Keep Your Brain SHARP!

by Sandy Lutrin, ND

As we get older neural pathways shrink, connectivity between synapses slows, and brain metabolism and blood flow are reduced.  However, recent research shows that we can regain brain losses, strengthen synapses. and increase blood flow at any age.  When you adopt healthy brain-lifestyle behaviors, you will notice improvements.  Start focusing on these proven habits and your brain and memory will reap the benefits.

Healthy Diet:  The acronym MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.  Studies have shown that adults who follow the MIND diet score as much as seven and a half years younger than their chronological age on cognitive tests.  The focus of this diet is on consuming fresh, organic vegetables, beans, whole grains, mixed nuts, omega-3 containing seafood, poultry, Extra Virgin olive oil and one daily glass of wine, while limiting red meat, cheese, butter, margarine, pastries and other sweets, and fried and fast foods.

Exercise:  Exercise is a proven way to boost brain health.  It increases blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain.  In so doing, it increases the circulation of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which helps grow new neural circuits.

Herbal Medicines:  Supplements containing  herbs and nutrients such as  Ginkgo, Bacopa, Vinpocetine, Huperzine, Rhodiola and Ashwaganda may provide added benefits to the aging brain.  All of these may not be appropriate supplements for everyone, so it is best to consult your ND before adding these to your daily regimen.

This information is based on research done by Gary Small M.D., director of the University of California, Los Angeles Longevity Center.

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B12 for the Holidays!

Just a reminder,  B12 Happy Hour will be CLOSED in Oakland on Saturday December 24 and in Walnut Creek on Wednesday December 28.  There will be a  B12 Happy Hour on Monday Dec 26 and Saturday December 31, as well as in OAKLAND on Weds Dec 28.  We’ll see you back in Walnut Creek in the New Year!

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Cleanse in the New Year!

Ready to clean out the old and bring in the new?  Want to get your new year started with a healthy glow?  Join me for a 14 day guided, virtual cleanse!  3 Classes (live on your computer/phone OR recorded), 5 supplements, and loads of support to help you reduce inflammation, support digestion, and improve energy.  A cleanse can uncover hidden food sensitivities and help reboot your system,  setting up healthy habits to carry forward for the rest of your life.  What are you waiting for?  Contact our office for more information.




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Dr. Drouin Retirement

Dr. Autumn Drouin sent this letter to all of her patients earlier this week, and we wanted to be sure that everyone know of her impending retirement.  Dr. Drouin has been a tremendous asset to our practice for the past five years, and we will miss her tremendously!  Dr. Drouin is available to wrap up with patients through January, so please contact the office if you would like to schedule an appointment to see her.  You can also schedule free informational interview appointments with either Dr. Lutrin or Dr. Levy to determine if you will transfer care to another doctor in the practice.  We wish Dr. Drouin well in her future endeavors!

Dear Patients —

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement from active practice, effective January 19, 2017.  It has been my pleasure to serve our community for the past 4 years as a family doctor. I am grateful to have met many great people and developed lifelong friendships with many patients.

If you want to schedule a final visit with me, please call the office at 925-949-8604 to schedule an appointment. After my retirement, I will pass on my patients to the other competent doctors at Tara Natural Medicine.  I am glad to leave my patients in their capable hands.  Of course, you may seek medical care from another doctor if you prefer.

Medical records are confidential, and a copy of your records or your child’s records can be released to you, transferred to another doctor or released to another person you designate only with your permission. If you choose to see a different physician or have your file sent to you, please sign the  enclosed authorization form and return it to my office as soon as possible so we may transfer your records in a timely fashion. Until then, your records will remain on file at Tara Natural Medicine. The fee for transferring your file to you or to another medical office is $25. If you have any questions, please contact our front office staff at 925-949-8604.

For over two decades, I have watched many families grow and have shared joy and heartache with hundreds of patients. I appreciate your loyalty throughout the years and will take the memories  of all that I have experienced with me into my retirement. I have greatly valued our relationship, and I thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years.

Best wishes for your future health.


Autumn Drouin, ND

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Holiday B12!

Many of us could use a little energy boost over the holiday season, and our B12 Happy Hours have you covered!  Drop-in hours at our Piedmont office on Mondays, in Walnut Creek on Wednesdays, and in Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.   We will be CLOSED on Saturday, December 24th and our Walnut Creek site is closed on Wednesday December 28, but otherwise all sites are open throughout the holiday season.  In addition to B12, we also have our homeopathic flu remedy, Engystol, as well as Vitamin D to keep your immune system on track.  And if you can’t get into a Happy Hour, you can always schedule time for an injection with one of the doctors during regular office hours.  Please contact the office at 925-949-8604 if you wish to schedule.

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