The Internal and External Wonders of Aloe Vera

by Laina Poulakos  We all know the soothing relief that aloe vera brings to the skin for minor burns and cuts but there are so many more benefits to this succulent plant. The leaves produce a soothing thick gel that is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. The moisturizing gel, applied externally, provides relief to such skin conditions as eczema, acne, sunburns, ... Read More »

Overcoming a Child’s Fear of the Dentist

by Terry Victor, DDS, the DC Dentist One of the most frequent issues patients have with dentistry is fear of the dentist. It could be fear of the dental situation, including fear of the dental “drill”, “needle” or of the unknown. Another big fear is of being in pain. Each of these fears show a level of discomfort and anxiety. ... Read More »

Good Sweat

by Rachel Feidelman Sweating has it some obvious benefits: it cools down the body when exerting energy or overheating, it cleanses the body of toxins, and above all, it feels good. Whether you go for a run, hit the gym, attend yoga classes or simply relax in a sauna, each of these activities produces sweat, and in turn, the participant ... Read More »

The Effects of Stress on Your Adrenals and Thyroid

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar Your adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system and they produce hormones that regulate your blood pressure, electrolyte balance, blood sugar, immune response and digestion. Both your adrenals and thyroid are regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. When emotional, mental or physical stress is experienced, your hypothalamus releases a chemical that signals your ... Read More »

Celebrating Yoga, Community and Wholeness

All are welcome to the ninth annual Love Your Body Yoga Festival—a day filled with activities for the whole family, including live music, complimentary massages, energy healing demonstrations, healthy food and drink samples. The event, hosted by Beloved Yoga, brings together yoga studios and wellness centers from all over Northern Virginia. The festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ... Read More »

Thermography Clinic for Breast Health

Thermography is a physiological test measuring heat levels in tissue to determine breast health. with Thermography. Neck Back and Beyond, in Fairfax, is pleased to offer their biannual thermography clinic, running from May 4 to 8. They will also be offering women’s health lecture beginning at 7 p.m. on May 4. Every person generates heat from normal metabolic processes. In ... Read More »

Medical Massage

Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist Specialty certificate programs representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork are benefitting today’s massage therapists and their clients. Often considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, some outcome-based specialty modalities are referred to as “medical massage”. ... Read More »

Finding Optimal Health in Fairfax

Spotlight on Optimal Health Dimensions and Optimal Integrative Med Spa             Imagine good health, beauty and harmony in your life! Explore a new you and boost your whole person wellness at the medical and med spa facilities of Optimal Health Dimensions (OHD) and Optimal Integrative Med Spa (OIMS) located in Fairfax, Virginia. With Dr. Leila Zackrison, you can discover a ... Read More »

The Importance of a Green Dentist Office

by Yejide Calhoun As we reflect on this time in our yearly cycle—a time when the Earth is regenerating itself and preparing for growth—it is an excellent time to reflect on Mother Earth and all that she provides in sustaining and maintaining our presence in this world. The Earth provides us with abundant food, supplies us with clothing; she also ... Read More »

Good Health with a Cherry on Top

by Laina Poulakos Tart cherry juice is not only delicious, but is also packed with an abundance of beneficial nutrients. One of the many benefits is that it can help lower blood pressure. In numerous studies, tart cherry juice has been shown to reduce blood pressure up to 7 percent in just three hours of drinking. Tart cherries are also ... Read More »