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The Triad Of Health with Dr. Donna Perillo
I have with me Dr. Donna Perillo and she’s a chiropractor, a nutritionist, and a composer. Her podcast is called Habits Of Healing. She has written two exercise DVDs, one for the neck and one for the back. She’s also the author of Reduce Stress and Anxiety in 21 Days. Donna, welcome to the show.
Thank you for having me on.
I’m excited about your background because you have many different things. How did you get into being a chiropractor, nutritionist, composer, and even an author?
My background is music. My undergrad degree is in Composition and Arranging from Brooklyn College of Music. That’s with guitar and basic keyboards. I wanted to do movie scoring. I wanted to be in a rock band back in the ’70s. What happened was we were trying to get a deal. I was with an original band. I was with a couple of cover bands. We never got a deal and I said, “What am I going to do with my life?” I happened to go to a chiropractor. I had suffered from allergies and asthma my entire life from when I was young. For seventeen years, I use shots and drugs. I still had asthma attacks every night from September to January. I went to this chiropractor in November. I still had the attacks. He started adjusting me. He started doing some acupuncture pressure points. I changed my diet. I changed my lifestyle. The following September, I didn’t have one attack and that was the first time in my life somebody gave me back my life. I was always tired. I was always on medication. I was on antibiotics four, five times a year for bronchitis. In the last many years, I’ve been on antibiotics once.
Each day, what are you doing? You’re doing all these different things. How do you spend an average day?One of the best things to do is to exercise. Movement is life. Click To Tweet
My whole premise in the Habits Of Healing is the triad of health. You have the physical part of you. You have the mental, emotional, spiritual part of you. You have the nutritional, environmental, and all of that, the chemical part of health and wellness. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I exercise regularly since my twenties. I eat pretty clean, pretty well. I do a lot of detoxing. I do a lot of cleansing. I try to do a lot of meditation and visualization. When I wrote those DVDs, I was writing exercises for my seniors because I got tired of telling them what to do. They would forget. As I was recording, I said, “I need some music.” I didn’t like a lot of the canned music. I said, “I’m going to write,” and I hadn’t written in many years. I sat down and started writing. A good friend of mine who’s a piano player helped me. We went into the studio and recorded it. The music I wrote was more contemporary, but I arranged it for the more new age. It’s a meditative visualization type of music. People have to do some mental, emotional, spiritual aspect to be healthy.
Talk to me about stress and anxiety. It seems even a lot of younger people, whether they’re family or friends of mine, their kids, many people are walking around talking about stress and anxiety. Why is that? Why is it even happening at young ages?The Stress of Life
It is epidemic. It’s happening at young ages. Stress has not only an emotional aspect, but it has a physiological aspect to it when you’re stressed. In the first couple of podcasts that I do, I go into Hans Selye’s The Stress of Life. He did a lot of research. He showed that when people are stressed, it affects your energy and also some of the hormones that you release. It controls a lot of blood pressure. It also affects your thymus and immune system. The reason that people are stressed is because we’re in a fast-paced world. When I was a kid, we used to come home from school, do our homework, and then go out in the street and play. These kids now, they don’t even come home sometimes. They’re in all types of sports and in all types of dance and gymnastics. All of these different things and they don’t get much of a break. They have to keep their grades up. They have to get into college. It’s a lot of stress for young people.
When you’re stressed a lot, your body sends out a lot of adrenaline. That affects a lot of things. For children, it’s one thing. When you’re older, especially for women after menopause, you start to secrete a lot more cortisol because your body goes through stages of stress. When you’re younger, you’re able to control it a little bit better. Your adrenal glands are healthier. When you’re older, it can’t. That’s why that cortisol level affects everything. There are a lot of toxins that we have to deal with now. A lot of things are genetically modified or hybridized. A lot of stress and the diet for children are amazing. You go to any school, go to their vending machine and look what’s in it. We’re giving them a lot of high fructose corn syrup. We’re giving them a lot of sugar. You worry because they turn around and they’ve gotten big. They have all these different problems and it’s scary.
