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Online streaming events: Gut-brain connection and Emotional Agility

Stress eating during quarantine? Or the general mayhem of this pandemic bringing you down? That’s really simplifying the global situation we all find ourselves in – health problems existed long before the pandemic. So maybe there are health issues you wanted to tackle before 2020 that got derailed. Here is a great place to kick-start that journey to health. We’ve got a couple of events that might be for you.

Check out these online events, led by renowned doctors, Dr. Mitra Ray and Dr. Cindy Sholes.

The Gut-Brain Connection Made Simple with Dr. Mitra Ray

February 4, 2021 at 7pm Pacific Time

Mitra Headshot

Dr. Ray is a biochemist and author who helps people by educating them on how plant based whole foods can improve gut function and therefore brain function. What could be more beautiful than that? To learn more about Dr. Ray, visit her website here.

Hippocrates was not too far off the mark when he said “All disease begins in the gut.” While not all disease does, everything that goes through our digestive system does affect us. In this event, coming up soon (February 4, 2021!), Dr. Ray will focus on mental and emotional wellbeing through our microbiome and how to control the bugs in our gut.


Building Emotional Agility: 3 Skills for Finding Choices in Life’s Challenges with Dr. Cindy Sholes

March 4, 2021 at 7pm Pacific Time

Cindy Headshot

Dr. Sholes is a neuroscientist and medical hypnotherapist and has helped many people face mental and emotional blocks head on and carve out pathways to achieving long held goals. To learn more about Dr. Sholes, visit her website here.

What is emotional agility? It is approaching your inner experiences in a mindful, values-driven and productive way. In this event, Dr Sholes will discuss “personal glass-ceilings” that limit us from living our full lives. Each person’s limitations are different, but all can be broken through. Here you will identify those subconscious reaction patterns, learn the critical questions to build the skill of emotional agility and discover how to break mental and emotional habits you may not realize you have.

Both events are part of the Palo Alto Speakers Series and tickets for both events can be purchased here on Eventbrite.

Secrets to a Happy Holiday Gut!

The holiday season is here!  We hope your holiday is full of simple pleasures.

We know overeating is common this time of year.  We wanted to share some of the simple tips that have helped us and our clients over the last 18 years enjoy a good meal with less backlash. That means less gas, bloating, pain and discomfort for you. 

Here are tips to bring more pleasure to your Holiday eating. 

  1.  Slow Eating = Chewing Thoroughly.  It seems that many people have forgotten what teeth are for.  The more you can aid in digestion by chewing your food thoroughly, the less the rest of your digestive tract will have to work overtime.  Use your teeth!  They are not just for photos.
  2. Take 5 deep breaths (yes. . . your belly should move) before each meal in order to put you in a relaxed state that will allow your digestive tract to function more effectively. Plus, this will jumpstart your lymphatic system to flush out. Deep breathing increases lymphatic detoxification by 14 times. 
  3. If you’re stressed out, think of 5 things that you are grateful for while you are doing your deep breaths.  Gratitude is a natural stress neutralizer.  It is impossible to feel stress, fear, or anger when you are truly feeling grateful.  
  4. It is better to use a smaller plate or serve yourself a smaller portion initially instead of overserving yourself from the get go.  This simple habit will give your brain time to catch up to tell you when you are full, before getting too full. It can take up to 20 minutes for your brain to register how full you are.  Many people still have a subconscious belief that they need to finish everything on their plate.  
  5. Before large celebration meals, if you drink a bit of lemon with water this will help to stimulate your digestive system to produce more digestive juices. These digestive juices assist your body in digesting a big meal.  

If more tips like these could do your gut some good… check out our free Secrets to a Happy Gut Gude.

You can easily download it from our website or from this link

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Letter to Dr. Destia’s Craniosacral patients

I want to thank you for your years of trust and support as my patients.  Being your partner in health is an honor and great pleasure. I hope to continue working with you for many years to come. 

Thank you for your support as we adapt during this challenging time and changing environment.  Moving to a virtual format is exciting and we will be bringing you more educational pieces and tools to support you in other ways, adding value to the one-on-one doctor relationship. 

The Craniosacral portion of my practice has always been hands-on and in-person for the last twenty years.  As you may know, I taught Craniosacral at Bastyr University and with Integrative Bodywork Institute for several years.  In the last few years I have been called to stretch my ideas on what is possible with distance Craniosacral. I reached out to my doctor friends already practicing distance Craniosacral and learned it was possible and effective. I have been in awe at the results people are getting and am excited to now bring distance Craniosacral to all my patients.  For current patients, I am offering a reduced rate for the first 2 sessions to give you a chance to feel more comfortable with the process and feel the results for yourselves. Current Craniosacral patients are offered two distance Craniosacral sessions at $90 each. Afterwards, the regular rate of $145, will apply. 

