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AYURVEDA & Digestion with Kathy

Kathy Parent

This is the response I receive when friends and family ask me what I’m up to. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (knowledge). Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is a system of health that focuses on creating a balanced, vibrant, and healthy; mind, body and spirit. It’s said to be the sister science to yoga.

Where yoga nurtures the mind and supports the body, Ayurveda supports the body and nurtures the mind.

Now you may be asking, “Who are you?”

I am Kathy Dickey, a life long lover of the outdoors and wellness.

I earned my B.S. in Recreation Resource Management and I thought I would have a career in the outdoors, but upon taking an EMT class I knew my focus was the human body: how it gets injured, sick and hopefully recovers. I decided then that I wanted to help people, so I returned to school for nursing. I have been working as a nurse for about 20 years, during those years my desire for knowledge has been continually inspired by wellness. This exploration of wellness paths has led me to intuitively living a Ayurvedic lifestyle, I just didn’t know exactly what to call it. Now, not only do I know what to call it, I am trained as a Ayurveda Health Counselor.Ayurvedic Medicine

With excitement, it is time for me to bring Ayurveda’s time-honored system of health into my community.

Join me for a FREE workshop to discuss the Ayurvedic term for digestive fire, Agni. You will learn what Agni is, why it’s important and ways to take care of it for health, vitality and immune support.

And what perfect timing for the holidays…!!

AYURVEDA & Digestive Wellness Talk Tuesday December 12, 5-6pm FREE Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio
1105 South US-191 #3 Moab

It’s All in Your Head
by Ray Andrew, MD

Mary’s anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder got so out-of-control that she became afraid for her safety. She was paranoid of everyone and everything. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was tired for no reason at all. Her doctor checked some basic labs, pronounced her healthy, and prescribed her an anti-depressant. This made Mary feel even worse, so she quit taking it after a month.

Two years later, Mary came to Prestige Wellness Institute. “When did you start feeling bad?” I inquired. “Two and a half years ago.” “Isn’t that when you told me you entered menopause?” I asked. “Yes. I asked my doctor to check my hormones, but she said she couldn’t. This didn’t make sense to me. Isn’t it a simple blood draw?”

Running a comprehensive panel to identify imbalances and deficiencies, we discovered that Mary was indeed healthy…except that she had a testosterone level of zero. She began hormone pellet therapy and started functioning normally again within days. She no longer worried about losing her job or checking 10 times to make sure she locked her front door.

Limited to what they learned in medical school, it is not uncommon for medical doctors to tell patients something like, “Your labs are normal. I’m afraid it’s all in your head. Take this prescription and let’s see how you are doing in a couple of months.” While some women experience improvement in their mood after starting antidepressants, these drugs often fail to address the many other consequences of hormone deficiencies, such as fatigue, loss of muscle mass, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, brain fog, aches and pains, and so forth. Moreover, antidepressants do nothing to decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, or breast cancer.

When doctors say “It’s all in your head,” they are usually right, at least partially. Some psychological problems originate in the head, such as from head trauma (a single concussion can have lifelong consequences if not treated with an aggressive repair protocol), negative self-talk, unhealthy beliefs, and excessive stress. Other problems originate elsewhere in the body but affect the brain as well, such as infections, toxins, deficiencies, inadequate sleep, and/or immune dysfunction. As in Mary’s case, you may simply lack testosterone, not only in your brain, but everywhere else as well. Or you may be lacking in zinc, B vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, estradiol, or thyroid hormones.

While antidepressants can be life-saving in a crisis, no scientific study has ever demonstrated a human need for these drugs. In other words, there is no such thing as an antidepressant deficiency. Helpful as these drugs can be in the short term, they don’t solve the problem in the long run. Sometimes a little more investigation is required to identify the real culprit. There may in fact be multiple contributing factors. This is especially likely if other symptoms are present, such as unexplained fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, digestive complaints, or skin problems.

Whether you suffer from a mental illness or any kind of physical decline, resist the temptation to assume it’s because you’re just getting older or it’s “all in your head.” Ask your doctor for a full evaluation to identify and treat every likely cause of your problems.

