New Life Wellness Center Newsletter
  December 2015

The holidays have arrived! The sights, sounds and smells help to build the excitement of the season, but with the barrage of 24/7 advertisements, long to-do lists, places to go and people to see, it's easy to become overwhelmed during the busy holiday rush.

If you find yourself feeling a bit bah humbug, mindful meditation can help release stress and increase peace of mind.  (Try this quick 5 minute exercise).  Studies from Harvard University show that regular meditation actually produces physical changes in the brain's gray-matter density in the amygdala, an area known to play a role in anxiety and stress.
Some more holiday wellness tips: 1. Come in for a chiropractic adjustment, massage or acupuncture session to help boost your immune system and get yourself primed for the rigors of the season. 2. Reduce the shopping run-around by purchasing wellness gift certificates for your loved ones this year.  See article below for gift certificate details.
We wish all of our patients and their families a season of love and laughter.  Take time to focus on the positives in your life! 
--Dr. Keri Chiappino and Dr. W. Brent Reynolds

ADHD May Mask Autism in Young Kids

Hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention are symptoms that are common in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  
Click the photo above for Dr. Chiappino's video chat on ADHD & Autism 
A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics reports that 81% of the children in a study group who were initially diagnosed with ADHD were ultimately diagnosed with Autism after age 6, suggesting that doctors may be applying an ADHD diagnosis at an age that is too early.  The researchers also
noted that it took an average of three years longer to diagnose Autism in children who were initially thought to have ADHD, a serious loss of time for critical early therapeutic intervention.
With the latest Autism prevalence figures rising to 1 in 45 children in the U.S., it is crucial that very young children exhibiting ADHD-like symptoms or other developmental delays be screened by a developmental physician who specializes in neurological disorders.   An accurate diagnosis helps a child get an early start on an appropriate treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem.
Mainstream medical providers often recommend psychotropic drugs to manage ASD and ADHD.  In fact, alarming statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that about half of preschoolers with ADHD are medicated.  It is important to note that ADHD meds often produce severe side effects including appetite suppression, insomnia, motor tics and mood swings.  Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, specialized diets, nutritional supplements and neurofeedback brain-wave training are effective, non-invasive approaches to getting to the source of the condition.  Listen to Dr. Chiappino's video chat featured above to learn more about best support for Autism and ADHD.  Then call our office for information on customized early intervention programs that can help your child maximize his/her learning potential -- without medications or side effects. 631.265.1223.
Higher Midlife BMI Tied to Early Alzheimer's Disease
Yet another reason to keep weight in check: midlife obesity may increase your risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

Researchers at the National Institute of Aging found a correlation between a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight, and early onset of Alzheimer's Disease, a progressive brain disorder that severely impacts memory and leads to mental and physical impairments.  Data from the study 
showed that a 50-year-old with a BMI of 30 was at increased risk for the onset of Alzheimer's more than a year earlier than someone with a BMI of 28. 

While there is no known cure for Alzheimer's, 
following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes and whole grains, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising may help prevent or delay cognitive decline.  Check out some more lifestyle tips to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

If you are having trouble with your weight, visit our office for a nutritional consultation.  We'll perform a nutritional analysis and order blood work to discover if there is an underlying cause of your weight issue and will create a personalized dietary guideline to help you achieve your goals.  In addition, our staff psychotherapist Dr. Andreas Michaelides offers individual and group therapy support groups to help you on your weight loss journey.  Call our office for more information. 631.265.1223.

toys for tots
We Are A Toys for Tots 
Drop-off Center

Please help us make the holidays joyous for less fortunate children by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy during office hours until Friday, December 11th.
Each person who donates a toy at our Smithtown office will be entered into our weekly raffle of wellness supplements and services! Thank you for your support of this worthy program!  
Interested in Essential Oils?

Essential oils have many uses as natural remedies for a variety of health conditions. We often use these oils for aromatherapy in conjunction with our chiropractic adjustments. Contact our office to learn about the many life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Dr. Keri Chiappino
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'Tis the Season to Take Care of Your Health

What steps are you taking to keep your 
stress low and health high this holiday season? 

Sticking to a healthy diet can be challenging during this month's festivities, but nutritious eating is assorted-feast.jpg imperative for fighting off any weight gain as well as for boosting your immune system. Fats and excessive sugars found in holiday treats compromise your body's ability to fight viruses and bacteria. When possible, skip the processed foods and opt for naturally healthy fruits and vegetables like yogurt, spinach, berries, broccoli and garlic.

