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January/February 2012

Natural OptionsThe Ancient Art of Cupping

cupping

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

aloe gel

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…

FitnessNo Gym? No Problem! A 20-minute Fat Scorching Workout You Can Do at Home

Happy New Year!  With the holidays behind us, now is the time to get back on your fitness track. So I am providing a workout that can be done at home to get you started and help shed those holiday pounds. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and Read more…

FitnessDiabetes Prevention and Treatment: Are You Active Enough?

Diabetes Mellitus (or Diabetes) currently affects 25.8 million people or 8.3% of the American population. Of those Americans 65 and over, diabetes affects 10.9 million or 26% of the population and increases the risk of death by twice as much as those individuals without diabetes. Diabetes has been shown to Read more…

Through the GenerationsUnderstanding Your Child’s Gluten-Sensitive Diagnosis

Is adopting a gluten-free lifestyle a necessity or choice? Some people may have a gluten intolerance, some may show sensitivity symptoms, and others are opting to be gluten-free. Once we learned my daughter was gluten sensitive, I knew our diets had to change. I had so many questions and I Read more…

Through the GenerationsPromoting Career Exploration

In recent years, there has been a focus on 2 intervention points in the educational lives of America’s children: early childhood and high school. Lost is the importance of the upper elementary grades and middle school, and the role they must play in the preparation of students for life after Read more…

Health & BeautyNon-Surgical Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation: Botulinum Toxin and Facial Fillers

The eyes are the natural focus point of a person’s face and convey a wide range of expressions. Naturally, we want our faces to communicate the same enthusiasm and energy that we are conveying verbally. Additionally, we all want to look and feel our best every day. Non-surgical procedures offer Read more…

Health & BeautyWhy Not Natural…When It’s Effective & Affordable?

AgeDefy Collection

A Desert Health® Review A healthy diet shows in your skin… fruits and vegetables literally nourish your body inside and out. So why don’t we pay more attention to the products we use on our skin? I’ve long wondered if natural skin care products are as effective as the much-hyped Read more…

Health & BeautyBreast Augmentation: Decisions for Surgeon and Patient

Dr. Mo Zakhireh

It’s an honor to take part in educating the residents of the Desert by contributing to Desert Health®. My name is Mo Zakhireh (zak-a-RI-ah) and I am a local board certified plastic surgeon in Palm Desert. I have been in the desert for seven years and was formerly on staff Read more…

Through the GenerationsKnow the Warning Signs of a Stroke

If you have ever known someone who had a stroke, you know how devastating the experience can be. There are many side effects of varying degrees that can limit one’s abilities to do the things they love. Strokes can significantly alter one’s lifestyle. And a stroke doesn’t just happen to Read more…

Through the GenerationsCreate a Healthier Lifestyle By Getting Involved – Today!

Many of us get into daily routines which do not include activities that give us an improved sense of life satisfaction. Occupational Therapy professors at the University of Southern California (USC) have found that small, healthy lifestyle changes, coupled with involvement in meaningful activities, are critical to healthy aging. It Read more…

Through the GenerationsAn Inspiration to All

Heading to the finish line at the Solana Beach Triathlon

Bill Bell has competed in 32 Ironman triathlons and 33 half Ironman races. He has completed 158 marathons and ultra runs (between 26.2 and 52.4 miles); and two Ultraman 3 day triathlons (6 mile swim, 250 mile bike, and 52.4 miles run – yes, all in one day). He has Read more…

Fresh Cuisine“The Queen of Clean Cuisine™” Offers Organic Cooking at Jennifer’s Kitchen

Greek wrap with baked falafa

A Desert Health Review When you walk into Jennifer’s Kitchen, you are reminded of a Napa Valley café, quaint with both bistro and family style tables and wine décor adorning the walls. My mother and I stopped by to enjoy lunch one day after meeting Jennifer and sampling her cuisine Read more…

Fresh CuisineMinestrone Soup

minestrone soup

A healthy & hearty winter meal suggestion from the Growers Market family 1 lb mixed fresh vegetables, such as celery, zucchini, carrots, young cabbage, spinach 4 tomatoes 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups vegetable or meat stock 2 cups dried pasta (short type) 1-14 Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Diabetes Club Launches Exercise Program

Lisa Manning

The Desert Diabetes Club has launched a weekly exercise program designed specifically for those with diabetes. The classes are held each Tuesday from 11am – 12pm at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus in Rancho Mirage. Classes will be led by certified fitness instructor, Read more…

Desert HealthFree Golf Clinic for Stroke and Parkinson’s Patients

Patty Curtiss and a member of the Country Villas team

A team of valley health care professionals have come together to offer a free monthly golf clinic for stroke and Parkinson’s patients at Country Villas Rancho Mirage Healthcare Center. Patty Curtiss, golf professional, certified athletic trainer, and founder of Bounce You Back and Golf Rehab; Stacy Hennis, a physical therapist Read more…

Desert HealthWarm up Winter with Ginger Oil

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many of us know ginger from the dollop of pinkish shaved root plant on our sushi tray sitting next to the wasabi. This root plant has a hint of lemon and a hint of pepper taste with an aroma that heightens the senses. The stem of the ginger plant has Read more…

Desert HealthThe Stroke Recovery Center, Palm Springs

Since 1999, the Board of Directors of the Desert Healthcare District (DHD) has invested over $1 million in the Stroke Recovery Center to support the development and implementation of patient programs, and promote rehabilitation services for stroke survivors. The Stroke Recovery Center offers a unique program model for stroke rehabilitation.  Read more…