Resource of the day: National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health

What Are Mind and Body Practices?


The term “mind and body” can be confusing. People sometimes think it refers only to meditation and yoga. But mind and body practices are much more diverse than that.

At the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the term mind and body practices refers to a large group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. They include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, relaxation techniques, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, and various types of mindfulness- and meditation-based practices, among others.


Researchers have done many studies on some mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, mediation, and yoga. Less research has been done on some other practices.


To find out more about mind and body practices that interest you, visit the NCCIH Mind and Body Web page.  Click Here




Mark the Date: Thursday, December 1st: Dementia Care Network Meeting!

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 1st from 8:30 - 10 a.m. for our final Dementia Care Network meeting of 2106 at AlmaVia of Camarillo.


Let's celebrate a fantastic year by focusing on the now. Our gift to you is a wonderful workshop by Vinay Chhabra on meditation. You will learn how to eliminate stress and seek peace through meditation, just in time for the holidays.


Breakfast will be generously sponsored by Advantage Plus Caregivers.


Kindly RSVP by Monday, November 28th.



Book Review: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

I recommend reading the book, Reversing Heart Disease to empower yourself to

participate in your healthcare in partnership with your physician.

Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes hypertension and obesity are on the

rise. Surgical procedures like coronary bypass surgery or inserting a stent does not address

underlying problem of the disease.

On the other hand, paying attention to good nutrition addresses the fundamental problem in evolution of these diseases. Genes that express disease do not have to be one’s destiny. Studies show that good nutrition, exercise and meditation can down regulate “disease expressing genes” and upregulate genes that promote health.

Also, telomerase activity is increased thus lengthening telomere and increasing lifespan.

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.

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.