Health

‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream

Options Grow for Plant-Based Eating by Marlaina Donato Plant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going ... Read More »

The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack Dan Buettner’s original book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in ... Read More »

Rebooting Libido

Exercise Rekindles Desire by Maya Whitman Because exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is benefiting libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, short-duration bursts of exercise ... Read More »

Multifaceted Chiropractic

Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing by Marlaina Donato Modern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. ... Read More »

Donna Karan on Fashioning Healthful Change

by April Thompson As a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed ... Read More »

What are Different Uses for Hypnosis?

by Michelle DeStefano              Many people are curious about hypnosis and how it can be used to support their own health journey. A good place to start learning is with the official definition of the practice: Hypnosis uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. It is ... Read More »

Local Screening of New Documentary What the Health

Neck, Back and Beyond offers a monthly film screening with films that help others find the path to good health. This month they will be screening the documentary What the Health. The event is taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 27, at their office in Fairfax. From the creators of the movie Cowspiracy, this film is the ... Read More »

Healthy Joints that Last a Lifetime

Joints have many different functions and therefore come in many different sizes and shapes. They are perfectly suited to the job they do. There are hinge joints, ball and socket, gliding and pivot types. All have different functions and all of course—have limits. When joints are overtaxed or injured, the body goes into repair mode by creating an inflammatory response ... Read More »

Build a Bento Box Lunch for Kids

Pack Five Foods for Fun, Flavor and Health by Judith Fertig Old-style rectangular metal lunchboxes are passé. New, convenient compartmentalized containers inspired by the Japanese bento box and Indian tiffin allow parents to pack up to five different, colorful and healthy items for a child’s lunch with less plastic wrapping to separate foods. It dovetails exactly with what nutrition professionals ... Read More »

Forever Flexible

Keep Joints Naturally Healthy by Lisa Marshall Creaky knees, sore hips, shoulder pain or a stiff neck can be a thing of the past. Thirty-seven percent of American adults 18 and older suffer from arthritis – a catch-all term for a dozen varieties of joint disease—according to the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation. One in two men and two in three women ... Read More »