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  • The Power of Touch

    Years ago, when I first moved to Connecticut for work, I did not know anyone in the area. Over the next few weeks, I started feeling stressed, depressed, my skin was breaking out and my hair was shedding at a high rate. Then one day out of the blue, I got a hug from a student of mine. That hug moved me instantly to tears and I was shocked at my reaction. That night it hit me, I was missing human touch. I was so focused on work and settling in that I hadn’t even realized that it had...

  • An Interview with Bernard Ilsley, “The London Medium”

    Bernard Ilsley, “The London Medium,” is a third-generation psychic, and was born with the gift leaving most people who witness his ability astounded. He works with three spirit guides and is able to consult each different spirit guide depending on which specialized subject he is working on for the individual consulting him. His recording’s now play on every continent in the world, they now run into the millions. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bernard to talk about his gift and upcoming show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on March 19, 2019. DH: How did you discover you...

  • Zachariah Campion of Bailey’s Backyard Farm to Table Restaurant and Catering Company

    When you walk through the door of Bailey’s Backyard, you are entering a community venue for culinary and artistic treasures. Original art hangs on the walls, local musicians occasionally play in the backroom, and comfortable spaces welcome you to settle in and enjoy the artfully created meals by Connecticut Chef Zachariah Campion. Zach attended a cooking class at the Simsbury High School Culinary Program that launched him into a career as a Chef. He attended Johnson and Wales in Providence and received his 4 Year Culinary Arts Degree where expert chef-instructors taught him the craft of culinary arts in...

  • How Genetics and the Environment Influence Your Gut

    A tremendous amount of research is coming out in regards to genetics and personalized wellness. Gastrointestinal health, although largely impacted by environment, is also influenced by genetics. This is why no single diet is universally successful. People have unique biochemical individuality, based on their genes, which governs how well they may tolerate different foods. Indigestion symptoms may vary from upset stomach, abdominal pain, nausea, gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and/or diarrhea. This article will discuss how and why environment sets the foundation for proper gut health, and the role of genetics as an influencer. The Environment A person’s environment is...

  • Natural Ways to Manage Mild-to-Moderate Depression

    ore than 30 million Americans take antidepressant drugs…The effectiveness of … drugs has been the subject of several reviews. The results indicate that they have not been shown to work any better than a placebo in cases of mild to moderate depression, the most common reason for prescription medication … In fact, the research indicates that SSRIs and other antidepressant drugs might actually increase the likelihood of suicide in adults and children … These medications … may cause significant side effects.      ~ Michael T. Murray, ND, & Joseph Pizzorno, ND, The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (3rd Edition...

  • CBD and Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain conditions continue to be among the top reasons people visit their physician, and this is rising. At the birth of this trend, pharmaceutical narcotics were dished out with little forethought of the future and the potential societal impact. Consequently, narcotic dependency, as well as deaths from opioid pain medications and related drugs of abuse, soon became a national concern requiring more stringent guidelines on the dispensing of these drugs and forcing both patients and practitioners to begin looking for alternatives for pain management. Natural botanicals with anti-inflammatory pain-relieving compounds, including turmeric (Curcuma longa; a source of curcumin)...

  • Are You Programmed for Success or Failure?

    Your brain is “programmed” to operate and that programmed operation is creating the way you think, feel, speak, and perceive. The programmed “mechanism,” your mind, is creating the choices you make in your life and thus creating your life path. How do you develop the type of self-awareness that empowers you to expand the number of choices you have access to making in your life, realizing the number is infinite? The moment one gets that they are programmed and that they have access to choosing their lives, they experience the converse reality that they are unlimited possibility. They have...

  • Natural Options to Prevent and Alleviate Arthritis in Our Pets

    A common experience for many is that our wonderful joints, often so fluid and functional in our youth, can get worn down and develop arthritis over time. Nobody enjoys running and jumping and physical play any more than our pets: cats, dogs, horses, goats, even the hamster on a wheel! And naturally, we can end up seeing a lot of arthritis in animals. Pets can develop arthritis from general wear and tear, especially in the absence of nutritional support for the various tissues of the joints. Some pets may be born with a tendency to develop poorly formed joints,...

  • What If My Spouse Won’t De-Clutter?

    When I do speaking engagements, this is one of the questions I get asked a lot. No difference male or female there is usually one partner that won’t de-clutter and the partner asking the question is totally frustrated and at their wits end. What I find interesting many times while I’m doing an actual organizing project in someone’s home, they will blame the clutter on their spouse. “He just won’t throw anything away.” “She’s such a packrat.” As we are going through the process, I can clearly see the items belong to the accusing individual. I believe this is...

