Start Juicing Up Your Life!

This post is sponsored by Organifi

I’ll always remember my brief love affair with an electric juicer. It was handsome and strong, and I couldn’t wait to take it home to introduce it to heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables so they could make beautiful, nutrient-rich drinks for me. The beverages were scrumptious, and I knew I was doing good things for my body. But alas, the juicer was high maintenance. It was a hassle to clean, and it cost a small fortune to keep feeding it superfoods like broccoli and goji berries.

The affair ended. I sent the juicer packing. But ever since I’ve craved the sustenance that pure, fresh juices give me.  You can’t find them on the supermarket shelf, and when I saunter up to a juicing stand to satisfy my longing, it sets me back a pretty penny.  The ‘Starstruck’ at the local juice shop, a blend of apple, lemon, ginger and cayenne, is $8!

When the folks at Organifi called to ask if I’d try their “gently dried superfood powders,” of course I was game. Before I tell you how and why they were created, and what’s in them, let me get right to the essential points: The juice is a cinch to make (I add a scoop of the powder and eight ounces of cold sparkling water to my Vitamix, blend it for five seconds, and pour the drink into the glass.) It goes down easily and tastes delicious. I swear I feel a burst of energy within minutes, and it stays with me for hours.  Trust me. I’m a high-energy person in the first place but I’m even more energetic after drinking one of the juices I’ve prepared with Organifi “superfood powder.”

                   Drew Canole

Meet The Muse Of Juice

The seeds of Organifi superfood powders were planted about seven years ago by Drew Canole, one of the original YouTube influencers in the area of healthy eating. The young head of a successful debt settlement company in Tampa, FL, at the time, Drew remembers looking in the mirror and “wanting something more.” Forty pounds overweight, he was subsisting on what he called “the sad diet” of processed foods.

After accepting an employee’s invitation to try a green liquid that looked like “swamp water,” Drew experienced a long-lasting infusion of energy. “It wasn’t a quick rush that you’d get from coffee, and there was no crash,” Drew recalled.  Without hesitating, he bought a juicer and took the first step of a juicing journey that would transform his life, personally and professionally.

Moving to San Diego from Tampa, Drew began posting mini videos on YouTube and Facebook to document his experiences, and created a visual transformation program around juicing for weight loss. “It was the dawn of the juicing trend, and Drew was attracting an audience that was burned out from trying one commercial diet after another, and tired of broken promises from marketing companies. People were starting to understand the power of whole foods and juicing as medicine to improve health,” explained Mae Steigler, who became employee #1 at, Drew’s content marketing brand. “People were looking for real long-term solutions to change their mindset from fixing their bodies to working with their bodies to create the results they knew were possible,” added Mae, who was working in personal training and nutrition when she met the emerging juicing guru.


                     Mae Steigler

Since then, Drew’s Facebook following has grown to over 4 million, and 65 employees now work at the company. “Drew wasn’t just talking for marketing and promotion purposes. He was living his program, and it was compelling and attractive,” Mae said. Over the last seven years, the company learned something else: Juicing is challenging for many. It requires having access to and buying high-quality ingredients, not to mention a juicer.  Besides the shopping, there’s lots of other work, from the chopping to the cleanup. “The lifestyle around juicing isn’t that easy for everyone to achieve,” Mae stressed. “Our customers would tell us they wanted to do our programs, but didn’t have the time or the money to juice.” Take my brief love affair with juicing, for example!

The Benefits of Juicing, Minus The Hassle

Organifi Green Juice includes beets and mint. It’s yummy!

Always striving to make transformation easier for their customers, Drew and his team decided in 2014 to start producing physical product that would remove the challenge from juicing, as well as provide the benefits consumers wanted, including weight loss, increased energy, better sleep, and decreased stress. The first product, Organifi Green Juice, is a top seller today. A gently-dried superfood powder made from powerful, dark leafy greens, it helps the body cope with daily external and internal stresses, and normalize its biological processes. Ashwagandha, one of the key ingredients in Organifi Green Juice, is a plant used in herbal medicine that is believed to improve thinking ability, decrease pain and inflammation, and reduce the effects of aging. Other ingredients include mint, beets, turmeric, and coconut water.

