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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
elcome to our Woman Today Issue. Women have multiple roles. However, the most important one is building a foundation of faith. Many passages in the bible reveal the role that God designed for a woman. These passages reveal many virtues of a woman committed to building a godly legacy for her family.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
The following is one of my favorite passages:
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 12 May 2014 | azhealthandliving.com
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Until next time, I want to encourage you this Mother's Day to consider one biblical example of motherhood—Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, an emblem of the grace of womanhood —in 1 Samuel 1-2.
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KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
By Jennifer Wolff
Tantrum Handbags Fashionably organizing today’s women
ne day, as JR Marriott, owner of Tantrum Handbags was searching for her keys through the mound inside her handbag she noticed other women were also fumbling for a particular item, wondering ‘where is it?” After being frustrated with her bottomless pit, she asked herself, ‘Why can’t a handbag be functional and beautiful?’ and thus she set out to fill a void in the handbag market. For JR Marriott, the hurdles of life were more challenging than most, as she was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, and had to overcome extreme obstacles to get through school. Thanks to her parent’s motivation and determination of not letting, her give up easily Marriott learned the attributes of tenacity. Utilizing the skills Marriott gained as a young child, she was determined to change the way women view their handbag, and wanted to instill a sense of control and freedom in their lives, one handbag at a time—Tantrum handbags were created. “I love fashion, I’ve always been drawn to it, and working with Ralph Lauren and other fashion focused companies was an incredible experience for me," Marriott says. “I dreamed of working in fashion since I was young, so the experience was a fantasy come true.”
Her focus was to offer a beautifully designed and sophisticated handbag with evolutionary interiors and impeccable details to alleviate the tantrum women experience when looking for their things. Tantrum Handbags organizes items so women know where everything is, allowing easy access. This organization enables women to feel a sense of freedom, while coupled in a fashion-forward handbag, which makes them feel stylish and hip. “I became so frustrated with the daily experience of trying to find things in my handbag and I realized it would set the tone for whatever I was doing,” Marriott says. “The kids would be crying, my phone would be ringing, or I would be standing in the dark absolutely puzzled as to where my keys were! It was so frustrating.” 14
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Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation. They alsohas added their Marriott seengynecological the freedom cancer womentreatment experiencetowhen growing list of patient services, another first for the West they carry a Tantrum Handbag. ‘Pockets with Purpose’ are Valley. designed to fit specific items, and elastic at the top of the pocket keeps items in place. The interiors are beautiful as Today, the practice now boasts 52 physicians, more than well as functional. 200 employees and 20 partner offices Valleywide, including several in theare West cities of Peoria, The exteriors madeValley with the highest qualityAvondale, leathers, Glendale, Surprise and Wickenburg. chains, studs, and special details that make Tantrum
handbags unique, offering a more edgy yet classic feel to “We are a cancer center without walls whose services the handbag. stretch into every inch of this community, offering the West the the besthandbags doctors,couldn’t best treatment “Since Valley I love with fashion, just be technologies and best research in the country,” Dr. Reed functional, they also had to be attractive. I want women to says. “Cancer is a disease of asurvivors and we want to love their handbag and feel sense of –pride when they keep it that way.” carry a Tantrum,” Marriott says.
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Welcome a New Arrival —a White-Handed Gibbon This spring, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has welcomed a variety of animal births including several endangered species. The new arrivals include a baby lesser ape known as a white-handed gibbon, plus monkeys, antelopes, bamboo sharks, aquatic birds and a pair of endangered jaguars. Gibbons are large primates lacking a tail, but possessing long limbs and fingers, which enable them to move swiftly through the trees. Infant gibbons are entirely dependent on their mothers and extended family for food, warmth and locomotion. After several months of age, the young will begin to explore their environment, but never far from their attentive mother's reach. Gibbons face extinction in SE Asia due to human encroachment, poaching and forest habitat destruction. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO , AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK 165th Ave. & Northern 623.935.WILD (9453) www.wildlifeworld.com This space is sponsored by Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
By Katie Snyder
Camp Soaring Eagle
Makes memories for children with serious illnesses
orthern Arizona is most known for its beautiful scenery, great weather and outdoor adventures. However, what most people do not know is that nestled between the red rocks and the pine trees-is Camp Soaring Eagle, home to thousands of terminally ill children and their families yearround. “There are currently 241,067 children in Arizona living with special health care needs,” Executive Director of Development at Camp Soaring Eagle, Paula BocaBommarito says. “Our retreats provide a safe place for them to interact with other kids, create friendships and make memories. We intend to provide a free medicallysafe camping experience for as many of these seriously ill children as possible.” Unlike other youth-based camps in Arizona, Camp Soaring Eagle is able to provide exceptional on-site medical care so kids can experience the fun of camp under the watchful eye of a cadre of volunteer nurses and physicians. “Our hope is to provide families the opportunity to get away from the everyday pressures, including the hospital, medical treatments, and financial worries and connect with other families who may be experiencing similar struggles,” Executive Director of Camp Operations, Juan Morales says. For each session, medical professionals volunteer to provide the highest-level care for campers, free. Through their partnerships,
Camp Soaring Eagle staff and volunteers are able to ensure campers have a safe experience during their stay. The organization offers six different types of camping programs including illness specific camping weekends, sibling camper weekends, illness specific family retreats, summer travel programs, veteran’s children camper weekends, and camp outreach. Illness groups served include: • • • • • • • • •
Blood disorders Cancers Down syndrome Inflammatory bowel disease Metabolic syndrome Mitochondrial disease Neuromuscular impairments Respiratory diseases Type 1 diabetes
To participate in the various programs, campers ages 6-15 must be referred from their pediatrician. Depending on the session, campers and their families typically stay anywhere from 2-5 days. “It is a magical time where we can bring some normalcy to the kids’ lives and be able to let them experience things that, in some cases, none of these kids will ever be able to experience,” Morales says. “It gives them an opportunity 16
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to be away from the clinics and the hospitals and everything —and just be kids.” Camp Soaring Eagle hopes to serve 1600 campers and family members this year. “This place is about freedom and hope,” Morales says. “To see those smiles and children having a wonderful time means everything.”
for their 5th Annual Tee It Up for Children’s Laughter Golf Tournament. Individual tickets can be purchased for $100 each or three tickets for $250. You do not need to be present to win. The drawing will be held May 5, at Blackstone Country Club in Peoria, the day of event. All proceeds benefit Camp Soaring Eagle and help fund camping programs for children with serious illnesses. The Vacation for two prize is courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead.
Depending on the retreat chosen, camp participants will enjoy a wide range of activities such as horseback riding, fishing, crafts, music, archery and boating. “It’s important to remember that children with illness are children first and no different in terms of their needs and aspirations,” Boca-Bommarito says. “We are thankful for our partners, volunteers and all the support and look forward to being able to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids who would, otherwise, be unable to attend camp for reasons related to their illness.”
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Military Hero Presented with Mortgage-Free Home Sergeant Sigifredo (“Ziggy”) Buenrrostro with his wife Evelyn and their five beautiful daughters were presented with a mortgage-free home. Sgt. Buenrrostro is a true American Hero who has received numerous awards and commendations. He served three tours of duty in Iraq since 2002 and was subject to intense combat and IED attack. He has been diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder from his intense combat exposure. Wallick & Volk Mortgage sponsored this mortgage-free home through the Heroes to Homeowners Program. This program is organized by the national nonprofit, Boot Campaign, their program partner Military Warriors Support Foundation, and championed by The Duncan Group and Mortgage Coach to bring together mortgage industry leaders to show support for our nation’s military and honor our wounded veterans. As part of this special partnership, Chase Bank donated the home for the Buenrrostro family and Wallick & Volk donated $30,000 to cover the costs of home renovations needed for safety and accessibility and counseling for the financial stability needed to maintain home ownership. For more information, visit www.wvmb.com.
Code Red: Summer Heat Relief Urgent Public Plea to Help Homeless In an effort to prevent heat-related deaths and illness, Phoenix Rescue Mission is once again mobilizing its Code Red: Summer Heat Relief Campaign from May 1 through Aug. 31. In partnership with several municipalities and businesses, the Mission is issuing a public plea for water, white socks, toiletries, cool snack packs, hats, light-colored Tshirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, chilly neck coolers and more. Arizona ranks as the fourth worst state in the nation for homelessness, with more than 13,000 men, women and children in Maricopa County living on the streets. Donations are requested, particularly in May when the Mission qualifies for a matching grant. Volunteers are needed. Public drop-off sites for heat relief items are located throughout the valley. For more information, call 602.233.3000 or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.
