Happy Tuesday!! Practice news: as of January 2021 Naturopathic Wellness is moving to West Hartford! We are all very excited about this new opportunity! We will still be offering telehealth visits for those not wanting to come in person and all other procedures will remain the same. We will still be Naturopathic Wellness and have the same contact information as well!
New Address as of 1/1/2021:
10 Crossroads Plaza
West Hartford, CT 06117
We look forward to this next chapter! Hoping everyone gets outside today and enjoys a little bit of sun. Please follow out posts over the coming weeks for Holiday office hours 🙂 #drlisa ...
10 months ago
If you feel like you are needing a little circulation stimulation from being at home try Dry Skin Brushing!!! DSB can help increase vitality, feelings of being energized, and improve detoxification! Check out the handout below for the detail and try it out before your next shower! #drlisa
1. Use a long handled natural fiber skin/bath brush
2. Begin at your feet and slow brush upward with small circular motions
3. Repeat on both legs (front and back)
4. Continue this motion over your lower and upper body as seen on the drawing
5. Be sure to start with light pressure when first starting
6. Best to be performed first thing in the morning prior to a shower
7. Always end the shower with a cool/cold water rinse ...
**POWER OUTAGE** The office is currently out of power and therefore our phones are down as well. We do not have an estimation when things will come back up. Thank you for your understanding and we will hopefully be back up and running ASAP!! ...
Meditation Monday: take time today to either write or meditate on the following quote and how it may be impacting your thoughts. #drlisa
“We walk invisibly cocooned with all of the things we wish we could control. We think by keeping these things close that we will be able to manage them. If we keep our worries in plain sight we will have less of a chance of them coming true. When in fact the very act of doing so is causing us to live in the places we are trying to avoid….. surrender. We are not in control……. The more we trust the journey itself, the more fluid and joyful life becomes…. What we are trying so hard to avoid or hold in place may in fact be our dreams trying to come into form.... Chaos in life is re-ordering for new things to come into light. Fear is useless, this stops the new from coming into our lives.” - Sarah Blodin, Live Awake podcast “Learning to Surrender” ...
12 months ago
Notice: If anyone was trying to call the office after 12pm yesterday our phone system was down! Our apologies! We were unaware until a patient came in and told us she tried to call. Please reach out this morning if you happen to need anything! Thanks - Dr. Laughlin ...
Updated Holiday Hours:
Monday 12/23: 10am-5pm
Monday 12/30: 10am-5pm
Normal business hours will resume on Monday 01/06/2020
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday! ...
Normal business hours will resume on Monday 12/2!!
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of gratitude 🙂 #drlisa ...
Meditation Wednesday: Give yourself the time to sit in silence for 5-10 minutes today. During this time observe your thoughts and allow them to flow freely, trying not to linger on one specific thought. Practicing meditation in this way will allow you to adapt to stress in a more positive and healthy way. Allowing our thoughts to flow will enable us to choose which thoughts we hold onto. In doing this, we can shift our obsessive/ruminating thoughts and free ourselves from believing everything we think. #drlisa ...
Meditation Monday: Try a gratitude focused meditation today! Sit comfortably and think of something you are grateful for. Hold that thought in your mind while you begin to bring your awareness to your senses. How does the gratitude make you feel? Where are you feeling it? What do you see (not literally) when you are feeling the gratitude? What do you hear? Try to embody this feeling of gratitude and let it wash over your entire being. You may notice you feel lighter and more energized after a few minutes of working in the gratitude. 🙏 #drlisa ...
History of Naturopathic Medicine in the US:
1900: Benedict Lust: opens 1st naturopathic school, American School of Naturopathy in New York City
1901: Kneipp convention which is held in New York marks the birth of Naturopathy in America
1902: Benedict Lust: opens Yungborn Sanitarium in New Jersey
1920: Over 20 naturopathic schools in the United States
1920: Connecticut licenses naturopathic doctors
1929 to 1939: Great Depression
1930: Many of the naturopathic schools had either closed or were hanging on by a thread
1940s: Hahnemann Medical School, last US medical school to teach homeopathy discontinues its program
1953: 23 states have received government recognition or licensure
1956: National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) is founded
1978: Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the Federation of Naturopathic Boards, and the Federation of Naturopathic Colleges are formed
1986: Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams (NPLEX) is founded
1987: CNME is formally recognized by the US Department of Education
1997: Bridgeport University’s naturopathic medical program is established
1998: CNME approval is withdrawn by US Department of Education
2003: CNME approval is reinstated by the US Department of Education
Did you know? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently invests about $40 million per year in complementary and alternative medicine related research.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 65 – 80% of the world’s population rely on alternative
medicine as their primary form of health care. #drlisa ...
