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    Mood formulas from Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Mood Systems Balance and Neurotransmitter Balance

    As a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field of natural, functional and integrative health, Dr. Bongiorno has created unique formulations to help balance mood and neurotransmitters. His latest formulations for mood, created with Douglas Laboratories are used by physicians around the country, and around the world:

    Mood Systems Balance†™: combines a truly unique blend of ingredients to support the underlying physiologic processes in the body that are key for healthy mood. These compounds work on blood sugar balance, support the stress system, and help the digestive tract, along with a balancing effect on inflammation. It uses saffron extract, rhodiola, curcumin, chromium and berberine. It is often used with Dr. Peter's Neurotransmitter balance when indicated for more total mood lifting support. This formulation was among the first to use saffron as part of a mood support complex.

    Neurotransmitter Balance †™ utilizes several well-researched ingredients known to support mood and emotion by helping support the neurotransmitter system. Its unique blend includes SAMe, macuna, Venetron (a Chinese herb with thousands of years of historical use), 5-HTP, and tyrosine. Individually, these have been researched for their mood benefit. This is the first formula to bring these together into one complex to help the neurotransmitter system create optimal mood balance

    †™ Please note the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The above info is for informational purposes only. This does not replace the relationship between a patient and a doctor. Always communicate with your health care practitioner before taking these or any other products. It is best to work directly with your physician for any health problems.

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    Mood formulas from Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Mood Systems Balance and Neurotransmitter Balance

    As a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field of natural, functional and integrative health, Dr. Bongiorno has created unique formulations to help balance mood and neurotransmitters. His latest formulations for mood, created with Douglas Laboratories are used by physicians around the country, and around the world:

    Mood Systems Balance†™: combines a truly unique blend of ingredients to support the underlying physiologic processes in the body that are key for healthy mood. These compounds work on blood sugar balance, support the stress system, and help the digestive tract, along with a balancing effect on inflammation. It uses saffron extract, rhodiola, curcumin, chromium and berberine. It is often used with Dr. Peter's Neurotransmitter balance when indicated for more total mood lifting support. This formulation was among the first to use saffron as part of a mood support complex.

    Neurotransmitter Balance †™ utilizes several well-researched ingredients known to support mood and emotion by helping support the neurotransmitter system. Its unique blend includes SAMe, macuna, Venetron (a Chinese herb with thousands of years of historical use), 5-HTP, and tyrosine. Individually, these have been researched for their mood benefit. This is the first formula to bring these together into one complex to help the neurotransmitter system create optimal mood balance

    †™ Please note the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The above info is for informational purposes only. This does not replace the relationship between a patient and a doctor. Always communicate with your health care practitioner before taking these or any other products. It is best to work directly with your physician for any health problems.

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    Natural Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Part 2

    November 22, 2016

    Dr. Ronald Hoffman, a leader in the integrative health care field since the 1980's, interviews Dr. Peter Bongiorno, author of "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug-Free Program." What's the difference between fear and anxiety? What physiological reactions occur in the body when you're anxious? Is there a diet connection? What role does exercise play in ameliorating anxiety? Can acupuncture help mood? What key supplements combat anxiety? Are hormones involved? Is there ever a place for drug therapy?

    This is the second part of the interview.

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    Natural Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Part 1

    November 22, 2016

    Dr. Ronald Hoffman, a leader in the integrative health care field since the 1980's, interviews Dr. Peter Bongiorno, author of "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug-Free Program." What's the difference between fear and anxiety? What physiological reactions occur in the body when you're anxious? Is there a diet connection? What role does exercise play in ameliorating anxiety? Can acupuncture help mood? What key supplements combat anxiety? Are hormones involved? Is there ever a place for drug therapy?

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    ALZHEIMER’S & HYPERINSULINEMIA: THE NATUROPATHIC DIETARY TOOL KIT

    "Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has the historically unique distinction of being the only common chronic disease with no known prevention or cure. This proposition becomes increasingly ominous when considering the rising tide of Alzheimer’s expected to impact North America and the rest of the world in the next several decades. In the United States, 5.3 million people currently have AD (making up 75-80% of all dementia cases), and that number is expected to climb to a medically and economically unsustainable 13.8 million people by 2050.1

    The idea that AD is recalcitrant to all interventions is grounded in a belief that has been largely disproven within the last decade – that the nervous system is static and categorically unchangeable. The large cost and consistency of failed drug trials over the last several decades leads us to 1 central conclusion: Alzheimer’s disease is a multifactorial phenomenon which develops over several decades prior to the onset of symptoms and is, in large part, a result of lifestyle."

