Health & Beauty
|Because Living Well is the Best Revenge|
What better place to begin, continue or enhance your well being than in beautiful Puerto Vallarta? Whether you are here on vacation or here to stay, the many health and beauty services available in Puerto Vallarta will keep you feeling fit and looking absolutely marvelous.
As with any international travel destination, Puerto Vallarta offers an unsurpassed menu of beauty treatments and medical services that will keep you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and revived. In addition to the availability of the latest techniques and technologies, the costs of these services are dramatically less expensive than in the States.
Bilingual medical, dental, chiropractic, and physical therapy services, as well as modern hospitals with high-tech equipment and fully accredited physicians, assure that patients can expect the same quality of health care in Puerto Vallarta as they would receive in the US - and prescription drugs are readily available, and at reasonable prices!
Puerto Vallarta is also home to dozens of gyms, spas and fitness centers that offer day packages, vacation packages and even full memberships for those of us who live here year-round. Local beauticians know all the latest hairstyles, coloring, skin and nail care techniques - and these beauty treatments cost about a third of what it would cost at home.
Vacation surgery is gaining popularity, and since most of these procedures are relatively quick, it's easy to take home not only a tan but a little tucking as well. Liposuction, tummy tucks and other 'remedial measures' cost less than half what they do up North, yet they're staffed by highly trained and board certified professionals.
Puerto Vallarta has a competent, confident and cutting-edge medical community. And since prominent hospitals, world-class gyms and spas, and well-known beauty salons continue to be attracted here, it's easy and affordable to pamper yourself with professional health and beauty treatments that'll leave you looking, and feeling, like a million bucks.
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Natural Repellents for Mosquito Season in Vallarta
One of the biggest challenges for people living in and around Puerto Vallarta at this time of year is preventing mosquito bites! The little buggers are not just annoying, but also carry diseases. Before you start bombarding your body with chemicals, try some of these natural repellents.
Is Air Pollution Making You Sick? 4 Questions Answered
Last year, a study found that more than 8 million people per year die early from air pollution exposure. This amounts to more deaths than diarrheal disease, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. The evidence is clear: Air pollution is lethal and causes death across the world.
SETAC an Important Part of Vallarta Pride Celebration
SETAC will contribute to this year's Vallarta Pride celebration through several events that, as in years past, will position Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center as the region's most important preventive organization focused on HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections.
Scientific Breakthroughs Offer Hope of HIV Vaccine
US-backed researchers are getting closer to a vaccine that could prevent people from getting infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, offering hope for millions around the world. Clinical trials are underway in South Africa and could be a true game-changer for the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
'Semana Santa Brigade' Distributed 50,000 Free Condoms
Taking the tools of HIV education and prevention directly to the people in Puerto Vallarta is the purpose of SETAC's annual Semana Santa Brigade. During this year's campaign, held March 29-31, volunteers dispensed 50,000 condoms, 155 rapid HIV & 155 syphilis tests, free of charge.
SETAC Community Center Has a New Board of Directors
SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, recently announced changes on its board of directors that will allow the organization continuity of its mission: to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through education, detection and prevention.
'Universal Health' the Theme of World Health Day 2018
Universal Health, the theme of World Health Day 2018, (which falls on Saturday, April 7 this year), implies that all people and communities have access, without discrimination, to quality health services without having to expose themselves to financial difficulties.
Spending Time at the Beach Benefits Mental Health
We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed. The combination of soothing smells and sounds of water reduces stress and depression while boosting creativity.
'Best Places' Expat Study Examines Healthcare in Mexico
Best Places in The World To Retire has released its 3rd research study of 1,129 expats living in Mexico, 'Healthcare in Mexico.' Respondents reported that access to quality healthcare was almost 4 times better than in their home country, and costs much less than in the US or Canada.
SETAC Announces Semana Santa HIV Prevention Activities
SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, will implement a prevention and education strategy during Semana Santa, Mexico's Spring Break equivalent, with the goal of reducing HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections in Jalisco's Coastal Region and Banderas Bay.
SETAC Community Center Receives Important Donation
Puerto Vallarta's SETAC Community Center recently received a donation of $180,140 pesos from the organizers of Beef Dip. The funds will be used to further fulfill SETAC's mission to eradicate HIV and other STDs among the LGBTQ community in the Banderas Bay area.
