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Issue Date: February 2010

Well, Well, Well …

Lynne Thompson
At first glance, you could mistake it for a high-end electronics boutique — white walls, gray carpeting and a large flat screen TV where shoppers try out Wii Fit. But the space off the Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Pavilion lobby is actually the 360-5 Wellness Store, a shop opened last September to provide easy access to the products clinic physicians recommend. Unlike the stuff in most health and fitness counterparts, a committee made up of representatives from the Clinic’s 27 institutes has vetted the stock. And as the sampling below reveals, the selection extends far beyond nutritional supplements, self-improvement books and exercise gear.

Himalayan Institute Ceramic Neti Pot

This cross between a tiny teapot and Aladdin’s lamp is used to cleanse mucus, dust and pollen from your nasal passages. “You mix a little bit of noniodized salt with warm water, tilt your head to the side, and pour the water into one of your nostrils,” Kafiti explains. “The water drains through the other [nostril].” Price: $16.99

Pressure Positive Original Backnobber II

One of the most popular items in the store is a large S-shaped acupressure device that retail operations manager Lelania Kafiti says, “allows you to get into all the places on your back that you can’t reach.”
Price: $45.95

Philips Wake-up Light

Philips’ kinder, gentler alternative to the traditional alarm clock awakens users with the gradually intensifying light of a simulated sunrise. “For people who have a hard time waking up, this gives them more of a gradual start to their day,” Kafiti says. Price: $169.99

Good Health Natural Foods Avocado Oil Potato Chips

They’re a dream come true for hard-core snack lovers: real potato chips with only 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving. The avocado oil in which they’re kettle-cooked is even high in heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Just don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. “They’re still high in calories,” warns Clinic chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen — 140 per ounce, to be exact. Price $3.69

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