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  • The Five Crucial Components for Successful & Lasting Weight Release

    Why did I use the word “release” instead of “loss”? Because subconsciously you’re trained to find whatever you lose – weight included. How many times have you lost weight, only to find it again? What you’re aiming for is permanent weight release, so let’s talk about the five crucial components for your success. Maybe you’re expecting specific diet or nutritional advice, but what you’re going to get here is even more important because your mental diet is as, if not more, important than your physical diet, and the right mindset can support whichever nutritional plan is the best fit...

  • Is Ketogenic Therapy Right For You?

    Please understand that mitochondrial and metabolic health is an emerging discipline and only a handful of researchers and even fewer practicing physicians are actively involved in its study. But I firmly believe that at some point in the future, metabolic therapy will be accepted as the standard of care not only for cancer but for most chronic diseases. . . . ~ Joseph Mercola, DO, Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy (2017) Are you searching for a new, natural way to address a serious chronic health condition? Do you...

  • Arvigo Therapy® and Rainforest Remedies for Fertility Enhancement

    As with many things these days, what’s old is new again. Welcome to Arvigo Therapy® and Rainforest Remedies (Herbal Remedies). The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are founded on the ancient Mayan techniques of abdominal massage, which is an external, non-invasive manipulation that helps to reposition internal organs that have shifted, thereby restricting the flow of blood, lymph, nerve, and chi. The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. Dr. Rosita Arvigo learned the basis from which these techniques developed from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya...

  • Winning the Weight Loss Battle: Part 1

    Well, it’s that special time of the year again when we contemplate the year past as well as the approaching future days and months ahead. The holidays are over and day to day life is beginning to return to normal. The seemingly endless celebrations began many weeks ago with Thanksgiving feasts at home with family, loved ones and friends. Invitations galore filled our calendars with parties and dinners and festive celebratory events as we merrily ate and drank our way into and beyond the New Year. As the holiday season comes to an end it is often time for...

  • Take the 31 Day De-Cluttering Challenge!

    Do you know what the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century” is according to the World Health Organization? It is stress. We are in a health crisis because of the stress that so many individuals are under. Stress has such negative effects on our heath and it is something that needs to be addressed if you are suffering from it and are on overload. Don’t just live with it. As I tell my clients, “Don’t let it be your friend.” Because your friend it is not. Sometimes we get so used to it that we think it’s part of...

  • Beware of Dental Tunnel Vision

    Dentistry is essential to a person’s wellbeing. One has to have an outstanding immune system to overcome potential problems in the mouth such as mercury fillings, root canals, cavitations, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. However, this does not mean that everything must be addressed in every patient. Patient education is vital, and treatment must be in concert with their desire for health, aesthetics, and function. Too often I see dentistry going through phases which I call the “All-Aboard Syndrome” dictated by insurance reimbursement, ways to increase productivity, and in all fairness, the desire of the dentist to do what they...

  • Why We Need to Heal vs. Cure

    I learned a long time ago that there is a big difference between “healing” and “curing.” In our Western mindset of wellness, we look to “curing” as the ultimate and best result. Although it is definitely the outcome we all want, the very word “curing” is itself limited, charged, and problematic. As a Professional Healer, I have seen many instances of people being healed on a deep level, not to mention my own experiences. However, not every experience or session is a cure, and in fact as a healer, I’m not really in the business of curing people. There...

  • The Importance of Your Oral-Nasal Complex

    If someone were to ask you: “what is the most important nutrient that humans need to survive?” Most folks would say either food or water, which are undeniably very important. But then consider the following: roughly how long could a normal adult survive without food? (maybe 3 – 4 weeks); how about without water? (probably 3 – 4 days); now consider the absence of air or more specifically of oxygen (only a few minutes). Efficient and effective breathing trumps eating or drinking. But without all three, thriving is impossible. What’s the common pathway for each of these precious commodities...

