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WHAT IS

“2E”

What If I Have...

PTSD

AND WHAT COULD A DIAGNOSIS MEAN FOR YOUR CHILD? P. 22

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THE HEALING POWER OF SILENT RETREAT

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER

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INTERVIEW WITH DR. MARIANNE T. CARROLL P. 13

SOUTHERN CROSS

The Bridge To Recovery

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AN ORCHESTRA LIKE NO OTHER

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Editor’s Note

A Local Source For Good Health Dear Reader, Welcome to the first edition of 2017, a year of HOPE. As the year changes, we leave the old behind us and look forward to creating new dreams. This is why we, the editors, are filled with excitement to bring new amazing articles to support your New Year’s resolutions, manifestations and healthy desires. Elif Angel Raynor As we put together articles addressing a wide arrangement of health and wellness topics for this coming year, we are always looking into the local community first. Amongst our articles and advertisements, you will find content focused on the needs of our local community and local businesses. When consumers support local businesses, everybody benefits. Buying local food not only supports a local farmer, but also benefits you and your family members. When you buy from local farmers, you can get chemical free, fresh and healthy food. It also improves the local economy. Buying local keeps significantly more money in the community. Customer service is generally much better with local companies, and you can definitely get more personalized services when you need help. This is why, we at Banzai Wellness Magazine support local businesses and this is why every article is written by a local person and every advertisement is from a local business. In 2017, we wish all our contributors and readers a happy, healthy and wealthy year. We hope you reach your healthiest and happiest!

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WHAT IF I HAVE‌

PTSD

By Elif Angel Raynor, MS., MIBA. Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which is also called PTSD is a disorder characterized by experiencing a shocking, scary or dangerous event and failure to recover from it. Although it is very natural to feel afraid and be traumatized during or after traumatic situations, PTSD is a condition in people who carry the traumatized feelings longer than a few months and still have the same symptoms. PTSD can happen to anyone. It does not represent weakness. Witnessing a life threatening event, combat, natural disaster, accident, sexual abuse, physical abuse, even getting bullied can cause PTSD. What happens after the traumatic experience is also a factor in developing PTSD. A person who does not receive any therapy or get social support may develop PTSD while others with better coping skills or a support system may not. PTSD symptoms in general start soon after the traumatic event but they may not be visible or noticeable for a quite while after the event. As a person who experienced a traumatic event, you can understand what is happening if your symptoms last longer than at least four weeks and you are experiencing feeling great stress that interferes with work and family life. PTSD

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symptoms include flashbacks which seems like experiencing the traumatic event again. People with PTSD try to avoid situations that trigger the memory of the traumatic event. These are only direct symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder‌ This mental disorder can bring anxiety, depression, drinking or drug problems, physical symptoms or pain, employment and also relationship problems as well. PTSD can change your beliefs into more negative ones, about yourself or about others. It may change you into jittery, angry, irritable and extremely alert person. Psychotherapy There are several effective methods of psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be the most effective out of all.

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Within CBT, the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) allows people to learn skills for understanding how trauma can change thoughts and feelings. The Prolonged Exposure (PE) allows people to talk about their trauma again and again in a safe environment until the memories of trauma are no longer bothersome to talk about. The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) allows people to focus on sounds and hand movements which helps their brain to work through traumatic memories. Medication Your medical doctor may prescribe a medication which is found effective for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) may be some of the choices of


your doctor. The alternative to the choice of antidepressants could be some antipsychotics like disperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or quetiapine (Seroquel). Minor tranquilizers although could be addictive, are found to be prescribed by some doctors because of their quick relief of anxiety. In general, the medication that is prescribed will be the decision of your psychiatrist, which is a medical doctor. Alternatives There are recent studies that focus on medical marijuana for treatment of PTSD which remains controversial. During the past decade, there has been an enormous focus on using marijuana for trauma related mental problems. Many researches argue that they have enough evidence to prove the benefits. Since PTSD is seen mostly amongst combat experienced veterans, maybe the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs need to step in to sanction the studies to get approval for PTSD use. However so far, in most studies, the scientific evidence is minimal to qualify as evidence for FDA standards. In the mean time, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs find the use of marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD a growing concern. However they do not conduct controlled studies to evaluate marijuana as effective or harmful treatment for PTSD. Sanctioning of Medical Marijuana Although it is still against Federal law, medical use of marijuana is officially legal in the state of Florida by the 71 percent of Florida voters. Amendment 2 now allows the use of full-strength marijuana for several different diseases and disorders. According to the new state law, patients who are qualified for medical marijuana must be under the care of a physician who is certified by the Florida Department of Health. There are also a few conditions who qualify patients for medical cannabis prescription. Cancer, epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Muscle Spasms and Multiple Sclerosis are the known few. Disclaimer: The comments and suggestions in this article are intended to be helpful in developing a treatment plan with the guidance of a physician. Please consult a medical doctor about which options would be best for you. Do not take any supplements or medicine without discussing the effects with your physician. The author is not responsible for any effects or the effectiveness of these treatments.

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LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER INTERVIEW WITH DR. MARIANNE T. CARROLL Interviewed By Lindsay Wynn Edited By Robert Wynn

Dr. Marianne T. Carroll is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician specializing in Adult and Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery. In addition, she is also board certified in Internal Medicine. She recently opened up a new, state-of-the-art practice, Carroll Dermatology Surgery and Laser Institute, in Downtown West Palm Beach. What inspired you to pursue a career in Dermatology? I’ve always worked in the medical field and had an interest in science and in helping people. From the time, I began my career in nursing as a novice nurse in the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit in Detroit Michigan, I have always been looking for new opportunities and challenges. I continued my career in Nursing obtaining a Master Degree in Science in Nursing with a Master Degree in the Biologic Sciences. My intention was to ultimately work as a Nurse Practitioner. How-

ever, my determination and quest for knowledge of the sciences and care for the humanities would not let me stop there. It was then I made an agonizing decision to pursue medicine in its entirety, beginning again from ground zero. While completing my clinical rotations at Michigan State University medical school, I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission to South America. Serving in an underprivileged population with limited access to health care and enormous pathology opened the door to Dermatology for me. Exploring an area of

