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May/June 2012

Lauren Del Sorto

May/June 2012

We’ve danced through yet another magnificent season. Why is it that the season seems to pass more quickly each year? They say that happens with age. I wonder if time will pass more slowly when our life expectancy reaches 150… I’d like to think so. And if Dr. Bill Andrews Read more…

Forever Young: A Nobel Discovery

Humans have forever sought eternal youth. The desire to turn back the clock and slow the aging process is the dream of many and an obsession for some. Thanks to research conducted since a 1984 Nobel Prize winning discovery, a growing community of scientists now believe that this dream may Read more…

84 million steps from players, fans, and the public resulted in a $500,000 donation to local charitable organizations by Humana.

Humana Challenge Nominated For ‘Sports Event of the Year’ And Local Charities Reap the Rewards!

In the company of Super Bowl XLVI (New England vs. the New York Giants) and the 2011 NBA Finals (Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat), the 2012 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation was nominated for Sports Event of the Year by respected industry publications SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Read more…

Health is a Choice

Health is a Choice

BASEBALL AND BEER. For a large portion of his life, Palm Springs native Trent Hauswirth cherished these favorite American past times. He was a high school jock who excelled at baseball. He was drafted out of high school and played minor league ball with the Kansas City Royals for three Read more…

What Women Should Know About Stroke

There are a few things that women should know about stroke. More women than men suffer from strokes each year — 425,000 compared to 370,000. Strokes kill twice as many women each year as breast cancer. African-American women have more strokes than Caucasian women, and strokes are the number one Read more…

Sudden Hearing Loss: A Medical Emergency

What is sudden sensorineural hearing loss? Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is a rapid loss of hearing that occurs overnight, or over a period of up to three days. Usually, only one ear is affected. Patients may experience a feeling of fullness in the ear and tinnitus (or ringing of Read more…

White Is Wonderful, But Unclean May Kill You

By Lauren Del Sarto Studies Link Periodontal Health and Heart Disease Brushing your teeth is not only good for your smile. Recent studies indicate that it also decreases your chances of suffering a heart attack. Researchers in England analyzed data from more than 11,000 people taking part in an 8 Read more…

Protection and Signs of Eyelid Cancer Often Overlooked

The eyelids are among the thinnest, most delicate tissues of the body and are an important part of ocular health. They protect the eyes from foreign bodies and trauma, and help to keep them well lubricated. Unfortunately, these delicate structures are often overlooked when we think about sun protection. The Read more…

“Splash into Summer Bash” to Benefit Picture Me Happy

In celebration of five years of service to seriously ill hospitalized children in Southern California, Picture Me Happy is holding a fundraising pool party at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs. The event will take place on Sunday, May 20th and is open to the public. Anyone who has ever Read more…

Roy M. Pitkin, MD

Vitamin Protection Against Birth Defects

Supplemental vitamin-mineral preparations are consumed regularly by about half the US population, although conclusive evidence of benefit is lacking in many instances. One of those in which there is clear indication of benefit is the prevention of a particular type of birth defect (neural tube defect) when pregnant women supplement Read more…

One of the Lucky Ones

La Quinta resident and Contemporary American painter Tom Savage, 58, has been making and selling art most of his life. Savage’s mixed media paintings are a dialogue between drawing and painting reminiscent of European Automatism, Surrealism and Abstract Expression. His work is about the poetic qualities of abstraction. Savage was Read more…

Integrative Health Care: How Does It Work?

Thomas Reynolds, MD is a primary care physician, internist and oncologist who specializes in geriatric and cancer care. Shannon Sinsheimer, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor focusing on primary and integrative patient care. Over the past several years, Drs. Reynolds and Sinsheimer have been working together on patient care. I Read more…

Beyond Mammography: What’s New in Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer steals the lives of over 40,000 people a year despite the enormous amount of new research and continued evolution of treatments.  Bottom line, prevention remains the single best approach. Regular screening for breast masses is unanimously recommended by every primary care doctor in this country.  That said, the Read more…

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Can It Turn Back the Clock?

Nobody enjoys the little signs of aging we see when looking in the mirror each morning. We spend billions of dollars a year on products and surgeries to help us look and feel younger: hair re-growth products, dyes to hide the grey, anti-wrinkle face and eye creams, cosmetic injections, surgeries Read more…

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Sometimes You Just Have to “Sweat it Out”

You don’t have to go far for a little sweat this time of year, but sometimes a “good sweat” is what you really need. Many think that the best part of sweating is ridding your body of toxins, but that is not always the case. Sweat does contain trace amounts Read more…

Longevity and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Longevity, as understood in the West, relates to the duration of life.  It doesn’t always consider the quality of that long life. Longevity, or “Chang Shou,” in China is used to connote the length in years and the blessings of having quality of life unmarred by pain, disease and stress.  Read more…

Genetic Make-up Plays Key Role in Health Care of the Future

There is little doubt that health care in the future will be patient centered, personalized and focused on improving function throughout the body and not just addressing symptoms. The days of “one size fits all” treatment plans are coming to an end. Health care is moving away from simply naming Read more…

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Soak in the Effects of Aloe Vera