Like the Green Juice powder, the other superfood powders in the Organifi line are created to address specific goals its customers want to reach–from more energy to sounder sleep–which the company calls “pain points,” Mae explained. After identifying a pain point, Organifi extensively researches which key natural ingredients from plants have been clinically proven to help solve it. Organifi then works with vendors who formulate the appropriate powder from certified organic ingredients. Besides its effectiveness, each new powder must taste great, Mae said. “We sometimes taste test for a year,” she added. Once the two criteria are met, the powder can simply be mixed with water, or another liquid, to conveniently provide all essential nutrients.

Organifi Red Juice includes pomegranate

Organifi Red Juice superfood powder is used to ignite metabolism and provide energy, as well as revitalize skin cells. Ingredients include acai, which has 10 times the antioxidants of most fruits, to lower muscle stress; pomegranate to improve cardiovascular health, and cordyceps, an essential fungus to burn fat without having to go crazy in the gym.

Organifi Gold is packed with soothing herbs, sleep-enhancing phytonutrients and antioxidants to boost immunity and help you sleep deeply, so you wake refreshed and rejuvenated. It includes turmeric, ginger and reishi mushroom to fight inflammation, soothe aches, ward off colds and flus, and aid digestion. “It’s good for you, whether you’re an athlete or an active grandmother,” Mae noted. Organifi Gold can be mixed with a glass of warm water or milk, and sipped in the evening to maximize its calming effects.  

Organifi Complete Protein All-in-One Shake, in vanilla flavor, is a high-protein drink that can substitute for one or two meals a day. It includes pumpkin protein, which can help strengthen bones, teeth and even your heart; quinoa protein to combat inflammation; pea protein, which can help repair your cells and give you stronger, firmer skin, and plant-based digestive enzymes to help your body break down and absorb nutrients.


Consider two of the thousands of rave reviews on the Organifi website:

“I was tired and not sleeping through the night. I was on Facebook and watched a video of this hot guy talking about Greens & Reds. Peaked my interest and I ordered. I am now in the middle of my second month and I have more energy. I’m happy, I’ve lost weight and I sleep through the night thanks to my Gold. I posted a video online about my experience with these products and more than 10 of my friends have placed orders and are very happy. Try it, you won’t regret it,” wrote Myra A.

“Green Juice is truly the most amazing drink! I highly recommend it to all my friends and family. For my employment we are required to do a panel of wellness tests. Every one of my tests came back in the normal range, I’m 66 years old, I take no medications, only taking Organifi Green Juice. That says it all,” commented Vivian R.  

Set Out On Your Juicing Journey Today

While it’s easy to add Organifi superfood powders to your daily routine, it’s not a “magic bullet” for someone who is sedentary and on a horrible diet, Mae stressed. “It’s most effective for anyone who is ready to make lifestyle changes. It kickstarts the motivation. But, don’t be impatient. Consider how long it took you to get to where you are. Use Organifi for 30 days and be focused on the positive changes you’re going to feel, from mental, spiritual and nutritional perspectives,” she recommended.

“I get to wake up every single day and transform someone’s life,” Drew said in one of his online videos. “We’ve transformed thousands of people, but the most important person I’ve transformed was myself. You, too, can shift your mindset and start your true life transformation.”

Organifi is sold in about 1,500 stores, including Vitamin Shoppe, at heath events, and online. Confident that its superfood powders will help change your life, it offers a 60-day money back guarantee. No questions asked.

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Waking Up To Women

This post is sponsored by GNC

Whenever Shelley even glances at the supplement aisle at her local chain drugstore, the options overwhelm her. “It seems like I read a new article every week about the latest and greatest supplement, and why a product that was hot three months ago has become a no-no. I absolutely need supplements now that I’m in menopause, but I have no idea which ones to buy. It’s frustrating and upsetting!” Shelley said.

Shelley, and millions of other women, will be delighted to learn that a store we’ve known for years aims to become the go-to destination for superior health, wellness and beauty products for women 45+. When our backs were turned, GNC woke up and recognized that we’re a pretty darn important community of ladies! Firmly established as the leading resource for sports and fitness supplements, GNC is now determined to help boomer women feel and look the best we can, without a bit of frustration. “Lots of physiological changes take place in a woman’s body starting in perimenopause and then leading into menopause,” said Guru Ramanathan, Chief Innovation Officer, who has been with GNC for two decades. “It’s an important phase in the life of a woman, and we want to be there for her.”

