Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:31

Back Pain

By Amy Meadows

The commercials make it look so easy. Just take two pills, and back pain will dissipate like magic so you can return to living a carefree life. Of course, if you're like one of the 31 million people who, according to the American Chiropractic Association, experience low back pain, you know that there's much more to dealing with the nagging discomfort associated with back issues. While oral anti-inflammatories (and even external pain relief patches) certainly can help, it's crucial to understand the cause of your back pain so you can weigh the pros and cons of today's available treatment options.

P1The Root of the Problem

"Eighty percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives," says Paul R. Jeffords, M.D., a minimally invasive spine surgeon with Resurgens Orthopaedics PC. "It's the price we pay for walking upright on two feet. It's part of being human."

Of course, not all back pain is created equal. In fact, Jeffords notes that there is a range, from a simple pulled or strained muscle to more complicated degenerative conditions that can cause severe or even debilitating pain. Less serious back pain can be the result of overdoing it at the gym, lifting a heavy object incorrectly, sitting for too long at work or leading an overall sedentary lifestyle.

More serious issues can affect either the discs in the back (the cushions or "shock absorbers" along the spine) or the facet joints (where the bones connect to each other). In addition to basic disc degeneration, which derives from general wear and tear as you age, you may also encounter conditions like herniated (bulging) or ruptured discs, pinched nerves, sciatica (compression of the sciatic nerve) or arthritis. A traumatic injury also can wreak havoc on your back, affecting tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Fortunately, according to Shahram Rezaiamiri, M.D., F.A.C.S., a neurosurgeon with AllSpine Laser and Surgery Center, a majority of acute—or short term—back pain cases will resolve spontaneously with time and without the need for major treatment. However, a percentage of those cases will become chronic, lasting 12 weeks or longer and requiring evaluation and possibly medical intervention.

"You don't have to rush to see a doctor every time you have back pain," Jeffords says. "But if you have back pain that fails to improve with rest, or if it's waking you up at night and you can't find relief with any position, there might be something more serious going on that calls for further investigation."

A Team Approach

While back pain may be a prevalent problem, it has many possible causes. And that means there are a variety of professionals available to help you navigate the treatment process. But where do you start? Should you see a chiropractor or a physical therapist? If you have severe pain, should you go straight to a spine surgeon?

Chiropractors, physical therapists and surgeons will each bring their own expertise to your case. Jeffords recommends starting with a medical doctor who can look at your medical history, current medications and any other symptoms you may have—such as red flags like a persistent fever, numbness, tingling or weakness—to rule out an emergency situation. Once you have the all clear, you can consider the other professionals in your arsenal and get recommendations for who might be able to help you tackle your specific issue.

According to Zachary Walston, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, clinical director of PT Solutions, physical therapy can be very effective for back pain. "Physical therapy involves rehabbing someone through education, exercise and manual therapy when appropriate," he says. "When back pain is chronic, there may be several issues going on. The body has to be retrained to move pain free and establish proper motor patterns to fully address the issues resulting from chronic pain." A physical therapist will show you the right exercises and how to do them properly to facilitate the healing process.

P2A chiropractor is another valuable professional to have on hand. With a focus on the spine and how its alignment and health affects the nervous system, chiropractic care can be extremely valuable not only to your back, but also to your overall health. "We address the subluxations, which can affect the nerves and the nervous system," explains Samantha March-Howard, D.C., of 100% Chiropractic. "When we start to address the body from that perspective, it can heal properly and achieve the health you're looking for, whether you have back pain, neck pain or any kind of ailment."

And while the thought of going to a spine surgeon may sound scary, it doesn't have to be, as Jeffords notes that surgery is actually a last resort for most back pain cases. However, it doesn't hurt to be evaluated by someone who specializes in orthopedic care or neurological issues and can identify problems that may not be fixable through noninvasive techniques like physical therapy and chiropractic care alone. When additional treatment is needed, an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon are your next options in your team approach.

With all of these professionals, it is crucial to find someone who is educated and trained in their field. And when it comes to finding a back specialist (particularly a surgeon), Rezaiamiri recommends looking for a professional who has completed a fellowship in spine surgery.

The Phases of Treatment

"It's frustrating when you're looking for a cure. If you have an infection, you can take antibiotics in order to cure the infection. But in cases of spinal arthritis or disc degeneration, the underlying condition causing back pain can't be cured," Jeffords explains. "If the back pain is due to degenerative conditions, the goal of treatment is not to cure. We actually have two goals—to relieve the pain and to improve the patient's function so they can return to an active lifestyle. And we do that by breaking it down into phases of treatment."

