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Hello Fall!

Hello all and hello fall! I am really getting outside of my comfort zone here and this is my first post done from my cell phone! I’m so modern! Haha but I figure if I may post more often if I can figure out how to post from my phone :)!

This is an important time of year to spread awareness of the severity of Vitamin D deficiency (and not just in Maine/New England; this is becoming a problem in more southern regions too (too much indoor time)!

Maine has some of the highest cancer rates and I am shocked that more providers have not considered the connection/that there are not more studies looking at the relationship between vitamin D and cancer rates (as Maine has some of the lowest vitamin D rates and the highest cancer rates). If there’s one thing I’m an expert on its disease PREVENTION! And vitamin D is a huge part of that.

In Maine (and New England) the sun’s rays (even in summer) are not at the proper angle to synthesize sufficient quantities of vitamin D. Supplementation is a must in Maine and other northern latitudes.

Even if kids/people are drinking vitamin D fortified milk, I typically still recommend supplementing. The classic 50,000IU once weekly prescription doesn’t make much sense to me; a robust DAILY supplement with occasional booster dosing is more effective in my clinical experience. Vitamin D is crucial in strengthening immune health.

Your immune system isn’t just there to keep you from getting sick. Neurologic and psychological health are DIRECTLY related to immune function. Vitamin D is also important in connective tissue function and required for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is CRUCIAL in decreasing inflammation (and inflammation plays a role in every disease!).

Want to hear something crazy?

When I did my doctoral education and training to become a nurse practitioner in St. Louis, Missouri, the local labs referenced a “NORMAL” Vitamin D level as 30-100. In Maine, several major labs list the “NORMAL” reference value as 25-50!!


Do you know why this is? Because Mainers are so Vitamin D deficient, it is just considered a normal finding to be depleted. Labs often create “Normal” ranges based on population data. So if an entire population has a problem (hello high blood sugar, and deficiencies in magnesium and vitamin D); it might get entirely overlooked!!!!

To make it worse, ADEQUATE supplementation is often overlooked! If you want to speed healing time, decrease joint/arthritis pain, avoid colds/boost immune function, prevent osteoporosis, prevent fatigue/depression for yourself/your children/family, optimizing your Vitamin D level is crucial!

Talk to your practitioner about Vitamin D today! Also, be empowered to question the “normal” lab values (and this goes beyond Vitamin D levels!). I was taught by physicians/practitioners that Vitamin D levels above 60 or even above 80 are required to combat many issues directly related to Vitamin D deficiency.

Ok so that’s the PSA of the day! Now to share some pictures of the beautiful transition from summer to fall!

Our sunflowers are falling for fall!! :)

Post swim! Swam twice (well at least dunked under!) this week without a wetsuit! But water is definitely starting to cool down!

Dorian waves (we only watched! Big waves!!)

This last pic is from late summer and I just love it; we went to the beach so much this summer and even though it was a busy/pretty intense summer there was also a lot of THIS💙!! Farewell to summer and hello to fall!! Thanks for visiting!!!



Magnesium (and Mola Mola) Monday!


Happy Monday! We were soooo excited to spot these mola molas (also called sunfish)! I remember looking at a picture of these in an Encyclopedia and being fascinated by their weirdness (and huge size; they can get 3000+ pounds!!!).

I hope you enjoy the info about Magnesium; it is #1 on my Top 10 List of Health tips!

#1 Magnesium

I trained under a doctor who tested nearly EVERY patient for magnesium deficiency. The test is really quite involved. The patient had to collect urine for 24 hours, then we administer a couple of injections of magnesium, then collected another 24 hours of urine. After all of this collecting, we then calculated how much was soaked up; the higher the percentage of retained magnesium, the more deficient the person was. I was surprised that everyone was deficient – even those who ate healthy diets and appeared to be in good shape/health! With a little research, it is well known that magnesium intake has declined and deficiency is common, yet it is overlooked by most doctors! When you know how cumbersome the test is, though, the absence of monitoring magnesium levels starts to make sense.

Magnesium is simply NOT present in our food in sufficient quantities – even if you eat tons of veggies. The mineral content of soil has declined, which means our food alone is scarcely able to do the job. Even people who take magnesium supplements are sometimes still deficient and we have to get creative with saturating the body with this crucial mineral!

