There exists a thin line between science and science fiction, and it grows increasingly tenuous with advances in medicine and technology. While we may not yet be able to determine for sure what diseases may plague us in our futures from a single drop of blood, Maurice Loeb CNHP, CPT, can utilize that drop to foster a direct relationship between you and your health and assist you in the process of bringing your body back into balance. Loeb visited the Spa Aria at the Hotel Monteleone back in March to provide personal consultations and live blood viewings for interested patrons, and he hopes to return to assist more clients in June.
Loeb, born in Morocco and well-traveled throughout Europe, didn’t start out with blood. His educational background rests in microbiology. His search for a job that fit his personality drove him away from the field of research and, instead, he followed his father into the clothing industry before joining the United States Marine Corps for two full tours. In the period following his eight years of duty, Loeb was afflicted by a lack of sleep and poor diet that left him feeling run-down despite regular exercise. These difficulties eventually motivated him to investigate ways to care for the body. “When we are detached from nature, it’s like unplugging your TV – we get no energy,” he stated. To plug back in, so to speak, we must drink the right type of water, breathe the right type of air, and give the body the time it needs for rejuvenation. Only then will the body begin to heal itself more efficiently.
Armed with his unique knowledge of the human body and an interest in the connection between one’s mental and physical states, Loeb marched forward into a line of work known as Live Blood Microscopy. “I was always interested in what I couldn’t see with my eyes,” he said of his fascination with the microscope. Loeb considers himself one of the few in his field who connects the mind and the body through structures in the blood. He mentioned that, though someone may be biologically healthy, emotional conditions (like perpetual anger) can actually aggravate organs within the body and disrupt their functioning. “Emotion plays a huge part in what I do.”
A live blood viewing is simple enough – Loeb draws blood via a capillary puncture to the left pinky and quickly transfers it to a microscope slide. Through an examination of the cells, Loeb can judge whether or not the body is out of balance. After that, it’s a matter of finding the cause of that imbalance and correcting it. “The root causes, at the end of the day, are going to be in the gut,” Loeb reasons. Though often underestimated in importance, the gut is an intricate area home to one trillion bacteria and one hundred million neurons (about one-tenth of the number present in the spinal cord). Going about your daily life with a buildup of toxicity in the gut is like driving a car without an oil change – you can, but it’s going to lead to some serious problems later on.
Loeb swears by colon cleanses as a method for clearing this excess toxicity and gives credit to colonic therapists, who he hails as “true heroes in [his] book.” He also points to “leaky gut syndrome” – a condition that occurs when toxins escape from the intestinal tract and enter the main system – as a common, but often untreated, problem. In order to remedy this ailment, Loeb follows a three-step process: detoxification, rejuvenation, and maintenance. The detox stage involves drinking a lot of liquid and flushing contaminants from the body. The rejuvenation step focuses on slowly reintroducing healthy foods into the system. Afterwards, one maintains the body by continually eating these healthy foods and practicing yoga and deep breathing exercises.
Loeb had nothing but praise to sing about his visit to New Orleans. “I truly enjoy the people of New Orleans,” he confided, “The men are gentlemen and the women are ladies. And they’re very eager to make changes.” During his time at the Spa Aria, he noted a trend in his clients. Most of the problems they experienced stemmed from the consumption of unhealthy foods and, surprisingly, a lack of chewing. These problems walk hand in hand with high levels of lifestyle-related stress. Consistent emotional stress leads to the release of adrenaline and cortisol into the system, and over time, these hormones slow metabolism and the movement of “trash” out of the body.
Unfortunately, these days most of us lead busy lifestyles, and between work and caring for our families, there isn’t a lot of time left for ourselves. Eating and sleeping become necessary chores done as quickly as possible and without enthusiasm. We keep our worries to ourselves to avoid burdening others, and, just like a wound, they begin to fester. Loeb reminds us that we need to take time to breathe and to take care of ourselves. Only by finding balance in our lives can we find balance in our bodies. And when we do, Loeb is confident we’ll see results. His clients in New Orleans have already seen positive changes in attitude, weight loss, and skin improvements, among other benefits. Loeb himself stays healthy by following an 80/20 rule: he makes the healthy choice 80% of the time so that his body can handle itself during the 20% of time he takes for himself. “Find your personal balance that has no guilt attached to it,” Loeb advocated. When we do, our health will be one worry we can take off our plates.
For more information on Loeb's next visit to Spa Aria in August, contact the spa via email at email@example.com.