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2013 VOLUME V, № 2



Foot strike patterns don’t determine performance, but they can determine where injuries occur.

MORNING EXERCISE Regardless of the benefits of starting your day with exercise, it's easier said than done. It takes effort, planning, and a whole bunch of motivation.





The attitude couples have towards money and towards each other’s money habits may be what matters most.


PHYSIOLOGY & ROMANCE Love is among the few experiences shared cross-culturally by most every human being, yet few actually understand what they are feeling.

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53 QUESTIONS TO ASK ON DATE NIGHT! One of the biggest components of a strong relationship is open, direct and oftentimes fun communication.

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WELLNESS COOTIES & COOPERATION! Why a battle of the sexes leaves both sides hurting regardless of the outcome. Here are the realities of gender differences, and how to let them help, not hurt you.

THE FRUIT OF LOVE Rumor has it that strawberries are among some of the best aphrodisiac foods—that is, victuals said to increase one’s sexual desire, like oysters and caviar.

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The Art of Love Life is broken down into two basic parts —making a living, and living.

Some people spend their lives pursuing a living. Some make a living so that they can do everything else, however they define that. Some view life as math. Others see their life as art. Consider a high school education. Education today seems to focus on two parts math, one part art. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems we tend to emphasize facts and figures over creativity and fostering ingenuity. A career is math. But life is more art. Math exams were black and white. Right and wrong. Ten minus five is five, and fifty times two is one hundred. Always. It’s a fact, a formula, with a proper outcome. But writing exams? Art exams? Those were graded by the eye of the beholder, with discussible answers and angles. Art is so varied, as were the artists. Picasso vs. Warhol. Renoir vs. Monet. Shakespeare vs. Sommerset Maugham. TS Elliott




vs. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Different people describe artistic beauty and veracity differently. Again, life is more like art. So, how is a career like math? Well, if you invest $500 into an overfunded life insurance policy each month and average 10 percent interest over twenty years, you can calculate a return—math. Or, buy a home for $300,000 today and it increases (or decreases in today’s economy!) in value by 3 percent a year, you know exactly how much you will be able to sell it for in twenty years. Math is calculable. Defined. Systematic, with predictable outcomes. Life, on the other hand, is not. It’s art. And, that’s why life is beautiful. It’s unpredictable, changing, and typically surprising. Everyone paints a bit differently. Life is full of mistakes and do-overs. Sometimes we start on a whole new canvas, or just paint a new scenery over an old one. Life interests and experiences also evolve, and like art, they appeal to some and not to another. That’s the attraction of life. And love. One of the brightest colors of life is love, easily the grandest purpose and essence of life. At least, it should be. Yes, even in love we must do the math. But math, our career, our financial pursuits should be just a means for us to live our life and develop our capacity to love. Which begs the question—do we spend more time on math, or art? Like school finals, you must do both, and do both well. A well-earned 4.0 comes from a healthy balance in the arts and sciences. Math may be the means, but art is the heart. Your career focus is math. Life is art. And love is art painted with bold strokes and brilliant colors. My point is simple: This month, take time to study the art in your life. Work on your masterpiece. In terms of love, be more creative, and less calculated. Worry less about the numbers and more on the colors; less on the math, and more on the mood. Create ambiance in your life. And remember, love is art.




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Those early pangs of The Quickie Workout twitterpation are Whether you’re constantly time-crunched or just unmistakably exercise-averse, it’s possible to get many of the energizing. When same health benefits without freeing up a full you first fall in half hour. Research shows that three 10-minute love your mind sessions are as effective in many ways — quickens, your including controlling cholesterol — as a solid 30-minute workout. skin radiates, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and your energy soars. You feel hope and optimism. Your thoughts are deep – and shallow. The point is that the feeling of love is the feeling of Short Steps to a Long Life Improve your cholesterol and your lung function being completely in just 11 minutes. If you climb a couple flights of alive. The true stairs for just 2 minutes, five or six times a day, power of love you’ll be covered. Women in a study who did that lies in learning to increased their cardiorespiratory fitness by 17 keep that music percent and reduced their “bad” LDL cholesterol playing for life. by 8 percent in just 8 weeks.



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Weighty Issues If you work out regularly, your bathroom scale may not be the best way to assess your heart health. In a study, women who were fit and overweight seemed to have healthier hearts than women who were thin and out of shape. Regardless of your shape, getting 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your cholesterol, and boost cardiovascular health. The Journal of the American Medical Association



There have been quite a few research studies published in the last couple of

It’s the science of love. The bottom line of this continually emerging research is that intimacy is a powerful natural tool

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for staying healthy. Some researchers go so far as to suggest that love, intimacy and being in a supportive relationship have more of an effect on your health than diet, exercise, stress, smoking, drugs, surgery or even your genetics.

INTIMACY IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS Evidence points to the healing power of intimate relationships in sickness, but mainly in health. Study shows that marriage promotes healthy behavior among elderly couples—particularly for men. THE TONIC THAT CURES MANY AN ILL Strong bonds, whether with a spouse, sibling or friend, often lead to better health MARRIED COUPLES JOINED IN HEALTH Studies find the health of your spouse may determine your own health. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Surprising things can happen.

A pioneer of sorts in the medical analysis of love and its effect on health, Dean Ornish, MD analyzed hundreds of studies and wrote a book on his findings in 1998: Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy. Dr. Ornish suggests that love and intimacy are as important in maintaining healthy lives as are nutrition and working out. He says, “Love and intimacy are at a root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. If a new drug had the same impact, virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it for their patients.”

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The Fastest Form


Researchers from England and America are still chasing answers in the running form debate, because so far their studies are pointing in different directions.

In fact, the only thing experts seem to agree on is that it is extremely difficult to draw conclusions from running research. On one side, research from Phil Hayes, Northumbria University running expert and highly accredited running coach in England, found that runners who land on their forefoot and midfoot have faster times than those who land on their heels. Runners who struck the ground on the forefoot or midfoot had “significantly shorter ground contact times than heel strikers,” his article states. This ground contact time correlated with higher average race speed for distance runners. “My working hypothesis would be that short contact times enable a better recovery of the energy stored as the muscle stretches on foot strike,” Hayes says.

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Landing on the forefoot has been touted as the most efficient way to run by many researchers and runners. However, a recent article in the New York Times says there are multiple studies showing this is not the case. A researcher quoted in the article, Brigham Young University biomechanics professor Iain Hunter, says that for performance there is no conclusive evidence that runners shouldn’t land on their heels. Using a high-speed camera, Hunter filmed the some of the best athletes in the world at the American Olympic trials. He then analyzed the video, and found that there was really no correlation between how a person landed and his success on the track.

Some of the fastest runners, in fact, land on their heels. In response to Hunter’s research, Hayes says drawing conclusions about running form is hard because so there are so many dependent factors to deal with, such as pace, caliber of runner and length of stride. “It’s quite a difficult area to examine because so many facets can change within the race and the data is only collected over a few strides,” he says. The nature of running does indeed make its study difficult. A heel striker might beat a forefoot striker, but talent and fitness, as well as race strategy may be just as important as form. Hunter says that foot strike patterns don’t determine performance, but they can determine where injuries occur. “When people midfoot strike, there is more stress on the foot, ankle, and lower leg,” he says. “With heel striking, there is more stress on the knee and hip. The total number of injuries seems to be equal, but they are usually in different places.” Runners sometimes need to change form if they have recurring pain and injuries from how they run. Hunter, who won the 2009 St. George Marathon (his second marathon ever), says a great risk of injury comes as people try and transition from one foot strike to another. Neither midfoot nor heelstrikers are more economical than the other, Hunter says, so it would be rash to change form for this purpose. “Someone should have a good reason to make a transition and better performance is not one of them,” he says.


Girls on the Run GETS UTAH KIDS ENGAGED—in fitness

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When Mindy Leo first volunteered to coach Girls on the Run for the sake of her daughter, she was hesitant about presenting some of her lesson materials. How does one go about convincing tweens to visualize ‘plugging in a positive-thought cord?’ “You have to get a little goofy,” she says. “At first I thought these girls were going to think I was crazy for having them do this. But then they get talking to each other and you hear them saying, ‘you’re plugged in to the positive cord.’” Teaching girls self-confidence and positive thinking is just part of what Girls on the Run, a national non-profit organization for 3rd through 8th grade girls, aims to accomplish. Throughout the 12week program, participants engage in a curriculum that instructs them in multiple aspects of health—including nutrition, drug prevention, self-confidence and healthy relationships—while getting them physically active. At the end of the season, all of the girls gather for a celebratory, non-competitive 5k, which they complete alongside their volunteer coaches and other supportive members of the community. The national program, which oversees the curriculum and trains the coaches that run the more than 200 local programs throughout the United States and Canada, was founded officially in 2000. The Salt Lake chapter got its start just five years ago, according to program director Heidi Moreton. Although they started with just two schools in Salt Lake, Moreton says, the local program has already expanded to include almost 50 locations, including schools in Utah, Summit and Davis counties. Last year, more than 700 girls and their family members ran the concluding 5k together.

