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Give a Gift of Life for the Holidays! Jan Hauk, 62, has served the West Valley as a member of the fire department, and eventually as fire chief of the Buckeye Valley Fire District, for more than two decades. An advocate for our community, she also spent years lobbying both the Arizona Legislature and officials in Washington, D.C., on behalf of this area’s need for enhanced fire and other critical services.

By Marissa Graves , daughter of Jan Hauk

Welcome to our Giving Back issue. “Giving back” implies what can be given in return, when in fact its meaning is the exact opposite. Perhaps, it is how the phrase, “What’s in it for me” originated. I do not have any recollection of any verse in the bible stating, Jesus said, “What’s in it for me?”

Her efforts earned her induction into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame in 2008 – the only West Valley fire official ever honored with the award. Established in 1998, the Arizona Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a positive contribution to the fire service and/or community. Individuals nominated are evaluated based on their years of service, service on committees, contributions to community as well as state, national, educational, operational, organizational and legislative impact. In addition, they are evaluated on areas that demonstrate their significant contribution to Arizona’s Fire Service. However, today this hero needs a hero of her own.

Born with only one functioning kidney, Hauk, is a chronic kidney disease patient. However, as her career legacy shows, she did not let this stop her from fulfilling a life of public service. She also did not let this stop her from a fulfilling personal life as a wife and mother of four children. For more than five years now, Hauk has been waiting for a kidney transplant. Oftentimes, in cases like this, one’s parents or siblings are the donors. However, she was adopted, so this is not an option. After that, one’s children are often a good match, but none of hers is a matching blood type. The next option is the waiting list and, unfortunately, that’s exactly what it is – a waiting game. Hauk is Type O blood – the universal donor type. This means her blood type can be donated to any other of the four main blood types. However, just because Type O can be given to all others, does not mean it can accept any others. Therefore, for every Type O donor kidney –Hauk is up against every other person on the list, not just other Type O folks. This long wait time has caused the always-healthy mother to one that


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God has blessed you, so you can be a blessing to others- notice my choice of words…“so you can be,” I did not say…“so you may be.”

Jan Hauk and the Buckeye Valley Fire District now has to be supported through dialysis three times a week. The family has been moved to action, partnering with the Mayo Clinic’s Paired Donor program to try to get Hauk a kidney, which provides a way for people to receive a “living donor kidney transplant” instead of being on the deceased donor waiting list for several years. Someone steps up willing to donate a kidney on behalf of Hauk, and in turn, he/ she is matched with someone else who needs a kidney and has a match to donate to Hauk. Hauk’s loving husband has been on the list to donate for three years. Thus far, there has not been a match. If you are interested in finding out more about the organ donation process, or wish to be tested as a Type O donor for Hauk, please contact the family at

There are many forms of giving. Sometimes, giving can simply be sharing a kind expression, but for a person who lacks that type of attention, it could change their life. This issue, I am “giving” space on this page. I believe in the power of prayer and trust that after reading Jan’s story, you will join us in prayer. Together we can make a difference.

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afe 8 is all about fresh, delicious food cooked to order, using only organic fruits and vegetables. They also take great pride in their gluten-free bakery.

When owners, Alex and Tracey Chaker, opened Café 8, they never imagined gluten-free would become such a significant menu option. They started with a few gluten-free salads and one cupcake, mainly for Tracey's aunt who has celiac disease. Much to their surprise, many customers wanted more gluten-free options. To satisfy their customers’ requests, Café 8 began creating more gluten-free cupcakes, cream pies and cheesecakes – even on a gluten-free crust. By popular demand, the gluten-free menu has become equivalent to their regular menu! A surprise and blessing to Tracy, who recently found out she is one of the many gluten sensitive customers.

"I was so surprised to find out I could no longer tolerate gluten.” Tracey says. “Being a pastry chef, I wasn't sure how this was going to affect my job, but thankfully with the good products available for glutenfree today, it hasn't been any kind of problem. We offer gluten-free quiche and gluten-free cookies and cakes with no problem.” Café 8 also offers vegetarian, vegan items, breakfast, lunch and early evening dinner options. Breakfast consists of delicious items such as a fluffy three-egg omelet served with fresh home fries and homemade jam on warm or toasted bread, all of which can be made gluten-free. A wonderful apple Danish French toast grilled to perfection, with a touch of vanilla and nutmeg, powdered sugar and maple syrup is a favorite. A Greek yogurt and homemade granola parfait is great treat for those wanting a lighter breakfast. Café 8 only uses hormone free, organic grass- fed beef, chicken and turkey, hand carved and slow-roasted on premises. They also carry a wonderful line of gluten-free pastas served with their homemade sauces. One of their most popular items is the gluten-free vegetarian quichedelicious!


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Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation. They also Café added8 is gynecological cancer treatment to their Although not a certified gluten-free restaurant, growing list to of prevent patient services, another first for theare West they strive cross-contamination. They a Valley. non-GMO (genetically modified organism) restaurant. Today, practice boasts physicians, than Café 8 the is open fromnow 8 a.m. to 652p.m. Mondaymore through 200 employees and 20 partner offices Valleywide, including Saturday. They offer catering services for big events several in the Westafter Valley cities Peoria, Avondale, and private dining 6 p.m. for of parties of 10 to 35, Glendale, Surprise and Wickenburg. with appointment. “We are a cancer center without walls whose services stretch into every inch of this community, offering the West Valley with the best doctors, best treatment technologies and best research in the country,” Dr. Reed says. “Cancer is a disease of survivors – and we want to keep it that way.”

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o complete an IRONMAN® event, it takes just that — an IRONMAN. A relentless 140.6 miles pushes an athlete past the brink of exhaustion and physical ability, digging up every shred of

human spirit to get them to the finish line. This fall, 75 IRONMAN athletes will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on the challenge of finishing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run under the hot desert sun. These athletes will not be racing to the finish line for a medal or grand prize, but rather this special group of 75 will be racing for Smile Train. Smile Train, an international children’s charity that provides safe, quality, and free cleft surgery for the millions of poor children around the world that have cleft lip and/or palate, IRONMAN’s first official charity partner. Children who have cleft in the developing world are shunned from society and forced into a life of isolation and shame. They cannot eat or speak properly, cannot attend school or get a job, and in some places, are even abandoned or killed—all because of the way they look. Smile Train helps these children by empowering local doctors in more than 80 countries, by providing them with the tools, training and funding to help children with cleft. “IRONMAN is honored to partner with Smile Train in the hopes of helping their organization make an impact in lives of so many children,” Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation, says.

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Team EMPOWER Ironman

Each of the 75 athletes on the Smile Train IRONMAN team, known as Smile Train Team EMPOWER, have not only trained countless hours to compete in the Nov. 17 race, but have also raised at least $5,000— enough to provide cleft surgery for 20 children. Collectively, the team will raise enough funds to change the lives of more than 1,500 children, giving more meaning to the 10,545 miles the team will cover on race day. So who are the members of Smile Train Team EMPOWER? Who are these athletes that would travel hundreds, or even thousands of miles, to the Ariz. heat just to test their physical limits beyond what’s humanly conceivable? They are doctors, students, teachers, mothers, fathers—people who have passion in their hearts, the desire to make a difference, and the will to compete. Team EMPOWER has made it possible for athletes of all shapes and sizes to combine their hearts, minds and bodies, using each to turn miles into smiles for children around the world. “It is incredibly inspiring,” Dan Zuerk, a Team Empower member, says. “On mornings when training seems unbearable or on those long six hour bike rides Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hough

“This will be the first of many IRONMAN Arizona. partnership races for Smile Train,” Susannah Schaeffer, Smile Train’s CEO, says. “Next year we hope to expand the team from 75 athletes to 150 athletes—a team that can change the lives of more than 3,000 children.”

Husband and wife, Matt & Mistie Cottrill Team EMPOWER Ironman

when I hardly feel my legs, it helps get me through. I know that somewhere a child is smiling because of me and I can’t help but smile back.” Known for its fast, flat course, the 2013 IRONMAN Arizona race sold out in 40 seconds. Joining Team EMPOWER then became the only way to gain entry into the event. Smile Train was able to acquire 75 athletes for its team almost automatically and hopes to get the same results for the 2014 race, but with double the entries.

With perks at IRONMAN Arizona for Team Empower including VIP transition areas, a qualifying Kona slot, customized training plans, family areas, and athlete meet and greets, interest for next year’s race and other Team EMPOWER-affiliated endurance events has already come from athletes across the United States. Team EMPOWER will give more meaning than ever to the IRONMAN Arizona race this year, not only because it has claimed IRONMAN’s first official charity partnership, but because the team will be transforming the lives of 1,500 children—giving them all not just a new smile, but a second chance at life. | November 2013


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Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal Campaign It is hard to have hope, when you are hungry, cold and living on the streets. Sadly, Arizona ranks as the fourth worst state in the nation for homelessness. During the holidays, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s “Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal” campaign will have several events planned to solicit food, water, blankets, socks, sleeping bags, toys, monetary donations and other items. Phoenix Rescue Mission is asking the public for support with these events to help lift the spirits of the more than 13,000 homeless men, women and children in Maricopa County, as well as less privileged families struggling to get by. Among the many events, a “Frozen Turkey Open House” will be held Sun., Nov. 10, at the Mission’s shelter, 1801 S. 35th Avenue, in Phoenix. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a barbecue lunch. Public drop-off sites for canned goods and other items are located throughout the Valley. To learn more about these events visit or call 602.233.3000.

