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Stem Cell Therapy it’s Worth a Shot?

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy it’s Worth a Shot?

Desert Health Specialists prides themselves of providing patients cutting edge treatment options such as Amniotic stem cell therapy for pain relief.  If you or someone you know is facing a decision of whether or not they should have surgery why not try this proven alternative treatment.  Amniotic stem cell therapy enhances the repair of damaged ligaments, tendons, and cartilage and can help to restore the body naturally to its optimal functionality.  These treatments are even being used by professional athletes in all sports and this could be that game changer treatment you have been looking for.

Amniotic stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that could be of benefit to you.  Stem cells are found in different tissues in the body and we use them to regenerate various tissues when injected into different sites of the body.  At Desert Health Specialists we use Amniotic Stem Cells because there is no painful procedure involved to extracting stem cell from your body, you just reap the benefits after the treatment is done.

Stem cell injections have the potential of making NEW CELLS where there was damaged tissue and in doing so provides pain relief.  Cortisone injections on the other hand simply provide an anti-inflammatory response to help reduce pain, but does not contain any regenerative cells or growth factors that lead to repair of the damaged tissue.  A great example of an amniotic stem cell treatment would be for a rotator cuff or ACL tear.  Normally these tears would need a surgical procedure to be repaired.  However, when injecting amniotic stem cells at the site of injury, either rotator cuff or ACL, allowing healing to occur without surgery or as we say Naturally!

The National Institute of Health considers stem cell therapy to be one of the most promising alternatives to invasive therapies.  This is not only because it promotes healing, but is a natural way to achieve the healing that your body requires.

In summary, this Stem Cell Therapy procedure appears to have a very good safety record and potentially more effective in the treatment of degenerative arthritis than standard treatments such as steroid or hyluronic injections. As you can see it’s a less invasive procedure then a joint replacement for patients. There is absolutely no guarantee that this procedure will eliminate arthritis pain, but the trends in current study populations appear to show some promise.


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The list of dirty dozen and a list Affordable Fruit and Vegetable Shopping Tips

Affordable Fruit and Vegetable Shopping Tips

 Keep it simple!

Buy fruits and vegetables that are ready-to-eat, pre-washed, and pre-cut when possible.

Celebrate the season: 

Choose fruits and vegetables that are in season.  They are easier to purchase, less expensive and flavorful.  Check local listing to see if there is a local farmers market in your area.

Stick to your list: 

Take time to plan your meals out ahead of time.  You will save money by planning ahead and only purchasing what is needed.  Never shop when you are hungry!

Save money!

Check local newspapers, coupons, and online for any sales or specials that will help cut costs on produce.

Organic is important:

When possible look for organic produce.  Start with the dirty dozen and clean fifteen list. See the list attached.

Plant your own garden:

Start your own garden no matter how small or big.  This is a great way to incorporate fresh, flavorful additions to your meals.  Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes are great options for gardening beginners.

Buy small:

Some produce does not last long.  Buy smaller amounts to prevent spoilage.  Look to see what produce should be stored in the fridge or on the counter.

Store brand does not mean bad:

When possible stick with store brands.  It is typically the same produce or product for a cheaper price.

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Is Pain Affecting Your Golf Game?

With the golf season in full swing, golfers around the world are out on the range and the course working to improve their game. Nobody wants to be out on the the course and have their nagging golfer’s elbow flare up. At Desert Health Specialists, we offer non-surgical solutions to treating your golfing pain whether in your low back, elbow, knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, feet or even your wrist. And the best news is with our treatments you don’t have to take off large amounts of time causing your golf game to suffer.

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Healthy snack ideas for your New year health tips

Easy Ways to Eat Healthy for 2016

The holiday season is over and your 2016 New Years Resolutions is in full swing.  Desert Health Specialists has 7 easy tips for you to follow to help improve your health this new year!

1) Do not keep junk food in the house.

  • When you keep junk food in the house you are more tempted to snack on junk food rather than the healthier items.  It is also harder to maintain portion control when you have a delicious bag of chips sitting in front of you.  When you only have those healthier snack items such as celery and humus it reduces the junk food temptation.

2) Make easy, healthy snacks for the week.

  • Preparing snacks for the entire week will help to cut down on the unwanted snacking.  These snacks do not need to be complicated and elaborate.

Examples:

  1. Handful of Almonds
  2.  Celery and peanut butter
  3.  Carrots/ celery and humus

3) Do not skip Breakfast!

While there has been much debate about this meal it is the most important meal of the day.  Your body needs that fuel in order to function properly throughout the rest of the day.  If you do not have time to make an elaborate meal try making a smoothie or toast a piece of gluten free bread with almond butter and bananas on top.  You can also cook oatmeal over night to save time in the morning.