Fun fact: Naturopathic Physicians are not licensed in every state and have varying scope of practice despite completing credentialed Naturopathic Medical schools. Each state associations works diligently to fight for licensure as well as expanding the scope of practice for physicians (especially in Connecticut). We are trained as primary care physicians and are working hard to be able to practice this way in every state! #drlisa
Currently 23 US States and Jurisdictions license Naturopathic Doctors:
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
Ever wonder what guides Naturopathic physicians? Check out our Naturopathic Medicine principles below! #drlisa
1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
3. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
5. Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
6. Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. ...
Announcing the 2019 Anniversary Raffle Winners! Thank you to all of those who participated and we are planning to make this a yearly tradition!
1/2 hour session of Craniosacral therapy: Ticket #9839135
Homecare Kit: Ticket #9839152
Homeopathic First Aid Kit: Ticket #9839294
Loose Tea Basket: Ticket #9839195
To claim your prizes please give the office a call or stop by during business hours to pick them up! Congratulations to the winners and thank you for making our 5 year anniversary month very special! #drlisa ...
Did you know?! Naturopathy Origin Facts!
The term "Naturopathy" was first coined in 1885 by Dr. John Scheel, a German homeopath practicing the methods of Kneipp and Kuhn at his Badekur Sanitarium in New York. Benedict Lust purchased the name in 1901 to describe the eclectic practice of "nature doctors".
The Kneipp convention held in New York in 1901 marks the birth of naturopathy in America. At that time, Naturopathy embraced all known means of natural therapeutics, including diet, herbs,hydrotherapy, homeopathy, exercise, manipulative therapies, electrotherapy, psychological and
spiritual counselling. Louisa Lust, a naturopath and the wife of Benedict Lust, provided much financial backing for the naturopathic profession in its early years. Dr. Henry Lindlahr and other significant naturopaths influenced the profession in the early years. ...
Nutrition Tip: try eating 3 meals per day! With all of the fad diet, quick tricks, and contradicting information in regards to the best way to eat, it can be confusing. To feed your body properly and give your digestion proper rest through out the day it is best to eat 3 meals. Timing of the meals is less important (more information on this in coming posts!) but eating 3 real meals per day is a great way to jumpstart your health, digestion, and metabolism! #drlisa ...
Meditation Monday: close your eyes take 5 minutes at some point today and tune into your body. Where are you feeling tension? Where are you feeling stress? Are you holding your breath? Are you relaxed? Just be observant of these things during this time without judgement and each time you exhale focus on releasing the areas where you feel the most tension/stress.
Once the 5 minutes is over (you can set a timer) you will most likely feel a little lighter and more grounded. Try to create this habit on a daily basis in order to return to balance at least once during your day! #drlisa ...
Happy Friday everyone! Tonight's Harvest moon is the beginning of our shift into the Fall season. This is our time to let go of what no longer serves us and move through any changes we have been trying to make. Be patient and kind to yourself through any process/change! #drlisa ...
Did you know??
Naturopathy involves a range of natural modalities including nutritional medicine, diet and lifestyle
advice, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
Dr. Laughlin uses Homeopathy and CranioSacral Therapy in
her arsenal of tools and modalities to help patients.
Homeopathy was brought to the US by Hans Burch Gram in 1825. Within a decade the New York
Homeopathic Society was formed. From there the North American Academy of the Homeopathic
Healing Art – referred to the Allentown Academy was chartered in 1836. It was the first homeopathic
college in the country but also in the world. Acceptance of Homeopathy has been difficult for some,
for despite the simplicity of the law; like cures like; there is nothing easy about its practice. It takes
understanding to realize that there is great power in the infinitesimal.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician, John E. Upledger,
following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served
as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating
and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system -
comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal
cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel,
practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central
nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a
preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide
range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including migraine headaches;
chronic neck and back pain; stress and tension-related problems; Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
(TMJ); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; SomatoEmotional Release (SER) - release #drlisa ...
Happy Monday! Quick Raffle Update! We have decided to do all 4 drawings at the end of the month to give everyone an ample opportunity to enter (in place of the weekly drawings)! All 4 prizes will be drawn on Monday September 30th! Feel free to contact the office with any additional questions or stop by! #drlisa ...
Did you know?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care derived from a strong philosophical belief about life, health, and disease. Its principles and philosophies are an integral component of naturopathic assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Naturopathic medicine promotes wellness and prevention. It blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine and it emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity. Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate
wisdom to heal. The emphasis of naturopathic therapies is to treat the causes of disease and to stimulate the healing power of body by using natural techniques and therapies without harming. Naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions and treat patients of all ages. #drlisa ...
