Spring is about to peak it’s sunny face out from behind the clouds of winter – and you know what that means … ST. PATRICKS DAY IS ALMOST UPON US!

Soon, the rivers will run green and millions of Americans will spend their entire weekend staggering in and out of bars. It is a glorious celebration of booze, parties, and minor lapses in judgement. Of course, it also means one helluva hangover.

Don’t let your bad decisions today ruin your fun tomorrow. Get a head start on defeating your hangover with these simple – and natural – preventative tips.

But first, you need to understand what a hangover is, as a biological condition.

What is a hangover?

When you imbibe too much alcohol, most people notice a “warm, fuzzy” feeling. This is due to your heart and metabolic rate being altered by alcohol. Essentially, the body heat that is usually stored in your core begins to creep further out from your heart and towards your skin. This results in the feeling of warmth, when in reality you are actually losing heat at an increased rate.

This increase in metabolic rate and loss of heat has many implications through the body but for the purposes of this article, its most detrimental effects are on your blood chemistry. The negative effects to your blood chemistry are far reaching, however they all share the same cause – malnourishment.

Malnourishment does not mean that you are hungry – you can be on hour 2 of a pizza coma and still be malnourished. Rather, malnourishment means that the vitamins and minerals that your body relies on to function normally are severely out of balance. You have too much of the wrong stuff, not enough of the good; It’s that simple.

Also, when you are out drinking like a Viking, you are taking in a lot more fluids than you usually do. This excess in fluids must be passed in order to make room for more of that delicious green beer, so you pee more. This extra “evacuation of fluids” exacerbates the malnourishment issue even further, sprinkling a dash of old-fashioned dehydration on top of the issue.

It is the dual action of dehydration and general malnourishment that causes your hangover. So, it stands to reason that in order to prevent (or reduce) a hangover, you have to attack these two ailments at the same time.

Preventing your hangover

This is that obligatory part of the blog post where I say “you can always choose to drink in moderation”, but c’mon … You wouldn’t be reading this article if you intended to just sip a quick glass of chardonnay. You, sir or madam, are looking to – as the kids call it – get turnt.

So, what are the preventive measures that you can take to make sure your head isn’t throbbing tomorrow morning?

Stay hydrated

Chances are that you already know this one. By slamming the occasional glass of water while boozing you can get your blood chemistry in an improved state of equilibrium. So, if you want to prevent your hangover, the best thing you can do is have a glass of water in between every one or two drinks.

If we have any native Englishmen reading this, I already know what you’re thinking and no – switching to American beer at 11 PM doesn’t count as drinking water.

While drinking water DURING your celebratory binge is the most effective way to prevent a hangover, most people don’t want to be the weirdo sipping H2O at the bar. So, you can help to ease your suffering in the morning by chugging a few glasses of water just before you go to bed.

(But, fair warning, if you choose to near water-board yourself 5 minutes before the sandman hits you, you might wake up in a puddle of your own making.)

Stay nourished

In order to prevent a hangover, the most important thing that you can do (other than drinking water like some nerd) is to use high-grade vitamins, AKA nutraceuticals, regularly.

Nutraceuticals, like Pharmaden’s PerioCare contain high doses of all of the essential nutrients that you need to wake up the next morning without feeling the urge to vomit in a mesh trash basket. Vitamins achieve this result by – not only – replenishing the vitamins in your blood, but by also adding a substantial amount of natural anti-inflammatory agents.

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When coupled with a healthy meal right before your first shot, pint, flagon or whatever, vitamins are your go-to hangover prevention method. However, supplements require being taken regularly in order for you to see the other health benefits. So, if this is neither your first nor last boozy night, it is important to incorporate nutritional supplements into your daily lifestyle habits.

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Pharmaden’s nutraceuticals are MORE than just oral health vitamins. Our products contain ingredients shown to improve bone health, hair, nails, skin, tissue healing, brain function, eyesight, and more.


By Dr. Ron Schefdore

Burning fat and losing inches may look great but did you know that it produces a bad breath due to a process called ketosis? If you’ve lost, or are losing, weight on a low-carbohydrate diet there are some homecare products that will help, so you can keep your friends close.

