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It’s Simple, Put God First & Love Your Life! W

elcome to our “Love Your Life” issue. This month, I challenge you to put God first in all your relationships.

Which ones, you ask? Well, if you look up the definition you will find... "a connection, involvement, association, or in relation to." However, my definition of the word relationship is, all contact, communication, interactions with all children of the most high God and all the blessings He bestows upon us. I know that in this era, the norm is fast-paced living. Although it appears as though we have more relationships than in times past, stop and think about how much time we give to them. Now, let’s be real, do we have more? Nowadays, many live hurried lives, with more loss of sleep and schedules that fill our day without any in-between time. Between carrying out daily routines, getting children to school, preparing dinner, household chores, extracurricular activities and more, there is seldom time left for thinking about anything other than what we are doing. And for some, myself included, let us also pencil in today’s schedule; an appointment every 30 minutes to be able to catch up with our fast thinking. Of course, note that no less than five things will be pondered at the same time, as a reminder of conversations with everyone we were in contact with whether by phone, email and/or all other forms of communication applications. In addition, let's not forget to add what other projects we take on, volunteer for or give- and more importantly, the time needed to recover from the exhaustion at the end of the day. Now that I mentioned exhaustion, let's ponder on that for a few seconds. Can you share a few more minutes of time in your schedule today? Many experts say exhaustion can trigger many negative health effects and it can lead to living unhealthy, inactive lives due to the effects. They are not referring to the kind of non-activity a vacation gives you. I know many of you already know this and it seems redundant with the many things you have read in similarity. Why then, do you choose to carry out the same way of living? Perhaps, at moments you have even given it some thought and wondered, “How can I refrain from living a fast paced life and still be successful, responsible, etc.?”


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Well, I am here to give you this message...Wake up from the nightmare of the human senses and enter into a conscious relationship with God, where exhaustion isn’t in the to-do list! Anything that sustains limitations is unnecessary use of energy! Stop, breathe in the fresh air and take notice of all the wonderful blessings God surrounds and freely gives us. You have accepted that you cannot live in the physical form if it doesn’t have air to breathe. Well, I say to you, you cannot live and go forward into the activities of perfection unless you take the time to put God first. For when you do, you will no longer feel exhaustion. You will learn to enjoy every moment, every second of the air you breathe. And for only an instant, whenever you slip into hurried living again, you will quickly step out because you will know that by putting God first your life is happily at peace and your schedule becomes a part of your day. You no longer become your schedule. So today, will you accept my business proposition? May I put it that way? Perhaps, the term “challenge” is highly overrated; it has lost its results? Put God first and I know that by doing this for the next eleven months, your lives will never be the same and you will love your life more than words can express! Until next time, Here is a quote to remind you, “Exhaustion is real on many levels, but it’s not part of our medical lexicon.” − Dr. John Stracks, a mind-body specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine. And a verse to hold onto, “...I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

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Mission I’m Possible

The Diet Diva inspires others to lose weight and reclaim their health


orma Y. LaVoie, better known as “The Diet Diva,” didn’t always plan on inspiring others to lose weight and live healthier lives. A former educator and administrator, it was a major life change that led the Sun City resident to become an example of successful, healthy weight loss. “I am a motivational speaker, columnist and author,” she explains on her website. “My goal is to coach people in losing weight. I want to inspire and motivate them by telling my story.” LaVoie went on her first diet at a young age. As she grew into adulthood, her weight issues followed. Several years ago, a doctor told her that if she didn’t lose weight and reduce her body mass index (BMI), which was 56 at that time, her obesity might become fatal. “At the time I couldn’t tie my shoes. I couldn’t shave my legs,” LaVoie admits. “I wasn’t traveling on planes because I knew I wasn’t able to fit into the bathrooms on the plane and I didn’t want to get embarrassed with the seatbelt extensions.”

“I have now lost 126 pounds,” LaVoie enthuses. “I am very close to my first healthy goal weight and that kind of geared me into this new career path, which basically started with a newspaper interview.” The Diet Diva tag began with her health column in a local newspaper, which caught followers and inspired her to become a weight loss coach, public speaker and author. She describes her first speaking engagement as an eyeopening experience. “For my eight minutes of fame, people were so blown away with my stories and that’s what I’m here to do; to motivate people into losing weight,” she shares. To address her growing audience, LaVoie created an online support group to motivate her followers. “What I wanted to show people was that you could be obese and actually lose weight,” she explains.

Difficulties that some take for granted became mountainsized for LaVoie, but her doctor’s words grabbed her attention and she made some healthy changes to her lifestyle.

LaVoie’s weight loss coaching services are targeted toward those who are looking to gain control of their health and her mission is to keep them motivated toward their goals. The coaching services range from 15-minute phone sessions to monthly e-mails to the one-on-one exercise buddy option.

“My journey since then has had many, many detours, but I have not given up,” she says with confidence. “You must be dedicated.”

“I don’t consider myself as a personal trainer, but I know the feeling when people see a large person trying to be active and how embarrassed you feel, and that is why I am with them to motivate them…As long as you’re exercising and getting healthy, that’s the most important thing,” she says.

Throughout her weight loss journey, her dedication sparked a new career path. She loves teaching and now combines her teaching and weight loss experiences to help others.

Additionally, LaVoie’s has even created a 182-page journal for her clients to keep track of their weight, daily exercise, water intake, vitamins, calories and fat grams. She believes


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this will help her clients stay honest and accountable with their efforts toward reaching their goals. “Stay motivated and determined! You will reach your goal,” she assures. Furthermore, LaVoie creates monthly newsletters and writes blogs that are not only filled with success stories and health tips, but also shares The Diet Diva’s own international recipes. She also speaks at several ongoing events, including a specialized cruise this April. “I really want to try and motivate as many people as possible and I want them to know that they can lose weight,” she says.


Meet Winter, the Newest Cub at WWZ! By Grey Stafford

The newest star at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is a snow white tiger cub named “Winter.” This 2-month-old cub receives around the clock care by Wildlife World keepers including bottles of formula several times a day. Recently, keepers began to add meat to her diet, and by late spring, she will be large enough to move from the nursery into a permanent outdoor habitat. Currently, weighing in at about 15 pounds, Winter may grow to 300-400 pounds in just a few years. Historically, tigers once ranged over most of Asia and may have numbered 100,000 or more. Today, according to the IUCN, tigers are critically endangered having lost more than 93% of their home range. Total wild tiger population estimates vary around approximately 3,000. Habitat loss and degradation along with increased poaching remain the biggest threats to tiger survival.

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By Jessica Lawless

Healthy and Happy to Volunteer

Sun Health volunteers bring fun, fashion and


philanthropy to the West Valley

olunteerism can take many forms. In most, there is an emphasis on aiding the community and fellow citizens in some way. In the West Valley, there’s a group that has been looking out for the health of the community and its citizens for more than forty years. And they do it in style, too; one of their major fundraisers—The Heart of Fashion—is a spring fashion show that’s just around the corner.

Lookin’ Good for a Good Cause From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, Litchfield Park’s Wigwam Arizona will be the site of The Heart of Fashion, an event the Sun Health Foundation Volunteers in Philanthropy, West Valley physicians and more will bolster cardiac care by supporting Banner Boswell Medical Center’s hybrid surgical suite. The participants will show off the latest fashions from Dillard’s. A trunk show with these new garments will follow the show for attendees who want to buy the fashion they see.

Local volunteers shine bright in the Sun Health Volunteers in Philanthropy (also known as VIP) program. First formed in 1968, the program’s original aim was to raise enough funds to get Sun City a nonprofit hospital. Since then, the health of the West Valley has been a major focus. In addition to a yearly fashion show and golf tournaments, the volunteers help lead an annual home tour in the fall, as well as provide support to the Sun Health Foundation’s annual gala. 16

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"Through its partnership with Banner Health, the Sun Health Foundation remains committed to providing philanthropic and volunteer resources for Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Sun Health Research Institute, as well as other West Valley nonprofits," says Gina Ore, Sun Health Foundation vice president and chief development officer. "Proceeds from "The Heart of Fashion" luncheon and fashion show will specifically support completion of a new hybrid surgical suite at Banner Boswell Medical Center.” Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased by calling 623.832.4931 or visiting www.sunhealth. org/events/sun-health-foundations-the-heart-offashion. Photos Courtesy of the Sun Health Foundation

In addition to event support, the Volunteers in Philanthropy staff Sun Health’s two resale stores and four gifts shops for Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Both the fundraising events and sales from retail outposts benefit neuroscience, research, orthopedic and cardiac programs at the hospitals; cutting-edge, advanced care right in our backyard is a huge focus for the Volunteers in Philanthropy.

The Sun Health Foundation has more than 4,000 volunteers and serves as the charitable giving partner for several non-profit medical facilities in the West Valley. Since 2008, the foundation has given more than $27 million to various non-profit organizations—including Banner Health—that focus on health and caring for the West Valley population.

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“Young at Art” Glendale Senior Receives Award Thunderbird Retirement Resort recently sponsored a nationwide art contest for senior citizens to use in their 2013 Expressions art calendar. Arlene Burg of Glendale was recognized for her submission out of the 200 that were reviewed by the judging committee. Although Burg enjoys sewing and many other crafts, she began taking a doll making class in early 2012, and it was this craft that caught the attention of the judges in the Young at Art contest. “[Burg] joined the Watermark University doll making class in March, and hasn’t missed a class yet,” cites a recent press release. Watermark University courses are provided year-round through the Thunderbird Retirement Resort. To learn more, visit or call 602.938.0414.

