Wellness Wednesdays – 11/8/17

Wellness Wednesdays is a MVMag.net-exclusive feature that curates the best health & wellness content from around the Valley and the web.

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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Non-Invasive Procedures

by Kristina Dudley of All Care Laser Center

Many people have issues with their skin, but not everyone knows what options they have available to them. The truth is, there are many affordable, non-invasive procedures out there to take care of skin problems like sun damage and melasma. Here are just a few:

– Laser skin therapy: This is an innovative way to promote vibrant and healthy looking skin in both men and women. Getting a “laser facial” creates a youthful appearance by treating conditions typically associated with premature signs of aging and sun damage, including excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, fine lines and wrinkles.

– Skin tightening: Some laser treatments can actually stimulate natural collagen and elastin production to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin … and with fewer side effects and less downtime than invasive prodedures!

– Chemical peels: As we age, our dead skin cells do not turn over as quickly as they used to, causing it to look dull and uneven. Chemical peels shed off the dead layer of skin, improving the evenness of color and texture.

For more information on these treatments, visit our website at AllCareLaserCenter.com.

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

East and West

Susan West Levine, Lowell Community Health Center’s New CEO

Susan West Levine, a public health professional who has spent most of her career in Massachusetts, began her new position as CEO at Lowell Community Health Center at the end of June 2016. West Levine had served for more than two years as chief of staff to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, but welcomed the opportunity to be back in the Bay State. (read more)

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Only Thing We Have to Fear (Food-Wise) Is Fear Itself

For The New York Times, pediatrician Aaron Carroll’s opinion piece “Relax, You Don’t Need to ‘Eat Clean’” examines the way specific food fears have driven the public discourse around health for a long time in America … and how that may not actually be conducive to wellness at all. “When one panic-du-jour wanes, we find another focus for our fears. We demonized fats. Then cholesterol. Then meat,” says Carroll. The problem: “Too often, we fail to think critically about scientific evidence.” Case in point: Americans take for granted the reasons why certain things — such as MSG and GMOs — are bad, but there is no real scientific basis for believing either to be seriously harmful. “Being afraid of food with no real reason is unscientific,” Carroll concludes, “part of the dangerous trend of anti-intellectualism that we confront in many places today.”

British Food Historian: To Improve Americans’ Diets, We Should Turn to Japan

But the above headline doesn’t mean, as New Yorker contributor Nicola Twilley puts it, we should “move to a sushi-based diet to tackle its obesity pandemic, no matter how delicious that sounds.” Instead, the lesson we should take from food historian Bee Wilson’s book “First Bite” comes from the way the Japanese diet changed from one marked by a lack of both nutrition and good taste prior to the twentieth century, to one overflowing with both. With half of our nation’s vegetable servings made up of just five foods (“iceberg lettuce, frozen potatoes, fresh potatoes, potato chips, and canned tomatoes”), it seems we might be in order for a shift toward better nutrition and better taste ourselves.

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LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS

November 8

Methuen Village will hold a special event, “7 Steps to Managing Your Memory,” featuring Dr. Andrew Budson of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center and co-author of “Seven Steps to Managing your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It.” Methuen, Mass. | Facebook.com

November 10

Join Achilles Boston for their weekly Friday night group workout in Lowell at the Sampas Pavillion along the Merrimack River. The group runs, walks and rolls various distances, paces and routes. All ages and abilities are welcome, no one is left behind, and workouts are completely free; held rain or shine. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

November 12

Friends of North Andover Trails will be hosting their November Guided Hike at Mazurenko Farm from 1 to 3 p.m. All FONAT hikes are free unless otherwise noted and family friendly. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to join the fun. North Andover, Mass. | FONAT.org

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