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Clinical Focus: Hemoglobin A1c, what is it, and why does it matter? Part 2
July 5, 2018
Dr. Hoffman continues his discussion on HemoglobinA1c (HbA1c), which has been touted as one of the most important blood tests you can get. Click HERE for part 1.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
July 4, 2018
Mediterranean diet proven heart-healthy, then article is retracted. Time to ditch the Mediterranean diet?; A listener asks “Can you shed light on what is making me so tired?” What supplements do you recommend for naturally increasing nitric oxide production?; A listener who had and heart attack and recently developed heart palpitations. Any remedies?; Does strontium misleadingly impact DEXA scores? Click HERE for part 2.

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2

If insufficient sleep can contribute to Alzheimer's, is taking Klonopin preferable to sleep deprivation? Is there any downside to taking magnesium citrate for constipation instead a polyethylene glycol laxative? How to fuel your workout: if not eating before cardio facilitates fat-burning, what’s the best meal timing for optimal strength training? Click HERE for part 1.

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ENCORE: The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 1
July 3, 2018
(Originally published July 2016.) This year, we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Metchnikoff discovered the white blood cells that act as cellular “pacmen” to devour foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. But Metchnikoff is probably best known today as the originator of our understanding of the role probiotics play in human health and disease. Metchnikoff kicked off a sensation in 1904 when he touted live cultures as an anti-aging elixir, igniting a world-wide yogurt craze. Metchnikoff was one of the first to systematically study the aging process; he linked it to “autointoxication” in the intestines. While his theories fell into disrepute in the mid-Twentieth Century, were he to be alive today he would be gratified with the current resurgence of interest in the Microbiome and its impact on health and longevity. The modern concepts of “endotoxins” and “leaky gut” owe a debt of gratitude to Metchnikoff’s seminal discoveries. At first greeted with skepticism and derision, Metchnikoff was ultimately awarded the Nobel Prize for his research. Click HERE for part 2.

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ENCORE: The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Luba Vikhanski as we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Click HERE for part 1.

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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for June 30, Part 1
July 2, 2018
Long-term study of 30,000 individuals yields conclusive evidence anti-depressants contribute to weight gain; Confine eating from 10-6, lose weight; How Big Soda thwarted California’s efforts to tax sugary drinks; Special focus on dietary supplements: Sorting fact from fiction; Are supplements really “unregulated”? How to distinguish ethical companies from charlatans and frauds; Evaluating health claims by supplement manufacturers; What safeguards are there against impurities in supplements? How can you be sure products are assayed for potency? What about hidden allergens? 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 June 30, Part 2

Does a Mediterranean diet have to exclude red meat to be healthy? Natural alternatives for anxiety; Headlines proclaim saturated fat causes PTSD—Really? Flight attendants at higher risk for all types of cancer; A doctor claims too much vitamin D weakens bones, can cause death—True? Higher vitamin D associated with lower rates of breast cancer; Just 23% of adults meet US exercise guidelines; An over-the-counter dietary supplement improves muscle strength in muscular dystrophy. 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 Ways to Increase Your Serotonin
June 29, 2018
The four ways you can increase serotonin in your brain to manage depression and anxiety without drugs.

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ENCORE: The Effects of Altered States of Consciousness, Part 1
June 28, 2018
Is your health portfolio complete without meditation? The new book “Super Mind" is the subject of today’s podcast with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a clinical psychologist who has studied the effects of altered states of consciousness achieved by TM (Transcendental Meditation). TM has been shown to be effective for a variety of disorders including hypertension, PTSD, substance abuse, and anxiety/depression. The benefits of regular meditation extend to improved productivity and well-being, and a richer experience of life. What does TM entail? Are all meditation practices alike? Is TM a spiritual practice that is at odds with one’s religious orientation, or does it complement prayer and observance? What of recent reports that meditators may experience “side effects” like worsening of their psychiatric disorders? What happens to the brain and body in a meditative state? How do you know you’re doing it “right?” Added, proven dividends of meditation may include decreased sleep requirements and improved athletic performance. Click HERE for part 2.

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ENCORE: The Effects of Altered States of Consciousness, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a clinical psychologist who has studied the effects of altered states of consciousness achieved by TM (Transcendental Meditation). Click HERE for part 1.

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