Archive for October, 2010

Cosmetic surgery: What to know beforehand

Cosmetic surgery: What to know beforehand

Dr Sloan MD recommends this article:
Source : Mayo Clinic
Cosmetic surgery: What to know beforehand
Cosmetic surgery can help improve your appearance, but it’s not for everyone. Understand the benefits, risks and limitations to make the best choice for you.
You’ve seen it advertised in newspapers, featured on television programs, apparent in the faces of celebrities — cosmetic surgery. It’s guaranteed to shave decades off your appearance, right? In some cases, maybe. Cosmetic surgery offers the potential to improve many areas of the body. But as with any surgery, cosmetic surgery also involves certain risks and limitations.

Reshaping your body
Cosmetic surgery, also referred to as plastic surgery, aims to change your appearance by altering parts of your body that function normally but whose appearance makes you unhappy. This differs from reconstructive surgery, which can improve the appearance and function of body parts affected by congenital defects, injuries and diseases such as cancer.
Cosmetic surgery offers choices for making changes in your physical appearance. It reshapes normal body structures, changes appearance and, often, improves self-esteem.
If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance, you may be interested in cosmetic surgery not only to look better, but also to feel better. Despite possible risks, and though each person’s experience is unique, both improvements may be likely after cosmetic surgery.
No studies have conclusively proved that most people can expect to enjoy dramatic improvements in their psychological well-being, however. If you’re struggling with depression, for example, cosmetic surgery is unlikely to relieve it.

Factors to consider
When deciding for or against cosmetic surgery, consider the following:
Your expectations. Anticipate improvement, not perfection. If you expect cosmetic surgery to turn you into a movie star, you’re bound to be disappointed. Also don’t count on surgery to save a rocky relationship, gain a promotion or improve your social life.
If you’re in the middle of a very stressful life circumstance, such as a divorce, job loss, death of a loved one or an uncontrolled mental illness, you may want to postpone cosmetic surgery. All of these situations may increase the possibility that you won’t be satisfied with the final results.
Time and expense. Cosmetic surgery isn’t covered by most health insurance. The costs vary depending on the procedure performed and may range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The procedures and your recovery also take time. This varies depending on the procedure. Returning to work may take from one day to several weeks.
Potential risks. You must be comfortable with the fact that cosmetic surgery, like any surgery, can be a risk to your health and that the results may not be what you anticipate.
Physical and psychological changes. Understand the physical effects that may be part of the healing time as well as how the surgery may affect aspects of your personal and professional life.

Possible risks and complications
The closer you work with your surgeon to establish specific, measurable and achievable goals before surgery, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the results. Still, dissatisfaction with results always remains a possibility.
Do a reality check
How pleased you will be depends on a number of factors. These include:
Your expectations
The extent and type of surgery
The skill of your surgeon
Your own body’s ability to heal.
Physical risks

Beyond the risk of dissatisfaction, all the usual surgical risks apply. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, lung disease or obesity, you have a higher risk of developing such complications as pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, and blood clots in the legs or lungs.
Other possible surgical complications include:
An accumulation of clear fluid beneath the incision (seroma), which may need to be drained
A collection of blood beneath the closed incision (hematoma), which may have to be removed
Skin breakdown — a separation from healthy skin caused by poor blood circulation, particularly if you smoke
Bleeding requiring a transfusion
Infection at the site of surgery, which may require additional surgery and lead to bigger scars
You’re more likely to have a smooth recovery if you’re in good overall health, are cared for by a qualified surgeon, and practice proper self-care after surgery by carefully following your doctor’s instructions.
Finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon
Your cosmetic surgeon should have experience doing procedures similar to the one you’re having. It’s important that your procedure or surgery is done in a setting where there is access to a team of qualified health care professionals.

To find a qualified cosmetic surgeon:

Look for the gold standard in certifications.You’re more likely to have a satisfactory outcome if your surgeon is experienced in the procedure and has been certified in his or her specialty by an appropriate board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
For more-involved procedures such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), consider a surgeon who has hospital privileges to perform that procedure. For procedures requiring general anesthesia, be sure that the operating facility has been accredited by a national- or state-recognized accrediting agency such as the Joint Commission, is certified to participate in the Medicare program under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act or is licensed by the state in which the facility is located.
Beware of misleading certifications. Just because a doctor is “board certified” doesn’t mean he or she has had sufficient training in cosmetic surgery. Certification could come from an unrecognized, self-designated board that requires little more than an application fee.
Know that not all referrals are equal.If you call a hospital to ask for a recommendation, you might be referred to the next cosmetic surgeon on the receptionist’s revolving list. He or she may not be best qualified to operate on you. Instead seek recommendations from people you trust, such as your family doctor or a friend who has had a successful procedure.

