Health & Fitness

The Industry of Vanity – CURVES AND PLASTIC SURGERY

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The universal idea of beauty has been definitely changed. Now, the most beautiful and most desired women are curvy. For many, the ideal woman is a combination of Jennifer Lope, Sofia Vergara and Beyonce 


A new canon for female appearance places Latinas among the most attractive and desired women on the planet, which in turn fuels the existing cult of beauty and the women’s obsession with looking beautiful, young and fabulous.

It is no coincidence that countries such as Brazil, The Dominican Republic and Colombia have become the preferred destination for the so-called “beauty-tourism,” a new and innovative trend that has people traveling to other countries a part of promotional packages that include accommodation, medical expenses and cosmetic surgery ranging from breast augmentation to chin liposuction for a fraction of the cost they would have in the U.S.

The business of vanity or plastic surgery is a growing billion-dollar industry in Latin America, where professional success and social acceptance largely depend on physical appearance. This, despite the myriad of terrifying cases of deaths during surgery and of procedures performed in clinics operated by unscrupulous doctors or by people lacking proper credentials.

The social pressure Latinas feel regarding their beauty drives even the ones with the most limited resources to resort to desperate methods that may include a subtle form of prostitution called “chapeo.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most popular types of surgery are buttock augmentation, liposuction and breast augmentation. Botox continues to top the list of most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures worldwide.

A CULTURAL MATTER

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Latinas habitually worry about their appearance and the perception others may have of them, including their financial and social status. Looking good is equated to wellness and to doing well financially. We Latinas were raised admiring and wanting to be “just like” the leading actresses in telenovelas.

For most, going under the knife is considered more as psychological healing than a physical change. It boosts the self-esteem of women who were raised to be beautiful, even if that idea of beauty -which follows a European standard – fails to match the features of most of our countries’ population. It only takes a quick look at the most popular Hispanic TV networks or the famous Mexican telenovelas to see this.

From an early age, girls seem to covet having a full behind, voluptuous hips and stroke-inducing breasts, disregarding the effort required or even considering the risk of ending up being part of the terrifying statistics.

It is an emotional and physical balance. It is an mental attitude. It takes strongly believing that you accept yourself and love yourself exactly the way you are, and no letting advertising affect you and make no pursue and artificial idea of perfection.

We Latinas are more than our beauty. We are warriors who have fought for generation for the right to pursue our dreams in our countries of origin and in this new nation that opened its doors to us. And, of course, we also have curves.

 (Originally published in the November 2015 Issue of Latin Trends magazine)

Natalia Bonilla – Brains, Beauty & Body

 

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Originally published in the May 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Eddie Olmo

Currently Miss New York, NY for Swimsuit USA International, Natalia Bonilla is not just another swimsuit model. Natalia, a native New Yorker of Dominican descent, is in the process of acquiring her Master degree in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management in hopes of opening her own non-profit organization to help women in less fortunate situations.  Aside from modeling and working toward her career, Bonilla is also very passionate about acting. Currently, Natalia is working on “The Familia” directed by John Damroth and Noel Torres.

When did you start modeling?

I’ve been doing it since I was 17 years old. Although I was a tomboy and wasn’t into the whole looking like a diva thing, I joined a pageant, actually Miss Latina NY, USA and I won. So then I went to Las Vegas to participate in Miss Latina USA. From that moment on my career started. After that I worked with many different photographers and appeared in various magazines.

What diet plan do you do to maintain your weight?

I eat the right foods. Usually I have my green drinks on the weekend because of my fast metabolism. I’ll do something like fresh kale, cucumber, ginger, celery and apple to give it a sweet taste to it. And during the week I like to eat foods that are high in protein like salmon or chicken. In the morning I’ll have something like a white egg veggie omelet.

What daily routine do you do to stay fit?

I go to the gym, but when I don’t have time to go to the gym I do Capoeira [Brazilian martial arts]. I dedicate at least 45 minutes a day working out at home.

What motivates you?

I have a good team behind me, Tracey Smith who has been my manager for 5 years, Jason Artiga who shot my Capoeira pictures, but I think what motivates me is that I come from a place where we are very humble. I am the first in my family to graduate from college and will be the first to get a Masters. I also want to be able to help people. I want to be a positive role model for my people and all women.

