JUNE is Men’s Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger.

Tips for staying healthy

  • Get enough sleep
  • Toss the Tobacco
  • Use Alcohol in Moderation 
  • Learn to Manage Stress
  • Stay Active
  • Eat Healthy
  • Get Regular Checkups
  • Find Affordable Health Insurance
Source: www.menshealthmonth.org

6 Questions you MUST ask your Plastic Surgeon before surgery


Plastic surgery is on the rise and so are the number of patients who receive bad results. A lot of time doctors and patients are not on the same page with realistic goals or patients are not educated enough to know what procedure is right for them. Having open communication with your plastic surgeon will help you to achieve the best results and will help you work together to achieve more realistic goals.  Asking these questions are a MUST before you undergo any type of plastic surgery to assistance you in attaining the greatest results possible:

1.       Are you board certified? This is one of the most crucial questions to ask your plastic surgeon. Proof that your surgeon is well qualified is to do your surgery is if they are board certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Board certified means that they had to undergo five years of training and numerous examinations. You can check to see if your surgeon is certified here: https://www.certificationmatters.org/is-your-doctor-board-certified/search-now.aspx


2.       Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Many patients may want a specific procedure that they think will be a good fit for them, however before running the risk of a procedure not taking or turning out badly the best thing to do is to ask your doctor first. Ask your doctor for more specifics to see if you qualify or what you need to accomplish to be qualified for the operation. There are usually certain qualifications of a good candidate for each operation. Make sure your surgeon knows what those qualifications are before going under the knife.  


3.       How many times have you performed this procedure? The ideal number your surgeon has done a specific procedure should be a hundred or more per year. Saying no to surgeons doing the procedure for the first or even tenth time would be the right decision. You want a surgeon who has become an expert on that procedure so you can relax knowing that your results should be exactly what you are wanting.


4.       Will you show me some before and after pictures of patients that you have previously performed this surgery on? Any true expert physician should have a copy of these pictures at their practice or on their website. Make sure you insist on seeing these photos not only for proof of their expertise but also every surgeon is different. You may not like how one surgeon does a procedure compared to another. Seeing these pictures will help you to decide if this is the type of outcome you are looking for.


5.       Are there any risks and/or complications to this procedure? Knowing the risks or complications to a specific surgery might make it easier for you to find the right fit. There are many procedures out there that have minimal risks or even non-surgical alternatives so be sure to ask your doctor about all your options. There is also no absolute guarantee of any surgery. Be sure to notify your doctor of all medications you are currently taking and any known allergies.


6.       How long of a recovery period should I expect, and what type of help will I need during my recovery time? Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming and scary if you are unsure as to what to expect. Knowing your recovery time and what type of help you will need will calm your nerves and put you more in control. These factors will also assist you in deciding what is right for you and your body.



* Don’t be intimidated to get a second opinion. The value of ensuring you get the results you want is all in good preparation and ensuring that you’re comfortable with who is doing the work.  A second opinion will help you to compare prices so you know you are getting the best treatment for your dollar and will help if both doctors agree that a certain surgery is right for you.  Sometimes a quick search online for reviews of different surgeons and their patients results can tell you everything you need to know about who you’re letting operate on you. 



New Research means Bright Future for Type 1 Diabetics

Type 1 diabetics that are currently controlling their disorder through pills or injections may never need to poke themselves every again! Since type 1 diabetics cannot produce insulin, a naturally-occurring hormone of the human body, human guts cells that may be able to produce insulin might help to solve their condition. 

Researchers from Columbia University studied gastrointestinal cells located in the human torso. What they have found is that by turning off a single gene, named FOX01, in these arrangements causes those cells to start producing insulin. From this information, there is possible hope for a drug creation that would reinstruct cells in diabetics to start producing this much needed hormone. 
Researchers, using stem cells, created a tissue model of a human intestine and trained those cells to stop the FOXO1 gene which, within a week, started producing the crucial hormone. What really made this research plausible, was the cells only started producing insulin when they were provided with sugar, just like the natural process of the human body. 

Since the human immune system can reject cells that are foreign to them, current procedures using stem or embryonic cells, will become obsolete. With this research, patients will be able to train their own cells to produce insulin allowing the prevention of procedural rejections and increasing the amount of successful patients. 

More research is still needed before this becomes available to the public. However if it does the efforts of medical researchers over the past twenty years will finally end in victory. 

Production of insulin in the gastrointestinal cells investigation was published in the journalNature Communications.

Epilepsy Treatment WITHOUT Drugs?



“Biofeedback Therapy”

by Brooke Huber


Epilepsy is an illness that is usually controlled with medication from your doctor. However, it is believed by many that being put on prescription medication can cause one to feel “controlled” by the substance. Although the medication has helped control many people’s seizures, it has also been known to cause disturbing side effects to the body.

Some of these side effects include:

·         Blurred vision

·         Fatigue

·         Dizziness

·         Upset Stomach

Among these side effects, there are also unpredictable side effects that can happen when taking such medication. It can cause a serious drop in your white blood cell count (used to fight bodily infections) or a serious drop in your platelets (needed to control bleeding). You may also develop a serious skin rash, liver and pancreas problems, or aplastic anemia (bone marrow damage).

It is important for people who suffer from epilepsy to know that there are other options for treatment. Biofeedback Therapy is an alternative strategy for controlling your Epilepsy. It has been successfully practiced since the 1940’s and is known as a “mind and body technique”. Biofeedback Therapy was formulated to help people control the heavier and more stressful symptoms of Epilepsy in a more natural way. This type of treatment allows you to train and control body functions that would normally happen automatically.

Controllable bodily functions include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Muscle tension
  • Heartbeat
  • Migraines
  • Body temperature
  • And more


The procedure works by allowing you to first observe these movements on monitors and eventually change them yourself. After enough sessions of Biofeedback Therapy, you are able to minimize your number of seizures and the severity all by self-controlling them.

Click here to book an appointment to learn more about Biofeedback Therapy


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EZDOCTOR: Rheumatoid arthritis Q & A with Rheumatologist: Dr. Santiago

Dr. Santiago-Casas joined Drs. Kahn and Riskin’s practice (South Florida Rheumatologist) after serving as an attending physician and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

You can book an appointment with Dr. Santiago-Casas in Hollywood, Florida here: 

What is rheumatoid arthritis? 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that produces pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The specific cause of this condition remains unknown, however genetic, hormonal, infectious and environmental factors have been linked to its development. It a type of autoimmune disease, meaning there is an error in the system that protects us from infections, where the system now attacks the joints. Approximately 1.3 million adults in the United States have RA. This type of arthritis is more common in women. It usually starts around the fourth and six decade of life, however it can occur at any age.

What are the symptoms of RA?

RA usually affects the small joints in the fingers, wrists and feet. It predominantly affects both sides of the body at the same time. Although it usually starts in the small joints of the fingers and toes, it can affect any of the joints. In addition, it may also begin in a single joint such as the knee or the shoulder. The onset of joint symptoms is usually gradually. These symptoms include joint pain, redness, warmth to the touch, and joint swelling. The joint stiffness is usually worse in the mornings and tends to last longer than 1 hour. Other symptoms of RA include tiredness, low grade fevers, loss of appetitive, nodules in the skin, and dryness of eyes. RA affects not only the joints, but other parts of the body as well, such as the eyes, heart, and lungs.

How is RA diagnosed?

The diagnosis of RA is based on a composite of factors including the characteristic signs and symptoms of the condition, the findings on physical examination, the results of the laboratory tests and the imaging results (including x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI). The initial symptoms of the condition may be very subtle making it especially difficult to diagnose in its early stages. 

What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? 

The course of RA is variable. In the majority of the people the symptoms fluctuate for weeks or months. However, it is generally impossible to predict the course of RA or how it will affect a particular individual. Studies have shown however that the treatment of this type of arthritis must be initiated early in its course as to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, improve the quality of life, preserve physical function, and prevent joint damage.

The treatment in general of this condition involves three classes of medications: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or ‘NSAIDs’), steroids, and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (or ‘DMARDs’). The specific type of medications depends on the patient’s individual characteristics and their side effect profile. However, once the diagnosis of RA is made the patient must start therapy with a DMARD promptly. DMARDs include methotrexate, sulfasalazine, leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, and the biologic agents. Response to treatment usually requires several weeks, depending on the medication used. 

The biologic agents include etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, certolizumab pegol, golimumab, abatacept, tocilizumab, rituximab, and the newer agent tofacitinib. In contrast to non-biologic DMARDs, the biologic agents begin to work rapidly within 2 weeks for some medications and four to six weeks for others. Biologics are usually used in combination with methotrexate; however some of them may also be used alone. 

Of note, studies have shown that patients with RA have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, thus starting appropriate therapy for this type of arthritis is crucial not only for the joints, but for the rest of body.

Lifestyle changes are also important including eating a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also it is very important to stay active. However, during the episodes of flares of the arthritis, rest is advised and active exercises are avoided because symptoms might worsen. During these periods, mostly stretching and range of motion exercises are maintained. Evaluation by a physical therapist might be warranted to tailor a specific exercise program.

Several studies have shown that smoking is a risk factor for RA and that quitting smoking can actually improve the symptoms of this condition.  People with RA who smoke need to quit doing so promptly.

Surgery might necessary in patients with long term RA who do not exhibit ongoing inflammation, but rather present joint damage. In these cases where pain originates from joint damage and long term effects of arthritis, surgery might be indicated to replace the damaged joint.

