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Cease and Desist, Part 1
February 10, 2015
Steve Mister of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) dishes on the recent “cease and desist” order leveled against major retailers of herbal supplements by New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “These actions . . . smack of a self-serving publicity stunt under the guise of protecting public health.” He claims the DNA barcoding methodology used by the AG is inappropriate; proper testing would support the potency and safety of the herbal products in question. The AG has not taken calls from responsible representatives of the supplement community, and he refuse to divulge the raw data on which the recall action is based. Steve Mister discusses the elaborate safeguards already in place by supplement manufacturers, and argues that more regulations are not the answer. He offers tips on how consumers can assure themselves of the quality and purity of supplements they use. He urges NY residents to express their concerns directly to the Attorney General, and is spearheading a Twitter campaign: “Hashtag: ReleasetheReport! Click HERE for part 2.

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Cease and Desist, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Steve Mister of the Council for Responsible Nutrition on the recent “cease and desist” order leveled against major retailers of herbal supplements by New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Click HERE for part 1.

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Supplements Under Attack, Part 1
February 9, 2015
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman orders Target, Walmart, Walgreens and GNC to pull ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, ginseng and echinacea house brands. Allegation is that “pills contained nothing more than fillers such as asparagus, rice and houseplants.” Should consumers be concerned? Mark Blumenthal, Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (www.Herbalgram.com) weighs in with a balanced critique of the testing methods used by the AG’s office. Are supplements “unregulated” as many press reports argue? Do we need more government oversight of the supplement industry? How can supplement buyers make sure they get what they pay for? Should ingredients from China be avoided? Click HERE for part 2.

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Supplements Under Attack, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Mark Blumenthal, Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (www.Herbalgram.com). Click HERE for part 1.

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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for February 7, Part 1

Brian Williams has nothing on me: I've hob-nobbed with Nobel Prize winners, medical pioneers (humor)! What's causing the epidemic of early puberty among young girls? Should a 62 yr old get the measles vaccine? Fifty Shades of Litigation: California woman launches class-action lawsuit against sexual lube maker over disappointing results; Older adults need more protein to retain muscle; Easy does it when it comes to jogging; Meditation may slow age-related loss of grey matter in the brain; the amazing properties of olive leaf extract; New iPhone breathalyzer apps tell you if you're too drunk to drive, have smelly breath, or are in fat-burning mode. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.

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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for February 7, Part 2

ACTION ALERT: NY State Attorney General Schneiderman orders major chains to stop selling herbal products--claims they are worthless! Mainstream media blindly follows, condemning all supplements, and calling for more regulation; Herbal experts push back by assailing AG's testing methodology, lack of transparency: Rush-to-judgement? Grandstanding? Responsible supplement manufacturers counter with assurances that numerous safeguards, quality controls already in place guarantee safety, potency of nutraceuticals; Studies confirm role of resveratrol in preserving memory. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.

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Defending Beef, Part 1
February 5, 2015
Beef has been maligned as unhealthy and environmentally unsustainable. Nicolette Hahn Niman, environmental lawyer turned cattle rancher, pushes back against the detractors in her new book “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production.” Can animals be raised humanely? Isn’t “eating high on the food chain” bad for the planet? Is lack of affordability an obstacle to mass production of organic, pasture-fed meats? Isn’t fat and cholesterol bad for you? What about TMAO? Are grass-fed meats doomed to occupy only a small niche market for ultra-discerning consumers, or can they broaden their appeal to reach a wide market? What should consumers look for when sourcing natural meat products? Click HERE for part 2.

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Defending Beef, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Nicolette Hahn Niman, who makes the case for sustainable meat production. Click HERE for part 1.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
February 4, 2015
The Quackery of Quackwatch. Is my homocysteine too low? Is there a risk of bacterial infection (e. coli) from prostate biopsy. Click HERE for part 2.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2

To eat fats or not to eat fats for coronary artery disease. Is it safe to exercise with mitral valve prolapse? Prolotherapy for knee arthritis. The role of MCT oil in metabolism. Click HERE for part 1.

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