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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!

     


    Hot Baths for Heart Health

    07.01.2018

    by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc www.InnerSourceHealth.com

    A hot bath feels nice, and may be just what your heart needs. A new article in the prestigious journal Nature looks at this old time naturopathic hydrotherapy.

    A Japanese study of 873 seniors showed that 5 hot baths a week, with an average temperature of 106 degree can help the heart. These men and women aged between 60 and 76 years and 164 of them were followed for 5 years. In that time, it was shown that those who took the baths had improved markers of artery plaque blockages (athersosclerosis) and bettercontrols of blood pressures within the body as well.

    CLICK HERE FOR RESEARCH ARTICLE

     


    GoFundMe for Naturopathic Medicine in New York State

    Please watch Dr. Peter's video about naturopathic medicine in New York State and learn how you can bring holistic medicine to every New Yorker.

    Right now, New Yorkers are NOT allowed to have naturopathic doctors as their primary care physicians. You can change this with your support.

    CLICK HERE TO HEAR ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE

     


    Review of Study: Naturopathic Medicine for Anxiety and Depression

    May 2017: Dr. Peter reviews an observational study, which corroborates two other past studies which suggests efficacy for naturopathic support with anxiety and depression.

    Overall, this study sends a signal to the clinical world of psychiatry to look beyond neurotransmitters and embrace a naturopathic and holistic approach.

    This study did not merely look at a single monotherapy (eg, St. John’s wort). Instead it involved a naturopathic-based paradigm, an important and welcome seminal step towards clinical acceptance of a systems-based and more functional approach to management of anxiety and depression.

    to read the full review, click below:

    CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE IN NMJ

     


    Dr. Kachko Interviewed via Podcast

    Topics: His practice as InnerSource, Naturopathic Medicine, and Social Determinants in health

    Check out this podcast with our very own Dr. Kachko being interviewed about his practice, Naturopathic Medicine, and the role of social determinants of health. If you have any friends or family who have been curious to learn more about what we do at InnerSource Health or about Naturopathic Medicine, this is a great introduction! Dr. Kachko also discusses the role of social isolation on health outcomes and his new venture, TribeRx.




    Listen to the podcast here!

     


    Mitochondria Check Up Questions

    Use these questions to see if you have signs of mitochondrial dysfunction.

    If you do, check in with your naturopathic doctor to find out how to heal your mitochondria.

     


    How Active Is Your Thyroid? - part 3 of 5

    09.25.2017

    Dr. Oz reveals the results of the thyroid speed quiz. Then, naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice shares her expert recommendations for a sluggish thyroid.

     


    What to Eat for Your Thyroid - part 4 of 5

    09.25.2017

    Naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice presents the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid and a sample eating plan to boost your thyroid hormone levels.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON DR. OZ WEBSITE

     


    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

     


    Do You Need Thyroid Therapy? part 1 of 5

    09.25.2017

    Do You Need Thyroid Therapy?

    Are you sluggish and tired? Do you have trouble losing weight? Naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice and Dr. Oz reveal how your thyroid speed may be to blame.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON DR. OZ WEBSITE

     


    Take the Thyroid Speed Quiz - part 2 of 5

    09.25.2017

    Dr. Oz and naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice present a short quiz and explain how your thyroid can affect your energy levels, body temperature, and bowel movements.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON DR. OZ WEBSITE

     


    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

     


    ISH Newsletter 3-26-2017: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Supplement Quality, Tea for Weight loss video, Lotus Physical Therapy

    In This Issue:

    EVENTS:

    Half Day for Health and Detox - Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Mitochondrial Health for Nervous System and Mental Health

    Better Than A Statin? The Boston Heart Panel and Natural
    Remedies for Optimal Heart Health

    50 Ways to Love Your Liver

    HEALTH INFO:

    Article - Naturopathic Medicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Podcast - Supplements: Quality and Use for Mood Disorder

    Radio Interview - Natural Anxiety and Depression Treatments


    Video of Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz: How Tea Can Help You Lose Weight

    NEWS:
    naturopathic legislation moving forward

    Meet Rachelle Bojer and Lotus Physical Therapy

    CLICK HERE FOR NEWSLETTER

     


    How Tea Can Help You Lose Weight - Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz

    2.20.2017

    Naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist Dr. Pina Logiudice explains how teatoxing at home can help you slim down and reduce bloat and water weight.