4) Plan ahead

The key is to plan your meals ahead of time for the week.  Choose a time every week to go grocery shopping and meal prep that works for you.  By doing this you save time preparing meals each night and can have them readily available to grab and go.  Try preparing 2-4 dishes for the week that can work for lunches and dinners.

5) Keep things simple

Try recipes that are basic and with minimal ingredients.  To prevent from becoming overwhelmed in the kitchen try 1-2 new recipes per week with 5-10 ingredients that you know and can pronounce.

6) Try Creating a Dinner Calendar Menu

Find 6-7 simple recipes that you can rotate throughout the week.  This prevents unwanted and unhealthy dinner options.

7) One Pot Dish Wonders

If you are worried about creating a mess in the kitchen try recipes that require one pot.  These are dishes in which you can throw all ingredients into one pot and watch it cook.  You can also try crock-pot recipes that are just as delicious and require little prep time.

For those who are looking for help with meal prepping or diet planning call Desert Health Specialists Today!

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Snacking

How to pick out a Healthy Snack

For most of us snacking is a big part of our day. According to a recent survey most Americans snack throughout the day and roughly 24 percent of our daily calories come from those snacks.  Most of the popular snack choices contain large amounts of sugar and salt, so it is not surprising that snacking leads to weight gain.  This means it is important that you choose the right snacks and the right time to nibble during the day.

Research suggests that you should snack about 3-4 hours after eating depending on how hungry you are.  If you are not hungry then do not have a snack.  If you do get hungry than a choose a higher protein snack instead of a sugary and salty one to help shed those extra pounds.

Here are a few snacks to help peel off the pounds:

  1. Grass-fed protein bar (bison)
    • Bison is a a leaner meat and a great alternative to beef jerky.  It is lower in sugar, high in protein and provides fuel to aid in weight loss and increasing the metabolism and minimize hunger
  2. Organic Pumpkin Seeds
    • Pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to zinc.  They help to support the immune system, good source of omega-3- fatty acids, heart and liver health, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  3. Avocados
    • Avocados as we all know are a great source of good healthy fat. But did you also know that they are great for eye health, improving skin health, aid in digestion, help with weight management, and reduce inflammation in tissues, muscles, and joints.
  4. 1/2 cup raw Almonds
    • Almonds help with lowering cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease.  They also contain a high level of healthy unsaturated fatty acids and fiber to help with that feeling of being full.
  5. Celery with Humus
    • This is a great healthy and filling snack.  It aids in digestive health, healthy muscles,  and a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.

 

Needing some extra help in shedding those few extra pounds?

Call Desert Health Specialists and get started on our natural weight-loss program.

(480) 237-3889

 

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Managing Your Thyroid, Naturally!

Did you know that the thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body.  The thyroid is located in the neck just below the Adam’s apple.  While it is a small gland it plays a large role in the function of many different organs in the body including heart, brain, kidneys, and skin.

Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a silent epidemic, starting to sweep across America. People can suffer for years with symptoms that our conventional medical system frequently doesn’t know how to treat.

A chart showing how thyroid gland functions and how to manage naturallySo what are a few easy things you can do at home to boost your Thyroid function:

  1. Go 100% gluten-free
    • Eating gluten can increase the autoimmune attack on your thyroid. This is because the molecular composition of your thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten. So for those of you with Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism, being gluten free is where you should be.
  2. Address Underlying Food Sensitivities
    • Just like our body’s attack on the thyroid when gluten is consumed, other foods we eat can cause similar types of symptoms. Being tested for food sensitivities is the easiest way to test and by removing those offending foods can decrease your overall inflammatory response.  For more information regarding food sensitivities Click Here.
  3. Treat Your Adrenal Fatigue
    • Did you know that your thyroid and adrenal glands share an intimate connection in your body? We find it very common to see patient with hypothyroidism and some level of adrenal fatigue. Here are a few ways you can improve your adrenal function: quality sleep, exercise, clean healthy diet, and adrenal testing. To learn more about adrenal testing Click Here.
  4. Improve Nutrition
    • Nutritional deficiencies are probably not the cause of your  hypothyroidism, but not having enough of these micronutrients and minerals can aggravate symptoms. Consult with your doctor regarding which of these supplements will help benefit you: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, B vitamins, and iodine
  5. Say No To Caffeine & Sugar
    • Reducing or eliminating caffeine and sugar from your diet helps decrease the constant inflammation in your body. Not only will reducing these substances from your diet help balance your thyroid symptoms, but there is a chance it could help you lose weight.

