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    A Patient Experience In Recovering Her Health

    I am a Dietitian Who Lost 60 Lbs. In 6 Months

    In today's online issue of Pyshcology Today, a patient of Dr. Kachko's shares her experience in regaining her health and working to maintain a healthy weight:

    "I went to Dr. Kachko two years after I graduated from college. By that time, I had lost a total of 80 lbs.—an additional 20 lbs. on top of the original 60 lbs. But I was trapped in a frustrating, anxiety-ridden cycle, usually feeling lousy, and existing on just 1,000 calories per day.

    Dr. Kachko is the one doctor I consulted who diagnosed that my body was metabolically impaired through metabolic testing. And he was specific, explaining that I had damage to my digestive system as well as major hormonal fluctuations (especially thyroid, adrenal, and blood sugar metabolism). Dr. Kachko also found that I had a tendency toward a subconscious fear-response. He noted that this, combined with long-term deficiencies in key nutrients, had led to my most troubling symptoms: intractable migraines, persistent nausea, and dizziness.

    So, rather than just treating symptoms directly, addressing my metabolic issues proved to be the only sustainable way for me to feel well.

    The first step on my journey was to gradually adopt a balanced diet of mostly fish, eggs, nuts, vegetables, lots of avocados, and fruit. Until then, I had been a strict vegan, but based on a metabolic impairment, Dr. Kachko opened up my mind to additional options."

    Read the article here

     


    NY Licensing Effort Go Fund Me Support Page

    4.27.2017

    A letter from Dr. Peter Bongiorno:


    Hi family and friends of Inner Source Health,

    As you know, naturopathic doctors are not yet licensed in New York State even thought 21 states have naturopathic physicians licensed.

    As president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physician (NYANP),I have been working hard to move this through in Albany, but have had resistance from the conventional medical doctors and legislators that are influenced by them for they want to hold down the holistic and natural medicine movement and keep it away from the public.

    Nevertheless, we’ve had some interesting events unfold recently:

    - In December of 2016, Massachusetts was licensed, which was a big political win for naturopathic medicine over conventional care which tried to stop this

    - at same time, a new legislative sponsor, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, took the helm for us in Albany. Assemblyman Ortiz was the man who created the hands free car cell-phone bill which passed in New York. This bill also went nationwide and as a result, he has become a national figure with political influence. He is a strong supporter of naturopathic medicine, and unlike a lot of politicians, he cares about passing bills he believes in, not ones that are politically helpful for his career or to cater to special interests.

    - in late 2016, we saw the indictment and imprisonment of the corrupt leaders both the NY State Senate and the House (Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Silver, respectively)

    All three of these events together have created a new political climate that I believe can help the naturopathic medicine licensing move forward.To take advantage of this situation, we need to work with some lobbyists and other state government influencers right now.

    The NYANP set up a GoFundMe campaign, and basically, we need to raise about $50,000 for legislative education and lobbyist work to help make this happen. We have identified key lobbyists with excellent contacts that can help, but we need the money pay them for their services.


    So, I am writing today because I need your help with three things:


    1 - please support the NYANP by going to the link below and to learn more through the video link:

    https://www.gofundme.com/license-ny-naturopathic-docs

    and donate whatever you can: $5, $20, $100, $500…. whatever you can do would be amazing. 100% of the money goes to this effort.


    2 - please send a personal note to your friends / family and on social media, email, newsletters, etc… so we can get the word out. You can forward this email.


    3 - If you know anyone that you think I should talk with who is influential or you believe would be interested in helping this movement, please make the connection or send me the contact info.



    We are unveiling this campaign officially Thursday, April 27 at noon.


    It is a David and Goliath Story that I know we can win, but we need your support too.


