Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, demonstrates how dental floss should be used in Holmdel, N.J. It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there’s little proof that flossing works. When the federal government issued its 2016 dietary guidelines, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Well you can finally stop lying to your dentist about flossing.
The Associated Press just looked at the research on the benefits of flossing, and they got the Department of Health and Human Services to admit, quote, “The effectiveness of flossing has never been researched, as required.”
There have been plenty of studies on flossing, but none of them have definitively found that it helps you get rid of plaque or prevents gum disease. The AP looked into 25 of the biggest studies and found all of them were unreliable.
So why has the government been recommending that we all floss every day for almost four decades?
A dentist from the National Institutes of Health summed it up. Quote, “It’s low risk, low cost. We know there’s a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it.”
That’s probably true, except for one thing: Floss is a $2 BILLION market around the world, and half of that comes from the United States.
When OPRAH WINFREY invested $43 million in Weight Watchers last year, the stock went up and she doubled her money almost instantly. Then last month, she made $12 million in an hour just by posting a 30-second Weight Watchers ad about how she eats bread everyday.
But just so you know, Oprah is NOT magic. She loses money on the stock market like everybody else. Last Thursday, the stock plummeted 27% . . . meaning she lost $24 MILLION at the drop of a hat.
Don’t worry about her though. She bought in when the shares were $6.79, and it’s currently at $11.01. So she’s still up around $75 million since buying in five months ago . . . and she’s worth $3 BILLION overall.
The Powerball jackpot is over a BILLION now, because no one’s won since November 4th. But plenty of people have matched the five REGULAR numbers without the getting the Powerball . . . which wins you a sweet $1 million.
In fact, the Powerball has made 67 people MILLIONAIRES since the last time someone won the jackpot . . . including 28 on Saturday. So hey, even if you don’t win a billion tomorrow, maybe you’ll JUST miss and get a million-dollar consolation prize.