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  • 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...

  • You Don’t Have to Suffer with Daily Chronic Pain

    When we are outside enjoying the pleasant weather, we are more vulnerable to strains and sprains from gardening and outdoor activities. Injuries may be new or reactivated. This is also the time of year when allergies and asthma can be problematic. One wonderful solution to these and many other problems is the Bowen technique. Bowen technique was developed by the late Tom Bowen (1916-1982). After serving in World War II, he returned to his home in Australia filled with a desire to alleviate human suffering. During the day he worked as a chemist, while at night he began to...

  • Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation

    At the time meditation burst on the scene, I was in college trying to make sense of the 60’s. I didn’t understand what meditation was, but the Beatles were doing it and that got my attention. Beatles music brought joy back after the shock and sadness of the JFK assassination. Suddenly it was ok to have fun again. Meditation, however, was a harder sell. For most of us meditation seemed too foreign. The swamis, saris, beards, bare feet, sitar and the chanting in sanskrit were cultural references we didn’t understand. Personally, I was not ready to defend, define, or...

  • The Webster Technique for a Healthy Pregnancy

    For many women, pregnancy can be a very uncomfortable experience. Early on, it may begin with morning sickness, mood swings, and food cravings. This can guide a newly pregnant mom on an emotional roller coaster. Then the physical changes begin to kick in. As the baby begins the journey of gestation, the baby gradually develops and grows in the mother’s womb. As the baby grows, it is inevitable that the mother’s belly grows and these changes alter spinal and pelvic alignment. Chiropractors use many techniques to assist with misalignments or “subluxations” in the spinal column, disc, bones, and joints....

  • A Food Lover’s Dream in Trastevere

    Trastevere…one of my most favorite places in Rome…from romantic winding alleyways and cobblestone streets to magestic churches and splendid piazzas, there are wonders to look at with every turn. By night it’s a happening destination full of young, hip, artsy crowds and by day it is a small village with timeless, artisan shops to browse. It truly is the quintessential Roman neighborhood. One of the best things we did while staying in this lovely area was take the Trastevere For Foodies tour. Our fantastic guide, Kate, had a plethora of knowledge about the area and the food we sampled...

  • Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids

    Educators and parents alike are taking notice of the stress that surrounds our children on a daily basis. The stressors and demands of modern American society leaves students at a disadvantage that can only be remedied by a significant change in the way we structure and approach teaching and learning. However, while well intentioned, the current nationally imposed reform efforts have led to increased levels of anxiety, frustration and stress amongst educators. Moreover, contending with students’ increasing levels of anxiety, depression and stress to succeed in a competitive world have led to unprecedented educator absenteeism and burnout. Not surprisingly,...

  • A Naturopathic Approach to Pediatric Health

    As summer wanes and the days begin to shorten, thoughts turn from beach trips and family vacations to classrooms and textbooks. For children, it’s the beginning of another school year, with the associated mixed bag of emotions ranging from enthusiasm to dread. For parents, it’s renewed focus on keeping those kids healthy and doing the best possible to support their academic success. It is important to remember how closely overall health is related to doing well at school. Beyond just accumulating sick days, an unwell child will be more distracted, more fatigued, and less likely to be able to...

  • Nurturing Your Nature: The Benefits of Playing Outdoors

    Adults frequently say, “Go play outside,” to their children without fully realizing the benefits that can come from outdoor play and getting dirty. Digging into dirt can have significant physical health benefits. Exposure to a range of bacteria is essential to human health and building up immunity, especially in children. Luckily there’s a fast-track solution for anyone seeking to get out of hyper-sanitized environments: soil! A single teaspoon of rich garden soil contains more than 1 billion bacteria. Let them dig. They might get messy and dirty, and the bathwater at the end of the day might turn brown....

  • Natural Treatments for ADHD…Just What the Doctor Ordered

    Recent studies seem to indicate that ADHD is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cases of ADHD are up 42 percent from the previous decade. Whether this rise is due to environmental factors, increased awareness, or over diagnosis, parents everywhere are wringing their hands. The lack of focus, impulsivity, and hyperactive behavior can have serious implications for kids’ academic performance, not to mention the many adults who find that the same symptoms are hindering their own success. Yet putting your child on ADHD medication (or going on it yourself) is a serious step...

  • Hypothyroidism: Natural Support for a Sluggish Thyroid (Part 2)

    “The purpose of treating hypothyroidism is to maintain normal metabolism by correcting a deficient output of thyroid hormone. Once replacement therapy begins, the thyroid will stop producing hormones all together, and replacement must be continued for life. Many patients…have reported benefits from practicing a yoga pose called the Shoulder Stand . . . which increases circulation to the thyroid….Hold as long as comfortable, slowly working up to 5 minutes a day. Don’t do this pose if you are pregnant or menstruating… if you have glaucoma, sinus problems or high blood pressure. The Shoulder Stand may be more effective if...

  • Hypothyroidism: Natural Support for a Sluggish Thyroid (Part 1)

    Millions of Americans suffer from fatigue, weight gain, depression, and cognitive impairment. Many believe that they have no choice but to accept these seemingly “age-related” declines in quality of life. Underachieve thyroid (hypothyroidism) is often overlooked or misdiagnosed and can be the underlying cause of these symptoms.    ~ Lifeextension.com Hypothyroidism is definitely a major stress. Subnormal body temperature and too little thyroid hormone can reduce the strength and resistance of every cell, including the billions involved in the immune system.    ~ Stephen Langer, MD, Solved: The Riddle      of Illness Do you feel like you’re completely falling apart? If so,...

  • From PMS to Menopause…Try Acupuncture!

    Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are safe and effective modalities to restore and maximize women’s health. Acupuncture can be used for girls and women through all phases of life. According to the theory of TCM, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that travels through the body to all cells and organs through pathways called meridians. When Qi and blood are of adequate quantity and are free flowing health is present. However, when Qi or blood are inadequate or channels become blocked disharmony and disease follow. If Qi and blood become stagnant dampness and heat can lead to...