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January/February 2012

Desert HealthJanuary/February 2012

Happy New Year! Human beings are funny. We know that good health comes down to making the right choices. But bad habits are hard to break, and we tend to be drawn to things that are bad for us. Sometimes it’s cultural or lack of knowledge, but more often it Read more…

Medical NewsHow Do We Stop the Diabetes Epidemic

hamburger, cookies, cake, pizza, chips

The 1950’s were a time of excess in America. Rising from the desperation of the 40’s and World War II, Americans were filled with optimism–anything was possible and we had the world at our fingertips. It was a time of invention. Companies sold convenience and accessibility with families in mind. Read more…

Health is a ChoiceHealth is a Choice: Bill Clinton

Health Is A Choice showcases individuals who have significantly changed their life and the lives of others by making health a priority. In this issue, we are honored to feature former President Bill Clinton’s personal journey and how his international efforts to make the world a healthier place are now Read more…

Medical NewsJoslin Diabetes Center to debut at Desert Regional Medical Center

Sande Quattlebaum

New affiliation brings physicians and their patients the benefits of a team approach based on some of the latest research. Desert Regional Medical Center has partnered with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center to become one of only two centers on the West Coast offering Joslin’s comprehensive clinical approach to diabetes Read more…

Medical NewsWomen and Diabetes

Editorial Courtesy of Desert Regional Medical Center Actress Halle Berry, singer Patti LaBelle, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and author Anne Rice are just several of the more than 12 million American women living with diabetes. This disease, which changes the way the body uses sugar, can increase a woman’s Read more…

Medical NewsCalling All Doctors, Nurses and Dentists: Volunteers In Medicine Is Ready for You

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Coachella Valley’s Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) just celebrated its inaugural year and is currently looking for medical and dental professionals to contribute their time to assist with VIM’s continued growth. Desert Health® sat down with VIM management team, President Roy Pitkin, M.D.; Board Member and Founder, Ron Hare, M.D.; and Read more…

Medical NewsHere’s to a Healthier New Year! Tips From the Team at The Eisenhower Wellness Institute

In December, the doctors from the Eisenhower Wellness Institute reviewed some old fashioned advice and the latest research on healthy practices to consider for 2012. Presenters included Medical Director, Patricia Avila, MD, MPH; Integrative Medicine Specialist, Hessam Mahdavi, MD, DC; and Sports Medicine Specialist, Steven Steele, MD. Desert Health® was Read more…

Medical NewsHearing Loss And Hearing Aids: What You Need To Know (Part 2 of 2)

Hearing loss is a major public health issue. It is the third most common chronic illness in the U.S, after arthritis and heart disease. So why does hearing loss often go untreated? In many cases, it occurs gradually, so individuals may not be aware of their hearing loss. This article, Read more…

Medical NewsCT Coronary Angiogram: A Simpler Way to Detect Heart Disease

3D image of a heart taken with advanced CT technology

Coronary artery disease is the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque within the walls of the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. This disease is the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide (especially postmenopausal women). When plaque ruptures in a coronary artery it can lead to Read more…

Medical NewsGolf: Is Your Back Your Biggest Handicap?

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If your aching back is keeping you off the course, it doesn’t have to. Desert Health® recently spoke with Dr. David Duffner, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Desert Regional Medical Center’s Institute of Clinical Orthopedics & Neurosciences (ICON) to determine what you should do if back pain is keeping Read more…

Medical NewsPractitioner Profile: Hessam Mahdavi MD, DC

dr mahdavi hessam

Profession: Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Chiropractic Studied: Saba University School of Medicine; Southern California College of Chiropractic Practicing: Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine at Eisenhower Wellness Institute Originally From: Newport Beach. Has lived in the Desert for 2 years Professional Accreditations: Member American College of Physicians Board Certification, Internal Medicine Certification, Holistic Read more…

Integrated PracticesHyberbaric Oxygen Therapy: An Effective (And Underused) Modality for Diabetic Wound Healing

Before and after photos of diabetic foot wound healing from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is now a widely accepted, FDA approved – and often life saving – modality. There are currently up to 18 conditions covered by insurance and diabetic wound healing is one of the most common. Diabetic patients are at a greater risk for getting infections and have Read more…

Integrated PracticesHyperlipidemia: Some Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Statins are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the United States, with over 255 million prescriptions per year. Lipitor (atorvasatin) is the best-selling drug in the category, with sales of $7.2 billion annually. Crestor (rosuvastatin) has $3.8 billion in annual sales and is the 8th best-selling drug in Read more…

Integrated PracticesAlternative Options for High Cholesterol

Approximately 1 in 6 adult Americans has high cholesterol–a major risk factor for heart disease. High cholesterol levels can result from poor diet choices, limited exercise, high stress, or genetic predisposition. Heart disease, including heart attacks and clogged arteries, also results from inflammation in the cardiovascular system stemming from the Read more…

Natural Options‘Diabesity,’ Insulin resistance and Leptin

Many health experts are using a new term to describe the combination of diabetes and obesity called ‘Diabesity’. It is now believed that Diabesity may be the largest epidemic the world has ever faced. Some estimates predict the total number of individuals with “obesity induced diabetes” will reach 366 million Read more…

Natural OptionsNutrition and Diabetes: An Interview with Elizabeth Quigley, Registered Dietician

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Diabetes can be managed and prevented with food choices. It sounds simple, but old habits are hard to change and people often don’t know the right choices for their specific requirements. Fortunately, diabetes is one of two conditions for which nutritional counseling is covered by Medicare and most major medical Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Technology Assists Acupuncturists with Diagnosis and Treatment

The art and science of health diagnosis is performed by health care professionals who consider two main bodies of information. First, the health care professional is told the subjective symptoms by the patient. This includes the patient’s medical history, and the nature of the symptoms, such as discomfort, pain, and Read more…

Natural OptionsInflammation or ‘Diabetic Syndrome’: The Precursor to Type II Diabetes and Other Disease

The average American consumes 160 pounds of sugar each year and the inflammation that this produces can be a killer. In my book, The Family Guide to Naturopathic Medicine, Diabetic Syndrome (DS) is the term I use to describe this inflammatory disease that may affect up to two thirds of Read more…

Natural OptionsNourish Your Skin the Healthier Way

Winter is the time when our skin gets the most dry and dull, and suffers a condition called “winter itch.” We moisturize as much as possible to keep our skin from cracking due to cold temperature. Understanding how your skin functions and what natural ingredients are most beneficial will help Read more…

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…