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I love trail mix! I like it better when I can make my own mix. A few almonds, a handful of raisins, maybe a pinch of chocolate candies. Whatever I want, it’s in there. There’s something to be said for building my own snack. There are a few supermarkets near me that have a trail mix bar. Whoever thought of the bar should be in the Food Industry Hall of Fame. There is in fact a Hall of Fame, I looked it up, and it’s near me! (http://www.foodindustryhalloffame.com). Similar to an olive bar or salad bar, simply add what you want. Me, I’m a salty and sweet guy, so I head for the nuts and sweets. Typically, equal parts, one can’t be over powering. Admittedly, I stay away from the spicy snacks, I feel that they throw off the balance of the snack. It’s my snack, so I’m going to have it the way I want it. Burger King had it right, I can Have it my way.

Besides the trail mix bar, how often do we get to have the items we purchase, exactly the way we want them? The pants I order are always ½” too long, they drag on the ground and are frayed within two months. In this day and age, we can get things close, but exact is tough. I wouldn’t mind ordering a sushi roll with 7 rolls in it vs. 6 or 8. Who wouldn’t want to be able to purchase a sofa that was built exactly to specifications? I’ve been looking for a Sofa with my wife for the last two weekends and I can say, that without any question, I would. The ones that we looked at were just a bit too big or small or deep or shallow.

Not just the Sofas

It seems that medical professionals have been running into the same problems for years. In the fast-paced world of medicine, waste is a monumental problem. ProPublica.org published a report “The National Academy of Medicine…estimated the U.S. health care system squandered $765 billion a year, more than the entire budget of the Department of Defense.” More than DoD!

It’s time to get a handle on the trash and what happens to it.

Door to Door Dental is well on the way to solving the waste problem.
Door to Door Dental, a leading provider of patient set-up kits has been partnering with offices and institutions to produce millions of custom patient set-up kits each year for well over a decade. The kits can include:

  • Keyboard covers
  • Masks
  • Cotton rolls
  • Gauze or hundreds of other items, it’s your choice.

These kits are packed in a clean room with the exact amount and type of product that an office needs. The kits keep your office running smoothly, efficiently, cleanly AND significantly cut down on waste. You decide what you want in a kit and Door to Door Dental creates the kits, just for you. No more buying extra product just to get what you want. Think of the patient set-up kit as your trail mix bar.

I did the unthinkable the other day, I watched a commercial on live TV. My kids and I were sitting down to watch a basketball game and a commercial for that copper pan came on. You know, the one that tells you that you can get rid of all the other pans you own, because this one will do everything for you. No stick, no stain AND I can cook marshmallows in it the same way I cook chicken-no oil needed. My daughter looked at me and said, “dad, we can get rid of all of our pans and have just two pans to replace them.” Based on the commercial and everything that we had been told in the past 60 seconds, yes, we could get rid of every pan in our cupboard. And I bet, it would be fun to get them in the mail-2 for 1 no less!

Maybe it’s true, maybe the copper pan is the silver copper bullet I’ve been looking for, I mean who couldn’t use more space? So, I got up from the couch with my daughter and walked over to the laptop that was sitting on the counter. We navigated to Amazon.com and searched for the item that we were looking for and we couldn’t believe our eyes, the first 8 reviews were negative. How is that possible, the person on the TV told US that that the product was amazing and we wouldn’t need any other pans. In fact, I already had visions of grandeur, I pictured myself making s’mores for all the neighborhood kids and then making a big dinner for the adults in the same pan, right after. No need to rinse or wipe, simply add food.

I read the reviews out loud. Doreen wrote, “Promises more than it delivers.” Rob mentioned that his food sticks worse in this pan than in his other ones. My daughter looked at me with a disappointed look on her face and said, “I guess we won’t be buying that item, huh? Good things we checked.”

She was right, it was a good thing that we checked.

The lesson?

I’ve learned that in a world that information is abundant and we can check on the color shirt your boss wore on her first day of fifth grade, people tend to tell themselves that they’re getting the best price/service/product whenever they buy something. It’s kind of like shutting the shades when there’s a lightning storm and pretending that nothing is happening outside. The shades may be shut, but the thunder and lightning are happening outside, and you know, sometimes it can be amazing to watch and hear.

I guess the “teachable moment” to my daughter was, ask questions, be curious and just because someone speaks with authority, doesn’t mean they have authority.

The next time I hear someone tell me that I shouldn’t question their pricing or service, I’ll remember my lost s’more opportunity and take a look outside the shades.

Why Cookies?

My kids asked me the other day why we give cookies to our customers with their orders when we are working with dental offices. I guess it makes sense when you think about, cookies have sugar and sugar causes tooth decay. Why would a dental office eat cookies? Cookies are different, it’s not like having candy, or soda. Cookies bring us to an easier time. Who doesn’t think longingly of having a cookie and a glass of milk on a snowy day when they were kids? The cookie represents a simpler time. We weren’t caught up with spreadsheets or balancing our P & L statements as we are today, we were having fun and being good to each other.

Reprinted from Huffington Post

I always hoped more people would talk about flossing — but never like this!

By now, everyone has read or heard about the Associated Press article throwing shade at flossing. To summarize: Last year, the AP, under the Freedom of Information Act, asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to provide the publication with evidence that flossing works. When the flossing recommendation was removed from this year’s federal dietary guidelines, the AP figured they were on to something, so they decided to take a look at the available research.