Below, I share some of the responses from my distance Craniosacral Treatments:

“Fracturing my ankle in April of this year and bruising my kneecap severely about a year and a half before had left my right leg in bad shape. I couldn’t be up and about for long periods of time unless I had support braces on both joints and most exercise was unavailable. Physical therapy wasn’t helping to stabilize my knee and 40 hour work weeks on my feet were making things worse. A family friend suggested I check out Dr. Skinner’s practice and though I was skeptical about the remote aspect I agreed to give it a shot since I was desperate. The only way I can describe how I felt after the first session is that it was as if someone had given my joints and tendons room to breathe. For the next week, I experienced more isolated pain, specifically at the site of my ankle fracture, as opposed to the shooting pain that would radiate up my leg and hinder my movement. From there it got better as the sessions went on; for the first time in 3 months, I could make it through a 9 hour shift without either brace. Though running feels a little out of reach still, I’m able to get back to moderate bodyweight exercises without any pain and my PT exercises seem to be actually making a difference now. I never expected a remote treatment to be so effective, but my freedom of movement speaks for itself and I can’t wait to continue my treatment with Dr. Skinner.

-Leela R., saw results after only three sessions

“I didn’t know if remote cranial would work but it was so powerful in just 30 minutes! Here is what happened as a result:

I haven’t been able to sleep on my left slide due to hip pain for several weeks.

After our session, I did!  AND the next day the tightness in my lower back/hip was so much better.

It felt like the knots had unwinded and my walk was full of energy and comfortable.

I am Thankful for Dr. Destia Skinner’s amazing gifts!”

-Wendy T

“I was amazed at how similar it felt to my hands on Craniosacral sessions.  I felt relaxed and balanced.”

-Christie N

I might even say that my distance craniosacral work feels stronger than in person because we are not mediating all the social signals.  We are simply connecting and getting to work together. 

How does Distance Craniosacral work?  

Many experiments have been carried out for years, which have provided evidence that distance healing has an effect. Everything is energy and we are all connected through energy. 

As with all craniosacral sessions I am attuning and deeply listening – in receiver mode.  The two governing principles that make this possible are Interdependency and Interconnectedness.

Interdependence means that we are all dependent on the magnetic / energetic field of the Earth for the natural energetic rhythms in our bodies, our complete life processes. Without the energetic charge from the earth there would be no life on this planet because we would not be able to stay here. This charge is called the Shumann resonance, and it has been scientifically measured.

Interconnectedness means that we living beings are all connected on an energetic level, not only emotionally and physically. Because we are all interconnected energetically, energy healing works through distance. 

We will be connecting by phone and energetically.  You will only need to find a quiet place to lay down and relax, like you would normally during in-person sessions. I will ask you to breathe, relax and pay attention to your body sensations. One session lasts about 30 minutes, after which I will ask that you remain resting for another 10-15 minutes before moving on with your day.

Patients can book online here, call 650-323-7345, or email at

Update from Dr Jennifer Logan, DO

My dear patients,

It’s official! I’m proud to announce the opening of my new practice. The office is located at 895 Sherwood Ave #100 in Los Altos.

I will be seeing patients on Mondays and Tuesdays. All existing appointments have been moved over to my new scheduler, and you should have received notification of that. Current patients can schedule future appointments by visiting my website,

If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message at 650-437-0033, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I appreciate all the support that you have shown me during this transition, and look forward to seeing you soon!


Jennifer Logan, DO

Dr. Mimosa goes virtual!

Hello Patients,

I am excited to announce that I will continue to be a part of Cypress Natural Medicine as it transitions to a virtual practice. I will continue to virtually support my current patients and welcome any new patients on their healing journey. Rather than meet face to face, we will be able to meet through Zoom or phone.

For patients who want to continue with their IV nutrient therapy, here are some naturopathic doctors who offer this service:

Dr. Kaila Nguyen, ND and Dr. Man Vy Nguyen, ND
Origin Health Center
4333 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 891-1356

Dr. Laura Enfield, ND
The Medical Arts Building
205 E. 3rd Avenue Suite 206
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 777-7966

Dr. Diane Angela Fong, ND
1057 El Monte Avenue Suite B
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 396-7117

Dr. Josh Donaldson, ND
Longevity Medical Institute
244 Oak Meadow Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 354-2323

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to contact our office at
(650) 323-7345 or

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this transition.

