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  • The Intersection of CBD and Acupuncture

    I ran into a former patient of mine (let’s call her Jane) in the grocery store a few months ago. She had stopped regular acupuncture treatments a few years ago once we had resolved both her chronic migraines and severe abdominal cramps (a result of endometriosis). I asked her how she was doing. “Great,” Jane said, “even though my symptoms started coming back a few months ago.” “Well, what the heck?” I said, “why haven’t you come back in for treatment?” “I haven’t needed to,” she announced proudly, “I’ve been using CBD oil.” Being in the natural health field...

  • You Can’t Get Any Greener than the Lovely Saranac Lake Inn

    Saranac Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in far upstate New York, started drawing people in the late 19th century. Interestingly enough, this town is known as a “healing” town as many visitors were looking for more than just a travel escape. They had tuberculosis, and in the days before antibiotics, the standard treatment was the “fresh air cure,” or sitting outside in the clean mountain air for extended periods in the hopes of recovering. On my first visit there, I could definitely see why – it is an absolutely stunning part of the country. I was excited to...

  • Does Your Skin Resemble a Plum Or a Prune?

    You’re asleep; and you’re having a nightmare. You walk to your bathroom mirror; you look up and you see your face 25 years older than it really is. It’s wrinkled, old and sagging. You think; how did this happen? What could have I done to prevent this? You panic and POOF….thankfully, it was just a nightmare. Then it makes you think; what will my face look like in 25 years? Well, let’s talk reality and examine the plum and the prune dilemma to illustrate. Let’s start with a very simple question. How does a plum go from looking plump,...

  • Naturopathic Travel Tips for Summer

    Summer is here and we are looking forward to our long awaited vacations. From international travel to a road trip to see Grandma, none of us wants to have a trip ruined by stress, sickness, injury or bad sunburn. Having spent years traveling back and forth across the country and hearing patient concerns about travel, I have gathered some helpful hints and travel essentials that are simple and can help ensure some uninterrupted R and R. Travel Anxiety How many people have you heard say, “I need a vacation from my vacation!” Travel is stressful and anxiety provoking. A...

  • Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn and Spa: A Dream Come True

    Abbington Green B&B Inn and Spa literally is a dream come true on so many different levels. As a guest, it’s a dream to stay there and trust me, you’ll never want to leave. For owners Nick Poulos and Steven Donahue, it was a dream to own an Inn. Nick’s parents inspired him to travel and see the world. They also taught him that you have one life and if you have a dream, figure out a way to make it happen. For 15 years, Nick kept a file folder of ideas, articles, and clippings of things he wanted...

  • The Benefits of Local and Farm to Table Eating

    “Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”    ~ Hippocrates, 4th century BC   A quick Google search will reveal a list of upscale “farm to table” restaurants in nearby Connecticut towns that serve a range of cuisines and types of experiences from small plates to prix fixe menu options. Anyone lucky enough to be able to enjoy a meal in a “farm to table” restaurant can attest to the taste benefits of eating small batch cooking of fresh, locally sourced food. Thankfully, the movement which was initiated by famous chefs for the benefit of their clientele,...

  • Three Perspectives on Financial Independence

    On a recent bright Sunday afternoon, five women and I enjoyed wine, cheese, coffee, and amazing conversation. Normally you don’t think of “coffee” with wine and cheese. What was also unconventional was what we were talking about: dreams, fears, and finances. What led up to that inspiring discussion? An enthusiastic reader of my professional eNewsletter, “Coffee with Caroline” invited four of her friends to her home, and over different foods and beverages that helped everyone feel as comfortable as possible, we talked about questions they had with strategies that all women should consider when it comes to their personal...

  • Discover and Unleash Your Inner Leader

    There is something so profound about the word impact. If we consider impact in terms of a meteor, rocketing from space, the fate of the world lies in the impact. But what about when we consider people? What does “impact” really mean to each of us? Kaplan Mobray is a famous motivational speaker and the author of the book 10Ks of Personal Branding. When I read the book for the first time, I was struck by aspects of his deep dive into personal branding: what do people say when you leave the room? What does your absence say about...

