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Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in McLean, VA

There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.

That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in McLean, VA comes into play.

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The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health

At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.

Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.

Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:

  • We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
  • We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
  • We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in McLean VA. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.

Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in McLean, VA that can help patients deal with dementia.

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What Causes Dementia?

Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.

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Dementia by the Numbers

It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.

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The Power of

Bredesen Protocol Treatment in McLean, VA

The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.

The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.

It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.

It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in McLean, VA.

Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from

Proactive Wellness Centers

At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in McLean, VA. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."

This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:

The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.

It also includes

  • Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
  • Hormone Level Evaluation
  • Thyroid Level Evaluation
  • Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.

Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.

A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.

This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment McLean, VA

What are the Early Signs of

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.

While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment McLean, VA

Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in McLean, VA may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms

Memory Issues

Memory Issues

You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.

Language Issues

Language Issues

You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.

Maintaining Concentration

Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention

You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.

Decline in Executive Functions

Decline in Executive Functions

This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.

Visuospatial Awareness

Problems with Visuospatial Awareness

You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.

Impaired Judgement

Impaired Judgement and Reasoning

This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment McLean, VA

By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following

Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on

  • You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
  • You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
  • You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
  • Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
  • You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
  • You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
  • You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
  • You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
  • You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.

Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in McLean, VA

Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.

That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.

If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.

Latest News in McLean, VA

Peter Chang’s Chinese restaurant to open in McLean next week

(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) Peter Chang’s new McLean restaurant is almost ready for diners.The eponymous restaurant from the prolific Chinese chef will open at 6715 Lowell Avenue in one week on Oct. 12.Located under Tachibana in the former House of Fortune space, Peter Chang will...

(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) Peter Chang’s new McLean restaurant is almost ready for diners.

The eponymous restaurant from the prolific Chinese chef will open at 6715 Lowell Avenue in one week on Oct. 12.

Located under Tachibana in the former House of Fortune space, Peter Chang will serve a variety of Chinese dishes, including Peking roast duck, dim sum, wagyu beef lo mein, Amish honey ribs and more.

Operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

“We’re expanding to McLean after listening to guest feedback on where they’d like to see the next Peter Chang restaurant,” co-owner and chef Lydia Chang said. “We hope to bring the same quality and nutritious Chinese food with bold flavors to McLean with our new location. We look forward to welcoming our McLean neighbors, hearing guest feedback, and getting to know the community.”

This is the 11th location for the Chang family’s signature brand and the first in Fairfax County, though the family has two different establishments in Fairfax City — Mama Chang and Lu Wei by Peter Zhang.

The Changs also have restaurants in D.C., Bethesda, Baltimore and Arlington, which is home to the first Peter Chang in the D.C. area and slated to get a new NiHao near Amazon’s HQ2.

The Burn reported in May that Chang has leased 3,500 square feet in Arrowbrook Centre near Herndon. While The Burn said the location will be a second Mama Chang, a spokesperson says it will actually be another Peter Chang restaurant.

A commercial alteration permit application for the new location was submitted to Fairfax County for review in September.

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) has proposed a new grant program to help curb flooding in the county.

The flood mitigation assistance program (FMAP) would reimburse residents and property owners for purchasing and installing approved products and services that reduce the risk of flood damage to their property.

The program calls for a cost-sharing agreement where the resident or property owners cover 50% of the cost, and the county covers the other half up to $5,000, DPWES Deputy Director Eleanor Ku Codding told the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at an environmental committee meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 3).

The program was made to be flexible, according to Codding. It’s open to residential or commercial multi-family properties, common-interest communities, and places of worship. Approved flood mitigation practices include:

However, if an owner wanted to use another flood mitigation service not listed, it would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Codding said, since drainage is not a straightforward issue, sharing the cost is a good solution.

“By establishing a cost-share program, we are allowing residents to be empowered to take action to mitigate that risk of flooding,” she said. “In addition, we have seen that the best flood risk reduction programs — including FEMA — include these types of cost-share programs.”

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust supported the program but called for the county to take more action.

“We should be thinking bigger in terms of stormwater management because it’s a huge problem,” Foust said. “And once we adopt this, then we’ll be done with it. We’ll check it off and move on to the next thing, and I just think the problem deserves more.”

Codding said other programs could be brought to the board in the future.