Students, Teachers and Schools Invited to Enter to Earn $500K in Scholarships and Grants for Improving the World Some people think teenagers only care about their cell phones and weekend plans. However, the teenagers who participate in the Lexus Eco Challenge prove they are dedicated to making the world a better place for future generations. The Lexus Eco Challenge, an annual contest for teens across the U.S. in grades 6–12, began in 2007. Twenty-five thousand middle and high school students have earned $4 million for themselves, their teachers and schools by creating unique environmental programs. The 2013-2014 challenge is on for Ariz.'s grade 6-12 students to vie for a share of $500K in scholarships and grants. To enter the competition, middle and/or high school teams comprised of 5-10 students, along with a teacher advisor, are challenged to define an environmental issue important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan and report the results. Submissions for the Air and Climate Challenge are being accepted through Nov. 11, 2013. To learn more about Lexus Eco Challenge and to participate, visit

Walman Eye Center Now Offering Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Walman Eye Center offers the latest high-tech method to utilize laser and computer controlled technology to vision restoration during cataract procedures. The Femtosecond is a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that ensures the highest-precision surgical incisions, the same laser that has been used to perform LASIK surgery since Food and Drug Administration approval in 2001 and offers an alternative to the mechanical cuts used in traditional LASIK. This same innovation used for all-laser LASIK is now revolutionizing cataract surgery! To learn more about this new highly advanced image-guided laser cataract surgery call Walman Eye Centers at 602.222.2020. 18

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Light the Night in Hope

On Sat., Nov. 9, join other Valley residents for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s, 15th Annual Light The Night Walk, an evening of celebration and commemoration of lives touched by blood cancer. An estimated 5, 000 participants will gather to light the night in hope, carrying illuminated balloons: red for supporters, white for survivors and gold in honor of lives lost. The event is family-friendly and includes a leisurely 1-mile walk, kids’ zone, Celebration of Life ceremony, survivor parade, live music, food and fireworks. The event will be held at the Tempe Arts Park, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, in Tempe. To sign up or join a team, contact Cho Krugel at 602.567.7589 or email To learn more about the event visit

5th Annual Shun the Sun Run Join Shun the Sun Foundation Sat., Nov. 9, for their 5th Annual Shun the Sun Skin Cancer Run. This is a familyfriendly event with 5K, 10K, half-marathon and 1.5-mile run options. The race will start at 4 p.m. outside of Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St., continuing along the graded and paved canals in Mesa. All runners will finish the race inside the stadium by crossing the home plate, where some of the best Cubs players in history have played. The event will be featuring a Health & Wellness Expo with health and fitness vendors, food, a live band and kids’ zone from 4 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided to all runners. Every participant will receive a technical T-shirt and a Finisher's award will be given to the top runners in each distance and age category. For more information, visit |November 2013





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r. David S. Mendelson lives by the guiding philosophy that cancer patients deserve the most innovative, cutting-edge treatment possible.

Dr. Mendelson earned a medical degree and completed internal medicine residency at Ohio State University. After completing fellowship training in medical oncology and hematology at Duke University, he joined the faculty as a clinical instructor and research fellow in Immunohematology. By the 1990s, Dr. Mendelson relocated to Ariz. where he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and an Executive Committee member at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He volunteered as a committee adviser for the American Society of Clinical Oncology to develop clinical care guidelines in the areas of prostate cancer and thrombotic (clotting) complications in cancer patients. In 2001, he joined the University of Arizona as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, working with medical oncologist, Dr. Michael S. Gordon, to create the Drug Development Program of the Arizona Cancer Center, Greater Phoenix Area. Together they launched Pinnacle Oncology Hematology in 2005, a community-based medical practice focused on wellness and care of patients using a unique model with both clinical and research focus. “Clinical trials represent an important part of cancer research – and one that needs to grow further in Arizona,” Dr. Mendelson, says. “The testing of new medications to either treat cancer or relieve side effects is critical to advancing the care and management of patients with cancer.” Today, Pinnacle Oncology is internationally recognized and respected for excellence in clinical research and partnerships with biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to provide new drug therapies for patients with cancer. Dr. Mendelson and team have acted as consultants to the pharmaceutical industry drug development. They have donated time and expertise to the National Cancer Institute’s drug assessment programs and recently named an institutional site, for the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Program, a government-funded national cooperative research group. 20 November 2013 |

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In addition, they partnered with Arizona Center for Cancer Care in Peoria to bring their research programs to the Southeast Valley, making medical trials more accessible to Valley patients. “It should certainly be noted, however that not all patients may be candidates for research studies, and in some cases; studies may not be available for a particular diagnosis or stage of cancer,” Dr. Mendelson says. “However, our attitude is that only through research can advances be made and only through advances, can cancer be slowed or cured.” According to Dr. Mendelson, there are different types of clinical trials that involve patient participation. Most, involve the study of a new drug or treatment and they are separated into three phases of research. “The steps to enrollment in a clinical trial are fairly standard and include an informed consent discussing for review that describes the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of the trial,” Dr. Mendelson says. “Patient safety is always our first concern.”





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Three -Time Cancer Survivor, Kay Kays


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he fall is a significant time for the cancer community. As the awareness months for leukemia, prostate and ovarian cancers are followed by the many shades of October pink; we are continually reminded of the widespread effects of this deadly disease. This fall also welcomed a new way for Valley residents to support the cause through cycling at the inaugural Trails 4 Trials, a charity ride that raised more than $210,000 for cancer research. Research that will save the lives of patients affected by this disease; patients like Kay Kays. Kays holds a number of titles Sun City resident, patient advocate and most importantly, survivor - three-time survivor! First diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 44, Kays still vividly remembers the moment doctors gave her the diagnosis. “Everyone I talked to said ‘you’re going to die, you have pancreatic cancer,’ and I wanted more hope than that,” Kays says. After numerous surgeries/treatments, Kays lost her pancreas and spleen, but not strength, which four years later was needed when doctors found another mass. Although it was considered small, Kays knew she could not take it lightly. She began working in research to become more knowledgeable of cancer diagnoses and outcomes. “A renowned researcher said to me ‘one centimeter can be a death sentence to a pancreatic cancer patient’ - And that kept ringing through my head,” Kays says. After yet another surgery, doctors removed part of her lung.

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Pictured right to left: Kay Kays, Eveline Mumenthaler, Pierre-Yves Dietrich, M.D.

Kays found herself, at least for the time being, cancer free and on the winning end of a long battle. Kays now dedicates her time to help others affected by cancer. She became a trained patient advocate through the National Cancer Institute and sits on the Board of Scientific Counselors at Gateway for Cancer Research. Gateway is an internationally reaching non-profit that donates 99 cents of every dollar raised to fund innovative cancer research in phase I and phase II clinical trials. While her work with Gateway puts her at the center of the latest research, being a patient herself provides a fresh perspective to ensure clinical trials are tailored to meet the needs and well-being of enrolled patients. In providing education about available cancer trials, emerging innovations and the value of research, Kays serves as a vital part of bridging the gap between research doctors and patients. Since 1991, Gateway for Cancer Research has supported more than 100 clinical trials and contributed millions of dollars to emerging and innovative trials. Much of the funding comes from Gateway’s nationwide fundraising events such as Trails 4 Trials, which was the first major event hosted in the Valley of the Sun. Trails 4 Trials provided Kays a platform to share her story with the more than 500 riders who took part in the event held at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America campus in Goodyear. As a cancer survivor and event volunteer, Kays not only looks forward to next year’s ride but the future of cancer research it will continue to support. “The ones that have gone have left me so much strength to continue what they might have done,” Kays says. Photos courtesy of Melissa Emory, Emory Photography

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is ~ Proverbs 23:7 not with thee.”


"Instead of thinking about your limitations…think about the gifts God has given you. Instead of thinking about a negative diagnosis…think about God’s promises for your health. Instead of thinking about the bad thing someone said to you…think about the good things God said about you." ~ Joel Osteen|November 2013


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Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Fearfulness or feelings of anxiety are changes in mood and personality that could indicate Alzheimer’s disease.


lzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. A progressive, degenerative disorder attacks neurons and essentially robs people of their memory and language skills. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's, there are therapies that can slow its neurological impact. Recognizing the early warning signs of Alzheimer's can help lead to a quicker diagnosis. An early diagnosis can stave off some of the more debilitating symptoms of this disease. Though it is most common among the elderly, Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. The Mayo Clinic says that the reasons behind the inception and progression of Alzheimer's disease are largely unknown. It is believed damage starts a decade or more before problems become evident. Abnormal deposits of proteins begin to form the amyloid plaques and tau tangles throughout the brain, and these formations are the hallmarks of the disease. Oncehealthy neurons gradually begin to lose their efficiency and ability to function and communicate with one another. As more neurons die, entire areas of the brain shrink. The hippocampus, which is the area of the brain essential in forming memories, may soon become compromised. The following are the most common early signs and symptoms of the disease.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Those with Alzheimer's sometimes have trouble driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules to a favorite game. People who were once good with numbers may now have difficulty balancing their checkbooks, while those who love to cook may have trouble following recipes. Time confusion. Another indicator is losing track of time. One may have trouble understanding something that is not happening in the present. Alzheimer's sufferers often forget where they are and how they got there. Misplacing items. Everyone loses something at a point in time, but those with Alzheimer's may put items in unusual places. They may sometimes accuse others of stealing when they cannot retrace their steps and find items. Decreased judgment. Decision-making abilities may be compromised. A person with Alzheimer's may take unnecessary risks or give away sums of money. Mood changes. People with Alzheimer's may suffer from confusion, suspicious feelings, depression and anxiety. A person may upset easily or become anxious outside of his or her comfort zones.

