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ENCORE: The Whole30 Diet, Part 1
February 15, 2018
What is the Whole30? Is it right for you? How does it compare to some of the other Paleo-style diets out there? Is it scientifically valid? Are some of the challenges to the Whole30 justified? Does it call for too drastic food prohibitions? What types of conditions are most responsive to the Whole30? What’s left to eat? Is it do-able? What are people saying about the Whole30? What’s Dr. Hoffman’s final verdict? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Whole30 Diet, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his review of the Whole30 Diet. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Trump’s Physical, Part 1
January 30, 2018
What’s the truth about President Trump’s physical? Is he at death’s door, or is he in “excellent” health as claimed by his White House physician? How to interpret his cholesterol numbers? What do his coronary calcium scores tell us about his heart risk? How was his mental acuity evaluated? What other tests would have yielded more information? Can longevity be reduced to an equation? What other ineffable factors besides diet and exercise contribute to survival? How does Trump compare to previous presidents? What’s the biggest risk factor for a chief executive to die in office? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Trump’s Physical, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his in-depth analysis of President Trump's physical examination. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Gall Bladder Disease, Part 1
September 7, 2017
It's clear from studying populations like the Navajo of the U.S. Southwest and the Bedouins of Saudi Arabia that gallstones are associated with Westernized lifestyles. When diet and exercise patterns change, and rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease increase, so too does the incidence of gall bladder disease. What are the "5 F's" that are risk factors for gallstones? How are gallstones formed? Is it true that excess dietary fat is the culprit? Does the "liver/gall bladder flush" remove stones? Can stones be dissolved without surgery? Should you buck your doctor's suggestion that you need surgery? What diet was shown in a 1968 study to confer 100% protection against gall bladder attacks? What are the 19 ways you can prevent or reverse gallstones? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Gall Bladder Disease, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his talk on the prevention and treatment of Gall Bladder Disease. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Pain and America’s Opioid Epidemic, Part 1
July 6, 2017
America is in the grips of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. This time, it’s not just about heroin, confined to the inner cities among impoverished minorities. It’s spread to suburbs and rural areas and is affecting predominantly white middle-class populations. It started when, under marketing pressure from makers of pain medications, doctors were encouraged to view pain as “the fifth vital sign,” on a par with blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. But pain is subjective, and not amenable to such a simplistic formula. More people see doctors for pain than for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined! Along with liberal prescribing, the ubiquity of powerful, long-acting drugs, and more lenient sentencing of drug sellers have fostered a surge in drug overdoses. Moreover, we have created a huge underclass of addicted, hopeless, unemployable, debilitated Americans, who often succumb to suicide. Statistics show far too many people take more medication than is prescribed, stockpile or share medications, doctor-shop to obtain more prescriptions, mix drugs with alcohol, and continue use of medications for purposes other than pain relief. Unscrupulous doctors often sell prescriptions. We need a total reassessment of the way we treat pain in America. As a society, we have far too little tolerance for transient (physical and psychological) pain, and the medical profession and drug companies are all-too-wiling to oblige. Experts now call for a closer look at alternative modalities like yoga, meditation/mindfulness, Tai-Chi, QiGong, acupuncture, core-training, acupuncture, etc. Diet may play a role in curbing inflammation; certain supplements like fish oil, curcumin, boswellin, vitamin C and D, and magnesium may help pain. The revolutionary work of the late Dr. John Sarno, who urged patients to let go of stress that perpetuated their pain syndromes, also deserves consideration. Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Pain and America’s Opioid Epidemic, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his talk on chronic pain, the opioid epidemic, and natural treatment of pain. Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Natural Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, Part 1
April 20, 2017
Multiple Sclerosis Is a devastating condition for which drugs, with their attendant side effects, have little to offer. Yet it is extraordinarily responsive to natural therapies. In this Clinical Focus podcast episode, we explore the evidence supporting diet modification: Which is better, the Swank Diet, or the Paleo Autoimmune Diet, as popularized by the Wahls Protocol? What about environmental factors like chemical exposure and mercury? We summarize the research behind vitamin D, omega 3s, B12, antioxidants, alpha lipoid acid, pycnogenol, curcumin, sulforaphane, nicotinamide riboside, CoQ10, and carnitine. Is bee venom helpful? What about a controversial surgery for MS? Is there a gut connection to MS? What about marijuana derivatives like CBD? Does low-dose naltrexone help MS sufferers? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Natural Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his talk on natural therapies for MS. Click HERE for part 1.



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