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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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Jun 29, 2017

Wendy Myers is known as the “Detox Guru”. In this show we go into detox in step-by-step detail and show how heavy metal toxicity is linked to severe fatigue and hormonal issues, which is why detox is a critical answer for many who are not getting well by typical medical interventions. Wendy is the founder of Liveto110.com and MineralPower.com, which both emphasize toxic metal and mineral-testing protocols with individualized detox and mineral replacement programs to overcome fatigue and reverse diverse illnesses. Wendy recently had Dr. Joseph Mercola on her podcast and is presently treating him with her unique combination of individualized detox protocols along with the NES Bioenergetic programs. Meyers consults internationally out of Los Angeles, Ca. Meyers wrote the #1 best seller: Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. She uses “hair mineral analysis” and other functional tests to design customized programs to treat severe fatigue, resistant weight problems and hormonal imbalances. These protocols are especially helpful to regain energy, improve cognition, and balance adrenal and thyroid function. Meyer’s body of research can be found on her hundreds of articles on her websites. In 2018, she is launching the Detox Institute to teach practitioners how to properly use and interpret toxic metal hair, stool and urine tests. Heavy metal toxicity is an unappreciated major cause of various serious illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Wendy discusses her favorite detox protocols and gives her favorite simple tips. She gives details about how she uses “info-ceuticals.” Metals make mitochondria dysfunctional. Mitochondria are where human energy is produced.  Mitochondria require enzymes. These enzymes use nutrients to “feed” Krebs cycle activities that produce energy (ATP). Heavy metals block these enzymes and thus paralyze mitochondrial energy production. Part of rebooting energy is clearing heavy metals out of mitochondria and replacing the with specific minerals. Wendy explains the mercury toxicity link to hormonal issues from PCOS to miscarriage and also discusses how lead disrupts healthy estrogen signaling. Wendy has kindly made a great offer for YOU. She is giving away free eBooks for my listeners at this address https://liveto110.com/free  This was a super show on everything you wanted to know about detox but didn’t know who to ask.

Jun 20, 2017

Dr. Daniel Ruan Surgeon discussing, “One of the Most Undiagnosed Deadly Diseases." Only “fixed” by a 20-minute surgical procedure. It is too often undiagnosed and missed, even by well-intentioned doctors. This disease is primary hyperparathyroidism. 

Common symptoms of primary hyperparathyroidism are: fatigue, feeling older than your chronological age, chronic heart burn, aches and pains, brain fog, personality changes such as increased irritability, depression, lack of motivation, insomnia and even feeling hopeless. But, it can occur without any symptoms, too.

Primary hyperparathyroidism is commonly linked (signs) to bone loss, kidney stones, pancreatitis, irregular heart beats severe esophageal reflux. It’s diagnosed, ideally, by elevated blood calcium levels, anywhere in the 10’s of mg/dL. If your blood calcium comes back at 10.2 on a regular basis, but your doctor says that’s normal.  After listening to this show you will understand the nuances of diagnosing this serious health issue, probably better than your doctor.

Any person who gets kidney stones, has bone loss, chronic reflux, or even a single case of pancreatitis, should be evaluated for this condition—primary hyperparathyroidism. But, alas, this life-threatening disorder often goes undiagnosed even by your trusty doctor and endocrinologist. There is a lot of misunderstanding out in the clinical trenches surrounding this disease. This includes diagnosis as well as treatment. But this show clears the air on every single level so you will achieve a grounded understanding of this condition by the end of this hour. 

What exactly is primary hyperparathyroidism? It’s when a benign tumor grows on one or more of four tiny glands that surround your thyroid gland. Since “para” means “to surround”, and these glands are located around your thyroid gland, which sits like a bow-tie organ at the base of your throat, these glands are labeled your parathyroid glands. You have four of them. But these glands have nothing to do with your thyroid functioning. 

Parathyroid glands rule your calcium dynamics. Calcium’s actions are famous for being linked to bone health. But calcium’s influence is much more global than only bone formation. Calcium dictates the entire electrical circuitry throughout your body. Thus when calcium, which should be very tightly controlled in the blood, goes too high or too low, many diverse symptoms can occur. 

In hyperparathyroidism, one or more parathyroid glands become over-active. They secrete excessive amounts of parathyroid hormone. This makes blood calcium levels go too high. In the 10’s. A children has fast growing bone, so kids and young adults can safely have calcium levels in the 10’s. But not once we become adults. 

Elevated blood levels of calcium are a deadly scenario. Calcium can get clogged in brain tissue, causing cognitive issues. Calcium is pulled out of the bones and can deposit in the heart, in blood vessels, in the kidneys, and in other organs, causing early aging and premature organ damage and even premature death. Calcium is a signaling molecule in the cells that secrete stomach acid (parietal cells) so there can commonly be severe reflux. 

