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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Vienna, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Vienna, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Vienna, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Vienna, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Vienna, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

Be Wary of These

5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Vienna, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Vienna, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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Le Bistro Opens in Vienna Tuesday

Acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna, executive chef at Roberto’s Ristorante Italiano, opens his newest dining enterprise, Le Bistro, Tuesday in Vienna. Located just down Church Street from his award-winning Italian dining destination, which was named one of the 50 Bes...

Acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna, executive chef at Roberto’s Ristorante Italiano, opens his newest dining enterprise, Le Bistro, Tuesday in Vienna. Located just down Church Street from his award-winning Italian dining destination, which was named one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia in 2022 by Northern Virginia Magazine, Le Bistro marks a departure from his native cuisine.

“We are ready to go,” Donna says. “A friend of mine came and helped us set up the menu — a French chef — and now for the next two weeks, I will be there almost every night.”

Le Bistro replaces what used to be Blend 111, at 111 Church St. NW. Donna posted a menu for the restaurant’s September 15 soft opening on the Vienna VA Foodies Facebook page, with the official opening on Tuesday, September 19.

“It’s been fun,” says restaurateur and owner Nancy Sabbagh, wife of Donna. “People pop in Roberto’s and then they go see us at Le Bistro — we’re so grateful for this community.”

The French menu includes classics with some modern twists. Diners can enjoy salade Lyonnaise, cassolette of snails à la Bourguignonne, steak frites, and beef Bourguignon, among the offerings. Entrees run $24 to $30.

“They all say they love it,” Donna says about the soft opening diners, though he notes a few outliers questioned the authenticity of some French dishes.

“You want to go authentic, but you also want to go American palate-friendly,” Sabbagh says. “We’re finding a mix and people are just excited to have a bistro, which makes us happy.”

Reservations are available for Le Bistro on the OpenTable dining app.

“It really is just a comfortable place to come in and have a good meal, gather round, have a glass of wine, in the neighborhood,” Sabbagh says. 111 Church St. NW, Ste. 101, Vienna

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Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ Opens New Dunn Loring Location

VIENNA, VA — The "winningest man in barbecue" is ready to welcome customers to his newest restaurant at the Dunn Loring Metro.Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ is opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, VA, which is near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro. Meanwhile, Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ announced that it closed its location at 220 N. Lee Street in Old Town Alexandria after Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.The restaura...

VIENNA, VA — The "winningest man in barbecue" is ready to welcome customers to his newest restaurant at the Dunn Loring Metro.

Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ is opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, VA, which is near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro. Meanwhile, Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ announced that it closed its location at 220 N. Lee Street in Old Town Alexandria after Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The restaurant focuses on classic Southern smoked barbecue with smoked meats like brisket, pork, chicken and "fixins’" like Mama’s slaw, peach BBQ baked beans, collard greens, and mac ‘n’ cheese. The new Dunn Loring location will have fast-casual counter service will beer and wine at the bar.

"We greatly appreciate all of our loyal customers, and welcome you to join us at our new place in Dunn Loring-Merrifield, the only place you'll find Myron Mixon's great BBQ in the DC metro area!" the restaurant brand shared.

Mixon, who has been called the "winningest man in barbecue," has won over 180 grand championships in barbecue, including the Memphis in May World Championships five times. He also appeared on TLC’s "BBQ Pitmasters," Destination America’s relaunched version of "BBQ Pitmasters," and Destination America’s "BBQ Pit Wars." He is also the mayor of Unadilla, Georgia, the town where he is from.

The Alexandria location of Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ had been open since 2016. But the closed location won't stay vacant for long, as a change of ownership special use permit application was filed to the City of Alexandria. The owners of the new restaurant would be Ralph Davis, who opened RT's Restaurant and ran other Alexandria restaurants, as well as his son Matthew Davis.

The proposed restaurant would be called Mystic BBQ & Grill and continue to serve BBQ and other items similar to what Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ served during its first years of business. Mystic BBQ & Grill is proposing minimal changes to the space, such as painting, refinishing floors and new decor.

New Year's Eve 2023: Where To Find Events Around Vienna

VIENNA, VA — Between family-friendly celebrations and adult parties, there's no shortage of New Year's Eve events around Vienna to help welcome 2024.There are Noon Year's Eve events to help the kiddos celebrate the new year early. Patrick Henry Library is hosting a Noon Year's Eve party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. Then, the Cedar Park Shopping Center will host the ...

VIENNA, VA — Between family-friendly celebrations and adult parties, there's no shortage of New Year's Eve events around Vienna to help welcome 2024.

There are Noon Year's Eve events to help the kiddos celebrate the new year early. Patrick Henry Library is hosting a Noon Year's Eve party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. Then, the Cedar Park Shopping Center will host the Vienna Noon Year's Eve on Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a 12 p.m. balloon drop countdown, pop-up artisan market and vendor fair, DJ music, face painting, airbrush tattoos, "nonprofit in residence" Committee for Helping Others, giveaways and more.

Here is a look at some additional events happening near Vienna:

In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Other U.S. cities have adopted iterations of the ball drop — the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho, for example.

Virginia's twist on the ball drop includes events like Chincoteague Island's Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade, Cape Charles's Dropping of the Crab Pot, Fincastle's New Year's Eve Bell Ringing and Portsmouth's Olde Towne Scottish Walk.

