spanning the divide between healthcare and wellness


Bridges are in human society – symbols of connection, of cooperation and of harmony.
When harmony breaks down and conflicts ensue, the destroying of bridges is usually among the most urgent targets.
But when peace and healing come, then it is the construction and rehabilitation of bridges that marks our progress.”

Excerpt from remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan

at the Inauguration of the Ishkashim Bridge
Ishkashim, Tajikistan,
31 October 2006

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Meet Marybeth Missenda MS RPH CNS CNSC

My background is as a health system pharmacist with over 20 years experience in hospital pharmacy with a specialization in Parenteral Nutrition. I graduated from Duquesne University in 1989 with a BS in Pharmacy. My pharmacy career began with 3 years as a director of pharmacy for Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles Haiti. This led to a consultant position with the World Health Organization in Port-Au-Prince Haiti and the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, giving me, my first appreciation of alternative healing modalities.

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By Marybeth Missenda RPh CNS February 2, 2017 In 2005, Cordain and colleagues proposed that much of today’s chronic ailments were associated with the rapid change in the kinds of foods we are eating in today’s modern culture. Their theory is that our genome has not been able to evolutionarily adapt to the rapidness of […]

What is Nutrition? The hospital at which I currently work would define nutrition as the intake of the correct percentage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates with sufficient vitamins and minerals to enable optimum function of the human cells and organ systems. And that digestion, absorption and excretion of the defined essential nutrients are necessary for […]

Coconut Cashew Creme 1 1/2 cups of raw cashews 1  cup of coconut milk 1/2 of water as needed 1-2tbsp of honey Seeds from one vanilla bean de-seeded

On my hike today I was greeted by two medicinal plants. One I had met before on my hikes, skunk cabbage and one I met for the first time, horsetail. The Skunk cabbage was a beautiful large and vibrant plant, but it was alone and a little out of its element since the swamp waters […]