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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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Mar 21, 2020

We are at war with the virus that causes the new viral illness, COVID-19.

In this show you hear Dr. Berkson’s theory on the “Gaia Principal” and taking a look at “root cause” of escalating pandemics.

In this show you learn:

  • Four portals of entry of the coronavirus.
  • Suggested tools for prevention in high-risk and low-risk persons.
  • Suggestions for once infected.
  • What is a virus is.
  • Discussion and controversy on this virus and NSAIDs.
  • The main time-frame for human pandemics and how many have died.
  • How pandemics are increasing.
  • What this means for Mother Earth and for each one of us.
  • Why we need to prioritize values of “humanity” and “future generations” more than money and power.
  • Issues with kits, government response, fatality rates and why.

And There Is More!

You will hear exact steps to “flatten the curve” (todays COVID-19 mantra) with specific ways to maintain your immunity.

You learn what sugar does to your immune system and for how long.

We share specific dosages of anti-viral nutrients.

You will hear the names of two new promising drugs that may help halt this coronavirus, and how the underlying mechanism of how they work overlaps with melatonin.

How melatonin may be a critical player to help you stay well.. and why. (I wrote an entire chapter on melatonin in my book, Safe Hormones, Smart Women.)

How the virus binds to ACE2 and the controversy of ACE2 receptors and hypertensive medications.

Remember:

Stay calm. The stress hormone cortisol is immunosuppressive.

We are being asked by the “isness” of this viral reality to live “community” consciousness more than “personal”.

We are all in this together.

Let’s get the message right.

Let’s support the leaders that tell the truth, not manage the truth.

Take Note:

Twenty-percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths so far have been aged 20 to 64. Kids can get it. They may not die but may be at risk of permanent tissue damage. You can have the virus without symptoms or only digestive ones.

Learn how viruses have consciousness and evolve just like we do. Thus, symptoms and treatments may do the same. 

You will learn the “two aspects” of this virus that make it different than what humanity’s immune systems have seen before.

This dangerous virus is here for a while, but our fates are not locked in.

In this show you learn how to take more mastery of your fate.

Want More?

Go here to read Dr. Berkson’s in-depth article on COVID-19: how the virus acts and integrative natural answers. https://drlindseyberkson.com/coronavirus-update-integrative-natural-answers/

References: 

See my in-depth article on Coronavirus for an indepth listing of my sources. In addition, some background facts came from The Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) WHO-China-Final-COVID-19-report.

Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Berkson interviews Lisa Tamati about the incredible story told in her new book, “Relentless,” of never giving up and healing from brain injury. Lisa’s mom had a stroke and aneurysm both within 3 days and was given a few weeks to live. But Lisa would not take “no” for an answer.

In ingenious manners, Lisa had her mother go on  hyperbaric oxygen treatments, nutrients and medications. All these boost brain function to return after devastating injury.

Lisa kindly put together a list for our show notes (thanks Lisa!) with all kinds of action-steps, nutrients and even off-label use of meds to help brain trauma patients:

Lisa feels that, “Everyone who has had a brain injury would benefit from:”

  • A sleep apnea assessment. 
  • Hyperbaric oxygen tank treatments
  • Exercise to increase BDNF, preferably high intensity interval training
  • Get Pituitary gland checked - hormone production can be impaired by brain injury which can lead to many secondary problems 
  • Brain exercises - challenging the brain all the time 
  • Get thyroid checked as this can be affected 
  • Infrared laser therapy - Photo biomodulation - go vielight.com use code Tamati at Checkout 10% discount on devices 

Brain Helpful Supplements:

