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How Much Botox Will You Need?
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Everytime I consider having some “work done,” I learn something that makes me pause. Last month Anna, my aesthetician, gave me a facial. We’ve been friends for 20 years. I love visiting Anna because she’s a voracious reader and researches organic versus non organic foods, vitamins and skin care. She’s a walking encyclopedia concerning anything you put on the skin and into the body.

As I’m going on about how with each passing day I look more like my mother, and I’m thinking about Botox, Anna stops working on my face and says, “Uh huh… “ Not the kind of “Uh huh” that reconfirms she’s listening, but the kind of “Uh huh” Sherlock Holmes might have uttered as he processed a new clue. I love it when she does that, because I know she’s about to give me a kernel of well-researched information.

“Like everything else we put on our skin, did you know Botox is processed by our liver?” Anna makes it sound like more of a statement than a question.

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Those are the words of Kermit The Frog. Despite Kermit’s opinion, it’s gotten much easier to be green since PANTONE, the global authority on color, has picked green as it’s color of the year. That makes twice in four years, and I am excited!

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Copyright @Taryn Brumfitt
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One of my intentions for The Pro-Body Project is to introduce you to voices, other than my own, on the broad subject of body image.

So with that in mind, I went to see “Embrace,” a documentary by an Australian mum of three, Taryn Brumfitt. Taryn attempts to tackle the myth of the perfect body and the culture that drives so many of us to despair, trying to attain it. Continue Reading

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And you thought I just do surgery on knees and shoulders!

But I’m not here to advise you on color, wall paper or tile. I am here to suggest a house in which you can stay come hell or high water… or when you get old.

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For most of my life, I felt like a detached head, bobbing around separate to the body beneath.  Continue Reading

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The first week of each new year, I devote time to reflecting on the previous year before I created a plan for the coming one. I consider what went well, what didn’t, and what needed to change. I try to make my celebrations list longer than my shortcomings, with more gratitude than gripes. But looking at the change list is where I determine my theme for the year. It’s where I find the things I crave more of and the words I want to exemplify both publicly and deep in my soul. Past years’ words have included shine, delight, flourish and change.

This year, my heart’s desire is for more joy.

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'Dr. No,' the first James Bond film.
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Many of you will come to know me as Dr. No. Often I find myself making recommendations NOT to do certain activities over doing them. It’s safer and less complicated. For example, “Don’t ride a motorcycle.” Pretty much everyone knows it’s unsafe to ride a motorcycle, even if you enjoy riding one.

But wouldn’t it be equally easy for me to say, “It’s okay to ride a motorcycle… on a flat, dry, straight road with a helmet on?” Of course not, because you can still get maimed doing just what the doctor recommended.

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In my last post, I promised to outline the most important things I did that helped me quit 30 years of yo-yo dieting. You can read some of the ‘highlights’ of my history with food here. Continue Reading

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That’s right! It’s pretty much what I tell most of my patients. “What makes your orthopedic surgeon money, is probably something you shouldn’t be doing.” Go ahead. Try to name an orthopedic condition–other than inheritable diseases or bad luck–that isn’t related to something we do to ourselves. Something preventable.

Sports medicine injuries… Completely preventable. Don’t participate in sports, and you probably won’t tear your ACL. I know there are a few exceptions. Bear with me here… Continue Reading

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If I see one more advertisement or an article about a diet that’s going to give me “The Best Body Ever in 2017,” the only thing I’ll be using a fork for is to poke my eyes out.

In the U.S. alone, dieting is a $60 billion industry, yet chronic illness and obesity rates continue to rise. It’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but if diets really work, why the need to start a new one each year?

Despite not having a dramatic weight loss story to share, I consider quitting dieting to be one of my greatest achievements. Continue Reading