The first phase of back pain treatment involves noninvasive options like medications, ice and heat, physical therapy and home exercises. Chiropractic care may be an appropriate adjunct to treatment in certain conditions. "Ninety percent of patients experience improvement with time and the treatments in phase one," Jeffords says.

The next category or phase, Rezaiamiri reveals, includes the use of either steroid or nonsteroid injections. Dr. Tara Frix, case manager of Total HealthCare Medical Centers has seen great success with the use of the nonsteroid Ortho-Biological Injection treatment. "Anti-inflammatory bio-injections decrease pain and help retrain the soft tissues of the body to do what they are supposed to be doing instead of being held in a state of spasm causing joint and muscular pain," says Frix. Epidural steroid injections, facet joint blocks, selective nerve root blocks and other injections can be used sparingly to try and alleviate the pain associated with disc or facet joint issues. "There is a 30 to 70 percent success rate with these injections," Rezaiamiri continues. Jeffords adds, "The goal is not to cure the underlying condition. It's not to shrink the disc. It's to reduce the pain and inflammation to a manageable level. But there is a limit to what it can do." In fact, patients should receive no more than three to four injections over a 12-month period.

P3Surgery comprises the final phase. While most patients do not require surgical options, there are several, from a lumbar microdiscectomy to remove the herniated part of a disc to a laminectomy to relieve symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal). An initial comprehensive evaluation, including an MRI, allows a spine surgeon to identify the area of concern and plan the best surgical strategy. Fortunately, technological and medical advancements have created minimally invasive alternatives to major back surgery. "We use smaller incisions and try to limit the amount of trauma to the body while doing surgery," Jeffords notes. "It allows for less blood loss and faster recovery."

In recent years, some patients have turned to percutaneous laser disc compression (PLDD), a noninvasive procedure in which a laser probe is used to vaporize the center of a disc, thereby shrinking its size, reducing the pressure and relieving pain. Rezaiamiri, who was trained by Daniel Choy, the founder of the Laser Spine Center, reveals that between 50 and 60 percent of patients find the procedure effective. "It's not a large operation. There is no incision," he says, adding that some people find relief immediately while others may experience relief slowly as the disc shrinks over the course of a month. However, while he specializes in PLDD, Rezaiamiri warns that some practices throughout the country purport to offer this specialized laser procedure but actually do not. Therefore, it's important to research any facility thoroughly before agreeing to a procedure.

SB1The Lowdown on Low Back Pain Treatment

As with any kind of medical care or therapy, there are positives and negatives to each phase of back pain treatment. In the earliest phases, physical therapy and chiropractic care can take time. Injections may not last or work at all, depending on the severity of your issue. And surgery always has its drawbacks, from the development of scar tissue and muscle atrophy to the acceleration of degeneration in some instances. Yet, treatment can be very effective when the right plan is implemented. And March-Howard suggests dealing with the issues as soon as possible. "If you feel pain, or if you feel your posture shifting, get corrective work and start to address that," she advises.

And as your team helps you work through the issues you are experiencing, you can rest easy knowing that research is being done to try and find even better ways to treat back pain. "For the future, the focus is on regenerative treatments, such as gene therapy and stem cell therapy," Jeffords says.

In the meantime, there are many options available to you if you are one of the millions of back pain sufferers. It's just important to keep one thing in mind as you set out on your journey. "Don't give up. Don't lose hope. It takes time and effort," Walston concludes. "But it will make you so much healthier in the long run." Remember to thoroughly research your treatment options and do not do anything you are not comfortable with.

 

Sources
100% Chiropractic, 100percentchiropractic.com
AllSpine Laser and Surgery Center, allspinesurgerycenter.com
American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.org
PT Solutions, ptsolutions.com
Resurgens Orthopaedics PC, resurgens.com
Total HealthCare Medical Centers, totalhealthmed.com

 

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Friday, 31 March 2017 13:29

Healing Waters Colon Hydrotherapy

In 1984, Ilan Irie opened Healing Waters Jamaica, a family-owned and operated business, which he had for nearly 10 years. And although the clean air and water from the Blue Mountains of Port Antonio, Jamaica continue to be an ideal setting for Ilan, his return to Atlanta has been a continual blessing for many here in the states.

During this time, Ilan began a series of colonics to obtain optimum health. Years of supplements, natural food, and fasting increased his health considerably, but he still felt unbalanced. This is when Ilan decided to turn to the practice of inner cleansing.
Although impressed with colon therapy, Ilan felt a need for a personal approach. Two important techniques seemed to be missing: One, each session should begin with reflexology as recommended by Dr. Norman Walker. And two, each colonic session should end with intestinal flora.