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine acute dose 2 grams x 2  a day days 1 -4, days 5-7 1.5 gram x a day 
  • Fish oil with higher EPA to DHA (must be of highest quality, many oxidize if not processed properly)
  • Alternative to fish oil for omega 3 is spirulina (all around good omega supplement in high dosages (it’s a food not a supplement so can't overdo it ) the best on the market is energybits.com use code Lisa at checkout to get 20% off
  • Chlorella also from energy bits
  • MCT oil  (brain octane oil - Bulletproof  is probably the best)
  • Curcumin for inflammation 
  • Vitamin C for inflammation
  • Vitamin D 5000 IU/day 
  • Ashwagandha 
  • Bacopa Monniere 
  • N- Acetyl L-Tyrosine
  • Coenzyme Q10 
  • Citicholine 
  • Aniracetam (drug but very well tolerated and used for over 6 decades with virtually no side effects) and piracetam
  • Huperzine A 
  • Gota Kola
  • Panax Ginseng
  • Alpha GPC (1200mg initially) 
  • Acetyl L Carnitine 
  • Cordyceps Mushroom Extract 
  • Phosphatidylcholine 
  • Good quality extra virgin Olive Oil (oleic acid) 

Here’s more cool Lisa Tamati stuff:

Playlist of all Lisa’s mums videos that accompany the book so people can come along the journey at different stages with us. https://www.lisatamati.com/page/playlist/

Video of her mom learning to swim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6tqbaEHDlc

Lisa’s podcast: "Pushing the Limits" 

Lisa’s Facebook is @lisatamati and Instagram @lisatamati 

 

Lisa’s books – available on her website at www.lisatamati.com

Relentless available on her website at www.lisatamati.com 

Running Hot

Running to Extremes

Online running training club.

https://www.lisatamati.com/page/runningpage/

 

Lisa’s Mental Toughness and Emotional Resilience course 

https://www.lisatamati.com/page/mindsetuniversity/\

 

Lisa’s Epigenetics Testing Program 

https://www.lisatamati.com/page/epigenetics/

 

Mar 4, 2020

Be master of your mind rather than having your mind be master of you! As our culture and world gets more stimuli, more screen time, more job demands, our mindfulness and peace can suffer. 

In this show you learn:

  • What is mindfulness.
  • How mindfulness is like “falling in love” with the details that make up your life, rather than be overwhelmed by them.
  • Exact steps to practice it within minutes. 
  • How mindfulness can help you deal successfully with physical pain and negative emotions.
  • How negative emotions “lube” a groove into your survival brain while shutting down your higher executive brain. 
  • What breathing has to do with it.
  • Generation stress.
  • Recipe for peace: pay attention, say thank you, breathe.
  • And more.

Dr. Race started the Mindful Life Schools program which has helped over 50,000 children and many teachers learn mindfulness and create more happiness.

Kristen Race, Ph.D. is a parent of two young children, as well as an expert in child, family and school psychology. Dr. Race is the author of Mindful Parenting and founder of Mindful Life™. 

Dr. Race has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY, CNN, and Real Simple Magazine. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today and a TEDx speaker.

The effect of mindfulness is extremely pronounced. Yale scientists demonstrated (see citation below) that even when participants were subjected to high heat on their forearm, their brain responded as if it was experiencing normal temperature if they were practicing simple mindfulness techniques.

It is connecting to the present moment peacefully, gratefully and with NON-JUDGMENT.

In this show you learn the easy and effective technique of PBR:

  • Pause, 
  • Breathe, and 
  • Respond with Intention. 
  • Very cool! 
  • Works fast when practiced regularly.

Our judgments can rule us... making us vulnerable to anxiety, negativity and unhappiness. 

The good news is... we can learn to rule our judgments. 

With tools of mindfulness. This leads to awareness and to control over our mind and health.

Awareness of what rules us is a huge part of feeling healthier and happier. It rules how you act and react. And what you attract. 

It makes you comfy inside your body, brain and relationships.

Understand and practice awareness. 

This show guides you how!

Guest Resources & Links

Website:

Book:

Additional Reading:

Feb 24, 2020

Astrology is a system that looks at cycles of life using the language of planets. It’s about planetary energies that influence our personal personalities, temperament, challenges and strengths.

The practice of astrology has been around in various forms for thousands of years. The New Age movement of the 1960s and ’70s launched the New Age as the “Age of Aquarius”—the 2,000-year period after the Earth is said to move into the Aquarius sign.

