Category Archives: Body

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…

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…

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…

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…

10 highly motivating reasons to drink more water.

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Drinking more water.    It’s one of the simplest, cheapest, and most immediate ways to upgrade your physical appearance and overall health. Yet, millions of people walk around in a state of near-constant dehydration. I see it manifest in my patients as dry, flaky skin; chapped lips and nosebleeds. Whether it’s due to plain old…

Hair growth vitamins, oils, meds and treatments—do any of them really work?

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Recently, a friend showed me a website for a popular brand of vitamins that, supposedly, help your hair to grow, grow, grow. Just about everyone wants thick, shiny  hair. It’s considered a marker of beauty, virility/fertility, and attractiveness in our culture. “What’s the deal with these?” she wanted to know. “Do they work?” It’s a good question!…

10 ways to fall asleep fast

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It’s 2:48am. You’re completely awake, tossing and turning, wishing you could slip into slumber because your alarm clock is scheduled to go off in just a few hours. You’ve got an immensely busy day tomorrow, and you can’t afford to be sleep-deprived. But for whatever reason, you just can’t fall asleep…   We’ve all been…