Receive our e-newsletter:
The Valley’s Leading Resource for Health and Wellness

Natural Options

Natural OptionsTraditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Cancer Care

In China, where they practice Western and Eastern therapies for cancer, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) plays an auxiliary but important role. It is employed to minimize the side effects of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, assist in pain management and strengthen the immune system. It also aids in dealing with Read more…

Natural OptionsQualified Life Coaches Can Assist with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Often overlooked in the health care picture for individuals suffering from a life-threatening illness is the importance of stress management and a blueprint to assure present-moment happiness. A life-threatening illness diagnosis can be devastating. The patient and family are overwhelmed with the “what will happen” of the future or the Read more…

Natural OptionsCirculating Tumor Cell Test: A New Perspective in Monitoring Cancer

Over the past few decades, developments in the field of oncology have allowed physicians to detect cancer earlier, intervene sooner with more effective treatments, and to monitor cancer growth more efficiently. However, even with advancements in modern medicine, far too many individuals still suffer from cancer and live in fear Read more…

Natural OptionsVitamin D: Shedding Light on 30 Years of Research

Vitamin D is making news headlines as an underappreciated, readily available vitamin with big health boosting potential. Internationally recognized as the leading authority on Vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick has spent the last 30 years researching vitamin D and its role in bone, immune and nervous system function. He has Read more…

Natural OptionsSaccharomyces Boulardii: A Yeast You Don’t Want to Live Without!

Yeast has the reputation for causing infection, so the notion of taking a few billion a day to be healthy may be difficult to swallow. One yeast in particular, Saccharomyces boulardii, has an indisputable role in the health of the digestive tract in mammals. This yeast is considered a probiotic. Read more…

Natural OptionsReducing Environmental Cancer Risks

The President’s Cancer Panel issued a report to the President of the United States in 2009 entitled ‘Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk’. This panel is affiliated with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services and the National Cancer Institute. A brief summary of these findings is important for all Americans to Read more…

Natural OptionsAcupuncture and the Western Medicine Model

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture employ a paradigm that uses the concept of Qi, or vital energy, traveling along defined pathways called meridians to both explain and treat disease and to restore harmonious, healthy body function. Qi can not be measured by standard western means and there are no Read more…

Natural OptionsFacets of Integrative Cancer Care: A Naturopathic Medical Standpoint

What is Integrative Cancer Care? Integrative cancer care uses a comprehensive approach to health, combining conventional and alternative therapies specific to the patient’s needs. Integrative cancer care is NOT about replacing your medical oncologist; it is about creating a diversified team of doctors and health practitioners to formulate your unique Read more…

Natural OptionsExploring Art as Medicine

Contemporary life is stressful and to enhance the quality of our lives we must find effective ways to manage this stress. Many doctors now suggest we treat the ‘whole person’ by combining conventional Western medicine with complementary treatments, such as acupuncture, yoga and massage. Integrative medicine, as this is called, Read more…

Natural OptionsRheumatoid Arthritis: Treating the Root Cause

The human body is a complex, interconnected system, and a dysfunction in one location can present issues in a completely different area on the body. Supporting the basic foundations of health, such as digestion, is often overlooked in traditional medicine. If our basic body system is unhealthy it can cause Read more…

Natural OptionsIntegrative Medical Practices for Reducing Stress: Kindness and Mindfulness

Loving kindness is a precept of yoga that teaches us how to resonate and be compassionate with others. By cultivating loving kindness and resonating with others—including family, friends, strangers, and even adversaries—we begin to see that we are all essentially the same, with the same desires, fears and hopes. Understanding Read more…

Natural OptionsQualifications of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

It is often asked if a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is qualified to practice as a primary care physician. The simple answer is yes. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of health care that combines a variety of natural medicines and treatments with conventional medical diagnostics and standards. Naturopathic Read more…

Natural OptionsResolving Joint Pain Without Surgery

The latest in pain management medicine focuses on promoting the body’s natural healing process before turning to surgical repair or pain medications. The treatment is called Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a procedure that promotes the proliferation (growth) of new tissue in areas of damage. By stimulating the body’s inflammatory response around Read more…

Natural OptionsTreatments for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” The symptomatic picture of CFS may vary widely among patients.  For years the mainstream medical community did not consider Read more…

Natural OptionsNutritional Health Care: Q&A

I was on my way to the local farmer’s market this morning thinking about writing this column. In honor of National Nutrition Month, I decided to address an often-asked question regarding nutrition derived from today’s food… Q: “Do I really need to take vitamins or supplements?” A: In 1936, during Read more…

Natural OptionsPost Traumatic Stress Disorder: Not Just For Veterans

Whether or not you are a veteran, if you are dealing with a traumatic event that threatened your life and are experiencing intrusive memories propelling your mind back to that event (flashbacks), you are probably suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). By definition, PTSD is a condition involving an Read more…

Natural OptionsGetting the Right Thyroid Diagnosis

The thyroid gland and thyroid hormones predominantly affect metabolism in our bodies (protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism). The thyroid hormones can also affect the way in which our body uses and processes other important hormones. Thus, our thyroid gland is an integral part of our total body system functions. Many Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Year, Clean Plate

The first of the year typically brings resolutions that include losing weight or exercising more. Both of these resolutions are based on the common knowledge that each act will go far in promoting health and wellness. In fact, they are the two most important things that we can do for Read more…

Natural OptionsMindfulness and Life Coaching—Coping Skills to Manage Eating Disorders

In the Unites States, eating disorders are taking their toll emotionally and financially. It is estimated that 34% of adults and 17% of children are obese.1 And anorexia is estimated to be between 0.5% and 1.0% of the general population, with 95% of these being women.2 The incidence in men Read more…

Natural OptionsNutritional Health Care Q&A

Digestive issues affect a wide range of people in today’s society. The most common symptoms I see in my practice include acid reflux or GERD, constipation, bloating or gas and diarrhea. Following is my list of frequently asked Questions and Answers on digestive issues: Q: What is a probiotic and Read more…