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Anti-Aging Foods We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”, and there is some truth to it. If you are eating fresh, vibrantly colored, whole foods packed with nutrients for proper cellular activity you are going to look like it, with glowing, supple hydrated healthy looking skin. On the other hand if you are starving your bodies of adequate nutrients, minerals, and then you will look the part as well, leading to lackluster, problematic skin. Proper nutrients are required for cellular activity, new cellular growth, and inhibition of oxidative damage. One primary component of these recommended foods is antioxidants to fight free radicals. Free radicals lead to damage, aging, and inflammation at the cellular level. Issues with hydration, redness, wrinkles and acne can all be improved by eating the right foods, or by supplementing the right nutrients.

Vitamin A

Vitamin B

Here are few foods to add to your spring grocery list to nourish your skin from within! Vitamin A: While we often think of sight enhancement with this nutrient, Vitamin A is also very important in managing acne and oily skin. It plays a role in wound healing as well as sun and antioxidant protection. Broccoli, fish, eggs, liver, red bell peppers, spinach, kale, pumpkin B Vitamins: While we all know our skin appearance can be a direct reflection of stress levels, sleep patterns, and mental state, you may not know how important these vitamins are in balancing these issues. Acne responds well to adequate levels of B vitamins. Other benefits include regulation of insulin and carbohydrate metabolism which also benefit in decreased inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea and acne. Nuts, seeds, lentils, salmon, beans, eggs, plain yogurt.

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Vitamin C: This nutrient is vital for collagen production and a novel soldier in the free radical war. Its strong anti-inflammatory benefits may prevent and manage inflammatory skin conditions, while promoting healthy cellular growth. Vit C also provides internal sun protection. Broccoli, red bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, citrus fruit, kale, potatoes Omega 3 & 6

Vitamin E: Many have long thought that slathering this nutrient externally was the key to better skin, when really it is much better served when taken internally. Roles include hydrating the skin and protection against free radical damage. In fact when combined with Vitamin C, there is no stopping this dynamic duo! Broccoli, nuts avocados, kiwi, asparagus, leafy greens Omega 3 & 6: These nutrients are termed “essential” because your body does not make them, they must come from a dietary source. They are the building blocks of hormones which may directly affect acne. Fatty acids keep the skin supple and hydrated and may be beneficial to eczema and psoriasis. Fish also contains a powerful antioxidant called DMAE which stimulates nerve and muscle contraction under skin promoting firm, contoured skin, and reduced sagging. Alaskan salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, anchovies.

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Allow God’s Love & Blessings to Heal You! Welcome to our “Heal Within” issue. Today’s world is full of extras created by people to exemplify their lifestyles. New found lifestyles that many follow with ease, or shall I say comfort, jumping onto what I call the wheel of society. I like to think of this wheel as that of a Ferris wheel; it motions in a circular pattern with only frequent stops for new boarders. In which, at this same time, others have to give up their seat for another to share the ride. Why are they so freely in acceptance of giving up their seats? Could it be they have grown accustomed to sharing, building and growing relationships with only those of similar experiences? Perhaps, even regardless of their minds intertwined in different directions of thought. This could be precisely what keeps this wheel in a circular motion−going nowhere, in circles and ending up in exactly the same place time after time−yet accustomed to the familiar, people remain aboard, along for the ride. This sounds too familiar, perhaps because it reminds me that this is also the time of year when many people have their weight circling in thought. Weight is usually one of the biggest resolutions every year for many, and as I expressed in an earlier edition, those who at the beginning of the year were contemplating losing weight will more than likely, be the ones exactly right here, at this time−weighing in the same! The most daunting fact is, according to expert research, a good 80 percent will still be here next year and the year after. Why? I believe, in this era we are living in, many are so caught in the outer that they seldom remember that which makes them balanced, and to no longer

go in circles, is not only that which will give them a straight path, but a clear one and can only come from within−gifted from God−spirit! When your mind is fixated on what you are feeding your body orally and what you are weighing in physically, you may become blinded as to what is intoxicating you from within. This is why, I strongly believe it’s not what we do or how we do things, it’s what we feel when doing them. If this would only sink in, then the weight, the toxic substances and relationships would no longer exist. For those of you who relate to this−I am here to share this message−release your blindfold and look with your heart, what’s most important is invisible. Follow your spirit created and connected with God’s love. Enter into the fullness of your consciousness and see for yourself, the change in you, your affairs, your atmosphere and in your businesses. Just as hatred hurts, love heals, soothes, encourages and protects and wherever there is love it blesses all with that great gift only God can give. Until next time, A couple of verses to remind you: "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." Psalm 91:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 God Bless You! Here to serve,

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Brain Gym Exercises the Mind


Helping locals keep their brains in shape

hen Sudoku and the Sunday crossword just aren’t enough to keep you sharp, there’s a place that can help you exercise your mind in the same way you exercise your body. Excel Brain Gym is aimed at helping locals build muscle tone—in their brains. Phyllis Benson, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., is a certified and licensed speech pathologist who runs the gym. She says her inspiration for creating the gym stemmed from a growing desire to understand how brains work. “After spending over 32 years in private practice, I became more and more interested in the brain,” Benson explains. “I found myself pushing aside juicy novels for any books about the brain. It seemed like that is what I was wired to do.” And simply understanding the brain didn’t satisfy her. She wanted to also use her knowledge to affect positive change in people’s lives—especially the lives of seniors.

brains, the more association paths we create, and the better chances we have of holding on to a healthy aging brain.”

“As I read more and more about the concerns of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, I began to think about the healthy brain,” she continues. “I realized that the brain also needs stimulation. So many studies had been done telling us that the more we stimulate our

The majority of the techniques used at Excel Brain Gym to assist patrons in retaining their brain function are unique software programs—accompanied by touch screens for the computer-phobic—though Benson recognizes their limitations. “Studies showed that these software programs were limited since they only stimulated the brain in set activities; people progressed in the activities, not necessarily in real life,” she explains. “I then realized that with my skills as a speech and cognition therapist, I could offer many different programs and guide the participants to use learned strategies to improve their lives in the areas of memory, attention and concentration, multi-tasking and so on.” While Excel Brain Gym is mostly comprised of software programs, Benson utilizes her background to help participants learn different strategies and skills as well.


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“Many articles about keeping the brain healthy also advocated learning something new, such as a foreign language or dancing, as we age,” Benson says. “Excel Brain Gym offers people a constant flow of new learning.”

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Ultimately, her passion for helping people retain their brain function keeps Benson inspired and motivated. “I am most satisfied when a person comes into the Excel Brain Gym and leaves feeling as though they stimulated their minds in a healthy way,” she says. “I want them to compete against themselves. As they keep track of their scores, they begin to see better performance, ultimately increasing their brain power and feeling more ‘brain strong’ in their lives.”

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By Katie Snyder

Arizona Gives Day Give a little and do a lot


his March, every single resident in Arizona is being asked to do one simple thing—give. Why?

“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” says Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders. Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at to give where they live and support a local nonprofit in their community or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need. The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, the initiative sees much success and helps organizations to continue to provide the services and programs their communities need. Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online initiative on March 20. 16

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“For as little as $10 nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” says McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

has declined. This is our chance to bring it back in a big way,” says Theisen.

According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help the state’s nonprofits:

All 501c3 organizations in Arizona are encouraged to participate in the inaugural event. By logging on to www. nonprofits across the state can register their organization and start spreading the word about the statewide day of giving.

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From the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale to the Gilbert Education Foundation to the Challenger Space Center Arizona in Peoria, this as an opportunity for organizations to build new relationships with donors of all kinds and share their stories.

“During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving

Community members will have the chance to support hundreds of nonprofit Photos Courtesy of Arizona Gives Day

organizations during the first Arizona Gives Day. Among the hundreds of nonprofits participating in this event are: Hospice of the Valley, which aims to provide the best 24/7 care to patients receiving end-of-life treatment through physical, emotional and spiritual support. Desert Voices, which prepares deaf and hard of hearing children for the transition into a traditional school by teaching speech and language skills as well as how to hear and understand peers at an academic level.

How to Participate Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the

3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away. Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide. “And for those of us out there who want to give but need to be reminded, the website has a simple ‘Remind Me’ button anyone can click on right now,” says McWhortor.

You can also find Arizona Gives Day on Twitter and Facebook.

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By Jennifer Hutchison

Furniture Shop Featuring Contemporary Carl Hansen & Son Designs Opens in Scottsdale Architect Robert Moric, owner of Phoenix area bulthaup kitchen design shop, is expanding high-end mid-century modern and contemporary home design with a new Carl Hansen & Son furniture store. The retail venue, which introduces the entire Carl Hansen & Son collection, also features lighting accessories and a handpicked selection of home products by other top designers. The furniture, which is comprised of nearly a century of design history, only recently emerged in North America. According to a press release, the 1,500 square foot shop is designed as an elegant yet understated contemporary living space to help buyers visualize actual living areas. “Carl Hansen & Son products offer the greatest quality as well as unparalleled beauty—but are not as well known in North America as they are abroad,” says Moric. The new store is located at 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd. in Scottsdale. For more information visit

Octane Raceway Opens at Scottsdale Pavilions This spring, Phoenix-based Octane Raceway will move to a bigger and better location at the Scottsdale Pavilions. The new 65,000 square foot facility will feature the nation’s only full-time indoor and outdoor track. Part of the improvements include new state-ofthe-art high-speed electric karts that travel up to 45 miles per hour. “The new location in the Pavilions is a fresh and more upscale version of Octane Raceway’s proven karting entertainment concept,” says company president Scott Sanders. “The new, central location makes Octane raceway more accessible to many people in the Valley.” Octane Raceway, which recently hosted the Indoor World Kart Championship, is known as a world class and sophisticated racing facility that hosts both competitive and recreational kart racers. Guests of the facility have included corporate teambuilding groups, professional athletes and other celebrities. For more information, visit

TriVita Wellness Center Debuts in Scottsdale Designed to optimize an individual’s health and wellness through expert healthcare specialists and support staff, TriVita Wellness Center offers visitors a distinct and customizable experience. According to a company spokesperson, the premise behind TriVita’s comprehensive new wellness center is to help people identify their individual strengths and discover ways to improve not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being. “Our goal is to guide people in finding their sense of purpose and arm them with tools to optimize their wellness,” says Michael Ellison, founder and CEO of TriVita. Founded in 1999, TriVita is a privately held maker of natural dietary supplements. The 16,000 square foot wellness center, which is located next door to TriVita’s headquarters, will offer health and nutritional assessments, education, and coaching. To inquire about TriVita Wellness Center, visit 18

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Own Natural Skincare Products Now Available at Phoenix-area Ulta Stores Skincare enthusiasts now have access to San Francisco based Own natural skincare products. Own uses a patented Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) formula, a derivative of the safflower plant, to fight signs of aging through all three layers of skin, according to a company spoksperson. The moderately priced skincare line includes a cleanser, eyecream, SPF 30 lotion, firming cream, and a moisturizing night cream. The patented plant-based technology, according to Own’s website, is designed to work with a body’s unique biochemistry and is clinically proven to enhance collagen levels, strengthen skin, and increase the skin’s metabolism. Smartphone users can download the company’s My Own app to measure and track skincare progress through a series of photo technology, mapping, recommendations and tips. The product line will retail for about $25 and will be available this month in all Phoenix area Ulta cosmetic stores. Visit for more details.

