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 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:

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.

May 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Book Links on Amazon: 

"The EcoNest Home"

"Prescriptions for a Healthy House"


Links to International Institute for Building Biology & Ecology:

Classes Paula teaches: 

IBE 213: Building Physics/Building Biology: 

IBE 215: Design for Health

Related podcasts: Dr. Pizzarno, Dr. Crinnion.

May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Good Medicine: return to common sense by Dr. Roberts, buy here:

Hughes Center For Functional Medicine:

May 11, 2017

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

May 1, 2017

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

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

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

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


Apr 26, 2017

All earth’s populations are struggling with pollution. There are over 700,000 pollution related deaths a year, but what about your baby’s brain? Dr. Barbara Demeneix is a scientist and professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France. Dr B’s 40-year career focus has been on endocrinology with a particular investigation of the thyroid gland and its essential role in intelligence. 

Dr. Demeneix discusses how contemporary thyroid health, especially in fetuses and babies, is under attack by today’s toxic environment. Dr. Demeneix’s book is called Toxic Cocktail. She shares how thyroid function, in both the pregnant mom and baby, are a major influence of the child’s IQ and brain function. In contrast, the thyroid gland is one of the most vulnerable tissues of the human body, affected severely by endocrine-disrupting pollutants in today’s chemical soup that we all eat, live and breathe. 

There are many “action steps” that a pregnant woman can take in putting the new baby room together, in choice of self-care products, food choices and preparation, and even weight loss and detox protocols, to help protect your baby’s brain.  

The last chapter of Dr. D’s book gives a list of to-dos for specific protection. 

Toxic chemical exposure during pre-conception (before the egg and sperm come together), throughout pregnancy, and up to 3 years of age of your infant, are all “vulnerable windows” of exposure where chemicals that lurk in your home, air and water can damage your baby’s brain, health and immune system. This radio show should be heard and shared foreword to all those with children, grandchildren or planning to continue to grow their families. 

Pesticides on commonly consumed inorganic foods, foam often found inside furniture or baby mattresses, flame-retardants in computers heated up from prolonged use, and on and on, put your child at increased risk of ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome or even obesity and cancer. Dr. D. explains the details of how this is possible.  

These are real human health threats, yet, as Drs. D and B deliberate, at the same time Trump has just signed an EPA gag-order to deny the use of research to block more pesticide sales. The argument is that de-regulation creates more jobs. But it makes more people ill, especially children. California has the strictest environmental laws but has accomplished one of the most robust economies in the world. Dr. D shares how regulatory action can actually create more jobs.  

We go on to discuss specific minerals that are protective against these environmental assaults. Dr. D warns about the “dangers” of relying solely on sea salt as your salt of choice. Sea salt is deficient in iodine and may be contributing to thyroid disorders as well as increasing human vulnerabilities of the thyroid gland to today’s toxic exposures. We also discuss “zinc fingers” and oral contraceptives. Birth control pills appear to be potentially increasing thyroid vulnerabilities to toxic exposures by causing zinc deficiency inside red blood cells. Two atoms of zinc, called “zinc fingers” are critical for all sex, thyroid and adrenal hormones to deliver their signals to genes effectively. This spurned possibly new research directions with some of Dr. D’s European cohorts with banked blood. That would be so cool.

Drs. D. and B. discuss the intimate role of the adrenal hormone cortisol with the thyroid hormones. 

Dr. D. explains that thyroid dynamics are extremely complex. Wherever there is more complexity, more can go wrong and there can be more vulnerability to all these toxic interfaces.

We discuss the use of IQ air filters to come to the aid of the “gray matter “of your family. Click here for IQ airlifters. Click here for Dr. Demeneix’s new book, Toxic Cocktail.



Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Berkson speaks on new information about the power of food. The more fresh veggies you eat, the later you die. How you choose to eat effects how long and well you live. Everyone is looking for the holy grail to live longer and it’s a combination of moving more, eating less and consuming a smarter plant-based diet. Research out of the Imperial College of London shows that eating up to 10 portions of veggies and some fruit a day, appears to prevent 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide. If you thought 5 veggies and fruits a day was a stretch, getting double that increases your healthier years on your lifespan. Berkson discusses how to achieve getting lots of healthy veggies easily and with plenty of flavor.

