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Stamford Health Wellness Sports Expo 2018

  • Glowing Skin au Naturel

    We all strive for that dewy, soft, glowing skin that reminds us of youth and vitality. Yet our skin is often dry, blemished and dull. Our skin tone, clarity, hydration and overall appearance is a direct reflection of our health, so it’s worth paying attention to not just for vanity’s sake, but also for our wellbeing. Our skin communicates with us that something is wrong internally, and then sends out a physical signal that requires attention. The good news is that the human body is resilient; its main goal is to heal itself and given some help, it can...

  • The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

    We all seek happiness; we seek opportunities to better our lives and reach our goals. But the distraction of our jobs, family responsibilities, and technology can veer us off course. Our perceptions many times blur reality and many of us will choose the fastest and most convenient path to “fix” our daily challenges. As a society, we do not understand how to live authentically. However, to develop authenticity requires deeper awareness. To create permanent change, one must recognize default behaviors that have been developed through our past and earliest childhood experiences. Our perceptions must be scrutinized and addressed so...

  • How to Eat Healthy When Dining Out

    “Eating healthy” means consistently making healthy decisions when it comes to your food. The decision process often starts with shopping. Your state of mind at the grocery store will affect your purchases. Feeling hungry or “off” can lead to emotional purchases that you may not necessarily want on your shelves at home. Try making a list (preferably incorporating items discussed below) and sticking to it when you are shopping. Buying locally at farmer’s markets or farm stands can also improve decisions. Eating out at restaurants can make “eating healthy” trickier. If not planned ahead, the decision may come down...

  • Look Years Younger and Achieve Robust Wellness with Essential Oils

    When I was asked to write an article on natural skin care, I JUMPED on it. Here’s why: In the past, having horrible skin was just my ‘thing,’ and I had accepted this about my appearance. I am not kidding when I say I had skin bumps and lumps SO bad that I used to hide behind my hair. I tried with makeup to cover these purple marbles, but there was really no hiding it. Severe acne really is a skin disease. While staying out of sight as a young woman from ages 13-23, I knew I had something...

  • Hydrogen Water: A Powerful Natural Antioxidant

    Free radicals – you’ve heard about them, but what are they really and how do we fight them? In a nutshell – free radicals are inflammation-causing molecules linked to everything from accelerated aging to cancer. And we create them all day long – when we exercise, engage in movement, even breathe. How do we fight them? Science indicates that antioxidants are nature’s way of counteracting toxic free radicals. Hydrogen (H) is the smallest and lightest element and when ingested acts as a natural antioxidant. You may know Dr. Nicholas Perricone for his amazing skincare line – but now he...

  • Find Your Direction in Life with the Medicine Wheel

    Stone medicine wheels have been built and used for ceremonies for millennia and each one has unique characteristics and qualities. The medicine wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various Native American tribes for health and healing. The medicine wheel is a circle divided by a cross to create four directions (north, south, east and west). In Native American traditions, the medicine wheel was a reflection of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and it gave people guidelines to follow for personal growth. Each person is represented somewhere within that circle and that placement...

  • 10 Secrets to Find Lasting Love Online

    Many singles despise online dating. They don’t like how few people respond, all the texting and confusion when interested parties disappear. It’s not perfect but looking for love on the web is a useful tool when you know how to make the most of it. Knowing what to expect and consider normal will make navigating easier. I’ve written this from a woman’s perspective, but most tips work for men too. 1. Write a Short Profile. The best profile is less than 300 words and doesn’t describe everything about you. It’s written conversationally, as if you were talking which makes...

  • Natural Pest Deterrents for Your Garden

    Behind the scenes even zen-like, productive gardens can feel like a battle zone. Slugs are invading from the south! Deer are munching on the north perimeter! Mosquitoes are buzzing straight towards my flesh! If you like to avoid chemicals and toxic sprays, here are a few strategies to naturally deter a range of bugs and furry friends from walking, flying, and nibbling their way through your landscape. Support Your Soil and Plants Healthy plants resist pests, and healthy soil yields healthy plants. So first off, support your soil and space with the following techniques. Apply Compost: Apply a two-inch...

  • 6 Steps for Building Wealth

    What is the greatest gift you can give the woman you love this Mother’s Day? Give her information she can use to set herself up for financial success. The following are six steps she may find helpful for building her wealth. Step 1: Understand Wealth The first step in building wealth is to know what being wealthy entails. Being wealthy is not the same as being rich. There is no specific income level associated with being wealthy. Buying a home in an affluent zip code or wearing certain clothing does not make you wealthy. Being wealthy means understanding what...

  • Death is the Greatest Illusion of All

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with James Van Praagh last month to talk with him about life, death, mediumship and the state of our world today. James has brought a mind-full awareness to the subject of “communication with the dead” into the public psyche for the past thirty years. James is known as a “survival evidence medium,” meaning that he provides evidential proof of life after death via detailed messages from the spiritual realms. I’ve also been lucky enough to attend one of his live events and it was absolutely amazing to see him in action. He’ll...

  • What Does the Future Hold for Diagnosing and Treating Lyme?

    Well, it’s that time of year again. The snow is beginning to melt and crocuses and daffodil bulbs are breaking the ground. It’s also that time of year where we all need to become vigilant about Deer Ticks (Ixodes scapularis), which are emerging from their winter hibernation and crawling about looking to latch on to warm-blooded creatures like white footed mice, chipmunks, birds, white tailed deer, cats, dogs and humans. Lyme coinfections such as Erlichiosis, Babesiosis and Bartonella may also be transmitted. The CT Department of Health reports 3,000 cases to the CDC, but CDC estimates the rate to...

