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Sitting is the New “Smoking”

It took over 40 years for people to realize cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.[1]  This lack of understanding destroyed the health of millions of people. In this article we provide a simple plan to overcome what experts believe is another emerging health risk; sitting too much.

What are the risks of sitting too much?

The problem with sitting too much is simply that it’s the opposite of standing, moving or doing exercise, meaning you use less energy than being active. When you stop and think about it, sitting accounts for a lot of time in most all our lives. This inactivity is part of many things we do every day like, surfing social media, watching TV, Netflix, playing video games, etc. Not to mention driving your car or sitting at your desk at work.

Regular Exercise Isn’t the Cure

If you’re thinking “I work out regularly each week” research shows, exercise does not offset extended periods of sitting.[2] This can be deceiving, but if your workouts take up 3 hours per week the reality is, that same week you’ll spend half your waking time – or 56 hours sitting down doing the things listed above. So, while we may get regular exercise, the lack of movement between workouts or activity make it an independent risk factor for heart disease, obesity, blood sugar regulation, certain cancers and genes that regulate chronic disease.[3],[4]

The MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan

In her breakthrough book “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” Dr. Joan Vernikos states the human body was not designed to sit. This inspired us to create the MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan. Here’s how it works.

Take Active Breaks

The plan calls for taking active breaks of 1-2 minutes after 30 minutes of sitting. This is consistent with research maintaining that people who regularly use this method have lower health risks. For best results, we suggest using a timer to remind you to get up and move every 30 minutes. You can do this on your phone, fitness tracker or any basic timer.

Simple ideas to get you moving on your active breaks

  • Stand up and walk around
  • Do some standing like bodyweight squats
  • Try standing up to touch your toes or any stretching that involves the hips and lower body
  • Get up to use the bathroom or get some water
  • Use a desk that can be adjusted to various levels so you can work standing up
  • Switch from sitting to standing at your desk every 30 minutes to break up your workday

Get Active While Sitting

Now, if you must sit, you can place the MaxLiving Inflatable Wobble Cushion on your chair.  This product is an effective yet simple to use, round inflatable device designed to strengthen your core and improve balance. A wobble cushion is strong enough to sit and/or stand on with the benefits of an unstable surface. It’s a fun and easy way to warm up and stretch your spine throughout the day.

Health Benefits of Inflatable Wobble Cushion

maxliving inflatable wobble cushion

Sitting on a wobble cushion makes the simple act of sitting an active experience that targets and strengthens your core muscles, decreases back pain, and improves your posture.

  • Encourages and develops core strength and stability
  • Increases energy levels
  • Reduces back instability, fatigue, and pain
  • Improves balance

We hope this article opened your eyes to the power of movement and with just a few simple steps can bring remarkable benefits. By following our MaxLife Perpetual Motion Plan, you’ll burn more calories which may help maintain a healthy body weight and improve energy levels. At a minimum, committing to moving more will help sustain muscle tone, flexibility and your mental well-being, at any age.

[1] Cummings, K. M., & Proctor, R. N. (2014). The changing public image of smoking in the United States: 1964-2014. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 23(1), 32–36.
[2][3] Grace, M. S., Formosa, M. F., Bozaoglu, K., Bergouignan, A., Brozynska, M., Carey, A. L., … Kingwell, B. A. (2019). Acute effects of active breaks during prolonged sitting on subcutaneous adipose tissue gene expression: an ancillary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 9(1).
[4] Patel, A. V., & Rees-Punia, E. (2018). Causes of Cancer: Physical Inactivity. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier.
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Insurance and Chiropractic Care – In Network with Cigna!

Insurance coverage for chiropractic care can depend on a variety of factors. Most plans cover the cost of chiropractic care for acute (short-term) conditions. Furthermore, most will cover initial and some rehabilitative care for acute conditions.

Co-pays are typically from $30 to $55 per treatment, but individual plans will vary.

