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May/June 2019

Mothers & Daughters

Loving Your Skin,

Healthy Eating, and More!


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Contents 5 Re-Invented 11 Supplementing 12 Skin 13 Bro-tox 14 Getting Creative 21 Gardening 26 Why Do I Need Reading Glasses?

Community Calendar Zumba on the Beach - Saturdays in front of Breakers in New Smyrna Beach.

First Saturday Ormond Beach ArtWalk near Daytona Beach, FL Saturday, May 4

Boombox Bingo - Not your grandmother’s Bingo Classic Car Cruise-In in Daytona Beach, FL

Every 2nd Wednesday at Yellow Dog Eats, Canal Street New Smyrna Beach. Benefiting Rott Rescue

Ormond Beach Beer Festival Sat May 11 2

pm The Casements Ormond Beach

Saturday, May 4

Canal Street Historic District Craft Beer Walk near Daytona Beach, FL Saturday, May 4

Wine Tasting near Daytona Beach, FL Tuesday, Zoso – Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Sat May May 7 22 6 pm The Venue At Destination Daytona

First Annual Fire and Ice Gala Sat Jun 22 5:30 – 9:30 Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club

Ormand Beach Family YMCA Triathlon

Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11

Visit the Historic Howard Thurman Home

Sat Jun 22 12 am 21 Ocean Shore Blvd. Ormond

in Daytona Beach, FL Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11

Great Tasting Tours around Daytona Beach, FL

East Coast Cruiser Night near Daytona Beach,

Wednesday, May 1 - Saturday, May 4


Great Tasting Tours around Daytona Beach, FL

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By Mary McCandless

einvented, a word that is defined in many ways. It is described as a remaking or a makeover, to re do. I never really understood why people would use that word. I have reinvented myself ! I would always wonder, “what is wrong with your previous self ?”Did you need to add a new arm, leg or torso? Was the previous one no longer functional? I have found that we use that term loosely when we want to change what we do,whether it is our life or our job. There is no reason to reinvent yourself. Your life was given to you so that you can branch out and grow, just as a tree would. There are many who feel that what they are currently doing may not be what they want, or it did not work out for them. That does not mean you are a failure or were not good enough. It simply means that there is so much out there that you should experience. Challenge yourself. We are meant to grow every day of our lives. Where is it written in stone that we can only go in one direction? Who said that the career we chose had to follow us throughout our lives? It is my opinion that society has dictated our life path. Is that what your legacy is about? I would hope not. Happiness should be at the top of your life list. You can obtain and maintain it by being who you want to be. If you try something and decide it is not what you wanted to do, then do something else. There is no need to “reinvent” yourself. You are not a failure or stupid. You are courageous and confident for doing it.

It is only another branch that you have added to your life tree. By doing this you are enhancing your knowledge and life experience. I also hear some say, “ I am too old to do that!” Again, is this something that was ingrained in us that at a certain age, we cease to function? Absolutely not! I have a philosophy and hope that you will take on one of your own. It is to be happy, if something does not work, try something new. Experience life, take those challenges and be true to who you are and what you want to do.If you are kind and try to be the best person you can be each day and take on whatever you want, your life is complete. Live it, be what you are, grow and branch off just as a tree does. So go and add more branches to your tree. It is easier than you think. Draw a trunk, which will represent you then draw a branch for everything that you have done so far. Now take a look at your tree and determine what new branches are going to grow. The new branch will represent that new growth in your life. Win or lose it is your one and only tree, so grow it the way you want it to grow. Learn new things and blossom. You deserve it!

