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  • Should Pregnant Moms Avoid Peanuts?
    Milk, Egg and Blood Type Risk Factors?
  • The Ultimate in Public Health: Stopping Nuclear War
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    Biased expert supports medication with suicide risk
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    Shedding Light on Eye Health
    By Dr. Dawn Siglain ND, LAc

    There has been quite a buzz about masks to cover our nose and mouth lately, but what about protection for our precious eyes?

    May is Healthy Vision Month, so let’s take some time to care for our dear eyes. Ever wonder how to get that sparkle in your eye? Our eyes radiate from our hearts and souls which exudes our vibe out to the world. Let’s send out good vibes!

    When it comes to eye health, preventative care is key. Naturopathic medicine treats the root cause of disease. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I have to uncover the cause of a patient’s discomfort.

    There are four cranial nerves involved with the wellness of our eyes. A cranial nerve disorder can affect vision, movement of the eye and sensation of the eye. Symptoms can include blindness, double vision, or paralysis of eye or eyelid (such as drooping of the upper eyelid which interferes with vision). The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain and there is a particularly important part of the eye that is located near the optic nerve that I’d like to bring to your attention. The retina is an extension of the brain. It’s a nerve layer lining the back portion of the eye which receives light to convert into neural signals and then creates impulses to communicate with the brain. This is how we can interpret images.

    The health of our retina is important as it directly correlates with brain functioning. Chronic conditions and poor habits take a toll on the health of our eyes. Making good choices early in life create beneficial habits. Healthy lifestyle choices really do matter. Nutrients for eye health include lutein, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids. Wearing good quality sunglasses year round are also proactive and especially to be considered for children. The lens of youngsters filter out less UV A & B rays which means the rays penetrate their retina easier and may lead to a chronic eye condition later in life.

    Once quarantine is lifted, consider getting your eyes checked. Comprehensive regular eye exams are encouraged by AOA ( American Optometric Association) and make sure you ask for retinal imaging as it can detect signs of neurodegenerative disease before cognitive impairment sets in. This is crucial as early intervention is key in slowing disease development with Alzheimers. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a great tool in detecting ocular and systemic diseases early on. It’s non-invasive retinal imaging which can help to detect diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and arterial and vein occlusions.

    Protect your eyes all the time. Join Dr. Dawn’s webinar this Thursday 5/21 at 4 pm to learn more!


    Immune Supportive Natural Therapies During Covid-19 and the Coronavirus - What You Should Know Right Now

    updated 03-30-2020

    This articles reviews available research about natural medicines for optimal immune support during this challenging time of Coronavirus and Covid-19

    I - Introductory Thought – 2

    II - Where Did This Virus Come From? – 2

    III - What About Children? – 2

    IV - Don’t Panic – The Virus Will Probably Reach You – 3

    V - If I Don’t Need to Panic, Why All the Hoopla? – 3

    VI - What Should I Be Doing Right Now to Best Prepare and Protect Myself? – 4

    VII - How Can I Best Prepare for Possibly Getting Sick? – 9

    IX - What Do I Do and Take If I Believe I Have Contracted the Coronavirus? – 10

    XI – Summary Chart of Covid-19 Support Recommendations - 14

    XII – Appreciation, About the Author, Resources, References – 15



    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



    Sense & Sensitivity

    8.2.16: Dr. Kachko was interviewed about food sensitivity

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed by Natural Practitioner Magazine on the impact of food allergy and sensitivity on overall health:

    "Additives and preservatives can certainly create intolerances. For example, said Robert Kachko ND, LAc of InnerSource Health, New York, people of all ages are beginning to react negatively to added hormones and elevated casein content of conventional dairy products. “We see this very often in children who are hyperactive or suffer from chronic ear infections, eczema, asthma etc., in addition to allergies. Some of the most common food additives which can serve as allergens include sulfites, aspartame, parabens, tartrazine, benzoates, nitrates/nitrites and BHT/BHA.”

    Photo credit: Natural Practitioner Magazine

    Read the article here!


    Why Repressed Emotions Affect Our Health


    Do our cells have embedded memory? Why is that important to know?

    Unquestionably, research has proven that every experience we have, has been imprinted into our cells. This occurs on every level and encompasses all the five senses. All this information is being logged into our bodies and stored in our cells. Our cells even “listen” to what we think. Our bodies respond to our thoughts. Be they positive and uplifting or negative and depressing.

