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    Chronic Inflammation - what are the signs?

    What is inflammation? Inflammation is the natural way that your body reacts to an injury or an infection. So, it is part of being human and it helps us manage life. It’s important to remember though that we need a healthy balance of inflammatory as well as anti-inflammatory responses going on in our bodies. The important concept to keep in mind is balance. And this is where the problem lies because there any many aspects of our food, environment and lives that tend to put us all at risk for inflammatory states.

    Let’s walk through this process. There’s external inflammation which occurs on the outside of your body and it’s pretty easy to see. You get a cut, it bleeds, it hurts, it gets red, and then it heals. Bravo! Inflammation working in our favor. But there’s also internal inflammation which occurs in the tissues of your body right down to your organs. And this is the inflammation that I want to bring to your attention. Just because you can’t see this type of inflammation doesn’t mean it’s not there - because it could be lurking in your body. If you are one of the many affected, it robs you of your health. The good news is - it is manageable and may even be reversible. You can restore your own health! Like anything else, the sooner you catch the issue of inflammation, the better off you are. Any day is a good day to make a positive change. So remember, it’s never too late!

    I want to share with you some of the warning signs
    1. Fatigue - now I’m not talking you got a bad night’s sleep and you feel off for one day. This is a down and out feeling of complete exhaustion that you feel day after day. You may even notice that around a certain time of day, every day you are down for the count. Your tiredness may occur after eating a meal or a snack. It’s important to keep track of this.
    2. Pain - this is the type of pain that you cannot attribute to an accident or any recent trauma. You may feel joint pain or abdominal pain or even chest pain. This pain can affect how you function. You may not be able to do the exercises that were part of your normal workout routine. Or cleaning around the house is becoming much more difficult because your hand grip is affected.
    3. Feeling of heat - you notice that you are feeling hot and this can be a constant state for you or it could be at certain times of the day. It may only occur or get worse when you eat certain meals. Some parts of your skin feel warm to the touch or you even notice redness in certain areas. Mouth sores may even occur.
    4. Swelling - you may notice swelling in your hands upon waking in the morning. This may be referred to as edema which can be linked to skin inflammation causing increased vascular permeability and vasodilation.
    5. Poor circulation in your extremities - you may notice that your hands or feet get very cold. They may even have numbness or tingling. You fingers, toes, or tips of your fingers may even turn a shade of blue or white. This may be very painful as well.

    Is everyone susceptible to inflammation? Living in this day and age, we can all fall victim to an inflammatory condition. I say this for a number of reasons. One major player is consuming food that lacks nutrition or is just not good for us. Anything processed is pretty much just garbage, so why are we ingesting these items? I wonder about this. If it comes in a package and you cannot pronounce its ingredients, then it is not for human consumption. Other reasons for increased inflammatory states is the exposure to toxins in our environment doing daily activities such as driving in the car, the air we breathe, EMFs ( electromagnetic fields), hair dye, nail polish, work hazards, etc. The heavy metals slowly overtime build up in our systems and contribute to inflammation. Some conditions that are inflammatory include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac, sjogren’s, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis just to name a few. It also includes allergies, asthma, IBD, and hepatitis.

    So I am sure you’re asking yourself, ‘How do I know my inflammation is in check?’ Inflammation is one of those issues that creep up slowly and in a strange way. And it can vary from one individual to the next. Inflammation is a wonderful way of warning us that there is something that we are doing in our lives that is causing a hyper-inflammatory state. The trick is being in tune with our bodies. The reality is if you have any one of those signs listed above, you may be suffering from anything. Chronic inflammation is in fact the root cause of most diseases nowadays. By tackling the inflammation, you can ward off a disease that may be lurking in your body just waiting to cause havoc. It is important to go to a doctor you trust and get some testing done.

    Chronic inflammation is a state of health that needs our attention right now. There are things you can do everyday to help ward off an inflammatory state. Eating healthy, exercising, meditating, laughing, mild detoxing daily, and taking time to smell the roses are some ways to fight the battle against inflammation that doesn’t serve you. Remember it is important to seek treatment from a health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor ( ND) that is properly trained in the management of chronic illness. Find an ND in your area and make an appointment today to reach your optimal state of wellness!

     


    Happy Hormones for Mental Health - Slide Presentation by Dr. Peter Bongiorno at A4M in Nashville

    September 29, 2018

    How do hormones relate to mental health? Dr. Peter Bongiorno explained this relationship in this presentation.

