How “Well” is Your Energy?

We are familiar with daily self-care practices for our physical body – brushing our teeth, eating healthy food, regular exercise, solid sleep – but did you know it is just as important to maintain a daily self-care routine for our energy flow?  Our physical body consists of energy systems and fields within and around us… Read more »

Non-Opioid Option for Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Chronic pain impacts over 50 million people in our country and, typically, there are few safe and affordable treatment options. For patients who are not candidates for surgery or regenerative injections such as prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma), NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, steroids and opioids are the standard of care. Unfortunately, these medications… Read more »

Time to Blossom

The vernal equinox is here and it’s time to transition to more daylight hours as we move toward the summer solstice three months from now. This time of year is ripe for reflection, looking at the quality of balance in our lives to see what may be blossoming for us.   In the somewhat rare… Read more »

Anti cancer book

Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six

Anticancer Living is authored by the husband and wife team of Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Alison Jefferies, MEd who lead the integrative medicine program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The scientific basis of all their information and recommendations is deep and sound.  In many ways, this book is a sequel to… Read more »

How bodies process sugar

How Our Bodies Process Sugar

The food we consume is made up of three nutrients: proteins, fat and carbohydrates. Of the carbohydrates, there are three types: sugar, starch and fiber. Sugars are the simplest form of carbohydrates and examples include sucrose (table sugar), glucose (our body’s source of energy) and fructose (found in fruits and certain vegetables). Table sugar is… Read more »

Rose Absolute for Anxiety

In these uncertain times, we are seeing a vast increase in the number of people who constantly feel depressed, anxious and out of balance. Major depressive disorder affects more than 16 million Americans and 40 million adults (1 in 5 people) regularly suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, with irregular heartbeat, shallow breathing, heart attack… Read more »

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Living Deliberately

This past month, the world was shocked by the news of the death of sports icon Kobe Bryant along with eight other victims on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas. For 20 years, basketball fans watched Kobe game after game and witnessed an athlete who was wholeheartedly committed to excellence.  During Kobe’s jersey retirement… Read more »

Freeing the Ties That Bind Us

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I’m a slave to my emotions, to my likes, to my hatred of boredom, to most of my desires.” Have you ever felt like you were held emotionally hostage to your thoughts and feelings and then acted out with dysfunctional behaviors that ended with negative consequences? We all have. It’s part… Read more »

Nick’s Story

Pregnancy is a wondrous time. It is filled with joy and anticipation and daydreams of what is to come. But what if midway through the pregnancy that joyous daydream is interrupted with news of a problem? My son, Nicholas, had a condition called congenital hydrocephalus which was diagnosed at my baseline ultrasound when I was… Read more »

Gluten Free with Tiffany

Paleo Skillet Tortillas

The most challenging part of following a clean diet long term is fighting the idea that we have to give up our favorite foods. Missing the comfort foods that once satisfied our savory, doughy cravings does not have to be the case on a grain-free diet. Today, we have access to so many healthy replacements… Read more »


Eating to Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

Menopause. That wonderful time in a woman’s life when she may experience hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, migraines, brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, vaginal dryness, weight gain, breast pain, dry eyes, chest pain and shortness of breath. Many women try hormone replacement therapy to ease their symptoms, but often the same can be achieved through… Read more »

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

The Miraculous Mushroom

For a while there, it seemed that kale was at the top of the superfood kingdom…on nearly every menu and making its way into practically everything. Even fast food eatery Chick-fil-A rolled out a superfood kale salad. The ubiquitous McDonald’s also incorporated the healthy green, offering a kale breakfast bowl. Now in 2020, it seems… Read more »


Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Have you tried avocado pudding yet? It is truly one of the greatest creations I have ever discovered. A friend first served it at a dinner party and I shamelessly devoured the leftovers without sharing. It is THAT GOOD! If you have yet to discover this simple and healthy delicacy, here you go. It’s a… Read more »

30 Minutes to Full Body Fitness

In today’s fast-paced world, you really have to be on your game to get everything done and trying to fit in an exercise program can be a real challenge.  How much time can you actually dedicate to an exercise program and then stick to it? And what is the right program for you? Some people… Read more »

CalSavers is Coming, CalSavers is Coming!

With our nation in a retirement savings crisis, California has joined seven other states in implementing a savings plan for employees: the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program.  It is a state-run retirement plan for all companies that do not offer an employee-sponsored plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), SEP, SIMPLE or Payroll Deduction IRA with automatic… Read more »

Seniors Need a Health Advocate

My 89-year-old friend, we’ll call him Chris, fell and broke his hip and arm. He had only 36 hours before hospital discharge to find a local nursing home to provide physical therapy and nursing care for his recovery. New to the area, neither Chris nor his wife had previously visited any local facilities to learn… Read more »

WIMY Awards & WineLover’s – POSTPONED

 Coachella Valley Volunteers In Medicine (CVVIM), the Valley’s only free primary care health clinic, is gearing up for its fifth annual fundraiser, The VIMY Awards & WineLover’s Auction, which has been rescheduled for Friday, November 13. In recognition of CVVIM’s 10th anniversary, this year’s event will feature the VIMY Award created to honor a signifcant… Read more »

8th Annual Shoopy Scramble – POSTPONED

Brett Shoopman was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and is a golf professional at Desert Willow Golf Resort. Eight years ago, he discovered a suspicious mole that seemed to be growing. But it was under his shirt, not on his face, arms or legs, the typical locations golf pros check for skin cancer. … Read more »