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Aging Gracefully Issue

The Key to Youthful Skin How to Talk About Weight with Your Kids Ways to Beat a Midlife Slump

Age Defying, Ovarian Cancer Advocate

Kelly Ripa

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Hormonal Aging

The Beauty Connection When thinking internal health and anti- aging we easily comprehend lifestyle choices but what about the effects of aging that are not a choice such as, the natural decline in hormones and brain chemistry. These are changes that are really happening when men and woman in their 30s to 50s “hit the wall” in areas such as energy and life satisfaction. Complaints of being unfulfilled, tired, complacent, moody, impatient, lack of interest in intimacy with partner is most common at this stage in life. This is backed by the astonishing rate of antidepressant medication peddled for any/all of the aforementioned symptoms. As we age estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone all decline drastically. While supplementation of these hormones may be life changing for some, others are not good candidates, and /or other factors may be in play, such as thyroid hormone or cortisol levels. The external presentation of the aging process, such as sagging, wrinkled, or pigmented skin can easily be seen, as well as changes in facial contour may be addressed with cosmetic procedures, such as lasers and injectables. However, we have to remember these visual changes occur due to what is happening inside our bodies and brains. The internal down regulation of biochemistry, specifically hormones, is in fact what is responsible for the majority of the visible aging process. Hormonal changes influence the skins’ hydration, elastin, collagen production and breakdown. Lack of adequate estrogen will result in dry or crepey skin texture. Hormones also influence pigment deposition in skin, which leads to a spotted or uneven tone, as well as bone degradation and loss of underlying structure. This process can be internally regulated and slowed, and in some cases even reversed. According to research, by the time the average woman reaches 35 to 40 years of age the effects of perimenopause have begun and started the cycle of age related disease, such as bone loss, collagen loss, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, early kidney and heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, and dysthymia (a form of long term mild depression that may be related to hormonal changes). This transition will span approximately 30 years in some cases, and will result in hormonal and chemical imbalances in the brain. Sex hormones, thyroid and cortisol are all responsible for the body’s metabolism, degenerative aging and weight regulation. Hormones and brain chemistry dictate happiness, hunger, sleep cycles, enjoyment, anger, irritability, weight gain, depression and heart disease. Appropriately, balanced hormones, in Bio-identical forms, nutritional supplementation, and neurotransmitter supplementation, along with dietary and lifestyle changes will allow you to look and feel great for years to come. Internal anti-aging is just as important if not more important than working on the outward appearance-as keeping your cells healthy, will keep you healthy.

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50 Family, Kids & Relationships

How to Talk About Weight with Your Children

24 Health Signs & Symptoms of Childhood Cancer; an Iron Alleviate Symptoms of PMS?

54 Celebrity Kelly Ripa

26 Mind & Body

Is it Possible to Think Yourself Younger; Six Ways to Rebound from a Midlife Slump

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

"O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come." ~ Psalm 71:17-18

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elcome to our Aging Gracefully issue. I believe aging starts the moment you begin to acknowledge it exists… from the time you began checking for wrinkles, brown spots or any signs of getting older and you start to accept and express it Out Loud! That is the day you begin to age! What we think or say becomes a reality. It is why I have chosen to declare how much younger I am becoming, every waking day! (Smiling). “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” ~ Proverbs 16:24 When you squint your eyes at the very thought of getting older that is when you add to your years, because in doing so you may create more wrinkles. I believe youth and happiness lies within, as it is where God resides! I further believe that by connecting from within we can learn to silence our outer perception of what beauty is and no longer see age as something that needs to be reversed or corrected. Age brings experience, wisdom and charisma, only created with time. Time you have on loan as a gift from God. Therefore , be grateful for whatever amount you have been given and stop worrying about how you look. Focus 12

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your energy on God and make sure you are living the divine plan He has chosen for you. All that really matters is the time you put into the relationship you have with Him. If, in fact, you are stressing about aging and it is what led you to read this issue, maybe it’s time you close your eyes and open your heart. After all, is that not what faith is? God gave you life and all that you need to succeed and be happy - it all lies within. Perhaps it’s time to stop looking at what surrounds us or thinking of the mirror as our only reflection and instead start paying attention to our blessings. It is then when one feels honored for the given opportunity of life and knows that only through His word we can live to be forever young. Don’t get caught up on exteriors when the interior is what counts. Close your eyes and open your heart- have faith! Until next time, “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.” ~Deuteronomy 5:33

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KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

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By Alison Walkley

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ith more than two decades as one of the leaders in the clinical skin care industry, PCA SKIN remains a healthcare industry leader in the development of gentle, yet

highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., PCA SKIN is a healthcare company that is acknowledged in prominent medical textbooks as the originator of modified and enhanced Jessner’s chemical peel formulations. Our clinically researched and scientifically formulated products have been designed to work in treating such skin conditions as acne, aging skin, sensitive skin and hyperpigmentation. A true industry pioneer, PCA SKIN was one of the first to provide these products to the medical and clinical aesthetics markets.

PCA SKIN is also a trusted leader in clinical skin care education and committed to keeping physicians and licensed skin care professionals updated on new technology and science. In addition to the scientific formulation of trusted, highly effective products, education remains an integral part of the company mission. Their physician- and clinician-focused education ensures that PCA SKIN chemical peels are performed in the safest, most effective manner and that patients achieve dramatic and visible results from professional treatments and daily care products. Knowledgeable and experienced PCA SKIN educators teach advanced seminars on skin biology, disease pathways, chemical peeling, medical devices, product and

ingredient knowledge nationwide throughout the year. They also cater to the needs of their professionals with online courses that are easily accessible whenever most convenient. The PCA SKIN team is comprised of people that have intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm for serving others and embrace the highest standard of ethics and values. These qualities extend through their internal Practice Development Group, their team of advanced global educators, as well as their management and executive teams. “We are always striving to provide the best work environment for our employees in order to deliver the best customer service for our clinicians, as well as the best products for their patients,” PCA SKIN Chief Operating Officer Chris McCrory says. “We will continue to strive to serve as a gold standard in the skin health industry both within and outside of the workplace.” The company vision is to improve people’s lives beyond the the home office and to take care of the community in

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multiple ways. Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jennifer Linder, Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation. is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs skin cancer They also added gynecological treatment their surgeon who regularly gives her cancer time for free skintocancer growing list of patient services, anotherto firstthe for the West screenings, donating this service Arizona Valley. Diamondbacks team, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and to cities across the state via the Skin Cancer Foundation’s mobile the company has Today, the practice now boastsfacility; 52 physicians, more than donated over $150,000 to theoffices American Association of 200 employees and 20 partner Valleywide, including Facial Reconstructive FaceAvondale, to Face: several Plastic in theand West Valley citiesSurgeons of Peoria, The National Domestic Violence Project, and employees, Glendale, Surprise and Wickenburg. take part in a paid day of volunteering at one of several charities the Phoenix each walls year, whose including The “We are in a cancer center area without services Ronald McDonald House, HALO Animal Rescue, stretch into every inch of this community, offering the Hunkapi Horsewith Programs Sojournerbest Center. West Valley the and bestThedoctors, treatment technologies and best research in the country,” Dr. Reed PCA considers their of extensive network customers says. SKIN “Cancer is a disease survivors – andofwe want to an extension of their very own team. These individuals are keep it that way.” highly trained medical and skin health professionals who treat their patient base with professional treatments and daily care products.

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Despite their reputation, turkey vultures, also known as buzzards, serve an important function in nature. Primarily scavengers, these mostly black feathered animals feed on carrion, which helps prevent the spread of disease. Turkey vultures have the largest range of any New World vulture extending from southern Canada (in the summer) to the tip of South America. Turkey vultures can be found in Arizona year round. They often soar alone overhead in search of food using thermal currents to stay aloft. However, turkey vultures will perch as well as feed in large groups. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO & AQUARIUM 165th Ave. and Northern Ave. 623.935.WILD (9453) www.wildlifeworld.com This space is sponsored by Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

Support Local

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Teal Matters

n September 1, 2007, the Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation was established namesake, a heroic ovarian cancer fighter, to “ARM” women in the fight against ovarian cancer. Anne later lost her battle on May 13, 2009, however her vision to educate women on the warning signs of ovarian cancer lives on with her Foundation and a group of volunteers called the Teal ARMy. The ARM Foundation’s focus is on increasing early detection and decreasing misdiagnosis. ARM focuses on two key areas: Provide research funding to support the development of a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer and educate the community about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to increase early detection. Unlike other cancers, ovarian cancer is often very difficult to detect. Even during a woman’s annual exam, none of the tests performed would screen for ovarian cancer. Due to the lack of a reliable screening tool, most ovarian cancer diagnoses occur at stage 3 or 4, which makes it more difficult to cure.

The Teal ARMy, is working hard to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease. Dr. Heather Cunliffe, head of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Unit at TGen, is leading the study and with enough support her team, can continue their research. Currently, proceeds raised by the ARM Foundation fund a research study at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix. The study at TGen focuses on collecting 100 patientmatched ovarian tumor and blood samples to establish a tissue and blood bio bank. This will study mechanisms of ovarian cancer behavior in hopes of finding biomarkers for earlier detection (when most curable), defining patients at high risk of treatment failure, development of novel therapeutic strategies to overcome drug resistance and reduced mortality. This will help to understand why ovarian cancer becomes resistant to therapies, develop better drug treatments to address the cancer’s early-stage drug resistance and aid in the development of a reliable screening tool.

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and to honor Anne’s memory and all those fighting the cancer battle, the ARM Foundation will host its 5th Annual Tea for Teal on September 28, at the Doubletree Resort by Hilton in Scottsdale,

from 2-5p.m and is asking for your help on fighting this deadly disease. Guests at the Tea for Teal will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, raffle and hat contest. The traditional English Tea will treat guests to an assortment of finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones and petite desserts. “ARM has donated more than $100,000 to TGen in the last four years,” president of the ARM Foundation, Jennifer Graves says. “With the proceeds from the Tea for Teal, we will get Dr. Cunliffe and her team at TGen that much closer to their goal of developing a more reliable early detection tool for ovarian cancer.”

