June 30, 2012

Check out Dr. Doni;s views Bug Repellent, Sunsceen and More!

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Dr. Doni on Live Radio This Weekend: 77 WABC - AM 770

Tune in to 770 AM at 7 am on Sunday, July 1st - Click for online listening.
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Citronella plant we found at the Port Jefferson Farmer's Market

What to do about Bug Repellent and Sun Screen?

As we get ready to send our precious kids and selves out into the summer sun and outdoors, it's important to find products that protect without being toxic. Read this article online.
Keep in mind that anything that you put on your skin can be absorbed into your body. Chemicals and hormone-disrupting substances in lotions and sprays will be able to get into your blood and throw your immune and endocrine (hormone) systems off track.
To read more about the dangers of bug repellents and pesticides, here is a recent article in the Huff Post Green
Even many "natural" sunscreens contain chemicals and potentially hundreds of undeclared ingredients that can cause allergic reactions and damage healthy cells.
Of course it is important to prevent sunburns and insect bites, so we do need good solutions for summertime play.
Simple Strategies for Fun in the Sun:
1. Wear a hat, shirt, loose pants, and/or sunglasses.
2. Keep your "time in the sun" to under 15 minutes at a time, and early or late in the day.
3. Use plants that are natural bug repellents (Citronella).
4. Check for ticks after spending time outdoors.
My tips for finding products you can trust:
  1. Avoid the ingredients listed at CincoVidas.com including parabens, chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, benzophenone-3, and octyl methoxycinnamate), synthetic fragrance and propylene glycol.
  2. Choose sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Here is a great example by Caribbean Solutions.
  3. Look for bug repellents that are chemical-free. I found a couple options that I'm excited to try: garlic-based product for yard and Buzz Away Extreme repellent
I'd love to hear of products that you find and recommend.
Have a wonderful time this summer knowing you are protected from the sun, insects and the products you use.
Warmest regards,

Dr. Doni is on the Board of Advisors for Easy Eats Magazine
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Summer Hours

My summer hours starting July 9th

Appointments by phone and in Port Jefferson
Tuesday 10 to 2 and 5 to 7,
Wednesday 10 to 2
Every other Saturday 11 to 1
Appointments in Manhattan
Thursday 2 to 6 (once per month)
Saturday or Sunday 10 to 2 (once per month)
Appointments in Stamford, CT
Thursday 11 to 4 (once per month)

Remember to use my online store and online scheduling!

The fastest and easiest way to reorder what you've been taking when you are running low is through the supplement store on my website: www.doctordoni.com.
I'm busy putting together packages of products at 10% off the individual price to make it easy for you to keep up with taking the products that are most important for your health.
I'm hoping that the store and online calendar help put your health within your reach.

Watch video on licensure, click on photo

Thank you so much for your support of the NY licensure bill

Unfortunately, the bill came to a halt when the Assembly committee chair asked our Assembly bill sponsor to wait on passing the bill. Even with hundreds of calls and emails, New York legislators are not quite ready to license NDs - but they are getting closer - so your continued communication with your NY legislators about what you want for your health care options is important!!

June 29, 2012

More on Lyme Disease...

Things that I learned at a lecture by Jesse Stoff MD of   East End Wellness Center
Do I have Lyme Disease or don't I? That is the question that has been plaguing me for some time now. More news below for you about tests for Lyme disease.

My story: I have hunting dogs, I used to run them often in the woods, now not so much...but when I went to a holistic MD in 2010 he was concerned about the Lyme Disease test results we got back.

I went to see a "specialist"--an Infectious Disease Control Doctor. He did all the tests he could and said that they were not conclusive. It appeared I did not have Lyme Disease although some findings came back "odd" (like I had only one positive "band" on my results), but he attributed that to my compromised immune system from Lupus.

Fast forward to spring this year, I was bitten by a tick, and it had the markings of a deer tick. I didn't realize it was on me until it had been there for over a day. I live on Long Island, where Lyme Disease is prevalent. I have been having occasional headaches and a stiff neck and shoulder (which I had been attributing to what I ate- maybe gluten cross contamination).... Well, after that lecture (sure glad I went) I 'm off to get tested again asap.