The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.

The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.

According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves.

The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse — for gaining weight, for example — and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.

Where To Find A Christmas Tree In Vienna In 2023

VIENNA, VA — It’s still early, but if you’re planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year, it’s a good idea to scope out what will be available from Vienna area tree growers.Here are a few places to start:Optimist Club of Greater Vienna: Maple Avenue East and Branch SE, Vienna, VA. Starting Nov. 24 to raise money for the Optimist Club's youth fund for scholarships, grants and awards to students....

VIENNA, VA — It’s still early, but if you’re planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year, it’s a good idea to scope out what will be available from Vienna area tree growers.

Here are a few places to start:

Optimist Club of Greater Vienna: Maple Avenue East and Branch SE, Vienna, VA. Starting Nov. 24 to raise money for the Optimist Club's youth fund for scholarships, grants and awards to students.

DePaul's Urban Farm: 2599 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna VA. Check back after Friday for holiday decorating items in stock.

Vale United Methodist Church: 11528 Vale Road, Oakton, VA. The church sells Christmas trees with all proceeds going to Rise Against Hunger, a global relief organization, and anti-hunger efforts in Fairfax County. One tree sale can provide 100 meals for hungry children and families. Trees, wreaths, pine roping, and tree stands are for sale. Sales begin Nov. 24 and continue while supplies last. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

George C. Marshall High School Boosters: Marshall High School front parking lot, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The Marshall High School Christmas Tree sale opens on Nov. 25 and support student athletes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays.

Krop's Crops: 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA. During the holiday season, this seasonal farm offers Christmas trees and decorations.

Sexton Christmas Trees: 10001 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA. This family business will open for the season on Friday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It will close early at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 for the Great Falls tree lighting.

Meadow Farms Nurseries: 11254 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, VA and other locations in Northern Virginia. Christmas trees, wreaths and other greenery are available to purchase.

Merrifield Garden Center: 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA; 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. The garden center typically carries Christmas trees during the holiday season.

Home Depot: 2185 Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA. Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and holiday plants are available to purchase at this home improvement store.

Last year, the median price for trees purchased directly from a grower was about $93, according to PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org. About 26 million live trees were sold last year, compared to 27.4 million in 2018.

A survey by the American Christmas Tree Association, an industry trade group, shows that of the 94 percent of Americans who plan to put up a Christmas tree this year, 23 percent will display a live tree.

Last year, live tree prices increased about 10 percent, largely due to inflation and drought, according to industry experts.

Years of extreme weather — drought conditions in some parts of the country and excess moisture in others — are expected to translate to slightly higher 2023 Christmas tree prices, according to a report from Country Folks Grower, a business-to-business publication serving fresh market and ornamental crops.

“A lot can happen in a half dozen years that can change the outlook for a Christmas tree crop from one season to the next,” the report said. “Farmers will be facing challenges in the 2023 Christmas tree season brought about by developments over the past several years.”

At any given moment, about 350 million Christmas trees are growing on tree farms across the country.

It typically takes a tree between six and eight years to grow to the desirable height for decorating. Large trees — those 7 feet and taller — may be in short supply because sales of smaller trees have been strong in recent years, the report said. Also, people may need to settle for a different species than they’re accustomed to buying.

Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Announced For 2023

VIENNA, VA — The Town of Vienna is filled with plentiful displays of holiday lights, but only a few homes and businesses came out on top.Homes and businesses within the Town of Vienna were invited to submit their holiday displays for the annual Shine Bright Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest. Members of the Town Business Liaison Committee judged the business contest, and membe...

VIENNA, VA — The Town of Vienna is filled with plentiful displays of holiday lights, but only a few homes and businesses came out on top.

Homes and businesses within the Town of Vienna were invited to submit their holiday displays for the annual Shine Bright Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest. Members of the Town Business Liaison Committee judged the business contest, and members of the public were invited to visit nominated displays and vote for their favorite home and business.

Winners were announced Friday at the Town of Vienna's Holiday Reception. In the residential display category, the first place winner was 121 Casmar St., SE. Second place went to 317 Patrick St., SW, and third place went to 524 Walker St., SW. Winning residents received a gift card from a local business and a 2023 Town of Vienna holiday ornament.

In the business category, Trousseau came out in first place. Trousseau won one volunteer hour from Mayor Linda Colbert as a guest employee. The People's Choice Award went to Pennywise Thrift Shop, and Trace - The Zero Waste Store received an honorable mention. The honorable mention award, which was a new part of the contest, goes to a business that was the most creative to celebrate Vienna Elementary School's 150th anniversary. Trace - The Zero Waste Store's display included snowflake ornaments created by Vienna Elementary students.

The annual holiday contest is held by the Town Business Liaison Committee and Vienna Parks and Recreation. A record 1,167 votes were cast in this year's contest. Nominees could earn bonus points by including Vienna Elementary School in their displays in honor of the school's 150th anniversary.

Residents can visit nominated displays throughout the holiday season. A map of nominated displays is available to help residents plan their tour of displays. Homes outside Town of Vienna limits are included on the map but were not eligible for contest prizes.

Stay tuned for Vienna Patch's holiday display guide later this week. Sign up for Vienna Patch emails to receive our morning newsletter and real-time news alerts. You can submit displays by sending your address and photos to emily.leayman@patch.com.

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