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hen I decided to create a magazine here in Florida I made it a point to get out and meet as many women as possible. I would ask, what are your goals? What is important to you to achieve them?  I found the answer to be pretty much the same. It was an avenue of communication and getting support in what they do.  Whether it was community or connecting, it was the same. Prior to making Florida my home, I published Women of Upstate New York magazine and brought women together for 5 1/2 years and that is exactly what I am doing now . We as women need to support each other to build upon what we know and share our knowledge so that we as a group can excel together.  That is the premise for the magazine. I want to introduce ordinary women who are doing extraordinary things. It is important that encounter issues that may delay our success, it is not failure but as a way to excel and change or tweak the path we are on. Success is dependant on each and every one of us to make sure that barriers and nothing that can slow us down.  We as women will push through them to be successful. I hope you enjoy reading our Premier issue, and if you would like to share your thoughts or ideas - we welcome it. Happy Reading Mary


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Lynne Mercurio By: Mary McCandless

n a world where we are trying to be as self sufficient as possible, we are also looking to do that with our health. The world of supplements and herbs are helping us to advocate our health on our terms. There are isles upon isles of vitamins and supplements, and with so many out there it is hard to determine which to chose. How do you know what works and what doesn’t? Trial and Error? Who knows! It comes down to making choices and whether you see a difference over time. There is a buzz about one called Protandim, a supplement that contains Milk Thistle, Bacopa, Ashwagandha, Green Tea and Turmeric. It is said to reduce Oxidative Stress and according to, this “is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.” So what does all this mean? Unlike everyday stress that we all experience, oxidative stress occurs when your body cannot keep up with reproducing free radical production. The site goes on to say that; “Oxidative stress can lead to pathophysiological conditions in the body, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.” In addition gene mutation, cancers, heart and blood vessel disorders, heart attack and inflammatory disease.” Source Antioxidants can keep your body in balance, and along with exercise it can assist with diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more.

Protandim and NRF2 synergize is a dietary supplement that helps your cells to produce their own antioxidants and is taken daily. One such person who has experienced the effects and is now a believer is Lynne Mercurio. She has seen the difference and shares with us more information about this product. Don’t understand NRF2? Check this out! Nrf2 is a protein messenger in the body that has an antioxidant defense mechanism. It creates enzymes to help reduce damage to the body. It is already in your body and it can help in reducing damage. However you have to activate it to make it work by reducing the amount of oxidative stress that is damaging cells (aging our cells). Protandim can activate Nrf2 in your body and help slow down that process. Lynn says that 99.9% of doctors do not see healthy people, they see sick people, and that good health starts with us. Nrf2 is so big that it is going into space. Astronauts are carrying out experiments that look into the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Researchers believe that Nrf2 may be able to reduce the effects of “space stress” too. Lynn also tells us that dogs suffer from oxidative stress and that there is also Petandrim for your beloved furry friends. Lynne has seen such great results that she has become a representative for the company. If you are interested in learning more about Protandim and Nrf2, contact Lynne 386-299-0951 and find her on Facebook. SunshineBioHacker

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Skin S

kin, we never give it much thought and sometimes we take it for granted. Did you know that skin is our largest organ? Skin with its seven layers protects our bones and the rest of our internal organs. The question remains “How much are we protecting it?” Here in the south we have many more days of sunshine and along with that more exposure. Did you know that even on overcast days our skin is still being exposed to the sun’s rays? So the first thing we should do is protect it. Finding the right sunscreen is important and should be worn at all times. Many times we just think that if we are at the beach or pool we need it, however, exposure is exposure. So the next time you are in the sun for long periods of time, make it a habit to apply the sunscreen. It helps in decreases the chances of sunburn and protecting yourself also can reduce the risks of skin cancer. Melanoma, although not the only skin cancer, it is the most serious. Additionally, since our skin is a vital organ we should take care of it. A good habit to have is self-checking your skin. When your getting dressed or hopping in or out of the shower, look in the mirror and check yourself


