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Brush up on your knowledge of flu season. Did you know that bacteria from the flu can live on your toothbrush? If you’ve been sick recently, the germs that got you sick are still on your brush, and could re-infect you or infect others who keep their brush near yours. Here are some easy tips from dentist, Dr. Seth Keiles, founder of toothbrush subscription service GoodMouth, for keeping your mouth and your body healthy during flu season.
About Dr. Keiles
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER / CO-FOUNDER, GOODMOUTH
Dr. Keiles was introduced to dentistry early, spending summers working in his father's California office. He began practicing dentistry in Palo Alto where he grew a comprehensive care and preventive-focused private practice and was a founder of OnSite Dental Care. He was also a founder of the OnSite Dental Foundation, which provided care to at-risk families. He continues his efforts to care for those in need through the Giving Goodness Program. Dr. Keiles earned his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The New York State Dental Association and Ninth District Dental Association. He also recently finished the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in 51 degree water.
GoodMouth was founded on the principle that old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and cause easily preventable oral diseases. From helping you choose the right toothbrush to ensuring that you always have fresh toothbrushes, no matter how hectic life becomes, GoodMouth does the legwork to bring you better health. Subscriptions are available monthly, bimonthly, or once every three months for just $4.95 per delivery, and subscribers are able to cancel at any time throughout the year. A GoodMouth subscription also benefits the millions of Americans without access to dental healthcare by providing someone in need with two brushes or the equivalent in dental care.
Evo's Modern Day Beehive
1 . Prep hair with mr fantastic. section the hair into three. using a low side parting create a clean section at the top of the head to the top of the ears. then create a clean section from the top of the ears across the crown.
2 . At the back gather the hair up high on the crown, secure with a mr fantastic hair bungee
3 . Add haze styling powder to the mid section and back comb using your fingers
4 . Roll the hair under and pin securely...
The seemingly fun spirited modern day version of self-portraiture the “Selfie” appeared innocently on the social media scene but is now giving rise to concerns and discussion as to its overall societal effect.
The advent of Social Neuroscience with the use of brain imaging helps us to understand the components of the social brain, focusing on studies of self- awareness/knowledge and self-regulation. It is likely that the brain has evolved distinct mechanism for knowing ourselves, knowing how others respond to us, detecting threats from within the social group, and regulating actions in order to avoid being excluded from those groups (Krendl & Heatherton 2009).
Neuroscientists are elaborating on how the importance of image and the Selfies are considered as being one of our natural instincts to reduce anxiety shielding us against the fear of losing control of our minds and lives by preserving our sense of self and showing our image for the world to see as we want to be seen (Joshua Sariñana).
London neuroscientist James Kilner comments on the difference between viewing images of others and viewing images of ourselves. Viewing images and facial expressions allows us to interpret and respond emotionally and socially. Without looking at our own face we rely on our sensory nervous system through the movement of our face to determine what we are trying to convey to others. Surprisingly to us through the selfie we can recognize inaccuracies. Is this why we can sometimes “feel” misunderstood and the “selfie” may be in fact be a very powerful self-help tool when used correctly.
Weighing the importance of image is succinctly summarized by Mark R. Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University “From a social psychological standpoint, the selfie phenomenon seems to stem from two basic human motives. The first is to attract attention from other people. Because people’s positive social outcomes in life require that others know them, people are motivated to get and maintain social attention. By posting selfies, people can keep themselves in other people’s minds. In addition, like all photographs that are posted on line, selfies are used to convey a particular impression of oneself. Through the clothes one wears, one’s expression, staging of the physical setting, and the style of the photo, people can convey a particular public image of themselves, presumably one that they think will garner social rewards.”...
Soulful Songstress Curls
Singer/songwriter Lorde is almost as well-known for her head-turning tresses as she is for her mega-hit singles. Channel her modern rock goddess look with voluminous curls that are ready for the world’s stage....
The saying, “get your beauty sleep” is no joke, says Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston. The industry veteran of over 30 years, shares that some of the best beauty tricks can be done while you’re sleeping. Sure, getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep can help with unwanted dark circles and baggy eyelids, but your coif can also benefit from overnight styling and tips.
Mario has shared with us his favorite advice that he gives to clients who are looking for an easy way to get ahead of their morning routine, while also catching a few zzz’s!
1) Go to bed with DRY hair!
Water in your hair cuticle makes it more susceptible to splits and breakage as you toss and turn during the night. Wet hair equals fragile hair! If you shower before bed and don’t have time to dry it, use a cotton t-shirt (which is less abrasive than a towel), wrap hair and keep it tucked in a turban-like creation until morning.