Fruit juice, frozen fruit and canned fruit are linked to living less long and well. Berkson explains why. Both raw and cooked vegetables give similar benefits in relation to preventing earlier death from various causes but fresh veggies and fruits had the highest protection compared to frozen, canned or processed in other ways. Fruit and vegetables reduce cholesterol levels, normalize blood pressure, boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system and protect DNA damage that can lead to cancer and various diseases. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, broccoli sprouts, kale, etc.,  are high are high in glucosinolates that activate enzymes that protect against cancer and growth out of control. Vegetables along with moderate fresh fruit intake also protect the bacteria inside our gut microbiome.

In terms of lifespan, up to 10 veggies and some fruit servings daily, protect more years well lived than anything else other than regular exercise (see Berkson’s Move More and Die Later podcast). Fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, with each daily portion reducing overall risk of death by 16%. Salad contributed to a 13% risk reduction per portion, while each portion of fresh fruit was associated with a smaller but still significant 4% reduction.  In contrast, fruit juice, canned fruit (worse in syrup) and frozen fruit had more links to dying sooner. 

Food is gut protective, if you make wise choices. Monash University and the CSIRO are using specialized diets rich in “resistant starch” to prevent and treat gut disorders (leaky gut and inflamed gut wall) and illnesses like Type 1 Diabetes. Monash University was where the low FODMAP diet was first introduced.  These researchers found -- for the first time -- that a diet high in “resistant starch” yields high amounts gut healing short-chain fatty acids.  When you consume foods high in resistant starch your gut bugs ferment these foods and then produce short chain fatty acids such as acetate and butyrate. These short chain fatty acids heal your constantly turning over gut wall as well as boost immune function in the immune system that lives inside the gut wall.  Short chain fatty acids protect against type 1 or juvenile diabetes and even help once someone has this disease. A typical Western diet is insufficient in resistant starch as well as diverse veggies and fruits. Too few short-chain fatty acids are formed. Insufficient short-chain fatty acids starve gut wall cells and set the scene for diseases like autoimmunity.

Berkson discusses which foods are high in resistant starch and what temperature they must be consumed at to gain these benefits! Resistant starch also helps the body fight off pre-cancerous lesions. Small blue potatoes are cancer busters. They are shockingly high in both anthocyanins as well as resistant fat. So these mighty small spuds help fight cancer stem cells as well as boost gut immunity. Links to 2 easy tasty recipes by Berkson that make it easy to get in 10 veggies in one meal at a time XXX


Apr 13, 2017

Evan Brand hosts one of the top 25 ranked health podcast shows in the US called Not Just Paleo. Evan, author of three health books, is also a nutritional sleuth specializing in identifying and naturally treating hidden gut infections. When he was a teenager he got very ill from what turned out to be multiple gut infections that his regular doctors could not identify. By identifying the exact organisms and learning how to use herbs to eradicate the infection, and becoming healthier than ever, launched Evan into his career. He shares that healthy diets alone will not treat fungal, parasitic or bacterial infections; they must be addressed. Natural answers are often more effective with less complications and often even reduce later recurrences better than many pharmaceutical interventions. But the practitioner has to really know what they are doing. Hidden gut infections are often the unappreciated root cause of various issues from inflammatory bowel disease to depression and even serious chronic fatigue. Evan healed himself and went on to become a healer of others. We discuss h. pylori infections, which can cause gastric ulcers and even cancers down the road. But this infection is very responsive to natural herbal treatments. H. pylori damages the cells that make stomach acid so often replacement of this is part of the natural protocol to heal the condition. If not replaced, this increases the risk for collateral infections like candidiasis. We discuss two nutraceuticals that prevent friendly yeast from morphing into more dangerous mycelized yeast, which can embed into the gut wall causing leaky gut and mycotoxin release fallout. We discuss the positive and sometimes negative role of digestive enzymes, especially the role of pepsin and bile on esophageal mucosal membranes. Esophageal aging is a real issue for many in mid and later life and we discuss the pros and cons of enzyme replacement keeping this in mind. Evan reminds us that nutrition is important but obsession with healthy eating, called orthorexia, can be a certifiable eating disorder.  Evan shares his typical healthy moderate menus and we discuss being sane and nutritionally moderate in an American world prone to obsession and hyperbole. Evan is a wealth of nutritional knowledge and treats patients internationally. We discuss testing methods of gut infections to hormones. Berkson and Brand have a lot of fun with a gentle authentic give and take of factoids to make your life more fun, healthy and yet nutritionally reasonable.

