Chronic Inflammation 101 | Nicole Ann Gustavson

A stressful life, poor diet, and toxic people, we would all happily trade with a more balanced existence filled with nourishment, inner growth and conscious living. Sure, why not? But, our bodies simply weren’t designed to contend with the daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and stress, seen and unseen, that our go-go lifestyles tend to encompass. And, the connection between diet and lifestyle, chronic inflammation and disease, is very real, and our daily choices all have either a pro- or anti-inflammatory effect.

What you eat, drink, and think can create a cascade of inflammation in your body. When your body hits an inflammatory overload, your defense system gets so overwhelmed and confused that your well-meaning immune system turns on itself, destroying healthy cells, tissue, and, well, everything else too.

Chronic inflammation arises from an immune system response that’s out of control. When inflammation as an immune response is never “shut off,” so to speak, the constant production of immune cells can do permanent damage.

Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system, leading to chronic diseases and other health issues, including cancer, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, asthma, autoimmune diseases (i.e., Crohn’s), allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis, and premature aging.

The Culprits

Causes of chronic inflammation are countless and numerous factors trigger them. But we are not helpless. Major risk to long-term health and well being remains within our control.

First, we can crowd out inflammatory foods by adding a variety of plant-based whole foods to your diet. These foods will flood your body with the vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber it needs to recover from chronic inflammation. Meanwhile, foods to avoid like the plague include: Common Vegetable Oils and Trans Fats; Refined Grains; and Refined Sugar (and other foods with high glycemic values).

Secondly, listen to your GUT! With your gut holding approximately 60- 70 percent of your immune system, it’s a great place to start reducing inflammation. The promotion of healthy gut flora with probiotics is an excellent start.

Third, as we get older, foods that never bothered us before, like dairy and wheat, may trigger chronic low-grade indigestion or other seemingly minor symptoms that put our immune system on guard — with additional inflammatory concerns to follow. Common allergens like casein and gluten (proteins found in dairy and wheat) are quick to spark the inflammatory cascade.

Enough About Diet, What Else?

Rest and Recovery: Your body is hard at work repairing and restoring you on a cellular level while you sleep. If you’re exhausted, you’re cheating your immune system, which means it needs to kick into high gear — chronic inflammation.

Psychological Stress: Persistent stress takes a steady toll on your immune system, your adrenals, and your central nervous system. Stress also produces more of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol directly influences your insulin levels and metabolism, also playing a role in chronic inflammation. With inflammation, painful emotional baggage, negative thoughts and internalized feelings are as harmful as physical stress, but often overlooked. Focusing on stress reduction and safe care, whether it’s through more sleep, yoga, meditation, long walks, less technology or a much-needed vacation could save you!

Toxins: Reduce toxins in your food, home and personal care products. Cut down your exposure by eating organic foods whenever possible and choosing non-toxic personal care and cleaning products.

Nicole Ann Gustavson
InForm Fitness, Owner
Leesburg and Reston, Virginia

IMAGINE THIS… Look & Feel Extraordinary! | Elaine Gibson

LoudounMayJune2016HighResNoBleeds_Page_20 This is what I dream about for you. It is an expression I have embraced because it says it all. It wasn’t until February 2008, when I began the fight for my life, to beat Stage IV Cancer without traditional protocols, that I discovered the foundation and secret to my health. Once I understood that alkalinity and oxygen are key to a strong immune system, everything fell into place.
My cells were on board. I was not depriving myself but rather embracing abundance and the seasonal harvest. In 2010, I was clean of all disease.

The addition of a high alkaline lifestyle into my world created a wakeup call, literally. It was as if I was waking up from a deep sleep. I was ecstatic with energy and joy. Once I began making better choices I even lost 28 pounds and 4-5 sizes…..without ever thinking about dieting.

I began catching myself singing. Without realizing it, I was singing to my sprouts, my garden and the world. The liveliness and elation are difficult to explain for it either sounds exaggerated
or overstated.

