Bredesen and Bruns Fighting Alzheimer's!

Dr. Bruns got to meet with Dr. Dale Bredesen who wrote “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.” Lucky to engage with a leading researcher, Dr. Bredesen, at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine conference a few weeks ago. Dr. Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

 
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Read more about The Bredesen Protocol in his book below!

 
By Dale Bredesen
 

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!

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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!!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

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

Time:
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! !

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

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

Time:
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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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!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

 
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Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

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

Time:
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!

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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 http://www.yogajim.com/!

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!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

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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

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

Time:
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!

Medical acupuncture, what is it?

Acupuncture is a very old practice that originated in China and it has a lot to do with manipulating patient’s energy channels for healing.

 
 

 

As a western trained physician, I do acupuncture primarily for chronic conditions regarding pain, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia. Chronic conditions are much more challenging to treat and acupuncture is well-suited for this.

 

Acupuncture is part of integrative medicine and we have incorporated it into our practice at La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group to treat the patient as a whole (i.e. mind, body and spirit.) It is a practice of inserting needles at various acupuncture points to promote improved function and healing. Sometimes, I will use electrical stimulation, meaning no needles, also to promote improved function and healing.

 

Classical Chinese acupuncture believes the body has channels through which energy flows in the body, from superficial to deep. The channels also have a regular rhythm of flow of energy. These channels are called meridians through which energy (QI) flows freely. When this flow of energy is interrupted, either due to stagnation or deficiency, it creates pain or other symptoms. The function of acupuncture is to normalize and harmonize flow of Qi thus affecting patient’s physiology.

 

In this office, we make use of body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation. Also, at times electrical stimulation is done over acupuncture points without needles. This flexibility provides fairly good and consistent results.

 

Our patients are pro-active with their medical care by modifying their lifestyle, managing their exposure to smoke & pesticides; encouraging them to eat foods that are organically grown, and of course, some exercising. Patients are encouraged to have a good sleep hygiene and stress management too. At least 5 to 6 helpings of fruits and vegetables are daily recommended as well as daily, good, quality, supplements.

 

The purpose of acupuncture is to alleviate chronic melancholy (i.e. pain). Acupuncture is an opportunity to change a previous lifestyle of pain to a lifestyle of good comfort, good mind, and good spirit.


Article written by Dr. Indarjit 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.

 
 

Joyful Release of Liability

A joyful update: Waivers signed and taken to heart!

A wonderful time was had by all at La Mer's holiday party! There was definitely humming heard and giggling felt at Red Brick Art! Our instructor Jen did not disappoint.  She led us all on the journey to our inner Piccassos or Manets.

Check out her website for more info: www.redbrickart.com

 

In this age where we sign liability waivers for everything, here is a release all La Mer staff will be signing for this year's Christmas party. Maybe we all need to sign one of these this holiday season!  Sign on the dotted line for a good time:

                   Christmas Party Liability Release Form:

I, ____________     understand that this event is a free form, uncontrolled, natural flowing Christmas Party and that there is inherent risk associated with such an event. The following risks I have made myself and my party aware of, which may include, and are not limited to: Sudden yearning to be jolly, urges to carol or hum loudly, possible giddiness, swelling of warmth in your heart, urge to hug, high five, indulge in sweets and beverage. I understand that if I should feel unsteady with joy, I can alert the Security Risk Officer and she will give you a knowing smile and pass the joy along. In rare cases, allergic reaction may occur when laughing too hard or smiling too much. Symptoms may include, rosy cheeks, sore stomach muscles, glassy eyes. I understand that I am responsible for my fun today and will spread good cheer unto others. 

In case of emergency, open wine and contact the Security Risk Officer for help summoning an Uber taxi.

I agree to the above and promise to have a wonderful 2017.

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Joyful Signature

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Security Risk Officer of Enjoyment

Blue Lights and Melatonin

You may not realize that the human body is regulated by hormones, one of them is Melatonin.

What is melatonin: it is a hormone made by the pineal gland (a small gland in the brain) and helps control our sleep and wake cycles (circadian rhythm).  Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours. We can take melatonin supplements to aid us in falling asleep and has been used traditionally by people that work at night and need to sleep during the day.  (WebMD)

The Harvard Health Letter updated September 2, 2015 http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side discussed what makes our natural Melatonin levels drop creating sleeping problems.  They discussed our daily rhythms influenced by light and how this affects our health risks (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity).

 

What is blue light?  Blue light is emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs.  All light can affect melatonin but the blue light suppresses melatonin for about twice as long as green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much. Blue wavelengths during daylight hours boost our attention, reaction times, and mood.  Hence they should be avoided in the evening and definitely to sleep well. 

What can you do to maintain healthy melatonin levels?

1. Use dim red lights for night lights, red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin

2. Avoid looking at bright screens beginning 2-3 hours before bed.  I downloaded the android app “Twilight” it turns by cellphone screen a reddish color and I have noticed a difference in just a few nights. I’m able to fall asleep sooner.  Kindle and Apple products have similar apps.  Think about it do you really need to Tweet, Facebook, or check your email before you fall asleep while your brain is trying to tune everything down so you can get a healthy therapeutic sleep to be at your best for the next day…

3. If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses

4. Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night

I don’t know about you, but I cherish my sleep so Blue Lights out baby.

Happy Dreams


Article Written by Debbie Herrera, CNS, NP for La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group

Debbie Herrera is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and COO of La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group. After she received her degree from UCLA, she specialized in psychiatry with Dr. Jerry R. Bruns.  Her focus is with Alzheimer’s patients and developmentally delayed patients regarding behavioral management issues. Debbie is dedicated to our community.  She is a member of the Ventura County Alzheimer’s Medical Advisory Board, member of Rotary Club, and actively educates professionals in behavioral medicine.