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October 2009 Archives

Swine Flu Update:
Common Link in 36 Children Deaths 

According to the October 5th article in Star Tribune: "A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that of the 36 children who died from H1N1 from April to August, six had no chronic health conditions. But all of them had a co-occurring bacterial infection." The common co-infection was staphylcoccus aureus. The article further stated: "The vast majority of people who become infected with H1N1 recover, Lynfield said, "but some do get severe disease." 

It has been estimated that there is a 99% recovery rate from the H1N1 virus and that most cases of diagnosed swine flu are not labatory confirmed. The best way to stay safe from H1N1 this season is make your immune system healthy and strong. Please see my link on natural ways to protect yourself.

Sources: 
CDC. www.cdc.gov
Marcotty, J. Star Tribune. Boys Death Deepens H1N1 Worry. October 5, 2009. (online)
Mercola, J. Common Links in Swine Flu Deaths. October 31, 2009. (online)

Good Bacteria in Bread

The bacteria, Bifidobacterium, helps digestion of grains by inactivating the enzyme phytase. This helps with fiber absorption. Adding fermented food into the diet is a very good option to keep the balance of bacteria in your gut healthy. Some examples include yogurt, natto, miso, olives, and sauerkraut.  Friendly bacteria protect the body from infectious organisms, decrease inflammation, and aid the immune system.

Sources: 
Mercola, J. Friendly Bacteria Blunt Ant-Nutritive Action. Mercola.com. October 31, 2009. (online)
Dr. Trent Nicholas. DFH Clinical Rounds.

The Importance of CoQ10

Here's a link from pubmed on the importance of coQ10 for heart function and it's depletion by statin drugs.
Chocolate Can Be Good For You!! :) 

Dr. Mercola's article on dark chocolate was good news for many sweet tooth health junkies.Organic dark chocolate (70% or higher) doesn't contain the lead, HFCS, added sugar, MSG, milk, soy, or the artificial ingredients other chocolate bars contain and it is good for you!

Real chocolate, made from cacao beans, actually contains high levels of resveratrol, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. It is also being studied as a protective factor in obesity. Dark chocolate also contains high levels of the polyphenols catechin and epicatechin which are important anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds have been found to boost immunity and help lower cholesterol.

So, make sure you find some nice dark chocolate and enjoy a few squares to get your recommended dose of resveratrol and polyphenols this weekend. There's only one caution for eating large quantities of dark chocolate, if you are hypertensive (dark chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine), you may want to be cautious with eating dark chocolate on a regular basis because dark chocolate can be stimulating. However, one or two squares on a holiday should be safe. 

Really, this is no trick, just a treat!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Happy Halloween!

My best,
Dr. Sarah 

Source: Dr. Mercola. How to Actually Choose Health Treats for Halloween. (online). October 29, 2009
David Wolfe. Longevity Now. (website).
Hyman, Mark. MD. Ultra-Metabolism. 



This link will lead you to a vitamin D calculator for how much sunshine you need for your optimal vitamin D levels.  It also reviews how Vitamin D status in expected mother's  is related to decreased risk of preterm births, birth defects, and low for gestation weight.
The Use of Acetaminophen in Children after H1N1 Vaccine

Dr. Mercola recently posted a follow up article on the swine flu due to President Obama's declaration on the epidemic last Saturday. The reported article from foodconsumer was that children who had been given acetaminophen to reduce fever and immune response after the H1N1 vaccination had a lower immune response than those not given the medicine. Foodconsumer reported that fevers had been reduced amongst the children receiving Tylenol; however, their immune system were not as effective after the vaccine as those who hadn't taken the Tylenol. (When I tried to log into Lancet, the original report could not be found). 

This article summarizes one philosophy of Naturopathic and functional medicine, the body's innate healing capacity. A fever serves a purpose-to make it too hot and inhospitable to those nasty critters that shouldn't be taking residence in your body. The body has an ability to protect itself. The fact that the immune response would kick into high gear after a vaccination demonstrates how vaccinations up-regulate your immune response. This makes me question if this unnecessary stimulation causing fevers is the best thing for little ones.

