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March/April 2021

InspirationWhat Will Ensue as We Emerge?

Almost There

The Champagne is chilling, and we’re all about ready to POP! Things are beginning to open up, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t wait for the days of hugs, hospitality, friends and festivals to return; these previously presumed pleasures are starting to feel within Read more…

InspirationPandemic Trauma is Real

tending to BIG T and little t Trauma

What led me to write this article is the noticeable increase in clients seeking help for their mental and emotional distress, particularly as the pandemic has drawn on. Is the rise in people seeking psychological help coming from the stress of the current pandemic’s circumstances? For many, it is. However, Read more…

Publisher’s NoteThe Magic of Mindfulness

Over the past year, I’ve been working to bring mindfulness into all aspects of my life. In addition to starting my day with slow, deep breathing, happy thoughts, a crafted coffee, meditation and sunshine, I’ve been consciously working to “come back to the now” when thoughts race and actions get Read more…

Medical NewsDon’t Ignore Your Health, Especially Now

Now is not the time to ignore your health for fear of COVID-19. If you have chronic health issues or develop something acute, do not delay having a check-up. Please do not ignore physical signs due to fear of the unknown.  If your concern is going to the hospital, rest Read more…

Medical NewsWhen You Can’t Shoulder the Pain

It’s starting to get warmer again, and James and his wife have been active enjoying the outdoors. Over the past few weeks, they have been playing pickleball, swimming laps in their pool and taking walks. Life is great, but he has noticed increasing pain in his right shoulder and doesn’t Read more…

Medical NewsNo ‘COVID Break’ for Gum Disease

We are about a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and our lives have changed in many ways. As a dentist, we, like many other professions, have had to change the way we operate to help keep our patients and employees safe.  At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a Read more…

Medical NewsLQHS Medical Health Academy Prepares Students for Medical Careers

mentoring the future

La Quinta High School’s Medical Health Academy offers students a hands-on approach to exploration and preparation for a career in the health field. The academy is a three-year program that exposes students to a variety of health care careers. The courses include an introduction to medicine, medical terminology, proficiency in Read more…

Medical NewsAvoid Heart Break with a Cardiac CTA

If you were to ask me, “What one imaging study should I have performed to check on my overall health?” I would, without hesitation, answer a computed tomographic angiogram (CTA) of your coronary arteries. To me, the reason why is glaringly obvious. Heart disease is the number one cause of Read more…

Medical NewsNew Developments in Eczema Treatment

The itch of eczema is maddening. It’s an old disease we are continually learning more about. Many consider it an autoimmune disease; others say it is caused by a defective skin barrier. Which came first? Or perhaps they are two different aspects of the disease process.  Since the 1950s, topical Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Beauty of Technology

Imagine bringing in a favorite photo of yourself from the past and being able to turn back the clock. If you think that’s unreachable, just a few years ago, we never believed an entire face transplant could be possible. Now we know it’s reality. Medical technology is advancing at a Read more…

Natural OptionsReducing Food Cravings Naturally

Which one of the following is your favorite food? 1) pizza, 2) chocolate desserts, 3) chips, 4) cookies, 5) fries or 6) ice cream.  Did you have trouble picking just one? If so, it’s no surprise. These are the most addictive foods, according to the Yale Food Addiction Survey. It’s Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Velcro Power of Giving Thanks

Do you want to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Then give thanks in the morning.  When you give thanks for a great day as soon as you wake, your subconscious mind primes you to actually have a great day. When you thank your body for healing from disease Read more…

Natural OptionsBiofeedback: A Novel Treatment for Chronic Pain

It is likely that you are currently or have experienced chronic pain at some point in your life. Low back pain, advanced cancer pain, arthritis, headaches and pain that seemingly can’t be linked to any specific cause are frequent complaints.  Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek Read more…

Natural OptionsMoving Beyond PPIs

Heartburn medication is the fifth most purchased over-the-counter medication. Dyspepsia or indigestion affects 21 percent of people, commonly women and smokers. The most common symptoms include abdominal discomfort, burning pain, bloating, nausea, or getting full as soon as you start to eat.  There are a variety of reasons one may Read more…

Natural OptionsSharing My Story of PMDD

For most of my life, I thought becoming a woman involved suffering and that it was a normal process of a woman’s development. As I watched my mother endure pain and distress, which made her unavailable to be a nurturing and loving mother, it left me wondering what was wrong Read more…

Natural OptionsHarmony, Health, and Healing

As we discussed in the January/February issue of Desert Health, the approach of accepting ourselves as multi-parted beings (mind/soul, body, spirit and ego) brings up a more significant meaning to our lives, but also to the process of healing, our health and sense of harmony. We will only find happiness Read more…

Natural OptionsHealing Ceremony with Nature

Many of us have developed a heightened appreciation of the great outdoors this past year. This reconnection with nature comes during a time when the environment faces an unparalleled climate crisis with the rapid escalation of fossil fuels, pollution growth, plastic waste and CO2 emissions. Activities that allow us to Read more…

Integrative MedicineChoosing Our New Normal

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Do you have mixed feelings about going “back to normal?” The past year has required many changes to our routines and socialization. The pandemic precautions included the cessation of so many activities. We stopped going to school. We stopped eating out. We stopped exercising in gyms or studios. We stopped Read more…

Integrative MedicineBecoming Zen: Perspective and Positive Thinking

I’m not sure where this fable comes from, but I remember first hearing it in church as a young adult and discussing it with my mother afterward.  It is one of my favorites to share with patients and my own children because it really simplifies the difficult concept of recognizing Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Case for a Low-Carb, Healthy-Fat Diet

To my knowledge, no one knows nutrition history better than Gary Taubes. As a science writer, he has been studying the subject matter full time for over 25 years. Taubes helped launch the modern low-carbohydrate healthy fat understanding with his 2002 cover article in the New York Times Magazine entitled Read more…