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content

/ February 2020

40

Jason

Rosell

The TV personality

and Caliente

Fitness founder

makes Scottsdale

home

12 ed note

14 health

Plant-based pros,

working out before

breakfast, Arizona’s

flu ranking, fasting

for longevity, the

helper’s high, dog’s

for health, light

pollution woes, and

mindfulness for

blood pressure

16 list

Tests for health

insight

17 splurge

The DB Method

18 cook

Avocado chocolate

mousse

20 style

Retro reboot

22 weight

loss

News to know

44

Alicia-

Monique

Blanco

Get to know the

new Phoenix Suns

in-arena host

24 solo

scottsdale

Meet Ashley

26 muscle

Speed ball finisher

28 balance

Mindfulness for

mental health

30 nutrition

Sweet heart health

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KERRY ZANG, DPM

Diplomat, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgury

Q: What is neuropathy?

A: The presence of burning,

tingling or numbness often leads

to a diagnosis of neuropathy,

yet in many cases it’s not.

As doctors, we were taught

that neuropathy is neurological

condition that only gets worse.

In recent years, I started to look

at neuropathy as more of a

vascular disease (related to poor

circulation) rather than a nerve

condition, but I had no way

to prove it.

Q: What has changed in

diagnosing neuropathy?

A: I’m now doing a more extensive

exam to evaluate circulation

in the foot. I also work with a

team of endovascular physicians

who can evaluate if there are

any blockages in the blood

vessels below the ankle. A blockage

affects circulation and, in

many cases, may be the cause

of neuropathy symptoms.

Q: If there is a blockage,

what’s next?

A: Patients undergo a thorough

examination and those that are

candidates have a minimally

invasive procedure performed

in an office setting that basically

clears the blockages and allows

for better circulation in the

affected areas. Many feel pain

relief almost immediately.

Q: What if you’re already

being treated for neuropathy?

A: If you’re not finding relief

from medication or treatment,

it may be time to consider the

fact that it may not be neuropathy.

A second opinion may be

helpful to determine the cause

of the tingling, pain or numbness

in your feet.

Q: What has been the

problem with traditional

treatments?

A: Just treating the symptoms

is my biggest concern with

traditional treatments. If we

don’t find out what’s causing the

problem, all we are doing is suppressing

the symptoms allowing

the condition to progress. If we

can increase circulation, oxygen

and nutrition can get to the

affected nerves and regeneration

may occur.

Q: When should someone

seek help?

A: There is no benefit to waiting

to see a doctor. I always say it’s

best to make an appointment at

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48

32 scottsdale

soul

A recipe for stuffed

peppers, an initiative

for an eco-friendly

golf course, a local

running group, a new

health and wellness

center, an app for

calming anxiety, and

the latest facial at

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34 life

The new

Mountainside Fitness

Paradise Valley,

fitness in focus at

Mountain Shadows,

Rae Wellness,

locally-based Urby

coffee creamer, and

a food-tracking app

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& gear

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Pucker up

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voice

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Skin shape up

50 doctors

orders

Integrative medicine

51 event

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50

IN THE

NAME OF

LOVE

5 ESSENTIAL

MEDICAL

TESTS

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by James Patrick,

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/ February 2020

February is known as the month of love, but for

those that have been going full steam ahead to

reach their 2020 goals, it’s also a stressful time.

Those strict resolutions you set could be going

great, or the motivation may be wearing off. My

advice? Keep going – you can do it!

We have some articles that may be the key for those that need

a little boost to stick to their new healthy eating lifestyle or serve

as extra motivation to continue putting those sneakers on in the

mornings and getting to the gym. Try introducing mindfulness

into your daily routine (page 28), which may keep you balanced

and focused on what you’re trying to achieve. We also have a fourminute

(yep, you read that right!) aerobic finisher to your workout

using speed balls (page 26).

For those who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow, we have

eight crazy health benefits of kissing (page 38), spices that improve

heart health (page 30), and a recipe for avocado chocolate mousse

for two (page 18).

It’s a well-known saying that in order to give love to someone

else, you have to love yourself first. Our cover feature Jason Rosell

applied that theory to his career. He was able to transform his

health after being overweight for more than 20 years and now

he’s helping others – as he calls it – “renovate their lives.” We

talked to him about his road to becoming the mega TV personality,

author, podcast host, and businessowner he is today (page 40).

Some other exciting highlights in this month’s issue include

athletic styles inspired by the past (page 20), five tests to get for

health insight (page 16), and the lowdown on domestic violence,

including signs to look for (page 25).

Whether you’re still going strong on your resolutions or have

your sights set on new goals for the month, keep believing in your

mission and don’t forget to have some fun while you do it.

Best,

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Editor-in-Chief

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Points

For Plant

Based

Going plant based may be good

for your insides, according to

researchers from UT Southwestern.

During an experiment, they

determined that mice fed a plantbased

diet were less susceptible to

gastrointestinal (GI) infection from an

E. coli pathogen known as EHEC. The

researchers specifically found that plant-rich diets

are high in pectin, a gel-like substance found in many

fruits and vegetables. Pectin is digested by the gut

microbiota into galacturonic acid, which can

inhibit the virulence of EHEC. Eat more

plants, and protect your guts … literally.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com.

news

Lower Rank,

Better Health

Finally, being out of

the top 10 is a good

thing. Apartment

Guide released a

study naming the

top 10 worst states

for the flu. Arizona

ranked at No. 16 on

the list, but neighboring

New Mexico

came in at number

10. To determine the

worst states for the

flu, Apartment Guide

looked at flu season

numbers over the

/ complied by Kelly Potts

past six years from

the U.S. Centers

for Disease Control

during February

generally considered

to be peak flu season

— as well as the

average cost of a visit

to the doctor and the

average price of a

bottle of prescription

Ibuprofen to get a bigger

picture of where

the flu hits hardest,

both your wallet and

your immune system.

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apartmentguide.com.

Burn Fat Before

Breakfast

The debate has

raged on for years

– does it really matter

when you work

out? According to a

study from the UK,

the answer is yes,

it does matter. Their

published research

states that working

out before breakfast

burned more fat.

They looked at data

from 30 obese or

overweight men, and

the men who exercised

before breakfast

burned twice

the fat as men who

ate breakfast before

they worked out. The

cause? According to

the scientists, exercising

with no fuel

forces the body to

turn to stored carbs,

and when those are

quickly gone, the

body will turn to fat

cells.

Source: www.cnn.

com.

Fasting for Longevity

It may be more than just a trend – a new study shows that intermittent fasting can actually add years onto your life and help you lose

weight. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, reported that this may help improve the body’s metabolism, and

it has been linked with decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and resting heart rates. Intermittent fasting involves either limiting eating to

an eight-hour window, or not eating for two days a week.

Source: www.foxnews.com.

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news

The Helper’s High

Looking to keep

the pain at bay?

Volunteer. A

study published in

Proceedings of the

National Academy

of Sciences reported

that regions of the

brain that react to

painful stimulation

appear to be instantly

deactivated by the

experience of giving.

Study subjects who

reported feeling pain

declared a significant

reduction in pain after

volunteering or giving

back to others. The

researchers called

this a “helper’s high”,

and suggested it

could help people feel

less pain in certain

situations.

Source: www.cnn.

com.

Man’s Best

Medicine

We all know the saying “dogs are a man’s best friend.” In

addition to offering companionship and unaltering loyalty,

it turns out dogs offer just a little bit more to their owners.

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers recently suggested that

being around man’s best friend from an early age may have

a health benefit as well, lessening the chance of developing

schizophrenia as an adult. While the study that led to this

finding did show a link between dogs and schizophrenia or

bipolar disorder, there has been no link (positive or negative)

between these disorders and owning cats.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com.

Pollution and

Your Internal

Clock

There have been several

studies on the

effects of high pollution

and your health,

but can the same be

said about light pollution?

An international

team of researchers

from Leibniz-Institute

of Freshwater

Ecology and Inland

Fisheries analyzed

data on the impact

of light pollution on

melatonin formation.

They found that even

the low light intensities

of urban skyglow

can suppress melatonin

production, which

sets your internal

clock. This means

even the lightest

amount of pollution

can disrupt your

melatonin and sleep

levels.

Source: www.

medicalnewstoday.com.

Mindfulness and Blood Pressure

Think your way into better health. Researchers published a new study in the journal PLOS One

describing evidence that meditation and mindfulness training may be able to reduce high blood pressure

and hypertension. Participants who enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction

program experienced significant reductions in blood pressure levels that were still in effect at follow-up

examinations one year after the trial. Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com.