LOCALWORK.com Greater Phoenix Job Fair Jobs for Teens/College Students On Monday, May 12, hundreds of local summer jobs and internships for teens/college students will be featured along with more than 1000 full/part-time positions at the LocalWork Greater Phoenix Job Fair. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Phoenix Airport Marriott on 1101 North 44th Street, in Phoenix. According to the Employment Policies Institute and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate for teenage workers in Arizona is 29.4 percent. However, Valley businesses are hiring and LocalWork is sharing those seasonal opportunities with local youth. LocalWork will offer free resume reviews, elevator speech tutorials and hair/clothing consultations to help these first-time workers get a hand up as they enter the workforce. Free to attend. RSVP at www.localwork.com/ phoenix/jobfairs/ get in express line and receive job tips and more. 18
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All- New Website Launched Connecting Baby Boomer Talent to Nonprofit Needs
Experience Matters, an organization committed to building stronger communities by connecting skilled baby boomers with nonprofits in need of their time and talent announces the launch of an all-new website. Individuals looking for opportunities to make an impact in their encore years can easily find learning and engagement opportunities. In addition, nonprofit organizations now have a simple process to become a member, host skilled talent and connect with learning opportunities and events that will expand their capacity. To learn more, visit www.experiencemattersaz.org.
Free Community Ideal Protein Weight Loss Seminar
Join other Valley Neighbors Wednesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Free Ideal Protein Community Weight Loss Seminar. Learn about Ideal Protein weight loss program. Check out the latest products, try free samples and have your questions answered by Dr. Kukurin and coaches. The Seminar will be held at Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupunture & Nutrition located at 12409 W. Indian School Road, Suite C304, in Avondale. For more information or to RSVP call 623.547.4727. azhealthandliving.com |May 2014
C OMMUNITY ACTIVISTS
By Elisabeth Davies, MC
Helping Arizona families
ana Vela, president of Sunrise Preschools, knew she wanted to work with children before she turned 16, and went to work at her first preschool. Her passion for helping children and families has kept her working in the preschool industry for 30 years. Vela received her associate degree in Early Childhood Education and her undergraduate degree in Business. Her educational background, and decades of experience with thousands of children and families, has moved her up the ranks in the preschool industry. Vela has helped train numerous teachers and staff at Sunrise Preschools, to create harmony in classrooms with children who are at different levels emotionally, physically and culturally. Problem-solving and organizing comes natural for her. “I am dedicated to continuing education for our preschool teachers and staff by facilitating Sunrise University in-house training, which is a nationally accredited curriculum. I am respectful of cultural differences based on the location of each preschool. It is important that the child’s teacher is competent. This helps advance the preschooler and appeases parents’ concerns while they are away from their little one,” Vela says. She continues to help parents in the community through the implementation of the Interview Care Program at Sunrise Preschools. This allows moms to receive up to four hours of free supervision for their children so they may attend job interviews. Vela also helped develop a child care program at the Diamondbacks stadium for the players’ children. They participate in fun, learning activities in the locker room while their dads are playing baseball and their mom’s enjoy the games.
Community Activist Dana Vela I have raised over $35,000 in the last nine years to help support heart healthy lives, free of cardiovascular diseases,” Vela says. Outside of work, Vela volunteers time on the Child Welfare Differential Response Team at Child Protective Services to help improve the experience children have when they are removed from their homes. She provides training for child placement workers, so the transition of a maltreated child will be safe.
In 2004, Vela had a pacemaker implanted after she was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome, a relatively uncommon disorder in which the heart rhythms are too fast, too slow, punctuated by long pauses — or an alternating combination of all of these rhythm problems.
For the past six years, Vela has been a council member for First Things First, a program funded by a voter-enacted tax on tobacco products. This regional partnership is committed to helping Arizona children, ages five and younger receive quality education, health care and family support, so they can arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. Arizona’s youngest children benefit directly from 90 percent of the funds, with extra consideration given for children living in poverty.
Vela turned this setback into something good by soliciting Sunrise Preschool staff members and their families to join her in raising funds for The American Heart Association. “I just completed my ninth heart walk in Phoenix. I had 350 staff members and their family’s sign up to do the walk.
“I have been on the Arizona Board of Advisors child care licensing for 15 years helping set the standard for day care facilities in Arizona. I am always making incremental improvements to do what’s best for children and families,” Vela says.
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NEVER LOSE FAITH
By Michelle Talsma Everson
Makes life-changing results for patients with neurological disorders
eorge W. Kukurin, DC, sometimes feels as if he is living in a sci-fi movie. “Sometimes the treatments for tough neurological disorders are so simple,” the Valley chiropractic neurologist says. While the ways he helps his patients may seem simple, they lead to amazing results. Dr. Kukurin is a chiropractor and treats a gamut of traditional ailments (back pain, etc.), but his passion is neurological disorders—issues dealing with the nervous system. “I’m in my 31st year of practice and our understanding of the nervous system has exploded,” Dr. Kukurin says. “When I was in school it was thought that if the nervous system was damaged there was nothing that could be done. Now, we’re using simple forms of stimulation to bypass the damaged parts of the nervous system. It’s essentially rerouting the system.” He explains that the brain and spinal cord that make up the nervous system need three things to function properly: oxygen, fuel (nutrition) and stimulation. He stands out as a proponent of “targeted stimulation.” Dr. Kukurin gives examples of using air, electrical stimulation, eye movements, or sound to stimulate circuits in the brain and spinal cord to help rehabilitate lost function. “The ‘bright idea’ is correct stimulation designed to cause targeted activation of damaged or poorly functioning circuits within the brain or spinal cord,” Dr. Kukurin notes. “This targeted stimulation acts like exercise and has the potential to rebuild and restore lost function by strengthening weak or damaged circuits in the nervous system.” Dr. Kukurin is not only making a difference in the lives of Valley patients, his reputation for providing world-class patient care has been recognized by The Consumers Research Council of America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Who’s Who in Leading Professionals, making him one of the country’s top chiropractic physicians. Dr. Kukurin has been featured on ABC, FOX and NBC news affiliates, published in journals indexed in the National Library of Medicine and even presented to other doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Recently, he presented a case series of results his patients have obtained for symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries at the 10th World Congress on Brain Injury. Some of his findings include patients regaining balance, improving their ability to walk and function, and other exceptional results. 22
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Dr. Kukurin presenting his research findings to clinicians and researchers at the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury in San Francisco.
“Dr. Kukurin has collaborated with the University of Wisconsin and other institutions to develop treatment protocols for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions,” cites a recent press release. “He has previously presented the results his protocols produce for his patients to other doctors at medical conferences at Johns Hopkins Medical School, The Peripheral Nerve Society, an international organization of physicians and scientists working together to develop and provide the best treatments for people who have peripheral nerve diseases, and the International Neurotrauma Society, a worldwide organization of medical professionals dedicated to the research and treatment of neurological trauma.” Dr. Kukurin has led a stellar medical career, treating thousands of patients with his chiropractic, acupuncture and rehabilitation expertise, recognized by several national organizations and is well-known for his neuropathy treatment success. He explains that he is an advocate for neurological research and hopes to continue to be on the cutting edge of finding non-invasive solutions to neurological disorders. “Being in private practice we get to help push things forward and this research is really coming from the ground up,” Dr. Kukurin says. “Some of the results of our findings and treatments are so encouraging!”
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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17
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Are You Putting Your Hearing at Risk?
hough it is difficult for many people to imagine living in a world in which their hearing has been compromised, hearing loss is a significant medical issue that affects millions of people. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, among adults ages 65 and older in the U.S., 12.3 percent of men and nearly 14 percent of women are affected by tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears that can be intermittent or continuous and can vary in loudness. Many assume hearing loss is a natural side effect of aging, and while the relationship between age and hearing loss is strong that does not mean steps cannot be taken to protect hearing and maintain it well into the golden years. Workplace exposure. Overexposure to noise while on the job is a leading cause of severe hearing loss, yet millions of people encounter hazardous levels of noise during a typical workday. Professionals who are routinely exposed to workplace noise can wear protectors that cover their ears or earplugs that reduce the impact of noise on their ears.
Medication side effects. Some cancer drugs and certain antibiotics can cause hearing loss, including loss that may be permanent. In addition, when used regularly, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and acetaminophen can increase a person's risk of hearing loss. Some side effects related to hearing loss may disappear when a person stops taking the medication that is contributing to those side effects, but that is not always the case, so it is best to discuss any potential side effects of medications with your physician before taking anything. Recreational activities. Hearing loss is sometimes caused by exposure to loud and sudden noises. When attending celebrations that include fireworks, stay as far away from the fireworks as possible and wear earplugs, if necessary. When visiting a shooting range or going on a hunting trip, protect your ears with headphones or earplugs. The sudden pop of a gun or rifle can cause irreparable ear damage.
Overuse of ear buds could be putting you at greater risk of hearing loss.
Personal music players. Though it is hard to predict how many of todayâ€™s young people will suffer hearing loss down the road, it is fair to assume hearing loss figures will be on the rise. That is thanks in large part to increased usage of personal music players and smartphones and their accompanying ear buds and headphones that allow music fans to crank up their favorite tunes at all hours of the day regardless of location. The louder and longer a person listens to music through headphones or ear buds, the greater that person's risk of hearing loss may be. Those who want to protect their hearing for the long haul should limit their use of headphones and ear buds, and be sure to keep the volume down when they are using such devices.
