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May/June 2020

Integrative MedicineWords of Wisdom from Our Wellness Community

inspiring health & hope

How are you doing? During this time we’ve been thinking of you, dear readers, and eager to present this special issue inspiring health and hope from our local wellness community. There has never been a more important time to build and maintain a healthy immune system. But how do you Read more…

InspirationA Look at the Good News

Pause & Reflect

Every human on our planet is struggling right now. For some, it’s simply getting through the day; for others, it’s coping with mortality in unimaginable circumstances.  If the challenges we are facing are taking their toll mentally, you are not alone. Many psychologists agree that the ability to comprehend the Read more…

Desert HealthAccepting Change

Compassion Love Laughter

Hello, Friends ~ My goodness! Who would have ever thought 2020 would find us so far apart, yet so close at heart in circumstances beyond our wildest imagination?  The sign above sits on our counter as a constant reminder of the patience and compassion we all need to have with Read more…

Medical NewsDefining Our Response to Stress in Defining Times

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

st, we learn how much we’re able to handle – mentally, emotionally and physically. The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly insurmountable amounts of stress for almost every human being on the planet. Knowing that, alone, is stressful, but it’s what we do in times like these that will define us Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Launches COVID-19 Resource Center

Desert Healthcare District Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District (DHCD) has launched an online resource for local residents offering information on programs and services available during the coronavirus crisis. From food distribution and rental assistance to testing sites and small business loans, the webpage is available in both English and Spanish, and is being translated Read more…

Medical NewsNovel Therapy for Early Stage Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. It accounts for approximately one out of every five malignancies in men and one out of nine malignancies in women. The average age at diagnosis is 70 years old. Over the past decade, the overall incidence of lung Read more…

Medical NewsHARC Releases 2019 Community Health Data

This past March, Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), which has been tracking our community’s health for the past 14 years, released their latest data on the well-being and quality of life for Coachella Valley residents.  While the global pandemic is certain to change these 2019 statistics, the information Read more…

Medical NewsOut of the Darkness, Into the Light

This year, an incredible young man came into my life. While I have yet to meet him personally, I can confidently say he is an extremely accomplished and compassionate human being. Peter Li is a spokesperson, author and inspirational speaker. He has written and produced an award-winning movie, attended the Read more…

Medical NewsThe Insomnia Complaint

Insomnia

“I have difficulty falling asleep,” “I wake up frequently and cannot easily go back to sleep” and “I wake up too early in the morning” are by far the most common sleep disturbance complaints we hear in sleep medicine. When accompanied by daytime consequences of fatigue, tiredness, lassitude and foggy Read more…

Medical NewsGreater Accuracy for Prostate Cancer Detection

person holding blue ribbon

The days of poke and hope are over! For decades, prostate biopsies have been performed in a random, systematic fashion. An ultrasound probe is inserted into the patient’s rectum and an image of the shape of the prostate gland is obtained. Random, systematic cores are taken out at the apex Read more…

Medical NewsBring Back the Physical Exam

From the very start of medical school, the importance of a thorough physical exam is ingrained in students. Every year, and in every specialty, students are tested on how to perform a thorough exam. As such a basic and fundamental aspect of medicine, why does it so often get overlooked?  Read more…

Medical NewsAre Your Eyes Feeling Your Stress?

Our eyes are truly the windows to our souls. They also give important clues and are general indicators of our overall wellness. With many of us feeling stress at this time, it is important to note that even our eyes can be affected.  During stressful times, you may notice familiar Read more…

Medical NewsHarness Your Thoughts to Fortify Your Immune System

Now more than ever, we all need to protect our health. You have a powerful force within you that can support your wellness: your unconscious mind. Besides strengthening your immune system, your subconscious mind can fight off disease; it controls all the vital processes of your body and it knows Read more…

Medical NewsKeeping Up with Your Oral Health?

With COVID-19 playing a major role in all our lives today, many of us have started to look more closely at our bodies, our immune systems and what we can do to keep ourselves healthier.  It may surprise you to learn that your mouth plays a major role in the Read more…

Medical NewsBreast Health Pandemic Survival Guide

Medicine and breast cancer concept, Woman with pink cancer ribbon

The world is now abuzz with news about coronavirus (COVID-19), the viral disease that has taken us all by storm. The global response has been extreme with most things cancelled or postponed and the disruption to everyday life is unprecedented.  Whether or not the current global response is an appropriate Read more…

Natural OptionsArt to Honor Mother Earth and Change

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Since the beginning of 2020, many of us have felt the symbiotic balance between humanity and Earth as more fragile than ever. The moment a highly contagious virus took the hurried pace of our lives and slowed it down, we started to pay attention. When our nomadic ancestors migrated with Read more…

Natural OptionsBecoming Aware of Your Inner Critic

Throughout my years as a professional coach, I have worked with men and women helping them to identify what is holding them back from their desired outcomes. Clients come to me seeking better health and better relationships with themselves and others. What I often discover is that many have not Read more…

Natural OptionsOne Breath at a Time

Overwhelmed. Anxious. Freaked out. Scared. Desperate.  These are some of the words that seem to be describing our current global mood.  Places have shut down everywhere, people are being told not to travel, to stay at home, to head back to their home countries, to work from home, to stay Read more…

Natural OptionsStaying Healthy at Home

The forced slow down we’re experiencing has likely made you look for ways to be productive regarding your job, household projects and hobbies, but you may not have thought about treating your health in the same way. Below are some tips to inspire you to use this downtime to improve Read more…

Natural OptionsYoga, Cancer and Your Immune System

Shay’s Story

When you hear the three words “you have cancer,” your world just stops. You go into shock. You can only hear the pounding of your heart fearfully beating within your chest. It is that moment your body goes numb and your world turns upside down. The joy of everyday life Read more…