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The Graduate Institute

  • N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) Plays at Ridgefield Playhouse on September 20th

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, Gynecologic Oncologist and drummer and percussionist of N.E.D., to learn more about this amazing collaboration of doctors turned musicians who are changing the lives of cancer patients and survivors through music therapy. Yes – these talented doctors started a band! I asked Dr. Nagarsheth how they came up with the name. He said, “N.E.D. is what we write on patient charts when they are free of cancer. When thinking about names for the band, this was the band’s favorite – having both a positive message and a powerful...

  • Integrative Bowen Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Pain

    Pain is something that we all experience throughout our lives. Whether severe, moderate, or mild, everyone has had to bear some pain. In most cases, pain is a signal from the body that something has gone awry. While we usually consider pain to be sensation felt within the physical body, it does not always have to result from a physical injury. Mental and emotional pains can be felt physically as well. In all cases, the treatment of pain is currently a very relevant topic. As made terribly clear by the current opioid crisis, the mismanagement of pain and discomfort...

  • The Language of Disease

    The predominant conventional medical system in the United States has evolved into a system of labels and categories. Diagnosis and treatment is based upon fitting individuals into categories and protocols. In 2013, 7 out of 10 Americans were taking at least one prescription medication. This means that 70% of Americans have been given at least one label of disease. The result is a population that believes they are sick or dysfunctional. When discussing a patients’ medical history, they often say things like “I AM a diabetic” or “I AM an asthmatic”. “I have had diarrhea my whole life”, or...

  • Postpartum Nutrition for Mom and Baby

    There is a lot of information out there about pregnancy and the required steps that a mom ought to take in order to have a healthy pregnancy, however, there is little information about what a mom should do to take care of herself and baby after pregnancy. Great nutrition and care during your pregnancy have helped your baby develop and grow. Now after nine months, you have finally met your lovely baby. Whether you are breastfeeding or not, it is important to take care of yourself and your new baby. Nutrition You need the appropriate nutrition to recuperate and...

  • Healing with Ancient Wisdom & Modern Science

    As humans living on earth we are of one race existing in one place. Although we are one in that perspective we vary in many ways such as places in the globe vary from section to section. This phenomena is expressed throughout the body’s diverse layers making up one whole organism. How then can two people have different experiences when placed in the same environment and same situation? Well some chalk it up to “perception creates reality” and while that plays a major role in our psychology, I’ve personally had my perception clobbered by a reality quite different than...

  • An Unwanted Freedom

    This summer, our precious 15 year old family dog Hailey made her transition to non-physical. It was a deeply emotional time for our entire family and a monumental loss for me on many levels. Hailey was my constant companion from the moment she arrived in our home to the moment she left. For the first year, she slept under my desk on my foot and on the last weekend of her being at home, I laid on the floor with her and barely left her side. For the past year, I knew her time was near and I kept...

  • Osteopathic Medicine for Relief from Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain is commonly defined as any pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is the normal sensation which alerts us to an injury or illness, chronic pain is one that persists, often for months or even longer. Chronic pain can affect as many as eight of every ten American adults. It can be caused by a musculoskeletal injury (involving the bones, muscles, or joints), nervous system dysfunction, chronic diseases, and autoimmune disorders. Do You Suffer from Back Pain? According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, no less than 84 percent...

  • Natural Ways to Address Acid Reflux & GERD

    Chronic gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are often treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), antibiotics, and other medications that offer temporary relief of acute symptoms. Although these drugs are prescribed to provide promising results, new research indicates the drug treatments often mask unresolved physiological problems and cause further complications. Complex GI cases require a comprehensive assessment and a multifaceted approach…dietary guidelines, lifestyle recommendations, and customized nutritional supplementation and herbs.   ~ Nutritional Interventions for Gastroesophageal Reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Hypochlorhydria: A Case Report; Integr Med (Encinitas). 2016 Aug; 15(4): 49–53.   Are you one of the estimated 60 million Americans...

  • No Medical Explanation for Your Pain?

    Psychogenic Pain Disorder (PPD) refers to a person experiencing pain with no medical explanations for the pain. It has other names such as “Pain somatization disorder.” These terms essentially mean, “we can’t find a reason for the pain so it is likely all in your head”. To many, this diagnosis can be quite off putting and offensive. No one wants to be told they are crazy and the pain is all in their head. Often, the referral of pain patients to psychological practitioners is taken as an assault or lack of validation, as if the doctor isn’t really listening....

  • Could Toxic Burden Be Causing Type 2 Diabetes?