The irony is that I had been told by my medical team that if I did not submit to traditional treatment, I would not see my grandchildren grow up. WOW! They certainly did not know the power of this Jewish grandmother from New York City. It is key to understand that these lifestyle changes are part of a never ending journey rather than a quick fix.

LoudounMayJune2016HighResNoBleeds_Page_21Today I am about 80% alkaline and raw. I enjoy alkaline water and green juice every day. Green juice is my favorite food, for real. In order to stay consistent in the pursuit of my health, I held an image of my Jake grandson, then 10, in my heart. I saw him walking across the stage at his high school graduation and hugging me. This vision was with me always and enveloped me with belief and courage that I could make it happen. It was a symbol representing all that is important to me, all that matters and all that I love. It became my North Star.

Today, as I sit writing this, we prepare for Jake’s graduation and I will collect my hug. Why would I choose this to share as my cover story for VA Woman Magazine? Because I believe that there is something within you that is so important that calls you to create your personal vision to help guide and light the way.

By embracing a healthy lifestyle that will provide more energy, focus and abundance, you will have the resources to support good choices. In order for you to create your best body, your best work and your best life, your cells need to be on board. Your visions will be seen in technicolor. Imagine how it will be when you make it happen. I can feel it now. I can feel the ripple of your gifts that impact the world. I know how much your dreams matter, not only to you but to us all for the greater good. I know you can do it and I believe in you and the magic of your dreams.

One thing on my heart now is to have the honor of giving a Ted Talk by next year. I can see it, and imagine myself on a big stage impacting hundreds and maybe thousands to create a better life to bring their best work to the world. This is pretty scary but I hold the vision of being on stage, wearing an amazing blue dress that hits just below my knees along with fabulous bone pumps.

Funny how I am feeling jittery right now for I know I can make it happen. I see my husband, children and grandchildren in the audience and I smile inside, for I know that I will collect more hugs and that they are always my North Star.

By: Elaine Gibson

Your Most Vibrant Self | Elaine Gibson

LoudounMarApr2016HRNB_Page_26Your most vibrant self is always accessible to you; it is a matter of improving the quality of your life to allow that vibrant self to grow. It is so easy to get caught up in the struggles of everyday life and become overwhelmed with daily demands. These ruts can pull us down, without our even realizing it. We tend to take on too much, give what we don’t have, and stop filling up our own cups. Over time, these habits become ingrained and it is more and more difficult to live with intention, to elevate ourselves and embody our most vibrant selves. So, take advantage of this moment, right here, right now!

Ask yourself, How vibrant and healthalicious do you want to be? Do you dream of being?

It is never too late to start again, to invite in your most vibrant self and realize who you are meant to be. It takes courage, and a dedication to yourself that is not always easy to find. As I learned while fighting for my life, to beat Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, without traditional protocols, you must be relentless in pursuit of your own health and wellbeing, because no one else will be. We each have a responsibility to ourselves to take action, set goals and surround ourselves with people and environments that protect and inspire us.

What can you do right now to move closer to accessing your most vibrant self?

It seems like every day I hear about something new I’d like to try or experience, a yoga class, a recipe, a new activity, a place to visit. And yet sometimes the options become too overwhelming and instead I stay stuck in my same old routines, missing out on all the infinite possibilities that could shift my perspective and open my world. How can we know what the right thing to choose is? What if we don’t like it or we aren’t good at it? What if it doesn’t meet our expectations? Here is my answer:

“You never know until you try”

Before I was diagnosed a second time with cancer, I knew nothing about the power of alkaline water, green juice and an alkaline whole foods lifestyle. Was it scary and intimidating to embark on this new way of life? Of course! Was I afraid it wouldn’t work and that I would hate it? But I tried anyway, and found that not only did my body respond beautifully by healing, but I actually enjoyed the new nourishment and now I’ll even brave 20 degree weather at 6 am to walk to the store and buy cucumbers for my morning green juice! My whole way of living has changed because I tried something new.

