Naturopathic Physician's Oath

I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine.

I will honor my teachers and all who have preserved and developed this knowledge and dedicate myself to supporting the growth and evolution of Naturopathic medicine. I will endeavor to continually improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection, and genuine concern for humanity. I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues and students.

Through precept, lecture, and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations.

According to my best ability and judgment, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:

  • Primum Non Nocere - First of all, to do no harm
  • Vis Medicatrix Naturae - To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature
  • Tolle Causam - To address the fundamental cause of disease
  • Tolle Totum - To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
  • Docere - To teach the principles of health living and preventive medicine

I will conduct my life and the practice of Naturopathic health care with vigilance, integrity, and freedom from prejudice.

I will abstain from voluntary acts of injustice and corruption.

I will keep confidential whatever I am privileged to witness, whether professionally or privately, that should not be divulged.

With my whole heart, before this gathering of witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.

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:

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.

Natural Remedies to Stay Healthy this flu season: Learn to manage your stress so you will avoid getting coronavirus

The effect of stress on your immune system

It’s that time of year: flu season. It’s not just influenza knocking everyone down this time of year either. Common colds, pneumonia, strep throat, stomach flu, and so many other illnesses run rampant during the winter months.

All these illnesses come with a host of dreadful symptoms, missed work and other activities, and basically several days of plain misery. With all these germs going around, along with the new threat of a coronavirus outbreak looming over our heads, making sure our immune system is as strong as possible should be at the top of everyone’s priority list.

Of course, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of rest are great ways to keep your immune system doing what it’s supposed to do. However, one of the best ways to keep from getting sick might surprise some people.

Stress and Anxiety Cause Influenza and CoronavirusStop stressing is the strongest and best medicine for viral infections

Just like influenza, the coronavirus is a highly contagious infection.  It is spread by coughing, sneezing, and likely through feces.  Suppose you’re in a public place like a grocery store.  A few people around you are coughing and sneezing.  How do you react?

  • Does it bring up worry or anger that you might contract the virus?
  • Are you worried or upset that you may spread the virus to your family and co-workers?
  • Are you frustrated or afraid that you may need to stop working for ten to 14 days?
  • Is your mind racing with all these negative thoughts trying desperately to predict the future?


Anxiety, panic, anger suppress your immune system

Your immune system is the most potent defense against viruses. When we’re stressed out, our bodies release a hormone called corticosteroid, which suppresses the immune system, and not just a little bit. Studies have shown that stress and anxiety, especially when lasting more than a day or two, can significantly weaken all aspects of a person’s immune system and make you far more likely to catch any illness that comes your way.

This tells us one important thing: if you don’t want to get sick, learn how to manage your stress.


What is influenza

Flu season gets its name from influenza, which is not the same as the stomach flu – a common misconception. Influenza is caused by influenza A and B viruses, and although it’s usually mild, it can be quite serious - in some cases even fatal.

Influenza is very contagious, and it spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The germs can be spread airborne up to six feet, and they can also be passed from person to person via surfaces that we touch.


Symptoms of influenza

Symptoms of influenza include:

  • Fever, cold chills, and/or night sweats
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing and sore throat
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

If you think you have influenza:

  • drink a lot of nutritive broths and pure water; eat lightly
  • eat soups and other foods that are easily digested
  • getting plenty of rest.

Children, elderly people, and anyone with a chronic medical condition or who has a compromised immune system should see a doctor.  Dr Gruber is available to consult with patients who want a natural solution for treatment of influenza and coronavirus.  Our online dispensary (see cold and flu season) has the most effective natural supplements for treating colds, influenza, and coronavirus.  Please contact the office for a treatment plan for you and your family.


How to protect yourself from influenza, and other illnesses naturally

We are not completely helpless when it comes to the influenza virus. There are many ways to boost your immune system and avoiding the germs that cause the flu and other illnesses. Getting an annual flu shot is always an option, but if you’re looking for natural ways to avoid influenza, some of these may work:

  • A healthy diet. Take your Vitamin C, but remember, it’s not just Vitamin C that boosts your immune system. Zinc, B vitamins, iron, and many other vitamins and minerals are important for your body’s defense against germs. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and consider taking a multivitamin when the weather starts to cool off.
  • Get plenty of rest. Fighting off viruses is hard work.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Wash your hands. A lot.
  • Avoid physical contact when possible. You don’t always have to shake people’s hands. You can smile and wave when introducing yourself – maybe make a little joke about not wanting to spread germs. It’s not rude. Other people will probably appreciate it.