Dr. Mimosa Tonnu

Cypress Natural Medicine Is Going Virtual

Virtual Medicine

Hello Patients, Friends, & Colleagues,

We are very excited for what is next for the future of medicine and the future of our medical practice.  After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to convert our existing “brick & mortar” practice into a fully virtual clinic.  With the soaring costs of a medical practice that requires a physical structure, we are changing to a virtual model in order to keep naturopathic health care as affordable as possible for our patients.  What we have personally learned during the pandemic is that we can offer a majority of the same services, with the same degree of effectiveness and continuity, but in a completely virtual format.  We have been in the same cozy clinic building since we began practice in 2002, but since the pandemic, the medical field as a whole is being forced to change and adapt.  We have been working diligently over the past few months in order to adapt our current practice into a more sustainable, efficient, and effective medical practice model.  This model will allow us to provide better care to our patients, to be more environmentally conscious, to greatly reduce the spread of transmittable diseases, and also to support our aging family members who do not live near us.

For the most part, this transition should be seamless, and you will still be contacting the clinic via the same phone number and email, and hearing the familiar voices of either Maria or Amanda.  Of course, you will no longer be able to purchase supplements at the clinic, but we have been working on streamlining the process of receiving your prescribed items so that it is faster and more efficient than it has been in the past.  We are also working on developing much easier solutions for online appointment scheduling and invoicing.

For most patients, you will not even notice a difference in our business, since over the course of the pandemic many of you have already adopted and experienced the virtual model.  Many of you who utilize Zyto for appointments have already purchased your own hand cradle so scans can be completed in the comfort of your own home.  For those of you who have been renting a hand cradle for visits, or for those who did not even know that this was a possibility, we are offering a special on purchasing your own hand cradle.  Please inquire at for more information.  We have families who live close to each other who share a single hand cradle back and forth for their virtual visits.  We have younger patients who take one to college for virtual visits.  We also have patients that literally live a block or two from the clinic who prefer having appointments performed from the comfort of their own home.

Under our new clinic model, we will not only continue to treat patients just as we have been, but we will also be focusing extensively on creating impactful online content and tools that will help better guide individuals toward understanding how their body works and how to better optimize its function.  After being in practice for 18 years, we have found that every patient has their own health characteristics that define their individuality and that are an important aspect in their specific treatment.  We have also found that patients have many common characteristics and patterns in their health that they share with a majority of other humans walking this earth.  The goal of our online content will be to provide detailed information targeting those shared characteristics, that when treated, can improve the health and quality of life in a majority of those who would otherwise not seek our individualized guidance.

Unfortunately, not every medical modality is suited to a virtual practice, so we will no longer be able provide Osteopathic Manipulation, Intravenous & Intramuscular Nutrition, and Phlebotomy  through Cypress Natural Medicine.  But never fear, soon you will again have access to these amazing therapies and the practitioners who provide them.  We will keep you posted.

Dr. Logan:  She will continue to see patients as usual through the month of September. Dr. Logan is currently searching for local clinic space in order to continue practicing her amazing Osteopathic care.  We have loved having Dr. Logan as part of Cypress for the past decade.  She has been an incredible part of our team and we will miss her very much.  We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors!

Dr. Mimosa:  She will continue to be a part of Cypress and will also be supporting her current and new patients virtually with naturopathic care. She is searching for a new space to practice Intravenous & Intramuscular Nutrition. We will of course keep everyone informed as to when Dr. Mimosa is back up and running her in person practice. But in the meantime, current and new patients can see her virtually to maintain  care.  She will be our referral for people who want in person care.

For Future Labs:  We has been working tirelessly in order to convert our existing lab ordering procedures into a virtual format in order to support our new practice model.  We found an excellent resource that provides all of the testing that we currently offer in the clinic into a much more efficient and effective process.  This includes blood draws, that for a majority of the tests we order can be done by the patient themselves (fingerstick testing), or via a mobile phlebotomist coming to your home.

The team that we have right now is the best team that we have ever worked with over the past 18 years, so it is bittersweet that two of our members will no longer be part of our new clinic model.  Please know that we will still work closely with Dr. Logan and Dr. Mimosa by referring to them for the specialized services that they offer.  There will still be that same level of continuity between our practitioners in regards to our shared patients.   Feel free to contact us at any time at or call 650-323-7345 if you have any questions or concerns.  We will also be keeping everyone updated via our blog as to when Dr. Logan and Dr. Mimosa find their locations for their new practices and how to get in touch with them for your ongoing in-person care.

