Dr. Sam Sukkar - October/November 2023

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The Beauty Bulletin Fall Is Here — And So Is Football OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 INSIDE THE LSU TAILGATE TRADITION

If there’s one thing fall reminds me of, it’s football.

established routine whenever we go. We’ll typically start with the group of our friends or family farthest from the stadium and then slowly make our way closer as game time approaches, visiting the smokers, TVs, and “living rooms” of other people we know along the way in.

with one group bleeding into another, and everyone having a good time.

My wife and I have season tickets to Louisiana State University football games, and I probably think of football when fall rolls around every year because we typically make our way back to Baton Rouge four or five times a season to catch the home games — and, of course, tailgate. Now, many of you have probably been to a tailgate or two before, but let me tell you, there’s nothing like an LSU tailgate. It’s an ordeal, an experience, and every other word you might use to describe an event that’s overwhelming, familiar, comfortable, and crazy all at the same time. Usually, we start to tailgate 4–6 hours before the game, and the setups are nothing short of all- inclusive. Some people bring their big-screen TVs hooked up to generators so they can catch the other college games that morning, while others seem to assemble their entire living room on the grass, with the only difference being their smoker is right beside their chair instead of outside.

While this may sound crazy to some people, just writing this feels incredibly nostalgic. In Louisiana, Baton Rouge and LSU are synonymous, and you really can’t talk about one without mentioning the other. It may be because Baton Rouge is rather small, and maybe that’s all we have going on, but it also builds a visceral sense of camaraderie. The city and the school are so interwoven that the identity of one greatly depends on the other. To put it into perspective, I could not imagine an instance where I would ever visit Baton Rouge and not set foot on the LSU campus. Plus, most of my family went to LSU, so the idea that the people I see at these games feel like my family is quite literal. In fact, if my wife and I ever can’t make it to a home game, the first thing our kids do is fight amongst themselves over who gets to steal our tickets (although we gladly give them up every time). So, really, this is what I mean when I say fall reminds me of football. It reminds me of the LSU campus, seeing my friends and family, and a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. It reminds me of some of the most important times and people in my life. I’m sure other alums feel the same about their school’s tailgates, but to me, there’s hardly any place better than those infamous Parade Grounds with the cool autumn air against my skin. Thank goodness fall is here. –Dr. Sam Sukkar

Typically, everyone tailgates in the same spot every year and every game, so we have a pretty

To emphasize the ordeal of LSU tailgating, it isn’t uncommon to walk past multiple full-sized roasting alligators when we play the University of Florida, and fans generally do the same to teams with other edible mascots. The event is also by no means structured. While people do stick to the same areas every year, there’s really no explicit order to anything that goes on. Everyone just stands or sits where they can,


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Even if a person does achieve those prominent ab muscles through situps and crunches, they likely still have weak core strength. Those exercises only work your external muscles, not your inner core muscles. So, while they may be able to flex their abs, they likely couldn’t hold a plank for very long. What is your core? You may hear the term “core” thrown around often, but where exactly is it, and what does it do? Your core is more than just abdominal muscles and includes muscles around your spine and pelvis. Your core muscles allow you to do most of the movements you make throughout the day, such as bending forward, rotating left and right, and holding yourself upright. When your core is weak, the muscles may not support you properly as you move about your day, which may lead to back or neck pain.

As a result, if you suffer from backaches, try core-strengthening exercises to better support your spine. Try an alternative to crunches. Since crunches aren’t the best for core strengthening, it’s time you start trying something different. There are plenty of core- strengthening exercises for every fitness level, whether you’re a beginner, injured, or a pro. In particular, Pilates is an incredible type of exercise that focuses entirely on core strength and will have you feeling stronger in no time. If you want to get started, try some easy movements at home. Planks, bridges, toe taps, and swimmers are all great ways to build your core strength. However, you should always consult your physical therapist about the best core exercises for your unique needs.

To say crunches are not fun would be an understatement. Repetitive and sometimes downright painful, this exercise has been touted for decades as the primary way to strengthen your core and get those picture-perfect abs. Well, new research suggests that statement isn’t 100% true. In fact, most trainers and fitness experts now discourage people from doing crunches. When done incorrectly, which most people do, you can cause damage to your spine and neck while gaining few to no results.

How Chemical Peels Can Rejuvenate Your Skin! Peel Away Imperfections

Light Chemical Peels Light chemical peels, also known as glycolic or AHA peels, are the easiest peel to tolerate. A light peel removes just the top layer of your skin to prompt your body to rejuvenate itself. This treatment involves minimal skin redness or irritation, and for the most part, you’ll be able to continue your regularly scheduled activities after your appointment. You will, however, likely require multiple light peels to achieve optimal results.

