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How to Maintain a Healthy Immune Response, Part 1
July 16, 2020
As important as it is to quarantine and "hide" from the coronavirus, it's important to know that too much hiding can put you at greater risk. Without gyms to exercise in and farmers' markets to buy fresh healthy produce (or sunlight, itself), Americans have adopted an unhealthy COVID-19 lifestyle - often marked by stress-eating comfort food and binge-watching reality TV from the couch. While safer from the virus, too much of this behavior could lead to a host of side effects that actually make you less healthy than if you were living your normal life amid the pandemic. It's something that's important to consider as our fitness centers and recreational opportunities open back up and Americans have a daunting choice to make about re-entry. Dr. Mark Engelman is an expert in immunology and offers insights into how to maintain a balanced immune response. He’s Director of Clinical Consulting for Cyrex Laboratories, which specializes in immune profiling. He discusses how the immune system responds to viruses; what lifestyle factors promote an appropriate—and not overactive—immune response; which nutrients are particularly germane to COVID-19, pitfalls in testing for coronavirus; the role of the gut in determining optimal immunity; and why autoimmunity is so prevalent. Click HERE for part 2.



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How to Maintain a Healthy Immune Response, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Mark Engelman, an expert in immunology offering insights into how to maintain a balanced immune response. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: COVID-19 and Metabolic Syndrome
July 15, 2020
COVID-19 and metabolic syndrome: Is diet the key?; What do you think of Far-UVC light for killing airborne coronaviruses?; Doesn't drinking a glass of water right before a meal dilute digestive enzymes? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 11, Part 1
July 13, 2020
Missing the ball on the twin pandemics: Non-communicable diseases claim far more lives than COVID-19. More people died this spring—and not just from the virus; Zinc’s immune-supportive role; Why are some people asymptomatic? When it comes to predicting severity of COVID-19, frailty trumps age or comorbidities. FDA eyes ban on bio-identical hormone replacement; Are vegans at higher risk of mental health problems? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 11, Part 2

Landmark study validates low-carb, high fat diet for controlling Type 2 diabetes among outpatients. When you give blood, how do they know you’re not transmitting coronavirus? Stretching yields significant circulatory benefits; Over 75s found to be at risk of colonoscopy complications; Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s may accelerate cognitive decline, highlighting “gut-brain axis”; Avoid common food additive to avert intestinal inflammation; Hot flashes predict heart problems in menopausal women; New blood test predicts cancer with pinpoint accuracy—but will it result in overdiagnosis and overtreatment. 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 1: We’re back in the office!
July 8, 2020
We're back in the office!; Study: People with high cholesterol should limit carbohydrates, not saturated fats; Shouldn't convalescent plasma be used at an earlier stage for COVID-19 before the patient is on a ventilator? Click HERE for part 2.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2: Stomach Upset/Indigestion

Why is my overall body temperature measured to be around 94 degrees? I otherwise feel pretty good for a 65-year-old; What is the popular remedy of choice for stomach upset/indigestion? Baking soda? Apple cider vinegar?; I've been taking Nexium for two months now and want to wean off. How can I do this as quickly as possible?; Is it safe to take Candibactin to combat SIBO during the time of COVID? Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 4, Part 1
July 6, 2020
Do you have “poor protoplasm”? It might make you more likely to succumb to Coronavirus; Why your metabolic fitness may be a determinant of your risk; Mask misdirection—public health officials do a U-turn on facial barriers. What to do? Gina Haynie, founder of Future Pharm Botanicals, talks about efforts to ramp up production of oregano and elderberry products. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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ENCORE: Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 4, Part 2

Amid a call for more testing, false-negative test results undermine confidence in mass-screenings; NT Factor for CFS? What role for Serrapeptase? Walking may help sufferers of IBS; Research reveals magnesium essential to therapeutic action of vitamin D; Fiber, but not from grains, associated with reduced death rate in new study; “Zombie eating“—why mealtime screens promote digital distraction that blunts satiety signals and promotes overeating; Those heavily-promoted new psoriasis drugs found only marginally effective in post-marketing studies; Mediterranean diet reduces risk of kidney stones. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Report From the Frontlines of COVID-19, Part 1
July 2, 2020
Dr. Jaime Salas-Rushford reports from the frontlines of COVID-19 treatment at one of New York’s hardest-hit hospitals. He’s an integrative physician who serves as Medical Director of FITbodymd Medicine in Puerto Rico, but responded to the call to treat patients during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. He reflects on the lessons learned: Ventilators are overused; hydroxychloroquine seems to have helped; patients with COVID-19 need basic inexpensive supportive care, administered promptly; vitamin C and zinc were liberally used in the hospital. He also notes that patients who take supplements regularly seemed to fare better. As the author of "Fight Colds, Flu and Other Infections with AHCC," he’s convinced of its efficacy in supporting immunity. Dr. Salas-Rushford claims “COVID-19 was an eye-opener” and we need to learn from it to cultivate resilience to weather future challenges. He says the pandemic has revealed the vulnerabilities of our health care system, which needs more emphasis on old-fashioned primary care, and a restoration of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Salas-Rushford is currently advising businesses in New York City on how to safely reopen; he’s concerned that excessive restrictions will irrevocably damage the economy and affect the livelihoods of Americans, with devastating effects on their mental and physical well-being. Click HERE for part 2.



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