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Digital Addiction and Our Mental Health Crisis, Part 1
November 8, 2022
Digital Madness: How SOCIAL MEDIA is Driving Our MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS—and How to Restore Our Sanity is a new book by today’s guest, Dr. Nicholas Karderas. He details how social media is eroding our attention spans, and fostering binary thinking—akin to a mass epidemic of borderline personality disorder. Dr. Kardaras points out how highly immersive social media are an evolutionary mismatch for our hunter-gatherer brains. He proposes a dose of classic philosophy and ethics to gird ourselves against digital media’s pernicious influences, and describe effective treatment programs for digital addicts. Dr. Karderas declares against censorship but calls for reining in the power and reach of social media behemoths. Click HERE for part 2.



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Digital Addiction and Our Mental Health Crisis, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Nicholas Karderas, author of "Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis--and How to Restore Our Sanity." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: The Latest Threat to the Doctor/Patient Relationship, Part 1
November 3, 2022
"Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth about Electronic Medical Records," by Twila Brase, RN, PHN, President and Co-Founder of Citizens for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org). She describes the latest threat to the doctor/patient relationship. While seeming to improve efficiency, Brase asserts that electronic medical records are actually a means of insurance company and government control. The records are insecure, decidedly not confidential, widely shared, and subject to hacks. They’re burdensome, time-consuming, and a major reason for physician burnout. They change the nature of the doctor/patient encounter, with physicians spending more time peering into a screen and less time making eye contact with patients. Brase discusses alternatives, and how medical care can be made more affordable and more efficient without reliance on an ever-growing cadre of benefit managers and government bureaucrats. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Latest Threat to the Doctor/Patient Relationship, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Twila Brase, RN, PHN, President and Co-Founder of Citizens for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org). Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: The Scientific Basis for Acupuncture, Part 1
November 1, 2022
Dr. Janet Mindes is a Ph.D. researcher who has focused on the scientific basis of complementary and alternative therapies. Most recently, she co-edited "Integrative Sexual Health," an exploration of natural modalities for optimizing sexual performance. She joins us to discuss acupuncture. How does it work? For what conditions has acupuncture been shown to be helpful? Is it gaining acceptance by the medical community? What are the challenges of doing acupuncture research? What should you look for in an acupuncturist? Additionally, Dr. Mindes weighs in on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cranial electrical stimulation (CES), new drugless tools for treating mental and emotional conditions. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Scientific Basis for Acupuncture, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Janet Mindes, a Ph.D. researcher who has focused on the scientific basis of complementary and alternative therapies. Click HERE for part 1.



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An Integrative Approach to Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, Part 1
October 27, 2022
Integrative rheumatologist Jill Weintraub MD explains how hi-tech medicines can be supported by lifestyle measures—including diet, stress reduction, and specific supplements. She’s the co-author of "Strategies to Treat Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: Everything You Wish Your Doctor Had Told You," where she offers comprehensive recovery plans with patient vignettes. She first details conventional options now available for autoimmunity, including the new biologic drugs. Dr. Weintraub discusses how diet can be deployed to reduce dependency on medications; the Mediterranean, Paleo, and vegan diets have been found helpful, as has intermittent fasting. Supplements like curcumin, omega 3s, and Boswellin may help tamp down inflammation; Adaptogens may counter the effects of stress; and probiotics and “gut-sealers” may address altered intestinal permeability. Androgens—especially DHEA—have proven helpful in lupus. A particular focus for Dr. Weintraub is patients who have signs of autoimmune susceptibility prior to formal diagnosis, who are ideal candidates for early intervention with natural modalities to forestall the development of full-blown disease. Click HERE for part 2.



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An Integrative Approach to Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Jill Weintraub, author of "Strategies to Treat Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: Everything You Wish Your Doctor Had Told You." Click HERE for part 1.



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Navigating the US Healthcare System, Part 1
October 25, 2022
When a health concern arises, the worry is two-fold: first, about the condition itself, and second, how to effectively access proper treatment and care. Even when you know a great deal about how the system works, navigating the US healthcare system is fraught with difficulty and heartache. The ride through a complicated, fractured, confusing, and dehumanizing healthcare system can be maddening. Medical consumer advocate Joyce Griggs is the developer of www.unitedstatesofhealthcare.com, a resource for patients and their families. We discuss how best to prepare for a doctor’s visit, how to make sure all members of your medical team are on the same page, and how to advocate for yourself. For example, it’s important to take advantage of new transparency laws to price out your healthcare. What to do when hit with insurance denials and sticker shock at the pharmacist? What about the pluses and minuses of telemedicine? Why it can be important to bring someone with you to critical doctors’ visits and to advocate for you during a medical crisis. Joyce shares her own experience dealing with the healthcare system on behalf of a sick relative which prompted her to share lessons she learned with the public. Click HERE for part 2.



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Navigating the US Healthcare System, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with medical consumer advocate Joyce Griggs, the developer of www.unitedstatesofhealthcare.com. Click HERE for part 1.



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