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Plants produce oxygen and eliminate volatile organic chemicals at the same time.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Promoting Daily Health At Work

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:34 am

Our surroundings have direct links to our lives. Since we spend 40 (or more) hours at our jobs weekly, it is essential to your health and longevity that your place of work is as conducive to wellness as possible. These are just a few ways you can integrate health into your workplace or at home to increase your health and longevity.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Fashion, Hot Flash

A Clothing Line That Hides The “Poof”

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:24 am

When I was in my 20s, the flattest thing on my body was my stomach. That sexy flatness lasted well into my late 30s, even my 40s. I really took my flat belly for granted.

Whole Life Balance incorporates a variety of treatment protocols, including but not limited to Vitamin IV Drip Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, and personal training.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What It’s Like To Get Drip IV Vitamins At Whole Life Balance In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:36 am

Walk toward the tail end of the hall and you’ll find a uplit, neon room. The white curtained walls glow azure as ambient music videos play from the 65-inch TV. Take a seat atop the sheepskin throw on the plush white couch, or ease onto the frosted leather recliner. This is place of luxury, fun, and consumption.

Westside TV host Coral Rodriguez speaks with Shane Griffin, Founder of the new holistic wellness Center Whole Life Balance in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Looking For A New Holistic Wellness Center? Check Out Whole Life Balance In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 9:36 am

Westside TV host Coral Rodriguez speaks with Shane Griffin, founder of the new holistic wellness center Whole Life Balance in Santa Monica.

Naam Yoga LA in Santa Monica says a number of easy yoga techniques can be done while at work to reduce tension and stress.

News, Health, Video

VIDEO: Easy Yoga Techniques For The Workplace With Naam Yoga LA

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 9:34 am

Lola Castillo from Naam Yoga LA in Santa Monica demonstrates a yoga technique that can help with workplace tension and stress.

At the dedication ceremony led by the Rev. Karen Schnell, director of spiritual care at UCLA Health, a plaque was unveiled by Richard Azar, executive director of general services at UCLA. The plaque reads: “Lovingly placed by their family and friends, each medallion in this fountain commemorates an individual who gave the gift of life and health to others through organ, eye and tissue donation.”

News, Health, Ucla

UCLA Health Fountain Honors Donors Who, At Time Of Death, Gave Life To Others

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:41 am

Two years ago, Rachel Greenberg of Marina del Rey went out to run a few errands. While she was gone, her husband Glenn suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. He was immediately taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where physicians explained he had suffered the worst kind of brain bleed.

Julien Dietrich from Naam Yoga LA explains a few simple and quick yoga techniques you can use when traveling to avoid stress and anxiety.

News, Health, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Quick Yoga Techniques For Travelers With Naam Yoga LA

Posted Jul. 23, 2015, 9:40 am

Julien Dietrich from Naam Yoga LA explains a few simple and quick yoga techniques you can use when traveling to avoid stress and anxiety.

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is located at 1250 16th Street.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

UCLA Health's Santa Monica, Westwood Hospitals Named To Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 9:17 am

UCLA Health's hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named to U.S. News and World Report's 2015-2016 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. UCLA, which previously ranked No. 5 in the country, tied for No. 3 this year.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Taking Care Of Your Teeth: Look Younger, Happier, Smarter

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:15 am

I am obsessed with teeth. The first thing I look at when I meet someone is their set of choppers and the way they smile. My teeth are white, straight, and I never had to wear braces. The problem is that they were way to small for my mouth, and when I smiled, my teeth never showed as much as I wanted them to. So I never liked being in photos.

Free outdoor workouts and health lessons return to Santa Monica Pier on Saturday for four weeks thanks to Lou Ferrigno and his daughter Shanna.

News, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica, Pier

Lou Ferrigno Returns Free Wellness Program To Santa Monica Pier

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:32 am

Remember Lou Ferrigno as the musclebound The Incredible Hulk in the 1970s? The Santa Monica resident, along with his daughter and business partner Shanna, are teaming up with Santa Monica Pier to present a free four-week wellness program that begins this weekend.

Lola Castillo from Naam Yoga LA explains a few simple and quick yoga techniques for relieving stress and tension that may be caused from sitting in front of a computer screen for hours at a time at work.

Health, Video, Santa Monica, Wellness

VIDEO: Quick Yoga Techniques For Stress Relief At Work With Naam Yoga LA

Posted Jul. 16, 2015, 2:34 pm

Lola Castillo from Naam Yoga LA explains a few simple and quick yoga techniques for relieving stress and tension that may be caused from sitting in front of a computer screen for hours at a time at work.

The KO'AN Center in Santa Monica is located at Saint John's Medical Plaza 1301 20th Street, Suite 150A.