“We have just grown like crazy,” Moreton says.

participating girls complete a group service project as a part of the curriculum.

The founder chose running as the focal point for the program because she herself was a runner, and because running was more cost effective than other alternatives, Moreton explains. But, the program as a whole involves much more.

“I have seen these girls get a sense of self confidence, and also a sense of caring for others,” Leo says. “It’s emotional and spiritual and physical health all wrapped into one.”

“It’s not just about running,” Moreton says. “It’s a character-building program.” Their hour-long practices begin with a lesson focusing on other aspects of health, which are then incorporated into their warm ups and work outs. These often take the form of games, such a relays where they must high-five their teammates before they can proceed. Other activities might include assembling a puzzle—but the pieces have to be earned by running laps.

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for two. Partner up and do it together.


Sure there are lots of romantic ways to spend time with your partner — splurging on a romantic dinner, staying in and cuddling — but your desire to spend quality time with your loved one shouldn't derail your plans to get fit this year, says Nicole Nichols, a fitness


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SAFETY. With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you'll exercise more safely than if you were alone. Besides, who cares more about your safety than your soulmate?


QUALITY TIME. Couples spend most of their time apart due to careers and other responsibilities. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You'll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs.

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A COMMON INTEREST. Add exercise to your list of shared interests and hobbies. The possibility for new, unique activities is endless and keeps things exciting. You can never have too much in common.


MOTIVATION & SUPPORT. Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It'll help both of you remain consistent and take care of one another.


RESPECT & PRIDE. Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them-and that you want to be around for years to come.



BALANCE. In many couples, one partner tends to favor cardio (typically women) while the other tends to favor strength training (typically men). By working out together you can balance your workout program to include more of both. Let your partner teach you about the areas of fitness you're unsure of and be open to new fitness experiences.

A DEEPER BOND. Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress, and also increase arousal and libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.


RESPECT & PRIDE. Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them-and that you want to be around for years to come.







t's cold, it's dark, and you're simply not used to waking up until well after the sun breaks through the horizon. Enter the New Year and your plans to workout in the AM and you may be in for a rude awakening. But it's not as "rude" as you'd think. There are pluses to working out in the morning, the first of which is knowing that no matter what happens during the day, you’ve already got your workout in. Working out early in the morning can also infuse you with the boost of energy you need to tackle whatever your day brings. Last, working out in the morning leaves your after-work time free to enjoy with friends and family, or other hobbies.



If you plan to workout in the morning, you may no longer be able to use mornings to plan your day. Instead, start the night before. Choose what you'll wear to work, including shoes, accessories, etc. and pack your gym bag, too. Prepare your post-workout breakfast as well as what you'll have for lunch. By taking some of your morning tasks off your list the night before, you can wake up and get right to it. The goal is to have some flexibility in the mornings, so that a late waking or slow day doesn't dash your workout plans.

A surefire way to hinder your morning workouts is to not get enough sleep. Therefore, you might have to sacrifice some time to get to bed earlier than you're used to. Ironically, if you do stick to your morning workout regimen, you'll sleep better. So, starting out, try your best to go to bed early enough to replace the hours you'll lose by waking up earlier. It may be hard, but you can't afford to be overtired when your body needs you alert and ready to go in the morning. Also, avoid having a heavy dinner too soon before bedtime since that can affect the quality of your sleep, as well as your metabolism.

Regardless of the benefits of starting your day with exercise, it's easier said than done. It takes effort, planning, and a whole bunch of motivation. If you are a person who would like to start working out in the mornings, keep these tips in mind to make it stick.

Many of us use our cell phones as an alarm clock, which allows for a much smoother wake-up call than the blaring, obnoxious sound of an old AM/FM radio. Use the technology to your advantage. Not only can you choose to wake to music, but you can also personalize a sound or message to "speak" to you. Choose an affirmation, a motivating song, or even your favorite motivational speaker to start your day. In addition to waking to the right sounds, lure yourself out of bed by keeping your "alarm clock" across the room so that you are forced to get up to turn it off when it sounds.




shorter-timed sessions in the morning until your energy and fitness level allows you to do a full workout at dawn. While some people will be able to maintain their new morning routines going cold turkey, by giving it time, you'll be able to incorporate early workouts into your lifestyle without too much fuss.



If working out in the morning is new to you, ease into it. Don’t expect to do it every day from day one. You may burnout if you don't gradually introduce your new workout regimen. Instead, commit to a progressive plan and add days at your own pace. Start by working out early in the morning for two days the first week, three days by the fourth week and so on until you've switched all of your workouts to mornings. As you start you'll be able to compare how morning workouts work for you. Another way to give it time is to start with

Mornings are unpredictable, and that means staying on track requires you to think of workout options beyond the gym. Find boot camp classes closer to you, do a few workouts at a nearby park on certain days, or fit in a walk or jog around your neighborhood. When weather affects your ability to workout, have a few DVDs, fitness websites or YouTube channels, and even a short printable workout as a contingency plan. Be prepared and you'll get the most out of switching up your workout time to the crack of dawn.


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What’s Wrong with thisWoman? Sherrie is 42 years old. She came to our clinic with the following health concerns: fatigue, anxiety, sugar cravings, inability to lose the fat that had accumulated only on her waist, Type 2 insomnia (waking up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep because her “brain won’t turn off,”) and inability to handle much stress (she has three teens). She works full time. Although she had already had some blood tests done, we ran some other tests. She had been previously told that “everything looks fine.” But on closer examination, everything wasn’t fine.

How would you diagnose her? I’ll give you a few hints to help your diagnosis: 1) She craves sugar in the afternoons 2) She also craves salty foods like chips 3) If she skips a meal she becomes irritable 4) She’s a very slow starter in the mornings 5) If she stands up too quickly she’ll get lightheaded 6) Drinking soda pop helps her keep going

Are You Sherrie?

If you’ve read this article and find yourself being in Sherrie’s shoes in some ways, all is not lost. Sherrie is fine today, and yes, she is an actual patient (with a different name). She was taught a more correct way of eating for her hypoglycemia, which had a huge impact on her almost overnight. Isn’t it amazing what a little knowledge will do? She was also given a powerful supplement that helped keep her blood sugar levels from crashing in the afternoons—and also kept her sugar cravings from getting the best of her.

So what’s wrong with Sherrie? I could ask what’s wrong with so many people that suffer from those same problems. Sherrie is not enjoying life because she has several things going on metabolically that will keep her feeling poorly for the rest of her life unless she takes care of them now. This reminds me of the great book, Change Or Die, by Alan Deutschman. Now obviously, Sherrie is not going to die right away. But inside she is dying slowly, because she suffers silently everyday, day after day.

But the real difference was in dealing with her weak adrenals. Hypoglycemia and low adrenal function often come together. If you don’t deal with both of them, it’s a tough road. We supported her adrenals after first putting her on a small amount of the hormone cortisol, to support her adrenals. She soon found that she could handle stress better, the salt cravings were gone, and she wasn’t waking up in the middle of the night with her “racing mind.” Calm the adrenals and you calm the entire body.

DIAGNOSIS: Sherrie had two things going on. First, the blood tests showed that she was borderline severe hypoglycemic—hence the sugar cravings, irritability, and self-medicating with soda. It also had much to do with her insomnia—which then made her so tired the next day.

When I first met Sherrie, she told me she thought she was “really going crazy.” Nope. Not even close. Her health problems were impacting her mind of course. But these were physical problems that were surmountable with some changes in her eating and giving her hormonal and nutritional support.

But another huge part of her diagnosis and proper treatment was that she has a condition called hypoadrenia or low adrenal function. Slow starter in the mornings, salt craving, inability to handle stressful situations, Type 2 insomina, lightheadedness, anxiety, fatigue. Since the adrenals directly impact the thyroid function, she constantly fought the battle with being overweight.


