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January/February 2013

Desert EventsSO Much More Than Golf at the Humana Challenge

The Humana Challenge is proving to be so much more than a world-class golf tournament. You probably heard about Brian Gay’s exciting playoff victory. But did you hear about the many other triumphs featured around the event? The busy weekend started early Saturday when more than 200 volunteers joined The Read more…

Medical NewsLove Your Heart

Love Your Heart

We all know what our heart loves. We’ve heard it a million times…optimal weight, regular exercise and a heart-healthy diet. In an effort to achieve these goals and continue improving our well-being, most of us have probably given up some of our favorite things this time of year. But we Read more…

Health is a ChoiceChildren taught healthy habits often keep them for life

health is a choice

Just ask the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg. They grew up in 1960’s Philadelphia as part of a health-conscious vegetarian family–a choice their parents made for health, not religion. When kids were bringing Wonder bread and bologna sandwiches to school, they had vegetables on sprouted wheat bread that Read more…

Desert HealthJanuary/February 2013: How Lucky Are We?

Of all the regions across America, the Coachella Valley was chosen for the launch of the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative. What does this mean to our community? This means there will be a heightened awareness and action to improve health within our schools, our government, our social circles, our Read more…

Medical NewsEyelid Surgery and Excessive Tearing: An In-Depth Discussion

The eyes play a vital role in human communication. We all want to look and feel our best, and our eyes go a long way in making a lasting impression. Ideally, we want to portray and emphasize our inner energy and vitality with a fresh, rested look. With time, however, Read more…

Medical NewsLung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

More people die of lung cancer each year than breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancers combined.  Lung cancer kills, so why be a victim? The current lung cancer screening guidelines are in response to the results of the National Cancer Institute’s sponsored national lung screening trial (NLST).  NLST findings published Read more…

Medical NewsHeart Healthy Exercise Just Steps Away

According to Jennifer Mieres, M.D., American Heart Association (AHA), “to get heart-healthy benefits, you need to get your heart rate up.” Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all physical activity adds up to a healthier heart. Our desert, especially this time of Read more…

Medical NewsDiabetic Medications and Diabetic Eye Disease

In eye care, one of the physician quality reporting indicators is the presence or absence of diabetic macular edema. Macular edema is swelling, thickening or fluid retention in the central macular region of the retina. If left untreated, macular edema can have short-term and long-term effects on vision.  It is Read more…

Medical News50+? Schedule your colon cancer screening this year

The General Surgeon

Happy 2013 to all! As we begin the New Year, many of us have good intentions to follow through on our resolutions which may include losing weight, finishing projects we’ve put off, quitting smoking, and making more time for your family. There is one New Year’s resolution that I hope Read more…

Medical NewsAdvanced Imaging for Non-invasive Screening

Advances in technology over the past 30 years have allowed clinicians to diagnose and treat patients using less invasive and more accurate methods. The introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) changed the way physicians “looked inside” a body to see if there Read more…

Medical NewsHow to Handle Family Gatherings with Hearing Loss

Family gatherings should be a joyous time of celebration, spent with loved ones, and reconnecting with friends and family. Grandparents delight in seeing their grandchildren.  Many of us catch up with those we haven’t seen since last year. However, these gatherings can be less than pleasant for some individuals. Hearing-impaired Read more…

Desert HealthSimply Meditate

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Sometimes the simplest task is the hardest. In the case of meditation this is true for many. Meditation is simply defined as the ‘cessation of fluctuations of the mind.’ There is enough statistical research supporting this, and we should all be taking time in our day to have uninterrupted quiet Read more…

Natural OptionsJust Another Ride On Your Harley

I have been brushing my teeth for some sixty years, so it’s not a stretch for me to believe in the value of a clean colon. But still, when asked if I would try Desert Colon Hydrotherapy and then write a review, I was a little apprehensive. I’ve been married Read more…

Natural OptionsHelp Those Who Are Grieving This Time of Year

Couple Grieving

The holidays are over, and this time of year can be very difficult for those who are experiencing loss-the loss of friends, family members, pets and even physical health. They may be experiencing an emotional rollercoaster with feelings of sadness, loneliness, emptiness and anxiety. Grief is a normal, highly personal Read more…

Natural OptionsIs Spinal Decompression a Viable Option for Back Pain Relief?

In the world of chiropractic health care, spinal decompression is promoted as the latest technology to relieve back pain caused by compressed or degenerative discs. Although some within the medical community, including the Mayo Clinic, are using the treatment for conditions such as herniated and bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and Read more…

Natural OptionsTop 10 Resolutions to Reach Your Optimal Health

Resolutions

What is Optimal Health? In his book, Dr. A’s Habits of Health, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen describes Optimal Health as ‘the highest degree of health that is possible for you to achieve.’ The reality for many people is they’re simply surviving in a slowly declining state of well-being, not really Read more…

Natural OptionsRelieve Your Pain and Improve Your Game

Pain, stress or limited motion keeps you from achieving optimal results and benefits from your sport. Pain and muscular tension interfere with your mobility on the tennis court or the swing of your golf club, reducing your performance, endurance and enjoyment. Do you wake up the day after golfing, biking Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Need to Unwind, for Health’s Sake

mental health relaxing

The holidays are behind us and we’ve just turned the corner into the New Year. Now it’s time to get ourselves back on track for more balanced living. But how easy is that in this extremely social valley with galas, fundraisers and a seemingly endless calendar of events? We move Read more…

Integrated PracticesCholesterol: Reconsidering Our Prejudice Against This 27 Carbon Molecule

Cholesterol is historically thought to be the biggest predictor for heart disease, and therefore not something we want in high quantities in our bodies. But, an emerging new paradigm in the medical community suggests it may not be the most important determinant for cardiovascular disease. So if cholesterol doesn’t cause Read more…

Integrated PracticesGenetic Testing for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the general term used to describe any medical condition of the heart, blood vessels, and arteries. The type of heart disease that affects most Americans is coronary artery disease, or a blockage of plaques in the cardiovascular system which often leads to heart attacks. The most common Read more…