Surprise City Academy Kicks Off February 11 Looking to make a change in your local government, but are not sure how? Need your voice to be heard, but not sure what to say? Then sign up for Surprise City Academy! This locally-based 12-week program is oriented to generate public interest and involvement in local issues by raising awareness and educating the public. The course begins on Feb. 11 and will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Surprise Public Safety Building Auditorium until April 29. The courses are free and available to the public. A few other goals of the program are to increase the level of trust between citizens and the local government, provide a forum for citizens to have a voice in the decisions that are being made, and inform the public on municipal government structure, processes and funding, according to the Surprise City website. For more information or to apply for these classes, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or by email at ruby.sitea@ Applications are also available on the website at

Glendale Community College Hosts Sci-Tech Festival An exciting adventure in science awaits at the Glendale Community College (GCC) Sci-Tech Festival! Kids, adults, and students of all ages are welcome on Feb. 22. There will be all kinds of events for the whole family, including stations where you can expand your knowledge of chemistry, physics, astronomy and computer game programming. Each station offers several different activities to choose from, like safely looking at sunspots or storms on the sun, creating elephant toothpaste, a fascinating lightning display, and more! Also, GCC is proud to announce that they will have a NASA astronaut available for the first hour of the festival, and NASA representatives will be available to answer questions and chat about the wonders of space throughout the event, according to a college spokesperson. For more information on the festival or to find more information on other Sci-Tech festivals in Arizona this month, visit or 18

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SWSC Nursing Assistant Program Receives Accolades The Arizona State Board of Nursing has recently approved the Southwest Skill Center (SWSC) for another two years, the maximum time available. This is a huge accolade to the SWSC, and their representatives say that they will continue to provide excellent training for students in the nursing programs at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), where the SWSC is located. EMCC offers students opportunities to become licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and certified nursing assistants. The renewal of the continuing approval is “a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of a great team of staff and instructors,” cites a recent press release. For more information on the nursing programs and other programs available at EMCC visit | February 2013



COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS By Charlie Boyce, Vice President of Community Impact for Valley of the Sun United Way

More Than Numbers A West Valley volunteer uses his tax know-how to help local families


ax season may not be a time of the year many look forward to, but Raul Manzolo knows differently. It’s a special time for Manzolo and his family; a time when he turns his focus to transforming lives. Every tax season for the past three years, the Glendale resident and owner of a tax service company turns off his OPEN light to spend time as an advocate. His advocacy involves numbers− specifically, providing free tax work as part of his personal mission to change individual lives for the better. It’s a skill he was born with; a keen understanding of the workings of numbers, tax law, figures and know-how that can impact people in a big way. He uses those personal gifts and talent to provide vital assistance he knows may very well keep a family’s lights and heat on, pay the rent or medical bills, or create a child’s education fund. “To me, it’s a blessing to spend the holidays thinking of the families my wife and I will reach out to during this New Year,” Manzolo says. “Last year, we worked alongside 60 other volunteers and helped local families claim more than $1 million in tax refunds. That’s a pretty big impact and we are excited to meet new families this year.” February is his busiest time for providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services and outreach. But he doesn’t stop there−Manzolo also provides financial guidance and support. He encourages clients and others who qualify to visit VITA sites and to avoid the hefty fees of expedited tax returns. Many families and


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individuals who earn $50,000 or less may also qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit of up to about $5,800. “Hardworking families who qualify for these tax credits can make a major difference in their lives, and in our entire economy, by visiting a VITA site−that makes me feel really good about the skill that I have and the impact my work has,” Manzolo says. “Everyone has a talent and knowledge, and it means the world to me to help neighbors who are looking to take that next step toward self-sufficiency.” He also uses his advocacy work as an educational opportunity for his own children, ages 9 to 19. Manzolo gained his love of tax law from family. He saw the deeper challenge than just number crunching in his ability to give back and change lives by helping increase financial stability. His goal is to reach as many people as he can, arming them with the knowledge and

the refunds which often go uncollected by those who need them most−so they can reach their dreams. This year, some of his clients have even returned to help others with their taxes. He now teaches VITA volunteers how to prepare taxes and is a site coordinator at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, helping them to help others− and to gain a marketable skill for their resume as well. “They are paying it forward; they saw the difference this work made in their own lives, and they want to transform other lives too,” he explains. Manzolo is a VITA volunteer, trainer and site coordinator for Valley of the Sun United Way. Visit vita2013 to learn more about the regional VITA program, find the closest site, or sign up to become a VITA volunteer. Photo Courtesy of Valley of the Sun United Way

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Q. Why should I plan a visit to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium this spring? A. The New Year has brought visitors and staff a snow white tiger cub named “Winter.” Born at another zoo in early November, Winter can now be seen on display at Wildlife World’s popular Baby Animal Nursery. While she has blue eyes and a white coat, her stripes are very light, giving her an almost all-white appearance. By late spring, she will be large enough to move from the nursery into a permanent outdoor habitat. Currently, weighing in at about 15 pounds, Winter may grow to be 300-400 pounds in just a few years. Historically, tigers once ranged over most of Asia and may have numbered over 100,000. Today, according to the IUCN, tigers are critically endangered, having lost over 93% of their home range. Total wild tiger population estimates vary around approximately 3000; however, not all of these animals are located in regions with viable populations, suitable habitat, and/or sufficient prey availability. Thus, animals able to reproduce offspring that in turn can reproduce may be as low as 1000-2000. Habitat loss and degradation along with increased poaching remain the biggest threats to tiger survival. Of the nine subspecies of tiger, three are confirmed extinct and another has not been seen in the wild for about 50 years with only a handful of remaining individuals living in zoos in Asia. —Gray Stafford, PhD Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium


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Q. What factors can affect my longevity? A. David Kekich, founder of Maximum Life Foundation, recommends the following steps to increase the quality and quantity of your life. Appropriate diet: One factor is regulating your insulin through diet and exercise. Optimizing insulin levels has been found to be a key factor in slowing down the aging process. Exercise program: Even if you’re eating the best diet in the world, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health. This means incorporating corestrengthening exercises, strength training, stretching and high-intensity activities into your rotation. Stress reduction and positive attitude: Your emotional state plays a role in nearly every disease, from heart disease and depression to arthritis and cancer. Effective coping mechanisms and stress management are major factors in promoting longevity, in part because stress has a direct impact on inflammation. Meditation, yoga, prayer, social support and exercise are all ways to help you maintain emotional equilibrium. There is no quick fix, when it comes to longevity. Although some people seem to be blessed with longevity in spite of their lifestyle choices, this is the exception and not the rule. For most of us, becoming healthy Centenarians will require some effort and attention to the factors outlined above. While the above factors will tend to reduce the body’s acidity level; BestOrganicWheatgrass powder, when added to your daily diet, is an excellent way to reduce acidity level and is one of the highest alkaline foods on the planet. —Best Organic Wheatgrass 1.888.260.GREEN (4733)

Q. My mother really needs some help but is always reluctant to have a “stranger” in her home when I suggest trying home care services. How can I convince her to try having a caregiver in her home? A. Many folks are wary of having someone they do not know well in their home, and some can also be hesitant to accept outside help when it is time. Why not give your mother the gift of care for Valentine’s Day this year? Not only is it a way to show your love and concern for her well-being, but it can be a useful way to introduce her to the idea of having regular help. Sun Cities CareGivers carefully screen all employees and we match caregiver and client to assure a successful working relationship. We offer gift certificates for two hours of service or longer and can assist with household chores, meal preparation, personal care or transportation to appointments, shopping and social outings. For more information about our company, rates and services please call us at (623) 974-2397 or visit our website


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Q. What heartfelt things can you do for someone with rheumatoid arthritis? A. Give your loved one a LaserTouchOne. The use of this device can help manage their pain. LaserTouchOne will not cure the disease, but it can alleviate much of the inflammation that is so prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The LaserTouchOne offers a long-term solution for pain and suffering, and it will help patients gain a better quality of life. It is safe, can be used many times a day, and the LaserTouchOne has been proven 93% effective in reducing chronic pain. Once a frustrating chore, it can make simple tasks such as opening a jar or making a cup of coffee easier. Most importantly, it will give rheumatoid arthritis patients a way to manage their pain so they enjoy friends, family, children and grandchildren. Here are few more heartfelt things you can do for a loved one in pain: • Get educated about the disease • Help with any chores • Offer to run errands • Cook a meal • Include them in light exercise workout plans • Give emotional and social support • Be a supportive listene. • Read to them to distract the pain • Make a meal • Help with the kids • Provide something comfortable for them —Cheryl L. Davis,LBMT 623.204.0800

Q. Why buy tickets for a February concert when I don’t even know who will be playing? A. Because it’s Rhythm on the Rails, a musical celebration Verde Canyon Railroad style! The inaugural Rhythm on the Rails produces so much energy that the locomotives were practically unnecessary. Passengers danced in the aisles of the classic train cars to the tunes of eight musical acts playing a private concert in each car. The acts rotate throughout the ride, giving every passenger a taste of every sound bite. On Sunday, February 10, the train will be rocking and rolling for this one day only event featuring country, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Mix this musical extravaganza with the fascinating views of Verde Canyon and you will have the experience of a lifetime. First class adds chic cocktails, an extensive wine list (beverages sold separately) and complimentary sumptuous appetizers to the musical mix. Vintage Pullman seating is featured in coach class with beer, wine and snacks available. All passengers can step into an open-air car at any time. While music explodes in every car, panoramic windows frame the erupting Canyon spring in as blossoms and wildflowers carpet the landscape in a riotous display. It’s as if Mother Nature is singing along. Also in full swing is Eagle Watch. The secluded Verde Canyon is off limits to all travelers except train passengers as these majestic raptors nest and raise the next generation of splendid soaring royalty. —Teresa A. Propeck Verde Canyon Railroad 800.456.3117

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Q. During a home sale, who is responsible for the repairs?

Q. In changing times, how do I keep my business thriving?

Q. Are there any side effects to long-term, untreated hearing loss?

A. Buyers looking at homes that require care may wonder who is responsible for the home’s repairs. Before any negotiations start regarding repairs, it is advisable for a buyer to have an independent inspector come out and look over the home and property. An inspection will unveil any potential problems that the buyer may not be aware of, including items that do not meet with code.

A. Back to business basics!

A. There are side effects to living with hearing loss. These problems can compound over time and become even more difficult to correct. Early detection is very important. Some of the problems associated with long-term hearing loss are acoustic atrophy and dementia.

Buying a home that is a short sale or in foreclosure, owners typically cannot afford to pay their mortgage nor afford repairs. Many short sales and foreclosures are sold “as is” and may even specify that repairs are the buyer’s responsibility.

Personalize the experience. An example, e-mailing customers when a particular item, discounted rate or a promotion they like is in place. E-mail doesn’t have to be impersonal. Speedy responses with a little extra attention to detail let customers know you are listening to their particular issues.

However, for a home that is not in foreclosure, some repairs should ultimately be the responsibility of the seller. If these repairs are not made, a buyer should strongly consider walking away from the deal. Repairs include: • Wet basements or crawl spaces • Insecure foundations or obvious structural damage • Poorly functioning sewer lines or septic system • Lender-required repairs that could affect home safety • Leaky pipes • Water penetration issues, including a bad roof • Unsafe decking or handrails It is always advisable to speak with a trusted agent to guide you through the process of buying and can navigate the important decisions that can affect the home you will be living in for next several years or a lifetime. — Yvette Kaplan Long Realty West Valley 623.238.2388


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Improve customer experience. Employ knowledgeable and well-trained staff that can effectively communicate with customers. Remember, a happy customer is one who is apt to return repeatedly— and spread recommendations for you. Knowledgeable, well-trained employees are an invaluable asset.

