Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Art of Manuel Zardain

Nov 9, 2010 4:30 PM • Topic: Culture • Issue: 2010-10
Manuel Zardain
Manuel Zardain
Manuel Zardain, born in Veracruz, Mexico, grew up around with a Culture rich in passion and color which is reflected in his Art work. At an early age he started showing a great inclination for drawing and painting. His talents would show through at the young age of 6 years when he won his first drawing contest at the Colegio Mexico of Orizaba, Veracruz.
As Manuel matured he became a young man with a rebellious and restless nature, he got involved in a historical event from Mexico known as the "Student Movement of 1968". His family afraid of fatal consequences due to his involvement, sent him to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the United States where he studied Art History at the Louisiana State University.
It did not take long for Manuel express his condemnation of the War of Vietnam which he reflected in the theme of his exhibited at Union College in 1968. Later he moved to Sausalito CA, where he embraced the hippy life style of that time. However, a couple of years later his restless nature leads him to the guerrillas of El Salvador in which he participated actively, but also found time to paint and exhibit his work at the Capital of El Salvador.
When Manuel returned to Mexico he took on work at the Poliforum Siqueiros of Mexico City where he worked with youth groups organized and protected by the great muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros whom Manuel served. He concluded his cycle of study by participating in workshops instructed by Leonora Carrington and by working with renowned Masters of the Art world such as Chucho Reyes and Gilberto Aceves Navarro, as well an many others.
Since then Manuel has participated in multiple collective and individual exhibitions in Mexico and other many other countries. In addition he has provided illustrations for several newspapers, books and magazines for which he has received recognition on multiple levels in the State of Veracruz by the Government and other Institutions.
The two most important elements reflected in the art style of Zardain are the political and bi-national issues regarding migration which he has made the theme of his late paintings; and the influence of his childhood experiences between wet coffee plantations, insects, animals and exuberant vegetation which he shows in his polychromatic portraits of Floral splendors. Currently, Manuel's work is focused on depicting the great and rich Cultural life of Veracruz and Mexico, including Still Life in which he portrays the spirit of México's markets and fiestas (parties) within his vivid oil paintings of mariachis, dancers, singers and bands utilizing his impressionistic style. His colors are bright and intense reflecting the Mexican Culture's love of life. In addition, Manuel explores abstract Art in equally bold colors reflecting the optimism and enthusiasm of Mexican people despite their economic and social difficulties. He has had many exhibitions and his Art is now in collection in the United States, Holland, France, Spain, Japan , Colombia among many other countries.
If you need more information about Zardain’s paintings please contact Dr. Carmen
Velazquez at (619) 651.1879 or write at

