The Wellness Center

Posted in Professionals and Practitioners

(CT) Randy Hassan, MD

Dennis G. Bollier, Founder 146 Center Road

Randy D. Hassen, M.D., Medical Director Woodbridge, CT 06525

Lorna L. Harding, Director of Education 203-315-1594


The new science in Optimal Health

The last decade has seen many significant developments in the nutritional field. Substances contained in vine-ripened fruits and vegetables, known as phyto-chemicals, have been shown to protect the body against cancer and other diseases. Just a few years ago, scientists did not know phyto-chemicals existed. Today, they are on the frontier in cancer prevention. There is promising, ongoing research in this new field of Glyco-Biology, and medical studies on these phyto-nutrients are very encouraging.

The recommendation by The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association, just like our grandmothers prompted way back when, is to consume five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. However, the average American diet falls woefully short here. Fortunately today, there are important new products that provide beneficial, health-building properties in the form of dietary supplementation .

With the passage of the Federal Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994, voted on unanimously in both the House and Senate, Congress gave new freedoms to research and development companies to explore natural, cutting edge, health-building formulations, and provide consumers with Peer-reviewed, scientific literature on these breakthroughs. The intent here is to educate the average citizen to thereby enable him or her to make informed decisions on creating a better level of health. Today there are tens of thousands of scientific studies in this promising new area of health care, and it has attracted the interest of mainstream medicine.

The advent of the DSHEA Act was based on this quantum leap forward in the new health science of preventative medicine. This federal legislation gave birth to the new industry of Nutraceuticals, which are plant-based, essential nutrients with proven, beneficial, pharmacological effects in supporting health. This Nutraceutical legislation represents a true milestone in the optimal health technology of natural, whole food nutrients. The DSHEA Act was passed to improve the health of the American people, and thereby lower health care costs for the nation. A few of the points in the preamble to the law make clear Congress’ intent.

1) improving the health status of the United States citizens ranks at the top of the national priorities of the Federal Government;

2) the importance of nutrition and the benefits of dietary supplements to health promotion and disease prevention have been documented increasingly in scientific studies;

3) there is a link between the ingestion of certain nutrients of dietary supplements and the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis;

4) preventive health measures, including education, good nutrition and appropriate use of safe nutritional supplements will limit the incidence of chronic diseases, and reduce long-term health care expditures

The human body builds, repairs, regenerates, defends, regulates, reproduces, and heals itself. However, each of these tasks requires a specific set of nutrients. To reduce it to its most simplistic terms, we are what we eat. We need to supply our bodies daily with the proper nutrition - the “essential” nutrients - to accomplish each of these tasks. Doctors from the ancient Hebrews and Greeks recognized this and advised us to, as Hippocrates taught: “let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. In the words of Paracelsus, the father of Pharmacology, “Everything man needs to sustain good health and healing can be found in nature. It is the job of science to find them”. Even mainstream medicine now realizes that the relationship between nutrition and disease is significant and should be taken into consideration when helping patients in their pursuit of optimal health.

Two basic understandings in our present approach to nutrition, as adjunctive therapy in healing are:

1) The lack of education in the ranks of care practitioners on the connection and significance of the nutrients that are essential in creating optimal health. It is not their fault. This had not been taught in Medical Schools in years past.

2) The ability of our standard diet to provide us with the proper amounts and variety of “essential” nutrients to achieve and maintain optimal health. Today’s methods of farming, processing and marketing the foods we eat have resulted in two significant problems that have been linked to the proliferation of many illnesses. First, many of these nutrients are not being given ample time to develop, due to our produce being picked “green” and being allowed to continue ripening en route to the marketplace, and second, many other important nutrients have being stripped away in processing.

There is a definite trend today in assuming more personal responsibility for one’s health and well being. This is due in part to an increased awareness of the role that nutrition and properly formulated nutritional supplementation can play in an overall wellness program, and the growing acceptance of Nutraceuticals for prevention and healing in conventional, scientific circles. Health care professionals worldwide are returning to the ancient wisdom of using naturally occurring, vine-ripened plant nutrients for health management. Most encouraging in just the last few years is that this is now a new area of mandatory study in our Medical Schools today.

The Wellness Group was formed to educate people in achieving and maintaining optimal health. It was founded by Dennis G. Bollier, a Nutraceutical Educator. Its Medical Director is Randy D. Hassen, MD. Together they provide a wide range of services. The group is a member of The American Nutraceutical Association. Dr. Hassen, a former Chief Resident of Primary Care Internal Medicine in a large Chicago- hospital, has in his areas of expertise Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgical Medicine, and Anesthesiology. He also has a solid background in Geriatrics, and is educated in Natural Holistic Medicine. Dr. Hassen draws on his vast knowledge of the body’s physiology from his training in traditional medicine as he empowers patients in the very specific steps needed to optimize their own health. Dennis Bollier, founder and president, has years of experience in Integrative Health in creating wellness, and provides invaluable support for the Wellness Group. He is certified by The American Nutraceutical Association as an educator, and teaches in this field at the Masters level in Graduate School.

The group offers a comprehensive Optimal Health Assessment which entails collecting information on the patient’s medical history, their present health status, and documenting their short and long-term health goals. In addition, questions delve into family history of disease, medication history, a specific dietary diary history, allergies, past hospitalizations, etc. They gather specific information on the patient’s lifestyle habits including work routine, work environment, toxin exposure, environmental challenges, home and family environment, exercise, stress levels, and food shopping habits.

Their patients vary from serious medical conditions including congenital defects of birth, to Olympic athletes who want to improve their sports performance. All are welcome, from people with weight or psychiatric conditions, to those of us who simply want to live longer with added vitality and quality of life. They also work within a large referral base that includes specialists from mainstream medicine to alternative or complimentary medicine. They believe in helping people by offering health education and specific recommendations to optimize their health.

People getting guidance with The Wellness Group can be assured they will gain valuable, new knowledge on matters of their own health, and thereby be empowered to take a more proactive role in creating a better level of health for themselves and their families.

Find an Informed Doctor:

This is a partial list, and by no means implies an endorsement by ANDI. We at ANDI suggest that you work with a responsible physician who is interested in progressive medicine, and who will support you in your quest to help your child. The doctors listed below have been reported by our members to be knowledgeable about the DAN! Protocol (Defeat Autism Now - Clinical Options Manual for Physicians), or who are supportive of dietary and biological intervention for autism. Please read their websites, if available, and/or see if you can get a reference from another parent before scheduling an appointment. We take no responsibility for the views or clinical practice of those listed here.

List of DAN! Professionals & Practitioners (ARI website)

You can search for doctors registered with the The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, or other practitioners who are more likely to be informed about dietary and nutritional interventions at The Alternative Medicine Network.

If you have a traditional or progressive physician who has been very supportive about testing and treating your child with autism for immune problems, food allergies, and other biological issues, please email us with their name, contact information, and website (if they have one). We will ask if they would agree to be included in this list.

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The content on this website is not to be taken as medical advice. We have gathered information here so that you can make an informed decision in partnership with your medical practitioner.

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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities.

Karyn Seroussi

Karyn Seroussi Karyn Seroussi is the author of Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD, the story of her son's autism recovery through dietary and other biomedical interventions.

Helping since 1995

Together Lewis and Seroussi created the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI.) Since 1995, ANDI has been helping and supporting parents using dietary and biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Last year, Lisa and Karyn again joined forces and put the sum of their knowledge in a new book, The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions. They continue to write and speak on the topic of dietary intervention, and to support other parents around the world.