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Womens Expo......................................................................................... 5
Women’s Health Care of New England.................................................. 6 Nutrition Paradox.................................................................................... 7 A Different Kind of Medicine.................................................................. 8 Michael E. Doyle, M.D............................................................................. 9 Chiropractic Care is A Family Affair........................................................10 Associates in Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Care, P.C...........11 Excellence in Plastic Surgery with a Caring Touch................................ 12 Anna Kishinevsky, M.D........................................................................... 13
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Step Into the Next Dimension of Gymnastics.......................................14 How I Reinvented Health....................................................................... 15 Sloan Kettering.......................................................................................16
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Women In Profile.......................................................................... 21-23 Home & Garden
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Nutrition Paradox: Eating Less May Not Result In Weight Loss Carol is a good-looking 40 year old woman, happily married, a mother of 2 adorable children, and she loves her work as an interior decorator. She is 5’5”, eats low-fat, follows the low glycemic index and exercises on a daily basis. She is well dressed, blond with pretty blue eyes……and lately just can’t stand herself! She has, over the last 5 years, slowly but surely gained well over 10 pounds without understanding why. She hasn’t changed her habits. If anything, she has eaten less and exercised more, and still the scale keeps going up! She’s beside herself and starting to get depressed. She has been to her doctor who told her there was nothing wrong. All blood-work came back normal, including her thyroid test. Her doctor suggested that she might benefit from seeing a nutritionist. Devastated, she came in to see me for her first appointment, saying there must be something wrong with her body. Maybe her metabolism is down? Can it be measured? Can I help her? We measured her metabolic rate, and found that, yes, it was below where it should be. It was low not because of a medical malfunction but paradoxically because she has been under-eating and over-exercising. In other words, her body has not been getting enough calories on a daily basis. Carol was rather surprised to learn that eating 1700 calories/day wasn’t enough and that her body has compensated by reducing her metabolic rate by 300 calories. This means that if she can get her metabolic rate up to normal again, she can eat 300 calories more per day without gaining weight!
When I asked her about her energy level, she admitted that it’s rather low and that there is room for improvement. The same goes for hunger, but she thought that there was nothing wrong with being a little hungry. After all, doesn’t eating less make us live longer? Yes, we know that restricting calories can
extend animal life, but we don’t know about humans yet. Some humans can under-eat without it affecting their metabolism. For many of us, however, the same thing that happened to Carol is true, i.e., under-eating lowers our metabolic rate, and makes us store fat. Unfortunately there is more to it. When the body is underfed, it has to take the calories from some-
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where. An underfed body strips down its own protein stores, its own lean mass, causing accelerated aging. So in Carol’s case she was stripping down her lean mass and pre-aging her body at a double rate. Another effect of this process is that she was compromising her immune system. Carol and I worked together to correct her metabolic rate and subsequently, slowly but surely, she lost her excess weight. She stopped her pre-aging process and now feels like a new, energized and positive person. She corrected her diet at a good time in her life, since had she waited longer she would have entered pre-menopause which would have put her underfed body at risk for gaining a lot more weight. In fact, Carol’s story is very typical. I see the same picture over and over again in my practice, whether I work with an anorexic teenager or a middle-aged overweight woman or man. Clients come, hoping to have lost weight, but in fact having lost muscle mass and gained fat by under-eating, and as a result having gradually damaged their metabolism The scale and caliper measurements won’t accurately describe the whole picture. What you need to know is your daily metabolic rate and most importantly, your protein turnover. In other words, is your body breaking down its own muscle tissue as fuel? I use Comprehensive Metabolic Testing and sophisticated Body Composition Analysis to help determine how to best fuel your body to prevent accelerated aging and how to optimize fat-burning capacity. With these tools we can develop a plan to enable you to soon be on the way to a healthier future.
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“I was so surprised to find out that I wasn’t eating enough. If it wasn’t for the tests, I wouldn’t have believed it. Now, I’m eating more without gaining weight, and I’m actually losing fat-weight.” “I never realized how low energy I was till you had me eating right and I noticed how much more I could both eat and do in a day.”
