food, meaning that it converts into formaldehyde and damages healthy tissue. Aspartame may be even worse for weight gain than sugar. Many people also don’t realize that the FDA’s own findings that aspartame could be dangerous were papered over by a new Reagan-appointed commissioner without ever being truly resolved.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are a lot of people who like food and beverages that taste great but do not have any sugar.
  • These types of drinks are usually not healthy at all.
  • The government keeps it quiet so that the people producing these products can make a lot of money.

“To many, aspartame is just another FDA-approved sugar alternative that has to be safe, otherwise it wouldn’t be on the market. But the truth about aspartame is much more sinister, including how the chemical sweetener gained market approval.”

Read more: https://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/five-surprising-facts-you-never-know-about-aspartame-chemical-sweetener.html

Sugar Detox in Just 3 Days – You May Feel Better and Lose Weight | Top 10 Home Remedies

Accoring to the original article, utilizing this sugar detox, will not only have you feeling lighter but you may actually lose weight with it as well. You will enjoy a nice, clean, easy way to detox sugars while following this regimen to help get you healthier faster. If you want to give yourself a boost with dieting, healing, or just want to lose weight, this detox can help you get started. Using this approach will help you get more energy and not feel lethargic while cleaning out your system and have you heading towards a much healthier you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sugar is an addiction and the best way to give it up is to quit cold turkey.
  • For the first few days after giving up sugar, you will experience discomfort and withdrawal symptoms.
  • When you consume too much sugar, your body burns up some of it as energy and the rest is turned into fat.

“An over consumption of sugar also hampers the body’s nutritional intake.”

Read more: https://www.top10homeremedies.com/news-facts/sugar-detox-in-just-3-days.html

Just Take One Tablespoon of This Before Bedtime and You Will Never Wake Up Tired Again!

According to the original article, due to overthinking and the stresses of daily life, more and more people are having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep at night. Proper rest is critically important to our overall quality of life and can help prevent anxiety and illness. There are many sleep aids, both medical and natural, available at the local pharmacy. However, many people still have problems with achieving quality asleep. If you’ve tried many apporaches with no benefits, mix up this natural remedy of raw honey and pink Himalayan salt. Add it to warm water and consume it before going to bed. It’s a safe alternative to many drugs on the market and has been effective for many.

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to the stresses of everyday life, an increasing number of people are finding it challenging to get a good night’s sleep.
  • There are many sleep aids available over-the-counter, however, many can have negative side effects or simply don’t work.
  • To get a good night’s sleep, try consuming a mixture of raw honey and Himalayan salt before bed.

“This effective natural remedy will provide remarkable effects. It is completely effective, safe and contains only two ingredients.”

Read more: https://www.1mhealthtips.com/just-take-one-tablespoon-of-this-before-bedtime-and-you-will-never-wake-up-tired-again/

An initial assessment for sleep disorders can be performed in our office by calling 416-487-9000.

How to Get Rid of a Headache Fast | Top 10 Home Remedies

According to the origianl article referenced below, headaches are a nuisance that may be caused by stress, tension, sinus problems, migraines, lack of sleep or dehydration. Instead of reaching for over-the-counter remedies, there are a number a home remedies that may be effective. To effectively deploy these remedies, one must match the remedy to the likely cause of the headache. If your headache is from dehydration, then simply drinking water or sports drinks should provide you with relief. An ice pack on your forehead can be used to relieve stress induced or sinus related headaches. The cold temperature will shrink blood vessels and improve blood flow to the area. Stress headaches can also be relieved by relaxing tense muscles. This is done by applying heat on the back of your neck. Maintaining the acid-alkaline balance in your body can also alleviate headaches. You can do this using the following methods: drinking warm water mixed with fresh squeezed lemon juice, eat a piece of an apple sprinkled with salt, or drinking apple cider vinegar diluted with water and honey. Peppermint is also useful and can be ingested via a herbal tea, through inhaling a peppermint steam, or using peppermint oil for a temple massage. Other natural remedies to consider are ginger, eucalyptus oil, cinnamon, or betel leaves. So next time you get a headache, instead of instinctively reaching for that bottle of aspirin, consider some of these natural remedies instead.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dehydration is a common cause of headaches, so try drinking a glass of water.
  • Apples and apple cider vinegar can help you attain the proper acid-alkaline balance in your body, which may help get rid of your headache.
  • Peppermint has many soothing qualities and you can either drink it as a tea or massage peppermint oil into your temples, neck, and forehead.

