Friday, 22 April 2016 13:58

Healthy Nails

By Taylor Arnold

Handshakes have long been a universal greeting—so hands and nails are often the first gesture we present to others. But aside from the occasional trim or manicure, many people fail to properly care for their nails. While imperfections such as ridges, cracks or inflamed cuticles may seem insignificant, they can sometimes be a sign of deeper problems that can impact a person's overall health. Paying close attention to the nails on both hands and feet can help you keep tabs on the rest of your body.

Nails, like skin and hair, are made of specialized proteins called keratin. As we age, these keratin-based structures tend to thin, so some natural thinning of nails over time is normal. However, issues like cracks, inflamed cuticles and warts are not. "Some of these common problems can damage the part of the skin that makes up the nail, known as the nail matrix," explains Dr. Weston Waxweiler of North Atlanta Dermatology. "When the nail matrix is damaged, the nail may be permanently altered."

According to Dr. Stephanie Michael of Village Podiatry Centers, the most common concerns with toenails are in-grown nails, nail fungus and bruising of the nail. "It's important to really look at your nails for any discoloration or deformities," she says. "If you have a bruise under the nail, have the podiatrist take a look. Although rare, melanoma can present itself as a dark spot."

The good news is that growing and maintaining strong nails on a day-to-day basis involves some very basic practices. First and foremost, eating lots of protein and vegetables is key, because good nutrition helps strengthen the nails. Cut your fingernails straight across the top and properly trim the cuticles (filing with the more gentle friction of 240-grit files and buffers). "Filing the natural nail should be done in one direction—from the edge to the center of the nail plate," says Stephanie Allen, nailcare program director at the International School of Skin, Nailcare and Massage Therapy. She also recommends educating yourself about the products used on your nails, particularly those with harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, DPB, toluene and acetone.

To further protect your fingernails, wear gloves when washing dishes, as excessive contact with water or cleansing agents can lead to cracks, ridging and fungal infection. "When considering a manicure, give your nails a week or two between gel coats to allow them to recover," Dr. Waxweiler says. "Finally, consider asking your doctor about biotin, as this vitamin can help all keratin-based structures (including nails, hair and skin) in your body."

For healthy toenails, cut the nail straight across the top, but avoid rounding them off or cutting them too short because this can cause ingrown nails. Also, wear shoes that fit properly. "If they are too small or too tight in the toe box, this can cause ingrown toenails, bruising and nail fungus," Dr. Michael says. "For fungal toenails—think discolored and yellow toenails—topical or oral medications or laser therapy all are very effective treatments," she says. "The number one cause of fungal toenails is trauma. For example, when you are a runner or a soccer player, that trauma of the nail against the shoe is what causes the fungus."

SB-1If you enjoy a good mani/pedi, treat yourself, but be sure you're frequenting a quality nail salon. "Several red flags for nail salons include unlabeled products, an unusually strong 'chemical' smell, a price that is extremely low and lack of a ventilation system or fans blowing in the salon itself," Dr. Waxweiler says. Dr. Michael adds, "Make sure the place is clean, that they wear gloves and that they are cleaning out basins where you soak your feet. They should not be doing any medical procedures for you, using sharp instruments near your feet or cutting out ingrowns."

Most of all, keep in mind that the majority of nail issues tend to resolve on their own. Be patient—nail turnover is slow, so it may take many months for a damaged nail to replace itself entirely. Consistent care and attention will help you keep your best foot, and hand, forward at all times.

Editorial Resources
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Friday, 08 April 2016 19:21

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If you are a personal training client of The Exercise Coach, you have no doubt heard our mantra "Muscle quality matters more than movement quantity". If you incorporate safe, effective, intense strength training into your exercise regime, you can change your overall health and longevity including the levels of important hormones.

We know that high intensity exercise helps stimulate the body's production of a hormone called the human growth hormone (HGH). This hormone is important as it has been known to help slow the aging process! HGH also helps our bodies build muscle and burn fat, so it is critical to help build metabolism and fight sarcopenia— the decrease of muscle mass occurring as a natural part of the aging process.

Epinephrine is also a hormone released during high intensity exercise. Its release results in increased energy by stimulating the release of glucose and accelerating the use of glycogen within the muscle. This process helps create better muscle quality improvements, helps lower long term blood pressure, and also increases energy.

By combining healthy nutrition with Right Intensity Training™, we can also regulate the balance between the very important hormone insulin and glucagon. Healthy insulin levels are critical to maintain healthy and stable blood sugar levels, lower body fat, and feel better. At The Exercise Coach we have helped many people improve insulin levels, reverse type II diabetes and lose weight.
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Monday, 28 March 2016 14:45

SculpSure® Q&A


SculpSure is the first FDA cleared laser for noninvasive lipolysis treatment to eliminate up to 24% stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen and flanks in just 25 minutes.


