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May/June 2017

Natural OptionsA Multi-modality Approach to Alzheimer’s

It has been over 100 years since Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, first described a patient with the advanced neurodegenerative brain disease that today bears his name. Since that time, Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment. That may be changing. Recent research under the direction of Dale Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Gut: Your Second Brain

The gut is intrinsically tied to our emotions. Experience tells us we can have a “gut wrenching” moment after seeing a traumatic event, or “butterflies” in our stomach on the first day of a new job. Another old adage we are told is “not to ignore our gut instinct.”  But Read more…

Natural OptionsBenefits of NADH Supplementation

NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrogen) is an essential coenzyme found in all living cells. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals and remove lactic acid build up in our muscles. When we are young, we produce a lot of NADH in our cells; however, as we Read more…

Natural Options3 Easy Meditations for People on the Run

These simply meditation practices work whether you are walking, hiking, riding a bike, or sitting. 1: Grounding & Opening Start by bringing your awareness to the soles of your feet. Visualize these energy centers opening and growing roots deep into the earth, going down and out to stabilize you. Then Read more…

Natural OptionsSinusitis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or can arise from an allergic reaction to pollen, grass cuttings and food allergies. Sinusitis is inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the sinus cavities which are located behind the nose and above Read more…

Desert EventsFirst Annual Wellness Awards Nominee Reception

The First Annual Wellness Awards Nominee Reception was held at the Eisenhower Wellness Institute and brought together top doctors, yogis, fitness and health practitioners, non-profits, chefs, educators and more for an evening of networking and celebrating achievements. Healthy offerings were provided by Salads in a Jar with libations from Bonterra Read more…

Integrated PracticesChildren and Teens Affected by Cancer

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, is going through treatment, or has passed away from cancer, the children and teens in the family may experience a range of emotions that they have never had to deal with before. Because each child responds in his or her own unique Read more…

Integrated PracticesUnderstanding Stability and Mobility

Stability and mobility are the cornerstones of functional movement. Joint mobility is defined as the degree to which an articulation (where two bones meet) is allowed to move before being restricted by surrounding tissues; joint stability is defined as the ability to maintain or control joint movement or position. Stability Read more…

Integrated PracticesExternal Sound Wave Therapy Aids ED

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects as many as 30 million American men, including 30 to 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. There are multiple causes including medications, chronic illness, poor blood flow to the penis due to plaque and calcification or vessel damage, excessive alcohol consumption Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Key to Ending Chronic Disease?

How do we reverse the chronic disease epidemic plaguing our country? Indio High teacher, Jason Tate, says to start with the next generation. He knows the value first hand. Over the past ten years, he has been teaching the biology of nutrition and recently created a Health & Wellness Academy Read more…

Integrated PracticesSix Pillars of Brain Health

Pillar One: Social Interactions Have you watched, or are you caring for, someone you love suffering from declining brain function, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Watching my grandmother, better known to all as “Nan,” decline to the point where she didn’t recognize me was heartbreaking and motivating. Loss of our brain Read more…

Integrated PracticesVitamin C for Confidence

As a health and lifestyle coach, I am constantly looking for ways to live a life that is revitalizing, energetic and in balance. There are so many different perspectives to consider, and each factor is as important as the other. On a daily basis, I am learning to do things Read more…

Fresh CuisineWhat’s on That Label, Egg-xactly?

Now that we are well into spring, that season in the desert which can seem all too fleeting, the public’s attention often turns to eggs. In the U.S. people buy close to 180 million eggs1 around Easter time for dyeing and hunting. Eggs, however, are an agricultural product that defies Read more…

Financial HealthDo Prescription Drug Costs Have You Worried?

If you are enrolled in Medicare and your prescription drug costs are overwhelming your budget, there are some government programs available. Extra Help, also known as the Low-Income Subsidy, is a government program that may help pay for Medicare Part D prescription medication costs. Like everything in life, you will Read more…

Financial HealthHealth, Wealth and the Road to Retirement

There’s a vital relationship between wealth and health. When the two come together, it’s stunning to see how each side of the equation comes into play. Before my wife Stacey joined me in the wealth management business, she was a busy podiatrist with her own medical and surgical practice. And Read more…

Financial HealthDo You Know Who Your Beneficiaries Are?

When was the last time you checked your beneficiary designations for your individual retirement account (IRA), employer retirement plan, annuity or life insurance policy? If you haven’t examined it since the account was set up, you are not alone. Due to changing circumstances and shifting priorities, you may find that Read more…

Through the GenerationsFrom Universal Perspective to Local Solutions

The renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan, coined the expression, “The Pale Blue Planet” for our home in the vast universe. The future of our planet rests in our hands. Its health and wellness are our responsibilities. For astronauts, the view of earth is so spectacular that it can transform their perspectives Read more…

Through the GenerationsNavigating California’s New Vaccine Laws

On July 1, 2016, a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown went into effect that required all children enrolled in public or private schools to have met a set number of vaccinations to attend school. This effectively removed the right of parents to personally deem their children vaccine exempt Read more…

Through the GenerationsBuilding Health for Ourselves

The uncertainty of the American health care system may have a beneficial, unexpected effect: empowerment of personal responsibility. The assurance of health care for our citizens, from the most at-risk to the most affluent, is being debated by politicians and stake-holders; personally, I believe it will require dialogue and leadership Read more…

Through the GenerationsMidwives (Doulas) Help to Ease the Way

One of the great celebrations in our world is the anticipation of a new life being born. At the moment of birth, and the first moments thereafter, life can be filled with heightened emotions, confusing paperwork and plentiful reactions from those surrounding the new mother, father and baby. Many of Read more…