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Rethinking “Catastrophic” Thinking, Part 1
March 31, 2020
In the face of an unprecedented pandemic, anxiety is warranted, but should not become debilitating or incapacitating. Drawing from the lessons of evolutionary psychology, Dr. Nando Pelusi, a cognitive-behavioral psychologist and frequent contributor to "Psychology Today," offers practical advice on how to calibrate our responses to danger. We are “hardwired” to respond to threats with our primitive limbic systems; ideally, our rational brains can provide us with sensible “reality checks” to rein in our maladaptive fears. This is the essence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which seeks to analyze the basis of our feelings and substitute helpful narratives to help us better interpret them. How to talk to children about the pandemic? How to cultivate resilience? How to cultivate a balance between complacency or denial vs. unproductive chronic worry. Click HERE for part 2.

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Rethinking “Catastrophic” Thinking, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Nando Pelusi, a cognitive-behavioral psychologist and frequent contributor to "Psychology Today." Click HERE for part 1.

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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 28, Part 1: Covid-19 Special
March 30, 2020
Eyewitness report from Ground Zero of the COVID-19 pandemic—Manhattan: Contrary to some reports, life goes on, food and household necessities are plentiful, and people are out and about doing basic errands and exercising; Is the crisis exaggerated? Will social distancing pay off? What are the ideal tests we so desperately need? Is ibuprofen bad? The elderberry controversy; Could many of us already have had the virus? How “herd immunity” could curb the pandemic; Twitter bans posts about “chickenpox parties”; Sweden takes a more moderate approach to lockdown; Do we need to wear face masks while walking or exercising outside? 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 March 28, Part 2: Covid-19 Special

Natural products that could help prevent or ameliorate COVID-19; Does hydroxychloroquine really work vs. Coronavirus? What other treatments are under investigation? High-dose vitamin C and D? Convalescent serum? Thymic peptides? Can you get Coronavirus from a blood transfusion? Will warmer temps bring relief this summer? Are certain blood types at higher risk? Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.

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Special Covid-19 Update: Coronavirus Fears, Part 1
March 29, 2020
Benjamin Asher MD, integrative ENT specialist, with extensive background in Mind-Body Medicine and with over three decades experience as a meditation teacher, shares tips on combatting stress and anxiety during the current lockdown. There are well-vetted techniques for coping with worries over vulnerability which arise naturally under challenging circumstances such as we’re all experiencing; some involve meditation, some cognitive reframing, others are procedures that alter the brain’s fear circuitry. Dr. Asher explains how early life trauma can program the nervous system for exaggerated reactivity; identifying these buried insults and appropriately processing them can set the stage for healing. Additionally, some individuals with chronic medical conditions may feel exceptionally at risk—perhaps without medically-valid justification. Others with perfectionistic Type A personalities may feel especially thwarted as their demanding routines and careful plans are disrupted. Dr. Asher offers advice on how to “go with the flow” and create a personal path of acceptance. Ultimately, the current crisis may be a crucible for personal development and cultivation of resiliency. Click HERE for part 2.

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Special Covid-19 Update: Coronavirus Fears, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Benjamin Asher MD, integrative ENT specialist. Click HERE for part 1.

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Leyla Weighs In: Counting Carbs v. Calories
March 27, 2020
With the drastic change in lifestyle and reduction in physical activity we've all experienced in the last two weeks, it's more important than ever to watch our weight. Nutritionist Leyla Muedin responds to this listener question about weight management: Do you recommend counting carbs as a superior method to counting calories for weight loss and management, or are they both important? What is the best method to count carbs to manage weight?

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ENCORE: The Numerous Health Benefits of Mushrooms, Part 1
March 26, 2020
During this critical time when we're all focused on immune health, we're reprising this special episode about mushrooms’ health benefits, which include strengthening our immune systems. Mushrooms have been used in traditional medicines for millennia; even regular culinary mushrooms have been found to confer protection against a variety of disorders including metabolic syndrome and cancer. Mark Kaylor, master herbalist, certified nutritionist and Ph.D., is consultant and senior educator for Mushroom Wisdom, which has produced quality mushroom products for decades. Are raw mushrooms safe to eat? Should you buy organic? Kaylor reviews the most popular products: Agaricus, Chaga, Reishi, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Coriolus, Shitake, Meshima, Poria, and Tremella. Each has distinctive properties, and can be used for prevention or to target various conditions. What’s best for fatigue? For athletic performance? Against Candida? For immune support? For cognitive protection? For cancer? For cardiometabolic conditions and blood sugar? What to look for in a mushroom product. Capsules vs. tinctures, suggested doses for different conditions and more. Click HERE for part 2.

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ENCORE: The Numerous Health Benefits of Mushrooms, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Mark Kaylor, master herbalist, certified nutritionist and Ph.D., consultant and senior educator for Mushroom Wisdom. Click HERE for part 1.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Covid-19 Myths and Facts
March 25, 2020
Intelligent TeleMedicine: We are having remote appointments via telephone and Skype; Can coronavirus be transmitted via food or food preparation?; Would a spray of colloidal silver or Xlear sprayed into the nose kill coronavirus?; Did the use of aspirin cause more damage and death during the Spanish flu pandemic? Click HERE for part 2.

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