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    Radio interview - Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug Free Program with Peter Bongirono, Naturopathic Doctor

    April 4, 2016

    Today, Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. speaks with Dr. Peter Bongiorno, director of Inner Source Health in New York City and author of a number of books on the naturopathic approach to treating depression and anxiety.

    According to National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affects over 40 million adult Americans and it is not uncommon for those people to also suffer from depression. Naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno has been researching natural approaches to anxiety for over 20 years and treating patients for a dozen.

    In his new book, Put Anxiety Behind You, Dr. Bongiorno offers his holistic approach to healing anxiety and avoiding relapse with a toolkit that includes: foods and plant-based medicines, anxiety reducing yoga poses, mind body modalities that you can learn and work with to reduce anxiety.

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    Spice Your Mood - Saffron for Emotional Health

    01.10.2016 - by Dr. Peter Bongiorno

    Learn about the benefits of saffron for:

    - depression
    - anxiety
    - digestion
    - Alzheimer's
    - Sexual side of drugs

    Learn whether it can be used with conventional antidepressants

    Learn about Mood Systems Balance - Dr. Peter's new formula for mood support.

    CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Book Signing at Barnes and Noble with Dr. Peter

    Wed, January 13, 2016 at 7 PM - Barnes and Noble in Union Square

    Come visit with Dr. Peter Bongiorno as he reads from his new book "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug Free Program.

    There will be discussion, time for questions, and a book signing too!

    where: Barnes and Noble, Union Square
    33 East 17th Street
    New York, NY 10003

    when: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7 PM

    more information: call us at 631.421.1848 or info@innersourcehealth.com

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    Can Coffee Be Good for Anxiety?

    09.13.2015

    As the most well used psychoactive drug of all time, coffee is an interesting compound, with generally positive reviews regarding health and mood. Regarding overall health, studies show some wonderful health effects for coffee….

    ...click below to read full article

    CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Valerian for Insomnia, and Weaning Off Anti-Anxiety Medications

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno's latest blog talks about how this ancient herb can help fix the modern problems of insomnia, anxiety and anxiety drug withdrawal.

    More about Dr. Peter Bongiorno: here

    CLICK HERE TO READ AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depression Effect of Interferon Therapy

    Study suggests fatty acids may prevent medication-induced depression

    02.04.15

    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

    CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE AT NATURAL MEDICINE JOURNAL

     


    The Road To A Healthy Heart: What the latest research shows

    Some of you may be aware that I’ve teamed up with a great company, Remedy Partners, to formulate cost effective and clinically useful recommendations for patients they manage. Our goal is to provide cutting edge research on natural approaches to health for patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital to help them get well and stay well in a sustainable way. Every once in a while I’ll share with the InnerSource Health community some of what the latest studies are showing.

    The following are some general guidelines on cardiovascular health, specifically as it relates to those with Heart Failure.

    ***Note: It is important that you do not undertake any of the below recommendations without the consent of your physician. In addition, please note that these recommendations are not individualized for you, and your physician will work with you to optimize your individual care plan.

    Diet

    The Mediterranean diet has shown a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular related factors including lipid levels, insulin resistance, hypertension, and obesity. This is a mostly plant-based diet which is high in fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. There is particular emphasis on monounsaturated fats including olive oil and foods high in EPA/DHA Omega 3s, mostly from fish. Some specific suggestions include:

    Whole Grains: Carbohydrates should be eaten only in the complex form (as opposed to “simple” carbs). Examples are whole oats, Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, barley, quinoa, amaranth, whole wheat, spelt, kamut, teff.

    Vegetables can be consumed in an unlimited amount, with special attention paid to dark leafy green vegetables. Strive to consume abundant amounts of dark leafy green vegetables, and at least one type of orange, yellow, and red vegetable/fruit per day.

    Protein: Fish is consumed regularly (daily), and poultry/eggs are consumed in moderate amounts. Fish: Salmon, cod, trout, tuna, mackerel, ahi, etc. Limit consumption of tuna to 1-2 times per week due to mercury content. Fresh salmon is an especially good source of healthy oil called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Limit consumption of red meat to several times per month. In addition, limit intake of saturated fat to 5% of daily calories.