An Ice Cube a Day. Keeps the Doctor Away

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WEPA! Here’s some news we all can use! We’re not saying you should do this instead of going to see the doctor, if your condition calls for it. Now, go get an ice cube…

Did you know that you can heal yourself and promote better health with  one ice cube?!! Using a Chinese method called Feng Fu, you can place an ice cube on the back of your neck in-between the two tendons where your head and neck merge. It is best to lie on your stomach and place the ice cube in that position for around 20-30 minutes. If you find that you don’t have the time to lie around for that long, you can also secure it there with a scarf or something and continue on with your daily activities.

The results are  amazing! You will see that you become more rejuvenated after doing this. This procedure will provide you a better sleep. It will help you increase overall vitality and mood, strengthens the immune system, works wonderfully against colds, normalizes the digestive system’s work, and removes headaches, toothaches, and joint pains.

This method also helps when it comes to dealing with the following diseases and health conditions:

– Cardiovascular system related diseases

– Neurological diseases with degenerative changes in the spine

– Respiratory diseases

– Arthritis, hypertension and hypotension

– Cellulite

– Acute, gastrointestinal and sexual transmitted diseases

– Obesity, malnutrition and other digestive tract related problems

– Disordered function of the thyroid gland

– Psycho-emotional disorders, stress, fatigue, depression and insomnia

TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF! PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK!

Demi Lovato Campaigns Mental Health Awareness As Latinos Fall Short Seeking Help

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It is huge that the megastar Demi Lovato has come out to speak about mental health awareness, especially when the majority of Latinos don’t seek help from a mental health professional.

Lovato, who is known for being upfront with her struggles with being bullied when she was a child, bulimia, drug addiction and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is now an advocate for mental health awareness.

“Yeah, I’ve been very open about my story because I know that the more honest and open that I am the more people that I’m going to reach,” says Lovato on the “Today Show”.

“Growing up, I felt very, very depressed,” says the chart-topping singer to the Associated Press. “Even though I was playing concerts and living out my dream, I couldn’t tell you why I was upset.”

Lovato, who is encouraging others to tell their stories on mental health, joined a new campaign called “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” with a pharmaceutical company, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental-health advocacy groups. The campaign aims to develop better treatment options and abolish the negative connotation of the word mental illness.

Because of that stigma the Latino community, unfortunately, falls short when looking for help from a mental health professional. According to a report by the American Psychiatric Association’s Office of Minority and National Affairs, only 1 in 11 Hispanics contact a mental health specialist for help.

The AP reports that Lovato, whose father is of Mexican and Spanish descent, was actually relieved when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is a chemical imbalance that creates mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

“I remember smiling and thinking great, OK, so there’s not anything wrong with me as a person,” she said. “It’s actually just a condition that I have and I can do something to fix it. I don’t have to be like this forever.”

LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY

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WHAT: The annual Cielo galaDesigning a World Without AIDS” will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS with a star-studded event that will commemorate all the work the Commission has done to help eradicate HIV and AIDS and help raise funds to support the cause.

WHO: President, Latino Commission on AIDS: Guillermo Chacon
Honorary Co-Chairs: Rosie Perez, Actor and Mondo Guerra, Fashion Designer
Madrina: Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega
Honorees from the Busines and Entertainment Worlds:

  • Delta Air Lines, Business Leadership Award
  • Dan O’Connell, Director, NYS AIDS Institute, Esperanza Award
  • Justin Toro, Dennis De Leon Voz de Compromiso Award

Fashion Presentation by: Mondo Guerra
Music by: Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernandez
Dance Performance by: Baila Society
Master of Ceremonies:
• Sibilia Vargas, Co-anchor, NBC News New York
JW Cortes, Award-winning Actor

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015, 6:15-7:30PM Red Carpet

WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall St., New York NY 10005

click here to purchase tickets

WHY:

  • The Cielo gala is the largest fundraising event for HIV and AIDS in the Latino community, and has raised millions for the initiatives and operations of the Latino Commission on AIDS over the last 20 years.
  • This year’s 25th Anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS marks an important milestone in the organization’s history.
  • Each year, Cielo mobilizes a leadership network of concerned members of the health, business, government, entertainment, fashion and philanthropic sectors, and individual donors, to support the Commission’s vision – to create a world without HIV and AIDS.
  • Over 220,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population but account for 21% of all new HIV infections.
  • Today is International Happy Day. Be Happy! Here is How!

