Healthy Aging and Longevity


About 18% of American population suffers from anxiety and depression that leads to sleep difficulties, fatigue, mood changes, G.I. difficulties. Patients can be treated with antidepressants and antianxiety medications. As with any medications, there can be side effects and some are addictive.


For mild to moderate depression and anxiety, probiotics have a place, affecting the gut-brain axis. Probiotics work by reducing information such as cytokines, reduce ACTH and cortisol production. Also, probiotics repair leaky gut by increasing protein called occluding, in intestinal tight junctions. There is also a reduction in neurotransmitters, epinephrine and norepinephrine and increase in brain derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF)


Studies show that mice with sterile G.I. tract have exaggerated response to stress with greater elevation in cortisol and ACTH. When these germ free mice were inoculated with beneficial intestinal organisms, the stress response was normalized. But when inoculated with disease causing E. coli, the response to stress worsened. Also, inoculating high anxiety animals from normal mice reduced the anxiety response.


The gut is considered second brain and its contents do affect brain function. Probiotics cause a reduction in cytokines, which balance the hormones response and reduce anxiety and depression. A study was conducted using probiotic combination of Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175 containing 3 billion colony forming units on 55 participants ages 30 to 60 on its affect regarding anxiety and depression as compared to placebo for 30 days. In participants taking probiotics there was 49%reduction in global severity index (a measure of overall psychological distress), 50% reduction in depression score, 60% reduction in anger- hostility score and 13% reduction in the urinary free cortisol that was not seen in placebo controlled patients.


Allopathic physicians (traditional physicians), treat anxiety and depression with medication which are expensive and have side effects. We need to embrace a more holistic approach and consider other alternatives for the above maladies using supplementation with probiotic combinations of Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterrium R0175.


One may also consider adding acupuncture treatment to normalize information flow in the body, deep breathing practice and meditation.

See our New Affiliate New Beginnings Nutritionals here

Or call our office and Keri can assist you!


Article written by Dr. Indajit 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.

La Mer Team 30 Day Cleanse! Join Us!

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group is excited to be taking 30 days to Healthy Challenge February 15, partnering with Ingrid Boehm, Arbonne Independent Consultant.  Ingrid shared the benefits of "clean eating" in conjunction with Arbonne's vegan, soy-free, GMO-free, gluten-free products.  We will report on our progress with this program - Healthy is the new Happy!

The benefits of the Arbonne 30 Day Detox?

1. You actually eat food! This is not a starvation or juice diet.
2. You don't have to work out to see results!
3. You have 2 shakes, 1 clean meal, and healthy snacks every day with our easy to follow program! 
4. You will feel SO much better than you thought you could, just by eating healthier foods and eliminating toxins gently from your body!

Are you interested in joining us on the path to feeling healthy? 

Call our office for more information!


Tuesday, January 12th Santa Barbara Juice Plus Event:

By: Santa Barbara Juice Plus+

Start 2016 off right!

Come learn from Harvard educated, sports medicine consultant and Ironman triathlete, Dr. David Phillips and Jamie Kuenzie, occupational therapist, Cross Fit practitioner and yogini. Dr. Phillips and Jamie will share strategies and science that will help you have your best athletic year ever in 2016. If you would like to know more about also having your best financial year, ever, stick around for an introduction and education with Jamie, Joy Kelly & Jake Kelly, National Marketing Directors. Jamie, Joy & Jake will teach you how to create a successful residual income business in 2016 by helping others.  Your $15 admission includes the ability to bring guests, light snacks and a beverage. Please note that all attendees must be registered. These events WILL sell out!


My Journey with Heidi Stewart Fitness

Many of us want to start a new week with new beginnings and new goals. This was me with dieting and exercising. But I struggled to keep these goals and would give up. It wasn’t until August of 2014 that I met Heidi Stewart Fitness through my sister-in-law and she changed my life forever. This is when my journey started.

