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Immunity and the Mind - 7 STEPS


What are the connections between the mind and how well your immune system works? What easy steps can you take to harness your immune system to work it's best? Find out here.



Immune Care – What You Should Know Now

revised 3-28-2020

With all that is happening, what do you need to know to best support your immune system?

Please read Dr. Peter Bongiorno's article. You will be amazed at what you are not being told that can help you stay healthy.




Wet Sock Treatment

Learn how to use wet socks to boost immunity and help clear colds and flus.

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Thanksgiving: Many Health Benefits - and One Drawback?

Learn about the many benefits, and one health drawback of Thanksgiving




Foods versus Probiotics for Anxiety - Which Is Best?


Which is best, food or supplements?

A new 2019 study out of China showed that probiotic supplements have some good benefits, but diet and lifestyle changes are much more beneficial to microbiota and calming anxiety symptoms.

This study was a meta-analysis, which means it was a study that looked at a bunch of studies. It looked at twenty-one studies which contained 1503 subjects.

The first thing this study showed is that whether you use food or supplements, when you regulate intestinal flora using healthy approaches, you can effectively improve anxiety symptoms.

The conclusions of this study were:

- the best energy source for our gut bacteria is good food, especially fiber rich foods

- most studies show a 4 – 8 week period to look at the effect of probiotics, which may be too short. Longer trials may show benefits beyond 36%

- there were pretty much no adverse effects with either foods or supplements

reference: Beibei Yang, Jinbao Wei, Peijun Ju, Jinghong Chen. Effects of regulating intestinal microbiota on anxiety symptoms: A systematic review. General Psychiatry, 2019 32: e100056 DOI:

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Chronic Pain Management With Dr. Robert Kachko


11-6-2019 Chronic Pain Management With Dr. Robert Kachko

Dr. Kachko is interviewed on the Tips with Toni Show.

Learn what is on the vanguard of care for pain.




The Words of Acupuncture - with Dr. Victoria Liotta


Shen? Stagnation? Blood Deficiency? What does it mean?

Learn the language of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in this 30 minute webinar.

Hosted by Victoria A. Liotta, Doctor of Acupuncture.

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Self-Management for Pain

Only you are essential to your healing. While getting care from your healthcare providers is often important, being an active participant is ALWAYS essential. Research shows that when people have higher levels of “self-efficacy”, they’re more likely to recover from their pain condition. What is self-efficacy? I define it as the belief in our ability to take control of our own lives. When it comes to our health, this means feeling that we’ve got the tools we need to move in the direction of sustainable healing.

One of the largest studies to date on the value of self-management has been a review of smaller trials on chronic low back pain. The researchers found that when it comes to chronic back pain, a self-management approach improves pain intensity and disability, especially in the first year.

What do the best self-management programs teach?
- Effective pain-focused problem solving
- Decision making to address common challenges around pain
- Local resources that may be available
- A stronger patient-provider relationship, valuing the patient’s experience
- Goal-setting and action planning, often in the form of SMART goals
- Self-tailoring of programs to be individualized to your own needs

Source - PMID: 27554077

Dr. Robert Kachko

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The Value of Self-Expression

An important aspect of any healing journey is being an active participant in that journey. This is especially the case when dealing with pain, and expressive writing can be an important tool in activating that part of ourselves.

A team of pain researchers developed an approach called emotional awareness and expression therapy (EAET) to see if it helped people with Fibromyalgia to feel better after 6 months. Importantly, they compared it to fibromyalgia (FM) education and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is considered the gold standard in mental-emotional treatment. The group receiving EAET went through a series of exercises in which they were helped to identify and express previously avoided emotions and feelings. That group experienced more pain reduction than the FM education group and similar improvements with the CBT group, except more people in the EAET group had at least 50% pain reduction than in the CBT group (22.5% vs 8.3%).

While this sort of active therapy isn’t an option for everyone, regular journaling certainly is. When it comes to expressive writing or journaling, it turns out that what you write often matters less than the fact that you’re writing at all. Many of my patients have learned that writing something down and “leaving it there” allows their body (and their subconscious mind) to process it more effectively. This approach can be helpful for reducing stress, improving mood, and getting more restful sleep. Of course, for some people “digging in” to their emotions may bring up a lot of “stuff”, and so this should be discussed with your healthcare team.

