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March 2, 2017

I think we all understand that life is stressful. And we understand that it is important to take time for “me”. But we don’t. And although many of us admit that we have fallen into this hectic lifestyle, what are we actually doing to combat it?

Spring is almost upon us … what better time to start Anew Beginning.  Relax, you deserve it! 

February 2, 2017

“Cleansing, Improved Nutrition, Supplementation as needed and Consistent Exercise in nature have all allowed me to feel healthier, more energized and stronger in my 40s than I ever experienced in my 20s!” Get started on your cleansing journey this Spring!

The body may need a colon cleanse if it experiences abdominal pain, excessive gas, bloating, bad breath, less than one bowel movement per day, difficult and painful bowel movements, skin rashes, acne, joint pain, insomnia, headaches, fatigue (especially in the afternoons), allergies, respiratory, bladder or vaginal infections, history of smoking and drinking alcohol, inactivity, feeling stuck in life, chronic stress and a diet full of processed foods, wheat, sugar, excessive animal protein and few fruits and vegetables.

February 2, 2017

“Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life” ... We have all seen that quote before. And, if you are in any fitness industry you better believe it. As a trainer, my job is to keep up with the ever-evolving fitness trends and tricks. And since I have been a part of this industry since 1983 (yikes!), I have seen many trends come and go. One thing that has stayed consistent however, is weight training.

“Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life”. 
  
December 31, 2016

Often, people think yoga is simply stretching. However, those who come to the practice will quickly learn that it incorporates much more than just a physical body practice. Yoga certainly allows for the student to stretch one’s body, but it also allows one to transform on a mental and spiritual front. While the student is moving through a series of postures linked with corresponding breathwork, they are receiving corresponding benefits to the nervous system. These subtle benefits include relaxation, mindfulness, heightened concentration, stress reduction, a reduction in reactivity, and an overall sense of calm.

Often, people think yoga is simply stretching.  However, those who come to the practice will quickly learn that it incorporates much more than just a physical body practice. Yoga certainly allows for the student to stretch one’s body, but it also allows one to transform on a mental and spiritual front.  While the student is moving through a series of postures linked with corresponding breathwork, they are receiving corresponding benefits to the nervous system.

December 31, 2016

A lot of us were knocked out by early season respiratory infections. (Beware, the flu just walked through our store this month too!) Various herbs, extra probiotics, saltwater nasal flushes and steam inhalation treatments of Rosemary and Wild Thyme essential oils in addition to Silver Shield liquid breathed through a nebulizer can help prevent infection from reaching our lungs and lessen its duration and severity!

A lot of us were knocked out by early season respiratory infections. (Beware, the flu just walked through our store this month too!) Various herbs, extra probiotics, saltwater nasal flushes and steam inhalation treatments of Rosemary and Wild Thyme essential oils in addition to Silver Shield liquid breathed through a nebulizer can help prevent infection from reaching our lungs and lessen its duration and severity!

December 31, 2016

Halotherapy is an alternative treatment that has been going on for ages in Europe and Asia, just coming to North America the last couple of years. It is clinically proven to clear mucus from the airways, boost immune system, provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, sinus and congestion, improve lung function, de-stress and decrease depression, ease skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more.

Everyday our body is continually being exposed to positive ions from cell phones, microwaves, computers, tv’s, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.  Himalayan pink salt contains negative ions that are absorbed through the skin and inhaled into our lungs during a 45-minute salt cave session, thus creating a mind and body balance.

November 28, 2016

So I named my fitness studio Core Performance Fitness and Training because I have been trained and believe that all motion comes from your core strength. Training and strengthening of these muscle groups are critical for maximum upper to lower body (or lower to upper body) transfer of strength during many sporting activities. Some may consider this functional training, and still some others may consider it athletic performance training. They may be right, but core strength training has within it all these elements.

So I named my fitness studio Core Performance Fitness and Training because I have been trained and believe that all motion comes from your core strength. Training and strengthening of these muscle groups are critical for maximum upper to lower body (or lower to upper body) transfer of strength during many sporting activities. Some may consider this functional training, and still some others may consider it athletic performance training. They may be right, but core strength training has within it all these elements.

November 28, 2016

Facials are one of those misunderstood spa treatments. They are commonly viewed as a luxury; a great way to enjoy part of your Saturday afternoon. But what if I told you facials are not just a way to be pampered, but rather something you should at the very least do seasonally, as they provide both short and long-term benefits to our skin and our overall health.

Facials are one of those misunderstood spa treatments.  They are commonly viewed as a luxury; a great way to enjoy part of your Saturday afternoon. But what if I told you facials are not just a way to be pampered, but rather something you should at the very least do seasonally, as they provide both short and long-term benefits to our skin and our overall health.

