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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 1
April 27, 2017
Polypharmacy--the prescribing of multiple medications simultaneously--is a big problem, especially among seniors. Surveys reveal that the average 65+ individual takes 14 prescription medications per year! It's not uncommon to see elderly patients taking 6 or 7 drugs daily. Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org), highlights the dangers of excessive medication. What three drug categories cause 60% of the serious complications among seniors? How is it that pharmaceutical meds are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.? Of particular concern is the indiscriminate prescribing of opiates for ordinary back pain, a condition that affects 70% of older adults. What are the alternatives? Click HERE for part 2.



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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org). Click HERE for part 1.



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Combating Dietary Misinformation, Part 1
April 25, 2017
Tom Naughton is an “edu-tainer,” committed to combating dietary misinformation in his books and films. After the recent success of his book and film “Fat Head,” he has written a sequel, "Fat Head Kids: Stuff About Diet and Health I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age." What has prompted the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our kids and adolescents? How to impart a message of healthy eating without stigmatizing overweight kids? Tom shares his personal background of fighting overweight, and how he ultimately conquered it; Who’s at fault, misguided “experts,” or gluttonous consumers? What’s wrong with government policies that influence food choices? Is more legislation the answer? Are programs like “Let’s Move” missing the point? What’s Tom’s quibble with Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize Me?” What’s Tom’s vision for a healthier America? Click HERE for part 2.



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Combating Dietary Misinformation, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Tom Naughton, author of "Fat Head Kids: Stuff About Diet and Health I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age." Click HERE for part 1.



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Holistic Dermatology, Part 1
April 18, 2017
Dr. Alan Dattner, one of America’s foremost integrative dermatologists, is the author of "Radiant Skin From the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally." He answers questions about eczema, psoriasis, itchy or dry skin, and acne. Even challenging conditions like vitiligo, scleroderma, morphea and cutaneous lymphoma are amenable to natural approaches. Dr. Dattner discusses the role of essential fatty acids, vitamin D, topical herb formulations and zinc. He emphasizes diet modification and correction of leaky gut and dysbiosis. The Yeast Connection may be at the root of many skin problems. Click HERE for part 2.



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Holistic Dermatology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Alan Dattner, one of America’s foremost integrative dermatologists and the author of "Radiant Skin From the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: The Downsides of Electronic Medical Records, Part 1
April 13, 2017
Electronic Medical Records: The Potemkin Village of Healthcare: Dr. Gerard Gianoli, an outspoken critic of our current bureaucratized system of medicine whose Op-Eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, weighs in on the downsides of EMRs. They burden doctors with paperwork, result in “Cookie Cutter” medical care, force independent physicians to become employees of large healthcare corporations, and compromise patient privacy. Recent news demonstrates how entire hospital systems can be held hostage by hackers. Low-cost, low-tech procedures—and simply talking to patients—are often discouraged by artificially low reimbursement rates. Physician burnout is at unprecedented levels and is highly correlated with whether or not doctors accept insurance or Medicare with its onerous requirements and strictures. Doctors are committing suicide at record rates, and older doctors are retiring in droves to sidestep changes dictated by new regulations. In view of a looming physician shortage, this is bad news for medical consumers. Dr. Gianoli advocates that physicians and patients get off the insurance reimbursement “grid” and rediscover quality care with 3rd party medicine, free of bureaucratic encumbrances. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Downsides of Electronic Medical Records, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Gerard Gianoli, an outspoken critic of our current bureaucratized system of medicine. Click HERE for part 1.



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Sick Building Syndrome, Part 1
April 11, 2017
Alan Bell was a successful prosecuting attorney when he suddenly developed a mystery illness. After consulting numerous specialists, he finally met one who informed him that he had likely been poisoned. His medical odyssey is described in the new book "Poisoned." Bell ultimately discovered that he had developed Sick Building Syndrome after relocation to a new office. The only answer was a lonely sojourn in a chemical-free dwelling in the middle of the Arizona desert. How did Bell move toward recovery? How has his experience led to his environmental activism? Bell details the top ten chemicals to avoid; the 20 lifestyle tips that help prevent and reverse environmental illness. He estimates that millions of Americans, the vast majority unaware, are suffering the consequences of environmental toxicity. The chemical lobby opposes reform and American medicine silently colludes. What can be done to bring about change? Click HERE for part 2.



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Sick Building Syndrome, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Alan Bell, author of "Poisoned: How a Crime-Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims." Click HERE for part 1.



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