Transcending Levels of Consciousness

In the world of health and wellness, there is a great deal of discussion surrounding the idea of transcending levels of consciousness.

This concept has been explored by numerous authors and experts, and one of the most renowned is Dr. David R. Hawkins, an American psychiatrist and author, who is widely known for his work on the subject.

The idea of transcending levels of consciousness is based on the notion that, by understanding and utilizing particular emotional states, one can rise up to higher levels of consciousness. According to Hawkins, the key to achieving this is to learn to distinguish between emergency emotions and welfare emotions.


Emergency Emotions vs Welfare Emotions

Emergency emotions are those that arise from fear and other negative feelings. These emotions induce a state of fight-or-flight, where one feels compelled to respond to a perceived threat, even if it is not real.

  • Examples of emergency emotions include anger, hatred, and shame.

Welfare emotions are those that are associated with love and other positive feelings. These emotions, while not necessarily indicating that everything is perfect, do create a sense of trust and safety.

  • Examples of welfare emotions include joy, compassion, and security.

The idea behind transcending levels of consciousness is that, by understanding and recognizing the difference between emergency and welfare emotions, one can begin to distinguish between real and perceived threats. This allows one to rise above fear and anxiety and reach a state of higher consciousness.


How do you reach a higher state of consciousness?

In order to reach this state, it is important to be aware of both emergency and welfare emotions, and to learn to recognize them when they arise. Once this is done, it is then possible to begin to understand their source and the underlying cause. This can help one to avoid reacting to fear-based emotions and instead be mindful of the welfare emotions that are present.

Once one is able to recognize and distinguish between emergency and welfare emotions, it is then possible to take action in order to move towards a higher state of consciousness.

This can involve engaging in activities that promote relaxation and wellbeing, such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. It can also involve making lifestyle changes that promote physical and mental health, such as getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly.

By engaging in these activities, one can begin to transcend levels of consciousness and reach a state of greater harmony and balance. This can lead to greater self-awareness, improved mental health, and overall well-being.


Ultimately, transcending levels of consciousness is a process of self-exploration and understanding.

By learning to recognize and differentiate between emergency and welfare emotions, one can begin to move towards a higher level of consciousness and achieve greater wellbeing. This is the goal that Dr. David R. Hawkins sought to achieve, and one that many people can benefit from.

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy: A Path to Inner Healing

When it comes to finding ways to heal and grow, many people are turning to heart-centered hypnotherapy.

This type of therapy is based on the belief that the unconscious mind is a powerful force that can be used to uncover and heal life patterns. Developed by renowned therapist Diane Zimberoff, heart-centered hypnotherapy is a cutting-edge healing modality that combines the power of hypnotherapy with the power of the heart.

The idea behind heart-centered hypnotherapy is that the unconscious mind stores all the memories and experiences you have had throughout our lives. It is the source of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

By tapping into the unconscious mind, you can uncover the root causes of any issues or challenges tha tyou are facing. This often leads to healing and transformation as you are able to let go of outdated and unhelpful beliefs and behaviors.


The goal of heart-centered hypnotherapy is to guide you on a journey of self-discovery and inner healing.

It is a gentle and effective way to access the unconscious mind, allowing you to uncover the patterns and beliefs that are preventing you from leading a more fulfilling life. Through hypnotherapy, you can gain insight into your behavior and motivations, and learn how to make positive changes.

During heart-centered hypnotherapy sessions, you are guided into a deeply relaxed state of mind.

This allows you to tap into your unconscious mind and explore your inner world. Then you will identify and release any negative beliefs or patterns that are holding you back from achieving your goals. The process can be incredibly powerful and life-changing, as you learn to make healthier choices and create new habits.


The core of heart-centered hypnotherapy is the belief that the power of the heart is the source of transformation and healing.

Diane Zimberoff created this type of therapy with the intention of helping people access their own inner wisdom and find the courage to make positive changes in their lives. Heart-centered hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can help people discover their true potential and create the life they have always dreamed of.

Heart-centered hypnotherapy is a safe and effective way to access the unconscious mind and uncover the root causes of any issues or challenges that you are facing.