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for any moles, or spots on your skin that were never there or have become larger or crusty. If you find one, it may just be a normal mole, but it is always worth it to have it checked. Since we now have the short version of skin, how should we take care of it? We all want the Skin-ny on what to do, so here are some tips. For this story we are giving you very basics since there are many factors that can go into caring for your skin. For more serious skin issues, you should contact a Dermatologist. There are many other ways to take care of our skin. There is dry skin, oily skin and even chaffed skin. Pick your poison, in this case lotion that works best. 1. Dry skin needs more oils, and needs a cream with oils. CeraVe, Eucerin are a couple. Want to do it yourself ? Try using Lavender, Castor or Avocado Oil. 2. Oily skin needs more water-based lotions. Neutogena Oil Free Moisturiser, Clean Clear Oil Free Moisturiser. Do it yourself with Jajoba Oil, Oatmeal and Honey or Aloe Vera. There are tons of DIY recipes online to mix up a natural skin care lotion for your type of skin. Here you have it, a couple of ways to keep your skin healthy and you looking your best. Remember, drink lots of water and love the skin you’re in, it is all that you’ve got!

Bro-tox By: Beth Phillips, RPAC

One of the many increasing trends in male plastic surgical procedures is Botox (or other neurotoxins such as Xeomin or Dysport) injections. Laughingly referred to as Bro-tox, this procedure is used to soften wrinkles in the face. In 2015, a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) showed that the number of men receiving injections increased by 337 percent since 2000. While most women get Botox injections to look younger, most men seem to get Botox in order to stay competitive. Dr. Daniel Mills, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery stated, “They’re simply having more procedures done because they want to maintain competitiveness in an increasingly ageist workplace.” There is a huge increase in the number of men that are interested in plastic surgical procedures. Botox, or “Brotox”, is one of the most common. Many, if not most men come in at the urging of their significant others. I would estimate that almost half of my male patients have had their first visit along with their wives or girlfriends. Sometimes they start as observers, but many times they become regular customers on their own. Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are all considered neurotoxins and work by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, thus causing temporary paralysis of a targeted muscle. It is injected in very small aliquots using a small gauge needle in the areas deemed appropriate by the practitioner. The onset of action usually is seen within a couple of days, but can take up to two weeks to see the full effect. Botox lasts approximately 3-4 months and then must be repeated in order to maintain the desired effect. These injections are most commonly used to treat wrinkles in the glabella (commonly known as “eleven’s,” “frown lines” or “devil’s horns”), forehead and around the eyes. It is also used in the treatment of sweating. It can be injected in the palms of your hands, soles of your feet, or underarms to eliminate or at least greatly diminish perspiration in these areas. To be complete, I should mention that there is another area that botox has been reportedly used...also with a catchy name. “Scro-tox”, as you might have guessed, is botox injections to the scrotum.

This has been cited as being effective for the treatment of both wrinkles and perspiration. While Botox injection has become one of the most common male procedures in our office, there are still many other cosmetic procedures for the guys. Other common procedures that our male patients have performed: facial fillers, liposuction, Sculpsure (non-surgical fat reduction), tummy tucks, facelifts, neck lifts, male breast reduction, PRP for hair loss, laser treatments for facial veins or toenail fungus. Men have become more comfortable with coming in for aesthetician services such as facials and chemical peels. With June being the month in which Father’s Day is celebrated, I thought it would be appropriate to mention that the male equivalent to the “Mommy Makeover,” now termed the “Daddy Do-Over,” is further evidence that the guys don’t want to be left out! Cosmetic procedures are not just for women anymore and have become very commonplace for men.

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Getting Creative with

Judy Carbone


ho would have thought that making 12 dozen Italian cookies at Christmas would lead to more? Surely, Judy didn’t. Judy Carbone always had a creative side but did not take this hidden talent to the next level until now. Judy’s desire to be more active took her to the beach for long walks. Along her mornings of fitness she would come across pieces of wood and plenty of seashells. So Judy decided to take a bag along with her and gather up shells and wood. There is no piece of wood that is exempt. Judy will see various pieces along her travels, whether it is driftwood or an old skid of wood. It all goes to good use. Those creative juices started to stir inside her and it began with taking the wood and making beach signs and picture frames... many of which grace the walls of her home. However, wait, it went a step further. Her friends who had the chance to see her work wanted pieces of their own. Now Judy was tasked with creating more and they soon became gifts of love. “It is great for my daily exercising and I discovered a whole new art for myself. As I walk along the shore, the shells that I collected are now bracelets and necklaces. Judy received a Dremel from her husband to help her with creating these fun and lovely items. She has found that her new passion of design is her “Labor of Love.” Why not tap into your creative side and make your own gifts that your family and friends can treasure for a lifetime.


