Kissing Not As Common As You Think?

Most people think of kissing as a universally enjoyable activity….and most people are wrong. Kissing is something that not that many couples engage in on a regular basis and many people claim to not enjoy at all. According to this study, many people’s attitudes towards kissing on based on culture and personal preference. Check it out. You’d be surprised at the numbers.

You might assume that sexy mouth-to-mouth action is a staple in the love lives of people around the world-but it’s not. At least, that’s what a new study published by the American Anthropological Association suggests.

For the study, researchers investigated whether 168 different cultures engage in romantic lip locks-and they found that only 46 percent of those groups actually kiss. Seriously, that’s it. Interestingly, the geographic location of the each culture didn’t impact whether or not the people in that group got their smooch on. In fact, 45 percent of the North American cultures investigated didn’t kiss at all. But researchers did find that the more socially “complex” a society (groups like Americans and Chinese are considered socially complex), the more likely they were to partake in romantic lip locking. Some of the non-kissing cultures, even some small, egalitarian groups, said they see mouth play as unclean or just really freaking unpleasant, the study authors write.

So how are these anti-smooching folks seducing each other? Apparently it could involve a lot of sniffing or sharing breath, says study author and anthropology P.h.D. student Shelly Volsche. “There is also something called the oceanic kiss in which two people pass their open mouths near each other but do not make contact,” she says. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us? Compared to the mating habits of other primates and mammals, these pre-sexy time habits aren’t super surprising, says Volsche.

Though the researchers still aren’t certain how kissing became a popular way to show affection in some cultures, they think it could have been a result of oral hygiene becoming a thing-which makes someone else’s mouth way more inhabitable for yours. Or they say elite social classes might have frowned upon sniffing your lover in front of your friends but still wanted to share their romantic feelings.

The research got us wondering about how other people around the world get mushy with each other, so we asked our international Women’s Health editors what’s normal in their cultures. Here are some fun facts!

“Kissing is common in Indonesia, but since the majority of our population is Muslim, kissing remains mostly private between couples. The only exception would be in big cities like Jakarta or Bali, as young couples there like to occasionally kiss in public.” -Pangesti (ChiChi) Bernardus, Women’s Health Indonesia, editor in chief

“We love kisses in Spain! It’s part of our culture, and it’s probably a good way to relax the atmosphere. If I have dinner with my boyfriend in a restaurant, I’ll kiss him on the mouth. There is always a good excuse to kiss and be kissed, but we’re not exhibitionist people. I mean, if we are in the middle of the park where a lot of kids are playing, we know it’s not the best place.” -Maria Gijon Moreno, Women’s Health Spain, staff writer

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Signs Your Hormones May Be Off Kilter

Signs Your Hormones May Be Off Kilter

Hormones are a very important aspect of overall health. It is something that men and women both need to be aware of. It is important to get your hormone levels checked as they can be causing all kinds of unwanted ailments such as fatigue, weight gain and depression but also can be symptoms of another medical condition that could need to be addressed. Here are five signs that your hormones may be out of whack from MindBodyGreen.
When we hear the word “hormones,” we often think of a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels, and occasionally a man’s testosterone level. But there’s so much more to these naturally occurring chemicals than you may realize.
We have many different hormones that determine a state of balance or imbalance, from thyroid-stimulating hormone, which regulates the thyroid gland, to follicle-stimulating hormone, which directs ovulation in women. To achieve optimal, sustainable health and wellbeing, we need to strive for hormone health that includes the proper balance of all bodily chemicals. Below are five symptoms that indicate your hormones may be imbalanced.
1. Fatigue
Sometimes the symptoms of hormonal imbalance can be nonspecific. In these cases, it’s important to consider hormonal imbalance as a possible cause of the symptoms. For example, someone who suffers from fatigue could have an imbalance in her thyroid hormones, causing hypothyroidism; in her adrenal hormone levels, resulting in adrenal fatigue; or in her melatonin levels, causing poor sleep. Any of these imbalances can be the cause of fatigue.
Fatigue in this sense may feel like illness-related fatigue, leaving you tired when you wake up and without energy during the day. Sufferers often describe this as if they’re “running on fumes.”
2. Poor sleep
You either have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, which contributes to not feeling refreshed in the morning. This can result from a variety of hormonal issues, including melatonin, cortisol or even the brain neutrotransmitters.
3. Mood swings and irritability
These can become anxiety and even depression. People who have an imbalance in cortisol, testosterone, or estrogen can all have mood swings and irritability. Neurotransmitters that are out of balance can also cause this symptom.
4. Skin changes
Many people notice changes in their skin and hair and wonder if it’s normal aging or just “bad luck,” but the problem may be a hormonal imbalance. Low thyroid levels can cause dry skin and hair, hair loss, and brittle nails.
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Revolutionary New Face Lift Technique

