Monday, February 27

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Pancakes for a cause on National Pancake Day!

In honor of National Pancake Day, all Valley Snooze locations will have $3.50 pancakes with all proceeds going to community gardens in the Valley. Pancakes flavors offered tomorrow include the Cannoli Cake, Acai of Relief, Rocky Road, Berry Buck-Wild Cheesecake, Campfire Cakes, Pizza Pie and the King Cake pancake. 

In addition, Snooze is donating 100 percent of pancake sales tomorrow to community gardens in the Valley.  Plus, in celebration of Mardi Gras, Snooze is featuring a special King Cake pancake, with a hidden jack in select pancakes to receive a Snooze gift card. 

For more information, visit
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery: 
2045 E. Camelback Rd. A17, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 480-725-8000

Crossfit gym owner goes from barely finishing work out to fitness model
Matt Rhodes had a tough time getting through his first ever Crossfit workout. But he stuck it out and persevered. Now he owns a CrossFit gym and is a model and fitness ambassador for Lululemon. But Matt has never forgotten how he got started. He doesn't want other to be intimidated by Crossfit and offers a "Crossfit 101" class at his gym to show anyone and everyone that they too can join. 

For more information, visit and Facebook:

2950 N. Hayden Rd. 
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 USA
Phone:(602) 405-9330

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with King Cake & jambalaya at Southern Rail

In honor of Fat Tuesday, Southern Rail is hosting a Mardi Gras celebration complete with festively themed menu specials on February 28 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The festivities will include signature New Orleans-style cocktails, King Cake, Jambalaya and a costume contest.

For more information, visit:

Southern Rail
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 200-0085

Shedding light on a lesser-known eating disorder 

Just in time for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 26 to March 5), one Valley author is working to spread the word about a lesser-known eating disorder with life-threatening effects. The novel, is a deeply personal story for Elliot, as it's inspired by her teenage daughter's struggle with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Elliot will be at Changing Hands in Phoenix on March 4th at 4 p.m. 

For more information, visit:  

Book Signing on Saturday March 4 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix at 4 p.m.
For more information on the book signing event, visit:

Changing Hands Bookstore-Phoenix
300 W. Camelback Road
Phone: (602) 274-0067

How do the stars look so good? Valley Plastic Surgeon Daniel Sharpiro tells us what is really takes. 

This year's Academy Awards wrapped up last night and the stars looked stunning. But that isn't all genetics. Dr. Daniel Shapiro of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Clinic with his take on how the beautiful people turn back the clock. 

  • Looking Great for Major Event takes Preparation and Careful Planning
  • Celebrities have access to beauty secrets but these are no different than the rest of the public.
  • Non-Invasive treatments such as Botox, Soft Tissue Fillers and Lasers are the mainstay.
  • New Skin Tightening Treatments are becoming more popular especially for the face.
  • Treatments should be completed at least 3 weeks before and event to allow for swelling or bruising.
  • Surgery is still the gold standard when indicated and the choice of surgeon is the most critical decision.
  • Physician grade home skin care regimens and Hydration are the best ongoing therapy

For more information, visit: and Facebook:

Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Clinic 
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Building F-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 

Want a baby at 65? New reproductive technologies can make it happen

From DNA editing to freezing your eggs, new technology is giving hope to women who want to have children of their own. Dr. Sharon Thompson, of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology
Older and fairly common

  •     Sperm freezing very common since the 1950s
  •     Artificial insemination technology has been around since the turn of the century
  •     Embryo freezing/Traditional IVF: Debuted in the late 1970s; more than 1 million live births
  •     Egg donors: Started to be used in the mid-1980s, since then there has been more than 50,000 live births
  •     Surrogates: First surrogates used around the mid-1980s, while there is no source for accurate statistics, we estimate that more than 5,000 live births could be attributed to surrogates 

Newer but becoming more common

  • Egg freezing 

(Available in mid 1980s but the "experimental designation" was not lifted until 2012 when newer techniques led to healthier eggs after thawing)


  •     Women who have been diagnosed with cancer who have not yet begun chemotherapy or radiotherapy; 
  •     Women who want to avoid ethical or religious dilemmas from created embryos
  •     Women who want to preserve future ability to have children, either because they do not yet have a partner, or for other personal or medical reasons.
  •     Women with a family history of early menopause 

What does it entail?

  •     Several weeks of hormone injections that stimulate ovaries to ripen multiple eggs 
  •     Hormonal injection to complete final maturation 
  •     Eggs are removed from the body through a needle under ultrasound guidance 


  •     Eggs are frozen using either a controlled-rate, slow-cooling method or newer flash-freezing process known as vitrification which results in a cell free of ice crystals resulting in with higher survival rates after thawing

Post-menopausal pregnancy

    Case reports/news stories: All via IVF 64-year-old in Spain had healthy twins in 2017; a 70-year-old woman in India had a healthy boy in 2016; a 65-year-old woman in Israel has a boy in 2015

    As long as the woman is healthy in every other way, it should be possible for her to carry a child to term.

    Women at this age are not using own eggs to become pregnant:

  •    As eggs age, there is higher risk for chromosomal birth defects, stillbirth and other complications. 
  •    The woman is matched with a young healthy donor whose physical characteristics and culture match
  •    The uterus requires an initial three-month period of cyclical estrogen/progesterone treatment prior to IVF 
  •    The process of preparing the uterus to accept an embryo is much the same in older and young women preparing for IVF

Cutting edge 

  •     Three donor embryos
  •     Sperm donor, egg nucleus donor, separate donor for egg cytoplasm (egg minus nucleus) 
  •     This is done when there are diseases of the miotchondria (powerhouse of the cell) which are found in the cytoplasm 
  •     Gene editing/super babies
  •     New technology allows very precise editing of DNA to fix small problems or make small changes. It is very simple technology and very accurate.  
  •     The specific genetic defect needs to be known for example sickle cell disease or cystic fibrosis

Safety/ethical issues:

  •     Multiple embryos (twins and more) present increased medical risks for mother     and higher risk for cesarean section
  •     Older moms have higher risks of medical complications
  •     Ethical issues are unsettled
  •     Life expectancy is increasing but mortality is real
  •     Who is going to care for child when parent is too old or deceased?
  •     should prospective parents be required to set up a fund for the child's future care?
  •     Who is going to care for parent when they are old enough to need care but child is too young to be responsible?
  •     Selecting for sex, skin color, eliminating 'disabilities' 
  •     Are there unintended genetic consequences we can't foresee?
  •     What is the relationship/responsibility/rights of the genetic donors?
  •     Legal/cultural implications

Here are links on reproductive technologies:

Later in life births

Egg Freezing

Super Babies: Super babies through DNA editing: a new technology that is cheap, 'easy' and accurate can edit DNA to make specific changes:

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology, 926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 288-0777,