02/20 ScottsdaleHealth 15


list

/ by Lindsay Cheatham

5 Tests

for Health

Insight

About 80% of New Year’s resolutions

fail by February. Often, people neglect

to set attainable goals and lose interest

when results don’t show. Instead – before

jumping into a new exercise or diet

routine – begin by evaluating the status

of your health. Whether you’ve already

hit your February slump or are just

getting started, take a look at our top five

most essential tests and rekindle your

motivation for creating a healthier life.

Mammograms

3D mammography

is one of the most

advanced and powerful

breast screening

technologies available.

Like traditional

mammography, 3D

mammography

uses X-rays to take

images of the breast.

Differing from traditional

mammography,

3D mammography

captures more

images of the breast,

from multiple angles,

and is more effective

for women with

dense breasts.

Breast screening

recommendations

suggest receiving

yearly mammograms

as early as 40 years

old. Women should

become familiar with

the shape and feeling

of their breasts

by doing self-exams

in the shower once

a month prior to

receiving their first

mammogram. This

familiarity will help

determine whether

changes in the breast

tissue are normal or

if it is something that

requires professional

examination.

Colonoscopies

People of average

risk should start regular

screenings for

colon cancer at age

45. If the colonoscopy

shows no signs

of cancer you should

have another exam in

10 years.

For those uninterested

in traditional

colonoscopy, virtual

colonoscopy is the

ideal substitution.

Virtual colonoscopy

is a minimally

invasive exam to

screen for cancer of

the large intestine.

The scan uses an

X-ray to produces

hundreds of images

of the abdominal

organs. This 3D CT

scan uses the latest

procedures and

software to minimize

radiation and create

the sharpest images.

DEXA scans

This test is an FDAapproved

technology

used to quantify lean,

fat and bone mass.

DEXA scans are a

quick and simple

test used primarily

to screen for osteoporosis,

a condition

in which the density

and quality of bone

diminishes, increasing

the risk of serious

fracture. Anyone can

develop osteoporosis,

but it’s particularly

common in older

women.

Testing involves

a quick and simple

scan – lasting only 10

minutes.

Fatty Liver MRE

Traditional methods

for detecting alcoholic

fatty liver disease

(ALFD) and nonalcoholic

fatty liver

disease (NAFLD), like

liver biopsy and ultrasound,

are associated

with numerous

limitations including

subjective interpretation,

sampling error,

high cost, risk of

complications, and

patient reluctance.

Instead try Siemens

Magentom VIDA

3T MRI scan, currently

only available

in Arizona. VIDA 3T

MRI is the most

technically reliable

tool for detecting

fibrosis, or scarring

of the liver, caused

by fatty liver disease

and other chronic

liver diseases.

If left untreated,

fatty liver disease

can progress into

steatohepatitis, with

scarring, also known

as fibrosis, visible in

the liver. Fibrosis can

lead to severe, irreversible

scarring (cirrhosis)

and possibly

liver cancer.

Everyone has

the potential to get

fatty liver disease,

but the leading

causes of the condition

are poor diet,

obesity and excessive

alcohol consumption.

Brain Imaging

If you are 65 years

and older, or have a

history of Alzheimer’s

disease in your family,

think proactively and

start assessing your

risk for Alzheimer’s

with NeuroQuant

AI. NeuroQuant AI

compares the MRI

of your brain to a

reference database of

people with the same

age and gender. The

percentile ranking of

your brain provides

you and your physician

an early warning

for the development

of mild cognitive

impairment and

Alzheimer’s disease.

Being aware

of your potential for

this disease gives

you the time to act

preventively and mitigate

symptoms as

much as possible.

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specializes in all major medical fields of medical imaging.

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Beyond building a

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The machine shifts

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cook

/ recipe and photo by Erica Ptak

Avocado

Chocolate

Mousse

Erica Ptak is the

creator of Founded

in Flavor, a local

food blog devoted

to healthy, indulgent

recipes. For more

information on her

blog, visit foundedinflavor.com

or visit her

Instagram at

@foundedinflavor.

Makes 5 servings

Mousse

4 ounces dark

chocolate chips

2 large ripe

avocados

3 tablespoons

unsweetened cocoa

powder

¼ cup unsweetened

almond milk

1 tablespoon

vanilla extract

4 teaspoons agave

nectar

Small pinch of

kosher salt

Coconut Whipped

Cream

1 14-ounce can of

full fat coconut

milk

¼ cup powdered

sugar

Berries of choice for

topping (optional)

To make mousse: Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, stirring each time until the chips

are fully melted. Add the melted chocolate chips and all other mousse ingredients into a food processor or Vitamix. Blend until creamy

and smooth. To make coconut whipped cream: Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, remove the

solidified coconut cream from the top of the can and add it to your mixing bowl. Leave the liquid behind and use it for smoothies or other

recipes. With an electric mixer, beat coconut cream in mixing bowl for 30 seconds until peaks begin to form. Next, add in powdered sugar

until smooth. To serve: Spoon mousse into individual serving bowls and top with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries.

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PINHOLE SURGICAL TECHNIQUE:

A revolutionary new way to achieve your best smile!

BEFORE

A University Study revealed that 89%

of patients over 20 years old have gingival

recession. Receding gums can be caused

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Technique under its inventor, Dr. John C.

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There is no scalpel, incision, or

stitches with PST, making it virtually painfree.

This innovative procedure uses a

.1 inch “pinhole” opening to reposition a

patient’s receded gumline to its healthy,

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gum tissue to cover the exposed root

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Previously, treatment for receded

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cutting donor gum tissue from the roof of a

patient’s mouth. The donor tissue was then

stitched to the receded site, which had

also been cut or “flapped” in preparation

for the graft. Recovery for this traditional

surgical technique requires two to three

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In contrast, PST is a kinder, gentler

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weight loss news

/ complied by Kelly Potts

Short Circuit

Food impulsivity may be blamed on a

specific circuit in the brain, according

to researchers from the University of

Georgia. Through their studies, they

identified a specific circuit in the brain

that alters food impulsivity, creating the

possibility scientists can someday develop

therapeutics to address overeating. The

researchers are using these findings to see

if there is a way to alter this circuit to help

individuals stop overeating and lose weight.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com.

Three

Common

Points

Food headlines are confusing, and

contradicting. One day eggs are bad for

you, the next day they are the key to

success. Don’t eat red meat but enjoy it

in moderation. Who can keep up with the

suggestions? Research shows there are a

few things we can agree on:

1. Eat your plants.

When you eat a diet

rich in plants, you

open the door to a

whole load of health

benefits including

include lower blood

pressure, triglyceride

levels, glucose and

waist circumference.

2. Reduce

processed meats.

The more processed

a meat is, the

worse it is for your

health. Eat them

in moderation and

double up on your

greens.

3. Healthy fats

and carbs are key.

Despite the negative

connotation with the

word, don’t avoid

fats! Enjoy healthy

fats and carbs in your

meals for a wellbalanced

diet.

Source: www.

nbcnews.com.

So Long, Sugar

Health care centers

throughout the US

have been banning

sugary drinks from

their facilities for the

last few years. Up

until now, there have

been no indications

if the bans were

helpful or hurtful.

A study conducted

by the University

of California, San

Francisco, documented

the health

impact of a soda

sales ban on its

employees. Nearly

10 months after a

sales ban went into

effect, employees

who tended to drink

a lot of sugary beverages

had cut their

daily intake by about

half. By the end of

the study period, the

group reduced their

waist sizes and belly

fat. Those who cut

back on sugary beverages

also tended

to see improvements

in insulin resistance,

a risk factor for Type

2 diabetes. Perhaps

with further studies,

more consumers will

rethink their sugary

drinks.

Source: www.

nytimes.com.

All About the Diet

When it comes to losing weight, the advice is simple: eat less. Researchers at Baylor University looked at the way children and adults

“spend” their calories and their effect on respective waistlines. During their study, when exercise amounts were the same, it all came down

to how many calories were consumed throughout the day. Participants who consumed more calories were more likely to be overweight than

those who consumed less calories. In this study, exercise did not factor into the study as the key is how much one consumes.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com.

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WHY DON’T

PEOPLE GET THEIR

PHYSICALS?

MAYBE BECAUSE

PHYSICALS SUCK!

“I want to wait long periods

of time for my healthy yearly

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NO patient ever

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success right at your fingertips.

Best of all, you don’t have to fork

over the extra cash to get the cutting-edge

preventive care you deserve – it’s billed to

your insurance just like an annual physical

or a regular office visit would be.

