Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Don't Count Total Calories

Prior to 1945, European physicians knew that obesity was a direct result of eating too many carbohydrates and sugars. But, by the 1970's, America convinced the world that the problem was total calories.  Therefore, everyone started these near-starvation fad diets, like the HCG diet which only allows 500 calories per day!

The problem with this, other than it's extremely unhealthy, is that obese people are often not eating much more in terms of total calories than people with normal fat composition. Counting calories is easy with various phone apps, but you really need to go to the effort to track proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars AND calories. My favorite iphone app is My Fitness Pal, but there are several others out there. My Fitness Pal is free and you can connect with other friends who are also on a fitness and weight loss journey. Since weight does not come off without exercise, you can also choose from a wide range of options to increase your activity level. There is no one out there who can't do something. Just stop making excuses. Everybody at Sei Bella has been in your shoes in the past. We speak and teach from experience.

Make your New Year's resolution to lose weight, decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and heart attacks. At Sei Bella we can help you with food choices. We also offer prescription weight loss medication including Contrave, Adipex, Belviq and Qsymia. In addition, consider Lipo-Ex, a noninvasive fat loss and skin tightening procedure to also boost your results.  We have a special in January 2015.....6 treatments of Lipo-Ex for $400.

Read about Lipo-Ex and weight loss medications on this blog or on our website www.seibellamedspa.net

Call us today and let us help you get healthier and feel better about yourself!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sleeplessness = Unhealthiness

The problems associated with insomnia and sleep deprivation were the subjects of a recent television program produced by The National Institute of HealthThe Public Good Projects and the National Geographic Channel. It aired on November 30, 2014, and the information presented was eye-opening.
Sleeplessness, which medical experts define as getting less than six hours per night of sleep, is a risk factor for many life-threatening diseases. For example, a lack of sleep can cause obesity which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Without the restorative effect of sound sleep, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety attacks and substance abuse are more likely to occur. Even the destruction of the brain tissue found in people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, can be exacerbated by sleep deprivation.
The prescription drugs, taken by millions of people to induce sleep, can also cause problems, become addictive and can be expensive. Medical research is clear – sleep is crucial to health. For most adults, 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is absolutely necessary to optimize an adult’s immune system, libido, mental faculties and overall well-being.

If you have trouble falling asleep or any of the above symptoms, it’s possible your hormones are out of balance. Hormone imbalance is extremely disruptive to the health and sleep habits of many people. It is critical that the metabolic hormones and the brain hormones, also known as neurotransmitters, are optimized because they work synergistically, Hot flashes and night sweats are symptoms of unbalanced hormones and these can also lead to sleeplessness.

There are usually multiple reasons for sleeplessness. Factors such as thyroid imbalance, low testosterone or low cortisol levels can prevent the neurotransmitters in the brain from functioning correctly. This can create anxiety and/or depression which in turn  leads to insomnia.

With  BioTE bio-identical hormone pellet replacement we evaluate not only estrogen and testosterone levels, but also the need for progesterone and thyroid replacement. Included in our panel of lab is a metabolic profile, Vitamin B12 and D levels, lipid profile, and assessment for anemia. Dr. Trussell will also take a thorough history and discuss your medications with you, as well as offer advice for reduction of cancer risk.
Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Trussell. As much as you do for others, shouldn't you be doing something for yourself to stay as healthy as possible? This makes for a great New Year's resolution!
You can also watch personal testimonials at bhrtvideos.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nopal Cactus for Weight Loss

The leaves of the Nopal cactus (also known as the prickly pear cactus) have the unique ability to bind and trap fat and certain sugars you eat in a meal and prevent their absorption in the body. Reducing the amount of fat and sugar absorbed during a meal may play a key role in cholesterol metabolism as well as weight reduction. Chitosan, a common dietary supplement, exhibits similar actions, but is derived from shellfish. Nopal cactus offers vegetarians and those allergic to shellfish an effective alternative to chitosan. Native to Mexico, Nopal cactus is high in Manganese, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium.