January 29, 2016

Essential Oils are aromatic extracts from various parts of many different plants. Recorded use of essential oils and aromatherapy date back 6,000 years! It is amazing to watch how their comeback is helping so many people all over the world. Here is a step-by-step guide for using Authentic Essential Oils as Valentine’s Day “Keys” to Unlock Your Heart … and the hearts of your loved ones!

“A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed, "Your Valentine" as a farewell.

January 3, 2016

Join Nature's Remedy and two-time Olympian Jillian Vogtli for a fun, inspiring and effective natural healing health and weight loss program starting this month.

New Year’s Resolutions are always fun to create because the associated HOPE for positive results runs high. Most resolutions involve the desire for happiness, wealth and health. We are looking for motivated souls who would like to participate in a three and a half month nutritional, supplemental and fitness program. In addition to group participants, there are open positions for training future health and wellness coaches. Now is the moment to invest our time, money and energy into healing our broken bodies in order to experience greater happiness, wealth and health.

November 28, 2015

Many solutions to insomnia causes are obvious. Listed in this article are the three most common forms of sleeplessness that I have observed in my practice along with their respective naturopathic protocols. They always have hormonal and biochemical components associated with the dysfunctions.

Can you recall funny scenarios in your life resulting from INSOMNIA? “Many years ago I had to do a presentation.

October 9, 2015

Both Farmer’s Almanacs are predicting an even colder ski season than the past two winters here in WNY!  So … in addition to buying warmer ski gear, turn up the heat in your internal furnace with Botanical Medicine. Herbs, categorized according to their medicinal properties, can have warming effects on the body. 

UNCOMFORTABLY COLD?  HEAT UP YOUR INTERNAL FIRE

Both Farmer’s Almanacs are predicting an even colder ski season than the past two winters here in WNY!  So … in addition to buying warmer ski gear, turn up the heat in your internal furnace with Botanical Medicine. Herbs, categorized according to their medicinal properties, can have warming effects on the body.

February 26, 2015

Modern society has thousands of chemicals overwhelming our water, air, soil, homes, workplaces and foods.  The illnesses resulting from toxic overload can be reversed as we remove the trash, give the body what it needs and stimulate the vital force. With Spring just around the corner, it's time for a cleanse.

Our bodies are innately equipped with many detoxification systems designed precisely to keep the body working optimally. Our immune system helps to control the biochemical processes found in the liver, kidneys, lungs (and sinuses), skin (sweat glands and oil ducts), lymphatics and intestines. One hundred years ago the combination of whole foods, pure water, physical labor, sun, clean air and simple living provided the body with most of what it needed to eliminate its normal toxic load.
 
January 30, 2015

Losing your mind does not have to be a process with no solutions or irreversibility, and is not just a process of aging that we must succumb to because “I am in my 70s”! Nor are brain dysfunctions (especially memory) limited to the aging process. Whether we call it anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s, the body can slow down and reverse the disease process. Just ask a functional MD, alternative practitioner or a naturopath how they have seen broken brains improve with detoxification, nutrient repletion, proper nutrition, homeopathy and botanical medicine. 

Losing your mind does not have to be a process with no solutions or irreversibility, and is not just a process of aging that we must succumb to because “I am in my 70s”! Nor are brain dysfunctions (especially memory) limited to the aging process. Dr. Mark Hyman wrote an amazing book on broken brains called The UltraMind Solution. Whether we call it anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s, the body can slow down and reverse the disease process.
January 1, 2015

Let’s visualize 2015 as a year of doing, living and going for it! The Universal Law of reaping what you sow proves itself true over and over again. Although life throws many other factors into this equation, treating ourselves with love and respect will yield healing and health to our bodies. Explore the following 4 Habits of Health as a means to reaching your destination … those things that are most important to you. As we sow new ways of living, we WILL enjoy the fullness of our lives and the strength to be all that we can be for others. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I love January 1st … skiing is in full swing, this beautiful village is buzzing with winter excitement, and the best part: we receive a “clean slate”!  This is the time for building new memories, recharging, reflecting, dreaming and LIVING. Transforming information, dreams and ideas into action is inspiring because the journey one takes toward that destination requires commitment and perseverance. Louis Zamperini’s (real-life hero of Unbroken) resiliency along the journey is inspiring millions.
November 28, 2014

We all desire to be full of Pizzazz, Mojo and Fire! No one wants to be Inert, Lifeless or Weary. Here are three ways to Zip your Energy so it pulls you forward in life and to Inactivate the Fatigue that drags you down. 

FATIGUE ...
February 26, 2014

Life changes courses almost daily. YOU are responsible for caring for yourself and your life. As we are learning how to not be controlled by all the worries of this world, here are ten naturopathic solutions for your mild to debilitating anxiety. 