Reporting of the Swine Flu: Laboratory Confirmation Not Needed

Excerpt from CDC website:

Will tracking of 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths after August 30 be the same as it was in the spring and summer?

No, tracking of 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths will not be the same after August 30, 2009. In an effort to add additional structure to the national 2009 H1N1 reporting, new case definitions for influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths were implemented on August 30, 2009. The new definitions allow states to report to CDC hospitalizations and deaths (either confirmed OR probable) resulting from all types of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 flu. This is a broader set of data than states were previously reporting as it now includes 1) laboratory-confirmed influenza for all types of influenza, and 2) pneumonia and influenza cases identified from hospital records, most of which will not be laboratory confirmed.


Source: 
CDC. Monitoring Influenza Activity, Including H1N1. 9/11/2009. (online). http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/reportingqa.htm
Dr. Mercola: The New Twilight Zone: President Obama Declares Swine Flu Emergency. 10/27/2009. (online).
Foodconsumer.org. Tylenol May Raise Infection Risk in Babies After Vaccination. (online). 10/17/2009. http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Drug/tylenol_may_raise_infection_risk_in_babies_after_vaccination_171.htm

IBD Medications Linked to Skin Cancer

According to a recent report from WebMD, certain medications increase the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer in IBD patients. Although the mechanism is not suggested, many of the IBD medications work by suppressing the immune response. A healthy immune response is needed to prevent overgrowth of cells.

Excerpt from article:

IBD Patients Only

Long's team took a closer look at just the IBD patients in the study and the specific medicines they took. Several types of medications are used to treat IBD, with a goal of decreasing excess activity of the immune system. Long compared 742 IBD patients with skin cancer to 2,968 IBD patients without skin cancer.

Among the findings:

  • Use of any immunosuppressant medicines in the past 90 days increased risk of skin cancer by 3.2, she found.
  • Thiopurine medicine boosted the risk the most, followed by biologics.  Among thiopurines are mercaptopurine (Purinethol) and azathioprine (Imuran). Biologics include infliximab ( Remicade) and others.
  • Long-term use, defined as a year or more, was more strongly associated with risk of skin cancer. Those who had taken the thiopurine medicines for more than a year, for instance, had a fourfold increased risk of skin cancer; Crohn's patients on long-term biologics had a twofold increased risk.

Exactly why the medications seem to boost the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers, Long says, isn't certain.

Source:

Webmd. Some IBD Drugs May Raise Skin Cancer Risk. (online). October 27, 2009.


Air Quality In Your Home


A recent article in Integrative Practicioner by Jillian Capodice, LAc highlighted some basic techniques to evaluate air quality in the home. Poor air quality and environmental pollution has been linked to an increase in various chronic diseases, including asthma and neurological disorders. Therefore, simple steps to eliminate and evaluate of indoor air pollution can help improve your health!

Dr. Capodice suggested the following assessments to monitor if air quality in your home may be compromised:

1. An increased amount of time stale smells and cooking odor lingers

2. Mold growth in wet areas

3. Any signs and symptoms of family members that suggest poor air quality including: dizziness and headaches, shortness of breath, itchy eyes, sinus congestion

4. Outdoor construction is taking place outside your home.


The following are tips to Green Your Home:


1. Reduce toxic/chemical based cleaning and personal care products and replace them with natural cleansers. (Hint: look for caution or warning signs on the backs of bottles. If ER visits from swallowing the cleanser is recommended, it's probably not natural). 

2. Do not smoke inside

3. Exhaust and clean stoves

4. Use HEPA filters

5. Brighten your rooms with green plants to increase ozone and clean the air

Source: 

Copodice, Jillian, LAc. Air Quality and Traditional Oriental Medicine. Integrative Practitioner. (online). October 27, 2009.

Rosen, Lawrence. MD. Children's Health and the Environment: A Call to Action. Integrative Practitioner. (online). October 27, 2009.



CBS Reports :


This link provides a CBS investigative report on swine flu statistics. According to their findings, the swine flu has been dramatically over-estimated. In fact, in California, confirmatory labs suggested that  that less than 15% of the people assumed to have swine flu actually did. This is related to the fact that during a epidemic, confirmatory results were being bypassed as a waste of resources. Dr. Mercola's article provides a summary of the findings. 

