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July/August 2014

Integrated PracticesMoving Health Forward

There is a movement taking place in the Coachella Valley and someone you know is taking part. It’s innovative, exciting and game changing. It’s large scale, long-term and countrywide. Most importantly, it is certain to positively impact you, your neighbors, your kids, and our entire desert community. The goal of Read more…

Health is a ChoiceCelebrating Edith Morrey at 102

In 1932, Edith Morrey was 20 years old. You may know Edith as the “Grande Dame of Fashion” whose chic clothing boutique, the first on El Paseo, helped launch the famed street. At 20, she lived in Portland and it was there she would attend the most impactful event of Read more…

Desert HealthAlone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much

This powerful quote by Helen Keller will forever stand the test of time. When we work together on a common goal, we can achieve things beyond our greatest imagination. This is especially true if our intentions are real, and the purpose is for the greater good. We were so honored Read more…

Medical News7 Skills You Need To Develop To Manage Your Diabetes

When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it is often overwhelming. There is so much you need to know and do. Often, the pills or insulin the doctor prescribes are the easiest part of the “self-management” regimen. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has condensed all the things someone Read more…

Medical NewsAre You Breathing Well with Sleep?

The length and quality of your sleep are extremely important to your physical health. During sleep, your body creates hormones and vital nutrients that balance the systems and support homeostasis. Sleep also allows your body to rejuvenate and relax. Most experts note that the average person needs a minimum of Read more…

Medical NewsUnderstanding Clinical Trials

You donate to your favorite charity in hopes that they will one day find a cure for that chronic disease which has plagued your family, or maybe even you, for years. You read about research teams hard at work discovering new ideas, developing promising drugs, and creating hope. On the Read more…

Medical NewsThe Lowdown on Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Ok, you’ve been told you have a cataract and that cataract surgery is the best way to improve your vision. Now comes the hard part. Not only do you and your doctor have to decide whether a specialty lens is appropriate, but also whether to perform the surgery using traditional Read more…

Medical NewsA Positive Heart Health Impact

Proactive community members at the Indio and Coachella senior centers saw their numbers drop by participating in a 4-month educational program conducted by the American Heart Association Coachella Valley Division. The Get to Goal hypertension management program ran from October 2013 through February 2014. Program goals were: increase awareness of Read more…

Medical NewsThe Moving Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy

Is it hard to walk, stand or just move? Taking the weight off your joints and legs and practicing controlled movements through aquatic physical therapy is a great way to improve mobility without the limits of gravity and pain. The buoyancy of water has significant benefits that go beyond relieving Read more…

Medical NewsWhat’s New in Regenerative Therapy?

Diagnostic tools and medical treatment technologies are continually evolving, and all developments have to be carefully monitored and evaluated by appropriate scientific and regulatory entities. Currently, doctors, scientists and ethicists are evaluating the role of autologous mesenchymal stem cells for regenerative therapy and minimally-invasive pain management, and have arrived at Read more…

Medical News“Eat This and Don’t Take That”

According to statistics published by the Mayo Clinic and other university studies, the average adult American does not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Estimates are about 70% depending upon the specific study. Obviously, this represents a majority of the population. I, therefore, strongly recommend at least nine different fruits or Read more…

Natural OptionsThe “Old Stone Age” Diet

The Paleo Diet has attracted a lot of followers since the book by Dr. Loren Cordain was first printed back in 2002. Paleo refers to the ‘Old Stone Age’ which was about 333 generations ago. Dr. Cordain states that he didn’t discover the diet; rather, he and other researchers merely Read more…

Natural OptionsUnexpectedly Reprieved: Getting Old with HIV

While the Coachella Valley has a higher than average population of people living with HIV, perhaps more revealing is that within that group, approximately 70% are between the ages of 49 and 65 – bell curve baby boomers. And the kicker is that we’re still here at all. During the Read more…

Natural OptionsProving and Improving Ancient Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been around for over 5,000 years. Ever since its introduction into the West, many have sought to correlate its teachings with Western biological paradigms.  The first theory of TCM’s fundamental concepts is that Qi, or vital energy, travels along defined pathways throughout the Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation for Military Troops

Our military is well trained for the rigors of combat, but many veterans find themselves unprepared for the debilitating post traumatic stress many experience when they return home to their families. Coping with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and flashbacks of war experiences can be overwhelming. In January, Time magazine revealed that Read more…

Natural OptionsSo Much More Than Braille

Today, less than 10% of visually impaired people can read braille. One might therefore question the purpose of the Braille Institute which was established in 1919. However, when you consider that macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among people ages 50+1 and our growing baby boomer population, Read more…

Integrated PracticesDr. Wahls Delivers Education and Hope

Desert Health® was honored to bring Terry Wahls, MD, to the Coachella Valley in May as part of the Eisenhower Wellness Institutes Speakers’ Series.  The free presentation attracted over 525 people eager to hear how Wahls is beating progressive multiple sclerosis through nutrition and exercise. She has helped hundreds suffering Read more…

Integrated PracticesCreating Your Integrative Team

Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson said, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” As individuals on a quest for wellness, assembling your health team is vital. In creating this team, you may want to consider combining practices of Read more…

Integrated PracticesDr. Wahls “Chills” Her Restless Leg

When Terry Wahls, MD, was in the Valley in May, Susan Butler of Kinetix Performance Center invited her to try Cryotherapy. Dr. Wahls was not familiar with the treatment, but understood the benefits of extreme cold for inflammation, and often took ice baths for the restless leg syndrome that accompanied Read more…

Integrated PracticesNatural Sunscreen, an Alternative for Preventative Skin Care

Summer is upon on us and with summer comes more time in the sun. Spending more time in the sun can be uplifting for many reasons: more Vitamin D production, enhanced mood, and more opportunities for outdoor activities and exercise. However, as we all know, spending too much time in Read more…