Meeting your surgeon
One of the best ways to help you decide if cosmetic surgery is right for you is to meet with a cosmetic surgeon. During this initial consultation, you discuss your desires and expectations and your doctor evaluates the part of your body you want treated. You also discuss any medical conditions that could affect the outcome of the procedure — such as diabetes or blood-clotting problems — and review the medications you take.

Questions to ask
Before choosing a surgeon, ask the following questions:

Are there treatments other than surgery that might work just as well or better for me?
Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Why or why not?
How many times has the surgeon performed similar procedures, and what were the results?
Can the desired effect be accomplished in one procedure, or are multiple procedures anticipated?
What are the surgical options and the pros and cons for each?
What type of anesthetic will be used, and how will it affect me?
Will I be hospitalized and, if so, for how long?
What results can I expect?
What are the possible complications?
How will my progress be monitored after surgery? What follow-up care will I receive?
How often is “touch-up” surgery needed, and is it covered in the cost estimate?
After your visit with your cosmetic surgeon, you may have mixed feelings. Feelings of excitement and anxiety are normal. Understanding what is involved and having realistic expectations about what can be accomplished are two ways to reduce your anxiety.
Even if you’ve done your homework and found a surgeon you like — at a price you can afford — make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with and committed to your choices. In the end, it’s your decision and yours alone.

An Amazing Sore Throat Remedy
An Amazing Sore Throat Remedy

This simple home remedy has worked 100% of the time for anyone that has tried it. Instead of suffering with a sore throat for a week or more, you can drive it away immediately, sometimes in less than a day. However, this remedy is not medical advice; it is a shared experience that really works! This site is not for profit; it’s aim is simply to help people cure their sore throats.

The most common sore throat remedies for sore throat are usually over-the-counter sprays, lozenges and pastilles that are ineffective and smelly. The most common doctor-prescribed remedies are antibiotics, which take time to obtain, cost money and can have many negative side effects.

Most often, people waste time waiting while trying to figure out whether or not they really have a sore throat. By the time they realize they do have a sore throat, it’s usually to the point that they are already suffering from serious sore throat pain , can barely speak, swallow or even eat.

This remedy is salt, and not just about gargling saltwater, it is actually about using common table salt as it is.
What you have to do is: tilt your head backwards and shake a little bit of salt straight into the back of your throat. Make sure you shake it straight into your throat, onto the base of your tongue and not over the middle
or the tip your tongue (this way you will not suffer from any unpleasant taste). After that, do not swallow your saliva, just let the salt dissolve right there on the back of your throat, letting the salt stay there for as long as you possibly can. If you’re using a salt shaker, shake 2 to 6 times depending how bad your sore throat is. If you’re using a fast food style paper saltshaker, you should shake about 1/4 of the packet directly into your throat.

Also highly suggested, is to shake an even larger amount of salt into your throat right before you go to sleep for the night. During your sleep, without food or drink, bacteria thrive without any interruption to incubation and growth. Therefore, using salt while you are asleep can be extremely effective. Keep a salt shaker near your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night feeling sore, you can shake some more salt into your throat.

Salt is a very old remedy that kills bacteria. In the old days they traditionally used salt to
preserve meat and fish. Why? Because salt attracts water and attacks the bacteria cell walls, causing the bacteria to dehydrate and self-destruct in the process.

If your sore throat is really severe you can use salt as often as every 30 minutes. Use it as soon as you feel the first symptoms of a sore throat and the earlier you use it, the faster you’ll get rid of that sore throat.

Salt is available nearly everywhere. You can stop in to any fast food place on any street and grab some. Don’t wait around trying to figure out whether or not your sore throat is serious. Instead you can use this quick sore throat cure . As soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat, use
the salt immediately. Gargling salt water is not nearly as effective since the concentration of salt is not high enough to take care of the problem. Also, gargling water requires a cup of water and the time to dissolve the salt in it, yet more inconvenience that makes you wait for relief.

Not all sore throats are the result of a bacteria infection. Sometimes the cause is a virus, commonly known as influenza virus. Many times your sore throat starts as a viral infection which develops into a bacterial infection. Salt is intended to fight only the bacteria, not the virus. Therefore salt might not be totally effective if you are suffering from a viral throat infection . Nevertheless, you really have nothing to lose by using salt. According to experience, salt can be extremely effective in most all cases, depending on the cause of your sore throat.

