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Natural Approaches for Vision and Eye Problems, Part 1
June 23, 2020
Dr. Rudrani Banik, integrative ophthalmologist, dishes on a variety of subjects related to eye health. Are eye shields necessary for personal protection against the coronavirus? What’s the effect of all that extra screen time we’re experiencing due to lockdown? In addition to “blue-blocker” eyewear, can nutritional supplementation confer resistance against eye stress caused by device overuse? Will limiting kids’ outdoor time spawn a generation of glasses wearers? Dr. Banik shares how her own experience with migraines led her to begin to investigate natural approaches for eye problems. She is currently conducting research on the use of mastic gum extract in the treatment of optic nerve strokes, and gene replacement therapy for a rare form of hereditary blindness. In the wake of civil disturbances, Dr. Banik reports on advocacy by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to minimize the use of dangerous crowd control measures like rubber bullets. Stem cells are showing promise for restoring vision, but Dr. Banik suggests caution on their indiscriminate use. She previews her upcoming book, "The Macular Degeneration Prevention Protocol." Click HERE for part 2.



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Natural Approaches for Vision and Eye Problems, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Rudrani Banik, integrative ophthalmologist. Click HERE for part 1.



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Integrative Eye Health, Part 1
February 6, 2020
Integrative Eye Health with Rudrani Banik, MD. A practicing physician, Dr. Banik is dually trained in ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology; she also received specialized training in Functional Medicine. What does “root cause analysis” mean when it comes to eye conditions? What’s the evidence that nutrition is applicable to eye problems? Dr. Banik explains how modern lifestyles contribute to “computer vision syndrome”, nearsightedness, headaches and migraines. What’s the significance of blue light? Are there natural cures for myopia? For cataracts? Dr. Banik shares her pioneering research using an ancient botanical for NAION, a common cause of irreversible vision loss. What’s new in nutritional support for macular degeneration? Glaucoma? Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Eye Health, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his discussion with Rudrani Banik, MD. who is dually trained in ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Update on Coronavirus
February 5, 2020
Update on Coronavirus; Do you still recommend it?; I use eye drops for dry eyes but what can I take for the twitch in the upper lid of my right eye?; Why do so many supplements contain folate? Are there any consequences to getting so much?; My husband and I take magnesium daily. Why are our blood levels still low? Click HERE for part 2.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: CBD and Glaucoma
November 6, 2019
Better health outcomes reported with the Functional Medicine Care Model; I find no conclusions or clear opinion in your recent fish oil article. Would you please elaborate?; My dad takes CBD oil for anxiety and depression but he also has glaucoma. Should he stop taking it? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 26, Part 2
October 28, 2019
Migraine treatments; vitamin D for migraines; Potato purée as effective as sugary gels for long-distance endurance athletes; Stress hikes risk for life-threatening infections; Lifting weights as you age cuts risk of premature death by 46%; Prescription eye drops may eventually supplant need for reading glasses; Fatty liver prevalent among teens—even kids of normal weight; Study dispels myth that high school contact sports put kids at risk for eventual cognitive decline; Fecal transplants may relieve IBS—but only if obtained from a “super donor.” Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 19, Part 2
October 21, 2019
How the baby food industry hooks toddlers on sugar, salt and fat; “Fruit drinks” for kids often contain little or no fruit and are laden with sugar; Mushrooms vs. prostate cancer; Is it OK for kids to be raised vegan? Supplements vs. dementia; Common bladder medication linked to degenerative eye condition; Alpha lipoic acid and progesterone vs. retinitis pigmentosa; New drugs show promise against macular degeneration; Johnson & Johnson hit with record 8 billion dollar penalty for not revealing side effects of popular anti-psychotic. 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: Fizzy Water
September 25, 2019
My 65-year-old husband's eye exam revealed some Drusen. Are there any remedies to reduce it?; Mouthwash can reduce the benefits of exercise by reducing nitric oxide production by beneficial oral bacteria; Why do you divide your podcasts into two segments?; Any aspects of plain old fizzy water that pose a problem to health if consumed regularly? Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 20, Part 1
July 22, 2019
Macular degeneration—what’s diet got to do with it? Impossible Burger developer has a vision: eliminate all meat from human diets; Peter Frampton’s career-ending muscle disorder; 1 in 8 nurses takes meds just to stay awake; The perils of hospital toilets. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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