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November/December 2014

Natural OptionsPublic Enemy #1: Sugar!

With her New York best-seller, The Virgin Diet, Rancho Mirage resident JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS helped focus the national spotlight on food intolerance as the secret culprit to stubborn weight loss and impaired health. By identifying the seven most common foods to which our bodies negatively react with symptoms such Read more…

Integrated PracticesCleveland Clinic Embraces Functional Medicine

Integrative medicine has taken a tremendous step forward with the opening of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine (CCCFM). Functional medicine is based on the evidence that lifestyle factors – such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress levels, relationships and genetics – are major contributors to disease. Cleveland Clinic is Read more…

Integrated PracticesStem Cell Therapy for Injury and Disease

With football season upon us, reports of pro athlete injuries are once again prevalent. You may have noticed the increase in athletes turning to a cutting edge regenerative therapy called adipose derived stem cell therapy (ADSC) to get back into the game quickly. After suffering a severe injury to his Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Does it seem to you that “stress” is the ever-present influence on which all ills get blamed?  I continue to see new information on stress as the culprit causing a long list of problems:  depression, low-libido, decreased immune function, heart disease, indigestion and more… In western medicine we tend to Read more…

Integrated PracticesReversing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) prevalence is on the rise and recent estimates suggest it to be the third leading cause of death in the US behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.1 Affecting 30 million globally, women are at the epicenter of the epidemic and their chance of developing AD is now greater Read more…

Through the GenerationsSenior Nutrition

Nutrition is vital, in the true sense of the word, at any age. Much is written about it and research published. My wife Carol and I attempt to keep up. The conclusions lead to individual choices: What makes sense for you? Are you willing to make a commitment for long-term Read more…

Through the GenerationsAches & Pains? You are Not Alone

What are the most common ailments those over 65 share? To answer that question, we turned to gerontologist Gregory Pecchia, DO, FACOFP, from Eisenhower Medical Center which was recognized as “high performing in the area of Geriatrics” in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Dr. Pecchia Read more…

Health & BeautyAn Interlude from an Ever-Present Influence

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Something swept over me recently. Suddenly I felt a compulsion to step away from Facebook and the avenue of social networking. I realized that I was habitually checking Facebook every morning and evening. Conservatively, this equated to 10 minutes per day or 56 hours a year posting my life, prying Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat is Medical Micro-Needling?

Medical micro-needling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a relatively new concept aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. The benefits of this treatment include the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, minimized pores, and the disappearance Read more…

Health & BeautyAchieving Beautiful Skin

There are several myths about skin care in today’s world which greatly inhibit the overall health and well-being of our skin, the body’s largest organ. Let’s take a look at some of these myths including the idea that washing one’s face several times daily will diminish acne; sunscreen is not Read more…

Desert EventsFocus on Health & Beauty

If you are a fan of Desert Health®, we encourage you to attend the 7th annual Desert Woman’s Show taking place November 15-16 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Many Desert Health® contributing professionals will be speaking at this year’s event which offers a concentrated focus on health and beauty. Read more…

Health & BeautyMaking Dreams Come TRUE

Michelle Steadman had a dream. She wanted to create the perfect raw superfood meal for her family:  easy to eat on the go and packed with nutritious, organic foods. Little did she know that this dream would quickly lead to much bigger dreams which are all falling into place. When Read more…

Financial HealthCreating Commerce with Cashews

Ever wondered how cashews grow? A single nut appears from a colorful pod (called an “apple”) growing on trees in tropical regions like Brazil, Vietnam and India. While the popular nut is in growing demand, the apples are standardly left on the ground or thrown away. As reported by the Read more…

Financial HealthTake an Active Role in Your Insurance Coverage

Hundreds of thousands of us enrolled in Covered California last year, and even more will enroll this year. For Medicare, thousands of Californians turn 65 every week and choose an Advantage plan, or a Medicare Supplement.   With all of these new enrollees selecting new plans in Medicare and Covered Read more…

Financial HealthMedicare Advantage Annual Enrollment Ends December 7

If you are a senior who either wants to possibly change your Medicare Advantage Health Plan or your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan… OR… you want to consider buying one or the other for the first time, now is the time to check out the facts about these plans. Enrollment is Read more…

Financial HealthFourth Quarter Tax Check-up!

Many people confuse tax planning with tax preparation and only think about the subject when preparing their annual tax return. However, there is little you can do to actually lower your tax bill when preparing your return. If your goal is to reduce income taxes, you need to be aware Read more…

FitnessFitness Program Design Basics

Many people spend a great deal of time trying to get stronger and shed those extra few pounds only to hit a wall that inhibits their progress and discourages their effort. Many go to the gym 4-5x a week with high expectations of obtaining that beach body. They watch their Read more…

FitnessFive Golds for Palm Springs

The National League of Cities (NCL) has recognized Mayor Steve Pougnet and the City of Palm Springs with a total of five Gold Medals for completion of key health and wellness goals in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). The targeted campaign is a major component of First Lady Read more…

FitnessCelebrating the Day of the Dead with Life!

Día de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”)  is a Mexican holiday observed around the world. The treasured celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2 and brings together family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Holiday traditions include building private altars Read more…

Through the GenerationsInfertility & Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland has many roles and responsibilities in the body. A minor shift in optimal thyroid health can have significant effects on the entire body, including the ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy. When an otherwise healthy couple struggles to conceive, a simple adjustment to thyroid function can Read more…