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Welcome and please take some time to get to know the layout of our magazine. We hope to inspire those who want to look and feel their best; our magazine provides education, inspiration, local resources, choices, entertainment – and an occasional smile. As publisher, I want to share my inspiration and hopes for the region’s only health, wellness, beauty and anti-aging magazine. Several months ago, I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the man staring back. The first word that came to me was “REALLY?” Truth is right now I don’t feel or look my best, and I’m tired of it! Even as I write this, I am shaking my head. I still can’t believe how far I let myself go. I weigh what? My blood pressure is what? I risk serious health consequences if I don’t change my ways? So what am I going to do about it? I need to summons my inner hero, hold myself accountable and make better lifestyle choices if I want to see old age. Problem is I don’t know the best ways to become my best self. I know many of you can empathize.

Then it struck me: To help others and myself - and to feed my creative vision - I’d start a health and wellness magazine to answer these elusive questions! Again, the word “REALLY?” sprang to mind. This time I had a better answer. Why not? I’m a successful San Diego publisher with a strong work ethic and unabated imagination and optimism. I juggle dozens of projects daily and accomplish “missions impossible” on a regular basis. I can do this because there’s a need for this information from others and myself. I then asked myself what I’d put in the new magazine and do with the information? I’d educate my readers and myself on the latest health, wellness and anti-aging knowledge by interviewing industry leaders and surrounding myself with experts in various fields. Then I would turn this knowledge into action and become a healthier person and hope others would do the same. At least that’s the plan. Over the coming months I invite you follow me as I embark on this journey to live up to the name of my magazine and become my best self. In due course I hope to replace my silhouette with a picture of the real me. In the meantime, email me health tips and advice and, of course, story ideas. This is, after all, really your magazine. Now go out and make this year your Best Self year! Mike Miller Publisher Best Self San Diego magazine 4

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8 The holidays are over, but the New Year’s resolutions have just begun, and Best Self San Diego is here to help you keep yours. If you’ve chosen to change your life this year, you’re not alone. Nearly half the United States – a stunning 150 million people – did the same.



Mirjam jaeger

It’s a long way from the snowy peaks of Zurich to the sandy beaches of San Diego, but an effortless transition for Olympian Mirjam Jaeger, who silvered in 2008 X Games and wrapped up her freestyle skiing career by bronzing in 2015 world championships.

10.HEALTH & FITNESS MOTIVATION IS COFFEE GOOD FOR YOU? Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all.

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Maybe at this moment you are not feeling that way. Maybe that’s because you gained the weight you told yourself you weren’t going to gain over the holidays. Or maybe you’re not feeling so great about yourself right now because you already know you won’t be keeping those resolutions you made for this new year.

“From the moment someone walks into my office to the second they leave, they should feel with 100 percent certainty that I am the right doctor for them”



Dr. Carlos O. Chacon has surprising advice for picking a plastic surgeon: Listen to your gut first, not sheepskins or cost.


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The holidays are over, but the New Year’s resolutions have just begun, and Best Self San Diego is here to help you keep yours. If you’ve chosen to change your life this year, you’re not alone. Nearly half the United States – a stunning 150 million people – did the same. Many of these aren’t plastic or paper decisions either but life-affirming, soul-quenching, I’m-the-captain-of-my-destiny-and-I’m-finally-goingdo-this variety. High on most lists, losing weight or getting fit with many deciding the time to act is now. If this sounds familiar, good for you! Recognition that change is necessary is the first step. Desire makes all things possible. Work well begun is half done. You’re off and running, maybe literally.


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Set realistic goals. Losing a pound or two a month – and keeping it off -- is a reasonable. Anything more is, hmm, gravy.

Nearly 90 percent who make New Year’s resolutions fail. That’s a crazy high bust rate. Who would ever bet those odds?


Start slow. Take it easy as you learn what your body can do. Hurting yourself or being too sore to workout defeats the purpose.

You would and you do.


Then, ramp it up. You’re at the gym to work, so work. Push weights around, stretch, walk, peddle or paddle. Sweat a little so you can live a lot.


Just go. Just as possession is nine-tenths of the law, so too is getting to the gym is nine-tenths of the battle. Get there and you’ll figure out the rest.


No excuses. If you have five free minutes a day, you have time to workout. How? Do all the pushups and sit ups you can in one-minute increments. Follow that up with running as far you can for another minute – it will take you two minutes to walk back. Done.


Find what works for you. Yoga, pilates, kettle ball, boxing, surfing, mixed martial arts, weights, running, kendo, fencing, cross-fit, judo, swimming, biking, walking, whatever. There are a lot of choices. Find one or three that work for you.


Remember the big picture. Attaining your fitness goals takes effort and means pushing through adversity.


Find your motivation. Whether you’re doing this for yourself, your family or some other reason, keep that reason in mind when you feel like quitting.


Have fun. It’s hard to succeed at anything unless you enjoy it and make it part of your life.

Now the bad news. Statistically speaking, most of you are doomed.

Let me explain. At the start of every year -- without fail -- people flock to gyms. They’re recognizable by their new sneakers, stylish water bottles and eager looks. You can practically see their new gym bodies in the bubble dreams above their heads. Memberships are bought. Trainers hired. Classes enrolled. And so begins the brief lifecycle of the Resolution Set, a specimen of gym member whose chief function is giving money away for no apparent reason. All gym vets know their ways well. They start January like shooting stars, their resolution glow bright and vibe positive and contagious. February finds them making strides. Cracks start showing in March as they realize that working out can be, well, work, and that maybe the miraculous transformations they envisioned might’ve been a skosh unrealistic. Then the wheels fly completely off. This typically happens by May, exactly when the neophytes should be prepping for the big beach season reveal. They were so close to getting somewhere and then puff. Gone. Another statistic. But you can break this cycle of boom and bust, and here are some tips to do just that.

yourself. No one is 100 percent all the time. 10 Forgive The best baseball hitters fail 70 percent of the time. The greatest quarterbacks throw interceptions. The most powerful tycoons make bad deals. When you backslide, pick yourself up and keep going.