The healthcare paradigm is shifting

its focus from treatment to prevention, and

Prevene is at the forefront. “It’s time for

preventive healthcare to become its own

specialty, set apart from the primary care

offices that are already overburdened with

sick patients,” says Dr. Rotella. In a blind

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Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

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solo scottsdale

/ by Gabby Leighton / photo by Mark Morgan

Each month, Scottsdale

Health features one local

single. This month, meet…

Ashley

Brooke

Barden

AGE: 38

ABOUT ME: I

am a mama of

three, a health and

fitness coach and

a photographer. I

am from central

Oregon, but have

lived in Arizona for

15 years and love

it! I can’t imagine

calling anywhere

other than

Scottsdale, home.

I have been

a photographer

for 10 years – I

specialize in births,

but shoot everything

from family

sessions to social

media content

for influencers. I

have been a health

and fitness coach

for six years, and

I love living a

healthy lifestyle…

with a side of

wine! I find that

balance is key.

I enjoy living

life to the fullest!

I love traveling,

staying home,

country music,

happy hour, hiking,

movie night, coffee,

working out,

cooking (and eating)

and enjoying

every day!

MY FAVORITE

MOVIES ARE:

Top Gun, Legally

Blonde, Steel

Magnolias and The

Art of Racing in

the Rain.

WHAT I’M

LOOKING FOR IN

A SIGNIFICANT

OTHER: Someone

to share this life

with! A man who

loves God, loves

kids and loves to

live life.

THE MOST

IMPORTANT

QUALITIES TO

ME ARE: A good

heart, honesty,

a great sense of

humor and an

easygoing attitude

are all must-haves.

THE LEAST

IMPORTANT

QUALITIES TO

ME ARE: Material

things like what

you drive or the

brand of clothes

you wear.

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Email her via gabby@richmanmediagroup.com. Please put “Ashley” in

the subject line.

Interested In Being Our Next Solo?

Send an email with your name, age and a recent photo for

consideration to the same email, with “Solo” in the subject line.

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Driving

on the

course, fun.

Driving to

the cleaners,

not so fun.

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muscle

/ by Jeremy Scott / photos by James Patrick

Jeremy Scott is an

expert advisor for

Olympian Labs Nutrition

and Reebok. He owns

and operates Jeremy

Scott Fitness, located

at 7750 E. Redfield

Road, Suite D106.

For more information,

call 605.481.2611 or

visit www.jeremyscottfitness.com.

Speed Ball Finisher

Four aerobic movements to mix things up

Now that January has come and gone, it’s imperative not to let

those 2020 goals fall by the wayside. If your routine is already

feeling like it’s getting stale, switch up your aerobic work next

time you hit the gym by incorporating this routine.

All you need is a light medicine ball, a wall and a little

sweat equity to burn some serious fat. You’ll complete one minute

of each exercise in the four-exercise circuit.

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Split Squat Hold & Pass both right and left legs

Assume the standing 90/90 position with the legs. The heel of

the back foot should be raised as most if your weight is pressing

through your front heel as this is your work leg. The key here

is keeping your back shin parallel to the floor. Keep your torso

upright, simply passing as quickly as you can handle for one minute

in this position then switch legs and repeat the pattern.

Rotational Pass (both right and left legs)

Start by standing tall up top with the feet about shoulder width

apart. Simply move the ball in a full circle rotational pattern from

hip to overhead before releasing the pass into the wall for one

straight minute.

Froggers

With your hands on the ball assume the pushup position in one

stiff line from your head to your heels. Then, hop your feet forward

to match your hand distance on the ball, holding for a split second

before firing back to your original pushup position. Repeat for max

reps in one minute.

Granny Pass

Assume a deep squat stance with your hands on the ball and as

you begin to rise up from this position, toss the ball underhand into

the wall. Catch the ball return as you return back to the deep squat

position.

02/20 ScottsdaleHealth 27


alance

/ by Nathan Kohlerman

Nathan Kohlerman is a

psycho-spiritual transformation

coach, mobility

& movement coach, and

Gateway Healing practitioner.

He is the founder

of NeuIntention Health

and Wellness with a mission

to redefine human

optimization through

mind, body, and soul.

Mindfulness

for Mental

Health

How to embrace the practice by living in the present

Mental health is by far one of the

most prominent concerns to us as

a society. According to the Anxiety

and Depression Association, anxiety

disorders are the most common mental

illness in the United States, affecting

40 million adults age 18 or older every

year. Major depressive disorder affects

more than 16.1 million American adults

age 18 or older every year as well. The

American Addiction Centers report

that in 2017, 8.5 million American

adults suffered from a mental health

disorder and a substance use disorder,

or co-occurring disorders. With that

being said, one of the most effective

interventions for these conditions are

mindfulness practices.

Mindfulness practices seek to

change the relationship between the

person and his or her thought patterns.

In mindfulness practices, the person

experiencing symptoms like the above

focuses on the internal sensations that

arise when triggered. Instead of avoiding

feelings, the goal of mindfulness

practice is to remain present and fully

experience the feeling in that moment,

with acceptance, compassion, and openness.

Instead of allowing the feelings

to take the person’s thoughts over, the

objective is to realize and acknowledge

that the thoughts they are having in

that present moment are not true. When

this realization occurs, it retrains the

brain, allowing the person to move away

from the undesired automatic response

and move closer to a new way of being.

28 ScottsdaleHealth 02/20


INCORPORATING THE PRACTICE

Now, how can we start practicing mindfulness?

Where do we start? What do we

do? We don’t have to live in a monastery

in the mountain or transform into a

yogi levitating on a rock to be mindful.

Being mindful starts with setting an

intention to commit to the practices in

efforts to enhance our awareness and

elevate our state of being.

One of the most common mindfulness

practices that we can start with is

meditation. There are several types of

meditation, depending on the intention.

This can include concentration, mindfulness,

compassion, and movement-based

meditations. In essence, meditation

is an approach to training the mind,

similar to the way we train our bodies

during physical exercise. Meditation

encourages us to focus on a single

point, commonly referred to as an

“anchor.” This can be focusing on our

breath, visualization, a word or mantra,

observing our surroundings, or counting.

During this time of focus, meditation

encourages us to also observe the

wandering thoughts of our mind.

The intention here is to observe our

wandering thoughts, rather than obsess

or judge them harshly. Over time, we

will start to notice that our thoughts

move in very similar patterns, thus

bringing up very similar feelings time

and time again. With consistency, we

can build awareness of our thoughts and

feelings that seem to be recurring. It is

important to remember when starting a

meditation practice to be compassionate

towards ourselves during this process, as

it takes time to train our mind, just like

it takes time to see results in the gym.

By being consistent with our

efforts, we will find that things will start

to change in subtle ways when things

that used to bother us no longer challenge

us. To start your meditation practice,

begin by creating time and space

anytime in your day, even if it’s only

a few minutes per day. Once you can

create a consistent practice, then slowly

increase your time spent in meditation

as you find yourself being able to be still

for longer periods over time.

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nutrition

/ by Gillean Barkyoumb

Sweet

Heart

Health

Spice things up this

Valentine’s Day

Looking for ways to spice things up with your loved one this

Valentine’s Day? Skip the mini chocolate hearts and red roses. If

you really want to show them (and their hearts) some love, get

them a spice rack!

Research shows that certain spices – made from the seeds,

berries, bark, or roots of plants – contain health-boosting

compounds that can help lower cholesterol, boost antioxidant

levels, provide heart-healthy minerals, and more.

Adding these spices to meals this Valentine’s Day will also

add delicious flavor and can make it easier to cut back on less

healthy ingredients like salt, sugar, and added fat.

Gillean Barkyoumb, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian and owner of Millennial Nutrition where she helps millennial

women and moms live a more balanced lifestyle.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is made

by cutting the stems

off a cinnamon tree,

then extracting and

drying the inner

bark. The inner bark

contains a high concentration

of cinnamaldehyde,

which is

responsible for many

of the health benefits

of cinnamon. Studies

show that consuming

cinnamon daily

helps lower triglycerides,

cholesterol,

and blood sugar--the

trifecta of symptoms

that affect heart

health. Aim for 1 to

2 grams of cinnamon

per day, or about a

teaspoon.

TIP: Show your

sweetheart you

care by adding

cinnamon to

their morning hot

beverage (tea or

coffee). As a bonus

benefit, it’s low

in calories and

sugar-free so you

can both enjoy a

flavorful cup of joe

without the guilt.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is an

Indian spice known

for its yellow color

and anti-inflammatory

benefits. The

star component

of turmeric is an

antioxidant called

curcumin. Many

forms of illness can

be attributed to

chronic inflammation,

including cardiovascular

disease.

