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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 9, Part 1
October 11, 2021
Vaccine efficacy wanes—in two months! Increases in Covid cases unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries; Countries with higher % of obese suffer more Covid deaths; Number of states with obesity surged from 9 to 16 during pandemic; Were mask mandates effective at curbing Covid? Stem cells for rheumatoid arthritis? A caller with shoulder pain, swollen hands; Will new more effective vaccines supplant current Covid offerings in 2022? After Covid, and two Covid shots, do you still need a booster? Why antibody levels don’t clarify booster timing. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: High Cholesterol and Cognitive Decline
October 6, 2021
Does bergamot and/or red yeast rice lower all the cholesterols including HDL? How long does it take?; A recent guest on your podcast mentioned high cholesterol as a risk factor for cognitive decline. Do you agree?; My acacia fiber supplement has been replaced with resistant tapioca dextrin. Will it still be effective?; Can you critique the study that says high B12 is associated with all-cause mortality?; You talked about the dangers of processed meat, but what about grass-fed nitrate-free hot dogs? Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 2, Part 1
October 4, 2021
If not the beginning of the end, it may be the end of the beginning for Covid; Instead of "crushing Covid" we may eventually learn to live with it as merely a treatable nuisance; New oral pill may revolutionize Covid care--what we know about Merck's molnuparivir; A raft of new treatments in the pipeline for Covid; Why blood sugar is the single most modifiable risk factor for severe Covid and death; Mediterranean MIND diet scores against dementia; Folic acid and DHA supplements improve performance, in mild cognitive impairment. Is seltzer bad for bones? Does a high cholesterol inevitably call for a statin? 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 25, Part 1
September 27, 2021
Boosters for everyone? Despite mandates, pace of initial vaccinations slows; In lieu of vaccine passports, should we consider “immune passports”? Intelligent Medicine’s intrepid 20-something audio engineer recounts his recent Covid infection—despite being vaccinated! 1st ever study of natural immunity among the 80 million American adults who are unvaccinated; Japan, with world’s oldest population, redefines 65-75s as “pre-old”; When you take Tylenol, how much NAC should you take? Convalescent plasma for Covid? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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A Comprehensive Look at Cognitive Decline, Part 1
September 21, 2021
Dr. Andrew Budson is a neurologist and memory researcher whose recent book, "Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: A Guide for Families" is a comprehensive look at cognitive decline. How do you determine whether you or a loved one is progressing toward dementia or merely suffering ordinary age-related memory decline? Are there tests? Why are we seeing such an uptick in Alzheimer's cases--is it merely because people are living longer, or is it something about lifestyle? What are some of the risk factors for Alzheimer's? If a family member has it, is it inevitable you'll get it? What about brain games? Exercise? Diet? Can stress accelerate memory decline? Dr. Budson shares his views on the controversial new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm. Do other drugs really help? What about Prevagen? What commonly-used medications can undermine memory? How to avoid caregiver burnout? Click HERE for part 2.



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A Comprehensive Look at Cognitive Decline, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Andrew Budson, author of "Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: A Guide for Families." Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for September 18, Part 1
September 20, 2021
FDA authorizes boosters, but pushes back on White House effort to approve them for everyone; The results are in—which vaccine offers longer antibody protection? At 91, what’s keeping Clint Eastwood fit enough to produce, direct, and star in Cry Macho? It’s true—Midwesterners corn-fed diet produces heavier kids; Are Covid hospitalizations being overcounted? Is testosterone supplementation reasonable for a 77-year-old optimizer? Do masks really confer protection vs. Covid? Does high cholesterol in older women require lowering? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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ENCORE: DNA testing: Is it ready for Prime-Time? Part 1
September 16, 2021
Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Chief Medical Director of IntellxxDNA, shares her perspective on the genetic testing revolution. What’s the difference between a mutation and a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism)? How does the IntellxxDNA test differ from, say, 23andMe? Isn’t it potentially scary to find out you have a “bad” gene, like the ApoE4 gene that’s associated with Alzheimer’s Disease risk? Can genetic risk factors be overcome with diet, exercise, and targeted supplements? IntellxxDNA pinpoints obesity genes, genes that predispose to diabetes and heart disease, macular degeneration, autoimmune disorders, thyroid problems and osteoporosis. Certain SNPs predict the likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases when exposed to environmental toxins like mercury and glyphosate. Others may dictate higher requirements for antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D, and choline. Why is the IntellxxDNA test only available through health practitioners? Some critics say genetic testing is only in its infancy and not yet ready for primetime—is this mistaken? What can genomic testing tell us about remedial strategies for autism? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: DNA testing: Is it ready for Prime-Time? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Chief Medical Director of IntellxxDNA, who shares her perspective on the genetic testing revolution. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Keeping your nose clean!
September 15, 2021
In defense of Xlear nasal spray in keeping your nose clean!; What are your thoughts on prescribing metformin and nicotinamide mononucleotide to reverse the aging process?; Is NAD+ really effective in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's? Are there similar studies with the same conclusions?; My industry is now requiring workers to be vaccinated. Are they safe? Is one safer than the others? Click HERE for part 2.



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