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This Christmas, like Christmases past, many men will search for that one special gift that will show their love. Unfortunately, sometimes the gift is last minute and without a lot of thought.
For example, if everything is bought off the clearance rack and is not the style of the person you’re giving it to, it could send the message that you just wanted to check the box that says you’ve gotten a gift.
As much as some men hate to shop, this is the time of year that you can really get creative and show how much you not only care, but also pay attention. So here are some tips to help on your quest.
Ask her what she wants. Often, it’s that simple. However if you get nothing, try taking her out to dinner in the mall and walk around and get some ideas. If you still hit a brick wall, then ask yourself some questions. What does she love to do? What would she like to learn? How stressful is her life?
With these answers, you can come up with plenty of health/beauty related gift ideas. These can boost both physical and mental well-being, which will make her happy.
If she would like to learn something new, find out what and book some classes for her. It could be cooking, shooting, art, or dance. Maybe a day spent at a spa with you would be great gift if her life is stressful.
You could even book the day and mark it on the calendar instead of just buying a gift card. Another idea is to go see her hair stylist and prepay her next visit, or have a basket made up of all her favorite products she uses.
Take her shopping and buy her a whole new outfit and then take her out. If she is athletic, you could buy her new gear or workout clothes.
Whatever she loves to do there are gifts and packages available but you might to do some research and get creative.
Christmas is about giving, and it’s about showing those we love that they matter and we do appreciate them. Have a very blessed holiday season and happy hunting.
As patients are always looking for the best ways to improve appearance, the industry is always looking for ways to deliver better results. Many patients have fat tissue deposits which don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise, and Cynosure Corporation has continued to improve its Smartlipo™ system to meet the demands of patients and doctors.
The latest advancement is called Smartlipo Triplex™, which can treat packets of stubborn fat tissue better than the predecessor devises Cynosure has produced.
Laser liposuction (also called laser lipolysis or laser liposculpture) has been a buzzword in beauty circles for nearly a decade. The new device improves on skin tightening and fat removal, usually in one session, with little or no sedation and less downtime.
The new Smartlipo Triplex laser combines three lasers in one device, reducing bleeding, skin tightening, and greater absorption and destruction of unwanted fat cells.
Previous technology only incorporated one wavelength for good results the new Smartlipo Triplex offers three combined wavelengths for optimal results in the removal of unwanted fat and skin tightening in one procedure while the patient is still awake.
The procedure is performed in office under light sedation with local anesthesia. One or two small incision holes are made in the treatment areas to insert the laser. The suction device to remove the lasered fat is inserted through the same holes. The procedure may take 1–2 hours depending on the size of the treatment area. Patients return to work in two days and can resume exercise in 10 to 14 days. Results are seen within one week and continue to improve over 3–6 months.
Take a look at these before and after images to see the possible results for yourself.
Do you know anyone who is pregnant and suffering from lower back or sciatic nerve pain? Have they seen their chiropractor?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:
• Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
• Pelvic changes
• Postural adaptations
Making sure a pregnant woman has pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections. If the baby is in a breech position there is also a technique that chiropractors use called Webster technique.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
• Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
• Controlling symptoms of nausea
• Reducing the time of labor and delivery
• Relieving back, neck or joint pain
• Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
So if you or someone you know is pregnant and having any of these symptoms have them visit their chiropractor.
Recently I pondered, “What brings sweetness to my life?” The answer I received was, “Love.”
The message was more than about my inner worth or my relationships. It was about putting my heart and soul in the endeavors I undertake or experiences that come my way.
Next, I questioned, “How do I create more love and passion in my life for all I do?” Here are some of the ideas that flowed for my unfolding.
Whenever we take on something, a project, a job, organizing a closet, we feel some stirring in us. We may not recognize it as love, yet, the inner stirring to move in this direction is what I am calling sweetness of life. When we allow awareness of this level of tuning in to ourselves, we move beyond challenges in our lives, with finances, health, relationships, or jobs. These responsibilities move to a less urgent place.
Possibilities open up and inner healing is available when we are in the flow of the sweetness of life. In an instant, life’s past can be transformed.
If you are stuck and need a nudge, you might need to lean on another. Create a list of several people who care about you, whom you will call or email when you need help beyond helping yourself. Even making this list can potentially give a boost because we forget sometimes that we carry love with us from these friendships and close relationships. I am a fan of therapy, joining a group, taking a class, and on-line help as well.
