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The Four Pillars of Health

Do you love looking at yourself in the mirror … naked? Be honest! Do you find your stomach tells you that you can’t eat what you used to love eating? Are you sick of doctors telling you these things are normal signs of aging? The solution for these issues is what I...
Posted On 24 Jul 2015

Sleep Your Way to Health and Healing

How did you sleep last night? If you were to tell me you slept like a baby, that would mean you tossed, turned, peed and poo’d your diaper during the night. Seriously, do you feel you slept well? For the mind and body to function properly our bodies require adequate sleep....
Posted On 30 Jun 2015

“Quality Food. Quality Life.”…Really?!

The slogan on the billboard next to the freeway caught my attention: “Quality food. Quality life.” I asked myself what that meant for me and I also wondered what it meant for the team of marketers who created the powerful branding slogan. Part of me was also curious...
Posted On 08 May 2015

Natural Healing v. Prescription Drugs

Anticipating her arrival, I walked out my front door and peered over the front deck. She made a powerful statement driving up in a spacious Jaguar and exited with a broad smile and a strong, prideful strut. She was my first case study as a holistic lifestyle coach student. Little...
Posted On 03 Apr 2015

Inner and Outer Muscle Unit Synergistic Magic

The “inner unit-outer unit”… do you find these four words trivial? As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, it is my experience the inner unit is an underrated area of the body and widely misunderstood. In my opinion, the inner muscle unit and pelvic floor muscles are important to...
Posted On 06 Mar 2015

Life with Coyote

By Paula Olson Off the coast of Laguna Beach, I jumped off our boat, floated for a minute as my dive buddy, Brian and I gave each other the “ok” sign, deflated our BCs and sank into the dark liquid night of lobster season. I heard only the gurgling of water and my breath as I...
Posted On 18 Feb 2015

The Surgeon and the Fuzz

By Patty Pinto Once upon a time in a not so far away land there was a powerful and vibrant cardiovascular surgeon. The physician, along with his surgical team made medical history by performing the first coronary bypass surgery. In his prime this man fixed many decrepit creatures...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food”

By Patricia Garza Pinto Last week I spent all day caring for my beloved, sick grandchild, Bella. The season which brings runny noses; sore, tender throats and crackly coughs is among us. Based on statistics, most of the population will succumb to body aches, restless nights and...
Posted On 23 Jan 2015

You’re Only As Old As You Feel.

50 Issues of Laguna Beach Magazine Steve Zepezauer: The Voice Inside My Head I remember when desktop publishing was invented in the mid 80s. Within a few years, anyone armed with a Mac Plus and PageMaker suddenly became an art director. Unfortunately for true graphic designers a...

Three Qualities of Being Human

Obviously there are more than three qualities that make up being a human, but in the world of mindfulness practices (like meditation) there are three very important qualities that we can get to know better and even employ when we most need them. But first we must practice getting...

OC BookBlog: “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin

I rarely read reviews of new books before I pen my own, but I had to check out what the great Jennifer Egan had to say last weekend in the New York Times on the great Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, and she got it right. The only thing she understated is that Colm Toibin deploys the...
Posted On 10 Oct 2014

‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent Twenty years ago this month, a savage fire devoured 14,000 acres of Laguna Canyon wilderness and ravaged multiple neighborhoods. The fire that destroyed 391 homes and threatened more than 1,000 others at the time was believed to be the...