It is a powerful tool for self-discovery and inner healing, and can help you make positive changes in your life. If you are looking for a way to heal and grow, heart-centered hypnotherapy is a great option to consider.

What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis is a psychotherapy theory developed by psychiatrist Eric Berne in the 1950s.

This theory focuses on understanding the communication patterns between individuals and the roles they play in different situations. It is used to help people understand and improve their communication, relationships and overall emotional health.

Berne's Transactional Analysis theory identifies three distinct ego states in each individual: the Parent, the Adult, and the Child. Each ego state is associated with certain internal dialogue and behavior.

  • The Parent ego state is the part of us that holds our values, beliefs, and opinions that we have learned from society, culture, and our parents.
  • The Adult ego state is the part of us that uses logic and reason to make decisions and solve problems.
  • The Child ego state is the part of us that holds our emotional responses and feelings.

The theory states that in any given situation, we may switch between these three ego states.

For example, we may respond to a situation in our Parent ego state by using authority, rules, and expectations that have been learned from our parents. We may respond in our Adult ego state by using logic and reasoning to evaluate the situation. And we may respond in our Child ego state by expressing our emotions and feelings.

By understanding how these three ego states interact, we can learn how to effectively communicate with others, build better relationships, and improve our overall emotional health.

We can better understand how our own emotions and behaviors affect our interactions with others and how we can better manage our emotions and reactions. This can help us to become better communicators and develop healthier relationships with those around us.

Positive Character Strengths

Positive character strengths are an important part of living a healthy and well-balanced life.

These strengths are the foundation for leading a life of purpose and joy. The VIA Institute on Character is dedicated to helping individuals identify, understand and use their own character strengths. This organization provides research, resources and assessments to help individuals develop and nurture their character strengths.

At the core of the VIA Institute on Character is the belief that “positive character is the cornerstone of well-being.” By identifying and utilizing positive character strengths, individuals can enhance their overall wellbeing and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

The VIA Institute on Character has identified 24 character strengths that are divided into six broad categories.

These categories include courage, justice, humanity, temperance, wisdom, and transcendence. Each of these categories contains several specific characteristics that can be developed and cultivated to help individuals live a more balanced life.

For example, the courage category includes strength of bravery, perseverance, and integrity. By developing these strengths, individuals can become more courageous and confident in their decision making. Similarly, the temperance category includes strength of self-regulation, humility, and prudence. By utilizing these strengths, individuals can become more mindful and intentional with their actions.

The VIA Institute on Character has developed several assessments to help individuals identify their personal character strengths. These assessments are designed to provide an objective analysis of the individual’s character strengths and weaknesses.

By understanding their individual strengths and weaknesses, individuals can learn how to best utilize their strengths to improve their overall wellbeing.

One of the most popular assessments developed by the VIA Institute on Character is the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. This survey asks individuals to rate their agreement with a series of statements that measure their 24 character strengths. The results of this survey provide an objective measure of the individual’s character strengths and weaknesses.


Positive character strengths are an essential part of living a healthy and well-balanced life. By utilizing the resources and assessments provided by the VIA Institute on Character, individuals can identify and nurture their positive character strengths. By doing so, individuals can enhance their overall wellbeing and lead a life of purpose and joy.

What is Naturopathy?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy is a field of medicine that offers:

  • Scientifically proven natural methods of healing
  • Preventative medicine
  • Treatment of the root cause of illness
  • Simultaneous treatment of mind, body, and spirit
  • A strong patient-doctor relationship


What is a Naturopathic Physician?

Naturopathic physicians are highly trained in both conventional and traditional (natural) medicine, completing a four-year post-graduate program in basic and clinical sciences, as well as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, physical medicine, and counseling.

Your ND will prepare a personalized plan to bring you to optimal health. That might include any combination of natural healing treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, counseling, botanicals, biofeedback for stress reduction, and others.


When you visit an ND, be prepared to take an active role in your own health!

You’ll receive personalized recommendations regarding diet, exercise, and any other factors that might affect your well-being. Ultimately, you’re in control of your health, and only you can decide to make healthy changes. But with an ND, you have a guide to lead you through the confusing maze of nutrition, exercise, and general health information.

