Dr. Frank Lipman launches Spentmd.com

Dr. Frank Lipman's new website, Spentmd.com, launched today. It compliments the book, Spent, set to launch in the UK on 20 April 2009 (and available for pre-order on Cult Beauty soon). Donna Karan is hosting a launch party for the book tonight at her Urban Zen Foundation in Manhattan. Our favourite parts of the site so far are the Spent healing recipes, stress relieving exercise, meditation tools and techniques and just this minute I am listening to the CD that accompanies the Spent book with 15 soothing (at least in my mind) songs.

When I received acupuncture at the Eleven Eleven Clinic in NYC, Dr. Lipman, put a pair of sound-proof headphones on me, adjusted a heat lamp over my body and let me lay there for a good 45 minutes. I was at ease by the end. When he retrieved me, plucking the thin needles from my flesh, no small part of that instant transformation in my state of mind was due to the music piped through those headphones.

Want further confirmation that Dr. Lipman knows his stuff? Read the patient testimonials. He has everybody from Donna Karan to yoga guru Rodney Yee, Kyra Sedgwick and the queen of wellbeing herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, endorsing his work and Spent. I mean, Donna wouldn't really be hosting the launch party for the book if she didn't believe in it, now would she?

If you do one thing to promote your wellbeing this year, read Spent and take away at least some suggested habits.

On a tangent, I've checked out Mrs. Martin's (nee Paltrow) strangely named site, GOOP (I signed up for the weekly newsletter to see what it was all about but have yet to receive more than one so have made a sojourn to the actual site instead). And, well, it's not all that bad... at least not as bad as people thought it would be. In fact, it's pretty good. Most of the content is pretty interesting, if a bit too long for interest consumption, but if you can keep your attention span in one place for more than a few minutes, you can come away with some good information, like these recipes. Plus, the homepage is pretty (counts for something in the web world, where the average person looks at something for a grand total of 16 seconds before moving on).