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Help kids achieve better vision by choosing the right foods.


New products rejuvenate skin and erase time’s passage


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Three things your dentist can do to extend your (tooth) life.

14 Balance Locals talk about keeping fit, while keeping busy.

20 Gadgets The best of 2016 gear for staying in shape.

18 Sinusitis Clean those passages for overall better health.

22 Diet Chinese medicine reveals the truth about eating for better health.

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Weight loss surgery at Lower Keys changed my life -and gave me more life to look forw ard to. -Atavia

Despite her best efforts to lose weight, Atavia reached 426 pounds and suffered from all the complications of morbid obesity. “My children were the deciding factor in moving forward with weight loss surgery at Lower Keys,” Atavia explained. “It’s the best decision I ever made. I’ve lost 170 pounds and I feel phenomenal!” Atavia is so much healthier now, she even started a healthy living group that hosts a weekly Pilates session. “Now, I love working out and going to the beach with my kids. I’m so grateful to have a healthier, happier life to look forward to.“ Read our Look Forward stories at

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superfoods that support kids' eye health BERRIES Bulk up on berries to maintain that perfect vision. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are packed with eyehealthy vitamin C. Bonus: because vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, it will help stave off the coughs and colds that often come along with the start of school. NUTS AND SEEDS When kids crave crunch, seeds and nuts are the perfect choice. English walnuts, raw almonds, flax seed and sunflower seeds are satisfying on top of yogurt or in a homemade trail mix. Plus, these nuts and seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which research shows can help support vision.

Green Eggs and Ham Cups Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes 12 cups Ingredients: 7 eggs (large) 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped 3/4 cups extra lean ham, diced Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste Shredded cheese of your choice (optional)


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As kids settle back into the groove of the school year, you can ensure they are prepared with the right pencils and notebooks, but if they are straining to see the teacher, learning will be a challenge. "The first step is to have your child's vision checked annually by a doctor," says registered dietitian, Tammy Lakatos. "The next step is to maintain healthy vision which parents can easily do by providing a wholesome diet rich in vitamin-packed foods proven to support eye health." While carrots have a reputation as an eye-healthy food, there are many other options that keep kids seeing sharp. These five superfoods will help keep your kids' eyes healthy so they can better focus at school.

EGGS This breakfast staple can boost eye health, but keep in mind not all eggs are created equal. Choose eggs from hens that are fed all-vegetarian diets, such as Eggland's Best. Those type of practices result in a superior egg packed with eyehealthy nutrients such as 38 percent more lutein, three times more vitamin B 12 and five times more vitamin D than ordinary eggs. DARK GREEN VEGETABLES Antioxidants in kale, spinach and broccoli help keep eyes healthy and prevent disease. Each vegetable contains high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, which studies have found lowers the risk of advanced macular degeneration and cataracts.

CITRUS FRUIT Oranges make awesome snacks or meal add-ons. Because citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, you're not only giving your child a naturally sweet treat, you're helping support eye health. Plus, the smell of citrus will awaken the senses to help fight the afternoon slump. Want a tasty recipe kids will love that incorporates multiple eye-healthy superfoods? Get into the back-to-school spirit and try these Green Eggs and Ham Cups for breakfast or lunch. For more recipe ideas, Lakatos recommends visiting —

Directions: • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. • Sauté onions and broccoli over medium heat until soft. Add spinach, ham and continue cooking until spinach is wilted. • In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and seasonings. Add vegetable and ham mixture to eggs. • Coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray and fill each muffin cup with egg/veggie mixture. Top with shredded cheese. • Bake 15-17 minutes or until eggs spring back or toothpick comes out clean. • Cool on a rack and remove from pan. Enjoy warm or room temperature. (Note: Egg cups can be rewarmed in the microwave or toaster oven if desired.)

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If you could turn back time … New procedures offer youthful results By Hays Blinckmann Looking younger is no longer taboo, expensive or a secret. Women and men nowadays unabashedly flock to doctors’ offices, clinics and spas that offer multiple skin rejuvenating treatments all designed to reverse the signs of aging. It is no longer “if” we can turn back time, it’s “how.” And injectables are the easiest, most affordable way. “Nowadays, we feel younger on the inside and want our outside to reflect that — skin aging is a process that starts in our early twenties, so eventually we look in the mirror and want to change what we see to reflect how we feel inside,” says Dr. Ioana Carabin, an ENT-otolaryngologist and owner of Under the Palms MediSpa & Rejuvenation Center. Dr. Carabin provides a variety of treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, and Kybella. Soon the office will introduce a non-surgical face lift procedure.