Regarding maintenance or wellness treatments, our patient care manager will check on your particular plan and coverage when you come to Essential Health. Please be sure to bring your insurance card to your first visit.

We are now in-network with Cigna, as well as:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Connecticare
  • United Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Medicare

Call 860-269-3228 x1 to learn more.

Please note, if your plan doesn’t cover our services, know that our cash plans typically are about the same cost as many plans’ co-payments.

Rich Reggero will Lead Yoga Classes at Essential Health

Starting August 3, 2020, Richard Reggero (Rich) will lead an “All Levels Vinyasa” class twice a week. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Rich has been a competitive athlete most of his life, and before finding yoga, his list of sports spanning the past 30 years include baseball, golf, swimming, football, hockey, running, triathlons, and basketball.

Rich turned to yoga in 2010 after suffering a series of knee injuries (due to the multiple sports he participated in.) Yoga gave him a perfect way to help his injuries. Rich initially used yoga to help rehabilitate his knee. He found that Baptiste-inspired yoga could be an athletic practice while being soothing at the same time. Over eight years of practice, he strengthened his body, mind, and spirit and wants to help others do the same.

Vinyasa Yoga is said to work at the physical, mental, and emotional levels, and helps to connect the mind to the body. Yoga movements are great exercise and helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Rich completed his 200hr YTT training in December 2017 and attended an additional 35 hours of training in 2018 and 2019 specializing in the art of assisting and in bringing yoga to veterans and first responders. He is thrilled to be joining the Essential Health team!

Rich has been an Army officer, a schoolteacher, tutor, and a youth sports coach. He considers it his calling to lead and inspire others.






Introducing a Personal Wellness Retreat!

Essential Health is offering a wellness package to introduce you to the amazing health benefits of Chiropractic Treatments, Therapeutic Massage, Far Infrared Sauna, Essential Oils, and more!

This pick-your-date wellness retreat includes a session with Dr. Matthew Roberts, a licensed Chiropractic Physician who is trained in a spectrum of chiropractic adjusting techniques, acupuncture, sports rehabilitation, and therapeutic cupping. Dr. Matt provides a diverse approach for the management of your injuries and overall wellness.

In addition, your $199 package includes a one hour massage with Maria Bustamante, our licensed massage therapist trained in deep tissue, and Myofascial Release techniques who also has her certification in the Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) which is a massage modality where manual drainage assistance aiding the body’s lymphatic system.

You will have thirty luxurious minutes in the Far Infrared sauna for a deep penetrating heat with detoxification,
skin rejuvenation, circulation, metabolism and relaxation benefits. You may opt to have the sauna prior to your massage, for extra benefits. “Far-infrared heat is beneficial because of its ability to penetrate human tissue. It heats the body directly instead of heating the air, increasing core body temperature and allowing for a much deeper sweat. A far-infrared sauna session before massage means your client will be relaxed and his muscles will be warm and receptive.” [Source: Massage Magazine]

Last but not least, you’ll receive a roller bottle filled with essential oil for your health from Joy Taylor, Wellness Advocate and our Marketing Manager. Joy has been blending oils for 5 years with doTERRA, and has treated friends and family to “Joyls” blends for 20 years.

“This program is a way of encouraging new and long time customers to experience all Essential Health has to offer,” commented Dave Mendelson who owns Essential health with his wife, Dr. Allison Mendelson, DC.

Please email Joy at, or call patient care manager Andrea Easton to schedule your personal Wellness Retreat! 860-269-3228

How Chiropractic Care Works

Chiropractic is the most amazing thing for your health and your immune system!

Dr. Allie has been in practice for 28 years and loves to share her knowledge of how the body works, and why chiropractic care, along with healthy habits, will enable the body do what it is made to do: stay healthy.

Most people will see a dentist for oral health care as early as 3 years old (or even younger), and learn the good practices to keep a healthy mouth. On the other hand, most of us ignore our spinal health until around at 47!