Each day I try to encourage myself by including something I haven’t done before; right now it is working on bringing more yoga and physical activity into my routine. I know the benefits of regular practice and do feel good whenever I go, but often busy schedules get in the way and I don’t make it to class. My goal is to make becoming my most vibrant self a priority, even when it feels inconvenient or scary.

My favorite additions are hiking and canoeing. These new activities have added such special times with my husband Nevin. We create what we call our adventures. This grandma from NYC is totally loving the outdoors! Sometimes we even take our grandchildren canoeing with us.

I am so grateful to be creating my most vibrant self and in the process our most vibrant life together.

How can you expand your mindset and open yourself up to the amazing variety of joys and experiences the universe has to offer?

Our bodies truly crave living in an alkaline state,. This creates total balance in our body and slows down the aging process. The question is,

“How do we get there?”

The answer sounds simple, and it really is! Strive for 80% alkaline foods daily and up your raw food intake. This may sound strange if you have not been exposed to an alkaline, live food eating plan before, but it not complicated at all! Remember, our goal at Renewed Living is to make a healthy, vibrant lifestyle accessible to anyone and everyone, so we can all become as healthalicious as possible.

This highest version of yourself is accessible only through a strong immune system and healthy cells. When your body is alkaline, it means your body is literally singing with bright, beautiful health and well-being!

The first step is to start including more alkaline water and plant based foods into your diet. It doesn’t have to all happen at once, try to just include one new thing each day and see how good you begin to feel. Before you know it, a strong immune system will be your body’s default!

My personal health journey was paved with misinformation by many well intentioned professionals. In the end, I had to find my own way to disease prevention and extraordinary health. Today, I am enjoying a cancer-free life, with a renewed optimism and a renewed commitment to help you overcome and avoid what I had to go through; to help you look and feel extraordinary.

In choosing health, I had go from place to place to learn and educate myself when my body was toxic. It was frustrating and exhausting to find pieces and parts of the information I was seeking spread all over. Confusing and frustrating for sure.

In order for you to find your ideal weight, increase your energy and do your best work at the highest level so you can bring it to the world, you need to have your cells on board. Your most vibrant self begins at the cellular level.

I have been where you are. Let me take you by the hand and support you. To help you get stated to become your most vibrant self, by trying something new and creating a strong immune system, I am gifting you 20% savings on our timely program Simply use the code VAWOMAN and receive 20% from any package! This gift will be available throughout March and April, the dates of this issue of VA Woman.

Once I began making better choices about my food, water and lifestyle, which included what you will find in the 11-Day Plant Based Clean Eating System, not only did I feel better but I lost 28 pounds and dropped 4-5 sizes! Now it is your turn.

“When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou

Wishing you a healthy and grateful day,
Elaine Gibson

Estate Planning, Part 2 | Dawn M. Dale, Esq.

LoudounJanFeb2016HR_Page_19In the November/December issue of the Virginia Woman Magazine (page 29) we reviewed the definition of estate planning and provided a list of the legal documents and action items included in a foundational estate plan. In this issue, we will provide a summary of each of the foundational documents.

The Last Will and Testament takes effect at death. The primary purpose of the Will is to identify the individuals and/or organizations that will inherit your assets upon your death. It may also include provisions to:

  • Designate the person(s) responsible for administering your estate.
  • Designate the person(s) to serve as a Guardian for any minor children.
  • Establish trusts to receive and hold assets for your heirs.
  • Provide for the minimization of income, estate, inheritance and other transfer taxes.

The Revocable Trust takes effect upon execution of the document. The primary purposes of the Trust are to provide for the administration of your assets during your lifetime and to provide for the disposition of your assets upon your death. It is often combined with a simplified form of a Last Will and Testament called a “Pour-Over Will” as a strategy to “avoid probate” and to achieve a level of privacy not available with a Will alone. The Trust may also include provisions to:

  • Designate the person(s) responsible for administering your trust while you are alive and after your death.
  • Establish additional trusts to receive and hold assets for your heirs. These trusts offer the potential for financial oversight and mentoring as well as a higher level of asset/creditor protection for your heirs. A single trust can also provide benefits to a group of beneficiaries without the need and complications of joint ownership.
  • Provide for the minimization of income, estate, inheritance and other transfer taxes and probate expenses.

