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March/April 2016

Medical NewsParents Listen to Your Adult Children

Before you go saying, “Why would I ever listen to my good-for-nothing son?” let me start by clarifying that this title and the article to follow only apply to food and health. News and discoveries on the food/health connection are progressing so profoundly that even medicine is starting to consider Read more…

Medical NewsStreet Medicine Comes to the Valley

When caring physicians, nurses and health care professionals place medical supplies in a back pack and hit the streets to serve the homeless population, it is referred to as “street medicine,” and communities throughout the world are experiencing the benefits. There has been much talk about starting a street medicine Read more…

Desert HealthForever Young

Science has always chased the answer to that lifelong question, “How can we live longer?”, and we may never be closer than we are today.  But is it actually living longer, or living additional years with good health and prosperity? This issue features much of the science from forward thinking Read more…

Medical NewsTreatment Options for BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH which affect more than 500 million men worldwide!1 While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of Read more…

Medical NewsJFK Introduces Self-Assessment Health Profilers

Ever wonder if that achy knee is something to worry about? Or how your numbers add up for heart health? Now you can get free advice without a trip to the doctors through science-backed questionnaires available on the JFK Memorial Hospital website. When I first heard about these new self-service Read more…

Medical NewsNon-invasive Treatment Effective for Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder impacts roughly 1 in 6 Americans at some point in their lifetime and is now a leading cause of disability as well as one of the factors impacting the growing incidence of suicide. The costs associated with major depression Read more…

Medical NewsAllograft: Safe and Remarkable Applications for the Eye

An allograft is a bone or tissue surgically transplanted from one human donor to another, which may sound frightening, but is actually safe and has been in use for quite some time. The most common tissues are amniotic tissues which are attained only during childbirth. The tissues are processed and Read more…

Medical News“Doc, I Need a Cortisone Shot”

Dr. Jones, a busy local surgeon, presented with a six-week history of knee pain, which was not improved with aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. A knee MRI showed moderate to severe osteoarthritis without a definitive surgical indication. Dr. Jones was offered an image-guided cortisone injection directly into the knee joint, Read more…

Medical NewsWell Woman Visits in the U.S.

Health care in United States is very costly. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. spent 17.1% of its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) on health care in 2013. A report published by Common Wealth Fund last year states that the U.S. spends most of its Read more…

Natural OptionsSmart Fat

What do you get when you bring together a medical doctor and a Ph.D. in nutrition? You get a breakthrough diet based on the consumption of smart fats. That’s right, a diet based on eating fats that are actually good for you. Originally, Steven Masley, M.D., and Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Read more…

Natural OptionsHelping Your Hormones

Have you noticed that many products are now promoting “Hormone Free” on their packaging? How do these added hormones affect our body and what can we do to help our hormones stay balanced? Injecting hormones into cattle, chickens, and other animals that provide meat, dairy and eggs we consume has Read more…

Natural OptionsHealth, Longevity and Telomeres

As we age our cells age, and although we cannot slow, stop or turn back time, it may be possible to slow cellular aging by slowing the shortening of our telomeres. Telomeres are protective proteins located at the ends of chromosomes which serve to promote general chromosomal stability and aid Read more…

Natural OptionsIs Mold Making You Sick?

There is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that exposure to toxin- producing molds is a significant health risk to persons who have lived or worked in water damaged buildings. Often times, many of these people are unaware that they have been exposed to mold and mold toxins (mycotoxins). Read more…

Natural OptionsStep Outside (Or Throw Away!) the Box

Life is a delicate balance between routine experiences and new, unusual ones that provide unexpected surprise and “out of the box” change and growth. When traveling, one realizes how much of life is so predictable and mundane. Traveling away from our environment immediately exposes us to new adventures, often with Read more…

Natural OptionsBeing Your Authentic Self

Do you ever wonder why it’s so much work to just be you? Do you even know who you are? Some complex questions can perhaps take a lifetime to explore, yet be simple at the same time. Because of genetics and our environment, some of us have more trouble being Read more…

Natural OptionsTreating Plantar Fasciitis

Sometimes, when you’ve been on your feet all day your “dogs” are barking. And sometimes they are barking so loudly you want to call animal control. You may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch and Read more…

Natural OptionsStudies Link Monsanto’s Roundup® to Gluten-Related Disorders

The significant rise of worldwide gluten intolerance has created a demand for further research over the last decade. In recent years, concerned researchers provided us with insightful findings, to some no surprise, linking the effects of Monsanto’s deadly herbicide, Roundup® to modern diseases, particularly gluten intolerance. A compelling article published Read more…

Natural OptionsTime to Detox

In the cycle of traditional Chinese medicine, springtime is associated with the organ of the liver. And just as you might undertake spring cleaning in your home, this is a good time of year to consider a liver cleanse to remove stagnation that has built up from winter inactivity and Read more…

Natural OptionsMHA Students Rise to the Occasion

La Quinta High School Medical Health Academy (MHA) students took part in the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Students joined civic leaders and others from the community in planting a community garden to be used by the Culinary Institute at LQHS, Read more…

Natural OptionsOur Sustainable Future

One thing we all have in common is the way we buy our electricity and how that electricity is delivered. Thank you, SoCal Edison, PG&E, SDG&E, ConEd, etc., for helping us to sleep a little better at night knowing that you are there. The utilities have built the energy foundation Read more…