Healthy Insurance in Mexico, Yes it exists

By Kim Wherley
Nov 25, 2010 5:20 PM • Topic: Innovation • Issue: 2010-11
Dependent on your plans for Mexico,we decided to venture into the giant realm of health care coverage in Mexico. With such a broad range of information to choose from we did our best to come up with a few facts and some information for our readers to tap into regarding health insurance in Mexico. However, please advise we will be diving into this matter to ensure all our readers are directed to the right companies, plans and resources in the future.
We broke it down into three different groups for you, so you can find the one that fits you
1) The Adventurous Traveler For someone who is simply traveling to Mexico on a trip should get a quick health coverage plan. It is important to know that some health care plans in the U.S. will cover some major incidents in Mexico. However, many have a mileage limitation as to how far across the border they will cover. So, it would be a good idea to
call your current health care provider to find out if you are covered for major medical necessities while abroad (in any country, not just Mexico).
f you are simply seeking to come to Mexico for a routine check-up or dental appointment,
you can save yourself the hassle and just pay out of pocket. Many health care companies will
not cover just a general or routine trip to the Doctor’s office. Let’s face it, what is there to
bill? The prices are already more affordable, in some cases, than just a co-pay in the U.S.! For example, routine visits to a general practitioner range from $10 - $35 with NO insurance. Dentists will range in the low numbers as well and in addition, their fees for addition work are still a fraction of the cost in the U.S., plus- there is always room to negotiate! For a specialist, such as an OBGYN, you are looking at about $40 - $75 per visit WITHOUT insurance.
However, as we mentioned before if you want to cover the major stuff, you can contact a number of companies by typing, “Global Health Care”, “Travel Insurance Mexico”, “Mexico
Health Insurance”... you get the point. You will find lists of companies that will cover you, pick the one that best suits you.
2) Latinos of Mexican Origin in California! Since, Mexico and the United States share a border, it does not take a rocket scientist to realize that Latinos of Mexican decent make up
60%-- or more than 20 million -- of the Hispanic population nationwide. Of that, over 50%
of that population reside in California.
SIMNSA, a company based in Tijuana has joined forces with several health care companies,
including Blue Shield, United Health Care, etc.These insurers will allow Mexican nationals
who are legal residents of the United States,U.S. citizens of Mexican ancestry, as well as dual nationals the ability to be covered on both sides of the border. The benefits are that Mexicans can cuts costs and use their favorite family doctor, and employers save on insurance costs.A win- win! If you are of Mexican decent, live and/or work in California- ask you employer about coverage just across the border or contact
SIMNSA to find out how you can be covered.
3) The Expat is Up to Bat! You can get Mexican Social Security?? What??!!
Retiring, relocating or just getting away for a year or two? Mexico will cover you for a very affordable price! The Mexican government, through the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), will provide affordable health insurance for ALL residents of Mexico, regardless of nationality. IMSS insurance is available to all foreigners residing in Mexico, with exclusions or limitations based on pre-existing illness, just like any insurance. It is important to know that the insurance can only be applied for during certain times of the
year: January, July, August, and most of February. At the time of application you pay a
one time lump sum of approximately $250 - $350 per year. Not bad to have coverage, however read on.
Here are some interesting facts about the Mexico and the population in relation to the
Mexican Social Security health insurance we found interesting.
According to sources:
Less than 3% of the population in Mexico possess private health insurance, however 52% of the expenditures are for private medical services.
Because of how affordable health care is,whether a routine visit, surgery or major treatment,
more than 25% of the Mexican population will pay for their medical costs our of pocket.
Don’t fit in any of these categories or want to learn more?
Due to the health care reform, the increased population that will have access to care and the lack of doctors to cover all of these people, will result in: long waiting times, difficulty getting a general check-up and lower quality of care. On the upside everyone will be covered, which is an amazing breakthrough for the citizens in the U.S.! However, this
reform has pushed many U.S. employers and citizens to begin seeking health care abroad--not only for affordability,but for better quality care. With that said, more and more
insurance companies are coming up with aggressive plans that will benefit those that wish to receive care outside of the U.S. We will advise on these companies as they emerge in the coming months and years.
At this time, if you are seeking a trip to Mexico, specifically to the Baja Peninsula for alternative treatments, cosmetic surgery, dental work or anything at all- we have the resources and can help you find your way through our Frontier Doctors Travel Consultants.

Dr. Aubanel

Medicine Women

Dr. Aubanel

Baja California has many sons and daughters that we can be proud of, great athletes, media personalities, politicians, scientist and excellent medical professionals. One of our most outstanding personalities in the region is Dr. Patricia Aubanel M.D. world renowned
interventional cardiologist. Patricia Aubanel was born in Tijuana, daughter of two great personalities in Baja California, Dr. Gustavo Aubanel and Misses Luisa Riedel Aubanel. Her parents participated actively in regional politics, Dr. Gustavo was the first mayor of Tijuana after years of advocacy for Baja California to be recognized as a free state.

At the age of seven she decided she wanted to become a doctor, but it wasn’t until years later when she was in Pennsylvania for additional training when she found her true passion, the reason why her heart beats a little faster, her life’s mission, the practice of interventional cardiology.After earning her medical degree, Dr. Aubanel later attended Miami University and prepared to pass her medical licensing.“It was like going to medical school all over again,” she says. She did her residency in internal medicine at Boston University and was trained in interventional cardiology at Harvard’s Mass General Hospital. A few years later, she returned to the West Coast as a doctor at the internationally renowned Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation in La Jolla, California, where she served as a Fellow for Dr. Richard Schatz.
Her time spent in training with Dr. Schatz was transcendental to her life and to her future patients, it would revolutionize the way cardiologist would practice medicine in Mexico; due to the fact she was among the first doctors in the world, and the only non-U.S. doctor, to be trained in the stent. Mexico’s first experience with the stent was in 1990, when it was implanted at the National Institute of Cardiology; tellingly, it received approval in Mexico five years before the FDA approved it in the U.S. Dr. Aubanel would spend five years training thousands of doctors on both sides of the border on how to apply the new procedure.
The stent is a tube designed to be inserted into a vessel or passageway to keep it open. Stents are inserted into narrowed coronary arteries to help keep them open after a procedure called balloon angioplasty. The stent then allows the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the heart.
She has worked with many high profile individuals, but perhaps her most well know patient was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, catholic nun with a mission to help the impoverish. The nun was spending a fair amount of time in Tijuana working with the poor but her health was failing, so the bishop approached the doctor to asses Mother Teresa. At the time Dr. Aubanel was very busy working in Mexico as well in the USA. Seeing patients at Hospital del Prado in Tijuana and performing surgery and receiving advanced training at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla. In 1990 she created a private coronary and intensive care unit in Tijuana; it was the first of its kind in the state of Baja California.
She did Mother Teresa’s assessment at Hospital del Prado. “Mother Teresa are you ready to die? Asked the good doctor, have you fulfilled your mission on earth?’ She said no. She told her that before she died she wanted to go to China. She had tried before but the government hadn’t cooperated. “Can you help me get to China?” she asked Dr. Aubanel.Yes, but first there was work to be done.
After Dr. Aubanel evaluated Mother Teresa, the treatment of choice was decided, she concluded that she would open Mother Teresa’s vessel with the employment of the stent. But a complication existed Mother Teresa’s age, she was 81 at the time, she had bad over all health and she was not considered a good candidate for a stent. And a final barrier:
Mother Teresa didn’t want to be treated at Scripps Clinic, because she considered Scripps a clinic for millionaires She wanted the procedure done in Tijuana. She explained that they didn’t have the facilities,” she says. Mother Teresa responded: “What about your people? You need to take care of your people.” Dr. Aubanel gave her many reasons, all legitimate: she didn’t have the time right now to undertake such a big commitment, nor did she have the funds to build a coronary center in Tijuana. Mother Teresa wasn’t buying it. “You don’t need money, you need faith.” That day Dr. Aubanel made a commitment to herself and to Mother Teresa, to open a special center to treat the thousands of people of Tijuana with coronary and vascular complications. Mother Teresa requested that there be a chapel and said she’d be there for the first mass. “That way,” Dr. Aubanel explained, “the Institute would be blessed forever and she’d pray for every patient.” The operation was a success.
Since then Dr. Aubanel has offered many conferences in distant parts of the world; she has won many acknowledgments, including women of the year 1992, in the United States a foundation in Washington D.C awarded her again women of the year, for Latin women in the United States. She has also been awarded by the medical consumer research counsel to be one of the best doctors in the continent; she has been the only Mexican to be awarded this honor.