Here is a process I use often to refresh myself:
1. Breathe as deep and soften or close your eyes.
2. Notice thoughts going on in your mind without judgments.
3. Let the thoughts come and go; do not pay attention to them as you relax and clear your mind.
4. Chose an intention for the day
5. Image already experiencing this intention; feel it strongly.
6. Allow resistance or only holding the intention briefly.
7. Keep breathing deeply as you open your eyes.
8. Smile to yourself.
Writing can also intensify the inner experience and help you feel it. Every time you feel the sweetness of the intention and feeling as if it is already true, you deliver a positive message through your neurons to your brain. Each intention sets you in motion to move forward to manifest it.
At one time considered just a normal part of aging, research increasingly indicates that Osteoporosis is largely preventable. Talking with your doctor about osteoporosis is an important step in prevention and management. This is particularly important if you are post-menopausal and break a bone, have lost height or developed a hunched posture, are over 50 and develop sudden unexplained back pain, or have been taking glucocorticoid (such as prednisone, cortisone, or dexamethasone) medications for several months. Your physician can complete a careful medical exam that may include blood and urine tests as well as a bone density assessment to determine your bone health status. Those diagnosed with Osteoporosis may be prescribed medications that help reduce the risk of further bone loss and fractures. Your physician can recommend lifestyle changes such as cessation of smoking, limiting alcohol, and dietary changes that will help protect a person from further bone loss. Fall prevention is another key area of concern for the osteoporotic individual and may involve treatment for underlying balance and coordination issues, generalized strengthening, home safety modifications, close medication management and monitoring, and regular vision check-ups.
Initiation of an exercise program including weight-bearing activities is often recommended to maximize bone health. “Beginning an exercise program when you are at increased risk for fractures or have recently had a fracture can be scary, but is certainly doable! It may require the skilled guidance of a physical or occupational therapist familiar with the disease process to establish a safe and effective program within the current fitness level,” states Michelle McCloskey, Occupational Therapist from Sense-Ability, LLC.
Routine medical follow-up can help minimize the risk factors for developing osteoporosis through adequate Calcium and Vitamin D intake, exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake. With current medical management practices, including a careful combination of medically prescribed interventions, women diagnosed with osteoporosis today have a much brighter prognosis compared to just a few years ago.
Isn’t it funny how priorities change from day to day? One minute, one thing has a high priority and the next it’s on to something new. It seems what was once important before, no longer is.
That’s true of most things in life, but certainly not when it comes to medical hair loss. For women facing the devastating challenges of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and alopecia, it becomes the most important, number one priority in their life.
Fortunately, most cases of medical hair loss tend to be temporary conditions, knowing this can help empower those going through such treatments to look forward to recovering with confidence. During this recovery there are many effective solutions to help women maintain their self-esteem and overall appearance.
As such, custom cranial prostheses, wigs and extensions offer an individually designed and hand crafted style for each client. They provide a beautifully rich, natural look and feel while maintaining lightweight comfort. They are typically made from human hair or synthetic materials to provide the same bounce and appearance of natural hair.
Women experiencing medical hair loss usually prefer to keep it a private matter. Therefore, their choice of hair restoration does not have to be public knowledge. To ensure such discreet intervention, when possible, talk with a medical hair loss specialist prior to any medical treatments. This will make it easier to decide what hair restoration solution is best suited for any specific needs. It may be helpful to cut a small lock of hair or have a favorite picture to bring to the initial consultation. This allows the medical hair loss specialist to match an individual’s natural hair color to a prosthetic, wig or extension swatch for an added natural appearance until permanent hair growth is restored.
Regardless of what challenges women might be facing, it is always important to make the needs of their health the first priority. Seek out other women for advice, solace and support. Finding that inner strength to recover with confidence should never be made a last priority, it should be the first.
This is a common question audiologists are often asked, and it is a great question to ask. As consumers we are always researching the best of products and why should hearing aids be any different?
However for hearing aids there are many “best hearing aids” on the market and the best hearing aids are hearing aids that are chosen and fit accurately based on the individual. When your unique hearing loss, specific listening needs, hearing goals and budget are considered, that is when you find the best hearing aids for you.
Determining the best hearing aids for you begins with purchasing your hearing aids one-on-one from a qualified hearing care professional (an audiologist). Through a hearing aid evaluation, the hearing care professional will help you to determine what hearing aids (brand, style and features) are best for you, your individual needs and your budget.