Ilan graduated from the Dotola Institute with a Colon Hydrotherapy Hygienist degree. He is a certified reflexologist and is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy. In addition, he is also a founding member of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy.

Having performed over 5,000 colonic procedures, Ilan uses the most advanced equipment available. The PPC-101 Clinical from Clearwater Hydrotherapy is 100 percent disposable, with filtered water, U.V. disinfection, Fluoride free, and ozone purification.

Having a colonic is important because it collects and removes toxic waste from the body, which is a natural breeding ground for bacteria. A compacted or sluggish colon is often responsible for headaches, obesity, insomina, and poor sexual response, to list a few.
Nature's law of preservation and hygiene require and insist that this sewage system be cleansed regularly.

There are three ways to clean the colon with hydrotherapy:

Enema: very useful for many therapies including coffee, wheat grass or probiotic infusions.

Colema: a continual flow enema device where the client releases waste/water through a hole in the table. Colema systems are commonly called "open systems."

Colonics: A "closed-system," which sets it apart from the enema or colema. Colonics clean the entire colon well enough to become an approved method for colonoscopy prep.

 

Office located at: Progressive Medical Center  |  4646 North Shallowford Rd.  |  Ste. 100  |  Dunwoody

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:59

Keeping Atlanta Young

 

By Alex McCray

 

The 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board reveals how their expertise is helping Atlantans look and feel their best at 40 and beyond. From fitness, hair, skin and overall quality of life to serving the community, these experts are leading the way. See how their insight and experience can help you live longer and look better.

 

DrFLETCHERWhy is ear, nose and throat health important to quality of life and anti-aging?
Dr. Aaron Fletcher of Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat uncovers the potential signs of common ENT issues.

When people arrive at Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat, it is usually because they are ready to put their health first. "A lot of people come in and say, 'I just haven't had the time to focus on my own issues,'" says Aaron Fletcher, M.D.

Once patients get long-standing issues taken care of, the difference can be dramatic. "A lot of what I do is quality of life surgery. I deal with people's breathing, their ability to sleep and also their appearance—if someone is having difficulty breathing through their nose, once I fix that issue, it can be life changing."

For those wondering when to see an ENT specialist, Dr. Fletcher advises paying attention to signs that can be indicative of deeper problems. Weight gain, headaches and voice changes could be tied to the thyroid or lack of sleep could be caused by more than the inability to wind down as in sleep apnea.

With more treatments moving in-office, these common issues can be taken care of conveniently. "I'm excited to be on the cutting edge because a lot of surgery is moving toward being accessible in the office and we are one of the first ones to be on the forefront of that," Fletcher says.

 

DrWHITAKERYou have done more than 4,000 facelifts. If patients are not quite ready, what options do you recommend?
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker of Atlanta Face & Body Center reveals the latest options for facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime.

When Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D. of Atlanta Face & Body Center, says she has experience, she's serious. One can't help but notice the exhaustive credentials lining the walls of her office. It is that knowledge that enables her to work with patients to achieve the natural rejuvenation they are looking for when the time is right with her Signature Lifts.

While face and eye lifts are some of her most popular surgeries with those over 40, "there are so many nonsurgical and minimally invasive offerings now," says Dr. Elizabeth.
"New fillers continue to come on the market such as Juvéderm Volbella® XC for vertical lip lines and subtle plumping. Other fillers can volumize and lift the cheeks and even rejuvenate aging hands.We are the first in our area to incorporate skin boosters, which are huge in Europe. We exclusively offer Babytox to help with pores,"
Dr. Elizabeth says, "and Aqua Glow to infuse moisture and create the perfect dewy glow."

Most of all, she enjoys seeing the impact her work has. "What's so gratifying is seeing the difference in how patients feel about themselves, which ultimately translates into making their lives better. Helping people feel their best is what it's all about for me."

 

 

DrGieslerWhat should people over the age of 40 consider when it comes to dental health and aesthetics?
Dr. Dina Giesler, of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness explains the connection between oral hygiene and a beautiful smile.

Over time teeth naturally lose their luster, but that doesn't mean it is a process that can't be combated. "After 40, our teeth begin to show the signs of aging by wear, staining, color changes and bone loss," says Dina Giesler, D.D.S of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.

She advises her patients to assess the current state of their teeth and how things may have changed over the years. "Teeth begin to move because our jawbones change and previous dental work is typically in need of repair or replacement," Giesler says.

