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but more importantly their overall health and well-being!

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John Moniello
Certified Health Coach
Stony Creek Wellness
14 Business Park Dr
Branford, CT 06405

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Upon completion of a health survey, I will assist all new clients in designing the best possible CUSTOMIZED approach to our program so that you can look and feel your best in no time while staying conscientious of any medical issues you may have such as high blood pressure, diabetes or celiac disease.

      On Average:

  • Women lose 2-4lbs per week on our program
  • Men lose 3-6 pounds per week on our program

Are you ready to be your best? We can’t wait to meet you!

Dr Emily Nolfo MD

It’s Never Too Late to Eat Right!


Photo is Courtesy of NPR News

I specialize (that is I am board certified) in Internal Medicine. Internal Medicine is a real specialty, though I am not usually referred to as a specialist. Sometimes as a primary care doctor I’m called a GP (General Practitioner), an old term that applies to doctors 1 year out of medical school with a state medical license and no board certification.

I’m also called an internist (though I take care of more than people’s insides!). I’ve also been referred to as an “adult medicine physician” and sometimes for a laugh, I call  myself an “Adult-atrician” – since everyone seems to know what a pedi-atrician is!

As a practicing internist, I have to know great deal about many aspects of our bodies and minds – and keeping current is hard work. One way I like to keep up with modern medicine is by reading journal articles. Every week I get several journals in the mail such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The American Journal of Medicine and my specialty journal, Annals of Internal Medicine – as well as several others on dermatology and more. I probably read dozens of these publications a week! So here’s a shout out to all the primary care doctors out there who are spending their precious free time striving to stay smart and informed for their patients!

Here’s some fun and interesting stuff I read this week on food and health:

As you know, my philosophy on food and wellness is that no matter what way you choose to eat, whether it be a plant-based diet, Mediterranean, Paleo or otherwise –  I believe firmly that your everyday diet should be composed of real food. This means no harmful chemicals, processed foods, dyes, flavor substitutes or fat-reducers – to name just a few of the culprits. I was amused and also a little shocked to read “The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads Chicken Little” in the American Journal of Medicine.

This particular study detailed an account of doctors from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (the state that tops the list at #1 in America’s obesity epidemic ) cutting open chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains and examining them as though they were pathology specimens to see what types of tissue they contained.

**** WARNING: THIS IS GROSS!!  Keep in mind that meat is muscle (a reason why some people are vegetarians). In these chicken nuggets, doctors from the University of Mississippi found only 40-50% muscle –  the rest was fat, skin, blood vessels, nerves, viscera – a.k.a. GUTS (sorry again) and BONES! Add to that the fat and carb crust found on a chicken nugget and you have a pretty useless non-food “chicken product” not too much different from the nefarious pig-snout-containing hot dog. It is extremely important that over time consumers around the world become increasingly aware and weary of these kinds of processed foods – becoming informed and educated is the very first step to living a clean, happy and healthy lifestyle! And certainly, this is not the sort of “food” we want to be putting into our bodies.

OK, on to a less gross article.

In the Annals of Internal Medicine there was an article that noted that people with an exceptional diet in their midlife (defined as late 50s early and 60s!) significantly decreased their risk of encountering major physical or mental limitations in later life.

What does this mean?

1) It’s never too late to eat better!

2) If you don’t want to just live longer but live longer and better, drop the nugget and pick up a real food. Eat more things with fewer than 6 ingredients on the label! Eat more fruits, veggies and fiber.

From time to time as I read up in these journals, I will pass along more interesting tidbits. Hopefully you found this stuff as interesting as I did!

Have a great weekend as always,

Emily A. Nolfo……..Doctor of Internal Medicine

How Music Can Boost Your Workouts!

How Music Can Boost Our Workouts

I found this fantastic article in The NYTimes about a study done recently that shows that humans may be able to exert more muscular force during physical activity when that activity is accompanied by music. Researchers hooked up their test subjects to exercise machines that simulated musical sounds in sync with the movements of the subjects – and their findings were incredibly interesting. Not only were those tested able to perform better on these musical machines, they also found the physical activities to be less strenuous.

This whole concept reminded me of my 24 year old daughter Mariella, who has been a drummer for over 15 years and plays in a heavy rock band called Kings And Liars from Connecticut. Mariella is only 5’1 but hits her drums extremely hard during her live performances.  Because of her tiny frame,  I have always been captivated by her ability to play 30-40 minute sets of grueling, fast paced songs which require a significant amount of stamina. While Mariella has always been somewhat athletic, she generally did not excel in the endurance column of fitness. As a child, she dreaded the  “mile-long run” portion of her public school fitness tests, preferring more strength-oriented exercises that required less physical longevity. But when it comes to her live performances on drums – her endurance is seemingly endless. After showing her this article, Mariella was able to relate to the experiences of the test subjects in this study on music and exercise:

“When I play with my band, the rhythm and intensity of our music literally empowers me to accomplish physical tasks that would otherwise be unbearable to me. Hitting as hard as I do requires a lot of stamina – something I do not have, EXCEPT when I am playing drums. Often times I will finish a tune with my band during a live performance and be in a state of shock about how little breath I have left. The most bizarre part for me is that I am completely unaware of how hard I am pushing myself physically until the music stops – only then do I start huffing and puffing like I just ran a marathon. Playing drums is the ONLY instance for me personally in which I can display this kind of stamina. In any other circumstance, I don’t feel I would be able to physically accomplish a similar task.”

The name of the phenomenon my daughter is describing here is called: “Dissociation”. It is a mental diversion that lowers the perception of one’s physical effort during strenuous tasks. It can promote a positive mood and divert you from fatigue. Researchers believe that music is a strong catalyst for dissociation.

Hints for choosing your music: match the beat to your level of exercise. The fastest beat should match your target heart rate (220-your age x 0.85). Use slower relaxing music for warm up and cool down.

So moral of the story: If you find yourself unable to complete longer workouts or are looking for a way to motivate yourself to get fit, try listening to some of your favorite music!

For more information about our brain on music, I recommend checking out the book “Musicophilia” written by Oliver Sacks, M.D. Among other things, Sacks explains why songs become stuck in our head for days.

Here’s to hoping this gets you guys moving and dancing!

Dr. Nolfo

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