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Signs Your Child May Have a Vitamin Deficiency Why Social Wellness Should be a Priority

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Contents Publisher Great Central Sun Media Group Executive Editor Lisa Padilla editor@azhealthandliving.com

Senior Managing Editor Alfie Mendoza alfie@azhealthandliving.com

Celebrity Photo Editor Lori Romano Graphic Design KZ Creative Services

Contributing Writers Grey Stafford Nidah Chatriwala Alison Bailin Batz Marissa Graves Nassim Sana Jason Womack The Vision Council Megan Rose Senior Helpers Dr. Miriam Azin Brittany Belsterling TOPS Club David Porter John McDonough Shana Schwarz

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HEALTH & WELLNESS 24 Health Staying Healthy in School; UV Eye Protection

52 Career, Business & Finance Five Ways to Know You're Done with What You're Doing; 4 Things Parents Should Know Before Paying for College

54 Celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow

26 Mind & Body Signs Your Child May Have a Vitamin Deficiency; Cell Phone Etiquette – Dos and Don’ts

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50 Fitness, Nutrition & Sports Functional Fitness Exercises; Will Your College Kids’ Eating Habits Keep Them from Graduating?

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9

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elcome to our Back-to-School Issue! This issue brings education to mind. The meaning of education for me is evolution, because I believe we couldn’t evolve into the individuals we are without the continued act of learning. I believe a child starts school the moment he(she) takes his first breath. From then on begins the world of learning - right from wrong, good from bad and from learning a child begins to make decisions based on knowledge formed from past experiences.

Past experiences? You might wonder, “How much could a five-year-old have learned to draw from past experiences?” Perhaps the question should be, “How much have they not drawn and how much of that will influence who they evolve to be later in life?” Many parents teach their children from a young age about a Tooth Fairy, an Easter Bunny and much more. I don’t know about you, but as for me, I am still waiting to collect on the last tooth left under my pillow - of course I’m joking (but not quite kidding!) There is much controversy on this type of subject, but in my opinion I believe it’s quite simple. One of the Ten Commandments is, “Thou shall not bear false witness.” In other words, we should not lie! Many will protest this when it comes to fairytales, as we almost all are found guilty of following the majority at one point or another, past or still present for some. However, the truth is and will always be revealed. If children first experience a disappointment in the form of a lie from a parent, then how will they continue to trust and hold on to faith? You are probably wondering where I’m going with all this? And if you have followed my column monthly, you know very well the answer is... GOD! You see children are a gift from God - not only for us but for the world! And it matters not if you carry them for 9-1/2 months, adopt them or parent them. If you educate and instill in them faith in God’s blessings, educate them to be guided by His words from the moment they take their first breath, who knows which one will be the next David, Paul or

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Mother Teresa and who will become faithful builders or teachers and more. A new generation can be part of the change this world needs - filled with more God-driven movers and makers along with the shakers, more faithabiding and angel-residing glorifying creators! So, yes it’s back-to-school time for kids, but only figuratively, because we first as parents should be our children’s teachers, and the word of God is what we should be teaching! For those wondering how to find a way to be honest with your children about those characters from tradition and tales, allow them to use the free will given to us by God to choose what to believe. Keith Humphreys, author and co-author of numerous books and scholarly articles, led me to this story about a childhood tradition for many and one way for parents to present the difference between fiction and fact. "My dad told me the truth about Santa when I was very little, perhaps 3 or 4. I don’t recall whether I was traumatized by the news at the time; I got over it if I was. My oldest turned 3 New Year’s Eve and was very excited about Santa Claus this past Christmas but, for whatever reason, hasn’t mentioned the Easter Bunny even though she’s been excited about the approach of Easter. My approach thus far has been to treat these characters precisely the way I do Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Dora the Explorer: they’re real characters but not real people. So, when she tells me that Santa has a beard and wears a red suit, that’s just as true as the facts that Pooh likes honey and Dora has a friend named Boots. If, on the other hand, she asks me whether Santa Claus brought her a particular present, I tell her, no, her grandmother bought it for her. This strikes me as the right balance between letting the kids enjoy their childhood and building their trust." Until next time...

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ancer is a scary word. “The word ‘cancer’ is actually the general name given to some 100plus diseases from breast to lung to skin cancer, and is when cells in a specific part of the body begin to grow out of control,” co-founder of Arizona Center for Cancer Care (AZCCC), Dr. Daniel Reed says. While the word itself may be general, those fighting its 100-plus diseases are not.

“No two cancer patients are alike – and no two patients’ treatment should be either,” Dr. Reed says. He understands this firsthand as his grandmother fought breast cancer while he was in medical school, inspiring him to go into the field. Depending on a patient’s needs, they may require cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of both. If being treated with a combination, West Valley patients were often required to go to different cancer centers throughout the northeast and southeast Valley – sometimes hours away – for regular care. Unsatisfied with West Valley patients’ access to nearby facilities and support services, Dr. Reed partnered with fellow specialists, Drs. Christopher Biggs and Terry Lee, in 2008, to launch Arizona Center for Cancer Care in Peoria. Their mission, simply put, was to become the future of cancer treatment in Arizona. “Our multi-specialty treatment center was designed to give us the ability to offer comprehensive cancer care to patients on this side of town – something never done before in this community,” Dr. Reed says. Upon launching the facility, the group quickly became the first of its kind to offer West Valley patients brachytherapy

Left to right: Terry Lee, M.D. ChristopherBriggs,M.D. Daniel Reed, D.O.

which is an effective, less invasive treatment for prostate, breast, lung, esophageal, gynecologic and head/neck cancers, among others. They also became the first to invest in, and offer, Radiosurgery to the area using a state-of-theart technology called RapidArc® radiation therapy. This very precise form of therapeutic radiation uses beams of radiation to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical incision or opening. It allows patients to receive treatment in as little as 10 minutes, compared to the several hours it used to take with older technologies, like the cyber knife and gamma knife,” Dr. Reed, explains. In 2008, the radiation oncologist partnered with prominent medical oncologist, Dr. Devinder Singh, and his practice, Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology. This move increased the practice to 10 physicians and the West Valley’s first comprehensive cancer practice.

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By 2011, when the Peoria center became Arizona’s only freestanding radiation oncology facility to earn The Joint


Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation. They also added gynecological cancer treatment to their growing list of patient services, another first for the West Valley. Today, the practice now boasts 52 physicians, more than 200 employees and 20 partner offices Valleywide, including several in the West Valley cities of Peoria, Avondale, Glendale, Surprise and Wickenburg. “We are a cancer center without walls whose services stretch into every inch of this community, offering the West Valley with the best doctors, best treatment technologies and best research in the country,” Dr. Reed says. “Cancer is a disease of survivors – and we want to keep it that way.”

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An Endangered Animal in Arizona

By Grey Stafford

While perhaps not as well-known as their cousins (monkeys and great apes, i.e. gorillas), the white handed gibbon, have long been a successful part of the extensive primate collection at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. Found throughout Southeast Asia, these animals are adapted for life in the tree canopy, with no tail and possessing slender arms with long fingers for easy locomotion swinging from branch to branch. Gibbons eat a variety of plants and animals. Despite their name, adults may develop black, dark brown or sandy coats, except for the hands, which remain white in color. Young gibbons are completely dependent on their mothers and extended family for warmth, protection and food for the first few years of life. Unfortunately, like larger primate species, gibbons are an endangered animal, due to habitat loss, poaching and the illegal pet trade.

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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY By Shana Schwarz

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or many Arizona children with severe emotional and behavioral issues, the world is a scary place. For those with limited resources, or for those without a strong support network, hope can be hard to find. For those children, there is Devereux.

Devereux is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Founded in 1912, Devereux operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year. Devereux changes lives and nurtures human potential. Devereux inspires hope, ensures wellbeing and promotes meaningful life choices. Founded over 100 years ago by a Philadelphia school teacher, Devereux began offering services 16

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in 1967, in Scottsdale. Devereaux now serves children state-wide and nationally.

and beyond. The Day School supports students with, but not limited to:

Children who are referred to Devereux may find themselves as a temporary resident at the caring facility, or perhaps just a student at their Day School. Whatever their situation, each child is treated especially for their individual needs, allowing them the best opportunity for improvement while at Devereux

X Academic difficulties X Aggression X Anxiety X Self-harming behavior X Anxiety X Emotional needs X Isolative, withdrawn behavior X Learning disabilities X Mental health diagnoses X Sudden mood changes X Truancy Through the use of positive behavior support, Devereux helps each student increase utilization of pro-social behaviors while making aggressive and challenging behaviors ineffective, inefficient and unnecessary. For those students who need more than Day School, the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) offers photos courtesy of Devereux


additional support and housing. The services include therapy, a substance abuse program, anger management, recreational therapy, medical and psychiatric services and more. The RTC is a 24-hour, safe and supportive environment that provides youth, ages five to 17, with emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse challenges with consistency, stability and structure. In addition, Devereux also provides respite care for qualified families. Respite serves males and females, ages four to 17, who are experiencing moderate emotional or behavioral difficulties. The goal of respite care is to successfully provide an interval of rest for the client and his/her primary caregivers, without disruption or compromise to the home placement. Respite care, when used appropriately, may reduce the utilization of more intensive services and can help maintain the placement of the child(ren) in the home.

Devereux is looking for corporate or individual sponsors for a fundraising Dance Marathon to be held on Sept. 7, 2013. If interested in sponsoring or participating in this inaugural allages community event email devereuxdancemarathon@yahoo. com.

In order to provide even greater care for their students and residents, Devereux has partnered with a local group of volunteers to renovate their facilities and offer more recreational opportunities for students and residents.

11000 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 260 Scottsdale 480.998.2920, ext. 5401 http://devereuxarizona.org

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NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ

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Summer Specials at the Wrigley Mansion The iconic Wrigley Mansion offers their ‘Sizzling Summer Rate’ special. From now through August a discount of 50 percent off food and beverages will be offered when booking an event. The Wrigley Mansion hosts events such as wedding receptions, corporate events as well as other catered parties. With its breathtaking 360 degree views, the Wrigley Mansion offers guests something extra. Anyone interested in booking and event, Sunday through Thursday, can call the catering department at 602.955.4079 for rate quotes. Those interested in booking a private event can contact Liz Dodd at 602.553.7395. The Wrigley Mansion is located at 2501 E. Telawa Trail in Phoenix. Visit www. wrigleymansionclub.com for more information.