An evaluation of the way the teeth come together (occlusion) can help determine if straightening the teeth would be beneficial. Discussions about veneers, gum grafting, examinations for periodontal disease and increased recare cleaning visits also often take place. "This is a time to really think about prevention,"
Giesler says.

Bite guards are another recommendation she suggests to protect the teeth from further wear. This coupled with good day-to-day practices can help maintain the sparkle of a smile year after year. Giesler's bottom line? "Every day, keep your mouth clean, floss, and don't neglect your teeth, or I promise, they will go away."

 

DrAndersonIs it really true there has never been a better time to experience hair loss?
Yes, it's true! Dr. Ken Anderson of Anderson Center for Hair reveals what you may not know about modern hair restoration.

You've probably seen work from Anderson Center for Hair and didn't even realize it. And that's the point. "The best hair transplant results in the country can fly right under the radar," says Ken Anderson, M.D. of Anderson Center for Hair.

"It is so much different now than it was five to 10 years ago," Anderson says. Today, the options for hair restoration are extensive. "We have stem cells, we have lasers and robots. It continues to evolve at a rapid pace."

As the only practice in Georgia to provide artistic robotic technology for hair restoration, Dr. Anderson gets to combine his creative talent with his technical skills using the ARTAS™ robot. "When you are creating hair lines, I am literally drawing on people's foreheads—that's my canvas if you will. The surgical part of hair transplants is not very invasive but the results are heavily dependent on the artistic talent and passion of the surgeon."

Dr. Anderson is passionate about modern hair restoration techniques because he has witnessed the emotional impact they can have. "One of the most treasured things that I love about the practice is how happy and satisfied the patients are when the hair grows in.

He encourages anyone thinking about hair restoration to have a consultation and find out what treatment is right for them.

 

DrCurtisHow can someone over 40 look youthful and refreshed without overdoing it?
Dr. Ashley R. Curtis of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta reveals why injectables and lasers can be a hit when it comes to aging gracefully.

Laser treatments and Botox® have become what some might go so far as to call beauty necessities when it comes to anti-aging. "Hands down, the most popular treatments for patients over 40 are Botox® and laser procedures. So many patients come in after hearing friends or family members raving about their treatments, and both actually live up to the hype," says Ashley R. Curtis, M.D. of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA).

She has seen Botox® create beautiful results time and time again in men and women of varying ages and ethnicities. "As long as you're going to an experienced and licensed professional like a board-certified dermatologist, you can expect to look like a younger, revitalized version of yourself," Curtis says.

Interestingly enough, the patient can play almost as big a role in the success of Botox® and laser treatments as the professional. "The people who are happiest with their results are those who have realistic expectations to begin with, and the people who actually share the same goal as the treatments they've chosen: to help them look younger and more well-rested, but still make sure they look like themselves."

 

TomSullivanCan someone really look their best ever over the age of 40?
Here's what past Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winner and media personality, Tom Sullivan, has to say.

Taking care of himself has always been a priority for TV host and corporate emcee Tom Sullivan(tomonair.com). And now that he is over 40, he finds himself looking and feeling better than ever.

He gives a lot of that credit to his personal trainer, Scott Cameron of Buckhead Elite Personal Training Studio, who also encouraged him to enter the 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. "I think the contest really put me in a group of people who celebrate who they are. People who want to continually improve who they are and live a better life just like the mission of the magazine," says Sullivan.

Tom uses Cryo Elite Therapy weekly to reduce inflammation, increase metabolism and rid the body of toxins. He credits his youthful skin to The Nouveau Clinic, and hair to Brad Partridge from The Collective, a salon.

On the inside, Sullivan has found strength through his faith and followed his intuition to pursue his passions even further. He has taken his gift for photography and enhanced it with the help of local professional Scott Reeves and is now working with VT Estate Sales.

Like many Over 40 & Fabulous! participants, giving back is a priority for Tom. "I work with many charities...three mission trips with SERV International...and locally with SafeHouse Outreach, which is now 35 years strong. Helping others nurtures my soul to shine God's light."

His advice to those over 40 looking to live their best life physically, mentally and emotionally? "Celebrate who you are and listen to
your gut!"

 

KarenFoleyWhy is the community we surround ourselves with so important when it comes to being fit over the age of 40?
Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club reveals the difference a community can make in getting the most out of a workout routine.

Don't let Windy Hill Athletic Club's 100,000 square feet fool you. This resort-style club is centered around creating an environment that encourages every member to achieve their goals.
Whether it be the facility's barre, boxing, yoga or high-intensity based VOLTAGE class, your success is their priority. "Having a community to surround yourself with is important to achieving your goals, and best of all, they are there to help celebrate your successes," says Karen Foley.

