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Bias Against Nutritional Supplements, Part 1
September 13, 2022
Dr. Alan Gaby comments on bias against nutritional supplements. He recently penned an op-ed entitled “They’re telling us that nutritional supplements are a waste of money”. He is the author of the textbook “Nutritional Medicine” which contains thousands of references to studies substantiating the benefits of supplements. Is there collusion between the pharmaceutical industry, government regulators, politicians, and compliant media to rein in the supplement industry? Why has the press uncritically focussed on the alleged harms of supplements? What’s wrong with studies claiming lack of efficacy of multivitamins, fish oil, and vitamin D? Dr. Gaby takes an even-handed approach, citing instances of over-arching claims about nutrients; he urges “humility” and scientific rigor in nutrition science, and decries the missed opportunity for study of the promising roles of diet, lifestyle, and nutraceuticals afforded by our quest for measures to control the pandemic. Click HERE for part 2.



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Bias Against Nutritional Supplements, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Alan Gaby, author of the textbook “Nutritional Medicine." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: How Cannabis-Based Products Can Address a Variety of Conditions, Part 1
September 7, 2022
Amid the strident controversy over medical marijuana’s legitimacy, Dr. Patricia Frye offers a reasoned and scientifically-based evaluation of how cannabis-based products can address a variety of conditions in her book, "The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health." Cannabinoids work to alleviate pain via a variety of pathways, making them a preferable alternative—or safe adjunct—to addictive or dangerous pain meds; They may help neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, MS and seizures; They bring relief to sufferers of GI conditions like colitis, Crohn’s Disease and IBS. They are wonderful for anxiety and insomnia, and may help lift mood in depression. When is CBD alone enough, and what conditions require the addition of THC? Can you get relief without the disorienting “high”? Why does Dr. Frye urge a “less is more” approach when it comes to dosing? How to choose among delivery systems—capsules, tinctures, edibles, vaping, nebulizing, topicals? Is there a likelihood of dependency? Does condoning medical marijuana open the floodgates to more widespread recreational use by kids with neurodevelopmental consequences? Does CBD or THC interact with prescription medications? What about possible contaminants—how to insure you’re getting “clean” products? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: How Cannabis-Based Products Can Address a Variety of Conditions, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Patricia Frye, author of "The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: How to Heal the Complex Patient, Part 1
September 6, 2022
Many people suffer from a bewildering array of symptoms including fatigue, bodily aches and pains, depression and anxiety, sudden weight gain or loss, brain fog, and multiple food and chemical reactions. These are often branded “psychosomatic”. Dr. Neil Nathan presents a detailed roadmap to recovery in his book “Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness.” What is the Cell Danger Response (CDR) and how does it explain why patients get “stuck” in chronic illness? Why is mold toxicity such a pervasive trigger of a myriad of health problems? How can mold-exposed patients be detoxed? What role for tick-borne infections like Lyme and Bartonella in triggering chronic illness? What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and how can its proper identification facilitate relief from baffling symptoms? Why is it sometimes important to “reboot” a dysregulated autonomic nervous system in chronically ill patients? What supplements and medications aid recovery? Why is it important to go slow with treatments? Dr. Nathan shares resources for clinicians and patients. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: How to Heal the Complex Patient, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Neil Nathan, who presents a detailed roadmap to recovery in his book “Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness." Click HERE for part 1.



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How Big Pharma Corrupts American Healthcare, Part 1
September 1, 2022
According to today’s guest, Dr. John Abramson, Americans are getting less bang for their buck when it comes to ever more pricey pharmaceutical drugs. Despite enormous expenditures—17.7% of our GDP—Americans are less healthy and life expectancy lags behind other developed nations. Dr. Abramson, formerly a family practice physician, turned his attention to critiquing the pharmaceutical industry when he realized over-the-top marketing of drugs was at odds with his patients’ interests. He wrote Overdosing America, and became an expert witness in a landmark class action lawsuit over the now-withdrawn drug Bextra. His new book, "Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care—And How We Can Repair It," exposes the sleight-of-hand involved in studies that gain approval for new drugs, and how the profit motive distorts optimal drug and device development. Dr. Abramson cites the example of statins as drugs that, while helpful for some, have been vastly overhyped and overprescribed on scant evidence. He takes aim at physician education—both in medical school and post-graduate—as indoctrinating doctors to prescribe drugs with questionable efficacy and undisclosed harms. Dr. Abramson offers an insider’s critique of the medical provisions of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act—which in fact does little to cap Americans’ skyrocketing outlays for prescription drugs. Click HERE for part 2.



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How Big Pharma Corrupts American Healthcare, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. John Abramson, author of "Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care—And How We Can Repair It." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: The Pervasive Harmful Effects of Sugar, Part 1
August 30, 2022
Dr. Michael Goran, professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, has devoted his academic career to the study of childhood obesity and diabetes. In “Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do,” he and his co-author, nutritionist Dr. Emily Ventura, explore the pervasive harmful effects of sugar, and detail a practical program for effecting change. Excess dietary sugar contributes not just to obesity, but also increased risk for a lifetime of degenerative diseases, as well as behavioral problems. And now sugar is added to 70% of processed foods, often deceptively labeled as “natural”, or concealed under a variety of innocent-sounding rubrics. High fructose corn syrup has especially harmful properties. Non-caloric sugar substitutes also come into the cross-hairs as stoking the appetite and having indeterminate metabolic effects. Is regulation of the food industry the answer? Labeling laws? Restrictions on advertising to children? Sugar and soft drink taxes? Outright bans like now underway in Mexico? Tobacco-style litigation vs. the sugar industry? Dr. Goran argues for a more consumer-oriented approach, with self-regulation the goal for kids. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Pervasive Harmful Effects of Sugar, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Michael Goran, professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Click HERE for part 1.



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