    Plus, Dr. Oz explains the difference between water weight, bloat, and fat.

    GUESTS: Dr. Pina LoGiudice , Tia Brown

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

     


    4 Ways Naturopathic Medicine Can Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    10.12.16 Dr. Kachko's Article For EverdyDay Health

    As a guest Columnist on EveryDayHealth.com, Dr. Kachko helps navigate some of the common causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis that you can address TODAY. Have any type of arthritis? Schedule a free consult with Dr. Kachko at the "Patient Information" link above.

    Read the article here!

     


    ND Licensing and the Future of Functional

    09.27.2016

    This week on the Evolution of Medicine Podcast, Dr. Peter Bongiorno, President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians is welcomed by James Maskell. For several decades now, the NYANP has been working towards getting NDs licensed in the state of New York. Their vision is to advance the access to and awareness of Naturopathic Medicine.

    They have come up with an innovative way to fund their efforts.

    On Sunday, October 2nd 9AM-6PM EDT, the NYANP will be hosting a conference accessible to you from anywhere in the world.

    Check out NYANP.com to register and for more details conference. Proceeds will help retain the lobbyists working towards the mission of licensed NDs in NY (and you get CEs!).

    On this podcast you will hear:

    - discussion about the theurapeutic order
    - the role of NDs
    - how to build successful models that don’t include insurance
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    This podcast is brought to you by Nudge Coach. Nudge is a lifestyle coaching software to help better connect with your patients in between visits. Find out more at goevomed.com/nudge

    CLICK HERE FOR PODCAST

     


    Why Healthy Teeth and Gums Matter

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed on this important topic

    Our Dr. Kachko was interviewed by Live Naturally Magazine on the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums for an overall healthier body.

    "Cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s can be added to that list, says Robert Kachko, N.D., L.Ac., at New York–based Inner Source Health and a board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “The health of our teeth is also an excellent early indicator of other issues, for example the likelihood of having strong bones and preventing osteoporosis,” he adds."



    Photo credit: Live Naturally Magazine

    Read the article here!

     


    Dr. Oz On Set Exam room - Gastrointestinal Health with Dr. Pina part 3 of 5

    Physical Exam

    07.12.2016

    Dr. Oz's Live, In-Studio Physical Exam with Dr. Pina and Dr. Raj, with Dr. Oz supervising. What a clinical team! The Drs. perform physical exam from the conventional, naturopathic and Chinese medicine perspectives to help rule out and rule in certain conditions.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO PART 3 of 5

     


    Dr. Oz on Set Exam room - Gastrointestinal Health with Dr. Pina part 2 of 5

    Learn the Red Flags of Digestive Trouble

    07-12-2016

    Gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, MD and Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND follow up with guest Irene on her digestive symptoms and ask the questions that can help them diagnose her gut troubles. Dr. Pina considers the patient from a naturopathic and Chinese medicine perspective.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO PART 2 of 5

     


    ALZHEIMER’S & HYPERINSULINEMIA: THE NATUROPATHIC DIETARY TOOL KIT

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

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

    Read the rest of the article here!

     


    Medicine Moves Toward A Merger

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed on the future of healthcare

    The healthcare field is moving toward full integration of all practitioner types, and Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture promise to be at the forefront of that progress. This article provides an update on where things currently stand, and Dr. Kachko was interviewed as an expert on the changing times.

    Photo credit: Energy Times Magazine

    Read the article here!

     


    How Nature Can Impact Your Health - A Naturopathic Perspective

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges about the impact of nature on health outcomes in his patients.

    Here's an excerpt:

    "It's impossible and most often detrimental to understand optimal health without considering how each patient interacts with nature in their daily lives.

    While we’re working on ways to better understand genetics in a clinically relevant way, changing the person’s environment is our most important tool. It is very important to make sure that people fit a relationship with nature into their regular schedule.

    Working in New York City often makes that more difficult than when I’m seeing patients in Connecticut. However, even getting my patients to walk home from work instead of taking the subway (extra points for walking through Central Park!) has been a positive incremental change."

    Read the expert responses 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

     


    Career Spotlight: Dr. Robert Kachko

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges for a career spotlight to highlight the important work of a Naturopathic Physician and to inspire future NDs

    Read the interview here!

     


    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



    Photo credit: www.Livestrong.com

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