Revolutionary New Face Lift Technique

Although face lifts have proved to be effective against the signs of aging, they are not as effective as we would have hoped. With the new technique of autologous stem cell face lifts, there is an entirely new process at work that begets results that speak for themselves. Here are some frequently asked questions about the procedure.
  1. Are there any ethical issues with Adult Stem Cells?

    No, adult stem cells are not embryos. They don’t have the potential to develop into a new human being. They reside in the bone marrow and fat and they exist in large quantities.

  2. How do I know if Stem Cell therapy is good for me?

    Consult with your physician if you have any type of joint pain or if you suffer from any degenerative disease. Stem Cell Therapy enables the patient’s body to use it’s own stem cells to heal and repair.

  3. Are there any side effects to Stem Cell Therapy?

    It is a very safe procedure. After a complete medical evaluation, our specialists will determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Some patients may experience pain and soreness during the post-operative period. Because autologous blood and fat is used, there are minimal chances of allergic reactions.

  4. What are the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?

    Healing, repair and regeneration of injured or damaged tissue. It can regenerate tissues that are injured in meniscal tears, ligament tears, rotator cuff tear, tennis elbow and in degenerative diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis. It decreases pain at the level of the injury and improves performance. The procedure is done in an office setting, under local anesthesia. This eliminates the risks associated with surgery or anesthesia.

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ED Can Be a Big Problem

Erectile dysfunction is a sometimes embarrassing medical issue that many men do not seek treatment for. Sex is an act of love, vulnerability and humanity and it should be able to be expressed freely without shame. At Protea Medical Center, we treat the patient first, making the illness actually cured. ED is a lot more of a common problem than most people realize with over 50% of men over the age of 40 that are affected by it. Here are the basics of ED that you should know. Call Protea Medical Center for a consultation today.

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.

Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease down the road.

If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor – even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

When to see a doctor

A family doctor is a good place to start when you have erectile problems. See your doctor if:

  • You have concerns about your erections or you’re experiencing other sexual problems, including ejaculatory dysfunction, such as premature or delayed ejaculation
  • You have diabetes, heart disease or another known health condition that might be linked to erectile dysfunction
  • You have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction
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6 Ways Running Helps More than Your Figure

Protea Medical Center understands health as a whole picture. There are many different aspects that determine whether or not a person is healthy and we can assist in many ways. Whether it be through hormone therapy or nutrition or cosmetic procedures and more but one thing that we always recommend is more exercise. That’s why we started our Protea Running Club. Exercise is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and we would love to do it with you. Call 480-557-9095 for more info and check out this article on the six ways running improves your life.

You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)-and running in particular-has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here’s how:

1. Running makes you happier. 

If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”-that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids.

In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise-30 minutes of walking on a treadmill-could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In a May 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in which rats and mice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers concluded that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.

And even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies have shown.

Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out, according to a 2012 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.

Ever heard someone call running their “drug”? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.

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Maybe it’s Hormones…

There are so many people, men and women alike, who struggle with their weight. Despite exercise, dieting and many other attempts to get it under control, they still cannot get to the size they wish to be. This is very discouraging and often leads to people blaming themselves and ultimately giving up their fitness goals. Many don’t think that it could be their hormones. Hormones are fascinating because there is no exact amount that each person should have. It is a constant struggle to remain in homeostasis for what your unique organism requires. Protea can help you find that balance. Here are some ways hormones can affect your weight.

Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body. They are one factor in causing obesity. The hormones leptin and insulin, sex hormones and growth hormone influence our appetite, metabolism (the rate at which our body burns kilojoules for energy), and body fat distribution. People who are obese have levels of these hormones that encourage abnormal metabolism and the accumulation of body fat. 

A system of glands, known as the endocrine system, secretes hormones into our bloodstream. The endocrine system works with the nervous system and the immune system to help our body cope with different events and stresses. Excesses or deficits of hormones can lead to obesity and, on the other hand, obesity can lead to changes in hormones.

Obesity and leptin

The hormone leptin is produced by fat cells and is secreted into our bloodstream. Leptin reduces a person’s appetite by acting on specific centres of their brain to reduce their urge to eat. It also seems to control how the body manages its store of body fat.
Because leptin is produced by fat, leptin levels tend to be higher in people who are obese than in people of normal weight. However, despite having higher levels of this appetite-reducing hormone, people who are obese aren’t as sensitive to the effects of leptin and, as a result, tend not to feel full during and after a meal. Ongoing research is looking at why leptin messages aren’t getting through to the brain in people who are obese.

Obesity and insulin

Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is important for the regulation of carbohydrates and the metabolism of fat. Insulin stimulates glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood in tissues such as muscles, the liver and fat. This is an important process to make sure that energy is available for everyday functioning and to maintain normal levels of circulating glucose.
In a person who is obese, insulin signals are sometimes lost and tissues are no longer able to control glucose levels. This can lead to the development of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
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Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Facts

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Facts

As the medical field is becoming more concerned with illness that plagues females, more and more information is coming to light about the complex organism that is the female body. Only a little over a hundred years ago, women were accused of having “hysteria” instead of being treated for what was wrong with them. The word “hysteria” comes from the latin word for uterus. It is now much less taboo to talk about female sexuality and we have found that a problem that plagues nearly half of women is called Female Sexual Arousal Disorder.

Once seen as mostly a psychological issue, in recent years female sexual dysfunction (FSD) has been recognized as a wide spread problem with physiological aspects that are treatable. According to reported data, up to 43 percent of women in the United States experience some form of FSD. One of the most commonly reported types of FSD is female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD). 
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD)
    • FSAD is the persistent or recurrent inability to attain or maintain the lubrication-swelling response of sexual excitement until completion of sexual activity
    • Arousal disorder is characterized by a lack of vaginal lubrication; decreased clitoral and labial sensation; decreased clitoral and labial engorgement; or decreased sexual arousal and excitement
    • When these symptoms cause significant personal distress to the women affected, a diagnosis of FSAD is made
    • FSAD occurs despite adequate focus, intensity and duration of sexual stimulation
Causes of FSAD
    • Surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy may affect changes in blood flow, which can cause a lack of sensitivity and sexual arousal
    • A hysterectomy, with or without oophorectomy (removal of ovaries), may also affect how a woman feels about herself sexually
    • The decrease in estrogen levels associated with menopause may make the vagina dry and thin, even causing it to shrink
    • Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, antihypertensives and antidepressants, may impact sexual function and libido; Women taking these drugs may report a decrease in arousal, increase in vaginal dryness and increase in difficulty reaching orgasm
    • Psychological factors such as depression, stress and relationship issues may cause or contribute to FSAD
    • Other causes include certain chronic diseases like diabetes, lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking, and surgical trauma or nerve damage to the pubic area
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A Fantastic New Option for Hair Removal

Getting rid of unsightly body hair is an issue that men and women are more commonly faced with now as it is societally more accepted to do so. Most ways of hair removal are costly and temporary and ultimately take up a lot of time! They can sometimes hurt also on top of all the other negative side effects! There is a revolution released from Lumenis called Lightsheer Duet hair removal. Here is an article from the Aesthetic guide about what exactly it does. Be sure to book your appointment with us today to see what it’s all about!

