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September/October 2020

Desert HealthDesert Life Today

Together Apart

So much has changed. The world has changed. I have changed. Those around me have changed. And life in the desert has certainly changed. While we each found our way to this unique place for different reasons – some to escape city life or retire in the sun, others to Read more…

InspirationEvery struggle presents opportunity for growth

we certainly don't learn from the easy stuff

Last week I was at the market masked up like the Lone Ranger (and believe me that’s how I feel when I am wearing a mask sans my trusted horse Silver) walking up and down the aisles talking to myself (one of the perks of wearing a mask) when I Read more…

Desert HealthMaking Memories

So happy to welcome September, the beginning of fall! Maybe you’re sitting at an outdoor café right now enjoying a warm coffee and cool breeze. I’m writing this at the end of August in hopes that the new month shepherds in much anticipated change – in the weather and our Read more…

Medical NewsBuilding a Bridge to Behavioral Health Careers

The Coachella Valley has a critical shortage of behavioral health professionals to serve the needs of our community. To address this need, local behavioral health partners came together as OneFuture Coachella Valley’s Behavioral Health Workforce Team (BH A-Team) in 2016 with the vision that the Coachella Valley will have an Read more…

Medical NewsChanging Pain to Comfort

In mid-July, I had rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder. Leading up to the surgery, I was fascinated by how the surgeon cautioned me about managing the pain, and he gave me three different pain prescriptions. Everyone I talked to said, “Oh, that’s going to hurt!” And since the Read more…

Medical NewsBeating Cancer

Many have been following my cancer journey, which began with a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma in January 2019. As most who share the journey will agree, the entire experience is life-changing and shouldn’t be traveled without the support, knowledge and encouragement of those who came before us. I am Read more…

Medical NewsTending to Our Tendons

As we become more active, our bodies become more susceptible to overuse and injury. In particular, our tendons, which are involved in muscle movement, are easily damaged. Tendons are the fibrous connective tissues that attach a bone to a muscle. Many movements involve pulling on a tendon for the desired Read more…

Medical NewsAddressing Women’s Sexual Health

Viagra is practically a household name. It’s easy to talk about Viagra and Cialis for erectile dysfunction. It’s not as easy to talk openly about women’s sexual health issues. But certain conditions or phases of life can affect a woman’s ability to feel sexy or even enjoy sex. I want Read more…

Medical NewsChampioning the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is bringing the first-ever virtual celebration for prostate cancer to the Coachella Valley on Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. Community members are invited to head outside prior to the event, and then head online this day for an inspiring event that will Read more…

Medical NewsThe COVID-19 Hearing Loss Crisis

The coronavirus emergency has made life more dangerous and difficult for people worldwide. However, the extraordinary challenges experienced by the hearing impaired and deaf populations have not been addressed adequately to date by the media. Listening is defined as an “active or intentional behavior involving the brain’s ability to decode Read more…

Medical NewsOral Health in Children

As children grow, it’s important to monitor their oral health and development. Preventing many common problems is easier than trying to correct them once they arise. Being aware of how to take care of our children’s teeth and what issues to look for can help immensely in development. We usually Read more…

Natural OptionsForgiving Yourself

Silhouette of woman praying.

The more I understand forgiveness, the closer I come to understanding that forgiveness is an inside job. It truly has nothing to do with the other person(s) or situation(s) which have done you wrong. Until you have done some serious and deep internal work, you may keep telling yourself that Read more…

Natural OptionsCultural Connectivity Fosters Creativity

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Perhaps there is no better time than the present to explore our creative potential. During this current pandemic, creativity can minimize lethargy and helps us find sustaining experiences and innovation. The challenge at hand reveals creativity to be an attribute some feel in plentiful amounts while others feel depleted. How Read more…

Natural OptionsSteps to Build Healthier Habits

Humans are creatures of habit. We have heard this time and time again, yet what does it mean?  Psychologically, our brains are working to determine the most efficient ways to navigate our life and make it through our day. Some of us make thousands of decisions a day, and habits Read more…

Natural OptionsIs Alcohol Putting Your Immune System at Risk?

2020 has been a monster of a year, with shelter-in-place orders and constant, head-spinning policy changes. It’s no wonder people fall back to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as poor eating and drinking habits.  In April, the World Health Organization issued a press release warning against alcohol consumption. At the same Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Many Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwaganda

Ashwagandha is a revered herb in India, and it’s a workhorse of traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda. Indeed, its name means “smell of horse,” both for its aroma and its ability to make one as strong as a stallion. Ashwagandha can be given to emaciated children to restart growth Read more…

Natural OptionsMad About Medicinal Mushrooms

The medicinal mushroom craze has arrived. Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for their potent health benefits, these superfoods can now be found, not only in health food stores, but also in coffee shops serving up chaga chais, cordyceps lattes, and lion’s mane matcha teas.  There is even the “Shroom Read more…

Natural OptionsYou Are Worth the Effort

You are worth the effort

As we continue to struggle with settling into the new norm, we know that establishing routines is important for our mental and physical health. This is especially true when considering diet and exercise. Even if you’ve let yourself go over these past few months, it’s never too late to get Read more…

Integrative MedicineReversing Six Diseases with One Effort

There is one thing a person can do to help reverse six different diseases: reduce body fat in the trunk area.  Most Americans have excess body fat in their mid-section. That fat is metabolically active causing a host of medical problems including:  1. Overweight and obesity This is the obvious Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Cancer Connection in Our World Pandemic

Shay’s Story

The last time I wrote an article COVID-19 was not something we were so worried about in the United States; it was something we were watching unfold in China and Italy. But, in a blink of an eye, it started to unfold in New York City. I think a lot Read more…