Apr 4, 2017

Discrimination against aging women in romance, the market place and the good old USA, is rampant. Nobody makes a big issue that President Trump started up his relationship with Melania when he was 52 and she was 28. But if a woman did that, boy would she and the younger dude get hit with a tonnage of criticism. Women are judged on their looks. Older men want younger women who look better. Corporations want younger female employees that look good, too. But fact is fact. Maturing women are the fastest growing demographic in the world, so what are we going to do about this injustice? We fight for the rights of African Americans, Muslims, disabled people, but what about the deep pervasive cultural bias against aging women. We walk around with "mind bugs" which are prejudices we inherit from how we were raised or that we take on from our culture. But we can do something about clearing these mind bugs out of our heads. It takes awareness and intention. But we have to start clearing the mind bug decks. Why? When we discriminate against a huge proportion of our human family, our country becomes ill and it's harder to be healthier for each of us. The health of the family of mankind affects each of our personal health. To put down, to make feel judged and made less than, a huge portion of older people, who in contrast are rich in resources, wisdom and often more patience and compassion, we harm our selves. And we harm and isolate these older women who were our mothers and caretakers and upholders of our early families. Even candid gerontologists are admitting there is excessive  "granny bashing" among doctors behind closed doors against older women. These mind bugs need to stop. Maturing women  themselves need to not buy into being less than. It isn't easy to buck a societal perceptive addiction. But change always takes tools and Berkson offers up a bunch. Berkson takes this topic head on. You are guaranteed to have your mind and heart expanded. You'll never think about living longer on third ball from the Sun in the same way again.



Mar 28, 2017
Swami (Steve Bhaerman) is a "cosmic comic" who has been doing comedy about consciousness and enlightenment for 30 years, and making a living at it! Humor is a critical pillar of health. Berkson attempts to insert human into many aspects of daily life with those she knows as well as strangers. Humor makes you open your spirit to that which you may not have considered. It can even be called "moment yoga" as it unites you with the "now". Berkson belongs to a toastmaster comedy club (Laughing Really Matters, Austin, TX) so she cherishes humor. Humor is not frivolous, it is a gift and a portal through which the universe laughs along with us. Humor makes pain and suffering a smaller font size. No one knows this better than Swami who has been making humor his focus his whole life. So talking with the Swami was a delight. He has lectured to universities, medical symposiums, health centers, and on and on. Swami co-authored a book on consciousness with the famous scientist Bruce Lipton and the book is now selling in 22 countries. So this Swami is both funny and serious at the same time. All effective good humor does this, too. This show is a walk on the wild side, to take a look at health from a refreshing and different perspective. The Swami consults one-on-one with those who want more humor in their life or lectures. You can sign up for a daily Swami humor and more. Check out these links to get more of the Swami:
Mar 21, 2017

Dr. Pizzorno and Dr. Berkson have been colleagues since the 1970's, so this discussion unfolds as rich in facts but sincerely warm-hearted between two long time natural healers. Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is a thought leader in functional medicine and is now a paradigm shifter in environmental medicine. Dr. Pizzorno was founding president of Bastyr University, one of the prestigious naturopathic colleagues in the US. 

Dr. Pizzorno has been practicing, teaching and guiding this naturopathic field since the 1970’s. Dr. P is also president of SaluGenecists, a company that develops tools for clinicians to discover root causes of disease and then be able to pick the best individualized effective treatments based on the patient’s personal physiology.

 Dr. P is also Editor-in-Chief of the well respected Integrative Medicine, A Clinician's Journal.  In this podcast Pizzorno and Berkson are discussing his new book The Toxin Solution. Too often, people can go through the trouble of performing detoxification protocols, but find themselves worse off afterwards by not doing the detox protocol right. What does this mean? There needs to be adequate "organ' preparation, effective identification of specific toxins and exact modalities to liberate them from hidden reserves, and most importantly, and effective clearing of these toxins out of the body. Too many detox programs liberate toxins but don't address these other components. People can go through all that effort and come out less well. Dr. Pizzorno shares, from a clinician's point of view, that many diseases can be completely eliminated, from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer's, by practitioner monitored in-depth detoxification protocols. And then of course, living more cleanly afterwards. Dr. P tells the mesmerizing story of the oil field workers that first got his attention and led to his research. He explains that the human body requires enzymes to perform cellular activities. Nutrients or nutritional supplements “feed” enzymes, while in contrast, most pharmaceuticals “kill” them. Natural answers such as detoxification methods make so much more sense in the long run to eliminate disease, rather than the use of medications that mostly address symptoms but don’t help or intend for the person to get over that disease. These doctors discussed side effects of some over the counter meds like acetaminophen. This rinses glutathione out of the body. Glutathione is a major supporter of detox enzymes. When this is rinsed out of the body, the body is at greater risk of disease, infections, and many worse things than the headaches you grabbed this medicine for in the first place. People who take acetaminophen regularly and live on a golf course, for example, have a harder time processing the chemicals used on the greens and are much more prone to serious health issues. We now live in a toxic soup. No one is immune. You cannot shop yourself out of this mess and regulatory actions can't happen fast enough. So as clinicians, we need, as Dr. Pizzorno emphasizes, to offer answers to help people get over serious illnesses once and for all. Often expensive meds have adverse serious side effects that, on top of the illness in the first place, make the person feel worse in the second place. And do not eradicate the illness. 

