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Happy Holidays

Dear Friends:

It has been a crazy year for me. I was president of my local professional society, my first grandchild was born (!) and I had to take the medical boards.

I wanted to end the blog famine, but the longer I went,  the guiltier I felt. Then I thought, enough with the self-recrimination, already! Let’s get this out there!

turkey tray

Gobble, gobble!

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving because it is not about consumerism, but rather about family and sharing. In that spirit I wanted to share a helpful post I found on tips for a healthier Thanksgiving dinner:

Alternatively, you can also take a vegetarian or vegan approach to your plate, and fill it 100% with grains, veggies, fruits and nuts.


If you peruse prior posts you will find many recipes and ideas for healthy, nutritionally dense and tasty dishes. The persimmon recipes alone are worth a read.

Most of all, take time for  gratitude, for friends, for family, and for the great abundance we enjoy in this country. Consider donating to a local food bank or hunger project.

Have a joyous Thanksgiving!

Dr. Nolfo



We’re Ba-a-a-c-k-k-k…

sleeping-bear_5Dear Friends of Stony Creek Wellness:

Sorry for the long time since the last post. I was hibernating!

Actually, I was really missing my daughter Mariella’s help pushing me to get my blogs done! She has moved to the other coast to pursue graduate school in Speech Pathology, and hopes eventually to work with children and adults with autism. I am very proud of her and I will  just have to push myself harder to get my blogs done!

Well, though we’re still having night temperatures in the 40s in CT, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we finally all can at least start thinking about fun, fun, fun in the sun.


We All Scream For Sunscreen

1 oz sunscreen

Unless you have a history of melanoma, vitiligo, or other contraindication, you should try to get at least 15 minutes of sun without protection between 11 and 3, to help raise your vitamin D level. Here is a link to more detailed information about vitamin D and sun exposure (important for vegans!):

If you stay in the sun longer than that, you need to protect your skin not just from UVB rays that cause sunburn in the outermost layer of the skin, but from UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin and increase WRINKLES AND PHOTO AGING as well as promoting increased skin cancer risk.

Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, don’t apply it often enough, or use the wrong kind!You need to apply a shot-glass sized portion (1 ounce),  every 2 hours.

Use a 15 to 30 SPF sunscreen. Most sunscreens with ratings higher than 45 and above do NOT provide additional protection against UVA rays and may actually PROMOTE skin cancer if you think you can stay in the sun longer than 2 hours without another shot! Also remember many of the claims “waterproof” and sweat-proof” are unreliable. Just reapply!

As you know, I believe it’s prudent to avoid unnecessary toxins. Here are two ingredients in sunscreen you may choose to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone: It’s a hormone imitator. It acts like estrogen. Men, need I say more? You don’t need it and you can find many sunscreens without it.
  • Retinyl palmitate: A vitamin A analog. OK to use at night for wrinkles, but in a sunscreen it could ACCELERATE the development of skin cancer ! It has no proven additional benefit for skin cancer protection, so save it for your night cream.

Safe for you and for Jaws too!

baby shark

Human use of sunscreens may be damaging the delicate and vital ecology of our coral reefs.

In Mexico if you go snorkeling you can only use biodegradable sunscreens, such as those with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Here are some coral- and human-safe types:

Here is my go-to site for sunscreen info. While some might find the EWG too alarmist, you will get accurate information about the ingredients and you can make your choice. 

Have a ton of fun in the sun!!


Dr. Nolfo

A Persimmon A Day………

Are you tired of the seasonal "Pumpkin everything" craze during the holidays? Check out all the incredible health benefits and yummy culinary treats that can be made with a different kind of orange fruit: Persimmons!

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