    There is a saying, “Perception is Reality”. Your reaction to circumstances is based on your personal experiences and belief system. It is the way you see, feel, and express yourself in your life.

    So what does this have to do with our health and well being? Everything!!

    We all come from different walks of life. Some have had a very difficult childhood which could range from family trauma and abuse, to various debilitating health issues. Of course, experiencing trauma can come at any time of our life. Accidents, loss of loved ones, job loss. All these misfortunes affect our cells. Ultimately our health is compromised.

    How did we digest these occurrences, or did we? Perhaps consciously we didn’t and we just went into survival mode. This path takes us into the concept of repressed emotions and the toll it takes on our health in the years ahead.

    Candence Pert, (1944-2013), neuroscientist and pharmacologist, former Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stated in her book Molecules of Emotions, “repressed emotions are stored in the body, the unconscious mind, via the release of neuropeptide ligands, and that memories are held in their receptors (i.e. emotions). The neuropeptides and receptors, the biochemicals of emotion are the messengers carrying information to link the major systems of the body into one unit called the body-mind.
    These chemicals in our body are the substrates of the emotions, and they are in constant communication with our immune system, the mechanism through which health and disease are created”.

    With more that 80 types of auto-immune diseases, the medical society is still wondering what causes them. Many have similar symptoms, which makes diagnosis difficult.

    Medications are helpful in treating certain symptoms, but the individual suffering needs to get to the source of the emotion to find out what may be repressed and causing their quality of life to deteriorate.

    Sondra Barrett, PhD, in her book Secrets of Your Cells, cites a study by psychologist James Pennebaker, in which he claims that when people hold back a painful or fearful story, the very experience of holding back is stressful, and their cells respond accordingly with symptoms of stress and anxiety. Once those thoughts have been released, there was a wave of relief, and their cells initiate the chemistry of peace.

    How To Take Control of Emotional Health

    There are effective ways one can take control of these emotional health issues holistically, since emotions are just one dimension of a greater whole. This is the body, mind, and spirit connection imperative to maintaining harmony and balance within.

    Integrating a supportive natural health care approach with your holistic healthcare practitioner will help you to maintain an emotionally balanced body-mind system. A custom tailored nutritional program will also give you a big boost in emotional stability and maintaining optimum energy levels.

    Speak positively to your cells. Remember. They’re listening!

    Bio: Donna L. Nesteruk is a Licensed Acupuncturist with National Diplomat NCCAOM Board Certification. Certified Instructor and Practitioner of Acutonics® Tuning Fork Therapy. Donna is advanced certified and specializes in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation incorporating various modalities including acupuncture, non-invasive tuning forks, and facial cupping with jade stone gua sha. Donna is a Reiki Master, Certified in EFT, a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, and Certified in Sound Healing, Vocal Toning, and is a member of the Sound Healers Association. If you are interested in more information, you can make an appointment with Donna in Huntington Long Island, or the NYC office by contacting her at (631) 848-8856 or e-mail:
    More about Donna here: here

    sculpture: Aristide Mallilol, Bronze, c. 1904, photo credit: P Bongiorno


    Probiotics for Preventing the Sniffles: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

    August 25, 2014

    by Dr. Anne Williams

    The Japan Pediatric Society recently reported that twice daily supplementation with probiotics was able to “significantly lower risk of fever, cough,” runny nose and school absence in children 8-13 years of age.

    Preventing the severity of viral infections such as the common cold can also prevent the likelihood of secondary infections such as sinusitis and middle ear infections.

    In addition to the immune-boosting effects against viral infections, probiotics have also been found to reduce the incidence of allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergy symptoms in children.

    Treating the digestive system is a common way to support the immune and respiratory system in Chinese medicine. Once again, we see ancient wisdom corroborated by modern research.

    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. Williams here: here


    Pediatr Int. 2012 Oct54(5):682-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-200X.2012.03647.x. Epub 2012 Jul 10.
    Randomized controlled trial of probiotics to reduce common cold in schoolchildren.
    Rerksuppaphol S1, Rerksuppaphol L.

    Pediatr Res. 2007 Aug62(2):215-20.
    A randomized prospective double blind controlled trial on effects of long-term consumption of fermented milk containing Lactobacillus casei in pre-school children with allergic asthma and/or rhinitis.
    Giovannini M1, Agostoni C, Riva E, Salvini F, Ruscitto A, Zuccotti GV, Radaelli G Felicita Study Group.


