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July 2015

Happy Fourth of July! This month we are celebrating the birth of our nation and all those who helped to make it strong.

July 12-18 is "EveryBody Needs a Massage Week." Our licensed massage therapist Alaina White is offering 1 hour therapeutic massages during the special week for only $50! Book your appointment early!

Dr. Chiappino will be resuming her regular Thursday hours in our new Manhattan location at 115 W. 86th Street, Suite 1CC on Thursday, July 9th. Call to schedule your appointment: 212.721.1188.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

--Dr. Keri Chiappino and Dr. W. Brent Reynolds

Welcome Dr. Michaelides to the New Life Wellness Team!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Andreas Michaelides has joined New Life Wellness Center. Dr. Michaelides is a clinical psychologist specializing in weight loss, traumatic brain injuries, depression/anxiety and other life transition problems. In addition to his new position on our team, Dr. Michaelides is also the Director of Psychology and Behavioral Research at Noom, a mobile health technology company, where he leads a team of clinicians and researchers who investigate novel ways to impact behavior and lifestyle changes for weight loss.

Dr. Michaelides is also a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Master Trainer and has helped translate the delivery of the DPP program to a virtual platform. He will offer individual and group psychotherapy at our Smithtown location. Contact our office for more information.

American Adults Overtake ADHD Drug Market Share

Drug manufacturers are shifting marketing emphasis to the adult population as figures now show that adults account for 53% of the 63 million total ADHD drug prescriptions in 2014. Growth in the adult market segment is attributed in part to the fact that ADHD can persist long into adulthood as well as to the increasing number of adults being diagnosed with the condition. In fact, one leading manufacturer has reformulated its popular ADHD drug into a long-acting treatment for adults that lasts 16 hours. Company execs note that the adult market is growing almost twice as fast as the ADHD overall market.

It is important to understand that children on ADHD drugs typically grow into adults on ADHD drugs. Since the ADHD medication only controls the symptoms, not the true cause of the problem, once it is missed or stopped, symptoms return. The child, and eventually adult, develops a lifelong drug dependency to control behavior and attention -- a win-win for Big Pharma in both the pediatric and adult markets.

Neurofeedback brain-wave training is an effective, non-drug alternative therapy for both children and adults that addresses the source of the condition. Patients who have undergone neurofeedback training are often able to reduce or even eliminate the need for ADHD medications since it targets and retrains the abnormal brain waves that underlie the condition. Best of all, unlike medication, there are no unpleasant or harmful side effects. Contact the office to learn how BrainCore neurofeedback training can help you overcome your ADHD naturally.

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Acupuncture Helps Beat Migraine Pain

New research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study acupuncture's effectiveness for migraines reveals that acupuncture prevents and relieves migraines by restoring normal brain functions. Researchers studying patients over a four week period discovered that acupuncture treatments helped to decrease the frequency and duration of migraine by increasing functional connectivity in the brain's frontal and temporal lobes.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to drug treatment and is often a covered benefit under many health insurance plans. If you are suffering from migraine pain, our licensed acupuncturists can help alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.

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No Pot for Pregnant Moms

Medical marijuana may be legal in a growing number of states, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending that women discontinue its use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, citing studies that indicate prenatal marijuana use impacts brain development, causes decreased attention span and long-term behavioral problems. Animal studies have shown that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in pot that causes feelings of euphoria, easily crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of a developing fetus. Children exposed in the womb to marijuana score lower on tests of visual problem-solving, visual and motor coordination and visual analysis, compared to kids not exposed. ACOG's report also warned that prenatal exposure might increase the child's susceptibility to using the drug as he or she ages.

Marijuana use during pregnancy is highest among young urban who women who are struggling economically. The drug is used by some to control morning sickness or other pregnancy symptoms, however non-drug holistic therapies like chiropractic care are a more effective and less dangerous alternative for both mom and baby. In addition to alleviating nausea and back pain, chiropractic care helps prepare the body for the rigors of delivery and facilitates deliver. It's a healthier, safer choice to manage symptoms and optimize your pregnancy naturally.

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First Text Neck, Now Texting Thumb: The Hidden Dangers of Smartphones

Add carpal tunnel syndrome to the growing list of Smart- phone ailments. While reports of posture issues and neck and back pain from "Text Neck" made recent headline news, new research suggests that chronic Smartphone overuse may also be responsible for thumb pain, median nerve enlargement and loss of pinch strength and hand function, symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive stress injury once associated with older populations. Smartphones have become the "go-to" device for everything from texting to surfing; while a terrific convenience, the risk of wrist damage from constant usage is a very real side effect.

If you're experiencing wrist or thumb pain or numbness, resting the affected hand and applying cool packs help to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Therapeutic essential oils can provide targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles. Splinting the wrist can help avoid further damage from twisting or bending. Chiropractic joint manipulation, stretching and strengthening exercises and soft-tissue mobilization techniques can be helpful to provide pain relief. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture appears to enable brain changes in patients with hand pain, actually thickening the cortex and alleviating pain.

Preventative care is the best protection against repetitive stress injuries. Smartphones can be addictive; take frequent breaks to rest your wrist and hand. Alternate typing with voice commands like SIRI to send text messages. The American Chiropractic Association recommends fingerless gloves to help keep the hands warm and flexible, wearing splints to keep the wrists straight and ensuring proper posture and wrist position.

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Depression Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease

A new Swedish study found that people who had depression were 3.2 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease compared with people who did not have depression. Additionally, researchers report that the more severe the depression, the greater the risk for Parkinson's. Although researchers established the link, they cannot yet pinpoint if the depression damages the brain, causing the increase in Parkinson's, or if depression is an early symptom of the disease.

It is critical to address depression in its early stages to prevent its progression into debilitating illness. If you or a loved one is depressed, contact our office about BrainCore neurofeedback training. We can help retrain the abnormal brain waves that underlie your condition, naturally and non-invasively.

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Thank you for allowing us to participate in your healthcare.

Yours in health,

Dr. Keri Chiappino & Dr. W. Brent Reynolds
New Life Wellness Center, a BrainCore of NY partner
phone: 631-265-1223
Essential Oil of the Month: Deep Blue Rub

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July Specials:

Massage: $50 for a 1 hour therapeutic massage during "EveryBody Needs a Massage" week July 12-18, 2015.

Supplements: 10% off all in-stock nutraMetrix® Heart Health CoQ10 Cardiovascular & Immune Support Formula. A must for those who are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug which reduces natural levels of CoQ10 in the body.

Expires: July 31, 2015