Fall Health

As seen in the Clarkston News 2021 Fall Health section…   There’s something poetic in the way Michigan changes its seasons, especially when summer begins to fade into those chilly autumn mornings. The leaves take on their russet and amber colors before floating to the ground. You can almost smell it in the air. Fall […]

Self-Sabotage

  Have you ever noticed that you struggle to meet goals? I’m not talking about a rare, lazy Sunday when you opted for binging Netflix over laundry. This is a bigger picture question that involves life, career, health and even relationships. It’s a chronic list of excuses and self-doubt that you might be completely aware […]

soda and diet soda

  A good friend and I went to dinner one night and she ordered a diet soda with her meal. I looked at her and couldn’t really help my reaction. It was so strange to me that she’d demonized the gluten-free crackers I’d ordered with our charcuterie, but felt comfortable with a diet soda. Knowing […]

Senior living type 2 diabetes

  As seen in the May 26th, 2021 Senior Living edition of the Clarkston News.   Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that’s caused by high blood sugar. It is a dangerous disease that can lead to many other health conditions when it’s not managed properly. This includes kidney disease, blindness, leg and foot […]

Morning Routine for Balance

  Before I even knew what I was doing, I had a morning routine. I used to notice a little anxiety creeping in on days I went off the path. On lazy mornings I’d put my phone in my face, drink that extra cup of coffee and skip my workout. By late afternoon, it was […]

What is Face Mapping?

  Facial skin issues like acne breakouts, dryness, deep lines, redness and signs of uneven skin tone are all incredibly frustrating conditions we could live without. From topical treatments to trips to the dermatologist, we work hard to wipe out the facial imperfections and clear the way for healthy, youthful skin. What if those pesky […]

The Magic of Vitamin C

I love the sun. I love aging. I’ve been mindful of how easily both can turn on me if I do not approach them in health. You know what I hate? When the two collide. Even after using a sunscreen free of harmful chemicals, the brown spots on my forehead and cheeks were only getting […]

Live for Longevity

  (As seen in the February, 2021 Senior Living section of the Clarkston News) I hate to break it to you, but we’re all aging. With each crack in the knee to the moment you can’t keep your eyes open past 8pm, life’s natural order is relentless. Relentless and glorious! No matter what, it’s happening. […]

Sleep Deprivation

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  There are mixed reports on how much sleep the adult body really needs in order to work at optimal levels. Some say at least six hours can get the adult body through the day, doing all that it should be doing. Others report that magic number falling anywhere from seven to nine hours per […]

Turn Winter Woes into Winter Wins!

  As seen in the January 27th issue of the Clarkston News…   I’m always a little melancholy this time of year. Enter the time of COVID and those winter blues can seem unrelenting. Lucky for you, I bring good news. At Forum Health Clarkston, I’ve learned how to combat this year’s seasonal slump and […]

Fish Oil: Nutrition and Health Benefits

  There have been many times in the past I’ve found myself asking, “Have you tried fish oil for that?” For my friends with teenagers who struggle with acne or the ones who have a hard time focusing, it seems that’s my common response to every concern. What’s always surprising to me are the looks […]

The Benefits of Reflexology

  Our bodies are meant to be self-regulating and self-healing. However, due to stress, lack of sleep, and toxins, we do not heal as we should. Over time, energy flow in the body becomes constricted. This can cause a multitude of health issues that could lead to an even worse diagnosis in the future. Unfortunately, […]

Processed Foods: Mood, Thinking and Memory

  We all know that eating a lot of processed foods like chips, sugary treats, and fast food will make you gain weight. When our clothes don’t fit, we know we’re in trouble. When we feel bad and have a physical reaction to something we shouldn’t eat, that’s another sign. What many don’t realize, however, […]

August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month!

What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. The non-contagious condition affects approximately 7.4 million people nationwide. When you put that number into a percentage, however, it’s a mere 2.2% of the American population. For that small group of unlucky individuals, it makes for an absolutely miserable experience. […]

Ask the Nutritionist LIVE with Brittany!