Did you know that chiropractic can help keep you healthy by restoring lymph drainage to prevent ear and sinus infection so common at this time of year? Regular chiropractic care also helps keep your immune system operating at maximum capacity to help you feel healthy and energized. By addressing structural misalignments, communication between the nervous system and immune system is optimized which helps to enhance the body's natural disease fighting abilities. 

Part and parcel of the season is the marathon shopping, gift wrapping, light hanging and 
long-distance travel which can put undue pressure on the neck and back. Chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy are excellent non-drug modalities that help relieve pain and restore proper motion to the joints, as well as reduce the stress that often accompanies these activities.
Let us help you make the most of the celebrations ahead. Come in for a chiropractic visit, massage or acupuncture session to keep you pain-free and in holly jolly spirits!  Even better, purchase a wellness gift certificate for your loved one. See article below! 

GiftGive the Gift of Health  -- Purchase a New Life Wellness Certificate!

We all have at least one incredibly hard-to-buy-for person on our holiday list.  Reduce your stress and avoid the crowded malls and shopping madness by giving a gift that really makes an impact on a loved one's life - the gift of health.

All of our services are available for purchase as gift certificates at a 10% discount.  Simply place your order over the phone or while you are at the office.
Choose from:

1/2 Hour Therapeutic Massage - a great way to help your loved one relax and unwind!

Acupuncture Session - an ideal pain relief gift or de-stresser.

Chiropractic Tune-Up - aligns the spine, boosts the immune system and improves nervous system function for overall well-being. 
QEEG Brain Map: Think someone in your life might benefit from neurofeedback brain-wave training? 
Purchase a session to discover if brain-wave imbalances are triggering his/her symptoms.  
Your gift certificate(s) comes in a holiday bag along with a trio of therapeutic grade essential oils - a festive presentation of your thoughtfulness! 

Why not think out of the box this year?  An investment in your loved one's well-being is one of the greatest (and easiest) gifts you can give!  Please place your order by December 19th.  All gift bags must be picked up by Wednesday December 23rd.   

U.S. Soccer Takes Baby Steps Toward Concussion Prevention:
No Heading in Youth Soccer

Concussion rears its ugly head once again with the recently announced autopsy results of yet another football icon, Frank Gifford, confirming chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with concussion.   This month's release of the movie "Concussion" is sure to raise concerns from parents on whether to allow their kids to play contact sports in middle school and high school; some suspect a link between CTE and sports head traumas sustained in the early school years.

While football has garnered the most attention for concussion, soccer is a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), particularly for females.  In youth soccer, heading the ball is responsible for one-third of all concussions.  Responding to a class-action lawsuit, the US Soccer Federation just announced new rules advocating no heading for players age 10 and under.  USSF is also recommending heading be limited to practice time only for kids age 11-13.  

These rules are a step in the right direction, however greater awareness of head injury prevention and treatment are necessary to protect the brain health of our children.  A single concussion in early childhood can cause attention issues and other lasting and debilitating brain damage if not properly treated.  Knowing how to recognize concussion and when to return to play and to school as well are important factors in a child's long-term prognosis. 

Dr. Reynolds specializes in TBI and offers a sports neurological assessment to gather data on pre-injury brain function that is critical for rehabilitation planning in the event of TBI.  Contact Dr. Reynolds to learn more about concussion prevention and rehabilitation with neurofeedback therapy.
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Yours in Health,
Dr. Keri Chiappino & Dr. W. Brent Reynolds
New Life Wellness Center
December Specials:

Gift the gift of health this year -- give your loved one a gift certificate from our wellness center!

Choose from a Chiropractic tune-up, Acupuncture session, QEEG brain map or 1/2 hour Massage.   Each certificate comes in a festive gift bag and includes an essential oil trio!

Contact the office for more details at 631.265.1223;

Additional Massage Packages:  Purchase a gift certificate for a massage package during December, receive a $10 coupon for a future visit or purchase!

Three (3) 60 minute Swedish massage sessions only $180 -- save $30!

Three (3) 30 minute massage sessions for only $120 -- save $30!

10% off in-stock nutraMetrix Daily Essentials.  Boost your immune system this holiday season.

Offers Expire: 12/31/15
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Patient Referrals: 
Free 30-day nutraMetrix nutritional supplement when your family member or friend referral comes in for a visit during December.

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Are you happy with the service you've received at our Wellness Center? If so, post a review on Google, Yelp, Facebook or Yahoo and you'll be entered to win our weekly raffle for a supply of high-quality nutraMetrix supplements!  

Offer Expires:12/31/15