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Desert EventsGet to Know Our Valley’s Naturopathic Doctors

Curious about what naturopathic doctors do? October 7-13 is your time to discover as we celebrate the 6th annual Naturopathic Medicine Week sponsored by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). During the week, naturopathic clinics in our valley will offer open houses, special events and drawings, and encourage you Read more…

Natural OptionsSpotlight on Naturopathic Doctors

As a newcomer to Coachella Valley I was delighted to find Desert Health. I see it as an informative health guide and applaud its role in bridging the gap between diverse medical professions. Since my arrival, I have discovered that most desert dwellers know little about Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s). To Read more…

Natural OptionsFurthering Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been in practice in the U.S. for over a century, I often still get asked, “Are you a real doctor?” In California, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary care providers, able to diagnose and treat illness as a general practitioner/ family practice doctor. NDs can order Read more…

Natural OptionsCelebrating Naturopathic Medicine

Those who have discovered naturopathic medicine often consider it life changing. Many seek the practice when allopathic medicine runs out of answers or to complement conventional care. Others consider their naturopathic doctor to be their primary care physician preferring the body, mind and spirit approach to medicine.  A licensed naturopathic Read more…

InspirationNaturopathic Medicine: Karen’s Story

Karen was a vivacious young woman living the dream. An avid tennis and softball player, she loved doing yoga, had a private psychotherapy practice, and spent time between Redondo Beach and Palm Springs with her husband and their labradoodle Dood. Her family lived in Texas but her beloved sister, Stephanie, Read more…

Integrative MedicineInsurance Carrier to Cover Naturopathic Care

As a naturopathic patient, you may have been disappointed to learn that health insurance does not cover naturopathic care in the state of California. Or maybe the lack of insurance coverage prevented you from establishing care with a naturopathic doctor in the first place. Well, all that is about to Read more…

Natural OptionsFirst Accredited Naturopathic College Comes to California

San Diego Selected for Second Campus Bastyr University recently announced that it is establishing a new campus in San Diego and first classes will begin in Fall 2012. “We are thrilled to have secured a location for our Southern California campus,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “To Read more…

Natural OptionsFacets of Integrative Cancer Care: A Naturopathic Medical Standpoint

What is Integrative Cancer Care? Integrative cancer care uses a comprehensive approach to health, combining conventional and alternative therapies specific to the patient’s needs. Integrative cancer care is NOT about replacing your medical oncologist; it is about creating a diversified team of doctors and health practitioners to formulate your unique Read more…

Natural OptionsQualifications of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

It is often asked if a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is qualified to practice as a primary care physician. The simple answer is yes. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of health care that combines a variety of natural medicines and treatments with conventional medical diagnostics and standards. Naturopathic Read more…

Medical NewsThe Power of Liquid Biopsy in the Detection and Management of Cancer

What is a Liquid Biopsy? Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were first discovered in 1869 by Thomas Ashworth in the blood of a man with metastatic cancer. He hypothesized that “cells identical with those of the cancer itself being seen in the blood may tend to throw some light upon the Read more…

Medical NewsBeating Cancer

Many have been following my cancer journey, which began with a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma in January 2019. As most who share the journey will agree, the entire experience is life-changing and shouldn’t be traveled without the support, knowledge and encouragement of those who came before us. I am Read more…

InspirationThe Growth of Functional Medicine

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When I created Desert Health 10 years ago, one of the primary objectives was to elevate the work of our valley’s naturopathic doctors. Their philosophy of identifying the root cause of disease versus simply treating symptoms and “whole- person care” approach, taking time to understand and address lifestyle patterns, is Read more…

Integrative MedicineA New Year Update

Nine months after treatment and a year after starting an integrative cancer care protocol, today, I am cancer-free. In January 2019 I was diagnosed with early stage invasive ductal breast cancer and chose to have my tumor frozen versus a lumpectomy or mastectomy. “Cryoablation” as it’s called is much less Read more…

Wellness AwardsDesert Health Wellness Awards

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US to celebrate healthy lifestyles and those inspiring us towards living well at the 2019 Desert Health Wellness Awards. This year’s event took place Wednesday, May 22, at the newly renovated S at Rancho Mirage, and over 250 took part in the festive evening. We were Read more…

InspirationDealing with a Diagnosis

In January I was told I have breast cancer. The overwhelming news brought tears and the urge to crawl up in a ball and stay there forever. I didn’t want to face what lay ahead – more doctors, more tests, and many life-changing decisions to be made. How could this Read more…

Desert EventsThe 2019 Wellness Awards

Thank you to all who took part in the 2019 Desert Health Wellness Awards!  Photos of the spectacular evening can be viewed on our Facebook page and will appear in the July/Aug issue of Desert Health. The 2019 Desert Health Wellness Awards are proudly sponsored by  Eisenhower Health, Fresh Juice Read more…

Live Your WellestPreparing Body for Baby

When family naturopathic doctor Shannon Sinsheimer started noticing the rise in autism rates and unexplained medical conditions in her own young patients, she decided to do something about it. “When I started practicing medicine, autism rates were 1 in 123. Twelve years later they are 1 in 58,” says Sinsheimer, Read more…

Integrative MedicinePrebiotics: Fertilizer for Your Digestive Garden

Probiotics have really stepped into the spotlight in the past few years. New research linking gut health and pathologies like depression is proving what naturopathic doctors have been saying for a long time – the gut-brain connection is not to be ignored. By extension, gut health is of prime importance. Read more…

Desert Events8th Annual Desert Woman’s Show Returns

8th annual Desert Woman’s Show sponsored by Desert Regional Medical Center, Clark’s Nutrition and Mercedes-Benz of Palm Springs takes place Saturday and Sunday, January 16 & 17 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.  The dynamic event will feature colorful desert fashions and accessories, nutrition and medical experts, personal development and Read more…

Natural OptionsThank YOU, Mr. President!

Last October I was extremely honored to have been asked by the Clinton Foundation to write an essay on behalf of the Coachella Valley about President Clinton’s impact in this region. Worldwide essays were compiled in a book presented to the President in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Read more…