Monday, March 13

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The Sunsationals Tap Club

The Sunsationals Tap Club was formed in 1990.  The members have performed throughout the valley in senior communities, the Chandler Center for the Arts, and participated in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.   Dance instructor Stephani Szoke teaches new dance steps with professionalism and patience.  When not performing, and learning new dance routines, the members have gone on outings, lunches, and even gone on cruises together!  Great friendships have been formed, and even past members are included in our activities.

On, Tuesday March 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the community auditorium.  

For more information, visit:
Sunsationals Tap Dance Production at Sunland Village East, 
2145 S Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, AZ  85209  

New Butterfly Exhibit opens at Desert Botanical Garden

Butterflies are back and better than ever at the Desert Botanical Garden with its new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Exhibit located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new Exhibit will feature hundreds of live fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children, adults and tourists.

The Butterfly Pavilion will provide visitors an opportunity for up close interaction with butterflies while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of their lifecycles, and our conservation efforts to protect them.

For more information, visit: 

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480 941.1225

Open Daily 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.
7 A.M. for members Wed. & Sun.

I give up! Americans throw in the towel on losing weight?

A research letter published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that of the percentage of adults who report actively trying to lose weight dropped.

A research letter published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that of the percentage of adults who report actively trying to lose weight dropped:

  •     56% of overweight/obese in 1988-1994
  •     49%of overweight/obese in 2009-2014

What could be behind the decline? Short answer: We don't know
Possibilities Good: 

  •     More knowledge about the futility of fad diets and rapid weight loss
  •     People are adopting healthy choices instead of 'diets'
  •     Increased body weight is more socially accepted
  •     A 2010 study showed that both men and women were less likely to classify themselves as overweight, even when their body mass index puts them in those categories
  •     the concept of "fat shaming" is recognized and becoming less socially unacceptable

Possibilities Not So Good: 

  •     Lack of effective long-term weight loss tools have led to 'fatigue' and a sense of futility about being able to lose weight
  •     People are becoming numb to the health consequences of overweight/obesity including increased risks of
  •     High blood pressure 
  •     Heart disease 
  •     Diabetes 
  •     Some cancers 
  •     Arthritis and joint issues 
  •     Complications in pregnancy and birth
  •     Lack of counseling (resistance to counseling) about the role of body weight in maintaining good health 
  •     Persistent environmental factors that make healthy choices less accessible 
  •     Healthful eating is more expensive than fast food
  •     Fresh vegetables less perishable and sometimes unavailable
  •     No or few places to exercise

The way forward

  •     Adopt a long-term approach to weight management and avoid quick fixes
  •     Eat for nutrition 
  •     Cut out sugary drinks (Americans get up to 30% of calories from sugary drinks)
  •     Eat mostly vegetables and some fruit (half your plate should be vegetables)
  •     Choose whole foods (eat mostly things that 'feed and grow') 
  •     Avoid packaged and processed foods
  •     All fast food and sweetened foods are occasional treats 
  •     Move your body everyday
  •     Add activity that raises your heart rate most days of the week
  •     Choose activities you like and can stick to for the long term 
  •     Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific health risks and get individual advice

Dr. Thompson's algorithm for whether you need to work on weight loss
1.    Are you free from health problems? e.g. Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, chronic pain etc.
2.    Can you do what you want/need to with your body? e.g. Physical activities, playing with kids, work duties, get pregnant etc.
3.    Can you afford the clothing you want/need?
If you answer NO to any of these questions, you should develop a long-term plan to decrease weight

Dr. Thompson's five-point guide to eating better 

  •     ½ of your plate vegetables (corn and potatoes are not vegetables)
  •     ¼ of your plate protein (meat, fish, tofu, mushrooms, etc.)
  •     ¼ of your plate, more vegetables most days of the week. One or two days a week use this place for carbohydrate (rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, bread/tortillas) and pay attention to serving size when you do. 
  •     If you're still hungry, after eating add more servings of vegetables
  •     Reserve dessert for special occasions

For more information, visit:

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

Queen of Clean: Keep or Toss household products

Many common household products come without expiration dates. So, how do you know how long you can keep them, and when it's time to toss them out? The Queen of Clean, Linda Cobb explains what to do with some of those items, anything from rubbing alcohol to powders and laundry detergent. 

Common products come without expiration dates.  How do you know when to keep them and when to toss them?

Rubbing Alcohol:  Toss it after two years if it has been opened.  Sealed, 3 years.  Alcohol evaporates quickly so it will become too week to kill bacteria. Use expired alcohol as window cleaner by combining it 50/50 with water in a spray bottle 

Hydrogen Peroxide:  If it has been open for 6 months toss it.  If sealed, it will last 3 years on the shelf.  Test to see if it is still good and effective by pouring some into a dish or sink.  If it is still good it will fizz and bubble.  If exposed to light it will break down quickly.  That's why it comes in the brown opaque bottle.

Laundry and Automatic Dishwasher Detergent:  It doesn't expire, but it does lose effectiveness.  Excessive heat or cold speeds up the process.  Opened, use it within 6 months, sealed 9 months to a year.  

Powders or pods will break down faster since they are exposed to air and moisture more frequently. If powder is hard or caked, toss it.  It won't dissolve properly.

