Dr. Namnoum - Georgia Reproductive Specialists - BSAThe holiday season can be stressful for everyone, but for those struggling with infertility, this may be an especially difficult time. Experiment with these stress relieving activities, and find a few that work best.

1. Get outside for a walk, preferably near trees, a park, or by a lake, stream, or river. Spending time in nature has been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, strengthen the immune system, and increase the levels of the “feel good” neurotransmitters.

2. Make a playlist of music that helps you relax or lifts your mood. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on your mind and body, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing  levels of stress hormones.

3. Get (or give) a massage. Gentle touch can increase levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps with relaxation, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that increases a sense of well-being.

4. Get together with friends who are supportive, and avoid  (when possible) being around those who leave you feeling drained or more stressed.

5. Watch a funny movie, video, or television show. Laughter helps relax the body and mind. (Check out a video on “laughter yoga.”)

6. Sleep! Sleep deprivation adds to stress and raises cortisol levels… and also causes carbohydrate cravings.

7. Stay active. Get some form of regular exercise on most days. This does not necessarily mean going to the gym; go for a walk, dance, try a yoga class, bike, or find an activity that you find enjoyable. Exercise is a great stress reliever.

8. Practice saying no to activities or invitations that drain your energy or make you feel more stressed, especially around the holidays. It is OK to disappoint others if it helps protect you from difficult situations.

9. Write a gratitude letter. Take a moment to think back and remember an instance when someone did something for you for which you are extremely grateful. Write a letter to this person describing why you are grateful or how this individual has affected your life, and deliver it in person if possible. This activity has been shown to increase levels of positive emotions for the writer as well as the receiver.

10. Ask for professional help if you feel persistently anxious or depressed, or if you find these feelings are interfering with your ability to sleep or carry out your normal activities.

Dr. Namnoum is board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  A native of Atlanta, she received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Johns Hopkins as well.

Dr. Namnoum has also pursued her strong interest in Integrative Medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with complementary approaches and a “whole person” focus, including attention to nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management.  She believes that education, advocacy and encouragement are important parts of the physician-patient relationship.

Sponsored by: Georgia Reproductive Specialists | Atlanta/Northside | Decatur | Alpharetta | Buckhead/Piedmont | (404) 843-BABY | www.ivf.com

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For the first time since 1929, the Fox Theatre is undergoing a major renovation. The new Marquee Club’s rooftop terrace will offer access to the theatre’s roof for the first time in nearly 50 years. Annual Marquee Club members can say good-bye to those long lines during intermission, because one of the club’s best amenities just might be the ability to pre-order drinks, dessert and coffee. Memberships will be available for purchase beginning in January 2017.

Details: foxtheatre.org

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Dr. Curtis and Dr. Griffin - Griffin Center - BSAThere are an estimated 56 million men and women currently suffering from hair loss in the United States and, unfortunately, the majority of those afflicted never even bother to seek treatment. Many simply accept that hair loss is unavoidable—the result of bad genetic “luck”—while others valiantly attempt to hold it at bay but believe that there are only a few limited options available. These beliefs could not be further from the truth. At The Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research, we have been treating the many different forms of hair loss for more than 40 years. We  have found that there are actually several different treatment options that can be used, either separately or in combination, to address a number of different causes of hair loss and individual patient requirements.

Topical Minoxidil (Rogaine®): Applied directly to the scalp, minoxidil increases the size of shrunken hair follicles and can keep them in the growth phase longer.

Oral Finasteride (Propecia®/Proscar®):  A daily oral dose of finasteride inhibits the production of specific enzymes that have been found to trigger common genetic-pattern hair loss.

Custom Blended Prescription Medications: After a thorough diagnosis, our hair-loss specialists can determine the exact concentration of various active ingredients that will achieve the best possible results with the least possible side effects.

Red Light Laser Therapy: Focused, red-spectrum light, applied directly to the scalp, increases energy production around the hair follicles, waking cells from dormancy into an active growth phase.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: A highly concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets, injected into the scalp, stimulates the natural healing process to accelerate the regeneration of damaged hair follicles.

Hair Transplantation Surgery: Using the most advanced follicular unit grafting (FUG) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques, we remove healthy hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp and place them into areas that have begun to thin, giving your hair a thicker, more full appearance.

Finally, there are also several specialized haircare products and vitamin supplements that can be used in combination with any of these treatments to further optimize the results. Deciding what is the best way to address your specific form of hair loss is best done during a thorough consultation with experienced hair-restoration specialists Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis. Together, we can precisely diagnose the causes of your hair loss and discuss your individual health considerations in order to put together a treatment plan that is right for you.