Join Certified Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator, Brittany Golden, every Wednesday at noon for an “Ask the Nutritionist” Facebook LIVE session! Each week, for an hour, she shares different tips on health and wellness and answers any questions. To join the event, simply like and follow Forum Health Clarkston’s FaceBook page and mark “going” […]

Harnessing the Power of Meditation in Your Daily Life

It should be obvious to most by now: our fast-paced existence is only speeding up. With never-ending access to world news, differing opinions, and a myriad of positive and negative images, the constant stimulation turns to chaos. The mental distractions are interrupting the connection between the mind and body, allowing jumping thoughts and feelings of […]

Keep Your Home Free of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

  In 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the US to its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). This branch is responsible for determining the impact industrial and agricultural chemicals, either directly or indirectly, has on humans.   Most of you did not know that was a thing, right? Well, it is.   Using a […]

COVID-19 Information

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  I ventured out to Costco today (found toilet paper!) and it was a bit strange to walk into this eerie reality. On the bright side, Costco didn’t disappoint on the upbeat music as they had Motown jamming through the speakers. As I sang through the aisles, excited to find my almond flour and gluten […]

Winter Health

  Published in the Clarkston News 2020 Winter Health edition…   Another holiday season has whirled in and out of our lives and we’re left abandoned to face the next four months in gloom. That may be a tad dramatic, but if you’re anything like me, you understand. The blues hit hard this time of […]

Supplements: Healthy Support or Waste of Money

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  In my house, as my teenage son makes his sleepy, morning drag from his bedroom to the stairs, I wish him good morning in three simple words:             Take. Your. Supplements.   It’s become our household mantra over the years, one I’m sure he’ll pass on to his own children. Whether he chooses […]

Is Aluminum Safe?

  It’s the go-to when we don’t want to search for the top to a Tupperware bowl. We marinate meat in it and sometimes restaurants fold it around leftovers. It’s a pan protector, a piping bag, cleaner, funnel, and a sharpener. It’s used to keep food hot and it’s one of camping’s greatest necessities. There […]

Back to school: Is Your Child Ready?

As seen in the August 7th 2019 edition of the Clarkston News…  I went grocery shopping the other day and almost cried when I saw the supplies lined up in their back to school glory. What happened to the beach toys? Is my sixteen-year-old ready? I don’t even know where he is! I’m making lists […]

Don’t Sacrifice Your Health this Summer!

  When someone refers to summer as “dog days,” I picture my dog lying around in the sun. She’s just so lazy out there, all flopped over and barely lifting her head to defy me when I call her inside. She’s the very definition of laziness. I should know—it’s what I look like on my […]

Spring Cleanup: Environment, body, and soul

  The sun is (kind of) shining and days are growing longer. Come on, spring! Outside, the blankets of snow are melting (fingers crossed!) and you’re cringing because now you see all the ugly it’s been hiding. It’s a dreaded sight, a colorless reminder of the work ahead. On the other hand, when we think […]

It’s Not a “Senior Moment”

  We live to work, plan, save, and spend wisely. While all that discipline can be downright annoying, we do it for the future—for those sweet, golden days of retirement. Building a strong financial strategy is the responsible thing to do, but is it the only thing to do? While some may argue yes, they […]

What is a Wellness Center?

  It’s 2019 and we’ve landed in a time of progressive thinking and awareness when it comes to our health. Most of us are paying attention now and what was once considered hippie or even witchy seems a bit more logical. Hallelujah! What was once an eyeroll and guffaw is now being carefully considered. Even […]

Healthy Skin Month

  There comes a time in our lives when we think we can take a sigh of relief. Whew! I’m so happy those cursed years are over, we think.  The sweating for no reason, hair growing in weird places, and body changing days are behind us. Even better, we think, NO MORE ACNE! Those pimple-popping, […]

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

  Diabetes is a growing epidemic related to elevated blood sugar levels. Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that over 30 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes. That’s 10% of the population! Even worse, it’s estimated that 7.2 million do not know they have it. It is […]

Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle

Join Functional Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator Brittany Golden as she shares how stress can affect your health and how to keep it in check for the holidays this year. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! Learn some helpful tips to sit back, relax, and enjoy this beautiful season! Included will also be some information […]

Flu Season

As much as I love my Michigan summers, there’s something almost poetic to be said for the moment it all ends. The air takes on that invigorating feel only a Midwesterner can recognize. The leaves change into their russet and amber colors before floating to the ground. You can almost smell it in the air. […]

September 21st is National Gratitude Day!

