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Repairing Damaged Cells, A Powerful Healthy Aging Strategy, Part 1
April 24, 2018
Prof. Garth Nicolson is recognized as a pioneer in research on the mitochondria, the energy factories within cells. Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a role in a myriad of diseases, as well as in the aging process. Fatigue is its cardinal symptom. The mitochondria are implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s Disease, chronic infections like Lyme Disease, Gulf War Syndrome, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity, autism, and even some cancers. Prof. Nicolson has demonstrated that membrane lipid replacement therapy (LRT) with glycerolphospholipids (NT Factor) can facilitate recovery from many of these disorders. Clinical studies have demonstrated that LRT can increase energy levels by 40% or more. What companion nutrients also support mitochondrial performance? How much NT Factor do you need to take? How fast does it take effect? Prof. Nicolson shares exciting results of clinical trials he’s currently undertaking with LRT. Learn about NT Factor clinical trials by clicking HERE. Click HERE for part 2.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
February 14, 2018
Sugary shakes administered to patients in hospitals are NOT good medicine. How do I reconcile keeping my blood sugar stable with frequent small meals during the day with the intermittent fasting you recommend? I take three kinds of magnesium for various issues but I recently got leg cramps while exercising, how can that happen when I take so much magnesium? My 88-year-old mother had to go to the ER twice due to spikes in her systolic blood pressure, why did this happen if she's otherwise very healthy? Click HERE for part 2.



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How Healing Works, Part 1
February 13, 2018
A leading advocate for complementary and alternative medicine, Dr. Wayne Jonas, reveals the often-missed components that our current healthcare system overlooks. He wrote, "How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal." He's a military physician and former head of the Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and the Samueli Institute, Dr. Jonas believes that natural medicine may hold the answer to the current opioid epidemic. Why does the U.S. spend over twice the dollars per capita of other nations’ healthcare systems, but lags in critical health care benchmarks? Why is Americans’ life expectancy DECLINING for the first time in recorded history? Why should the placebo effect not be dismissed as inconsequential? How can it be harnessed to produce healing? Why is the military pioneering acceptance of natural methods? How does Dr. Jonas counter skeptics who claim research on complementary medicine is a waste of time and money? Dr. Jonas shares his vision of where healthcare in America is headed. He recommends that patients get started now working with their doctors to develop effective, collaborative health programs. Click HERE for part 2.



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How Healing Works, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Wayne Jonas, author of "How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal." Click HERE for part 1.



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Integrative Medicine Under the Microscope, Part 1
January 9, 2018
Why is it that so many patients are looking for alternative and complementary medicines and treatments? Should more studies be conducted on alternative or complementary treatments, or is it a waste of money and time? Does integrative medicine belong in academic medical centers—should it be taught at all? John Weeks, with over 32 years of experience in advocacy for natural medicine, confronts the critics of the new trend to fund research in medical schools and universities; what’s the future of integrative medicine in the U.S.? Are initiatives underway to make it more available and affordable? How has the current opiate epidemic created an opportunity for advances in non-drug treatment of pain syndromes? Could integrative medicine provide the key to solving America’s health care crisis? Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Medicine Under the Microscope, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with natural medicine advocate John Weeks. Click HERE for part 1.



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Refocusing the Doctor-Patient Conversation, Part 1
November 7, 2017
"What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear" by Dr. Danielle Ofri. Much of what transpires in a doctor’s office gets “lost in translation”. Miscommunication is rampant. Caregivers succumb to “depersonalization” which renders patients into mere objects. This undermines patient care. Due in part to rushed visits, physician burnout, and the interposition of electronic medical records, miscommunication also stems from lack of health literacy on the part of patients. Dr. Ofri explores unconscious bias on the part of physicians—how can it be overcome? Why does empathy by health practitioners improve patient outcomes, but carries a potential cost for caregivers? Why do doctors interrupt patients so frequently? Why is simply listening an art, and how can proficiency by honed? Why is study of the humanities now recommended as part of medical training? Click HERE for part 2.



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Refocusing the Doctor-Patient Conversation, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of "What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear." Click HERE for part 1.



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The Challenges Facing Our Healthcare System, Part 1
October 17, 2017
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright is a physician and a medical management consultant with a keen perspective on the problems facing our health care system today. In her book, "Back to Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine," she writes: “The art of Medicine is being crowded out by the science of medicine.” Yes, we want more efficiency and precision, but medicine is losing its human touch. Electronic health record (EHR) systems have doctors peering into screens and not connecting with patients; perverse incentives have health professionals ticking off boxes to garner proper reimbursement, achieving “quality metrics” which may have little to do with patient well-being or satisfaction. Doctors are burnt-out and disenchanted, and leaving the profession in droves due to time pressure and overwhelming bureaucratic burdens. Dr. Fischer-Wright discusses strategies for reinvigorating the practice of medicine. Click HERE for part 2.



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The Challenges Facing Our Healthcare System, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, author of "Back to Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine." Click HERE for part 1.



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