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  • Mega Boost Your Health with IV Vitamin Therapy

    Intravenous (IV) therapy, also known as “Myer’s Cocktails,” has been used for decades, but for many of us, we need to go back to the basics and understand what this is and how it can help. IV nutrient therapy is when vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients are infused directly into your bloodstream. When you take vitamins orally they often lose their potency and absorption power during digestion and you never receive their full effect. If you’re considering IV therapy, your first step would be to get a physical exam and have your blood drawn. A specific, personalized...

  • Top Ten Ways to Start a Yoga Program

    As the owner/director of Fuller Yoga and instructor for 20 years I’ve seen a lot. But more importantly I’ve heard a lot; of excuses that is. I’ve heard everything from “yoga is too hard” to, “it’s boring”, to, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”. Starting something new over the age of 29 is not easy, I get it, but in this case the benefits, from increased flexibility to decreased stress levels, will far outweigh the challenges of being a beginner. I tell my students to take at least 3 yoga classes a week to really feel the benefits...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom From Robin Clare

    Dear Robin: I have tried many diet and exercise plans to lose the 30 pounds that I have gained over the course of my adult life – but I just can’t seem to do it. The most frustrating part is that I am well-educated about the adverse impact this extra weight has on overall health, and yet I cannot find the stamina to maintain a program to finally take the weight off, keep it off and regain my health. I am so frustrated. Could there be a spiritual or energetic reason for my holding on to the weight?     ~...

  • Clean Drinking with Hartford Flavor Company

    Lelaneia Dubay began making cranberry liqueur for holiday gifts starting in 2008, then in 2011 beset by gluten and chemical sensitivities, she created the liqueurs in her kitchen for her own enjoyment. Fast forward to 2013 to a neighborhood party in Hartford’s West End, to which Lelaneia brought two bottles of liqueurs as hostess gifts. There happened to be a few local restaurant owners and mixologists present. They unknowingly tasted the liqueurs and were blown away. They called it ‘magic in a bottle,’ and said there was nothing else like it on the market. At first Lelaneia was hesitant,...

  • Ginger & Lemon Concentrate to Support Detoxification & Digestion

    As a rule, all parents know that their kids are different from each other. This difference can be viewed in different ways—with my kiddos it is very evident in their tolerance and ability to take supplements. As winter rolls around, it’s easy to support our kids’ immunity by giving them some basic supplements to boost their immunity while they spend their days with lots of other children that may be sick. My son has no problems swallowing supplements—he definitely takes after my husband! My daughter, on the other hand, is much more ‘picky’. Last summer, my sister-in-law taught me...

  • Autoimmune Disease: A Modern Epidemic?

    There is simply no doubt that the incidence of autoimmune disorders has been rising sharply over the past several decades in the Western industrialized countries, particularly the United States (See figure 1). The question is why has there been such a sharp rise in the incidence of these disorders? The answers may very well be found in the current medical research, but you would probably never know it by visiting a doctor. This may be because this situation serves as an example of the giant chasm that often exists between Western medical research, which is often outstanding, and the...

  • Beware of Belly Fat: Reducing It Naturally

    Each year obesity-related conditions cost over $100 billion and cause an estimated 300,000 premature deaths in the United States, making a very strong case that the obesity epidemic is the most significant threat to the future of this country. Can you be both fat and healthy? No. According to detailed studies, obesity is more damaging to health than smoking, high levels of alcohol consumption, or poverty.      ~ Michael T. Murray, ND,      & Joseph Pizzorno, ND –      The Encyclopedia of      Natural Medicine (3rd Ed.2012) You may feel unattractive with your more-than-a-few extra pounds, but do you realize how much they...

  • 5 Steps to Heal Your Gut

    Have you heard of this thing called “leaky gut”? What does it mean to have a leaky gut and what symptoms would you experience? More importantly, what can you do about it? Read further and you will have a better understanding of the primary importance of maintaining the integrity of your gut as one of the major first lines of defense for your body. You will also learn about what conditions may be associated with a breach in this protective gut barrier, and what power you have to restore this fundamental protection. Our bodies are so beautifully and intricately...

  • Your Seasonal Detox How-To

    Seasonal detox programs have become a new fad as part of our health and wellness culture. Weight loss is often a motivator to try a detox and often consumers find that detoxification plans not only help to shed some excess weight, but can also clear symptoms related to inflammation. While it may seem like a new fad, detoxification is a powerful approach many naturopathic doctors use to address health concerns related to tissue inflammation, organ congestion, and total toxic body burden. Detoxification involves clearing toxins, (metabolic wastes) from our tissues by methods of neutralizing, transforming, and eliminating them through...