Some women have frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), which doctors may characterize as chronic. When UTIs occur repeatedly, they can be a cause of stress and embarrassment. Recurrent UTIs are defined as having at least two infections in six months or three infections in one year. Eighty percent of women who have had multiple UTIs will have recurrent episodes. UTIs occur when bacteria on the outside of the genitals from the digestive system, enters the urinary system through the urethra. Sometimes, the body can remove the bacteria on its own. In other instances, the bacteria are too strong and a full-blown infection in the bladder or kidneys may occur. At this point, antibiotics might be necessary to rid the bacteria from the system. Symptoms include burning/itching while urinating, the feeling of having to urinate frequently, pain in the abdomen/lower back and urine that is cloudy or dark and may contain blood. Most UTIs are caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria found in fecal matter. Improper hygiene procedures when using the bathroom may put a person at risk of UTI. Some bacteria can remain on the lining of the bladder safely within a protective barrier that they create, possibly making a normal course of antibiotics ineffective at treating the stowaway bacteria. Other research has indicated that women who are "nonsecretors" of certain blood group antigens may be more prone to recurrent urinary tract infections. This is because the cells lining the urethra and vagina may allow bacteria to attach more easily. If UTIs are chronic, a urologist may want to conduct a series of tests and a pelvic exam to help determine the cause. Chronic occurrences are not normal. Women can take steps that reduce the number of bacteria present in the body. •Drinking plenty of water to flush out the bladder and the urethra of potentially harmful bacteria. • Boosting the immune system through healthy eating. • Drinking cranberry juice, shown to improve urinary health. • Urinating before and after sexual intercourse to reduce misplaced bacteria. • Always wiping from front to back after using the bathroom. • Urinating when the need arises – not holding it in. • Avoiding the use of fragrant feminine sprays, wipes and cleansers, which can upset the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. azhealthandliving.com |May 2014
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Breaking Bad Bedtime Behavior
s much as parents may anticipate their childrenâ€™s bedtime as a point in the day when they can finally enjoy some peace and quiet, there are those moms and dads who dread bedtime. Parents may face a host of issues at bedtime each night, but each requires patience and perseverance so bad behaviors can be broken.
Wired Children. What parent has not experienced a child who is too excited to go to bed? Experts say that, depending on their age, children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep every night. Most children should be in bed by 8 p.m. to get the sleep their bodies need. If you miss the window of time to get them in bed, you may enter the overtired and wired period. A consistent bedtime and wake time can help set the pace for happy children who are sleepy when they should be. Their bodies will adjust to the schedule, and over time, they will involuntarily become tired when the time is right.
Overstimulation. Children have many more toys and
recreational activities at their disposal than their parents and grandparents did when they were children. The presence of these devices, including video game consoles and personal tablet computers, may not make for an ideal sleep environment. Sleep therapists advise that television watching and activities that engage the mind a good deal should be ceased prior to bed and replaced with activities that are more relaxing. This can include listening to soothing music or reading a few pages of a favorite story. Avoid activities that will increase energy levels, such as exercise or roughhousing, before bed.
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the concept of the family bed. However, those who want their beds to be their private domain may be put off and disturbed by small feet kicking them in the night. However, when faced with a midnight temper tantrum, many parents relent and let their child climb into their bed. This can cause a pattern of behavior that is difficult to break. Sleep training involves getting toddlers or older children accustomed to sleeping in their own beds again. It may begin by a parent "camping out" in the child's room to provide security. Over a period of days, the parent gradually moves closer to the door and then out of the room entirely once the child can comfortably sleep solo in his or her room. Initially, the process may be uncomfortable for children and parents alike. However, eventually it may solidify good sleeping habits.
Inconsistency. A routine lets children know when it is time to go to sleep. Lacking a consistent schedule may not provide the physical cues that it is time to go to bed. Adhere to a routine each night so children become trained to go to bed at a particular time. This routine may include brushing teeth, picking out pajamas and then snuggling together for a few minutes. Children are creatures of habit, and knowing what to expect will help set them up for sleeping success.
Safety Issues. Some parents cannot get a good night's sleep because they worry about their children rising in the middle of the night and wandering the house unattended or even leaving the home. Childproofing the home can calm those concerns. Placing a secure gate at the doorway of the child's room can limit roaming, while alarms placed on doors and windows can alert parents if a child is trying to open a window or exit the home.
Gynecologist or Family Doctor? By MS
A woman who feels more comfortable with one specific doctor may see him or her for a variety of health concerns, provided that doctor offers certain services. However, there are instances when specialists best answer certain health care questions. The following information can help women determine which doctor to see when certain situations arise.
Annual physicals. Gynecologists and family doctors can conduct physical examinations. Both can order blood lab tests and urinalysis to check cholesterol levels and for any vitamin deficiencies. Heart rate, blood pressure, weight and height are other screenings that can be handled at either office.
Bacterial and yeast infections or urinary tract infections. A general practitioner or gynecologist can
address these infections. However, some women feel more comfortable discussing genital issues with their gynecologists. A gynecologist may be more experienced at identifying problems and ordering appropriate follow-up exams. A family doctor may not require an examination, unless you request it, and may treat broad symptoms.
Mood disorders. If changes in mood seem to stem from
hormones or the result of a pregnancy, a gynecologist or obstetrician may have treatment options available that can alleviate specific triggers. Many women initially turn to a family doctor if they are experiencing depression or changes in mood or behavior. Both a family doctor and a gynecologist may refer a patient to a mental health specialist if the situation seems to warrant more action.
Infertility. It is best to visit a gynecologist or obstetrician to talk about any infertility issues. They are more knowledgeable of the female reproductive system and the latest therapies and studies pertaining to fertility. Cancer screening. PAP tests and breast exams can be
performed at either doctor's office, although patients may feel more comfortable if a gynecologist performs these screenings. azhealthandliving.com
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Enjoy a Successful Women’s Night Out
omen are busier today than ever before. The demands of work and the responsibilities of family life can dominate a woman's time, making it increasingly difficult to find time to kick back and relax. As their careers take off and families grow, many women find it challenging to make time for social interactions, particularly with their female friends. However, women’s night out is a great way to relieve stress and maintain social contacts. Making time to hang out with friends can be good for the body and mind.
Give plenty of notice When planning women’s night out, give several weeks worth of notice so more people can carve out time to attend. Begin plans for a get-together a month or more in advance, asking friends which dates work and which will not. Treat a night out with friends just as you would any important obligation.
Try something new It may be tempting to lean on old habits and make women’s night out the run-of-the-mill dinner and drinks. Instead, think unconventionally and find ways to make time spent with friends more engaging. How about signing up for a cooking class where you can socialize and learn a few new culinary secrets? Otherwise, do something out of character. Attend a poetry reading or visit an art museum.
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night out are pressed for time, so maximize moments spent together by planning the night in advance.
Downplay the role of alcohol Alcoholic beverages are often at the center of social occasions. Women are largely social drinkers, but alcohol does not need to be a part of the festivities. Overconsumption of alcohol has been linked to the development of breast cancer and may cause damage to the heart and liver. Look for ways to spend time together that do not involve alcohol.
Hire a sitter A night out with the women is a chance to enjoy some adult time with friends. Having kids in tow can make it difficult for women to relax. Rather than worrying about what the children are up to at home or if your spouse is going to call, hire a trusted sitter to stay with the children. This way everyone can relax and know the kids are in good care.
Keep activities private Women who move between different social circles may have some friends that overlap. Rather than risking hurting a friend's feelings, try not to advertise social plans with everyone. This could mean restricting postings on social networking sites. Flagrant check-ins or streaming photos from your night out could seem disrespectful of others and may lead others to feel left out. A night out with the women is an ideal way to unwind and enjoy a respite from packed daily schedules. Following a few suggestions can make these social opportunities even more enjoyable.
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Q. I have had to wear glasses most of my life. Has the Lasik procedure advanced to where I can easily see free of glasses?
A. Surgical procedures have advanced tremendously in the past two decades. They have advanced to the point where we can now improve vision with Lasik, or one of its variations, in the vast majority of individuals, who we see, wanting to free themselves of glasses or contacts. If you are not a candidate for Lasik, there are other types of procedures that have a high success rate in improving vision without glasses. For the most part, individuals can return to near normal activities on the day following the procedure. A consultation in our office will allow us to determine what type of customized procedure you would need in order to achieve your goal. Q. I have cataracts. After surgery, will I have to wear thick glasses? A. Modern cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that allows you to return to near normal activities by the next day. During cataract surgery, the cloudy crystalline focusing lens is removed and replaced with a clear focusing implant. There are several options for these implants, such as Toric implants to correct astigmatism, or multifocal implants to get your vision so sharp that you will not need glasses for distance or near vision. I enjoy seeing patients with these implants see better, even more than their own ophthalmologist!
â€“Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center 602.222.2020
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Q. How can integrative neurology
Q. Can you describe the placement of
A. Integrative neurology combines the
A. There are three placement sites of the
help you relieve chronic neck pain?
knowledge of medical neurology (the study of the brain and nerves) with complementary techniques like acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal therapies.