Our Nopal Cactus contains NO yeast, wheat, gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar starch, artificial coloring, preservatives nor flavorings. Therefore it is safe for those with gluten or corn allergies and vegetarians. Also Nopal cactus can be used in conjunction with prescription weight loss medications to further enhance weight loss. Maximum dose is 2 capsules twice a day. Many people only take once capsule twice a day........$25 for 60 capsules.

Call us today....501-228-6237. You do not need an appointment to purchase Nopal cactus unless you are also wanting a consult about prescription weight loss medications.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Survey Reveals A Powerful Source For Better Libido

Check out the latest info from BioTE! Multiple things control your libido, and one thing you can control is your hormones. Read the statistics and testimonies in the segment below and then call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Trussell 501-228-6237


Friday, November 14, 2014

Office Space for Sale! Beautiful views! Great location!

After 13 years in the same location, I have outgrown my current office space! (and that's a good thing!) If you or anyone you know is looking for space, by all means share and give us a call. Address is 9501 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 940, Little Rock, AR 72205. We are on the top floor of Baptist Medical Towers II. Below are some pics of the inside and a view from our wall of windows.There is approximately 1300 sq ft., a waiting area, front office area, two restrooms, lab area, storage in the back hall, kitchen, and 4 -5 exam rooms depending on how you want to utilize the space, or they could be used for individual offices. My office manager is Belinda (but she does not stay; she belongs to me!).....501-228-6237.

Wine and Art Party Benefiting the Children's Tumor Foundation!

This is a photo of my NF Hero, Austin, and his mom Katy! This guy is the reason I get up and run in the cold, or the rain, with asthma, with a broken tailbone, whatever. I have nothing compared to what Austin has been through with neurofibromatosis, including open heart surgery before the age of one!

Please join us for the fun at our Wine and Art Party 2015 (March 14th) featuring original art by Steve and Vivian Griffith. I started with 100 tickets @ $100 each last week for those who want an original piece of art and we already have 30 spoken for, so mail a check to me soon before we run out! We will have food from multiple restaurants, wine and beer from Colonial Wine and Spirits, great silent auction items, music and a live painting by Steve that YOU get to help paint! Fun! Fun! Everything is donated so 100% of proceeds goes to the Children's Tumor Foundation! Read more about neurofibromatosis at www.ctf.org

Event details and ticket purchase at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/359329434227521/

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BioTE seminar cancelled for Nov 12th

Please note: The BioTE seminar at 5:30 today has been cancelled. People have so much going on this time of year, it's just not a good time. Will reschedule and post it later.....

Friday, November 7, 2014

November Newsletter

Click on the link below to read the November newsletter and check out our monthly specials on ViPeels, Botox, Xeomin and Lipo-Ex. Schedule your own Beautiful Expressions Party with Dr. Trussell or maybe you'd like her to come speak at your meeting or special interest group!


Postpartum Depression....Don't Suffer

Do you or someone you know have postpartum depression? Quite suffering. Click on the link below to learn about how BioTE bio-identical hormone pellets can help!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Everyone is welcome to come to the BioTE seminar today from 5:30-6:30 pm. Dr. Trussell will talk about the benefits of bio-identical hormone pellets and the risks of synthetic hormones in men and women. Light refreshments will be served and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Contrave....New Weight Loss Medication Is Here!

A month ago I told you Contrave had been approved for weight loss. It is now available in pharmacies or by mail with a faxed prescription from our office.  Contrave contains naltrexone and buproprion, and is titrated up to a dose of 2 tablets twice a day. Contrave has some benefits others may not.

The Scale Down program is a weight-management support program developed by Harvard-trained researchers, and is available to you at no cost as long as you're taking Contrave. So how does it work? First you fill your prescription for Contrave at your local pharmacy or we can fax your prescription in for you and it will be shipped directly to your door. You will register online for the Scale Down program.

After you register for the Scale Down program, you will receive a wireless scale as part of your membership at no additional cost. You will weigh daily. Scale Down receives your data wirelessly and tracks your weight. Based on your weigh-ins, Scale Down sends you personalized text messages. You will also receive emails with access to on-line mini-lessons covering other things you can do to lose weight.

