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March/April 2016

Integrated PracticesThe What and Why of Support Groups

Support groups are made up of people with common interests and experiences. People who have been or are going through a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you—they can truly understand your thoughts, feelings and questions. Often, people who have been through what you’re going through have fewer Read more…

Integrated PracticesPeyronie’s Disease and Modern Stem Cell Therapy

Peyronie’s disease (PD) is a curvature of the penis that is sometimes painful and can interfere with sexual function. It is an acquired condition of abnormal fibrous tissue overgrowth of one of the inner layers enveloping of the body of the penis. In other words, the covering of the elastic Read more…

Integrated PracticesSometimes, Life Gives You a Second Chance

Robert hadn’t even celebrated his 30th birthday when he was told he had months to live…or a few years at best…and that he should get his affairs in order. Just as he’d barely begun a promising career and had been settling into a life he loved, everything was suddenly turned Read more…

Integrated PracticesGut Instincts

Probiotic, micro-biome, gut-brain axis, leaky gut, food intolerance…these words have become more common in the past few years, and yet there is a lot of confusion about what is going on with our gut. We used to think of the gut or gastrointestinal tract as a somewhat indestructible channel through Read more…

Integrated PracticesIs Rejuvenation Biology the Future of Wellness?

Human biology is changing rapidly. Just as Moore’s law was applied to the exponential growth of computer technology 50 years ago, experts now believe that human biology has started a period of exponential change following the mapping of the human genome and new technologies to understand how life works. Rejuvenation Read more…

Through the GenerationsTreating Earaches with Natural Remedies

Until recently, childhood earaches and infections were primarily treated with a routine course of antibiotics. However, research now shows that childhood earaches can resolve within 10 days time with or without antibiotic use.1 In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a more conservative stance on how often and Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhen Children Feel Entitled

Often parents begin noticing unanticipated changes in their children, especially after holidays and special occasions. Consider how endowed children were during these exceptional times, not only in terms of presents but also yummy treats, late bedtimes, entertainment, no homework, less chores, and vacations. Other parents may overcompensate when their children Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Need for Athletic Developments in Schools and Sports Teams

Every summer for the past 15 years I have worked with girls and boys of all ages, from different ethnic backgrounds and locales, with varying physical builds. The one thing that stands out among a large portion of our youth is their inability to perform simple movement patterns, such as Read more…

Through the GenerationsHospital Sitters: Critical Care for Older Patients

A critical place to have a caregiver with you is during a hospital stay. People find this a surprising concept. You would think that having nurses, doctors and medical staff close by would make hospitals one of the safest places to be. Sadly, this isn’t the case. With one or Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhen Roles Reverse

Life throws curve balls. How we handle those curve balls will determine if we come out on top or badly bruised; planning and preparing for potential curve balls of life will make a world of difference. One probability in the lives of adult children is their parents will age, become Read more…

Through the GenerationsRescue Dogs

No home is complete without the pitter patter of dog feet. Baxter and Jasper came into our lives three months ago. It took three days to learn their personalities, three weeks to adjust, and three months to become part of the family. After tragically losing Kayla, our beloved Irish terrier, Read more…

Financial HealthAre You Prepared For Future Health Care Costs?

The usual method for estimating spending needs in retirement is to take your post-retirement household budget and tack on an inflation rate, such as 3%. Some expenses may increase at a faster rate than the inflation rate you use, others at a slower rate, but overall, expenses such as housing, Read more…

Health & BeautyEyelid Lumps and Bumps

The eyelids are delicate structures meant to protect the eyes. Like all skin, they are prone to various lumps and bumps that leave us wondering, “Is this something to worry about?” Areas of concern may appear gradually or seemingly suddenly. They may be quite obvious or very subtle. An exam Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Year of the Rear

In my practice, 2015 could be called “The Year of the Rear” because buttock procedures have exploded in popularity. Both men and women are having procedures done in higher numbers than ever before. The most commonly requested procedure is known as the Brazilian butt lift. There are a handful of Read more…

Health & BeautyWant to Lose the Double Chin?

A double chin can make you look older and heavier, no matter what your age and weight.  Often, genetics play a big role, as the fat in this area (known as submental fat) may persist, despite efforts to diet and exercise. In the past, the only option to treat this Read more…

Health & BeautyNatural Remedies for Dry Skin

Skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It’s what holds our muscles, bones, and tissue intact and also provides a barrier, keeping the bad organisms out and absorbing the good. Skin helps regulate our body temperature by absorbing and releasing heat and helps flush out toxins. Amazingly, skin also Read more…

FitnessKeeping Students, Faculty and Families Fit

Palm Springs’ Cielo Vista Charter School has opened a new community fitness center, thanks to a well-deserved $70,000 grant from the Desert Healthcare District (DHCD). In 2010, the school created a wellness program that went beyond traditional PE classes to teach students about healthy eating and lifestyles. The goal of Read more…

FitnessGolfers: Doing Crunches Might Get You Off Course

Developing a six-pack for abdominals seems to be the fitness craze for the New Year. A large percentage of infomercials focus on having a ripped mid-section, and while  this might be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, it may not be very functional. Even though this article is primarily for golfers, Read more…

Fresh CuisineSpinach Burger

Sometimes we crave a good burger, so with health in mind, here is one for you!  Mainly vegetarian, totally satisfying with no guilt trip, and a lot of nutrition with only 482 calories.  Try this healthy option and you will be convinced that vegetarian food can also be very delicious Read more…

Fresh CuisineGranting Produce to Valley Seniors

With nutritious meals essential to a healthy life, the Auen Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to FIND Food Bank in support of its signature program, Project Produce. The program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents in need of food assistance. “This generous gift will help deliver healthy, Read more…