You made it through the first day.  Great job!  It gets easier.

 Try making your shake with pure fruit juice.  I personally enjoy a berry blend juice.

Don’t think about food.  It is too soon.  Stay focused on the bigger picture-GREAT HEALTH.  Only 6 days to go!

CLARITY & MASTERY is today’s motivation.  Click the link below to get todays audio motivation



If you are reading this post

  • You have chosen to take an active role in your health. 
  • You have chosen to live healthier 
  • You have chosen to make better choices in your lifestyle
  • You have chosen to enrich your daily diet.  
  • You realized the importance of detox.

The biggest complaint I get on day one is fasting.   Drink water.  Lots of water.  Keep drinking.  This is very important.  You will quickly forget about the food.  Drink your shake.  It mixes well with rice milk or almond milk.  This will enhance the flavor.

I love caffeinated teas from my local coffee shop in the morning.  By giving it up I realized I saved $3.50 already today.  By the end of the week, I will have forgotten that I even need caffeine.  With all the water I will drink I won’t want any caffeine.

So, stay strong and focused.   You can do this.  You will feel better.


Simone Rattigan, CHN, AADP

Health & Wellness Coach

Proactive Wellness Centers

Now, listen to the link below for tips on making optimizing Day 1 of your detoxification program.


Missed the Detox Bootcamp Kickoff Webinar ?  No worries.  Click the link below to watch and hear Simone and Shawn get the Bootcamp kicked off in great fashion.



Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is “Detox Time” — time to provide the nutritional support to our bodies to help each of us achieve the goal of optimal health.  By now, you should have ordered and received your Core Restore Detoxification Kit.  If you have not, then contact the office at (703) 822-5003 Ext 2 immediately.  Read below for a recap of the Detox Boot Camp Details.

The Proactive Wellness Core Restore Detox Boot Camp

The Core Restore Detox Boot Camp with Proactive Wellness Centers is designed to motivate our patients to take action under the guidance of Dr. Lynese Lawson and Nutrition Coach Simone Rattigan to be a fun way to “see” and “do” what our staff at Proactive Wellness Centers are doing for the post-Thanksgiving holiday. We are offering this group detox boot camp which will allow our patients to feel “connected” to a larger group and build a support and accountability network that enhances the detox experience. Our detox boot camp takes advantage of the 3 elements of a detoxification that patients are looking for:

  • Patients want to do what their doctor is doing. Our entire staff will be taking this journey with you for 7 days starting Tuesday November 29, 2011. Talk about accountability!
  • Patients want a science based, medically supervised detoxification program that is safe.
  • Many patients use and enjoy social media sharing and want to be part of a group – instead of just another product to buy, this becomes a unique experience or detox class with the benefit of personal tutoring and encouragement.

The Proactive Wellness Core Restore 7 day program also promotes participation from even the most resistant and reluctant patients because it addresses the two biggest areas of hesitancy most patients have:

  1. How long is it?… The answer: It is only 7 days. Anyone can do 7 days! Most everyone can commit 7 days to jump starting their path to optimal health. The length of the detox can be a big barrier to participation and our Core Restore Detox Boot Camp takes this barrier away.
  2. What is involved? The answer: The Core Restore Detox program, workbook system with calendar, and packaging are streamlined to address this and give our patients moment by moment instructions, meal plans, and even a grocery list that ensure they succeed. To purchase, log into the ePatient Portal at https://pwc.myemedfusion.com/epp, click Online Store, then paste the link below into your browser. You may also call the office at (703) 822-5003 Ext 2 to place your order. http://stores.proactivwellnesscenters.com/product.asp?itemid=452
  3. What Support is Proactive Wellness Centers providing? The Proactive Wellness Detox Boot Camp is designed to provide a support system to ensure that patients get maximum benefit from the program. We know that patient participation and compliance can feel burdensome with any new protocol or program when people feel alone and don’t know what to do. This detox is easy to do but designed to have powerful results. Read on to learn more about the live webinar support that we will be providing for the program.

