For many, the strong mother-daughter bond seems to suddenly unravel when adolescence appears. “Parenting is exasperating and wears you out,” sighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, a mother of three, including 16-year-old Mary Meghan.
Most of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years.
LYFE Kitchen, co-founded by former McDonalds COO Mike Roberts, opened its second corporate store in downtown Culver City. At the grand opening, Roberts, president and CEO, announced aggressive Southern California growth plans. In addition to this location and its flagship Palo Alto store, they will be opening restaurants this year in Tarzana and West Hollywood, with several additional locations in the pipeline. The Tarzana and West Hollywood stores will be certified Platinum under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.
Researchers have long known that one of the mechanisms involved in the aging process is the decline of our own naturally occurring hormones in the body. This decline begins in our 20s and accelerates as we age. Hormone imbalance impacts major brain and body systems. Hormones control our ability to fight disease and failing to manage hormones may lead to cancer, heart attacks, osteoporosis, strokes, diabetes and other diseases of aging. Nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, chronic stress and exposure to toxins can also result in hormonal changes.
Vianna Stibal, founder of the alternative healing arts modality ThetaHealing, has joined forces with Marina Rose, Ph.D., executive director of School of DNA Theta Healing to form the International Theta Healing Association™ (ITHA), a professional support network for 220,000 plus trained ThetaHealing professionals worldwide.
Dr. Jim Costello, founder of Neuro-fit Systems, Inc., in Los Angeles, helps people improve communication between mind and body, and vice-versa. He states, “When the central nervous system or neural development is met with inefficiency, it can lead to a myriad of symptoms and challenges.”
World record holder and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will soon model Puma boots that are “made for rotting,” and when the next Levi’s collection arrives, their new jingle will be, “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green half-liter plastic bottles will be on display at retail store displays, of which the equivalent of eight, or 20 percent, are blended into each pair of Waste<Less jeans.
Throughout history, the spice turmeric has been a favored seasoning for curries and other Indian dishes. Its pungent flavor is also known to offer medicinal qualities—turmeric has been used for centuries to treat osteoarthritis and other illnesses because its active ingredient, curcumin, can inhibit inflammation.
Age-related bone mass loss and decreased bone strength affect both genders. Now, the first randomized study, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, indicates that consuming a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil may be associated with increased serum levels of osteocalcin, a protein that plays a vital role in bone formation. Earlier studies have shown that the incidence of osteoporosis in Europe is lower in the Mediterranean basin, possibly due to the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oil.
Gardening can be a healthy pastime… as long as toxic tools aren’t involved. Researchers at the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Ecology Center recently tested nearly 200 garden essentials—especially hoses, hand tools, gloves and knee pads—for chemicals and heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, phthalates and BPA, that are linked to birth defects, hormone imbalances, learning delays and other serious health problems. The researchers found that nearly two-thirds of the tested products contained chemical levels of high concern.