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.


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.


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 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 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.

Video of her mom learning to swim:

Lisa’s podcast: "Pushing the Limits" 

Lisa’s Facebook is @lisatamati and Instagram @lisatamati 


Lisa’s books – available on her website at

Relentless available on her website at 

Running Hot

Running to Extremes

Online running training club.


Lisa’s Mental Toughness and Emotional Resilience course\


Lisa’s Epigenetics Testing Program


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



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:

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 In 2014, she was named one of the Best Relationship Experts in California by

Maya’s dating advice has been featured on and elephant, 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.


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!



  • 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 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!!!

Dec 6, 2019

Dr. Stephen Weiss is a regular family practice physician along with being fully trained as a classical homeopath. Dr. Weiss practices holistic/integrative medicine at Medicine 360 in Santa Fe NM.  Dr. Weiss has a special interest in spirituality- waking up and discovering the truth of who we are.

This is a gentle, calm show that enlightens you to:
•What is homeopathy?
•How does it work?
•How it is prescribed.
•Case reports that will amaze.
•How functional medicine merges with homeopathy.
•How functional medicine merges with a spiritual perspective.

Nov 29, 2019

Go to for an in-depth article on this topic.

When it’s fat or real estate, it’s all about location, location, location!

Where your fat is located on your body, affects your overall health, your brain structure and function, and even your ability to be mindful… or not.


In this show you learn plenty of facts and fiction about fat cells.


Fat has more functions than we thought.

  • Fat stores excess calories so you can mobilize the fat stores for energy when you need them.
  • Fat releases hormones that control metabolism (metabolism refers to how you burn calories as energy, or store calories as fat).
  • Fat protects organs.
  • Fat acts like Jekyll and Hyde depending on where it lives, what type of fat it is and how many of them are there.
  • Hormone altering chemicals love fat.  Pollutants that mascaraed as hormones, can hide inside fats cells making them act physiologically nasty. Dr. Bruce Blumberg has labeled these endocrine disruptors that especially make for unhealthy fat cells, obesogens.

Fat cares about location.


Not all fat is created equal. Where your fat “lives” modifies it’s function.

  • Visceral fat lives inside your gut surrounding your organs.
  • Subcutaneous fat lies under your skin.


Mounting evidence shows that fat lying deep within the abdomen is more perilous than the fat you can pinch with your fingers on your underarm, inner thigh and even on your belly just under your skin.

Fat that lives right underneath your skin, that feels relatively soft and that you can pinch between your fingers, is called subcutaneous fat.

In a healthy person, you should have a bit of fat under your skin that makes up a bout 90% of your fat stores.

The remaining 10% — called visceral or intra-abdominal fat —lies outside of your easy reach, beneath your firm abdominal wall. This fat fills the spaces surrounding abdominal organs like your liver, intestines, spleen and others. Visceral fact can also be found inside your omentum. This is an apron-like flap of tissue that lies under the belly muscles and blankets the intestines. The omentum gets harder and thicker as it fills with fat.

As women approach middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight increases often more than this happens in males.  Their belly enlarges. Fat storage starts to thicken the torso, fill up under the armpits, and thicken the waist, especially in the back.  


Even if you don't actually gain weight, your waistline can grow by inches as visceral fat pushes out against the abdominal wall.


Fat is biologically active. It releases hormones that affect our health.

Subcutaneous fat releases healthy hormones.

  1. Subcutaneous fat releases the hormone leptin. When leptin is released in optimal amounts, it acts on the brain to suppress appetite (to help you not over eat) and even helps burn stored fat throughout the body so you don’t get fat.
  2. Subcutaneous fat also releases adiponectin. Adiponectin protects the body against diabetes and heart disease by regulating how the body processes fats and sugars. Adiponectin also is a powerful anti-inflammatory molecule, especially protecting the linings of blood vessels.
    • Adiponectin is made a bit by visceral fat, too, as long as there isn’t too much of it. But adiponectin production falls severely as visceral fat volume increases.
    • As people become fatter, they make less adiponectin. This increases their risk of diabetes, heart disease, dementia and the list keeps growing.