The county has discussed raising its building stormwater standards to accommodate more frequent and extreme flooding, and earlier this year, it piloted a program for sharing the cost of projects with private property owners, essentially testing the approach proposed for the new assistance program.

Funded through the county’s Stormwater Service District taxes, FMAP would start on July 1, 2024, and applications would be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District would administer the program.

DPWES will return to the board at a public hearing to get authorization to sign the memorandum of understanding with the conservation district. The agreement will establish rules for how the district should administer the program.

5 Reasons To Visit DC Region's Winter Lantern Festival

TYSONS, VA — It's that time of the year to head out and see holiday lights in between Christmas shopping.One of the options is the Winter Lantern Festival in Tysons, a returning experience featuring illuminated Chinese lanterns. Patch got a preview of this year's festival1. It provides a unique holiday lights experience.The Winter Lantern Festival stands out from traditional holiday lights, as it celebrates traditional Chinese lantern festivals. The experience features over 1,000 handcrafted Chines...

TYSONS, VA — It's that time of the year to head out and see holiday lights in between Christmas shopping.

One of the options is the Winter Lantern Festival in Tysons, a returning experience featuring illuminated Chinese lanterns. Patch got a preview of this year's festival

1. It provides a unique holiday lights experience.

The Winter Lantern Festival stands out from traditional holiday lights, as it celebrates traditional Chinese lantern festivals. The experience features over 1,000 handcrafted Chinese lanterns made by artisans with decades of experience. The Winter Lantern Festival first came to the DC region in 2022 after success in New York.

2. It has plenty of photo ops.

At the Winter Lantern Festival, you can explore Chinese myths and legends, step inside a giant gator, see all of the Chinese zodiac animals, walk under a giant water dragon, marvel at an icy winter wonderland, and ride illuminated swings and seesaws. There's plenty to see at the experience, which takes approximately 45 minutes to walk through.

3. It's in a convenient Tysons location.

The Winter Lantern Festival is located at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II, 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, VA, which is steps away from the Tysons Metro station. In between your stroll through the lantern lights experience, you can pay a visit to either of the Tysons malls nearby.

4. The outdoor lights experience is a safe activity during flu season.

The illuminated lanterns are spread out through the Lerner Town Square at Tysons II, so you'll have plenty of room to walk around without coming into contact with other guests. But if you need relief from the cold, there's an indoor area where the bounce house is located.

5. It offers fun beyond the illuminated lantern walk.

A new addition to the experience this year is dino rides, where you're strapped onto the back of a mechanical dinosaur. Children can also enjoy an indoor bounce house, which has an add-on price to a standard ticket. Guests can also shop for holiday items, artisan gifts and souvenirs as well as purchase wish jars as an add-on to their ticket.

The experience is open Fridays to Sundays through Feb. 18, 2024 and is ADA compliant. Tickets cost $25.99 for adults and children over 13, $20.99 for seniors, students or military and $17.99 for children 4 to 13. Family and group bundles are also offered. For more information and tickets, visit winterlanternfestival.com/washington.

VDOT Facilities Stocked With Salt, Sand In Preparation For Winter

NORTHERN VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Transportation’s facilities in Northern Virginia are fully stocked with salt, sand and brine as the department prepares to keep roads safe during the upcoming winter, VDOT officials said Wednesday morning during the department’s winter outlook presentation.Meteorologists are saying that an El Niño climate pattern is strengthening...

NORTHERN VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Transportation’s facilities in Northern Virginia are fully stocked with salt, sand and brine as the department prepares to keep roads safe during the upcoming winter, VDOT officials said Wednesday morning during the department’s winter outlook presentation.

Meteorologists are saying that an El Niño climate pattern is strengthening and could last through next spring. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Northern Virginia and the D.C. area historically sees above-average snowfall during El Niño winters.

At Wednesday morning’s briefing, Lauren Mollerup, VDOT’s assistant district administrator and district maintenance engineer for Northern Virginia, said her district leans heavily on contractors for the equipment that does the pretreating of roads and snow removal. VDOT's Northern Virginia district includes Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County and Prince William County.

Decisions on whether to pretreat roads with salt or brine are typically made one to three days out from when the National Weather Service predicts a storm will hit. Whether to pretreat roads also depends on whether rain is in the forecast prior to the storm, which would wash away the treatment before the snow arrives, Mollerup said.

