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InspirationFood Intolerance Testing

Choices for health can be complicated – especially when you have health care practitioners with different opinions and/or the information available is contradictory. This is why it is important for us as consumers to do our research and make informed decisions for ourselves.  Such is the case with food sensitivity Read more…

Medical NewsHyperbaric Oxygen Aids Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is a serious bacterial infection of the bone which may unexpectedly occur from something as simple as a dental procedure or bone fracture. It is often due to a staphylococci (staph) bacteria that begins in soft tissue and spreads to outer layers of bone, and sometimes the inner bone Read more…

Health & BeautyPutting Body Shaping to the Test

Non-invasive body sculpting is the latest craze. In our July August issue, we wrote about a variety of therapies now available, including Exilis, Zerona and CoolSculpting,  explaining how each treatment worked. But I was skeptical of both their effectiveness and the longevity of their results. So we decided to put Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat’s the Skinny on Body Shaping?

Getting rid of those stubborn fat areas – saddlebags, the pooch, love handles – is a lifelong plight for many. So it’s easy to understand the latest weight loss craze, ‘Body Shaping’ or ‘Body Sculpting’ as these therapies promise results for areas you can’t seem to lose with diet or Read more…

Integrated PracticesDiagnosing and Treating Food Sensitivities

It seems common now to hear the phrase “I can’t eat that. I’m allergic,” when out with friends and family. Although people have always had food allergies and sensitivities, the prevalence of negative food reactions has increased significantly over the past ten years. The major causes of negative food reactions Read more…

Integrated PracticesGenetic Testing: A Cornerstone in Modern Preventative Care

When the topic of genetic testing comes up most people think about determining diseases, paternity or a criminal’s identity. With the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2004, genetic medicine has evolved exponentially. The advances in human genetics allow for preventive health care advice to suit each individual’s unique Read more…

Through the GenerationsForever Young: A Nobel Discovery

Humans have forever sought eternal youth. The desire to turn back the clock and slow the aging process is the dream of many and an obsession for some. Thanks to research conducted since a 1984 Nobel Prize winning discovery, a growing community of scientists now believe that this dream may Read more…

Integrated PracticesHyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Can It Turn Back the Clock?

HBOC

Nobody enjoys the little signs of aging we see when looking in the mirror each morning. We spend billions of dollars a year on products and surgeries to help us look and feel younger: hair re-growth products, dyes to hide the grey, anti-wrinkle face and eye creams, cosmetic injections, surgeries Read more…

Natural OptionsGenetic Make-up Plays Key Role in Health Care of the Future

There is little doubt that health care in the future will be patient centered, personalized and focused on improving function throughout the body and not just addressing symptoms. The days of “one size fits all” treatment plans are coming to an end. Health care is moving away from simply naming Read more…

FitnessCryotherapy: A New Meaning to “Icing Your Injuries”

Kinetix

There is a new therapeutic trend growing nationally, which could become very popular for the Desert’s summer residents. It involves whole body ‘chilling’ to relieve achy joints and bones. It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy and it is as popular in Europe as massage is in the US. The science behind Read more…

FitnessTry TRX For Flexibility and Core Strength

Nik Obert demonstrates TRX, used as Total Resistance Exercise

In this issue I want to highlight a tool that is growing in popularity in the fitness community and helps people become stronger and more flexible – the TRX. I have the privilege of working with one of the only Certified TRX trainers in the desert, Nik Obert, so I Read more…

Integrated PracticesPositive Results for Autism with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

April is National Autism Awareness Month bringing our focus to this serious condition which affects as many as 1 in 1,000 children nationwide1, as well as their family and friends. While there are no known cures, there is a growing treatment for autism that involves delivering more oxygen to the Read more…

Integrated PracticesHyberbaric Oxygen Therapy: An Effective (And Underused) Modality for Diabetic Wound Healing

Before and after photos of diabetic foot wound healing from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is now a widely accepted, FDA approved – and often life saving – modality. There are currently up to 18 conditions covered by insurance and diabetic wound healing is one of the most common. Diabetic patients are at a greater risk for getting infections and have Read more…

Integrated PracticesHyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: An Emerging Medical Modality

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The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers in medicine is noted as far back as the 1800’s. But for many of us, the words only conjure up the memory of a ‘weird’ Michael Jackson sleeping in one. The most noted beginning of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is from use by divers Read more…

Natural OptionsHealth Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy

Far Infrared therapy bed

We live in a toxic world. Our air, water, land, and foods are loaded with toxic chemicals. A recent study of infants (blood drawn from the umbilical cord at birth), indicated that the average child at birth had over 250 different toxins. From an evolutionary perspective, these toxins are a Read more…

Natural OptionsLaser Therapy to the Rescue!

Laser therapy is gaining worldwide recognition for its ability to reduce pain and enhance healing without drugs or invasive surgery. Low level laser therapy is safe, non-invasive and free of side effects. It speeds recovery time, increases joint flexibility and reduces inflammation. In 1917 Albert Einstein presented mathematical equations that Read more…

FitnessDoes Vibrational Training Really Work?

Jay Nixon works with Vicky Harrison on the Power Plate

The technology of “whole body vibration” was first used by cosmonauts to combat muscle and bone loss caused by extended stays in zero gravity. Today it is used by professional sports teams, medical facilities, health clubs and fitness studios all over the world. There are many different types of vibration Read more…

Medical NewsEvolving Treatment Strategy for Chronic Inflammation of the Extremities

Overuse and injury to muscles, ligaments, bursas and tendons occurs frequently in individuals of all ages and professions. Symptoms may disappear over several days or weeks, usually with rest, ice, Tylenol or Advil. However many of these common problems persist, significantly compromising activities and quality of life. Over time chronic Read more…