Naturopathic Medicine is a very small community of board-certified doctors who are licensed to treat patients with all types of medical conditions. Despite its size, this community delivers exceptional healthcare to thousands of people throughout the country.


Learn More About Naturopathic Medicine

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians has produced the following educational video clips. Click on the topics to view the videos. Please contact Dr. Gruber for more information:

June 2020 Newsletter

When it comes to your health, and in particular digestive health, the positive character strength of self-regulation should be your priority. It's interesting that while self-regulation is the most important strength, according to the research, it is the least utilized.

What is self-regulation? Simply, it is controlling your appetite and emotions, and regulating what you do. When you are at your best with self-regulation, you exercise discipline and self-control with your health habits, emotions, and impulses, while allowing yourself spontaneous pleasures and staying reasonably flexible in your daily routines.

Consider these questions as you reflect on your strength of self-regulation:

  • How does self-regulation play a role in your greatest successes in life?
  • What areas of your life are best regulated?
  • How do you control your unwanted impulses?
  • What techniques or strategies do you use?
  • Which areas of life or what circumstances are most challenging for you in terms of regulating emotions and impulses?
  • What thoughts and feelings do you have about yourself when you are not self-regulating effectively?
  • How do other people (friends, family, co-workers, or acquaintances) respond to your self-regulation?
  • What areas of your life would be improved if you applied greater self-regulation?

If you need self-regulation coaching, give me a call.

With Gratitude, Dr. Gary

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Healthy Gut, Healthy Body: What You Need to Know

The human body is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, the majority of which are found in the gastrointestinal tract ("gut"). Taken as a whole, this community of microorganisms, their genes and the functions they encode, are referred to as the microbiome.

During the past two decades, research has revealed significant associations between the gut microbiome and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's Disease, psoriasis, and cancer. Recent research is also striving to understand the correlation between the microbiome and Alzheimer's Disease, autoimmune conditions, and various inflammatory responses. Because of the highly individualized make-up of each person's microbiome, researchers are exploring how nutrition and other factors influence the gut microbiome and how imbalances can be corrected with lifestyle interventions.

Disruption to the delicate balance in the microbiome can be caused by many factors, such as

  • age (microbiome composition changes throughout the lifespan)
  • dietary habits and quality of our food
  • history of illness, existing chronic health conditions or autoimmune conditions
  • imbalance in stomach acid production
  • frequency of use of certain prescription medications including antibiotics
  • lifestyle factors: smoking (including e-cigarettes), use of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • high stress level
  • exposure to toxins in the environment (e.g., work conditions, atmosphere)

While research reveals a link between lifestyle factors, the microbiome, and the health of our system, there is a great deal more to be discovered. For example, scientists want to better identify which bacteria in the microbiome are most implicated in specific diseases. They also want to understand whether an imbalance is the cause for the disease, or the result of the disease, or both.

One thing that is clear: Failure to take care of ourselves disrupts the microbiome, which then creates a cycle of imbalance that manifests in symptoms of illness (in the gut and in other organs). Some of these include:

  • poor absorption of nutrients (organic acids and comprehensive digestive analysis)
  • bad breath (halitosis)
  • recurrent upset stomach, nausea, or bloating
  • persistent constipation or diarrhea
  • difficulty urinating
  • vaginal or anal itching or discharge
  • rash or redness
  • fatigue
  • trouble concentrating
  • changes in mood

Unless the microbiome is brought back into balance, symptoms of illness will persist and quality of life diminishes. Even if you have been ill, or not kind to your body with a healthy lifestyle, there is good news: Healthy dietary changes and nutritional supplements can rebalance the microbiome, strengthening immunity and reducing inflammation throughout the body. Here are a few tips to help rebalance your gut:

Eat a whole foods diet. In particular, the high-fiber, nutrient-rich foods in the Mediterranean Diet has been shown to protect the integrity of the gut microbiome.

Eat more fermented foods. Fermentation is a process for preserving food that can improve digestibility. Fermented foods contain bacteria that are an important source of nutrients and health-promoting bacteria for the gut.