As a powerful antioxidant,

curcumin

can help the body

neutralize oxidative

stress and give it

the tools to better

manage inflammation.

Tip: For your

Valentine’s

Day dinner, try

seasoning roasted

veggies with a

drizzle of olive

oil and a sprinkle

of turmeric.

Any veggie will

do — broccoli,

cauliflower,

Brussels sprouts,

carrots, etc.

Garlic

Garlic is a staple in

the Mediterranean

diet, which has

been praised for

its ability to support

heart health,

brain health, and

longevity in general.

Eating one clove of

garlic per day can

help lower cholesterol

and support

healthy blood pressure.

Note that to

get the benefits,

you must chop or

crush the clove:

Allicin, the compound

in garlic that

makes it so healthy,

is formed only after

the cells in the garlic

have been cut or

crushed.

Tip: Head out

on a picnic with

your valentine

and bring along a

homemade salad

dressing that

includes fresh

chopped garlic,

olive oil, red wine

vinegar, Dijon

mustard, and

black pepper.

Cardamom

Cardamom is a

sweet, pungent

spice most notably

found in pumpkin

spice mixes. It’s

been used to

ease an upset

stomach and some

studies show that

it’s an effective

antioxidant.

Compared to

other spices, it’s

especially high

in minerals like

magnesium and

zinc, both of which

are important for

heart health.

Tip: Treat your

partner to a hearthealthy

breakfast

in bed by adding

ground cardamom

to a warm bowl

of oatmeal. You

can add in some

heart-loving

cinnamon too!

Enjoy getting spicy

this Valentine’s

Day! Your

sweetHEART will

thank you for it.

MORE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR HEART SOME LOVE

Get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

Limit alcohol to no more than 1 to 2 drinks per day.

At minimum, eat the recommended amount of

vegetables per day (2 to 3 cups).

Ditch cigarettes-real and electronic.

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soul

Fizzy Facial

VH Spa at Hotel

Valley Ho recently

launched a French

75 Facial, inspired

by the classic cocktail

served at ZuZu.

Available throughout

2020, the new skin

ritual features an

assortment of farmto-facial

botanicals,

citrus antioxidants, a

lemon exfoliant, and

a firming, fizzy face

mask. After receiving

the one-hour

hydrating treatment,

spagoers are invited

to head over to ZuZu

to sip and savor the

French 75 cocktail

(included in facial

cost). $125 plus service

charge. www.

hotelvalleyho.com.

Clean on

the Green

EZ Products CLS is a cigarette/cigar litter solution company

that is developing programs to provide safe, convenient, environmentally

friendly smoking solutions to the public. To aid

in the company’s mission, they developed The Butt Stops Here,

an initiative that provides the smoking public with a solution

to their litter while on the golf course. To do this, EZ Products

CLS has partnered with TerraCycle to utilize and promote its

Recycling Program. TerraCycle takes a smoked cigarette butt

and removes the cellulose acetate and the fibrous plastic contained

in the filter, and converts it into pellets, which are used

to make injection mold products for items like sunglasses, park

benches and ashtrays.

Several golf courses, including Scottsdale Silverado Golf

Club and Rolling Hills, are now offering The Butt Stops Here

ashtrays upon request to help golf courses stay clean and help

golfers dispose of their butts in an eco-friendly manner. Since

the program began at Rolling Hills, EZ Products CLS has

shipped around 30,000 cigarette butts to TerraCycle. For more

information, visit www.buttshopshere.org.

Wellness and

More

Restore Hyper

Wellness +

Cryotherapy recently

opened in the Valley,

marking the company’s

first Arizona

location. Launched

in Austin, Texas, the

wellness destination

offers wellness

treatments including

whole body and

localized cryotherapy,

IV dip therapy, compression

therapy,

photobiomodulation,

hyperbaric oxygen

therapy and more.

Restore offers

three-session and

10-session packages

as well as

three different types

of memberships.

Customers also have

the option to pay by

the single service.

www.restorecryosta.

com.

Ready to Run

North Scottsdale running group RIOT AZ, which stands for Running Is Our Therapy, Arizona, recently celebrated

five years. The group is designed to get runners of all levels engaged in physical activity to help

with physical and mental health. The community of runners, which is free to join, meets every Tuesday

night at the Scottsdale Quarter at 6 p.m.

RIOT AZ is hosting a special group run on Feb. 25 in partnership with Barre3 Scottsdale. Everyone who

attends the run group will receive a free Barre3 class. Runners who wish to participate will be invited to

meet at 6 p.m. outside of the Lululemon store at Scottsdale Quarter. The 1.5-mile run will finish at the Barre3

studio, located near the Scottsdale Quarter. For more information, follow the group on Instagram, @riot.az

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1 tablespoon

tomato paste

1 cup low-sodium

vegetable broth

½ teaspoon ground

coriander

½ teaspoon ground

cumin

½ teaspoon ground

cinnamon

1 teaspoon

Himalayan pink salt

Medmex Stuffed Peppers

Recipe from Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish

on Eating to Thrive by Mareya Ibrahim

Makes 6 to 8 servings

STUFFED

PEPPERS

6 large bell peppers

2 tablespoons raw

coconut oil

2 garlic cloves,

crushed

1 shallot, finely

minced

1 pound ground

turkey or chicken

(see Notes)

½ cup quinoa,

rinsed

1 cup lentils, rinsed

½ teaspoon black

pepper

MEDMEX

TOMATO SAUCE

2 tablespoons

tomato paste plus

1½ cup low-sodium

vegetable broth

1 teaspoon raw

coconut oil, room

temperature

½ teaspoon black

pepper

½ teaspoon

chipotle chili flakes

½ teaspoon

Himalayan pink salt

TOPPING

2 tablespoons

crumbled sheep’smilk

feta cheese

1 tablespoon plus

1 teaspoon minced

fresh dill or parsley

(optional)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. To prepare the peppers and filling: Cut the top ½ inch off each

bell pepper and remove the seeds and ribs. Set the peppers and their tops aside. In a large

nonstick skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook,

stirring, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground turkey, quinoa, lentils, tomato paste,

broth, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. Cook the filling until most of the

liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. To make the medmex sauce: Meanwhile, in a

separate medium saucepan, whisk together all the ingredients for the MedMex sauce until

smooth. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until reduced by about half, about 12–15

minutes. Stand the peppers upright in an 8-inch baking dish. Spoon the filling into the peppers,

filling them three-quarters full, and place the tops back on. Cover with aluminum foil and

bake until the filling is thoroughly cooked, 25 to 30 minutes. Spoon the MedMex sauce over

the top and finish by sprinkling evenly with the feta. Garnish with dill or parsley, if desired,

and serve. Note: For a vegan swap, replace the ground turkey with tempeh or increase the

quinoa to 1 cup. You can also slice the peppers in half lengthwise into boats and fill them.

Time to Shine

The Shine app currently

has a self-care

community of over

4 million users.

Available in the App

Store and Google

Play Store, Shine

is centered around

making support for

mental and emotional

health accessible

for all. The self-care

companion allows

users to learn new

self-care strategies,

get support from a

diverse community

and explore an audio

library of over 500

original meditations,

pep talks, bedtime

stories, and ambient

music to help

navigate stress and

anxiety.

The free version

of the app allows

users to log their

gratitude each day,

explore a roating

offering of free meditations

each week, listen

to one daily Shine

episode, and read

and discuss the Daily

Shine. With Shine

Premium ($53.99

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monthly), users have

full audio access,

receive customized

content recommendations

and get realtime

advice from the

Shine Squad private

digital community.

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com.

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life

Natural Beauty

Rae Wellness, a supplement brand designed for women

making moves, recently ventured into brick-and-mortar

retail, with an exclusive partnership at Target. The brand,

which was previously sold solely on its website, creates

blends of pure and powerful nutrtients that work together

to support wellness from within. Founded in 2019, the

company delivers products that are vegan, non-GMO,

and free from gluten, added sugar, artificial preservatives,

harmful fillers and colorants. Items in the initial launch

include vegan collagen capsules and powder, sleep

capsules, destress capsules, metabolism drops, and

complexion capsules, among others. Additionally, Rae

Wellness provides 5% of all revenue to nonprofit Girls Inc.

www.raewellness.co and www.target.com.

Health Hub

On Feb. 29,

Mountainside Fitness

will host a Grand

Preview Party to celebrate

the opening

of its new Paradise

Valley location,

Mountainside Fitness

La Camarilla, which

is the 18th location

for the local company.