As part of a partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, VDOT is also trying to be more conscious with the amount of a salt it uses on roads prior to winter storms, she noted. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, road salt can contaminate drinking water, kill or endanger wildlife, and increase soil erosion.

At Wednesday briefing, Chris Strong of the National Weather Service noted that last winter was the third-warmest on record and the region was only one small snowfall away from having a snowless winter.

This contrasts with two winters ago when a snowstorm stranded hundreds of motorists on Interstate 95 in Virginia, outside VDOT’s Northern Virginia region, with many motorists stuck in their cars for more than 24 hours.

Virginia transportation officials failed to implement lessons learned from previous storms before that early January 2022 storm shut down I-95, according to a report released in spring 2022 by the state inspector general.

Despite the nightmare of January 2022, Strong said the NWS has come a long way in the past 10 years in how it communicates with local transportation officials.

Winter storms can come in different forms and often “it’s the smaller ones that we need to be vigilant for,” he said.

Back in January 2011, a storm that dropped only 5 or 6 inches of snow and some sleet in the region caused traffic backups that forced people to abandon their cars. Known as Carmageddon, some motorists took 12 hours to get home during the 2011 storm for a commute that normally takes less than an hour.

Strong said snowfall in the D.C. area has been below average over the last three winters. At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 13.7 inches of snow is the winter average for the D.C. area.

As for the El Niño, Strong said the climate pattern increases the odds for snow in the Mid-Atlantic region. But the snowfall amounts will depend on whether the slightly higher odds of higher-than-normal temperatures from El Niño turn the precipitation into rain, he said.

Geminid Meteors, Best Shooting Stars Of 2023, Peak This Week Over VA

The best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, should fire off 120 shooting stars an hour at its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday.VIRGINIA — Weather permitting in Northern Virginia, stargazers will be rewarded with what is regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, which fire off at a rate of about 120 shooting stars an hour during the Wednesday night and Thursday morning peak.This is expected to be a banner year for the Geminids. The moon will be a slim crescent low in the west-southwest sk...

The best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, should fire off 120 shooting stars an hour at its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday.

VIRGINIA — Weather permitting in Northern Virginia, stargazers will be rewarded with what is regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, which fire off at a rate of about 120 shooting stars an hour during the Wednesday night and Thursday morning peak.

This is expected to be a banner year for the Geminids. The moon will be a slim crescent low in the west-southwest sky that sets before nightfall, leaving a dark sky to view the shower known for often yellowish-colored meteors and fireballs.

In most places in the country, warmer-than-normal December temperatures, thanks to a strong El Niño climate pattern, are ideal for overnight meteor watching. The National Weather Service calls for clear skies overnight Wednesday and early Thursday in the Washington, D.C., region.

The best views of the Geminid meteor shower are around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday when the shower’s radiant point — the constellation Gemini — is at its highest point in the sky. But because Gemini begins to come up near the east-northeast horizon around twilight, you may see a few shooting stars as soon as the sky gets dark Wednesday night, making it a perfect meteor shower to enjoy with the kids, according to NASA.

Early evening skywatchers may catch a rare “Earth grazer” — that is, a slow-moving, long-lasting bright meteor traveling horizontally across the sky.

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Around 9 or 10 p.m. local time, the shower noticeably picks up in velocity, according to Space.com. That’s because the higher the radiant point in the sky, the more meteors it produces.

Virginia State Parks has four parks designated as International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association: Staunton River, James River, Natural Bridge and Sky Meadows.

Other spots for star-gazing include: Assateague Island National Seashore, Grayson Highlands State Park, James River State Park, Meadows of Dan, Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Chimneys Park, Rappahannock County Park, and Shenandoah National Park, according to Space Tourism Guide.

If you can’t make it outside during the peak, don’t despair. You should also be able to see a fair number of shooting stars a few days earlier as the shower builds toward its crescendo.

Meteors occur when Earth, in its orbit around the Sun, passes through debris left behind by disintegrating comets and space rocks. The Geminid meteors fly as Earth passes through the massive trail of dusty debris left behind by the rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they enter Earth’s atmosphere, causing a flurry of meteors.