    Simple Steps for Back-To-School Preparation: Routine

    August 20, 2014

    Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    Studies show that one of the best ways to support your children's academic performance and personal growth is with reliable structure. Especially by providing a consistent bedtime and mealtime. Poor grades in school and depression are strongly correlated with irregular patterns.

    Children respond well to a routine that they can depend on in the face of the many changing factors in their school environment. All change results in stress on the body and the home environment is one place that can provide a sense of rest and repose. Restorative home time allows kids to have the energy to be more flexible in other situations.

    Though complaints are frequent with bed and mealtime routines, remember that hindsight is usually 20/20 and your kids will most likely thank you, even if that thanks only comes years from now.

    An added bonus for mom comes with bedtime routine. It appears that not only children benefit through improved sleep quality but mom’s mood improves as well.

    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

    The Prince’s Trust Youth Index 2012.

    Sleep. 2009 May32(5):599-606.
    A nightly bedtime routine: impact on sleep in young children and maternal mood.
    Mindell JA1, Telofski LS, Wiegand B, Kurtz ES.


    Pregnancy Preparation

    Research shows that a healthy pregnancy begins months prior to conception. It is in this pre-pregnancy time that a mom-to-be can begin healthy lifestyle choices. Especially important are improving the basics of health, such as diet, sleep, exercise and relaxation work, to help ensure a healthy start for the baby and a safe pregnancy for the mother.
    Throughout the pregnancy it is important to maintain a healthy weight for your height and body type. Gentle exercise and a healthy diet will keep your body functioning at an optimal level. Nutrient-dense foods can help achieve this goal while avoiding excess weight gain, which would decrease the risk of blood sugar problems while pregnant, known as gestational diabetes.
    Methylated folate may be the most important supplement needed for women of childbearing age. A minimum of 400 mcg per day is needed before and during pregnancy in order to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. What most doctors do not even know is that common folic acid, the form found in most prenatal vitamins, may actually be useless to some woman who posses a defect in their MTHFR gene. This gene is needed to convert inactive folic acid to the active form, methylfolate. When the gene is defective, it can also lead to blood clots during pregnancy and miscarriages. A simple blood test can identify women with MTHFR defects. For all pre-pregnant, and pregnant women, excellent natural sources of the right folate forms include: beans, lentils, spinach, asparagus, and avocado.
    For the best care be sure to speak to your doctor regarding a prenatal vitamin and healthy lifestyle habits.


    "Recommendations." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Jan. 2012. Web. 12 July 2014.

    Dr. Lynch, "Is MTHFR Affecting Your Pregnancy?" MTHFRNet. N.p., 24 May 2013. Web. 12 July 2014.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Siobhan Hanlon


    ADHD an immune and gastrointestinal disease? Looking beyond the neurological.


    A recent report in the journal European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, pointed to a more complex origin for attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder. The journal pointed out that children with ADHD commonly suffer from immune disorders, that the genes linked to ADHD affect the immune system and that higher levels of immune-mediated inflammation can lead to ADHD symptoms.

    Children with ADHD are known to have a greater incidence of gastrointestinal upset and irregularity – independent of pharmacological treatment.

    This research is an encouraging step toward widening the lens on childhood illness. Instead of a linear “1 pill to control 1 mechanism” approach, the human body can be seen more completely – as a dynamic complex organism.

    Confirming the wisdom of holistic naturopathic approaches to illness and dysfunction, treating the whole person is truly treating the whole disease.

    Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print]
    Nutrition, immunological mechanisms and dietary immunomodulation in ADHD.
    Verlaet AA1, Noriega DB, Hermans N, Savelkoul HF.

    Pediatrics. 2013 Nov132(5):e1210-5. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1580. Epub 2013 Oct 21.
    Association of constipation and fecal incontinence with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
    McKeown C1, Hisle-Gorman E, Eide M, Gorman GH, Nylund CM.

    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


    Got to Drink Milk? Learn Your A1's and A2's for Best Health


    Cow’s milk is a staple food in many homes. Unfortunately cow’s milk itself may be a silent, but potent factor in a number of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory issues, gastrointestinal health, and mood disorders, as well as infant and children’s health problems.

    Emerging research suggests the type of cow’s milk you drink may be a part of the issue.

