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

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...

5 Rules to Staying Injury Free While Running

The last thing any runner wants is to be sidelined from an injury. Luckily there are ways to stay injury free and decrease your chances of needing to take an unexpected time out from training. Make sure you have the right shoes for your feet It is worth getting your...

Enjoy Your Meal This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, it may seem like a difficult task to maintain a wellness diet. However, with a few considerations it is possible to enjoy your meal without feeling like you are holding back. Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day As a part of your...

More Pollution? Time To Detox!

It was just over a week ago that we woke up to a red sky, smoky air, blowing in from the devastating forest fires inland.  Today i look out my window, and am struck by the grey veil that blankets the entire lower mainland, from the ground, seemingly up to the...

Spring: Time to Thaw Your Frozen Shoulder

Ah, Spring! It seems like only yesterday that I was up at Whistler Blackcomb, on 7th Heaven skiing on a seemingly limitless blanket of powder.  Actually that was yesterday.  But farther down the mountain, spring has sprung, and spring-skiing aside, it is time for our...

Childhood Sport Injuries

  Childhood Sport Injuries  Childhood sport injuries are an epidemic, and it shouldn’t be a surprise. I only have to look as far as my kids’ weekly schedule.  Not only do they have gym class and running at school, there is also soccer, baseball, skiing, swimming,...

Wellness After Whiplash: 3 Steps

So you are driving home from the airport after a nice vacation with your family in Disneyland. They are asleep in the back seat and WHAM, you get rear-ended.. At least, that’s what happened to me last August. And like me, you may have gotten Whiplash. The symptoms may...

The A.R.T. of Making Piriformis Syndrome Less of a Pain In The Butt.

Sometimes it starts gradually, sometimes suddenly. You describe a pain in your "hip", "butt" "low back."  The pain radiates all around the front and back of your hip, and sometimes it tingles down the leg.   Many people call it "sciatica." It is often affectionately...

Headaches: Not Normal!

So you tell yourself your headaches are normal: "It only happens if I am tired or hungry." Or maybe it is constant and debilitating. If you have headaches then I am here to tell you that there is no such thing as a "normal headache." There are things you can do to...

Have a Plantar Fasciitis Crisis?

You get out of bed and your feet are killing you.  You can hardly walk!  As you walk it gets a little better, but your feet are still painful to touch, especially near the heel.  Oh my gosh, you have plantar fasciitis! Its primary causes is pronation (collapse) of the...

Sidelined by Shin Splints? Do This!

You start to run and your shins kill, but it stops after a bit more running. You have shin splints! A combination of over-use and misalignment at the ankles (and even the hips) causes muscles called the tibialis posterior, and tibias anterior to scar, then stick to...

Don’t let Runner’s Knee Stop You From Training!

What is Runner's Knee The snow is melting, and it's time get your runners out to get out there and hit the pavement. If you, or someone you care about is suffering needlessly from sore knees, then read on! Runner's knee also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome...

Eat Healthy During Christmas

I love the holidays, and I love to eat, so holiday dinners are my favourite!  Buttery potatoes, juicy roasts, colourful trifles... you name it, I'm all over it! The problem is that I often find myself going overboard, especially at a party. At best, I end up with a...

4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a happy time, and is also a busy time. As the urgencies pile up, so do the emotional, physical, and chemical stressors. Shopping, meal planning, financial strain, cold weather, and the increased intake of alcohol, sugar and fats are all examples...

Does Glucosamine Really Help Your Joints?

Glucosamine is a naturally occuring chemical produced by our bodies. It is in the fluids around our joints, and helps create the other chemicals that build ligaments, tendon, and cartilage. These soft tissues protect the ends of the bones from rubbing against each...

Can music boost your running performance?

The Vancouver Rock and Roll Half Marathon is coming up this weekend, and we couldn't be more excited by such a cool event. Did you know about the special relationship between music and running? There is much research that supports the performance-boosting properties...

Pure: The Purification Workshop

Every once and a while, pressing the “reset” button in life can be healthy. A purification or cleanse is a great way to jumpstart good health within your body and get your systems back to running in tip top shape. Read on to learn about who should cleanse, the...

Meal Planning & Making Healthy Foods Available

If you want to be successful at Eating for Health as a lifestyle habit, you’ll want to think ahead and create routines as much as possible. Establishing a general plan for each day of the week makes food shopping and menu planning quick and easy. For example, a...

Got Fresh Veggies?

The best way to ensure that your family’s eating fresh vegetables on a regular basis is to have a variety of them on-hand and ready to throw on the grill, in a steamer, blender, salad bowl, dip or recipe at any given time. This can easily be done by blocking out a 1-2...

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...

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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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Enjoy Your Meal This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, it may seem like a difficult task to maintain a wellness diet. However, with a few considerations it is possible to enjoy your meal without feeling like you are holding back. Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day As a part of your...

read more

4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a happy time, and is also a busy time. As the urgencies pile up, so do the emotional, physical, and chemical stressors. Shopping, meal planning, financial strain, cold weather, and the increased intake of alcohol, sugar and fats are all examples...

read more

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