Green is most likely to be associated with nature, fertility, growth, money and, probably most famously, jealousy.
Psychologically, green is believed to be the great balancer - the perfect mix between head and heart. Red might be associated with extremes, such as love and anger, yellow might be associated with happiness, an eternal ray of sunshine, but green is somewhere in between; equilibrium, a moment of clarity. Some believe that the power of green is so important for our brains that this is why there is so much of it all over the planet. Another theory is that, given the amount of stress we seem keen to endure as humans, it is simply common sense that we would feel the need to surround ourselves with the colour that best represents nature. Green is the colour that takes us right back to that stripped down moment of simplicity and clarity that allows us to remember what it means to be human in the first place. It is the colour of abundance (or wealth, as some interpret it) which is why it may also be interpreted as representative of property, materialism, possessiveness and jealousy. At traffic lights it means 'go'. Green is recognised as a symbol of luck in most Western cultures. In China the colour represents infidelity - a green hat indicates that a man’s wife is cheating on him. In Israel green represents bad news. In Spain a racy joke is 'green'.
The chosen colour for Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Greenery 15-0343’. According to Pantone: “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”
There are many fictional interpretations of the colour green, in the Arthurian poem, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, the knight is considered by some to be a living representation of the Pagan/Celtic Green Man (a symbol of fertility, seasonal renewal and ecological awareness). The Green Knight is portrayed as both good and bad in this particular poem with some even believing he represents the Devil himself. Interestingly J.R.R Tolkien described him as, “the most difficult character to interpret”. The Green Man is a recurring theme in literature with some even associating Robin Hood and Peter Pan with the same folklore. In The Great Gatsby a green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. He reaches out toward the green light in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. In the movie of Stephen King's The Green Mile, the Green Mile itself is a metaphor for death, which to some also signifies new beginnings.
So why, if this colour is historically so important and intriguing to us, do we struggle to place it in our homes? Indoor plants are one thing and we seem to be divided between the love/hate camps on that subject - but furniture? Soft furnishings? Accessories? It seems to be considered risqué to use the colour that can be closely connected to the very beginning of time. Sure, it’s a statement, but will your neighbours really be gossiping if you choose to introduce it to your colour scheme?
Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be buying an avocado sofa any time soon but it is still fascinating that the colour could be so taboo when inherently linked to our very existence. With any statement there are right ways to do it and wrong ways and, essentially, if you like the result who is to say which nail you hit on the head? If you’re looking to sell or rent your home it’s probably a risk worth avoiding if you are unsure, but if it’s a case of personal preference then who’s to say if it works or not - after all, creativity is subjective.
Here we have chosen some lovely items that give green a new lease of life and you should never be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. After all, won’t it be fun to give the neighbours something else to gossip about?
This month Jonathan gets down and dirty, putting the spotlight on unsanitary salons.
Last month, Society Marbella ran an article about hygiene, or the lack of it, in the make-up industry and, although I was disgusted by what I was reading, I wasn't unsurprised. Over the years I have seen disinfection practices so poorly adhered to by salon professionals that I was expecting Ashton Kutcher to jump out and shout, “You’ve been punked!” Many technicians simply don’t think it’s important enough, while others don't even know the correct procedures. I have found that, especially here on the Coast, salon sanitation doesn’t seem to be a big enough issue to most technicians when, in fact, it should be one of the top priorities in every salon. There are hair salons from hell and there are hair salons which are very diligent about practicing sound sanitation and cleanliness habits. Your best choice? The latter, of course, as your health depends on it.
Let’s start with cross infection. One would hope that the days of contagious skin conditions such as scabies and impetigo have disappeared, but this is not actually the case. When dealing with someone who has a serious skin condition, the stylist should NEVER go onto the next client without properly sanitising their hands. My hands look like they belong to a 100 year old, as they are constantly either in water or being washed.
All instruments and tools should be thoroughly sanitized in between clients (or sterilized where required). If your hairdresser starts to use a brush that’s still full of someone else's hair, run for the hills. If you have freshly washed hair why would you want someone to start blow-drying it with a dirty brush? It would be like cleaning the floor with a filthy mop. Remember, you are always within your rights to demand that a stylist clean any utensil before using it on your person.
When dealing with barbering tools I use my ‘anti-everything’ spray, which gets rid of anything nasty - I might have to try it on Gerry, come to think of it! Since any barbering service requires direct contact with the customers skin, scalp and hair sanitation cannot be overemphasized. Barbering is a serious matter when it comes to health and safety. Think about it; if the stylist isn’t concentrating and takes the top off a client's spot, their blade will then be contaminated with the client's blood. If this isn’t dealt with the correct way and used on the next client the repercussions could be extremely serious.
