Introduction: Nutritional and Integrative Interventions for Mental Health Disorders (13:12)
Peter Bongiorno, a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, introduces this lecture about using nutrition and natural methods for treating mental health disorders. He explains how he came to be interested in naturopathy and holistic healing disciplines.
Naturopathic Medicine (08:50)
Bongiorno talks about the state of the American healthcare system and the difference between typical medical intervention and holistic methods. He examines the emphasis on drugs and medications versus holistic measures for health and wellness.
Lecture Topics and Integrative Care (10:02)
Bongiorno speaks about lifestyle and environmental factors in chronic illness and disease. He posits the theory of mental health disorders as symptoms of physical and nutritional deficiencies.
Patient Care/Lifestyle Factors (10:20)
Bongiorno speaks about diagnosing depression and mental illness for individual patients and focusing on developing holistic wellness plans. Sleep pattern, bowel movements, hydration and diet form the key indicators for naturopathic diagnosis. He talks about lifestyle factors that are important for diagnosing and tailoring treatment.
Recommendation Plan (21:02)
Bongiorno gives an example of a wellness recommendation plan. The recommendation plan focuses on small, manageable changes to lifestyle and habit that will increase overall health and wellness.
Drugs for Mental Health Disorders (15:04)
Bongiorno speaks about the common drugs that have an effect on neurotransmitters. Much of the published research about antidepressants is favorable, but there is a large amount unpublished research showing that antidepressant efficacy on mild to moderate depression is small.
Individualize for the Patient (11:35)
Bongiorno speaks about personalizing treatment plans for patients and finding the drugs that work in specific situations. Many of the prescribed mental health drugs act on neurotransmitter deficiencies that can be addressed with more natural solutions.
Lab Tests (11:15)
Bongiorno discusses the importance of lab tests and how they can be used to diagnose and solve mental health issues. He briefly covers the many different blood panels that can help isolate problems that need to be treated.
Hormone and Vitamin Testing (14:33)
Bongiorno examines a list of hormones that can be controlled to help with mental health issues, and their effects on certain physiological systems. Different vitamins deficiencies can also contribute to mental health disorders. Bongiorno also covers the importance of probing heavy metal levels in blood tests.
Blood and Bowel Health (11:34)
Bongiorno discusses blood and bowel disorders that can contribute to mental health disorders. SIBO is a disorder with gut bacteria that can be treated by medication, but the causes should also be treated with other methods. Bongiorno discusses gut and lymph motility and how to increase them.
Adrenal Function and Leaky Gut (12:50)
Bongiorno explains the use and benefits of the adrenal stress test. Bongiorno talks about methods to retrain and rebalance the adrenal system. The leaky gut test is important for finding inflammation and intestinal hyper-permeability. Gut permeability can contribute to many different problems.
Mitochondrial Dysfunction (13:35)
Mitochondria are the power generating portion of our cellular machinery and are crucial in understanding many mental health disorders. Bongiorno explains the ways in which mitochondrial diseases contribute to inflammation and cellular health problems. He talks about genetic predispositions to mitochondrial disorders.
Neuronal Vulnerability (16:21)
Bongiorno explains some of the health issues that can stem from mitochondrial dysfunction, which can contribute to apoptosis of cells and cancer growth. He examines studies that show the link between mitochondrial dysfunction and bipolar disorder.
Oxidative Damage (11:35)
Bongiorno talks about different results from oxidative damage in the body and what disorders that pronounced oxidative damage produce. Disruptions of the cellular energy transport chain cause deficiencies in neurotransmitter production, which is the root cause of most psychiatric issues.
Genetic testing has opened up new avenues for probing psychiatric drug mechanisms and their efficacy in treating many diseases. Most diseases are caused by complicated permutations of gene expression, which is why gene targeting is not going to be a silver bullet treatment. Bongiorno gives examples of useful genetic tests for practitioners.
Sleep Treatment (12:25)
Bongiorno explains the primacy of quality sleep in health and wellness. He gives examples of deficiencies and supplements that can contribute to changes in sleep quality.
Melatonin, Sleep and Stress Disorders (18:01)
Melatonin is a crucial component of healthy sleep rhythm and is naturally produced by the body in the pineal gland. Bongiorno discusses the proper methods of supplementing melatonin. Sleep disorders can lead to other mental illness and mental disorder. He explains how the hypothalamic adrenal pituitary axis gets over excited and starts to cause stress disorders from a physiologic mechanism.
Diet Intervention (14:19)
Bongiorno talks about the importance of proper diet and relaxation for mental and spiritual health. Bongornio presents a video of a news story about dietary intervention for mental health. Food affects blood sugar and inflammation in the body.
Recommended Foods (16:34)
Bongiorno goes through foods that can have pronounced effects on mental illness and mental disorder. Elimination diets can provide a good way for diagnosticians to zero in on foods that patients are sensitive to. Bongiorno talks about the effect of Soy products on estrogen and breast cancer.
Gluten Intolerance and Dietary Factors (19:38)
Bongiorno examines food linked susceptibility to mood disorders and mental health problems. Not all scientific studies are created equal and some may contain bad science and specious claims. Bongiorno presents a video featuring Julio Licinio, his mentor at the National Institutes of Health.
Digestive Support and Other Therapy (19:14)
Bongiorno talks about supplements and diets that can help treat dysglycemia and other blood sugar disorders. Exercise as a treatment for depression has similar efficacy to most drugs and the benefits can last longer. Bongiorno discusses methods for heat and cold therapy to treat disorders, including cryotherapy and hyperbaric therapy.
Nature Therapy & Detoxification (12:37)
Nature immersion therapy is a crucial part of many traditional healing regimens and shows excellent results for mental disorders even in small doses. Bongiorno examines the link between heavy metal toxicity and mental health disorders and lists some methods of detoxification and dangerous vectors for exposure to toxins.
Bongornio talks about the vast array of available nutritional supplements and the importance of focusing on crucial areas for supplement support. Lab tests are important for patients to identify low levels of certain compounds and vitamins in the blood stream. He discusses safe dosage levels and proper supplement usage.
Supplements Part 2 (16:46)
Bongiorno introduces a mix of supplemental compounds that he uses frequently to balance patients HPA axis and stress systems. He emphasizes that natural medicine works slowly but the results are typically stable and long-lasting.
Direct Mood and Neurotransmitter Support (22:24)
Bongiorno talks about the supplements that can directly affect the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. He lists supplements that he uses for patients as anxiety support compounds and examines supplements that can be used for treatment of ADHD.
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