Pycnogenol, as found in NutraMetrix OPC-3, lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics

The incidence of type 2 diabetes has grown rapidly in recent years and is set to be one of the major chronic diseases of the future, increasing in conjunction with both obesity and ageing populations.

There are currently more than 194 million people with diabetes worldwide and if nothing is done to slow down this epidemic the number will exceed 333 million by 2025, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

As physicians with a desire to seek alternative therapies, the positive results in recent trials using the nutritional supplement, Pycnogenol have led us to recommending it to our patients and taking it ourselves. This powerful antioxidant has shown to be helpful in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, promote cardiovascular health, promote healthy blood vessel dilation as well as proved promising in supporting healthy blood glucose levels.

We feel the results of the study below are worth sharing with you:

The study investigated whether Pycnogenol had a glucose-lowering effect and which dosage was most effective. Patients with type 2 diabetes (18 men and 13 women, 28 – 64 years of age) were given daily doses of Pycnogenol starting at 50mg and increasing to 100, 200, and 300 mg Pycnogenol in intervals of 3 weeks. Every 3 weeks, vital signs, fasting glucose levels and insulin levels were analyzed.

At the end of the 12-week period no changes were observed in vital signs, however they did find that fasting glucose levels were significantly reduced by week 9 and continued dropping through week 12. The study also yielded results that a daily 200 mg dose of Pycnogenol was most effective, as the increase to 300 mg had no stronger effect.

If you are interested in learning more about how NutraMetrix OPC-3 may benefit you please contact […]

By |April 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Integrative Medicine: Perspectives from a Chinese Medicine Physician

There are a vast amount of modern medical pathologies, ranging from the most severe, i.e cancers and paraplegias, to the most common, i.e. “colds” and sprains and strains. It would seem that the best way to view the progression of a treatment would be to start subtle and increase the strength to match the disease. For instance, the common cold is something generally that everyone has experienced sometime in their life. It starts with the sniffles, sore throat, achy muscles and joints, etc and progresses until someone is stuck in bed for a few days and generally feeling miserable throughout the experience. Chinese medicine physicians have been dealing with this typical scenario for thousands of years, and it is safe to say they are more than likely to be able to deal with it effectively today.

Western medicine’s answer to the problem, generally, is time and some chemical that does not aid healing but helps you through the symptoms, if not anti-biotics. In the greater scheme of modern medical diseases, the common cold is a minor illness that can be treated without the power of Western medicine. From a Chinese medicine perspective, there is a key difference, we wish to bolster the bodies natural immune systems through herbology and acupuncture and speed the bodies own ability to flush the pathogen – the body, we believe, is the strongest healer. However, diseases and pathogens sometimes blossom and the entire system becomes under greater duress and susceptible to great injury. In comes Western medicine and the modern marvel of anti-biotics. If the common cold progresses to acute pneumonia, life threatening, then a “sledgehammer” is required. The problem arises when we don’t match the treatment to the disease. We […]

By |October 18th, 2013|Newsletter, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Integrative Medicine: Perspectives from a Chinese Medicine Physician

Mind-Body-Soul Connection and Healing

The body heals in many different ways. Touch, sound, and kindness are interpreted as healing and as such can bring comfort and stress reduction to the individual. We are proud to offer different methods of healing with our Resident Natural Health Practitioner, Eliane Provencher. She has an innate ability to help you discover the root of your stress. Her kind approach and ability to assist you to wellness has her well sought out by the community and by our patients. Ask any of her patients and they will say, she made a difference in their lives through the tools that she has brought to them. She is highly recommended!

Schedule today, discover how stress reduction can assist you to wellness.

Reiki, Advanced Wellness Techniques, Magnified Healing
Eliane Provencher is our Director of Integrative Practices, Board Certified Natural Health Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionalist. Bariatric Nutritionalist for St. Francis Hospital Bariatric Surgeons-Drs. Ellner, Nahmias and Raftopoulos.

Additionally Eliane (Elle) is certified as a Reiki Master, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, and Holistic Healer. She is a member of the Bariatric Society of Physicians and Connecticut Licensee with Bariatric Support Centers International.

By |October 18th, 2013|Newsletter|Comments Off on Mind-Body-Soul Connection and Healing

Dr. Teiger in Haiti

Dr. Michael Teiger, MD will spend August attending a medical / religious retreat in Haiti. He will be a member of a medical mission team that will be ministering health care to the Pastor Community of the country in the city of Les Cayas on the southern coast of the island.

Over 300 Pastors will be attending a week long spiritual convention and the program will be broadcasted nationwide on radio and television

By |July 30th, 2013|Blog, Health and Community News|0 Comments

Superhero of Food: KALE

By Jen Knox, RN
A single serving (one cup) of Kale has only 36 calories and provides 192 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A, which can act as a preventative against lung diseases.  Kale contains over 45 different flavonoids which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Research has also shown Kale to be effective in helping lower cholesterol levels and as a detoxifier.  It also has tons of fiber—a cup of kale packs 90 mg of fiber while a cup of spinach only has 30 mg. In addition, kale delivers Vitamin B6, which helps maintain healthy nervous and immune systems, as well as iron and calcium. Kale helps regulate liver enzymes that assist in the clearing of toxins.