If you where to ask what makes Dr. Aubanel an extraordinary woman, and there is no doubt
that she is, all those who know her would answer, that her compassion for others, her kindness to her patients, and strong values, make all her knowledge pale in comparison to the warmth of her nature and great spirit.

Great things are achieve when people invest time and effort in helping their fellow man, and don’t see illnesses, finances or stepping stones in order to accomplish a goal, an example of commitment to her patients can truly be said about Dr. Aubanel she has dedicated her life to saving and protecting the quality of life of thousands of individuals over the world. Now a day’ she has a passionate new project, the research and application of evolutionary use of stem cells. The most incredible aspect is that we are not inventing anything; it’s all nature, a Gift of God! As Mother Teresa would say.

One mans white vision of Tijuana,Mexico

A New Twist On the "GREEN" Fad/Movement

By Alvaro Cervera
Oct 27, 2010 4:33 PM • Topic: Culture • Issue: 2010-10
Marco Sandoval, the young and vibrant 24 year old founder of Recolectora Sanfra has a vision and is on a quest to Whiten Tijuana, Mexico via one student and one house hold at a time.
Roughly ten months ago Marco had an epiphany that there is no reason why the citizens of Tijuana and eventually the rest Mexico could not learn to be more conscious of there environment and the need to recycle all of there trash and waste in general.

The reason Marco does not use the word or color "Green" in his recycling vision, is because, as he learned first hand from speaking with a multiple of people in the industry, currently companies and individuals have become jaded by the turn in the Green Movement toward the belief that it is a "Fashion Statement/Fad" for companies or individuals to say that they are Green or that they Recycle!

Marco believes that the color and term "White" is truly what one wants to achieve when one incorporates recycling into a community. The term or word "White" instantly brings images of cleanliness, purity, and goodness. Hence his reason for naming his vision "The Whitening of Tijuana", he is out to clean-up Tijuana and eventually Mexico by teaching today's children to become tomorrows recycling adults.

He has fomented a formidable plan to teach, enlighten and incorporate into the psyche, culture and customs of Tijuana's children and house holds the importance of learning and applying recycling techniques into there daily lives.

Marco has funded via his own pocket and through his own sweat and labor a program that is currently active in two elementary schools here in Tijuana, and has requests by five other schools to be next in line to instill his revolutionary recycling program.

His school recycling program currently consists of setting up several recycling collection stations consisting of sets of three 55-gallon drums, cost free to the schools. He personally buys and modifies 55-gallon metal drums with a can crusher that he incorporates on the lid of one drum.

Each of the drums in the 3-drum set he paints bright white and they each are emblazoned with the universally recognized circular recycling emblem and each drum is designated with one of three words; Plastic, Aluminum or Paper.

He then gives teaching forums to the administrators, teachers and students on the importance of teaching the children on why it is crucial for them to learn and incorporate into their every day psyche techniques on how to separate, properly dispose of waste, and the importance of using the collection stations.

Eventually to show by example Marco is going to set up a free raffle at each school that will let the children win school orientated supplies that he will purchase from the proceeds collected from the sales of all the waste the children and school staff have collected in the collection drums. Instilling in the children that trash collection is not only good for the planet, but can also generates cash.