September 21, 2018 is National Gratitude Day!   Yes, that’s a thing. Although every day should be National Gratitude Day, I especially like that it has a day because it gives me a chance to spread the love and to also tell you something you may not know.   What is it? I think that […]

Gluten Explained

Do I have a Gluten Intolerance?   We get the same questions from family and friends who are interested or even puzzled by what we do here at Forum Health Clarkston. Recently, a comment on one of my blogs made me realize that I need to shed a little more light on this situation. It’s […]

Happy Relaxation Day!

  Today – August 15, 2018 – is National Relaxation Day!   Yes, that’s actually a thing. It also happens to be my anniversary, which makes sense because I have a pretty relaxing marriage. It took a long time to get to that point, but don’t all great things require work? Well, you, dear reader, […]

Avoid Grilling Carcinogens

  Grilling outdoors is the highlight of the spring and summer months. The smell of the smoky embers, while tantalizing, can forewarn of possible carcinogenic food changes during the grilling process.  Knowing what these changes are doing to the food and how to lessen your exposure to them is important not only for food safety, […]

The Dangers of Bug Spray

  My family comes alive in the summer. From the boat to the bonfires, and a weekend or two of glamping (have you met me?), it seems like we do everything outside. My fondest memories are the bonfires. I can still see my sons standing there with their little hoodies on, their faces lit up […]

No Excuses! Anyone Can Exercise—Even YOU

I exercise because I want to look good in a bathing suit. There. I said it. That’s really what drives me. When I’m down to that last mile and I just want to stop, I imagine myself sitting on my boat. What does that look like? Am I wrapped up in a towel, hunched over, […]

Colon Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

What is Colon Cancer?  Colon cancer affects the colon, which is also known as the large intestine. When the cancer does not affect the rectum, it is called colon cancer. However, when the cancer does affect the rectum, it is then considered colorectal cancer. Colon cancer tends to begin when small benign clumps of cells […]

Skin Cancer: Symptoms and Prevention

What is Skin Cancer?  The quick answer is that skin cancer is the abnormal and rapid growth of skin cells. However, there’s a lot more to it than people think. It occurs when the body does not repair the damage to the DNA inside skin cells, which allows the cells to divide and then grow uncontrollably. […]

Sinus Infections and Sinusitis: Reasons, Remedies and Relief

Whether they are chronic or viral, over 35 million Americans suffer with sinusitis or sinus infections every year. From the sniffles to the face pain and pressure, those who suffer know how unpleasant symptoms can be. Unfortunately, in most cases, antibiotics do more harm than good. To avoid long-term damage, it’s important to understand sinus […]

Thoughts on the Effects of Technology

Zombies, Phones and Gaming Systems   I forgot. I was too tired. I didn’t hear you…         I’ve heard these statements 100 times in one day. When my son doesn’t feed the dog, forgets to unload the dishwasher, or stays up too late, there are two technology culprits at play: his iPhone or […]

Growth and Nutrition: Kids, Eat Your Spinach and Be Strong to the Finish

I have wonderful memories of watching Popeye from my spot, crisscross applesauce on my grandmother’s living room floor. When Popeye wanted strength, he opened a can of spinach and tossed the leafy greens into his mouth. His muscles grew and he saved the day! In my tender inexperience, however, Popeye was just a cartoon. I […]

Free Presentation: Preventing Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Forum Health Clarkston: Battling Alzheimer’s and Dementia, One Brain at a Time   You are invited to join our FREE presentation, “Preventing Alzheimer’s,” where Cindy Crandell Functional Medicine R.N. C.N. will share her findings on the causes, symptoms, and treatments in preventing and possibly reversing cognitive decline.    Cognitive decline is one of the most significant global healthcare […]

Dementia – Symptoms and Help

Dementia – Improving Cognitive Health Dementia has been on the minds of many who have reached a certain age that requires reflection on their mental health, however, studies have shown that side effects of cognitive impairment can begin as early as age 45.  As signs of mental decline begin to crop up, most treat it […]

Preparing Your Body for a Healthy Pregnancy: Is Your Body Ready?

