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In This Blog:

1. Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight Fun Fact: How Stress and Thinking Affects Your Health

2. Radio For Your Body-Mind-Soul:

a. Body/Mind Dr. Northrup discusses the body's connection to the change of seasons

b. Soul Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles with Gabrielle Bernstein. Diane Ray interview Gabrielle on her road from NY party girl to enlightened teacher

3. Book of the week: Women's Body's Women's Wisdom

4. What's Up with Mold? Check out my answer and more on Dr. Oz's Sharecare.

5. Be sure to read my latest Blog: Trick or Treat? GMOs: Foods which are scary every day! and accessUpdated Link Resources on my homepage

Body-Mind or Mind-Body?
Excerpted Highlights of my weeks newsletters:

How does Stress impact our health? Dr. Hyman reports:

Just consider these facts:

95 percent of all illness is caused or worsened by stress. Low socioeconomic status is associated with poorer health outcomes and higher risk of death from all causes. This is not because of poor health habits, but because of feelings of powerlessness and loss of control. Internalized racism and stress are associated with high amounts of belly fat.
Stress hormones damage the hippocampus -- the memory center in the brain -- causing memory loss and dementia.
In a study of people who volunteered to have cold viruses injected into their noses, only people with a high level of perceived stress got colds. Women with metastatic breast cancer survived twice as long if they were part of a support group.
Belonging to a group -- a religious group, a bowling club, a quilting group -- reduces risk of death from all causes and increases longevity, despite health habits.
In a study of doctors, those who scored high on hostility questionnaires had a higher risk of heart attacks than those who smoked, were overweight, had high blood pressure, or didn't exercise. So, if you don't think the mind has the power to influence your body, think again.
Source: Hyman, M. Stress Tips: Calm Your Brain, Heal Your Body. October 8, 2011.

Furthermore, you can be healthier, if you think you are...

According to a report in Science Daily:

People who rate their health as poor or fair appear to be significantly more likely to develop dementia later in life, according to a study published in the October 5, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Having people rate their own health may be a simple tool for doctors to determine a person's risk of dementia, especially for people with no symptoms or memory problems," said study author Christophe Tzourio, MD, PhD, director of the Inserm unit 708 Neuroepidemiology at the University of Bordeaux 2 in France

Source: Think You're in Poor Health? It Could Increase Your Odds of Dementia. ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2011).

Body-Soul Filled Listening


October 13, 2011 The Rally of Autumn
Ever notice how the flies come into the house just as the weather turns colder? Nature has a rally of energy before quieting down for the winter. Where do your energies require a rally? Tune in as Dr. Northrup teaches you how to harness the energy of this season.


October 10, 2011 Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self Love and Miracles with Gabrielle Bernstein
How does a New York City publicist and party girl turn into a go-to guide for the next generation? Gabrielle Bernstein tells you how she transformed her life and offers her wisdom on how you too can overcome fear, change your perceptions, and create a life you're psyched to wake up for!
Archive shows available for free one week post air date.

Book of the week:

Women's Body's Women's Wisdom

In lieu of October being Breast Health Month, Dr. Northrup's Women's Body Women's Wisdom provides a go to text on the body-mind-soul connection of all things related to being a women.
View my latest blog on GMOs and check my site for updated resource links.

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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...