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NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ

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2nd Annual Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit Sponsored by Financial Life Partners, the Shine Brightly Teen and Women Summit will take place at the U.S. Airways Center, located at 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event is hosted by the Girls Rule! Foundation partnering with the YWCA and the Phoenix Mercury. This will be a day of inspirational and life-changing workshops to help girls build bright futures. The summit will discuss common issues facing adolescent girls, while giving them the tools they need to tackle these problems. Arizona teens and women are invited to listen to experts share and provide hands-on tools for building and maintaining self-esteem, making healthy life choices and financial planning. There will be lunchtime entertainment by the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad along with unique raffle baskets. Please visit www.girlsrulefoundation.org for ticket information or to become a sponsor.

Arizona Restaurant Week Returns to Valley By Charlotte Shaff

Valley food lovers rejoice! Arizona Restaurant Week will return this fall from Saturday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 29, for nine action-packed and scrumptious nights. The Arizona Restaurant Association proudly hosts this week of extravagant edibles to showcase the state’s vibrant restaurant industry. This chef-powered event sets the stage for menus and dining trends for the fall and winter months and helps put Arizona on the map as a nationally known culinary destination. During Fall Arizona Restaurant Week, more than 200 Phoenix area and Tucson restaurants will offer specialty prix-fixe dinner menus for $30 and $40 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity, unless otherwise noted. A full list of participating restaurants and menus will be featured on www.arizonarestaurantweek.com with an easy-to-use interface for searching for a favorite local chef, type of cuisine or restaurant wish list.

Free Tools to Access Medical Information in an Emergency By Bill Mayhall

Sun Health recently launched two signature tools – Vial of Life and File of Life. Both resources, offered for free as a service to the community, are designed to enhance access to important medical information during an emergency. A popular tool used by local residents and emergency personnel for many years, Sun Health, in partnership with Banner Health, recently revitalized Vial of Life with a slightly larger pill bottle. For use at home, the vial/bottle contains an easy-to-complete medical form that contains important information such as prominent medical conditions, past surgeries, physician contact information and medications. Area residents are encouraged to complete the medical form, place it in the pill bottle and then put the bottle in their refrigerator. To help emergency personnel locate the pill bottle, residents are encouraged to post a bright orange window cling on their front window or front door, or on the front of their refrigerator. This orange cling alerts emergency professional to look for the vial in the refrigerator. File of Life puts that same potentially life-saving information in a portable device. The computer flash drive holds emergency medical information. Area residents can learn more about the programs, and receive their free Vial of Life and File of Life by attending an introductory class. To register for an upcoming class, call 623. 455.5741. For more information about this program, visit www.sunhealth.org/vialoflife. 18

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Run FORE Cancer 5K Runners have an opportunity to kick –off race season with a beautiful route and raise money for a good cause. The Inaugural Run FORE Cancer 5K will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in honor of Kathy Maxwell, who lost her battle with cancer last year and is the mother of StarLine Racing’s owner. The race will take place on what would have been Maxwell’s 64th birthday. StarLine Racing will celebrate her memory while raising funds for the hospital. Runners will be provided the use of Jaguar’s Innovative Timing System's. This timing system eliminates the need for mats or ramps at the start/ finish line while still offering racers real time, immediate results onsite and online. The race will be held at the Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club, 7605 E Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.starlineracing.com.

‘Beyond The Frosting’

Self-Esteem Workshops

During the month of September, you are invited to go “Beyond the Frosting” and dive into the layers below. Did you know that approximately 80 percent of women suffer with body image disorder, low self-esteem, or body obsession? These workshops will help you discover that you are enough, exactly as you are. Take the first step, become more empowered, let go of comparison and the pursuit of perfection, embrace your body image and replace fear with courage. Nassim Sana and Kristy Stabler have a combined 25 years of their life’s purpose to empower women to create new possibilities and stop undervaluing themselves. There are four workshops located at McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Center, 10607 E. Paradise Ln., Scottsdale. Please visit www.kristystabler.com/workshops for more information. azhealthandliving.com |September 2013

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INSPIRATIONAL HOMETOWN DOCS

NEVER LOSE FAITH

By Sue Breding and Banner Health

Compassion in the Face of Fear

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terine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and may start as a less serious problem such as endometrial hyperplasia, which is an overgrowth of cells in the lining of the uterus.

'Looking back, Yvette Sweepe knows she should have been terrified. It was three years ago that she was doubled-over with excruciating abdominal pain. Sweepe was rushed by ambulance to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center where Dr. Shana Wingo had been called to perform immediate surry. During the six-hour surgery, Dr. Wingo discovered that Sweepe had Stage 4 uterine cancer (cancer of womb). Sweepe’s life was truly in danger that day. Nonetheless, while it was one of those highly emotional experiences where one vividly remembers every detail of what they see, hear and feel, she never felt terror. “It was the calm and compassionate demeanor of Dr. Wingo that made me feel I would not die,” Sweepe says. “She is the most compassionate woman on earth, and she broke everything down in a way I could understand.” “Helping women like Yvette is why I do this!” Dr. Wingo exclaims with a smile on her face. Dr. Wingo explains that during medical school, she loved obstetrics and gynecology as well as all of the cute new babies and taking care of healthy women. However, she expressed how caring for women with multiple health problems was where she could make the biggest difference. “Having somebody with you when you are in the most vulnerable position you have maybe ever been in your life is so profound, and the way they trust you with their life is the beauty of gynecologic oncology,” Dr. Wingo says. Her specialty is one of the few where a physician follows the full spectrum of a patient’s care. The specialist meets the patient in the office, takes them to surgery and follows them into recovery and remission. Gynecologic oncology is a small specialty where very few people are accepted to fellowships each year. O ovarian cancer is not the most common gynecological cancer, but it is among the most lethal. It has long been considered a “silent” cancer because it can progress without notable symptoms. 20 September 2013 | azhealthandliving.com

Dr. Shana Wingo

A disease that strikes 22,000 U.S. women annually, the symptoms commonly associated with ovarian cancer include bloating, pain in the stomach or pelvic areas, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly, trouble urinating, or feeling urgency to use the bathroom. Changes in menstrual cycles, unexplained weight gain, back pain or fatigue can also be signs. Because some of these symptoms are vague or related to other problems, such as digestive issues, ovarian cancer may not immediately be suspected. Studies show that having a gynecological oncologist caring for you during ovarian cancer, even if it requires travel outside of your community to get care from a specialist, greatly increases your chance of survival. Yvette Sweepe’s outcome has been phenomenal. She is cancer free and she continues to see Dr. Wingo, who monitors her progress and looks forward to seeing her brave patient at each visit. “We have a lasting relationship that I think will be forever,” Dr. Wingo says.


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Dually Exceptional Student Helping Others

atricia Greenough is gifted. Her profound aptitude for learning and extraordinary academic success, particularly in math, leave no doubt about that. Yet, despite her keen intelligence, Greenough’s classroom experiences have been anything but breezy. Greenough is considered "dually exceptional" – ahead of the class academically, but challenged by dyslexia, shortterm memory loss, auditory processing issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The 23-year-old Laveen resident was certain these learning disabilities would derail her from earning a college degree. However, she recently proved anything is possible when she walked across the stage at Grand Canyon University to accept her Master’s degree. “I set a personal goal to complete my Bachelor’s degree in three years and my Master’s in one,” Greenough says. She has been on a fast track to get a college education because she has big plans. Already teaching math at Betty H. Fairfax High School, she has a passion for helping students just like her – gifted learners who struggle with disabilities, but who may slip through the cracks at most schools. Reaching her education milestones were anything but easy. Growing up, she was at the top of her class in math, science and numerous other subject areas. In reading and English, however, she barely squeaked by, unable to make sense of letters that skipped and turned all over the page. She was clever enough to find ways to keep her disability under wraps. By the time Greenough reached high school, her difficulties were impossible to conceal. She bounced between her high school’s gifted and special education programs. Teachers and administrators tried to find the right method of educating a student so brilliant on one hand, and so challenged on the other.

Greenough understood, at a deeper level, what it meant to believe in her students, bringing her educational journey full circle. “It’s an incredibly meaningful opportunity to serve these students. I never faced difficult personal circumstances, but I do understand what it means to struggle. It’s amazing how far a little belief and encouragement will go,” Greenough says. On a handful of occasions, she has rooted out students much like her – gifted kids whose learning disabilities veil their powerful minds. With her signature zeal and commitment, Greenough is helping them navigate their own educational journeys.

“Every time I wanted to give up on myself, my parents and especially my GCU professors propped me up, so that I could realize my lifelong dream,” Greenough says.

Although her career is off to an incredible start, Greenough admits she is not quite finished pursuing her education. She is looking to begin her doctorate studies in curriculum design and development with the goal of writing curriculum for dually exceptional students. In the long term, her dream is to start her own school.

As part of her training at a Title 1 high school in Phoenix, Greenough worked with students from impoverished backgrounds. Just as her professors believed in her,

“In the meantime,” Greenough says, “I’m sharing the tricks I used to get through school to help my students learn math.”

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

"One of the greatest stress relievers God has given us is laughter. Laughter is like taking medicine. It not only makes you feel better but it actually releases healing throughout your system. When we laugh it restores and rejuvenates what the pressures of life have taken out. Proverbs 17:22 puts it like this, “A happy heart is like a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing.” Notice, when we’re good-natured and full of joy, taking time to laugh, taking time to play, it’s like taking a good medicine. That’s what helps us to stay healthy." ~ Joel Osteen

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Prevent

Signs & Symptoms of Childhood Cancer

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ccording to the Pediatric Oncology Resource Center, the odds of a child developing cancer before the age of 19 are roughly one in 330. However, parents still must watch for warning signs of childhood cancers. The following are some of the more common childhood cancers and their symptoms.