My Sister's Closet and Well Suited Donate Large Amounts of Clothes Following their biggest sale of the season, all My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited consignment stores cleared out their racks and donated the items to charity. “We donate clothes weekly to various charities from all of our My Sister’s Closet locations and our Well Suited shops, but a couple times a year we do a major sweep of the stores and pull a ton of clothing off the racks and the huge mountain of clothes just makes for a spectacular site,” says Tess Loo, stylist for My Sister’s Closet. The pile of clothes from one store alone almost filled a 20-foot moving truck, and consisted of “tens of thousands of items,” according to Loo. With 12 locations in Arizona and California, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited, which were founded nearly 20 years ago, are considered a high-end consignment concept. For information on the stores visit

Susan Lane, 59 years of age

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"I think of Excel Brain Gym as a boot camp for the brain. Not only is it fun, the exercises and tips have noticeably improved my memory and cognition. “ Bonnie (69 years of age). "Excel Brain Gym was great for me. I went on to interview about a couple of weeks ago and got the job...Thank you, very much for all the hard work you did to get me back to where I needed to be." Amy (42 years of age who came to Excel Brain Gym for post concussive syndrome)

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By Jessica Lawless

From Tragedy to Triumph A local activist transforms grief into positive action


or Sharon Knutson-Felix, the executive director of the 100 Club, her road to community activism was a hard one. In 1998, her husband, a DPS officer, was struck and killed while on duty. Fifteen years before, she experienced the loss of their oldest son and the heavy costs— both emotional and financial—of preparing for his funeral. When the 100 Club came to her door the day after her husband was killed with a check to help her get through the immediate future, she was floored by their support; she later joined the organization. Eleven years ago, she became its executive director. Knutson-Felix explains the mission of the organization is one that is near and dear to her heart. The club seeks to give support to the people who keep our streets and homes safe. “The 100 Club of Arizona stands behind the men and women behind the badge by providing financial resources to families of officers and firefighters when they experience their own personal Ground Zeros,” she explains. “We provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.” In addition to being an activist, Knutson-Felix has turned her own grief into help for other people as an author. She wrote a memoir titled Gifts My Father Gave Me, Finding Joy After Tragedy, a celebration and a way to pay tribute to both her father and mother and their influence on her life. “The life lessons I learned growing up prepared me for challenges I had to face as an adult,” she explains. “While many think the book is just about tragedy and grief, it makes you laugh as much as it makes you cry.” What keeps Knutson-Felix going on a day-to-day basis is the bigger picture—the people she assists and the perspective she is able to bring them, born out of her own losses. “The daily grind of managing a nonprofit can be daunting at times, but when I open a letter from one of our beneficiaries and they share how the 100 Club’s support helped them, I know I have to keep working to bring awareness of the dangers and sacrifices our public safety officers and firefighters make to protect and serve us,” she says. “When I hug a widow or a mom who has lost a spouse or child, I know I make a difference because I have been where they are.”

100 Club 45th Annual Banquet and Meeting On Wednesday, March 27, the 100 Club’s annual banquet—this year’s theme is Crazy Courage—will be held at Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. The evening will feature a social hour, dinner and silent auction. For more information on the event, call 602.485.0100. “The annual banquet is a tribute of the lives of those who lost their lives in the line of duty during the previous year and a time to honor those left behind,” Knutson-Felix says. “Our members and public safety officers and firefighters from across the state come together to build a better community.”

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Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech delays, violent behavior and, in rare cases, seizures and even death: these are just some of the effects lead paint poisoning has on young children. If your home was built before 1978, lead paint on your walls, doors, windows and sills may be dangerous. And it’s not just large paint chips that can cause damage. In fact, three granules of lead dust are enough to poison your child. Let’s make all kids lead-free kids. To learn more about the simple steps you can take to safeguard your family, log on to or call 800-424-LEAD. | November 2012


~ Joel Osteen


God wants to bring you comfort. Like a mother cares for her child, He longs to give you strength, hope and conďŹ dence. Turn to Him. Receive His love. Let go of things that would hold you back. Let Him heal your heart and give you strength for the future. | March 2013


TRAVEL & LEISURE By Jennifer Hutchison


Getting Wilder

More changes coming to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium


ildlife World Zoo & Aquarium (WWZ) in Litchfield Park is still riding the wave of excitement generated from its fourth aquarium building that opened last fall. “It’s pretty exciting, especially for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles,” says Grey Stafford, PhD, the zoo’s director of conservation. “The reception has been really great.” The building, which took about three years to build, houses roughly 60,000 gallons of water and features an Amazon River Monsters exhibit, sea turtles and small clawed sea otters. “The river monster exhibit has been gaining popularity especially with the television show [Animal Planet’s River Monsters],” Stafford explains. “We’re seeing some of that fan base at the zoo.” Although the opening of the massive aquatic feature was a colossal event for the zoo, it’s not the only thing happening. The baby animal nursery has been bustling with activity with the arrival of a few new youngsters. This past holiday season, “Winter” arrived at the zoo’s nursery. Not the season, per-se, rather a cute but endangered baby white tiger that was born at another facility last November. “She was almost snow white when she arrived, and she will be moved into a bigger habitat as soon as she’s big enough, probably this spring,” reveals Stafford. According to Stafford, Winter, who currently weighs about nine pounds, should grow to about 300-400 pounds. The cub is still bottle-fed by zookeepers and receives round the clock care from dedicated staff members. Also in its infancy, a baby Jaguar called “Fitz,” that is also bottle-fed, and recently tasted its first piece of meat. Guests at the park can visit Fitz, who was named after Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, in the nursery, but will have to wait a couple months before he’s introduced to his permanent enclosure. Stafford says Fitz is black with black spots, and like most Jaguars, will weigh around 200 pounds fully grown. Other new additions to the zoo also include a baby giraffe, an expanded exotic bird display, a new lemur exhibit and new primates that will likely be part of the new safari-themed expansion that is generating excitement. WWZ is well underway with construction on a 12-acre safari park, which Stafford says will include a significant number of prey and predatory creatures. “We’re including a tram so guests


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can ride or walk through the exhibit,” he adds. The land, he explains, was previously a tree farm and the preserved trees will offer an abundance of shade and foliage. Here, visitors can expect to find giraffes, zebras and possibly cheetahs, among others and Stafford says guests should expect the safari park to open late this year, or early in 2014. Also on the facilities hearty to-do list, an “Americas” themed expansion along the 303 freeway where there will be animals from North and South America. “Here at Wildlife, we don’t feature many species from the Americas,” he clarifies. “So, we will have bison, goats, maybe a mountain lion and other regional animals.” This latest venture is still in master planning and pre-permitting stage and likely won’t begin for another couple of years, according to Stafford. As a privately funded organization, WWZ relies solely on gateticket and retail sales. “We know our guests spend their hard earned money here and we sincerely appreciate that,” Stafford assures. The park, which does not receive any public money, is constantly improving and expanding – something that makes zoo officials proud. The attraction, which is in its 28th year, has no plans to slow down any time soon, making it a continuously evolving experience that will impress for many years to come. Besides touring the hoofed, gilled and airborne creatures, patrons can enjoy the sky ride, which whisks riders through the treetops. An animal-themed carousel and Australian inspired boat ride will entertain guests, offering a welcome respite from walking. Also relaxing and educational are the wildlife encounters where visitors can watch staff demonstrate natural behaviors like foraging and free flight. Little ones can enjoy visiting and feeding baby goats, deer, chickens and more at the petting zoo. BBQ lovers will appreciate Dillon’s restaurant, which is on the premises and adjacent to the park. Diners can enjoy an award winning BBQ lunch while gazing at the extraordinary shark tank or pink flamingos. Stafford, who authored a book on animal training called Zoomility, actively promotes training through positive reinforcement. He explains that the staff members at WWZ use this proven technique, which is essential to preventing problems and keeping both staff and creatures happy and safe. Stafford insists that using such techniques while working with animals teaches cooperation and ensures a successful environment, which is the one of the main objectives at WWZ.


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By Marlene Montanez


pring is officially in full-swing! Beautiful, breezy days and a refreshed wardrobe are all on the horizon and I couldn’t be more excited. This spring, the hottest fashion trends are absolutely wearable and the best part is, they’re also easy to mix and match with your current wardrobe. Check out these five picks of the hottest spring fashion trends to work into your closet this season.

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Black and White

Although typically seen for fall fashion, the spring 2013 runway designers were all about pairing black and white. Designers like Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney embraced the color combo. You likely have some black and white pieces already in your closet, so have some fun mixing and matching these or shopping for the new black and white prints. 26

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Print Pants

Speaking of printed pants, this trend is going strong for spring. Don’t be afraid of a little bit of print; it’s bold, but looks great when paired with a solid-colored top. Try a neutral-colored peplum with a skinny belt for that bold-colored print pant.

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Florals are one spring fashion trend we see again and again. This spring there are floral prints in bold and beautiful colors to choose from. From dresses and tops to even floral-print pants, you can get your floral dose on just about any wardrobe piece.


Leather was a big trend this fall and it’s continuing on into spring. Yes, the leather leggings should be retired, but you can still wear those little leather dresses and leather tops. For a spring update, pair that leather top with a light spring skirt.

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Horizontal, vertical and even polka dot stripes are all the rage this spring season. It’s an approachable way to rock a print and can be flattering too. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors dressed their models in pretty, striped frocks. For daily style and beauty tips, visit or follow Marlene on Twitter @marlenemontanez. | March 2013



HEALTHY FITNESS & SPORTS By MS Contributed by Dr. Eudene Harry, author of Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps

The Hidden Mental & Physical Benefits of Exercise


ith more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight. It’s great; however, the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.

Here are five hidden benefits of a good workout:

Younger looking, blemish-free skin

The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed. The result is a healthier complexion.

Natural “feel-good” chemicals

Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better.

Constipation prevention

Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestine, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles, weakening peristaltic contractions, (and slowing down the digestion process). 

Prevents brittle bones

Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. Swimming and bicycling are exercises that are considered non-weight bearing. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Enhanced immunity

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against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive. Don’t overdo your exercise, or you won’t see all of these benefits. Check with a physician who can advise you on the right activities and intensity level for your individual needs. For all the benefits of exercise, there are down sides if you go at it too vigorously for your physical condition. For instance, you can actually increase stress hormones, which can make you more vulnerable to illness, rather than building your immunity.

