Friday, June 18, 2004

AH-HAH no wonder I still have my teath in my head!

Interesting New Use For Mouthwash
Hate to floss? A lot of folks never do it despite the admonitions from their dentist. Turns out, that's okay as long as you use mouthwash--specifically Listerine. Reuters reports that a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association concluded that regular use of the antiseptic mouthwash Listerine has the same benefit as flossing.

Huge disclaimer here: The study was conducted by Pfizer, the company that sells Listerine. Still, the findings were conclusive enough that the ADA is allowing Pfizer to publicize the fact that Listerine may work as well as dental floss. The company plans to begin with television advertisements. Study author Christine Charles, who is also the director of oral care at Pfizer, is quick to point out that people should ideally brush, floss, and use Listerine for good oral health. "We definitely don't want people to toss the floss," she told Reuters. Flossing regularly removes the plaque that can cause gum disease.

The Pfizer study included 326 people who had mild to moderate gingivitis, which is gum inflammation. All of them were told to brush their teeth. Some were instructed to then floss, while the rest used Listerine without flossing. The people who used Listerine showed the same improvement in plaque and gum inflammation as those who flossed. A second study of 301 participants showed similar results, except those using Listerine had an even greater reduction in plaque after three to six months of use. How does Listerine do this? Charles told Reuters it contains essential oils that get between teeth and kill the germs that brushing does not reach.

From via wmconnect

And here is the propaganda from Pfizer which I don't think will mind if I provide them with a little free publicity.

PDR Drug information for

LISTERINE® Antiseptic (Pfizer Consumer Healthcare)

Active Ingredients: Thymol 0.064%, Eucalyptol 0.092%, Methyl Salicylate 0.060% and Menthol 0.042%.

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol 26.9%, Benzoic Acid, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Benzoate, and Caramel.

Indications: Use Listerine® Antiseptic twice daily to help:

Prevent & Reduce Plaque
Prevent & Reduce Gingivitis
Fight Bad Breath
Kill Germs Between Teeth

Actions: Listerine® Antiseptic has been shown to help prevent and reduce supragingival plaque accumulation and gingivitis when used in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular professional care. Its effect on periodontitis has not been determined. Listerine is the only leading nonprescription mouthrinse that has received the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs Seal of Acceptance for helping to prevent and reduce plaque and gingivitis.

Directions: Rinse full strength for 30 seconds with 20 ml ( 2 / 3 fl. ounce or 4 teaspoonfuls) morning and night. If bad breath persists, see your dentist.

Warnings : Do not administer to children under twelve years of age. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. Do not swallow. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Cold weather may cloud Listerine. Its antiseptic properties are not affected. Store at 59° to 77°F.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

"Insight into the US War Against Terrorists

--and Intercessory Prayer for President Bush"
from the Staff of Francis Frangipane

Dear Friends,

Pastor Frangipane is busy preparing for his daughter's wedding. However, he felt this article, though already widely circulated, was both insightful and pertinent for this present time. Indeed, prayer for President Bush, the situation in Iraq and the turnover of power is vital right now.

Thank you,

The Staff of Francis Frangipane


(, 4/27/04)

Most Americans probably think the Islamic terrorists declared war on the United States Sept. 11, 2001. Actually, it started a long time before - right from the birth of the nation. In 1784, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were commissioned by the first Congress to assemble in Paris to see about marketing U.S. products in Europe. Jefferson quickly surmised that the biggest challenge facing U.S. merchant ships were those referred to euphemistically as "Barbary pirates."

They weren't "pirates" at all in the traditional sense, Jefferson noticed. They didn't drink and chase women, and they really weren't out to strike it rich. Instead, their motivation was strictly religious. They bought and sold slaves, to be sure. They looted ships. But they used their booty to buy guns, ships, cannon and ammunition. Like those we call "terrorists" today, they saw themselves engaged in jihad and called themselves "mujahiddin."

Why did these 18th-century terrorists represent such a grave threat to U.S. merchant ships? With independence from Great Britain, the former colonists lost the protection of the greatest navy in the world. The U.S. had no navy - not a single warship. Jefferson inquired of his European hosts how they dealt with the problem. He was stunned to find out that France and England both paid tribute to the fiends - who would, in turn, use the money to expand their own armada, buy more weaponry, hijack more commercial ships, enslave more innocent civilians and demand greater ransom. This didn't make sense to Jefferson. He recognized the purchase of peace from the Muslims only worked temporarily. They would always find an excuse to break an agreement, blame the Europeans and demand higher tribute.