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medicine for which I had no knowledge or experience with in all the years working in the hospitals, from critical care to cardiac rehab; I knew at that moment I had found my niche. You have many advanced treatments that set you apart from other Doctors in your field, could you explain a few? We practice Adult and Pediatric Dermatology offering the most standardized treatment regimens for skin diseases from acne and psoriasis to mole and cyst removal to name a few. Our surgical services include Mohs January/February 2017 13


micrographic surgery, excision for benign and malignant lesions including Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, electrodessication curettage for skin cancer, as well as photodynamic therapy and topical immune modulators for treatment of skin cancer. In addition, we have a thriving Laser and Cosmetic practice where we offer the latest neuromodulators, including botox, dysport, and xeomin. Patients can count on the most popular facial volumizers including sculptra, voluma, juvederm, restylane, and restylane lift. We are now offering kybella for fat removal for the so called “turkey neck”. We utilize the innovative Lumenis M22 laser offering Fraxel laser for laser resurfacing and treatment of photodamaged skin. The Intense Pulse Light laser is used in the treatment of hair and pigment, and vascular lesion removal. We soon will be adding noninvasive devices for fat removal and contouring to complement the above procedures. The popular and noninvasive tissue tightening procedure, Ultherapy, as seen on CNN and the Today show, is available as an alternative to sur-

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gery for the neck, jawline, brows, and décolletage area. Cosmetic procedures have become more popular and widespread. What procedures are the most popular or get the most positive feedback? The most common procedures still remain the neuromodulators and the skin volumizers. It seems everyone wants botox and juvederm. Once a patient presents for these products, we evaluate the patient and determine what is the best treatment regimen for what they are presenting for. We listen and then create a care package that best suits their needs. We then may offer alternative laser procedures along with tightening procedures to tailor to their particular needs. We like to do this collaboratively with the patient to get the most optimum results. Your website, http://drcarrollderm. com/ explains that you have combined over 20 years of holistic health care experience with modern technology. Could you further explain this and what it means to you to combine a holistic approach with state-of-theart technology?

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Prior to obtaining my degree from Michigan State Osteopathic school of medicine, I practiced nursing for nearly 20 years. I strive to see the patient in totality, body, mind, soul, and spirit. It is all interconnected. Physical illness may manifest clinically on the skin in a variety of ways including but not limited to a rash, an itch, eczema, etc. When patients are experiencing psychological distress, likewise, you may see flare ups of acne, rosacea, and psoriasis to name a few. In my practice, I embrace the totality of the person. When I treat skin disease, I am also addressing what’s going on under the surface if you will. This is where I feel my nursing experience and time spent practicing Internal Medicine has helped me become a better clinician and ultimately a better doctor. The goal is to always treat the whole person, physically, mentally, and spiritually with kindness and compassion. People often want to find the fountain of youth. At what age do you recommend starting a skincare regimen? The fountain of youth begins as an infant and continues until our last breath. A healthy lifestyle begins with our first breath and never ends. Taking care of ourselves physically, with diet and exercise, to moisturizing our skin, to nourishing our mental health with reading, meditation, and prayer all preserve the fountain of youth. At any age, we can add to the most fundamental concepts of care, ranging from topical creams to cosmetic surgery. This is individualized for each person. No two persons are the same. What skincare regimen do you recommend? The most basic skin care regimen I recommend is a good moisturizer that provides hydration with antioxidant. Everyone should remember their sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. It is the most important thing you can do to not only remain youthful but to prevent melanoma and other types of skin cancer. As we age as men and women we can talk about adding additional products from retinoids to vitamin rich skin products to the latest cosmetic product lines on the market including the neuromodulators, facial fillers, laser and body contouring. I


try not to endorse one company line over another. Again this is tailored individually to the patient. We work collaboratively with the patient to create a regimen that is best for them and their needs. What do you find to be the most rewarding about your job? What are you most proud of? I’m most proud that I’m able to get up every morning and do what I love to do. Dermatology is not a job to me. It is my passion. To be able to be a part of a vibrant growing community and to give back as a physician and healer is second to none. Much of what we do in medicine is years of preparation, delayed gratification and an investment in an ever growing and changing environment. I cannot remember a day when watching the 24-hour news cycle, that I have not heard endless discussions and debates regarding health care or Obama care. To be able to navigate through all the never-ending changes, challenges, and endless demands in health care, yet still pursue my dreams with dignity and grace, is a blessing and something I will always be grateful for and will forever cherish. Tell us more about your involvement with non-profit organizations. I try to be involved locally in my community as well as on the national level. Locally I belong to the chamber of commerce, the downtown neighborhood association for which we support various charitable events and promote local businesses. Nationally, through the American Academy of Dermatology, we do monthly free skin cancer screening in the office. We also work with local churches including St. Anne’s Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Place providing for those who are homeless and unemployed who would not have access to dermatology care. Other charitable nonprofit organizations include Kid Sanctuary, Catholic Services Appeal, and Catholic charities. Most recently we have worked with Women of Grace with Bethesda Health System to promote and assist women and children at their Women and Health Center. These are all wonderful things! Thank you for serving the community. Could you please give us some last words of wisdoms, favorite quote or words you live by? The Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Thank you Dr. Carroll for taking the time to educate Banzai Wellness Magazine on Dermatology. It was pleasure speaking to you. How can new patients find you? Carroll Dermatology Surgery and Laser Institute is located at 120 South Olive Avenue Unit 116 in West Palm Beach, Florida. We have a website http://drcarrollderm.com/ We host free cancer screenings once a month with more information listed on the website. You can also find us on social media and Facebook or call us at 561 223-6238.

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The Healing Power of Silent Retreat

“Entering a silent retreat offers us a unique opportunity to step out of the world of virtual thoughts, and doing and connect with the deep peace, clarity of mind and open heart that is found in the present moment.”

