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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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May 24, 2017

Can your home be making you ill? Paula Baker-Laporte is one of the top 10 “Healthy Home” architects in the world. Green homes are not equal to the standards of healthy homes. Green homes are more about energy efficiency. Healthy homes are about what building materials are used, how the home uses nature, and how the home can function alongside its inhabitants; all considerations, which promote health rather than illness. Learn what issues lurk inside most conventional constructed houses. It’s shocking. And discover a brand-new world of healthy homes that bring nature inside to be your roommate.

Some people are chronically ill due to construction materials that out-gas, or supplies that are breeding grounds for mold, or conditions that expose us to continual unhealthy electromagnetic fields. Discover exact steps you can take to assess and improve your present home to make it safer. Did you know that your home can be built to turn off the electrical grid while you sleep, so your body can do the house cleaning, detoxing and cancer-fighting it is designed to perform during the night? 

Paula discusses how she went from a conventional architect to a “shape-shifter” in her field. Her and her husband, Robert Laporte, also an architect extraordinaire, now train other architects in what they have named, “Building Biology”. Building biology creates as much “nature” inside your home as possible. Learn about “earth-coupling” and how this can be applied to your new home or aspects of it to your existing one. 

On this show Berkson and Baker-Laporte discuss how to keep a forced air heating system less damaging to your family’s health. Duct systems are a perfect breeding ground for pathogenic mold, so you need to know this if you have a forced air furnace, which most of us do. Learn where else mold tends to breed and what you can do about it. Learn several of the top most dangerous aspects of most of American houses, and how you can protect yourself and your family.

This is a power-packed show on diverse aspects that most of us never consider, surrounding our most sacred space, our very own home. Many builders don’t consider these ramifications and potential dangers either. Very few builders, construction workers or even architects are versed in how to build really healthy homes. Thus this has become Paula’s very important life’s work.

The fact is, homes can make humans ill. This is also not often considered when you trek from doctor to doctor for your chronic illness that seems to evade all remission interventions. This is critical information for all of us.

When building a new home, or assessing your present one, Paula encourages a “team-effort” between your functional medical practitioners, yourself and Laporte’s team. Their team is called Eco-Nest. Paula is passing this critical information foreword. She and her husband hold yearly courses in Santa Fe at a conference center for interested architects and aspiring homeowners. The conference center in the capital of New Mexico was one of the only places that was okay with turning off the Wi-Fi and electricity while the attendees slept, and also serving completely organic food. 

I used to live in Santa Fe. That is where Paula and I became colleagues and girlfriends. Walking into one of Paula’s homes is like walking into a ancient church in some beautiful Italian town. It’s quiet. It feels safe. It feels solid. It exudes serenity. It’s all the terms wrapped up and applying to “sacred”. It is so palpable, the peace and the stillness and the welcoming energy, but it’s hard to appreciate if you haven’t spent time in a completely healthy home built entirely without conventional materials and only using natural ones like clay and oil. It’s honestly amazing, and I’m not just saying this because Paula is someone I love and respect. It’s completely the truth. Once you have walked into a completely eco-built home, you become stunned by the contrast when you go back to a conventionally built residence. It’s flabbergasting.

Eco-next gives the utmost attention to detail. Their work and their message is the tip of the iceberg of the home building industry. I remember when a water filter was not as commonplace as it is now. When I wrote Hormone Deception, I helped a water company in Santa Fe design the first “whole house” water filter, which makes much more sense, because we inhale more water inside our homes than drink it. But whole house water filters have not yet gone mainstream. Either have healthy homes. But Paula is a visionary leading this necessary way.

This is a game-changing show. You will never think the same way again, when going to buy a home or keeping your present one safe. Here are the links to Paula’s three books, her company and her teaching programs.

Websites: https://www.econesthomes.com/  www.paulabakerlaporte.com/

Book Links on Amazon: 

"The EcoNest Home"    https://www.amazon.com/EcoNest-Home-Designing-Building-Light/dp/086571777X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1494015717&sr=8-4&keywords=paula+baker-laporte

"Prescriptions for a Healthy House"  https://www.amazon.com/Prescriptions-Healthy-House-Paula-Baker-Laporte/dp/189740820X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494015717&sr=8-1&keywords=paula+baker-laporte

"EcoNest"    https://www.amazon.com/EcoNest-Creating-Sustainable-Sanctuaries-Timber/dp/158685691X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1494015717&sr=8-3&keywords=paula+baker-laporte

Links to International Institute for Building Biology & Ecology:  http://hbelc.org/

Classes Paula teaches: 

IBE 213: Building Physics/Building Biology: http://hbelc.org/seminars/natural 

IBE 215: Design for Health http://hbelc.org/seminars/design-for-health

Related podcasts: Dr. Pizzarno, Dr. Crinnion.