Currently he is approved by a private gated community to set up his set of collection drums and teach all the residents the importance of proper disposal of all there recyclable trash.

Upon instilling his collection programs into private residences he plans to donate a item made from recycled trash, as in a broom and dust pan set, to each residence so that they are constantly reminded by example of the multiple new uses of recycled trash.

As with all start up businesses in this day and age, what is holding Marco up from installing his recycling drums in the 5-schools and the private community is the lack of monetary funds. The rough cost for a 3-drum set-up is $70 U.S. dollars.

If you would like information on his vision or would like to assist or donate to Marco Sandoval, you can email him at:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Breast in Our Times

“You can only see through your heart, the essential is invisible to the eye” \"The little prince\"By By Dr. Francisco Bucio/Certified Plastic Surgeon
Oct 27, 2010 4:11 PM • Topic: Health • Issue: 2010-10
When we think about breasts in today's society, we immediately think of images such as Pamela Anderson, Victoria’s Secret models or the Sports illustrated calendar.
However, as incredible as it may appear, this breast "liberation" is as recent as the end of the 20th century, thanks to the social movements, especially the feminist one, during which women burned their bras as a symbol of freedom and ownership of their bodies.
According to Marilyn Yalon in her book "A history of the breast", women have finally taken possession of their breasts since the discussion of breast cancer, not just dealing with the suffering of the disease which apparently is growing every day, but taking part in the decision making as to the different treatment options offered. This includes chemo, mastectomy, therapy groups, family therapy etc.
Breast perception has suffered a radical transformation through out history. Nowadays, in the occidental society specially among men, it is a sexual symbol, a fetish, just like for Latin-Americans are the glutes, the neck for the Japanese or small feet for the Chinese.
It’s oldest symbolic representation is at least 23,000 years old, with the Venus of Grimaldi, and the goddess Iris breast feeding young Horus from the Egyptian culture, or the Greek Goddess Artemis adorned with 20 breasts in the II century, or Aphrodite in the year IV B.C. not to exclude the creation of our Milky Way through the milk that the Greek Goddess Hera spilled when refused to keep on breastfeeding Hercules.
And you may ask yourself : What are breasts? And who do them belong to?
To the baby that needs to be breast-fed? to men for sexual pleasure? to the adult movie director? to the lingerie designer? to the doctor for his diagnosis? to church for its censorship? to the psychoanalyst for his Freudian theories? or the artist for his own interpretation?
The response from my point of view is very simple: They Belong to women.
Truth be said, we are the product of society in which we live in. Women are constantly bombarded by television, magazines and publicity from us the plastic surgeons.
I think there should be a balance. We shouldn’t be carried away only by what the fashion tendency dictates, nor go back to the age where women needed to accept simply what “God gave them”.
For example in the field of plastic surgery, if a woman decides to modify her breasts (or other parts of her body), first there should be an auto evaluation as to the purpose of taking that decision; is it to satisfy your partner?, is it for keeping up with fashion? Is it to substitute an emotional deficiency? Or is it for the right reason, the way it should be; a very personal and well thought out decision that will improve their appearance and enhance self esteem; because a larger bust size will not prevent the husband from looking at other women, nor detain an imminent divorce or substitute a lost lover or attract a new one. What it will do is, that these woman will acquire a higher self esteem irradiating assurance and confidence and a general state of happiness within her and with others.
Modern Alternative procedures in plastic surgery are many, the equipment has improved, now implants are made from cohesive silicone gel which will not leak if they rupture, techniques also have improved. We are currently using a subfascial technique for breast augmentation. This technique consists in placing the implant under the muscle-fascia (the hard white part of the muscle) ; the benefits of this procedure are that they provide the same aesthetic result from those of the submuscular technique, with a soft edge, being anatomically correct, it is more precise and less painful and do not produce a “dynamic” post-surgery pectoral deformation.
Another technique that is winning a lot of acceptance is the breast augmentation through fat injections. Never the less this technique is reserved for special reconstructive cases such as implant rejection. This technique does not substitute implants.
The subject of Breasts will continuously change according to the evolution of our culture and civilization. For the time being we should take advantage of this window of opportunity opened for women and let them decide in terms of their bodies, reproductive health, mind and her own breasts.

