In this Newsletter:
1. Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight Fun Facts:
a. Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?
b. Green Tea and Cholesterol
c. CoQ10 and Brain Function with Statin Use
Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley and Lori Mershon at the Healing
Garden. Contact Terry at 518-831-9469
b. I’ll be in Arizona from December
8th-December 13th learning about Biotransformation
I will not be available for emails/phone at this time, but look forward to
sharing with you all at that time. Emma will still be available for scheduling,
general inquiries and will be handling all calls, faxes and emails.
c. PATIENTS: Please review follow ups and
cancellation policy below:
Policy: Due to the administrative work, training,
work, and time Dr. LoBisco puts into individualized treatment plans between
visits, patients are subject to a $25 cancellation fee for missed appointments
or cancellations the day prior to the appointment. Patients who give no
notification of cancellation of appointments or less than 24 hours will be
billed via PayPal the cost of the full assessment. Please note that it if
one wishes to stay moving forward, regular assessment is critical and follow
ups are generally re-scheduled within 3-4 weeks with adequate notice.
not recommended that one stay stagnant in a protocol. Instead, the focus should
be on continued progress and attaining adequate feedback as your body heals.
Integrative medicine works best through continued support and keeping the
body healthy; therefore, follow ups are essential for attaining treatment
goals. Follow ups are intended to continue to support your body as it
heals by (1) discussing the blocks to implementing lifestyle changes,
(2) updating your nutritional protocols, and (3)assessing changes in
blood chemistry. Once maintenance is reached, follow ups are generally every
3-6 months. I urge all my patients to be active participants in their health.
Our therapeutic work together is most successful when it is collaborative,
which requires both patient and physician alike to maintain accountability
throughout. Thank you.
3. Radio For Your Body-Mind-Soul:
a. Diet: What
Works, What Doesn’t with Dr. Northrup
confused about what to eat in this age of abundant food? We are deluged with
conflicting information about food, especially around the holidays. Join Dr.
Northrup to find out what diet is right for you!
b. Staying happy, healthy, and hot, during the Holidays with Michelle Phillips
With the cold months and the hustle and bustle of the Holidays upon us
taking care of you can fall by the wayside. And we all know that if you are not
feeling well you certainly won’t be looking your best either. So before you get
caught under the mistletoe looking and feeling like a lump of coal in a
stocking take some time out for this week’s Beauty Blueprint. Join Michelle and her guests as she gives tips on
the latest supplements, superfoods, and ways to exercise physically and
mentally, to ensure that you get a beautiful gift inside and out.
c. Ending Thyroid Symptoms with Marcelle Pick
million Americans have fatigue, depression, and weight gain from thyroid
disease. Most are women ages to 30-60. Unfortunately, even with treatment, most
don’t improve. Dr. Alan Christianson, author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, explains why this happens. Learn
the tips and tricks that have enabled thousands of his patients to reverse
their symptoms and feel their very best again.
4. Book of the
week: The Beauty Blueprint with Michelle Phillips
latest bestseller discusses beauty from the inside out, learn about how feeling
beautiful from the inside can radiate outward and how you can nourish your
physical body and appearance with practical solutions. Here Michelle’s message
on her website via YouTube.
5. Don’t miss out:
latest Blog on Detoxification and Treating People, Not Diseases!
b. My interview on 360menopause Radio Show-Panic
Attacks and Menopause
c. Check out my latest answer and more on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare: I discuss the benefits of
d. View the Updated Link Resources on my homepage
Naturopathic Fun Facts:
Are Antibiotics Making You Fat?
They could be!! Here are some
studies that indicate the imbalance in microflora in our gut from toxins, antibiotics,
and pharmaceuticals can hurt our waist line. You can read more about probiotics
H.pylori death and fat increase
meal-associated leptin and ghrelin levels and BMI changed significantly after
H. pylori eradication, providing direct evidence that H. pylori colonization is
involved in ghrelin and leptin regulation, with consequent effects on body
F, et al. The effect of H. pylori eradication on meal-associated changes in
plasma ghrelin and leptin. (abstract)BMC
Gastroenterol. 2011 Apr 14;11:37. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21489301
Dysbiosis and Waist-line
ghrelin should ordinarily fall after a meal to signal your brain that
you’re full and ready to stop eating; an increase would therefore essentially
tell your brain to continue eating, leading to weight gain. Further, the
increase in leptin levels is concerning because overexposure to high levels of
the hormone can lead to leptin resistance, which means your body is unable to
properly hear leptin’s signals.
