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Natural OptionsThe Power of Silence for a Mom and Her Milennial Daughter

Opportunity often presents itself at the most meaningful time. The door was recently opened for this mom, after a bustling work season, and her millennial teen’s challenging and successful school year.  An opportunity to get away from digital and social media promised to be rewarding. Our prescription for bonding was Read more…

Natural OptionsLiving Your Passion Can Lead to Purpose

Passion is a “strong and barely controllable emotion.” It’s that which physically lifts your spirit, warms your heart, and brings butterflies to your belly. For some, it’s a source that drives them; for others, it’s a long lost hobby, lingering idea or curious thought yet to be embraced. Some are Read more…

Health is a ChoiceWhat happens when you take rescued Horses

What happens when you take rescued horses – some who have been abused, starved or neglected – and pair them with veterans struggling to deal with deep wounds from their past? A miraculous program that participants call both life changing, and lifesaving. Like people, horses can have strong personalities. However, Read more…

Natural OptionsGrace Changes Everything

This past February I found great pleasure watching athletes compete in the winter Olympics. One overriding impression, regardless of the sport, was the great degree of grace exhibited by athletes while performing.  The expression of grace should not be underestimated.  It is the smooth, controlled, effortless, invisible force that allows Read more…

Natural OptionsFive Pieces of Wisdom for Challenging Moments

Finding wisdom in the difficult moments can be challenging—especially when we are staring those moments square in the face. Sending your child off to kindergarten, being betrayed by a friend or making a painful decision about a family member’s health care—they all can hurt. There is no escaping it: The Read more…

Natural OptionsShay’s Story: Yoga

Shay Moraga was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of 2016 and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… If a cancer diagnosis has changed your life like it has mine, then you have been immediately thrown into the world of doctors, treatments, Read more…

FitnessCancer Patients Find Their Strong!

When someone is in the midst of medical treatment for cancer, they may not have the strength or desire for vigorous exercise. But gentle forms of movement such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong can be extremely beneficial in a treatment plan that addresses spirit, mind and body. Gentle movement Read more…

Natural OptionsSpring: Time to Find Balance

Does life ever feel as though you’re sitting on a giant swing? Flying through the air to hit a peak, rushing back toward the earth just to rise up into another peak? Does it ever feel like this giant swing represents all of the emotional ups and downs you experience? Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Power of a Pen Pal on Health and Wellbeing

Who could have predicted the power of the first letter written by Shelley Sachs from Central Washington in 1968? A pen-pal letter, written by Shelley in sixth grade, secured a connection, which has lasted fifty years, with Gloria Alvarez who resides in Indian Wells. The first letter written landed in Read more…

Desert HealthThe Power of Positive

In every moment of our lives we have the choice to think or say positive or negative thoughts. And those words will not only impact the recipient, but will also impact us. Do you consciously think about how your words will impact those around you? What makes a person choose Read more…

Integrated PracticesEmbracing Transition

A year ago, I was soul-searching. There were great things happening in my work, and I was passionate about the wellness programs we were providing. However, I was starting to see new possibilities for greater impact and for me to live a more balanced life. Eventually, what I wanted became Read more…

Integrated PracticesShay’s Story: The Cancer Cycle

Shay Moraga was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of 2016 and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… In this New Year, I look forward to reviewing my goals from last year and reflecting on how the past year has played out. Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe World is a Beautiful Place

Life is beautiful gift. From the sand between our toes to tall, snowcapped peaks. From the sun that warms our days to the glow of the midnight moon. Do you take time each day to notice the early morning shadows on the mountains, or the new yellow flowers that have Read more…

Health is a ChoiceAli Schaeffer: A Story of Courage and Determine

Since 2014, from time to time, while biking out to the high school track or out on the trail with my high school cross country team, I would catch glimpses of a willowy, 30-something runner with long blonde hair and an observable limp. Over time, I noticed that the hitch Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story: Confessions of a Cancer Survivor

Shay Moraga was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of 2016 and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in this ongoing column. We have a lot of concessions, but some of the biggest ones we have are keeping the fear and anxiety away when the world Read more…

Natural OptionsHow We See the Finish Line

This summer I cycled 100 miles in the northern California countryside for an organization called “Best Buddies,” which raises funds for individuals with mental disabilities. This year, the event provided critical thinking related to goals, motivations and how each of us sees the finish line – not only on the Read more…

Through the GenerationsWriting

Years ago when Desert Health’s Publisher, Lauren, lost the horse she loved, it touched memories in my heart about the departure of an equine companion. Horses rank high as the most sublime of all animals, wild and domestic. These magnificent creatures combine strength with grace. Horses became a symbol of Read more…

Desert HealthNever Stop Growing

When was the last time you learned something new? One thing I love about Desert Health® is with each issue, I learn something new. But it’s been a while since I invested time into actually learning a new skill. This summer while enjoying Oprah and Chopra’s latest meditation series, Desire Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Power of Silence

Summer adventure led me to one of the youngest islands in the world – Iceland. This frontier land of fire and ice, as Icelanders call it, is also a land of wonder and astonishing silence. The absence of trees covering most of the volcanic land mass results in few birds Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story: Fear is a Liar and So Am I

It has only been six months since I went into remission. I can remember very vividly last year at this time I had no hair, no eyelashes or eyebrows. My body was bloated from all the medication and the heat was so bad. I had an abundance of Shay’s Warriors Read more…