Leukemia Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, accounting for approximately 35 percent of all childhood cancers. A cancer of the bone marrow, leukemia occurs when abnormal white blood cells divide out of control, eventually crowding out normal cells in the bloodstream. Signs and symptoms include: • Lethargy, weakness, paleness, dizziness • Back, leg, and joint pain, headaches, trouble standing or walking • Easy bruising, unusual bleeding, frequent nose bleeds, bleeding gums, or petechiae (red pinpoints on the skin) • Repeated, frequent infections • Fever that lasts for several days • Loss of appetite and weight loss • Swollen lymph nodes, bloated or tender stomach, swollen liver or spleen • Night sweats • Irritability Many of these symptoms mimic those of the flu. Oftentimes, parents of children with leukemia note that their children were unusually tired in the weeks before their diagnosis. 24

Neuroblastoma Neuroblastoma is a rare childhood cancer of the nervous system. Roughly, one in 6,000 children will be diagnosed with neuroblastoma by the time they are five years old. A solid, malignant tumor that appears in the stomach or the spinal cord is often present at birth. Diagnosis is typically years later when kids begin to show some of the following symptoms: • Lump or mass in the abdomen, chest, neck, or pelvis • Loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, stomach pain, constipation, difficulty urinating • Black eyes, a droopy eyelid, a pupil that does not constrict, vision problems • Pain in the chest, difficulty breathing, persistent cough • Pain or numbness in the lower extremities, limping, inability to stand, stumbling • Bone pain, fever, irritability, listlessness • Backaches, which is unusual in children The majority of neuroblastomas are found in the abdomen. Youngsters with a tumor in their abdomen may feel “full” and suffer from stomach pain, while a child with a tumor in their head or neck may have a noticeable mass and a droopy eyelid.

Wilms tumor Is a cancerous tumor on the kidney that accounts for 6-7 percent of childhood cancers, more common in children under the age of seven. It can spread

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to other areas of the body, so early diagnosis and treatment is paramount. Symptoms include: • Abdominal swelling/pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting • Constipation • Fever of unknown origin • Night sweats • Abnormal urine color or blood in the urine • Malaise The lump of the tumor is not always detectable. Diagnosis of Wilms tumor is not easy, as symptoms may be attributed to the flu. Childhood cancers are uncommon, but parent’s observations are often the first step to a diagnosis. If any of the aforementioned symptoms last more than several days, parents should contact their child’s pediatricians.


Can Iron Alleviate Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome? By MS

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rritability, bloating, pain and depression are all side effects of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. PMS can be a minor annoyance for some, but debilitating to others. Diet can play a role in the in the severity of PMS Symptoms. Women whose diets were full of plant-based iron were one-third less likely to develop symptoms of PMS than women who consumed less iron. Non-meat sources of iron include dried beans and green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. In addition, women who consumed 10 milligrams of zinc per day were found to have a lower risk of developing symptoms of PMS as well.

Researchers are not sure why iron and zinc play such a critical role in PMS symptom reduction, but some suggest that it has to do with serotonin production. Iron is involved in serotonin production, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and appetite. Low serotonin levels play a role in clinical depression and have linked to PMS symptoms. Women should know that supplementing a diet with high doses of zinc and iron is unadvisable, as these minerals could cause serious health problems if taken above the recommended levels. Zinc and iron obtained from natural food sources is recommended over oral supplements that supply zinc and iron. Other natural remedies could help with PMS treatment and prevention. Increasing calcium and magnesium intake can help as both nutrients can relax muscles and alleviate cramping. Although many women refrain from exercise when battling PMS, such activity actually may help ease symptoms. Aerobic or cardio exercise reduces stress, boosts circulation, releases endorphins and has been shown to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of PMS. A well-balanced diet and exercise are two ways to be able to relieve symptoms of PMS. Keep in mind that severe PMS is not typical and any abnormal emotional or physical symptoms should be addressed by a gynecologist or family doctor. azhealthandliving.com |September 2013

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FIND BALANCE

mind & body By Jackie Silver, founder and president of Aging Backwards, LLC

Is it Possible to Think Yourself Younger?

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an what you think actually have an effect on your body? According to research, it can. That is the mind and body connection at work. Your psychological and emotional state affects the endocrine system. The hypothalamus, the emotional center of the brain, transforms emotions into physical response affecting appetite, body temperature, circulation and a host of other functions. It stands to reason that if you can control your emotions, you can control these physical responses.

Thoughts could age you Emotions (thoughts) control physical response. Your body is programmed to “fatten up” during the winter. Find a photo of yourself in which you really liked the look from the neck up. Then, cut out a beautiful bikini body that you admire from a magazine. Here is the key – putting your head on a tall, super skinny supermodel’s body may not be realistic. Specifically find a bikini body that resembles your body type very closely so that your goal would be attainable. Tape the photo of your head to the photo of the bikini body. Every time you go to the fridge, you will see that photo. The purpose is not to make you eat less. The purpose of having the photo there is to remind your unconscious brain “You look like that.” Maybe it will have the effect of curbing your appetite, unconsciously. It will not happen in a week and it does not 26

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happen by “magic”. It will happen because you are consistent with your exercise program and eating a proper diet. Make it perfectly clear to your unconscious brain that you intend to look like the person in that composite photo.

Visualizing a younger version Visualize the inside of your body. Study charts of the human body so that you could get a better visual in your mind. All you have to do is search online “human body chart” images and it is like a free science course! Visualize your telomeres as long and tightly knit up at the ends. A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration. Scientists consider it an excellent marker of aging. The longer your telomeres are, the “younger” your cells. Telomeres were only recently discovered and understood by biological researcher Elizabeth Blackburn and colleagues, and play an important role in protecting your chromosomes from critical damage. You can use this visualization technique during your own meditation time to “influence” your telomeres. In case you are thinking that meditation cannot really benefit you, think again. In a study conducted by the University of California, researchers found that people who regularly meditated over a three-month period had more active telomerase, that enzyme that helps preserve telomeres.


4 Ways to Rebound from a Midlife Slump By “A Liberated Trucker Babe”, author Xandra ‘Sunny’ Moon

There are thousands of beautiful mothers, wives and exwives who feel like they have lost their sexuality. Here are six ways in which women 40 and older can rediscover their “inner babe” and get it back.

Embrace your sexuality. Older women have more

self-possession. They are not as callow and tend to have more character both in personality, and intrigue . Women 40 and older are also more forthright.

Education

and employment. Having your own income allows women the power to choose their relationships, and not remain stuck in one.

Remember your old social life. A big part of relocating your inner diva is remembering the good times you had as a teen and 20-something. In many ways, these things are like new again. Underappreciated mothers and wives tend to live primarily for others, but now it is time to reclaim those fun nights out with the girls and catch some time for yourself. Health, diet and exercise. Of course, feeling

and looking attractive is important to you – so be healthy! Nothing is better at giving ladies that can-do attitude than a nice workout. Being selective about what you eat is as important as being selective about who you date. You want a partner and diet that will treat you right. If you are single and in your 40s, 50s, 60s or older, you can either wait around for the kids or grandkids to come by and visit, or you can get out there and regain the vitality and lust for life you used to have. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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CONNECT WITHIN

spirit By Nassim Sana, Masters in counseling and certified life coach

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Celebrating Women’s Friendship Month

eptember is Women’s Friendship Month, dedicated to celebrating and recognizing female friendships. A time to recognize all of whom we have shared laughter and tears. Beginning in the early stages of life, lasting relationships form with friends. Throughout history, we have created groups that allow us to grow lasting bonds. Many join tennis clubs, have teatime, or share gossip with friends. Women continue to form groups for communication, creating bonds and supporting one another to become more empowered. Women are social beings. Generally, they do not like to be alone and isolate themselves. They nurture one another. The need for community with other women is biological. It is in a woman’s DNA. They experience similar thoughts, emotions and go through similar physical changes. They are mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters and friends.

with breast cancer. This study found the women who had been socially isolated before their breast cancer diagnosis had a 66 percent risk of dying from their breast cancer, compared to those with close friendships. Women with ten or more friends were four times more likely to survive their cancer than those who tried to get through cancer alone. By having female friends you experience less stress, live healthier lives and have an increased quality of life and self-esteem. It is important to take time to give gratitude to all of your female friends. Sometimes, women need to be reminded what being a girlfriend means.

Researchers have proven that women’s friendships are important to their overall health. Many studies have proven having good social relationships is one of the strongest predictors of your happiness. Landmark UCLA study found that when women share their thoughts and feelings, after a stressful situation, their brain releases oxytocin. This hormone has a calming influence over the body and lowers the level of stress. A study from Harvard Medical School concluded that not having close friends, or confidants, was as detrimental to your health as smoking and carrying extra weight. In addition, a University of California, San Francisco study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology investigated the social networks of nearly 3,000 nurses 28

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This month, reach out to your female friends, both those with whom you always stay in contact and those whom you have not seen in a while. Let them know how much they have contributed to your life. Remind them how thankful you are for having them in your life during the good times and bad. Tell them what you love about them. Make it fun, create an invitation, get them all together and surprise your friends with a ‘girl’s day out’. Share favorite activities, such as camping, hiking, a spa day, shopping, or dine out at your favorite restaurant. Most important, continue to nourish your friendships and do not wait for a reason to celebrate them.


