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  • 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...

  • Suffering from Foot and Ankle Pain?

    Are you an athlete with foot and ankle pain? Or an elderly person with balance issues? Or suffering from bunions or fallen arches? Surprisingly, there are some common denominators found in the body that connect all of you. Though the feet are the part of our body that connect with the ground, they can strongly be affected by our low back. The alignment of our low back affects the posture of our feet and ankles. By addressing the low back with treatment as well as the feet and ankles directly, we can make great strides in reducing pain, improving...

  • Choose a Healthcare Team that Addresses Wellness

    Every day we make choices that affect our health and wellness. When we wake up we choose what thoughts we want to empower that color our mood for the day. We decide what we are going to eat for breakfast, whether it’s going to be a fast food breakfast, sandwich and sugary coffee on the go, or steel cut oats with ground flax seeds, organic blueberries, and almond milk and organic green tea. Food has an impact on our moods and heath. We decide what clothes we wear, what detergents and cleaning products we use in our homes, what...

  • Cut Sugar, Fat and Salt with Transition Foods

    Many of us are addicted to sugar, salt, and toxic fat tastes and the transition to healthier eating can often feel like utter deprivation. Taste buds need to acclimate to lower sugar and salt levels. For some this is best achieved by going “cold turkey” but for many, the leap is too great and a gradual reduction is often more successful. This is especially true in families with children, whose taste buds naturally crave sugar and who, in this processed food climate, have acclimated to frighteningly high levels of sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. This is where transition foods...

  • Food: You Are What You Eat

    Food is the ONE thing that people dose themselves with every single day. Food provides comfort and nourishment. It is engrained in casual social events, cultural practices, and religious customs. We need it. We crave it. We take pictures of it and “share” it for our friends to envy. Digestive Tract Physiology The digestive tract is a complex network of nerves, organs, microbes, and receptors stretching over 27 feet from beginning to end. To simplify a very complex process, when a person takes a bite of a meal enzymes in the mouth, and the act of chewing, immediately begin...

  • Finding Relief with a Low Histamine Diet

    Many years ago, I embarked on an autoimmune Paleo diet (AIP) to see if it would help calm my immune system. The results, at first, were remarkable. I lost weight, gained energy and felt better than I had in years. Like others following this diet I included lots of vegetables; poultry, fish and lean meats; low glycemic fruits and lots of fermented foods such as kombucha tea, coconut yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut. After 12 weeks on the diet, I slowly tried to reintroduce foods carefully, one at a time. Nothing seemed to work. Every nut, seed, bean and gluten-free...

  • Tools To Take Charge of Your Health

    Have you ever felt like you need a “tune-up?” Health and body need a re-boot? Are you feeling less than your best? Chalking it up to working too hard, your age, too much to do? Improving your health with an approach that looks at you as a whole person: body, mind, spirit, physiology, diet, and stress can help you find where you have lost control of your well-being. Looking at a person’s health and function as a reflection of the whole person will lead to more long lasting success of treatment. The goal is achieving better health, well-being and...

  • Food Intolerance: Is What I’m Eating Hurting Me?

    Food intolerance and sensitivity are terms used interchangeably when referring to troublesome, but non-life threatening responses to ingested food. The World Allergy Organization defines food intolerance as reactions which are not regulated by the immune system, such as lactose intolerance (lack of an enzyme to digest lactose, a milk sugar) or reactions to food additives like sulfites or artificial colors. Food allergy, in contrast, causes immediate and possibly life-threatening reactions by the immune system. The World Allergy Organization definition of food intolerance is not consistent with how the term is used among natural health practitioners. For the purpose of...

  • Seasonal Allergy Suffering is on the Rise

    The number of seasonal allergy sufferers have been on the rise in recent years. There are only so many nasal sprays and decongestants that can be taken to mitigate symptoms and considering the root cause of these increasing allergies is important. The following are some speculated causes for increased allergies. Toxic Burden We accumulate toxins from a variety of sources including pollution, pesticides, plastics and beauty products. The more we ask our body to detoxify these contaminants the more burdened that it becomes. Think of our body as a bucket with a tiny hole in the bottom. The tiny...

  • The Empath’s Survival Guide

    Being an empath is the new normal. The “Empath’s Survival Guide” is a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion, compassion fatigue or burning out. As Judith says, conventional medicine often pathologizes sensitivity but now you will see it as the gift that it truly is. This book is fabulous and so timely. Everyone needs this book! Empaths are sponges who absorb other people’s emotions and symptoms. Dr. Orloff offers a wealth of practical strategies to stop absorbing other people’s stress while keeping...

  • Impact of Childhood Trauma and Stressors in Fibromyalgia

    Traumatic experiences and stressors in childhood have historically been overlooked as predisposing factors in the development of various chronic pain disorders and psychiatric conditions, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome. However, the tide is turning as research is revealing a significant correlation between childhood trauma and adult health. The central nervous system is rapidly developing during childhood and being conditioned to respond to various stimuli and stressors that are encountered in life. As an assortment of environmental stimuli are encountered, new pathways are created between the cells of the brain...