Memory loss. According to the Alzheimer's Organization, early memory loss can include forgetting important dates or repeatedly asking for the same information. Forgetting recently learned information and having to rely increasingly on memory aids is another potential indicator of Alzheimer's.

Age and family history of Alzheimer's disease are the biggest risk factors. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer's doubles about every five years after age 65, says the Alzheimer's Organization. In addition, those with a parent, child or sibling who have developed Alzheimer's are more likely to develop the disease than those with no family history.

Declining cognition. Impaired reasoning or judgment, trouble finding the right words and visual and spatial issues also may be early indicators of Alzheimer's.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.


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Make a Donation to Good Health By MS


haritable giving means different things to different people. Some associate donations with money, clothing or other tangible goods. Donations also can include vital parts of our bodies.

Blood Blood transfusions and supplementation are vital to treating injured patients. Blood also is necessary during routine surgeries. Having an adequate blood supply at the ready can be a matter of life and death for a person in dire need of a transfusion. The American Red Cross reports a blood donation is needed every two seconds. Blood is perishable, and the need is constant. Red blood cells only have a shelf life of 42 days and platelets just five days, so supply must be replenished constantly. Blood can be donated whole or as plasma or platelets. Plasma is the yellow fluid in which blood cells are suspended. Platelets are smaller than white or red blood cells and help the blood to clot. Many blood collection centers will tell you that O blood type is in the highest demand because O blood, particularly O-negative, is compatible with all blood types. However, it also is the blood type in the shortest supply.

Organs The organization Donate Life America says nearly 120,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. In addition to organ transplants, tissue transplants can save lives. Certain organs and tissues can be transplanted from living donors, including kidneys, liver lobes, lungs and bone marrow. The National Living Organ Donors Foundation, Inc. says living organ donations can mean a perfect match for the recipient, a longer transplant life and fewer medications. Living donors give patients an alternative to waiting months or years on transplant lists. Men, women and children also can donate their organs upon their death. Drivers can declare their intentions to donate their organs by filling out information on the backs of their driver's licenses, and individuals also can declare such intentions in their wills.

Giving a gift of health by way of a blood, organ or hair donation can make a lasting difference in another person's life. Hair Cancer patients facing radiation and chemotherapy treatments may lose their hair. Losing one's hair can affect self-esteem. Certain organizations accept donations of human hair, which they fashion into wigs for those who have lost their own hair to cancer and other diseases. Burn victims also benefit from hair donations. The organizations Locks of Love and Wigs For Kids are two not-for-profit groups providing hair replacement solutions for those affected by hair loss. The cosmetic company Pantene has their own "Beautiful Lengths" donation program that also accepts hair donations. In order to donate to most organizations, a minimum hair length is needed and hair should be free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments. Check with the organization for a full list of guidelines. |November 2013






The Effects of Tobacco Use

n 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 44 million U.S. adults were smokers. According to the America Cancer Society, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 20 percent of all deaths in the United States. While figures can go a long way toward shedding light on the link between smoking and cancer, with so many people across the globe continuing to smoke, clearly such figures have yet to strike a chord among the millions of people who continue to light up. Perhaps a closer look at tobacco and its relation to cancer-related death is just what smokers need to put their cigarettes down.

How many people will die because of their smoking habit? According to the ACS, roughly half all Americans who keep smoking will die because of their habit. Inside the United States, roughly 443,000 people die each year from illnesses related to tobacco use.

While many smokers are aware of the link between smoking and lung cancer, it is not the only cancer smokers are at a greater risk for than nonsmokers.


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Is tobacco use linked solely to cancer? While the link between tobacco use and cancer is perhaps common knowledge, even among longtime smokers, cancer is not the only disease or ailment smokers are susceptible to because of their habit. In fact, smoking increases a person's risk of developing a slew

of cancers, including cancers of the larynx, oral cavity (mouth, tongue and lips), stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney and bladder. Smoking is a major cause of many other potentially deadly health problems, including heart disease, aneurysms, emphysema and stroke. Women who use tobacco have a higher risk of miscarriage, early delivery and stillbirth than those women who do not smoke. Tobacco use has also been linked to low birth-weight in infants and a higher risk of birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Smokers with pre-existing conditions also should know that their habit could be making those conditions worse. Asthma sufferers, for example, might find the symptoms of their condition even more difficult to deal with if they take up smoking. Smoking also can worsen peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, a condition characterized by poor blood flow in the arms and legs. Nonsmokers with PVD can have surgery to improve their blood flow, but such surgery is ineffective among patients who continue to smoke, and many vascular surgeons refuse to operate on PVD patients unless they have quit smoking. More information on the link between smoking, cancer and death, including the effects of smoking on life expectancy and quality of life, is available at

Emotional Women

Tips for Harnessing Your Feelings By Leela Francis, author of Woman’s Way Home

Emotional power is the freedom to feel the truth of your feelings and the ability to harness them so you are the master of them. What can you do to begin reclaiming your own emotional power? Indulge your emotions without dumping them on others. When you digest food, your body absorbs the nutritious elements and expels the potentially toxic wastes. Emotions must be digested the same way. It is important to express your feelings in responsible ways so that you do not build up emotional toxins and pollutants in your body. Some healthy, responsible ways to express emotion include creative endeavors, such as the visual arts – painting, drawing, sculpting; expressive arts such as singing and dancing; and healing arts such as massage. Do not demand others to witness your emotional expression and do not allow others to demand you witness theirs. Using emotional expression to evoke responses from others is manipulative and does not allow you to experience the truth of your feelings. Crying, yelling, even pretending to be happy when you are not in order to influence someone else’s behavior are abuses of emotional expression. Not only are we denied the benefits of expression, we have to live with our own lack of integrity for using them irresponsibly. Do not impose your emotional process on others. We sometimes seek to avoid the discomfort of painful emotions by expressing them outwardly to others. Angrily blaming or yelling at others because of the emotion we are feeling only indicates that we have an inner turmoil and that can only be resolved by one self. In addition, blaming someone else or yourself for painful emotions causes us to become a victim, which creates suffering. Our emotions do not make us weak; they give us the empathy and love that make us care for and nurture our loved ones. That is powerful. |November 2013




By Nassim Sana, counselor and certified life coach

Can Gratitude Change Your Life?


ovember is a month of gathering with loved ones, celebrating and showing thanks for all of the abundance of life.

The thought of Thanksgiving makes many happy. It is reminder of all the good things the season brings such as the smell of hot apple cider and freshly baked apple pie. These feelings and memories create a sense of gratitude. The surge of happy thoughts and memories make us joyous inside. As human beings, we have an innate need to feel happy, and one of the major ways to create that sense of happiness is being thankful. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything

that surrounds you.

Behavioral and psychological research has shown that surprising life improvements can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient. It strengthens relationships, improves health and reduces stress. 28

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Psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, conducted a study on gratitude. The study split several hundred people into three different groups, and all participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without instructions on whether to write about either good or bad things. The second group was instructed to record unpleasant experiences. The last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful. The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals. Another study by Dr. Emmons showed that practicing gratitude could increase happiness levels by around 25 percent. The study also explains one other significant point.

The basic level of happiness is set at a predetermined point, same as a certain weight that feels natural to the body, which it strives to maintain. If something bad happens to you during the day, your happiness can drop momentarily, but then it returns to its natural set- point. Likewise, if something positive happens to you, your level of happiness rises, and then it returns once again to your “happiness set- point”. A practice of gratitude raises your “happiness set- point” so you can remain at a higher level of happiness, regardless of outside circumstances. Research shows those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, have stronger immune systems and have stronger social relationships than those who do not. Here are some key ways to get started on creating an attitude of gratitude daily.

Make a habit of spending five minutes thinking of the good things in your life, daily The more you practice, the more exciting results you begin to create.

Learn to be thankful Be thankful of all of the events and people in your life. When something good or challenging takes place in your life, be thankful and ask yourself, “What is good about this?” “What can I learn from this?” and “How can I benefit from this?”

Write three things you are grateful for, daily Buy a notebook and every night before going to bed recognize the simple things in your life, as well as the significant things. For example, be thankful for the breakfast you ate in the morning and how great it tasted, or the big hug you gave someone you love.

Go back and read your entries The more you are able to recognize what you are grateful for, the more your brain will shift its focus and change the inner dialogue you have with yourself. By using this tool, you begin to decrease the negative self-talk that you have mastered. Remember, an attitude of gratitude begins with taking a moment to be grateful. | November 2013


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Q. My eye doctor told me that my vision is blurry because I have astigmatism; what does that mean?


A. Astigmatism means that the focusing elements of your eye (cornea and lens) are shaped more like a football than a spherical basketball. As a result of this asymmetry, light enters the eye being focused at different points instead of a single focused point. Most individuals with astigmatism are born with this asymmetry, and the most common way to compensate for astigmatism is through glasses that will neutralize this asymmetry. Glasses or contacts, however, are uncomfortable or inconvenient for many. If one wants to strengthen vision so as not to depend on glasses, Lasik, or one of the variations, Laser Vision Correction is an excellent solution.

