Illuminate Festivals in Fairfax and Columbia

Enjoy the finest of local holistic wellness practitioners, products and amazing artisans of all kinds at the upcoming Illuminate Festivals. The Fairfax Festival will be held on January 20 and the Columbia Festival will be held on January 26. Both events run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At both of these events, participants can shop, sample and delight the ... Read More »

Infrared Sauna Special Offered at Rose Wellness

Infrared saunas are effective tools for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits—making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthier living. The Rose Wellness Center, in Oakton, recently started offering this healing method and is offering a winter special of $35 ... Read More »

Collaborative Whole Person Healing in Rockville

Spotlight on CHI Health Care by Robin Fillmore In 2011, David Fogel, M.D., and Ilana Bar-Levav, M.D., co-founded CHI Health Care, formerly known as the Casey Health Institute, with the mission to provide exceptional integrative health care through collaboration and innovation. Over the past eight years, CHI has become known regionally for their excellence in providing patient care that emphasizes ... Read More »

The Humble Castor Oil Pack to the Rescue

by Allan Tomson We live in a medical culture of high-tech and low touch, machines beeping, computer readouts and people in white coats. Yet here sits the humble castor oil pack. No wires to plug in and nothing to wear out. This amazing remedy has been used therapeutically in ancient India, China, Persia, Egypt, Africa and the Americas. In modern ... Read More »

How Young Are You Really?

By Dr. Isabel Sharkar There is a difference between chronological age, based on when a person was born, and biological age, based on the length of a person’s telomeres. What are telomeres, you ask? They are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that serve as a cap to each individual’s genetic material. Every time a cell replicates, ... Read More »

Be at Home in Your Own Body with Structural Integration

by Max Rosenberg  Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related ... Read More »

Pound-Shedding Workouts

Best Exercises from Yoga to Cardio by Marlaina Donato There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, but most trainers agree that consistent exercise is vital. According to studies by the National Weight Control Registry, 90 percent of individuals that are successful at shedding the pounds and keeping them off are active for at least an hour each day. Consider the ... Read More »

Party Healthy

Tips from a Rock Star Doctor by April Thompson The holidays can emulate a rock star’s life: a wearying travel schedule and social calendar, overindulging in rich food and drink, restless nights in unfamiliar beds. Fortunately, celebrity tips and tricks can help us through a hectic season, according to Gabrielle Francis, naturopath and author of The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock ... Read More »

Gluten, Dairy and Milk-Free Holiday Baking

Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS, LDN There are so many new diets being advertised these days, including those that focus on paleo, keto, gluten-free and dairy-free options—to name just a few. Although making dietary changes may be a new trend, there are also many health benefits associated with some of these diets. For instance, gluten and dairy are highly inflammatory. This ... Read More »

Hypnosis Superior to Willpower for Bad Habit Elimination

by Michelle DeStefano Hypnosis is the efficient way to change bad habits into good ones. Here are a few common examples of the self-talk people may have toward wanting to change habits: “I know smoking is bad for me, so I’ll just have to use my willpower and make myself stop.” “I know I would look and feel so much ... Read More »