As a light-based treatment, SculpSure preferentially heats the fat cells to the target temperature that destroys them, so the fat loss is permanent. Over time, the body eliminates them with results evident in 6-12 weeks.


Most non-invasive body contouring treatments on the market either only reduce the size of fat cells or reduce abdominal circumference and require multiple treatments to be effective. SculpSure is the latest of only two technologies that can permanently eliminate a significant percentage of fat cells in a one-time treatment. The potential advantages of SculpSure over freezing fat (cryolipolysis) is the speed of treatment (25 minutes vs. about an hour), comfort (no suction/vacuum), and truly no downtime (no incidences of post procedure pain or numbness). I have literally had patients go to the gym that afternoon or run a marathon that weekend!


Since SculpSure is the lastest technologic advance in body contouring on the market in many years, many people are not yet familiar with it...but you will be! It has been featured on "The Doctors," "The Dr. Oz Show, " and "Real Housewives." Atlanta Face & Body Center is the FIRST plastic surgery center to bring SculpSure to Atlanta and one of only a handful of locations in metro Atlanta that offers this game-changing treatment.


SculpSure is safe, fast, and effective with no surgery or downtime. With the speed of the treatment, I can treat more of your problem areas in a shorter amount of time. Most people also find the treatment very comfortable and the satisfaction rate is over 90%. It may also have some off-label skin tightening benefits. Additionally, I and all of my staff have had the treatment, so we speak from personal experience not just statistics. I look forward to introducing more Atlantans to this breakthrough new technology!


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Atlanta Face & Body Center

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker brings to her patients the benefits of a world-class education combined with unparalleled experience. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine from Duke University, she was the first woman to complete her specialty residency training program at Emory University. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker elected an additional year of advanced fellowship training focused exclusively on cosmetic surgery of the face at Tulane University. These exclusive and competitive fellowships are offered to only 38 candidates internationally each year, and only a handful of surgeons in Atlanta have this specialized training. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker is Double Board Certified and a Fellow of both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Having performed thousands of facial procedures, including 4000 facelifts alone, she is one of the most experienced Facial Plastic Surgeons, not just in Atlanta, but the entire country.

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Monday, 28 March 2016 14:39

Strawberry Laser Inch Loss

I can't count the number of times patients have said "feel free to take some fat out" or "can you do lipo while you have me open?" right before I perform surgery on them. Well, we've found Strawberry Laser Lipo. This technology aligns with my philosophy because, in order to have lasting results, you have to engage in aerobic exercise soon after each treatment to mobilize the liquefied fat out of your body through the lymphatic system. I am all for anything that will get you moving.

Your Strawberry Treatment and What To Expect:

After an initial consultation and completion of the necessary forms, you will then be weighed, measured and the treatment area photographed (no faces). These details will be recorded so you can see your results.

Strawberry-Cream-logo-bevel-white-smlAfter you feel comfortable on the exam table, the Strawberry laser paddles will be fitted over the area to be treated and held in place with a Velcro® strap.
Once the paddles are secured, the practitioner will place two Cluster probes close to the area and the painless treatment will begin. You will feel a very slight warmth which can be quite relaxing.

The technician will measure you with a self-tightening tape measure prior to the procedure and will remeasure you immediately following it. You will be informed of your inch loss at that time.


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Dr. Felecia L. Dawson was acknowledged by Essence Magazine as one of the leading black female obstetrician gynecologists in the nation.

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Kaiser Permanente offers women access to physicians who specialize in caring for their bodies.
Dr. Joye K. Lowman is double board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Lowman, who oversees Kaiser Permanente of Georgia's urogynecology program, helps women deal with sensitive medical issues that impact their quality of life—from incontinence to pelvic organ prolapse. Her primary goal is to ensure that every woman who enters her exam room feels comfortable talking about her symptoms and leaves knowing that she has a partner in her health care.

Whether it's educating other doctors on the latest in hormone therapy or conducting research on treatments for medical conditions impacting the pelvic floor, Lowman is a true advocate for women's health. She is passionate about providing her patients with individualized, coordinated care, which is why she joined Kaiser Permanente's integrated health care system.

doc-talking-to-womanAt Kaiser Permanente, specialists work in concert with primary care physicians, pharmacists and labs technicians to care for patients. Health care teams are connected through an electronic medical record system that provides a patient's complete medical history, enabling physicians to make informed decisions and provide higher quality care. In fact, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for leading health plans in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic region.

Kaiser Permanente physicians are committed to helping women thrive. To learn more about Dr. Joye K. Lowman and Kaiser Permanente, visit


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Dr. Joye K. Lowman practices at Kaiser Permanente's Glenlake Comprehensive Specialty Center in Atlanta. She completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania before earning a master's in public health from Columbia University. She also completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reproductive surgery at Indiana University, the first accredited program of its kind in the country. Learn about Lowman's approach to care at staff.

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