Monday, March 30, 2009

Are Detox Diets Safe?

I have so many ladies ask about detox diets and whether they are safe or not....I just had to add this quote that I found in a magazine recently.

"Not surprisingly, doctors advise against all-liquid diets because they provide so few calories and nutrients, you run the risk of everything from fainting spells to dehydration. As for claims that such lans flush out your system? 'Ridiculous,' says weight-loss doctor Jana Klauer, M.D. 'Our liver and kidneys take care of that just fine." Moreover, by cutting protein from your diet you lose muscle mass, which may lead to short-term weight loss but also ends up slowing your metabolism. Your best bet if you simply must have quick results; a detox plan that includes some real foods, like fruits, veggies and whole grains. "--People magazine March 09

I have researched plenty of weight loss programs and at Silk Touch we recommend the Take Shape For Life program. You can lose weight quickly with meal replacements but get all the vitamins and nutrients you need without risking loss of muscle tone. Dr. Kerr and I do not recommend detox diets of any kind. The body needs fuel to work properly.

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Wow! We are seeing great results from our Take Shape For Life Weight Loss Program.

Tiffany, our aesthetician lost 18 lbs. in less than a month.

Three of our clients have lost 5 lbs, 8 lbs, and 12 lbs. in one week!

We are having a Take Shape For Life informational and support group meeting this April 9th at 7pm at Silk Touch Medspa.

We would love to tell you more about the program!
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success

Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success

February 11, 2009

Faced with news of increasing layoffs, straining economic times, and a belief that hiring is based on looks, millions of American women are looking at cosmetic medical procedures to give them a competitive edge in the workplace. In a new telephone survey* compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) of 756 women between the ages of 18 and 64, many reveal cosmetic plastic surgery procedures now appear to be an important rung on the success ladder.

  • 13 percent (more than 1 out of 10 of the 115-million working-age women) say they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure specifically to make them more confident and more competitive in the job market.
  • An astounding 3 percent (nearly 3.5-million working women) say they’ve already had a cosmetic procedure to increase their perceived value in the workplace.
  • 73 percent (almost three out of four or, 84-million working women) believe, particularly in these challenging economic times, appearance and youthful looks play a part in getting hired, getting a promotion, or getting new clients.
  • 80 percent (four out of five or 92-million working women) think having cosmetic medical procedures can boost a person’s confidence.

Insurance Broker Janice Axelrod, a baby-boomer, recently had a chemical peel and fat transfers from her abdomen to her face. “Time has given me the professional knowledge. But time can take away the youthful sparkle of my appearance if I let it. When you look good, you feel confident. That gives me a competitive edge and something my clients have come to expect from me,” says Axelrod.

ASPS Member Surgeon Loren Schechter, MD performed Axelrod’s cosmetic procedures at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. He says “Not only do the women believe youthful looks help in the workplace…they’re acting on that belief.”

John Canady, MD, president of ASPS, says, “Consumers need to remember that while cosmetic procedures might help them in the job market, they’re still medical procedures.” Canady says women still need to proceed with caution. “Patient safety is ASPS’ number one concern. Women need to do their homework. Go to the ASPS website at to find an ASPS Member Surgeon in your area.”

*Survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Results have a +_3% error range.