Consistent with our own experience, the ground-breaking psychiatrist Christopher Palmer, MD, recently synthesized a large body of research findings in his Theory of Brain Energy. This theory traces ALL psychiatric illnesses—even the seemingly genetic ones—back to one or more forms of mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are not only the brains, but also the powerhouses of every cell in the body. When mitochondria are unable to produce the energy a cell needs, the functions of that cell are going to suffer. This leads to diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, fatigue, seizures, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and so much more. In order to produce the energy a cell needs, mitochondria require several different hormones, oxygen, amino acids, fats or carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. At the same time, they need to be free of interference from infections and toxins. In order to reverse as well as prevent the many diseases caused by mitochondrial dysfunction, each of these factors needs to be considered and addressed if appropriate.

Using this approach, Dr. Palmer and many others (including Prestige Wellness Institute) have successfully treated all kinds of depression, anxiety, hallucinations, attention deficit, and other mental illnesses. In the short run, yes, it takes more time and effort to identify and treat the underlying dysfunctions than to simply take a pill. But in the long run, repairing mitochondria affects not just the brain, but every other organ in the body. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to feel and function better overall than they have in decades.

If you are ready to consider the reality that your mental health problems actually have one or more treatable causes, call Prestige Wellness Institute at (435) 210-0184 to schedule a consultation. You don’t deserve to settle for “It’s all in your head.”

When Christmas Doesn’t Feel Very Merry:
Navigating Mental Health Challenges During the Holidays
by Jessica Walsh, BSN, RN

A time of year that brings joy to many may be challenging to others. Those facing this holiday season with dread may experience grief, loneliness, depression, anxiety, addiction, or family dysfunction. Honestly and unfortunately, the list goes on and on. Holidays can heighten pain. If you are in this position, I‘d like to say something meaningful that might provide peace and comfort. You are not alone, there are others who suffer alongside you. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, please get help now at Moab Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room or call 911.

There could be many reasons that you aren’t feeling joy at this time. But there are tried and true ways that can help to ease your suffering. These suggestions are probably not new to you. Though you may struggle with the motivation to do them depending on what you are going through. They may be helpful, and they may not, but if there’s a chance, let’s take it.
Here are a few suggestions that might help you feel peace through this holiday season. This is not an extensive list of possibilities and discovering what works for you is an individual process.

1. Find ways to nourish and nurture yourself.
Take a bath or shower. Lite a candle. Freshen up your space. Sit in a sunny spot and let it warm your face. Walk, run, ride, skip, do yoga. Exercise or as I say, exorcise the demons! Cook healthy comfort food. Take your vitamins and medications as prescribed. Get creative! Paint, write, draw, etc. Meditate or pray. Go outside and breathe fresh air. Get a massage. Give yourself a massage. Play your favorite music. Dance and sing. Hangout with a friend. Remember that life is beautiful. Find gratitude for simple things. Get back to basics. What do you know you can do that makes you feel better? Please choose to do it if you can. Please choose to love yourself, even if you can’t.

2. Process your feelings.
Call a family member, friend, or loved one. If you are having trouble thinking of someone you can be vulnerable with, reach out to a professional. There are times in life when we need others. This is NOT a sign of weakness. We are meant to connect with and support one another. I have found when I share with others, they are often surprised by what I’m experiencing and wish that they’d known sooner. You may be surprised by who really does have your back and would show up for you.

Alternatively, maybe you need some space and solitude to scream and cry and just let it all go. Find a safe space to release your emotions. Nature can hold and will receive it all graciously, as will your pillow. Then take a nap in a soft, warm spot. Comfort yourself the best way you can.

3. If you are missing someone, reach out to them, even if they are no longer with us. Words of love can transcend time and space.
Write a letter. Pick up the phone. Speak in person or imagine your deceased loved one with you. Record a video or voice message to yourself, your former self, or someone you know would be open to receiving. Are there things left unsaid? Are you sorry? Are you feeling unheard and hurt? Make sure to use good judgment here and respect your own and other’s boundaries. You can work on finding your voice and using it to express your truth and love in safe and compassionate ways.

