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  • November 2010 Health Letter - Issue 20

  • Should Pregnant Moms Avoid Peanuts?
    Milk, Egg and Blood Type Risk Factors?
  • Spring Detox
  • June, July and August 2009
  • February and March 2009


    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???



    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.


    "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.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Siobhan Hanlon


    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

    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.


    Post Pregnancy and Post Partum Diastasis and Pelvic Floor Issues - What You Can Do: Interview with Rachel Bojer, MSPT

    04-17-2014 Interview on News12

    Learn what a woman can do after pregnancy to get her shape back. This wonderful interview with Rachel Bojer, MSPT at the Inner Source clinic explains:

    - what is diastasis

    - what a woman can do to help strengthen the pelvic floor and abdomen after pregnancy

    - what NOT to do after pregnancy

    Interview with Mary Mucci on News12



    What’s a Phthalate and Why Does It Matter for Joe and Jane Jr.?

    by Dr. Anne Williams, ND, LAc

    Maybe you’ve been hearing the buzz about phthalates in your food, cosmetics and home care products. So what are they, exactly?

    Phthalates are chemicals derived from naphthalene, the beloved mothball. They act as softeners or “plasticizers” in your basic plastic structure. Without such plasticizers, plastic (PVC, PE or PP) is actually quite hard and referred to as “hard plastic.”

    How do phthalates affect us? It appears that children and infants may be at the greatest risk from phthalate exposure, especially during pregnancy.

    Endocrine disruption, including endometriosis, fibroids, male infertility, pre-term birth, asthma, obesity and heart disease are among the conditions associated with greater exposure to phthalates.

    What can we do? To start with, consider the old-fashioned glass, stainless steel and iron as your friendly alternatives to plasticware in the home, especially for storing food.


    November 2010 Health Letter - Issue 20

    In this issue:
    - Pregnancy and Peanut Allergy
    - Calcium Supplementation and Heart Risk
    - a Bongiorno Production
    - patient spotlight: ulcerative colitis
    - holiday party: december 11th

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    Should Pregnant Moms Avoid Peanuts?

    Milk, Egg and Blood Type Risk Factors?

    November 4, 2010

    It is becoming more apparent that the pregnancy environment plays a strong role in the health of the future adult. About 1% of the population reports allergy to peanuts and other tree nuts.

    A study in this month's Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology conducted at Mount Sinai in New York looked at 503 infants. According to blood tests, it was found that the babies whose mothers ate a greater number of peanut products during pregnancy were more likely to test positive for peanut allergies showing as allergic factors found in the blood. Of note, it is not clear whether these children will definitely develop allergy. Most of the children had not actually ingested peanuts at the time of the blood test.

    What is particularly interesting in this study is that all had likely milk or egg allergies or significant eczema, which are risk factors for peanut allergy. From a naturopathic standpoint, we see that many young patients do indeed have cow’s milk, egg and even gluten allergies - all of which can increase inflammatory cells in the body, thus causing increased susceptibility to an exaggerated reaction to peanut. In our experience, removing offending foods like cow’s milk and gluten can often lower the child’s reactiveness to other foods like peanut. Typically, this avoidance is followed by using herbs and nutrients to heal the intestines and lower the inflammation response.

    Additionally, it would have been useful if the researchers had checked the peanut reaction by stratifying (organizing) the data by patient blood type. According to the blood type diet theory, patients who are type O or B may be more reactive to peanut proteins. It is possible that this subset of children may require greater surveillance for allergic reactions.

    Sicherer, S. The J Allergy Clin Imm 2010 125 (6): 1322-1326 ( )
    Sicherer, S. The J Allergy Clin Imm 2010 in press (

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    Spring Detox
    April 2010

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to consider cleaning the body, mind and spirit. Using a detox properly and effectively will depend on the needs of each person. In this issue, learn about which foods, nutrients, hydrotherapy and other measures can help each person achieve a safe and effective detoxification for you. Also learn how you can use fertility for fertility before a healthy pregnancy.

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    January 2010

    A healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year to all. We firstly , we want to thank all patients, family and friends who nominated us best of Long Island children"s health, nutrition and acupuncture. We are honored to be chosen best in acupuncture. This Jan 2010 newsletter also includes interesting information about the association between gluten and miscarriages, as well as what pregnant women can do for nausea. We have a number of lectures coming up in both New York City and Long Island - we hope to see you there. - dr. pina and dr. peter

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    June, July and August 2009


    Dr. Pina on News 12 Long Island
    Healthy Pregnancy and Birth - from Pre-Conception to Post Natal Care
    Our Gastrointestinal Health: Its A Gut Feeling
    Getting Your Kids healthy and ready for Back to School
    Naturopathic Medicine: Pillars of Health and Healing
    Open House Fun Day
    Dr. Peter meets with Senator Schumer and an Assemblyman Hoyt
    Recipe: Sweet Basil and Ginger Tea

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    February and March 2009

    Acupuncture Bailout - Itchy Skin during Pregnancy

    Clearly, one of the areas most challenged by the financial crisis is New York City and its environs. Many of you have found the solace of meditation, acupuncture and natural medicines more useful than ever. For most people, the feelings of anxiety, fear and sleeplessness are nothing more than our body telling us that something is unbalanced, and it is strongly encouraging to us to change something. The pharmaceutical path suggests the use of Xanax, Lexapro, Ambien and or Wellbutrin. However, this condition of stress and anxiety is really not a deficiency of these medications. ...more....

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