Chronic neck pain can be a lifelong problem and can substantially impact your quality of life. There are a number of recent research studies that shed new light on the age-old problem of neck pain. Most neck pain is located in the back of the neck; however, research shows that patients with chronic neck pain have abnormalities in deep muscles in the front of their neck. Additional research found that coordination of muscles in the front and back of the neck is abnormal in neck pain patients. Neck pain patients are also found to be unable to accurately reposition their head and neck. Still more research found that the resting position of the head in relation to the shoulders was correlated with neck pain. What all this means is that neck pain is a complex problem related to abnormalities in the muscles, the nervous system and the joints. To relieve neck pain, all three components must be addressed. Acupuncture can help to normalize the nerve function. Advanced muscle techniques like Counter Strain and Muscle Alignment Technique are specifically designed to rehabilitate abnormal muscle function. Postural correction techniques like Applied Biostructural Therapy can realign the spine to a more stable resting position. Combining these diverse therapies into a comprehensive neck pain treatment system offers the best chance for long-lasting relief of neck pain.
â€“Dr. Kukurin Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.547.4727
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 your consultation. 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. Here are some questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon: Saline or silicone gel implant? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What size and shape will give me the proportionate look with the rest of my figure? Should I opt for fixed or adjustable size, and what are those advantages and disadvantages? Will pregnancy and childbirth have any impact on my breast augmentation?
â€“Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute & Med Spa 602.298.VEIN(8346) 602.298.LIPO(5476)
Q. Why is it important to see the hygienist every six months?
Q. Do computerized brain-training games really work?
Q. My child doesn’t seem to be getting
A. Regular visits to the office to see the
A. To date, more than 50 studies have examined the benefits of brain training in humans, but only a handful have tested whether or not the benefits persist and transfer over to real life.
A. If your child has any of the following
hygienist allow the dentist to detect any problems that can develop. They work with the dentist in their office to review your oral health to determine treatment. Visiting every six months can lead to early detection of periodontal (gum) disease. Catching and treating this in the early stages can reduce risk of damage to your teeth and gums. Tartar and calculus build up on your teeth over time. Without visiting your hygienist regularly, it can build up and eventually destroy your bone. Hygienists are trained to scale this off your teeth and help slow bone loss. Visiting two times per year can help detect early signs of gum disease or even early signs of decay, which could later become worse and cause treatment that is more extensive. If at any time, the hygienist asks that you come back more than two times per year, it may be for you to maintain your gum health. Don’t be alarmed! This is in your best interest and they are looking to help keep your teeth for many years. What happens to your gums is equally as important as what happens to your teeth. They work together. Taking care of your teeth at home is equally as important as visiting your hygienist. Brushing and flossing regularly, (at least two times per day) can aid in making the hygienist visit less painful. Hygienists are always available to answer questions about the best oral health care at home! They can recommend the best toothbrush, floss, fluoride or mouthwash that best fits your needs. – Dr. Kim Litchfield Dental Care 623.738.3027
Results from one of the best studies published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is certainly encouraging. As Glenn Smith of Mayo Clinic and her colleagues report, cognitively normal older adults who trained their brain were able to improve their auditory information processing speed by about 58 percent (versus 7 percent in controls) through systematic training. Several studies have already demonstrated that exercise and socialization in later life have positive effects on cognition. Even the simple act of practicing juggling for a week increases gray matter in the brain areas involved in visual and motor activity. What, then, is the rationale for using braintraining programs? Perhaps, a little personal financial investment is just what someone needs to find the right motivation to train his or her brain in a systematic manner. A place where you can be with other people, have the opportunity to compete, learn new strategies or compensatory measures for losses and light socialization are the benefits of joining a brain fitness center. Evidence is accumulating that brain gyms not only improve the skills they are designed to help, but likely generalize to other cognitive abilities and have some long-lasting benefits. If you are working on your brain now, Murali Doraiswamy and Marc E. Agronin, at Scientific American, advise you to keep it up! -Dr. Benson Excel Brain Fitness Center 602.451.8043
proper sleep. Can this be remedied?
he/she could suffer from sleep-disordered breathing: • Sleeps in an abnormal position • Snores • Sweats heavily during sleep • Is difficult to wake up • Has headaches • Is irritable • Falls asleep or daydreams in school • Wets the bed • Has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) In children, sometimes the problem results from swollen tonsils and/or adenoids that block the airway. It can also be caused by dental problems because malocclusion (misalignment) of the teeth is believed to affect the positioning of the airway. Even swollen nasal passages could cause your child problems breathing during sleep. In these cases, it’s a good idea to talk to your child’s pediatrician, his dentist and an ear, nose and throat specialist. If your child is sleeping poorly and it isn’t due to a sleep-disordered breathing problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends a relaxing setting at bedtime— low lights and quiet. Don’t substitute watching television or videos for personal interaction with your child before bedtime. When our children have trouble sleeping, it affects their lives, their health and our relationships with them. Be on the lookout for the signs such as crabbiness, tiredness, headaches and other, as well as any possibility of ADHD. This could be a sleep-disordered breathing problem, or simply a problem sleeping. It deserves the attention of your child’s pediatrician, dentist, ENT and you. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800 azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
Q. What treatments are available for fibromyalgia?
A. The conventional treatment of fibromyalgia is emphasizing on treating symptoms by using different medications and physical therapy, such as a stretching exercise combined with hot/cold therapy for pain. Alternative treatment, such as acupuncture, may be effective for fibromyalgia pain management. Research from the Mayo Clinic has shown acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of this complicated condition.
According to the principle of oriental medicine, the fibromyalgia syndrome is viewed as a disease condition belonging to the category of Bi syndrome. This is also known as obstructive pain syndrome. If certain energy pathways (meridians) in the body are affected due to invasion of the pathogenic factors such as heat, wind and cold, the flow of vital energy also known as Qi (chi) is blocked or disrupted, which weaken the body’s immune and selfdefense function. The blockage of Qi leads to the chronic pain symptoms of the muscles, tendons and the joints. Acupuncture helps to relieve pain of fibromyalgia syndrome. There are variable forms of fibromyalgia symptoms. Some unique acupuncture points are chosen to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are acupuncture points for fatigue, depression, trouble sleeping, joint pain, numbness and other associated signs and symptoms seen in fibromyalgia.
Q. My son is having trouble learning
in school. How can I tell if he needs glasses or a reading tutor?
A. Because vision and learning are so intimately connected, vision problems can be easily mistaken for learning problems. Correctable vision issues are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities, ADHD or dyslexia. As many as 40 percent of all children with learning disabilities have vision problems and are misdiagnosed. Only a complete eye exam, done by an optometrist, can truly diagnose a vision-related learning issue. Glasses are helpful for some vision problems, but vision is more than seeing 20/20. Learning to read involves accurate eye movements, focusing and binocularity. As a result, learning is difficult if any of these systems are not functioning at an optimum level. Vision-related learning problems are often unidentified right away, and the person who is suffering from them might not even know. Signs and symptoms can include: *Skipping or re-reading of lines *Using a finger while reading *Closing or covering an eye *Seeing double-vision *Avoiding close-up work. This list is not comprehensive, and children have the best chance to succeed when their families seek proper eye care with an eye professional.
According to the National Institute of Health, acupuncture works by enhancing the pain control mechanism of the brain. During treatment, certain pain control hormones, such as opioid and endorphins are increased naturally inside the brain and reduce pain sensation.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment. Always consult your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.
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Q. How can laser treatment combat the signs of aging?
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.
– Drs. Pamela & Gael DeRouin Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 602.680.5348
Q. What is viscosupplementation therapy?
A. The procedure, called viscosupplementation, injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. However, people with osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) have a lower than normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. Viscosupplementation may be a therapeutic option for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. Long-term effects: • Over the course of the injections, you may notice that you have less irritating symptoms on a daily basis. Most patients notice this gradual change by the third treatment and onward. • Hyaluronic acid does seem to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The injection may also stimulate the body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid. • Effects may last for several months. Viscosupplementation does not work for everyone, but there is increased evidence that repeated injection courses with hyaluronic acid can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. If your current course of medication and treatment is working, stay with it. However, it your arthritis is not responding well, or if you are trying to delay an inevitable surgery, you may wish to discuss this option with your physician. –Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777
Q. Could you be one of the 43,250 people in the U.S. that will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year?
Q. Is there any one facial procedure that will address all of my skin concerns with noticeable results?
A. You may not have known this, but every time you go to your dentist, he or she is doing an oral cancer screening while doing your exam. You may have noticed your dentist pull your tongue to the side or look at the cheeks and roof of the mouth. The reality is your dentist is your first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery.
A. Choosing, which skin procedure to do, can be very confusing and difficult. In addition, getting all of your skin concerns addressed within that single procedure is almost unheard of.
