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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oil Pulling: Hot New Craze Getting Attention Of Modern Dentistry

So you ask yourself what is oil pulling?  What does it do?  Why should I be doing it?  Well, to address these questions, oil pulling is an ancient, Ayurvedic, natural remedy of swishing oil through the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits.  Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine.  It is the oldest form of medicine known to man.

Oil pulling is a safe, simple, cost-effective and a gentle way to rid your mouth and body of toxins and bacteria.  It is claimed to cure nearly 30 diseases from headaches, migraines, diabetes and asthma.  Much of the bacteria that we come in contact with enters the body through the mouth.  The movement of the oil throughout the oral cavity causes a mucosal and tissue perfusion.  Vitamins and minerals from the oil are absorbed into the mucous membranes and removes toxins from the body through the mouth.  Oil pulling balances microflora to restore cells, tissues and organs so they can regenerate.  It is suggested that you do oil pulling up to 3 or 4 times a day.

Oil pulling involves putting 1 tablespoon full of organic, unrefined, cold pressed sesame, sunflower or coconut oil into your mouth.  (Do Not Swallow The Oil) Swish it around your mouth (like mouthwash) and pull it through your teeth for 20 minutes.  This step must be done first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything, and on an empty stomach.  It has been suggested to do oil pulling while in the shower, so you’re not just standing around doing nothing, swishing oil around in your mouth.  After the 20 minutes have passed, spit the oil out in the toilet or into a lined trash can.  Constantly spitting out into the sink may clog your plumbing pipes.  Rinse the mouth out with warm or salt water several times and then brush your teeth as usual. 

There are some additional things of which you should be made aware.  When you start oil pulling, you may notice some oral discomfort or irritation.  If you do experience this issue, switch to another oil that is more pleasing.  It is reported that coconut oil is more detoxifying.  Be cautious and go slow when starting out.  One of the most common testimonials for oil pulling is an improvement in gums and whiter teeth.

Oil pulling was introduced to the west in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach who claimed the practice could help with heart disease, digestive problems and hormonal disorders.  In addition, Deepak Chopra endorsed the practice of oil pulling in his 2001 book “Perfect Health.”  

I am beginning my oil pulling adventure today.  I can definitely use the savings on my dental bills.  What are your thoughts on oil pulling?  Are you interested in trying it?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The History Of Chocolate Milk

“It’s sweet, creamy, and cold when it hits your lips.  It soothes the palate. It coats your throat when you take that big gulp.  It’s treasured by all, young and old alike.  It’s called chocolate milk.  What a wonderful delight.”

Chocolate milk has been a lunch room staple of American school children for years.  In the New York City school system alone, more than 60 million cartons of chocolate milk are consumed each year.  Parents don’t know whether to love it or hate it.  Some think it’s better than sugary sodas and others think it fills their kids with empty calories.    

Chocolate milk is said to have been discovered by Irish doctor Sir Hans Sloane. Soon after completing medical school at the University of Orange, Sloane was offered the opportunity to travel to Jamaica as the physician to the 2nd Duke of Albermarle.  After a 3 month journey to Jamaica and a 15 month stay, Sloane took great interest in studying the local fauna and flora, customs of the local inhabitants and natural phenomena such as earthquakes. 

Sloane was introduced to cocoa by the locals as they drank it mixed with water.  Upon his sampling of this concoction, he noted that it made him feel somewhat nauseated.  After many experiments, it is said that Sloane finally discovered that the use of cocoa in milk made the drink more palatable.  Following the Duke of Albermarle’s death, Sloane returned to England, brining his milk and cocoa mixture back with him.  It was first made and sold by apothecaries as medicine.  Eventually, in the nineteenth century, the recipe was taken up by Cadbury who manufactured chocolate using Sloane’s recipe.

As with most things, Sloane, who is given the credit for inventing chocolate milk, probably didn’t actually create this drink.  According to historian, James Delbourgo, Jamaicans were mixing a hot beverage of cacao shavings, milk, and cinnamon as far back as 1494.  Chocolate has been known to the human race as far back as 350 B.C.  Even Europeans had exposure to chocolate as far back as 1502.  So it’s hard to believe that Sir Hans Sloane was the inventor of chocolate milk.