Take a prebiotic/probiotic supplement. Prebiotics are a type of fiber that the human body cannot digest. They serve as fuel for probiotics, which are tiny living microorganisms, (bacteria and yeast). Both prebiotics and probiotics support the body in building and maintaining a healthy gut. To ensure the right combination and proper absorption, prebiotic - probiotic regiment needs to be prescribed by your physician.

Heart Strengths Therapy.  (CLICK HERE) Heart-Strength Therapy (HST) is a process that integrates HeartMath technology tools with positive character strengths. As an evidence-based emotional management tool HeartMath has been shown to be effective both scientifically and clinically. HST BUILDS RESILIENCE AND AGILITY. By combining Heartmath tools with positive character strengths, HST is a personalized and very powerful utilization of the HeartMath tools. This approach makes HST a valuable lifestyle tool for health, business, relationships, family, community, and all social endeavors.

If you've had ongoing problems with gastrointestinal symptoms, it's time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary who will provide you with a personalized approach to rebalancing your microbiome.


Radio Interview

In this radio interview Dr. Gary Gruber speaks with Ellen Kamhi ("The Natural Nurse") about the economy, the pandemic of 2020, and simple solutions for boosting your immune system.   CLICK HERE FOR RECORDING

'Go Nuts' for the Health Benefits of Tree Nuts

From breakfast to dinner to snacks, tree nuts are popular across the globe. They can be eaten whole (fresh or roasted), in spreads and butters, used as a source for gluten-free flour, and blended into smoothies or dessert recipes. Nut oils are used for cooking and are even found in skincare and haircare products. But what is a nut? And what makes nuts so good for our health?

Tree nuts are dry fruits with one seed that becomes hard at maturity. With the exception of chestnuts, which have a different nutrient profile and higher level of starch, the most popular edible tree nuts are almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews. Other favorites include pecans, macadamia, and Brazil nuts. And then there's the peanut: even though it grows from the ground rather than on a tree and is technically a legume, its nutrient profile is considerably similar to tree nuts.

What Makes Nuts Good for Health?

Nuts are low in carbohydrates and high in vegetable protein, fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are low in saturated fat and a rich source of 'healthy' fats, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs and PUFAs). Studies show that nuts . . .

  • protect the heart, helping reduce risk for cardiovascular disease
  • support cellular defenses against free radicals that damage cells and are implicated in chronic disease
  • balance insulin levels, which relates to lower risk for Type 2 Diabetes
  • support healthy brain tissue
  • reduce inflammation
  • help maintain healthy cholesterol level
  • help maintain a healthy body weight

Epidemiological studies show regular consumption of nuts is linked to lower risk of all-cause mortality. High nut intake is associated with better overall cognition at older ages. In particular, walnuts are high in an essential fatty acid, named Omega-3 fatty acid, important to brain function. Pistachio nuts have been associated with significant gamma brain wave activity, critical for cognitive processing, memory, learning and perception.

It's clear that tree nuts make an indispensable contribution to a well-balanced diet for omnivores and vegetarians alike. So, find a nut you love and make it part of your daily diet.


N-acetyl glucosamine (N-AcG): A Possible New Therapy for Supporting Our Gut

N-acetyl glucosamine (N-AcG) comes from the outer shell of shellfish. Studies indicate it might help protect the lining of the stomach and intestines. N-AcG seems to be an energy source for friendly organisms within the microbiota, which may account for its protective benefits to the intestinal tract.

There is early evidence that taking N-AcG by mouth or rectally might decrease symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, conditions that are known to have deterioration of the gut microbiota. While focusing on reestablishing a healthy microbiota is a priority, sometimes we also need therapies and treatments to help with flared symptoms.

Do not confuse N-AcG with the forms of glucosamine that are used in holistic therapies for osteoarthritis; the supplements are very different. For osteoarthritis, glucosamine sulfate is used. N-AcG, since it is derived from shellfish, carries the risk of causing a reaction in individuals who are allergic to shellfish. Also, N-AcG may raise insulin levels, interact with prescription medications, and is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

The appropriate dose of N-AcG glucosamine depends on several factors, such as age, health issues, current medications, and many other factors. If you are interested in this supplement, contact Dr. Gary for guidance about the appropriateness of N-AcG for you.