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“There are numerous factors to consider when starting a treatment program. We have to look at the current condition of the client’s skin — texture, tone and elasticity, lifestyle, age, sun damage, etc. Budget, their desired outcome are equally important, and I try to set realistic expectations. Clients also need to realize that cosmetic dermatology procedures are not a one-time thing; to maintain improvement periodic treatments are best, as the results are not permanent.” — Renee Grier, New Leaf Skincare a medical spa.

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“It’s not just Botox shots anymore, its a combination of treatments that give better results” said Dr. Carabin. Botox is neurotoxic protein that can soften or erase wrinkles around eyes and forehead for three to four months. Derma fillers are either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acids, collagens, and biosynthetic polymers that provide volume for the face and erase deep creases around the mouth and other areas. The effects can last from six months to two years. A newer treatment is Kybella, an injectable synthetic deoxycholic acid that destroys the fat cells that cause a double chin. Multiple shots are injected under the chin with an average of three to six treatments, dissolving fat cells and tightening your jowl line. “The results have been fantastic, and most of my clients have been very happy after about three treatments,” said Renee Grier nurse practitioner with New Leaf Skincare. “This is permanent fat removal, and is a true alternative to liposuction, without the need for surgery or a lengthy recovery process.” New Leaf offers all injectable treatments as well a Vitality Institute peel and Portrait Plasma regeneration to improve skin tone and pigmentation. Dr. Carabin stresses each individual has different needs for desired effects and warns it depends on the body’s metabolism as to how long injectables will last. Injectables can help increase your own collagen production but if you have a high metabolism — like an active athlete — the treatments may not last as long. “My advice to clients wanting to begin the journey into cosmetic procedures is to remember that less is more, “ said Grier. “There are many options, at many price points. For many clients, dramatic improvement can be achieved with one or two treatments.” Botox and dermal fillers lead the global injectable market but new procedures are emerging all the time. While a healthy lifestyle and avoiding the sun leads to healthier skin, aging is unavoidable. Looking younger could be just a needle prick away.

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According to the American Dental Association this list is the most common way people break teeth: Nail biting Brushing too hard Grinding Chewing ice Constant snacking Using your teeth to open things

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By Theresa Java Teeth are important; studies show the amount of teeth you have is in direct correlation to life expectancy. That’s right, a good set of choppers means a better, longer life. Today, dentists offer a comprehensive approach to dentistry, which encompasses preventative, restorative and cosmetic options. As people age, tooth enamel thins and cavities become more common. Enamel, the tooth’s natural covering, is the hardest tissue in the human body. But wear and tear on the enamel is inevitable, eventually exposing the “dentin” which results in cavities. One of the best and easiest ways to protect teeth is with a professionally applied sealant. Everyone Loves a Gentle Dentist’s office in Key Largo offers the treatment — a thin, plastic coating applied to the molars’ surfaces or any deep groove, or “pits” where more than 75 percent of decay begins. Getting a sealant is quick, easy and “only takes a few minutes per tooth to apply.” The minimally invasive procedure is safe for baby and adult teeth.


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Jaw pain Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism can transform the chewing surfaces of teeth, transforming bites. This leads to loosening of the teeth, hypersensitivity and chronic jaw and facial pain. Dentists may prescribe a mouth guard but a relatively new treatment is a Botox injection to the jaw muscle. Keys Smiles, headed by Dr. Charles Troxel on Big Pine Key, said many of his patients are looking for a better-looking smile. Veneers or porcelain laminates, along with whitening, are popular procedures. A veneer is a thin translucent “shell” bonded to a tooth. They’re ideal to hide chipped or cracked teeth and offer more stability than composite. Some patients are looking for more than preventive or cosmetic fixes. Some patients have a bite that is so badly compromised, a professional must construct a custom set of dentures. Both partial and complete dentures are available, depending on how many teeth are missing. The partials adhere to the remaining teeth connected by metal clasps or “precision clasps” which are nearly invisible and are usually more costly according to Dr. Christopher Golden’s office, Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry of the Keys.

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Finding the Balance By Kristen Livengood “I don’t have time!” That’s the common lament many busy people use to avoid regular exercise. “You have to make time!” cry the fitness cheerleaders. The reality is that high-stress jobs require a regular exercise regime. Just like a profession will suffer from lack of attention, so will one’s overall health. To be smart enough at the desk or the podium, requires being smart about keeping in shape. To be smart about one’s health requires discipline and intelligence applicable in a career. The Weekly asked two of the most energetic people in the Keys to share their struggles and successes with finding the balance.