“Nearly 90 percent who make New Year's resolutions fail.”

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“The key is singularity of focus and abundance of patience”



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Your body right now is a reflection of the choices you have made up to this point. Want a better body? Want to start feeling healthier? You’re going to have to start making better choices. We all know what those better choices are. The hard part is taking the proper action and maintaining discipline to follow through with them. One suggestion that has had positive results in my life and the lives of other people I have tried this with is to choose just one healthy thing that you could focus on exclusively for the next 30 days.




The first change I ever made? Drinking water instead of juice, pop or sports drinks. It became a habit.

Second change I made? Drink coffee black instead of with cream and sugar. It became a habit.

Third change I made? Don’t eat donuts – avoid them at all costs. It became a habit.

One of my most recent changes? Do 10 minutes of stretching every morning right when I get out of bed. It’s becoming a habit. If I tried to do all of those things at once, guess how many of them would have become a habit? You guessed it. (I hope you said none). “It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~ Proverb The key is singularity of focus and abundance of patience. Make a smart change in your life and establish it as a strong habit FIRST, then move on to another change. And slowly, one change at a time, you will start to lead a MUCH healthier lifestyle.

Read through the following health and fitness quotes and write down the ones that inspire you. Keep them in a place where you can see them regularly and start making that forward progress – one small habit at a time! “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” ~ Anthony Robbins

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” ~ V.L. Allinear

“Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to. We’re talking about three to six hours a week – or a minimum of 30 minutes a day, every other day. That hardly seems an inordinate amount of time considering the tremendous benefits in terms of the impact on the other 162 – 165 hours of the week.” ~ Stephen Covey

“If you’re 50, exercise your mind and body regularly, eat well and have a general zest for life, you’re likely younger – in very real, physical terms – than your neighbor who is 44, works in a dead-end job, eats chicken wings twice a day, considers thinking too strenuous, and looks at lifting a beer glass as a reasonable daily workout.” ~ Ken Robinson

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” ~ Stephen Covey “We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.” ~ Dr. Kenneth Cooper “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” ~ Unknown “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” ~ Unknown

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Interview by Rick Rogers


PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Carlos O. Chacon has surprising advice for picking a plastic surgeon: Listen to your gut first, not sheepskins or cost.

“From the moment someone walks into my office to the second they leave, they should feel with 100 percent certainty that I am the right doctor for them,” said Dr. Chacon, an advanced cosmetic fellowship trained plastic surgeon and founder of Divino Plastic Surgery and Spa Divino. “If they don’t feel it in their gut, I urge them to run – not walk – away from any plastic surgeon’s office.” This from a doctor whose own professional accomplishments – including teaching cosmetic surgery at major universities and selection to coveted programs for plastic surgery residency and cosmetic surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Southern California -- could fill a wall.


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Unconventional, too, is Dr. Chacon’s choice of practice location. Though he keeps an office in Encinitas and attracts patients nationwide and internationally, he and his team have a stunning office out of the South Bay hamlet of Bonita.

Best Self spoke with Dr. Chacon to learn more about this husband, father and 4th degree martial arts black belt who operated on patients for ABC’s Extreme Makeover, Weight Loss edition TV show. Q: Why shouldn’t someone select a plastic surgeon based solely on fame, paper and price? A: No piece of paper in the world can tell you what your gut can: Does he give a darn about you the person, at that very moment, day and time? Does he want a

fantastic result more than you do, or is he just interested in running your credit card? Caring about your individual outcome is the most important quality you should find in your doctor. Sure, it’s absolutely important that the surgeon has top tier training and experience, but it means nothing without you feeling the genuine compassion for you and your long-term goals, which often simply translates into time spent with you.

There really should be a new standard of care in my profession called giving a darn about the patient. Not enough plastic surgeons do. Many times they see patients as just numbers to them. I see patients as a doorway to new family and friends.

self-esteem and confidence and listen to other patients stories. I’ve helped thousands of patients, especially mothers, restore their youthful appearance, enhance their looks and revitalize their lives. Q: Why is the initial free consultation so important? A: I want my patients to understand everything about the process of having cosmetic surgery procedures, so they can make informed decisions. Patients should keep in mind that their choice of office and surgeon should also be a long-term choice. Chances are that they may want further services for themselves, family and friends and want to find a practice where they become a member of a family. So they should be sure to love the staff and the overall feel of the office. This should be a long-term investment in a their future.

Dr. Carlos O. Chacon

Q: Why did you choose Bonita? A: My passion is for being where I know I am needed and can fulfill a need in an underserved area. Bonita and the South Bay at large were in need of a qualified bilingual cosmetic plastic surgeon who can also relate culturally in English and Spanish. These underserved patients were inconveniently travelling far north or south of the border, many of which were ill informed or had language barriers leading to either harm or very poor aesthetic results. As a first-generation Hispanic American, I understand these barriers. Q: Where does your expertise lie? A: I specialize in head to toe makeovers. Nine out of 10 of my patients have multiple procedures done on the same

day. Often my patients are women who are done having children and finally reward themselves, and together we develop a long-term plan. Frankly, I am selfishly motivated by a great deal of pride in my work and outcomes, while some are motivated by money. I completed a Master’s in Business Administration, so that I can run an efficient practice that translates into savings for my patients, keeping me doing what I love. Q: Do you see many men in your practice? A: There’s a lot of pressure on men to look good. It’s New Year’s resolution season, and men are really good at losing a lot of weight fast. But what

commonly happens is that they end up with folds of skin hanging from their lower abdomens. So tummy tucks, and of course facelifts, are very popular. I also do a significant number of body contouring procedures like buttock, chest and bicep implants. Men can typically wear a swimsuit soon after surgery. Q: You might be one of the few plastic surgeons who uses actual patients in your ads and on your website: http:/ You even have video testimonials of your patients in both English and Spanish. Why? A: Many of my patients love to share their stories following cosmetic surgery. I think it’s important that prospective patients see and hear what cosmetic surgery can do for

I want to know every patient’s motivations, fears and goals for his or her procedure. When a patient leaves my office after a consultation, they should feel armed with the knowledge to make the right decision for them. Developing a physician-patient relationship and having the privilege to follow my patients throughout their lives is my greatest pleasure.