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“The reward of a thing well done is having done it.” RALPH WALDO EMERSON

You can hardly tell the difference between the educated ramblings of the two of us but just in case you are confused let me first quote Ralph and then I will follow up with more information to inspire you to a healthy 2013.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” RALPH

“Lunges, weight machines, dance classes and intervals aren’t the hardest things you will find when starting a new goal of working out. It is just walking into the gym. Many stay away because they don’t have the right clothes, perfect body or are intimidated by large group classes where everyone seems to be a professional dancer or athlete. Take a leap and schedule in your workouts and you will feel better each time you achieve that goal.” LISA

“Make the most of yourself, that is all there is of you.” RALPH

“Dedicate and commit in your workouts. I love to be social and it is great to find workout buddies but if you can talk in casual conversation the entire time you probably aren’t working hard enough to achieve your goals in a timely manner.” LISA


I hope to someday become a trainer that is constantly being quoted for their wisdom. I have actually heard a few of my clients repeat some of the things I say but it isn’t necessarily because intelligent things flow out of my mouth. I thought I would team up with another wise and educated person and together we could motivate you to jump into the new year with courage and enthusiasm. 18


“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” RALPH “Many don’t like change but it may be the one thing that breaks you through your fitness plateau. Our body is geared to change depending on the stresses placed upon it (Principle of Adaptation). In order to keep it changing and improving you need to mix up your workout about every 4-6 weeks.” LISA

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” RALPH “I have many clients who are amazingly busy with family and careers but still manage to prioritize their workouts. One of my clients always says as she scrambles in to our session “I’m here and I made it.” I doesn’t matter how we get there, just do. Excuses are like apples, every apple tree has them.” LISA

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” RALPH

“Don’t let your lack of dancing skills hold you back from shakin’ it on the dance floor. Don’t let your head bands and thong leotards keep you from lunging to lean legs. Don’t let your athletic prowess intimidate others in a boot camp. Get out there and change things up. Try something new and have fun.” LISA

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” RALPH

“Optimism comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning "best," which describes how an optimistic person is always looking for something positive in any situation and expecting a good outcome. Optimism is the tendency to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well.” LISA Just as some wise people have already mentioned, “Jump into the new year without fears and intimidation and achieve your fitness goals with enthusiasm.”


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Husbands are more satisfied in their marriage when they have a higher body mass index (BMI) than their wives, and wives are more satisfied when they have a lower BMI than their husbands, according to a recent study from University of Tennessee psychologists. This puts an interesting twist on the old and established idea that people want to be fit and want to be with a fit person. Many researchers have studied how weight and BMI affect relationships, but this study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, was unique in that it looked at how the comparison between the BMIs of the partners affected the relationship. The researchers found that while people clearly prefer thin partners, actual satisfaction within established relationships isn’t dependent solely upon weight. The comparison is what matters. “Husbands were more satisfied at the time of marriage and remained more satisfied over time to the extent that their wives had lower BMIs than their own, whereas husbands were less satisfied at the time of marriage and remained less satisfied over time to the extent that their wives had higher BMIs than their own," the study says.

lead author. The satisfaction women get from being smaller likely comes from having happy husbands, she says. In other words, women are happy when their husbands are happy, whereas husbands seem to be satisfied by physical aspects. “When describing their ideal partner, men indeed place greater importance on physical attractiveness than women,” she says. Research hasn’t nailed down exactly why this is the case, but it is probably from a combination of biological, evolutionary and social factors, says Meltzer, now a professor at Southern Methodist University. Some don’t accept this difference between the genders, however, pointing to research that says men and women care about physical attractiveness equally, Meltzer says. But while this may be true for newer relationships, she adds, evidence supports the idea that men seem to care more about physical attractiveness than women in established, long-term relationships.


But still, size is just one factor in determining the success of a relationship, so men shouldn’t start eating Twinkies to get bigger than their partners. General health is another factor associated with relationship satisfaction. While maintaining a higher BMI than your wife might help in some ways, Meltzer says her study doesn’t suggest that partners should maintain an unhealthy weight. Her research does suggest, however, that women should change their aspirations for thinness. Previous research shows women strive harder than men to be thin for their partners, and are consequently “more prone to developing body dissatisfaction than men.” But this current research, authors write, shows that how thin a girl is doesn’t actually matter in a relationship. What matters is how thin she is compared to her partner. Furthermore, while thinness does give men and women a leg up in courtship, and men often prefer fit women, Meltzer says some recent research finds “that people don't always seem to choose a partner that matches their ideals.” What we prefer doesn’t determine reality. The same is true when it comes to weight in marriage. While married couples prefer to be fit, they tend to gain “happy pounds” in marriage, a recent study published in Economics & Human Biology found. Married couples are more likely to be obese than other couples, maybe because married people can become complacent in their life’s stability, or because time for exercise disappears or many other reasons.

Women with BMIs higher than their husbands “demonstrated steeper declines in their satisfaction over time,” the authors wrote. This effect is probably driven by men and their satisfaction, says Andrea Meltzer, the study’s



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In love? It’s probably all in your head—and that’s a good thing Love is among the few experiences shared cross-culturally by most every human being, yet few actually understand what they are feeling. Ignorance may be bliss, but it cerainly isn’t conducive to a healthy relationship, according to Helen Fisher, a leading biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and the author of five highly-cited books on the topic of love. In order to prevent these hormone-driven love systems from fading over time, couples need to realize that their relationship requires work, Fisher says.



“I often think of a marriage as three individuals— him, her, and the relationship,” Fisher says. Sometimes, special activities need to be arranged for the health of the relationship, even if neither partner is in the mood. Understanding the mechanisms of love can make prescribing romantic salves easy.

MECHANISMS OF LOVE Fisher believes there are three physiological mechanisms designed to drive reproduction, all of which are also essential to the long-term health of a relationship. These three mechanisms—lust, romance and attachment—frequently work together, but each serves a separate function. Lust encourages us to seek out suitable sexual partners, while romance encourages us to form exclusive pairs, and attachment encourages us to stay together. But none of these mechanisms, and the feelings that come with them, last forever if neglected. Fisher, citing research that shows most divorced couples split after four years of marriage, theorizes that all three motivations naturally fade after the couple’s children leave infancy. From a Darwinian perspective, Fisher says, parting ways and finding a new partner is an evolutionary advantage, because it promotes greater genetic diversity within a population. Though we may be biologically wired for what she calls “serial monogamy,” Fisher also believes it is possible for couples to renew their relationship throughout the years, even as children grow independent, if they understand the three physiological systems love entails, and how to reactivate those systems.


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LUST In both men and women, the sex drive, or lust, is ruled by testosterone and the systems that regulate it. According to WebMD, base levels of testosterone typically increase during puberty and drop off at age 40 in men, and at about age 30 in women. Humans aren’t entirely beholden to these hormonal fluctuations, however, and Fisher says that one of the best ways to increase one’s sex drive is to simply have sex more often. “Put it on your calendar so that you have regular sex with your partner,” she suggests. However, testosterone and the lust it helps inspire do not act alone, and having sex may trigger the other love mechanisms as well. “Casual sex is not casual,” Fisher says. “Something happens in the brain that can trigger romance and attachment.”

ROMANCE Dopamine and the reward centers of the brain fuel the intense, giddy feelings people describe when they say they have fallen in love. This is why, according to Fisher, romance functions like an addiction that can trigger obsessive thoughts and

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behaviors, or painful, almost withdrawallike experiences when a partner leaves. Sex also stimulates the production of dopamine—which is why Fisher compares sex to eating right and exercising in its importance to well-being—but the best way to increase the hormone and maintain romance in a relationship is to continue to seek out novelty with your partner, Fisher says. “Novelty drives up the dopamine system,” she says, “and it doesn’t have to be racing off to China.” Like sex, novelty might also trigger other systems at times. This is why an individual who was previously just a friend might later become sexually attractive, Fisher explains.

This could be anything, from something as simple as holding hands to cuddling or kissing, Fisher says. The important part is that partners stay “in touch,” instead of spending too much time watching television in isolation. Rather than reducing it to a biological function, Fisher holds that understanding the physiology of love can actually enhance a relationship over time. “People ask me, I know so much about love, does it ruin it for me,” Fisher says, “and I tell them I can know all the ingredients in a chocolate cake, and still enjoy the pleasure that comes from eating it. The magic feelings will always be there, but understanding takes love out of the supernatural.”

“You can fall madly in love with someone and it can trigger the sex drive,” she says.