Further studies show that archeologists reported findings of chocolate use pre-dating the Maya.  Chocolate residue found in an early classic ancient Mayan pot in Rio Azul, northern Guatemala, suggests the Mayans were drinking chocolate around 400 A.D.   Chocolate was believed to fight fatigue, and was associated with the Mayan god of fertility.  Chocolate was a luxury item throughout pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.  The cacao bean was so lucrative that it was used in trade.

The advent of chocolate milk has a long and tumultuous history.  It is said that an Irishman that relocated to England, studied medicine in Paris, was the inventor of chocolate milk in Jamaica, but the cocoa bean’s history says otherwise.  It can be used to make hot chocolate or the childhood favorite we all know as chocolate milk.  One thing is for sure, the cocoa bean has seen the world over.  

Friday, February 7, 2014


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How Great Thou Art!

My favorite gospel singer is Mahalia Jackson.  Her voice can roll like thunder or lull so sweet to make a small child fall asleep.  This morning while listening to Music Choice On-Demand, she was there and her voice touched my heart.  So today I want to give testimony as to how great God is and how he has touched my heart.

On Friday, June 28, 2013, I discovered that a friend had suffered a seizure that left him in a coma for nearly two weeks.  He was hospitalized in Columbia, SC, a few hours away from his hometown of Greenville, SC.  His mother by his side on a daily basis, was informed by the doctors that he was being kept alive by machines and they saw no sign of brain activity.  Ms. Marie decided on that Friday to pull the plug on her beloved son based on the information provided to her by the doctors.

My sister called to tell me of the unfortunate news about Tony late Friday morning.  We talked for about an hour about Tony's condition.  Later on during the day, she called me back to tell me some miraculous news.  Ms. Marie pulled the plug on her son based on his condition.  And do you know that while the plug was being pulled, Tony opened his eyes and called out his mother's name.  Baffling the entire medical staff, today Tony is talking, breathing on his own and is being transferred to a hospital in Greenville to be closer to his family while he undergoes rehabilitation.

Now there is no better acknowledgment of the fact that God is the only one that can make a way out of no way.  To be considered dead at 11am, and alive and talking at 1:30pm, only God Almighty can make it happen.

Thank You Jesus!  Be Humble.  Keep The Faith.  Praise Him.  Put God First.  Obey The Father.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We Are Going On The Family Feud

Portia, Latrice, Vicki, Micah, Valeta, Karen

My sister Portia had the ingenius idea to send out an email blast to all of us to see if anyone would be interested in auditioning for the "Family Feud."  She is an avid viewer of this game-show as were our parents when we were growing up.  To her surprise, "Everyone replied with a resounding 'Yes,' and where do we need to be?"  So on May 5, 2013, right before Mother's Day, 11 am, at the Atlanta Civic Center, conference room E, we tried out for the Family Feud.  

People from all over the southeast came out, filling several conference rooms to play a fun-filled game of Family Feud.  Families attending were from Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana.  The Bussey family played against the Ruiz family.  The game was intense and we answered mock questions such as "Name a way a person could acquire a large sum of money."  Trying not to get a strike, I was fortunate enough to answer correctly with the answer of "Inheritance."  During the round of play, we were being video taped and from this audition tape, the decision makers would review it and inform us via postcard within 3-6 weeks if we would gain a true appearance on the Family Feud.

After several telephone calls, text messages, and emails from all of us asking if she received the postcard in the mail, on June 17th the postcard finally arrived.  When Portia called me to let me know that she had received the postcard, I could hear an echo in my head of us chanting with large cheesy smiles on our faces, "We're going on THE FEUD!"

Following our audition, we all enjoyed brunch at Mary Mac's Tea Room.  All of us are children and grandchildren of siblings, and we know and appreciate true southern cuisine.  Mary Mac's Tea Room was established in 1945 by Mrs. Mary MacKenzie.  Following World War II, Mrs. MacKenzie was an enterprising woman in search of a living.  Now owned by hand-picked successor John Ferrell, Mary Mac's Tea Room offers a quaint, southern atmosphere with food preparation still done like when their doors first opened.  The establishment offers the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, pork chops done right, ribs dripping with savory, tangy sauce, fish, shrimp, oysters and more than 30 fresh vegetables including fried okra and true macaroni-and-cheese.  It was a nice time for all of us to get together, break bread, have good conversation, and catch up with one another face-to-face.  Like a true Sunday go-to-meeting dinner.  

So look for The Bussey Family on the Family Feud and wish us luck!