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    Natural Cancer Care - Dr. Peter Bongiorno on the Tamron Hall Show

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno appears on the Tamron Hall show with actress Dana Bledsoe. Ms. Bledsoe discusses her natural medicine journey with cancer.


    Do Lawns Cause Kids’ Cancers & Mental Health Problems?


    Lawn pesticides and herbicides like Roundup can contribute to childhood cancers and mental health problems.

    These are also toxic to pets too.

    Learn more about this at Psychology Today and Dr. Peter's article.

    Learn what you can do to help



    How To Prevent Prostate Cancer Through Proper Nutrition

    June is Men's Health Month

    "Prostate cancer, and all cancer for that matter, can be prevented. While there’s certainly a genetic component to disease progression, the majority of our health outcomes are firmly within our control. Epigenetic (literally meaning “above the genes”) research is beginning to elucidate what we’ve known in Naturopathic Medicine for years: health promoting choices lead to longer, healthier, and happier lives. Since we are in so many ways “what we eat”, any rational approach to cancer prevention must start with health promoting nutritional choices...."

    Read the rest of the article here!


    Stupid Cancer - Interview about Acupuncture with Cynthia Hewett


    InnerSource's Cynthia Hewett, L.Ac. talks about Acupuncture and Cancer Treatment on the Stupid Cancer Show (an advocacy and information organization for adults 15-39 diagnosed with cancer).
    Here's a link to the podcast:…/337-acupuncture-and-cancer.

    The roundtable begins at minute 33.

    More about Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist: here



    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Learn how to reduce your risk and what screening options are available

    See the link for Dr. Kachko's latest article for on the available screening options to protect yourself from Colorectal cancer, and what you can do to prevent it in the first place.

    Read the article here!


    The Risks of Cell Phone Radiation and How to Avoid it

    Our health is a combination of our genetic susceptibility and our lifestyle choices, and our interaction with the environment takes center stage in determining how we feel. At this point, one of the most potent threats to our immediate environment is the impact of external electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). Since most people carry cell phones everywhere they go, they provide an opportunity to impact positive change in two ways:

    1. Acknowledging that we lack the necessary long-term safety data on extensive cell phone use
    2. Acknowledging how easy it is to make small changes which will go a long way in protecting our bodies

    Every cellular phone has a documented Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), and if you read the Radio Frequency (RF) exposure information for your phone you will see legally mandated recommendations from the manufacturer to keep the phone away from your body. EMFs are impossible to completely avoid in this day and age of tech-everything, but some things are truly in our control. Here are a few guidelines to limit your exposure, specifically from cell phone use:

    1.Avoid holding the phone to your head: Headsets (“airtube” headsets are best) and speaker phone options are useful. Another great idea is using call forwarding when you are at home, receiving calls to your cell phone on your landline. Wired telephones and devices are ALWAYS preferred to wireless devices. Bluetooth headsets are not currently a safe alternative.
    2.If you cannot avoid using the phone directly in some instances, here’s a useful trick: when the phone rings, answer it and put it to your mouth and ask the caller to “hold on one second”, hold the phone as far from your body as possible while it experiences a frequency surge, then take the call as your normally would.
    3.Do not keep your phone near your body whenever possible:
    a. Keep it as far from your bed as possible when you sleep
    b. Do not carry it in your pocket
    c. Women should NEVER hold their phone in their bra, as there have been correlations to increased breast cancer rates
    4.If you have an iPhone: When you are not using your phone consistently, turn on airplane mode (you won’t receive any calls or messages) or turn off “Cellular Data” under Settings - > Cellular (you can still receive calls and texts)

    Learn more about Dr. Kachko here


    Acupuncture and Cancer Care

    Cancer Self Care and Acupuncture

    Complimentary medicine can offer a different perspective on you and your sense of wellness. While in treatment or even after treatment, acupuncture is a relatively non-invasive way to focus on your health and your self as a whole.

    Mirroring the increased use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by patients being treated for cancer, a number of cancer centers in the United States are integrating acupuncture into cancer care.1

    Clinical studies have demonstrated acupuncture as a an effective way to ameliorate many side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, post-operative pain and immune regulation.

    By reducing pain and stress, improving sleep and supporting the immune system acupuncture can go a long way to improving quality of life and offering an increased sense of well being to those in treatment for and survivors of cancer.