Keeping up with Dr. Reynoso

Nov 9, 2010 4:29 PM • Topic: Innovation • Issue: 2010-10
Dr. Reynoso
Dr. Reynoso was born as a part of a large family; he is the youngest of six. Growing up he wanted to be a dentist, biology was always his favorite subject at school. When he grew up he fulfilled his dream by assisting to the State University of Sinaloa, where he graduated as a dental surgeon. After finishing his degree,he went to Mexico City in order to complete his
postgraduate work, a specialty in periodontics. He would later come to Baja California to try his luck,and after 10 years of hard work, he has a very successful practice and still growing. The key to his success is that Dr. Reynoso knows that is hard choosing the correct dentist,that it can be a difficult decision to make, taking into account multiple factors: such as locations,services provided, the cost, and the training the dental professional has. This all can be worrisome and disconcerting. That’s why Dr. Reynoso at his clinic named all dental, tries to make this decision easier by providing excellence in care,reasonable prices and personalize services. Dr. Reynoso founder of all dental clinics is a man who is dedicated to his profession, has a burning passion for the dental practice, and is always on the lookout for innovative new procedures to provide cutting edge dental treatments. Dr. Reynoso is a member of the National dental surgeon association in Mexico and has many certifications. He is also a member of the American dental association, among many other recognitions. But for him the most important aspect of his job is assuring that the patient gets quality service and leaves with a positive experience. At all dental clinic they create
a welcoming environment, an atmosphere where you can be reassured that the doctors alongside the rest of personal, will be there to support you all through the process. Since the moment you call to make an appointment until you have completed treatment and leave with a great smile.
All dental clinic has a variety of services, panoramic radiology, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and orthodontics, an integral approach to the dental practice. Besides quality care all dental clinic offers a variety of extra services to make you more comfortable, for instance they have a treasure chest for young children to play, as the Dr. Reynoso says ‘’If children have fun here they will remind their parents to bring them for checkups’’. Among other services they provide, they help find you adequate accommodations to stay at, if you stay in the city for a few days,they will recommend the best hotels and restaurants
for your visit. But only by visiting at all dental clinic you can truly experience all the extra perks this clinic has to offer. The practice consists of ten individual who are all bilingual, 3 dental professionals, 3 administrators to help process all the insurance paperwork, (They accept all PPO) 2 radiologist, 2 assistants to receive you upon your arrival, and to maintenance staff to keep an impeccable office.

Breast Cancer and Care

By By José Ricardo Dueñas, M.D.
Nov 9, 2010 4:29 PM • Topic: Health • Issue: 2010-10
Breast Cancer and Care
Breast Cancer and Care
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. An estimated one in eight women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime. The natural history of breast cancer is
characterized in that breast cancer cells tend to lie dormant in breast tissue for long periods of time, and metastases may suddenly appear as long as thirty years after the successful removal of the primary tumor, and thus earlier detection is most important. In addition different genetic factors must be taken into account between individual patients. Currently, half of patients live relapse-free the rest of their lives but unfortunately a third of women die as a result of breast cancer. Breast cancer is relatively uncommon in young women and increases dramatically after menopause. It seems clear that exposure to estrogen (female hormones) throughout life increases the risk. Thus, women who have their first period at an early age and the last at a later age have a higher risk. Nulliparous women (no pregnancy / delivery) and women whose first pregnancy occurs after age 30 have an increased risk of breast cancer. Similarly, exposure to exogenous hormones, due to treatment of post menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis appears to influence the development of this disease.
In recent years, there’s been an explosion of life-saving treatment advances available:
chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy which is an important complement in the treatment of patients with cancer such as homeopathy, homotoxicology that stimulate the immune system and decrease side effects in cancer patients. Specifically low-dose cancer chemotherapy (IPTLD) improves survival rates. and decreases relapses. The selection of this type of treatment should be given and the sequence of the same shall be decided by the doctor. In many cases all the treatments are combined (surgery - chemotherapy or radiotherapy) with biological treatments to help detoxify and drain side effects, as well as strengthen and balance the immune system which is affected as a result of toxic chemicals and radiation.
Recommendations and Care:
Proper nutrition low in carbohydrates, eating more protein, if possible avoiding red
meat, mainly pork.
Eat fruits and vegetables free of chemicals and other pesticides that may increase toxic burden.
Drink two litters of water a day, allowing the body to keep hydrated, and help to drain and clear the many toxic particles accumulated in the extracellular space, where they also accumulate with cellular nutrients.
Rest and adequate sleep to allow the body to self regulate. We recommend taking Melatonin, a synthesized hormone from the neurotransmitter serotonin in the pineal gland as its use improves the quantity and quality of sleep which is also very important to help prevent premature aging.
Breathing exercises for better oxygenation. It is also recommended to use Ozone Hemotherapy, which promotes an anti-inflammatory effect and provides more and a better quality of oxygen to tissues and prevents the proliferation of bacteria that causes infections.
The use of natural anti-inflammatory agents such as Wobenzym specifically in patients with breast cancer and breast cysts works by its bifrinolytic action, and its anti-edematous properties, and prevents bacterial infections as the enzymes mobilize the cells of the immune system.
Management Protocols for protection of the liver, kidneys and lymph system as the principal organs of excretion and detoxification to avoid the overloading of the body with toxins.
The use of vitamin “C” (ascorbic acid) which has a long history of complementary use in cancer therapy and acts as an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals. Studies have shown that vitamin C plays an important role in the treatment of cancer. After investigation, scientists found that “high concentrations of vitamin C selectively inhibit cancer cells without affecting normal cells”. The recommended doses are given at least 2 times a week. The dose is determined by the physician taking into account each particular case.L
Chelation Therapy (EDTA) is an intravenous infusion of Na2-EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid) to treat poisoning by heavy metals and remove toxic waste and
other unwanted substances from your body that are left behind by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
It is important to balance the emotional plane getting in peace with loved ones with whom we have differences and grudges accumulated inside often causing physical and mental imbalance which added to the toxic burden in our body can be reflected through the presence of tumors in the mammary glands.
Bio-regulatory medicine, comprehensively provides all these therapies including low-dose Chemotherapy (IPTLD) with fewer side effects in combination with biological therapy markedly increases the survival rate of patients with breast cancer.
José Ricardo Dueñas, M.D
U.S.A. 1(619) 270 5525