Proactive Wellness Detox Boot Camp Details

  • Program Start Date: Tuesday November 29, 2011
  • Live Kickoff Webinar: Monday, November 28, 2011, 12:00 Noon – 12:30 PM EST. During this presentation, our Nutrition Coach Simone along with Sean Bobak from Ortho Molecular will discuss the Core Restore detox program, why detoxing is important for optimal health and much more.
  • Recorded Kickoff Webinar: The recorded webinar will be available with a link starting at 1:00 PM on Monday so that you can watch the webinar at any time. The link will be posted at http://www.drlawsonsblog.com and will be sent by email to program participants.
  • Social Media/Blog Support: Patients are encouraged to participate and share their experience on our blog, http://www.drlawsonsblog.com.  Simone will be posting all program details there and patient’s may post and comment on any postings to share their experience and offer support to others
  • Daily Guidance: Simone will be providing each patient on the program with a 3-5 minute recorded message each day highlighting the detox program events for the day. This will be sent to each patient by email and will be posted on the blog site
  • Continuous Email support: Dr. Lawson and Simone will be answering your clinical questions privately as well. Please submit these via secure messaging using the newly added choice — Detox Boot Camp Support. All questions will be answered promptly. Please submit them only through secure messaging in the proper department for the fastest response



Do you know your Vitamin D Level? If not, you should find out right away. I have been testing Vitamin D levels for over three years now, and I am always amazed to see that the majority of people that I test have very low levels. I’m sure that you’re wondering what the significance of a low Vitamin D level is. Well, low Vitamin D levels are associated with breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and influenza just to name a few.

As I mentioned, even influenza is associated with low Vitamin D levels. Now that the flu season is upon us, the medical community at large continues to encourage us to get flu shots; however, no one encourages us to stock up on Vitamin D. Yet, new research has shown that influenza is a disease that may be triggered by or is at least associated with Vitamin D deficiency. One study goes on to point out that although the influenza virus exists in the population year around, that influenza epidemics occur principally in the winter months and northern latitudes where Vitamin D levels are at their lowest. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed that it will be investigating the role of Vitamin D in protection against swine flu.

So, here is really what you need to know. The Vitamin D test that you want to have done is called a Vitamin D, 25 – OH (Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy). The reference range that most labs report is 20 – 100 ng/mL. It is generally reported by the lab that a level of less than 20 ng/mL suggests that there is a Vitamin D deficiency, that a level of 20 – 30 ng/mL suggests insufficiency and that optimal levels are 30 ng/mL or above. The levels that I try to achieve with my patients and my family are levels between 60 – 80 ng/mL. I am not comfortable that a level of 32 ng/mL (even though that is in the optimal range), provides all of the health benefits that Vitamin D has to offer.

As I think back to my mother’s breast cancer diagnosis (she had breast cancer in both breasts) and my father’s prostate cancer diagnosis, I can’t help but wonder if low Vitamin D levels contributed to their disease. Unfortunately, my father died prior to my having the knowledge that I do now about Vitamin D; however, once I was enlightened about the benefits of Vitamin D, I immediately tested my mother’s level. Her level was 7 ng/mL. She really had no other risk factors for breast cancer such as obesity, family history or the use of synthetic hormones. I can’t say for sure that her low level was the culprit for her cancer diagnosis, but my gut tells me that it very well may have been.

Now, before you run out to the health food store to purchase Vitamin D or ask your physician for a prescription, keep in mind that there are many different dosage options and two different forms of Vitamin D. There is Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) and Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). I talk with people all of the time that tell me that they asked their doctor to check their Vitamin D level, and once it was discovered that they did indeed have a deficiency they were given a prescription for Vitamin D. I then ask them if they picked up this prescription from their local CVS or Rite-Aid Pharmacy and they tell me that they did. The form of Vitamin D that is commercially available by prescription is Vitamin D2; however, there are many excellent studies that indicate that Vitamin D3 is the superior form and that it is the form that leads to higher levels of Vitamin D, 25 – OH. Then, there are over the counter Vitamin D3 supplements that are available but the quality levels of most of them are questionable at best. Vitamin D comes in 400 IU (International Units), 1,000 IU’s, 2,000 IU’s, 5,000 IU’s and 50,000 IU’s. Currently, the “official” safe upper intake limit is 2,000 IU per day, but numerous clinical studies show that it is safe for adults to take up to 10,000 IU per day … an intake level 50 times the current RDA for people aged 50 or less (200 IU). I find that most of my patients need a minimum of 5,000 IU’s to obtain a Vitamin D level of 60 ng/mL or above, and I personally take 10,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 per day. Also, I have patients who must take up to 100,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 per week in order to achieve optimal levels. The bottom line is that each of us is biochemically unique, and testing is the only sure way to know what your own personal requirement is. My advice is that everyone should know what their Vitamin D level is and do what is necessary to achieve and maintain optimal levels. The more I research the benefits of Vitamin D, I find that there is a vast body of science showing the many health benefits of vitamin D, and the good part is that it is inexpensive, doesn’t require a prescription and it just may save your life.

If you are looking for an assured high-quality, highly bioavailable, potent Vitamin D supplement, click the following link and you can get the very same 5000 IU supplement that I personally take and recommend for a number of my patients. http://stores.proactivwellnesscenters.com/product.asp?itemid=192.