Campaign Geared Towards Underage Drinking Prevention Own Up is a campaign created to change the mindset about underage drinking. The Own Up campaign is a collaboration of both the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Beverage Alcohol Community Information Council (BACIC). The campaign will target teens, parents, educators, local restaurants and other influencers through in-school promotions, resources and partnerships. Own Up also seeks community involvement to raise awareness through its Facebook page, equipped with tools and resources on how to start open, honest conversation regarding the implications of alcohol. For more information on the campaign, visit www.facebook.com/ownupaz.

Volunteers Needed for Maricopa Trail Maintenance The Maricopa County Parks and Recreational Department has developed the new, Adopt-A-Trail program. This program will allow groups and individuals to assist in maintaining the Maricopa Trail. This area is for non-motorized vehicles and recreation. Volunteers are needed to sustain this soon-to-be 376-mile trail. This will allow organizations and individuals to make an impact on the environment and their community by adopting a trail segment, as well as assist with inspections and maintenance to keep the trail system clean and safe. Adopting a trail segment is a one-year commitment during which time the adopter is responsible for completing one to two trail inspections, collect trash and participate in minor trail maintenance, as necessary. The department will provide safety training along with tools and supplies. The department also seeks volunteers who are able to donate as little as a day or two of service. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Trail program contact Kim at 602.525. 3004 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/protect.aspx. 18

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Interactive Exhibition Teaches Children about the Human Body Now through September 2, Sesame Street presents “The Body” at the Arizona Science Center. This exhibit is set in a fun and familiar setting with lovable Sesame Street Muppets. Hands-on and multimedia experiences allow children to explore the human body while learning how to keep it healthy. Each area of the exhibit has multiple activities providing age-appropriate learning for a several developmental levels. Sesame Street characters educate children with real science in imaginative ways. They encourage kids to never stop wondering about how their bodies work. The exhibit will feature three educational zones. “Your Insides” is an exploration of what happens inside the body. “Your Outsides” helps children identify different body parts and their function. “Staying Healthy” teaches children the importance of hygiene, eating healthy, sleep and exercise. The exhibit offers curriculum-based learning goals for children two to eight years of age. The Arizona Science Center is located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix. For times and pricing, visit www.azscience.org or call 602.716.2000.

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NEVER LOSE FAITH

By Megan Rose

Valley Doctor Pioneers the Melody Valve

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Giving pediatric patients hope

ast year, 13-year-old, Emery Miller’s health was rapidly deteriorating. An avid baseball player, he was easily winded. He could barely run past second base during games and practice. After four open heart surgeries, his relatively new donor pulmonary valve was failing. Emery was born with a hole in his heart and a defective aortic valve. He endured open heart surgeries, between the ages of six months and six years, to close the hole and replace his aortic valve with his own pulmonary valve. “His color was bad, he looked frail and he couldn’t sustain very much exertion,” Emery’s mom, Lori Miller explains. “We had been told before Emery’s last open heart surgery that there was a new procedure being tested that he might be a candidate for called the Melody Valve, but we didn’t think it would be approved in the U.S. yet.” According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 35,000 babies are born annually with congenital heart defects in America. A defect may involve the walls and valves of the heart or it could be a problem with the arteries and veins that carry blood to or from the heart. After four surgeries, the whole family felt the heartbreak that occurs when a donor valve fails. Emery’s defective aortic valve was replaced through a surgery called the Ross Procedure. However, the donor valve that replaced the pulmonary valve was failing and needed replacement. Dr. Joseph Graziano, one of only four interventional pediatric cardiologists in Arizona, stepped in. “Emery was a perfect candidate for the Melody Valve procedure to help him avoid a fifth open heart surgery. He gave us the motivation and the opportunity to very actively pursue this new, less invasive treatment as an option for him,” Dr. Graziano says. 20

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Dr. Graziano had been aware of the technique for a while, since used in Europe for several years before approved in the U.S. by the FDA in 2010. The Melody®Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. In this procedure, a catheter, holding a specially designed heart valve, is inserted into a vein in the leg and guided towards the heart. The heart valve is then attached to a wire frame stent and expanded with the help of a balloon, and opens the blocked pulmonary conduit and restores function of the valve by implanting the new valve inside the old one. Once approved in the U.S., Dr. Graziano successfully spearheaded the effort to make this new procedure available. “This procedure is a huge advancement for some patients with complex congenital heart disease and has improved their lives


tremendously,” Dr. Graziano explains. “The exciting part is that we are on the cutting edge of the evolution of how we take care of heart problems. Many incredible techniques are available using catheters, which are revolutionary for patients, by allowing treatment in a much less invasive manner than surgery. The Melody Valve procedure now extends the spectrum of heart defects that can be treated without the need for open heart surgery, which is such a wonderful option for our young patients.” Emery was the first teen in Arizona to undergo the procedure, with amazing results. “We left the hospital the day after the procedure and he was back hitting homeruns just over two weeks later,” Miller states. “He had no pain and was back to his normal coloring and energy level immediately. The transformation was truly amazing.”

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The procedure helps delay open heart surgery for children that have congenital heart defects and gets them back on their feet within days, instead of the months that usually come with open heart surgery.

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Medtronic, the company that makes the Melody Valve, closely monitors and trains doctors in the procedure. Dr. Graziano is currently Arizona’s most experienced physician and only pediatric cardiologist in the procedure, having completed 20 implants by the spring of this year. “In my over 12 years of working with children, I am amazed at their resiliency and I think that over the next 10 years we will continue to see more and more advancements to further extend catheter techniques, which will replace the need for more invasive surgery,” Dr. Graziano says.

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Arizona Hall of Fame Firefighter Now in Fight of Her Life

Jan Hauk, 62, has served the West Valley as a member of the fire department, and eventually as fire chief of the Buckeye Valley Fire District, for more than two decades. An advocate for our community, she also spent years lobbying both the Arizona Legislature and officials in Washington, D.C., on behalf of this area’s need for enhanced fire and other critical services. Her efforts earned her induction into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame in 2008 – the only West Valley fire official ever honored with the award. Established in 1998, the Arizona Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a positive contribution to the fire service and/or community. Individuals nominated are evaluated based on their years of service, service on committees, contributions to community as well as state, national, educational, operational, organizational and legislative impact. In addition, they are evaluated on areas that demonstrate their significant contribution to Arizona’s Fire Service. However, today this hero needs a hero of her own. Born with only one functioning kidney, Hauk, is a chronic kidney disease patient. However, as her career legacy shows, she did not let this stop her from fulfilling a life of public service. She also did not let this stop her from a fulfilling personal life as a wife and mother of four children. For more than five years now, Hauk has been waiting for a kidney transplant. Oftentimes, in cases like this, one’s parents or siblings are the donors. However, she was adopted, so this is not an option. After that, one’s children are often a good match, but none of hers is a matching blood type. The next option is the waiting list and, unfortunately, that’s exactly what it is – a waiting game.

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Jan Hauk and the Buckeye Valley Fire District

Hauk is Type O blood – the universal donor type. This means her blood type can be donated to any other of the four main blood types. However, just because Type O can be given to all others, does not mean it can accept any others. Therefore, for every Type O donor kidney – Hauk is up against every other person on the list, not just other Type O folks. This long wait time has caused the always-healthy mother to one that now has to be supported through dialysis three times a week. The family has been moved to action, partnering with the Mayo Clinic’s Paired Donor program to try to get Hauk a kidney, which provides a way for people to receive a “living donor kidney transplant” instead of being on the deceased donor waiting list for several years. Someone steps up willing to donate a kidney on behalf of Hauk, and in turn, he/she is matched with someone else who needs a kidney and has a match to donate to Hauk. Hauk’s loving husband has been on the list to donate for three years. Thus far, there has not been a match. If you are interested in finding out more about the organ donation process, or wish to be tested as a Type O donor for Hauk, please contact the family at KidneyForJan@gmail.com. Photos courtesy of Marissa Graves

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

“Start remembering the times God protected you. The times God showed you favor. The times God made a way when it looked like there was no way. That’s going to cause faith and expectancy to rise in your heart. You’ll have the confidence that if God did it for you back then, He can certainly do it for you right now.” ~ Joel Osteen

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Staying Healthy in School

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chool-aged children spend several hours per day in close proximity to one another. That means that, in addition to sharing their time in the classroom, students often share their illnesses.

There are ways parents can reduce their child’s risk of coming home from school with an ailment passed on by a classmate. The first step toward reducing that risk is to understand some of the more common ailments.

Lice Few children survive school without enduring at least one outbreak of lice. Lice are tiny parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. Head lice are about two to three millimeters in length (about the size of a sesame seed). Having lice is not an indication of poor hygiene. Sharing brushes, pillows, hats, and head-to-head contact with someone who has lice facilitates transmission. It is essential to remove all of the nits and adult lice through careful combing. In some cases, a doctor may recommend a medicated shampoo.

Mononucleosis Commonly shortened to “mono,” it is known as the kissing disease. Epstein-Barr virus, the virus that causes mono, is transmitted through saliva. It can be spread through kissing, sharing cups and straws, or if saliva is expelled through sneezing or coughing. Symptoms include fatigue, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes and a soft, swollen spleen. It is advised to keep a child home from school until symptoms have subsided. 24

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Oral herpes There is a lot of confusion about herpes. Most of the cases of oral herpes result from the virus herpes simplex 1, or HSV-1. The oral outbreak of herpes forms cold sores or fever blisters on the lips or inside of the mouth. While these blisters, and the virus itself, can be spread through kissing, most young children have contracted it through the sharing of utensils. Sometimes parents inadvertently pass herpes on to their kids when they kiss them. Oral herpes is most contagious when a lesion or blister is present.

Strep throat A child will get strep throat when they come in direct contact with saliva or fluids from the nose of an affected person. Strep throat is usually caused by group A streptococcus bacteria and most common in children between the ages of five and 15. Chills, a sore throat, trouble moving the neck and

difficulty swallowing are some of the more common symptoms. Most doctors will take a throat culture to confirm diagnosis and antibiotics will be prescribed for treatment. A doctor will advise when it is safe for a child to return to school.