From 9 a.m.

to 4 p.m., guests

will be invited to see

the state-of-the-art

space, meet several

Arizona Cardinals

cheerleaders, and

enjoy family-friendly

entertainment. The

gym will also be giving

out free limited

edition T-shirts and

offering enrollment

specials.

The new

Mountainside offers

an outdoor functional

training area and

recovery room fitted

with massage chairs,

as well as Rogue

functional training

equipment and cardio

equipment with

personalized entertainment

systems.

Other highlights

include a specialized

cycle studio, indoor

basketball court

and over 80 types

of group fitness

classes. Member

perks include access

to sauna and steam

rooms, full-service

locker rooms, free

towel service and

childcare. www.

mountainsidefitness.

com.

Dear Diary

For those in need of a little help with their eating routine, tech

health app Foodvisor is aiming to make eating better easier. The

app serves as an artificial intelligence food diary that provides

automatic photo recognition and personalized nutrition coaching.

The goal is to help users keep track of their eating habits and

teach them what food items are especially good for them,

Users simply upload a photo of their meal and let the app

do the work. The algorithms can identify over 1,200 different

food items, estimate serving sizes and provide a detailed report

on nutritional content, even learning from each user’s personal

habits to become even more accurate and personalized.

The app is free on iOS and Android. A premium version is

also available for a monthly subscription ranging from $4.99

to $6.99, giving users the ability to chat with RD nutritionists,

select a tailored diet plan, and received personalized advice and

healthy recipes. www.foodvisor.io.

Conscious

Creamer

Short for “your

best you,” Urby is

a Scottsdale-based

startup that recently

launched a healthy,

functional vanilla

coffee creamer.

The plant-based,

high-protein product

contains no sugar,

artificial sweeteners

or preservatives. It’s

also keto- and paleofriendly.

Each scoop

of the powdered

creamer provides

5 grams of plant

protein and is naturally

sweetened with

monk fruit extract.

The company is

also partnered with

nonprofit organization

Rise Against Hunger,

which helps to fight

hunger and malnutrition.

For every item

sold, Urby donates a

meal to someone in

need.

For more information,

visit www.

liveurby.com or follow

@liveurby on

social media.

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Fitness in Focus

Beginning this month, Mountain Shadows

Resort Scottsdale will offer guided photography

hikes. Hikers will be invited to

explore the 2.2-mile scenic Quartz Ridge

Trail at the nearby Phoenix Mountains

Preserve, which showcases desert landscape

complete with dramatic granite

boulders and iconic saguaro cacti. Led by

Scott Cook, the resort’s fitness expert and

hobbyist photographer, the trek will also

feature a mini photography lesson, with

Cook providing tips on how to capture the

landscape as well as portraits.

The hiking adventure, which takes

about two and a half hours, will take

place one Sunday a month through May.

Upcoming dates include Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.,

March 15 at 4 p.m., and April 26 at 7 a.m.

Hikes are also available by appointment.

Tickets are $45 per person and can be

found at www.mountainshadows.com.

Vegans Unite

The PHX Vegan Food Festival will return

to Downtown Phoenix on Feb. 29. The

fifth annual festival, which is expanding

from a daytime only event to an all-day

and evening extravaganza, will be held at

Margaret T. Hance Park from noon to 10

p.m., with VIP ticket holders getting access

two hours early at 10 p.m. Festivalgoers

can expect a more than 100 local and outof-state

vegan and vegan-friendly food and

vendors, including food trucks, restaurants

and packaged food and non-food products

as well as several no-host bars that will be

found throughout the site featuring veganfriendly

wine, beer and cocktails. There will

also be demonstrations and presentations

by chefs and vegan experts, live music, a

“Zen Zone” with yoga, and a kids zone.

In the evening, the event will have lively

music, yard games, light shows, LED glow

performers, and more. General admission

is $29 in advance or $35 at the door; VIP

admission, $69. www.phxveganfest.com.

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toys, tech & gear

/ by Gabby Leighton

Game, Set, Match

Tokens for any tennis lover

February is the month of romance, and

every tennis match begins with love –

otherwise known as zero in the game’s

scoring. Whether you’re playing solo or a

game of doubles with your sweetie, load

up on must-have accessories before you

head out on the court.

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Oliver Thomas

Kitchen Sink

Tennis Tote

As the style name

implies, this tote can

fit everything but the

kitchen sink. Akin to

a Swiss Army tool,

this bag, made from

coated jacquard polyester,

is lightweight,

durable and machine

washable. It comes

with an adjustable/

removeable crossbody

strap for handsfree

carrying and has

expandable outside

pockets made to

hold up to two

standard size tennis

rackets. For even

more storage, there

are two exterior slip

pockets, designed

for water bottles or

ball canisters, as well

as a “secret stash”

bottom, which holds

up to three pairs of

sneakers. There’s

also a laptop/tablet

padded sleeve, an

interior key clip,

and a secret stash

pouch. $159 at Oliver

Thomas, www.theoliverthomas.com.

Babolat Drive

Max 110 Tennis

Racquet

You literally cannot

play tennis without

a racket, and why

not get the best of

the best? For those

looking to pump up

the power and comfort,

this lightweight

option is perfect for

singles or doubles

players. The prestrung

racket has

an Elliptic Geometry

frame, which reduces

twisting for comfort.

It’s also crafted

with Cortex Comfort

technology, which

reduces vibrations

for smooth impact.

This specific model,

which delivers good

speed thanks to

its smaller size and

weight, is geared

toward beginning to

intermediate players.

$99 at Dick’s

Sporting Goods,

www.dickssportinggoods.com.

Adidas

GameCourt Grey/

Coral Men’s Shoe

Made for the recreational

player, this

Adidas shoe delivers

on both performance

and style. A streamlined

update to the

Barricade Court,

this newer model is

more supportive and

breathable, thanks to

TPU-reinforced mesh

on the upper portion.

The shoe molds the

upper snugly to the

shape of the foot,

keeping you locked

in while moving. The

injected molded EVA

(Cloudfoam) in the

midsole adds underfoot

cushioning and

absorbs shock. The

rubber outsole in a

full herringbone tread

pattern lends to grip

and durability for all

court surfaces. $65

at Tennis Warehouse,

www.tennis-warehouse.com.

TopspinPro

While this isn’t

something you take

out for a match,

it’s certainly a tool

that may just help

you win your next

set. The training aid

helps tennis players

work on their topspin

from anywhere.

With a steep back

screen, users will

be able to keep the

same racket-face

angle throughout the

stroke, just like the

pros. There’s also

a spinning ball on a

spring-loaded spindle,

allowing you to

feel what it’s like to

brush up the back of

the ball, which happens

with topspin.

The training device

is height adjustable

and made for all ages

and heights. $139 at

TopspinPro, www.

topspinpro.com.

Wilson Pro feel

Tennis Vibration

Dampener

The purpose of a

vibration dampener

is to reduce

the amount of vibration

tennis players

feel when the ball

hits the strings on

their rackets. The

dampener is there to

lessen or eliminate

the ping sound when

the ball makes contact

with the racket

while swinging. This

option, made by one

of the most iconic

American tennis

brands, comes in

packs of two. With

a variety of offerings,

choose from

traditional options

like the Wilson “W”

or fun shapes such

as hearts and flames.

$7.43 at Amazon,

www.amazon.com.

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crazy 8s

Around Valentine’s Day, couples tend

to ramp up the romance, whether it’s

with an extra date night, thoughtful gifts

or – you guessed it – puckering up for

some smooches. Beyond it being a fun

way to connect with your partner, did you

know that philematology, better known

as the study of kissing, has proven that

puckering up leads to health benefits?

Here are some to consider.

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Crazy Health

Benefits of

Kissing

1. Mouth workout.

Did you know that

kissing can help

you get in shape?

According to the

American Journal

of Medicine, one

minute of kissing can

burn 2 to 26 calories,

depending on how

passionate it is.

2. Building

strength. A full

makeout session

activates 23 to

34 facial muscles

and 112 postural

muscles.

3. Goodbye,

cavities.

Researchers from

the Academy of

General Dentistry

and Mayo Clinic

have reported that

swapping spit via

kissing has the same

effect as mouth

wash, washing away

bacteria and breaking

down oral plaque.

4. Happy kissing!

Kissing releases the

levels of oxytocin, a

“cuddle hormone”

and increases

endorphins and

dopamine, which

make you happy.

5. Natural

vaccination.

Exposing yourself

to someone else’s

germs while kissing

could lead to a boost

in your immunity

system and prevent

illness, according

to nonprofit Get

Checked 4 Life.

6. Ticker task.

Kissing gets your

heart rate up and

lowers levels of

cortisol stress

hormone, helping to

lower blood pressure.

