How Eating Healthy Cured Me

Shiva shares her story of saving her life holistically.

By Shiva Rose
Shiva RoseAfter the birth of my first daughter I was exhausted. At 25 years old, I was a young mama for LA standards; however I really struggled with recovering after the birth. After a few doctor visits, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening version of three autoimmune conditions: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Scleroderma. I had one doctor in Beverly Hills tell my mother and I that I had possibly a year to live unless I took serious action. Somehow I knew I could help my body cure itself and that this doctor wasn’t the only solution. (more…)

Mindful Eating

By Laurie Searle
Laurie SearleThe holidays can come and go in a blur. Here are some tips to make the memories last and the extra party pounds stay away by being mindful in the present and holiday joy.

1. Small snacks keep you from over doing it later on in the day or when it’s party time. If you are holiday shopping or preparing for multiple parties fuel yourself in preparation. Find a small mix of protein, fat and carbs to curb your hunger when you are in line at the cash wrap or buffet table. When shopping for presents keep a bottle of water, string cheese, 100-calorie pack of almonds and a wedge of a single wrapped chocolate in your purse. When the blood sugar dips sip some water. If you feel woozy from being over-heated or in over-crowded spaces grab those almonds. Feeling frazzled and stressed – suck on the chocolate and let it melt in your mouth. A little healthy fat like avocado on a cracker with some Gomasaio (sesame, seaweed and sea salt), apple or banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter or some grapes and low fat string cheese will keep your metabolism steady, digestive fire stoked and keep you from dipping into the chips and dip. You will be able to steer clear of free samples or high calorie and fat temptations at parties if you are well satiated already. (more…)

The Food Battle

By Carol Bovill
carol bovillNutrition is one of the many topics that parents often come to see me about. Questions range from, “How do I know if my child is getting enough nutrition and how can I help create a healthy eater?” to “Can you tell me how I get him or her to eat more fruits and vegetables?” Many pediatricians say to relax; chances are that although your child may be a fussy eater, he or she is still getting adequate overall nutrition for his or her needed growth and development. Parents are still capable of teaching children good eating habits in their formative years. (more…)

Staying Healthy During the School Year

Are your children prepared to return to school?

By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P and Julia A. White, M.D., F.A.A.P
Julia WhiteBack to school time is upon us, which is a great opportunity to make sure your child is ready from a health perspective. It is also a great time to refresh on illness prevention while being at school.

Staying Healthy
Maintaining proper health begins at home. Back to school time is a good excuse to refamiliarize your children on the importance of hand washing at home and school. Most illness is spread through contact, and hand washing has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent your child from becoming ill while at school. Washing before eating, after playtime, and anytime before touching the face, mouth, or eyes is key. If you are not able to wash, you may use hand sanitizer instead. You can consider packing a small travel-sized Purell bottle in your child’s bag to encourage proper hygeine. Also remind your child to cover coughs with the arm. Should your child become ill, he or she should stay home to prevent others from becoming ill. Check with your pediatrician if you are unsure if they should stay home. (more…)

Am I Too Young for Botox?

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke discuss the advantages of botox.

Dr Payman Danielpour and Dr John LaykeQ: When do I know I’m ready for botox?
A: You should do botox before the formation of frown lines, crows feet or forehead wrinkles. It’s a preventative aging technique.

Q: I have never had anything done to my face. How can you assure me that I will look natural?
A: At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, we believe helping our patients bring out their natural beauty by enhancing and refining not changing their appearance. We are known for putting less botox than most surgeons. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away. (more…)

Medical Guide to Summer Protection

The perfect mommy guide to protect your kids from sun and bee stings to motion sickness and swimmer ear.

By Dr. Peter Waldstein and Dr. Julia White
Peter Waldstein1. SUNSCREEN:
a) Broad Spectrum
b) Water Resistant
c) UVA & UVB Protection (more…)

Dads Initiating Conversation about Puberty

It’s important for dad to notice and want to help.

By Dr. Shelly Metten
Shelly MettenEach year on Father’s Day our children make precious gifts and write adorable cards to thank dads for the special ways they have loved them through the year. These cards are a treasure. This year I want to suggest an unconventional way you can show your love to your children that will change their lives forever. My suggestion is to take time along the way to guide them through the many changes they are going to experience as puberty approaches, and later initiate discussions that will help them make healthy choices as they sexually mature. (more…)

Medical Guide to Summer Protection

The perfect mommy guide to protect your kids from sun and bee stings to motion sickness and swimmer ear.

By Dr. Peter Waldstein and Dr. Julia White
Julia White1. SUNSCREEN:
a) Broad Spectrum
b) Water Resistant
c) UVA & UVB Protection

a) Slide credit card to remove stinger
b) Ice for 15 minutes
c) Baking Soda & Water – mix together, the paste apply to site of sting for 15 minutes (more…)

Happy Mom, Happy Home

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarHappy Mother’s Day to all of you fabulous overworked, under appreciated devoted moms. It’s true that nothing is more important than our families. Childbirth is forgotten. Toddler tantrums and tween outbursts are in the past and all we focus on is providing a nurturing healthy life for our families.

How do we provide a healthy and nurturing environment for our families? It all starts with us. Happy mom happy home. (more…)

Controlling Childhood Eczema

Adult and Pediatric Dermatologist Haleh Bakshandeh shares some eczema.

Haleh BakshandehQ: If my child’s skin is irritated, red and bumpy does that mean he may have eczema?
A: While there is no single test to diagnose eczema, a good medical history and a skin examination are usually all that is needed. In general, eczema does appear as itchy, irritated patches of skin, usually on the arm folds, neck, wrists and ankles. Often, there will be a family history of eczema, seasonal allergies, or asthma. In most cases, your pediatrician and/or dermatologist should be able to make the diagnosis in just one visit. (more…)