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Why avoid GMOs? Part 1
May 26, 2020
Dr. Michelle Perro is an award-winning pediatrician and integrative physician, co-author of "What’s Making Our Children Sick: How Industrial Food is Causing an Epidemic of Illness." She explains how the advent of genetically-modified foods can undermine health—via diverse pathways. First, there are the unforeseen consequences on the human body of consuming novel foreign proteins; then, there are the adverse effects of herbicides like glyphosate that GMO crops facilitate. Of particular concern is the effect of GMOs on the microbiome which a key determinant of metabolic, neurotransmitter, and immune status. Newer technologies like CRISPR are touted as breakthroughs but they may have inadvertent downsides. Dr. Perro is an advocate of the precautionary principle when it comes to food innovations; she offers tips on how consumers can avoid consumption of GMOs. She calls for a revolution in food production and distribution, and a return to safer and more sustainable models of regenerative agriculture. Click HERE for part 2.



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Why avoid GMOs? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Michelle Perro, an award-winning pediatrician and integrative physician, and co-author of "What’s Making Our Children Sick: How Industrial Food is Causing an Epidemic of Illness." Click HERE for part 1.



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How Pollutants and Food Additives May Undermine Our Immune Responses, Part 1
May 14, 2020
Could exposure to environmental chemicals render us more vulnerable to poor outcomes in Covid-19? Integrative rheumatologist Aly Cohen MD, co-author of "Non-Toxic: Living Healthy in a Chemical World," explains how pollutants and food additives may undermine our immune responses. How can one reduce their toxic burden? Can tests measure xenobiotic levels? As a physician familiar with the use of hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for her autoimmune patients, how does she rate it? Is it safe? What’s the basis for claims that it may help coronavirus patients? Are patients with autoimmune conditions especially prone to Covid-19? Do they need to discontinue their immunosuppressive meds? What’s can diet and targeted supplementation do to ameliorate autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus? Click HERE for part 2.



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How Pollutants and Food Additives May Undermine Our Immune Responses, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Aly Cohen, author of Non-Toxic: Living Healthy in a Chemical World. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: COVID-19 and More
April 22, 2020
A test for whether or not to wear a mask; Is the Copper Grill Mat the same as Teflon?; I read that folks who drink low fat and skim milk have longer telomeres. Is this true?; Is there a natural cure for mycosis fungoides?; I wheeze and cough after a run. Is this exercise-induced asthma? Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: Kidney Function, Fish Oil, Roundup and More
March 4, 2020
What strategies do you recommend to increase glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to restore kidney function?; Should I take glutamine and arginine before surgery? What about after surgery?; Can omega 3 fish oil be taken with Eliquis?; I've used Roundup over the last 20 years and now am having lower gut issues. How should I have this checked out? Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for February 15, Part 2
February 17, 2020
Bayer takes a huge $ hit over Round Up lawsuits after Monsanto acquisition; Glyphosate—even if it doesn’t give you cancer, could it undermine your health? Is Lumbrokinase an effective blood thinner for atrial fibrillation? A caller snuggled with her pet pooch—and developed a rare blood-borne infection; Diabetic alert dogs—hope or hype? Air pollution exposure in early life may impair brain development; Particles in urban air may trigger heart attacks. 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 2: Apple Cider Vinegar
February 12, 2020
I have a thyroid nodule. Is there anything I should do before a fine needle aspiration? Is there a natural way to shrink the nodule?; What kind of laundry detergent do you use? I'm having trouble finding one that works.; Could you discuss the benefits, if any, of apple cider vinegar? Click HERE for part 1.



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Threats to Our Food, Water, Soil and Air, Part 1
January 30, 2020
Dr. Valencia Porter is an expert on environmental toxins. Her new book, "Resilient Health: How to Thrive in Our Toxic World," is a roadmap to identifying threats to our food, water, soil and air, and how to minimize exposure. She discusses “forever chemicals” like Teflon and flame retardants; phthalates; glyphosate; BPA/BPS, organophosphates like chlorpyrifos, and insect repellants like pyrethroids. Conventionally trained as a pediatric neurologist, Dr. Porter has a background in Ayurvedic Medicine, having trained with Deepak Chopra; she discusses how the Doshas (vata/pitta/kapha) provide keys to individualize diet, lifestyle, and herbal treatments, and how Ayurveda’s emphasis on detoxification became the basis for her interest in environmental medicine. Click HERE for part 2.



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Threats to Our Food, Water, Soil and Air, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Valencia Porter, an expert on environmental toxins. Click HERE for part 1.



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