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Q. The inside corner of my eyes are frequently red and irritated and I think I see a growth on the surface. Should I be concerned? A. The most common issue in this scenario is a growth on the eye that is called a pterygium. This growth starts on the conjunctiva (white of the eye) but often progresses centrally onto the cornea and can affect vision. The factors that worsen this progression are genetics, too much sun exposure, and dryness. These are all factors that are rampant in Arizona. Wearing sunglasses and using frequent artificial tears can help prevent progression, but once these growths have progressed, they need to be removed with a minor surgical procedure. At our practice, our advanced treatment techniques involve removal and repair utilizing hi-tech, genetically engineered tissue applied with gentle tissue glue instead of stitches. You are able to return to reasonably normal activities on the first day or two after the procedure. Eye drops are necessary for one to two months after the procedure to help prevent the possibility of recurrence. Management of these issues at earlier stages will help significantly at preventing progression that can lead to serious blurring of vision. In order to prevent recurrence in the long term, it is important to get in the habit of protecting your eyes from the sun; a hat and sunglasses when out in the sun should be part of your daily routine.

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Q. Is non-surgical spinal cord stimulation recommended for pain relief? A. Often, when surgery fails and nerves are damaged, a spinal cord stimulator is recommended to patients for pain relief. Spinal cord stimulators are similar to pacemakers used to keep the heart in rhythm. Instead of connecting the device to your heart, the device is connected to the dorsal column of the spinal cord. When the dorsal columns are activated by the spinal cord stimulator, pain is reduced or eliminated. Therefore, dorsal column stimulation can be a relief for folks suffering from chronic pain. Unfortunately, to implant a stimulator requires surgery and all of the complications associated with it. Sometimes the device fails or scar tissue forms or other adverse events happen. Because it is a surgical procedure, it also is expensive. Studies by researchers in Italy suggest that it may be possible to stimulate the dorsal columns of the spine and block pain without surgery and the potential complications of surgery. It is a unique type of electrical field shown to activate the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and block pain without surgery. Another method of activating the dorsal columns of the spinal cord without surgery is to apply vibration to the body. Using special MRIs, researchers were able to document activation of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord in response to vibration.

– Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center

We combine electrical and vibration-induced stimulation of the spinal cord to help relieve pain in our patients. Our patients have reported excellent pain relief through this non-surgical treatment. – Dr. Kukurin Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network

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Q. How are brown age spots removed?

A. There are many techniques and

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

– Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute & Med Spa 602.298.VEIN(8346),602.298.LIPO(5476)


Q. What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge? A. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth, or teeth, due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are integrated into the structure of your jawbone so they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that will often accompany dentures or bridgework. A dental implant actually replaces your tooth root so the bone is better preserved. A bridge requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to deteriorate. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. Dental implants often last a person’s entire life, with proper maintenance, whereas bridges and dentures often need replacement after ten years. Implants may actually seem more expensive, however, due to their durability, maintainability and independence of the teeth surrounding it, they are actually more cost effective. They require less maintenance than ordinary bridges, which can develop tooth decay leading to the replacement of the bridge.

– Dr. Kim Litchfield Dental Care 623.738.3027

Q. How does sleep-disordered breathing affect heart health?

Q. If a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, is it advisable to take them to a brain fitness center?

A. Restful sleep is like a respite for your

body. The body doesn’t shut off completely, but while asleep it is allowed to rest from the normal pace at which it must function during the day. The heart needs this welldeserved relaxation. However, just as the body relaxes, so does the airway. If you suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, instead of getting a restful sleep, your body is shocked awake every time your airway becomes obstructed. The rush of adrenalin to wake you causes your heart to beat faster and taxes its functioning.

A. It is most advisable to seek the

assistance of a brain fitness center/clinic, before one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Many people seen by their doctor for early signs of memory or cognition problems are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). People at this stage may complain of being forgetful or may have difficulty remembering names. Mild cognitive impairments precede dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to Dr. Small, author of The Memory Bible, and a researcher at the UCLA Memory Clinic, 10 to 15 percent of those diagnosed with MCI will acquire Alzheimer’s within 3-5 years. It is recommended that individuals start efforts to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in their 50s.

A rapid heartbeat causes the blood to attempt to circulate faster through the body, resulting in hypertension (high blood pressure). In 2000, The National Institute of Health determined that “people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are at special risk for hypertension.” The Journal of the American Medical Association reported “middle-aged and older adults with sleep apnea have a 45 percent higher risk of hypertension than people without the condition.”

It makes the most sense to seek the help of a specially trained professional at the earliest signs of change. There are many strategies and techniques one can learn to help improve memory, cognition, focus and attention, and quicken speed of thought. The correct professional can help someone who is becoming foggy, forgetful, or disorganized. If a patient has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and are in the early stages (e.g. Mild Cognitive Decline), they may benefit from a brain clinic/center to help stimulate their minds and stave off the disease for as long as possible. However, once they have entered a more moderate to severe level, the individual and their family would benefit from a center that specializes in Alzheimer’s disease. –Dr. Benson Excel Brain Fitness Center 602.451.8043

The endothelial lining of the coronary vessels that helps regulate circulation of blood cells is affected by the imbalance in nitric oxide created by lack of oxygen. The Journal Sleep links the dysfunction of endothelial lining to cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, the build up of fatty material and plaque in the arteries, thus causing coronary artery disease. Lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain is the primary cause of ischemic stroke. sleep-disordered breathing compromises blood flow and oxygen, increasing the likelihood of a stroke. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800

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Q. What is the kidney’s role in chronic pain?

Q. What are some common external eye conditions?

Q. What are the benefits of a brow lift?

A. The kidney is considered an important

A. External eye conditions most frequently

or expression lines in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you. A Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon can help you determine which of the following type of brow lift is right for your face.

organ, not only because of its role for water and body fluid metabolism, but also because of its role in healthy bone and congenital foundation of life. According to principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are three basic substances called Jing/Essence, Qi/Vital innate and Sheng/Spirit, which are stored in the kidney. The Jing (the Essence) is related to life development. In other words, the kidney is the primary organ associated with problems such as growing up, aging and infertility. As we grow older our kidney Qi (vital innate) declines, which may cause bone loss and poor hearing since the kidney functions to nourish the bones and the ears. Chronic low back pain is usually considered a sign of kidney imbalance/deficiency. According to the TCM theory, as the kidneys are “housed” in our low back, deficiency of the vital innate in kidney is initially related to signs and symptoms such as soreness and weakness. For elderly patients, chronic low back pain with knee pain may be related to kidney deficiency. Kidney deficiency may lead to varieties of issues such as dizziness, tinnitus, impotence and infertility. As an alternative approach, acupuncture is utilized to treat and prevent kidney deficiency. Certain acupuncture points along the low back, leg and the abdomen could be stimulated by inserting acupuncture needles. The goal is to enhance the body innate and stimulate the brain and the nervous system to produce more natural pain relief hormones. – Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400

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involve the eyelid. The most common external eye conditions are blepharitis, styes and chalazia. While they can affect vision in extreme cases, they mostly cause pain and irritation on the eyelid itself, and are usually easily treated. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid around the eyelash follicle usually caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that normally reside on the skin. Blepharitis presents with red irritated eyelids with scales that stick to the base of the eyelash. Eyelids may be swollen, itch and burn. Treatment usually involves daily cleansing of the eyelids with mild soaps or special eyelid cleansers. In severe cases, antibiotic ointments may be helpful. Styes are caused by bacterial infection in the small oil glands of the eyelid along the edge of the eyelid. Styes are soft, painful and tender. Most styes will grow for 3-4 days and then break open and drain. Styes are treated will hot compresses 3-6 times a day and usually heal in about a week. Once a stye breaks open, a topical antibiotic may be needed.

A. If you are bothered by a sagging forehead

Minimally-invasive brow lift. Typically, the most evident sign of brow aging is descent and hooding of the outer third of the eyebrow. This exaggerates the wrinkling of the upper eyelid skin. The lateral brow (outer portion) usually descends more than the medial brow because that portion of the brow has no direct attachments to the forehead muscles or skull. This technique is used to lift the lateral portion of the eyebrow (up toward the temples). The procedure can be performed in-office and no IV sedation is required. When combined with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), this technique is effective in preserving or restoring facial harmony. Full brow lift.

Chalazia are firm lumps or cysts in the eyelid. Chalazia are different than styes in that they are usually not painful and are not caused by bacteria. Chalazia form when the oil gland of the eyelid becomes blocked. Styes that don’t drain and heal can become chalazia. Chalazia are usually treated with hot compresses. If they don’t resolve, surgical removal may be necessary.

This surgery is more comprehensive. It is designed to address the entire forehead and improves eyebrow position, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles high on the bridge of the nose and frown lines. Light IV sedation is required for this procedure. In this procedure, the whole forehead is mobilized. The muscles that produce the deep vertical wrinkles in the area between the eyebrows, (“the angry 11’s”) are partially removed. The result is a dramatic improvement and provides a freshened, revitalized look with a natural appearance.

–Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

– Dr.Gael DeRouin Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 602.680.5348

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Q. Can you treat pain using essential oils? A. Essential oil has quite a long history in treating an array of disorders. As part of the growing popularity of natural medicine, essential oils have significant medical benefit. Essential oils are used daily in cleaning sprays, bug repellants and laundry products. Essential oils embody regenerating, oxygenating and immune–strengthening properties of plants. They help to relieve oxidative stress associated with inflammation that contributes to pain. Essential oils are lipid soluble and capable of penetrating cell membranes. They contain oxygen molecules to help transport nutrients into human cells. This helps aid in stimulating the immune system. Many essential oils are very powerful antioxidants. They inhibit free radicals and help in prevention of inflammation and oxidation in cells. Essential oils also have antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties. There are specific oils to treat a variety of pain including chronic, bone (arthritic), inflammation and muscle/joint/tissue pain. Oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense and lemongrass help decrease inflammation that contributes to pain. Wintergreen, cypress, sandalwood and peppermint help to ease bone pain caused by acute injury (fracture), cancer, leukemia and osteoporosis. The future is very hopeful for essential oils according to the American Medical Association there is continued research on properties in essential oils used for curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. – Dr. Lundquist & Becky Mapes, PA-C Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777

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Q. The summer has left my skin with brown spots. How can I clean it up?