By Cindy Ricardo, LMHC, RYT Imago Relationship Therapist

This weekend we invited 18 people to join us to enter Noble Silence and practice Mindfulness Meditation. The event was held at the peaceful and lovely Casa San Carlos in Delray Beach and was the first of two other retreats that will take place this year. This was an opportunity to learn how to deepen our connection to the present moment through the practice of seated, walking and mindful eating meditation. As the participants arrived there was much excitement, fear and curiosity about what was to come. Some participants expressed being nervous about entering silence and especially wanted to know what they could do

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to fill the time. This tendency towards wanting to fill the silence with doing is exactly what we explore during the meditation periods. As we observe the restless mind we begin to see how distracted, busy and scattered our minds are. We practice training the mind or as I refer to it the “puppy” to stay, so that we can experience what it’s like to be present and connected to the vibrancy and aliveness that is only found in the present moment. We learn how to focus our attention on what heals, restores and deepens our ability to see life beyond the conceptual mind of should/ shouldn’ts, right/wrong and likes/ dislikes. As we drop this conditioned

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way of seeing the world we come into connection with the way life is and in doing this we see the preciousness of life, the healing power of the heart and the wisdom that is found as the mind settles. Meeting life as it is helps us connect with wisdom and the healing, connecting power of the heart It is really an act of self-love and care when we step out of the virtual world of thinking and into connection with this vibrant body, mind and heart. And why is this necessary? • It helps notice when we are caught in reactivity and shift towards practices that calm the mind and respond in a wise way towards what


is happening in the moment. • As we connect with what is happening in this non-judgmental way compassion can arise which helps us turn and respond to the suffering • We notice how pain is held in the body and mind as tension and as we meet this tension with mindfulness and compassion, reactivity subsides and tension is softened. • As we learn to stay present with an open mind and heart we cultivate our ability to be kind towards ourselves and others. • This letting go of needing things, people, events, life be a certain way and seeing life as it is creates room for more openness, possibility and helps us see the preciousness of life as it is. The preciousness of life is seen when the mind is clear and the heart is open.. Instead of looking at a tree as a source of fuel or paper, we see the aliveness and connection of the tree to the earth. We see that it is a home for many different animals, insects and other plants. Touching the leaves, we can feel the energy in the coolness and if we get quiet inside we can sense the vibrancy that is flowing through it. As we listen with our senses, we hear the birds calling and singing to each other and it becomes a symphony of sound, instead of background noise. And standing on the earth, we smell the richness of the soil and feel the grass beneath our feet. The sunlight becomes a welcoming warm place to rest and the breeze becomes a gentle caress. It’s also that as we come into silence we begin to see the movements of the mind and how this constant chatter obscures our ability to see things as they are. So, we look at ourselves each other and the world through the lens of judgments, opinions and limited beliefs and as we deepen our ability to pay attention to what’s happening moment to moment in a nonjudgmental way our minds become more open and spacious. This invites curiosity which then calls us to look more deeply. Our hearts begin to open and we see our connection to life as it is happening. This seeing more clearly and meeting life with a compassionate heart allows resistance and reactivity to fall away.

At the same time, there are moments where the stories and chatter crank up again and we get pulled into the world of thoughts. This getting hooked in thinking mind propels us into the future or takes us back into memories, traumas and fears from the past. This is where meditation helps us meet these moments with wisdom and compassion. We notice when the thoughts are arising and learn how to focus on a healing and grounding anchor such as the breath or sounds of nature. If afflictive emotions arise we meet them with kindness and compassion. We learn to open to our experience instead of allowing the defenses to take over which then leads us to the land of suffering. During walking meditation, we learn to feel into our body, notice movement and slow down so that we are present for the experience of living in a body that is truly a gift. As we practice eating mindfully we intentionally offer gratitude for all the living creatures and people that made it possible for this food to come to our table. We pause to take in the food through our senses. Free of distractions we open to the taste, smell, feel and sensation of eating. This is the value of going on retreat.

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We learn how to be present and open to life. We honor this gift with attention, with a real capacity to open our hearts and be there for ourselves and each other. We learn to relate to what happens in life in a way that liberates the mind and opens the heart and allows us to connect with the aliveness that is right here. What a priceless gift! The dates of the next retreats are: April 20th-22nd from 4pm Friday to 1pm Sunday. The location will be near Naples, Florida and is being finalized as I write this. October 20th-22nd from 4pm Friday to 1pm Sunday at the Casa San Carlos Retreat Center in Delray Beach, Florida. To register or for more information about us please visit us on line at wbmindfulness.com. Here you can also learn more about our meditation meetings and our mindfulness community. If you have any questions please contact Cindy Ricardo at 954-793-6442. We hope you will join us for one of our events! May you be well!

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Southern Cross. . . The Bridge to Recovery

By Caron Barr, RN Holistic Coach

Upon entering the lush 5-acre grounds of Southern Cross a sense of calm comes over you. You first notice the beautiful lake and then the guest house which sits just adjacent. The sun hitting the water’s edge seems to entice thoughts of warm, carefree summer days and the soft scent of flowers fills your senses. The two story plantation-style main house sits in the center of the property and offers a serene, safe place feel. This remote West Delray setting offers gardens and a spaceous yard that will soon be home to several women who are ready to relinquish their dependence to alcohol. The doors of Southern Cross plans to open in August of this year ( 2017 ). The facility creates a nurturing, sacred space and is based on Healing through the heART. Services and Events include: * 30-60-90 day accomodations

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* Personal attention * Diverse classes ( including art therapy and music ) * Healthy eating * Healthy drinking – “MOCKTAILS” * Pet accomodations * Support Group gatherings * Gym / Group activities * Private rooms available * Massage therapy and photography classes available upon request Director Robin Babitt and Owner Michael Skiera have BIG plans for this beautiful space. Southern Cross will provide a safe, balanced loving space for ten-twelve women seeking recovery from alcohol. Through her own challenges ( battle with cancer nine years ago ), Robin found having a support group to be nothing short of a miracle. What sets Southern Cross apart from other women’s recovery centers?