The ketogenic (keto) diet, and other low carb diets, are causing halitosis to plague people across the nation. The problem is that the bad breath, caused by the way the body metabolizes food, is actually a sign that the diet is working.
The body normally converts glucose for energy, but in a low-carb diet, the body uses your fat to create energy. In the process, it produces keto acids, which are released through urine and the breath. A telltale sign of ketone breath is a sickly-sweet odor. But what really makes “keto breath” offensive is that 60% of Americans have gum disease.

bad breath vitamin
When gum disease is combined with ketones from a low carb diet, the effect can be similar to rotten eggs. It’s very pungent. When you combine this with gum disease, it’s atrocious. Although improving oral hygiene can help a normal halitosis patient, ketone breath is much harder to eliminate.

With ketosis, even with good oral hygiene, the odor won’t go away by itself. Some solutions include drinking large amounts of water to flush the keto acids from the body or chewing fresh parsley. I discourage the use of most breath mints because they may contain sugar or artificial sweeteners and simply mask bad breath for a brief period of time.

A better way we found to control bad breath….

Get regular, professional cleanings and thorough checkups at your dentist’s office. In addition, use Closys toothpaste and their gentle oral rinse that is available online and at drugstores. It breaks down the chemical bonds that cause bad breath from the bacteria in the mouth – instead of covering it up like most other products on the market do. Also, if your gums do not get specific nutrients from your diet they will bleed regardless of how much you brush and floss. Problem is, keto diets restrict the amount of nutrient rich foods (like fruits and vegetables) a person can eat. Pharmaden products are high-absorbing supplements designed by dentists for their patients who are not getting enough of the essential nutrients in their diet. Pharmaden has the only vitamin with a double-blind university study showing a reduction of bleeding gums, pocket depth, and plaque.

Why Does Pharmaden’s OsteoTherapy Look Different?

We have not changed our formula for any of our products. So, why have the supplement facts on Pharmaden’s OsteoTherapy bottle changed?

There have been drastic changes to the FDA’s regulations on daily values and how they can be listed on bottles.

We often get asked why OsteoTherapy’s bottle was altered from 1,000 mg of calcium to 200 mg of calcium (for a serving size of 4 capsules). If you didn’t know, there are many different forms of calcium. So, even though a serving (4 capsules) still contains 1,000 mg in calcium citrate the FDA now specifies we can only list the amount of elemental calcium, which is 200 mg.

But, don’t be alarmed that one serving does not contain 1,000 mg of elemental calcium. According to Harvard Health Publishing-Harvard Medical school research, taking a supplement with 1,000 – 1,200 mg of elemental calcium along with the calcium you get while eating an “average” diet could actually be putting you at risk of heart attack and kidney stones.


We know that both calcium and vitamin D are essential in building bone. The question is, how much of each do we need?

Dr. Willet, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, recommends taking 500 to 700 mg a day of calcium and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D. That’s less calcium and more vitamin D than the guidelines suggest. At that rate, you can probably get all, or most, of your calcium from food – if you have good eating habits.

But how many people have really good eating habits?

Also important to note, if you can’t tolerate dairy you should still be able to get 300 mg of calcium a day in your diet and can take a low-dose calcium supplement to make up the rest.

The studies (which only refer to elemental calcium) suggest that if you consume 500 mg, or less, of calcium a day through supplements you should be able to avoid the possible risk of heart disease and kidney stones.

No worries though! You are safe taking Pharmaden’s OsteoTherapy, PerioTherapy, and PerioCare. As mentioned, OsteoTherapy contains 1,000 mg of high absorbing calcium citrate and only 200 mg of elemental calcium.

What are the benefits to calcium citrate? While Calcium citrate may be more expensive, dosing is more flexible. It can be taken any time of day, with or without food, because it’s absorbed equally well on an empty or full stomach. It is also a better choice for older people who produce less stomach acid or for those who take acid-blocking medications for heartburn, since it’s more easily absorbed with low levels of stomach acid compared to other types of calcium supplements.

80% of my perio patients and 50% of my non perio patients admit to average or poor eating habits. This is why your patients and your staff should supplement with a high absorbing, quality supplement to maintain bone health and help to remineralize and repair bone after implant placement, perio surgery, orthodontics, and extractions.


Dr. Ron Schefdore