7. Pain reliever.

According to research

published in the

medical journal PLoS

One, kissing can

relieve pain, thanks to

the natural feel-good

chemicals it releases.

8. Kiss more, live

longer. A German

study found that men

who smooched their

significant others

every morning live an

average of five years

longer, miss less

work due to illness,

and have a lower

chance of being in a

car accident on the

way to work


THE EFFECTIVE

MEDICAL MASSAGE:

MYOFASCIAL THERAPY

Dr. Bryan Geier talks a new

treatment for pain management

Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat the

majority of all pain related symptoms with a

non-invasive approach? Now, you can. As a

Chiropractor, my education and training was

focused on relieving pain by influencing the

nervous system through the use of spinal

manipulation. However, in my practice I intently

focus on the myo, which is the Latin term for

muscles and connective tissue called fascia.

Here in lies the term Myofascial therapy. When

treating pain, I chose to focus on the myofascia

of the body because this is the most important

component to influencing the Central Nervous

System to decrease pain, specifically honing in

on treating this pain by taking an alternative,

non-invasive approach. Unfortunately,

myofascial therapy receives little attention as

a major source of pain and is seldom taught

in modern medical school training. Even

more unfortunate is the lack of insurance

reimbursement for this important therapy. So,

let’s dig into the topic a little deeper.

running through, around and crisscrossing

every inch of your body including muscle,

organs, blood vessels, nerves, spinal cord,

brain and skin. The central nervous system

receives its greatest amount of sensory nerves

from myofascial tissue. This means that the

fascia is as important or more important than

muscle in sensory input delivery. The key to

this statement is that your myofascia becomes

the byproduct of your environment without

you even realizing it. It experiences stress,

memorizes chronic poor posture, feels the

weight of your head sitting at the computer all

day, and permanently holds onto old untreated

injuries. As a result of never ending signaling to

the brain, the body develops symptoms like pain

and endocrine dysfunction like adrenal fatigue,

dysfunctional mood and brain fog, to name a

few. If the fascia controls the information that

can influence the brain, then this is the first

step to calming down the body’s pain response

and also improving overall global body function.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND PAIN AND MYOFASCIA

The muscular system is the largest sensory

organ. Approximately 50 percent of your

body weight is made up of about 400 skeletal

muscles. Your fascia is actually one giant

interconnected web of connective tissue

WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL THERAPY?

It is a deep tissue treatment involving the

breakdown of fascial adhesions known as

trigger points. These trigger points ultimately

create a permanently shortened muscle,

resulting in pain and muscle dysfunction

and, in turn, weakness and uncoordinated

movements. Myofascial therapy can be

performed in many ways including by a

practitioner’s hands, using tools that break

down adhesions and stretching. This therapy

proves to be a very efficient and effective

therapy for pain management, improving

athletic performance and reducing cellulite.

HOW DOES HEALTHY FASCIA BECOME

UNHEALTHY FASCIA?

This happens when extra layers of fascia grow

due to stress, trauma, repetitive motions,

dehydration and inflammation. Inflammation

comes from repetitive working out or even

eating inflammatory foods such as (but not

limited to) sugar, fried food, certain oils and

processed wheat.

COMMON INJURIES RELATED TO

MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINTS

• Pain or stiffness in your neck, mid- or lowback

• Headaches or jaw pain

• Sciatica and other nerve related symptoms

like numbness and tingling

• Tendonitis, Bursitis and Plantar Fasciitis

• Joint pain especially in your shoulder, knee

or wrist

• Generalized dull, achy pain

• Athletic performance issues

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TV personality and wellness

professional Jason Rosell

transforms people’s lives through

holistic health programs, books,

podcasts and more

/ by Elizabeth Liberatore / photos by James Patrick

02/20 ScottsdaleHealth 41


Television personality, wellness and

relationship coach, author and founder

of Caliente Fitness Jason Rosell gained

a new understanding of “caliente” after

recently relocating from Los Angeles to

Scottsdale. Rosell, who lived in the City of

Angels for 13 years and before that spent

time in New York, Florida and Spain, is

excited to finally be a resident of State

48...despite the so-called “dry heat.”

Scottsdale has impressed me in

many ways, and I’m just so happy to

make it my home,” he says.

As a self-proclaimed “life renovator”

— someone who helps transforms

all aspects of an individual’s life for the

better — of 15-plus years, Rosell has made

quite a mark in the wellness industry.

He has appeared on a variety of shows

throughout his TV career, including ABC’s

All My Children, Hallmark’s Home &

Family, Jillian Michaels’ reality competition,

Sweat Inc., and The Steve Harvey

Show. He will continue to make TV appearances,

flying around the globe to film and

further his impact with new endeavors but

is making Scottsdale his home base.

“I feel very at peace and relaxed here

versus the nonstop insanity of loud and

busy L.A.,” he says. “Plus, it’s a beautiful

place!”

Though now a success

story, hoping to further his

impact by pursuing new

endeavors this year, Rosell

went through a transformation

himself, which is at the core of

what drives him to help others.

The Wake-Up Call

Rosell has dual citizenship in the United

States and Spain. He was born in Queens,

New York, but moved with his parents to

their home country, Spain, when he was 9

to attend bilingual school.

“That’s where I learned how to read,

write and speak Spanish fluently. It’s my

first language,” Rosell says.

Growing up, he was a silly and

carefree, but well-behaved, kid. Rosell

was always laughing and cracking jokes

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to get others to laugh with him. From an

outsider’s perspective, he was a happy

youth. However, it was a different story

on the inside. Rosell was relentlessly bullied

for being an overweight Spanish kid

with an American name.

“I was unhappy, an underachiever

and obese for more than 20 years of my

life,” he says.

One day when Rosell was in his 20s,

he woke up and said that’s enough —

enough of the negative self-talk, enough

of the insecurities and enough of always

being tired and sluggish. That was the

moment he made a profound commitment

to change his life through diet and

exercise. By combining small but effective

workouts with his love of music and eating

healthy, Rosell lost a whopping 75

pounds. In addition to becoming healthier

“My Sexercise Workout program is

a pure fun and helps women and men get

their sexy back. I even created the program’s

music track and workout music

video,” he says.

Rosell also conducts one-on-one

coaching sessions with his clients via

the phone, skype and in person at their

offices or homes. Instead of just targeting

one problem area in his clients’ lives, he

tackles it all through his holistic method,

from relationship and life advice to fitness

and nutrition guidance.

“I really get to know each one of my

clients by understanding what their purpose

and passions are in life. From there,

I create the ultimate lifestyle plan that

includes food, fitness and mind exercises

that is custom to them and fun,” he says.

Mind exercises are extremely

delicious and healthy recipes.

“The recipes in my book are the exact

ones that not only helped me lose weight

but maintain my weight loss for many

years,” Rosell says.

Looking Back and Ahead

With 2020 well underway, Rosell has

been quick to check off goals he wants to

achieve for his brand, one being his podcast

and YouTube show, Get Inspired with

Jason Rosell. In each episode, available

on iTunes, Spotify, Google and all podcast

platforms, Rosell shares his expertise on

weight loss, relationships, balance and

retraining the mind. Season one launched

at the end of 2019 and season two

dropped this month.

He also has plans to write another

weight-loss book, release more music,

I have tough days just like anyone else, but I trained my mindset

and now love waking up and going to bed spreading the power of

positive vibes. You just always have to keep it caliente, baby!”

and stronger, he discovered a new passion

and career path.

“A lot of people didn’t believe that

I was obese after I lost all the weight.

They wanted to know how I dramatically

transformed, so I created Caliente Fitness

to show them that they can change, too,”

Rosell says.

Breaking into the Wellness World

Rosell received notoriety in the wellness

industry after establishing Caliente Fitness

in 2010 — only five years after getting serious

about his own health. Caliente Fitness

isn’t your standard workout program, it’s

a high-energy fusion of music, dance and

versatile workout routines that are meant

to be fun and effective.

Caliente Fitness is comprised of

three different digital download workout

DVDs, which include: Everybody Work It

Out, Caliente Body Series and Sexercise

Workout. Rosell’s favorite is the latter.

important to Rosell and what separates

him from other fitness professionals.

According to the trainer, change happened

for him because he rewired his

mindset. In order to renovate his clients’

lifestyles and empower them to reach

their goals, helping them think differently

his first step.

“Most people are held back by their

thoughts because they have this blueprint

in their mind of how life should be. This

blueprint is an enabler,” he says. “Once we

realize that we are not our mind and that

our mind does not control us, we become

unleashed from whatever is holding us

back from reaching our highest potential.”