A Very Different Policy

After three months researching the history of militant Islam, he came up with a very different policy to deal with the terrorists. But he didn't get to implement it until years later. As the first secretary of state, Jefferson urged the building of a navy to rescue American hostages held in North Africa and to deter future attacks on U.S. ships. In 1792, he commissioned John Paul Jones to go to Algiers under the guise of diplomatic negotiations, but with the real intent of sizing up a future target of a naval attack.

Jefferson was ready to retire a year later when what could only be described as "America's first Sept. 11" happened. America was struck with its first mega-terror attack by jihadists. In the fall of 1793, the Algerians seized 11 U.S. merchant ships and enslaved more than 100 Americans. When word of the attack reached New York, the stock market crashed. Voyages were canceled in every major port. Seamen were thrown out of work. Ship suppliers went out of business. What Sept. 11 did to the U.S. economy in 2001, the mass shipjacking of 1793 did to the fledgling U.S. economy in that year.

Accordingly, it took the U.S. Congress only four months to decide to build a fleet of warships. But even then, Congress didn't choose war as Jefferson prescribed. Instead, while building what would become the U.S. Navy, Congress sent diplomats to reason with the Algerians. The U.S. ended up paying close to $1 million and giving the pasha of Algiers a new warship, "The Crescent," to win release of 85 surviving American hostages.

It wasn't until 1801, under the presidency of Jefferson, that the U.S. engaged in what became a four-year war against Tripoli. And it wasn't until 1830, when France occupied Algiers, and later Tunisia and Morocco, that the terrorism on the high seas finally ended. France didn't leave North Africa until 1962 - and it quickly became a major base of terrorism once again.

What's the moral of the story?

Appeasement never works. Jefferson saw it. Sept. 11 was hardly the beginning. The war in which we fight today is the longest conflict in human history. It's time to learn from history, not repeat its mistakes.


PRAYER | INTERCESSION: It is impossible to imagine the burden President Bush is carrying right now. He needs to be prayed for daily. Lord, we praise and thank You that our President is a man of public faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. We pray that he will continue to seek Your wisdom and counsel in all his actions on behalf of this country and in his personal and private life. (Psalm 89:21) Let our President not rely solely upon the strength of our nation's weapons and intelligence, but first turn to You, Lord, the source of all wisdom and strength. God, bless our Commander in Chief and the tens of thousands of United States troops and our allies who are putting their lives on the line to defeat the jihadists. May they inspire us all to stand strong.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Our Grandmother has passed on

Al and my granddmother has passed on. Normally I probably would not write anything about something like this preferring to keep it within our intimate family but in this case due to my still recovering from pneumonia and neck surgery I will not be able to attend the funeral(not to mention that I am broke due to being on such a long convelescence).

I will remember her then this way. Man is a domino, and yesterday has led up to today. Who my grandmother was, has led up to who I am today and who I am today was intended by God. And I accept that for it is by God that he has seen fit to save me.

What I remember most about grandmother Erkkila is her fastidious attention to detail in personal relationships and her great desire to do things right and her great fear of doing things that would hurt others feelings. I remember the great sense of love that I could feel she had for her children and her grandchildren.

I remember how sensitive she was.

The other thing I would like to say is spiritual in nature. My grandmother had a gift from God and that is the gift of salvation. For written on her soul was the holy spirit and to that she rests this day in God. She rests from the turmoil of this world and at peace she never really realized she would have. With that I find great joy knowing that when I arrive their in Heaven I will find her with the Lord....perfected.

Love you grandma and I look forward to seeing you then at the wedding party.

Love....your grandson Ron

Sunday, June 13, 2004

The courts and abortion

How can the courts defend as constitutional abortion rights and still convict a man of murder concerning the unborn?

Just to point out that their is no structure in our court system since the courts ruled against God and that it takes God to bring continuity and structure. That goes along with this world wouldn't knowthe truth if it got hit in the head with a rock......wait a minute it is going to get hit in the head with a rock.

This article concerns Terry Nichols and his second trial for the Oklahoma City bombing. (ain't that double jeapardy?)

After convicting him of 161 counts of murder in just 5 hours, the jury wrestled with his punishment for 191/2 hours before concluding they could not agree on a penalty.
The deadlock means that Nichols will automatically be sentenced to life in prison for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
He received the same sentence on federal convictions for the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers in 1998. That jury deadlocked after 131/2 hours of deliberation.
The state charges are for the other 160 victims and one victims' fetus.

Gotten of of Fox News