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May/June 2016

Integrated PracticesBiography Becomes Biology

Have you ever audited yourself on the way you plan for your most precious gift: your health? We tend to spend time planning our financial strategy, our travel, our social life, but few of us create a health strategy for ourselves. With the growth of the functional medicine movement, I Read more…

Integrated PracticesTreating Interstitial Cystitis

Painful bladder syndromes are very complex and often poorly understood. Yet, they are a significant public health concern and contribute substantially to health costs and poor quality of life. Painful bladder symptoms may include frequency, burning, and urgency to urinate as well as pelvic pain and interference with sexual function. Read more…

Integrated PracticesLess Stress, More Joy

Life is about growth, balance, and passion. Life is supposed to be lived peacefully and joyfully. Alas! How often we are stuck in the stresses and strains, losing ourselves completely in the maze of life…too often. Stress hinders growth, leads to imbalance and breeds dispassion. So, it is very important Read more…

Integrated PracticesPrebiotics: Fertilizer for Your Digestive Garden

Probiotics have really stepped into the spotlight in the past few years. New research linking gut health and pathologies like depression is proving what naturopathic doctors have been saying for a long time – the gut-brain connection is not to be ignored. By extension, gut health is of prime importance. Read more…

FitnessImproving “The Sway” in Your Swing

Golf makes many physical demands on the body. We therefore need to spend the necessary time conditioning ourselves so that we can play 18 holes day after day and not worry about pulling a muscle or incurring an even more severe injury. One of the top five problems that many Read more…

FitnessSummer Programs for Staying Active

Summer is settling in, and just because temperatures are heating up doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fun ways to get fit! In addition to a number of indoor activities at the City of La Quinta’s Wellness Center, there are also options for staying active outdoors. For instance, have Read more…

Through the GenerationsHow to Get Your Child to Sleep

Healthy sleep habits in children are essential to their physical, mental, and emotional development. Children will show an improved mood, increased IQ, better grades, and seem all around happier with as little as 20 more minutes sleep per night. Establishing a bedtime routine helps parents and children get the extra Read more…

Through the GenerationsPreventing Parental Temper Tantrums

What parent hasn’t had moments, days, even years of feeling like they could have parented better? The reality is, they could have parented differently. Most of us have a fantasy bubble that gives us a bird’s eye view of a perfect life, encompassing everything we think we’re not but should Read more…

Through the GenerationsFiction Tells Real Stories

“So now what do I do?” “Why are they behaving this way?” “Where do I find answers to all the questions I have?” These are outcries I hear from family caregiver/partner clients and audiences regularly. In addition to providing them a general overview and explanation about particulars, I offer my Read more…

Through the GenerationsChoosing Home Care

One of most difficult decisions adult children make when caring for aging parents is where to turn for in-home care.  The myriad of choices can be overwhelming.  Essentially, there are three choices: private hire, domestic referral agencies and full service companies.  With a private hire caregiver, the family or older Read more…

Health & Beauty5 Ways Grains Interfere with Weight Loss

There are plenty of reasons why grains can impact your weight loss goals, aside from gluten. We are aware of the obvious benefits of swapping burger buns for whole grains or gluten-free options, but often grains, and wheat in particular, are overlooked as a hidden cause of resistant weight loss. Read more…

Health & BeautyNew Treatment for Varicose Veins

Chances are that you either have, or you know someone who has, varicose veins. That is because vein disease affects 1 in 4 adults. A common myth is that varicose veins (veins that bulge underneath the skin in the legs) are a cosmetic problem, but in certain situations they can Read more…

Health & BeautyCycles of Life and Lessons of Nature

The desert is an amazing landscape which can look barren and dry for months of the year and then in spring, vibrancy occurs. There is no better way to explore this beauty than through hiking.  This spring unveiled a burst of color on many plants like the beavertail cactus with Read more…

Health & BeautyBreast Implants Then and Now

One of my favorite movies of all times is the 1997 HBO movie Breast Men with David Schwimmer and Chris Cooper. It was humorous and astonishingly accurate with regards to the evolution of the modern implant and the eventual controversy that enveloped it. There is something new with breast implant Read more…