Marietta Eye ClinicDr. Katerin A. Ortiz from Marietta Eye Clinic answers a reader’s question about vision.

My child is near-sighted. Is there anything I can do to stop his vision from getting worse? 

The old tale that children should eat carrots to have good vision is correct. Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, as are all green vegetables. Another tale that children should not wear their glasses because their eyes will get weaker is false. Studies have shown that not wearing your glasses increases the prescription faster, so your child should wear his/her glasses as directed.


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Pickled Shrimp_ Nature's Garden ExpressLooking for a creative beat-the-heat appetizer for your summer entertaining? Look no further than this easy pickled shrimp recipe from Nature’s Garden Express. A few minutes of prep result in a tasty payoff the next day, and it’s perfect for a party.






1 lb. medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 Tbsp. seafood seasoning or Old Bay

1 tsp. Nature’s Garden Cajun Seasoning

1/2 tsp. Nature’s Garden Pickling Spice

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup flat parsley leaves

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6 fresh bay leaves

1 sweet onion, sliced lengthwise

Fresh rosemary and thyme


Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with the seafood seasoning. Add the shrimp and cook until done and pink, about 2 minutes.

Remove shrimp and cool in ice water to stop the cooking process, then drain.

Add the Cajun seasoning and pickling spice to a bowl and stir in the oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt, garlic, bay leaves and herbs.

In glass jar or bowl, mix the shrimp and onions, then pour over oil mixture.

Cover and chill overnight before serving.

- Courtesy of Nature’s Garden

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Dr. David W. JonesDr. David W. Jones from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia shares his best advice  about sleep.

How much sleep do kids really need? 

Ensuring that your child has a consistent bedtime routine and gets and adequate amount of sleep is important. Preschoolers should get 11 to 12 hours of sleep, school-age children need at least 10 hours, and teens should aim for nine to 10 hours.

How can parents tell if their child isn’t getting enough sleep? 

Mood swings, headaches and drowsiness during the day are common signs of sleep deficiency. Some children may become inattentive, experience feelings of sadness or depression, or earn lower grades in school due to lack of sleep.

Are naps a good idea for kids after school? 

Naps are a natural part of sleep for toddlers and preschool-aged children. If an older child needs a nap, it may be an indication that their nighttime sleep is inadequate or interrupted.

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of August: 

Hand In Pocket - Sherri's August My Best ListHand in PocketThis great little shop features fun, casual clothing by Michael Stars, Veronica M, AC Jeans, Dolce Vita, Citizens of Humanity and more. They have great jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts and lingerie. It is rare to find one-stop shopping and still get the personal attention and convenience of a neighborhood boutique, but all the staff seems passionate about what they do and are very helpful.

Details: 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Smyrna, GA, (678) 309-9550.,

Alo Yoga Pants - Sherri's August My Best List

Alo Yoga tightsOK, I admit it…I still miss leg warmers. If that doesn’t age me, then nothing will. I recently discovered an awesome modern-day version of the old-school look. Made by AloYoga, the Goddess Ribbed Legging gives you a similar look without the warmth. This line has extremely well made clothing including awesome shorts, tops and much more.

Details: Available at the Concourse Athletic Club Pro Shop, 8 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA,

Govino Wine GlassesGovino wine glassesI recently was introduced to this awesome stemless wine glass when a friend of mine received them for her birthday. I immediately had “cool wine glass” envy! I later learned that the govino wine glass is the first and only glass of its kind to to be accepted and widely used by the wine industry. All govino products are made from a flexible, BPA-free polymer, so they’re recyclable, but better yet, totally reusable. Perfect for backyard entertaining or summer concerts.

Details: Available at Love Street Heart and Sole Boutique, 1275 Concord Road, Smyrna, GA,,


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Atlanta Magazine Physician Profiles 2011Dr. Mike Majumundar from Northside Plastic Surgery answers a readers question about migraines.

How does Botox help migraines? 