The TV personality and life renovator

has also penned three books. He wrote

Yummy Healthy Dinners, a No. 1 bestseller

on Amazon, for people who want to

eat healthy but are too tired or don’t have

the time to create meals on their own.

The book features hundreds of quick,

create new fitness programs and make

plenty of TV appearances. Plus, now that

he’s local, he will start to do all in-person

trainings at Off The Grid Fitness (www.

offthegridfitness.com), Arizona’s first ecofriendly

gym.

As with any job, moments of stress

and temporary loss of focus happen.

Whenever Rosell finds himself in this situation,

he recalls how far he’s come, how

many lives he’s helped transform – which

is tens of thousands – and how much he

loves what he’s doing for a living.

“I always tell people that no one is

born happy, and that you have to take

actions daily to create happiness in your

life. I have tough days just like anyone else,

but I trained my mindset and now love

waking up and going to bed spreading the

power of positive vibes.” Rosell says. “You

just always have to keep it caliente, baby!”

To learn more about Rosell, visit

www.jasonrosell.com.

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Lifelong Phoenix Suns

fan Alicia-Monique

Blanco entertains

crowds as the team’s

in-arena host

/ by Gabby Leighton / photos by Barry Gossage/Michael Gonzales for the Phoenix Suns

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From cheering on the Phoenix Suns from the nosebleeds at the then-America West

Arena with her dad as a young girl to becoming the team’s in-arena host at the now-

Talking Stick Resort Arena, Arizona native Alicia-Monique Blanco has come a long

way. Here we talked to Blanco about the road to her current role, her connection to

the team, and her close-knit relationship with her family.

as I interned with ABC15 Sports and once

my sister started working for Fox Sports

Arizona, and eventually the Arizona Cardinals.

It’s pretty cool to see how our childhood

dreams and interests have grown into what

they are today.

Tell us about your role with the

Phoenix Suns.

As the in-arena host, it’s my job to keep

the fans entertained during breaks in the

game. Whether it’s a timeout, quarter break

or halftime, you can see me all over the

arena alongside other members of the Suns

Entertainment team interacting with the fans

and keeping them engaged. They are my

number one priority! It’s very important to

me that they feel seen, heard and almost like

they are on the court with me.

What is the energy like in the arena

during games this season?

WOW this season has been electric! The last

time I saw and “felt” it like this about the

Suns, was back in the ‘90s. People are energetic,

tuned in and have a lot of hope. The

games are just so exciting and our fans have

a lot to cheer for this season.

What is your favorite part of your role

with the Suns?

The fans and the people I get to work with!

I love meeting the die-hard Suns fans and

seeing them at all the games. The people I

work with have honestly felt like family to me

since day one. I always look forward to going

to work because of both!

Any fun pre-game rituals you can

share with us?

I love picking out a good outfit for the game.

From the clothes to the shoes, the NBA has

changed my style and it’s been so much fun

embracing the culture! Before the games

I always try on various outfits and try out

different looks and styles. Then, I text my

little cousin who is way cooler than me, to

make sure my outfit is “good to go.” She

has to approve or else I keep trying. This has

become a fun part of the job. I love including

my family!

How did you get your start in hosting?

In college I interned at ABC15 KNXV-TV

News and Sports. That was when I got my

first taste of being up close to the action at

the Suns games during the unforgettable

Steve Nash, Shawn Marion, Raja Bell, Amar’e

Stoudemire era. Soon after college, I moved

out to LA and got as much red carpet and oncamera

entertainment hosting experience as

I could, and the rest is history.

Tell us about your life growing up in

Arizona.

It was simply the best. Even when I moved

to California in my early 20s, I always knew

I’d end up back here. The majority of my

family is here and every year keeps getting

better and better. My family is a lot like

My Big Fat Greek Wedding except we are

Latinos. Loud, fun, never a dull day, and

there’s always food. Lots and lots of food!

My parents were really good about documenting

every stage of childhood on my

dad’s huge camera back in the day, and as

a result we have an endless supply of VHS

tapes of playtime, holidays, vacations and

just hanging out around the house. I get

emotional every time I re-watch any of them

(which is often) because it’s just so clear how

much love has always been in my life. And

hilarious chaos.

We have it on good authority you’ve

been a Suns fan since you were

young. Can you elaborate on that?

This is a fact! I was born and raised a Suns

fan. My parents would take my little sister

and I to the games back when it was the

America West Arena and when Charles

Barkley and KJ were on the team (KJ was

my first crush ever!). We would sit way up in

the nosebleeds and just watch in amazement

at all the action and dreamt of being up close

one day. Even now, I actually borrow some

of my mom’s shirts from the ‘90s and wear

them to games!

Were you interested in sports as a

child? If not, how has that changed

since you’ve gotten older?

Sports was always on TV in our household.

My dad and little sister especially bonded

over that passion. My sister was dubbed as

my dad’s “son,” because she actually understood

the logistics of the game whereas

I just watched for the entertainment and

glamour of it all. It became a running joke in

the family about all the silly questions I’d ask

during the games because I didn’t always

understand exactly what was happening, but

still loved to watch. Even when I lived on my

own, I’d often turn sports on my TV while I

was working from home, just to have it on

because it made me feel at home. The sound

of a game was comforting. As I got older,

sports continued to be present in our family

Is this your full-time or part-time job?

This is my part-time job as I only work

the home games. I’m also a singer in The

Hamptons Band where I get to sing for weddings

and events across Arizona which is a

lot of fun! I have my own business called

The Lettering Latina (@theletteringlatina) that

I’ve owned and operated since 2016 where

I do hand-written lettering and calligraphy

for weddings, baby showers, events, etc.

Everything from place cards, welcome signs,

seating charts, mirrors, acrylic...you name it!

You were crowned Miss Arizona USA

in 2009 and then competed at the

2009 Miss USA pageant. Tell us about

your experience and if it has prepared

you for your current role.

It has been 11 years and it still gives me

butterflies to think about! It’s an experience

that gave me a lot of insight into the

entertainment industry and gave me some

pretty thick skin too. Long story short, I

was dared into doing the pageant with no

experience whatsoever. The stereotype

that you have to be born and raised in it to

do well is simply not true. Giving it a shot,

putting yourself out there, having fun and

working hard can always take you far! (I

ended up placing second runner up at Miss

USA!) I absolutely feel like it prepared me

for this role with the Suns. I’ve hosted many

things before but nothing quite like this.

Again, I just needed to believe in myself,

give it a shot, put myself out there, have

fun, work hard and hope that it would lead

me to a dream position- and it has. Also, for

the pageant, it was a huge production on a

stage, live on NBC in front of a lot of people

watching. With the Suns, it’s also a live

production, on the court with a lot of people

watching. I just remind myself that if I could

do it back then in my heels, then I can most

certainly do it now, in my Jordans.

What do you enjoy doing in your free

time?

What’s that? Just kidding… however, basketball

season and wedding season are ironically

during the same exact time, so there is little

to no free time. I do enjoy working out and

being with my family though, especially my

baby nephew. He is the best little guy and

whenever I have a chance to take a pause,

it’s likely with him in my arms watching

Mickey Mouse or Coco.

02/20 ScottsdaleHealth 45


elating

/ by Mimi Kaplan

Giving

Victims

a Voice

Signs of domestic violence

and how to help

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive

and/or controlling behavior used to gain

and maintain power and control over

another person. It affects women and men

and happens in every age, socioeconomic,

religious, racial and ethnic group, in every

part of our country and around the world.

Intimate Partner

Violence

While physical abuse

is the most easily

recognized, domestic

violence is not always

physical. Victims that

suffer from Intimate

Partner Violence

suffer emotional,

psychological and

verbal abuse. In

fact, these three

types of abuse are

present in virtually all

cases of domestic

violence and are

often reported to

be more damaging

and difficult to heal

from than physical

abuse. Intimate

Partner Violence

can include sexual

abuse, financial,

technological and

legal abuse, threats

of physical harm,

destruction of

property and abuse of

animals in the home.

Domestic

violence is one of the

most underreported

crimes and yet

the numbers are

staggering. In the

United States alone,

more than one in

three women and

one in four men

have reported rape,

physical violence

and/or stalking by an

intimate partner at

some point in their

lifetime. Arizona’s

stats are higher than

the national average

with 43% of women

and 33% of men

reporting sexual and/

or physical violence

as well as stalking by

an intimate partner.

In fact, based on

these statistics

alone, it’s likely that

virtually everyone

knows someone who

has been affected by

domestic violence…a

friend, neighbor,

family member or

even a co-worker.