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Having a caring team of dedicated professionals that offer individualized attention in a home setting is what sets Southern Cross apart from other recovery centers. My “MISSION” is to connect clients with professionals who are well versed in this area and create a Superior Support Team to keep them aligned- productive- informed- educated and connected without strings and an abundance of HOPE. Through my own experience I know what it takes to put these factors in place to create a “Healing Home Away From Home”. What personal experience of “Healing” Do you bring to the center? In 2006 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and my life came to a halt. Then, like an amusement park ride, my life began to spin out of control and became a BLUR. Everything seemed out of control and upside down! I found support…real SUPPORT through the ACS (American Cancer Society). They offered 24 hour support, education and compassion with caring professionals that would answer my questions in my time of

fear. Time became very precious in my life as did the people in my life. Here at Southern Cross we offer diversified programs with individual attention as well as having a Representative available 24/7 to speak to our guests regarding both past and present concerns to enforce that they are not alone. I will also be available to our guests to support them and share my experi-

Southern Cross Owner Michael Skiera

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ences. What gives Southern Cross a home feel? Our home away from home philosophy is simple,” We offer diverse classes, personal attention, and activity choices. The women living here will also be learning to paint, to cook, to care, to heal and to nuture” as they find their passion and grow through their sobriety”. Recovery begins the moment they arrive. They are given time to settle in any way they choose. Choice is important as these ladies are not only choosing to be here, they will be choosing the direction of their new lives! They are given a voice; They are heard. Each day they are given several options as to how they want to spend their free time. Exercise ( outdoors or in the gym ) Quiet Time (time on the computer or quiet alone time ) Leisure Time ( Art/ Music ) Will you have a chef on staff at the center? A full-time Chef will be on staff cooking and teaching healthy food choices.

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Portrait Therapy By Joshua Isla “WHEN LIFE SPEEDS UP AND THE FLOOR DROP OUT…. EVERYTHING BECOMES A BLUR AND WHEN IT IS TIME TO GET OFF THE RIDE YOU PRAY YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU HAD WHEN YOU FIRST GOT ON” Proper nutrition is a large part of the Healing Process, and what better way than to have it taste delicious. Our vegetable and herb gardens will be harvested for meals to incorporate the plant-harvest-table therapy provided to each guest. Mango trees on the premises provides fresh fruit that can be harvested and eaten or added to the daily juice. Juicing and creating Mocktails, verses cocktails, is an essential integrative measure the guests will learn. What types of art classes will you be offering? We offer a VERY UNIQUE recovery utensil called “Portrait Therapy”, by Artist Joshua Isla, which brings solace, reflection and a renewed sense of oneself to those he draws. The guests begin to relearn their story and

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recognize themselves as someone they have not seen in a very long time. This therapy begins the process into the Healing Journey. How did you choose to name the center Southern Cross? The name came from the song Southern Cross, by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Walking the grounds reminds you of days long gone and somewhere along the way, your life changed. You begin to realize just what the song means…..” When you see Southern Cross for the first time , you understand now why you came this way. Cause the truth you might be running from is so small, but it’s as big as the promise of a comin day”.

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Featuring Dr. Robert Melillo Author, Childhood Neurobehavioral Expert and Founder of Brain Balance Achievement Centers

Twice Exceptional Kids What is “2e” and What Could a Diagnosis Mean for Your Child? “At Brain Balance, we do not weaken the strong skills: the 2e child’s special gifts remain. Instead, we eliminate the weaknesses and allow the child to fully meet their incredible potential.” In living rooms, therapy sessions and teacher conferences across Florida, parents are hearing something new: “Your child is twice exceptional…” Twice Exceptional, often known as “2e,” refers to children who are both exceptionally gifted while at the same time face learning challenges or differences. Although not an official classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the term is becoming more commonly utilized with children that exhibit unusual strengths along with unusual functional weakness. At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, staffers are hearing from increasing numbers of families who have been told their children are “2e.” For many, the 2e term follows a previous diagnosis of Asperger’s or other Autism Spectrum or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Brain Balance Founder and author of three books of childhood neurobehavioral issues, Dr. Robert Melillo, characterize the new terminology this way, “In the past, many of these children would also be labeled as Asperger’s. They are generally very high functioning, but usually struggle in the nonverbal, social communication realm.” “In my experience they very similar, although 2e kids are usually even more constantly higher functioning,” Melillo added. “Their attributes are their unusual strengths – they have extremely high verbal IQ scores. They are highly intelligent, usually in the genius range in certain academic, left brain skills.” As many parents of 2e students will attest, often these children excel in their left-brain abilities. They may have great attention to detail and memory, excelling in fine motor skills with uncommon musical ability. Skills such as math operations and 22 January/February 2017

vocabulary may be advanced as well. But where their left-brain strengths accentuate their ability in some areas, the 2e child can face other challenges. Dr. Melillo describes the imbalance: “Because their left brain is overactive, 2e children can also be hyper-impulsive, manic, obsessive and compulsive -- all of these are left brain functions. But without the balance and inhibition of the right brain, these functions are too strong.” As with some other ASDs, parents may note that a 2e child has an overactive immune system. Autoimmune issues, allergies, chemical and food sensitivities may be prevalent, too. An overactive left-brain may lead to angry outbursts, something many parents of 2e kids know all too well. With the unusual strengths of the 2e child can come challenging weaknesses. Right brain skills such as nonverbal communication, socialization and attention are areas where the 2e child may struggle. “Big picture skills, aspects of reading comprehension, main idea, and pragmatics are difficult for a 2e child. And they don't ‘get’ humor,” says Dr. Melillo. “They may be poor at geometry and math reasoning. They struggle with gross motor skills, and have poor balance and coordination.” But despite this marked imbalance in skills, a 2e child can flourish, maximizing their strengths and eliminating their weaknesses. Specific approaches are uniquely helpful to the 2e student, including many aspects of the Brain Balance program. “The idea of 2e, or this wide ‘unevenness of skills’ is exactly what Brain Balance is about,” said Dr. Melillo. “Brain Balance started by asking the question ‘what is happening in the brain of a child with ADHD, OCD, Autism, Dyslexia etc.’ The actual neurologic problem that produc-

