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Stress and Medical Cannabis

by Patricia C Frye, M.D. Tis the season to be jolly, but this time of year often brings more than good cheer. Shopping for the perfect gifts, finances stretched to the limit, travel, having houseguests, being a houseguest and other obligations of the season, while often enjoyable, can cause mental stress that can be detrimental to the body if allowed ... Read More »

How Leaky Gut Impacts Your Overall Health

A happy gut is a healthy gut. Gut health is extremely important to restore health. Oftentimes a leaky gut is found where the intestinal permeability is compromised. Molecules that are not supposed to pass through the cells that are lining the intestinal wall travel into the blood stream. This causes low-grade chronic inflammation. Gluten for example, in sensitive people, has ... Read More »

Improving Home Improvement: A Spotlight on Amicus Green Building Center

There is an undeniable trend in our area and throughout the country, where many individuals are realizing the path to wholeness is achieved beyond a healthy diet and exercise. What goes into the body is just as important as the environment in which a body dwells. Likewise, as many search for sustainable, farm-raised, locally sourced and organic foods, they are ... Read More »

Mini Spotlights

New Approach to Health Care for a New Age What if much—perhaps even most—of what we thought we knew and were taught about health and modern medicine was plain wrong? What would you do and how could you trust your doctor’s orders? That distressing truth surfaced with Newsweek’s January 2011 cover story, “Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine is ... Read More »

Dial Down Stress

How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight “challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tend-and-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third.~ Harvard ... Read More »

Understanding Nutraceuticals

How They Differ from Health-Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals. Medicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher ... Read More »

Healthy Weight Kids

Food Choices that Prevent Obesity by Amber Lanier Nagle Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids. In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the ... Read More »

Is Stress the Reason for that Stubborn Weight?

by Elizabeth McMillan, CNS, LDN Stress is a normal function in life. It helps us to meet deadlines, pass an important exam, face our fears and strive to pay our bills. It makes us feel tense, while making us feel more focused and alert. However, often we become over-stressed or chronically stressed. This can happen to anyone for any reason ... Read More »

Practice Mindfulness for Natural Stress Relief

by Dr. Charles Gant M.D., Ph.D. The concept of mindfulness is now searched on the internet over 70,000 times a month. The concept of mindfulness is not: meditation, concentration, yoga, reflection, prayer, attention, awareness, enlightenment, inner peace or stress reduction. However, when practiced, mindfulness may play a role in all these things. Mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy in the last decade have ... Read More »

Movie Night Returns to Neck, Back & Beyond

Monthly movies have returned to Neck, Back & Beyond, staring in January. Now that they are in their new location in Fairfax, these monthly offerings showcase some of the best health-related documentaries currently available. The next movie, That Sugar Film, will be shown at 7 p.m. on January 25. That Sugar Film started as one man’s journey to discover the ... Read More »