 

If you haven’t had your Thyroid Tested or would like to seek out alternative interventions

Give Us a Call to Get Your Thyroid Symptoms Under Control

(480) 237-3889

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Tips to Purchasing Running Shoes

Tips to Purchasing Running Shoes

Have you ever gone to a sporting good store looking for a new pair of running shoes only to walk to the shoe section and instantly become overwhelmed with sheer number of options to chose from. This is a common occurrence for many people who do not know how to buy the right shoe for their needs. Although there is no so called “perfect” shoe for all runners there are various characteristics that may help foster healthy running patterns. Listed below are 5 key characteristics of shoes the physicians at Desert Health Specialists alway recommend to help promote healthy running motion.

  1. Minimal heel-to-toe drop
    • This refers to the thickness difference between the heel cushion and the toe cushion for the shoe. When considering a shoe this is the first thing to assess. (Shoes with 6mm or less soles are consider “minimal” shoes)
  2. Look at Neutral Shoes
    • These are shoes that do not contain stability or motion control elements. These two things can affect the normal foot motions during running potentially leading to injury.
  3. Keep it Light
    • Make sure the shoes your running in are between 8-10 oz for men and women. To heavy of shoes will change your running pattern and to light of shoes might not have enough cushion.
  4. Wide Toe Box
    • To snug of a toe box will affect your running pattern and could cause injuries in your feet. So make sure your able to wiggle your toes in your new shoes.
  5. Cushioning
    • To much cushioning permits extra motion of the lower extremity and to little cushion may be uncomfortable to run in. So walk around the store in the shoes before you buy them to assess the cushioning.

Have more question regard if your shoes are right for you?

Call Desert Health Specialists at (480) 237-3889

*Ask about how you can get a discount of your next pair of shoes!

 

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Staying Skinny this Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and of course all the delicious baked goods are being baked. This is the happiest time of the year, and the most dreaded time of the season for people trying to lose weight. Research shows that on average most Americans will put on a minimum of 2 pounds every holiday season. While this might not seem like a lot, most people will never lose the weight gained during the holiday season. This leads to unwanted pounds being gained each year. But, this is the year you are going to lose weight during the holiday season!  We have listed 7 easy steps to follow that will help you keep the weight off with even the potential to lose weight during the holiday season.

  1. Order Like a Kid
    • That’s right when you go out to dinner consider ordering off the kids menu! Usually the number of calories for kid’s meals is much less then that of adult entrees.  If restaurants frown upon this, look at the lighter options on the menu such as salads. When eating at home use a smaller plate for your meals. This tricks your brain into thinking you are eating more than you really are consuming.
  2. Drink Like an Athlete
    • No, that doesn’t mean you can go out and party like you just won the World Series or Super Bowl. But rather put down those high in calorie alcoholic and sugary drinks and drink more water. When you increase your water, especially prior to a meal it will help prevent you from binge eating.
  3. Spice Things Up & Forget about the Sweets
    • We all have those sugar cravings, especially during the holiday season when desserts are always around.  We have a challenge for you next time your reaching to add sugar to something, consider adding cinnamon instead.  Adding cinnamon can help reduce not only your blood sugar, but also cholesterol and triglycerides.  Spices and spicy food help to increase metabolism and in turn increase the number of calories burnt a day. There are many healthy spices you can add to different dishes. So while your in the kitchen cooking for large holiday meals try spicing things!
  4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
    • Braving the craziness of the shops and restaurants during the holiday season can be quite stressful.  Shouldn’t the holidays be filled with happiness and joy, not stress and anxiety? Well take it from us and don’t sweat the small things in life! Try and block out some time everyday where you can relax. Whether that is taking a calming bath, or going for a walk, taking a nap, exercising or what ever you find relaxing is.  Managing your stress will help you stay in control of your eating and prevent you from going on a carb eating rampage!
  5. Make sure to Veg Out
    • Don’t forget to eat your veggies this holiday season. Vegetables are a great way to help watch your portion control and prevent the unwanted weight gain. Because vegetables contain fiber, other nutrients, and water they fill you up during meals opposed to the unwanted and empty calories carbs  and sweets offer.  This will keep you from over eating and feeling fuller long after meals have been consumed. Vegetables can also help give you a boost in energy in the afternoon by preventing that afternoon dip in your blood sugar allowing you to exercise.
  6. Sleep the Night Away
    • As the days get longer and the weather gets cooler the amount of sleep we get should not be shortened, but actually get a little longer.  Getting good quality sleep helps recharge our natural energy sources.  Resent studies have found that women who slept 7-9 hours a night weighed less on average then those who were sleep-deprived.  Good quality rest helps reduce anxiety and stress which, are 2 major contributing factors to an increase belly fat.
  7. Don’t Forget about Exercise!!
    • As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets into swing one of the easiest things to forget about is daily exercise. We understand nobody wants to spend all day at the gym when there is holiday shopping and dinner parties to attend. Getting in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day can help boost your metabolism to help burn those unwanted calories eaten during holiday parties.

 

Have a Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Desert Health Specialists!!