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“Sexual activity may enhance our well-being in

many ways: fostering happiness, immunity, longevity, pain management, and sexual and reproductive health. Some studies even suggest that sexual activity may be associated

with reducing the risk of the two leading causes of death in the U.S.—heart disease and cancer.” The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality



intimacy More than jazzy tunes and timeless Motown hits, MarvinGayewasontosomethingwhenhewrote the lyrics to his timeless song “Sexual Healing.”


n the world of “healthy,” we generally associate life’s pleasures with moderation. Chocolate truffles, extra bacon or cheese on your sandwich, staying up late deep into the scenes of your favorite movie. We try to justify our indulgences, if you will, by saying, “Chocolate has antioxidants, so I can eat half the box.” But with sex, no moderation or justification needed. Monogamous, loving sex is just plain good for you. Some women lovingly relish and exploit this fact. Unfortunately (as I play on the woeful misfortune of our male readers), many women treat sex with the same moderation they do high-fat comfort foods. Like a tempting pint of Ben and Jerry’s, our libidos wind up in the back of the freezer in cold storage. Word to the health-wise: after hitting the gym, follow the slogan on your running shoes and “just do it.”

Here are 10 health reasons to hit the sheets with your loving, intimate, monogamous partner. (Studies indicate that monogamy and intimacy plays a key role in the health benefits of sex. A promiscuous sexual relationship may actually produce an opposite effect by introducing a sense of anxiety and fear, doing more harm than good).

1 Heart Health

Women have long accused men of thinking with their loins, not their hearts, but these two areas are remarkably intertwined. Studies show that having sex three or more times a week reduces a man’s risk of heart attack or stroke by 50 percent. A British study of 900 middle-aged men found that men who had sex twice or more a week had a lower risk of heart attack over the course of 10 years than men who had sex less often. Even after adjusting for age and other risk factors, frequent sexual intercourse (twice or more a week) was correlated with lower incidence of fatal coronary events. The hormones DHEA, which is released with orgasm, and testosterone, the male and female libido hormone, play a role in heart health. It turns out that men rightfully tout sex as a bona fide force in their vitality.

2 Sleep

Sexual release can help people fall asleep. Researchers note that orgasm causes a surge in oxytocin and endorphins that calm and relax.

3 Youthfulness

A Royal Edinburgh Hospital study of 3,500 Scottish participants found that those who experience sex four times a week were judged to look 7 to 12 years younger than their ages when viewed through a one-way mirror.

Conclusion: sex actually slows the aging process. 4 Exercise

Sex burns fat and calories. A vigorous bout burns some 200 calories—about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill, and it has been suggested that people with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and eat more healthily than

the less sexually active. Sex also boosts heart rate to around 150 beats per minute (target heart rate zone) and boosts the production of testosterone, which leads to stronger bones and muscles.

5 Sexual & Reproductive Health of women and men is directly influenced by their sexual experiences. Regular sexual activity boasts the following benefits—potential protection against endometriosis, increased fertility by regulating menstrual patterns and prostate health (see #10).

6 Pain Reducer

Immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin surge to five times their normal level. This in turn releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis to even migraines. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS.

7 Decrease Stress & Depression

According to research, sexual activity can reduce stress due to the surge in oxytocin that accompanies orgasm. Low levels of oxytocin are correlated with higher incidence of anxiety disorders. Sex also releases endorphins that contribute to a “runner’s high” and general feelings of euphoria.

8 Immunity Research performed at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania suggests that individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30 percent higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system.

9 Better Bladder Control

Whether you knew it or not, you perform Kegel exercises during sex. Kegel exercises, contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles (think of stopping the flow of urine), work to treat urinary incontinence and prostate pain, ease pregnancy and labor, and increase sexual gratification.

10 Prostate Health

Daniel W. Nixon, M.D., President of the Institute for Cancer Prevention and author of The Prostate Health Program, advises that safe, monogamous sex benefits for the prostate. Men’s Health Magazine also reported that men who have sex at least three times each week may have a decreased risk of developing prostate problems. However, having sex with multiple partners can raise a man’s risk of prostate cancer by up to 40 percent.





to ask your spouse on a date night One of the biggest components of a strong relationship is open, direct and oftentimes fun communication. This is particularly true in marriage as we seek to strengthen our bond over the years. To help with that I want to share this list of 50 questions that are to be discussed with your spouse while the two of you are alone. Don’t try to tackle too many in one setting. It’s actually best if you just get through a few but really talk in detail. Let me warn you that a couple of the questions are specifically only for married couples. 1. What are five of your favorite foods? 2. What are five of your favorite kinds of meals? 3. What are your five favorite desserts?



4. What are your five favorite restaurants? 5. What is your favorite color? 6. What are your five favorite hobbies? 7. What are five of your favorite things to do for fun? 8. What are your five favorite things to read? 9. What gifts do you like? 10. What is your favorite book(s)? Why? 11. What is your favorite verse(s) of the scripture? Why?

12. What is your favorite song? 13. What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a woman/man? 14. What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a spouse? 15. What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a parent? 16. What makes you saddest? 17. What makes you saddest as a wife/husband? 18. What makes you saddest as a mother/father? 19. What do you fear the most? 20. What other fears do you have?

21. What do you look forward to the most? 22. How much sleep do you need? 23. What do you consider to be your skills? 24. What do you believe to be your spiritual gifts? 25. What are your weaknesses? 26. To ask husband: What things around the home need to be cleaned? 27. What things (personal, home, car, etc.) need repairing? 28. To ask wife: With what chores and responsibilities do you like my help? 29. To ask husband: How can I make it easier for you to lead our family? 30. What made you fall in love with me? 31. When did you know you wanted to be married to me? 32. What action of mine provides you the greatest sexual pleasure? 33. What other things stimulate you sexually?

34. At what times do you need assurance of my love the most?

45. In what ways would you like me to sacrifice for you?

35. How can that love be shown?

46. What things do you see by my actions that I place first in my life?

36. What can I do that will make it easier to discuss and work on areas or problems that are uncomfortable to you? 37. What concerns do you have that I do not seem interested in? 38. What things do I do that irritate you? 39. What desires do you have that we haven’t discussed? 40. What do you enjoy doing with me, with the most enjoyable first? 41. What things can I do that show my appreciation of you? 42. What varying desires (spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, worth, appreciations, recreational, security, etc.) would you like me to provide? 43. To ask wife: In what ways would you like me to protect you (physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally)? 44. To ask husband: In what ways would you like me to respect and reverence you?

47. What implied or unspoken desires and wishes of yours would you like for me to fulfill? 48. What concerns and interests of yours would you like me to support? 49. How much time would be good for us to spend together each day? 50. In helping family members to use their skills and develop their abilities, what motivating factors would be helpful for me to use? 51. What can I do that provides the greatest comfort and encouragement for you when you are hurt, fearful, anxious or worried? 52. What personal habits do I have that you would like changed? 53. In what ways do I demonstrate to you that you are a very important person, who is as important or more important than I am?

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1 2 3 Finances can be the greatest cause of marital strain, but a lack of money might not be what’s causing the tension. The attitude couples have towards money and towards each other’s money habits may be what matters most. Researchers from Brigham Young University and William Paterson University looked at more than 1,700 married couples, and found that married individuals have varying rates of what researchers call “materialistic satisfaction,” or the value a person places on money and possessions. They found that materialism has a negative association with multiple aspects of marital quality, such as in conflict resolution, communication and responsiveness.

They make the accumulation of material goods central in their lives, prioritizing it above things like life experiences and personal relationships.

So materialism is bad. But don’t be too quick to place the “materialistic” label on your partner. Each individual learns to place a different value on money, as does each gender, for the most part.

Life success is judged by material assets.

Women tend to spend money on small things over time, whereas men tend to spend on a few large purchases or investments. This disparity makes it easy for each side to label the other as “materialistic.” For example, the man looks at how the woman constantly buys clothes and things for the house, and considers it a waste of money. The woman points to the man’s new car, emphasizing that an older one would have been just fine.

What matters isn’t the size of the bank account when it comes to relationship finances, researchers say, but how couples value the account. In fact, couples who admitted a strong love of money were better off financially, but money was often a bigger source of conflict, Carroll said in a statement. If you find yourself fully qualified as materialistic, there is more than just marital satisfaction at stake. BYU and WPU authors cited other research that showed how materialistic individuals in general had lower levels of life satisfaction, and that there is a “consistent inverse relationship with materialism and individual well-being.” Materialistic people are more anxious, more depressed, and have a higher concern for impressing others compared with nonmaterialistic people, according to research.

