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Natural OptionsTreating Anxiety with Nutrition

Feeling anxious or having episodes of anxiety can be very overwhelming and debilitating; yet struggling with daily anxiety is a common issue for many people. Fortunately, there are many simple, natural approaches to reducing anxiety. One of the simplest – and a necessary fundamental treatment – is a healthy diet Read more…

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…

Natural Options’Tis the Desert Season for Adrenal Fatigue

November marks the beginning of Coachella Valley’s busiest season. The weather is perfect, streets are full of cars, and your calendar is booked solid through March. After months of long days, lack of sleep, and poor eating habits, it is just a matter of time before it takes a serious Read more…

Natural OptionsPublic Enemy #1: Sugar!

With her New York best-seller, The Virgin Diet, Rancho Mirage resident JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS helped focus the national spotlight on food intolerance as the secret culprit to stubborn weight loss and impaired health. By identifying the seven most common foods to which our bodies negatively react with symptoms such Read more…

Through the GenerationsSenior Nutrition

Nutrition is vital, in the true sense of the word, at any age. Much is written about it and research published. My wife Carol and I attempt to keep up. The conclusions lead to individual choices: What makes sense for you? Are you willing to make a commitment for long-term Read more…

Natural OptionsFrom the Land of “Haute Cuisine” to the Land of “Not Cuisine”

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to France for the first time. When asked what the most impressionable aspect of my trip was I always mentioned the food, or what I like to call “haute cuisine.” Food in France is taken seriously. The way the French eat reflects Read more…

Medical News“Eat This and Don’t Take That”

According to statistics published by the Mayo Clinic and other university studies, the average adult American does not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Estimates are about 70% depending upon the specific study. Obviously, this represents a majority of the population. I, therefore, strongly recommend at least nine different fruits or Read more…

Through the GenerationsHow Does Your Garden Grow?

Kids and teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Indio are learning about gardening and nutrition through hands-on experience.   Last summer, they worked with Marriott International and the University of California Cooperative Extension to build raised garden boxes which they filled with seedlings. This year, they expanded their Read more…

Integrated PracticesBeating MS & Other Autoimmune Diseases

Terry Wahls, MD, is an Assistant Chief of Staff at Iowa City VA Health Care and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She has practiced medicine for over 30 years and is board-certified in internal medicine. Like most physicians, Dr. Wahls treated her patients’ ailments with drugs Read more…

Natural OptionsGrowing A Home Garden

Last Spring, I had a neighborhood garden with some friends at a friend’s house. Although just 10 minutes away, once planted, I didn’t visit it very often. My husband and I wanted to plant more than herbs in our backyard garden, so last November we looked at the area around Read more…

Natural OptionsGluten-Free with Tiffany

Do you suffer from IBS, bloating, dermatitis, migraines, an autoimmune disorder, or anxiety? Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. There are over 200 symptoms associated with gluten, and if you have been diagnosed, you may have been given a simple prescription: go gluten-free.  With high hopes Read more…

Natural OptionsEat Fats, Lose Weight: The Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet

Over the past ten years, numerous scientific studies have emerged forcing many doctors and nutritionists to revise their thinking of what is considered a “healthy diet.” Researchers have discovered more about the causes and mechanisms underlying diseases like diabetes, cancer, and arteriosclerosis, and for this reason, many previously held concepts Read more…

Health & BeautySo, Your Diet Isn’t Working?

I am writing yet another weight loss article, not because I want to tell you about the latest diet trends, but actually to illuminate the opposite perspective. I want to explain why your diet isn’t working.  This article is intended to help you understand why – despite your dedication, perseverance, Read more…

Integrated PracticesModified Citrus Pectin

How does cancer spread? All of our cells have a life cycle: a beginning and an end. Inflammation from factors like stress, toxins, viruses and bacteria can cause mutations in normal cell DNA and disrupt the cell’s programmed death (called apoptosis). Without their programmed end, this radical cell can continue Read more…

Health & BeautyOne Size Does Not Fit All

Weight management is an ongoing health concern for most Americans today. Losing extra weight or keeping weight off is challenging and can be a constant source of frustration. Today, there are many programs that claim to aid in weight loss and weight maintenance, but not all of them are safe Read more…

Integrated PracticesNavigating the Grocery Store

The New Year is here and once again, you’ve made that old familiar resolution: “This year, I am going to eat healthier!” So you head to the grocery store with your list of good intentions in hand, yet it isn’t long before confusion sets in. It’s not surprising as this Read more…

Integrated PracticesLife After Cancer: Nourishing Your Health

“What do I do to keep cancer from coming back?” “What do I eat/not eat?” “How do I live a cancer free lifestyle?” These are questions I hear from my patients every day. The answer is simple. The foods you should avoid in preventing cancer are the same ones you Read more…

Medical NewsIs Soy Healthy?

As a natural product grown from the earth, the soybean and soy products have been heavily marketed as healthy, high protein alternatives. While there are several benefits from fermented soy products like tempeh, natto, and miso, approximately 95% of the soy products found in the US today like tofu, soy Read more…

Natural OptionsWhy Eat Raw Foods?

Everyone knows it’s healthy to eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily. But did you know that when you prepare fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients without cooking or processing, you preserve the maximum nutrition in these foods? This is the concept of consuming “raw foods”; simply put, eating natural food Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Beauty of the Golden Spice

When I say turmeric what comes to mind? Is it ‘one of the main ingredients in Indian Curry Powder’? Yes, turmeric has been known for its culinary uses in Indian for centuries; however, did you know that it has also been used as an effective beauty product for just as Read more…