Dr. Allie and Dr. Matt treat children, teens and adults, and in the video below,  Dr. Allie explains the different techniques used for kids verses adults.

Dr. Allie leads a class for new patients called “Doctor’s Report” and it takes place on Monday evenings. She gives an overview of x-rays, utilizing some samples from past patients (with permission), and will review patient x-rays in privacy. She recently recorded the presentation, via Facebook Live, and we are providing it here . (This is an edited version, with bigger Xrays, of what originally aired on Facebook, 5/26/20)

The video includes some fascinating “before and after” examples of x-rays of the spinal cord.

Dr. Allie explains that the “brain sends signals to your body, through your spinal cord, out to the nerves, to help your body help itself.”

For a wellness consultation, and more information about care by Dr. Allie Mendelson and Dr. Matthew Roberts, call 860-269-3228 today!

Introducing a Saturday Yoga “Movement Class”

Starting Saturday, January 11, 2020 we will offer a morning, all-levels “Movement Class” with Lisa Lazarus, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). The class will consist mostly of static and dynamic stretching and some restorative yoga poses that can be performed in a chair or on the floor. The focus of the class is to encourage movement and provide exercises and mobility drills that can be performed at home.

No previous yoga experience necessary and the poses can be modified to fit your needs and body type.

Please wear comfortable yoga clothes, bring your mat, and join us for a FREE introductory class on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Free on-street parking, and/or Dunkin Donuts parking lot.

Sign up to come again at our usual yoga rates: $15 walk-in rate, or buy 10 classes for $120, 30 classes for $300.

Other yoga classes at Essential Health include an all levels class on Tuesday and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry During The Holidays

Did you know that the average American consumes between 3,500 and 4,500 calories during a big holiday meal and during the course of all the feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, the average person gains about eight pounds.

I’m not going to preach to you about not eating the once-a-year treats, although I can show you plenty of substitutes to avoid the up-and-down energy levels, and potential fat gain. (Refer to my Sugar Is Bad blog and Sugar Crash video).

Here are my top 3 tips to allow you to eat, drink, be merry and stay lean during the holiday season.

1. Fast First

The easiest way to balance the oops-I-did-it-again holiday overeating is with some fasting. (If you watch my “Longevity” workshop, you’ll know that fasting is an important part of giving our bodies a break and preparing for digestion.)

Fasting anywhere from 14 to 24 hours leading up to the big meal can help you burn some fat, reset your palate so you enjoy your favorite foods even more, and create some caloric wiggle room so you can say “yes” to slice of pie. All you have to do is eat an early dinner the night before, skip breakfast, maybe say no to lunch, and THIS IS IMPORTANT, stay hydrated.

To make it easier, you can drink some black coffee or hot tea during your fast. I suggest decaffeinated organic coffee or tea. This will help you metabolize a little more fat, keep your energy levels up, and keep your appetite down.

2. Exercise Pre-Meal

Squeeze in a workout at the gym, a vigorous walk, or yoga class prior to your feast to prime your body. This will help turn any excess calories into muscle-building rather than fat gain, not to mention giving you more energy. A 20-60 minute workout that combines some reasonably heavy strength training and medium to high-intensity cardio will prime your body for eating.

To make it easier, fuel your workout with a high-quality essential amino acid supplement, which will help you stay focused, energized, and help you maintain muscle while working out in a fasted state.

3. Manage Your Blood Sugar

Most fan-favorite holiday foods are loaded with sugar and likely to spike—and subsequently crash—your blood glucose. Luckily, to stay off the energy roller coaster all you have to do is get in some light physical activity right after the meal. My good friend always takes a 30-minute walk with her family after the holiday meal, before dessert, and it’s a great way to re-energize and help the body with the work of digestion.

There are so many safe and natural sugar substitutes for cooking and baking. Plus you can enjoy chocolate and ice cream without sugar. Some of my patients will serve the gluten free/grain-free/sugar-free treats without announcing it to the family. I’m not encouraging lying to the family, LOL. But if you alter grandma’s recipe a bit, no one really needs to know you used monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar but you!

