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  • Why We All Need The Feminine and The Masculine

    Women do not come from Venus, or Men from Mars. That common, alienated perspective makes us feel like aliens to each other! No wonder our most loving relationships are often overwhelmed with strife. Intimate relationships encompass our sexual gender as men and women, but also at play are the larger archetypes of feminine and masculine. The complex interaction of these four isn’t easily grasped. For example, women might prefer men as their intimate partners, and vice versa. Why—because of the obviousness of our biological genders, intended to join in procreation. However, sometimes women most recognize the dynamic of feminine-masculine...

  • Slow Down the Aging Process with Cosmetic Acupuncture

    For thousands of years, Chinese medicine techniques have consisted of using ancient healing methods to maintain health, beauty, and longevity. Mei Zen Cosmetic acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that uses traditional needling techniques to help slow down the aging process and naturally rejuvenate the face. Mei Zen means “beautiful person” in Chinese. What is unique about the Mei Zen technique is that it not only treats the face, but also treats the whole body and constitution of an individual including the mind, body and spirit. This technique is a safe, natural and non-invasive way to achieve the greatest...

  • Paleo Banana Bread

    For many of us, the idea of reducing grain in our diet is not very exciting… what will we nosh on? There is something very nourishing about eating something spongy and soft and warm! The following recipe is one that I have ‘worked on’ for the last year. After MANY revisions, this recipe is pretty close to perfect—it definitely fills a void for me and my family!!! Paleo Banana Bread Ingredients: ½ cup cassava flour 1/3 cup tapioca starch 1/3 cup potato starch ½ cup flax meal (preferably freshly made) ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2...

  • Jessica Pizano, Owner of Fit to You, LLC

    This business spotlight is our fifth in a series recognizing local holistic practitioners and businesses that are celebrating 10 years in 2017. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jessica Pizano of Fit to You to discuss her inspiration and success. DH: Why did you want to start your own business vs working for someone else? JP: For me it was a matter of creating the proper environment for my clients. I had always worked out of other people’s offices including a personal training studio and a naturopathic office. I wanted to create an office space that was...

  • Think Like a Vegetarian

    I have a love/hate relationship with meat. I love how it keeps me satisfied and sustains my husband, a competitive cyclist. To be honest, it has just been easier to eat animal protein because I grew up with it and was used to centering my meals around it. But the more I learn about current industrial animal farming in our society, the more concerned I become. I lament its effects on the environment and water supply, its lack of sustainability, and the cruel and unhealthful way our industrialized meat is raised and harvested. I’m even concerned about the potential...

  • Secrets to Eating Healthy on the Road

    It’s a common story: You wake up before dawn, rush to the airport and arrive with only a few minutes to spare before boarding. Glancing around, you realize many breakfast options aren’t available. You think to yourself, a bagel sounds really delicious right about now. After all, it is vacation! Unfortunately, the bagel leaves you feeling bloated, foggy and fatigued. You forgot to grab a snack, so you eat the free ones the flight attendant gives you. When you finally check into your hotel, you’re tired and starving and there’s no way you want to go to the gym....

  • Struggling with Weight Loss Resistance?

    One of the most common patient concerns voiced in the office is, “I want to lose weight.” Most patients have already tried a combination of various medications, crash diets, surgeries and exercise regimens with limited, if any, success. Success rates are so low because there are many complex pathways and chemical messengers mediating the body’s ability to optimize metabolic processes and body composition. The majority of weight loss resistance is centered in the regulation of hormones. The calorie-in/calorie-out theory has been widely disproven, yet remains a dominant misconception regarding diet and weight loss. Calories do matter, but the updated...

  • Genuine Hospitality and Delicious Fare at the Farmhouse Restaurant

    Tucked away in a cozy plaza in Newtown is an amazing farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on delivering fresh local food in a warm and welcoming setting. As soon as you walk into The Farmhouse Restaurant you are greeted like family. They have a gorgeous dining area with floor to ceiling windows where you can watch the sun go down, relax and enjoy a spectacular meal. Executive Chef and Owner Winnie Togonon joined with Michele Carrino-Hanson and Michael McGetrick to create a true farm-to-table dining experience for their community. Chef Winnie is no stranger to the culinary arts industry and...

  • A Divine Approach to Success

    Are you a spiritual being having a human being experience? If you are, then it would make sense that a success strategy provided by the Divine would apply to any endeavor in your life. For example, the Divine’s success strategy can be applied to developing happy relationships, designing a career strategy or a new business, creating a community event, or manifesting healing from illness or addiction. Here are the six stages of success from the view of the spiritual journey – because that is how I learned them. One day, I was driving in my car and I heard...