So you want to have a baby… You and your other half have lined up all your ducks; you’ve paid off your debt and you’ve planned the perfect babymoon. Everything’s in order. You’re almost ready to start trying. Period tracker check! Ovulation Predictor Kit check! Basil Body Temperature Recorder check! OBGYN check check! All the […]

Transition Your Kitchen with Plant-Based Protein

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    Join us for an evening of food, information, and fun! During any plant-based transition, most questions and confusion tend to revolve around PROTEIN. What foods contain it? What’s the best way to cook them? How much protein do we actually need?   Learn about and sample a variety of deliciously prepared plant-based protein […]

MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT (MCI)

Mild Cognitive Impairment The brain is like a muscle that needs to be exercised and worked on a daily basis to avoid mental impairment.  As we age it becomes increasingly difficult to keep your mind sharp as it once was when we were younger.  Though it’s impossible to keep brain function at 100% as we […]

I Work Out Every Day-WHY Can’t I Lose Weight?

Ringing in the New Year brings on a new sense of what the future may hold. Anything is possible when the universe hands you a clean slate, with room for new goals and ideas. The problem with goals, however, is that they also bring new challenges. The most common one after the holidays? Lose Weight. […]

Did you participate in No Shave November?

  What is the prostate? The prostate is a gland about the size of a chestnut in the male reproductive system. It surrounds part of the urethra—the tube that empties the bladder—just below the bladder and above the muscles of the lower pelvic area.   It’s function? The prostate is responsible for the production of […]

Meet and Greet!

Do you want to know more about our unique, proven process?     Discover the Forum Health Clarkstondifference when you attend our free IN-PERSON Meet & Greet at Clarkston’s Core Connection Pilates!   Our experts are ready to help!   Join us Tuesday, February 1st at 6:00 PM for our FREE Meet & Greet!   […]

Detox Your Home: Healthy Cleaning Alternatives

Detox Your Living and/or Work Area: Healthy Cleaning Alternatives I Was Doing It Wrong I am the food police. I read all the labels, and I shame my husband if he sneaks the boys a bag of Doritos. I push an array of pharmaceutical-grade supplements that I’ve researched to the brink of becoming an expert. […]

Halloween Treats: Stop Handing out Bellyaches and Toxins

All the Tricks in Those Treats! All Hallow’s Eve, my favorite time of year! It’s a time when mischief prevails, and ghosts and ghouls run a muck. It’s also a time for candida to thrive. But just because they ask for a trick or treat on Halloween, Give me something good to eat doesn’t have to mean poison. While the […]

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance: Knowing the Difference

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance: Knowing the Difference   Food allergies affect one in five people (Dr. Axe). They occur as a response in the immune system when the body senses a disagreeable food or protein. This results in a trigger-response as the body tries to protect itself and produces a histamine to fight off […]

Essential Oils: Respiratory Health

Essential Oils: Respiratory Health   Taught by Kathryn Conlen, BA, LMT, CST   October 24th @ 6:00 p.m.   7300 Dixie Hwy Suite 500   Clarkston, MI 48346   Call to register: 248-625-5143   Learn the connections and how you can support you and your family to have optimal health this fall and winter with […]

Essential Oils Raindrop Technique Demo

Essential Oils: Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex   Taught by Kathryn Conlen, BA, LMT, CST   October 17th @ 6:00 p.m.   7300 Dixie Hwy Suite 500   Clarkston, MI 48346   Call to register: 248-625-5143   Learn how to use the Raindrop Technique to support your health and empower your family to care for each […]

Antioxidants and Essential Oils

Antioxidants and Essential Oils   Taught by Kathryn Conlen, BA, LMT, CST   October 10th @ 6:00 p.m.   7300 Dixie Hwy Suite 500   Clarkston, MI 48346   Must Call to Register: 248-625-5143   Aging is a form of cellular “rusting.” Oxidative stress and free radicals need to be combated every day with simple […]

Pack n’ Go Class:

Pack n’ Go Class: Eating Healthy on the Run   October 12th @ 5:30 p.m.   7300 Dixie Hwy Suite 500 Clarkston, MI 48346   Call to Register: 248-625-5143   Does your schedule have you last-minute eating? Are you tired of fast food and $5 pizzas?   Let Forum Health Clarkston show you how to […]