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es these symptoms is a developmental imbalance between the two hemispheres of the brain, known as a Functional Disconnection. My research, and the research of others, has shown that this developmental imbalance is the primary problem and explains all of the symptoms – both strengths and weaknesses – that are consistently seen in children with these neurobehavioral issues.” Through the unique assessment system developed and utilized exclusively by Brain Balance, the weak skills of a 2e child can be targeted. Once an objective and quantifiable measurement of each area of function is taken, a specific plan is formulated to strengthen those functional weaknesses through stimulation and repetitive training, together with healthy dietary and nutritional guidelines. Addressing all weaknesses – including motor, sensory, cognitive, academic, and behavioral – at the same time can significantly help reduce or eliminate the problems many 2e children face, resulting in long-term improvement. Brain Balance offers a comprehensive, fully individualized program to address the unique challenges faced by children dealing with an imbalance in their functional development. “When this imbalance is corrected,” said Dr. Melillo, “the child's true gifted nature comes out.” Find out if Brain Balance is right for your child. Get your child back on track today! Call us at (561) 429-4420.


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2017 Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan速 Global Dressage Festival Host Opening Press Conference in Wellington By Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. Wellington, FL - January 10, 2017 Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted an opening press conference on Tuesday, January 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, to kick off the start of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and Adequan速 Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) circuits. The 12-week WEF will host thousands of the world's best horses and riders competing in the hunter, jumper, and equitation disciplines starting Wednesday, January 11, and running through April 2. The AGDF features the stars of dressage from Thursday, January 12, through March 25. Tuesday's press conference panel included Equestrian Sport Productions' CEO Mark Bellissimo, AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur, U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team Silver Medalist Kent Farrington, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Bronze Medalist Kasey-Perry Glass, three-time USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner Liza Boyd, and Allyn Mann, Director of Adequan速. Bellissimo began by welcoming everyone to the 2017 WEF and AGDF circuits and spoke first of major improvements in infrastructure that have been made at PBIEC thanks to participant recommendations. "At the end of last circuit we had a meeting of riders, trainers, and owners

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to discuss opportunities to improve the Winter Equestrian Festival," Bellissimo stated. "One of the biggest areas of interest was the footing. We did renovation of the rings, with full removal of footing in the International Ring and its schooling area plus an overhaul of the footing in all of the rings. We also increased the drainage footprint around the arenas. We had an unusually large amount of rain last year, so we wanted to make sure that we kept ahead of that. There were major barn area enhancements, from drainage to aesthetics." Bellissimo continued, "We made a major investment in bridle paths this year. We elevated the paths and put in material that allows them to drain better and operate in a more efficient way. We added ring eight as an open riding area. We reduced two stabling tents to decrease congestion and relocated those areas so that we could add another ring that's being called the South Ring. We also created a bridle path that goes along the canal past Mallet Hill, and leads to a 12-acre grass polo field that anyone can hack on. Those are the major changes that we have put forth." Bellissimo looks forward to another great season as the tremendous amount of support from equestrian athletes worldwide continues to grow at WEF. The latest acquisition of the

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International Polo Club (IPC) will help even further to achieve goals of connecting the equestrian world and bringing different disciplines together more than ever before as plans continue with that new venture. The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments速, is another great community event that will reach a mark of over $10 million donated to over 200 Palm Beach County charities in its eighth year. The event will be held on Saturday, February 4, with teams of pro-am riders putting on an exciting and philanthropic night of competition to benefit 35 local charities. This year's WEF will host four weeks of CSI 5* competition, with a new CSI 2* division running concurrently during each week, which will allow riders of different levels to contest international competition. The highlight $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* will be on Saturday, March 25, during week 11 this year due to the upcoming FEI World Cup Finals at the start of April. A major event on the radar for many show jumpers this season, the FEI World Cup Finals are an important goal for international show jumper Kent Farrington in 2017 and played a big part in Farrington's plans for the WEF circuit. Currently the number three ranked rider in the world, and


a team silver medalist competing for USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Farrington has his sights set on the World Cup. He will use the WEF circuit to prepare top mounts Creedance and Gazelle for the championship event. Farrington plans to ride his Olympic mount Voyeur in the 5* competitions at WEF, and will work with new young talents throughout the WEF season. "What's really great about Wellington is that there is an opportunity to do a little bit of everything," Farrington noted. "I have a mixed group of horses here from very young horses from age five that are just learning to go to a show, to my most experienced grand prix horses that are 15 years old and competing at that high level. For me, this is a combination of spring training for my younger ones and it is still an opportunity to compete against some of the world's best for five-star level, big money competition. I think that is why WEF is unique. That is why we make it our home, and that is why you see a big part of the world spending the winter here. You can do a little bit of everything with the horses and come out way ahead of the game." Along with top show jumping competition, WEF features divisions for every level of hunter horse, including week six's $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular and week 12's $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. This year's circuit also includes the addition of two new $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby competitions. Three-time USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner Liza Boyd looks forward to a great 2017 season with her horses and riders. Boyd stated, "There are so many opportunities here for the hunters. The hunter format is growing; the pipeline for hunters is growing. The addition of the young hunter classes for the five, six, and seven year olds is really appreciated. It is a great opportunity for owners and really good for the industry. The National Hunter Derbies are really good for the young horses. There is nice prize money, and it is also a great opportunity for juniors and amateurs to compete and to learn. The addition of the South Ring is won-

derful. There are just so many opportunities, starting from the cross rails, which my daughter will be competing in this year." Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Begins on Thursday The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival kicked off the 2017 season on Tuesday as AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur discussed exciting new additions to its circuit this year. "We are introducing a lot of new and exciting things at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival this year," Baur detailed. "For the first time in a World Cup Qualifier in North America, we will use the new FEI Freestyle system where the riders have to bring in their floor plan beforehand, and the freestyle is judged according to the floor plan. The system has been used in the Western European League for qualifiers and worked out really well. The judges and riders appreciated that very much, and it will give a more objective view on the subjective freestyle for the judges." Baur continued, "We also introduced a new spectator judging app, which has been very popular in Europe during the season, especially at the CHIO in Aachen. It is an interactive tool where the spectators can judge mark-bymark and then compare their scores to the judges. We have introduced some new divisions for the show this year as well, including a CDI for children, and a CDIO Under 25 Nations' Cup. It is also the first time that those classes have been hosted in the Western Hemisphere. As usual, we have our four CDI-Ws, a CDI5*, one CDI4*, and the CDIO, which is part of the FEI Nations Cup Series." U.S. Dressage Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Kasey Perry-Glass was also on the panel for Tuesday's press conference and expressed her enthusiasm for the AGDF's start on Thursday. Her Olympic mount, Dublet, will be among her rides in Wellington this winter. "I think it is nice that as an Olympic team we are coming back to compete on our home soil. I'm really excited about that," the rider acknowledged. "My first priority for Dublet this year is keeping him happy and healthy. Having so many competitions at AGDF makes it possible to do that