  • Healthy Eating for Busy Families

    Sarah is a full-time working mom that has a passion for home cooking. She is a self-taught chef who spends hours on the weekend teaching her children about food as they explore, test & create recipes as a family. Ayelet is a Paleo & Gluten-free chef and has run her own wellness center for many years. Recently, she closed her center to have more time to focus on her family and her kitchen. Ayelet: I know how important cooking with your family is and involving them in the creative process of putting together a healthy meal. Why is this...

  • 5 Strategies For Losing Weight and Being Financially Fit

    This year is your year. Now is your opportunity to acknowledge how satisfied you are with your personal finances and take yourself to the next level of financial fitness. Just as you take great care with your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health, this is your moment to tend to your financial health. How do you even begin? Start with what you know and what you are reading about in this issue of Natural Nutmeg: weight loss. Many of the same attitudes, behaviors, and activities that enable you to lose weight and become healthy physically can be applied to...

  • Having Trouble Shedding Those Stubborn Pounds?

    This year, you resolve to lose weight. You eliminate the junk food and hidden sugars from your diet. You start reading food labels. You switch to an all organic, plant-based eating style. You start exercising. You watch your portions and fill up on fiber- rich foods such as: fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Maybe instead you choose to go Paleo, and eat plenty of local, clean sources of protein like grass fed beef and pastured eggs. Yet, somehow you still can’t shed those stubborn pounds! If so, you may be struggling with weight loss resistance. Until...

  • Is Inflammation Causing You to Gain Weight?

    Inflammation is a major component of life that helps us deal with things such as infections, injuries, or allergies. In all instances, our body is trying to fight off what it sees as a foreign invader. In some instances, like arthritis, our body mistakenly identifies our own cells as foreign. On the one hand this inflammation is necessary to help us heal and recover. On the other hand, when our immune system reacts to ourselves or becomes overactive it can lead to further issues and chronic diseases. One of these issues is weight gain and difficulty losing weight. How...

  • Thomas John Comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse in January

    Thomas John is one of the most prestigious psychics in the world, with a documented history of extraordinary and authentic psychic readings. At age four, Thomas first discovered his divine abilities of clairaudience (hearing) and clairsentience (sensations). His family was astounded when young Thomas communicated with the spirit of his deceased grandfather and revealed the precise whereabouts of a lost family watch. Thomas bridges the gap between the tangible and intangible, providing a unique and mystical experience. Mystic events are those that which cannot be explained rationally or logically, often referred to as miracles. Divine communication with spirits provides...

  • Chefs Glorious Chefs, a New Series about Connecticut’s Best Chefs: Drew Stichter, of Hidden Valley Eatery

    Drew Stichter’s life was transformed into becoming food conscious in high school, which started his culinary adventure, “My father fell ill with heart disease at age 42, and that woke me up,” he said. His family cooked “traditional suburban meals” when margarine was considered good for you. Drew realized that eating healthy food might be able to help in reversing his father’s life, and he was determined to avoid heart disease. This fundamental fact set his life on a path of learning everything that he could about cooking natural food. He worked at “Food Naturally” a health food store...

  • The Many Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma

    Platelet Rich Plasma, also as known as PRP takes advantage of your body’s own healing mechanisms. Platelets are the cells in our circulation that have the natural function of helping the healing process through their release of biologically active substances into areas of injury to promote the mechanisms of healing. Harnessing the power of the body’s own platelets was first used over two decades ago to help in healing after dental surgeries. The use of it has grown over the years to include many other areas of medicine. Some of the growth factors are Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor which...

  • Giving Family Caregivers the Break They Deserve

    It is estimated that nearly 40 million Americans care for an adult friend or relative every year, providing 37 billion hours of unpaid care. While caring for a loved one can be a meaningful and rewarding experience, it can be an emotionally and physically demanding job. Family caregivers often feel overstretched, especially when trying to balance their caregiving duties with a career, children and their personal lives. In fact, according to AARP, nearly 9 in 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of...

  • Monetize Your Mission …Through Marketing Your Solutions

    New Year’s resolutions come in all forms . . . from losing weight to finally having a profit in your holistic business. I will leave the weight loss resolution to the other experts in this magazine. But how about making a profit in your holistic business in 2019? Customize first . . . then Monetize If this is the year that you truly (not just casually) desire to finally be profitable in your business, then there are critical points you must address. You need to Customize Your Mission before you can Monetize Your Mission. Stating the obvious: you are...