4 Must Avoid Cancer Causing Foods

beveragesThere has been excessive study and research conducted on the kinds of foods that cause cancer. Undoubtedly, there is still a fair ratio of population that fails to pay any heed on the consequences of these cancer causing foods. However, instead of being lazy and not bringing active changes in lifestyle to ensure a healthier and longer life, one must work towards avoiding foods that can become life threatening down the road.

Microwave PopCorns

The fun and convenience associated with getting a bag of cheese or other flavored popcorn that gets ready in minutes, thanks to the microwave, is not safe at all. Adding on to the list of infertility, microwave popcorns add on to testicular, liver and pancreatic cancer which is all the more harmful and dangerous for kids and adults alike. Therefore, it is safer to stick to normal corns that can be popped through old school methods rather than saving time that would lead to severe consequences in the future. Read More

Weight Loss Technology on the Rise: Three Amazing Apps You Can Try

Woman showing how much weight she lost.Indeed weight loss technology is on an all-time high! With so many mobile apps, computer software, and actual diet and exercise programs coming out today, there’s really no limit to the wide array of methods you can experiment with in order to shed off unwanted pounds. But then, of course, the end result still lies on your shoulders.

Well, consider these technologies your daily helpers as you journey through the ups and downs of weight loss. If you don’t want to be part of the mounting statistics of obese people around the world, start checking out these amazing apps and trying them out: Read More

Minimizing the Impact of Plastic Surgery on the Environment

Plastic surgery is definitely on the rise, and in a big way. In 2012, 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed, including both minimally invasive procedures and surgery. While the number one procedure is still Botox, surgery like breast augmentation and abdominoplasty are on the rise as well.

All of this surgery has a major impact on the environment, even though it rarely makes headlines. Medical waste is a major problem, and the health care industry is the second-largest producer of waste in the world, after food. Fortunately, there are some steps that can be taken to make this growing trend more eco-friendly.

1. Non-Surgical Procedures Over Invasive Work
Choosing non-surgical procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers like this can go a long way toward reducing waste and the impact on the environment, according to dermatologist Dr. Lovely of Skin By Lovely. These procedures result in less medical waste as there is no removal of tissue, blood-soaked bandages or surgical instruments. These procedures also require much less energy as they are completed quickly and do not require prolonged costly lighting as an operating room does.

2. Use Recyclable Material
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists can also take steps to use materials that may be recycled, and ensuring that they actually make it to the recycling center rather than the landfill. Recycling has come a long way, and it’s amazing just what can be recycled into something completely new, including breast and facial implants. Surgeons can also buy and turn in single-use medical devices that are recycled by the manufacturer.

3. Reducing the Use of Incineration
In many third world countries, medical waste is typically disposed of through incineration. While this method does have its advantages for eliminating hazardous material, it also produces greenhouse gases that harm the ozone layer.

4. Reduce Phantom Power
Phantom power is the energy appliances and electronics consume when they are plugged in, even if they are turned off and not in use. Every electrical device uses some amount of phantom power, and this can add up tremendously in a hospital or health care facility, especially those with an operating room. It’s important for physicians to take steps to reduce this phantom energy use to better the environment and their utility bill.

5. Reducing the Use of Paper
More doctors than ever are realizing the benefits of going paperless. This may be done in many areas, including patient records, internal memos and more. Paper that is used, including inserts for medical devices, should be recycled regularly as well. This alone can save hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, and go a long way toward protecting our planet.

The best part about these methods? They are completely practical and easy to implement. They have also been tested by medical facilities throughout the world with great success. If more doctors are willing to embrace the green movement, they can realize not only tremendous financial savings but they will also be passing on a better planet to the next generation.

How Your Dermatologist Can Save Your Life

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more than 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed every year in the United States. It’s the most common type of cancer, and the number of women under the age of 40 being diagnosed has doubled in the last three decades. Melanoma, which is the most deadly form, is also the leading cause of cancer death for women between the ages of 25 and 29.