"I think it’s important that prospective patients see and hear what cosmetic surgery can do for self-esteem and confidence and listen to other patients stories." For more information about Dr. Chacon or Divino Plastic Surgery visit: 858.633.7546

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Embracing Change


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hange can be a catalyst or a curse; it depends on

* Ask for help. Let go of your ego or pride and simply ask

how we perceive it. Everyone I know has been

for assistance.

going through some kind of intense change in

the last few months: moving, loss of a loved one, ending

* Listen to your intuition. Very often we have a sense of

or beginning a relationship, a promotion at work, starting a

what is going on and we ignore it. Pay attention.

new venture. Stop for a moment and think about the state of our world. Change can come upon us quickly, without

* Trust your decision-making. Stop asking others what to

notice; all of a sudden everything that is familiar can turn on

do when you know what’s best for you. Quite often people

a dime. Change can be daunting at times when everything

will respond with what is best for them, not you.

that is comfortable and reliable becomes foreign. * Identify supporters. Share the shift you want to make We can initiate change when we know that our patterns

with your confidants. Don’t bring too many cooks in the

and habits have become less than ideal for us. Sometimes

kitchen. Ask the people who think like you, and who trust

change can be driven by others, like a landlord who

the process. Don’t ask naysayers.

suddenly wants to sell a home you have been renting for ten years. Life is constantly changing, circumstances are

“Act as if.” Act as if the change has already occurred by

unfolding and people are evolving. If we do not change

imagining what it would feel like. People have a tendency

with the seasons, with the circumstances, with the people,

to act in fear until after the change has occurred; this keeps

we can feel stuck, paralyzed or left behind. The only thing

us from feeling good during the process.

we really have power over is how we approach change and how we choose to feel about it.

* Identify what has worked for you. If you’ve been successful with change, allow it to happen. Sometimes we hold on

Do we allow the change to impact us positively or

tightly to something that is not in our best interest. Be

negatively? How do we think about change, and what

willing to let go and know that something better is waiting

actions can we take to ensure the change we experience

to come in.

is beneficial? * Study role models who have accomplished a similar goal. Here are some tips to keep in mind that will assist you in

If they can do it, you can do it. Strategies and practice will

embracing change in the new year. Remember, change can

help you hit the bulls-eye.

be a catalyst or a curse; it all depends on how you look at it. Change will be what you make it: good, bad, hard, easy,

* Know that change keeps you in demand and at the top

necessary, pleasant, needed or extraordinary. The more

of your game. The healthiest and most successful people

conscious you are about change, the better it will feel.

in the world thrive and grow in circumstances of change. They embrace it and make it their own.

* Focus on the outcome. A great client once told me his secret to success, “Begin with the end in mind.”

My gift to you for 2016, is that you find yourself embracing change in a way that empowers you and delights you beyond your imagination.

If you have any questions or comments about how to improve your life or a subject you’d like us to discuss, feel free to email me at Please visit our Facebook page, Dynamic Progress Coaching

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Valentine’s Day

Impress your Valentine’s Day sweetie with an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts surrounding this quintessential day of love that’s been around since Roman times. Surely, someone so well versed in the day must also know a thing or two about actual amore.


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Dying for Love

Not just a U.S. Holiday

Theories abound on the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the most popular dates back to 270 A.D and the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II. Seems Claudius didn’t want men marrying during wartime because he believed single men fought better. Bishop Valentine took exception and performed secret nuptials anyway.

Besides the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

Claudius found out, jailed Valentine and had him executed on Feb. 14. From jail the holy man wrote a love letter and signed it “From your Valentine” and greeting card industry cheered.

Valentine’s Day was introduced here in 1936 and quickly became popular – with a twist. Because of a translation error, women buy men chocolates on this day to show interest. The men return the favor, if so inclined, on White Day, March 14.

First Speed Dating

Japan’s Take

It’s a Good Day for the Roses

In the Middle Ages, young men and women picked names out of a box to see who would be their Valentine. Then they would wear the names pinned to their sleeves for a week. This lead to the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

Valentine’s Day – along with Christmas and Mothers Day – is huge day for florists. This single day generates sales of $14.7 billion, which is greater than the gross domestic product of several countries.

The Chocolate Connection

An estimated 189 million flowers are sold in the United States this day of which about 110 million are roses.

Doctors in the 1800s routinely advised patients pining for lost love to eat chocolate to calm themselves. Later in the century Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Today, no fewer than 35 million boxes of chocolate are sold each Valentine’s Day. More than $1 billion in chocolate is bought in the United States alone.