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    Five Tips for Happiness by Laura Posada


    1. Be your number one fan and love yourself no matter what
    For other people to start appreciating you, you have to value and appreciate yourself first. Once you discover how much you’re worth everyone else will see it.

    2. Forgive and move one, leave the past behind
    Holding grudges and resentment holds you back from achieving happiness. You can’t change the things that happened in your life, but you can decide how you interpret and respond to them. Don’t cling to negative feelings, you need to let go in order to move forward.

    3. Be in control of your mind! Remind yourself every day you are strong and stay positive
    A positive attitude and mindset attracts success. Reinforce positive thoughts and behaviors and don’t focus on the negative. Tell yourself you are doing a great job at work, raising your children or whatever you do. Appreciate your hard work and remind yourself you can achieve anything you want.

    4. Stop thinking and start doing, lose fear
    See challenges as stepping stones to overcome your fears and obstacles. Many times we don’t do the things we want because of fear of failing. Understand that failing is learning and an opportunity to improve and do better next time.

    5. Appreciate the journey and enjoy life. Choose happiness, you deserve it
    In order to find happiness you have to find balance in your life, find time for yourself and discover what fulfills you. Those who believe don’t deserve happiness will sabotage their own efforts to achieve it. Remind yourself every day the steps you need to take to achieve the happiness you deserve.

    I’m Livin’ La Vida Loca for Ricky!

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    Ricky Martin
    been considered to be one of the Latin music industry’s hottest commodities. The obligations of Martin as a father to twins, Matteo and Valentino, his busy work schedule, I don’t see when he has the time to become available for himself.

    When he is free he loves to be at peace. In a tranquil atmosphere and partaking in exclusive beauty treatment. Enduring a deep pampering with a facial mask, and a purification moisturizer on his lips and hands are just a few of his masculine routines Ricky embarks in to please not only himself but his fans.

    What can we say about Ricky. His debonair facial expressions and piercing eyes are just the beginning of what we begin to fantasize about seeing him on stage. Can you relive in your mind his sexiness at the World Cup? Can you feel the sweat? I don’t care if its sweat, its Ricky’s! Every choreographed step whether ‘PG’ or ‘R’ made me want to be on stage so he can sing to me ‘She Bangs‘ after the world cup that is.

    From his stardom in Menudo, Ricky has always had this aura that made him stand out from the rest of the talented artists in the group. Whether it was his vocals or the way he would caress his hair when it would go into his eyes, his touch became magnetic. His successful career as an entertainer, ambassador, entrepreneur, actor and also being a devoted father is truly commendable and his look is scrumptious to his fans.

    Although it remains to be seen whether all his desired wishes came true for Ricky; to have the body of a Greek God and face of an angel, I can testify that his spectacular silhouette is something I think even his shadow will envy.

    Support The Most Diagnosed Cancer in Latinas

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas. Even though Latinas have lower breast cancer rates than white women, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is harder to treat.

    As a reminder starting at age 40, women should have mammograms every 1-2 years. However, women at any age can request a mammogram based on family history and if you find any unusual bumps during self-examination.

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    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share some awesome products that are helping to raise funds and awareness.

    – Avon.com is supporting Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade

    – Jergens & Bioré is supporting Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®

    – Smashbox Cosmetics’s limited-edition shade of ‘Be Legendary‘ Lip Gloss and Clinique Pink With A Purpose Long Last Lipstick ‘Power With Pink‘ is supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

    – Essie 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection is supporting City of Hope

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    Multiple Sclerosis, Don’t Let It Define You

    Body Mind SoulOne way to understanding any disease is to talk to your doctor and another is to read about the disease from various medical sources. It is not always wise to rely on one source for information. With how much information we come across these days on the internet, it shows how much people are talking about a particular, disease, war, or anything else of great interest. One disease that is of interest is Multiple Sclerosis or MS. This two part interview consists of TV host of the show, Jason Silva BrainGames, which is a “pioneer series in the genre of “smartertainment”- content that entertains while expanding your knowledge. It’s about making smart the new sexy.” He talks in more detail about the show and why he started it in relation to MS. While Silva is not a doctor, Dr. Newman, a specialist of MS was also interviewed specifically about the disease.