    If you’d like to learn more about how acupuncture can help when dealing with cancer, please join me on February 23, 2015 at 8pm for the talk radio podcast Stupid Cancer Show Stupid Cancer, is a nonprofit organization, comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.

    1. Lu W, Dean-Clower E, Doherty-Gilman A, Rosenthal DS. The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care. Hematology/oncology clinics of North America 200822(4):631-viii. doi:10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.005.

    Click here to learn more about Cynthia Hewett, L.Ac.


    Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depression Effect of Interferon Therapy

    Study suggests fatty acids may prevent medication-induced depression


    Dr. Peter Bongiorno's latest blog explains how old reliable fish oil can block the depression effects of interferon, a commonly used drug for hepatitis, blood cancer, multiple sclerosis, herpes viruses, and many other diseases.

    Interferon can cause depression. A new study shows how fish oil can prevent this.

    Published in Natural Medicine Journal - February 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 2



    Want to increase your chances of living longer? Follow this dietary advice

    Few can argue that increasing longevity has been the ultimate goal for every life form since the dawn of time. The reasons for this have also been the subject of debate for nearly as long as human’s have had control of language. Some evolutionary theories suggest that the main incentive for increasing lifespan is to procreate, while others argue that as humans have evolved we’ve developed higher level needs grounded in an understanding of key socioeconomic tenets. The fact remains though, that historically anyone who was believed to hold the key to a longer life was highly regarded in his or her culture. In our society, where patients only consider seeing their Doctor once “disease” has already set in, we naturally forget about the role that prevention must play in optimal health. For this reason, any time research comes out showing that the foundations of health that we teach at InnerSource Health (a health promoting diet, appropriate exercise, optimal sleep, a positive mental attitude etc.) can objectively promote longer life in a highly reproducible way, I want to shout it from the metaphorical rooftops. See here goes from a study released last month:

    The famous Nurses’ Health Study, which has been tracking the health of 121,000 nurses since 1976, has assessed the role that the Mediterranean diet plays in Telomere length. [I’ll digress for context: the telomere is the part of your DNA which protects it from damage. Each time our cells divide, telomeres shorten. While this is something we need to protect us from uncontrolled cell growth – think cancer – longer telomeres have also been associated with a longer life. Anything we can do to lengthen them while maintaining normal cell cycle control will increase your chances for a long and healthy life]. The researchers found that when they measured the telomere length of white blood cells in these nurses, those who ate a Mediterranean diet were more likely to have longer telomeres. This is in addition to all of the other related benefits of the diet for things like cardiovascular and mental health, and for reducing cancer risk.

    As a Naturopath and Acupuncturist, I have a seemingly endless array of tools to help you get well and stay well. But all of the supplements in the world won’t do you any good in a sustainable way without incorporating health promoting lifestyle choices such as proper diet.

    So then, what is the Mediterranean diet? Primarily seasonal plant based foods from local sources, whole grains, legumes and nuts form the bulk of the diet. Healthy fats are encouraged, along with various herbs and spices for flavoring (instead of added salt, for example). Red meat is limited, but fish and poultry are eaten in moderation. Red (1 glass for women, 1-2 for men) with dinner is encouraged, as well as high quality dark chocolate in moderation. Dairy is eaten but in low volumes, and fresh fruit is the main source of dessert.

    Is the Mediterranean diet right for me? That depends, and is certainly something we can discuss on your next visit. There are lots of dietary options, and no one-size-fits all approach. Schedule a visit by calling 631-421-1848 to go over your options and create an individualized plan just for you.

    Click here to find out more about Dr. Kachko


    Liver and Spring Health, Leaky Gut and Mood, Pina on Dr. Oz again, Free Events

    Issue # 54 - April 11, 2014

    April 2014 Healthletter at a glance:

    - Dr. Pina shoots a new Dr. Oz show
    - Leaky Gut and Mood
    - Pau D'Arco and Heart Health

    - Facial Rejuvenation
    - Heart Health
    - Breast Cancer
    - Low Back Pain

    - Cruciferous Vegetables Inflammation Reducer
    - obesity and carbs



    Three Years Later - is Fukushima Radiation Getting Into Your Food

    How to protect yourself from nuclear fallout and other radiation


    Fukushima and other environmental radiation poses a clear threat to health, as long term radiation exposure can mutate (change) the genetic code in our body, spurring various destructive cancers and inflammations.