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Time on the road/away from home? I spend a lot of time on the road in the district and in Tallahassee, which makes staying healthy and active even more important. What is your workout routine like? What are your favorite workouts? I switch between yoga and Pilates classes, which I love and wish I could take every day in some fashion. Since cardio is a must, I try to mix in running and walking on the treadmill and outside, preferably on a cloudy day or in the winter when it is a little cooler outside. I also try to walk my dog Boaz at least five days a week in the morning and every once in a while I get the special chance to take a ballet class. What are your go-to healthy snacks for busy schedule? As the mom of 4-year-old Drake, I try to keep a lot of healthy snacks on hand like fruit and nuts, and I always have a bottle of water with me. Indulgences? Less than healthy snacks that can be found in the Members Dining Room in Tallahassee are my weakness when we have long days on the House floor. Philosophy on balancing work and physical health? Exercise is a must for me in terms of stress management; it is part of my lifestyle and working out is definitely not a chore, although it can be difficult to work into my schedule.

Time on the road/away from home? I am always on the run, out the door by 7 a.m. and usually not walking in the door until 7 at night. I am always moving. What is your workout routine like? What are your favorite workouts? I like doing outdoors things. If I am not working, I am spearfishing and boating, or paddleboarding or kayaking with my wife, Erin. At work, I am always on the go, scrubbing graffiti, or helping at cleanups. We just pulled 3.8 tons of trash out of the mangroves for the Coastal Cleanup. I do all my own yardwork, and it’s a big yard. That’s my relaxation. What are your go-to healthy snacks for busy schedule? Everything I eat is usually out of a Styrofoam box. If I look healthy, that can only be attributed to the fact that I get up and go, go, go. Indulgences: Diet Dr. Pepper and a plain donut, every morning for breakfast. Philosophy on balancing work and physical health? Most of it is a state of mind. If you constantly think you are young, able and fit, you will be.

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Triggers & Referrals Or … you’re not hurt where it hurts

Massage therapy is one of many ways to alleviate pain and discomfort. A driving force behind its growing popularity is the effectiveness of “trigger point” therapy. Discovered 20 years ago by doctors Janet Travell and David Simmons, the technique has become widespread. But, what exactly is a trigger point?

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In simple terms, trigger points are knots in muscle fiber that cause pain to be experienced in other — sometimes distant — parts of the body. A bad shoulder could mean a problem in the neck. Or, a back problem could originate on the other side, in the abdominal muscles. The seemingly unconnected pain is called a “referred” pain. Overloaded muscles contract and become tense, the tension forms into knots, and eventually these knots evolve into trigger points. Contracting muscles can strain joints and ligaments, leading patients to believe that the pain they feel is originating from these areas. It takes a professional to learn the relationship between the trigger points and the referred pain. For massage therapist Brandi Simpson, of Middle Keys Chiropractic, trigger point therapy is an important part of her repertoire when it comes to diagnosing pain’s origins and treating it effectively. Originally trained at The Desert Institute of Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona, Simpson became nationally licensed in massage therapy more than 12 years ago. Her most commonly used techniques mainly focus around myofascial trigger point therapies, positional release techniques, myofascial release, and myokinesthetics. “According to Travel and Simmons, and from my experiences, I found that trigger point referral is roughly 70 percent predictive in terms of identifying pain location,” she said.


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These “referrals” can appear in odd places at times, and a strong knowledge of anatomy is needed for professionals to diagnose chronic pain. For Simpson, one of the most peculiar referral points she’s worked on was located at the furthest distal attachment of the rectus abdominis. “The patient came in complaining of lower back pain, which felt like a ‘strap’ across the lower back and extended to the hips, but because the patient was a smoker, and often would cough, I found that the tension actually originated in the lower abdomen, from rectus abdominis contraction.”

Muscles make up between 36-42% of body weight, on average. They are a large percentage of our total weight and have a corresponding impact on our health.

After three sessions of trigger point therapy, the patient decided to postpone surgery. Like massage therapists, patients also have a role in identifying pain and communicating with therapists what they are experiencing. Communicating levels of pressure, pain, and breathing are ways to get the most out of a therapy session. “There comes a point when you are applying pressure that you begin to have diminished returns, you have to really be communicative with patients at that point,” said Simpson. “If you go more than you should, you can make the patiently excessively sore, and therapists run the chance of disrupting tissue and having triggers come back.” While there are some neurological professionals who contest the exact science behind trigger point therapy, studies have shown its success. A case study conducted by Steve Jurch, director of Allied Health Training in Baltimore, had a patient with numbness and tingling in her arms who found releif after Jurch’s assessment indicated that anterior neck tissues may be the culprit. “Since the major nerves that feed the arm pass through this area, we discussed trying some trigger point and soft tissue techniques along with stretching to see if we could get some reliefs,” said Jurch.