2) Repair hair and apply a leave-in treatment
Utilizing a leave-in conditioning treatment before bed, either a salon-professional product or natural coconut oil, allows the moisture to seep into hair for a longer, uninterrupted time, which in turn, leaves your hair super hydrated and smooth the next day! For an added moisturizing benefit, wrap conditioned hair in a shower cap or silk scarf before hitting the hay. This will also help to save your pillowcases/sheets from getting damaged by the hair treatment.
3) Brush it out before bed
Using a brush with natural bristles (or my favorite, the Mason Pearson brush), brush hair out before bed. Yes, Marsha Brady-style! Using your brush, start at the roots and move down to the ends of your hair. This will help to transfer the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair shaft, giving hair an added dose of hydration. Additionally, if you’ve used a lot of products on your locks during the day, this will help to break them up on your scalp as well as on your strands, so that build up won’t occur.
4) Keep it straight by wrapping it!
If you just spent money on a salon blow-dry or time in the bathroom straightening your curly locks, don’t let bedtime ruin your sleek style! Use the wrapping technique with bobby pins to keep hair smooth and straight. Starting at the top of your head, use a brush to begin arranging hair around the head and pinning it down. Essentially, you are wrapping hair in a circle pattern around the head to keep it in its straight condition.
5) Top Knot It
Bring out your scrunchies and top knot your freshly washed and dried hair. As you blow-dry hair before bed, use a volumizing product on the root and once it’s almost dry, apply a texturizing spray throughout. Loosely pull dried hair upward and into a soft topknot. The height will give you an extra boost of volume as you sleep as well as ensure that your locks will maintain tangle-free for your early wake-up call.
6) Lights off, humidifier on
Whether you are cranking up your house’s heat in the winter or you live in a dry climate, adding extra moisture to the air using a humidifier can help to keep both your skin and locks hydrated. Moisturized hair sees less frizz and breakage and more shine. Turn the lights off and the humidifier on!
7) Switch to a silk pillowcase
In order to extend the life of your hairstyle or blow-dry as well as keep damage and breakage at bay, opt for a silk or Egyptian cotton pillowcase. Flannel or cotton sheets cause more friction on hair and over time, will create damage.
Former DR. 90210 Surgeon Creates Charity to Provide Reconstructive Surgery to Breast Cancer Survivors
Addressing Needs of Patients whose Medical Insurance Does Not Cover Secondary Aesthetic Surgery
Dr. Gary Motykie founded The Healing Curve in 2008, as a non-profit organization, with the primary mission of providing reconstructive surgery to breast cancer survivors. Although insurance providers cover the initial reconstruction after breast cancer, they often do not cover the secondary aesthetic surgeries that are necessary for survivors to feel like women again.
“I started The Healing Curve to help those women who have won the battle against breast cancer but have been left feeling incomplete in the process. These women have already been through so much with cancer itself; they deserve the best possible breast reconstruction that plastic surgery can offer.”
Motykie says that the charity’s first goal is to offer the highest standard of reconstructive surgery and associated medical care to individuals who otherwise cannot afford it. His team is working hard to establish nationwide awareness in order to give these individuals hope and a support system to help them complete their journey. The long-term goal for the non-profit is to create strategic partnerships and align with other charities, organizations and physicians that support this vision....
Surprisingly seven out of 10 women don't know their breast reconstruction options after a mastectomy, according to a University of Michigan study.
Like so many in the same situation Michelle Hartog turned to her husband for input and emotional support. Dr. Hartog, an expert on breast reconstruction, provided Michelle with solutions on how to preserve womanhood and return to active lifestyles after surgery.
After surviving the threat of breast cancer, Dr. Hartog reconstructed Michelle's breasts through autologous fat transfer, a natural alternative to saline or silicone implants. AFT or fat grafting is virtually scarless, uses a woman’s own fat and to give women natural-looking and -feeling breasts. Upon using gentle liposuction to remove fat from areas such as the thighs or abdomen, it is then injected in very small amounts in the desired areas, allowing the body to quickly build and attach the blood vessel networks needed for the fat tissue to survive.
Michelle, who is committed to maintaining an active lifestyle, now competes on an all breast cancer survivors dragon boat team-Warriors On Water. In 2012, her team won its division at the annual Great White North (GWN) Dragon Boat Races and the team is participating in the 2014 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival taking place Oct. 24-26 at Nathan Benderson Park, where more than 100 teams, 3,000 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers and supporters representing more than 10 countries will converge and compete.
With an increase in women undergoing mastectomies in recent years, many women are seeking stories that offer support, hope and meaningful insight. With fat grafting as an available option, women should know that they are not forced to choose between a life without breasts or one with artificial implants. Michelle and Dr. Hartog make a dynamic pair - advocating for both the cause and his scarless all natural solution in the industry and throughout their community.