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  • Male hot flashes? Acupuncture works for prostate cancer care..
    April 25, 2011
  • Radio Interview: WHRC, NY
  • Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Attacks
  • Have a Headache?
  • St. John's wort: Good for the Heart?
    St. John's wort beats anti-depressants and helps Plavix work even better in patients with heart problems.
  • Children's Medicine and Money
    Biased expert supports medication with suicide risk


    Is It Safe to Take Supplements with Antidepressants

    Are supplements safe to take with Antidepressants? if so, which ones.

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno examines this question and reviews a new study that reviewed over 5000 studies to uncover which supplements showed the best results in stringent tests.

    Find out which ones, and if these are safe to take with medications on Dr. Peter's Psychology Today blog



    The Benefits and Risks of Dandelion Tea

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed on the benefits of this wonderful herb

    "The compounds in the root "stimulate digestion, increase bile flow and can act as mild laxatives," says naturopath Dr. Robert Kachko, ND, LAc. This part of the dandelion works on regulating the liver and stimulating digestion. "Most conditions of the liver/gallbladder can have a use for dandelion root, but it should be prescribed by someone with training," cautions Kachko. The leaf is used to treat ailments of the kidneys its chief function is as a diuretic. However, unlike prescription medication, it is high in potassium -- so it replenishes lost electrolytes immediately. In high enough doses, its effect is similar to that of common prescription diuretics like Lasix. "It also may reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections in women," says Dr. Kachko. "

    More about Dr. Robert Kachko: here

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    Healing Anxiety and Depression - News interview


    Mary Mucci of News 12 in Long Island interviews 2 of Dr. Bongiorno's patients who recovered from mood disorders by working with his natural recommendations.. One patient suffered from significant obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), worrying and anxiety, and a second patient suffered from years of difficult anxiety and depression. Both patients were able to avoid using medications by working with a holistic plan.

    There is a second extended interview available here:



    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



    Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depression Effect of Interferon Therapy

    Study suggests fatty acids may prevent medication-induced depression


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

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

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



    Why Repressed Emotions Affect Our Health


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How To Take Control of Emotional Health

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

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

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

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

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


    Gua Sha - for pain, musclar tension, colds and more

    Ancient chinese remedy for modern day issues

    05-30-2103 by Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist

    When we think about Chinese medicine, we usually think about acupuncture needles and herbs. Another wonderful tool and healing technique used in Chinese medicine is Gua Sha.

    Gua Sha is performed by swiftly rubbing (called ‘Gua’ in Chinese medicine) the surface of lubricated skin with a round-edged, comb-like instrument in downward strokes. This action intentionally raises a small temporary rash (known in Chinese as ‘Sha,’ also known as petechiae/rash in Western terms) in the treated area. You will feel a rubbing and slight burning sensation, but it is not painful.

    In Chinese medicine, pain and disease are said to be caused by stagnation or congestion of qi and blood. Gua Sha increases the movement of qi and blood and allows the body to restore its natural functioning.

    What Conditions Can Gua Sha Help?

    Gua Sha can help release unwanted neck and shoulder tension that comes with computer work and the busy-ness of our day (like running around and commuting). It is also prescribed for chronic muscle tightness from overuse or injury. It can be effectively used in the treatment of colds and coughs to relieve congestion and help increase the body’s immune response.

    How Does Gua Sha Do This?

    The secret of gua sha lies in how this treatment encourages the vigorous movement of blood to the surface of the body. When blood moves and circulation is enhanced, the body can help heal the area that needs to be healed. This is how gua sha helps the body’s own healing process.

    Is there Scientific Research About Gua Sha?

    In the last decade, Western studies have started to investigate how Gua Sha works. A study from 2007 confirms that Gua Sha increases the surface circulation of blood by 400% and that increased surface circulation continued at a significant level for 25 minutes following treatment. Each individual experienced a subjective decrease or complete resolution of pain [1]. A 2009 study showed that as enzymes are released to breakdown the petechiae (small broken blood vessels under the skin created by the Gua Sha treatment), an anti-inflammatory effect is created [2]. This helps explain why Gua Sha is useful in the treatment of colds and even allergy symptoms.

    Other studies have looked at Gua Sha in the treatment of migraine [3], neck and lower back pain [4], chronic neck pain [5], and hepatitis [6]. Current studies have been small but warrant further investigation especially in understanding Gua Sha’s effects on the body’s immune process.

    Gua Sha Conclusion

    Gua Sha is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is usually applied to the back of the body or the limbs. The rash usually fades in 2-4 days and patients are advised to relax the day of treatment, avoiding working out, fasting or large meals and alcohol, to allow the body to repair.