Excerpt:
"If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn't have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn't have flu at all."
Bugs or Humans?

According to a recent article from Autoimmunity Reviews, 90% of the cells in human are microbial in origin. Due to the fact that gene transcription may be affected by this microbes, it was suggested that this discovery could lead to new insights in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. 

It has been hypothesized that autoimmune antigens may not be attacking only human DNA at all-but these bugs are interfering with their own destruction via DNA modulation at receptor sites in humans! It sounds like science fiction, doesn't it??

Source: Science Direct. Autoimmune Disease in the Age of the Metagenome.(online abstract). Autoimmunity Review. Volume 8, 8. July 2009.


Do We Really Need More Convincing on the Health Benefits of Green Tea?

Apparently so....

Green Tea was found to reduce damage from cigarette smoking, according to an abstract from Respiratory Medicine. The authors proposed that the antioxidant activity of green tea was the key player.

Source: Science Direct. Chinese Green Tea Ameliorates Lung Injury in Cigarette-Smoke Exposed Rats. (online abstract) Respiratory Medicine. Volume 103, 11.November 2009.

AND...

Green Tea was found to reduce risk of Cancer.

Source: Oxford Journals (Online Abstract).  Green Tea Consumption and Hematologic Malignancies in Japan. American Journal of Epidemiology. Volume 170, 6. July 2009. 

CoQ10 And Inflammation

A recent study found that high fructose corn syrup consumption increased inflammatory markers and oxidative stress in mice resulting in a link to glucose intolerance and obesity. CoQ10 was found to modulate gene expression on liver tissue decreasing inflammatory and metabolic stress markers.

Source: Science Direct. (online abstract). Coenzyme Q10 supplementation lowers hepatic oxidative stress and inflammation resulting associated with diet induced obesity in mice Biochemical Pharmacology. Volume 78, 11. December 2009.

Beauty to Die for?

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The Importance of Natural Skin Care Products

In the past, I have written and posted articles on the importance of choosing natural skin care products. The skin is the body's largest organ, and unlike your digestive tract, it produces no enzymes to help breakdown and filter any toxic exposure. Therefore, it can be said that what you apply is just as important as what you ingest. This week's edition of Dr. Mercola's Health News reiterated several very important reasons to avoid personal care products which contain the harmful ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).Here are the top four reasons:

1. SLS can penetrate and accumulate in  your eyes and other tissues 
2. SLS produces nitrosamines which are known carcinogens
3. SLS strips your body of moisture and protective oils
4. SLS has been linked to damage of DNA

Article Excerpt:

The list of dangerous ingredients is quite long -- the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has stated that nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are toxic -- but here are some of the major ones that you will definitely want to avoid:

  • Paraben, a chemical found in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors.

  • Phthalates, plasticizing ingredients (present in nearly three-quarters of 72 products tested by the Environmental Working Group), which have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems.

  • Musks, used as fragrances, can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to skin irritation, hormone disruption, and cancer in laboratory studies.

  • Artificial fragrances, which are among the top five known allergens, and can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks.

  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)a chemical used in shampoo to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system.

  • Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.

  • Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum, these products coat your skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They also slow cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging, and are a suspected cause of cancer and disruption to hormonal activity.

Therefore, I am very pleased to be working with a practicioner that is knowledgable in holistic medicine and uses organic products in her fascials, Ms. Reisa Mehlman. Make sure you read about our health clinic's monthly special on your "best face forward" at our Living Well page. 

In health,
Dr. Sarah


 
High Fructose Corn Syrup Found to Raise Blood Pressure

Due to the fact that sugar has been linked to diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased LDL cholesterol, and liver disease, many people have sought a substitution for it. One such substition has been high fructose corn syrup. In fact, it is of the leading forms of calories consumed in the American diet today. 

