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Myths and Facts About CBD Nov 1st, 2021

Despite the widespread availability of CBD products, myths about CBD abound. Some exaggerate its advantages, often claiming false health benefits. Other myths go in the opposite direction, claiming CBD is a scam with no benefits and many side effects. The truth lies between the extreme myths. To set the record...

How IV Vitamin Therapy Can Boost Your Overall Health Oct 6th, 2021

Vitamins and minerals are called essential nutrients for good reason. They perform hundreds of roles that keep your body alive and healthy, yet your body doesn’t produce them. That means they need to come through your diet. You can develop a nutritional deficiency if you don’t eat a balanced diet...

What You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis Sep 6th, 2021

Most people think of arthritis as a problem they may need to deal with when they’re older. While it’s true that osteoarthritis usually appears after the age of 50, rheumatoid arthritis is different. Rheumatoid arthritis typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50. Though men develop rheumatoid arthritis, women...

Understanding the Different Types of Regenerative Medicine Aug 15th, 2021

Regenerative medicine relieves pain by tapping into your body’s natural ability to heal. Thanks to advanced technology, we can harvest the cells responsible for healing and inject them at the site of damaged tissues. From there, the cells jump into action, stimulating healing, regenerating new tissues, and easing your pain....

Dr. Behnam Khaleghi Receives Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert Aug 3rd, 2021

Dr. Behnam Khaleghi Receives Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, board-certified rheumatologist at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center (PRMC), receives a certificate of special recognition from congressman Ken Calvert for outstanding and invaluable service to the community.  The ceremony took place in Riverside CA. Dr. Khaleghi earned...

How Supplements Can Reduce Your Inflammation Jul 1st, 2021

Inflammation is a sign that your immune system is working. After an injury or during an infection, inflammation is a good sign because it contains cells that help you heal. But sometimes your immune system goes into overdrive, and inflammation persists long after it’s needed. This type of ongoing inflammation...

The Most Common Forms of Vasculitis Jun 17th, 2021

Though all types of vasculitis are considered to be rare diseases, some are more common than others. A few forms affect only one in a million people, making them truly rare.  But the most common form, giant cell arteritis, is diagnosed in 278 of every 100,000 people. And another type...

Dr. Khaleghi Receives Top Doctor Award for Rheumatology Two Years in A Row May 24th, 2021

Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, board-certified rheumatologist at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center (PRMC), was recently awarded as Top Doctor in Rheumatology, receiving the designation two years in a row. Dr. Khaleghi earned his medical degree and graduated with honors at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, one of the most prestigious academic institutions...

Your Treatment Options for Scleroderma May 5th, 2021

Scleroderma is such a rare disease that there’s only one way to be sure you get the very best treatment. You need a rheumatology expert who is familiar with all the medications and who stays up to date with developing treatment options. That’s exactly what you get from Behnam Khaleghi,...

5 Best Exercises to Alleviate Joint Pain Apr 6th, 2021

People with arthritis face a major conundrum, and it’s this: Exercise is essential if they want to reduce joint pain and maintain optimal function, but how can they exercise when they’re in pain? The short answer is to begin very slowly and gently. Most importantly, exercise under the guidance of...

Dr. Khaleghi Joins Dean's Leadership Council at UCI School of Biological Sciences Mar 23rd, 2021

Dr. Khaleghi, the leading rheumatologist at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center (PRMC), has recently joined the Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC) at the UCI School of Biological Sciences. He joins an established group of individuals who regularly interface with the Dean and BioSci leadership on various issues, such as admissions, curriculum, research,...

Now Is Not the Time to Let Your Immune System Weaken Mar 17th, 2021

You can take steps to strengthen your immune system, but you should know right from the start that there’s no pill or action you can take that will suddenly boost your body’s ability to protect you from illness and disease. Vaccines enhance your immune system to fight a specific viral...

The Link Between Osteoporosis and Menopause Feb 1st, 2021

Hot flashes and night sweats can make you miserable, but they’re not the most worrisome health concerns after menopause. When estrogen production drops, nearly every system in your body is affected, and one of the most dramatic changes takes place in your bones.  You can lose 20% of your bone...

Give Yourself an Energy Boost With the Myers’ Cocktail Jan 1st, 2021

Stress comes from many sources, both good and bad. Your body’s stress increases during intensive exercise or athletic training as well as when you’re sick, you have a chronic health condition, or you deal with daily anxiety. When your body is under stress for any reason, it needs more nutrients...

These Bad Habits Lead to Tendonitis Dec 1st, 2020

You can prevent tendonitis by learning about the bad habits that cause the condition and taking steps to avoid them. And if you want to stay active, prevention is the way to go. Here’s why. Once you have tendonitis, it can take more than six weeks to heal. Ongoing tendonitis...

How Mentoring Students and Nurse Practitioners Leads to Engaging Medical Residencies Nov 18th, 2020

Most of us have had some experience with having a mentor at one moment in our lives, even if we don’t realize it. Whether that person was an older sibling, a friend, or a coach, there are various role models who’ve shaped and helped us grow. In the healthcare and...

Busting These Myths About CBD Oil Nov 1st, 2020

The widespread availability of CBD in neighborhood outlets translates into a huge market with massive sales. In 2019, consumers spent $845 million on CBD products, and that number is projected to double over the next two years. But there are major problems with being able to walk into your local...