Years ago, my father had a battle with oral cancer. Despite the emotional toll it took on him and his family, he also had to endure the devastating effects of a radical neck dissection surgery. Unfortunately, by the time the dentist was able to detect signs of a cancerous lesion it had developed to the point where aggressive surgery was necessary. Today, many years later, we have technology at our disposal to help detect potential lesions 2-3 years ahead of its time! Could that have been the case with my dad, the treatment would have been much easier and much less invasive. Early discovery leads to less invasive treatment and better outcomes. That is why we have embraced VELscope® technology. This technology is changing the way oral cancer screenings take place. The VELscope® is a handheld device, which emits a harmless, bright blue light used to inspect the mouth and tongue. You do not feel anything and you will not even know it is happening. We use this state-of-the-art assessment tool during your routine exams to help discover oral health problems, including oral cancer. Our patients love it because it is simple, painless, non-invasive and inexpensive (and possibly covered by insurance). Furthermore, it only adds 2 minutes to a routine oral hygiene exam. –Dr. Mallory Festival Dental, Arrowhead Dental & Canyon Dental Group and Orthodontics 623.584.4015/623.878.5400/623.546.8400
Each laser technology is usually specific to one correction. Some reduce hair growth, while others may target red or brown spots and yet completely different technology will address only collagen synthesis. This can lead to many procedures being required to address each concern and can become costly. Some laser treatments require no downtime, while others more than a week. The ideal procedure would address all skin imperfections such as sunspots, lines, wrinkles, and laxity with little to no social downtime, be affordable and warrant dynamic results. This is actually possible with a CO2 Micro-Laser peel. This technology is the most scientifically proven to correct all skin imperfections and produce new cellular generation at all levels of the dermis. This “Weekend Refresh Peel” can be done on a Thursday and patients can be back to work in makeup Monday. The treatment does require four days be spent in the house so it can double as an excuse to get that spring-cleaning done. If you are looking for a refreshed look, to bring your best face to any of your spring or summer events or getaways, PSS Weekend Refresh Peel is the treatment for you. –Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040 azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
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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. 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.
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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 litchfield-park-chiropractic.com | 623.972.8400
Dr. Lundquist 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 activelifepaincenter.com | 623.535.9777
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. Feis Alicia Feis, O.D. specializes in pediatrics and vision therapy at the Midwestern University Eye Institute in Glendale. She brings experience from the Illinois College of Optometry and is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Feisâ€™ special interests include pediatric eye disease, vision development, vision therapy, strabismus and amblyopia. Midwestern University Eye Institute mwuclinics.com/az/ei |623.537.6000 azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
Q. Is it true Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium
& Safari Park has another expansion set?
A. This past week, Wildlife World Zoo,
Aquarium & Safari Park received county approval to begin preliminary construction on its next major expansion that will be focused on "The Americas." The design and permitting to develop about a 15-acre parcel on the zoo's current southern border just east of State Route 303 took over a year. Actual site preparation and construction has already begun with an anticipated opening for late fall, 2015. The Americas will feature species found throughout North, Central and South America including bears, mountain lion, primates, reptiles, jaguars, wolves and much more. The exhibits will also have four new ride attractions and additional dining options for guests. In the meantime, Wildlife World continues its 30th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of three additional species at its recently launched 15-acre Safari Park expansion. The new species include olive baboons, jackals and the Southwest's only white African lion. With the largest collection of wild animals in the state of Arizona, springtime always brings new animals the old-fashioned way. This spring has been no exception with a variety of births including monkeys, antelopes, aquatic birds and a pair of endangered jaguars, the third largest feline species in the world after tigers and African lions.
Q. What is a SUPERFOOD?
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Wheatgrass is a superfood that aids in the prevention and elimination of disease, premature aging and strengthens the immune system. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, which have been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
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A superfood is NOT synthetic, NOT chemically altered, NOT cooked or highly processed and is NOT a substitute for a well-balanced diet. Why is it important to consume a superfood? 1. Soil depletion produces foods that do not contain enough quality nutrients. 2. Busy and stressful lifestyles raise our need for superior nutrition. 3. Proper nutrition is fundamental for health and healing. In general, superfoods are beneficial for many health conditions. Wheatgrass meets all the requirements of the superfood definition mentioned above and is a superfood that is inexpensive and easy to acquire. Wheatgrass powder costs about 72 cents per serving and comes in a convenient, single serving packet, which can be used either at home or when traveling. Our powder is 100% gluten free-wheatgrass, with nothing added. The cold drying process maintains all the nutrients, including enzymes that are vital to digestion. As a powder mixed with water, it is easily digestible and assimilates into your blood stream in about 20 minutes.
As a private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. We are extremely grateful for three decades of visitor support from the hundreds of thousands of guests to Wildlife World each year.
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Q. Can I have the same caregiver visit every day?
Our scheduling suggestion is to staff at least 2-4 caregivers on your schedule, depending on the length of the shifts and the frequency of the visits. That way, if your caregiver falls ill or needs to take time off, there is another caregiver that would work in his/her place that you already know. Sun Cities CareGivers understands how stressful it is to have someone new that you do not know come into your home. We know that no matter how much information our nurses collect at the assessment, they cannot describe how you want the caregiver to make the bed, assist you with a shower, prepare your meals, and even feed your pet. It sounds silly, but we all like things done a certain way. When you have a new caregiver, you become the trainer as well as the client. So, give some consideration to having more than one caregiver (even if you only have, for example, two hours a day, four days a week) in the event that there will be a time when your caregiver will need to be off. When our nurses come to do your assessment, which is free of charge, ask them about this possibility. PS: It is warm here in the summer. Please drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
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Q. Why should I use the LaserTouchOne? A. The LaserTouchOne is one of the most effective pain relief devices available to the public. It is 93.1 percent effective in reducing chronic pain and the only device available combining low-level, light laser and low-level, micro current that initiates the healing process. The best way to relieve pain and inflammation is to stimulate the cells natural ability to repair and heal itself. To do this, the cell must produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the energy level of the cell. Studies have shown that low-level, laser light and low-level, micro current, which are the modalities of LaserTouchOne, accelerates the production of ATP in cells. The study also determined that high-level lasers and high-level micro current inhibited the production of ATP. When cells are healthy, pain dissipates. You now have an option to normalize the cells using LaserTouchOne or continue to mask the pain. Chronic pain like arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, fused or herniated discs, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, knee, back, neck, foot, numbness and more are all treatable using the LaserTouchOne. Skeptics are our best clients. When they see what a difference it makes in their lives, they tell their friends and relatives.
Q. I wear hearing aids, but I still can’t hear my TV very well. Is there anything else available to help?
A. Hearing aids are designed to receive sound from several different directions and process those sounds individually. In contrast, most audio devices send sound from one speaker, which takes away the hearing aid’s ability to process the sound appropriately. The sound quality of television sets and even sound systems is very poor in comparison to the high quality sound that is produced by the hearing aids that are available to today’s consumers. This means that even with the best quality hearing aids, you are still only going to hear the poor quality of sound coming from the TV. Individuals with hearing loss are also still dealing with an impaired ability to separate different sounds and even understand the sounds they are hearing. There are many assistive listening devices (ALDs) that are available to individuals with a hearing impairment. Many hearing aids today are Bluetooth compatible, which means that they can be programmed to work wirelessly with Bluetooth compatible telephones. This allows the user to bypass the speaker on the phone completely and send the signal directly to the hearing aid for amplification. This is also an option for sound coming from your television; however, this does require an additional transmitter that can be plugged into the TV itself. This transmitter can be plugged in to almost any device that is equipped with an audio output port.
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LIFESTYLE & LIVING
â€œStrength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. â€? ~ Proverbs 31:25-28
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FAMILY, KIDS & RELATIONSHIPS By Dr. Amos Grunebaum, double board certified in obstetrics/gynecology, author and professor
Steps to Avoid Using Fertility Drugs
ccording to the World Health Organization, roughly one in six couples will struggle with infertility and about 70 percent of them will turn to fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization. However, it does not have to be that way. Infertility can increase stress and unfortunately, often times leads couples to opt prematurely for fertility drugs or IVF. In many cases, fertility can be improved and pregnancy can be achieved naturally by following some simple steps.
Pinpoint your fertile window As you might already know, in order for conception to take place, you must ovulate and at least one vital sperm needs to fertilize the egg within 12-24 hours of the egg being released from the ovary. Because sperm can only live for 5-6 days in the female reproductive tract and only a small number of sperm will even survive the long journey, it is recommended that couples plan to be intimate several times in the days leading up to ovulation as well as on the day of ovulation. To do this optimally requires that you have a good idea of when you will ovulate each cycle. Ovulation Predictor Kits are a popular method for predicting ovulation. OPKs detect the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Approximately 12-36 hours before ovulation occurs, the amount of LH in your body "surges". By testing with OPKs, you can identify this LH surge, which allows you to know that ovulation is just around the corner and that you are in your fertile window.
Restore your hormonal balance Many couples struggling to achieve pregnancy can conceive naturally by following some simple guidelines before resorting to fertility medications.