A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDICINE By Michael E. Doyle, MD By 1914, years of research had lead to great discoveries in the area of thyroid treatment. That year, Eugene Hertoghe, was invited to teach New York’s top physicians how to diagnose all stages of hypothyroidism by carefully listening to their patients and looking for physical signs of low thyroid. No thyroid test had yet been developed… and none was needed. Hertoghe also taught that the low thyroid condition could be reversed by simply giving patients enough natural thyroid extract to restore their health. Dr. Hertoghe’s work was so impressive that it is credited with founding the specialty of endocrinology in America. So, by the early 20th century, hypothyroidism was a treatable condition. But things soon began to change. Over the following decades, a parade of laboratory tests were developed to help doctors make the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Each new test was touted as the “right” way to diagnose low thyroid … until it was discarded and replaced by the next test. Unfortunately, these tests began to replace the art of medicine as doctors were taught to rely on the latest test and to ignore their clinical judgment. People with classic signs of low thyroid function began to suffer once again. Hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, low body temperature, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle pains and more were left untreated because the latest test said that the patient’s thyroid was OK. Soon synthetic thyroid treatments were also developed and were used to replace the natural extracts that had worked so well in the past. Unfortunately, new medications often didn’t work as well as the older “natural” medications. This might be because the natural thyroid extracts have always contained all four thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3, and T4) while the synthetic treatment contains only one (T4). Some doctors such as Broda Barnes, MD refused to follow this “modern” approach and continued to rely on their examination and judgment and continued to use the “old-fashioned” natural thyroid ex-
tracts. By the 1950’s, William Jefferies, MD, was at Harvard working with adrenal hormones. Jefferies quickly recognized that cortisol (a natural form of cortisone), was so important that a person would quickly die without it. He also noted that even minor deficiencies of this hormone could cause many illnesses such as allergies, chronic fatigue
Remarkably, in the 1970’s Dr. Eugene Hertoghe’s grandson, Dr. Jacques Hertoghe, flew from Europe to study Dr. Barnes’ use of natural thyroid treatment. Hertoghe was looking for an effective treatment for his patients in Belgium and he was so impressed by the effectiveness of the natural thyroid extract that he began using it for all his patients. And Jacques Hertoghe was
Michael E. Doyle, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician whose practice combines Conventional and Alternative Medicine including Nutrition and the use of Natural Hormones. Dr. Doyle has a practice in Stamford and can be reached at 203-324-4747. and autoimmune disease. Dr. Jefferies realized that small doses of cortisol could reverse many of these conditions. Jefferies’ most important contribution may have been the concept that this hormone is only harmful when patients take too much, and that small doses can actually improve overall health when needed.
not alone. The superiority of the oldfashioned thyroid treatments eventually became so clear that the president the Royal Thyroid Academy in London concluded that “the treatment of hypothyroidism is about to come full circle” by going back to the old fashioned approach that used a natural combination of thyroid hormones and did not rely
solely on test results. In the 1980’s, building on the work of his predecessors, Dr. J. Hertoghe was using combinations of hormonal therapies for many of his patients. This often included hormones for menopausal women. Dr. J. Hertoghe stated that estrogen and progesterone should only be used in their natural forms because the synthetic variants had dangerous side effects. This was at the time when most doctors were using synthetic progesterone (progestin) and horse estrogens to protect menopausal women from illnesses. About 20 years later, Dr. Hertoghe was proven right when large studies that showed that synthetic sex hormones made many women seriously ill. Sadly, the response of many doctors has been to stop using hormones. But recent evidence continues to support the safety of natural hormones. Recently, of over 50,000 European women were studied using natural (“bio-identical”) estrogen plus either a synthetic progestin or human progesterone. The women who took the artificial hormone had a 40% increase in the occurrence of breast cancer, while the women on bioidentical progesterone had breast cancer rates 10% below women who took nothing at all (and 50% lower than those taking synthetic progestin). It appears that while replacing menopausal hormones is not a panacea, women suffering from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, poor sleep, bone thinning, etc. can find relief. And that the best and safest way appears to be using real hormones instead of the usual synthetics. In the end, a century of experience and scientific evidence shows that natural hormones can play a key role in restoring health for women and men. With a healthy balance of hormones combined with sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, great improvements in health are possible.
