Entries by Dr. Melanie Dunlap

Fall Recipes

The nighttime temperatures have started to drop and the promise of fall is in the air. A part of eating healthy is trying to eat seasonally. What does that mean? It means eating things that are in season now. In our global world these days we can get most produce any time of the year. […]

Flooding the Studio

Many of you have asked how we were affected by the recent flooding in New River. Here is video of the flood water overtaking Tom’s art studio. Water did get inside the building. Fortunately there is no damage to any of the art projects he is currently working on. There is quite a bit of […]

Gratitude Practice

Gratitude is defined as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life” by leading gratitude researcher Robert Emmons. Yes gratitude is being researched. Not surprisingly the research shows that gratitude can keep you healthier by lowering blood pressure, improving immune function and decrease depression. Research also shows that gratitude can improve relationships, reduce […]

Holistic First Aid Kit

What’s in your first aid kit? In our house, we prefer to use natural remedies. Our holistic first aid kit is a combination of herbs, tinctures, handmade salves, essential oils and other holistic medicines. It is estimated that 80% of healthcare is done by family members in our own homes. These cuts, burns, bruises, colds, […]

Labor Day Self-Care

You might think that a wellness blog is a strange place to talk about the Labor Day holiday, but I think there’s a connection. From my perspective Labor Day started as a need for more self-care. In the late 1800s, the US was in the height of our industrial revolution. At that time the average […]