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June 30, 2021

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

July 2021

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates








By Dr. Joseph Vazques

Naturopathic medicine has been practiced for centuries, but many people still question the validity of this field of medicine due to inaccurate stereotypes. Naturopathic Medicine Week, May 16-22, is all about educating the others on the principles of naturopathic medicine and the role it plays in preventing disease, finding the root cause of illness, and lowering health care costs. Here are a few common myths about naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathic medicine isn’t backed by science

Naturopathic medicine has evolved since it began thousands of years ago and now incorporates modern science and research with natural remedies. Evidence-based research is critical to effective treatment and many naturopathic doctors and researchers are dedicated to research that would improve existing therapeutics through scientific exploration.

Naturopathic and conventional medicine don’t work together

Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that naturopathic doctors oppose all conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals. While naturopathic and conventional medicine work differently, they don’t oppose each other. In fact, the two often work together to create an integrative health care plan to maximize the health of a patient.

Naturopathic doctors receive little training

Many believe that naturopathic doctors can take a simple online course and become a doctor, however, that’s not the case. To become a naturopathic doctor, you must complete four years of medical training at an accredited naturopathic medical school that includes hands-on, supervised, clinical training. Following graduation, students must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX) which covers basic sciences, diagnostic and therapeutic subjects and clinical sciences. There are currently only five accredited naturopathic medical schools in the U.S. and Tempe-based Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is the only one in the Southwest.

Naturopathic medicine isn’t effective

For centuries naturopathic medicine has been used to treat a variety of conditions including allergies, headaches, chronic pain and much more. Naturopathy is focused on treating the whole person by identifying the underlying causes of an illness and removing obstacles to cure with a goal of getting well and staying well. This approach is different than that of conventional medicine which treats the symptoms of an illness but doesn’t make naturopathic medicine any less effective.Naturopathic medicine is grounded in centuries of practice while now utilizing modern science to create effective treatments for patients. Naturopathy utilizes the healing power of nature to treat the whole person and teach them how to get well and stay well. Next time you feel unwell, consider visiting a naturopathic doctor to not only treat your symptoms, but heal the root-cause.

 About the Author: Dr. Joseph Vazquez, Associate Dean of Clinical Education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, has been practicing since 2013, with a focus in general medicine, physical medicine and cardiology. Dr. Vazquez has been active in the community of naturopathic medical education leadership, representing SCNM in various organizations including the Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers (CCACO) and the AANMC, where he has contributed to publications regarding the therapeutic benefits of laughter and natural approaches to IBS.

By Independent Online Desk

Explore the ingredients of the kitchen to enhance your inner beauty and overall well-being.

The kitchen is home to variety of natural ingredients that are associated with numerous benefits. The benefits of natural ingredients have been the backbone of ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts. Natural ingredients have Instead of opting for harsh and harmful chemicals;

Here are the reasons why you should consider natural ingredients over chemically laden beauty products.

Aushadhi or healing plants and various other spices have had a significant effect on the skin for a long time. Humans and plants are made up of the same building blocks. The same forces/doshas work inside our body, which makes plants the best agents for carrying homeostasis in the human body and maintaining the internal stability sound nutrition and health.”

“This has made the multi-functional benefits of herbs in terms of antioxidant cellular protection, anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties, so popular today. Nature is home to a variety of herbs with multiple benefits,” she further added. Herbs and spices have rejuvenating, anti-ageing and antioxidant properties, which helps in improving the health of the skin.

Dr Bharti Magoo, Aesthetician, Anti-Aging Physician of India, shared that Indian spices have lot of benefits associated with them. They help in fighting acne, clearing clogged pores, enhancing the skin texture, complexion and the list is endless.” Here are some of the few health benefits highlighted by Dr Magoo on the commonly used spices like clove, Cinnamon, black pepper and coriander seeds.


It has antibacterial properties and aids digestion, helps in losing weight, improves blood circulation, and also helps in easing discomfort caused by menstrual problems. It is also known to decreases blood sugar and cholesterol levels which is why it is considered essential for the heart health.

Coriander seeds:

It helps in boosting immunity and is well known for cooling and soothing the tired eyes by using it as an eye drop.

Black Pepper:

It is beneficial for treating cold, acidity, acne marks and blemishes and clears pimples. Black Pepper is used as an antibiotic in the Himalayan areas.


It is a natural antibiotic agent and therefore, clove oil can be used as a painkiller.  Clove helps in tooth ache and also increases metabolism and various other stomach related issues like gas, diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach. Clove also helps in blood circulation.


It is revered as a ‘Rasayana’ and it has the ability to rejuvenate the entire body system. It is considered as a great complexion enhancer. With Ayurvedic attributes of being hot in potency, pungent in taste and aftertaste, turmeric has Vata-Pitta-Kapha pacifying properties. It is an effective ingredient to treat acne, wounds and to deeply detoxify your skin. The presence of ‘curcumin’ in the herb, adds to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer properties too.