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If you have irregular periods, your path to parenthood might end up being a long, tiresome journey. For women with chronic irregularity, it is likely that there is an underlying hormonal imbalance affecting the frequency of ovulation and/or menstruation. The herb commonly known as Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus), is frequently used to help women restore hormonal balance and cycle regularity. The active compounds found in Chasteberry help to promote fertility by decreasing prolactin levels in the body.
Check his swimmers Did you know that up to 40 percent of males suffer from low sperm count? Now, if the idea of heading to the urologist for a sperm count test is a bit intimidating to your partner, you might suggest that he get an at-home sperm test. This simple method testing will determine if his sperm count is within "normal" range (above 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen is the accepted standard for "normal" sperm count) in the privacy of your own home.
Transform your diet Leave those junk foods on the shelf, and try to incorporate more whole grains, vegetables, colorful fruits (for the antioxidant compounds found in these foods) and lean sources of protein in your diet.
Shed those extra pounds Your optimal body mass index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 25. A BMI above 25 decreases your chances of getting pregnant and increases pregnancy complications. It is best
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to lose the unwanted pounds before actively trying to conceive, as weight loss causes toxins (that had been stored in your fat cells) to be released into your body. To ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible, you will want to achieve your optimal weight before becoming pregnant.
Quit it Quit using tobacco and drinking alcohol.
Exercise, but do not overdo it A healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise, so if you are more couch potato than marathon runner, stepping up your exercise habits will go a long way in improving your overall health and enhancing your fertility.
Chill out According to many fertility experts, chronic stress can certainly be a fertility buster, as it causes the body to be in "fight or flight" mode constantly, which suppresses reproductive hormones. Yoga is your friend here, as is acupressure or acupuncture.
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FAMILY, KIDS & RELATIONSHIPS
Tips for Women Juggling Family & Career Juggling a family and career is not always easy, but there are ways that today's mothers can raise a happy family and still have a successful career.
he days when single income households were the norm are long gone, as nowadays both Mom and Dad must work in order to make ends meet. That reality has left many women juggling the obligations of motherhood with the obligations of a successful career. Many mothers find themselves neglecting one obligation for the benefit of another. Here are a few tips to make balancing work and family a little easier.
Share the responsibilities. While the days of the
single-income household may be outdated, many of the conventions of those days remain. Women may still feel the responsibility to cook family meals, clean up after the children, and make it to all of their children's sporting events or other school-related events. However, those responsibilities should be shared so women can ensure they are giving both their careers and families the attention each deserves. Devise a schedule where both parents tackle such responsibilities equally so each parent knows when they have some wiggle room. For example, if your husband routinely cooks on Tuesdays, then you know you will not need to rush home Tuesday night and you might be able to stay at the office a little later to work on a project or catch up on work. Such sharing and scheduling can considerably reduce the stress of juggling a family and a career.
Exercise daily. Juggling a family and a career is often
stressful, and stress can have a very adverse effect on your health. Women with high stress levels are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. However, the American Psychological Association notes the positive impact of exercise as a means to alleviating stress, citing studies that have shown that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than those 46
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who are sedentary. It is easy to become irritable when stressed, and no mother wants to be irritable in the presence of her children. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is a great way to alleviate the stress of juggling a family and a career, and you can even incorporate your family into your exercise routine, going for nightly walks after dinner or playing with your children in the yard.
Stay involved with your child's school. Many mothers find staying active with their children's school is a great opportunity for them to bond with their kids and keep abreast of developments at their school. Such involvement can be minimal, such as attending a monthly luncheon with kids or agreeing to be a chaperone on one or two class trips per year. Such events are typically scheduled months in advance, so you should have ample time to arrange a break from the office without neglecting your professional responsibilities. Take advantage of work-from-home policies. If
your company allows you to work from home, even if only once per week, then take advantage of that offer. This can provide more time with your kids, it will likely save you money on child care, and you are certain to appreciate the opportunity to skip your daily commute, even if it is only once a week or a couple of times per month.
Plan ahead. Looking ahead is another way to make juggling a family and a career easier. Plan meals to cut down on preparation time when it is your night to cook. This can involve placing foods in a slow cooker in the morning or preparing part of the meal in advance so it is ready to go in the oven the moment you arrive home.
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FITNESS, NUTRITION & SPORTS
STAY ACTIVE & FIT
The Best Exercises for Women to Lose Weight & Tone Up
iet and exercise go hand in hand, but diets are often associated with women while exercise regimens tend to be geared toward men. However, exercise is just as important for women as it is for men, which is why women must find the right balance between diet and exercise to achieve their weight-loss goals.
Feel the burn of strength training Cardiovascular exercise is important, but women need more iron in their weight-loss regimens, specifically the type of iron found on the weight bench. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, roughly 21 percent of women strength train two or more times a week. Skipping strength-training exercises eliminates one of the fastest ways to see measurable weight loss. Two sessions per week of strength-training exercises can reduce overall body fat by around 3 percent in as little as 10 weeks. Such exercises can trim inches off your hips and waist, even if you are not cutting calories from your diet. Muscle also helps burn calories even when you are not working out. A study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who completed an hour-long workout that included strength training burned an extra 100 calories in the 24 hours following a workout than they did in the 24 hours after a workout that did not include strength training. This post-workout calorie burn is commonly referred to as "after burn," and it increases exponentially when women lift more weight for less repetitions instead of lifting lighter weight for more repetitions.
Choose the right strength-training workouts Lunges work major muscle groups and are often an ideal strengthtraining exercise for weight loss.
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It may be easy to find a problem area on your body and target that area with certain exercises (think crunches for belly fat). However, it is better to work an array of muscles in an exercise session rather than focusing on one particular area. The following exercises can help women build lean muscle and stimulate the after burn of a good workout.
Pushups Pushups are the bane to many a woman's existence. However, pushups and stationary pushups, called "plank" exercises, fire up core muscles in the back and stomach. They also promote shoulder and arm strength, eliminating the need for bicep curls and other arm exercises. If pushups are difficult for you, start out on your knees and work up to doing pushups on your toes. As you build strength, you will find it easier to do pushups and notice your arms have added muscle and tone.
Lunges and squats Lunges and squats target some of the largest muscles in your body, which are found in the legs and backside gluteus muscles. Lunges will also work the adductors and abductors of your inner and outer thighs. Not only do these exercises promote strength training in major muscle groups, they require balance provided by engaging core muscles in the abdomen. Your heart rate will increase when these larger muscles are being used at the same time, which means you are getting a cardiovascular workout at the same time as you strength train.
Rowing Instead of spending 30 minutes on the elliptical machine at the gym, use a rowing machine. In addition to the cardiovascular benefits that rowing provides, you will be working the muscles of the arms, back, shoulders, legs and abdomen while you row. Rowing machines work more of the body than more traditional cardiovascular machines. By including strength-training exercises in a workout and choosing activities that work the maximum number of muscle groups at the same time, women will see a more profound weight loss in a shorter period. azhealthandliving.com |May 2014
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Support both the March of Dimes “imbornto” campaign and Mom’s everywhere. Purchase gifts such as the Roosevelt the Rabbit Scentsy Buddy or baby accessories from Mud Pie where a portion of proceeds will help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. “Imbornto” partners include Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., Mud Pie, Scentsy, e.p.t.® Family Planning Solutions, OralB, Kmart and eBay.
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The inspiration for the entire Nelle & Lizzy collection, this name ring with three interconnecting bands creates a one-of-a-kind stamped piece of jewelry. Design your name ring with the names, dates, or words close to your heart. The perfect gift for any mother. Also available in single and double designs.
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Malory Band for safe, effective and sustainable weight loss. A psychological ‘gastric band’, the Malory Band is a narrow, adjustable cord worn around the waist. It feels tighter as you eat, prompting awareness of your intake and a reminder not to overeat. It is designed to be worn 24/7, even in the shower.
www.maloryband.com From make-up to accessories, toiletries to items around the home this Beauty Case is the perfect gift for helping any mom stay organized at home or on the go! Feature a rollout design that opens flat to 4 easy-views, clear, leak resistant zippered compartments for easy access . Padded exterior walls for extra protection of all items stored within, has dual carry handles for grab and go convenience any time. Many color choices available.
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Keep mom in style with new Brigade Hats from Karma Gifts. Choose from Peacock, Elephant and Owl. Think boho chic style. The creators at Karma Gifts believe we are all tied together through our karma, and the energy we give to the world. With this in mind, they have developed a line of gifts inspired by different cultures. Five percent of sales fund various charities to help children around the world. The creators of Karma Gifts believe good Karma can change the world.
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If mom is always worried about keeping things clean... then PhoneSoap is a must-have for her! The PhoneSoap Charger is the first and only cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone in less than five minutes while it charges, and it is the safest and most complete way to kill all the bacteria growing on your phone. Using UV light to safely get rid of bacteria, the PhoneSoap charger does not use heat, liquid or chemicals.
