Entries by Dr. Melanie Dunlap

Top 5 Benefits of Zinc

Zinc may be last alphabetically on your multivitamin supplement but it is definitely not least. Zinc deficiency can cause impaired immune function, low libido, problems with taste or smell, slow healing of wounds, diarrhea, enlarged prostate, poor appetite, slow growth, skin sores, trouble seeing in the dark and even a loss of interest in learning. […]

Last Resort Antibiotics

Recently the news ran yet another story about the overuse of antibiotics, saying that 1/3 of the prescriptions are actually harmful. Antibiotics are strong medicines used to treat infections, including life-threatening contagious diseases, by destroying or slowing down the growth of bacteria. But antibiotics can cause more harm than good when used incorrectly. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/third-antibiotic-prescriptions-are-just-wrong-n567026 By […]

Maypole Dancing

1. That it’s even a thing. The origins of the maypole come from a time when tree spirits were worshiped and trees were seen as symbol of vitality and fertility of nature. The first maypoles were tall, slender birch trees which had all but a few branches at the top stripped off. The top branches […]

I resign….

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 5-year-old again. I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks. I want […]

The Ginger Experiment

I am experimenting with growing ginger root indoors. A friend sent me an article that said it was easy to grow and would do well in low light areas. You would think that as someone living in the desert I would have abundant light indoors to grow plants. In fact the opposite is true. One […]

Stopped in my tracks

It was quiet and cool this morning as I walked along the path that goes by a lone mesquite tree serving as sentry for an outdoor space dedicated to the goddess Artemis. That particular part of the path normally has a tranquil, serene energy. But this morning my attention was elsewhere when I realized something […]

Unlocking My Back

My back is locked up. An involuntary “ouch” was just uttered by any person that has ever experienced this pain. It hurts a lot. And I knew it was coming. Well I didn’t know it was going to be this bad but I knew I was in trouble and I didn’t listen to my body. […]