Health Fads: Extreme or Extraordinary?

Pineapple Workout

Vibrate your way to fitness with Nick Morris' Pineapple Workout!

Sexy at Seventy
Seventy-one-year-old Mimi was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) Sexiest Vegetarian over the Age of 50.

"We know that eating a plant-based diet is good for your health. It can increase your lifespan and it can also just make you look vibrant," says E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork.

When asked her secret to looking beautiful, Mimi says, "I really feel it's my diet. I think outlook is important, and I'm happy to be here at 71 and feeling so good!"

Mimi is proud to say that aside from dying her hair, she hasn't undergone any cosmetic procedures. "Nothing. No Botox, no nothing," she says.

"The peroxide is the only toxic thing I do to my body. And I do have a boyfriend 19 years younger than myself," Mimi adds with a smile.

Cellupulse Treatment
Dr. Michelle Ware from the Los Feliz Med Spa in Los Angeles, California demonstrates the cellupulse treatment on Ilona.

Dr. Ware explains that the technology was originally used for sports injuries such as tendonitis, muscle tears, strains and pains, but patients noticed a welcome side effect. The machine emits acoustic waves that increase circulation in targeted areas of the skin. In turn, the skin's elasticity is increased, which reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Ear Infection Rescue

Ear infections are common in children and are often caused by fluid build up in the Eustachian tubes. When placed at the back of the ear, the Eardoc device emits vibrations that help open up the Eustachian tube and allows fluid to drain.

"Cellulite is a circulation problem, which will cause fat cells to swell," explains Dr. Ware. "The connective tissue between the fat cells will shrink and harden, and that creates that dimpling effect you see with cellulite."

Placenta Facials
EMK Placental Skin Care uses extract of human placentas in their skin care line. The placenta contains amino acids and stem cells, but plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon cautions that it's unclear how much of these properties actually penetrate the skin.

Shirodhara Massage
Martha and Leila from the Surya Spa in Pacific Palisades, California perform a Shirodhara massage on Sheila.

"This treatment involves organic, warm sesame oil poured slowly over the forehead, primarily focusing on the marma point, also known as the third eye, which is directly linked to the central nervous system," Leila explains. "This treatment is ideal for anxiety, stress; helps to release deep, embedded tension from the tissues."

Resounding Health

Watch how sound can help heal the body when Daniella, a certified sound healer, performs sound therapy on Gina. 

Sound Therapy
Daniella, a certified sound healer, performs sound therapy with Tibetan bowls on Gina, 32, who feels her energy is running low. The healer explains that she focuses on her clients' energy centers and attunes to the sound frequencies of their problem areas.

"It's based on quantum physics, how everything in the universe is made of vibration," Daniella explains. "Your body is also in a state of constant vibration. When you're out of whack or you're unwell, your frequencies are imbalanced."

"This is one of those things that if it works for someone," Dr. Travis notes, "there's no down side. It's a neat concept."

Celebrity Look-Alike Sperm Donors
In a town captivated by celebrity, it's no surprise that women in Los Angeles would seek out sperm donors who look like their favorite stars. Scott Brown, communication director at California Cryobank (CCB) in Los Angeles, California, says that women can go to his clinic's Web site for the CCB Donor Look-a-LikesTM program. The software links sperm donors to photos of the two or three celebrities the donors most closely resemble.

"You get these guys who on paper are great and look the same, but is he a Ben Affleck-type or a Zach Ephron-type?" Scott says. "It helps make the decision easier for people."

Alice, 33, was the first client to take advantage of the CCB Donor Look-a-LikesTM program. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and told that chemotherapy would likely render her unable to reproduce. Alice chose to freeze her embryos and looked at 300 possible sperm donors.

"Once I got down to a handful of donors, it was a really tough decision," she says. "They were kind of sounding the same at that point; they were all great on paper."

Alice finally settled on a sperm donor who resembled actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Inspired by her experience, Alice started a non-profit organization, My Vision, to educate other breast cancer patients about fertility options.

Reusable Diapers
Reusable diapers are not a new concept, but Smartipants diapers deliver a new, easy and effective solution for diaper care. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how the Smartipants reusable diapers work. The best part? Instead of requiring 7,000 disposable diapers, the average baby needs only 24 Smartipants diapers up until the child is potty trained.

Dyson Air Multiplier Fan

Air MultiplierTM technology: An annular jet draws in surrounding air, amplifying it 15 times.
• No choppy air: No blades chopping the air means air flow is smooth with no unpleasant buffeting.
• Safe: No fast-spinning blades.
• Easy to clean: No awkward grilles or blades.
• Touch-tilt: Pivots on its own center of gravity, staying put without clamping.
• Dimmer-switch control: Precisely adjusts airflow power.
• Oscillation: One-touch for 90-degree rotation.

Moustaches vs. Cancer

Moustaches vs. Cancer is a two month moustache-a-thon fundraiser to help fight pediatric cancer.

Each participant solicits donations on behalf of his moustache, and all earnings go to the pediatric department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Oral Health
Dentist Dr. Jamie Sands says that people should always brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss twice a day, see their dentist regularly, and make sure to change their toothbrush at least four times a year.

"Get yourself a proper toothbrush," Dr. Sands says. "Investing in [an electrical toothbrush] is to your advantage. It actually removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush; the oscillating, rotating technology is going to do all the work. "

"If you develop gum disease, it can lead to things like heart disease and increased inflammation throughout your body," Dr. Travis adds. "Taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential."

Bone Mineral Density Test
A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures the density of calcium in your bones. Find out how the BMD test is performed and what you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong.



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OAD 11/4/09