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Natural OptionsLove Yourself First

Shay’s Story

With February (“love and heart month”) behind us, that time when you give a little more – flowers, cards, gifts or an “I love you” to that special someone – have you ever taken a step back to ask, “What if I gave as much love to myself as I Read more…

Natural OptionsStart Your Day with a Cup of Chi

Chi self-massage is a Taoist concept originating back thousands of years. I was first introduced to the practice when studying at the Taoist Institute and taught to do chi self-massage before getting out of bed in the morning. The idea is to cultivate “chi,” or energy, using breathing, visualizations and Read more…

Natural OptionsEntering the Ozone Therapy Zone

Ozone therapy has a wide range of clinical applications.  While most clinical studies have focused on cardiovascular disease, ozone therapy also plays a role in the management of diabetes, cancer, chronic infections, auto-immune disease, aging and pain.  Topical or local injections also are effective for dermatological infections, cystitis, colitis, osteoarthritis, Read more…

Natural OptionsCustomizing Your Carb Count on Keto

The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet growing in popularity due to the many health benefits it can offer. The concept is to drastically reduce carbohydrate intake and increase healthy fat intake which puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body Read more…

Natural OptionsPreventive Kidney Care

The kidneys are vital organs in the human body, yet we rarely focus on them until something goes wrong, such as a painful urinary infection or the passing of kidney stones. The kidneys play a role in controlling blood pressure, acid-base balance, electrolyte concentrations and the removal of toxins. They Read more…

Natural Options“My Tummy Hurts”

Naturopathic Family Medicine with Dr. Shannon

One of the most common reasons for a child’s doctor visit is digestive complaints. Children can experience chronic abdominal pain, intermittent abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and general discomfort from eating. These symptoms often cause them to miss school, leave school early or refrain from social activities. Parents may try at-home Read more…

Natural OptionsDream Visitations: Love Never Dies

When a loved one dies, the emotional devastation can leave us with a strong desire to see them one more time.  We want a second chance to say things we didn’t share. Regret can feel like a clamp around our hearts. What if we can still connect with our loved Read more…

Natural OptionsHow “Well” is Your Energy?

We are familiar with daily self-care practices for our physical body – brushing our teeth, eating healthy food, regular exercise, solid sleep – but did you know it is just as important to maintain a daily self-care routine for our energy flow?  Our physical body consists of energy systems and Read more…

Natural OptionsNon-Opioid Option for Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Chronic pain impacts over 50 million people in our country and, typically, there are few safe and affordable treatment options. For patients who are not candidates for surgery or regenerative injections such as prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma), NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, steroids and opioids are the standard Read more…

Natural OptionsTime to Blossom

The vernal equinox is here and it’s time to transition to more daylight hours as we move toward the summer solstice three months from now. This time of year is ripe for reflection, looking at the quality of balance in our lives to see what may be blossoming for us. Read more…

Natural OptionsSwitching to Natural Personal Care Products

Environmental toxicants are ubiquitous in conventional body care products and can negatively affect both adults and kids. Reducing the burden of toxicants on the body includes purchasing and using non-toxic personal care products. There is a varying degree of toxicity in different types of products and replacing certain products can Read more…

Natural OptionsUsing the Law of Attraction to Create What You Desire

The law of attraction, put simply, is the ability to attract into our lives that on which we are focusing. It is a universal law that affects everyone regardless of age, race, nationality or religion. It responds to vibrational power of our thoughts, beliefs and words and then materializes them Read more…

Natural OptionsIs a Weight Loss Coach for You?

Losing weight can be a challenge and having a coach as your partner along the journey can make a difference in successfully achieving your goals and maintaining results.  A study in the National Library of Medicine states that coaching raises awareness and responsibility for health behaviors.1 Being accountable to someone Read more…

Natural OptionsA Good Night’s Sleep with Moon Milk

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system from India that remains relevant for modern-day concerns such as stress and insomnia. An Ayurvedic drink known as golden milk, containing cow or plant-based milk along with turmeric and other spices, has gained popularity in the last few years as a remedy to induce Read more…

Natural OptionsRestoring Balance through Craniosacral Therapy

Every day we are bombarded by input: computer screens, telephones, traffic, food, blaring TVs, and everyone else’s energy. Our bodies are constantly challenged to integrate all this information, which can be exhausting. When our bodies are not able to process all of this information, we can experience imbalance that affects Read more…

Natural OptionsA New Year, a New Beginning, a New You

If you have been battling unwanted pounds or gained weight over the holidays, you are not alone. There are many reasons we maintain unwanted pounds and even gain weight – all of which are within your control. More people die from feasting than from famine, so its important to remember Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Healing Practice of Ritual Bathing

2020 is here: out with the old and in with the new! Now is the time to release negativity and stale energies from the past, replacing them with positive, healthy and life-affirming new energy. One way to achieve this result is through the adoption of new rituals that support health Read more…

Natural OptionsSurviving the Holidays Gluten-free

Gluten Free with Tiffany

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…