    If you believe in naturopathic medicine , then please help naturopathic medicine get licensed in New York. Check out the video here:
    https://www.gofundme.com/license-ny-naturopathic-docs

    much love and great appreciation,
    peter

    GO FUND ME DONATION PAGE LINK HERE

     


    Nuts for Health, Menopause, Pregnancy Prep, Robin Williams, Coffee, Probiotics for Sniffles

    Issue 57 - September 2014

    Video -

    Nut Consumption and Your Best Health - Dr. Peter interviewed on News12

    Natural Menopause Relief - Dr. Pina on the Katie Couric Show

    Blogs -

    Probiotics for Preventing the Sniffles, Preparing for Cold and Flu Season - by Dr. Anne Williams

    Pregnancy Preparation - By Siobhan Hanlon ND

    Robin Williams Loss and Holistic Care for Depression - Psychology Today Blog by Dr. Peter

    Simple Steps for Back-To-School Preparation, Routine - by Dr. Anne Williams

    Interviews -

    Coffee Good or Bad? - Dr. Peter Bongiorno interviewed by Natural

    Let's Play -

    What Is Sophia Eating???

    CLICK TO SEE NEWSLETTER HERE

     


    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

    References:

    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.



     


    Keep Cool in Summer with Cooling Foods and Spicy and Pungent Herbs

    Summer is definitely here and with it, the heat and humidity. Many people find the heat very uncomfortable and even fatiguing. Chinese Medicine offers wonderful solutions on how to stay comfortable, no matter in the environment we may find ourselves.

    In the tradition of Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with an element. Appropriately, summer is associated with the element of fire. This makes sense, for the chief environmental factor in summer is quite obviously heat. When in balance, some heat can be good for us, but for many, too much heat can accumulate in the body and contribute to many common maladies. For example, heat in the body can contribute to sleep difficulties, irritability, skin irritations, restlessness and a host of other discomforts.

    Staying hydrated is the best way to stay cool during the summer. The bounty of fruits and vegetables available in summer is a great resource. Watermelons and cucumbers, in particular are very helpful. These stars of the summer fruit world are cooling in nature and have the added benefit of helping replenish body fluids.

    Another climatic factor in summer is humidity. Humidity can make you feel heavy-headed, sluggish and promote water retention (swelling). Pungent herbs help move energy upward and outward to the periphery of the body. The pungent flavor opens the pores so the body can cool down. Cooling or neutral pungent foods like mint, turnips, radish and kohlrabi can help keep internal humidity at bay. Other great summer pungent selection are basil and dill.

    Many people think spicy foods will make you hotter. In fact, the spicy stuff can actually cool you down. Spicier options like hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger will help open the pores and allow us to perspire and release heat. This is a classic strategy for keeping a feeling of coolness. Remember, with these hotter choices a little can go a long way. Moderation is key.

    Summer is a season of expansion, growth and outward activity. Engage with others. laugh, enjoy the bounty of nature, and play just for the heck of it. And to keep in balance with the heat and humidity remember your:

    * cooling foods to keep heat at bay: watermelon, cucumber, celery,
    tomato, leafy greens, kiwi, mung bean, mung bean sprout and zucchini

    * spices to help release heat: hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger

    * pungent herbs for humidity and swelling: basil, dill, peppermint, turnips, radish and turnip and radish leaves, lemon and tangerine zest, kohlrabi and green tea


    about the author: Cynthia Hewett LAc, Cert Herb brings her gentle blend of healing using Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, individualized Chinese Medicine formulas and Cranial sacral therapy. She practices at Inner Source Health in New York City. Click to learn more about Cynthia here

     


    Fertility, Embryo Quality and Acupuncture

    April 22, 2014

    Studies have shown that both embryo (fertilized egg) quality and embryo transfer rates are significantly increased with the use of acupuncture before and on the day of transfer.

    The study in reference to egg quality was done in a population of women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) – a constellation of symptoms that includes blood sugar dysregulation, polycystic ovaries, testosterone dominance and infertility.

    Additional studies on acupuncture may shed some light as to the reason for this effect. Progesterone production, which is essential for implantation and maintenance of pregnancy can be upregulated through acupuncture treatment.




    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

    References:
    Effects of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. June 2013 Acupuncture in medicine: journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
    Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy. April 2002 Fertility and sterility.

     


    Insulin and High Blood Pressure?

    by Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    New research shows that high levels of insulin in the bloodstream may be an independent risk factor for developing high blood pressure. This occurs because insulin can damage small blood vessels, triggering a rise in blood pressure.

    What does high insulin look like externally? More often than not, an “apple-shape” body type indicates insulin resistance and poor sugar control.