I also suggest a digestive enzyme before every meal to aid the process since we tend to eat a little more and a few things we may not eat during the rest of the year.

Enjoy your holidays and many will find it is easy to enjoy without sugar!

Sugar is Bad…

If you’ve met Dr. Allie Mendelson, or listened to her radio show, you know she is not a fan of cane sugar.

“Sugar is more addicting than cocaine and causes weight gain and several other health issues and chemical stress in your body,” says Dr. Allie.

Health issues related to blood sugar imbalances are on a sharp rise. The CDC estimates over 100 million people in North America have health issues related to blood sugar imbalances and over 80% of them don’t even know it. Dr. Allie shares easy lifestyle strategies for enjoying social events while reducing your sugar intake at a recent workshop. Click here to listen.

If you are confused by the sugar substitutes and options, you can refer to this handy chart.

What exactly is Chiropractic? How can it Help Me or a Loved One?

What exactly is Chiropractic? How can it Help Me or a Loved One?
Chiropractic is not about treating conditions and illnesses. Instead, Chiropractic takes the stress off the body through adjustments and in doing so, the symptoms of those conditions subside and in some cases disappear.
Parents bring their kids in for colic, acid reflux, torticollis, flat spots on their heads, sports injuries, sensory processing disorder, ear infections, sleep problems, headaches, constipation, immune system function and overall well-being.
Adult patients come in for some of the same as well as many different reasons: neck and back pain, headaches, sinus problems, digestive issues, sports injuries and preventative / wellness care.
Let us help you heal from the inside out!

Essential Health Events Not to Miss!

Stay up to date on all the happenings at Essential Health offered to support your natural approach to health and healing

Please click here to see all of our upcoming events and RSVP information!

Client Appreciation Day Saturday 1/19 !

Save the Date for Celebrating you!


We love our patients!

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to help you achieve your best state of health and wellness!

Come in for a morning of pampering!

Free chair massages between 930-1130am

Free Aroma Touch Hand Massage between 900-12oopm

Buy one Get one free Sauna Sessions

Rebel Ice Cream Raffle

Coupon for free initial consult with Dr Allie for friend or family member!


Sports Sprain, Tear, Strain? Chiropractic care can help!

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Can a Chiropractor Help After Sports Injury

If you’re an elite or recreational athlete, numerous demands of participating in a sport such as running, jumping and tackling puts your body at risk for painful tears, sprains, and strains.

Seeing a chiropractor can help you when you’ve suffered sports injuries and also help to prevent them.

Chiropractors treat and can help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. Manual adjustment of the spine, ensures that bones are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body.

The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Adjustments can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance.

During spinal manipulation, a manual impulse in applied to an affected joint. This releases pressure in the joint and aligns muscles and joints so they work the way they’re supposed to.  In some cases, the impulse causes an audible cracking sounds, called cavitation, due to the release of gas that happens when the joint opens up and motion is restored.

Chiropractic care can also help you prevent injuries from occurring. Before beginning an exercise regimen or a sport, it’s recommended that athletes get evaluated by a chiropractor. We can check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that the body can work naturally rather than be prone to injury.


Pain in the Foot! (Peripheral Neuropathy)? Adjustments Can be of Tremendous Help!


While about 60% of patients who suffer from diabetes also develop peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling, numbing and tickling in the extremities In addition to pain and numbness, the condition can include a variety of other symptoms such as prickling and throbbing or a freezing sensation. In addition, it can also damage the brain’s capacity to communicate properly with regions of the body.

While chiropractic care is not a ‘cure’ for peripheral neuropathy, it is an important part of an effective treatment program

Treatment programs that cover up the symptoms are ignoring the bigger problem. Dr Allie follows a ‘whole body’ approach to treatment, which means we start by addressing the underlying trigger for a patient’s pain; a diagnostic exam is conducted in order to identify the cause of the pain and understand which specialty of care is needed in addition to chiropractic care.

Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of the motor nerve and sensory nerve damage, as well as help patients with the management of the disease. The pain symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy indicate poor health conditions and need to be evaluated carefully.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition often associated with diabetes, despite the fact it can also be caused by autoimmune disorders, tumors, nutritional imbalances or infections, and it can even be hereditary. The nerve disorder currently affects about 20 million people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and while the symptoms may seem unimportant, early diagnosis may prevent further complications.

Everyone experiences peripheral neuropathy a little differently. For some individuals, the pain may come and go, while for others, the pain may be constant. As the condition worsens, individuals may experience coordination and balance loss, along with a freezing pain, muscle weakness or extreme sensitivity to touch. We urge anyone who may be experiencing these symptoms to seek treatment.


Ouch in the neck, back…Pinched Nerves? Chiropractic can help!

Don’t Irritate Your Nerves

The word “pinch” doesn’t usually bring a smile to our faces. In fact, it probably makes us think “ouch!” A pinched nerve is caused by too much pressure from surrounding tissues. The compression irritates the nerve and interrupts its ability to function properly. Pinched nerves most commonly occur in the neck or back (sciatica) and can also be an issue in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Nerves are most vulnerable at points in the body where they pass through narrow spaces and have little soft tissue protection.

Regular chiropractic care can keep your spine healthy and help you to avoid getting a pinched nerve in the first place.

Symptoms of a ‘pinched nerve’ may include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • ‘Pins and Needles’ Sensation
  • Weakness

A pinched nerve can decrease range of motion and cause muscle spasms. Notably, at some point most people can relate to what a pinched nerve in the neck feels like where it makes movement almost impossible and very painful.  Also referred to as a ‘stiff neck,’ walking, sitting, and literally just breathing can be excruciating!

If left untreated, pinched nerves can leave you with chronic pain and even permanent nerve damage. Chiropractic care can be very helpful in treating pinched nerves. An adjustment can relieve the pressure on a pinched nerve by removing any subluxations.

Be mindful of body positions to avoid pinched nerves. Maintain good posture when standing & sitting; when resting and sleeping, support the neck and hips properly; avoid leaning on the elbows; reduce the frequency of crossing your legs at the knee; and decrease repetitive activities. Use ergonomic principles at work and at home to decrease the risk of nerve injuries. If repetitive activities are necessary, incorporate frequent breaks to reduce the risk.

Amazing Patient Success Story



My daughter is 6 years old and was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor in 2012 at 4 months old. Since then she has tried many different chemo options as well as targeted therapies. Throughout the many different therapies she has experienced shrinkage and growth of her tumor. In March 2018 she discontinued use of the targeted therapy because her tumor was growing again. She was unable to attend school full time due to the pharmaceuticals she was taking which caused her to be tired and have low energy level. We were told by our oncologist that we exhausted all of our options and would have to have her spend 2 months in Boston for radiation and have surgery for partial tumor removal. As we were waiting to be scheduled to leave we heard Dr. Allie on the radio talking about cancer and decided to make an appointment with her. That decision was the best decision we ever made for our daughter! She told us about the benefits of Vitamin C infusions, frankincense oil, and diet change. We did not get the surgery or do radiation! We decided to follow Dr Allies advice and reclaim our daughters life! For the last 6 months our daughter has been getting Vitamin C infusions once a week, drinking frankincense water daily, drinking green juice daily, and eating little to no carbs as well as regular Chiropractic adjustments. We have seen a huge Improvement in her health! She has all of her energy back and is In school full time! She is off all pharmaceutical drugs and her tumor is shrinking and cells in the middle of the tumor are dead!! It is truly amazing to see everything turn around for our daughter and to watch her get her life back to being a kid again! We plan to continue on this path and have faith that our daughter will be free of this disease very soon!!

Thank you Dr Allie for all of your help!