Beautique Medical Spa - July 2017



Are you getting enough vitamin D? Probably not if you’re like many of the people I see every day. We get vitamin D from the sun, and despite the sunny weather here in McAllen, we don’t spend a lot of time in it. Instead, we stay in air-conditioned houses and cars, avoiding the heat as much as possible. When we do go out, it’s often in the evening or at night. Unfortunately, avoiding the heat leads to a vitamin D deficiency. It’s common for people in northern parts of the world to be low on vitamin D. When I lived in Canada in the ’70s, I saw it all the time. Low levels of the “sunshine vitamin” are linked to depression, and there was certainly a lot of that up north, especially during the winter when the sun hardly ever came out. By contrast, consider the people living close to the equator where the weather is pleasant and it’s easy to spend time in the sun. It’s not a coincidence that there are much lower levels of depression in the Caribbean than in Canada. Vitamin D can have a significant effect on mental health, but it does so much more than that. First activated in the liver, vitamin D becomes a hormone called calcitriol in our kidneys. Calcitriol decreases cancer rates and leads to healthier bones, brains, and muscles. It also has a host of other benefits, including stimulating the immune system and helping to prevent colon and breast cancer, as well as decreasing the likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis. So, what can you do? Well, you can spend more time outside — protected by sunscreen, of course. Lighter-skinned people need 15–20 minutes a day in direct sun for proper amounts of vitamin D. Darker-skinned people need closer to 40 minutes for the same result. If you don’t have time to get outside or simply don’t want to (it’s pretty hot out there), there are supplements you can take. I recommend a vitamin D3 supplement, which is a natural supplement that costs less than $15 per bottle.

“Vitamin D may be a forgotten hormone, but there’s no

reason to neglect it any longer.”

Vitamin D may be a forgotten hormone, but there’s no reason to neglect it any longer. If your levels are low (and I’d bet they are unless you work outside), do something about it. You’ll feel happier and be healthier. What’s not to like about that?


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Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer. For the Long Road Trip “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only

For Something Entirely New “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater

after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family?

When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand-new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive. These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

For Family Bonding “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing

A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish-granting coin. They soon realize the coin only grants half of what they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together.


“I’ve been going to Beautique for several years now and have always been provided with the best service. The ladies there are knowledgeable and professional. I really enjoy their product lines, too. Thank you for today’s facial.

“I just had a lovely facial today. This is typical of the wonderful services and products I get at Beautique Medical Spa. I’m always greeted when I walk in and treated like their most important client. Adriana and Veronica have the experience and knowledge to get me the services and products that always produce great results. I’ve been going to Beautique Medical Spa for years, and I wouldn’t get my facials, makeup, or any procedures anywhere else. By the way, they have a great weight-loss program too! Do yourself a favor and check out the spa clubs they have available. I can’t tell you how much money I have saved! Really give them a call!” – Vivian B. “I went through the weight-loss program, and I lost 43 pounds in only five weeks. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight fast.” – Ramiro C.

It feels great!” – Julissa J.

“Beautique is amazing! The staff is amazing and very professional! I love them! If you want the best of everything, this is the place to come.” – Carolina H. “Whenever I need to clear my face of blemishes, I know I can expect wonderful service and amazing results from Beautique. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The products are amazing, as well as the services provided.” – Samual S. | page 4 | 956-664-1234



BIBLE VERSE May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 Kybella’s primary ingredient is a synthesized version of a molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies. This molecule aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat that’s built up through our diets. Kybella destroys fat cells in the same way, I’m always on the forefront of new techniques and technologies that help my patients, and this month, I wanted to share with you my experiences with Kybella, a new fat-burning injection. It’s taking the medical cosmetics world by storm as an effective alternative to chin liposuction. Instead of surgically removing fat from under the chin, Kybella does so via injections. It’s less invasive, and the process is spread out over several months rather than one big appointment. Although the cost is approximately the same, Kybella doesn’t require a lump sum of money, and if less injections are needed, then the cost goes down (compared to the fixed cost of surgery).

and it does so permanently; further treatment shouldn’t be required. Injections typically take 15–20 minutes and are spaced about a month apart. Although you may require up to six injections over the course of treatment, it’s likely you’ll be finished much sooner. Is Kybella right for you? The best way to find out is to come in and let us take a look. We’ll weigh options, including Kybella versus chin liposuction, and give you all the information you need to make a smart, informed decision. For many patients, it’s the treatment they’ve been waiting for, and I’m happy to be able to bring it to them.

Sensational SUMMER SALAD


DIRECTIONS 1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top. 3. Gently toss to combine. 4. Serve immediately, or chill for later.

1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced

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3 medium peaches, thinly sliced

1 cup blueberries

1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

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The Unspoiled Natural Majesty of Yellowstone National Park

This summer, skip the expensive hustle and bustle of an overcrowded theme park. After a vacation like that, you’ll feel like you need another. As far as getaway destinations go, Yellowstone National Park, sprawling across Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, is a little more expansive. More than 3 million visitors flock to its astonishing peaks, multicolored pools, and dramatic geothermal geysers each year, but as you travel across Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres, it’s unlikely you’ll see much of them. And the sheer variety of unparalleled activities to explore means fun for the whole family. Make sure to check out Old Faithful, the most famous geothermal geyser in the world, with eruptions averaging a whopping 130 vertical feet. Or if it’s majesty and exploration you’re itching for, hike one of the many trails along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The views, with clay cliff faces and tree-covered mountains in every direction, are

unlike any other. Also, be sure to investigate the Grand Prismatic Spring, which, besides its otherworldly rainbow waters, is known for being the largest hot spring in the U.S. For many, though, the biggest draw of the park is the wildlife. Yellowstone is home to the largest bison population on public land. It houses more mammals than anywhere else in the lower 48 states, 150 species of birds, and huge populations of native fish, to name a few. Just driving around the park, you’re apt to see moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, and, if you’re lucky, grizzly bears, mountain lions, or wolves. Go boating, catch a fish, scale a mountain, ride a horse — the things to do vary as much as the breathtaking landscape. If you’re looking for an affordable, relaxed, and wide-open family vacation this summer, Yellowstone is a no-brainer. | 956-664-1234

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