The Durable Power of Attorney identifies the person(s) you have designated to handle personal and financial matters for you in the event you are unable to do so. Without this document, it may be necessary to have a court appointed guardian/conservator to handle your personal and financial affairs if you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

An Advance Medical Directive is a common name used for the legal document that contains the provisions of both a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions.

  • The Living Will component directs your attending physicians regarding the use of life sustaining measures, which include artificial administration of food and water and the use of pain relieving medications, in the event you are diagnosed as terminally ill with no reasonable chance of recovery.
  • The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions component identifies the person(s) you have designated to handle medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so. This is particularly important should you become incapacitated – either temporarily or permanently.

HIPAA Authorizations identify the person(s) that you would like to have access to your medical information. Without this authorization, your family/agents will not have access to information needed to make decisions on your behalf. HIPAA authorization language is commonly included in a POA, AMD and the Revocable Trust.

The Durable Power of Attorney for Burial Arrangement identifies the person(s) that are authorized to make arrangements for the disposition of your remains and plan your funeral/burial. Powers of Attorney for Medical Decisions involving Minor Children are a form of POA that allow you to identify the person(s) to handle medical decisions for your minor children in the event you are unable to do so.

If you would like to learn more about your estate planning options, we are here to help.

Dawn M. Dale, JD, LL.M., CFP®
McLean, Virginia 22102
(703) 244-6611

Obesity Is A Modern Scourge | Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

LoudounJanFeb2016HR_Page_02Most of us are consuming too many processed foods, refined sugars, and starches such as grains, sweets, snack foods, etc . In order to regulate blood sugar, our pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize sugar (glucose). We don’t realize when carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into glucose, and whatever is not metabolized for energy is converted and stored as fat. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the pancreas has to work too hard, resulting in insulin resistance. This leads to a drop in blood sugar which causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, beginning a vicious cycle of overeating, fat storage, and weight gain.

The Healthy Weigh Now’s easy 3 Level Weight Loss Plan stops the cycle, promotes weight loss by using the fat your body has stored, and burns that fat for energy. Weekly meetings with our trained coaches guide you on the journey to a healthy weight. After weight loss, we are committed to providing you knowledge and guidance to maintain your weight loss for a life time. Our program is medically supervised by board certified Cardiologists who work closely with clients that have medical conditions. Whether you have 10 pounds or over 100 pounds to lose, The Healthy Weigh Now can help:
√ Improve health by reducing blood pressure, insulin,
and cholesterol
√ Lose fat and maintain muscle mass
√ Learn valuable tools to assist in weight maintenance.

LoudounJanFeb2016HR_Page_03Obesity is a modern scourge that decreases the quality of our lives, shortens our time on this earth and makes us unhappy. We at The Healthy Weigh Now© are committed to fighting this epidemic, and the abnormal metabolism accompanying it. These abnormalities increase destructive  inflammation resulting in incremental atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, polycystic ovarian disease, fatty liver, arthritis, skin rashes, and diabetes. The morbidity from these entities is bankrupting our medical system and our national budget.

The Healthy Weigh Now© is a disciplined approach to a gluten free, low carbohydrate, modest protein diet supported by a discerning personal coach within a supervised medical community. Typical results will allow for a 3-5 lbs of weight loss per week. You will also learn how to monitor your weight loss and changes in your body’s fat and muscle composition. Most diets do not prepare patients with the knowledge required for maintenance of their weight loss! The Healthy Weigh Now© is structured to address recidivism and the cravings that frequently mitigate initial success.

Together we can be empowered to enjoy a happier, healthier future!! Please join us at The Healthy Weigh Now©!

Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

The Healthy Weigh Now |Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

Most of us are consuming too many processed foods, refined sugars, and starches such as grains, sweets, snack foods, etc . In order to regulate blood sugar, our pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize sugar (glucose). We don’t realize when carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into glucose, and whatever is not metabolized for energy is converted and stored as fat. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the pancreas has to work too hard, resulting in insulin resistance. This leads to a drop in blood sugar which causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, beginning a vicious cycle of overeating, fat storage, and weight gain.

The Healthy Weigh Now’s easy 3 Level Weight Loss Plan stops the cycle, promotes weight loss by using the fat your body has stored, and burns that fat for energy. Weekly meetings with our trained coaches guide you on the journey to a healthy weight. After weight loss, we are committed to  providing you knowledge and guidance to maintain your weight loss for a life time. Our program is medically supervised by board certified  cardiologists who work closely with clients that have medical conditions. Whether you have 10 pounds or over 100 pounds to lose, THE HEALTHY WEIGH NOW is your key to success.

Top 5 Questions From Our Clients:

1. Why do I need to attend the introductory seminar?

We feel it is imperative that our clients understand the science behind our gluten-free, low carbohydrate weight loss program, including why we gain weight, why we have difficulty losing weight and maintaining weight loss. One of our supervising, Board Certified Cardiologists will present this information in an informal, open forum. Our coaching staff is on hand to describe a typical day on our plan, and to offer advice from personal
and professional experience. Clients have the opportunity to sample some of our favorite meal replacement supplements and snacks, with ample time for questions. An informed client is a successful client!

2. How is this diet different from others on the market? 

“Diets” don’t work. Clients have to be ready for a lifestyle  change. If you follow our gluten-free, low-carb, low calorie plan, you will lose weight, but if you go back to your old habits once you reach your goal, you will gain back the weight. We offer one-on-one, weekly, face-to-face coaching with our trained staff, which is medically supervised. We offer a 3-level weight loss plan with a lifetime of coaching for a one-time fee. Once you are a client, you are always a client, from weight loss to transition and into a low-carb maintenance lifestyle.

3. What does “medically supervised” mean?

Our Medical Director is a Board-Certified Cardiologist, who is available to our staff for questions or consultation if medical needs arise. He personally calls clients’ physicians to discuss our program and ensure clients are approved to participate. We currently have two nurses on staff who work closely with the physicians and other coaches, as well.

LoudounNovDec2015HighResNoBleeds_Page_034. What happens during the coaching visits?

The weekly coaching visits are a time of education, accountability, planning and progress review. You will receive a body composition analysis (weight, BMI, body fat %, lean body mass, hydration), and body measurements (chest, arm, waist, hips, thigh), as well as encouragement, tips for success,
and strategies for improvement (if needed).

5. Who are the coaches?

With a passion for health and wellness, we come from various backgrounds and educational experiences and draw on each other’s strengths: nursing, cardiology, sociology, addictions behavior, fitness, wellness, nutrition and an understanding of the issues surrounding obesity. Plus, many of our coaches have a personal history of obesity and weight loss.

By: Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC
703 707 8383
1830 Town Center Drive Suite 401 Reston, VA
44055 Riverside Parkway Suite 244 Lansdowne, VA
3023 Hamaker Court Suite 100 Fairfax,VA

Breast Cancer Awareness: Male Breast Cancer

LoudounWOJOSeptOct2015_Page_25On November 01, 2001 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This condition may not raise eyebrows unless it happened to you and you happened to be a woman. In my case, breast cancer raised more than a few eyebrows since I am a man. Believe, me I was shocked and surprised. Nevertheless, I went
through a mental experience that few men ever stop and think about, even in their wildest dreams.