A few things I learned that I did not know that EVERYONE should know:

There are definitive tests for Lyme Disease: (even if you've had it for a long time)
  • Western Blot Test - can diagnose Lyme Disease as early as 3 days after tick bite (but not always helpful for long standing Lyme disease.)
  • Six peptide antibody test -  another really reliable test
  • Labs can culture and grow Lyme Disease - This is a DEFINITIVE test!
  • The tick that bit you can be sent to a lab to be tested to see if it is carrying Lyme Disease

June 27, 2012

Get The Most Nutrition from What you Ingest

Grandma's kitchen?

Nutri-Bullet, Vitamix, Blendtec Blender, Kitchen Aid, .....any blender you can get that will be
strong enough to pulverize the veggies and fruits to digest them better. (think baby food- easy to digest) Smoothies give you the juice plus all the fiber.

Another possibility is a juicer, any juicer that does a great job of extracting juices will do. I have a Jack Lalanne juicer it does a great job but will not juice greens (for greens you need a special juicer - or just put the greens in the blender and put them in a nut milk bag ---available at Whole Foods and other health food stores---and squeeze to extract the juice.)

If you rate the foods that you eat all day and pick the ones that are the most nutrient dense this will help you close the gaps on any deficiencies you may have. If you have been tested and shown to have defiencies eat the foods with nutrients you are lacking. You can find this information easily on the internet. This is a great site  (I put in kale- check out the nutrients!)  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2461/2

You don't have to be perfect and pick the most nutrient dense one each time...just make sure you pick the best food most of the time, the more healthy the food/drink choices the healthier you will be!

June 24, 2012

New Mark Hyman Special on PBS

***Caught part of this yesterday. The program re-airs here at 3am I have it DVR'd. Mark Hyman is brilliant as usual. Check your local listings!

Saw a new Mark Hyman MD PBS special called "The Blood Sugar Solution" He is an outrageous holistic MD that believes and shows how changing your diet (and a few other lifestyle changes) can rid you of many, if not all disease. He speaks the truth!Tune in.

June 22, 2012

Nightshades/Solanine Toxicity Can it Cause you Pain?

Another thing to try is to go nightshade free for a few months and see if your pain and tingling symptoms subside. Nightshades can show up so many places so be cautious to avoid ALL nightshades. Some non- nightshade plants contain solanine as well, blueberries, for instance, being a case in point! Read on below...


June 21, 2012

After testing what next.....

Wheat Grass...Very good for some, but I am allergic to it...

After you are tested for Celiac Disease and it comes back negative (make sure it was from a highly skilled celiac disease diagnostician) what can you try next? If you can't afford a food allergy test,
an elimination diet is a great to determine what foods may be bothering you....though there are many common culprits. Among them are wheat, barly,rye,oats/gluten, dairy, beef,  eggs, bananas, also foods in the  nightshade family...tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes,eggplant etc., and sometimes beans and legumes.

Please read the books in my post "Books to Read on Healing".Here are some of the titles you can start with "Pain Free in 6 Weeks", "Gluten Toxicity", "The Lupus Recovery Diet", and "The MS Recovery Diet" should give you all the information you need to know the above foods are issues for many people. Many other books can be read on the list as well....

Mark Hyman MD has a few great books on the subject of elimination diets. The Ultrawellness Diet the Ultra Simple Diet and possibly some of his other books describe in detail how to execute an elimination diet. There are also many on the internet. Some books, sites, also call these diets the caveman diet or the rare foods diet. The basic idea behind these diets is to take the foods most people have issues with for a period of time and then replace them one by one to see if there is a reaction, best to keep a journal while doing this to note if you feel good /bad and symptoms you may have.

I firmly believe that the reason most people feel better on a raw food diet (it is a total elimination diet and if you stay on this diet, foods are never added back--no gluten, eggs, dairy, no meat as well) or a macrobiotic diet (not usually totally gluten free, but dairy free and sometimes egg free) is because these are by their design a form of elimination diet...

June 20, 2012

Most and Least Common Defieciencies Chart

Raw Brazil Nut Hearts are high in minerals and especially selenium!

The best way to tell your deficiencies is a blood test...but if you can't afford it, check out the following chart to tell what the most common deficiencies are...then supplement or eat foods rich in those nutrients or BOTH! Remember your body can't heal efficiently without essential nutrients!


