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Integrative MedicineSleep Initiation, Sleep Latency or Both?

Conventionally Unconventional with Kinder Fayssoux, MD

Sleep is important for many reasons. During sleep our brain is hard at work cleaning up and organizing all of the activity from the day.  The ideal amount of sleep for longevity, decreased risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia is 7 to 9 hours. Many Read more…

Integrative MedicineMost Chronic Disease is Reversible

Chronic diseases are a recent part of human history. In the past, people only went to healers, physicians or hospitals when they became sick, generally due to infections, injuries or other maladies. Even cancer was very rare in the past as described by Mukherjee in The Emperor of All Maladies Read more…

Integrative MedicineWords of Wisdom from Our Wellness Community

inspiring health & hope

How are you doing? During this time we’ve been thinking of you, dear readers, and eager to present this special issue inspiring health and hope from our local wellness community. There has never been a more important time to build and maintain a healthy immune system. But how do you Read more…

Integrative MedicineMeditation for Mental Health

Over the past month, I have seen a surge of patients presenting with anxiety and/or depression in my practice. “I am so scared, scared to go out, scared to be home alone, scared of how I am going to pay my bills, and scared that my family members and friends Read more…

Integrative MedicineSupporting Your Immune System

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Living through a pandemic raises our awareness of the importance of our immune system. In preventing illness, there are generally two main principles: Don’t get it in the first place; Have a strong defense system in place to fight the intruder and render it inactive. We have rapidly transitioned to Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Inflammation Spectrum

Following an anti-inflammatory diet can be confusing. Where do I start? What are the most inflammatory foods? How can I personalize such a diet for the food intolerances I have? Will Cole, DC, a functional medicine expert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, simplifies this topic in his new book, The Inflammation Spectrum Read more…

Integrative MedicineReversing Autoimmune Disease

Reversing autoimmune disease

Terry Wahls could be considered a miracle. Bound to a reclining wheelchair with progressive multiple sclerosis, she reversed her condition and, today, enjoys an active lifestyle, returning to her medical practice and leading research to help others. However, her methods are far from miraculous; they are simply a change in Read more…

Integrative MedicineAnticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six

Anti cancer book

Anticancer Living is authored by the husband and wife team of Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Alison Jefferies, MEd who lead the integrative medicine program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The scientific basis of all their information and recommendations is deep and sound.  In many ways, this Read more…

Integrative MedicineHow Our Bodies Process Sugar

How bodies process sugar

The food we consume is made up of three nutrients: proteins, fat and carbohydrates. Of the carbohydrates, there are three types: sugar, starch and fiber. Sugars are the simplest form of carbohydrates and examples include sucrose (table sugar), glucose (our body’s source of energy) and fructose (found in fruits and Read more…

Integrative MedicineIs Your Trash Overflowing?

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Our bodies are well designed to sort everything we encounter into a beneficial input to be absorbed and utilized or a useless or toxic input to be repelled or eliminated. From the food we eat and the air we breathe to organisms we encounter, these systems are robustly built to Read more…

Integrative MedicineRose Absolute for Anxiety

In these uncertain times, we are seeing a vast increase in the number of people who constantly feel depressed, anxious and out of balance. Major depressive disorder affects more than 16 million Americans and 40 million adults (1 in 5 people) regularly suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, with irregular 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…

Integrative MedicineTreating Cancer Metabolically

Despite the billions of dollars spent on cancer research and treatments, cancer rates continue to skyrocket. It is currently estimated that 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year and 609,640 people will die from cancer.1  Approximately 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer Read more…

Integrative MedicineLean is the New Fit

With 70 percent of Americans being overweight or obese, most people have excess body fat. Being lean means having low body fat, and many of us with this healthier state are often accused of being underweight. What makes us have excess fat? This is commonly misunderstood. Our genes play a Read more…

Integrative MedicineDietary Approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease

Editor’s note: The connection between Alzheimer’s and nutrition has been covered often in Desert Health, but as the topic is both new and important, we will continue to publish editorials by a variety of practitioners. Previous articles can be found at here. The statistics around Alzheimer’s disease are highly concerning. Read more…

Integrative MedicineI Forgot My Oxygen Mask

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

As I write this column, I’m sick at home. It is a rare day that I don’t push through and go to work, but as I continued to chill and sweat through the night, I knew I had to cancel my clinic day and just stay in bed.  This doesn’t Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Nature Cure: A Doctor’s Guide to the Science of Natural Medicine

In Germany, doctors must complete medical school and specialty training before they can become trained and certified in naturopathic medicine. Andreas Michalsen, MD, is professor of clinical complementary medicine in Berlin at the largest university hospital in Europe. He is board-certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, nutritional medicine, and physical Read more…

Integrative MedicineProactive Breast Health

Breast cancer is a common health problem, affecting one out of eight women in the United States. Instead of worrying about whether you are going to get it, or what to do if you have it, be proactive and take breast health into your own hands.  An excellent book on Read more…

Integrative MedicineDopamine Driven Sugar Addiction

In my practice as a nutrition consultant, I am continually trying to support people in their struggle with foods that sabotage their health goals. In my own life I am constantly battling my own “sugar addiction.”  Eating and the desire to eat stimulate different mechanisms in the brain. Dopamine, the Read more…

Integrative MedicineMedical Aromatherapy

aromatherapy

Medical aromatherapy (also known as clinical aromatherapy) is a practice that is rapidly gaining acceptance in the medical world. Education, awareness and practice-based evidence have been the drivers behind the emergence of this new aromatic healing paradigm.  Each plant-derived essential oil has unique uses, benefits and healing properties, and many Read more…