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Chewing Gum to Help fight 'trench mouth'?

With the help of a gum chomping machine and years of careful chemistry, University of Kentucky researchers have developed a chewing gum that can help replace toothpaste and a toothbrush, thus improving the health of soldiers in the field as well as children in poor countries. Seriously. Gum. In what is known around the UK College of Pharmacy by the ever-so-catchy title of "the military gum project," an antimicrobial, known as KSL, is infused in chewing gum. KSL is anti-adhesive and abrasive agent that disrupts and helps dissolve plaque. As every toothpaste commercial has told us for years, fighting plaque is key to good dental health. Since World War I, thousands of American soldiers have suffered from the extreme form of gingivitis that can result in painful ulcers, infection and bleeding gums. You've probably heard it called "trench mouth." "Between World War II and Korea and Vietnam those numbers have not been changing," said Geoffrey Thompson , Commander of the U.S. Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, that sponsored the research at UK . Even today, about 15 percent of all Army sick calls are related to dental problems, said Thompson, who's both a colonel and a dentist. Not only do poor teeth take active soldiers out of duty, but getting treatment can put others in harms way. For every soldiers who must be transported to a dentist in Iraq , Thompson said, seven others must ride in a convoy over often treacherous roads. There are other practical considerations, said Deluca, a professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at UK , who began the research in 2005. Soldiers have told him even the white spot left by rinsing toothpaste can help enemy trackers locate soldiers on the move. Also, he said, if a solider can pack one more bullet or a toothbrush, you can guess what he or she is going to pick. "It's something that is going to be very beneficial," said Pat DeLuca , a professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at UK , who began the research about five years ago. The gum could also be key in protecting children in impoverished nations from potentially deadly infections, said Abeer al Ghananeem , an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences who took over leading the research last year. For example, she said, children born with AIDS in Africa often have serious and painful dental problems. The gum could enhance their quality of life. The chemical challenge, DeLuca said, was making sure the plaque fighting agent was released over the course of a good chew, maybe 20 to 30 minutes, not in a burst with the first chomp. The chewing machine, which operates a series of small pistons that mimics the pressure and pace of a human bite, was key to measuring chemical release of the active ingredients. Thompson estimates the equipment, owned by the Army , cost between $100,000 and $200,000 . Tiny drops of imitation saliva were tested until the precise chemical measure were consistently received. While the machine helped determined the chemical make up, the taste, which is a crisp wintergreen, was determined the more old-fashioned way. Al Ghananeem and her researchers did a fair amount of chewing. Clinical trials will begin and then the Army will look for a manufacturer to actually produce the gum, Thompson said. Altrench-mouth-toothbrush-toothpaste Ghananeem envisions that eventually it will be commercially available over-the-counter for use by, perhaps, hikers going on remote treks. It is not designed, she said, to be a long-term replacement for toothbrush and toothpaste. Still, DeLuca said, something as seemingly simple as gum "can have amazing possibilities." "We are looking forward to some sort of global attention to the whole project," Al-Ghananeem added. http://www.kentucky.com/179/story/1021542.html Zaca Comments This is pretty cool.  Its amazing, 15% of medical issues in the military is dental.  We wonder if this will be available to the public as well.  Is it going to cost more then a toothbrush and toothpaste?  Anyways this is pretty cool.

Patches Vs. Pills

This is a question asked everyday!  "Why use patches vs. pills?"  What we have done is gathered some real scientific and factual inforamtion to help you understand why Zaca uses patches vs. pills. pills1With pills one needs to take several dosages over the night to even have a chance to help with the hangover.  Most companies that have hangover pills suggest you take 2 pills before drinking and 2 pills every hour while drinking.  Who can remember this? Pills are harder for the body to digest and absorb.  Did you know that only 10-20% of the nutrients in the pill actually make it to the cellular level?  This means that 80-90%  is eliminated by your body!  Let's say you go and purchase hangover pills for $20, you are actually wasting $17 because your body will eliminate it. Pills contain filler ingredients to cut cost.  Almost 90-96% of capsules, pills, and tablets are filler ingredients.  Adverse reactions are caused by fillers mostly not the active ingredients.  Pills are hard to take and remember.  Most people recognize the use of supplements but the problem is they are a pain in the butt to take!  When was the last time you were suppose to take a supplement pill and just completely forgot?  How about people who can't even swallow? zaca-box-sample-picZaca Patches are easy to use and last 24 hours.  For example with the hangover patch all you need to do is put it on before drinking and forget about it and enjoy your night.  You can forget about this patch because it works all night or day.  There are NO fillers, sugars, calories, or colors added to any of our patches.  And, 100% is absorbed rather then wasting 80-90%!  

June 02, 2009

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Zaca Receives Amazing Review From TailgatingIdeas.com!

TailgatingIdeas.com just did a review and "found the Zaca Hangover Patch to deliver on all of its promises." [caption id="attachment_198" align="aligncenter" width="470"](tailgatingideas.com logo) (tailgatingideas.com logo)[/caption] Dave, the creator and driving force behind TailgatingIdeas.com, had some comments on the hangover patch. "I undertook with the Zaca Hangover Patch, I’ll cut to the chase: It worked. The first patch worked so well I decided to test it again, this time with more drinks than the original test. Same result. Little to no hangover at all." You'll have to read the rest of his review at TailgaitingIdeas.com, you'll get a kick out of it.   Not to mention he's got a very unique blog, and great ideas for the next time you go tailgaiting! http://www.tailgatingideas.com/zaca-hangover-patch/ Related Posts: Prickly Pear for Hangovers
March 31, 2009

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December 21, 2008

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How Organic is the Zaca Recovery Patch?

Zaca's Recovery Patch contains ingredients with no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and is free of any dairy or animal derived ingredients. In addition Zaca's ingredients come from non-GMO sources and no genetically modified organisms, and it is free of any lactose, dairy, cholesterol, gluten, eggs, casein, peanuts or MSG. To see what ingredients Zaca contains, visit here: www.zacalife.com

Need to warm up? Have a HOT winter drink!

If the weather near you is anything near Denver's right now, you're probably freezing!  It's a great time to hit the mountains and go skiing and snowboarding, and it's a great time to have a nice HOT drink!
We wanted to help you warm up by giving you a drink recipe.  If you're going to be drinking, try some Spiced Cider.  Read below for the recipe.  Enjoy!
  • 6 oz Calvados or other apple brandy
  • 2 broken cinnamon sticks
  • 1 quart (4 cups) apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 6 cinnamon sticks (for garnish

Instructions (serves 6)

Put broken allspice and cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth bag.   Then put it in a saucepan with apple cider and heat gradually until steaming (do not boil).  Pour 1 oz of apple brandy into each mug.  Fill each mug with the apple cider and stir with a whole cinnamon stick.  And serve immediately.