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Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

Music has the power to move us. It conjures up memories of days and moments gone by and can emit emotions that we may not even know we’re feeling until one particular song moves us to our core.  Music can also mend minds. Based out of Los Angeles, Music Mends Read more…

Medical NewsJFK Designated as Primary Stroke Center

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and every 3.5 minutes, someone dies from it. Stroke now accounts for one of every 19 deaths in our country.  And when someone has a stroke, seconds matter. That is why, over the past five years, JFK Memorial Hospital in Read more…

Medical NewsCryoablation Proving Effective for Breast Cancer

This editorial is offered in response to a November 2019 Desert Sun article regarding Phillip Bretz, MD, of La Quinta. In the article, we learned that the California Medical Board placed  Dr. Bretz on probation due to factors related to offering cryoablation or “tumor freezing” to women seeking an alternative Read more…

Medical NewsWhat Are these White Spots?

If you have white spots on your teeth and ever wondered why they are there or what can be done about them, you are not alone. These white spots, called demineralization, can cause some to be self-conscious about their smile. Luckily, advancements in technology have made this condition much easier Read more…

Medical NewsWhat is Direct Primary Care?

Direct primary care (DPC) is a new way of receiving personalized health care from a primary care physician for a small monthly membership fee. In exchange for this fee, patients get unlimited access to their doctor. Depending on your day-to-day needs this can be accomplished by same day or next Read more…

Medical NewsGallstones: When Is Surgery Necessary?

The gallbladder is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. Its function is to store bile produced by the liver. After eating a fat-rich meal, the gallbladder contracts, emptying its contents into the small intestine to help digest the fat. Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that Read more…

Medical NewsFuture Doctors with Advanced Knowledge of Nutrition

mentoring the future

The rates of chronic diseases occurring worldwide have risen annually for decades and while our conventional medical system is populated by amazing practitioners with the best of intentions, most lack the education and training on lifestyle and diet to provide the best care possible for those suffering from chronic diseases. Read more…

Medical NewsHow Does my Thyroid Affect my Eyes?

Because our eyes serve many purposes beyond providing visual input, they can be important indicators of other health-related issues. A variety of systemic conditions have ocular manifestations. One overlooked organ that may cause significant changes to the eyes is the thyroid gland which functions as our inner “thermostat,” setting the Read more…

Medical NewsWhat is an End of Life Doula?

You may have heard of birth doulas who work with pregnant mothers and have been in our health care system a very long time. Recently, we have begun to look at the other end of the life cycle, one that is hard to think about and even harder to talk Read more…

Medical NewsA Holistic Approach to Saving Brains

A new report in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology now ranks Alzheimer’s as the third leading cause of death in our country behind cancer and heart disease.1 It is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with the disease and that number is expected to triple Read more…

Medical NewsBariatric Surgery

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

Most of us are keenly aware that dieting can be a constant yo-yo. In our quest to maintain a healthy weight we’re often motivated to try just about any diet that’s been shown to have at least a modicum of success.  Now take it a step further, when weight becomes Read more…

Medical NewsCould Your Tearing Be a Plumbing Problem?

punctual plugs

The common problem of watery eyes has many causes which are most easily understood if we approach it like a plumbing issue.  Tears are produced in glands (lacrimal glands) located in the outer corners of the upper eyelids, just underneath the bone above our eyes. The tears flow out of Read more…

Medical NewsThe Modern Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment: Less is Often More

women in pink shirts

More than 268,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. During that period, an additional 42,000 women will die of this disease. These numbers represent more than 15 percent of all new cancer cases and nearly 7 percent of all cancer deaths. Currently, 12.8 percent of American women Read more…

Medical NewsPlasma Cell Neoplasms: A Common Form of Blood Cancer in the Coachella Valley

Have you observed vague symptoms of fatigue, weakness, weight loss, bone pain and broken bones recently? Are you above 40 years of age and/or have a history of HIV? If so, you should see your primary care physician and ask for a referral to a hematologist as you are at Read more…

Medical NewsDo You Believe in Miracles?

Shay’s Story

It was early November and there was an itch near the top of my breast that would not go away. I vividly remember how annoying the itch was and thinking I felt a lump. During a boot camp workout, I asked my friend what she thought it might be, and Read more…

Medical NewsWhat HEAL Offered Me

The HEAL academy (Health and Environmental Academy of Learning) is not the average high school academy. By giving students opportunities and experiences to work in their community, the academy helps students like me prepare for a career either in health care or in the environmental health field.  I have been Read more…

Medical NewsHypnosis for Parkinson’s Symptoms

Clients with Parkinson’s disease share the stiffness, shakiness, slowness, pain, fear, anxiety, dementia and sleeplessness that they experience with the disease. As part of integrated medical care, clinical hypnosis is a safe and drug-free approach for treatment that has shown to be effective in reducing these and other symptoms of Read more…

Medical NewsInaugural Prostate Health Initiative

Where were you this past September when we honored men with a prostate cancer diagnosis? Did you know that an estimated 174,650 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 286,600 new cases of U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019? In short, 1 in Read more…

Medical NewsDental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time for any mother, but it often comes with questions about what is safe and important for oral health and dental care. During pregnancy, as hormone levels change, there can be an effect on the oral cavity. One of the more common occurrences is “pregnancy gingivitis” Read more…

Medical NewsLopsided

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

I looked down at my toes as I lay in the restorative yoga pose and noticed one pant-leg pulled up on my shorter leg, accentuating the way I was born. My right leg is an inch shorter than my left leg and so my body has compensated. My back curves Read more…