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METROPOLITAN ANIMAL SPECIALTY HOSPITAL Located in the heart of Hollywood, providing high quality specialty and emergency pet care, 24/7 Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH), a 24-hour specialty and emergency animal hospital located on 6565 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, offers veterinary Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology,…

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

How identity and visibility relate to curbing commercial tobacco use.  BY MARIELLE REATAZA, MD, MS Like many, I’ve spent the majority of my time in my apartment for the better part of a year. This past March marked the anniversary of California’s Stay at Home order, one of the most restrictive in the nation. This…

Men Having Babies

Interactive sessions with medical, legal and financial experts on everything gay men need to know when considering surrogacy May 15-16, 2021 will be the last opportunity for gay men around the world who are considering fatherhood to get comprehensive guidance on surrogacy in an online-version of MHB’s signature “bootcamp” weekend-long conference. Unique programs at this…

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POST COVID SOBRIETY We asked these clean and sober individuals where they are in their recovery and what they look forward to most as LA County lifts restrictions on indoor group gatherings BY PAULO MURILLO THE CENTER “I wouldn’t feel as solidified in my sobriety if the pandemic hadn’t happened because I’m doing a Zoom…

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THE COMPANY WE KEEP Three sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time talk about the dynamics of their friendships BY PAULO MURILLO MORE HONEST “I have my sober crew that I hang out with. I have my friends Ramon, Charlie and Leo who are sober, and then there’s my very best friend, she’s a…

The Care Center

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center continues to expand service offerings to the local communities. While the early days of 2021 have reflected the continued challenges that the year prior brought with it, there is a sense of hope growing that the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic are behind us. Just before the start of…

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BEING OF SERVICE We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of sobriety time what being of service means to them and how helping others helps them in their program of recovery. BY PAULO MURILLO CONSTANT REMINDER “I get to see myself when I’m of service. It’s a constant reminder. The last Saturday…

CREATING FAMILIES

Beverly Hills Egg Donation’s Robyn Perchik on embarking on a journey with an egg donor BY VICTOR MELAMED Robyn Perchik is the managing partner of Beverly Hills Egg Donation (BHED), a popular egg donor agency based in Southern California. Though the agency’s roots are in Southern California, BHED works with clinics nationwide and with intended…

Live LIMITLESS

Trainers and best friends Jason Wimberly and Thomas Fairman joined forces to create a new type of movement based on the elements of Air, Earth, Fire, Water and the primal element of MAN. Their first mens-only course aspires to give men a place to connect to their true masculine self, while also allowing us to…

Three Dads And A Baby

A tale of patience, love, and persistence that broke new legal ground and changed the way California law defines family. BY VICTOR MELAMED Meet Ian Jenkins—he’s a doctor, living in San Diego, a specialist in hospital medicine and a professor at a major university. He’s been with his partner, Alan, for seventeen years. And they’ve…

Private Recovery

An interview with Dr. Alexander Mason on a virtual confidential telemedicine addiction recovery program geared towards executives. BY MARK ARIEL Specialist TeleMed’s TORVAE is a completely virtual opioid addiction recovery program geared for the working professional. The program allow patients to recover from the privacy of their own homes or offices and on their schedules.…

New, Again

How can we create new hope when our world is in chaos? BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT As we enter a New Year in the midst of a worsening pandemic, how do we hold space for hope and possibilities? Our lives have been upended in 2020 and we’re still in the midst of increasing infections, deaths and…

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STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they stayed thankful through a year that gave us a pandemic, a quarantine, high unemployment rate and a nail-biting election MY FAMILY “I’m grateful I kept my sanity and peace of mind during the pandemic. I have to say…

Real Men, REAL Depression

Many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Successful treatments are available.  BY VICTOR MELAMED An estimated six million men in the United States have a depressive disorder-major depression, dysthymia (chronic, less severe depression), or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Although these illnesses are…

World AIDS Day

The international theme of this year’s #WorldAIDSDay is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility” BY ORLY LYONNE World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1.  Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join…

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STAYING SOBER We asked three individuals with different lengths of recovery time, how they stayed clean and sober throughout the year amid the insanity of the coronavirus pandemic, the lockdown and stress over the 2020 elections REINVENT MYSELF “I remained willing to have my sobriety be my number one priority. Being part of the No…

Everything You Wanted To Know About CBD (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    The term ‘CBD’ stands for Cannabidiol, which is extracted from the cannabis plants. Previously it was believed that everything related to cannabis is harmful to us. But, due to recent scientific researches and studies, people’s view on this is changing rapidly. Even most of the states of the USA have lifted the previously imposed ban…