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The Excimer laser corrects the problem by applying laser energy to the cornea in such a way as to neutralize the asymmetry and change the cornea from the football shape to a normal spherical basketball shape. For individuals who are candidates for cataract surgery, an advanced “Toric” implant can be utilized during the procedure to also neutralize pre-existing astigmatism, and this technique can be an option for patients to improve their vision to the point of not needing glasses. Recent innovations in cataract surgery now make it possible for cataracts to be removed with greater precision and accuracy, such as the Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery, the latest high-tech method to precisely utilize laser and computer controlled technology to vision restoration during cataract procedures. Irregular astigmatism can also be a sign of a disease called keratoconus. Glasses or contacts often are not good options for this problem, but newer technologies such as Intra-corneal Ring Segments can make quite an improvement. – Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center 602.222.2020


How can integrative neurology help with Men Suffering form Chronic Prostatitis? knowledge of medical neurology (the study of the brain and nerves) with complimentary techniques like acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal therapies.

Chronic prostatitis, also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, is one of the most common types of prostate disorders in men. Unlike acute prostatitis, which is commonly caused by an infection, the cause of chronic prostatitis is uncertain. Researchers believe that chronic prostate pain and inflammation is a result of the interplay between the hormonal, immune and nervous systems. The nervous system’s involvement offers a potential therapeutic window for the treatment of this common condition. Studies published in “Current Urology Reports” and “Urology International” confirm the beneficial treatment effects of this neurologically-based therapy in men suffering from chronic prostate and pelvic pain a technique called neural modulation involves stimulating the tibial nerve in the leg to influence prostatitis. The researchers found a majority of men receiving actual nerve stimulation compared to placebo had at least a 50 percent reduction in their prostate symptoms. Similarly, acupuncture applied to the lower back can be used to reduce the pain and inflammation within the prostate. Acupuncture was shown to reduce chemicals causing pain and inflammation called cytokines in the prostate. Several herbs have proven to reduce the symptoms of chronic prostate inflammation. The best known is Saw Palmetto, which has a long history of use in prostate problems. Less well-known natural substances with research to support their use in prostate issues are Pumpkin Seed Oil and Stinging Nettle herb. – Dr. Kukurin Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture Nutrition Network 623.547.4727

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Q. What are some basics I should know about breast implants if I’m considering them? A. There are three placement sites of the implants generally used by the cosmetic surgeon performing breast augmentation. They are Under the Muscle Implant, Above the Muscle Implant, and Partial Placement in Between. The placement location of the breast implant is determined by the cosmetic surgeon and varies with the selection of the implant. Each placement site has its own advantages and disadvantages which your cosmetic surgeon will discuss during the consultation with you. Typically, a breast implant can be placed either under the breast tissue (over the muscle) or under the breast muscle (below the breast tissue) combined with utilizing the minimum scarring approach, which entails making the incisions along the armpit (transaxillary incision), along the areola or under the breast at the crease. It will depend on your unique situation and the cosmetic surgeon's preference. Many women seek breast augmentation, breast enlargement and breast lifts for various reasons. At Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, our goal is to comprehend the reasons why you elected to get breast augmentation and then adddress them. For your best results, we have made available both saline and silicone implants (adjustable and fixed) and textured versus smooth implants of different shapes and sizes. During your free consultation, we will discuss the best options for you in terms of size, shape, incision site and placement of the implant. – Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute & Med Spa 602.298.VEIN(8346),602.298.LIPO(5476)

Q. What should I expect if I’m getting dentures? Are they hard to get used to? A. Dentures are a great investment to help you feel more confident speaking and smiling. They are going to be something to get used to, not only when you look in the mirror, but also setting up good habits for care. You may have a bit of an adjustment period learning how to talk and chew with your new dentures. Your lips and tongue will need to learn the position of your dentures. Practicing speaking with them will help. Also, try chewing on both sides, trying not to favor either side. Be conscious of your cheeks, tongue and lips as you become familiar. Just like normal teeth, you shouldn’t chew ice or try to bite thread. You want to keep your new dentures in the best shape possible. If you want to keep that confidence up, and keep your dentures lasting for a long time, brushing and rinsing will be key. Just like brushing your teeth, cleaning your dentures removes bacteria and debris, leaving you with a bright smile, Brushing will help prevent any staining, but you won’t need to use “whitening” products because they may contain abrasives that will damage dentures. Denture cleaners are the best for preserving the quality and integrity of the denture.

Q. Can stress affect your brain? A. Everyone has stress. It is the level and

duration of the stress that is most important. With just enough stress, your brain releases norepinephrine. At healthy levels, norepinephrine makes you happy, keeps you productive and helps create new memories and a general exciter mechanism for your brain. Stressful situations will act as a motivator when it's at the right level.

However, according to author Sondra Kornblatt, your body and brain suffer when you have too much stress. When the brain and nervous system perceive too much stress, it transforms into high alert. She states that you can become susceptible to a variety of symptoms, such as gum disease, backaches, anxiety and mood swings, rashes, poor concentration, stomach problems, varicose veins and even suicidal thoughts. It is good to know that we can reduce stress on our own. The number one way to reduce stress is to exercise because it gets you tapped back into life, not your mind. Other ways to change your reactions to stress are: * Say no. Choose and follow your priorities. Do what’s needed, not what you feel you should do. * Be kind to yourself. Say uplifting words to yourself instead of insults. * Find ways to feel cozy, relaxed or content.

You will also need to take good care of your mouth. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning to stimulate your gum tissues and remove plague.

* Consider whether what is stressing you now will matter in five years.

– Dr. Kim Litchfield Dental Care 623.738.3027

–Dr. Benson Excel Brain Fitness Center 602.451.8043

* Be grateful, even for those things taken for granted, such as your sight, hearing, freedom to make choices or a roof over your head.

Q. My elderly mother and father don’t sleep well. Could I also be at risk? A. The research on this topic is rather scarce, although an interesting study was done in Sweden in the mid-1990s. The results, published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, were significant. Restless sleep, frequent awakening, difficulty getting to sleep again after waking up in the night, as well as tiredness at night, but with inability to get to sleep was found to be more common in both sexes if either parent had difficulty sleeping. Further, these problems were more common in respondents whose parents both had difficulty sleeping. Immediate relatives of patients with narcolepsy, hypersomnia and insomnia have been found to have a higher frequency of these disorders as well. In other related research, no differences in lifestyle or sleeping conditions could be found in elderly patients who complained of sleep problems. This led the researchers of the Sweden study to suggest that heredity factors may be the answer. While we always have to take into account that surveys such as this one are not without fault (one has to allow for human error), the results of this research are intriguing. If your mother, father, or both parents suffer from a sleep problem, whether it be sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, restless leg syndrome or any of the other number of disorders, it might be a good idea to assess the quality of your own sleep. You might be more like your parents than you think. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800 | November 2013



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Q. How does low back and leg pain start? A. The human spinal column consists of a

series of vertebral bones. The spinal disc is a cartilage that functions as a shock absorber between each of these bones. It also protects the spinal cord from the stress of daily activities and maintains flexibility of the spine. Disc degeneration is a degenerative change of the spinal disc. It is usually considered part of the aging process. The degenerative change of the spinal disc can affect the spine under three different phases. Phase #1: The spinal disc loses water content due to restricted movement between the vertebral bones. When movement (range of motion) decreases, it affects the normal motion of the spinal disc between the vertebral bones. Atrophy of the spinal disc may happen. This appears as a “thinning disc” seen on an MRI. Mild pain will often be felt around the mid lower back. Phase #2: The “thinning disc” continues to wear out if not under care. As it weakens there is the potential that the inside contents of the disc, a gel-like water content, will bulge out increasing the back pain intensity. Radiated sensation can be felt in the legs, depending on the area of the disc bulges. Phase #3: If proper care is still not given, the body starts a self-defense mechanism. This means that between the vertebral bones around the bulging disc, bone spurs start to generate for self-protection. Serious pain occurs in this phase, commonly known as arthritis. – Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400


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Q. What eye diseases are a higher risk for diabetics? A. Diabetes related eye disease is a leading

cause of vision loss in Americans each year. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that diabetics may face as a complication of diabetes including cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye's lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes. Glaucoma is typically caused from increased pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve, causing vision loss. Diabetics are twice as likely to get glaucoma compared to other adults. The most common and potentially devastating to vision is diabetic retinopathy, which affects over 5 million adult Americans. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the blood vessels in the retina become damaged. This damage is directly associated with high blood sugar. Damaged blood vessels leak fluid, blood and protein in the surrounding areas. This leakage may cause vision loss. Some studies indicate that 40-45 percent of people with diabetes have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Even with a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, many still have very good visual function because of the treatments that are available. An eye examination is the only way to detect diabetic changes. Diabetics should have their eye examined a minimum of once a year. An optometrist or ophthalmologist performing a routine eye examination with dilation can diagnose any diabetic changes inside the eye and recommend treatment if indicated. –Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

Q. How does the Titan™ Laser improve skin laxity? A. Titan™ Laser is a non-surgical, non-invasive and non-ablative skin tightening procedure with no downtime. When the skin ages, collagen fibers break down and stretch resulting in sagging skin. The Titan™ Laser works by sending infrared light and heat below the surface of the skin into the collagen layer causing the collagen to contract and thicken. Additionally, the infrared heat causes changes in the dermal layer of the skin that result in the production of new collagen. Titan™ is the only laser on the market that can evenly deliver energy into the deepest layers ofthe skin and effectively stimulate collagen. Titan™ triggers new collagen growth while also causing existing collagen to tighten and firm. So you are producing more collagen as well as tightening what you have. While a surgical facelift provides the most dramatic age-diminishing results, surgery requires downtime for recovery. Titan™ is a great option for those who are not ready to undergo a surgical facelift or are unable to take timeout of their lives for the post-op recovery period. Since facelift surgery does not affect the tissue structures that cause the skin to expand, wrinkle and sag in the first place, Titan™ is also a great adjunctive treatment for patients who have had or are planning to have a surgical facelift. Titan™, as well other treatments, products and procedures to help you take years off your look, are provided at our clinic - Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery.

