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Upcoming June Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Safe Driving Begins With You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Food Chicago Joe’s: The Way Mama Used To Make It . . . . . . . . . 12 Health Cancer in the Mammary Gland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Yoga: The Art of Meditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Four Classic Beer and Food Pairings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

7 Tips To Beat Insomnia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Foxtails: A Summer Hazard for Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Practical Ways to Alleviate Joint Pain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23

You What is the Value of My Home? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 How Safe Are Your Valuables? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Travel

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Pioneering The Future in Global Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

The Long and Winery Road: Visiting U.S. Wineries . . . . . . 26 Fashion Sexy Shapewear For Women Who Want A Better Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Family & Friends Resources Independent Living Aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Club Card Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-32

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The Metrosexual Male: Do You Fit The Mold? . . . . . . . . . . . 27


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h, June! The month that is home to some very notable holidays such as D Day, Flag Day and Father’s Day. What you may not realize, however, is that June is also home to many other celebration-worthy, albeit lesser known holidays. So as a public service to spice up your June enjoyment, here is a small sampling that will provide an excuse to fire up the grill, pop open a cool one and celebrate!

David Moline Publisher publisher@ primeplusmag.com

Smile Power Day - June 15 Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly, “I like you” smile. Love may make the world go round, but a smile makes the world a happy place. Fact: It’s easier to smile than to frown. A smile uses fewer muscles. International Panic Day - June 18 This is a day for everyone to be worried and concerned. I’m not sure what is so big and widespread on this day to create an international incident of this magnitude. But, it’s on the calendar folks. Fact: This is not the only day to panic. The month of March also has a Panic Day.

National Splurge Day - June 18 This is a day to treat yourself to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. Isn’t that a great thing? National Splurge Day was probably created to offset the anxiety caused by International Panic Day. My advice, skip International Panic Day altogether and just treat yourself to whatever you want and to excess. Do so without worry or concern. Until tomorrow. There are more holidays, to be sure, but alas, I’m running short of space and there’s a couple of things I need to mention. Now On Facebook We’re now on Facebook. Just login to Facebook and search for “primeplusmag.” Share your comments, check out our informative tidbits, let us know if you like us, and watch for some terrific surprises as well. Also, we’ve installed a Classified Ad section and a Friendship/Social Ad section. The cost to place an ad in either section is super-low and since Prime Plus is available free throughout the Valley, it’s a perfect way to showcase your message.

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Yvette Sams Managing Editor

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ow do I say goodbye to the best friend I’ve never met? I don’t, I can’t, I won’t! I still remember the first episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and thinking, a black woman hosting a talk show, this is awesome. I am sure I was not the only one who saw something special in her but did not imagine she would become the most powerful woman in my lifetime. She managed to bring a nation of women (and men) together through her classroom of 40 million weekly. No matter what you were going through, you tuned in and Oprah said something that resonated with you and just like that, you were not alone. This was not a one- time occurrence with me as this happened over and over again. Way too many times for me to count. I am sure I am not alone when I say Oprah was the best friend I never met personally. I’ve asked myself a dozen times, who will fill that void? And every time I have the same answer, no one! Oprah is truly a woman who has been given a unique gift and has used it to be a blessing to so many people around the world. How does anyone top that? You don’t. You take the blessing as it has come to you for the past 25 years and the many lessons learned by tuning in. Weight loss struggles, relationship troubles, family feuds, domestic abuse, infidelity, and racism, whatever the topic, we found something from Oprah or her guest that we could easily apply to our circumstance at the moment. Each of us learned so much from this classroom of millions. When I struggled with my divorce, Oprah taught me the power of forgiveness. When I felt guilty about being a single parent, she taught me that being a mother is the single most important job on the planet. When I wanted to change careers, she taught me to live my passion. But most importantly, she taught me to never give up! Her compassion shined daily not just through her talk show but through the work she did off camera. The many lives she impacted around the globe. The many women she empowered and continues to empower. I will end with one of Oprah’s favorite quotes from Glenda from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, “you always had the power.” Thank you Oprah! I look forward to seeing what is next.

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Entertainment

Upcoming June Shows Larry King Saturday, June 11 Mirage 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Box Office: (702) 792-7777 Prices From: $84.49

David Spade Live Fri. Jun. 17, Sat. Jun. 18 The Venetian 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Box Office: (702) 414-9000 Prices From: $65.75

Rich Little Sat., Jun. 11 & Sun., Jun. 12 The Riviera Hotel & Casino 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Box Office: (702) 794-9433 Tickets start at $40.95

The Rat Pack is Back Ongoing, 6pm (dinner), 7:30pm Plaza Hotel & Casino 1 Main Street Box Office: (702) 386-2444 Prices From: $57, $71 with dinner

Mary Wilson in Concert June 22 – July 3, 7:30pm The Riviera Hotel & Casino 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Box Office: (702) 794-9433 Tickets start at $40.95

Gladys Knight Tues.-Thur., 8pm, Fri.-Sat., 9pm Tropicana Hotel & Casino 3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Box Office: (702) 492-3960 Prices From: $75

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Leisure

Upcoming June Events Jazz on the Lake Slick Willie Orchestra

Saturday, June 11, 7-10pm The Village Lake Las Vegas – on the lakeside lawn Admission is free

Health &Wellness Mini Expo

Saturday, June 18, 11am – 3pm Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. (702) 507-3459 Representatives from the Southern Nevada Health District will answer your questions about health, wellness and important vaccinations. You can update your immunization records, watch health videos, visit booths from various health organizations from around the valley and browse dozens of free health brochures. Admission is free.

