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Dr. Berkson's Best Health Radio Podcast

Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson shares decades of experience as a hormone and nutrition specialist to help you live a healthier, happier life. Disclaimer: The entire contents of these podcasts are based upon the opinions of Dr. DL Berkson, unless otherwise noted. Individual discussions are based upon the opinions of the respective individuals, based on their research, experience and communities. The information on this podcast or any related websites are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice from practitioners that know your personal medical situation. All material is educational and is intended only as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Berkson and her community. Dr. Berkson encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, you must consult with your health care professional before using protocols or products based on any of this content.
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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Dr. Lindsey Berkson discusses how the power of food is not just in our food choices, but in how much we eat. This podcast is on the power of "less food." 

Dr. Berkson shares how "caloric restriction" helps us live younger longer and may now be used to treat some illnesses, such as reverse some cases of type-2 diabetes. It's long been repeatedly observed in pockets of humanity where people live longer and healthier, that eating less is one way to slow down the Mac Truck of Aging. But how? Brigham Young University researchers, in a mouse model, suggest it comes down to our "ribosomes." Ribosomes make proteins. They work 24/7 to do this. Since they work so hard, malfunctions can and do occur. Caloric restriction allows ribosomes to have extra time to repair. More repair and cellular "reboot" slow down the aging process and creates healthier cellular processes. So how do we give ribosomes more time to repair? By eating less. Restriction of calories creates an almost linear increase in lifespan as well as a healthier lifespan. It turns out that constantly eating three meals a day along with snacks, is not the best template to take in nutrition. Ribosomes like "time-out." Calorically restricted mice, compared to mice who were allowed to eat all they wanted, were more energetic and suffered with fewer diseases, as well as lived longer. 

Food is not just a substance to be burned. It signals our bodies how to respond and how life might unfold. Eating less food at various times, called "intermittent fasting" allows our bodies to rest, repair and reset our internal cellular systems.  

Dietary changes of less food and less sugars and carbohydrates, have been shown to reverse both pre-diabetes and overt diabetes, even in patients with long term serious illnesses. The Department of Medicine at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the The University of Tennessee Health Science Center used eating less carbs and more protein to reverse pre-diabetes in males and females.

We are also now seeing caloric restriction reverse type-2 diabetes. Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist from Canada, has been reversing type-2 diabetes (not type-1). This is not new. Diabetologists were using caloric restriction to treat type-2 diabetes 100 years ago. Dr. Fung has been using variations on a theme of caloric restriction to reverse insulin resistance, normalize blood sugar, and get type-2 diabetics off many meds and live healthier and leaner lives. Type-2 diabetes has been repeatedly shown to be reversed by three ways: bariatric surgery, fasting and with keto-genic diets. What do they all have in common? Caloric restriction. Eating less calories and eating less sugars. These dietary changes rapidly move unhealthy fat out of the liver and pancreas. This often occurs within one to four weeks, long before huge amounts of weight have been lost. When fatty liver and pancreas begin to reverse, insulin resistance improves (IR). IR, says Dr. Fung, is the true cause of type-2 diabetes, not high blood sugars. Thus, one of the main goals in treating and possibly reversing type-2 diabetes is healing IR. Traditional diabetic care aims at lowering blood glucose. This is treating the symptom, not the root cause. Well performed studies have shown that tighter control of blood sugar in type-2 diabetics does not improve the health of these people and often increases all cause-mortality. At sensible times, eating less turns out to be part of eating wiser.

Feb 21, 2017

The earth is supersaturated with toxic chemicals, so our environment issues have entered into our health care problems and solutions. What we eat, how we get the bad stuff out of us, detox and better predictive blood tests to assess health, must all move mainstream. In fact, Dr. Jaffe shares that any person can go to betterlabtestsnow.com and order a new assessment compilation of tests called "8 predictive biomarkers, that reveal you your risk of illness within the next 10 years much more accurately than typical yearly blood tests. Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 Md's in interpreting these tests and in his next talk will let us know how to get a hold of one these docs.

Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and regulatory physician at the NIH and was a "Doubting Thomas" about functional medicine. He heard of a Chinese acupuncturist getting much better results than typical Md's, so he traveled to Boston to see for himself. He ended up being a personal student of this doctor for an intensive 8-year program and then went much deeper into alternative and nutritional care.

A few examples of his many contributions to molecular biology and clinical diagnostics include:

  1. Early colon cancer detection tests 
  2. Predictive tests of cardiovascular health and function based on changes in blood clotting and systemic repair status.

Once he got the bug, Dr. J dove deeper into integrative care (combing functional and allopathic care together) so he has the privilege of contributing to the “birth” of modern integrative medicine.  He's published over 100 articles. He trains other Md's and has contributed to both practical contributions to clinical medicine as well as to healthcare policy. Dr. J. says he gave Dr. Berkson's Hormone Deception book (one of the 1st breakthrough books on hormone disruptors) to many regulatory folks at the NIH. He credits three women with major impact on environmental perspective and healthcare: Rachel Carson, Dr. Theo Coburn and Dr. Berkson. But Dr. J feels that Berkson had the courage to publish about detox before others, and now he too feels that detox must move mainstream. His daughter's godfather is the Dalai Lama and he was recorded surrounded by Tibetan pray flags, and with wind chimes humming... so this is a fascinating, pragmatic and inspiring radio show.

Feb 10, 2017

Dr. Berkson shares science-based steps to protect the glia cells in your brain that "feed" and "protect" brain and central nervous system nerves (neurons). If glia cells age, we age. Protecting glia cells is demonstrated to slow down brain aging, which is the real deal in achieving effective anti-aging. Berkson goes through what glia cells are, how they have been identified in corpse research to protect the brain as they do. She shares exact steps you can add into your daily life to keep your brain healthier, younger and more cognitively fit by care-taking these brain-supportive cells. Dr. Berkson explains "autophagy" and it's role with glia cells. She gives tips on tamping down unhealthy neuroinflammation (brain on fire) to reduce brain issues from migraines and brain fog to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Learn the one healthy and tasty food shown to reboot anti-cancer stem cells as well a glial function. Be amazed at Nrf2 activators that you can have in your fridge and meals as well as which turmeric compounds are 80% absorbable compared to only 8%. Learn what exercise has to do with your testosterone levels and hippocampal brain health, and more!

Feb 3, 2017

DR STEPHANIE SENEFF Senior Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Dr. Seneff explores the intersection between biology and computation, with an emphasis on human health and the environment. Dr. S discusses on this show: toxic chemicals causing micro-nutrient deficiencies, such as pesticides making us manganese deficient which then promotes mitochondrial dysfunction, autism and even cognitive decline. Dr. S. goes into depth on glyphosphates (Roundup) as being a pivotal cause of the rise of autism spectrum, gluten issues, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ALS, and even supports a new perspective of adverse consequences of vaccines. Dr. Seneff explains that non-veggie gel capsules of most supplements contains robust levels of Roundup as it is fed to the animal sources these capsules come from. Dr. Seneff is especially interested in combating diseases with wise, organic food choices. She shares what she eats (or rather her husband cooks, lucky duck). Seneff says that sulfur doesn't get enough respect. It is our micronutrient, hormonal and neurotransmitter Uber, transporting and maintaining healthy reserves of nutrients throughout the body. Dr. Seneff has authored 24 peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics. She's been called a controversial scientist and a genius. Seneff and Berkson go at a speed that requires you to have full focus, inspires awe, enjoyment and lots of helpful info. She explains that Roundup might be the main reason why the US has astronomical health care costs. Glyphosate gets into proteins, by mistake, in place of glycine. This has huge adverse consequences throughout the body, damaging methylation, rinsing folate out of tissues, and partially explains the epidemic in opioid drug abuse. This chemical is scattered throughout your supermarket cart, in your your kid's crackers, cereals, and even inorganic garbanzo beans. Listen and really learn!

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