Let Go of Your Dull Complexion and Let Your Radiance Shine Through

2018-07-23T20:09:17+00:00August 1st, 2018|Health|

By Lisa Profera MD Are there times when you feel like your inner self is as dull as your complexion? The two are inexorably linked. If you look good on the outside, you feel good inside, and vice versa. Poor health and nutrition plus a dash of stress is a recipe for an unhealthy you. By addressing the connection between skin, body, and soul, you can unlock the secret to true radiance. Now there is a special place in Ann Arbor to cast away your dullness and shine like a precious gem. Your skin can be polished and rejuvenated along with [...]

Makeover Your Skin With Your Own Plasma

2018-06-27T16:28:55+00:00July 1st, 2018|Health|

By Lisa Profera MD  Confused by all of the claims made by various skin rejuvenation systems? Afraid of toxins found in many skincare products on the market? Not sure what is best for your needs? Well, you have many choices, one of which is to use your own plasma for a more natural path toward a better complexion.    PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, refers to the layer of plasma (extracted from the patient’s own blood) which contains platelets, stem cells, growth factors, and collagen. PRP is like “liquid gold” for your skin. It can be used on the surface as well as injected into the deeper layers to [...]

Don’t let the bugs bug you!

2018-06-01T14:11:58+00:00June 1st, 2018|Health|

By Lisa Profera  Summer is here! It is time to guard yourself and your loved ones from insect bites and the diseases they may cause. One nice thing about Michigan winter is that we get a reprieve from biting insects; but now, the bugs are back. Bug bites are not only annoying and itchy, but they can sometimes cause serious diseases or allergic reactions.   The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website is a good resource for information on local concerns regarding biting/stinging insects. There is also excellent information on what to expect when travelling to other areas in the US and around the world (www.cdc.gov/travel). Their basic information on [...]

Head to the Woods for Renewal & Rejuvenation

2018-06-05T19:31:41+00:00June 1st, 2018|Health, Inspirational|

by Maria Sylvester   Head to the woods — or at least head outside — if you want to experience yourself in new ways!   The great outdoors is filled with special energies. Nature has the power to quickly renew heart and spirit. This renewal can happen with ease and without involving complex plans or activities. It can be as simple as a walk in the neighborhood, resting on a log in the woods, or enjoying tea while sitting in your backyard garden. Bare feet touching the ground furthers this glorious experience of rejuvenation!   I love the sense of peace and purity I experience amid the vibrant wildness of [...]

Amp Up the Flavor with Essential Oils

2018-06-27T16:13:34+00:00May 1st, 2018|Health|

by Lisa Profera, MD Anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook. When I discovered that I can add essential oils to my food, I was not only excited, but I quickly realized that it was more than a win-win situation. There are many compelling reasons to add essential oils (EOs) to your cooking repertoire. Not only can they amp up the flavor of any dish, they will simultaneously deliver numerous health benefits while being very economical. At a fraction of the cost of herbs, they are 100% natural — no artificial flavors, colors, or chemicals.   Please understand that not all brands of EOs are safe for ingestion; the vast majority are not. Don’t think [...]

Can I Sell You Something Green?

2018-04-02T13:06:22+00:00April 1st, 2018|Health, Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein “Kids learn from our example, not our advice.” Years ago, when I was a student of the program Conscious Discipline, the central theme as I understood it was: “Adults must walk the walk first before we have any business talking the talk to our kids.” In other words, practice what you preach, because kids learn by the behavior their parents model rather than the words we use to lecture them. This is also relevant in terms of living a healthy life involving green habits. Green habits are exactly what you are probably thinking — replacement habits involving something greener. Healthier. [...]

Spring-Clean Your Body

2018-04-02T13:16:26+00:00April 1st, 2018|Health|

by Lisa Profera, MD Imagine what your home would look like if it was never cleaned. Over the course of a lifetime, our bodies accumulate toxins just like dust builds up on your furniture. Got brain fog? Entangled proteins and cellular waste products can accumulate around your neurons like “cobwebs” gathering in your brain. Without proper attention, the consequences can be debilitating. Detoxing is not only “trendy,” it is critical to our long-term health. Unfortunately, toxins are ubiquitous. No matter how clean your lifestyle and diet are, there are some exposures that are unavoidable. I was recently on an international flight from Hawaii [...]

How do we heal from sexual assault?

2018-03-27T19:41:01+00:00March 6th, 2018|Health, Inspirational, Parenting, Relationships|

by Morella Devost, EdM, MA Since October, we’ve been both witnesses and participants in a historic set of events. Investigative journalism blew the lid off the open secret that the media world is rife with harassment. #metoo became an avalanche of voices speaking of the enormity of the issue of abuse everywhere. Moguls were toppled.    All of this has initiated two important trends: awareness and accountability.    From an awareness perspective, an enormous spotlight has been shone on the issue. The testimony of hundreds of gymnasts in particular made irrevocably clear that the problem lies not just on the perpetrator, but on the environments that made it possible for them to be systematically abused. The problem is cultural and systemic.  We are also seeing accountability and justice like we’ve never seen before. [...]

Botox And Beyond

2018-02-25T15:54:57+00:00January 31st, 2018|Health|

By Lisa Profera The New Year is well underway, and it’s now time to focus on you a bit more. I hope that the health tips I shared in my last two articles have helped you feel better on the inside. Now it’s time to take a look at the outer you. Aging happens to as us all, and as we age, not only does our skin lose collagen and elastin, but we also lose fat and bone structure. Our face is the first to show signs of aging. These factors, in addition to the effects of gravity, cause deflation and a diagonal [...]

Woman On The Street: Adventures In Fertility

2018-02-25T16:37:12+00:00January 31st, 2018|Health, Inspirational, Parenting|

Years ago, on a road trip across northern Wisconsin, I asked my 80-year-old grandma Anita how old she felt.“Thirty-seven,” she said, without missing a beat. This was my first clue that our chronological age doesn’t always match how we feel on the inside. I write this as a woman who, along with her husband, is in Baby-Making Mode in her early forties. In other words: We’ve used an app to track ovulation. We’ve timed sex for days 10-16 of my cycle. We’ve injected my belly with hormones. We’ve had him make his fatherly deposit in a plastic cup, take it to the doctor’s [...]

Resolving Inflammation – Bring In The Cleaning Crew

2018-02-25T16:16:13+00:00January 7th, 2018|Health|

The New Year is upon us. Did you make a resolution for 2018? Why not do something that will help you for the rest of your life? Resolve to resolve inflammation in your body. You may have heard that inflammation is the bane of our existence in this modern society. But not all inflammation is bad. Acute inflammation is a good thing; it helps our bodies heal. But if left unresolved or uncontrolled it can wreak havoc on our systems. When inflammation is ongoing, it becomes chronic, and this is the root of many debilitating disease processes such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, [...]

The Health Benefits Of Appreciating Your Body

2018-02-25T16:30:41+00:00December 6th, 2017|Health|

Holidays are upon us so let’s take a moment to remember all that our bodies do for us throughout the year. They contribute to everything we do, our families, career, and friendships. They also help us through the challenging times. In fact, if you are reading this thank your body for getting you this far. While far from perfect, our bodies do a lot for us. Say thank you to your body by taking care of it. Don’t worry, taking care of your body doesn’t have to be complicated, and with a bit of thought, you can easily incorporate a few shifts that [...]

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