    But, it is not as cut and dry as you may think. Please read Dr. Peter's blog on Psychology Today, and learn what the threat is for you, and what you can do to protect yourself.

    This is the expanded-full length article of one that appeared in New Living Magazine a few months prior.



    Pau D'Arco and Heart Disease

    March 21, 2014

    Most commonly mentioned in reference to cancer, Pau D’Arco bark may also have some benefits for those with cardiovascular disease.

    An animal study showed that the inner bark has an ability to inhibit platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots. During the 1970s, human trials conducted by the National Cancer Institute found the same effect.

    Native to Central and South America, the Pau D’Arco tree is a beautiful plant that shows much promise for future research in the world of integrative cardiology.

    Dr. Anne Williams is a natural health expert who works with kids and adults to live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Anne here: here


    Where O Where is My Fresh Air?

    by Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    I jumped into a taxi the other day, only to be accosted by the nauseating smell of an “air freshener” pinned to the car’s air vent. I had a similar experience at a car garage, with steady puffs of perfume saturating my airspace.

    It appears that we are moving back to the Middle Ages, when, instead of cleaning ourselves or our possessions, we are fragrancing away the smells.

    It is not that I am opposed to the occasional mix of sweat, dirt and lilacs – I am more concerned about the chemicals I am inhaling.

    One example, the commonplace candle, can burn vapors containing anything from lead to benzene, which at high levels or in smaller bodies (think kids) can lead to developmental problems and increased cancer risks.

    When you combine that with the average amount of ventilation my or any New York apartment gets in the wintertime (close to zilch), the issue of testing and labeling grows more legitimate.

    Yet like many, I love candles and spice and everything nice. Some great options for the like-minded include 100% beeswax candles, essential oil diffusers or when in a rush or in doubt, fresh air.

    Dr. Anne Williams is a natural health expert who works with kids and adults to live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Anne here: here


    Heart Month - Insulin and High Blood Pressure

    Issue 52 - Febraury 7, 2014

    In this Issue:

    - Insulin and Diabetes

    - Fish Oil Prevents Diabetes by 33%

    new research:
    - Wet wipes to blame for your baby's rash?
    - Vitamin D in seniors is associated with fewer falls
    - Melatonin for weight loss?

    new events galore:
    - 02.05.14 Cardiovascular Disease and Natural Health
    - 02.08.14 Dr. Siobhan lecturing at the Strength For Life Wellness Cancer Retreat.
    - 02/12/14 Our Gastrointestinal Health: It's a Gut Feeling.
    - 02/14-16th Naturopathic Medicine for Mood Disorder with Cancer
    - 2/20/14 Food and Your Genetics
    - 2/28/14 - Harmony with springtime for Best Health



    High Intake of Omega Three Polyunsaturated Fats Reduce Risk of Diabetes 33%

    Fish oil - healthful again


    A very recent journal article from the American Diabetes Association’s Journal Diabetes Care continues to expound on the multitude of fish oil benefits.

    This article looked at over 2200 men from Finland, who were aged between 42 and 60. These men were all without diabetes when the research began. With an average follow up of almost 20 years, they found that the men who had highest levels of fish oils in the blood had a 33% decreased risk of moving on to type 2 diabetes. This intake included both dietary and supplemental fish oil.

    Mercury Toxicity?

    The research also suggested that mercury levels did not have a direct effect on diabetes, although past studies suggest there is a higher level of insulin resistance (insulin no longer having a potent effect in the body, requiring more than normal to be produced). Mercury is well known for playing a role in nervous system and cardiovascular disorders.

    What About the Bad Press Fish Oil Has Received?

    Even though the major media’s has attempted to sway the public insinuating that fish oil and fish oil supplementation is not healthy. This media hype flies in the face the vast majority of past and current research which show clear benefits using fish oil to both support, and prevent a number of conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If you would like more information, please see Dr. Peter’s past article about fish oil and prostate cancer by clicking on the link below.

    Reference article:
    Virtanen JK, Mursu J, Voutilainen S, Uusitupa M, Tuomainen TP. Serum omega-3 polyunsaturated Fatty acids and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men: the kuopio ischemic heart disease risk factor study. Diabetes Care. 2014 Jan37(1):189-96. doi: 10.2337/dc13-1504. Epub 2013 Sep 11.