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday weekend!
This week kicks off our Anniversary celebration with 10% off all supplement purchases and raffle tickets for our first Drawing on Wednesday September 11th! Prizes include: 1/2 hour CST session with Dr. Laughlin, First Aid Homeopathic kit, natural spa basket, and loose herbal teas. (stay tuned for pictures). Each participant will receive 4 tickets to enter into the box of their choice! Stop by the office during business hours to enter!
Stay tuned for Naturopathic Medicine knowledge nuggets and Dr. Laughlin fun facts! #drlisa ...
Naturopathic Wellness is getting ready for a 5 year anniversary special starting September 1st!! We will be having specials going on all month long including 10% off all supplements bought in office!!
Stay tuned to our FB page and emails for more details! We will be doing weekly raffles which can be entered by stopping into the office and filling out tickets. We look forward to having sharing this wonderful milestone will all of our patients! Feel free to reach out to the office for additional information, 475-227-2773. #drlisa ...
Office Closure: The office will be closed next week, July 15th through the 19th for exciting renovations and updates! Normal business hours will resume on Monday July 22nd! If you happen to need anything before the office closes please reach out before tomorrow at 1pm in order to ensure proper response. Thank you and have a nice day! #drlisa ...
This summery, fresh and beautiful salad has all the colors of the rainbow! Great for a summer's afternoon picnic or a family backyard cook-out! #drlisa
Massaged Kale & Fresh Berry Salad with Citrusy Vinaigrette
• 1 large bunch curly kale, de-stemmed
and torn or chopped into pieces, about 6 cups
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 6 cups of prepared, 'massaged' kale leaves
• 1-pint strawberries, quartered
• 3/4 cup fresh organic blueberries
• 1 small red onion, sliced
• 1/2 cup raw walnuts
Homemade Citrusy Vinaigrette:
• 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
• 2 Tbsp raw honey
• 2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro leaves
• 1/4 tsp each, sea salt and white pepper
• 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Instructions to Prep Kale:
1. Add the kale to a large glass bowl along with the salt and lemon juice.
2. ‘Massage’ (think of the motion used to rub someone’s shoulders…get your hands in there!) kale for 4 minutes, or until leaves are sweet and tender.
3. Add the olive oil and give one more quick ‘massage.”
1. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
2. To a large bowl add 'massaged' kale and pour over the dressing. Toss well to combine and soften the leaves.
3. Add in the strawberries, blueberries, onions, and walnuts. Enjoy!
**Optional: Add some grated carrots and sliced yellow peppers for the colors of the rainbow! Also add some crumbled salty feta to balance out the sweetness of the berries if you want!
Happy Earth Day!! Today is the day to show our appreciation for the wonderful Mother Earth! It is also important to reflect on what you can be doing on a daily basis to help the environment. A little bit of awareness goes a long way! Here are a few tips to help on a daily basis 🙂 #drlisa
1. Bring reusable shopping bags to the store! (not just for groceries!) They also make smaller net bags for produce as well which can cut down on a lot of plastic use and reduce garbage.
2. Bring a reusable cup to your favorite coffee/tea shop! Most cafes will give you a personal cup discount and you won't have to throw anything away when you're done!
3. Walk it out! (or bike it out) When going somewhere close to home, try walking or biking. This will greatly reduce car emissions and help with stress levels/cardiovascular health!
4. Buy local when you can. Shopping local and buying locally made products reduces the cost/pollution when buying things made across the country or in another part of the world.
5. Plant some flowers! (even if they are in a pot on your windowsill) Flowers can help with the local ecosystem as well as help keep the air clean. They are pretty to look at too 🙂
Enjoy the day and make some changes to further help our environment! ...
Lecture Series Update: Due to the Holiday this weekend and scheduling conflicts we have decided postponed the last two nutrition lectures on Women's health. (Dates were Sunday April 21st and 28th). We are so sorry for any inconvenience this will cause!
We plan to offer them again in August of this year with a few additions! (Time/date tbd soon!!) Stay tuned in to our posts for more information. Thank you to all of those who have participated in the series and we look forward to bringing you more topics and treats! #drlisa ...
Chronic pain sufferer? Come to Dr. Lisa's lecture this coming Sunday, April 7 at 9am to discover ways to deal with this, often debilitating condition, naturally. Learn ways to get at the root cause, diet and nutrition suggestions, as well as herbal ideas that may help you!
See details below! Hope you see you there! #drlisa (refreshments will be provided) ...
