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Natural Approaches for Vision and Eye Problems, Part 1
June 23, 2020
Dr. Rudrani Banik, integrative ophthalmologist, dishes on a variety of subjects related to eye health. Are eye shields necessary for personal protection against the coronavirus? What’s the effect of all that extra screen time we’re experiencing due to lockdown? In addition to “blue-blocker” eyewear, can nutritional supplementation confer resistance against eye stress caused by device overuse? Will limiting kids’ outdoor time spawn a generation of glasses wearers? Dr. Banik shares how her own experience with migraines led her to begin to investigate natural approaches for eye problems. She is currently conducting research on the use of mastic gum extract in the treatment of optic nerve strokes, and gene replacement therapy for a rare form of hereditary blindness. In the wake of civil disturbances, Dr. Banik reports on advocacy by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to minimize the use of dangerous crowd control measures like rubber bullets. Stem cells are showing promise for restoring vision, but Dr. Banik suggests caution on their indiscriminate use. She previews her upcoming book, "The Macular Degeneration Prevention Protocol." Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Media Distortion and Deception Against Supplements, Part 1
June 11, 2020
A recent study was widely reported by the media as demonstrating that “most vitamins are ineffective." Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of numerous books including "From Fatigued to Fantastic," "Pain-Free 1-2-3," and his latest, "Diabetes is Optional," weighs in with a critique. He says it’s part of a larger problem of media distortion and deception. His suggestion: Tune out, and look for more reliable sources of information. The study in question could actually be interpreted as support for supplements for cardiovascular disease prevention because folic acid and B12 reduced the risk of stroke. Teitelbaum critiques the use of cheap, generic multivitamins in the study. It didn’t look at natural broad-spectrum mixed tocopherols or carotenoids, and it ignored the role that significant amounts of magnesium, vitamin K, or vitamin D might play in prevention. He then outlines a more comprehensive approach for consumers to adopt to obtain balanced health information. His new favorite botanical for diabetes prevention and treatment: Hintonia Latiflora. Find more information at www.endfatigue.com and www.vitality101.com. Click HERE for part 2.



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Leyla Weighs In: HIIT & Yoga
May 29, 2020
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise may reduce musculoskeletal pain in inactive individuals with type 2 diabetes; Yoga as a potential option for migraine treatment.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for April 25, Part 2
April 27, 2020
There’s nothing magical about walking 10,000 steps; Could pain meds for sciatica relieve IBS symptoms? These athletes got electIve surgery—why couldn’t you? Help for a listener with chronic pain—medical marijuana to reduce dependency on opiates? Celery is a good source of luteolin—with powerful antiviral effects; Why French researchers are studying the nicotine patch as a coronavirus therapy; To get back to work and recreation, we’ll need a Manhattan Project-style initiative to retrofit our public spaces with the latest antiviral technology. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for December 21, Part 2
December 23, 2019
Surprise: Restricting SNAP benefits to fruits and vegetables DID NOT promote healthier diet choices among food aid recipients; Low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome; Birth control pills found to shrink brain’s hypothalamus; Probiotic relieves Infant colic symptoms; Health professional contends that dairy consumption by adults is not “unnatural”; Caller shares his experience with plant-based diet that reversed his Type 2 diabetes; Migraines get a green light; CT scans up cancer risk. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Pain Treatment
December 11, 2019
Pain treatment in Integrative Medicine; Fibromyalgia and the microbiome; My doctor said taking fish oil is "like putting bacon grease in your arteries". What say you?; I'm taking Xarelto and Bystolic. Can I safely take Olive Leaf Extract with those? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for November 23, Part 1
November 25, 2019
White coat hypertension shouldn’t be dismissed so readily; A simple way to reduce your blood pressure without stringent diet modification; Riboflavin relieves migraines; People who eat dark chocolate less likely to be depressed; Elevated creatinine—what could it mean? Air pollution linked to heart problems in adults, cognitive impairment in children; CBD has rapid-onset antidepressant effects. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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ENCORE: Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain, Part 1
November 14, 2019
Dr. Rav Ivker is an expert on the application of cannabis-derived products for pain syndromes. In his book "Cannabis for Chronic Pain," Dr. Ivker describes protocols for shingles, trigeminal neuralgia, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, colitis and IBS, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, surgical pain, back pain, and anxiety. How best to consume it: Vaping? Tinctures? Edibles? Topicals? What are the downsides? Can you work, drive, is it addictive? What’s the difference between THC and CBD? What are the legal considerations? How does it work? Does it have anti-cancer benefits? Could medical marijuana be the solution to the nation’s opioid epidemic? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Rav Ivker, an expert on the application of cannabis-derived products for pain syndromes. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 26, Part 2
October 28, 2019
Migraine treatments; vitamin D for migraines; Potato purée as effective as sugary gels for long-distance endurance athletes; Stress hikes risk for life-threatening infections; Lifting weights as you age cuts risk of premature death by 46%; Prescription eye drops may eventually supplant need for reading glasses; Fatty liver prevalent among teens—even kids of normal weight; Study dispels myth that high school contact sports put kids at risk for eventual cognitive decline; Fecal transplants may relieve IBS—but only if obtained from a “super donor.” Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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