Have you ever tried journaling? What’s your experience been like?

Source: PMID: 28796118

Dr. Robert Kachko

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Pain: Sending The Right Signals

Our bodies and brains are complex, and each of us is impacted by pain in our own unique way. However, we ALL experience pain at two (actually, more, but let’s say two for purposes of clarity here :-)) distinct levels: sensory and affective. Our sensory perception of pain includes things like where the pain is, what it’s quality is (burning, stabbing etc.), and how severe is it (on a typical 0-10 scale for example). That last part, though, is also impacted by the 2nd level, the affective experience of pain.

This part of our pain perception, often processed by our limbic system, takes many cues from our environment and our emotional selves. This part of our brain, for example, is more primed for pain if we experience a lot of stress, depression, or fear in our lives. In effect, this is the part of our pain response that controls how much we suffer beyond just knowing that it exists.

Interestingly, this part of the brain can also be harnessed in a positive way: once we understand what the signals are that activate these areas, we can turn them “on” or “off”. What are some of the most important areas that impact our “affective” pain response?

(If these sound like a vocab lesson you’d rather avoid, don’t worry about the name of the brain area - instead, focus on the language that the area speaks):

1. Anterior Cingulate Cortex - this part controls our suffering from pain and the need to “do something” when we feel it. It’s also the part that is disengaged when we give away our healing capacity to our doctors. What helps? Calm acceptance of the sensation as a signal from the body that need not go away 100% to have quality of life.
2. Anterior Insula - this is like our internal thermostat, guiding us to understand if damage is occurring. What helps? Remembering that we’re “whole” and safe in spite of our pain, and that it isn’t a guarantee that damage is occurring.
3. Prefrontal Cortex - this part gives meaning to our pain and integrates it into our self-concept: “who will I be in the future with this pain?” What helps? Reframing the experience to understand that the experience of pain now does not reliably predict future pain.

More about Dr. Kachko Here



Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Pain

What we consume has the power to either help us heal or to cause us harm. Though this goes far beyond food (ideas, relationships, breath patterns etc.), it is clear that the Standard American Diet increases inflammation and oxidative stress, ultimately increasing the likelihood that we will be in pain. In working to “pain-proof” our bodies, it is essential to consume foods that reduce inflammation and reduce pain directly.

Many of my patients end up on a systematic anti-inflammatory elimination diet. Learning what works for our bodies and what does not is essential, and often only discovered through targeted trial and error. However, cutting out a bunch of foods is rarely a sustainable approach. Instead, we also focus on what to ADD into the diet.

Everything we eat sends a message to the cells of our body. In addition to the specific nutrients present in healing foods, they can change how our DNA is expressed (this is called “epigenetic”). Some of the best anti-inflammatory food-based molecules that have been proven effective for chronic pain include short chain fatty acids (butyrate being the most commonly available through food), polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3s, high in cold water fish), polyphenols (found in many colorful plant-based foods), and polyamines (high in legumes).

Some food substances have also shown to be directly “anti-nociceptive”, meaning they reduce sensitivity to pain. Two of the best studied are curcuminoids (polyphenols found in turmeric) and zerumbone (a sesquiterpenoid found in ginger). Both have been shown to reduce pain in multiple conditions and should be considered as a component of a comprehensive plan for pain-proofing the body.

Source: PMID: 31301604

More about Dr. Kachko Here



Pain: Our Brain Plays Tricks

When it comes to our experience of pain, as with all things, context matters! If you’ve been following along with previous posts, you know by now that the MEANING we ascribe to the pain we are feeling is often more powerful in determining how we feel than the cause or stimulus of pain itself. Put another way, two people can experience the same level of pain, but have very different amounts of personal suffering as a result. Similarly, the same person can feel very different amounts of pain from the same cause in a different context.

This was proven, rather brilliantly I may add, by a group of researchers who used light to modulate context. Our brains are primed to perceive some things as more dangerous than others. One such stimulus is heat, and based on our evolutionary priming we expect heat to be more dangerous than cold. Since we view the color red as more likely to be hot, and the color blue as more likely to be cold, this team decided to figure out if these colors impacted the amount of pain people felt.