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Autumn Joy

By Martha Gonzálrez
Nov 25, 2010 12:43 PM • Topic: Culture • Issue: 2010-11

November is a great month and one of my favorites. It is officially autumn but not quite that cold but cool enough to start thinking about Thanksgiving, family, friends, new goals and observation/evaluations of the old ones.
Every year most of us make the same new promises and see that maybe we were not as powerful around the old promises. You know the ones: a new job, new house, new car, spending more time with family or friends,controlling stress, going to the doctor, weight loss, health, exercise and nutrition are among the most common and like last year, around November, you were beginning to really look at what matters most to you and what
you are up to in life and make new promises and goals around that. This year, it may be different, better and full of new hope because Frontier Doctors is here to support you.
Whole Food and Supplement Education
Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ health and nutrition commitments are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. as a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.Our medical Doctor is available for phone consultations,by appointment in the USA or via office visit in Tijuana,mexico. Her specialty is chronic Disease and Supplementation. Our nutritional coach is also available by appointment, per your request, specializing in Whole Food, Supplementation and cell renewal. Our main focus is to share with you the difference Vitality, Whole Body Health and Well Being make and how you too can live better, longer and empowered at any age... by the way....we also do whole family consulting for children with chronic Disease, Obesity or any child looking to better their stamina, health, vitality, learning capacity, concentration and relaxation.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service, supplements and consultation in the industry. We base our commitment based on your level and take the opportunity to take you to the next.
Let’s look at weight control and heat health during the holidays.Remember... Thanksgiving is ONE day, ONE meal. If you wish to indulge, do so. For ONE day. Then, get sensible again the next few days. If you love turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes...go for it.
One day. If you love wine, ok. One day. If you must have pumpkin pie with whipped cream... yes! But not the whole pie and yes only one day. And by the way... try this on: what if, you had a turkey dinner with all the fixings and then, you actually had dessert the next day? Not reasonable you say? Then how about exercise that whole weekend, starting Thanksgiving Thursday through Sunday? Long walks? Short walks? Bike rides? Yoga? Fruits/ vegetable /fish detox for the other meals? Considering that most traditional Thanksgiving meals are packed with about 2,000 calories maybe you may consider going
“low fat” the next day or two , something around 2,000 cal the whole day. Try extra Omega 3 rich foods, add another dose of your capsule to your day. How about extra C or D, really rev up your antioxidants and water intake, among many other things.
Did you know that most heart attacks happen just a few hours after your indulgent turkey dinner? And here is some more information, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, people do more of the things that can lead to heart attacks, including eating more high-fat foods, just eating more in general, drinking more alcohol and smoking more cigarettes. At the same time, they cut back on some of the things that can help prevent heart
attacks, like extra exercise and their supplements. Then there is stress. What else could we add to this amazing pot of things we do that don’t help? Who know? Who cares?
Try this:
5 Healthy Holiday Foods you can eat.
Pumpkin - Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A and also provides fiber. Pumpkin seeds are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats). Pumpkin itself is quite low in calories and is a healthy holiday food. Pumpkin pie, however, becomes a high-calorie food because it’s made with eggs, sugar, evaporated milk and baked in a high-fat pie crust. To make a lower-fat pumpkin pie, you may consider using an egg substitute, light cream or low-fat evaporated milk in your recipe. Go for a pie crust with the lowest amount oftrans fat possible. Better yet, try a home-made pie crust recipe that is not made with shortening.
Fresh Cranberries - Cranberries are packed with Vitamin C and also provide a fair amount of dietary fiber and manganese. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, a type of antioxidant that can prevent the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract sometimes causing urinary tract infections.
Sweet Potato - Sweet Potato is a rich source of antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Similar to the banana, it is also an excellent source ofpotassium. If you eat the skin, you will also reap the health benefits of fiber, making the sweet potato a healthy holiday food.Turkey - In addition to being an excellent source of protein, turkey offers
the least amount of fat per serving, among all other meats, if you pass on the skin.
Green Beans - Green beans are probably one of the healthiest holiday foods out there. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K (important in bone health) and manganese. They also contain a good amount of vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. Green bean casserole in a traditional Thanksgiving meal is rather high in calories as it contains butter, cream of mushroom and cheese. Prepare this dish with lower-fat version of these ingredients such as fat-free cream of mushroom and light butter and you will be able to enjoy the yummy taste without the guilt!
Lastly, how can Frontier Doctors support you this holiday season? See your doctor and call your nutritionist! Together they can design a healthy,fun and taste good way of living that will give you all the power around what is really important to you. For most, living longer,
stronger and with joy is what it is all about. Salud!
Ana Ituarte is a Food Coach and Supplement Advisor who works together with health practitioners and doctors to provide education, powerful living guides and supplementation
to people who are committed to feeling great,living longer, reversing aging and being happy.