Walk into a GNC today and you’ll see, front and center, four major sections of Women’s Health and Beauty products to help support your nutrition and health goals during perimenopause and menopause. You’ll find supplements for heart health to hormone balance; for bone health to digestion support; for eye health to urinary tract health. GNC also offers us an impressive selection of products for our skin, hair, and nails!

Experience The GNC Difference

No doubt, it’s a big challenge to win over smart and demanding women, but 82-year-old GNC is putting its money where its mouth is! Besides greatly expanding its selection of nutritional supplements and other merchandise women need, it’s committing major resources for research and development to create top-quality products for us. It’s also vigorously training employees, and offering exclusive online tools so we have the essential knowledge to buy the most effective products for each of our unique needs! GNC knows that knowledge is powerful to women.

Guru and his teams of scientists and product innovators constantly stay on top of developments in healthy aging, travel the world to find unparalleled raw materials, work tirelessly to develop the very best dietary supplements, and put many of them through clinical studies with real women to make certain they meet GNC’s stringent performance standards. “A lot of people shop only for price and don’t really understand there’s a definite difference in product quality between a big bottle of fish oil supplements for $5, and GNC fish oil, which properly supports healthy cholesterol levels, as well as joint, skin and brain health,” Guru explains.

“You should have the best, which is what we’re selling. After all, you’re ingesting these products,” said Ken Martindale, who joined GNC as chief executive officer after running Rite Aid for four years. “I decided to make the move because I was fascinated by the scope and quality of GNC’s products and the science and innovation behind them. We’re selling products that matter in people’s lives, and we’re focused on customers who want to put the highest-quality products into their bodies,” Ken emphasized.

Supplementing Your Knowledge

And, you won’t have to fend for yourself. Ask someone on the floor of a GNC store to explain what’s the big deal about probiotics, and they’ll give you the correct answer right off the bat (probiotics provide digestive and immune support), and help you pick out the most suitable probiotic for your lifestyle goals. Want to know which multivitamin will best support your bone health? Yep, they’ll know that too. GNC employees are educated about different topics each week on their own tablets, and they even get quizzes to test their knowledge. Whether you visit a GNC in New York or one in New Mexico, you’ll be sure to get consistent information.

Just as GNC helps us deal with our health concerns and objectives when we walk into its stores, it wants to do the same in the digital space. An ingenious tool recently launched on its website lets us enter our goals and learn which probiotics, proteins, and minerals are recommended.  “We must be far more than just an ecommerce site, and intend to position ourselves as an expert in the supplement category online,” Ken stressed.

GNC recently launched an Auto Deliver & Save Program, ensuring that your favorite products are automatically shipped for free right to your door, whenever you want. You’ll also get 10% off every order once you sign up for the convenient service.

A Gift Of Health

GNC is so excited to show us how much it cares about our health and wellbeing, it wants us to have one of its best-in-class supplements—valued up to $60—as a gift with any $40 purchase online or in store. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be on your way to a HEALTHIER YOU!

Here are some details on each to help you choose:


GNC probiotics provide digestive and immune support. Backed by extensive research from more than 10 published studies—and guaranteed potent through the expiration date without refrigeration—the benefits of GNC probiotics range from supporting your quality of life to satisfaction with bowel habit.


GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil can supply a key source of Omega-3 fatty acids in just one easy-to-swallow softgel a day. These omegas are associated with a wide range of health benefits, including support for healthy cholesterol levels as well as joint, skin and brain health. You’d have to eat four to six  meals of fatty fish each week to meet the 500-1,000 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids recommended by health organizations.


Dietary surveys show that many Americans may not take in an adequate amount of several vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are essential to good health. The latest scientific research suggests that all adults can benefit from taking a multivitamin daily in conjunction with a healthy diet. GNC’s Mega Men® One Daily and Women’s Ultra Mega® One Daily deliver vitamins and minerals at their 100% daily value or more and include 39 important nutrients essential for overall wellness.


