Plastic This, Plastic That

Plastic surgery has become a common topic of conversation in my circle of friends. With some already having gone under the knife for nose jobs or breast augmentation, it’s no wonder that changing our bodies is becoming a less taboo topic. Helping this process along is the commonality of reality television shows broadcasting plastic surgery like it’s just another day at Disneyland.

Extreme Makeover premiered in 2002 and is one of the first shows that gave individuals a makeover via plastic surgery. From liposuction to dental work, they did it all to cosmetically enhance the “lucky” chosen one. We can thank Extreme Makeover for paving the way for other shows such as Bridalplasty and The Swan where women are now competing to receive the procedures they want. It showcases plastic surgery as the answer to all our insecurities. If you don’t like it, fix it. Is this really the message we want to be sending our children?

In a recent study by Nabi (2009), she found that young people who watch reality makeover shows and relate to the characters may be more likely to partake in plastic surgery. Some young girls are being so impacted by these shows they begin to feel positively towards getting a procedure done. While we might just look at this as a form of entertainment it is effecting our youth and their body satisfaction.

With their daunting insecurities, we watch the contestants deal with these by getting a quick fix with a nip and a tuck. While some might claim other reasons for undergoing a variety of procedures the underlying tone in all of these shows is that women are so insecure and unsatisfied with their bodies that they have no other choice but to fix it via surgery. Unfortunately, this train of thought is being passed on to the youth of today where a boob job is a common high school graduation present.

Nabi, R. L. (2009). Cosmetic Surgery Makeover Programs and Intentions to UndergoCosmetic Enhancements: A Consideration of Three Models of Media Effects. Human Communication Research, 35(1), 1.

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Is Clean Really Better?

Summer is quickly approaching and many women are looking for the quick fix to get bikini ready. With this, the popularity of the cleanse is sweeping the nation. From The Master Cleanse, to the SkinnyGirl Cleanse, a variety of juice cleanses, and many, many more, it’s no wonder we might turn to one of these to shed those last couple of pounds.

With the abundance of cleanses they each claim relatively similar effects while having slightly different procedures. In the end, they all say they can help you lose weight and have better health. The scary truth is that most health care professionals do not find cleanses a healthy way to lose weight.

Marissa Lippert, a registered dietitian, says that most people who turn to cleanses do not see long term weight loss, rather it is just a quick drop of weight that is added back on once you begin eating normally again. Cher Pastore, R.D., agrees that cleanses are not a way to lose weight for the long term. She, along with M.D. Susan Blum, say that a short one-three day cleanse can be ok, but anything longer than that is not necessary and can be harmful (2011).

According to an article in USA Today many dietitians do not believe in or condone any sort of cleanse (Hellmich, 2009). It was stated that most are deficient in necessary nutrients and proteins. It seems that a cleanse can actually do more harm than help. Salmon (2010) discusses the trend of cleanses and a doctor’s point of view. The author says that there are times when people in certain fields of work or those who have particular medical conditions may benefit from a cleanse. However, it is reiterated that we have many organs that are in charge of detoxing our bodies without our help.

So if you’re going to dive into the world of cleanses, make sure you do your research and think about the results you are looking for. If it’s long term weight loss a gym membership might be a better way to spend your money.

Are juice cleanses really healthy? Why some wellness experts worry. (2011). http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2011/03/09/are-juice-cleanses-really-healthy-why-some-wellness-experts-worry/#

Hellmich, N. (2009). ‘Cleansing’ diets lure celebs, but not health experts. USA Today, retrieved on November 7, 2011, from http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2009-03-24-cleanse-diet_N.htm

Salmon, S.B. (2010). Deconstructing Detox Treatments: Myth or Health Restorative? Environmental Nutrition, 33(1), 1-6.

Did you realize that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime?

Here’s an informative and educational guest blog from OC Breast Thermography. 

America desperately needs a new health care model. There is no way we can sustain the current expenditures on health care much less fund the projected growth.

The existing model…

  • Medicare is underfunded by between 25 and 35 trillion dollars
  • America ranks between 42nd and 47th in life expectancy but we spend at least double any other country in health care spending
  • We don’t spend our money on health care we spend it on sick care.

A new model based on … (1) prevention,  (2)early detection, (3)safety and (4)participation

…is mandatory if America is to continue its place as a world leader.

Don’t expect changes to come from the government or the medical model. There is just too much money being made on sick care. We need a grass roots effort to make real change a reality.

The most glaring and obvious place to start is in the prevention and early detection of cancer. We know that education is paramount in our efforts to be successful.

In 2007 OCBREASTTHERMOGRAPHY.COM posted an article outlining steps that if followed would reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 90%.

We also offered a test that is …

Painless   –   FDA approved   –   Accurate (90%)   –   Safe.

The current model, mammography, for screening for breast cancer is a miserable failure if we just look at the statistics.

Not only have the numbers gotten worse in the rates of breast cancer over the last 40 years, mammography may well be a part of the problem.