In Health,

Drs. Bryan & Destia

Strategies for Optimizing Mental Health during Isolation


We have now had the SIP (shelter-in-place) order in effect for over 6 weeks.  What has been glossed over in the media, is that there are other more insidious health dangers that exist at this time besides striving to prevent the spread of this novel virus.  As our time in isolation increases, this can be a particularly difficult time for those individuals prone to anxiety and depression.  This article is not only for those who are sheltering by themselves, but also for families who are just trying to keep some semblance of sanity, while homeschooling their kids and trying to stay on top of their job requirements from home.  In my experience, it is far easier to provide support for anxiety and depression when the onset was relatively recent versus waiting until symptoms have been more entrenched. 

Please note that these recommendations are educational and not considered a replacement for consulting with your doctor.  In a majority of cases, it is suggested that you work with your doctor in order to create a personalized plan based on your specific needs.  It is also important to know that some of these suggestions may be contraindicated if you are currently on prescription psychiatric medications. 

At Home Strategies:

1. rRest®️ (Rapid Reprogramming of Emotional Stress Technique):  This powerful technique performed between you and your practitioner can be used in order to effectively resolve and change the way that you normally react under acute and chronic stress.  This technique works just as effectively over video conferencing as it does in-person. Consider rRest®️ if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • You are easily triggered into reactions that are not serving you, or your family
  • You have a general sense of agitation and your buttons are easily pushed by others
  • You frequently find yourself focused on scarcity, fear, and helplessness, which may even wake you at night

What is rREST®️?

rREST®️ is an innovative, mind-body technology that is easily accessible through an online process from the comfort of your home. 

rREST®️ is a fast and effective tool helping you break through emotional obstacles currently holding you back. This process can quickly and permanently eliminate subclinical stress response patterns that were generated early in your life and were reinforced by adversity throughout your lifetime. 

2. Meditation:  30 minutes once to twice per day.  There are many resources available that you can find online and there are also a number of free meditation apps that you can download to your device.  No matter what meditation you choose, all of them will heavily rely on breath work.  It is important to take deep, diaphragmatic breaths in order to promote the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for relaxation and a sense of increased well-being).

Here are some great meditation apps:

Another under appreciated technique is that of gratitude.  It is incongruent for your mind to feel fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness when you truly feel grateful for something or somebody.  This can be something small, like the spring flowers blooming or watching a hummingbird in flight, or a strongly positive memory where you felt unconditional love for someone.  The trick is that you have to feel it in your body.  This is not a mental exercise, it is an emotional exercise.  You need to find the grateful thought with your mind, but then pull it down into a heart-centered feeling.  Think about times like when you saw your child take his or her first steps and how you felt.  Or, think about how you feel when you see a young puppy exploring the world.  

There are also some good apps that can help you below:

3. Exercise:  Even with the SIP order in effect, in most counties it is allowable to travel up to 5 miles for exercise.  I feel that it is very important to get outdoors, especially since the air quality has been better than I have ever seen it.  Hiking and mountain biking are my favorite outdoor activities and really work as a reset from the monotony of sheltering in place. 

There are also many different Tabata type workouts that can be found for free online. These exercises typically include using only your bodyweight for short, intense workouts that can definitely change your mental and emotional state in a hurry.  Below is an excellent resource for efficient and effective workouts that can be done at home.

4. News:  If you absolutely have to stay informed, I would suggest only looking at the news once per day, preferably in the morning to prevent sleep issues.  It would also be a good idea to set a timer for 15 – 30 minutes so you don’t get sucked down the media rabbit hole.  

5. Light Therapy:  Full spectrum light boxes have become very affordable since they first were shown to be an effective therapy for SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Light Therapy has been shown to be 50-80% effective for those diagnosed with SAD.  In order to support SAD, the light box needs to have a power rating of at least 10,000 lux.  The therapy includes exposure to the light box for 30 minutes once per day, preferably in the morning in order to help burn off melatonin levels.  You do not look directly at the light box, but instead have it off to the side of what you are doing, whether that is working on your computer, reading, or having a cup of tea.  You can find light boxes with 10,000 lux by Verilux for under $100. 

