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  • A Fascinating Journey into Numerology and Healing

    From ancient times, each day of the week has been associated with a planet. The day you were born gives you a special link with the planetary ruler of that day. I was born on a Thursday, which represents Jupiter. Jupiter is the God of the skies and represents everything that is spacious and inclusive; strengths of those born on Thursday are generosity, wisdom, and zest for life. Through ancient wisdoms, numerology can derive a wealth of information about a person based on birth name and birthdate. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Zahid Hossain to discuss...

  • Oral & Dental Therapy Kills Bacteria Quickly

    Current research has demonstrated a strong correlation between oral health and the following health issues: cardiac health, cognitive function, lung health, and cancer. The mouth is a significant entry point to the body and allows relatively unfettered access to the entirety of it. As a warm, moist place with ready access to digestible matter, it is quite a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. These pathogens can then gain access to the blood, the digestive tract, and can be aspirated into the lungs. We are all familiar with the damage they can do to oral tissues and teeth;...

  • What You Should Know About Dense Breasts and Mammography

    As women, every October we are bombarded with pink ribbons, athletes wearing pink socks, and commercials and billboards telling us to “get your mammogram,” and every year, millions of women are subjected to ionizing radiation—the most harmful type of radiation—as directed by their health care providers. But is mammography the best screening tool for breast cancer detection, especially for those women with dense breasts? What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts? If you’re reading this, my guess is that you’ve been told you have dense breasts. What exactly are dense breasts and why should you care? Having dense...

  • Ask Dana! Experiencing an Abundance of Cash? Here Are Six Ideas

    Lately, we have been hearing more and more positive financial updates from clients who find themselves with extra cash on hand. In some cases, their growing bank account is attributable to the lack of discretionary spending many of us experienced during the pandemic. Another common instance is small businesses who have surprisingly found that business is booming, and our business-owner clients are seeing record profitability. For still other clients with excess reserves, perhaps it was from a real estate sale or an inheritance. There are countless personal circumstances out there, but the reality is that we have had many...

  • Rolfing Rhymes with Golfing!

    In 1980, I sat in Dr. Groves’s kinesiology class at Central Connecticut State University, studying the science of human movement with all the jocks. We studied the torque and dynamics of golf swing, baseball swing, and various other accelerated sports actions. Little did I know how important that course would be to me over my forty-year career as Central Connecticut’s only Rolfer. “Only WHAT?” you might be asking… What Is Rolfing? The Rolf Method of Structural Integration, commonly known as Rolfing, is a unique form of healing bodywork. Over a ten-session series, layer by layer, piece by piece, we...

  • Independence and Your Finances

    Freedom and independence are important to us as Americans. As we celebrate these ideals this July 4, recognize that not all financial professionals provide you freedom of choice when it comes to your financial options, nor do they necessarily provide you independent advice that is in your best interest. While many people call themselves “financial professionals,” far fewer have the training, experience, and integrity necessary to advise you on your finances. You or someone you know may have even encountered a financial professional who gave bad advice or took advantage of you and your financial situation. Protect your finances...

  • Returning to Work: New World, New Rules, New Opportunities!

    We all remember when it happened. One day, you were knee-deep in a rinse-and-repeat style of life, and the next, you could not go to work—not just you, but nearly everyone. The world shifted on its axis, and we became a world in waiting. We waited for direction, a vaccination, and a chance to see a simpler tomorrow. Without knowing what lay ahead, we moved forward in careful, calculated steps. Now, we prepare to undertake the next daunting task: returning to work. From colleges to corporations, we can use our newfound knowledge to help us move forward. Following are...

  • Finding Your Life Passion through Spiritual Counseling

    What would it feel like to lean into your passion for life? How would it feel to have clarity and confidence as you take the next step on your path? Do you seek connection with your higher self, the divine, your spirit, the universe to know that the answers are within you, waiting to be unlocked at the perfect time? So many of us, at one point (or many points) in our lives, feel lost or unmoored. This is natural in the cycle of our lives and when we feel that way, connecting with our inner knowing we can...