    LatinTRENDS (LT): Why did you start the show?

    Jason Silva (JS): National Geographic came to me after seeing some of my web videos asking me to host their new series Brain Games. It was a unique opportunity to extend my passion for ideas beyond the web and back into television.

    I’ve also extended my passion for ideas by partnering with Biogen Idec™ to raise awareness of the innovative efforts of individuals that are helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the country, and the great work that is being done to help the MS community. My discussions with these visionary individuals in two videos now available on ThePostGame.com in the health & fitness section of the website. (www.thepostgame.com/health-fitness).

    LT: Can you talk about the video series a little bit?
    JS: I also have a YouTube channel called SHOTS OF AWE where I make short films exploring breathtakingly big ideas. The goal is for these videos to act as ‘trailers for the mind’ and engage audiences to probe deeper into existential issues related to technology, philosophy, creativity and the human condition. The series has received over 13 million views and social media shares from prominent figures such as Richard Branson, director Ron Howard, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    LT: What is the greatest take away for you when you do speaking engagements or talk to people about the show?
    JS: I do many talks and keynotes for companies all over the world including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and others. My favorite part is getting to really (hopefully) impact audiences viscerally when thinking about exponential technological change and its implications.

    Stephen Newman MD, Director of the Comprehensive MS Center at Island Neurological Associates gives a more in-depth discussion about the disease, advice about living with MS, treatments and other information.

    LatinTRENDS (LT): Briefly, can you describe MS, the causes and symptoms?
    Stephen Newman (SN): Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune mediated disease that occurs when inflammatory cells, that are programmed to fight infection, make a mistake and, attack the central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord. The attack is on the fatty insulation that surrounds nerves called myelin, causing the nerves to short circuit and not be able to transmit information. As a result of this damage, people develop various types of disabilities, including weakness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbance, fatigue, and problems with their ability to think.

    LT: What type of treatments are there for people living with MS?

    SN: The first disease modifying treatment for multiple sclerosis was FDA approved in 1993 and was done by injection. Prior to that, there were no medications that could altered the course of the disease. There are now 10 medications on the market, including both injectable and pills. One example of a medication that is used to treat relapse forms of multiple sclerosis is Tecfidera. This medication was released approximately a year and a half ago. It is FDA approved to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, and has been shown to be effective in 2 large clinical trials. Specifically, it was shown to reduce relapses, and delayed physical disability. This medication can have side effects, including reduction of white blood cell count, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flushing. So, when making a medication choice, one has to take into account the beneficial effects and side effects, before making a decision regarding treatment.

    LT: Are you specialized in MS for both children and adults?
    SN: I am only specialized for adults and mainly based on preference. Children have different needs than adults.

    LT: What is the best advice that you could give to someone living with MS in terms of coping methods?

    SN: First is to be your own advocate in treating your disease by taking your medication and following the doctor’s advice. It is important to use all support systems available including family friends, and medical professionals. Second, MS is a lifelong disease and living with it requires a marathon of effort, and self-dedication. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis; however, by doing the right things quality of life can be maintained.

    It is important to be fully educated about any disease. There are numerous experts out there who are specialists and their goal is to educate others on their findings. This is never any harm in having too much information, it is just more power to you.

    Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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    Did you know this month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? While only men have prostates, women should continue reading in order to learn more about the physiology of the men in their lives.

    Where is the prostate located?
    The prostate is a small gland located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra—the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body—runs through the prostate.

    What does it do?
    It helps control the flow of urine and produces fluid that aids in fertilization and sperm transit.

    What causes prostate cancer?
    There are various risk factors that contribute to prostate cancer. Some risk factors include advanced age, genetics, lack of exercise, unbalanced diet, ethnicity and obesity.

    How often should men get checked?
    There are 2 main screening exams: The prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE). Men at the age 50 should begin having a conversation with their doctor about cancer screening. If risk factors are higher than average then speaking with a doctor sooner is recommended.