Another reason nearly everyone is deficient in magnesium is because of a thing called insulin resistance. The body has to work harder than ever to use all of that “processed” food that has become a part of the everyday diet. Envision sugar entering your body as if it is breaking into your system and busting open every door with nunchucks and firebombs. The doors and windows in this instance are your cell walls. Your cell walls are already working hard to keep things in balance without all of these forceful sugar attacks. This work the cells do requires extra magnesium, and even more than usual when eating sugar and simple carbohydrates. High stress states, including chronic/autoimmune illness, also deplete magnesium. Headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, fatigue, muscle spasms, muscle aches/pain, fibromyalgia, hypertension, A-fib, arrhythmias, constipation/IBS/other GI issues, worsening blood glucose control:


These are ALL symptoms of MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY!



I have had HUNDREDS of patients tell me that magnesium supplementation has improved their physical and mental health. Please encourage your health care providers to investigate the significance of magnesium at the cellular level and read the literature and research! I cannot say enough good things about this important mineral!

There is plenty of magnesium in the sea; maybe that’s why I love it so much?

Getting ready to teach Aerial class! I still have one more class to teach and then I am certified! Soooo much fun!!

Hanging out after a full hour of moving:

Hope you all have a nice week and thank you for visiting!!!

Late Spring in Spy Garden

Very mysterious morning.

LILACS EVERYWHERE!!! The fragrance is divine!


The two pictures above were taken during a surf lesson at Corner’s Surf  in Old Orchard Beach! I stood up twice! Very fun but I like it when the waves are small(ish); during the lesson some of the waves seemed huge (and scary! haha!)! One of my favorite things is to just float/paddle around on the surf board: very relaxing. We have already amassed quite a bit of gear but an SUP would definitely be really fun around here too. If you are ever in OOB definitely consider a (FREE!!) surf lesson at Corner’s; they are awesome!

Ahhh the sea. Looks like a perfect place for a swim? How about a 2.4 mile swim?

The Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids is one of the oldest open water swims in the US! It begins at Peaks Island and ends at East End Beach in Portland; and I qualified! Yay! So excited to be a part of this cause!

Your donation will help more [southern Maine!] kids to participate in YMCA summer camps, swim lessons, and classes like tumbling, dance, karate, forest exploration, art, and more!

Last year, the YMCA of Southern Maine served nearly 10,000 children and provided more than $1.2 million in financial assistance and program support, ensuring children and teens in our community had the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The money raised during the Peaks to Portland is a big part of that.

CLICK HERE!!!! to visit my donor page if you are interested in supporting me in this big swim so that more southern Maine kids can have opportunities to get moving and engage with their community + world!!

Passions for MOVEMENT, the ARTS, and the great OUTDOORS are the reasons why I serve others in their path to health as a nurse practitioner. I named my primary care practice Atlantic Family Health because I find the Atlantic ocean to be such a wonderful source of creative inspiration for health!! I am so excited to to support this wonderful cause and help promote the health of southern Maine!!!

Thank you so much for visiting my donor page and for any amount you can give; it is so appreciated!

Very tropical looking! And the vegetable garden is growing too!


She is a Maine coon. Maine coons are a more hypoallergenic breed, they are indoor/outdoor great hunters of mice, cuddly, fun and smart: and we are sooooooo excited to have a kitten she is ADORABLE!! It is the first cat I’ve ever had (since I was always prone to allergies) but haven’t had any issues! We did however give Freya back to the bunny farm; she just didn’t seem happy and we thought she missed frolicking with the other bunnies. We see her owner regularly and get updates and pictures; Freya looks really happy to be back at Holland Heart Rabbitry. If we built an outside pen/area (Freya was an indoor bunny!) then we would consider getting bunnies again, but for now we are definitely enjoying this kitty/glad Freya is happy. <3

Summer nights are nearly here! In Maine you can definitely tell it is still spring; still a dozen days until it is officially summer; we are soaking up every minute of the chilly mornings, warm days and cool evenings; it is divine! Happy Monday all and thank you for visiting!

Click Here to Donate to Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids!