Methylation, Epigenetics and the Power of Personalized Medicine

Dr. Erica Oberg, physician and researched joins Elevate Your Energy to talk about epigenetics and nutrigenomics. Are you confused by genetic SNPs and what they mean? What is MTHFR? Is there a link between MTHFR and other genetic mutations?

Dr. Oberg will also invite you to participate in a research study so we can learn more about the impact of treating some of these mutations. To be a part of this, you can contact

If you've been doing some of your own research into MTHFR, Dr. Oberg will discuss where to find a practitioner who can help you.

Posted: 3/25/2016 10:56:13 AM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

Life changing patient experiences

"I just cannot believe that methylfolate & methylcobalamin took away all the symptoms I had for 6 years"

This is just one out of many other incredible, life changing testimonials captured in a recently published study in
the Journal of Clinical & Medical Genomics on patient and provider experiences with MTHFR polymorphisms and methylfolate.




Be amazed. Read for yourself the incredible life changing patient stories.


Want to participate in the next research study? We are currently seeking patients getting methylfolate and /or methylcobalamin injectable or sublingual for the first time as prescribed by their doctors. Participation is online and easy. You can make a different in medicine and change lives.

Posted: 2/25/2016 1:35:44 PM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

Stay Energized with 4 Healthy Snack Ideas

It's one thing to eat healthy at mealtimes, but snacking healthfully can be just as important. The best snack for you is the one that tastes good and keeps you feeling energized between meals, such as:

Handful of nuts: Nuts are full of healthy fats and protein, which help stabilize blood sugar levels. To satisfy salt cravings, try tamari almonds instead of pre-salted blends.

Veggies and dip: Carrots, celery, broccoli, tomato, cucumber and cauliflower are just a few of veggies you can dip. For healthy dips, try hummus, guacamole, baba ghanoush or bean dip.

Apple with almond butter: Salty and sweet, this combo is a winner. The fiber of the apple and the protein of the almond butter help you to feel full and energized.

Yogurt and berries: Live yogurt has probiotics that help keep your gut healthy. Berries add sweetness along with nutrients that support your blood vessels’ health.

Helpful tips provided by Bastyr Clinic

Posted: 6/1/2015 8:00:49 AM by Lavita Admin | with 91 comments

The Importance of Estrogen Metabolism

The potential impact of estrogen on a woman’s health and wellbeing is enormous. While much attention has been given to the subject of hormone replacement, there has been very little discussion regarding the importance of estrogen metabolism, that is, how estrogen is broken down in the body.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows it is not simply the total amount of estrogen in the body but how estrogen is metabolized that may play an important role in disease development.  Regardless of the source; a woman’s own natural estrogen, hormone replacement, or xenoestrogens in the environment, how estrogen is broken down can be of critical importance in conditions such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders.

Estrogen is metabolized in the body along two major pathways and one minor.  In one of the major pathways, estrogen is metabolized into 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone. This metabolite exerts a powerful stimulatory effect on target tissues, including the breast. Levels of 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone may increase in response to obesity, alcohol or toxic exposure. High levels of this potent metabolite are suggested to have significant estrogenic effects and may be associated with higher rates of breast cancer. The minor pathway for estrogen metabolism is 4-hydroxyestrone which may also enhance cancer development.

The other major pathway is 2-hydroxyestrone which breaks down estrogen into a much weaker metabolite with less stimulatory effects on target tissues. Therefore, if you metabolize estrogen primarily through the 2-hydroxyestrone pathway you may lower your risk of cellular damage and cancer.

A proper balance between 2-hydroxyestrone and 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone is critical to lowering the risk for estrogen dependent health problems. 

So, what can you do to optimize estrogen metabolism?  
Moderate exercise, flaxseed, soy, kudzu, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts), and omega 3 fatty acids can all help to increase metabolism through the” good” or 2-hydroxyestrone pathway. The supplement, indole-3-carbinol, can also raise your good estrogen metabolite levels.

Have your doctor measure your urinary metabolites of 2-hydroxy and 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone. This assessment can be done in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Testing can assess the need for dietary and lifestyle changes as well as assess the impact of hormone replacement therapy.

By Dr. Linda Olafson, M.D., FAAFP from North Coast Integrative Medicine.

Posted: 5/28/2014 1:27:37 PM by Lavita Admin | with 247 comments

Are your prescription creams working effectively?


Do you ever wonder if the cream in the little white tube or jar is actually working? How can you be sure there is the same amount of medication at the top of the tube as there is at the bottom?

These are good questions. 

Transdermal prescriptions (applied and absorbed through the skin) consist of creams, gels and ointments utilized to deliver an appropriate level of medication into the body.

Some common examples include pain creams, prescription skincare creams and bioidentical hormone replacement creams.

An important way to measure a prescription’s quality is through efficacy. The compounding process can vary significantly depending on which compounding pharmacy you use.

An essential piece of compounding equipment used to ensure high quality compounded creams is the ointment mill.

A stringent “milling process” is one way to ensure efficacy.  An ointment mill which reduces particle sizes and provides a smooth final product ensures each dose has the same amount of medication.

Even if a cream is compounded with the highest quality ingredients and expertise, if the medication is not dispersed evenly throughout the cream efficacy can be diminished. By example, if a cream is not properly milled, a patient could receive a tube of compounded cream that has a higher level of prescription medication at one end of the tube vs. the other.

When made properly, compounded prescription creams are a great way to deliver medication into the blood stream. They allow for a slow release of medication into the body and provide a very effective absorption method leading to maximum efficacy.


·      Ask if your compounding pharmacy mills its creams and go on a tour of the lab.

·      La Vita is proud to adhere to the highest safety and quality standards in the compounding industry as evidenced by its PCAB Accreditation®.

·      Less than 1% of ALL pharmacies hold this prestigious accreditation.

·      Patients can confirm their compounding pharmacy is PCAB Accredited® by visiting


Posted: 5/16/2013 5:38:52 PM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

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