June 16, 2012

June 15, 2012

Is it Celiac Disease? Should I go Gluten Free even when my test is Negative for Celiac Disease?

Lots of delicious foods in life are NATURALLY gluten free!

If you are tested for Celiac Disease and are found not to have it , it could be that you really DO have it but they missed it, or you have just plain gluten intolerance instead. Here are some reasons Celiac Disease/gluten issues are missed. Sometimes after the testing comes back negative but you are still feeling poorly, and you know something is wrong, you owe it to yourself to see if going gluten free makes you feel better. Almost everyone will feel better when going gluten free...but get tested for Celiac Disease first! And for goodness sake it CAN be healthy if you eat a nutritious gluten free diet. Just like anything else you can do it wrong by eating gluten free junk foods.

1) If you took a  blood test (Celiac Disease Panel) are you gluten free? If you go gluten free before you take the test, the results would give you a false negative. If you are tested by endoscopy of the small intestine, Dr. Peter Green and others say all it takes for a false negative on this test is to test the wrong spot in the intestine. Best to go to a proven specialist for this because if you have Celiac Disease and you don't continue to eat gluten free you are subject to disease manifestations including colon cancer and possible death. Celiac Disease is  NOT something to play around with!

2) Maybe you don't have Celiac Disease maybe you just have Gluten Intolerance, maybe if you test negative for celiac disease (sometimes this takes multiple tests to get a proper diagnosis) you can try a gluten free diet for a few weeks to a month...if you feel better it's a no brainer...eat gluten free. Go to the bottom for easy gluten free diet ideas, it can be simple.

3) The bottom line is do you feel better when you avoid gluten?

Gluten free can be really expensive when you buy- gf mixes, cakes, cookies, bread,  they are not very healthy choices anyway.  It is also more expensive when you purchase gf specialty flours, pre-made boxed and jarred foods.

Is GF healthy? And EASY? 

 YES!!!! When you eat a gluten free diet all that is necessary is to leave out the bread, pasta, and all common starches. A great and easy dinner is a small portion (deck of cards)  of fish or meat or chicken, rice (preferably brown- or can go grain free also and skip the rice) and 1-3 veggies. Some fruit for dessert.
You could also have a salad with grilled chicken/steak or fish or beans (read the labels of the dressings), good old olive oil and vinegar does well in a pinch. Have the hamburger or the hotdog without the bun. Potato salad is OK too but watch the mayo for other health reasons. (too much fat in mayo but it is gluten free)
Read labels for things that you wouldn't consider to have wheat, barley, rye, oats. Wheat turns up in some odd places:  like twizzlers, soy sauce, soups, gravies, seasoned french fries, dressings, vitamin pills, etc. READ all your labels!!! Read on below if you'd like...

Going gluten free may still help...think it's not nutritious? See this post


Read the following article on


June 7, 2012

Common Sense Healing

Hi! I am still in the process of selling my home and buying the next one. We are also packing, packing and packing! Forgive me for the lack of regular posting. My kids are also going to be out of school soon for the summer also. I will  try to do my best to keep posting regularly. Do ask questions if you'd like and I'll do my best to answer them!

I will have to post a bunch on my new home and how we will keep the toxins down, our health up and the new purchases to a minimum, both to save money and because new items, if not ecologically friendly, out gas tons of toxins (new beds/furniture/rugs/laminates etc) Now on to today's post....

People still have a hard time seeing the common sense behind holistic healing. If you or a friend  or family member have a disease of some type, even if you decide to go the conventional doctor route, it makes sense to:

1) Get rid of inflammation and eat an anti-inflammatory diet, this includes getting rid of hidden food allergies.

2) Find out if you have toxins in your body and the best/easiest ways to discharge them, and DEFINITELY limit you exposure to new toxins (if your body is already loaded with toxins you don't need to expose yourself to more toxins if they are avoidable)

3) Does your body need support/supplements ? Is your body deficient in any nutrients necessary for it to function properly? Find out all deficiencies and correct them ASAP!

4) Trust your body. If it can heal a cut finger and grow new cells for repair,  it can heal almost anything.

June 4, 2012

Books to Read on Healing (a repost)

Not sure if what I'm saying could be true? Want to find out more? Read up! See the titles below...