Nuts for Nut Milks! How to Make any Variety

With endless varieties of nut milks lining the grocery shelves, you might wonder "Can I make my own nut milk at home?" Yes you can, and it's not as difficult as you might think. You can enhance this basic recipe, good for nearly any nut, by adding fresh berries, coconut, or blending varieties of nuts (Cashew-Almond Milk, for example). Start simple and when you're comfortable with the basic recipe, experiment with flavor.

Nut Milk Basics

  • Buy raw unsalted nuts
  • Soak the nuts overnight according to guidelines listed below (also see website listed in Resources)
  • Drain and rinse the soaked nuts
  • Blend the nuts with fresh, clean water (use a high quality blender)
  • Strain the nut milk. For sustainability, use a piece of clean cotton cloth. It can be washed and reused hundreds of times.
  • Sweeten with raw honey, molasses or stevia if desired
  • Chill, drink, enjoy!

Helpful Tips

A blender is the best tool for this job, but a food processor works too. Nut milk from a blender is a bit creamier and sweeter.

After blending, straining the milk provides the best consistency for a drinkable nut milk.

Some folks prefer to leave their nut milk unstrained, especially those with high-powered blenders, but unstrained milk will separate more in the fridge and will need to be mixed again before serving. Unstrained milk is thicker and creamier than strained.

Another option, for those who prefer a thinner milk, is to add clean water to strained or even unstrained milk. Simply add clean water until the milk reaches your preferred consistency.

To make 2 cups of Cashew Nut Milk:

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, or any raw nuts without skins
  • 2 cups water
  • Soaking water

Soak the nuts: Place the nuts in a medium glass bowl. Cover with water. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let sit overnight at room temperature or up to 2 days in the refrigerator. The nuts will plump as they absorb water and should feel a little squishy if you pinch them. The longer the nuts soak, the creamier the milk will be.

Drain and rinse the nuts: Drain the nuts through a fine-mesh strainer or colander, then rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. Place the nuts in a blender (or food processor) and add the 2 cups of water.

Blend on high speed: Pulse the blender a few times to break up the nuts, then blend continuously on high speed for 3 minutes. If using a food processor, process for 4 minutes total, pausing to scrape down the sides halfway through. The nuts should be broken down into a very fine meal, and the water should be white and opaque.

Strain out the nut meal: Line the fine-mesh strainer or colander with either an opened nut bag, 2 layers of cheesecloth or a piece of cotton and set over a measuring cup or bowl. Pour the nut mixture through the strainer. Gather the nut bag or cheesecloth around the nut meal and twist close. Squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much nut milk as possible. You should get about 2 cups.

Refrigerate the nut milk: Store the nut milk in sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If it separates, just shake to recombine. Save the nut meal for another use such as in vegan lasagna, enchiladas, home-made ice cream, cookies and more!


Nut Soaking Guidelines by Hardness

Long-soak nuts (almonds, pistachios, and hazelnuts) need at least 8 hours.

Medium-soak nuts (pecans, walnuts, and Brazil nuts) are oilier and swell up quickly, so require less soaking time.

Short-soak nuts (cashews, macadamias, and pine nuts) have the highest fat content and require only 2 to 4 hours soaking. Do not soak these nuts for longer than 4 hours. Soaking them for extended periods of time breaks down their health-promoting oils.



Guiding Principles


The HeartMath Experience Free Online Course

The HeartMath Experience | Online Learning for FREE

What is “The HeartMath Experience"?

This is a FREE online course where you will learn about the science and tools of HeartMath. 

Over the past 15 years, I have taught many patients this system of emotional management. In November 2019, HeartMath released this online course and is now making it available to the general public for the foreseeable future. The course is a combination of videos and downloadable documents that you can use right now.  

The HeartMath tools are part of the Mind Body natural solution that I have developed for patients called Heart Strengths Therapy.  

CLICK HERE to see more information about Heart Strengths Therapy.  

