This Hot New Food and Health Trend is Raising Eyebrows

Charcoal is trending: in food, drinks, cosmetics and more.

From left to right: Juicebox’s cold-pressed charcoal ginger juice, Frankie & Jo’s salted caramel ash ice cream and Herbivore’s bamboo charcoal cleansing bar soap.

Megan Lamb

When Science Won’t Ease Vaccination Fears, This Washington Mom’s Promising Method Just Might

A study reveals a possible community-based solution to the vaccine hesitancy conundrum.

Parent Jessica Booth was a volunteer advocate with Vax Northwest, finding positive ways to share information about vaccines with other parents.

Maria Dolan

Families Dealing With Opioid Addiction Split Over Safe-Consumption Sites

In King County, and across the country, the opioid epidemic is only growing larger. But agreeing on a solution remains elusive.

King County Heroin and Opioid Trends

Erica C. Barnett

As King County Grapples With Heroin Addiction, Another Lethal Drug is on the Rise

One local expert calls an increase in methamphetamine overdoses “the most significant trend in drug-related mortality.”

Since 2010, meth overdoses have risen rapidly in King County.

Erica C. Barnett

Seattle Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Aging Well

In his new book, Eric Larson shows how to age well without a pill.

Eric Larson is bully on aging. Larson, a Seattle-based physician and aging expert at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, says a better old age is within reach for many of us, and not because of some antiaging pill. Instead, Larson says, his research has taught him that resilience—which he defines as “the capacity to…

Virginia Smyth

Urban Sweat Lodge Trend Spreads in Seattle

The latest path to Zen works up a sweat.

City Sweats: first perspire, then glow.

Nia Martin

17th Annual Top Doctors

The Region’s 412 Top Doctors

If you need a doctor and don’t have one—whether it’s for a routine checkup or a life-threatening disease—where would you start to look? Sure, you might solicit opinions from friends and family, but would you really leave this decision up to crowdsourcing? That’s why, for our 17th annual report on the Puget Sound area’s most…

Seattle Magazine Staff and Castle Connolly Medical LTD., Mandolin Brassaw and Erika Almanza Brown

The Best Places to Get Fit in Seattle

Whether you ride your bike to work, hike through our parks on the weekend or never miss your 6 a.m. spin class, our city offers countless ways for athletes at any level to get up, get out and get in shape

From our hundreds of miles of nature trails to innovative fitness studios that pop up around our region each month, it’s easy to see why Seattle is consistently ranked by the American College of Sports Medicine as one of the top 10 fittest cities in the country. Whether you ride your bike to work, hike through…

Sheila Cain, with Seattle Magazine Staff

Value-Based Health Plans: Healing Medicine?

Our medical costs are out of control. Some local companies are trying value-based health plans. Are they the answer?

Sabrina McKinney faced an important decision two years ago.  It was Boeing’s annual open enrollment period, when employees choose a health plan for the following year. McKinney, now in her 39th year with the company, chose something new: a “value-based” health plan. It meant a small monthly health insurance deduction from her paycheck and access…

Elaine Porterfield and Leslie Helm