Thought for your Friday

“Empathy and Compassion

Give life meaning and purpose.

Our healing connection to life

Our personal self.

People in our lives.

Our avocations, jobs.”

- Anonymous


Health Benefits of Soluble Fibers

Soluble fibers are fibers that dissolve in water and form gels and become syrupy. Some examples of soluble fibers are oats, barley, legumes, okra and citrus fruits. The enzymes that the human body produces cannot digest soluble fibers but the bacteria on our colons can ferment them.

Foods rich in soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol because they bind to cholesterol and carry it out of the body in the stool.

Soluble fibers can also regulate the blood glucose because they delay the transit of nutrients in the digestive tract and this slows the glucose absorption and prevents the glucose spike in your body.

Soluble fibers also help maintain normal colonic bacteria needed for intestinal health.

In the long run, these things aid in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes. Oatmeal is cholesterol lowering food and is easy to incorporate into your diet.

Here is a recipe that I make daily:

Keri’s Colon Brekkie:

½ cup Oatmeal

1 tsp. Cinnamon

2 tblsp. Flaxseed

2 tblsp. Raisins

¼ cup Blueberries

1 packet Stevia sweetener

1 Egg

A few tablespoons water to help with mixing.


I blend all of them together and microwave between 4-6 minutes until solid. When it is done it is the texture of a bread or a muffin. You can try this with your own fruit add-ins, ½ a banana is really delicious or sliced apple.



Blog written by: Keri Pimentel

Keri is the Coordinator of Patient Services for La Mer. 

2018 Alzheimer's Advocacy Day Registration Open for 1 More Week!

2018 State Advocacy Day Registration Open 1 More Week!

There’s still time to register for State Advocacy Day, Wednesday, February 28, at the capitol!  Join fellow advocates from throughout the state in educating state legislators on the importance of:

  1. increased research spending;
  2. expanded home and community-based services, and
  3. new tools and training for early detection and diagnosis.

Bring your story – and your voice – to Sacramento!  To sign up before the February 21st  registration deadline, click here.

See our Community Events page for more information:


Resources by Ventura County Residents Affected by the Thomas Fire

The Health Task Force of the Ventura County Thomas Fire Recovery Team is trying to get information out to Ventura County residents to ensure they have access to the resources available to them if they have been affected by the fire. 

Read Advisories below, many people may not be aware of the toxic chemicals left over after a fire and how it may impact them.

More recovery information is available at


A fire in a home can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water.

You may find things that the fire did not burn up but are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything that you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned.

The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for hidden flames. They may have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.

Food facilities need to seek Environmental Health Services prior to reopening your facility. Contact Environmental Health at 805 654-2813.


  Wear sturdy shoes (steel toes and shanks are recommended) and clothing

 Hazardous chemicals and conditions may be present

 Inspect propane tanks for visible damage before turning on

 Wear protective gear when sorting through possessions. Anything in contact with ash should be sanitized and cleaned. Sorting through/cleaning burn debris is not recommended.

 Be aware of slip, trip, fall and puncture hazards.

It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick.

Be very careful if you touch any fire-damaged items. Ask the advice of the fire department, local building officials, your insurance agent, and restoration specialists before starting to clean or make repairs.

Do not eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been near the flames, smoke soot, or water used to put the fire out.


Fire ash may be irritating to the skin, nose and throat may cause coughing and/or nose bleeds. Fine particles can be inhaled deeply into lungs and may aggravate asthma and may make it difficult to breathe.

Refrain from cleaning ash and fire debris until professional hazardous material cleanup services are secured.

 When exposure to dust or ash cannot be avoided, use a well-fitted NIOSH-certified air-purifying respirator N-95 mask.

 Children should not be in the vicinity while cleanup is in progress. Even if care is exercised, it is easy to stir up ash that may contain hazardous substances. In addition, the exploratory behavior of children may result in direct contact with contaminated materials.

 Clean ash off house pets and other domesticated animals if they have been in contaminated areas. It is best to not allow pets in these areas due to the potential risk to their health and their ability to spread outside of contaminated areas.

 Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid skin contact. Goggles are recommended. Contact with wet ash may cause chemical burns or irritation on skin. Change your shoes and clothing prior to leaving the decontamination site, to avoid tracking ash into your car, home, etc.


Do not use your water if you suspect or have been told it is contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water.

If you have a drinking water well, listen to your local health authorities for advice on using your well water.


Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

 Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.

 Rub your hands together (20 seconds) to make a lather and scrub them well.

 Rinse your hands well under running water.

 Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

* A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water.  Food in cans or jars may appear to be okay, but if they've been close to the HEAT of a fire, they may no longer be safe. Heat from a fire can activate food spoilage bacteria. If the heat is extreme, the cans or jars themselves can split or rupture, rendering the food unsafe.

