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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Enjoy Poppy Season on the Wellness Trail

Some people get high on poppies. Other people’s poppies get high. Ten feet high to be precise, here in Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills on one of my favorite Wellness Walks.  Known colloquially as the fried egg poppy, for obvious reasons, the name of this California stunner sounds much prettier in its native Chumash: Matilija.

Every summer, on a particular stretch of my Gentle Hike, a thirty or forty foot long stand of poppies reaches up on both sides of the path. With the poppies towering over me in almost mythic proportion, I feel like I’m in a fairytale, wandering through an enchanted queendom.

With only a week or two left before all the petals drop, now is the time for you to schedule a Wellness Walk and enjoy the magic that is summer in Berkeley while we sort out your health and wellness concerns one stride at a time.


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Choosing How We Move Through Life

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 …  Continue reading

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Whiten and Nourish your Teeth Naturally

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

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It’s Halloween on the Wellness Trail!

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

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Make This Mistake on a Wellness Walk and You’ll Miss Out

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

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The Safe and Skin-Nourishing Sunscreen Alternative

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

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How is your Sunscreen like Asbestos?

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

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How is Your Brain Like a Drug Addict’s?

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

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Don’t Let a Minor Inconvenience like Surgery Keep You from Your Wellness Path

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

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Spring is the Best Time to Build New Habits for Health

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

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