    We have been trained to think of type II diabetes as the type that you “earn” through diet and lifestyle choices. While lifestyle does play a role in the development and management of this disease, there is a very overlooked piece to this puzzle, toxic burden. Toxins are all around us from pesticides sprayed on foods, plastics, cleaning agents and beauty products. Our environment is becoming exceedingly toxic and our bodies are being forced to take on this load. With the rise of severe food and environmental allergies, eczema, autoimmune conditions and chronic illnesses like type II diabetes, taking...

  • It’s Not You, It’s Me

    Projection is a psychological defense originally identified by Sigmund Freud in which one unconsciously attributes their feelings or impulses onto another. The other carries our flaws and is responsible for our misery. Projection is a conflict between unconscious feelings or impulses and conscious beliefs or values. Projecting the feelings onto others or situations is an attempt to externalize the problem. An example of projection is when a husband who has suppressed sexual desires for a coworker, then accuses his wife of being unfaithful. Tom Hanks as Chuck Nolan in Cast Away projects his fears, disowned self or unconsciousness onto...

  • Wanted: Soul Being Candidates

    Did you know that you are a Soul Being having a Human Being experience.? This means that your Soul has been guiding you since let’s say… forever. Just imagine that you are in-between lifetimes and you are hanging out in the non-physical world. Your Soul floats up to the heavenly bulletin board and see’s a job post that says Human Being positions available. The requirements to incarnate as a Human Being are clearly listed as follows: Job Requirements: You will incarnate into a physical body that is going to need a lot of help at the beginning and at...

  • Beyond Calories and Carbs: A Broader Approach to Weight Loss

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s hard to go too long without hearing a conversation about the next best diet. If you’re like most patients, choosing the right diet can be confusing, overwhelming, and understandably stressful. With so many diets to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which program is best for you. While each one likely has its benefits, I often tell patients there is no single diet that is universally best for all of us. We are genetically and biochemically unique, which means the approach to weight loss should be specific to your...

  • Selective Mutism: Natural Approaches for Vocal Restoration

    What do you do when your patient or client appears to respond to every instruction you give them yet when you directly ask him or her a question there is no response? Do you repeat the question, assuming the individual has not heard what you said? Do you move forward with the intake and make note of the individual’s demeanor? These questions without a doubt leave numerous clinicians pondering what the next course of action might be. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), selective mutism (SM) is a disorder in which individuals...

  • Fueling Your Cells with Food: A Naturopathic Perspective

    Food is medicine and what we fuel our bodies with determines how our body runs. I recently became certified in the Wahls Protocol which is a diet therapy that is geared toward optimizing the health of your cells, particularly the mitochondria, or batteries, of your cells. Let’s talk about the reasons for including or eliminating certain food choices and how to implement change for lasting health benefits. Cellular Health 101 As mentioned, we want to eat to fuel our cells, particularly our mitochondria. Mitochondria are quite literally the batteries of each of the cells in our body. Interesting facts...

  • How Chiropractic and Osteopathy Fits into Your Pet’s Life

    Maybe you think that animals, unlike humans, use their bodies in a natural way and shouldn’t need chiropractic support. After all, they aren’t sitting at a desk all day, or playing one-sided games like golf! And cats are far too slinky to ever get stiff. But the truth is, chiropractic adjustments to the spine and limb joints can be an amazing boon for achy athletes, older arthritic pets, animals that have tripped or been dropped, and puppies that need good alignment in order to reach their healthy potential. In addition, recent work by Canadian veterinarian Laura Taylor has suggested...

  • Softer Skin Than You’ve Had in Years

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Spa Director – Clinical Aesthetician, Laura Duffany, at The Spa at Litchfield Hills to talk about the hottest new trends in skincare! Laura has worked with plastic surgeons and medical doctors and has cultivated a strong and knowledgeable skincare team at the spa. Her favorite line is Skinceuticals for spa facials and daily skincare regime. The spa offers dermaplaning, medical grade peels and microdermabrasion among other skincare services. Dermaplaning One of the trendiest exfoliation options today is dermaplaning, which is performed using a sterile surgical scalpel (not as scary as it...

  • Name it, Claim it, Tame it: How To Take Personal Responsibility and Respond Without Blame

    Just as our body and skin needs to be fed and cared for in a healthy and responsible manner, our mind and soul needs that same attention. This article deals with becoming aware of our thoughts, feelings and actions and being responsible for them (developing the ability to respond to life and others without blame or shame). There is a simple guidance often used in therapy that goes, “Name it, claim it and tame it.” It refers to being able to identify or name our challenges, emotions, weaknesses or faults; claim them or accept them as our own; and...