The good news? If it’s caught early, there is a 98% chance that skin cancer can be cured, but not catching it can be very deadly, as this cancer can spread quickly. Early diagnosis of skin cancer can truly save your life, which means it’s worth it to make that annual appointment with your dermatologist to perform a skin test.

You should also perform your own regular self-checks of birthmarks, brown spots, freckles and moles to look for any changes. When you check your spots and moles, you want to check for:

1. Asymmetry. Does the mole have an irregular shape?
2. Border. Is there a smooth or ragged edge? Irregular borders are a red flag.
3. Color. Is the entire mole the same color, or do you see spots of white, blue or red?
4. Diameter. Look for spots that are larger than the size of an eraser head on a pencil.
5. Changing. Do the spots look the same as they always have?

While annual exams with a dermatologist are very important, there are also times when it’s best to schedule an appointment right away. If you find a lesion or spot that you think may be cancer, or you have risk factors that increase your chance of developing skin cancer, it’s time to visit a dermatologist.

Remember that men and women of all skin types and races can develop skin cancer, including people of color who have never had so much as a sunburn. Risk factors that increase your risk of developing skin cancer include:

Having a close relative who has or has had melanoma, or a family history of skin cancer
A personal history of skin cancer
History of exposure to UV rays from tanning beds, sun lamps or the sun
Experienced sunburns, especially blistering, even as a child
Fair skin, especially in individuals with blond or red hair and gray, green or blue eyes
50 or more moles
Large or unusual-looking moles
Sun sensitivity
Taking immunosuppresive medications

Before your exam with a dermatologist, be sure to remove any nail polish, as your dermatologist will need to check the nails and nail beds. Believe it or not, but skin cancer can even form there, according to dermatologist Dr. Diane Walder of Miami, who you can learn about here. You should also perform a skin self-exam at home and make a note of any new, changed, bleeding or itching lesions or growths so you can point them out.

The exam itself will probably be short. An annual skin exam for a patient who does not and has never had atypical moles usually takes just ten minutes. The more moles you have, the longer your exam will be, however. Your dermatologist may perform a biopsy, or remove a layer of skin for examination, if you have any growths that look suspicious.

Why Are Teens So Obsessed with Breast Size?

Growing up can be a very challenging time in anyone’s life. There are many changes that take place not only in the mind but also the body of a young person and these are at times too much to cope with if there are no people to guide and counsel these young ones on the matters they are going through.

One common thing is the obsession that teenage girls have with their breasts. They all seem to be unhappy with what they have and wish that they had bigger breasts. There are many reasons that can explain why they may want bigger breasts.

Modern Fashion.
Take a look at attires meant for ladies and you will understand why these poor teens would do anything for a bigger bust. Most clothes reveal a lot of cleavage and many tops are strapless, relying on the breasts to keep them up.

With such clothes being touted as trendy, it is no wonder that teenage girls long to have bigger breasts so that they can look good in the trendy attire on the market.

Big Breasts Equals Huge Attention.
Teens love being the center of attention and they notice early on that their peers who have big breasts are usually at the center of all “in” happenings. In order to also get their share of attention, those with smaller busts long to have bigger breasts and they will do anything, including stuffing their bras, in order to look bigger in that department.

The Mass Media.
The mass media seems to pay a lot of undue attention to women’s breasts, with lots of pictures of “well endowed” celebrities gracing magazine centerpieces. Bikini-clad women flouting their bodies, especially in the chest area, are a common occurrence.

It is therefore not surprising that teens will wish to also be like those that they see in the media. They even go to great lengths to get enhancement done so that their natural endowment is beefed up.

What Teenage Girls Should Do.
Teenage girls should realize that beauty is more than skin deep. There is so much more to earning respect and acknowledgment than enhancing their breasts. Girls should know that there are challenges such as those during breast augmentation recovery, and it is not some instant cure to their problems. It is always best to seek full information from board certified surgeons like Dr. Mounsey (see Dr. Mounsey on Twitter here) so that they are not only taken up by the glamor but know the risks as well. Dr. Mounsey told me that he gets messages from teenage girls on a regular basis who are interested in cosmetic surgery and procedures like this, and he always tells them to wait until they are older before making such a big decision.

