Extracting Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy metal exposure is a growing health concern worldwide due to multiple industrial, domestic, agricultural, medical and technological uses which have affected the worldwide environment. Their toxicity depends on several factors including the dose, route of exposure, length of exposure, as well as the age, gender, genetics and nutritional status of the exposed individuals. Because… Read more »

Living Wellness with Jennifer

The Power of a Pen Pal on Health and Wellbeing

Who could have predicted the power of the first letter written by Shelley Sachs from Central Washington in 1968? A pen-pal letter, written by Shelley in sixth grade, secured a connection, which has lasted fifty years, with Gloria Alvarez who resides in Indian Wells. The first letter written landed in an elementary school in Miami,… Read more »

Living in Harmony with the Five Elements

Everything in nature is made up of five basic building blocks that symbolize five different inherent qualities and states of natural phenomenon. This concept holds that all phenomena in the universe react and interact with each other and are always in a constant state of motion and change.  These five indispensable materials are for the… Read more »

Kidney Disorder Awareness

Recently, I have been inundated with clients presenting with kidney dysfunction. Our kidneys remove waste from the body while keeping the body’s chemicals and water in balance. Keeping the kidneys healthy is extremely important for overall health, and diet plays a huge role in doing so. There are a number of diseases that can develop… Read more »

The Use of PEMF for Health and Healing

The use of magnetic fields as a healing modality has long been practiced in alternative medicine and is now gaining popularity in integrative practices. Pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy (or PEMF) uses magnetic fields to energize the body and boost circulation and oxygenation while delivering energy to cells helping them to function optimally. It has been… Read more »

Medical Qigong for Cancer

It’s been around for millennia, but not until a few decades ago has the American public become truly aware of the ancient healing art of qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”). So just what is qigong? Qigong is one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the other three being the more widely known acupuncture, herbal… Read more »

Testosterone: Not Just for Men

Testosterone therapy has been a very popular topic in men’s health over the past decade, but not much attention has been given to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in women. With over 75 years of peer-reviewed medical literature from around the world, the evidence is overwhelming that TRT can improve quality of life in both men… Read more »

High School Wellness Clinic Underway

Indio High Health & Nutritional Science Academy (HANS) teacher Jason Tate has a dream – to build a comprehensive wellness clinic in his high school – and he is almost there. Tate has brought many dreams to fruition in his tenure as a biology teacher at Indio High including the formation of the HANS academy… Read more »

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Being a Brit, I love this dish. An old-time hearty comfort food which can be packed with goodness, it most definitely sates me and my taste buds.  I am not a vegan, nor a full vegetarian; however, I do believe in having a balanced diet and looking at the fundamentals of how we do, what… Read more »

Gluten Free with Tiffany

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a popular method of weight loss with the additional benefits of increased energy, lowered inflammation, improved insulin sensitivity, revved-up metabolism, and possibly even cancer prevention. IF is simply applied by extending the hours between dinner and breakfast. The fasting period typically ranges from 12 to 18 hours. Men do particularly well… Read more »

Electroceuticals: The New Frontier!

Most Americans who experience day-to-day discomfort or pain will seek out a primary care physician who will run tests, administer a pain shot and/or write a prescription for temporary relief. Others will reach for over-the-counter pain gels, oils and creams which can reduce inflammation and pain and help with recovery; however, many don’t have long-lasting… Read more »

Your Emotional Legacy

When we think of leaving a legacy to loved ones, we often want to ensure that our loved ones are financially secure and that every legal “t” is crossed and every “i”is dotted. We assign a power of attorney and have a health care directive signed and inserted into our medical records. What about an… Read more »

Is a Reverse Mortgage Loan Right for My Mom?

A reader asks: My Mom is in her late seventies and lives on a very limited budget. I would like to see her have a more comfortable retirement and more money now to do the things she loves. She owns her home which I don’t care to inherit. Her concern is that she may need… Read more »

Saving Stressed Skin

We hear it all the time, stress is the leading factor of disease within the body…and the skin is no different. As our largest organ, it’s paramount we learn how to keep damage in check during anxiety-ridden times, especially if your face is the place that’s showing signs of stress. Wrinkles Noticing more fine lines… Read more »

Five Ways to Boost Health and Happiness

The “how” of happiness isn’t that tough, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness. Her research shows that happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happier people have more stable marriages, stronger immune systems, higher incomes, and more… Read more »

Managing Pain Naturally

The final presentation in the 2018 Cambria Health by Design Speaker Series takes place Tuesday, April 3, at the Cambria Gallery on Cook Street from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In light of the opioid epidemic, which has everyone in our country seeking alternatives to medication… Read more »

Alzheimers Coachella Valley Offers Innovative Program

Alzheimers Coachella Valley (ACV), the new community-based nonprofit organization now open at the Berger Foundation Center, launched a new innovative support group called “Traveling the Journey Together.” The first-of-its kind program includes both the person diagnosed with dementia and the care-partner. The eight-week series is facilitated by Edie Keller, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and co-founder… Read more »

Changing Our Community and World

Nelson Mandela is often quoted as saying, “Education is the greatest weapon you can use to change the world.” There is a non-profit in the Coachella Valley that bases its purpose and existence upon this belief. Ten years ago, led by the vision of Jan Oliphant, the Cal State University Associates was established. Our primary… Read more »