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November/December 2015

Desert HealthGiving Thanks

What are you feeling at this moment? Are you taking a quick break from your to do list or does the title “Giving Thanks” put a smile on your face? If you chose the latter, you may already understand the transformation that living a life of gratitude brings. Giving thanks Read more…

Health is a ChoiceLearning to Trust the Trail

This summer did not go well. In July, I lost my mother to a brutal disease, and thus inherited her responsibilities: keeping her home, caring for my father, and the minutia of wrapping up her “paper existence.” At the same time, my own family expanded. Our grandson moved in for Read more…

Desert HealthDon’t you love this time of year?

The heat has subsided, friends start to return, and the buzz of season begins. We are so lucky to call this gorgeous place home. While our picturesque landscapes are shared with the world through fashion commercials, and our colorful resort lifestyle is envied by those spending winters indoors, we shuffle Read more…

Medical NewsSMART Fitness

Humans are funny. More often than not, it takes a dive in the wrong direction to make us consider doing something to prevent that fall in the first place. Science seems to follow the same bell curve. As problems or statistics start to rise, researchers (who are human by the Read more…

Medical NewsConcussion: It’s More than a Movie!

Recent media attention has been paid to the serious risk of traumatic brain injury in National Football League players.  An upcoming film featuring Will Smith portrays the dramatic revelations of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who researched brain injuries in professional football players and documented evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  CTE Read more…

Medical NewsAdvances in Pain Management

Pain is a universal experience of the human condition. It has a protective function to notify us of damage occurring to the body so we may make changes and avoid further injury. In many cases, pain may continue beyond the usual tissue healing time and become a prolonged excruciating life-altering Read more…

Medical NewsLet Them Eat Cake!

Most of us were probably told from a young age that sugar is bad for your teeth, and it was pretty much left at that. Many have never received a full explanation of what really happens to our teeth when we consume sugar or carbohydrates. The good news is that Read more…

Medical NewsEye Infections Building Resistance to Meds

Microbial keratitis, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis and uveitis are all part of the day-to-day clinical presentations for eye doctors. Medications are often prescribed to combat these conditions; however, we are seeing more and more resistance to commonly used drugs. There is an ongoing study called the ARMOR  (Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Read more…

Medical NewsChest Pain? Don’t Drive Yourself to the Hospital

Too many people put their lives at risk driving themselves to the hospital when they’re experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. Indeed, only 30 percent of patients who come to JFK Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room complaining of chest pain come by ambulance. But reducing the time it Read more…

Medical NewsSafety First!

Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention is an increasingly prevalent topic, especially with the current rise in incidence. Thankfully, new research is constantly being done to improve safety in the leading causes of TBI including falls, motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and contact sports. Primary prevention strategies include proper safety Read more…

Medical NewsStudents Gain Valuable Experience in Disaster Drill

Cathedral City High School held its annual disaster drill on Thursday, October 15th. The event goes hand in hand with the Great California Shakeout, which helps prepare all students in California for a massive 7.0 earthquake that could occur at any time. The drill offers a vital tool to inform Read more…

Medical NewsPolycystic Ovary Syndrome

Most women associate hormones with menopause. However, most women are unaware that premenopausal women might need hormones too. Over 20% of all premenopausal women have a hormonal disorder termed polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The name is misleading because the defect does not lie in the ovaries. In spite of the Read more…

Medical NewsIt’s That Time of Year!

The eyelids are among the most delicate skin on the body.  They are often symptomatic before other areas of skin.  Rashes may appear rather suddenly accompanied by redness, itching, scaling and peeling, and causing much concern.  A myriad of creams and lotions may be applied without relief.  In fact, they Read more…

Medical NewsTop Honors Bestowed on JFK

Each year 360 million visitors access Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions when seeking quality doctors, hospitals, and care. Their data is compiled through annual evaluations of clinical outcomes for over 4,500 hospitals across the country. Awards of excellence are given to those hospitals receiving 5-star Read more…

Natural OptionsTop Swaps for Gluten-Free Holidays

The holiday festivities, for most of us, revolve around a table piled high with family recipes and sweet treats. Avoiding gluten might be difficult during these gatherings, but here are some tips to ease your mind and still be a part of the tradition this season. There are many grains Read more…

Natural OptionsFloatation Therapy: A Truly RESTful Experience

Floatation therapy incorporating restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) has fascinated researchers, clinicians and explorers of consciousness for years, promising something special – a powerful transformation, a mystical peak experience, an intense change in biochemicals, improved performance, or a healing of our ills. The soundproof isolation tanks which were first used Read more…

Natural OptionsWorking for Wellness

Fall and winter are the perfect time for outside activities in the desert. While our counterparts are shoveling snow, desert fitness buffs will be hiking, biking and going on nature walks in our near-perfect weather. The City of La Quinta is the desert’s fitness destination. Packed full of hiking trails, Read more…

Natural OptionsTreating Shingles Naturally

Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by exposure to the herpes-zoster virus. It can also be a reactivation of childhood chickenpox caused by the same virus. Shingles can be a very painful condition and early treatment is essential to reduce long-term discomfort. Of course antiviral medication can be warranted; Read more…

Natural OptionsReducing Toxin Exposure

One of the most concerning health issues of our time is the increasing exposure we all face to environmental toxins. There is mounting scientific evidence that toxin exposure is playing a significant role in triggering or amplifying many chronic diseases including obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancers, Read more…

Natural OptionsDeath by Food Pyramid

Denise Minger is curious, tenacious, witty and smart. She graduated summa cum laude with a major in English and aspirations of becoming a college professor. Her passion is writing and in school she was drawn to classes that culminated in 40-page research papers because she “deeply enjoyed producing them.” But Read more…