The desert summer is upon us. Our skin dries out and is more susceptible to the ravages of heat and sun. This means extra precaution needs to be taken to treat the skin in caring ways. The most readily-available natural remedy we have at our fingertips (because it grows abundantly Read more…

Cardiovascular Benefits of a Plant-based Diet

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US. Growing scientific evidence supports plant-based, or vegan, diets in halting and even reversing cardiovascular disease. There is also increasing interest among the public about the purported health benefits of vegan diets, in part due to many celebrities who Read more…

Chiropractic Care

Can Children Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

It is unlikely that you will ever see a young child bend over to pick up a toy and freeze in pain saying, “Oh no, my back just went out again.” Generally, conditions that will cause such a pain do not appear in children, but it may have started there. Read more…

Gilda’s Club Adds New Programs for Families Affected by Cancer

“You have cancer.” Those are three words nobody wants to hear. They can change a person’s life in an instant, and make us feel fearful and anxious, alone in this world, and out of control. What most patients need is not only the very best and most advanced medical care, Read more…

‘Health Career Connection’ Offers Summer Internships

Students thrive with mentors and a clear economic path to a career. This summer, numerous local health care industry partners are stepping up to provide both mentorship and paid internships (JOBS) for twenty local undergraduate health science majors. Health Career Connection (HCC) was founded in 1990 by a group of Read more…

Kinetix

Cryotherapy: A New Meaning to “Icing Your Injuries”

There is a new therapeutic trend growing nationally, which could become very popular for the Desert’s summer residents. It involves whole body ‘chilling’ to relieve achy joints and bones. It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy and it is as popular in Europe as massage is in the US. The science behind Read more…

Nik Obert demonstrates TRX, used as Total Resistance Exercise

Try TRX For Flexibility and Core Strength

In this issue I want to highlight a tool that is growing in popularity in the fitness community and helps people become stronger and more flexible – the TRX. I have the privilege of working with one of the only Certified TRX trainers in the desert, Nik Obert, so I Read more…

PICKLEBALL: The Fastest Growing Sport in North America

You may have heard of this crazy new game called “pickleball.” The US Pickleball Association (USAPA.org) calls the game a “highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease” and estimates that between 40-50,000 people worldwide are currently infected. “While rarely fatal, the disease has enormous positive impact on the lives of infected Read more…

Tips For The Caregiver

Wayne Newton’s hit song Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast was about a boy trying to keep up with a father too busy to pay attention to the young child scurrying to keep up with him. The other end of the spectrum is a caregiver walking ahead of their charge, Read more…

Elder Care

Pay It Forward: ElderCaring Awards Scholarships to Top Caregivers

ElderCaring of Coachella Valley established an annual scholarship program to reward its top caregivers with funds to advance their education in the health and medical field. The scholarship’s first recipients are Monica Carranza of Coachella and Mari Serrano of Thermal. Both caregivers have excelled in client services and have been Read more…

Healthy Eats “On the Go”

If healthy food is a priority, you’ll agree that one of the hardest things may be eating on the run. Sure you can pack fruits and nuts to munch along the way, but sometimes you want a hearty lunch you can grab-and-go that will satisfy your taste buds, re-energize, but Read more…

Growers market

Healthier Cheese Quesadillas

Everyone loves quesadilla and it can be a healthy snack! Enjoy this recipe (with even healthier replacement options) from Growers Market and Stick Figure Salsa. What you’ll need: Cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed One avocado, peeled and thinly sliced (you’ll need a few slices per person) ½ cup Read more…

Plan Now for a Long Life

Even in retirement, your portfolio may need to be positioned for both growth and security: growth to meet the challenges of a long life and the impact of long-term inflation and health care, and sources of secure income to ensure that your daily essential living expenses will be met. This Read more…

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Natural Luxury at the Spa Esmeralda The Perfect Gift for Mom (or You!)

I am convinced that one of the greatest gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of time. Time to slow down, relax and let the body rejuvenate. As you think of that special something for your Mom for Mother’s Day, consider a spa treatment at one of Read more…

Karina’s Beauty Rx

As we enter into summer, there is a noticeable change in our bodies and skin. You can maintain a healthy youthful look at home with easy beauty rituals. It’s not every day we have the opportunity to visit the spa or salon for a hair treatment or body scrub. You Read more…

Valley School Districts Compete in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

The Coachella Valley Health collaborative kicked off its 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in early January. Currently, over 1,600 Coachella Valley residents are participating in the challenge, including our valley school districts who have challenged each other for the top spot. The spirited, good-natured challenge is lead by school board members, Read more…

Discovering Your Genius

At some point in life, every person wonders what it would be like to be a genius–to have an intellectual capacity beyond compare. When we say “genius,” the great cultural icon for towering intellect, Albert Einstein, comes to mind. Did you know that Einstein, whose e=mc2 changed the way we Read more…

Desert Healthcare District Supports Programs of the Coachella Valley branch of the Arthritis Foundation

Grant Will Allow Residents with Arthritis to Participate in Free Life Improvement Exercise Programs The Directors of the Desert Healthcare District approved a grant award of $87,000 to the Arthritis Foundation to support the Life Improvement Series Programs (LIS). The LIS Programs consist of warm water exercise; classroom exercise; Tai Read more…