World Mental Health Day & What You Need to Know

October 10, 2017

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, so now is the perfect time to open up the dialogue with those you love about this important subject. While there are moments in everyone’s life when they feel down or get the blues, mental health issues are different in their persistency and severity. Learning about mental health is an essential part of the recovery process that helps you gain more control of these feelings, and knowledge about mental health can help you see the signs in those you love and help them get the assistance and care they need. Here we help you get started with a bit of information about this serious issue and the significance of World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day was started to raise awareness and to inspire people to get educated about the causes, signs, and treatments of mental health problems. It is also a day to learn about the effects mental health has on the lives of people around the globe. Going against the social stigma, this day is designed to bring people together and open up about the important issues, including whether they need anxiety therapy or other treatments.


Causes of Mental Health Struggles

Mental health struggles are caused by many different variables and the experience is unique for each person. While there may be similarities amongst those suffering from similar mental health problems, it is important that each individual gets help from a medical professional for his or her specific issues so that they know if they need depression treatment, bipolar disorder treatment, anxiety therapy, or another form of therapy.

In some cases, a situation that causes a significant amount of stress and anxiety can trigger a mental health problem. Losing a job, owing an outstanding amount of debt, the loss of a loved one, or other changes in life can cause depression, particularly when not addressed. Continual stresses such as unrealistic expectations from a boss, a parent, or a spouse can also contribute to mental illnesses.

Also, sudden harm to the body such as a car accident, rape, or other traumatic events can cause mental health issues to develop and the person to struggle. In other cases, a chemical imbalance can cause mental health issues to develop and be present in individuals.

Attention deficit problems, psychotic disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and more can be treated and don’t have to be ignored or simply suffered through. If you are not sure what the cause of your mental illness is, a medical professional can help you get to the root of the problem so that you can start taking control of it.


Signs of Mental Health Issues

If you believe that you or someone you love is struggling from a mental health issue such as depression or if you believe you or someone you know requires bipolar disorder treatment, there are a few signs that can alert there is a problem in the first place. Some of the most common signs are prolonged depression, feelings of anxiety and anger, inability to cope with daily routines, and extreme feelings that go from high to low and vice versa.

More severe signs that mental illness that should be addressed immediately are suicidal thoughts, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, and dramatic changes in social, eating, and sleeping patterns. Drug and alcohol abuse may occur as an attempt to cope with mental health problems and can also be a sign that there is more going on.


Learn More About Mental Health to Get Answers

One big part of World Mental Health Day is to get people involved by helping them learn more. Mental health does not just affect those that are struggling with it, but also those that surround the struggling individual. Whether you, a family member or friend, or someone else you have a relationship with is dealing with a mental illness, there are resources available to help you gain a better understanding of what you can do and what to expect from depression treatment and other therapies.


There Is Help Available

People who have mental health issues will sometimes just try to deal with the problem alone instead of getting help. They push through the negativity and depression and try to cope on their own. They may try to face the issue alone because they do not realize that help is available or because they don’t understand the severity of the issue. They may also be worried about seeking treatment for fear of what others may think, but everyone needs to realize that there is no shame in seeking help and there is nothing to be afraid of. Mental health professionals apply the best depression treatments and therapies, and they seek to identify the problem by getting to the root of it rather than trying to cover it up.


The First Step Is to Have a Conversation

Remember, it is all about taking that first step and opening up the dialogue when it comes to mental health issues. Sit down with your doctor and loved ones, and take that first step to gain control of the problem with the right treatments. When you feel healthy mentally, your quality of life improves and the world is not the uphill battle that it once seemed to be.

While you should take it one day at a time, trust that help is available and we put your mental health first, and you absolutely can achieve healthy mental well-being. Call NCHS today at 760-736-6767 to speak with our friendly medical professionals about scheduling an appointment and to learn more about your options for treatment.







Women’s Health Services -What You Need to Know

September 26, 2017

Women have a tendency to take care of everyone else around them. And while this can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Many women struggle with meeting their own needs as they spend a lot of their time focusing on others.

The primary issue with women doing so much for those around them is that they often neglect to care for themselves properly, and this can cause health issues both in the present and down the road. At NCHS, we take pride in our women’s health services, and we welcome women to come visit our affordable clinics to ensure they’re healthy whether they are expecting a new member of the family or wanting to learn more about their overall health.