Another example is having a team on Twitter that replies promptly. A social media outreach team member that reaches out to follow up. Using Twitter can help with quick questions to skip the phone altogether. Followers hold valuable information. Offering to help them before they have issues makes their experience better. It can also help you predict what you can do to serve other customers better as well. Don’t wait for problems to occur, handle them before they do. For example, programs like ZocDoc allow users to book doctor appointments online based on insurance carrier and location. The program takes proactive steps to maintain customer satisfaction. If a doctor’s office changes an appointment, ZocDoc makes a phone call to that patient to apologize and offers a $10 gift card, no strings attached.

Acoustic atrophy comes from living without hearing certain sounds for long periods of time. Your brain can lose its ability to interpret certain sounds that are not presented to it on a regular basis. This can affect the ability to understand specific speech sounds and a person’s overall ability to communicate. It can also create a problem known as recruitment. This is an issue where someone experiences discomfort with loud sounds sooner than they should due to the absence of that sound over time. Recruitment is something that can be overcome through appropriate instrumentation and counseling. There are several aural rehabilitation programs available for people who suffer with speech discrimination, but this is usually a much harder problem to overcome. There are several studies that show a direct link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. This is an issue that would need to be discussed with your medical doctor in order to obtain all of the facts.

You can use these new tools at your disposal. If you can anticipate complaints, you can address them before you lose customers.

In many cases, screening for hearing loss will cost you little to nothing out of pocket and can significantly increase your chances of a successful fitting of instruments. Contact your local hearing healthcare professional today and schedule a test.

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What God is looking for is a heart that is perfect toward Him. Scripture says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. That means He is more pleased with someone who has a heart toward Him who may mess up than He is with someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. ~ Joel Osteen | February 2013


TRAVEL & LEISURE By Jessica Lawless


Small but Mighty Snowplay Elk Ridge Ski and Outdoor Recreation Area wows in Williams


resh powder. Achingly blue skies. Rich pine forests. A destination just a few hours’ drive away. What could be better for a midwinter break from the Valley?

The state of Arizona may not strike everyone as an ideal ski destination, but we locals know better than that. Our fair state offers a variety of options for the skiing and snowplay enthusiast who doesn’t want to stray too far from home. However, the secret is out; a lot of people know about them and have already flocked to the big name resorts here. There is a snowplay option outside of Arizona Snowbowl and Sunrise Park Resort. Located near Williams, the Elk Ridge Ski and Outdoor Recreation Area offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other snowplay fun without the crowds. In fact, Williams is a great place for snow, averaging 22 inches a year. Tammy Fountain, the resort’s general manager, says the intimate atmosphere and superb workers are what sets Elk Ridge apart from its more famous competitors; the smaller resort can offer a refuge for families with young children, as well. “We are the premier family-friendly ski resort,” she explains. “We have a great staff and give great customer service.”


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On weekends, the resort is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On half days, it’s open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Elk Ridge has two beginner and six intermediate hills. It also has five advanced hills as well as long and short lifts. Ski, snowboard and tube rentals are available, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own equipment. There are also packages for lift tickets and equipment rentals for the cost-savvy skier. Family packages can help make a getaway for the whole gang a little more affordable and military and student discounts can further bring down the cost of a skiing, snowboarding or tubing vacation. If you’re a nervous novice, lessons—both group and individual—are also available. Lift tickets are for sale on a fullday and half-day basis. After you’ve spent a tough day on the slopes, Elk Ridge’s White Stag Café—open only during Elk Ridge’s business hours— offers a cozy and warm place to recover from your hard work. Here, you can get the feeling back in your fingers and toes, relax and get fueled up for your next adventure. In addition to open skiing, tubing and snowboarding, Elk Ridge also welcomes special occasions such as birthday parties, school groups or other group outings; visitors can contact Select Photos Courtesy of Elk Ridge Ski and Outdoor Recreation Area


the organization for assistance in setting up their own events. Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount if you call ahead. Elk Ridge’s location near Williams and the heart of Route 66 means it can be a day trip, a weekend getaway or more. If you’re itching to board a train to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Williams is the Grand Canyon Railroad depot. If you'd like to explore a charming rural town, there are several restaurants and shops to choose from in the quaint downtown area. As for local lodging, several options in Williams afford you the opportunity to experience the Old West while indulging in comfort. After a long day on the slopes, you can enjoy one or several of the town's nightlife options. For a more familyfriendly alternative, the Planes of Fame Air Museum, located between Williams and the Grand Canyon, can offer a diversion for the kids. Williams offers other outdoor recreation, too, including fabulous hiking trails among the scenic pines. Its central location also means easy access to other renowned northern Arizona destinations and outdoor adventures. It’s just 58 miles to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, 68 miles to historic Prescott, and Flagstaff is 30 miles north. The picturesque and low-key setting can be a great opportunity for big and small families, inexperienced and experienced skiers, and people who just love the snow to get out and play—without crowds. Unlike the bigger ski resorts in Arizona, Elk Ridge brings a special and individual experience to visitors—and they aim to keep it that way. “We’re not big and we don’t want to be big,” Fountain says. “We’ve been called the ‘little diamond in the rough in Arizona.’”

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By Marlene Montanez

Flirty Fashion Tips


ith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, some flirty fashions may be on the brain! And if you’re looking for something other than a little red dress, you’re in luck because we’ve got plenty of sultry style suggestions for you to try that are anything but stale.

¤ The LBD (Little Black Dress) Did someone declare Valentine’s Day ‘National Wear a Red Dress if you’re looking for an evening dress and aren’t too keen on the color red. Plus, you can always incorporate the color into other areas of your outfit; red heels, red accessories or maybe even a red sweater are fun ways to add a pop of color to your look.

¤ Sky-High Stilettos There’s no debating that there’s just something about a pair of high heels that’s downright sexy. And with the new platform pumps, wearing a sky-high pair has become more comfortable than ever. When picking pumps, just be sure they fit right and that you can walk in them! Heels may be attractive, but a woman falling all over in them definitely isn’t.

¤ Bold Accessories Big, bold accessories scream confidence and that’s something that’s absolutely always attractive. When wearing big baubles, just be sure not to go overboard. A beautiful statement necklace, for example, only needs a nice bracelet or cuff paired with it, not giant earrings, too.

¤ Body-Con (Body Conscious) Styles Yes, drapey tunics and flowy dresses have been in fashion for the past few years, but when it comes to date night, a form-fitting body conscious dress is still a win. Don’t be afraid to try on a few dresses or skirt-and-top combos until you find the one you’re most comfortable in. For daily style and beauty tips, visit or follow Marlene on Twitter @marlenemontanez.


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What a Guy’s Underwear Says about Him Men are Trading in their ‘Tighty Whities’ for Style and Personality


By Darnell Jones, creator of TUKZ Undergarments

here was a time when specialty underwear was the domain of women. Not anymore! It used to be that the old standby, ‘tighty-whities,’ was a man’s all-purpose underwear. They were worn with business attire, sweat pants for tooling about the house or shorts while playing a pick-up basketball game, but they weren’t ideal for each function. Now, a man’s underwear says something about who he is, whether it’s a serious businessman, an athletic weekend warrior or a romantic. Let’s be honest – your grandfather’s underwear probably didn’t look the coolest, and it certainly didn’t say much about him. Manufacturers are responding to men’s desire for products, including underwear that caters to his lifestyle with style and functionality. A few new styles:

Saxx: This brand features comfortable side panels, which create a hammock-like effect for genitalia. No more chafing! SPANX for men: Recognizing a burgeoning market for guys who want a GQ look, SPANX offers men the same comfortable firming and smoothing as women get.

TUKZ: Features a 3-D pouch for comfort and an enhanced profile. But the primary defining innovation is how the underwear improves business attire. The underwear is equipped with four elastic straps and clips to neatly secure tucked shirts for a crisp, professional appearance all day. $100-dollar underwear, various brands: Yep, it’s happened! Brands are capitalizing on men’s desire to be just as sexy as the women in their lives. Consumers are routinely paying more than $50 for sexy men’s underwear.

Whether you want a clean silhouette at work or safety and comfort when you’re on the athletic fields, you can choose the proper undergarment for the purpose. “We’ve come a long way, baby!” | February 2013






Healthy Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism


ieters are often aware of metabolism and its effect on an individual’s weight. Metabolism is a process that serves a host of important functions, including converting food and drink into energy and using energy to construct certain components of cells. For the perpetual dieter, metabolism can be a natural-born enemy if not fast enough to lose weight. Even more frustrating, a person’s metabolism can hinge on genetics and gender. People may inherit a speedy or slow metabolism. Gender plays a large role considering mean have a tendency to burn more calories than women, even while resting.

There are several healthy ways to speed up metabolism.

D Pack on some muscle. People with more muscle

tend to have a higher resting metabolic rate. That’s because muscle burns more calories than fat. According to the American Council on Exercise, each pound of fat burns two calories per day, while various estimates suggest each pound of muscle burns between 35 to 50 calories per day. Those figures might seem insignificant, but they add up over time. Someone with significant muscle can burn considerably more calories than someone without. Resistance training builds and activates muscles all over the body, increasing your daily metabolic rate.

D Emphasize intensity.

Daily high-intensity exercise will prove more effective at speeding up your metabolism. Lowor moderate-intensity workouts don’t pack the same punch as high-intensity workouts, which produce a longer increase in resting metabolic rate.

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D Embrace grazing. Grazing is a dietary philosophy in which individuals eat five to six smaller meals every three to four hours instead of three large meals. Eating this way helps keep your metabolism going and you will burn more calories throughout the day than you would if you ate a more traditional diet. Of course, what you eat when grazing is also important. Choose low-fat, high-nutrient foods, and snack on fruits and vegetables instead of more popular snacks like potato chips. Grazing on unhealthy foods may cause weight gain. D Eat more protein. Protein has a tendency to make you feel full reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. The body burns more calories when digesting protein than fats or carbohydrates. Nuts and beans are great sources of protein for snacking. D Stay hydrated. Your metabolism will likely slow down if you allow yourself to get dehydrated. When the body does not have enough water, several of its functions, including its ability to burn calories, slow down. Muscles are roughly 70 percent water, so if they are not fully hydrated they cannot generate energy, affecting your metabolism. When dehydrated, the body is not as effective at using fat as fuel, further slowing your metabolism. Staying hydrated is as easy as drinking enough water throughout the day. How much water? One study found that adults who drink eight or more glasses of water per day burned more calories than those who drank four glasses. An individual’s metabolism is not set in stone.

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The weather and temperature outdoors can have a large impact on energy levels and motivation to exercise. Warm, sunny weather can beckon one outdoors, while cold or rainy weather could keep one hibernating inside -- which is not good for the spirit or the body, including cardiovascular health. Staying active when the weather seems to be pitted against you can be challenging. However, there are many things you can do to make the best of things and still get the exercise needed for a healthy heart. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Workout indoors.