Contra Dancing

Saturday, June 18 All Ages. Group lessons 6:30pm, Dancing 7-10pm Fee: $7 adults; $5 members, students and military; $3 children under 16 and non-dancing adults. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. (702) 229-6383 Dance to the live music of an acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels, and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families are welcomed. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing.

Jazz on the Lake Carmine Mandia

Saturday, June 18, 7-10pm The Village Lake Las Vegas – on the lakeside lawn Admission is free

The Symphonic Rock Show

Saturday, June 18, 8pm Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway Las Vegas classic rock cover band, Yellow Brick Road, will partner with a 30-piece hand-selected orchestra to produce an evening of symphonic rock. Expect a true concert

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experience, complete with a laser light show and songs from such classic rock legends as Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Rush and Bon Jovi. Tickets are $10

Edible Vegas The Language of Food

Tuesday, June 21, 7pm Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. - Main Theater John Curtas (of KNPR’s “Food for Thought”) will moderate a panel that will discuss the state of Vegas food culture as it has grown through the economic boom and bust, what’s next, and the impact of social media from the standpoint of those working actively in the field. Our panel of chefs and bakers includes Mike Minor (Border Grill at Mandalay Bay), Kari Haskell (Retro Bakery), Ric Guerrero (Slidin’ thru Slider Truck), and Carrie Hogan (fresh52 Farmers’ & Artisan Market). Admission is free.

Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic XI June 24 – 26 South Point Hotel Arena & Equestrian Center 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 797-8005 Free to the public.

Jazz on the Lake Rocky Gordon & the KGB

Saturday, June 25, 7-10pm The Village Lake Las Vegas – on the lakeside lawn Admission is free

An Evening with bestselling author Karin Slaughter

Tuesday, June 28, 7pm Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. New York Times and international #1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter visits the Clark County Library to talk about her latest novel, Fallen. Slaughter has wowed readers and critics alike with the gritty forensic detailing, all-too-human characters, and stark rendering of crime found in her lacerating thrillers. Book signing and reception to follow the talk. Admission is free.

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Leisure

Safe Driving Begins with You

AARP Tips, Resources Can Help You Protect Yourself and Others

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s with members of other age groups, older individuals use private vehicles more than any other mode of transportation. Persons over age 65 make close to 90 percent of their trips in a private vehicle, either as a passenger or driver. The private vehicle connects people to the goods, services, and activities they need to maintain a high level of independence. As a group, older drivers are typically safe drivers. They are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to drink and drive. But they are also the group with the highest fatality rates during crashes—a rate that increases slightly for drivers age 65 and older, and significantly for drivers older than 75. AARP offers two smart ways for older drivers to help themselves become even safer on the road. The first is our Driver Safety Program. Since 1979 millions of older drivers have benefitted from brushing up on their driving skills with AARP and many courses are offered in communities throughout Nevada. Search for a course near you or research the online course at www. aarp.org/driversafety. You can also call us at 1-888-2277669. Our volunteer driving experts provide latest rules of the road, best practices for avoiding accidents and tips for safe driving on busy road. Secondly, AARP, in conjunction with AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), has developed a series of online tips and videos developed for a program called CarFit, which is designed to help drivers improve their fit and comfort. While the new program isn’t offered yet in Nevada; anyone can use our 12-point checklist and watch the brief instructional videos online, www.aarp.org/carfit. The tips will help you make simple adjustments and provide suggestions that will improve your safety behind the wheel. Some of the top tips for creating a better “Carfit” are below. These can also be found in greater detail online at www.aarp.org/carfit: • 9

Create a clear line of sight over the steering wheel. You

should be able to see at least three inches above the wheel. If you can’t, you need to raise your seat, add depth to the seat or look for a new car. •

Wear your safety belt. You need a safety belt that holds you in the proper position and remains comfortable as you drive. The lower part of the belt should go across your hips, and the shoulder harness should go across the rib cage and not be under your arm.

Position your side and rearview mirrors. Make sure that you can move your neck quickly and easily to check your mirrors and blind spots.

Check for easy access to gas and brake pedals. Your feet should be able to reach the pedals without having to stretch, and you need to be able to fully depress the brake pedal to stop. You also need to be able to move your foot easily between the brake and gas pedals.

You should have a seat that you fit in comfortably. You should be able to adjust the seat controls for good visibility and have easy access to all car controls.