    In this lunchtime lecture, he discussed the different forms of estrogen and how these can affect neurotransmitters, how estrogen and progesterone relate to each other, and how testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, prolatctin, oxytocin and other hormonal molecules will affect the brain and mental health. He also spent time reviewing the importance of adrenal and thyroid function, and how these can relate to the other hormones in the body.

    Dr. Peter stressed the importance of sleep, lifestyle, foods, and stress reduction are crucial to obtaining and maintaining hormonal balance.

    Please note this particular presentation was sponsored by Douglas Laboratories, so there are slides that include specific products Dr. Peter uses in his practice to help achieve hormonal balance with his patients. He formulated two of their products: Mood Systems Balance and Neurotransmitter Balance, which are used by physicians throughout the country and world to support ideal mood in patients.
    More about these products here and here

    CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE PRESENTATION

     


    Weight Loss Without Calorie Counting? Does intermittent fasting really work?

    06.19.2018

    Despite the overall increase interest in health, about one third of people are considered obese Medical science is always looking for new ways to balance weight. Intermittent fasting is a relatively new take on an old idea: fasting. The principle of fasting is pretty simple – when you are not taking food in, the body has a chance to clean out.


    Intermittent fasting has been touted has a new weight loss tool – but does it work?


    A research team from the University of Illinois took on this very question and asked 23 obese volunteers to eat only between the hours of 10AM and 6PM – which is an 8-hour window. During this time, the volunteers could eat what they wanted. For the remaining time, only water was allowed.....

    CLICK THE PDF BELOW to learn what the study found, and the best ways to lose weight in a healthy way

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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.

    Click Here for Formulations

     


    The Importance of Iodine for Thyroid Health - part 5 of 5

    09.25.2017

    Dr. Oz reveals how salt can affect your thyroid. Then, naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice presents the symptoms of an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism and reveals the key foods that can reduce excessive thyroid activity.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON DR. OZ WEBSITE

     


    Trump Tariffs on European Food in America? Dr. Peter Interviewed on Italian TV

    3.31.3017

    What do you think about the proposed tariffs on European foods from the current Trump administration?

    If these are employed, how will it affect the food you eat and the foods you are able to purchase?

    Dr. Peter was shopping in Eataly, a beautiful store in the flatiron part of NYC with food directly imported from Italy, when a newscaster from Telegiornale asked his opinion.

    Forward to 5:46 to view his response.

    Click HERE FOR NEWS VIDEO

     


    Announcing Replenish Intravenous therapy at Inner Source Health

    March 26, 2016 - Huntington, NY

    Replenish, holistic providers of nutritive intravenous therapies will be joining Inner Source and working out of the Huntington office at 11 Stewart Avenue, Huntington, NY 11024. There, Replenish will be offering intravenous therapies for immune and health support.

    About Replenish:

    Replenish (http://www.replenishealth.com) is a holistic team whose mission is to enhance one’s quality of life and overall appearance by combining wellness and integrative therapies with the utmost personalized care. Therapies are administered by registered nurses under the direct supervision of Dr. Robert J. Aquino. This medical team has extensive expertise in administering all types of customized intravenous nutrient therapy. The medical includes the wonderful energies and expertise of Nicoletta Rasizzi, RN, Jeanine Aquino, Practice Manager, Karyn Galletta-Brodala, RN & Reiki Master, and Mary Beth Knape, Concierge & Yoga Coordinator.

    Dr. Pina LoGiudice commented, “we are thrilled with having Replenish with us at our Huntington location. For our patients who benefit from intravenous therapies will now be able to have these healthy, immune-supporting treatments right in our facility. Even more, the people of Replenish are just the nicest people.”

    Intravenous i.v. therapy is a valuable way to help the body quickly obtain nutrients (vitamins, anti-oxidants), especially when the digestive tract is not optimally functioning and absorbing, or when the person is not eating enough nutrient-dense foods. Intravenous therapies have been used to support the immune system, cardiovascular health, and much more.


    For more information: 631.421.1848 or email info@innersourcehealth.com

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    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!

     


    What's the deal with the acid/alkaline diet?

    Dr. Kachko was interview by The List TV

    It's been around for many years, and many books have been written on the subject. The List TV interviewed Dr. Kachko on the pros and cons of the acid/alkaline diet, and he shared what the useful take-aways are (and what may just be a waste of your money). The bottom line: eats your fruits and veggies, and avoid too many refined foods, grains, and excess of animal products.