Visceral fat cells, in comparison, secrete unhealthy molecules and hormones.

  1. Visceral produces proteins called cytokines. These can trigger and maintain low-levels of unhealthy inflammation. Excessive inflammation is an independent risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementias and other serious chronic conditions.
  2. Visceral fat also produces a precursor to angiotensin, a protein that causes blood vessels to constrict, blood pressure to rise, and increases the risk of stroke.
  3. Visceral fat sets the scene for insulin resistance, another risk factor for many diseases as well as symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, out of control hunger and brain fog.



How to tell if you have too much bad visceral fat?

  • If you have a pot belly you most like have excess visceral fat.
  • If you gut protrudes past your breasts.
  • If a woman’s waist is over 35 inches.
  • If a man’s wait is over 40 inches.

Your belly/your brain.

One study followed 6,500 members of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a large HMO (health maintenance organization), for an average of 36 years, from the time they were in their 40s until they were in their 70s. They tracked who got dementia, and compared this to their belly fat.

Those with the biggest bellies had the higher risk of dementia compared to people with smaller bellies. The link was true even for people with excess belly fat but overall of normal weight.

How does belly fat cause brain damage?

  1. Leptin: Excess belly fat can cause leptin malfunction. This can cause issues with cognition, memory and hunger control.
  2. RBP4: Researchers at Harvard have discovered that, compared with subcutaneous fat, visceral fat secretes larger amounts of retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4). Excesses of this molecule increase insulin resistance. As the volume of visceral fat increases, so do levels of RBP4.
  • This connection is so predictable, researchers are developing a blood test for RBP4 as a way for physicians to accurately measure an individual's amount of visceral fat.

Belly fat can be confusing. It can be both visceral and subcutaneous. It’s not easy to know exactly how much of your gut fat is killing your brain and your future. At the moment, the only way to determine which of your belly fat is subcutaneous or visceral, is by CT scan. This is expensive. And creates huge radiation exposure .So the test of RBP4  mentioned above, is promising, but not yet available

Did you know there are 3 types of fat cells: white, brown and brite (beige).

  1. White fat. This is stored energy. When you cut calories, you tend to loose white fat cells. When you add more exercise expenditure to smaller portions, you tend to loose more white fat cells. Most of visceral fat is white fat cells.
  2. Brown fat. Brown fat is now thought to be more like muscle than like white fat. When activated, brown fat burns white fat. Brown adipose tissue contributes to your body’s core temperature maintenance through a process called non-shivering thermogenesis. Lean people have more brown fat and more non-shivering thermogenesis. Children have more brown fat than adults and it helps keep them warm. Cold weather promotes brown fat synthesis. Studies show that in Boston in the wintertime, brown fat is more active, and this stimulates metabolism and burning of calories.
  3. Brite (beige fat) is brow fat marbled within white fat. Brite fat regulates energy expenditure and fights against obesity.


White fat can turn beige. Beige fat can revert back to white fat. Conversion factors depend upon how you eat, move and the balance of all your hormone family members. For example, underactive thyroid or testosterone can be tamping down your metabolism and play a role into your types of fat cells.

  • Obesity = occurs when you have more white fat than the other types of fat, from consuming more energy than you use, or having unhealthy hormones and nutrient status (hormone depend on nutrients to keep you health).
  • You can fight obesity = by eating less, moving more, and eating more fishmeals or taking essential fatty acid fish supplements.
  • Why? Fish oil helps you make more brown and brite fat, which ups your ability to burn calories.

The “Browning of White Fat” (white fat turning beige).