I learned quickly through Heidi that I had to think of it as a lifestyle change and not a diet. This has really helped me through my journey and my success. When I started my sister-in-law took me for my first run and I couldn’t even run a mile without saying “okay, let’s stop” but she encouraged me to keep going and supported me. Next thing you know I could run more and more miles without stopping and 26.2 miles later on the trails and countless metals for 5k’s and Half Marathons. I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt physically and mentally. But this was the first step. The next thing I took on was setting up a food journal and started logging all the food that I was eating. This really helps track what I am putting into my body and helps me have better eating habits. But of course every now and then I have a “cheat day” to reward myself for all my hard work that I do. I think this is important because I feel I have something to look forward to. Overall I have lost 30lbs over this past year through dedication and support from all the people at Heidi Stewart Fitness.

This is just the beginning and the journey will never end because I feel I can always improve myself physically and mentally.

For more information, visit Heidi Stewart's website

Article written by Candace Otineru, Medical Assistant


Join Us At The Camarillo Rotary Cycling

The Camarillo Rotary Club is hosting their second annual cycling event. This year's theme is Biking, Brews & BBQ. Featuring local micro brews and PV Lion's Club BBQ with full SAG support.

Camarillo Rotary: Riding for Service Above Self is dedicated to making a difference in our local community. This cycling event will also help with a portion of the proceeds going to the "End Polio Now" and "Clean Water" world wide projects.



About the Event:


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Open to Individuals, Families and Teams with courses for all levels


Meeting Location:

Everyone starts and returns from Camarillo Freedom Park to Mugu Rock, with the farthest turn around point at Santa Monica State Beach. 

To get direction to Camarillo Freedom Park, please click here.



20 Miles (32 km) "Blonde Newbies" Mugu Rock rest stop then return to Freedom Park

56 Miles (90 km) "Amber Classic" Malibu rest stop then return to Freedom Park

100 Miles (160 km) "Stout Challenge" to Santa Monica State Beach rest stop, with a climb along the way then return to Freedom Park


Aromatherapy – Essential Oils

Do you enjoy lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus scents?

Aromatherapy has been used medicinally for centuries.  At La Mer we are striving to help our clients with non-traditional but evidence based treatments for insomnia, anxiety and general wellbeing.  So I started experimenting on myself with Essential Oils this year.   I started here:  Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3e by Jane Buckle PhD RN.  Essential Oils are small molecules that can pass through the blood brain barrier so the effect is immediate and you only need a small amount.


Did you know the bottom of our feet are very porous and absorb the oils rapidly?

For insomnia apply 4 drops of lavender and cedar-wood essential oils to the bottom of your feet at bedtime and follow with carrier oil (jojoba, grape-seed, or coconut oil) and “voila”, sleep and really soft feet.

If you are feeling a little stressed, place a few drops of lavender and ylang-ylang essential oils on the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale deeply as often as needed. Close your eyes and enjoy the experience. 

Remember to test for skin allergies first by applying a small amount of the essential oil on the forearm. If you experience breathing problems or rash discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention if needed. 

These are just a few examples of how to use essential oils.   Enjoy.

Article written by Debbie Herrera, NP

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.


Add Cinnamon To Your Spice Rack

The cinnamon plant processes phenomenal qualities that include it being a potent, antimicrobial agent displaying antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. It regulates blood sugar, hence, diabetics can benefit from consuming cinnamon. It contains cinnamic acid that decreases blood sugar levels and improves glucose intolerance in a dose dependent manner. Also, it enhances insulin secretion from pancreatic islet cells.


It acts as a calcium channel blocker thus causing vascular relaxation. A great way to utilize cinnamon is to cut apple slices, place them in a baggy, sprinkle with cinnamon, shake up the bag to coat the apple slices. This is a healthy snack you can take anywhere. 

Cinnamon can also be used to spice up your coffee, sprinkle on oatmeal, or add to your morning breakfast smoothie.

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.