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Judy finds many of her beads, clips and more at Michaels.

Embelish your bracelets with and size or bead type of your choosing using 22 gauge wire.

Wash and assort your shells according to size, once dry you can drill the holes.

Black smooth rope with clasps.

Judy freehands her Lacrosse sign for one of her nephews. She also created Beach signs for other family members.

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Creating Her Recipes, Path and Empire with Momma by her side! Chef Julie Ann Sageer’s irresistible Lebanese cuisine quickly gaining demand!

Julie Taboulie


ulie Taboulie’s hot cuisine is exactly that – everyone wants some of it! Her extremely warm, genuine and loving demeanor matches perfectly. Julie Ann Sageer was always surrounded by family, friends and…. Food, Lebanese food. If you are not familiar with Mediterranean home cooking and the popular Julie Taboulie…,please allow me to introduce you. Julie Taboulie, who is Julie Ann Sageer, received this loving nickname by her tightknit family when she was just a little girl. Taboulie is one of the first Middle Eastern grain salads Sageer learned to make at a young age, and it makes perfect sense that it has become an everlasting part of her identity. It was, and still is, one of Sageer’s favorite dishes. Sageer lost her beloved father when she was only six years old. Her step-father, Richard, has been all she could have asked for and more; their relationship is very strong. Even more important is the strength and confidence her mother has instilled. Julie lovingly refers to her as


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By: Kristen Penfield “Momma”.

All the while, Sageer’s mom was right by her side. She continued to teach Sageer new dishes while Sageer would instruct her classes. “I have always had an obsession with food and cooking, since I was a little girl. Growing up the youngest of four in a family-owned restaurant, food was always a focus. Both my parents are from Lebanon. Though it wasn’t the path I thought I’d follow after college, I could not be happier. My dream is now a reality,” said Sageer. “None of this could have happened without my Hindi “ (mother), added Sageer, with whom Sageer is extremely close. Sageer went to college in New York City. Afterwards, in 2007, she became a successful television producer, writer and host for segments on Bloomberg’s NYCTV. Sageer said, “I absolutely loved it. But it was not driving me. I was especially fond of the cooking segments on TV. I truly related to it.” Shortly after, Sageer noticed there were no cooking shows focused on Lebanese or Middle Eastern cooking. Sageer laughed, “The professional chefs I did see cooking

Lebanese food were doing it wrong!” Deep down, Sageer’s passion was building inside of her. She wanted to teach people – all people and any people, how to cook Lebanese food. There simply was not enough representation. The turning point for Sageer truly came after an incredible, month-long visit to Arde, Lebanon. “Later that year [2007] I was able to travel and finally see the country of Lebanon, of which I had heard so much about over the years. When my mother came to the United States, she came only with her brothers and left behind her four sisters and parents. I cherish my family and especially my Sitto (maternal grandmother). She would visit us in the U.S. on occasion, but I wanted to see Lebanon for myself,” said Sageer. That trip was immeasurably important and meaningful to Sageer. She met many family members for the first time, explored her Lebanese roots and embraced her beloved culture. Sageer’s family in Lebanon were exactly as she was – warm, friendly, loving and wonderful cooks! They shared countless recipes and Sageer amp ed-up her Arabic speaking and learned much more about the language, she so adored. “I returned to New York and continued with my job at NYCTV, but knew I wanted to make a change,” said Sageer, and that, she did. Sageer called her mother at home in Upstate NY and said, “I am coming home, and I am going to teach Lebanese cooking.”

