Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • How Eating More Plants Can Save Lives and the Planet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 29, 2019

    "Because food systems are a major driver of poor health and environmental degradation, global efforts are urgently needed to collectively transform diets and food production."

    That’s the urgent call from leading scientific researchers in a new report in The Lancet. After reviewing the effects of food production on human health and the environment, they concluded that a dietary shift toward plant foods and away from animal products is vital for promoting human health and the health of our planet. Read more

  • Meet and Consult with Naz Amini

    by Paula Gallagher | January 28, 2019

    We would like to welcome back Naz Amini to our team of trained professionals, which includes naturopathic doctors, certified nutritionists, holistic health counselors and clinical herbalists. Naz will be available for phone consults on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. We are also fortunate to have her contributing to our blog.

    Naz was a familiar face at Village Green Apothecary starting in 2002. She has been a licensed clinical nutritionist over the last 10 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, providing her with a strong foundation in biochemistry, science and practice of nutraceutical therapy.

    As an integrative nutritionist and a lifestyle educator, Naz provides individual wellness counseling using current technologies and diagnostic tools. She specializes in autoimmune conditions, gut-related issues and brain health. Read more

  • Why Vitamin D is Vitally Important

    by Paula Gallagher | January 23, 2019

    Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is one nutrient that the majority of Americans are deficient in – especially those in the northern states. Vitamin D is vitally important for health; deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall and chronic pain.

    Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Tempeh Sloppy Joes

    by Paula Gallagher | January 22, 2019

    Tempeh Sloppy Joes are a great way to use tempeh, and this recipe provides a good introduction to cooking with it.

    Tempeh is a made from fermented soy beans and has a nutty, mushroom-like taste. It is an excellent alternative to ground beef and especially good if you are trying to move toward a more plant-based diet. It is high in protein, calcium and iron and has probiotic benefits derived from the fermentation process, helping to balance your gut health and pH levels.

    Fermented products like tempeh contribute to overall health and well-being. Read more

  • New Study: Antibiotics Are Overprescribed

    by Paula Gallagher | January 21, 2019

    According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, antibiotics are overprescribed in the U.S. Shockingly, the study found that only 8% of antibiotics prescribed were for something that was clearly justified. Another 36% of antibiotics prescribed were possibly necessary, 28% were given without a diagnosis, and 23% were clearly unnecessary.  The study's findings suggests that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children were given unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics in the year 2016.

    The study divided all cases into three different categories, Read more

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