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DNA testing: Is it ready for Prime-Time? Part 1
August 15, 2019
Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Chief Medical Director of IntellxxDNA, shares her perspective on the genetic testing revolution. What’s the difference between a mutation and a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism)? How does the IntellxxDNA test differ from, say, 23andMe? Isn’t it potentially scary to find out you have a “bad” gene, like the ApoE4 gene that’s associated with Alzheimer’s Disease risk? Can genetic risk factors be overcome with diet, exercise, and targeted supplements? IntellxxDNA pinpoints obesity genes, genes that predispose to diabetes and heart disease, macular degeneration, autoimmune disorders, thyroid problems and osteoporosis. Certain SNPs predict the likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases when exposed to environmental toxins like mercury and glyphosate. Others may dictate higher requirements for antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D, and choline. Why is the IntellxxDNA test only available through health practitioners? Some critics say genetic testing is only in its infancy and not yet ready for primetime—is this mistaken? What can genomic testing tell us about remedial strategies for autism? Click HERE for part 2.



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DNA testing: Is it ready for Prime-Time? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Chief Medical Director of IntellxxDNA, who shares her perspective on the genetic testing revolution. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Methylation — A Nutrition Revolution, Part 1
February 21, 2019
Methylation—everything you ever wanted to know. Dr. Kara Fitzgerald discusses one of the least-understood and most controversial topics that promises to revolutionize the field of nutrition. Methylation is a ubiquitous process that turns on, or turns off DNA expression, regulates the synthesis of many essential substances within the body, and breaks down hormones, medications, and toxins. It strongly influences epigenetics—the process by which the environment shapes the expression of genes. What are the limits of genetic testing for shedding light on methylation status? Do all patients with “methylation defects” according to genetic tests (like MTHFR) require mega-dosing of B vitamins? Can there be too much of a good thing when it comes to methylation? What natural substances act as “methylation adaptogens,” keeping methylation within an optimal, safe range? How do you go about testing for methylation efficiency? What nutrients besides B vitamins promote methylation? Does a normal homocysteine always indicate optimal methylation? Can lifestyle factors—diet, stress, and exercise—influence methylation? What medications and toxins impair methylation? Which health conditions call for methylation status evaluation? Learn why Dr. Fitzgerald emphasizes a “Methylation Diet and Lifestyle” by downloading her E-book with that title at www.drKaraFitzgerald.com and use the code “Intelligent10” to obtain a special discount for Intelligent Medicine listeners. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Methylation — A Nutrition Revolution, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald about Methylation, a process that turns on, or turns off, DNA expression, regulates the synthesis of many essential substances within the body, and breaks down hormones, medications, and toxins. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Inherited Family Trauma, Part 1
October 23, 2018
"It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle." Mark Wolynn is an expert on inherited family trauma. New discoveries are showing us how trauma can be transmitted across generations. Dr. Wolynn explains the biological basis for how stress literally can alter gene expression. The implications are profound for therapy. New techniques can help unlock the origins of anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. How do meditation and positive visualization help to rearrange faulty neural circuitry to end the cycle of inherited trauma? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Inherited Family Trauma, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with mark Wolynn about how trauma can be transmitted across generations. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Unlocking Your Personal Genetic Code, Part 1
August 16, 2018
"The DNA Restart," by Dr. Sharon Moalem, aims to help to “unlock your personal genetic code to eat for your genes, lose weight and reverse aging;" How does “epigenetics” shape the expression of our genes? Can you overcome genetic faults through lifestyle modification? Nutrigenomics is the science of predicting what diet a person should be on based on genetic analysis—are genetic home tests that tell you what diet to follow not yet ready for primetime? Dr. Moalem shares some functional tests that readers can easily perform at home: the “cracker test;” the "ear wax test;” Dr. Moalem is also the author of a previous book “Survival of the Sickest” which explains how some seemingly bad genes help to protect us; What is “umami” and how can it be harnessed to keep us from over-eating? What crucial culinary tip helps to harness the benefits of garlic? Why does Dr. Moalem favor Oolong tea? How can a low-cholesterol diet sometimes backfire and result in higher cholesterol? How do exercise and sleep help us maximize our genetic potential? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Unlocking Your Personal Genetic Code, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Sharon Moalem, author of "The DNA Restart: Unlock Your Personal Genetic Code to Eat for Your Genes, Lose Weight, and Reverse Aging." Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In
March 23, 2018
Meet GenED - known as genome editing - the next generation of biotechnology which may reshape the future of agriculture and food.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
November 15, 2017
The new taste: Starch! Explains why some people are prone to weight gain. What can I do about a blocked Eustachian tube? I've been told my eardrums are the size of a child's! What is genomic imprinting, is it the process during conception that determines our traits? Click HERE for part 2.



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