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Spring season heralds several things, including the start of many youth-based sporting activities. Little Leagues and Peewee teams all across the country begin anew with eager anticipation from many children. Participation in a youth league has many advantages for children, primarily in the area of personal health. Playing a team sport is a fun way to introduce regular exercise to a child, which can help battle obesity and promote overall physical health. Another advantage to team sports is that they promote social interaction and can help a shy kid break out of his or her shell. Sports teams can boost self-esteem and help children relate to other children. Even toddlers can get in the act. There are sports teams for very young children if parents do their research. These can teach social skills at an early age, introduce young children to an organized activity, and promote teamwork before school starts. Parents looking to enroll their children in a sports activity can follow these tips. * Talk to your child and find out what activities he or she is most interested in. Then explore the possibilities in that arena. * Find out which team activities are available in your area. Consult with other parents to find out what sports their children play and how to sign up. * Visit the leagues in action and see how the teams play, their equipment and the condition of the fields before signing up.

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Decorate & Improve


Ideas for Spring Cleaning Your Garage


arages are coveted by homeowners, offering a space to park a car and protect it from the elements. But many people do not park a car in their garage, only to find the garage to become a home to clutter.

It can be easy to let garages become a wasteland because everything put inside a garage is behind a closed door. That mess can quickly build up, and reclaiming your garage requires energy, time, organization, and a plan. Organizing a garage may take two consecutive days depending on the level of disarray. Taking everything out of the garage and going through the sorting process may take the most time. Create separate piles for donations and trash. Examine things that you have not used in some time. If you haven’t missed it, there’s a good chance that you can discard the item or donate it. After all of the trash and donations are removed, then you can look at what is remaining and begin planning out a more organized storage system. There may be things in the “keep” pile that may be better stored elsewhere. Think about which items can be moved to a basement/attic because of their infrequency of use, such as holiday decorations, suitcases, and collectibles. You may prefer to move lawn and garden items out of the garage and into a shed in the backyard. After sorting, look at the garage as a blank space and measure out the room that you have. This will provide an empty canvas as a starting off point. To maximize the amount of space you have as a work area or a place to park your car, invest in as many tools as possible to utilize vertical space. Shelving, hooks and cabinetry will take things off of the floor, while storage units with doors can hide items that lack aesthetic appeal. Rolling tool caddies and cabinets can keep all tools neat and in organized

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drawers so you’re never hunting and pecking for a tool again. A cabinet that has a lock and key can be utilized for dangerous chemicals. Think about how the garage will appear from the curb when the door is raised and create a design that will be functional and neat. Take the opportunity while the garage is empty to give walls and floors a fresh coat of paint and improve the lighting. A brighter garage makes for a better work station.

Even a home that looks neat from the outside may be housing a disorganized mess behind the garage door. For those who can use a little extra help, there are professional garage organization companies that can install custom cabinetry and work surfaces. This is an option if you desire a high-end garage. When putting items back into the garage, label where everything is stored until you become accustomed to the new organization. This way you’ll be able to find everything easily. Organizing a garage can be tedious, but the reward is ultimately worth the effort.

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Restrict your info on social media. There are constantly new dangers on social networks. Pay close attention to your privacy settings at least once a month, and don’t “overshare” with complete strangers. Don’t give out your zip code to retailers. Knowing your zip code allows retailers to easily find your entire address so they can send you unwanted mail. By giving out personal information such as your email, phone number and zip code, you also pave the way for identity thieves. Put a Google Alert on your name. It sounds very egotistical, but makes perfect sense. This way you can monitor search engine results and learn what others can find out about you. If you discover public information that could damage your reputation or puts your privacy at risk, contact the source and ask them to remove the information. Create Pa$$_w0rDz!. There’s no better time for updating or changing your passwords than the beginning of a new year. In 2012, large companies became victims of data breaches, exposing sensitive information of millions of users. While any site that requires a password is at risk, you can reduce this risk by creating strong, complex passwords that are difficult to hack.

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By Marlene Montanez

The versatile actress continues to evolve


eautiful actresses are a dime a dozen in the sea of Hollywood romantic comedies, but Emma Stone has beauty, brains and is hilarious, too. Unlike many starlets her age, the 24-year-old actress has gravitated toward playing the funny gal. She even calls John Candy one of her idols: “John Candy might be my acting hero,” she recently told Interview magazine. “He’s...someone who can find humor in the dramatic moments.” Unusual for an actress her age? Maybe. But the versatile starlet has proven she’s more than just Hollywood’s funny girl; with dramatic roles in films like The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man and Gangster Squad, it’s easy to say the actress is growing and on top of her game. “I was just a ham since about the age of five. If I was performing at Medieval Times or something, I’d be the court jester. That was always my defense mechanism. I was never all that funny; I was just obnoxious and loud,” she says in an interview with Like many artists, Stone was bit with the acting bug at a young age. She was born and raised in Scottsdale, Ariz. and began acting at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix as a child. 32

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After attending one semester of high school at Xavier College Preparatory, she begged her family to move to California so she could pursue an acting career. In 2004, her and her mother moved to L.A., where she was home schooled so she could audition during the day using the moniker Riley Stone. “Well, my name is Emily Stone, but that was already taken at SAG [Screen Actors Guild]. I was 16 at the time, and I hadn’t done anything yet, so I was like, ‘I can be whatever I want to be. What name do I want to have?’ So I went through a list of names and picked Riley. But then I had an identity crisis pretty much right after because I had a guest part on Malcolm in the Middle, and everyone kept on yelling, ‘Riley!’ and I didn’t know who they were talking to. So I had to change my professional name to Emma, which my mom always called me,” she explains to Interview magazine. Now, the all-grown-up actress is known for more than just her name; she has become a style icon, too. Although the now-blonde actress (her natural roots) can’t understand the fascination with such things as her hair color.

“Well, I came in with brown hair and Judd [Apatow] asked me to dye it red at the camera test, so I was already cast in the movie—it was just a thing that happened. Now I’m back to my roots. But I get a lot of questions about hair color. People are very into talking about hair,” she told Interview magazine. She has also opened up about staying in shape and admits that, just like anyone, she can be body-conscious, too. “…You won’t hear me saying I have no body issues because I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t,” she says in an interview with US Weekly. To stay in shape, Stone enjoys rock climbing, Pilates and walking outdoors. You won’t catch her doing any fad diets either as she’s a big advocate of simply eating healthy. But whatever it is she’s doing in both her personal and professional life, it’s obviously working. Emma Stone is on top of her game and has quite the blossoming future.

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Eat Healthy

Pros and Cons to Cleansing Diets T

he most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. As spring draws near, many find themselves battling the bulge and decide the time to shed some pounds has arrived. Those considering a cleansing diet should weigh the pros and cons before beginning. Turning to a cleansing, or detox, diet after a period of unhealthy eating may seem like a good idea. Cleansing diets typically involve restricting food/beverage choices to a few different options and eliminating certain foods, notably dairy, some grains, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. The benefits range from clearer skin to weight loss to reduced symptoms of certain health ailments. As with any type of diet, it is best to consult with a physician after which, consider the pros and cons before making a final decision.


Reduced toxins. While there is no scientific proof that cleansing diets actually rid the body of harmful microorganisms, the nature of these diets suggest that cleansing may take place. Many of the diets concentrate on eating natural, whole fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water and fruit juices. The increase in vegetable fiber helps to flush out the digestive system, and the influx in liquid consumption can cause you to visit the bathroom more frequently, ridding the body of substances in the blood and urine. Weight loss. Restricting certain foods will result in reduced caloric intake, particularly moving from high-fat foods to fruits/vegetables. A certain amount of water weight will come off, which is a temporary benefit. If a healthy eating plan is implemented after the short-term cleansing diet, it may be possible to keep the weight off permanently. Indifference. After one week on a restricted diet, you may no longer crave the foods you thought you needed on a daily basis. The diet may serve as a catalyst for a change in eating habits. More energy. Some people report that cleansing the body gives them more energy. 34 2

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Nutrition deficiencies. Some doctors argue that a detox diet is not healthy because it can lead to nutrition deficit problems. By limiting the foods you eat, you may not be getting all of the essential vitamins/minerals your body needs. Metabolism. Restricting foods could backfire. If the body feels it is being starved by a lack of eating, it could actually go into a “power-saving mode.” Your metabolism slows down to conserve the amount of your stored fat. Therefore, eating less may stop weight loss. Feeling unhealthy. Side effects could include fatigue, confusion, dizziness, and headaches, which may occur from calorie/food restriction. These symptoms may abate when you include more foods back into your diet. Unhealthy habits. It may be possible to develop an eating disorder if the results of a cleansing diet are positive. Instead of engaging in the diet for a limited period of time, you may be tempted to continue in a strict restriction of food, which may be unhealthy in the long run.

Health Benefits of Caffeine Could Outweigh Negatives By MS


he pitfalls of caffeine consumption are well known, but the various health benefits of caffeine are often overlooked. Excessive caffeine can make a person jittery and unable to fall asleep. However, caffeine can also prevent disease by boosting the immune system. Caffeine is a naturally produced plant product that is most often found in coffee beans, tea and cocoa. Whether caffeine addiction is real or not is open for debate; however, regular coffee drinkers who stop drinking coffee have experienced caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Though few might be willing to say with certainty that caffeine is “good” for you, caffeine does have its strong points. Fights damage-causing free radicals. Free radicals are molecules in the body that can attack healthy cells and cause damage that precipitates disease. Antioxidants are substances that eliminate free radicals. Recent studies have shown that caffeine’s antioxidant activity actually fights free radicals quite well. In a study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, the different chemical mechanisms of caffeine were studied in relation to free radicals. Improves memory/brain function. Harvard University researchers have determined that men who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day are half as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who do not. The results are believed to be linked to caffeine’s stimulation of dopamine production in the body. Dopamine is a brain chemical that is responsible for alertness, problem-solving capabilities and feelings of pleasure. An Austrian study says caffeine can boost cognitive abilities for about 45 minutes, which may help individuals perform better on tests or in business meetings. There is also evidence that caffeine can delay/prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine slows down the neurological system so that the body can relax. However, adenosine may also contribute to the buildup of amyloid-beta, a toxic brain plaque that’s associated with Alzheimer’s. Helps the heart. Although caffeine can cause blood pressure to rise because it constricts the arteries, caffeine does not appear to contribute much to the development of heart disease. Scientists at Brooklyn College found people who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 53 percent lower risk of dying of heart disease than those who did not. Individuals who do not already have hypertension can tolerate moderate coffee

drinking, and over time their bodies actually may become accustomed to the temporary rise in blood pressure. Type 2 diabetes risk reduction. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital have found individuals who drank caffeinated coffee lowered their risk for type 2 diabetes considerably. Alleviates headaches. Caffeine helps the body absorb pain relievers more efficiently. This requires a smaller amount of the drug and brings relief faster. Some people surmise that since caffeine is a natural mood booster, it also helps the body to feel better faster. Sometimes caffeine is seen as the villain in a healthy living plan. Yet there is much research and ever-evolving theories that caffeine may be more help than hindrance. | February | March 2013

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Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson


t’s no secret that our great state is home to a delicious blend of restaurants serving up all types of cuisine. When it comes to flavorful dishes, Valley eateries do not disappoint. To help tantalize your taste buds, here are some delicious— and healthy—dishes now being served at a restaurant near you.

Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Mint Available at Kimpton’s Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa in Downtown Scottsdale, this delicious parfait created by Chef Massimo de Francesa is made with “crunchy house-made granola with thick and creamy Greek yogurt topped with juicy berries and mint leaves and drizzled with local honey.” It’s a delicious breakfast item or brunch treat. To learn how you can get a taste, visit www. Enjoy!

Roasted Beet Salad Who said beets can’t be delicious? If you’re exploring Prescott, check out Prescott Station and taste this delectable dish. “Vibrant red and yellow beets are roasted, sliced thin and then served alongside bleu cheese crumbles and a salad of exotic greens, grape tomatoes and house-made shoestring potato crisps, then drizzled with a homemade balsamic dressing.” This salad is available in two sizes. Prescott Station is located in the heart of downtown Prescott at 200 E. Gurley St. To learn more, visit

“Made in House” Veggie Burger Found at the Café at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), this delicious veggie burger has all the taste without the guilt. "MIM’s ‘Made in House’ Veggie Burger is made from scratch daily, griddled and served on a black pepper-potato Kaiser roll from MJ Bread. The burger features more than 21 grains, rices, and legumes, including red quinoa and Arizona-grown farro and chickpeas from Hayden Mills, along with a cast of seasonal vegetables. It is seasoned with a touch of mustard, madras curry, and Sea of Cortez sea salt." Yum. Available in the Café at MIM from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Visité to learn more. 36

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Guacamole SOL One of the Valley’s most popular Mexican restaurants, SOL Mexican Cocina offers its signature guacamole—the perfect starter to any meal. Guacamole SOL features creamy avocado mixed with fresh mango pieces, goat cheese crumbles, cilantro, crunchy pepitas, and more. SOL Mexican Cocina is located at the popular Scottsdale Quarter. To learn more, visit

Pomegranate, Spinach and Pancetta Salad Pomegranates have been cherished for their exquisite flavor, color and health benefits for centuries. We’ve been told that Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has sprinkled these beauties on top of a bed of fresh spinach and radicchio leaves with candied pecans and diced pancetta for a flavor combination you’ll revel in. The delicious salad is sprinkled with pomegranate vinaigrette and topped with macadamia nut crusted goat cheese. Available through March at Thirsty Lion, which is located at Tempe Marketplace. Learn more at

Mediterranean Salad Known for “Bringing a little East Coast to the West Valley,” Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at Park West in Peoria offers a delicious Mediterranean-inspired salad that perfectly accompanies any meal. Comprised of romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onions and vinaigrette dressing, this is the perfect addition to your main course or starter as you decide what pizza you’d like to share with friends. Grimaldi’s has several locations across the Valley, including one in Peoria. Learn more at

If you have a favorite dish at a Valley-based restaurant, please e-mail a description and high resolution image to to be considered for a future issue! | March 2013



Career, business & finance By Jason Womack, workplace performance expert, executive coach and author of, Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More

Knock Out Your To-Do List!


ips for creating the habits that will help you become more productive, less stressed and knock out your to do list—so you can focus on your want-to-do list. If you are one of the many who list “Check e-mail on BlackBerry (in bed)” as part of your daily morning routine (note you don’t do anything about those e-mails while still in bed)- then wait until your commuting to work to start taking action and rush through the morning worrying about the e-mails read in bed.  Leave your cell phone out of bed!

Try this tip for five days to break the habit: Leave your mobile device in another room and use an alarm clock to wake up instead of the phone.

Here are a few more tips to become more productive:

Always be prepared for “bonus time.” Bring small chunks of work with you wherever you go. Then, while waiting for a meeting to start or for a delayed 38 March 2013 | 8 December 2012 |

flight to depart you’ll be able to reply to an e-mail or make a phone call. In other instances, you might have enough time to review materials for another meeting or project you are working on.

Change how you manage e-mail. The moment you click on your inbox, your focus goes and your stress grows, as you proceed to delete, respond, forward, and file the messages you find there. You see names and subject lines and suddenly your mind starts racing; all you can think of are the latest projects, the “loudest” issues, and the high-priority work that shows up. If you’re not careful, all you’ll do all day is manage your e-mail. Rather than simply flag e-mails that require action, use the subject lines to catalog and organize them. For example, you might put “Follow-up Call” in the subject line of an e-mail about a meeting

you just had with a client. Also, don’t look at your e-mail unless you have a block of time to devote to prioritizing them and responding to them.

Identify the verbs that need attention. Here’s a hint: Smaller is better. Organize your to-do list by verbs in order to manage your productivity in terms of action, delegation, and progress. Actions such as call, draft, review, and invite are things that you can do, generally in one sitting, that have the potential to move the project forward one-step at a time. We all want to enjoy what we do every day. We want to get better and better, both on the job and off, and yet, many people are overwhelmed to make the key changes that will help them do so. With just a few key changes, you can work in a way that feels good—and spend your after-work life doing things that feel even better.

~ Joel Osteen


The more you talk about something, the bigger it becomes in your mind. Instead, you’ve got to dig your heels in and say, “No, I am not going to give life to that defeat. I am not going to speak sickness over myself. I am not going to speak lack. I am not going to speak fear. I am choosing a different report. I believe the report of the Lord, which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ.' I can defeat this sickness. I can break this addiction. I can have peace in my home. I can see restoration in my relationships. | March 2013


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Colorectal Cancer

A Less Invasive Screening Because a sigmoidoscopy does not typically require an extensive amount of uncomfortable prep work, more people are inclined to undergo the procedure.

How the procedure works After lying down on your left side on an examination table, a long, flexible, thin, lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope is inserted in the anus and slowly guided through the rectum and sigmoid colon. The colon is inflated with air to give the doctor a better view, and images are sent to a computer screen. Special instruments can be passed through the scope to take tissue samples or remove polyps. The entire examination takes about 20 minutes.


more comfortable and less invasive screening method for colorectal cancer is helping to reduce the rates of new cases and deaths as a result of the disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. Research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute revealed that colorectal cancer deaths was reduced by 26 percent and new cases was reduced by 21 percent as a result of screening with a sigmoidoscopy over a colonoscopy.

What is a sigmoidoscopy? Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside of the sigmoid colon (the last one-third of the colon) and rectum. This procedure is typically used to observe ulcers, inflamed tissues, abnormal growths and early signs of cancer. A sigmoidoscopy only enables doctors to see the lower part of the colon, which is generally why the procedure is less invasive than a colonoscopy.

Preparing for the test Before getting a colonoscopy, an individual must refrain from eating solids for several hours to a day prior to testing and drink a specialized laxative that will clear the entire colon of waste. With a sigmoidoscopy, the patient uses an enema about 2 hours before the procedure to remove solids from the sigmoid colon. The enema may take the form of flushing water, a mild soap solution or laxative. In some cases, a more thorough colon cleansing and a restricted diet may be necessary. 40 10

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Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Certain screening methods are quite effective in reducing cancer rates. About colorectal cancer Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancerrelated deaths in the United States, and the second most common cancer in women and the third most common in men across the globe. Among volunteers who underwent sigmoidoscopy procedures and follow-up over a course of 12 years, those who had the sigmoidoscopy screening had a 21 percent lower incidence of colorectal cancer overall and a 26 percent lower rate of colorectal cancer mortality than participants in the usual care group.

Who should get screened? It is recommended that all individuals age 50 or older should opt for a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to look for abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms like changes in bowel movements, pain and bleeding, may want to discuss the option of having a sigmoidoscopy at an earlier age.


Symptoms of Kidney Failure By MS

t’s not uncommon for people to take their health for granted when everything is going smoothly. But when injury or illness occurs, the complicated and interconnected nature of the human body is brought to light. A good example is kidney function.

Anatomy of the Kidneys

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that play an important role in the body. They are responsible for filtering waste products out of the blood. Healthy kidneys can filter 200 quarts of blood every day and remove about 2 quarts of excess water and waste products. The waste in the blood is formed from the usage of food and the breakdown of tissue in the body. The waste material comes out in the form of urine, which is transported to the bladder to await elimination. The removal of waste takes place inside of nephrons in the kidneys. Each kidney has one million nephrons, serving as individual filtering units.

Failure of the Kidneys

There are certain diseases and conditions that can impact the abilities of the kidneys. Poisoning or trauma can immediately damage the nephrons and compromise their filtering capacity. However, most renal failure occurs over a long period of time and can be attributed to the slow deterioration of the kidneys from a number of conditions. A primary culprit is diabetes. Excess sugar in the bloodstream can act as a poison and damage nephrons. Keeping glucose levels in check is essential. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is another contributor. In this disease cysts form in the kidneys and take up space, thus reducing the kidneys’ filtering efforts. PKD can be inherited. High blood pressure may also contribute to renal failure, damaging the small and delicate blood vessels inside the kidneys making them unable to filter correctly. An accident that damages the kidneys can also cause kidney failure to occur. Extreme loss of blood may trigger renal failure, as can any condition that limits blood flow to the kidneys.

Signs of Kidney Failure

Acute kidney failure often requires hospitalization and dialysis

to keep a person alive until a kidney transplant can be performed. Dialysis is the artificial filtering of the blood using a machine.

The Mayo Clinic lists these symptoms of kidney failure: * Decreased urine output, although occasionally urine output remains normal * Fluid retention, causing swelling in the legs, ankles or feet * Drowsiness * Shortness of breath * Fatigue * Confusion * Nausea * Seizures or coma in severe cases * Chest pain or pressure Some renal failure comes without symptoms. Only after a blood test looking for certain indicators can a doctor make the diagnosis of kidney failure. It is important to make kidney health a priority as these organs are essential to life. Individuals should discuss symptoms with a doctor at the earliest opportunity. A regimen of medication and other treatments may be started. | December | March 2013 2012

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Find Balance

By Vickie Milazzo, author of the New York Times bestseller Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman 

Eight Ways to Revive and Renew—Mind, Body, and Soul to know that it’s not only your body that’s affected; your productivity, energy, creativity, and motivation will also take a hit. Renew emotionally. There’s certainly more than enough to worry about. It’s easy to spend all of your energy fretting and contingency planning. Sooner or later, though, you’ll hit emotional rock bottom, and you’ll go through life bitter, put-upon, and exhausted. If you don’t renew emotionally, you’re likely to overreact or underreact to various situations, which will only multiply the number of things you have to fret about! Allow your emotions to recover and be uplifted on a regular basis. Renew spiritually. All other types of renewal will be temporary fixes unless you have a deep-seated sense of serenity within you to draw upon. Spiritual discipline benefits are peace, calm, and enlightenment. Figure out what works for you, whether it’s meditation, prayer, or something else, and incorporate it into your routine.


e need to learn to revitalize our minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits frequently, so that will have abundant energy whenever we need it. Here are eight tried-and-true suggestions to help you renew yourself. Plan for renewal. With days, weeks, and months that are packed full of responsibility, you can’t exactly head to the spa, go hiking, or relax and reflect on a moment’s notice. So if you want to renew your energy, you’re going to have to schedule time for relaxation. If you keep waiting for the right moment to kick back and smell the roses, it’ll never happen because life will get in the way. Renew physically. While many of us would like to think that frequent fast food trips don’t have that much of an ill effect, the truth is that these empty calories have a negative impact on our short- and long-term health. Look honestly at your eating, fitness, and resting habits. If they are bad, you need 42 4

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Renew mentally. Most of us never stop to consider how often we feed our minds less-than-healthy fuel. Whether it’s reality TV or bad romance novels, the activities we pursue in our downtime often do not renew our energy. Consider thought-provoking activities such as visiting a museum or trying your hand at something creative like painting or writing. Celebrate to intensify renewal. Life without celebration would be one long stream of to-do lists, thankless tasks, and mindless drudgery. When you accomplish a goal or pass a milestone—big or small—it’s smart to take a little time to celebrate your success. Renew with loved ones. You can’t blow off all work and responsibilities, but make sure that close relationships stay at the top of your priority list. Renew by giving back. Giving doesn’t have to mean cracking open your wallet—time mentoring others, or giving spiritual or emotional support are just as valuable. Ultimately, taking the time to renew yourself will give you the energy and capacity to enjoy the life you were blessed with—even in the midst of tough times.


