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Health & BeautyCreating a Desert Wellness Staycation

Creating a Desert Wellness Staycation Many of us take an exotic trip or adventure in the summer, only to return more exhausted than when we left, due to the stress and myriad of surprises that go along with out-of-town travel. Limited time and money, or merely the wish to simplify, Read more…

Health & BeautySo, Your Diet Isn’t Working?

I am writing yet another weight loss article, not because I want to tell you about the latest diet trends, but actually to illuminate the opposite perspective. I want to explain why your diet isn’t working.  This article is intended to help you understand why – despite your dedication, perseverance, Read more…

Health & BeautyOne Size Does Not Fit All

Weight management is an ongoing health concern for most Americans today. Losing extra weight or keeping weight off is challenging and can be a constant source of frustration. Today, there are many programs that claim to aid in weight loss and weight maintenance, but not all of them are safe Read more…

Health & BeautyYour Happiness Quotient Determines Your Wellness Potential

When setting wellness goals, a simple starting point is often overlooked which greatly impacts our wellness potential: A place of happiness. I recently read Shawn Achor’s Before Happiness and learned that 98 percent of our thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, and 80 percent are potentially negative. We Read more…

Health & BeautyA Healing Gift from the Dead Sea

Popular with tourists from all over, the Dead Sea is one of Earth’s most spectacular natural and spiritual places. This ancient body of water, which borders the Jordanian east coast and Israel to the west, is considered one of the world’s leading and most unique healing sites for treatment of Read more…

Health & BeautyVein Treatment: Not Only Skin Deep

From the pictures in most vein clinic ads, it may seem that vein removal is simply a cosmetic therapy to help attain smooth, sexy legs. While many treatments do deliver these desired results, vein removal can also be a necessary, life changing procedure. “60% of my patients come for medical Read more…

Health & BeautyA Natural Facelift from the Inside Out

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe, effective, natural, and drug-free approach to reducing the signs of aging. Facial rejuvenation has a long history in TCM and was popular with Chinese emperors’ wives a millennium ago. The past ten years have seen increasing interest in this country Read more…

Health & BeautyMake-up Mayhem

Before make-up became part of my business, I was completely perplexed by the vast array of product lines. From merchandise within the lines, tools for applying, and products for removing make-up, it was tough to tell one product from another. In those days, I found even choosing the wrong color Read more…

Health & BeautyPutting Body Shaping to the Test

Non-invasive body sculpting is the latest craze. In our July August issue, we wrote about a variety of therapies now available, including Exilis, Zerona and CoolSculpting,  explaining how each treatment worked. But I was skeptical of both their effectiveness and the longevity of their results. So we decided to put Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Smiling Eyes of a Child

There is something special about the face of a smiling child. You can see happiness shine in their gleaming eyes. But sometimes children are born with eyelid malpositions that minimize that shine and interfere with visual function. When this occurs, even our littlest family members may require medical evaluation and Read more…

Health & BeautySkin Damage Undone

When it comes to forming first impressions, our judgment really only goes skin deep. Recent academic medical studies have shown that facial skin color distribution or tone and the presence or absence of blotchiness and brown spots can add or subtract up to 20 years from someone’s appearance. That’s actually Read more…

Health & BeautyVaricose Veins Q&A

In this issue, Dr. Joan Warren answers frequently asked questions on treatment options for varicose veins. Is there a cure for varicose veins? Varicose vein disease is genetic and for the most part cannot be permanently cured.  However, treatment for varicose veins will successfully result in symptomatic and/or cosmetic improvement Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Beauty of the Golden Spice

When I say turmeric what comes to mind? Is it ‘one of the main ingredients in Indian Curry Powder’? Yes, turmeric has been known for its culinary uses in Indian for centuries; however, did you know that it has also been used as an effective beauty product for just as Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat’s the Skinny on Body Shaping?

Getting rid of those stubborn fat areas – saddlebags, the pooch, love handles – is a lifelong plight for many. So it’s easy to understand the latest weight loss craze, ‘Body Shaping’ or ‘Body Sculpting’ as these therapies promise results for areas you can’t seem to lose with diet or Read more…

Health & BeautyManaging Menopause Naturally

Menopause is a subject on which there are many views and opinions, and it is experienced in just as many ways. Fortunately, there are many simple steps and natural remedies you can take to help relieve the myriad of symptoms you may face. The average age of menopause is around Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat Is A Breast MRI?

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an extremely helpful, non-invasive imaging tool used to evaluate mammographic abnormalities and identify early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk. An MRI does not involve radiation exposure and does not replace screening mammography. Instead it provides a powerful supplementary tool for detecting Read more…

Health & BeautyBreast Health Update: Density a Risk Factor

As of April 1, 2013, California law requires that all women receive a notification if their mammogram reveals dense breast tissue. While receiving this notification may lead to confusion at first, the information is provided to empower women. Dense breast tissue has been shown to be associated with a slight Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Beauty of Orange Blossom

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

We are fortunate to live in a climate where spring’s arrival brings full bloom to our desert. With temperatures getting warmer, we smell the sweet and citrusy aroma of orange blossoms wafting in the air. When this aroma hits our olfactory system, it is sure to be pleasant. Orange blossom Read more…

Health & BeautyFind Your Balance with Vino & Vinyasa

Finding balance in our lives can be extraordinarily difficult.  When looking at the quality of life of the few who stay committed to achieving a balanced, harmonious state, the benefits appear to outweigh the necessary effort.  It sounds easy, but most of us realize the challenge in maintaining the nirvana Read more…

Health & BeautySucceeding at Weight Loss

With the New Year upon us, many have started their weight loss program with enthusiasm and full intention.  Psychology Today reports that studies show while the first two weeks are usually encouraging, by February people start sliding back in to sedentary habits… and by the following December, most of us Read more…