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Toothache Remedy: No Excuse for Growing Thousands of Poppies

According to Global Times, police in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province, aren’t accepting the excuse made by a 66-year-old man who was arrested for growing poppies. He told police he was only intending to use them to relieve the pain of his toothache.

The man, surnamed Xu, was detained by local police after they found 1,285 poppy plants on farmland Xu was cultivating on Friday. Xu told the police that he planted the poppies in October 2018 and planned to use the fruit to relieve his severe dental pain, which he said was a folk remedy some former workmates had taught him. People who illegally plant 500 to 3,000 poppy plants can be sentenced to up to five years in jail, according to Chinese criminal law.

The anecdote of 66-year-old man was arrested due to his ignorance and fluke mind. In the meantime, we should be aware of keeping a healthy set of teeth is more important than you might think, as many diseases and conditions (including diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease) have direct correlations to dental health. While studying in the United States, an individual American health insurance (aka 美国医保) plan makes good oral health easier to maintain and can help provide peace of mind – something that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. Caroline Jacobson wrote “Twice annual dental visits in America (aka 美国 看牙) keep both your teeth and body healthy” in her published article, Why is Dental Insurance Important?.

Some common types of health insurance for international students (aka 留学生 保险) are F-1 insurance (aka f1 保险), recommended OPT insurance (aka opt保险推荐), and travel insurance in America (aka 美国旅游保险). Few of them include dental coverage, since dental insurance works differently than medical insurance in the United States. Nevertheless, no matter the policy of the health insurance, there is no reason to grow thousands of poppies.

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