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January/February 2018

Natural OptionsHealthy Cocktails for the New Year

The holiday season focuses on family and friends and goes hand-in-hand with another helping of dessert and just one more glass of wine. Do you need a cleanup from the extra holiday cheer? Start your New Year’s detox with a different kind of cocktail. IV nutrient cocktails can rev up Read more…

Natural OptionsTry Essential Oils Before Drugs

For nearly a century, antibiotics have been used to control bacteria that can make us sick. But in recent decades, bacteria have evolved to be resistant to some or all known antibiotics. These are called “superbugs,” with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus) being the best known. Certain strains of tuberculosis, pneumonia, Read more…

Natural OptionsBreaking Through Your Heart Wall

What would your life be like if you had always listened to and followed the wisdom of your heart? Maybe you have, and your life is full and flourishing, or maybe you pause when you think about the many times you have chosen your head over your heart. Some of Read more…

Integrated PracticesEmbracing Transition

A year ago, I was soul-searching. There were great things happening in my work, and I was passionate about the wellness programs we were providing. However, I was starting to see new possibilities for greater impact and for me to live a more balanced life. Eventually, what I wanted became Read more…

Integrated PracticesPellet Hormone Therapy Benefits

There are several forms of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy including pellet therapy in which a pellet about the size of a cooked grain of rice is easily implanted in the upper fatty part of the hip or buttock. The therapy is viable for both men and women; women typically receive Read more…

Integrated PracticesShay’s Story: The Cancer Cycle

Shay Moraga was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of 2016 and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… In this New Year, I look forward to reviewing my goals from last year and reflecting on how the past year has played out. Read more…

Integrated PracticesWe Finally Understand Overweight and Obesity

Jason Fung, MD, taught me how not to eat. I never realized I could skip meals and have greater mental clarity and more energy. In his book, The Obesity Code (Greystone, 2016), Fung, a nephrologist turned obesity physician, describes with great clarity and solid science that obesity is a hormonal Read more…

Integrated PracticesMindfulness Tools for Cancer Patients and Families

In May 2010, while living and working in Greece, I received the call that would change my life. It was from my mother living here in the desert. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. That call completely altered my life, as I left my career in Europe and Read more…

Financial HealthCreating Health in Our Community

This past fall, the United Way was busy encouraging healthy activities among businesses, organizations and individuals across our valley. Three grass roots programs, the 9 Weekly Walks, the Wellable Workplace Wellness Challenge, and the Tram Challenge, brought together thousands and resulted in hundreds of thousands of miles of physical activity, Read more…

FitnessPilates: An Exercise Spanning Generations

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Some forms of exercise have deep historic roots; Pilates is one of them. With a rich background, this practice of movement touches a special place in one’s heart. In 1925, Joseph Pilates immigrated to the United States, founded a studio and coined his approach to exercise “contrology,” which later became Read more…

FitnessBegin Again

The cycle is self-evident at this time of the year as many of us ask ourselves a familiar question: “What is my New Year’s resolution?”  Is this the year that whatever has been sitting on my to-do list finally comes off the list and is manifested?    We ring in Read more…

FitnessWhy All That Grunting In Sports?

Many regular gym goers find it irritating and disruptive to have to listen to, and put up with, power lifters slamming weights and making a lot of noise when under a tremendous amount of load. So is all that grunting necessary, or do these power athletes just like to be Read more…

Fresh CuisineSmall Wonders “Wow” in Nutrition and Taste

There’s nothing like a guest speaker to get third graders’ hands in the air. Today the guest is up at the whiteboard drawing pictures and asking students to identify parts of a plant. The kids at Katherine Finchy Elementary have got this. “What’s the tiny thing the farmer puts in Read more…

Fresh CuisineButternut Squash and Potato Soup

This smooth, yet hearty, soup is easy to prepare, but will make you look like a super chef to those lucky enough to have some…and you thought you couldn’t cook! Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 What you’ll need: 1 medium butternut squash, or even better, Read more…

Fresh CuisineGood-For-You Ice Cream!

Whether you live the raw, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or low carb lifestyle, you are sure to enjoy this savory delight from Les Starks of Whitewater, author of Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for You. The simple recipe is easy to make and tastes like fresh strawberries. Note Read more…

Through the GenerationsTips to Help a Colicky Baby

Infants and young babies with regular colic tug on our heart strings as they cry, sometimes endlessly, leaving us with few options to relieve it. Any parent with a child that has colic can become desperate to help stop the tears. Colic is most often caused by issues with poor Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Emotional Impact of Bladder Disorders

A few years ago, despite my happy circumstances, I was enveloped in a cloud. A lovely family, loving husband, yet where was my joy? Why was I anxious? My body ached. When I ate food, I felt full and unsatisfied. I had other tell-tale signs, of course, but they crept Read more…

Through the GenerationsYou and #MeToo

It’s been a long “quiet before the cultural storm” and now, a distinct shift is taking place. Barring the etiological causation, rhymes and reasons, perspectives and opinions, there exists the potentially positive development of a new norm in society coming out of the #MeToo movement. A highly observable movement of Read more…

Health & BeautyAthleisure Wear

Remember the days when exercise clothes belonged only in the gym? Today, athletic wear can take you from the mat to the mall with just a few thought-out touches. When putting together a daytime errand-running-lunch-with-friends snazzy yet uber comfy ensemble, think trendy and practical at the same time. Fit leggings Read more…

Desert EventsCome Celebrate the 2018 Women Who Rule!

The Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) is proud to announce the honorees for its 6th Annual “Women Who Rule” Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser presented by Desert Regional Medical Center. On Friday, January 26, at Agua Caliente Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, four deserving women will be Read more…