 One of the most dangerous elements of a fire is sometimes not the fire itself, but TOXIC FUMES released from burning materials. Toxic fumes can permeate the packaging and contaminate the food. Any type of food stored in permeable packaging (cardboard, plastic wrap, etc.) should be thrown away. Discard any raw foods stored outside the refrigerator such as potatoes or fruit that could be contaminated by the fumes.

 Chemicals used to fight fires contain toxic materials and can contaminate food and cookware.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol- based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers DO NOT eliminate all types of germs.


Please use caution and follow guidance provided about in addition to the following:

 Food Safety

Foods exposed to fire can be compromised!

Food stored in refrigerators or freezers can also become contaminated by fumes. The refrigerator seal isn't airtight and fumes can get inside.

Foods that are exposed to chemicals should be thrown away. This includes food stored at room temperature, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as foods stored in permeable containers like cardboard and screw-topped jars and bottles.

Reheating food that has become contaminated will not make it safe!

When in doubt, throw it out!

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

Clean and sanitize surfaces in a four-step process

1. Wash with soap and hot, clean water.

2. Rinse with clean water.

3. Sanitize by immersing for 1 minute in a solution of 1 cup (8 oz/240 mL) of unscented household chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of clean water.

4. Allow to air dry.

Please remember the following safety tips when cleaning.

 Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.

 Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves, and eye protection.

 Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter.

Smoke, Water, Ash and Debris Management

Seek professional damage and debris removal/restoration services.

Fire Resources and Public Health Updates! Please Share!

This is important information given to us by the Ventura County Medical Association regarding N95 masks and a Public Health Warning!

Click on the links below for more information!

1.    Ventura County Public Health Department Press Release: Free Particulate Mask (Distribution Locations)

2.    N95 Mask Guidance (provides general information regarding the advised, mask-type)

3.    California Department of Public Health Press Release: State Public Health Officer Urges Avoiding Breathing Wildfire Smoke


For updated information regarding the Thomas Fire incident please check

For recovery information please visit

Resources for Ventura County Fire Victims

So many people have been uprooted and displace by the fire in our community, here are some resources that you, your family and friends may need.


Check for information regarding the fire situation and current evacuation maps, school closings, etc.

This is the current update from the website:


12/7/17 @ 0728

EOC Hotline 805-465-6650

The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. The fire is established on the north and east side of Hwy 150 and is also burning on the west side of Hwy 33. The fire has pushed northwest of Ventura and has reached the Hwy 101. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter. 

Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and entire City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink.

In response to the needs of individuals and families displaced and traumatized by the fires in Ventura County, the Ventura County Behavioral Health department is deploying disaster response teams to the various shelters throughout the county. Mental health professionals will be on site at designated times to provide crisis intervention, counseling and community resource referrals in collaboration with other emergency response services. Please notify shelter staff if such services are desired.

 For additional information or other inqires related to Behavioral Health services, please contact them at their toll-free 24/7 hotline at (866) 998-2243

The city of Ventura Police Department has declared a curfew in response to the fire. Effective December 5, 2017 a curfew is in effect starting at 10pm and ending at 5am daily. The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.



To get current alerts to evacuations and fire updates in your area,

 text your zip code to 888-777



Here's a list of evacuation shelters: 


City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Red Cross - Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals)  – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

City of Ojai - Nordhoff High School (Red Cross) -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

City of Oxnard - Oxnard College Gymnasium (Red Cross)- Open 12/5/17, 0700

City of Santa Paula - Santa Paula Community Center (City of SP run shelter) - Open 0800

 City of Fillmore - Veteran's Memorial Bldg (City of Fillmore run shelter), 511 2nd Street - Open 0800

UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA


The Alzheimer’s Association has put out a Disaster Tip Sheet that you can use. CLICK HERE


Please be safe out there.


“Good exercise for the heart:

Reach out and help your neighbor.”

  • Mark Twain


Treatment of "Dry Mouth" Caused by Radiation Therapy

In this day of innovative medical management, successful treatment of cancer patients has saved lives. However, with some cases there can be serious side effects.  For example, in treating head and neck cancer patients with radiation and chemotherapy, xerostomia or dry mouth can result.


On each side of the mouth salivary duct from the parotid gland empties near to second upper molar. It secretes serous fluid. There are also sublingual and sub- maxillary glands that secrete mucous fluid.

The parotid gland is easily affected by radiation and this results in thick sticky fluid with scarce saliva. The patient has difficulty chewing food and the tongue seems to stick to the roof of the mouth. This results in the patient nor enjoying his food and may end up losing weight.

One of the best ways of dealing with this problem is acupuncture. It may take 2 to 6 treatments. The treatment is usually repeated within 24 hours of the first treatment for best results. A special protocol and how to use these needles in certain sequence that results in flow of saliva.