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Earn a Yale ‘Medical Degree’ in a Single Day








Whether you’re a woman around 45 years old whose body is starting to feel and act differently than it ever felt or acted before…

about 65 years old, and running to more doctors than you ever visited before…

or somewhere in between, and troubled by changes in your body like it never changed before, five brilliant and caring doctors from the Yale University School of Medicine are going to give you the best lessons of your life…for your life!

We’re thrilled to present One-Day Medical School with Yale because it’s time we understood our bodies during the most important passage  in our lives. You’ll walk away with clarity about the critical issues you’ll be facing during the transitional years after 45, and how to successfully and confidently deal with them.


THE LESSON PLAN                  

Professor: Dr. Erin Wysong Hofstatter
Co-Director, Yale Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program


Professor: Dr. Jeffrey R. Bender
Director, Yale Cardiovascular Research Center


1 PM-2 PM
The author of Fear of Flying, the powerful story of a woman’s
journey of self-discovery and defining her own life, will compare
the Erica of 1973 with the Erica of today


2 PM-2:45 PM
Professor: Dr. Oz Harmanli
Chief Yale Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery


2:45-3:30 PM
Professor: Dr. Elizabeth H. Holt
Co-Director, Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Disease Team


3:30 PM-3:45 PM


3:45 PM-5:45 PM
Professors: Dr. Mary Jane Minkin
Yale Clinical Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Rose Tamura & Dr. Julia Edelman
North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioners



Attend in person October 25, 2018: $65* (attendance limited to 250)

*includes access to the streamed event after October 25, 2018

Lunch, coffee breaks, and a welcome bag filled with goodies. Luncheon guest, Erica Jong, will have a conversation with Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty, about her modern classic, Fear of Flying, the powerful story of a woman’s journey of self-discovery and defining her own life.

Watch Live Streaming or Stream Anytime You Want

$3.99 per session; $14.99 for all 5 sessions

If you can’t make it to New Haven, you can stream the live event. And, if you can’t watch every session on October 25, you’ll be able to stream whatever you missed, whenever and wherever you want.


“We strongly encourage you  to join us in person or online

for what we expect will be an unforgettable experience.”  

–Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Yale Medical School


 for the best lessons of your life…for your life!

(You can use any credit card to register)



Please Don’t Leak The Answers

FabOverFifty, with the Yale School of Medicine, is launching an exciting health initiative in late October that will positively influence the health and wellbeing of every single woman in perimenopause, and well beyond. We plan to tell you about it next week, but in the meantime we’d like to test your basic knowledge of a number of essential subjects. Today, it’s all about the bladder.


1. How old are you?

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2. Can you control your bladder as well as you used to?

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3. Have you had children?

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4. Do you sometimes feel like you’re not emptying your entire bladder?

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5. Has your vagina fallen out of position?

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6. Have you had urinary tract infections in the last 3 years?

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7. Do you sometimes have trouble urinating?

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8. Do you urinate more frequently than you used to?

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9. If you’ve noticed changes in your bladder function, have you talked to your healthcare provider about them?

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10. Do you have a sudden need to urinate?

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“There’s More to Life Than Cheekbones” — Kate Winslet

FabOverFifty, with the Yale School of Medicine, is launching an exciting health initiative in late October that will positively influence the health and wellbeing of every single woman in perimenopause, and well beyond. We plan to tell you about it right after Labor Day, but in the meantime we’d like to test your basic knowledge of a number of essential subjects. Today, it’s all about bones. 


1. How old are you?

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2. Is loss of estrogen a major reason for the loss of bone mass?

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3. If you fall and break a bone, is it likely that you have osteoporosis?

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4. Will calcium supplements help increase your bone density?

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5. How much bone density do you lose in the 5 to 7 years after menopause?

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6. Can bone loss be reversed?

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7. Would you be able to explain the difference between the calcium in your blood and the calcium in your bones?

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8. If your mother or father broke a bone as an adult, does it increase your risk for osteoporosis?

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9. Do you exercise with weights?

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10. How much should you exercise every week to keep your bones strong?

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11. How many women have osteoporosis today?

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12. How many women after the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis?

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13. Have you ever had a bone density test?

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Laser Focused On Their Patients

FabOverFifty is pleased to have a partnership with Alma Lasers, a global innovator of laser, light-based, radio frequency and ultrasound devices for face and body contouring, feminine health, hair and tattoo removal, acne scars, skin resurfacing, wrinkles, psoriasis, and more.

Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, gynecologists and medispas from coast to coast use Alma’s sophisticated technology  to offer clients and patients treatments that refresh, revitalize and renew their skin safely, painlessly, and effectively.  Throughout the year, FabOverFifty highlights exceptional practices that are part of the Alma network.



16233 Sylvester Road SW, Suite G30
Burien, WA 98166


1220 116th Avenue NE, Suite 203
Bellevue, WA 98004


7610 40th Street West
University Place, WA 98466


Meet Margaret Larson

          Margaret Larson

A master’s prepared nurse practitioner, Margaret L. Larson, ARNP, MSN, FNP-C  is board certified in Family Practice. She is certified in cosmeceutical procedures such as general and CO2 laser skin and feminine rejuvenation, radio frequency skin tightening, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, neurotoxin, dermal filler and chemical peel treatments. Margaret also is a certified health care provider of Metagenics FirstLine Therapy Program, a medical-guided weight loss and disease management program.

Since 2014 Margaret has received the prestigious Bella Diamond Elite Award from Suneva Medical for being the Top National Injector of Bellafill, the longest-lasting filler.  Her revolutionary technique and approach to long-term results from non-surgical facial rejuvenation has put her at the top of the aesthetics industry.

What is the philosophy and mission of Larson Family Medicine?

It is important to Margaret and her highly trained staff to provide patient-centered, quality medical aesthetic services, using technology from the global leaders, and medical grade skin care products.

Why did the practice choose to invest in Alma Laser equipment?

As a global leader in laser technology Alma Lasers provides great technology and marketing and technical support to meet the broad needs of a medispa. The HarmonyXL Pro is a multi-modular workhorse for noninvasive treatment of a large variety of skin challenges. The Soprano Ice is a diode laser for permanent hair reduction that recharges itself so there are no consumables, and it is comfortable. The FemiLift CO2 laser can be used for vaginal and facial rejuvenation. The Accent Prime is the perfected radio frequency and ultrasound technology to provide comfortable, effective body sculpting treatments.

Do you feel new skin care technology will surpass plastic surgery?

It already has. There has been a drastic drop in facelifts since the introduction of Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers. The lasers are more popular as they have become less invasive and more precise, comfortable and safe.

What’s the ideal age to take advantage of non-invasive skin care treatments?

25 to 65 years old for facial, nail and feminine rejuvenation and permanent hair reduction. The skin, hair and hormones are calmer than a teenager’s. 

Laser Focused On Their Patients

FabOverFifty is pleased to have a partnership with Alma Lasers, a global innovator of laser, light-based, radio frequency and ultrasound devices for face and body contouring, feminine health, hair and tattoo removal, acne scars, skin resurfacing, wrinkles, psoriasis, and more.

Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, gynecologists and medispas from coast to coast use Alma’s sophisticated technology  to offer clients and patients treatments that refresh, revitalize and renew their skin safely, painlessly, and effectively.  Throughout the year, FabOverFifty highlights exceptional practices that are part of the Alma network.




The philosophy and mission of South Shore Laser

South Shore Laser is committed to providing the highest quality anti-aging, body contouring and laser hair removal treatments at extremely competitive prices. They are virtually painless and non-invasive. and there is little to no down time. When you visit us for an in-depth consultation, we will help you decide which procedure  is best for your needs. Our estheticians are NYS State Certified as well as Manufacturer Certified for every procedure we offer.

Why do you like Alma Laser equipment?

Alma Laser Technology is always ahead of the curve, and each of its top-of-the-line machines line give our clients excellent results!

Can you tell us about one Alma treatment?

Alma Lasers vShape Technology uses non-invasive radio frequency energy that delivers concentrated thermal energy directly to the fibrous tissue under the skin, which causes water molecules to rapidly rotate at a frequency of 40.68 MHZ. The heat and friction that’s generated by the process brings the tissue on the face or body back to its original shape so that the skin is renewed, revitalized, and refreshed. That means less sagging and less pronounced lines and wrinkles.  There’s also minimal discomfort and no downtime.

Do you feel the latest skin care laser technology will surpass plastic surgery?