On September

13, 2018, during a

one-day Domestic

Violence Counts

Census conducted

annually by the

National Network

to End Domestic

Violence, 74,823

victims were served

in the United States.

On that same day,

Arizona assisted

1,846 victims of

domestic violence.

1008 were served

in a shelter setting

while 837 of them

were served through

non-residential

programs. Shelters

are the preferred

setting for those

individuals at extreme

risk of severe injury

or death, while nonresidential

community

based services can

provide all the same

emotional support,

lay legal advocacy

and intensive case

management

assistance without

the beds.

Indications of

Abuse

Intimate Partner

Violence is not

always easy

to recognize,

since it is often

about controlling

someone’s mind

and emotions as

much as hurting their

body. The signs may

not be as obvious

as a bruise, but it’s

important to be

aware of what some

of the indicators

might be. Even for

those living in an

abusive relationship,

it can be difficult to

recognize that what

they are experiencing

is abuse. Some

common warning

signs of abuse may

include:

Jealousy

Unpredictability

(loving one minute

and mean the next)

Cruelty to animals

Verbal abuse

Extremely

controlling behavior

Antiquated beliefs

about roles of

women and men in

relationships

Forced sex or

disregard of

their partner’s

unwillingness to

have sex or to

engage in certain

sex acts

Blaming the victim

for anything bad

that happens,

including the abuse

Sabotage or

obstruction of the

victim’s ability to

work or attend

school

Controlling all

finances

Controlling what

victim wears and

how they act

Embarrassment or

humiliation of the

victim in front of

others

If you are a victim,

reach out for

help. The Arizona

Coalition To End

Sexual and Domestic

Violence Hotline is

1.800.782.6400. If

you know someone

who needs help,

listen and be an

advocate for them.

Mimi Kaplan is the Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service Shelter Without Walls, a program that supports Maricopa County survivors of domestic violence

and their children, who are residing outside of a shelter setting, and are struggling to attain and/or maintain safety and independence, whether or not still living

with their abuser. More information is available at www.jfcsaz.org.

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If you are still getting after that New

Year’s resolution to get your body

in shape, then congratulations! Not

everyone can keep up with their fitness

commitments. Now is a great time to

build on your success and optimize a part

of you that you probably pay a little less

attention to — your skin. With these few

additions to your pre- and post-workout

routine, your skin will be in top shape!

Hydrate and

moisturize

First, keep chugging

water. Hydration is

the foundation for

both a superior workout

and glowing skin.

When you hydrate,

you enable your cells

to perform optimally,

whether they are

building muscle or

skin. Drinking about

beauty

/ by Felicia Taghizadeh

Skin Shape Up

Tips for before and after workouts

half your body weight

in ounces every day

will ensure that your

skin retains elasticity,

minimizing the

appearance of wrinkles.

On the outside,

it also helps to apply

a moisturizer at least

twice a day. There are

several multi-tasking

moisturizers on the

market that improve

your skin barrier,

infuse vitamins, and

add potent peptides

that give your skin a

boost.

Add vitamin C

If you are seriously

committed to your

workout, you probably

make sure that you

get enough vitamins.

But when was the

last time you thought

about Vitamin C for

your skin? Vitamin C

serums may seem

like an extra and

unnecessary step

but are actually one

of the best ways to

reduce environmental

stressors for your

skin. A potent antioxidant,

vitamin C

applied topically will

strengthen your skin’s

ability to prevent and

repair damage from

pollution, sweat, and

chemicals. Your multitasking

moisturizer

should contain vitamin

C, cutting down

on the number of

products in your gym

bag. Serums packed

with additional minerals

like Ferulic and

vitamin E are worth

their weight in gold.

Always cleanse

Once you’ve finished

your workout you

may be tempted to

take a quick shower

and get on to the

next part of your day.

But please, please

make sure you wash

your face. Don’t just

splash some water

on it. Use a face

wash with a light

exfoliant, like glycolic

acid, to help remove

the sweat, dirt, and

dead cells that have

built up.

Use retinoids

Hopefully your arms

won’t be too tired for

a few evening healthy

skin steps. Wash

your face, again.

Next, make sure that

you use a retinoid

serum. Just like you

need protein to build

muscle, you need retinoids

to build healthy

skin. These vitamin

A derivatives help

your cells turn over

faster and increase

the blood flow and

collagen production

in your skin. With the

addition of a retinoid,

your skin may look

more vibrant and

have less wrinkles

and fine lines. Look

for a skin cream that

contains retinoids or

purchase a retinol

serum. Apply a few

drops before bed and

let the heavy lifter go

to work.

Lather sunscreen

Lastly, no skin care

routine is complete

without sunscreen.

If your workout takes

you outside, in the

pool, near a window,

or involves breathing,

then sunscreen

is essential. UV A

and B rays increase

the speed of cellular

degeneration. Sun

exposure of any kind

makes your skin look

old faster. Choose a

mineral sunscreen

as these products

contain fewer synthetic

chemicals,

form a physical barrier

to the sun, and

usually last longer

than chemical sunscreens.

Technology

has improved so you

won’t have that whitish

tinge that was a

byproduct of older

mineral sunscreens.

Felicia Taghizadeh is the director of operations at Arizona Facial Plastics, which is the leading plastic surgery practice and med spa in Phoenix. Dr. Farhan

Taghizadeh and his wife Felicia opened Arizona Facial Plastics in October 2016 where they specialize in plastic surgery, sexual rejuvenation, skin care, and overall

aesthetics. www.arizonafacialplastics.com.

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/ by Natalie Strand, MD

Natalie Strand,

M.D., is an anesthesiologist

at

Mayo Clinic in

Arizona

It is no secret that America has an opioid epidemic, and when it

comes to pain and pills, many patients find themselves watching

the clock for their next dose of pain medication. But do you

know about integrative medicine, a combination of techniques

used to decrease pain?

Integrative

Medicine

Combining conventional and alternative

care for pain management

What is

integrative

medicine?

Integrative medicine

is the combination

of “conventional”

and “alternative”

medicine.

Conventional

medicine is care that

you would receive

from a doctor,

such as surgery

or prescription

medications,

whereas alternative

medicine is care

you typically receive

outside of a doctor’s

office. Coupling the

two together creates

a treatment plan that

aims to treat the

patient holistically,

including physical,

emotional, spiritual,

mental health, and

well-being.

Integrative

medicine methods

include:

Massage

therapy: This

therapy applies

pressure to your

body’s soft tissues,

such as muscles

and ligaments,

to alleviate pain,

tension and stress.

It is often offered

in complement to

standard treatments

of pain and stress.

Patients who may

benefit from this

therapy include

those with cancer,

heart disease,

stomach problems,

fibromyalgia,

and post-surgical

patients.

Herbal supplements:

Herbs, or dietary

supplements, are

used for hundreds of

reasons, and some

are as strong or

potent as prescriptions.

For this reason,

it is important to

coordinate any herbal

supplements with

your current medications

and have a

detailed discussion

with your physician.

Herbs have the

potential to reduce

anxiety, decrease

inflammation, and

lower cholesterol

Acupuncture:

This is an Eastern

practice of inserting

thin needles into

targeted areas of the

body. Acupuncture is

a low-risk treatment

that is often used

to manage and

alleviate painful

chronic conditions.

Additionally, it is

known to reduce

nausea and

insomnia relating to

chemotherapy.

Not all

approaches are

created equal

Before trying

integrative medicine,

make sure to discuss

options with your

physician, as some

treatments will work

better than others.

When thinking about

integrative medicine,

here are some

helpful tips:

Do some

digging. There is a

myriad of information

to be found about

integrative medicine.

Stick with

the pros. When

researching online,

make sure that the

information you are

receiving is from a

reputable source.

Avoid

treatment that can

interact with your

medication.

Treatment, such

as herbs, has

the potential to

interact with certain

medication. Talk to

your doctor about

whether a treatment

option is known

to interact with

prescriptions.

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event

/ by David Apeji

Alycia Worst, Julie Schumacher

and Jenny Carlson

Macy Wolfe and

Justin Ferguson

Alora Beck and

Claire Carson

Yogalates

This fitness class was part of the

Desert Bloom Yoga Festival at

Mountain Shadows. Led by Courtney

Sheber and Randi Graves, the class,

combined yoga and Pilates and took

place on the resort’s lawn, which has

a view of Camelback Mountain.

Jessica Lutz, Kim Wolfe and

Mollie Curmow

Scott Marion and

Courtney Sheber

Katie Sheehy and

Kelsey Ogletree

Samantha Snodgrass

and Susan Snodgrass

Chris Fox and

Ashley Fleming

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