Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

It’s good to see you here today. Thank you for exploring our spring edition.  I’m delighted to read that people throughout the world are ready to come together, and do so with deeper meaning and greater purpose. It’s all in an effort to evolve to a more gratifying state, and wellness plays a large role… Read more »

JFK Hospital’s Gary Honts Retires

After 10 years of service as JFK Memorial Hospital’s (JFK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gary Honts recently retired. The significant progress he made in his tenure will continue under the new leadership of Karen Faulis, CEO of Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC), who has expanded her role to include JFK. Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK and… Read more »

Spreading Kindness Throughout La Quinta High School and Beyond

La Quinta High School (LQHS) Medical Health Academy is now giving their students an opportunity to support and encourage one another by becoming LQHS Peer Helpers. The emotional toll from the pandemic has brought to light the importance of self-care and positive coping skills within all age groups. Since then, Stacey Bolanos, a Medical Health… Read more »

Taking a Bite Out of Stress

Do you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth during the day or waking up in the morning with jaw pain? These can be signs that you may have bruxism, which is defined as a movement disorder that involves parafunctional habits of grinding or clenching of teeth.  There are two different categories of bruxism: diurnal,… Read more »

Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in men with prostate cancer? Yes, you read that right.  With traditional prostate cancer screening, a series of tests looks only for evidence of prostate cancer. Those tests either find cancer or they don’t. This outdated, simplistic approach doesn’t assess other potential health… Read more »

Why Can’t You Just Get Over It?

We all have a backstory; experiences that make us who we are today including the good, bad and ugly. However, there are many who keep their innermost secrets of emotional/sexual grief, loss and traumas silent, deeply hidden somewhere in the darkness only to pop up when triggering events occur. Even then, without conscious awareness, past… Read more »

Understanding Myasthenia Gravis

Imagine eating dinner with friends and struggling to chew your baked potato, giving a presentation at work when suddenly you start slurring your words or walking up the stairs of your home and finding yourself out of breath. Your legs don’t want to lift the way they should, and when you reach the middle step,… Read more »

Options for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Thirty four million Americans, about 10% of the U.S. population, have diabetes.  Diabetics are at risk for a number of complications from the disease including neuropathy (nerve damage) which affects approximately 60% of diabetics, nephropathy (kidney damage) affecting 50%, retinopathy (eye damage) impacting 26% and cardiovascular disease which affects 11% of people with diabetes. Blood… Read more »

Life After Cancer

It’s been 2,259 days since my oncologist told me I no longer had cancer. When I stop to think about each day, it still brings tears to my eyes and butterflies to my belly. I have learned so much about who I am as a person, and how I want to show up in the… Read more »

Focus and Finish

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared in Forbes. My new mantra is “Focus and Finish.” I frequently say these three words out loud to remind myself to focus on getting the job done. As management guru Peter Drucker said, “Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it’s managed, nothing else can be managed.” No matter… Read more »

The Power of Your Breath to Heal

Everything is energy, including emotions. When we experience emotional energy through significant life events that induce trauma or stress, ideally, we process that emotion and move through it. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes energy can become trapped in our bodies and cause physical discomfort, emotional distress, illness and more.    You may be… Read more »

Fueling for Fun

As we settle into the near perfect weather of the high season here in the Coachella Valley, we often find ourselves picking up the pace with obligations and events, both professional and for fun. The more we do, the more we burn through our bodies’ resources which can leave us feeling depleted and fatigued.  This… Read more »

Acupuncture for Athletic Recovery

The Coachella Valley is well known for being a resort destination where individuals enjoy fine dining, shopping and poolside relaxation. But the Coachella Valley also offers a more physical side. We have dozens of beautiful hiking trails, world-class golf courses, a famous international tennis tournament, professional polo, bike events, national pickleball tournaments, our new professional… Read more »

Dreams, Leprechauns and Rip Van Winkle

What do St. Patrick’s Day, World Sleep Day, Rip Van Winkle and dreams share?1-3 Shamrocks, leprechauns, green drinks, deep sleep and this year, Friday, March 17!  But how can you dream like Rip if sleep eludes you? The answer just may be in the word itself as the acronym S-L-E-E-P.  Like the 19th-century farmer Rip… Read more »

Start Your Day Off Right: With Water!

Water. The scientifically unique molecule that makes life on Earth – and yourexistence – possible. The 8 x 8 (8 glasses of 8 oz/day) recommendation is out of date, and most professionals in the health community, including myself, have embraced aiming for a more proportional recommendation: half of your body weight in ounces of water… Read more »

Playing the Game of Life

“The Game of Life is not a game at all with winners and losers. You compete with only yourself, bettering what you did the day before. We are born, we grow, we constantly learn, we love. People change, people leave and believe. New friends emerge. Wisdom is discovered and then you are born again.” ~… Read more »