10 Reasons to Lace Up Your Shoes for National Walking Day

Walking in Nature

Sunshine is pouring through the windows of my office. That, coupled with temperatures above freezing, call me to head outdoors. I’ll be slipping on my sneakers to get away from the computer screen soon and taking full benefit of that extra hour of daylight. Here are 10 reasons why you should lace up your shoes to walk today too. 1. It’s National Walking Day. For the ninth year, the American Heart … [Read more...]

How To Fend Off The Flu By Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential Oil Diffuser

After one of the most brutal winters in northeast United States, we’re finally seeing the light of spring at the end of the tunnel. With a February that was the coldest month on record in Connecticut, we pushed through roughly six weeks of snowstorms and bitter freezing temperatures. Not surprisingly, people I knew in the area were felled by flu and colds left and right—including myself. Loath to … [Read more...]

New Study Backs Biological Nature of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Anyone who has lived with the crippling fatigue, un-refreshing sleep and cognitive problems (affecting memory and concentration) of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can confirm it is a very real, debilitating physical illness. Unfortunately, for many years, not everyone else has agreed. Long dismissed in the medical community as a psychological condition—or simply as a prolonged state of … [Read more...]

Recent measles outbreak spreads concern and controversy across country

Vaccine Against Measles

The recent measles outbreak in the United States has spread widespread concern and controversy over vaccinations and social responsibility to protect the community from public health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 102 cases of measles were reported in 14 states during the month of January, mostly in people who were unvaccinated for the disease. More than half of cases, … [Read more...]

Beating Back the Common Cold with Creamy Spinach Bone Broth Soup

Creamy Spinach Bone Broth Ingredients

There are few things more soothing to a throat ravaged by the harsh coughing of a first fall cold than a cup of soup or broth. Fewer still things are as tailored for fighting the cold and flu better than a nutrient-rich cup of soup made with  rejuvenating bone marrow, reduced cartilage to help normalize the immune system and mineral-rich bones. That’s why I’m excited to share with you the … [Read more...]

Are folks living with lupus and RA at greater risk for heart disease?

Respiratory System and AF

In autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system misfires by erroneously attacking healthy cells as if they were foreign agents, or antigens. Normally the immune system defends the body against antigens—like viruses, bacteria and toxins—that can cause damage to the body after invading it. In autoimmune diseases, benign and healthy parts of the body also become … [Read more...]

Use these all-natural preventives and remedies to lower your risk for contracting Lyme disease

Tick sizes/Src: CT Department of Public Health

Living in northeastern United States, summertime means warmer weather, less clothing and more time spent outdoors. Unfortunately, all the time spent walking, hiking and biking in the woodsy areas coincides with an increased presence of ticks. As a result, the months of June and July see the largest numbers of confirmed cases of Lyme disease by far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

Five Funky Food Ingredients to Avoid and Five Whole Foods to Embrace

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Ever go the grocery store and get completely overwhelmed by all of the food labels? Labels can claim all kinds of things about a food or food product—such as, it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low fat or organic—yet a quick glance at the nutrition info reveals ingredients you’ve never even heard of before. How can smart consumers stay on top of the buzzwords for food purchases that are nutritious, … [Read more...]

Sleep Deprived are Gaining Light But Losing Sleep to Daylight Saving Time

Losing Sleep to Daylight Savings Time

In the wee hours of Sunday, March 9, it will be time to change the clocks once again. At 2 a.m. most of the states in the country spring ahead. While the morning birds—which I have miraculously become after a lifetime of being a night owl—lose an hour of light in the morning, we can all enjoy the extra hour of daylight in the evening. More sunlight boosts serotonin, our “happiness hormone,” which … [Read more...]

Plans Canned Due to the Greedy, Movement Monster Dystonia

Beating the movement disorder Dystonia

It turns out that today’s post is going to be a more personal one. Yesterday, the uncontrollable muscle movements returned after a pretty significant absence. Yes, it certainly is a pain in the neck (and face and legs). Yet I haven’t been as disheartened as frustrated.  So many plans have been canned due to the greedy movement monster: Dystonia. Last night I couldn’t go to the book club I was … [Read more...]