    We know that diet, exercise and high stress strongly contribute to the development of blood sugar fluctuations.

    If you have heart disease in your family, February, National Heart Month, is the perfect time to set new goals for your health and longevity.



     


    Colds and Flu Prevention, Naturopathic Medicine Week,

    Issue #48

    October 7, 2013

    Welcome to issue # 48:

    1 - Tips for Cold and Flu Prevention

    2 - Congress Declares Naturopathic Medicine Week

    3 - Prevention Party - get hip and healthy now

    4 - Dr. Pina talks homeopathy on Dr. Oz

    5 - Drs. Peter and Pina discuss Medicinal Foods on Rainmaker TV

    events galore:
    - NYC Open House
    - flu
    - sleep
    - migraine
    - depression
    - preparing for the cold
    - fibromyalgia

    Click HERE for NEWSLETTER

     


    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

    References:
    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

    03.18.2013

    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 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2627884/.

    References:
    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
    Harvard Health Letter, May 2012, Blue Light Has a Dark Side, http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/May/blue-light-has-a-dark-side/ Accessed 11/22/12
    Haus EL, et al. Shift work and cancer risk: Potential mechanistic roles of circadian disruption, light at night, and sleep deprivation. Sleep Med Rev. November 2012
    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

     


    Glycemic Load and Acne

    A Post by Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    monday, January 14, 2013

    In its article “Facing Facts About Acne,” the FDA says that “acne is not caused by diet” since to date, no research has proven a direct link. The food link was presented as a myth, with the implication being that diet should not be given much attention.

    Certainly, food is not the whole story. But a lack of evidence about its role is not proof for the conclusion that it plays no role at all.

    A lack of evidence typically serves as a call for further, better-designed research with larger studies, which is in fact just what the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Clinics in Dermatology recommend. In 2010, they reported a “lack of randomized controlled trials in the literature” and that “unfortunately, after reviewing the existing data, there are no answers but there are definitely more questions.”

    One example that has been more recently supported by research, are the roles of insulin and a meal’s glycemic load. Glycemic load can be roughly defined as the rise in blood sugar after a given meal. Insulin sensitivity refers to your cell’s ability to recognize and respond to insulin, which rises in response to increased blood sugar. Insulin resistance can occur when insulin rises too often and in too great a quantity. In short, what the research has found is that in addition to other effects, insulin resistance and meals with a high glycemic load may be risk factors for acne.

    Both Chinese and naturopathic medicine have long recognized the role of diet, exercise, stress and sleep in the development of acne. I would also maintain that more often than not, these traditions have refrained from making simplistic causal associations between these factors and the disease itself – rather, they have compiled a wholistic pattern of lifestyle modifications that together, rather than apart, can significantly improve the health of one’s skin.

    Though the picture is complex, diet clearly plays a role for some people and it’s a great place to start. As Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

    References:

    Bowe WP, et al. Diet and acne. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Jul.
    Davidovici BB, et al. The role of diet in acne: facts and controversies. Clin Dermatol. 2010 Jan-Feb.
    Del Prete M, et al. Insulin resistance and acne: a new risk factor for men? Endocrine. 2012 Dec.
    Epstein SS. Unlabeled milk from cows treated with biosynthetic growth hormones: a case of regulatory abdication. Int J Health Serv. 1996
    FDA Consumer Updates: Facing Facts About Acne. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm174521.htm Accessed 12/4/12.
    Ismail NH, et al. High glycemic load diet, milk and ice cream consumption are related to acne vulgaris in Malaysian young adults: a case control study. BMC Dermatol. 2012 Aug.
    Jung JY, et al. The influence of dietary patterns on acne vulgaris in Koreans. Eur J Dermatol. 2010 Nov-Dec.
    Kwon HH, et al. Clinical and histological effect of a low glycaemic load diet in treatment of acne vulgaris in Korean patients: a randomized, controlled trial. Acta Derm Venerol. 2012 May.
    Melnik BC. The role of transcription factor FoxO1 in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris and the mode of isotretinoin action. G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Oct.
    Saleh BO. Role of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-I in hyperandrogenism and the severity of acne vulgaris in young males. Saudi Med J. 2012 Nov.
    Veith WB, et al. The association of acne vulgaris with diet. Cutis. 2011 Aug.
    Wei B, et al. The epidemiology of adolescent acne in North East China. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Aug.