People especially turn to spirituality and astrology during stress. Millennials and Gen Xers have been significantly more stressed than previous generations since 2012 and are embracing astrology with a huge hug.

Dr. Berkson met Alan Oken at a Holy Man Jam, where spiritual leaders converged to discuss the consciousness of planet earth.

Alan Oken was the Director of The Wisdom School (Santa Fe, NM), is co-founder of the Australian Institute for the Development of Consciousness and was Director of Esoteric Studies in Lisbon.

Alan is the author of a dozen titles, including Soul-Centered Astrology, Rulers of the Horoscope, and Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology.

In this personal yet general dialogue, you will learn:

  • Forecasting for 2020
  • Millennials
  • The New Spirituality
  • Which generation that will come forward to promote international peace.

Check out Alan at:

https://www.alanoken.com/

Feb 15, 2020

Many of us want love. But most of us have never learned the skills to get love, keep love and make love sustainable. Relationships are more complex today than ever before. In this warm and easy-listening interview you will hear how to approach love effectively and sanely and get the tools you need to enjoy love for years to come.

Maya Diamond is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and holds a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Maya was named one of the best life coaches in San Francisco by Expertise.com. In 2014, she was named one of the Best Relationship Experts in California by DatingAdvice.com

Maya’s dating advice has been featured on mindbodygreen.com and elephant journal.com, and she’s been a regular guest expert on the Brian Copeland Show on KGO-860 Radio in San Francisco.

Maya began “Empower Love” - a 4-month online course about attracting and sustaining healthy relational love. 

In this show, BOTH Men and women will learn:

  • Contemporary types of relationships such as monogamy, ethical non-monogamy, sapio-sexual, demi-sexual and more. 
  • Tools needed for making love stay.
  • How and why to avoid “Prana Suckers” (those that “drain” you rather then “replenish” you) 
  • Why you shouldn’t have intercourse on the first date.
  • Why half of marriages end in divorce.
  • How to re-wire your attachment skills. 
  • How to let go of unavailable men. 
  • How to unwind the addictive pattern that has you choose the wrong men. 
  • Finding, attracting and keeping your “best” partner.

Additional Resources & Links

Feb 10, 2020

Dr. Berkson interviews Dr. Veronique Desaulniers who specializes in guiding women through breast cancer. Up to 30% of cancers are not found by mammogram, but by self-palpation (do it yourself breast exams).

Dr. V—as she is respectfully known as—has a new product (Your Breast Friend) to help train women how to do effective and safe “self-breast exams”.

In this show you learn:

  • Current days statistics for breast cancer.
    • For women with breast cancer, 89.7 percent survive for five years after diagnosis. This survival rate includes all women with breast cancer regardless of the stage or subtype
    • The average 10-year survival rate is 83%.
    • If the cancer is located only in the breast, the 5-year survival rate of women with breast cancer is 99%.
    • Sixty-two percent (62%) of people with breast cancer are diagnosed with this stage.
  • V’s personal journey with breast cancer twice.
  • The Breast Cancer Conqueror movement
  • The 7 Essentials System™ for healing and preventing Breast Cancer?
  • How to do coffee enemas effectively.
  • How to use and order frozen wheatgrass juice to put into the coffee enemas.
  • Some quality immune boosting products.
  • Why supplementing with both vitamin D and vitamin K is best.
  • Your “Breast Friend Technology” so women can learn how to give themselves effective breast exams, which are the way both Dr. Berkson and Dr. Desaulniers discovered their cancers (just as this is the way many other women save their own lives, too)

Links for Dr. V, my breast friend, Wheatgrass and Biomat.

https://breastcancerconqueror.com/ 

 https://mybreastfriend.com/

http://www.dynamicgreens.com/?id=drv

http://drv.biomat.com/

 

Feb 3, 2020

Health food tends to run in trends. At the moment coconut is king. But just as we live in a material world with two sides to everything, it appears there may be a “shadow side” to coconut oil—for some patients.

You will learn Dr. Berkson’s conclusions from first hearing this at an A4M Anti-aging Gastroenterology module she was both a professor and student at, along with “sleuthing’ the science.

