Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:03

Safely Stop the Hormonal Effects of Aging

As we age, our bodies produce fewer hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. This subsequently accelerates the aging process and the symptoms of menopause and andropause.
Estrogen – Estrogen has over 400 crucial functions in the body, such as helping maintain body temperature, regulate moods, decrease breakdown of bone tissue and maintain elasticity and moisture in the vagina. Symptoms of estrogen loss include mood swings, hot flashes, dry skin, higher risk of osteoporosis and painful intercourse.

Progesterone – Progesterone is essential to balancing estrogen. Symptoms of progesterone loss include insomnia, depression, mood swings, irritability, menstrual irregularity and osteoporosis.

Testosterone – The ovaries also produce testosterone, which plays a vital role in maintaining hormonal balance and affects emotional well-being, self-confidence, motivation and focus. The symptoms of testosterone loss include low sex drive, muscle loss, weight gain, depression and thinning hair.



Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an option that does not just improve symptoms of aging but can also improve your quality of life. BHRT uses hormones from plant-based sources to restore healthy levels of your hormones.



Replacing these deficient hormones – naturally and not synthetically – can make the transition to the peri-menopausal or peri-andropausal stage healthier and more tolerable.

A Natural Solution
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an option that does not just improve symptoms of aging but can also improve your quality of life. BHRT uses hormones from plant-based sources to restore healthy levels of your hormones. These plant sources, such as wild yams, have a very similar chemical structure to the hormones made by the ovaries in women and the testicles in men. The difference between the plant source and the human source is only one or two branches in the chemical structure, which are removed in the lab to produce the same exact chemical structure that the ovary or testicle would produce. Because this hormone is chemically the same as our own hormones, it binds in our receptors just as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle would fit together.

Due this perfect fit and ability for individual customization, the symptom relief of BHRT is better than the relief offered by synthetic hormones. With BHRT, there are no unintended breakdown products causing worse side effects and increasing cancer risks. Plus, the conversion of the botanical product into the bio-identical hormone is done by certified compounding pharmacies that are FDA-controlled and inspected for safety. BHRT is available in creams that can be applied daily or in pellet therapy, which can be administered every 3-12 months, depending on the individual. Before beginning any hormone replacement therapy, discuss all your options, risks and benefits with your health care provider.


Untitled-1Welcome to the Harley Anti-Aging Institute

Dr. Harley founded the Harley Anti-Aging Institute, which specializes in hormone balancing, anti-aging, weight management and aesthetics with emphasis on treating the "Whole Person." At the Harley Anti-Aging Institute, you can also enjoy advanced, therapeutic and beautifying spa services. Your experience will be relaxing and rejuvenating to your mind, body and spirit.

Dr. Harley is a pioneer in the anti-aging field with a fellowship in functional integrative medicine. She is a board-certified physician and one of Atlanta's top doctors. Dr. Harley has enthusiastically served the Metro Atlanta community over 30 years.

Dr. Harley has studied and researched the use of synthetic versus natural hormone replacement therapy for her patients. She has found that natural bioidentical creams and pellet therapy are far superior to any synthetic hormones on the market. Her female as well as male patients have regained what they thought was forever lost: energy, focus, drive and zest for life!


Sponsored by: Harley Anti-Aging Institute | 2678 Buford Hwy NE | Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (678) 500-1066 | www.harleyantiaging.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:07

Best Bras for the New Year

Q: This month you're focused on New Year, New You! How does getting a new bra fit into that?

A: Most women don't realize how much a great fitting bra can change their lives! Not only does it improve your posture by providing support and decreasing discomfort, it also increases your self-esteem. If your New Year's resolution is working on YOU, start with your foundations at LiviRae Lingerie!

Q: Is it important to get a fitting if you're only shopping for a sports bra?

A: Yes! Sports bras, though often overlooked, are a very important addition to your bra wardrobe. Exercise can cause your breasts to bounce up and down and in a circular motion. That type of repetitive motion can cause pain, soreness and even sagging. We also suggest that women always buy a cup sized sports bra instead of the basic small, medium, or large sizes that most stores carry. Protecting and caring for your breast tissue is extremely important, and wearing the right sports bra can help you do just that!