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Medical Professionals Chiropractic Care is a Family Affair: The Benefits of Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Moms and Their Families By Dr. Risa M. Sloves
Success Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery! A neighbor of mine told me about Dr. Sloves during my pregnancy because I was having severe lower back pain. In addition, my baby was in the breech presentation and I did not want a C-section. I had tried physical therapy before but it really did not help much at all. I started treatment with Dr. Sloves and after just 1 visit my baby was no longer breech and within a few visits my pain was gone. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Sloves and chiropractic care during pregnancy! -Sandy M. Chiropractic care was a godsend during my pregnancy! I experienced severe lower back and neck pain and was unable to walk or hold my toddler. I was recommended to Dr. Sloves from my OB-GYN. I felt better after my first adjustment and continued chiropractic care during my pregnancy. I would highly recommend Dr. Sloves to anyone during their pregnancy. - Amy G. “My daughter had ear infections constantly from the time she was an infant. She had taken over 30 antibiotics in 3 years and failed her hearing test. Since I took her to Dr. Sloves, she has not had another ear infection or taken another antibiotic and her hearing is completely normal”. - Heather G. My daughter, Nicole, suffered terribly from allergies. She had allergic reactions in the form of hives to dairy, wheat, rice, soy and egg. She also tested positive to peanut allergies on skin tests. I suffered with severe eczema with dry, cracked and bleeding skin on my hands and I had a lifetime of eczema in various locations all over my body. With Dr. Joachim’s BioSET treatments both of our lives have been changed forever! My daughter can now eat whatever she wants, she has gained weight and she now sleeps through the night. The changes were immediately apparent following the specific BioSET treatments for those foods. My hands are now back to normal. My rings fit my fingers again and I no longer scratch my hands to bleed. I have no eczema outbreaks anywhere on my body since the BioSET treatments! Thanks Dr. J.! - Susan N.
For most women, finding out that you are pregnant is a time of extreme joy and happiness. But, once the first 6 weeks of bliss pass, for many women the next 34 weeks become a time of pain, nausea and sleepless nights as their bodies go through changes physically and psychologically However, just because you are pregnant, it does not mean that you need to suffer! And, after delivery, you should be able to focus on the health of your beautiful newborn and not the post-partum aches, pains and postural strains your body has to endure. So, what is a pregnant mom or the mother of a newborn to do? Well, more and more pregnant and post-partum women are choosing the non-invasive approach of chiropractic care to get through their pregnancy pain-free and raise their families in a natural way! Why Chiropractic Care? Every thought you have ever had, every movement you have ever made and every sensation you have ever experienced has been dependent on the nerve messages flowing freely throughout your body. Since our brain and nervous system control the function of every cell, tissue, and organ of our bodies (and our unborn baby’s body) it is vitally important for our nervous system to operate at 100% for optimal health. Our spine protects our spinal cord and when a spinal bone shifts out of normal alignment it may produce abnormal motion and damaging pressure on spinal nerves. This condition is known as vertebral subluxation and if present, it may interrupt the vital nerve flow within our bodies and to our baby. Chiropractic care diagnoses and corrects subluxations which interfere with normal body function. Many subluxations do not cause immediate pain and you may not even realize they are present, but if they are left uncorrected the body’s capacity for health can deteriorate. The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Unfortunately, subluxations are an inherent part of pregnancy due to the hormonal and postural changes that occur in the spine and pelvis which affect the associated joints, nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Realignment of the spine and pelvis can be achieved through chiropractic care which focuses on gentle adjustments either with the doctor’s hands or with special adjusting instruments to remove the subluxations and allow the joints of the spine to function properly.