In most salons you SHOULD see jars of Barbicide which, in our salon, will usually be found near Gerry's station, as he likes to think it's for his use only. While on the subject of Gerry - have you seen what he has done to himself now? As if the sun-in episode wasn't bad enough, he has recently updated his hairstyle to include a quiff. He has the audacity to accuse me of being trapped in the 80s when this new do makes him look like a cross between Bros and Nick Kamen!
Anyway back to the Barbicide, I can promise you I know of hairdressers that can’t even tell you where the Barbicide jar is in their salon, so always look out for one on the salon floor and that will give you an indication to how health and safety conscious the salon is.
One of the most common health issues that we have to deal in hairdressing is, of course, head lice. They are a nightmare for a salon and can spread like wildfire. If a client comes in with this condition you have immediately to disinfect the gown, towel, basically whatever went near their head and the whole surrounding area. You see, head lice is a contraindication which means it is so contagious you cannot carry on with the service. I remember working at a client's wedding and she had a gorgeous flower girl as part of her bridal party. When I started styling her hair, I swear to God her hair was actually moving. I pulled my client aside and explained I wouldn't be able to do the flower girl hair as they seemed to have a case of head lice. She turned to me and said, “Has she got eggs?” It’s like she has the bloody lice Olympics on top of her head! It is very embarrassing having to tell a client why you can’t treat them that day, but you have to do it, so handle it in a quiet, professional manner. What you do not do is what a certain stylist from a local salon I know did, carry on cutting the client's hair, as she was too mortified to tell them they had nits, only for herself and two of the receptionists to become infected soon after. She was not in the staff's good books, let me tell you.
Back to nature
Regular readers will know that I have a slight obsession with Kérastase. I pretty much LOVE all their products and honestly they never let me down. So I am super excited that they have just launched the Aura Botanica collection, the brand’s most natural line to date.
Kérastase Aura Botanica is a range of natural hair products enriched with a blend of botanicals and plant actives for exceptionally clean, weightless and radiant hair without the use of silicones, sulfates and parabens. I am so glad that the brand has finally listened to what their clients have been asking for.
Our shining star
I have to do a shout out to my special little friend, Kazumi. She has been awarded the most improved educator within Fantasy Nails and rightly so. This is no more than she deserves, as anyone who is aware of her work as a nail technician will know that it is second to none. In fact technician doesn't describe what she does – she is a ‘nail artist’.
Many of us are aware that cellulite is tough to shift. You can exercise, detox and diet, but even the slenderest ones amongst us are still prey to the formation of that orange peel look, which is apparently resistant to all those endeavours. Now, Dynamic Marbella is offering the non-invasive LPG Endermologie body treatment that improves skin quality and provides visible results quickly. This lipomassage technique uses mechanical stimulation of the skin and reactivates the elimination of resistant fat to reshape the silhouette. The result is smooth contours, improved circulation and tighter skin. It is a technique that has been around for at least 30 years, used at top salons and clinics worldwide and now it is available at Dynamic Marbella.
What are the most common body areas treated with LPG?
Cellulite uniquely affects women and it has three causes:
- An increase in the size of fat cells
- Retention of liquids
- Fibrosis – a thickening of connective tissues, often as a result of an injury
The main areas affected are the abdomen, the arms, the legs and thighs.
Non-invasive face lift
However, LPG Endermoligie is also of great benefit to the facial area and it is used to tighten up the nasiolabial lines running from the nose to the mouth, that deepen with ageing and make us look older. It’s an excellent non-surgical face lifting technique and clients are thrilled with its results.
How does LPG eliminate cellulite?
It is a treatment that is 100% natural, it isn’t painful and it’s very efficient at removing cellulite. It uses a mechanical head that softens and mobilises the fatty tissue, eliminates excess fluid and reactivates the circulation. The result is a visibly improved appearance in these areas and a reduction in their measurement as well. Most importantly, it improves the circulation, which is great for general health, and firms the tissues to keep the treated area smooth looking.
What do you need to do to maintain this new, smooth appearance after the LPG treatments?
First, it is important to have a complete LPG treatment. Afterwards, we recommend once-a-month maintenance sessions, which will not just help to keep the new skin tone, but will also improve it further. The LPG Cellu M6 that we use has a range of specific programmes to treat the different types of cellulite and it is very important that the professional administering the treatment makes an accurate diagnosis to determine the best treatment for each client.
