It’s hard to believe October is already here! October is one of our favorite months-the weather is awesome, we’re in the midst of college football, it’s pumpkin season and Halloween, but it’s also a chance to create awareness about a disease that impacts so many women. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness this month, we’re launching our “Heart Someone” door. Patients and our team can write the name of a loved one impacted by breast cancer on one of our pink hearts (family member, friend, colleague, anyone!) and display it on our door. We’ll honor them by making a $1 donation for each person that you “heart”. We’ll also have a donation jar at our front desk for patient donations that we’ll match dollar for dollar. All proceeds will go to a local charity right here in Charlotte called Carolina Breast Friends.
From candles and coffee to peanut butter and protein bars, delicious pumpkin-flavored products might be our favorite part of fall! And according to a study there may actually be a real reason why we all love the delightful sweet flavor!
“The tantalizing smell can trigger an emotional response in the brain,” says Catherine Franssen, assistant professor for psychology and director of the neurostudies minor at Longwood University in Virginia. “The spice blend has been used in popular baked goods for quite some time and it’s very likely we would have encountered some or all of them in a favorite baked good in a comforting situation like a family gathering early in life. It’s not the pumpkin spice necessarily but that we’ve already wired a subset of senses as ‘good’ very early in life.”
After all, 80% of flavor is actually smell! Franssen, who wrote a 2015 blog post in the Huffington Post about the science behind pumpkin spice says, “In other words, smelling pumpkin spice in a favorite cereal or cookie could remind you of a pie baking at your grandmother’s house.”
Whatever the case is we love pumpkin spice and everything nice that goes along with it!
Pumkin Spice Martini –
Pour the vanilla flavored vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to serve.
Bourbon Pumpkin Smash –
Dr. Whalen rates Halloween candy and its impact on your teeth on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the worst.
Keep reading to see how your favorite treats stack up!
Chocolate: Winner! Chocoholics Rejoice! Chocolate melts fast and washes off teeth easily. This makes it harder for bacteria to cling to enamel and create cavities.
Pixie Sticks: Although this is pure sugar which can lead to cavities, it won’t stick to your teeth like some sweet treats.
But…PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
Lollipops and Hard Candy: These long-standing treats are one of the worst when it comes to teeth. Not only can they chip and break teeth, they can take a long time to dissolve meaning bacteria can feed longer and create those nasty cavities.
Taffy and Caramel: These gooey treats are the worst type of candy for your teeth. They stick to everything including the grooves in your teeth and dental work and devices. Saliva also has a hard time breaking down these candies creating a playground for bacteria to form cavities.
A reminder all you Big and Little Monsters out there: brush your teeth after you’ve eaten all those delicious Halloween treats! This will keep them clean and healthy and your smile shining bright!!