Through my journey of awakening to fully assume responsibility for my health, I have learned to turn more and more to the wisdom within my body.  Our bodies’ innate healing capacity is one of the most overlooked power sources in our lives. Our culture of externalized medical authority has us generally looking elsewhere for answers to our health issues. If there is one thing I could change about what we teach kids regarding our bodies, it would be to honor, (maybe even worship!) our capacity to self-regulate and return to health after assault or injury and to do whatever we...

Isn’t that, well . . . dirty? In Dr. Josh Axe’s new book, Eat Dirt, he challenges us to question many of our “chemical age” approaches to hygiene and how we maintain our home and work environments. He suggests that our “hyper-hygiene” era is contributing to the demise of our very critical microbial communities that live inside (and on) our bodies. This is the new age of understanding the importance of our microbiome (our gut microflora) and learning how to live in harmony with the microbial communities that are so essential to our health. Our bodies are possibly as much as 10...

Many years ago I read an article on integrative medicine, the practice of emphasizing wellness of the whole person and combining allopathic medicine with complementary approaches to health. Intuitively I thought this made excellent sense and was encouraged that options were expanding in medicine, though at the time there were only a handful of large institutions across the country offering this possibility. In pursuit of my own health and healing I have been blessed by many holistic alternative practitioners that address the individual as a whole, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and various forms of energy work.  These approaches help the body...