    Oils: Olive oil is the principal source of fat, and can be added to salads. Aim to consume expeller pressed or cold pressed organic Extra Virgin Olive in its raw form. For cooking purposes, regular olive oil should be used because it has a higher smoke point than extra virgin olive oil.

    Additional dietary recommendations:
    • Aim to limit salt intake to 1800mg/day
    • Discuss how much water you should be consuming with your physician
    • Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs

    Supplements/Herbs

    CoQ10: this is an essential nutrient for the health of your heart muscle, as it plays a vital role in energy production in your mitochondria. It is also a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

    Taurine: This amino acid helps to protect the heart and to improve the symptoms related to heart failure.

    Propionyl-L-carnitine: This nutrient is cardioprotective, vasodilatory, lipid lowering, and improves energy production of the heart.

    Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha): This herb relaxes blood vessels, increases the strength of the heart muscle, and controls heart rate.

    Exercise

    Make sure that you have undergone an evaluation by your cardiologist regarding your exercise program. Once you have been cleared for exercise, you should aim to exercise 3-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes. Make sure that you warm up for 5-10 minutes before exercising, followed by 20 minutes of exercise, and ending with 5-10 minutes of a cool down. Walking for 40 minutes per day also has benefits for your heart and overall health.

    Stress Reduction:

    Consider adding meditation or other forms of relaxation to your daily routine to minimize stress. Meditation is the practice of contemplation or reflection in a relaxing environment with focus on deep breathing. Research has shown that meditation programs may reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and reduce heart attack risk.

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    Got Mucus?

    Mucus is a very common symptom of seasonal allergies. Mucus is commonly created by the body as part of an inflammatory response to help clean out the upper respiratory system (nose, sinuses and upper throat area) of the allergens in the air.

    Natural medicine treatments for allergies include trying to avoid allergens when possible (by staying indoors and using air filtration), staying well hydrated, cleaning out the upper respiratory tract with nasal rinses (neti pots are one type of rinse), and using natural supplements to calm the immune system and help it clean out the respiratory tract.

    Try NAC

    One supplement used in our clinic that is excellent to help clean out the upper airway system is N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC). NAC, a derivative of the naturally-occurring sulfur containing amino acid cysteine, is a well-known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural mucolytic (which means it helps breaks mucus down).

    Besides having a great effect on the respiratory tract to clean out, NAC is very good at protecting the liver too due to its ability to restore the master antioxidant glutathione. In fact, the most notable use for NAC in the conventional medical world has been its use in the hospital setting to prevent liver damage from acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning.

    Naturopathic medicine often turns to NAC to shorten the duration of respiratory issues like sinus congestion and bronchitis because of its ability to clear mucus from the respiratory passages and prevent further exacerbations.

    When we take in NAC as a supplement, it rapidly breaks down to cysteine. Cysteine is a direct precursor to glutathione. Glutathione is considered a “master antioxidant.” Glutathione’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect us against free radical damage (which is increased when we have colds and allergies) and it also boosts the immune system which results in a shortening of the duration of many respiratory illnesses.

    As a mucolytic, NAC breaks down the viscosity (thickness) of mucus by cleaving the physical bonds that makes mucus sticky and hard to clear (1). When these bonds are broken, the thinning of the phlegm making it easier to expel from the body. In addition, NAC supports the immune system by inhibiting neutrophil activation and decreasing microbial attachment (2).

    Several human studies have explored NAC’s effectiveness as therapeutic agent for conditions, which have excessive thickened mucus such as bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia and sinusitis. One study concluded by stating: “NAC administration results in decreased expectoration difficulty, cough severity, and diaphragm fatigue.”(2)

    These are pretty good results and shows that NAC can be extremely helpful when you would like relief for congestion associated with allergies or colds without using a drug with side effects.

    References:

    1. Aitio, Mirja-Liisa. N-acetcylcysteine- passé-partout or much ado about nothing? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2006 61(1): 5–15.
    2. No authors listed. Alternative Medicine Review. 2000. 5 (5):467-471.


    A post by Dr. Siobhan Bleakney

     


    Science Is Starting to Catch Up to Naturopathic Wisdome

    we are finally learning what Aunt Lillie already knew

    03.22.2013

    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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    Depression's An Allergy? Use Rheumatoid Drugs...

    dr. peter's post on psychology today

    10.25.2012

    Does it make sense to give a rheumatoid arthritis drug to treat depression?