Exercise promotes the release of an exercise hormone called Irisin. In 2012, Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, a cell biologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, dubbed this exercise hormone as "Irisin," after Iris, the Greek messenger goddess. Spiegelman said that exercise “signals” your body to maintain healthier weight.

You make the choice to exercise. As you exercise, your activated muscles produce and release irisin. Irisin promotes brown fat cell production within white fat cells. This is browning of white fat, by exercise through the middleman of irisin.

More browned white fat means your metabolism increase. You burn more calories. It’s less difficult to maintain a healthier weight.

Irisin has multiple benefits.

  • Promotes white fat browning.
  • Triggers neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons), especially within your brain.
  • Increases the expression of BDNF(brain-derived neurotrophic factor).
  • Activates genes involved in learning and memory.
  • Lengthens telomeres (tips of DNA). The longer your telomeres, the more you fight off disease, aging and premature death.

In-depth article at Berkson’s Blog:

Nov 26, 2019

This is a show with a lot of pearls to help keep you well. In this solo show by Dr. Berkson you will learn:

·      How part of getting well is making sure your environment isn’t making you ill.

·      The bigger picture of health.

·      Not to sell your house when it might be your duvet cover: “Feather lung inflammation syndrome” caused by a feather duvet and reversed by ditching the duvet.

·      “The bigger the poop the smaller the hospital bill.”

·      Why your brain hormones need zinc.

·      Why you need to “train for your remission" based on information from astronauts!

·      Reversal of 16 years of stage 2 kidney disease within 10 months of getting to “root cause”. A real Thanksgiving!

·      Chronic illness can cause brain inflammation.


Nov 18, 2019

Dr. Christine Green has been treating tick-borne disease for many decades and lectures world-wide to physicians about testing and treating.

This is a must hear show.

You will never hear all this science-based and nuanced information on Tick-Borne diseases in one place. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned Tick-Borne “Medical Sleuth”!

In this show you will learn:
• What is Tick-Borne disease?
• Where is it and why is it traveling?
• How to avoid it?
• Why all the mystery around diagnosing it?
• What is Lyme?
• What are co-infections?
• What are effective tools to address this illness?
• Which antibiotics and which herbs work for which conditions.
• What does Pott’s disease have to do with Tick-Borne illness?
• What pathogens must you test for in Pott’s disease that are often missed?
• Buhner protocols and books for Lyme.
• And much more!

Dr. Green’s amazing links to help YOU!


• Pest notes is a useful publication for how to avoid getting bit by a tick or how to avoid encountering a tick.
• Robert Lane PhD

• University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter page is useful

• Wear tick protective clothing and have your own clothes treated with safe technology

• For a more general view of safe clothing or measures to avoid ticks and still enjoy the outdoors:

An app that lets you send a picture of the tick and you get an identification

To send the tick in for identification of Lyme, babesia, ehrlichia and/or anaplasma:**
1. Local Vector control will frequently identify ticks and Lyme. Less frequently other tick-borne pathogens
2. Tick report /
3. Igenex Lab Igenex .com

**A negative report on pathogens in a tick should never change treatment or prophylaxis for a tick bite.

• University of Rhode Island has an informative website that can be reached via this website. Tick free New Hampshire has accurate advice about avoiding ticks, killing ticks on clothing after being outside and removing ticks.**

** Whenever you come in from a potential exposure to ticks (right season, being near or in grass or oak chaparral) shed your clothes and place dry clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes or more.
***Showers and normal washing will not kill ticks.

• Columbia Medical Center has an informative website regarding Lyme disease
• . This website has a wealth of data. Scientific, social and clinical regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The blogs are especially informative.
• MyLymeData is a patient registry for Lyme disease and tick-borne disease. Already several publications have been produced that can help inform how to diagnose and treat this disease.
• /
• The Lyme disease association

• Cameron, Daniel and Johnson, LB and Maloney EL Evidence assessments and guideline recommendations in Lyme disease: the clinical management of known tick bites, erythema migraines rashes and persistent disease Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy September 2014, Vol. 12, No. 9 , Pages 1103-1135

• The report of the Tickborne disease working group under HHS to Congress provides information on the challenge that tick-borne disease represents to the health and wellbeing of the American population. This clarifies here funding sources should go.