HeartMath is a Natural Solution for many Aliments

If you have a chronic health condition such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme Disease
  • Headaches
  • Erectile Dysfunction

You will benefit from learning and practicing the HeartMath tools.  This emotional management system will improve your health, relationship and life experience. 


Use HeartMath with or instead of Meditation

I am often asked to compare meditation to HeartMath.  Here is the essence of the difference: HeartMath tools can be practiced anytime, anywhere. To meditate, you need to set aside a period of time in a quiet space. Most people who live in a fast-paced world need a real-time solution for emotional management. I have found the best system is HeartMath.  

I highly recommend that you take advantage of this online learning experience.

CLICK HERE for FREE ACCESS to The HeartMath Experience.


HeartMath Tool for Crisis Management - Care Focus for Transforming Fear and Panic

HeartMath Tool for Crisis Management - Care Focus for Transforming Fear and Panic in Fairfield County

HeartMath Tool for Crisis Management - Care Focus for Transforming Fear and Panic

Due to uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an increase in fear and anxiety in our community.  You can see it in the faces of people while waiting in lines to enter the grocery stores as well as the folks doing the shopping.  There is no eye contact as though any recognition of another human being will cause infection.

During times of uncertainty, the fight or flight mechanism (see: Heart Strength Therapy) takes over manifesting, heart palpitations, irritable bowel, headaches, insomnia, aches and pains, and suppression of the immune system that is so vital to protecting us against disease.


To help people with managing fear during a crisis, HeartMath has posted a video called “Special HeartMath Care Focus in Response to the Corona (COVID- 19) Pandemic.”  As a certified HeartMath practitioner I received an email about this exceptional heartmath tool that I can share with our community.  Here are some highlights from HeartMath:

  • Managed concern is a health-conscious replacement for fear.
  • The Care Focus (see video below) compassionately helps transform the intensity of personal fear into a more grounded attitude.
  • This provides clearer thinking, effective discernment, and much better choices through times of uncertainty and rapid changes.
  • Highly amped fear can deteriorate our two most important purposes — maintaining health and clarity in our reasoning.
  • Research has shown that balancing the energetic nature of our mind and emotions, while practicing compassionate care for others and ourselves enhances the immune system.
  • The attitude of managed concern leaves us more in charge of our mental and emotional nature — and provides easier access to our intuitive guidance and highest choices. Fear disrupts this connection, especially when we need it the most, for grounded direction.
  • The Care Focus practice can help us become progressively more empowered and confident when we find ourselves challenged by fear and intense anxiety.


If you have never used HeartMath tools to manage your emotions, you have the opportunity at this time to jump in with this video. As a seasoned practitioner I found practicing this tool helps calm ramped-up mental and emotional energy. By radiating compassion I have the opportunity to help others with mounting and pent-up emotions.


Get help with your stress and anxiety with Dr. Gary Gruber

Dr. Gary Gruber is a licensed naturopathic practitioner and holistic health counselor. He owns Family and Environmental Medicine where he specializes in helping his patients find natural solutions for health conditions related to stress and anxiety.

If you’re experiencing stress-related conditions and need help, contact Dr. Gary Gruber.

Family and Environmental Medicine is in the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut near Downtown Canaan. His office is only 10 minutes from Stamford and Darian, 20 minutes from Greenwich, and an hour from NYC by train.

HeartMath for Kids - Helping Children Manage Challenging Emotions during COVID19

HeartMath Institute Gives 100,000 Kids Free Access to a New Online Course, HeartSmarts® Adventure.

With so many families sheltering at home now, many find themselves facing new challenges - how to manage time with their kids at home, how to create educational experiences, and how to manage the challenging emotions associated with COVID-19.

Through a special grant, the HeartMath Institute is giving 100,000 kids, families, and teachers free access to HeartSmarts Adventure - an immersive online experience for children aged 4 to 6 (see program description below). This is normally priced beginning at $49, so be sure to get your free Access Now.

Let’s help children during this stressful time.


Here is a Description of the Program:

HeartSmarts Adventure guides children aged 4 to 6 through a self-paced, fun and engaging social and emotional online learning program. Children learn about connecting to their hearts, navigating emotions, relating to others and resilience-building techniques. Research shows that when children become attuned to their emotions, they have more focus, increased reasoning ability, greater comprehension and enhanced creativity.