     


    December 2011 Newsletter: Depression Oz Article, Flu Revisited, Exhaustion,

    Issue 30 - 12-04-2011

    In this Issue:

    - Article from Dr. Pina's December appearance on Dr. Oz, talking about natural antidepressant medicines
    - Sleep, Exhaustion and Disease
    - Thanksgiving: Healthy and unhealthy
    - Flu Revisited

    click HERE for NEWSLETTER

     


    FLU: Natural Remedies That Work

    reprint from 2009 blog

    1 - Observe the recommendations to WASH HANDS thoroughly. Use warm water.

    2 - DO NOT TOUCH FACE and NOSE to avoid spreading virus to your mouth, eyes or respiratory system.

    3 - Take your FISH OIL – fish oil is known to balance an over-inflammed immune system, and may be helpful to lower the overall cytokine cascade. Cod liver oil may be the best choice for it has extra D and A. Vitamin A helps protect respiratory passages and is anti-viral itself.

    4 - VITAMIN D, VITAMIN C, ZINC – may be useful. According to Johnathan Wright MD, vitamin C and D may be a more potent anti-viral choice than even medications. Zinc is an anti-viral mineral that has inhibited viral replication in research.

    5 - STRESS REDUCTION helps to lower our stress hormones and balance our immune function to help properly deal with any virus.

    6 - Get plenty of SLEEP – sleep is another important immune balancer which has been shown, when 7 hour or more, to help fight virus by 300% over people who do not get 7hours of sleep

    7 - AVOID SUGAR – which can lower your immunity and allow easier catching of any virus.

    8 - Consider regular NASAL WASHES – if the virus is typically transmitted into the upper respiratory tract, clearing that area may help lower the load that enters our system.

    9 - AVOID INFLAMMATORY FOODS – foods like milk and dairy, wheat for some people, and any food you know you are sensitive too. Excess inflammation in your body may contribute to more of an inflammatory cascade than is healthy.

    10 - EAT ANTI VIRAL FOODS: garlic, onions, berries, green tea.

    11 - There are a few ANTI-VIRAL HERBS worth considering. Licorice, PauD’Arco and Lemon Balm. These have a history of being helpful with flu and colds. There is no research using these in this swine flu period in place of conventional medications and we are not suggesting forgoing conventional medicines.

    12 - EXERCISE – helps move your lymph tissue and blood in your body, which is needed to keep your immune surveillance at its best.

    From a naturopathic perspective, we may need to address the underlying causes of these viral illnesses.

     


    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

     


    October 2010 Health Letter - Issue 19

    In this issue:
    - acupuncture and IVF
    - acne, cow's milk and sugar
    - kids and cell phones
    - healthy fall mash up
    - who's Pam, where's Ann?
    - patient spotlight: reflux, allergies, sinusitis
    - InnerSource makes the Vegetarian Times

    Click here to read 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.

    references:
    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
    Primary Care Settings: A Systematic Evidence Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force Pediatrics 2009123:e716–e735

     


    Supreme Court Blocks Ban on Corporate Giving

    effect on healthcare? 1-25-2010

    by Dr. Peter

    In a 5 - 4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that the government is not allowed to limit how much a corporation can give a candidate for an election run. This is a disaster for us all.

    Naturopathic medicine's tenet is to work on the underlying cause. If you would like to consider a major underlying cause of health care problems (United States is 37th - somewhere near Slovenia in terms of quality of care according to the World Health Organization), poverty, corporate greed, and pretty much every other ill of our potenitally wonderfully beneficient capitalist society, this is it.

    This ruling means that the wealthiest will now, easily, and legally, have the most influence - period. Large insurance companies, drug companies and the AMA will solely run healthcare. I have learned in working on licensing of naturopathic medicine in New York State, that money is a key for moving any kind of legislation through. Without money, you cannot 'contribute' to political action committees and candidate funds. If you cannot contribute you do not deserve a legislator's attention. Despite this, a few rare, caring New York legislators actually support causes they believe in - and think naturopathic medicine would be best for the people. It seems the majority though, only care about who else already supports it, and how much in terms of contribution can you give.