Meningitis Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. There are five types of meningitis: bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal and noninfectious. Bacterial meningitis can be life threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Meningitis can be spread through exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. Symptoms may include a sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. Nausea, vomiting and altered mental status are also symptoms. Samples of blood or cerebrospinal fluid are collected to test for the cause.


UV Eye Protection Contributed by The Vision Council

Despite the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UV) to eyes and vision, 40 percent of U.S. adults do not wear sunglasses while outdoors and nearly half of drivers do not protect their eyes on the road. Unprotected exposure to the sun increases risk for serious vision problems like cataracts, abnormal eye growths, cancer of the eye and surrounding skin, and macular degeneration. In a new report, while a majority of adults report sunglass use for UV protection, far less actually wear them. Inconsistent sunglass use among children, who receive three times the annual sun exposure as adults, is even more concerning. More than half of parents surveyed for the report do not protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses.  UV rays harm the eye by penetrating the cornea and damaging the internal structures of the eyeball. This can lead to serious short and long-term issues. Temporary problems include photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye), while acute, high doses of UV radiation can lead to cataracts, abnormal eye growths, cancer of the eye and macular degeneration – a major cause of vision loss in Americans. UV-protective lenses block solar rays from reaching the eye and mitigate the risk of sun-related damage. Certain environmental, geographic and demographic factors increase personal risk of UV damage. Monitoring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service found that cities including Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles ranked among the top 25 in highest UV index levels over 2012. To mitigate UV risk, The Vision Council recommends the following.

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FIND BALANCE

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obile phones are ingrained in our everyday lives. Few people leave home without their mobile phones. However, as mobile phones evolve, so, too, do the rules of mobile phone etiquette and safety. According to Retina-X Studios, more than 75 percent of American teenagers now have a mobile phone. Mobile phone companies in the developed world have admitted that cell phone plans have reached the saturation point, with at least one subscription per person. As billions of people use mobile phones to talk, download data or send text messages, new concerns have arisen. These concerns largely involve security and etiquette. Many people insist on taking every call, forgetting about common courtesy to those around them, whether in a restaurant or in a meeting. Mobile phone users looking to take a considerate and safe approach to their usage should consider the following guidelines. DO be accessible, but filter usage. Keep your phone stored out of sight when you are with another person. Don’t feel the need to check the display every two minutes. Keep the phone at a low volume or on vibrate. DON’T keep your phone out in plain sight. Doing so tells the person sitting across from you that he or she is no more important than the long list of other people who might be contacting you at any minute. DO enforce cell phone rules. Such rules may eradicate phone usage during meals or those times when homework or office work needs to be done. DON’T get involved in lengthy conversations via texting. Texting is meant to be brief and to the point. Too much information can be misconstrued through text messaging. Make a phone call instead. DO use a phone that supports features like encryption and password protection. Mobile phones are now also mini-computers, making users susceptible to identity theft. DON’T reveal personal information. Avoid discussing medical or personal information on a phone that others can overhear. 26

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DO recognize phones come equipped with software that could compromise privacy. Read the manual to learn how to turn off such features if you so desire, such as GPS. DON’T update social media sites during work hours. Employers may be able to see the time stamp of your post, which could lead to disciplinary action. DO wait for the right time to check missed calls. It is possible to wait to check your messages, especially when you’re spending time with someone else. DON’T use texting to avoid uncomfortable situations. Some things are better said in person. Do not use texting as a means to avoid other people. DO respect others’ privacy. Do not take pictures of others and post them online without permission. Also, do not assume they want you to update social statuses indicating you are with them at a particular location. DON’T assume you have any privacy. Calls and text messages can be tracked. Even as mobile phones evolve, there remains a certain rule of usage to make cell phones safer and more people friendly.


Signs Your Child May Have a Vitamin Deficiency By MS

A healthy diet is supposed to provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain a body. However, thanks to finicky eating habits and limited choices, many children are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy. Although many foods are fortified with certain vitamins, they still may not be enough to provide the level of nutrition required for a growing body. Parents may be well informed of a child’s needs of vitamin C to boost immune system function, but they may not be as readily informed about other vitamins that are essential to human health.

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CONNECT WITHIN

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

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ll living beings have the need to socialize. The act of healthy socialization is embedded in their genes. History has shown that survival has always depended on social interactions. How many days can you go without sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone else? Social wellness is important. Without it, the world would have a difficult time creating healthy productive communities. It is through social wellness that you create meaningful relationships and have a support system of family and friends.

when you were going through difficulty and had the support of friends and family. Social wellness affects both physical and emotional health. Some people say that the measure of your health is determined by the number of close personal friends you have, and how much time is spent with them. It is important to remember that people need to have new interactions in their lives too, in order to build new lasting relationships. A study from Duke University indicates that social isolation has been clinically linked to chronic illness, such as heart disease, lowering immune system and a number of mental health illnesses, such as depression. The study also showed high impact on the recovery process from illness or injury. It takes longer for isolated people to recover than sociable people do. People who maintain their social network and support systems do better under stress. It even affects mood and self-esteem. The more you interact with others, the more positive and self-confidant you feel.

Looking at the various dimensions of social wellness helps to understand why human interaction is important. Social wellness allows you to live in harmony with other human beings in a positive way. It allows you to have positive interactions with others during work and leisure time. It is involved in developing and building close friendships and intimate relationships. Through this, people learn to express their thoughts and feelings, practice empathy and effective listening and improve communication skills. Healthy social wellness leads people to care for others, live for the common good of others and be involved in serviceoriented activities. It is important to understand that the act of giving also provides something for individual wellness. How much stronger do you feel when you allow members of your personal community to contribute to your life? Take a minute and think about it. Remember the times in your life 28

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People defiantly benefit from social wellness. Here are six ideas to help you get started. A Have face-to-face interactions with people daily. A Become more engaged in social and community projects. A Volunteer time to groups you are passionate about. A Support your family, friends and neighborhood. A Attend cultural and artistic events to meet people from diverse backgrounds. A Join a club or organization that interests you.  Encourage yourself to engage in one social activity a month. Most important, remember to take the time to know the people in your life. Social wellness is your healthy source of life and your key to survival. 


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Q. I have had to wear glasses most of my life. Has the Lasik procedure advanced to where I can easily see free of glasses? A. Surgical procedures have advanced tremendously in the past two decades. They have advanced to the point where we can now improve vision with Lasik, or one of its variations, in the vast majority of individuals, who we see, wanting to free themselves of glasses or contacts. If you are not a candidate for Lasik, there are other types of procedures that have a high success rate in improving vision without glasses. For the most part, individuals can return to near normal activities on the day following the procedure. A consultation in our office will allow us to determine what type of customized procedure you would need in order to achieve your goal. Q. I have cataracts. After surgery, will I have to wear thick glasses? A. Modern cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that allows you to return to near normal activities by the next day. During cataract surgery, the cloudy crystalline focusing lens is removed and replaced with a clear focusing implant. There are several options for these implants, such as Toric implants to correct astigmatism, or multifocal implants to get your vision so sharp that you will not need glasses for distance or near vision. I enjoy seeing patients with these implants see better, even more than their own ophthalmologist!

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Q. How can integrative neurology help you relieve chronic neck pain?

Q. Can you describe the placement of breast implants?

A. Integrative neurology combines the knowledge of medical neurology (the study of the brain and nerves) with complementary techniques like acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal therapies.

A. There are three placement sites of the

Chronic neck pain can be a lifelong problem and can substantially impact your quality of life. There are a number of recent research studies that shed new light on the age-old problem of neck pain. Most neck pain is located in the back of the neck; however, research shows that patients with chronic neck pain have abnormalities in deep muscles in the front of their neck. Additional research found that coordination of muscles in the front and back of the neck is abnormal in neck pain patients. Neck pain patients are also found to be unable to accurately reposition their head and neck. Still more research found that the resting position of the head in relation to the shoulders was correlated with neck pain. What all this means is that neck pain is a complex problem related to abnormalities in the muscles, the nervous system and the joints. To relieve neck pain, all three components must be addressed. Acupuncture can help to normalize the nerve function. Advanced muscle techniques like Counter Strain and Muscle Alignment Technique are specifically designed to rehabilitate abnormal muscle function. Postural correction techniques like Applied Biostructural Therapy can realign the spine to a more stable resting position. Combining these diverse therapies into a comprehensive neck pain treatment system offers the best chance for long-lasting relief of neck pain.

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implants generally used by the cosmetic surgeon performing breast augmentation. They are Under the Muscle Implant, Above the Muscle Implant and Partial Placement in Between. The placement location of the breast implant is determined by the cosmetic surgeon and varies with the selection of the implant. Each placement site has its own advantages and disadvantages, which your cosmetic surgeon will discuss during your consultation. Typically, a breast implant can be placed either under the breast tissue (over the muscle) or under the breast muscle (below the breast tissue). Combined with utilizing the minimum scarring approach, which entails making the incisions along the armpit (transaxillary incision), along the areola, or under the breast at the crease. It will depend on your unique situation and the cosmetic surgeon's preference. Here are some questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon: Saline or silicone gel implant? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What size and shape will give me the proportionate look with the rest of my figure? Should I opt for fixed or adjustable size, and what are those advantages and disadvantages? Will pregnancy and childbirth have any impact on my breast augmentation?

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Q. What should I keep in mind for back-to-school dental care?

Q. What is a stroke, and what happens to your speech when you have a stroke?

Q. My child doesn’t seem to be getting proper sleep. Can this be remedied?

A. As parents and children prepare for the new school year, you’ll find that choosing new back to school clothes and stocking up on new school supplies is the perfect time to highlight healthy habits! Study up with these four tips to keep your kids’ teeth healthy and their smiles happy.

A. A stroke occurs when a person has a blood clot somewhere in the body that travels through the blood stream to the brain (ischemic), when blood flow is impaired due to a blockage somewhere in the body (thrombosis), or a blood vessel in the brain bursts (hemorrhagic).

