Lauren and Dakota

July/August 2011

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 heart sink. In researching our… Read more »

Integrative Cancer Care

Integrative Cancer Care: Communication is Key

“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. There are immediate steps to… Read more »

Health is a CHoice

Health is a Choice: Mickie Riley

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. He is an overachiever and… Read more »

Desert 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 as obesity, diabetes, high blood… Read more »

Studies 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.[sup]1[/sup] In 1990, The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in the Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia… Read more »

You 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 joint to treat your pain.… Read more »

To 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 walking base and mimic the… Read more »

Practitioner 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 the Desert’s oldest pharmacy, Fireside… Read more »

The 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 on than a bunch of… Read more »

A 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 Saving,” the Congressional Budget Office… Read more »

Inspiration 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 The Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian… Read more »

Happiness: 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 for Lasting Fulfillment, provides evidence… Read more »

Picture 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 in. For approximately 1 million… Read more »

Sophisticated 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, spared no details in designing,… Read more »