I guess you could say I found this lump many years ago. I just didn’t pay too much attention to it. I knew I had problems with my breast size, but always thought that it was due to the fact that I was heavy. Guys who are fat usually have a lot of fatty tissue, so that’s what I thought it was. I’m sure people noticed that I had larger breasts then most men, but I didn’t know that it would turn out to be cancer. I was on a mission to suppress them. I would wear small tee-shirts, sometimes wearing them two sizes too small. I would even go so far as getting an ace bandage and wrap it around my breast. The best thing that worked for me is when I wore a medium to large tee-shirt; this of course is after I had sewn up the sides to compress the breast area. This tactic seems to work for me for seven or eight years. As a matter of fact, I kept up the deception until October 2001. Keeping my breast under wrap was not an easy job as you can see.

Before the biopsy I did not or would not say anything to anyone because I just thought it was a twinge of pain here and there. When I did discover the lump, it was April 2001. Ignoring it, until the late August 2001, when I started noticing little spots of blood on my tight white tees. Now I am thinking, what in the hell is going on now? A lot of things went through my mind, but a discharge from my nipple? This was the furthest thing from my mind. The spots started getting larger and larger and when woke up I would see more and more blood. The months of September and October were spent going back and forth to the doctors and taking what seemed like an endless battery of tests. I don’t see how women can get a mammogram every year. But I actually had to get a mammogram. Next I was seen by Dr. Smith who said it was probably a cyst. They found some calcifications from the mammogram and the doctors just wanted to make sure that was all it was. So I had a biopsy done on that Monday October, 30, 2001. Since I had my biopsy, I still wore my tee-shirts sewn up the sides, not to hide my breast but to support them. I had to wait all week for the results.

Then on November 1, 2001 Dr. Smith called to tell me I had breast cancer. I was in shock, but not surprised because of my paternal family history of breast cancer.

I needed to tell my family and close friends. I was scheduled for a double mastectomy on December 13, 2001.

From June 2002 through July 2002 I endured ten and a half weeks of radiation at The Northeast Cancer Center of Florida. I was told I couldn’t have chemotherapy because of my levels of estrogen in my body and the chemo would make me even sicker.

Fast forward to 2013 I met a young man online by the name of Arthur Blast, who taught me about the BRCA gene, also known as the breast cancer gene. All those years of going back and forth to my doctors and all my doctors knowing of my family history of breast cancer and it took me going online to discover I might be a carrier of this gene. I was angry. Not at Mr. Blast, but at my doctors. They knew. They should have informed me. Its
terrible how men are treated in the medical field when it comes to breast cancer. Mr. Blast reached out and led me into the right direction.

Sadly on October 19 2013 my biggest supporter, my mama passed away, but I continue to fight on with her spirit beside me.

I’ve had quite a few scares with the cancer trying to come back in 2014. I’ve had a few lymph nodes removed and a small benign mass removal leading up to my BRCA gene testing in December of 2014

I’m negative for both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes but once again I’m faced with the unknown. I have two gene mutations fairly new called MRE11A and NBN. The research available is only for women, I’ve yet to find anything out there for men. So once again I find myself a rarity in life. Time after time when we go into doctor’s offices or women images centers we never see brochures centered towards men with breast cancer. We need to do something about this. We need more research done for men with breast cancer. Men with breast cancer are overlooked because we only make up 2% of all breast cancer cases. 2350 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 in which 440 will lose their lives. That’s still too many. Hopefully we
can educate more people about male breast cancer.

Always remember, knowledge is power. Thank you.

The Healthy Weigh Now | Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_02Most of us are consuming too many processed foods, refined sugars, and starches such as grains, sweets, snack foods, etc . In order to regulate blood sugar, our pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize sugar (glucose). We don’t realize when carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into glucose, and whatever is not metabolized for energy is converted and stored as fat. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the pancreas has to work too hard, resulting in insulin resistance.

This leads to a drop in blood sugar which causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, beginning a vicious cycle of overeating, fat storage, and weight gain.

The Healthy Weigh Now’s easy 3 Level Weight Loss Plan stops the cycle, promotes weight loss by using the fat your body has stored, and burn that fat for energy. Weekly meetings with our trained coaches guide you on the journey to a healthy weight. After weight loss, we are committed to providing you knowledge and guidance to maintain your weight loss for a life time. Our program is medically supervised by board certified Cardiologists who work closely with clients that have medical conditions. Whether you have 10 pounds or over 100 pounds to lose, THE HEALTHY WEIGH NOW is your key to success.

