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“Young at Heart” Part 1
February 19, 2019
Optimal heart health with Jim LaValle, a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, and board-certified clinical nutritionist. He discusses the American Heart Association's “Life’s Simple 7” for optimal Heart Health and why aged garlic extract is among the most commonly used supplements in people with heart disease. Numerous studies suggest aged garlic extract may help improve risk factors for heart disease, including supporting healthy blood pressure levels, keeping bad cholesterol in check, increasing a hormone that helps protect against inflammation and atherosclerosis as well as helping improve insulin sensitivity and the management of blood sugar, thinning your blood, and staving off plaque in arteries. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Integrative Cardiology, Part 1
January 24, 2019
Integrative Cardiology with Dr. Dennis Goodman. Dr. Goodman is a board-certified cardiologist who is Director of Integrative Medicine at New York University Hospital. He is well-versed in conventional medicine as well as natural modalities. Dr. Goodman discusses how advanced lipid profiles can be used to assess cardiovascular risk; additional information can be gleaned from non-invasive studies like EBT heart scans and carotid ultrasound. Should doctors rely on statins for prevention? Is the cholesterol hypothesis wrong? What’s the best diet for cardiovascular prevention? Dr. Goodman describes the cardiovascular benefits of magnesium and vitamin K2. He further recommends vitamin D, fish oil and coenzyme Q 10. He discusses the role of B vitamins in mitigating the risk posed by high homocysteine. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Integrative Cardiology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Dennis Goodman, a board-certified cardiologist who is Director of Integrative Medicine at New York University Hospital. Click HERE for part 1.



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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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