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ENCORE: The Truth About Statins, Part 1
August 21, 2018
The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Cardiologist Barbara Roberts, M.D. dishes on the exaggerated benefits and underplayed risks of statins. One in 4 U.S. adults aged 40-75 takes these cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Roberts asserts that the American Heart Association, which wholeheartedly endorses statins, is merely a marketing arm of the pharmaceutical industry. Statin side effects include muscle aches, liver problems, cognitive decline, fatigue, cataracts, and a markedly higher risk of diabetes, especially in women. Reported benefits of statins are hyped with statistical manipulation and publication bias. Drugs that “halve the risk of heart problems” may only confer a 1% reduction in absolute risk with use over five years. Scores and sometimes hundreds of patients need to take statins unnecessarily with their accompanying side effects to save a single patient from heart attack or death. Yet, the indications for statin use have been extended to encompass millions more “at risk” Americans according to new, dubious criteria. Dr. Roberts argues that, while a small percentage of patients need statins, the vast majority of people can favorably impact their risk with a Mediterranean diet and exercise. For some groups, particularly older Americans and most women, statins are of minimal benefit and may be downright harmful. Studies show that low cholesterol is associated with higher risk of death among seniors—which is bad news for the new raft of PSK-9 lipid drugs currently under consideration for approval that lower cholesterol even more dramatically than statins. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Truth About Statins, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Cardiologist Barbara Roberts, M.D. about her book, The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for August 18, Part 2
August 20, 2018
Bayer socked with landmark $289 million judgement over Monsanto’s Round-Up as cause of groundskeeper’s cancer; Glyphosate residues in your child’s breakfast cereals; Court orders ban on agricultural use of farm pesticide chlorpyrifos; Mushrooms deliver pre-biotics that help blood sugar control; Blanket recommendations for drastic salt reduction not evidence-based; Supplements for multiple myeloma; Multi-strain vs. individual probiotics; Should you avoid berberine if you’re taking a statin? Life expectancy is going in reverse in the U.S.—why? Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) derived from cruciferous vegetables found to prevent colon cancer. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for May 12, Part 2
May 14, 2018
New England Journal of Medicine issues plea for more emphasis on preventive medicine; A caller with cholesterol over 300 but with a high HDL is pressured by her doctor to go on statins despite low coronary calcium score; New study highlights unforeseen side effect of acid-blockers—depression; A caller is told by his doctor coronary calcium screening unnecessary, exercise stress tests suffice; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: when the tests seem OK, but the patient doesn’t feel well; Think that sedentary job is killing you? Surprise study shows that workers with physical jobs die younger. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for May 5, Part 2
May 7, 2018
The EBT heart scan—calcium score trumps cholesterol and traditional risk factors for predicting cardio risk and whether you can forego a statin drug; Could chiropractic treatment relieve palpitations? Junk food diet undermines women’s fertility; Can supplements impact the progression of ALS? Curing itchy hives with diet; Natural treatment for restless leg syndrome. 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 2
April 25, 2018
I have carotid artery intimal thickening, any alternative besides statins to treat this? If I eat organic and avoid antibiotics, is my immune system better able to resist the "nightmare bacteria" found in 27 states? Is 23 & Me safe to use? What happens to the DNA? Is the information shared? I have to go to urinate almost every hour at night, why is this happening? Click HERE for part 1.



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Clinical Focus: Trump’s Physical, Part 1
January 30, 2018
What’s the truth about President Trump’s physical? Is he at death’s door, or is he in “excellent” health as claimed by his White House physician? How to interpret his cholesterol numbers? What do his coronary calcium scores tell us about his heart risk? How was his mental acuity evaluated? What other tests would have yielded more information? Can longevity be reduced to an equation? What other ineffable factors besides diet and exercise contribute to survival? How does Trump compare to previous presidents? What’s the biggest risk factor for a chief executive to die in office? Click HERE for part 2.



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Clinical Focus: Trump’s Physical, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his in-depth analysis of President Trump's physical examination. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 21, Part 2
October 23, 2017
If you have high cholesterol and high triglycerides but have negative scans, do you need to be on a statin? A zero score on a coronary calcium scan guarantees you 15 years of trouble-free mileage; Can you exercise yourself to death? Teeth whiteners—are they safe? Are long-term disability policies worth it? Will Nexium undermine your response to the flu vaccine? Is it necessary to quit coffee after a heart attack? Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for October 14, Part 1
October 16, 2017
Another nail in Big Sugar’s coffin—it causes cancer! Is PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy legit? Harnessing magnetic fields to cure anxiety; Post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome; You don’t have to run a marathon to help your bones; In the wake of Harvey Weinstein, does sexual harassment make victims sick? Is “sex addiction” a real medical condition? When you have a high HDL, do you really need a statin drug? Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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