4. Choose to participate or not.
Maybe it will feel good to participate in events and be with others. Maybe you will want to ignore the holidays completely. Maybe you would like to find a way to be helpful by volunteering or inviting someone to spend time with you. Sometimes helping other people can make our own pain more bearable. Do not underestimate your ability to impact the lives of others.

Whatever it is that you choose to do this holiday season, I hope that it is loving and compassionate. I hope that you may find peace within. Remember, you cannot get it wrong. Keep reaching for comfort. Focus on healthy, not harmful coping. Ask yourself, how can I support myself through this? If someone you loved was experiencing these feelings, what would you suggest they do? Can you do those things for yourself?
If you find yourself needing additional support, please contact one of the following services.

2-1-1, Utah Resource Hub for all available resources-from counseling to emergency housing.

9-8-8, 24-Hour National Suicide Crisis Line (801)587-1055, The Utah Warmline—over the phone non-crisis mental health help.

Free Community Lunch
Thursdays from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the St. Francis Episcopal Church (250 Kane Creek Boulevard, Moab). Free lunches for all who come by. Homemade soups (always several choices) or sandwiches, bread (chips with sandwiches), dessert, coffee and water. Call St. Francis Episcopal Church at 435 259-5831 for information.

Free Community Food Pantry
Fridays from 4-6pm at the St. Francis Episcopal Church (250 Kane Creek Boulevard, Moab) No ID, no name, no address, no personal information needed. We always have canned goods, bagged goods, meat. We often have bread, fresh produce, milk, cheese, fruit juice, eggs. Also personal toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, dog food. Feel free to pick up for someone who can't get out, or someone who is working. Call St. Francis Episcopal Church at 435 259-5831 for information.

Moab Valley Multicultural Center Food Pantry
Clients may access the Food Pantry once every two weeks. Schedule:
Mon Wed Thu: 9am-12pm, 1-5pm
Tue: 9am-12pm, 2:30-5pm
Fri: 9am-12pm

LUNCH at the Grand Center,
182 N. 500 W. Noon on Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri under 60: $6.00 over 60: $2.50 suggested donation

Moab Community Health Talks - Our Village Community Center hosts Dr. Don Leathers, naturopathic physician, and Sarah Cook, massage therapist health coach & lay homeopath in an informal round table discussion meant for community members to have their questions answered in a supportive space. Second Wednesday of each month. 1-2pm at Our Village Community Center, 721 N 500 W, Moab. Suggested donation of $5-$20. Info:,, or 435-260-0294 or 435-259-8123

Moab Community Yoga
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC) in the dance room. 111 E 100 N
Gyrokinesis® Class w/ Anne Howe

The Gyrokinesis® Method
is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method that coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm. Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio 1105 S US-191 #3

Sheng Zhen Meditation - Thursdays 5:30-7pm at Moab Arts and Recreation Center. Other classes available and info at

Community Reiki (Alternating Tuesdays, 9am & 3pm)
Join Crystal at Mindful Movement Moab, 76 S Main St Suite 15, for a free 30 minute community Reiki Session. Must be a local resident for the session. Sign up online at

Yoga in the Park (Wednesdays, Swanny Park, 5pm)
Join Breann with Wellness Collective for a 60 minute yoga session brought to the community by a partnership with USARA. Mats are provided and the class is open to everyone in the community. Yoga is free. At Swanny Park. Sign up for class online at

Yoga in the Park (Thursdays, Swanny Park, 8am)
Join Crystal with Wellness Collective for a 45 minute yoga session brought to the community by a partnership with USARA. Mats are provided and the class is open to everyone in the community. Yoga is free and you can sign up for class online at

Virtual Mindfulness Class (Thursdays, 6pm)
Join the facilitators with Wellness Collective for a 30 minute mindfulness session brought to the community by a partnership with USARA. Class is free and you can sign up online to receive the zoom link.

Virtual Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Mondays, 6pm) Trauma Sensitive Yoga focuses on the use of yoga movements as an opportunity to practice making choices with our bodies and to possibly notice what we feel in our bodies. Class is free and you can sign up online to receive the zoom link.

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