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Natural OptionsSurviving the Holidays Gluten-free

The numerous holiday invitations making their way onto your calendar about now can pose some challenges, or even anxiety, when it comes to eating a gluten-free diet. The last thing you want during this busy and festive time of the year is to accidentally eat something that doesn’t agree with Read more…

Natural OptionsStop the Dopamine Food Cycle

For most of us eating is a pleasurable experience, but for some it is a double-edged sword that leads down a path of emotional cues, cravings and bad choices. In previous issues of Desert Health, I discussed the neurotransmitter dopamine and how it drives us toward foods and substances to Read more…

Natural OptionsKindness at Work Changes Everything

Living Wellness with Jennifer

As a wellness director, I conduct an ongoing personal and professional search for the most current trends of effective remedies in the marketplace. During a recent meeting of wellness professionals in the Coachella Valley, we discussed the topics of achieving radiant health by using structured water and vibrational therapy. These Read more…

Natural OptionsFurthering Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been in practice in the U.S. for over a century, I often still get asked, “Are you a real doctor?” In California, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary care providers, able to diagnose and treat illness as a general practitioner/ family practice doctor. NDs can order Read more…

Natural OptionsEnergy Medicine in Harmony with Western Medicine

“Humans are made out of energy and sustained by energy. Our bodies are ever changing dynamic fields of energy, not static physical structures. They are a hologram in which every part contains information about the whole.” — Christiane Northrup, M.D. Conventional Western medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry Read more…

Natural OptionsEssential Oils for the Holidays

The festive season is here again, and we look forward to end-of-year celebrations, parties and get-togethers with family and friends. As the days grow shorter and the year winds to a close, we gather together to reminisce and to share our hopes for the year ahead. Yet, this time of Read more…

Natural OptionsLayers of Our Life

Who am I

Many of us have heard the advice that, when making changes in our behavior, we should make a small change at first, establish it and see how it works for you. It got me thinking about how our yoga and meditation practices are ongoing. We make our way to the Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Creative and Healing Power of Nature

painting

There is something deeply meditative in hearing the rustle of the leaves of a tree, in watching a hummingbird kiss the petals of a flower, or in kneeling in a garden when planting spring bulbs. All of us have found ourselves calmed, reinvigorated and inspired both in mind and spirit Read more…

Natural OptionsConvenience at a Cost

The explosion of electronic devices has brought us instantaneous communication, ease of commercial transactions, and entertainment on demand. But increased screen time, estimated at 7-11 hours for adults each day, has also brought with it unforeseen effects on our bodies and our health. Perhaps the best-known negative effect of screen Read more…

Natural OptionsCelebrating Naturopathic Medicine

Those who have discovered naturopathic medicine often consider it life changing. Many seek the practice when allopathic medicine runs out of answers or to complement conventional care. Others consider their naturopathic doctor to be their primary care physician preferring the body, mind and spirit approach to medicine.  A licensed naturopathic Read more…

Natural OptionsHow Do You React to “Taking Action”?

When it’s time to “take action” on something, what are the thoughts and feelings that overcome you? Is it fear and anxiety, or excitement and enthusiasm? When we are called to action, many of us are energized to put our nose to the grindstone and dive all in. However, for Read more…

Natural Options5 Simple Tips for Developing Better Listening Skills

Are you a good listener? With a strong cultural value on being the one at the top, our conversations these days are opinion heavy rather than an exchange of ideas involving both speaking and listening. Good listening is a lost art, and that causes many people to feel frustrated, unheard, Read more…

Natural OptionsWhen Positive Thinking Doesn’t Help

It’s common for those who suffer emotionally to receive guidance to think positively. While this guidance is well-intended and might help in the short-term, some find themselves frustrated when they are still dealing with the same emotional state months or even years later. This makes them feel like they must Read more…

Natural OptionsEmbracing the Benefits of Wellness

enjoying a massage

Many of us never stop to think about our health until something goes wrong. But  developing and maintaining healthy habits – even for as little as an hour a week – can go a long way toward cultivating a wellness lifestyle meant to keep your body working.  Wellness is more Read more…

Natural Options5 Natural Habits of Healthy People

Modern conveniences developed over the decades have made it hard for us to know what “healthy” means or looks like anymore. Here are a few instinctual habits of healthy people that are more in line with our human design.  1. Eat real food. When we eat food that comes from Read more…

Natural OptionsA Walk Among Trees

Trail in forest during sunrise

Summer is an ideal time to ascend to higher ground by way of the Palm Springs Tram to commune with nature. This journey is a reprieve from triple-digit temperatures in the valley and, at the same time, affords us an opportunity for healthy exercise. It’s also an invitation to observe Read more…

Natural OptionsWhat is TUDCA?

Tauroursodeoxycholic acid, or TUDCA, is a water-soluble bile acid produced in our livers to help stimulate the release of bile into the gut. While humans only produce a small amount of TUDCA, the bile of bears is around 50 percent TUDCA and scientists think this may play a role in Read more…

Natural OptionsDo Deodorants Affect Breast Health?

deodorant with natural herbs

Summer is finally here in the desert. We had a blessedly cool May, but now the summer sauna has returned. As we enjoy (or lament) the sweat-inducing heat, what is the best way to keep ourselves smelling sweet while maintaining our skin and breast health? For many years, I have Read more…

Natural OptionsPreventing Children’s Water Accidents

naturopathic with dr shannon

In the United States, drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 claiming the lives of roughly 1,100 children in 2006¹. Those at greatest risk for water accidents or drowning includes this group and teenage boys. Summer also presents greater risk for Read more…

Natural OptionsChoose to Fall All-In

Have you been getting a tap on the shoulder that keeps telling you that you need a vacation? I believe that we never truly realize just how much we need an uplifting vacation, or “change of environment,” until we have actually make that change. I recently took a spur of Read more…