Q. Are women more at risk than men for developing periodontal disease?

A. With more sun exposure and outdoor

periodontal disease (gum disease) at some point in their lives. Women are more at risk for gum disease at certain stages of their lives. Hormonal changes can affect the blood supply to the gums and increase the chances of developing periodontal disease. It is important to recognize this so extra care can be given to your oral health at these times.

activity than any other time of year, the summer can be very harsh on our skin. While sunscreen is always the best defense when playing outside, often reapplication of sunscreen and inadequate SPF can leave you with more brown spots than you bargained for. If you have completed your vacations and have put sun exposure on the shelf, then a skin clean up should be in your future. Depending on the extent of sun damage, there is something within the aesthetic menu or laser treatment options for everyone. Simple glycolic acid peels, with little to no shedding, can drastically lighten and brighten your skin. Add in medical grade at-home skin care and your skin can be back on track in no time. More aggressive chemical peels or laser treatments may be required for more severe damage with large brown patches, redness and textural changes. Fotofacial laser treatments are excellent for erasing unwanted pigment from the skin, while Laser Genesis will smooth skin’s fine lines and drastically reduce redness and flared up Rosacea. Both of these laser treatments are pain free and offer no social downtime. Often, we will combine these treatments for optimal, dramatic results. A yearly maintenance protocol is also recommended. Remember, a spotted, ruddy, red/brown skin tone is always more aging than a few wrinkles, so make this the fall you address clearer, brighter, more vibrant skin! – Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040

A. Three out of four adults are affected by

During puberty there is an increase in sex hormones and this can result in an increase in the blood flow to the gums. This may cause the gums to become more sensitive, swollen or turn red and feel tender. During pregnancy a woman may experience similar symptoms or increased gingivitis (known as pregnancy gingivitis) starting in the second or third month of pregnancy. During this time, some women may notice swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. Women who are menopausal or postmenopausal may experience changes in their mouths as well. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour. In addition, menopausal gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and are often abnormally red can define this condition. Careful periodontal monitoring and excellent oral hygiene is especially important for women who may be noticing changes in their mouths during times of hormonal fluctuation. Please inquire about these conditions at your next cleaning and dental exam. – Dr. Augustine Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS,PC 602.978.6910


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Dr. Sharma

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

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

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Dr. Maltais

Dr. Augustine

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

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

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Dr. Walman

Dr. Wen

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

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

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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

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Dr. Croft

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

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Drs. Pamela and Gael DeRouin

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

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Dr. Baird

Dr. Kim

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

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

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Dr. Qiu Dr. Jack Qiu is a board certified chiropractic physician and acupuncture practitioner. He received his training in Chinese Acupuncture and Tui Na therapeutic massage. His priority is to help his patients with quality care and to reach their health goals. He has been practicing in the West Valley since November 2011. Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network litchfield-park-chiropractic.com | 623.972.8400

Dr. Payne

Dale Payne, M.D., Ph.D, FACS, specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Payne attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and graduated in 1979. Dr. Payne received Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Payne also has successfully treated hundreds of patients with venous disease. Arizona Vein & Laser Institute arizonaveinandlaser.com | 602.298.5476 azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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Q. With the new school year underway,

what onsite and offsite educational opportunities are available through Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium?

A. In addition to hundreds of informative graphics describing the more than 600 species that call Wildlife World home, our education department offers daily onsite and offsite programs featuring an array of animal ambassadors. Visitors can experience fun and educational demonstrations at our Wildlife Encounters show held three times a day. Each program features a different combination of animal ambassadors including snakes, otters, porcupines, reptiles and birds of every shape, size and skillset, from the flightless emu to the soaring Harris' hawk to a singing macaw. Wildlife Encounters is a perfect way to learn about animals and the way each is trained to display cooperative husbandry and natural behaviors through positive reinforcement. In addition, our daily public bird feedings and touch tanks are attended by knowledgeable staff members happy to provide insight. These exhibits are a great way to learn about and interact with animals in a fun, safe and truly unique way. Best of all, school groups are entitled to a significantly reduced admission price. Schools, daycare centers and community events looking to host an educational animal component at their facility, should contact our education department for more information. There are a limited number of outreach slots available each month that tend to fill up quickly. For more information, visit wildlifeworld.com and click on the education menu. Have a safe and fun school year.

Q. What is the importance of greens in gene discovery?

A. Eating your greens may be even more important than previously thought. There is a new discovery that an immune cell population, essential for intestinal health, could be controlled by leafy greens in your diet. In a recent article published in the journal Nature Immunology, a research team discovered that the gene T-bet is essential for producing a population of critical immune cells and responds to signals in the food we eat. Dr. Gabrielle Belz, a member of the research team said, "The study revealed T-bet is essential for generating a subset of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), which are a newly discovered cell type, that protect the body against infections entering through the digestive system." In this study, it was discovered that Tbet is the key gene that instructs precursor cells to develop into ILCs, which it does in response to signals in the food we eat and to bacteria in the gut. Dr. Belz noted the ILCs to be essential for immune surveillance of the digestive system and this being the first time a gene has been identified responsible for the production of ILCs. The immune cells found in the lining of the digestive system protect the body from bad bacteria in the intestine. They are also believed to play an important role in controlling food allergies, inflammatory diseases and obesity, and may even prevent the development of bowel cancers.

independent woman who refuses to consider homecare or moving to a healthcare facility, but I know she needs help. How can I make her understand the benefits of having an in-home caregiver?

A. As people are living much longer lives, many of them suffer from chronic health conditions that cause limitations in day-to-day activities. Many people have a hard time accepting the changes in their health and the limitations in lifestyle they can create. It is important for your mother to understand the risks associated with refusing help. Try talking with her about all of the possible negative consequences of continuing to try to do everything on her own, or simply neglecting those things she cannot manage. One bad fall can lead to a hospitalization and a stay in a care center that may become permanent or worse if help does not come soon enough. Neglecting proper nutrition and personal hygiene can also have terrible consequences that lead to further declines in health and functioning, as can improper management of prescribed or non-prescribed medications. Even the lack of socialization can be detrimental for people who stay in-home because they cannot manage going out on their own any longer. Sometimes, if people fully understand the risks, they are more willing to make changes.

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Q. Can the LaserTouchOne help with frozen shoulder or rotator cuff injuries?

Q. Why do hearing aids come in so many different shapes and sizes?

A. Absolutely! The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles. Often when there is an injury to the shoulder one or more of those muscles will develop scar tissue or adhesions. Most often there will be inflammation and a loss of range of motion in the shoulder. It is quite a painful condition, and it can greatly impair daily activities. Typically, even with treatment, this type of injury can take weeks or even months to heal.

A. The size of a hearing aid used to be an indication of the severity of hearing loss. With more primitive circuitry, we had to create more space between the speaker and the microphone in order to prevent feedback from occurring. People w ith mild to moderate hearing loss could have very small instruments all the way up to very large behind the ear (BTE) instruments for profound hearing loss.

The LaserTouchOne has been researched and proven to work for pain associated with musculoskeletal injury, which includes this type of shoulder injury. The LaserTouchOne combines low-level laser and micro-current electrical stimulation. These work together at a cellular level to heal the injury by as much as two times faster been shown to help restore electrical activity in the injured muscle. This amounts to muscle relaxation and restored range of motion. The low-level laser has been proven, among other things, to increase ATP energy production in the cells. The cells become more efficient, resulting in decreased inflammation. Decreased Inflammation + Muscle Relaxation + Restored Range of Motion = Pain Relief! For shoulder injuries you should: 1. See your medical professional. 2. Do your recommended exercises. 3. Apply ice or heat as recommended. 4. Use your LaserTouchOne 3 - 5 times a day, for two minutes until pain is relieved. –Cheryl L. Davis, LBMT Therapy Today 623.204.0800

With advancements in technology, we are now able to get much more power out of much smaller instruments. Now, in many cases, someone with a severe hearing loss can wear some of the smallest instrum ents available. This has also introduced a few new styles of hearing aids known as the open fit BTE and the receiver in the canal (RIC) BTE. These instruments allow the wearer to maintain an open ear canal and significantly reduces the occlusion effect. Occlusion is the plugged up feeling that some hearing aid wearers experience when their hearing aids are in. All of these advancements result in more accuracy during the fitting process, which ultimately leads to a more comfortable and precise fitting. The physical style of the hearing aid is as important in the fitting process as the capability of the circuit itself. If you would like to learn more about hearing aid styles, circuitry, and what they can do for you, contact your local hearing health care professional today. – Brian Emery Emery Hearing Centers State Licensed HIS 623.792.7151

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LIFESTYLE & LIVING

"Friend, the scripture says that as a man thinks in his heart, so he is (Proverbs 23:7). That’s why it is so important to get our thinking in line with God’s Word. Instead of thinking about your limitations…think about God’s promises. Instead of thinking about a negative diagnosis…think about God’s promises for your health. Instead of thinking about bad things someone said about you….think about the good things God said about you. If you start thinking like that, before long you’ll be transformed, rising higher than ever thought possible." ~Joel Osteen

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Travel & Leisure By Alison Bailin Batz

Relax & Play

Luxury and Value in the Desert

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estled in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak is the AAA Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This resort combines scenic beauty, authentic design, a multitude of recreational amenities and superb service to create an intimate desert experience unmatched in the Southwest.