Amazingly, when the same exact stimulus (a cold probe measuring -20 degrees celsius in temperature) was applied to people’s hands, they experienced a higher level of perceived pain when the probe was illuminated with a red vs blue light. This is not so different from the context of receiving medical care. All too often people are told that they “can’t be fixed”, or worse: that someone else is responsible for “fixing” their broken body. This sort of disempowering language only makes things worse.

Have you had any health-related experiences that “colored” how you felt about yourself and your body?

Source: PMID: 17449180

More about Dr. Kachko Here



Why Mindfulness Matters for Pain

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage these days. Proposed as a cure-all for everything from anxiety to pain, it’s rare to find someone who HASN’T heard that it is important to be mindful. The thing is, though, that there is no single fix for chronic pain. Techniques such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, loving-kindness/compassion meditation have an important role to play as a component of comprehensive integrative pain care. An important aspect of mindfulness training comes from learning to come back into our physical bodies that are often neglected with long-term pain.

This makes sense, of course. When our bodies ache, our minds make every effort to distract us from that unpleasant experience. Instead, our brains are primed to make our mind wander (this is actually our default, driven by a part of the brain called the Default Mode Network). The challenge with this? It turns out that a wandering mind, pre-occupied by the stories we’ve told ourselves about our past (often in the form of regrets) and worried about the future is one that is predisposed to depression and pain. If this is our default, though, what are we to do?!

Well, one of the core benefits of mindfulness and other types of meditation is an increase in something called “meta-awareness”. Simply put, this is the state of “thinking about thinking”. It’s like sitting in a movie theatre and watching the movie (our moment-to-moment lives) WHILE also realizing that we’re in the theatre watching it all unfold. It turns out that the more we do so, the less this mind-wandering reduces our mood. The other factor involved in both chronic pain and low mood is a state of “hyper-vigilance”, where we are on constant alert of the world around us for fear of being harmed in some way. This state is characterized by living mostly in our thoughts, often ignoring our physical bodies.

Meditation increases meta-awareness and reduces hyper-vigilance, and both things can help reduce long-term pain by literally changing the structure of our brains.

Source: PMID: 28390029. Make sure to follow along for the remainder of July’s Holistic Pain Care Series

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Depression and Chronic Pain

Depression (and anxiety, among a host of other psychosocial factors) contribute to chronic pain. In fact, in one study in the journal PAIN, 60.8% of people dealing with long-term pain met criteria for depression (PMID: 26963849). Why might this be?

Emotional distress contributes more strongly than pain intensity to key outcomes like physical disability, work disability, and healthcare costs. For example, higher levels of perceived depression before surgery predict likelihood of successfully returning to work after surgery more than any other factor (including the the intensity of pain and disability before surgery). People in the upper half of scores for the experience of depression were 1/3 less likely to return to work and in general took nearly twice as long to return if they did.

Why might this be the case? Well, there are many theories out there, but the strongest one is this: depression is an otherwise appropriate response to living within an environment that doesn’t align with our deepest needs. When we’re feeling depressed, we become more “vigilant” (hyper-vigilant, to be exact) to an environment that feels more threatening, more dangerous. This increase in vigilance also increases things like inflammation, oxidative stress, muscle tension, and activity of our sympathetic (“fight-or-flight”) nervous system. All of these factors contribute to a higher experience of pain.

Comprehensive care for chronic pain helps us to process these feelings more effectively, alongside all of the “physical stuff”. You’re not alone, and it is OK to ask for help.

Source: PMID: 25527877.

Stay tuned for the rest of July’s Holistic Pain Care Series.

More about Dr. Kachko Here



Omega 3s and Osteoarthritis (OA)

Thanks to it’s high supply of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, fish oil is one of the best anti-inflammatory substances we have. Given that almost all chronic pain (and all chronic disease for that matter) has at its root some degree of inflammation, it’s no surprise that higher intake of Omega 3 fats may be helpful.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic pain condition. Historically, it was considered to be a non-inflammatory breakdown of healthy bone. We now understand that this characterization is not accurate, and that reducing inflammation is an important component of comprehensive care. Many anti-inflammatory medications (like NSAIDs, Cox-3 inhibitors, and corticosteroids) come with unwanted side-effects. Omega 3s work by reducing inflammation at its source, helping the body make compounds that “put out the fire”.