Phaethon is one of the mysteries of the universe, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

“It’s either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet,” he wrote in a blog on the agency’s website. “There is another object — an Apollo asteroid named 2005 UD — that is in a dynamically similar orbit to Phaethon, prompting speculation that the two were once part of a larger body that split apart or collided with another asteroid.”

There’s more: “Most shower meteors are shed by comets when their orbits take them into the inner Solar System, but the Geminids may be the debris from this long-ago breakup or collision event. When you consider that the Geminid meteor stream has more mass than any other meteor shower, including the Perseids, whatever happened back then must have been pretty spectacular.”

The first known report of the Geminid meteor shower was in 1833, when it was seen from a riverboat moving slowly on the Mississippi River. The shower produced 10 or 20 an hour back then, but the Geminids have grown in intensity over the centuries as Jupiter’s gravity tugs particles from 3200 Phaethon closer to the Earth.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your nighttime meteor-watching excursion:

If you miss the Geminids, which run through Christmas Eve, there’s one more chance in 2023 to see meteors. The Ursid meteor shower runs from Dec. 17-26 and always peaks around the winter solstice, which is Dec. 21. The peak this year is expected to occur Dec. 23.

The Ursids are fairly low-key, delivering five or 10 meteors an hour, but on rare occasions, they can produce outbursts of 100 or more meteors an hour. The meteors appear to come from the Ursa Minor constellation.

The Quadrantid meteor shower rings in 2024, running from Dec. 26-Jan. 16 and peaking Jan. 3-4.

The shooting star show has the potential to be one of the strongest of the year, but usually falls short because the peak occurs during a short, six-hour window at a time of year when people don’t want to spend a lot of time outside, according to the American Meteor Society.

Quadrantids fly at a rate of about 25 an hour during the peak. They usually lack persistent trails, but are often rich in bright fireballs.

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Chef David Guas to Open Neutral Ground Bar + Kitchen in McLean

The restaurant will spotlight Americana and regional flavors when it opens in 2024.David Guas is taking his culinary talents to McLean with his new restaurant Neutral Ground Bar + Kitchen, which is set to open in early 2024.The menu will feature seasonal, American-inspired dishes with ingredients sourced from the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast. This is Guas’s second NoVA eatery. The New Orleans native opened the Bayou Bakery in 2010 in Arlington....

The restaurant will spotlight Americana and regional flavors when it opens in 2024.

David Guas is taking his culinary talents to McLean with his new restaurant Neutral Ground Bar + Kitchen, which is set to open in early 2024.

The menu will feature seasonal, American-inspired dishes with ingredients sourced from the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast. This is Guas’s second NoVA eatery. The New Orleans native opened the Bayou Bakery in 2010 in Arlington.

“I am incredibly excited to be opening in McLean and have my newest venture only 15 minutes away from my Arlington gathering spot, a community I take pride in being a part of daily,” Guas said in a news release.

Neutral Ground Bar + Kitchen will pay homage to Guas’ Louisiana roots, mainly through the restaurant’s name. The term “neutral ground” refers to New Orleans’s Canal Street after the Louisiana Purchase. Feuds between the French Creoles and Europeans divided the city. But, Canal Street’s linear grassy space became a common area for both groups to trade and interact.

The “neutral ground” philosophy is reflected in the restaurant’s open-concept design, meant to facilitate a casual and relaxed feel. The interior will feature warm tones and wood accents. A bar will anchor the rear of the restaurant, and there will be open-air dining on a patio.

Guas is no stranger to the cooking scene. The celebrity chef has judged Food Network’s Chopped and hosted the Travel Channel’s American Grilled. He has also appeared on CNN, NBC, The Today Show, and The Dish.

In addition to being a television celebrity, Guas is an award-winning cookbook author. In NoVA, he has received recognition for his recipes, along with his anti-hunger advocacy and COVID-19 relief work.

“Being in Northern Virginia for 20-plus years, I have been waiting for the right space in McLean, VA, to turn up vacant and make sense to me,” he said. “I’ve been listening to McLean friends and family for a long time, who ask me, ‘Why won’t you open a restaurant here?’ Their increased desire for a place to fill a void in downtown McLean catapulted me to take a vested interest this year and move forward.”

When the restaurant opens at 6641 Old Dominion Dr. in 2024, it will only be open for dinner initially from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Feature image courtesy Neutral Ground Bar + Kitchen

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