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Jeff Eitzman — Uber Dentist — Colour (1 of 4)
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Image by royblumenthal
Thanks to @MarkStraw for recommending Jeff Eitzman to me.

Jeff’s a brilliant dentist. He takes a lot of time to get to understand his patients’ mouths. And then he takes the right, considered, skillfully executed action.

In November, a relatively new filling applied by ‘Dentist X’ in Fourways fell out. I sought opinions from friends. One bud recommended ‘Dentist Y’ near Cresta/Northcliff. The filling lasted exactly three days. Another bud — the aforementioned Twitter-bud, @JackStraw — gave me Jeff’s number.

A good sign is that Jeff was booked up till February. But his mom, who runs the reception at the practice, popped me onto a cancellation list.

When I finally got a booking in mid-December, Jeff spent two hours with me, investigating WHY this problem filling kept falling out. He devised a treatment plan. Lined my cavity with a hardening substance, put a temp filling over that, and told me to come back in two months once the hardening agent had cured.

When I got back to his chair in mid-February, just before my bithday, he got to work on the real business of giving me a lasting filling. He completely reconstructed my tooth, using about four separate layers of material, including strategically-placed metal screws that he embedded in some of the substrate.

This filling is incapable of falling out. Furthermore, he constructed it in such a way that it does NOT trap food in the crevice. Previous dentists who botched this tooth also botched the crevice.

The tooth is still sensitive. But every day it’s settling down more. The reason it’s sensitive is cos the cavity was so deep that the drilling went very close to the nerve. Jeff’s treatment philosophy begins with ‘First do no harm’, followed by, ‘If we can save the nerve, we’ll do that’, followed by, ‘The natural tooth material is the best material for your mouth’.

The dude is a sculptor. I recommend him fiercely.

These four pics started out as black and white drawings in my PaperBlanks Moleskine-substitute notebook. I drew them while Jeff was working in my mouth. The colour-work came later, in PhotoShop CS3.

Heliotropium anomalum var. argenteum
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Image by D.Eickhoff
Hinahina or Hinahina kū kahakai
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
The variety is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Locally common on Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, and Molokaʻi, but seemingly rare on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island. It may have formerly occurred on Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe)
Photo: Oʻahu (Cultivated)

The Hawaiian name hinahina refers to gray or silverish gray foliage of this plant.

When the leaves of koʻokolau (Bidens spp.) were not available, the leaves of hinahina kū hakai were brewed as a tea and believed to be a tonic by early Hawaiians. Dried leaves were used in treatment of diabetes. Too, the leaves along with alena (Boerhavia spp.) were pounded together, water added, and drunk for curing pāʻaoʻao (childhood disease, with physical weakening), ʻea (thrush), and naeʻoikū (severe asthma).

The fragrant white flowers and the succulent leaves were used, providing a long-lived attractive lei by the ancient Hawaiians.

Today, it is still used as a beautiful natural and native component of haku, though the readily available non-native Spanish moss (Tillandsia unsneoides), also called hinahina, is usually substituted.

Hinahina kū hakai was adopted in 1923 as the official flower and lei material for Kahoʻolawe, which is strange since it is not naturally found there, though it may have been in the past.

The generic name Heliotropium is derived from the Greek helios, sun, and trope, turning, in reference to an erroneous belief that the flowers to turn to face the sun; leaves and flowers that do this are referred to as heliotropic.

The specific epithet anomalum is from the Latin anomala meaning extraordinary or abnormal.
The subspecies name argenteum means silvery.

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