    Learn More About Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer


    Emotions and the Season of Autumn, Dr. Peter on TV and Radio

    ISH Issue # 49

    November 11, 2013

    Emotions and the Season of Autumn

    Check out Dr. Peter's rather short interview on FOX's Carol Alt show

    Dr. Peter talks depression on the Dr. Pat radio show

    Upcoming Events:
    - 11.12.13 Managing Pain
    - 11.13.13 Preparing For The Cold
    - 11.13.13 Cancer: Natural Methods for Prevention and Treatment
    - 11.16-11.17. 2013: Depression and Fibromyalgia: Common Underlying Mechanisms and Treatments

    Host a Holiday Prevention Party



    Breast Cancer and Natural medicine: Carol Alt Show with Dr. Peter Bongiorno

    10.05.2013 FOX news

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno appears on the Carol Alt Show to discuss natural approaches to breast health and to prevent breast cancer.

    Click HERE for to watch VIDEO


    Strength for Life and Cancer Care: An Interview with Dr. Siobhan Bleakney, ND

    Aug 27, 2013

    Dr. Siobhan Bleakney, ND, natural medicine expert, talks about the benefits of exercise in preventing and recovering from cancer. She highlights Strength for Life, a Long Island-based non-profit organization that offers exercise classes to cancer patients and survivors. Their mission is to ensure a better recovery from cancer diagnoses through exercise, while also creating a support group for participants. Video by Alex H. Wagner


    Healing Hugs, Fish oil and Prostate Cancer, Sun Tea and Much More

    Issue #46

    August 2013 Newletter

    All this in issue# 46:

    Healing Benefits of A Hug

    Sun Tea Recipe for Summer

    Does Fish Intake and Taking Fish Oil Supplements Cause Prostate Cancer?

    Belly Breathing, Hot Flashes and Individuality

    Herbal contamination and supplement quality?

    How can Chinese Medicine balance emotions?

    plus... lots of upcoming events....



    Do Fish oils and Fish Really Cause Prostate Cancer?

    Media Hype or Good Science?

    08-04-2013: Dr. Peter Bongiorno's Psychology today blog

    Does Fish Intake and Taking Fish Oil Supplements Cause Prostate Cancer?

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno elegantly answers this question on Psychology Today - please click the link below to read it.



    Belly Breathing, Hot Flashes and Individuality

    By Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    A form of belly breathing, known as “paced breathing,” is now being studied for its effect on hot flashes. The journal Menopause, found a significant improvement from twice daily practice.

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a change in breathing pattern would be well suited to an individual who’s metal element (characterized as the lung) was weak, since metal is the source of water (which represents, among other things, the human reproductive system) in the five element cycle. For another person, whose elemental imbalance lay elsewhere, breathing techniques wouldn’t be indicated as a top priority.

    The importance of individuality in treatment can be seen through conflicting research – a common source of frustration for the consumer. A month prior to the aforementioned study, the Journal of General Internal Medicine published its conclusion that a paced breathing intervention for hot flashes does not meet a clinically significant outcome. Since the trial designs were similar – how does one rectify the conflict in conclusions?

    Part of the answer may be that this therapy was appropriate for some and not for others and suiting the treatment to the person as a whole and not just the symptoms is an integral part of success.

    It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has. – Sir William Osler

    Carpenter JS, et al. Paced Respiration for Vasomotor and Other Menopausal Symptoms: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Aug.
    Gilbert C. Clinical applications of breathing regulation. Beyond anxiety management. Behav Modif. 2003 Oct.
    Mann E, et al. Cognitive behavioural treatment for women who have menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment (MENOS 1): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Oncol. 2012 Mar.
    Sood R, et al. Paced breathing compared with usual breathing for hot flashes. Menopause. 2012 Sep.
    Yousaf O, et al. A randomised controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural intervention for men who have hot flushes following prostate cancer treatment (MANCAN): trial protocol. BMC Cancer. 2012 Jun.


    Thoughts on Blue Light and Sleep


    By Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    Of all the visible light wavelengths that contact our retinas, blue light appears to inhibit melatonin release the most potently. This exposure may be of benefit in the daytime by promoting alertness and supporting shifts in our circadian rhythm. However, at night, light exposure and in particular blue light could be disrupting our internal clocks.

