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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: Acne
July 29, 2020
Help! My 18-month-old grandson is taking a multivitamin containing fluoride and chemicals like polysorbate 80; I take magnesium taurate for atrial fibrillation and magnesium citrate for constipation. Is this too much?; Study: Omega-3s with potential to prevent Alzheimer's affect blood, but less so the brain; I'm on the Whole 30 diet for severe acne. My dermatologist is recommending Accutane. What do you think? Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for May 23, Part 2
May 25, 2020
Low-carb and low-glycemic diets outperform low-fat diets for cardiovascular prevention; Carb quality more important than carb quantity for diabetes control; Additional benefit of low-GI diets—improved sleep quality; Two apples per day keep the cardiologist away; Low-fat diets recommended by the American Heart Association shown to lower testosterone; Exercise improves brain function; Vitamin D and probiotics curb gestational diabetes; How much vitamin D and green tea for breast cancer prevention? Click HERE for part 1.



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Continuing COVID-19 Coverage on the Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for May 2, Part 1
May 4, 2020
It’s time to get outside and exercise—sitting shrinks your brain, and exercise found to boost coronavirus resistance; Nitric oxide supplements benefit blood pressure; They called for more ventilators, but they’re no panacea for the critically ill; Prescriptions for anti-anxiety meds soar amid pandemic lockdown; Israeli researchers probe use of CBD for Covid-19; New study examines potential of remote intercessory prayer for Coronavirus sufferers; New Jersey driver crashes after passing out while wearing N95 mask; Why did the FBI raid a clinic offering intravenous vitamin C to Covid-19 patients? 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 14, Part 1
March 16, 2020
Do we really need 3 cups of low-fat dairy daily as the Dietary Guidelines stipulate? Drinking tea improves brain connectivity, reduces stroke risk; DUH story of the month: Processed food triggers obesity (ya think?); Cocoa vs. claudication; Sleep trackers foster “orthosomnia”; Which nuts are best for heart health? Do vitamin and mineral patches really work? Green tea vs. fatty liver. Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 14, Part 2

Balance of Nature, maker of “fruit and veggie pills,” receives strong warnings from the FDA—re: their audacious claims that their products cure various serious diseases, as well as quality control issues; Keeping your brain healthy—with a low-Glycemic Index diet, Mediterranean style foods, and avoidance of trans-fats; U.S. healthcare system wastes nearly a trillion dollars in avoidable costs; Scared to deliver your baby in the hospital amid the current Coronavirus epidemic? New study confirms that home births safe for low-risk pregnancies; Beer before wine, or wine before beer—which minimizes the risk of a hangover? Taking probiotics can reduce impact of viral diseases, reducing costs associated with downtime and hospitalization for upper respiratory infections. Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In: Nitric Oxide for Better Cardiovascular Health
March 13, 2020
Pharmacist and certified clinical nutritionist Beth Shirley, Executive Director of the Berkeley Life Scientific Advisory Board, details the benefits of nitric oxide supplementation. Nitric oxide is a vital signaling molecule essential in cardiovascular health. It supports blood pressure, immunity, sexual health, physical performance, cognitive function, blood sugar levels and more. Unfortunately, as we age our levels start to diminish naturally. Learn how to find out if you have low nitric oxide levels, and how to restore them.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for February 8, Part 2
February 10, 2020
Soybean oil consumption linked to profound brain changes; How long do you have to be off CBD to make sure a drug test won’t be positive for THC? Apricot pits for cancer prevention? Advances in metabolomics may yield blood tests that pinpoint risk of premature death; CoQ10 vs. BPA toxicity; “Forever chemicals” damage teeth; Hard-partying Keith Richards quits smoking, drugs, booze; “Quick fix” procedure for heavy period bleeding leaves many women in excruciating pain. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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The Role of the Digestive Tract in Determining Overall Health, Part 1
January 14, 2020
Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CNS joins us to discuss the latest edition of her authoritative book, "Digestive Wellness." First written in 1995 when I first interviewed her, she just updated it (5th edition!) in light of all the recent new developments in GI science. She discusses the pervasive role of the digestive tract in determining overall health; there are ramifications for the heart, the brain, and even bones and skin. Dr. Lipski weighs in on leaky gut syndrome, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), fecal transfer, probiotics, gluten intolerance, food allergy, the role of stress, and the low-FODMAP diet. She discusses protocols for GERD, IBS, and colitis as well as key supplements to support GI health. There’s no one-size-fits-all diet for GI problems; protocols need to be individualized to suit patients’ unique characteristics and may require detective work. Empowering breakthroughs can be achieved through proper natural interventions. Click HERE for part 2.



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Science-Based Strategies to Boost Memory and Focus, Part 1
December 24, 2019
Dr. Daniel Amen discusses his new book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades." It offers science-based strategies to boost memory, strengthen focus and enable faster study. Dr. Amen draws on decades of experience with neuroimaging, utilizing the SPECT scan, which reveals metabolic activity within key brain regions. It turns out that underlying health conditions, tobacco, marijuana and alcohol, prior head injuries, diet, sleep status, exercise, nutritional supplements, and even hydration have profound effects on brain balance. Dr. Amen argues that brain scans offer a useful “report card” on brain function that can lead to individualized remediation. In as little as a few days, subsequent scans can reveal improvements in brain regions associated with performance and cognition. Dr. Amen believes in minimizing use of psychiatric meds while deploying a personalized arsenal of targeted supplements and lifestyle interventions. Click HERE for part 2.



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Science-Based Strategies to Boost Memory and Focus, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Daniel Amen, author of "Change Your Brain Change Your Grades". Click HERE for part 1.



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