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Q. What alternatives are available for chronic pain treatment when medications, physical therapy, injection therapy and surgery all fail adequately to control pain?

A. Many people suffer with pain. Many of those who suffer from chronic pain after trying the aforementioned treatments without adequate pain relief feel they will be relegated to high-dose opioid medication in order to cope with the pain. Opioid medication treatment can be debilitating in and of itself, making it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis. A relatively new treatment to mainstream medicine is spinal cord stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation is a pain treatment modality based on reducing the intensity, duration and frequency of pain. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the pain pathways as they travel through the spinal cord. For appropriate patients, excellent pain relief can be obtained with this treatment from any number of pain syndromes, including failed back surgery syndrome, phantom limb pain, pain resulting from trauma, and pain from diabetes or other systemic diseases. In addition to inhibiting the pain pathways, it also works in modulating the sympathetic nervous system, which is helpful in treating pain resulting from complex regional pain syndrome (which results in severe pain to normal stimulation, such as light touch). Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of several pain syndromes, which can reduce and possibly eliminate, relying on opioid medications for pain control.

– Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777

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Q. What are some quick fixes to look my best for the Holidays and New Year? A. Getting through the Holidays can be quite a rush. So a speedy affordable way to look your best is a must have on the list. You may not even realize what exactly it is about your skin or appearance that has changed, but you know you want to look brighter, tighter and more rested. The best way to narrow down your needs is to categorize what you see. Blotchiness or uneven color. While coming out of summer here in the valley, skin may appear to have more brown spots, red spots, freckles or vessels. Some treatments that address these issues, while being kind to the pocketbook, are treatments such as laser rejuvenation, laser vein, laser skin resurfacing, facial chemical peels, enzyme treatments and microdermabrasion’s. These are easy treatments with dynamic results in skin lightening, softening and brightening. They may be done weeks or days before a special occasion or event. At home, products may be added to continue the fresh from the spa glow for the Holidays!

Q. My doctor says I have high blood pressure and told me to avoid excessive salt intake. What is the role of salt (sodium) in hypertension?

A. Essential hypertension is high

blood pressure that is not caused by another disease. It is thought that hypertension is related to a sodium retention mechanism that is in overdrive. Perhaps our ancestors were lived where few natural repositories of sodium chloride salt. The kidneys of hypertensive people only seem to release sodium into the urine when there is a higher pressure than average. When a naturally hypertensive person is in a sodium-deprived state, the blood pressure is normal, and their sodium is likewise normal. When they take an average American dietary sodium load, their blood pressures can rise to the high level required to excrete sodium.

Skin sagging, wrinkles and lines. The best way to address this issue is multitreatment oriented. Skin tightening lasers will address the skin laxity by encouraging natural collagen production to firm the skin. Botox or Dysport may be used to soften animation lines, created while frowning or smiling. Dermal fillers can literally fill lines and wrinkles making them disappear. They will also replace lost or migrating volume in the face. By artfully replacing facial volume, the face will appears lifted and more youthful, much like the little ones. Many areas can be treated to achieve this elevated look, such as the tear toughs, cheeks, temples, and eyebrows. Bring back your face naturally and safely while still looking like you!

Therapy can be targeted at this mechanism, either resetting the threshold for sodium retention or by directly forcing the loss of sodium through the urine. In fact, some of the most effective treatments for hypertension are diuretics. Regardless of the mechanism, hypertensive patients should try to reach a goal of 130/80 blood pressure.

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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



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Dr. Sharma

Dr. Kukurin was one of the nation’s first chiropractic physicians to attain board certification as a chiropractic neurologist. Over the past 20 years he has pioneered many techniques of integrative neurology which applies alternative medicine techniques like acupuncture and herbal therapies to the treatment of common neurological disorders like neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic neurological conditions.

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. Maltais

Dr. Augustine

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.

Jason J. Augustine, DDS, MS, PC, has been practicing periodontics and implant dentistry in Phoenix for 11 years. He earned his doctorate degree in dentistry and a master’s degree in science and periodontal surgery from Ohio State University. Dr. Augustine performs a wide range of non-surgical, laser-assisted and surgical treatments for the management of gum disease. He also has extensive training in cosmetic gum procedures and surgical implant dentistry. In addition to his private periodontal practice in North Phoenix, he lectures privately, and is an associate professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Augustine maintains an active membership in numerous dental organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology. In his recently remodeled office, Dr. Augustine stays current with the latest advances in his field.

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Dr. Walman

Dr. Wen

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. Active Life Physical Medicine and Pain Center PLLC | 623.535.9777


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Dr. Croft

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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Drs. Pamela and Gael DeRouin

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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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.

Dr. Kim has been practicing general dentistry for 12 years, including implants and cosmetic dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, and Central Arizona Dental Society. He graduated from New York University with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and completed a general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Kim has a strong passion for dentistry and caring for his patients. He believes in developing a trusting relationship with his patients and helping them feel relaxed in his care. In his free time, Dr. Kim enjoys traveling with his wife and their two children.

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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. Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network | 623.972.8400

Dr. Payne

Dale Payne, M.D., Ph.D, FACS, specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Payne attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and graduated in 1979. Dr. Payne received Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Payne also has successfully treated hundreds of patients with venous disease. Arizona Vein & Laser Institute | 623.249.2710 | November 2013




Q. What do holiday travelers need to know about Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium?

A. Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium spans

about 60 developed acres (with another 50 under development) features more than 600 wild and endangered species and thousands of animals—home to Arizona’s largest collection of wild and exotic animals. For well over a quarter century, one of the hallmarks of Wildlife World has been to create a family friendly experience that brings animals and visitors closer together with innovative habitats and displays. Here is a sample of what you will find during your visit. Dragon World—a series of exhibits featuring giant reptiles like the state’s first saltwater crocodile and a large 20 feet, 200lbs reticulated python. The newest aquarium building features a critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle—Arizona’s first. There’s also a permanent indoor-outdoor small-clawed otter habitat. The main exhibit is a 40 x 10 foot, 40,000-gallon Amazon River Monsters display containing large arowana, arapaima and other South American fresh water giants. In addition, the display has the menacing payara, nicknamed the “vampire fish,” with 6inch fangs protruding from its lower jaw! This past spring, we also launched the only marine mammal exhibit in Arizona. Wildlife World was the first zoo to build a public lory parrot feeding. Another popular destination is the giraffe feeding station. While these and other interactive animal experiences like the turaco bird feeding, stingray touch tank, and the always popular children’s petting zoo filled with baby goats and deer are meant to be fun, they also serve a much greater purpose --to introduce people of all ages to wildlife through safe and meaningful encounters. Take time this holiday season to slow things down and enjoy a fun day and evening at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. Be sure to enjoy a great lunch or dinner at Dillon’s KC Style BBQ restaurant and patio bar at the Aquarium. We are open every day of the year including all holidays. – Dr. Grey Stafford Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium


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Q. Plants, folk medicine or source of

Q. What questions should I ask a

A. The use of plants as medicine is one of the only forms of healing that is embraced by every culture and ethnicity, and has endured since ancient times and is still in use today in many areas of the world.

A. Here ae a few questions you should ask when interviewing a home care company.


What makes this even more intriguing is that how and why plants work is still a mystery. Modern science cannot fully explain the healing nature of plants. In the late 1800s, upward of 90 percent of the population knew how to use the medicinal plants growing in their backyards to treat common illnesses and injuries; they had to, as this was virtually the only ‘medicine’ available. With the rise of what is now known as conventional medicine, shortly before World War 1, herbalism slowly fell out of favor and became to be thought of as folk medicine. Rather than viewing nature as the source of healing, as had been done for centuries, people began to view drugs and other ‘modern’ healing methods as superior. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, while at the same time experiencing increasing rates of chronic disease. It has perhaps never been more evident that our disconnectedness from nature is not working. Of course, the ultimate ‘herbalism’ is the food that you eat on a daily basis. Acquire your dark green herbs (roots and leaves combined) for an excellent source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting substances. Impact your body with the herbal healing properties of Best Organic Wheatgrass, a unique, complete whole food supplement. – Ken & Barb Hall Best Organic Wheatgrass 1.888.260.GREEN (4733)

home care company I am considering hiring?