One of the most frequent questions we get is, “What should I be doing to my skin to keep it healthy?” Our answer? A chemical peel! What is a chemical peel? Chemical peels are a proven way to address nearly any skin issue. This treatment involves using a safe acid solution on a patient’s face to remove the top layers of damaged, imperfect skin. By removing these outer layers, we can unveil a brand-new layer of skin that is smoother and more beautiful. Now, when it comes to chemical peels, there are three types: light, medium, or deep peels. The length of a patient’s treatment, as well as their recovery and aftercare, will depend on which type of peel they receive. So, to give you a better idea of which type of chemical peel you may be interested in, let’s look at the key differences between each level.

Medium chemical peels take 15 minutes and are a fantastic way to treat acne scars, uneven texture, pigmentation issues, and fine lines. Deep Chemical Peels Deep peels, or phenol peels, are very aggressive. They penetrate the deepest layers of the skin and, in doing so, require a more substantial recovery period. In fact, you’ll have to stay at home — out of the sun — for two weeks after treatment, as the outer layers of your skin slough off to reveal new, undamaged, pink skin underneath. This treatment is aggressive for a reason: It successfully treats severe skin imperfections that the first two peels cannot reach, such as very sun- damaged skin and deep wrinkles.

Light chemical peels are best for treating fine lines, acne, dry skin, and pigmentation issues.

Medium Chemical Peels Medium peels, or TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels, go a bit deeper than a light peel, and over a week’s time, the outer layer of your skin — and its imperfections — will shed. Then, your smooth, glowing, perfect skin will take its place!

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‘Stingy Jack’ helped evolve jack-o’- lanterns. The Irish myth of a man named “Stingy Jack” goes like this: Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink, and because he didn’t want to pay, he convinced the devil to turn into a coin so he could buy their drinks. However, instead of paying, he placed the “coin” next to a cross in his pocket that prevented the devil from returning to his original form. Once he freed the devil, Stingy Jack continued to trick him. When he died, God turned away Stingy Jack with only coal to light his way, so he placed the coal in a carved-out turnip to create a lantern. From there, people slowly transformed his “lantern” into the modern-day jack-o’-lantern! Candy corn was once called chicken feed. Candy corn, which the Wunderlee Candy Company began producing in the late 1880s, is an extremely popular Halloween candy. In fact,

Here come the scary decorations, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and spooky costumes because Halloween is just around the corner! These traditions are what make Halloween fun and exciting year after year. However, did you know that jack-o’-lanterns come from an Irish legend or that trick-or-treating comes from a historical ritual called “souling”?

As we prepare for Oct. 31 activities, here are some fun facts you might not know about Halloween!

today, about 35 million pounds of the candy are sold each year! When the Goelitz Candy Company brought it to the masses at the turn of the century, they called the sweet tricolored candy “Chicken Feed” because so many people worked on farms at the time. Their early ads exclaimed, “Something worth crowing for!”

Halloween is based on a Celtic festival. Samhain, a pagan festival held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, celebrated both the harvest and the “dark” second half of the year. During this celebration, it was believed the barrier separating the spirits from the physical world would come down, allowing demons to enter and the spirits of all who passed away that year to move on to the next life.

Now you know! Happy Halloween!

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You’ve probably watched some action-packed movie where the premise relies entirely on the belief that we only use 10% of our brains. The protagonist somehow “unlocks” their full brain potential and gains superhuman abilities. While movies like “Lucy” and “Limitless” are undoubtedly entertaining, the concept that we only utilize 10% of our brains is entirely false. Despite this widespread belief being entirely inaccurate, many believe it to be a valid scientific finding. In fact, one survey found that 65% of Americans believe in the 10% theory. Even more frightening is the study that revealed nearly 50% of primary and secondary school teachers in many countries believe this myth. So, how much of our brain do we really use? Understand the truth about our brain power. With the help of modern technology such as PET (positron emission tomography) scans and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), we can clearly see that humans use all of their brains at all times. Yes, even when we sleep! Individuals with degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease still use more than 10% of their brains. Mind Over Myth: THE TRUTH BEHIND OUR BRAIN POWER

Our evolutionary process also would have ensured the useless 90% of our brains would go away through natural selection if this myth were true. When it comes to brain activity, each part of our brain has a function. Where did the 10% myth come from? Despite being a common misbelief, the exact source of this myth is unclear. Many threads lead back to various archaic medical findings that were either misconstrued or outdated and inaccurate. It’s plausible that pseudoscientists, psychics, and self-help gurus perpetuated the 10% myth to sell the desire to “unlock our full potential.” So, the next time you hear someone mention we only use 10% of our brains, you can dispute that myth with abundant and trustworthy scientific sources to back you up.

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