Feb. 14 in History …. Capt. James Cook killed by natives in Hawaii (1779), Oregon and Arizona admitted to the Union (1859 and 1912, respectively), James Polk becomes first president photographed in office (1848), United Parcel Service formed (1919), the League of Women Voters established (1920), Aretha Franklin recorded “Respect” (1967), Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House (1971) and Voyager I photographs entire solar system (1990)

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MIRjAM jaeger LOVIN' san diego Mirjam Jaeger Photo : Claudio Della Vecchia - -

Slopes and Hopes: Swiss Miss Digs San Diego


t’s a long way from the snowy peaks of Zurich to the sandy beaches of San Diego, but an effortless transition for Olympian Mirjam Jaeger, who silvered in 2008 X Games and wrapped up her freestyle skiing career by bronzing in 2015 world championships. When not globe trotting as a model, host and sports journalist, the 2014 member of the Swiss Olympic team is often found in San Diego, where she recently lived for four years and still considers a second home. One needs to look no further than her heavily liked Facebook page to see the local tie. There you’ll find a bikini-clad Jaeger on the beach at iconic Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. Best Self caught up with the Maxim cover girl recently between gigs in Italy and Switzerland. Q: How did you ever come to live in San Diego? A: Wait! Before we get to that, you need to know just how fantastic the idea of your magazine is. When I was living in San Diego there were free magazines on every corner about surfing and real estate and bars and restaurants, but nothing on what really matters -- especially in a place like San Diego – fitness, health


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Q: You’ve traveled widely in the United States and the world. Any striking differences between San Diego and other places you’ve been stateside?


A: I find the food to be much healthier here compared to a lot of other states. Organic products and restaurants can be found nearly everywhere, and it’s not all about fast food -which I hate. Living healthy is very important to me. I think respecting your body and yourself starts with being active and eating healthy. I'm guessing you all know that San Diego is an amazing place to call home. For me San Diego is the perfect place to live a healthy lifestyle. Q: What’s in store for you in 2016, and when are you coming back to San Diego? A: It’s only been nine months since I officially retired from half-pipe skiing and quit what I’d worked for my whole life at so I’m still adapting to my new life. The transition from professional athlete to completely new fields hasn’t been easy. But I love what I do now and of course my goal is to be successful and respected in my new careers. I will keep on working on my skills to be able to fully live my next dream. As for San Diego, my fiancée and I will definitely be back in June because one of my best friends is getting married then. We can’t wait! Q: Any closing thoughts? A: Again, Best Self is a great idea and I can’t wait to read it online from wherever I am in the world.

and wellness. I mean doesn’t everyone, regardless of age or how much money they make, want to look and feel their best? I think you guys have really hit on something. Anyway, back to the question. I know what you're thinking: What's a skier doing living in San Diego? Well to your surprise a lot of winter sports athletes live in Southern California. As a skier I’m constantly in the cold, chasing the snow. Yes, it’s fun of course, but when my season is over, all I want is to be somewhere warm and sunny where the off-snow training is fun. I chose San Diego as my base and have no regrets. Q: There’s an old saying ‘never a bad day’ is that how you felt living here? A: I lived in San Diego for four years. Waking up to the sun nearly every day is very motivating, and if you haven’t lived anywhere else, you may not realize how lucky you are. To be honest I also like the cloudy days because it gave me a good excuse to be lazy for a day and maybe stay inside and watch a movie. Q: What else did you do on your down time? A: If you like hiking, San Diego has a lot to offer. Most hikes are within a reasonable driving distance, and they range from easy, family hikes to more demanding, steeper trails. If you’re not keen on hiking, what about a little walk on the beach? San Diego has some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. My favorite one is Torrey Pines.

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Here are a few of my favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy them!

By Debra Metras B.A., N.E. Holistic Nutrition Educator


uicing is all the rage right now, so I figured I would begin by giving you some tidbits about juicing. I have been on this juicing journey for many years. I don’t see it as a diet, but as a way of life. I know that beginning my day with a healthy juice is good for my body and my taste buds! There are many different reasons why a person would want to juice. Weight loss and detoxification are on the top of the list. But did you know that there is a lot of research that show the healing properties of juicing? It can help with chronic ailments such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, cancer and various inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The typical American diet causes our colons get sluggish and we often fail to eliminate properly. When our colon gets impacted from years of eating poorly, many problems arise which can affect our entire bodies. It is said that 80 percent of our immune system is located in the gut! So supporting your digestive health is essential to also supporting your immune system, which is your No.1 defense system against ALL disease. Fresh juice is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and phytochemicals in an easily digestible form. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are


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Smashing Apple and Kale Juice/ Smoothie

abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Most people do not get enough of these nutrients they need due to processed foods, chemicals, and non-organic substances taking their toll on our bodies. Juicing with vegetables and/or fruits allows you to absorb all the nutrients from these fresh, organic foods, ensuring you get your 6-8 recommended servings per day. It is important to use organic whenever possible! Some benefits from juicing every day: • weight loss • increased energy levels • strengthened immunity • strong bones • a glowing complexion • cleansing and detoxifying the colon, liver and other organs • a smile on your face! I recommend juicing every day, a few times per day for maximum benefits. But wherever you start in your juicing journey, enjoy it, have fun, and I guarantee you, you will see some form of healthy benefit! There are many juicers and high speed blenders on the market to suit every budget. Do your homework and find what suits you best. My favorite blender is the Vita Mix which is quite possibly the best gift I ever bought for myself!

-2 apples -a handful of parsley -1/2 cup sprouts (your favorite kind) -1 banana -5 strawberries, fresh or frozen -5 kale leaves -1 Tablespoon flax or chia seeds ¼ cup walnuts (or your favorite nut) 2 cups ice 3 cups water **Using high speed blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. This should be a creamy consistency. Enjoy! Juice My Garden 2 red beets 4 carrots 3 apples, cored 1-inch fresh ginger 1 bunch spinach 1 medium cucumber, peeled 1 bunch parsley 1 lemon, peeled **Chop first three ingredients and set aside. Using a juicer, add ingredients in no particular order. Sip slowly to enjoy all the health benefits you are receiving. (You can also put all ingredients into your high speed blender). It is fun and easy to make your own recipes. Just open your refrigerator, pull out fresh fruits/vegetables and start chopping. Be creative and have fun with it! There are many juice bars popping up all over San Diego for you to start exploring. So whether or not you juice at home, buy at a health food store, or visit a juice bar, start juicing so you can be your BEST SELF!

