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Natural OptionsFacets of Integrative Cancer Care: A Naturopathic Medical Standpoint

What is Integrative Cancer Care? Integrative cancer care uses a comprehensive approach to health, combining conventional and alternative therapies specific to the patient’s needs. Integrative cancer care is NOT about replacing your medical oncologist; it is about creating a diversified team of doctors and health practitioners to formulate your unique Read more…

Natural OptionsIntegrative Medical Practices for Reducing Stress: Kindness and Mindfulness

Loving kindness is a precept of yoga that teaches us how to resonate and be compassionate with others. By cultivating loving kindness and resonating with others—including family, friends, strangers, and even adversaries—we begin to see that we are all essentially the same, with the same desires, fears and hopes. Understanding Read more…

Medical NewsUS Medical Schools Embrace Integrative Medicine

The philosophy behind medical education has seen little change since reform in the early 1900s. However, over the past two decades top medical schools have come to embrace many mind-body-spirit practices as evidence-based medicine. At the turn of the twentieth century, medical education in the US lacked standardization, so the Read more…

Natural OptionsQualifications of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

It is often asked if a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is qualified to practice as a primary care physician. The simple answer is yes. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of health care that combines a variety of natural medicines and treatments with conventional medical diagnostics and standards. Naturopathic Read more…

Desert HealthWhat is Integrated Health Care?

The Coachella Valley’s health care community is unique in that it is home to internationally-acclaimed medical establishments and world-renowned holistic and alternative healthcare practitioners. When conventional western medicine is practiced in conjunction with alternative modalities it is commonly referred to as integrated health care or “integrative medicine.” A 1998 study Read more…

Medical NewsThe New Face of Primary Care: Old Fashioned Accessibility

For many here in the Valley, booking doctor appointments a month in advance, sitting in a crowded waiting room for an hour, and then only getting 15 minutes with your doctor, is an unpleasant reality. No one likes this system, including local doctors who are making changes to provide better Read more…