Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fitness Tips - HIIT

Many people want to get their bodies in better shape, and spend countless hours on exercise machines trying to do just that. The reason that some of these people do not experience success with these kind of training regimens is because often they do not know that they are going about it the wrong way.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf

When it comes to cardio, most people believe that the more you do, the more effective it is for you. This is actually a common misconception that often leads people to be stuck in a fitness rut. Doing low-intensity cardio for a long period of time can actually be detrimental to your weight loss goals, as it encourages the body to hold on to energy and conserve it in order to have it available for future exertions that it may encounter. That is why one of the most effective fat burning methods out there is HIIT, or high intensity interval training.

Studies have shown that thirty minutes of HIIT training is far more effective for burning fat than an hour of low to moderate intensity cardio. This is because the body is forced to expend excessive amounts of energy during the spikes of high intensity, and not capable of adapting because you will quickly return to a low-intensity pace afterwards. HIIT training usually consists of a period of extreme exertion, followed by a period of rest, or low-intensity cardiovascular activity. A typical HIIT program may have one minute of all-out sprinting, followed by two minutes of light jogging for thirty minutes.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who stays in shape by working out four times a week.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Karate’s Rise in Popularity

While many people today are familiar at least with the term karate, it was not always this way. In fact, karate as we know it today is much different than how it started. Karate has often been used as a generic term to encompass all oriental-based martial arts. This started because it World War 2, many United States servicemen were stationed in Okinawa, where the discipline originated. 

Dr Leslie Griesdorf

It was not long before interest in the discipline spread to America, who used the powerful media tool known as Hollywood to really raise awareness of the art. In the 1960s and 1970s, the abundance of martial arts movies would make karate become one of the most popular disciplines around. This is because movies were depicting karate as a powerful striking art that melded the mind and the body together. This caused karate schools to begin erupting all around the world as demand for the discipline skyrocketed. What was once a casual interest became a deeper fascination with the art itself.

The problem with karate’s rise in popularity is that many movies depicted the discipline as a powerful and enigmatic fighting style that could kill or incapacitate somebody in a single blow. This caused many misconceptions and warped the actual discipline of karate into some strange mutation by the mass media. Karate was established as a discipline that helps you combat the inner self through training and creativity. Its sole purpose was not to quickly dispatch an enemy.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a professional dentist who spends his free-time studying the discipline of karate.


Monday, 14 September 2015

The Development of Dentistry

Modern dentistry is owed not to the many technologies that we have today, but to all of the men and women who laid down the foundation for it in the past. Though there is evidence of dental work being practiced as early as 7000 BC and beyond, it wasn’t until the 1600s that a science was developed to help create modern dentistry. 

Dr Leslie Griesdorf

One of the earliest contributions of dentistry is owed to an English physician by the name of Thomas Browne. He wrote a book in which he observed that many Egyptian mummies did not have signs of tooth decay, indicating some kind of dental prosthetics were used. This would inspire some prosthetic work to be done in Europe as well. 

Strides in modern dentistry did not happen until the appearance of a French surgeon by the name of Pierre Fauchard. Today Fauchard is known as the “father of modern dentistry”. This is because despite the crude and primitive tools he had at his disposal during the 17th century, he still managed to become a highly skilled and respected surgeon who would adapt those primitive tools in order to make better dental instruments. This usually included improvising and using tools from jewelers and watchmakers for more precise work. Fauchard also introduced the use of dental fillings for cavities, as well as make the correct claim that acids in sugar were a leading cause of dental decay. He also created many dental prosthetics and suggested that tumors could be caused by late stages of tooth decay.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a professional dentist who is fascinated by the history surrounding the field.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Dentistry - An Introduction

Dentistry is a field of discipline and science that many people have come in contact with. Few people, however, understand its true, complex nature. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that mostly involves the diagnosis, study, prevention, and treatment of conditions and diseases of the mouth, clinically referred to as the oral cavity.

While most people associate dentistry with only teeth, this is actually but a small portion of what the discipline covers. Dentistry also includes working on the gums and tissue, as well as the overall structural integrity of the mouth and jaw. The common misconception that dentists only deal with teeth comes from the fact that teeth are often the most troublesome part of a person’s mouth, and a common place for cavities and other irregularities to take place.

Dentistry is not just a practice of hygiene, but one that is considered vital to the overall health of a person as well. It is for that reason that it is suggested that everyone visit a dentist at least twice a year. This is not just so that they can give your teeth a proper cleaning, but so that they can assess your overall oral health and determine if any other procedures are needed.

Most dental practices consist of a team. This includes a secretary in the office, many dental assistants, hygienists, technicians and therapists. The whole team is required, not just the dentist to carry out all of the duties in the office.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who spent the major portion of his career aiding people in their oral healthcare needs.