“Headaches are a very common problem. People of all ages get headaches from time to time.”

Read more: https://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-of-a-headache-fast.html

Headaches may also be caused by a TMJ disorder – call us at 416-487-9000 with any questions or to book an appointment for an assessment.

Diseases Associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), how likely are you to have other diseases too? A recent study of 100 patients with mild, moderate, or severe OSA looked at this question.1 Overall, the patients had the following diseases in addition to OSA:

  • 32% were obese
  • 39% had high blood pressure
  • 19% were depressed
  • 18% had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • 15% had diabetes
  • 10% had high cholesterol
  • 4% had asthma

Except for depression, the percentage of patients with these diseases was lowest in patients with mild OSA and highest in patients with severe OSA. Other diseases have also been shown to go hand-in-hand with OSA, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure.

It is important to tell your dentist or doctor is you think you have OSA in order to successfully treat diseases associated with OSA.


1. Pinto JA, Ribeiro DK, da Silva Cavallini AF, et al. Comorbidities associated with obstructive sleep apnea: A retrospective study. Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2016; 20:145-150.


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Patients’ Experiences of Oral Appliance Treatment for OSA

If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you most likely snore and your airway may collapse, temporarily preventing you from breathing. Left untreated, you are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, stroke, and congestive heart failure. You may also experience excessive daytime sleepiness, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, and impaired quality of life.1 The good news: OSA is treatable.

Two of the most common treatments for adults with OSA are CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and oral appliances that hold your jaw and tongue forward (a.k.a. mandibular advancement), making more space in the airway for you to breath and preventing your airway from collapsing. If you have severe OSA, your doctor can prescribe CPAP, which is the standard of care for severe OSA. If you have mild-to-moderate OSA, or you cannot tolerate a CPAP and do not want surgery, your dentist can make you an oral appliance.

Oral appliances are effective in treating mild-to-moderate OSA. But… what do people wearing the appliances think of them? To find out, a survey was sent to 1150 adults who were treated with an oral appliance for OSA.2 On the survey were 70 questions including questions about changes in symptoms/quality of life and daytime sleepiness, and the value of treatment. Of the 738 adults who responded to the survey, 83% said treatment with an oral appliance relieved their symptoms. Quality of life and cognitive symptoms improved significantly and daytime sleepiness decreased significantly with frequent use of their oral appliance. Over 85% of respondents said they would recommend this treatment to a friend.

If you have been diagnosed with OSA and have questions about oral appliances, please speak to one of our staff and we will be happy to talk with you.


  1. Ahrens A, McGrath C, Hagg U. A systematic review of the efficacy of oral appliance design in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea. Eur J Orthod 2011;33:318-24.
  2. Nordin E, Stenberg M, Tegelberg A. Obstructive sleep apnoea: patients’ experiences of oral appliance treatment. J Oral Rehabil 2016.



Children and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

children can have sleep apnea

If you read our last blog post on the link between temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you might have been surprised to learn that, like adults, children suffer from TMD. Also like adults, children suffer from snoring and OSA, with 1% to 5% of children reported to have OSA.1

There are many reasons that children have OSA. The most common reason is enlarged adenoids and tonsils, which narrow the airway. Other conditions cause the airway to collapse more easily, including inflammatory diseases such as asthma, and allergies or hay fever. One other important factor in childhood OSA is obesity, which has reached epidemic proportions in both children and adolescents. OSA occurs in up to 60% of obese children.

There are significant consequences to childhood OSA, the most common being impaired neurocognitive development, poor academic performance, and behaviour problems. In terms of behaviour, there is considerable overlap between the symptoms of attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and OSA. Even children with mild OSA, who snore on a regular basis, have shown hyperactivity, and concentration and attention problems. Pediatric OSA has also been linked with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and bedwetting.

Nighttime symptoms of OSA include snoring, gasping for breath, restless sleep, mouth breathing, and apneas, meaning your child temporarily stops breathing. Daytime symptoms are usually non-specific but can include hyperactivity, concentration and behaviour problems, difficulty learning, moodiness, and excessive sleepiness. Taken together with the nighttime symptoms, these can alert your dentist or physician to check for OSA. The standard test for OSA is an overnight sleep study — a polysomnograph (PSG) — done in a monitored sleep clinic.

Treatment is available for pediatric OSA. If you suspect your child might have OSA, please talk to your dentist or doctor.

