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Integrated PracticesShay’s Story: Helping a Loved One Going through Cancer this Holiday Season

Shay Moraga is a triple negative breast cancer survivor and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… It is the most wonderful time of year. Festive tunes on the radio, everyone you meet seems excited about upcoming vacations and family coming into town to celebrate the Read more…

Integrated PracticesMental Illness and Biomedical Correlations

I recently returned from the 9th annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference in Dallas, Texas. This conference offers health care providers from many different disciplines a holistic approach to successfully diagnose and treat underlying issues contributing to neurological, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders. Research has revealed that many conditions such Read more…

Integrated PracticesHolistic Cancer Therapies

Cancerous tumors, due to their fast metabolism, exist best in a ‘low oxygen’ environment. While chemotherapy is, by nature, dominantly an oxidative process, there are non-toxic oxidative therapies available in out-patient environments that are proving to be effective as a complement to chemotherapy and radiation or as stand-alone holistic treatment Read more…

Integrated PracticesWhy being Selfish Is GOOD

It’s been interesting to note that my most requested talk this year has been about self-care. Whether I’m speaking to groups or with individual patients, we as a society seem to have a greater load of anxiety, depression and stress and I think it’s time to call BS. Now don’t Read more…

Integrated PracticesLet’s Talk About Sex

Yes, the topic makes many uncomfortable, but with rates of sexually transmitted disease at an all-time high, it can no longer remain under the covers. So let’s take a look at the facts. According to the CDC 2017 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, more than two million cases of chlamydia, Read more…

Integrated PracticesBook Review: The Diabetes Code

Author Jason Fung, MD, of the University of Toronto has taken “Ockham’s razor” to simplify the management of type 2 diabetes. William of Ockham (1287-1347) was an English friar and philosopher famous for postulating that with complex problems, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions is usually correct. In his book Read more…

Integrated PracticesInsurance 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…

Integrated PracticesManaging Holiday Stressors for Cancer Patients

Here we are again at another holiday season, and whether you observe religious or spiritual traditions or take part in a more cultural expression of the holiday spirit, it is time to prepare yourself emotionally for what that means as you navigate your cancer treatment at this emotionally charged time Read more…

Integrated PracticesBreast Cancer Support Groups

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 29,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in California this year alone. For many people, the diagnosis of cancer causes severe emotional distress. Each of us has our own personality, beliefs, values, world Read more…

Integrated PracticesOh, My Aching Foot!

Morton’s neuroma, or metatarsalgia, is caused by inflammation of the nerves leading to the toes or a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in your toes. The condition results in foot pain or discomfort that may feel like a pebble in your shoe and a burning sensation Read more…

Integrated PracticesStress Reducing Breath Exercises

For thousands of years, yogis and sages from eastern cultures have understood the importance of diaphragmatic and deep breathing. More recently, through the efforts of mind-body thought leaders such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Herbert Benson, the paramount importance and health benefits of deep breathing practices have been widely utilized in Read more…

Integrated PracticesAre There Genius Foods?

A young filmmaker and health care journalist, Max Lugavere, teamed with a concierge wellness physician in New York, Paul Grewal, MD, to write Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life (HarperWave, 2018). After reading three detailed books on brain health and nutrition: Brain Read more…

Integrated PracticesSocialization Important for Alzheimer’s Patients

In the past, whenever Alzheimer’s was mentioned, as a society and community, we focused on the tragedy and sadness of this disease’s inevitable outcome. Today there is a different outlook: While Alzheimer’s is a disease, it is a person with a disease, and the focus should be on that person’s Read more…

Integrated PracticesFood: What the Heck Should I Eat?

It is important news for the healthy nutrition world when Mark Hyman, MD, comes out with a new book. Dr. Hyman is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He practices and directs the UltraWellness Center Read more…

Integrated PracticesYoga, Cancer and Vulnerability

Shay Moraga is a triple negative breast cancer survivor and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… Do you ever wonder why so many people turn to yoga after a life changing experience? It is because yoga heals us in so many ways. Yoga and cancer Read more…

Integrated PracticesAddressing Autoimmunity with Gut Health

The prevalence of autoimmune diseases has risen astonishingly in recent years. The cause has been attributed to multiple environmental factors including toxic chemicals and heavy metals, dietary factors, ionizing radiation, prolonged emotional stress, medications, postmenopausal hormone replacement, bacteria and viruses. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association estimates that at least Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Connection between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

It would be too easy to simmer the development of Alzheimer’s and other dementias down to a single etiology. Rarely are things so simple. Still the connection between dementia and diabetes has been acknowledged for many years now. Many have gone so far as to use the term “type-3 diabetes” Read more…

Integrated PracticesFacing the End of Life

All of us will eventually have to face the end of life, but some of us will find ourselves confronted with that prospect more quickly and unexpectedly than anticipated—after suffering an accident, for example, or when diagnosed with a terminal illness. Or it may be that a loved one must Read more…

Integrated PracticesThree Tests That Could Save Your Life

Three Tests That Could Save Your Life The unthinkable happened recently. My friend who was an icon of health, an exercise model and leader in teaching healthy choices died at age 57. She was an inspiration and a genuinely wonderful person. She left kids and friends and a devoted husband. Read more…

Integrated PracticesImproving Digestion after Gallbladder Removal

A cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, is the second most common surgery in the United States. The removal is a safe, conventional treatment for the diseased organ, but it can often result in various complications on a daily basis. A cholecystectomy does relieve pain, but 50 percent of patients still have Read more…