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How Often Should I Change My Make-Up?

To maintain that healthy facial glow, here are some helpful facts about the shelf life for your cosmetic products. Mascara should be replaced every three months, as its liquid consistency and exposure to air every time it is opened make it more vulnerable to bacteria. Its proximity to your eye Read more…

Why Do I Keep Getting Canker Sores?

Canker sores appear in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums and can develop into ulcers, or a white swelling which can be the size of a pinhead or as large as a quarter. They cause a burning, tingling sensation that can be irritating and painful especially when Read more…

Benefits of Collagen: More than Skin Deep

The word “collagen” is derived from the Greek “kolla,” meaning glue. It is the most abundant protein in our body forming the musculoskeletal system and all connective tissue. Experts often refer to it as the fountain of youth. As we age, our body’s ability to make collagen begins to slow Read more…

Summer Beauty Tips

Use non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic beauty products are designed not to clog pores which can lead to irritation and blemishes. This is important to remember for sunscreens, but may impact you more if you moisturize often and are prone to acne – especially in the summer. Hot and humid weather leads Read more…

Guidelines to Your “Perfect Diet”

We would all love to find a convenient way to follow the “perfect diet,” after we figure out what that actually looks like. Many studies agreed on the same healthy diet philosophy. The most popular was published in 2014 by Yale University and identified ‘the best human diet for health’ Read more…

Beauty Tips to Remember

Are you often confused when buying beauty products? Do you reach for that product which advertises the most therefore capturing your attention? Or, do you head to the counters to buy the secret potion that a friend recommended while sharing that her wrinkles had disappeared overnight? Whatever reason motivates your Read more…

Bright Eyes: More Than a Fresh Look

Interpersonal communication is such an important part of life. And we are naturally drawn to people’s eyes as the focal point. The eyes provide visual and emotional cues and other non-verbal information and are vital in communication. Thus, we naturally want our eyes to look and feel their best. Cosmetic Read more…

Sweeten Your Holidays

Sometimes we feel all of our efforts to stay in shape and eat healthily during the summer are slowly trumped by temptation of the holiday season’s treats and sweets. Sugar can be the single ingredient in our diet that separates us from our skinny jeans. Since we would all like Read more…

Face Lifts: The Real Deal

One of the nice things about a free market economy is competition, which creates the incentive to be better at what we do. In medicine, we strive to achieve our patients’ goals more predictably, with shorter recovery and less down time. The competition between health care providers, medical device companies Read more…

Corrective Rhinoplasty

Plastic surgery results usually come out great, but there are exceptions. Unsatisfactory results occur often enough that some surgeons, like me, develop a reputation as being the go-to man to rescue a bad result. When a surgical nose result is bad, it’s very troubling to a person. It cannot be Read more…

Restoring Change from Time and Childbirth

The use of radiofrequency technology for medical and cosmetic procedures has become a popular and effective choice for both medical offices and consumers. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the non-invasive, electric current technology is proven to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and scarring, smooth surfaces and stimulate collagen Read more…

A Day Out for Two

My little man loves going with me in the car, but he’s not always crazy about the destination. New places tend to make him nervous and clingy, even at festive four-legged gatherings. But what a surprise I got when we walked through the door at Venus de Fido… Venus de Read more…

The Lips Speak Volumes

Lips speak to people – literally and figuratively. Even when someone isn’t talking, a down-turned corner of the mouth says, “I disapprove. I’m sad. I’m angry.” That’s not so bad if you are expressing sadness, anger or disapproval, but what if you aren’t? Lips can betray you and say something Read more…

Time To Diet

As you may recall, my most recent article discussed weight gain associated with alcohol intake during menopause (I Need a Drink, Desert Health May/June 2016). While the article was enlightening, writing it did nothing to burn the extra twenty pounds I’ve accumulated through this hormonal roller coaster that is “middle-aged.” Read more…

5 Ways Grains Interfere with Weight Loss

There are plenty of reasons why grains can impact your weight loss goals, aside from gluten. We are aware of the obvious benefits of swapping burger buns for whole grains or gluten-free options, but often grains, and wheat in particular, are overlooked as a hidden cause of resistant weight loss. Read more…

