Breakfast of (Montana) Champions: Huckleberry Pancakes

Picturesque mornings over Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain, or the Swan Valley have been constants in our family’s life. With a love of adventuring through travel and skiing, we have experienced a plethora of what Montana offers. And, in the midst of raising our three growing gentlemen with an appreciation of the outdoors, we have been huckleberry picking in many hard…

Protecting our Native Plants

It seems a bit odd to be talking about seeds and blooms in November, doesn’t it? While that might be true, it also gives us something to hope and plan for, which is what winter is for most gardeners. 

Women’s Health

A woman's body is a secret-holder, a canvas of love and loss and fears, a daily machine that works tirelessly with or against us. It is our duty to ourselves that we have or seek professional answers to the questions our bodies ask of us, and NATURA is ready to help. 

Our Bountiful Earth

There is so much to be celebrated on Earth Day in Montana—our wild land, spring air, raging rivers—but there’s also room for gratitude when it comes down to what we’re able to harvest from our bountiful world. 

Drip Delivery: Intravenous Therapy

Intravenous therapy is an advanced mechanism to introduce vitamins, nutrients, and medications into people who have unique needs – including people who are unable to absorb nutrients, who need a higher dose than oral formulations allow, or who would benefit from a faster increase in nutrient levels.

NATURA is Natural

Naturopathic medicine is the practice of healing and health based on nature. Though it is sometimes thought of as a form of alternative medicine, history shows this path of healing is thousands of years in practice, providing a comprehensive approach to the best of traditional medicine. Natural medicine was the original and primary form of medicinal help, even in western…

The Front Seat Life

If you’re idling at the crossroads of this new year, don’t fret. Jessica Butts is riding shotgun. She knows how to navigate the map to our greatest aspirations. However, she may turn off your car, put it in park and take away your keys. 

The Missing Link in Fitness: Trunk Training

 Article Shelby Humphreys | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  No matter how many crunches you bust out, if you’re not training your entire trunk, then your neck, back, and hamstrings remain prone to injury. Trunk training strengthens those vulnerable areas by activating more muscle groups at once, from neck to knees. This workout, from Coach Stephanio Mizell, MS.Ed., at Missoula’s YMCA,…

Resolution 365

Let’s face it, keeping to our New Year’s resolutions isn’t a walk in the park. It’s an uphill both ways climb through heaps of snow with the wind at our face. We’re hitting the gym and we’re seeing less and less of our workout buddies, and we start to demote our fitness goals until they eventually fall off completely. The…


As a Montana ranch manager, I’m probably not your typical Pilates practitioner. I would wager that there aren’t many people in the ranching community who prioritize a weekly Pilates workout, but I do. 

Walk for It

Usually, it’s dark and cool, some years it’s very dark and very cool, temperatures even dipping into the 40s. The sun isn’t even fully awake, yet the music is blaring and people are prancing about in an effort to keep warm as they wait. The anticipation grows and then—quite suddenly—fireworks explode overhead, competing with the twinkling stars above. Shortly thereafter,…

Mighty Swords

“Basically,” said the man holding half a dozen fine needles, “I move blood.” That’s not exactly how most people would describe acupuncture, but the man, Doug Womack, acupuncturist extraordinaire and sole practitioner of Montana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, who wields these fine tiny swords, assures patients that the war for one’s health can be won.


Somewhere on the long list of things we take for granted is our health. It goes like the saying, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, or maybe not working as it should. Which is what makes our routine check-ups and overall observations of how our systems are running pretty crucial to our day-to-day comfortability and happiness.

Workout Buddies

Alyssa Martin and Sarah Nasby have gotten into a groove. For the last year and half, every morning, Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., they've met for a workout at YMCA Missoula. It doesn't matter if they're tired or grumpy, if it's raining or snowing: at 9 a.m. they hop on spin bikes and start cranking. The spinning wakes them…

Unlocking Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains have been popular among health food junkies for years, but they’ve only recently hit the mainstream, popping up everywhere from breads and cereals to restaurant menus. This hot new healthy ingredient has loads of nutritional benefits and is increasingly easy to find. But what exactly are sprouted grains?

Making a Difference That Matters

It’s not very often that we hear of professionals taking their businesses elsewhere for the sole purpose of a better life. As every Montanan has probably heard before, you don’t move here for the money. It’s the quality of life that’s different, better. Dr. Clark O. Taylor, director of the Surgical Arts Centre, didn’t shy away from the risk of…