How many sessions does a person need on average?
In general, we recommend 10 to 12 sessions plus a monthly maintenance treatment. However, as every person is unique and there are different types of cellulite the average number of sessions is hard to determine.
What is the cost of an LPG session/package of sessions at Dynamic Marbella?
LPG sessions cost between 25€ and 65€ depending on the length of the treatment. We also offer a promotional package of 10 sessions, which reduces the cost of Endermologie Body LPG treatments for either the body or facial area.
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide.
Each year, more than 1.200.000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer worldwide (30.000 in Spain) and 70 per cent of these cases are diagnosed at advanced stages, when the cancer is unlikely to be cured.
The Most Common Risk Factor for Lung Cancer
Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer as 80 per cent of the cases are linked to smoking.
The risk of lung cancer increases according to the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per year, as well as the duration of exposure to tobacco smoke.
How to Prevent Lung Cancer
To this date quitting smoking is the best way to reduce mortality, which is why medical advice, nicotine replacement therapy and anti-smoking advertising campaigns are so important.
Late diagnosis of cancer is caused by a lack of symptoms in earlier stages. For this reason, developing population-screening tools can help diagnose the disease in its early stages in people at risk of lung cancer.
Prospective trials of lung cancer screening using chest radiography or sputum cytology have yielded negative results and are therefore not recommended methods at this time.
The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) was conducted on 53.454 patients aged 55-74, who smoked 30 packs/year or had quit smoking less than 15 years prior. The results were published in 2011.
Participants who underwent low-dose computed tomographic screening had a 20 per cent lower risk of death than those who only underwent chest radiography.
Therefore, lung cancer screening can reduce mortality in high-risk patients.
The greatest risk is obtaining false-positive results, which could lead to unnecessary biopsies, but a PET scan could confirm the results without having to resort to the biopsy.
At HC Marbella we use automatic exposure control systems for dose reduction in chest computed tomography (Siemens CARE Dose4D™), which reduce the side effects of radiation. Not all patients need the same dosage to obtain optimal images for analysis. Therefore, we make sure that no patient receives a higher radiation dose than is strictly necessary.
Who is a good candidate for screening?
In the guidelines from the main health organizations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), there is some discrepancy about who would most benefit from low-dose CT scans.
In summary, the ideal candidates are:
- Patients aged 55-80
- Patients who smoke more than 30 packs per year. You can calculate your cigarette consumption by looking on the internet.
- Patients in good health, with no comorbidities that would require curative surgical operations.
Patients at high risk for cancer must discuss the pros and cons of the screening with their doctor, who will ultimately be the one to prescribe the test.
How often should I undergo screening?
CT scans must be performed annually until the patient reaches the age limit or a comorbidity emerges that would impede curative surgical treatment.
In addition to screening, we offer 'quit smoking' medication to all active smokers, in order to eliminate the main risk factor.
Here at the Pneumology Department of HC Marbella, we recommend you consult your doctor if you have any current lifestyle risk factors.
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Improving quality of life should be the first concern when treating patients.
We are also aware that many illnesses considerably diminish it. Therefore, it’s
necessary to help reduce, relieve or cope with the symptoms that can appear in
cancer patients or other seriously ill people. For this we can turn to complementary therapies, which can also help to treat infertility.
Do We Really Know What Complementary Therapies are?
Complementary therapies are a series of practices and products that are used alongside conventional medical treatments. The purpose is to find alternatives (supported by scientific evidence) that reduce some of the illness's symptoms (depression, fatigue etc.) as well as some of the side effects of conventional
treatments, for example, the nausea and weakness caused by chemotherapy.
The practices that fall within the realm of complementary therapies can vary from
yoga to reiki to acupuncture, etc. More specifically, we want to talk about the
practices that we currently offer in our new Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Unit at HC Marbella International Hospital.
The creation of this unit is in response to the increasing demand for this type of
treatment, because we believe that it is important to create a close bond with every patient. Therefore, we aim to treat the person as a complete individual and not as
a personification of an illness taken from a medical book.
How does the Integrative and Complementary Medicine Unit Work?
To carry out these treatments successfully, a doctor plays the role of consultant and coordinator and begins a dialogue with the patient so that together they can determine the needs on both sides and find a solution among the many practices that we offer. These are the Five Practices that Can Help Improve Your Quality of Life When You are Ill.
