The Gentle Press

Stress-reducing health and wellness advice gently provided by Dr. Barone and the staff at Una Vita.

HRV: The New Measure of Health

What is HRV? Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of the interval between each of the beats of your heart.   The amount of variation is an indication of your overall ability to adapt to the environment.  When your body is under high amounts of stress, the HRV...

The Weight of a Dime

Enough to stop a nerve from working. In 1975, Seth Sharpless, a neuropsychologist at the University of Colorado discovered that the weight of a dime (10mm Hg) at the spinal nerve root was enough to drastically alter nerve function.  According to the report: “A...

Cast-Iron Cookware for a Healthier Home

When it comes to choosing cookware that helps you create healthy meals, the best material, in my opinion, is cast-iron.  Companies like Lodge and LeCrueset are great choices.    When choosing a wok or skillet, avoid teflon-type "non-stick"  materials.  Classic teflon...

Drink it When You are Sore: Greens First Power Shake

Today we posted a video about the Greens First Power Shake.  You have undoubtedly noticed how we always have Greens First in supply at our office.  This combination of the greens first powder with the protein powder is a particular favourite for my family. Greens...

8 Back-To-School Backpack Tips for Kids

It feels like summer is just heating up.   School is the farthest thing from my mind, but my wife, being the organized one, has brought home two new backpacks, all ready for the upcoming school year.  That's when I came to the realization that the kids start school in...

Newport Village Chiropractic is now Una Vita Chiropractic

A lot changes in 18 years.  In October of 2000.  There was a red Jeep TJ Sport in my garage.  My parents were only in their seventies.  I was mentally worn from completing ten years of university, held up from collapsing physically (and financially) by only the calm...

What’s the Best Sleep Position for Good Posture?

Sleep position can dramatically change your posture and your health. "What position should I sleep in?"  It is one of the most common questions I receive in the office.  It is a natural question, after all.  Many back problems cause people to stay up late, wake up too...

Infinity to the Power of a Triangle

How abstract words and affirmations can change our minds, big-time. It is 4:30  on a clear morning in Whistler today.  It's still dark.  I am looking out my window and through the spiralled branches of evergreens to the village trail, which is lit by lamp-posts with...

Be One With The Guitar

Your Body is Part of The InstrumentA couple of months ago I was in my basement and found a stack of sheet music from when I was a teenager.  It was around 1986 then, when I was first studying classical guitar.  I blew the dust off a piece called the Bach...

Love: Simple.

Sometimes we make things too complicated. Consider it a bug in the programming of our DNA. We complicate our health care, our relationships, parenting, our diet, even love. Deep down we know the rules, and what is right, yet somehow, that simplicity all too often gets...

The Psychology of Fasting

Maybe you are interested in fasting to improve your physical or spiritual health. Maybe you are just curious.  It is present in cultures and religions around the world, but is gaining appreciation in the west. Jesus went fasting for forty days and forty nights, but...

The New Zen Masters : Kids and Mindfulness

My journey with mindfulness, at least in a deliberate form, began when I was about 19 years old.  I wrote a report in psychology 101 about meditation, mostly  centred around a book called The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson.  Herbert Benson was a medical doctor...