Multiple studies show that people with OA who take Omega 3s from fish have reductions in long-term symptoms. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (source below), Omega-3 Fatty acids seem to be an effective (and safe) strategy for those dealing with OA (as well as other rheumatic disease like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus).

PMID: 28816722

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Sleep and Chronic Pain

Sleep: the ultimate reset switch. We’ve got tons of research about just how important sleep is to our long-term health and well-being. It turns out that between 67% and 88% of people who deal with long-term pain also have trouble sleeping well. Poor sleep, in this way, is both a cause and effect of pain.

Without the right levels of REM Sleep and Deep/Slow-wave sleep, our bodies are simply unable to regenerate effectively. Sleep deprivation impacts many areas of the brain that have a role in pain, including: opioid processing, neurotransmitter production (like serotonin), immune function, melatonin production, the endocannabinoid systems, and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

If there was a medication that could impact ALL of those systems at once, it’d probably be in the water supply. Instead, we have to sleep. So, what factors impact our quality and quantity of sleep the most?

1. Regularity: getting to bed and waking up at the same time every day is essential for deep sleep
2. Light exposure: the room has to be pitch black. Our cave-dwelling ancestors wouldn’t have had it any other way. Similarly, blue light from screens is terrible for our transition into sleep, preventing production of the all-important sleep hormone melatonin.
3. Temperature: in order to fall asleep, our core body temperature has to fall 2-3 degrees. Sleeping in a cool room is essential (65-67 degrees seems to be ideal). This is the same reason people like a hot cup of herbal tea or a hot shower before bed: it brings our core body temp up to facilitate it dropping
4. Coffee and Alcohol consumption: Depending on your genetics, it may take up to 24 hours to process the amount of caffeine in just one cup of coffee. Similarly, drinking alcohol (especially before bed) can impact REM sleep for up to 4 days!
5. Stress: Avoid stressful conversations or television (turn that news off!) before bed. More importantly, don’t do anything in bed (people who work on the laptop right up until they close their eyes, i’m looking at you) other than sleep and sex. Journaling may be one exception, if it lets you process the day - so long as you leave your feelings there and don’t take them with you to sleep.

What’s been most helpful for you to get effective sleep?

PMID: 31207606

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Holistic Pain Care Series

According to the CDC, 20 Million Americans deal with “high impact” chronic pain on a daily basis. This means it impacts their quality of life regularly - limiting the ability to work or sometimes even take care of themselves. To make matters worse, we’ve got an opioid epidemic in the United States that has put people with chronic pain into an even more difficult position: getting access to appropriately prescribed medication that for years has allowed them to sustain some quality of life.

Something has to change! Every National and International task force on chronic pain has clearly stated that a comprehensive, “biopsychosocial” approach to pain is the ONLY appropriate course of treatment. Sometimes, this may involve a prescription for opioids. But it ALWAYS involves:
1. Meeting people where they are
2. Helping them feel heard and understood
3. Comprehensively assessing the ROOT cause of their pain
4. Providing education on the nature of the pain to empower each person to help themselves

A holistic, integrative treatment plan for pain will usually involve education around nutrition, sleep, digestion, and appropriate movement/exercise. It will usually also involve helping the person to reframe their experience of pain, acupuncture, and manual therapy.

Together, we can change the lives of over 100 million Americans. Stay tuned for this month’s Holistic Pain Care Series, where we’ll get into the science of what works (and what doesn’t) for chronic pain.

Source: Center For Disease Control

Holistic Pain Care
Dr. Robert Kachko

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Announcing Inner Source Liquid Organic CBD

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There is no gluten, dairy, soy, egg or other common allergens. Also there's no other chemicals, binders or preservatives of any kind.

Potency: 25mg per 0.5 mL - 60 servings per container.




Victoria Receives Highest Degree in Acupuncture!

May 10, 2019

Inner Source Health is proud to announce Huntington master acupuncturist, Victoria A. Liotta recently received her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Victoria was a recipient of a gold cord acknowledging her 4.0 GPA in the highest level of degree in the field of acupuncture. Dr. Liotta is happy to share her advanced knowledge and skills with those of the Inner Source community.



Do Lawns Cause Kids’ Cancers & Mental Health Problems?