This doesn’t necessarily mean heading to the nearest gym. It’s possible to get recommended exercise at home or at another location. Walking briskly around a mall is good exercise and you can window shop in the process. Lift heavy items around the house in place of dumbbells. Doing regular household chores with more vigor is another way to get blood flowing and your heart pumping.

Eat right.

It’s far too easy to indulge in comfort foods, but they tend to be fattening. Eating the right foods to maintain a healthy weight goes a long way toward protecting the heart. Be sure to eat breakfast every day, and choose fruits and vegetables as snacks over sweet and salty items. Be sure to include plenty of foods high in fiber. Not only will they help keep cholesterol levels in check, but it will also help you to feel full faster and longer.

Dress appropriately.

Weather is often unpredictable. Therefore, dress in layers so you can remove or add clothing as needed to remain comfortable. Children and older adults are more susceptible to the effects of cold weather. According to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, when temperatures are low your heart works harder to keep the body warm. Dressing warmly can help avoid taxing the heart. Before starting any exercise regimen, it’s important to discuss your plans with a physician. He or she can determine if you are physically capable of moderate exercise or if any illnesses may impede your ability.

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Family, Kids & Relationships



Ways to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work Establish rules and guidelines.

Address issues like how will you split the traveling and lodging during visits and how often you will get together.

Maintain contact.

Put the bevy of technological tools to good use. Video chats are a popular way to bridge the distance. Make every attempt to talk each day or even just send a brief text message that you’re thinking about the significant other.

Do things together.

Make “dates” where you do the same things at the same time -- only in different locations. Rent the same movie and watch it simultaneously, then discuss. Start a book club and debate about the plot and characters. Compete in a digital version of Scrabble or another game. Turn on Skype and enjoy a meal together while discussing your day. There are many different ways you can remain in each other’s lives even when miles apart.

Reuniting after an absence may make a couple appreciate their relationship even more.


Surprise care packages.

ome relationships are easier than others. Longdistance relationships tend to require a little more effort, typically demanding strong levels of trust and communication.

Many people avoid long-distance relationships because they take much more effort than a more traditional partnership. However, sometimes people find themselves in a situation where their partner is forced to relocate. Rather than give up on the partnership, many couples try to make their now long-distance relationship work. The following are a handful of ways couples can do just that.

Set goals.

If you haven’t already done so, talk about how you see this relationship continuing and what you have in mind for the future. If you both are striving for the same goals, the distance between you may strengthen your commitment to each other. 32 February 2013 4 December 2012||

Maybe he enjoys cookies from that bakery down the road. Perhaps she is missing the java you used to get together at the local coffee shop. Ship a care package with favorite goodies and pack it with an item that carries your signature scent.

A half-way meeting point.

When you cannot get to each other’s home bases, plan a vacation that is midway between where you both reside so it’s neutral and undiscovered territory in which you can make special memories together.

Focus on the positive.

Think about the positive things in your relationship rather than what may bring you down. Keep in mind that time will be limited when you visit each other, which means you may be less likely to fight and more likely to fully enjoy all the moments spent together. Long-distance relationships can still be romantic. If you enjoy your private time and space, a long-distance relationship enables you to spend time with your partner and then go back to your normal schedule.

What Kids Learn From Chores By Dr. James G. Wellborn, author of Raising Teens in the 21st Century

Like so many parental expectations and requirements, getting your kid in the habit of doing chores will help prepare them for the real world. Here are some of the benefits kids derive from assigned chores.

Responsibility. When you make a mess YOU are obligated


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to clean it up. The most straightforward reason your kid needs to do chores is to drive the point home that he is responsible for his actions in the world (and the messes he makes).

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Personal Obligation. When you live with other people, you’re obliged to contribute to the general upkeep of common living areas. Chores help your kid learn to pull his/her own weight when it comes to keeping shared spaces clean (so they don’t end up moving back home because even their friends consider them a slob).

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Organization and Prioritizing. Chores are unpleasant for most kids. Unfortunately, life is filled with unpleasant, but necessary, tasks. Chores provide the chance for your kid to practice making time for necessary evils like routine maintenance in their schedule of otherwise fun or meaningful activities. This helps them learn how to plan, organize, prioritize and suffer.

Sensitivity for others. It isn’t crucial that things be

straightened or cleaned. Exposure to germs and disease can help build the immune system, but there are some things you do because it’s important to someone else (a spouse or the health department). Chores provide your kid with a clear message that the world doesn’t revolve around them and they need to take others’ feelings and sensibilities into consideration.

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Pride in a job well done. It’s important to take pride in even the most insignificant tasks. Chores help your kid learn that every task is an opportunity to work their hardest and do their best.

Self-sufficiency. If your kid needs a lot of practice before they can skillfully take out the trash or sweep the floor, you have much bigger challenges than getting chores done.

Like so many time-honored parental expectations, household chores have a value more significant than the practical issue of household maintenance.

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Air Pollution Can be Indoors, Too


ir pollution is often associated with heavily trafficked highways or industrial areas, but air pollution can also occur inside your home. Though it can be easy to recognize outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is not always so easily identifiable. Understanding indoor air pollution can help people improve the air quality in their homes.

What causes indoor air pollution? Indoor air pollution can be the result of many things, including mold and mildew, tobacco smoke, radon, and household chemicals. The concentration of some pollutants can increase when the temperature or humidity levels indoors is high. Without adequate ventilation, a home may not get enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources. As a result, pollutants can accumulate inside a home, making the home uncomfortable and possibly putting its inhabitants’ health at risk. In addition, insufficient ventilation makes it harder for indoor pollutants to escape the home, forcing them to linger inside and negatively affect air quality, which is common during colder months when windows and doors are not open as often.

What are the negative health effects of indoor air pollution? The immediate effects, which can include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, as well has headaches, dizziness and fatigue are typically short-term and can be treated, oftentimes by removing the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, may also appear shortly after exposure. Long-term effects of indoor air pollution may show up years after initial or prolonged exposure. Respiratory disease, 34 February 2013 6 December 2012||

cancer and even heart disease may result from prolonged exposure or not appear until years after initial exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that there remains uncertainty about the concentrations or length of exposure necessary to produce specific health problems. While that uncertainty means there’s no guarantee exposure, be it brief or prolonged, will ultimately lead to disease, there’s also no guarantee that even minimal exposure will prevent the development of disease down the road.

Can indoor air quality be improved? To start, those with a gas stove can adjust their stove to reduce its emissions, which can save money while improving air quality. Another way to improve indoor air quality is to take steps to get more outdoor air into the home. This can be as simple as opening windows and doors and operating window or attic fans when the weather permits. In the kitchen, install fans that exhaust outdoors. Such ventilation should be emphasized when tackling home improvement projects that increase the amount of pollutants in the home, such as painting or sanding. Air cleaners can also be effective at improving indoor air quality, especially those that remove particles from the air inside the home. Gaseous pollutants may not be removed by air cleaners, so if such pollutants are a problem then an air cleaner may not be the solution. For more information about improving air quality in a home visit,

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Valentine month is the time of year when we seek appropriate ways of expressing our love for those closest to us. Why not rekindle the romance with your home at the same time? Flowers, candy or jewelry might not get you very far, but asking these three questions is going to show you care:

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• Limit the use of products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in common household products, such as cleansers and paint. • Consider adding a mechanical ventilation system to provide a controlled source of fresh air to your home. It can help manage indoor pollutants and excess indoor moisture.

Is your home warm and comfortable? Conventional fiberglass insulation is like a wool sweater on a winter day. It might look warm and fuzzy, but it won’t stop cold air from passing through. • Conduct an energy audit of your home to spot key sources of air leakage, especially around windows and doors and through the attic.

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Indoor moisture can accumulate in the winter months, leading to a musty smell, condensation on windows and even to mold. • Make sure bathroom fans and kitchen hoods are hooked up and working. • Use proper ventilation to the outdoors when showering or cooking. • Limit the use of humidifiers. Set up a dehumidifier in damp areas inside the home, like the basement.

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By Marlene Montanez

Jennie Back to Basics


takes things back to the simple life, looking & feeling better than ever


fter years of living the celebrity life in Hollywood, Jennie Garth has packed up her family and relocated to a seven-acre farm two hours outside of Los Angeles, Calif. Such a drastic change makes the perfect plot for a reality TV show, which is exactly what CMT is capturing in A Little Bit Country, Garth’s new reality series. The show follows Garth, her three daughters and their new transition to a much more laid back lifestyle. Though the star rose to fame as Kelly Taylor on 90201, she says her adolescence was nothing like Kelly’s posh and privileged upbringing. She was raised in Illinois and then moved to Glendale, Ariz. at 13 where she attended Greenway High School and Apollo High School. The show is her attempt to take things back to a simpler way of life after many years spent in Hollywood. “I grew up in rural Illinois, so it was sort of like returning to my roots. I just felt like I needed to go back to where I came from. I wanted my girls to experience that sort of childhood,” she says to Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s a fun little show, and it’s got a great heart. I hope that people see my intention behind making it. It’s certainly not a platform for me to be more famous. It’s just something that felt right and we did it,” she adds in her interview with the magazine. Although the 40-year-old actress has many successes under her belt, it is her personal life in the spotlight these days. Currently, she is going through a divorce; after 11 years of marriage, Garth and her husband, Peter Facinelli, have called it quits. Divorce isn’t the only tough battle the actress has 36

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had to fight either; in 2009, she was diagnosed with a leaky heart valve. Unfortunately, she is no stranger to heart problems as she also lost her father to heart disease. However, Garth channeled her experience into something positive and went on to become the spokesperson for the “Go Red for Women” campaign in 2011.

“After learning of my own heart condition and losing my father to heart disease, I know how important it is to speak up about this silent killer,” she says in a recent press release. “Too many women remain unaware. We must spread the word to our friends, family and community about how to make the right choices every day. You can truly save lives with the power of your very own voice.” Garth has become a major advocate for heart disease awareness, educating women around the country about the disease. After learning about her own condition, she has embraced what may, or may not, come to pass. “Down the road it’s something that could get more complicated or it could not,” she told Access Hollywood in 2009. “People have had valve replacements and that kind of thing… but I’m prepared, that’s the key.” Recently, she revealed to Health magazine how changes in attitude and lifestyle habits have helped her to bounce back after a rough 2012. Over the past few months, she has shed 30 pounds through a combination of healthy eating and exercise. ““Now I feel stronger and more confident in my body,” Garth tells Health.

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The Mystic Cookbook:

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TASTE OF AZ Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson



t’s no secret that our great state is home to a delicious blend of restaurants serving up all types of cuisine. When it comes to flavorful dishes, Valley eateries do not disappoint. To help tantalize your taste buds, here are some delicious dishes that are now being served at a restaurant near you.