Bipolar Disorder

Understanding the Basics
By By Dr. Daniel Rodriguez 

Bipolar disorder is an illness that is widely discussed, but frequently misunderstood. We often hear people proclaim that they are bipolar or that a family member is. Common belief is that an individual who is frequently irritable or has changes in mood may be bipolar. As we will see,this alone is not usually enough to warrant a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
The bipolar spectrum includes a wide range of symptoms, but just because you have some of the symptoms, doesn’t mean you are necessarily bipolar. There are specific criteria to diagnose an individual as bipolar but only a mental health professional can do a proper evaluation and diagnosis. One of the most important factors to consider is the severity of the symptoms, to what degree they affect their quality of life and how mal adaptive they have become.
Diagnosing Bipolar
Bipolarity came to the public’s attention when pop star Britney Spears was rumored to be bipolar. She was treated as an in patient and continued as an outpatient for follow-up visits. It is estimated that only 3 percent of the general population suffers from bipolar disorder.
The bipolar spectrum includes various diagnoses, including bipolar type 1, bipolar type 2 and cyclothymic disorder.Bipolar type 1 is the most severe form of the disorder; it is characterized by the presence of manic episodes and depressive states. Mania is a state of abnormally elevated or irritable mood, arousal, and/ or energy levels, and is sometimes accompanied by psychotic symptoms.
Bipolar type 2 is characterized by the presence of hypo-manic episodes and depressive states that alternate. Cyclothymic disorder is a chronic bipolar disorder consisting of short periods of mild depression and short periods of hypomania. These symptoms may last a few days to a number of weeks and are less intense than in bipolar type 1. The onset is separated by short periods of normal mood.
If after reading the criteria for the different diagnoses in the bipolar spectrum you suspect that you or a love one may suffer from bipolar disorder, what can you do? First you must find a mental health professional, either a psychologist or psychiatrist, who can do an adequate evaluation and diagnosis.Many people are confused about the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Who should treat patients who suffer from bipolar disorder? The ideal answer is that both professionals should work together to provide the best care possible.
Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist
The psychiatrist prescribes medication in order to manage the illness and performs a medical evaluation to rule out factors that don’t explain the symptoms. Psychologists may provide psychotherapy to work in con junction with pharmaceutical treatment and help to educate the patient or family members about the illness. A less common, but essential practice, is for therapists to help individuals with social and work rehabilitation following a bipolar episode. Medication can’t adequately address these issues.
Bipolar disorder is a serious illness that if left untreated can lead to poor quality of life, severe life complications or even death. Finding the correct doctor and therapist is key for successful management of the disorder. Although bipolarity is a serious condition, individuals can thrive and lead productive, well adjusted lives. The help is there. It’s just a matter of seeking it.
Dr. Daniel Rodriguez is a licensed psychologist practicing in Tijuana. For more information, contact him at

