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The Road To A Healthy Heart: What the latest research shows

Some of you may be aware that I’ve teamed up with a great company, Remedy Partners, to formulate cost effective and clinically useful recommendations for patients they manage. Our goal is to provide cutting edge research on natural approaches to health for patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital to help them get well and stay well in a sustainable way. Every once in a while I’ll share with the InnerSource Health community some of what the latest studies are showing.

The following are some general guidelines on cardiovascular health, specifically as it relates to those with Heart Failure.

***Note: It is important that you do not undertake any of the below recommendations without the consent of your physician. In addition, please note that these recommendations are not individualized for you, and your physician will work with you to optimize your individual care plan.

Diet

The Mediterranean diet has shown a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular related factors including lipid levels, insulin resistance, hypertension, and obesity. This is a mostly plant-based diet which is high in fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. There is particular emphasis on monounsaturated fats including olive oil and foods high in EPA/DHA Omega 3s, mostly from fish. Some specific suggestions include:

Whole Grains: Carbohydrates should be eaten only in the complex form (as opposed to “simple” carbs). Examples are whole oats, Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, barley, quinoa, amaranth, whole wheat, spelt, kamut, teff.

Vegetables can be consumed in an unlimited amount, with special attention paid to dark leafy green vegetables. Strive to consume abundant amounts of dark leafy green vegetables, and at least one type of orange, yellow, and red vegetable/fruit per day.

Protein: Fish is consumed regularly (daily), and poultry/eggs are consumed in moderate amounts. Fish: Salmon, cod, trout, tuna, mackerel, ahi, etc. Limit consumption of tuna to 1-2 times per week due to mercury content. Fresh salmon is an especially good source of healthy oil called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Limit consumption of red meat to several times per month. In addition, limit intake of saturated fat to 5% of daily calories.

Oils: Olive oil is the principal source of fat, and can be added to salads. Aim to consume expeller pressed or cold pressed organic Extra Virgin Olive in its raw form. For cooking purposes, regular olive oil should be used because it has a higher smoke point than extra virgin olive oil.

Additional dietary recommendations:
• Aim to limit salt intake to 1800mg/day
• Discuss how much water you should be consuming with your physician
• Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs

Supplements/Herbs

CoQ10: this is an essential nutrient for the health of your heart muscle, as it plays a vital role in energy production in your mitochondria. It is also a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

Taurine: This amino acid helps to protect the heart and to improve the symptoms related to heart failure.

Propionyl-L-carnitine: This nutrient is cardioprotective, vasodilatory, lipid lowering, and improves energy production of the heart.

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha): This herb relaxes blood vessels, increases the strength of the heart muscle, and controls heart rate.

Exercise

Make sure that you have undergone an evaluation by your cardiologist regarding your exercise program. Once you have been cleared for exercise, you should aim to exercise 3-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes. Make sure that you warm up for 5-10 minutes before exercising, followed by 20 minutes of exercise, and ending with 5-10 minutes of a cool down. Walking for 40 minutes per day also has benefits for your heart and overall health.

Stress Reduction:

Consider adding meditation or other forms of relaxation to your daily routine to minimize stress. Meditation is the practice of contemplation or reflection in a relaxing environment with focus on deep breathing. Research has shown that meditation programs may reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and reduce heart attack risk.

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11/28/18

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!


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10/02/18

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

CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE PRESENTATION


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07/24/18

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

07.24.2018

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.


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07/18/18

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.

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE


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07/01/18

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


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06/19/18

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

06.19.2018

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

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE ON PDF


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06/06/18

Kate Spade and Healing Depression

what can learn and what can we do differently?

06.06.2018

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.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY


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05/23/18

Self-Criticism - article in the NY Times

05.23.2018

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.

READ ARTICLE HERE


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12/26/17

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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12/08/17

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


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