  • Skin Refresher “101”

    Taking care of your skin is so important – and so easy!, Once you start, it quickly becomes a daily routine, just like brushing your teeth. However, sometimes we need a little guidance in deciding what regimen is best for us. This is where your esthetician or skincare professional can be helpful. Time is sometimes an obstacle for people who can’t follow a daily skincare routine. If you really think about it, it only takes 3 to 4 minutes to properly do the minimum three steps; cleanse, tone and moisturize. It’s really not a lot of time to get...

  • How to Improve Your Marathon Time Safely

    Let’s face it, running has become a growing community over the past 10 years. New ways to get individuals up and active is key to why this sport is now so popular. For some people, running is an occasional activity that is completed to incorporate cardiovascular health into their lives; but for others running is much more than that, it’s a way of life. Being a marathoner is a strange addiction. The love of fatiguing your body to push yourself to new limits is what many enjoy about the “runner’s high” they receive when completing a race. So why...

  • Highlights from the 1st Annual West Hartford Wine & Food Festival

    Residents of Connecticut and beyond enjoyed some of the state’s best food and drink at the First Annual West Hartford Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, June 17th at Kingswood Oxford School. Attendees were treated to more than 30 wine tables featuring 250+ wines from local, national & world-renowned brands, food from 30+ top area restaurants, and live entertainment, that helped raise funds for select Independent Schools in West Hartford. It truly was a fantastic event and if you weren’t there…you definitely missed a great one. Eat IN Connecticut, who helped out with the festival planning and was tasked...

  • The Future is Now…Anti-Aging Medicine in 2017

    Anti-Aging Medicine attempts to improve health, not just treat illness. When you went for a check-up with your doctor were you told, “everything is fine”? What does that mean? What it means is that your doctor didn’t find a disease that you are suffering from now. The effects of aging aren’t seen as a medical problem, and therefore not in the realm of anything that your doctor will deal with other than prescribe medication for symptoms as they arise. With the application of Anti-Aging Medicine treatments some disease processes can be at least partially reversed. Maintaining Youthful Vitality 1....

  • Can Lyme Disease Cause Food Allergies?

    We live in Connecticut which is home to Lyme and, ironically, Hadlyme. It seems there is not a person in the state who has not either had Lyme or at least known someone suffering from this brutal disease. It is an infection that brings with it a series of brutal symptoms that are both related to the actual Borrelia burgdorferi infection and secondary to our own immune response. There are so many schools of thought on this disease and how to both diagnose and treat it. Then there are the co-infections that must be contended with including Borrelia, Ehrlichia,...

  • Stand Up Straight!! Your Body Posture is Giving You Clues

    Do you remember when your mom used to tell you to correct your posture? To sit up straight? To stand tall? Now, how is your posture? Your walk? When you walk, do you feel vibrant and energetic? Are you upright? Does your body move easily? Do your arms swing? Do your feet strike the ground evenly? Do your hips and pelvis move with freedom? Can you still bend and squat like you used to? Or do you have pain, stiffness, or soreness? Is getting up from a chair difficult? Are you a little stiff until you stretch out? Do...

  • Subconscious Tools for Troubling Times

    It keeps you up at night, or maybe it’s there first thing when you wake up in the morning. Your eyes open and this wave of anxiety flows over you before you’re even fully awake. You watch the news or check out your Facebook feed, and crazy things are happening in the world. It’s literally hard for your mind to make sense of it all. You listen to some of the decisions being made by our government, and you literally can’t understand what they’re thinking but are pretty sure they’re not thinking about you, your family, or mother earth...

  • Adrenal Dysfunction…An American Epidemic

    It’s 8:00 at night on a Monday evening and you’re just getting home from picking up the children at soccer practice. Long before this though you woke up at 5:30 am. You were able to get the kids ready for school, cleaned up the house, worked all day, managed to hit the gym afterwards, quickly rushed to the grocery to buy dinner, and THEN went to pick up the kids. Not to mention all the other events that had occurred within your day like dealing with your overbearing boss, or how you came home from work to a burst...

  • Living the LEAN Life

    Being physically active most of my life has been a great advantage for me and I know it. But after having kids, relying on exercise alone wasn’t as productive as it had been in the past. Even though I was dedicating the time and effort to exercise it began to feel like I had hit my “new normal” and I just settled in to accepting where I was. Work, kid’s sports, planning meals and teaching classes took enough of my focus and energy. There wasn’t a lot of time to prepare for a change. I was like many of...

  • Elegant Country Lodging and Delicious Fare at the Vermont Four Columns Inn

    Quintessential New England…old homesteads, and white-steepled churches nestled amidst the village green with fir trees still covered in snow. This is the quaint and peaceful scene you’ll stumble across as you drive into Newfane, VT to the elegant yet timeless Four Columns. I was so excited to visit the Inn and the legendary Artisan Restaurant Tavern and Garden as I am a huge fan of its sister properties, at Delamar Greenwich Harbor and Delamar Southport Hotels and soon to open, West Hartford! And as expected, The Four Columns did not disappoint. A beautiful, tumbled Carrera marble walkway leads you...

