Doctor's Notes - Connecticut Natural Health Specialists

On BMI

One of the main parameters to measure health in a person in the primary care office setting is a hundred-year-old calculation called the BMI, or Body Mass Index. This measure takes into account a person’s height and weight and categorizes them as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The calculation is a simple formula: (Weight

Easy Coconut Flour “Corn” Bread

One of my favorite things to make to bring to a summer BBQ, clam bake or party is coconut “corn” bread. It is very easy to make, and freezes well! I like this version of corn bread as it is actually corn free for those who have sensitivities. It is also tree nut free, peanut

On Anger

Imagine the following scenario: Someone cuts you off on the interstate without signaling. Or, some jerk cuts in front of you in line and you’re already running late. Or maybe your coworker left your favorite cup in the sink again. Your body tenses and your face flushes. You clench and grind your teeth. You literally

Low Stomach Acid and Autoimmunity

Parietal cells are found in the stomach and have 2 very important jobs. First, parietal cells make stomach acid that breaks up a cheeseburger, French fries or a beautiful salad.  This acid is extremely important at helping with digestive motility, breakdown of food to facilitate absorption of nutrients and even helps to prevent reflux of

Struggling with Weight Loss Resistance?

One of the most common patient concerns voiced in the office is, “I want to lose weight.” Most patients have already tried a combination of various medications, crash diets, surgeries and exercise regimens with limited, if any, success. Success rates are so low because there are many complex pathways and chemical messengers mediating the body’s

Helpful Hints for Healthy Travel

Getting some vitamin R (rest and relaxation) is a necessary and often overlooked determinant of our health. Unfortunately, travel can be stressful and expose us to a variety of germs, which can affect our wellness. Since health is a lifestyle, not just something to practice at home, here are a few travel-friendly wellness practices. Pack

Why I End Showers With Cold Water

When most people hear the words “cold water”, the last thing they want to do is to immerse their body in it. Although a cold-water rinse will wake you up, a shot of cold water actually has a number of health benefits. Improves Circulation Alternating between hot and cold water can strengthen your vasculature (veins

Childhood Anxiety

Dr. Tonya Pasternak & Dr. Craig Fasullo These are stressful times. In our modern world, the onslaught of information rarely ceases, and as a result we are expected to be available for others to an unprecedented degree. As adults, we each spend each day navigating and multitasking our way through a remarkable amount of to-do’s

The In’s and Out’s of Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is bioidential hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)? Bioidentical hormone therapy refers to hormone replacement with hormonal substances that are, on a molecular level, identical to what our own bodies make.  This, as opposed to replacement with synthetic hormones, allows for several advantages.  First, because the bioidentical hormones you receive are identical to your own, they

Metabolic Exercise-Roadblocks to Weight Loss

One of the most common patient concerns voiced in the office is “I want to lose weight.” Most patients have already tried a combination of various medications, crash diets, surgeries and exercise regimens with limited, if any, success. Success rates are so low is because there are many complex pathways and chemical messengers mediating the

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