Zemaitis Health and Wellness

September Newsletter

It's September!!

We have made it to September. Most schools have started, in some form or another. School-aged kids may be back in school and that brings some new challenges. Everyone knows that kids like to share their germs, pandemic or no pandemic. Since many were in virtual school for part or all of last year, families had fewer colds and flu. So you might see an increase in the number of sick days your child needs. There are some supplements that will help to support their immune systems, as well as yours.

1. A good multi-vitamin. If your child only likes to eat nuggets and sandwiches, they may need a little help with some vitamins and minerals. Adding in a good multi-vitamin will do just that. Dr. Patty favors Perque's Life Guard Minis for those that are able to swallow pills.

2. Vitamin D. Most of us in the Chicagoland area are vitamin D deficient if not already supplementing. A liquid D is a great way to get this supplement in for anyone aged 1-99. Dr. Patty likes the neutral flavor of Apex's Liqua-D.

3. Vitamin C. We know that Vitamin C is great for supporting the immune system. Many will start to take it once they feel under the weather, but it actually works best taking before you get sick. Perque's Powdered Vitamin C is easy on your stomach in any dose and tastes great.

4. Zinc. Zinc is a trace mineral, which means we don't need as much as other minerals. It is used to help support your immune system. There are certain health conditions or diets that make zinc supplementation a must, such as Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis; Alcoholism; infants that have been breastfed, and vegans or vegetarians. Dr. Patty uses Perque's Double Energized Zinc as well as their Zinc Throat Lozenges

5. Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a herb that is used to support the adrenal glands. When we are under stress our adrenals may start to fatigue and that can lead to illness. Ashwagandha helps our bodies resist physical and mental stress. Dr. Patty has recently fallen in love with Designs for Health's Focus supplement, which is actually based in dark chocolate. We also use Supplements from Apex and Perque.

All of the mentioned supplements can be purchase through our office by email, phone or in person.

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Month

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome month. PCOS, as it is widely known, is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is the leading cause of female infertility and a precursor for other serious conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and endometrial cancer.

Some PCOS facts:

* 50% of women with PCOS go undiagnosed

* 1 in 10 women have PCOS

* There is a 3X increased risk of getting endometrial cancer when you have PCOS

* 50% of women with PCOS will develop type 2 diabetes before age 40.

Some common signs and symptoms of PCOS:

* Irregular periods

* Anxiety and depression

* Severe acne

* Weight gain

* Infertility

* Male pattern hair loss

If you or someone you know have any of these signs or symptoms, please know that we can help. Hormonal testing and blood work can be done to help get the condition under control. Acupuncture can be used to help with menstrual or fertility issues. Supplementation based on test results can be implemented. Let us help you!

Thank you to the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association for the facts and information. If you would like to read more: https://pcosawarenessmonth.org/what-is-pcos/

Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

This month's spotlight is Skinnytaste.com's Lobster Roll Pasta Salad. This is a great, quick weeknight meal when you don't want to cook a lot or can be made ahead. Dr. Patty has made this with lobster and shrimp for a less expensive meal!


16 oz cooked lobster meat, from (4) 1-1/4 lb whole lobsters or (4) 4 oz tails

1/2 cup chopped celery and leaves

1/3 cup light mayonnaise

1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh chives

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/2 teaspoon celery salt

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for pasta

8 ounces DeLallo Cavatappi pasta


1. Prep all the ingredients, if your lobster is raw, steam it until just cooked.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to directions, I prefer to cook it 1 to 2 minutes longer than al dente when cooking for a cold pasta salad.

3.Drain and run under cold water.

4. Remove cooked lobster from shell and chop into large chunks, about 1 inch. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve chilled. Makes 10 cups.

Visit https://www.skinnytaste.com for this and more recipes!

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Insurance Update

As of August 1st, we are now in-network with Aetna! If you or someone you know has Aetna as your health insurance, please let them know we are in-network providers.

We continue to be in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Medicare, and American Specialty Health.

Contact Us


77 W Washington Suite 1118

Chicago, Il

5553 W 127th St

Crestwood, Il

20006 S Wolf Rd

Mokena, Il

All appointments are scheduled.

If Dr. Patty is treating a patient she can not answer the phone or she may be done with patients already. Email is the easiest and fastest way to contact us.