  • Dr. Lauren Young, owner of CT Natural Health Specialists

    This business spotlight is our 4th in a series recognizing local holistic practitioners and businesses that are celebrating 10 years in 2017. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Lauren Young, owner of CT Natural Health Specialists to discuss her inspiration and success. DH: Why did you want to start your own business vs working for someone else? LY: I grew up in Hebron and always knew I wanted to be in this area. There really wasn’t an opportunity out here to join someone, so the choice was made for me! Hold your breath and trust your...

  • A Divine Approach to Healing

    Does this sound like you? At times, it seems as if you’re totally getting the spiritual journey and your life is flowing in a beautiful manner . . . but at other times your spiritual journey can be the most frustrating or painful experience one may imagine. Why is this amazing experience so painfully good? Let’s break it down: The spiritual journey requires that you recognize that you are – first and foremost – a spiritual being having a human being experience. This recognition brings forth three sets of learnings: The first set of learnings revolves around you being...

  • The In’s and Out’s of Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Bioidentical hormone therapy refers to hormone replacement with hormonal substances that are, on a molecular level, identical to what our own bodies make. This, as opposed to replacement with synthetic hormones, allows for several advantages. First, because the bioidentical hormones you receive are identical to your own, they have a complete action in the body. That is, they act exactly like your own hormones would. Synthetic hormones are molecularly similar, and will exert similar effects to your own hormones, but will not have complete action. This incomplete action often does not elicit a balanced hormone response in the body....

  • What Is Happening With My Hormones?

    In my many years in private practice as a board-certified Ob/Gyn, I had many appointments with women who complained to me that they felt that their “hormones were off,” or that they were “feeling so hormonal.” They would say to me, “Dr. Wei! Why do I feel like I want to kill my husband and children the days before my period? Why can’t I lose weight? Why am I so tired?” As a woman who also faced these issues firsthand, I understood fully what they were describing; however, in my conventional practice, I had few reliable tools to address...

  • Diagnosed with Lyme? Support Your Immune System

    There are many ways our immune system can be challenged from combating colds and flu to more chronic responses like autoimmune disease. While we generally recover quickly from colds and flu, autoimmune disease is an ongoing reaction. Approximately 50 million Americans or 1 in 5 people, suffer from autoimmune diseases. Women are more likely than men to be affected; some estimates say that as many as 75 percent of those affected are women. The most common diagnoses include rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease and Crohn’s disease. Another common, often chronic, immune syndrome is Lyme disease. There are many...

  • Your Mouth Has Gotten You Into Trouble!

    Many of my patients come in with a myriad of health problems, dental concerns and an extensive history of dental procedures. People are not aware that problems in the mouth are responsible for many of our health problems. In fact, several holistic MD’s that spoke at a recent conference I attended refer 70- 80% of their patients to a knowledgeable, experienced, holistic dentist because they cannot substantially help their patients until the dental issues are addressed. Dental Concerns There are several major dental issues that have a direct effect on one’s health: 1. Silver fillings. The so-called “silver” fillings...

  • Popover Bistro’s Powerplay: The Power Bowl

    The “Power Bowl” is quickly becoming the Holy Grail of health food. For those unfamiliar with this rising food star – also known as the “Buddha Bowl,” “Happy Bowl” and “Glory Bowl” – it is a carefully-crafted, Instagram-worthy, bowlful of the perfectly, balanced meal. With an even mix of vegetables and grains that is topped-off with proteins and a dash of saucy seasoning, it has gained a cult-following from those seeking a satisfying and scrumptious meal that packs a powerful nutrient punch. And, now, Simsbury’s popular bistro hotspot – Popover Bistro & Bakery – is rolling out their own...

  • Your GI Distress May Be Due to Leaky Gut Syndrome

    I learned the importance of gut health over 30 years ago. It all started when I found a naturopathic doctor for my four year old daughter. She had been put on antibiotics for her ear infection by her pediatrician and developed chronic diarrhea. I realized this was not the solution. We were eating what we considered a healthy diet, but I discovered 100% whole wheat was not healthy for her. This is when I started reading books on nutrition and learning that the food we eat can inflame the intestines which could lead to infections and depress the immune...

  • Lowering Your Cholesterol May Not Prevent Heart Disease: Part 2

    Dietary factors and therapeutic lifestyle changes have no side effects. They should be considered the first line of defense in preventive cardiology. . . . Rather than . . . targeting cholesterol numbers alone, doctors owe it to their patients – and patients owe it to themselves- to look further into these controversial issues before embracing potent drugs that might not truly serve the needs of the people for whom they’re being prescribed. ~ Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, Co-Author With Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – And the...