Assure that your head restraints are properly adjusted, which may prevent neck injury in a crash. The center of the head restraint should be even with the back of your head at “ear” level, and as close to the back of the head as possible.

There should be plenty of room between the center of your chest and the driver side airbag (center of steering wheel). The ideal minimum safe distance is 10 inches.

Our 12-point CarFit online tips may prompt you to research adaptive equipment, such as pedal extenders to help you better reach your brake and accelerator pedals, or safety belt extenders to help improve comfort while driving. AARP’s Driver Safety course will refresh your driving skills, save you money on your auto insurance, and more importantly could save your life. For more information about AARP in Nevada, visit us at www.aarp.org/nv or contact us at 1-866-389-5652.

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Food

Four classic beer and food pairings I

t’s a well-known fact that wine, cheese, and crackers work well together. But did you know the same applies to beer and food? All across the country microbreweries have taken the beer world by storm. Craft-brewed beer has propelled itself from a small niche market and grown into the mainstream. In this article we will go over 4 simple, easy, and classic beer and food pairings. Bratwurst and German Märzen (March Beer) The taste of a Märzen-style beer is slightly sweet, low in bitterness, and possesses a toasted malt flavor. This style of beer is common at the annual celebration of Oktoberfest. For home use, the easiest way to enjoy this brew at dinnertime is with a plate of bratwurst. One method is to poach the bratwurst in a bath of Pilsner (light beer) with butter and onions. You can then grill or panfry the bratwurst to finish the cooking process. Märzen beers will not overwhelm your palate with strong flavor profiles. This allows the pork’s subtle spicing to really come through while you sip your Märzen in between bites. Pale Ales and Seafood Your average American Pale Ale will have a low malt flavor, but should be medium-bodied with a noticeable hop aroma. Pale Ales pair well with spicy and fried seafood. This is because the Ale’s bitterness melds well with the heavy flavor profiles of the fried dishes, and helps to enhance the 10

flavor of the spicy dishes. They also pair very well with meat dishes. Next time you cook up your favorite pork, beef or chicken recipe, try having Pale Ale alongside it. Sip slowly and enjoy the bitterness and hop flavors from your Ale. They will match well with the gamey, earthen flavors of your meat dish. Chocolate and Beer This indulgent combination of beer and chocolate is perfect for the fall and winter months. Typically, the more bitter the chocolate, the easier it will be to pair with Stouts and Scotch Ales. The bittersweet taste of the chocolate will complement the soft, sweeter malt flavor of the beer. For a more unique tasting experience, you can try pairing heavier, stronger Imperial Stouts and Barely Wines with sweeter chocolate. India Pale Ales and Spicy Food An India Pale Ale (IPA) is a brew that has an intense hop flavor and aroma. The stronger the IPA, the more pungent the hop flavor will be. When paired with spicy food, such as Indian and Thai cuisine, the sharpness of the hop flavors will play perfectly with the intense heat of the dish. IPA-style beers also work extremely well with Cajun dishes, including catfish, chicken, and gumbo. Now get out there and start experiencing the joys of beer and food!

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Food

Chicago Joe’s: the Way Mama Used to Make It I

f you’re looking for a place that will make you feel like you’re far away from the glitz of the Vegas strip, Chicago Joe’s may be just what you ordered. Located on 4th Street in a little brick bungalow, this is a home-style Italian restaurant that prepares food the way Mama used to make it. Family-owned and operated, Chicago Joe’s is a cozy place with a casual atmosphere, generous servings and reasonable prices. The restaurant’s lasagna, pasta fagioli, and veal parmigiana are to die for – and don’t forget to try the creamy homemade garlic dressing on your salad. The dining area is small, and the tables are close together, but it’s worth bumping elbows with fellow diners to get a taste of Chicago Joe’s Italian cooking. The wait staff is cheery and attentive, and the eclectic décor that includes everything from Christmas decorations to figurines only adds to the down-home charm. It’s as if you walked through the front door of the modest abode of an Italian family, and Mama has invited cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents and all the family’s friends to dinner. Chicago Joe’s opened in 1975 after current owner Joe Collura’s parents moved from Chicago to Las Vegas. Both came to the United States from Polermo, Italy. When Collura’s mother became ill and needed to live in a drier climate, the family chose Las Vegas. Did they name the restaurant for their son? “Actually, all the men in the family are named Joe,” says Marlene Collura, who shares ownership of the restaurant with her husband. “Joe’s father is named Joe, his uncle is Joe, and both of his grandfathers are Joe.” As a name for the restaurant, Chicago Joe’s was a natural. Marlene began working for the restaurant in 1988. “I asked Joe’s mom if I could work in the kitchen,” she remembers. “She said no. The kitchen was her territory, and she didn’t think I would enjoy the work.” However, Marlene says, she really wanted to learn to cook. “After three months, she let me into the kitchen.” All of the dishes served at Chicago Joe’s are made from family recipes. “They came from Joe’s grandma and 12