    1. Nielsen, A., Knoblauch, N., Dobos,G., Michalsen, A., Kaptchuk, T. (2007),The Effect of Gua Sha Treatment on the Microcirculation of Surface Tissue: A Pilot Study in Healthy Subjects. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 3: 456-466. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2007.06.001)

    2. Kwong KK, Kloetzer L, Wong KK, Ren JQ, Kuo B, Jiang Y, Chen YI, Chan ST, Young GS, Wong ST. (2009), Bioluminescence imaging of heme oxygenase-1 upregulation in the Gua Sha procedure. J Vis Exp. 2009 (30): 1385. doi: 10.3791/1385.

    3. Schwickert ME, Saha FJ, Braun M, Dobos GJ. Gua Sha for migraine in inpatient withdrawal therapy of headache due to medication overuse. Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Oct14(5):297-300. doi:10.1159

    4. Lauche R, Wübbeling K, Lüdtke R, Cramer H, Choi KE, Rampp T, Michalsen A, Langhorst J, Dobos GJ. Randomized controlled pilot study: pain intensity and pressure pain thresholds in patients with neck and low back pain before and after traditional East Asian "gua sha" therapy. Am. J. Chin. Med. 40, 905 (2012). DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X1250067X/000107731.

    5. Braun, M., Schwickert, M., Nielsen, A., Brunnhuber, S., Dobos, G., Musial, F., Lüdtke, R. and Michalsen, A. (2011), Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese “Gua Sha” Therapy in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine, 12: 362–369. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01053.x

    6. Chan ST, Yuen JW, Gohel MD, Chung CP, Wong HC, Kwong KK, (2011) Guasha-induced hepatoprotection in chronic active hepatitis B: A case study. Clinica Chimica Acta, Volume 412, Issues 17–18, 17 August 2011, Pages 1686-1688. doi:10.1016/j.cca.2011.05.009

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    Dr. Peter Bongiorno interview on Five to Thrive Live!

    Recorded Monday, Sept. 17th 2012 at 8PM

    Learn about natural recommendations for depression. Dr. Peter Bongiorno will be interviewed on the acclaimed W4CS Five to Thrive Live! radio.

    During this interview Dr. Peter will discuss:
    - the varying experiences of depression
    - what the underlying causes of depressive illness and low mood
    - how to start the process of healing depression naturally
    - how to work with medications and eventually wean off medications safely using natural therapies
    - his newest book: "How Come They're Happy and I'm Not?",

    Listen to Interview


    VIDEO: Dr. Pina LoGiudice on Dr. Oz: Natural Prescription Alternatives Part II for for anxiety, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and insomnia

    This is part II of another informative appearance by Dr. Pina LoGiudice, where she teaches Dr. Oz about wonderful ways to get healthy and avoid prescription medications:

    Anxiety medication alternative

    High blood pressure alternative

    Low (Hypo) Thyroid Support

    Insomnia Alternatives

    Click Here To View on Dr. Oz Website


    VIDEO: Dr. Pina LoGiudice on Dr. Oz: Natural Prescription Alternatives Part I for for anxiety, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and insomnia

    This is part I of another informative TV appearance by Dr. Pina LoGiudice, where she teaches Dr. Oz about wonderful ways to get healthy and avoid prescription medications:

    Anxiety medication alternative

    High blood pressure alternative

    Low (Hypo) Thyroid Support

    Insomnia Alternatives

    Click Here To View on Dr. Oz Website


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

    Issue 36, September 2012

    This months healthletter includes:

    - latest events

    - seasonal allergies

    - statin medications and low mood

    - tumeric for diabetes

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

    Click Here for Newsletter


    Seasonal Allergies? What You Can Do Naturally to Help

    by Dr. Siobhan Bleakney


    Sneezing, watery and itchy red eyes? Puffiness?

    Sounds like seasonal allergies.

    While medications can get rid of symptoms, they do not address underlying causes that can help you balance your body to be less reactive.

    Please read Dr. Siobhan Bleakney's article about what natural remedies can help, and have been shown to be as effective at symptom control, without the side effects.

    Click HERE to read ARTICLE


    Are Statin Cholesterol Medications Bringing You Down? (and causing depression?)

    dr. peter bongiorno blogs in Psychology Today?


    Cholesterol medications are the most profitable medications of all time.

    But, are they helping the problem and what are they doing to your mood?

    Find out in this blog on Psychology Today... click below to read article.



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


    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.

    Click Here for Article


    Sleepy Foods - Pumpkin Seed, Cherry, Pulque, Oatmeal, Dandelion

    Foods to Help You Hit the Hay

    by dr. Pina Logiudice and dr. Peter Bongiorno

    03-11-2012: Worried about the 300 - 500% increase in death risk from using sleep medications?
    Learn what foods can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.

