Food as Medicine -Nutrition and supplements to treat pain and inflammation naturally

04/19/2017

  Monday May 15, I am speaking on Food and Supplements to Fight Pain and Inflammation, 6:30 – 8 PM, as part of the Food as Medicine Wellness Series sponsored by Community Market, Community Heals, and Sonoma West Medical Foundation. This is a series on the 3rd Monday of each month, with great speakers from […]

Anti-inflammatory Nutraceuticals to reduce chronic pain

03/21/2017

First of all, please refer to “My body is my home” (on the site menu). Without a strong foundation in largely plant based whole foods, any “house” built with vitamins or supplements is not going to be sound! Always preferable to get nutrients from food on a regular basis, and add high quality supplements in […]

Self Care after Car Accidents, Sports Injuries and other acute trauma

02/13/2017

Along with ice, elevation and subsequent addition of heat, the following nutraceuticals will significantly speed your healing  in the initial days and weeks after car accidents, sports injuries and other acute traumas. Arnica– my favorite formulation is Traumeel (now only from health professional sources) or over the counter T-Relief. Essential post trauma, not just on […]

Self Help, Part One: a few of my favorite tools for pain relief

01/07/2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to my newly and beautifully updated web site- I welcome your comments and feedback.   The following, in no particular order, are a few of my top recommendations (beyond the standard ice or heat pack) to help make a body happier, either as maintenance or during a flare of neck, back […]

Spring Time Musings and Epiphanies

05/11/2016

Springtime in Sonoma County, which I would say starts mid February and really ramps up by April, is a challenging and multifaceted time for me- a funny kind of seasonal affective disorder takes over in the midst of swooning over the spectacular progression of garden blooms and wildflowers. Our annual retreat to the So Cal […]

A year of ongoing healing- and a new osteopathic offering!

12/01/2015

Have been remiss in not posting an update for over a year(!), leaving at least one old colleague in suspense that I was permanently disabled, or had retired! Happy to say that after a long gradual process of continuing recovery, with a few minor setbacks here and there, I am feeling quite well these days. […]

Taking a Yoga and Breathwalk Sabbatical

10/30/2014

Sometimes the Universe just keeps giving an ongoing message til I wake up and get it! Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the medical complication that sent me into a new to me experience of profound health challenges- emergency abdominal surgery, then 7 weeks ago sudden onset of very painful left side facial paralysis […]

Why Not Label GMOs in food?

03/03/2014

Nutrition is a key determinant of our health and longevity. With education and labeling of processed foods, we make decisions about our dietary intake. We already consider the proportions of fat, sugar and salt to determine the healthiness of a food product. Gluten free products are labeled so the consumer can make an informed choice […]

“Get your vitamins in their original container…”

10/13/2013

… Says the poster in my husband’s Kaiser doctor’s exam room, with an artful photo of an orange. Absolutely correct! Almost none of us are getting fruits and vegetables to fill half our plate with every meal, every day- certainly not with dark green, dark red or bright orange vegetables. But that is what the […]

Giving a fish, or teaching to fish?

09/04/2013

As summer turns to fall, I am feeling new energy to help more people heal and be healthy in a positive long lasting way! Being whole person centered and providing alternative attitudes and approaches to the mainstream way of dealing with orthopedic injuries has defined my practice for many years. However, these medical relationships revolve […]

You feel like what you eat…or, what does kale have to do with carpal tunnel syndrome?

01/26/2013

Happy 2013! One thing I resolve for this year is to share more often what I feel is important for achieving optimal health in body mind and spirit. My musings of one year ago (yes, we got busy) still ring true as a call for self discipline and commitment, but right now I am really […]

Happy New Year!

01/03/2013

The year’s beginning is traditionally time to make and attempt to carry out “resolutions”- goals for some kind of positive change or accomplishment. The ritual of taking stock and looking ahead is a good thing, but only the first step. The power to sustain change and ingrain a new habit (or resume one) comes from […]

On The Road Again – with Juice Plus

11/15/2011

Extricating ourselves from home and work, down to one of our favorite So Cal desert spots… Expansive and uplifting for heart and soul, but there is a bit of a trade-off—the food! Specifically speaking, road food- away from our little No Cal bubble of local abundance of organic farm sourced fruits and vegetables, grassfed animals, […]

Fall is a beautiful time for Breathwalk

10/02/2011

What do you get when you combine walking outdoors in nature, yoga, synchronized breath patterns, and meditative awareness? Come join me and find out on my next Breathwalk, Saturday October 8, 9 – 10:15 A.M. Breathwalk is a unique blend of breath patterns synchronized with walking and focused awareness, which can immediately influence and balance […]

Summertime- and the Living is… Healthy!

06/27/2011

Solstice is behind us, but we are just beginning with the summer fun! Weather is finally good (meaning season appropriate warm!), garden is in, hard work is done, now watch it grow, keep the weeds and varmints at bay, starting to reap the rewards! There is no better time to change your nutrition for the […]

March Madness

03/14/2011

From the steady dormancy of winter, now we have the start/stop energy- want to get out gardening, but alternating rain, sun, cool, warm, windy or not… Patience and timing- applicable for life in general! Meanwhile, try to curb your enthusiasm out there weeding- beware of those repetitive stress injuries! Just off the phone with a […]

New Year Musings of the Gardening Doctor

01/27/2011

Almost a month into 2011.. I am really enjoying the spare beauty of bare trees, stripped of leaves, revealing the clean lines of their branches silhouetted against the pale sky- down to bare essence. We can enact this simplicity and paring down with a year end cleaning out of all the unnecessary paper and other […]

Commitment = Disciplined Repetitive Motion

11/23/2010

As Thanksgiving approaches, it seems common to focus on being grateful for all we have, that sometimes we take for granted. But we know that cultivating that attitude of gratitude anytime is guaranteed to elevate our spirit and grant us a clearer perspective in relationship to all that is around us. What is in the […]

Falling into place

09/23/2010

From the summer that really wasn’t, with bipolar weather strongly in depressive mode (grey and cool) for months with one manic spike (106 degrees F?!), now we are in a beautiful Indian summer on the first official day of fall. I am now in somewhat of an identity crisis- a newly minted Level 1 Kundalini […]

More hours in the day- can yoga stretch time?

05/14/2010

Another busy 4 months since my last post, during which I have been conducting active research on the matter of whether getting up at dawn, give or take an hour, to practice yoga and meditation can actually add hours to the day…. I had always thought of myself as a reasonably disciplined individual with a […]

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