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because we can plan out our show schedule. Coming off the Olympics has just been a whirlwind, and I'm just excited to get back in there to compete and be with my friends. We have great sponsors, and good organizers and show management." Allyn Mann of Adequan® has been one of AGDF's biggest supporters from the start and looks forward to another fantastic season at both WEF and AGDF. Remarking on the kick-off to another year, Mann stated, "We are really blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful sport. Mark has done a wonderful job of elevating the level of dressage in this country by coming up with this concept to actually have high-level competition in the span of a short period of time. When people like Kasey or Allison Brock or Laura Graves can compete at such a high level of competition without having to travel across the pond, it can really make a difference. I think we saw the evidence of that this past year at the Olympics. In a way I feel that we have had a little piece of the pie to help bring that to fruition. "We are excited to continue to showcase some beautiful horses and beautiful riders in 2017," Mann continued. "The nice thing is that we also get a chance to play here at WEF as one of the 12-week sponsors. We do enjoy the jumpers and the hunters as well. We are even involved in the Wellington Eventing Showcase. Our philosophy is really to try to touch as many disciplines as possible and to support the owners that make all of this possible. It is our little way of giving back to the community and helping to put on some really good events for spectators to enjoy. When it's all said and done, we are humbled by the opportunity and blessed by the manypeople we get to meet on our journey." The team at Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to welcoming the best in equestrian sport to both the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival and 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit www. PBIEC.com and www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

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An Orchestra Like No Other

By Elif Angel Raynor, MS., MIBA. Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Today, I met with the founder of the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra in her beautiful home in Boca Raton. Lorraine Marks-Field is one of the few female orchestra conductors in the music industry. She has a unique talent for gathering people around her. She is a distinguished conductor, a performer, and a teacher in the State of Florida and New Jersey. Her orchestra is unique in design and it links several generations together. The orchestra, comprised of about sixty people of different ages and skill sets, get together to practice several hours weekly, so they can prepare for their seasonal concerts. Ret. Navy Commander Ray Johnson, a 97 year old French Horn player and Racher Fader, a 9 year old Violin player practice together on every Thursday during their rehearsals in Boca Raton. As its name implies, this orchestra brings generations together. The wise teach the young and mentors them. The young help the wise to stay younger. Beautiful in its purpose, this orchestra bridges the generation gap with music and musical performances. We are here to talk about your story… How does it all start? Please tell us how you founded the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra. When you know about a person, then

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you get to know about how they came all the way in their life to this point. So here is my story… My father was a Holocaust survivor and he was born in Poland. My mother was born in Germany. They came here to the United States and met each other. If you can read between the lines, you may guess that they were strict parents and I was very shy as a child. I always felt intimidated outside my house. My father loved music but because of the Holocaust he never got a chance to study music himself so he always wanted us to play music. I played piano for many years. My father made us play our instruments on Sunday afternoons for him. My mother used to drive me to piano lessons, even to far places. When I was about 8 years old I signed up for music class at school. When I first showed up for class, my teacher asked me where my violin was. I did not know that was the only instrument I was assigned to learn. I knew we had a violin in the house because that was what my older sister played. However, she had her music class on the same day and she went to high school. I went to my class for the second and third time without an instrument. My teacher was upset and asked me if I really wanted to

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learn how to play violin. I told him that I really wanted to… He told me to bring a letter from my mother as an explanation why I was going into class without the instrument. Being shy, I could not defend my reasons for showing up without an instrument and I don’t even know how I showed up several times without that instrument, I must have really wanted to learn to play violin. My mother wrote that letter and she explained that my sister is older and she needed the violin for her class. When my teacher read my mother’s letter explaining, his face softened up. His whole demeanor changed as he was reading. He understood the difficulties of my childhood, it seemed. My teacher thought about it a minute and then he told me there are no instruments at this school, but there might be a viola at another school he could borrow. He asked me if I wanted to learn how to play viola. I told him yes because all I wanted was to play. I was so excited to get my own instrument. I started to learn viola. I was extremely shy, but that viola made me get into a group. I was sitting with other kids and playing together with them. I was not all by myself. The school gave me


a book and that was the only book I had for several years. I played from that book over and over again. Up to a certain point I did not have private lessons. When I reached junior high my teacher told me to audition for the regional orchestra. I never thought I would have made it, because I was not that good, but I made it. I sat all the way in the back but I made it. I was really getting proficient at playing the piano but I felt bad that I was not good at playing viola. I don’t know how I got the courage but I asked other kids how they got better and they all told me to take private lessons. I talked to my mother and told her that I wanted to get better with private lessons. First my mother said no because they were already paying so much money for piano lessons. Then I bothered my dad with it and I kept asking and asking. When they finally said: “How are you going to find a teacher?” I already had one set up. Although shy, I was very resourceful in my youth. My parents were from Europe and did not blend with other parents so much, so I had to learn to be resourceful myself. I remember it like it happened today, that I had to promise my parents to practice piano first, for 45 minutes every day, then I could take viola lessons. The teacher I found was an over 70 years old retired man who charged a very minimum fee, like maybe $4 for his lessons. He did not care about making money but he wanted to help students. With the help of this teacher, who also became a mentor to me, I even made it to All State. He later invited me to play with his string quartet. Lorraine this story is very encouraging. Even today many young people have a hard time purchasing an instrument or paying for private lessons. Thank you so much for telling us how you started… What happens later, after school? Eventually I got better at playing all my instruments, so I decided to study music at college and after graduation, I started to teach music at public schools. During my teaching years I realized that the students were not practicing at home, or outside of school. They were coming to the class

and they were having a good time, but they were not practicing once they left school. I decided to look into my own experience and wondered what motivated me to practice after school. I realized there was one thing that really motivated me, and that was being around these older musicians in the string quartets who were mentoring me and telling how well I played. They were all retired people older in age and they inspired me so much to practice. So I thought to myself that if I get some adults to sit with my students during music time, my students would get inspired as well. Wait a second Lorraine, this story

