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A patient of mine, we’ll call her Jane, described the following process.  She had manysymptoms that not only aggravated her, they also scared her.  She was worried she was deteriorating very rapidly. Here were her symptoms:  Poor energy and stamina: she did not feel refreshed after a full night’s sleep and had an afternoon slump.  Her hip joints became painful and stiff over the past year to the point where she limped.  Additionally, her … [Read more...]

Aging Healthfully: Part I

Many people ask me what is the secret for "anti-aging."  The first thing I mention is that we all "age" whether we want to or not.  True, some people seem to age more slowly than others.  Looking young is the standard.  Thus the push for products that keep the skin young, facials or even surgery that eliminate wrinkles, or magic potions that ensure youthful features and strength and stamina.  Where is that darn "fountain of youth" anyway?  I … [Read more...]

Five Steps for Creating Empowered Strategy

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When it comes to breaking old habits, sometimes I struggle to get out of my own way. Or worse, I make decisions too quickly and find myself in the same situation further down the road. It's frustrating and would make me feel powerless. Last year, I started paying attention to my own decision-making process and figured out five steps to improve it and my life. And what a difference it has made! Just five steps: … [Read more...]

Lead in Your Plumbing?

The disastrous contaminated water situation in Flint, Michigan this year has alerted the populace across the country to the problem of lead contaminated water.  People were unaware of lead as a problem in the first place, unless you remember leaded paint and leaded gasoline.  Secondly, many of us have been unaware of how much lead is still used in our environment.  Why is lead such a problem?  There is no safe level for lead in the human body. … [Read more...]

Fall Is Upon Us – How Not To Get Sick This Winter

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Even in Los Angeles, the evenings are relatively cooler.  'Tis the season for colds, coughs, sniffles and flu.  Three people in the last 10 days have mentioned to me that they have had a cough that would not go away.  They all had a fever and malaise for the first few days and recovered from those symptoms yet the cough continued. (Two had already taken the flu shot.)  What is a person to do? Here are my recommendations: Wash your hands … [Read more...]

Secret Woman’s Business

The Truth About Sex - hosted by Dr. Nikki Goldstein Australia's #1 Sexologist & Relationship Expert WHEN:  Tuesday, February 12, 12pm - 3pm WHERE:  The Butterfly Room - Cecconi's West Hollywood, 8764 Melrose Avenue, 90069 WHAT: Includes a Delicious Three-Course Meal and Complimentary Gift Bag COST:  $65 RSVP: Cecconi's, 310-432-2000 (specify that you will be attending this event) Space is limited to 20 seats so call to … [Read more...]

Women Speak Out About What’s Gone Wrong With the U.S. Birthing System

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“Women die in childbirth as a result of systemic failures including: barriers to accessing care, inadequate, neglectful or discriminatory care, and overuse of risky interventions like inducing labor and delivering via cesarean section.” -- Amnesty International For many of us who haven't yet been through childbirth, there's an image we have of what it's like: A woman is rushed to the hospital in a taxi; she gets put in a wheelchair and is … [Read more...]

Free Women’s Mastermind group

Anyone want to join a free women's mastermind group I'm facilitating? Contact Ariel at healnaturally@gmail.com … [Read more...]

Does Food Have Power Over You?

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Food. How can something so small have so much power. It can cause anxiety at a meal. It can consume all thoughts throughout the day. It can dictate our mood. Food has a lot of power in this culture. Step into any bookstore diet section and you will see how much power it has first hand. Should I follow Eat Right for Your Blood Type? What about the Zone? You on a Diet? Atkins? Acid/Alkaline? More protein? Less protein? No sugar? No dairy? It’s all … [Read more...]

5 “Bad” Things That Are Actually Good For Your Skin

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Five “Bad” Things That Are Actually Good for Your Skin By Rose Cole *Chocolate (yeah!): Women in a German study who downed a cocoa-rich drink daily – the equivalent of 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate – for 12 weeks experienced less dryness. Their skin also had better blood flow, which pinks your cheeks, and was more resistant to sun damage, thanks to all the antioxidants.. *Juicing: It gets a bad rap for the sugar, but the fresh squeezed … [Read more...]