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for migraines. Botox helps all types of headaches, but there are certain criteria to meet before your insurance company will pay for it. You have to have 15 migraines a month that last at least four hours each and must have tried three different classes of migraine medications. Many people don’t meet these criteria, but migraine sufferers can still get Botox treatments to reduce their migraine medication intake, save on prescription costs and live a carefree existence until the Botox wears off.


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Apothecary Best Bulletin Blog ImagSkin care doesn’t have to be complicated – it can be as simple as a trip outside. Little Barn Apothecary, launched earlier this year by locals Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins, creates simple body washes, scrubs, balms and more from wild-harvested organic ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers markets or nearby backyard. Each product is handcrafted in small batches right in Stone Mountain. Try their popular antioxidant Coffee Scrub or skin-softening Bathing Milk, available online and at several Atlanta retailers.


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Truly Living Well Pic 3What comes to mind when you hear someone say that they are living well? Do you assume that they eat healthy, workout regularly or live out their wildest dreams by traveling the world? While it could be all of the above. For Best Self Atlanta Magazine and our sister publication Atlanta Home Improvement Magazineit means venturing outside our office walls to stay connected with the community through a monthly team activity day.

For our June team activity day, we visited nonprofit organization Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture, an urban farm with four farm sites in Metro Atlanta. Founded in 2006 by K. Rashid Nuri, this organization’s mission is to connect people with land through education, training and demonstration of economic success in natural urban agriculture.

Truly Living Well Pic 4So from our group tour, to each Atlanta Best Media staff members assigned service learning project, Truly Living Well volunteer coordinator Sara Ellis encouraged each of us to feed our sense of touch, taste and smell through TLW’s gardens. Within the farm tour we explored fresh beds basil, squash, okra, collard greens, ears of corn and so much more. I was amazed not only by the amount of diversity in produce found throughout this chemical and pesticide-free garden, but how healthy and beautiful each plant flourished. Our transition into the gardens greenhouse instantly introduced us to the levels of incoming radiation needed for plants to thrive. The gardens compost area is another essential component to the it’s ecosystem, as the green waste working in the soil, also cares for the produce. From picking plums, to cleaning radishes and discarding weeds, the time spent bonding in nature made our volunteer efforts even more worthwhile. Stay tuned to see what’s in store for our next team activity day!


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Dr. Marshall NashDr. Marshall Nash from answers a reader’s question about developments in Alzheimer’s research.

What developments in Alzheimer’s research should patients and caregivers be aware of? 

Over the past 20 years, great strides have been made in understanding the genetic and structural abnormalities of Alzheimer’s disease. We now understand the genetic basis for early onset Alzheimer’s. We also have the ability to detect several susceptibility genes for late onset Alzheimer’s. We are able to use this genetic information and PET imaging technology of the brain’s plaques and tangles, which are the hallmark of the disease, to design new potential treatments. And we are making progress in the investigation of potential Alzheimer’s treatments in local clinical trials.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Blue RibbonMen, mark your calendars for the seventh annual Blue Ties Luncheon on September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event benefits ProstAware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to prostate cancer awareness. It’s held at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead and will feature former Washington Redskins head football coach Joe Gibbs as the keynote speaker. For updates and information about past events, visit ProstAware’s website.



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MUKERJI, NIRVAN - 2010Dr. Nirvan Mukerji from Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center shares his best advice about kidney disease.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

Men should ask their doctors to check their urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio and blood creatinine level to screen for proper kidney function. This test involves providing a morning urine sample.

What results can they expect to receive? 

The patient may have an elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, which indicates loss of protein in the urine, an early sign of kidney disease.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

This test is covered by most insurance plans because early detection of kidney disease is very cost effective.

When do men know they need to get this test? 

The majority of men with kidney disease will have no symptoms, so it is very important for men to be screened routinely. Men should be screened yearly if they have risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or at age 50 if they have no risk factors for kidney disease.

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