    Learn about which milk may be healthier… and that it is more than likely you are not drinking it



    What’s a Phthalate and Why Does It Matter for Joe and Jane Jr.?

    by Dr. Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    Maybe you’ve been hearing the buzz about phthalates in your food, cosmetics and home care products. So what are they, exactly?

    Phthalates are chemicals derived from naphthalene, the beloved mothball. They act as softeners or “plasticizers” in your basic plastic structure. Without such plasticizers, plastic (PVC, PE or PP) is actually quite hard and referred to as “hard plastic.”

    How do phthalates affect us? It appears that children and infants may be at the greatest risk from phthalate exposure, especially during pregnancy.

    Endocrine disruption, including endometriosis, fibroids, male infertility, pre-term birth, asthma, obesity and heart disease are among the conditions associated with greater exposure to phthalates.

    What can we do? To start with, consider the old-fashioned glass, stainless steel and iron as your friendly alternatives to plasticware in the home, especially for storing food.


    Healthletter 1-2014: child's immune health, emotions and winter, ashwaganda for anxiety

    Issue 51 - January 9, 2014

    Healthletter Issue 51 - January 9, 2014

    child's immune health
    emotions and winter
    ashwaganda for anxiety

    Photoalbum of Drs. Pina and Peter at Barron's Financial Advisor Summit

    New Research in:
    - Depression and Zinc
    - Alzheimers' and Vitamin E
    - Heart Disease and the Mediterranean Diet




    Fearless Parent Radio Show with Host Kelly Brogan MD

    November 20, 2013

    from Dr. Pina: Dear Fearless Parent,

    Often a parent’s biggest fear is the uncertainty we feel when a child gets sick. We wonder… Is she really ok? Is he actually in danger? On this show, we will discuss how to enhance your children’s immune system so they don’t get sick too often, while learning some powerful tools natural medicine has to offer. Knowing these handy solutions allows me to feel more confident as a mom when caring for my little one. I hope they’ll help you, too! Looking forward to our show!



    Black cohosh contamination causing liver problems – what can we learn?

    Patients often ask me “is there really a difference between the herbs and vitamins you use in your practice, and the supplements I can get at Whole Foods or at the Vitamin Shoppe?”

    My answer is: “yes, often there is.”

    Federal laws regulating vitamins and supplements do not require that companies check their sources for quality, quantity or toxic contaminants. And generally, companies that sell vitamins and herbs do not test these for quality themselves they rely on the manufacturer of the supplement to do it, which is akin to allowing the fox protect the hen house.

    Does Black Cohosh Really Cause Liver Damage?

    Black cohosh is an herb well known for its help with hormonal balance in peri-menopausal and menopausal women. It is also helpful for mood disorders, especially depression.

    A recent article from the American Botanical Council highlights some of the on-going problems within the natural products industry (1). In this article in particular, several reports claimed an association between black cohosh and liver damage.

    When examined more thoroughly, it appears that the products implicated were made of other herbs in order to keep costs low. Poor quality control and false labeling is not new. It has happened before with other herbs like bilberry (used for diabetes and eye care), echinacea (used for immune support) and gingko (used for circulation support).

    What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

    The best way to protect yourself is to be an active consumer and research the companies that you are using. Call their quality control departments and partner with us by letting companies know that you care.

    At Inner Source Health, we would not give a patient a supplement we would not take ourselves. We screen companies based on their testing methods, their raw batch tests and their finished batch analyses. The vitamins we use are all independently tested and verified, both for content (making sure the right herbs and vitamins are in there) and quality (making sure that common toxins like heavy metals and pesticides are not).

    Dr. Anne Williams is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at Inner Source health in New York City. She graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, and is well-known for her work with skin health, children and chronic disease care. More about her can be found by visiting:


    1 - American Botanical Council Press release: Herbal Quality Consortium Publishes Major Article on Black Cohosh Adulteration. May 28, 2013


    Science Is Starting to Catch Up to Naturopathic Wisdome

    we are finally learning what Aunt Lillie already knew


    My hearty and hale 92 year-old Aunt Lillie remains the healthful life of the party. In fact, a few weeks ago, she led the sing along for my parents’ 55th anniversary. When I was a kid, I remember her telling us to eat our broccoli and eat plenty of fish. She also warned us to stay away from margarine - she made it a point to say: ‘as long as I’m alive, only BUTTER will be eaten in this house!”

    As a kid, I did like fish, but never really gravitated towards green vegetables. I also had no problem slathering margarine all over a piece of Wonder bread.

