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Medical NewsVitamin Protection Against Birth Defects

Roy M. Pitkin, MD

Supplemental vitamin-mineral preparations are consumed regularly by about half the US population, although conclusive evidence of benefit is lacking in many instances. One of those in which there is clear indication of benefit is the prevention of a particular type of birth defect (neural tube defect) when pregnant women supplement Read more…

Natural OptionsSometimes You Just Have to “Sweat it Out”

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You don’t have to go far for a little sweat this time of year, but sometimes a “good sweat” is what you really need. Many think that the best part of sweating is ridding your body of toxins, but that is not always the case. Sweat does contain trace amounts Read more…

Desert HealthAvoiding Falls Through Fitness

One third of people over the age of 65 take a fall every year. 74 percent of those who fall obtain injuries that require medical attention. Many of these falls, and the life altering consequences that ensue, can be avoided. In the spirit of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (always Read more…

Natural OptionsPROACTIVE HEALTHCARE: Understanding Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals, and Antioxidants

Many people have heard of the terms oxidative stress, antioxidants and free radicals, but may not understand what they really mean. The process of oxidative stress can be difficult to comprehend, but a basic understanding is very important. Oxidative stress is a general term used to describe the steady state Read more…

Natural OptionsMovement is Life and The Key to Staying Young

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Resiliency, the ability to move and adapt to our changing world, is what keeps us alive. This same quality is also what keeps us young. On the surface we look for resiliency in our skin as a sign of youth, but that resiliency is even more important in our organs Read more…

Desert HealthDon’t Forget to Breathe. Really Breathe.

As you read this article, take a deep breath in through your nose. Deeper. Now let it out through your mouth in one long breath. Empty to the bottom of your lungs. As you complete this conscious breath, do you feel yourself start to smile? Does a feeling of satisfaction Read more…

Natural OptionsReducing Environmental Cancer Risks

The President’s Cancer Panel issued a report to the President of the United States in 2009 entitled ‘Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk’. This panel is affiliated with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services and the National Cancer Institute. A brief summary of these findings is important for all Americans to Read more…

Desert HealthHarnessing Intention for Positive Energy and Wellness

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many Eastern principles and approaches can resonate and spread positive energy and wellness into our lives. The following are a few techniques and approaches to explore: Chi is the aspect of energy from an Eastern perspective. There is a Taoist approach identifying two different types of chi; prenatal and postnatal. Read more…