Because of its diverse membership, Windy Hill Athletic Club understands that every member's needs are different. Their experienced team is there to offer guidance with goal setting, coaching and support every step of the way. "Our promise to members is to inspire you through movement, community and personal attention. We understand that everyone likes to move differently and we have that option for them," Foley says.

As part of Windy Hill's ongoing process to meet the individual needs of members, they are constantly adding new classes and programs. Their Tennis in No Time program offered in May and June turns you into a tennis player in just three weeks. Get the hang of the racquet with six lessons and three social parties to get you in the game.

No matter how big or small your goals are, the staff at Windy Hill will be there to do all they can to help you achieve them all while having fun along the way.

 

NyssaWhat common beauty mistakes do you see people over 40 make?
Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, shares how to stay current.

When women sit in the chair of Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, it's change that's on their mind. "A lot of clients over 40 ask to update their look. At some point, they realize that they're wearing the same colors, clothing, and hairstyle they've had for years, and it's time for a change."

That openness to experimentation often leads to the most satisfied clients. "The people that are happiest with their results are always the ones that are most open to our suggestions," says Green.

The artistic training of The Green Room Agency artists enables them to create looks that are both current and complementary. Whether clients are re-entering the workforce, getting back into the dating scene or preparing for a reunion, "our work gives people new confidence and an esteem boost that's hard to get from a mall makeover. Oftentimes it's just a matter of seeing yourself from another point of view, and sometimes it's a complete transformation," Green says.

She is still surprised by how many clients come to her wearing the same makeup and hairstyles they've worn since their 20s and 30s. Green advises those over 40 to stay away from most frosted makeup, play with new products, tools, and treatments, and enjoy updating their beauty routine with guidance from a professional.

"My work is all about bringing out the best in everyone we work with. Studies show that how a person looks is directly related to how they feel and we focus on making them look their very best on every level," Green says.

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:44

Amazing One-Hour Makeovers

 

Photography by Catrina Maxwell of CatMax Photography

 

While the artists put their skills to work, attendees who weren't receiving makeovers were able to witness the transformations, which can be relived via video on our Facebook page, happen first-hand. Onlookers were invited to ask the artists questions about techniques and products they used while watching them in their element. They were also able to mix, mingle and enjoy bites prepared by chef Mimmo Alboumeh of Maya Steaks & Seafood and sweets from Tiff's Treats. Sixty minutes later when the allotted makeover time had come to an end, the artists revealed their masterpieces. The results? Eleven awe-inspiring faces.

 

 

 

 

1aHigh-Fashion Highlight

1b

 

The before look:
Tyra loved Agustina's deep-set eyes and wanted to make them the main focus.

 

 

Trusted tools:
"One of my go-to items that I can't live without is mascara because no matter what you do to someone's face, the eyes are always a big accent."

 

 

1c

As a makeup artist:
"I am a little eclectic. I love natural looks but I also love glam looks. I am a little of everything like right down the middle."

 

 

2a

 

 

Everyday Fabulous

2b

 

The before look:
Renelyn wanted to concentrate on evening out Susan's skin tone and reducing redness. She also wanted to give her a fresh look by playing up the eyes with false lashes.

 

Trusted tools:
Smashbox, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Graftobian, Kevyn Aucoin, Eve Pearl, Viseart.

 

2c

The after look:
False lashes combined with a fuller brow, which Renelyn calls "instant Botox," gave Susan a lifted, youthful look. By slightly overdrawing her lips with a cream lipstick, Renelyn was able to add volume.

 

 

As a makeup artist:
"I love to let the client's natural beauty shine. I focus on clean skin and then add fun pops of color and sparkle to give that extra special touch."

 

 

3aUndercover Color

 

3bThe before look:
Mimi focused on enhancing Tamara's pretty skin while letting her natural beauty shine through.

 

Trusted tools:
BECCA Cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin, MAC, The Glamatory, Angela Simmons' Lip A.R.T.

 

The after look:
By adding a pop of purple to the eyes along with false lashes and a soft facial highlight and contour, Mimi upped Tamara's glam factor while still making her look like herself.

 

3cAs a makeup artist:
"I like to make the person feel beautiful in their own skin. So I highlight the things that are beautiful naturally and add a little pop of glam to them. My job is to accentuate—not to create something else."

 

 

4aBrazen Brows

 

4bThe before look:
"Miss Kate is very much a minimalist. She had a little eyebrow tragedy back in the day, which made them really sparse on the end. Unfortunately, they have never grown in very full so I want to show her what it's like to have some brows."

