Lauren and Dakota

November/December 2011

This 6th edition of Desert Health[sup]®[/sup] marks the culmination of our first year in publication. We could not have gotten here without the continued support and contributions of the many health care companies, professionals, contributing writers and community groups featured within our pages. I am truly grateful to all of you. Desert Health[sup]®[/sup] was created… Read more »

Integrated Health Care

Integrated Health Care:

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defines this practice as “medicine that confirms the importance of the practitioner/patient relationship; focuses on the whole person; is evidence-based; and uses all appropriate modalities, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve health and healing.” Following this logic, patients win. We receive medical attention that considers… Read more »

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Ancient Healing Practices

Many answers we seek to feel vibrant and take care of our health and wellness, exist as natural remedies dating back 5,000 years. There is a science of self-understanding that originated in India called Ayurveda, translating from Sanskrit to mean “Science of Life.” It is a system of empowerment that looks at everything affecting a… Read more »

Health is a Choice

Health is a Choice: Bronwyn Ison

After reading Desert Health[sup]®[/sup]’s October feature on breathing, I expressed my appreciation for this newsworthy editorial, and was asked to share my life-changing struggle with Valley Fever (VF). VF is a debilitating lung disease which is challenging to diagnose as its symptoms mirror those of other conditions. Everyday we use our life force to keep… Read more »

Avoiding Falls Through Fitness

One third of people over the age of 65 take a fall every year. 74 percent of those who fall obtain injuries that require medical attention.[sup]1[/sup] Many of these falls, and the life altering consequences that ensue, can be avoided. In the spirit of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (always the first day of Fall),… Read more »

Fibromyalgia: A Medical Perspective

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is difficult to treat by traditional methods. There is no test that confirms this diagnosis, which is based upon the following clinical criteria:1 widespread musculoskeletal pain for at least 3 months and2 excess tenderness in at least 11 of 18 predefined anatomic sites, 9 on each side of… Read more »

Fibromyalgia: Alternative Treatment Options

Fibromylagia is a condition characterized by fatigue, body pain, sleep difficulties, and depression. To date, there are limited, successful treatment options to fully relieve the symptoms. The lack of successful treatment options is thoroughly frustrating to individuals with fibromyalgia. From a naturopathic perspective, the first part of a successful treatment program is to address the… Read more »

Integrative Approach to Migraines

An interview with Dr. Gerald B. Weiss, board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist What is the first step if you think you suffer from migraines? When patients come to me, we do a complete neurological evaluation to diagnose the pain as a migraine on a clinical basis. If a patient has not had an MRI… Read more »

Dr Ghassan Boghosian

Practitioner Profile: Ghassan Boghosian, D.O.

(pronounced ‘Bo-GO-zee-en’) Profession: Orthopedic Surgeon fellowship trained in hip and knee replacement Studied: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital Fellowship in adult lower extremity reconstruction at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Practice: Star Othropaedic in La Quinta; Staff Physician… Read more »

Far Infrared therapy bed

Health Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy

We live in a toxic world. Our air, water, land, and foods are loaded with toxic chemicals. A recent study of infants (blood drawn from the umbilical cord at birth), indicated that the average child at birth had over 250 different toxins. From an evolutionary perspective, these toxins are a relatively recent problem. Our current… Read more »


Eat a Rainbow Every Day

Color is known to affect our mood and emotions, but did you know that the colors in foods do more than just look tasty? I often tell my clients to eat a rainbow everyday, and here’s why… Colors in foods promote the expression of healthy DNA coding and are called phytonutrients – chemicals in foods… Read more »