Letter From the Publisher

Friends, In the words of the Dalia Lama XIV, “Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge and through humane ways.”             With the holiday season upon us and thoughts of new beginnings at year’s end, my hope is that our families and ... 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 »

Tending the Mind, Body and Spirit Through the Holidays

Rise Well-Being Center Keeps You Grounded in December December already?! If your 2018 has flown by, do you have interest in slowing down to savor 2019? Do you ask yourself if that is possible, and if so, how?  Yes! Yes! Yes—it is possible, even in this most demanding D.C. area. You may wonder how. This is a layered and individualized ... 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 »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Readers, As I write this letter, the weather has finally started to feel like fall. We’re in that in-between season, enjoying the days before the holiday season starts in earnest. It’s the perfect time to reflect and express quiet gratitude for all of the gifts and experiences we’ve been given this year. Good or not so pleasant, each moment ... Read More »

Kristi Nelson on Why Gratefulness Brings Happiness

by April Thompson Kristi Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational ... Read More »

Ease Repetitive Strain Injuries

Targeted Exercises Lower Risk of Injury by Marlaina Donato Weekend athletes, office workers and hobbyists greatly benefit from a balanced array of regular exercises as a preventive measure against injury. In our technological age, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is all too common, and anyone using a computer daily can be at risk. Sedentary lifestyles help set the stage for injury. ... Read More »