Types of Epilepsy


Epilepsy is the sporadic occurrence of seizures, or electrical storms, in the brain that cause behavioral manifestations and/or involuntary movements. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy this year, and nearly 25 percent of those will be under the age of 15. There are several types of epilepsy with their own causes, symptoms and treatments. Generalized epilepsy means each seizure involves the whole brain, while focal or partial means the seizure is starting from one specific area of the brain.


The two major types of epilepsy are idiopathic and symptomatic. Idiopathic epilepsy differs from symptomatic in that there is no apparent cause. The differences between these two types of epilepsy extend beyond cause. Idiopathic generalized epilepsy. People diagnosed with this type commonly have a family history of epilepsy. It typically appears during childhood or adolescence, before any abnormalities of the nervous system have been diagnosed. The brain will appear perfectly normal on an MRI, but an electroencephalogram (EEG) could indicate epileptic discharges that affect the brain. Idiopathic partial epilepsy. Also linked to family history, this type begins in childhood and is considered a more mild type. Frequently outgrown by the time a child reaches puberty, it’s never diagnosed in adults. Symptomatic generalized epilepsy. This type results from widespread brain damage, often occurring during birth. Additional neurological problems, including mental retardation and cerebral palsy, often accompany this type. Inherited brain diseases and brain infections, including meningitis and encephalitis, can also cause symptoms. Symptomatic partial epilepsy. This type begins in adulthood, though it can and frequently does occur in children. It’s caused by a local abnormality in the brain, which can be a result of tumors, brain trauma, strokes, cysts, scarring of the brain tissue, infections, or abnormalities that were present at birth.

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Connect Within

By Susan Apollon, author of Touched by the Extraordinary, Book Two: Healing Stories of Love, Loss & Hope

Spring Cleaning for the Spirit


t’s time to embrace “spring cleaning” for your spirit. We are healing spiritually when we accept and align all the parts of ourselves in a way that allows us to genuinely feel we are being true to ourselves.

Everything we desire is available to us, if we can just get out of our own way. We put our own stumbling blocks in our own path, by way of our attachment to our negative thoughts, concerns, unresolved issues, or our inability to forgive. Allow yourself to do the work of cleaning up/out our spiritual closets. Harmony and balance. Start each day by practicing the breath meditation technique for 15 minutes. Visualize your breath coming in from God or the Universe, merging with your body, thoughts, feelings, and filling you with healing energy. On your out breath, visualize your breath nudging out all your negative or painful thoughts. Become conscious of your power. Take 15 minutes a day to journal situations, times, and incidents when you were aware of your power and how great it felt. Then note your fears, insecurities, their roots, whether they make sense or are irrational, and how they have stolen your power. Finally, write ways in which you can begin to reclaim your power via actions. Affirm your power. Visualize and feel the power within you as you daily make these high-vibrational statements to your cells: I Am worthy, I Am beautiful, I Am intelligent, I Am strong. Think of “I Am” as a capitalized phrase. It’s a powerful affirmation that is actually given to us in the Bible!

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Forgiveness. Consciously detach from and surrender to the Universe any attachments to old hurts, resentments, and betrayals. Bring to mind the person or issue that creates pain for you, then face it, embrace it, breathe it out, and choose to say I forgive you or I surrender you to God. Visualization. Envisioning what you want is a tremendously powerful technique. Because we think visually, picturing what we want in our mind’s eye helps to co-create that outcome. Compassion. Choose to make a difference. Choose any activity in which you do something for another person or group of people with authentic feelings of compassion and love. Be inspired. Choose to read or listen to materials that inform, soothe, entertain, and connect you with your own soul. Create a sacred space for prayer. Use a soft blanket or a small, pretty rug or mat to create feelings of warmth and sacredness. In your sacred space pray daily, expressing gratitude and/or asking for assistance or on behalf of others in need of help. Remember your blessings. Choose to show gratitude when you address your higher power. Thank you is a high vibration. Throughout the day, express appreciation for every one of your blessings. Love yourself first. Choose to love yourself every day by devoting at least a half-hour to an hour or more doing something for yourself.

Become a More Positive Person By MS

Although there are people who seem to be eternally optimistic, optimism is not an inherited trait. Changing perceptions and teaching oneself to be more optimistic is possible. Being an optimist doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to problems or expecting everything to be easy. Being optimistic means learning from situations and recognizing that obstacles are there for a purpose. People hoping to become more optimistic can employ the following strategies: Stop and embrace a positive event. Take time to mull over something good that has happened and take credit for your involvement. Mentally categorize this feeling for later when you need an example of the way optimism makes you feel. Surround yourself with optimists. Hang out with people who have a sunny view on life rather than those who bring you down or commiserate. Believe you can and will succeed. When approaching something new, don’t set yourself up for failure. Go into it with the vision that you will thrive. Even if you don’t succeed as planned, you can use the opportunity as a learning experience and set a new plan to tackle. Erase negative phrases from your vocabulary. Using the terms “I can’t” or “It’s impossible” is a recipe for failure. Avoid complaints. Complaining does little more than make the person complaining feel even worse and could bring down the people around you. It won’t solve anything. If you must get your feelings out, write them in a book and then tuck that book away. Take care of your body. You certainly can’t be positive if you aren’t feeling 100 percent. A well-balanced diet, routine exercise, sufficient rest, and finding time to go outdoors and get some fresh air and sunshine can help keep a person on a positive path. Get involved. Spending too much time isolated and alone can eventually degrade anyone’s feelings of well-being. Take the time to meet with people outside of your family and engage in different activities that take your mind off of stressors. Practice positive affirmations. Tell yourself good things. Receiving praise is something that can instantly put a person in a good mood. | December | March 2013 2012

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Family, Kids & Relationships By Susan Apollon, authorBy of MS Touched by the Extraordinary, Book Two: Healing Stories of Love, Loss & Hope

Ten Ways to Weed Out Relationships That Don’t Work - and Strengthen Those That Do


e all have limited time and should think about whether we’re spending ours on the right relationships—whether related to work, our social life, or whatever. We should be sure we’re choosing our relationships and not enduring them out of obligation. In other words, before you can fully focus on creating meaningful relationships, you need to weed out the ones that aren’t working—those that are draining your time, energy, and emotional well-being.

Here are a few ways how: Get clear on your values. Spend time thinking about how you want to live your life and what characteristics you look for in others. It might help to write a list. When you have consciously identified what’s important to you and what makes you feel comfortable and safe, you’ll be able to determine whether those things are present in your relationships. Pay attention to how people make you feel. 

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve met another person who just didn’t feel “right,” even though you might not have been able to put your finger on why. Maybe you called it a gut feeling or intuition, but you simply knew deep down that this relationship wouldn’t go anywhere good.

Pay attention to uncomfortable feelings.

How many times have you ignored that feeling because you wanted to trust someone else, only to regret it when you found yourself in a toxic or draining relationship? It’s important that you listen to your own inner wisdom.

Listen with your heart, not your ears.

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Trust your higher self.

You might think that everyone else just loves the new guy at work, but he rubs you the wrong way. Trust yourself. Whether it’s a person, idea, or choice at stake, when you trust what you know intuitively, things will work out for the best.

Let bad relationships go.

As you begin to get more comfortable with trusting what your

intuition tells you, you’ll inevitably identify relationships that are unhealthy. Realize that it’s okay to extract from a negative relationship or relate to the person on a more superficial level.

Practice forgiveness.

If you’ve ever realized that a relationship was bad for you— especially if the other party treated you with disrespect—you might have walked away with hard feelings. Acknowledge your anger or resentment then get rid of it through forgiveness. Refusing to forgive others is one of the most toxic acts a person can commit.

Realize you are human.

You must also forgive yourself for any mistakes you have made, including selling yourself short by accepting a lessthan-ideal relationship. It may help to remember that right now we are all exactly where we are supposed to be on our spiritual journeys.

Pamper yourself regularly.

If you’re frazzled and overextended, how are you really going to be able to show other people genuine concern, compassion, and love? In order to be a fair partner in a relationship, you need to have a good stock of energy and positive emotions. You are God’s creation just like everyone else. You really can’t love others if you don’t first love yourself.

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Q. I just moved from the Midwest to Arizona and I am finding that my eyes are more red, irritated and scratchy. Is that a common issue in Arizona? A. Because of the prevalence of our sunny dry days, Arizona residents statistically have a much higher incidence of dry eye problems. For the most part, these issues can be kept under control with the use of OTC (over-the-counter) artificial tears used 3 to 4 times per day or more. Other solutions include prescription drops, such as Restasis, or lacrimal plugs (a painless procedure of inserting microscopic plugs into the tear ducts to slow down drainage of normally produced tears). There are a multitude of brands of artificial tears. We do not recommend that you use any brand that promises to “get the red out”; these brands actually make the eye dryer and can predispose the eyes to other diseases. Using any artificial tear often is satisfactory for most people. If the artificial tear that you try seems to burn a lot when you place a drop in your eye, it is possible that you may be allergic to the preservatives in most artificial tears and you may need to find a “preservative-free” tear. If the dryness and irritations are not easily helped by these artificial tears, then consultation with an ophthalmologist to rule out other conditions would be advisable. –Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center 602.222.2020


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Q. Did you know new research ties vitamin D to the development and pathology of Multiple Sclerosis? A. When I was studying neurology at the Parker College in Dallas, Texas, I was always fascinated by the fact that a person’s chance of developing MS seemed to be tied to their birthplace. Research suggested that differing parts of the country had differing rates of MS. If you were born and lived (to about the age of 11) in a particular part of the country, you would have a chance of developing MS at a rate that was inherent to that part of the country. Where you were born and raised was the important factor. I was always puzzled by this data. I thought that maybe it had something to do with the nutrients in the soil or maybe toxins in the environment. Now, 15 years since I have finished my neurology training, science may have the answer. It seems that vitamin D may be responsible. Vitamin D is created in our bodies when sunlight interacts with our skin. As a child ages and their immune system develops, lack of vitamin D may contribute to immune system abnormalities that can lead to MS. It appears that vitamin D is important for healthy immune system function and that lack of vitamin D in the immature immune system can lead to autoimmune diseases and conditions like MS. To learn more, call now for the complete two page report. –Dr. Kukurin Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.547.4727