A. If your child has any of the following he/she could suffer from sleep-disordered breathing:

Tip #1: Plan your trip to the dentist prior to the school year. This way you will not have the trouble of missing school or working around extra-curricular activities. Tip #2: Have fun! The new school year means new toothbrushes! Younger kids can pick toothbrushes with their favorite characters, favorite color, fun lights or even music. For older kids, commence the new school year by graduating to an electric toothbrush. Tip #3: Brushing your teeth after lunch is not only important, but it’s pretty cool too. Especially with your child’s stylish new toothbrush kit complete with waterproof bag, floss, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash that conveniently fits nicely into a backpack. Your kids can choose from a variety of toothbrush supplies while shopping for school supplies. Tip #4: Now’s the time to get your child braces. Getting your orthodontic needs started prior to the school year will put you in position to get the coveted first appointment in the morning before school or the hard-to-come-by appointment after school appointment. By starting this treatment beforehand, you’ll likely have these appointments throughout the school year. Kids begin orthodontic treatment at age 7. –Dr. Mallory Festival Dental Group & Orthodontics Arrrowhead Dental Group & Orthodontics

The human brain is divided into several areas that control movement and sensory function, or how the body moves and feels. When a stroke damages a certain part of the brain, it may no longer work as well as it did before the stroke. This can cause diverse problems with speaking. Frequent speech problems include: Aphasia – The ability to produce and/or understand language becomes impaired. Dysarthria – A motor disorder affecting the control of speech muscles. Information transmitted to the tongue, throat, or lips is disrupted, resulting in poor articulation (sound production). Apraxia – The inability to produce information commanding the speech muscles, resulting in poor articulation. Speech and language therapists assess people with communication difficulties and help them overcome and/or adapt to a range of communication problems and/or swallowing disorders. Speech pathologists also work on problems including cognition, focus and attention, memory and auditory processing. While these skills are not direct speech (articulation) problems, they are remediated by speech pathologists. While much of a stroke victim’s progress will be seen in the first year, the good news is that advances and improvements are possible post-one year. –Dr. Benson Excel Brain Fitness Center 602.451.8043

• Sleeps in an abnormal position • Snores • Sweats heavily during sleep • Is difficult to wake up • Has headaches • Is irritable • Falls asleep or daydreams in school • Wets the bed • Has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) In children, sometimes the problem results from swollen tonsils and/or adenoids that block the airway. It can also be caused by dental problems because malocclusion (misalignment) of the teeth is believed to affect the positioning of the airway. Even swollen nasal passages could cause your child problems breathing during sleep. In these cases, it’s a good idea to talk to your child’s pediatrician, his dentist and an ear, nose and throat specialist. If your child is sleeping poorly and it isn’t due to a sleep-disordered breathing problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends a relaxing setting at bedtime— low lights and quiet. Don’t substitute watching television or videos for personal interaction with your child before bedtime. When our children have trouble sleeping, it affects their lives, their health and our relationships with them. Be on the lookout for the signs such as crabbiness, tiredness, headaches and other, as well as any possibility of ADHD. This could be a sleepdisordered breathing problem, or simply a problem sleeping. It deserves the attention of your child’s pediatrician, dentist, ENT and you. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800 azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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Q. How is spondylolisthesis treated? A. Spondylolisthesis is a condition when a vertebra (bone) in the spine slips out its normal position onto a vertebra below it, most commonly found in the lumbar spine (usually L4 and L5). The most common cause of spondylolisthesis in adults is joint disorder, such as degenerative joint disease (DJD), which leads to weakness of the surrounding muscle and ligament. Other causes include sports injury, work injury and high impact from car accident, which may lead to malformation of the lumbar vertebra called the congenital spondylolisthesis. This is rarely seen in practice. Patients with low-grade spondylolisthesis (less than 50 percent slippage of the involved vetebra based on X-ray finding) may experience mild pain, or may have no symptom. When the slippage of the involved vetebra is more than 50 percent, patient may have severe back pain and hip pain. Signs and symptoms of spondylolisthesis in patients include pain in the back of the thighs during movement, numbness and tingling in the leg and buttock regions as well as weakness of the hip muscles. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment is usually a combination of chiropractic adjustment and physical therapy. In my daily practice, soft tissue therapies, based on the meridian theory, are used with spinal manipulation. To manage pain and discomfort, acupuncture is generally used to stimulate the brain and the nervous system for pain control. Therapeutic exercises such as abdominal muscles strengthening and stretching are prescribed for improvement of body core strength. –Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400

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Q. Should my kids get eye exams before starting or returning to school?

Q. What procedures are available to rejuvenate aging eyelids?

A. With the summer rapidly coming to an

A. Under eye bags, sagging skin or puffiness on or around the eyelid can often be corrected with a relatively simple surgical procedure known as a blepharoplasty.

end, it is time to make those back to school preparations. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends an eye exam, before heading back to school, for those who have never had one or those who have not had an eye exam in two years. Good vision is an integral part of the learning process and should be evaluated to allow a child their best chance of academic success. Approximately 86 percent of children start school never having had an eye examination.

There is a very strong correlation between vision and learning. A majority of learning comes through the eyes. It is important to note that good vision is not only that a child can see 20/20, but that the eyes have good visual function. That means the eyes working properly and at the same place at the same time. Many children with “learning difficulties” have 20/20 vision in each eye. What they lack is the ability of the eyes to working well together. Parents and teachers should be aware of a few things, other than blurred vision, that may indicate a visual problem. Some of the most common things are: • Headaches during or after homework • Needing a finger to maintain their place when reading • Easily loses place when reading • Squinting • Rubbing eyes to help keep focus • Avoids near tasks, such as reading and computer work If your child experiences any of these, call now to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. –Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

Benefits of a blepharoplasty. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat, or tightening lax muscles, to improve the appearance around the eyes. The upper blepharoplasty procedure removes excess skin of the upper eyelid. The lower blepharoplasty focuses on removing bulging fat pads (bags) underneath the eyes. These surgical techniques are performed in-office. They do not require general anesthesia and patients are able to walk in and out for these procedures. Blepharoplasties typically have minimal downtime and a quick recovery. What to expect from eyelid surgery. Incisions for blepharoplasty follow the natural contour lines in both upper and lower eyelids. How you scar depends on both the skill of the surgeon and your own genetic propensity for scaring. Typically, once healed, these scars are barely visible and blend into the eyelids’ natural lines and folds. When combined with a brow lift, this technique is effective in preserving or restoring facial harmony. It is important to find an experienced plastic surgeon who can avoid some of the typical risks or complications, such as creating a scar above the fold of the upper eyelid, excessive pulling the skin, or removing too much of the fat pad areas, which creates a sunken, drawn appearance. –Dr.Gael DeRouin Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 602.680.5348


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

A. Many people suffer with pain. Many of those that suffer from chronic pain after the above treatments have tried and failed to receive adequate pain relief. They feel that they will be relegated to high-dose opioid medication, in order to cope with the pain. Opioid medication treatment can be debilitating in and of itself, making it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis. A relatively new treatment to mainstream medicine is spinal cord stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation is a pain treatment modality based on reducing the intensity, duration and frequency of pain. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the pain pathways as they travel through the spinal cord. For appropriate patients, excellent pain relief can be obtained with this treatment from any number of pain syndromes including failed back surgery syndrome, phantom limb pain, pain resulting from trauma and pain from diabetes or other systemic diseases. In addition to inhibiting the pain pathways, it also works in modulating the sympathetic nervous system, which is helpful in treating pain resulting from complex regional pain syndrome (which results in severe pain to normal stimulation, such as light touch). Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of several pain syndromes, which can reduce, and possibly eliminate, relying on opioid medications for pain control. – Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777

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Q. What causes teen acne and what are treatment options? A. The primary causes of acne in the adolescent years are due to hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty. Hormones increase the production of oil in the oil glands. This allows for bacteria to flourish and decreases the skin’s exfoliating process, resulting in clogged pores and a desirable environment for bacterial growth. The body then mounts an immune response creating redness, inflammation and pus. When treating teen acne it is important to consider medical intervention, as quickly as possible, to prevent worsening and permanent scarring. Many teens will use harsh cleansers and products thinking they will dry out the acne. Some think there is no need for moisturizers since skin is already oily. Skin dryness will actually increase oil production and create more acne. Another misconception is that exposure to the sun will help “dry out” acne, when in fact this worsens acne and drastically increases the likelihood of scarring. The balance of hydration is very tricky. A healthy skin care regimen for teens focuses on decreasing oil, exfoliating the skin, moisturizing and decreasing inflammation and bacteria. The best products to do this are those that contain Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It is also important to use moisturizers with anti-inflammatory agents, such as polyphenols (green tea extracts). Medical-grade products are best as they are non-comedogenic, are free of heavy oils and most will have acnefighting natural/botanical agents as well. Our office provides affordable options for at-home/in-office treatments for teen acne. –Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040

Q. I have a very “gummy smile” and I am self-conscious when I smile. Are there treatment options for this? A. A gummy smile is when an individual smiles and there is an excess of gum tissue that covers the teeth. This is sometimes due to incorrect tooth position or can be a situation in which excess gum tissue covers and hides the normal length of your teeth. Although this is often just a variation of normal human anatomy, it can cause a person embarrassment and they will tend to smile less. This can lower a person’s self-esteem and hinder their ability to give the first impression they want to give to others.

You will be happy to learn that there are treatment options that range from orthodontics (braces), restorative option (veneers/crowns) and periodontal surgery (gum surgery). Oftentimes the solution is a combination of all these dental disciplines. The first step is to see your dentist. Photos should be taken of your teeth and smile as well as molds of your teeth, so that a thorough analysis and design of your smile can be planned and presented to you.

–Dr. Augustine Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS,PC 602.978.6910


Q. Can people be overweight and healthy? A. There certainly is some debate, even among experts, over this issue. But, the overwhelming majority of medical research indicates that being above your ideal body weight is not good for your health. A 2009 study published by Circulation concluded that overweight individuals, with no abnormalities of blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar, have a 50 percent increased risk of developing heart disease compared to those of normal weight. For individuals who are obese, the risk is increased by 95 percent. Being overweight increases your risk of cancer, the second leading cause of American deaths. The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that over 100,000 cancers, of various types, are caused each year by being overweight. There is also a 40 times increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure and blindness. It really doesn’t matter if your motivation to get slimmer is to look good in a bathing suit, or to avoid a heart attack, cancer, or type 2 diabetes. Regardless of why you lose, you will still gain better health. What’s the easiest, and healthiest, way to lose those extra pounds? Eat more natural fiber foods, drink more water and be more physically active. And, if you need help, engage a professional health coach. So, can you be healthy and overweight? Possibly, but I wouldn’t want you to bet on it – certainly not with your life.

