Practitioner Course

Histamine and Mental Health

Learn how to support your patients with histamine imbalances, which contribute to mental health challenges.

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


1.5 Hours total


Peter Bongiorno

About this course

Although histamine is considered an inflammatory molecule, one of its main roles is that of a neurotransmitter. Mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, bipolarity and more, may be due to imbalanced histamines.

Join Dr Peter Bongiorno as he explains the role histamine and histamine receptor function play in relation to genomics, methylation, neurotransmitters and hormones. He will explain which lab testing and clinical presentations suggest histamine imbalance and which lifestyle, dietary and supplementary options support mental health symptoms.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn about the relationship between histamine function and mental health
  • Explore the role that histamine imbalances have in bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression
  • Learn about the histamine molecule and histamine receptors.
  • Identify clinical symptoms of histamine imbalance
  • Learn which lab tests and genetic SNPs are most valuable to aid in diagnosis of histamine imbalance
  • Take home clear information as to which lifestyle, dietary and supplement support will help balance mental health challenges due to histamine imbalance

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Peter Bongiorno, ND, PhD

Dr Peter Bongiorno graduated from Bastyr University. He completed five years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture and was honoured to be his class speaker. Before medical school, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut, and co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuroendocrinology.

He completed his premedical studies and received a Bachelors degree in Biology and English Literature from Fairfield University. Dr Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments (CCNM Press, 2010), the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His latest book for the public, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not was released in November of 2012. He regularly writes articles for the Dr Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today. Dr Bongiorno is also a major contributor to the 3rd and 4th editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine. Dr Bongiorno is Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is active in gaining legislation to license naturopathic doctors in New York State. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a Diplomat in Acupuncture. Dr Bongiorno is licensed as an acupuncturist in the State of New York and is considered a naturopathic doctor in the State of Washington, where naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine.

Dr Bongiorno helped create the first elective natural and integrative medicine class at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he regularly guest lectures to medical students about natural medicine and acupuncture. Dr Bongiorno is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. He has lectured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference, CAM Expo in New York City, and numerous other conferences to both physician and public audiences. Dr Bongiorno has been regularly interviewed on national television as a natural medicine expert and local television, radio, and writes for national media (Psychology Today,, Energy Times).