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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for June 3, Part 1
June 5, 2017
Olive oil may prevent brain cancer; An Arizona man got a bug bite and now feels achy--could it be Lyme? European Union calls out pesticide hazards--urges more organic produce; Arthroscopic knee surgery no better than sham procedures; High-fiber diet combats knee osteoarthritis; A 31-year-old man got a tattoo--and 3 weeks later he was dead. My doctor says take aspirin, but ditch the fish oil--what to do? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Master Your Brain, Part 1
December 20, 2016
Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen bring you "The Brain Warrior's Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose," a new book as well as the subject of a current PBS Special. Why the urgency of this brain initiative? What factors are undermining Americans' brain health? What insights are neuro-imaging studies providing us about the role of diet, lifestyle, and environment on brain function? Can people actually "rewire" their brains? Why is the advice to consume "heart-healthy" alcohol not helpful for the brain? What type of diet best supports brain function (there's also a "Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook")? What supplements bolster brain health? What's the role of exercise? Of sleep? Of positive affirmation and imagery? Click HERE for part 2.



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Master Your Brain, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, authors of "The Brain Warrior's Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose." Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 29, Part 2
October 31, 2016
Omega 3 supplements help the brain's glymphatic system, protect against neurotoxicity; What to do about foul flatus? Diet for gout; Is there sugar in coconut kefir? What to do about dizziness; Despite negative press, supplement use remains stable among U.S. consumers; Resveratrol lowers testosterone in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) more than birth control pills, metformin; Concern that radiation from too many CT scans can lead to Alzheimer's. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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A Promising Neuro-Protective Nutraceutical, Part 1
June 30, 2016
Luteolin is a promising neuro-protective nutraceutical, with possible applications to a wide variety of disorders: autism, migraines, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), CFS/fibromyalgia, "brain fog,” multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and even cancer. Dr. Theoharis Theoharides is Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He explains the possible connection between autism and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: histamine and cytokines disrupt the blood-brain barrier, cause leaky gut, and allow influx of toxins and autoantigens which result in brain inflammation and damage to neural repair mechanisms. Luteolin, a flavonoid found in a variety of plants, offers a means of curbing mast cell activation in the brain. The product NeuroProtek was formulated by Alginot to maximize luteolin's bio-availability for brain applications. Dr. Theoharides describes extensive research which validates the plausibility for use of luteolin in neuro-behavioral disorders; large-scale clinical trials are planned. A new formulation called “BrainGain” promises to amplify luteolin’s protective effects. Click HERE for part 2.



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A Promising Neuro-Protective Nutraceutical, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery at Tufts University School of Medicine. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE PRESENTATION: Brain Self-Repair and Regeneration
June 16, 2016
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brant Cortright, author of "The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life," rejects the myth that the brain is inevitably programmed to progressively decline; instead, he cites new scientific studies that suggest the brain is capable of self-repair and regeneration (neurogenesis). Sleep, physical exercise, nutrition, stress, social interaction and mental challenges are all factors that influence the rate of neurogenesis. Dr. Cortright offers practical suggestions on diet, supplements, Mindfulness Meditation and exercise that can optimize brain repair. He cites specific scientific studies that demonstrate that lifestyle changes can slow and even reverse cognitive decline.



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Leyla Weighs In: B12 Deficiency and Brain Aging
June 3, 2016
B12 deficiency and brain aging; its relationship to high homocysteine levels and why you should have yours checked. Vinegar can help blunt blood sugar response to a high carbohydrate meal; when and how much is safe?



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2
April 21, 2016
Do you recommend prevagen for brain sharpness and short term memory? Since wild green oat extract acts like an MAO inhibitor, are there certain foods I should avoid? Does milk thistle interact with Coumadin, should I take it on an empty or full stomach? Click HERE for part 1.



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Is fish oil the remedy for traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Part 1
April 20, 2016
Dr. Michael Lewis, Retired U.S. Army Colonel, West Point Graduate, and former military physician, is the founder of the Brain Health Education Research Institute. He says that hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer head injuries annually. Some suffer long-term consequences: dizziness, disorientation, headaches, loss of concentration and memory, mood changes, insomnia and fatigue. Even hormones can be thrown out of whack. The medical profession has little to offer these patients. How do you know whether you’ve suffered a concussion? How does high-dose fish oil quell inflammation? What’s the specific protocol for head injuries? Is there any danger of brain hemorrhage with such high doses? Can Dr. Lewis' Omega 3 head injury protocol be employed for patients in deep comas? Should athletes and military personnel at risk for head injuries take fish oil preventively? What’s been the response of the VA Hospital system to Dr. Lewis’ potentially cost-saving proposals? What other supplements might play a role in combatting the effects of TBI? (Listeners can request a free sample of Nordic Naturals Fish Oil which meets Dr. Lewis’ exacting specifications, by visiting Nordic Naturals' web site and clicking on the free sample box in the lower right corner.) Click HERE for part 2.



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