Are all caregivers employees of the company? Have all caregivers had a criminal background check? Have all caregivers had a tuberculosis test? Who supervises the caregivers? Does the company carry liability insurance? Does the company maintain workers' compensation insurance? Does the company comply with all mandatory Internal Revenue Service, Federal and State tax laws? Are employees bonded? Are caregivers trained to provide the level of care you are seeking? Is someone who is employed by the company on call 24 hours per day? Is the owner accessible by telephone or in person? Other questions to ask would be about the services available, costs, payment options, minimum hours required and any others that are important to you. Have patience, choose carefully and your home care experience will be a positive one. Always know who you are doing business with – a life depends on it. –Lola Judy Sun Cities CareGivers 623.974.2397

Q. Is the LaserTouchOne effective for plantar fasciitis?

Q. Why are there so many different styles of hearing aids?

A. The LaserTouchOne is quite effective for plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. When there is inflammation of this tissue, it is called plantar fasciitis. When this band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused, the plantar fascia can become inflamed. Pain occurs and walking becomes difficult.

A. There are several different styles of hearing aids for different types of hearing loss as well as preference. The style of your hearing aid affects the overall performance of the instrument and the comfort level experienced while wearing it. Some wearers have options as far as the style that is appropriate for them, while others can be significantly limited due to their type of hearing loss.

Plantar fasciitis can occur when there is/are: Flat or high arches of the foot Long-distance running Tight Achilles tendon Shoes with poor arch support The pain is usually worse: In the morning when you take your first steps. After standing or sitting for a while. After intense activity The LaserTouchOne works incomparably well for self-treatment of this painful condition. The LaserTouchOne works at a cellular level so it addresses pain and inflammation at its source, dropping the pain level immediately and reducing inflammation even after one self-treatment. With continued use, the LaserTouchOne will actually promote the healing of plantar fasciitis. I have seen this condition relieved repeatedly with the use of this device. Some effective options for relieving this painful condition include: Heel stretching exercises. Wearing shoes with good arch support. –Cheryl L. Davis, LBMT Therapy Today 623.204.0800

“Open fit” hearing aids are equipped with a receiver in the aid (RITA), while others are equipped with a receiver in the canal (RIC). This style of instrument is usually reserved for wearers who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss and especially effective for those who only suffer from high frequency hearing loss. Custom fitted in the ear (ITE) instruments can assist wearers who suffer from mild to severe hearing loss. An ITE hearing aid allows us to increase overall gain in the instrument with a reduced chance of feedback (squealing). Power behind the ear instruments are typically reserved for severe to profound hearing loss. They are the largest of all of the instruments and an advantage for someone with a great deal of loss. Contact your local hearing healthcare professional and schedule an evaluation to find out which is appropriate for you. Living with hearing loss for a prolonged period of time can create even greater problems. Do not hesitate, call and schedule an appointment today. – Brian Emery Emery Hearing Centers State Licensed HIS 623.792.7151

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“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:7


"Paul said in Second Corinthians, “I want you to excel in the gracious ministry of giving.” He could have said, “I want you to excel in business, excel in sports, excel in medicine.” That’s all good. But he said, “What I want you to really be great at, what I want you to excel in is giving." ~ Joel Osteen | November 2013


Travel & leisure


By Alison Bailin Batz

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Winter Wonderland


et against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is famous its Southwestern setting with Spanish Colonial Style architecture, plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort has also been lauded for its 649 oversized guest rooms, including 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, five heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa, worldclass tennis center and championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale. This winter, the venue will transform into a winter wonderland in the desert during its annual “Christmas at the Princess” festival, Nov. 21 – Jan. 5. The enchanting hotel will glisten with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree, the Desert Ice Holiday Rink, Princess Express Train, dazzling Lagoon Lights, a magical snowfall, hot cocoa, carolers and fireside with Santa. Here is a snapshot of what both guests and locals can expect.

Holiday Tree Lighting Fairmont Scottsdale Princess invites the public to its 4th Annual “Christmas at the Princess” Holiday Tree Lighting Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m., in Princess Plaza. Following the ceremony, The Desert Ice Holiday Rink is christened with a glittery ice skating performance before it opens to the public. The evening includes entertainment by Radio Disney, carolers, complimentary sugar cookies and spiced cider. For the first time, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will bring a magical snowfall to the resort, adding a new touch to this winter wonderland. The resort’s Holiday Shoppe will have a “Sparkle” event where children dip and paint their own sparkle ornament for $5. The event also kicks-off the resort’s annual Toy for Tots Drive, where guests may bring an unwrapped toy and drop it in the box near the lobby.

along with a 10-foot lighted menorah and dreidels, the Three Wise Men and a candy cane forest. Guests can hitch a ride on the Princess Express, complimentary electric train rides Friday and Saturday nights around the lagoons, sponsored by Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Desert Ice Skating Rink Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Desert Ice Holiday Rink, made with real ice and set in the picturesque Cactus Garden, will be open daily, Nov. 21 – Jan. 5. Skating prices for adults and children may vary according to session times. A portion of the skating proceeds benefits the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Ice Den presents Magical Moments on Ice Guests will enjoy watching skaters of all ages from the Ice Den showcasing their talents to the sounds of the season. The shows will also feature members of the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona. Production is choreographed by the Ice Den Skating staff and is sanctioned by the Coyotes Skating Club of AZ and U.S. Figure Skating.

Four-Story Musical Tree Specially designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the resort’s holiday tree has 65,000 LED lights that “twinkle and dance” to 10 holiday songs in Princess Plaza. This synchronized lighting and music show runs 6 – 10 p.m. nightly throughout the season, playing approximately every 10 minutes.

Toys for Tots The tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Toy drive for Toys for Tots. The resort will be a

Lagoon Lights & the Princess Express Train Visitors can stroll through a fantasyland, with over a million lights illuminating the resort’s majestic lagoons, graceful Swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, 14-foot a rocking horse, toy soldiers, Santa fishing and many other whimsical displays. Throughout the resort, 75 trees will be wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes,


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Our Goal is to Get You

a drop-off location for Toys for Tots through Dec. 20, 2013. Local residents can pull right up to the Toys for Tots box at the front drive/porte-cochere, where a bellman is happy to assist with their donation.

Active for Life!

Holiday Shoppe The Holiday Shoppe is a charming boutique that will offer winter wear such as hats, scarves and mittens, along with seasonal décor, ornaments, blinking novelty items and gourmet chocolates. The Shoppe will also sell holiday cards designed by Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients, supporting their Annual Card Project fundraiser. Giftwrapping is complimentary at all of the resort’s retail outlets. Fireside Photos at Santa’s Workshop Friday and Saturday nights is spent fireside with Santa at his workshop in La Hacienda Plaza, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Nov. 29 - Dec. 21, where the young-at-heart can have their photo taken with Kriss Kringle for $10.

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More Holiday Activities Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 27 through Christmas Eve, carolers will stroll the grounds from 6 – 9 p.m., singing holiday favorites. Nightly menorah lighting with applesauce and latkes takes place in the resort lobby through Hanukkah, Nov. 27 - Dec. 5. Other holiday activities include marshmallow roasts, stocking decorating and dreidel making for the kids at Trailblazers Family Adventure Center. Holiday resort activities for locals and hotel guests vary throughout the season.

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Fitness, nutrition & sports



How to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes Though aging increases a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, a healthy lifestyle that includes routine exercise and a healthy diet can help men and women reduce that risk significantly.


ccording to researchers at Diabetes Institute, if the spread of type 2 diabetes continues at its current rate, there will be roughly 439 million adults with diabetes in the year 2030. Though some cases of diabetes cannot be prevented, a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, occurring when the body does not use insulin properly. Initially, the pancreas will make extra insulin to account for the body's resistance to insulin; however, over time the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases as people age, and while there is no way to halt the aging process, there are many other ways for men, women and children to reduce their risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

Shed those extra pounds Being overweight increases your risk for a host of ailments, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. According to the American Diabetes Association, losing as little as 10 to 15 pounds can make a significant difference for people looking to reduce their risks of developing Type 2 diabetes. When attempting to lose weight, men and women should recognize that making lifestyle changes is a more effective way to shed pounds and keep weight off than fad diets that may promise quick weight loss but tend to be less effective at keeping that weight off over the long haul. Successful weight loss typically involves a combination of physical activity and a healthy diet. Include physical activity as part of your daily routine several days per week, taking it slow at first if you have not exercised regularly in quite some time. As your 48

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body begins to adapt to exercise, you can gradually increase the intensity of your workout routines. Adopting a healthy diet is another way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. A diet low in calories and fat is a good start. Men and women who need to lose a significant amount of weight may want to work with a dietitian and/ or nutritionist to create a meal plan that is likely to produce the best results and address any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies they might have.

Focus on fiber Adding more fiber to your diet is another way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Foods that are high in fiber tend to make people feel fuller, reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. Fiber also helps the body control its blood sugar levels, and fiber can lower a person's risk of heart disease. Many foods include fiber, but some high-fiber foods include beans, fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Avoid refined carbohydrates Studies have shown that diets rich in refined carbohydrates increase a person's risk of developing diabetes. Additional studies have shown that diets rich in whole grains protect the body against diabetes. Researchers examining the results of several studies that explored the relationship between whole grains and diabetes found that eating an extra two servings of whole grains each day could reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 21 percent. Refined carbohydrates found in white bread, white rice, mashed potatoes and many cereals, cause sustained spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can increase a person's risk.