  • Six Innovative Treatments for Lyme Disease

    If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease, chances are good you’ve been prescribed antibiotics. That may be fine, but it may not be enough to keep symptoms at bay. You may find the problems you were having return a few weeks, months, or even years later. This happens because the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (which causes Lyme disease) likes to “hide out” in tissues where blood flow and therefore oxygen is reduced, such as in connective tissue. Borrelia has also been found to create biofilms, which are like a walled-in city, and the bacteria can survive there in safety until...

  • Co-Creating Healthy Families: What You Need to Do Before Getting Pregnant

    It is so amazing to have the opportunity and desire to create a family with the one you love. I had the great privilege to be very intentionally pregnant twice, and give birth to two beautiful boys, who continue to be happy and healthy. And I will admit that if I knew what I know now, I likely would have prepared differently! Now I simply have a very directed purpose of sharing what I have learned to provide some beginning guidance on how women and men can prepare themselves, their bodies and minds, to co-create happy and healthy children....

  • Safe Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Synthetic pharmaceuticals prescribed as “hormone replacement” therapy are among the most widely prescribed medications in this country. They are most often used for women in menopause for symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Unfortunately, even when effective for symptom relief, there is concern regarding the long-term safety of taking these “hormones”. Many women fearing the consequences of being treated with hormones, refuse therapy they might otherwise benefit from. With Bioidentical hormone replacement the benefits of hormone replacement therapy may be enjoyed while minimizing safety concerns. When hormone imbalances are present there is a long list of associated...

  • Rejuvenate Aging Skin…Safe and Naturally

    Look no further than the nonsurgical face lift which uses microcurrent technology. Supported by over 30 years of research, microcurrent produces electrical signals like those naturally occurring when the body is repairing damaged tissue and has been shown to stimulate cell growth and rejuvenate aging skin. It is truly a safer alternative to riskier and invasive procedures like Botox or plastic surgery. As we age, our skin gets thinner and less elastic, facial muscles weaken and there is reduced production of collagen and elastin. Studies on microcurrent therapy indicate a 14% increase in the production of natural collagen, a...

  • What Lyme Disease Does to Our Immune System

    Our bodies are incredibly resilient and capable of fighting microbes, which are constantly bombarding us. We can ward off harmful bacteria, viruses, and even parasites and typically bounce back with relative ease. However, many people are keenly aware that this isn’t always the case with Lyme disease. People can be infected with the borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme, and remain ill despite standard treatment. When a holistic approach is taken, supporting the entire body, people are more likely to overcome the infection and reestablish health. Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi When exposed to an infection, our immune system...

  • Delectable Dinners on the Farm with DORO Restaurant Group

    One of my favorite things to do in the summer and early fall is head to a dinner on the farm. Luckily, right here in Connecticut we have plenty of opportunities to do so as there are more and more restaurant groups partnering with local farms to showcase culinary skills and local foods. I was so excited to attend the DORO Restaurant Group’s September farm dinner at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington – being a big fan of Treva and all of Dorjan Puka’s restaurants, I knew it would be phenomenal. Every dinner begins with a farm tour by...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom From Robin Clare

    Dear Robin: I have always been searching for my true Soul Mate. I am a deeply spiritual person, fulfilled at work and volunteer my time for causes important to me, but I still struggle with feeling like my life would be more complete if only I found my Soul Mate. What can I do to attract my Soul Mate into my life?     ~ Ellen from CT. Dear Ellen: The desire for both women and men to attract in their true Soul Mate activates two self-limiting beliefs. The first limiting belief is that our true Soul Mate must be a...

  • Natural Treatment For Menopause

    “Rather than use estrogens to artificially counteract the symptoms of menopause, the natural approach focuses on improving physiology through diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and the use of botanical medicines.”      ~ Michael T. Murray, ND,      & Joseph Pizzorno, ND –      The Encyclopedia of      Natural Medicine (3rd Ed.2012) Are you over age 40 and noticing that your body has been changing? Are you confused about how to address those changes? No two women experience menopause in exactly the same way, and very often other health issues are present that can complicate treatment. If you prefer to rely on holistic means of...

  • Breathe Easier During Allergy Season

    ‘Tis the season for sneezing, congestion, headaches, and itchy eyes. As the beautiful trees begin to bud and flowers push up through the ground, people return to the drugstore for over-the-counter and prescription remedies. As one dutifully takes medication to control annoying allergy symptoms, they may wonder if there are any alternatives to this expensive solution with varying effectiveness. It is not just outdoor allergens like pollen and grasses that cause allergy symptoms. Inside the house there are a variety of allergenic particles such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, and mold. The symptoms are the same except that...

  • Do It Yourself Companion Planting

    Our bodies respond to what we put in them. Drink a frozen beverage too quickly? Brain freeze! Consume lactose or sugar? Get ready for potentially gassy conditions and energy spikes. The same holds true in the garden: plants respond to inputs including temperatures, sunlight, soil composition, and adjacent plants. Entire books are written on each of these topics. This article strives to provide some general context and simple advice to help beginning do-it-yourself gardeners make good choices for their landscape. Temperature When growing vegetables, take note of the temperature of the soil. I personally do not bother with a...

  • Spring Forward Your Savings and Spending Strategies

    Spring is in the air! Temperatures are rising and forecasts for rain are replacing predictions for snow. When you think about your spending and saving behaviors, are you confidently springing forward with strategies for growth, or are you soaking in April showers? Sowing Seeds that Grow The Wall Street Journal article, “Americans Are Spending More, Saving Less” claims more Americans are not saving as much as they have in the past. What’s the “right” amount to spend and save? The most accurate answer is, “it depends on your specific situation” because different factors like your financial goals, your income,...