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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…

Natural OptionsThird Annual World Wellness Weekend

In 2017, a campaign was launched to raise awareness on the benefits of wellness lifestyles and to inspire people around the globe to adopt healthier habits. Now in its third year, World Wellness Weekend has grown to include over 2,000 venues in 100 countries and local businesses and community members Read more…

Natural OptionsFollowing Your Inner Compass

Living Wellness with Jennifer

We often say, “Trust your instincts” and “Listen to your inner voice.” Yet, with all the external noise and internal conflict, how do we follow our inner compass? Our world revolves around strategy, data, knowledge and facts, which challenges us to navigate unknown territories. Over 4,000 years ago Phoenician sailors Read more…

Natural OptionsNatural Options for Candida

Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in and on the human body. In small amounts it is not harmful, but an overabundance can cause infections in the genitourinary tract, the digestive system and on the skin. An overgrowth of candida in the gastrointestinal tract is associated with ulcers, Crohn’s Read more…

Natural OptionsChinese Herbal Tonics

Throughout history, we’ve been blessed by those who have paved a path before us that we have not known before. This is especially evident in the world of natural health. Many early visionaries of the West pioneered a holistic way of life that many of us thrive on today. These Read more…

Natural OptionsTreatment Options for Measles

Measles is a viral disease that has gained public interest due to annual measles outbreaks in various parts of the U.S. While it is more prevalent in less developed nations, in the United States there are typically smaller, controlled outbreaks without long-term health complications or mortalities. Measles is one viral Read more…

Natural OptionsUnderstanding Homeopathy

Maybe you’ve treated a minor injury with arnica or given Calms Forte to a teething child. Perhaps you’ve reached for Oscillicoccinum to treat the flu. These are three of the most widely used homeopathic remedies. You may have wondered how those little pellets work, or been unaware that there was Read more…

Natural OptionsTrending for 2019: Cannabis Edibles For Today’s Diets

With the legalization of cannabis, food products infused with cannabis extract (referred to as edibles) have emerged as a popular way to enjoy it both medicinally and recreationally. While there are plenty of sugary cookie and candy options on the market, there are also delicious options that satisfy many diets Read more…

Natural OptionsChoose Your Focus Wisely

Is your focus in the present tense? Are you aware of what you are focusing on and how you are feeling about the object of your focus? Are you feeling up, down, or all turned around? All matter, invisible or visible, is made up of energy, and is continually in Read more…

Natural OptionsCreating Dementia Friendly Communities

A Dementia Friendly Community is a village, town, city or county that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with Alzheimer’s/ dementia, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life. While the idea originated in the UK, the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) movement began in Read more…