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Integrative MedicineWords of Wisdom from Our Wellness Community

inspiring health & hope

How are you doing? During this time we’ve been thinking of you, dear readers, and eager to present this special issue inspiring health and hope from our local wellness community. There has never been a more important time to build and maintain a healthy immune system. But how do you Read more…

InspirationA Look at the Good News

Pause & Reflect

Every human on our planet is struggling right now. For some, it’s simply getting through the day; for others, it’s coping with mortality in unimaginable circumstances.  If the challenges we are facing are taking their toll mentally, you are not alone. Many psychologists agree that the ability to comprehend the Read more…

Medical NewsOut of the Darkness, Into the Light

This year, an incredible young man came into my life. While I have yet to meet him personally, I can confidently say he is an extremely accomplished and compassionate human being. Peter Li is a spokesperson, author and inspirational speaker. He has written and produced an award-winning movie, attended the Read more…

Natural OptionsDream Visitations: Love Never Dies

When a loved one dies, the emotional devastation can leave us with a strong desire to see them one more time.  We want a second chance to say things we didn’t share. Regret can feel like a clamp around our hearts. What if we can still connect with our loved Read more…

Natural OptionsTime to Blossom

The vernal equinox is here and it’s time to transition to more daylight hours as we move toward the summer solstice three months from now. This time of year is ripe for reflection, looking at the quality of balance in our lives to see what may be blossoming for us. Read more…

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 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…

Medical NewsThe Crazy Ride Called Life

This crazy ride called life

These past couple of years have been peculiar for me and my friends. Every time we stop to catch our breath, a new crisis occurs. As I write this, I have one friend returning from her third family funeral and another who lost her business partner and father in the Read more…

InspirationHow Do People Heal?

How do people heal?

In my work as a massage therapist and energy medicine practitioner I consider this question every day. Every client–each person–has a story. We are each on a healing journey. The details vary, but the quest is the same for all: we are searching for wholeness. What helps? What constitutes success? Read more…

Desert HealthSweet Days of Summer

Lauren and Tommy Del Sarto

Remember when you couldn’t wait for summer? In your young mind the word screamed freedom, bare feet, nature and fun. Where will you find those things this summer? July and August are the perfect time to escape on a new (or familiar) adventure. Whether it’s a drive to the beach, Read more…

Natural OptionsChoose to Fall All-In

Have you been getting a tap on the shoulder that keeps telling you that you need a vacation? I believe that we never truly realize just how much we need an uplifting vacation, or “change of environment,” until we have actually make that change. I recently took a spur of Read more…

FitnessMaking an Impact on the World

We’ve all heard of the phrase “working on your bucket list,” or completing all the things you wanted to do in life. For most it’s things like skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, bungee jumping off big cliffs or visiting exotic islands. For me, it’s what I consider a challenge of a Read more…

InspirationDealing with a Diagnosis

In January I was told I have breast cancer. The overwhelming news brought tears and the urge to crawl up in a ball and stay there forever. I didn’t want to face what lay ahead – more doctors, more tests, and many life-changing decisions to be made. How could this 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 OptionsAppreciating the Golden Ratio of Nature

Living Wellness with Jennifer

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…

Integrative MedicineRadical Self-acceptance

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Recently, Jim Dethmer, the author of 15 Commitments of Conscious Leaders, in speaking to a group of health coaches stated, “All sustainable transformation begins with radical self-acceptance.” As a doctor, I have been called to support healing and transformation, but both in my patients and in myself, I find transformation Read more…

FitnessBallroom Dancing: Good for Body, Mind and Spirit

As an avid reader of Desert Health, I have enjoyed many great articles on fitness, health and emotional wellbeing. As a ballroom dance instructor, I am proud to say that ballroom dancing addresses all of these!  Many people believe that ballroom dancing is only the more formal partner dances such Read more…

Medical NewsGetting Into Zen

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Is it a coincidence that the words Zen and Zone are so similar? There must be a reason that when human beings do what we love at our highest level of proficiency, we are also at peace and experience fulfillment. There is clear evidence that our thoughts often get in Read more…

Natural OptionsLearning from the Peruvian Practice of Honoring Pachamama

Living Wellness with Jennifer

My mother instilled in me a wanderlust spirit and quest to travel the world through the eyes of the people who live in faraway lands. Following this sage advice, I have affirmed time and time again that traveling allows one to journey into a deeper part of self and an Read more…

Through the GenerationsInner Space, Inner Peace

One of my deepest intentions is finding a peaceful heart. The inspiration has, in part, stemmed from my dad, who passed away in 1982 but not before leaving an indelible imprint on the person I am today. He was a metallurgical engineer and researcher in aerospace back in the day Read more…