New Treatment for Varicose Veins

Chances are that you either have, or you know someone who has, varicose veins. That is because vein disease affects 1 in 4 adults. A common myth is that varicose veins (veins that bulge underneath the skin in the legs) are a cosmetic problem, but in certain situations they can Read more…

Cycles of Life and Lessons of Nature

The desert is an amazing landscape which can look barren and dry for months of the year and then in spring, vibrancy occurs. There is no better way to explore this beauty than through hiking.  This spring unveiled a burst of color on many plants like the beavertail cactus with Read more…

Breast Implants Then and Now

One of my favorite movies of all times is the 1997 HBO movie Breast Men with David Schwimmer and Chris Cooper. It was humorous and astonishingly accurate with regards to the evolution of the modern implant and the eventual controversy that enveloped it. There is something new with breast implant Read more…

Eyelid Lumps and Bumps

The eyelids are delicate structures meant to protect the eyes. Like all skin, they are prone to various lumps and bumps that leave us wondering, “Is this something to worry about?” Areas of concern may appear gradually or seemingly suddenly. They may be quite obvious or very subtle. An exam Read more…

The Year of the Rear

In my practice, 2015 could be called “The Year of the Rear” because buttock procedures have exploded in popularity. Both men and women are having procedures done in higher numbers than ever before. The most commonly requested procedure is known as the Brazilian butt lift. There are a handful of Read more…

Want to Lose the Double Chin?

A double chin can make you look older and heavier, no matter what your age and weight.  Often, genetics play a big role, as the fat in this area (known as submental fat) may persist, despite efforts to diet and exercise. In the past, the only option to treat this Read more…

Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It’s what holds our muscles, bones, and tissue intact and also provides a barrier, keeping the bad organisms out and absorbing the good. Skin helps regulate our body temperature by absorbing and releasing heat and helps flush out toxins. Amazingly, skin also Read more…

Beautiful Skin with a Gluten-free Diet

Did you know your skin is a reflection of your gut health? If you’ve tried every lotion and potion to achieve perfect skin without success, maybe it is time to take a look at the end of your fork. The key to beautiful skin is focusing on digestive function and Read more…

Can Botox Make You Happy?

Based on the thousands of patients who receive Botox injections each year, one would think the answer to this simple question must be, “Yes!” Expression of emotions through facial animation is one of the most socially significant of human behaviors. More than a century ago, Charles Darwin, famous for his Read more…

Surgery vs. Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Twenty years ago, non-invasive options for cosmetic improvement were few and were crude compared with what is available today. Collagen and silicone injections were the only options for fillers, and chemical peels were the solitary choice for skin resurfacing. The collagen of yesterday was effective for a very short time Read more…

Today’s Liposuction

Liposuction has been around since the mid-seventies.  First used by an Italian gynecologist, the French surgeon Dr. Illouz was the first to apply the procedure to purely cosmetic cases.  The technology has come a long way since then, but traditional liposuction remains a mainstay in plastic surgery. The primary goal Read more…

Indie Lee Shares Her Story at Saks

Indie Lee was like many of us, an executive woman who worked hard, enjoyed life and paid great attention to what she put in her body. A native New Yorker, she had a large greenhouse in her back yard filled with organic herbs and vegetables and led a health-conscious existence. Read more…

Living Wellness

Travel and summer adventures are memories that linger with us the remainder of the year. I recently read that travel positively impacts the brain’s plasticity; when on an adventure away from home, we expand our brain’s capability, adaptability and flexibility. My biggest life lesson this summer was a visit to Read more…

Weight Loss with Traditional Chinese Medicine

As the days shorten and holiday festivities loom, so does the prospect of seasonal weight gain. Is it possible to prevent the inevitable cycle of gain and loss, or of denial and guilty indulgence that recur time and again? Fortunately, a balanced, systematic approach that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal Read more…

