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May/June 2012

Desert HealthMay/June 2012

Lauren Del Sorto

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…

Through the GenerationsForever 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…

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

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

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 ChoiceHealth 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…

Medical NewsWhat 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…

Medical NewsSudden 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…

Medical NewsWhite 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…

Medical NewsProtection 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…

Medical News“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…

Medical NewsVitamin Protection Against Birth Defects

Roy M. Pitkin, MD

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…

Medical NewsOne 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…

Integrated PracticesIntegrative 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…

Integrated PracticesBeyond 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…

Integrated PracticesHyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Can It Turn Back the Clock?

HBOC

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…

Natural OptionsSometimes You Just Have to “Sweat it Out”

Sauna

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…

Natural OptionsLongevity 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…

Natural OptionsGenetic 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…

Desert HealthSoak in the Effects of Aloe Vera

Jennifer DiFrancesco

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…

Natural OptionsCardiovascular 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…

Through the GenerationsCan Children Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

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…