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Clinical Focus: Natural Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, Part 1
April 20, 2017
Multiple Sclerosis Is a devastating condition for which drugs, with their attendant side effects, have little to offer. Yet it is extraordinarily responsive to natural therapies. In this Clinical Focus podcast episode, we explore the evidence supporting diet modification: Which is better, the Swank Diet, or the Paleo Autoimmune Diet, as popularized by the Wahls Protocol? What about environmental factors like chemical exposure and mercury? We summarize the research behind vitamin D, omega 3s, B12, antioxidants, alpha lipoid acid, pycnogenol, curcumin, sulforaphane, nicotinamide riboside, CoQ10, and carnitine. Is bee venom helpful? What about a controversial surgery for MS? Is there a gut connection to MS? What about marijuana derivatives like CBD? Does low-dose naltrexone help MS sufferers? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Natural Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his talk on natural therapies for MS. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: The Microbiome, Part 1
January 19, 2017
2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” declared that “all disease starts in the gut.” With the advent of modern science, we relegated the status of the gut to that of a mere food tube, a mechanical conduit for nutrients and waste products. But there’s been a modern renaissance in our understanding of the GI tract: It houses the microbiome, a collection of micro-organisms that outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. The microbiome deserves the status of an organ unto itself. According to Dr. Alessio Fasano, an expert on celiac disease and gut health, “The gut is not like Las Vegas—what happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut.” The microbiome has an impact on shaping immunity, determining whether we’ll be susceptible to infectious diseases or autoimmunity; it affects the brain, in such diverse conditions as autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, anxiety and depression; it shapes our hormones (thyroid, adrenal, growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone); and it impacts metabolism, influencing whether we’ll gain weight or develop diabetes. Why is the microbiome under attack via our Western lifestyles? What are some ways we can cultivate a healthy microbiome? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: The Microbiome, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his in-depth talk on the microbiome and its impact on shaping immunity, the brain, our hormones, and our metabolism. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Fish Oil — Why aren’t you taking it? Part 1
November 23, 2016
Up to 91 percent of Americans are omega-3 deficient and a Harvard study ranked omega-3 deficiency as the eighth leading cause of preventable death. Omega-3s are considered “essential” because the body cannot make them and must ingest them from external sources. Omega-3s benefit the body in countless ways, from brain and heart health to boosting mood and skin health. Omega-3s are particularly notable for cardiovascular health. So why isn't everyone taking them? Dr. Hoffman is joined by Hoffman Center Nutritionist Leyla Muedin to detail and refute many of the reasons people don't take fish oil. Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Fish Oil — Why aren’t you taking it? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman and Leyla continue their discussion on the benefits of fish oil, and they refute many of the reasons people give for not using it. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: The Ugly Truth About Synthetic Thyroid, Part 1
October 25, 2016
Why do so many hypothyroid patients keep feeling lousy? They complain of brain fog, weight gain, and poor mood, but their doctors assure them that their tests are normal and that maybe they should see a shrink. Why do a high percentage of hypothyroid patients gain weight? Why do they need blood pressure medication, statins and anti-depressants? A new study from Rush Medical School shows that a high percentage of patients on thyroid meds are dissatisfied despite being dosed appropriately. Why the problem? The TSH test, designed to assess thyroid function is deeply flawed. Also, monotherapy with synthetic thyroid (Synthroid, levothryroxine) delivers only T4, not the active T3 that the body needs. So why are thyroid doctors stuck in an obsolete and inadequate paradigm? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: The Ugly Truth About Synthetic Thyroid, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his discussion on why thyroid doctors are stuck in an obsolete and inadequate paradigm. Click HERE for part 1.



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Part 1: A Flawed Study on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Patients Fight Back
October 13, 2016
CFS patients fight back against flawed PACE study! It may seem like a paradox that exhausted, debilitated patients should be engaged in a militant effort to refute the conclusions of a study published in the Lancet in 2011 which posited that “fatigued patients who go out and exercise have the best hope of recovery.” The PACE study claimed that CFS patients were deconditioned and exercise-phobic, and that dramatic successes could be achieved with “graded exercise” and cognitive behavioral therapy. Critics of the study were denounced as “cranks.” But CFS activists (an oxymoron?!) were convinced the study was bogus and trivialized the deep-seated physical dysfunction of true sufferers. The CFS community waged a long, ultimately successful battle to uncover the methodological errors and outright conflicts of interest that rendered the PACE a case study of bad science. Click HERE for part 2.



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Dr. Hoffman’s Triathlon Comeback, Part 1
August 23, 2016
On Sunday, August 14, Dr. Hoffman completed the Riverhead Rocks triathlon. Over a period of 25 years starting at the age of 38, he has completed over 15 Olympic distance competitions. What is a triathlon like? Why do it? What age-related factors winnow the field of senior triathletes? How did Dr. Hoffman stage a comeback after debilitating injuries sidelined him from competition for several years? How did chiropractic help? What role did the Whole 30 Diet play? What performance edge did nicotinamide riboside (Niacel) confer? What was it like to race in 90 degree high-humidity conditions? Click HERE for part 2.



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