Four Easy Ways to Cut Your Sugar Intake By MS


he American Heart Association reports that the average adult in the United States consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which equals 150 pounds per year. Teenagers consume even more, averaging 34 teaspoons every day. These numbers are more than twice the amount of sugar a person should be eating. Healthy fruits, vegetables and some dairy products each contain sugar. However, refined sugar is what can compromise a person's health. When more than 10 percent of a person's total calories come from added or refined sugar, this can prove harmful to both the mind and body. University of California, San Francisco researchers estimate that the 130,000 new cases of diabetes documented between 1990 and 2000 could be attributed to the increase of sugar-sweetened drinks. Those who drink one to two servings of sweetened beverages are 26 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes than those who avoid such drinks. When a person consumes more sugar than needed, the excess may be stored in the body as triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Both high triglycerides and low HDL levels contribute to the hardening of your arteries. This condition increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Here are five easy ways to cut your sugar intake.

Enjoy a sugar-free breakfast You may begin the day with a sugar rush if you consume too much sugar at the breakfast table. This will inevitably result in a sugar crash, after which you may overeat or gravitate toward products that are more sugary. Starting the day with whole grains is a healthier way to fuel the body at breakfast time.

Stock up on fruits and vegetables When you crave something sweet, grab a piece of fruit or a sweet vegetable, such as corn or beets. You will be consuming fewer calories and eating less processed sugar.

Research the amount of sugar in foods Read labels and ingredients to determine if sugar is hiding in the foods and beverages, you consume. Anything that ends with the suffix "ose" is a derivative of sugar. Some restaurants will even add sugar to foods that do not need them to make them irresistible and addicting, which is often the case with kids' meals.

Cut sweetened drinks from your diet entirely Many people consume a substantial amount of sugar in their beverages. To avoid overconsumption of sugar, opt for water, unsweetened teas or diluted 100 percent fruit juice if you need something sweet. By cutting down on sugar, a person can gradually reduce dependency on the sweet stuff and not even miss it. |November 2013






Teach Your Children to be Charitable t is often during times of devastation when children first see how communities can join to help one another.

Such efforts may be a child's initial exposure to charity while highlighting the importance of putting another person's needs before your own. However, children need not be exposed charity solely during times of tragedy. Teaching children to be charitable is one of the ways to help them become good citizens of the world. By helping others, parents can instill early on lessons of kindness, empathy and compassion into their sons and daughters. Children who are ready and willing to lend a helping hand may grow up to be more appreciative of what they have in their own lives. What's more, they may learn to be selfless while assigning less value to material things. To mold charitable children, families can employ the following techniques.

Kids who repeatedly see their own parents and other role models doing good and lending a helping hand may be more inclined to repeat that behavior, and giving will be the norm for them rather than the exception.


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Start locally. There are people in your own community or on the street where you live who can benefit from a helping hand. Ask an elderly neighbor if he or she needs assistance with shopping for groceries or could benefit from your child taking in the garbage cans after pickup. Children can help shovel snow from sidewalks or do other age-appropriate tasks, such as place a carelessly strewn newspaper closer to a neighbor's door Volunteer as a family. The entire family can get-together and spend time working at a communitysponsored carnival or cleaning debris from an area beach. Volunteer work might be available at your child's school, where families can plant

gardens around the property. When volunteering as a family, not only is your entire family helping to do good, but you're spending quality time together as well. Make charitable donations. Let children see the solicitations for monetary donations that come in the mail. Read aloud the pleas for funds to help children and adults who may not have enough to eat or who may require medical care. This is an important lesson in humility and helps show children that not every person in the world is comfortable. Once kids have read about the needs of others, involve them in the donation process. They can assist with sorting clothing and toys they may no longer need and then help bag it up and donate it to an agency that takes collected items. Give throughout the year. Inform children that many people need throughout the year, and that volunteering is a year-round activity. Match kids' charitable fundraising. Encourage children to start their own fundraising efforts and match the funds they raise. Find companies that will also match the amount your children have raised. Set up a giving policy. Children can learn the importance of giving at an early age by dividing their allowances and financial gifts into different categories. They can put one-third toward savings, one-third toward spending, and one-third toward donations. If children do not have a lot of money in a piggy bank, they can donate their time, which many charities need as much as money.

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he Administration for Children and Families offers that there are approximately 115,000 children waiting for adoptive families in the United States foster care system. Although the system handles children from birth to age 21, the median age of foster children is 7.5 years-old. Children enter foster care primarily after being removed from birth families due to neglect. Some return to birth families if they are once again deemed competent. Other children become available for adoption if the birth parents' rights are terminated due to the inability to parent safely. Many children in the foster care system have been in neglectful homes or raised in poor conditions. As a result, they may harbor psychological or emotional issues, including difficulty trusting adults. Foster care parents will need to be patient and willing to understand a child's background and situation to make the relationship work.

Individuals who decide to become foster parents should realize they might face difficulties, including emotional issues, stemming from the child's past. Parents should be willing to work closely with a foster agency on a regular basis. In the event that a birth family will be reconsidered to take back the child, the foster family may have contact with the biological family as well. Although a person does not have to be married or have prior child-rearing experience, some criteria may have to be met to be a foster parent. Keep in mind that regulations vary from state to state and could be very different outside of the country. Training, screening and licensing process is often required, in addition to these criteria. * Individuals must be 21 years or older. Some states will not accept anyone older than 65. * The foster parents must have the financial ability to provide for their own family.

Becoming a foster parent can be a rewarding experience for both the parent and the child. To start the foster care process, individuals can request an information packet from the Division of Social Services in their state. It will offer information explaining requirements and the steps to take. Those who are still interested can fill out an application. If the application is start a home study The process can take a training course may

accepted, a social worker will and background investigation. several months. At this point, be recommended.

* The home must meet certain safety standards.

If the certification and training goes well, a person will become a certified foster parent and an agency will try to find a child that is a good match and can enter the home. The child can stay for several months, some up to a year or more.

* Foster parents must be in good physical and mental health.

Becoming a foster parent can be a rewarding experience for both the parent and the child.

* There must be room for a child in the home. Some programs require a separate room for the foster child or at least his or her own bed and storage space. | November 2013


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Things to Do When Starting a Nonprofit There are many free or lowcost resources available to help guide you through the process of starting a nonprofit, both online and at the library. Working at another nonprofit organization or volunteering your time can prove an invaluable experience to men and women hoping to one day start their own nonprofit organization.


n recent years, the number of nonprofit organizations has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are around 1.5 million taxexempt organizations operating in the United States, which report over $1.59 trillion in total revenue. Beginning a business, for-profit or a nonprofit organization is different for everyone. There are some common steps when founding a nonprofit organization. While this information is to serve as a reference, it should not replace the advice of legal counsel knowledgeable of tax-exempt organizations in your area. The requirements for starting a nonprofit organization vary depending on a host of factors, including geography. It is recommended that men and women looking to start a nonprofit organization consult with an attorney to ensure they comply with all regulations before opening their doors. Write a mission statement that clarifies your intentions. Identify the overall purpose of the organization, including why the organization should exist- its values, benefits to others and how you would like others to view the business.

Decide the type of organization you want to be. This will help categorize your nonprofit. Being tax-exempt is not the same as being tax-deductible. You may want your organization to be incorporated to protect against personal liability. Otherwise, you may want to be an informal nonprofit organization, such as a group of friends getting together for a common goal. Determine who will be involved with the organization. Having many people interested in the nonprofit can signal broad community support. If the nonprofit is only exciting to a few people, it may prove less capable of realizing its mission statement. Try to create a group of mixed talents that will have a shared passion. 52

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Include a needs assessment. A needs assessment is used to determine if there really is a need in your community for the services, you want to offer. Although the nonprofit will be established to help others and not to make money, it is still a business and must be deemed viable. The business plan should include where the location will be, how the marketing, management and staff will be organized, where you will get money for the startup and monthly operations. Consider seeking the support of a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is another nonprofit organization that will help share resources to handle startup costs and fees. There also are businesses that share their resources to help nonprofit organizations establish themselves. The National Council of Nonprofit Associations can let you know if there are such businesses in your area. Establish a method of keeping good records. Good records must be kept to ensure you are operating correctly and legally. Develop a fundraising plan early on. The majority of that funding will come from private citizens and local service groups. Effective advertising and word-of-mouth recommendations will help fuel donations. There is a variety of other things to consider. You may need liability insurance and an insurance agent to handle health and life insurance benefits for employees. Bylaws should be written to specify how the board would operate. A solicitation license will be required if you plan to solicit funds, and you may need a mail permit to get a discount on bulk mailings. Those who plan to file for taxexempt status will be required to fill out the requisite forms at both the federal and state or provincial levels.

Charitable Donations and Tax Deductions



eople make charitable donations for various reasons. Some are motivated by a desire to give back to their communities, while others might be inspired to to give back to their communities, while others might be inspired by a particular cause whether that that cause is based down the street or across the globe. Network for Good, an organization that helps nonprofits connect with prospective donors, says 89 percent of American households give to charity. Gifts average 3.2 percent of household income, or roughly $1,620 annually, and oftentimes such donations are tax deductible. The United States Internal Revenue Service is the organization tasked with overseeing tax-related issues. In-depth information regarding applicable tax deductions can be found on their respective website Individuals can also consult with a qualified accountant should they have any questions regarding charitable donations and deductions. In addition, there are some guidelines for donors to follow when making donations and claiming tax deductions.

