Swish This: Coconut Oil for Healthy Gums

There has been a lot of recent interest in “oil pulling.” Though I can’t comment on its worthiness as a panacea for all ills, I do want to comment on the use of coconut oil to generally improve the health of gums- particularly if mild bleeding and sensitivity is a problem. I love virgin coconutContinue reading “Swish This: Coconut Oil for Healthy Gums”

Plastic Water Bottles: How Safe Are They?

by Cora Rivard, ND (This is a referenced article from my previous post regarding the health concerns with using k cups/single serve coffee pods, for those who wanted more information about safety of plastics used for beverages and food items. I have relocated this previously written article to my blog, due to a faulty linkContinue reading “Plastic Water Bottles: How Safe Are They?”

3 Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Last week, we sadly had another tragedy near our town with multiple deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. And we still have a couple months of cold weather ahead.  I have also seen patients who have suffered from both acute and chronic exposures of carbon monoxide poisoning. Please take a moment to read the following 3Continue reading “3 Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning”

The Zen of Chocolate

Years ago, my husband brought me samples of chocolates whenever he returned home from work abroad in France and Switzerland. He is the reason I became too spoiled to ever go back to Hershey chocolate again. The creamy texture, the delicate flavors, the “mouth feel” and the happy feelings these special treats provided could neverContinue reading “The Zen of Chocolate”

Stress Management 101

While stress is a normal part of life, the ways in which we perceive and respond to it can have a profound impact on our health. Feeling burdened with stress can easily lead to issues such as insomnia, recurrent viral infections, muscle tension, headaches, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety and poor concentration- to name just aContinue reading “Stress Management 101”

Fifty Shades of Sweet

by Cora Rivard, N.D. Unhealthy cravings and abuse, it’s a really twisted relationship- and I’m not talking about the book with a similar title. I’m talking about our relationship with sweet additives, sugars and no-calorie sweeteners alike. Ok, so you already do your best to avoid sugar because you know it packs on extra weight,Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Sweet”

How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer

This subject has been a big ol’ bee in my bonnet for a long time, especially since the Keurig style coffee systems are now ubiquitous. Much focus in recent years has revolved around the studies of potential dangers of BPA, or bisphenol A, but what about the myriad of other chemicals commonly used in plastics,Continue reading “How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer”

Healthy, Nut-Free Snacks for Improved Focus at School

by Cora Rivard, N.D./Seasons Natural Healthcare, LLC- Derry, NH Have you ever wondered why certain foods can make children more irritable, moody, or hyperactive after eating them? Occasionally there is a specific food intolerance, but much of the time it is due to high glycemic foods and drinks; this means that the spike in sugarContinue reading “Healthy, Nut-Free Snacks for Improved Focus at School”

Get Your Poop-On.. or… How to Prevent Travel Constipation

by Cora Rivard, N.D. What’s the deal- why do so many of us have a hard time pooping while traveling? Usually, it is a combination of things. First, we often eat things not typical to our daily diet, eat too much, don’t balance with enough fiber, and don’t drink enough water. Plus, we are outContinue reading “Get Your Poop-On.. or… How to Prevent Travel Constipation”