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THE IDIOT BOX My Uncle Tom had a name for the TV. The man who could roll a cigarette with one hand while ploughing a field with the other called it the idiot box. Turns out he might have had it right. A new study that followed nearly 3,300 adults for 25 years found that those who watched three or more hours of TV most days scored worse on three different aptitude tests than those who watched less. Researchers were not able to say whether driving a tractor confers clairvoyant powers.

Supplements Send 20,000 to ER In case you didn’t know, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the $32 billion dietary supplement industry. Now those who argue it should might have a case.

The “New” STD

A new study by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found supplements send more than 20,000 people to the emergency room each year. (A little context: An estimated 150 million Americans take them each year.)

As if herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis weren’t enough, now there’s a new sexually transmitted disease to worry about: mycoplasma genitalium or MG.

The patients are often young adults who complain of racing hearts after ingesting concoctions to lose weight and boost energy.

Though MG’s existence has been known for a while, what’s new is that the bacterial infection is now believed spread through hanky-panky.

Among the injuries cited: allergic reactions, heart issues and vomiting, all of which were tied to various potions including herbal pills, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Yearly about 10 percent of these cases required hospital stays. No word deaths or permanent injuries. This is just another reason to research your supplements and to buy from a reputable store where professionals can answer your questions.


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Good and bad news here. Most people who carry MG are asymptomatic. Bad news, women are more likely to experience symptoms, and MG is linked to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

treatable. The antibiotic azithromycin – the same stuff used for strep throat – can knock the little bugger down.

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Because MG is a relatively new STD, labs are just now ramping up their testing for it. But it is


Take Two Plants and Call Me in the Morning Open green spaces are known to promote emotional wellbeing. But did you know that indoor plants might benefit your physical health as well? A 1989 NASA study found that houseplants improve indoor air quality by removing pollutants such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde and thus alleviate sick building syndrome. More recent studies have found that plants raise spirits and ease pain, and that flowering plants can boost compassion, calm anxiety and ease depression. Mums anyone?



Keys to a Lasting Relationship Since Adam and Eve the eternal question has been how to make love last. Now science has the answer: generosity and kindness. Sounds simple but it isn’t. Less than a third of all couples are happily married, according to psychologist Ty Tashiro and his book "The Science of Happily Ever After," which came out last year.

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Flu Shots Going to the Dogs

Man’s best friend now has his own flu shot. Sparked by the emergence of a new and powerful strain of dog influenza -- H3N2 – detected in at least 25 states, a vaccine has been created that’s won initial approval from the Department of Agriculture.

FYI, people cannot contract the doggy flu. If you’re considering the vaccine for Fluffy, a few things to think about: 1. Is H3N2 even in your area? 2. Does your dog travel to shows or spend a lot of time around other canines? 3. Is your dog healthy with no underlying health issues? The vaccine, produced by Merck Animal Health and Zoetis, is administered in two shots that cost $25 to $35 each – then there’s the annual booster shot .

The Benefits of a Lowdown Heart When your heart beats it pumps blood through your body. This is systolic blood pressure, often referred to as the “top number.” Historically, a healthy systolic blood pressure was considered 140 and below. The diastolic blood pressure number -- or the “bottom number” – measures artery pressure of a heart between beats. A normal diastolic blood pressure number is below 80. Recently something has happened calling into 24

question the very heart of this is belief – see what I did there? Researchers now say that driving the systolic number below 120 is the key to producing fewer heart conditions and related deaths. How many fewer? Among 9,300 patients with high blood pressure tracked for about three years a 24 percent drop in heart attacks, strokes, heart failures and fatal heart disease were noted in those who achieved a 120 -- instead of a 140 -- systolic rate, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dog Rentals

What I miss most about my old girlfriend is her dog, a delightful little bundle of pure energy I would scoop up in a heartbeat if I only could.

But, alas, I can’t keep a dog and joint custody is out of the question. If only I lived in one of the growing number of cities that offer dog rentals. Yes, dog rentals, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Apps such as Bark’N’Borrow and others connect people with dogs for a little bonding, which will not only make you feel good but might also ease an ill or two. The sharing economy now has a wet nose and likes belly rubs.

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The Bottom Line

Research dating to the 1990s have consistently shown that men and women who have a drink or two a day have fewer heart issues and lower overall mortality rates than those who drink more or not at all. Moderate drinking has also been linked with lower instances of diabetes and better cognitive function. On the other side of the ledger, increased cancers appear linked to increased drinking. For example, men who drink heavily were found more at risk to develop colorectal cancer than those to drank moderately or not at all; and for women each drink was associated with a slight rise in breast cancer risk. The key appears to be moderation and not abstinence.

Fewer miles to better health?

Bar Fight A widely held belief holds that running more miles equals better health. But is it true? Turns out maybe not. According to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings entitled “Effects of Running on Chronic Diseases and Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality,” running relatively short distances a few times a week is all you need. How far? Only about five miles a week. And consider this: A 5-minute run generates the same benefits as a 15-minute walk, and a 25-minute run is equivalent to a 105-minute walk. Researchers also found evidence that running more than 60 minutes straight might slightly elevate heart risks. Best advice: Beat feet one to three miles twice a week and call it good.