“The negative effect of materialism occurs regardless of income level,” he says. “Ultimately this is an eroding effect on the relationship.” Materialistic people were defined in the study as having three central attributes:

According to BYU researchers, materialistic couples are generally




They consider money and material goods to be essential to their happiness and wellbeing.

Authors of the study recommend that people distinguish between their wants and needs when it comes to family spending. In addition, they warn that some couples compare their financial situation with those who are better-off, resulting in marital tension and conflict. Couples who compare themselves with those who are less well-off financially generally avoid these conflicts.

The prevailing thought about materialism, according to BYU professor Jason Carroll, the study’s lead author, is that it is only a problem for people who don’t have money. This study changes that.

younger than non-materialistic couples, making it especially important for newlyweds to make sure their financial perspective is appropriate.

Finance expert Ruth Hayden says she never uses the word “materialism” with couples, because of its inherent attachment to judgment. She has couples list their financial values to compare and join them, and then couples are often able to see that their partner isn’t wasteful and vain. “Very few of them say they value money because it allows them to have as much stuff as possible,” she says. “The value people actually place on money is to have a safe home, have adventures or to do good.” Couples must find some middle ground in determining the value of money, Hayden says. How couples use money is characteristically different from how single people use money, she says, meaning that a person in a relationship can’t expect to retain his or her spending habits of old. This compromise is vital for the endurance of a relationship. “You are working to complete a marathon, not a run around the block,” she says.

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Why a battle of the sexes leaves both sides hurting regardless of the outcome W R I T T E N BY M I C H A E L R I C H A R D S O N

Women are bad at driving and too emotional. Men are angry and lazy. Stereotypes like these and many more persist in our culture today, even though science tells another story. With both biological and societal roots, gender dissimilarities do exist, but often they don’t follow society’s stereotypes, and certainly don’t hold true in all cases. Perhaps the worst consequence of gender stereotyping is that it can be divisive, when in actuality there is great potential for each gender to be better with the help of the other. Here are the realities of gender differences, and how to let them help, not hurt you.



The Brain WOMEN:

Research shows that women are better with certain types of memory and retrieving things from memory, psychology experts said on NPR. Girls also perform better with fine motor skills, speech articulation, writing and literacy. Girls do better in school and more often go on to college, even though they are less apt than boys to say what they know in the classroom.

MEN: Men are good at spatial imagery,

meaning they can rotate an image in their minds, and know what it might look like from unseen angles. This is a valuable skill in many fields including math and science. It is also helpful for simple things like trying to assemble furniture at home. Women tend to be worse at spatial rotation, but it is a skill that can be learned, just like men can gain a better grasp on writing.

Men also do better when it comes to fluid reasoning, which is when a test or task doesn’t match curricula, like the SAT or ACT. For males, however, there is more variability on measures of cognitive ability, meaning there are many who score high and many who score low. Case in point: men win lots of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, but also pretty much every Darwin Award.


Utilize the cognitive abilities of the other gender and try to develop similar qualities instead of being vain about the ones you already have.

How Genders Rank Each other

Expressing emotion Stereotypes about how each gender does or doesn’t express emotion are often inaccurate. In terms of experiencing specific emotions, females don’t necessarily feel more emotion than males, according to research from Florida State University (FSU). They just express it more, whereas males conceal it.

WOMEN: Women more often report negative feelings than men, such as feelings of anxiety and sadness.

Depression rates have historically been higher for females. A 2010 Centers for Disease Control report says that of persons age 18 and older, 10 percent of females are depressed, compared to 8 percent of males.

Emotional Honest Compassionate

emotions than women, such as calm feelings and excitement. But in general, men are more likely to conceal their emotions than women.

Men are more likely than women to cope with their anger by taking a mood-altering substance, like a pill or drink of alcohol.


There are times to conceal emotion and times to let it go, and healthy ways to do both. Learn from the other gender. 




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Source: Pew Survey

Research from FSU finds that women are more likely than men to disagree with the statements “I keep emotions to myself,” and “when anxious, I try not to worry anyone else.”

MEN: Men more often report positive

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It should also be noted that while males and females show similar levels of anger, women self-report that their anger is more intense and lasts longer than the anger of males. Females are most likely to cope with angry feelings by talking with someone about their feelings.

“Women appear to be less concerned about other people’s feelings when they themselves are experiencing these particular negative emotions,” researchers wrote.



Money Each gender tends to follow certain spending patterns, according to The State of Our Unions, a joint publication from the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values.


Women tend to spend their money gradually over time, and place emphasis on money’s power to immediately improve life and create a lifestyle. Women can wreck family finances through overspending on a day to day basis.

MEN: Men, on the other hand, spend

money on a number of big things, and tend to spend money for the future. The State of Our Unions suggests that men can ruin family finances through reckless long-term spending and investing, being more likely to take risks and not listen to good advice.

Be careful to not condemn your partner’s spending habits just because it isn’t what you might spend money on. Successful relationships understand these different approaches to money and material wealth, and find ways to compromise and reconcile spending. A good tactic is to have both genders take part in short-term and long-term spending (women are already moving this way), because the spending preference of each partner can help erase extremes.

Ruth Hayden, author of For Richer, Not Poorer: The Money Book for Couples, compares the differences within a couple’s approach to money to two business partners, one being the creative person, the other a finance person. They each need the other to have a successful business, but have trouble talking the other’s language.

~ Possibly the biggest problem is that couples don’t often talk about money, and aren’t always honest if they do ~



engage Possibly the biggest problem is that couples don’t often talk about money, and aren’t always honest if they do. A 2011 survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and ForbesWoman found that 31 percent of spouses have lied to their partner about finances.

eye contact. They also make sounds of understanding like “mhmm” or “uh-huh” more often than men.


MEN: Males offer support differently than

When couples have marital troubles, often it isn’t about taking out the trash or forgetting anniversaries. It’s about communication. The differences between male and female communication is well researched and documented. Despite this, misperceptions persist, like the idea that women talk more than men. What is true is that women talk to different people and for different reasons than men. Society and the media solidify many flawed ideas about how men and women communicate. Here are some key communication differences backed up by research.

WOMEN: Women tend to be more

discussion-oriented, according to discovery. com. Growing up, girls often form and solidify relationships by talking about things, telling secrets and revealing their problems. In marriage, wives are looking for conversational partners, and husbands often aren’t. Women use body language frequently in normal conversation. A group of girls out to eat will often sit facing one another, and don’t hesitate to maintain

When a peer or partner has had a bad experience, women show support by agreeing with what is said and giving condolences.

females. When men present a problem to their friends, the guy friends show loyalty by simply dismissing the problem.

When a woman comes to a man with a problem looking for support, the woman expects understanding and comfort. Instead, the man says, “It’s not a big deal,” and dismisses it. To him, this is great condolence, but the woman is looking for something more. When the two genders unite, each side can be confused or offended, even if intentions are good. Females feel disrespected when a man won’t focus on her during a conversation. Men might feel like a woman is being insincere or overreacting when she is always using body language, eye contact and sounds of understanding. Body language doesn’t play as much as a role for males. When males are out together, they sit with chairs askew, and often look about the room, rarely making eye contact.


Just because someone communicates differently than you doesn’t mean they are flawed. Be mindful of what others consider good communication, and adapt your speaking to it, instead of getting peeved over differences. Men and women can meet in the middle to have healthy conversation.

Conversation can be somewhat competitive for males, with emphasis placed on being right rather than simply giving information. Males may be less likely to admit fault or apologize, because to a man an apology is to give the other side a leg up. Men are more action-oriented when it comes to conversation. While females talk for many reasons, males tend to say things as they relate to taking action. Boys often form friendships based on doing things rather than speaking. Men will also speak when they feel the need to defend themselves, establish a status or show their intelligence. If they




The idea that men are better than women at driving is false, simply put. First, men get in almost 2 million more accidents each year than women, as of 2007, and a much higher percentage of those accidents are fatal. Men also get more traffic violations, according to, a company that published data on the genders and driving in a report called Women are Bad Drivers— Fact or Fiction? Men are more than three times as likely to get cited for reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving without a seatbelt, compared to women. Men are more likely to speed, not signal and not stop at stop signs. Nationally, men pay higher car insurance than women, which is probably the surest proof that males are worse at driving.

feel like they have the trust and respect of their wife or partner, abundant conversation might seem unnecessary.

