Summer Swim Lesson Tips

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Summer Swim Lesson Tips

Erin Carr, DPT

As a native of Los Angeles, I have many fond memories of the summer months. From synchronized swimming routines with my best friend, to birthday pool parties, or spending endless hours teaching the neighborhood kids how to swim I spent many summer days in my backyard pool. So, to commemorate summer, I wanted to write a blog on swimming.

Although a passion of mine, and an activity that has helped shape my life path, ironically, swimming wasn’t my favorite ...

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Akasha Naturals Sleep Easy Program

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Akasha Naturals Sleep Easy Program

Getting ample amounts of regenerative sleep each night is an essential component of staying healthy and feeling invigorated throughout the day. The benefit’s of a restful night’s sleep include:

  • Increased energy and improved ability to combat stress
  • Greater capacity to learn and memorize new information
  • A healthy immune system and recovery from physical exertion

Akasha Naturals introduces a new supplement regime to help our patients feel the benefits of being well-rested and rejuvenated every day.

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Is Your Exercise Right For You?

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Is Your Exercise Right For You?

Finding the right exercise regime for your body and your lifestyle is key to staying committed andgetting results.

– Lisa Brisse, State of the Heart Fitness

Finding Balance

For an engine to run smoothly, efficiently and optimally, it is imperative that all parts are working together and in balance with each other.  If one part is off, it compromises and wears down the whole engine.  The human body is the same way. As we all know, in order to experience optimal health and ...

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What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

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What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

Melissa Belli, MD

Recently, Angelina Jolie announced she had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy as a way to decrease her risk of developing breast cancer with her history of BRCA 1 gene mutation. She also encouraged all women to seek medical advice and get tested when indicated. The following article addresses some of those concerns: namely, general preventive measures, testing, surveillance and management options.

Women with BRCA1 or 2 mutations have a 50-85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 15-40% risk of ...

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Runner’s High: Quick Fix or Long-Term Benefit?

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Myles Spar, MD

“Me thinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Every day I have patients who come to me asking what they should take to help prevent memory loss or to treat depression or “brain fog” – a loss of ability to concentrate fully. I have several supplements that can help those things, but there is one prescription that is more proven, consistently helpful and accessible than any pill – prescription ...

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Benefits of bodywork

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by Kevin Kunkel

The discussion of time perceiving to move faster and faster now a days is a frequent discussion I hear. Although this change in perception seems to always occur as we get older, today it is being perceived in a more extraordinary way by all ages. Instruments such as the internet, cell phones, and microwaves make daily actions easier and faster. In turn, we are experiencing events faster and spending less time acknowledging and being present to one activity. ...

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Strengthening through illness

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I am inspired by the body’s natural ability to strengthen itself through common illnesses. Illnesses are often considered to be a bothersome inconvenience, but they can actually be nourishing opportunities. The body works every second of every day performing all of its tasks to keep our systems going, and when it gets overtaxed for one reason or another, it lets us know by symptoms of illness. These symptoms are a sign that something is not quite right.

Acute inflammations like colds, ...

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Compassion: what it is and what it is not!

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Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Desai is the Director of Integrative Psychological Services at the Akasha Center, Meditation Teacher, Psychotherapist, and a regular blogger at Huffington Post.  To make an appointment with her or to talk to her, please email at meditate@swatidesai.com or call at (310) 308 9531.

Unable to bear the intense pain of her son’s death, almost losing her mind, Gautami went to the Buddha and asked him to revive her son. “If what I hear about your powers is ...

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Women’s Sex Hormones and Mood

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By Maggie Ney, ND

Hormones affect mood. It really is that simple. However, the basic concept that hormones affect mood is not widely appreciated or investigated when a patient presents to the doctor with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Mainstream medicine is quick to “fix” anxiety and depression with prescription medication. Sometimes these medications are absolutely indicated, but not to the exclusion of investigating how the patient’s unique
hormonal make-up may be affecting her health and mood.

I see women regularly in ...

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EWG’s 2010 dirty dozen

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Maggie Ney

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes it’s shopper’s guide to pesticides. This list helps the “should-I-spend-the-extra-money-to-buy-organic” decision making process easier. Below is a list of the highest pesticide produce, “the dirty dozen” (when you can, buy these organic) and the cleanest produce “the clean 15″ (OK to save your money and buy conventional). Thank you EWG for doing the research and organizing this list!

DIRTY DOZEN (buy these organic)
1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. ...

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