Blog Archive

Are Common Food Additives Makin​g You Fat and Anxious? Aug 19th, 2019

Are you eating emulsifiers? Chances are yes, and a lot of them! Scan the food label of any processed food in the grocery store or your pantry, and you are bound to find one of these emulsifier ingredients: polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols, xanthan, cellulose gum, and other gums. These...

New Saturday Appointment Available! Jun 7th, 2019

See you on Saturday! - Healing Duo Office Team [Dr. Pam and Dr. Nelson]

Feeling like a Pufferfish: The Dreaded Stomach Bloat May 28th, 2019

"These jeans fit last week, and now I have to lay on the bed and do acrobatics just to button them up." We've all been. But the sad truth is, abdominal bloating does not only occur after your Thanksgiving meal or your weekend getaway with the girls. 1 in 10...

​Is Cortisol the Reason, your Exercise Program, is Not Working?​ May 20th, 2019

Blame it on the cortisol. Most people are aware that the "stress hormone," cortisol, can wreak havoc on the body when present in excessive volumes in the blood for extended periods. Cortisol has gotten a bad rap in recent times, but without a healthy, regulated cortisol response, your body would...

Saffron as Effective as Ritalin in ADHD Treatment Mar 6th, 2019

ADHD has become one of the most common childhood disorders. Over 6 million U.S children ages 4-17 have ADHD, and the number continues to grow each year. Despite popular belief, adults also suffer from ADHD. 60% of children diagnosed with ADHD, will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. Recently, there...

What is Naturopathic Medicine? Mar 1st, 2019

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the traditions of natural medicine with the rigors of modern science. Trained as primary care providers, Naturopathic physicians diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind,...

Prescriptive Authority Battle in CT Feb 11th, 2019

Help improve healthcare in Connecticut by supporting prescriptive rights for naturopathic physicians. Over the past several years, Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in CT have been working hard to get prescriptive authority. This year we are closer than ever before. For nearly 100 years, Connecticut has supported diversity in healthcare by licensing...

A Few Reasons You Need a Naturopathic Doctor Feb 5th, 2019

The Vast Natural Products Market There are many tens of thousands of natural products readily available for use on the marketplace today. You can easily order supplements online, walk to your nearest health food store, or pick them up at your pharmacy. While easy access to products is normally an...

Flu/Cold Symptoms You Should Never Ignore Jan 20th, 2019

Flu and cold season are in full swing, and there are just some symptoms that should never be ignored, especially when occurring in children. It is important to know what these symptoms are not only for your safety but for the safety of your loved ones or those you are...

The FDA finally recommends holistic therapy for pain Jan 16th, 2019

Naturopathic Medicine can Help! After many years of epidemic prescription opioid drug abuse, the FDA has decided that after much review complementary, hands-on therapies are acceptable first-line therapies including physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic medicine (spinal manipulation). These treatments have finally been offered a seat at the table because they...

When is the Best Time to Exercise Jan 6th, 2019

Is exercise best in the morning, afternoon or night? Two of the most common New Year resolutions are “I want to exercise more” and “I want to lose weight”. Most of the time these two go hand in hand. Exercise, along with diet, is one the most effective ways to shed...

Are You Sleeping Enough? Jan 5th, 2019

Sleep Cycle: There are two cycles of sleep, REM and Non-REM. REM is typically when dreaming occurs. Our bodies naturally go through 3-5 cycles of REM and Non-REM each night. We also have an internal clock within us that naturally prepares our bodies for sleep. This “clock” typically follows a...

Its Flu Season again (2019) Jan 4th, 2019

Flu Strains Strike Again It’s that dreaded time of the year again…flu season. So far this season the most prominent strains tend to be the Influenza A H1N1 and the Influenza A H3N2. Both of these strains have caused devastating outcomes in the past. Historically, flu season tends to peak...

Is Maternal Exposure a Link to Autism? Jan 3rd, 2019

Autism and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) After a review of the most current information available, there is evidence that connects maternal exposure to certain VOCs and organic compounds like DDT, DDE, and PCBs to the development of autism in children. These organic compounds are common in many insecticides commercially available. These insecticides...

We Are Open For Healing! Sep 27th, 2018

Currently, we are in-network with the following health insurance providers: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield  CT Husky Health (age 21 and under) United Healthcare (Oxford) Others coming soon! If you have any questions or need help with booking, please email contactus@thehealingduo.com or call our office line at 203-693-1429. At Healing Duo...

Five Things About Video Games and Your Child’s Health Oct 17th, 2017

Video Games and Health Series Before starting the discussion on this topic, it is important to note that this is a vast subject. Ultimately, I will present this subject as a series that will evolve based on your questions and feedback. Video games are a significant issue involving both adults...

Several Non-Drowsy Natural Agents Essential for Allergy Season Apr 12th, 2017

Seasonal Allergies Allergic rhinitis, also known as “hay fever,” is a prevalent condition in the United States that occurs in about 20% of individuals. According to the CDC, about 6.1 million children and 20 million adults were diagnosed with seasonal allergies aka allergic rhinitis last year. Seasonal rhinitis is the...

Filling Chick Pea Salad Recipe Feb 8th, 2017

Filling Chick Pea Salad Recipe Check out this wholesome lunch idea that can be made in a flash and is super filling! Ingredients: 16 ounces of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed. ½ cup chopped red bell pepper. 1 small chopped sweet onion. 1 medium chopped cucumber. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar....

Five Natural Agents for Protection Through This Flu Season Jan 3rd, 2017

Influenza (Flu) Mayhem With the flu season hitting the United States with a vengeance, the healing duo thought best to help its community by providing some helpful natural tips to stay healthy. This season the dominant flu strain is H3N2, with high levels of H1N1 and influenza B viruses beginning...

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake May 10th, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake Recipe Strapped for the time in the morning consider this quick protein-packed recipe to start your day! Ingredients: 2-3 ice cubes  1 medium banana (option of frozen banana) 1 tablespoon or 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter: Substitute with any nut butter (consider using...

5 Ways Ginger May be the Herb for You! May 3rd, 2016

A Brief History of Ginger Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used in China and India as a highly prized herb since ancient times. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners used ginger as an expectorant, cough suppressant, GI stimulant, anti-nausea agent, and circulatory tonic. Ayurvedic practitioners have praised ginger throughout the ages for its use...

Three Everyday Uses for Chamomile Jan 6th, 2016

Traditionally, chamomile was used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and overall healing medicine.[1] It was used to treat wounds, eczema, ulcers, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, sores, hemorrhoids, and neuralgia, just to name a few. [1] Externally, it was used to treat diaper rash, chicken pox, ear and eye infections, nasal...

Who are we? We are the Healing Duo Dec 31st, 2014

Pamela Santapaola and Giovanni Nelson (aka Pam and Gio as many refer to us) are the founders of the Healing Duo. We both attended Stony Brook University where we received a Bachelors of Science in Marine Vertebrate Biology (Pam) and Developmental Genetics (Gio). After completing our undergraduate education and with much deliberation,...