May 16, 2017

Carol L. Roberts MD. The scientific dope on dope! Marijuana, it’s history, medical application, and controversies. Who should use it and exactly how. What combination of its components, THC and CBD, work best, and why? Dr. Roberts graduated as a medical doctor from Harvard University. Roberts began her career as an ENT surgeon who started to question why many patients did not get permanently well. After giving up surgery for ten years of emergency medicine, Dr. Roberts became a functional medicine physician. She elucidates why she left straight medicine to get a larger doctor’s bag. She opened up a large office in a home and had at one time a staff of almost fifty employees. She had her own radio show and ran grand rounds at a medical school (where she kindly invited Berkson one year). Roberts eventually practiced in tandem with the well-recognized neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter (Author of Grain Brain). 

Dr. Roberts is fiercely smart, science-based and now puts her laser-focus on the clinical applications of marijuana. She highlights its use for chronic cases that historically have not had many or any answers. Examples are severe chronic pain, essential tremors, insomnia, neurodegenerative diseases and even some terminal cases of cancer.  

Roberts gives a detailed history of this herb. Did you know our founding fathers grew hemp and used it as paper for some of our earlier famous written laws? Dr. Roberts goes into dosages and diverse delivery routes. She shares case histories of application for tremors, anxiety and even shares a case study of a lung cancer patient who was dying and now is in healthy remission. 

This is a show that will have you never pondering “Mary Jane” in the same way again. Roberts also touches on post head trauma, how to minimize consequential deficiencies, epilepsy and much more. 

Dr. Robert’s sees patients at The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine in Naples, Florida. She and Berkson are riverboat buddies. Both docs download lots of learning about this shocking form of herbal medicine, so be prepared to have a larger brain.  

Good Medicine: return to common sense by Dr. Roberts, buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Medicine-Return-Common-Sense/dp/0977931625

Hughes Center For Functional Medicine: https://hughescenternaples.com/

May 11, 2017

Embryo Donation and Adoption and Snowflake babies. This is a podcast about options. Having more options for yourself and/or gifting more options to others. Kimberly Tyson is from Snowflakes, the first embryo donation and adoption company in the world. Nightlight® Christian Adoptions had already been finding forever families for children since 1959 through domestic, international and foster adoption services.  In 1997 they took this to another level for so many to make their dreams come true. Nightlight established the world’s first human embryo adoption program, the Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program. By applying the best practices of adoption to embryo adoption, families with remaining frozen embryos are able to select a family who will adopt their embryos and then hopefully give birth to their adopted child.  In 2017 Snowflakes celebrates its 20th anniversary and the births of over 500 Snowflake babies. If this show might help you or those you love, share it and pass it forward. Fascinating and pragmatic to the max, this show may change the lives of many. www.Snowflakes.org  www.EmbryoAdoption.org Kimberly Tyson, Marketing and Program Director 970-663-6799  info@snowflakes.org

May 1, 2017

If exercise were a pill, we’d want to put it in our water. If it were a drug, we’d want a lifetime prescription. Berkson reviews three studies that drive home this amazing link between “moving more” and “dying later.” One study looked at the exercise habits of 55,000 adults who were monitored for mortality outcomes over 15 years. It was found that overall, runners lived an average of 3 years longer compared to persons who did not exercise at all. By now you are probably thinking that you hate to run or you can’t run, but more research revealed that ANY kind of motion for almost any period of time, slows down the Mack Truck of Aging.

A second study found that all forms of activity—low, medium, and high intensity, for short stints, one to two days a week, or more intensity with longer duration—reduced premature death from “all” causes and reduced the risk of getting various cancers. Even "weekend warriors", who work out once to twice a week for 75 to 150 minutes total, get longevity and cancer protections benefits.

A third publication found that regular exercise was just as effective as preventing death as drug interventions for patients with coronary heart disease, pre-diabetes, and other health conditions. In fact, with post-stroke individuals, consistent exercise was even MORE effective than just prescribing the appropriate drugs. 

The moral of this story: Move it or lose it . . . years off your life, that is. Longevity, not poetry, in motion!

 

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