Located adjacent to the renowned Weiskopf-designed courses of Troon North Golf Club, and set on 40 acres of vibrant desert blooms, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale features 210 luxurious guest rooms, including 22 suites – most of which are appointed with telescopes for stargazing, private plunge pools, kiva fireplaces and outdoor garden showers. Spacious casitas and suites open to unparalleled views of the high Sonoran Desert and city below. Resort amenities include a full-service spa and fitness center, offering a variety of body and facial treatments, many incorporating desert botanicals such as sage and prickly pear. Guests of Four Seasons enjoy priority playing privileges and tee times, as well as complimentary transportation via a golf shuttle to the 44

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courses at Troon North Golf Club. Dining options include the signature Talavera contemporary American steakhouse, which displays the freshest seasonal flavors in a setting inspired by the colors of the Sonoran Desert in full bloom. Executive Chef Mel Mecinas seeks out fresh heirloom tomatoes and vegetables from local farms and olive oil sourced from a nearby mill. The central focal point of the restaurant is a dramatic fire element framed by glass – positioned for both indoor and outdoor diners to enjoy – showcasing elevated city and desert views. A private dining room offers options for intimate gatherings. This dinneronly restaurant offers panoramic views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley below and features the finest freshest seafood, steak and distinctive seasonal specialties. Another option is Proof, an American Canteen, which presents home-style comfort fare sourced exclusively from the 50 states. Televisions, shuffleboard and a vintage bar energize the restaurant. Saguaro Blossom, a casual grill serving light poolside fare offers service throughout the day until sunset. Families will love the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, open daily and featuring a variety of engaging activities just for the youngest visitors. Adventure seekers can enjoy Photos courtesy of Christian Horan


complimentary guided morning hikes to Pinnacle Peak Park, weekly stargazing and excursions via off-road Jeep and Hummer tours into the surrounding desert. Just a sampling of recent awards for the property includes: AAA Five Diamond Award for 2002–2012 Named among Travel + Leisure’s “Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S. and Canada” Spa named recipient of Forbes Four Star Award for 2004 – 2012 Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2012 “Gold List” Named among Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500: The Best Hotels in the World” for 2012

If you are a supporter of either the Arts or Breast Cancer, there is no better time to visit the Four Seasons than this fall. The month of October, the spa will feature a “Pretty in Pink” body treatment, inclusive of a pink grapefruit body polish. Guests also will receive a complimentary pink or black tank top with a Four Seasons logo. The cost for the 50-minute service is $165, with 10 percent of all proceeds donated to Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH), a local nonprofit organization focused on offering options before decisions to local women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

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FASHION & BEAUTY

FEEL GOOD & REJUVENATE

By Dr.’s Rick and Arlene Noodleman

The Key to Youthful Skin

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eople want to look their best. The good news is that there are now effective, minimally invasive, low downtime approaches that reduce, or even eliminate, the appearance of sun-damaged and aging skin.

Achieving beautiful, healthy skin is a process, not an event. It is accomplished by working from the outside in and the inside out. The link between nutrition and the quality of your skin is also ‘written all over your face’.

Work from the outside in

Work from the inside out No matter what your skin type, healthy eating is an essential component of a good skin care regimen. For some people, eating the wrong foods can actually cause problems.

Here are a few corrective and preventive steps you can take to achieve a more youthful look. All skin types. Protect your face from the sun. Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB light, and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Older skin. Exfoliant creams remove dead skin cells that do not slough off as readily as when you were young. Prescription creams have been shown to reduce wrinkles and liver spots due to sun exposure. Forehead wrinkles. Injected Botox, a brand of botulinum toxin, partially immobilizes the muscles that form expression lines for skin smoothing, although some deep expression lines may not go away. Sun damage and acne scars. Lasers can resurface facial skin by stripping away the outermost layers. Some “non-ablative” lasers also stimulate collagen formation, which helps smooth wrinkles. 46

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A natural defense system. Foods rich in antioxidants seem to have a protective effect on the skin. Antioxidant-rich foods include carrots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, blueberries, peas, beans and nuts. Women who consumed more linoleic acid, found in nuts and seeds, had a lower incidence of dry skin. Curbing acne flare-ups. Individuals should avoid dairy products, especially cow’s milk, processed foods high in white flour, such as white bread, white rice and sugary foods and beverages such as candy bars and soda. Foods that cause ‘spikes’ in blood sugar levels can also trigger hormone production, which in turn can boost oil production. Psoriasis, rashes and other skin conditions. Certain foods can cause hives and other reactions. Individual sensitivities vary, but common culprits are gluten, dairy, eggs and additives. People with psoriasis may see improvement by eating a low-glycemic load, Mediterranean-style diet. Your skin responds not only to what you put in and on your body, it also reflects your overall mental and physical health. Taking corrective and preventive measures that reduce sun-damage, increase exercise, promote healthy eating and decrease stress will help you look your best.


DIY Tricks to Replicate Spa Treatments By Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau

Summer fun, unfortunately, can give your skin and hair a beating. Below are some DIY tips to whip your skin, hair and hands back in shape.  For a clean, shiny and touchable face •Prepare pot of boiling water with several bags of chamomile tea, allowing tea to steep. •Place face over steam from pot and cover head with towel to trap steam. •Place cucumbers or well-squeezed, icy chamomile tea bags on eyes to reduce puffiness. •Dab off excess moisture. Apply scrub cream in gentle circular and upward motion to face, neck and chest. Place emphasis on beard and neck to help lift ingrown facial hair. •Rinse thoroughly with warm, moist washcloth. Apply witch hazel, rose, or lavender water with spray or cotton pad. •Apply moisture lotion/cream in upward massage strokes placing slight pressure on temples and under forehead bridge line to release tension. For softer and shinier hair with improved scalp circulation •Mix lemon juice and warm green tea. Apply mixture to scalp with brush or applicator. Pour remaining amount throughout hair. •Allow mixture to remain on scalp for a few minutes to cleanse scalp and hair follicles. •Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Apply a combination of two parts fresh avocado and two parts yogurt. Massage into hair in circular motion to relax the scalp and stimulate hair growth. •Gently massage temples and base of scalp line. Place plastic shower cap on hair and wrap in warm towel for 10 minutes or until towel cools off. •Rinse thoroughly. For clean, soft and luxurious hands •Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil/body lotion. •Mix four parts kosher/sea salt with one part warm grape seed, canola, or olive oil. Mix into a paste. •Massage into hands in upward strokes and circular motion. •Remove with warm/wet towel. Follow by pushing back cuticles and filing rough nail edges. Apply body/hand lotion. •Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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Fitness, Nutrition & Sports

stay active & fit

By MS

Myths About Body Fat

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ody fat is often considered the enemy for those looking to get fit. People will try many types of diets and exercise in an effort to rid their bodies of excess fat. Part of what makes fat so confounding is the misconceptions surrounding this natural component of anatomy. By separating the myths from the facts, adults might find their efforts to banish body fat much more successful.

Myth #1: Body fat is only under the skin’s surface While body fat near the surface of the skin (subcutaneous fat) may be most noticeable, it is actually accumulated throughout the body. Organs can accumulate fat (visceral fat) and wrap around the heart and muscle. Visceral fat can be toxic and unhealthy. When people begin to exercise, they burn away this visceral fat and the results are often noticeable shortly after an exercise regimen begins.

Myth #2: Muscle turns to fat without exercise Muscle and fat are two separate entities, and one cannot become the other. People will gain weight after they stop exercising because fat will begin to accumulate more readily because it is not being burned. Fat may mask muscles; however, muscles will not turn to fat. Upon returning to regular exercise, a person can regain their physique.

Myth #3: Body fat develops from eating fatty foods Fat in food will not necessarily turn to fat on the body. Fat is formed from excess calories. When the body takes in more calories than it uses for energy, that excess is stored as fat reserves.

Myth #4: Starving will burn fat Depriving the body of calories may initially force it to burn stored body fat. However, if the calorie restriction is so marked, the body may actually go into “starvation mode” where it breaks down fats more slowly. When food is reintroduced, the body may store more fat in anticipation of future deprivation. This can cause a person to gain more body fat than if they had just adhered to a moderate diet. 48

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Myth #5: Body fat can be lost from just one area Fat will not diminish in just one spot from targeted exercise. The body burns fat evenly so that one portion is not depleted more than another, resulting in an area of the body that is not naturally insulated by fat. A diet and exercise plan will produce gradual shedding of body fat all over the body. Yet, the appearance of diminished fat may be visible in particular areas more so than others.

Myth #6: Fat modulates body temperature New information suggests that it is muscle that helps regulate body temperature, although not entirely understood why. Muscle protein called scarlopin is believed to help regulate body temperature as well as muscle contractions.

Myth #7: Fat weighs less than muscle Muscle and fat weigh the same. A pound of bricks will weigh the same as a pound of cotton. Muscle is more dense than fat, so if a person is exercising and building muscle while shedding fat, they may not notice a big change in weight.


Why Do We Need Fiber? By MS

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any food products boast added fiber on their packaging. This is in response to the public’s growing desire to consume foods with high levels of dietary fiber. Medical professionals claim it is an essential element to a healthy diet. Despite that, many consumers remain in the dark about the role fiber plays in the body.

About fiber Fiber will pass through the human digestive system virtually unchanged from when it was consumed and without being broken down into nutrients. Fiber is classified into two types – insoluble fiber, which will not dissolve in water, and soluble fiber, which can be dissolved. Insoluble fiber is typically found in whole grain products, dark leafy vegetables, green beans, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, and skins of fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber comes from foods like oats, nuts, fruits, and dried beans.

Fiber and digestion The Harvard School of Medical Health advises people should get between 20 to 30 grams of fiber each day, though many people do not consume that much. Fiber adds bulk in the digestive system, which helps soften stool and flush out the intestines. It assists in making bowel movements more frequent, preventing constipation. A diet high in fiber helps reduce the risk of hemorrhoids and diverticular disease.

Fiber and weight loss Fiber, particularly soluble fiber that can be slowly digested, will prolong the digestive process helping to keep the stomach fuller longer. This can help a person eat healthy portions. Fiber-rich foods are also less calorie-dense, which means you can eat more and feel full. Increasing fiber consumption may help adults looking to lose weight.