    Today, as a naturopathic physician, I realize it was not only just Aunt Lillie who appreciated the benefits of healthy foods at a time when it was not very fashionable. During my childhood and adolescent years (of the 60’s through the 1980’s), while I was eating at Burger King anytime I had the chance, there was a subculture of ‘health fanatic’ naturopathic physicians who believed that whole and organic food were vitally important to health. They were also persecuted for telling people not to take wonder drugs, for the body can heal with natural means. People like Dr. John Bastyr (for whom my naturopathic medical school Bastyr University in Seattle is named after) held this thoughtful space and carried natural medicine, virtually by themselves, until the rest of society could catch up....


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    Stress and Violence Shorten Your Genes, and Your Life: the telomere story

    Does environment cause your genes to turn up disease?


    Childhood stress and violence exposure will contribute to getting disease earlier in adult life, according to a new, and important study. Published in the May 2012 issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers from Duke University worked with 236 children (about half boys and half girls) that were born in 1994 through 1995. To evaluate disease risk, they looked at the length of these children’s telomeres at 5 and 10 years of age.

    Telomeres are like little caps at the ends of our genes. These caps can be thought of as little gene protectors that erode as we age. When telomeres get too short, our genes (which are the instructions our cells have to create healthy reactions in our body) can get damaged. This damage contributes extensively to disease. We already know that poor food choices, not exercising, smoking, low vitamin D levels, radiation, and diseases like diabetes all correlate with shortening, or erosion of telomeres.

    Telomeres can be measured in kids quite easily by using a non-invasive test where cells are gently swabbed from the inside of the cheek. Children who were exposed to two or more violent experiences had significantly more erosion of these telomeres. Violent exposures could be frequent bullying, physical mistreatment by an adult, or exposure to domestic violence. Children with more erosion of telomeres are likely to be much more susceptible to heart disease, memory problems and many others common maladies.

    Can Telomeres Get Longer?

    But there is good news too: good nutrition, exercise and relaxation work may in fact lengthen telomeres. A 2008 pilot study by Dean Ornish and his colleagues found that eating healthy food and making lifestyle changes which lowered psychological stress and balanced blood fats (lipids) correlated with lengthening of the telomeres.

    Doesn’t This Study Tell Me What I Already Know?

    In a way, this research does tell us what we already know: that living healthily is good for our bodies and helps ward off disease, and that unhealthy and stressful circumstances can bring on disease sooner. The reason why this is useful inforamtion is because it tells us more about how exactly these things can help or hurt us, and should give us more motivation to make healthful changes.

    Knowing more about why disease happens gives each of more knowledge about our choices. While conventional medical wisdom still applies the axiom “it’s your genes, there is nothing you can do” the truth is about 70% of our genetic information is controllable through diet, lifestyle, not smoking and environmental exposures. These genes, called ‘luxury genes’ are affected by epigenetic controls, meaning meaning circumstances above the genes that will decide whether the ‘volume’ of particular genes will get turned on or off, or how loud – think of a volume control on your stereo. Telomeres are one of these volume controls.

    When I explain this idea to patients, I often find a sense of new empowerment emerges – knowledge is power, and the more information one has about how their own body works, the more likely each of us are going to take more action.

    Telomeres and Television?

    My October 6, 2011 PT blog discussed the role of television on the brain, and how TV watching can also increase rates of disease. It is likely increased violent TV exposure in kids may have the same negative effect on telomeres in kids as does real-life exposure.

    So, with this new study we are reminded that environmental circumstances play a strong role in how our genes will affect our ability to stay healthy. This may be a good time to look at the food, environmental and lifestyle exposures in our kids’ lives and think about possible positive and negative effects of other common everyday occurrences on telomeres. Any others you can think of?

    Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc practices in New York, and authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Therapies His new book How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? will be out in the fall of 2012. He can be reached by visiting


    Shalev I, Moffitt TE et al. Exposure to violence during childhood is associated with telomere erosion from 5 to 10 years of age: a longitudinal study. Molecular Psychiatry , 24 April 2012, doi:10.1038/mp.2012.32

    Ornish D, Lin J et al. Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study. Lancet Oncol. 2008 Nov9(11):1048-57. Epub 2008 Sep 15.


    SLEEP: Better than the flu vaccine?

    reprint from 2009 blog


    What drug can improve your immune system 300%? Well, no one drug we know of, but it has been shown that people who get 7 hours of sleep or more a night will improve their immune status 3 fold over those who get less.