See quick results — clients lose 2-5 lbs per week

The Healthy Weigh Now can help:
√ Improve health by reducing blood pressure, insulin,
and cholesterol
√ Lose fat and maintain muscle mass
√ Learn valuable tools to assist in weight maintenance.

For more information and to start losing today 703-707-8383

Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

Doctor, Doctor – I’m Weighing Less! | Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_16Did you know that one of the leading causes of health problems in the United states is OBESITY? Let’s face it, obesity in America is an epidemic. Our weight gain, poor eating habits and foods we eat are killing us. Recognizing that no one chooses to be overweight, unhealthy and uncomfortable our team of medical experts have brought a new keotic weight loss program into my cardiology practice. As a Medical Doctor, with 30 years of practicing as an interventional cardiologist I address the ravages of a modern lifestyle.

In 2012 I brought a ketotic weight loss program into the cardiology practice and began supervising patients in their quest to:



Amazing! As our patients started to lose weight, their need for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol medication was greatly reduced. The program is now a mainstay and a part of my daily practice that I highly recommend to all who want a healthier lifestyle and improved health.

After much research on the effects of GLUTEN we launched a new product line – OUR OWN. The Healthy Weigh NowTM is a low carb, low calorie, gluten free product line that helps patients lose 2-5 pounds per week. The medically supervised program works. “Our clients are the biggest losers. While losing weight and following our life long program with a maintenance plan, our patients gain the benefits of healthy living and improved health
– the best prescription of all.”

For more information and to start losing today 703-707-8383

Heart Smart Help For Her | February is Heart Disease Month

LWMJanFeb2015-smallfinal_Page_11Many believe the leading cause of death among women is cancer. If that is what you think, you are NOT alone. Unfortunately, you are not correct. The leading cause of death among women is HEART DISEASE. Yes, heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association heart disease is responsible for one in every three woman’s deaths per year. Worse yet, many still believe that heart disease is a man’s disease. It is NOT. In fact since 1984 women continue to die from heart disease at a growing and rapid rate.

So, you ask…What should women do to prevent heart disease?

1. Take Responsibility.

Women must take responsibility for her personal health and well being. Generally the care giver of her family, women are good at helping and encouraging others – family, friends but not diligent when it comes to her self. Every woman’s  first defense and motto going forward must be TAKE CARE OF ME – FIRST.

The best prevention against heart disease is to understand the risks and treatment options if heart disease and stroke history are apparent. Ask your health provider questions. Before visiting the doctor’s o ce be prepared. Take a pen and pencil with you. Ask questions – lots of them and write the answers down. Share your family’s history with your health provider. The information shared will become a part of the permanent health record. Especially share the information if heart disease and stroke are a part of your DNA. Your health history matters.

2. Know YOUR Risks- At EVERY Age.

The older one is the greater the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Be diligent and focused. Recognize and honor your genetic make-up. If a family member has a history of cardiovascular disease, i.e. parents, siblings, grandparent – your risk is much greater.

3. DO NOT SMOKE, Not Now, Not EVER!

The evidence is overwhelming. Cigarette smoking and second hand exposure to smoking increases the risks of heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.

4. Keep the Pressure DOWN.

Hypertension also known as high blood pressure is the “silent killer.” It often goes without symptoms. Checking with your Doctor or health provider is a must on a regular basis – especially if there is a family history of high blood pressure. Heredity and increasing age raises the risk.

5. The Number Counts – Monitor Cholesterol.

Abnormal or high blood lipids (fats) are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Blood lipids include the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL and triglycerides. The lower one’s LDL and the higher HDL, the better. If one is at risk, check with your Physician. Diet may or may not help. Medication may be the best prevention.

By Dorri C. Scott, MSW

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