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September/October 2018

Medical NewsUrinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a bothersome problem that many women experience. It can be occasional and resolve with little or no treatment, or it may be a chronic problem that worsens over time. Either way, leaking urine can be a major social embarrassment and cause women to avoid the activities Read more…

Medical NewsCelebrate Recovery: A Faith-based Option for Recovery in our Valley

There are many options today for helping people in recovery. For those who want to integrate their faith into their recovery, there is a program called Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered twelve-step program that started 27 years ago at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. While working on his own sobriety Read more…

Natural OptionsEmbracing a Creative Life

Finding meaning in one’s life is both sacred and elusive. These aren’t lessons we learn easily but as we age, we reflect upon them and seek to find a more purposeful life. While there is no one answer on how to do that, I suggest we look to the artist Read more…

Natural OptionsHow is Your Spiritual Health?

The quest to live a healthy and happy life has become a high priority for people now more than ever. While many are focusing their attention on physical, emotional and mental health, there is another aspect that many are exploring: spiritual health. All people have a spiritual side to them, Read more…

Natural OptionsA Journey into Journaling

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Gandhi proclaimed that happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are all in harmony. The most accessible theme we have at our fingertips to synergize these three aspects of self is an ancient tradition dating back to the 10th Century of Japan: a piece Read more…

Natural OptionsUnderstanding Cannabis as Medicine

From the emperors of China and the pharaohs of Egypt, to America in the early 1900s, many elements and ingredients of the cannabis plant have long been considered a normal part of a health and wellness journey. The reason behind the use of the fragrant oils called “terpenes” that are Read more…

Integrated PracticesBreast Cancer Support Groups

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 29,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in California this year alone. For many people, the diagnosis of cancer causes severe emotional distress. Each of us has our own personality, beliefs, values, world Read more…

Integrated PracticesOh, My Aching Foot!

Morton’s neuroma, or metatarsalgia, is caused by inflammation of the nerves leading to the toes or a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in your toes. The condition results in foot pain or discomfort that may feel like a pebble in your shoe and a burning sensation Read more…

Integrated PracticesStress Reducing Breath Exercises

For thousands of years, yogis and sages from eastern cultures have understood the importance of diaphragmatic and deep breathing. More recently, through the efforts of mind-body thought leaders such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Herbert Benson, the paramount importance and health benefits of deep breathing practices have been widely utilized in Read more…

Integrated PracticesAre There Genius Foods?

A young filmmaker and health care journalist, Max Lugavere, teamed with a concierge wellness physician in New York, Paul Grewal, MD, to write Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life (HarperWave, 2018). After reading three detailed books on brain health and nutrition: Brain Read more…

Integrated PracticesSocialization Important for Alzheimer’s Patients

In the past, whenever Alzheimer’s was mentioned, as a society and community, we focused on the tragedy and sadness of this disease’s inevitable outcome. Today there is a different outlook: While Alzheimer’s is a disease, it is a person with a disease, and the focus should be on that person’s Read more…

Financial HealthFinancial Fitness

As we fall into a new season, staying focused on wellness may fade away with the summer tide. Whether we spent the first part of the year working towards that summer body or a desired fitness goal, we tend to lose focus during the fall and winter months. Year after Read more…

Financial HealthFive Tips for Mindful Medicare Enrollment

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, also known as Open Enrollment, is a time for Medicare enrollees to review their current insurance and change to a better Medicare plan. With a multitude of Medicare plans available, Annual Enrollment Period may seem more confusing and overwhelming than liberating. Here are my top five Read more…

Health & BeautyThis Year’s Beauty Trends

There’s never been a better time for beauty. Buoyed by the sheer number of millennial consumers, with their desire to be Instagram-worthy and their constant craving for the new, the beauty industry is thriving. Revenues for the U.S. beauty industry alone top $56+ billion annually. Globally, the beauty and personal Read more…

FitnessIndian Wells Tennis Garden to Host USA Pickleball National Championships

I arrived at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to interview the pros and was greeted by unfamiliar sounds for the prestigious venue. Loud music, laughing, chatting, and the sound of plastic wiffle balls filled the air as I was introduced to the professional world of pickleball. Pickleball fever is sweeping Read more…

Fresh Cuisine“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”

That’s it. You have to make a change. Maybe after a routine checkup you discovered your cholesterol or blood pressure were elevated beyond normal. Could be that your clothes pinch and tug in ways you can no longer ignore. Perhaps you’re inspired by a friend’s change in habits and the Read more…

Fresh CuisineNuts about (Young) Coconuts!

Phew. It’s been a very hot summer. Personally, I must be mindful of keeping hydrated to maintain a proactive lifestyle in this scorching heat and humidity. What better thing to help with hydration than fresh young coconuts, to help us transition into fall! Coconuts have become all the rage in Read more…

Fresh CuisineHealthy Italian Traditions

There are many beautiful lessons woven into historic Italian traditions which continue to be passed down through generations. A few weeks on the Amalfi Coast offered me the opportunity to see firsthand why Italians live longer, better-quality lives than most other nations, despite their blatant enjoyment of wine, pasta, cheese, Read more…

Fresh CuisineVegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

These dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free snacks are sure to delight vegan fans! Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. flax meal ½ cup water ½ cup EVO coconut oil 1 cup Zulka Morena sugar* Option: coconut palm sugar 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast 2 cups unbleached flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder (aluminum-free) ¼ tsp. sea Read more…

Desert EventsCancerPartners’ Passions Ball Returns

CancerPartners, the local nonprofit that offers emotional and educational support to all those in the Coachella Valley touched by cancer, will hold the second edition of The Passions Ball: An Evening of Heart and Soul—the exciting new fundraising gala inaugurated last year—on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Taking place at The Read more…