Spring is in the air! protect your skin in the sun
any of us live in the Valley of the Sun for exactly that, the sun and for the number of days we can be outdoors and enjoy it. But it’s important to remember the havoc this exposure can wreak on our skin. While avoiding skin cancer is the primary reason for discussing SPF protection, the sun is equally destructive to collagen and premature photo-aging. Some think only to apply sun screens when heading to the beach or spending long hours of fun in the sun. But daily application of SPF is required to protect your skin from cancer and photo-aging every day. UVA rays for instance are responsible for photo-aging, penetrating deeper into the skin than its counterpart, and UVA penetrates through glass. That’s right your commute to and from work is actually very harmful to your skin. UVB is more responsible for the carcinogenic effects on the skin and causing sun burn. Regular application of sunscreen to all exposed body parts will offer you 93%-97% more protection daily. SPF clothing is also available to cover exposed areas during drive time or during longer exposure times. Common complaints about wearing sun screen are that they can feel greasy, oily, or may irritate skin or eyes. This prevents many people from complying with daily use or repeat application. These symptoms are usually due to the multi-vowel chemical
agents used in manufacturing. Chemical sun screen agents such as Aminobenzoic Acid or Benzophenones are chemical absorbers of UVA/UVB and offer only partial protection. Other ingredients offer a physical block from the UV rays. These are seen on active ingredient labels as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. They are responsible for the white or opaque coverage many are familiar with and don’t like. However, new technology has micronized the particles to be more cosmetically acceptable. Most medical grade skin care lines offer many sunscreens that contain one or both of these ingredients. And with many application options such as creams, gels, powders, sprays, and pads. When it comes to which SPF number to purchase it seems one must have a science degree. Starting this spring the FDA will not allow any sun screen manufacturer to label SPF higher than 50 SPF. This is because the curve of protection drops off after 30 SPF and anything higher is just confusion to the consumer. They must also label whether the product is protective against, sunburn, cancer, photo-aging or all three. So this spring while enjoying the outdoors remember to chose an SPF of at least 30, apply often (every 80 minutes), and apply an adequate amount (a shot glass full). Protecting your skin from the sun is your number one beauty secret!
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Contents Health & Wellness 24 Health
Breaking the Silence on IBS Suffering; Autism Rates Rising
26 Mind & Body
The Seven Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home; Sustainable Living and Making a Difference
Parkinsonâ€™s Disease; Top Driver Distractions
28 Family, Kids & Relationships Tips to Prevent and Spot Child Sexual Abuse; Youth Sports Safety
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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I Have Said it Before - and I Will Say it Again, Go Green, Go God! Many people would like to make a difference in the world - yet fail to see the biggest contribution one can give - honoring God!
elcome, to our Go Green Issue or what I call - our Go God Issue! Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 and since that day the green movement has revolutionized. I feel, however, its purpose has shifted throughout the years. What once weighed in on the conservation side has now mixed into the economic side. This doesn’t mean I am not an environmentalist, nor do I not support the efforts, I simply believe that in order to really Go Green you must first Go God. What am I saying - or rather- what am I asking?
How well are we caring for what God has provided? Are we good stewards of our possessions cars, homes, clothes, etc.? What about our children? Are we educating them and instilling faith and reverence in God? What would we do if God asked us to return everything he has provided- including our children? Would He be pleased with their condition? Until next time, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every
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herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:4-9 “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15 Go God! His reward is a far better environment than the one we have today and together we can make a difference because all things are possible with God! God Bless You! Here to serve,
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KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS By Sue Breding
Cardio Conditioning at RhythmCycle
Having a blast while indoor cycling wner, Lisa Larson, loves knowing that a bike ride has the ability to turn her students’ mood from something stressful into something positive.
At RhythmCycle™ in Scottsdale stationary cycles are used to achieve excellent cardio conditioning. RhythmCycle™ is all about having a blast while extreme riding (cycling) to the rhythm and beat of motivating music playlists. The custom playlists are expertly designed by each instructor from a diverse selection of tunes. The music sets the choreography of the classes and helps even beginners push themselves to new limits. Within about 10 sessions, Kelsey Pfeffer noticed she was developing feminine muscle definition. “I noticed my arms becoming toned and strong,” Pfeffer explains. “It was funny, because after my first class my legs weren’t even sore- it was my arms!” She remembers enjoying the lunges, push-ups and bodylifts on the bike that were new to her and they made a huge difference in her chest, back, abs and entire upper body. “Aside from upper body, the place where I’ve seen the most results is my core,” Pfeffer notes.
Moving more than just your bottom on a bike was very important to RhythmCycle owner Lisa Larson. “We’ve taken the traditional type of cycling, which is sitting down, and added 13 moves designed to work the upper core and obviously your legs,” says Larson. “We do something we call side-to-side and we do a lunge, which is a combination of a push-up and a pull-up and when you pull back you are squeezing your abs and then you are back up again.” Larson describes RhythmCycle as the five-star of spinning. The RhythmRide™ method was developed to maximize calorie burn (700-1,200 per hour). A one-hour ride is equivalent to 25 miles on a road. RhythmCycle draws everyone from athletes, couples and moms who want to lose their badge of honor- “the muffin top”. Beginners rave about the beautiful studio and about the warm and welcoming the highly trained instructors.
Lisa Larson, Owner
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A lifelong fitness enthusiast with a background in the music industry for a famous composer, Lisa Larson brought RhythmCycle from Laguna Beach to Scottsdale knowing that when you move to the beat of a rhythm your soul feels happy. She took the traditional trendy Photos courtesy of Lisa Larson
spin method and combined it with California’s “drop saddle” method to the ultimate x-cycle experience. Riders are encouraged to ride at a level in which they feel comfortable.
Wildlife Zoo Now Home to California Sea Lions By Grey Stafford
At the end of the hour, students feel a wonderful sense of euphoria and accomplishment. “Look at that!” exclaims Larson as she points to some riders gathering their belongings after a class. “They have bike smiles!” she says. “I always feel better leaving class than when I came,” says Pfeffer. “The endorphins definitely start kicking in at a class’s conclusion.”
RhythmCycle 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 145 Scottsdale 480.661.7746 www.rhythmcycle.com
Sea lions share the same characteristics as most other mammals. They have hair, give live birth, nurse their young and are endothermic. Sea lions have large eyes for excellent vision above and below the water surface. Their nostrils and earflaps can be closed underwater. Long whiskers aid in navigation and sense of touch. They have keen hearing. With torpedo shaped bodies, sea lions are incredibly acrobatic swimmers. Cruising speed is usually 1-2 mph with maximum speed bursts of about 13 mph. However, most dives are only a few hundred feet or less and only 2-3 minutes at a time.
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Moving is the best medicine. Keeping active and losing weight are just two of the ways that you can fight osteoarthritis pain. In fact, for every pound you lose, that’s four pounds less pressure on each knee. For information on managing pain, go to fightarthritispain.org.
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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
By Jessica Lawless
Seeing STARS Local organization gives valuable resources to people with disabilities
or people with cognitive disabilities, living fulfilled and productive lives is more than possible; it’s probable—with a little assistance from a local group. Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services or STARS, which started out as Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped in 1973, seeks to support the lives of people with disabilities who live in the Phoenix metro area. Those disabilities might include cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, seizure disorders and cerebral palsy. STARS focuses on giving people with disabilities—currently ages 22 through 70—the resources they need to be successful; finding employment and creative arts programs are just a few of the non-profit’s initiatives. Their offerings, which are available at two campuses—one on Osborn Road and the other on Cholla Street— 16
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run the gamut from employment programs to day programs and more. The families of people with disabilities are also supported by STARS programs, such as the Transitions Program, which
supports the transition of high school seniors from school to adult life. Another initiative, the Young Adult Transition Training Program (YATTP), fosters in young people the “soft skills” necessary to have a bright future in higher education or employment. Day Programs are also a key component of the STARS repertoire. Cooking classes, recreational outings and creative arts programs—including music, photography and art classes—all give participants a means to learn valuable skills as well as express themselves. Volunteers at the organization also offer dance classes and pet therapy. A program for adults with autism, STEP, helps them attain independence and success in the larger world. Another cornerstone of the STARS organization is vocational training. STARS staff help individuals learn the skills necessary to hold down Photos courtesy of STARS
a job and assist them in moving into paid employment. Opportunities for participants to gain these skills are supported by Fry’s Food Stores, Bashas, Safeway, Scottsdale Unified School District, Harkins Theatres and others. Learn more about STARS and how you can help at starsaz. org. The organization encourages charitable contributions. You can also aid the non-profit by providing sponsorship for their annual fiesta, donating silent auction items or using your time and talent to enrich the lives of others. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact STARS at 480.994.5704.
Celebrate 40 years of STARS at the Throwback Fiesta This annual celebration is extra special this year as STARS is celebrating its fourth decade as a pillar of the community. The theme is the ‘70s, so break out your bell bottoms. Community members are invited to join in the festivities from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Scottsdale Stadium. Pam and John Kelly of Pro One Media Productions will act as honorary hosts for the event, which will feature great food and drinks, a silent auction, art auction and live music. The cost is $100 in advance and $125 at the door. Learn more about the event at scottsdalefiesta.com.
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By Alfie Mendoza
Battle Type 1 Diabetes with Beauty! The VanDyke Laser & Skin clinic will be hosting their annual cosmetic celebration Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join in the battle to fight juvenile diabetes. Participate in live treatment demonstrations and beauty product demonstrations. Receive 10% in discounts on all prepaid products and procedures. Bring a friend with you and receive 15% in discounts! A $20,000 silent auction will be held on products and procedures marked significantly below retail price. Product baskets worth $1,500 will be raffled in the morning, so be early! Proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. VanDyke Laser & Skin is located at 5206 N. Scottsdale Road in Paradise Valley. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.vandykelaser. com or call 480.948.5045.
Health & Wealth Seminar for Couples Host, Dr. Andrea Purcell (NMD), author of Feed Your Cells: 7 Ways to Make Health Food Fast, Easy, and Gluten-Free, will discuss anti-aging, hormone balance, increased sex drive and weight control. Joining Dr. Purcell will be special guest speaker, Ken Edwins, CHFC with Sonoran Ridge Wealth Management. Edwins will discuss topics such as sustainable investing, financial analysis and investments, retirement funding and strategies as well as protection products. Couples are encouraged to attend. This free event will take place on May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Flemings Steakhouse located at 20753 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Free hors d’ oeuvres will be provided. RSVP at www.askdrpurcell.com/healthandwealth or call 800.318.8582.
