NYANP Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

Mind-Body Connection

Sunday, October 2, 2016

naturopath NYCPeter Bongiorno

Mental Health Update

Lithium, Saffron, Apocynum Venetum, and a Few Other Supplements

You Should Be Considering to Treat Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are major reasons patients visit their medical doctors. Way too often, patients are given drugs which not only do not address the underlying concerns, but also contribute to further worsening of these conditions. While some remedies are well known for these conditions, a few supplements are relatively unheard of, yet quite effective. In this talk, Dr. Bongiorno will review the overall naturopathic view and treatment for these mental health conditions. In this context, he will focus on the use of lithium, apocynum venetum and also give research evidence and clinical experience for use of saffron, curcumin, berberines, and phenibut. All supplements that are not as well-known for mental health, but still excellent to help a patient move back to center when properly used.

Dr Paul and Dr Doni

Dr. Paul Epstein and Dr. Donielle Wilson

Addressing Chronic Conditions From the Perspective of Stress Using Mindful
Healing, Foods, and
Nutrients Instead of Medications

With the growing body of evidence demonstrating the deleterious effects of stress and the benefits of mind-body medicine, it is an important time to integrate mind-body healing and stress solu- tions into approaches for patients with chronic conditions, such as depression, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and autoimmunity. The issue is that in order to best provide mind-body services, it is first essential for practitioners to be familiar with how stress (including adverse childhood events) negatively affects health based on epigenetics and psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrin-ology. Practitioners will then need to be famil- iar with the non-pharmacological therapies that have been shown to reverse the effects of stress via gene expression and by restoring homeostasis. In this presentation Naturopathic Physicians Dr. Doni Wilson and Dr. Paul Epstein will combine their extensive experience using approaches that address the impact of stress including mindfulness, relaxation techniques, dietary changes, digestive healing, neurotransmitter balancing, as well as addressing individual SNPs, nutrient deficiencies, and adrenal dysfunction. Atten- dees will walk away with the information they need to integrate stress solutions and mindful healing with patients.

holistic dentistry

Lewis Gross, DDS

An Introduction to Holistic Integrative Dentistry

There are numerous opportunities for holistic dentists and naturopathic doctors to integrate mind-body medicine in the treatment of dental diseases. This lecture will introduce medical practitioners and policy makers into Holistic Dental concepts; alternatives to root canal, dental toxins, Holistic Sleep Medicine, non-surgical approaches to TMJ disorders and facial pain. Mind-body dentistry offers an Integrative approach; CranioSacral Therapy, nutrition, and phobia alleviation.  Naturopathic specialists with these tools will have advanced referral and employment experience.

An integrative approach uses Biofeedback, relaxation techniques, hypnosis, and the ‘power of positive healing’ to improve surgical outcomes. CranioSacral Therapy releases muscular-skeletal tensions in the skull for the treatment of migraines, headaches, TMJ and PTSD. It can also serve as a pre and post oral surgical lymphatic drainage.

Heavy metals and toxins create stress and weaken the body ability to combat other diseases. Salivary pH is a measurement of acid-base balance and should be included in all oral exams. Alka-white is a new OTC dry mouthwash that uses natural ingredients, coconut oil and turmeric to alkalize and cure decay rather than traditional Fluoride based oral pharmaceuticals.

psychiatry and holistic medicine

Michael Gurevich, MD

Holistic Psychiatry:

An innovative approach to healing psychiatric patients who have failed all conventional efforts

Conventional psychiatric practice has limited long term effectiveness and is burdened with side effects.

Dr. Gurevich working as a team with ND/LAc developed a unique approach: Holistic Psychiatry (HP). The method includes getting patients off medication and restoring them to wellbeing. It amalgamates Naturopathic, Orthomolecular, Functional and German Biological Medicines with the use of Neural Therapy, herbs and homeopathy, energy-psychology, intuitive healing, guided imagery, Hellinger’s Systemic Family Constellation and other techniques.  Treatment options are driven by kinesiological and Lecher’s antenna testing.

HP explores and resolves multiple factors affecting psychiatric patients, from toxicity and infections to parasites changing the host’s consciousness.

Robert Kachko ND LAc InnerSource Health

Robert Kachko

At the Heart of it all:

Emerging science on the clinical
benefits of positive emotion in the context of the heart-brain connection

We’ve long known that helping patients incorporate positive emotions into their daily lives has clinical relevance. However, for the first time, there is sufficient research evidence to begin incorporating these concepts into daily naturopathic practice. Just as diet and lifestyle counseling are crucial to successful outcomes, guiding patients to better understand the impact of their emotions on their physical well-being is paramount.  We will delve into the science of heart-rate variability as well as the deep connection between our thoughts and systemic physical manifestations in the heart and brain.


Pina LoGuidice, ND, LAc

Using Beauty… to Get to Health

Many patients are worried about their appearance, especially as they age: wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin… becomes the topic of conversation and the reason for a trip to the plastic surgeon. This worry can be transformed into inspiration that can help a patient on the true path to not only looking good, but to be their healthiest! Join Dr. Pina LoGiudice as she explains the six master keys to health, and reviews the research about how these not only will help someone look younger, but actually be truly healthier too from the inside out.

naturopathic doctor

Rob Streisfeld

An Introduction to Cannabinoid-Based Therapeutics
& Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CDS)

The discovery of the EndoCannabinoid system, including but not limited to cannabinoid receptors and numerous cannabinoids, has launched an exciting new paradigm in healing.  Naturopathic Medicine has always emphasized the importance of addressing the underlying cause of dis-ease.   Could addressing a cannabinoid deficiency or imbalance be the foundation to homeostasis and wellbeing?  What are some common diseases which may be treated successfully by Cannabis?

This presentation will offer a review of the latest research on Cannabis, with subject matter to include substantial Mind-Body related content.


Tia Trivisonno

Treating the Cause:

A Naturopathic Approach to Healing with Psychosomatic Medicine

Approximately 1 in 5 adults suffer from mental illness annually and half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Conventional treatment has limited efficacy and doctors are currently challenged with understanding the psychological, cultural, and social dimensions of illness and health.

The principles of naturopathic and Chinese medicine dictate the importance of treating the root cause of illness by looking at the person as a whole and optimizing health by bringing the body and mind into a balanced state.  Meeting each patient where they are and guiding them to understand and clear emotional conflicts is paramount to healing.


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