The Sun and Me

A discussion with Caroline Harvey of Belcara Health Preparing your skin for summer   By Caroline Harvey Q: “I love how I look with a tan, is it really that bad for my skin?” A: Thank you for this important question! Summer is around the corner, and after months of quarantining, we’re all more than ready to get outside! Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Tanned skin is damaged skin; damage that could have long-lasting, potentially life-threatening, consequences. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the leading cause of skin damage. Too much unprotected sun exposure significantly […]

“How can we avoid the Quarantine 15?”

The pandemic quarantine has disrupted many lifestyle habits that help us maintain our health and fitness. However, now is not the time to succumb to the siren call of your couch and pantry! Unhealthy foods and minimal physical activity can quickly lead to weight gain and muscle loss. Be ready to look and feel your best by using your quarantine time to improve your overall health, beauty, and wellness. Here are some tips to help you avoid the “Quarantine 15” and develop healthy habits while stuck at home. Eat Well – Load up on natural, whole foods like fruits, veggies, […]

Hormone Therapy during Transitioning

By Dr. Cohen “Hormone therapy barely helped my FTM transition. What cosmetic procedures will help me look more masculine?” Great question! Transitioning is a highly personal, multi-step process that is different for everyone who experiences it. Most FTM (Female to Male) trans men find great comfort in achieving a masculine appearance. It helps alleviate the unsettling effects of gender dysmorphia, boosts self-confidence, and – most importantly – allows trans men to look and feel more like the person they are meant to be. Hormone therapy is a common first step, but it rarely provides enough physical changes to meet most […]

What is Integrative Medicine And how is it different from conventional, functional, holistic or naturopathic medicine?

A discussion with Dr. Eric Nager of Belcara Health By Dr. Eric Nager This is a question I’m asked almost every day. These terms – holistic, natural, homeopathic, functional, and integrative medicine – are often confused. While there are similarities between these healthcare approaches, there are, in fact, important differences. The primary commonality between these disciplines is that they represent an alternative to conventional Western medical healthcare. Essentially, conventional medicine views the body as a collection of separate systems and isolated parts, using pharmaceutical medications and invasive procedures to treat or suppress a patient’s symptoms. Conventional medicine is a great […]

Dry Eye

By Dr. Richard Adler “I’m tired of needing drops all day for my itchy, burning, red, dry eyes; what else can I do?” So glad you asked because there is no need for you to suffer chronic discomfort from Dry Eye, nor any need to depend on frequent use of eye drops. There are alternative treatments for relief from your itchy, burning eyes, including one revolutionary solution, IPL Therapy, that can not only relieve your symptoms but can treat the root cause of your Dry Eye condition and improve your overall eye health and vision clarity – with no drops, […]

Are There Any Hair Restoration Techniques that Work?”

A discussion with Dr. Nadia Mostovych of Belcara Health Yes! I’m so glad you asked this important question! There is no longer any reason to suffer the embarrassment of thinning hair. The advances in hair restoration technology available today can allow you to enjoy thick, full hair that looks natural, once again. Thinning hair is very common among both men and women of all ages and can be highly distressing for those afflicted. There are various conditions that can cause this, but the most common is androgenetic alopecia, or gradual male /female- pattern hair loss. In the past, most hair […]

I’m overweight and Considering HCG

Is it safe and does it really work? A discussion with Dr. Eric Nager of Belcara Health By Dr. Eric Nager If you want to lose weight, an HCG diet program can be a great way to jumpstart your weight loss journey. It involves a very low-calorie diet, combined with injections of HCG, a naturally occurring hormone that has been used to assist with weight loss for decades. HCG helps by allowing men and women to lose weight rapidly, without hunger pains, weakness, irritability or muscle loss. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone that women produce when they become […]

I love smooth skin but hate shaving Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

A discussion with Kierstin McClanahan, RN, of Belcara Health by Kierstin McClanahan Yes! There is no need to suffer through another waxing appointment or contend with ingrown hairs and bumpy, irritated skin. Laser hair removal is a fantastic way to get rid of unwanted hair and enjoy silky-smooth skin. We all have hair we don’t want. In fact, men and women have been striving to remove unwanted body hair for centuries. Traditional solutions – like razors, tweezers, depilatory creams, and wax – work well enough, but they must be repeated frequently, making them inconvenient, time-consuming, and relatively expensive when added […]

‘I am a trans female looking to have my Breasts Enhanced What should I expect?’

A discussion with Dr.  Michael Cohen of Belcara Health By Dr. Michael Cohen Beautiful breasts represent beauty and femininity for many women. For trans women, enhanced beautiful breasts can also represent a greater confluence of their inner and outer selves, confidence, and help them to blend into society more effectively. Breast augmentation is a common, safe, cosmetic surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts, allowing both cis and trans women the opportunity to enjoy the body of their dreams. Breast augmentation is an important step in many male-to-female transitions. It can be performed at any stage […]

How Can I Look Great for the Holidays? and start the New Year right?

A discussion with Dr. Nadia Mostovych of Belcara Health By Dr. Nadia Mostovych The holidays can be magical, but they can also be quite stressful. As our social calendars fill up and our to-do lists get longer, we can quickly become overwhelmed and tired. The opportunities to indulge in high-calorie, low nutrition meals, and stray from our healthy physical routines are ample – and the reality of January’s New Year’s resolutions looms just ahead. Now is the time to prepare and invest in ourselves so we can fully enjoy the holidays and start the new year at our best. Here […]