Local Business Receives Green Shield Partners Certification By Brooke Peterson
Clean Air Cab, based in Mesa, is Arizona’s first carbon neutral taxicab service. In January, they became a member of Green Shield Partners, an organization of automotive service companies dedicated to creating a more environmentally friendly automotive industry. Clean Air Cab has adhered to Green Shield’s environmentally conscious standards. They have incorporated the following services into their business as a result: recycling used motor oil, recycling oil filters, collecting spent antifreeze and offering remanufactured antifreeze. The eco-friendly transportation company has a fleet of 70 Toyota Prius vehicles, currently the most fuel-efficient hybrid auto on the market. Additionally, Clean Air Cab purchases carbon offsets and supports global reforestation by subsidizing the planting of 10 rain forest trees monthly for each cab in service. For more information on Clean Air Cab and their new Green Shield Partners Certification, please visit www.cleanaircab.com or call 480.777.9777. 18
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Gina’s Homemade Contributes to Food and Fun -Benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Chef Gina Buskirk of Gina’s Homemade and Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s and Crush Lounge teamed up to help Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On March 2, a silent auction was held at the Phoenician located in Scottsdale, sponsored by the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Annual Beach Ball celebration. Both Chef Buskirk and Chef Gross volunteered their time for one lucky winner to receive an entire, unique and homemade meal for up to 12 people - prepared in the winner’s home! Gina’s will offer pasta making classes on April 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. Anyone interested in hands-on pasta making classes or other Gina’s Homemade products, visit www.ginashomemade.com or call 480.882.0787 for more information.
Enjoy a Delicious Cupcake While Contributing to the Earth April 22 is Earth Day and Sprinkles Cupcakes is asking for your help. Sprinkles Cupcakes will be teaming up with local environmental care and tree planting organizations to plant trees for Earth Day. Starting April 22 through April 26, order a tree-adorned vanilla cupcake and 100% of the proceeds will go to the local Desert Botanical Garden! This is valid at the Scottsdale location only. Visit Sprinkles at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale to order your cupcakes and help save the earth! For more information visit, www.sprinkles.com or call 480.970.4321. azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
Inspirational Hometown Docs
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By Nidah Chatriwala
Electrifying New Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease & Other Neurological Conditions AZ doctor’s ongoing research produces results
n our society, medical professionals are generally highly respected for their contribution to protecting human lives. But how many professionals actually put their heart and soul in treating their patients?
George Kukurin, D.C. is a chiropractor who is not only passionate about research and discovering new treatments, but someone who takes the recovery of his patients to heart. His credentials include postgraduate education from the world’s finest institutions such as Harvard, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kukurin has applied his knowledge of acupuncture, chiropractic care and rehabilitation to more than 10,000 patients. “I’m a chiropractic neurologist, which is a relatively new phenomenon in the field of chiropractic care, but I have had a long history of interest in the nervous system,” he says. The unique methods he has developed, along with his vast experience in patient care, allow him to treat even the most difficult cases quickly and effectively. “The new knowledge we have seen emerging over the last 20 to 30 years of the nervous system is truly amazing and we’d like to think that we are on the cutting edge of applying what’s being learned in the field of neuroscience to actual patient care,” explains Dr. Kukurin.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Yuri Danilov & Dr. George Kukurin
Becoming more common for Parkinson’s disease, as well as other neurological conditions, is the use of deep brain stimulation, which is the implantation of an electrode deep inside the brain. This creates a small electrical current that takes over the function of those parts of the brain that are lost due to diseases like Parkinson’s.
Dr. Kukurin believes these new techniques, while currently considered experimental, may become preferred non-surgical options. The search for non-surgical treatment options led him to the work with University of Wisconsin’s professor, Dr. Yuri Danilov, who became nationally recognized for his work with multiple sclerosis patient and talk show host Montel Williams. Danilov trained Dr. Kukurin in the use of his specific program for neural rehabilitation. “I have applied the techniques as part of ongoing research to investigate what effects these methods produce on our patients struggling with brain disorders,” explains Dr. Kukurin.
According to Dr. Kukurin, these techniques have proven to be very effective in patients suffering from Parkinson’s, but the drawback is that it is a surgical procedure of implanting the electrode in the patient’s brain and involves risks. “There are a number of techniques that can be applied on the surface of the scalp or in the ear and the one we’ve been using recently is on the tongue,” he says.
He had the opportunity to apply Dr. Danilov’s method of Cranial Nerve Non-Invasive Neuromodulation (CNNINM), also known as the PoNS device, to a number of research subjects including patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. What was the result? “I can say unequivocally that in the patients I’ve studied, the methods produced remarkable results,” exclaims Dr. Kukurin.
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One person given the opportunity to try the treatment was 57-year-old, Chris Gough, a local professional musician. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s on December 2, 2008. It’s a piece of news that will make you remember the date,” he shares. As the disease progressed, it substantially reduced his ability to play his piano. Gough says Dr. Kukurin called him on the phone one day and told him about the research project that he started with Dr. Danilov. “It was pretty interesting because at first, I didn’t like it at all because the treatment cycle carried through for four days straight,” he explains. “It’s basically neuromodulation. I started seeing results on the third day and noticed improvement in my balance and in my walking.”
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Gough uses the PoNS unit, which is a battery-powered stimulation device with control switches to adjust different electricity intensities suitable for his symptoms. He places the device on his tongue and transmits a mild electrical current to his brain enhancing appropriate signals for motor control. Depending on his symptoms, Gough uses the device as he continues with his daily activities. He has been continuing the treatment with Dr. Kukurin for over eight months and says the treatment requires tremendous self-motivation. “There are days where you feel less responsive, not just to the device, but to yourself,” Gough shares. “So, you got to be self-motivated and it’s one of those things you have to commit to.” Gough believes that the combination of traditional Parkinson’s medicine in conjunction with the PoNS device and advanced physical therapy is the best bet against minimizing the lifelong effects of Parkinson’s disease. Thanks to the treatment, Gough says that he can now continue to work and be productive - and of course play the piano again.
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Breaking the Silence on
ook around. Are the people around you – or maybe even you yourself – suffering in silence? Might someone you know or love be living a chronic illness and not telling you for fear or embarrassment or awareness associated with their symptoms? Each April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month in the United States. We all must unite to shine a light on this chronic disorder and help those suffering break their silence. How? By educating ourselves.
What is IBS? IBS is a disorder of the colon, also called the large intestine, although other parts of the intestinal tract – even up to the stomach – can be affected. When IBS occurs, the colon does not contract normally. Instead, it seems to contract in a disorganized, even violent manner. The contractions may be terribly exaggerated and last for prolonged periods of time. One area of the colon may contract with no regard to another. At other times, there may be little bowel activity at all. While certainly painful and sometimes embarrassing, IBS is not a disease, nor is it contagious or cancer-causing. It is a functioning issue and usually presents before age 40 – sometimes as early as one’s teens.
What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of IBS are: • Abdominal pain
Some patients also produce large amounts of mucus in the stool, but this is not abnormal.
What are the causes? Certain foods including coffee, alcohol, spices, some raw fruits/vegetables and even milk can cause malfunction. In addition, infections, illnesses, weather changes and the premenstrual cycle in women can be associated with flare-ups. 24
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Perhaps the most interesting causes of symptoms, however, are not in the colon at all. They’re in the brain. By far, the most common factor associated with symptoms of IBS is the interaction between the brain and colon. Virtually everyone has had some alteration in bowel function when under intense stress or in conflict. However, people with IBS seem to have an overly sensitive bowel and perhaps an overabundance of nerve impulses flowing.
Treatment options When specific foods are one’s trigger, complete avoidance is the simplest method to keep symptoms at bay. However, in most cases, patients need a complete diet overhaul – and sometimes medications – to ensure long periods of little to no pain or discomfort. A diet high in roughage and bran is usually recommended. In recent years, the addition of prebiotics, which are a recently discovered form of soluble plant fibers, into one’s prescribed diet is also gaining popularity. These specially formulated soluble fibers stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the colon, producing a litany of health benefits. While not common in American diets, prebiotics supplements, such as Prebiotin, are available at most health food and vitamin stores. Exercise is also helpful. During exercise, the bowel typically quiets down. If one exercises regularly, the bowel may relax even during non-exercise periods.
Autism Rates Rising By MS
In early 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued findings from a study that found one in 88 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by the age of eight. This is a 23 percent increase in ASD diagnoses in just two years. What is troubling is the rate has risen far above the 2006 estimate of one in 110. Doctors do not understand why autism rates have risen so profoundly. Some believe that a broader definition of autism is fueling these growing numbers. Currently, ASD is classified into the following subsets.
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Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD):
These are a large group of disorders characterized by delays in communication and socialization skills. Children may vary in their abilities, intelligence and behaviors. PDD is typically diagnosed by age three.
Aspergerâ€™s syndrome (AS): AS is a developmental
disorder that includes repetitive routines or rituals, peculiarities in speech and language, socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and the inability to interact with peers, clumsy motor movements and problems with nonverbal communication. Unlike children with autism, children with AS retain their early language skills, but their condition may be realized due to motor development delays.
Autism disorder (AD): Also known as classical autism,
this is the most severe form of ASD. Characteristics include repetitive movements, self-abusive behavior, inability to communicate, failure to play with other children and no smiling or social responsiveness. Many with AD have restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus. Because children are placed on the autism spectrum at different severities, autism in general is quite a broad term and seems to be getting broader. Therefore, net ASD includes more children who may not have been diagnosed with ASD in the past. Ongoing research and customized treatment options remain the best opportunities for anyone with ASD. azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
mind & body
hough millions of people are living with Parkinson’s disease, many have limited knowledge of this disorder. The extent of many people’s experience with or knowledge of Parkinson’s disease begins and ends with Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox, two highprofile personalities who have publicly acknowledged their fight against this potentially debilitating disorder. As much as Ali and Fox have done to bring awareness to Parkinson's disease, the disorder largely remains a mystery. But there are some things the medical community does know about Parkinson's, and a greater understanding of this disease might help find a cause once and for all.
What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, which means the symptoms will continue and worsen over time. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain known as neurons. Some of these neurons are responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As Parkinson’s progresses, less dopamine is produced making it more difficult for a person with Parkinson’s to control their body’s movements.