–Dr. Seale Renovo Clinic 480.214.5099

Q. How much exercise is enough? A. Some people have specific goals that require certain exercise regimens; for example, body building, rehabilitation, distance running. Recommendations range from one hour a day six days per week to half an hour a day, three times a week. Six times a week can cause burnout but is three times a week for half an hour enough. Well, the American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults from 18-65 should exercise moderately for 30 minutes five times a week or vigorously for 30 minutes three times a week. Moderate can be defined as activity that raises your heart rate, like a brisk walk or weight lifting limited to only a few muscles (curling dumbbells). Vigorous is something that raises your heart rate and oxygen consumption significantly, causing rapid, deep breathing, and sweating (like jogging). One important thing to remember is that exercise should always be followed by rest. Don’t always follow your leg exercises with leg exercises the next day – you can alternate your upper and lower body. Variety improves the fun of exercise and lowers the risk of injury and overtraining. Most people don’t fail their exercise routine because of insufficient exercise, but rather overtraining and injury.

Q. What is a deep cleaning, and why do I need this done? A. Great question! This is a fairly common concern amongst patients. Regular cleanings (prophys), are done every six months as a way to remove plaque and calculus above the gum line. This helps maintain a healthy relationship between your teeth and the gums that attach them to your bone. However, in certain situations, bacteria can start to accumulate and you may begin to develop pockets between your teeth and the bone that hold them in. These pockets are diagnosed by using a perio probe, which acts like a small ruler and is painlessly used to measure the pocket depths. If the pockets are 3-mm or greater, there is the concern of periodontal disease. At that point, it becomes necessary to clean below the gum line. This is a fairly common procedure where our highlytrained hygienist begins by numbing the local area. This is generally not a painful procedure. Your hygienist will then use the scaling tool to carefully remove the plaque and tarter below the gum line and down to the bottom of each pocket. This removes the bacteria that are causing the pockets to continually get deeper. The hygienist will then smooth the root’s surface (root planning), which helps prevent bacteria from re-accumulating.

For weightlifters, remember to isolate muscle groups to prevent excessive loading on the joints. Avoid lifting overhead and bending too much when you squat or extend your legs.

After the deep cleaning is done, we recommend follow-up every 3-4 months to maintain the area. Brushing twice a day, flossing and a bi-annual cleaning can help with early detection and prevention of excessive bone loss.

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

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

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Wendi Lundquist is a dedicated interventional pain specialist uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat patients with musculoskeletal and nerve pain. Along with being board certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine, she is an osteopath that understands the complexity of pain and treatment of a patient as a whole person. Her primary focus is to treat and repair the underlying problem. Active Life Physical Medicine and Pain Center PLLC activelifepaincenter.com | 623.535.9777

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

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

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

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

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Q. Visiting a zoo is usually a daytime activity. Why should families make an evening trip to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium? A. An evening visit to Wildlife World, not only gives families a break from triple digit temperatures, it saves money too. Aquarium-only admission is significantly reduced after 5:00 p.m. Plus, the airconditioned, four-building aquarium complex features hundreds of exotic fish, some birds, mammals and reptiles from all over the world. Each aquarium building has a unique theme: • The Diversity of Life in Water • The Wild and the Wonderful • Predators • River Monsters Together, these exhibits feature more than one hundred species of fish, indooroutdoor and underwater viewing of playful otters, a stingray touch tank, sharks, piranha, and Caribbean flamingos. There are also moray eels, a rare albino alligator and other crocodilians, tide pool touch tanks with sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Wildlife World also has the state's only display of penguins and most recently, California sea lions--the only marine mammals in Arizona. Best of all, families can enjoy a great barbecue dinner and a cold drink at Dillon's KC style BBQ restaurant at the aquarium. A delicious dinner while seated next to the giant shark tank at Dillon's followed by a relaxing stroll through the aquarium grounds during the evening hours makes for a great family outing or a unique date night for couples. Have a safe and fun summer! Be sure to watch your kids around water. –Dr. Stafford Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium wildlifeworld.com

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Q. Does wheatgrass improve your health? A. The father of modern medical science and Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Our body has the ability to heal itself, if provided proper nutrition, environment and exercise. The beneficial nutrients naturally obtained from wheatgrass helps cleanse, alkalize and nourish the body. Wheatgrass, known as a “super food,” has been used since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians found the young leafy blades of wheat sacred, and prized them for the affect on their health and vitality. The Book of Daniel, in the Old Testament, says that King Nebuchadnezzar (630-562 B.C.) ate only grasses for seven years. His mental clarity was restored, allowing him to rule his kingdom again. It is well known that vitamins and minerals are more easily assimilated by the body when they occur naturally in whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamins. In other words, your body cannot process and utilize most of the unnatural combinations of nutrients in synthetic multiple vitamins. We know from research, and thousands of testimonials, that wheatgrass nutrients are easily absorbed and the body processes them efficiently. Regular consumption of wheatgrass has a positive effect on one's health. Today’s biotechnology allows the convenience of having wheatgrass in a single-serving packet, which combines the root with the leaves and processed to retain the nutrients. Make sure you get the wheatgrass powder that includes the roots for maximum nutrition. – Ken & Barb Hall Best Organic Wheatgrass 1.888.260.GREEN (4733) bestorganicwheatgrass.com

Q. Do you really know everything you should about the private help you hire? A. We all like to save a few bucks, but when it comes back to bite, no one wins. Below is an example. We were referred to a private caregiver and she selected us to provide some fillin care for a very nice lady when she needed time off. This lady hired private people out of a newspaper to provide her care. One of the private caregivers earned the trust of this client and they eventually appointed her POA and HCPOA of all of her affairs. We were only fill-in part-time and not made aware of family involvement. Our schedule and bills were approved and paid by the private caregiver, who was also our point of contact. She was a lovely lady who passed away last year. One year later, we received a phone call from a very close family member. It seemed that the direct family members were removed from the will and the investigation began. How often do we hear this same story? How often does this have to happen before we learn that safety is most important? How safe can it be to hire a person from an ad in the newspaper to save a few bucks? A bona fide agency spends thousands of dollars a year on background checks, fingerprinting, bonding, credentialing of certifications, liability insurance, verifying social security’s, checking work and personal references, and more. Don’t you think that’s worth a few extra bucks?

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Q. How often should hearing aids be replaced?

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

A. In the past, hearing aids were built with what is known as a prescriptive circuit. This means that any time your hearing loss changed, you would have to change your hearing aids to continue to receive the desired level of performance. It was common for wearers of these types of hearing aids to have to replace their equipment every two or three years.

Plantar fasciitis can occur with: •Flat or high arches of the foot •Long-distance running •Tight Achilles tendon •Shoes with poor arch support The pain is usually worse: •In the morning when you take your first steps •After standing or sitting for a while •After intense activity The LaserTouchOne works incomparably well for self-treatment of this painful condition. The LaserTouchOne works at a cellular level, so it addresses pain and inflammation at its source, dropping the pain level immediately and reducing inflammation even after one self-treatment. With continued use, the LaserTouchOne will actually promote the healing of plantar fasciitis. I have seen this condition relieved repeatedly with the use of this device. Some effective options for relieving this painful condition include: •Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to reduce pain and inflammation •Heel stretching exercises •Wearing shoes with good arch support •Using your LaserTouchOne at least twice a day for 2-4 minutes, more often in the first couple of days, then use as necessary. –Cheryl L. Davis, LBMT Therapy Today 623.204.0800

Now, most distributors are fitting programmable instruments that are capable of being adjusted, to fit your future needs, as your hearing loss becomes worse. This has resulted in the average life expectancy of hearing aids to double and even triple in some cases. In many cases, a person can wear the same pair of hearing aids until the literally “wear out.” If you are wearing a pair of programmable instruments and you are experiencing difficulty, you should contact your local hearing healthcare professional. In most cases, they will charge a nominal fee to reprogram your current instruments and many professionals will provide this service at no cost. Hearing is an ongoing deteriorating process and needs to be evaluated and re-evaluated on an annual basis, at the least.

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Amara Resort & Spa The healing powers of 7 chakras

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ost spa-goers do not know the significance and the healing powers of the seven major chakras. Amara Resort and Spa, located in Sedona, Ariz., has incorporated the chakras into its one-of-a-kind spa treatments to offer its spagoers optimum wellbeing.  

Sedona is known as a haven for peace, tranquility and healing. It has been made famous for its connection to the earth through natural sources. Amara Spa truly captures Sedona’s essence of wellness by offering services where eastern practices meet the contemporary luxuries of the west. Amara Spa is the only spa in Sedona that infuses “east meets west” treatments, and incorporates the seven chakras into its spa services.

According to ancient Hinduism and Buddhism, there are seven major chakra centers of the physical body that collect and transmit vital energy including spiritual, physical and emotional energy. Each chakra is associated with a part of the human body, a color on the color spectrum and a stone that is used for healing, revitalizing and cleansing. Through the proper balance of your body’s chakras, you can attain optimum wellbeing. By incorporating the chakra color and stone into each treatment room, it allows Amara Spa guests to easily identify

their treatment with the chakra’s energy focus. Additionally, guests experience the blend of traditional eastern and western relaxation and healing practices. For example, the couples massage treatment room utilizes the emerald to correspond to the heart chakra that represents where the emotions of love, happiness and compassion are found in the physical body. The East Meets West package and the Healing Hands massage each utilize a specialty chakra balance in its all-natural and environmentally safe treatments. Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word “spinning,” which refers to a wheel or vortex-like energy that draws in vibration and auras from our surrounding environment. Through this vacuum of energy, we are enhanced and empowered through the environment and by the people around us.

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Rachel Maratea, spa director at Amara Resort and Spa, believes that the healing power of the chakras is so great that she found a new way to educate her spa guests on the spiritual, physical and emotional properties of the chakras. You can begin to incorporate the chakra’s healing properties into your everyday life by becoming familiar with the various energies that not only surround you, but are within you. Amara Spa’s chakra treatments truly blend eastern healing with western comfort in Sedona’s tranquil environment, providing a superior surrounding area for the healing process.

