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Debra McIntyre ND, of Vitality Project, shares her best advice for integrative health and children.

Can Integrative Health techniques help children, too?

The situation regarding children’s health in the U.S. is grim. (Hang with me, there’s good news at the end.)

In 2005, the NIH (National Institute of Health) stated that this generation of children is predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group found that the average baby in the U.S. has over 200 measurable toxins in their blood at birth — plastics, pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals and others. No wonder our children struggle to be healthy without medications!

An integrative approach addresses these underlying causes of poor health. The good news? Because children build new cells so quickly as they grow, they typically respond beautifully to nutritional and detoxification programs!

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Tai Chi

By Alexandra McCray

I’ll be honest.

Used to be –  when I heard the words “Tai Chi” – I’d have visions of slow-moving people in a serene field. I didn’t exactly think “dynamic workout.” But this ancient Chinese tradition, originally created for self-defense, turned out to be more of a physical and mental workout than I ever expected!

During a recent Team Activity Day with the Best Self team I had the chance to experience this firsthand with a “Chen Taiji Quan“ Tai Chi class taught by professor Florin Szondi.

The first, and arguably most interesting, thing professor Szondi taught us was that the word Chi means energy. And that Tai Chi centers around releasing that energy to flow through you and to utilize it to its fullest potential. Just like those of us who scoff at the thought of yoga being a workout because of its slow pace, I soon realized the most strenuous part of Tai Chi isn’t the physically exertion. It’s the making of slow, controlled and thoughtful movements…all while allowing oneself to relax physically and mentally while floating from move to move.

In a world where we are constantly going, going, going, it’s refreshing to do a workout that doesn’t involve mindless repetitive motions. Instead, Tai Chi unites the mind, body and spirit into a workout that is refreshingly different.

Maybe those “serene people in the field” are onto something. Maybe the next time you’re looking for a mind-clearing workout you should consider something with a slower pace, instead of hitting the same old trails or weight room.

I know I sure will.

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Atlanta chef Doug Turbush is adding a new restaurant to his East Cobb assortment, which already includes Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar.  The latest addition, Drift, will be a modern fish house and oyster bar, and will feature creative and sustainably fished seafood creations from American lakes, rivers, streams and oceans. The restaurant will host a rotating selection of oysters, raw bar specialties, meat prepared with a wood-burning grill and house-made desserts.

Details: The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Upper Roswell Road in Marietta,

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani, of Avicenna Integrative Medicine/Avicenna Allergy and Asthma, shares his best advice about the growing popularity of integrative health.
How did Integrative Health gain popularity in the U.S.?

Philosophically the concept of integrative medicine is not new — any of the applications of care which are employed by integrative practitioners date back across millennia. These notions of “holistic” healing and wellness are experiencing a renewed interest as consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the limitations and dangers of the current care.

During the explosion of medical science and technology, less invasive treatments such as nutrition, botanicals, meditation and massage became somewhat neglected. Now, these natural techniques are being rediscovered with great enthusiasm. Integrative Medicine represents this convergence – optimizing individual patient care through a diverse approach to healing.

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Reason # 1  Using an electric toothbrush reduces gingivitis and removes more plaque effectively than a manual toothbrush. 48,800 bristle movements per minute deliver up to 100% better plaque removal along the gum line.

Reason # 2  Most people brush too hard when brushing with a manual tooth brush. This causes gum recession. An electric toothbrush will alert you when you are brushing too hard.

Reason # 3  The multifunctional bristle pattern is designed to clean deep between teeth, achieving superior “tooth-by-tooth cleaning”. These pulsating sweeping bristles have a dynamic angle to provide deep cleaning in hard to reach areas.

Details: Art of Cosmetic Dentistry, Terminus 200, 3333 Piedmont Rd Suite 130, Atlanta Ga 30305

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By Flannery Keck

The Atlanta Best Media team recently took a tai chi class with instructor  Florin Szondi, who has a long history of athleticism and study of the martial arts. Szondi was born in Romania and first explored traditional sports like swimming, which he did for six years as a child. He became so adept at handball that he became a member of the Romania Handball National Team. He also studied several martial arts, first Japanese Jiu Jitsu and then Goju Ryu Karate.