And more shocking is that many of these meds, at the physiology level, can actually make people worse, by rinsing out nutrients, damaging enzymes, blocking critical pathways, and more. Dr. Pizzorno loves to motorcycle with his wife Laura through the countrysides of the many places he is sought after to speak around the world. At Dr. Pizzorno's website,, he has provided a plethora of information to help you understand the critical role of how the toxin issue must be addressed by all of us. We can't keep putting our heads in the sand. For example, lactating mom's download 40 to 80% of their lifetime chemical load to their infants. This is contributing to increases in serious childhood illnesses. What’s one answer? Get tested and detoxed ideally prior to conception. Berkson has been calling for Green Pregnancy for years.  This warm, insightful and factoid filled discussion between colleagues and old friends, highlights that detoxification must move mainstream. Dr. Pizzorno’s book is a guide to show you how, but he recommends that you work with physicians who also know how. This shrinks the playing field. If you ask your regular doctor they will most likely not know about the role of toxicity in your health issues. As Roger Williams PhD used to say, “It’s human to be down on what you aren’t up on.” Get up on this amazing information on detox to stretch your understanding of its critical role in total healing. This podcast gives you a window into “this new medicine.”

Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Davis Lamson explains that much of regular cancer interventions, surgery, chemo and radiation, eradicate mostly "daughter" tumor cells, but rarely get all of the "cancer stem cells". These can live inside bone marrow or other places even when the tumor is at a distance. It is cancer stem cells that mostly "re-seed" new cancer cells initiating dreaded recurrences. Dr. Lamson has made it his career to search out peer-reviewed published, science-based agents (pharmaceutical, herbal and nutritional) that have been shown to kill cancer stem cells. This is a must hear show if you have or had cancer. Or you have a loved one that has cancer and is now in remission. Especially if they are reluctant to be more proactive. This show will give them motivation to take more steps to try to be as safe as they can be. Dr. Lamson explains why you need to address the state of your body that allowed a cancer to grow in the first place, and use healthy answers to reboot your health to try to succeed in not having the cancer return. 

Dr. Davis Lamson was an organic chemist before becoming a naturopath. He has taken his love of chemistry and applied it to studying diseases at the deepest molecular levels to explore what emergent natural and pharmaceutical tools might be used to promote healing. Dr. Lamson's main focus has been on autoimmunity and cancer. Dr. Lamson emphasizes that "remission management" is the true next step after going into remission, not merely waiting around to see if you are lucky... or not. Davis consulted Dr. Berkson when she had cancer 24 years ago. He told her back then that for the rest of her life her immune system should be her hobby. Now Dr. Lamson says he would rephrase it this way: Make your remission your hobby. In other words, don't hear the word "remission" and stop trying to help yourself. There is much more you can and should do. Dr. L. also discusses other underlying mechanisms that can contribute to cancer recurrences and suggests answers to address them. Dr. Lamson and Berkson rafted down the Grand Canyon together and they sprinkle memories of their 28 year friendship throughout this riveting show. 

Presently, Dr. Lamson practices at Tahoma Clinic in Tukwila, Washington (near Seattle). He has published over thirty-five research and review papers on hepatitis C, controlling MRSA, stimulating immune function, emphysema, autism, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux, kidney failure, autoimmunity, and various cancer-related topics. He has invented various natural protocols that are now used around the world by many functional medicine doctors.Dr. Lamson was Adjunct Faculty and coordinator of oncology education for 17 years at the Medical School of Bastyr University. He presently serves on the conference committee of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. If patients want a naturopathic physician board certified in complementary cancer care they can go to to find a doctor closest to them.       

