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  • Lifestyle Medicine for Diabetes and Hypertension

    COVID-19 and current events have all culminated into a proverbial stress-test for the American nation. This stress has increased not only on the mental-emotional level of the collective, but has also revealed weaknesses in many social structures, including American healthcare and the nation’s chronic disease burden. This is evident as statistics are starting to reveal that those who are more susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19 include older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and lung disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2017-2018 the prevalence of obesity...

  • How Do I Age Gracefully?

    Though aging is inevitable, some people find it difficult to deal with the changes that come with getting older. While dreading some wrinkles and sagging isn’t uncommon, there’s so much more to aging…but gracefully? You can either do nothing or you can meet aging head on and keep the signs of aging at bay for quite some time. You can easily deal with your skin, knowing you’ve done something different than most, to protect it and feed it everything it needs to optimize its health and thereby restore your body and skin to its optimal youth. Now that is...

  • To Your Health, Your Life and Your Future

    In our new reality, school at home is out for the summer; restaurants, beaches, camps and local pools are or aren’t open. We have started the re-entry from the shut-down we experienced from COVID-19. We are facing loss or change of routine, emotional uncertainty, shifts in financial resources, food availability and new awareness of the inequality of the racial divide. Then, add on the political stress. We, as a society, have become over-stressed and overloaded. We wear our face masks, stay socially distant and go about our lives with the threat of COVID-19 as our constant companion. We are...

  • Own Your Wealth with Confidence!

    This year dynamic health, economic, and financial developments have tested the strength and resolve of people around the world. In February, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a high of 29,551 and the S&P 500 reached a high of 3,386. A little more than a month later, both had fallen by over 30%. Investors have experienced a variety of emotions as they have watched the values of their accounts change rapidly and significantly. While it is impossible to predict with certainty either when or how much investments will rise or fall, it is possible to control pieces of your...

  • How to Survive the Next Pandemic

    In the midst of a pandemic we are surrounded by uncertainty. Many have lost loved ones, lost jobs or businesses, are experiencing financial stress, or barely survived those last few weeks of homeschool with little ones at home. The information about the pandemic is confusing. Fear and anxiety have most certainly taken center stage, while our health has been pushed aside. This seems to be our modern human response to a crisis, taking care of ourselves is the thing we are most willing to sacrifice. Our health is our most valuable asset and the ability to survive a pandemic...

  • CBD’s Minor Cannabinoids & Terpene Blends “Science Made Simple”

    In this amazing world of CBD there has been much talk of our bodies and the wonders of our very own Endocannabinoid System including how receptors in this system interact with Cannabidiol (CBD). While there are more exciting possibilities to continue exploring in these US-Industrial Hemp oil extracts, being a plant-science company places this in a higher category of knowledge. Here, the Florida-based plant-science company, SunFlora breaks down some of the science involved with their popular brand, SunMed found exclusively in over 600 Your CBD Stores nationwide locations. Many companies in the industry are mainly focused on CBD in...

  • The Path to Aging Gracefully!

    Growing older is inevitable, but aging gracefully can make it an enjoyable journey rather than an experience many of us have come to fear. In a society obsessed with youth, we can develop beliefs that as we age, our lives and health become limited and undergo a decline. This need not be true on any level. You can enjoy prime-of-life vitality at any age by tuning into and taking care of your body, mind and spirit. We live in a world of instant gratification, so it seems natural to expect a magic pill to sort everything out for us. Aging...

  • Supporting Your Immune System During a Pandemic

    With the state of uncertainty that still lingers in the air surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a good time to have a better handle on our health. In absence of a treatment, it is wise to make use of alternative methods to help control acquiring the infection and its severity. It is further supported by the Harvard School of Public Health to depend on good quality supplements to help reduce the risk of infection. Here are a few of the supplements that are supported by peer-reviewed studies to be helpful for supporting the immune system. Vitamin D3 Vitamin...

  • What is Causing the Increase in Preterm Birth?

