Getting into Shape – Weight Worry

For many people engaged in an exercise program or weight-loss regimen, a big part of their day includes stepping on to the scale. The reason that this can be problematic, however, is because often the weight of your body is a poor indication of your muscle to fat ratio.

In fact, muscle weighs much more than fat, so it is more than possible for you to end up weighing more than you originally did at the start of your fitness program. This is not indicative of being out of shape, or that your program isn’t working. It only means that you are losing fat and replacing it with heavier and denser muscle tissue. Often people fail in their exercise program because they step on to the scale and see a lack of progress, which makes them lose motivation and eventually, just stop working out altogether. This is foolish because many different factors can effect what you see when you step on the scale.

Things like how much fluid you are drinking, how much you have sweat, and your fat to muscle ratio can change your weight on the scale. The important thing to remember is that it is not how much you weigh that determines your fitness level, but how much you can perform and how much stronger you have become. That is why it is always better to gauge your progress by noting how much more weight you can lift, or how much longer you can hit the treadmill.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a professional dentist who also works out four times a week to stay in good shape and general health.



Karate & The Origin

Leslie GriesdorfKarate became established as a fighting system and discipline of self-improvement in Okinawa Japan many years ago. This came about because there were many trade relationships and routes established between Japan and China during the Ming Dynasty. Along with many exchanges of goods, came naturally the exchange of ideas and disciplines as well.

This introduced the Japanese residents of the Ryukyu Islands to many different forms of Chinese martial arts. Many Chinese families began to move to Okinawa in order to integrate and share culture. This created a community that shared a vast variety of many scientific and art-based Chinese cultures, including martial arts.

What would further increase the study of karate was a policy set by the Okiawa king, one in which banned all use of weapons. This encouraged the development of unarmed combat training techniques to be developed.

It was in the fires of Okinawa and the political turmoil of the time that karate would begin to be forged. The earliest styles of karate are a composite of many other disciplines, including Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te. Though each version had slight technical variations and different principles, they all had generally the same purpose. Thanks to many legal restrictions on weaponry, as well as the integration of cultures, karate would develop into a powerful martial art that employed many different styles, solidifying into its own signature discipline that we all know and respect today.

Leslie Griesdorf is a karate disciple who has recently earned the honor of receiving a brown belt.

Modern Dentistry – Pierre Fauchard

Many are unaware that dentistry did not become its own separate field of study until around the 1600s. In fact, no law was passed requiring qualifications to be dentists until around the 1850s. Despite this, many advancements that led us to modern dentistry were done before this time. A French surgeon by the name of Pierre Fauchard is credited as the brave pioneer who led us into modern day dentistry. This is thanks to his many contributions, including the usage of dental prosthetics, dental fillings, and the refinement of many crude tools that were used in dental procedures. Fauchard would even be credited with coming up with the concept of braces. Though they were fashioned with gold at the start, it was Fauchard who discovered that the position and posture of teeth could be corrected with the use of wires to guide the teeth. Early braces used linen or silk threads to fasten these braces.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf
Dr Leslie Griesdorf

Around the 1700s, Fauchard’s contributions to the science and discipline of dentistry were made concrete by his creation and publishing of the book, “The Surgeon Dentist”. In this text he includes things such as the basic function and anatomy of the oral cavity, as well as numerous techniques and operations to remedy dental diseases and disorders.

Fauchard’s many contributions to the world of dentistry would dub him the “father of modern dentistry” by historians and dentists alike. Without his many contributions and careful distinction of dentistry from other forms of surgery, many of the advanced techniques and processes we have today, may not have ever existed.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who loves to examine the history of the field.


Dentistry – Various Treatments

Dentistry is a science and discipline that mostly covers issues related to the oral cavity, including not just the teeth, but the soft tissues within. Many oral diseases exist that have plagued the population since the beginning of time. In fact, dental disease and disorders are known to occur very frequently, and all across the globe.

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These issues are even more common in poor countries that are not so socio-economically fortunate as Western countries where there is less availability to dental professionals, as well as a lack of education on proper oral maintenance and hygiene.

Most dental treatments are carried out with the purpose of preventing or treating either tooth decay, or gum disease. They are the most common issues that arise, as well as the most concerning when it comes to overall health of the patient. Many common treatments for teeth include surgical extraction of damaged teeth, as well as scaling and root planing, and root canals. Most of these are done when a tooth has been damaged beyond repair or sustained an infection or decay that has killed the tooth and is causing nerve damage underneath.

In the United States, dentists are required to take at least three years of an undergraduate study in college, though most complete an entire bachelor’s degree. Commonly, this general education is followed by an additional four years of study to be considered a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dentists must acquire additional schooling for things like implants, certain surgeries, and patient sedation.

Leslie Griesdorf  is a retired dentist who has performed many procedures over the course of his career.