Studies have shown that this approach helps alleviate the vast majority of common neuromusculoskeletal symptoms experienced by pregnant women: low back pain and sciatica, headaches, neck, shoulder and arm pain or tingling, carpal tunnel syndrome, pubic pain or separation, and pain in the ribcage. Further studies have shown that chiropractic care reduces nausea and vomiting, decreases pain during labor and delivery, and reduces mean labor time. Other benefits include a reduced number of breach presentations, reduced cesarean section rates, less labor intervention, and a quicker recovery. 1. Low back Pain Roughly one half of all mothers-to-be suffer from low back pain and doctors now agree that pregnancy related low back pain is associated with a condition called sacroiliac joint dysfunction (often referred to by chiropractors as SI subluxation). A subluxation is a misalignment of a joint and it creates irritation to the nerves and tissues in the surrounding area. The sacroiliac joints are created by the joining of the sacrum (the triangular bone that sits above our tailbone) and the bones that are on either side of the sacrum known as the inominate bones (the area many people consider the hips). Many hormones increase rapidly during pregnancy and some of them relax the muscles, ligaments, and joints in the body. This allows the pelvis to open during delivery so that the baby’s head and shoulders can pass through the birth canal. But, this relaxation combined with weight gain, postural changes and stretching of the stomach muscles also disturbs the proper alignment of the spine and pelvis producing subluxations during pregnancy. It is these factors that increase the stress on the joints, nerves, and discs of the low back and pelvis and create pain. 2. Headaches Due to the changes in a pregnant woman’s posture, extra stress to the spine and nervous system often occurs in the neck and shoulders. Subluxations of the neck are often the cause of neck pain and headaches during pregnancy and can be easily corrected with chiropractic care. 3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome causes painful tingling, burning and numbness into the wrist and hand and it occurs in approximately 20% of all pregnancies. Subluxation of the wrist bones often occurs during pregnancy because of hormonal changes and swelling of the wrist and hands and Chiropractic adjustments can help.
4. Mid-back and Rib Pain Pain in the midback that radiates into the ribcage is often due to subluxations that cause the nerves between the ribs to get irritated. Chiropractic adjustments remove the subluxations to decrease the pain. 5. A Breech Baby The “Webster Breech Turning Technique” is a non-invasive and gentle chiropractic technique that is highly successful in helping mothers with breech babies. The technique has been featured on the The Learning Channel’s “A Baby Story”, Mothering Magazine, and Midwifery Today. The way it works is the following: The uterus is attached to the bones of the pelvis by ligaments. As long as the bones are in the right position and are moving properly, the ligaments should provide equal and balanced support for the uterus. If the pelvis is misaligned or subluxated, the ligaments become torqued and can cause a condition known as “in-utero constraint”. If the uterus is constrained as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth and may end up breech. Chiropractors correct the subluxations of the pelvis and decrease spasms in specific muscles and ligaments that attach the uterus to the pelvic bones to help the baby turn. By this time you are probably wondering “How do Chiropractors correct these subluxations?” Chiropractors correct subluxations by performing chiropractic adjustments- a gentle procedure where the Chiropractor applies light pressure to the joints of the spine to restore normal motion and alignment, decrease stress on the nervous system, and decrease pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractors who specialize in maternity care will often have special adjusting tables for the pregnant mother so that she can lie on her stomach without any pressure (they love these tables!) so that her spine can be examined. Chiropractors are the only doctors who are licensed to diagnose and correct subluxations and there are currently only 10 Chiropractic Physicians in Connecticut who have completed a 3 year post-doctorate degree to specialize in maternity and pediatric care. There are many benefits to chiropractic care, two of the most important are that chiropractic offers a drug-free approach to pain reduction and studies show that expectant mothers who receive chiropractic care are less likely to suffer from the dreaded “backlabor” and they have reduced labor time. Remember, pregnancy should be a time full of
