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Health Choice CT
2020 CNPA Conference

  • Prevent Long-Term Effects of Concussions

    We have all learned about the consequences of repetitive concussive injuries sustained on the football field by professional athletes — cognitive decline, brain fog, anger, memory loss, personality changes, and more. You don’t have to be an NFL player to be at risk for a concussion because, in reality, we are all at risk for a concussive injury. Slips and falls, everyday play, car accidents; really, any activity where a head hit, or head injury takes place can result in a concussion. As a result of a sudden blow, jolt, or change of direction (e.g., whiplash), the brain suddenly...

  • Peptide Therapy: The New Anti-Aging Medicine

    Peptide therapy is a relatively new, safe and effective treatment option for many conditions. Peptides are chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body’s proteins. Their main function is to signal the body to release its own natural mechanisms to relieve symptoms or conditions. They may act to promote the release of anti- inflammatory substances to relieve pain. They may act to enhance hormone production and promote weight loss, better sleep, mood or cognition, or improve energy and muscle strength. There are thousands of peptides naturally occurring in our bodies. Some of the most important...

  • Phones & Finances: Making the Smart Call

    On a recent road trip, I stopped at a store and saw something that I hadn’t seen in a while, a pay phone. As I slowly picked up the handle, memories of using pay phones decades ago flooded my mind. From calling high school crushes with giddy friends to ringing home collect from college to let my parents know that I was okay, pay phones consistently did one thing. They enabled people to speak directly with each other. Why are pay phones nearly obsolete today if they did what they were designed to do? Technology and consumer demand caused...

  • Stop Skin Suicide

    I’ve come to realize through conversations with clients that looking in the mirror can strike fear and embarrassment for some individuals. Most of us fear getting older and of course “looking” old. I hear these questions from many clients, “Am I slowly losing my natural beauty?”, “Do I have to go out in public with my skin condition?” In a desperate attempt to squash these concerns, many of us scour the stores and the internet desperately trying to find the cure, the magic cream which will reverse these skin issues and give us the confidence and joy of just...

  • Why You Need a Mission Statement!

    As human beings, we are hungry for meaning. We desperately want and need to feel as though we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter. What frustrates us and throws us out of balance is the absence of meaning. Which brings us to wonder, does our being here matter? Having a purpose in life makes it easier for people to strive to be consistently better day in and day out. The positive core values, mutual accountability and constant striving for self-improvement helps one to be a better person. That being said, I believe that individuals...

  • What to Look for When Visiting Older Adults During the Holidays

    For many families, the holidays are the only time they spend face-to-face. While phone calls and emails are a great way to connect, it can be hard to notice changes in a person’s appearance or home that could indicate they need help. If you visit older parents, grandparents or other relatives this holiday season, pay attention to the following: 1. The condition of the home. Is it messy and more cluttered than usual? Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator or cupboards? Are bills not being paid on time? Are household goods being put away in the wrong place?...

  • The Natural Path To Reduce Stress & Anxiety

    “Most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Depending on the level of severity, they can detrimentally impact one’s quality of life. Although stress and anxiety share many of the same emotional and physical symptoms…they have very different origins. Generally, stress is a response to an external cause . . . and subsides once the situation has been resolved. Anxiety is a person’s specific reaction to stress; its origin is internal. Anxiety is typically characterized by a “persistent feeling of apprehension or dread” in situations that are not actually threatening. Unlike stress, anxiety persists even...

  • Do You Have an Inflamed Brain?

    Mary, a 53-year-old working professional, came to my clinic complaining of memory and concentration problems, as well as gas and bloating. Scott, 48, had been feeling anxious and depressed and was in what he described as a state of “brain fog” for the past year, in addition to feeling muscle and joint pains. Tyler, a 15-year-old football player, had suffered a concussion several months ago, but his symptoms of headaches, insomnia, concentration, and memory problems have yet to resolve. What do all these patients have in common? The answer: an Inflamed Brain. It seems that many neurological and psychological...