I have been wondering for a while why does it seem like everybody talks about stress and anxiety? When I was a kid, I don’t remember anybody talking about stress and anxiety. It didn’t seem like anything that existed. Can you give us a tip or two? What can we do to decrease our stress and anxiety? What are some practices that you recommend?
One of the best things to do is to exercise or some type of movement. Some of my patients, it’s hard to get them to move. Movement is life. I saw it with my mom and dad. They used to walk three or four miles a day and when they stopped, they both got sick. I tell people, “When my dad started, he couldn’t even go around the block.” There are many things you can do now. You can join a gym for $10 a month, $20 a month. You can have things in your house. If you can’t do that, go take a yoga class. A lot of places have classes that are reasonable in price. I don’t take monetary as an excuse from people, because there are things they can do. The other thing they could do is eat well. Eat healthily. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Get fruits and vegetables that are organic. Get meats that are more grass-fed and more natural, eggs that are cage-free.
Uncaged eggs have more omegas in them or Omega-3s than the otherwise. There’s a difference in what’s in the egg, which I found interesting when I saw that article. If you take it from the physical form, you could exercise. You could do yoga, tai chi, karate, chiropractors, acupuncture, massage. All of those things, the physical form. If you’re doing nutritional or environmental, you could do a detox but always under a doctor’s supervision. The mental, emotional, spiritual meditation, praying, visualizing that you feel good, that’s huge. I use that sometimes with my patients. I use something that’s called BrainTap, which utilizes audio and light. It helps to relax brains so that we go from a state of beta, which is what we’re in right now. Brain waves are fast to a lower alpha, beta, delta stage where we’re almost in a sleep state. You’re able to relax. Right, and left brain could connect and heal. That’s called BrainTap by Dr. Patrick Porter.
How can people listen to your podcast? Where do they go for that? How can they connect with you and find out more? You are a wealth of information. One of the things I like is you have many different ways to approach it. Being a chiropractor, understanding nutrition, understanding stress, anxiety, and music. You bring many things together like such a comprehensive person.
My podcast is on iTunes and you can also get it on my website, which is DrPerillo.com. My office, it’s the same website as ChiroHealingNJ.com. On there, you could see my blog. You could get my podcast. You can ask some questions. That’s the best way to get me. The podcast is Habits Of Healing. It’s on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.The reason that people are stressed is because we're in a fast-paced world. Click To Tweet
Where can they get a copy of Reduce Stress and Anxiety In 21 Days?
That should be out soon. We redid some of the pages, made them a little prettier. We’re in the process of upgrading all of that. We’re working on the techie stuff with the techie people.
Go to your main website and they’ll be able to connect with everything.
Our phone number is (973) 872-2133. We’re out in New Jersey, North Jersey.
I have enjoyed this. I know you’re busy, so I want to thank you for your time and being a guest on the show.
Thank you for having me. This was a lot of fun.
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About Dr. Donna Perillo
Dr. Donna Perillo has combined her nearly 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, nutritionist, naturopath, musician, and composer to help her patients achieve a state of optimal health and harmony, through natural, drugless healthcare.
She is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition. She is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist and holds a degree in Naturopathic medicines.
She is affiliated with numerous professional & civic organizations and leads seminars on various health-related issues. Self Magazine has featured her as “Chiropractor of the Year” and she is a contributor to the Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.
She hosts a podcast entitled “Habits of Healing” which is designed to help you create a happy, healthy, and vibrant lifestyle, by empowering you physically, emotionally, and chemically.
She has been published nationally and is the creator of “Arthriticise Relief from Neck Pain” and “Arthriticise Relief from Back Pain”. Both programs combine exercise with nutrition, color therapy, music therapy, and visualization techniques. She is also the author of “Reduce Stress and Anxiety in 21 Days”. All of these programs are available online at chirohealingnj.com or by phone at 973-872-2133.