Health & Wellness Winter 2014

Overview

From This Issue

Seeds of Change

I first saw the Dalat Palace Golf Club in 1994, when my newlywed Vietnamese wife and I cycled past a long string of peasants in conical hats, planting grass by hand. “For what?” my wife asked the foreman, who stood on the other side of bamboo fencing. “For this,” the man told her. And then […]

Ayurvedic Adventure

Experience a wellness retreat like no other at the new Jiva Grande Spa at the Vivanta by Taj in Bekal, Kerala. The resort sprawls across 26 acres along the southwest coast of India with 71 rooms and villas, many with private plunge pools or terraces that overlook the Arabian Sea and the lush tropical grounds. […]

An Anti-Aging Elixir for the Eyes

When French Comte Hubert D’Ornano first founded the Sisley skin-care line in 1976, he saw early the potential for using the natural compounds found in botanical extracts. D’Ornano descended from cosmetic aristocracy, so to speak—his father Guillaume helped launch Lancôme. This past fall, after four years of research, Sisley launched Supremÿa at Night Anti-Aging Eye […]

Compounds Found in Red Wine Could be Neuro-Protective

No need to worry that glass of Dana Estate or Staglin cabernet might cause you to forget part of the evening—it just might do the opposite. New research has uncovered neuroprotective properties of resveratrol, an antioxidant present in both peanuts and red wine. First discovered and extracted from knotweed by a Japanese biologist in the […]

Cycle with the Professionals at a Personalized Training Camp

Learn from the cycling world’s crème de la crème at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., this January. The resort’s camp includes personalized coaching by top cyclists, including two-time Tour de France rider Christian Vande Velde and special guest pro-rider George Hincapie. The retreat includes daily pro-led rides; massages at the spa; a dinner with the professionals; riding apparel […]

Brain Games

The debate over whether video games improve cognitive function or eat away at it like Pac-Man has been raging ever since Atari’s heyday. While no definite consensus has been reached, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco have determined that video games targeted for a particular population and for specific tasks can indeed give […]

Yoga, Sailing, and Tennis Balance Wendy Schmidt’s Body & Mind

For Wendy Schmidt, maintaining personal equilibrium also means paying attention to the balance of life systems around us. “Our personal health is linked to environmental health,” she says. “To be good citizens we have to think about that relationship.” Schmidt, together with her husband, Eric, founded the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), as well as the […]

Vanities: Aromatherapy Can Promote Well-Being

As co-founder of the United Kingdom–based skin-care company Aromatherapy Associates, Geraldine Howard has spent 35 years studying which botanical scents make her clients feel better, whether that includes lavender to aid sleep or citrus oil to invigorate. Science has backed her up, with a spate of recent studies showing that aromatherapy is effective in relieving […]

The Parent Trap: Parenting Aging Parents Requires Compassion, Flexibility, and Personal Rejuvenation

The always-tricky job of caring for aging parents—even as adult children are often still raising their own children—has grown more complex and stressful than ever, mental health experts say. Health-care advances mean that people are living longer and are less likely to suffer, say, the heart attack that ended a grandparent’s life in his 60s. […]

Transforming a Bicycle into a Cancer-Fighting Weapon

For the past 16 years, Stewart Kohl has ridden the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), an arduous 190-mile bike route that traverses the flexing arm of Cape Cod, Mass., to raise money for cancer research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “It’s an incredibly powerful event,” says Kohl, the Cleveland-based co-CEO of The Riverside Company, a private equity […]

The Flying ICU

The American tourist had rented a moped in Greece and was having a grand time, until he careened around a corner and woke up in a local hospital. An executive had come to the United States for a procedure at the Mayo Clinic and needed secure transport with round-the-clock medical care while he traveled home […]

Salamander Resort & Spa Opens

Northern Virginia’s Salamander Resort & Spa opens with a focus on well-being, from country pursuits to cozy spa treatments and healthful cuisine. In the historic horse country and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an hour outside of metropolitan Washington, D.C., the Salamander Resort & Spa’s 340 picturesque acres offer a modern approach to wellness […]

Rx for a Changing Healthcare Landscape

Many assume that the ability to pay for care insulates them from the challenges of navigating today’s healthcare system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Access to the very best medical care frequently eludes even well-connected patients, who are often unaware that the care they receive falls short of their standards. With the approaching healthcare […]

Michael Roizen, MD, on Staying Young

Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of the newly released update of YOU: The Owner’s Manual, takes his own stay-healthy, live-longer advice and literally walks the walk.  Health & Wellness You are the first chief wellness officer at any major academic health institution. What does that title mean? Dr. […]