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January/February 2015

Integrated PracticesWheat Belly’s William Davis, M.D.

William Davis, M.D., changed the way many of us view “healthy whole grains” with his New York Times bestseller, Wheat Belly. Describing his first book as a means of “easing consumers into the real conversation,” Davis takes it a step further in his new book, Wheat Belly Total Health, explaining Read more…

Desert HealthSo Much to Celebrate!

The New Year brings time for reflection, appreciation, intention and change. This issue is bursting with all of the above and we hope you find much inspiration on our pages. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we reflect on our growth and the concentrated focus on wellness throughout the Coachella Read more…

Medical NewsDotson Finds Treasure in DRMC Team

“Storage Wars” fans surely know America’s most recognized auctioneer, Dan Dotson. He and his wife Laura lead a cast of characters seeking treasures in abandoned storage units throughout Southern California in the A&E hit reality show. Dan’s gruff voice, fast-paced chatter and packed schedule give the sense of ‘life in Read more…

Medical NewsMedical Tourism Aids Local Economy

When you think about your medical care do you envision a tennis match, a few rounds of golf, or relaxing in a spa? Many patients do! And the Coachella Valley is one of the premier locations in the United States – and the world – for both medical care and Read more…

Medical NewsContact Lenses: Lack of Care Can Lead to Infection

A 2014 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that in 2010 there were an estimated 988,000 visits to doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and emergency departments for keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) and other contact lens-related eye conditions. The total cost was estimated to be Read more…

Medical NewsBotox: The Poison that Heals

Botulinum toxin is best known for its use in aesthetics as an agent for smoothing away facial wrinkles and turning back the signs of aging. It works by blocking the signals sent by nerve endings to muscles, preventing them from contracting and thereby smoothing out the lines of the skin Read more…

Medical NewsHyperbarics Show Promise for TBI

Every year in the United States, roughly two million individuals sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Approximately 60,000 of these patients die, and the remainder proceed through life with various disabilities. Unfortunately, many of the brain-injured individuals, including a significant number of athletes and soldiers today, live a life of despair Read more…

Medical NewsA Second Look at Pain

Everyone experiences acute or short term pain during their life. 80% of the U.S. population experiences low- to mid-back pain while others experience persistent pain without relief. Why do some patients with acute pain overcome their pain while other patients develop long-term, debilitating pain? The answer lies in how the Read more…

Natural OptionsThank YOU, Mr. President!

Last October I was extremely honored to have been asked by the Clinton Foundation to write an essay on behalf of the Coachella Valley about President Clinton’s impact in this region. Worldwide essays were compiled in a book presented to the President in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and many of them involve trying to break addictions. But according to statisticbrain.com, only 8 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions are successful. 8 percent! From stopping smoking to quitting drinking to cutting out sweets or foods that are Read more…

Natural OptionsDiabetes and Traditional Chinese Medicine

An estimated 25.8 million men, women and children in the United States have diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Untreated diabetes affects the whole Read more…

Natural OptionsTreating Anxiety with Nutrition

Feeling anxious or having episodes of anxiety can be very overwhelming and debilitating; yet struggling with daily anxiety is a common issue for many people. Fortunately, there are many simple, natural approaches to reducing anxiety. One of the simplest – and a necessary fundamental treatment – is a healthy diet Read more…

Natural OptionsMitochondrial Inflammation and Cancer

Dr. Thomas Seyfried teaches neurogenetics and neurochemistry at Yale University. He is also a pioneering researcher in promoting how to treat cancer nutritionally. His book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management and Prevention of Cancer, contains over 400 pages and 1,740 medical references that make a compelling Read more…

Natural OptionsWhole Body Cryotherapy for Athletic Performance

Everyone knows that icing injuries can be very beneficial. Fortunately, technology has advanced and the days of submerging into a tub full of chilling ice water have given way a simpler, more comfortable and more effective method, nitrogen driven whole body cryotherapy (Cryo). Medical doctors initially praised the benefits of Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Benefits of Thai Massage

If you’ve been receiving regular massage or body work then you already understand the benefit of taking care of your muscular and skeletal pains with therapeutic bodywork. Most people choose a Swedish, deep tissue or sports massage for these purposes. Thai massage is an often overlooked or misunderstood treatment that Read more…

Natural OptionsSetting an Intention for the New Year

It’s the start of 2015 and by now many of us have set resolutions. 45% of the population makes a New Year’s resolution and approximately 8% sticks to the intention. The most common reason for this is related to the busy time during the week between Christmas and New Year. Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation: A Widely Studied Phenomenon Today

Not that long ago, the word “meditation” conjured up images of ascetics dwelling austerely in Himalayan caves. Today, just about every town in America has a yoga studio which typically offers some form of meditation practice. Until recently, however, no one really knew if meditation could offer consistent, practical benefits, Read more…

Integrated PracticesAchieving Vibrancy Through Proactive Health

Being “well” to some doctors and being “well” to patients is not always the same thing. Doctors often focus on relieving suffering from illness, while patients just want to feel like they did when they were 25. They want their vitality back. Being well shouldn’t simply be about having less Read more…

Integrated PracticesCDC: This Season’s Flu Vaccine Ineffective. Now What?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that this year’s flu vaccine is not effective against this season’s most prevalent flu strain. While this may be cause for alarm for some as we approach the peak of flu season, I am confident that using other flu prevention tools can Read more…

Integrated PracticesWorld AIDS Day in the Coachella Valley

December 1, 2014 marked the 27th annual observation of World AIDS Day. Its purpose has always been to raise awareness, increase activism, foster prevention, support the HIV/AIDS community and most poignantly, commemorate the 39 million people worldwide who have died from AIDS. One would think that two-and-a-half decades are a Read more…