The Flaws in the “Science” on Obesity and an Introduction to Exploring if Food Addiction is Real

By | April 1st, 2019|Articles, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic|

The (Literal) Toxic Effects of the Obsession with Body Weight Last week I discussed the dangerous effects of the current nutritional trends, diet and “wellness” culture messages, and medical approaches that are hyper- focused on shrinking body sizes due the misleading association of “obesity” to chronic diseases. I highlighted how this viewpoint is not [...]

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Video: How Individuals and Society Suffer When Weight and “Health” Becomes an Obsession

By | March 29th, 2019|Articles, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic|

      This week, I released an article that will probably trigger many “health enthusiasts.”  In the post, “Too Much of a Good Thing? The Dangers of Obsessing on Diet and Weight Loss,” I discussed the overlooked dangers that occur when dietary practices and fitness are viewed through an obsessive and [...]

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Too Much of a Good Thing? The Dangers of Obsessing on Diet and Weight Loss

By | March 26th, 2019|Articles, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic|

Lifestyle practices are powerful tools used to support healing. Food and exercise are two of the most focused on and important factors for optimizing health, but there are many other aspects related to wellness that are equally, if not more, important. Although I still make tailored suggestions of nourishment and movement for my clients, [...]

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This One’s for the Boys (and the Women and Partners That Love Them): Male Libido, Hormones, Fertility, and Essential Oils- Part II

By | March 13th, 2018|Essential Oils, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Newsletter Postings|

            Listen to Part 1 in less than 5 minutes below.   Listen to this post in less than 5 minutes below.   In Part I, I provided information on how essential oils can be used to support relationship health, hormones, and libido. I explained how [...]

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Healthism vs. Health- Living to Avoid Death, or Striving for a Well-Lived Life Part II & September 2017 Health and Integrative Medicine Top Reads

By | October 10th, 2017|Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Top Reads of the Month|

            In Part I, I recapped this month’s blogs on healthism and the dangers of preoccupation with health perfectionism. I also reviewed a recent study that assessed dietary quality measurements relating to an outcome, rather than focusing on weight loss or laboratory measurements. The authors found that those with higher [...]

Diet Crazed, Weight Obsessed, Health Fixated, and Food Wars? & August 2017 Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads

By | September 12th, 2017|Essential Oils, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Newsletter Postings, Saratoga Blog at Living Well, Top Reads of the Month|

Has the “Health and Wellness Industry” Contributed to the Obesity Epidemic? Part II               Why Diets and Weight Loss Don’t Cause Better Health In Part I, I explored how the societal pressure for the perfect diet, health, and body may be causing more harm than good. Furthermore, the very [...]

