It’s an unfortunate fact of nature: mitochondrial function tends to decline with age. Along with that comes a host of physiological changes that cumulatively result in the phenomenon we all experience as aging and senescence.
The centrality of mitochondrial dysfunction in the aging process cannot be overstated. This is especially true when considering the vasculature, says John Salerno, DO, founder of the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, an anti-aging clinic based in New York City.
Modern Acupuncture, the country's first acupuncture franchise, is bringing the ancient healing practice to the masses with a unique focus on convenience and affordability. But is it watering down and oversimplifying this venerable modality?
There’s ample data to show that gut bacteria affect mood, immune system health, sleep cycles, and response to stress. It turns out that the gut microbiome—at least certain microbial species within it—also play a role in lipid metabolism, suggesting that some types of probiotics may have heart health benefits.
For decades, Dr. Pizzorno has been at the forefront of a movement to build bridges between naturopathic, functional, and mainstream medicine. In recent years, his attention has been focused on the myriad ways that environmental toxins are damaging personal and public health, and on developing practical strategies to help people reduce their toxic loads.
His recent book, The Toxin Solution, presents a harrowing picture yet offers good clinical guidance on how to manage the onslaught. Consider the following:
• 94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma. • 60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer. • 33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). • 25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.
Holistic Primary Care had the honor of hosting Dr. Pizzorno at our 2017 Practitioner Channel Forum. He shared his research on the role of common toxins in chronic disease and his field-tested therapeutic strategies. Watch the full-length session from HPC’s video archive: