Dr. Susan Mathison
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 certain athlete's bodies, mostly notably U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. Celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston rave about the benefits. Are they mysterious bruises or giant hickies? Did Michael survive a vicious attack from a competing swim team or have an unfortunate incident with a vacuum cleaner nozzle?
A viral video was circulating the Internet 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 SandyHook community, you should watch it and see for yourself. Google "Evan" and you'll find. Then come back and read the rest of this article. Back? Feeling shaken? I'm right there with you.
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 think of lips. Not everyone wins the genetic lottery and gets blessed with Kylie or Scarlett lips.
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 forgetfulness, or because people think plain water tastes "boring," most people don't drink the recommended daily amount—even though here in America, water is readily available from practically every spigot, faucet, and fountain.
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! They were blue, sweet like candy and very cute, for vitamins. I'm sure my son would love them.
'Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you've got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or starting a business, you should tell as many people as possible. After all, if lots of friends know about your goal, you'll be motivated to work harder because you don't want to disappoint yourself or your community.
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 there. It's one of the most annoying situations, especially when you feel drained and depleted, but your mind just won't "shut off" and allow you to catch some shut-eye.
During the holiday season, food is a major part of the celebration. Sometimes it becomes a guilty pleasure, and we might wonder how to counter that inherent guilt. We might even start to think about our next diet. When it comes to food and nutrition, there's always a trendy "buzzword" diet of the moment. In the 1990s, it was all about the "Zone" diet. In the early 2000s, everyone was obsessed with the South Beach diet, Atkins, and let's not forget: the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper cleanse!
If you head over to Amazon.com and type "vitamins" into the search field, you'll get over 6,649 results, and that's just for multivitamins. If you're thinking about introducing vitamin/mineral supplements into your daily routine, it can feel bewildering and overwhelming. Many of my patients aren't sure what they actually need or where to begin. The basics are a multivitamin, vitamin D and fish oil. Dr Andrew Weil has a lifestyle quiz on his website that can help you decide on any extras you might benefit from.
Q: Why was the jack-o'-lantern afraid to cross the road? A: It had no guts! All jokes aside, pumpkins aren't just cheery decorations for Halloween. They are powerhouse squashes that pack many health benefits. Whether you roast them, mash them, swirl them into a smoothie or a latte, or incorporate them into your skin care regime, there are so many ways to take advantage of pumpkin season.