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Archive for May, 2010


Polidocanol is now FDA-approved for veins

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Yay! Finally, the FDA has approved polidocanol. I’ve always used polidocanol for spider veins, though use was off-label. It’s safe, effective, painless, and has been used in Europe and Canada for years. I’ll be sure to get a supply of Asclera soon. There is a limit to how much can be used in one session, but it is rare that a patient needs that much.

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Botox got rid of my wrinkles!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Haven’t had Botox for 4 years. For 4 long years of trying to get pregnant I had to live with my unintentional scowl (the wrinkles between my brows).

Push came to shove when my mom commented on my photo in the new website. “You look lovely except for a few new wrinkles…” Ummm. thanks. I didn’t know what she was talking about until I noticed that my upper eyelids were heavier and bunched up. I also developed some new crow’s feet.

I have a tradition of teaching our surgical fellow the way I do Botox. For the first time, I had my crow’s feet done.

I am happy to report I do look better and it looks really natural. You’ll have to take my word for this until I publish an updated photo…

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Vitamins and cancer

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Can’t remember where I read this, but folic acid may cause cancer. Also, carrots (beta-carotene) may increase lung cancer risks in smokers. I find the latter hard to believe, but there was some mechanism by which this made sense. There is also a lot of controversy about whether it is better to avoid antioxidants during chemo or radiation since their mechanism of action sometimes involves the creation of free radicals.

Of course, when you’re pregnant folic acid is a must. You can’t really avoid folic acid in multivitamins either, so what are we supposed to do with this information?

Broccoli has been shown to prevent colon cancer and skin cancer (Go Verdure Matte Moisturizing Physical Sunscreen with Antioxidants!) . We are told to keep eating more plant based foods to prevent cancer and obesity. Of course, many of these crops are laden with pesticides unless they’re organic. Even with effort, I can’t eat 100% organic.

Fish is supposed to be good for you. But with mercury, this horrible oil leak and whatever toxins/drugs are spilled into our water supply does this mean that I am permitted to eat more Happy Meals and In-and-Out burgers?

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