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You can't out-train a bad diet

You can't out train a bad diet

It's a phrase I picked up on an exercise video on YouTube, but I imagine the idea has been there for a long time before the internet was with us.

A few weeks ago I bought some airport-sized Toblerone bars for the team at Swords Ortho (don't tell the dentistry police). The ladies of Swords Orthodontics are particularly fond of white Toblerone, but for a bit of variety I got a mild chocolate/coconut one as well. It's a practice rule that I am forbidden to tell anyone what the calorie count is for a single triangle of this Swiss marvel.

I can tell the blog readers ...

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The march of technology - orthodontics waits for no man or woman

Yesterday, I was talking about compatibility of technology, today I thought I'd look at the change in technology in an area that is special to me....music.

I'm old enough to remember vinyl records not merely before  they made a come back for hipsters, but before they went away in the first place. In fact, I remember record players that had settings 33/45/78 - that is, they could play vinyl records (and probably acetates) that were made in the 1920s or before. Singles were at 45 rpm, and the LP was at 33. My dad was never keen on the idea of my brother or me buying singles because they were bad value. An ...

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The new conventions, corporate indifference or protectionism

Yesterday I bought some blue tooth headphones.

Sony.

I normally have a caution about mega brands, because I think the price reflects the cost of making them a mega-brand, and telling everyone about them, as well as simply building a good product, but I had a series of other brands that had let me down, and I use Sony noise cancelling headphones for plane journeys, so I took a punt. The thing for me isn't the sound quality, it's how well they fit my ears and how long the battery lasts. Sony does very well on both counts. But when I went to plug in my charger....it didn't fit. I had to ...

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Orthodontic Conversations: Week 33 "Why do my braces break?"

Stephen: "hi there, how are you getting on?"

Patient: "great."

S: "Any problems with your brace since last time?"

P: "No"

S: "Great. So I'll just have a look and do today's adjustment"

P: "Oh, one of my brackets came off though"

S: "Were you eating hard food at the time?"

P: "No"

S: "It just came off out of the blue?"

P: "Well, I was chewing on a piece of rubber that I found"

When we put braces on people's teeth, Swords Ortho gives them all sorts of advice on how to take care of them for best results and we give our patients a goodie bag of tooth cleaning stuff, but we can't think of every eventuality that people might ...

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What lies beneath: Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Departments and Deep Dentistry

So today, I had to have a medical assessment for an insurance policy.

It was at Meridian Healthcare in Blanchardstown - I was very impressed at the care and attention from Dr Claire Cunningham and her nursing and admin colleagues. There was a multi-lead ECG connected to me while I walked on a treadmill that got faster and faster and steeper and steeper until I approached my maximum heart rate, there were also eye exams, height and weight measurements and various blood tests that were taken from me quite painlessly by a very skilled nurse. But the most unusual test for me, the one that stuck with me most was the ...

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A thought about a very famous Murray - Murray Gell-Mann and the Gell-Mann Effect

A colleague of mine gave me a text last week to tell me that Murray Gell-Mann had died.

He's not exactly a house hold name, but within his field (extreme theoretical physics) he was a legend. I had heard of him in passing as he appears on the periphery of the legend of Richard Feynmann, a physicist who became a bit of a cult figure around the same time as Gell-Mann and of course, the name stood out to me.

There's a list of things in physics that he's famous for, and I don't understand most of them but his name is also connected to something that's not specific to physics - ...

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Famous Belgians and the Rock Stars of Orthodontics

I'm in the departure lounge at Dublin airport, headed out to the Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists. It's probably the biggest gathering of orthodontists in the world.

We'll be listening to speakers talking about their most up to date research, looking at new products made by companies from all over the world to do the best work for our patients, and finding out what will be shaping the future of orthodontics.

Two seats away from me is a Belgian orthodontic professor Hugo de Clerck. He's probably the world expert on using small metal plates attached the jawbone under the gum to treat really difficult orthodontic problems. I have been ...

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