    Fluorescent light and light-emitting diodes (LED) typically provide a greater source of the blue spectrum than natural and incandescent light. This means that most of your lightbulbs and electronics have the potential to inhibit sleep onset – and can do so from short periods of exposure and for hours after exposure. The Harvard Health Letter recommends powering down bright screens as much as two to three hours before bed.

    In the real world, this impact may not be as severe as in controlled settings with narrowband light exposure. However, the blue light effect may also be dependent on one’s genes and individual sensitivity will vary. Several studies, with small statistical power, showed a significant difference in serum melatonin levels after blue light exposure and also demonstrated that blue light provides a more powerful effect on sleep-wake cycles than the natural light people often awaken from at dawn.

    The potential impacts of sleep deprivation and light exposure at night (e.g. nightwork) are numerous. Leptin and ghrelin concentrations, which modulate appetite to some degree, can vary in accordance with light exposure. Increased risks of cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression can be found among night shift workers. Sleep deprivation can lead to impairments in cognitive function, immune suppression, and inflammation. Though blue light is only one factor in this equation, its presence seems to be increasing. For an interesting take on light pollution in general, its history and impact on environment, I recommend reading this fascinating article: “Missing the Dark: The Health Effects of Light Pollution” at

    Ackermann K, et al. Diurnal rhythms in blood cell populations and the effect of acute sleep deprivation in healthy young men. Sleep. July 2012
    Bara AC, Arber S. Working shifts and mental health—findings from the British Household Panel Survey (1995-2005). Scand J Work Environ Health October 2009
    Chellappa SL, et al. Human melatonin and alerting response to blue-enriched light depend on a polymorphism in the clock gene PER3. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. March 2012
    Chennaoui M, et al. Effect of one night of sleep loss on changes in tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) levels in healthy men. Cytokine. November 2011.
    Figueiro MG, et al. Light Modulates Leptin and Ghrelin in Sleep-Restricted Adults. Inter J Endocr July 2012
    Figueiro MG, et al. The impact of light from computer monitors on melatonin levels in college students. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2011
    Gooley JJ, et al. Exposure to room light before bedtime suppresses melatonin onset and shortens melatonin duration in humans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab March 2011
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    Killgore WD. Effects of sleep deprivation on cognition. Prog Brain Res. 2010
    Münch M, et al. Circadian and wake-dependent effects on the pupil light reflex in response to narrow-bandwidth light pulses. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci July 2012
    Pan A, et al. Rotating night shift work and risk of type 2 diabetes: two prospective cohort studies in women. PLoS Med. December 2011
    Pimenta AM, et al. Night-shift work and cardiovascular risk among employees of a public university. Rev Assoc Med Bras. April 2012
    Vetter C, et al. Blue-enriched office light competes with natural light as a zeitgeber. Scand J Work Environ Health September 2011
    Wang XS, et al. Shift work and chronic disease: the epidemiological evidence. Occup Med (Lond). March 2011
    West KE, et al. Blue light from light-emitting diodes elicits a dose-dependent suppression of melatonin in humans. J Appl Physiol December 2010
    Wood B, et al. Light level and duration of exposure determine the impact of self-luminous tablets on melatonin suppression. Applied Ergonomics March 2013

    Blue Light and Sleep


    Healthletter Sept 2012: Natural Cancer Care, Seasonal Allergies, Tumeric for Diabetes, Statins Bringing You Down?

    Issue 36, September 2012

    This months healthletter includes:

    - latest events

    - seasonal allergies

    - statin medications and low mood

    - tumeric for diabetes

    - Dr. Peter's latest video on natural medicine for cancer

    Click Here for Newsletter


    Natural Medicine for Cancer Prevention and Treatment


    Can natural medicine really offer anything to patients dealing with cancer, or wanting to prevent first-time disease or recurrence?

    Watch Dr. Peter Bongiorno, as he shares his thoughts about how natural medicine can serve to help guide, support, and change the experience of cancer care.

    Watch Video Here


    Can Natural Medicine Help Cancer Treatment and Prevention?

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno interviewed


    Can natural medicine really offer anything to patients dealing with cancer, or wanting to prevent first-time disease or recurrence?

    Listen to Dr. Peter Bongiorno, as he shares his thoughts about how natural medicine can serve to help guide, support, and change the experience of cancer care.

    Click Here To Listen to Dr. Peter Bongiorno Discuss Natural Medicine for Cancer