A recent article on Dr. Mercola's site reported that studies have linked high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to  an increase in blood pressure among males. This article argues that HFCS is not a good alternative solution to the other nutrient-absent food, sugar. Fructose has been linked  to anemia, low immune function, bone loss, blood sugar issues, and liver and pancreas dysfunction. Finally, one BIG reason to avoid HFCS-it causes weight gain!

What's the best way to avoid HFCS? Not consuming processed or fast foods and replacing them with whole, yummy foods. :)

Swine Flu Update

Washington Health Department has suspended its rule of safe levels of mercury allowed for pregnant women and infants. This is in order to allow swine flu vaccinations to be used on them. Although nasal sprays will not contain mercury in the form of its preservative thimerosol, it does contain the live virus which is not recommended for pregnant and infants (Dr. Mercola)

 FYI: In Mark Hyman's book, The Ultra-Mind Solution, Mercury is stated to be the 2nd most toxic heavy metal behind plutonium. Mercury is also found in DPT and Hib vaccinations.

Excerpt from article: 
Thimerosal contains 49.6 percent mercury by weight, and is added to vaccines as a preservative. It also helps kill germs, so it prevents multi-dose vials from spreading infection.

As of July 1, 2007, pregnant women and children under the age of three were prohibited from receiving vaccines with a mercury content exceeding:

  • 1.0 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for influenza vaccines (which equals 2 mcg/ml)

  • 0.5 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for all other vaccines (which equals 1 mcg/ml

    Here is another Link to studies on mercury and its effect on the brain

    My recent blog on the swine flu



What to Do with the Upcoming Sniffle Season:

 Recently, a lot of my clients have been "coming down with bronchitis" and other flu-like symptoms.

I wanted to share with you some ways to help you protect yourself naturally:

I.  Take good care of yourself and practice stress reduction techniques.

High stress can lead to adrenal burnout, this affects your immune system and thyroid gland!

II. Get enough sleep

It's important to allow your body time to heal. Your best times for rejuvenation are between 10pm-1am, so try to get to bed between 10 and 11pm.

III. Boost your immune function

Consult with an Integrative Doctor or functional medical practitioner for an individualized plan to support your genetic predispositions and boost your immune system. Whole food nutrition and lifestyle support are essential.

IV. Immune Supporting & Rejuvenation Protocol:

Doses specified to your individual needs and supplements are usually ordered by your health care practitioner. (They have access to high quality, therapeutic products). Otherwise, make sure you know the quality of the supplements you are buying!

1. Vitamin D

2. Immuplex, allerplex or Congaplex: whole food nutrition for immune system support

3. RC, Raven, & thieves essential oils

Thieves can be applied to the feet everyday for preventative measures

4. Probiotics

I recommend the following to my patients: Flora 20-14, Renew for Life, or theracomplete

5. Minerals

6. Green products such as chlorophyll

7. Adrenal and Insulin regulating supplements

In my practice I use: adrenal complex, adrenal response, licorice, metabolic synergy, endotrim, drenamin, and endoflex essential oil

Artificial Sweeteners


Dr. Mercola recently posted an article on artificial sweeteners and the dangers associated with their consumption.


Biochemically, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, can cause significant neurotransmitter imbalances in your brain. This is due to the fact that its chemical makeup of phenyalalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol releases toxic by-products and excess free radicals when they are broken down by your body.


Aspartame use has been linked to headaches, vision disturbances, cancer, mood disturbances, digestive disturbances, and chronic diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.


Due to the fact that these sweeteners can cross the blood-brain barrier, they can become addictive and hard to stop. In fact, stopping cold turkey can create withdrawal symptoms such as headache and diarrhea. I always recommend baby steps and gentle re-balancing when someone is trying to break a habit. It may help to find an integrative or functional doctor that can help you re-balance your biochemistry through various lifestyle changes and nutritional support to make the transition easier.

Which Produce is it Worth to Go Organic?


A recent report by MSNBC summarized findings from the Environmental Working Group on which produce contains the most and least amount of pesticide exposure.


Follow this link to see which produce is worth the extra cost of purchasing organic to reduce your risk of pesticide exposure! 