    Will research ever get beyond justifying more drugs to help figure out how to help depression?

    Please read Dr. Peter's new post in Psychology Today.

    Click HERE to READ POST on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Creatine: Can It Help Your Antidepressant Drug Work Better?

    Muscle builder turned mood booster?

    10.14.2012

    Creatine is known for making muscly men and women by improving performance when they work out. Did you know it might also boost the mind, and make an antidepressant drug work for the first time?

    Click below to read more.....

    Click Here for Psychology Today article

     


    ISSUE #35: What is Your Dosha?, Dr. Siobhan, Pina's Dr. Oz Video on Natural Alternatives to Drugs

    06-25-2012

    In this issue:

    - learn about the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine

    - learn about Dr. Siobhan Bleakney, our newest associate in the Long Island office

    - see Dr. Pina's June 2012 appearance on the Dr. Oz Show discussing natural alternatives to prescription medications for Insomnia, Hypertension, Anxiety and Thyroid Problems

    - Can You Follow Your Dreams and Still Make It in this World?

    - Why Is Grass-Fed So Important for your meat choices?

    - Sleep Medications vs. Getting A Stroke: which is worse

    Click Here for Health Letter

     


    Anti-Anxiety Drugs - Worth Risking Your Life?

    Anxiety medications increase risk of death by almost 40%

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno Psychology Today blog of 07-19-2011

    Read Dr. Peter's Psychology Today entry where he discusses the risk of anti-anxiety drugs. Learn about natural remedies that can help the underlying cause of anxiety, without increasing the risks associated with the drugs.

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    Natural seasonal allergy remedy as good as Zyrtec, with less side effects: Butterbur

    Learn how nature can help you feel better

    04-05-2012

    One source of stress and dismay right now for many patients in our clinic is seasonal allergies. While this can be a mild irritation for some people, for many, it will cause great anxiety, fatigue, low mood and inability to function. Learn how butterbur can naturally help ease symptoms without the side effects of drugs, and learn what natural remedies can keep you feeling your best...

    Click Here to Read Article on Butterbur for Allergy

     


    SLEEP: Better than the flu vaccine?

    reprint from 2009 blog

    11-09-2011

    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 www.InnerSourceHealth.com

    References:

    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

     


    Dr. Pina on Oz (link), Folic Acid, Cradle Cap, Cell Phones and Cancer

    July 4, 2011

    issue 25

    In this issue

    - Link to the Dr. Pina interview on Dr. Oz

    - Natural remedies for Cradle Cap

    - Folic Acid when antidepressant drugs do not work

    - Cell Phones and Cancer: what is the evidence?

    - Dr. Peter's favorite 4th of July movie: 1776

    CLICK HERE for July 4, 2011 Newsletter

     


    Healing Depression - ACBN Review
    Dr. Don Feeney of American Clinical Board of Nutrition Reveiw's Dr. Peter's Healing Depression book

    May 2011

    Dr. Bongiorno gave a fantastic lecture at the latest Council on
    Nutrition seminar in Orlando Florida (May 2011). His lecture was
    so riveting that I purchased his book.

    “Healing Depression” is an authoritative and comprehensive
    text that provides information on the underlying factors that
    contribute to depression. He then reviews the major
    pharmaceutical approaches with the drawbacks of each therapy.
    Dr. Bongiorno then goes through the protocols of slowly
    removing the patient from these drugs when you and the
    Psychiatrist determine that it is safe. He presents soundly
    researched natural treatment protocols for the diagnosis and
    treatment of depression. He discusses extensively nutrition,
    homeopathic, massage, exercise, acupuncture, and many other
    modalities for the alternative care physician.

    You will find this text as an excellent handbook for day to day
    patient care. I highly recommend this text for your office library.

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    Radio Interview: WHRC, NY
    Depression, Naturopathic Licensing

    december 2011

    Holiday blues are a well-documented phenomenon that affects many people this time of year. Fortunately, many of these “cases” pass after the New Year. But depression–the debilitating illness– remains for some. It is more than a fleeting period of sadness and can last for years–or a lifetime without proper care. The World Health Organization predicts that in 10 years depression will be the second most diagnosed disease in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 10 percent of Americans are depressed.

    Today antidepressants are the most heavily prescribed medications. Once they start on the pills, patients are seldom weaned away from them. The drugs and their side effects are controversial. Some studies suggest they don’t help people with mild to moderate forms of the disease. With more people turning to natural medicine, some healers have found natural medicines and lifestyle changes to be more effective.

