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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What Gets You Sober—God Or Your Neurons?

Cutting-edge 21st century neuroscience and a certain Depression era, Christian-based self-help fellowship might make strange bedfellows, but they have one thing in common: when it comes to the treatment of addiction, both rely on the brain’s innate capacity for transformation. Read more…

 

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One Salve to Heal Them All

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make your own salve for healing gashes, abrasions, lesions and the occasional inexplicable skin condition—a salve that can minimize or eliminate scarring? Rest easy, DIY health seeker, for your answer lies on this …  Continue reading

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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 …  Continue reading

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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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