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Desert HealthIn the Moment

Have you ever been hiking and noticed the vibrancy of the colors around you? Or walked out in the morning to listen to birds singing and noticed how blue the sky? Maybe the memories of those moments are still clear in your mind and the thoughts warm your heart. Those Read more…

Medical NewsCOVID Fatigue: Creating Hope and Joy in Uncertain Times

COVID FATIGUE

My phone is ringing and emails are pouring in from people worldwide who are exhausted from living with the fear, stress, anxiety, boredom, depression, uncertainty and fatigue of COVID-19. We’ve all spent months in our homes. We’re sick of social distancing with a mask. We stand in line to get Read more…

Natural OptionsTaking Time to Paws and Reflect

Dr. Amy’s fur baby Havi

I was all set to theme this article, “Is there light in the darkness?” when my beloved dog, Havi, passed away on June 8. He had been coughing and had a heart murmur for years, but after X-rays, it was deemed he had multiple issues. I just didn’t expect he Read more…

Natural OptionsSpeaking from a Heart-Centered Place

Times are tough and the rawness of reality can be both cruel and surreal. With the uncomfortable dysfunction of the present and our unknown future, we have come to realize something needs to change, transform and transcend. It cannot go back to the way it was, as the way it Read more…

Integrative MedicineWhen the Going Gets Rough, Check in with Yourself

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

2020 has been challenging. These months of sheltering in place, cessation of our normal social activities and extra worry have increased anxiety and stress. In addition, there is a sense of uncertainty along with an extra expenditure of effort to get things done. Whether you have been working harder than Read more…

Financial HealthHow to Teach Your Dog to Run

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The Event. Recently, our family adopted another dog and I was excited for a potential running buddy. I knew Jack would need a little training and guidance, but this guy was made to be a running companion. In the beginning, we took him out for walks around the neighborhood, so Read more…

Natural OptionsBecoming Aware of Your Inner Critic

Throughout my years as a professional coach, I have worked with men and women helping them to identify what is holding them back from their desired outcomes. Clients come to me seeking better health and better relationships with themselves and others. What I often discover is that many have not Read more…

Natural OptionsLaughing in the Face of Uncertainty

You may have heard the saying, “Laugh till it heals.” Current research agrees; laughter is considered a form of medicine. And it is a sharp gift that can cut through fear.  During these stressful times of facing a buggy-man named COVID-19, it may be time to use this gift as Read more…

FitnessHow to Avoid the Quarantine-15 and Sidestep Stress During Uncertain Times

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Surely, you’ve heard of the Freshman Fifteen. Now the term ‘Quarantine Fifteen’ has been coined for the weight one may gain during the COVID-19 pandemic while staying cooped up inside without much to do except, well, eat. While gyms and group fitness classes have been closed or canceled for the Read more…

Through the GenerationsTurning Fear into Strength

As I write this, we are in the midst of unprecedented times, coming to grips with the idea that the world, as we knew it, is changing daily due to the coronavirus pandemic. Life seems surreal as if watching a futuristic science fiction movie, yet we are the stars. With Read more…

Natural OptionsLove Yourself First

Shay’s Story

With February (“love and heart month”) behind us, that time when you give a little more – flowers, cards, gifts or an “I love you” to that special someone – have you ever taken a step back to ask, “What if I gave as much love to myself as I Read more…

Natural OptionsStart Your Day with a Cup of Chi

Chi self-massage is a Taoist concept originating back thousands of years. I was first introduced to the practice when studying at the Taoist Institute and taught to do chi self-massage before getting out of bed in the morning. The idea is to cultivate “chi,” or energy, using breathing, visualizations and Read more…

InspirationCreating Meaningful Moments

heart to heart

What does your typical day look like? You work, shop for groceries, run errands, attend appointments and scheduled events. Life is busy. But when you look back at the bigger picture – your entire life – what happy thoughts comes to mind? Those special memories, maybe only a minute in Read more…

Natural OptionsUsing the Law of Attraction to Create What You Desire

The law of attraction, put simply, is the ability to attract into our lives that on which we are focusing. It is a universal law that affects everyone regardless of age, race, nationality or religion. It responds to vibrational power of our thoughts, beliefs and words and then materializes them Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Healing Practice of Ritual Bathing

2020 is here: out with the old and in with the new! Now is the time to release negativity and stale energies from the past, replacing them with positive, healthy and life-affirming new energy. One way to achieve this result is through the adoption of new rituals that support health Read more…

Integrative MedicineI Forgot My Oxygen Mask

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

As I write this column, I’m sick at home. It is a rare day that I don’t push through and go to work, but as I continued to chill and sweat through the night, I knew I had to cancel my clinic day and just stay in bed.  This doesn’t 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 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…

Financial HealthThe Bucket List

Ringing in the New Year always sparks reflection on a new beginning and enthusiastic goals for the year ahead. Whether it be personal growth, must do experiences, or starting a new way of eating, we plan by jotting it down on paper, making a visual board, or telling someone our Read more…