You can also sign up for savings through Contrave Direct Save. When I fax in your prescription, you can get convenient home delivery and the Contrave pharmacist helps make sure you get Contrave at the lowest cost by checking your insurance coverage for you. If  Contrave is covered by your insurance the cost is $55/month the first two months. If Contrave is not covered by your insurance then the cost is no more than $70/month the first two months. After the initial two months your cost is either $45 or $60/month depending on your insurance coverage.

Call today for your appointment to try this novel new weight loss medication and receive a welcome bag from the company.......501-228-6237

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Berkeley Advanced Lipid Profile and Genetic Testing

Strokes, Heart Attacks and Diabetes are preventable! Treating these diseases is very expensive! Preventing them is not! Although statin medications (Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol, etc.) lower total cholesterol and other numbers on a standard lipid panel, they really haven't done a whole lot to prevent heart attacks. Up to 70% of people who take a statin still have a heart attack anyway! So perhaps more is going on than just an elevated cholesterol or an elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) or a low HDL (good cholesterol). We know that insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes), inflammation and the size and number of various lipid particles in your blood are an excellent predictor of stroke and heart attack. And we take things a step further by looking at your genetics. Although you can't change your genetics (you know the old phrase...."you can't choose your parents"), genetic testing will tell you if you have inherited, increased risk for heart attack and stroke so that you can double (or triple) your efforts to make necessary changes on your advanced lipid testing with diet, exercise, stress reduction and/or medication.


To further clarify.......LDL (low density lipoprotein) is considered the "bad" cholesterol. HDL (high density lipoprotein) is considered the "good cholesterol". However, there are several different sizes of LDL particles.  The three big LDL particles aren't that bad, but the 4 small, dense LDL particles increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes. There are 5 sizes of HDL particles. (see the picture below on the left). The bigger the particle, the better it is. That is because smaller particles are able to get into the artery walls and stimulate inflammation which in turn causes a plaque to form. Eventually that plaque will rupture and a blood clot will develop blocking the artery. This is called a heart attack or depending on the location, a stroke. (see picture below on the right)

And there are at least a dozen other markers that are predictors of this inflammation such as hsCRP and PLAC-2, plaque formation, and insulin resistance which leads to subsequent heart attacks and strokes.  Dr. Trussell reviews the complete Berkeley panel with you including your genetics. She makes recommendations about diet, exercise and medications. She will ask you to return anywhere from one to 3 times per year to see how the changes you implement have affected your lab work and she will make further recommendations. The same diet is not right for everyone, just like the same medication is not right for everyone. It depends on YOUR genetics and YOUR advanced lipid testing.

Do you ever leave the doctor's office and find you can't remember a thing the doctor said? Berkeley knows that and offers free of charge a clinical nurse educator who again goes over all your lab with you AND talks to you about your diet, and changes you can make based on what YOU like to eat. Working with Dr. Trussell, she can make further suggestions about ways to become more active, reduce stress, and she will review your medication with you so that you understand its purpose. In addition you have access to the free online Living 4myheart program which is full of more information and personal testimonies.

Call today to set up your appointment to prevent a heart attack or stroke! Live life to its fullest!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October Events at Sei Bella! Please Join Us!

Please be our guest at one of or both of the events we are having this month. At Sei Bella we strive for health|wellness|beauty. Our BioTE seminar sand our ArteFill events focus on just those things. You will have the opportunity to talk with me and ask questions while learning about how to make your self look and feel better.

Anne R Trussell, MD
Sei Bella Med Spa
BioTE seminar

Bio-identical hormone pellet replacement therapy

What are the risks of synthetic hormones and what are the benefits of bio-identical hormone pellets? Are you suffering from fatigue, decreased libido, hot flashes, night sweats, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, brain fog, insomnia, or weight gain? BioTE may be the solution! Come join us for an educational talk by Dr. Trussell and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Event Info
Oct 28, 2014
5:30-6:30 pm
9501 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 940
Little Rock
light refreshments will be served
ArteFill event

The newest longest lasting filler on the market

We have had such a tremendous response to previous events that we are offering one more this year. Come learn about our newest, longest lasting filler from Dr. Trussell who is a certified national trainer for ArteFill. Even if you have participated before, you can come take advantage of the special pricing at this event, too! You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, see before and after pictures and reserve Botox for your NEXT visit at $8/unit. 

