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November/December 2013

Natural OptionsHow TMC Treats Vertigo

Vertigo, from the Latin word for “a whirling or spinning movement,” is a type of dizziness where one experiences a feeling of motion, usually as if they or the room is spinning. While many of us have had the occasional dizzy spell, vertigo is different with its persistent sense of Read more…

Integrated PracticesCombat Aging, Naturally

Slowing the aging process is not just about maintaining an esthetically youthful appearance, it’s about keeping an active, able, pain-free body with vibrant energy, a keen mind, and zest for life. As our life expectancy continues to increase, Americans want to continue to be actively participating in their lives for Read more…

Integrated PracticesMen Go Through It, Too!

Menopause in females is a widely discussed, well-studied phenomenon, yet its equivalent in males – andropause – is virtually ignored. They are very similar experiences. Both typically occur from age 40 on and are caused by a reduction in hormone levels. Both can be accompanied by fatigue, depression, irritability, aches Read more…

Integrated PracticesLife After Cancer: Nourishing Your Health

“What do I do to keep cancer from coming back?” “What do I eat/not eat?” “How do I live a cancer free lifestyle?” These are questions I hear from my patients every day. The answer is simple. The foods you should avoid in preventing cancer are the same ones you Read more…

Financial HealthWhen Life Changes, So Should Your Financial Plan

If you’ve ever completed a financial plan, you know how much work it is to prepare. So, after all that work, you’re done, right? Wrong. The world is constantly changing, the markets are constantly fluctuating, and so is your life. If your plan for the future is going to be Read more…

Financial HealthHow Will the New Affordable Care Act Affect You?

Let me begin by defining which individuals the Affordable care Act (ACA) will not affect when it is fully implemented on January 1, 2014: Anyone now on Medicare (including Pre-Age 65 Early Disability Individuals). Anyone covered by an employer-sponsored Group Health Insurance Plan. (But you will have to upgrade to Read more…

Financial HealthIs Buying Health Insurance Any Easier Now?

The Affordable Care Act has allowed our state programs to expand and cover more people, especially children, for very low premiums or even at no cost. If you have been without health insurance, or if you have a plan that is just too expensive for your budget, please make the Read more…

FitnessPreparing for Menopause

Every woman experiences menopause differently. For some, it passes quickly and the symptoms are mild, while others experience aggressive changes that include hot flashes and mood swings. Weight gain and muscle loss are also common during this transformation. The good news is that exercise–before, during and after–can help stave off Read more…

FitnessWho Will Win “Best of the Best”?

While everyone who competed in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge II (HLSC II) valley-side competition has triumphed, only one will be awarded the “Best of the Best.” Teams were formed, individuals signed up and the challenge began in April. By the end of July, millions of steps had been taken and Read more…

FitnessFitness Q&A

Ask Mike: I am a female athlete who likes to strength train. I work out 5x a week, and my goals are to put on more muscle, cut down on fat, and have more energy throughout the day. I know I need to take supplements to lead a healthy lifestyle Read more…

Health & BeautyMake-up Mayhem

Before make-up became part of my business, I was completely perplexed by the vast array of product lines. From merchandise within the lines, tools for applying, and products for removing make-up, it was tough to tell one product from another. In those days, I found even choosing the wrong color Read more…

Health & BeautyPutting Body Shaping to the Test

Non-invasive body sculpting is the latest craze. In our July August issue, we wrote about a variety of therapies now available, including Exilis, Zerona and CoolSculpting,  explaining how each treatment worked. But I was skeptical of both their effectiveness and the longevity of their results. So we decided to put Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Smiling Eyes of a Child

There is something special about the face of a smiling child. You can see happiness shine in their gleaming eyes. But sometimes children are born with eyelid malpositions that minimize that shine and interfere with visual function. When this occurs, even our littlest family members may require medical evaluation and Read more…

Through the GenerationsIt’s All About Families

Kids will frolic

Did you ever wonder how moms learn to become moms, and parents to parent? When young people are first starting out and don’t have relatives in the area, who answers all the questions? In the Coachella Valley, new moms and young families are lucky to now have a place to Read more…

Through the GenerationsThank You for Investing in Me

One of the utmost things that I love about living in the Coachella Valley is the extensive health initiatives embedded throughout our desert communities. Within these precincts lie the Desert Healthcare District (DHCD), UC Riverside (UCR), and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), which have similar visions that parallel my Read more…

Through the GenerationsSmile and Connect

A smile and laughter are the expressions of a positive attitude about life. With the challenges of advancing years it takes strength to meet the tests. That awareness is not a gift; it needs to be earned with quiet gratitude. Wake up each day and smile when you look in Read more…

Through the GenerationsStand Up to Headache Pain!

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and…headaches? When it comes to being all-American, having at least one episode of head pain occurs in 90% of the American population. Researchers who have studied the prevalence of headache in adults in the United States report a high correlation with complaints of neck pain. Read more…

Through the GenerationsKeeping ‘Happy’ in Holidays

For many, the holiday season is full of cheer and memorable experiences. However, for others, the holiday season can bring stress and anxiety due to financial and social obligations, or the memories from years gone by. Many seniors are adversely affected by the rituals of the holiday season. It may Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Show Must Go On

Rancho Mirage resident and former Desert Regional Medical Center radiologist, Dr. Pam Meoli, had a stroke at age 51. Her prognosis included a walker or cane, little or no mobility of her left arm, and compromised speech. After nine months of speech therapy her ability to speak was much improved, Read more…

Desert EventsLet the Festivities Begin!

Don’t you love this time of year? November arrives and before you know it, your schedule is full. It’s such a festive, energetic time as you reunite with old friends and make new ones. Our newly green courses offer some of the world’s best golf and our sun-filled days call Read more…