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The Pervasive Harmful Effects of Sugar, Part 1
September 29, 2020
Dr. Michael Gordon, professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, has devoted his academic career to the study of childhood obesity and diabetes. In “Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do,” he and his co-author, nutritionist Dr. Emily Ventura, explore the pervasive harmful effects of sugar, and detail a practical program for effecting change. Excess dietary sugar contributes not just to obesity, but also increased risk for a lifetime of degenerative diseases, as well as behavioral problems. And now sugar is added to 70% of processed foods, often deceptively labeled as “natural”, or concealed under a variety of innocent-sounding rubrics. High fructose corn syrup has especially harmful properties. Non-caloric sugar substitutes also come into the cross-hairs as stoking the appetite and having indeterminate metabolic effects. Is regulation of the food industry the answer? Labeling laws? Restrictions on advertising to children? Sugar and soft drink taxes? Outright bans like now underway in Mexico? Tobacco-style litigation vs. the sugar industry? Dr. Goran argues for a more consumer-oriented approach, with self-regulation the goal for kids. Click HERE for part 2.

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The Pervasive Harmful Effects of Sugar, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Michael Gordon, professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Click HERE for part 1.

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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for September 26, Part 1
September 28, 2020
Cold-water swimming benefits; What Fauci missed in his face-off with Rand Paul on herd immunity; Can supplements supplant the need for high blood pressure medication? Study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity; Poll reveals vaccine resistance growing--majority of Americans won't be early adopters of "Warp Speed" shot; FDA issues unprecedented warning about mercury in dental fillings. 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 September 26, Part 2

Despite uptick in cases in certain regions, less than 1% of teachers, students infected since schools reopened, and COVID-19 fatalities dramatically lower; Advice on non-toxic cookware and bedding; Diet halves seizure rates among kids--and it doesn't even have to be strict Keto; Teen's death highlights risk of social media-driven "Benadryl Challenge"; Natural treatment for high platelet disorder; Study supports role of vitamin D in blood pressure control; A healthy microbiome may aid sleep; Exercise helps memory by kindling endocannabinoid system; DHA and vitamin E for male infertility. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.

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Leyla Weighs In: The Four Steps to Food Safety
September 25, 2020
It's Food Safety Awareness Month: A new era of food safety blueprint arrives mid-pandemic; The four steps to food safety.

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ENCORE: How Healing Works, Part 1
September 24, 2020
A leading advocate for complementary and alternative medicine, Dr. Wayne Jonas, reveals the often-missed components that our current healthcare system overlooks. He wrote, "How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal." He's a military physician and former head of the Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and the Samueli Institute, Dr. Jonas believes that natural medicine may hold the answer to the current opioid epidemic. Why does the U.S. spend over twice the dollars per capita of other nations’ healthcare systems, but lags in critical health care benchmarks? Why is Americans’ life expectancy DECLINING for the first time in recorded history? Why should the placebo effect not be dismissed as inconsequential? How can it be harnessed to produce healing? Why is the military pioneering acceptance of natural methods? How does Dr. Jonas counter skeptics who claim research on complementary medicine is a waste of time and money? Dr. Jonas shares his vision of where healthcare in America is headed. He recommends that patients get started now working with their doctors to develop effective, collaborative health programs. Click HERE for part 2.

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ENCORE: How Healing Works, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Wayne Jonas, author of "How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal." Click HERE for part 1.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Loneliness and Diabetes
September 23, 2020
Study: Loneliness in older adults and new-onset diabetes; Deaths from Alzheimer's have spiked in the time of COVID; I have fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. What can I do about my aches and pains?; Which anticholinergic drugs are "Brainrobbers"?; I've never gotten the flu vaccine but am considering it now with COVID still around. What are your thoughts? Click HERE for part 2.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: Fruit & Veggie Pills’ Outrageous Claims

My 76-year-old brother lost 20 pounds in the last few months and after many tests has been given antibiotics to kill any parasite(s). Is anything being overlooked?; What are your thoughts on a 70-year-old woman taking bioidentical hormones for 10 plus years?; With studies linking strontium to blood clots and heart attacks, is there cause for concern?; Why are the makers of those fruit and veggies pills allowed to make such outlandish claims? Click HERE for part 1.

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Immune Support for Fall, Part 1
September 22, 2020
What you need to fend off the changing weather. Neil Levin, Senior Nutrition Education Manager for Now Foods and Protocol for Life Balance addresses the need for a suite of nutrients to buttress defenses: Vitamin D, zinc, and C, along with companion antioxidants. Additionally, mushroom extracts have shown immune-supportive capabilities. He offers some surprising insights on how they might work. Astragalus is also considered a plausible candidate for reducing vulnerability to the stress of seasonal change. As a product developer, Levin discusses the ways manufacturers assure the ingredients they source are potent and free of harmful contaminants. Click HERE for part 2.

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