Best-Self-NYE-Badge-1Q: How do you ensure that each customer gets the perfect fitting bra?

A: About 85 percent of women are wearing a bra that is two bands too big and two cups too small. The band of the bra is the most important piece, so that's always the first thing we check. We take time during fittings to educate women about bra fit for bust health. We allow our customers to try on different bra options and styles to help them find the perfect fit.

Q: Do you think that an ill-fitting bra can lead to health issues?

A: Yes. When a bra does not fit correctly, women carry extra pressure in their shoulders, causing indentations, neck pain, back pain and, in the long term, the Dowagers hump. If the wire rests on the breast tissue instead of flat against the rib cage, that pressure can also cause calcification of the cells within the breast tissue.


RIBBONs-019New Year, New You at LiviRae Lingerie!

Founded by Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment-free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 30A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all: "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All!"

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

If your New Year's resolution is to take better care of yourself, what better place to start than the foundations of your daily wardrobe? Let us help you feel lifted and gifted in 2015!


Sponsored by: Livi Rae Lingerie | 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Suite #31 | Kennesaw, GA, 30144
Phone: (770) 429-7004 | www.liviraelingerie.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:54

Healthy Bust, Healthy You


Q: What inspired you to start LiviRae Lingerie?

A: When we first got into the lingerie business, we worked for a company that catered to a specific type of women. Our hearts were hurting for the women we had to turn away because we didn't have product that suited their needs. We decided to create a place where we could carry bras for everybody with every body! With that, LiviRae Lingerie was created as a judgment free zone for women of all shapes and sizes. When they find products that work for them, they leave feeling beautiful, confident and of course, lifted and gifted in their brand new bras!

Q: We know that LiviRae Lingerie focuses on bra fit for bust health. Can you tell us why bra fit is so important?

A: About 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Most women wear bras about two bands too big and two cups too small! Bra fit is important for many reasons including overall self esteem, comfort and health. An ill-fitting bra can cause pain and discomfort to the shoulders and back. All of the pressure falls on the shoulders, which can cause long-term pain.

Best-Self-Mag-Gift-Card-Button-Xmas-1Q: What can a woman do to extend the life of her bra?

A: There are a few things we suggest in order to keep those bras going! One of our first suggestions is to build up your bra collection so you can rotate each day, and avoid wearing the same bra back to back. Another way to extend the life of a bra is to use the right detergent. We suggest washing bras by hand or on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild lingerie detergent. Always hang bras from the center or lay them flat to dry, never put them in the dryer or hang them by the strap.

Q: How many bras should the average woman have?

A: We suggest that each woman start her bra collection with four bras and build to seven within the span of a year. This is necessary to maintain a healthy bra wardrobe and extend the life of all of your bras.

Q: How does the "virtual fit" on your website work?

A: Virtual Fit is a revolutionary process! We have created a way to bring our unique bra fitting technique to women all around the world from the comforts of their own home! We use Skype to reach women no matter where they are, and give them a personalized bra fitting experience. Following the fitting, our virtual fitters will walk their client through the online shopping process, helping them to navigate the site and show them which styles and products will work best for them. The fitters pass on their product knowledge and teach their clients what they need to know about bra fit and bust health, making sure they leave with everything they need.



RIBBONs-019LiviRae Lingerie's
Double Divas

Founded by Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age, receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 28A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all, "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All" ...and they do just that!

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable through their entire shopping experience. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

The ladies of LiviRae love what they do because of the difference that they are able to make in women's lives. "We believe we have a God given talent to bra fit women, and we love nothing more than to use that talent every day!" – Molly & Cynthia

Sponsored by: Livi Rae Lingerie | 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Suite #31 | Kennesaw, GA, 30144
Phone: (770) 429-7004 | www.liviraelingerie.com



Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:23

Robotic Hair Restoration Arrives in Atlanta



Millions of Americans suffer from hair loss. Today, there are many more options for treatment of balding and thinning hair than ever before. Long gone is the "pluggy" or "doll's hair" look, as modern hair transplantation is performed one single follicle at a time for the most natural look possible. The Anderson Hair Sciences Center is a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing the most natural, permanent hair restoration results to both men and women, with an emphasis on artistic concepts, patient comfort, and natural, permanent results.