Q. How are brown age spots removed? A. There are many techniques and treatments available to remove freckles and age spots, but what many people do not realize is that brown spots can be removed in a few, quick treatments. Photofacial treatments use IPL (intense pulsed light) to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as freckles, age spots, acne, broken capillaries, rosacea and some cases of melasma. A photofacial is similar to a laser treatment in that it uses light energy to target pigment and redness while leaving the remaining skin untouched. It causes no damage to the dermis or epidermis. Once the treatment is complete, the spots will turn very dark and will fall off the face in about a week. As the skin cells naturally regenerate and fall off, the destroyed spots fall off as well. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and feels similar to numerous rubber band snaps. The skin may be red and warm for a few hours. This treatment is suitable for lighter skin types and not recommended for darker skin. The technician should always do a test spot on a hidden area before proceeding with the treatment, to ensure correct treatment levels and that the patient is a good candidate. Treatments cost anywhere from $100-$300 depending on the physician or medspa. Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute & Med Spa 602.298.VEIN(8346),602.298.LIPO(5476)

Q. What is rheumatoid arthritis? A. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune systemic inflammatory disease which affects up to 2.4 million Americans. Its cause is due to genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. RA causes joint pain and stiffness, large and small joint swelling, deformities, X-ray damage, decreased function, poor quality of life and disability. RA contributes to other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. The diagnosis is based on symptoms, examination, blood tests, X-ray, ultrasound, and/or an MRI. Cortisone (e.g. prednisone) and NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen) can help symptoms, but do not have the ability to modify the joint destruction and functional decline. Their side effect profile counters their limited effectiveness. Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (e.g. methotrexate, Arava, Plaquenil) often fail to induce remission. Newer biologics (e.g. Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, Actemra, and others), often added to methotrexate can increase effectiveness, however, most RA patients do not achieve remission and they also may cause mild and serious side effects, which limit their use. The physicians in practice at Arizona Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates and their research division Arizona Arthritis & Rheumatology Research are dedicated to the care of patients with RA. They helped develop the available RA therapies and are investigating new drugs on the horizon. We encourage patients with RA to contact us to participate in our growing research efforts and to become patients of our cutting edge rheumatology center. –Dr. Tesser Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Research 480.626.6650

Q. I’ve never heard of a brain gym. What exactly is it?

Q. Why do women experience sleepdisordered breathing?

A. Any activity that stimulates your brain is a positive step, especially if you enjoy it. But research has shown that the more varied and challenging the activities, the better it is for our brains.

A. Sleep-disordered breathing in women is frequently tied to hormone imbalances. The problems are internal and chemically related, therefore, telltale signs such as obesity and age that allows for easy diagnosis in men is not as clear in women.

While repetition of the same activities can be fun and challenging, it is always important to be in a state of new learning, as we do naturally when we are young. At Excel Brain Gym, instead of two repetitious activities we offer over 40 software activities to keep your brain challenged. It’s like being a kid again! That’s why we say, “An Active Brain is a Happy Brain.”

Post-menopausal women are at a high risk for sleep-disordered breathing, according to a 2003 article in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Their bodies cease to produce estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that are believed to be intimately connected to the ability to breathe. Estrogen dictates the location of fat on a woman’s body and when that hormone ceases to be produced, any weight gain will instead be dictated by testosterone, gained in places more common to males, such as the neck and abdomen.

The Excel Brain Gym (EBG) is a place designed to give your brain a “mental workout”. As you know, the brain houses our memory, cognition, language, attention, and so much more. Just like our body needs exercise to stay healthy, so does our brain. Research now shows that those who routinely exercise their brains have a better chance of staving off cognitive decline and Alzheimer‘s disease. At EBG, we begin the process with an initial 30 minute meeting with the speech pathologist to discuss your desired goals. Once a person becomes a member, they attend Excel Brain Gym for one hour, two times per week. Our typical session is composed of 4-6 people and an instructor. –Dr. Benson Excel Brain Gym 602-451-8043

Sleep-disordered breathing occurs because a woman’s body cannot handle excess fat on the neck and abdomen. Although not completely understood, scientists believe progesterone stimulates breathing. When progesterone production ceases, coupled with a lack of estrogen, sleep-disordered breathing often results. Pre-menopausal women are also at risk, as they are just beginning to enter menopause. Although their hormones are not depleted yet, they do experience imbalances, which can also trigger sleep-disordered breathing. Thirty-three percent of women who are pregnant snore. According to a recent study, sleep-disordered breathing during pregnancy may cause growth retardation of the fetus. Also of concern is preeclampsia, hypertension during pregnancy, which can be fatal for both baby and mother. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800 | March 2013



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Q. What is the best soy food for prevention of osteoporosis? A. Diets high in soy food have many health benefits. Research suggests consuming high soy products may reduce risks of osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and breast cancer. An organic compound called isoflavones is one of the active ingredients in soy. Isoflavones is a plant form of estrogen similar to the estrogen in human body. Studies show isoflavones are able to get involved in the metabolism of the sex hormone and and help to reduce the risks of breast cancer in women. Isoflavones also maintain the bone density. Soy food with high isoflavones increase bone density significantly. Popular high isoflavones soy product include: Soy protein, soybeans, Tofu and soy milk. Osteoporosis results in fractures of the spine and hip. Due to low levels of calcium and phosphorus in the bone, they become weak and fragile. In our mid-30s, we reach a peak bone mass, then our body starts to slow down the process of making new bone. To prevent osteoporosis, it’s important to get enough calcium and vitamin D. Soy food consumption is beneficial for bone density. Scientific study indicates eating soy foods with high isoflavones and calcium at younger age can lower risk of osteoporosis. Soy food that contains the most calcium is Tofu with 130 mg per half cup serving. According to recommendation for National Academic of Science, adult should consume 1000 to 1200 mg calcium a day. Tofu could be one of the good candidates to help fulfill the calcium you need. –Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400


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Q. How do you protect your eyes? A. This is a question I often ask my patients during their eye exam. This is an open-ended question for a reason. There are many different ways and reasons in which an individual can protect their eyes. I would like to concentrate on eye protection at home. I think most people that work in industries that are prone to eye injuries already know the importance of safety glasses in the workplace. Now, whether or not they actually use safety eyewear is an entirely different story. The home is actually one of the most common places where eye injuries can occur. Some sources put the home as high as 50-60 percent. Even though eye injuries are common at home, only about one-third of people routinely wear protective eyewear at home. I think most would agree that they at least think about putting safety glasses on when they start up the power trimmer or edger. But, how many of you think about safety glasses before you spray oven cleaner or use bleach to clean inside of your home? About 125,000 eye injuries yearly are caused by common household products in which 90 percent could have been prevented by wearing safety glasses. Safety glasses for the home aren’t the only protective eyewear needed-also needed are goggles in the swimming pool and any person who lives in Arizona needs to wear a good quality pair of sunglasses. –Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

Q. In the last issue, I read that you are the only center in Arizona to offer Thermi-Gen™. How is this new skin tightening technology procedure performed? A. This procedure is performed in a couple of ways. Non-invasive facial treatment (external probe): The delicate skin of the face can be effectively treated with the non-invasive external probe. After cleansing the face, a gel is applied and the external Thermi-Gen™ probe is passed over the face in a specific pattern. Patients experience a comfortable warming sensation as the low energy radiofrequency is administered. It is adjusted to ensure the desired treatment dose and your comfort is maintained. Minimally-invasive body treatment (internal probe): A small opening in the skin will be made (that will not leave a scar) through which a numbing solution will be infused. The small internal probe is then inserted below the skin surface. A continuously monitored low energy radiofrequency is then applied. You will feel a warming sensation, but not uncomfortable. The energy is adjusted to ensure the desired treatment dose is administered and your comfort is maintained. The minimally-invasive procedure of the neck or body with the internal probe is typically a single treatment. The non-invasive treatment of the face with the external probe can be performed as a single treatment, but greater efficacy is seen with a series of 3-5 treatments performed 4-6 weeks apart. Thermi-Gen™ provides lasting results. Call now for a free consultation. –Drs. Pamela & Gael DeRouin Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 602.680.5348

Q. What is P-Stim and how can it help my pain?

Q. What type of diet helps to reduce a person’s risk of developing cancer?

Q. What treatment can I do to limit the use of make-up?

A. P-Stim (post stimulation treatment) is a new and exciting technology, first introduced by an Austrian physician, now available for patients in the U.S. to reduce pain by stimulating nerve endings in the ear. When special points in the ear are located and stimulated, the body produces natural endorphins and helps to “reset” pain-sensitive nerves centrally in the body. Other more complicated physiologic changes occur, such as normalizing the protein expression of the hypothalamus and exerting neuroprotective effects on the dopaminergic neurons.

A. A healthy diet of course! But what

A. As we age, hormonal changes and environmental exposures result in many problematic skin changes. The more obvious signs of aging are facial brown spots and red spider vessels. These pigment changes affect the skin’s ability to reflect light, resulting in a lackluster, dull tone.

How exactly is this procedure done? The Neurostimulator will be placed by the physician or provider with three electrodes directly accessing the cranial/ peripheral/other neurovascular bundle. This is connected to a microchip battery that is placed behind the ear that turns on for three hours then off for three hours over a period of four days. After four days, the device is removed by the patient. This may need to be repeated depending on response. Several treatment sessions that last four days will likely be necessary if the pain is chronic. Eventually, the body learns not to have the pain signals and functions, such as sleep, are restored. The Neurostimulator is a safe, effective and non-narcotic way to reduce pain. Many patients experience a benefit with symptoms such as headaches, fibromyalgia, RSD, joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain and many other types of pain. –Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777

defines a healthy diet? One of the most important tips that the American Cancer Society provides for nutrition and cancer prevention is to focus on plant foods and eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Increasing the consumption of plant foods often helps a person to reduce the amount of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods being consumed, thus helping to manage weight. Additionally, plant foods provide numerous bioactive phytochemicals that provide a number of health benefits that help to reduce a person’s risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer. One bioactive compound, diindolylmethane (DIM), found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, is being studied by myself and a group of University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers to determine if it can enhance the beneficial effects of the drug, Tamoxifen, used in breast cancer prevention and treatment. In this study, called the DIME Study, women taking Tamoxifen are randomly chosen to receive either DIM or a placebo for 18 months. Over this time period, the study will assess if DIM with Tamoxifen in comparison to placebo with Tamoxifen will more favorably change women’s hormone levels and breast characteristics like breast density. For more information about the DIME Study in Phoenix,contact Dianne Parish, RN at 602. 264.4461 or Patti Blair, RN at 480.461.3772. –Dr. Thomson UA Professor and DIME Study Principal Investigator

Women find themselves wearing more makeup or spot treating more areas to achieve a youthful even tone. Two of the most wellresearched laser technologies are excellent at correcting these skin imperfections. Intense pulse light, also known as Photofacial, laser treatments are specifically aimed at treating these issues directly, with skin penetration and wavelength specificity for pigmented skin disorders. Treatment may also require the addition of other laser wavelengths to more deeply and permanently close down those visible facial vessels. These treatments generally require no down time and they are not painful. They can be performed in short treatment sessions and will result in visible improvements following even one treatment. The results are an even-colored facial canvas with tighter pores and softened texture. I generally recommend three to five treatments initially to completely clean up the damage and then a maintenance program may entail one or two treatments a year. Get your skin ready for the summer and those summer days when make-up is not an option! –Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040 | March 2013



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Kulbhushan Sharma, M.D., FACS, was included in the “2009 Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Sharma is board certified in general surgery and is also a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He did his vascular fellowship at the Arizona Heart Institute under worldrenowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Edward Dietrich. He has been practicing as a general and vascular surgeon for more than 14 years in the Valley and is the founder and medical director of Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, which opened in 2004.