    Watch the video interview here!

     


    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.

    CLICK HERE FOR PODCAST

     


    Plastics Increase Risk for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

    11-9-2015 - posted on TheRealFoodCleanse.com

    Can plastics increase the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease?

    Yes, it can...

    Learn some steps to stop plastic from playing with your health.

    posted on TheRealFoodCleanse.com

    CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

     


    Cilantro for Detoxification

    8.26.2015

    Learn why the herb cilantro is great for detoxification and how it may help you achieve the results you are looking for.

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    Real Food Cleanse, Weight Loss, MTHFR and MORE

    Issue 58 - August 12, 2015

    In this issue:

    - the real food cleanse and 20% for inner source patients

    - new FREE lecture on weight loss in NYC

    - what's on the blog: MTHFR, intermittent fasting, exercise for anxiety and much more

    CLICK HERE TO READ NEWSLETTER

     


    The Microbiome, Gut Flora and Probiotics in anxiety and depression

    originally published March 13, 2015

    Click below to read Dr. Peter Bongiorno's article on how your gut flora and the right fermented foods and probiotics can help anxiety and depression…

    CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

     


    Reality Check: Healthy (Real) Food is Rarely the Enemy

    For Food Allergy Action Month, Dr. Kachko provides context on the current food intolerance/allergy craze

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    More about Dr. Robert Kachko: here


    Read the article here!

     


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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold


    Scared of catching a cold? Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy this winter.

    Supplement with vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to decreased immune function and increased risk of upper respiratory infections. Taken daily with a meal, vitamin D will keep you healthy and can prevent those winter blues.

    Boost your immune system with healthy bugs. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in our gut and help to keep the immune system balanced, fight infection and decrease the time needed to recover from a cold. Probiotics work in several ways to protect us. They help us to digest food, produce substances to protect our gut lining from invading bacteria, and help to outnumber the bad bacteria so they cannot proliferate and make us sick. Taking a probiotic supplement and eating fermented foods ensures that we get many different kinds of beneficial bacteria.

    Avoid foods that deplete the immune system like sugar, alcohol and processed foods. These foods have been shown to increase inflammation in the body. As inflammation increases immune function decreases. Certain spices like turmeric, rosemary, garlic, oregano, ginger, among others have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase immune function. Adding these spices to our everyday cooking can give our immune system a little extra help. Mushrooms have medicinal properties that have been shown to increase the body’s natural immune system. Adding mushrooms like, shiitake or maitake, to soups and stews is an easy way to boost immunity. Increasing colorful veggies and fruit provides nutrients the body needs to fight off colds.

    Taking a multivitamin daily will make sure your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs to function properly.

    For your body to run efficiently you must stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to dry and cracked mucus membranes, which are our first line of defense against bacteria entering our body. Be sure to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Adding fresh squeezed lemon, cucumber or some crushed berries will make this task easier to accomplish. Bone broths are packed with nutrients, taste great and also help to keep us hydrated. Herbal teas are another tasty, nutritious way to add to hydration status.

    Always wash your hands. This is pretty much common sense and I'm sure you’ve heard it before but it can really help decrease your risk of catching a cold. When we touch surfaces that other people have touched we can pick up their germs. These germs can enter our body through our mucus membranes. Simply using soap and water before touching your face and especially before eating can help to prevent the spread of germs.

    Other helpful tips include exercising regularly, going to bed before midnight and decreasing stress.

    To learn more about Dr. Hanlon please call 631-421-1848 to schedule a free 10 minute consult.



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    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.


    References:

    "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.

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    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

     


    Three Years Later - is Fukushima Radiation Getting Into Your Food

    How to protect yourself from nuclear fallout and other radiation

    4.5.2014

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

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

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

    CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Insomnia, A2 Milk, Fukushima Radiation and Flame Retardant Wool

    Issue 53 - March 7, 2014

    In this issue:

    Insomnia

    The Difference between A1 and A2 Milk

    Fukushima Radiation in Your Food

    Flame Retardant Wool

    plus, tons of new healthy events and lectures

    CLICK HERE FOR NEWSLETTER

     


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

    02.18.2014

    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

    CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Is Fukushima Radiation in Your Food - and How to Protect Yourself?

    Published in New Living Magazine 02-2014, vol. 25, #10

    by Dr. Peter Bongiorno and Dr. Pina LoGiudice

    Am I At Risk from Fukushima Radiation Exposure?

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