Archive for March, 2012

Is poor dental hygiene making your body and mind sick?

I have a short story to tell you.  I know people who spend tens of thousands of dollars on cars, clothes, and jewelry, but fail to fix or repair the condition of their teeth.  One day a friend of mine was bragging about all the diamonds that he had.  Before I realized it, I said, “Wow, so you have the money to get your teeth done next.”  He said, “I know I need my teeth done.”  I said, “Oh ok, I was just concerned because poor oral hygiene can negatively affect your brain health.  I know this was a bold conversation on my part, but I believe in being a friend even when it involves a tough conversation (smiling)……and yes, I want friends to tell me the truth about myself too.  I think this conversation gave a whole new meaning to the American saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  Lol!  Now, read more about gum disease and prevent oral and health problems for you, your family, and friends.

About Gum Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease is not just important because you want a date or you want to please an intimate partner by presenting with a clean mouth.  Gum disease is important to your overall health (ADA, 2011).

How do you know if you have gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  •  Constant bad breath.
  • The gums easily bleed when you brush.
  • You may have missing teeth.
  • Your teeth may be pulling away from the gum line.

What are some of the health risks that are associated with gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes

How to prevent gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  • Brush twice a day.
  • Floss once per day.
  • Visit the dentist for a check-up and a professional cleaning regularly.
  • Try not to smoke as this increases the risk of gum disease.

To read more about gum disease feel free to read the article indicated below in the reference section.


American Dental Association (ADA) (2011). What is gum disease? Journal of the American Dental Association 142(1). Retrieved from

Teeuw, W.J., Gerdes, V.E., Loos, B.G. (2010). Effect of periodontal treatment on glycemic control of diabetic patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Care 33(2), 421-427.

Name One Thing That You Want to Change About Your Life This Year

Hey TVI: JWJ Readers,

I know many of us have forgotten about the New Year’s resolutions that we vowed just a few months ago. Lol!  It’s already the middle of March 2012 and I just wanted to know where you all are with your dreams and goals.

My question for you this week is simple.  What would you like to change about yourselves or your lives this year? Why? What steps will you make in order to make the changes a reality?

Please feel free to leave a comment on the site so that we can discuss your comments in the open forum (if you feel comfortable).  More importantly, ask yourselves this question in your own quiet time.  Perhaps you can write the question in a journal and answer the question in your own time and at your own pace.  Have a fabulous week!



Forget what your mother taught you, douching is hazardous!

Hi Ladies,

I know that this is sensitive topic to broach, but I felt that his topic MUST BE discussed because our reproductive health as women depends on it.  I won’t bore you all with a lengthly blog on the topic but I will alert you to the problems that douching can cause.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (2003) douching can cause the following problems:



  • It has been associated with infertility
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Cervical Cancer

Do you douche?  Do you know someone who does?  If so, perhaps you should share this message with them, “Douching is Dated!”  If you are interested in reading more about douching, please read the article below that is in green titled “Douching.”


Mosher, W.D., (2003). Community Environment and Women’s Health Outcomes: Contextual Data. NationalCenterfor Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat  23 (23).



Ask Judith!

Hello Young Ladies and Young Gentleman,

Are you between the ages of 10 to 19 years old?  Do you have any questions about bullying, family issues, school issues, or career counseling?  If so, feel free to go the TVI: JWJ web site and ask your question to Judith. She will be answering your questions personally.

Have a great week and we hope to hear from you!


Pumpkin Pills and Your Prostate

A few years ago, my one of my loved ones was told by doctors that he could have Prostate Cancer.  I spoke to a few doctor friends who told me that men are said to have Prostate Cancer can live for years with the right vitamin regimen.  At that moment, I made it my quest to find something to relieve my family member’s discomfort as his prostate area had become swollen and enlarged.  My family member was complaining that it was hurting him badly and my family and I were worried.

After doing a little research, I discovered that pumpkin pills are said to be helpful in maintaining prostate health in men.  Even though I had that information, I was not sure if the pills would help now since my loved one was already in trouble with his prostate.  Being in a desperate situation, I decided to try him on a healthy regimen of pumpkin pills (used the prescribed daily amount on the bottle).  I purchased a bottle of pumpkin pills for about $25 to $30 dollars.  Within about week, my family member’s prostate began to normalize and when he was tested again for prostate cancer there was no mention that there was any problem.

If you are a man, do you take care of your prostate? Do you have annual prostate exams performed by your doctor?  If not, what steps will you take to protect yourself from prostate cancer?


Why is eating too much salt bad for me?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), salt or sodium increases our risk of developing high blood pressures, heart disease, and strokes. Today, food manufacturers fill pre-packaged foods with sodium or salt. The foods that are highest in salt are: bread, cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, and most snacks.

If you could stop eating one thing this week that is salty what would it be? Why do you think it is important to make this change for your health? Please leave a comment and remember to live well.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Where’s the sodium? Retrieved from

I love you, but do you love yourselves?


Hi Young Ladies and Young Gentleman,

It is so good to write to you again this week.  I missed last week because I was in the middle of finals at school.

Anyway, as I was thinking about you all this weekend, I thought to myself, “I love them, but I need to know if they love themselves.”  For example, maybe you show love for yourself by not allowing people to gossip around you or maybe you show love for yourself by exercising everyday. 

So, leave a comment by giving me an example of how you show love for yourself.  Have a terrific week!



Hi JWJ Readers!

I have one simple message for you all this week. In case no one has told you lately, I love you all and I thank you for your readership. Thanks so much for telling your family and friends about “The Virgin’s Island: Journey With Judith web site. We are now in 53 countries and climbing. We have exciting new things in the works that we hope you all will enjoy.

Stay encouraged and know that you are very much appreciated!

Best Regards,


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