 

Trusted tools:
"Laura Geller concealer is the real deal. I cannot live without it."

 

4cThe after look:
To bring out the different shades in Kate's eyes, Samantha used rich maroon tones to create a soft, smoky look.

 

As a makeup artist:
"I like to educate my clients on how to do their makeup and give them the tools that they need to recreate certain things on their own. That craft is invaluable."

 

 

 

5aBold Burgundy

 

5bThe before look:
Blasina loved the natural arch of Audrea's eyebrows and wanted them to stand out more on her face by bringing out the shape.

 

Trusted tools:
"I am obsessed with Echo, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Bobbi Brown. I cannot get away from those four."

 

The after look:
Blasina constructed a custom foundation mix to match Audrea's unique skin t5cone and created an elegant, neutral smoky eye with natural burgundy and chocolaty colors.

 

As a makeup artist:
"I started out in the industry doing edgy editorial ... it works for me."

 

 

6aCoral Connection

 

6bThe model:
Meghan Hodges

 

The before look:
Theresa wanted to play up Meghan's strong cheekbones with a highlighter and heighten the intensity of her blue eyes.

 

Trusted tools:
Beautyblender and Laura Mercier's translucent setting powder.

 

6cAs a makeup artist:
"I call myself the real person's makeup artist. I love to do people with acne. I love people who are over the age of 50. I love people that think they aren't going to look like a supermodel and then I show them that they can."

 

 

7aVampy Vixen

 

7bThe before look:
Heather wanted to add drama to Brandi's natural beauty and enhance her eyes with a full set of brows.

 

Trusted tools:
"I have an $8,000 makeup kit but what makes my makeup special are the brands that hold pigment. One of my favorite and inexpensive ones is NYX."

 

The after look:
Gatsby-era glamour came to life on Brandi with crisp brows, a hint of blush and a deep burgundy lip stain.

 

7cAs a makeup artist:
"I am wild. Crazy. I learned it from Kevyn Aucoin [makeup industry icon], one of my favorite makeup artists. There are no rules to my makeup so anything goes."

 

 

 

11aDelicate Definition

 

11bThe before look:
Jasmine loved Letha's strong cheekbones and sought to accentuate them while bringing out her eyes more.

 

Trusted tools:
"I like MAC products and I am currently in love with the Maybelline pot eyeliners. I like to keep it simple so there are more options."

 

11cThe after look:
Jasmine is currently crushing on dark, full purple and reddish-hued lips and created a rich look that exaggerated Letha's striking features.

 

As a makeup artist:
"I am fun, creative and glamorous."

 

 

 

8aFierce and Fashionable

 

8bThe before look:
Nyssa was immediately drawn to Brooke's bright orange nail polish and used the color as inspiration for the look.

 

Trusted tools:
NARS Super Orgasm blush.

 

The after look:
After trimming Brooke's eyebrows, which Nyssa says she often does on all of her clients to8c help her clearly envision the look she wants to create, she went for a defined smoky eye that would complement coral lips.

 

As a makeup artist:
"I am open, intuitive, and fabulous."

 

 

 

9a

Sleek and Sophisticated

 

9bThe before look:
Christina loved Amy's eyes and wanted to show them off with a smoky eye and lashes. Her vision for Amy was solidified when Amy told her that she doesn't normally do dramatic looks.

 

Trusted tools:
Palladio Beauty, Too Faced, Aesthetics Cosmetics, and Jordana Cosmetics.

 

The after look:
Christina wanted to show Amy that she could rock a dramatic evening look without
it overpowering her features.

 

9cAs a makeup artist:
"I consider myself an artist for the everyday woman. My goal is to transform my guest into their most regal and polished self."

 

 

10aPurple Power

 

10bThe before look:
Since Reneé isn't usually one to wear a variety of hues, Melayne wanted to add just a little color to her eyes to change things up.

 

Trusted tools:
"Right now I'm into OCC, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I love their Lip Tar. I'm really into what's good for your skin. OCC is 100 percent vegan, no animal testing, and everything is plant based. I also like Crown. They do the same thing as well."

 

10cThe after look:
To amplify the brown in Reneé's eyes, Melayne used blue, purple and gold hues to add extra dimension.

 

As a makeup artist:
"It's a chance to make people feel good about themselves."

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:25

Veggies, grains, nuts … oh my!

There's so much more to good health than focusing on those nagging numbers on the scale. Maintaining a healthy weight is important but for overall well-being, good nutrition is happily more about what we're putting on our plates, not what we're taking away.