  • Natural Ways to Promote Breast Health & Prevent Breast Cancer (Part 2)

    ome of the best weapons you can give your Warrior Goddess to help her successfully fend off breast cancer are very tiny. . . . Only small amounts of these tiny molecules are needed because they pack a mighty wallop against breast cancer. In biology, it’s normal for microscopic structures to contain immense potential.   ~ Waking the Warrior Goddess, Christine Horner, MD, FACS (3rd Ed.2013)   Early detection of breast cancer is certainly critical, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As noted in Part 1 of this two-part primer, an ideal approach to...

  • Dump Him! Find The Financial Advisor Who Is Right For You

    You know the feeling. You don’t look forward to talking to him like you used to. When you see him, he smiles and nods, but you sense that he’s not really listening. And more and more regularly – often late at night, when you are trying to sleep – that voice in the back of your head tells you that he’s not good enough; he doesn’t know what is really important to you. Yes – you have been together a long time. Yes – it was great in the beginning. But things have changed. You wonder whether he will...

  • Natural Approaches to Behavioral and Neurological Issues in Pets

    Neurological diseases run the gamut in dogs and cats, from behavioral issues like anxiety and fear that can dramatically effect an animals’ lifestyle and management, to medical issues like seizures and autoimmune brain inflammation. We are fortunate that Lyme disease is not a known contributor to chronic neurological signs in dogs or cats, as cats have never been shown to get infected by Lyme organisms and dogs are easily tested and treated in the early stages of disease. Tick borne organisms do rarely cause severe neurological signs in dogs, but again, these are typically responsive to antibiotic therapy. While...

  • 3 Simple Steps to Alleviate Anxiety & Stress

    Diagnosed anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, and women are twice as likely to be affected than men. These statistics are based on those who actually sought medical attention. In reality, these figures are much higher. The good news is people who have chronic or occasional anxiety and/or panic attacks are often highly intelligent, passionate, caring, thoughtful, creative human beings. Your wonderful, creative mind that causes your anxiety is the very one that will lead you to a more relaxed, joyful life....

  • The Energetic Connection to Treating Lyme Disease

    Lyme patients often present as complicated cases with various symptoms that can affect a multitude of body systems. Lyme patients are often more predictably helped by combining both Eastern and Western healing modalities. EAV or electrodermal screening is a modern twist on what has been utilized for thousands of years in the Eastern Healing Arts, where physicians looked at the flow of Qi (Chi) within the meridians to better understand what was going on with their patients, and how to best treat them. EAV is an excellent tool for uncovering issues within the body’s meridian systems and detecting signals...

  • Getting to the Root Cause of Clutter

    All of us at one time or another can live amongst the midst of clutter. There can be many reasons why the clutter happens in our life but there is truly only one root cause. The clutter could be “situational”. Maybe there is a family member who is terminally sick, or you lost your job, or better yet just got a new job and you are a little overwhelmed. Hence, your home has taken a back burner and the clutter has built up. “Situational” clutter is easily remedied. Once that situation “calms” down, you can get back to the...

  • Debunking Fad Diets

    It seems like every few months, there is a new diet fad. Let’s talk about the most recent popular fad diets. Ketogenic Diet A healthier way to do a modified version of the ketogenic diet would be to eat a very reduced amount of carbs, say 50 grams, for short periods of time, periodically. But, in the counting of carbohydrates, be sure not to count non-starchy veggies, such as leafy greens and celery. Helpful products, such as MCT oil or supplemental ketone salts, that can help mimic ketosis and those can be helpful for some. There are also some...

  • Chef Paul Pearson Provides Delicious Delights at Community Table Restaurant

    Growing up in Yorkshire England, Chef Paul Pearson knew exactly what he wanted to do by the age of 12. He became fascinated with food and enjoyed eating out because of how special everyone felt. “I was keen to learn cooking and my grandmother taught me in the beginning,” he said, as we sat enjoying a plate of New England cheeses at Community Table, a favorite local restaurant known for its acclaimed food, cocktails and chic relaxed environment in New Preston, CT. For his first job, he worked for the renowned Chef Raymond Blanc at Le Petit Blanc in...