For example, you could request services from the Nutrition Centre to create a meal plan that would meet your needs and also reduce certain symptoms, nausea, loss of appetite and so on. We also offer nutrition workshops with various themes, such as dietary guidelines and culinary skills adapted to each patient, healthy eating after cancer, etc.
Our workshops take place in small groups in order to give patients the opportunity to create ties with others who are going through similar experiences and to share advice.
Continuing with the idea of creating a dialogue and sharing of experiences, we believe it is important to create discussion groups, led by our psychologist, where patients and their families learn, among other things, how to cope with and reduce physical and psychological pain.
Other alternative therapies, generally known by patients as yoga and acupuncture, have also proven efficient in alleviating symptoms such as pain, dry mouth, digestive problems, headaches, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, fatigue, fibromyalgia, menopause, infertility, pelvic floor disorders, back pain, arthrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, tumour symptoms and side effects of treatments.
But we also wanted to invest in the newest technique that has proved to be of great
use not only in the world of medicine but also in social circles and the work field: mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice which consists of focusing one’s attention on the present moment with the purpose of clearing the mind and appreciating life. It aims at focusing on feeling better and allows patients to focus on the now without worrying about tomorrow, which can, at times, seem uncertain and distressing. In most cases, we obtain positive and highly visible results.
Here at HC Marbella International Hospital, we encourage you to learn more about these complementary therapies. A better quality of life may be more accessible than you think. We are with you during your time of need to improve your quality of life.
A picture paints a thousand words; this famous phrase is of even greater relevance when related to the constant medical advances being made in the area of diagnostic imaging, with its continuously increasing precision, specificity and clarity in every part of the body.
X-rays allow us to take a first look at any part of the body and offer a basic investigation which can be complemented by more specific imaging, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and tomography.
Nowadays science and technology are moving forward towards complementary imaging resources, achieving a more detailed assessment.
One example of this is PET-CT, a technique that provides metabolic information obtained by PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and anatomical information through CT (Computerised axial Tomography). Both investigations performed simultaneously, complementing each other, has meant a revolution in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours.
This procedure also known as PET imaging or PET scan combines nuclear medicine and tomography to allow detection and measurement of tumours by identifying, locating and quantifying the consumption of glucose, increased glucidic metabolism being one of the primary characteristics of neoplastic tissue.
Investigations like this now allow the detection of disease at an earlier stage in its process than might have been evident with other imaging investigations and this undoubtedly strengthens preventive treatment. In recent years experts consider PET-CT to have been one of the most influential techniques developed in the diagnosis and monitoring of oncology patients.
What is the procedure for PET-CT?
For the first part of the investigation, the patient receives the radioisotope 18F-FDG intravenously. When having this, the patient must lie down, in silence, in a semi-darkened room for about 45-60 minutes for the correct distribution and metabolism of the drug throughout the body. Once this period of resting has finished,the patient goes to the PET-CT chamber to start the investigation which lasts approximately 20 minutes.
The benefits that PET-CT provides:
There are many benefits provided by this diagnostic test, since it provides unique information which is impossible to obtain through other diagnostic imaging procedures.
This procedure has a series of indications where patients can benefit from undergoing this technique, the fundamental one being identifying oncological disease:
- Earlier and more precise diagnosis, identification of the degree of development and the extent of the tumour enabling the planning of the best possible treatment for each patient.
- Monitoring of the patient when there is suspected recurrence of a tumour, as PET- CT is much more sensitive in locating recurrence.
- Evaluation of the patient’s response to oncological (surgical, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) treatment. On occasions, when chemotherapy or immunotherapy is given, it may not be obvious whether or not the patient is responding correctly to treatment. PET-CT increases the probability of ensuring the most appropriate treatment is supplied.
In HC Marbella we have the latest technology available.
The BIOGRAPH 6 ECO PET-CT at the Nuclear Medicine Unit at HC Marbella integrates PET and LSO crystal technology – the latest crystal technology on the market. This permits optimum performance in examination times and optimum capacity for the detection of lesions with a high performance, low dose, six slice CT, the opening between the PET and CT rings helping to prevent the patient from feeling claustrophobic.
In HC Marbella a detailed report, prepared by our Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, can be given on the same day as the investigation, thus avoiding any unnecessary waiting and the resultant anxiety which this can cause.
The Oncology Unit team at HC Marbella will be happy to assist you. Please contact us or leave us your details and we will contact you.