Lawn pesticides and herbicides like Roundup can contribute to childhood cancers and mental health problems.

These are also toxic to pets too.

Learn more about this at Psychology Today and Dr. Peter's article.

Learn what you can do to help




Dr. Dawn's radio show interview with The Natural Nurse: Ellen Kamhi

Tune in 90.3FM WHPC & iHeartRADIO:TODAY @ 3:30 pm & Mon Apr 15 @ 1:30 am & 3 pm

Listen to Dr. Dawn's interview on 'Herbally Yours Radio Show' with Host: Ellen Kamhi, The Natural Nurse! Chatting about topics Dr. Dawn will be covering at the upcoming NAVEL expo / Science of Human Optimization Conference April 27 & 28. Learn why Dr. Dawn joined the field of naturopathic medicine, when raw food is good for you, food prep for optimal digestion, & the secret ingredient we all need in our food.



HEART Solutions for Women - Dr. Mark Menolascino visits ISH NYC


Dr. Mark Menolascino dropped by the NYC office yesterday with his new book HEART Solution for Women. Recommended read. As Dr. Peter said " ??this is one situation where women should not be treated equally as men. Research into #heartdisease has been #mencentric and this needs to change ."



Parkinson's Disease- Natural Treatments

About 65,000 people in the U.S. are given a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis each year. Men are almost twice as likely as women to have this condition and around 5% of these patients are diagnosed before age 50 (like Michael J. Fox, who is the most famous of these people).

Dr. Peter Bongiorno wrote a textbook chapter about the subject where he discusses diagnosis, pathology and natural treatments for this challenging condition.




CBD Oil: snake oil or the next great thing for anxiety and mental health

01.07.2018 - dr. peter's blog on Psychology Today

Learn about the research regarding CBD oil and mental health to answer these questions:

What is CBD oil?

Will CBD oil make me high, like marijuana?

Is CBD oil legal?

Is CBD Effective for Mental Health Challenges?

Is CBD safe?

Can CBD oil cause a positive result in a drug test?

How much CBD oil should I take?

How About CBD Beverages and Foods That Are So Popular?




Acupuncture helps sleep in veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


This research looked at 60 veterans (aged 24 to 55) with a traumatic brain injury and sleeping problems. Many of these patients were also diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Half the participants were given real acupuncture, while the other half were given sham acupuncture. Sham acupuncture needling is defined as giving a patient a treatment with needles, but using fake points that are not considered part of traditional Chinese medicine. It was shown that the real acupuncture significantly helpd both patients with and without PTSD sleep better. The authors are quoted as saying:

“These results indicate that an alternative-medicine treatment modality like acupuncture can provide clinically significant relief for a particularly recalcitrant problem affecting large segments of the veteran population.”

reference: Huang W et al. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 201980(1):18m12235

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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




Dr. Peter's Mental Health Protocols Highlighted on Emerson Ecologics


Dr. Peter Bongiorno teaches physicians all around the country about his experience protocols for mental health. He has compiled this work for nutraceutical distributor Emerson Ecologics. We are proud of Dr. Peter as his work is getting more and more national attention.



Is The Pill Sabotaging Your Health?

Well + Good Article from May 2016

Can the pill alter gut function and the microbiome? It seems the answer is yes, and it can even be a strong factor in inflammatory issues like Crohn's disease, as well as deplete nutrients and change liver function.

This interview from Well+Good interviews Dr. Robin Berzin of Parsley Health and Dr. Peter Bongiorno of Inner Source Health.




Hot Baths for Heart Health


by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc

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.




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


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




Kate Spade and Healing Depression

what can learn and what can we do differently?


Another tragic celebrity suicide.

More antidepressants are being used than ever, with more suicides than ever - it makes no sense...

Learn Dr. Peter's thoughts about antidepressants and what needs to happen to decrease these tragic events.




Self-Criticism - article in the NY Times


Self-criticism is at the core of much anxiety.

A recent NY Times article entitled "Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself" does a very good job addressing the situation, to help bring consciousness to our beating ourselves up, over and over, which can contribute to long term anxiety, obsessiveness, panic disorder and will make worse any condition affected by stress.

When we address the criticism we place on ourselves, we can start to remove a heavy burden that demands our energy and doesn't allow us to live to our potential.




