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6 Reasons Sunshine is Good for You

We often hear about the dangers of direct exposure to sunlight. But it turns out that letting the SUN SHINE IN may have more benefits than drawbacks.

Here’s some food for thought:

1. Vitamin D:
The sun is a great source of vitamin D which is necessary for bone and muscle health and also supports our immune system.

2. Positive Mood:
You know it. In the cold dark days of winter, we can start to feel lethargic. Once the sun starts shining, we feel more energetic, and our mood improves due to the sun’s ability to help our bodies produce endorphins and the feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin.

3. Up Goes the Stock Market:
Strange but true. “Sunshine is strongly positively correlated with daily stock returns” says David Hirshliefer, Ph.D. of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

4. Kills “Bugs:”
Sunshine acts as a natural antiseptic, killing viruses, bacteria, and mold.

5. Sound Sleep:
Natural spectrum light exposure during the day can help your body to increase production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin at night. This encourages sound sleep. A good night’s rest does incredible things for our physical health and emotional well-being.

6. Healthy Liver:
When infants are born with the condition jaundice, the treatment sometimes includes light therapy. This is because natural spectrum light, helps the liver to function better and clear away toxins from our bodies. Increased liver function equals increased health. The sun helps make this happen.

Research also demonstrates that viewing pictures of the outdoors and natural settings can boost our mood and immune function as well.

Here’s to the sunshine! Just remember to wear sunscreen.

It’s a Boy!

Dr. Brooks and his family welcomed Emerson Zachary Brooks on April 12. He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Everyone is happy and healthy, and Dr. Brooks is especially happy to have another man in the house!

Here’s a funny little story about the birth date: Dr. Brooks is a “numbers guy.” The baby was due on April 25, but in looking at the calendar Dr. Brooks decided that April 12 would be a better day because it was 4-12-16 and 4+12=16. He told his wife that she could “go ahead and have the baby” that day. She laughed it off, especially because neither of their other children came before their due dates. But as April 12 got closer, Dr. Brooks kept joking that it was almost time for the baby to come. Well, wouldn’t you know, he was right! At 4 a.m. on April 12, Dr. Brooks and his wife were heading to the hospital, laughing a lot on the way because his wife just couldn’t believe he had “chosen” the day.

We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and flexibility through this time, especially since the baby was early and we had to move around some appointments and switch some days around. Dr. Brooks and his family are grateful for all the support and kind words they’ve received from our patients as well.

Congrats to our Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest last month and guess the gender, birth date and weight of Dr. Brooks baby.

The winners are:

  • Dave C: Apple TV
  • Angela T: $75 Amazon Gift Card
  • Fred G: $25 Toys ‘R’ Us Gift Card

Happy Birthday

This month’s Surprise Birthday Drawing winner is Tom C. who will be celebrating his birthday on May 24.

He’ll be surprised to receive a $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card in the mail. Happy birthday, Tom!

Want to know how you can win during your birthday month? It’s easy — just have your birthday! All of our patients our entered in a drawing during their birthday month and one winner is randomly selected. If it’s you, you’ll receive a gift card in the mail to help you celebrate.

Hometown Family Fun

We’re all about family at Anderson Dental Care. Spending time with our own families is very important, and we’re always on the lookout for fun things to do together around Cincinnati. So we thought we’d share some with you.

Starting in June and throughout the summer, our monthly newsletter will contain a little section of upcoming, family-friendly events around town.

If you have any you want to make sure we share, please email them to us:

May 30th – Memorial Day

For some 150 years since the end of the Civil War, decorating the graves of military service members has been the primary activity on Memorial Day. Most cemeteries place an American flag on each service member’s grave regardless of how long ago he or she died.

Memorials in the form of a cross are called intending crosses.

At Arlington National Cemetery, the President places a wreath on the monument known as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring those soldiers who, in the chaos of war, could not be identified and are ‘known but to God.’ The tomb stands on a hill at Arlington, overlooking Washington, D.C.

As visiting cemeteries on this day became more common, the graves of deceased family members were also decorated. Many individuals remember visiting the graves of grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles on this one day a year.

And as cremations and natural burials become more popular, online memorials and tributes printed in newspapers are also becoming more common. At natural burial cemeteries, laying of gravestones or memorial plaques is often not permitted.

During the 150 years since the custom began, almost every family has lost someone, if not a family member, a friend who was lost is

For all, a prayer for those who are gone is a fitting memorial.

Thank You!

Our practice continues to grow everyday and we recognize that our best patients come from your referrals. To show our appreciation, you will be entered into our monthly raffle anytime you refer a friend or family member to us! A chance to win big prizes! As always, thank you for your continued confidence and support!

This publication is provided as a courtesy/gift subscription to the patients and friends of: Nathan A. Brooks, DDS • Anderson Dental Care • 7525 State Road, Ste. A • Cincinnati, OH 45255 • Phone: 513.275.1904 •

Questions and comments on the material in this publication should be directed to our consumer affairs hotline via fax: 1-503-218-0557. The goal of News from the Office™ is to provide information to the general reader on living a more rewarding life through better physical, mental and financial health. This publication is not intended to provide individualized advice, which should be sought from licensed professionals such as dentists, physicians, attorneys, and/or accountants.

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