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Female Sexual Dysfunction, Part 1
April 18, 2019
Dr. Madeleine Castellanos joins us for a discussion of integrative treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Dr. Castellanos is a chapter co-author with Dr. Hoffman of "Integrative Sexual Health," part of a Dr. Andrew Weil series of textbooks about integrative medicine. She offers a deep-dive on women’s sexual responses which involve a complex interplay between physical and psychological factors. What health benefits does sex confer? What are common roadblocks to sexual enjoyment among women? Why was “female Viagra” a bust? What roles for testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, oxytocin, estrogen, progesterone? Why are birth control pills and antidepressants sexual downers? Can a woman’s thyroid get in the way of her sexual enjoyment? Do diet and supplements make a difference? Are nutraceuticals like Maca, ginseng and soy isoflavones helpful? What does “Mindfulness” have to do with sex? Click HERE for part 2.



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Female Sexual Dysfunction, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Madeleine Castellanos about integrative treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for April 13, Part 1
April 15, 2019
Resistance training, swimming, and tennis fight aging; Does Stevia counteract Lyme Disease? Blueberries for blood pressure; Pomegranate juice for slowing memory decline. “PharmaBro” continues to direct his pharmaceutical empire from prison; Doc sends robot into ICU to inform patient he’s dying; Low-carb diets linked to atrial fibrillation—Really?? Pregnant women can slash their kids’ autism risk by taking a prenatal multi. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Ozone Therapy, Part 1
April 9, 2019
Ozone therapy is considered one of the more exotic modalities of Integrative Medicine, but today’s guest, Dr. Isadora Guggenheim (www.secondnaturecare.com) brings scientific rigor to its application to a variety of conditions. Guggenheim is a naturopathic physician (ND), as well as an RN and nutritionist. What’s the history of ozone therapy? How does it work? How can we reconcile its healing properties with concerns about ozone as a cause of respiratory injury? Doesn’t it generate free radicals when introduced into the body? Guggenheim explains the seeming paradox by marshaling evidence that medical ozone revs the body’s antioxidant defenses; ozone is a potent disinfectant, combatting viruses, bacteria and fungi alike. It also selectively targets cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. Athletes use ozone to boost performance; many patients attest to ozone’s energizing and mood-enhancing effects. What are the various ways ozone can be administered? What conditions respond to ozone? Does research support its safety and effectiveness? On a separate note, Guggenheim describes laser vaginal rejuvenation—The Mona Lisa Touch procedure—as an alternative to hormones for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Click HERE for part 2.



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Ozone Therapy, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Isadora Guggenheim about medical ozone therapy and its application to a variety of conditions. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for April 6, Part 1
April 8, 2019
What’s the ideal Omega 6:3 ratio? Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids have opposite effects on childhood asthma risk; Mick Jagger’s heart valve surgery explained; When cancer cells are found in the uterus, is hysterectomy mandatory? Does chocolate really make acne worse? Research dispels popular view that sugar is a “pick-me-up”; Globally 1/5 of deaths attributable to diet—but is red meat the culprit? Fatty fish reduces risk of gouty attacks; Fish oil, vitamin D—under fire lately—vindicated by latest study results; Are your mitochondria leaky? 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 March 30, Part 2
April 1, 2019
Are claims that “probiotics are dangerous” substantiated? Anti-depressants uniformly cause weight gain; An amino acid that may counter Alzheimer’s, ALS; Phthalates in plastic impair fertility—are they lurking in IV bags, catheters, and other disposable medical devices? Supplements and lifestyle to lower C-reactive protein; A caller attests to reality of Zyrtec withdrawal—how to wean off dependency; Vitamin D helps overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis; Flaxseed may aid metabolism, promote weight loss; Healing with essential oils. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Is “breast implant illness” real? Part 1
March 28, 2019
Breast implants are now under the gun again after a checkered history. In the 80s reports of adverse events related to silicone breast implants led to FDA scrutiny and lawsuits against Dow Corning. Now in March 2019, breast implants are once again under federal review over reports of a rare lymphoma in hundreds of women with “textured” implants. Dr. Sophie Bartsich, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, offers perspective on the current controversy. Is “breast implant illness” real? Has it been conclusively proven that breast implants cause lupus-like symptoms in women? Is there a high incidence of breast implant rupture? Do breast implants need to be checked on a regular basis after surgery? How often do they need to be replaced? How does Dr. Bartsich leverage her undergraduate training in psychology to meet patients’ expectations and address body image concerns? Which implants are safest? Are there alternatives to implants for women who don’t want foreign materials in their bodies? What about the opposite—breast reduction for women? And what options are available for men with gynecomastia? Does breast reconstruction after cancer make subsequent cancer detection more difficult? Can cosmetic breast surgery interfere with the prospects for breastfeeding? Click HERE for part 2.



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Is “breast implant illness” real? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Sophie Bartsich, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who offers perspective on the current controversy. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 23, Part 1
March 25, 2019
Bayer stock slumps as jury finds for plaintiff in Roundup cancer lawsuit; Costco is first of major retailers to pull Roundup weedkiller from shelves; Pros/cons of laparoscopic surgery; Vaginal rejuvenation with lasers; High-fructose corn syrup—comparable to what humans consume in a single soda per day—promotes intestinal cancers in mice; Novel gene therapy promises reversal of blindness; 71 yr old shatters world planking record— but a 57 yr old has him beat by a mile! Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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