Biking to work

For many of us, exercise is something that we do as a separate part of our lives.  We schedule time in our day or week to: go to the gym; join a hiking outing; or play a team sport.  All of this physical activity is great stuff and I believe that if this is how […]

Bicycle built for two

wheat with breads, pies, cakes and cookies

What’s Wrong With Gluten? 4

I am amazed by the surge in rejection of gluten.  Every food retailer and manufacturer is on the bandwagon promoting gluten-free products.  Even products that never had any gluten are suddenly “gluten-free”.  I believe that part of this hysteria is the result of people not truly understanding what gluten is.  They have only heard is […]

The Best Skin Moisturizer

Many people assume that because I am a massage therapist and use  lotions and oils in my work, that my hands are always soft and smooth.  Nothing could be farther from the truth and here’s why. First, these same people overlook the fact that just as often I am washing my hands with warm water […]

hands applying lotion

The Best Wake-Up Color

Most people passed Jay off as a looney.  Sure he was eclectic as most artists are, but there was one habit he had that even I had trouble understanding.  Jay would take daily light baths, where he would sit in different colored lights specific to different times of the day.  Sure I knew all about […]

What Does it Mean to Have Healthy Skin?

I find that quality skin care information is scarce.  Much of the information that is available can be misleading, because I find it to be tainted by people and companies selling “skin care” products.  Add the fear mongering about skin cancers and it is easy to believe that our skin is unable to maintain health […]

woman sitting with towel and lotions


Daily Gratitude

On New Year’s Day I saw this video: What a great idea!  Use photographs to recognize your gratitude for something or someone in your life.  There are good health related reasons to do this. Attitude is everything.  It determines how we relate to other people, events and places that we experience.   Vast research has demonstrated […]

My Plan to Make a Complete Transformation to Healthier Living

Being in the wellness field for 14 years now, I have made my best attempts to model the behavior that I coach my clients to adopt.  In doing so I believe that I have done a good job of eating well, exercising regularly, drinking water and getting adequate rest.  However, my recent gallbladder surgery has […]

Juice Plus nutrition label

Pectin, Gelatin, What’s the Difference?

In coaching my clients, I am always emphasizing the importance of reading the list of ingredients and disregarding the marketing hype on the front of the package of any processed food.  This is an important practice for ensuring eating the highest quality food, as long as you understand what each of those ingredients are.  As […]

A Goodby to My Gallbladder 4

In my practice and on this website, I am usually offering suggestions for alternative treatments and therapies to the western approach of pharmaceutical symptom management and invasive surgical procedures.  It’s not that I don’t believe in the value of these approaches.  On the contrary, when appropriately applied the validity of the skill and knowledge of […]


Pitcher of red fruit punch

The Problem with Fruit Juice

Sophia is a determined 2 year old, full of all the stubbornness you might expect of a child her age.  Her mother Rosalie is fortunate enough to stay at home with her daughter during the day, while her husband Victor works.  The young family struggles as you might imagine because of their intentional choice to […]