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  • End the Nightmare of Insomnia

    Are your eyes bleary as you read this? Did you just stifle a yawn? If so, you’re not alone because over 30 million adults and over two million children suffer from insomnia every year. Having worked with hundreds of clients who struggle to get some shut-eye, I know the toll it takes on their lives. And having helped corporations who are working to decrease the expense of an unhealthy work-force, I know the toll it takes on companies too. Did you know that employers spend around $3,200 more in health care costs on employees with sleep problems? Insomnia is...

  • A Leaner, Happier and Healthier Holiday Season

    No matter how much our culture changes, year after year, one of the top New Year’s resolutions never seems to change. If you guessed losing weight and eating healthier, you’re right! People seem to be more inclined to make healthier eating choices and incorporate some sort of exercise regimen prior to the holiday season. However, as soon as Thanksgiving shows up on the calendar, we throw our health-conscious values and ideals out the window. By the time January 1 rolls around,t we find ourselves cringing at the choices we’ve made in the past 30 plus days! We remember all...

  • Breaking the Stress-Sleepy Cycle

    Stress and sleep, or lack thereof, can have significant pathological and clinical implications. Stress and sleep are cyclically related to one another. Meaning, with stress comes sleep problems, and with a lack of sleep comes an improper stress response. What is Stress? Let’s define stress as a state of physical, mental or emotional tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. The nervous system has two speeds, one being the sympathetic nervous system which acts as an accelerator and referred to as the fight-or-flight response, and the other being the parasympathetic nervous system which acts as the brakes and...

  • The Secret for Living Disease and Stress Free

    In today’s society, it is normal for older citizens to shows signs of multiple chronic diseases and a lower standard of living due to health problems as their life progresses. In America, statistics say that most of us will develop diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, cancer, depression, anxiety and chronic pain by mid-life age. Despite the expected denigration of health that comes with getting older, I am 84 years old and I am constantly amazing my peers and doctors that I am not looking or feeling my age yet. That is correct – I have been fortunate enough to...

  • Finding the Courage to Grow

    “Wholeness for humans depends on their ability to own their own shadow.”      ~ Carl Jung I have always been serious minded and practical. People who know me might say I’m conservative, conventional or downright square. Growing up in Catholic school, studying science in college, and working a corporate job prepared me for a stable course, and I didn’t stray far from it. That’s why it shocked my family a few months ago when I announced I was going to a festival in the Nevada desert called “Burning Man”. “You are a 54-year-old suburban mom for God’s sake!” “There will...

  • How to Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally!

    Cold and Flu season is now commercially defined as the period from October until May, with the peak in cold and flu activity between December and February. Here are some of the most important things to consider to keep yourself healthy through the fall and winter months. Virus vs. Host Viruses and bacteria are in our environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. So why do we have a “season” when we get sick? Some research does show that viruses are slightly more robust at colder temperatures. However, if the weather were the...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom

    Dear Robin: I am feeling so alone and scared these days. I go to work and then I sit home by myself staring at my phone or the TV. No one ever calls me and instead of picking up the phone and calling someone, I wonder, “What’s on Netflix?” Fixing my loneliness has come down to binge watching someone else’s life on TV. And most of the time, those shows make me more scared of what is happening in the world. Can you help me figure out why I feel such despair and what can I do about it?...

  • Chronic Inflammation, Pain & Disease: Combating Them Naturally (Part 1)

    In the classic response to injury or infection, the injured area becomes red, swollen, hot, and painful. But, there is another type of inflammation that is not so obvious. This silent inflammation reflects an underlying low-grade stimulation of the inflammatory process with no outward signs of inflammation. The only time that it becomes apparent is when the blood is tested for markers of inflammation . . . . ~ Michael T. Murray, ND & Joseph Pizzorno, ND The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – 3rd Edition Are you in pain? Have you been diagnosed with a chronic condition or disease?...

  • Hypnosis for Successful Relapse Prevention

    The addiction statistics in this country are STAGGERING and have gotten more so in recent years. It feels like we all know someone who is struggling, and sometimes that someone is ourselves. These are intense times and they trigger a lot of our feelings of fear of being out of control so we look for something to numb those feelings. A few of us turn toward meditation, guided visualization, healthy exercise, positive action, compassion for self and others to feel better, but many are looking for the quick and easy fix to make their uncomfortable feelings go away. Within...

  • An Endurance Athlete’s Secret Weapon to Post-Race Recovery

    Training for a marathon, ironman, or a long distance cycling event can be long and grueling. Many scheduled training sessions are scheduled over a course of weeks to months to prepare you and your body for the big event you set your mind to from the beginning. But what happens when the race is over? How do you assure that your body is going to recover properly? Let’s begin with some do’s and don’t’s of the training process itself. As an athlete, “never give up” is a mentality that can be a double-edged sword. Knowing the signs of muscle...

  • Soil as a Gateway for Eliminating Toxins

    Natural treatments for illness typically revolve around eliminating “the bad” (e.g. toxins) and boosting or amplifying “the good” (e.g. wellness). Similarly, natural treatments for landscapes, such as compost, can help simultaneously eliminate the bad and boost or amplify the good. The following examples illustrate the potential positive impacts of compost. Compost can help eliminate the bad Directly, compost can help filter out pollutants. In a process known as bioremediation, microorganisms capture or break down contaminants in water or soil. Did you know that in one teaspoon of living soil there are 100 million to 1 billion bacteria? These bacteria...