Here at NCHS, we provide women with what they need to know about our women’s health services, and how they can get start being the healthiest they can be today so that they can keep up with the rest of their busy life.


The Importance of Women’s Health Services

There are a few reasons why a women may skip very important health services such as a pap smear or breast exam, and one is that they don’t know the importance of them. Even if you feel healthy, it is still vital that you get these routine check-ups. Prevention is the best remedy, and if you can get the information you need to avoid diseases, then you should take it.

Beyond preventing diseases with women’s health services, you will discover that you have more energy when you know you’re healthy, and you will simply feel better mentally and physically. This can go a long way in your day to day lives and can give you that extra boost to care for yourself and others even better than before. Having health experts by your side is going to give you a resource to turn to so that you make mindful decisions when it comes to your health, whether you are facing an unexpected medical circumstance or are simply trying to be the healthiest you. Additionally, you will set a good example for your children and other family members. If you’re having a baby, you will gain a better understanding of vaccines, nutrition, exercise, and beyond, and you will receive top notch prenatal care to help you and your baby be as healthy as possible.


Women’s Services for Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you will want to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep you and your baby healthy. We provide pregnant women with birthing classes and counseling to help you move in the right direction and stay confident as you go through each stage of your pregnancy. Our pregnancy care center will also provide nutrition services because you will need to be mindful of what you eat and your lifestyle choices both during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Having professional guidance during this time will help you gain a better understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as what to expect as your body changes. Even if you just believe you may be pregnant but aren’t positive, you can still make an appointment and we will provide a no-charge pregnancy test. If your pregnancy test is positive, we will start you on the road to a healthy pregnancy with resources, care, and support.

When seeking care during your pregnancy, you want to make sure that you choose a reputable care center that you feel comfortable at because you do not want to add any unnecessary stress to your mind or body. It should be easy to communicate with the medical staff, and you should feel at ease when discussing your pregnancy.


Women’s Services for Wellness

There are many different options for health services for women’s wellness, and they’re a large part of sickness prevention, along with detecting if there is something that needs further attention. Pelvic exams will be done to make sure there are no abnormalities and that all areas, such as the uterus and vulva, are in healthy condition. Pap smears can also be a part of the pelvic exam, which will screen for cervical cancer and other internal abnormalities. Breast exams are another part of women’s wellness that will screen for cancer and make sure there are no other problems.

Family planning is yet another aspect of women’s wellness services that will be a valuable resource and help you make decisions that are right for you. If you want to learn more about birth control, you can ask about the different options in a comfortable setting and with medical experts. You will find that you are more confident when you make informed and thoughtful decisions, and seeking the help of a medical professional is an excellent place to start.


Our Affordable Solution for Women’s Health and Wellness

Take the time to reach out to our affordable pregnancy care center and our offices for women’s health services, and you will have peace of mind knowing you are taking a step in the right direction. The best part is that our services are affordable and designed to help women of all ages. We put your health and wellness first, and we want to be a solution for you whether you are pregnant, are facing medical challenges, or simply want to feel you’re very best.



Savor the Season!

September 21, 2017

Needless to say, once autumn rolls around our selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in our local markets tend to dwindle. However, reaching for the seasonal produce will not just taste better, it will work within your grocery budget. Seasonal produce is significantly cheaper than non-seasonal items. Try these simple fall inspired recipes to help inspire you to embrace the flavors of fall.


Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes ‘n Turnips

1 medium-sized russet potato (about 12 oz.)
1 medium-sized turnip (about 12 oz.)
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup cheddar cheese condensed soup
1/4 cup fat-free milk
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep square baking pan (about 9″ X 9″) with nonstick spray and set aside.

Peel potato and turnip, and thinly slice both into half-moon-shaped slices. Place in a bowl and toss gently to mix. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sour cream, soup, milk, and cheese wedges, breaking cheese wedges into pieces as you add them. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Whisk until uniform in texture. Add 1/4 cup scallions and stir. Set aside.

Place 1/3rd of the potato and turnip slices in an even layer along the bottom of the baking pan. Top with 1/3rd of the cheese mixture, about 2/3 cup.

Repeat the layering step twice, for a total of 3 potato-turnip layers and 3 cheese-mixture layers.

Bake in the oven until potatoes and turnips are tender, 60 – 70 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup scallions. If you like, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Enjoy!


