Full Moon Suspension Bridge HikeFor an adventure straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, try your luck on the Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park’s Tallulah Falls. The Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep with a suspension bridge that sits 80 feet up, providing trekkers amazing views of the waterfalls and river. This nighttime mile and a half hike under the full moon is not for the faint of heart! The cost is $5 for the hike and $5 for parking. The hikes are offered on September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. and September 20 from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m.

Details: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA (706) 754-7981, www.gastateparks.org

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What dangerous ingredients are in your nail polish?Some nail polishes can contain harmful ingredients. Do you know what you’re painting on your nails?

  • Formaldehyde, a human carcinogen that can cause allergic reactions
  • Toluene, a solvent that can cause dizziness, also found in gasoline
  • Dibutyl phthalate, a possible trigger of asthma attacks

Try water-based, non-toxic polishes that contain more natural ingredients.

–Courtesy of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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Reflux diseaseWe all suffer from occasional heartburn, but if your symptoms occur daily or after eating the same types of foods, you may have acid reflux. One in three Americans suffers from reflux disease, a rapidly growing population that has hit epidemic proportion. Reflux can show up as heartburn, abdominal discomfort, sinus issues or even a nagging cough. Thirty-eight billion is spent annually worldwide for prescription and over-the-counter medications to control reflux symptoms.

Typically, treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms with medications, and while these remedies can effectively control symptoms, they do nothing to correct the underlying causes of the disease, so it can progress. If unchecked, reflux can lead to reflux-induced esophageal cancer–one of the deadliest cancers–growing at a rate of more than 850% since 1975.

There are new diagnostics to screen for this cancer. One is the trans-nasal esophagus scope, a minimally invasive screening you can have done in-office on your lunch break. Using a tiny endoscopic camera, the size of a piece of spaghetti that goes through the nose to the stomach, physicians at Atlanta’s ENT Institute can look at the esophagus to detect reflux, any damage, and cancer. The newest test looks at DNA in the cells to determine if you are at risk for this type of cancer.

Like most cancers, if caught early, esophageal cancer is completely curable. Here’s a quick test to determine if you may have reflux disease.

  1. Do you carry antacids and other heartburn remedies with you at all times?
  2. Do you have a cough that won’t seem to go away?
  3. Do the antacids rid you of your symptoms, but they always return?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have reflux disease. You don’t have to live with this pain. Make an appointment to get tested, get treated, and enjoy mealtime again.

~This Best Health article provided by Dr. Jeffrey M. Gallups, a double board-certified physician specializing in nasal and sinus disorders and founder of Atlanta’s ENT Institute. Dr. Gallups will also serve on our healthcare panel to help explain the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.

This Best Health article from Dr. Gallups of the ENT Institute

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Atlanta Movie ToursAtlanta Movie Tours will take you through the streets of our city to show you the film sites of a huge variety of movies and TV shows. From classics like “Gone with the Wind” to the not-yet-released “Anchorman 2,” Atlanta has hosted cast and crew of myriad productions over the years. At any given time, there are about 13 TV shows or movies filming in the city. If you want to know which ones and take a peek at the locations where they’re shot, grab a seat on the bus with Atlanta Movie Tours.

On one of their tours, the Atlanta Film Sites Tour, you’ll see the car chase site from “Identity Thief,” the park that appears in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Katherine Heigl’s bakery in “Life as We Know It,” the NCAA offices from “The Blind Side,” and multiple sites featured in “Driving Miss Daisy.” The tour guides, many of whom have been extras or had larger roles in these productions, will add in plenty of bonus information about TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and “Vampire Diaries.”

The tour wraps up with group pictures in front of the downtown skyline and exclusive information about the filming of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which comes out in November of this year. Atlanta Movie Tours will be adding a specific Hunger Games movie tour in the fall, but any of their available tours are sure to round out your Atlanta movie education and give you some great insider info. $30

Details: www.atlantamovietours.com, www.cometourgeorgia.com


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Anti-aging services seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. A factor in keeping youthful energy and appearance is venous health. Heavy, hurting, restless legs are not a natural part of aging. About 50 percent of people age 50 and over have issues with venous insufficiency. A recent study on restless legs syndrome (RLS) and early death in men points to the importance of treatment.Best Health on Venous Insufficiency

In some cases, the valves in veins may not stay properly closed and blood that is supposed to be flowing up to the pulmonary system to be re-oxygenated instead flows backward and pools. This causes the heaviness, swelling, restlessness and, often, bulging, varicose and spider veins. What is surprising about venous insufficiency is all the ways the condition contributes to premature aging. Detailed brain imaging shows that people who do not get a good night’s rest have “older brains” than those of people who get seven or eight hours of sleep a night. RLS is one of the factors that prevents one in 10 Americans from enjoying a good night’s sleep.

While it is primarily a neurological disorder, some RLS is related to venous insufficiency. RLS has been linked to premature death in men, according to a recent study, so whether the RLS is neurological or related to venous health, it is important to seek treatment. Many more people find relief from this costly and irritating condition when they add a simple ultrasound scan for venous insufficiency as part of a routine doctor visit.

