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Through the Generations

Through the GenerationsLiving Deliberately

Living Wellness with Jennifer

This past month, the world was shocked by the news of the death of sports icon Kobe Bryant along with eight other victims on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas. For 20 years, basketball fans watched Kobe game after game and witnessed an athlete who was wholeheartedly committed to Read more…

Through the GenerationsFreeing the Ties That Bind Us

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I’m a slave to my emotions, to my likes, to my hatred of boredom, to most of my desires.” Have you ever felt like you were held emotionally hostage to your thoughts and feelings and then acted out with dysfunctional behaviors that ended with negative consequences? Read more…

Through the GenerationsNick’s Story

Pregnancy is a wondrous time. It is filled with joy and anticipation and daydreams of what is to come. But what if midway through the pregnancy that joyous daydream is interrupted with news of a problem? My son, Nicholas, had a condition called congenital hydrocephalus which was diagnosed at my Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Opposing Forces of Music and Silence

It was a quaint little restaurant on a balmy desert night – just the two of them, she a writer, he a musician, together conversing in a syncopated rhythm of their own making. Their wine glasses clink and he proposes a toast, “hip-hip, chin-chin.”  They laugh at the funny Italian Read more…

Through the GenerationsEstablishing a Personal Practice

It’s that time of year when many people review and plan how to create optimal health in their daily lives. My question is, “Do you have a personal practice or routine that serves and supports you?” Having come from a sports science and fitness background, I came across many people Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Joys of Weight Loss Hypnosis

I know firsthand that weight loss hypnosis works. Twenty-five years ago, I lugged around 260 pounds. Thanks to hypnosis, healthy eating and exercise, I ditched 120 pounds and have kept it off for twenty-four years. As we are in the midst of a global obesity pandemic, I am more passionate Read more…

Through the GenerationsSoul-full Solutions for Time Well Spent

Time…We can’t stop the clock, but if we recognize that a moment passed is a moment gone forever, we might want to make different choices about how we spend it.  Money, a good name, and even health can be regained, but a tick of the clock can never be retrieved. Read more…

Through the GenerationsHow Can I Help When I Don’t Know What To Do?

Shay’s Story

You just got off the phone and are in shock that your friend has cancer. You are the best friend, spouse, parent, volunteer…everyone’s cheerleader.  How this could happen? The New Year is here and everyone is supposed to be happy and celebrating – not talking cancer! You feel helpless. Like Read more…

Through the GenerationsTeaching Kindness and Addressing Bullying

Naturopathic Family Medicine with Dr. Shannon

In today’s school age children, acts of bullying can begin as early as preschool years and continue to escalate throughout the elementary years and beyond. Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others.1 Nearly a third of children 12-18 years old report experiencing bullying by being made fun Read more…

Through the GenerationsHiring In-Home Care

Family caregivers who need in-home care may not know the various types of care nor what levels of support to expect. Cost, frequency and level of skilled providers are among determining factors when choosing in-home help for a loved one.  What are the differences between types of in-home care workers?  Read more…

Through the GenerationsMaking the Holidays Happy

Making holidays happy

The holidays are a time of joy, anticipation, happiness, frivolity, family fun, merriment and well, high expectations. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, or any celebratory event, we tend to get nostalgic and that inner child within all of us wants everything to be picture perfect! The reality is that while Read more…

Through the GenerationsKeeping Your Cool During a Move

Moving isn’t easy according to many researchers and psychologists. The truth is we don’t need researchers to tell us how stressful it is or how we should feel about this experience. However, we most certainly can understand ourselves better by understanding what is happening during this process and what we Read more…

Through the GenerationsTeaching Kids About Personal Safety

Naturopathic Family Medicine with Dr. Shannon

Recent events have prompted parents, educators, and childcare providers to reevaluate how to properly teach children about personal safety which, in this context, is how to ward off tactics used by child predators to isolate and victimize a child. Any person in charge of a child’s wellbeing should review how Read more…

Through the Generations“Growing Old Gracefully”…Really?

Growing Old Gracefully

Whoever coined the phrase “growing old gracefully” must have thought of it when they were young. Besides looking in the mirror and not recognizing the face staring back at you, I guess the term might be relevant if one didn’t have to deal with the daily aches and pains, doctor’s Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhy Family Caregivers Need Respite Care

Respite care is a service that supports family caregivers by providing temporary care for a loved one who requires assistance – such as someone with dementia, special needs or disabilities. Respite care should not be considered a luxury, but instead should be an important component of a caregiving program. It Read more…

Through the GenerationsLift Your Mood with a Mantra

Hands together and thumbs crossed

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool you could count on to instantly relax you and lift you up? A mantra is a sound tool that with repetition can shift the charge on your nervous system, and all you need is your own voice and a little guidance. Read more…

Through the GenerationsA Little Hot Under the Collar?

The heat is on in our desert paradise and many have sought an escape from the rising temperatures. If tempers flare and you or a family member get hot under the collar, is there also an escape for that? Let’s explore how angry outbursts and rage serve as an immediate Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhat Is Your Vision Of Retirement?

Mood Mantra

You may have financially prepared for retirement, but are you psychologically and emotionally prepared? Being psychologically and emotionally prepared is equally as important as your financial preparations for your overall retirement health and well-being. The root of the word retirement implies retreat from battle, or stepping back to safer ground. Read more…

Through the GenerationsMoving the Dial on Your Happiness Set Point

Happiness is an energy that seems to ebb and flow, yet, it can be strengthened and honed within each of us to permeate our lives with a gratifying tide.  There may be fleeting happiness that focuses on satisfaction of achieving material goods and momentary whims, but this type of happiness Read more…

Through the GenerationsMeditation Myths That Can Belittle Your Bliss

Do you meditate? If you’re like 80 percent of the people asked, your answer is, “I’ve tried it, but can’t make my mind stop.” This meditation myth and a few other common misunderstandings can keep you from learning this very valuable relaxation practice. Today, I’d like to share some good Read more…