    Every year, an estimated 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO ranked USA 6th for greatest number of preterm births (PTB) in 2010, and in 2017 March of Dimes graded our nation as a “C” on their premature birth report card. In 2018, the USA had 1 in 10 babies as preterm births. Intrauterine infection and inflammation may account for up to 40% of PTB, but in many instances, the cause might be subclinical and difficult to detect. Preterm...

  • Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally

    According to the NIH, lower respiratory infections are a greater burden of disease worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. People who suffer from COPD, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone. Treatment can be especially difficult when we don’t even know whether it is a virus, bacterium or fungus that we are battling. To make matters worse, the standard of care in allopathic (western) medicine has us taking pills. This systemic approach has the harmful drugs passing through the entire body and all of the organs while treating an invader that is primarily on the air-side of...

  • Immune Support for Lyme Disease

    The world has changed significantly over the past couple of months. We are in an unprecedented time and now more than ever many of our patients are asking what is best to support their physical and overall well-being during this time. Individuals with chronic disease conditions and weakened immune systems should be even more vigilant on maintaining their overall health. Many of our patients with chronic Lyme disease have to be mindful of the spread of the infection throughout the body and its potential impact. Lyme Disease Symptoms You may be wondering several questions. What is chronic Lyme disease...

  • Don’t Surrender to Menopause

    We’ve all heard the word menopause. If you are a woman, you’ve either been through menopause or are going to at some point. And yet, how much do we really know about it? Despite my background as a physician, I’m embarrassed to admit I failed to recognize my own menopausal symptoms. First, I lost my sleep, the most I could get was 3 hours. I felt tired all the time. I stopped exercising because I didn’t have energy and motivation. I gained weight. It was hard to make it through the day, even making dinner was an effort. I...

  • Grieving vs Mourning in the Time of COVID-19

    Grief is the emotional response to the loss of someone or thing that is important to you. Mourning is the process of acclimating to a life without that special someone or something. COVID-19 or the Coronavirus has disrupted our normal processes and rituals. In the March 2020 issue of Natural Nutmeg, I wrote an article on “The Fragility of Life”. That article was based on my experiences with two people who remain very important to me. One of them was my friend of 40 years, who unfortunately died at the end of March. Though his death was not attributed...

  • Have Faith in Yourself

    What makes the difference between surviving and thriving during this time? The answer…Your faith in yourself. Not faith of religion or the universe or anything outside of yourself. It is your level of consciousness and your mastery of your consciousness. We are being called to step up to a higher level of consciousness and mastery right now. I know it is easy to get caught up in fear, trust me. I own a small business with employees and our business is down 60% right now. I work on my faith in myself because power is always inside of us...

  • The Role of IV Nutrient Therapy in Chronic Disease

    IV therapy is a relatively new method of delivering medicine to patients with its popularity taking off in the 1950s. It is a quick, effective way to administer fluids as well as medications. It has helped save lives by rapidly administering life-saving drugs, such as antibiotics. IV therapy is a safe way to administer high doses of vitamins or minerals to the body as well, as they can be delivered right away to cells which can uptake them for use. In contrast, when a nutrient is taken into the body by mouth, it is broken down in the stomach...

  • Staying Positive Through the Storms of Life

    How do a psychologist and avid golfer weather a hurricane? I have been golfing longer than practicing psychology. I have weathered a few hurricanes, including the “big one,” Hurricane Andrew, in 1992. My training as a psychologist and my coaching as a golfer proved positively to me that one can “shoot par” even in the worst of storms. In life, we face many types of storms. There are some storms we will have to endure where we have little or no control over what we must face. However, we do have control over how we prepare, react-accommodate to, and...