  • Detox Your Landscape

    Everyone seems to have a detox plan. The best ones I’ve seen come with a balance of avoiding the “bad” and increasing the “good”. For example: reducing sugar and increasing veggies; cutting back on carbs and leaning into proteins; less time on screens and more experiences with people; nurturing good vibes and avoiding toxic relationships; more sleep, less caffeine. You get the picture. As the days get longer and the horizon gets brighter, you may intend to apply similar principles towards your landscape. “Detox” is not necessarily about dealing with heavy metals or toxic chemicals. Rather, it’s a trend...

  • Mindful Money Management: 3 Strategies for Financial Success

    How do you feel when you think about your financial situation? If you experience anxiety, uncertainty, or other unpleasant symptoms, you are not alone. Finances are a significant concern for many people. A 2017 study by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America entitled “Mind, Body, and Wallet,” found that money is cited as the #1 source of stress for a majority of American workers. The same survey showed that worry about personal finances is the leading cause of emotional stress and contributes to lower physical wellness. But managing your money does not have to be an upsetting experience that...

  • 7 Ways a Business Coach Can Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes

    Being a solo business owner and entrepreneur can sometimes feel lonely. You may not have someone else you can ask questions to or bounce ideas off of that knows what you are going through. Having a coach helps you to make and execute a plan for your businesses success, keep you on track with your goals, and acts as a sounding board for important decisions in your business. Having a business coach will help to keep you from making the same mistakes others have. No one can be an expert and knowledgeable in all areas of business. Surrounding yourself...

  • Farmer Bill’s Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

    At Fat Stone Farm (Lyme, CT), proprietors Liz and Bill Farrell take their health seriously – in fact their health is one of the main reasons they started their farm and homestead in 2005. They built the 11-acre farm from scratch, clearing trees and brush, building a barn and root cellar, and adding livestock, fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and gardening areas. The land provides their heat (wood), their electricity (solar panels), their water (wells) and food. In return, they build the property’s soil without synthetic fertilizers, recycle farm nutrients through composting and gray water management, and host...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom From Robin Clare

    Dear Robin: I am someone who has been on their spiritual path for decades. During these turbulent times in our country, I feel so helpless. I watch the news and feel like we are “going to hell in a handbasket” And yet, I know that I must continue to hold a vision for our country that I can be proud of. How can I know that I am still making a difference?    ~ David from CT Dear David: Thank you for asking this question because most spiritual seekers are asking themselves the same question. I do have good news...

  • Sleep Loss Has Profound Effects on Health

    After decades of research, the case can be confidently made that sleep loss and sleep disorders have profound and widespread effects on human health.      ~ Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem      Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research      2006 Insomnia is one of the most common complaints seen by physicians. . . . Approximately 12.5% of the adult population uses a prescribed anxiolytic or sedative hypnotic in the course of a year . . . Nearly 100 million prescriptions are written each year for these drugs. . . .All of these drugs...

  • Becoming a Reiki Master

    Reiki draws on universal energies and can be used for healing, psychic and spiritual development. It connects the Reiki Practitioner and person receiving Reiki with powerful healing energies that can be offered for general well-being or directed at particular issues in the body, mind, or soul. The growing popularity of Reiki is a testament to how powerful and helpful it can be! Although there are ads for online courses that will take people from nothing to “Reiki Master” in two weeks, learning and practicing Reiki as a Master is not a two-week process. It is a lifetime commitment that...

  • The Power of Biomechanical Bodywork: A Different Kind of Massage

    We all know that massage is medicine to the body. Massage is primarily prescribed for medical or stress-related issues and the goal is to loosen and lengthen to strengthen. Overall, it is the therapeutic manipulation of the body’s soft tissue using a series of pressured movements to elicit muscular release. Massage reduces the body’s production of cytokines, which are specific proteins that contribute to inflammation due to injury or disease. Moreover, massage is known to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system, and provides pathways for lymphocytes and other cells. When...

  • Cholesterol, Just the Fats!

    By design, everything our body does has a purpose. So, why would it produce so much cholesterol if it were bad? What is Cholesterol? While many believe cholesterol to be a bad thing, or the result of too many eggs and bacon, it is actually a pervasive substance busy at work in many systems of our bodies. Cholesterol is a waxy substance largely produced by the liver. The body produces roughly 1000 mg of cholesterol per day, far more than it consumes through food. Cholesterol is ubiquitous. It is found in every cell of our body. But there is...

