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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Oct 30, 2017

Kid Alert! Does Your Child Need An Entitlement Intervention? Especially before the holidays! Dr. Michael Wetter is a nationally recognized behavioral health expert who has written the new book that gives you all the answers about how you can raise kids that aren’t entitled and self-centered. 

Remember the song lyrics in the musical Bye Bye Birdie – “Kids, I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today!” That’s seem true forever. Most generations bemoan these sentiments. But today, we really have a generation of parents intimidated by their children. And we have a generation of kids that want more and more while not seeming to ever get enough.

Kids are our future. If our kids are entitled and narcissistic this does not bode well for our culture and planet, let alone a harmonious family life.

This show is a fascinating narrative about how to address specific situations to be able to raise your child to appreciate your efforts and be a humble human being, rather than becoming a black hole of consumerism, wanting more and more and always more.

How to know if you kid needs an entitlement intervention?

  • If your daughter’s 10th birthday party cost more than your wedding!
  • If your 4-year-old son starts shrieking if you don’t get him that toy car at the check-out!
  • If your 16-year-old expects a new car for their birthday !
  • If when talking with adults, your kid comes up to you both, and you ignore the adult and address all your focus on your kid!
  • If you put your spouse beneath your kid!
  • If your kids keep wanting more and more yet they are becoming more anxious, depressed and unhappy, even when they get all they want.

With the holidays on the horizon, most parents worry about how many gifts are enough to give their children.

How do we say NO to all their requests - often demands - for presents?

Many of us can’t stop ourselves from ordering that one extra thing from the catalog.  BUT HE WANTED THAT!  SHE WAS COUNTING ON IT!

You will learn about in these contentious political times, to teach your kids agreeable ways to disagree?

You’ll hear how to guide your kids to isn’t performing well in school how can I talk to him/her without being angry or showing disappointment?

You’ll learn specific steps to get your kids to take better care of their things – toys, iPhones, and clothes.

You‘ll hear exact steps for your children to not take everything you provide for them for granted.

You will learn how to instill gratitude.

How to deal with constant interruptions.

Why your kid expects you to drop everything when they need you and what to do about it.

When your kids has trouble with a task, they walk away from it and sulk, you’ll learn to-dos.

And you will appreciate that, “Teaching your kids to succeed means first teaching them how to fail!”

Michael G. Wetter also the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now. A nationally recognized behavioral health expert, Wetter is a diplomat and fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association and has served on the California State Licensing Board of Psychology.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. Wetter is on the clinical staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he has served as the Associate Director of Psychology at the Center for Weight Loss, as well as manager for General surgery, Plastic/Reconstructive surgery, and Bariatric surgery. He is a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, one of the only psychologists to receive such distinction.!/Michael-G-Wetter/9781616497170   

Oct 27, 2017

Dr. Sam Rahbar heads the Los Angeles Gastroenterology and Nutrition Center. Dr. Sam is one of the few gut docs that incorporates anti-aging & functional medicine together with an integrative holistic approach focused on digestive care. His practice embraces mind & body, lifestyle & nutrition, identifying and treating inflammation, infections, immune system issues, toxic burdens, allergies, hormone balancing, and most importantly, optimizing gut integrity.

There are not a lot of gut doctor’s like Rahbar. In this 1.5 hour in-depth show Dr. Sam shares a number of his rare clinical pearls.

Dr. Rahbar specializes in sleuthing out “stealth infections” that distract or occupy your immune system away from doing its main job, which is protecting your health, and especially your gut. Dr. Rahbar explains why he invented his new Pacific SIBO Breath testing to have more quality control (which many breath tests don’t have).

Dr. Rahbar won both the Patient’s Choice Award and the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award. Less than 3% to 5% of the nation’s physicians are given these honors, which are based on patient satisfaction, bedside manner, follow-up attention and effectiveness.

Berkson and Rahbar met when they lectured together at the A4M’s gut module training, part of the 2 year certification program for MDs to get board certified in functional natural medicine. Berkson and Rahbar share heart plus smart conversations to help you help your gut.

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Oct 24, 2017

Within your own life, are you committed, without being held hostage in an insane asylum? Are you homogenate through and through? What you see is what you get? Or are you one way at home and another way in public because you have hidden agendas. Agendas that secretly focus on “What’s in it for YOU” though you’d never in a million years admit this to ANYBODY.

Dr. Berkson deeply felt a huge need to do a show on authenticity.

What is it? What does it really look like? Why does it seem that today’s world has so little of it. Or maybe this has always been the condition of life on earth.  Perhaps due to social media, forced media and legal transparency, we are now realizing it?

It’s hard to know whom to trust.

What’s fake or real news? Who are the fake or real people? Angst fills the air of many communities. Around the world.

Americans are feeling the heat of multiple disasters on diverse fronts: hurricanes, fires, mass killings, polarized politics, possible invasion of democracy from outside forces, and possible unauthentic beats go on.

We see some amazing humanity. There were and continue to be hero’s in Houston, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico.

But there’s so much confusion as to what veracity roams our airways.

Life’s so confusing right now; it’s hard to not be confused inside ourselves.

Many of us, caught up in 24/7 speed, stress and pursuit, are cut off from our neck down. We overeat. Seek distractions. Sit more than move. Down pills to sleep and seek fast fixes for complex illnesses.

It’s not an easy path to know how to be ‘present’ within. To find our own authentic selves.

