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Vitamin C and Swine Flu, Eating More Fats for Heart Health and your Jeans, & 10 Reasons to Exercise

IV Use of Vitamin C for Swine Flu (Dr. Mercola)
Vitamin C at high doses is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and strengthens your immune system. This article states how it was only method that provided relief for a man with a diagnosis of swine flu. 

Excerpt from the article on other benefits of vitamin C: Here are three other sources discussing the remarkable benefits of vitamin C for infectious diseases such as the flu:
  1. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999 found that vitamin C in mega doses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group.

  2. The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, MD states that cases of influenza, encephalitis, and measles were easily cured with vitamin C injections and oral doses.

  3. - Dr. Robert Cathcart, MD, also offers personal case studies where intravenous administration of vitamin C turned out to be lifesaving in cases of acute flu complications. 

    Make sure if you use high doses of one vitamin, you are supplementing with a good multi-vitamin from a whole food source. Short term mega doses are ok, but can deplete the body of its competing nutrient. For example, too much vitamin C (ascorbic acid) depletes copper.

    Here's a Link to my latest health feedback post:

    Eating More Fat Can Help your Heart AND Slim Down your JEANS! ( Dr. Sarah LoBisco, ND)


    "Today heart disease causes at least 40% of all US deaths. If, as we have been told, heart disease results from the consumption of saturated fats, one would expect to find a corresponding increase in animal fat in the American diet. Actually, the reverse is true. During the sixty-year period from 1910 to 1970, the proportion of traditional animal fat in the American diet declined from 83% to 62%, and butter consumption plummeted from eighteen pounds per person per year to four.

    During the past eighty years, dietary cholesterol intake has increased only 1%. During the same period the percentage of dietary vegetable oils in the form of margarine, shortening and refined oils increased about 400% while the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased about 60%." -Mary Enig, PhD. & Sally Fallon.

    In TJ Moore's book, Heart Failure, the belief that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease is de-mythed. He explains how the results from the famous Farmington study could have been a manipulation by pharmaceutical companies to sell more statin drugs. Furthermore, other studies have supported his citations finding favor with Mediterranean diets over low fat, high carbohydrate ones. So, if fat isn't related to heart disease, what is?

    Top 10 Reasons to Exercise (Dr. Mercola)

    1. Decreases Belly Fat

    2. Controls Calories

    3. Helps maintain weight 

    4. Boosts metabolism

    5. You will gain lean muscle which burns more fat

    6. Curbs emotional eating

    7. Creates healthy chain reactions (good healthy habit builder)

    8. Brings more fun

    9. Stops hunger

    10. Increases energy

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About Dr. Sarah Lobisco

Dr. LoBisco has been in holistic healthcare for over 10 years. She became interested in holistic medicine when she was able to heal two herniated discs through nutrition, yoga, supplementation, and chiropractic. She has mentored with holistic practices throughout New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. In addition to her Naturopathic and Functional Medical training, Dr. LoBisco has extensive training in a variety of healing modalities, including therapeutic essential oils, nutraceuticals, herbs, whole food supplements, nutritional medicine, and mind-body therapies. She is a graduate of the accredited, four year post-graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. This program includes clinical rotations and a demanding scientific curriculum in integrating conventional and natural medicine. Dr. LoBisco holds her license from the state of Vermont.

Dr. LoBisco is a candidate for certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). Dr. LoBisco is also certified in Applied Kinesiology and holds a BA in psychology from SUNY Geneseo. She has contributed as an item writer for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)and has several articles that have been published in the Naturopathic Doctor News and Review Digest (NDNR) and the Townsend Letter, both physician- based journals. Dr. LoBisco is also a hired speaker on integrative medical topics for medical professionals.

Dr. LoBisco currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing, researching, private practice, and through her independent contracting work for companies regarding supplements, nutraceuticals, essential oils, and medical foods. She has a small, private wellness consultation practice through telephone and Skype. Dr. LoBisco also enjoys continuing to educate and empower her readers through her blogs and social media. Her upcoming book, BreakFree Medicine, is set to release within the next year. Please inquire here for more specific information.