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112 S Country Rd
Bellport, NY 11713
(631) 286-9410

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Your Heart Hates These Medications If you haven't figured it out yet, your heart is a big deal – a very big deal, and we're just talking about the health side of things. So let's keep figuring out ways to keep it as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Avoiding use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for even a few days is one way, suggests research. This finding is big because NSAIDs are so readily available and commonly used for everything from headaches to back pain. Think Advil, Motrin and similar over-the-counter medications. In this large study (nearly 500,000 participants ages 40-79), NSAID use for one to seven days increased the risk of suffering a heart attack by 24-53 percent: 24 percent for celecoxib (Celebrex), 48 percent for ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), 50 percent for diclofenac (Voltaren) and 53 percent for naproxen (Aleve). Heart attack risk increased with higher doses and higher duration of use. Does this mean if you take NSAIDs, you'll suffer a heart attack? It depends on your cardiovascular risk, general health and other factors. But you certainly don't want to take the chance, particularly if there are safer options available to deal with your pain. That's where chiropractic and other drug-free therapies can make a big difference. By the way, this isn't the first time (and won't be the last) that over-the-counter medications have been linked to dangerous health outcomes. While the pharmaceutical industry, mainstream advertising and even your medical doctor have made NSAIDs seem like the first choice for managing pain, increasing research suggests they should be one of the last. Fortunately, major health organizations are starting to get it.

The Latest Perils of Diet Soda Millions of soda enthusiasts have embraced diet varieties over the years, confident that the switch is a healthy alternative to their sugary counterparts. When it comes to stroke risk and dementia, they may be making a big mistake. According to a recent study, daily diet soda consumers have nearly three times the risk of suffering a stroke or dementia compared to people who drink one diet soda or less per week. By the way, while the study did not find an association between consumption of sugary soft drinks and stroke or dementia, previous research links their consumption to type 2 diabetes and heart disease / stroke. So don't think you're out of the health risk woods if you switch back from diet to regular soda. The important message is to choose other drink options, starting with water, that maximize your health benefits and minimize your health risks. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1) By Timothy Perenich, MA, DC Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist. While these common recommendations may be appropriate depending on the patient, there may be more that can be done – but it takes a different way of thinking about mental illness. Flawed Diagnostic Criteria? It has been said that the difference between neurology and psychiatry is psychiatric disease does not have a demonstrable pathology; if it does, its ceases to be a psychiatric disease and instead becomes a neurological one.1 For example, when certain types of dementia were discovered to be caused by syphilis, they ceased to be psychiatric diseases and instead became neurological / venereal ones. In comparison to cancer and diabetes, psychiatric diseases lack consistent demonstrable pathophysiology. Moreover, psychiatric illnesses such as depression, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia have no known etiology. There are theories involving chemical imbalances and genetic culpability, but nothing substantive. Worst of all, many psychiatric diseases cannot be found with objective measures such as an MRI, blood test, urine analysis, X-ray, or orthopedic examination. Diagnosis depends primarily upon a subjective evaluation and an empirical trial of pharmaceuticals. mental illness - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Psychiatrist, professor emeritus of Duke University's department of psychiatry, and former chair of the DSM IV task force, Dr. Allen Frances, concurs, admitting psychiatric diagnosis rely "exclusively on fallible subjective judgments, [and] not on objective biological tests."2 Although he believes one day science will be able to locate these alleged brain diseases, Dr. Frances is against the trend in psychiatry to medicalize normal behavior despite the strong financial incentive to do so.2 Pointing out flaws in psychiatric diagnoses is nothing new; it has been a scandal since the beginning. One of the more colorful examples was provided in the 1970s by Rosenhan in a study demonstrating the unreliable and subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis for mental commitment.3 In a