• This website provides accredited, evidence-based CME modules on Lyme disease for a physician audience. Current topic include: epidemiology of Lyme disease, when a blacklegged tick bite is more than a bite, managing blacklegged tick bites, early Lyme disease, serology, and Lyme carditis. New modules are scheduled to be posted by the end of the year.

• Conferences sponsored by Columbia and LDA

• Conferences sponsored by International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS)

Cure Unknown Pamela Weintraub
Conquering Lyme disease by Brian Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky
In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme disease Kenneth Liegner
Why Can’t I Get Better: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease



Nov 4, 2019

Your vision is priceless. You will learn—in this amazing and magical dialogue—how to preserve, restore and protect your vision, from one of the world’s top eye specialists.

Dr. Rani is the founder of Envision Health NYC, a private practice based in New York City. She is an award-winning Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and also serves as principal investigator for 5 multi-centered clinical trials in neuro-ophthalmology.

Dr. Banik is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Exam Development Committee and helps to set the standards for board certification in her field.

Dr. Rani’s severe migraines, that no specialist could help, were finally “fixed” by nutrition. Thus, Dr. Rani now adds nutrition, and even essential oils, to her high-powered ophthalmologic practice.

In this show you will learn:

  • What is Ophthalmology versus Neuro-Ophthalmology?
  • What medical eye food is the most inclusive at this present time and how to get a prescription.
  • The use of essential oils for various eye conditions.
  • Which plant pigments protect which parts of the eye.
  • What are the best foods to protect our eyes.
  • What is blue-light and which is the largest source?
  • Which screens work the best to block out blue-light and how to purchase them.
  • Which supplements best protect our eyes.
  • How and when to start preventing macular degeneration.
  • What causes and eliminates dry eyes?
  • Do glaucoma patients have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

And more!

Lumega-Z Details and Links

Prescription Eye Medical Food (one of the most complete formulas presently and also "possibly" covered by Medicare): Lumega-Z It contains: lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-xanthin, and also has astaxanthin in low concentration.
It's also been studied recently in glaucoma patients and shown to have benefit!

Guest Resources & Links

Dr. Rani’s social media:

Private Facebook groups:

EnVision Health

Eye on Migraine

Instagram: @dr.ranibanik

YouTube Channel Rudrani Banik, M.D.

Also, if anyone is interested in more migraine information, there are Migraine Resources page on Dr. Rani’s website which has 2 videos, supplements and essential oils she recommends, FL-41 tinted glasses, and a screen filter app for light sensitivity.

Oct 29, 2019

Dr. Gaby is known as the “Father of Medical Nutrition”. His life’s work is the huge reference book: Nutritional Medicine, now in its second edition. This is a “must-have” reference with over 16,000 scientific citations on nutritional therapies. This book was written for healthcare practitioners but has also been extremely well received by the average person who wants to know what nutritional options are available for over 400 health conditions (even when most doctors don’t know about them).


In this show you will learn:

  • Is D a vitamin or a hormone?
  • How sunlight, skin, liver and kidneys are involved.
  • Blood tests for vitamin D are unreliable.
  • Dangers of taking too much vitamin D.
  • How much vitamin D is “too” much?
  • Optimal levels of vitamin D supplementation.
  • Vitamin D in relation to pre-diabetes and cancer.
  • How vitamin D “activates” a symphony of hormones inside the body.
  • The large vitamin D-complex (similar to mixed-tocopherol E’s vs. d-alpha tocopherol)
  • Fraud in nutritional literature and why it’s scary and relevant and where it’s coming from.
  • Open-access publications vs. peer-review publications.