More than ever nutrition research points us toward the whole foods we should be adding to our diet to help us feel, perform and look our best. From vitamin A to the mineral zinc, nutrients put the shine in our hair, sparkle in our eyes, glow in our skin and pep in our step! Fortunately for foodies, that includes smart ways to add a touch of salty and sweet to create delicious and nutritious recipes. Here are some tips for happy and healthy mealtime makeovers.

Accessorize Wisely
Use salt, sugar, and fat with care. Good cooks don't overseason. Let the natural flavors of ingredients shine. In Georgia, Vidalia onions can add a touch of sweetness to sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, so there's no need to add a lot of honey to the honey mustard dressing. Find flavor without salt, fat or sugar when you add a squeeze of lemon, dash of hot sauce or sprinkling of minced herbs.

Make Plants the Star
They key is making plant foods the star of the show and that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and pulses such as beans, peas and lentils. For those who eat meats, that's fine too. But beef, pork, chicken and other animal proteins should be the supporting actors, not the lead.

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OMG! Don't Forget Omega-3s
The fats in fish oils are in the 'good for you' Omega-3 family associated with supporting our hearts, brains and eyes. Wow, that's three more reasons to go out for sushi!
The current U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat at least two (3.5 ounce) servings of fatty fish per week, such as salmon or tuna. White-fleshed fish such as tilapia and cod are good for you too because they contain lean protein, but are not a good source of Omega-3's. If you don't like fatty fish you can choose eggs and juices with added Omega-3s or take a supplement.
Here's a zingy recipe for Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables to boost your Omega-3s and compliments for being a good cook!

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Mindful Mealtimes
There's a pace and grace to living happily that dovetails nicely with nutrition advice to slow down a bit and savor the flavors of foods. Turns out that gobbling and guzzling aren't all that figure friendly.
A study conducted at the University of Rhode Island found that women consumed 70 fewer calories and were more satisfied when they ate a meal at a slower pace. That's more good advice to be happy and healthy. Let's celebrate with a little dessert. Again, fresh produce plays a featured role in Baked Pears with Toasted Oat Topping. All recipes are from Carolyn O'Neil's "The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon" published by Oxmoor House.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:10

Changing the Game

It is often said that taking part in sports from a young age nurtures connection, character growth and a competitive nature—all qualities that make a well-rounded individual. For no one has that been truer than for Atlanta's CW69 "Rise Up Weekly" co-host and media personality, Rashan Ali.

For Ali, the roots of the multibranched, far-reaching tree of her life are anchored deeply in the world of sports. A wide base of involvement in that world on many levels instilled her with resilience and ambition, as well as a keen sense of self and purpose.

"Sports played an integral role in my development as a woman," Ali says. "It allowed me to know what leadership looks and feels like. It shows you how to literally fall down and get back up."

P-02This awareness of the power of sports in shaping her life inspired her to start Sporty Girls, Inc. The 11-year-old nonprofit seeks to empower minority girls by exposing them to sports not traditionally offered in metro-Atlanta public schools such as golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis. To date, the organization has graduated nearly 25 young women from its Sporty Tract To Scholarship Program, many of whom have received academic scholarships. And Get Girls Sporty and Sporty Clinic initiatives have served 800 girls since the program's inception in 2006. This summer will mark the introduction of lacrosse to the Get Girls Sporty program at the organization's new Day Camp Experience.

Sports have been a vital part of Ali's life since she was a child. Her father, William "Buck" Godfrey, is the winningest coach in DeKalb County history, having sent 270 young men to college on football or academic scholarships. Her mother, Joyce Godfrey, was a Pop Warner youth football coach whose team of boys was undefeated one season.

Ali played softball, soccer and basketball, and was also involved in jazz, tap and ballet. But swimming was the sport that would take her the furthest. She and three other girls made up the The Worthington Valley Dolphins' relay team, which was a part of the DeKalb County Swim League [now known as the Atlanta Swim Association]. "We were the only black girls in the water at the time and we were fast,"Ali recalls of the team her dad coached.

All four of the swim team members went to college on swimming scholarships, and they remain close to this day. "The beauty of our bond is that it did not end in the pool," Ali says. "These three women were bridesmaids in my wedding almost 15 years ago. Our bond is unbreakable, and it all started because of swimming."

Whether she was achieving in sports or in the professional world, Ali felt the constant warm encouragement of a loving cheering section. That support and a degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University helped her start her broadcasting career in 2001, when she beat out hundreds of competitors to secure a spot alongside the popular Ryan Cameron on his Hot 107.9 FM morning radio show.