Who Gets Scleroderma? Oct 11th, 2020

Scleroderma is a complex disease. It shares symptoms with many different diseases and affects multiple body systems. The symptoms you initially develop may be different from the issues that arise as the disease progresses. In other words, it takes a specialist like Behnam Khaleghi, MD, at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center...

The Difference Between PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Sep 21st, 2020

Stem cells and platelets work together in your body, complementing one another as they heal injuries and diseases. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, we have the option of treating you with just one or both types of regenerative medicine therapies, depending on the...

5 Symptoms of Lupus Aug 10th, 2020

Of the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with lupus, more than 90% are women. Beyond these facts, it’s hard to narrow lupus down to a standard definition. Each person with lupus has their own experience with the disease. Their symptoms can be mild, debilitating, or life-threatening. Lupus symptoms are tremendously varied...

Rheumatology and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 15th, 2020

We’re seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we still get up in the morning and read headlines telling us that Orange County set a coronavirus record. One day, the headlines will change as we get a tighter grip on the pandemic. Meanwhile, dealing with such an insidious virus is...

Understanding Autoimmune Disorders Jun 15th, 2020

Somewhere between 15 and 24 million Americans have autoimmune disorders. The exact number is hard to pin down because there are 80-100 different autoimmune diseases. The statistics that are reported depend on which diseases were included in the tally. But there’s one fact that everyone agrees on: Women are more...

4 Tips for Managing Gout May 29th, 2020

Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis that occurs three times more frequently in men than women. While a gout attack is incredibly painful, early treatment often reduces the severity and frequency of future flare-ups. Dr. Behnam Khaleghi and our team at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center in Orange and Laguna Hills,...

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight and Offsets Aging Through Cell Renewal Apr 20th, 2020

Intermittent fasting does a great job of helping you lose weight, and weight loss has a positive impact on your health, improving chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  But that’s not where your health benefits end. Intermittent fasting (IF) also affects the health of your cells and...

Top Vasculitis Warning Signs Mar 9th, 2020

Vasculitis may not be a common health problem, but it can affect anyone at any age. And getting an early diagnosis makes it easier to relieve your symptoms, put the disease in remission, and prevent serious complications. To get early treatment, however, you must first spot the warning signs. We...

Regenerative Medicine 101: Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy Feb 14th, 2020

Regenerative medicine began in the 1950s, when the first bone marrow transplant was performed. Since then, researchers have identified other cells in your body responsible for healing and rebuilding new tissues. Now we have the ability to extract those very cells and use them as treatments to heal and relieve...

6 Tips for Traveling With Arthritis Jan 22nd, 2020

Almost a quarter of all American adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Travelling can be a challenge when stiffness, soreness, and pain set in, but you can still enjoy visiting friends and family or travel for professional reasons. It’s all in how you plan for your trip. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center,...

Nonsurgical Ways to Reverse Tendonitis Dec 1st, 2019

Tendonitis is an issue that affects many of the patients we care for at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center. Many people think that surgery is required to fix the aches and pains they experience from tendonitis. More often than not, however, our Dr. Behnam Khaleghi uses nonsurgical procedures for treating tendonitis...

Myths and Facts About Lupus Nov 1st, 2019

When 1.5 million Americans — and at least 5 million people around the world — suffer from lupus, myths and misinformation are bound to arise. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center, we want to give lupus patients the best care possible, so let’s clear up a few common myths to enable...

What Makes Women More Susceptible to Osteoporosis? Oct 4th, 2019

Maybe your grandmother had a dowager’s hump — the hunched upper back that some women develop as they age. Or she broke a hip. Or your mother or your aunt did. While you may be aware of osteoporosis in your family members, you might never have considered that you could...

Scleroderma: Understanding Your Treatment Options Sep 1st, 2019

A rare autoimmune disease, scleroderma involves the hardening of connective tissue throughout your body. Connective tissue holds the different parts of your body together and gives your body structure: Your skin, tendons, and ligaments are all examples of connective tissue.  With an autoimmune disease, your own body works against you....

How PRP Injections Can Help You Recover From a Sports Injury Aug 2nd, 2019

A 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 8.6 million Americans are injured playing sports each year. That’s 34 people out of every 1,000. Out of those injuries, sprains and strains led the pack at 44.1 per 1,000 injuries. Although most injuries don’t require a...

Regenerative Medicine: Why It's a Game-Changer for Those Suffering From Arthritis Jul 1st, 2019

Do you suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis? You aren’t alone. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2040, 78 million US adults (26% of the population) will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are many effective treatments, but when physical therapy and medication fail to provide...

How the Myers’ Cocktail Works to Treat Your Chronic Pain Jun 1st, 2019

Pain is meant to be a good thing. It’s your body saying to your brain, “Something’s wrong.” Once the source of the pain goes away — say an injury heals — the pain goes away. Usually. When you have chronic pain, the pain continues long after your injury has healed,...

CBD Oil and Inflammation: Why Some Patients are Saying Goodbye to Ibuprofen May 13th, 2019

Inflammation or swelling is the body's natural way of repairing itself. But this healing process can sometimes cause pain or soreness. Inflammation can also be caused by arthritis and other conditions. Inflammation causes more than physical discomfort, it can also lead to depression or a lack or motivation to get...

How to Help Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis Apr 12th, 2019

You probably know that the lifestyle choices that help you stay energized and active are the same ones that support your overall health. But even if you understand how maintaining healthy habits can help you feel great and reduce your risk of developing a disease like diabetes, cancer, or heart...