Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol

Spirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50.


Digital Detox

Connect More Meaningfully with Yourself and Others

by Danielle Sullo

When we hear the word “detox”, images of herbal tea, vegetables, enormous water bottles and green drinks may come to mind. In the traditional sense, these are our associations with the type of detox to which humans have been turning for ages; a detox to cleanse the body and potentially rid ourselves of that which is unwelcome in our lives. Unbeknownst to some, while the detox does result in a removal of sorts, embarking upon the process of detoxification begins a journey within: a journey of self-discovery, creativity and connection.


A Naturopathic Approach to Metabolic Syndrome

by Nick Edgerton

Metabolism is the summation of active chemical processes in an organism to support life. With lackadaisical metabolism comes onset of disease. Metabolic syndrome, also referred to as metabolic imbalance or Syndrome X, is a group of coinciding biological parameters that increase the risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). The diagnosis is formally given when an individual has met three of the following five criteria:


Balancing Metabolic Syndrome in the Kitchen

Select Foods Eliminate Inflammation, Strengthen Immunity

by Jeanne Tennis

Mindful eating, plant-centered, plant-based, seasonal, holistic eating, whole food, vegan, clean, down-to-earth, back-to-nature, local, fresh focused, unprocessed—no matter how we care to label it, making dietary adjustments that bring more plants into our daily life is a profoundly powerful step in the right direction toward addressing and curbing the effects that lead to metabolic dysfunction.


Think Beyond Pie!

Pumpkin Offers Health Benefits

by Shana Griffin

At 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber per cup, and chock full of Vitamin A, C and K, there is definitely a place for pumpkin in most diets. If you’re looking for creative ways to cash in on the health benefits of pumpkin in your diet, look no further. Try some of these creative ways to pack in the pumpkin this fall.


Sacred Silence

Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat

by April Thompson

Individuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers.


Healing Ourselves, Families and the World

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Worldwide Healing Day is a free event where people from across the globe will unite as one as they collectively focus their intentions and create a unified field of healing energy. It will take place on October 21 at 3pm. All are welcome and no prior experience required.


Apple-centric Fall Festival Returns

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Fall in Connecticut has arrived with Glastonbury’s Apple Harvest Festival and 5K Race running from October 13 to 15. Located at a bend of the Connecticut River, this 43rd annual event usually attracts 18,000 attendees every October for music, food and “all things New England”.


Manage Stress…Don’t Be Managed By It!

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Learn from Brian Luke Seaward, PhD, how to manage stress instead of having stress manage you. He is an internationally known author, award-winning film director, motivational speaker and holistic stress management expert. The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University will present Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward on October 18 at 7:30pm.


Holistic Doctor Linda T. Nelson to Speak at Women’s Expo

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A Doctor of Naturopathy, Linda T. Nelson also has a PhD in Preventive Health Therapies with an emphasis on Women’s Health Issues. As friend and mentor of Alternative Health, Inc. she will travel from Salt Lake City, Utah and join owner John Hoime and manager Patty Midwood at the Connecticut Women’s Expo on October 21 and 22, at the CT Convention Center. She will be presenting both days from the main stage, on the topic of “Rebuilding the Immune System Naturally”.


Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes.


Weight-Loss Saboteurs

Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes

by Lisa Marshall

Eat less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal.


Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally

by Linda Sechrist

More health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes.


A Thanksgiving You Don’t Have to Recuperate From

Reduce Stress by Watching Grain, Sugar and Dairy Intake

by Ayelet Connell

The holidays are around the corner again, and that means family, friends and turkey. But for many, the holiday season can induce stress, whether because of more or less time with family, poor choices for food or too many responsibilities. Often we feel like we need to recuperate after the holidays. Here are some strategies that can help to reduce stress during the holidays, while maintaining a healthy balance.


Managing Holiday Stress in Pets

by Mary Oquendo

Holiday season is about to get started. It is a stressful time for many people, but some may not realize that pets can suffer the same stressful effects, both physically and emotionally.


Silence as Self-Love

Open Pandora’s Box to Pursue Soul Healing

by Nicole Miale

The word retreat by definition means “an act of moving back or withdrawing.” In a time of hyper-stimulation in the face of technology and ever-pressing demands, a retreat has come to mean time away from the stresses and concerns of everyday life. The term, once exemplified by a fleeing army, now stands for a refresh of the body, mind and spirit. People go on retreat for many reasons and the form varies based on the individual’s specific needs and personal spiritual practice. Whether someone is seeking deeper meaning in their life, needs time for reflection, desires healing or simply wants to get away from the demands of daily life for an hour, the modern definition of a retreat is an act of loving self-care.


Seasonal Plant-Based Cooking Presentation and Vegan Potluck

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Northern Connecticut Vegetarian Society, a nonprofit organization which advocates a compassionate and healthy vegetarian diet, will host a vegan potluck, open to all, at 4pm on October 15. Featured presenter Jeanne Tennis will speak about the five seasons according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese culture and Macrobiotics and why it is important to change what we eat and how we prepare our foods each season.


Transformative Coach Training Program to Start

If you ever thought about becoming a life coach, or want to enhance your skills in your current profession, The Graduate Institute is launching its Transformative Coach Training program this month. Earn an associate certified coach credential in a four-month on-site program focusing on a transformative way of being while in relationship with self and others. The Bethany-based trainings will take place October 13 to 15, November 18 to 19 and December 16 to 17, in addition to the January 13 to 14, 2018 weekend.


Connecticut Women’s Expo Comes to Hartford

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The Connecticut Women’s Expo will be held October 21 and 22, at the CT Convention Center, in Hartford. The event hours are 10am to 4pm on October 21, and 11am to 3pm on October 22. This event is designed to empower women with vast information in an enjoyable and safe environment.


Greetings to Garlic Fans in Connecticut

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The Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival returns for its 13th year on October 7 and 8 from 10am to 5pm at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds in Bethlehem. Visit garlic cooking demonstrations, stay for a live band performance or learn how to grow garlic at the informative lectures. Many garlic dips, spreads, cheeses and oils will be available for purchase from diverse garlic specialty food vendors; most will be offering free samples to try before you buy. Stop by the produce stands for fresh garlic and a variety of other fall produce. When you’re hungry, venture over to the food court to enjoy homemade roasted garlic sausage with peppers and onions, garlic chicken parmesan balls, garlic roast pork sandwiches, deep fried garlic and garlic ice cream.


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