It is important to get this free scan in order to determine whether or not venous insufficiency is present.

A cosmetic ultrasound screening will help patients rule out or confirm venous insufficiency. A more detailed study is required if insufficiency is indicated. With this study and ultrasound guidance, our surgeons can then combine customized treatment plans and the latest techniques to restore circulation, often leading to almost “overnight” improvement in a patient’s ability to rest and enjoy a restored feeling of vitality.


~This Best Health post courtesy of David Martin, CEO/President RN, CRNFA, who founded VeinInnovations in 2002 as the first facility of its kind in Atlanta to offer every available technique for the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose/spider veins. With four board-certified surgeons, two locations, and the latest RFA and laser equipment available, VeinInnovations is widely regarded as Atlanta’s leader in office-based, minimally invasive treatment of venous disease.


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Jennifer Almand from Northside Psychological Services is here to give you her best advice on lifting a bad mood.

Jennifer Almand from Northside Psychological ServicesWhat can trigger a bad mood?

Stressing out about things outside of your control. A bad mood can also be caused by insecurities that arise from worrying about how other people perceive and pre-judge you. Try not to compare your accomplishments to others.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

Change what you can control. Listen to positive music, close your eyes and visualize a relaxing spring afternoon, think positive thoughts, or clean your house.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“You are not responsible for other people’s happiness.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

I prefer to spend time outdoors with my friends and family. A few favorites include Piedmont Park, Atlanta BeltLine, Stone Mountain, and Roswell Old Mill Park. Also, I find yoga is a great tool to boost my mood.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

I suggest calling a friend who is positive and uplifting. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Remind yourself of things you have to appreciate in life. You cannot change the past, but you can change your behavior in the future. Also, remember that you can control your mood; you do not have to let your mood control you.


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Putting off retirement may protect you from developing dementia. A recent French study shows the risk of developing dementia is lowered by 3.2 percent with each additional year of work.

–Courtesy of INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)

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Best Self Atlanta healthcare panel discussion eventThe Healthcare Exchange, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Affordable Care Act are all hot topics right now–everyone’s trying to better understand the upcoming changes to our current healthcare system. We began breaking down this topic in our September article (which you can read here). Basically, on October 1, open enrollment begins, and health insurance will be available to many who could not previously afford it or who were being denied coverage. Other changes may be in the works, too, though. So what does this mean for you? Come to our breakfast event to find out!

On September 25 at Villa Christina, Best Self Atlanta is hosting a panel discussion to help you understand what the healthcare changes mean for you, your family, and your business. Our expert panel is comprised of: Trey Sivley from the Georgia Department of Insurance, Michael Parker from Thrive Advisory Group, Kirk McGhee from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Eric Haglund from Georgia Benefits, Dr. Jeffrey Gallups from the ENT Institute, and Keith Daniel from HLB Gross Collins.

Tracye Hutchins, emcee of Best Self Atlanta's Healthcare Panel DiscussionThe emcee for the event will be Tracye Hutchins from CBS Atlanta, who has over 20 years of news coverage experience. She will pose questions to our experts, and then we’ll open up the floor for an audience Q & A. You’ll leave with your questions answered and with a much better understanding of the upcoming healthcare changes.

Email bestselfatlantamag@gmail.com to reserve your spot at this event, since you won’t want to miss these experts’ comprehensive and easy-to-understand information. We hope to see you there!

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New Atlanta Gym Dyno Fitness & TrainingDan Heller and Khalil Griffin have recently opened the new Dyno Fitness & Training facility in Atlanta. This unique space offers young athletes the chance to practice their skills. It includes an indoor turf field for soccer, football and lacrosse practice, a rotating rock climbing wall, and a game area. While the kids get fit, parents can enjoy the indoor track, golf swing room, cardio machines, free weights, and the many fitness classes Dyno offers. Another unique element Dyno Fitness offers is homework tutoring classes for kids.

Details: 3752 DeKalb Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (404) 725-8676, www.dynofitness.com

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Atlanta Flywheel’s Erika Carter is here to give you her best advice on lifting a bad mood.

Erika Carter from Atlanta FlywheelWhat can trigger a bad mood?

A lack of sleep and poor nutrition can be the biggest mood triggers. Not getting enough sleep can lead to being irritable as well as higher stress levels. These factors can lead to bad choices in nutrition such as overeating or choosing junk food.

What is an easy way you can elevate your mood?

It’s as easy as stepping foot outside your door. Walk outside, take several breaths of fresh air and smile. Smiling can change your mood, relieve stress, and release endorphins.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

My grandfather used to say, “Everything happens for a reason.” Sometimes we have to realize that bad things happen so that even better things can come along.

Where do you go to improve your mood?

Pretty much anywhere I can work out, whether it be outside for a run or to Flywheel. I’m so passionate about teaching that it is an instant pick-me-up! I love the positive energy my students give me.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

Turn to the people who know you best. They know your ins and outs, and they know what to say to get your mood pointing in the right direction.

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