  • Acupuncture for Stress & Immunity: Just the Medicine for These Anxious Times

    The public awareness of acupuncture has grown by leaps and bounds since I first started my practice 13 years ago. This is a testament not only to the profound efficacy of acupuncture, but to its ever-growing acceptance from the conventional medical world. Much of that acceptance is due to a continually expanding field of research proving the benefits of acupuncture for a myriad of ailments. While most people are aware of its benefits for pain relief, fewer are aware of how great acupuncture is at boosting the immune system. However, as the data on acupuncture’s effects on pain becomes...

  • A Personal Journey to Boost My Immunity with Nariveda Supplements

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nirmal Yogi and learning about Nariveda’s Ayurvedic Supplements. Nirmal and his son, Adrian, teamed up together to create their carefully researched and formulated supplements that help people with immunity, stress, cardiovascular health, brain function, aging, bones, joints, and more. After 40+ years of experience as an organic chemist and by being a devout practitioner of Ayurveda, Nirmal developed and formulated Nariveda’s powerful Elixirs. With a healthy amount of divine guidance dovetailed with the innate richness of his Ayurvedic upbringing and reverence for spiritual connection, Nirmal leads the research...

  • The Changing Landscape of Pregnancy During a Pandemic

    Pregnancy is a time of hope and excitement as well as increased concern for what the future will bring for your growing family. Pregnancy during a pandemic can add to the fear that any parent-to-be may feel. The areas of concern are three-fold: What effects COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) may have prenatally, how it will inform labor and delivery, and what effects it might have in the first years of life and beyond. Expectant mom’s need guidance to help them navigate the changing landscape of pregnancy during a pandemic. Arming yourself with knowledge and a plan of action can help you...

  • A Path of Heart

    While I write this I am at home providing telehealth for my clients through my Psychotherapy practice. It is a frightening time for so many, everything that was taken for granted has changed in what seems like an instant. It is also a time to pause and determine new priorities, to look at what has needed to change and what truly is the best or highest good for people and society in general. For me, it has been a time for self-evaluation. In many ways, I welcome this opportunity. This past year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had...

  • COVID-19 – Betrayal and the Butterflies of Spring

    A virus, treachery, and insects with brightly colored wings—a highly unlikely threesome. When a pandemic escapes from Pandora’s box and changes the face of our world seemingly overnight, anything we think is disconnected is quickly negated. Suddenly, we find ourselves having a direct experience of the famous adage that goes something like, “The flap of a butterfly’s wings in our garden affects the winds in Beijing.” It seems an absurd thought, too infinitesimal to ever make any reasonable sense. Yet now we’re living smack in the middle of its truth. Only this time, the adage is working in reverse....

  • Redefine Retirement: Plan to Live Life on Your Terms!

    Will you celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day this May and June? Perhaps you’ll spend time honoring your Mom and Dad. Maybe someone will seek out time to acknowledge you and all that you’ve done. Recently I spent time with my parents, who will turn 70 and 81 this year. As we lingered over Mom’s homemade apple pie in their dining room, I realized how fortunate I am. First, I am blessed to learn from my parents; as they navigate the aging process with care, grace, and intention they often share with me both successes and challenges. And second, I...

  • Restaurants Keeping It Real: Soma Grille

    Do you like to eat out? I do! Of course, cooking at home is more cost effective and can be the healthier choice but eating out is fun, relaxing and can be a delicious culinary treat. I have to admit that I am pretty picky about the restaurants that I choose however, because I will only go if I can eat real food made with the best ingredients. I thought that I would share how I figure that out and create a list of Connecticut restaurants that are getting it right. In the coming months, I will spotlight a...

  • Leadership: Illuminating the Lives of Others through Integrity

    If you asked a random group of people, “What kind of leader are you?” most would likely tell you they don’t consider themselves leaders at all. People envision leaders as standing on a stage, behind a podium, or in front of large crowds, and many individuals don’t crave, or even care for, that kind of spotlight. A few even believe that what they have to say won’t generate any real difference. But what about smaller-scale, everyday influencers? It turns out that even those enthusiastically leading discussions, inspiring and empowering others, and being consistently authentic don’t see themselves as leading...