  • FreedomFest 2021: The World’s Largest Gathering of Free Minds

    FreedomFest is an intense three and a half days, and it’s different from any conference you have ever attended. This year’s theme is fitting: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise—where else can you attend yoga in the morning, listen to world-renowned speakers on finance or geopolitics after breakfast, choose from among a dozen breakout sessions with the world’s brightest thought leaders in the afternoon, watch a movie (and meet the director) during the day, and end the evening with karaoke? Since 2007, FreedomFest has been the leader in the liberty movement to bring together thousands of people committed to freedom—concerned citizens,...

  • Energy Evolution

    I have witnessed so much shift and change since I moved to the US in 1994, and I count myself lucky and blessed to be part of the global growth and movement into this phase of our evolution. Beginning the Journey To start this exploration, I want to share my experiences in my home state of Connecticut. In the late 90s, when I first connected with the energy of the state, it felt quite murky and sticky; in other words, there was a need for more light to be brought in and more people to step into their roles...

  • Boosting Immunity Mindfully to Beat Stress

    It’s no secret that stress negatively affects the immune system. Indirectly, stressed people tend to engage in behaviors that have negative effects on the immune system; directly, sympathetic nerves connecting the brain to the immune system transmit signals that hamper immune effectiveness. Chronic stress and resulting inflammation are linked to higher rates of diseases with inadequate immunity responses (infections) as well as excessive immune activity (autoimmune disorders and allergies). Stress is the reaction our bodies have to life events. The hypothalamus, and pituitary and adrenal glands produce hormones to handle the “fight or flight” response. This response is essential...

  • Unexplained or Unexplored Infertility?

    The inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term is caused by a myriad of medical conditions and other contributing factors. Therefore, each case of infertility needs to be uniquely reviewed to identify if there is a single cause, several causes, or no identifiable cause. Both partners should be evaluated, as in the U.S. about 9% of men and 11% of women in their reproductive age experience fertility problems. Evaluating the cause of infertility in only the female partner can waste months of valuable time and result in the use of inappropriate, unnecessary, and often expensive procedures...

  • Natural Ways to Address the Complexities of Fibromyalgia

    Do you suffer from chronic or severe pain throughout your body? Have your traditional physicians concluded that your symptoms are psychosomatic after tests ruled out other chronic conditions? If so, you may have fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), the physical and psychological challenges of which can vary among patients but are very real. Though you should not attempt to diagnose or treat yourself, you can begin to heal by learning about your condition’s symptoms, potential causes, and available natural treatments. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) Defined and Potential Causes FMS is often described as a musculoskeletal disorder similar to chronic fatigue syndrome that...

  • The Ups and Downs of Perimenopause: Tips for a Healthier Transition

    Anxious, depressed, angry. Bloated, can’t sleep, can’t remember, no period, then full-blown red storm. Anxious, depressed, angry…again! Why don’t more women talk about this? I’m talking about that midlife experience of perimenopause. We are being thrown into this alternate universe where our emotions, menstruation, and hormones are all over the place—and let’s not forget the appearance of male-like hairs. As much as it absolutely stinks, it is normal. We hear more about menopause than we do about perimenopause, the time of transition into menopause. There are definitely speed bumps during this time of our lives; our female hormones are...

  • Healthy Aging with Bioidentical Hormones

    Jane is a 48-year-old female who presented to our clinic with complaints of fatigue, irregular menstruation, headaches, low libido, difficulty sleeping, and weight gain. After conducting a thorough medical history and physical exam, blood work revealed that Jane was low in progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. She was started on a regimen of intradermal pellet bioidentical hormone therapy and within three months, Jane’s symptoms had improved dramatically. Synthetic vs. Bioidentical Hormones Hormones, including progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, are chemical messengers that are secreted in the bloodstream and exert their effects on various tissues and body systems. Bioidentical hormones are those...

  • Massage Therapy: Self-Care or a Luxury?

    How do you view massage therapy? Should it be treated as a rare indulgence or luxury or does it offer valuable health benefits? It seems there is a widespread misconception that massage should be a guilty pleasure, or a “treat” that should only be indulged in every once in a great while. In reality, massage therapy has countless benefits in addition to relaxation and feeling good. Massage Is Not a Luxury Lots of people, especially women, tend to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. Sometimes, other people can try to make you feel as if...