Cooperation We often fall prey to what is called the “stereotype confirmation process.” This is when we have a stereotype in our minds, like that women are bad drivers, and then whenever we see a bad female driver, we say, “Yep, see, women are bad drivers.” In reality, we simply don’t remember all the other instances of good female drivers. “A lot of us miss a lot of disconfirming evidence,” said Janet Hyde, a University of Wisconsin psychology and women’s study professor, to NPR. When we do find real dissimilarities, there is no reason to let them spark yet another “battle of the sexes.” On a basketball team, there are good shooters, good rebounders and good passers. Taking advantage of those differences, rather than arguing over which is most important, is what makes a winning team.



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Kids Cough:

Tips to Remember As a parent, hearing your child cough may make you feel uneasy. A cough protects your child’s body by removing mucus, irritating substances and infections from his or her respiratory tract. TYPES OF COUGH: Acute ( Less than two weeks ) Most children have brief repeated periods of coughing due to viral upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold. Infrequently, a cough occurs because of a foreign body in the airway. This may occur after an episode of choking, but sometimes the choking episode might not be noticed, especially in younger children. This needs immediate attention. Chronic ( More than two weeks )


Most children with asthma have inflamed airways, which commonly cause wheezing. Sometimes the only symptom is a cough that is made worse by viral infections. This cough commonly happens while your child is asleep, or may be triggered by exercise and cold air.

Nasal and Sinus Disease

Postnasal drip caused by allergies or a sinus infection can produce chronic cough. Usually other symptoms are present, but sometimes the only symptom you notice is the cough.



Stomach and Esophageal Conditions

In some children, the cause of chronic cough is stomach fluid moving back up the throat. This is called “reflux” and may occur silently without heartburn. Some children may develop a hoarse voice and/or choking as symptoms.


Viruses or bacteria sometimes can infect the lower airways and cause irritation and cough. If this is recurrent, underlying asthma or immune deficiency may be considered.

“Habit” Cough

This is a persistent cough that occasionally persists after a simple viral respiratory infection. The cough is typically dry and repetitive. It usually occurs only when your child is awake, not sleeping. A neuromuscular tic can also cause this kind of cough.

Irritant Cough

Exposure to tobacco smoke and other pollutants (smoke, air pollution and vehicle exhaust) can lead to cough and may worsen asthma or allergies.

Treatment Cough associated with a viral respiratory infection usually doesn’t need any specific treatment— particularly if it goes away in one or two weeks. Over-the-counter mucous thinning agents such as guaifenesin, and cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan can be tried. However, most of these may not be particularly effective. Plus, they may just mask an underlying problem like asthma if symptoms occur for more than two weeks. The main treatment for chronic cough should be based on the underlying cause. You should visit your physician if your child’s cough is increasingly frustrating, persists longer than you think is reasonable, if blood is coughed up or if the cough interferes with your child’s daily activities.

Healthy Tips • A cough protects your child’s body by removing mucus, irritating substances and infections from his or her respiratory tract. • If your child has a cough that lasts more than 2-3 weeks, schedule a visit with your physician. • Chronic cough may be caused by asthma, allergies, reflux or other causes. An allergist is often the best specialist to determine the cause.

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Angela Irizarry was going to be a “blue baby.” Human hearts have two ventricles that pump blood into the body and the lungs, respectively. Angela only had one ventricle doing the work of two, meaning oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood would mix within the one working ventricle, giving her a bluish coloration. Without surgery, 70 percent of children with this defect die before the age of 1, according to Yale Medicine. The normal procedure for this problem is a series of three surgeries, the last of which involves placing a plastic tube to channel blood to the lungs. But the synthetic materials pose some problems. They leave children more vulnerable to infections, blood clots and other complications, and also mean a lifetime of blood-thinning drugs. Furthermore, the grafts can’t grow with the patient, requiring the children to return to the operating room frequently. Yale’s Christopher Breuer, MD, Toshiharu Shinoka, MD, and their colleagues decided that they would try a new approach with Angela. She would receive a biodegradable graft made from bioengineered tissue seeded with cells from her bone marrow to fix the problem. The bone marrow cells disappear, but first stimulate an inflammatory response that attracts immune cells to the graft, according to Yale Medicine. The immune cells



then attract other cells, like smooth muscle cells, to the dissolving graft, and these new cells eventually form a new blood vessel. Immune suppressants and risky repeat surgeries become unnecessary with this procedure. Furthermore, Angela would have higher oxygenation levels, more energy and better growth. “It’s a milestone in tissue engineering,” says Gary S. Kopf, M.D., who performed Angela’s surgery with Shinoka. “Dr. Breuer and Dr. Shinoka’s lab work is pioneering in terms of working out the mechanism of how tissue-engineered blood vessels form.” The operation lasted eight hours, but was successful. Angela is noticeably different. “Before when she wanted to run with her brother, she got tired,” says Claudia Irizarry, Angela’s mother. “Now, she doesn’t want to stop. She can keep going. Her oxygen level is very, very good now.” Shinoka had successfully used this technique on 25 patients in Japan, but the FDA wanted more answers before they would approve it. Angela is the first patient of six participating in a five-year clinical trial. The journey to this point has lasted more than a decade for Shinoka and Breuer, but their work may change the face of heart surgery and tissue growth forever. Breuer says he was initially drawn to tissue engineering because in his training he would see problems arise on a daily basis that were not fixable. “I would watch children die and watch families fall apart. That obviously left a bad taste in my mouth,” he says. “In surgery there are many problems we could fix if we had adequate tissue.” And the Irizarry family is grateful for the work, especially Angela’s mother. “If God sent me the baby, God also sent me the angels to care for her,” Claudia says. “I tell her I hope she grows up to be a doctor to help kids the same way they helped her.”


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In ancient Rome, the red, heart-shaped strawberry was considered a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. We continue to make strawberries a mainstay of romantic fare, especially on Valentine’s Day, largely for symbolic reasons. Rumor has it that strawberries are among some of the best aphrodisiac foods—that is, victuals said to increase one’s sexual desire, like oysters and caviar. There’s no scientific proof to suggest more than a placebo effect is at work, but strawberries have demonstrated health benefits. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that strawberries can help decrease cholesterol, and another by the USDA suggests they might help



prevent declines in motor and cognitive skills later in life. All good reasons to incorporate strawberries into your romantic meals, placebo or not. “Perfect” is hard to reach, but the fruit of love can help take any date a little bit closer to that lofty goal. Here’s how: FOR A NOSTALGIC DATE, relive your favorite memories with your partner. Stop by that quiet spot you loved at school, or watch your favorite childhood movie. If you’ve been

together for some time, FemaleNetwork. com suggests recreating your first date, or how you first met. Afterward, keep things uncluttered and serve a simple treat, like strawberries and cream. Whipped cream works well, but you might also try sour cream and brown sugar, meringue or mascarpone. Cut the tops off and fill the inside with cream, or else leave the strawberries whole and use the cream for dipping. Either makes for delightful finger food! RECIPE:

FOR A SPICY DATE, consider trying something new and hot—for example, take a salsa dancing lesson with your partner. With dinner, Driscoll’s Berries suggests a strawberry salsa, which can be served alongside grilled chicken for a meal, or with soft goat cheese and French bread for an appetizer. Driscoll’s recipe calls for a second aphrodisiac, basil, along with lemon juice, shallots and olive oil.

Strawberry Basil Salsa QUICK FACTS Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 servings Number of Ingredients: 7

This strawberry salsa is a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats or fish. Strawberries give it a sweet note while basil and shallots make it assertive enough to be part of a satisfying meal. It's best the day it's made but you could prep ingredients separately one day ahead of time. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced shallot 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 1 package (16 ounces) strawberries INSTRUCTIONS Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in shallot and basil. Hull strawberries and chop (you should have about 3 cups). Add to lemon juice mixture and stir until evenly blended.