his mother – and a few of them are ours,” Marlene says. She is especially proud of the shrimp parmigiana, “because hardly anybody makes it any more.” Marlene uses Mexican Gulf shrimp in this recipe, and she says she has had people from New Orleans to San Diego tell her it is the best shrimp parmigiana they have tasted. Chicago Joe’s eggplant parmigiana is made from scratch, another thing many restaurants no longer do. “It’s a lot of work,” Marlene says, “but it’s worth it.” Other dishes that are popular among diners are the stuffed artichokes (grandma’s recipe, according to Marlene), chicken angelo, veal marsala, and the cioppino. The mouthwatering list of appetizers includes calamari in red sauce, mushroom cap escargot, mussels marinara and clams served either baked, steamed or on the half shell. Pastas include a plump, cheesy ravioli; mild or spicy versions of pasta with mussels; pasta with red or white clam sauce; and a vegetarian spinach lasagna. All pasta dishes are prepared using the diner’s choice of pastas: linguine, penne, spaghetti, fettucini or angel hair. Veal dishes include veal picante, veal angelo and veal marsala, along with a tasty veal and peppers dish with mushrooms and onions, and pasta on the side. Chicago-style lobster with a side of pasta also is a specialty of the house, along with a creative dish called Lobster Joe, in which the shellfish is tossed with pasta. The restaurant serves a 5-to-6-ounce lunchtime lobster special, as well as a 10-to-12-ounce lobster dinner special. If you have room for dessert after the generous appetizer and entrée servings, the Godiva chocolate cheesecake is tempting and delightful. For more than 35 years, cooking and serving fine Italian food has been the Collura family’s passion. Their restaurant has thrived in the shadow of the bright lights of the strip. It’s well worth a trip down a side street to find it. Chicago Joe’s is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Saturday from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. For more information or reservations, call (702)382-5637(JOES).

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Health

Cancer in the Mammary Gland T

he female breast was created for nurturing, but has beauty, is a  source of pleasure and a treasured part of a woman’s body.   Unfortunately 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, it is the most common cancer in women; second only to lung cancer as a cause of death. About 75% of women diagnosed do not have any obvious risk factor. The white race, ages between 45-65yrs, genetics- thus women with first degree relatives (mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer) are all associated with increased risk. The incidence among non-white (mostly African American) women is increasing, especially in younger women. Women at greater than normal risk for developing breast cancer should be identified by their practitioners and monitored carefully. Those with an exceptional family history should be counseled about the option of genetic testing. Some of these high risk women may consider prophylactic mastectomy By Dr. Afi Bruce (surgical removal of breasts) or tamoxifen, an FDA approved preventive medication. Early detection is paramount and can lead to cure. 70% of patients present with a PAINLESS lump. About 90% of

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these are discovered by the patient, thus emphasizing the importance of monthly self breast exams. Less frequent symptoms are breast pain, nipple discharge, retraction, enlargement or itching of the nipple or general hardness. Mammography is mandatory for any palpable lump; however this may detect cancer 1 1/2 to 4 yrs before it becomes clinically evident.  Screening mammogram is currently recommended starting at the age of 40yrs and yearly till 70yrs of age. A suspicious abnormality identified by a mammogram alone must be biopsied. 60% of lesions clinically thought to be cancer prove on biopsy to be benign (non-cancerous), while 30% clinically benign lesions are cancerous. Once diagnosed, depending on size, type and if has already spread beyond the breast tissue, the treatment of choice must be carefully and thoroughly discussed with a cancer doctor. Family, friends, community and spiritual support can go a long way in helping a patient cope through the treatment process, both physically and emotionally. Be part of the effort to cure this disease by getting your yearly mammogram; early detection has a better chance of leading  to a cure and being a survivor.

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Yoga: The Art of Meditation W

hen it comes to health practices, yoga seems to be among the most popular these days. This art of meditation and breathing, has been around for many centuries. Original developed by Hindu spiritual masters, today there are hundreds of variations based on those original Hindu concepts and principles. If you have never done yoga, you might be wondering what yoga is about and what it can do to benefit your health. It is not that easy to define yoga. Some might say that it is an exercise, or that it is a spiritual process, or even an entire philosophy, and these definitions are all correct. Yoga can essentially be anything you want it to be. Health Benefits of Yoga Yoga has many health benefits. The static exercises involved in yoga are effective in increasing the body’s strength and flexibility. They help improve the blood circulation and are a great way to relieve stress and tension. The breathing exercises help relax the mind and enable you to think more clearly and feel much better about yourself. Yoga and Religion One of the most common misconceptions people have about yoga is that it is some kind of religious or spiritual ritual. While it is true that yoga does have a lot of spiritual benefits, you don’t have to be a religious or spiritual person to benefit from practicing it. You do have to be able to relax your mind and go into a meditative state in order to enjoy the benefits but you can certainly do that without involving religion or spirituality. 14

