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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.

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) exists as a professional association dedicated to providing medical doctors, researchers, and other related organizations with the tools required to advance the march towards a cure for cancer. In order to disseminate up-to-date cancer treatment research between professionals in the field, the AACR compiles and publishes several peer-reviewed journals. These vary in terms of scope, and include the titles Molecular Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention Research, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Biomarkers & Prevention, and Cancer Today, which is geared toward current and former patients with cancer as well as caretakers, relatives, and friends. The AACR also sponsors conferences and an annual meeting at which researchers can share the latest information.

About the Author:
A contributor to the American Association for Cancer Research, Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as owner and medical director for the Sheepshead Bay Laser Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As Medical Director of Brooklyn, New York-based Sheepshead Bay Laser Center, Leon Turovsky, M.D., offers treatment for a wide range of cosmetic conditions, including varicose and spider veins, stretch marks, acne, rosacea, and melasma. Leon Turovsky, M.D.’s practice also offers advanced cosmetic laser treatment options that employ fractional ablative and non-ablative lasers.

A less invasive option, non-ablative lasers bypass the outer epidermal layer and conduct heat into the dermis. They are ideal for treating moderate to mild photo-aging, lines under the eyes, and wrinkling. They are also effective in resolving superficial skin issues such as acne scars (typically in four to six treatments). The skin redness experienced following non-ablative laser treatment is far less than that following more invasive treatments, which may necessitate a week or longer break from social life and job duties.

Ablative lasers are stronger and can result in epidermal burning, with recovery time extending as long as six weeks. This next-generation technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly among people who have experienced severe sun damage, have deep wrinkles, or have indented acne scars. Modern ablative equipment has built-in cooling capacities that make the procedure relatively comfortable, when accompanied by topical anesthetic creams.

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was formed to combat anti-Semitism and defamation of Jewish people, and to end discrimination, racism, and bigotry against all groups of people.

An international organization, the ADL encourages world leaders to take action against discrimination and violence, striving to end bigotry around the world in a number of ways, including exposing hate groups and monitoring hate speech on the Internet, studying the roots of bigotry, fostering communication between groups, mobilizing communities to stand up against hate, and lobbying in Washington D.C. to promote laws that deter hate crimes.

The organization works to educate the public about hate and bigotry, providing anti-bias and anti-bullying curriculum for students in pre-school through college, as well as educational opportunities for corporations, law enforcement agencies, and religious and community organizations. The Anti-Defamation League is a nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

About the Author: Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as Medical Director at Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Laser Center. He is active in community service, and publishes public service articles for Russian-speaking people. Dr. Turovsky supports numerous charities and civic organizations, including the American-Israeli Political Action Committee, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Lupus Foundation of America, and the Anti-Defamation League.

These days, many people seek to rejuvenate their appearance with minimal recovery time. Fortunately, with the recent technological advances in laser technology, patients can now improve their looks on their lunch break. Laser procedures such as skin photo-rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, and non-ablative skin resurfacing produce effective and relatively painless results. These treatments smoothen and tighten the skin, erasing lines and wrinkles. Laser technology also introduces the possibility to greatly reduce the prominence of age spots and brown spots.

Lasers can eliminate unsightly varicose veins and spider veins and can serve as a means for permanent hair removal. Some excellent candidates for laser treatment include women who find it onerous to shave their legs every day. Increasingly, men opt to avail themselves of this treatment as well.

About the author:
Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as Medical Director of the Sheepshead Bay Laser Center in Brooklyn, New York. He performs aesthetic and laser cosmetic procedures.

Leon Turovsky, MD, of Brooklyn, New York, first came to the United States in 1979 from the Soviet Union.