Slippery Helper

It’s a super-simple concept: Put something slippery on your feet, and suddenly your lunges, leg curls and other aerobic moves become both smoother and more challenging. Super portable, Valslides can easily come with you to work or the gym, or find an out-of-the-way place to be stashed at home. Apparently, Jennifer Garner swears by them. And which of us wouldn’t mind looking more like her?; $29.99,

Healthy Squeeze
You’ve heard plenty about the benefits of home-extracted juices, but not all juicers are created equal. To make sure you’re getting the most from your fruits and veggies, pulverize them by way of the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite. This commercial-grade tool contains over 40,000 filtering pores and 1,000 watts of power, making sure you don’t miss a single vitamin-packed drop; $299.99,

Bad Fix
Cement and fix-a-flat for a buttocks augmentation? Large volume non-medical grade or even industrial silicone for breast and facial augmentation? These are just some of the “cosmetic” procedures being done in Miami by non-physicians. And, as you can imagine, the complications can be horrific and even life-threatening. There are many FDA-approved fillers available on the market today for cosmetic purposes. There’s even a medical-grade silicone made for eye surgeries which can be used “off-label” to fill in small scars. But this is done by putting in only a drop of the silicone — not a whole gallon! To do large-volume filling of the face, breasts or buttocks, the only safe option we have today is a patient’s own fat. All other legal fillers are used in small quantities to help rejuvenate the face. Many of these dangerous filling procedures use a type of silicone called biopolymer. Because of the large amounts used, the liquid can migrate within the body, and can cause serious inflammation at the injection area. They are usually done in a hotel room, or an apartment by a “visiting” injector. So if you are contemplating getting any sort of facial filler, breast or buttock augmentation, make sure you a see a licensed plastic surgeon. If the price seems too good to be true, you can bet that it is. And you don’t want to have to explain to your friends that you look so bad because you “got your face on sale!”.

› Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial and neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatments. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, call 305.444.5950 or visit

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”
— Redd Foxx

Bad Tan
Did you know your sunglasses are hurting your skin? Turns out that your body regulates the skin-protecting pigment melanin by way of the UV light detected through your eyes. Start squinting.




Cancer Beater
We love cherries…but cancer cells hate them. Quercetin and ellagic acid, which are found in cherries, have been shown to inhibit tumor growth or cause cancer cells to die. As if we needed another reason for eating pie.




Lofty Perspective
Satellites don’t just do cool things in James Bond movies. They can also track and predict the spread of diseases when combined with other data collected closer to the ground, which is almost as cool as battling aliens.