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July/August 2011

Desert HealthJuly/August 2011

Lauren and Dakota

In this issue, we take a look at living with cancer. It seems that everyone knows at least one person affected by this prevalent disease. My moment of realization came upon walking into a local oncologist’s office only to find it more crowded than Clark’s Nutrition. It truly made my Read more…

Medical NewsIntegrative Cancer Care: Communication is Key

Integrative Cancer Care

“You have cancer.” For some, these words are a sudden reality. For others, a harsh diagnosis to deliver. They have become three of the most feared words in our society today. When faced with this news, a patient may become overwhelmed with the plethora of information and tasks that follow. Read more…

InspirationHealth is a Choice: Mickie Riley

Health is a CHoice

Mickie Riley had it all…A successful business, expensive cars, a loving family and money in the bank. He enjoyed the good life: great friends, good food, expensive wine. He was well known and respected in the community. His life was good. His entire life, Mickie worked and played to excess. Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Health® News Added to SunLine Transit Agency’s Healthy Lifestyles Program

As part of their internal program encouraging healthier lifestyles, SunLine Transit Agency is distributing Desert Health® News to all employees. Three and half years ago, SunLine initiated a 10 week weight loss program encouraging employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. SunLine’s health provider, HealthNet, supported the program realizing that conditions such Read more…

Medical NewsStudies Identify Correlation Between Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorder Breathing

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is an often misunderstood—even unrecognized—disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness which tends to come and go and move about the body. FMS affects 2-4% of the population, predominantly women and the prevalence increases with age. In 1990, The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in the Criteria Read more…

Medical NewsYou Can Win the Arthritis Battle

Regular exercise eases the pain and returns function to people suffering with arthritis. Why do you think the first thing your doctor does when you complain of a sore knee or painful shoulder is to send you to physical therapy? They want you to strengthen the muscles supporting your aching Read more…

Medical NewsTo Shoe Or Not To Shoe

In the last several years, the “toning” or “fit” shoe has inundated the fitness market with claims to burn more calories, improve posture and endurance, decrease the pain of arthritis and tone leg muscles. These shoes have a rocker bottom or curved sole that was created to provide an unstable Read more…

Medical NewsHospitals Embrace American Health Journal’s Discoveries in Alternative Medicine

When Roland Perez decided to produce a segment on alternative medicine to complement his award-winning television show, American Health Journal, he was nervous to tell his many hospital clients. “I saw the growth of science-based complementary medicine and thought it was important to cover that aspect as well,” stated Perez. Read more…

Medical NewsPractitioner Profile: Yemi Omilana, RPh., FACVP, FAARM

Profession: Clinical Compounding Pharmacist Accreditations: Fellowship American College of Veterinary Pharmacist, Fellowship Anti-Aging &Regenerative Medicine, Member of Professional Compounding Centers of America Career: Doctor of Pharmacy from University Ife in Nigeria, Worked for Thrifty & Wal-Mart in California (10 years), Founded Las Palmas Pharmacy in Palm Springs in 2002, Acquired Read more…

FitnessThe CrossFit Craze: Camaraderie, Competition…and Results

One of the latest fitness crazes to hit the country is CrossFit, a short, intense workout program that participants call “addictive.” A CrossFit gym resembles the muscle gyms of the 80’s; however, you are more likely to see 30 year old women and 60 year old men cheering each other Read more…

FitnessDeath to LSD for Fat Loss: Why Long Slow Distance is Outdated

In the beginning of this great country, people got from point A to point B by horse and carriage. It worked well. It got the job done. A couple centuries later the automobile was invented and revolutionized the way people traveled. People were able to get to their destination in Read more…

Financial HealthA Workable Solution for Baby Boomers Near Retirement

Concerned about having enough money saved for retirement? Here’s a simple solution: work just a few years longer. By accumulating more savings and shortening your withdrawal period, you’ll reduce the lump sum needed to generate the necessary income at retirement. In a report titled “Retirement Age and the Need for Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhat are the Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

There is often confusion and misunderstanding with the terms Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia. Here are the facts: The term dementia is described by the American Psychiatric Association as a group of disorders, or “dementias”. Each of these dementias has a number of symptoms or ‘chief complaints.’ Unfortunately, when it Read more…

Through the GenerationsBrain Boogie Tap Dancing Let Your Heart Move Your Feet!

Tap dancing is regaining popularity as a healthy approach to creating wellness for the heart, mind and body. For older adults, tap dancing is an example of how art programming can positively effect one’s physical being, mental health, and social functioning, regardless of ability. Providing interactive rhythm, tap dancing is Read more…

Health & BeautyInspiration Begins at The Spa Esmeralda

A Desert Health® Review Living in the Desert, we tend to forget that we are surrounded by world-class resorts with award-winning services and amenities. Summer is an ideal time to take advantage of the special offers from these top notch properties. Such is the case with the Spa Esmeralda at Read more…

Health & BeautyHappiness: The Beauty Within

A book review by Nancy Laytham-Jorgensen Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Do you believe that happiness is something that just “happens” to you? That something good needs to happen to you, to make you happy? Dr. Martin Seligman’s book, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology, to Realize Your Potential Read more…

Through the GenerationsRecapture Childhood: Practice Enchantment

Thomas Moore wrote a book called “The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life.” In it he talks about enchantment, the kind most of us experienced as young children. It is important for us as adults to bring enchantment back into our lives as it is a quality or way of experiencing life Read more…

Through the GenerationsPicture Me Happy

A Creative Outlet for Seriously Ill Children Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t go outside–ever. Or even leave your room? Anyone who has been sick with a serious illness knows that it is an awful experience. The days drag on, optimism shrinks, and boredom and depression set Read more…

Through the GenerationsProbiotics for Babies: A Mom’s Perspective

Have you ever wondered which mother actually uses the disinfectant wipes at the grocery store to clean their shopping cart and spreads out the cushy seat cover before placing her little bundle of joy in it? Well, that mother is me. Since giving birth just over a year ago, I Read more…

Natural OptionsSophisticated Sweat @ Bikram Yoga Plus

The Desert is lucky to have Bikram Yoga Plus–a beautiful facility that is modern, professional and very welcoming to experienced and new yoga fans alike. And it’s no surprise considering the brains and beauty behind the project. Denise DuBarry Hay, who founded and owned Malibu Yoga in the late 80’s, Read more…