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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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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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12/03/17

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.

References:

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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11/26/17

InnerSource to Offer Support for Chronic Pain

In partnership with TribeRx

Are you suffering from chronic pain? InnerSource Health is partnering with TribeRx (www.TribeRx.com) 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 Info@TribeRx.com 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


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