  • Are You Living in Alignment with Your Calling?

    As a reader of Natural Nutmeg magazine, you are most likely a seeker of information on health and wellness, spirituality or our environment. You just love reading about these topics. In fact, it makes something stir inside of you. This is your Soul agreeing that what you are reading is truly in alignment with what you know to be truth for your life. This happens because you are a Soul Being having a Human Being experience and your Soul has been leading you on your unique life journey. How has the journey with your Soul been so far in...

  • Women! Let’s Discuss Your Heart Health

    The CDC stated recently that women are at an all-time high for heart disease, cardiovascular disease or CVD, and that men were actually on par or lowering their relative risks for CVD. This might be associated with how well known the symptoms are and how far the public education reached. The American Heart Association states that between 2013-2016, 44.7% of women aged 20 years old and older had some form of cardiovascular disease. In 2016, 49.0% of women made up the total deaths of related CVD in women. Specifically, in Connecticut according to CDC, CVD is listed as number...

  • Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator

    It is common for many individuals to see over 5 doctors before being diagnosed with a Lyme infection and is why it is known as the “great imitator.” When diagnosed and treated early, Lyme is easy to fix, however, if not treated, it can lead to a multitude of symptoms including joint and body pain, fatigue, headaches, cognitive issues, neurological and sleep disturbances. Unfortunately, these are common symptoms I see in my practice daily and clinical judgement is needed to decide on timely treatment. Diagnosis Lyme disease diagnosis continues to grow annually. There are about 3,000 cases of Lyme...

  • Natural Treatment for Menstrual Migraines

    According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 60% of women suffering from migraines get menstrual migraines. Menstrual migraines can start 2 days before the period begins and up to three days after the period ends. Hormones can trigger menstrual migraines during ovulation, menses, perimenopause and menopause. Menstrual Migraine Symptoms One-sided, throbbing Nausea inducing with or without vomiting Sensitivity to light and sound Typically are not accompanied by an aura Migraine diaries are a great way to evaluate the cause of your migraines. Common triggers for migraines that are not hormone related include: poor sleep, alcohol, high tyramine foods, smoked...

  • Naturopathic Management for Menopause

    Menopause is defined as the cessation of your periods, which is caused by the body’s decreased production of sex hormones; estrogen and progesterone. This event could happen naturally by age or could be a result of surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. Most women will experience the beginning of peri-menopause and menopause generally in their late 40’s. Typical estrogen production will start decreasing around age 50. There are three phases of menopause: 1) the climacteric phase in which the periods become irregular; 2) actual menopause which is the last menstrual cycle, diagnosed only in retrospect; and 3) post-menopause...

  • 20 Ways to Refresh Your Body This Spring

    Spring is here and a perfect time to do some spring cleaning. This year focus on cleaning the toxins out of your body in addition to your closet. Begin thinking about where toxins might be in your home so you can decrease daily exposure and nourish your body in a way that supports its innate ability to detoxify, regenerate and thrive. What happens when our bodies are overloaded with toxins? Our immune system becomes compromised because the liver is using up many important nutrients to filter out these toxins which leaves us run down, susceptible to infection and at...

  • Eileen Fisher’s Women Together: Life-Changing Experiences

    Eileen Fisher, the clothing designer, is sharing something meaningful for the good of all women; a space for them to connect with each other either online or at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington, New York. She calls it Women Together. Women Together is designed to help women listen, share and connect with one another so that they can ignite true change in themselves and each other. It is born out of the belief that our revolution begins within and that a collective power emerges when women bond with other women. Each event in the Women Together Series...

  • Nutrition: A Reliable Method to Manage Mental Illness

    Each year, mental illness affects 43.8 million or 1 in 5 adults nationwide. A growing body of evidence suggests that poor nutrition contributes to this epidemic. What’s more impressive is the nutritional research supporting the management of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive, schizophrenia, eating and many mood disorders. Outside of counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, medication has been first line of intervention for those suffering from a mental disorder. It’s far too easy to alleviate symptoms with medication than to address underlying cause of mental disturbance. Naturopathic medicine excels in addressing the underlying cause of mental health...