Caramel Apple Parfait 

1 tbsp. fat-free or light caramel dip
1 cup chopped Fuji apple (about 1 apple)
6 oz. (about 3/4 cup) fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 tsp. chopped peanuts, divided

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel dip with 1 tsp. water. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until hot. Mix until smooth.

Add chopped apple to the bowl with caramel mixture and toss to coat.

To assemble, place half of the apple mixture in a parfait glass (or any glass). Top with all of the yogurt, followed by 1 tsp. peanuts.

Top with remaining apple mixture, sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. peanuts, and dig in!



The Importance of Dental Health & Services

September 12, 2017

Let’s face it – going to the dentist is never something that we are thrilled to see on our to-do list, but it is one of those appointments that is important to not just our oral hygiene, but also to our overall health. Whether you need a teeth cleaning or require a different dental service, you can count on NCHS to provide you with quality and affordable care. Here we break down for you the primary reasons why you should not put off making that appointment with a dental hygienist, and what you can expect when you do go to your next appointment.


The Primary Reasons Dental Services Are Important

There are many reasons why dental services such as deep teeth cleaning and other treatments are so important. First, you can prevent oral diseases as well as treat them when the first signs start to show that there is a problem. In some cases, a dentist will be able to detect other diseases based on oral areas like the gums. Heart issues and other physical health problems that are found early will allow you to improve and adjust your lifestyle so that you keep strokes and other health troubles away.

Beyond preventing major physical and oral health problems, when you keep up with your dental cleaning schedule, you will discover that your smile is brighter and your breath is fresher. Having confidence when you flash those pearly whites is going to make a difference whether you have a job interview or having your picture taken. Even just smiling and waving to your neighbor will be more fun when you keep up with your dental visits.


What You’ll Notice Beyond Oral Health

Beyond noticing the oral health benefits that you get when you make appointments for cleaning and cavity filling, you will notice even more benefits. By taking advantage of dental services like fluoride treatments, you will save yourself hundreds (if not thousands) by preventing major treatments, and you’ll get more out of your dental plan.

You’ll also prevent and remove the pain that can occur when you require treatments like tooth extraction. Chronic tooth pain can have a negative impact on your daily life and be a distraction when you are spending time with family and at work. When you want to be running on all cylinders, don’t just push through tooth and gum pain, but call NCHS and make a dental appointment to cure it.

When you and your family schedule and go to regular visits with the dentist, you will experience peace of mind knowing that you are setting a good example for your kids and that everyone is applying the best oral care practices. You will also reduce the risk of more serious dental work needing to be done in the future because you are utilizing preventative care techniques and having a checkup done regularly.


What You Can Expect When You Make an Appointment

Now that you know why getting those regular treatments like a tooth filling is important, you may wonder what to expect when you visit the dentist. Whether you need a regular cleaning or you are getting something more advanced like a root canal treatment, you can expect to be surrounded by knowledgeable and friendly professionals. The dental offices are always clean and comfortable, and the staff will communicate with you about what you can expect when it comes to appointment time frames, affordable payments, and dental services provided.

You can also expect the dentists and hygienists to use the best practices for keeping a sterile and clean environment, as well as using advanced equipment. Dentistry has improved over the years with newer technologies, and this simply makes treatments such as wisdom tooth extraction more comfortable and effective. NCHS boasts top of the line equipment and professional techniques that make every dental visit as pain free and easy as possible.


The Treatments That Are Available

There are many treatments that you can schedule an appointment for, and they include a variety of options so that people in all states of oral health can get the care they need. You and your family will have access to the best treatments. Root canal procedures, deep cleanings, fluoride treatment, fillings, extractions, and routine hygiene exams are also available for adults and children.

If you have not visited the dentist in some time or you are not sure exactly what services are right for you, the best place to start is to schedule a routine exam. The dentist will be able to get an idea of your overall oral health and will be able to guide you towards the right treatment. Don’t hesitate any longer to schedule your dental service exam!


Contact NCHS for Affordable Dental Services

When you call NCHS, you will not only be able to schedule an appointment to get those vital benefits of positive oral health, but you will also be able to do it at an affordable cost to you. We know that denture treatment, cleanings, and everything in between can be intimidating when you aren’t sure about the cost, and that is why we welcome you to reach out with questions. We are here to make sure you get the dental care you deserve, and we look forward to scheduling an appointment for you soon!