Fiber and blood sugar The slow absorption of carbohydrates also regulates the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This can prevent sugar spikes that may be dangerous to those with diabetes. It also may be able to help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fiber and cholesterol Soluble fiber has been shown to help lower blood cholesterol concentrations by decreasing the absorption of cholesterol and bile acids in the small intestines. When less bile acid is absorbed, the body must use stored cholesterol to make more, lowering blood cholesterol as a result.

How to increase fiber consumption While many products include added fiber, here are some of the best ways to increase the number of grams of fiber consumed daily. Eat more bran. Bran has the highest fiber content of any food at about 25 to 45 percent. Consume whole fruit instead of juice. Whole fruits have more fiber and fewer calories than juices. Eating fruit can help you to feel fuller longer. Pass on refined flours. Opt for whole grains whenever eating bread, cereal and baked goods. Try to aim for grains that have at least three grams of fiber per serving. Increase your consumption of beans. Beans are relatively inexpensive, filling and tasty. Plus, they pack a great deal of fiber, protein and other important nutrients. Fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for these foods for snacks over-processed foods. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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FAMILY, KIDS & RELATIONSHIPS Contributed by MindStream Academy

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How to Talk About Weight with Your Children

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f your child is overweight, deciding to talk about this unhealthy lifestyle is only the first step. It can also be a huge challenge to have a productive, helpful discussion, especially if your child is unwilling to hear what you have to say. Here are eight suggestions for avoiding as much conflict as possible.

Put the focus squarely on health and off weight Whether by default or by design, each family has a health and wellness “culture”. This includes the types of food that are kept in the house, how heavily physical activity is emphasized, what sleep patterns are encouraged, how much health information is available and more. As a parent, you should emphasize each aspect of this health culture, not just your child’s weight. Remember, healthy weight follows good lifestyle behaviors, but good lifestyle behaviors typically do not follow weight loss diets.

Recognize that you spend too much time focusing on weight Most people do not realize how much they use weight as a yardstick to measure their overall quality of life as well as their worth. For example, how many times have you asked about a piece of clothing, “Does this make me look fat?” with the understanding that if the answer is ‘yes’ you have somehow failed? That is why, when broaching the subject of weight with your child, and in your own life, it is important to stop talking about weight and even, to some extent, appearance. Emphasize other characteristics. For example, talk about how an unhealthy lifestyle influences your child’s self-esteem and thus demeanor, as well as how they express himself or herself and the impression they make on other people.

Ask your child what would help Yes, you are the authority figure in this relationship, but it can be a mistake to assume that you know the best way to help your child become healthier. One of the problems with giving support from a position of experience is that you tend to think that your child’s situation is the same as yours; therefore, the things that worked for you will work for them. That is not 50

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necessarily the case. Instead, it is always a great idea to ask what your child thinks the best course of action would be.

Focus on change, even if you run into resistance The purpose of any discussion about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is to bring about change. In other words, talking to your child about their weight angst for an hour might have some value because it allows them to vent, but try not to leave the discussion there. Try to take onestep forward, too, even if your child is resistant to change. An effective way to overcome resistance (or even cut the conversation short if things are getting heated) is to get a commitment to make just one change in the next week. That might be anything from drinking fewer sodas and more water to walking three days a week. Focusing on one simple change a week seems manageable (as opposed to dropping 30 pounds, which is overwhelming), and is a very constructive way to move the conversation forward without being too bogged down.


Observe how your child, and the whole family, uses food Your discussion will be better received and more effective if you are well informed, so before instigating “the talk”, observe how your child uses food. For example, if you see that they eat in order to manage their emotions, you have gained an important piece of information about a very damaging habit. The truth is you are not always your best observer. If you can determine whether your child is using food as a drug to avoid discomfort or as a stress manager, you are one-step closer to attacking the root of the problem. You can explain to your child that this underlying eating “trigger”, not food itself, is what you will need to focus on managing.

Do not be judgmental One thing is for sure – nobody is perfect. Another thing is for sure – if you attack someone with words, they will stop listening to you. Considering those two truths, you should avoid blaming your child at all costs. The fact is, we live in a fat culture, and the majority of Americans are overweight. In many ways, your child’s struggle is not their fault. However, it is their and your responsibility to do something about it. The focus should always be on how you can help your child move forward from here, expressed as lovingly as possible.

Walk the walk In the end, your example is the best way to change your child’s health behaviors. Teens, in particular, are sensitive to hypocrisy. So if you are not ready to make any and all of the changes that you are asking of your child, do not instigate the weight discussion in the first place. If you cannot walk the walk, then your actions will simply be encouraging your children to continue with unhealthy habits that will have a major negative impact on their lives.

If you really cannot get through Sometimes, despite their best efforts, parents just cannot get a positive response from their children. If this happens in your family, someone needs to have the weight discussion with your child. Getting professional help is always a good idea, but there may be others such as relatives, friends, or teachers who might get a more receptive response. If all else fails. Well, all else cannot be allowed to fail. Your child’s life is too important. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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Career, Business & Finance By John Hartog, attorney, Jim Kohles, CPA and Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo, CEO of Pillar Wealth Management, LLC

Why Everyone Needs an ‘Incapacity Plan’

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Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Assets

ementia has become the No. 1 cause of disability globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Stroke, which can also profoundly impair judgment and decision-making, stands at No. 2. This year, 7.7 million new cases of dementia will be diagnosed and 15 million people will suffer a stroke. By the time dementia symptoms become apparent, their competence may already be affected. Strokes can be tragically sudden. While many people carefully plan for retirement and what will become of their estate after death, too few provide for that middle ground – incapacity. People should plan for incapacity, and if it never comes into play that is wonderful. Incapacity planning ensures you are able to speak for yourself in all decisions, from your medical care to financial affairs. Here are three steps everyone should take, from the accounting, legal and financial perspectives.

Get Disability Insurance The likelihood of something happening that affects your ability to work is high, so you really should carry disability insurance. How you pay for it can have different tax impacts. If you purchase it through your business, whether as owner or employee, you can take a tax deduction on 52

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the premiums. However, that means any claims paid will be taxable. If you pay with post-tax dollars, any benefits are not taxable. The difference in saving taxes on $200 a month in premiums versus $5,000 a month in benefits is significant. More new policies now are capped at 10 years of payments – not lifetime. So be sure you understand the terms.


Have legal documents that clearly state your wishes. These include a durable power of attorney for financial affairs and an advanced health care directive for medical decisions. Name the people, the “agents”, who will be responsible for implementing those decisions, and draw up a document that delineates their responsibilities and powers. Choose people in whom you have a great deal of faith and trust. People need to remember they are going to be vulnerable. You do not want to pick someone if you have a quiver of doubt about them. One safeguard is to name an agent, and a second person to whom the agent must report. Just the idea that you have to report keeps people honest. In some states, the government provides forms so people can prepare these documents themselves. You should at least consult with an attorney.

If you are the “non-financial” spouse, become familiar with the financial plan. Typically, one spouse is in charge of the finances, and the other takes a back seat, or even no seat. The noninvolved person needs to understand how the finances are arranged and planned, and he or she needs to be very comfortable with the family’s advisors. This will prevent a nightmare during an already stressful time should the involved spouse suddenly become incapacitated. Both spouses should attend meetings with the family’s advisors, even if one spouse does not fully understand or is not interested in all the details. If something happens, they will know who to call and what to do. They will avoid a nightmare. That is piece of mind. It is important to have these provisions in place long before you think you will need them. Younger people have a higher chance of becoming disabled before they pass away, and they are usually the people who have not planned for that at all. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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Celebrity

ENJOY

By Nidah Chatriwala

Age Defying & Passionate Ovarian Cancer Advocate

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adiant and energetic, Kelly Ripa was born in New Jersey. Ripa was the first in her family to join the entertainment industry.

According to her IMDb biography, Ripa always enjoyed activities that awakened the performer in her, such as being trained into ballet at age three, playing the piano, and getting involved with a local theatre company. Entertaining an audience came naturally to Ripa from the very beginning. Today, she is well known as the host of the morning talk show, Live! With Kelly and Michael.

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Now in her early 40s, Ripa is not only a busy TV personality, but she is also happily married and a proud mother of three. So how does she manage her life while looking fit and fabulous? “I’m pretty fit and I’m really strong and that’s more my mantra,” Ripa reveals to New York Daily News. She goes on to admit that she is just like many women out there who dislike dieting. Instead, she invests her time in mixing up various workout routines to maintain her figure. In 2005, Ripa appeared on the cover of TV Guide saying, “My body is so much better since I had kids!” She claims she weighs 20 pounds less than she did in high school. “I lost my own baby fat when I started eating whatever fell off the high chair instead of a four-hour lunch. Running around the city every day – taking the kids to the park, pushing them in the swings – that’s a life workout.”

“It wasn’t until my kids went to school. I had so much time on my hands. I’ve always been fit, but never really formally exercised, signed up for classes and things like that. When I did, I just got hooked. I loved it. I thought it was fun, and I had so much more energy,” Ripa explains in an interview with the New York Daily News.

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Though she might not like to restrict herself to any particular diet, Ripa shares her favorite food. “I have one that my kids absolutely love — we call it the American Flag Salad. It’s red, white and blue; watermelon, blueberries and feta cheese. Mix it together and you can cut up some fresh mint and sprinkle it on top. It’s light and effervescent and delicious and nutritious,” Ripa enthuses in her interview with the New York Daily News. Aside from eating right and a hard workout, FitSugar.com reports that Ripa loves rewarding herself by taking short naps. “Beauty sleep is undoubtedly an age defying tip, wouldn’t you agree?” Ripa not only exemplifies fitness, but she is also very active in the cause of raising awareness and prevention care for ovarian cancer. In a “Lifechangers” segment with ExtraTV, she candidly expressed how she lost a close friend to the disease. Since then, the philanthropic talk show host has partnered with Electrolux annually to organize events that benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Funds. According to Starpulse.com, Ripa recently hosted a Super Saturday, a designer charity sale, in the Hamptons, to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The event raised $3.5 million for the cause. azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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MitoQ Anti-Aging Face Cream This anti-aging face cream works to heal fine lines and wrinkles, fade scars and brown spots, correct skin discoloration and reduce blemishes. MitoQ cream is considered to be one of the most potent antioxidant on the market. It is proven to deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect in rejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow. $185, www.mitoq.com

Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner Avoid tired, black eyes with this new inner eyeliner in nude. Designed specifically to hold up in the waterline and works to brighten eyes for up to 10 hours. Works at brow bones and inner corners of eyes. The eyes are the first place to show signs of a sleepless night. Give them the boost they need. $14, available at Merle Norman Studios nationwide.


