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Rethinking “Catastrophic” Thinking, Part 1
March 31, 2020
In the face of an unprecedented pandemic, anxiety is warranted, but should not become debilitating or incapacitating. Drawing from the lessons of evolutionary psychology, Dr. Nando Pelusi, a cognitive-behavioral psychologist and frequent contributor to "Psychology Today," offers practical advice on how to calibrate our responses to danger. We are “hardwired” to respond to threats with our primitive limbic systems; ideally, our rational brains can provide us with sensible “reality checks” to rein in our maladaptive fears. This is the essence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which seeks to analyze the basis of our feelings and substitute helpful narratives to help us better interpret them. How to talk to children about the pandemic? How to cultivate resilience? How to cultivate a balance between complacency or denial vs. unproductive chronic worry. Click HERE for part 2.



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Rethinking “Catastrophic” Thinking, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Nando Pelusi, a cognitive-behavioral psychologist and frequent contributor to "Psychology Today." Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 28, Part 1: Covid-19 Special
March 30, 2020
Eyewitness report from Ground Zero of the COVID-19 pandemic—Manhattan: Contrary to some reports, life goes on, food and household necessities are plentiful, and people are out and about doing basic errands and exercising; Is the crisis exaggerated? Will social distancing pay off? What are the ideal tests we so desperately need? Is ibuprofen bad? The elderberry controversy; Could many of us already have had the virus? How “herd immunity” could curb the pandemic; Twitter bans posts about “chickenpox parties”; Sweden takes a more moderate approach to lockdown; Do we need to wear face masks while walking or exercising outside? 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 March 28, Part 2: Covid-19 Special

Natural products that could help prevent or ameliorate COVID-19; Does hydroxychloroquine really work vs. Coronavirus? What other treatments are under investigation? High-dose vitamin C and D? Convalescent serum? Thymic peptides? Can you get Coronavirus from a blood transfusion? Will warmer temps bring relief this summer? Are certain blood types at higher risk? Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Special Covid-19 Update: Coronavirus Fears, Part 1
March 29, 2020
Benjamin Asher MD, integrative ENT specialist, with extensive background in Mind-Body Medicine and with over three decades experience as a meditation teacher, shares tips on combatting stress and anxiety during the current lockdown. There are well-vetted techniques for coping with worries over vulnerability which arise naturally under challenging circumstances such as we’re all experiencing; some involve meditation, some cognitive reframing, others are procedures that alter the brain’s fear circuitry. Dr. Asher explains how early life trauma can program the nervous system for exaggerated reactivity; identifying these buried insults and appropriately processing them can set the stage for healing. Additionally, some individuals with chronic medical conditions may feel exceptionally at risk—perhaps without medically-valid justification. Others with perfectionistic Type A personalities may feel especially thwarted as their demanding routines and careful plans are disrupted. Dr. Asher offers advice on how to “go with the flow” and create a personal path of acceptance. Ultimately, the current crisis may be a crucible for personal development and cultivation of resiliency. Click HERE for part 2.



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Special Covid-19 Update: Coronavirus Fears, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Benjamin Asher MD, integrative ENT specialist. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: Covid-19 Myths and Facts
March 25, 2020
Intelligent TeleMedicine: We are having remote appointments via telephone and Skype; Can coronavirus be transmitted via food or food preparation?; Would a spray of colloidal silver sprayed into the nose kill coronavirus?; Did the use of aspirin cause more damage and death during the Spanish flu pandemic? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 21, Part 1: Covid-19
March 23, 2020
Lockdown in many localities, Coronavirus cases soaring, hospitals threatened to be overwhelmed; How rapidly will it spread? Will millions succumb to Covid-19? 93% of people who think they’re positive for Coronavirus are not; Hopeful signs from China and Korea that pandemic can be contained; What’s the meaning of #flattenthecurve? Why claiming that this is “just like the seasonal flu” is a false equivalence; Mixed signals about masks; How does this compare with the 1918 Spanish Flu? Is colloidal silver a cure? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 7, Part 1
March 9, 2020
Coronavirus update: Botched initial Chinese containment efforts; Natural products disappear from store shelves; Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture on the front lines; A new drug that may hold promise; Thousands die of the flu—are we overreacting to Coronavirus? AHCC to ward off Coronavirus; Kids consume more calories in post-activity snacks than they burn during physical activity; Is Daylight Savings time bad for our health? Does breastfeeding shield kids from allergies and asthma? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1: COVID-19 Update
March 4, 2020
Update on Coronavirus; Could it be that lots of people who had "bad colds" actually had COVID-19 and only those few who ended up with more severe symptoms sought treatment? Click HERE for part 2.



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