Article written by Dr. Indarigt Singh, MD

Dr. Singh's focus is healthy living and acupuncture helps with managing chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  He has been board certified in Family Medicine and received extensive training in acupuncture at UCLA and at the Academy of Pain Management for Acupuncture. He incorporates auricular acupuncture, body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture and the results are complementary to western medical practice.  A well and balanced person is in a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony.

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Thank You!!!

Thank you everyone that donated or came out and participated with the La Mer Wellness Walkers in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

We raised $1525.00!!

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group really appreciates you taking the time out to donate to such a wonderful organization!


Two Days Left! Join the Fun!

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers this Saturday the 30th for some fun and to support the Alzheimer’s Association!

If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps!!

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330

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One More Week! Join Us!

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group is on the frontlines when it comes to the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. We see how it can cause heartache and frustration in family members and caregivers.

We are honored to be able to participate in this walk to support the work and research that the Alzheimer's Association does for our community and the country.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Thank you to all that have donated! We have surpassed our goal and we still have one more week to go!

Walk with us September 30th! If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps! !

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330


We’re Progressing towards our Goal!

On behalf of the La Mer Wellness Walkers, I would like to thank everyone that donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this week!

Thank you to the owner of VC Metals, Mark Herrera! Take a look at his premier metal service center here:


Thank you also to Aline Medical, Gary Winget

and Elaine Hesse!

We have achieved 85% of our goal!

Walk with us September 30th! If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps! All the money we raise will fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research!

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by!

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Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers!

Hey Everyone! We received another generous donation to the La Mer Wellness Walkers Team page in support of the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. We are closer to our goal of raising $1,000!!!
Thank you Sean Winget for joining our team!

As team champion, I am going to be putting out the call for donations and for you to join the La Mer Wellness Walkers at this wonderful event in our community!


Remember, everyone that donates or joins the La Mer Wellness Walkers Team gets entered in the contest to win an awesome Tommy Bahama beach chair donated by!

Go to my team page below to donate or join the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! It is sure to be a fun day out for a fantastic cause!

Join us today!


Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers, Get Entered Into New Prize Drawing!

I am excited to announce that we have created a team to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I am leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor — but I can't take on this disease alone. Will you join me in the fight by walking with me? As a team, we can be an unstoppable force against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers or donate today and be entered to win an awesome Tommy Bahama Beach Chair! It has an adjustable pillow for , padded straps to wear as a backpack and it has an insulated cooler bag attached! Be the cool kid at the beach with this soothing Hawaiian print comfy chair and know that you are helping a wonderful organization!

This was generously donated by WWW.YOGAJIM.COM


Registration is easy; simply visit my Walk to End Alzheimer's participant page and join my team. If you're unable to participate, please consider making a $35 donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association®.

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am


Feel free to contact our Team Leader, Keri Pimentel, if you have any questions or need help registering for the team! Click link below to join or donate now!

The Essential Oils Handbook, A Book Review

Whether you are a novice, just beginning to learn the benefits of aromatic oils, or you are an experienced aromatherapist, this is a great guide book about essential oils.

The book is attractive with beautiful photographs of the plants that yield the oil. About 100 oils are referenced with a very good discussion of holistic benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. I love the easy recipes / these special blends! Two of my favorite discoveries are rosemary oil- wonderful for sore muscles and ylang ylang for calming the mind.

Aromatherapy should be fun! Enjoy experimenting with this fragrant world and find the ones you love the best. Aromatic oils do create a positive ambience at home and at work.

Be sure and check it out on La Mer's Amazon Store today!

Book review written by Jeanne with La Mer, Patient Services

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

Many older adults are turning to complementary and integrative health approaches to promote health and well-being. Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits. A number of reviews of the scientific literature point to the potential benefit of mind and body approaches for symptom management, particularly for pain. Check out what the science says about mind and body practices for these 4 common aging-related conditions:


1.       Osteoarthritis. Practicing tai chi—a traditional Chinese form of exercise—may be helpful for managing osteoarthritis of the knee. Guidelines issued by the American College of Rheumatology conditionally recommend tai chi, along with other non-drug approaches, for this condition.

2.       Menopausal symptoms. Overall, there is scientific evidence suggesting that some mind and body approaches, such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation may provide some relief from common menopausal symptoms.

3.       Sleep problems. Using relaxation techniques, (e.g., progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises) before bedtime can be helpful components of a successful sleep regimen.

4.       Shingles. Tai chi may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older people. While there have only been a few studies on the effects of tai chi on immunity to varicella, the results so far have been promising.

These mind and body practices are generally considered safe for healthy people when they’re performed appropriately. If you have any health problems, talk with both your health care provider and the complementary health practitioner/instructor before starting to use a mind and body practice. For information about natural products for common aging-related conditions, check out these tips.


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