The patient may be put on anti-depressants, antacids, go through multiple kidney stone procedures, and trek from psychologist to psychiatrist trying to figure out why they feel so gloomy and forlorn. When all the while it may be an insidious silent condition that is only treated by a short and non-invasive small incision in the throat under twilight to removed the “offending” non-cancerous (but deadly) tumor.

Yet, very few surgeons are trained in this minimally invasive technique designed by Dr. James Norman, the head of the Norman Parathyroid Center on the 6th floor of the Tampa General Hospital, nicknamed the “Parathyroid Palace”. This is where Dr. Ruan is part of this amazing, one of a kind, surgical team. There is no other surgical clinic in the world that only deals with parathyroid disease. Every staff member knows all there is to know about these four glands, the parathyroid's. No other surgical center focuses only on these endocrine organs alone.

Berkson has referred many patients to the Norman clinic, where Dr. Ruan came to be one of their highly trained surgeons after already being a surgeon at the prestigious Harvard Medical Center for eight years. Berkson has shadowed the surgeons at this center and knows first hand how life-saving this diagnosis and simple surgery can be. And we also discuss how too easily the patient can miss being appropriately diagnosed, or be wrongly diagnosed, or even go through a surgery that leaves them worse off or doesn’t address all the involved glands. 

There are a lot of surgeons out in the wild who do not have the experiential base to thoroughly assess and treat this often misunderstood issue: primary hyperparathyroidism.

Dr. Ruan shares his most striking cases. One woman was catatonic and couldn’t speak and within hours of the tumor on her parathyroid gland being removed, she could talk for the first time in a long while. One person was wheel chair bound for an extended time, yet by the second day after surgery with Dr. Ruan, they were walking!

This short surgery can be so life altering that Dr. Ruan became a bit teary-eyed while sharing these experiences. This show is touching and oh so informative. 

One of the huge take-homes from this amazing show is how easy it is to go to good doctors and great community surgeons and still not get the best care or even the accurate diagnosis. Berkson and Ruan detail all the issues to carefully watch out for to protect yourself and those you love. Remember, no one will ever care about your health as much as you will. 

This show gives life saving information on a too poorly understood issue that many doctors don’t catch. Yet it can make someone loose years off their life. This is a must- hear and must-share show! 

Related links: http://www.parathyroid.com/Dr.Norman.htm

Jun 9, 2017

Dr. Moss is a retired dentist who has devoted his life to nutrition and now has a doctor’s nutrient company, a global newsletter, and lectures worldwide. On this show Drs. Berkson and Moss discuss the pitfalls and unknown issues surrounding methylation and MTHFR. You’ll learn what exactly is methylation and why should you care. You’ll understand its purpose inside every human body. You’ll be able to know beyond a doubt, what is a polymorphism? What is the MTHFR polymorphism? And by the end of the this show, you’ll  appreciate the controversies surrounding MTHFR polymorphisms, and safe steps to protect yourself and those you love.

Jun 1, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Gruber. Major architect of Obama Care Act (he also wrote the Romney Care Act and Single Payer Vermont Legislation). We live in confusing times, especially surrounding health care policy. It’s difficult to understand the realities of health care legislation, especially since elected polarized representatives report highly conflicting facts about the differences between ObamaCare and Repeal and Replace.

I invited Dr. Gruber, a co-architect of ObamaCare, to come on the show to discuss the differences between these bills and how you and I can better protect ourselves or understand potential choices.

Dr. Jonathan Gruber was a top adviser on our present health care legislation that goes by various names such as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or, colloquially, Obamacare.

For much of his career, Dr. Gruber has been crafting public health policy. He was a key architect of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, often referred to as "Romneycare" and he also crafted and advocated for the “Single-Payer and Unified Health System” bill in Vermont. There has been some controversy over Gruber’s choice of words, but none about his being one of the most agile economic health thinkers of our times.

Dr. Gruber compares ObamaCare to Repeal and Replace as well as single payer health care systems. We discuss the original intentions of Obama Care and why there have been issues with it. Scoring of legislation, called a Congressional Budget Office analysis, it’s acronym—CBO, is explained.

If you want any new health legislation to retain any of the above, or address issues that none have done so far, or remove aspects you don’t agree with, please contact your local representatives and send them an email or call their office.

We live in a time where town meetings and single voices are being heard and can make a difference!

I asked Dr. Gruber to guide my readers to articles to better understand the new repeal and replace and Dr. G kindly supplied these links: http://fortune.com/2017/05/04/obamacare-repeal-vote-how-many-ahca-trumpcare-bill-american-health-care-act-pre-existing-conditions/

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/policy-dose/articles/2017-03-09/the-gop-goes-grinch-in-its-obamacare-repeal-plan

Dr. Gruber has a new 100 page comic book out that summarizes his understandings of these issues in an easy to read manner that you can buy right here. https://www.amazon.com/Health-Care-Reform-Necessary-Works/dp/0809053977/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494695154&sr=8-1&keywords=jonathan+gruber

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