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What did Shakespeare know about health??
Heart health advice from "the Winter's Tale"

10-23-2010

According to Shakespeare: “A merry heart goes all the day, Your sad (heart) tires in a mile.” (The Winter’s Tale. ACT IV Scene 3 ). Here the bard is connecting an unhappy spirit (and likely stress) with poor cardiovascular health.

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08/26/15

Cilantro for Detoxification

8.26.2015

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

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08/11/15

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression - book review in Psychotherapy Today

July 2015

"the book is a valuable resource for trained individuals who aim to gain knowledge in the field"

CLICK HERE TO READ REVIEW


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08/10/15

Exercise Your Way Out of Anxiety and Depression?

8-10-2015

How can exercise help stress and your brain?

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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08/05/15

Podcast On Intermittent Fasting on RAW Health Radio with Dr. Kachko

"Intermittent fasting may sound like a new-age, trendy type of diet that I would usually shoot down as yet another fad diet, however this week's guest did a great job of convincing me that it's not - to the point where I've decided I need to try this myself, and I've already tried to sign him up to write a book about it!"

- David White of RAW Health Movement

We covered:

- Why intermittent fasting DOES NOT equal caloric restriction - and the different ways it can be done

- What you have to gain by implementing intermittent fasting as a lifestyle choice

- How the principles of naturopathy and intermittent fasting improve health

More about Dr. Robert Kachko: here





Listen to the podcast here


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05/15/15

Multiple Vitamin For Anxiety?

05.15.2015

Can a multiple vitamin help you calm down and relax?

Find out in doctor Peter's blog on Psychology Today

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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03/16/15

Methylfolate Versus Folic Acid: Why the Fancy Folate?

03.16.2015

How do you know if a common nutrient is good for you, or causing more harm than help?

Click below and visit Dr. Peter Bongiorno's blog post on Psychology today to find out.

CLICK HERE TO READ AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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03/05/15

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

CLICK HERE TO READ AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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02/24/15

The Role of Meditation in Optimal Immune Function

Two exciting studies discussed


Supporting optimal immune function is always a central goal of mine as a Naturopathic Doctor. Here's a summary of two research studies (1,2) linking the role of meditation (which has a myriad of other benefits) to optimal immune function and reduction of stress hormones.

The role of mucosal immunity is crucial in the prevention of sepsis via protection from exposure to opportunistic bacteria. 35 Chinese undergraduate students were taught Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT), which includes body relaxation, breathing adjustment, mental imagery, and mindfulness training. The aim of the therapy is to induce a state of restful alertness with improved awareness of body and breathing. The study group practiced IBMT for 4 weeks while the control group practiced a body-centered relaxation technique only. Salivary secretory IgA levels were shown to be increased in the IBMT group, with strong correlations to improved mucosal immune response. Another study assessed the role of Pranic Meditation on phagocyte function, where it was shown in 29 healthy individuals that more than 980 minutes of meditation (including 3-hour weekly training and 20 minute daily session at home) over the course of 10 weeks increases in phagocytosis and monocyte production of hydrogen peroxide along with reductions in plasma levels of corticotrophin.

1. Yaxin Fan, Yi-Yuan Tang, Yinghua Ma, and Michael I. Posner. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2010, 16(2): 151-155. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0234.
2. César A. Fernandes, Yanna K.M. Nóbrega, and C. Eduardo Tosta. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. August 2012, 18(8): 761-768. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0718.

For more about Dr. Kachko click here


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02/23/15

Which Diet Is Best for Your Best Mood?

What diet supports the brain and can prevent and treat anxiety and depression?

Find out with Dr. Peter Bongiorno's Psychology Today post.

CLICK HERE TO READ AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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02/20/15

The Risks of Cell Phone Radiation and How to Avoid it

Our health is a combination of our genetic susceptibility and our lifestyle choices, and our interaction with the environment takes center stage in determining how we feel. At this point, one of the most potent threats to our immediate environment is the impact of external electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). Since most people carry cell phones everywhere they go, they provide an opportunity to impact positive change in two ways:

1. Acknowledging that we lack the necessary long-term safety data on extensive cell phone use
2. Acknowledging how easy it is to make small changes which will go a long way in protecting our bodies

Every cellular phone has a documented Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), and if you read the Radio Frequency (RF) exposure information for your phone you will see legally mandated recommendations from the manufacturer to keep the phone away from your body. EMFs are impossible to completely avoid in this day and age of tech-everything, but some things are truly in our control. Here are a few guidelines to limit your exposure, specifically from cell phone use:

1.Avoid holding the phone to your head: Headsets (“airtube” headsets are best) and speaker phone options are useful. Another great idea is using call forwarding when you are at home, receiving calls to your cell phone on your landline. Wired telephones and devices are ALWAYS preferred to wireless devices. Bluetooth headsets are not currently a safe alternative.
2.If you cannot avoid using the phone directly in some instances, here’s a useful trick: when the phone rings, answer it and put it to your mouth and ask the caller to “hold on one second”, hold the phone as far from your body as possible while it experiences a frequency surge, then take the call as your normally would.
3.Do not keep your phone near your body whenever possible:
a. Keep it as far from your bed as possible when you sleep
b. Do not carry it in your pocket
c. Women should NEVER hold their phone in their bra, as there have been correlations to increased breast cancer rates
4.If you have an iPhone: When you are not using your phone consistently, turn on airplane mode (you won’t receive any calls or messages) or turn off “Cellular Data” under Settings - > Cellular (you can still receive calls and texts)

Learn more about Dr. Kachko here


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