There are usually several options available for each person to select from. There are different levels of technology in hearing aids, and with those different levels come different features and options. It can often be overwhelming to know which features and options to choose.
Purchasing hearing aids is very similar to making other consumer purchases. You must look at your needs and what you desire from the product. With each level of technology, there are different features and options that are included to serve different listening needs and purpose. The best hearing aids for you are hearing aids that will serve your unique hearing loss and listening needs.
Thus when selecting hearing aids with your hearing care professional, it is very important to be very specific with your listening needs, listening environments you want to improve and your hearing aid goals.
Information obtained from HealthyHearing.com
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontiguous disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. The disease is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Studies indicate that psoriasis develops about equally in males and females. Research also shows that Caucasians develop psoriasis more frequently than other races. A study conducted in the U.S. found the prevalence was 2.5% in Caucasians and 1.3% in African Americans.
It appears that a family history of psoriasis may increase the risk of developing psoriasis. However, it is important to know that a family history of psoriasis does not guarantee that someone will develop psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It appears as raised reddish patches on the skin, and the patches may be covered with a silvery-white coating. These often itchy patches can appear anywhere on the skin; however, most patches appear on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp.
Thanks to ongoing research, there are many treatments for psoriasis. It is important for individuals suffering from psoriasis to establish a relationship with a dermatologist to help find treatment that works for them and fits their lifestyle. Every treatment has benefits, drawbacks, and possible side effects.
Treating moderate to severe psoriasis usually involves a combination of treatment strategies. Besides topical treatments, phototherapy (also known as light therapy) and/or systemic medications, including biologic drugs, may be prescribed.
Unfortunately, not all treatments work for all people, and psoriasis patients often have to try multiple treatments before identifying one that does work.
It is very important that individuals with psoriasis take an active role in managing their disease. By taking being proactive and working in partnership with their dermatologist, patients can reduce the effects that psoriasis has on their quality of life.
Additional information about psoriasis is available online from the American Academy of Dermatology by visiting SkinCarePhysicians.com.
Call it an exam, well visit, physical, or check-up, but regardless of what your call it, an annual visit to a primary care provider is very important for all women.
Women often put off visiting their healthcare provider because of fear of the unknown or because they feel too busy to make the time. However, an annual visit is an important part of maintaining one’s health.
There are a number of reasons why all women should have an annual exam. First, regular consultations allow your healthcare provider to get to know you a little bit better – especially when you are healthy. In this way, your provider will be better able to deal with your problems if and when they arise in the future. Second, a routine exam is important to make sure that everything is functioning normally. If problems are found, it is always important to detect them as early as possible. Third, it is important for women to have annual and routine screenings for problems such as diabetes, heart disease, as well as certain types of cancers, including cervical and breast cancer.
Finally, an annual exam is a great time for you and your provider to customize plans for your good health and safe living. You can discuss healthy eating, relationship issues, family planning and other important topics.
Getting the most out of your physical exam means being prepared. Bringing a list of current medications (this includes prescription medications as well as over-the counter medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements) and a list of problems you may be experiencing is very helpful.
You should also share your family’s medical history and your own lifestyle habits such as smoking, exercise and diet. Sharing personal information can be difficult, but talking openly will help your health-care provider to make better decisions about what testing and examinations are needed or not.
Your healthcare provider cannot advise you appropriately if she is not given all of your pertinent and honest information. Remember everything you tell your provider is confidential. Her goal is to help you achieve optimal well-being.
It is also important to note that most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost of an annual exam.
Women have a tendency to place the needs of others before their own. While this is an admirable quality, women who do this may put their own health at risk, especially if they neglect getting regular care and checkups with their health care provider.
Using the theme “It’s Your Time,” National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, encourages women to focus on their own health and well-being. Research has shown that when women take care of their own health, the health of their families tends to improve as well.
So, it’s time to take care of a very special person in your life – you.
You need to nurture yourself with healthy food, make time for regular physical activity that you enjoy, get quality sleep, engage in stress-reducing activities and plan sufficient time to simply relax. Choose one or two things to focus on first. Then, as you have success in those areas, move on to your next victory.
It is important to include your health care provider as a partner in your wellness improvement efforts. Speak with them about your goals and let them help you develop a strategy that is best for you. And be sure to follow up with any scheduled visits and needed examinations.
Remember, the better you take care of yourself, the more you’ll be able to be there for those other important people in your life.
For more information on improving your health, visit www.cdc.gov/women.