That same cup of kale also provides almost 90% of your daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a top free-radical scavenger, preventing damage inside and outside of the cells. Vitamin C helps to reduce damage from inflammation (one of the primary causes of heart disease and autoimmune diseases), help to oxidize cholesterol, fight infections, and strengthen and renew collagen in our skin for a healthy youthful appearance.  Kale also contains manganese which is a trace mineral that is important for the synthesis of fatty acids necessary for sex hormones and the nervous system.  It also helps to metabolize and utilize energy from protein and carbohydrates, making it the perfect fat-burning element.

This food is particularly helpful for dieters on the Ideal Protein weight loss method offered at our office. It is also useful information for anyone trying to improve their health.
Recipe for Kale

1 cup of Kale
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and preheat the ungreased roasting pan with it.
Wash […]

By |April 15th, 2013|Blog, Recipes|0 Comments

Smart Yardwork Tactics

Pull Your Weeds, Not Your Back
by Chiropractic Physicians Jessica and John Tagliarini

As summertime approaches, weather warms up and many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Each year, over 400,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to the use of lawn and garden tools. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.

It is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. “A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity,” said Dr. Scott Bautch of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness.”

To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity. The following stretches will help to alleviate muscle pain after a day spent in your garden.


Before stretching for any activity, breathe in and out, slowly and rhythmically; do not bounce or jerk your body, and stretch as far and as comfortably as you can. Do not follow the no pain, no gain rule. Stretching should not be painful. While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step, keeping the knees straight. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh, or the hamstring muscle. Hold this position for 30 seconds then repeat with the other leg.
Stand up, balance yourself, and grab the front of your ankle from behind. Pull your heel towards your buttocks and hold the position for […]

By |April 12th, 2013|Blog, Health and Community News|0 Comments

Gluten-Free Maple Scones

One in 133 Americans has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and causes nutrition deficiencies. People with celiac disease can’t tolerate gluten, and the only treatment for those who are diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease is to maintain a strict gluten-free diet.
Our nutrition expert, offers gluten-free diet guidelines and expert advice, as well as delicious, gluten-free recipes to help you get started, and coach you toward success in a gluten free lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with her today.

Maple Spiced Scones – Gluten Free-Grain Free

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
11/2 tablespoon maple syrup
2 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Maple Cinnamon Glaze

1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl add almond flour, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking soda and whisk to combine.  Then stir in softened coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs.  The batter should form a dough once everything is incorporated.
Lay a piece of parchment paper down on a flat surface and sprinkle with a thin layer of additional almond flour.  Shape dough with hands to make a ball.
Place the ball of dough onto the parchment paper and with hands of a roller flatten dough out to a circle in even form about 1 to 2-inches in thickness.  The thickness will be up to you and the thickness you prefer.  I honestly think the thicker the better.  You can then cut the dough into triangles OR you can cut out into 2-inch size circles using a biscuit cutter.  I happen to like using the biscuit cutter because it makes […]

By |April 12th, 2013|Blog, Recipes|0 Comments


Monday nights at 6:00 you are invited to join Nutritional Counselor Jen Knox and learn how Ideal Nutrition can be your partner in achieving your weight loss and maintenance goals. It’s free and it’s fun! Most importantly, it works.
Due to popular demand, the event is now offered EVERY MONDAY!
TO REGISTER, call 860-547-1489 or email Jen at

By |March 29th, 2013|Blog, Classes & Events|0 Comments

Dr. Knox receives third nutritional certification


Dr. Thomas Knox of Hartford Cardiology Group and co-founder of New England Integrative Health Associates, has received his third board certification in nutrition, giving him all three board certifications as well as making him a state licensed dietitian/nutritionist in addition to a Medical Doctor.

His newest certification makes him a CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist) by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board.

He already has been certified by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists  and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

By |March 12th, 2013|Blog, Health and Community News, Uncategorized|0 Comments


Many people look forward to the first snow that often drapes the trees so elegantly. However, after weeks or months of snow, heavy snow, blowing snow, snow blizzards, snowdrifts … your eager attitude may have changed to enough snow already!
It is not surprising to learn that many people suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strain, vertebral disc damage, and even spinal fractures during the winter season. Some of these injuries result from excessive stress to spinal structures and others by slip and fall accidents.
A study published at Cornell University indicated “…when handling heavy snow with a shovel, the L5/S1 disc has been identified as the weakest link in the body segment chain. The most severe injuries and pain are likely to occur in the back region.” Recognizing the low back is especially susceptible to strain or injury, it would be prudent to review steps to prevent injury.
The Basics
Snow shoveling can be compared to weight lifting and in some cases; the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a workout on a treadmill! So … to help your body function on demand consider the following tips:

Be heart smart! Don’t eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Avoid caffeinated beverages. These are stimulants and may increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.

If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.

Pace yourself during shoveling activities. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Snow shoveling is strenuous work and it is important to re-hydrate your body often.

If the ground is icy or slick, spread sand or salt over the area to help create foot traction. Be aware that some areas may be uneven and could cause you […]

By |February 20th, 2013|Blog, Health and Community News|0 Comments