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November/December 2019

Natural OptionsLayers of Our Life

Who am I

Many of us have heard the advice that, when making changes in our behavior, we should make a small change at first, establish it and see how it works for you. It got me thinking about how our yoga and meditation practices are ongoing. We make our way to the Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Creative and Healing Power of Nature

painting

There is something deeply meditative in hearing the rustle of the leaves of a tree, in watching a hummingbird kiss the petals of a flower, or in kneeling in a garden when planting spring bulbs. All of us have found ourselves calmed, reinvigorated and inspired both in mind and spirit Read more…

Natural OptionsConvenience at a Cost

The explosion of electronic devices has brought us instantaneous communication, ease of commercial transactions, and entertainment on demand. But increased screen time, estimated at 7-11 hours for adults each day, has also brought with it unforeseen effects on our bodies and our health. Perhaps the best-known negative effect of screen Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Nature Cure: A Doctor’s Guide to the Science of Natural Medicine

In Germany, doctors must complete medical school and specialty training before they can become trained and certified in naturopathic medicine. Andreas Michalsen, MD, is professor of clinical complementary medicine in Berlin at the largest university hospital in Europe. He is board-certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, nutritional medicine, and physical 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…

Fresh CuisineWhy Keto is Taking the World by Storm

Keto

Who’s heard of Keto? At this point almost everyone, even if they aren’t completely sure what it is and how it works. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Tim Tebow and Lebron James didn’t start the ketogenic, or keto diet trend, but they’ve certainly added fuel to the already-hot fire. Read more…

Fresh CuisineRaw Vegan in The Valley

vegetables

What is a raw vegan diet and why the heck would anyone follow it? I’ve been doing so for over 12 years now and can’t imagine eating any other way.  A raw vegan diet includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds not heated over 115 degrees. There is an elegant simplicity Read more…

Fresh CuisineThese Are a Few of My Favorite Things

If you’ve decided to cut down or eliminate sugar, I salute you. It isn’t easy. It’s in almost everything which you quickly learn when you give it up. And with the holidays here, temptations are sure to grow. Sticking with Mother Nature’s bounty and reading labels is the only way Read more…

Financial HealthAllocation Pie

‘Tis the season…to eat pie! With the holidays around the corner, many of us will forego our diets and allow ourselves to enjoy the season baking our favorite desserts to share with family and friends or enjoy the benefits of the enthusiastic chefs in the group.  As a seasonal baker, Read more…

FitnessProviding Opportunities for Persons with Disability

Kid on bike

Imagine you are 8 years old and you and your friends are going rock climbing for the first time. One step at a time, you seek that sliver of rock that will hold you as you prepare for your next step. And in the blink of an eye you stand Read more…

FitnessSenior Golfers: Hips Don’t Lie

For many years I have researched the most effective and biggest bang for the buck” exercises for golfers because I know time is always an issue. Having to arrive at the golf course early for an 8 a.m. tee time doesn’t give you much time for preparing your body for Read more…

Desert EventsThe Valley’s Original Half Marathon Returns

Teams can compete in the half maratho

Returning to the heart of the desert for its 22nd running, the Palm Desert ½ Marathon & 5K continues its tradition as the original Coachella Valley running festival. Other races may come and go, but this one stands the test of time! Join over 1,200 other runners and walkers at Read more…

Desert EventsLiving Well at The Polo Club

Clint Ober

On Saturday, January 18, Trilogy at the Polo Club opens its doors and invites everyone to come see what the buzz is all about at their second annual Wellness Fair.  This new home community whose tagline is Live Happier® is worth a visit. As one of the valley’s fastest growing Read more…

Desert EventsFree Family Fun for a Cause

Yoga on the lawn

Spend Black Friday at the Health & Wellness Festival in Old Town La Quinta and support mental wellness for our local youth. This free event is for all ages so bring the kids, cousins, and grandparents and enjoy something for everyone including games, exercise, beer tasting, wellness exhibitors and entertainment. Read more…

Desert EventsHealthy Santas Visit Valley Farmers’ Markets

Santa helps little Adam

In farmers’ markets around California a new breed of Santas is making a stand for healthier children.  Stunned by the fact that today’s elementary aged kids now experience diet-driven illnesses never seen in this age group just 30 years ago, the old “Ho, Ho, Ho. Have a candy cane” line Read more…