The Evolution of Microneedling Therapy

In today’s busy world, people are looking for aesthetic procedures that can make them look and feel rejuvenated with minimal downtime.  The number of cosmetic surgical procedures remains at a steady plateau, but the number of non-surgical cosmetic injectable procedures continues to rise every year.  These office procedures have become Read more…

Beauty Inside & Out

Lasers have always seemed futuristic.   But they are a daily phenomenon at any plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa.  As with any technology, cosmetic laser technology advances quickly and can be challenging to keep up with. And with so many advertisements and promotional pitches, the promises of minimal downtime Read more…

Incorporating Growth Factors Into Treatment Modalities

When considering factors that contribute to improving the properties of skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, acne and acne scar reduction, smaller pores and generally fighting the effects of aging and gravity, one of the newest, most innovative treatments is the introduction of growth factor technology. A growth factor is Read more…

The Beauty of Your Genes

Since the unraveling of the human genome project concluded in 2003, genetic scientists and researchers have been studying human genes to determine how we age. The fact is, our cells age, and they begin to age from just moments after we are born. After 30 years or so, our cells Read more…

That Sneaky Desert Sun

Okay, I will admit it; I am trying to scare you. The big, bad summer is here and with it comes the threat of too much heat, too much sun, and the danger and risk that accompanies both. You might say, “I know, I know. I wear sun block” or Read more…

Options to Living Life Scarred

Scarred. It can mean a lot of things, both physical and emotional. The physical scar can remind us of an event or process that we’d rather not have experienced. Surprisingly, improvement or elimination of the scar can bring about a kind of healing and recovery that no amount of acceptance Read more…

Luminous Skin at Any Age

You’ve come a long way since you were a teenager. And so has your skin. So if you haven’t changed your skincare routine since you got your driver’s license, it’s time to shake things up. In our teenage years, we experience breakouts. As we age, we experience different types of Read more…

The Body Shaping Boom Evolves

In the past decade the options for body shaping therapies have significantly increased. Seems like every day there is a new treatment guaranteed to freeze, heat, shrink, or kill fat cells in those stubborn areas like thighs, hips, tummy or arms. But according to plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt, healthy Read more…

Turn Up the Volume

Plastic surgeons used to focus on “removing the problem.” Eyelid bagginess? Remove the fat. Jowls on the jaw line? Suck it out and cut away some skin. Droopy brow? Take away a strip of the scalp. But times change and new philosophies have emerged regarding facial rejuvenation. Retaining the fullness Read more…

A Closer Look at That Eye

Like skin elsewhere on our bodies, our eyelids are often prone to developing small growths. Most often, these lesions are benign entities such as nevi (moles) or skin tags. Some growths, however, are cause for concern. Our beautiful weather brings with it intense ultraviolet exposure which is the most significant Read more…

Let Me Introduce Myself

I am delighted to have the opportunity to present a regular column about the latest news in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I am very passionate about my chosen field and am always striving to be better, know more, stay current, perfect technique and offer my Coachella Valley patients the newest Read more…

Non-Drug Treatments for Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin and often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may Read more…

It’s Time to Change Your Lifestyle, Not Your Diet

If you’re like most of the population, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Did you know that 90% of diets fail? Dieting increases stress hormones, lowers testosterone, and causes you to store fat when it’s over.1 Let’s resolve to not ‘diet’ this year, and instead, implement Read more…

Ladies, Why Go Red?

Every minute in America, a woman dies of a heart attack, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — and one out of every three women experiences some form of CVD in her lifetime. And yet, most of those cases are preventable if you lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. “We Read more…

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

An Interlude from an Ever-Present Influence

Something swept over me recently. Suddenly I felt a compulsion to step away from Facebook and the avenue of social networking. I realized that I was habitually checking Facebook every morning and evening. Conservatively, this equated to 10 minutes per day or 56 hours a year posting my life, prying Read more…

What is Medical Micro-Needling?