A sore throat is also often the first stage of a common cold, also known as the Flu. First to arrive is the sore throat, followed by nasal congestion and coughing. If you can take care of it fast, you won’t wear down your immune system fighting the sore throat and your immune system has more energy to fight the other cold symptoms. Therefore, using salt could also shorten the total duration of suffering from the common cold.

19 ways to live a stress free life

19 ways to live a stress free life
1) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
“My purpose is to ______ today.”

4) Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.

5) Plan to read at least one book every month .

6) Make time to practice meditation or prayer. They provide us with
daily fuel and a mental center to focus on in our busy lives.

7) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

8) Dream more while you are awake.

9) Try to eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less
food that is manufactured in plants.

10) Drink green tea and plenty of water.

11) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

12) Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new
and flowing energy into your life .

13) Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the
past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest
your energy in the positive aspects of the moment.

14) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems
are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like
algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

15) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
college kid .

16) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the negative blues away.

17) Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

18) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

19) Don’t take yourself too seriously .

How To Eat Healthy At A Party

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
Make It A Game To Beat The Food

Parties can trigger overeating for several reasons – maybe you like to have your hand on food because you’re nervous. Maybe they’re serving food you rarely eat because you pick healthy choices or maybe, it’s the simplest answer that you didn’t get a chance to grab a snack prior and you’re very hungry. It’s hard when there is lots of food, readily available and sometimes even a waiter that has a large serving platter at eye level with a napkin and a welcoming gesture. Here are a few tips to help you get through the party:

The food usually isn’t that good.
Most party planners know that the food really isn’t that good. It’s hard to make large quanities of fabulous food so very few places do. Before you partake in the tray favorites of “fried goat cheese” or “stuffed mushrooms” keep in mind that it’s just filler food and it’s usually drenched in butter just to make it taste passable.

Camp out at the fruit bowl.
Almost every party has a fruit table or a vegetable table. If you’re the nervous type, keep a glass of perrier in one hand and chunks of fruit in your other hand at all time. If you “binge” on fruit all night, you’ll be getting some much needed nutrients and some cleansing of the system.

If you’re going to drink alcohol, stick with the non-creamy, non-fruity drinks.
Not only does the cream and fruity mixes have a lot of calories, they are loaded with sugar almost certain to give you a much worse hangover. Plus, when they spill, they make your dress look terrible for the rest of the night. Stick with white wine or the “clear” choices.

As with dinners, skip the bread basket and follow the 3 bite rule for dessert.
Stay away from the bread, which is usually easier to do at a party because you can walk around and find the other choices. When the dessert comes out, have three bites and throw your napkin across the plate as soon as bite number three happens. Then, get up and go dance or chat with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Parties are great places to chat – it doesn’t have to be all about the food. Make it about the connections and drink a large glass of water when you get home. You’ll feel better in the morning.

Why is Diet Soda bad for you?

Why is Diet Soda bad for you?
Missing an Important Point – Dental Health

Regular AND diet soda is really bad for your teeth!

Diet Soda Drinkers Beware!

Drinking carbonated soft drinks regularly can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel surfaces.

Soft drinks, which contain sticky sugars that break down into acids, adhere easily to tooth surfaces.

These acids can soften tooth substance and promote formation of plaque, which erodes the enamel.

Enamel breakdown leads to cavities.

If erosion spreads beneath the enamel into the dentin, pain and sensitivity may result

Which may result in root canal surgery.

Because saliva helps neutralize acids and wash your teeth clean, the worst time to drink soda pop, ironically, is when you are very thirsty or dehydrated due to low levels of saliva.

The larger the volume of intake, the more impact pop has on your teeth

“Diet sodas are part of the problem. Women especially like to drink them throughout the day and between meals because they have no calories, yet the higher frequency and volume is putting their teeth at risk.”

Try to:

Drink soda pop only with a full meal.

Be sure to brush and floss soon after drinking and/or eating.

Also, resolve to quench your thirst with water.

If you drink pop alone or between meals, chew sugarless gum afterward to increase your saliva flow.

© 1996-2000 DentalNotes Academy of General Dentistry.

Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life

It doesn’t have to be that way! Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life – and with it brings a freedom that you haven’t felt since you were a little girl! Whether you are experiencing Menopause because of surgery, medication, or just because it’s time, I have several tools that will help you get through it with ease!

During this journey, your body is going through significant change. The importance of adequate rest must be part of your prescription for health. In addition to overall relaxation, frequent bodywork sessions will help your sore back, stress, anxiety, fatigue, sore feet and also headaches. You might find that longer sessions are beneficial. Some women need the extra time to let go and relax, and find that the traditional hour session ends right when they’ve gotten to their most relaxed state. Join my Fan Page and receive updates on special pricing and events!

By now you know that weight bearing exercise is essential to keeping strong bones and lean muscle mass. Exercise can also help to alleviate hot flashes and mood swings. What’s the best exercise treatment for you? That depends on your lifestyle. I work with several women who are seeing great benefit from Pilates classes, while some prefer yoga and still others live in the gym. These days, there’s millions of options out there, from video games such as Wii Fit to Zumba classes, belly dancing and of course just taking the dog out for a brisk walk. The main idea is: get out there and do something!

Experts agree that during this time we are highly susceptible to weight gain and obesity-related illnesses. Because of this, and because our health is so important, we need to eliminate all junk food from our diet. Consuming foods with natural plant estrogens will help. These include but are not limited to: apples, barley, carrots, flax seed, olive oil, papaya, peas, soybeans, tomatoes and yams. In addition, adequate protein is essential. Protein, and an amino acid called Luceine, help you hold on to that lean muscle mass while losing weight, which helps guard against osteoporosis and maintain metabolic rates which normally decrease dramatically during Menopause. Sugar is also a big no-no, but an even bigger temptation. Keep low-glycemic snack options around you such as almonds, and these great snack bars that have 10 grams of protein.

Natural HRT
For years, ‘HRT or Not to HRT’ has filled every conversation having to do with menopause. Rightly so, it’s important no matter what you choose, to do so safely. While I’m not an expert on synthetic hormones, I can tell you about the Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy options that changed my life.

Black Cohosh, as found in this Menopause Balance Complex, has been proven to help regulate hormonal balance. Hot flashes will slow way down, and before you know it, you won’t have them at all. You will sleep better and have better control overall of your Menopausal symptoms.

I can’t live without GLA. Gamma Linolenic Acid helps our body to create prostaglandins – hormone like substances that help regulate many bodily processes such as healthy blood flow, protection of arterial walls, dryness, and improving the immune system. Rich in Omega-6, GLA also helps with hormone-related headaches. GLA has also been reported to reduce the size of fibroids.

Following these suggestions will help you – and if I can help you in any way, please contact me. Wellness Assessments can help us get to the root of your symptoms and feel much, much better!

happy feet

Did you know that 25% of our bones are in our feet? During our lifetime, we can walk as many miles as the distance from the earth to the moon? Runners hit the ground with 2.5 times their their body weight? The most common foot injury is a tie between ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis? Each foot contains 33 joints? Plantar warts come from walking barefoot – the virus enters through broken skin on the bottom of the feet?

Our feet are our gateway to muscular and structural health. I can’t express strongly enough the importance of keeping them healthy! Do you remember the old song about the foot bone being connected to…? It’s true! Everything is connected, and when our feet are not working correctly, other joints are thrown off too, such as our knees and hips. This post will outline a few essentials for great foot care.

Shoe suggestions
If you have a normal arch, pick a shoe that has good stability for your ankle, but has no extra cushioning. For high arches, extra cushioning is essential. Flat feet, or low arches, require a shoe that provides extra motion control so that the foot & ankle don’t roll inward & so that the leg and foot muscles and tendons don’t have to work too hard.

Make sure your shoes fit! Here’s the test: Draw an outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Then trace your shoe on top of the foot on that paper. Does the shoe fit? Simple as that!

The heel of your shoe should be stiff. Look at the shoe from the back (ankle side) – it should not lean or tilt to one side. The arch shouldn’t bend or twist. The shoe should bend at the ball of the foot, not at the arch of the foot.

Foot Care
Weight Loss – get the extra strain off your feet.

Stretch frequently to remain flexible.

Foot pain is not normal! Please listen to your body!

Improve your balance as often as you can, whenever you can! Overall body posture is key to good health, and having a great sense of balance is important. Pilates, Yoga and Thai Chi are great for this.

Foot massages such as Thai Foot Massage increase circulation and flexibility as well as work on trigger points, help with edema, range of motion, relieve pain, fatigue and help your knees and hips.

As I’m going through all of my notes, I’m realizing that i just have too much information to share in one post. Look for a follow up: Great Tips for Healthy Feet II!