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Medical Professionals health and happiness! Don’t waste another minute suffering from pain or discomfort during your pregnancy. Work with a local Chiropractic Physician who has specialized training in maternity care so that you can experience the quality of life you and your unborn child deserve! Chiropractic Care for Newborns and Children Chiropractic care during pregnancy does in fact decrease a mother’s lowback pain and reduces labor time by 50-60% and specific chiropractic adjustments keep the pelvis in proper alignment, making delivery quicker and easier, but babies still face a pretty rough ride through the birth canal. According to infant health expert Abraham Towbin, M.D., “The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic.” To understand what occurs during the birth process, it is important to first consider the development of the fetus. The first visible structure in the growing embryo is the notochord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord. To protect these vital structures, the skull forms around the brain and the spinal bones form around the spinal cord. The skull, although often thought of as 1 bone, is actually made up of 22 bones. During the normal birth process, several of these cranial bones need to overlap in a specific manner and the baby’s head has to go through a series of specific motions in order to navigate through the mother’s bony pelvis and birth canal for delivery. Research shows that in a normal, average vaginal delivery, there may be between 40 to 70 pounds of force exerted on a newborn’s head and neck during delivery, So, even a normal de-
livery without any intervention, can potentially strain the delicate spinal joints in the baby’s neck, resulting in subluxations and nerve dysfunction. In fact, some medical research studies concluded that up to 80 to 90% of all babies have strains in these regions and this may actually account for many common symptoms found in infants and children. Prominent medical researchers have stated that frequent spitting up, irritability of the stomach and colon, colic, difficulty with feeding and attachment, sleeping problems, torticollis, asthma, ear infections, nose and throat infections, generalized lowered resistance to infections, and learning or behavioral problems can all be associated with stress to the neck during the birth process. Ideally, babies should be checked and adjusted if necessary as soon as possible after birth to correct for spinal subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments for babies and children differ significantly from those of adults. There are even Chiropractic Physicians who specialize in treating pregnant mothers, infants, children and families. Often the Chiropractor will use light fingertip pressure or a gentle tapping instrument on the baby’s back or neck. Even medical doctors have noted how, even with the lightest pressure of the index finger to perform an adjustment, the infant’s clinical picture normalized. It is important to note that 65% of neurological development occurs in a child’s first year. It is therefore imperative to ensure that your baby has every opportunity to maximize their nerve function during this critical period in their development. In addition to the physical distress of the birth process, infants will endure general knocks and falls as they grow and develop which can also
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result in nerve dysfunction. Common physical causes for vertebral subluxations during the first year may include sleeping in a car seat with inadequate support of the head, neck and spine, falls off of the bed or changing table, or falls when learning to walk. As your child grows, sporting activities can induce physical trauma as can prolonged or repetitive postures such as playing computer games, watching TV or carrying backpacks. According to The Journal of Paediatrics, parents sent their children to alternative healthcare providers (with chiropractors cited as the most frequently consulted) for many health complaints, the most common of which were symptoms of respiratory tract dysfunction, ear/nose/throat dysfunction, allergies, skin conditions, gastrointestinal complaints and prevention. Now more than ever before, parents are searching for proactive lifestyle habits that will nurture their children’s health. Chiropractic awareness is shifting from being an intervention not only for pain-relief, but for a more proactive, wellness-oriented healthcare choice. Dr. Candice Pert (a recognized leader in the field of psychoneuroimmunology) credits chiropractic as having a “significant effect on maximizing immunity via maintenance of a healthy nervous system” and Dr. Ronald Pero, PhD, Chief of Cancer Prevention Research at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute determined that chiropractic patients had a 200% greater immune-competence than people who had no chiropractic care. Pero, who has published more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, firmly believes that, “Chiropractic care optimizes whatever genetic abilities an individual has to resist disease.”
Advanced Training & Individualized Care Provides You With: • Specialized care for pre and post-natal mothers and their families • Specialized care for newborns, infants, and children of all ages and abilities • Specialized treatment for scoliosis in children and adults • The BioSET Allergy Elimination Technique • DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression for disc herniations/bulges, sciatica, degenerative spinal arthritis and failed low back surgery • Acupuncture-traditional (with needles) and electrical (non-needle) techniques • Enzyme therapy and Nutritional guidance Dr. Risa Sloves and her husband, Dr. Mark Joachim, have been practicing chiropractic physicians since 1990 and they have always been committed to helping individuals and families achieve optimal health and wellness through natural health care methods. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sloves or Dr. Joachim at (203)838-1555 or visit their websites: www.ctchiropractic.com www.ctspinalpaincenter.com www.allergy-cure-ct.com
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Excellence in Plastic Surgery
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by Anya Kishinevsky, M.d.