  • Vitamin Deficiency is More Common Than You Think

    When I talk about micronutrients in my practice, not everyone knows what I’m referring to without a proper explanation. Micronutrients are nutritional factors that are essential for cell growth, division, key enzymatic functions and biochemical reactions in our body. Without them, pathways break down and a deficiency state and/or sickness can develop. These key micronutrients are, but are not limited to all of our vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and key metabolites. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey (NHANES), the CDC’s ongoing survey that addresses the health and nutritional status of the US population, the most common...

  • Create Your Best Year Ever with Feng Shui

    For centuries, the principles of Feng Shui have been practiced in the East. Feng Shui means “wind and water”. It is an understanding of how the movement of energies can affect our environment, health, and our lives. The basic principles of Feng Shui include: space clearing, color, elements, precision placement, and design. Simple shifts and adjustments in your surroundings can create beneficial energy by correcting the flow of “chi” or “life force”. They may also bring forth new opportunities in health, relationships, travel, business and education, as well as an abundance of prosperity. By applying the ancient Feng Shui...

  • What Really Works to Lose Weight?

    You’ve probably tried to get rid of those extra pounds a couple of times. It turns out that shedding that extra weight is now more complicated than ever. Scientists have come up with some answers to your most pressing questions to help you reach your weight loss goals. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the medical considerations that may have been standing in the way of your weight loss goal. 1. Your Genes There are 100 different genetic markers that influence how you break down calories and store fat. These genes have been examined to find...

  • 3 Myths Busted About Type 2 Diabetes

    Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for diabetics? The biggest commonality with every diabetic or heart disease patient that I see is that they have been told, “You need to take this medication (Metformin, Lipitor) for the rest of your life, and this condition is likely to get worse.” Unfortunately, if you follow those directions, and do nothing else, it is true. You are likely going to get worse. However, there are steps you can take that completely change the game. It doesn’t have to get worse. Let’s examine one case example from...

  • Simple Meal Planning for the New Year

    It’s that time again… January… the New Year… the holidays are over… Thank God because I couldn’t possibly eat another thing for the rest of the year! Is this how you are feeling? This is the perfect time to clean your slate! You fell off the wagon? No problem, everyone does at holiday time. We all gain some weight during the holidays because the reality is, it’s hard to say no to yummy foods. But now is the time to pick yourself up and get motivated to feel better. Here are some helpful strategies to clean your diet and...

  • Reduce Your Risk of Infertility

    There are a number of reasons that may be contributing to the difficulties experienced by a couple who cannot become pregnant. Whatever the cause, infertility is a lonely, frustrating, and heart-wrenching journey for any couple going through it. Over 6 million people in the United States alone struggle with conceiving a child. An additional 4 million couples have sought infertility services when trying to conceive. Simply put, one in six American couples is facing impaired fertility. Everyone deserves the chance to experience having their own child. What is Infertility? To begin, we need to define exactly what constitutes a...

  • New Year’s Resolutions That Bring Lasting Change

    There’s no better time to improve your life than at the birth of the new year. The new calendar is a fresh, clean slate and most of us feel energized and inspired to make changes for the better. Most of us pick a small slice of life to focus on like losing weight or perhaps finding a new job, but I prefer a “whole life” approach. Specifically, I suggest you make 2018 the year you adopt a resolution that has the potential to bring lasting change to every area of your life. The key ingredient? Higher vibrations. Here’s what...

  • Can you Lose Weight with Keto?

    “Keto” or the Ketogenic Diet is #trending. More than half of the bestsellers in the diet book category are pro-Keto for its benefits with weight loss, brain health and even cancer prevention. Keto has become mainstream. So, you may be wondering…will it work for you? First, let’s start with some background: Keto isn’t new. The high fat, moderate protein, low carb approach to eating has been around for well over a century. It was used in Diabetes management and for the treatment of epilepsy, but it was left behind in favor of more profitable medications. The fear of dietary...

  • Is 2018 Your Year to Finally Find Love?

    Do you dream of finding love? Someone to hug, kiss and snuggle with? How would life be different if you had a partner who has your back and makes you laugh? One thing I know as a dating coach for 15 years is that it’s never too late to find love! However, to find love you’ll have to DO something about it. Just like getting a new job or redecorating your home, there are steps to make your goal a reality. Here are 10 steps to find love this year: 1.Clear the Past: If you are ready for love,...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom From Robin Clare

    Dear Robin: I have a wonderful job, a family that needs me, I contribute my time and resources to community and global concerns and YET, I feel like there must be something more to this life – like some grand purpose that I am not fulfilling. Why do I still feel so unproductive even though my life is very full? I even feel guilty writing to you. Randy from CT. Dear Randy: When you feel guilty, you typically are unhappy because you think that you have done something wrong – or have failed to do something which you should...