    My Mom always had a harsh saying: "Money talks and garbage walks." I always found this a bit cynical - but this ruling has made this a true statement in the United States of America.

    Click here for NY Times article

     


    Vaccine Advisors Have Conflict of Interest

    December 19, 2009

    by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc

    The NY Times reported yesterday that the majority of "experts" on advisory Centers for Disease Control (CDC) panels for the flu and cervical cancer turn out to have conflicts of interest that likely swayed their choice of recommending vaccines for the nation. While the flu itself remains front page news, and more people are getting vaccinated, this article appeared far back on page A28. Similarly, millions of young women are being encouraged to have the cervical cancer vaccine.


    According to the NY Times: "As numerous medicines have been pulled from the market in recent years, worries have grown that experts may be recommending medical products — even ones they know to be unsafe — in part because manufacturers are paying them. "


    reference: Harriss G. Advisors on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts. NY Times. December 17, 2009


     


    OCTOBER 2009

    Swine Flu Recommendations

    Dear patients, family and friends,

    traditional Chinese Medicine views the fall as a time to build your lung energy and "defensive qi" - the energy that keeps your immune system strong. as the media inundates us with fears and concerns for both the swine and regular flu, we hope this issue supports you with good information to get plenty of sleep and make other best choices to keep yourself and your family healthy.

    - in health, dr. peter and dr. pina

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    SLEEP: better than the flu vaccine?

    Date: Monday, October 5, 2009

    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).

    References:
    1Sheldon Cohen, William J. Doyle, Cuneyt M. Alper, Denise Janicki-Deverts, Ronald B. Turner, Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(1):62-67.
    2M 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

     


    A-h1n1, Swine Flu update

    getting better all the time

    May 2, 2009: 11:01AM

    Most happily, it seems like the flu that gained a lot of media and press earlier this week seems to be a bit weaker in its media and viral punch. Today"s New York Times reports the outbreak in Mexico may be considerably smaller than originally feared. According to Dr. Javier Torres, head of the infectious disease unit in Mexico the number of those exposed and infected has gone up, and the number of fatal cases has gone down. According to experts at the CDC, it seems this virus does not have the qualities of other, more deadly strains. All the pandemic viruses of the last century — the 1918, 1957 and 1968 flus — had a mutation in the gene coding for a protein known as PB1-F2 that is thought to make a virus more lethal. This mutation is not in the new Ah1n1 strain. Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said the death of a 23-month-old Mexican child in Texas did not mean that the outbreak was extraordinarily dangerous. Every year we see between 75 and 150 children die of flu, most of whom were previously healthy. More than likely, these so-called previously healthy children had some other health issues to begin with. Of course, we should take seriously precautions to stay healthy - see April 30th blog for specific information. Since it is a new strain, it may be worth being extra cautious in the event that the strain"s virulence changes, which according to history does not seem likely.

     


    A-H1N1 or Swine Flu

    Thursday, April 30, 2009 7am

    Thoughts, Natural Approaches, Underlying Causes

    Many patients have been asking us about this swine flu also known as Mexican Flu. The fact of the matter is that information is low, and unfortunately, media hype is high. This type A-H1N1 virus seems to be a combination of a pig, human and bird virus. As of this writing, there are 51 confirmed flu cases in New York State and 91 in the US, and 12 countries in total. Please remember as testing continues, the numbers will increase. To keep things in perspective, it should be remembered that in any given year, about 40,000 people in the US die from the common flu. This number has been consistent for many years. But, although worrisome and these are profoundly unfortunate deaths, we do not consider the common flu a pandemic. It is also important to note that even thought the World Health Organization states that 'pandemic is imminent', this description refers to the pattern of spread, not the severity of the virus. Thankfully, all cases of the H1N1 in the US seem to be relatively mild. The possibly worrisome piece about this particular flu is that in Mexico, it seemed to kill healthy young people. Normally, flu illness tends to kill people with lowered immune function, especially the elderly and very young. With this flu, it seems the immune reaction, known as a cytokine cascade - cytokines are molecules of the immune system components responsible for raising inflammation - causes lung swelling and damage which can cause death. Some doctors report that distinguishing this flu from others are difficult, but diarrhea and vomiting may occur in the swine flu. So, from a natural perspective what can we do? Unfortunately, there is very little direct information or research about using natural medicines to fight viral illnesses like this. Here are a few thoughts about this.