Even though we are in the beginning of Spring, do not underestimate what light therapy can do for depression.  Since the SIP order went effective, I have found that many people are outside of their house far less than they ordinarily would be.  On top of that, I have also found that people are spending more time on their phones, televisions, and/or computers.  If you have an iPhone, check your daily average under settings if you do not believe me.  This constant onslaught of blue light can cause problems with your circadian rhythm leading to excessive melatonin levels and persistent sleepiness, not to mention the adrenal issues it can cause. 

Here are some links to some good choices:

Verilux HappyLight VT22 Lucent 10,000 Lux LED Therapy Light

Miroco LED Bright White Therapy Light 10,000 Lux

6. Drugs:  Every person copes with stress in an entirely different way, but alcohol, caffeine, and marijuana seem to be the most common.  It is especially important now to evaluate whether your use of these substances has increased since the SIP order.  Abuse of any of these substances can create anxiety and depression.  Even during the SIP, please note that most therapists and psychiatrists are still working and offering telehealth visits in order to support their clients from home. 

7. Create Routine / Create Purpose:  It is interesting, before now I would only have to discuss this strategy with patients who were retired.  Now, I see it as an important strategy for everyone.  If the SIP has made anything blatantly obvious, it is that most people had very clear routines before this began.  Setting a routine creates a sense of duty and accountability and with that duty comes purpose.  Do you ever notice that the most effective people that you know are the ones with the most on their plate?

8. Eat for blood sugar balance.  Did you know that low blood sugar can look like anxiety? Yes it can.  This is one factor we do have control over. We recommend small frequent meals and not going long periods of time in between meals to help maintain a balanced blood sugar.  

Nutritional Supplementation:

1. L-Tryptophan and/or 5-HTP:  Both of these substances support an increase in serotonin and melatonin synthesis, leading to decreased feelings of sadness, easier sleep initiation, and an increased sense of wellbeing.  Both of these substances need to be used with extreme caution, and oversight by your doctor is strongly suggested to prevent serotonin syndrome if being used in conjunction with SSRI’s or SNRI’s. 

When an individual is under higher stress levels (whether emotional, mental, or physical) there will be a rise in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine.  These substances are basically fire alarms telling your body to jump into action to address an imminent danger.  This is what is called the sympathetic nervous system response.  When your body is in this mode, it is incongruent for you to feel relaxed with a general feeling of wellbeing.  Your body will then prevent the formation of serotonin and actually speed up the breakdown to ensure that your nervous system will be hypervigilant, on edge, and ready to act on any perceived danger.  If the real or perceived stressor continues over time, you can become serotonin deficiency leading to depression and anxiety.

Typical dosage for L-Tryptophan ranges from 500mg – 3000mg at bedtime, while the typical dosage for 5-HTP is from 50mg – 300mg at bedtime.  Please note that both of these compounds work on the same pathway, so it is unnecessary to use both of them in your plan at the same time.  It is always suggested that an individual start at the lowest dosage for both of these supplements. 

2. L-Theanine:  This compound is derived from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and is one of the safest remedies for anxiety and anxiety-related depression.  This is one of my favorite supplements to prescribe because of its overall effectiveness and because it is one of the few therapies for anxiety that will not cause drowsiness.  I have found that this stand-alone supplement works particularly well for kids to promote calmness. Typical dosage ranges from 100mg – 600mg twice to three times per day. 

3. Magnesium Threonate:  This compound is the only oral magnesium that can cross the blood brain barrier.  By doing so, it creates a relaxation response on the central nervous system.  This supplement works well for insomnia, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, or depression caused by prolonged anxiety.  It will also aid in restoring stress-induced memory loss and increase general energy levels.  The typical dosage is 1000mg – 2000mg two to three times per day. 

4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):  This medicinal herb has been used by humans for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.  It works extraordinarily well for individuals who suffer from prolonged anxiety or neurasthenia (fatigue and other physical complaints caused by a prolonged emotional disturbance) and is extremely safe.  One of my favorite aspects of this supplement is that it has been shown to bind to GABA receptors, which reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.  This herb will also work as an adaptogen, aiding in moderating adrenal function for those under pronounced stress for long periods of time.  Typical dosage is 500mg – 1000mg once to twice per day. 

5. Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis):  This root is one the strongest anti-anxiety medicines in natural medicine.  This supplement is particularly suited for individuals with very high anxiety that also causes insomnia.  Dosage is typically 300-600mg at once per day at bedtime, but for severe anxiety it can be given two to three times per day. Drowsiness and sleepiness are common side effects of this supplement, so use caution if you are going to use it during the daytime.  Also, due to the action of this supplement, it could be contraindicated if the individual is currently taking prescription medications for anxiety, such as benzodiazepines.