Source: Is it Worth it to Buy Organic. MSNBC.com. October 2009. (online)


More information on the dangers of pesticides can be found here
Here's an excerpt from the article:

Pesticides and Your Health
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 90 percent of fungicides, 60 percent of herbicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to cause cancer.
Lab studies also indicate pesticides can cause other serious health problems, including:
Infertility
Birth defects, miscarriages and stillbirths
Learning disorders
Aggressive behavior
Nerve damage
Cancer of the breastprostate and lymphatic system

Acupuncture: A Mechanism For Pain Control?

Recently, a randomized study compared Traditional Chinese Medicine (TA) and Sham Acupuncture on the mechanism of how Acupuncture modulates pain control. The study tested the theory that acupuncture worked on endogenous opioid anti-pain receptors, u-opioid receptors (MORs).  The results favored TA and concluded the following result: 

Long-term increases in MOR BP following TA were also associated with greater reductions in clinical pain. These findings suggest that divergent MOR processes may mediate clinically relevant analgesic effects for acupuncture and sham acupuncture.

Source: Harris, et al. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Sham Acupuncture. NeuroImage. 47 (3).  September 3 2009. (Science direct online)

Note: Make sure you say hi to our Acupuncturist, David Ostrowski, LAc when you stop by LW!

Vitamin D & Heart Disease

A prospective cohort study on the effect of low vitamin D levels and heart disease followed 3,488 adults aged 65 and older from 1988-1994. A follow up on mortality in 2000 indicated that low serum vitamin D levels had an independent association with  death from heart disease and mortality in general. 

Source: Ginde, A. et al. Prospective Study of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D levels, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality, and All-Cause Mortality in Older US Adults. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 57(9). 22 June 2009. (Wiley Interscience online)

Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

A recent article on Mercola.com highlighted new research findings on lifestyle factors and breast cancer risk. The four findings that correlated most to reduced incident of breast cancer included:
  1. Maintaning and ideal body weight (BMI between 18.5-24)
  2. Limiting Alcohol consumption
  3. Breastfeeding for 6 months
  4. Exercise
Other lifestyle choices that have been linked to decreased cancer risk are:
healthy diet, decreased environmental toxins, optimal vitamin D levels, and healthy emotional expression.


Reminder:
Don't forget to check out my "Top Reads of the Month" (http://dr-lobisco.com/blog/?p=137) updated bi-weekly. In these posts, I share links and give summaries of articles from some of my best sources in natural medicine and the latest in medical journals!! October's links include information on:
·  weight loss
·  research using food to prevent cancer
·  cell phones & EMF
·  Dr. Northrup's view on mammography & thermography
·  organic foods
·  what produce to avoid, and much more!!

My latest website blog
10/7/2009
Mood Imbalances Part II:
The Estrogen-Serotonin Connection
By Dr. Sarah LoBisco, ND
http://dr-lobisco.com/blog/?p=139

The Latest News for Dr. LoBisco:
1.      I have been asked to join a list of top functional medical doctors and leading integrative health care practitioners in contributing audio articles to a new website for women seeking natural hormonal solutions!!! I will be blogging on this site and may be offering teleseminars and webinars! I am very honored and exited to share my experience with a wider national/international audience! So, be sure to check my website in the next few weeks for a new link to a new website!
2.    Due to increasing traveling for presentations, trainings in integrative and functional medicine, and requests for articles on other sites, I will probably be cutting back on weekly health feedbacks for my original site. However, I will be keeping you up to date with links to my latest blogs and will continue to post on facebook's Dr. Sarah's Naturopathic Medicine group, Saratoga.com and on my monthly top reads.
3.    I want to thank all my patients for your support and hard work! You are the most incredible group of individuals and I am pleased to be a part of your wellness journey! Here's this week's feedback! Enjoy!

In health and joy,
Dr. Sarah J

Antioxidants & Aging


A recent review in the Naturopathic Medical Journal concluded that supplementation which included either a multivitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C, B-complex, or vitamin E all resulted in increased telomere length. Telomeres are found in our DNA at the end of chromosmes and are used to prevent aging in the cell. This study has important implications in the field of nutrition and genetics, AKA nutriogenomics, and the effect of important food components on aging.