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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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:




Benefits of Cupping for Pain, Lung Health and What Ails You

by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc and Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc - 12-3-2017

Many patients have seen magazine covers of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow or Michael Phelps with cupping marks, and have us asked if cupping might be good for his or her's particular health issues.

See Gwyneth Paltrow's cupping marks here
and Michael Phelps' marks here.

Well, cupping has a thousand-year-old history of healing, and has helped millions of people over these millennia. Chances are it can help you too.

Cupping is an ancient healing method where a glass cup is applied to the surface of the body to help move your vital energy or ‘qi’ (pronounced “chee”). Because the inside of the cup is heated, there is no air in the cup. So, when it touches the skin, it creates a vacuum that literally sucks the skin up into the cup. This will pull the fascia (muscle coverings) off tight tissue, allowing more circulation to the area. This has been shown to be very relaxing to the muscles while it helps increase nerve conduction, clearing toxins, and replenishing blood flow to the area and surrounding tissue.

The fascia which covers your muscles holds a lot of vessels and nervous tissue and is often constricted with medical conditions. Uniquely moving this tissue with cupping can have create profound healing. While other forms of physical medicine like massage and cranial sacral therapy can help relax muscles, cupping is the only form we know that can actually pull the fascia away from the muscles to create this amazing effect.

While cupping is most associated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, cupping had actually developed independently among many different cultures. In fact, our Sicilian grandmothers used cupping on our parents and aunts/uncles as an old-world remedy. In fact, if you watch the Godfather II, there’s a scene where cups are used on Vito Corleone’s newborn Fredo to fight severe infant respiratory illness (

see Godfather II movie clip here.

Recent studies show cupping’s benefit for treating chronic pain, herpes zoster, facial paralysis, acne, plantar fasciitis, and even difficult to treat cervical spondylosis. Traditionally, it is also used for lung and respiratory conditions. One author (PB) uses it regularly to effectively stave off low back pain.

Cupping is very safe and usually pleasant and relaxing, but is sometimes will cause momentarily uncomfortable tight feeling. Usually, it will create surface bruises that go away within a week. So, remember this if you plan on wearing your bathing suit after cupping, for people may see the marks - although, this doesn’t bother Michael Phelps or Gwyneth Paltrow!

If you haven’t tried it for what ails you – give it a go. You might find it really helpful.


Chi et al. The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016 2016: 7358918.

Cao et al. An Updated Review of the Efficacy of Cupping Therapy. PLoS One. 2012 7(2): e31793.

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InnerSource to Offer Support for Chronic Pain

In partnership with TribeRx

Are you suffering from chronic pain? InnerSource Health is partnering with TribeRx ( to offer our patients a unique experience that has the potential to greatly improve their quality of life and their overall well-being.

A key objective for us here at InnerSource has always been to foster a strong sense of community. Research shows that the more support we have while we are on our healing journey, the better we’re likely to feel. When it comes to chronic pain, this is especially true. While at times friends and family want to help, they can’t always fully understand the experience that their loved one is going through.

TribeRx is working to help providers (InnerSource Health is among the first to offer this service!) prescribe Peer Support Groups that help patients feel part of a community. Patients have the opportunity to feel better supported, better heard, and better understood. Just the same, they’re helping patients share their experience with their providers, so that we can better understand how you’re feeling between visits.

Best of all, as a key early partner helping TribeRx fulfill this important mission, we are able to offer this service to you for FREE.

If this is something you might be interested in, please let us know. You can also call the office at 631-421-1848 or email with “InnerSource Support Group” in the subject line. They’ll then be in touch with more details on the process as we help you find your "Tribe".

More info about TribeRx



Dr. Peter Bongiorno and Dale Bredesen Meet, and Exchange Books


Dale Bredesen MD is a well-known researcher in Alzheimer's Disease and author of the new book The End of Alzheimer's. Dr. Peter and Dr. Bredesen spoke at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health conference at the end of September 2017, along with Drs. Daniel Amen, James Greenblatt, Jonathan Prousky, Felice Gersh and many other luminaries in the field of natural and functional mental health.

It is estimated one in 10 people over 65 have Alzheimer's dementia. If you are concerned with Alzheimer's, read Dr. Bredesen's breakthrough book and learn how he creates a plan to prevent and treat early Alzheimer's.