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Dr. Shannon Maltais is dedicated to the ongoing commitment of achieving optimal health and beauty by focusing on the whole body. Her philosophy supports the use of internal antiaging factors such as nutrition, IV therapy, homeopathy and detoxification, as well as external factors that support the correction and prevention of the aging process. She believes it is never too early or too late to begin the journey of prevention and correction via natural, safe and effective means.

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Gerald B Walman, MD, FACS, FRCS(C) was born in Toronto, Canada, and obtained his MD and specialization in Ophthalmology from University of Toronto. He is a board-certified specialist in both Canada and the U.S. and has provided comprehensive eye care to Arizona since 1978. He has deep international experience in cataract, implant, Lasik and eyelid cosmetic surgeries and has developed a skilled team for excellence in eye care.

Stanley Wen, MD, board certified, Family Practice Medicine, received his biology degree from the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He moved to Goodyear with his family in 2004. While working for Banner Estrella Medical Center, Dr. Wen witnessed the shortage of primary care physicians and the long waits for patients. This prompted his desire to open a family clinic and, in December 2008, Sage Health Family Medicine was born.

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Wendi Lundquist is a dedicated interventional pain specialist uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat patients with musculoskeletal and nerve pain. Along with being board certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine, she is an osteopath that understands the complexity of pain and treatment of a patient as a whole person. Her primary focus is to treat and repair the underlying problem.

Devin Croft graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. He practiced for two years as a general dentist in Minnesota before entering an orthodontic residency at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned a master’s of science in Oral Biology and specialty certificate in Orthodontics. Dr. Croft is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Dentistry, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a diplomat of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Dentistry and is working toward his diplomat status for the American Association of Orthodontics.

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Pamela DeRouin, M.D., and Gael DeRouin, D.O., are co-owners of Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery in Goodyear. Dr. Pamela DeRouin is a board-certified physician who has practiced in the Phoenix area since 1999. She has a special interest in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine and is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gael DeRouin is a well-accomplished surgeon with more than 20 years of training and experience. He holds dual board certifications in both Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Dr. Mallory has been practicing dentistry for four years. He received his degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He and his wife have four children and they enjoy trips to Disneyland and golfing with friends. Dr. Mallory is also a part of the American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentists, a volunteer for Give Kids a Smile and part-time faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Festival Dental Surprise | 623.584.4015

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Dr. Baird

Brian O. Baird, Optometrist, has has been practicing full scope optometry for more than 10 years. Dr. Baird was born and raised in Provo, Utah, and completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. He obtained his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Baird owned and operated Polson Family Eyecare, in Polson, Mont., for seven years before selling that practice and moving to the sunny state of Arizona in November 2007. Dr. Baird has been practicing in Surprise more than two years. His hobbies include spending time with his family, running and being outdoors.

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Dr. Qiu Dr. Jack Qiu is a board certified chiropractic physician and acupuncture practitioner. He received his training in Chinese Acupuncture and Tui Na therapeutic massage. His priority is to help his patients with quality care and to reach their health goals. He has been practicing in the West Valley since November 2011.

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Q. For schools considering taking a trip to the zoo, what can students expect this spring? A. The Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium features 65 developed acres with hundreds of animal exhibits and several ride attractions including the African safari train, Australian boat ride, children’s carousel, a Skyride and a log flume ride that is 1500 feet long and soaks riders as they drop from a maximum height of three stories. The zoo currently displays over 600 different species of wild animals with more than 5000 individual specimens including: otters, white tigers, penguins, giraffe, zebras, kangaroos, rhino, more than 20 varieties of primates, snakes from all over the globe, sharks, stingrays, rare albino alligators and many more! New this year is a fourth aquarium building featuring Amazon River Monsters and an indoor/outdoor smallclawed otter habitat with underwater viewing! It also has Arizona’s only endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle on display. The popular baby animal nursery has some new additions too, like a baby jaguar and a white tiger. Students will see thousands of animals and meet some of them face to face, like the world’s tallest land animal, at the giraffe feeding station. In the aquarium, kids will enjoy the stingray touch tank and the tide pool touch tanks. There is also a children’s petting zoo.

Q. Is Wheatgrass beneficial in diabetes management?

Q. How important is it to protect our kidneys?

A. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by inadequate production of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas and key in controlling blood sugar levels. Wheatgrass has a definite role in improving glucose levels and can effectively be used in diabetes management.

A. This subject is very personal to me. My sister was born in 1957, a few years before hospitals did routine testing for proper kidney functioning in newborns. Only two years later, we discovered that one of her kidneys was underdeveloped and was, in fact, her only functioning kidney.

According to Mayo Clinic, because wheatgrass is rich in healthy nutrients, this herb has been purposed for improving a variety of health conditions, from boosting the immune system and antibacterial activity to colon detoxification, diabetes and other illnesses. The role of fiber in disease prevention is outstanding. Soluble fiber-helps regulate blood sugar levels by delaying the absorption of carbohydrates, particularly beneficial for diabetes. Insoluble fiber provides bulk and facilitates movement in the intestine to prevent constipation and reduce the possibility of toxins due to decreased intestinal transit time. Foods from animal sources (milk, eggs, meat, etc.) do not contain a significant amount of fiber. In a survey by the National Fiber Council, 62 percent of people mistakenly believed meat as a source of fiber. Wrong! Meat does not contain any fiber, plant products do.

Best of all, the cost of admission for school groups of 10 students or more is greatly reduced for students and their chaperones. Visit for more information. See you at the zoo!

A reduced quantity of fibrous foods from our diet is a major cause of many ailments. Wheatgrass powder supplementation has shown good improvement in resolving digestive system problems, diabetes in particular. During the juice extraction process of fresh wheatgrass, the fiber is removed along with many important substances. Best Organic Wheatgrass contains the whole plant, including the roots.

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From the age of two, she endured extensive medical care, had an unsuccessful kidney transplant, and was given medication that created severe toxicity in her body – all before reaching her twenties. She spent the remainder of her life on dialysis; two to eventually four days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine for 4-5 hours at a time. Because of a good physician, strict dietary measures, and a loving family including a husband and four stepchildren, she lived to be 48 years old. I am constantly reminded of my sister’s experience and the importance of being proactive with regard to our health. Blood work can easily detect kidney issues. If your primary care physician suggests a follow-up with a nephrologist, invest in the time to go. As we get older, medications play a significant role in our kidney functioning. Have your medications reviewed regularly and drink plenty of water. A healthy diet is important as well. These simple steps could mean a longer, healthier life free of a dialysis machine. –Lola Judy Sun Cities CareGivers 623.974.2397

Q. How can I optimize my Pickleball game with the Laser Touch One?

Q. What are some of the differences between analog and digital hearing aids?

A. For those that are Pickleball players you are quite aware of the intensity and the strain the game can put on the shoulders, knees and feet. By using the Laser Touch One for about 4-6 minutes before your event you will find you are able to play your best game without pain and help prevent injury. Use it after you finish your game to prevent inflammation and muscle soreness.

A. Analog hearing aids amplify sound by increasing the intensity of the sound waves received. This type of instrument is commonly referred to as a standard amplifier. It takes the sound that you are unable to hear and simply makes it loud enough for you to hear.

If you have already developed pain associated with Pickleball, or any other sport, use the Laser Touch One for 2-6 minutes several times a day and your pain will be considerably decreased, if not totally relieved. The Laser Touch One is safe, effective, and FDA approved. It’s available by prescription and over-the-counter. It’s scientifically proven to be 93% effective in relieving pain. With continued use, many pain issues can be permanently relieved in as little as two weeks. It’s convenient enough to take with you to the court or field. Laser Touch One is a combination of microcurrent electrical stimulation and laser that work to bring down inflammation and restore range of motion and provide healing at 200x the normal rate of healing.

There are many problems associated with the effects of living with hearing loss over time including recruitment, the perception of a sound being too intense due to not being able to hear that sound over a period of time, and issues with speech discrimination, which can occur when someone has a problem understanding particular speech sounds due to their inability to hear those sounds over time. Other problems associated with analog instruments are sometimes due to a wearer’s inability to pick out speech in noise. Digital hearing aid technology allows the hearing aid to “sample” sound by breaking the different signals into groups of numbers. These numbers can then be processed by the instrument to make adjustments that can assist with volume perception, signal to noise ratio, and even help prevent unwanted feedback or squealing. Most digital hearing aids are also programmable, which allows recalibration for future use as the wearer’s needs change. This results in a longer life expectancy for the instrument itself.

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Are you Waking Often to Urinate? You May Have Nocturia.


here are many conditions that may interrupt sleep or contribute to insomnia. However, frequent nighttime urination, also called nocturia, may be one of the foremost culprits contributing to older individuals’ interrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness. Nocturia is a common cause of sleep loss, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It is generally the result of an underlying medical condition and can be connected to medications or be a side effect of certain lifestyle habits. Nearly 65 percent of older individuals (ages 55 to 84) often report this disturbance at least a few nights per week. A person who cannot go 6 to 8 hours during the night without rising to use the bathroom is said to have nocturia. Frequent urination is also used to describe having to rise to visit the bathroom several times during the night for more than two days during the week.

Common causes of nocturia include: • Drinking too much of a beverage before bed • Consuming alcohol, caffeinated beverages, tea or other diuretics that can increase urine output • Fluid redistribution when a person is lying down to sleep • Certain medical conditions, including: congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, diabetes insipidus, high blood pressure and vascular disease, among others

Treating frequent nighttime urination A doctor or specialist may offer strategies for helping with nocturia. First, an assessment of habits and medical conditions can offer clues into the reasons behind the frequent urination. An answer simply may be a reduction in fluids at night or a change in diet. Individuals who find a medical condition is at the root of nocturia can try different procedures to correct the problem. Less-invasive solutions include homeopathic options, such as herbal supplements. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these supplements are comprised of a proprietary blend of herbs and other ingredients that work in concert to provide overall 60 14

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bodily health. Instead of simply targeting one issue at a time, the supplements take a holistic approach to the body and work on the fundamental causes of seemingly separate issues.

Creating a Journal

Documenting cases of nocturia and when urinary frequency is at its worst can help experts develop a treatment plan. Questions a doctor may ask: • When did symptoms begin? • Is there an increase in the amount or change in the color of urine? • How often are bathroom visits made? • Have there been changes in your diet? • How often do you drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages? • Have you had a recent bladder infection? • Are you pregnant? • What medications are you taking? Nocturia is the frequent need to visit the bathroom at night. It is not to be confused with bedwetting or leakage of urine. This condition can adversely affect the health of individuals by causing broken sleep and subsequent daytime drowsiness and irritability. Seeking a treatment option quickly can put people on the road to a more restful night’s sleep.

Financial Pointers for Older, Unmarried Couples



oving in together is something typically associated with young couples, but more and more unmarried men and women over the age of 50 are choosing to cohabitate. According to an analysis of 2012 U.S. Census data conducted by the Performance Reference Bureau, roughly 10 percent of the 15.3 million opposite-sex unmarried cohabiting partners in the United States are between the ages of 55 and 64, while 15 percent are between the ages of 45 and 54. Such figures indicate that living together as an unmarried couple is no longer exclusive to younger couples. The incentives for older, unmarried couples to cohabitate are similar to those for younger ones, but older couples should heed a few financial pointers before deciding to move in together. Iron out the financial details ahead of time. Young couples who move in together often do so as a precursor to getting married. Such couples do not typically have much in the way of financial assets and, as a result, do not need to come to any formal agreement regarding their finances. Older couples, however, might be bringing a more substantial financial portfolio into the relationship, and these finances can complicate matters. Before moving in together, older couples should document their finances and how household expenses, including a mortgage if one exists, will be paid. Decisions regarding who will receive the tax breaks should be considered. Documenting your financial situation can protect your assets should you break up. If not documented, unmarried couples who break up could find themselves in a contentious financial battle not unlike couples going through a divorce.

Older, unmarried couples should make some financial decisions before deciding to cohabitate. Maintain some financial independence. Older, unmarried couples who choose to cohabitate should still maintain some financial independence after moving in together. A joint checking or savings account might work down the road, but initially keep these accounts separate to avoid any disputes. Update certain documents and policies. Upon your last breath, a partner with whom you cohabitate does not have the

same legal rights of inheritance as would a spouse. As a result, it’s important for unmarried individuals who cohabitate with their partners to update their wills, life insurance policies and retirement benefits, especially if they have been cohabitating for an extended period of time and want their partner to be taken care of in case of their death. In addition, older men and women might want to update certain information regarding their health, like who should take legal responsibility for medical decisions should one partner become incapacitated. Discuss changes with your family. When you make changes to your will, those changes will affect your beneficiaries. Upon making these changes, discuss them with your existing beneficiaries so your partner does not have to deal with relatives whose feelings might be hurt. This might not be an easy discussion, but you will want your partner to have your family as a support system. | December | March 2013 2012

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When is the Right Time to Leave ‘Home’?


ew people like to admit their age is affecting them. However, as we age, certain abilities become compromised, and it may no longer be practical for aging men and women to remain in their homes, or at least live there alone. Comfortable living alone may be a signal to an older adult that he or she still has independence. Taking away a license or suggesting a move may cause feelings of animosity. But at some point in time, friends or family members of an aging adult might need to broach the topic of moving to an assisted-living facility. Such a discussion can be difficult, but having some evidence that a change is necessary may make the news easier to process. Sometimes the older adult may have already made the decision that a move is necessary, which will make the process even easier. Moving should never be a knee-jerk reaction unless there is a sudden medical emergency that necessitates fast action. Under normal circumstances, moving should be a gradual process that begins even before a parent, grandparent or other relative really needs to change residences. Here are some steps to keep in mind. Make sure to develop a strong relationship with your loved one. This relationship should be consistent and keep you in frequent contact so you can best assess his or her living situation. Talk things over with other siblings or relatives to see if others feel the same way you do. Perhaps they have a different point of view. If there are problems at home, make your case by pointing them out. Show the elder adult how day-to-day life has grown more difficult and how certain burdens may be lifted by changing living situations. Indicate that access to health care and a safe environment are some of the key benefits of moving to a senior community. Point out other benefits, such as companionship with similarly aged people, activities, transportation, and the presence of a maintenance staff to ensure nothing falls into disrepair. Do your research and have the names and amenities of different residences available to discuss. Request brochures from senior communities and offer to make trips to view the homes together with your senior relative.

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Although some seniors dread the conversation about leaving home and moving to a retirement community, there are many advantages, including improved safety, transportation and the chance to make new friends. If the idea of a “home” is not what your loved one has in mind, discuss the options of moving in with a relative and if this would be a more comfortable situation. You may need help with finding the right fit for a loved one. Consider hiring a geriatric care manager to help you organize your thoughts and priorities regarding a senior living transition. These individuals provide services that include helping families locate appropriate housing and care services for their loved ones.

Social Media:

No Longer Just Child’s Play By MS


he Internet and related technologies have been a game-changer for people of all ages. The instant connectivity made possible by these advancements has been valued by the young for years. But now, social media is attracting an entirely different demographic -- seniors. More than just a method of channeling information in the comfort of home, the Internet and social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, are ways for older adults to stay connected with friends and family. For seniors faced with mobility issues, social media helps bring the world to them. Despite the stereotype that seniors do not want to learn to use new technology, many seniors are getting on board. Findings from the Pew Research Institute show that social networking use among Internet users ages 50 to 64 grew by 88 percent between April 2009 and May 2010. Individuals who are not yet utilizing social media to manage their communication efforts may be inspired by these benefits. Photo/video sharing. The majority of photos being taken today are digital, as fewer people are making prints of their photos. They are being shared via e-mail or through social media sites. Grandparents can see their grandchildren in photos in real time. Also, they can view and chat with relatives who live miles away, just as if they were sitting across the table.

Family conversations. In a world where families are no longer centrally located, communication may be lacking. Despite the prevalence of mobile phones, fewer people seem to make calls as they once did. Instead, they’re texting and updating social media posts. They’re also e-mailing one another. Older adults who have no access to this technology could be left out of the mix. This is a way for seniors to stay close to family.

Convenient check-ins. At times when a full-blown conversation may not be practical, having a quick method to check in with a loved one can make social media advantageous. Men and women can send a quick text to their parents to find out how they’re feeling or if they need anything. Online shopping. Seniors who don’t get out much or who cannot safely drive a vehicle might not be able to shop as often as they would like. Having Internet access and experience with browsing websites enables them to shop and have items shipped directly to their house. Improved feelings of well-being. Avoiding feelings of isolation and loneliness can benefit older adults. A study by Dr. Shelia Cotten, a sociologist and associate professor from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, revealed that Internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in depressive symptoms among older adults who used it regularly, while other studies have shown similarly impressive results. Working the mind. Going online, chatting on social media or simply writing an e-mail works areas of the brain. Typing also helps improve manual dexterity. These factors can be beneficial for seniors looking to stay sharp. | December | March 2013 2012

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Phoenix Marathon 7 a.m., Phoenix

Momma’s Organic Market (North Peoria/Sun City Farmer’s Market) 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., every first and third Sunday of the month, Linden Tree Nursery, 111th Ave. and Beardsley Rd. Sun City, 602.703.7154 Petting zoo, fresh produce, face painting, and more


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4th Annual NABI “Chasing the Sun” 7K 5K 6 a.m., Phoenix Wesley Bowlin Park chasing_the_sun.html

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49th Annual AZ Scottish Highland Games Today and Sunday Steele Indian School Park, $5 - $19

7 a.m., Tempe Marketplace McDowell Mountain Music Festival 4 – 10:30 p.m.; runs through Sunday Phoenix, THURSDAY 14 $55; proceeds go to Phoenix Free Monthly Weight Loss Workshop Children’s Hospital 6:30 p.m., Kukurin Chiropractic, 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 10 a.m. – dusk; today through Sunday Goodyear, 623.547.4727 Tucson, Free event


Chandler Center for the Arts - Fundraiser 6 - 9 p.m. Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament 6:45 a.m., Tolleson - Litchfield Park

Arizona Distance Classic 6 a.m., Oro Valley Benefitting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and The Christina Taylor-Green Memorial Foundation

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Free Monthly Weight Loss Workshop 6:30 p.m., Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network Goodyear, 623.547.4727

45th Annual Banquet & Meeting Crazy Courage 5 p.m., Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliff Resort

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Relief is right here in Arizona Dr. Kukurin was named a Top Chiropractor by the Consumers Research Council of America. He is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. With over 20 years of experience using acupuncture, chiropractic and science based nutritional therapies, the results produced by our methods have been featured on local TV newscasts, published in scientific journals, indexed in the National Library of Medicine and have been presented Knee Pain at medical conferences at Johns Hopkins and the Peripheral Nerve Society.

Diabetic Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis If you are suffering from lower back, buttocks and or leg pain or your feet or legs are cramping, numb or burning especially at night, you almost certainly have a condition which involves the nerves of the legs. The largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve (pictured in red to the right), starts in the lower back, runs through the muscles of the buttocks and down to the tip of the toes. If this nerve gets irritated, you can experience really terrible pain anywhere along the course of the nerve. You may also experience burning, numbness and odd sensations in your muscles. Irritation of this nerve may produce severe cramping or crawling sensations in your muscles. Of course, your back and leg pain can be caused by a pinched nerve in your lower back. This can be from a vertebra that is out of place, it can be caused by a slipped disc or it can be caused by spinal stenosis or any combination of these problems. Each of these conditions, bad discs, spinal stenosis or displaced vertebrae have very different treatments. Knowing exactly why you have your back and leg troubles is absolutely essential for effective care.

Headaches, Vertigo, TMJ, Migraines, Sinus Headache Neck and Shoulder Pain, Pinched Nerves, Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica, Lower Back, Hip and Leg Pain

So how do you find results? The answer is called Integrative Neurology. Neurology is the study of the nerves. This allows us to diagnose tough nerve conditions like spinal stenosis, disc problems and neuropathy. What happens next truly separates our integrative neurology approach from anything else available to help correct lower back, hip, leg and foot problems. We have pioneered techniques to decompress nerves, but also use a number of natural substances that have been shown in recent scientific studies to help nerves re-grow and repair. There are no current drugs that can do this. But that’s not all. We combine special electrical stimulation techniques with acupuncture. A combination that has been shown to correct abnormal nerve function and promote nerve repair. There simply is no better or more comprehensive system for diagnosing and correcting the cause of spinal stenosis, neuropathy and other conditions that cause lower back, hip and leg pain and numbness. To find out how we can help you or learn more about our award winning doctor and treatments, visit our website at or if you need help now, call us at 623.547.4727. You’ll be glad you did!


12409 W. Indian School Rd. #C304, Avondale AZ • | November 2012 67 Preferred provider for most insurance plans including BCBS, Cigna, Aetna & more.


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