What are some symptoms of Parkinson’s? Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from individual to individual, but the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation notes that the primary motor signs of Parkinson’s include: • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face • Bradykinesia - slowness of movement • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination Parkinson’s progresses slowly and a person might begin to feel somewhat weak and notice slight tremors. These tremors gradually progress to additional symptoms. For example, a person might notice their voluntary movements, such as walking or even rolling over in bed, have become slower. Other symptoms may include difficulty rising from a sitting position or, in the later stages, difficulty swallowing. 26
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Are there any known causes of Parkinson’s disease? There is no known cause for Parkinson’s disease, but scientists are exploring a potential relationship between the loss of cells in other areas of the brain and body and Parkinson’s disease. According to the PDF, scientists have discovered that signs of Parkinson’s disease have been found not only in the mid-brain, but also in the brain stem and the olfactory bulb. Concerned men and women, who have or have had a family member with Parkinson’s disease, often want to know if there is a genetic link. Evidence to a possible genetic link remains highly controversial and inconclusive, so any potential genetic implications regarding Parkinson’s disease remain unclear. Some evidence has suggested that toxins in the environment may cause Parkinson’s disease. These toxins, which include manganese, carbon monoxide and carbon disulfide may selectively destroy the neurons that produce dopamine, potentially causing Parkinson’s as a result. Certain medications and street drugs have also been known to produce symptoms similar to those associated with Parkinson’s. For more information about Parkinson’s disease, visit www.pdf.org.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found distracted driving kills more than 15 people each day, while injuring more than 1,200 people. Any activity that takes attention away from driving is considered a distraction. Understanding which habits can be dangerous and making strides to correct behaviors can help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce accident-related expenses.
Mobile phones Leading the list of the distractions behind the wheel is mobile phones. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and near-crashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. A 2009 study by Car and Driver magazine compared the dangers of texting while driving to the effects of driving drunk to see which would be more dangerous under the same conditions. Measuring the time it takes to brake after being alerted by a red light to stop when the driver was legally drunk versus the driver sending a text revealed texting easily elicited the slowest response time.
Moving objects Whether there's a pet bouncing in the front seat or children being boisterous in the back, passengers and items moving around the car are significant distractions. Turning around to look at the kids or to reach for something on the floor of the car can take a person's eyes off the road.
Daydreaming Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long.
Eating The majority of foods require a person's hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at a rest area snacking there before resuming the trip.
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Youth Sports Safety
he spring sports season is a popular time for school-aged children. Organized team sports are one way they can burn energy and learn lessons in camaraderie and problem solving.
The secret to a successful season has little to do with wins and losses and a lot to do with making sure children have fun and take the necessary precautions to reduce their risk of injury on the playing field. Although sports are an ideal way to socialize and get muchneeded exercise, they also can increase participantsâ€™ risk of suffering a sports-related injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that millions of children age 15 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. Some of the more common injuries include sprains and strains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness. Here is a look at some popular spring sports and how to reduce a childâ€™s risk of suffering some of the more common injuries associated with them.
Baseball/Softball Many schools and towns have baseball and softball leagues that begin once the weather warms up. Baseball and softball each involves sliding, running, fast-moving balls and long hours out in the elements. Each of these activities can cause injury and some of the more common injuries associated with baseball and softball include soft tissue strains, fractures after being hit by a ball, sunburn and heat fatigue. Children who are playing baseball or softball should always wear the recommended safety equipment. Proper stretching and warm-ups can make muscles and tendons limber before play.
"Parents can help prevent sports-related injuries by insisting kids stay hydrated when exercising and always wear the proper safety equipment when playing." a contact sport, therefore, protective gear is essential to prevent injury. Players must wear helmets. A mouth piece, gloves and padding can be worn to further prevent injuries.
Track and Field
Soccer is ideal for developing hand-eye coordination. The constant running involved also makes it one of the best spring sports for kids in terms of overall exercise. Due to the constant movement involved with soccer, players should regularly rehydrate. Shin guards can prevent injuries and bruising to the legs.
Although less combative than other sports discussed and with little or no risk of contact-related injury, there are still some dangers inherent to track and field. Strains and sprains from falls or rolling ankles are common. Safety precautions for track and field competitors revolve heavily around the athleteâ€™s conditioning. Allow for ample warm-up periods and make sure athletes always wear supportive footwear.
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When the weather warms, the desire to get out on the field and engage in play increases. Adults can safeguard their children by ensuring the rules of the game are met and that the proper safety equipment is always used.
Tips to Prevent and Spot Child Sexual Abuse By Michelle Bellon, author of The Complexity of a Soldier
Instances of child abuse increase during the summer, with some shelters and child advocacy centers actually doubling their caseloads, according to anecdotal reports. Children may be less supervised during the summer or they may be in the care of extended family members. Both situations put children at risk; the former for obvious reasons and the latter because 90 percent of child sexual abuse victims know the offender. Here are some guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, to keep children safe: Choosing a program. Ask about employee and volunteer screening and how interactions are monitored. A criminal background check is not sufficient to ferret out sexual abusers, since many have never been charged or convicted. Policies on interactions between adults and children should include examples of appropriate and inappropriate conduct and definitive steps for both monitoring and addressing concerns and complaints. Training. Staff and even temporary volunteers should undergo training to recognize signs of sexual abuse and to learn when it’s appropriate to report concerns. Policies should include procedures for handling not just potential abuse, but also violations of the code of conduct for interactions. Interactions between older and younger children. Some programs allow older children to serve as “junior counselors” or activity assistants. Ask about the guidelines for these situations, including whether children may be unsupervised by an adult. Personal boundaries. Teach children the importance of recognizing and respecting the invisible barriers that separate them from other people. They should be able to recognize their comfort zone – and that of others! Recognize signs of a problem. Children often won’t or can’t tell you what’s happening, but there are signs to watch for, including changes in behavior such as withdrawal or unprovoked crying, night terrors, bedwetting, eating problems, unexplained injuries, suddenly avoiding a particular person, and unusual interest in or knowledge of sexual matters. azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
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How to Recognize and Stop Emotional Eating
pril is National Emotional Overeating Awareness Month--A common scenario that many people often find themselves in -- eating and overeating without rhyme or reason. Perhaps you always seem to feel hungry or eat “just because.”
Here are a few triggers that may be causing these behaviors and tips to help curb thoughtless overindulgence.
Emotions are a common eating trigger. You may typically celebrate happy news with a gourmet dinner and dessert, or soothe sadness with a large bowl of ice cream. Anger or stress can lead to munching on a seemingly bottomless bag of chips. In actuality, the unhealthy decisions are likely to leave you feeling guilty with a sense of regret.
Because it’s there
When food is in plain sight, it’s convenient to grab a handful simply because it’s there. Be mindful, take personal inventory and ask yourself if you are truly hungry at that moment. There are times when you may need to remove yourself from the situation or move the temptation out of reach.
You skip breakfast It can be difficult to fit a meal into the typical morning rush, but breakfast is considered the “most important meal of the day” for a reason. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that people who regularly skip breakfast are nearly five times as likely to be obese than those who don’t. Breakfast gets your metabolism out of its resting state and back to burning calories. In reality, skipping breakfast is much more likely to cause weight gain rather than weight loss. Unprocessed, fiber-rich foods like steel-cut or slow-cooked oatmeal, grapefruit, whole-grain and low-sugar cereals, and low-fat dairy are all best bets. 30
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If you know boredom is a trigger for thoughtless eating, have a list of strategies in place to keep yourself busy and entertained when you feel like you don’t have anything else to do. An activity that occupies your hands is ideal, like giving yourself a manicure, reading a book, playing a game on the computer, or writing in a journal. Drink a glass of water, which is filling. Snacking on celery or watermelon or chewing a piece of gum can also help curb appetite.
Lack of sleep Researchers at Columbia University note, people who sleep two to four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who get seven to nine hours. Those who get five or more hours of sleep a night are 50 percent more likely to be obese than normal sleepers. Inadequate sleep can influence hormone levels in our body in such a way that when we are sleep-deprived, we may not be as satisfied when we eat and our appetite may be enhanced. Getting consistent exercise can improve the quality of sleep and make you feel more rested.
SPIRIT Contributed by Vickie Milazzo , author of Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman
Ways to Manage Your Emotional Energy & Reduce Stress
f you’re so stressed that just surviving another day is cause for celebration, it’s time to hit the “refresh” button on your life.
You can lead a successful life and cultivate a wellspring of energy —but first you’ve got to give yourself a break. Today’s woman has taken on an extreme life crammed to overflowing with commitments and responsibility. It’s not possible to stretch yourself to the breaking point every day and not break. Learn to revitalize your mind, body, emotion, and spirits frequently by starting with these ten strategies: Get away. Take one day off with no responsibilities. Take a virtual vacation. Enjoy vacations in the bathtub with candles, bath oil, and a favorite CD. Maybe lounge in your backyard or hammock with a favorite beverage or curl up in bed with a light book. Hug a tree…or an iceberg! Make it a goal at least once a year to get far away, into something so different that it forces you out of your regular relaxation routine into one that entirely disconnects you from day-to-day life.
that you’re only attacking and harming yourself with such thoughts. Dump toxic clutter. For example, it’s important to be aware of the world around you, but there’s no need to listen to negative news stories 24/7. Remember, each minute is a precious gift, so always strive to keep your energies within your “circle of influence.” Detach. Why put your own precious emotional energy into someone or something else that doesn’t provide a positive return? Detach from emotional unrest that doesn’t serve a purpose in your life and feel the increase in your own positive energy charge.
Lighten up. It’s tempting to behave as though everything you do is intensely important. But unless you let go of some of that intensity, you’ll be emotionally exhausted. When you find yourself making mountains out of molehills, Monitor intimate companions. ask yourself, “In one year, will this be Nothing drains energy faster than negative significant?” thinking. When you notice that you’re wasting energy thinking negatively about Let it go. Do you find yourself whining someone or something, remind yourself and complaining instead of acting on 32
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your passionate vision? Try letting it all go and see the difference that it makes in your day. Appreciate what you have. When frustration happens, take a breath and let it go. Enjoy the moment. How often do you hear or say, “Thank God it’s Friday”? Do we want to enjoy only two days out of seven? Why not “Thank God it’s today”? If you are living for the weekend, you aren’t living. You can’t repeat a day or even an hour or minute. You’ll never get that time back. Find the fun. Fun is healing and laughter keeps us sane. Laughter raises T-cell counts, relaxes blood vessels, eases muscle tension, and reduces psychological stress, which enhances learning.