Isn’t Plastic Surgery just for celebrities or vain people? No, far from it. Plastic surgery is a medical specialty designed to correct the structural or functional problems that arise from trauma, cancer, birth defects, pregnancy, and aging. Each person’s body reacts differently to these situations, and there is no reason to have to live with a severe deformity caused by any of these conditions. In many cases, your health insur-
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ance will cover reconstructive surgery to restore your body’s natural form and to regain the self-confidence to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What is a “Mommy Makeover?” In many cases, pregnancy and nursing take their toll on a woman’s body. We selflessly carry another human being to term and nourish him or her during infancy. Often, the skin of the abdomen loses elasticity, continues to sag after the pregnancy is over, and develops stretch marks that don’t go away. Sometimes the skin of the breasts loses its elasticity as well, with permanent stretch marks and drooping of the breasts. The nipples are areolae are enlarged and displaced. A “mommy makeover” is a popular procedure that combines a tummy tuck with a breast lift to restore the tight contours of the pre-pregnancy body. A tummy tuck removes excess abdominal skin, stretch marks, and fat. It tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and results in a flatter abdominal profile. A breast lift removes excess skin and stretch marks to recreate a more youthful, round, and perky breast. Not all stretch marks will be removed - those below the belly button and closest to the nipple are taken away consistently.
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A mommy makeover is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet and exercise. The results are technically permanent but may be significantly diminished with major fluctuations in weight. Women who are planning a substantial weight loss or future pregnancies are advised to postpone surgery. Women who smoke should quit all nicotine products for one full month before surgery to reduce the risks of surgery.
What if I would prefer fuller or smaller breasts? A breast lift can be performed at the same time as breast reduction or augmentation with an implant with no
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additional scarring. In the past, breast reduction or lift surgery could only be performed with a large “anchor” scar consisting of vertical and horizontal limbs. Savvy patients know that Dr Kishinevsky performs these surgeries with a small vertical only, “lollipop” scar, resulting in rounder, perkier breasts with a fuller cleavage. Breast reduction surgery relieves long-standing back and shoulder pain by removing excess breast tissue but still achieving a beautifully-shaped, lifted breast. Augmentation can be safely performed with saline or silicone implants to increase the volume of the breasts with the most natural texture and shape. During your consultation, you will have the chance to examine and feel both silicone and saline implants and to choose the style, size, and shape you feel the most comfortable with.
Which procedures help a patient to look younger or fresher for today’s competitive job market? Depending on a person’s needs, an eyelid lift or a face and neck lift go a long way towards erasing some of the more severe effects of aging. As the eyes are often described as “the windows to the soul,” removing a bit of excess, drooping skin and the loose fat that makes up the “bags”, whether above or below the eyes, often takes years off a man or woman’s appearance. Dark discoloration can be removed as well, all without leaving a visible scar. A face and neck lift is designed to clean up the jowls and excess skin around the neck, recreating a clean, tight jawline. The scars are hidden within the hairline, so only your hairdresser will know. The result is a natural, rested appearance, without looking fake or “done.” The results often last for more than ten years without a touch-up.
What if I prefer a less invasive approach? Injectable treatments have virtually no downtime and are effective in smoothing many of the lines that appear on the face with aging. Botox is a simple
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Medical Professionals and easy treatment that eliminates horizontal forehead lines, vertical “scowl” lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and even vertical lines around the lips. The results last for 3-4 months, and the injections are so quick and painless, they can be done during your lunch break. A soft tissue filler, like Restylane or Juvederm can be used to restore volume to the face. They are effective in smoothing the folds around the mouth, restoring a youthful fullness to lips that have thinned with age, or to erase lines around the chin. The only side effects are injection site swelling or bruising that may last 2-3 days.
What are my options for reconstruction if I will be having a mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer? In this day and age, there are so many options for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer to look and feel their best, there is no reason that any woman should be left with a defect or an asymmetry. If a woman prefers reconstruction with her own tissues, the fat from the abdomen can be used to make a new breast with a TRAM flap. If a woman prefers a quicker recovery or a larger breast size, reconstruction with a saline or silicone implant may be an option. A new technique that has been receiving a lot of attention lately is fat transfer for breast reconstruction. Liposuction is performed on the abdomen or thighs and the fat is saved and used to make a new breast or to fill a lumpectomy defect. Fat transfer is simpler and has a quicker recovery time than traditional breast reconstruction and can be done several times to achieve a larger breast size. Also, if you have been considering breast reduction or breast lift surgery and you will be undergoing lumpectomy, your breast surgeon can work with your plastic surgeon to perform these procedures together. Our office will let you know if your insurance will cover breast reduction surgery.