Since the advent of nutrition labels in the early 1990s, informational warfare has been waged between food manufactures and regulatory agencies with the former pushing the limits of health claims and the latter trying to quantify what’s good for a body. Now one manufacturer is asking the billion-dollar question: What is healthy? Last spring the Food and Drug Administration sent the maker of Kind bars a letter telling it to remove word “healthy” from its products. At first it looked like Kind would capitulate. Then it turned the tables on the FDA and asked it to defend its health guidelines that some consider outdated.

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Why Are Men Less Likely to See Their Doctors?

Breaking The Cycle:

my cancer story

So what was the result of not listening to my body, not telling my doctor what was going on? First I had to endure weeks of 5 days a week radiation treatment while taking chemotherapy pills. Then I had a surgery to remove the tumor. In order to let the resection of my colon heal, I had to have a temporary ileostomy for five months. I then went through another 12 weeks of chemotherapy. The IV chemo given to me through a meta-port inserted into my chest. This was the hardest 12 weeks of my life. It made me very sick and I lost almost 20 pounds. After recovering from the chemo, I had another surgery to reverse the ileostomy. Believe it or not I was one of the lucky ones. The cancer hadn’t spread beyond the tumor. For many with my condition the ileostomy is permanent. I only had it for five months. While my body will never function the way it did before the surgeries and there are some lingering side effects from the chemo and radiation, it’s all manageable. I was lucky, I had Karen! Finally, I’m cancer free! I share my story to tell people to listen to their bodies. Share anything that might be going on with your doctor. Cancer doesn’t care how

"The doctor said I had the tumor for six or seven years. I should have known something was wrong but I’m a guy. I’m tough." tough you think you are. Get checked out and catch it early so you don’t have to go through what I had to go through….or worse. “Well, we found a tumor. It’s cancerous, it’s malignant and it’s aggressive.” Those are the first words my doctor said to me as I was waking up after what I thought was a routine colonoscopy. Oh, sure he had more to say right after that, but I didn’t hear anything else. Thank goodness my girlfriend Karen was there. She listened intently to what we needed to do, what the next steps were and the journey ahead of us. That’s right, I said “us.” Karen is my rock and she supported me through all of this. She has been right by my side for this crazy ride. She went to every doctor appointment with me. She saved my life. You see, she is the reason I even went in for the colonoscopy and found the tumor. I had ignored the signs of something wrong for several years. The doctor said I had the tumor for six or seven years. I should have known something was wrong, but I’m a guy. I’m tough. I would get what I would call “colon cramps” a sharp pain that would last for five or 10 minutes maybe once a month or so. I never bothered to get it checked out. I never mentioned it to my doctor even though I would go in for a routine physical. Then one day I had some bleeding, but it stopped, so no big deal. I happened to mention it to Karen. She insisted I go into the doctor and get it checked. Even though I kept telling her it was no big deal, she persisted. I relented and went to the doctor. The doctor said we should do a colonoscopy to see what might be going on but even he was confident it was no big deal. He said, “We will check it out. But you’re only 49 and the average age for colon cancer is 70. You’ll be fine.” But I wasn’t.


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Men often have a number of reasons (excuses?) for not seeing a doctor. Some don’t have a primary care physician that they see on a regular basis, so they don’t know where to go. Often, men who are sick or injured feel they should “tough it out” rather than go to a doctor. That’s not a good idea. Some serious diseases, like high blood pressure, don’t have symptoms. Many conditions are more treatable in their early stages and get much worse if ignored. When they do get sick, men are more likely to be hospitalized for conditions such as congestive heart failure, diabetes and pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your health and catch potential problems early on. Some men avoid the doctor because they know they will be told to lose weight, exercise, stop smoking, cut back on drinking, or something else they don’t want to hear. Here’s where you should “tough it out.” Even if you don’t want to hear it, it doesn’t hurt to listen to the advice of an expert, and you will likely be pleasantly surprised if you decide to actually make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Don’t have time? This is your health — it’s important to you, your family, your children and your friends. Anyone can find two hours to go to the doctor for a check-up. It may literally save your life. BY DAVID LA PUMA

The “Ingredients” You Need To Believe In Yourself And Stay Motivated It’s a new year and you are enough. Yes, I said that you are enough.


aybe at this moment you are not feeling that way. Maybe that’s because you gained the weight you told yourself you weren’t going to gain over the holidays. Or maybe you’re not feeling so great about yourself right now because you already know you won’t be keeping those resolutions you made for this new year. Maybe you’re already stressed out about your workload at the office and your work-life balance is already out of balance.

patterns that are not healthy for you? If you recognize things in your life that are keeping you stuck, then those are the things that you need to release. But you have to be honest with yourself and that isn’t always easy. You need to remind yourself of who you really are. You need to remind yourself that you truly are enough. So when you are feeling overwhelmed, make a shift. A belief shift. Maybe it’s time to truly change your lifestyle, your relationship, or your career. Maybe it really is time to start eating healthier foods and getting more exercise. Becoming aware of what you truly need will help you shift your attitude and behavior so that you can actually begin to make realistic changes that will improve the quality of your life.

“Go in a new direction that embraces your own unique self” Whatever it is, chances are that voice inside your head is telling you things you would never say to your best friend. That voice of self-doubt that can discourage you and berate you into thinking thoughts that shut you down instead of building you up. That voice that tells you that you are not good enough, or smart enough or successful enough or thin enough. That voice that keeps you stuck in limiting self- beliefs… You are stronger than that voice! It is a new year, and it is time for you to make a belief shift. Go in a new direction that embraces your own unique self. You can do this! Know that you are all that you need to be right now. You are not perfect. No one is. What are the ingredients you need for the recipe of how to believe in yourself and stay motivated? You need to ask yourself these questions: What have you learned about yourself in this last year? What do you truly want for yourself in this new year? Be honest with yourself. Are you setting realistic goals that you can actually achieve? Or are you inadvertently setting yourself up to fail? You see, it doesn’t matter if you join the best gym in town if deep down you know that you won’t really go. It doesn’t matter if you have a career that looks good on paper, but is making you miserable. It doesn’t matter if you are in a relationship that is keeping you from being alone if you are truly lonely in it. Do you see ways in which you are setting yourself up to repeat

It is time to reassess and redefine who you are and what you really stand for. What do you really want out of this life? Set boundaries. Learn to say NO. Take more time to rest and ground yourself. Listen to your true voice. Not the one that is breaking you down, but the one that is there when you get feeling” about something. The voice that you can trust. Listen to that voice and trust its wisdom. It is never too late to start.