News, Health, Business, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: KO'AN Center Grand Reopening In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 15, 2015, 3:45 pm

The KO'AN Center in Santa Monica held a grand reopening where they displayed their new design layout, vendors from local business and much more.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Vaccination Vacillation Shows Governor Jerry Brown's Pragmatism

Posted Jul. 12, 2015, 9:37 am

“A foolish consistency,” the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, “is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and no one has ever accused Gov. Jerry Brown of being small minded. So why be surprised when he completely reverses himself as he did the other day on vaccinations?

Imerman Angels, a nonprofit organization that enables free one-on-one cancer support service, is holding a yoga fundraiser this Sunday at the end of Santa Monica Pier.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Pier, Non Profits

Yoga Fundraiser Against Cancer Sunday At The End Of Santa Monica Pier

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:34 am

Fight the good fight against cancer this weekend with sunshine and some beach yoga at the Santa Monica Pier. For a $25 ticket, yogi fundraisers will receive a free yoga mat and water while providing real immediate support for both those being diagnosed with cancer and those that have survived.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:25 am

Water. Everyone says drink water. It’s healthy for you. It will help you lose weight faster. It will help your skin look beautiful. It will make your whole body run better.

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees most food labels, requires food manufacturers to list Trans Fats on products with 0.5 grams or more of Trans Fat. In less than 3 years, trans fats will be banned from usage in food nationwide.

News, Health, California, Santa Monica

Trimming The Trans Fat: Helping The U.S. Get Healthy

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:24 am

Trans fats; they are typically found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHO’s), which is used to deep-fry food and preserve processed foods like potato chips, cookies, and cakes. While trans fats are easy to use, inexpensive to produce, and last a long time, they are responsible for raising bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowering good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

Matrix Institute founders Jeanne L. Obert, Richard Rawson, Ph.D., and Michael McCann.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Considering Alcohol, Drug Addiction Treatment? Matrix Institute Has 30 Years Experience

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:09 am

When Matrix Institute on Addictions founders Jeanne L. Obert, Michael McCann and Richard Rawson, Ph.D first opened its doors to drug and alcohol addiction patients in 1984, neither of them could have imagined the significant impact they would make in the years ahead.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen's Mandatory Vaccination Bill Signed Into Law

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 1:11 pm

Almost all school children in the Southland and across California will be required to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Education, Politics

Mandatory Vaccination Bill By State Senator Ben Allen Approved By Assembly

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:17 am

A bill co-sponsored by a Santa Monica legislator that would require almost all school children in California to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough was approved Thursday by the Assembly, putting it a step closer to the governor's desk.

Show Up Fitness founder Chris Hitchko opened his Santa Monica personal training studio in October 2014.

News, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica

Winning The Week: How To Get Into Amazing Shape Without Changing Your Diet

Posted Jun. 25, 2015, 2:15 pm

How many times have you been told that cardio and proper diet will result in fat loss? What if I told you that you could lose fat without changing much of your diet, and not doing any cardio? I have four steps that will help you conquer fat loss goals without that dreadful word, “diet” and cardio.

Whole Life Balance with Drip IV Therapy has opened at 507 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

Whole Life Balance Offers One Stop For Wellness, Nutrition In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:42 am

Consider this: The average Westside woman wakes up an hour early to make it to yoga in the morning. Then, during a short lunch break, she squeezes in a quick acupuncture session.

Natalie Banchik, an injectable specialist and a member of the KO’AN team in Santa Monica, works on a client.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Find Out Why Botox Isn't As Scary Or Painful As You May Think

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:43 am

Natalie Banchik, a member of the KO’AN team in Santa Monica, is a specialist in injectables such as fillers and botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein commercially referred to as Botox.

Santa Monica resident and ABC7 meteorologist Bri Winkler received one of the top American Heart Association volunteer awards.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Stroke Survivor Bri Winkler Honored By American Heart Association

Posted Jun. 10, 2015, 9:34 am

The American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate honored ABC7 Meteorologist and stroke survivor Bri Winkler with the Stroke Champion Award for excellence in stroke awareness outreach.

Dr. Maija Sanna is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood.  For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit www.uclahealth.org.

News, Health, Ucla, Senior, Santa Monica

Getting A Leg Up On Lower-Extremity Swelling

Posted Jun. 9, 2015, 9:30 am

Do you ever wonder why your socks leave an indentation where the elastic top rests against your skin? Could it be that your socks are too small? What’s more likely is that you have some degree of what doctors call “edema.”

Santa Monica plastic surgeon Michael Zarrabi, M.D. has launched a nonprofit “Chapter 2” to help those who cannot afford corrective procedures.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon Gives Back Via Charity

Posted Jun. 8, 2015, 9:21 am

Survivors of domestic abuse who have been left scars, and children who may be bullied because of physical abnormalities or deformities are among locals receiving free plastic surgery thanks to a new Santa Monica nonprofit.

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