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May/June 2018

Integrated PracticesCalifornia’s New Green Rush: Both Goldmine and Landmine

An excerpt from this article previously appeared as an opinion editorial in The Desert Sun. Full article is to follow. It still surprises me to realize that over half of our country now permits the use of marijuana. Now with California’s legalization of recreational use, a new Green Rush is Read more…

Integrated PracticesPalm Springs to Host Wellspring

Wanderlust, the world-renowned yoga lifestyle festival, is coming to Palm Springs with their latest innovation, Wellspring. The 3-day gathering will take place October 26-28 and feature leading health and wellness speakers and a large expo, as well as yoga, meditation and other participatory activities that CEO Sean Hoess calls the Read more…

Integrated PracticesWellness Patterns For Ourselves and Our Community

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

It has been said that we can only see what we expect to see. If this is true, it poses a difficult hurdle in finding answers to questions about our health and well-being. So often a patient will come to see me because they feel un-well or have specific symptoms Read more…

FitnessParkinson’s Clients Don Gloves to Battle Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to walk, talk, balance and move. Many recent studies on effective therapies for this incurable disease indicate that certain types of exercise, specifically intense “forced” exercise, can exert a neuroprotective influence and may actually slow progression. Read more…

FitnessCreate Your Experience

When teaching my yoga classes, I often say, “Pay attention to the experience you’re creating in this moment.” I say this to encourage people to recognize what they are feeling as they undertake different poses, practice conscious breathing, or notice their thoughts. So often, we assume that the instructor is Read more…

FitnessCancer Patients Find Their Strong!

When someone is in the midst of medical treatment for cancer, they may not have the strength or desire for vigorous exercise. But gentle forms of movement such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong can be extremely beneficial in a treatment plan that addresses spirit, mind and body. Gentle movement Read more…

Through the GenerationsChoosing the Best Multi-nutrient for Children

Supplementing daily with a multi-nutrient for children is essential, as whole food products have decreased in nutritional content and quality. In addition, the toxic body burden acquired from the state of the environment calls for more fundamental nutrients to assist in normal functions of the body. Children of all ages Read more…

Through the GenerationsStudents Plant School Garden

Over the last several months, Desert Healthcare District/Foundation has teamed up with teachers, students and the school principal at Bubbling Wells Elementary in Desert Hot Springs to design, create, build and fund a school garden. “Two of the District/Foundation’s areas of community health focus are healthy eating and active living,” Read more…

Through the GenerationsYour Health Begins at Home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the indoor air pollution concentrations in our homes are typically 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor pollution levels.1 The sad part is most common pollutants in your home are from chemicals you bring in from conventional cleaning, laundry and self-care products. How often Read more…

Health & BeautyFunctional, Fashionable Footwear

Few fashion items seem as elusive as finding the perfect summer shoe. As the years grow on me, my tootsies demand more respect (and support) than an inexpensive pair of trendy flip flops can provide. In addition, I have finally accepted that Birkenstocks and Crocs, albeit comfy, are not always Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Evolution of Skin Rejuvenation

When a new service joins Desert Health®, I like to know as much about it as I can – to educate myself and to better inform readers. Such is the case with SilkPeel Dermalinfusion. I hadn’t heard of the treatment which Studio Facials owner Kris Kabris called “all the rage Read more…

Fresh CuisineDelicious Without Debt

Whether you’re someone who walks the grocery store aisles with the calculator app perpetually open or ends up shamefacedly setting things aside at the self-checkout as you see the grand total rising much higher than anticipated, you may have noticed food prices are up. There are many factors at play Read more…

Fresh CuisineMushrooms: Food for the Soul

The reputation of mushrooms has varied over the decades. There are many varieties of this curious delight from the most common button mushroom to the more exotic Brazilian blazei or the Japanese nameko. They can be delicious, nutritious, deadly, magical, toxic – and very mysterious. With their meaty texture and Read more…

Fresh CuisineYour Wildest Greens Have Arrived

Many of us who have adopted a nutritional lifestyle – be it vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, lectin-free, or other – know that dining out can be a challenge. We are lucky to have a variety of quick-stop options for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to a nice, relaxing dinner Read more…

Desert EventsThird Annual Workplace Wellness Awards

Coachella Valley’s HARC (Health Assessment and Research for Communities) is proud to announce the third annual Workplace Wellness Awards luncheon to be held June 7 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert. The Workplace Wellness Awards recognize exemplary organizations that prioritize employee health and wellness and encourage others to do Read more…