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Fletcher Dentistry ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thanks to Christene Reynolds at ModestoTaxes.com, Dr. Fletcher accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Along the way, he called out four colleagues: Drs. Corey Acree and Kevin Isenhower, Dr. Jeremy West, and his big brother, Dr. Scott Fletcher.

Keep smiling,
Fletch

FED UP CHALLENGE: The Starbucks Addiction

As you may or may not know, from Aug 3 through Aug 10th Fletcher Dentistry is taking part in the FED UP Sugar Challenge. Our goal is three fold: FIRST, we want to kick "added sugar" out of our diets and eat clean for 10 days. SECOND, we want to help our patients by raising their awareness of the sugar epidemic in our country. THIRD, we want to remind each other and our patients to look at what we are putting into our bodies. If we happen to lose weight along the way that will be an added bonus!

I was having a discussion with my kids the other night and the discussion of habits and sugar consumption became a topic of interest. We each commented on the American culture's fascination with sweetened beverages like sodas, energy drinks and flavored coffee drinks. The conversation became a bit more specific as we each knew people with a Starbucks addiction! Spend any amount of time on social media and you will see how deeply Starbucks has worked itself into the fabric of our culture. (Like the townspeople in Shrek 2, when their "Farbucks" is destroyed they run across the street to another "Farbucks"). 

This discussion caused me to start thinking. How does a sugar addiction relate to Starbucks?  Consider again that the daily recommended levels of sugar (grams/day) consumption are as follows:

  • Men: 36 g of sugar/day
  • Women: 24 g of sugar/day
  • Teen/PreTeen: 20g of sugar/day

Source: American Heart Association Recommendations

I put together a quick graphic to show you a few of the popular hot and cold drinks from Starbucks. How does your favorite drink compare to the recommendations above:

Click on the picture to go to the Starbucks Nutritional Guide information provided online.

Click on the picture to go to the Starbucks Nutritional Guide information provided online.

If you look at the chart one thing should stand out. Based on sugar recommendations by the American Heart Association, each of these drinks are out of range for the typical person.

The natural response would be to mimic your favorite drink with sugar-free versions of these drinks right? The problem with that thinking is that the sugar is missing, but the effects on your body from sugar substitutes are still there. 

Artificial sweeteners slow your metabolism, make it difficult for your blood sugar to regulate and make you crave and eat more food.

Artificial sweeteners slow your metabolism, make it difficult for your blood sugar to regulate and make you crave and eat more food. So people who are trying to lose weight by choosing sugar-free products are actually making it more difficult on themselves. The solution is simple: cut the sugar and sugar-free alternatives. Eat and drink clean. 

Convinced? Remember, our goal is awareness! Hope we helped this morning!

Keep smiling,
Dr. Fletcher

 

Fletcher Dentistry is FED UP

At Fletcher Dentistry we are FED UP with the negative effect of sugar on our health. For years you have heard our office talk about sugar as it relates to tooth decay, but now we are talking about the role sugar plays on our total health!

Our good friend, Dr. John Beech, from  Beech Chiropractic and Functional Medicine in Turlock, CA has challenged us to the 10-Day FedUp Challenge.  The goal is to GO SUGAR FREE FOR 10 DAYS, by cutting sodas and other sweetened beverages and foods that have ADDED sugars. We are choosing to EAT real, fresh, whole foods and stop consuming all products that contain ADDED sugar. This includes all artificial sugars and sugar substitutes.

Consider These Statistics

When Dr. Fletcher started dental school, only 12% of Americans were statistically overweight. Today, nearly 35% of American adults and almost 1 in 5 children are obese - not just overweight, but clinically and diagnostically obese. How many people is that? The total estimate is near 93 Million Americans that are obese!

In 1980, there were ZERO reported cases of childhood Type II diabetes. In 2010, that number swelled to over 57,000 cases of Type II diabetes in kids ages 8-19. That is absolutely ridiculous!

Why Is This All About Sugar?

Sugar has the same addictive properties as tobacco and alcohol and the more sugar you eat, the more you need to satisfy your craving. Sugar can be found in an alarming amount of foods, and half of it is hidden by calling it one of its 56 other sneaky names, it can be hard to determine exactly how much sugar is in any particular product.

Are You Saying That All Sugar Is Bad?

Natural sugars that you find in fruit are fine. (Not fruit juice though!). We are concerned about the ADDED sugars. We are also concerned with the artificial sweeteners because they increase hunger. Our goal during this challenge is to stay away from ADDED sugars and all artificial sweetners.

How Much Is Bad?

The American Heart Association has put together the following recommendations. Check out the number of recommended teaspoons each day:

What Does That Really Look Like?

A 20oz bottle of soda contains almost 15 teaspoons of sugar!
1 teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.
It will take a 110-pound child 75 minutes of bike riding to burn off the calories in that 20oz bottle of soda.

HERE'S WHERE IT GETS REALLY GOOD

We want you to join us!  We don't just care about your dental health, but we care about your TOTAL HEALTH. So join us and let's get serious about what we choose to put into our body. Here are the steps you can take!

1. Sign up at the FED UP CHALLENGE website and register!

2. Watch the three videos below:

3. Let us know you are FED UP too! Leave a comment here on this blogpost, send us a Facebook message or Tweet to us that you are #FEDUP and check out our Facebook/Twitter feed daily for encouragement! Each of us will share tips for avoiding sugar, eating healthy and conquering the addiction to ADDED sugar!

Keep on smiling,
Dr. Fletcher

Graffiti Week 2013

It's Graffiti Week at Fletcher Dentistry:

This weekend our city kicks off the summer season with a nod to the Hollywood movie that helped put our town on the map. The cruising movie American Graffiti depicts a night in 1962 on the city streets of Modesto, CA. To remember the film and director (Modesto's own George Lucas), our town celebrates the start of summer welcoming over 400 classic cars as they cruise through the streets of downtown. This year George Lucas will be kicking off the event as the grand marshall of the cruise.

Fletcher Dentistry is joining the celebration. All week our office will be playing classic 50's and 60's music during your visit. If you are downtown on Friday night look for Dr. Fletcher and his family enjoying the cars in the annual cruise. 

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THE CONTEST
To help us celebrate, we are inviting all of our patients to participate in our Graffiti Week Contest. In the photo below is a gumball machine located at our front desk. Patients visiting this week are invited to guess how many gumballs are in the machine. Our online visitors are welcome to guess right here in the comment section on this blog or on our facebook page. The closest person to guess the correct number of gumballs wins the grand prize.

GRAND PRIZE
The grand prize for the patient who guesses closest to the correct number of gum balls includes:

- American Graffiti DVD
- 50's music CD
- Prime Shine Carwash Gift Certificate
- Fandango Movie Gift Certificate
- Diners, DriveIns and Dives Guy Fieri cookbook
- In and Out Gift Certificate 

CONTEST RULES
The rules are simple:

- You must be a patient of Fletcher Dentistry
- You are allowed one guess.
- Guesses must be made in person, in the comments section below, or on our facebook page.
- The closest person to the correct answer (or the first to guess correctly, in case of a tie) wins the grand prize.
- Winner will be determined and announced on Monday June 10th, 2013.

Thanks for playing, have a great summer and keep on smiling!

Dr. Fletcher