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May/June 2014

Natural OptionsChanging Your Rhythm For A Different Season

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Living in the Coachella Valley, we can be remiss in witnessing the pronounced entry and exit of the four seasons. Yet, the dramatic shift into summer is one we all experience.  While the desert landscape transitions, plants and wildflowers lose their color and become dormant. The desert floor dries up Read more…

Integrated PracticesIs Testosterone Therapy in Men Harmful?

You might have been alarmed by recent television commercials by law firms soliciting patients that have taken testosterone and suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, these campaigns have been influenced by one or two negative observational studies of weak power and poor design. Fortunately, there is over 40 years of well-designed, Read more…

Integrated PracticesAnemia: Natural Treatments for a Common Condition

Anemia is typically characterized by low iron levels in the blood. It is commonly known that anemia can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, and dizziness. The more uncommonly known facts are that often anemia stems from using certain pharmaceutical medications, improper digestion, irritation in the stomach lining, abnormal bacteria in the Read more…

Integrated PracticesCryo for Insomnia: “Like Night & Day”

For most of her life, Connie Sandoval of La Quinta slept 3-4 hours a night. Her insomnia began at age 7 and became her way of life.  Now 34, she has tried everything recommended and prescribed from melatonin, lavender, teas, and homeopathy, to sleeping pills, new mattresses, and targeted exercise. Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

On April 15th the Board of Eisenhower Medical Center held its annual Trustee meeting and installation of the new Board President, Greg Renker. I was honored to speak on the topic of “Wellness: Improving the Economics of Illness.” The commitment of our medical center to lead the way by incorporating Read more…

Health & BeautySo, Your Diet Isn’t Working?

I am writing yet another weight loss article, not because I want to tell you about the latest diet trends, but actually to illuminate the opposite perspective. I want to explain why your diet isn’t working.  This article is intended to help you understand why – despite your dedication, perseverance, Read more…

Financial HealthRetirement Planning – Start Now.

After 40 or 50 years of working, you could find yourself retired for another 20 or 30. To support yourself without a job for 20 or 30 years, you should be planning for retirement during your entire working life. However, your concerns and strategies for retirement will change as you Read more…

Financial HealthGot New Health Care? Wait, There’s More…

Now that you enrolled in a new health insurance plan, it is up to you to get the most out of it – including tax deductions.  California led the way in enrolling previously uninsured Americans during the recent ACA open enrollment. It didn’t go smoothly, and it sure wasn’t easy. Read more…

Through the GenerationsMeditation

Stalingrad 1942 was one of the most savage battles in military history. My father, a reluctant German infantry soldier (the other option would have been execution) was wounded and sent back from the front. That saved his life and for me, the guide of my life. He never talked about Read more…

Through the GenerationsMy Head is Spinning

Dear Dr. Kato:My wife is 77 years old. She is having increasing problems with her balance and has fallen several times. I’m very concerned that something serious may happen. Is this vertigo? Dear Reader: Balance disorders are common in the elderly, not only resulting in distressing sensations, but also leading Read more…

Through the GenerationsTaking on New Challenges, One Brush Stroke at a Time

Facing challenges and problem solving are strengths that Madelina Agawin has relied upon since she was a young woman, and they have formed the complex mosaic of who she is as a person today.  Early on, Madelina’s father instilled in her the importance of education and being disciplined in her Read more…

Fresh CuisineThe Flavor or Essense

For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to Two Bunch Palms. We had heard about their renovation and renewed focus on wellness, so we were excited to check it out. We always enjoyed visiting Casino, the resort’s 1920s-style restaurant with its fireplace, dark wood and velvet Read more…

FitnessKinesiotape™: A Cutting Edge Modality for Treating Injuries

If you were watching the 2012 Summer Olympics, you saw many athletes walking around with colorful tape applied to various parts of their bodies. Many were experiencing aches and pains, while others just needed a little protective security for muscular support. This trendy looking modality is called Kinesiotape™. In 1973, Read more…

FitnessManaging MS Through Movement

Lynne Risdon of Palm Desert has an energetic spirit and enthusiastic smile. She speaks with determination and grace and appears much younger than her 62 years. You would never know that Lynne has lived with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for 22 years. She attributes her fit condition to exercise Read more…

Through the Generations“Operation Splash” Scholarships Available through May 30

For the seventh consecutive year, residents in the Coachella Valley can enjoy the benefits of swim lessons or open swim passes at no charge, thanks to a $55,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to the Desert Recreation District.  Scholarships for swim lessons, open swim passes and Jr. Lifeguard Programs will be Read more…

Through the GenerationsPalm Springs High School (PSHS) Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Chapter: The Future Looks Bright

Palm Springs High School Academy of Learning Medicine (PALM) students are learning skills not often seen in the traditional classroom, thanks to advisory meetings with local business partners. With input from local health care practitioners, PALM staff members have incorporated lessons into their curriculum which emphasize career-related soft skills, such Read more…

Desert EventsTerry Wahls, MD Presentation & Book Signing

Come hear Tedx Talk sensation Dr. Terry Walhs discuss how she beat progressive MS using Paleo principles and functional medicine. The Wahls Protocol will be available for purchase and book signing will follow presentation. Click here for more information! Read more…