FOR A DECADENT DATE, Redbook suggests you head to the nearest specialty chocolate shop with your partner. Pick out a special truffle for your partner, then take it home to share what you chose. If you prefer the stay-at-home, do-it-yourself version, you can always pair strawberries with chocolate goodies of your own, such as brownies, or pudding. Keep things healthy—ok, relatively—by using dark chocolate, and portioning individual servings. FOR AN AVANT-GARDE DATE, make it a night out, or a night in, with art. Meet artists at a local modern gallery, or stay at home and take turns being your partner’s Picasso. For dinner, mix things up with a strawberry soup made with pureed berries, an orange, yogurt, ginger and mint. If you prefer, this can be thinned and served as a strawberry smoothie instead. Use the ripest strawberries and oranges you can find for best results, according to RECIPE: KEEP IT TRADITIONAL. Do whatever you and your partner love best, be it dinner at a favorite restaurant, a movie or play, or simply reading or listening to music together. Whatever you choose, you can always fall back on the triedand-true chocolate-dipped strawberries. The chocolate can even be melted in the microwave for a fast treat for two, according to Real Simple—just be sure to stir the chocolate every 30 seconds. RECIPE: browse-all-recipes/chocolate-covered-strawberriesrecipe-00100000074871/index.html

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FOR A SOPHISTICATED DATE, get your partner tickets to a ballet, opera or symphony. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Community productions are often cheap, or even free. A candlelight dinner at home can help set the mood without too steep a price tag. With your favorite romantic entrée, try chopped strawberries with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and lemon zest. FOR A CAREFREE DATE, keep things playful with a picnic at a local park. Bring your strawberries in a colorful salad with avocado, red onion, cilantro and papaya, and serve over baby greens. According to Cooking Light, if you gently tear the greens by hand, and keep the fruits and salad dressing separate until the last minute, you’ll be less likely to end up with a soggy salad.

Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding QUICK FACTS Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 Number of Ingredients: 9

Elegant but simple, these strawberry roses are incredibly easy to make but delightfully innovative. Creamy dark chocolate pudding sure to delight your friends and family. Make this recipe a favorite treat. INGREDIENTS Pudding 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted 2 cups whole milk 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder Pinch salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Topping 1 package (16 ounces) strawberries 8 fresh mint leaves INSTRUCTIONS Pudding Melt chocolate.Whisk together 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch. Bring remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, cocoa and salt just to a simmer over medium heat. Stir cornstarch mixture then add to milk mixture in saucepot and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in melted chocolate and vanilla. Spoon into glasses. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Chill. Topping Before serving, hull 16 strawberries by removing the green calyx. Take 4 strawberries and cut the top of the strawberries off. These strawberries will be used as the center for the roses. For the remaining strawberries slice into 1/8 sections to use for the rose petals. Begin arranging the sliced strawberries around the pudding making sure the ends of the slices are facing out and extend slightly beyon the rim of the glass. After the first circle of strawberries is placed, begin making a second circle of strawberries but position slightly more forward toward the center of the glass. Continue with a third layer. Once finished add the cut strawberry to the center and garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately. RECIPE: or recipes/view/3690/Strawberry-Extra-Chocolatey-Brownies

Strawberry Mache Salad QUICK FACTS Prep Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Number of Ingredients: 13

Strawberries, red onion and papaya are tossed in a creamy avocado dressing in this strawberry salad recipe. Serve with mâche, a tender baby lettuce or any mixed baby greens. INGREDIENTS Avocado Dressing 3 small avocados, peeled and seeded 1/4 cups fresh lime or lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely minced 1/4 cups cilantro leaves 2 scallions, finely chopped 1/2 cups olive oil, plus more for drizzle Salt, to taste 1 to 4 tablespoons water

Mâche Salad 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced 1/2 papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 small red onion, sliced into paper thin rings 12 ounces mâche, or mixed greens INSTRUCTIONS Avocado Dressing Place one avocado, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro and scallions in a blender and puree until smooth. Add olive oil slowly while the motor is running. Season with salt and thin with water, 1 tablespoon at a time.The consistency of dressing should be slightly thinner than ketchup. Mâche Salad Place strawberries, papaya and red onion in a large bowl and toss with avocado dressing. Place a small bed of greens on each plate and top with strawberry mixture. Slice remaining avocados and lay several slices on top of each salad, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. RECIPE: HEALTHY UTAH FEBRUARY 2013



Healthy Smile, Healthy Person ORAL HEALTH MEANS BETTER OVERALL HEALTH, DENTISTS SAY Dentists from 34 leading dental organizations have united to shout one message across the country: healthy mouths lead to healthy lives. Oral hygiene professionals started this coalition, The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, because so many children and their parents are falling short when it comes to the pearly whites. About 16 million American kids currently suffer from untreated tooth decay, and oral disease causes American kids to miss 51 million school days each year, according to the American Dental Association. Parents lose 25 million hours of work annually for the same reason. Partial blame, dentists say, falls on parents who don’t help their kids develop healthy habits. About 60 percent of parents with children ages 12 and younger report that they don’t regularly help their children brush their teeth, or check to make sure the child has done a decent job. Only 44 percent of parents in the United States say that their child brushes his teeth twice a day or more. “I think there are a great number of people of all ages who are lacking when it comes to brushing teeth,” says Dr. Walter Meden of Elite Smiles Utah, in Draper. “Teenagers probably brush the least.”

be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease,” an American Dental Association report says. More than 47 percent of American adults, or 64.7 million people, have periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology says that people with this disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. Dentists and heart specialists aren’t exactly sure how the two are related, but it is thought to be caused by oral bacteria and inflammatory mediators that enter the blood stream from the mouth, contributing to deposit formation on blood vessel walls. Gum disease-related bacteria may also contribute to dementia, according to a study from Annlia Paganini-Hill at the University of California. Paganini-Hill and colleagues followed about 5,500 elderly people for a year and a half, and found that those who brushed their teeth less than once a day were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than daily brushers. The bacteria may get into the brain causing inflammation and brain damage, she told Many people simply don’t understand how important oral health is in determining overall health, Dr. Meden says. “Everything deals with education. It starts with dentists and dental hygienists,” he says. “We should emphasize home care.”

two minutes. He loves to camp, and will occasionally time fellow campers brushing their teeth in the restroom. “I have found that the average time is about 30 seconds,” he says. “The longer we brush, the more potential we reduce the bacteria, which in turn reduces the risk of decay and gum disease.” Bigelow also recommends using powered brushes rather than manual, as they’ve been shown to be more effective. It is important to brush twice a day, Bigelow says, because it holds bad breath and bacteria at bay. “Bacteria will always be in the mouth no matter how long we brush,” he says. “However, the more we leave on our teeth, gums, and tongue, the quicker it will multiply. Bacteria can double every couple of hours in our warm moist mouths.” Television and printed ads will soon start popping up everywhere, reminding us of “2min2x.” A YouTube channel ( com/2min2x) has already been dedicated to the cause, which shows two minutes of kidtargeted content to let them know how long to brush.

This is bad news not just for the mouth, the partnership says, but for health in general.

Brushing for two minutes twice a day is the goal of the partnership’s nationwide campaign.

“The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can

Dentist Don Bigelow in Salt Lake City, Utah says people often fall far short of

The Ad Council, a non-profit distributor of public service announcements, teamed up with the partnership, and is distributing the new PSAs to more than 33,000 media outlets nationwide, which will air in donated advertising space. A series of social media strategies will also be implemented to engage parents and children, including messaging on Facebook and Twitter.



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THE UNITED STATES’ OBSESSION WITH MEAT Americans top the charts when it comes to meat consumption, and this influences everything from heartbeats to lifestyle. Luxembourg is the only country that eats more meat than the United States, eating 301 pounds per person per year, compared to America’s 270. The worldwide average meat consumption per person per year is 102 pounds. The American Heart Association warns that the saturated fat and cholesterol in red meat can be bad for the heart. They recommend less than six ounces per day of meat in all its varieties. Six ounces a day multiplied by 365 days equals 137 pounds of meat per year. We eat double the recommended amount of meat. So what? Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, told that people who consumed about one serving of red meat (beef, pork or lamb) per day had a 13 percent increased risk of mortality and an 18 percent higher risk of fatal cardiovascular disease, compared with those who eat meat sparingly. “The increased risk is really substantial,” he says. Processed meats present an even higher risk of death, a 20 percent increase. Hu recommended one serving of red meat, which is about the size of a deck of cards, every other day.



Ranchers don’t have their cattle eating grass for very long, quickly switching to a diet of large amounts of corn, protein supplements and even growth hormones. This causes the cattle to grow more quickly and to a larger size. Before, according to one New York Times columnist, steers were not slaughtered until the age of four or five, which age has decreased over time until today, where steer are slaughtered at the age of 14 to 16 months. That means a calf goes from 80 pounds to 1,200 pounds in just over a year. The demand for beef has driven these changes in how cattle are raised and slaughtered. Total US meat consumption for 2012 is projected to be at about 52 billion pounds, representing the livelihood for a large number of people, and a lifestyle for many more.