“Breathing is key with trigger point work. Using ischemic pressure, I focus on patient breathing, and work at infiltrating muscle tissue with oxygen rich blood, it helps the trigger point release.” Patients with chronic pain can sometimes go through a litany of modalities trying to find the one that works. As massage therapy continues becoming a more helpful tool in treating pain, and healing patients, more professionals with experience in trigger point therapy is a necessity. Understanding trigger points, and effectively treating them, may be the difference in achieving the desired pain relief patients seek. 17

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Painful but treatable

While tilting the head, use the neti pot’s long spout to pour a warm saline solution into the nose. Gravity will run the water through the outer nasal cavities and back out the other nostril, cleaning the nasal passages.

Is it a cold or is it sinusitis? Colds have the tell tale sign of sore throat followed by a stuffy nose and ending with a cough while sinusitis is a pressure behind the eyes, watery eyes, teeth ache, headache, worsening cough at night and elevated green or yellow mucus discharge from the nose. Both come with nasal inflammation, discharge, fever, cough and pain in the face but a cold is an untreatable virus that will run its course. Sinusitis, however, is an infection that, if lasts more than seven days, should be treated with antibiotics. “The face is comprised of four pairs sinus cavities or pockets that essentially create the shape of the face. When the pockets fill with fluid and become infected, you have sinusitis,” said Dr. Norman Tingle who practices family medicine in Key West. Dr. Tingle sees several patients a week with nasal problems. What causes sinusitis? It can be poor nasal passages that block bacteria due to a cold or deviated septum. It could be an allergic reaction to an environment making your nasal passages a breeding ground for bacteria, or basic immune deficiency. For children, it can result from smoke in their environment, allergies and even drinking from a bottle lying on their back.

More expensive alternative to the Neti Pot is the “Sinu Pulse Elite Advanced Nasal Sinus Irrigation System.” This electric system is a fancier, motorized way of running saline solution through the sinuses.

Sinus infections affect 30 million Americans each year. That’s 10% of our population suffering nasal inflammation from a variety of reasons.

Basic sinusitis can clear up on its own with relief from over the counter medications such as naproxen, nasal steroids, decongestants and using irrigation system such as Neti pots to clear the sinuses. If symptoms increase and worsen after seven to 10 days than a trip to a doctor is necessary for antibiotics. If symptoms continue after 12 weeks then it is deemed chronic sinusitis which may require surgery and an ear, nose and throat specialist should be consulted. Is it preventable? Common sense would say avoid smoking and smoke, avoid geographic places that cause allergies, and incorporate nasal irrigation into your routine to prevent bacterial build up. But otherwise, at some point most of us will suffer and contribute to the billion dollar sinus industry. “We live in a virtual petrie dish down here because everything is warm, we don’t have enough cold weather to kill all the bacteria out there,” said Dr. Tingle.


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When you’re not feeling well, conventional wisdom says you should reach for over-the-counter or prescription remedies. But many experts point out that foods have healing properties that can be complementary in helping to treat common ailments and prevent illness. “The concept of using food as medicine isn’t a new one; however, the evolution of society and science has moved us further from this concept,” says Grand Master Nan Lu, OMD, one of the country’s foremost teachers and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and author of the new book “Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function.” “In my view, we are missing some of the most powerful and supportive steps we can take to remain well and prevent disease and illness.” Lu says the teachings of TCM can help patients deal with the root cause of their problems, rather than just eliminate the symptoms. While complex, he is offering a few quick insights into the subject of food as medicine. “Nutritionists today base their work on the physical and chemical properties of food alone, but this is just half the picture. “There are many immaterial things contained within food as well,” says Lu, who cites Qi, or vital energy, as a key aspect of food you can’t see. • The “right” foods won’t necessarily protect your health by virtue of their properties alone. Good organ function is also necessary for your body to process and digest what you eat. However, foods can help restore balance to an ailing organ system.


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“The concept of using food as medicine isn’t a new one; however, the evolution of society and science has moved us further from this concept.” —Grand Master Nan Lu, OMD

• Listen to your body, not cultural beliefs about what is good or bad for you. Lu offers the example of a woman craving sugar or salt during her menstrual cycle. “Assuming she listens to the wisdom of her body and satisfies her craving, she’ll have some chocolate or eat some potato chips. This woman is doing something natural.” • You may have heard of the adage, “you are what you eat.” Lu says to also consider the phrase, “you are what you think,” and avoid a steady diet of negative emotions, which you then must digest and process. Your thoughts impact your body and health, he says.

• The next time your stomach is upset, consider reaching for something natural. Ginger can be eaten or used topically to deal with stomach discomfort, reduce inflammation and even lower pain from arthritis. More information about TCM and “Digesting the Universe” can be found at While modern science has offered us groundbreaking medications and treatments, traditional healing systems can help patients recognize the root cause of physical conditions for a healthier, more balanced life. —



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