Living Well Blog: Saratoga's Holistic Health Forum

The Food-Mood-Weight Connection & A Natural Medicine Chest


1. My latest Blog is posted!

Learn More about the Mind-Mood-Food-Weight Connection 

Here's an excerpt:

I wrote in a previous blog how the brain can become addicted to food, just like any other substance. Recent evidence is that food is not just about nutrients or calories, but about programming our body for health. In his recent article, Dr. Hyman explains the connection:

Food literally talks to our genes. Food is not just a source of calories, it is also a source of INFORMATION.

The key is to send the right information to your genes by eating whole, real, food -- mostly plants. Specific nutrients or plant compounds bind to receptors in cells, translating messages from the foods we eat or vitamins we take in into instructions that are carried out by our cells through their effect on our DNA.

One study looked at the connection between mood, health, and nutrients. The authors found that fish oil reduced anxiety and also suppressed inflammation in the body. This makes sense considering that fatty acids are vital components involved in brain functioning, neurotransmitter signaling, and controlling inflammatory processes.

2. Natural Medicine Tool Kit Highlighted

In my clinic, I recommend the use of therapeutic essential oils to ease the effects of acute conditions. I also suggest various emotional blends to support the mind-body connection of each individual 

For those who wish to learn more, a new AUDIO FILE is now available through August which reviews the properties and uses of various essential oils:

Listen  here to "E7 for Beginners and Experts" (38 minutes)
By: Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren

Some highlights:

Oils have a variety of uses. Therapeutic, Grade A essential oils help to bring the body back into balance, are easy to use (topical and internal applications), and help emotional well-being. For example, lemon and citrus oils can be used for anxiety and are also helpful for digestive and liver health.

Peppermint oil is antispasmodic, helps to relieve gas (Carminative), is anti-inflammatory, nerve supporting, and modulates peristalsis.

Purification neutralizes all stings and toxins of critters.

Learn more about the science of essential oils here.

If you wish to learn more about the uses of essential oils, you may contact Terry Quigley, an independent consultant and the distributor I refer to. You can sign up for Terry's newsletter at:

Here is an excerpt from a recent newsletter:

Did you know that Lemon oil has many traditional uses?

Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. According Jean Valnet, M.D., the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin and reduce wrinkles. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose, as well as health, healing, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming. Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori, et al.,1995. It may also help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. It serves as an effective insect repellent and works well in removing gum, wood stain, oil, and grease spots.

3. ****New Links on my website include:

In the Resource section: Problems with mold and remediation efforts, air purifier links

In the Vaccination Resource section: Vaccination updates

4. The Run For Naturopathic Medicine- Get involved in Spreading the Word J

Mission Statement: To educate and empower Americans about natural health care options to prevent disease, find and treat the cause of illness, and revitalize the nation's health.

Weeks one and two of The Run are in the bag.  Despite 95 degree + weather and RV challenges, the running team is truly Moving Natural Medicine Forward and so far bringing options in health care to towns from San Francisco to Winnemucca.  Thanks to Carl Hangee Bauer in San Francisco, Karyn Wagner with ITI, Tara Levy in Lafayette and the doctors at Marin Natural Medicine Clinic, Dr. Todd Maderis and Dr. Sally Lamont, we enjoyed a successful first leg of our journey with lots of celebrations along the way.

You can read more at the Run
blog and donate to the cause at or follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

Now share your thoughts....

How does your mood affect your food choices?

What are your experiences with essential oils? 


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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

SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

*Currently, Dr. LoBisco is not seeing new clients or practicing naturopathic medicine with private consultation work. Although she holds a license in VT, her current role is to provide support for clinical education and technical support on natural products, exclusive of any medical or diagnostic consultations or services. Read more...