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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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Mar 28, 2017
Swami (Steve Bhaerman) is a "cosmic comic" who has been doing comedy about consciousness and enlightenment for 30 years, and making a living at it! Humor is a critical pillar of health. Berkson attempts to insert human into many aspects of daily life with those she knows as well as strangers. Humor makes you open your spirit to that which you may not have considered. It can even be called "moment yoga" as it unites you with the "now". Berkson belongs to a toastmaster comedy club (Laughing Really Matters, Austin, TX) so she cherishes humor. Humor is not frivolous, it is a gift and a portal through which the universe laughs along with us. Humor makes pain and suffering a smaller font size. No one knows this better than Swami who has been making humor his focus his whole life. So talking with the Swami was a delight. He has lectured to universities, medical symposiums, health centers, and on and on. Swami co-authored a book on consciousness with the famous scientist Bruce Lipton and the book is now selling in 22 countries. So this Swami is both funny and serious at the same time. All effective good humor does this, too. This show is a walk on the wild side, to take a look at health from a refreshing and different perspective. The Swami consults one-on-one with those who want more humor in their life or lectures. You can sign up for a daily Swami humor and more. Check out these links to get more of the Swami:
 
Mar 21, 2017

Dr. Pizzorno and Dr. Berkson have been colleagues since the 1970's, so this discussion unfolds as rich in facts but sincerely warm-hearted between two long time natural healers. Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is a thought leader in functional medicine and is now a paradigm shifter in environmental medicine. Dr. Pizzorno was founding president of Bastyr University, one of the prestigious naturopathic colleagues in the US. 

Dr. Pizzorno has been practicing, teaching and guiding this naturopathic field since the 1970’s. Dr. P is also president of SaluGenecists, a company that develops tools for clinicians to discover root causes of disease and then be able to pick the best individualized effective treatments based on the patient’s personal physiology.

 Dr. P is also Editor-in-Chief of the well respected Integrative Medicine, A Clinician's Journal.  In this podcast Pizzorno and Berkson are discussing his new book The Toxin Solution. Too often, people can go through the trouble of performing detoxification protocols, but find themselves worse off afterwards by not doing the detox protocol right. What does this mean? There needs to be adequate "organ' preparation, effective identification of specific toxins and exact modalities to liberate them from hidden reserves, and most importantly, and effective clearing of these toxins out of the body. Too many detox programs liberate toxins but don't address these other components. People can go through all that effort and come out less well. Dr. Pizzorno shares, from a clinician's point of view, that many diseases can be completely eliminated, from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer's, by practitioner monitored in-depth detoxification protocols. And then of course, living more cleanly afterwards. Dr. P tells the mesmerizing story of the oil field workers that first got his attention and led to his research. He explains that the human body requires enzymes to perform cellular activities. Nutrients or nutritional supplements “feed” enzymes, while in contrast, most pharmaceuticals “kill” them. Natural answers such as detoxification methods make so much more sense in the long run to eliminate disease, rather than the use of medications that mostly address symptoms but don’t help or intend for the person to get over that disease. These doctors discussed side effects of some over the counter meds like acetaminophen. This rinses glutathione out of the body. Glutathione is a major supporter of detox enzymes. When this is rinsed out of the body, the body is at greater risk of disease, infections, and many worse things than the headaches you grabbed this medicine for in the first place. People who take acetaminophen regularly and live on a golf course, for example, have a harder time processing the chemicals used on the greens and are much more prone to serious health issues. We now live in a toxic soup. No one is immune. You cannot shop yourself out of this mess and regulatory actions can't happen fast enough. So as clinicians, we need, as Dr. Pizzorno emphasizes, to offer answers to help people get over serious illnesses once and for all. Often expensive meds have adverse serious side effects that, on top of the illness in the first place, make the person feel worse in the second place. And do not eradicate the illness. 

