Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Regardless of the available land, from large yards to small porches, starting a home garden has a number of health and financial benefits.  Growing fruit and vegetables, especially if following organic practices, promotes a better diet and lessens the consumption of herbicides and pesticides commonly found on factory farm products. The physical activity required to keep a garden productive also increases fitness, benefits cardiovascular health, and promotes better sleep habits.

Even considering the inevitable crop failures during a new gardeners learning process, an average home garden, if well planned, produces $1,818 in produce yearly. In order to increase the potential return, gardeners should look into preservation practices such as canning and proper storage to keep the grown produce useable for as long as possible. In addition to the positive health effects, this financial benefit comes in spite of the potential costs of fertilizer and other gardening equipment.

Leon Turovsky, MD, is a specialist in cosmetic laser surgery and earned his Medical degree in Uzbekistan at the Tashkent State Medical Institute in 1970. Turovsky participates in fitness activities such as running and tennis, and gardens at home.

One of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal is an effective way to rid the body of unwanted hair. There are many benefits to laser hair removal, including precision and speed. Small areas of the body can be treated in a matter of seconds while larger areas of the body, such as the legs, may take as long as an hour.

Prior to going in for a laser hair removal session, patients are advised to avoid certain types of hair removal such as electrolysis, waxing, and plucking for six weeks, as the roots of the hair must be intact for the procedure, and to avoid sun exposure both before and afterward. On the day of the procedure, the hair will be trimmed down to a few millimeters and other cautionary measures will be taken as necessary, including eye protection. The physician will test the targeted area to check for bad reactions and continue on if appropriate.

For a few days after the procedure, the patient may experience the symptoms of sunburn on the treated area. Patients are advised to wear sunscreen for a month following the laser hair removal. They may schedule the next appointment four to six weeks later.

About the author: Leon Turovsky, MD, currently treats patients at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center, where he provides laser hair removal among other procedures. He has been practicing medicine in Brooklyn, New York, since the mid-80s.