Julie and Mama Photo by: Alexandra Grablewski Once again, Sageer’s mom was by her side to support her. Sageer moved home the following year, began teaching Lebanese cooking throughout the area. Sageer stated, “My cooking classes were a huge hit, each one sold-out. People loved them, because it was different and primarily the people attending the classes were non Lebanese. I started with a small budget and introduction courses. I taught how to cook Taboulie, Hummus, Falafel and Baba Ganoush.” Then, an incredible turning point. Soon, she had her own PBS show, Cooking with Julie Taboulie. “My background in communications; as a writer and producer, really helped me through my process of putting packages together for stations to view,” admitted Sageer. The show, an inspiring culinary exploration of the world of Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cuisines, focused on the four basic fundamentals of life – fresh, flavorful, family and fun. The series is produced on location amid the breathtaking lakes and landscapes in Central New York. She has grown even more! Her show,  Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen airs nationwide on PBS stations, and cookbook.  It is a combination of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, culture and customs. “Where fresh is best, family comes first, and the foods are FULL of flavor. She shares her tips, tricks and techniques, so we at home can successfully recreate her recipes - they are Julie Taboulie tested, and Mama approved!” Sageer said, “I am just thrilled with how supportive my fans are. It is a labor of love. I fell in love with Lebanon, and I feel so

privileged to be representing my heritage. I felt a powerful message while in Lebanon; I felt God’s message. My family in Lebanon is exactly as I am – their spirit, their welcoming love and resilience was amazing. It was always about the food. I am lucky to be doing this.” As well, Sageer knows how truly blessed she is to be filming near her mother. “I am proud to represent Central New York in my show, where it is filmed. There are countless, beautiful wineries and vineyards and stunning scenery. I asked Sageer what advice she had for those of us who want to be fabulous in the kitchen, as she is. Sageer replied, “Be present and instinctual. Taste along the way, while you are cooking so that you know what to add. The food will tell you how to season it. Taste and smell your ingredients as well. The food will guide you. Have generosity in your cooking; don’t hold back on ingredients.” She proved her advice in the meal she served us. Through it all, Sageer’s mom has stood by her daughter and will forever support her goals and hard work. They’re partners for life. Recently, Sageer and her mother landed in Los Angeles while they worked hard on promotions. “My mother and I were in an elevator to meet another producer. My mom looked at me and said, ‘I thought you were coming home to teach cooking classes?’ We both laughed and hugged, knowing there is so much more success unfolding and even more on the horizon.

by St. Martin’s Press and her photographer, Alexandra Grablewski, have been so supportive and positive of her vision, her environment and helping her to grow “Team Taboulie.” Julie Taboulie’s bond with her mother is noticed in an instant on page one of her cookbook recognition: “I would not be here without you. I could not do this without you. I wouldn’t be the woman and chef that I am today without you. Because you believed in me, I believed in me. I believe in you. I am blessed to have you as my mother. I love you with all of my heart and soul forever more.” Julie was also a guest on NBC’s Today’s Show segment, “Today Food” where she cooked for Hoda and the Today Show staff. There are more exciting things coming her way. Want to learn how to cook just like Chef Julie? You can purchase her book on line at, Barnes and Noble or watch her show which airs on Create TV Channel Nationally - locally on QUCF-Orlando. For air times: show/Julie-Taboulies-Lebanese-Kitchen

Chef Sageer’s cookbook is 296-pages of breathtaking and mouthwatering food. Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking , published

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Exclusively You Food

“My mama is my Master Chef. She is my mentor. My incredible mama is my everything.” - Julie Sageer.