And more shocking is that many of these meds, at the physiology level, can actually make people worse, by rinsing out nutrients, damaging enzymes, blocking critical pathways, and more. Dr. Pizzorno loves to motorcycle with his wife Laura through the countrysides of the many places he is sought after to speak around the world. At Dr. Pizzorno's website, www.thetoxinsolution.com, he has provided a plethora of information to help you understand the critical role of how the toxin issue must be addressed by all of us. We can't keep putting our heads in the sand. For example, lactating mom's download 40 to 80% of their lifetime chemical load to their infants. This is contributing to increases in serious childhood illnesses. What’s one answer? Get tested and detoxed ideally prior to conception. Berkson has been calling for Green Pregnancy for years.  This warm, insightful and factoid filled discussion between colleagues and old friends, highlights that detoxification must move mainstream. Dr. Pizzorno’s book is a guide to show you how, but he recommends that you work with physicians who also know how. This shrinks the playing field. If you ask your regular doctor they will most likely not know about the role of toxicity in your health issues. As Roger Williams PhD used to say, “It’s human to be down on what you aren’t up on.” Get up on this amazing information on detox to stretch your understanding of its critical role in total healing. This podcast gives you a window into “this new medicine.”

Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Davis Lamson explains that much of regular cancer interventions, surgery, chemo and radiation, eradicate mostly "daughter" tumor cells, but rarely get all of the "cancer stem cells". These can live inside bone marrow or other places even when the tumor is at a distance. It is cancer stem cells that mostly "re-seed" new cancer cells initiating dreaded recurrences. Dr. Lamson has made it his career to search out peer-reviewed published, science-based agents (pharmaceutical, herbal and nutritional) that have been shown to kill cancer stem cells. This is a must hear show if you have or had cancer. Or you have a loved one that has cancer and is now in remission. Especially if they are reluctant to be more proactive. This show will give them motivation to take more steps to try to be as safe as they can be. Dr. Lamson explains why you need to address the state of your body that allowed a cancer to grow in the first place, and use healthy answers to reboot your health to try to succeed in not having the cancer return. 

Dr. Davis Lamson was an organic chemist before becoming a naturopath. He has taken his love of chemistry and applied it to studying diseases at the deepest molecular levels to explore what emergent natural and pharmaceutical tools might be used to promote healing. Dr. Lamson's main focus has been on autoimmunity and cancer. Dr. Lamson emphasizes that "remission management" is the true next step after going into remission, not merely waiting around to see if you are lucky... or not. Davis consulted Dr. Berkson when she had cancer 24 years ago. He told her back then that for the rest of her life her immune system should be her hobby. Now Dr. Lamson says he would rephrase it this way: Make your remission your hobby. In other words, don't hear the word "remission" and stop trying to help yourself. There is much more you can and should do. Dr. L. also discusses other underlying mechanisms that can contribute to cancer recurrences and suggests answers to address them. Dr. Lamson and Berkson rafted down the Grand Canyon together and they sprinkle memories of their 28 year friendship throughout this riveting show. 

Presently, Dr. Lamson practices at Tahoma Clinic in Tukwila, Washington (near Seattle). He has published over thirty-five research and review papers on hepatitis C, controlling MRSA, stimulating immune function, emphysema, autism, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux, kidney failure, autoimmunity, and various cancer-related topics. He has invented various natural protocols that are now used around the world by many functional medicine doctors.Dr. Lamson was Adjunct Faculty and coordinator of oncology education for 17 years at the Medical School of Bastyr University. He presently serves on the conference committee of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. If patients want a naturopathic physician board certified in complementary cancer care they can go to https://oncanp.org/ to find a doctor closest to them.       

