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January/February 2019

Medical NewsAre You Grounded?

When was the last time you walked barefoot on the beach or lay in the grass with your face in the sun? How about camping in the forest or hiking without your shoes? This may be the perfect prescription for what ails you. Of course, this statement is nothing new. Read more…

InspirationWanderlust’s Wellspring: Transformative

Transformative. It’s the word I’ve heard most from those who attended Wellspring, the mind-body-spirit think tank produced by Wanderlust and held at the Palm Springs Convention Center last October. With over 150 influential speakers, yoga, meditation and fitness classes, and an array of spaces to experience products and practices, the Read more…

Wellness Awards

The Desert Health® Wellness Awards honor people and organizations in the Coachella Valley moving health and wellness forward and creating a positive impact on the well-being of our community. Due to an overwhelming response, 2019 nominations closed early on February 15. All nominees will be featured in the March/April issue Read more…

Desert HealthCelebrating Mother Earth

In this shiny New Year, we take a look at our relationship with nature. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors, went camping or strolled on the beach? In today’s society, we’ve done a good job of isolating ourselves from Mother Earth, and it seems to be Read more…

Medical NewsTake the Call: Your Voice and Your Health Matter

In the coming months, you may get a phone call asking you to participate in a health survey. This may be the sort of thing that you normally politely decline, but this isn’t just any survey. It’s the Coachella Valley Community Health Survey, and it’s essential to improving health in Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Seeks Two New Board Directors

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci Two residents in the Desert Healthcare District’s newly expanded area will soon have an opportunity to apply those wise words as members of the District’s Board of Directors. With the expansion Read more…

Medical NewsMaintaining Quality Of Life with Tinnitus

It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from a tinnitus disorder, a ringing or buzzing in the ear.1 Most patients describe the perceived noise as a persistent, chronic, annoying and sometimes debilitating buzzing, ringing, static or high-pitched sound in the ear(s) or head. However, current tinnitus research now defines Read more…

Medical NewsColon Cancer: Prevention is Key

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. behind lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women.  And while colorectal cancer rates Read more…

Medical NewsAnother Reason to Exercise: Your Memory

January is usually a time of renewed commitment to improving one’s health. Diet and exercise are at the top of the list. While we know that exercise helps strengthen bones and muscles, reduces stress and the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there’s another reason: physical activity benefits the brain. Read more…

Medical NewsShay: New Year, New Day, Set New Goals

Each year, as December 31st approaches, people start talking about goals, especially fitness-related ones. I feel everyone has the best intentions, including myself, to lose the weight, eat clean, or detox. I like to sit down with my cancer Warriors and have a goal-intention setting night. After cancer, your body Read more…

Medical NewsWhat Does Snoring Have To Do With My Eyes?

The eyelids protect and maintain the health of our visual system. They lubricate our eyes bathing tears over the surfaces of our globes countless times a day. The tears provide nutrients, oxygen, disease-fighting antibodies, protective mucus and oils that are all key to the health of our eyes. At times, Read more…

Medical NewsGetting Into Zen

Is it a coincidence that the words Zen and Zone are so similar? There must be a reason that when human beings do what we love at our highest level of proficiency, we are also at peace and experience fulfillment. There is clear evidence that our thoughts often get in Read more…

Medical NewsBenefits of Participating In a Clinical Research Study

The main thing to know when considering participation in a clinical research study is you are not a human “guinea pig.” Clinical studies are strictly monitored; volunteers receive detailed informed consent forms to review and sign before participating, and they receive excellent care by a team of medical professionals including Read more…

Medical NewsWhy Does My Tooth Hurt After the Dentist?

A trip to the dentist is supposed to help us keep our teeth healthy and take care of dental problems, but what if after a visit that includes something as simple as a filling, we start to experience sensitivity or pain? What are the possible reasons for this, and what Read more…

Natural OptionsBeauty Sleep: Myth or Must?

Sleep is the foundation on which we build and maintain our health and is the best way of guarding against stress and age-related diseases. Is the concept of beauty sleep a myth or reality? Science tells us that a good night of sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Benefits of CBD Topicals

It’s important to focus proactively on health and wellness, such as eating better and exercising regularly; however, as we age we also pay the price for the activities in our younger years.  Aches and pains, whether from old injuries or new sports, exercise routines and illness, are challenges that can Read more…

Natural OptionsValley Teens Becoming Mindfully Resilient

As rates of stress, depression, and teen suicide have soared in the past decade, the Health and Nutritional Sciences (HANS) Academy at Indio High is piloting a new curriculum called Mindfully Resilient. Units in anger management, the science of stress, anxiety, depression, healthy relationships and more are taught to bring Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Year’s Resolutions:

There’s no denying it—having cancer (or any other life-threatening disease) definitely changes the way one looks at the future. So it’s only natural that, after a diagnosis of cancer, the nature of patients’ New Year’s resolutions changes as well. I can say that from my own experience (diagnosed with breast Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Healing Sounds of Music

Music is wonderful. It is often referred to as the universal language. We may listen to music for sheer joy, to dance, to change our moods, to enhance fond memories and to exercise. Music therapy, however, is much more. As an allied health profession, music therapy is defined as the Read more…

Natural OptionsSelf-Care for the New Year

Are you ready for a “new you” this year? It may be no surprise that the all-time leading resolution is to lose weight and get healthy. After indulging in festivities for the past four months, all those tasty, sugary treats and drinks have probably found their way to your waist Read more…