Source: Jenning, K. Can Multivitamins & Antioxidants Slow the Aging Process. Natural Medicine Journal. October 2009. 


What's the Best Way to Get Antioxidants?


Another article in Citizen Times, written by Steven Coward, ND suggested the best and cheapest way to get antioxidants may be from whole foods, rather than supplements. Dr. Coward explains how antioxidants work by suppressing damage to the cell from free radicals and compares ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) of various foods.


I support the whole food philosophy, but I do believe that additional supplemental reinforcement is needed in today's world. We are up against more toxins and chemicals than our ancient predecetors and potential damage due to the food we eat, air we breath, and the stressful emotions we feel can drain the body. Furthermore, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that fewer than 10% of High School Students are getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.


Therefore, for the modern busy person, having some additional supplementation with antioxidants in the form of a quality whole food multivitamin or phytonutrients from various herbs or essential oils can be very helpful and ensure a long, healthy, life! 


Note: An integrative or functional medical practicioner can help to tailor a specific antioxidant and nutrient profile that not only fits your antioxidant requirements, but also uses supplements specific to your unique biochemical individuality.


Source: Coward, Steven. What is the Best Way to Get Antioxdants in the Diet? Citizen Times.com. September 29, 2009. (online)


Associated Press. Kids Eat Few Fruits, Veggies. Wall Street Journal. September 30, 2009. (online)


More Support on How Food and Lifestyle can Affect our DNA!


I just read a very exciting research abstract on increased telomere length measurements associated with positive lifestyle changes! The study was published in Lancet Oncology in 2008. In the study,  30 men were followed after making significant lifestyle changes. At the conclusion, telomere length was measured and blood markers were taken. The results indicated increased telomere length, decreased cholesterol markers, and better immune function. The authors concluded that positive lifestyle factors were significantly associated with telomere length and overall health markers.


Source: Ornish, D. Et al. The Lancet Oncolocy. Volume 9, issue 11, pages 1048-1057,November 2008

Exercise Makes You Younger!

Exercise is important for many reasons. One is that it decreases your chance of muscle wasting with age, a condition called sarcopenia. It also increases lean muscle, which burns more calories than fat, and aids in maintaining healthy circulation to better regulate your blood sugar levels. Also, exercise has been shown to decrease inflammation and inflammation is a key player in most diseases including heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and many more.

Still, one of the neatest thing I've learned this week is that exercise can make you younger!  In a recent webinar, Joel Evans from the FMU (Functional Medicine University), presented various research studies suggesting that exercise boosts mitochondria biogensis through modulation of the PGC-alpha gene. (Mitochondria is the cell's powerhouse for energy metabolism). This means that a link between the anti-aging genes, Sirt1, mitochondria, exercise, and longevity is created ! 
Want more information: 
If You Don't Use It, You Lose It. The Importance of Exercise (Dr. Mercola)


Exercise Makes You Happy!


Various studies have confirmed that exercise is as effective or more effective than conventional drugs.

My latest health feedback provides more information on mood imbalances and is the beginning of a series.

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Reisa Mehlman

As a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, New York State Licensed Nail Specialist, and the Director of Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa, Reisa combines her love of spa services and healing arts to achieve optimum skin and nail health, create greater overall wellness and bring forth our optimal, individual beauty.

"I believe that the day spa should be an instant getaway; a place that is quiet without being stuffy, relaxed, elegant and yet entirely comfy. You should feel warm and welcome, surrounded by people who care about you and what they are doing. This is the environment we strive to create at Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa. Here, you are never just the "next" number; we allow ample time for your services, offer a flexible schedule and can be reached after hours. After all, to me, spa craft is not really a business, it's a lifestyle." Read more...


Dr. Sarah Lobisco

Whether the goal is to lessen pain, find an alternative to pharmaceuticals, or improve your quality of life, Dr. LoBisco's Naturopathic Medicine lets you get the best of both worlds conventional medicine, combined with safe and proven complementary therapies.

Dr. Sarah LoBisco has been involved in wellness for over 8 years. Her experience includes mentoring with holistic practices throughout New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. Read more...