Recently ranked as one of the top 100 spas of America, Amara is the only top-rated spa in Sedona that welcomes both the public and resort guests. Amara is also one of the only Sedona spas to offer a wide variety of eastern services, such as the Reiki, Shiatsu and Thai table massages. Amara recently completed a $2 million renovation that upgraded the resort’s 100 guest rooms, pool, restaurant, outdoor event space, fitness center, lobby and included the renaming of the spa’s treatment rooms with a coordinating chakra. Each of the 100 guest rooms and suites received a crown molding installation, upgraded bathroom furniture and fixtures, fresh carpeting and new signature bedding décor elements. Many of the resort’s rooms overlook the magnificent red rocks and have views or patios over Oak Creek. One of the largest elements of the resort’s facelift included the addition of a 26,000-gallon infinity pool wherein the negative edge overlooks Oak Creek while Sedona’s stunning red rocks provide a serene backdrop. The year-round pool also features a 12-person spa and three contemporary cabanas.

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FEEL GOOD & REJUVENATE

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Does Your Bra Measure Up?

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here is a good chance a woman you know is wearing the wrong size bra. It might even be you.

Studies show that eight out of 10 women in the United States, over the age of 18, are wearing the wrong size bra. Wearing the wrong size bra can cause clothing to be ill fitting and can even be detrimental to a woman’s health. Wearing a bra that is too small can result in scarring of the breast tissue after the bra digs in too much underneath and on the sides of the chest. A bra that is too loose may affect posture and lead to neck and back pain. Women wearing the wrong type of bra are also at a risk for breast pain or damage. According to lead researcher, Dr. Joanna Scurr, after studying hundreds of women, it was discovered that when women move around, their breasts move by as much as eight inches and go from side to side as well as up and down. Bras that encapsulate the 46

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breasts from all angles, rather than just compress them against the chest like sports bras, are the most effective. Breasts do not contain muscle, just supporting skin and ligaments that can be stretched and damaged over time.

However, a properly fitted bra can make you look thinner and taller and reduce pain in your shoulders and back. Clothing may also fit better, and you won’t have the scrunched “back fat” that many women prefer to avoid.

The fact that bras are widely available at many types of stores for purchase off the rack, might account for some of the mistakes in sizing.

If you are unsure if the bra you are wearing is the correct size, consider these.

Women who go to a specialty bra or lingerie shop can be custom-measured by a bra specialist who will then help them find a bra that fits correctly. Wellmade bras are more costly than off-therack items sold at department stores and discount centers. The cost of such highend bras may deter women on a budget.

• The straps dig into your shoulders. • The back rides up. • There are red marks on your body after you take off the bra. • You constantly adjust the bra during the day. • The cups do not contain all of your breasts. • You have bulges at the sides of the cups or on your back.

Many women do not want to admit that they wear a size larger than expected, so they stick to the size they have always picked. Women may also be embarrassed to have a stranger take their measurements and suggest bras.

If any of these describe you, it is time to get a bra fitting. Bra size can change depending on hormonal changes or a pregnancy. Consult with a specialty bra retailer who will measure you and calculate the correct bra size.


6 Bad Beauty Habits to Break! By MS

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spray to make it easier to comb out knots. Putting hair too tightly in elastics and wearing them for long periods can result in thinning of the hair or a condition known as traction alopecia over time.

Here are some common beauty faux pas that women likely want to avoid.

wands and applicators routinely with a mild cleanser and allow to air dry. Otherwise, they become harbingers of bacteria and even mold. You can risk infection if you are using a dirty brush near the eyes or nasal passages. Aim to wash cosmetic tools at least once a week if you wear makeup every day.

ooking good and feeling healthy are top priorities for many women. Women spend hours researching the latest beauty regimens. They also spend thousands on products that promise everything from turning back the hands of time to making hair thicker and more resilient. Some women may be unsure what is best for them and which habits need tweaking.

Scrubbing skin.

Dermatologists say the skin naturally sheds dead cells. Exfoliating the skin too much can cause irritation and excess dryness over time. Try to exfoliate your face and body no more than twice a week, advises the American Board of Dermatology. Even those with oily skin should scale back, as exfoliating too frequently can actually cause oil glands to produce more oil.

Failing to clean makeup tools. Wash brushes,

Popping pimples. Both women and men are guilty of popping pimples. If you cannot resist popping the pimple, cleanse the area first, use a warm cloth or steam to help bring the blemish to a head and use tissue-covered fingers to apply gentle pressure. Then use an antibacterial cleanser to clean the area again. Layering products.

You may have a relative beauty arsenal tucked into your medicine cabinet. While these products may work well on their own, there is no way to know how they will interact. Less is more when using different beauty serums.

Wrapping wet hair in a towel turban.

Gathering wet locks together and twisting them into a towel is a recipe for damage and breakage. Wet hair is more delicate than dry hair, and it can stretch or break more easily. Gently squeeze hair dry with the towel and then use a detangling

Poor washing habits. Some women fall into bed at night without washing makeup from their faces. While this is excusable occasionally, it may lead to irritation or blemishes over time. Surprisingly, too much washing of the face can be just as bad, especially if you are soaping up in the morning as well. You could be stripping your face of helpful oils at the start of the day, when skin needs added protection from the elements. Stick to washing your face at night so it can naturally restore itself while you sleep. Looking good requires effort, but some beauty habits popular among women might be doing more harm than good. azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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FAMILY, KIDS & RELATIONSHIPS

be present

By MS

Tips to Make School Mornings Less Hectic

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eekday mornings during the school year can be hectic. Parents, who must get their youngsters ready for school, while preparing for their own day, often find themselves rushing through the morning. While parents cannot add another hour to the morning, unless they wake up earlier, there are ways they can be more efficient in the morning.

Get a head start the night before Perhaps the most effective way to make mornings less hectic during the school year is to accomplish as much as possible the night before. Instead of making kids’ lunches each morning, make them at night right before you go to bed. Along with your kids, lay out their clothes for the next day before they go to sleep each night. This way kids will not waste time in the morning agonizing over what to wear.

bathroom time should be limited to 15 minutes per person. That should be plenty of time to shower, use the restroom and brush your teeth.

Locate must-have items the night before Your school-aged youngsters and you will need certain things before you leave home every morning. Car keys, cell phones, wallets, eyeglasses and backpacks are a handful of those items. Locate these items before you go to bed each night and place them in the same convenient place each night. This saves you the trouble of running around in the morning looking for these items.

Turn the television off

Avoid turning your kitchen into a diner each morning Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kids likely will not want to eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but give them fewer options so you are not wasting time discussing what to eat.

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Watching television in the morning can be very distracting, which can make it harder for adults and kids alike to get out the door on time in the morning. Kids might want to watch cartoons, which may keep them from preparing for school. Adults can grow easily distracted by news programs and morning shows, which will also eat up time.

Gas up the car the night before A pit stop at the gas station en route to school or the office will only add to the hectic nature of the morning. Check your fuel gauge each night before arriving home and refuel your vehicle if needed. This gives you a little extra time to relax in the morning and reduces the risk that you will be late. A few timesaving tips can ensure you and your youngsters start each morning off a lot more relaxed.


Boosting Graduation Rates By MS

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e are fast approaching 2014, the year federal law calls for all students to be 100 percent proficient in reading and math. Are we there yet? No, but to be fair, that goal was unattainable. The No Child Left Behind Act, which is intended to reduce dropout rates, is very attainable. However, there is still one in five students failing to graduate from high school. A core tenet of the 2001 federal law is 100 percent student proficiency in reading and math by next year. It also requires all secondary schools to show yearly progress on the number of freshmen who graduate with diplomas after four years. However, two years ago, states were offered waivers on meeting some of the law’s requirements if they implemented certain policies, such as linking teacher evaluations to students’ test scores. As of April, 34 states and the District of Columbia had been granted waivers and 10 more applications were pending. According to an Alliance for Excellent Education report released in February,

most of the states with waivers are now circumventing the accountability rules intended to increase the graduation rate, which is now 78 percent nationally. That sounds good until you realize 22 out of every 100 students – the dropouts – are more likely to earn less money, be less healthy and spend time in jail. Five states have dropout rates of more than 40 percent. There are clear indicators that a student is at risk for dropping out. By monitoring each student’s risk factors and intervening early, more kids can be kept in school. In addition, that does not have to be a labor-intensive exercise – there are computers! Some risk factors can be monitored just by collating the student information already recorded. While research has identified many potential predictors, these have proven consistently reliable. Attendance. Being absent 10 percent of school days (first 30 days per grading period annually). Behavior. One or more major behavior incidents per grading period.

Course performance. An inability to read at grade level by the end of third grade, failure in core subject areas such as English or math (6th through 12th grades), a GPA of less than 2.0 and failure to earn enough credits for promotion to the next grade.  Once a student has been identified, it is critical that they be connected with someone who is able to further evaluate them or provide services. Unfortunately, research shows that this often fails to happen. That is why it is essential to have a system in place that monitors when and how students connect with services, and the progress they are making. Again, this can be automated, with alerts going to the appropriate interventionist when necessary. Boosting high school graduation rates to near 100 percent is both essential and attainable with the information now available. No child should be left behind, and it is within our means to identify students at risk of dropping out and take steps to prevent that. azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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Career, Business & Finance By Jason Womack, author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More

Ways to Know When You’re Done with What You’re Doing

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he curse for many modern-day movers and shakers is that they never seem to have enough time to do everything that needs doing. There simply are not enough hours in the workday, or even the workweek, to accomplish everything on their to-do lists. Worse yet, once on a productivity roll, there always seems to be a distraction waiting to throw you off course. The reality is that you could actually accomplish a lot more each day if you just learn to recognize and acknowledge when you are done with what you are doing. One of the biggest time wasters is spending too much time on those things that do not require it. In doing so, time is lost that should be spent on more difficult or time-intensive tasks. When you learn to recognize when you are done with a task, you will have valuable minutes and maybe even hours added back into your day. Here are a few ways be done with what you're doing.

Stop majoring in the minors Many people spend a lot of time on projects and tasks that are easy. Then, they convince themselves that they “just did not have enough time” to get to the harder tasks. Before you start your workday, think about your high and low leverage activities. For the low leverage activities, force yourself to move through them as quickly as possible. With these tasks, perfection is not necessary.