   Every single one of us gets to experience this incredible world through our own spiritual eyes as we travel down our own spiritual journey. See, touch and play in this winter’s beautiful snow; look up and view a beautiful sky often full of pillowy WNY clouds; hike, bike or ski through the enchanted Allegheny Mountains; and observe animals - especially our own - experience life in the moment. We also get to experience life through loving relationships with others, and a search for the Divine. When you stop to really think about it … life is miraculous!
January 30, 2014
From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity.   Cleansing the body has become a necessity today, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term aggravations.  
   From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity. Contaminated Air, Water and Food. All Processed Food (not really foods). Overeating. Cigarette smoke. Alcohol. Drugs. Medications. Bisphenols from Plastics. GMOs. Occupational or Environmental Toxins. Pollution. You know, just about everything!
January 2, 2014
In.Form is a 13-week holistic health and weight loss program designed to utilize nutrition, supplements, exercise, education, social support and individualized coaching to bring information, inspiration, hope and practical tools to your front door. And it's coming to Nature's Remedy in Ellicottville this month!  We will not be counting calories or points, but rather focusing on a truly healthy lifestyle. We will lead you to the fountain of health … it is up to you to drink the water. This journey will be A LOT of fun and we’ll build great memories in the process!
Happy New Year! 2014. 
 
November 30, 2013
   The holiday season can create an unsteadiness and inability to remain upright through multiple challenges to our balance. Busyness. Overspending. Grief. Loneliness. Illness ... It’s a time of year created to be “joyful” and “festive,” yet many of us look forward to the 1st of January as a restart button.  For those of you who find yourself “out of balance” and constantly struggling to recover from the holidays, here are 7 areas of life to practice the art of maintaining balance in a simple fashion so that we can help each other experience truer joy.
The holiday season can create an unsteadiness and inability to remain upright through multiple challenges to our balance. Busyness. Overspending. Grief. Loneliness. Illness. It’s a time of year created to be “Joyful” and “Festive” yet many of us look forward to January 1st as a restart button. Not to go all “Ba-Hum-Bug” on you but…after the presents have been opened, all the sugar has been eaten and Santa has made it back to the North Pole, where is the Joy?
 
October 2, 2013
According to Gretchen Mendell of Nature’s Remedy in Ellicottville, “Last year was the worst cold and flu season that I have experienced in my store over the past 18 years."  I can attest to this statement as I’ve worked at Nature’s Remedy since October of 2012, and witnessed my clients’ frustrations with intense respiratory symptoms, antibiotics commonly not working, concomitant infections (especially yeast infections) from misuse and overuse of antibiotics, OTC meds not helping, and confusion about how to “work” themselves and their loved ones through the journey of microbial invasion. This article responds to that need. 
   According to Gretchen Mendell of Nature’s Remedy in Ellicottville, “Last year was the worst cold and flu season that I have experienced in my store over the past 18 years. Lower respiratory or lung infections, secondary to upper respiratory infections, seemed to be a combination of viruses and strong, resistant bacteria working together to create hard hitting, long lasting and often recurring sinus and lung infections, with the latter being the worst.”
 
March 3, 2013
Inevitably, when what we believe changes or needs updating, it’s helpful to update our environment to reflect our own reinvention.  Have you ever noticed how you start to feel comfortable and then life changes?  Or what you thought was cool yesterday and looks great on you, is actually not so attractive on you today?  It’s both a blessing and a challenge to be as author Ester Hicks says, “tapped in, tuned in and turned on”.  

 

March 3, 2013
For most people, losing weight is not as easy as “calories in, calories out”. Nor is energy a matter of more sleep or the latest “energy” product. There are many ways to approach weight loss and energy production depending on each person’s current health concerns, lifestyle considerations, financial accessibility, time, motivation, support system and tools. In this article, I will attempt to paint a picture of various options to provide your body with what it needs to experience “Happier Days”.

 

January 2, 2013
With the snow comes lots of fun (especially here in Ellicottville), long workdays, and unfortunately, sometimes injuries from various accidents.  Musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunctions can be so frustrating because of the pain, decreased range of motion, and worst case, immobility. This article will cover some of the various naturopathic solutions for muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, nerves and connective tissue.
   “Here Comes the Snow … da da da da … Here Comes the Snow … and I say, It’s Alright!”
   Bring it on!
   With the snow comes lots of fun (especially here in Ellicottville), long workdays, and unfortunately, sometimes injuries from various accidents.
   Musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunctions can be so frustrating because of the pain, decreased range of motion, and worst case, immobility. This makes for a long winter in Western New York.