Local Doctors, Businesses and Experts Answering Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Now that I’m in my 40s, I am finding it harder to read things close up. Is this serious and are there options, other than glasses, available?
A. Starting at birth, the natural focusing crystalline lens of our eyes start losing the ability to focus on near objects. By one year of age, a baby can generally focus on items within a couple of inches of their face. As years go by, the ability to focus so close continues to regress until about age 40, or so, when we have no more arm length to stretch out our reading material for focusing. At that time, we need help with near focusing, in the way of glasses. Sometimes a simple pair of drugstore readers will help the situation. For some individuals, however, a prescription pair of glasses is necessary. For those who wish to strengthen their vision without glasses or contacts, there are Lasik procedures that can provide a permanent fix to the problem. In addition, some of the newest procedures, involving refractive lensectomies with multifocal implants, can also be an excellent option to strengthen your vision and free yourself from glasses or contacts. A visit with your ophthalmologist will help determine what options would be best for you. –Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center 602.222.2020
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Q. What are ways researchers are improving Parkinson’s symptoms?
Q. What are varicose veins and some treatment options for them?
A. The use of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease treatment is commonplace. More recently, researchers have attempted to improve Parkinson’s symptoms using electrical scalp stimulation.
A. Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that can resemble the twisted roots of a tree. They develop when the one-way valves in veins that carry blood to the heart are faulty. Blood backs up in the veins as a result and stretches the vein.
Historically, various forms of scalp stimulation have been employed to treat the Parkinson’s symptoms using acupuncture. Interestingly, many of the scalp areas being stimulated by modern neuroscientists are similar to points used in acupuncture. While these stimulation techniques don’t cure Parkinson’s disease, research suggests they may help medications work better and improve physical functioning. Cells that produce the brain chemical dopamine are reduced in Parkinson’s disease. Loss of dopamine circuits means many additional brain pathways become impaired. This produces many of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. While the dopamine-associated circuits are damaged, many of the additional circuits that dopamine drives remain intact and are capable of functioning. Think of reduced dopamine as an “off ” switch. Potentially, many of these dormant circuits can be reactivated. Neuroscientists believe that electrical stimulation might bypass the dopamine off switch and directly reactivate dormant brain circuits. With this scalp stimulation, it may be possible to avoid or delay invasive brain procedures. Research suggests that some types of scalp stimulation may provide sustained improvement in Parkinson’s disease symptoms. We have been collaborating in clinical research utilizing scalp and other stimulation on patients with Parkinson’s disease and similar conditions with encouraging results. –Dr. Kukurin Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.547.4727
Varicose veins are very common; anyone can develop varicose veins, but women are at a greater risk than men. Common symptoms of varicose veins are pain and swelling, night cramps, discoloration of the skin, tired legs with prolonged standing and popped up veins. Similar to varicose veins are spider veins, which are smaller and closer to the skin surface. Pregnancy, age and stretching of the veins are contributors to varicose veins. Being overweight, standing for long periods of time and wearing restrictive clothing are other contributors. There are a number of treatments that have been developed for varicose veins. The most modern available is called EVLT (endovenous laser ablation therapy). A laser is used in a 45-minute procedure to close the incompetent vein. This procedure is performed right at the facility under local anesthetics. Another of the many treatments offered is sclerotherapy, where a solution is injected into a vein to scar it and close it. Feeling good about oneself involves being happy about what is on the inside and outside. Hiding legs and feet due to varicose veins can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially as the weather warms. Contact us for more information. Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute & Med Spa 602.298.VEIN(8346),602.298.LIPO(5476)
Q. What is osteoarthritis? A. Osteoarthritis is referred to as the “wear and tear” type of arthritis since it will likely occur in all of us from repeated injury or stress on our joints. This idea conceptually distinguishes osteoarthritis from inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Cartilage covers and protects our bones at moveable joints. As the structure of cartilage fails, stresses are transferred directly to bone. The bone responds to more direct stress by thickening and at some point the joint begins to hurt. There is a strong genetic component to osteoarthritis that is revealed in the big differences among individuals and families in the rate of degeneration of protective cartilage. Obesity is a risk factor for advancing osteoarthritis particularly in the hips, knees and lower back. A familial type of osteoarthritis occurs commonly in the small joints of the fingers that is genetically programmed to progress regardless of hand activity. Much is known about the mechanisms of cartilage metabolism and degeneration, but not how to stop the degenerative process or to re-grow new cartilage. Management begins with preventative joint protection including proper supportive footwear, available protective gear for sports and work, using proper body mechanics with lifting, maintaining normal body weight and avoiding carelessness that results in joint injury. Many modalities help the symptoms of osteoarthritis including stretching and strength maintenance, pain medications, joint injections of corticosteroids or biological lubricants, supportive devices for joints and walking aids. Surgical interventions by orthopedists, including arthroscopy or joint replacement, are appropriate for some with osteoarthritis. –Dr. Tesser Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Research 480.626.6650
Q. Why does memory worsen with age and how can I improve those skills? A.
There have been many studies and theories as to why aging affects our memory. One theory is that aging may affect memory by changing the way the brain stores information and by making it harder to recall stored information. However, science still has not come up with the answer. Most people believe that their memories will get worse as they get older, however, this does not have to be your destiny. Memory is like a muscle the more you use it, the better it gets. In the normal course of childhood, we are constantly learning and being challenged. Once employed, we are intensely engaged in learning and acquiring new skills and abilities. Once middle age comes about, we rarely engage in tasks in which we must focus our attention as closely as we did when we were younger. Such activities as reading the newspaper or practicing a profession of many years are mostly the replay of mastered skills, not learning, so the mental muscle starts to get flaccid. The best way to improve your memory is to take part in activities that require you to be highly focused…learning new physical activities, taking part in activities that demand concentration, and/or mastering new skills. To keep the mind alive requires learning something truly new with intense focus. Luckily, at Excel Brain Fitness Center, we make it easy since we have over 40 programs to stimulate and challenge your mind. –Dr. Benson Excel Brain Gym 602.451.8043
Q. What are some sleep-related conditions that I should know about? A. Our country is sleep deprived, desperate for restful nights and the ability to function throughout the day without needing a nap. The anxiety and stress of our busy world certainly make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. But those dreams of being rested are even more difficult to achieve when nights are fraught with the tossing, turning, snoring, choking, or gasping for breath of oneself or a bed partner.
Millions are disturbed by either their own or their bed partner’s sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)—caused by airway obstruction throughout the night. SDB is a serious health problem and initially appears as snoring. Although snoring is generally viewed in the United States as a minor annoyance, it can be the first sign of a problem with a range of severity. Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is marked by a greater loss of airway patency than snoring. Those who suffer from UARS are generally young, female and may also experience gastroesophageal reflux disorder, asthma, depression and hormonal imbalances. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and often life-threatening problem when sleepers stop breathing for 10 seconds or more (apnea), or breathe at a decreased rate and depth (hypopnea). Choking, gasping for breath and long periods of time without breathing are all signs of OSA. Snoring, UARS, and OSA are all serious conditions that should not be ignored. Not only do they affect sleep, they are detrimental to an individual’s health, shorten a patient’s life and can be fatal. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800
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Q. Why do I experience pain that starts from neck and goes down to my hands with numbness in my fingers? A. The common causes of neck pain include abnormal biomechanics (inappropriate posture during daily activity), neck injury or overused neck muscles/joints. Discomfort can happen with or without neck pain, however, the nerve or the spinal cord around the neck joints are affected as well. Generally, all of these conditions start with or without neck pain and could be referred to as cervical spondylopathy. Cervical spondylopathy is a broad term used to describe degenerated changes of the joints and cartilage in the neck. Results of degenerated change usually include tearing of the cartilage, formation of bone spurs and thickening of joint ligaments. These changes can pinch the spinal nerves that extend out of the neck joint and cause a pain and numbness sensation radiating to the shoulder, hand and mid to upper back. In cases when the spinal cord is affected, patients could experience headaches, dizziness, visual disturbance and difficulty with balance. Signs and symptoms of cervical spondylopathy are usually seen in the elderly. People with the condition may be told they have arthritis. There is usually no inflammatory process involved as with arthritis, which is why cervical spondylopathy is often underdiagnosed. To manage pain and discomfort, acupuncture is generally used. Currently there are special needling approaches, like ear and head acupuncture, typically used to stimulate the central nervous system for pain control. –Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400
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Q. How can I control eye allergy symptoms?
A. One of the best things about living in Arizona is the weather. Unfortunately with our beautiful weather comes allergies. It seems that no matter what time of year, something is always blooming. With spring just around the corner allergies will increase greatly. Common signs and symptoms of allergies include red, swollen or itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing or sneezing, itchy nose mouth or throat and possible headache from sinus congestion. Allergies affect between 30 to 50 percent of people in the U.S. and of those about 75 percent have symptoms that affect the eyes. The most effective method is to control allergies is to avoid those things that cause your allergy symptoms. This is definitely easier said than done. If you can’t avoid the allergen then you need to try medications. Medications that can greatly alleviate the symptoms of eye allergies can be as simple as an over-the-counter eye wash to “rinse” the offending allergen away or may need to be a prescribed eye drop or oral medication.
Q. What are the benefits of a brow lift? A. If you are bothered by a sagging forehead or expression lines in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you. A Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon can help you determine which of the following type of brow lift is right for your face. Minimally-invasive brow lift. Typically, the most evident sign of brow aging is descent and hooding of the outer third of the eyebrow. This exaggerates the wrinkling of the upper eyelid skin. The lateral brow (outer portion) usually descends more than the medial brow because that portion of the brow has no direct attachments to the forehead muscles or skull. This technique is used to lift the lateral portion of the eyebrow (up toward the temples). The procedure can be performed in-office and no IV sedation is required. When combined with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), this technique is effective in preserving or restoring facial harmony. Full brow lift.
Itchy and watery eyes are a very common symptom of allergies but also a very common symptom of dry eye. It is important to know what is causing itchiness and watering as allergic eye conditions and dry eye are two very different problems with two very different treatments. It is important to get the proper diagnosis from your optometrist or ophthalmologist so that you can be properly treated and get the relief that you deserve.
This surgery is more comprehensive. It is designed to address the entire forehead and improves eyebrow position, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles high on the bridge of the nose and frown lines. Light IV sedation is required for this procedure. In this procedure, the whole forehead is mobilized. The muscles that produce the deep vertical wrinkles in the area between the eyebrows, (“the angry 11’s”) are partially removed. The result is a dramatic improvement and provides a freshened, revitalized look with a natural appearance.