similar manner, psychiatrist and professor emeritus Thomas Szasz observed:4 "The claim that 'mental illnesses are diagnosable disorders of the brain' is not based on scientific research; it is a lie, an error, or a naïve revival of the somatic premise of the long-discredited humoral theory of disease. My claim that mental illnesses are fictitious illnesses is also not based on scientific research; it rests on the materialist-scientific definition of illness as a pathological alteration of cells, tissues, and organs. If we accept this scientific definition of disease, then it follows that mental illness is a metaphor, and that asserting that view is stating an analytic truth, not subject to empirical falsification." ADHD Diagnoses and the Role of Big Pharma Szasz is not alone. Jerome Kagan, who ranks 22nd (ahead of both Carl Jung and Ivan Pavlov) on a list of the top 100 psychologists from the modern era, believes psychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD are more of a pharmaceutical industry creation than pathophysiological diseases. In an interview before his death, he said he believed the increasing rates of mental illness were due to "fuzzy diagnostic practices."5 Therefore, years ago, when a child was bored and disruptive in class, he was "called lazy," but now is labeled as having a mental illness.5 ADHD "is an invention," according to Kagan, and now, when children are sent to a physician for behavioral problems, they are given a drug. Nevertheless, none of these children is sick. At least 90 percent do not have an "abnormal dopamine metabolism." The real problem is "if a drug is available to doctors, they'll make the corresponding diagnosis."5 In other words, the rise in diagnosed mental illnesses has more to do with the drugs available and profit than the existence of disease. Researchers, examining the chemical imbalance theory in 2005, marshaled strong evidence from psychiatrists and the medical literature demonstrating that the theory of depression being caused by fluctuations in neurotransmitter levels was spurious at best.6 In the same vein, science writer John Horgan, after investigating the neurotransmitter serotonin, penned: "Given the ubiquity of a neurotransmitter such as serotonin and the multiplicity of its functions, it is almost as meaningless to implicate it in depression as it is to implicate blood."7 Treating Depression: Why Drugs Aren't the Answer If the chemical imbalance theory were true, the drugs given to correct the imbalance should demonstrate clear efficacy. In fact, evidence shows not only are these drugs largely ineffective, but they're also dangerous. Peter Gøtzche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and professor of clinical research design and analysis at the University of Copenhagen, concluded: "[I] believe that SSRIs should never be used in children and adolescents. It makes no sense to use drugs that double the risk of suicide when what we want more than anything else is to reduce the suicide risk in depressed children and adolescents."8 Additionally, he penned: "SSRIs are very poor drugs and I doubt they are safe at any age. The first SSRI was fluoxetine, which the German drug regulator deemed ‘totally unsuitable for the treatment of depression' ... SSRIs have been shown to have minimal or nonexistent benefit in patients with mild or moderate depression and I think they might not even work for severe depression."9 Even the drug-friendly Journal of the American Medical Association concluded in a 2010 article that for most cases of depression, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are no more efficacious than placebo.10 Kirsh, et al., analyzing both published and unpublished data concerning depression drugs, noted that "the overall effect of new generation antidepressant medications is below recommended criteria for clinical significance."11 Unfortunately, even those in the natural health industry have joined the chemical imbalance bandwagon, hoping to "crack the code." This does not preclude the use of specific nutrients and herbs to help patients recover, but both herbs and nutrients operate upon numerous pathways and can affect a number of systems in the human body. A New Way of Thinking Instead of attempting to balance an imbalance that may not exist, clinicians ought to consider the patient as a whole and look at other factors which lead to an undesirable symptom profile. As practitioners, we do not want to deny our patients' feelings or ignore clinical behavior, nor do we want to classify poor behavior and negative feelings into a disease. Rather, it might be better to consider these symptoms as part of a genuine pathology. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation suggests systemic inflammation, such as seen in autoimmune disease, may be the cause of symptoms found under the classification of schizophrenia and depression.12 The authors lament that treatment of an actual identifiable autoimmune disease is often delayed because physicians simply believe the visible symptom pattern was the result of neurotransmitter imbalance or organic brain disease. References Wyatt RC. "Thomas Szasz on Freedom and Psychotherapy." Psychotherapy.net, December 2000. Allen F. The past, present and future of psychiatric diagnosis. World Psychiatry, 2013 Jun;12(2):111-112. Rosenhan DL. "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Science, 1973;179(4070):250-258. In this study, Rosenhan submitted pseudo patients to psychiatric hospitals with the complaint of hearing voices but in every other aspect acting normal. The goal was to see if mental health experts could identify the false patients. In all cases, the faking patients were admitted, labeled as schizophrenic, and given drugs. Despite on average of 19 days of incarceration, neither the psychiatrist nor the staff detected the confederate patients. Later on, when the results were announced that a psychiatrist failed to detect the confederate patients, a group of psychiatrists at another teaching hospital submitted to the challenge of detecting false patients. For the next three months, both mental health experts at the teaching hospital scrutinized each patient, looking for confederates. At the end of three months, they pointed to over 40 patients they suspected as being fictitious. Unfortunately for the hospital, not one confederate patient was sent. Rosenhan demonstrated just how weak psychiatric diagnostic perception is and just how subject it is to bias. Szasz TS. The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct. Harper Perennial, 2010. Preface IX, Spiegel interview with Jerome Kagan: "What About Tutoring Instead of Pills?" Spiegel Online, Aug. 8, 2012. Lacasse JR, Leo J. Serotonin and depression: a disconnect between the advertisements and the scientific literature. PLoS Medicine, 2005 Dec;2(12):e392. Horgan J. The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication, and Explanation. New York: Free Press, 1999. Letter from Peter Gøtzche to Professor Isometsa, Sept. 5, 2014. Gøtzche P. "Why I Think Antidepressants Cause More Harm Than Good." Lancet Psychiatry, 2014;1:104-6. Fournier JC, et. al. Antidepressant drug effects and depression severity. JAMA, 2010;303(1):47-53. Kirsch I, et al. Initial severity and antidepressant benefits: a meta-analysis of date submitted to the Food and Drug Administration. PLoS Medicine, February 2008;5(2):e45. Najjar S, et al. Neuroinflammation and psychiatric illness. J Neuroinflammation, 2013;10:43.

Freeze. Don't move a muscle. As you read these words, notice the placement of your head – are you leaning into the page or the screen? What about your shoulders – are you hunched over a magazine or electronic device? Do a quick self-assessment: How does your current posture compare with ideal posture? If you're like most people, you tilt your head when you read or use a smartphone or other electronic device, when you're at your desk at work, and pretty much any time you're examining something closely. The trouble is, smartphone use has dramatically increased the frequency and duration of this activity, particularly among young people. Some are referring to the resulting poor posture as "text neck," although I prefer the more comprehensive "tech neck." The human head weighs about 10-12 pounds when in a neutral position: balanced between the shoulders, chin level, and eyes gazing forward, shoulders and shoulder blades retracted. In a study, Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, found that this weight – and the resulting load on the spine – increases dramatically when the head flexes forward: "As the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surge to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees."1 The long-term consequences of a tilted-head posture, according to Dr. Hansraj, are incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine that could lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgery. "People spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted over, reading and texting on their smartphones and devices," Dr. Hansraj says. "Cumulatively, this is 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine. It is possible that a high-school student may spend an extra 5,000 hours in poor posture." The obvious answer to what some are calling an "epidemic" of poor posture isn't very practical – people aren't going to use their phones less. Strengthening exercises and mindfulness of one's posture can help alleviate some of the strain, but it's also important to look down the entire kinetic chain to ensure the neck has a stable foundation to start from. Work From a Stable Foundation The feet are the foundation of the body. While 99 percent of all feet are normal at birth, 8 percent develop troubles by age 1, 41 percent at age 5, and 80 percent by age 20. By age 40, nearly everyone has a foot condition of some sort. The feet are literally inseparable from the neck – they're connected through