Dr. Gaby and Dr. Berkson have been life-long friends and colleagues, so you listen and learn while being entertained and enjoying a bit of their back-story.


Link to Dr. Gaby’s book:

Oct 21, 2019

Palmer Kippola is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping people reverse and prevent autoimmune conditions. She developed a framework called F.I.G.H.T.S.™ to help others beat autoimmune conditions based on her 26-year battle to overcome MS (multiple sclerosis).

She reversed her MS 10 years ago. She wrote her own story and that of 12 physicians who also beat their autoimmune diseases, inside her new best-selling book: “Beat Autoimmune: The 6 Keys to Reverse Your Condition and Reclaim Your Health” with a foreword by New York Times best-selling functional medical doctor: Mark Hyman, MD.

In this show you will learn:

  • Autoimmune disease used to be rare but is becoming more common.
  • There is a growing list of autoimmune diseases such as MS, RA, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Lupus and more
  • Specific strategies—such as identifying your individual triggers— can make it rare once again.
  • Stress must be face and calmed.
  • Trigger foods like gluten must be avoided.
  • Palmer shares the specific Cyrex array test to discover when you are no longer attacking your own “myelin sheath” (protective covering of nerves that gets damaged by MS).
  • A 3-part Spore program to repair gut hyperpermeability.
  • The “Three-some” taught at A4M to deal with autoimmunity.
  • Steps to improving your diet and the need for measuring blood levels of TMAO.
  • And more!


Buy Beat Autoimmune here:


Beat Autoimmune web site:


Download your free Optimal Food Guide @

Private FB group:

  • com/transcendautoimmune
Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Berkson – an hour medley show updating you on widespread health information from your gut to your kidneys to allergies.

In this show you will learn: 

  • The link between the “Keto diet” and gut wall health.
  • Spores, the new way to heal gut wall and overall gut health.
  • What nutrient helps you break-through a weight loss “plateau”.
  • Foods that increase the “satiety” hormone—leptin.
  • Exactly much fish oil to avoid if you are on blood thinners.
  • The mechanism by which artificial sweeteners contribute to underactive thyroid disease.
  • How stress dings your gut wall and how the “love hormone” oxytocin combats this.
  • What the stress hormone “cortisol” has to do with causing and treating allergies.
  • How to protect your kidneys when taking blood pressure medications and aspirin.
  • How shift workers are prone to inflammation, the “melatonin-gut link”.
  • If you are going to have to do radiation therapies, learn how to protect your gut to protect against complications.
Oct 1, 2019

This show has a lot of dynamic information for men!

Dr. Carragher is Board Certified in Family Medicine with advanced certification in Age Management Medicine and specializes in men’s hormones. Dr. Mike has been practicing in the Los Angeles for the past 10 years.

Dr. Mike's training is rooted in science. He received his training at New York University, Rutgers University, Yale University and Western University of Health Sciences. Thus, Dr. Mike’s hormone work is solidly based in science.

In this show, you will learn why there are so many frustrating ways that men miss out on science-based “optimal” hormone testing and treating.

Topics Include:

  • The in’s, out’s and pitfalls of testing hormones in males.
  • The low “T” epidemic - fact or fiction?
  • What else needs to be run in your blood work?
  • When to use HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) vs. Testosterone (T) and why.
  • How Dr. Mike feels about aromatase inhibitors, the good and the bad.
  • The role of pollution as part of the male hormone problem and solution.

And so much more,

Listen in and Learn!

Want to know more about Dr. Mike?


Sep 24, 2019

Injuries, Lymphedema & Tamoxifen with Dr. Berkson

In this show you will learn:

  • Sometimes it’s good to assist in your own healing and not treat yourself like a China teacup. Injury reframe!
  • What’s lymphedema?
  • Some possible causes and symptoms.
  • The lymph system has “tight junctions” that can “leak”.
  • The role of estrogen signaling and iodine in lymphatic flow, lymphatic tight junctions,  and lymphatic health.
  • Possible tamoxifen complications in lymphedema.
  • A flavonoid that may help with lymphedema along with a light-weight program.