UC 90+ Study: Booze Beats Excercise for Longevity
New York Daily News
When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study. The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits.
Free App Translates Text, Voice into Sign Language
Latin American Herald Tribune
Young Mexican entrepreneurs from the western state of Jalisco have developed 'Sign'n,' a computer program that translates text and voice into the Mexican sign language. The program is currently accessible on the internet, but will be available shortly as a free mobile application.
Quality Medical Care a Benefit of Retiring in Mexico
If you are thinking about buying a second home in Puerto Vallarta for retirement, one of your considerations will be access to healthcare. One of the benefits of retiring in Mexico is the inexpensive, quality medical care that's available from both private and public providers.
Mexican Tetra May Help Scientists Understand Insomnia
Two new studies of Mexico's blind cave fish, Astyanax mexicanus, have offered new clues as to why some animals sleep more than others. The research could aid scientists' understanding of sleep disorders in humans. Both studies were published in the journal eLife.
SETAC Hosts International Condom Day Activities
International Condom Day has been celebrated on February 14 since 2009, thanks to an initiative proposed by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS Community Center, will commemorate Int'l Condom Day with a series of activities on February 12, 14 & 15.
Next 'TED Talk Tuesday' Offers Insights into Dementia
'Dementia, You're Not the Boss of Me!' is the topic of the first 'TED Talk Tuesdays' presentation for 2018. Speaker Michael Lindner, the CEO and founder of Vallarta Hospice, will present this educational discussion from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesday, January 9, at The Boutique Dinner Theatre.
16th Sobriety Under the Sun Convention, January 19-21
The 16th annual Sobriety Under the Sun Convention, scheduled for Jan. 19-21, promises to be another memorable weekend in Puerto Vallarta. The Westin Hotel and Spa in Marina Vallarta will host the event, which features a great speaker line-up, workshops, and 12-Step meetings.
Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products Next Year
Mexico will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year, its health regulator said last week. According to Reuters, the law still bans the sale of the marijuana plant itself and only allows for pot-based medicines and products.
Red Ribbon Gala Raises $210,158 Pesos for SETAC
SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS Community Center, announced the outcome of the Red Ribbon Gala held at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on Dec. 7. The $210,158 pesos raised will support the non-profit organization's efforts to reduce HIV and other STDs in the Banderas Bay area.
Natural Remedies that Relieve Pain and Depression
Dr. Leslie Korn
Science has confirmed the dangers of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) but what are reliable alternatives to treat pain and inflammation that co-occurs with depression and PTSD? Dr. Leslie Korn gives us effective natural alternatives and a recipe for turmeric tea.
Next 'TED Talk Tuesday' Features Marcella Castellanos
The Boutique Theatre continues its popular educational discussions, 'TED Talk Tuesdays,' every other week from 9-11 am throughout the season. Next up is Puerto Vallarta Health Coach, Marcella Castellanos, who will present 'Revitalize Your Energy, Recharge Your Life...' December 19.
Recipe for Chayote, One of Mexico's Healthiest Vegetables
Mexico has given innumerable gifts to the world: flamboyant chiles, the multi-tasking avocado, the brain-stimulant called chocolate, the mood-boosting aroma of vanilla, but none of these food gifts can call themselves as humble as the oft-ignored vegetable pear known as 'chayote.'
Mexico to Launch PrEP Pilot Program in Four Cities
Mexican health authorities announced that an HIV profilaxis pre-exposition program (PrEP) will be launched in four cities in Mexico, during the first quarter, 2018. Puerto Vallarta is among those cities, and SETAC will bring this powerful HIV prevention tool to the Banderas Bay area.
World Aids Day: HIV Prevention in Latin America
A new report from PAHO and UNAIDS says that expanding access to all HIV prevention options would reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Latin America. Here in Puerto Vallarta, SETAC is dedicated to HIV education, detection & prevention. Here's how you can help.
HIV-AIDS Community Center Announces Red Ribbon Gala
SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV-AIDS Community Center, has announced 'Red Ribbon Gala - A World Without AIDS for our Children,' an extraordinary fundraising event set to take place at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 10 pm.