Sponsored by: The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration & Research | (404) 256-4369 | griffincenter.com 

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Ponce City Market itself is already a sight to see, but take a trip to the rooftop for even more fun. Created with the idea of an old-fashioned carnival in mind, Skyline Park is a modern mini theme park. Channel your inner child and ride down the Skyline Slide, play a round of mini golf, conquer your fear of heights at the Heege Tower or put your skills to the test with retro boardwalk games. Treats like sweet & sassy popcorn, cotton candy and a walking taco complete the throwback experience. Those looking for something a little more sophisticated can head to the newly opened Nine Mile Station. This modern beer garden is inspired by the Nine Mile Circle streetcar that once carried locals from downtown Atlanta to today’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood pre-1920s. Take in breathtaking views of the city while digging into European-inspired American plates to share, such as  crispy stuffed sweet peppers with crab and smoked trout served with pearled barley.

Details: skylineparkatlanta.com

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Giving JarDuring the holiday season, it’s easy to become filled with the giving spirit. Before you write that check, drop off that gift or schedule that volunteer day, be sure to take the time to vet the nonprofit of your choosing. We’ve compiled tips on how to find worthy nonprofits to help you make the most of your generosity.

✓ Find an Organization That Supports Your Mission

Take time to think about what causes really matter to you. What issues tug at your heartstrings? Use those feelings and instincts as a guide to narrow down a few deserving nonprofits.

✓ Set Your Standards 

Once you’ve found a couple of charities whose mission aligns with yours, think about criteria that are important to you. Is it important that the nonprofit keeps overhead costs as low as possible and uses the majority of donations to directly further its mission? Do you care less about overhead and more about statistics explaining the direct level of impact the organization makes?

✓ Do Your Homework

Head to websites like GuideStar.org to look into the nitty-gritty of the organizations of your choosing. GuideStar offers records from 1.8 million nonprofits. You can even access an organization’s Form 990 (the basic IRS filing document for nonprofits) to assess the charity’s income, spending, mission and executive salaries. Its role is not to act as a charity evaluator, but merely as an unbiased source to find facts.

Charity Navigator, on the other hand, does act as an evaluator. This website rates nonprofits based on a variety of criteria, including whether or not they properly registered as a 501(c)3 (nonprofit entity), length of existence, level of public support
and more.

✓ Look for Red Flags

If you decide to research a charity yourself, take note of red flags. Does the organization withhold information about their programs or finances? Do they use pressure tactics to garner donations?

✓ Decide How You Want to Give

Once you’ve vetted and chosen a nonprofit, decide on what type of giving suits you. Do you want to have a hands-on experience and volunteer time? Do you want to donate physical items? Do you want to make a one-time monetary donation?

No matter what route you take, your efforts will help an organization you believe in do more good and support a cause that matters to you.

Sources:

Charity Navigator, charitynavigator.org

GuideStar, guidestar.org

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Peloton Cycle - BSASkip the traffic and have the spin class brought to you with the help of Peloton Cycle® indoor bikes. Their sleek and sturdy bikes offer near-silent riding, convenient two-pound dumbbells in the back and an interactive touchscreen. Access a variety of live and on-demand classes and keep track of your ride metrics at home. Take a test ride at the new Peloton showroom in Lenox Square Mall. Starting at $1,995.

Details: 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE., Atlanta; pelotoncycle.com

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Dr. Debra Gray King

Founder of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and an accredited fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, King specializes in complex restorative dentistry. In addition to serving patients throughout the metro area, patients routinely travel from afar to seek her services. King has been a featured expert for a variety of national media outlets and lectures nationwide. atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com 

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Asaf Yalif, MD, Y Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

This renowned plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, breast and body. His signature breast procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast implant exchange and the popular mommy makeover. yplasticsurgery.com 

 

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Single Atlanta

The largest privately owned matchmaking firm in Atlanta and the Southeast, Single Atlanta takes a personalized approach to the matchmaking process, screening and qualifying candidates before you meet them, working with you one-on-one to find matches and following up with feedback, coaching and advice. singleatlanta.com 

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Sarah Miller, Dermatology Consultants

A medical aesthetician and laser technician, Miller specializes in medical-grade skin peels, micro-dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, photofacials, skin tightening, laser hair removal and other treatments. dermatologyconsultants.com 

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