  • The Cutting-Edge Science of Stem Cell Therapy

    Stem cell treatments are being used across the country and the globe, recognized as helping many different health problems. Also, research shows that these treatments enjoy not only a great safety profile, but the possibility of helping conditions that cannot be improved by currently available standard medical medications or other treatments. The most well-known of stem cell’s applications are in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. Injured joints, tendons and ligaments are treated by the team doctors employed by virtually all professional athletic teams including the NFL, Major league baseball, the PGA and many others. One published article...

  • The Rewards of WHY Power Yoga Teacher Training

    Life can get crazy at times—work, family, activities—and it can be challenging to carve out 90 minutes a day for a yoga class, never mind a 200-hour teacher training program. But what if that program could strengthen your body, calm your mind, boost your confidence, and improve your overall health? If you love yoga, you will love this training. If you want to share that passion, or if you simply want to immerse yourself into a community of like-minded individuals, the West Hartford Yoga (WHY) 200-hour Power Yoga teacher training is for you. Here’s why: 1. Deepen your practice....

  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Considering Alzheimer’s Prevention

    The statistics are staggering. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in the years between 2000 and 2015, while heart disease deaths have decreased by 11%, deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 123%. Alzheimer’s currently affects 5.7 million Americans, a number that is estimated to rise to nearly 14 million people by 2050, which would mean that it was afflicting over 3% of the total population. The economic impact in terms of health care costs are dizzying, not to mention the extreme emotional turmoil this...

  • How Do We Learn From Emotional Hunger?

    The holidays with their promising cornucopia of delicious food are fast approaching. Perhaps some of us might be already worrying about over-indulging. How much we eat around the holidays, however, is not the problem. Most humans overeat on occasion when dining with friends and family. Further, most of us at some point in life feel somewhat concerned about the way we eat or about changes in our weight or appearance. It is when the concern leads to eating as a strategy of avoidance or when it becomes the number-one coping mechanism that we must pause and examine if we...

  • Top Ten “Must Haves” for Fighting Colds and Flu

    “Always be prepared” is a motto that has worked for the Boy Scouts for decades. It seems like a reasonable plan given there are still a few months of cold and flu season left. Caring for your family using natural remedies can be challenging enough, let alone at 10 pm on a Sunday night when anything resembling a natural health market is closed and your only option is a walk-in clinic dispensing the dreaded antibiotics. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a fully stocked natural toolkit to use at the very first sign of a sniffle? Here is...

  • Realize Your Dreams Through Financial Planning

    Almost a year ago an accomplished doctor and her successful businessman husband entrusted me to be their Certified Financial Planner and Private Wealth Advisor. Our first two hours working together were spent at their kitchen table talking about who they are today and who they wanted to become over time. They described the parents they wanted to be to their young children, the partner each aspired to be to one another, and the visions they had for their respective careers. They described how they felt when it came to managing their money and what kind of financial fears kept...

  • Spirituality in a Primary Care Setting

    The gift of being able to bear witness to people’s journeys, not only through health but through life, is one of the greatest that I’ve encountered. Even despite the way that health has been parsed out into body systems and parts and made into algorithms matching symptoms to diagnoses, to a medication. The human body is a majestically complex system; every system feeding the other, an imbalance in one creating compensation in another. There is a beauty in the organization, the precision, and the wisdom of the process; one that supersedes even the most advanced medical interventions and theory....

  • Natural Approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Few people realize that the intestinal tract has its own nervous system that communicates directly with the brain . Because of this unique nervous system, people with irritable bowel syndrome often have intensified responses to abdominal distension or movement that can result in the brain receiving distressingly strong pain signals. . . . Despite its prevalence, there is no universally accepted medical treatment that directly addresses irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in all people. ~ Life Extension Magazine, Relief From Irritable Bowel Syndrome (2015) It is estimated that at least 20% of the American population has IBS....