Places for Doing Yoga Ideally, the best place for doing yoga is somewhere quiet and away from distractions. Many people like to do yoga alone in their own homes; others prefer practicing yoga with friends or in a yoga class offered at their local gym. Where you do yoga depends on your personal preferences. Equipment Needed Yoga does not require any special equipment. An exercise mat may be useful, as well as some cushions or pillows, to aid you in doing certain yoga positions. Other than those things, all you really need is your body. This is the reason yoga appeals to so many people. Yoga doesn’t require you to buy anything at all, nor does it involve the use of bulky equipment that are difficult to store when they are not being used. Body Types Suited for Yoga Another great thing about yoga is that you can do it successfully regardless of your physique. Unlike other workouts, you can do yoga even if you are considerably overweight because you can customize the movements according to what you can handle. Now that you know a little more about yoga, you have a better idea of whether or not this fitness activity is for you. The best way to figure out if yoga will work for you, however, is to try it and experience yoga and its many benefits for yourself.

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Health

7 Tips to Beat Insomnia I

nsomnia affects all areas of your life including work, health, and relationships. It robs you of your sleep, and leaves you feeling tired and mentally fatigued all day long. Just a few simple changes to your lifestyle could put an end to sleepless nights for good. 1. Take regular exercise Regular exercise improves your overall health, and has been shown to help regulate sleep patterns. Exercise can also help to alleviate stress and tension, which may be affecting your sleep. Walking in the fresh air for just a few minutes every day can help to improve your sleep patterns. 2. Cut back on the caffeine Caffeine is a stimulant that can prevent you from falling asleep; it also reduces the chances of being able to achieve a deep and restful sleep. Ideally, you should avoid drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, or cola, after 7pm. Try drinking a herbal tea or warm, milky drink before bedtime. 3. Clear your sleeping space Keep your bedroom free from clutter and other distractions, such as televisions and mobile phones; your mind needs to be able to wind down and prepare for sleep. While television may help you drift off to sleep, it stops your mind from winding down properly, and is likely to prevent you from having a restful night. 4. Avoid alcohol and nicotine Alcohol is often thought of as having a sedative effect which helps aid sleep, but late night drinking can have a negative effect on sleep patterns. Similarly, smoking is a major contributory cause of insomnia. Try to avoid alcohol and nicotine late at night, and you will feel the benefits quickly. 5. Relax Try to do something relaxing before getting into bed. Meditation, relaxation exercises, or even just a warm bath can make all the difference when it comes to getting a good night sleep. Invest in a good relaxation CD and some relaxing essential oils, such as lavender or clary sage.

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6. Keep a notebook by the side of the bed Stress, worry, and preoccupation with problems, tasks and responsibilities can cause insomnia. Instead of just lying there thinking about all the things you need to do, jot down lists of your worries and problems that need solving. Just the act of putting your thoughts down on paper can clear them from your mind. 7. Get into a regular sleep routine Try to get your body clock into a routine of getting up and going to bed at the same time every day. This will help your body and mind prepare for sleep, and give a structure to your sleep patterns.

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Health

Foxtails:

A Summer Hazard for Pets L

ike many of today’s locals, I was not born in Las Vegas. I moved here 8 years ago from the Midwest. I didn’t think I would meet a weed I would dislike more than the cocklebur. Then I was introduced to the foxtail. What is a Foxtail? Foxtail is a common name to a seed released from a number of germinating grasses. These grasses grow wild in the Western part of the country. When the grass dries out (usually late spring and summer), the seed is released. They resemble a fox’s tail, hence the name. The tip is sharp and spiky with multiple barbs as tails. They grow everywhere out here- our yards, the parks, even cracks in the sidewalks. Despite the bushy description, foxtails are quite small. They are as thin as a needle at the tip and the entire seed may be as short as ½ an inch in length. Foxtails are easily airborne or released from the grass stalk if a pet rubs against it or comes into contact with it in any way. Due to their shape, foxtails can attach and/or migrate into the ear canals, skin, nose, eyelids, etc. The barbs act like a fishhook making it difficult to just fall off, especially in longer haired pets. How can I prevent Foxtails on my pet? It is best to avoid exposure to foxtails. Make sure your yard is clear of weeds. After taking your pet running, hiking, walking, or any outdoor activity, brush their coat and inspect them for any foxtails. Pay special attention to the ears, eyes, and paws. If you have an outdoor cat, regularly inspect her too. What happens if my pet gets a Foxtail? When a foxtail gets into an ear canal, it can cause profuse shaking and pawing of the head. They can penetrate the ear drum and migrate into the middle and inner ear, making it difficult to see without proper equipment. They can bury into the paws acting like a splinter. This can cause limping, chewing, and infections commonly develop. If a foxtail gets underneath the eyelid you usually see your pet rubbing his face, develop excess 21

tearing, and corneal ulcers. As a veterinarian, these are the most common places I find foxtails. Curious pets that sniff the foxtail up their nose can result in sneezing, pawing at the muzzle, nasal discharge, and rarely migrate into the lungs. There are even reports of foxtails migrating through the skin and into the chest and abdominal cavities causing fatal infections. What do I do if I think my pet has a Foxtail injury? If your pet is showing any of the signs of a foxtail injury, call your vet to make an appointment as soon as possible to avoid further migration and trauma. A veterinarian can examine your pet, diagnose foxtails, remove them, and treat any pain or secondary infections. I have already seen a number of dogs with foxtails this spring. Many of my non-native clients have been as unaware as I was years ago about what a foxtail is and how dangerous they can be. My mom always told me that big problems can come in small packages. I guess she was right! About the Author: Dr. Regina Anderson, DVM is a local veterinarian practicing at Northwest Veterinary Hospital