Dr. Ken Anderson is the first and only hair restoration surgeon in Georgia to offer the very latest in cutting edge surgical robotic devices. The ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration Surgery System performs a type of hair restoration surgery called "follicular unit extraction," or "FUE" – a technique Dr. Anderson has been performing for over 10 years. With the revolutionary ARTAS System, Dr. Anderson is able to transplant hair without any linear or noticeable scarring, using no scalpels, no stitches, with a dramatically shorter recovery period than for patients who undergo a traditional linear strip method hair restoration procedure. With the sole exception of the ARTAS system, all FUE methods, using any device, are performed by hand, with all the associated variability and inherent human error.

Robotic Hair Restoration Arrives in AtlantaHow Does It Work?

Using high-tech stereoscopic cameras and updating its coordinates 5,000 times per second, the ARTAS System's image-guided robotics harvest hair follicles for transplant with micron-level precision, one at a time. As there is no linear incision required with an ARTAS procedure, healing time is short, and you can usually go back to your daily activities after a day or two. Call for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Anderson to discuss your options, or visit us online.



RIBBONs-042Dr. Anderson
Anderson Hair Sciences Center

Ken Anderson, MD, is the founder and Chief of Surgery at the Anderson Hair Sciences Center.
Dr. Anderson is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has devoted his practice to the treatment of hair loss in men and women for over 10 years. He is a welcoming and friendly physician who has designed the Anderson Hair Sciences Center around giving his patients the most natural and permanent hair restoration results.

He is a highly experienced surgeon and an internationally prominent educator in the field of hair restoration surgery. He has spoken to audiences in several countries and across the United States. In 2003, he joined a busy hair restoration practice in Beverly Hills, California, and also the staff at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Anderson was recruited by EMORY Healthcare to be their Hair Restoration Specialist. He held that position at EMORY until 2012, when he returned to private practice and founded the Anderson Hair Sciences Center.

Sponsored by: Anderson Hair Sciences Center | Phone: (404) 256-4247 | www.AtlantaHairSurgeon.com



Monday, 24 November 2014 19:50

Med Post Urgent Care

Monday, 24 November 2014 17:44

What is Vascular Dementia?

Increasingly, more people are becoming aware that the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's. Lesser known, but just as important to understand is the SECOND most common cause of dementia: Vascular Dementia.

Vascular Dementia, sometimes referred to as multi-infarct dementia, is characterized by progressive worsening of cognitive skills, language abilities and memory loss in the setting of multiple strokes. Generally, this is a step-wise process as each successive stroke causes another level of loss of brain function. However, it can also be a slow and steady decline in situations where chronic injuries are occurring especially in cases of long-standing uncontrolled high blood pressure.

shutterstock 106417295Even patients with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's are at risk for Vascular Dementia. In addition to treating Alzheimer's with medications, doctors recommend attending to healthy diet, regular exercise, as well as screening and treatment for atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and cerebral amyloid angiopathy to prevent strokes.

It is important to note that with proper attention to your vascular risk factors, you can potentially stop the progression of Vascular Dementia. At Midtown Neurology, P.C., we are here to help. Early evaluation, diagnosis and treatment are essential to your well-being and brain health!



Sakib Qureshi, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist

Midtown Neurology, P.C.

Sakib Qureshi, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist with a specialty focus in stroke and vascular neurology. Dr. Quershi attended Drexel University College of Medicine and trained in neurology at Emory University and also completed a fellowship in stroke and vascular neurology. Dr. Quershi's interests include general neurology, headache and pain management, and stroke care.

Sponsored by: Midtown Neurology, P.C. | Phone: (404) 653-0039 | www.MidtownNeurology.com


Monday, 24 November 2014 17:32

Benefits of a Neck Lift

It's natural for skin to age over time, whether due to sun exposure, environmental pollutants, or the skin's natural loss of elasticity. The skin on your face may become looser and less firm, drooping downward and forming a softer jawline and even the dreaded double chin.