The way your
body stores fat is a highly regulated process that is controlled, primarily, by
leptin. If you gain excess weight, the additional fat produces extra leptin
that should alert your brain that your body is storing too much fat and needs
to burn off the excess.
studies found that obese individuals had about 20 percent more of a family
of bacteria known as Firmicutes, and almost 90 percent less of a bacteria
called Bacteroidetes than lean people. Firmicutes help your body to extract
calories from complex sugars and deposit those calories in fat. When these
microbes were transplanted into normal-weight mice, those mice started to gain
twice as much fat.
Source: Mercola, J. This Commonly
Used Drug Found to Promote Obesity. November 24, 2011. Mercola.com. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/24/antibiotics-promote-obesity.aspx?e_cid=20111124_DNL_art_2
How Do Antibiotics
Improve Growth in Animals and YOU!?
low-dose administration of an antibiotic can increase the rate and efficiency
of weight gain in healthy livestock. The presence of antibiotics likely changes
the composition of the gut flora to favour growth. Debate is ongoing as to how
that gut flora are changed; change may simply be a reduction in numbers, a
change in species compo-sition or a combination of the two. For example, a low,
continuous dose of antibiotic may:
bacteria that steal essential nutrients required by the animal for growth
competition allowing beneficial bacteria that produce essential nutrients
required by the animal for growth to multiply
growth of bacteria that cause low-grade infections or produce toxins, both of
which result in thick intestines that do not absorb nutrients well.
antibiotics may also enhance feed consumption and growth by stimulating
metabolic processes within the animal.
Klotins, K. Antibiotic Use for Growth Improvement –
Controversy And Resolution. June 2005.
Reduces LDL Cholesterol
is a snapshot from science on the awesomeness of nutrigenomics (the science of
how food affects genes). Specifically, this article highlights how green tea favorably
modulates cholesterol level. Green tea
is high in antioxidants and
catechins. I discussed in the past the mechanism of antioxidants on metabolism, and this article is further proof of the ancient
culture traditions of tea sipping. There have also been previous research articles
on the effects of green tea on fatty liver. Therefore, green tea not only helps
cholesterol, but may heal your liver, where cholesterol is formed! J
Conclusion: The analysis of eligible studies
showed that the administration of green tea beverages or extracts resulted in
significant reductions in serum TC and LDL-cholesterol concentrations, but no
effect on HDL cholesterol was observed.
Xin-Xin Zheng, et al. Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL
cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials. Am J
Clin Nutr August 2011 vol. 94 no. 2 601-610. http://www.ajcn.org/content/94/2/601.short?rss=1
Neurosci Lett. 2011 Aug
26;501(2):92-5. Epub 2011 Jul 8.
Jin; Ruo-heng Zheng; You-ming Li. Green Tea Consumption and Liver Disease. Medscape.
09/05/2008; Liver International. 2008;28(7):990-996. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/578882
Coenzyme Q10 and cognition in atorvastatin treated dogs.
Statins can have bad side effects, some of the issue is related to their effect on blocking coQ10. Recently, there’s been studies showing there negative impact on blood
sugar. Studies have shown how low cholesterol affects food, but here’s one
article relating low coQ10 to cognition:
Statins have been suggested to protect
against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Recently, however, we reported that aged dogs
that underwent chronic statin treatment exhibited cognitive deficits compared
with age matched controls. In human studies, blood levels of Coenzyme Q10
(CoQ10) decrease with statin use. CoQ10 is important for proper mitochondrial
function and is a powerful antioxidant, two important factors for cognitive
health in aging.
However, poorer cognition was correlated with
lower parietal cortex CoQ10. This study in dogs suggests that serum CoQ10 is
reduced with atorvastatin treatment. CoQ10 levels in brain may BE linked to impaired
cognition in response to atorvastatin, in agreement with previous reports that
statins may have a negative impact on cognition in the elderly.
Martin SB, Cenini G, Barone E, Dowling AL, Mancuso C, Butterfield DA, Murphy MP. Coenzyme
Q10 and cognition in atorvastatin treated dogs. (abstract) Neurosci Lett. 2011 Aug
26;501(2):92-5. Epub 2011 Jul 8.
Hyman. Do Statins Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease? drhyman.com. http://drhyman.com/do-statins-cause-diabetes-and-heart-disease-2062/