When it comes to important health questions, getting answers is essential. But not just any answer, the one that works for your situation. One that is direct, effective, and reasonable. One that isn’t two steps forward, one step back.
Often times, in the search for needed answers, many are left confused, not knowing where to turn. They find general subject information, but no clear way to implement it into their lifestyle. They find information about a nutrient or supplement, but without guidance, the experience can be overwhelming and expensive. Advice can sound right, but is it right for you and your family?
You need direct, reasonable and proactive solutions for your health questions. This is Essential. This is “Ask Joe DiMatteo”… an essential source guiding you to good health.
DANTE DIMATTEO (PharmD, CSCS)
I ONLY PREACH WHAT I PRACTICE
Dante DiMatteo has a passion for health and wellness. His Mission is to only preach what he actually practices, help others see how transformative exercise and consistent lifestyle practices can be, and serve as a trusted resource for healthcare information.
He graduated from Duquesne University in 2018 with his pharmacy degree, followed by his CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) in June 2021. Dante is also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach.
JOE DIMATTEO JR. (PharmD, CCN)
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Sometimes it seems like Joe DiMatteo Jr. grew up in a pharmacy. After a childhood spent visiting the office and at the dinner table, listening to his father talk about pharmaceuticals, natural health, and supplementation, it was inevitable that Joe would begin working in the family business. He started as a delivery driver in high school, and later as a pharmacy tech while in pharmacy school.
He graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a chemistry degree in 2006, followed by Duquesne University in 2012.
Not content with a purely pharmacological education, Joey continued his studies and received his CCN in 2018.
Through all of it, Joe worked at his father’s side, learning the methods of research, presentation, and caring that made the business special. Joe is a lifelong Yinzer, and a proud husband to Dana (also a pharmacist) and father to Leonardo, Nino, & Giovanna.
JOYCE GIBB (MS, CRNP)
JOYCE GIBB KNOWS HEALTHY
After working in family practice, urgent care, and even ambulance and helicopter emergency transport, Joyce narrowed her scope of interests and has spent the last 17 years working exclusively in functional health and integrative medicine. 5 years ago, Joyce began working in partnership with Joe Dimatteo, our founder and namesake. Together, they helped patients get to the root causes of health challenges by taking a whole-person approach: body, mind and spirit. If you want to better understand your body, Joyce Gibb can help!
JOE DIMATTEO SR.
Our founder, Joseph DiMatteo (1956-2017) was a registered pharmacist, board-certified clinical nutritionist, homeopath and doctor of naturopathy.
Joe was a Christian practitioner who had chosen to bridge the gap between standard and alternative medicine, creating a complementary approach to health.
He spent more than two decades educating & empowering consumers to make more informed decisions about their health. He brought hope to listeners for their bodies as well as their souls.
As a team, we are continuing in the legacy and path Joe built.
Archived re-broadcasts of Joe’s live shows can be heard weekdays on broadcast and satellite radio.
REGISTERED PHARMACIST – RPH
The principal goal of pharmaceutical care is to achieve positive outcomes from the use of medication which improves patients’ quality of life.
These outcomes include:
- Cure of a disease
- Elimination or reduction of symptoms
- Arresting or slowing a disease process
- Prevention of disease
- Diagnosis of disease
- Desired alterations in physiological processes, all with minimum risk to patients.
Pharmacists are professionals, uniquely prepared and available, committed to public service and to the achievement of this goal. Nearly everyone is familiar with community pharmacists and the pharmacy in which they practice. Six out of every ten pharmacists provide care to patients in a community setting. You probably visit the community pharmacist more often than you do any other member of the health team. Pharmacists talk to people when they are healthy and when they are sick; when they are “just browsing” or when they are concerned with an emergency; when they have specific needs as well as when they are seeking advice or information.
Pharmacists are playing an increasing role in the “wellness” movement, especially through counseling about preventive medicine. According to one estimate, pharmacists receive more than two billion inquiries a year from their patrons. Pharmacists serve patients and the community by providing information and advice on health, providing medications and associated services, and by referring patients to their sources of help and care, such as physicians, when necessary. Likewise, advances in the use of computers in pharmacy practice now allow pharmacists to spend more time educating patients and maintaining and monitoring patient records. As a result, patients have come to depend on the pharmacist as a health care and information resource of the highest caliber.