After 20 rewarding years, Irma Cota, President & CEO, will be retiring from NCHS.

August 24, 2017

Earlier this year, Irma Cota, announced that in the spring of 2018 she will retire as President and CEO, at NCHS.

Irma has been the President and CEO of NCHS since 1997 and has supported the organization as it has grown over the years. Under her leadership, NCHS has been the recipient of countless awards and has expanded to fulfill the ongoing needs of its communities. She has supported the expansion of existing NCHS facilities, as well as, the building of new facilities all in response to the ongoing healthcare demand from our surrounding communities.

“As I reflect on the past 20 plus years I am beyond proud of all that NCHS has accomplished, and I’m more energized than ever as I begin my last year with NCHS,” stated Cota. “I am also reminded our work is not yet done.”

Although it is bitter-sweet everyone supports her in her decision to retire in 2018 so that she can enjoy the next chapter of her life.

The NCHS Board of Directors will undergo a comprehensive process to help select Irma’s successor to ensure that the next President and CEO will continue to keep NCHS successful for years to come

Después de 20 gratificantes años, Irma Cota, Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva, se retira de NCHS.

A comienzos de este año, Irma Cota anunció que en la primavera de 2018 se retirará como Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva de NCHS.

Irma ha sido Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva de NCHS desde 1997 y ha apoyado a la organización en su crecimiento durante estos años. Bajo su liderazgo, NCHS ha recibido innumerable cantidad de premios y se ha ampliado para satisfacer las necesidades continuas de su comunidad. Ha apoyado la expansión de los centros existentes de NCHS y también la construcción de nuevos centros, todo en respuesta a la demanda continua de atención de la salud de nuestras comunidades vecinas.

“Cuando reflexiono sobre los últimos 20 años, estoy más que orgullosa de todo lo que NCHS ha logrado, y estoy más energizada que nunca para comenzar mi último año en NCHS”, declaró Cota. “También me doy cuenta de que nuestro trabajo aún no ha terminado”.

Aunque genera sentimientos encontrados, todos la apoyan en su decisión de retirarse en 2018 para que pueda disfrutar del próximo capítulo de su vida.

La Junta de Directores de NCHS realizará un proceso integral para ayudar a seleccionar al sucesor de Irma para garantizar que el nuevo Presidente y Director Ejecutivo continúe manteniendo el éxito de NCHS en los próximos años.


4 Ways to Tell Colds from Allergies


Time of year

Colds often occur in the winter and can take several days to show up after being exposed to the virus. Allergies, on the other hand, occur immediately after being exposed to the allergen and is most likely to occur in spring, summer, and fall.  If your symptoms –sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy eyes- show up at the same time each year, it may very likely be seasonal allergies.

Duration of Symptoms

While a typical cold lasts between 3-14 days, allergy symptoms usually last for weeks or as long as the person is exposed to the allergen.

Temperature or Muscle Aches?

Your body temperature can also help you determine where your symptoms are coming from. Seasonal allergies typically don’t cause body aches or a fever, whereas people with colds often have these symptoms.

Itchy Eyes or a Sore Throat?

Sore throats are often the beginning stages of a cold, you may begin to feel your sore throat a few days before your cold symptoms begin.  Allergies on the other hand rarely cause sore throats but do cause itchy eyes. If you find your eyes are itchy and bothersome, chances are you’re having an allergic reaction.

What now?

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, traditional treatment includes over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal steroids. It’s best to know what triggers your allergies so you can avoid it if possible.

With colds, prevention is key. They best way to prevent a cold is to wash your hands regularly and get plenty of sleep.

4 maneras de distinguir los resfríos de las alergias

Las alergias estacionales y los resfríos comparten algunos síntomas comunes, por lo que puede ser difícil distinguir si está pescando un resfrío o si las alergias se están activando. Estos son algunos signos que pueden ayudarle a determinar si sus síntomas provienen de las alergias estacionales o del resfrío.

Momento del año

Los resfríos a menudo ocurren en invierno y puede tardar varios días en aparecer después de haber estado expuesto al virus. Por el contrario, las alergias ocurren inmediatamente después de haber estado expuesto al alérgeno y es más probable que ocurran en primavera, verano y otoño.  Si sus síntomas (estornudos, secreción nasal y ojos irritados) se presentan en la misma época cada año, es muy posible que se trate de alergia estacional.

