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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…

Natural OptionsNature, Stress Relief, Trashion and more

What’s new in wellness? Getting off the beaten path, following your nose, wearing conscious clothing, eating exactly what your body needs, choosing your meditation wisely, and getting back to nature as prescribed by your doctor. And in the end, you’ll even have options for dying well. This is according to Read more…

Natural OptionsLove Juice and the Fountain of Youth

There are many luscious and mysterious chemicals that become activated in the body when we fall in love. These chemicals create a magic potion of sorts that bypasses the radar of our rational mind and creates a timeless state of euphoria. When we’re in love, we look brighter, happier and Read more…

Natural OptionsWomen and Work: Creating Balance from the Inside Out

What’s the foundation for a vibrant and inspired life? Balance. A return to homeostasis is the key for optimal functioning. This is no easy task in our busy culture, and especially difficult for working women. In honor of Women’s History Month, I looked at how women and work have evolved Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Value of Workplace Wellness

I first became interested in the concept of workplace wellness in college when I read Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia. Patagonia’s policy of allowing employees to work flexible hours, as long as the work gets done Read more…

Natural OptionsIs MTHFR Genetic Testing Necessary for Children?

Personal genetic testing has been available on the direct consumer markets for several years. Companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com use a simple cheek swab to collect DNA data. The data can then be instantly uploaded and analyzed by other websites for genetic mutations related to potential health issues. While Read more…

Natural OptionsUsing GABA for Sleep, Anxiety and Weight

Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is the main calming neurotransmitter released to keep our brain relaxed and balanced when we need it. GABA controls the actions of the excitatory neurotransmitters, so understandably, a person with low GABA may have anxiety, racing thoughts, insomnia, addictions, or even weight gain. Deficiency of GABA levels Read more…

Natural OptionsBuilding Healthy Bones Naturally

It’s easy to forget how much we depend on our bones, but if you’ve ever fractured one, then you know better than to take them for granted. Building and maintaining healthy bones is extremely important. Bone is a living tissue, constantly breaking down and rebuilding. If the rate of breakdown Read more…

Natural OptionsNutrients for Joint Injury Recovery

Recently I attended a symposium called “New Solutions to Acute and Chronic Pain.” There were many things of interest throughout the 4-day event, but I especially want to share the nutrients holistic doctor Wally Schmitt, DC, discussed to specifically target connective tissues and pain management following a joint injury.1 As Read more…

Natural OptionsImproving Our Wellbeing with Music

“Music gives soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” –Plato Wow! Plato said this circa 500 BC, well before Mozart, Edith Piaf, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sam Cooke, Don Ho, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Lady Read more…

Natural OptionsChoosing a Holistic Lifestyle for Better Quality of Life

For most of us, work priorities fill our day and finding time to eat, drink and sleep can be quite a chore. It just seems easier to pull up into a fast food restaurant and grab something on the go, instead of taking the time to shop for the week Read more…

Natural OptionsAppreciating the Golden Ratio of Nature

Because Death Valley is considered one of the hottest places on earth it never elicited a call to visit. After seeing the striking beauty in a friend’s recent pictures of this national park, I became intrigued and decided to lead a group of 25 hikers there. Little did I know Read more…

Natural OptionsThe MIND Diet: Food Good for the Brain

We know that what you eat can affect your heart health, and new research indicates that the same is true for your brain. The MIND diet – which stands for the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay – takes foods from the Mediterranean and DASH diets that medical literature and data Read more…

Natural OptionsBeauty Sleep: Myth or Must?

Sleep is the foundation on which we build and maintain our health and is the best way of guarding against stress and age-related diseases. Is the concept of beauty sleep a myth or reality? Science tells us that a good night of sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Benefits of CBD Topicals

It’s important to focus proactively on health and wellness, such as eating better and exercising regularly; however, as we age we also pay the price for the activities in our younger years.  Aches and pains, whether from old injuries or new sports, exercise routines and illness, are challenges that can Read more…