Raspberry Spinach Salad

Berry lovers, rejoice! This beautiful and refreshing raspberry spinach salad recipe is served with a delicious handmade red raspberry vinaigrette. The contrast of the sweet raspberries with the red onions, sharp flavors of blue cheese and olives, topped off with mushrooms and tomatoes makes for the perfect light meal. Available at Mark’s Cafe in Tempe. Visit for more details.

The Veganizza

If you’re vegan, pizza is hardly on your radar. Luckily, this past November, NYPD Pizza debuted The Veganizza—a vegan-friendly pizza option that’s delicious no matter what your diet preferences are. Described as “a specialty vegan pizza made with Daiya dairy-free cheese and topped with spinach, garlic, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil,” The Veganizza is available at all 10 NYPD Pizza locations across the Valley, including three West Valley options in Avondale/ Litchfield Park, Glendale/Peoria, and Surprise. Visit to find the location nearest you.

Mixed Greens with Miso Onion Dressing

Although Blue Wasabi is known mainly for its unique sushi rolls, they also offer a myriad of non-seafood options (like vegetarian-friendly rolls) along with an ample gluten-free menu. One of their signature salads is the mixed greens with miso onion dressing. With a spring mix lettuce, sesame seeds, tsuma (spun daikon radish) and their flavorful dressing, it’s a great addition to your main course. Available at Blue Wasabi, with locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert. See for more details. 40

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Tomato and Oaxaca Cheese Salad

Some things just go together—like tomatoes and cheese. At Los Sombreros Mexican Café & Cantina in downtown Scottsdale, both of these simple but delicious ingredients are put together in a one-of-a-kind salad. With ripe tomatoes, white onion, fresh cilantro, Oaxaca cheese, jalapenos, radishes and cider vinaigrette, this salad combines a myriad of flavors. Enjoy it as an appetizer or side dish. Visit for more details.

Eggplant Phoenix

Looking for a hearty meatless dish? Try the Eggplant Phoenix at Caballero Grill in Goodyear. “Grilled eggplant is crusted with macadamia nuts and served with grilled zucchini, mashed potatoes [and is] accompanied by shitake mushroom cream sauce.” According to the menu, red chili is also included. It's a delicious entrée option for lunch or dinner—and you can add one of their signature salads to make it even more filling. Visit to learn more.

Vegan Nosh Board

Savor four different vegan specialties with this sampler board of veggie dishes. The Nosh Board features balsamic-roasted crimson beets with orange and citrus vinaigrette; chickpeas and quinoa mixed with radish sprout, tahini and Tabasco-fried shallot; sautéed sugar snap peas with caramelized fennel and chervil; plus a white bean and herb hummus with cucumber and jicama slices for dipping. Available at The Herb Box, which has two Scottsdale locations. Visit for location and menu details.

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Career, business & finance By Jane Honeck, CPA and author of The Problem With Money? It’s Not About the Money! 

How to Manage Money as a Couple


ombine the expectation of divorce for new couples hovering around fifty percent with a variety of studies that suggest money is the most divisive topic for couples, and you get a formula for disaster. Focusing on an overall vision and money plan will keep both of you moving in the same direction. Once you have done that, the small everyday decisions about what to spend your money on take care of themselves with little or no effort. When we have clear communication and know why we do something, the ‘what to do’ with our money is easy.

Here are a few tips: Talk

Money, like sex, is still a taboo topic and we often do not have a clear idea about how our partner thinks or feels about money.

Find Balance

One person making all the decisions and having all the control is a recipe for disaster. Find ways for you both to be equally engaged in all money decisions.

Make Decisions

What is mine, yours and ours? Most couples have their own hybrid system for what works best. Find the one that is best for both of you.

Define Your System

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sends out the checks. Without a well thought-out operational plan, things fall through the cracks.

Address Problems

Address problems immediately (no secrets allowed). Avoiding the issue makes it more toxic and drives a wedge in the relationship.

Perform Checkups

Things change and just like our physical health, money management needs an annual checkup to keep it healthy and relevant.

Talk a Little More

The most important thing is to have open communication with no blame and shame. Treat your partner with compassion. Couples need not argue about money. It is not just about communication, but about making a plan, and sticking to it together. Information gives you power over your finances. Not talking about them and not making a plan as a team makes you a victim of your finances. If you control your finances, they will never control you or your marriage.

Know Which Financial Papers to Toss and Which to Keep By MS


any homeowners recognize that they have quite a number of things around the house that serve no practical purpose. Paperwork can accumulate seemingly overnight, turning a once-organized home into a messy monument to clutter. Uncertainty about which documents to keep causes homeowners to keep everything, which can lead to clutter. According to financial expert David Bach, author of the book, Start Over, Finish Rich, many people keep too much information for too long. Although a greater portion of transactions are taking place online, you still may feel more secure keeping paperwork in hard copy. As you begin your organizing, keep these pointers in mind.

What to Keep

Purchase receipts, credit card statements and any paperwork pertinent for filing taxes should be kept for a full year until taxes are filed. Many people can safely shred tax documents within three years of filing. This is the end of the normal audit period for “good-faith� errors. If you do not believe information on the return is fraudulent, you can safely toss out these older returns once the three years is up. If you are self-employed or extra cautious, you can save tax returns for seven years. Keep certain important documents in a fire-resistant safe in the home rather than in a regular filing cabinet. These include warranty documents, insurance policies, copies of wills and trusts, medical history forms, diplomas and school transcripts and an inventory of home items. Also keep leases, home title, home survey, and mortgage documents. Many people opt to keep other essential items that need a bit more protection in a safety deposit box such as a list of bank account and credit card account numbers, copies of identification cards, passports, social security cards, stock and bond certificates, IRA contribution records, certificates of deposit, and military documents, as well as divorce, marriage, adoption and other important certificates.

Many statements and financial documents can be thrown out once their accuracy has been confirmed.

What to Toss

Many receipts can be discarded shortly after purchase. ATM receipts can be thrown away as soon as they are reconciled against your bank statement. Bank and credit card statements can be shredded after they have been confirmed, unless you need them for tax-filing reasons. After a year, it is generally safe to do a clean-out of pay stubs, especially after you have submitted tax information. Many people file away paid bills and keep them longer than necessary. Once they have been checked for accuracy, they can generally be thrown out. On the side of caution, keep these for 2 to 3 months. Old insurance policies can be thrown out when replaced by newer ones. However, keep the original statement showing the purchase date and price of the policy. If you have any warranties or instructions for household items that have been sold or donated, throw these out as well. Determining which financial paperwork should be saved and what is probably safe to toss takes a little organizing and sorting. | February December 2013 201243 9

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Health By MS


Heart Disease: A Blanket Term for Numerous Conditions


Atherosclerosis is characterized by the buildup of fatty materials in the arterial walls, which can harden over time, restricting blood flow and resulting in calcium deposits. Daily exercise and a healthy diet void of high-fat, high-cholesterol foods are ways to prevent or treat atherosclerosis.

Cardiac Arrest


ost people are aware of heart disease and its potentially devastating effects, but many people may not know that the term “heart disease” is a term used to describe several heart health problems. According to the World Health Organization, ischemic heart disease, which is characterized by a reduced blood supply to the heart, is the leading cause of death across the globe. Though many conditions are characterized as ischemic heart disease, many others are not. The WHO notes that other heart conditions, including stroke, are also among the top 10 most deadly diseases. The following is a rundown of some of the more common heart conditions.


Angina occurs when a person has chest pain/ discomfort around their heart because the muscle is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Angina can be a by-product of elevated levels of stress or overexertion and may be caused by clogged arteries. Stable angina is the most common form and usually follows a pattern that is common among patients. Unstable angina is less predictable. Variant angina, the rarest form, occurs while a person is at rest. Rest and medicine are at the root of treating angina. 46 10

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Cardiac arrest is a culmination of several heart conditions, including angina and atherosclerosis. Also known as a heart attack, cardiac arrest occurs when blood and oxygen are unable to reach the heart. Other indicators that a person is going into cardiac arrest may include:chest discomfort and/or discomfort in areas of the upper body; including the arms, back, neck, or jaw; shortness of breath, nausea or lightheadedness.


Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a relatively common heart condition. A blood pressure reading measures the systolic pressure, which is the pressure created when the heart beats, and the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure in the heart when it is at rest. A blood pressure above 120/80 is considered high, and that high figure might be caused by diet, water levels in the body and the condition of the body’s kidneys, nervous system and blood vessels, as well as the body’s hormone levels. Treating hypertension is relatively simple, as a doctor may recommend some dietary changes and even prescribe medication.


Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Potentially deadly, a stroke can cause paralysis. Trouble speaking, loss of coordination and trouble moving limbs may be indicative of stroke, which is considered a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. The longer a person goes between the onset of a stroke and seeking treatment often determines the severity of the consequences. For more information on heart disease visit,

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Children to Floss


earning to brush their own teeth is a lesson all children must master. Although parents ultimately may have children who become proficient at brushing their own teeth, getting them to floss is generally more difficult. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41 percent of children ages 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their first teeth. Dental caries are common among children, likely because they have not become proficient at taking care of their teeth. Soft, sticky foods are commonplace in young kids’ diets, and these can promote decay. Even wellintentioned gummy vitamins can be sources of dental decay. Oftentimes, these foods become lodged between the teeth or on the surface of molars. If left in contact with the teeth for too long, food particles become a source of carbohydrates for oral bacteria, and cavities may appear as a result. To remove food particles from between the teeth, children must floss, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. It is recommended that parents help their children to floss as soon as two teeth are touching and continue to do so until the child is around the age of 8, when a child should have enough dexterity to do it on his or her own. Flossing is essential to making sure children do not experience cavities at an early age, and it can establish practices that promote oral health throughout life. Despite being so important, many parents fail to encourage flossing or are at a loss as to how to make it enjoyable and effective. Although regular dental floss is one of the first tools for flossing, the dexterity required to wind the floss around little fingers and then thoroughly clean the teeth may discourage children. Parents can look into the wide array of flossing helpers available at the store. In fact, many age-appropriate flossers are now available that feature fun designs and smaller profiles to fit into kids’ mouths more easily. Flossers may be attached to a handle to make back teeth more accessible and promote more effective flossing. Manufacturers such

Children should learn that flossing is just as important as brushing. as DenTek, Butler GUM, Plackers Kids, Dr. Fresh, Oral-B, and Brush Buddies offer children’s flossers. Kids who shy away from flossing may be more likely to use a children’s water flosser. In lieu of string floss, a water flosser uses a pressurized stream of water to dislodge food from between teeth. Although a water flosser may be messier, children may enjoy the opportunity to “play” with water and the cleaning sensation provided. To prevent the buildup of plaque and the development of dental caries, parents should educate children about proper flossing techniques. | December | February 2013 2012

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mind & body

Find Balance

By David and Jamillah Lamb, authors of Perfect Combination: Seven Key Ingredients to Happily Living & Loving to Share

Key Ingredients to Living & Sharing Happily Here are a few more keys to happiness in business and love. Love like kids, act like adults.