Event Info
October 29, 2014
All day by appointment (call today to reserve your spot)
9501 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 940
Little Rock
Light refreshments will be served
For more information on either event or to schedule an appointment......give us a call at501-228-6237. We look forward to visiting with you and helping you reach your health|wellness|beauty goals.

Remember, all Sonya Dakar and Aloe Source products are 50% off this month! AND you receive a free facial wash of your choice with the purchase of a VIPeel this month. VIPeels are only $275 in October! 
Offer Expires: October 31st

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Myths and the Truths about Testosterone Replacement

As I surf through the internet, which I frequently do when watching football and HGTV, I realize how much misinformation there is out there on hormone replacement, especially when it comes to replacing testosterone. If you've read my previous blogs (check out August 2014), newsletters or looked at our Facebook page, you know I am a proponent of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. I do not like synthetic hormones. I do not think they are safe. I will not take them myself. At Sei Bella I use BioTE bio-identical hormone replacement pellets. I have them myself and it has made a huge difference in my sleep quality, energy and muscle recovery after I do long runs.....

Let's start with some myths I can debunk about bio-identical testosterone replacement.

  • Testosterone is NOT just for men! Women need testosterone, too! It protects our bones, maintains our muscle mass, and drives our libido....just to name a few. Even women who have had breast cancer can be pelleted with testosterone (but not estrogen)!
  • Testosterone is NOT just for women's sex drive! Testosterone reduces insulin resistance which leads to diabetes, reduces cholesterol, reduces visceral fat and decreases risk of heart disease in addition to the benefits mentioned above.
  • Testosterone does NOT make women look like men! It would take 30 times the dose we give you in pellets to come remotely close to that.
  • Testosterone does NOT cause your voice to get deeper......that is only with anabolic steroids like the ones some athletes and wrestlers take.
  • Testosterone does NOT cause hair loss!
  • Testosterone is NOT unsafe for the heart!
  • Testosterone does NOT cause liver damage! There are three reported cases of hepatocellular carcinoma from oral synthetic testosterone.
  • Testosterone does NOT cause aggression.
  • Testosterone does NOT cause breast cancer. It is safe for women who have had breast cancer to be pelleted with testosterone.

So what are some of the truths?
  • Men age 30-70 will lose 1-3% of their total testosterone production per year.
  • Women age 20-40 lose 50% of their testosterone production.
  • LOW testosterone puts men and women at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, prostate cancer (men), and loss of muscle mass. 
Call today to schedule a consult about BioTE.  501-228-6237. We will also be having a free seminar on October 27, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 pm and you will have the opportunity to relax and ask me questions and have a little snack, too!!


Anne R Trussell MD

Friday, October 3, 2014

Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Protect Against Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's Disease. Parkinson's is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination. Much more research and awareness have evolved over the last decade thanks to the actor Michael J. Fox who has Parkinson's. The incidence and prevalence of Parkinson's disease is rising.  1.8% of people over age 60 develop Parkinson's disease. There are many inconclusive studies on prevention of Parkinson's disease.

We do know a few things about hormone replacement therapy and Parkinson's disease, though. Estrogen replacement is protective against the incidence of dementia which occurs in nearly 30% of Parkinson's Disease patients. Since Parkinson's is more common in men, it raises the suspicion that estrogen has a protective role. It appears that estrogen's antioxidant properties have a direct effect on the survival and recovery of dopamine neurons in early Parkinson's disease. Also the risk of Parkinson's Disease increases after therapy with tamoxifen which is an anti-estrogen drug given to some women after breast cancer. Testosterone replacement also improves the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

The above pictures show Saint Pope John Paul II in the early years of his papacy and then after he was debilitated with Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's is not only disabling, it is frustrating to patients because most can think clearly but can't get their bodies to follow commands. Although there is no cure, there are plenty of medications to treat Parkinson's, two of which you make naturally.....estrogen and testosterone. Call today to schedule your consult about BioTE bio-identical hormone pellet replacement therapy.....501-228-6237

Anne R Trussell MD