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Publisher’s NoteJuly/August 2011

Lauren and Dakota

In this issue, we take a look at living with cancer. It seems that everyone knows at least one person affected by this prevalent disease. My moment of realization came upon walking into a local oncologist’s office only to find it more crowded than Clark’s Nutrition. It truly made my Read more…

Publisher’s NoteDesert Health® News Added to SunLine Transit Agency’s Healthy Lifestyles Program

As part of their internal program encouraging healthier lifestyles, SunLine Transit Agency is distributing Desert Health® News to all employees. Three and half years ago, SunLine initiated a 10 week weight loss program encouraging employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. SunLine’s health provider, HealthNet, supported the program realizing that conditions such Read more…

Publisher’s NoteTaking The Waters

Jennifer DiFrancesco

The word “spa” comes from a small 14th century town known for curative, thermal mineral springs. From this location, the Latin phrase “sanitas per aquas” (health through water) originated. Treating the body through baths and water traveled from ancient Greece and the Roman Empire to the Renaissance era. By the Read more…

Publisher’s NoteForward Looking Funders

Mentoring youth for success in life and career requires recognition of their talent and potential contribution to the community, as well as, investment in support systems to ensure success. When it comes to investing in young people’s pursuit of health careers, one local funder stands out. The Desert Healthcare District Read more…

Publisher’s NoteTruths that Transform the World

Human beings are born with a longing to grow beyond ourselves, to penetrate and illuminate the mysterious depths of our own heart. Our desire to walk among the stars does not seem out of reach; the wish to be eternal goes with us everywhere. In more down-to-earth terms, if we Read more…

Publisher’s NoteMay/June 2011

Lauren and Dakota

Our local health care community continues to take big steps towards integrative medicine. Desert Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened a second location in La Quinta, working with complementary practitioners on the Valley’s east end. And this month, EMC launches the Eisenhower Wellness Institute. However, many of us are confused Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWhy We Should Love the Sun

Why Should We Love the Sun?

Let’s face it. Lately the sun has gotten a bad rap. Many fear the sun’s rays and  worry about skin cancer. But most of us live in the Desert by choice and 350+ days of sunshine has something to do with it. So can we enjoy the sun? “I think Read more…

Publisher’s NoteLetting Go

We have all had those times in our lives when we are momentarily able to see that we may have lost sight of that which is really important. Maybe we think we are the only one who is suffering emotionally. Then comes that moment when, in lashing out at someone Read more…

Publisher’s NoteHarnessing Intention for Positive Energy and Wellness

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many Eastern principles and approaches can resonate and spread positive energy and wellness into our lives. The following are a few techniques and approaches to explore: Chi is the aspect of energy from an Eastern perspective. There is a Taoist approach identifying two different types of chi; prenatal and postnatal. Read more…

Publisher’s NoteMarch/April 2011

Lauren and Dakota

Thank you! I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you…our readers! Your support of Desert Health News has made our publication an instant success. Many of you have expressed your appreciation for information found in articles and others for introductions to featured practitioners. We are proud to have Read more…

Publisher’s NoteHITS–Thermal: Talk of the Winter Horse Show Circuit Records Set For Second Half

An outstanding start to the 2011 HITS Desert Circuit, combined with absolutely fabulous desert weather, has made Thermal the talk of the winter horse show circuits which also take place in Florida and Arizona. The first three (of six) week competition concluded on February 13th with the second half continuing Read more…

Publisher’s NoteLawn Bowling: A Sport for the Ages

They wear white in honor of 700 years of tradition and come together up to three times a week. 50 players–all over age 50–some of whom have Parkinson’s, early stage Alzheimer’s, cancer, hip and knee replacements, arthritis, and all the ailments typical of aging. They gather to play an engaging Read more…

Publisher’s NoteGrounding Your Golf Swing

Your weight is placed lightly on the balls of your feet, balanced between your front and rear foot. There is a slight shift to the back foot, then another shift back to the front. Sound like dance steps? These intricate movements actually describe what goes on below the knees during Read more…

Publisher’s NoteLa Quinta: Born of A Doctor’s Advice

In 1921, prominent San Francisco businessman, Walter H. Morgan, came to the Desert on the advice of his doctor to heal his recently diagnosed tuberculosis. He purchased 1,400 acres from the local Cahuilla people in an area called “Happy Hollow.” His goal was to create a private sanctuary where guests Read more…

Publisher’s NoteDRMC Comprehensive Cancer Center Opens in La Quinta

Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has opened a satellite location in La Quinta for its Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The new facility brings CCC’s highly regarded practice of quality conventional care and complementary modalities to residents of the East Valley. “We are pleased to bring our unique brand of hi-tech Read more…

Publisher’s NoteThe Coachella Valley’s Health Care Industry: MENTORING THE FUTURE

Brought to you by CVEP – Healthcare Industry Council In Homer’s classic “The Odyssey,” the mentor is the advisor to Odysseus who is entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus. Similarly, we as a community are being called to partner in new ways with educators in the care and Read more…

Publisher’s NoteJim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® Celebrates 16 Years of Educating the Coachella Valley

The largest educational and inspirational event of its kind in the western United States, the 16th annual Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center. The public is invited to this free event, Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWelcome!

Lauren and Dakota

When my husband suggested moving to the Desert, two things came to mind –‘heaven’s waiting room’ as the Desert has been referred for its older demographic and ‘mystical healing powers’ as are thought to exist in this region. It took only a couple of visits to realize that the thriving Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWhat is Integrated Health Care?

The Coachella Valley’s health care community is unique in that it is home to internationally-acclaimed medical establishments and world-renowned holistic and alternative healthcare practitioners. When conventional western medicine is practiced in conjunction with alternative modalities it is commonly referred to as integrated health care or “integrative medicine.” A 1998 study Read more…

Publisher’s NoteKnow the Scoop (& the Poop) on Your Dog’s Food

Did you know that your pet’s poop is the best way to determine his health? A dog under the weather will convince you he feels fine. This behavior comes from thousands of years in the wild where sick and weak animals are easy prey, so they do their best to Read more…