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Dr. Peter Bongiorno

Dr. Peter Bongiorno co-medical director of Inner Source Health, with thriving practices in New York City and Long Island. He is immediate past president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He authored, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not? The Complete Natural Guide to Healing Depression for Good (Red Wheel), the practitioner-guide Holistic Therapies for Anxiety and Depression (WW Norton). His newest book is, Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug-Free Program. Visit, , and join him on Facebook and twitter @drbongiorno for updates on naturopathic mental health.
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Mitochondria & Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Peter Bongiorno on Friday, 04 May

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Why are Mitochondria Important? 

Mitochondria are organelles that are present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Probably everyone reading this learned about these little guys in high sch­ool biology, where they were described as "the energy packs of the cells."

About 20% of our body weight is mitochondria. This translates to about 250 quadrillion of these organelles. There are 37.2 trillion body cells with an average of 1 to 2000 mitochondria per cell. Sperm each have about 16 mitochondria and oocytes have 100,000 (which shows you where the power is).

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