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·         July Top Reads

·         New Links & Resources

·         Calendar of Events

·         New Website Look

·         The Power of Antioxidants!



Be the first to view highlights, in a reader friendly summary, of what I find the most pertinent in:

·      Medical and Holistic Medicine

·      Newsletter Highlights in nutrition, medicine, and wellness from various sources

·      Conventional Medicine Updates

·         Drug Updates that may affect you and your loved ones

I did the work to summarize everything this month, including the most relevant Mercola articles,  and it's all on one blog page!

Click here to read about the latest on Nutritional medicine, Health, and Drug Updates.


To the Right of my webpage, I'm always adding new resources for my patients and physicians

This month's new links include:

·         What Air Purifiers to Consider for mold (I would like to add that diffusing YLEO THIEVES is a must!)

·         Looking to be grossed out?

o   How about clicking on the link to what was found in Conventional Milk...Not Yum!

·         I've added a Category for my published journal articles

·         Don't forget to review information about:

o   Cosmetic Safety Database

o   Vaccine Resources

o   CSA Organic Food Links

o   And More....

3. Check out My CALENDER OF EVENTS....


4. UPDATED LOOK ON MY HOMEPAGE  that includes:








By Sarah A LoBisco, ND


July Top Reads has a few themes:

·         Statin Therapy is linked to Blood Sugar Issues

·         Antioxidants are really, really, cool!

For you, and only you, I've included some additional abstracts and information on antioxidants.

Remember how I wrote about the power of antioxidants in a previous post?

Well, this month, antioxidant information came to me by the truckloads. Scientists are not immune to the summer effects of proving why those yummy in season berries are so good for us! So, grab your green tea, put on your affirmation CD in the background, and pull up your laptop to learn more......

1. Dr. Mercola on Antioxidant Summary:


Carotenoids are the compounds in your foods that give them that vibrant cornucopia of color, from green vegetables to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of your bell peppers.

There are more than 700 naturally occurring carotenoids, but most people are familiar with only a few. Many carotenoids are easily obtainable through a healthy diet rich in fresh organic produce, however one exception is astaxanthin, a little-known carotenoid believed to be the most potent antioxidant nature has to offer. Astaxanthin is difficult to get from dietary sources alone, but is worth learning more about due to its beneficial effects on human health.

Lycopene, another antioxidant carotenoid, gives tomatoes their red color, and works by fighting damaging free radicals in your body. It has also shown cancer-fighting potential, particularly for prostate cancer.


Flavonoids are natural chemicals found in plants, fruits and vegetables. They're actually the largest group of several thousand compounds belonging to the antioxidant-rich polyphenol family.

Flavonoids are further broken down into subclasses that you have likely heard of such as anthocyanins, flavonols, flavones, flavanones and flavanols. These terms, along with flavonoid and polyphenols (also called phytochemicals), are often used interchangeably in the literature, but they're broken into these different groups because they have varying chemical structures.

While all flavonoids are antioxidants, some have stronger antioxidant properties than others, depending on their chemical structure. Flavonoids are present in most all vegetables, including onions, broccoli and greens, as well as fruits such as apples, grapes and berries.

Mercola, J. What Common Foods May Kill Multi-Drug Resistant Cancers? July 22, 2011.


2. Strawberries contain an antioxidant, fisetin, which is a flavonoid that protects the nerve cells and kidneys.

Read more here: Strawberries Help Neural Growth, Decrease Inflammation, Prevent Kidney Damage, and More (Dr. Amen)


3.  The Obesity & Antioxidant Connection (Phytotherapy Research)

Summary: Antioxidants helped lipid markers via liver pathways and could aid in obesity

These results suggest that RGTC suppressed HFD-induced obesity, hyperlipidemia and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, suggesting that RGTC supplementation might be a promising adjuvant therapy for the treatment of these metabolic disorders.

Kang, J. S., Lee, W. K., Yoon, W. K., Kim, N., Park, S.-K., Park, H. K., Ly, S. Y., Han, S.-B., Yun, J., Lee, C. W., Lee, K., Lee, K. H., Park, S.-K. and Kim, H. M. (2011), A Combination of Grape Extract, Green Tea Extract and l-Carnitine Improves High-fat Diet-induced Obesity, Hyperlipidemia and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Mice. Phytotherapy Research, 25: n/a. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3476


4. Grape Seed Extract Helped Energy Metabolism in Cells and Muscles via Nutrigenomics!

Acute Administration of Grape Seed Proanthocyanidin Extract Modulates Energetic Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle and BAT Mitochondria (J Agric. Food Chem) J. Agric. Food Chem., 2011, 59 (8), pp 4279-4287 DOI: 10.1021/jf200322x


5. CoQ10 Can Aid in Reducing LDL cholesterol

Ubiquinol-induced gene expression signatures are translated into altered parameters of erythropoiesis and reduced low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in humans. (IUBMB Life) IUBMB Life, 63: 42-48. doi: 10.1002/iub.413


6. Antioxidants Can Aid in Macular Degeneration

Results from the AREDS showed that high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated vision loss. These same nutrients had no significant effect on the development or progression of cataract.

National Eye Institute. Age-Related Eye Disease Study--Results.


7.  Alpha Lipoic Acid May Delay or Slow Alzheimer 's disease.

Oxidative stress and neuronal energy depletion are characteristic hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. It has been hypothesized that, because of this, pro-energetic and antioxidant drugs such as alpha-lipoic acid might delay the onset or slow down the progression of the disease.

Mercola, J. This Antioxidant Dramatically Inhibits Alzheimer's Disease Progression July 23, 2011.

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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.