  • Max Chef to Farm Celebrates 10 Years

    Growing up a few minutes down the road from Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, I have long awaited the opportunity to attend a Max Chef to Farm dinner under a tent amongst the vines on this gorgeous farm and vineyard. It couldn’t have been better that the dinner we were invited to was Maize: Tapas & Corn, as I pretty much live for summer and Rosedale Farms Super Sweet corn! You can imagine my delight – and of course Max Executive Chef Chris Torta from Trumbull Kitchen did not disappoint with his corn-inspired dishes. The event also featured a craft...

  • Spicing Up Your Plate with Healthy Benefits

    PHOTO CREDIT: Cheyney Barrieau for Eat IN Connecticut There’s a whole new meaning to spicing up your meal in Connecticut. Whether you dine in West Hartford, New Haven or New Canaan, International Chef Prasad Chrinomula of Five Star Restaurant Group, (Thali, Thali Too, Oaxaca, INDIA New Canaan) dishes up a whole new meaning to savoring great, healthy Indian food locally across the Nutmeg state at his restaurant locations. INDIA, his newest restaurant which opened in December 2016 in West Hartford Center, boasts a menu with exclusive recipes delivering health benefits while complementing its exceptional fare. Guests can experience locally...

  • Writing a New Script

    A lot of us are on healing journeys. We are seekers striving for better health, life and wellness. It can sometimes take a lot of courage to step out of the known, the familiar, and what feels safe. It’s not always easy experiencing new ways of being, but although it may be scary, there is so much reward. Changing our beliefs and perceptions about ourselves and the world around us can be an ongoing task. Working through layers upon layers of programming, the internal script that our mind replays over and over again, can drive us nuts, yet all...

  • What Can Natural Medicine do for Cancer Treatment?

    Cancer treatment is one of the most heavily researched fields in medicine. Scientists and researchers are constantly seeking better and novel treatments. Daily studies are being published showing new benefits to integrative therapies as well as more effective conventional treatments. At the same time, many diets, supplements and therapies boast unsubstantiated claims. It is a very confusing landscape for patients and their families. As a naturopathic physician, my role in oncology is to help navigate this terrain with patients, helping them find complementary therapies to help their treatment with their oncologist and keep them feeling empowered, in both body...

  • Estrogen: Friend or Foe? What You Need to Know

    Hormones, hormones, hormones! What is a woman to do? Is estrogen my friend or my foe? And what can I do to balance my hormones so that estrogen remains my friend for life? What is Estrogen? Estrogen is a sex steroid hormone derived from cholesterol, as all steroid molecules are. Estrogen is responsible for the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and reproduction, as well as supporting bone, brain, cardiovascular, skin, bladder, and vaginal health, among so many other important processes in the body. So, we need estrogen! When we speak about estrogen we are often primarily referring...

  • Natural Medicine for Effective Pain Relief

    Pain is by far the most common medical condition people experience and the #1 reason for doctor visits. Pain can impact people in so many ways, be long lasting, and make people desperate. But there is hope for relief from pain. In the United States, we have created opioid and pain epidemics because of our failure to treat pain without using addictive drugs. Recently this has begun to change. Standard guidelines for various pain conditions around the world have begun shifting toward an integrative medical approach. Within these guidelines, conventional strategies (drugs, surgeries) are combined with natural or complementary...

  • Living on Purpose

    Are you living in your purpose? Not your career or job, but your purpose. As a physician, I strongly believe that the path to purpose leads to good health and life fulfillment. This is a topic that is seldom discussed from a medical perspective, but one of extreme importance. Think about what you loved to do as a child. Does that reflect what you do now as an adult? When I was little, I would patch up my friends’ “boo-boos”, spent hours sewing clothes for my dolls and styling their hair. As an adult, I am a physician who...

  • Breaking Bad Habits

    Moving from summertime to the fall season brings with it more routine as we let go of longer days, eating outdoors, beach vacations and summer foods. Even when we are no longer of the age that we are “going back to school” we still feel the pull of the colder weather bringing us back to our routines. The relaxed feeling of summer can also lead to letting go of our normal schedules and attention to healthier habits. Fall is a great time to make changes to let go of the things that don’t serve us, a.k.a. bad habits. The...

  • Is Your Soul Calling for Adventure?

    Since the dawn of humanity, it seems we have had an intrinsic desire to explore that transcends necessity and survival. We, at our core, long to see what lies beyond the next mountain range or seek a new route to travel. Whatever the reason it’s clear that humans have been on the move since we came into existence. History is rich with the accounts of famous explorers and pioneers who dedicated their entire lives to traversing new landscapes. Some of the most incredible places we take for granted are only known today because of our trailblazing ancestors. We have...

  • A Divine Approach to Fulfilling Your Destiny

    One of the most common lessons we all learn on the spiritual journey is that we have lived many past lives and that we are here in this lifetime to heal traumas from those past lifetimes. This common lesson certainly brands our life in a negative light. Yet, what if the main reason you are here is to generate positive outcomes? A life of positive outcomes requires you to set positive intentions, have a positive attitude and initiate positive actions for yourself, your family, your friends and our world. This journey of your positive outcomes is the fulfillment of...

  • Is Hormone Imbalance Causing Infertility?

    According to the CDC, one in eight couples have difficulty becoming pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Difficulty conceiving can lead to feelings of hopelessness, anger, frustration, and despair. Couples may ask themselves, “Why is this happening to us?” They might even believe that one of them is just completely infertile without cause; this is almost never the case. Underlying Causes of Infertility and Hormonal imbalance From a disease standpoint, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is one of the leading causes of infertility. Yet, PCOS still occurs for a reason. Vitamin and mineral deficiency, poor immune function and gastrointestinal infection, improper...