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

Inspiration Category

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…

Natural OptionsThe Grass Is Always Greener

In your mind’s eye, is the grass greener at times in your neighbor’s backyard? Do you get green with envy thinking about someone else’s car, spouse, partner, wealth, or happiness? I recently observed a holiday called Shavuot, or the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people on Mount Read more…

Natural OptionsPerfectly Imperfect

When I was a young girl my mother worked with pottery.  Glazed bowls and vessels that looked earthy and imperfect adorned countertops.  She stressed the importance of finding imperfect beauty in art and nature.  I vividly remember a time she purchased a vase from an artist while a customer next Read more…

Through the GenerationsWelcome to the 21st Century

At no period in history have we experienced the galactic environmental and social changes of today. It is a natural consequence of our evolution. The times are fascinating and challenging. It is not surprising we can feel lost, stressed, and out of date. The speed of technology, access to knowledge, Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story

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… 2016 was a hard year. We lost some really great actors and artists. Just when the world started to get over Prince being gone, Read more…

Natural OptionsTransitions

A snowbird friend recently returned home from a shorter than usual season here in the desert. I asked her how their season was and she replied, “It felt short. It’s the transitions that kill me!” The statement really struck a chord as to how changing locations can hold so many Read more…

Through the GenerationsFrom Universal Perspective to Local Solutions

The renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan, coined the expression, “The Pale Blue Planet” for our home in the vast universe. The future of our planet rests in our hands. Its health and wellness are our responsibilities. For astronauts, the view of earth is so spectacular that it can transform their perspectives Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story

The year was 1989. I was 13 years old in the 8th grade and into boy bands like New Kids on the Block. While attending my church’s youth group one night, I would meet my best friend Kristina. Even though we have about 3,000 miles between us now, she is Read more…

Natural OptionsTaking Health for Granted, Gratefulness and Gentleness

At the end of last year, I experienced a health issue which caused me to set in action a New Year’s resolution. An unusually strong, gripping chest pain occurring over two days caused me to rush to the emergency room. After an EKG demonstrated an inverted T-wave, and two troponin Read more…

Through the GenerationsVibration and Healing

Shay Moraga’s combat with the big C is being chronicled in Desert Health, and is a valuable contribution. Her cancer is now in remission, which is glorious news after all she has suffered. Her battle has been challenging. In addition to medical intervention, she prevailed with her courage, persistence, her Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Heart of Medicine

We all long for a doctor who takes the time to listen to our true concerns: someone wise enough to have answers, but open to others’ ideas; someone we can count on in good health and bad, a partner in our personal care. And while the movement towards integrative medicine Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story

I woke up that morning like I did every day. However, this time, I knew my life depended all on this particular day. They had to get all the cancer out of my body.  I had barely slept all night, and as I turned on the shower, emotions started to Read more…

Medical NewsThe Battle Against Myself

2016 was shaping up to be a very important year. I had just gotten an associate degree in journalism and was all set to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to pursue my B.A. On top of that, I turned 21 in February and was looking forward to Read more…

Medical NewsHikers Beware…It’s Rattlesnake Season

This time of year we welcome cooler weather, outdoor activities and many native inhabitants of the desert landscape, including rattlesnakes.  If left alone, rattlesnakes will usually move on; however, about 1,000 venomous snake bites do occur in the U.S. each year. They are seldom fatal but can be extremely painful Read more…

Natural OptionsFrailty in Life and in Health

Every moment of our lives, there is frailty in our health as we walk a fine line between a solid foundation of wellness and strength, and the fragility of impermanence and uncertainty. We can see the beauty of life in both of these extremes. This message unveils a profound truth Read more…

Natural OptionsForgiveness: A Holiday Gift You Can Give Yourself

This holiday season why not give yourself a precious gift and forgive those who have hurt you? When you forgive someone, you pardon the mistake or offense. Forgiveness is not a feeling, it is an act of the will – a decision to let go of negative emotions like anger, Read more…

Integrated PracticesWhy Absolutely No Situation Is Hopeless

There will be times when life’s challenges will cause extreme misery and sorrow. No matter what you do or how hard you try, you may feel that your situation is hopeless. You feel stuck in the tunnel of despair. Everything around you looks dark and uncertain. It seems as if Read more…

Through the GenerationsFood Shopping

Life was simple in my early childhood. My retired grandparents’ small farm, east of Berlin, was my home in the turbulent years of 1932 to the 1940s. The village was surrounded by verdant farmland, managed forests of deciduous and coniferous trees, and crystal clear lakes teeming with fish. On our Read more…