What should I expect from my consultation? When you make an appointment to see Dr Kishinevsky, you will be greeted by a friendly, caring staff. Your wait time will be short, in a pleasant, supportive environment. Dr Kishinevsky will perform a thorough history and physical, then recommend the procedures that would best suit your needs. She will take the time to
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explain the surgery in detail and to answer all your questions. You will be able to view before-and-after pictures of different surgeries and to examine a sample of any implant to be used. For patients who are concerned with their privacy, we have a fully accredited operating suite, to ensure your safety and comfort. You will be able to speak with patients who have had the same procedures done. You will be able to relax and rest easy, knowing that your treatment will be in welltrained, caring, and experienced hands.
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Step Into the Next Dimension of Gymnastics Jessica Romer Next Dimension Gymnastics is one of the most advanced gymnastics centers in Connecticut. Russ & Patty Connelly and Tom & Judy Brady have combined to make Next Dimension Gymnastics a family owned and operated business for the past four years. With 15,000 spectacular square feet of world class gymnastics equipment and a regionally and nationally recognized coaching staff with many years of combined coaching experience, Next Dimension Gymnastics is the center of the gymnastics community. At Next Dimension, every participant will get the best gymnastics instruction available. All of our certified instructors are friendly and professional and work toward the mission of providing the highest quality gymnastics instruction to all children in a safe, fun and positive environment. At Next Dimension we encourage the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of gymnastics recognizing that success is not just measured in victories but also in the joy of participation. We offer programs for individuals from 18 months to adult that give many opportunities to participate in the wonderful sport of gymnastics. Our program, with classes designed for both boys and girls, is separated into two main areas; preschool gymnastics and recreational after school gymnastics. We are also well known for our tumbling classes, adult classes, and competitive teams. Our preschool classes emphasize coordination and motor skill development where children will learn to control and use their body movements. As children progress through the gymnastics program, they will be working on skills that are appropriate to their age and current skill level. We teach and reinforce the importance of strong gymnastics basics at all levels so that each gymnast can be the best they can be while having fun in the process. In all areas of our program participants will have the opportunity to enjoy every
Olympic event (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance boys teams definitely shined Beam, Floor Exercise, Rings, Pommel Horse in 2009! and Parallel Bars). They can jump on one of Have your very own shining 2 “tumble trak” tumbling trampolines, our star celebrate their birthday in-ground trampoline or jump into one of with our fun and energetic the largest loose foam landing pits in Con- staff here at Next Dimension necticut. They can also enjoy the excite- Gymnastics. We offer the fantastic time in our facility. Other fun acment of our large rock climbing wall. In ad- most awesome birthday pardition to learning how to hop, jump, land, ties where the fun and excitement never tivities that take place at Next Dimension balance, swing and tumble our program ends! During the 1 ½ hour long exclusive include gymnastics sleepovers, cartwheel also presents opportunities for children to party everyone will enjoy jumping, swing- and back learn many valuable life skills. Within the ing, climbing, and have and overall great handspring clinics, parent’s night out, exhibitions, and other exciting events! structure of our gymnastics classes children time. will learn the importance of sharing, taking They will tumble through the obstacle Come in for a free trial class to see what turns, voicing opinions, listening, goal set- courses, play in the foam pit, and join in on we are all about. We are positive you will love the excitement, fun, professional inting, patience, respect, and a willingness to some awesome parachute games. Next Dimension is also a great place struction, state of the art facility, and of try new things. Most importantly, our number one goal for field trips! Take your pre-school class, course lots of gymnastics that make up our is to promote self-esteem in our students! scouting troops, or other groups to have a family here at Next Dimension Gymnastics. That is why Next Dimension has teamed up with the industry’s leading Child Development Specialist Dr. Robyn Silverman to enhance each child’s learning experience. Each month we focus on different power words that help teach students to share, discover, and reflect on various Celebrating our character development 5th Year in Trumbull ideas. Not only were our class Through hard work, dedication programs a great success and the best gymnastics facility this year, but this was a in Fairfield County, Next banner year for our comDimension Gymnastics has petitive team programs as quickly become Connecticut's well. We produced many finest gymnastics program! ! individual state and re! gional champions ranging Next Dimension Gymnastics has 15,000 from Prep-Optional to levsquare feet of fun including an In-ground els 4 through 9. We had 21 trampoline, 2 Tumble-Traks, a Huge Foam individual state champions Pit, Cargo Net, & Rock Climbing Wall! ! with many of those gym25 Lindeman Drive Trumbull CT 06611 ! nasts winning more than www.NDGymnastics.com one event! Our girls and
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How I Reinvented Health fitting into my life. Was it just the desire to loose weight and get in my “skinny jeans”? Not really, but that was a start.