Medical micro-needling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a relatively new concept aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. The benefits of this treatment include the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, minimized pores, and the disappearance Read more…

Achieving Beautiful Skin

There are several myths about skin care in today’s world which greatly inhibit the overall health and well-being of our skin, the body’s largest organ. Let’s take a look at some of these myths including the idea that washing one’s face several times daily will diminish acne; sunscreen is not Read more…

Making Dreams Come TRUE

Michelle Steadman had a dream. She wanted to create the perfect raw superfood meal for her family:  easy to eat on the go and packed with nutritious, organic foods. Little did she know that this dream would quickly lead to much bigger dreams which are all falling into place. When Read more…

What are Micro Peels?

One of the more popular facial rejuvenating treatments today is the micro peel. It is a superficial chemical peel which can smooth and soften your skin, brighten your complexion, minimize pore size, and reduce discoloration, all with no social down time.   This simple 30-minute procedure should not be confused Read more…

Give Your Life a Fresh Start

One of the most frequent questions my clients ask is, “How do I start over?”  Although life doesn’t come with a re-set button, you can give your life a “fresh start” any moment you choose. Life is a journey, not a destination. I believe life is 5% what happens to Read more…

Gluten-Free with Tiffany

Embarking on a gluten-free lifestyle has been one of the most controversial topics of the last few years. Supporters of gluten-free diets point to studies that show by limiting gluten consumption, one can improve mental clarity and digestion, and reduce inflammation; and not just those diagnosed with gluten intolerance.  Gluten Read more…

Creating a Desert Wellness Staycation

Creating a Desert Wellness Staycation Many of us take an exotic trip or adventure in the summer, only to return more exhausted than when we left, due to the stress and myriad of surprises that go along with out-of-town travel. Limited time and money, or merely the wish to simplify, Read more…

So, Your Diet Isn’t Working?

I am writing yet another weight loss article, not because I want to tell you about the latest diet trends, but actually to illuminate the opposite perspective. I want to explain why your diet isn’t working.  This article is intended to help you understand why – despite your dedication, perseverance, Read more…

New Breast Implants Add Shape and Longevity

The first silicone breast prosthesis was introduced in 1961. Since then, implants have gone through five generations of design to make them feel and look more like natural breasts without compromising safety. Silicone breast implants (which resemble a rounded translucent or semi-opaque jelly fish) were designed to add volume and Read more…

One Size Does Not Fit All

Weight management is an ongoing health concern for most Americans today. Losing extra weight or keeping weight off is challenging and can be a constant source of frustration. Today, there are many programs that claim to aid in weight loss and weight maintenance, but not all of them are safe Read more…

Your Happiness Quotient Determines Your Wellness Potential

When setting wellness goals, a simple starting point is often overlooked which greatly impacts our wellness potential: A place of happiness. I recently read Shawn Achor’s Before Happiness and learned that 98 percent of our thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, and 80 percent are potentially negative. We Read more…

A Healing Gift from the Dead Sea

Popular with tourists from all over, the Dead Sea is one of Earth’s most spectacular natural and spiritual places. This ancient body of water, which borders the Jordanian east coast and Israel to the west, is considered one of the world’s leading and most unique healing sites for treatment of Read more…

Vein Treatment: Not Only Skin Deep

From the pictures in most vein clinic ads, it may seem that vein removal is simply a cosmetic therapy to help attain smooth, sexy legs. While many treatments do deliver these desired results, vein removal can also be a necessary, life changing procedure. “60% of my patients come for medical Read more…

A Natural Facelift from the Inside Out

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe, effective, natural, and drug-free approach to reducing the signs of aging. Facial rejuvenation has a long history in TCM and was popular with Chinese emperors’ wives a millennium ago. The past ten years have seen increasing interest in this country Read more…

Make-up Mayhem

Before make-up became part of my business, I was completely perplexed by the vast array of product lines. From merchandise within the lines, tools for applying, and products for removing make-up, it was tough to tell one product from another. In those days, I found even choosing the wrong color Read more…

Putting Body Shaping to the Test

Non-invasive body sculpting is the latest craze. In our July August issue, we wrote about a variety of therapies now available, including Exilis, Zerona and CoolSculpting,  explaining how each treatment worked. But I was skeptical of both their effectiveness and the longevity of their results. So we decided to put Read more…