  • The Link Between Environmental Toxins and Diabetes

    In America, over 30 million people are diabetic while 84 million are prediabetic according to the latest National Diabetes Statistics Report. Diabetes was considered the seventh leading cause of death in the US in 2017. Well established causes such as a sedentary lifestyle, caloric-dense diet, and genetic susceptibility are not the only targets for preventing this disease. Exposure to certain environmental toxins known as diabetogens has been correlated to blood sugar dysregulation leading to diabetes. What is a Diabetogen? The term diabetogen was coined by CD Campbell in 1961 to describe his observations of food contaminants as a cause...

  • Supporting Healthy Libido & Function in Men

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) and decreased libido can be an uncomfortable topic for many men. Culturally, we talk extensively about the role of estrogen and its effects on women’s bodies, but the conversation about testosterone as it relates to sexual function receives decidedly less attention. Erectile dysfunction often occurs with other more serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol levels, making it important to first rule out any underlying disorders. In other cases, testosterone is either too low or there is not enough hormone available to support healthy libido and erections. Depending on the cause, we...

  • Comfort with a Splash of Bourbon at the Chateau Bourbon Luxury B&B in Louisville

    The first thing I saw walking into my suite at Chateau Bourbon Luxury B&B is a pillow inscribed with the quote, “I dream of shiplap walls, chippy paint, subway tile, farmhouse sinks and barn doors.” I grew up in Avon when it was more farms than box stores, and back then I couldn’t wait to get to the big city. But little by little, I’m realizing that that I do dream of shiplap walls and farmhouse sinks! Don’t get me wrong – I still love the energy of cities – but after a few days, I’ve had my fill....

  • 7 Holistic Therapies for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI’s or sometimes called concussions) are an often-missed part of a patient’s medical history. Things that people may not think twice about, such as walking into a door, that time they fell backwards on roller-blades when they were 12 (personal example), that fender bender where it seemed like no immediate damage or injury. There are countless ways that people hit their head or injure their brain. Unfortunately, our culture has largely ignored these types of injuries or considers them something you need to simply “walk off” and have no lasting impact. The truth is, these...

  • Share Your Financial Abundance Tax-Efficiently

    With Thanksgiving and the holidays on the horizon, there’s lots of focus this time of year on gratefulness, abundance, and sharing with others. As you donate your wealth, how confident are you that you are giving as tax-efficiently as possible? There are a variety of ways you can contribute to IRS-qualified charities and benefit from tax deductions: Donating stock that has grown significantly in value from its original purchase price (also known as highly appreciated stock). Contributing a portion of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Establishing Charitable Trusts Creating Foundations Setting up a Donor...

  • It’s an Art at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville

    Welcome to Bourbon City! I was excited to find that Louisville, Kentucky is one of the most unique and authentic destinations in the US. Louisville is a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality and quirkiness with friendliness in true Southern style. Bourbon literally made Louisville what it is today and there certainly is a Bourbon rage happening here in Kentucky and across the country. So much so that you can’t even get your hands on certain elusive bottles, even at the distilleries themselves. More on that later. We happened to be visiting the weekend after the...

  • 4 Dirty Little Lies You Tell Yourself About Grad School

    The longer you’re out of school, the scarier the thought of going back becomes. Some people tend to think that grad programs are filled with traditional students who came directly out of their undergrad degree and are now pursuing their master’s. They assume these students will be smarter and are better prepared simply because they’re younger and that’s far from the truth. Today, more and more students who have been out of college for years, even decades, are flooding college admissions offices, eager to start their graduate degree. If you’re hesitant about going back to school for your master’s...

  • The Heavenly Heat of Far-Infrared Heating Pads

    The first thing I noticed personally when I used a far-infrared (FIR) heating pad was the tingle. It was a familiar tingle since I had just returned from a trip to Iceland with my family. While there, we spent a good deal of time at “The Fontana,” a small, out-of-the-way spa that was completely powered by geothermal heat. When you entered their sauna or hot tub, you felt a distinctly pleasant tingle permeate your body. Within minutes you felt like all your muscle tension had dissolved away leaving both body and mind profoundly relaxed and refreshed. As an acupuncturist,...