    1 - STAY INFORMED - the CDC regarding local outbreaks in order to avoid these when possible. The H1N1 outbreak in our area is mild, and right now we have no reason to think it will become more virulent, but it is still good to avoid exposure it when possible. Try to not over-inform to the point that you are stressed - see point number 6. If you are not sure about symptoms you have, see a physician who can decide if treatment may be warranted. The World Health Organization website is: http://www.who.int/en/ and the CDC website is: http://www.cdc.gov/

    2 - Observe the recommendations to WASH HANDS thoroughly. Use warm water.

    3 - DO NOT TOUCH FACE and NOSE to avoid spreading virus to your mouth, eyes or respiratory system.

    4 - Take your FISH OIL – fish oil is known to balance an over-inflammed immune system, and may be helpful to lower the overall cytokine cascade. Cod liver oil may be the best choice for it has extra D and A. Vitamin A helps protect respiratory passages and is anti-viral itself.

    5 - VITAMIN D, VITAMIN C, ZINC – may be useful. According to Johnathan Wright MD, vitamin C and D may be a more potent anti-viral choice than even medications. Zinc is an anti-viral mineral that has inhibited viral replication in research.

    6 - STRESS REDUCTION helps to lower our stress hormones and balance our immune function to help properly deal with any virus.

    7 - Get plenty of SLEEP – sleep is another important immune balancer.

    8 - AVOID SUGAR – which can lower your immunity and allow easier catching of any virus.

    9 - Consider regular NASAL WASHES – if the virus is typically transmitted into the upper respiratory tract, clearing that area may help lower the load that enters our system.

    10 - AVOID INFLAMMATORY FOODS – foods like milk and dairy, wheat for some people, and any food you know you are sensitive too. Excess inflammation in your body may contribute to more of an inflammatory cascade than is healthy.

    11 - EAT ANTI VIRAL FOODS: garlic, onions, berries, green tea.

    12 - There are a few ANTI-VIRAL HERBS worth considering. Licorice, PauD’Arco and Lemon Balm. These have a history of being helpful with flu and colds. There is no research using these in this swine flu period in place of conventional medications and we are not suggesting forgoing conventional medicines.

    14 - EXERCISE – helps move your lymph tissue and blood in your body, which is needed to keep your immune surveillance at its best.

    15 - Consider N95 masks if you need to go to a hospital or place with people who have the virus. The CDC has instructions for homemade mask at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no06/05-1468.htm#Figure. It is uncertain how well masks protect us, but a simple barrier like a mask may lower load that enters the nose and mouth.

    From a naturopathic perspective, we may need to address the underlying causes of these viral illnesses. Some people believe it is really media hype that scares people not the actual illness, others think close-quarter farming practices have spurred avian and swine flu issues to become problematic and need closer monitoring, while others more suspecting people believe it is government hype used to spur pharmaceutical company contracts for anti-viral drugs and vaccine programs. Even more, some people suggest that these strains are actually man-made biologic weapon agents. There are certainly many theories, and some information to support each of these. Our hope is the authorities are looking for the best interest of the public and will begin to focus on possible underlying issues once this crisis has passed.

     


    Ultimate Ulcer - Natural remedies can help ease the agony of ulcerative colitis
    Dr. Bongiorno interviewed for Energy Times article.

    It all happened so quickly. Four years ago, a 32-year-old New Yorker we’ll call “Sandra” was suddenly overcome with fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. At first she thought she had caught an intestinal bug, but after a couple of days she got worse instead of better. “The symptoms were severe,” she says. “I went to a couple of doctors and they didn’t really know what it was. Then I went to a gastroenterologist and had a colonoscopy and they determined that I had ulcerative colitis.” Affecting 50 out of every 100,000 Americans, ulcerative colitis UC mimics the symptoms of food poisoning or flu the first sign that the illness is more serious is when patients find blood in their stool. At that point, tests are needed to rule out bacterial infections or cancer.

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