Mar 10, 2017

Dr. Gaby discusses why and how he came to write Nutritional Medicine (Second Edition). This is an updated version of Nutritional Medicine (1st edition), which is a comprehensive textbook on the use of dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, and other natural substances for the prevention and treatment of more than 400 health conditions. Dr. Gaby is one of the world's foremost authorities on nutritional therapy. Dr. Gaby shares some of his favorite nutritional protocols from this work. This book has been widely acclaimed as the leading textbook in its field. It is meticulously documented and clearly written, combining an exhaustive review of the medical literature with Dr. Gaby's extensive clinical experience. While written for healthcare practitioners, it is also a valuable reference book for educated laypeople who are interested in viable alternatives to conventional medicine. "A landmark, a milestone in the history of 21st century medicine." - Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. "This is the single most valuable reference book on natural remedies I’ve ever come across." - Julian Whitaker, M.D. Berkson and Gaby have been close friends and colleagues for 39 years, "Dr. Gaby has spent his life researching the science behind natural answers and is respected for his nutritional acumen above most other physicians in the field." You won't want to miss this informational yet fun podcast as these docs chat like the dear friends they are.

Read sample chapters at www.doctorgaby.com

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Berkson highlights foods that help prevent primary and recurrent cancers. She emphasizes blue pigments in foods, like purple cabbage, purple carrots, purple cauliflower, radicchio, black rice, blueberries, blackberries, and more. Blue pigments are called anthocyanins and have been shown to fight daughter cancer cells and even cancer stem cells, which are the cells that create the highest risk of recurrence. Blue foods have been repeated shown in laboratory studies to kill ER+ breast cancer cells. Berkson discusses a rainbow diet filled with diverse polyphenolic protective compounds, as well as specific kinds of protective brassica (broccoli) family type foods. She busts the soy debate. 

Evidence clearly shows, beyond a doubt that women do not need to avoid whole "unprocessed" soy foods (if you oncologist told you this he or she does not know the well-replicated scientific literature that has put the soy issue at rest). Soy reduces risk of recurrence by up-regulating estrogen receptor beta signals linked to reducing cancer cell growth. But this is referring to organic non-GMO soy foods. Processed soy foods like hydrolyzed soy proteins and isolated flavones are linked to worsening cancer issues as they are “processed” foods, which act differently that whole natural unprocessed or fermented soy. Soy foods also have been found to help with weight reduction by replacing higher caloric and pro-inflammatory red meat meals. Berkson addresses the role of fat cells, adipocytes, on breast cancer, as well as vitamin C, melatonin, mushrooms, Vitamin D, and exercise. Chemo kills cancer cells but also damages affect gut wall cells that need to replace themselves almost twice a week and thus need vitamin A and folate for this healthy on-going cellular replication. Berkson points a finger at excess alcohol intake rampant in today's society as increasing risk of primary and recurrent cancers She discusses the role of oxytocin as a protector of breast tissue, attitude as a risk factor in post-cancer outcomes, and the toxic role that smoking plays in trying to stay remission free. Berkson discusses new laboratory research showing that inhaled resveratrol extract (an antimicrobial chemical substance produced by plants to protect against infection and stress) protects lung tissue against adverse effects of aging and disease. 

This suggests that grapes, red wine and resveratrol supplements are potential lung anti-aging agents and may also be helpful when trying to maintain remission. Berkson then focuses the spot light on omega-7 fatty acids to up-regulate anti-inflammatory genes that tamp down nasty inflammation, especially in the gut, and even in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. 

A Mayo study is presented, that was double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled run on 20 patients with ulcerative colitis. Macadamia extract, 720 mg/day of Cis-palmitoleic acid, was orally administered for 8 weeks and gut inflammation monitored before and after. The author's concluded that cis-palmitoleic acid as co- adjuvant therapy for 8 weeks decreased the inflammatory activity in the gut of UC patients and is a good adjunctive tool. Go here for Berkson's to die-for macadamia sugar-free sinful tasting raw and easy to make mac pudding that is high in omega-7 fatty acid and helps fight unhealthy inflammation —

https://drlindseyberkson.com/berksons-seed-only-muffins-with-mac-pudding-on-top/

There is a newly appreciated role for Magnesium and green veggies on heart health. Supplementation with magnesium was found to improve heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is the variation in the times between heartbeats. HRV reflects balance between signals to the heart from the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. It suggests how ZEN and healthy you heart is or is not.

