Lauren and Dakota

May/June 2011

Our local health care community continues to take big steps towards integrative medicine. Desert Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened a second location in La Quinta, working with complementary practitioners on the Valley’s east end. And this month, EMC launches the Eisenhower Wellness Institute. However, many of us are confused by the new terminology being… Read more »

health is a choice

Health is a Choice: Dr. Steven Gundry

Hard to Change Habits? Blame Your Killer Genes Dr. Steven Gundry is a world-renowned Cardiologist/Cardiac Surgeon who pioneered infant and pediatric heart transplants and (with his partner) has performed more such transplants than any other surgeon in the world. He is the inventor of leading surgical technology and is considered one of the fathers of… Read more »

Why Should We Love the Sun?

Why We Should Love the Sun

Let’s face it. Lately the sun has gotten a bad rap. Many fear the sun’s rays and  worry about skin cancer. But most of us live in the Desert by choice and 350+ days of sunshine has something to do with it. So can we enjoy the sun? “I think the current message that all… Read more »

Sleep Disorder Breathing: Possible Cause of Morning Headaches, Night Sweats and Erectile Dysfunction

There are several interesting symptoms associated with sleep disorder breathing besides the more commonly heard complaints of snoring (approximately 100 million Americans) and daytime tiredness or sleepiness. Some of these symptoms may be overlooked by health care professionals unfamiliar with breathing challenges and the physiological functions of air breathing and sleep. Symptoms of sleep disorder… Read more »

EMC Launches the Eisenhower Wellness Institute

Recognizing the national movement towards integrative medicine, Eisenhower Medical Center has opened the Eisenhower Wellness Institute at the Argyros Health Center in La Quinta. In its initial phase, the Institute will offer doctor consultations on preventative health care, memory assessment and preservation, and sports medicine. Phase two, planned for late summer, will incorporate complementary therapies… Read more »

Carpal Tunnel

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Each year, millions of Americans slowly develop debilitating pain in their hand(s) that causes sleepless nights and weakness of grip limiting the use of their hand or even the ability to work. Usually not related to injuries, the pain evolves slowly over time in one or both hands. There may be painful numbness or tingling… Read more »

Problems Hearing? When Is It Time to See a Doctor?

Hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions in the United States, affecting more than 31 million Americans. Hearing loss affects children and adults, and the incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Nearly one-third of individuals over the age of 65 have hearing loss, and half of those over 75 have significant… Read more »

GET MOVING! For Weight Loss and Good Health

There is a new scientific movement on the health and wellness horizon that I want to share with you. It is the concept of Too Much Sitting. Researchers have identified two major health risks: too much sitting and too little exercise; and both are significant risks for your health and your waistline. We are seemingly… Read more »

Plan for Retirement as You Would a Vacation

One of the most frequent questions I hear from clients is: Will I have enough money to stop working and retire? Funding retirement is one of people’s most worrisome financial concerns. Yet most of us spend more time planning a vacation than we do planning for a comfortable retirement. Typical vacation planning starts like this:… Read more »

Local Hospitals Help Prepare Students for Future in Health Care

Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) is collaborating with Valley hospitals allowing hundreds of students to experience what a career in health care might feel like. Through a unique program called “Career Explorations”, Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) and Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) are making connections with students and helping to prepare their next generation… Read more »

Step Away From the Little Purple Weights

I was walking through the grocery store when I saw a little boy walking with his Mom. The boy wanted to be picked up, so without thinking twice, his mother, groceries in the other hand, scooped him up effortlessly. I was impressed. That boy must have weighed at least 60 lbs and the groceries another… Read more »

When is the Right Time to Start Training After Injury or Illness?

This question is one of sports medicine’s greatest challenges — how to get people back into action while allowing sufficient time for healing. What’s alarming is how often a “got to get back” mentality interferes with athletes who are recovering from an injury or surgery. In order to minimize the risk of re-injury or further… Read more »

Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks

The President’s Cancer Panel issued a report to the President of the United States in 2009 entitled ‘Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk’. This panel is affiliated with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services and the National Cancer Institute. A brief summary of these findings is important for all Americans to consider. The entire U.S. population… Read more »

Facets of Integrative Cancer Care: A Naturopathic Medical Standpoint

What is Integrative Cancer Care? Integrative cancer care uses a comprehensive approach to health, combining conventional and alternative therapies specific to the patient’s needs. Integrative cancer care is NOT about replacing your medical oncologist; it is about creating a diversified team of doctors and health practitioners to formulate your unique treatment plan. An integrative approach… Read more »

Exploring Art as Medicine

Contemporary life is stressful and to enhance the quality of our lives we must find effective ways to manage this stress. Many doctors now suggest we treat the ‘whole person’ by combining conventional Western medicine with complementary treatments, such as acupuncture, yoga and massage. Integrative medicine, as this is called, appeals to many patients because… Read more »