In this show you will learn:

  • What is intestinal permeability and why is “Goldilocks” just right permeability critical.
  • What is coconut fat and how is this saturated fat very different from animal saturated fat.
  • What is LPS and endotoxins.
  • How to test for LPS and which labs do it.
  • How different oils effect this.
  • How different oils effect how we absorb sugar from food.
  • Who should be very moderate if not avoid coconut oil and who doesn’t need to.
  • What might coconut oil do to the gut wall and what are the studies suggesting this.
  • What might coconut oil to the colonic microbiome and what are the studies suggesting this.
  • Where is the Department of Nutrition that 1st published a pig and now a human study looking at every hour, up to five hour, blood levels of endotoxins, after consuming coconut oil.
  • This does not reflect food.
  • This probably does not reflect MTC oils.
  • The gut and gut wall benefit of spore probiotics.
  • The role of dietary fats and fatty liver.

A few interesting citations:

Lipids Health Dis. 2016 Nov 5;15(1):186. Postprandial serum endotoxin in healthy humans is modulated by dietary fat in a randomized, controlled, cross-over study.

BMC genomics 19 (1), 808  2018 Nov 7 Differential Effects of Coconut Versus Soy Oil on Gut Microbiota Composition and Predicted Metabolic Function in Adult Mice

J Med Food 2019 Dec 3 Virgin Coconut Oil Associated With High-Fat Diet Induces Metabolic Dysfunctions, Adipose Inflammation, and Hepatic Lipid Accumulation

Influencia de la ingesta de aceites vegetales en la absorción intestinal de glucosa in vitro en hamster dorado [Influence of intake of vegetable oils on the in vitro intestinal absorption of glucose in golden hamsters]. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 1995;45(4):290–294.

 

 

 

Jan 27, 2020

Judith Fein has traveled all over the world. She has written and spoken about her travels in blogs, books, Tedx Talks and keynotes. Now, Judy writes about traveling between life and death.

In Judith’s newest book, How to Communicate With The Dead…and How It’s Done Around The World, you learn that death is not the end.

Judith shares with us how to safely and satisfyingly communicate across what is perceived as a curtain between life and death.  

In this show you learn:

  • How Judith first started communicating with her past mother and father
  • How people around the world communicate with the dead
  • What Judith thinks of life, death and spirituality
  • How you can use these tools in your own life
  • What this means for your sense of peace in you’re here and “now”

Judith Fein has contributed to 110 publications including the Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Hemispheres, Dallas Morning News, and AARP. 

Jan 20, 2020

This show is in honor of two amazing scientists that helped the world recognize the human threat of endocrine disrupting environmental chemicals.

Dr. Elizabeth (Buzzy) A. Guillet PhD and Dr. Louis Joseph Guillet PhD—lovers, married for decades, visionaries, scientists—and amazing! Both have been Dr. Berkson’s heroes and colleagues for many years.

Dr. “Buzzy” Guillett was the anthropologist who first took a look at what endocrine disruptors (environmental pollutants that mimic hormones) were doing to our children’s brains and our daughters breasts. Dr. Guillet and her husband, Dr. Lou Guillett, were instrumental in putting endocrine disruption on the scientific world’s radar.

They were the definition of the original power couple. This show honors both and is an amazing interview with Dr. Buzzy Guillet about their work.

Dr. Berkson worked with them at the Center For Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and interviewed them for Hormone Deception (available on Amazon second edition) over 25 years ago.

Dr. Lou sadly passed a few years ago from lymphoma. Many think this was due to all his years of work in the dirty waters of Lake Apopka in Florida where he did original alligator research. Dr. Louis Guillett was an active man, not averse to actual wrestling with reptiles to take blood samples or measure penile lengths!

Dr. Lou demonstrated that the alligators were getting feminized due to endocrine disruptors in the water. Now the lake has been cleaned and the male alligators are manly again, much due to Dr. Lou’s efforts.

