The Sugar Façade Exposed

Have you ever noticed on ingredient labels that while the recommended daily intake of most nutrients is listed, there is not a daily recommendation for sugar? While watching Katie Couric’s documentary Fed Up, part of our Wellness Worth Watching Movie Series, I learned why and looked forward to sharing the fascinating information with Desert Health… Read more »

Time for a Seasonal Time Out

Here we are, in the peak of our local high season. We welcome the influx of snowbirds from the cooler climates and recognize that all the Coachella Valley has to offer is in full flight! As a health and wellness professional, I see many people with commitments to activities, fundraisers, galas, tournaments and all sorts… Read more »

Time to Shine

Have you found your groove yet this year? We are almost a third of the way through 2017 and I can’t say I have quite settled in. There just seems to be something in the air…Maybe it’s our unseasonably cold weather or this terrible cold and flu season affecting so many. It could be the… Read more »

La Quinta High School Medical Health Academy

LQHS Medical Health Academy (MHA) is a three-year Health Science program for students interested in medical occupations that will take them from their high school experience to college, career or both. MHA students are preparing for careers including, but not limited to nurses, physicians, technicians, physical therapists, and psychologists, as well as dental and veterinary… Read more »

Three Tennis Injuries

Tennis is a fantastic sport. As an orthopedic surgeon, I routinely prescribe exercise to my patients to improve their wellbeing, and I often recommend tennis. Once learned, it is a sport that can be played well into our golden years. However, there are sports injuries that can accompany the game. Whether you aspire to be… Read more »

Is Bleaching Safe For Your Teeth?

What color are healthy teeth? It’s a question I get often, and there’s not an exact answer. Healthy teeth can come in a wide range of colors from very white to quite dark. Many factors can play into this: genetics, age, antibiotic usage, and fluoride concentration in water. What we consider white has changed considerably… Read more »

The Evolution of Cataract Surgery

After almost 40 years of practice, I have seen tremendous changes in the evolution of cataract surgery. Prior to the mid 1970s, cataract surgery involved removing both the lens of the eye and the capsule. Implantable lenses had not been perfected leaving patients with very thick, very heavy glasses and poor optics. The advent of… Read more »

Shay’s Story

The year was 1989. I was 13 years old in the 8th grade and into boy bands like New Kids on the Block. While attending my church’s youth group one night, I would meet my best friend Kristina. Even though we have about 3,000 miles between us now, she is still my best friend of… Read more »

You Didn’t Fail Your Diet, Your Diet Failed You

Well we’re well past January 1, and most people have given up on their New Year’s resolution. One of the most common resolutions is the goal to “lose weight, and get fit.” The problem isn’t the resolution; the problem is the intended solution: a diet. The problem with diets is that they are contra-indicated to… Read more »

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures send more than 300,000 Americans age 65 and older to the hospital each year. While hip fractures can be treated, the injury can lead to severe health problems and reduced quality of life. Most hip fractures occur because of a fall, especially among adults over the age of 65 with osteoporosis, a condition… Read more »

“No” Is a Complete Sentence

Learning how to say “No” and when to say “No” is essential to living your life with purpose. When you say “YES” to one thing, you’re saying “NO” to something else. Time is a limited commodity and each of us has 24 hours per day. Once you invest that time, it is irretrievable. Oftentimes, when… Read more »

Don’t Forget Your Shades

While breast, prostate and lung cancers are the most prevalent forms of cancer in the United States,1 skin cancer is the most common type in the Coachella Valley according to the recently released data from HARC.2 This may come as no surprise with our love of the outdoors and our radiant desert sun. Because of… Read more »

Men’s Health Below the Belt

Physician experts from Walsh Urology address common men’s urinary health issues to increase awareness of these important health conditions. If you suffer from aggravating urinary conditions, it is important to consult an urologist, as many of these conditions are easily treated. Prostate Conditions. Most common problems with men can be issues related to the prostate… Read more »

Treating Anxiety Naturally

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, often about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is a nervous disorder that affects literally millions of people and is characterized by a state of distress and apprehension. Anxiety can present itself in many different ways from mild worry to physical manifestations… Read more »

Conquering Cancer

When it comes to conquering cancer, we all know how important it is to get the very best medical treatment possible. But most of us are far less aware of other things that can help us on the road to recovery, such as resources and practices that are complementary to excellent medical care. Here at… Read more »

A Fresh Start for Your Gut Flora

Have you experienced digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea? These are usually the signs of unhealthy bacteria in your gut. Did you know that gut health and brain health are related and having an unhealthy level of “bad” bacteria in the intestines is now linked to depression, anxiety, OCD, brain fog, and… Read more »

Expanded Blood Panels Help Identify Risks

The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world. In 2016 we spent approximately $3.2 trillion, or an average of $9,990 per person on health care. Switzerland was the next highest country spending, $6,776 per person. Despite the amount spent, the U.S. ranks poorly in health outcomes. A recent report published… Read more »

Is it All in Your Head?

You may be one of the millions of Americans who has longstanding problems with mood, sleep, concentration or weight. Or you may have a medical condition that seems difficult to diagnose or treat, such as brain fog, fibromyalgia or panic attacks. If any of the preceding applies to you, consider testing your neurotransmitters to determine… Read more »