I mentioned safety as a fundamental pillar of the new model. Mammography is not safe. Mammography uses low energy x-ray, the most dangerous form of x-ray. The leading experts in the world on cancer prevention believe the whole mammography industry maybe just a break even in the good it does compared to the harm.

I wouldn’t be writing this if there wasn’t a far better answer to breast cancer screening. Breast thermography is the most widely studied, safe breast cancer screening tool. The vast majority of those studies have shown it to be safe, accurate and painless. I mentioned earlier it isn’t perfect. There is no perfect test for breast cancer.

We believe we have found the perfect adjunct to breast thermography and plan on adding that at no additional cost to our screening protocols making our screening second to none.

We will go into more details in our next blog.

A breast thermography screening at our office is $235.00.    Have a “Breast Thermography Party” at your house with a minimum of 5 ladies and your screening is FREE.   Call for details (714) 363-5595.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation + Michael Kors

Whether or not you, or someone you know has had breast cancer, it is a disease that looms in the back of all our minds. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between your grandmother, mother, sisters, and daughters, there is a chance that one person you are close to will suffer from this life threatening disease. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has made it their mission to find a method of prevention and a cure for the disease. With an average of 1 woman dying every 13 minutes from breast cancer, it is an important to help fight against it.

Designers, such as Michael Kors, are finding ways to help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through fashion. Michael Kors was inspired to design a bracelet to help donate money to the foundation that he believes is important. He is donating 100% of the proceeds from the bracelet sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These $20, yellow, black, or pink leather bracelets will help to find a cure.

Michael Kors is not the only one in fashion to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anne Klein, Bloomingdale’s, Hudson Jeans, and Lacoste, just to name a few, have all been involved in giving back to the foundation. Visit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to find out more about corporate partners or how you can be involved in helping research, prevention, or finding a cure for this disease.

Healthy Heart Leads to a Happy Woman

When you hear about the importance of having a healthy heart, heart attacks might not be the first thing that come to mind. Younger generations may be thinking about a love lost and how that hurt their heart. Older generations may be thinking about just keeping in shape through the hectic life we call adulthood. But how many women think heart attack?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Crazy, huh? I bet you thought it was something else. Well the truth is that a large majority of women die from heart disease more than any other disease and this can be at any age. So here are a few tips found on the American Heart Association Website to keeping a healthy heart.

  • Make sure you’re working out and eating right
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink in moderation
  • Be careful of your birth control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Know your family history
These are not the only things you should be aware of while trying to keep a healthy heart, but it’s a good start. Any women at any age is susceptible to cardiovascular disease so make sure you’re aware of prevention, signs, and symptoms. And love yourself and your heart!

The Health in Shopping

What if I told you there was more to shopping than just clothes in your closet and a higher balance on your credit card. Surprisingly, there are some positives to this addictive habit. From your brain to your body, your whole being can benefit from a trip to the mall or a browse online.

There are many different ways that shopping has been found to be a healthier habit than one would think. If you choose to take to the streets to fulfill your retail therapy you are doing more than just expanding your wardrobe. By walking when shopping you are getting exercise. You probably didn’t even realize this because it’s for pleasure, but walking around for three hours is a great way to squeeze in some calorie burning.

Now maybe you don’t make it to the retail stores that often, or you just prefer to shop online, there are perks to this as well. Shopping releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy, so shopping makes you happy. How great is that?! This can happen in your own home or at the mall, but the point is that your brain feels a sense of joy from purchasing products.

When shopping for women’s clothing or accessories online you could even go to a website like RunwayJunkie.com where 10% of the net-profits are donated to a variety of women’s organizations. You would be releasing endorphins and doing something great, just think how good you would feel!

Tynan, D. (2008). Shopping IS Good For You: How Manolos Can Save Your Life. Women’s Health, http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/benefits-of-shopping?page=1

New Year, New Happiness

Hey Ladies! I know it’s already February but it’s not too late to start 2012 off right. While many of you might have made resolutions that were too hard to keep, I have a better idea. Let’s spend this year concentrating on what we like about ourselves. There are things we all want to change, but I think it’s more important to BE HAPPY.

We all have to discover how to make ourselves happy. It could be as simple as working out more often or as complex as finding a new job, but what’s important is discovering where that happiness comes from. Once you know what you need, you can concentrate your energy on that happiness and avoid the daily negativities we all come in contact with.

While being happier in your everyday life is a benefit in itself, it has been found that there is even more to the happiness. The psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman found that there are six benefits of being happy:

  1. Happiness Feels Good
  2. Better Health
  3. Longer Life
  4. Successful Relationships
  5. Success in Work
  6. Better Mental Health

With these great benefits in your life how could you not want to be a happy person?! So lets make a promise, instead of spending 2012 trying to improve ourselves, let’s spend the year loving ourselves and being happy!

Authentic Happiness, Seligman, Free Press, 2002