Dr. Louis Joseph Guillette junior was professor at the Medical University of South Carolina’s obstetrics and gynecology department in Charleston. He worked alongside Ana Soto, Frederick vom Saal and Theo Colborn, when endocrine disruption was a radical and unproven hypothesis.

One of his most notable quotes was when Dr. Lou told a US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment in 1993 about sperm counts: “Every man sitting in this room today is half the man his grandfather was. And the question is: are our children going to be just half the men we are?” This quote lives on and Dr. Buzzy is part of carrying on the investigation and pursuit of awareness and answers.

Dr. Buzzy was a professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Buzzy spent years in Mexico studying the effects of pesticides on children’s thinking, brain development, hand-eye coordination, IQ and breast development.

I always thought Dr. Lou looked like a “he-man” that just stepped out of an Irish spring commercial. And I always looked toward their relationship and amazing contributions with a huge heart of admiration.

In this show you will learn:

  • How pesticides can adversely affect your children and what to do about them.
  • How Dr. G’s Mexico experiments demonstrated pesticides adverse effects on children’s brain development.
  • How Dr. Buzzy tracked the children and effects of pesticides in food and in bug sprays, for many years.
  • Why many of today’s young boys are being feminized, even having early fat pads similar to older women.
  • How endocrine disruptors are effecting puberty timing.
  • How our dirty planet is effecting our kid’s IQ and what this means for their future and humanity’s future.
  • What we can do to protect ourselves.
  • Which foods have the most endocrine disruptors to avoid.
  • How she and Lou got into all this and stayed together as an amazing couple for many years.
  • And much more.

This is a must not miss show as endocrine disruptors have been called “the third major threat to humanity’ after nuclear war and global warming! And Dr. Buzzy Guillet helped scientists and humanity understand all this.

Jan 13, 2020

David Brownstein, M.D. is a Board-Certified family physician and one of the foremost practitioners and speakers of holistic medicine.

Dr. Brownstein has practiced holistic medicine for 25 years, has 16 books out, many of them best-sellers.

In this dynamic and personal dialogue between two colleagues and dear friends,  you will learn:

  • What are the most accurate ways to assess cholesterol.
  • What are ideal cholesterol levels.
  • Why do cardiologists recommend statins when the statistical science is so poor.
  • Statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol XL), lovastatin (Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor, Ezallor) and simvastatin (Zocor, FloLipid).
  • Learn the most common side effects and the underlying mechanisms.
  • Statins increase calcium score numbers: what this is and why you should care.
  • Relative versus accurate statistical significance.
  • The role of thyroid and hormones in heart health.
  • Thyroid resistance, what it is, what labs look like and how you treat it .
  • How Dr. Brownstein trains medical students to learn this information.
  • And more!

Links:

https://www.drbrownstein.com/

https://www.drbrownstein.com/blog/

https://www.drbrownstein.com/store/

References:

  • The Statin Disaster Brownstein David
  • How statistical deception created the appearance that statins are safe and effective in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, 2015; 8 (2): 201 DOI: 10.1586/17512433.2015.1012494
Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Berkson speaks on the “re-analysis” of the Women’s Health Initiative—a 19-year follow-up— presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on December 13, 2019.

(* See abstract below for details).

In this show, estrogen gets a “reframe”.

You learn:

How estrogen protects against breast cancer incidence

How estrogen protects against all-cause mortality (death from all causes).

How estrogen protects many tissues, especially our energy organelles: mitochondria.

You learn how best to take estrogen therapy, optimal timing of initiation, benefits, and theories as to why estrogen is breast cancer protective more than breast cancer dangerous.

 

Did you know estrogen has been historically used to treat breast cancer!

Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski is the principal investigator in this new re-analysis. Asked if this new data should influence current guidelines on menopausal hormone therapy? Dr. Chlebowski says, "Yes, I would hope so!”

Dr. Berkson will be writing a blog on “Estrogen Vindicated” that you can soon find at drlindseyberkson.com in the blog section.

Don’t miss out on the most potent anti-aging tools we have: hormones. And one of the most breast, brain and life protective… is estrogen. God bless her!

Happy New Year’s 2020!!!

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