Wellness Ally Blog
With this blog I bring you my best thinking on all aspects of physical and emotional wellness. I invite you to explore my time-tested trove of Natural Remedies for everything from the common cold to a sludgy gall bladder (coming soon!). Motivating photos and useful tips await you in the Wellness Walks section. Your long search for thoughtful humor is rewarded in Cartoon Wisdom. Deep Wellness essays offer the fruits of my most extensive inquiry into personal evolution and neuroplasticity—the capacity of the brain to change itself. In Essential Articles I link to only those wellness-related articles I believe will be of exceptional value to my readers.
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There is so much in life over which we have no control. In truth, no matter how responsible we are, and how well we care for ourselves and our families, life will rear up to challenge us from time to time.
During these times of crisis we are best served by remembering that no mater how dire the situation, the way we attend to it will either increase or decrease our suffering.
I may have little or no control over what’s happening, but I can choose how I respond to it.
And if we come forward with even a semblance of grace or the mere intention of equanimity, we will be better able to handle what we must.
Practicing these mindful attention skills will in time transform me into the kind of person who becomes the calm in any given storm.
Do your teeth stain easily? Are you afraid to eat blueberries because they’ll give your smile a dingy purple hue that lasts for hours? Say hello to your new best friend: Vitamin C That’s right, forget about drugstore concoctions and … Continue reading
Seasons in the Bay Area may not differ as dramatically as they do back East (nod to the current nor’easter/hurricane combo), but each has its own distinct personality. And here in the Berkeley hills Autumn marks the beginning of mushroom … Continue reading
Over the many years that I’ve been enjoying Wellness Walks from California beaches to Ozark mountain trails, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. Ever more people are tuning out nature and tuning in to whatever it is they simply must hear … Continue reading
Now that you’re aware of the known dangers and potential risks of sunscreen use, you may well be freaking out. Understandably so! While excess sun exposure can certainly cause skin cancer, commercial sunscreens compromise our health in equally insidious ways. … Continue reading
Nanotubes caught in an immune cell below the pleura
If the dog days of summer have you doubling down on sunscreen, do your health a favor and get informed before you slather up. The other day a fellow swimmer floored me with this confession: “I’m terrified of the sun,” … Continue reading
Do you ever joke about being addicted to Facebook or your iPhone? Unfortunately, this is no laughing matter according to numerous studies demonstrating dramatic changes in the brains of heavy Internet and smart phone users. And by “heavy” they mean … Continue reading
Three weeks to the day after surgery to repair ruptured tendons in my left hand I was back in the pool! I’m swimming extra gently and mindfully, supported by my purple splint which the physical therapist had been kind enough … Continue reading
On June 6, I had surgery to repair several ruptured extensor tendons in my left hand. Two days later I was enjoying an hour-long urban Wellness Walk in the Berkeley hills. I tell you this not to brag (OK, there’s … Continue reading
It’s Spring and new growth abounds. This redwood tree is probably over a hundred years old—yet look at the tender young leaves it’s sending out into the world as an affirmation of life ongoing. It’s Spring and the weather is … Continue reading