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Patient Empowerment, Part 1
July 24, 2018
Dr. William Davis, author of the best-seller “Wheat Belly,” argues for patient empowerment in a new book, “Undoctored: Why Healthcare Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor." Dr. Davis tells the story of his transformation from a successful interventional cardiologist to an outspoken critic of medical orthodoxy; Why does he urge people to eschew not only wheat, but all grain products? What’s wrong with gluten-free baked goods? Why take issue with mainstream nutritionists who urge “moderation”? What’s meant by “undoctoring”? Why has the term “healthcare” become an oxymoron? Why is cholesterol oversold as a predictor of heart risk? Can heart disease be managed without statins? Are coronary stents overdone? Dr. Davis highlights the benefits of a unique probiotic—lactobacillus reuteri—and offers a recipe for a gut-repleting yogurt that restores youthful appearance, strengthens bones, and combats muscle wasting. What role for dietary supplements? For exercise? Why follow Dr. Davis’ call to become an “unpatient”? Click HERE for part 2.



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Patient Empowerment, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. William Davis, author of a new book, “Undoctored: Why Healthcare Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor." Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 21, Part 2
July 23, 2018
A cardiologist argues “Carbohydrates are killing us”; What did stone agers really eat? Research reveals high-fat diet, but early adoption of grains; Supplements for pregnancy; Mothers’ microbiome impacts risk for kids’ autism; Does NT Factor combat medication-induced fatigue in patients taking heart drugs? Doctors give patients only 11 seconds to explain reason for visit before interrupting them; Beef jerky and processed meat associated with manic episodes; What vaccination schedule for kids? What’s the role of the amino acid l-threonine? Buy-out regret: owners of small vitamin companies rue their decision to be acquired by big conglomerates; Watching food shows may prompt weight gain. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Leyla Weighs In: Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
July 20, 2018
Relaxation response may reduce blood pressure by altering expression of a set of genes; Drinking kefir may prompt brain-gut communication to lower blood pressure.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for July 14, Part 1
July 16, 2018
Doctors not properly trained to offer sound nutritional advice; Take your microbiome to the gym—your metabolism will thank you; Even modest high blood pressure linked to early lesions, dementia, in autopsied brains; What’s the optimal treatment for SIBO? Full-fat dairy exonerated as cause of heart disease, overall risk of death; What to do when your fasting fingerstick blood sugar is 135? Nearly half of Americans currently battling overweight; Can carbs make you drowsy? How to lower elevated hemoglobin A1c; Sleep provides antioxidant benefits. 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 14, Part 2

SAM-e equals prescription drugs for depression; Coffee is being touted as a health food—but what are the downsides? An orange a day keeps macular degeneration away; Your doctor has tattoos and piercings—would you mind? A caller whose brother still shies away from eggs after a stent—how to convince him they’re OK? Is there a precise formula for how much CoQ10 you should take? Birth control pills disrupt women’s microbiomes, hike risk for Crohn’s Disease; Vitamin D for chronic headaches; New robotic sniffer can detect disease from human breath. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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ENCORE: The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 1
July 3, 2018
(Originally published July 2016.) This year, we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Metchnikoff discovered the white blood cells that act as cellular “pacmen” to devour foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. But Metchnikoff is probably best known today as the originator of our understanding of the role probiotics play in human health and disease. Metchnikoff kicked off a sensation in 1904 when he touted live cultures as an anti-aging elixir, igniting a world-wide yogurt craze. Metchnikoff was one of the first to systematically study the aging process; he linked it to “autointoxication” in the intestines. While his theories fell into disrepute in the mid-Twentieth Century, were he to be alive today he would be gratified with the current resurgence of interest in the Microbiome and its impact on health and longevity. The modern concepts of “endotoxins” and “leaky gut” owe a debt of gratitude to Metchnikoff’s seminal discoveries. At first greeted with skepticism and derision, Metchnikoff was ultimately awarded the Nobel Prize for his research. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Luba Vikhanski as we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
June 27, 2018
The gut-brain connection: Probiotics may help bipolar disorder; I'm a distance runner from Special Olympics, is bone broth good to drink?; I've heard brushing vitamin E oil on your nails makes them less brittle is this true?; I was told to stop all of my supplements for five days before colonoscopy, is that true? Click HERE for part 2.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2

I've been taking glucosamine/chondroitin for many years to prevent arthritis. Someone tells me hydrolyzed collagen is better. What say you?; My husband had two completely different vitamin D results taken by two different labs only one day apart. What accounts for the discrepancy. Which one is correct?; What do you think of goldenseal root powder in comparison to bacteriophages in intestinal and immune health?; My surgeon says to stop fish oil before surgery. Will it really increase my risk for bleeding? Click HERE for part 1.



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