    A study from the Archives of Internal medicine evaluated 153 people, and exposed them to a cold virus via nose drops. What was found was those who had less than 7 hours of sleep were three times as likely to catch the virus and get sick than those who had more than 8 hours of sleep1. Other studies have also shown inadequate sleep lowers natural killer cells, which are immune cells that fight cancer 2.

    I had the enjoyment of attending my 17 month old daughter's music class today. A number of mothers there were talking about their worries for getting the various flu shots, for doctors did not have them. One woman was planning on visiting all the pharmacies in town to see who might schedule her in to receive shots for herself and child. No one discussed getting enough sleep though. If there was a vaccine or drug that had these same results, this would take top space in all media outlets. And yet, this information about sleep is practically unheard of. I do not believe there is any research that tells us the swine flu vaccine is as protective as sleep, and yet people are clamoring for their shot when they should think about clamoring to get to bed on time. Buona notte ('good night' in Italian).

    For more information about steps to fight the flu, please click link below

    written and (c) by: Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc and Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc of


    1. Sheldon Cohen, William J. Doyle, Cuneyt M. Alper, Denise Janicki-Deverts, Ronald B. Turner, Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold Arch Intern Med. 2009169(1):62-67.

    2. M Irwin, A Mascovich, JC Gillin, R Willoughby, J Pike and TL Smith Partial sleep deprivation reduces natural killer cell activity in humans Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol 56, Issue 6 493-498

    Click here for FLU article


    What to Do If Your Child Has Cradle Cap?

    Article on

    Are you worried about scaly patches on your baby's scalp? Read what Naturopathic Doctor Pina LoGiudice recommends to parents whose infant has cradle cap.

    Click here to read the article.


    Should Pregnant Moms Avoid Peanuts?

    Milk, Egg and Blood Type Risk Factors?

    November 4, 2010

    It is becoming more apparent that the pregnancy environment plays a strong role in the health of the future adult. About 1% of the population reports allergy to peanuts and other tree nuts.

    A study in this month's Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology conducted at Mount Sinai in New York looked at 503 infants. According to blood tests, it was found that the babies whose mothers ate a greater number of peanut products during pregnancy were more likely to test positive for peanut allergies showing as allergic factors found in the blood. Of note, it is not clear whether these children will definitely develop allergy. Most of the children had not actually ingested peanuts at the time of the blood test.

    What is particularly interesting in this study is that all had likely milk or egg allergies or significant eczema, which are risk factors for peanut allergy. From a naturopathic standpoint, we see that many young patients do indeed have cow’s milk, egg and even gluten allergies - all of which can increase inflammatory cells in the body, thus causing increased susceptibility to an exaggerated reaction to peanut. In our experience, removing offending foods like cow’s milk and gluten can often lower the child’s reactiveness to other foods like peanut. Typically, this avoidance is followed by using herbs and nutrients to heal the intestines and lower the inflammation response.

    Additionally, it would have been useful if the researchers had checked the peanut reaction by stratifying (organizing) the data by patient blood type. According to the blood type diet theory, patients who are type O or B may be more reactive to peanut proteins. It is possible that this subset of children may require greater surveillance for allergic reactions.

    Sicherer, S. The J Allergy Clin Imm 2010 125 (6): 1322-1326 ( )
    Sicherer, S. The J Allergy Clin Imm 2010 in press (

    click here for reference


    The Ultimate in Public Health: Stopping Nuclear War
    65th anniversary of nuclear bombing in Japan

    August 6, 2010

    Although natural medicine is important in all our lives, the threat of nuclear remains more over-arching than ever before. Two-hundred and twenty THOUSAND people perished with merely two relatively small atomic bombs 65 years ago. The technology and bombing capacity from both nations, as well as driven individuals, today is catastrophically immeasurable.

    Please read the following paragraphs, which are is reprinted from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). If you believe in true health and healing and prevention of sickness and death, consider learning more about PSR and even supporting their efforts ( ):

    - - In the waning days of World War II, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The city was devastated almost instantly and an estimated 140,000 people were killed or died within months. Three days later, America detonated a second bomb over Nagasaki. Another 80,000 men, women and children lost their lives. Many died from injuries or the combined effects of flash burns, trauma and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness. Others continue to suffer from leukemia and solid cancers attributed to their exposure to radiation.