Monday, November 8, 2010


Independence day septiembre 16


In the early nineteenth century, Mexico, with a little influence from the US and France, began talking about a revolt against Spain. Father Miguel Hidalgo from Dolores, Mexico, was a leader of one of the rallying groups. Hidalgo and his officers were planning a revolt for late fall of 1810. The Spanish people found out about the revolt which led the Spanish Government to order the arrest of Hidalgo and his officers. When Hidalgo found out, he called a meeting at his church.He rang the church bell on the night of September 15, 1810 to call his congregation to mass. Here Father Hidalgo rallied the people to fight.He gave the speech which is now known as ‘Grito de Delores’, saying “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la independencia!” These famous words have been remembered and are said each year at the Independence Day celebrations.
Everyone fought together, including the Criollos (wealthy Mexicans of Spanish descent), Mesizos (children born from the marriage of a Spaniard and an Indian), and Indians. Armed with clubs,knives, stone slings, and ancient guns, they fought as they marched to Mexico City. A battle took place in Guanajuato between the Spanish soldiers and Hidalgo’s followers. The army sacked the town, killing the Spaniards. They continued to fight on their way to the capital. When they finally reached Mexico City, the army hesitated before going in to fight and some of them even disserted the army. Before the year was over Father Hidalgo was captured and executed. Some people continued to fight for the cause and Father Hidalgo’s Grito de Delores (Cry of Delores) became the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence. The people fought for eleven years before they finally won their freedom.
Today Mexican Independence Day is a major celebration in Mexico and is bigger than Cinco de Mayo. It is celebrated with a fiesta (party). The celebrating begins on September 15 (the eve of Independence Day) where crowds of people gather in the zocalos (town meeting place)
of cities, towns, and villages. In Mexico City a huge square is decorated with flags, flowers and lights of red, white, and green. People sell confetti, whistles, horns, paper-machete
helmets, and toys in the colors of red, white and green.There is also plenty of feasting! When the clock strikes eleven o’clock the crowd gets silent. On the last strike of eleven the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic liberty bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the Grito de Delores. He shouts “Viva Mexico” “Viva la independencia” and the crowd echoes back. People do this at the same time all across Mexico. While the crowd says this they fill the air with confetti, streamers and hoopla. Castillos explode in showers of red, white, and green.
The actual day of September 16 is similar to July Fourth in the US.There are rodeos, parades, bullfights, horseback rider performances and grand feasts. The statues in memory of Father Hidalgo are decorated with red, white, and green flowers. The Mexican Flag is made up of green, white, and red. The green is on the left side of the flag and symbolizes independence. White is the color in the middle of the flag and symbolizes religion. The red is on the right side of the flag and symbolizes union. These colors are used often in decorating for the Mexican Independence Day fiesta.

Painter Gloria Muriel

Pop Surrealism on a Spiritual Quest
Gloria Muriel #1

Painter Gloria Muriel’s work conveys a glowing immediacy, yet evokes timeless, remote worlds of mystery and allure.Her paintings, primarily acrylics, are characterized by their dazzling color and enigmatic, symbol-rich iconography. The work is predominated by images of big-eyed girls,often playing musical instruments;birds, and anthropomorphized nature, like trees and flowers with faces. Most of these compositions have a dense, murky background that suggests tangled vegetation or water.

Gloria says the prevalence of young girls in her work probably refers to her inner child and
hearkens back to the time in her life that was most idyllic. Though she had a happy childhood, she was also something of a loner and cultivated a rich inner world. This might explain the melancholy look of the girls in the pictures, alone with their thoughts and absorbed in their music, even as they commune with nature.
This mingling of dark and precious iconography, in otherworldly settings, is largely responsible for the paradoxical moods her work evokes—an in- tertwining of sadness and joy; of lightness and gravity that intrigues more than it comforts. Perhaps the uneasiness threaded all through Gloria’s work, from the most seemingly innocuous pictures to the freakiest, serve to express her belief in a larger, cosmic sadness, which envelops the variable moods of every individual. “In the end you’re alone,” she says. “No matter what, you have to cope with life on your own.

”The spiritual/mystical dimension of Gloria’s paintings is salient, with recurring elements that suggest pantheism or animism—the belief that a divine presence inhabits everything around us. Nature is truly alive in her paintings, and the girls depicted, with their meditative expressions, seem utterly responsive to their animated landscape and supremely calm as the chaos of nature surrounds them.
Some of the spiritual iconography in Gloria’s work is overt and draws on her research into dreams and symbols. One piece shows the goddess Lakshmi—another young girl, this one with three eyes. In Hinduism, the third eye, also called the “eye of the heart,” represents spiritual perception. Many other religions revere the eye as a symbol of magical, visionary power.

Gloria, a native of Mexico, lives in San Diego and is a graphic designer by trade. She has two daughters ages 11 and 12, which is the same general age as the girls in her pictures (“a coincidence,” she says, slyly).
Much of Gloria’s work shows the influence of illustration and is reminiscent of the pop surrealism championed by the influential magazine Juxtapoz. She cites Dali as a major influence, which is evident in her vivid palette and fantastical images. Her personal vision, though, comes through powerfully in each picture and anchors the work soundly within the realm of fine arts.

Gloria Muriel’s work reveals a distinct personal style that is consistent but never static. Overall, the work has an aura that might be called immersive, where subject and periphery, foreground and background merge in a way that is all-encompassing. Such art naturally affects the viewer in a similar way, for this is work—this is a world—to get lost in. This reflects Gloria’s essential approach: “Art is a state of being and I lose myself in the beautiful chaos that I depict in my paintings. Those feelings develop at the precise moment when my brush hits the canvas.” Ultimately, though, her “aesthetic philosophy” can be summarized even more directly: “I paint what I feel.”