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By Nidah Chatriwala
Modern Woman of Today
Julie Bowen essays the role of Claire Dunphy in the Emmy-winning TV show Modern Family. She has made her mark as the woman of today with her burning passion for acting as well as a dedicated wife and mother of three boys. In a TV interview with Jimmy Fallon, Bowen expresses the joy of playing a mother in the super hit TV series Modern Family through which she even learned a few lessons she follows in her real-life role as a mother. “Claire is years ahead of me, as her kids are a little older. And I've actually learned a lot from her and playing her. She’s the amalgamation of writers and writers' wives and sisters, and I'm getting this parenting crash course via all these people. One of the things that playing her has taught me is be comfortable not being your kids' best friend,” Bowen shares with Moms.popsugar.com. Bowen adds she enjoys the bittersweet sacrifices she has made as a modern woman balancing her career, as well as her responsibilities as a mother. “Once the kids were born, 'me time' went away. But I have years and years of me time ahead of me. I didn't really do anything that valuable with it. I did not cure cancer, I did not write the great American novel in blood on a stone. I volunteered, I took up different forms of exercise, I traveled. But ultimately, not having that same me time and giving those extra minutes to my kids is — right now — much more rewarding,” Bowen tells Moms.popsugar.com. Bowen’s humorous nature can fool many, but she takes her real-life mother role seriously. 52
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“I was class mom at the preschool one year and I was pretty much asked not to do that again! I would set up meetings for all the moms in class and forget to show up — not because I'm a dingbat, but because schedule changes. It turns out that's a full-time job! I thought class mom made a phone call once a year. No, no, no! It's a daily job!” Bowen tells Us Weekly on her efforts to get involved at her children’s preschool.
So what’s the secret to raising disciplined children in this day and age? According to Bowen, parents should not be afraid to set limits in their household. “It's not about everybody being happy all the time It's about setting limits. In my house that makes my kids very unhappy, like tantrums-on-the-ground-twice-a-day unhappy. But the limits are set,” Bowen shares with Working Mother magazine. Furthermore, Bowen confessed to WebMD.com that she indeed is a control freak and that trait plays out in the food choices she makes for her three boys. Bowen sites organic food is the way to go. “Organic in a jar is better than anything I'm going to come up with,” she riffs. On a daily basis, Bowen is constantly juggling her career and family life, yet she somehow manages to look downright gorgeous. Her beauty secret? “The Neutrogena line allows me to wash my face, use some day cream, some eye cream from the wrinkle repair line, throw on my clothes, my sunscreen and I'm out the door,” Bowen reveals to Moms.popsugar.com. As Mother’s Day approaches, Bowen advises women to take care of their health by working out. “You can pick up a pair of sneakers anywhere and you're off,” she says. “And 45 minutes later, you've had a great workout,” she shares with WebMD.com. azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
SKIN & BEAUTY By Rebat M. Halder, American Academy of Dermatology Expert
Ways to Treat Hyperpigmentation
lthough it is one of the most common skin conditions, hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat and often leads to a negative impact on a person’s psychological well-being. Characterized by a darkening of the skin due to an increase in melanin (the natural substance that gives skin its color or pigment), hyperpigmentation is commonly treated with topical treatments with varying degrees of success. While hydroquinone has been the gold standard of treatment for hyperpigmentation for decades, some people would rather use a more naturalbased product to try to lighten skin affected by dark patches. New topical ingredients including some that are plant-based are offering more treatment alternatives. The mainstay of treatment for hyperpigmentation is yearround sun protection – using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to maximize the benefit of any skin-lightening product. Some of the newer ingredients being used in topical treatments include the following:
Soy • Derived from the soybean plant, it is one of the most commonly used skin lightening ingredients in moisturizers. • Available in combination products and cosmeceuticals. • Works by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes (small packages of melanin) into the top layer of the skin, which causes skin darkening. • Studies have shown its effectiveness as a skin-lightening ingredient in cosmeceuticals and its ability to suppress additional pigment from coming to the surface of the skin.
Niacinimide • A form of vitamin B-3 that acts like soy by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes into the skin’s upper layer. • Used in many cosmeceuticals for its skin lightening effects and its potential to prevent additional pigment from coming to the surface of the skin.
Ellagic Acid • Natural substance derived from strawberries, cherries and pomegranates. • Works as an antioxidant and inhibits an enzyme needed for melanin production. • Studies show it is more effective at skin lightening than kojic acid or arbutin.
Lignin Peroxidase • Enzyme that comes from a fungus and can break down melanin in the skin. • Lignin is found in wood pulp and when it breaks down, it can lighten the wood pulp. This is how wood pulp is whitened for use in paper and how lignin was discovered as a skin-lightening agent. • Currently available in an over-the-counter product. • While studies have not been completed, it does have skin lightening properties. In addition, studies have shown that these four ingredients 54 May 2014 | azhealthandliving.com
pose little or no allergy risk, so they might be more tolerable to consumers who are allergic to other natural lightening agents The following three ingredients have also shown promise as skin lighteners, but they can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.
Arbutin • A natural derivative of hydroquinone derived from plants, including bearberry, blueberry and cranberry. • Usually available in combination with other skin lightening agents in over-the-counter cosmeceuticals. • Some cosmetic products available contain 3 percent concentrations, which studies show can significantly lighten the skin.
Kojic Acid • An antioxidant derived from a fungus rather than a plant. Works by breaking down melanin in the skin and preventing its production in the skin. • Found in cosmeceuticals in 1 percent - 4 percent concentrations combined either with other skin lightening agents or by itself. • Clinical studies show improvement in skin lightening.
Licorice • There is a number of different licorice extracts derived from licorice root. • Available over-the-counter and has been shown to lighten skin. Those who would like to use a topical treatment to lighten their skin should consult a board-certified dermatologist who can help separate fact from fiction in terms of product claims. Be cautious about ordering skin-lightening products via the Internet, as the country of origin for the active ingredients might be unknown – raising questions as to the purity or effectiveness of these ingredients, as well as the product’s overall quality.
How to Check Your Skin for Cancer
Courtesy of the Academy of Dermatology
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and finding spots that could be cancerous is as simple as looking at your skin. When examining the skin, look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma and make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist if any moles exhibit these signs: A – Asymmetry: One-half of the spot is unlike the other half.
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B – Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border. C – Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black or with areas of white, red or blue. D – Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm, or about the size of a pencil eraser when they are diagnosed, but they can be smaller. E – Evolving: A mole or spot on your skin that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. To check your skin, look at the front and back of your body. When examining your own skin, stand in front of a mirror. Examine your skin by following these steps: 1. Raise the arms and examine the right and left sides of the body. 2. Then bend your elbows and look carefully at your forearms, upper underarms and palms. 3. Next, examine the back of your legs, spaces between your toes and your soles. 4. Then, examine those hard to see areas like your back, buttocks and the top ofyour head. Use a mirror to inspect the back of your neck and scalp, parting your hair for a better view. azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
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PLAN & SAVE
By Debora McLaughlin, author of The Renegade Leader, 9 Success Strategies Driven Leaders Use to Ignite People, Performance and Profits
Tips for Women & Business Success If you have a fingerprint to leave on the world and you want to live your life with the greatest impact, know that you can. You can have all that you want, when you want it.
hat becomes of the women who graduate with MBAs from Harvard Business School? Do they go on to fulfilling careers, or drop out of the workforce, when they become moms?
The number that has been floated for years, and is quoted by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In, is that 15 years after graduation, only a third of them are working full time – and they are working for their male classmates. That statement suggests that, even when they hold advanced degrees from an Ivy League university, women are less ambitious, less willing, and less committed than their male fellow graduates. Harvard Business School recently surveyed more than 6,400 male and female alumni and found that well more than half the women aged 31 to 47 were working full time. Sixteen percent were working part time, and 10 percent were caring for children full time. Ninety-five percent of the men were working full time. This tells us that women are making difficult choices. Certainly, to do what it takes to get into Harvard and complete an MBA, they are ambitious. However, women, especially those who want to become mothers, face extra challenges in trying to strike a work-life balance. It is still a male-dominated business world that lacks understanding of the needs of working Moms. No matter where a person – male or female – earns a master’s in business administration, there is a lot they will not learn in business school. Here is an MBA for successfully having it all. 56
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M – Management skills: Many female professionals and
business owners do not enjoy managing people. They may have gone into a particular industry because it is their passion. They want to move up, but in business that usually involves assuming managerial responsibilities. You cannot duck this and you will not be successful if you are half a manager. Find a mentor, an executive coach, a good course or just read up on current management tools – you will be happier and so will your employees.
B – Balance: Finding the right work-life balance for you
is essential! If your dream is to own that corner office or grow your business into a Fortune 100, carefully choose your regrets. Will you regret giving up your career to manage a home and children? Will you regret the lost mommy time if you continue working full time? Be bold. Ask for what you need. Why do women give up their careers and men do not? Striking a balance means being unapologetic about what you need when you need it. When you say yes, understand what you are saying no to.