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A. Human clinical trials are essential for the advancement of medical treatments and techniques used for chronic disease prevention. Specifically, in the field of cancer research, great strides have been made because of a large number of successful clinical trials.
A. While many people are unaware of the true definition of Rosacea, most people may recognize the facial flushing, bright red bumps, acne-like inflamed whiteheads, cheek redness, itching and prominent blood vessels seen on the cheeks and central face. Another classic sign of this skin condition is an enlarged red nose with many red vessels.
its own. There are many musculoskeletal disorders such as tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, knee injuries and ligament tears that for a multitude of reasons do not have the capacity to heal. Many times this is due to lack of circulation to the area. The body can do it, – but it needs a “kick start” to get it going. Your blood contains many valuable proteins that help in healing and attracting stem cells. If you have an injury that just does not seem to heal on its own, it may need that “kick start” with your own platelets. After your platelets are prepared and instilled into the problem area, the healing can begin. You will need to follow good nutritional habits or take supplements and avoid anti-inflammatories. If you smoke, you may have a harder time healing, but it may still work. People who smoke do not heal as quickly. Once platelets have been instilled, you should notice a difference over the following 4-6 weeks, but healing continues for up to nine months. A repeat injection may be necessary, depending on the severity of pathology. At this time, most insurance companies do not cover this procedure, as it is still considered investigational. The cost may vary, but usually is approximately $600 per treatment. –Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center 623.535.9777
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Clinical trials give doctors, pharmacists, dietitians and other research professionals valuable information that allows them to better target cancer treatment so they are more effective. Additionally, clinical trials provide individuals who may have received the benefits of earlier research with the opportunity to help others and contribute to moving the science of cancer prevention and treatment forward. One example of a current opportunity to participate in cancer research is the DIME Study. A group of University of Arizona Cancer Center researcher and I are examining a bioactive compound, called diindolylmethane (DIME), found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, to determine if it can enhance the beneficial effects of a drug, Tamoxifen, used in breast cancer prevention and treatment. In this study, women taking Tamoxifen are randomly chosen to receive either DIME or a placebo for 18 months. Over this time period, the study will assess if DIME with Tamoxifen in comparison to placebo with Tamoxifen will more favorably change women’s hormone levels and breast characteristics like breast density. For more information about the DIME Study in Phoenix, please contact Dianne Parish, RN at 602.264.4461 or Patti Blair, RN at 480.461.3772. –Dr. Thomson UA Professor and DIME Study Principal Investigator firstname.lastname@example.org
The symptoms may easily be triggered by certain foods, alcohol, chemicals, climate changes, emotion, activity and stress. While there is no cure for Rosacea, many treatments, both conventional and alternative, can be combined to control this skin disorder. Oral and topical antimicrobial agents are often used to control redness and bumps. If a patient is not responding, or prefers not to be on long-term prescription treatment, then laser treatments should be considered. Photofacial and Laser Genesis work well in reducing and controlling redness, vessels, and acne-like bumps. Laser treatments are not painful and can be done in weekly or bi-weekly treatments depending on severity. Monthly to yearly treatments may be required once under control. Photo Dynamic Therapy using topical Levulan and Blu-U Light is another option for severe cases. Three to five treatments may be necessary and annual maintenance should be considered. Laser treatments should be considered in the therapy and control of Rosacea due to their high success rate. Long-term effects of Rosacea when untreated can lead to a marked worsening of symptoms as well as permanent thickening of the nose tissue. Clear skin is possible with combination therapy!
–Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040
Q. How can I lose weight without feeling hungry all the time?
A. When you eat fewer calories than what’s required to meet your energy needs, stored fat is burned and you slim down. To decrease calorie intake, most people just restrict portions and don’t necessarily change the types of foods they normally eat. However, hunger is relieved by the volume or quantity of food we eat, not by the calories that are in the food. So when you simply decrease your intake of high-calorie foods, such as is found in the typical American diet, you are setting yourself up for feeling hungry most of the time. There is a simple solution - eat foods that are high-volume, low-calorie and digested slowly. Your hunger will be relieved, you’ll feel full longer, have less calorie intake and lose weight. So, what are the foods that let you lose weight without feeling hungry? They are the foods that naturally contain fiber – fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. These foods are also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants necessary for good health. Meat, cheese, eggs and most packaged, processed, snack, or fast foods contain little to no fiber, so eating them won’t keep you satisfied for long.
Q. What is shingles? A. Though shingles is also called herpes zoster, it’s actually caused by the chickenpox virus, not the genital herpes virus. When you first get chickenpox, it stays in one or two clusters of cells along your spinal cord or in your brain. For mostly unknown reasons the virus reactivates, usually only in one of these clusters, causing the virus to infect the nerve and the skin it is connected to.
Shingles can happen any place on the body, but it almost always attacks one side of the body. Most people complain of stinging or burning pain in the area before the rash and blisters appear. It is often mistaken for another injury or illness, including back strain or kidneys. However, when the red blistering rash appears, it becomes obvious that it is no longer just a pulled muscle. The rash does contain chickenpox virus, so it is crucial that you don’t expose yourself to people who can get very sick from chickenpox like people with cancer, pregnant women, or adults who aren’t immune.
You can get thin and help Mother Earth at the same time!
If you recognize the symptoms of shingles prompt treatment can prevent complications like painful hypersensitivity or eye damage. If you have shingles on the face, you should see an eye doctor immediately. Now that we are immunizing children against chickenpox and some older adults against shingles with an amped-up version of the same vaccine, we may see a decline in new cases of shingles over the next few decades.
–Dr. Seale Renovo Clinic Center PLLC 480-214-5099
–Dr. Wen Sage Health Family Medicine 623.535.3857
Besides helping you lose weight healthfully without feeling hungry, eating more fiberfilled foods benefits the environment. Growing crops instead of raising livestock helps preserve water resources and produces less greenhouse gasses.
Q. What are 4 top questions one should ask before getting dental implants?
A. 1. Does the doctor use surgical stents or guides? Proper implant placement has become less of a prosthetic dilemma with the use of surgical stents, which provide communication between the surgeon and restoring dentist, so that the implant is placed at the ideal prosthetic position and angulation 2. Does your doctor use 3-D X-ray imaging and updated computer technology to ensure that the implant is being placed in the correct location with sufficient bone? It is a luxury to have a doctor that utilizes 3-D imaging to aid in implant placement. Cone Beam technology helps the clinician know exactly where to place the implant and if there is sufficient bone. 3. What is the doctor’s five and 10 year success rate? The success rate of dental implants is extremely high in most cases. However, doctors that do not have as much experience, or use the latest technology, can often have much lower success ratios for their patients. Please ask them for the success rate for 5 and 10 years post-op. 4. When is the doctor planning on loading the implants and why? Some doctors will load the implants the same day, some load them progressively and some load them 4-6 months later. There are reasons for each of these and each can be appropriate depending on your situation. –Dr. Augustine Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS, PC 602.978.6910 azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
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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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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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Q. In addition to Laser Touch One, does food play a role in pain management? A. Yes. Often, eating particular foods can help ease pain while others may exacerbate it.If you're struggling with persistent pain, you might be able to ease the discomfort by experimenting with your diet. Many of the "diseases" we suffer from are, by definition, associated with inflammation. The following foods have been shown to help combat inflammation: Cherries. Tart cherries contain cyanidin, a compound found to aid in reducing inflammation more than aspirin Omega-3. Fish oil is known to reduce cholesterol, the risk of heart disease and inflammation. Turmeric. Curcumin, the active chemical in turmeric, helps fight both inflammation and cancer. Food allergies have been linked to migraines, arthritis, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome, among other ailments.Avoiding certain foods is known to be effective for the following conditions: Migraines. Bananas, avocados, aged cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, nuts, chocolate, processed meats and fish (containing nitrates), caffeine, monosodium glutamate (a flavor enhancer found in Doritos and often in Chinese food),artificial sweeteners, wheat, oranges and eggs. Gout. Organ meats, anchovies and dried peas and beans. Arthritis. Dairy, wheat, corn and red meat. Fibromyalgia. Refined sugar, caffeine, fried foods, red meat, and highly processed foods. –Cheryl L. Davis, LBMT Therapy Today 623.204.0800 TherapyTodayPainRelief.com
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Q. I just got a new pair of hearing aids that are “Bluetooth” compatible. What does that mean? A. Bluetooth is a form of wireless
signal. Hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible can lock into this signal because they are equipped with the appropriate receiver. This allows the wearer to perform functions such as answering their telephone or listening to their television set without having to compete with the other sounds that are present in the room. It provides the best possible signal to noise ratio for specific listening situations and can significantly increase the quality of life for the wearer. Bluetooth devices are usually an “add on” feature for hearing instruments and do require the wearer to install and be able to operate a few peripheral devices. The average cost of this additional system typically goes for $350-$500 and requires very little instruction to get you started. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from Bluetooth compatible hearing aid devices, contact your local hearing healthcare professional to get a more detailed explanation today. –Brian Emery Emery Hearing Centers State Licensed HIS 623.792.7151
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Q. What has Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium added for the spring? A. After years of planning, and a nearly
40-year absence, Wildlife World has brought California sea lions back to Arizona! Now on public display is a pair of adolescent female sea lions and the state's only marine mammals.