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Practical Ways to Alleviate Joint Pain A

re you suffering from chronic pain in your joints but don’t have medical coverage or cannot afford to visit a doctor? Would you like some helpful tips for how to alleviate joint pain for little to no money out of your pocket? Here is some helpful information on how to do that without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Exercise and Stretch Our bodies are complicated pieces of biological equipment. Our muscular system attaches to our skeletal system via tendons, and joints make it possible for our bodies as a whole to perambulate about. By building up our muscles we take some of the stress off of our joints, thus relieving tension and assisting with some of the pain. Exercising has been proven to release endorphins which are powerful neurotransmitters that help us deal with pain. Some runners have documented cases of something known as “runners high” where their body releases so many endorphins that they feel a rush of euphoria where there would otherwise be pain. Exercising will also help you shed extra weight that could be contributing to strain on your joints and muscles. Supplements Supplements are very popular in this modern age as people develop technologies and products to help them live longer and more pain-free. As these developments have occurred, the spectrum of products available to consumers to help thwart various medical ailments has greatly expanded. Products such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin can be found either packaged together in the same product or separate from one another. Many doctors assert that taking supplements such as these can help to slow joint degradation as well as repair worn down cartilage. These products

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in particular can be found at your local grocery store, and they can be purchased without a prescription. Non-Prescription Pain Pills Ibuprofen and Tylenol are just a few of the pain relievers that can be found on the shelf of your local grocery store. Tylenol contains Acetaminophen which is both an analgesic (pain reliever) and an antipyretic (fever reducer). These two properties act together to alter the way the body perceives pain as well as to cool the body. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Drugs of this type work by preventing the body from producing a substance that causes pain, inflammation, and fever. Be sure to read the warning label of any product that you choose as some of these pain relievers can pose serious health risks if misused. Ice the Area This is a very non-technical remedy for joint pain, but it has worked for centuries. Cooling an area with ice is known to reduce inflammation as well as to dull nerves so that pain is not quite as acute. What could be less costly than wrapping up some ice and pressing it to the aching area? Professional athletes have been utilizing this method for a long time, and it helps their bodies recover more quickly. Massage With Oil If you can afford the luxury of visiting your local massage spa then it might be worth it to splurge and treat yourself to a massage by a trained professional. However, if your budget will not allow for hiring a masseuse, you can buy some oil and massage yourself. As your joints break down, your body relies upon your muscles more and more to remain upright, and this strains your muscles. Massaging can relax these same muscles as well as

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helps to relieve joint pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, a regimen of cooling and then heating sore muscles goes a long way towards relieving pain. Areas suffering from swelling should first have a cold therapy application, and then a warm therapy application. The water in a relaxing bath should be just slightly above your natural body temperature. Heating your bath water too much can actually cause further damage to the injured areas. Very few people enjoy pain, and joint pain in particular can be crippling if not looked after and managed properly. A regimen consisting of taking watchful precautions to help the body heal itself can help to combat this pain and will allow you to focus your energies on living the life that you want for yourself.

reinvigorating nerves which may have become compressed with time. Circulation can improve with massaging, and harmful toxins are released and ejected from the body. It is always a good idea to drink plenty of water when you plan to undergo extensive massaging as this will help your body with the ejection of the toxins that are subsequently released. Self-massaging can be ideal for those with low pain tolerances because only you know when the pressure is too much or too little. A Warm Bath Sitting in a bath tub and soaking in warm water improves your circulation, relaxes your muscles, and 23

WHAT IS MEDICAL TOURISM?

Medical tourism is about traveling to another state, but most often another country to receive health care...usually surgery or a specific medical procedure. Why bother? From time to time, especially as we age, we will all need health care to address certain problems. As high-quality health care costs continue to rise, especially in the United States, there are some countries that offer quality medical care at comparatively lower prices. As medical tourism grows into an industry all it’s own, some providers are bundling the medical procedure with a restful vacation stay.