Chlorine Bleach: This is good for about 6 to 9 months.  After that time, it can start to break down the container it is in.  At this point, it is no longer effective for disinfecting. Do not store in a hot garage.

Disposable Razors:  It is recommended that these be tossed after every 3 shaves.  After this the blade, can become nicked and can cut you.  Bacteria can also develop.  If you want to extend the life of it, soak it about every 3 or 4 shaves in hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it.

Toothbrush: Toss after 3 months, sooner if you have been sick.  Soaking your toothbrush in peroxide every other week will keep bacteria from growing. Ready to toss it?  Put it in your cleaning kit.

Loofah, Body Buffer, etc.  These loves to harbor bacteria in all the crevices and infect you via an open cut, scrape or acne.  It loses its ability to slough off dry skin after a few weeks.  Mesh puffs are more resistant to bacteria and can lost several months.  Be sure you hang them to dry between uses.  

Nail Polish:  Toss open bottles after two years.  Once a bottle is opened it will start to thicken making it hard to apply and slow drying.  To stretch the time on it a little, add a few drops of nail polish remover to it.  Need to toss it?  Keep it in your cleaning area for marking and labeling things.

For more information visit Linda's website and Facebook page.

Desert Botanical Garden: Plant Sale

The Desert Botanical Garden will be having a Plant Sale March 18th through 19th with a member preview on Friday, March 17th.  Choose from more than 30,000 plants including cactus, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs/veggies, and other oddities. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists will answer questions and assist in plant selections. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available.

A large selection of unique bare root cactus will be available at the sale. Bare root plants are often easier to plant than container plants, as they are lighter and don't require the digging of an extra-large hole.

Garden-related pottery, art and other specialties will be available. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases when they present their membership card.

Members Preview:
Friday, March 17 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open to Public:
Saturday, March 18 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday, March 19 | 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Events Plaza Parking Lot

Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m.  5 p.m. daily

For more information:

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 941-1225

Blue corn pancakes with Twin Arrows

Twin Arrows, the only Navajo Resort in the world, turns four this year. To celebrate, the resort shares a uniquely Navajo breakfast with us. It's Blue Corn Pancakes is one of its most popular dishes, which uses authentic Navajo Blue Bird Flour. \

For more information, visit:

Twin Arrows Resort Casino
22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 856-7200


Concern from FDA over at-home micro needling devices.
Can make issues worse, not better.
Microneedling designed to reduce scarring, aging, stretch marks
DIY can spread infection, cause scarring, damage vessels and nerves

For more information, visit:

13402 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Decadent desserts with Twin Arrows

Twin Arrows, the only Navajo Resort in the world, turns four this year. To celebrate, the resort shares decadent desserts with us, and how you can make them yourself at home. 

For more information, visit:

Twin Arrows Resort Casino
22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 856-7200

Dr. Hong/Testosterone

New research (The "Testosterone Trials") sheds light on how safe and effective testosterone therapy is
Men getting testosterone therapy improved their physical and sexual function but not as much as you may have hoped, without improved vitality There are some risks of being on testosterone therapy you should be aware of
Takeaway: before starting testosterone, have a complete discussion with your urologist or physician about the risks and the benefits
Bottom line: testosterone probably isn't the fountain of youth, but aging is not necessarily a disease

Older men with low testosterone levels might benefit from hormone treatment for healthy bones, but it may also increase their risk of heart problems, US trials suggest. 

  • Levels of the male hormone gradually decrease naturally as men get older.
  • Doctors agree men of any age with very low levels and symptoms such as low libido and erectile dysfunction should be considered for testosterone therapy. 
  • But the debate rages about where the treatment cut-off level should sit. 
  • In the US, selling testosterone direct to consumers has become big business. 
  • In the UK, men should see a doctor to get a prescription, although some buy it on the internet.

Mixed results

  • All the men in the US trials were 65 or older and had moderately low testosterone levels, but with no obvious medical cause. 
  • Half were given testosterone gel, applied to the skin, while the other half were given a placebo gel containing no testosterone. 
  • The 700 men, treated at different research centers, were monitored for a year and the findings are published in the JAMA and JAMA Internal Medicine.

At 12 months, testosterone treatment was linked to:

  •  an increase in bone density (which is linked to a lower risk of fractures)
  •  a reduced chance of having anemia (a low red blood cell count)

But also:

  • no real change in memory or cognition
  • a build-up of soft deposits in the blood vessels of the heart muscle

The researchers say more studies are needed to check if this means that men who take testosterone are then at increased risk of heart problems. 

Another study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that tracked heart health over a period of about three years suggests possibly not, but experts say it is too soon to be sure. 

Other research has suggested testosterone might help protect the heart, but experts say it is too soon to be sure.

There is also a concern that testosterone treatment might make prostate cancer more likely, by fueling tumor growth. 

Dr. Channa Jayasena, an expert at Imperial College London and a spokesman for the UK Society for Endocrinology, said: "The message here is to select the correct patients who will benefit from testosterone therapy, but not treat it as a wonder-drug."

The European association of Urology recommends other possible causes of low testosterone, such as obesity, should be treated before testosterone therapy is considered

Dr. Hong recently graduated from University of Arizona's Fellowship in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil with special training in holistic men’s' health

For more information, visit:
Y. Mark Hong, MD, FACS
Two valley locations
6245 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 337-8500

6525 W Sack Dr. #201
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 337-8500