Despite spending much of their lives in salt water, sea lions share the same characteristics as most other mammals. They have hair, give live birth, nurse their young and are endothermic. Sea lions have large eyes for excellent vision above and below the water surface. Their nostrils and external earflaps can be closed while diving underwater. With torpedo-shaped bodies, sea lions are incredibly acrobatic swimmers. Cruising speed is usually 1-2 mph with maximum speed bursts of about 13 mph. Using their front flippers for locomotion, they may dive to depths of 700-800 feet and hold their breath for several minutes at a time. Their diving is aided by several factors including: increased levels of the muscle protein to provide additional oxygen stores, increased blood volume and the capacity to shunt blood to vital organs during dives, and a reduced heart rate during extended dives. Sea Lions are highly intelligent animals known for their ability to learn complex behaviors in human care environments through operant conditioning principles based on the application of positive reinforcement. These playful new additions can be viewed at their indoor habitat from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. –Dr. Stafford Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium wildlifeworld.com
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Q. Is Wheatgrass good for oral health? A. Wheatgrass, sometimes called the miracle plant, is beneficial for overall good health and is used for a number of health issues. It is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other essential nutrients. Whether you have just started thinking about your health, or have always been concerned with your health and nutrition; you may be interested in wheatgrass powder in the area of mouth and gum disease. The effectiveness of wheatgrass juice in oral health has long been validated. However, the dental community was shocked when a dentist by the name of Homer Judkin, D.D.S., of the Paris Hospital in Paris, Illinois reported his findings after injecting chlorophyll in the gums of patients. The experience proved that chlorophyll eliminated the infection of trench mouth as well as advanced cases of gum disorders such as pyorrhea. Dr. Judkin stated, "In less than thirty days the gums tightened up entirely and have remained clean ever since.” Natural chlorophyll alone is highly unstable, therefore, not practical. However, wheatgrass juice, with its concentrated natural chlorophyll, can be used on gums by soaking gauze and applying directly to the affected areas. Equally effective, after thorough brushing and flossing, is swishing the juice in the mouth and holding for a couple of minutes before swallowing. Wheatgrass greatly enhances overall oral health. It can tighten up the gums around the teeth, provide fresh breath and is known to help eliminate bacteria that causes plaque and tooth decay. –Ken & Barb Hall Best Organic Wheatgrass 1.888.260.GREEN (4733) bestorganicwheatgrass.com
Q. Why should you always know who you are doing business with when it comes to hiring caregivers? A. As our economy continues to recover
and unemployment remains at an all time high, many people who are out of work turn to caregiving, babysitting and landscaping as a way to earn income. People tend to believe these professions require little or no training and that anyone can do them. Perhaps with landscaping work, harm can only come to your yard, but when it comes to a hands-on profession like caregiving, people’s lives are at stake and it is a very different proposition. When you hire someone who is not an employee of a credible business, you have no guarantee that the individual is honest, trustworthy or even who they say they are. They will not provide liability insurance for theft, offer no protection against injury, and you may be subject to intimidation or threats if you decide things are not working out. You compromise your safety and security when you allow strangers into your home. Legitimate businesses such as ours investigate an employee’s previous employment, professional training, legal status in our country, driving record and criminal background activity. We invest a lot of time and resources in our hiring process to assure your safety when our employees work in your home. It’s the least we can do; a life depends on it. –Lola Judy Sun Cities CareGivers 623.974.2397
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Pot A Gold Adventures A scenic horseback ride through the Sonoran desert
owering mountains, picturesque views and the iconic history of the Old West are just a few reasons why people come from all over the world to take in Arizona, but imagine a horseback ride with a view you can’t see from the highway. The Arizona landscape, coupled with the beautiful and welcoming year-round climate gives horseback enthusiasts a backdrop they can’t deny. With limitless sun, clear skies and countless photo opportunities, luck is on our side in Arizona. Pot A Gold Adventures is a family owned and operated horse stable with three locations. From the beginner to the experience rider, Pot A Gold offers exceptional guided horseback rides in three of the most coveted areas in Arizona including the mountainous Flagstaff/Sedona region, the open meadows in Prescott/Mayer and the saguaro-filled desert of Northern Phoenix and Scottsdale. The family friendly experience allows residents and visitors alike to take in the natural beauty of Arizona on horseback with hourly, half and full day rides, sunset and dinner rides. Pot A Gold even offers sleigh rides through the forest during the winter months, wagon rides in the spring/summer and an old-fashioned western BBQ under the stars at their Flagstaff location.
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Phoenix/Scottsdale Have you ever felt as if you were born in the wrong century? If so, this ride is for you as you can travel back in time at Pioneer Village Stables located just 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix off of I-17. At Pioneer Living History Village guests step back in time to the period from 1863 to 1912, and are able to see and feel how the early pioneers lived. Visit the recreated 1800s town on horseback, complete with a blacksmith shop, school, jail and 30 other historical buildings. The Pioneer Living Museum is included in the price. Once through town, the guide will lead you on a welldrawn path through the stunning Arizona desert, filled with saguaros, mountains and native green plant life on the desert mountainside. Many different species of wildlife call this place home, so it is not rare to hear the screech of a hawk or spot a deer, coyote, quail or javelina as they play an elusive game of hide and seek as you ride through the desert.
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Mayer/Prescott With a scenery to die for, and over 4500 acres of trails outlined with rock outcroppings and a lush green river bottom complete with flowing water, this high mountain desert stable located at the YMCA Chauncey Ranch offers several ride options. This destination will allow you to explore spectacular views from tall rims, taking you several miles in any direction and down to the Agua Fria River bottom for creek riding at its best.
Hitchin’ Post Stables
Flagstaff Once the movie set for Kenny Roger’s The Gambler, and home to many famous horses, Hitchin’ Post Stables, is a former Hollywood backdrop and large ranch located in Flagstaff, Ariz. with access to 10,000 acres of the beautiful Coconino Forest. Guests at the ranch have the privilege of horseback riding with breathtaking views of forest wilderness, extraordinary landscapes of Northern Arizona and profound red-rock canyons along the rims of mountain gorges and canyons along the breathtaking views of Arizona Trail, Fisher Point and Walnut Canyon.
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Things to know before you go Young riders: Horseback riding is family friendly, but by Arizona law children must be at least six years of age to ride on the trails. Dress the part: Wear long pants to protect legs and closed toed shoes. Avoid all clothing that could get tangled. Riding helmets are advised and available upon request. Drink up: Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the ride and a snack doesn’t hurt either! Hey there: Plan to arrive early to get to know your horse. Approach confidently from the front, speak in a low, calm voice and avoid sudden movements or noises. (Yes, this means turn your ringer to silent.) Red means stop: Always know how to stop something before you start it. To stop a horse, pull back on the reins slow and steady. From the heart: If you liked your ride, kiss your horse and tip your guide! Experienced wranglers dedicate their job making your experience safe and enjoyable. If you had a fabulous time on your horseback adventure, show your appreciation by tipping your wrangler.
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FEEL GOOD & REJUVENATE
Contributed By Dr. Tess Mauricio
Surprising Skin Aging Antagonists Face the Facts
oing the wrong thing can certainly speed up your skin’s aging process, and you might be surprised at what some of those no-no’s are.
Here are five ways to ensure you continue to put your best face forward:
Avoid drinking through straws. I’m sure many of you drink dark sodas, tea and coffee through a straw to prevent staining your pearly whites or to avoid putting your mouth on a can or bottle, right? Do not sip from a straw! It’s causing fine lines around your mouth, a sign of premature aging to your facial skin area. Over the long term, pursing your lips to sip out of a straw causes extra wrinkles around the mouth.
Train yourself to sleep on your back. Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on end leads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines, these wrinkles eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow. Women, who tend to sleep on their sides, are most likely to see these lines appear on their chin and cheeks. Men tend to notice these lines on the forehead since they usually sleep with the face pressed face down on the pillow. People who sleep on their backs do not develop these wrinkles since their skin does not lie crumpled against the pillow.
Pull down the shade in an airplane. You’re much closer to the sun in a plane than on land, so it stands to reason that solar rays, which can penetrate windows, are more intense at higher altitudes. This may explain why pilots and flight attendants have been found to be at an increased risk for melanoma and other skin cancers. Plus, the air up there is notoriously dry—and without moisture, skin, like any living tissue, simply shrivels. Drink 48
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as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating. Apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective. And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.
Beware of beauty creams with toxic ingredients. Yes, exposure to some beauty cream chemicals does more harm than good. You may be surprised to hear this, but many ingredients in beauty creams actually speed up the aging process. Avoid buying beauty creams that contain parabens, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, dimethicone, and other toxic ingredients. When buying a beauty cream, read the label carefully and talk to your dermatologist before experimenting with a new facial product.
Maintain a healthy weight. Packing on pounds can make your skin look plumper on the surface, but carrying excess weight can cause your body’s levels of insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas that controls the amount of sugar in your blood) and cortisol to rise, which can break down collagen. You’ll see increased sagging from putting and keeping on as little as 10 to 15 extra pounds. Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance. In addition, repeatedly gaining and losing weight can take its toll on the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and jowls. Yo-yo dieting also causes premature aging. The repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose and saggy. Maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise. Aim to keep your weight in the normal range, with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.
Other surprising skin aging antagonists to avoid include: Cell phones held against your face. Phones get left around on various surfaces and pick up many bacteria that can cause pimples around cheeks and jawline. It’s best to use your cell phone in hands free mode! Central air conditioning and heat. This pulls essential moisture from the air and can readily dry out your face skin. Glasses and sunglasses. Bacteria can grow on the frame that will sit directly on your facial skin for an extended period of time (simply wipe clean with anti-bacterial cloth before putting glasses on each day). Chlorine. After a dip in the pool or hot tub, don’t just rinse skin with water to think the chlorine is gone, scrub the face with a sudsy cleanser to remove all chemical residues and be sure to moisturize afterward! azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
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Organic Gardening 7 easiest vegetables to grow
t only makes sense to turn a little patch of your property into a personal supply of organic food. Today, approximately 30 percent of residential homes in North America cultivate a vegetable patch.
If the thought of growing a lovely vegetable garden is appealing, but you’re overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of starting your own garden, set your fears aside. Growing vegetables is easier than one would think. Plus, you don’t need an expansive plot of land to grow a garden. Many popular varieties can be grown right in containers or in compact spaces.
Select a location If you want to grow vegetables, your garden needs to be in a sunny spot. Trees or buildings cast shadows so take them into account when choosing the garden plot.
Decide on your garden’s size and shape If this is your first foray into gardening, a pre-packaged gardening kit would be easy and helpful. Perhaps you’re wondering what vegetables are the easiest to grow if this is your first attempt at a food-based garden. These are several to try:
Tomatoes. While commonly considered vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits. But tomatoes can be an integral part of a vegetable garden. Tomatoes are high in lycopene and other antioxidants. Tomatoes can be planted after the soil has thawed and there is no other chance for frost. They’ll require plenty of sunlight. Fruit will be available to harvest toward the latter part of the summer.
Carrots. Another subterranean-growing veggie, carrots
Zucchini. An Italian squash variety that appears similar to a cucumber. Zucchini can be green or yellow in coloring. This vegetable is full of potassium, folate and manganese, making it a great addition to your menu. Zucchini take about a month to mature and ready to harvest. They grow on vines and produce large flowers before bearing fruit.
Peppers. These come in so many varieties it’s easy to find one that appeals to your taste in cooking. Generally, peppers thrive in soil high in magnesium. Using compost and Epsom salt in the soil can help achieve the environment peppers desire.