  1. Dehlink E, Tan HL. Update on paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea. J Thorac Dis 2016;8:224-35.


Linking TMD and OSA

The results of a recent study published by the American Dental Association showed that one in six patients who went to a general dentist last year had orofacial pain – pain in the face and/or mouth. So, what was really interesting about these results? Patients in the study reported pain in the muscles and temporomandibular joint as frequently as pain in the teeth and surrounding tissue.1

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are estimated to affect between 5% and 12% of the adult population, and are at least twice as common in women compared with men.2 Remarkably, the rates of TMD are higher in young people. For example, a study of children six to eight years of age showed 35% had at least one clinical sign of TMD.3 In a study of adolescents, 25% were diagnosed with painful TMD.4

Also of interest, there is an established link between TMD and sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In one study, patients with two or more of the classic signs and/or symptoms of OSA (e.g., loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, witnessed apnea, and hypertension) were 73% more likely to develop TMD.5

Why are the results of these research studies important to you? The bottom line is that patients with TMD often have OSA, and vice versa. If your dentist, doctor, chiropractor, or physiotherapist is treating you for one of these conditions, let us know so that we can determine if you need to be evaluated for the other. Because you see your dentist on a regular basis, they are the first in line to evaluate, refer, and possibly manage these issues.


  1. Horst OV, Cunha-Cruz J, Zhou L, Manning W, Mancl L, DeRouen TA. Prevalence of pain in the orofacial regions in patients visiting general dentists in the Northwest Practice-based REsearch Collaborative in Evidence-based DENTistry research network. J Am Dent Assoc 2015;146:721-8 e3.
  2. Prevalence of TMJD and its signs and symptoms. (Accessed at http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/FacialPain/PrevalenceTMJD.htm.)
  3. Vierola A, Suominen AL, Ikavalko T, et al. Clinical signs of temporomandibular disorders and various pain conditions among children 6 to 8 years of age: the PANIC study. J Orofac Pain 2012;26:17-25.
  4. Franco AL, Fernandes G, Goncalves DA, Bonafe FS, Camparis CM. Headache associated with temporomandibular disorders among young Brazilian adolescents. Clin J Pain 2014;30:340-5.
  5. Sanders AE, Essick GK, Fillingim R, et al. Sleep apnea symptoms and risk of temporomandibular disorder: OPPERA cohort. J Dent Res 2013;92:70S-77S.


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TMJ Assessment and Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Call us at 416-487-9000 to book an appointment.

Our address is:

2200 Yonge Street Suite 210 Toronto ON M4S 2C6

Cities we service and get patients from includes:

Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Ajax, Pickering, Etobicoke, Mississauga

Headache Types

A pain that is experienced either in the head or in the upper region of the neck is often classified as a headache.

A common misconception is that there is only one kind of headache when in truth there are three different kinds. There are primary headaches, secondary headaches, and finally cranial neuralgias. There are other forms of headaches, such as facial pain, numbering upwards of one hundred and fifty different types but the three category system helps to simplify identification as well as treatment.

The Primary category of headaches includes migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and less common headaches.

Migraines are generally considered the second most common type of headache. The key characteristics of migraines are a throbbing pain that can be mild or severe. The common lasting time for a migraine is roughly three to four hours per every attack. Unfortunately, the exact cause of migraines has yet to be discovered, although it is suspected that the cause is related to genetics and possibly even abnormal brain activity or neurovascular theory.

Tension headaches are also known by the name “chronic daily” or chronic non progressive head pains. The cause of these headaches is the sort of muscle contraction that can cause mild to moderate prolonged pains.

A cluster headache is characterized by an intense, burning, piercing throbbing pain that remains constant and affects the rear of an eye.

Structural factors in the head or the upper neck are what tend to cause secondary headaches. There are numerous potential causes of secondary headaches such as brain bleeding and brain tumors. Other possible causes range from diseases like meningitis to encephalitis.

Cranial neuralgia headaches are caused by head and upper neck nerve inflammation. This inflammation can cause a wide number of different kinds of headaches such as the facial headache.

In order to treat headaches the most common form of treatment is the use of over the counter, or OTC, pain killers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. If these forms of pain killer should prove ineffective, however, other methods and remedies can be used. For example massages, biofeedback, and stress management techniques are quite popular and effective treatment methods that are commonly used. If headache pain continues to persist even after use of medication and other remedies then it strongly recommended that you seek medical attention in order to find the root cause of the headaches.

It also needs to be said that some headaches and migraines can be caused by a TMJ disorder. In these cases then a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Goodfellow can diagnose whether a TMJ disorder is likely the cause of the headaches.

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