Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Why Resolutions Don’t Work and What to do About It

Ahh, its the beginning of another calendar year and so many of us vow to be healthier, move more, love generously and donate our time and treasures, among many other promises. But, come Valentines Day, the best of these promises sit at the bottom of our To-Do list. Why does this happen year and after year even though our intention is strong?

Our resolutions have nothing to do with intention or desire…keeping a promise to make a change takes commitment and practice. Otherwise, your resolution is nothing more than a wish.

Instead of the word, resolution, I prefer the word, resolve. They may seem exactly the same, please forgive my semantical ways. Yet, I contest, they have totally different meanings. Resolution is an object, a concept, a notion. While resolve is an action, a commitment, a promise. Resolutions live in our mind. Resolve lives outside of our body. Resolve moves things from a nice notion or thought to the “doing” phase where results are produced. How many times have you thought of something great, worthwhile, interesting or even life changing…and here in the future, your good idea is just that….a good idea that lives in your mind?

Where as, to have resolve, we use our commitment to push us forward…from the concept stage to the doing stage. We move from just a good idea to actually bringing into the material world that which only existed in our abstract mind.

How do I achieve this shift, you may be wondering?  I wish I had a magical solution to help you move from resolution to resolve. However, just like you, I must lobby my stubborn lazy mind to be willing to be in action in order to produce results. I must convince my mind that a thought is just that, and what I am more motivated to achieve is results. Furthermore, I must not allow my sneaky and tricky mind to manipulate me into believing that a thought is as good as resolve. When I do fall into that trap, I am left with unmet resolutions and yet another calendar year to do the same thing and expect a different result.

If you are finally sick and tired of making resolutions when what you really want to have is more resolve, please call our office and schedule a 30 min consultation. I can help you move your mind from concept to completion.

Elizabeth Scarcella is a Holistic Counselor with a Masters degree in counseling. Elizabeth helps clients with a range of ailments, including traumatic and abusive past, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, emotional eating, self-esteem and success issues. She is available for private or group sessions. Visit or call 760-771-5970 to schedule your appointment.

5 Kid Focused Healthy Holiday Tips

Holiday season is a time for families to come together and celebrate. These celebrations typically include special gatherings, recipes, and foods. Almost every parent observes changes in their kids’ behavior resulting from eating holiday foods loaded with sugar, refined flour, and the wrong types of fat. You can maintain your kids’ health during the holiday season by promoting smarter, healthier habits that will give them a head start on the New Year. Here are five useable tips to help you succeed:

  •  Smaller plates: I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it bears reminding – using smaller plates compels us to take less food to the table and typically results in less over-eating. 
  •  Chew your food: encourage your kids to take the time to chew food thoroughly. This is important for two reasons. First, less total food is eaten by the time your stomach tells your brain it’s full, and second, chewing is an important part of digestion – by coating our food in enzymes that break it down into usable particles. 
  •  Three major components: I typically don’t care what diet you want to call it, as long as each plate is comprised of mostly plants with an adequate amount of healthy fats, and a moderate amount of protein, I’m pretty happy. Rather than focusing on removing unhealthy fats, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates, lets focus on what should be there. 
  •  Use desserts as a disguise: here’s an opportunity to gently shift the idea of what dessert is from cakes and ice cream to simpler treats like berries. My favorite is some plain Greek yogurt with berries and a few dark chocolate chips. As well, healthier foods like avocado and black beans are replacing ingredients in some traditional dessert recipes. 
  •  Focus on Color: encourage kids to include at least four colors of healthy foods in their daily nutrition. This can be a fun game to play – how many different colors can you incorporate?

Holiday time is often thought of as weight-gaining time thanks to more sugary, high-calorie foods and treats, but with some patience and redirection, this can be the start of a healthier, smarter New Year.

Dr. Brian Myers is a naturopathic primary care doctor with a focus on pediatric and family health at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta. Visit us at or call 760-771-5970.

Medicine from Space: Ozone Therapy

It sounds like something out of an old science fiction movie, but ozone therapy is scientifically valid and is used by certified doctors worldwide due to its therapeutic properties. In the United States, there are a small number of doctors trained and certified in ozone therapy.

The first ozone generator was patented in 1896 by Nikola Tesla. During WWI, topical ozone therapy was used by doctors on the battlefields to disinfect and heal wounds. In 2010, the Alvarado and Miramar water treatment plants of San Diego, California, initiated the use of ozone as their primary disinfectant.

Published research has demonstrated positive results of ozone therapy in heart disease, stroke, diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers, and various eye conditions (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma). Benefits have also been demonstrated in multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic viral hepatitis, acute herpes/shingles outbreak, lumbar and cervical disc herniation.

How Does Ozone Therapy Work?

Ozone gas consists of three oxygen atoms as opposed to the two oxygen molecules found in the air we breathe. It occurs naturally and creates the ozone layer, Earth’s protective layer from the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

Ozone therapy is a novel, safe, and effective therapy that utilizes medical grade oxygen/ozone gas created by an advanced medical device in a certified doctor’s office. It is administered in a number of different ways; the most common is intravenous (IV) ozone; other methods include musculoskeletal injections (similar to Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma), topical applications, and rectal and bladder insufflation. Direct injection of ozone gas into the venous or arterial system is no longer a commonly used technique due to many reported adverse effects.

Ozone therapy is thought to exert most of its therapeutic effects by activating various proteins that regulate genetic information in DNA and has been found to:

·         Reduce chronic inflammation (oxidative stress)

·         Support tissue repair (enhances the release of growth factors)

·         Increase cellular energy

·         Reduce oxidized LDL (“bad cholesterol”)

·         Improve oxygen delivery to cells and circulation

·         Up-regulate the antioxidant system

·         Modulate the immune system

Is Ozone Therapy Safe?

When administered by a certified and trained doctor, ozone therapy is extremely safe.

The most common non-serious adverse effects include bleeding and bruising at the injection site. The inhalation of ozone gas can lead to airway hyper-reactivity and inflammation which can significantly exacerbate patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Similar to other injection therapies, there is a potential risk of infection, light headedness and blood clot. However, using universal safety precautions these risks are significantly reduced, if not completely eliminated. In 1980 the German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy surveyed 644 ozone therapists and found that of 5.5 million ozone treatments of 384,775 patients, the complication rate was 0.000007% or 1 in every 137, 500 treatments.  

Ozone therapy is safe, effective, and when combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, may greatly benefit your health.

Dr. Wilson is a naturopathic primary care doctor with a focus on cardiometabolic and digestive health at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta. He became trained and certified in ozone therapy in 2012. For more information, or for a free-10 minute phone consultation, visit or call 760. 771.5970.

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