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ENCORE: Curing Reflux Through Food, Part 1
October 19, 2021
Dr. Jamie Koufman is a pioneering ear, nose & throat specialist who coined the terms “silent reflux” and “layngopharyngeal reflux” (LPR). She specializes in diagnosing and treating voice disorders and reflux. She is the author of “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure.” She contends that medicine’s obsession with acid-blocking drugs for throat complaints is misguided: “The gastroenterologists are like dinosaurs, but unlike dinosaurs, they deserve to die out.” She points out the many drawbacks of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs): They mostly don’t work, and they bring with them a host of side effects. Paradoxically, they may actually increase the risk of esophageal cancer, which they are intended to protect against. Dr. Koufman has demonstrated that complaints like hoarseness, chronic cough, throat-clearing, and bothersome throat sensations can be cured with simple lifestyle and diet changes. Asthma, too, is frequently misdiagnosed and responds to low-acid regimens when inhaled asthma drugs fail. She is an advocate of “alkaline water”, and has authored a research paper demonstrating its efficacy for reflux. Dr. Koufman is an outspoken critic of medicine’s trend toward specialization, which she calls out as profit-driven. Instead she says we need more incentives for primary care doctors to issue simple, lifestyle-oriented advice to patients, and shield them from excess procedures and medications. Her new book is entitled “Acid Reflux in Children: How Healthy Eating Can Fix Your Child's Asthma, Allergies, Obesity, Nasal Congestion, Cough & Croup.” Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Curing Reflux Through Food, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Jamie Koufman, pioneering ear, nose & throat specialist and author of “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure.” Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Debunking Myths about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Part 1
September 14, 2021
One of the world’s most authoritative experts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), author of "The Digestive Health Solution," dispels myths about this poorly understood condition. In an article entitled “Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome Exist?,” Dr. Benjamin Brown challenges the notion that it’s one overarching disease; rather there are many subtypes, amenable to solutions other than routine antispasmodics, antidepressants, and fiber supplements that deliver relief to a mere 25% of sufferers. And it’s not just a psychological disorder. He discusses the role of diet, probiotics, and herbs. What about the low-FODMAP diet? Gluten-avoidance? Food allergies? Histamine intolerance? Pancreatic enzymes? Cognitive-behavioral therapy and stress reduction? Is there a relationship between IBS and fibromyalgia? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Debunking Myths about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with one of the world’s most authoritative experts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), author of "The Digestive Health Solution," Dr. Benjamin Brown. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Dr. Hoffman’s Triathlon!
August 4, 2021
Dr. Hoffman's Triathlon!; Doctors at risk of losing license over “misinformation”; What was the product you have for stomach issues? It was in powder form; How efficient are the covid vaccines against the delta variant? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 31, Part 2
August 2, 2021
Persistent fatigue and cognitive decline common after Covid; Gargling may reduce transmission among young kids; If you've had Covid, which vaccine is best? Will drinking alcohol interfere with the vaccine? Is Covid really "just another seasonal virus"? Colorful flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables confer 20% lower risk of dementia; Common weed may spell trouble for celiac sufferers who rely on gluten-free foods; Cycling slashes death risk for diabetics; Bayer fined for compiling "enemies list" of glyphosate critics; Healthy lifestyle can overcome genetic cancer predisposition. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Skin Dysbiosis: How To Protect Your Skin Microbiome, Part 1
July 27, 2021
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Every inch of it is covered with bacteria—sometimes up to a billion per square centimeter. That’s the skin microbiome. But those microbes on the skin surface can also influence the behavior of cells below the epidermis and, in turn, those cells communicate with our tissues, and even our brains. Kat James, award-winning author of “The Truth About Beauty” and renowned nutrition and inside-out transformation expert, has new scientific insights connecting our skin to our inner ecology, and how we can help or hinder that connection in some very unexpected and simple ways. Click HERE for part 2.



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Skin Dysbiosis: How To Protect Your Skin Microbiome, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Kat James, award-winning author of “The Truth About Beauty” and renowned nutrition and inside-out transformation expert, about new scientific insights connecting our skin not only to our inner ecology, but even our brains. Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Doubling of Dementia Risk
July 23, 2021
Inflammatory bowel disease linked to doubling of dementia risk and earlier onset; Vitamin K2 holds promise for Alzheimer's disease.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Dry Brushing
July 21, 2021
Ultra-processed food consumption a risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease; What is your opinion about dry brushing? Can it help with gastrointestinal issues?; What is the best time and proper dose of Endefen to take for GERD?; My daughter has breast cancer. What are your thoughts on the x39 patch?; How risky is covid for vaccinated patients with hypertension and moderate kidney disease? Click HERE for part 2.



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