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What is the value of my home? S

ome of you may be asking yourself, “Does my insurance coverage fit my needs?” “Do I have enough coverage to replace my home in the event of a serious loss?” “What affects my premium?” These questions create a need for you to regularly review your homeowners insurance and to consider other questions such as: “Have you recently remodeled or improved your home?” “Has the rate of inflation risen since your last appraisal?” “What influences the building construction costs in your area?” As you consider these issues, it is important to understand that real estate values measure the market value or selling price for a home. For insurance purposes, it is important to estimate the current replacement cost which is the amount needed to hire a contractor to repair the damage or to rebuild the home to its pre-loss condition. Dwelling replacement costs used by insurance companies do not include the value of the land. Market conditions in your area may impact the amount it will cost to rebuild your home if you experience a loss. Building contractors or professional replacement cost appraisers are a good source for obtaining an estimated replacement cost for your home. Estimates from these sources should reflect your home’s specific features and details. If you are unable to obtain a detailed estimate from

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these sources, I can help provide an estimate. Once you know the estimated cost to replace your home, you can decide how much insurance coverage fits your needs. You should also consider other policy endorsements such as back up of sewer and drain coverage, or additional coverage for personal articles with high values such as jewelry, fine arts, and collectibles. You may want to consider higher personal liability coverage or the need for flood insurance which is provided by a separate policy. In addition to the amount of coverage you decide to purchase, your premium is impacted by optional endorsements you select, your claim history, the amount of your deductible, company longevity and multiple policy discounts such as home/auto. Finally, remember to periodically review your insurance coverage with your agent. That will ensure you have the coverage you need. About the Author: Jana Barr is a Chartered Life Underwriter with over 18 years of State Farm® experience. She is also a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors. Her mission...”to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.” Jana can be reached at 702-685-2277 or jana@janabarr.com.

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Travel

By J. A. Young

The Long and Winery Road:

Visiting U.S. Wineries

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ince nearly all states can now boast operating wineries, visiting one or even several is a wonderful way to infuse a weekend with wine. Several states like California, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas—to name a few—have many wineries. Travelers across the country may enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the local libation from state to state making wine-tasting road trips the ideal way to enjoy a long weekend or an even longer vacation. Finding U.S. wineries is as simple as going to Google and performing a search for a particular state’s winegrower’s association. Many wine-lovers alternately visit allamericanwineries.com to link to wineries’ websites throughout the nation. A number of online resources allow wine-trekkers to locate itineraries that may include special wine tasting events from region to region. Many wineries cater to weekend wine connoisseurs and often coordinate with their surrounding communities to launch their events in conjunction with local festivals like jazz or food fests. Many wineries also feature restaurants to attract visitors to their estates. Travelers who are so inclined may even locate wineries that allow guests to participate in traditional grape stomps during the harvest season. Large wineries typically offer tours, but small ones may require scheduling an appointment to make a visit. Harvest time is the ideal season to make your winery rounds, but sitting bar-side sampling various selections offers its own enchantments whatever the season. If hitting the wine circuit solo is not to your taste, consider taking a more formal

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tour with an organized group. There are many wine tours in the U.S. Some are quite academic in nature and truly provide participants with a catalog of wine and winegrowing information while others may be more relaxed and informal. Although there are many established tours to consider that do wonderful jobs showcasing wineries and vineyards, keep in mind that designing your own plan will allow for adventuring off the beaten track to locate small wineries that may not be part of more formal tours. When going with a group of acquaintances or friends, be sure to look for lodging facilities that may extend group rates. It can also be helpful to read online reviews to see what other wine-lovers say about a particular winery or vineyard before adding it to your itinerary. Doing some research before heading out on the highway is essential especially since the country is the fourth-largest wine-producing nation in the world; you’ll want to make sure the destination you choose can provide the type of experience you’re looking for. Luckily, American viticulture offers travelers a wide variety of wines to sample from the expected Chardonnays and Merlots to the Reislings and Sangioveses. Many states, like Iowa and Alaska, also specialize in non-grape wines that feature other kinds of fruit. While touring the wineries offers a glimpse into the wine-makers’ methods, visiting their stores is a great way to shop for gifts and to fill your own wine pantry after the trip ends. With so many wineries located across the land, taking a wine tour is a tasteful way to see the country.

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Fashion

The Metrosexual Male...

Do You Fit the Mold? M

etrosexual is a term used to describe a male who is well-dressed and fashion-conscious, regardless of sexual orientation. Metrosexual males often sport a certain look which includes clothing of higher end brand names. These men are clean, fit and cultured and not afraid to express their love and appreciation for the looking good in the latest trends. There are several key factors that generally define a metrosexual male in the world of fashion. Clothing When it comes to style, metrosexual men are the height of fashion. They wear simple clothing with luxurious brand names and keep it very simple. You’re not likely to see a metrosexual with a brightly-patterned button-down or a T-shirt with his college logo. Instead, these men usually stick to solid colors that fit properly, and will even succumb to special tailoring to achieve a perfect fit. Matching accessories complete the ensemble with stylish watches, trendy sunglasses and matching wallets, belts and shoes. Haircut and a Shave In order to stay in fashion with the term ‘metrosexual’ a man will need to keep shaving and haircuts at the top of the list. This type of man is clean-cut, rarely having facial hair of any kind. In fact, a metrosexual male may even engage in any number of hair removal processes for other parts of his body. He also makes a regular habit of staying up to date with the latest haircuts and most fashionable hairstyles. Fitness and Well-Being To round out the fashion trend, metrosexual males are usually schooled in fitness and well-being. They generally keep physical fitness as a priority and practice nutritious and balanced lifestyles. They will often know the perfect wine for any occasion and regularly practice meditation and personal development. Metrosexual men are proud to be on the softer side of all things fashion and the latest trends.