Absolutely! The adage “Beauty is Pain” is no longer relevant when it comes to  laser technology. You can tighten and contour your face and body without having invasive surgery. You won’t miss weeks of work and you won’t experience pain.

What is the ideal age to take advantage of non-invasive skin care treatments?

You can take advantage of these treatments at any age. We treat many teenagers with acne to mature men and women who would like non-surgical neck lifts.

A Bidet Grows In Brooklyn

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The first time I traveled to Europe, when I was an extraordinarily naive 23 year old, I’d never seen the bathroom fixture that was installed next to the toilet in our hotel room. Douglas, my husband, had been abroad a number of times, and told me it was a “bidet” that Europeans use to cleanse their tushes with water after they use the toilet.  Pretty snazzy, I thought, even though we were staying in an unsophisticated hotel.

I quickly learned that bidets are a fact of life throughout most of Europe, and not just for the “ruling class.” As a matter of fact, bidets have been mandatory for decades in countries including Italy and Spain, and are widespread in places from Japan to Argentina.

So, what does the rest of the world know that we don’t?  What they know is that using a bidet to gently cleanse their tushes is far more sanitary than constantly wiping, irritating and smearing them with dry paper, even if it’s cloud-soft toilet paper. We wouldn’t think about cleaning our dirty dishes with just a tissue, then reusing the dishes, so it surely doesn’t make sense to do it with our beautiful butts. What’s more, bidet enthusiasts don’t spend a fortune on toilet paper; Americans spend about $6 billion on it every year.  And, over 15 million trees are cut down annually to manufacture toilet paper.

Her Husband Gave Her WHAT??

Miki Agrawal lives in Brooklyn, NY, but she’s a big believer in bidets. “My mother is Japanese, and my father comes from India, and they both grew up with bidets,” she said. A business and communications graduate from Cornell University, Miki’s career skyrocketed by developing products that filled important needs, including quality, beautifully designed undies to keep us dry from bladder leakage, and restaurants featuring gluten, hormone and preservative-free pizzas and other foods. She turned her attention to cleansing backsides after her soon-to-be husband bought her a bidet attachment for her toilet. “Once you use a bidet, you’ll never want to go back to toilet paper again.  It’s also great as we become less flexible as we age,” Miki told me.

                           Miki Agrawal

Miki has seen a growing number of women of all ages develop health issues, such as yeast and urinary tract infections, fissures, anal itching and hemorrhoids, and she knows many of our problems could be prevented if we used bidets. “Standard bleached toilet paper has harsh chemicals and spreads infections,” Miki said.

Although we can buy bidet toilet seats for many hundreds of dollars, or flimsy, cheap attachments for our own toilet seats, Miki wanted to create a beautifully designed product that was neither flimsy or expensive, and could easily connect to our current toilets.

The Birth Of Her Bidet

The result is TUSHY (how cute is that?) It fits standard toilets, and even some one-piece toilets, and it doesn’t require electricity or plumbing. I unscrewed my toilet seat, put TUSHY in place, connected it to the water supply, and voila, I had a bidet. Besides good looks and easy installation, TUSHY features a pressure and angle control to deliver a gentle spritz to a power wash just where I want it. My bottom feels as fresh as it does after I shower! I’m using the TUSHY Classic model, but for only a few dollars more, you can buy TUSHY Spa, which gives you cool or warm water.


                          TUSHY Classic

If you still can’t live without toilet paper, you can buy inexpensive, two-ply, organic toilet paper from TUSHY, made with unbleached, “silky-strong” bamboo fibers. “Bamboo grows like a weed, and we don’t have to chop down 150-year-old trees to produce it,” Miki explained. You’ll also use 80 percent less paper when you have a TUSHY bidet, she said. The company also has a partnership with Samagra to provide one family in rural India with access to clean community toilets for every TUSHY bidet sold. Poor sanitation facilities in developing countries results in the death of one child every 17 seconds,TUSHY reported.

If you make the move to go paperless, you can pat your butt dry with eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and super absorbent TUSHY towels. These soft bamboo towels are unbleached and can be machine washed and dried.

WHAT’S BEHIND IT ALL (get the pun?)

