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Ridgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

Our second annual Ridgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards inspired our readers to get online and vote to tell us the best of the Ridgefield area. More than 1,200 of you responded (thank you!) and the results are now in. Check out the winners here—over 100 great places to go, eat, shop, and people to know [...]read moreRidgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

Fairfield Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2019

Our second annual Fairfield Magazine Readers Choice Awards inspired our readers to get online and vote to tell us the best of Fairfield, Southport, Black Rock, and a little bit of Westport, too. More than 1,200 of you responded (thank you!) and the results are now in. Check out the winners here—over 100 great places [...]read moreFairfield Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2019

Savor Local: The Taste of Towns – Sunday, Aug 11

TownVibe is proud to host another Savor Local event bringing together great local restaurants, distillers and entertainment for a delicious, fun afternoon. The focus on this event is summer fun, party food, sweets, and good wines and spirits. There will be music, standup comedy and roving entertainment. The venue is the lavish Salem Golf Club [...]read moreSavor Local: The Taste of Towns – Sunday, Aug 11

Litchfield 25

TownVibe / Litchfield Magazine hosts the Litchfield 25 reception and ceremony on Thursday, July 11 from 6pm-8pm. The Litchfield 25 reception and ceremony honors a select group of the Most Dedicated, Most Creative, and Most Influential Individuals as featured in the July/August issue of Litchfield Magazine. Each brings forward the best of what humanity has [...]read moreLitchfield 25

Journey to Wellness – A Healthy Path Through Personalized Medical Care

Each day, I woke up feeling like I had run a triathlon the day before. My joints hurt, my muscles burned. I was achy and tired. I experienced chronic pain every single day and every single night. What was going on with my body? Why was it betraying me?

Eleven years ago, I stood on the landing and started to cry because I couldn’t figure out how I was going to get up the six stairs to my bedroom. My husband, who had already tested positive for Lyme urged me to see a specialist. Soon I was on a three-month course of antibiotics, which alleviated some of the worst symptoms. I thought I was cured.

But no. Certain symptoms persisted and new ones cropped up. It became clear that something was very wrong. I consulted a battalion of doctors and specialists, presenting each of them with a neatly typed list of my bizarre and inconclusive symptoms.

I was variously tested for and/or diagnosed with Lyme disease, post Lyme fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and Sjögren’s syndrome. I became pre-diabetic. Doctors continued to prescribe a cornucopia of drugs. Nothing helped except prednisone, which is an effective but pernicious steroidal drug you cannot take long term because of the awful side effects (eroded bones, hair loss, weakened immune system, a hunchback). I was diagnosed with a “non-specific auto-immune disease.”

The information I was given was contradictory and confusing: eat gluten free, eat dairy free, eat nuts, don’t eat nuts, try low carb/high protein, eat high fiber/low protein, eat a plant-based diet, eat lectin-free foods, avoid nightshades vegetables, eat fruit, don’t eat fruit, take vitamins, don’t take vitamins because they could cause liver toxicity.

One doctor told me that I just needed to accept the fact that I was getting older. Seriously? I had tried everything that conventional medicine had to offer, and it was only making me sicker, so I decided it was time to investigate other options. I believed that someone, somewhere would be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out how to make me well.

When I first consulted with Dr. John Salerno of the Salerno Wellness Center (salernocenter.com), now located in the Sportsplex (he also has a long-standing practice in New York), I was polite but secretly skeptical. I’d been down this path many times before with other doctors, and gotten nowhere. However, a very small part of me was also hopeful. Maybe this doctor would unravel the enigma of my health woes?

Dr. Salerno is affable, smart, and he really listens. He is a symptom detective who analyzes your medical history and works systematically to find root causes of illness. Over the years, he has treated and cured thousands of patients who have presented with a host of different conditions. He is a whiz at diagnosis. Dr. Salerno predicted what my blood work would reveal, and he was right.

My hormone levels were a disaster—low estrogen, low progesterone, and testosterone so minimal that the lab could barely measure it. Apparently prolonged use of prednisone diminishes hormones. Who knew? My adrenal glands were in distress, and my thyroid levels were sub-optimal. Thanks to the frequent use of antiperspirant, I also had high levels of aluminum in my blood. And arsenic. Arsenic? Apparently rice and wine are to blame. Dr. Salerno encouraged me to adopt a low carb lifestyle and to choose organic wines. My vitamin D, C and B were also deficient.

Dr. Salerno also said possibly the nicest thing any doctor can say to a patient: “It’s not your fault.” I almost wept. I was so grateful not to be judged for my health challenges. He provided me with a list of supplements to take and prescriptions for bio-identical hormones. He tweaked my thyroid meds and customized IV treatments specifically for me (Dr. Salerno has 36 proprietary IVs for every ailment and condition imaginable).

Not everyone believes in using this approach to wellness, but all I can tell you is that I am a convert. Within six weeks of following a plan designed to balance my thyroid function, shore up my vitamin deficiencies, and stabilize my hormones, I felt and looked a lot better. I dropped eight pounds and the chronic muscle pain that plagued me for years diminished by 90 percent. My rosacea has calmed down and food sensitivities have disappeared. I no longer wake up at 3:07 am, unable to fall back asleep. My blood sugar levels are now normal. Am I running marathons? No. I am cycling, swimming, and feeling so much better. Functional medicine may not be for everybody, but it is the right choice for me.

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Safe at Home Base – Memories of a Famous Umpire Grandfather

The scene: Fenway Park, Boston, circa 1955. The Red Sox, featuring the incomparable Ted Williams, are playing an afternoon game. A fan, incensed by a call made by the home-plate umpire, begins to berate the man in blue. The verbal abuse includes words totally unfamiliar to a ten-year-old girl sitting a few box seats away. [...]read moreSafe at Home Base – Memories of a Famous Umpire Grandfather

The Gift of Gal Time A Mother Daughter Trip in Litchfield Hills

Every year, my mother tells us the story of how I was her birthday present. What sounds like a sweet story could have been tragic, so I am glad she remembers my birth fondly. Her doctor insisted I was underweight, but my mother’s intuition told her otherwise. I was close to ten pounds when her [...]read moreThe Gift of Gal Time A Mother Daughter Trip in Litchfield Hills

Ten Minutes With an IVF specialist – Rachel A. Bennett, MD

Rachel A. Bennett, MD is a reproductive endocrinologist, or to put it more simply, an IVF specialist. She opened her private practice, Westchester Reproductive Medicine, in Mount Kisco in 2006 and has been practicing for 24 years. She trained with some of the world’s leading pioneers in the field at Cornell Weill and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Her practice is considered to be a “boutique” operation; she sees about 150 women and couples a year.


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Deep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Susan and Coleman Burke’s garden is alive with the sound of birds and insects: a pollinator’s paradise. Susan, sitting in the sunshine on her red brick patio, is debating the growth of the fig trees she has planted in pots—just released from their winter hibernation in the basement—while pausing to name the various birds swooping [...]read moreDeep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Weird Science – local innovative health & wellness advances

deep freeze Cryo-Arctic is a new cryotherapy studio in Mt. Kisco where they treat inflammation and pain by exposing the skin to temperatures between -150°C to -180°C for three minutes in a whole-body cryotherapy machine. The studio’s owner, Sean Dawson, says “I suffered from lupus for over 20 years. I realized that medication was not [...]read moreWeird Science – local innovative health & wellness advances

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