BOARD-CERTIFIED CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST – CCN
Certified Clinical Nutritionists are professionals, trained and certified by an international organization called the IAACN (International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists). One of the IAACN’s primary tasks is to assure the competency and skills of its professional members. It is a professional organization with standards, boundaries, certification and a code of ethics. Examination training, examination and certification are the responsibility of the CNCB, a member of the NOCA (National Organization for Competency Assurance) in Washington, D.C.
Each CCN goes through a rigorous, professional certification process. They attend live seminars, research and study materials. They must attend continuing education seminars once a year and they must pass a test. And every 5 years, each CCN must be re-certified and must meet a national standard. When certified, they are regarded as a nutritionist that has been trained in a very high professional manner with a very high standard. It’s an ongoing process.
Certified Clinical Nutritionists do much more than Dietitians. Dietitians focus on the diet and the relation of carbohydrates, protein and fats in the diet and finding balance in your meals.
CCN’s are trained to help you get to the root of health issues. They can help you deal with autoimmune disorders or with toxicities. They can help with everything from depression to detox pathways. The field of clinical nutrition is supported by a growing body of scientific research.
We are quite proud of the fact that we have used this entity to enhance our education and it gives us a great insight into a lot of different fields and the required continued education keeps us current with new information as it is made available.
As we have continued in our practice, the fact that we have achieved board certification has allowed us to stay on a level playing field with most physicians, and separates us by yards from all other so called natural practioners, with little or no accreditation.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMEOPATHIC PHARMACY – DHPH
In a very straight-forward, simple answer, it is the taking of a person’s case (spiritual, mental, emotional and physical) symptoms, collating them and then repertorizing chosen rubrics (symptoms) and locating the one best homeopathic remedy (out of 2,000 FDA approved remedies) that most closely approximates that person’s symptoms.
Homeopathy and related non orthodox treatments such as herbalism and aromatherapy, are often called ‘alternative medicine’. This term implies that one has to choose one of two courses of action. For example, making decisions between orthodox medicine and homeopathy, or between homeopathy and nothing. In fact it is the complementary approach that is to be favored. Here it is possible to complement, or complete, what is already available, using the most appropriate combination of treatments in any given set of circumstances. It may well be that an orthodox medicine and a homeopathic medicine could be used together to treat different aspects of the same disease. Antibiotics are often prescribed with Belladonna by medically qualified homeopathic physicians. Equally, there may be circumstances under which certain orthodox or homeopathic medicines are inappropriate and the availability of the other method of treatment can prove very valuable. Good examples of the former are in pregnancy (for morning sickness), or where there are fears of interactions in taking preparations like travel sickness tablets or anti-diarrhoeals by patients already being treated with prescription medication. Treatment of ‘exam nerves’ is yet another example.
Within each of us is the amazing ability to heal ourselves on all levels. Homeopathy is a system of treatment that uses minute amounts of plant, mineral and animal substances to stimulate the defensive systems of the body in a very subtle way. Homeopathy is different from other forms of medicine in that it focuses on the specific symptoms of a disease rather than the causes. It takes into consideration that each patient is an individual and will experience different symptoms and emotional reactions.
The holistic approach to treatment is perhaps the most important concept within the practice of homeopathy and is shared with all other complementary disciplines. To a homeopath there is no one remedy for an illness. One remedy may be used to treat a wide range of different conditions in different patients and two patients with similar symptoms may not receive the same remedy. The aim is to restore a patient to his or her own unique state of wellness, taking into account any environmental influences, and not just to an ‘average’ well state.
DOCTOR OF NATUROPATHY
Naturopaths are clinically trained in natural therapeutics and are the recognized specialists in natural therapies, including nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), botanical medicine (herbs), and classical homeopathy. They treat patients by using natural modalities like: clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling, hydrotherapy, and others. They choose treatment based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions.
The Naturopathic philosophy is derived in part from a Hippocratic teaching more than 2,000 years old: Vis mediatrix naturae—nature is the healer of all diseases. Although their practice is based on the same basic bio-medical science foundation that allopathic practice is; their philosophies and approaches differ considerably from their conventional counterparts.
The six principles that guide the therapeutic methods and modalities of naturopathic medicine include:
First Do No Harm – primum non nocere
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.
Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect – tolle causam
Physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The origin of disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.
Treat the Whole Person – tolle totum
The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet individual health care needs.
The Physician is a Teacher – docere
The physician’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.
Prevention is the best “cure”
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Physicians assess patient risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.
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