Love freely and completely, without a fortress around your heart, and behave responsibly.

Enjoy life.

Some couples won’t go to theme parks until they have children, but letting one’s inner child out to play with their partner’s inner child strengthens a relationship’s bond.

Forgive the small stuff.

No one is always right, and no one wants to be around someone who always needs to be right.

Appreciate individuality.


Everyone needs to have their own identity.

In part, it is because we work together that our bond has strengthened after 10 years of marriage.

Couples may fight, but guard what you say. There’s no need for ugliness even when you disagree.

We have worked together professionally in our stage company for nine years. But, even couples who aren’t business partners are working together every day; because being in any relationship requires negotiating, compromising, and decision-making. Just think about the last time you had to decide whose mother’s house you were going to for a holiday, where you were going for vacation, or even which movie to see.

Couples need to remember relationships take work, but they can also be a blast of fun. Love is worth the sacrifice. Today, with stories of celebrity couples walking away after only days of marriage and even more people living as though sacrifice is nearly a curse word, it’s worth the sacrifice. For us, it means that we are willing to give up something that we thought was valuable or important for something even more important - love and our happiness. Love is, in part, the acknowledgement and deep appreciation for another human being. Couples should never take each other for granted. In love, as in business, everyone wants to be appreciated. The simplest gesture can go a long way to help your significant other feel like they are making a significant contribution to your life, your family, or your business.

s the divorce rate hovers near an estimated 50 percent in the United States, many blame career stress as a major cause, but somehow some couples grow stronger, especially when they work together.

We get more opportunity to grow together because, between home and work, we’re making 100 decisions a day instead of 10. A crucial ingredient for any successful marriage is friendship. 48 4

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Don’t misdirect anger.

In psychology it’s called transference; dumping your bad day on someone else. It’s poison for any relationship.

Remember your love.

Binge Eating By MS

While most people are aware of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, some might be surprised to learn binge eating is considered an eating disorder as well. Recently recognized as a disorder, binge eating is a serious mental health disorder in which thinking patterns and emotions cause a person to overeat or starve. Binge eating can be an attempt to cope with other conditions, including depression, stress or anxiety. Unfortunately, this unhealthy coping mechanism typically worsens the problem, as binge eaters often feel guilty after binging, which then exacerbates their feelings of depression or anxiety. The binging that characterizes the disorder is similar to the binging behavior exhibited by people suffering from bulimia nervosa. However, people with binge eating disorder do not purge or vomit after binging. The cause of binge eating remains a riddle for researchers, though nearly half of all people with binge eating disorder also have a history of depression, and many people indicate that a binge eating episode is triggered by negative emotions such as sadness, anger, boredom, or anxiety. Researchers have also noted that eating disorders tend to run in families and might be more likely to afflict families that place an unnatural emphasis on food, be it rewarding positive acts with food or employing food as a tool to soothe and comfort. Each of these things supports the belief that eating disorders result not necessarily from a single factor, but rather a combination of psychological, environmental and biological factors. For those who suspect they or someone they love has a problem with binge eating, the following are some of the common symptoms: • Fluctuations in weight • Frequently eating what is considered by most to be large amounts of food • Eating much more quickly than usual • A loss of control over what or how much is being eaten • Eating until uncomfortably full • Eating extraordinary amounts of food, even when not hungry • Low self-esteem • Feelings of guilt or depression after overeating • Eating alone because the quantity of food being eaten is embarrassing To learn more about eating disorders, visit the National Institute of Mental Health at

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Q. What should I do if my child is having problems sleeping?

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A. New skin tightening technology called Thermi-GenTM will be available nationally in the spring of 2013. However, Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery is one of a few advanced centers chosen to showcase this new technology before its official release to the US market.

A. If your child sleeps in an abnormal

A. Bell’s palsy is a neurological disease that occurs in the facial area. Bell’s palsy usually starts without any early sign. In a typical case, the patient wakes up with weakness on one side of the face. Facial expressions, such as closing the eyelid, become difficult. Facial movement, such as lifting the eyebrow, becomes asymmetrical. Pain, drooling and a numbing facial feeling could be seen in a serious case.

Thermi-GenTM is a non-surgical procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate collagen for tightening and smoothing the skin of the face, neck and body. This procedure provides tighter, smoother, more youthful looking skin for all skin types. Both non-invasive and minimally invasive applications are available. What is unique about this new technology is that other skin tightening devices currently available apply different forms of energy (lasers, ultrasound or RF) to the skin surface. While this can be effective for the delicate skin of the face, this externally applied energy has not proved very effective for tightening skin of the neck and body. When delivering the energy from the skin surface, the energy that reaches the collagen layer is not sufficient to result in effective skin tightening. Thermi-GenTM technology is unique and more effective because it has an internal probe that enables the doctor to apply the treating energy BELOW the skin surface – directly to the targeted collagen layer. The doctor is, therefore, able to administer the precise amount of heat to the collagen layer that is required for effective skin tightening. -Pamela DeRouin, MD & Gael DeRouin, DO Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery


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position (with his head off the bed or propped up on pillows), if he snores, sweats heavily during sleep, is difficult to wake up, has headaches, is irritable, falls asleep or daydreams in school, wets the bed, or has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he could suffer from sleep-disordered breathing. In children, sometimes the problem results from swollen tonsils and/or adenoids that block the airway. It can also be caused by dental problems because malocclusion (misalignment) of the teeth is believed to affect the positioning of the airway. Even swollen nasal passages could cause your child’s breathing problem during sleep.

In these cases, it is a good idea to talk to your child’s pediatrician, dentist, and an ear, nose and throat specialist. If child is sleeping poorly and it is not due to a sleep-disordered breathing problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends a relaxing setting at bedtime— low lights and quiet. Don’t substitute watching television or videos for personal interaction with your child before bedtime. When our children have trouble sleeping, it affects their lives, their health, and our relationships with them. Be on the lookout for the signs—crabbiness, tiredness, headaches and the rest—as well as any possibility of ADHD. A possible sleep-disordered breathing problem (or simply a problem sleeping) deserves your attention and proper medical help. –Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy may be similar to other facial conditions such as stroke, trigeminal neuralgia and other painful conditions. Even though facial related symptoms can be found on a stroke patient, Bell’s palsy is not the result of a stroke. Bell’s palsy is due to the pathological change of the facial nerve that controls the facial muscle. A medical consultation and diagnosis is necessary before considering any alternative approaches. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture could be an option for treatment of Bell’s palsy. Traditional analysis of the cause of Bell’s palsy points out that the meridian channels around the facial region become deficient, due to the external invasion of the wind and cold. The wind and the cold block the qi flow inside the meridian channels in the facial region. Insertion of acupuncture needles around points on the meridian channels helps to expel the cold and the wind. With the return of normal blood and nerve flow, strength of the facial muscle is improved. –Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400

Q. What’s new in the treatment of fibromyalgia?

Q. What is the most common reason people make an eye appointment?

A. Fibromyalgia is a prevalent long-term pain problem. We have been treating people with fibromyalgia for more than two decades and have always taken care of fibromyalgia as a pain processing problem in the nervous system.

A. The most common reason people make appointments with their eye doctor is often because their vision is blurred. In a majority of cases, blurred vision is caused by having a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These refractive errors are caused by one or more of the following mechanisms; length of the eye, curvature of the cornea and the curvature of the lens inside of the eye.

Years ago, most doctors didn’t consider fibromyalgia as a legitimate medical problem. Later on, many medical doctors came to think that fibromyalgia was a real condition, but of the muscles. Very recently, research has begun to document what we realized 20 years ago - fibromyalgia is a problem with the pain processing regions of the nervous system. You might have recently noticed ads touting the use of some anti-seizure drugs for the treatment of fibromyalgia. At least they are finally on the proper path. What we now know for certain is that distinct areas of the brain that deal with both the perception of pain and the emotional response to pain are abnormal in the fibromyalgia patient. The neurotransmitters in the brain are often abnormal as well. Therefore, the first step in effective treatment of fibromyalgia is to figure out which neurotransmitters are abnormal and then retrain the nervous system through Integrative Neurology tactics by teaching the nervous system how to process pain normally. The same as occurs in patients without fibromyalgia. With this approach, it’s possible to balance the chemistry of the nervous system, while reprogramming the abnormal pain circuits in the brain. We think it’s the most rational strategy for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.547.4727

Nearsightedness, or myopia, causes an individual to see things clear up close or near to them and causes blurred vision in the distance. This is caused by the length of the eye being too long and the cornea and/or lens having a steep curvature causing light to focus before it reaches the retina and thus blurring vision. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, causes blurred vision up close. This is caused by the length of eye being too short and the cornea and/or lens having a flat curvature causing light to be unfocused by the time it reaches the retina and thus blurring vision Astigmatism is when the cornea is not perfectly round or spherical causing the light to focus at two different focal points. This can occur with both nearsightedness and farsightedness. While the above conditions can affect individuals in various ways, they can be corrected with either contact lenses or glasses, assuming there is no eye disease present, and clear vision can be enjoyed. –Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

Q. How much exercise is enough? A. Some people have specific goals that require certain exercise regimens; for example, bodybuilding, cardiac rehabilitation, distance running. Recommendations range from one hour a day six days per week to half an hour a day, three times a week. Six times a week can cause burnout but is three times a week for half an hour enough? Well, the American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults from 18-65 should exercise moderately for 30 minutes five times a week or vigorously for 30 minutes three times a week. Moderate can be defined as activity that raises your heart rate, like a brisk walk or weight lifting limited to only a few muscles (curling dumbbells). Vigorous is something that raises your heart rate and oxygen consumption significantly, causing rapid, deep breathing, and sweating (like jogging). One important thing to remember is that exercise should always be followed by rest. Don’t always follow your leg exercises with leg exercises the next day – you can alternate your upper and lower body. Variety improves the fun of exercise and lowers the risk of injury and overtraining. Most people don’t fail their exercise routine because of insufficient exercise, but rather overtraining and injury. For weightlifters, remember to isolate muscle groups to prevent excessive loading on the joints. Avoid lifting overhead and bending too much when you squat or extend your legs. -Dr. Wen Sage Health Family Medicine 623.535.3857 | February 2013



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Q. I have a parent with glaucoma. If my vision seems okay, do I have to worry about glaucoma? A. Glaucoma has traditionally been known as the “thief that takes your vision in the night.” The disease damages delicate nerve fibers around the optic nerve when the pressure in the eye is too high. This elevation of pressure is, in the majority of afflicted individuals, not something that produces symptoms in its early stages. If left untreated for a long enough period of time, compression of nerve fibers in the retina leads to loss of areas of visual field. In general, when this loss progresses to the point of being noticeable, we have already lost the battle to preserve sight and we can only treat with medications, laser or surgery to lower pressure to prevent future loss. The key to treatment is to have your pressure checked (glaucoma test ) routinely by your ophthalmologist. If you have a family history, have diabetes or have had other inflammatory eye diseases in the past, then the statistics are a little higher that you may develop a glaucoma issue as well. We routinely recommend a glaucoma evaluation every year for individuals over age 40. If detected early and treated, the chances of preserving vision through eye drops or laser is excellent. If glaucoma does not respond to conservative measures, there are modern surgical procedures (such as shunts) that can also be utilized. –Dr. Walman Walman Eye Center 602.222.2020


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Q. My child has a tooth that has failed to come in. Could it be stuck?