The Smiling Eyes of a Child

There is something special about the face of a smiling child. You can see happiness shine in their gleaming eyes. But sometimes children are born with eyelid malpositions that minimize that shine and interfere with visual function. When this occurs, even our littlest family members may require medical evaluation and Read more…

Skin Damage Undone

When it comes to forming first impressions, our judgment really only goes skin deep. Recent academic medical studies have shown that facial skin color distribution or tone and the presence or absence of blotchiness and brown spots can add or subtract up to 20 years from someone’s appearance. That’s actually Read more…

Varicose Veins Q&A

In this issue, Dr. Joan Warren answers frequently asked questions on treatment options for varicose veins. Is there a cure for varicose veins? Varicose vein disease is genetic and for the most part cannot be permanently cured.  However, treatment for varicose veins will successfully result in symptomatic and/or cosmetic improvement Read more…

The Beauty of the Golden Spice

When I say turmeric what comes to mind? Is it ‘one of the main ingredients in Indian Curry Powder’? Yes, turmeric has been known for its culinary uses in Indian for centuries; however, did you know that it has also been used as an effective beauty product for just as Read more…

What’s the Skinny on Body Shaping?

Getting rid of those stubborn fat areas – saddlebags, the pooch, love handles – is a lifelong plight for many. So it’s easy to understand the latest weight loss craze, ‘Body Shaping’ or ‘Body Sculpting’ as these therapies promise results for areas you can’t seem to lose with diet or Read more…

Managing Menopause Naturally

Menopause is a subject on which there are many views and opinions, and it is experienced in just as many ways. Fortunately, there are many simple steps and natural remedies you can take to help relieve the myriad of symptoms you may face. The average age of menopause is around Read more…

What Is A Breast MRI?

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an extremely helpful, non-invasive imaging tool used to evaluate mammographic abnormalities and identify early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk. An MRI does not involve radiation exposure and does not replace screening mammography. Instead it provides a powerful supplementary tool for detecting Read more…

Breast Health Update: Density a Risk Factor

As of April 1, 2013, California law requires that all women receive a notification if their mammogram reveals dense breast tissue. While receiving this notification may lead to confusion at first, the information is provided to empower women. Dense breast tissue has been shown to be associated with a slight Read more…

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

The Beauty of Orange Blossom

We are fortunate to live in a climate where spring’s arrival brings full bloom to our desert. With temperatures getting warmer, we smell the sweet and citrusy aroma of orange blossoms wafting in the air. When this aroma hits our olfactory system, it is sure to be pleasant. Orange blossom Read more…

Find Your Balance with Vino & Vinyasa

Finding balance in our lives can be extraordinarily difficult.  When looking at the quality of life of the few who stay committed to achieving a balanced, harmonious state, the benefits appear to outweigh the necessary effort.  It sounds easy, but most of us realize the challenge in maintaining the nirvana Read more…

Succeeding at Weight Loss

With the New Year upon us, many have started their weight loss program with enthusiasm and full intention.  Psychology Today reports that studies show while the first two weeks are usually encouraging, by February people start sliding back in to sedentary habits… and by the following December, most of us Read more…

Easy Steps to Prettier Skin

As winter approaches, skin becomes cracked and dry from the warm summer days. Our bodies change with weather, and skin care regimens should be changed to boost complexion. Try these top 5 healthy approaches to transform your skin from dull to glowing in the winter… Wear sunscreen, even if you Read more…

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Healing Through Water

After spending a relaxing week in Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean, we realized this tropical paradise contained a secret of life. And it may be found in the turquoise clear waters that surround this tranquil island. Locals will tell you that the sea can cure any ailment. In fact, the Read more…

Pomegranate

Berry Healthy

Incorporating specific foods into your lifestyle has beneficial health properties. They also may enhance your skincare regimen. Ever wonder why the beauty products you use aren’t working? You may need to refocus on the foods you eat to keep your skin looking healthy and young. Berry Healthy (Vaccinium Macrocarpon–Cranberry) Cranberries Read more…

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Natural Luxury at the Spa Esmeralda The Perfect Gift for Mom (or You!)

