This wasn’t supposed to be a blog post, let alone a long one. It was going to be a short social media tribute to a doctor who spent much of his career turning his back on his critics and helping people heal from cancer for the long-term. But sometimes, enough is enough.Read More
Oasis Wellness Radio
Our latest blogs and podcasts on earth-based medicine, current trends in healthcare, and finding the balance.
It’s finally here! Our inaugural Oasis Wellness podcast has gone live. And you gotta listen. Join me as I speak with fellow myth buster Gerald Roliz, certified nutritional consultant and author of The Pharmaceutical Myth. In this podcast, we will:
- give you a sneak peak into pharmaceutical marketing practices;
- explore why pharmaceutical drugs can be harmful; and
- provide you with applicable tools to take control of your own health by feeding your body the nutrients it needs.
I’m super excited to announce that the Oasis Wellness Podcast Series has been born. The first podcast will be going live on Thursday morning. Our guest for the inaugural podcast is none other than my colleague and mentor, Gerald Roliz, certified nutrition consultant and author of The Pharmaceutical Myth. You definitely want to hear this podcast.Read More
Today we introduce something new in our blog, called the Natural Tip of the Week. After all, getting healthy naturally should be fun and easy!
This week, I’ll introduce you to my local farmer’s market and teach you some savvy steps for picking out the best produce at the best prices.Read More
What do you do when it’s time for lunch, you desperately need to go grocery shopping (but don’t want to stop the work momentum), and all you have left in the fridge is a half can of coconut milk and a bag of kale? Plus, you only get to borrow your ex-husband’s Vitamix for one more day????
You make a coco-choco-chia-kale smoothie, of course.Read More
It used to be that food was considered medicine. Now, however, nutrition is scoffed at by many in mainstream medicine. The reality is, every day I read another study that indicates long-term usage of pharmaceutical drugs is bad medicine. These medications lead to “drug-induced diseases,” something my colleague Gerald Roliz discusses at length in his book The Pharmaceutical Myth. I see these drug-induced diseases every day in my practice. The good news is, there are always alternatives.
Hippocrates was onto something when he said to let food be your medicine. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know that certain foods make you feel good, while others make you tired, gassy, and grumpy.
And you don’t have to be Julia Childs to cook tasty, healthy foods, either! Read on below as I introduce to you another member of my POWER team, Joni Sare, who teaches people how to cook meals that are both healthy AND delicious, no matter what foods you want to incorporate or avoid. I’m excited to share her skills and knowledge with you.Read More
We all know someone whose life has been touched by depression in the forms of major depression disorder, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder. Depression is the leading cause of disability both internationally and here in the U.S.
According to a 2011 article (http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/astounding-increase-in-antidepressant-use-by-americans-201110203624 ) from Harvard University, anti-depressant use in the United States QUADRUPLED between 1994 and 2008. 10% of Americans are now taking some type of anti-depressant medication, spending at least $11 BILLION per year.
And yet, even the American Psychological Association acknowledges that at least half of the people on anti-depressants don’t benefit from the drugs but rather the placebo effect. Many drugs have blackbox warnings because they cause suicide, one of the very outcomes they are supposed to prevent.
There is something very wrong here.
The reality is, depression is not a Prozac (or Zoloft or Lexapro) deficiency. New research is coming out every day that mental health disorders almost always take their root from some type of nutritional deficiency and/or inflammatory condition, whether in the brain itself, in the digestive system, or elsewhere in the body.
But don’t take my word for it. In a new series called the Depression Sessions, my friend and esteemed colleague, Sean Croxton at Underground Wellness, has put together 22 interviews of some of the leading experts in depression, nutrition and mental health. These FREE sessions are not to be missed.Read More
As you can imagine, while I love sports (Go Warriors! Go Giants!), I am not a fan of commercial “sports drinks,” which consist mostly of chemically laden tap water, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors and colors. There’s nothing nourishing about them.
So how does an athlete — or any active soul — stay hydrated when running around and sweating in the sun?
Easy! There are 3 simple steps you can take to stay hydrated naturally.Read More
I’ve been operating at half tilt for the last couple of weeks. Sick kids home from school, long nights with the 8th grade musical (it was amazing!), and cold, gray, foggy weather all threw me off balance. My energy was waning, I felt unmotivated to work out, and my brain was on slo-mo.
I understand my needs well enough now to know what to do to restart my system: get out into nature! It’s just like what always happens when you reach out to tech support with an equipment malfunction. They tell you to reboot the machine first, right? Don’t even bother calling them until you turn your phone/ tablet/ computer/ printer off, wait 10 seconds, and then reboot.Read More
Today, I’m going to give you some strategies to overcome the #1 obstacle that people face in getting healthy: TIME.