Duración de los síntomas

Aunque un resfrío típico dura entre 3 y 14 días, los síntomas de la alergia por lo general duran semanas o mientras la persona esté expuesta al alérgeno.

¿Fiebre o dolores musculares?

La temperatura de su cuerpo también puede ayudar a determinar el origen de los síntomas. Las alergias estacionales por lo general no causan dolores de cuerpo ni fiebre, mientras que las personas que tiene resfríos a menudo presentan estos síntomas.

¿Ojos irritados o dolor de garganta?

Los dolores de garganta son a menudo las etapas iniciales de un resfrío, puede comenzar a sentir dolor de garganta unos días antes de que se presenten los síntomas del resfrío.  Las alergias, por el contrario, rara vez causan dolores de garganta, pero sí irritan los ojos. Si tiene los ojos irritados y molestos, hay posibilidades de que tenga una reacción alérgica.

¿Y ahora?

Si tiene alergias estacionales, el tratamiento tradicional incluye antihistamínicos, descongestivos y esteroides nasales de venta libre. Es mejor saber qué desencadena sus alergias para que pueda evitarlo en lo posible.

Con los resfríos, la clave es la prevención. La mejor manera de evitar un resfrío es lavarse las manos regularmente y dormir mucho.


Seasonally Inspired Detox Salad

Spring & Summer often mark the start of something new: new beginnings, new growths, and of course a new you! These two seasons always seems to invite many new opportunities for change and detoxification. Many people take this time to clean their homes and get rid of clutter. But, we sometimes forgot that our bodies need de-cluttering too!

Summer is the perfect time to focus on drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods that your body craves. We’re excited to share this salad recipe with you because it contains many naturally detoxifying and healthy ingredients to help you start fresh this season.



2-3 cups fresh spinach

1 radicchio, chopped

1 granny smith apple, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

3-4 radishes, thinly sliced

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

3/4 cup navy beans or garbanzo beans, cooked

1 avocado, cubed

2 green onions, chopped

1/2 tsp sea salt



1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp liquid honey, unpasteurized

1 garlic clove, minced



  • In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and toss together excluding avocado.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Give it a taste test. If you like it sweeter, add a touch more honey. If you like more vinegar, add a touch more ACV.
  • Toss dressing with salad and top with avocado.


Serve 2 as a main or 4 as a side dish.



Ensalada desintoxicante inspirada en la estación

La primavera y el verano a menudo indican el comienzo de algo nuevo: nuevos comienzos, nuevos crecimientos y, por supuesto, ¡un nuevo usted! Estas dos estaciones siempre parecen propiciar nuevas oportunidades para cambiar y desintoxicarse. Muchas personas aprovechan esta época para limpiar sus casas y deshacerse de lo que no usan. Pero, algunas veces nos olvidamos de que nuestros cuerpos necesitan quitarse lo que está de más también.

El verano es el momento ideal para concentrarse en tomar mucha agua y comer comidas saludables que su cuerpo pide. Nos complace compartir esta receta de ensalada con usted, porque contiene muchos ingredientes saludables y naturalmente desintoxicantes que le ayudan a comenzar como nuevo esta estación.



2 o 3 tazas de espinaca fresca

1 achicoria roja, cortada

1 manzana verde, cortada

3 zanahorias, cortadas

3 o 4 rábanos, en rebanadas delgadas

1/2 taza de nueces, picadas

3/4 taza de frijoles blancos o garbanzos, cocidos

1 aguacate, en cubos

2 cebollas de verdeo, picadas

1/2 cucharadita de sal marina



1/2 taza de aceite de oliva extra virgen

2 cucharaditas de vinagre de manzana

1 cucharada de miel líquida, no pasteurizada

1 diente de ajo, picado



  • En un bol grande, coloque todos los ingredientes y mézclelos, excepto el aguacate.
  • Bata los ingredientes del aderezo en un bol pequeño. Pruébelo. Si lo deseamás dulce, agregue un toque más de miel. Si lo desea más agrio, agregue más vinagre de manzana.
  • Coloque el aderezo en la ensalada y cubra con el aguacate.



Son 2 porciones como plato principal o 4 como acompañamiento.

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