It is important to avoid compromising your own principles for something as fleeting as cosmetic surgery when its effects are hardly permanent yet you will live with the guilt forever.

As parents, it’s important to talk to our daughters when they are still young and instill the principles that we hope they will live by. It’s far too easy for young women in this day and age to fall prey to glamorous magazine photos and unrealistic expectations and fail to see themselves for what they truly are.

Tips to Speed Your Recovery from Cosmetic Surgery

who have had some type of work done, whether it’s something surgical like this or just a little Botox or fillers. If you’re thinking about going under the knife, you certainly aren’t alone; in 2012, there were more than 14.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States.

If it’s your first time undergoing surgery, you may be a bit afraid of what’s ahead. The good news is your recovery likely won’t be as rough as you imagine. These tips can make it even easier, so you’ll be looking and feeling great in no time!

1. Recognize Signs of Depression
Depression is very common following plastic surgery, and there are many factors that may contribute to this problem. You may have trouble adjusting to your new look, you may be feeling guilt or having difficulty dealing with the reactions from friends and family, or the extensive downtime may give you the blues. During your recovery, take the time to care for yourself and ask for help. Getting the blues is common, but get help if your depression lingers.

2. Follow Your Surgeon’s Directions
Don’t assume you can skip certain directions provided by your surgeon, just because you’re feeling pretty good. This is especially true when it comes to taking pain medication on schedule and before the pain becomes severe, in which case the medication will not help much. It’s also very important to keep your head elevated to prevent swelling and other side effects of surgery.

3. Plan Your Recovery
Before you head in for surgery, it can help to plan out your down time. If you work weekends, schedule the surgery for a Friday to give you more time to recover. Planning out your down time and activities can also help you fend off depression, according to Dr. Choe of http://kylechoe.md.com/.

4. Have Realistic Expectations
Remember that you will look worse before you look better. Almost all procedures will involve some amount of swelling and bruising. These side effects can take a couple of weeks to fully dissipate, at which point you will start to see your real results.

5. Stay Hydrated and Eat a Healthy Diet
Recovery is tough, but don’t use it as an excuse to fill your body with junk and comfort food. Eating sensibly and drinking plenty of water is important to help you heal as quickly as possible. It’s especially important to drink a lot of water to replenish fluids lost during surgery, and eat lightly for the first few days.

6. Take Care of Your Skin
You are most likely undergoing cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your skin. For the best results, make sure you do what you can to take care of your skin and allow it to heal completely. Baby your skin to prevent discoloration, which means using hypoallergenic products. Don’t pick at your skin, stay hydrated and be careful to avoid direct sun exposure. Your skin will be very sensitive to the sunlight, so use a sunscreen that blocks alpha and beta sun rays with an SPF of 30 or 40.

Skip the Risks: Safer Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction is an effective treatment for stubborn deposits of fat, including love handles, but it comes with many risks. Along with a potentially painful recovery, liposuction can be very expensive and even leave you with worse cellulite. If you dread the thought of a traditional liposuction procedure, new body contouring methods can give you a slimmer shape without the pain, needles or downtime.

The following are safer non-invasive alternatives to lipo you may want to consider.

i-Lipo Laser Treatment
i-Lipo is FDA-approved technology that reduces the circumference of the thighs, waist and hips without surgery. This procedure works by shrinking fat cells beneath the skin using low-level lasers and no incisions at all. Lasers are released through treatment pads, which trigger a chemical signal in fat cells that causes them to break down stored fat that is released and burned off during post-treatment exercise. i-Lipo involves eight sessions of about 30 minutes spread over a month.

Liposonix
Liposonix is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment that is designed to help you get to your ideal shape and size when exercise and diet doesn’t work to eliminate fat deposits. Unlike non-invasive fat reduction techniques that use radiofrequency or lasers, Liposonix uses ultrasound energy to penetrate through the skin and target fat without harming surrounding tissue. Results take up to 12 weeks to become obvious, which is how long it takes for the body to naturally break down the treated fat.

Liposonix advertises that a single one-hour treatment can take you one size smaller, according to Dr. Alexander Donath, a plastic surgeon, who performs procedures like this in Cincinnati.

CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction technology that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat, rather than heat. Multiple areas can be treated with CoolSculpting in this procedure that uses Cryolipolysis to target and kill only fat cells. Over weeks, fat cells are naturally broken down and eliminated from the body. This procedure offers long-term results as it destroys fat cells for good.

Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is widely used in France to lose weight, and it’s starting to catch on elsewhere. Mesotherapy involves an injection of a chemical into the fat layer, which disrupts fat cells that are then absorbed by the body. Unfortunately, many patients find this option ends up being more expensive, less effective and een more painful than regular lipo, and it takes months to see results.

What You Should Know
While these alternatives to the surgical procedure can produce great results, they will not produce results that are close to liposuction. These non-invasive procedures are designed for a very specific person: someone who is close to their desired weight and wants to lose one or two inches and treat small deposits of stubborn fat, such as love handles, a small muffin top or even under the chin. If you want more substantial results, you may want to consider liposuction itself or new technology that is used alongside traditional lipo, such as ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL).

What Are The Benefits Of Having Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among women today. It involves having implants surgically inserted in a woman’s breasts to make them bigger or firmer than they are.

Are these people juts falling for the hype or is there some real benefit to having breast implants? The discussion that follows explores some of the benefits of breast implants as presented by Dr. Ronald A. Lohner, MD, who is a breast augmentation surgeon.

Reconstruction.
Many women lose one or both breasts due to illnesses like cancer greatly benefit from implants. For such people, they can only have a shot at a normal appearance by having breast implants surgically put in their bodies.

Increased Confidence.
One’s physical appearance plays a very big role in the way they regard themselves. For many women, having very small breasts has a very negative effect on their self confidence.

When they undergo cosmetic surgery and implants are added to their bust, they get a new lease of life and their esteem as well as self confidence soars.

Bringing Symmetry to One’s Shape.
By an act of nature, all women’s breasts are not uniform in size. One is usually smaller than the other. The difference in size is usually so small that a casual observer may not notice that disparity.

In some cases however, the disparity may be so significant that it is immediately noticeable and causes the woman some measure of discomfort. Breast augmentation restores balance to such people.

More Wardrobe Options.
There are some women that have very small breasts yet the rest of their body is generally on the larger side.

In such cases, the clothing options of such people are limited since most clothes are tailored to be small in the chest area when they are for small women and big in the chest area for the plus size women.

Breast implants help to restore proportionality between the chest area and the rest of the body.

Final Tips and Warnings.
One should explore all their options before deciding on any cosmetic procedure. It would be bad to make a hasty decision and do something whose results are permanent yet after a while you would want to undo what you did.

Every cosmetic procedure has its own risks and benefits so you should get as much information as you can before deciding to undergo the procedure. Getting a board certified surgeon can be a good way to limit the risks you are exposed to.

There are different types of implants such as saline implants as well as silicone implants. Each has its benefits and drawbacks so study both options and choose what will work very well for you.

Implants come in many sizes. Pick what is ideal for someone of your size and shape rather than going for a size that would look too large on you. Remember that cosmetic surgery is meant to improve your appearance so getting the right size of implants will go a long way towards helping you achieve that look that you would like to have.

5 Things You Must Know Before Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery

Today, it is very common to hear that someone has scheduled plastic surgery. However, some of those people make that decision without thoroughly considering what they are about to do, and yet choosing to undergo plastic surgery isn’t a decision that has to be taken lightly. George T. Moynihan, MD, who carries out procedures like the one featured at this site http://www.goldcoastplasticsurgery.com/rhinoplasty.aspx, points out five things that you must think about before you go under the knife.

1. Will The Results Be Permanent?
Before you undergo any cosmetic surgery, you need to know whether the results of the procedure will only last for a while or they will be permanent.

Why is this important? How long the results will last should give you how seriously you should think about the matter before you decide to undergo that procedure.

2. Who Will Operate On You?
Before you subject yourself to a surgeon’s knife, you must do very extensive research on the doctor that will perform the surgery.

You need to be sure that the surgeon is qualified, experienced and licensed to perform cosmetic procedures. How can you be sure of the qualifications of your doctor?

You can find out whether or not they are board certified since that is the biggest indicator that the person is competent enough to carry out plastic surgery.

3. What Is Your Medical History?
It is important that your surgeon knows your full medical history so that anything that could affect the surgery is known.

If you for instance have COPD, doctors will have to be very careful when operating on you because anesthetics aren’t very good for you.

You therefore need to discuss your medical history with the doctor so that any factors that are important are put into consideration as your surgery is planned and executed.

4. How Long Will You Need To Recover?
Making a decision to undergo plastic surgery has to take into consideration how long it will take for you to recover from the surgery.

This is important because it will affect your work or social engagements that you have lined up. Imagine what would happen if your wedding was two weeks away and you have to show up all puffy due to swelling after surgery!

Recovery time is important to know so that you can time the surgery at a convenient time and also get time off work so that the recovery isn’t hindered by those engagements.

5. What Is The Cost Of The Surgery?
You need to know in advance how much the procedure will cost you so that you arrange to meet that cost since insurance will not usually cover the full cost of such procedures. If there is any cost that you have to meet before and after the surgery, it should be made known so that a provision for it is made.

Final Thoughts.
Undergoing cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly. Get all the relevant information about what you are planning to do and then decide when you are ready to make that decision.

Show a New, Healthy Look with Breast Augmentation

If you want to realize higher self-esteem and a better self-image, breast augmentation may be a procedure you want to research. As long as your expectations are realistic, it can be a very rewarding experience.

It’s important that you understand the process and realize that no one will ever look “perfect”. In addition, you shouldn’t consider this procedure if you only want it done for someone else, or for some high ideal that is not attainable.

Are You a Good Candidate?
If you are interested in having a breast augmentation, there are people who are good candidates and people who are not. You may be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are:

  • Healthy and over 22 years of age for silicone gel implants
  • Healthy and over 18 years of age for saline implants

You will not be considered a good candidate right now if you:

  • Have existing pre-cancer or cancer that has not been adequately treated
  • Have any active infections in your body
  • Are currently breast-feeding or pregnant

There are other important factors that need to be addressed, as well. Speak with your plastic surgeon about:

  • Your health, overall
  • Prior surgeries on your breast(s) (you can have breast augmentation after a mastectomy)
  • The capability you have to heal, which is affected by medications, smoking and alcohol
  • Infections in the body
  • Tendencies for bleeding

Note that there are different age restrictions, depending on the type of implants you will receive. Some implants will work better in certain people than in others.

Getting Answers to Your Questions
You’ll want to speak with your surgeon about a possible breast augmentation, before you have any procedure performed. Your surgeon can tell you when the best time would be for you to have the surgery. He will also advise you of any reasons why the surgery may not be right for you, according to Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, who specializes in performs procedures like this in New York.

What Is the Procedure for Breast Augmentation?
Once your anesthesia has taken full effect, your surgeon will make the incisions behind the breast, creating pockets, into which your implants will be placed. They will be properly positioned for symmetry and optimal appearance.

Your plastic surgeon will compare both your breasts, to make sure that the implant placement is correct. Then the incisions will be closed, with glue, tape or stitches.

Breast augmentation is usually performed in a surgical suite, a surgery center or in the operating room of a hospital. Your surgeon will have discussed the reasons why your procedure is held where it is. In some cases, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital.

Breast augmentation procedures usually last an hour or two, and are performed under general anesthesia. In some cases, local anesthesia is an option, too. Discuss your options and your expectations with your plastic surgeon, before you choose whether or not to have breast augmentation performed. It could just change your life for the better.

Nose Surgery for Breathing Problems

If you have breathing problems, whether it’s due to a deviated septum or even chronic rhinitis, nose surgery may help you breathe a little easier. This type of procedure is actually referred to as a functional rhinoplasty because it focuses on improving the function of your nose rather than the appearance.

