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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for September 16, Part 2
September 18, 2017
Binging on sugar alters deep-brain structures in a way similar to drug, tobacco addiction; Menopausal hormone replacement therapy doesn't curtail longevity; Health benefits of mangos; Treatment of post-concussion syndrome; What to do for frequent urinary tract infections? Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Nutrition Counseling as Part of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Dependency, Part 1
August 22, 2017
Nutrition in Recovery: The opioid epidemic has just been declared a national emergency. Coupled with alcohol dependency, addiction to illicit and legally-prescribed drugs has reached crisis proportions, yet our current treatment models often are inadequate. In this setting, David Wiss, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, has founded Nutrition in Recovery, a premier service offering nutrition counseling as part of a multidisciplinary approach to dependency. Why is what you eat during recovery so important? Do addicts have unique nutritional deficits? Why is the microbiome involved? How is fiber crucial? Why does "disordered eating" complicate recovery? What vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics, and EFAs support abstinence? Why does substance dependency blunt appetite for healthy foods? How is the brain's reward system involved? What role does meal-timing play in taming addiction? Click HERE for part 2.



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Nutrition Counseling as Part of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Dependency, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with David Wiss, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist and founder of Nutrition in Recovery, a premier service offering nutrition counseling as part of a multidisciplinary approach to dependency. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 15, Part 2
July 17, 2017
Are algae-based Omega 3s superior to fish oil? Building muscle after an injury; If you have trouble sleeping, congratulations, you’re an evolutionary marvel! Persistent mental stress linked to heart disease (DUH!); Is a genetic test to predict addiction a bridge too far? Why are two black pastors suing Coca-Cola? Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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The Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana, Part 1
December 1, 2016
Dr. Rachna Patel is a pioneer in research and application of medical marijuana. She is careful to distinguish her practice from “card mills” that indiscriminately hand out prescriptions for marijuana to mostly recreational users. Rather, she tailors various formulas comprising differing ratios and dosages of THC and cannabidiol according to patients' medical conditions. She finds many of her patients with pain conditions respond well to medical marijuana: fibromyalgia, arthritis, and neuropathy. Many are able to taper their prescription meds due to the pain relief they obtain. She describes topical application of marijuana for psoriasis and sore joints. Patients with MS experience decreased spasticity and patients with Parkinson’s Disease see improvements in tremors. Patients with anxiety enjoy freedom from panic attacks. Medical marijuana is well-suited for insomnia. It ameliorates GI pain in IBS and colitis. What patients are NOT candidates for medical marijuana? Can it be used in kids and adolescents? How might it paradoxically help ADHD? Do patients feel stoned? Does it create addiction or dependency? What about "amotivational syndrome" that is reported in chronic pot smokers? Does it provide support to cancer patients? Might it possess anti-inflammatory effects? Why does Dr. Patel eschew use of inhaled marijuana products? Should users trust the internet or should they access prescription marijuana via official licensed dispensaries? Click HERE for part 2.



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The Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Rachna Patel, a pioneer in research and application of medical marijuana. Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In
November 18, 2016
Another cause of high HgbA1c -- iron deficiency anemia; I can't exercise on an empty stomach. How can I improve my glycogen storage? The holidays are upon us, let's talk booze.



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Medical and Nutritional Update for October, Part 2
October 17, 2016
Supplementing moms with DHA reduces kids’ likelihood of ADHD; Is red meat really bad for you? Are substance abusers more likely to crave sugar? Can taking vitamin D help you shed pounds? Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In
October 14, 2016
The underappreciated egg; benefits of L-carnitine in patients with coronary artery disease; Riboflavin and B-6 lowers risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women; What is "drunkorexia?"



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for June 25, Part 1
June 27, 2016
How often should you replace your running shoes? Does in-store "gait analysis" match you with better training footwear? Cushy "Maximalist" shoes have replaced minimalist sneakers for runners--are they better? Americans' diets improve, but income and ethnic gaps widen; Beneficial bacteria may protect women's breasts from cancer; Young boys who smoke pot may stunt their growth by 4 inches; Oops! Nasal spray flu vaccine recommended for kids ruled ineffective; Bizarre new medical weight loss device drains food from the stomach--critics are incensed! Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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