Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Anti-Aging Conference

Ok here's the real deal entry on the little conference I went to two weeks ago. Anti-Aging you say? So basically there were two camps of people- the people who feel beauty should come from the inside out and those who feel it should be outside in. The former are the homeopathy, hormones, wellness, vitamins and all that jazz people, thinking that if you are keeping your body healthy internally, you will look beautiful on the outside. The latter are the aesthetic people who think if you fix the outside (botox, lasers, surgery, cosmetics), the person will be compelled to diet/exercise and take care of their inside. I was there to investigate the aesthetic stuff, and just as a bonus got to see and hear about all the other stuff.

Let me just tell you, it was a special experience. Never before in my life have I seen so many women (and men) with visibly altered facial features. And when you can tell from 100 feet away, you know it's drastic. There was not a single dermatologist or plastic surgeon, it was all OBGyns, dentists, ENTs, ER docs, family practice, you name a non-traditionally cosmetic doc, they were there. Special.

You know, I learned a bunch of stuff but what was really cool was all the great stuff I got from the exhibit hall. At the urology conference I got a VIAGRA tote bag and watched videos of things being inserted in the urethra, but here I got to watch Botox being inserted into peoples faces, fillers in the lips, and even get a few personal samples. Yes yes, I got in on the action.

First I got myself a Chemical Peel (my first one!) from a lovely Lebanese owned company. Let me just talk about the really unusual but incredibly distinct burning/tingling sensation that was all over my face for a few minutes. Then I think it just went numb and I was fine. And oh man, my skin never looked so good as in the 5 days following that chemical peel. Except when I woke up in the mornings and half of my face was peeling off. Other than that it was great. You can't really tell in the pics, but I totally was rocking out a super trendy outfit so I could blend in with the natives. My pink heels completed the outfit, and I'm a big fan of the blazer (seersucker) and pants-to-the-knees combo.

And then there was the Chinese homeopathic medicine lady who tested the energy fields around my organs to see where I was out of balance. I wish I could show you the printout of my bar graph... it was BAD. Lots of red bars (green is good), you would think I was dying a speedy and painful death. Nope, just energy out of whack. Good thing I exercise regularly, get 8 hours of sleep a night, drink lots of water, eat healthy, and don't smoke or drink heavily. I'd hate to see what my energy was like if I didn't do all that.

Finally and most interestingly was my detoxification through my feet. I walked by this display where people had their feet in what the nastiest looking liquid ever. All different colors, but all in the brown/charcoal/olive spectrum. When I stopped to inquire, I was informed that was what came OUT of their feet into what had previously been just salty water with a positive/negative ion-emitting little doohicky in the water. I'm sorry, but I HAD to try this.

So basically the idea is that we all have 2,000 sweat glands in each foot and it's the best place to excrete all the nasty stuff our body doesn't want (well, other than say urine or feces), and the ion thingamabob just enables the glands to sweat out all that... gook. The goal is to have a pH of 7.0-7.5 in your body, as anything below that is acidic, and it's better to be neutral or basic. So they take your pH both before and after, and 80% of people move towards neutral. Everyone's water is different and they don't "diagnose" the water (as far as what is coming out or what it might signal health-wise), but let me just say that I definitely felt different after doing it. I did it with two other women I befriended, and all three of our pH's rose. All 3 of our waters were different colors, and I was honestly shocked to see it (of course thinking I would maybe be "clean" haha). Here are pictures at 10, 20, and 30 minutes. Sorry, it's gross, but it's pretty cool not only because it's so different but because I was actually getting paid to do this. I love my job.

10 minutes

20 minutes

30 minutes. Ew.

My new friends. :)

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