Entries by Dr. Melanie Dunlap

Sharing My Secret

I was a bitch to my friend. It wasn’t on purpose, but I still feel bad about it. About 9:00am on Sunday morning an unknown car pulled up in my driveway. The windows were tinted dark enough that I couldn’t see who was inside. Living in New River there are only two reasons to see […]

4 Recipes to Help You Eat and Enjoy More Veggies

Creamy Cashew Smoothie [Serves 1] INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon cashew butter 1 scoop plant protein powder ½ avocado ½ cup frozen raspberries Blend and enjoy! Veggie Hash [Serves 2] INGREDIENTS 1 cup chopped sweet potato (1/4 inch in size is what you are shooting for) ½ cup chopped asparagus ½ cup […]

How to Hug During a Pandemic

I love a good hug. Not the disconnected, one arm, pat on the back that comes from someone who doesn’t know how to hug. I mean a real hug. Both arms, hearts facing each other. Even better if it is an energy rich hug. But then the pandemic happened, and hugging became risky. Suddenly we […]


The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditari which means “to concentrate”. Meditation can help you achieve a deep state of relaxation and a calm mind. It is widely recognized as a mind-body complementary medicine. During meditation, you focus your attention and try to eliminate thoughts that may be filling your mind and causing […]

Onion Honey Home Remedy

When I started learning about herbal medicine back in the ‘90s my mentor referred to it as the people’s medicine. It meant medicine that people can learn to do at home for themselves. Home remedies. Even as modern medicine has advanced, home remedies are still important. Maybe even more so now. Our homes are the […]

Altar Your Reality

As soon as I sat down, I felt a sense of calm wash over me. My body automatically started breathing deeply. I lit a candle and burned some sage. My thoughts slowed down, and my shoulders relaxed. I was sitting in front of my personal altar. It is my place of peace. It serves as […]

50 Years of Earth Day

You might be surprised to find out that the first Earth Day was created by a junior senator from Wisconsin. Senator Gaylord Nelson had a lifelong love of the outdoors and was very concerned about the deteriorating condition of the environment in the United States. In January 1969 there was a massive oil spill in […]