Low HRV now appears to suggest a disruption in proper balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic signaling to the heart. This often occur secondary to a variety of increased stressors such as emotional stress or nutrient deficiencies, like insufficient magnesium inside the red blood cell (RBC magnesium). 

In this randomized, controlled, 90-day study, 400 mg of magnesium combined with strength-endurance training improved HRV. This study shows that magnesium supplementation can help persons with mental and physical stress as well as health conditions linked to insufficient magnesium such as heart disease, chronic pain, headaches, heart arrhythmias, restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, sleep disorders, or even depression. 

Olive oil helps your heart health, too. A Mediterranean diet, especially enriched with virgin olive oil, improves the functionality (how it works) of high-density lipoprotein, your good cholesterol,  even in patients at high risk for heart disease. 

A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil helps the body in diverse ways especially reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by:

-----removing excess cholesterol from arteries,

-----being a powerful antioxidant, and

-----keeping blood vessels stay more flexible and open (patent).


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Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 2017 Feb 9. doi: 10.23736/S1121-421X.17.02367-4. Effect of Cis-palmitoleic acid (an omega-7 fatty acid) supplementation on inflammation and expression of HNF4γ, HNF4α and IL-6 in patients with ulcerative colitis: a double-blind, randomized pilot study.

Fortschr Med. 2016;158(Suppl 6):12-6.

Mar 3, 2017

Russ Jaffe MD PhD CNS is one of the fathers of functional nutritional medicine. Initially Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and also worked in regulatory medicine at the NIH. He heard of some alternative practitioners getting better results than many medical interventions. Being a Doubting Thomas and proactive on "rhoids" he went to check it out. Dr. Jaffe saw the many results of alternative care, like acupuncture. Due to his agile mind and spiritual nature, within time Dr. Jaffe became a moving force in integrative medicine himself. On this show, Dr. Jaffe discusses the 8 predictive biomarkers that clearly identify future risk of disease.  These are available for self-ordering at betterlabtestsnow.comunder the label of predictive biomarkers. 

Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 doctors in interpreting these results. Dr. J. feels that these tests give much more practical information than the typical yearly blood panels run by many facilities. Dr. Jaffe helped begin the higher board nutrition certification called the CNS.  Dr. J speaks about how to eat healthier, live healthier and walk your talk to give a higher probability of a healthier future. In this podcast, as in the first, Dr. J. combines scientific word-smithing with spiritual acumen (the Dalai Lama is his daughter's godfather) and much more. Dr. Jaffe says that sophisticated testing and nutrition are the real tools to survive this toxic present 21st Century.

Mar 3, 2017

Russ Jaffe MD PhD CNS is one of the fathers of functional nutritional medicine. Initially Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and also worked in regulatory medicine at the NIH. He heard of some alternative practitioners getting better results than many medical interventions. Being a Doubting Thomas and proactive on "rhoids" he went to check it out. Dr. Jaffe saw the many results of alternative care, like acupuncture. Due to his agile mind and spiritual nature, within time Dr. Jaffe became a moving force in integrative medicine himself. On this show, Dr. Jaffe discusses the 8 predictive biomarkers that clearly identify future risk of disease.  These are available for self-ordering at betterlabtestsnow.comunder the label of predictive biomarkers. 

Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 doctors in interpreting these results. Dr. J. feels that these tests give much more practical information than the typical yearly blood panels run by many facilities. Dr. Jaffe helped begin the higher board nutrition certification called the CNS.  Dr. J speaks about how to eat healthier, live healthier and walk your talk to give a higher probability of a healthier future. In this podcast, as in the first, Dr. J. combines scientific word-smithing with spiritual acumen (the Dalai Lama is his daughter's godfather) and much more. Dr. Jaffe says that sophisticated testing and nutrition are the real tools to survive this toxic present 21st Century.

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