Here’s to the road that lies ahead. Here’s to you!


Health & Wellness Coach



Perhaps only the humble egg has gotten more bad ink than coffee. One year it lauded, the next vilified -- and it’s been like this since its discovery in 1500. Considering the countless millions who depend on a cup of Joe to jump-start their day, medicine’s opinion on the go-juice matters. Well, until it’s not -- again -- coffee is good for you and possibly downright magical. A study of more than 250,000 men and women conducted over two decades found that coffee is a life saver and a protector against various cancers – especially for people who never smoked. So, there, drink that.


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COFFEE TRIVIA 1 - The famous writer and French philosopher Voltaire loved to drink coffee. Just how much did he drink in a day? 50 cups. No wonder the guy was wired for sound! 2 – True or False: Some green coffee beans are actually stored for years before they get around to roasting the little gems. True. Why? Well, if they manage to store the beans in a proper manner, some experts hold the belief that certain beans actually improve with age.

3 - You know when they decaffeinate coffee, well, just what do they do with the caffeine they take out of the beans? They used to throw it away into the garbage. These days they figured out they could be “green” and make a profit by selling it to the pharmaceutical companies. I’ll have some caffeine coffee-flavored pills, pah-leez.

more COFFEE trivia 4 - More about roasting coffee beans: When the beans begin to cool, just how many chemical substances do they release that make up those awesome aromas? About 700. OK, sign me up.

the most expensive COFFEE in the world! Kopi luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee. The main factor of it’s high price is the uncommon method of producing such a coffee. It has been produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called then palm civet or also civet cat. This is the reason kopi luwak is also called cat poop coffee or civet cat coffee. The feces of this cat will be collected, finished and sold as kopi luwak. The short supply, in comparison with the high demand, the different taste and the uncommon production methods define the value of kopi luwak – the most expensive coffee in the world.

ONLY $35 to $100 PER CUP

5 - What is consumed so much in the United States that it represents 75% of all caffeine consumed? Duh, coffee. We all could have answered that one before our first morning cup. I thought you needed an easy lob over the net. Good, wasn’t it?! 6 - In what two countries is the oldest person always served their coffee first as a courtesy? Greece and Turkey. 7 - We all studied American history about the Boston Tea Party where the ticked off colonists were angry about the heavy tea tax imposed on us in 1773 and dumped chests of tea into the Boston harbor. What new custom became an expression of freedom after that? Drinking coffee, of course, the beverage of angry rebels. That might explain our country’s temperament all these centuries later.

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hEalth vs. wellness



any people think that health is merely freedom from sickness/disease and the absence of symptoms. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. So, just because someone feels well, does not necessarily mean that he/she is healthy. Conversely, just because someone does not feel well, does not actually mean that he or she is sick (we will tackle this concept in our next issue.) So, is health the same thing as wellness? Absolutely not! Health is defined above by the WHO. Wellness, however, can be described as a proactive approach towards creating physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony. Wellness is actually the lifestyle that enables a person to be healthy. Every single choice you make related how you eat, think or move can either add to your health or subtract from it. Interestingly, some things that you may do can have a net zero effect. An example of that would be eating a healthy salad for lunch, but covering it with a very unhealthy salad dressing. In fact, if the dressing contains ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup (like most salad dressings contain), then that “once healthy” salad may now detract from your health. The lifestyle you live has a huge impact on how healthy you are at any given moment in time. The other aspect that affects your health that most people don’t realize is the nervous system’s ability to adapt to stress. The nerve system is referred to as the master system of the body because it controls and coordinates the functions of the entire body. Every organ, muscle, gland and cell of the body knows exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. The way that works is,


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the brain sends an electrical signal down the spine and out to the different parts. If a body part does not receive the proper signal (caused by stress on the nerve), then the body part does not function optimally, which ultimately affects your health. A true wellness lifestyle can be summed up with one acronym; D.R.E.A.M. DREAM is an acronym for the 5 facets of wellness; Diet, Relaxation, Exercise, being in Adjustment (which is being in balance mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually and having optimal brain-body communication through the nerve system) and Mental Wellness. When you focus on your choices and actions regarding your DREAM, then health is right at your fingertips! The providers at DREAM Wellness, located in Pacific Beach and Del Mar, use advanced technology to determine where you are in your “wellness walk”. They then determine your COREScore, which gives a numerical value to your overall health based on various neurological parameters. Visit for more details.



Alcohol Friend or Foe?