    The anniversary of that devastating day is a time to recommit ourselves to a world free of nuclear weapons. PSR Chapters across the country are hosting events commemorating the anniversary and using this historic opportunity to educate lawmakers and the public about why a world without these weapons is safer and more secure.

    PSR Click Here


    Do It With Spice, Licensing Update, Vit D and Depression

    June 2010

    In this issue learn:
    - how to use natural medicine for fertility
    - where the licensing effort is
    - what Dr. Peter uses to make a muffin
    - the fecund vegetable Community Supported Agriculture to which the drs. P belong
    - how money affects children's medicine
    - grapefruit for hepatitis C
    - the latest lectures, and more...

    Click here to view entire newsletter.


    Children's Medicine and Money

    Biased expert supports medication with suicide risk

    May 23, 2010

    A few years back, it was reported that antidepressants could cause increase risk of suicide in teens. As a result, prescription rates decreased 18% to 20% in children
    when the FDA added a warning to the medication. This spurred debate and an influential published report from a concerned psychiatry expert that the FDA warning may actually produce 'more harm than good.' Interestingly, last year, a congressional investigation convicted this same author of “failing to report a third of the income he received from companies whose drugs he was evaluating.” This is clearly a case of unfortunate bias, which may not be in the best interest of the children with depression. Antidepressant medications are known to be of help in adults with severe depression, but are not better than placebo in mild to moderate cases. Dr. Peter is publishing a book in a month called Healing Depression - this book will be the most complete book in the field of natural medicines for depressive illness. Stay tuned for more about it.

    1- Nemeroff CB, Kalali A, Keller MB, Charney DS, Lenderts SE, Cascade EF, Stephenson H, Schatzberg AF (2007). Impact of publicity concerning pediatric
    suicidality data on physician practice patterns in the United States. Arch Gen
    Psychiatry 64:466-472
    2- Roy-Byrne P Antidepressants in Pediatric Patients: Benefits Might Outweigh Risks Journal Watch Psychiatry April 17, 2007
    3- Denise Gellene, Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times October 04, 2008
    4- Selvi B. Williams, MD, MPH, Elizabeth A. O’Connor, PhD, Michelle Eder, PhD, Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH Screening for Child and Adolescent Depression in
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    DIABETES, ADHD, New Lecture

    Feb - Mar 2010

    Please download our comprehensive articles on Attention Deficit, and know that there are many options to heal and balance a child (or adult) with this condition. One in eight New Yorkers have diabetes, and 25% of us do not know it. Natural medicine is a wonderful place to start the road to beating this condition brought on mostly by diet and lifestyle. We have a number of lectures coming up in both New York City and Long Island - we hope to see you there. - dr. pina and dr. peter

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    January 2010

    A healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year to all. We firstly , we want to thank all patients, family and friends who nominated us best of Long Island children"s health, nutrition and acupuncture. We are honored to be chosen best in acupuncture. This Jan 2010 newsletter also includes interesting information about the association between gluten and miscarriages, as well as what pregnant women can do for nausea. We have a number of lectures coming up in both New York City and Long Island - we hope to see you there. - dr. pina and dr. peter

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    Working Moms Undiagnosed for Depression

    December 5, 2009

    by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc and Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc

    An evaluation of national data on 2,130 mothers revealed that working mothers with depression were less likely to receive adequate treatment, possibly because excessive work hours do not allow time for proper care. It seems working mothers are greater risk for more difficulty from depression, for more than 65 percent of U.S. mothers with depression don"t receive adequate treatment, a new study has found. Even more, Black, Hispanic and other minority mothers are least likely to receive adequate treatment. Moms with health insurance are three times more likely to receive adequate treatment. Depression in mothers can have a major impact on the entire family, especially on the health and well-being of their children, the researchers noted. Treating depression in mothers can improve the long-term health of their families. Mothers with depression have children with higher incidences of a number of diseases, including asthma and psychological illness.

    Commentary: Given this information, it seems crucial that the workplace becomes a place where working moms can have access to proper diagnostic techniques and integrative health solutions. Oftentimes, discussion of the condition with an empathic ear can be a part of the healing. Furthermore, there are numerous natural remedies that are very useful to help moms feel better while lifestyle and environmental changes are sought.

    Note: Dr. Peter Bongiorno’s book: Naturopathic Treatments for Depression will be released in January of 2010 (CCNM Press).
    Reference: Litzelman et al. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research e-publication ahead of print (November 2009)