But to heal a serious illness, we are called upon to dig deep and get congruent with of all ourselves—body, mind and spirit. Or else we will be velcroed to a conveyor belt of meds, procedures and learned helplessness.

How do you show up in your life? Worrying how you are going to make more money, be safer, get all your ducks in a row? But this doesn’t include being mindful of your body, food, exercise, or avoiding the ever growing burden of toxins in today’s most polluted environments, which happens to be your very own homes and bathrooms and fridge.

What runs run big pharma, big medicine, and big politics, seems to always comes down to following the money.

Not authenticity.

But money is not what heals you. Knowledge in action does.

Finding your own sacred space and sacred self-love discipline, these are a must.

Allowing a renewed self love and commitment to flourish, is a must.

Not selfishness, but self love, is what it takes to get off the drug and disease merry-go-rounds.

Aren’t you tired of hypocrisy?

Berkson invited Dr. Jill Carnahan on the show to discuss authenticity. In medicine. In life. With her patients and herself.

A true hero’s example of authenticity is Dr. Jill’s inspiring story of healing herself from severe aggressive breast cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. It’s a story of self-honesty, discipline and motivation. From this deep well of experience Dr. Jill passes these passions foreword.

Drs. Berkson and Carnahan met at a gut module for A4M, a relicensing seminar for medical doctors. This weekend is part of an in-depth 2-year certification program in functional medicine for physicians. Berkson and Carnahan were both professors for the 100 docs in the audience.

Dr. Jill struck the audience with her authenticity and brilliance. In this show, you get to hear an in-depth inspiring dialogue about being real. And getting well no matter what disease you have.

Dr. Jill was diagnosed with severely aggressive breast cancer in her third year of medical school. The multiple chemotherapeutics caused gut damage. She developed Crohn’s disease. She was told that this was an incurable, life long situation. She should expect to ultimately lose part of her colon and perhaps even get cancer again, but this time in her colon.

15 years later Dr. Jill is cancer and Crohn’s free. She’s put about 100 Crohn’s patients into remission. As well as breast cancer patients.

This show gets down and real about the body’s ability to heal. What it takes. How to live like this. And why.

We discuss what’s at the core of today’s lack of authenticity.

You’ll learn about the role of the microbiota in health and disease. You’ll hear about “biomes” cross-talk. And how the Cleveland Clinic’s new research discovered the breast biome. And more.

Oct 19, 2017

Drs. Taylor and Berkson rafted down the Rogue River in Oregon decades ago. Today they raft through detox. Dr. Barry Taylor is one of the pioneering physicians in the US to take patients through intense and effective detoxes.

Dr. Taylor has taken 15,000 people through his guided detoxification programs called LOVE YOUR BODY programs. They help people improve their lives on all three levels: body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Taylor has been honing these courses for decades. They are also now available on line, see links below.

In this show, Dr. Taylor explains how he got personally involved on the detox journey. He also shares some of his more unusual cases.

Dr. Taylor is a Naturopathic Physician who was a Chief Consultant on Complementary Medicine for NBC News in New England. Dr. Taylor has been in practice for 4 decades.

Dr Taylor’s book LOVE YOUR BODY: YOUR PATH TO TRANSFORMATION, HEALTH & HEALING has received dozens of 5 star ratings on Amazon. It’s used by many functional medicine doctors to educate their patients about the core values and goals of natural healing.

Oct 5, 2017

Dr. Liz Lipski’s entire career has been focused on food. Dr. Lipski is a Professor and the Director of the Academic Development graduate nutrition programs at Maryland University’s Integrative Health. She holds a PhD in Clinical Nutrition with a specialization in Integrative Medicine. She teaches for the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine, the Metabolic Medicine Institute fellowship program and for medical physician certification programs for A4M. Liz also sits on the boards for Certified International Health Coaches. So Liz trains all kinds of professionals on the ins and outs of what is healthy eating and everything surrounding nourishment.

On this very dynamic and informative show, Dr. Liz explains why so many diets clash. She explains the base 80% similar core between all healthy diets. You’ll learn dietary basics so you can finally get unconfused about all things related to food.

You will hear about the exact diet that a famous medical doctor used to actually get rid of her severe multiple sclerosis diagnosis, once and for all. The power of food!

Berkson and Lipski discuss the differences between regular medicine and functional medicine. The example is migraine. Regular medicine treats all migraines the same, and offers similar meds. In contrast, functional nutritional experts start from the premise that there are diverse causes of migraines. So each patient needs to be explored for his or her individual root cause of his or her suffering. But the starting point is food.

You will learn exactly what are GMO foods, the varietals of GMOS, and why (and how) you want to avoid them. The conversation also explores Roundup, cottonseed oil versus other oils, glyphosate, eating out at restaurants, and the “is-ness” of today’s toxic world.

You will learn what is the ideal intake of daily veggies and fruits. And you will learn how Berkson and Lipski make this do-able in their daily menus, and how you can, too.

Berkson and Lipski have been colleagues for over 30 years. Their conversation is illuminating, relaxed and inspiring.

Dr. Lipski is published in peer reviewed journals including Nutrition in Clinical Practice and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and is the author of several books: Digestive WellnessThe Digestion ConnectionDigestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome. She is a contributing author for Integrative Gastroenterology.

Dr. Lipski has a mentoring program called Innovative Healing, where she offers webinar trainings for nutritionists, dietitians, and other clinicians. You can learn more about her related academic programs here: