Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

Oh My Aching Head: Catalyst Hosts Wellness Event Focused on Headaches and Migraines June 22, 6-7:30 pm

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Most of us suffer from an occasional headache. There’s the sinus headache, the weather headache, the TMJ headache, the stress headache, the PMS headache, the over-tired headache, and of course the dreaded migraine headache. Studies show that about 90% of people experience headaches, but only 5% feel they have migraines. A classic migraine is usually one-sided with…

Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Take back your power.

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A few nights ago, after a bedtime story and tucking my son into bed, I picked up my laptop and settled onto the couch. I’d been planning to answer a few emails before bedtime and sort out my to-do list for the following day, but I found myself clicking over to Facebook instead. (Facebook: it’s like a…

Facts on Fat

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Does trying to make sense of what is really true in the world of diet and nutrition make your head spin? You are not alone. Let’s focus on fat, maligned as a food and body part. I grew up in the fat-free era. Despite the fact that the United States has cut fat consumption by…

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.

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Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

SUPERCHARGE YOUR BRAIN: 3 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Focus and Concentration

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Researchers have found that the average person’s attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it’s just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don’t need to convince you that our world is…

Health & Wellness Trends That You’ll See Popping Up Everywhere

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The original Latin meaning of the word doctor is “to teach.” As a physician, I consider myself to be an educator, first and foremost. I love teaching my patients about their medical, surgical, and cosmetic options, and helping them to choose the best possible course of action to get the results that they want. Of…

What the heck is “cupping”… and is it safe?

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If you followed the news coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio last summer, you might have noticed something slightly… odd. Specifically, odd-looking bruise-like splotches covering particular athlete’s bodies, most notably on US swimmer Michael Phelps. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston rave about the benefits. Are they mysterious bruises or giant hickeys?  Did…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

How to get full, plump, youthful looking lips.

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Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Scarlett Johansson get almost as much attention for their lips as they do for modeling gigs, TV and film appearances. Full youthful lips are one of the #1 requests at my clinic, especially from women in their 30s, 40s, and beyond: “More, please!”  With Valentine’s Day upon us, thoughts turn to love and kisses, and kisses make us…

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