You can request many of these books through your local library. Ask the librarian for the book/s you are interested in and if they don't have the book, many times they can do an interlibrary loan (get it from another library).

"The Lupus Recovery Diet" by Jill Harrington (title says it all)

"Pain Free in 6 weeks" by Sherry RogersMD (total toxic load on the body, ways to heal, holistic)

"The Gluten Connection" by Shari Leiberman (diseases that can be exacerbated by gluten)

"Gluten Toxicity..." by Shelly L. Stuart R.N., B.Sc.N. (how gluten can wreak havoc in the body)

"Living on Live Food" by Alissa Cohen (A raw food diet, tons of recipes and testimonies)

"The Great Life Diet" by Denny Waxman (A macrobiotic diet)

" The MS Recovery Diet" by Anne Sawyer (healing MS through diet)

"Living Well with Autoimmune Disease..." Mary J. Shomon (holistic)

"The Ageless Woman" by Serafina Corsello, MD (MD+alternative/holistic)

"Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program" by Dr Joseph Mercola (diet for your specific body type)

"Arthritis..." 2nd Edition by Ellen Kamhi PhD RN HNC and Eugene Zampieron ND MH(AHG)(Holistic and Alternative by the "Natural Nurse" and a Naturopathic Doctor)

"An Alternative Approach to Allergies" by Theron Randolph MD and Ralph W. Moss PhD

"Celiac Disease a Hidden Epidemic" Peter H.R. Green MD and Rory Jones

"Food That Helps Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia" by Deirdre Rawlings N.D., Ph.D.

"Breakthrough, Eight Steps to Wellness.." by Suzanne Somers(interviews cutting edge doctors)

""The UltraMind Solution.." by Mark Hyman MD(healing your broken brain, through healing your body first)

" The Cure Heal Your Body, Save Your Life.." by Dr. Timothy Brantley

"52 Ways to a Healthy You" by Laura Lewis

"The Women's Guide to Thyroid Health" by Kathryn R. Simpson, MS (Holistic, root cures, thyroid disease)

"Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests are Normal" by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS

"The Optimum Nutrition Bible" by Patrick Holford

Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Optimum Health" CD Set

"Health Wars" by Philip Day

"Cereal Killers..." by Dr. Ron Hoggan and Scott Adams (celiac disease treatments and other diseases that can affect a celiac patient- outrageous book!)

"The Sinatra Solution" by Stephen T. Sinatra MD (reversing heart disease with diet and holistic medicine)

"Is Your Cardiologist Killing You" by Sherry Rogers MD (research into the protocols tat cardiologists employ and why holistic approaches are safer and work better)

"Your Child Doesn't Have to Die" by Leanne Sorteberg (Holistic medicine and nutrition healed her child's cancer)

"The Detox Strategy" by Brenda Watson CNC with Leonard Smith MD

" ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine..." by John LaPuma MD (healthy cooking and halting disease with foods)

A link to my recommended raw food "un-cookbooks" (you know what I mean! Raw Food!)

A link to some of my favorite Vegan and Macrobiotic Cookbooks

June 2, 2012

B12 Deficiency and Common Lupus and other Disease Symptoms

Toni Camara Kaste shared Dr. Fred Pescatore's status.
Spotlight today on: Vitamin B12 – this helps to regulate the expression of genes, meaning it prevents things like cancer from happening. Most processed foods are fortified with folic acid, which masks B12 deficiency, signs of which are aggression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, sleeplessness, & tingling in the arms & legs. Don’t settle for low levels even if they are “low normal.” 200 to 1,100 picograms per milliliter is normal, but levels of under 400 increase your risk of mental health problems like dementia and depression.
Best Sources: Shellfish, fish, liver, beef, eggs

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    • Toni Camara Kaste Doctors should study nutrition and how deficiencies "present". Or at the very least should ALWAYS work with a nutritionist with each patient...then less patients would hear from the doctor "gee you have numbness and tingling...I'll give you this drug, or I don't know why your having these symptoms, live with it, or ..." or worse they tell the patient they're crazy or have too much anxiety or stress in their lives or maybe it's a panic attack....TEST for DEFICIENCIES!!!!! Supplements are necessary many times whether you eat meat or are a vegan most people are low and also to reiterate, the best test for B12 deficiency is the MMA test and homocysteine levels

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