Eventually, he found his way to Chinese martial arts, a path he continues on to this day. He first studied Wushu-Kung Fu and then became certified as a Professor of Chinese Martial Arts by Beijing’s Wushu-Kung Fu National Research Institute. Along with a few other instructors, he brought this knowledge back home and founded the Romanian Martial Arts Federation. He won hundreds of medals from 1990 to 2000 in national and international sparring competitions, including a Grand Champion title in the USA in 2001.

In 2000, Szondi shifted focus to Chen Taiji Quan, the style of tai chi he teaches now. After five years of study, he was officially accepted as a disciple of Grand Master Zhu Tiancai. Again he brought that learning back to Romania and founded the Romanian Chen Taiji Quan Association in 2010.

Clearly, lifelong learning is a passion of his. He says, “After years and years of efforts of defining ourselves, we discover that true freedom is beyond any expectation, and learning is just a way of being.”

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Pick the brain of Museum of Design Atlanta’s latest sculptor and installation artist Jamie Burmeister at an Art Over Dinner event. This monthly dinner invites 40 guests to wine and dine with a MODA artist. Every dinner features a seasonal meal created by local chef and farmers, along with creations by local winemakers and brewers. This month’s dinner will center around current and futures incorporations of 3D printing in the world of art, and correlate with MODA’s current 3D Printing the Future show.

Details: Tickets $75,

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This winter, Atlanta is the next place Sculpthouse will call home. This national fitness studio and active wear boutique was created by fitness model turned entrepreneur Katherine Mason and doesn’t incorporate traditional workout equipment or exercise classes. Instead it turns your body into the machine utilizing the Lagree Fitness method. The Lagree Fitness method finds its roots in Pilates and combines cardio with strength training for a dynamic workout. Sculpthouse helps its clients achieve weight loss through low-impact and calorie torching classes for men and women of all fitness levels.

Details: 3167 Peachtree Road NE, Suite Q, Atlanta, GA,

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To the delight of thousands of book lovers, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is back with its two-week long book festival. Meet, great and take a peek into the minds of some of America’s favorite authors. Here are some author visits you won’t want to miss.

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Judy Blume Nov. 7 8.p.m

Beloved author Judy Blume discusses her nearly thirtieth novel with Greg Chagnon, a former columnist for the AJC. “In the Unlikely Event” tells the story of how three generations of families, friends and strangers learn to cope with the unexpected curveballs of life, both good and bad.




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Josh Levs Nov. 22 10:30 a.m.

After being denied parental leave Josh Levs became an advocate for working fathers. Levs discusses – with Nadia Bilchik, CNN editorial producer and president – his book  “All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together.” In it, he explores what exactly fatherhood means in today’s world, shatters stereotypes and demonstrates how everyone can be “all in.“





Lights Out_coverTed Koppel Nov. 22 7:30 p.m.

An America without electricity isn’t just a possibility; it’s one hack away from becoming a reality. Investigative reporter Ted Koppel will discuss with Dana Barett (host of “The Dana Barrett Show”) his stunning expose. Koppel discusses the federal government’s lack of preparation for what could be one of the biggest threats to modern American society…an attack on our power grids.

Details:Visit for more information.

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Dr. Kyrin Dunston, of Progressive Medical Center, shares her best advice for integrative medicine and weight loss.

What role can Integrative Medicine play in weight loss?

The body is a complex biochemical “equation” with many inputs and outputs.  It can help you successfully lose the weight by addressing the root causes of weight gain.

Nutritional and hormone imbalances, as well as toxicity can often be the problems.  The solutions live in vitamins, minerals and herbs combined with TLC (therapeutic lifestyle change).  Using a customized and comprehensive integrative medical weight loss plan can help you finally obtain the healthy body that you desire.

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