Naturopathic Doctor and Functional Medicine Services

By | September 29th, 2013|

I use my own unique blend of naturopathic medicine and functional medicine in my practice. The Naturopathic Medicine principles hold importance to addressing the whole person, not just organ parts, with the aim to get to the underlying root of your issue. It is not considered optimal to suppress symptoms without addressing the cause of the dysfunction, as this will not lead to true healing. Functional Medicine is a system-based approach that views all body systems as connected. It also provides insight into your specific biochemical imbalances to offer precise supplement or medication guidance based on your unique body’s needs. These two medical paradigms are rooted in an understanding of conventional medicine and how it interacts with integrative therapies for safe and effective wellness outcomes. Read more about how a naturopathic doctor and functional medicine can help with your healthcare here. I incorporate my training in naturopathic medicine and functional medicine to help empower individuals to achieve their current health goals. I use a combination of mind-body medicine, pharmaceutical-grade supplements, nutraceuticals, essential oils, and medical foods as my main therapeutic modalities. Currently, my private wellness consultation practice is mostly through telephone. This means you can have your wellness consultations while you are cozy at home and can relax after without worrying about rushing through traffic. That being said, I also understand the value of face-to-face interactions. For this reason, office hours will be available in the upcoming year. You can learn more here. Yes, I’m still offering telehealth consults during this crisis. Please see here. A combined naturopathic medicine and functional medicine consult with spacious individualized attention Email clarifications between visits regarding the current plan discussed Recommendations continually assessed and updated based on your own unique bio- individuality and changes that occur Comprehensive functional assessment of conventional and specialty labs (see below) Suggestions that integrate naturopathic and functional medicine with conventional options from your PCP Expertise on the latest in medicine and health from extensive after hours training Health updates through weekly-bimonthly email blogs (if you so choose) Comprehensive nutritional & body wellness support A naturopathic doctor who upholds the Health at Every Size pledge. This means I honor all body sizes and believe that everyone, regardless of body size, ethnicity, race, gender identity, religion, or culture deserves optimal wellness care.** Virtual dispensary for optimizing individualized selection Discounted shipping rates *Please note all wellness consultations are virtual, through telephone, unless prearranged. **Specific food plans are used for those with unique health challenges ONLY when appropriate and are discussed thoroughly with extensive guidance. This is to ensure adequate nourishment and prevent disordered eating behaviors. Typical individualized new consultations run for approximately 90 minutes and the initial consultation fee is $315 (including the $100 prepayment). My office uses PayPal for service fees which are due 24 hours prior to the time of service to secure your appointment. Please have access to a computer and email account. My practice’s preferred method of communication and clarification is via email when possible. This keeps my overhead lower so I can communicate directly with my clients and keep a personal touch. Although I am a licensed naturopathic doctor, NYS does not currently license naturopathic physicians as Primary Care Providers (PCP); therefore, insurance does not cover Naturopathic or Functional Medicine consultations or allow prescribing rights in New York. I assist clients as a wellness consultant and a partner in empowering them with information for a healthy and more vital life; drug-nutrient and drug-herbal interactions; optimizing and safe use of supplementation; and more! Click here to learn more. Please contact me prior to your completion of forms to have a FREE 15-minute brief consultation to see if we are a good therapeutic match. I want to ensure you get what you need, even it means referring you to someone else who has a different specialty! Steps for Scheduling: Complete the initial consultation forms. They can be viewed and printed here or sent to a prospective client’s email address per request. If you’d like me to review a copy of your most recent blood work, please include only the most recent and relevant for our first meeting. The $100 pre-payment review includes labs ranging from 1-4 pages in length. I am more interested in learning from you on the intake, later on we may do an extensive lab review. (Please inquire first before sending more than suggested due to HIPPA.) As a courtesy, please add the columns in the symptom survey when you fill out this 4 page form. Place the number to the right of each section. This is greatly appreciated and keeps me in “biochemistry mode” vs. “math mode.” Download and send the consultation forms to the secure email address. Pay via PayPal the $100 non-refundable prepayment when you submit your forms. ($100 will be deducted from your full $315 visit fee). This deposit is necessary to hold your upcoming consultation slot.  It is non-refundable once an appointment is made and covers my pre-visit research and review of your forms. Once everything is received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment. This is typically to be scheduled in 2-8 weeks. * * Please note that the first consultation is an intake- only appointment and covers our 90 minutes together and my research pre- and post-visit. This research time usually requires 1-2 additional hour and is necessary to individualize and optimize your wellness suggestions for our next meeting. Our second consultation will be the actual wellness suggestions. It is suggested that you are ready to book both appointments prior to our initial consultation. Regular Follow Up: $245 for up to 60 minutes, brief write-up, and brief and basic email clarification on wellness protocol 2nd Visit Comprehensive Review, Consultation, and Wellness Plan Overview: $265 for up to 60 minutes Wellness Lab Review Consultations: -$295 for 60-90 minute review and wellness plan summary (complementary with your standard of care recommendations) -Functional labs require an additional $100 reading fee ($395) (labs sold at wholesale rate) Acute Phone Consult & Quick Maintenance Check-Ins: $100 / 25 minutes (25 minutes is the minimum amount of time for an acute issue that needs to be addressed between visits, it does not replace a follow-up visit. Maintenance check-ins will be charged in 25 minute intervals.) Additional charges of $25 per 15 minutes for additional office services not covered under routine visit * Group Visits- to create community, I would like to offer group visit sessions. Please use my contact form if you are interested. […]

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When Should a Woman Consider Hormone Replacement? What is the Risk?

By | August 8th, 2013|Latest Articles, Naturopathic Medicine, Newsletter Postings|

By Sarah LoBisco, ND Back in the spring, I discussed the confusion among experts and the public alike regarding the link between the use of hormones and cancer risk. At that time, new data was released from an analysis of an additional subset of 90,000 women from the original population of the Women’s Health Imitative [...]

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