Supportive nutrients: Vitamin B2 100 mg and B3 500 mg twice a day can potentially help cells use iodine better (enhance bioavailability). These nutrients are co-factors in the NADPH oxidase pathway.

Sep 18, 2019

Susan Bratton is an advocate and champion of all who desire passionate intimacy. She is a best-selling author of 34 books and multiple online programs that teach passionate lovemaking, bedroom communication skills and restorative sexual wellness techniques. In addition, Susan frequently trains PhD’s in intimacy and sexual behavior.


Just a few of the sizzling things you will learn in this interview:


  • The best lubes; ditch the AstroGlide.
  • How there are over 10 types of orgasms and how to practice some of them.
  • The difference between estrogen and testosterone in the bedroom.
  • That “Old farts want orgasms!”
  • How our toxic planet is adversely effecting marriage.


This show explains how to achieve the true Vitamin C - Connection!


Guest Resources & Links

Check out Susan’s summit:

You can also enjoy more of Susan’s work at:


YouTube channel: Better Lover





Sep 9, 2019

In this show you will learn how Google is driving traffic “away” from functional medicine sites, like driving large amounts of cyber traffic away from the famous health advocate site named

Google especially drives traffic away from sites that are anti-vaccine, supportive of alternative cancer care, and discuss alternative medicine treatments.

Thus, natural answers will be harder to find on Google. Try other sites such as – the search engine that will plant a tree for every 100 searches!

This all first began when Monsanto hired Google to help drive traffic in the direction they wanted when Monsanto had their first huge glyphosate court battle (which they lost).

Google’s not only coupled with a big Chemical company; it’s doing the same with Big Pharma.

Google’s parent company Alphabet has launched strategic alliances with major pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka and Pfizer. They state it’s to spur drug development and to make “changes” in health care delivery.

It seems that part of this is trying to minimized the functional medicine space, the major competitor of big chem and pharma companies. They state it’s to protect the public. What do you think?

In American we have personal freedom of rights, but these do not apply to private companies in this realm. They do have the right to do this. But we need to know so we can adjust our efforts to get the solutions we are looking for.

In this show you will also hear updates on:

  • San Francisco and vaping.
  • Nitroglycerin patches for bug and spider bites.
  • Why you should ditch most commercial mouth washes.
  • Why Cornell blames the consistent marriage rate decline on a “lack of economically-attractive men”.
  • The pitfalls of taking too much vitamin D and at what level.
  • How some breast cancer treatments put breast cancer cells into “sleep mode” and what this means about making “remission” your “mission”.
  • Nature’s intention to sync mother and child’s brain waves, what threatens this and how to reinstate mutual brain harmony.
Aug 26, 2019

Jim Hrncir, owner of Las Colinas Pharmacy, Compounding & Wellness in Irving, Texas, has received plenty of accolades during his nearly 40-year pharmacy career. Jim was named PCCA Compounding Pharmacist of the Year in 2017. PCCA is the company that makes many of the bases and formulas that compounding pharmacists use. PCCA also trains compounding pharmacists and MDs in yearly functional medicine courses (that Dr. Berkson often lectures).


Jim is the ‘go-to guru’ teaching and giving advice to physicians for many compounded prescriptions.


Recently, Jim was invited to testify in front of the National Academy of Health Sciences, who were given a task by the FDA to review the legality and compoundabilty of bioidentical hormones.


In this show you will learn what is going on with our rights to keep getting bioidentical hormones.


Jim also discussed his very effective and rapid-acting treatment for severe PTSD, that he is using in our returning soldiers.


This show is a powerhouse of amazing information.


You can ask your compounding pharmacist to ask Jim about his creative and effective protocols.


To reach Jim or to listen to some of his talks visit pharmacy's website:

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