Lumenis, Ltd. (Yokneam, Israel) reasserted its lead-
ership in the aesthetic market with the release of
the versatile LightSheer Duet platform for laser hair
removal. Featuring two handpieces, the smaller
spot size ET delivers higher fluences with contact
cooling and the larger spot size HS (high speed)
provides lower fluences with vacuum-assist. The

ability to perform single pass treatments and no
need for external cooling make laser hair remov-
al with LightSheer Duet easier on clinicians, as
well as patients. Furthermore, the HS handpiece’s
safety, efficacy and treatment speed have been
supported by recent clinical trials.

“The fact that new technologies often choose LightSheer as the basis for comparison emphasizes that it’s such a
trusted and popular device.” 

“Harnessing the principle of selective photothermolysis for hair removal is very effec-
tive,” Dr. Halachmi stated, “but it can be somewhat difficult for patients to tolerate due
to long treatment times, and some discomfort. There is also an inherent risk in some
treatments because higher fluences translate into greater discomfort and an increased
risk of adverse events. Laser manufacturers have begun to address this problem by
developing creative technologies that deliver the laser energy in different ways, so that
the hair follicle absorbs a therapeutic level of energy but the temperature of the epider-
mis remains low and safe.” 

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Stem Cell Facelifts Revolutionize Cosmetic Rejuvenation!

As we age, there is less collagen in our face, there is less tone, blood vessels become weaker, wrinkles become more apparent and ultimately lead to the loss of that youthful look. Men and women have been getting face lifts for a very long time to counter that fact but there may just be a new method that does more than just lift the skin. Check out this article about what a stem cell facelift is and call us today to book an appointment!

What is the Stem Cell Facelift?

The stem cell facelift is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure without involving any surgery. The procedure avoids any incisions and the actual were lifting of the skin itself. The procedure has been performed at the Plastic Surgery Center Internationale for over four years with outstanding results.

The main function of the procedure is to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as a marked improvement in skin quality, tightness and color irregularities caused by the aging process as well as exposure to the sun and environment.

Patients who have undergone this procedure frequently avoid or markedly reduce the need for other maintenance procedures like Botox and cosmetic filler injections.

The function of the procedure is based on the regenerative capacity of a group of cells called ADULT STEM CELLS.

Of the hundred trillion cells that make up the human body, stem cells are the most important category. They are among the few cells in the body that are specialized and have the potential to become a particular cell type and replace worn and damage cells.

A large number of stem cells exist in adipose or fat tissue. When stem cells are transplanted with fat in the different parts of their body, the majority of them grown and exist in these new areas helping to form new tissue at the transplanted site.

By using the regenerative properties of stem cells along with transplanted fat, a marked improvement of survival of these tissues occurs.

What makes the stem cell facelifts unique and different from other fat transplant procedures is the fact that the abdominal fat and stem cells are mixed with a specific combination of growth factors that help both the stem cells and adipose tissues grow into the needed tissue to restore both the fat to enhance the volume of the face as well as skin elements to improve both the quality and texture of the skin.

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Effects of Low Testosterone


Unfortunately, there is still a connotation that exists when it comes to women and hormones. If you say the words “hormone imbalance”, most people think of women but it is also extremely common in men. Men often let this go untreated as low testosterone levels can wreak havoc on their lives. Check out this article from WebMD about the effects low testosterone can have on your body. 

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone may be the most notorious of hormones. It conjures up thoughts of muscles and masculinity. In fact, testosterone does fuel sex drive and muscle mass, but it also regulates mood and bone strength. When a man’s level falls below normal, a doctor may prescribe shots, gels, or patches.  But there is some debate over who needs treatment.

Aging and Testosterone Levels

A slow drop in testosterone is a normal part of aging, sometimes called “andropause” or “male menopause.” For many men, this doesn’t cause any significant problems or symptoms. Others may notice hot flashes, irritable moods, or less interest in sex.

Low Testosterone and the Body

Low testosterone can cause visible changes in some men:

  • Thinner muscles
  • Loss of body hair
  • Smaller, softer testicles
  • Larger breasts

Low Testosterone Affects Bones

You may think osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, is a woman’s disease, but it can affect men as well. Low testosterone is a common cause. As testosterone levels fall, the bones may get thinner, weaker, and more likely to break.

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