Dr. Arnold J. Weil from Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., answers a reader’s question about back and neck pain. Dr Arnold Weil

Q: What types of treatment are available for back and neck pain that don’t involve surgery?

A: There are many different ways to treat spinal pain. However, 95 percent can be done non-surgically. In addition to medications and physical therapy, other options available include in-office injections, spine procedures like epidural injections, acupuncture and newer treatments like prolotherapy (which involves injecting a non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body) and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection therapy.

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If you want the new year to include more family time, head to Historic Banning Mills and enjoy lots of kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) activities. Located just an hour outside of Atlanta, you’ll find aerial adventures and plenty of relaxation among the beauty of the outdoors.

Fun for the Whole Family Found at Historic Banning MillsWhile zip-lining adventures and the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall are among the different attractions for the older kids, their newest addition is the two-tiered obstacle course adventure exclusively for children ages four and up. It includes sky bridges and zip lines separated into areas for older and younger children. Older kids can venture out on the “Crazy Squirrel” children’s course or the three and a half hour “Aerial Gauntlet” canopy tour.

This retreat isn’t all adrenaline, though. Historic Banning Mills also offers a relaxing bed and breakfast options. While the kids swing through the trees, you can relax in the B&B’s day spa, by the Olympic-sized swimming pool or on the serene catch-and-release fishing lake. Historic Banning Mills also offers horseback riding adventures, guided kayak tours and scenic hiking trails.

Details: 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Banning, GA, (770) 834-9149, www.historicbanningmills.com 

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Words like “organic” and “natural” are terms you are likely to see at your local grocer, but what about “GMO-free”? According to the World Health Organization, GMO (genetically-modified organism) is defined as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” GMO LawsThe health effects of eating GMO crops are relatively unknown, so many states are pushing for GMO labeling laws. According to the website JustLabelIt.com, the nine GMO crops on the market in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, sugar beets, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

Details: www.justlabelit.org, www.facebook.com/pages/gmo-free-georgia 

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The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill‘s Darrell Rice is here to give you his best advice on how to make more time for yourself. Darrell Rice

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: My favorite way to spend a day off is helping my son, Brennan, become a Lego master!

 Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: Planning ahead and staying organized allows me to find more time for myself.

Q: What was a must-see movie for you?

A: Definitely “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The book by J.R.R. Tolkien was one of my childhood favorites.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Don’t spread yourself too thin. Planning your schedule and sticking to it is key for time management.

 Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: I like to spend my free time with my son, my other friends who are chefs and my dear friend Katie.

 Q: What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months?

A: I am also a chef consultant in Orlando. We received free passes to Sea World and had a blast.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My mother is definitely my inspiration. She’s a teacher and a single mom. I also look up to past chefs that I’ve worked with like Gary Mennie (Canoe) and Gerry Klaskala (Aria).

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Ken Anderson, MD, from Anderson Hair Sciences Center, fills us in on how to deal with hair loss and about the advancements made in that field. 

Ken Anderson

The past decade has seen advancements in all aspects of the treatment of hair loss.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Developed in 2003 by Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Rassman and myself, this technique allows a hair restoration surgeon to obtain the hair from the donor area for transplantation without creating a linear scar. With this technique, one may undergo a hair restoration procedure without leaving behind the telltale linear scar on the back and sides of the scalp.

The ARTAS Robotic FUE System This is by far the largest technology breakthrough because it is less subject to human error. It uses two stereoscopic cameras to assess its position 5,000 times per second and robotically dissects out one single follicle at a time from the donor area.

Neograft System This system is essentially a rotating drill with a hollowed-out drill bit, allowing the operator to perform FUE by hand.

Revivogen This new shampoo/scalp therapy has been shown to stop hair loss and re-grow fuller, thicker hair in many patients. Availble at Anderson HAir SCiences Center. $24 www.revivogen.com

Hair Cloning This treatment is in its infancy, and while tiny breakthroughs are being reported, we are at least a decade away from its availability as a viable treatment option for hair loss.

To explore what’s best for you, it is important to consult with a hair restoration surgeon in person.





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Local restaurant Davio’s Atlanta has made vegan options a permanent staple on its menu. Offerings include baby arugula salad with asparagus, avocado, candied pecans and lemon olive oil dressing, quinoa with mixed squash and mushrooms, vegan Nicoise salad and more. Davio's Atlanta According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who follow a vegan diet may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Whether you are vegan or just love your greens, there are plenty of local eateries that offer vegan options.

Details: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 844-4810, www.davios.com/atl  

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Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr. from Vinings Surgery Center answers a readers question about ThermiRF™.

Dr. Robert Colgrove

Q: What is ThermiRF™?

A: The new FDA approved TermiRF™ is an aesthetic therapy that uses temperature control technology, which is safer than laser and other RF technology currently being used. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin, This radio frequency treatment has been used in various medical capacities, such as cardiology and pain management, for 75 years. This technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, then apply a specific dose of controlled radio frequency energy to a portion of the targeted area for wrinkle reduction, body contouring, lifting, relaxation of frown lines and skin tightening.

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There’s no time like the present to learn the self-defense moves you’ll need to feel safer and stronger. Catalyst Fitness will host an ongoing women’s self-defense seminar led by their executive director, Jonathan Miller, PhD, MS, CPT.Self Defense He will be going over the physical aspects of defense as well as the psychological aspects of stress and trauma. The cost is $120 for four 60-minute classes. You do not need to be a member of Catalyst to sign up.

Details: 2233 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 856-0513, www.catalystfitness.com

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The Atlanta Humane Society‘s Sarah Chambers, president of 1873 Society Club, is here to give you her best advice on how to get the most from your downtime.

Sarah Chambers

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, perhaps going to a local winery for lunch or working on projects around my home. I also love to travel and have been to some great places. Every day is a new adventure!

 Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: Sometimes it comes down to saying “no” every once in a while. It is important to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. The better you treat yourself, the more you can give to others. I try to prioritize my time where I believe I can make the biggest difference.

Q: What is a must-read book on your list? 

A: “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Make yourself a priority. I find it helpful to actually schedule time in my calendar for myself.

 Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: I love to be outside, either hiking with my dogs, taking a walk or just sitting in the sun. On rainy days, I’m a sucker for movies.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My family keeps me grounded and has taught me that if I can dream it, I can achieve it.

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Dr. Sudhir R. Belagaje from Pinnacle Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about bunions. Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D.

Q: What is a bunion and what causes them?

A: A bunion (or hallux valgus deformity) is when the big toe joint is no longer aligned with the rest of the toes and begins to angle to the outside border of the foot. Most research has shown that family history and shoe wear are the two main causes. Narrow toe box shoes, which tend to push the big tow joint to the outside, have been shown to be a cause of the problem. However, not everyone who regularly wears these types of shoes develops bunions. Therefore, genetics play an important role as well. If patients have pain or problems with a bunion, it is recommended that a foot and ankle specialist be seen so that options can be discussed and a treatment plan made.

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