Q. Can diet affect inflammation and pain?

A. Teeth start to develop in the jaw bone during infancy and come through the gums as early as 4-6 months. The adult teeth develop under the baby teeth. Once the baby teeth are lost, the permanent teeth erupt in their place.

A. Considerable scientific information and clinical observation have accumulated in recent years showing that chronic pain, particularly the debilitating, severe form requiring opioid treatment, needs a “chronic pain” diet.

If a tooth fails to emerge it is considered to be impacted. The most common teeth to become impacted are the premolars, canine and wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 21. An impacted tooth remains stuck in the gum tissue or bone for various reasons. It may be that the area is just overcrowded and there’s no room for the teeth to come through. The jaw may be too small to fit the teeth. Teeth can also become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge, resulting in an impacted tooth. A tooth that is impacted should be examined by a dental professional. In some cases the impacted tooth can be left alone. However, if there is pain, swelling, disease in the jaw or it is damaging other teeth, it will need to be removed. Some teeth are very important and need to be surgically moved into the proper position with the help of braces. A dental exam with x-rays will be able to determine if your child has a tooth that is impacted. –Dr. Augustine Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS, PC 602.978.6910

It is important to involve a multi-disciplinary treatment approach to treating chronic pain. Part of this may include nutritional counseling. Diet-induced pro-inflammatory mediator release can contribute to dietary injury. For example, a pro-inflammatory diet may include foods with a hyperglycemic index/load, such as bread and refined sugar. In addition, foods that are high in omega-6 fatty acids such as corn, sunflower, safflower and peanut oils, create more inflammation. Other factors include trans-fatty acids, low magnesium intake, low potassium intake, low phytonutrient intake, low inflammatory gut microbiota, and low serum levels of vitamin D. Conversely, the anti-inflammatory diet group would include fish, lean meats, skinless chicken, omega-3 eggs, vegetables, fruit, sweet potatoes, raw nuts, dark chocolate, coffee and tea as well as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, ginger, turmeric, garlic and other spices. Multiple cells are involved in a release of inflammatory mediators which lead to the cellular communication that can generate pain in somatic tissues, such as joint, muscle, disc, ligament, tendon, fascia, or epineurium. This communication is complex. Although diet may have an influence, it is only part of the equation of pain management. However, in some patients this can be clinically significant and should be explored as this could affect their quality of life, function and pain relief. –Dr. Lundquist Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center PLLC

Help us improve the health of our communities, one reader at a time. Q. What are some basics I should know about breast implants if I’m considering them? A. There are three placement sites of the implants generally used by the cosmetic surgeon performing breast augmentation. They are Under the Muscle Implant, Above the Muscle Implant, and Partial Placement in Between. The placement location of the breast implant is determined by the cosmetic surgeon and varies with the selection of the implant. Each placement site has its own advantages and disadvantages, which your cosmetic surgeon will discuss during the consultation with you. Typically, a breast implant can be placed either under the breast tissue (over the muscle) or under the breast muscle (below the breast tissue); combined with utilizing the minimum scarring approach, which entails making the incisions along the armpit (transaxillary incision), along the areola, or under the breast at the crease. It will depend on your unique situation and the cosmetic surgeon's preference. Many women seek breast augmentation, breast enlargement, and breast lifts for various reasons. At Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, our goal is to fully comprehend the reasons why you elected to get breast augmentation and then address them. For your best results, we have made available both saline and silicone implants (adjustable and fixed) and also textured versus smooth implants of different shapes and sizes. During your free consultation we will discuss the best options for you in terms of size, shape, incision site, and placement of the implant. –Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute 602.298.5476

Q. How can I overcome weight loss resistance? A. There is a new way to tap into your specific DNA knowledge of how your particular body responds to diet and exercise, leading to a lifestyle change and long-term weight loss. DNA testing from a simple salivary test called PATHWAYFIT, a nutrigenomic profile, is a revolutionary approach to weight management and health. This genetic fitness profile provides you with an individualized report and powerful information to help you understand how your genetics and lifestyle can affect your diet, nutrition, and exercise as well as weight management. This is the only DNA test of its kind promoting this genetic personalized diet, nutrition and exercise program, which increased the amount of weight lost to 2.5 fold reduction in waist circumference. Armed with your genetic information, we gain insight into how your body processes sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. From this information, we provide a plan specific to you and your genes. You can also learn how your genes affect how you perceive and desire specific foods, and how they may influence your eating behaviors.

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PathwayFit also screens for muscle potential, how your body responds to exercise, as well as your potential to maintain a healthy weight. It provides information to guide you to the best type of exercise for your body’s long term benefits. This is the future of weight management and when combined with medical monitoring we can design your genetic fitness plan to help you live your life’s potential. –Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040 | February 2013



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Wedding Cuisine W

eddings are a celebration where guests look forward to the reception, as much as the actual ceremony and the food served at the wedding is often highly anticipated.

Wedding receptions feature a bevy of foods to tempt the palates of those in attendance. From appetizers served during the cocktail hour to the last crumb of cake, food plays a big role in a wedding reception. Choosing foods for a reception can take a little forethought, especially when the wedding party is large. The following are a few suggestions to ensure most guests are happy with the menu. As much as budget allows, give guests the choice over what they dine on. If there is a cocktail hour, couples can play with different tastes and offerings. This is the time for those who want to be creative. Exotic flavors can be served alongside more traditional offerings. During the main course of the meal, give guests options. Most catering facilities offer suggestions in their meal packages. Couples can typically choose to offer several dishes, catering to a wide variety of diners. It is important for couples to recognize that people have food allergies or restricted diets. While it may not be possible to provide for everyone’s specific requirements, it is possible to make some accommodations. First, ask the catering manager how his company provides for guests who are vegetarians or vegans. Ensure that the meal will not be simply a bunch of vegetable side dishes lumped together. In addition, couples should recognize that people have now adopted gluten-free lifestyles. More establishments have expanded their offerings to include gluten-free items, so it is important for the bride and groom to confirm. People who are diabetic and must limit their consumption of sugars and carbohydrates may appreciate a selection of sugar-free desserts or lower carbohydrate foods. When couples focus on meeting the needs of their guests, it shows they have put in the effort to make everyone feel comfortable. Environmentally-minded couples can choose to serve organic foods and look to catering facilities that purchase foods from local vendors and farms. If a banquet hall does not make such concessions, ask if such specialty items can be brought in. 54 2

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Some caterers will be happy to make the change, but it will likely affect the cost. Couples who are interested in keeping costs down can still offer quality foods. Varying the time of day that the wedding is held can enable a brunch or luncheon wedding. These foods are often less expensive and labor-intensive to prepare. Some couples opt for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvreonly reception, which should clearly be indicated on the invitation so that guests can plan accordingly. An informal wedding may feature only a selection of desserts and specialty liquors, the least expensive option. Food is an important factor at a wedding and it is in a couple’s best interest to ensure that the food served is tasty, full of variety and acceptable to the majority of their guests.

Foods That May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease By MS


These help men and women control their weight and improve their heart health. What’s more, almonds, which are a good source of protein, fiber and vitamin E, might help reduce a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


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A great source of vitamin C and potassium, grapes also provide a good dose of quercetin, which can help men and women strengthen their immune systems. Sponsored by


Men and women with arthritis might want to consider adding more ginger to their diets. Ginger has been linked to reducing arthritis pain, and can also help calm an upset stomach and quell nausea.


Often mistaken for spinach, kale is among the many green vegetables that pack a powerful and nutritious punch. Kale is a strong source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and lutein. In addition, kale is a good source of zeaxanthin, which can help reduce the incidence of certain cancers and help maintain eyesight.


Like almonds, pecans are a good source of vitamin E, particularly a type of vitamin E known as gamma tocopherol. Pecans are also full of antioxidants, which can strengthen the body’s immune system.

Sweet potatoes

Some might scoff at the notion that a food with the word “sweet” in its name can actually be healthy. However, sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and they are also high in fiber. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of lycopene, which may help fight heart disease and even certain cancers. When it comes to getting healthy, men and women can look to several foods that may reduce their risks for a host of ailments, including heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women. But adults should consult with their physician before making any changes to their daily diets. | February 2013

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Dr. Sharma

Kulbhushan Sharma, M.D., FACS, was included in the “2009 Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Sharma is board certified in general surgery and is also a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He did his vascular fellowship at the Arizona Heart Institute under worldrenowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Edward Dietrich. He has been practicing as a general and vascular surgeon for more than 14 years in the Valley and is the founder and medical director of Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, which opened in 2004. Arizona Vein & Laser Institute | 602.298.5476

Dr. Kukurin

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

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

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Dr. Walman

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.

Dr. Barker Dr. Barker graduated from medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2002. After completing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center/Hines VA Medical Center, he started a practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2006. In 2010, he moved to Avondale, Arizona, to join Active Life Physical Medicine and Pain Center.

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Dr. Lundquist

Dr. Augustine

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

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

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Drs. Pamela and Gael DeRouin

Dr. Croft

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

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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Dr. Mallory

Dr. Mallory has been practicing dentistry for four years. He received his degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He and his wife have four children and they enjoy trips to Disneyland and golfing with friends. Dr. Mallory is also a part of the American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentists, a volunteer for Give Kids a Smile and part-time faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Festival Dental Surprise | 623.584.4015

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

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Dr. Baird

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

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Dr. Qiu Dr. Jack Qiu is a board certified chiropractic physician and acupuncture practitioner. He received his training in Chinese Acupuncture and Tui Na therapeutic massage. His priority is to help his patients with quality care and to reach their health goals. He has been practicing in the West Valley since November 2011.