Don’t overwrite emails Make a conscious effort to keep emails short and sweet. Get to the point quickly and use action verbs in subject lines so that both you and the recipient know what needs to happen before the email is even opened.

Quit over-staying at meetings and on conference calls Set an hour for a meeting and you are sure to go the full hour. Pay close attention to how much of your meeting is actually spent focused on the important things. If you spend 15 to 20 minutes at the beginning or end of the meeting discussing your coworker’s golf game, then next time reduce the amount of time allotted. 50

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Set your own deadlines and stick to them It is very easy to be distracted or sidetracked by things you think you, or others, should do. Having a self-imposed deadline will help you ignore those distractions.

Know when it’s time to ask for help Sometimes knowing when you are done is knowing when you, specifically, cannot take a project any further. You simply might not have the right expertise to completely finish a certain project, and that is okay. Wasting time is much worse than asking for help! When you put in place steps to help you know when you are done, you will be surprised, and pleased, with how much you can get done. It will free up time that you can use to focus on areas where it is really needed. As a result, you will have a more gratifying workday and be happier overall.


4 Things Parents Should Know Before Paying for College By John McDonough, CEO of Studemont Group College Funding Solutions

For the 2012–2013 academic year, the average cost for an instate public college is $22,261. For elite schools, it is about three times that cost. A higher education can easily shoot into six figures after four years. Parents also fear in their own futures. Families feel faced with conflicting goals, but there are numerous ways to pay for college while investing in your future retirement. The following are insights for parents to keep in mind. The ROI of a college education. At a time when so many families are financially strapped, college is an especially stressful topic. Parents know higher learning will help their kids succeed. Studies show college graduates earn 84 percent more than those with only a high school diploma do. Move retirement assets to qualify for grants. Most parents know about the 529 savings account, but that is not necessarily the best, or only, option. Reallocating your retirement assets, such as a 401k, can better position a child to qualify for grants and scholarships. Know your student’s strengths and weaknesses. Consider independent and objective analysis of your future college student. Also, think about a more nuts-and-bolts approach, including scholarship eligibility, SAT and ACT prep courses, review of admissions essays and an in-depth analysis of chances for enrollment in a student’s top four choices of colleges. Make a checklist of financial aid forms. In order to maximize a fair price of higher education, remember there is plenty of data to review. A checklist with a timeline and notable deadlines is one idea. Financial aid services include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the College Scholarship Service and the Student Aid Report, however, there are more. Think about this process as a second job, or find professional help you can trust.  azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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Fitness, Nutrition & Sports

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Functional Fitness Exercises

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any people deal with back or joint pain, balance problems and other issues that can make day-to-day activities seem difficult and even agonizing. Tailoring your workout to include functional fitness exercises can increase your body’s ability to handle daily tasks and complete them with ease.  Rather than lifting weights with a machine, complete your workout using real-life positions to prepare for real-life situations. 

What is functional fitness? Most individuals are not competitive athletes, but aim to exercise regularly to improve their quality of life. Functional fitness exercises help people achieve that goal. With a strong focus on using one’s entire body at once, functional fitness stimulates common movements to do at home, at work, or in sports. Functional fitness exercises are designed for training and developing muscles to perform everyday tasks easier and safer, such as carrying groceries or throwing a Frisbee with the kids.

How can you perform functional fitness exercises? Functional fitness exercises can be done at home or at the gym. In fact, some gyms offer functional fitness courses or incorporate concepts into boot camps and other classes.   Exercise equipment, such as fitness balls, kettle bells and weights are often used in functional fitness workouts. These exercises tend to be multi-joint, multi-muscle  exercises. In the beginning, individuals should consider only using their body weight for resistance, slowly adding weight and increasing the intensity level as their fitness ability improves. An example of a functional fitness exercise is the squat-tobicep curl. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, spine straight and core stable. Holding dumbbells at your sides slowly bend through the hips, knees and ankles, until your 52

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knees reach a 90-degree angle. As you slowly return to the starting position, turn your palms toward the ceiling, flex your arms, and curl the dumbbells toward your shoulders. The squat-to-bicep curl is a form of functional fitness, because it trains the muscles that are used to pick up an object – a laundry basket, bag, or young child – from the floor or a table. This exercise combines upper- and lowerbody movements.

What are the benefits? Reduces the risk of injury. Functional fitness prevents injuries caused by daily tasks and prepares your body to adjust to life’s unexpected twists and turns, so they do not turn into more severe injuries. Prepares the body to perform everyday duties. Functional fitness workouts train your body to perform daily activities – walking, bending, lifting, climbing stairs and more – without pain or discomfort. The goal is not just to gain strength, but also to increase flexibility, range of motion, joint alignment and body awareness. Emphasizes core stability. Strengthening your abdomen can improve balance to avoid falls and help your posture. Improves quality of life. Functional fitness exercises can offer individuals peace of mind knowing they have better control of their bodies and the ability to perform activities safely and efficiently.


Will Your College Kids’ Eating Habits Keep Them from Graduating? By David Porter, author of The Porter Principles

Parents sending their children off to college for the first time typically have prepared years in advance. So, what might parents be overlooking when trying to ensure their child starts a career with a college degree? The school dining program, and the role it plays in campus life. Social architecture is the conscious design of an environment to encourage social behaviors that lead toward a goal. In this case, it is solidifying college students’ connection to one another, and a commitment to their school, through dining. A meticulously planned and student-focused dining program, on campus, can help a student graduate for the following reasons.

Social steps. Your child is out of the house for the first time. Without the life skills of a mature adult, your child’s wellbeing is largely dependent upon the friends and colleagues they meet at school. Meals are when students come together to meet new people, study or just blow off steam. Meal plan. Limited food options and scattered time limits can be expensive. Students will not complain about a meal plan’s price if they are happy with what they get. Many conscientious students today have diet restrictions. A meal plan should complement a campus and the student clock, not an administrator’s schedule. On-campus. Unifying meal plans with dining halls is important. Otherwise, students tend to experience the campus in a fractured manner. Meal plans that offer offcampus options are even more problematic because that steers the focus away from studies, students and other areas of university life. School pride.

A pleasant, sociable, convenient and generally inviting dining hall, it is a concrete and positive way students can see themselves as lifelong proponents of their schools. azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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Celebrity

ENJOY

By Nidah Chatriwala

Fitness Fanatic,

Gwyneth Paltrow

Feeling fit and comfortable in her own skin

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his multi-talented, modestly beautiful and family oriented woman is none other than Gwyneth Paltrow.

At age 40, Paltrow seems to have her life figured out. She is a humble wife, a responsible mother of two, and a professional at managing her time and priorities. The title ‘celebrity’ means being critically judged for physical appearance and behavior, and Paltrow was not spared. But, don’t let her sunny blonde hair and wide smile fool you. Paltrow herself had to go through an insecurity phase before finally accepting herself for who she is. Today, Paltrow is fit and feels comfortable in her own skin.

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most beautiful things about growing up is this self-acceptance that starts to happen.” Sleep and exercise are her beauty secrets. She admits that she is a foodie herself. “I don’t believe in depriving yourself,” Paltrow claims. In her new cookbook, It’s All Good, she explains her diet menu followed by a two-hour exercise routine. “For breakfast, I make a smoothie with a lot of protein and good fats in it. I graze a lot during the day. I’ll have a handful of nuts or an avocado. For lunch, I’ll have something light like a salad with grilled chicken. And then for dinner, I eat whatever I want,” Paltrow shares. As a mom, she experiments often in the kitchen. “It’s all about balance. I keep my baseline at eating cleaner foods and not processed food,” Paltrow reveals on the show, Dr. Oz.

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Living a disciplined lifestyle is Paltrow’s recipe for tackling life’s challenges, be it staying fit or managing her personal life. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that discipline is difficult. Let’s face it, it’s much easier to just chill out and watch TV. But it’s part of my job, so I make it a part of my workday,” Paltrow expresses in an interview with People Magazine.  

“The best thing [Tracy] has ever taught me is that there are no shortcuts ” Paltrow exclaims. “I used to think, ‘Oh, you know, I’ll just like diet or do a juice fast or I’ll skip and go for a run,’ and no, it’s consistency and discipline and she embodies that.”  

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This mouse acts as an extension of your body creating a natural working position. It looks, feels and acts like a pen, delivering superior navigation and laser-focused precision. Its ergonomics create a comfortable position, allowing your forearm to relax on the work surface. Featuring 5 buttons, a scroll wheel and laser sensor. It operates on almost any surface without the need for a pad. $89.95, www.thehumansolution.com and www.amazon.com.

Mott 50 is a line of fashion-forward sun protective clothing. Each garment offers easy to wear style with the added benefit of 50 UPF, blocking the sun’s aging and skin cancer causing rays. Mott 50 is a smart, fashionable choice for children and women alike. Starting at $20.00, www.mott50.com.

Active Ultra Insoles ShockDome technology relaxes foot and helps relieve plantar fasciitis. The 5 mm thin insoles offer increased motion and reduces joint fatigue. Reduces/protects against overuse injuries. Anti-microbial top. Adaptive Arch technology for a perfect fit. Includes 20 percent greater rebound than regular foam to withstand harder/ longer impacts. Cradles foot to provide superior support, resists lateral torque and creates better balance on uneven surfaces. Starting at $24.99, www.shockdoctor.com.

Digital Brinno PeepHole Viewer Keep your house safe with the Brinno Peephole Viewer by Phase 3 Systems. See who is knocking at your door on the 3-inch LCD screen. The camera captures and saves images with the addition of an SD card and blocks out the ability to peep from outside. Optional motion and knocking sensors available to capture images by automatic activation. $99.99, www.natureshost.com.

Spot it! Basic English Spot it! Basic English boosts emergent reading skills while having fun. Players race to be the first to spot matches between a word and its corresponding picture, between two pictures, or between two words. Mastering “sight words” builds confidence and speeds literacy development. This fast-paced game comes in a portable tin and can be played 5 different ways! Ages 5 & up. $12.99, www.blueorangegames.com.