  • My Journey with Lyme Disease

    I don’t suppose you can call it lucky, but I knew I had Lyme disease within the first few days. No rash, no bull’s-eye. I made some mistakes but also found some amazing truths throughout this adventure that I’d like to share with you. Every Sunday for the past six years, I hike with a group of friends and our dogs. We are out in the deep forests; temperatures usually don’t matter for our regular Sunday morning romp, but I do draw the line at pouring rain! I am always careful, especially in the warmer months, to spray my...

  • The Basics of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)

    Both women and men suffer from a wide array of symptoms that occur when our hormone levels naturally fall as we age. Synthetic pharmaceuticals prescribed as “hormone replacement” therapy are among the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S. They are prescribed most commonly at menopause for symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, but have been recommended as a preventive measure for osteoporosis and other health problems that occur with aging as well. There are side effects and concerns about the long-term safety of taking these synthetic hormone replacements, information that is readily available on the package...

  • The Potential Use of Acupuncture in Long COVID Patients

    It may seem paradoxical, but very often the patients I feel most confident working with are those for whom conventional interventions have not helped. As you might imagine, a lot of folks who find their way into acupuncture offices have pretty much exhausted all other options. And very often, with acupuncture, breakthroughs are made where before these patients only found disappointment and frustration. Therefore, when the first cases of COVID-19 “long-haulers” were reported last summer, my interest was piqued. What struck me about these cases was how similar the symptoms appeared to other issues for which acupuncture is often...

  • Herbal Broth Hot Flash Relief

    First discovered and researched a little over 100 years ago, hormones serve as communication messengers to initiate or terminate processes all over the body. Various organs make these hormones, and many bodily functions are controlled by them. When hormones are imbalanced (meaning not working correctly), many problems can occur—from temperature regulation to blood flow, digestion to skeletal maintenance. Hormones are the balancing regulators of your body. Hormone Imbalance and Herbal Remedies As we age, our organs experience the wear and tear of the life that we impose on them. The effects of modern living—eating chemicals and steroids in our...

  • Ask Dana! A Column Where Personal Finance and Life Intersect

    Hi Dana: I’m divorced. Would you help me understand what social security benefits are available for divorced spouses, and any important considerations to be aware of? Navigating social security benefits if you are divorced—or thinking about divorce—can sometimes be confusing. Luckily, we have the perfect partner on our team who can review this for us. Lise Robinson, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST® and has extensive experience working with divorced clients as well as those considering the financial implications of getting a divorce. Hi Lise: What are some important social security highlights for divorced spouses that you would...

  • Tomato Plants and Trusts

    A few years ago, some friends asked my family to take care of their tomato plants while they went on vacation. While they were away we could eat ripened tomatoes, and when they returned my husband and I could keep one of the plants. This agreement is a very simplified example of how some trusts work. The following is an introduction to trusts and how clients use them, as well as an explanation for the tomato plants and trusts analogy from my perspective as a Private Wealth Advisor. Introduction to Trusts: A Financial Planner’s View As a Certified Financial...

  • Is Your Vision Board Working for You?

    Shortly after the documentary film The Secret, based in part on principles developed by Esther Hicks, came out in 2006, a mass of people were suddenly buying and creating vision boards. These same people, however, soon became terribly disappointed that their pot-of-gold visions didn’t magically appear on their front steps or show up in their bank accounts. They simply gave up and said, “this doesn’t work.” However, vision boards do work when you develop a vision or journal that is filled with images that make you feel good. The “secret” has always been about the way something or someone...

  • Reveal Your Past & Heal Using the Akashic Records

    Over the past few years, I’ve noticed many more references to the Akashic Field, Akashic Records, The Book of Life, and more. I am now seeing the term akasha (akasha is Sanskrit for “sky,” “space,” or “ether”) being referred to in the five elements, so we now have earth, water, air, fire, and akasha (previously referred to as ether). What Is the Akashic Field and Records? The Akashic Field and Records are said to have existed since the beginning of time and act as a sort of library, recording everything in creation and containing memories of your past, present,...