  • Navigating the Nutritional Supplement Industry

    Nutritional supplements remain one of the most popular integrative medicine treatment modalities used throughout the United States. Adult cancer survivors alone spend approximately $6.7 billion on vitamins/minerals each year, whereas the general public averages $12.8 billion on natural product supplements and $2.7 billion on self-care products. According to the American Botanical Council, “herbal” sales totaled $7.0 billion in 2015, a new record. The industry has a complex history and the medical acceptance of supplements is even more complicated. With supplements being imported, manufactured, marketed and sold in a wide range of products through a variety of media and sales...

  • Spring Cleaning for Your Diet

    Life brings us the message that we need to detoxify in many ways. Physically our body gives us wake up calls with low energy, achiness, bad skin and hair, and digestive upsets. Mentally we know we need to detox when our memory fails us on important details of our lives, even though we may be able to recall a commercial jingle with perfect clarity. Emotionally we could certainly use a detox when a cloud of negative emotion overcomes us, making us feel disempowered and as if we are victims of circumstance in our lives. Our spiritual lives seem to...

  • Saying Goodbye to Gluten: The Emotional Journey

    I’ve just had a difficult discussion with a patient about a diagnosis of Celiac disease. For those unfamiliar with Celiac, it’s an autoimmune disorder damaging the small intestines, prompted by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in many grains. I have just informed her that the treatment is a gluten free diet. We arrived at this place after testing, an important step to confirm the diagnosis prior to undertaking the structure of a gluten free food program. Her response was familiar, “Oh, no, if I can’t eat gluten, what can I eat?” As a naturopathic physician and...

  • Spring Into New Uses For the Humble Egg

    With the advent of spring it seemed fitting to highlight the humble egg. For thousands of years, the egg has been a symbol of new life, rebirth, fertility and resurrection. As such, eggs are the perfect food to usher in the spring season. For years, I have celebrated the winter thaw on a warm spring day by making a batch of egg salad dotted with bits of fresh tarragon. It is a little ritual that makes me feel a sense of hope and excitement for new beginnings. Another reason to write about eggs is that they have long been...

  • Detox Every Day with Real Food

    We don’t have to wait for a special day or season to do this, with the right lifestyle and food, it just happens. It can be simple, affordable and delicious. First, we need to stop adding to the body burden as much as possible. Every year an estimated 2,000 new chemicals are introduced to the market; many never being tested as to how they impact human health! These chemicals are introduced to us in a myriad of ways: through our body care products, household cleaners, plastics, fast food, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, household furnishings, chemicals on clothing, laundry...

  • The Body’s Brilliant Recycling Project

    We hear a lot about “detox” but many of us don’t really stop to think about what that means in our body. Most often we hear about detox cleanses where people follow a restrictive diet that may include shakes or juices for a set time to support the body’s detoxification. It makes it seem that detox is a short-term event and that without that focused cleanse the body isn’t really detoxing. The beautiful thing is that detoxification is happening every moment in our bodies with a brilliantly designed system. However, there are ways to help the body detox more...

  • Lowering Your Cholesterol May Not Prevent Heart Disease

    In the “old” days LDL was considered “bad” cholesterol . . . . HDL, on the other hand, was traditionally believed to be “good” cholesterol . . . The problem is, we now know that there are at least five different types of LDL and several different types of HDL, and not all of them behave the same way. ~ Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS – Good Health Lifestyles (Winter 2017) Co-Author With Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – And the Statin-Free Plan That Will Are you concerned about...

  • Keeping Your Bones Healthy for Life

    The current approach to osteoporosis illustrates two of the biggest problems in medicine today. Drug Therapy First is the myth that only drug therapy works, especially when faced with a serious condition. This is the Big Pharma model of medicine which often frightens people by misusing statistics and overestimating the risks of developing a serious condition. This distracts us from and trivializes the very real side effects the drug treatments may have. The combination of for-profit medicine, constant drug advertisements on TV, fear of litigation, shorter office visits and little reimbursement for lifestyle medicine all contribute to the overuse...

  • Should I Take Nutritional Supplements?

    There is no absolute answer to whether or not supplementation is necessary, as it depends on the relative case. To err on the side of caution…no it is not always necessary to supplement. However, there are instances of when it is beneficial and people can benefit from therapeutic supplementation. Simply put, food is the foundation of wellness. Supplementation can be avoided for the most part with a healthy, well-balanced, non-inflammatory diet. Nonetheless, genetic tendencies, injuries, and other illnesses can benefit from therapeutic supplementation. Another word for these dietary supplements is nutraceutical, and these terms are used interchangeably. A nutraceutical...

  • Why Am I So Sensitive to Chemicals?

    As a young child, I remember being allowed by my parents to run ahead through the department store’s perfume section as long as I waited on the other side. If I didn’t get through quickly enough I would get a headache and have an asthma attack. When my parents repainted my bedroom when I was 11 years old, the smell of the paint made me so sick that I could not sleep in the room for more than a week. You may ask yourself why such a young child could not tolerate perfumes and paint. The simple answer is...