I admire Miki for her entrepreneurial accomplishments. Even before I learned that she also created Icon undies, I was a big fan. I’ve never been to Wild, her pizza restaurant, but one recently opened near my house in Brooklyn, so I intend to give it a try. In September 2001, Miki had recently started working in finances for a company with offices in the building near the World Trade Center. “After my friend went to her office in the Trade Center, I’d walk across the street to my office.”  On September 11th, Miki didn’t hear her alarm clock and slept late. Frantically calling a car service to get to work ASAP, the dispatcher told her to turn on her TV set, then hung up.

“I had a wakeup call after that day to pursue my passion. I was only 22, but realized life is short and so many things can happen.  We’re lucky to be sitting here talking to each other,” she told me.

I’m sharing Miki’s story because knowing a little about the people behind the products I use makes me appreciate them even more. I highly recommend TUSHY.

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A Notable New Approach To Mastectomy


After Elodie Trouche learned that she carried the BRCA2 mutation gene, and had a 50 to 70 percent chance of getting breast cancer, she became “sick to her stomach worrying” while she waited for her six-month MRI and xray results.  Wishing to ease her mind, Elodie was ready to have a mastectomy, but she didn’t want to be “mutilated,” she recounted. Her sister, who also had carried the BRCA gene, underwent a mastectomy in France a few years earlier, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Eloide didn’t want her breasts to look like her sister’s. “I’d be devastated to have what my sister has in terms of surgery,” she said.

My surgeries were going to be prophylactic. I did them as a healthy patient,” said Eloide, who had a hysterectomy first. “I wasn’t sick, and I didn’t want to be treated as someone with cancer,” she emphasized. “At 45, I wasn’t planning to have other children (she has a 4-year-old son), so I had my ovaries removed and began hormone replacement therapy. There are too many risks associated with entering menopause that early,” she explained.

When it came to her breasts, Eloide woke up one morning and it was “in my head to have [far less invasive] robotic surgery,” but people looked at her like she was “crazy,” she recalled. Learning from a friend with cancer about a doctor on Long Island who was looking for a patient on whom he could perform his first robotic breast surgery, Eloide jumped at the opportunity.


Dr. Neil Tanna, a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face and breast, had long questioned why patients with and without breast cancer have similar surgeries.  Always thinking of ways “to do things better to maintain a woman’s femininity, and keep her spirits as high as possible and her recovery as low as possible,” Dr. Tanna started researching literature on the most minimally invasive ways to do surgery and breast reconstruction.

From the left: Dr. Gary Deutsch, Dr. Alan Kadison (lead surgical oncologist), Dr. Armen Kasabian, and Dr. Neil Tanna (lead plastic surgeon) with the robot

Learning about the robotic mastectomy, first done in Europe in 2015, Dr. Tanna and Dr. Alan Kadison, a surgical oncologist, traveled to Milan and Paris to spend a few days each with the doctors who had performed the operation. “We were blown away by the procedure, which involves making only a small, 3-to-4 centimeter incision, totally off the breast; instead in line with the bra line a few centimeters below the armpit,” Dr. Tanna explained. “The robot allows us to have the visualization and to use small instruments.  We were impressed with the technique, the doctors’ data and their experiences,” he said.

As fate would have it, Drs. Tanna and Kadison and Eloide found each other! “We told Eloide we had never done the surgery, but she wanted to move ahead,” Dr. Tanna recounted. After getting approval from an Institutional Review Board,as well as training on a cadaver model, he and Dr. Kadison planned Eloide’s surgery for March of this year. “We were happy to start with Eloide because she was a BRCA patient, and there was no question that a nipple-sparing mastectomy (form of mastectomy where the nipple is saved) was indicated,” Dr. Tanna said. And, Eloide’s breasts weren’t sagging, so excess skin didn’t have to be removed. “Robotic surgery can’t be used to remove extra skin,” he added.


The robotic removal of tissue from Eloide’s breasts, and the insertion of implants, lasted about eight hours. Patient and doctors were delighted with the outcome. “I took painkillers the next day, but otherwise had no pain. I drove again after 10 days, and returned to work after two weeks.  I bike and run, and there is zero change in the way I swim. All my mobility has returned,”Eloide reported.

