Holiday Mindfulness

I love this time of year. As November draws near, I start thinking about my holiday menus, invite lists and the flurry of activity and travel that are sure to ensue. It’s time for cooking, entertaining and all the merrymaking of the season.  But with that also comes the temptation of veering off course from… Read more »

Nature’s Medicine All Around Us

In the July/August edition of Desert Health, I wrote about one of the impressive plants native to the Southwestern United States, Larrea tridentata (aka creosote bush). In this edition, I’m going to discuss yet another plant that is not only native to the South-Southwest, but also exclusive to it.  Fouquieria splendens (aka ocotillo) is a… Read more »

Journey to Naturopathic Residency

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, Live Well Clinic is proud to support the growth of the naturopathic profession by providing medical residencies. This year, we welcome our second active resident, Dr. Annissa Ceja, a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. We would like to share Dr. Ceja’s unique… Read more »

When Dreams Come True

Do nighttime dreams actually come true? According to groundbreaking, peer-reviewed breast cancer dream research published in the National Library of Medicine,1 the answer is a resounding “Yes.”  While ‘dreams come true’ standardly elicits positive emotion, some precognitive dreams can actually predict illness, which was the basis for the aforementioned study where dreams were validated by… Read more »

Harvesting Gratitude This Fall

Autumn, with its traditionally referenced vibrant foliage and crisp air, provides a perfect backdrop for cultivating gratitude. As nature prepares for a season of rest, we also can mirror this process in our own lives by embracing mindfulness and appreciation, and spending time in reflection and letting go.  Yoga, a practice that harmonizes the mind,… Read more »

Nazis, Norwegians and the Plant-based Diet

Good news rarely follows the devastation caused by World War. Lost lives, jobs and the familiarity of everyday reality is upended affecting every aspect of life. Food and water, the basic factors that sustain life, are no less affected as well. However, in the country of Norway, positive health effects did come out of World… Read more »

The Power of Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture (EA) is evolving every day with new research and studies on how best to harness its power and effectiveness for various health issues including pain management, chronic or acute conditions, inflammation reduction and tissue repair, and healing. As an enhancement to traditional acupuncture, EA adds a very slight electrical current via tiny clips attached… Read more »

Hidden Gems of Desert Hot Springs

Did you know that some of the world’s most therapeutic natural resources are right in our own backyard? For centuries, people worldwide have turned to mineral hot springs to heal what ails them. These unique waters contain a deep concentration of earth’s elements, essential to the human body and to life. All the more, the… Read more »

Craniosacral Therapy: Listening to the Fascia

Unlike bodywork practices such as massage, chiropractic or Rolfing, craniosacral therapy (CST) applies very gentle pressure to effect change on the system. The pressure used is similar to the weight of a penny or a feather on the back of your hand. Patients who have not experienced craniosacral sessions often wonder how CST can effect… Read more »

Nature’s Medicine All Around Us

As you drive around the outskirts of the Coachella Valley and view the desert landscape, you will see one of the most resilient, oldest medicinal plants on earth. Native to Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, Larrea tridentata, commonly known as creosote bush and greasewood, covers this arid ground in almost a perfectly spaced pattern.… Read more »

Quiet the Mind and Find Inner Peace

We persistently find answers to what we are seeking, and there will always be others looking for the same answers. We will continue to find conversations and thoughts of turbulence if we search for them. If we are looking for mayhem, we will find mayhem. If we are looking for peace, we will find peace.… Read more »

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 »