Desert Gazette
July 2015


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Featured Recipe


Citrus-Marinated Salmon With Fennel Cream




4 servings 


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 


1/4 cup orange juice 


1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt or salt 


Freshly ground pepper 


4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each), skin on 


1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (reserve fronds) 


1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced 


1 cup plain Greek yogurt 


2 oranges, 


1 zested, 


1 thinly sliced 




1. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, orange juice, salt and pepper together until emulsified. 


2. Place the salmon fillets in a glass baking dish and pour marinade over the top. Allow to marinate for 1 hour. 


3. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 


4. Scatter fennel and onion around the sides of the salmon, and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. 


Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork and is opaque in color, 20 to 25 minutes. 


5. While the fish is baking, combine the Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons fennel fronds, finely chopped, and orange zest. 


6. Remove the fish from oven and place on a serving plate. Dollop with about 1/4 cup of yogurt mixture and garnish with orange slices. 


Used with permission from the author, Amy Riolo. Recipe adapted from The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: Harness the Power of the World's Healthiest Diet to Live Better, Fair Winds Press, 2015.


What We Do



Desert Care Management will be saying good-bye to an endearing care manager in Nanci Kahn, RN. A word from Nanci:"On a personal note, my husband and I are relocating to Austin, Texas at the end of July.  My 2 grandchildren live there with my son and his wife.  I have enjoyed taking care of your loved one more than I can express.   My last day with Desert Care Management will be July 16th, 2015. " 


A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood may affect and his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Did you know that in America nearly 44 million adults experience mental illness in a given year? Or that 1 in every 5 adults in America experience mental illness, and nearly 1 in 25 (approximately 13.6 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness? ( 

What is being done to address the seriousness of mental illness in America?

An Opportunity for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform
By Mary Giliberti | Jun. 17, 2015

Representatives Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) have introduced HR 2646, the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015." This introduction begins a legislative process toward mental health reform, which is long overdue. NAMI has submitted a letter of support to Representatives Murphy and Johnson indicating our appreciation of their leadership and our commitment to work with them to pass comprehensive mental health legislation. 

HR 2646 has many positive aspects, including provisions to improve integration of mental healthcare and physical healthcare in Medicaid, spur early intervention in the treatment of psychosis, improve the use of health information technology in mental health care and provide resources for suicide prevention. 

HR 2646 also contains provisions designed to improve data collection and outcomes measurement and expand the availability of evidence-based services. It contains provisions to remove discriminatory barriers to acute inpatient treatment in Medicaid and Medicare and it advances enforcement of the mental health insurance parity law as well. HR 2646 also addresses issues that have generated much discussion within NAMI and other organizations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and access to information for caregivers, the role of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Protection and Advocacy System and Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). 

We have carefully reviewed the bill and believe it takes a more thoughtful approach to these complex issues. However, we have heard from many of you and are very aware that there are strong, diverse opinions about these issues and some questions about the new provisions. For example, members and leaders have asked questions about the scope of the Protection and Advocacy systems' jurisdiction under the new "abuse and neglect" standard and whether that includes advocacy for housing and recovery supports, which is an important question that we will seek to clarify as the bill moves forward. 

Eating Fried Foods Contributes To Diabetes, Heart Disease; Cooking With Trans Fat-Free Oil May Be Healthier

Jun 21, 2014 02:02 PM  By Dana Dovey

For all you fans of fried food, I have some great news for you. New research suggests that when food is fried in trans-fat-free oil, it may no longer put you at risk for seriously conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. 

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration did something pretty amazing. They officially proposed that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), also known as artificial trans-fat, should not be "generally recognized as safe" for use in food. This led many restaurants and food manufactures to stop using partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in their products. Instead, they switched to using trans-fat-free oil in their recipes. Cooking with the lighter trans-fat-free oil, according to a new study, may not pose as much of a threat to our health. The study's co-author, Leah Cahill, also believes that cooking with lighter oil may limit exposure to unhealthy compounds. 

When foods are fried in hydrogenated vegetable oil, the chemical composition of oil is changed. The foods will then absorb the oil's new fatty acids along with other unhealthy compounds, Time reported. This is what causes weight gain, dangerous cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and higher levels of oxidative stress.  When combined, these factors contribute to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A study based on data from 100,000 individuals found that eating fried food four to six times a week increased a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 39 percent, and increased their risk of heart disease by 23 percent. 

It isn't difficult to find trans-fat-free cooking oils. Some of the most common of these are canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. To avoid trans-fats in products you purchase at the supermarket, make sure you read the label. If you see the phrase "partially hydrogenated [vegetable] oil," you may want to steer away, according to the American Heart Association. Trans fat-free doesn't automatically mean that something is necessarily healthy. It is important to consider the dish's overall nutrient and vitamin content to accurately determine how good for you it may be. The study's author explained how, at this point, it is impossible to truly determine which fried foods are truly safe. "I wish I could give more specific recommendations when it comes to healthy cooking oils. But our study is really a first take, and we need to know more before we can say what's safe," Cahill told Time. Your best bet at enjoying fried foods while still keeping a healthy body is to practice moderation. Limit the overall amount of fried foods you eat, regardless of what they are cooked in. 

Source: Cahill LE, Pan A, Chiuve SE, et al. Fried-food consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease: a prospective study in 2 cohorts of US women and men. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014. 

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Desert Care Management is a professional firm focused on helping families provide the best quality of life for aging, disabled, or mentally ill loved ones. Care Manager, Heather Frenette, has over 18 years of experience assisting Arizona families deal with parents and loved ones suffering from dementia, mental illness, or developmental disabilities. When it comes to important decisions regarding care services, living arrangements or ongoing management, don't feel alone. The professionals at Desert Care Management can provide your family with an assessment and develop a care plan to meet your loved ones needs.



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