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sounds so much like your current orchestra… This is exactly how it started. I ran an advertisement in the local newspaper and invited adults, saying I was going to give free instrument rentals and I got a grant to buy the instruments. I wanted to create an adult orchestra to mix with my student orchestra. The first rehearsal after the advertising I had 72 adults show up. People asked me “Why would an older person want to sit next to a younger one?” But I saw that it worked. And this was my vision for the orchestra that I have today both in Florida and that I created in New Jersey. What other benefits do you think

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it has to get different generations together to play music? My background is music therapy so I have two things to talk about, depending on the audience. One is, enhancing your child’s education through music and the other is healthy aging through music. This is what I talk about when I go out and give speeches. The United Nations sent me to the World’s Conference on Aging in Spain. Part of my orchestra went with me to the conference. I got to speak about healthy aging through music and my speech was translated into 23 languages. People can talk about things but I get to show my orchestra for living proof. People always look for artistic excellence in orchestras but it is not the only thing that the orchestra is about. This orchestra has excellence, but also it unites generations and helps the young and the elderly. I see a lot of awards on the walls, can you tell me what honors you have received? I am happy to say I received “ People Who Make a Difference in the Arts from Courier News, Woman of Distinction from Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from The United Nations Award Program on Aging, Woman of Achievement from Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation, Proclamation from Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, Commendation from Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, New Jersey Pride Award in the Arts, Florida Department of Elder Affairs Legacy Award, Certificate of Appreciation from American Heart Association, Semi-Finalist in the Community Orchestra Division of “The American Prize in Conducting”, and “Unsung Hero” from Sun Sentinel”. You also work with your husband, Bob Field right? Yes. Bob is our orchestra manager. He is also a pianist and keyboard player. He has been mastering his piano skills for over 50 years, attending Chatham Square Music School and the Mannes

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College of Music in Manhattan. He is a retired Public Defender and author of a screenplay, composer of two musicals and several original cds, and a musical. He has been an important part of this orchestra and he enhanced my musical career. Where does the orchestra rehearse? Edgewater Point Estates, 23315 Bluewater Circle, Boca Raton Florida. We rehearse every Thursday from 7 to 9:30pm. It's an adult living community, and their residents interact with our orchestra all the time. Our rehearsals are open to the public and all are welcome to come visit us if they are interested in joining. If anybody is interested in joining they can be any level as long as they have some experience, because we create a learning environment for our new members. How do you financially support the orchestra? We rely on a small registration fee, donors, sponsors and special projects to fund our needs. Our latest project is the new coloring book featuring the instruments of the orchestra. We are currently looking for sponsors for this project. If anybody is interested in donating or funding they can get in touch with us or come to our next concert which is “Music for

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Humanity”. We will be celebrating the Human Spirit on February 26th Sunday at 3pm. All concerts are performed at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, O’Shea Hall, Boca Raton. This concert is sponsored by the MGN Family Foundation and it will be free to attend. What comprises your orchestra as far as the music instruments go? We have a Symphony Orchestra which consists of all of the instrumental families of the orchestra including strings, wood winds, brass and percussion sections. The Chamber Orchestra is a smaller group of about twenty five members with mostly string instruments. These members are also in the symphony orchestra but sometimes they perform separately as the chamber orchestra. If you would like to learn more about this orchestra and their mission please visit them at: www.FLIOA.org and like them on Facebook The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra Under the direction of Lorraine Marks- Field Founder/ Conductor 561-482-8206 strings4all@aol.com


“1 Kingston Road” by Susan Greeley

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY PRESENTS ARTFEST 2017

The Wellington Art Society will present its 11th Annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Fest is a celebration of life, art, and bringing art and community together in a beautiful outdoor setting. Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, International Polo Capital of the world, and a unique destination for seasonal visitors and residents. The juried fine art and fine craft show will feature artists from around the country showing their original artwork across many mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, leather, glass, mixed media, and photography. Many artists will be working on site. The juried fine artists participating in the festival were chosen for their creativity, mastery of the technique, and degree of excellence. Also, this year several artists will be presenting their latest art works exclusively at the Show, offering originals and limited editions

for sale. Len Jagoda, elected member of the American Artists Professional League and Juried member of the American Academy of Equine Artists, will unveil his recently completed commissioned painting of “American Pharaoh “’ www.backstretchstudio.com Deborah La Fogg, award winning nature/animal artist recently won Best in Show at the National Park Art Exhibition and awards at the 16th annual Pastel 100 Competition. The artist will present her most recent work ” Three Amigos”. www.lafogg. com Illustrator, educator, and award winning artist and top Art Show favorite, Laurie Snow Hein will feature her most recent oil paintings of the Southern Landscape-alive with sparkling light and vibrant color. Laurie’s work is published and licensed worldwide. www. lauriesnowhein.com With a wide variety of outstanding original art for sale there is something for everyone in the show. It is a fantastic opportunity to take home

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original artwork and have a great story to share about the artists. Children will have a great time creating their own work of art to take home at the Children’s Art Activity Tent. Live acoustic music featuring everyone’s favorite tunes will be performed by Bobby G. and his musician friends during the Show. Food trucks will be on site offering a variety of delicious food. The Wellington Art Society, a 501 c3 charitable organization, has over 100 members- artists and art enthusiasts. WAS provides a platform for artists of all mediums to share their work, learn more about their craft, and serve the community through their art. Proceeds from Art Fest help fund the Wellington Art Society’s scholarship awards program and other art outreach programs. Please visit www.WellingtonArtSociety.org or contact: Leslie Pfeiffer, mysticway1@ bellsouth.net, 561-632-3677 , or Adrianne Hetherington, tilemaker@ aol.com ,561-301-4498