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Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az

Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az

Have you been watching TV and seen the commercials of men with salt-and-pepper hair driving sports cars and making bedroom eyes at ladies all the while the narrators is asking, do you have decreased sex drive? Lack of Energy? or even Moodiness?

As men age we anticipate that their testosterone levels will drop 1 to 2 percent annually after age 30. This starts the era of what is called Andropause, aka male menopause. To slow this progression or even reverse it here are Desert Health Specialists Top 10 Tips to Help Boost Your Testosterone, Naturally!

  • Lose the Fat
    • Did you know that your body stores fat that depletes you of your testosterone levels? That’s right, that unwanted belly fat, aka visceral fat, as it increases it converts that sought after testosterone men have into estrogen. This visceral fat as it increase can cause other health problems such as increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and much more. Don’t let fat take away your testosterone, start incorporate bullet “ High-Intensity Interval Training” into your exercise routine.
  • Increase Vitamin D
    • The majority of patients we see in our clinic are deficient in Vitamin D. Since Vitamin D is needed in the production of Testosterone having low levels does not benefit men. Get your Vitamin D tested today at our Clinic to determine your specific to to help boost your Testosterone.
  • Up the Zinc
    • Of all the minerals zinc is the most important for men in helping maintain normal testosterone levels. Zinc works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. You can get zinc from many foods such as oysters, lean meats and spinach.
  • Munch on Cruciferous Veggies
    • Cruciferous veggies contain a rich source of glucobrassicin. This helps breakdown that visceral fat which drains men’s testosterone and turns it into estrogen. Add more cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, watercress, and cauliflower to your diet.
  • Healthy Fats & Proteins
    • Cholesterol is the building block of your testosterone. By consuming GOOD healthy fats, including saturated fats this helps support a healthy hormone balance and potentially increased Testosterone levels.
  • Hot Chilli Peppers
    • By eating these hot, spicy chilies or other foods, it helps to burn body fat and calm down inflammation. By burning more fat, you rid yourself of that testosterone depleting fat. Look to add these chilies along with spices such as turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and oregano into your diet.
  • Try High-Intensity Interval Training
    • These short bursts of timed activity help trigger the body to make more testosterone. You can incorporate HIIT training with your weekly strength training to help boost your testosterone levels naturally.
  • Quality Sleep
    • Studies have shown that skimping on sleep reduces your testosterone levels. Getting a solid 8 hours or more a night will help keep your levels balanced.
  • No more electronics at night
    • Using a computer or phone prior to bed can suppress your pineal gland affecting the release of melatonin. If melatonin is affected this can affect your sleep patterns, and also the production of testosterone.
  • Personal-Care Products
    • Check the bottles of your personal care products such as body wash, shampoo, deodorant and many others you use for harmful chemicals such as BPA. These chemical target your testosterone hormone converting it to estrogen using the aromatase enzyme.

Give Desert Health Specialists Top 10 Testosterone Boosting Tips a try before you start Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Call Today For Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az!

(480) 237-3889

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Osgood-Schlatters Disease

Osgood-Schlatters is a knee pain kids experience who play sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball or any other type of activity that involves running, jumping and swift changes in direction. Most people associated Osgood-Schlatters with just boys, but now that girls are playing more sports the gap between them has narrowed.

Osgood-Schlatters is caused by repetitive stress on the patella tendon causing it to pull away from the shin bone. It can be very painful for some kids, sometimes causing inflammation of the bone, cartilage, or tendon. Osgood-Schlatters usually occurs during a time when kids are most active in sports along with having a growth spurt. It may develop in just one knee or both and the pain could last for weeks to months.Typical treatment options by conventional doctors consist of anti-inflammatories, braces, physical therapy, rest and sometimes cessation from sports all together.

Well at Desert Health Specialists we understand how important sport may be to you and we are here to help. We take an alternative approach to helping keep you on the court. We offer treatment options that get to the root cause of your problem to provide you pain relief and keep you playing.

Treatment Options

  • Prolotherapy/PRP injections have proven to help strengthen the fibre-osseous attachment of the patellar tendon into the tibial tubercle. By strengthening this area along with tightening other ligaments supporting the knee, prolotherapy helps relive the pain symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatters in as little as 3-6 treatments.
  • We also run you through a series of muscles tests for your lower extremities to identify muscles that may be inhibited. Inhibited muscles cause other near by muscles to compensate for the their inactivity. This added stress of a muscle having to compensate for other inactive muscles puts stress on where the ligament inserts into the bone called the enthesis. So by reactivating the muscles that are inhibited it improves function and mobility and can decrease your pain.

If your child suffers from Osgood-Schlatters get them the Natural relief they deserve. Call the office of Desert Health Specialists and let our of our Physicians get your kid back in the Game!

Call today to schedule 480.237.3889