A – Advancement: In order to achieve your dreams of
success, you have to put yourself out there. You have to show up and speak up, be authentic and unapologetic. Although women now account for more than half the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the United States, they fill only 16.6 percent of the seats on Fortune 500 boards and women CEOs represent only 4 percent. Get the experience that puts you in the position to be a board candidate. Actively network, find female role models who can help you to achieve the kind of success you are aiming for, and be seen and heard in the workplace.
Money Saving Tips for Single Moms By MS
ife as a single mother is not easy. In addition to the challenge of raising a child without another parent in the household, single mothers face many of the same challenges faced by married parents only they must do so on just one income. Stress is a reality for many single parents, and much of that stress can be traced to the financial burdens of single parenthood. Single parents often find themselves looking for ways to save money, and the following are a handful of ways to do just that.
Resist the urge to overextend your budget.
Many expenses, such as groceries and housing, are necessities. However, single parents know there is also tremendous pressure to spend money on things that have nothing to do with need. For example, come the holiday season, single parents may feel pressured to buy youngsters everything on their holiday wish list. It is easy to succumb to such pressure out of guilt, or in an attempt to make sure children do not feel cheated when they receive less gifts than their friends do. However, if succumbing to such pressure will stretch your budget, this might have grave consequences down the road. The same approach can be taken when making big-ticket purchases. If a new car will bust the budget, then shop for a preowned model, ideally one that is dealer certified and still covered under its original warranty.
Explain your financial situation to your kids.
Keeping children in the dark about your finances may lead to trouble or create undue stress. For instance, if children are not aware that money is tight, then they may struggle to understand why they cannot have the latest must-have sneakers or fill up the grocery cart on trips to the store. However, single mothers who explain the idea of a budget and define that budget for their children will likely find their children are willing to cooperate and make good partners with regard to staying within the budget.
Pay bills on time. Allowing bills to go unpaid or
routinely paying them late is only adding stress to a situation that, for many single mothers, is already stressful enough. Interest payments and penalties for paying late can quickly add up and turn a significant but manageable bill into an albatross that can loom over your finances for months if not years. If your credit card bills have already spiraled out of control, consult the credit card company to see if you can work out a payment plan in which interest will stop
accruing so long as you continue to make agreed-upon monthly payments. Companies may be willing to work with you, and such a payment plan is less likely to have a negative impact on your long-term credit, something that cannot be said for declaring bankruptcy.
Trim entertainment costs. Another way for single mothers to save money is to trim the amount of money they spend each month on entertainment. Cable television has become increasingly expensive in recent years, but single mothers have alternatives that can be considerably less expensive. In lieu of paying for cable television, single mothers can subscribe to a streaming service that charges a fraction of what cable companies charge but still offers a substantial amount of current content. azhealthandliving.com
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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 itâ€™s not just large paint chips that can cause damage. In fact, three granules of lead dust are enough to poison your child. Letâ€™s make all kids lead-free kids. To learn more about the simple steps you can take to safeguard your family, log on to LEADFREEKIDS.org or call 800-424-LEAD.
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â€œThe aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.â€? ~ Titus 2:3-5
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Straight Talk on Huntington's Disease
eople may have heard about Huntington's disease, also known as Huntington's chorea, but may not know anything about the condition. Huntington's is a severe neurological disorder that affects people primarily in later life. Many people do not realize they have the disease until middle age, at which point they may have passed it on to their children. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease causes a progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. At the peak of the disease, it can result in compromised movement, affect cognitive abilities and may lead to psychiatric disorders.
Prevalence The Family Caregiver Alliance estimates that 30,000 people in the U.S. have Huntington's disease. In addition, 200,000 people are at risk of inheriting the disease. Huntington's disease does not discriminate and affects both men and women of all ethnic groups.
Symptoms Huntington's disease usually starts showing symptoms later in life, between the ages of 35 and 50. There may be no obvious
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signs of neurological degenerations beforehand, and individuals often do not realize they are sick unless they have a parent who also has Huntington's disease. The HDSA Center of Excellence at Hennepin County Medical Center says that early symptoms of Huntington's disease may affect cognitive ability or mobility and may arise as depression, mood swings, speech impairment, clumsiness and lack of coordination. The symptoms may vary, even among people of the same family. The Mayo Clinic lists many of the common symptoms of Huntington's disease: • Involuntary, sustained contracture of muscles (dystonia) • Muscle rigidity • Slow, uncoordinated fine movements • Slow or abnormal eye movements • Impaired gait, posture and balance • Lack of flexibility, or the tendency to be stuck on a thought, behavior or action (perseveration) • Lack of impulse control that can result in outbursts, acting without thinking and sexual promiscuity • Problems with spatial perception that can result in falls, clumsiness or accidents
• Lack of awareness of personal behaviors and abilities • Difficulty focusing on a task for long periods • Difficulty with the physical production of speech • Difficulty swallowing • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness • Loss of interest in normal activities • Social withdrawal • Insomnia or excessive sleeping • Frequent thoughts of suicide
Diagnosis Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder. Children with a parent who has Huntington's have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the genes. In 1993, the gene that causes Huntington's disease was discovered. Testing can now predetermine if a person is at risk and can be the catalyst for counseling and support if a doctors determine a person has the disease.
Treatment and Prognosis Huntington's disease usually progresses over a 10- to 25year period. There is no cure for the disease, and medications can only alleviate certain symptoms, but not slow down the cognitive decline. These medications are mainly to control the chorea as well as the mood swings that are key characteristics of the disease. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that chorea is an abnormal involuntary movement disorder, one of a group of neurological disorders called dyskinesias, which are caused by overactivity of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the areas of the brain that control movement. It is a primary feature in Huntington's. Huntington's slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. He or she will need to rely solely on the help of another for care over time. Those with the disease have shorter life expectancies. Children who exhibit symptoms rarely make it to adulthood. Adults with Huntington's disease usually pass on following complications from choking, infection or heart failure. Although the diagnosis of Huntington's disease can be grim, there are support groups and services that can help families and individuals facing the disease. azhealthandliving.com | May 2014
Exercise & the Older Woman
he aging process has a way of making people riskaverse. As women age, some may feel exercise is simply too risky. Hormonal changes brought on by aging decrease a woman's bone density, and that fact makes many women over 50 hesitant to embrace exercise. However, exercise plays a key role in helping women over 50 secure their long-term health and reduces their risk of injury.
Promotes independence Some women feel that exercising after 50 increases their risk of injury, which can make them overly dependent on their loved ones. However, exercise, in particular strength training, slows bone deterioration, helping bones stay stronger longer and reducing a woman's risk of suffering a potentially debilitating injury. Independence is especially important to seniors, many of whom spent years planning their retirements and waiting the day when they would be free to travel at their leisure. Daily exercise can help women maintain that independence by reducing their risk of injury and other ailments that can be confining.
Can improve sleep Some women who are fighting fatigue may feel that routine exercise will only make them more tired. However, exercise actually improves energy levels and makes it easier to get a better night's rest. Numerous studies have shown that routine exercise can improve sleep quality and even increase energy levels throughout the day, something that should raise an eyebrow among women who do not exercise but routinely find themselves fighting fatigue. A more quality night's rest improves vitality, making it easier for women to exercise and make it through the day without feeling fatigued.
Benefits those with limited mobility Women over 50 with limited mobility may feel that exercise serves no purpose because of their disability or physical condition. However, even women confined to wheelchairs, those forced to walk with a cane, or walker can benefit from 62
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cardiovascular exercise and even light strength training. Such exercises can improve a woman's range of motion while reducing her risk of heart disease.
It is never too late to start Many aging women feel their time to embrace exercise has long since passed. However, it is never too late to start exercising. Women should take a conservative approach when exercising after a long hiatus, beginning with a slow walk around the neighborhood or a local park. Walking is a great beginner's exercise, as it provides a good cardiovascular workout while working a variety of muscle groups. As your body adjusts to physical activity, gradually increase the intensity of your exercise sessions, adding some strength training, ideally under the supervision of a professional. Always stretch immediately after each exercise session, and give your body ample time to recover, especially when you begin your new regimen.
STROKES ARE THE NUMBER-THREE KILLER
IN THIS COUNTRY, YET MANY PEOPLE DON’T EVEN
KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. THEY DON’T KNOW THAT MORE
OF THE BRAIN CAN BE SAVED IF A STROKE IS DETECTED AND
TREATMENT IS RECEIVED IMMEDIATELY. STROKES BEGIN WHEN A
W I T H A S T R O K E , T I M E L O S T I S B R A I N L O S T. BLOOD VESSEL IN THE BRAIN BECOMES BLOCKED OR BURSTS. BLOOD FLOW
IS CUT OFF. TISSUE IS STARVED FOR OXYGEN, AND PARTS OF THE BRAIN DIE.
IF NOT TREATED QUICKLY, ABILITIES AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE CAN BE
LOST. YOUR BRAIN IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION.
GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE.
If you suddenly have or see any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately: Numbness or weakness of the face, ar m or leg, especially on one side of the body • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Difficul ty seeing in one or both eyes • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Severe headache with no known cause
Learn more at StrokeAssociation.org or 1-888-4-STROKE.
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