Eloide after her robotic mastectomy and implant surgery

A B cup before the surgery, Eloide opted to have small D implants.  “I breastfed my son for two years, which stretched my skin, so I didn’t have to have it stretched for the larger implants. My old skin is holding them. They feel comfortable and look natural,” Eloide added. “The robot also makes breast reconstruction easier, because it gives us good visualization once the breast tissue is removed,” Dr. Tanna said.

“Eloide had no complications and a quick recovery. This is no longer your grandmother’s mastectomy,” commented Dr.Tanna. “Some women with the BRCA gene, or other genes that predispose them to breast cancer, are afraid to get surgery, but they don’t have to be as afraid today since there are options to restore the breast so it looks as natural as possible.” Besides the aesthetic advantages, robotic breast surgery helps a patient’s overall psychological well being, Dr. Tanna said. “It’s in a woman’s interest to have this surgery if she has a high risk of getting breast cancer.”

By keeping incisions off the breasts, robotic surgery also doesn’t compromise the blood supply to the breasts or “insult” the tissue as does a traditional mastectomy, which involves major cuts to the skin, muscle and often to the nipples, Dr. Tanna explained. “We think we’re minimizing the risk for some of the potential complications related to blood flow after a traditional mastectomy and reconstruction.”


Believing that robotic surgery also can have successful outcomes for cancer patients, Dr. Kadison aims to lead a clinical trial that will track the outcomes of the surgery on a meaningful group of patients with breast cancer. Hoping to get regulatory approval for the trial by the last quarter of this year, Drs. Kadison and Tanna say they have a “responsibility to patients and to the scientific community at large to determine the safety and success of the robotic technique.”

It’s important to know, however, that robotic surgery only can be performed on women who are candidates for “nipple preservation,” because if cancer is located in tissue near the nipple, it must be accessed by removing the nipple through a traditional mastectomy.

Eloide, in the meantime, has created Robotic Prophylactic Mastectomy, a Facebook group where women can share their experiences about enjoying life after mastectomy.

If you’re interested in contacting Dr. Tanna, you can email him at or call him at 516-497-7900.  His practice is located in New Hyde Park, NY.

The Medical Test You Must Have if You Were Born Between 1945 and 1965

This post is sponsored by Quest Diagnostics

It’s astounding that most of us who were born between 1945 and 1965 have heard about this disease, and some of us even know that baby boomers represent the majority (75%) of all those infected, but almost 60 percent of us have never been tested for it. Astounding, and not smart. Not smart at all!

The disease is Hepatitis C, which is caused by a blood-borne virus and primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. While some people only experience a short-term infection, the majority of those with the virus develop a chronic infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This can lead to permanent liver damage, as well as cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer, and liver failure. Hep C-related cirrhosis is the leading cause of liver transplants. Almost 20,000 deaths were caused by the Hep C virus in 2014, and Hep C-related mortality the year before surpassed the total combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases reported to the CDC, including pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis.

Over 3 million Americans are living with Hep C, which is often called “the silent epidemic” because most of those affected don’t even know it. It’s possible to be infected for decades without a single symptom. Unfortunately, your liver will be severely affected once symptoms of the chronic illness do appear. That’s scary!

If you’re one of the majority of boomers who doesn’t think you’re at risk for Hep C, think again. One in 30 boomers has it. Boomers, in fact are five times more likely to have the virus than the rest of the population.  Symptoms may include fever, stomach pain, jaundice, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, joint pain and loss of appetite. Take this short risk quiz to assess whether you’re at an increased risk for Hep C. And watch this video to see how a Hep C test saved Robin’s life.

Hep C rates peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, when you may have been exposed to contaminated blood during medical procedures, or even through body piercing–including ear piercing–and tattoos. It wasn’t until 1992 that blood was pre-screened and universal precautions were adopted for blood supplies. Since the disease can show no symptoms for decades, the CDC and The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend a one-time screening for all boomers born between 1945 and 1965.  

Health officials estimate that this simple screening blood test of all boomers will prevent over 120,000 Hep C virus related deaths. Ninety five to 99 percent of people with the virus can even be cured with current treatments that are simple and that have mild and very manageable side effects.  Curing the infection is necessary to stop further damage to your liver. But you can’t cure what you don’t even know you have, so talk to your doctor ASAP about being screened for Hep C today.

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