I am convinced that one of the greatest gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of time. Time to slow down, relax and let the body rejuvenate. As you think of that special something for your Mom for Mother’s Day, consider a spa treatment at one of Read more…

Karina’s Beauty Rx

As we enter into summer, there is a noticeable change in our bodies and skin. You can maintain a healthy youthful look at home with easy beauty rituals. It’s not every day we have the opportunity to visit the spa or salon for a hair treatment or body scrub. You Read more…

Non-Surgical Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation: Botulinum Toxin and Facial Fillers

The eyes are the natural focus point of a person’s face and convey a wide range of expressions. Naturally, we want our faces to communicate the same enthusiasm and energy that we are conveying verbally. Additionally, we all want to look and feel our best every day. Non-surgical procedures offer Read more…

AgeDefy Collection

Why Not Natural…When It’s Effective & Affordable?

A Desert Health® Review A healthy diet shows in your skin… fruits and vegetables literally nourish your body inside and out. So why don’t we pay more attention to the products we use on our skin? I’ve long wondered if natural skin care products are as effective as the much-hyped Read more…

Dr. Mo Zakhireh

Breast Augmentation: Decisions for Surgeon and Patient

It’s an honor to take part in educating the residents of the Desert by contributing to Desert Health®. My name is Mo Zakhireh (zak-a-RI-ah) and I am a local board certified plastic surgeon in Palm Desert. I have been in the desert for seven years and was formerly on staff Read more…

Fat vs Fillers

Fat vs. Fillers for a More Youthful Look: Which is Better for You?

As we age, we lose facial volume. There is loss of bone and fat in and around the eyes, mouth, chin and temples. This volume loss results in brow and cheek drooping, and wrinkles around the mouth. The main injectible fillers used today are Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. Juvederm and Read more…

Body Scrubs…Salt, Sugar or Anything in Between

“Massage or body scrub?” Chances are you’d select massage–it’s familiar, feels good and is known to stimulate circulation. Most of us have only a vague idea about scrubs as a beneficial and rejuvenating body treatment. Body scrubs have been around for ages. The Romans used olive oils to nourish and Read more…

Inspiration Begins at The Spa Esmeralda

A Desert Health® Review Living in the Desert, we tend to forget that we are surrounded by world-class resorts with award-winning services and amenities. Summer is an ideal time to take advantage of the special offers from these top notch properties. Such is the case with the Spa Esmeralda at Read more…

Happiness: The Beauty Within

A book review by Nancy Laytham-Jorgensen Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Do you believe that happiness is something that just “happens” to you? That something good needs to happen to you, to make you happy? Dr. Martin Seligman’s book, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology, to Realize Your Potential Read more…

Not Just Another Pretty Face…The Benefits of a Therapeutic Facial

I am not one to pamper myself often. I know that facials are an important cleansing process for the skin, but I tend to spend my time and resources on therapies that improve overall health and well-being. That is why Diana’s “therapeutic skin care” caught my eye. Diana Hurt is Read more…

El Morocco Inn and Spa

A Trip to Morocco…Just Up the Road!

A Review by Lauren Del Sarto When my husband and I travel abroad, we enjoy the B&B experience. We appreciate local décor, true to the culture, with exquisite detail and a proprietor that makes you feel at home. But lately, traveling abroad has given way to the economy and busy Read more…

Grocery Shopping Tips

Don’t let grocery shopping get you down. By coming to the store prepared, you are more likely to have a successful trip. Use the tips below to help jump-start your next grocery run: Stick to the outer parameters of the store. This is where fresh foods like veggies, fruits, and Read more…

Tasty Topics for Heart Health

How many times in your life have you stopped, looked at the life choices you were making and thought, “I need to do better.” Maybe you thought you should change your diet, exercise more, stop smoking, or be more careful about blood pressure or cholesterol. You had the best intentions, Read more…