What Does a Functional Rhinoplasty Involve?
The purpose of a functional rhinoplasty is to address nasal passage obstructions, including septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy and valve insufficiency, according to Dr. Philip Miller, a plastic surgeon who specializes in a rhinoplasty procedure in New York City designed for patients with breathing problems.

A functional rhinoplasty is similar to a cosmetic rhinoplasty, and you may also seek changes to the shape of your nose, or you may not.

Nasal Septoplasty for a Deviated Septum
This procedure is necessary when the wall that separates the left and right nasal passages is twisted, bent or deviated, blocking the air passages. The procedure straightens the septal partition to reopen the blocked passages with a fast recovery.

Turbinate Reduction
Enlarged turbinates is a common cause of nasal obstruction, especially for people who have chronic nasal allergies. Turbinates are mucous membrane “shelves” of bone o the outer wall of each nasal passage. This tissue moistens, filters and warms air, but a reduction in size can improve airflow greatly.

Nasal Polyp Removal
Polyps are benign growths that can obstruct breathing. Removing is usually very quick, but there is a high chance they will come back.

Nasal Valve Collapse Repair
Sometimes obstruction is not caused by a problem inside but outside the nose. The most common external cause of breathing problems is nasal valve collapse. The nasal valve is lined with membranes that shrink and swell to regulate airflow. This valve typically collapses on exercise but remains open during normal breathing. People with thin noses or those who have had their nose changed by injury, surgery or disease may require surgical intervention if the nasal valve remains collapsed.

Is Nose Surgery for Breathing Problems Covered by Insurance?
If you require surgery for breathing problems that are documented by your doctor and other methods have not helped, functional rhinoplasty is often covered by insurance, unlike cosmetic alteration of the nose.

Risks of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, whether it is done for cosmetic reasons or to improve your breathing and health, comes with risks. Most functional rhinoplasty procedures health well and most patients breath easier after the procedure, but there are some potential complications to understand before you undergo surgery.

The most common risks include complications from anesthesia, nosebleed, septal perforation (or a hole in the internal wall of your nose), unsatisfactory appearance, infection, worsening of symptoms and the possibility that revision surgery will be necessary.

Should You Do It?
Surgery is definitely a big decision, but it may be the best chance you have to breath normally. If your nose has been injured in an accident or from a previous surgery, or you have chronic allergies or other issues that make it difficult to breath, it may be time to have a talk with a surgeon to find out if rhinoplasty can help improve your symptoms and overall health.

How to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

The quality of life that we choose to live is a personal choice that we make everyday. From the list of groceries that we jot down, to the daily routine that we follow, each contributes to our lifestyle. A healthy and active lifestyle improves the quality of life decreasing the chances of falling prey to life threatening diseases. Here is a brief guide of how minor changes can help in adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Switch to Organic Foods
To determine the kind of life that you would like to have, the first and foremost thing that you should take charge of, is your diet. Inorganic and junk foods are not only a menace for our environment, but they also lead to several long term health issues. Decrease in activeness, increase in lethargy, obesity and other health problems are some of the most common problems that are associated with unhealthy eating. With today's different diet plans, such as DASH dieting, there is absolutely no need to starve yourself or compromise on taste and variety of foods. Organic foods are the first step towards a healthy lifestyle. 

Declutter and Renovate Your Home
The second important step that needs to be taken for a healthier lifestyle, is to manage and organize your home effectively. Living in a place that is full of negative energy and clutter brings down the energy levels of all the family members. Start with a mission of decluttering and recycling old items. Install environmentally friendly materials in your home to instill a breath of fresh air. For instance, invest in your garden by planting beautiful flowers and trees, beautify your outer home space by wood decking such those available at Softwoods. Removing plastic and adding wood would help in the process of cleaning the environment and offering a healthier space for you and your family to live in. 

Exercise Regularly
By exercise it is not necessary to join a gym and do hard core exercises. Any physical activity that pumps your heart beat and increases your blood flow fulfills the purpose of a healthy lifestyle. Make a routine of going to the nearby track or park for a morning walk or jog. Try doing as much physical activity as possible and quit the habit of being a couch potato. This would enhance mood levels, keep you healthier and smarter for life.