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By Shay Dawkins, author of The Good News: How Revealing Delusions In Christianity Will Bring Peace to All

3 Tips for Finding

True Love Any Time of the Year


o many people go searching for their true love in nightclubs, singles clubs, through online dating sites and among friends of friends. The truth is, finding true love starts right in your own home – or, more accurately, in your own heart. Before you can find true love in a relationship, you must find it within yourself. Here are three simple ways to attain true love for you, yourself, and your life as a whole. You’ll be amazed at how quickly romantic love will follow.

Be thankful for everything (including your mistakes).

Learn to be thankful for the good things in your life. That will help you appreciate all the small things and give you a happier, positive outlook (which, by the way, is very attractive.) Be thankful for your mistakes, too. Everything in your life, both the triumphs and the stumbles, shape us as people. Mistakes are valuable learning experiences and, when viewed as such and appreciated, regrets and bitterness of yesterday will fade away. Peace and love will enter into your life immediately!

Forgive others so that you can forgive yourself.

Forgiving is as much for you as it is for the person who did you wrong. For starters, when you can forgive others, you can forgive yourself. Some of us are harder on ourselves than anyone else would ever be. We need to be as forgiving of our own faults and misdeeds as we are of other’s. Holding onto anger and resentment, whether directed at someone else or ourselves, robs us of opportunities for joy. Truly forgive those who have hurt you – you don’t have to like them – and fully experience happiness.

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of us, a typical Friday will be a much happier day than a typical Monday, but live each average Monday to its fullest as you would live each fun Friday to the fullest! If you strive to live in love each day, then you will have no regrets. There are many more average days than holidays and vacations – don’t waste them! Find satisfaction in your work, enjoy the process of doing a good job and learning new skills, and every day will be an abundance of joy. In the bible there are numerous biblical instructions to love, forgive and be grateful. If we each apply these simple teachings to our own lives, no matter what our religion, we’ll create a happier world. To both the people with a special someone and those without – be thankful. Love and happiness come from within, not from another person. We all have something to celebrate, not only at Valentine’s Day but all year long.


Anytime you find that you don’t have peace about something on the inside of your heart, when you feel an uneasiness, that’s a sign that you should stop and pray and make sure you are in line with God’s direction. Having His peace is not like having the peace the world has. His peace is permanent. It never changes and can never be taken away. ~ Joel Osteen | February 2013 59

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Guide to Dating A

After 60

growing number of people entering the world of dating are over the age of 60. While some things have changed, the rules of dating have largely remained the same.

During an episode of the popular sitcom, “Seinfeld,” George Costanza experiences extreme anxiety from the thought of his recently separated mother being “out there” in the dating world. “I’m out there,” offers Estelle. “No, you’re not! Because I’m out there, and if I see you out there, there’s not enough voltage in the universe to electroshock me back into coherency,” George says. However, the fact remains that many seniors are re-entering the dating world after divorce or the death of a spouse. For those about to re-enter the dating game in their senior years, these tips and tidbits may help make the process a bit easier.

Use dating sites. For those shy about simply mingling

in the singles’ social scene, online sites offer a measure of anonymity and can take away some of the pressure. Plus, they enable daters to pool from a wide array of potential mates. Dating sites also give those seeking mates a chance to learn a little about what makes the other person tick, which can be a good starting point for conversation.

The numbers are favorable for men. Senior men

entering the dating world have an easier time of finding a potential date simply because there are currently more women than men in the senior age bracket.

Use tried and true tactics. Some of the same ways people landed a date in the past remain the best ways to land one now. Individuals can ask to be set up by friends with single acquaintances. People can participate in activities they enjoy and chat with others who share the same likes. Simply being friendly and getting the word out that there is an interest in dating may help. Get a makeover. Now may be the time to explore some

new wardrobe options or experiment with a different haircut. Potential mates will likely want to date someone who looks

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put together and current. Although you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, most people still do.

Remember to be safe. Those who plan to date and become sexually active should take precautions against diseases -- they don’t discriminate based on age. Keep in mind that, although rare, pregnancies are possible, even for women in her 60s, if they haven’t yet gone through menopause. Individuals may find themselves at the pharmacy once again sheepishly purchasing condoms. Realize it may take time. Finding the right match may

take several dates and patience. Just because a person is now older doesn’t mean he or she has to be desperate and accept the first person who comes along. If there’s no chemistry, say so and move on. Once that special person is found, it will be worth the effort.


Keeping Healthcare Costs Manageable By MS

Healthcare, in particular, has become a burden to many people. The rising costs of medical care and prescriptions are making it difficult for many to afford adequate healthcare. These factors have made it challenging for many people to keep healthcare costs manageable. Here are a few ways to keep healthcare expenses affordable.

Compare plans.

Figure out which plan offers the biggest bang for your buck. Although one person in the relationship may be the proverbial “breadwinner,” that doesn’t mean his or her health insurance plan is the best option available. Compare your options and choose the best plan for you and your family. If neither is sufficient, decide if purchasing your own insurance with a union affiliation or through a different method would be better.


Live a healthier lifestyle.

A sick individual will have to pay more for healthcare. Eat the right foods and maintain a healthy weight. Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Be sure to include exercise in your daily activities.

Check for discounts.

Some health plans offer rebates to policy holders who exercise regularly. Each plan is different. Check your policy for the details.

Review the Explanation of Benefits.

Explanation of Benefits, or EOBs, are statements provided by your health insurance provider. Make sure they are accurate and void of discrepancies. Report any errors to the insurance company.

Participate in incentive programs.

Some insurance providers will offer incentives, such as a points program, for taking surveys or taking part in healthrelated activities.

Use in-network providers.

If you participate in a plan that requires you use network doctors, do so. Otherwise, you will have to pay the balance of costs not covered by the insurance company. The same is said for laboratories and testing facilities. Follow the rules of your plan.

W I T H A S T R O K E , T I M E L O S T I S B R A I N L O S T. If you suddenly have or see any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately: Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Severe headache with no known cause

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Things to Consider

When Building an In-law Suite


erhaps thanks to a struggling economy and an unpredictable stock market that has resulted in many retirement nest eggs being decimated, more and more adult children are welcoming their aging parents into their homes. Such living situations have led to a growth in in-law suites. In fact, in 2010 the National Association of Home Builders found that 62 percent of builders surveyed were working on home modifications related to aging. In-law suites are often created by converting a room in the house, such as the basement or even a garage, into a livable suite. Such suites can benefit elderly relatives who might have been dealt an unforeseen financial blow. In-law suites can also benefit younger homeowners who want to see their parents more. In addition, when older men and women move in with their adult children, they can provide some necessary relief from the escalating cost of daycare. Before building an in-law suite, homeowners might want to heed the following tips.

Be certain it is legal. Making changes to your home may require a permit, particularly if your in-law suite will be an entirely new addition to your property and not just a strict room remodel. Contact your local zoning board to ensure the project is within your rights as a homeowner. Consider the health of your in-laws when making plans. Many in-law suites are occupied by

aging relatives who might not be able to get up and down stairs as easily as they used to. That makes accessibility of the suite a top priority. Typically, it’s best to locate in-law suites on the first floor, so relatives won’t find it difficult to get in and out of the suite.

Don’t overlook privacy. Just because your parents

or in-laws will be moving in doesn’t mean they don’t still value their privacy. Chances are your relatives will initially feel as though they are invading your space and your privacy, so be sure the suite affords adequate privacy to all members of the household. It might be best to build the suite so it has its own separate entrance from the rest of the home. The suite should also have its own full bathroom and, if possible, its own kitchen area so your in-laws can cook for themselves and entertain their own guests without feeling like a burden. A second kitchen is also something to discuss with a zoning

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board, as some locales prohibit having two complete kitchens in a single residence.

Tailor certain amenities to the elderly. If

your in-laws are older, install certain amenities, such as grab bars in the shower and bathroom, during the initial construction so you won’t have to make changes down the road. Install easyopen drawers and make sure the suite has ample lighting.

Remember to install safety features. Safety features like fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a necessity. Make sure the alarms on each of these detectors are loud enough so elderly men and women who have hearing loss can hear them. Make sure all walkways leading to the in-law suite have motion-detecting lamps at night to reduce risk of falling. Also, if the suite will be a separate building from your house, such as a converted pool house or detached garage, install an intercom system that connects with the main house so your relatives can easily reach you in case of emergency. In-law suites are becoming more popular as a greater number of older adults are moving in with their adult children. Such suites can bring families closer together and prove beneficial for all parties involved.

Hobbies for the Golden Years



hether retirement is on the horizon or has already begun, more free time equates to an increased opportunity to fill your days with enjoyable activities.

Visit a local hobby shop or craft store and browse through the aisles. See where your attention is drawn and try that activity. From building model trains to cultivating an herb garden, there are dozens of ideas to try.

Individuals facing busy schedules are often forced to push hobbies to the sidelines, as more pressing things, such as a job, household responsibilities, and parenting tasks, are accomplished. Once retirement arrives, a newfound freedom in your schedule may occur, and there can be plenty of hours to devote to the hobbies and pastimes you find enjoyable.

A hobby can also take the form of volunteer work, teaching, mentoring, joining a martial arts class, taking classes at a college, and even caring for a pet. If you are the type who likes to interact with other people instead of engaging in a solitary hobby, consider one of these types of activities instead.

According to research, hobbies have many benefits. They may serve as an emotional outlet or a way to relax. Hobbies can keep the mind and hands active. They also allow for quiet time and mind wandering -- which can free up creative thinking. Hobbies can also serve as a means to connecting with people and opening up new groups of friends.

Once a hobby is started, it is not set in stone. If you find you do not feel motivated to do this hobby, try something else. Remember, the days are now yours to fill, so maximize time spent with activities you can enjoy.

You can consider many hobbies, depending on physical health and abilities. These may be hobbies you once enjoyed in the past or new activities to expand your horizons. In addition, hobbies need not be crafty in the traditional sense; just about any activity -- even being a mentor -- can be a form of a hobby.

Starting a hobby When deciding on a hobby, you can first take an inventory of your skills and interests. If you have always been handy around wood and construction, perhaps a woodworking hobby will be enjoyable and may work as a source of income revenue. Other activities include knitting, needlepoint, painting, puzzles, quilting, scrapbooking, and crocheting. These can keep the mind active and improve dexterity and fine motor skills. Next, you may want to consider the costs surrounding a hobby. While something like taking photos may have relatively low costs, collectibles, exotic sports, sports cars, and travel could become expensive. It is important to weigh the costs against your finances to ensure that you will be financially comfortable while engaging in this particular hobby. Explore what your friends are doing. If you want to get into a new hobby, ask neighbors and friends what they do to keep busy -- and try it. You just may find that you are naturally inclined to do this type of activity and enjoy it. | December | February 2013 2012

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