The Heart Healthiest Fish Oil

By Mike Ventresca, Owner of Vital Choice Health Store

If you’ve ever eaten fish or taken a fish oil supplement with your heart health in mind, today’s column is a must read.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Let your food be your medicine…” and when it comes to fatty fish like wild salmon this is certainly the case. According to research, the essential fatty acids (most notably Omega-3) from wild salmon provide numerous benefits to your heart including reducing triglycerides and plaque formation, modulating inflammation, lowering blood pressure and increasing HDL (good cholesterol).

However, fish may not be the most effective food for reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol. Fortunately, Mother Nature has cooked up a few other heart healthy foods that have recently been a-buzz thanks to Dr. Oz and others – artichoke and hibiscus.

While both artichoke and hibiscus (often consumed as a tea) provide numerous heart health benefits, one they share is the ability to reduce the body’s production of cholesterol. According to various studies, they accomplish this by inhibiting an enzyme in the body responsible for making cholesterol called HMG-CoA reductase. What’s really interesting to me is that this is how most of the statin medicines work too. But unlike medications, neither artichoke nor hibiscus has ever shown to have any negative side effects.

With this in mind, I want to tell you about a product I feel is perfect for anyone interested in a healthy heart and optimal cholesterol levels. It’s called WholeMega Cardio. WholeMega Cardio offers my favorite fish oil from 100% wild Alaskan salmon along with turmeric, artichoke and a clinically effective dose of hibiscus. To learn more, be sure to listen to my podcast, “Three foods for cholesterol and inflammation” at

As always, if you’re currently taking any medication please be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional

Healthy Feet Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

A recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association has found that 72% of Americans say that foot pain is preventing them from exercising. These foot issues preventing exercise are a huge setback for women looking to lose weight and improve their overall health.

The feet should be examined regularly to check for signs of heart disease. Swelling in the foot and ankle, called edema, is abnormal and can be a sign of congestive heart failure. When the heart is weakened and cannot pump as strongly as it should, blood will pool in the lower parts of the body, especially the foot and ankle. While this swelling can be a sign of heart disease, it can also indicate many other ailments including trauma, insect bites, medications and other circulatory problems such as venous stasis. Patients should try to relieve swelling by elevating the legs above the heart when possible, applying mild pressure with support stockings and possible trying a low salt diet to reduce the amount of fluid being held in the body. A podiatrist should be consulted if swelling of the feet persists, is painful or worsen. Being able to exercise comfortably and without foot pain is a goal Dr. Karen Kellogg has for all of her patients. Dr. Karen Kellogg is a doctor of podiatry and specializes in all aspects affecting the foot and ankle. Dr. Kellogg completed a two year surgical residency training program where she received extensive training in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Kellogg and The Fairlawn Foot and Ankle team provide medical, surgical, rehabilitative treatments, Medicure filing services followed by pedicure treatments and Laser Light Therapy to treat nail Fungus.

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Is Your View of “Success” Leading to a Successful Life?

By James H. Blackburn, Best-selling Author, “seeds of Intent”

How often does the subject of “success” come up in family, social and professional discussions? I hear it frequently as I travel through the world of Personal and Professional Development. Yet when I ask a person what success means to him or her, I hear vague answers at best. “It’s personal,” he or she will say. And I will agree and then ask again. °© is time he or she might say “It’s different for everyone.” And I will agree and ask again, “What does success mean to you?” As I continue to ask, the answer is never quite clear and my questioning begins to create some discomfort as he or she struggles to clearly articulate a personal definition of what success means to him or her.

Given my past experiences, asking clients and acquaintances about success, my observations are that the term success is at best something that all of us profess a desire for, yet very few of us can express what success means to them when asked about it.

Why do you think expressing a clear definition of success is so difficult? And if you think you’re different than most of the people I have talked with and your definition is understandable, realistic and attainable, try something for me. Write your definition of success in a paragraph or less on a blank sheet of paper and then put it in a folder that you don’t open for at least 24 hours. After a day or so, and before you open the folder containing your success definition, write your definition again. Now open your folder. What do you see? Are the two definitions the same? And I mean exactly the same, word for word. If so, you are a unique and remarkable person, and I would like to meet you to hear about your life. If the two definitions are not the same, then clarifying your definition of success is something you may want to consider.