9 Steps to A Healthy Mitochondria for Mood and Health

The mitochondria are the energy packs we need for health and amazing mood.

When these are not working, your body can get sick with all kinds of disease: chronic fatigue, mood disorders, diabetes, and much more.

Please click the link below to learn about your mitochondria and learn Dr. Peter's 9 Steps to healing your mitochondria.




NY Licensing Effort Go Fund Me Support Page


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:

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:

much love and great appreciation,




Victoria Liotta, LAc, LMT joins Inner Source in Huntington


Victoria A. Liotta, MS, LAc, LMT holds a Masters of Science Acupuncture and is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist as well as NY State Licensed Massage Therapist.

“Vicky,” as her patients and friends refer to her, is a licensed acupuncturist whose philosophy on healing is “take care of yourself now.”

She believes that acupuncture treatments, along with proper nutrition and a balanced life, contribute to better health. As a student of both Western and Eastern sciences, Victoria holds a BA from Villanova University, where she studied Electrical Engineering and Communications prior to earning her MS in Acupuncture.

Originally, complimentary medicine was a hobby for Victoria. While living in Atlanta in the 1990’s, she stumbled upon an herbal shop and began reading books and pamphlets on nutrition, supplements and herbs. In 2002, Victoria began receiving acupuncture treatments and decided to turn her interest into a career - first with massage and then with acupuncture.

As an acupuncturist and massage therapist, Vicky has over 15 years of combined experience. For the last 5 years, Victoria has treated patients in clinics in Stonybrook, as well as at a community acupuncture clinic in East Northport. She also has 10 years of experience as a massage therapist, specializing in medical massage, deep tissue and sports stretches. These skills, along with cupping and aromatherapy, are often incorporated into her acupuncture treatments.

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing drums in a local rock band.

Victoria is available in the Huntington practice for both acupuncture and/or massage therapy. To set up an appointment with Victoria, please call 631.421.1848 or email us at



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 ( 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




Telomere Length and Depression


Telomeres are basically little caps at the end of your genetic material – sort of like the little covers (called aglets) on your sneaker laces. When the aglet breaks, your shoe string will fray into broken strands. Similarly, when a telomere breaks, your genetic material can start to fray and be subject to getting damaged, which can lead to mental conditions like depression and anxiety....

...learn how to keep them healthy by clicking below




Are U Inflamed? Dr. Peter Bongiorno interviewed


R U Inflamed? Dr. Peter Bongiorno interviewed on this "hot" topic where he connects digestion, fat tissue in our body and toxins: “fat tissue will create inflammation that uses up nutrients and makes it more challenging for your body to clear toxins. It also switches how cells grow and use energy. “




Nutraceuticals for Adjunctive Depression Care


Evidence suggests supplements are effective and safe when used in combination with antidepressants.

Read Dr. Peter's review article published in the peer-reviewed Natural Medicine Journal.




R U Overcommitted?

07.30.2016 - blog by dr. peter bongiorno

Are you doing way too much?

Ever wonder how it is affecting your health?

Find out how it is, and the concrete steps you need to rebalance by clicking below




The 6 Master Keys to Glow From The Inside Out (Hint: It’s All About Good Health!)


Do you know someone who just exudes health and vitality? She looks it, she feels it, and she even inspires you to better health too. She has what we are all looking for – a state of health that I call “glow.”

What are her secrets?

Find out with Dr. Pina's great article on




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




Integrative Care for Mood and Neurotransmitter Balance and Neuroendocrine and Genetic Approach to Metabolic Control- two summary talks

by Dr. Peter Bongiorno and Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed

This is a summary for a webinar Drs. Bongiorno and Kendall-Reed gave to the functional medical doctor community in Dallas in April of 2016.

This 43 minute video is a summary review of key points from their seminars.

Dr. Bongiorno discusses the highlights of how to work with mood issues like anxiety and depression using lifestyle, dietary, and supplemental supports.

Dr. Kendall-Reed focus her work on the Neuroendocrine and Genetic Approach to Metabolic Control where she discusses how to use both clinical symptoms as well as genetic testing to understand better how to supplement each individual to work on sleep issues, mood and weight concerns.

This work was sponsored by Douglas Laboratories.




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.