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Fashion

Sexy Shapewear For Women Who Want A Better Body W

omen’s shapewear has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Women want to look and feel good and they don’t want to wait if they have a few extra pounds. Shapewear reduces the body by inches as soon as a woman puts it on. This is the no-diet solution for fitting into a sexy dress for that special occasion and event. A woman wearing shapewear will feel more confident and carry herself with assurance. Shapewear: Features Shapewear comes in a wide variety of styles and shapes since most women want to target a specific area of their body when choosing their shapewear garment. Design styles include: plunging neckline, strapless, body brief, high waisted, hip and thigh shapers, firm control and easy-up and easy-down. Each style is designed to fit over traditional undergarments or to replace them. The design of the shapewear helps to support and produce the look of the outer garment without causing the outer garment to look stretched or too tight. A strapless shapewear style will allow a strapless dress to fit properly so that the fabric drapes while the breasts remain supported and covered. This provides a sense of security when a woman is wearing the dress. She wants to look good and know that her clothing will not have an inappropriate malfunction at an important event. Shapewear comes in different levels of control from light to extra firm. Styles that include full body coverage and a bra are often called all-in-one styles. Separates target below the chest areas. Most types can be purchased in nude or black and some are available in other colors. Shapewear: Why Wear Them? Few women feel they have a perfect body. Most women want to exercise greater control over one or two parts of their body so they feel like their body looks its very best. When a woman feels like she looks her best, her confidence is boosted and she is likely to approach the occasion or event in a better mood. Having a positive sense of self helps a woman relax and enjoy herself. Wearing shapewear allows a woman to set aside her focus or concern on her appearance, knowing it is taken care of in a simple and secure way. 28

Shapewear: Sizing Shapewear is available in sizes from small to 8x large. Each garment should be selected carefully by matching your hip, waist, panty and bra size. It is important not to select a smaller size thinking it will do a better job. It won’t. Shapewear works best when it fits properly so that a woman can sit without feeling any tightness or binding. Shapewear should feel comfortable. If you want more control you select a higher degree of control in the correct size. Each piece of shapewear is designed with seams in specific places to maximize a woman’s shape. When putting on the shapewear it is important to position the seams correctly and to have additional fabric in areas where a woman has more curve. If the garment is hot then purchase cotton style shapewear that breathes more easily. Shapewear: Benefits Women are loving shapewear because it simply makes them feel sexier and more attractive. More pieces and newer designs are constantly entering the market as designers scramble to give women the type of control they want wearing everything from jeans to lingerie. Feeling good inside your clothing translates into how a woman presents herself to others and may reduce her habit of judging herself in negative terms. Shapewear controls the softness, the small extra bulge, the bounce, the creases and the sag. The garment shapes the body with a gentle hand smoothing out and moderating uneven spots. The fabric elongates the silhouette and conveys a sense of personal control unlike any other type of garment.

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Family & Friends Resources

Independent Living Aids A

s more and more baby boomers begin to care for their aging parents, a wide variety of independent living aids are currently available on the market. Most seniors would prefer to stay living in their homes, and if they are in reasonably good health, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to. Certain modifications within the home may be necessary to accommodate specific physical limitations that develop. If a senior is living alone and does not have assistance, every day tasks such as showering may become increasingly difficult. Shower or bathtub benches can be installed in order to allow a senior to be completely self-sufficient as well as providing the opportunity to maintain their privacy. Mobility is always one of the greatest concerns, particularly when a person loses their ability to drive or move around unaided. If a person requires assistance walking, he or she might consider obtaining a rollator. The rollator is similar to any standard walker, however the major difference is that it has wheels attached to its legs and therefore does not require the user to lift it at all. It provides a much smoother and more balanced way of walking. It can be much more stable than simply using a cane for support. There are many different models and styles to choose from, including rollators that provide seats or baskets. An individual should be sure to shop around and find the appropriate style and type of rollator to suit his or her needs. Another item that will give a senior citizen living on their own confidence and security is the Life Alert Emergency Response System. Life Alert is worn by an individual around their wrist or neck. A unit known as the communication box is set up in the home and when any life-threatening or medical emergency occurs, they simply press the button

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on their Life Alert pendant or bracelet. This will send a signal to the dispatch center, and an operator will immediately contact the person in distress. After determining the cause of the emergency, or if there is no response from the wearer, support will be sent immediately. The Life Alert system can be life-saving and can give the senior citizen living on their own much-needed peace of mind. These and many other products are available, and they can help provide the assistance many senior citizens need to maintain their independent lifestyle.

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