Only contributions made in the calendar year are potentially eligible to be claimed as deductions. For example, only those donations made between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013 can be claimed on your 2013 tax returns (filed in 2014). Therefore, if you are hoping to deduct donations as soon as possible, do your giving before the end of the calendar year. Donations are required to be given to a qualified organization to earn a deduction. You cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals or political candidates and organizations. In general, trusts, foundations, war veteran’s organizations, domestic fraternal societies, churches, nonprofit charitable organizations, volunteer fire companies, and medical research organizations are considered qualified organizations. Keep receipts for all charitable donations. This helps verify the donation and can be beneficial if you are audited down the road. The receipt should list your name, address, the charity's registration number, the value of the donation and additional pertinent information. File Form 1040. Donors must file form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A when deducting charitable donations. | November 2013




By Nidah Chatriwala

Sandra Bullock Talks Family


ollywood is a melting pot of glamorous and gifted personalities. Sandra Bullock, 49, is known for her versatile acting in succesful films such as “The Blind Side” and “The Proposal”. Bullock, who had achallenging time managing her personal life, which could not escape the public eye, is now a role model to many because of her solid strength. She carries herself with humility and is fiercely dedicated to her acting career and charity work. Bullock’s continuous source of strength is her 3-year-old adopted son, Louis Bardo Bullock. This little bundle of joy has changed Bullock’s life in many ways. “He's just perfect, I can't even describe him any other way,” Bullock reveals exclusively in an article with PEOPLE magazine. “It's like he's always been a part of our lives.” According to PEOPLE magazine, Bullock and her ex-husband, Jesse James, had begun the adoption process long before their marriage split. Louis, who was adopted in New Orleans, lived with the couple privately until they were officially divorced. “He's in a situation where he's not liking that someone's there with a camera. He's usually giving stink eye, but he's giving stink eye because he doesn't want anybody messing with his mom. That's what breaks my heart, because he's doing it…he's like, 'Don't get near my mom,'” Bullock tells E! News.

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Motherhood has brought a positive balance in this awardwinning actor’s life. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, Bullock discusses the way Louis has changed her. “Work was my life before. Now I have no reason to leave home,” she says. One thing she tells E! News is that she didn’t expect her role as a mother to make her so emotional.

“I thought I was the most hardened, jaded individual I knew. And I can be brought to a mess in seconds. It's like you go, 'Oh, I grew a heart.' I get weepy all the time, it's embarrassing…but that's it, you just realize that you are walking love,” Bullock admits to E! News. So does this mean this yummy mummy is open to expanding her family? “If all of a sudden my house had eight kids in it—if it was OK with Louis and it felt like a good, safe family—I would be fine with it,” she tells E! News. “That's what my home is for. It's up to him, he's kinda the boss.”

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In an interview to Vogue, Bullock says that she would be willing to give up her acting career to protect her son. “I don't want him to have pressures brought on by what I do. I will quit. I will leave. If I see whatever I'm doing affecting him negatively, I will pack up and move to Alaska,” Bullock reveals to Vogue. Bullock is quiet protective of her little man. According to LifeNews, while filming her upcoming movie, “Gravity”, Bullock made sure the set was accommodating to little Louis. Having a child-friendly set helped to put Bullock at ease while working. Juggling career and family life isn’t easy for any mom. Nonetheless, this mother’s dedication and commitment to keeping herself and her family happy, is unquestionably impressive. Bullock tells Vogue, “I’m having such an amazing time. Whatever comes our way, we handle as a family. It’s not just me anymore.” Be sure to check out “Gravity” to catch Bullocks stellar performance along with the dashing George Clooney as two surviving astronauts in a damaged space shuttle. | November 2013


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"Leave people better off than when you met them. Excel in the grace of giving and glorify God in all you do!" ~Joel Osteen |November 2013


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Volunteering Opportunities for Retirees


oday's retirees recognize that an active retirement tends to be more rewarding than simply sitting around the house and that attitude is reflected in the vast number of of retirees who volunteer with various nonprofit organizations and other programs across the globe. Here are a handful of volunteering opportunities for those retirees who want to give back and make the most of their retirements.

Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and repairs homes for people in need. It has a program titled "Care-A-Vanners" in which volunteers typically spend two weeks traveling around the United States and Canada in rented RVs (retirees who own RVs may be able to drive their own vehicles) building and restoring homes. Volunteers must pay their own way and bring along their own supplies, such as work shoes, gloves, tool belts and some tools (power tools are typically provided by the local Habitat for Humanity chapter), 60

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and free or low-cost RV parking is provided by Habitat for Humanity. Adventurous retirees who enjoy hitting the open road may find "Care-A-Vanners" matches their love of travel with their desire to give back.

Work with children Many retirees, who do not have grandchildren or live far away from their grandchildren, find volunteering with children to be especially rewarding. The opportunities to work with children are numerous, and retirees can choose a volunteering opportunity where their own life experiences come in handy. For example, retirees who worked in the medical field might want to volunteer their time at a local children's hospital, where they can assist families as they cope with a child's illness and spend time with the children themselves, whether it is tutoring sick children, reading them stories or helping them understand their illnesses. Retirees with considerable experience in the business world may want to work with a mentoring program that matches them up with career-minded youngsters.

Service vacations Retirement is often seen as a time to travel and see the world, and many retirees have started to combine that love of travel with service opportunities. Globe Aware, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments. Each activity aims to promote cultural awareness and promote sustainability in needy communities. Volunteers work to address issues identified by the host communities as particularly pressing, interacting with the local residents in ways that are often impossible on more traditional vacations.

Meals on Wheels Retirees tend to have their mornings and afternoons free, making them ideal candidates to volunteer with programs such as Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization devoted to delivering nutritious meals to those with limited mobility that are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels has its own delivery program and delivers more than 1 million meals per day across the United States and Canada. Many Meals on Wheels volunteers are retirees, who can decide their level of involvement upon volunteering.





Disaster relief Disaster relief programs may be less predictable than more routine volunteer programs, but retirees often make great volunteers at disaster relief sites. Unlike working professionals who cannot travel to disaster relief sites without ample planning ahead of time, retirees often find the flexibility of retirement allows them to pitch in when an unforeseen natural disaster strikes and volunteers are needed seemingly overnight. Many disaster relief programs need volunteers who are certified in CPR or have other unique lifesaving skills, but even retirees without such skills can help by handling supplies or by comforting and assisting survivors of natural disasters.



Ruth Rusie is part of United Way’s ongoing work to improve the education, income, and health of our communities. To find out how you can help create opportunities for a better life for all, visit LIVEUNITED.ORG.

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aging well By Chris Orestis, Health Care Advocate and CEO of Life Care Funding


How to Pay for Senior Care with Limited Resources

e do not often think of living a long life as a problem, especially for those we love. However, what happens when mom, dad, a spouse, or another beloved family member is in need of regular health care yet are apparently short on finances? Paying for care may be well within your loved one’s means. A secret the life insurance industry has managed to hide Your policy can be used to pay for long-term health care such as home care, assisted-living or nursing home expenses. Many people who need long-term care cannot afford it, so they drop the policies they have been paying on for years in order to qualify for Medicaid. The life insurance companies profit from the fact that they get all those years of premiums and never have to pay out a death benefit. Seniors can instead sell their policy for between 30 and 60 percent of its death benefit value. The money can be put into an irrevocable fund designated specifically for their care. It is your legal right to use this option. Here are a few more tips on paying for senior care:

Do not go straight to Medicaid If your first thought is skipping right to Medicaid, the government’s health care safety net for the very poor, then you may be heading for a trap. Once you have Medicaid paying the bills, you and your loved ones have little say in how you are cared for and by whom. This policy conversion option allows you to live in a place where you are happy and comfortable and it saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year. In addition, with 30 percent of the Medicaid population consuming 87 percent of Medicaid dollars spent on long-term care services, more individuals will be forced to find their own resources to pay for those needs.

Consider what you have already paid Life care funding, the practice of converting a life insurance policy into a Life Care Benefit has been an accepted method of payment for private duty in-homecare, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and hospice care for years. Instead of abandoning a life policy because 62

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your loved one can no longer afford the premiums, policy owners have the option to take the present-day value of the policy while they are still alive and convert it into a life care benefit – long-term care benefit plan. By converting the policy, a senior will remain in private pay longer and be able to choose the form of care that they want but will be Medicaid-eligible when the benefit is spent down.

Think again before tapping other assets It costs over $80,000 a year on average to pay for a loved one’s stay at a nursing home, according to the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care. In addition, individuals and families, accounting for 22 percent of the money spent on nursing homes, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, spend $178 billion outof-pocket. This can lead down a costly path of tapping other forms of wealth, or even seeking loans. Before doing this, consider utilizing a life insurance policy first. Conversions include provisions for funerals, and whatever money is not spent on care goes automatically to policy beneficiaries.











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FRIDAY 1 Pumpkin Days & Fall Maze 11-Day Event Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale Engineers Club of the West Valley Luncheon Meeting 11:30 a.m Sun City West

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Scottsdale Super Expo 2-Day event 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Westworld

Momma’s Organic Market (Peoria Farmers Market at Park West) 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Saturday Petting zoo, fresh produce, face painting, and more

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Arizona Health & Living Magazine East Edition November 2013 Issue  

Here at Arizona Health & Living, we know that the key to a happier lifestyle is a healthier one - and we are all about improving the health...

Arizona Health & Living Magazine East Edition November 2013 Issue  

Here at Arizona Health & Living, we know that the key to a happier lifestyle is a healthier one - and we are all about improving the health...