Three-martini lunches and boozy flights ended long ago, and, nostalgia aside, we’re better off for it. Still, it’s hard to maintain a beltline – and a social life -- when a happy hour beckons somewhere every single day. Why, too much self-control just isn’t healthy. So the question becomes, can we drink and not look like our fathers? First, the facts. Beer is full of carbohydrates and calories. Mixed drinks are full of sugar and wine is brimming with calories and sulfates. And those are just the health implications of tippling. There’s also Johnny Law to consider. But there is good news. Growing scientific literature suggests that imbibing isn’t necessarily inimical to a svelte waistline. In fact, hitting the sweet spot drink-wise can actually lengthen life without wearing out another notch on your belt. Here’s how. Drink liquor neat or on the rocks – avoid cocktails Liquor is healthiest when served neat (i.e. straight) or on the rocks. This goes for vodka, gin, whiskey and scotch. Clearer alcohol is easier on the body and contains fewer the calories than the darker stuff. Wine Wine is a pretty healthy alternative to hard liquor. It’s also a tastier and more socially acceptable than, say, drinking a few fingers of straight gin. Beer: My heart says no, but my mind says yes Beer is delicious. Unfortunately, the better the mead the higher the caloric and carb content. Drink water While these are healthier ways to knock a few back, the real key to sustainable drinking is slow your roll. A way to do this is drinking water in-between alcoholic drinks. Eat Americans have the bad habit of drinking and not eating, which can coat the stomach and prevent nausea, upset stomach and headaches the next day. The bottom line Research dating to the 1990s have consistently shown that men and women who have a drink or two a day have fewer heart issues and lower overall mortality rates than those who drink more or not at all. Moderate drinking has also been linked with lower instances of diabetes and better cognitive function. On the other side of the ledger, increased cancers appear linked to increased drinking. For example, men who drink heavily were found more at risk to develop colorectal cancer than those to drank moderately or not at all; and for women each drink was associated with a slight rise in breast cancer risk. The key appears to be moderation and not abstinence.



Remembering Nineteen Eighty

pop culture Andy Warhol was at his peak with pop art portraits

Best Movies The Shining Caddy shack The Empire Strikes Back

Best TV Shows

Millions of viewers tune into the TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing.

Magnum, P.I. Dallas The Dukes of Hazard M*A*S*H The Love Boat The Jeffersons Alice Three's Company Little House on the Prairie Happy Days Fantasy Island

Airplane Raging Bull The Blue Lagoon The Blues Brothers Urban Cowboy

Best Inventions

The hepatitis-B vaccine Rubix cube The first IBM-PC The disposable camera Disposable contact lenses The CD-ROM The artificial heart Sony camcorder Digital cellular phones DNA fingerprinting Nintendo Prozac

Best Top Singles

Blondie - Call Me Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall Olivia Newton-John – Magic

Born in 1980

Michael Jackson - Rock With You Captain and Tennille - Do That To Me One More Time Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love Paul McCartney - Coming Up Billy Joel - It's Still Rock And Roll To Me

Kim Kardashian Ryan Gosling Christina Aguilera Alicia Keys Macaulay Culkin Venus Williams Jessica Simpson Chelsea Clinton

Best Books

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum Firestarter by Stephen King


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The epitome of 1980 art was Patrick Nagel

Cost Of Living 1980

Best in Sports

Miracle on Ice: "Do you believe in Miracles?" United States boycotts Summer Olympics Steeler's first to win 4th Super Bowl Doug Flutie's Hail Mary Pete Rose sets all-time hits record

San Diego Sports

New House $68,700 Income per year $19,500 Monthly Rent $300 Gallon of Gas $1.19 New car $7,200 Ground Beef lb $1.39 Pontiac Firebird $5,992 Men’s Casual Shirt $14 VHS Recorder $699 VHS Movie Camera $1,599 Electronic Game $28.99 Mr. Potato Head $4.77 LCD Pendant Watch$34.95 Mens 3 Piece Suit $89.95

Padres - 73-89 Chargers - 11-5

People Who Died John Lennon Jimmy Durante Alfred Hitchcock Peter Sellers Steve McQueen Harland "Colonel" Sanders

Best Fads

Parachute Pants Boom Boxes Leg Warmers Cabbage Patch Kids Mullets


Blue elflike creatures, dwelling happily in the forest. Creatures with names like Jokey, Greedy, and Brainy Smur

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MUSCLE THERAPY with the muscle re-calibration system

"It hurts a little but helps a lot."

It’s an overnight sensation 15 years in the making, and now this revolutionary breakthrough in exercise and physical rehabilitation has finally hit San Diego.

It reboots the linkages between the brain and muscles in order to reduce pain and to help people gain their peak physical condition. The results are phenomenal. Five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres credits muscle therapy for helping her stay competitive and win medals into her early 40s. Oprah is also a big fan.

It’s known variously as “muscle re-balancing,” “muscle therapy” and, most recently in the January pages of “O, the Oprah Magazine,” “resistance flexibility training.” But regardless of name, response to this non-invasive full-body treatment is the same – it hurts a little, but helps a lot.

Q: And this even works for people with Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis?

The core idea behind muscle therapy is simple: Overtime – and in the case of injury – the body gets out of whack and compensates by using the wrong muscles for daily living. This causes pain and weakness that can only be cured by tracing the problem to its root and restoring muscles to their full use. One of the few muscle therapy exerts in San Diego County is Neil J. Denaut II, who learned and practiced the therapy in New York City a decade ago before opening shop here last year. At his office in Encinitas he treats patients – many told their cases were hopeless -- suffering maladies ranging from neck pain to Parkinson’s Disease. After just three sessions his patients report feeling an average of 85 percent better. Best Self caught up with Denaut to learn more about this intriguing therapy and who might benefit from it.

A: Yes. By reactivating the line of communication from the brain to the muscles, we are able to help patients move better and with less pain. Just to be clear, it does not cure patients with Parkinson’s or MS, but does improve their quality of life. Q: What other types of problems does muscle therapy work for? A: Lower back pain, knee pain, neck pain, carpel tunnel and tendonitis. Unless something is totally torn, this can help. Muscle therapy also aids in recovery after surgery. For a free consultation contact:

Neil J. Denaut II

Muscle Re-calibration Expert


email: visit:

Q: What is Muscle Therapy and how does it work? A: It started about 15 years ago back East. What it does is correct problems from the inside of the body by simultaneously lengthening and contracting muscles through resistance stretching.



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