Dr. Susan Mathison
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. Yet, despite the fact that the United States has cut fat consumption by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, we have seen obesity rates double. Clearly, we've got something wrong.
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've got several suggestions for you. • For the Mom who likes something to nibble on
Researchers say that most Americans spend 70 percent of their waking hours staring at some type of digital screen. (I've seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90 percent.)
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 becoming increasingly congested, noisy and hyper-stimulating. Even if you live in a fairly quiet city like Fargo, it's not always easy to tune out all the distractions.
The original Latin meaning of the word "doctor" is "to teach." As a physician, I consider myself to be an educator. I love teaching my patients about their medical, surgical and cosmetic options, as well as helping them choose the best treatment to get the results they want. Part of being a good teacher is being willing to learn new things. In the medical industry innovations emerge constantly, so it's important to be a "lifelong learner" and stay on top of all the latest trends, like these: Inflammation-fighting foods
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.