  • Barre at the Brewery Event in Downtown Hartford

    Barre class followed by an ice-cold beer is enough to make any weekend great, but this past weekend got even better when our Barre class was held inside the brewery. Last weekend Hartford Sweat hosted a Barre class in “Hartford’s Living Room,” aka Hog River Brewing Company. We got the chance to chat with Lauren Skau Taylor, our Barre instructor for the afternoon, to discover how this fun fitness event came into fruition. AM: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and Hartford Sweat? LST: I have a background of 12 years of ballet and dance as...

  • Monetize Your Mission…Through Marketing Your Solutions

    Many holistic practitioners invest heavily into updating their professional credentials. While it’s important to enrich your skill set, this isn’t necessarily the magic bullet that takes your practice to the next level of financial success. My question to you is: How much certification training is enough? The answer is simple. If adding one more modality does not deliver more committed clients, then it’s time to rethink how you are spending your resources (or time and energy). Attracting more clients often boils down to developing a targeted marketing plan. You already have great credentials. It’s time to get the word...

  • Insulin Resistance as an Adaptation: Helpful or Not?

    It was commonly believed that insulin resistance, a precursor to type II diabetes, developed as an adaptation to periods of starvation in our evolutionary history. This hypothesis was based on the premise that in times of starvation the body could preserve glucose levels, important for the brain and tissue healing. In times of plenty the body could readily store fat for future energy. This was known as the “Thrifty Gene Hypothesis”. Individuals who had this gene adaptation were more likely to survive lean times and later reproduce offspring. Current research has found this hypothesis to be inadequate. In times...

  • Stop Those Attack Thoughts with Somatic Experiencing

    We think of ourselves as having one brain but functionally we have three. The front brain or frontal cortex is the brain of clear thinking, analysis, inspired thought. The mid brain or limbic brain processes emotions. The back brain, called the mammalian brain because it is the brain all mammals have, is an amazing emergency response system that releases high levels of 18 different hormones when we perceive we are in danger. It is the brain that would allow the mom to be able to pick up the Volkswagen because the baby is stuck under it. Our life and...

  • Reconnect with Nature, Reconnect with Yourself: A Whole-Health Journey in Africa

    At times in life we lose track of the expansiveness of the universe. We sit in our cubicles hard at work, and we begin to feel that this is life: these four walls, and the immediate work in front of us. But Donna Bunte of Donna Bunte Whole Health, located in Greenwich, Connecticut, wants those of us who feel this way to recognize that we are all apart of this vast universe that extends far beyond these four walls. She believes in order to feel whole again, one must reconnect with nature, and learn to be still. Having traveled...

  • 10 Step Ayurvedic Approach to Body Weight Management

    Are you ready for a holistic approach to weight management that takes into account your unique constitution, imbalances, habits, mindset, and lifestyle? Ayurvedic texts provide us with an approach that takes into account the whole person. It works on overall health and well-being; physically, mentally, and emotionally. What is more rewarding is that Ayurvedic weight management has long lasting effects on your health and well-being. Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine developed in India, is the sister science of yoga. The primary goals of Ayurveda are to promote health and prevent and manage disease while promoting longevity. Here are...

  • Home Care Vs. Home Health Care: What’s the Difference?

    You’ve probably heard the saying: “Home is where the heart is.” Between the familiarity, the memories and the sense of independence, it’s not a surprise 9 out of 10 older adults want to live in their homes for as long as possible. However, to age in place, seniors often need assistance. Help may come in many forms from family and friends to professional services. Here are some of the types of in-home care older adults may need to remain in their homes. Home Care There are two main types of private (or non-medical) home care: companion and personal. Companion...

  • Digging Deeper into Diabetes

    Diabetes mellitus, more commonly known as simply “diabetes,” involves the dysfunction of insulin, a hormone produced by pancreatic beta cells which controls sugar levels in the body. Historically, there were two classifications of Diabetes mellitus: Type 1, an autoimmune disorder which attacks pancreatic beta cells and thereby prevents the normal production of insulin, and Type 2, a progressive disease that reduces the ability of the body to utilize insulin properly. More recently, a third type has emerged in the literature: Type 3c, insulin dysfunction resulting from pancreatic disease states. Because the therapeutic approaches for each of these distinct types...