Can toxic overload stall your weight-loss?

So many of our toxins accumulate, overwhelming our bodies defenses. When the liver gets sluggish this impedes normal metabolism including fluid retention, puffiness and bloat. By reducing or eliminating what creates toxic overload and giving the body the nutrients it needs we can help eliminate chronic inflammation. By eliminating food sensitivities we can help to strengthen the gut.

Time to load up on the cruciferous veggies, berries galore, garlic and spices to help speed things up.

Have you been wanting to make some changes and looking for some professional and personal support?

We started off the beginning of the spring cleanse series. Everyone in the group had their own insights into how the cleanse helped them. Feeling clearer, with improved focus was one example. The idea of the cleanse was not to lose weight but all of us did. Moving forward with healthier eating habits and less sugar cravings was a general theme. Were we going to go back to old habits? Likely, but maybe not quite the same as before. One participant pointed out, his goal was to have smaller portions. Another plans to have healthy protein shakes every morning.  I’m proud of all of us. None of us had to do this for our health, it is not an easy task to change what you are doing daily, but we did it and are the better for making this commitment to ourselves.  

It’s easy to fall out of sync, exercise too little, lose touch with yourself, work too much, lose touch with yourself, or over-indulge. In just a few short weeks of releasing toxins, science based nutrition you will experience the trans-formative power of nutrient dense whole foods. Let me bring my 25+ years of naturopathic experience with no fads, no gimmicks, no BS!


Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

What are the Benefits of Hugging?

We hug others when we’re excited, happy, sad, or trying to comfort. Hugging, it seems, is universally comforting. It makes us feel good. And it turns out that hugging is scientifically proven to make us healthier and happier.

By utilizing the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu you can give yourself a hug, anytime and anywhere. You can revitalize your energy while riding a train or plane, sitting in a meeting, standing in line, waiting in a doctors office, watching television, at a sporting event or concert. Anywhere.

You can recharge the vital life energy within you and harmonize your whole being by giving yourself this hug.  Simply fold your arms across your chest and place your hands under your armpits and the fingers on the outer edge of your shoulder blade bone (scapula).  You can do both arms together or one arm at a time. Hold the area for several minutes. It can be a couple of minutes or longer, 10 to 15 minutes or until you feel a pulsing in the area of the shoulder blade where your fingers are touching. Don’t worry if you don’t feel a pulsing. There is no stress. Just breath and hold for as long as you feel comfortable.

The point on the edge of the shoulder blade is Safety Energy Lock 26.   In addition to harmonizing and revitalizing your whole being, holding this area is helpful for breast projects.

Holding your fingers is another way to clear Safety Energy Lock 26 and recharge yourself.  Hold, one by one, the right thumb, index, middle, ring and little finger with the left hand. Then switch and hold each finger of the left hand using the right. Holding your fingers is an easy and a great way to give your entire being self care and a recharge.

You deserve a hug!

Give yourself a hug everyday and breath.


Fiona Varker

Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and LMT

How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Spring Cleanse

Currently I, and my group of yearly spring cleansers are entering our second week of “detoxing”.

The benefits of our cleanse are already observed with some weight loss, some clarity, less headaches. I’m quite proud of one of our members who has cut her large dunk’in coffee down to a tiny cup.

There are so many ways to cleanse your body of the toxins that are ubiquitous in our world. Silybum Marianum  commonly known as milk thistle is one herb you will usually find it in any cleanse product that you purchase.

Milk Thistle has been utilized for multiple ailments but the one it is best known for is to help the liver detoxify. It has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory components.

I have prescribed it frequently and have seen it, along with other measures, improve liver function tests.

It is considered safe with minimal side effects. It can actually lower blood sugar, so if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia you want to make sure you are aware of this possibility. If you have a ragweed allergy you may also react to Milk Thistle.

Milk thistle also has positive estrogenic effects, and may act like a phytoestrogen which means that it can hop onto the estrogen receptor sites it may help decrease your chances of breast cancer and also may help maintain healthy bones. However, you may read about warnings not to ingest if you have or are at risk for breast cancer. The jury appears to be out about whether or not Milk Thistle helps or hurts someone with hormone-sensitive cancers. Always discuss with your healthcare practitioner before starting any supplement if you do have a medical condition.

Interested in joining our next Spring Cleanse Group? Give us a call at 203-254-2633. We plan to start on Saturday the 27th at 2pm with a follow-up on May 4th and May 11th.


Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

Does CBD Oil Interact With Other Medications?

CBD oil is everywhere. You can find it on the internet, at the local health food store, it may be recommended to take by your Doctor, whether a primary care practitioner, a psychiatrist or an oncologist.

While I have seem remarkable positive results with CBD oil, it can have significant interactions with certain medications, and this all can vary depending upon each person.

Most of you have heard that you shouldn’t have grapefruit juice with certain medications; but most do not know the reason why this is of concern.

Our bodies have an enzyme system called cytochrome P450.  This system helps certain drugs break down, while grapefruit as well as CBD oil along with other supplements and drugs can block cytochrome P-450 from working fully. To complicate this subject more, this enzyme/system varies from person to person.

So what does that mean to you?  It could possibly mean an overload of certain medication, which could potentially create toxicity for your body.  On the positive side it could mean that you may require less medication.

Let’s add another issue; for some drugs, Grapefruit juice and CBD oil ingestion may have the opposite effect in that the drug needs to be broken down in order to create the active component. In these cases, you may be receiving an insufficient amount of your medication to be effective.

So what do you do?  If you are on any medication you should  check with your pharmacist and a healthcare provider to see if CBD oil is safe for you to take.  


Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife

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