Wellness Tip: try to be mindful and present while getting ready for work in the mornings. Rather than going through your to-do list in the shower, be present in the cleansing process. Rather than eating your breakfast on the go (or not eating at all), take 10 minutes to sit and taste your food. It can make a big difference in how you handle your day!!! #drlisa ...
Check out Dr. Laughlin's lecture on Treating Digestive Issues Through Diet this coming weekend - 3/24!
If you want to learn how to find the cause or understand IBS and other conditions related to GI, medication side effects and more info on SIBO and FODMAPs, this is the lecture for you! See details below! Hope you see you there! #drlisa (refreshments will be provided) ...
Check out Dr. Laughlin's lecture on Type 2 Diabetes this weekend! If you want to learn how to prevent, treat, and reverse diabetes this is the lecture for you! See details below! Hope you see you there #drlisa (refreshments will be provided) ...
Self Love Wednesdays! If it is difficult for you to find time every day for self care, make one day per week that day! This is an important part of wellness because we can only take care of others if we are taking care of ourselves. #drlisa
Today's self love challenge: write down 3 things you love about yourself <3 Spend some time thinking about these things you love and fully feel that emotion.
Feel free to share them below too! ...
Happy Monday! In 2 weeks, March 3rd at 9:00am, Dr. Laughlin will be starting 8 weeks of nutrition lectures on a variety of topics! Check out the information below or contact the number on the flyer for more information! Hope to see you there!! #drlisa
Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist is back by popular demand with more topics!
Contact Roslyn Tucker
$20 Per Class
The Church House - 452 Newhall Street Hamden, CT
Sundays at 9am
Learn body function, laboratory tests, treatments, diet, and much more!
3/3/19: Cardiovascular Disease and the Anti-inflammatory Diet
3/10/19: Treating and Preventing Type II Diabetes Through Diet
3/17/19: Nutrition for Kidney and Liver Health
3/24/19: Treating Digestive Issues Through Diet
3/31/19: How to Detoxify the Body
4/7/19: Treating Chronic Pain Naturally
4/14/19: Treating Stress and Depression Naturally
4/21/19: Nutrition for PCOS, Endometriosis Infertility and Pregnancy
4/28/19: Natural Treatments for Peri and Post-menopause ...
Feeling the mid-winter slump? Break out of your daily routine and try something different! Often times in the winter we get in the routine of staying indoors which can make us feel less motivated and tired.
Try going out for a 10 minute walk first thing in the morning or when you get home from work! Even if it is cold out, bundle up and get out there! This will increase circulation, give the body fresh air, and increase a sense of well-being! #drlisa ...
Happy Monday! The office will be closed today, January 21 due to a power/phone outage in the Hamden area. We will be able to access the voicemail remotely so if you happen to need something, leave a message!
We are hoping to be back up and running first thing tomorrow AM! Stay warm and safe out there! #drlisa ...
Healthy Thanksgiving Tips!
1. Start with your vegetables: this will help prevent overeating and stomach bloating
2. Limit your desserts: try taking a small sample of each dessert you want rather than full size pieces
3. Stay hydrated: most people don't think to drink water during this time of year but it is important not only for digestive health but to help your body's immune system
4. Enjoy yourself! It is just one day and one day will not throw off your wellness if you do not allow it to
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!! #drlisa ...
Happy Monday! Below you will find our Thanksgiving Hours:
M-W: normal business hours **we close at 2pm on Wednesdays
The office will be closed Thursday-Sunday
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!
Dawn Dykstra DiElsi
2 years ago
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints patients have. Here is something to think about if you often find yourself feeling tired.
"There are two types of tired, one where you require sleep and the other when you require peace."
Try to determine if you need more sleep or need help to resolve an issue that is causing a lot of stress! #drlisa ...
Check out Dr. Laughlin's third nutrition seminar this weekend on Type II Diabetes. Learn the right tools in helping to treat and prevent Diabetes through lifestyle and nutrition! For more information, check out the flyer below. #drlisa ...
If you want to learn more about inflammation and how the foods we eat have a great impact please check out Dr. Laughlin's lecture about reversing inflammation through diet. Please see flyer below and note there is a change in seminar location. Dr. Laughlin will be giving this lecture on Sunday 10/14 at 452 New Hall St in Hamden, CT. Parking is in the adjacent lot for the Mt. Zion church. #drlisa ...
If you missed Dr. Laughlin’s lecture in August, don’t worry! She will be continuing the lecture series every Sunday in the Month of October! If you are interested in nutritional advice for certain conditions and healthy recipes, these lectures will help you jump start a healthier lifestyle and movement toward wellness. See flyer below for details and feel free to reach out to the office with additional questions. The first seminar is on detoxification and what to be doing on a daily basis to help with detoxing. #drlisa ...