You are now probably asking yourself, “What’s so important about having a clear definition of success?” That’s a very fair question, and as you might imagine, the purpose of the rest of this two-part article is to respond to that question. There are many reasons why a clear definition of success is important with some being obvious while others not. For purposes of this article, I will focus on just two.

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New Technologies — Done In Less Time with Quicker Recovery

At Western Reserve Plastic Surgery, we are always improving our performance through new methodologies and technologies. Ultimately, it means less time in the operating room for you and a quicker recovery. Here are a few of the latest techniques and procedures Dr. George Picha of Western Reserve Plastic Surgery is implementing.

 Breast Rejuvenation: Many patients are now moving to silicone gel implants because of the natural feel and reduced risk of wrinkling beneath thin skin. Gel implants today come in three proù les: low, medium, and high, as well as a wide range of volumes. °© e latest procedures use a “no touch technique.” The implant is placed into a funnel and then inserted through the incision, minimizing the potential for skin contact and infection. It delivers the implant with less trauma and reduces the risk for surface contamination.

At Western Reserve Plastic Surgery we offer combined techniques which restore volume and lift breasts which may have changed over time due to pregnancy and aging. Using the Benelli technique (making the incision around the areola) we can eliminate vertical incisions in front of the breast and horizontal incisions beneath the breast. This technique elevates the breast back to its original position and reduces excess tissue. °© is procedure can also be combined with breast augmentation.

 Laser Treatment for Excessive Sweating: You no longer have to suffer from the embarrassment of excessive sweating. A one time laser procedure performed in about 30 minutes can permanently end excessive sweating! Under local anesthesia, a specialized laser is used to target and destroy specific sweat glands in the armpit. They are then gently suctioned away. Patients see immediate results and only spend one to two days recovering from the procedure. Most are able to go back to work the next day!

 Broadband Light Erases Acne: Erase your acne in a í ash with Broadband Light (BBL) technology. BBL uses the power of pulsed light to precisely treat acne. The result is smooth, even-toned skin. This non-invasive, gentle procedure can be performed in a matter of minutes and in most cases you can return to work and activities right away! Most patients require two to three sessions and begin noticing dramatic results after just one session.

Laser Liposuction: You can have a new body in a matter of minutes with this in-office procedure. Laser liposuction, using Slim Lipo, removes unwanted fat right in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. You can be back to work the next day! With Slim Lipo there is less trauma to the tissue so the healing time is faster with less swelling and bruising. Slim Lipo also tightens the skin from the inside leaving the area looking smoother. This procedure works best for patients who are unable to get rid of fat deposits despite exercising and being at a healthy weight.

Dr. Picha is also highly skilled in endoscopic facial surgery, providing a more rapid recovery due to the ability to make minimal incisions, and he has pioneered the modified facelift, which allows the patient to return to normal activities in 24 hours. In his non-invasive treatments, Dr. Picha takes an artistic approach to the use of Botox, enabling him to contour and lift the brow. Soft-tissue fillers can also help reduce the appearance of lines around the eyes and mouth.

Now, more than ever, you have many options to create the look you want and feel your very best.


To learn more about these procedures and to make an appointment, visit or call (440)842-FACE. Mention The Cleveland Women’s Journal when making your appointment.

  Dr. George Picha

In his 20 years as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. George Picha has performed thousands of breast laser procedures. He’s a world-renowned expert in breast augmentation and design of breast implants. Dr. Picha is a master of aesthetics and has an astute understanding of balance and beauty, which he applies to all of his surgical procedures.

 In addition, Dr. Picha also has a Ph. D. in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and as a result, Allergan Corporation requested his services as a chairman of the breast implant follow up study. Allergan is the world’s largest manufacturer of breast implants and also manufactures Botox.

 Dr. Picha was the first physician in Ohio to perform LifeSculpt™ laser body sculpting which uses the latest technology to gently melt away fat cells in as little as 15 minutes! Palomar Medical Technologies was so impressed with Dr. Picha’s expertise and results, they asked him to be a preceptor and trainer of other doctors wishing to use the technology.

 Dr. Picha and his staff at Western Reserve Plastic Surgery take special interest in each patient and her/his treatment, from the initial consultation to the post-operative phase of surgery.