Yesterday, the family woke up a little before 4:30am, piled in the van and headed for the mountains to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Big Bear Lake.

The weather forecast was calling for lightening storms throughout our stay and it appeared that way during our drive, but an amazing thing happened as we were driving up the mountain.

We drove past the inversion layer of dense gloom and as we continued to climb up the road in elevation, we eventually broke through to sunshine & blue skies.

If you are feeling a little ‘gloomy’ and ‘dreary’ at this time, I encourage you to not lose heart, but continue to drive upwards on the road to good health that will give you the best chance of experiencing better days filled with ‘sunny and blue skies.’

One of the first things we did when we arrived was get the poles out and do a little fishing.

The kids had been talking about going fishing for the longest time.

After trying our luck for an hour or two, the only one who ended up catching anything was my daughter, McKenna.

She out-fished all her brothers AND her daddy.

Later that day, she and mommy perused through a few shops in Big Bear Village and even made a pit-stop to the home-made chocolate store (she saved me two dark chocolate peanut butter cups-yum).

It’s been nice to see Ali getting much-needed rest and rejuvenation as we take a few days to celebrate Mother’s Day.

My son, Hudson, secretly filmed the morning activities unbeknownst to all his family members and wanted to surprise all of us with an impromptu family movie that we watched at lunch time.

Click here ( to watch our little family video.

You don’t have to leave your environment to get rest, but it helps.

Making sure you have times of rest and rejuvenation should be a regular lifestyle habit if you want to experience optimal health.

Times of refreshment should not be looked at as a luxury, but a necessity.

Failure to balance out the stresses of life can lead to arteriosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries), high blood pressure, increased pulse rate, and increase your chances of a future health catastrophe.

We have recently acquired some new FDA approved medical technology at the office that can actually evaluate all of these conditions & reveal if you are getting enough down time or not.

Just two days ago, I performed this FDA testing on a 37 year old gentleman who seemed to be in very good shape, but discovered instead that he was developing moderate levels of arteriosclerosis & heart disease.

I asked him if he was under a lot of stress and he answered with a resounding ‘yes!”

I see this all the time now as we evaluate patients with this device.

About 35% of our patients are not balancing out the stresses of life with proper rest and rejuvenation.

The good news is that you can work towards reversing the disease process by making positive changes in your health that counteract the constant stresses of living in Southern California.

Why not start this weekend by making sure you get enough rest, exercise, your favorite enjoyable past time or hobby/activity?

Your body can start making changes that will add more years to your life and life to your years if you take the time to invest in it.

Have a GREAT weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Dr. Derek ‘I’m goin’ fishin” Taylor


P.S. – In a little over two weeks, come here Dr. T Oren, MD on Wednesday May 29th at 5:30pm to hear how you can improve your health naturally with good health practices and nutrition.

The following day, Thursday May 30th from 8:00am to 2:00pm, he will be hosting his all natural skin clinic to remove moles, skin tags and other lesions/problems including keratosis, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Call now to reserve your spot for either the lecture or clinic at 310-891-0102.