Chickpea of the Sea Salad Sandwiches Recipe courtesy of Kristie Middleton, from her book Meatless and brought to you by Stefanie Heath-Higgins. visit

Move over, tuna! The surprise ingredient in these sandwiches? Chickpeas. This versatile legume takes on the taste of the sea while delivering a protein punch. SERVES 2 TO 4 TIME: 10 minutes active, 1 hour to chill, optionally 1 15-ounce can chickpeas ¼ cup egg-free mayonnaise (I like Just Mayo) 2 tablespoons pickle relish 1 stalk celery, finely diced 2 green onions, finely chopped Squeeze of fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon nori flakes, optional 4 to 8 slices bread or 2 to 4 whole wheat wraps Tomato slices, optional 4 large romaine lettuce leaves

Drain and rinse chickpeas. In a medium bowl, mash chickpeas with a potato masher or fork until crumbly. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately by making sandwiches or wraps, or refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Makes 2 very stuffed or 4 lightly stuffed sandwiches or wraps. PRO-TIP: Mix in ¼ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower kernels to give the salad a little extra crunch and a blast of vitamins B and E. 18

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Flowering Bushes and Easy Vegetable Garden


lowers can make you smile, and when they pop their heads out for the first time it is a great beautyl That is what perennials can guarantee, flowering blooms year round. We are sharing just a few of the many plants that can bring curb appeal and smiles. From Spring to Fall, there are many different perennials to choose from. Better Homes and Gardens features a wide variety. Learn more at Once you have chosen which plants you would like, head over to the many local garden centers or stores such as Walmart to find every plant you need for the perfect garden.

Ruellia Makoyana

Beautiful Colors that tell us Spring is here!

Duranta Bush

Perfect around trees or along the deck!

Allamanda Vibrant and hearty


dibles with flowers - Plant Basil, Squash Flowers, Chives, Cilantro, Lavender. Sunflower, and Hibiscus to name a few.

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Why Do I Need Reading Glasses for the Menu? Smaller font size and dim lighting make for a challenging night out


ecently, my husband Kevin and I went out to dinner sans teens, a special event in itself. We decided to forego our usual Tex-Mex spot in favor of a Spanish restaurant offering great tapas. This translates to a quieter, dimmer, adults-only atmosphere conducive to lingering over our meal, sharing a glass of wine and not issuing please-chew-withyour-mouth-closed reminders. With Spanish murals and soft guitar music as our romantic backdrop, we sat at our table, picked up our menus and tried to focus on the 6-point-font-sized list of appetizers. We perused the menu for a few minutes before one of us (probably me) finally said, “I can’t see a darn thing. Why do they have to make the type so small?” I held the menu far enough away to be in another ZIP code while Kevin adopted his best Robert De Niro face as he tried to discern what camerones al ajillo means. “Is this in Spanish . . . or can we really just not see . . . or both?” he asked. Let There Be Light After struggling for a few more minutes, we cast pride aside and Kevin reached for his reading glasses while I whisked out my credit-card size magnifier that fits in my wallet. (Good God, do I really own a credit-card size magnifier?) I leaned in toward the votive candle for an extra 2 watts hoping not to catch the menu on fire, although the extra light from the flames would have helped. Meanwhile, Kevin broke out his iPhone flashlight app. With the added luminosity and 2x magni


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By: Lisa Beach fication, we were ready to order. When the waiter arrived with some water, we questioned him about croquetas, patas a la brava, and other yummy things we usually don’t get to eat because of our finicky teens’ pizza-and-taco-based dining options. Our waiter described these delicacies in detail as we stared at him with rapt attention, but not exactly able to understand what he was saying (just a little bit because I can’t hear, I swear).Hesitatingly, I asked, “So, these are spicy potatoes?” The waiter nodded. Trying to summon his best high school Spanish, Kevin ordered the potato thing, some empanadas and (we hoped) the shrimp appetizer, camerones al ajillo. Praying we didn’t just order squid (calamares) with Kevin’s rusty Spanish, we concentrated on the wine list, with a font size that was even smaller than the appetizer list. Not wanting to delay the quick delivery of wine to our table, I abandoned hope of deciphering the menu and just ordered some merlot, hoping it didn’t cost $20 a glass. The waiter said something else and paused, perhaps waiting for my response. Not wanting to ask for the third time already, “Can you please say that again?” I looked at him, nodded and smiled. Then he looked at me, nodded and smiled, now knowing that I pretty much couldn’t hear a word he just said. Challenged by a Micro-Font The food was fabulous, and we enjoyed the rest of our dinner without a hitch.

