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Natural OptionsWhat’s all the Buzz about B’s?

Most people know that B vitamins are “good” for your health, but why? If you don’t know, B ready to B informed. B vitamins are one of the most commonly deficient nutrients in Americans. Very common medications, such as cholesterol lowering medication (statins), oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, anti-biotics, and Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Ancient Art of Cupping

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Recently there has been a renewed interest in one of the most ancient of medical practices: cupping, or the application of suction cups to the body. Although we don’t know where cupping originated, as far back as 2,500 B.C. in China and Egypt cupping was highly respected as a treatment, Read more…

Natural OptionsNatural Agents Help Manage Diabetic Neuropathy

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Diabetic neuropathy is defined as damage to the nerves that occurs due to long-term, unregulated high blood sugar levels from diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy, the most common form of diabetic neuropathy, is experienced as a loss of sensation, numbness, tingling or burning in the arms and legs. Toes and feet are Read more…

Natural OptionsJoin the 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative will kick off its 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge on January 11. Almost 1,000 Coachella Valley residents have participated in the collaborative’s previous challenges. It is expected that more than 1,500 people will participate in the 2012 challenge. Geared toward local organizations, businesses and residents, the Read more…

Natural OptionsPROACTIVE HEALTHCARE: Understanding Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals, and Antioxidants

Many people have heard of the terms oxidative stress, antioxidants and free radicals, but may not understand what they really mean. The process of oxidative stress can be difficult to comprehend, but a basic understanding is very important. Oxidative stress is a general term used to describe the steady state Read more…

Natural OptionsHealth Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy

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We live in a toxic world. Our air, water, land, and foods are loaded with toxic chemicals. A recent study of infants (blood drawn from the umbilical cord at birth), indicated that the average child at birth had over 250 different toxins. From an evolutionary perspective, these toxins are a Read more…

Natural OptionsEat a Rainbow Every Day

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Color is known to affect our mood and emotions, but did you know that the colors in foods do more than just look tasty? I often tell my clients to eat a rainbow everyday, and here’s why… Colors in foods promote the expression of healthy DNA coding and are called Read more…

Natural OptionsMovement is Life and The Key to Staying Young

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Resiliency, the ability to move and adapt to our changing world, is what keeps us alive. This same quality is also what keeps us young. On the surface we look for resiliency in our skin as a sign of youth, but that resiliency is even more important in our organs Read more…

Natural OptionsWhat is Your Immune System Telling You?

The Fever Fallacy Contrary to popular belief, fevers are GOOD and a positive indicator that your body has the strength to fight off pathogens. A fever is part of your body’s defense mechanism and actually kills off bacteria and viruses that can’t live in higher temperatures. Fevers up to 104ºF Read more…

Natural OptionsLaser Therapy to the Rescue!

Laser therapy is gaining worldwide recognition for its ability to reduce pain and enhance healing without drugs or invasive surgery. Low level laser therapy is safe, non-invasive and free of side effects. It speeds recovery time, increases joint flexibility and reduces inflammation. In 1917 Albert Einstein presented mathematical equations that Read more…

Natural OptionsStress Management: Live the Life You Deserve

Today, we live in a world where stress erodes every facet of our lives. When stress becomes chronic, we are susceptible to a myriad of stress-related disorders, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraines, sleep disorders, depression, and chronic pain. In Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Cause of Chronic Fatigue Identified: Mitochondrial Dysfunction

For many people over 40, episodes of fatigue are not uncommon. For many, having low energy is a chronic problem for which they’ve been to doctor after doctor trying to find a reason for their prolonged state of fatigue. Other symptoms may include depression, muscle pain, brain fog, weight gain, 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 OptionsIntegrative Therapy for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

Osteoporosis is a devastating consequence of aging. Post menopause, bones lose stores of essential minerals and calcium needed to remain strong. The progression toward osteoporosis is a quiet one, many women not even aware they are at risk. Bones are living tissues that go through a process of breakdown and Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Herb Pharmacy in Your Kitchen

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the basics of good health are a moderate lifestyle; a broad spectrum of cooked and fresh food and spices; regular exercise; adequate rest and relaxation; and a good attitude. In Chinese culture, these strategies are part of everyday life and Chinese herbs are a part Read more…

Natural OptionsYoga–A Breath of Fresh Air

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“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.” —Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika The body can go weeks without food, and days without water 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 OptionsMindful, Introspective and Intentional Breathing to Reduce Stress

The power of the breath and its central role in health and longevity was something that the ancient Taoists verified more than 2,500 years ago. Now, centuries later, we know that breathing plays a very powerful role in energizing and detoxifying the body, and reducing the levels of pernicious, destructive Read more…

Natural OptionsFeet Float & Full Body Benefits (for $40!) at Footloose

A Desert Health Review Many know reflexology as a foot and hand therapy. The concept is that each area of your feet and hands corresponds to a region and/or organ in your body. Thus, applying pressure in these areas can provide natural benefits for specific health concerns. Footloose Reflexology offers Read more…

Natural OptionsSophisticated Sweat @ Bikram Yoga Plus

The Desert is lucky to have Bikram Yoga Plus–a beautiful facility that is modern, professional and very welcoming to experienced and new yoga fans alike. And it’s no surprise considering the brains and beauty behind the project. Denise DuBarry Hay, who founded and owned Malibu Yoga in the late 80’s, Read more…