  • Boost Your Brain Health

    Did you know that lifestyle habits that improve your overall health help to create a healthier brain? Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits that help reduce inflammation. Decreasing inflammation in the brain helps promote neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This allows the neurons (nerve cells) to compensate for injury and disease or adjust their activities in response to new situations or changes in their environment. What Causes Inflammation in Our Brains? It may not surprise you to learn that...

  • Vaginal Rejuvenation Without Hormones or Surgery

    The Center for Functional Medicine is excited to offer effective, safe and painless Vaginal Rejuvenation services. As internationally known Functional Medicine educators and providers, we now offer the latest approach to the restoration of healthy vaginal anatomy, lubrication, and sexual function using the ThermiVa technique. ThermiVa treatments, which are painless, non-surgical and nonhormonal, are approved by the FDA (unlike some laser treatments) and are the perfect solution for women who want to revive and reinvigorate their sexual experience without the worry of surgical complications or hormone therapy. ThermiVa, performed in our office, uses a technology called radiofrequency to restore...

  • Varieties of Voice Hearing

    A team at Yale University has been working with people from the mediumship community in an effort to understand their experiences and apply what they learn to help people who hear voices that are distressing. Voice hearing is much more common than previously acknowledged, up to 20% of people might hear a voice when no-one is around at some point in their lives, between 3 and 10% have that experience more frequently. Hearing voices is not a sign of mental illness and, by working with people who identify as clairaudient, the team believes that they can help the 1%...

  • Is Suffering an Option?

    The question in the title is one that I have pondered over the course of my spiritual journey. The great spiritual masters have shared that Suffering is an Option and lately, I have discovered that Suffering is NOT an Option for those who are working diligently to reach the pinnacle of their spiritual journey. This sounds like a contradiction but in reality, it is not. Suffering is an Option means that you have a choice to suffer. Pain is Inevitable because you can struggle in your mind or body or spirit or emotions but suffering from the pain is...

  • Local & Natural Bath Products for the Holidays at Farm to Bath

    Farm to Bath started with our daughter, Katie, who has severe cerebral palsy and is highly sensitive to chemicals in cleaning products. I used to buy organic soap for Katie at our local health food store, but when that went out of business I did some research and learned how to make soap using the herbs and flowers in our garden. What sets Farm to Bath apart from other businesses? I care deeply about my ingredients. I rely on plant-based materials that we grow whenever possible, without all of the “extra” stuff. My husband, Paul, and I try to...

  • Integrative Oncology: Combining Traditional and Natural Treatment for Cancer

    Choosing the best natural therapies to combine safely with conventional treatments can be difficult and is vitally important to get right. Studies estimate that over 80% of people with cancer are using natural and supportive therapies along with their conventional treatments. Integrative oncology allows patients to combine traditional cancer treatments and natural therapies during various stages of treatment. Integrative oncology utilizes lifestyle medicine, evidence based supplements, botanical, and nutritional support to reduce side effects associated with treatment and to optimize response to conventional care. Generally, naturopathic doctors who specialize in integrative oncology believe it’s vital to support the whole...

  • A Natural Path to Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

    “New research explores the relationship of what’s known as the “gut-skin axis”, and how food, gut infections, and conditions such as leaky gut can impact your skin health. That’s because your skin is one of your body’s major detoxifiers. Inflammation and toxins in your gut will inevitably penetrate into your bloodstream and show up as skin inflammation as your skin attempts to purge your body of its toxic burden. Repairing your gut is the first step to healthy, blemish-free skin.”   ~ Amy Meyers, MD https://www.amymyersmd.com/2018/10/10-tips-beautiful-hair-skin-and-nails/   A full, glossy head of hair; clear, unwrinkled skin; and long, strong...

  • Are Your Children Safe from Toxins?

    In recent years, a number of studies describing an association between environmental toxins and adult heart disease, asthma, cancer, and other health conditions have made their way into the mainstream media. But how do toxins affect children? A study from the University of Alberta in Canada evaluated the effects of pollutants on children with congenital heart disease. Their study involved reviewing data from several metropolitan and rural areas between 2006 and 2011. The results of their research established an association between several toxins in air pollution and heart defects in children. Some of the pollutants studied included carbon monoxide,...