And then the bill came. The pale-gray-onwhite-paper bill – again with the micro-font. We panicked because we couldn’t see the total. And if we couldn’t see the total, how could we leave a tip? We huddled together like a small football team trying to remember the playbook. “Did the shrimp cost $13 or $18? I can’t tell if that’s a 1 or a 7, can you? Didn’t we end up ordering two spicy potato dishes?” This felt like a nightmarish adult version of an algebra class word problem: If we each ordered one glass of wine at $12 each and we’re leaving the restaurant at 9 p.m. traveling east on the highway at 45 mph We started to break out in a sweat as we noticed the waiter come by twice to see if we were ready to pay. In desperation, we took out the iPhone flashlight again, causing the other diners to turn and glare at whatever was killing the ambience in the room. How embarrassing! Quick turn it off ! Turn it off !We whipped out our cash, handed it to the waiter and scurried out with our eyes averting the others, like two teens caught making out in the back seat of their dad’s Ford Fusion. We caught our breath in the parking lot — from the scurrying — and agreed that our next date night needed to be less stressful. We made a pact to choose the restaurant based not on type of cuisine or location or even what Groupon we haven’t used, but on which one has the better overhead lighting. Lisa Beach is a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Eating Well, Good Housekeeping, and more. Check out her website:

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Osteoporosis The Silent Disease By: Christine Vickers, MLS,CAS It seems as if everyone knows someone who suffers from this disease. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Osteoporosis is common as approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and/or low bone mass. The NOF states that studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and above will break a bone due to Osteoporosis. Further statistics are even grimmer, the NOF shares that osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones and 19 billion in related costs every year. By 2025, medical professionals predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for almost 3 million fractures and 25.3 billion costs annually.

gen for women and low testosterone for men, insufficient Calcium and vitamin D intake, to name a few. Black and Hispanic women have a lower risk.

Exactly what is this disease and what are the causes? The NOF notes that osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both. This results in bones that are weak and that may break due to a fall, etc. When looked at under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honey comb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in a healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and related Bone Diseases National Resource Center notes that there are many risk factors which can cause this disease. Some risk factors are things that patients can change and some that they cannot.

Prevention Having an appropriate supply of calcium is a key element in warding off Osteoporosis. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream, dark-green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach and other foods like sardines and salmon. Additionally, Calcium can be found in fortified foods like orange juice, cereals and breads. Calcium supplements can be taken if you are not consuming enough of the required amounts. The amounts of calcium vary by age and need. A body’s demand for calcium is great during childhood, adolescence, pregnancy and breast feeding. Postmenopausal women and older men should increase their calcium intake. Older adults are more likely to take medication that impairs the ability of the body to absorb the calcium. Vitamin D is an important part of maintaining the health of your bones. Vitamin D can be found in diets that include egg yolks, saltwater fish and liver. Lack of vitamin D can be found in older adults or others who are housebound and are not able to absorb the vitamin naturally from the atmosphere. The recommended dosage for vitamin D intake for adults up to age 70 is 600 IU. Adults over age 70 should increase intake to 800 IU.

Some identifiers are listed below. By perusing this list, you can see if you have any risk factors of Osteoporosis: Some are: Gender, Age, Body Size, Ethnicity, and history of Osteoporosis tend to run in families. White and Asian women are at the highest risk. Other risk factors include: Anorexia nervosa, sex hormonal changes, low estro-