Kelley Connors, MPH, is the Founder of Real Women on Health! on-line community and radio show. Kelley is a PR & marketing strategist and women’s health advocate who inspires women to become their own best health and wellness advocates. Are you looking for more energy and more vitality…and doubtful that diet pills, a new gym routine or new vegan diets will change anything? Do you see yourself as the midlife equivalent of your high school past? Does your poor body image remain etched in your mind? I’d like to share with you my own experience in reinventing how I related to health and wellbeing in my “midlife”, so perhaps you can see something new for yourself. My 5 foot ten inch frame has always seemed more naturally built for basketball, or cross country running but I found a sport 30 years after those dreadful high school phys ed classes that is absolutely perfect for me at this point in my life. Ladies…I am keeping my day job, for sure, but the sport of rowing (crew) is one which has grabbed me by surprise and has triggered a new view on my ability to choose “health”. I made a decision that it was “time” to reinvent my life, including health, so I could manage my weight and have fun! In essence, I had to re-program how I saw health
Approaching the big 5-oh this year, I found that my latent desire for physical competition was brewing like a tempest tea pot and that the creative demands of my marketing consultancy needed more than just sleep to really thrive. Yes, not only loose weight but regain a sense of energy and sustained interest in being more physically active.
Does that sound like you? I decided to challenge this in myself and so began a more wellness-focused journey that would introduce me to authors and writers like Eckhart Tolle to Christiane Northrup and Nora Ephron. (In fact, I became so interested in how wellness happens that I became certified as a wellness coach…but that’s another story!) Here’s how I found inspiration and the freedom to enter into a new conversation. I hope it helps you! 1) DISCOVERY: Exploration is key to revealing new possibilities in our lives. What I discovered began on a learn to row vacation I took with my husband up to Craftsbury Vermont, where the world-reknown outdoor center started over fifty years ago. I thought it would be a great way to spend time with my husband, who had been rowing locally for many years. Since world class athletes also train and practice at this center, I completely lowered my expectations as to what I could achieve in a week’s time
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there. And, because I was open to the experience of being a midlife novice, I was much more relaxed and actually learned much more than if I had pressured myself into performing. I really had nothing to prove! Except that I wanted to really have fun. 2) INTENTION: Just making an intention is the first step to actually creating new realities in our lives. So, When I returned from this vacation, I immediately made an intention to continue having fun through rowing. So, I decided to join a local rowing club, and then began a learn to row program within three months of my Craftsbury learn to row vacation. And, I learned to row with other women who were local – many who were, and still are, practicing on the calm early morning waters of the Norwalk River.
opposites work well with me, because I use yoga breathing on the recovery, and find that this breathing mechanism simply reduces the feeling of stress in my body. Even better, wellness experts do recommend exercise as an evidence-based stressreducer! Skinny jeans aside, there’s so much more to health for me today. That’s why I also incorporated my personal point of view into my professional work with a focus on “Reinventing Health, One Conversation Ata-Time”. We’d love to know how you’ve reinvented Health. Email me at email@example.com. You’re invited to share your story and join our on-line radio shows!
Usually I rowed in a “quad” where four women row together – each with two oars. I frequently rowed in the lead seat, called the stroke seat. All the other rowers are following the stroke so you need to focus and concentrate. You also need to relax. Sounds like a conflict doesn’t it?!
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3) RELAX: I don’t think you can appreciate how important recovery is in our lives today unless you start rowing. The recovery allows your body to relax and the boat “runs” underneath you, effortlessly. Of course, that all depends on your ability to technically row. However, my 20-year long yoga practice came in handy because in order to do well with rowing you must balance “drive” with “recovery”. These two
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