Let’s Shatter the Stigma

I’m done with mental health being such a taboo topic of conversation. I’m done with the initial shock of others when bringing up my own mental health in a conversation. I’m so done with mental illness issues being treated as rare and shameful. Having an experienced perspective on mental health is both fortunate and unfortunate.… Read more »

Why is Vitamin D so Important?

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in our bodies when we soak up some rays. But did you know that vitamin D plays a crucial role in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning optimally? Let’s delve into the importance of vitamin D and why it’s essential for your health… Read more »

Be the Author of Your Own Story

You may have heard the statement “everyone has a book in them.” The Wall Street Journal found that 80% of the population plans to write one someday.  Have you thought of writing a book? If so, there are several important reasons to write that book:   So, what’s my story about becoming an author? The… Read more »

Wildfires Impact Everyone

Though most of the Coachella Valley is not in what we consider the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), where brush fires threaten hillside homes, we can still be affected by smoke particles released into the air from those fires. This reminder was recently made very clear with the effects of Canadian wildfires on air quality in… Read more »

Follow Your Dreams they know The Way

Dreams to Remember

The average person has three to seven dreams per night. Did you know that vivid early morning dreams, the ones you have just before awakening, are the easiest to remember? According to experts, this dream memory happens during the rapid eye movement (REM) stages of sleep, when brain activity increases and is not as deep.… Read more »

Setting Boundaries through Cancer and Beyond

Going through cancer is such a personal and intimate choice for everyone, especially how you share your journey with others. Maybe you choose to keep it close to your heart until you can process and express your feelings, thoughts and even fears. After all, you must still live the day-to-day life of family, friends and… Read more »

The Importance of a Good Cry

I don’t know about you, but I can cry watching a cute TikTok clip. But if people are around, I’ve noticed that I try to keep my emotions in check. Why do I hold back? Why not experience the agony and the ecstasy of shedding tears and having a good old-fashioned ugly-faced cry? With a… Read more »

Work-related Pain and Injuries

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, many of us spend long hours at computers, often sacrificing our well-being for the demands of our jobs. However, neglecting our physical health can have serious consequences, leading to discomfort, pain and injury.  Cervicogenic headaches, neck pain, thoracic pain, low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are common work-related injuries… Read more »

We Are All Ironmen

On December 4, 2022, 54 volunteers from the illustrious Palm Desert Health Academy, under the leadership of the wonderful Mr. Ron Paiz, participated in the local Indian Wells/La Quinta Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman Triathlon is a 70.3-mile course that includes a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Cahuilla; a 56-mile bike ride through La Quinta, Thermal and… Read more »

Young Survivors: Life After Cancer

You are cancer free! After chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries you are relieved to be done. Your family and friends are happy to celebrate your return to a normal life. But is that always the case? While weekly doctor appointments, checkups and blood draws are behind you, it can take a while to re-adjust from… Read more »

Team Approach to Lifestyle Medicine

Did you know that 80% of chronic disease is preventable and curable with lifestyle change?1 How stressed or depressed you are, how you eat, how you sleep, how you move and if you smoke or drink alcohol are the lifestyle choices that can cause heart disease, diabetes or hypertension. Sound depressing? The flip side is… Read more »

Oral Cancer Screening

Just as an annual medical checkup is essential to ensure the body is healthy, a regular oral checkup is crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth and detecting any abnormalities. Regular screenings by your dentist should include an oral cancer screening which aims to discover cancer or precancerous signs early enough to be treated successfully. Oral… Read more »

JFK Hospital’s Gary Honts Retires

After 10 years of service as JFK Memorial Hospital’s (JFK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gary Honts recently retired. The significant progress he made in his tenure will continue under the new leadership of Karen Faulis, CEO of Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC), who has expanded her role to include JFK. Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK and… Read more »

Spreading Kindness Throughout La Quinta High School and Beyond

La Quinta High School (LQHS) Medical Health Academy is now giving their students an opportunity to support and encourage one another by becoming LQHS Peer Helpers. The emotional toll from the pandemic has brought to light the importance of self-care and positive coping skills within all age groups. Since then, Stacey Bolanos, a Medical Health… Read more »

Taking a Bite Out of Stress

Do you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth during the day or waking up in the morning with jaw pain? These can be signs that you may have bruxism, which is defined as a movement disorder that involves parafunctional habits of grinding or clenching of teeth.  There are two different categories of bruxism: diurnal,… Read more »

Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in men with prostate cancer? Yes, you read that right.  With traditional prostate cancer screening, a series of tests looks only for evidence of prostate cancer. Those tests either find cancer or they don’t. This outdated, simplistic approach doesn’t assess other potential health… Read more »

Why Can’t You Just Get Over It?

We all have a backstory; experiences that make us who we are today including the good, bad and ugly. However, there are many who keep their innermost secrets of emotional/sexual grief, loss and traumas silent, deeply hidden somewhere in the darkness only to pop up when triggering events occur. Even then, without conscious awareness, past… Read more »

Understanding Myasthenia Gravis

Imagine eating dinner with friends and struggling to chew your baked potato, giving a presentation at work when suddenly you start slurring your words or walking up the stairs of your home and finding yourself out of breath. Your legs don’t want to lift the way they should, and when you reach the middle step,… Read more »

Options for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Thirty four million Americans, about 10% of the U.S. population, have diabetes.  Diabetics are at risk for a number of complications from the disease including neuropathy (nerve damage) which affects approximately 60% of diabetics, nephropathy (kidney damage) affecting 50%, retinopathy (eye damage) impacting 26% and cardiovascular disease which affects 11% of people with diabetes. Blood… Read more »