  • Six artfully crafted Adventures
  • 60 engaging and informative activities
  • Science-based, parent-approved, kid-tested
CLICK HERE To learn more and get your Free Access


What Are Coherent Kids?

Coherent kids can recognize and regulate their basic emotions. When faced with a challenge, they have the ability to pause, refocus and make a new choice. They have learned to solve problems in a healthy and positive way.

 "It is vital that when educating our children’s brains, we do not neglect to educate their hearts."

– Dalai Lama


The all-new HeartSmarts Adventure offers digital content such as videos, art, movement and songs to teach children heart-healthy socioemotional skills.

To receive your free online copy of HeartSmarts Adventure, CLICK HERE

Heart palpitations can be scary: Learn how to prevent them through stress & anxiety management

What are heart palpitations and why are you getting them?

When heart palpitations start, it stops you in your tracks. It’s that feeling when your heart suddenly begins to race or flutter. It might feel like it’s skipping a beat or beating irregularly. You can’t ignore it, so you just wait it out. You feel uneasy, even concerned. Then it suddenly goes away, and you can go back to what you were doing.

Fortunately, when not caused by a serious underlying condition, heart palpitations are usually not dangerous. However, they are still unpleasant and scary.

Heart palpitations are usually brought on by stress, fear, or anxiety. When we get stressed out, our bodies go into fight or flight mode. Everyone experiences this differently, and for some people, this hyperactive state -even if mild - triggers heart palpitations. Although they are generally not a cause for alarm, it’s hard not worry when they happen, which only adds to the stress that likely caused them in the first place.

The first step to preventing heart palpitations is finding out why you’re experiencing them in the first place.

You can stop heart palpitations by managing your stress, anxiety, anger, guilt, and grief

Causes of heart palpitations

Stress, fear, and anxiety are the most common cause of heart palpitations, but they can also be triggered by other physical conditions such as:

  • Holding the breath
  • Shallow, short breaths
  • Low blood sugar
  • Too much caffeine
  • Low potassium levels
  • Dehydration
  • A fever
  • Pregnancy

Certain medications cause the pulse to increase:

  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine and amphetamines
  • Diet pills, decongestants, and asthma inhalers

Heart palpitations are also associated with medical conditions including:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Anemia
  • Heart disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low blood pressure

Natural treatment of heart palpitations

The way you treat heart palpitations will depend on what is causing them. Making sure you’re eating enough food and staying hydrated is important for keeping your blood sugar and electrolyte levels where they should be.

If you’re unsure of why you’re getting heart palpitations, please contact our office for an appointment with Dr Gruber.  He will be able to evaluate your condition and order appropriate testing for any underlying conditions that could be triggering them.

Stress relief is a natural solution for heart palpitations

If, like most people, your heart palpitations are being brought on by stress or anxiety, you’re going to need to learn to control these emotions in order to find relief. HeartMath tools (CLICK HERE for more information) such as the Neutral Tool are ways to calm yourself during an episode of palpitations as well as good daily practices to try to keep your anxiety at bay. Other natural ways to reduce stress include a healthy diet, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and making time for activities that you find relaxing and pleasurable.

If you’re struggling to manage your stress by yourself, seeking help from a professional is a great option. Heart Strengths Therapy can help people like you learn take control of anxiety and live a better life.

The concerns that come with extreme and frequent stress go far beyond heart palpitations. Making sure you learn how to properly deal with it can improve your health and quality of life in several ways.


Learn to manage your stress and stop heart palpitations with Dr. Gary Gruber

Dr. Gary Gruber is a licensed naturopathic practitioner and holistic health counselor. He owns Family and Environmental Medicine where he specializes in helping his patients find natural solutions for health conditions related to stress and anxiety causing heart palpitations.

If you’re experiencing heart palpitations and want to avoid them by learning to cope with stress in a healthier way, contact Dr. Gary Gruber.

Family and Environmental Medicine is in the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut near Downtown Canaan. His office is only 10 minutes from Stamford and Darien, 20 minutes from Greenwich, and an hour from NYC by train.