January/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 is just plain old ‘human… Read more »

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How Do We Stop the Diabetes Epidemic

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. Commercials and door-to-door salesmen did… Read more »

Health 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 coming to the Coachella Valley… Read more »

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Joslin Diabetes Center to debut at Desert Regional Medical Center

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 care. “Joslin is not as… Read more »

Women 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 chances of having a heart… Read more »


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

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 Executive Director, Bruce Yeager to… Read more »

Here’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 there taking notes for you…… Read more »

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Practitioner Profile: Hessam Mahdavi MD, DC

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 and Integrative Medicine Doctor of… Read more »

Alternative 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 same lifestyle choices. Therefore treating… Read more »

‘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 worldwide by 2030, with an… Read more »

Nourish 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 you choose the proper skin… Read more »

What’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 antacids, rob our body of… Read more »