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Medical Guide Editor's Letter - 2010

Medical Guide Editor's Letter - 2010

Sometimes we have bigger choices to make: As this year’s issue of Palm Springs Life’s Medical Guide points out, we can exert greater control of our bodies and minds than we actually do.
On the Forefront - How to Reduce Blood Pressure

On the Forefront - How to Reduce Blood Pressure

Despite the fact that lifestyle choices allow people to control their blood pressure, one in three Americans suffers from hypertension. Among them, about 70 percent are undergoing treatment
On the Forefront - Multiple Choices

On the Forefront - Multiple Choices

Typical winery websites describe the vineyards, the winemaker, the wines, and the tasting room. The navigation bar on Cleavage Creek Winery’s website (www.cleavagecreek.com) includes a link titled “Choices” that takes you to a section dedicated to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
On the Forefront - Luxury  Recovery

On the Forefront - Luxury Recovery

Hospital stays can be almost as stressful, tiring, inconvenient, and difficult for patients’ families as they are for the patients themselves. The Greg and Stacey Renker Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center aims to ease those discomforts with 24 hotel-like suites that include two bathrooms and living areas that allows overnight guests.
On the Forefront - Surgery vs. Balloons

On the Forefront - Surgery vs. Balloons

In late February 2010, the National Institutes of Health announced findings of a landmark nine-year study comparing treatments for clogged arteries.
On the Forefront - Feed Your Face

On the Forefront - Feed Your Face

The Body Deli in Palm Desert created a Blueberry Fusion Resurfacing Facial Wash that nourishes your skin with antioxidants and organic “superfoods,” while providing the clinical advantage of exfoliation.
On the Forefront - To sleep,  perchance to dream

On the Forefront - To sleep, perchance to dream

Health and beauty experts agree: Adults need eight hours of sleep for optimum wellness, appearance, and performance. Yet three out of four Americans fail to get that recommended amount of time to let their bodies rejuvenate on a daily basis.
Looking for Complements

Looking for Complements

Unfortunately, our sick-care-based medical system trivializes wellness promotion. This is where complementary and alternative medicine can play an important role in helping many patients. An alternative-medicine provider can fill gaps in Western medicine.
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water

A website called CaringBridge makes it easy for patients and their families and friends reach out to one another.
The Maze of Denials

The Maze of Denials

Navigate your way through the system when your insurance company says ‘No.’
Six of California’s largest private insurers denied 47.7 million claims (22 percent of all claims) from Jan. 1, 2002, through June 30, 2009, according to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.
New Directions

New Directions

When your journey down life’s road gets rough, find fulfillment on a different path.
After cancer surgery in 1999, doctors gave a retired high school teacher six months to live. He and his wife made funeral arrangements.Three years and 29 surgeries later, Bob walked 15 miles a day in Peru, helping Medical Ministry International bring healthcare to the world’s poor.
Busy Bs

Busy Bs

A family of vitamins works overtime to enhance your immune system, boost energy levels, and deter disease
Wouldn’t it be great if you could ease stress, curb depression, improve your memory, and reduce your risk of heart disease without pricey prescriptions and side effects?
Choose Drugs Thoughtfully

Choose Drugs Thoughtfully

Television ads assure us that drugs can relieve digestive and respiratory problems, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stop/reverse bone loss, and keep pain and depression at bay. The names of these miracle workers become as commonplace as our ailments.
Lose Weight, Live Longer — Go Veg!

Lose Weight, Live Longer — Go Veg!

Before you dismiss the idea of coloring your world with green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and white veggies, consider this: The American Dietetic Association numbers among the benefits of a vegetarian diet reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and gallstones.
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