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Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech delays, violent behavior and, in rare cases, seizures and even death: these are just some of the effects lead paint poisoning has on young children. If your home was built before 1978, lead paint on your walls, doors, windows and sills may be dangerous. And 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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his back-to-school season, local families are scrambling to prepare their children to head back to the classroom. The number of children who live with a grandparent has  increased 64 percent  over the past two decades. It would only be natural that during these busy times, seniors may be left out of the preparation that a new school year brings, which leaves them feeling lonely, isolated and mentally stagnant. While parents may have already filled their child’s backpack full of pencils and other school supplies, they may have forgotten to stuff one very important backpack – that of their aging parent. According to the Mayo Clinic, seniors who engage in cognitive activities, play games or participate in crafts, have a  30-50 percent decrease in memory loss compared to those who did not participate in these activities.

Below are specific games for which all seniors can benefit, including seniors suffering from the most feared disease among the elderly, Alzheimer’s. Research shows seniors should play these games for stimulation, not competition and enjoyed by two or three in a group. Whenever possible, experts suggest children (or a caregiver) play with the older adults. Recommended games include: Bingo. Studies show that Bingo is highly therapeutic for those with cognitive disorders. People in the study performed slightly better on cognitive tests and showed an increase in alertness and awareness hours after testing (American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia).

These backpacks are an easy, inexpensive way to keep seniors involved in activities that will keep their minds and memories sharp.  In fact, studies show that even the “diseased brain” has the ability to make new neurological connections when kept active. Families become so busy they can forget to include their elderly loved ones in all of the activities. Studies show that without stimulating activity, seniors can lose memory, feel depressed and isolated and have a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. That is why these backpacks are a fun, easy way to keep the elderly engaged. If you cannot be there to join your elderly loved one in these activities, hire a caregiver who can take the load off you. Experts suggest activities must not only be fun, but also give seniors a sense of accomplishment. Backpack items should include: • Hand-held computer games (such as Connect Four or Scrabble) • Books, magazines or crossword puzzles • Do-It-Yourself birdhouse kit • Fake flowers to arrange • Deck of cards  • Etch-a-sketch (draw or play games such as Hang Man, Tic-Tac-Toe, etc.) • Paint by numbers (model cars or other objects) • Gardening seeds 60

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Smart Brain. This game provides stimulation to cognitive facilities like attention and memory (Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry). The study shows this game improved cognition in a group of elderly people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Nintendo’s, Brain Age. Originally intended to improve the working of the healthy brain, Brain Age is also effective therapy for those with dementia. Qwirkle. It can be played in many ways and by people at different stages of Alzheimer’s. People in early stages can play by the rules or as a game of strategy. Later it can be used for color and pattern matching.


Established Arizona practice is Board games, such as Monopoly. Board games with a colorful playing surface and objects that can be handled (such as dice, money, cards, etc.) are preferred.  Games at all levels – low tech to high tech - can help dementia patients. It is stressed that the seniors should decide which games they want to play, whether they are games they played as a child or games they played with their own children. This stimulates familiar memories, which keep the brain sharp. Other strategies to stay mentally sharp with age include:

Control cholesterol problems and high blood pressure. Cholesterol problems and

high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, which researchers say may contribute to the development of certain types of dementia.

Do not smoke.

Studies reveal that heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia two decades later.

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Do not drink excessively. Heavy drinking of more than three to five drinks per day is associated with a higher risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. Moderate drinkers are 23 percent less likely to develop dementia. Moderate is described as two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. Exercise regularly. Regular physical activity is believed to help maintain blood flow to the brain and reduce your risk of high blood pressure, often associated with the development of dementia.

Eat a healthy diet.

Those who eat plenty of vegetables and fatty fish, and keep away from saturated fats, are thought to have a lower risk of cognitive decline. azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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Seniors More Prone to Heat Stress

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any people might choose a nice, hot day over a blustery, cold afternoon. However, excessively hot days cannot only feel uncomfortable, but they can also prove life threatening. Elderly men and women, in particular, are susceptible to the effects of hot temperatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 65 and older are more prone to heat stroke and heat-related stress than those of other ages. Seniors' bodies are not able to adjust to sudden changes in temperature as quickly as younger people. A chronic condition that affects the body's response to heat, as well as taking certain prescription medications, also may play a role in seniors' susceptibility to the heat. Studies show that around 370 deaths from heat-related illnesses occur across the United States each year. Nearly half of those deaths are people who are age 65 and older. Prolonged heat exposure can take quite a toll on the average person. Factor in the more delicate health of many seniors, and the hot weather can be quite dangerous.

Friends or family members should check in with an elderly relative or friend, when the weather is especially warm, to ensure they are safely handling the heat. In addition, people of all ages can take the following precautions to keep cool when the temperatures rise. * Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Water and diluted fruit juices can help rehydrate the body quickly. * Restrict physical activity. * Take a cool shower/bath or wipe yourself down with a damp cloth.

Further compounding the problem is higher energy costs. Seniors living on fixed incomes may not be able to afford to turn on air conditioners because of the power draw.

* Seek an air-conditioned environment. For those who won't or can't turn on the air conditioning, visit a shopping mall or library to keep cool.

There are different types of heat-related injuries, though heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most common. Here are signs that a person may be experiencing one or the other.

* Wear lightweight clothing.

Heat Exhaustion:

Heat Stroke:

Weakness, Tiredness, Nausea Heavy sweating, Paleness Dizziness, Vomiting Fainting, Headache Fast, weak pulse rate Fast and shallow breathing

High body temperature (over 105 F) Red, hot and dry skin Absence of sweat Throbbing headache Dizziness Nausea

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* Try to remain indoors during the hottest hours of the day. * Wear hats or use an umbrella to shield your head from the sun. * Eat cool foods, but avoid extremely cold foods. Otherwise, you risk the chance of developing stomach cramps. * Do not turn on appliances that contribute to extra indoor heat. The heat is nothing to take lightly, especially when it comes to seniors' health.


5 Tips for Job Hunters Over 50 By MS

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hough the job market has improved in recent years, many people are still unemployed. Perhaps most troubling, many of those people are age 55 and older. They are fearful of an uncertain future and a job market where they are seemingly overlooked. For many unemployed over the age of 50, the harsh reality of a job market that does not value their experience or skillset is deeply disconcerting. As difficult as the job market can be for older adults, it is not impossible to find a job.

Do not limit yourself. Those who were victimized by layoffs should expand their job searches to more than just their previous fields. While it is definitely a good idea to maintain contacts and look for openings in your old field, it is also a good idea to examine your skillset, experience and find a new field where these things apply. Chances are, your years of experience are transferable to many fields, and redirecting your job hunting efforts to a new line of work might

yield opportunities you are not even aware existed.

Embrace the 21st century.

Many companies mistake workers in their 50s and might unfairly categorize them as dinosaurs with no grasp of mobile technology or the latest software. However, those applicants who can demonstrate their proficiency in the latest technologies, including mobile technologies like smartphones, tablets and social media, can put themselves above fellow applicants.

at their age as a hindrance from finding gainful employment. However, your age can be an advantage, as many organizations find older applicants are more reliable and need less time to adapt than younger applicants. When emphasizing your age as a positive, focus on specific achievements and accomplishments and reduce the emphasis you place on job tasks and titles. Achievements tend to stand out above titles, and adults over 50 likely have achieved more than younger, less experienced applicants.

Start working. If you are mired in Think small. Smaller companies,

long-term unemployment and spend every day at home, get out and start working. Volunteering is a great way to lift your spirits, network with other professionals and maybe even learn of employment opportunities you would not hear about on the couch at home. Volunteering, be it with a charity or a professional organization, is a great way to revive your resume and continue to add accomplishments.

Emphasize your age. Many

unemployed adults over 50 tend to look

where in employees tend to wear many hats, are more likely to value experience than a larger company is. By the age of 50, many professionals have vast experience in a host of different positions, and that versatility is likely to appeal to a small company looking for employees who can multitask. Finding a job after the age of 50 is not easy, but taking a broad approach and emphasizing, as opposed to downplaying, your experience might help you stand out of the crowd. azhealthandliving.com | July 2013

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MONDAY 1 Grief Group Runs through September 1 Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix 480.657.1167 Group Meditation – Mondays Runs through July Phoenix www.cornerstone-phx.org

TUESDAY 2 Sesame Street Presents: The Body Runs through September 2 Arizona Science Center, Phoenix 602.716.2000 or www.azscience.org

WEDNESDAY 3 Westgate Wednesdays Radio Disney Crew 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., runs through July 31 Glendale www.westgatecitycenter.com Light Up The Sky 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Maryvale, Phoenix 602.262.6575

THURSDAY 4

3rd Annual All American Festival 5 – 10 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex 623.773.8700 or www.peoriasportscomplex.com Tempe Town Lake Festival 5:00 p.m., Tempe 480.350.5189 or http://tempe4th.com

MONDAY 8

Phoenix Career Fair 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phoenix, Airport Marriott www.nationalcareerfairs.com

West Valley Women 8th Anniversary 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. -Reception 12 - 1 p.m. -Luncheon Peoria, 623.776.8400 http://westvalleywomen.org

TUESDAY 9

Independence Day BBQ & Fireworks Show 6:30 – 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Wet ‘N’ Wild, Glendale www.wetnwildphoenix.com

FRIDAY 12

Freedom Wireless Fabulous 4th – Independence Day Celebration 6 – 10 p.m., rain or shine Steele Indian Park, Phoenix http://phoenix.gov/parks

SUNDAY 7

LEGO Kids Fest 4 – 8:30 p.m., a 2-day event www.universityofphoenixstadium.com

Agave, The Arizona Spa – Spaaah Series Scottsdale 480.559.8772 www.summerspaseries.com

Itty Bitty Beach Party Deer Valley Pool 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 years and under – Free event http://phoenix.about.com

Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon 5:45 a.m. Tucson, www.tritucson.com

SUNDAY 14

Run With the Roosters 5 mile walk/run Tucson www.everyoneruns.net

FRIDAY 19

Super 3 Expo 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A 3-day event Phoenix Convention Center www.scmbigevent.com

SATURDAY 20

Mudathon Mud in the Moonlight 5k Run 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale 602.402.4662

FRIDAY 26

Joya Spa – Spaaah Series Paradise Valley, 480.559.8772 www.summerspaseries.com

SATURDAY 27

Garlic Festival at Triangle T Ranch A 2-day event Dragoon 520.586.7533 www.azretreatcenter.com

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