    Click Right Here to Start Getting Sleepy


    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.


    Aug ཇ Newsletter: Organics TV interview with drs. Pina and Peter, anxiety medication risk

    August 18, 2011

    issue 26

    Happy August - the glorious dog days of summer. In this issue:

    - Dr. Peter and Dr. Pina together on FOX NEWS spreading the good word of Organic Foods
    - Why you need to LOSE YOUR COWS
    - Anxiety Medications: worth the risk?
    upcoming lectures: cancer and natural medicine, Naturopathic medicine

    click HERE to READ


    Folic Acid - the better equalizer

    Dr. Peter's Psychology Today BlogPost


    Can a simple B vitamin jump start depression healing better than piling on another medication?...

    Click to article here


    Male hot flashes? Acupuncture works for prostate cancer care..

    April 25, 2011

    by dr. peter bongiorno and dr. pina logiudice

    Acupuncture is a well-known treatment for female hot flashes in menopausal women. Did you know that men who are undergoing prostate cancer treatment may also find themselves battling hot flashes as well? Hormonal medications designed to block testosterone cause hot flashes in about 60% of the men who take them.

    One small study suggests that acupuncture can help. In this study, 14 men who were suffering hot flashes were given half hour sessions of acupuncture twice a week for four weeks. The benefit at two weeks averaged around a 70% improvement, and by six weeks the improvement was 90%. Even after 8 months, the improvement was still around 80%, which is pretty remarkable.

    Although this was a small study, the results are quite strong. Previous research, and our clinical experience have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective adjunct for patients using chemotherapy to reduce side effects, decrease nausea, and increase both mood and quality life.

    Ashamalla H, Jiang ML, Guirguis A, Peluso F, Ashamalla M. Acupuncture for the alleviation of hot flashes in men treated with androgen ablation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Apr 179(5):1358-63.

    click for reference here


    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.

    Click here to listen


    Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Attacks


    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)

    click here for reference


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


    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.

    Click here for reference


    St. John's wort: Good for the Heart?

    St. John's wort beats anti-depressants and helps Plavix work even better in patients with heart problems.


    Known for its ability to stave off depression, it is not well known that the psychiatric-geared St. John’s wort (Latin name Hypericum perforatum) may be gaining ground in the field of cardiology. It has shown itself to work well to beat depression in patients with heart patients with less negative side effects on the heart. It also helps Plavix work in patients who did not do well on Plavix alone.
    For patients with pre-existing conductive heart dysfunction or elderly patients, high-dose hypericum extract has found to be safer with regard to cardiac function than tricyclic antidepressants (such as Elavil, Imipramine, and Amitrpytiline). Some researchers are thinking that St. John’s wort may be indicated as a first line therapy for cardiac patients with depression.

    Two new studies also suggest it may help patients lower the dose of platelet inhibitor Plavix, and help it work in the 20% of patients for whom it would normally not work. A studies using the platelet inhibitor clopidogrel found that 2 out of 10 patients using clopidogrel are poor responders, but in these patients 300mg of hypericum for two weeks found an increase of platelet inhibition of 20%. A previous study using 300 t.i.d had an increase of 36%. Furthermore, no negative change was seen in patients on statin medications. Hypericum may be a good choice in poor responders, or to help lower the dose necessary in normal responders who are having side effects.

    “I think we can do this better with St. John’s wort,” - according to researcher WC Lau of Johns Hopkins.

    - Czekalla J, Gastpar M, Hubner WD, Jager D. The effect of hypericum extract on cardiac conduction as seen in the electrocardiogram compared to that of imipramine. Pharmacopsychiatry. 199730 Suppl 2:86-8.
    - Lau WC, Gurbel PA. Annual Scientific Session Of The American College Of Cardiology. May 2010. Elsevier global medical news, accessed on July 7, 2010.

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    Children's Medicine and Money

    Biased expert supports medication with suicide risk

    May 23, 2010

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

    1- Nemeroff CB, Kalali A, Keller MB, Charney DS, Lenderts SE, Cascade EF, Stephenson H, Schatzberg AF (2007). Impact of publicity concerning pediatric
    suicidality data on physician practice patterns in the United States. Arch Gen
    Psychiatry 64:466-472
    2- Roy-Byrne P Antidepressants in Pediatric Patients: Benefits Might Outweigh Risks Journal Watch Psychiatry April 17, 2007
    3- Denise Gellene, Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times October 04, 2008
    4- Selvi B. Williams, MD, MPH, Elizabeth A. O’Connor, PhD, Michelle Eder, PhD, Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH Screening for Child and Adolescent Depression in
    Primary Care Settings: A Systematic Evidence Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force Pediatrics 2009123:e716–e735