Time is the #1 obstacle.
“I don’t have time to exercise.”
“I don’t have time to get enough sleep.”
“I don’t have time to go grocery shopping for healthy food.”
“I don’t have time to cook healthy food.”
You get the idea.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, a secret that truly changed my life. It’s a paradox, but once you understand it, you’ll realize that this dastardly obstacle called not-enough-time is really a myth.Read More
Sometimes the only way that we can welcome changes into our lives is by creating space for them to live and breathe. If our fridge is full of take-out containers, pizza boxes, soda cans, and shriveled apples, we have no place to put the grass-fed beef, mineral water, beet salad, or fresh kale. Likewise, as we discussed in the previous blog, we might need to get rid of old habits that are not serving us in order to try out a new one.Read More
The sense of deprivation can be powerful when we’re giving up foods and habits that might be contributing to health issues. I often initially face resistance from clients when I suggest that they eliminate a favorite food or beverage, even if just for the short-term. For most people, the deprivation is more emotional and psychological than it is physical.
Most of the time, however, once they understand the logic behind them, and what the healthier alternatives are, they are able to find a wellspring of courage and will power to make the changes I’ve recommended, such as eliminating coffee or wheat products.
That’s when the magic happens.Read More
By now, everyone has heard about the water crisis here in California, how we are in the 4th year of one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. We now face water rationing and a steep hike in water prices. This means I have had to rethink my bath-as-self-care strategy. And I think I’ve found the answer!Read More
I am blessed to have a huge toolbox of Earth-based Medicine available for my clients. Another aspect of my toolbox includes what I call my POWER Team. These are people who offer a service or a skill that complements my own toolbox and knowledge, people with whom I can collaborate, and, if necessary, refer my clients to so that they can achieve optimal wellness at the deepest levels, in all areas of their lives.
Over the next several months I’ll be presenting the different members of my POWER team in my blog and newsletter in a section called Collaborators' Corner. I can’t wait to share them all with you! Their collective wisdom validates my belief that everything can be healed. Below I introduce to you Patricia Reber, DO, the first of many healers and givers to be featured here.Read More
Happy first day of spring!
I consider the first day of spring to be a day of new beginnings, like a New Year. It can be difficult to start health resolutions in January because of the desire to go inwards during the darkest, coldest time of the year.
For me, this is the time of year when I can really dive into healthier intentions.Read More
I know that some of you might consider this blasphemy, but it’s actually not good for our bodies to start our day with a hot cup of coffee, not first thing, anyway. After all, we’ve been sleeping for hopefully at least 6-8 hours, and during that time, our internal organs have had a serious work out, digesting, restoring, detoxing, and repairing.
And what do you need after you’ve been working out?
Drinking warm water when we wake up helps our bodies on so many levels. Rehydrating in the morning can boost our metabolism and make us hungry, help get the bowels moving (so we can get rid of all the toxins our bodies processed in the night), and wake up our thirsty brains.Read More
In my previous blog, I talked about the healing benefits of the ocean, and why everyone deserves a Hawaiian vacation.
Unlike the ocean, however, most swimming pools do not contain salty, beneficial minerals. Instead, swimming pools usually contain chlorine, which is “appreciated” for its ability to kill bacteria in water. Unfortunately, chlorine is also one of the most toxic chemicals in our environment.
Fortunately, just as there are for other environment threats to our health, so are there natural methods to heal from the damage it may have already caused.Read More
If a trip to a tropic paradise isn’t in your current budget, or if you live far from the coast, don’t despair. There are natural ways to nourish your body through foods, whole food supplements, and skin care.Read More
Heavy metals can wreak havoc on the body, from the nervous system to our joints to our gut and have been linked to such diseases as Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and multiple sclerosis. They are found across the consumer spectrum in such products as anti-perspirants, all vaccines, amalgam fillings, batteries, jewely, airplane exhaust, cosmetics, light bulbs, factory emissions, some fish, chocolate, rice, medications, baked goods, ceramics, fungicides, cigarettes, and more.
In addition to clean living and eating, there are certain foods and supplements that can help with pulling heavy metals from the body slowly and gently and protect it from their toxic effects.Read More
I recently read a blog post titled “How to talk with your patients about alternative medicine.” I got really excited and thought Yes! Another physician who gets it. Well, no. The blog really should have been called “How to convince your patients why you think alternative medicine is bogus without offending them.”
Because of the negative way alternative medicine is portrayed in the media, I had the misperception that the great majority of conventional practitioners were against it. I started digging, though, and happily found out, that is not necessarily the case.
The problem is, few of us are working together for the greater good to collaborate with other practitioners and offer patients what they really want.Read More