Researchers also found that those who consumed red meat often were at higher risk of death from cancer. The American Cancer Society says that one way to help prevent cancer is to limit how much processed and red meat we eat. Those who eat meat often increase their risk of colon cancer especially, according to Mention steak and most people’s mouths water. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. It seems like about every few months a new movement shows the benefits or dangers of red meat, how we should avoid it or eat more of it. Take the Paleo diet for instance, which attempts to capture the lifestyle and diet of our ancestors from the Paleolithic era, eliminating grains and processed food in favor of more meat, with the argument that our ancestors evolved to eat meat. Some even argue that eating meat is what made us smarter as evolving humans. Varying beliefs aside, nobody can argue against the fact that meat is a huge part of our society and economy, and not just our diet. According to a recent report by's Meat Meek, there are about 30 million head of cattle in the United States. Back in the seventies we had even more, but thanks to certain scientific advancements and changing feeding techniques, "modern" cattle have, on average, almost 200 pounds more meat than cattle of decades past.

It isn't always about the red meat though. Beef consumption per person has declined significantly in the last 15 years, and chicken recently became the meat of choice for Americans. This represents a good change in the eyes of some. One study by the Harvard Medical School found that substituting fish and chicken for red meat lowered the risk of disease and death from cancer and heart problems. So we may not be willing to give up our meat eating habits, but perhaps we are becoming smarter as meat eaters, which will hopefully improve our wellbeing. America and meat continue to be two peas in a pod, and most of us are looking for a long-term relationship. If that is the case for you, remember the risks, and try to not let carnivorous tendencies destroy your health.

Cardiologist Amanda Donohue of Jordan Valley Medical Center in Utah says that it is okay to eat red meat in moderation, especially meat that is lean in fat content and cholesterol. “Red meat that is not lean does increase your total cholesterol and can lead to increase in obesity, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, she says. “So it is a two-fold risk for Americans.”




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ndometriosis occurs when cells that line the uterus or endometrium are found outside of their usual location. It has been estimated that nearly 10 percent of all women suffer from this disease which typically affects females 15-25 years of age. There are several theories on how the cells from uterine lining come to be found typically within the abdominal cavity, but which can be found virtually anywhere in the body, even the brain. The most widely held theory is that of "retrograde menstruation." It is speculated that when a woman menstruates, some of the blood and debris flows backwards through the fallopian tubes and then implants on other pelvic organs. The most common locations for endometriosis are the ovaries, the outside of the uterus, the pouches above and under the uterus, the bladder, and the bowel. The bloodstream may be how it is found in the brain and elsewhere. These cells then "cycle" just as the endometrium would and cause pain, bleeding, and inflammation. Subsequently, adhesions and scarring can occur in response to this inflammatory reaction. The lesions are usually small and pepper-like in appearance but can form huge so called "chocolate cysts" which when ruptured appear like chocolate syrup.

If you have difficulty conceiving, painful periods, painful intercourse, or painful bowel or urinary habits, you may be suffering from endometriosis.

The only way to make a definitive diagnosis is to perform a laparoscopy to either directly biopsy the lesions or to visually verify endometriosis. There are 4 stages of disease and are best described as minimal, mild, moderate, and severe. Both minimal and mild have not been shown to greatly affect fertility, but both moderate and severe disease have definitely been shown to impact the ability to conceive. The stages of disease correlate very poorly with pain scores. If a diagnosis of endometriosis is established, then treatment is either surgical or medical. Most gynecologists will ablate or destroy as much of the disease as feasible at the time of laparoscopy.


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In addition if there are chocolate cysts or adhesions, they will remove as much as they can at the time of surgery. Medical treatment consists of birth control pills to decrease the amount of endometrial shedding at the time of menses which may help alleviate the pain over time. The other most commonly used medical therapy is "Depo- Lupron" or lueprolide which is a Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone agonist (GnRh agonist). This hormone essentially temporarily puts you into menopause. The treatment is therefore limited to 6 months and may have unpleasant side effects similar to menopause. The good news is however that it typically greatly reduces or eliminates the pain. It is anti-estrogenic and stops the growth of the lesions at least for 2-3 years in general. The down side is that while on this treatment you will not be able to get pregnant. Many women therefore choose to attempt to conceive immediately following their surgery in hopes of conceiving before the pain recurs. With proper treatment the vast majority of women will eventually conceive. In conclusion, if you suffer from painful cycles, have infertility, or just have more pain than usual, you may benefit from treatment. Dr. Saunders is accepting new patients and will spend the time necessary to answer all your questions and give you options for help.

Call 801-692-1429 for an appointment or visit our web site at for more information on endometriosis and other women's health issues.


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ave you ever wondered what the score is? In a very important study, mild to moderately obese patients with the Lap-Band weight loss surgery lost 87 percent of their excess weight compared to 21 percent who had an intensive medical diet program over a two year period of time. The diet program patients continued to gain weight whereas the Lap-Band patients continued to loose it at the two year mark. Ann Intern Med. 2 May 2006 When an individual has up to 100 plus pounds of excees weight loosing 5-10 percent of that is helpful, but not enough to make a real difference in health. For people with diabetes, the winners were even more amazing. In a randomized controlled study in patients with early type II diabetes and excess weight up to 100 pounds over

their ideal body weight results showed that the Lap-Band patients lost 68 percent of their excess weight and 76 percent were in remission of their diabetes after a two year follow up. The dieting group who had intensive lifestyle training and conventional diabetes treatment lost 4.3 percent of their excess weight and 13 percent were in diabetes remission. JAMA. 2008;299(3):316-323. Lap-Band surgery helps people lose weight by lowering hunger level allowing confortable intake of smaller portions without being so hungry. The Lap-Band is placed as an outpatient procedure with a laparoscopic approach to minize pain for a faster, safer recovery. Lap-Band surgery is a safe and effective punch against obesity. If other weight loss programs have not put you in the winning circle consider Lap-band surgery for your fight.


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Come watch Utah’s ice skating talent compete at the Park City Ice Arena and Sports Complex. Events include an advanced free skate competition, along with jump, spin and showcase competitions. The event is sanctioned by US Figure Skating, and is free of charge to watch.




Come learn about dating strategies as you participate in dolphin courtship displays, find your pheromone match, practice mating calls, and enjoy some delicious food catered by Taste of the Wild!



Come watch the best of the best show their stuff at Deer Valley Resort, where mogul competitions will be held for USSA members.




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Experience ooh’s aah’s and hahaha’s when the Harlem Globetrotters come to the Energy Solutions Arena. Their basketball skill and slapstick humor make for a memorable experience.




Come watch the state’s best BMX riders compete at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center, located at 2100 West 11400 South in South Jordan.



Come watch the world’s best snowboardcross and skicross riders race against each other at the Canyons Resort. The event is free to the public!



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The photos of Alex Webb, a renowned photojournalist, are something everyone can appreciate. He captures profound meaning in his photographs that can mean something to every viewer. His exhibition is on display at Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art.




Branford Marsalis is known for his innovative spirit and his broad musical scope. Equally at home in intimate jazz clubs or the world's greatest concert halls, Branford's live performances are a fusion of joyful sound and musical virtuosity. 801-581-7100





BYU Presents Living Legends

DREAMGIRLS—the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and trials that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger with lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen. At the Capitol Theatre. 801-355-2200

Men of few words are the best men�in Shakespeare's most famous play of war, adapted into a fifty-minute production for young audiences. This inventive, highly theatrical staging invites playgoers to consider the difficulties one must face during periods of disharmony. As the king of England battles for control of France during the Hundred Years� War, all must learn �there is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distil it out.

801-422-4322 - @ BYU Nelke Experimental Theater



Living Legends combines traditional and contemporary music with the color and vitality of native American, Polynesian, and Latin American dances. Performed by talented descendants of these cultures in a stunning tribute to the ancient cultures of the Americas and the Pacific. 801-422-4322


Orchestral versions of this renowned Shakespeare classic performed by the Utah Symphony should make an excellent date night. Different music with a Romeo and Juliet theme, from Schumann and Tchaikovsky, will also be performed, all at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. 801-533-6683

19-20       THE KING’S SINGERS

A world-renowned, Grammy winning vocal ensemble group, the King’s Singers are sure to provide a memorable experience. As part of the Dixie State College Celebrity Concert Series, they are coming to the Cox Performing Arts Center in St. George, UT.


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