Beets. Root vegetables like beets and radishes work well in
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require moist soil as they germinate, but as the plants mature they need less water.
Peas. Growing inside the pods of legumes, these plants like
moist soil that drains well. Water frequently, but make sure the soil doesn’t become flooded if you want peas to flourish.
Lettuce. Another staple, lettuce is the basis for many salad dishes. Seeds should be planted between eight and 16 inches apart. Lettuce should be watered in the morning, instead of at night, to prevent disease from developing.
Participate in a Sustainable Lifestyle & Make a Difference By MS
With such a global focus on the deteriorating condition of the environment and how humans are contributing to its demise, many people are setting goals to participate in a sustainable lifestyle that incorporates a series of green goals. Although sometimes the environmental outlook can seem bleak, there are many ways individuals can make a difference. Here’s a list of ideas to get started.
Simplify beauty regimens There’s no need to purchase costly beauty serums and washes that may or may not contain harmful chemicals. As it turns out, many things can be made at home from food sources. Dry skin can be treated with a blend of avocado and honey. There are those who are even proponents of washing your face with pure oil.
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Personal hygiene alternatives Most people already know about switching from disposable to cloth diapers (almost 30 billion disposable diapers are disposed of in the United States each year). But there are other disposable items that contribute to personal waste. Instead of traditional female hygiene products, choose reusable cups or cloth items. Some advocate the use of bidet-type toilets to reduce dependency on toilet paper.
Rethink clothing purchases When shopping for new clothes, choose durable or even sustainable products, such as those made from hemp or organic cotton. Another alternative is to buy used clothing or participate in clothing swaps.
Give experiences, not gifts Instead of gifts that need to be bought and stored, consider tickets to a show, lessons for dance or martial arts, trips to a zoo, or other life experiences that can be enjoyable and build memories.
Hunger is closer than you think. reach out to your local food bank for ways to do your part. Visit FeedingAmerica.org today.
There are many ways to be eco-friendly now and in the years ahead. Think about your lifestyle and figure out the small things you can change that will make a big difference down the road. azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
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Phoenix Sun Charities Celebrate 25 Years of Giving Back to the Community
Pictured left to right: Charles Barkley and Comedian Frank Caliendo at the Jump BALL
hoenix Suns Charities recently celebrated its 25th year with The Jump BALL, a twist on the foundation’s signature annual gala. The celebration was held on March 2nd at Talking Stick Resort. In honor of the Charities’ silver anniversary, the gala served as a throwback to 1988, its founding year, featuring Honorary Chairs, Kevin Johnson and Cotton (JoAnn) Fitzsimmons, many from the 1988-89 team, and a guest appearance by Charles Barkley. Reminiscent of the inaugural Phoenix Suns Charities’ gala, then known as “The Courtside Classic,” guests of The Jump BALL were entertained by music of that era as The Pointer Sisters performed. They also received a hardbound book, entitled A Quarter Century of Caring, chronicling the history of Phoenix Suns Charities and the $13 million that the foundation has raised and contributed to hundreds of deserving beneficiaries. “Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has had the privilege of assisting young people throughout the state,” says Artigue, an original member of the foundation board. “With the dedication from our Jump BALL steering committee and the support of team owner and managing partner, Robert Sarver, and the rest of the foundation board, Suns Charities will usher in another 25 years of outstanding service to kids in need.” 52
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Pictured left to right: Cotton (JoAnn) Fitzsimmons & Kevin Johnson
Since 1968, the Phoenix Suns have been an important part of the Phoenix community. From hospital visits by players, to sponsorship of a multitude of community programs, to basketball court renovations, the foundation’s pledge has always been: The community owes us nothing. It’s up to us to go out and earn their respect. Phoenix Suns Charities was the vision of then Suns Chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo. Upon his purchase of the team in 1987, he began to assemble a board of community leaders to oversee the formation and operation of a charitable effort that would reflect the Suns’ mission to be a constant leader in
gift, the Playmaker Award, is a once-a-year $100,000 grant, which can be used for capital or programs, or a combination of both. In addition to funding, the Suns organization has provided tickets, sports memorabilia and tens of thousands of hours of community support to children and their families throughout Arizona.
Pictured left to right: Ray Artigue, Eddie and Joy Johnson and Executive Director of the Phoenix Suns Charities, Robin Milne.
improving the quality of life in the Phoenix community and beyond. The Suns new owner, Robert Sarver, has embraced the charity and pledged to help expand the impact of Phoenix Suns Charities around the state of Arizona. The foundation was incorporated in 1989 with the mission to enhance the lives of Arizona’s children and their families by actively creating and supporting programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation and sports and recreation. Funds are raised throughout the NBA season through special events such as The Jump BALL, the Suns Golf Classic; through scoreboard messages presented at Suns home games; game night auctions and sales and through special projects such as marketing Suns license plates. Finally, many generous fans and community organizations designate Phoenix Suns Charities as the recipient of their giving.
Last year’s $100,000 Playmaker Award recipient was, the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The grant will assist in funding the construction of a Starlight Care Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital, set to open in April 2013. Starlight Care Rooms are beautifully renovated, child-friendly pediatric treatment rooms built within hospitals to help calm children’s fears and engage them in the treatment process. Phoenix Suns Charities and its executive director, Robin Milne, look forward to this momentous occasion and many more as the charity heads into its next 25 years of giving back. “It is a most humbling experience to realize how the great the needs are and how important Phoenix Suns Charities is in supporting the efforts of Arizona non-profits. We truly make a difference in millions of little lives,” says Milne. For more information about Phoenix Suns Charities, visit sunscharities.org.
Every year, Phoenix Suns Charities Program distributes grants ranging in size from $1,000 to $10,000. The grants are intended for Arizona non-profit organizations whose programs and activities focus on helping children and families maximize their potential. The foundation’s largest annual Photos courtesy of Artigue Agency
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By Nidah Chatriwala
Jessica Chastain All-Natural Redhead & Environmentalist
he American film industry is filled with starlets who invest their talents and beauty in exchange for fame. Jessica Chastain is one actress who chooses to break out of all the glamour with the unconventional roles she plays in pathbreaking movies such as The Help and most recently, Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain was raised in California and during high school she utilized her analytical skills by joining the debate team, while simultaneously exploring her artistic side by trying her hand at theatre. With the generous gesture of a Robin Williamâ€™s Scholarship, Chastain was granted the opportunity of furthering her interest in drama by attending The Juilliard School, in New York City. She is the first person in her family to attend college. After graduating from Juilliard, Chastain faced a challenge landing parts in the competitive film and television industries. Nonetheless, she found her niche at eccentric roles in television shows such as Veronica Mars and Law & Order, which put her in the public eye. The choice of characters she played soon won her the attention of film makers who rewarded her with defining roles, such as Celia inÂ The 54
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Help and Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, which got her an Academy Awards nomination. It’s unusual for an actress who is advancing in her mid 30s to say that she is not used to the limelight of showbiz. “I’m such a fan of movies, I love cinema so much,” she reveals to E! Host, Ryan Seacrest, at the 2013 Oscars Red Carpet event. Aside from enjoying the attention and recognition, which Chastain undoubtedly deserves for breaking the myth of overnight success in Hollywood, she is a funloving, creative personality who is passionate about her work and is looking to appreciate the little things in life. When she isn’t showing off her acting skills, the actress is speaking out on environmentalism. As a long-term vegan, she respects animals enough not to eat them. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), even nominated her as 2012’s Sexiest Vegetarian. Most recently, she stood up against all forms of torture, including that of animals. She’s been famously known to say, “I don’t want to torture anything in my life.”
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In an interview with PETA, Chastain explains how she and director Kathryn Bigelow kept themselves grounded during the violent scenes filming of Zero Dark Thirty.
“During the week that we were filming the interrogations, we sent each other videos of animals being rescued. It was so emotional for me because I rescue dogs and so does she. That’s the kind of stuff that was going on behind the scenes. Like, this is not our lives, we are not these characters, there’s a place that is waiting for us.” As energetic is her persona, the gentler she is toward protecting nature. Chastain may be seen playing cold characters onscreen, but she’s a fierce activist of the Green Campaign and continues to get involved in projects that define the present generation of women, while committing to nurturing and nourishing the planet in which she lives.
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By Sherry L. Butler
Great Tasting & Healthy Food in a Hurry Dressings are made in-house-daily. They even have a kids’ menu with healthy meals. Salad and Go recruited the aid of a nutritional company to do a full analysis of the menu so they are able to provide calorie, fat, protein, carbs and fiber counts for each item including which items are gluten-free. They use heart-healthy oils, multi-grain breads and natural peanut butter for the kids’ menu. Vegetarian options are available upon request.
hen people think of healthy and fast-food they usually don’t put the two together. However, Salad and Go offers both healthy and fastfood, the perfect combination. Salad and Go is a gourmet salad drive-thru, offering a great tasting menu for the entire family using local, natural and organic ingredients at fast-food speed and price. The founders, who have a family history of heart disease, want to stay healthy and choose to focus on prevention. With busy lives, they have experienced a lack of affordable and convenient options for healthy, great tasting food. “It is hard to eat healthy on-the-go,” states Roushan Christofellis, owner and co-founder. “There are not a lot of options. There are some quick-service restaurants where you can find some healthy options, but they’re more expensive and not very convenient. So we thought; what if you could get something healthy at a drive-thru?” With this new concept, Salad and Go is changing the typical norms of a fast-food restaurant. Their priorities are making sure the food is healthy and tastes great. Salad and Go uses local, natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. 56 36
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Salads come in one, large entrée-sized portion starting at $5.50. All salads can be made into a wrap using grilled original or honey wheat flatbread. Also available are all natural free-range chicken, flank steak or garlic prawns for an additional price. One protein that will be new to many is Gardein, a 100% plant-based chicken that looks and tastes like real chicken, giving you the protein without the fat or cholesterol. Developing the kids’ menu was very important to Roushan. A former elementary school teacher in the Kyrene School District, Roushan would often hear parents express frustration with finding on-the-go, enjoyable and healthy meals for their children. Salad and Go kids’ menu items consist of stuffed pinwheels, butter lettuce salad, peanut butter and jelly, turkey and cheese wrap starting at $3.99. All come with a choice of carrots and ranch or apples and peanut butter, along with a drink choice of organic low-fat white/chocolate milk or organic apple juice. Guests can also enjoy a Boylan’s all-natural sparkling fountain soda, an Evolution Fresh wellness drink or organic non-fat frozen yogurt milkshakes in a variety of flavors. Salad and Go has a covered patio equipped with misters and fans for the summer. From the outside, people can watch the food being prepared through a large gallery window. Christofellis hopes to have an additional restaurants open throughout the Phoenix area. Salad and Go is located at 743 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. For more information, visit www.saladandgo.com. Photos by Rick Gayle Studio
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"Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Bible tells us that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy — the most abundant and complete! And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord." ~ Joel Osteen
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The retirement homes of tomorrow
ge-restricted, 55-plus communities cater to what the name implies - people who are age 55 and older. However, these home developments are a far cry from what they used to be. Now they rival some of the best resorts in their features and are designed entirely around the needs of a group of active, amenity-driven people. Plus, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are now more Americans age 65 and older than in any other point in history. Developers understand the benefits of catering to this group of people. Therefore, there are more high-end active-living communities now than ever before. Many of these developments boast everything from detached, single-family homes to villas to condominiums. These residences are built with the active adult in mind. Here are some of the benefits that these communities boast.