    In this podcast, WHRC NY talks with naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter Bongiorno. He is the author of Healing Depression: Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments. Dr. Bongiorno talks about natural treatments for some depressed patients, about the acceptance of naturopathic medicine by conventional physicians, and about the issue of licensing doctors who practice this medicine in New York State.

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    Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Attacks

    10-16-2010

    A no brainer right? You are at risk for osteoporosis - so, you should take calcium? Well, it seems calcium is one of the major contributors to atherosclerotic plaque - the plaque that blocks up the arteries around the heart. Interestingly, conventional medicine prescribes statin medications to lower cholesterol levels, but does not do anything in regards to calcium deposits.

    Alone, calcium itself does not actually prevent or treat osteoporosis. To accomplish this, it is important to use a naturopathic approach that includes changing the diet, strengthening digestion to absorption nutrition, increasing resistance exercise like gardening and weights work, and using a synergy of minerals like magnesium with some calcium (in a high quality form like citrate or malate) and boron, silica and horsetail, and of course checking vitamin D levels. There is also a genetic test that helps to see if a patient has a genetic predisposition to vitamin D imbalance and osteoporosis, and there are urine tests that help decide how much calcium a person is losing from the bone.

    Now, some research is suggesting that calcium supplements not only provide no benefit, but that they can even be harmful, increasing the risk of heart attacks by nearly a third. As expected, these results, do not apply to calcium ingested in food, which is beneficial. As a note, most of these studies were with patients using calcium carbonate, a very inexpensive version of calcium supplementation. And these studies did not use vitamin D, and important nutrient/hormone that helps move calcium into bone, and is also protective of the heart in other ways

    Two studies are supporting this thought: one from 2006 and one in 2008. One study from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his colleagues combined results from 11 randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements without vitamin D involving more than 12,000 patients. The British Medical Journal reported that there was a 31% increase in the risk of heart attack and smaller, non-significant increases in the risk of stroke and death. While equal numbers of women received calcium or placebo, 143 of those who received calcium suffered a heart attack, compared to 111 who received a placebo.

    The risk increase is small, but given all the women taking poor quality high dose supplementation, this may be a problem.

    Unfortunately, the cardiologist who authored the study recommends no supplementation be used unless drugs are being used to treat. Apparently, he has not read the plethora of information linking osteoporotic drugs to increased fracture rates in other parts of the body, osteonecrosis of the hip and jaw, and esophageal changes that can become cancerous.

    BMJ 2010 341:c3691 doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3691 (Published 29 July 2010)

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    Have a Headache?
    Pop A Pill and Increase Stroke Risk (even in a healthy person) or, try something natural.....

    9-25-2010

    The advertisement shown says 'less time awake.' They may mean 'less time alive.'

    It seems a harmless part of American life: you have a headache or pain, you pop an 'Advil' or other pain killer. Research is now showing us that is not a good idea for short term use of these type of drugs increases short in healthy people. This increased risk ranged from about 30% with ibuprofen and naproxen to 86% with diclofenac. The association was 'dose dependent', which means the more a person took the higher the risk. The increased risk of stroke reaching 90% with doses of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) over 200 mg and 100% with diclofenac doses over 100 mg. It has already been shown that these medications increase heart disease in the long term. This is probably why these medications are more often only by prescription in other countries. Naproxen, which is a prescription medication everywhere except the United States was not associated with increased cardiovascular risk, but is known to cause liver problems, and requires monitoring of liver enzymes if used for a few weeks.

    Dr Gunnar Gislason presented this study information at last week's European Society of Cardiology 2010 Congress. He said: "If half the population takes these drugs, even on an occasional basis, then this could be responsible for a 50% to 100% increase in stroke risk. It is an enormous effect." He also lamented that "it is very hard to change the habits of doctors. They have been using these drugs for decades without thinking about cardiovascular side effects."

    Luckily, there are numerous natural modalities to work with pain: acupuncture, hydrotherapy, water intake, food allergy work, getting enough sleep, naturally lowering inflammation in the body, exercise, manipulative work, stretching, mind-body work, muscle relaxation, hormonal balance, inflammation reducing herbs and nutrients, etc....

    ref: Fosbøl EL, Folke F, Jacobsen S, et al. Cause-specific CV risk associated with NSAIDs among healthy individuals. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2010 3:395-405.

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