The rheumatologists are the specialists best suited to diagnose this condition, especially in the early stages of the condition where it can mimic other diseases, and offer the best therapy available.

The structure of the normal joint is shown on the left. On the right side is the joint with rheumatoid arthritis. RA causes pain and swelling of the synovium (the tissue that lines the joint). This can make cartilage (the tissue that cushions between joints) and bone wear away (erosion).

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the wrist and the small joints of the hand, including the knuckles and the middle joints of the fingers.

Be sure to visit her website: http://www.southfloridarheumatology.com/

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Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Who’s to Blame?

Confusion about Carbohydrates – Change Your Diet, Change Your Body

By Brooke Huber

Yes, Carbohydrates are energy producing nutrients, but too much of a good thing can be bad! It is important to understand the difference between good carbs and bad carbs.

Good carbohydrates include high fiber foods containing an abundant amount of vitamins and minerals to maintain an even supply of energy. Good Carbohydrates Examples: whole grains, beans, fruit and vegetables. Bad carbs come from white bread, white rice, pastry, sugary sodas and other highly processed foods, which can lead to obesity. If you eat a lot of these bad carbs they will increase your risk for disease.

When you intake carbohydrates, your pancreas releases insulin, this hormone enables you to digest starches and sugars. The more sucrose you have (table sugar) the higher your insulin level becomes. When exercising, the first thing your body burns off BEFORE the fat, is insulin. So the more carbs you have in your body, the longer it takes to lose that weight. If you really want to be healthier and shed off those pounds quickly, cut out the bad carbohydrates and try replacing them for good carbohydrates and protein. The difference you will see in your weight loss is night and day. If you’re not in taking as many bad carbs, then there is less insulin in your body and you will begin to immediately burn off the fat. Here, use this diagram to help you better understand.

Notice the layer of carbohydrates (insulin) in the body above. When you intake carbohydrates, a layer of insulin formulates around the fat like you see in the picture. While many people will exercise and believe they are burning this fat, many have not even reached that stage. Many people will also leave the gym and have a high carb meal without being aware. This leaves your workout merely pointless. Replacing those bad carbs for good carbs and protein will keep that layer of insulin thin. Thus, making your goal to lose weight achievable and your risk for diseases much lower by obtaining a healthy balance in your diet. Feel and look great fast, change your diet and create a better you!

Change Your Life: Be Gluten Free this Holiday Season

The Truth about Gluten

by Brooke Huber

How many of you would like to live a happier and healthier life in just a few short weeks? Why not make this a goal for this holiday season?

More and more research is proving that giving up gluten is the simple answer to all of this. Gluten is a protein combined with starch that naturally occurs in a number of grains including wheat, barley, rye, and some cereals. The truth is, about 30% of us are allergic or highly affected by gluten, and the other 70% are actually sensitive to it. Imagine gluten being the root of some of the most common diseases, such as Auto Immune disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Some of our favorite and most delicious foods are packed with gluten. As some of you may say how hard it is to eliminate eating these foods, are you really ready for the truth? Eliminating all of this from our diets goes way beyond the obvious of just losing weight. Other factors of becoming gluten free result in clearer skin, feeling better emotionally, less joint pain due to inflammation, more brain power, and a higher level of energy. Imagine seeing and feeling all of these results in just weeks. That’s fast!

Here are some quick and easy switches you can make today:

Swap out pasta for quinoa pasta or spaghetti squash

Brown rice wraps or Romaine lettuce can replace wheat wraps

When baking, try almond or coconut flour instead of wheat or rye flour

And if you’re craving pizza, melt a little goat cheese and tomato sauce on a Portobello mushroom or squash

Keep in mind, you don’t need to deprive yourself of eating when you remove gluten. Instead, find smarter alternatives for those gluten-containing foods you used to enjoy. Always remember to double the veggies, cut out the starch, and no excess bread at the dinner table. Also remember to always check for the “gluten free” labels at the grocery store. The science is there, and the results are real, make the change for a better you!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and How You Can Help

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Show Your Support:

-Run for the Cause

Susan G Komen's Race for the Cure is dedicated to finding a cure. Find a race in your state and show your support here: 

-Buy Anything "Pink"

Products that are helping support research and have the authentic ribbon are giving back usually 20 percent or more.

Find Jewelry, Beauty, and Fashion items that support Breast Cancer Research Here:

-Donate Directly

By donating directly to the National Breast Cancer Month Foundation 100 percent of your donation is used for research.

Donate Here: National Breast Cancer Month : http://www.nbcam.org/

Hope totes- Buy Business Merchandise 

Your business can even help by buying directly from National Breast Cancer Awareness Month's website, which can be personalized with your businesses' logo. (in bulk starting at 50)

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