Learn how to manage your stress and anxiety. You can be doing all of things listed above, but if you’re really stressed out, it’s like leaving the back door open. All the infections will get right past your barriers. If you’re struggling with managing your stress, contact Family and Environmental Medicine for a comprehensive consultation.


Manage your stress and boost your immune system 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 colds and influenza caused by stress and anxiety.

If you struggle with managing your stress and anxiety, contact Dr. Gary Gruber.

Family and Environmental Medicine is in the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut across from the Bristow Bird Sanctuary and Wildwood Preserve.  His office is only 10 minutes from Wilton, Stamford and Darien, 20 minutes from Greenwich, and an hour from Grand Central Station by MetroNorth.

If you have high blood pressure, learning to better cope with stress & anxiety could save your life

Stress Management lowers High Blood Pressure

There’s a reason why checking a patient’s blood pressure is always one of the first things done by a nurse or doctor. High blood pressure affects close to a third of the American population, and it doesn’t show any symptoms.

It also comes with a lot of serious health risks. High blood pressure is when your blood is putting too much force on the walls of your blood vessels, which causes damage over time. This damage makes it hard for blood to get to important organs which can eventually lead to serious complications such as kidney disease, heart disease, or a stroke or heart attack.

Coping with stress and anxiety can reduce high blood pressure

Stress and Anxiety cause High Blood Pressure

The connection between chronic high blood pressure also called hypertension, and stress and anxiety is still being researched. What we do know is when we get stressed out, our body releases cortisol and adrenaline into our blood stream. These “fight or flight” hormones cause our heart to beat faster and our blood vessels to get smaller, which in turn causes a temporary spike in blood pressure. This puts us in somewhat of a hyperactive state, which would be effective if either fighting or fleeing could solve all our problems.

But in today’s world that’s not usually the case. Our problems are generally less dangerous and more frequent than they were thousands of years ago. For people who get stressed out easily, the extra strain regularly put on their blood vessels can cause damage over time.

For people who already have hypertension, stress can only make the risks greater. With the damage that high blood pressure is already causing on your blood vessels and organs, keeping your stress under control is very important.


Other Causes of High Blood Pressure

Although stress causes blood pressure to increase temporarily, which is dangerous for people who already have hypertension, anxiety is not known to cause chronic high blood pressure by itself. However, a lot of behaviors people use to cope with stress puts them at a higher risk.

Smoking, drinking alcohol, and an unhealthy diet are all ways that people commonly deal with stress. These behaviors can also all lead to chronic high blood pressure. Fortunately, if these behaviors are stopped, a person’s blood pressure can go back to a healthy level.


Natural treatments for High Blood Pressure

Ways to lower your blood pressure at home include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • A healthy diet
  • Eating less salt

Learning to manage stress is also important for keeping your blood pressure under control. When you’re stress-free, unnecessary blood pressure spikes can be avoided, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes easier. Effectively managing stress always leads to a healthier body. A natural solution to treat high blood pressure is Heart Strengths Therapy.


Lower your stress and your blood pressure 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 high blood pressure that is the result of stress and anxiety.

If you have high blood pressure and need help learning to cope with stress and anxiety in a healthier way, contact Dr. Gary Gruber.

The office of Family and Environmental Medicine is in New Canaan, Connecticut, within walking distance from the New Canaan train station.   In the center of Fairfield County his office is only 10 minutes from Stamford and Darien, 20 minutes from Ridgefield, Greenwich, and Westport.  An easy ride on the New Haven MetroNorth railroad hour from New York City.

Struggling to Lose Weight? How learning to cope with your anxiety & stress can help

Anxiety and weight gain

You’ve gained weight. You’re always stressed out. The extra weight is stressing you out even more, but you have too much on your mind to do anything about it. Instead you eat pizza, drink wine, and stress some more.

If this is you, you’re not alone.

For several reasons, weight gain and anxiety often go hand in hand. Common side effects of anxiety are fatigue and lack of energy. It can also make us feel depressed and unmotivated. These things make living an active lifestyle very difficult.

It’s also very common for people to cope with their anxiety with food. Eating makes us feel good, even if it’s just for a short period of time. Eating comfort foods, which are generally not very good for you, make us feel even better. Alcohol is another common coping mechanism for people suffering from anxiety, which also causes weight gain over time.

Natural Solution for Weight Gain | Control Your Anxiety and Lose Weight

The Stress Hormone - Cortisol

On top of that, when we get stressed out, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol, and studies have shown that having increased levels of cortisol in your system can cause our bodies to store extra fat in our stomach.

Overweight Feels Awful

To make matters worse, being overweight is its own stressor. It puts a person at a higher risk for many illnesses and diseases and often leads to a lower quality of life and self-esteem. Just a few more things to be anxious about in the first place.


Weight loss remedies – Managing Emotions

The best way to lose weight is through eating healthy and regular exercise. If you’re also struggling with anxiety, you’re going to need to get that under control before you’re able to successfully and permanently lose weight.

Some natural ways to treat anxiety include meditation and practicing mindfulness, getting enough sleep, and cutting down on alcohol, caffeine, and other substances. Healthy food and exercise can also help ease stress.

When you feel your anxiety is making it hard to function or holding you back from losing weight, seeking professional help to manage your emotions to lose weight is the next step.


Help with anxiety and weight loss 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 weight gain caused by stress and anxiety.

If you’re struggling with losing weight and need help getting control over your anxiety, contact Dr. Gary Gruber.

Located in Fairfield County the office for Family and Environmental Medicine is walking distance from the train station in New Canaan. The office is an hour from NYC by train only 10 minutes from Stamford and Darien, 20 minutes from Greenwich, Ridgefield, and Westport, CT.  See map below or CLICK HERE.

Overcome insomnia naturally | How to minimize your anxiety and finally get some sleep

The relationship between anxiety and insomnia

Not being able to sleep when you know your body is exhausted is an awful feeling. It’s something that most people have experienced at least once, but for some people this happens far too often. One of the major causes of insomnia is anxiety, and the relationship between anxiety and insomnia can be a brutal cycle.

Insomnia/Anxiety Cycle

Anxiety makes it impossible to fall asleep and stay asleep, but sleep deprivation makes anxiety worse. It’s upsetting, it’s stressful, and on top of it all, you’re absolutely exhausted all the time. Not to mention, long term sleep deprivation puts you at a higher risk for many health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It weakens your immune system, decreases your daily performance and ability to think and function effectively, and makes you far more likely to get into an accident if you drive a car.

Anxiety is the feeling of worry, fear, or apprehension in response to stressful or unknown circumstances in our lives. Anxiety can be short-term and brought on by a specific situation. However, if your anxiety lasts longer than six months or is so severe that it’s making it hard for you to function properly in your everyday life, it’s likely that you have an anxiety disorder. Whether your anxiety is temporary or chronic, it often leads to insomnia.

Overcome Insomnia Naturally | How to Minimize Anxiety and Cure Insomnia
Overcome Insomnia Naturally | How to Minimize Anxiety and Cure Insomnia

Symptoms of Insomnia

According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Inability to stay asleep or sleep through the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Waking up not feeling rested
  • Feeling tired throughout the day


Causes of insomnia

The most common causes of difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep are anxiety, stress, and depression. Other causes include an unhealthy diet or lifestyle, bad sleep habits, or pain.


Natural insomnia relief

For most people, the best way to get insomnia under control is to learn how to manage their anxiety and stress. Healthy habits such as daily exercise, a proper diet, and practicing mindfulness can all help with anxiety and insomnia. Good sleep habits like doing a calming activity before bed, keeping a regular schedule, and limiting substances like alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can all help with insomnia and anxiety as well. If you are struggling with insomnia and it’s negatively affecting your daily life, you should consider speaking with a holistic counselor.


Natural insomnia relief with Dr. Gary Gruber

If you’re struggling with insomnia and need help getting your control over your sleep and your life, contact 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 insomnia caused by stress and anxiety. Family and Environmental Medicine is in the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut near downtown New Canaan CT. His office is only 10 minutes from Stamford CT and Darien CT, 20 minutes from Greenwich CT, and less than an hour from New York City by train.