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UNIQUE APPROACH TO CHIROPRACTIC By Lindsay Wynn

Dr. Jonathan Chung of Keystone Chiropractic has been helping patients for 6 years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Micro Molecular Biology then Life University in Atlanta with his Chiropractic Degree. Although he was trained in traditional Chiropractic methods throughout Chiropractic school, his final year of school led to his discovery of a style of Chiropractic called NUCCA, which took his training a step further. This deeper scope became a motivation and foundation for his success with helping people and separates him from many traditional Chiropractors. Tell us about the your style of Chiropractic? We provide Chiropractic care in a completely different way. Even though I did start out with the traditional way. I discovered NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) procedure during my last year at Chiropractic school. The NUCCA procedure got me really excited about Chiropractic care because I was able to help a lot of people that had not been able to get help from other methods. So it was helping people with things like Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) syndrome, and a lot of chronic pain issues... A lot of people were not obtain help through more traditional methods were going to NUCCA Doctors had discovered they were able to help relief. That was something that really stood out to me, so I dove into the NUCCA procedure, learned everything I could about it, and trained in Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale for 2 ½ years to master the technique. Then I decided to open up my own practice in Wellington. I’ve been here for about 3 years. Dr. Chung is 1 of 300 doctors in the country trained and proficient in the NUCCA protocol for structural correction. Could you explain more about NUCCA? NUCCA is a style of Chiropractic that is very low force and gentle. There is no forceful manipulation. There is no cracking or popping but it is very precise. We use very precise 3-D X-Rays to obtain the information we need so we can do an adjustment that is very gentle and deliver a greater outcome for the patient. NUCCA goes into the health of the brain and central nervous system. With NUCCA, by getting the head and neck into the exact position that it needs to, you are able to help people recover because it helps enhance the functioning of the brain. By improving the functioning of the brain you have the opportunity to improve the functioning of the entire body. Would you consider this innovative? This isn’t necessarily new but it has been a form of Chiropractic care that is not been practiced by a lot of Doctors because it is challenging. It is very difficult to practice this way because a lot of people will come in with, for example, Sciatica, really bad back pain, and the procedure is low force and gentle. I’m barely touching the person on the side of the neck and the patient is going to obtain relief and improve from that. When you try to explain the procedure to someone from the outside, it can be difficult to wrap

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your head around that. It is difficult to practice and difficult to explain to people but the results that you obtain from the care are significant. Why aren’t more Chiropractors adopting this style? It takes some extra work and training to be proficient at this so a lot of people going through Chiropractic school just want to get out and get started in their practice. It took most of us a couple of extra years after school to get a really strong hold of this procedure and to be good at it. In the State of Florida there are less than a dozen Chiropractors doing this and less than 300 in the U.S. Since you specialize in something quite rare, how do people find out about this? We generally attract people who have made the journey to other Doctors, other Chiropractors, acupuncture, or through a lot of different treatments and have not been able to get the results they wanted. In many ways we have been able

to help people take that step forward. NUCCA.org is a listing and directory of Doctors in the area that offer this treatment. Other friends or family have had their life change as a result of this procedure and they want to share it with others they know are suffering. In 2007, there was a study on high blood pressure where it was able to show the NUCCA procedure helped people with high blood pressure, lowering their blood pressure to the same level as two blood pressure reducing medications. It was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension (a major medical journal) and was featured on Good Morning America, and also on the Discovery Channel. So we had a surge of awareness as a result that study. What are signs and symptoms that someone may need a Chiropractor? We often think of only the back but what could be other correlated concerns? Whenever people have issues with headaches, attention issues, balance problems, numbness, tingling – those are key signs. You can also notice this by a person’s posture, one shoulder higher than the other or the head tilting toward one direction. This is an indicator that their brain is not communicating properly with their body. Is there a preventive side to Chiropractic? There is definitely a preventive side because people can have an unhealthy spine and not

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feel the effects of it. For people that have spine problems, instead of letting it linger for decades before their spine finally gives out, we can detect it early and prevent it from becoming a major problem later on in life. You mentioned people come from all over to see you, Is this mainly NUCCA or your reputation? It’s a combination of things. They may travel from far away because they do not have a NUCCA Doctor near them. We also are big on treating our patients like family members. I think people are often missing that in today’s traditional Doctor/patient experience, where people feel like they are just a number in the office. We built a high level of trust. Based on that trust, people are willing to travel great distances to see someone that they trust and know that we will do everything we can to take care of them. I work with a lot of athletes especially in the CrossFit community. I also see a lot of high school athletes, particularly football players…I have another niche- I help a lot of people with concussions and post concussion syndrome particularly in the Equestrian field where there may be head injuries. When people suffer head injuries, what they also underestimate is that they may suffer a neck injury. By correcting the neck injury, you can actually help a lot of people with concussion symptoms like headaches and dizziness to get better. So that has been a small niche we carved out for ourselves here in Wellington. I also teach continuing education to Chiropractors about head injuries and concussions and how to best manage them. What are you most proud of as a Doctor? What health advice could you give that would be your mantra or how you live your life? The biggest thing I always tell people is that your body is stronger than we could ever imagine it to be. It means that we have to take care of it and do it from a perspective that we were designed to be healthy. We have to eat well, move well and think well in order to solve most of the problems that affect our health in this country. My favorite quote that I live by is Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Thank you Dr. Chung for being living proof of that quote both in your career of helping others and through your personal activities. How can people learn more about you or schedule to see you? We consult with people at no charge. Then if they feel the need to see us for an exam we do a postural exam, X-rays and whatever is needed to address the patient’s problem. We can make that recommendation. For appointments, visit our website ChiropractorWellington.com or call the office at 561-247-0044. We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us and for sharing your story and knowledge.


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BanzaiWellnessMagazine-February-2017  

Long life and happiness, enthusiasm, celebration of a victory, happy occasions – these are all meanings of the Japanese word Banzai. The fre...

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