what's known as the kinetic chain. Over the long term, the repetitive stresses of daily life lengthen the connective tissues in the feet, causing a slow breakdown of the normal support for the bones and joints and a decrease in elasticity, eventually leading to a sagging of the foot's arch. When this happens, those stresses move into the legs, the pelvis and ultimately, the spine. When posture is already poor, the spine can't handle stress the way it could if fully supported. The force imposed from the increased weight of the head borne by the spine in a hunched or leaning posture is exacerbated by the stress imposed from below. To stabilize the kinetic chain, I recommend the use of custom-made functional orthotics. Custom orthotics provide: Static support. During a standing posture, the alignment of the arches in each foot has a significant impact on the position of the legs and pelvis. When the arches are low and/or pronating excessively, the knee will rotate medially. A research study using radiographic measurements found that custom-made, flexible orthotics can significantly improve the alignment of the arches when standing.2 Dynamic support. During gait, the foot must permit a smooth transfer of the body's center of mass over the leg to conserve energy and keep the work expenditure to a minimum.3 This requires an orthotic to be flexible yet supportive, and orthotic designs must consider weight and intensity of forces; proper movement and function of the foot; and support of all three arches to prevent eventual arch collapse. Postural benefits. Improving foot alignment can help maintain knee, hip, pelvis and even spinal postural alignment.4 Preventing hip, knee or spinal joint degeneration requires the additional support and shock absorption provided by orthotics. And a pelvic or spinal tilt or recurrent subluxations will often respond rapidly to orthotic support.5 Ask your chiropractor to evaluate your posture and discuss whether custom-made orthotics could be added to your health and wellness program. References Hansraj KK. Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Surgical Technology International XXV, October 2014:277-279. Kuhn DR, et al. Radiographic evaluation of weight-bearing orthotics and their effect on flexible pes planus." J Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999;(4):221-226. Kirby KA. Biomechanics of the normal and abnormal foot. J American Podiatric Medical Association, 2000;90(1):30-34. Baylis WJ, Rzonca EC. "Functional and structural limb length discrepancies: evaluation and treatment." Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, 1988;5(3):509-520. Rothbart BA, Estabrook L. Excessive pronation: a major biomechanical determinant in the development of chondromalacia and pelvic lists. J Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1988;11(5):373-379.

Weatherproof Your Body This Winter OK, it's time for a quick lesson in weatherproofing your body. Particularly when you're in the throes of winter (like now), skin health is pivotal. Here are some simple strategies to keep your skin healthy during the winter months: Go easy on the water: Many of us have a tendency to languish in a hot shower or bath when it's cold outside, but that's exactly the recipe for skin disaster. Why? Because, contrary to what you might think, water actually depletes the skin's natural moisturizing capabilities, particularly overly warm / hot water. As the water evaporates, it takes natural oils with it, leading to dry, flaky, unhealthy skin. Lotion is your friend: A good moisturizer is key to protecting your skin during the winter months, and even more so after contact with above-mentioned water. Choose a product that lubricates the skin, slows the rate of water evaporation, and leaves your skin with that "silky-smooth" look and feel. To learn more about the right (and wrong) ingredients in skin-care products, click here. The sun is still there: Winter might bring less daylight hours and more overcast skies, but that doesn't eliminate the potential for the sun's rays to harm your skin. A good sunscreen is still essential during the winter months whenever you plan on being outdoors for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, particularly during the hours of the day when the sun's at its most intense: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ditch the sunscreen and you'll age your skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. For some people, diet goes out the window during winter. After all, why stay in shape when you're blanketed in cold-weather clothing all the time? Unfortunately, poor diet can take a toll on your skin, so make sure you eat plenty of skin-supporting foods during winter (and throughout the year). Click here for a complete list. Your skin is your body's largest organ, so take care of it this winter by incorporating the above tips into your daily routine. Your skin will thank you for it.


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