Cosmetic surgery can fix these signs of aging; neck lifts in particular are a common solution. Atlanta's Dr. Sinha offers neck lifts to help reverse the signs of aging in your neck and give you a fresher appearance.

Dr-Sinha-Web-5-inFULLDr. Sinha performs a neck lift by making small incisions in the fold of the hairline and behind the ear. He removes excess skin, sculpts the jaw and neckline, and repositions the skin tissue to eliminate wrinkles and provide a long-lasting, youthful look.

Neck lift surgery procedures vary, and are often performed in conjunction with other surgeries, like face lifts. Neck lifts can involve liposuction to remove fat, cervicoplasty to remove excess skin, or platysmaplasty to tighten the neck muscles and smooth out unwanted lines. Before proceeding with any surgery, Dr. Sinha holds a comprehensive consultation with each of his patients to determine the specifics of their neck lift, or if they are better suited for non-surgical alternatives such as Botox or laser resurfacing.










Q & A with Dr. Sinha

What's the recovery process like?

Patients typically go home same day or can opt to stay overnight. The patient will have a loose dressing for two days, and stitches are typically removed after 7-10 days.

What types of reactions should I look out for?

You might experience mild bruising or discoloration for the first week or two after surgery. An esthetician from the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery can help you apply makeup to cover up any bruising or discoloration. Swelling is also common and should go down on its own within the first few weeks.

What factors do you consider before going ahead with the procedure?

A patient's skin type, bone structure and desired outcome are all taken into account in order to plan the ideal neck lift. Old photographs are helpful as Dr Sinha is very particular about natural looking results.


Dr. Sinha is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and functional surgery of the head and neck. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and is highly regarded and well respected by his peers in the medical community.

Sponsored by: Atlanta Institute For Facial Aesthetic Surgery | 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 110 | Atlanta, GA 30342 | Phone: (404) 256-5428 | www.facialaestheticsurgery.com


Whether you are a caregiver or patient, you know already that Alzheimer's Disease affects us all. 5.2 million Americans (of all ages) have Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death beating breast and prostate cancers combined. Approximately 500,000 people will die this year from Alzheimer's. Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's and a gray tsunami is coming. Unfortunately, no new drug therapies have been approved for Alzheimer's in well over 10 years.

Dr-SambunarisIn addition to working with your regular physician, those struggling with Alzheimer's can take an important step in combating this incurable disease by participating in a clinical trial. Being part of a trial lets you become an active participant, doing all you can to fight the progression of your disease while helping others including medical science advance our treatments and understanding of this devastating disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) people involved in clinical studies do somewhat better than people in a similar stage of their disease who are not enrolled in a study, regardless of whether the experimental treatment works. This may be due to the general high quality of care provided during clinical studies.



Q&A with Dr. Angelo Sambunaris
From the Institute for Advanced Medical Research

Why do people participate in a clinical research study?
People participate in clinical research for a variety of reasons. Those who volunteer are oftentimes seeking access to potentially promising medicines long before they are approved for the marketplace. By participating in medical research participants typically will receive excellent research level care from the investigating physicians during the course of the study.

What are the benefits of medical research participation?
There are lots of reasons to participate. When you are enrolled in a study, you receive things like VIP-level diagnostic evaluations including a thorough diagnostic assessment by an expert in the field, clinical testing and a complete physical examination. Clinical oversight means the team takes an interest in your total health, not just the disorder that brought you in the door. You get support and medical supervision at no cost and you may help society access new drugs currently not available to the general public.

Dr. Angelo Sambunaris has been a leader in the field of clinical research for over two decades. Prior to founding the Institute for Advanced Medical Research in 1989, he led clinical research teams at Solvay and Bayer Pharmaceutical. He also served as Lieutenant Commander, Research Officer Group United States Public Health Services at the NIMH.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Medical Research | 5895 Windward Parkway, Suite 150 | Alpharetta, GA 30005 | Phone: (770) 817-9200 | www.IAMResearch.org


Monday, 24 November 2014 17:04

A Helping Hand at Home

What signs indicate that home care may be helpful to someone experiencing memory loss or dementia?