Community companionship Due to the age-restricted nature of active-adult-homedevelopments, the residents are all in a similar age range and may have similar interests. At a time in life when friendships from work may waver due to retirement, and older children may be busy with their own lives, these communities can help foster new friendships.
Low- or no-maintenance living One of the biggest attractions to active-adult living is that these homes are built to provide worry-free living. Included in the home ownership fees are provisions to take care of much of the interior and exterior maintenance. This peace of mind enables residents to pursue interests rather than worry about the upkeep on their homes.
Activity-based fun Many communities build activities into the living plan. Therefore, there may be a workout room, a game center, exercise classes, movie nights and many other attractions to keep residents busy. Active-adult communities may be similar to all-inclusive vacations and cruises in that they have their own activities 60
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coordinator on staff. Should residents prefer solo activities, the property on which these homes are built are often created with recreation in mind.
Security Individuals who are no longer bogged down with work requirements may be more likely to take vacations. In a traditional home, there may be worries about leaving the home unattended for a period of time. However, in 55-plus residences, homes may be in gated communities or have security patrols.
Concierge services Some of the more exclusive communities may have staff that can help with everything from booking vacations to helping with moving details. There also are developments that offer transitional homes and someone may be available to help with the transition from an active-style home to one that has nursing staff or assisted-living offerings at that time in life when it is needed. Active-living communities offer many of the features that recently retired people seek in homes that do not compromise on amenities. Individuals who are looking for comfortable, maintenance-free homes often seek out these developments for the convenience and services they offer.
Learning a New Language Can Help Keep the Brain Sharp
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A new study headed by Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine found that bilingualism leads to heightened mental skills. In the study, participants were divided into three groups: bilingual seniors, monolingual seniors and younger adults. Each group was instructed to sort colors and shapes in a series of simple cognitive exercises. The results indicated there were different patterns of brain activity among the groups when the tasks were being completed.
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Other studies have shown bilingualism pays even more dividends, including improved cognitive function in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. A study titled, “Lifelong Bilingualism Maintains Neural Efficiency for Cognitive Control in Aging,” found that even though seniors who spoke dual languages had more brain atrophy due to Alzheimer’s, they were still able to function better than individuals with lower levels of atrophy who spoke one language. Researchers believe that being bilingual strengthens the brain’s capacity for doing work, even if it is working at a deficit. The jury is still out as to whether learning a second language or moving to a foreign country as an adult can provide the same level of cognitive advantage as being bilingual from childhood. However, learning a new language can help keep the brain sharp. There are different methods to learning a new language: X Foreign language tapes X Grammar/vocabulary books from a child’s foreign language class X A foreign language tutor X Vocabulary index cards X Moving to a foreign country and learning through immersion azhealthandliving.com | April 2013
Losing Weight After 50
osing weight is a goal for many people regardless of age. While young adults might be able to get away with a few extra pounds without suffering significant consequences, older adults carrying extra weight might be putting their overall health at considerable risk. Shedding weight after the age of 50 is not always easy. As an adult ages, muscle mass tends to dwindle while body fat has a tendency to increase. Since fat burns fewer calories than muscle, weight gain as a person ages is bound to happen. But that doesn’t mean such weight gain is inevitable. In fact, people willing to make certain changes with regard to diet and exercise can shed pounds after age 50, while preventing future weight gain.
Fewer calories are needed as they age. For example, adults in their 40s may need as many as 200 calories more per day than they will when they reach their 50s.Counting calories might seem difficult, so adults age 50 and older who don’t think they can count calories, can try to eat more low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Consuming fewer calories requires changing dietary habits. Adults used to dining out every day can start making their own meals to gain greater control of their daily caloric intake. For those who find they’re frequently too exhausted to cook, preparing meals in advance to have healthy, homemade meals instead of ordering out is an option.
"Muscle-strengthening activities can help adults over 50 lose weight and keep it off."
Exercise Exercise is another essential component to shedding pounds after 50, though one should always consult a physician before beginning a new exercise regimen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 62
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points out that regular exercise can help older adults prevent the onset of a host of ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. In addition, the CDC notes that regular physical activity as one ages helps muscles grow stronger, which increases the chance that an individual will be able to perform necessary daily activities without the assistance of others. When coupled with a healthy, low-calorie diet, routine exercise can help adults over 50 shed extra weight and keep the weight off. According to the CDC, older adults need at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two more days a week. These muscle-strengthening activities should work all the major muscle groups, including the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, working out with resistance bands, exercise such as push-ups and sit-ups that use body weight for resistance and yoga. Even gardening that involves digging and shoveling can be considered a musclestrengthening activity. Weight gain is often an expected side effect of aging. But adults don’t have to gain weight as they get older. Some simple dietary changes and a commitment to routine exercise is all it takes to shed weight and keep that weight off once it’s gone.
Keeping Your Marriage Alive & Strong By MS
he trend of long-married couples calling it quits has been growing. However, there are some steps couples can take to keep their relationships going strong.
According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), divorces among people over the age of 50 have doubled since 1990. According to Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, one out of three seniors will face their golden years unmarried. Understanding why these divorces are taking place and taking proactive steps to alleviate some of the divorce triggers can be a recipe for a happy marriage that continues throughout a coupleâ€™s golden years.
Increase accountability. Ours is a transient society where families no longer bat an eyelash over moving great distances away from other family members. As a result, seniors may feel like they are not connected to children or grandchildren. With this in mind, they may feel less attached to their marriage or their responsibilities. Keeping families close and remaining in frequent contact can increase accountability and reduce the propensity for divorce.
Spend time apart. After retirement, couples may find themselves spending hours upon hours in each otherâ€™s company. While togetherness can be beneficial, too much time spent together may lead to feelings of suffocation and the perception that each member of the relationship is no longer his or her own person. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brief periods of separation can make the time married couples do spend together feel more meaningful. Recommit to your vows. After 30 or more years, the vows you shared on your wedding may be a distant memory. Take stock of what you promised one another on your wedding day and stick to those words.
Become a comedian. Laughter has a way of
dissolving a tenuous situation. Focus energy on laughing at mistakes instead of pointing blame. Couples can resolve to not take things too seriously.
Act like youâ€™re dating. Couples often become
complacent after many years of marriage. They may forget about the little details that made the relationship fun in the early years. Make an effort to go on dates, write love notes and think of what was appreciated by your partners when you were in the dating stage.
Get things out in the open. A major reason for a
Practice selflessness. Sometimes all that is needed to
failed marriage is years of avoiding significant issues rather than addressing problems. Couples should make time to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering them rather than letting too many things slide. There is always the option of bringing in a third party to serve as a mediator.
Couples who are on the fence with regard to divorce can make an effort to improve the relationship rather than simply see divorce as the best option.
rekindle a relationship is a selfless act that shows how much you care for your partner.
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Scottsdale Super Expo 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Westworld of Scottsdale http://exposaz.com
National Kidney Foundation of AZ Kidney’s Walk 7 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk Chase Field www.azkidney.org 2nd Annual Sydney’s 5k Run 7 a.m., Peoria www.advancedindependence.com Tour de Tempe Community Bike Ride 7:30 a.m., Tempe www.tempe.gov/tim
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Diabetic Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis If you are suffering from lower back, buttocks and or leg pain or your feet or legs are cramping, numb or burning especially at night, you almost certainly have a condition which involves the nerves of the legs. The largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve (pictured in red to the right), starts in the lower back, runs through the muscles of the buttocks and down to the tip of the toes. If this nerve gets irritated, you can experience really terrible pain anywhere along the course of the nerve. You may also experience burning, numbness and odd sensations in your muscles. Irritation of this nerve may produce severe cramping or crawling sensations in your muscles. Of course, your back and leg pain can be caused by a pinched nerve in your lower back. This can be from a vertebra that is out of place, it can be caused by a slipped disc or it can be caused by spinal stenosis or any combination of these problems. Each of these conditions, bad discs, spinal stenosis or displaced vertebrae have very different treatments. Knowing exactly why you have your back and leg troubles is absolutely essential for effective care.
Headaches, Vertigo, TMJ, Migraines, Sinus Headache Neck and Shoulder Pain, Pinched Nerves, Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica, Lower Back, Hip and Leg Pain
So how do you find results? The answer is called Integrative Neurology. Neurology is the study of the nerves. This allows us to diagnose tough nerve conditions like spinal stenosis, disc problems and neuropathy. What happens next truly separates our integrative neurology approach from anything else available to help correct lower back, hip, leg and foot problems. We have pioneered techniques to decompress nerves, but also use a number of natural substances that have been shown in recent scientific studies to help nerves re-grow and repair. There are no current drugs that can do this. But that’s not all. We combine special electrical stimulation techniques with acupuncture. A combination that has been shown to correct abnormal nerve function and promote nerve repair. There simply is no better or more comprehensive system for diagnosing and correcting the cause of spinal stenosis, neuropathy and other conditions that cause lower back, hip and leg pain and numbness. To find out how we can help you or learn more about our award winning doctor and treatments, visit our website at www.kcpv.info or if you need help now, call us at 623.547.4727. You’ll be glad you did!
KUKURIN CHIROPRACTIC, ACUPUNCTURE & NUTRITION NETWORK Dr. George Kukurin, DC DACAN
12409 W. Indian School Rd. #C304, Avondale AZ • www.kcpv.info azhealthandliving.com | November 2012 67 Preferred provider for most insurance plans including BCBS, Cigna, Aetna & more.
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