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

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SENIOR LIVING

"Faith says, "That sickness is not permanant. It's only temporary. Faith says, "God is supplying all my needs." Faith says, "My best days are still ahead." Here's the key- what you meditate on is what's going to take root. If you go around all day thinking about the fear and you play it over and over in your mind, you allow it to become a reality." ~Joel Osteen

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aging well By Gary Marriage, Jr., founder and CEO of Nature Coast Financial Advisors

Stay Healthy

Getting the Most out of Social Security Benefits

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oo many people end up getting less than what is due to them, from Social Security, when they retire because they do not know the rules and the real financial impacts. There is a lot of talk about the future of Social Security, but you still have this benefit and if you are 50 or older, you should be planning to make the best use of it. Below are important facts to keep in mind as you plan for how Social Security will factor in your retirement:

Be convinced to wait a few more years Many people are understandably eager to retire as early as possible, while others fear Social Security retirement benefits will suddenly vanish. Therefore, they want to get what they can as quickly as possible by age 62. However, if you are counting on those benefits as part of your income, you should wait until you are eligible for the full amount. That is at age 66, if you were born between 1943 and 1954, and at age 67 if you were born in 1960 and later. If you are in the older group, retiring at 62 cuts your benefits by a quarter. For the younger group it is nearly a third. Chances are, you will be better off mentally and physically if you wait anyway. 60

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More importantly, many studies show that people live longer and are more vital the longer they remain employed.

The reductions in Social Security add up to a considerable sum The average retirement benefit in June of this year was $1,222.43, according to the Social Security Administration. People born in the 1943-1954 group, who are eligible for that amount at age 66, will get just $916.82 a month, if they retire at 62. If they live to age 90, that is a total of $308,052.36. By waiting just four years, they will net an additional $44,007.48. Waiting until age 70 can make you eligible for a bump in benefits of up to 8 percent a year, but there are no increases if you delay longer.

If divorced, were you married for at least 10 years? If your married for a decade and are not currently remarried you may be eligible to receive benefits based on the former spouse’s work record. Some of the other requisites are that you must be age 62 or older, and the former spouse must be entitled to receive their own benefits. If the former spouse is eligible for a benefit, but has not yet applied for it, the divorced spouse can still receive a benefit. Additionally, two years must pass after the divorce.


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

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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.

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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

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stay healthy

By Susan Alpert, author of Driving Solo

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Tips for Thriving Without a Partner or everyone – even people in an ideal relationship with a lifelong partner – there might be times when you are alone.

No, it is never easy to recover from the loss of a loving partner by your side, but you will. You will learn how to be very happy on your own. It is possible at any stage of life. Those who have been divorced or separated from their spouse, or have not met that special someone yet also feel a sustained loss similar to a death. However, going solo can be an unexpected and fulfilling experience. Below are important markers along your journey to finding happiness again:

Taking control Whether you are widowed or emerging from a breakup, you have to re-evaluate and assess where you are and take steps to move forward. If you were married and you have been off your game for a while, have neglected a stack of mail, been out of touch with friends, etc., start making progress one task at a time. If you have been left with papers and bills to handle, create a system, perhaps a digitized one to restore order. If your girlfriend or boyfriend left you, it is time to recognize and respect your self-worth. Consider getting into good physical shape with an improved diet and a schedule for training. You might even consider a professional reboot – anything that gets you focused on something constructive can help you move on. Remember, you are responsible for yourself. You have to take action.

Ease the throttle While it is essential to take proactive measures, it is not wise to try to do it all at once. In some areas, you should throttle back. Aim for achieving a regular sleep schedule – stress often affects one’s ability to sleep well, and current research is finding the heightened negative side effects of insufficient sleep. Also, take a break while awake, you will think more clearly, have more energy and be prepared for the next steps, whatever they may be. Take a deep breath and get outdoors. Even a short walk is an excellent stress-reliever while providing moderate exercise. It is important to eat balanced meals, but you are human and that is not always possible. You 62

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may be tempted to indulge in junk food, alcohol and other drugs while in emotional pain, but this ultimately makes life harder. Try to include different colored items on your plate, which is an easy way to eat well.

If you are grieving, know that eventually, you will feel better Grieving in the initial stages is terrible. You have to go through the experience of loss. Until then, expect to yo-yo between emotions. In time, you will get your health and strength back and find a reason to get out of bed each morning.


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4 Unexpected Benefits of Crafting By Betty Hechtman, author of Yarn to Go

he idea of “DIY” is definitely in vogue, bringing an upswing in popularity of knitting and crocheting, and there is no sign interest will wane anytime soon.

Pinterest and Etsy are two of the hottest websites online today, and they are brimming with hand-knitted items, from socks and scarves to purses and anything that can be made from yarn.   

The hand-knitted caps and sweaters that might have embarrassed you as kids are now a hip expression of artistry. Young adults appreciate originality and craftsmanship, and they are an innovative bunch. They are doing amazing things with yarn. Surprisingly, crocheting is even more popular than knitting. It is ranked 3rd on the top 10 U.S. crafts list compiled by the Craft and Hobby Association, with 17.4 million devotees. Knitting comes in at 9th place with 13 million needle fans. What is interesting is people say they are drawn to yarn crafts because of the creativity according to a Craft Yarn Council survey of more than 5,000 knitters. Once they get into it, they say they realize it also helps with stress. That is just one of the unexpected benefits of time spent knitting and crocheting. Here are four more benefits:

Knitting and crocheting actually produce beneficial physical changes Spend enough time with your needles or a hook and yarn, and you can strengthen your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and change your brain chemistry to reduce stress hormones and increase the natural “happy” neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine. These findings were reported last year at an “academic study day” in England on the therapeutic benefits of knitting.

It will not leave you feeling groggy in the morning Having trouble sleeping? Instead of reaching for a pill, pick up a yarn project an hour or so before bedtime. The calming repetition of knitting or crocheting slows restless racing

thoughts and helps you transition from a busy day to a quiet, restful night.

Keep your hands out of trouble Are you trying to quit smoking and do not know how to stop? Do you constantly bite your nails? Have you become obsessed with checking your social media? Crocheting or knitting keeps hands busy – and out of trouble – while you are traveling, waiting at the doctor’s office or sitting at your kid’s soccer game. And, unlike smoking, nail-biting and wasting time on the internet, the result of knitting and crocheting is a positive one.

Make new friends An internet survey of 3,500 knitters found 90 percent made new friends. One of the beautiful aspects of yarn work is that you can do it alone or in a group. In fact, the opportunities to socialize seem to be driving the strong interest from young adults, who meet at coffee shops and office lunchrooms for a good stitch session, according to the yarn council. People who are alone much of the time are more prone to depression and other mental health issues. Getting together for a knit with friends is good for you! azhealthandliving.com | September 2013

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MONDAY 2

Duet’s Parkinson’s Caregivers Support Group 1:30 – 3 p.m. Mesa, www.duetaz.org

TUESDAY 3

West Valley Women’s Spotlight Our Members 11:30 p.m. http://westvalleywomen.org

FRIDAY 6 Beyond the Frosting Workshops Friday 6 – 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. McDowell Ranch Community Center www.kristystabler.com/workshops

SATURDAY 7 1st Annual 9/11 Heroes Run 8 a.m., Tempe Beach Park www.travismanion.org

Teddy Bear Day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Glendale 623.930.4500 Brazilian Day Festival 1 – 6 p.m. Scottsdale www.braziliandayarizona.com

TUESDAY 10

Vial of Life & File of Life classes Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Banner Sun City www.sunhealth.org/vialoflife

THURSDAY 12 Duet’s Caregivers Support Group 10 – 11 a.m., Goodyear www.duetaz.org

FRIDAY 13 Beyond the Frosting Workshops Friday 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. McDowell Ranch Community Center www.kristystabler.com/workshops 2013 Shrine Circus Friday 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday various times Westworld of Scottsdale www.azshriners.com

SATURDAY 14

Love Walk Call for time, Phoenix Zoo 480.567.6407 7th Annual P.A.I.N. Summit 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Scottsdale www.painsummit2013.eventbrite.com

THURSDAY 19 YW Empowerment Series with Alexandra Kinias 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ritz Carlton, Phoenix 602.258.0990

SATURDAY 21 AZ Restaurant Week Today through the Saturday 9/29 Visit website for more details www.arizonarestaurantweek.com 2nd Annual Shine Brightly Teens & Women Summit 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phoenix www.girlsrulefoundation.org Empower One Breast Cancer Walk Call for schedule, Phoenix Zoo 480.567.6407 Flagstaff Marathon 8 a.m., http://marathons.ahotu.com

Peoria Farmer’s Market at Park West 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Peoria www.mommasorganicmarket.com

SUNDAY 22

Run FORE Cancer 5k 7:30 a.m., Scottsdale www.startlineracing.com

TUESDAY 24

Aromatherapy for Pain Control 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Avondale 623.535.9777

SATURDAY 28

Trails 4 Trials – Bicycle Family Ride 6:30 a.m. , Goodyear www.trails4trials.org

5th Annual Tea for Teal 2 – 5 p.m., Scottsdale www.anneritamonahan.org

SUNDAY 29

Southwestern Eye Center Sight Day Visit website for more information 480.892.8400, www.sweye.com

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