Celebrating Naturopathic Medicine

In May, we celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week to spread awareness on how naturopathic doctors (ND) provide safe, effective and individualized health care to our diverse patient population. Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health care that emphasizes prevention and seeking the root cause to promote health and wellbeing. It encompasses modalities from both conventional… Read more »

Still Counting Sheep?

If you miss sleeping like a baby – sans the crying, bed wetting and screaming – then you’re with us. Getting older and getting a good night’s rest seem to be mutually exclusive. But we know why you’re having issues and believe some simple suggestions and appropriate use of CBD tinctures may help you get… Read more »

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Season has come to a close, hopefully allowing for less hectic schedules and more time for sharing healthy and leisurely meals at home with family and friends. Wouldn’t it be special if some portion of your feasts came from your very own organic garden?  While May and June are not the most ideal months to… Read more »

Bee Dreams: Messages From Mother Goddess

“The dream is a continuation of the waking state,” Sigmund Freud famously said in The Interpretation of Dreams. As we move from April showers to May flowers, I thought it might be fun to consider what the presence of honeybees in our dreams may signify.  Have you ever heard, “Do you have a bee in… Read more »

The Power of Your Breath to Heal

Everything is energy, including emotions. When we experience emotional energy through significant life events that induce trauma or stress, ideally, we process that emotion and move through it. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes energy can become trapped in our bodies and cause physical discomfort, emotional distress, illness and more.    You may be… Read more »

Fueling for Fun

As we settle into the near perfect weather of the high season here in the Coachella Valley, we often find ourselves picking up the pace with obligations and events, both professional and for fun. The more we do, the more we burn through our bodies’ resources which can leave us feeling depleted and fatigued.  This… Read more »

Dreams, Leprechauns and Rip Van Winkle

What do St. Patrick’s Day, World Sleep Day, Rip Van Winkle and dreams share?1-3 Shamrocks, leprechauns, green drinks, deep sleep and this year, Friday, March 17!  But how can you dream like Rip if sleep eludes you? The answer just may be in the word itself as the acronym S-L-E-E-P.  Like the 19th-century farmer Rip… Read more »

Start Your Day Off Right: With Water!

Water. The scientifically unique molecule that makes life on Earth – and yourexistence – possible. The 8 x 8 (8 glasses of 8 oz/day) recommendation is out of date, and most professionals in the health community, including myself, have embraced aiming for a more proportional recommendation: half of your body weight in ounces of water… Read more »

Playing the Game of Life

“The Game of Life is not a game at all with winners and losers. You compete with only yourself, bettering what you did the day before. We are born, we grow, we constantly learn, we love. People change, people leave and believe. New friends emerge. Wisdom is discovered and then you are born again.” ~… Read more »

CBG: The Beautiful Red-haired Stepchild

THC. CBD. When it comes to cannabis, we understand those. But what are CBG, THCV, THCA, CBN and the nearly 100 other cannabinoids? With more research, it’s getting more and more confusing. So, with each edition of Desert Health, I am going to focus on one individual cannabinoid and the science behind how and why… Read more »

Sound Immersion

The practice of sound bathing, or immersing oneself in the vibrations of various instruments such as singing bowls and gongs, has been gaining popularity in recent years. However, its roots can be traced back centuries to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks who recognized the healing powers of vibrational sound. In my personal… Read more »

Nature AND Nurture: Epigenetics

We are all familiar with the old-time debate of nature versus nurture. Well times have changed. When it comes to your genetics, we now know health outcomes are not set in stone but are a combination of the genes you have from inception (nature) AND environmental influences on you since that moment (nurture). Environmental exposures… Read more »