Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

Three easy steps to health

“There is no ‘disease’ in the body, only dis-ease. The origin is always unique – always.” – Dr. Jeffrey Bland, father of Functional Medicine.

When insurances code for different “diseases,” they refer to a book called the ICD-10 Guidebook. To date, that book has 14,000 unique diseases, syndromes and illnesses listed. In fact, when a disease is given a name; rheumatoid arthritis,  PMS, PCOS, or Type II Diabetes, to name a few, what we are really looking at is a group of symptoms that has been packaged into a disease. These groups of symptoms are really our bodies telling us that there is a problem: that our bodies are experiencing dis-ease.


Or are you covering your symptoms with a medication so that you don’t have to think about them anymore. When you hide the symptoms, they are just come out in different ways to let you know things are not alright. Then you cover the new symptom with a new medication and the vicious cycle continues until you are on multiple medications all because you chose not to listen.

Functional medicine, what I practice as a health coach, teaches us that there are only THREE! things that we need to address to help us find optimal health.

Why Isn’t My Diet Affecting My Cholesterol?

I have a good friend who was told that his cholesterol was high. He decided to try to avoid medications and approach the problem from a dietary viewpoint. He removed ALL sugars from his diet, including natural sugars such as honey, agave and maple syrup and ate a very healthy diet. He returned to the doctor 3 months later and his cholesterol had gone down a very disappointing 10 points.  He was upset, discouraged and very frustrated telling me this story but, as I shared with him, there is more to the story than just blood sugar and a healthy diet…

The Truth about Detoxing – 4 Biggest Myths Debunked.

Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” so you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?

The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.

The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be  hesitant to try a detox.

Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving.

Finding Energy – It’s More Than Just Choosing the Right Foods!

The first step to optimum health is making food choices that serve our unique bodies. Foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that can be used to create energy that makes us look and feel great!

So, if you feel like you are choosing the foods that will do this for you. If you are listening to my mantra and incorporating those foods into your lifestyle. Lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Don’t forget your healthy fats found in fish and the occasional piece of grass-fed organic beef. Yet you still are not losing weight and feel BLAH! Why is that?

To understand why you are consuming the right foods but still don’t have very much energy, let’s follow what happens after your food is consumed.

An Insider Look at Lunchtime in the Schools

I can’t believe that my youngest monster is starting his senior year tomorrow. If you have been following me, you are familiar with my son, Joshua, who we discovered is lactose intolerant while he was still in elementary school. Having a child with a food intolerance always makes social events interesting. You never know where a food that your child might not tolerate is lurking and the school lunches, despite drastic jumps in awareness and interest in our child’s health, are not always the best choices for our individual children. The truth of the matter is that we all just want our children to be happy, healthy and safe!

I am lucky to know Barbara Haimowitz. Barbara is a retired transitional kindergarten teacher. Because of her experience working in various schools, Barbara has insider information on exactly what gets eaten during school lunches and what many of the challenges are.

What’s a Salt Room?

Salt caves and rooms are yet another example of old meeting new in the world of health, wellness and general relaxation.

What is a salt room?

A salt room, or cave, is a room that is decorated with salt, usually Himalayan salt, to create a relaxing and soothing environment. It may be simulated to feel like a cave with dim lights, “boulders” of salt along the edges and even granular salt on the floor. Or it may be more like sitting in your living room perhaps with one or more walls made with salt bricks. Perhaps there will be a mural that depicts a beach scene or a picture of a Buddha statue.

Are Your Cosmetics Toxic?

The FDA released a memo recently making the public aware that beauty products may be contaminated with mercury. You can see it here:

Why is this a big deal?

Heavy metals are natural in our environment but when they build up in our bodies they become toxic and inflammatory. Mercury can cause agrophobia, panic attacks, and seizures. On the less extreme side, mercury toxicity can cause those annoying, little signs of “just getting older.” Things such as headaches, fatigue, achy and swollen joints, difficulty losing weight and more.

Depending on your diet, with a few nutritional tweaks and added supplements, those symptoms of “just getting older” can be a thing of the past. My grandmother was young and spry well into her 80’s!

Don’t eat mercury (or other heavy metals!)

Are You Deficient in this Important Vitamin?

I just found out that my husband has low vitamin D. He is an Aquatics Director at a private health club in New England and spends the greater part of his summer being outside maintaining a pool and running camps.

How did this happen?

Despite what the food industry would have you believe, vitamin D is produced in our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight. In New England, we can only make vitamin D from this exposure from May until October because the sun has to be strong enough to allow us to absorb it’s rays.