"Because I am an Atlanta native and a Decatur-raised woman, I already have a built-in cheer squad," she says. "I received so much love from the city and that love has never died. I feel privileged to represent Atlanta in every facet of my life."

Her work in radio and the countless media and sports reporting jobs that followed that first one brought Ali many chances to gain personal strength.

P-01"Radio gave me my thickest skin," she says. "To be let go after doing a shift can be heart-wrenching. I thought that was an isolated situation, but after it happened two additional times, I knew it was the culture. I think the greatest professional challenge I have faced is that there is always someone in position who either likes you or they simply don't. That in turn, determines so much. I suppose that's the case with many jobs."

When Atlanta's CW69 became the official local TV partner of the Atlanta Falcons, Ali was asked to join the Saturday lineup as a co-host. Today she can be seen with former Falcons and University of Georgia player, D.J. Shockley on "Rise Up Weekly," which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the team's players.

"I truly enjoy hosting this show! Out of all of the shows I've been a part of, radio included, I enjoy this one the most. It's not just the Xs and Os of the game, we feature the Falcons in the community and tap into their fashion hits or misses in our segment, "Rocked It or Dumb Jocked It!" It's a fun segment. So much so that head coach Dan Quinn's wife told her husband it's her favorite part of the show," Ali says.

P-04And now, at 41, after an extremely successful and layered career as a TV personality, radio show host, sports reporter and founder of a nonprofit organization (not to mention children's book author, wife and mother), Ali is drawing from yet another foundational sports principle: reinvention.

Having built an impressive professional life freelancing her well-honed skills as a broadcast journalist and media personality, the lifetime Atlantan is experiencing a renewed spiritual connection that is drawing her to a higher purpose. She's ready for her "big gig," as she calls it.

"You have to take greatness into your own hands. You can't let others determine your greatness," Ali says. "There's another level of me that is totally untapped, and figuring out what that looks like can be daunting. But you have to give yourself permission to say, 'This is my life.' A life is like a fingerprint; there's nobody's life that's like yours."

P-03Many of the grooves of Ali's unique life fingerprint were etched inside the sports arena. And mastery and remastery of new skills—new approaches, new angles, new techniques—is a lesson she learned well in that setting.

And although Ali is not certain exactly what form her work will take in this next phase of her life, she feels strongly that it will be revealed to her as she continues to connect and align with her deep spirituality.

"I truly believe that you have to have faith in something greater than yourself," Ali says. "Whether it's God, meditation, universal thoughts ... it's important that we reach for something outside of ourselves."

"It's a work in progress; it's a constant search," she says.

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:54

My Best Self—Jenny Pruitt

Over the past four decades, Jenny Pruitt has built an incredibly strong reputation and record of success as a real estate leader. The CEO and founder of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty attributes her achievements to her indomitable optimism and deep faith.

By India Powell

 

An extremely active philanthropist, Pruitt is involved with Habitat for Humanity and serves on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center, as well as the Board of the Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Buckhead Coalition. Pruitt is particularly passionate about her work with the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

 

What are the biggest shifts you have seen in real estate over the years? What has remained constant, if anything?

When I started in the business, we did not have cellphones, Internet or computers so the world today is a very different one. Now, while all of this technology changes how we do business, it has not changed the fact that deals are done between people. Buyers and sellers still very much need to partner with a professional REALTOR® in order to navigate the sometimes bumpy waters of a transaction. The job of the agent is not to just identify the right house for a buyer; it's about solving problems along the way so that the experience for the parties involved is as smooth as possible. It is the constant change and evolution of our industry that energizes me the most about our business and it's why I can't wait to go to work every day.

 

What is the biggest secret to your success?

I have had a philosophy in my companies [past, Jenny Pruitt & Associates, and present, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty] that if we take care of the people, the bottom line will follow. Happy agents make happy clients and smooth transactions. We endeavor to take the burden off our agents with the support that we provide them allowing them to prosper in the areas of the business they do best. Beneath this philosophy are my strong spiritual beliefs, which have always guided me in my decision-making process. My strong relationship with God is without question the foundation on which my success has been built.

 

2Why are philanthropy and volunteering important to you and what does it bring to your life?

To whom much is given, much is required. I believe we must pass it on and give back to our community. I operate with an overflowing cup.
What does your work with the Alzheimer's Association mean to you?
According to the Alzheimer's Association, every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. It is a devastating illness and I am helping to raise money to eradicate this disease. The Dancing Stars of Atlanta event is so awesome! The dancers work so hard with their pros and it is exciting that the audience is made aware of the devastation of this disease.

 

 

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