It is a good idea to be proactive, try exercising it is a critical element in maintaining bone health. In addition, walking, hiking, climbing stairs, weight training, tennis and dancing help too. Women who smoke have lower estrogen, and smoking may absorb less calcium from food. Try to limit alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks

per day. Symptoms/Detection/Treatment Osteoporosis can be called the silent disease as bone loss often happens without any outward signs. Many times, people will not know that their bones are brittle until a fall causes a fracture or strain. For an assessment on bone health, a doctor may recommend a bone mineral density test (BMD) A BMD test is similar to an x-ray and can measure several things, including; detecting low bone density before a fracture occurs, confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis, and if you already have one or more fractures, predict your chances of fracturing in the future and determine your rate of bone loss. After a BMD a doctor may recommend a treatment program that focuses on nutrition, exercise and medication. The NIH offers tips for eliminating environmental hazards that may increase or exacerbate symptoms of osteoporosis, here are just a few: wear rubber soled or heavy shoes that provide traction, Use a cane or a walker for added stability, In winter, carry salt or kitty litter to sprinkle on slippery sidewalks. (This is especially important in Central New York!) Indoors, keep rooms’ clutter free and floor surfaces smooth but not slick. Avoid walking in socks, stockings or slippers. Depending on your diagnosis your doctor may also recommend rubber bath mats and grab bars for your shower and tub. Wear a health alert device that in the event of a fall, help will come quickly. *Information for this article was obtained from the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases- National Resource Center and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. For further knowledge regarding Osteoporosis, please visit: NIH-

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he healing properties of warm water immersion and massage have been celebrated and practiced for centuries. Relax... Relaxation may be one of the first reasons why people want to experience a hot tub. The effects of hydrotherapy are enhanced when used regularly. Stress is reduced naturally when the body is stimulated through massage, exercise and other means. These activities release neurotransmitters called endorphins, which assist the body in handling pain, stress and emotions. Warm water massage is one way to release endorphins, increasing pleasure and relieving stress. Headaches can be reduced as water jets in hot tubs and whirlpools help to dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow. Scientific studies have also shown a balance between the autonomic nervous system and warm water therapy. This can lead to a strong sense of well-being and the ability to focus. Additionally, hot-tub therapy may alleviate mental anxiety. By taking time out to breathe deeply and refocus your mind while you soak, you may yield an energizing effect that will build from within, and you will better be able to face the mental and physical challenges of the day.

Sleep may come faster and longer to those who take advantage of hydrotherapy. The National Sleep Foundation reports that soaking in a hot tub before bed can ease the transition into deeper, more comfortable sleep. The relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking helps release tension and starts you on the path to a restful slumber. Once you’re immersed in warm water, your body’s temperature is raised, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the hot tub, your core temperature lowers slowly, signaling to the body that it’s time to sleep. Rejuvenate... If you have been in an accident, or had recent surgery, recovery time can be improved in a hot tub. Soaking, floating and using buoyancy to practice mobility exercises, along with stretching affected area(s) will allow skin and muscles to loosen and relax. The body naturally heals damaged areas through improved blood flow to injuries. The increased flow and oxygen will also speed the healing process. Medical professionals suggest warmth to increase circulation and assist healing. Hot tubs equipped with soothing jets, also assist cells and tissues to regenerate. Reinvigorate...Arthritis affects more than 70 million people in the USA alone. Ac

cording to the Arthritis Foundation, time in a hot tub creates a helpful environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Using water exercise to “keep joints moving, can restore and preserve flexibility and strength,” which “protects joints against further damage, “it improves your coordination, endurance and your ability to perform daily tasks.” When jets are used, the massage relaxes muscles, ligaments and tendons and stimulates the release of endorphins— the body’s natural pain relief mechanism. The water’s buoyancy relieves stress on joints and muscles to encourage the range of motion, flexibility and movement. An Arthritis Foundation publication related to spas, pools and arthritis states, “Regular sessions also protect your joints from further damage.” For the millions of Americans with Arthritis and other joint problems, hot tubs provide relief by loosening muscles and reducing stiffness. Areas of the body which have suffered stress or trauma also respond well to hot water and massage jets. Did you know? Those with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Athletes, and accident victims also find relief from its use. Migraines, tendonitis, back and neck pain – all can be helped with the regular use of your hot tub.

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