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Fashion: Music & Passion – Beyond the gates at Caramoor

Lucie Bigelow Rosen, a chic 20th-century philanthropist and theremin soloist who, together with her husband Walter, founded the Caramoor music festival in 1946 on the grounds of their estate in Katonah was the inspiration for our fall fashion shoot. With her own sense of style in mind, we invited young local musicians to join us [...]read moreFashion: Music & Passion – Beyond the gates at Caramoor

Style Guides for the Kids – Hiring a pro to find your child’s right look

What do you do when your child’s self-esteem plummets, they won’t listen to your advice, or they act out? You seek professional help. But that doesn’t always require a therapist. Sometimes hiring a stylist, makeup artist, or interior designer may be the solution. Fortunately, these professionals are right in our backyard. As a bonus, their [...]read moreStyle Guides for the Kids – Hiring a pro to find your child’s right look

As Easy as CBD

Imagine trying to rope a bronco—wearing a pair of Prada pumps. That’s how Ridgefield area shoppers feel navigating the nascent, unregulated, yet exploding Wild West industry of CBD. Tackling this uncharted territory involves a steep learning curve—an ability to understand and verify a product’s purity, legality, and safety, not to mention determining which product type [...]read moreAs Easy as CBD

Artistry in Anatomy – A couple schooled in special effects make their mark in medical models

Inside a nondescript building on the stretch of Main Street connecting Great Barrington with Sheffield is a bustling enterprise where thousands of intricate mimetic (“imitative”) medical models have been designed, manufactured, and shipped across the U.S. and to more than 50 countries around the world for use in simulated surgical training. In any given year, [...]read moreArtistry in Anatomy – A couple schooled in special effects make their mark in medical models

Wilton Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

For our first annual Readers Choice Awards, we went to the source—our devoted readers—to find out the best of Wilton. Hundreds of you responded (thank you!) and now the results are in. Check out the winners here—lots of great places to go, eat, and shop, or visit. From hair color to hardware; caterers to coffee [...]read moreWilton Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

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

All You Need Is Glove – Reclaiming My Post-Partum Body through Kickboxing

Did I have a perfect body before having a baby? No. After a month-plus of HIIT (high intensity interval training) Kick kickboxing classes, do I have a Bond Girl bod? No. Would I have a Bond Girl bod if I made it to the studio several days in a row over a month-plus? Maybe. What [...]read moreAll You Need Is Glove – Reclaiming My Post-Partum Body through Kickboxing

Snore No More – A dentist’s mission to help people get a good night’s sleep

As many as one out of three Americans suffers from a sleep disorder. Twenty million of us have been diagnosed with one, and there may be as many as 50 million additional undiagnosed cases. Although sleep disorders can happen in children as young as two, it mainly afflicts adults and usually progresses as we age. [...]read moreSnore No More – A dentist’s mission to help people get a good night’s sleep

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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