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Integrative MedicineFDA Controversy Over NAC Supplement

Cysteine is an amino acid your body uses to create collagen, the major type of protein in connective tissue. Besides building your hair, skin and nails, cysteine helps convert glucose to energy and is a component of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Cysteine is classified as “conditionally essential,” meaning your cells Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Powerful Benefits of NAD+

Youthfulness and longevity is the ultimate health goal, right? It’s no wonder anti-aging supplements and products are popping up everywhere. We all strive to feel and look amazing, but many of these marketed products aren’t backed by scientific research and can potentially be a waste of money. One product that Read more…

Medical NewsA Conservative Treatment Approach

Most people try to avoid surgery or aggressive treatment if possible. Conservative care, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise therapy, nutritional counseling, chiropractic, talk therapy, home management and over-the-counter medications, offers less invasive options and may be beneficial as a starting point or in conjunction with more aggressive Read more…

Medical NewsPebbles in Your Stream

Now more than ever, people are suffering from anxiety. In a time when our normal routine has been turned upside down and the ways in which we typically process our experiences (community, exercise, being outdoors, etc.) are less accessible, this makes complete sense.  Let’s zoom out and discuss the perspective Read more…

Medical NewsSpring Cleaning: Lowering Your Toxic Load

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Spring is often a reminder of the annual cleaning of our homes, but what about our bodies? We accumulate environmental by-products and toxins throughout our lives, and over time, we carry a load of unwanted baggage that may take special attention to eradicate. I’m noticing that most of my patients Read more…

Integrative MedicineWhy Everyone Should Use Glucometers for Better Health

Blood sugar testing with a glucometer is a great tool for anyone to assess their body’s unique response to food and lifestyle choices. We normally associate blood sugar testing with diabetes, but this tool can be helpful to support health goals such as improving body composition, making exercise and diet Read more…

Integrative MedicineBeyond the Doctor’s Office: Treating Autoimmune Disease at Home

Millions of people have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the numbers, which include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, eczema, psoriasis and celiac disease to name a few, are increasing rapidly.  With so many people affected and very little time and attention offered by traditional medical doctors, most people Read more…

Integrative MedicineWorking in Harmony with Your Microbiome

The devastating loss of human life from COVID-19 has recently highlighted the immense power of tiny, invisible microbes to shape our human experience. Microbes are microscopic organisms, including a variety of widely diverse species of bacteria and viruses. Bacterial species are highly adaptable to surviving almost any habitat, be it Read more…

InspirationThe Growth of Functional Medicine

prescribing life

When I created Desert Health 10 years ago, one of the primary objectives was to elevate the work of our valley’s naturopathic doctors. Their philosophy of identifying the root cause of disease versus simply treating symptoms and “whole- person care” approach, taking time to understand and address lifestyle patterns, is Read more…

Integrative MedicinePower Up Your Cells to Reverse Disease

Dr. Wahls post protocol

Sometimes it takes a personal struggle and a hero emerging from it, to teach the rest of us (doctors included) that we can and should do better when it comes to our health.  Terry Wahls, MD, founder of the Wahls Protocol, did not seek to practice medicine in a way Read more…

Integrative MedicineMost Chronic Disease is Reversible

Chronic diseases are a recent part of human history. In the past, people only went to healers, physicians or hospitals when they became sick, generally due to infections, injuries or other maladies. Even cancer was very rare in the past as described by Mukherjee in The Emperor of All Maladies Read more…

Natural OptionsLearning from Those Preceding Us

While many look negatively at China and their cause and effect of COVID-19, there is much we can learn from their actions, insights and use of both Eastern and Western medicine. One of my teachers, John Chen PhD, OMD, is a pharmacist and fifth-generation Chinese medicine doctor who graduated from Read more…

Natural OptionsA Case for Vitamin C as Viable Treatment for COVID-19

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has wide ranging actions on our body as an antioxidant, immunomodulator, co-factor for collagen and hormone production, and as a pro-oxidant burst in high doses.1 Vitamin C is well established for its treatment of infections and has been shown to shorten the duration of the common Read more…

Integrative MedicineReversing Autoimmune Disease

Reversing autoimmune disease

Terry Wahls could be considered a miracle. Bound to a reclining wheelchair with progressive multiple sclerosis, she reversed her condition and, today, enjoys an active lifestyle, returning to her medical practice and leading research to help others. However, her methods are far from miraculous; they are simply a change in Read more…

Natural OptionsEntering the Ozone Therapy Zone

Ozone therapy has a wide range of clinical applications.  While most clinical studies have focused on cardiovascular disease, ozone therapy also plays a role in the management of diabetes, cancer, chronic infections, auto-immune disease, aging and pain.  Topical or local injections also are effective for dermatological infections, cystitis, colitis, osteoarthritis, Read more…

Natural OptionsHow “Well” is Your Energy?

We are familiar with daily self-care practices for our physical body – brushing our teeth, eating healthy food, regular exercise, solid sleep – but did you know it is just as important to maintain a daily self-care routine for our energy flow?  Our physical body consists of energy systems and Read more…

Natural OptionsNon-Opioid Option for Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Chronic pain impacts over 50 million people in our country and, typically, there are few safe and affordable treatment options. For patients who are not candidates for surgery or regenerative injections such as prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma), NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, steroids and opioids are the standard Read more…

Natural OptionsRestoring Balance through Craniosacral Therapy

Every day we are bombarded by input: computer screens, telephones, traffic, food, blaring TVs, and everyone else’s energy. Our bodies are constantly challenged to integrate all this information, which can be exhausting. When our bodies are not able to process all of this information, we can experience imbalance that affects Read more…

Natural OptionsFurthering Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been in practice in the U.S. for over a century, I often still get asked, “Are you a real doctor?” In California, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary care providers, able to diagnose and treat illness as a general practitioner/ family practice doctor. NDs can order Read more…

Natural OptionsEssential Oils for the Holidays

The festive season is here again, and we look forward to end-of-year celebrations, parties and get-togethers with family and friends. As the days grow shorter and the year winds to a close, we gather together to reminisce and to share our hopes for the year ahead. Yet, this time of Read more…