Coconut Oil:

The oil has been helping us with our skin health since time immemorial. Coconut oil can be used to improve complexion, suppleness and elasticity of the skin. Coconut oil is a great solution for skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dry or flaky skin, scars and burns. The oil has pitta shaman/ pitta pacifying or cooling properties. It can also be used as massage oil owing to the healing properties that it possesses, which helps in soothing sore and tight muscles. 

By Jane Gates Signal Staff Writer

Gardening can be a fun hobby or a way to make our homes look more attractive. To lower our water bills and help the environment, we have fixed up our landscapes to keep our houses cleaner and more comfortable. Some of us dive into gardening to support local wildlife, or embrace the garden as a way to extend our living space for fun and entertainment. We’ve even rediscovered the old-fashioned delight, convenience and superior flavor of growing our own fruits and vegetables.

However, did you know gardening also is one of the best things you can do for your health?During the last year, in particular, we have become so focused on indoor living and technology. We ignore that our lifestyles are not good for our health. Sitting for hours at work, in front of your computer, laptop, or iPad, slumping over a cellphone, or lounging in front of the television is doing nothing good for your body, or those of your family.

You can certainly take out a gym membership or sign up for active hiking or workout classes. You may even manage to attend some. But getting out into the garden will require no subscription fees nor will you have to fight traffic to drive anywhere. You can actually improve how you look and feel while making your home space better in every way — including increasing your property value.

Try becoming involved in the land that surrounds where you live. You might be surprised at the changes gardening can offer to your health. Here are just some of the benefits your doctor — and you — might notice when it’s time for a check-up.

Would you like to cut down on injuries?

Gardening strengthens, stretches and adds flexibility to muscles and bones. You can accomplish a lot more growing plants, weeding and digging than many home workouts. When you are busy being productive, the time feels well spent rather than obligatory and boring.

What about being ill less often?

Working in the garden increases blood circulation oxygenating and strengthening your organs and making you better at fighting off infections — especially during cold and flu season. But you won’t be thinking about building up your resistance because you’ll be too distracted by enjoying the birds, butterflies, sunshine and focusing on your outdoor project.

Achy and sore?

Lack of vitamin D is often a culprit responsible for tiredness, pain and a whole list of symptoms causing suffering these days. You can go buy supplements to help or you can enjoy working outdoors and let natural sunshine help your body build its own vitamin D cure! Winter can offer some of the most comfortable temperatures for working outdoors in Santa Clarita.

Feeling a bit depressed?

Believe it or not, there are beneficial organisms in soil that are released when you dig in your garden. One beneficial fungus called Mycobacterium Vaccae stimulates the body to create more serotonin and has the same effect as taking an antidepressant! Only it has NO bad side effects.  And it’s free! Also, being active outdoors offers fresh air and increases blood circulation that will sharpen your ability to think and will help you feel better about yourself.

Do you like food that is flavorful and rich in vitamins?

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is not only fun and good exercise, but since fresh food starts losing nutrients immediately after being picked, home-grown edibles have more taste and nutrients than anything you can buy.

By planting your own food, you can also grow tasty treats that may be hard to find or expensive to buy like pimento peppers, purple carrots, asparagus peas or black radishes. Herbs and spices are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Grow your own and they can be available fresh whenever you are cooking, baking or need some quick, natural healing from herbal remedies. Many aid with digestion.

Want to lose extra pounds and show off some muscles?

Try digging, planting, pruning, carrying containers of soil or water. Gardening offers a wide range of exercise to keep your body looking and feeling in top condition. Then you can show off your healthy-looking body to whomever you want to impress. And you can look great in all the latest fashions for men or women. Especially in the coming spring and summer!

Want to bring the family together?

Gardening is an excellent way to involve the whole family in a project you can do together. Introducing children to the larger view of life can help them find a powerful sense of worth, belonging and connectivity that will strengthen them for a lifetime of growth and challenges. And there are plenty of jobs that will offer renewed energy and sense of purpose to seniors.

Working in the garden is one of the most basic ways a family can work and play together, a great way to drain stress and open up communications. Nothing is healthier than the strong sense of belonging offered by being a part of a family — your family, a family of friends and neighbors or Mother Nature’s family of which we are all a part.

Now that you see just some of the benefits of gardening for good health, you can see why this is the cheapest, easiest and most fun way to feel good. Ironically, it’s just what the doctor has been ordering for thousands of years.

Being consumed with time issues and technology, we’ve forgotten some of the best and simplest ways to heal and stay healthy. Gardening is at the top of the list and can be done almost anywhere — including the window sill or a balcony of a small apartment. Now is the perfect time to start. Are you ready?

For more information about gardening in the Santa Clarita Valley, visit Jane Gates on YouTube at 


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Transform Your Health Summit: June 28 – July 2, 2021

Discover the Science Behind Your Heart’s Intelligence: Experience a Heart Coherence Practice to Shift from Stress & Negativity to Calm & Wellbeing. 

Discover How to Fortify Your Physical & Spiritual Immune Systems on a Quantum Level: Build Resilience, Heightened Awareness & Healing Through a Powerful Biofeedback Practice

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Supercharge Your Chakra Practice: How to Heal Your Energy Centers & Unleash the Full Power of Your Life Force.

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