The usual indications for home care are when the family caregiver is no longer able to care for themselves due to the constant care demands of their loved one. Other indications are when the family is having difficulty handling behavioral outbursts, maintaining their loved one's personal dignity, or managing the physical demands of transfers.

What are the benefits to using a home care company versus managing care on your own?

Caring for someone with dementia feels like a never-ending day. By using a professional company, the person with dementia benefits from professional input and training, and the family caregivers have a safety net of respite relief with the professionals.

140219 thesprings058How are CaraVita caregivers trained to comfort and support dementia patients?

All our caregivers take The Virtual Dementia Tour by Second Wind Dreams, an eight-minute experience that simulates having dementia. By using this experiential approach, the caregiver is uniquely prepared to empathize and assist someone with dementia.

Our training also addresses the following six areas: dementia's effects on brain function, the stages of dementia, how to prompt a person with dementia to complete everyday tasks, how to recognize dementia-related behavioral changes, how to organize a functional schedule for the patient, and how to maximize interactions by getting to know the person's life story. This training helps caregivers aid the person with dementia in performing daily activities and engaging in favorite pastimes.

What qualifications do CaraVita caregivers possess?

I always say you cannot train a heart. We hire those who have a heart for caregiving, are empathetic and are certified nursing assistants. If they are not certified, we offer our CaraVita Academy, which is a state-licensed C.N.A. training site, and eight hours of dementia training and coaching.

How does a daily routine benefit those with dementia?

A reliable routine minimizes the wandering and anxiety associated with short term memory loss. CaraVita caregivers help their clients through a functional schedule that includes waking at a time they desire, moving through old routines of dressing, eating, personal care, enjoying favorite pastimes and winding down with regular routines prior to bed.

What resources are available to both family members and dementia patients?

CaraVita has monthly Dementia Training classes, and we offer the services of a Dementia Specialist, geriatric care manager, nurses, therapists and social workers. Our website, the Georgia Alzheimer's Association and Alz.org are also great resources.



Beth Cayce
CaraVita Home Care

For the past 15 years, Beth Cayce has been providing in-home care to more than 16,000 seniors throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Cayce's vision in founding CaraVita Home Care was to utilize the strengths of a seasoned health care team to coach in-home caregivers and families in best practices of senior care. Her team of geriatric care managers, nurses, therapists, a social worker, and dementia specialist not only provide support to CaraVita's 200 in-home caregivers, but also provide consulting and management services to regional senior living communities. For this work, Cayce was awarded a Life Time Achievement/Leadership award
by GSLA.

Sponsored by: CaraVita Home Care | 648 Mimosa Boulevard | Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: (770) 643-1712 | www.caravita.com



Monday, 24 November 2014 16:37

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Clients commonly ask the following questions about Social Security:


http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/retirechart.htm – the answers are here!


a. Before full retirement age - $15,480 or else the benefits are reduced.

b. The year of full retirement age - $41,400 or else the benefits are reduced.

c. After full retirement age – no reduction in benefits based on earnings.

Most likely up to 85% of the income that you collect will be included in your taxable income. This does not mean an 85% tax rate! http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/taxes.htm



a. "Phase In" Strategy

b. "File & Suspend" Strategy

c. Early Election vs. Full Retirement

d. Spousal benefits


No, you should contact an advisor to review your specific facts. Your age, your spouse's age, and your incomes are some of the main factors the advisor will need to know.


a. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/suspend.htm

b. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/near.htm#sb=2

c. Meet with your financial advisor. This information is based on 2014 figures. You should consult your financial and tax advisors prior to making decisions.

Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.



Laura K. Schilling, JD, CPA, CFP®, CSA
Financial Innovations, LLC

Laura Schilling isn't your typical financial planner. She is also a world traveler who has been to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Israel. Laura is an active member in the community, a mother of two, and a champion for each of the working mothers she employs. As principal and founder of Financial Innovations, LLC, she staffs her firm with stay-at-home moms who work to meet the needs of their clients around the globe.

Sponsored by: Financial Innovations, LLC | 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite F101 | Atlanta, GA 30328  |  Phone: (404) 458-0065 | Fax: (404) 393-3063 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.financialinnovations.biz