Mar 10, 2017

Dr. Gaby discusses why and how he came to write Nutritional Medicine (Second Edition). This is an updated version of Nutritional Medicine (1st edition), which is a comprehensive textbook on the use of dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, and other natural substances for the prevention and treatment of more than 400 health conditions. Dr. Gaby is one of the world's foremost authorities on nutritional therapy. Dr. Gaby shares some of his favorite nutritional protocols from this work. This book has been widely acclaimed as the leading textbook in its field. It is meticulously documented and clearly written, combining an exhaustive review of the medical literature with Dr. Gaby's extensive clinical experience. While written for healthcare practitioners, it is also a valuable reference book for educated laypeople who are interested in viable alternatives to conventional medicine. "A landmark, a milestone in the history of 21st century medicine." - Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. "This is the single most valuable reference book on natural remedies I’ve ever come across." - Julian Whitaker, M.D. Berkson and Gaby have been close friends and colleagues for 39 years, "Dr. Gaby has spent his life researching the science behind natural answers and is respected for his nutritional acumen above most other physicians in the field." You won't want to miss this informational yet fun podcast as these docs chat like the dear friends they are.

Read sample chapters at

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Berkson highlights foods that help prevent primary and recurrent cancers. She emphasizes blue pigments in foods, like purple cabbage, purple carrots, purple cauliflower, radicchio, black rice, blueberries, blackberries, and more. Blue pigments are called anthocyanins and have been shown to fight daughter cancer cells and even cancer stem cells, which are the cells that create the highest risk of recurrence. Blue foods have been repeated shown in laboratory studies to kill ER+ breast cancer cells. Berkson discusses a rainbow diet filled with diverse polyphenolic protective compounds, as well as specific kinds of protective brassica (broccoli) family type foods. She busts the soy debate. 

Evidence clearly shows, beyond a doubt that women do not need to avoid whole "unprocessed" soy foods (if you oncologist told you this he or she does not know the well-replicated scientific literature that has put the soy issue at rest). Soy reduces risk of recurrence by up-regulating estrogen receptor beta signals linked to reducing cancer cell growth. But this is referring to organic non-GMO soy foods. Processed soy foods like hydrolyzed soy proteins and isolated flavones are linked to worsening cancer issues as they are “processed” foods, which act differently that whole natural unprocessed or fermented soy. Soy foods also have been found to help with weight reduction by replacing higher caloric and pro-inflammatory red meat meals. Berkson addresses the role of fat cells, adipocytes, on breast cancer, as well as vitamin C, melatonin, mushrooms, Vitamin D, and exercise. Chemo kills cancer cells but also damages affect gut wall cells that need to replace themselves almost twice a week and thus need vitamin A and folate for this healthy on-going cellular replication. Berkson points a finger at excess alcohol intake rampant in today's society as increasing risk of primary and recurrent cancers She discusses the role of oxytocin as a protector of breast tissue, attitude as a risk factor in post-cancer outcomes, and the toxic role that smoking plays in trying to stay remission free. Berkson discusses new laboratory research showing that inhaled resveratrol extract (an antimicrobial chemical substance produced by plants to protect against infection and stress) protects lung tissue against adverse effects of aging and disease. 

This suggests that grapes, red wine and resveratrol supplements are potential lung anti-aging agents and may also be helpful when trying to maintain remission. Berkson then focuses the spot light on omega-7 fatty acids to up-regulate anti-inflammatory genes that tamp down nasty inflammation, especially in the gut, and even in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. 

A Mayo study is presented, that was double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled run on 20 patients with ulcerative colitis. Macadamia extract, 720 mg/day of Cis-palmitoleic acid, was orally administered for 8 weeks and gut inflammation monitored before and after. The author's concluded that cis-palmitoleic acid as co- adjuvant therapy for 8 weeks decreased the inflammatory activity in the gut of UC patients and is a good adjunctive tool. Go here for Berkson's to die-for macadamia sugar-free sinful tasting raw and easy to make mac pudding that is high in omega-7 fatty acid and helps fight unhealthy inflammation —

There is a newly appreciated role for Magnesium and green veggies on heart health. Supplementation with magnesium was found to improve heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is the variation in the times between heartbeats. HRV reflects balance between signals to the heart from the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. It suggests how ZEN and healthy you heart is or is not.

Low HRV now appears to suggest a disruption in proper balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic signaling to the heart. This often occur secondary to a variety of increased stressors such as emotional stress or nutrient deficiencies, like insufficient magnesium inside the red blood cell (RBC magnesium). 

In this randomized, controlled, 90-day study, 400 mg of magnesium combined with strength-endurance training improved HRV. This study shows that magnesium supplementation can help persons with mental and physical stress as well as health conditions linked to insufficient magnesium such as heart disease, chronic pain, headaches, heart arrhythmias, restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, sleep disorders, or even depression. 

Olive oil helps your heart health, too. A Mediterranean diet, especially enriched with virgin olive oil, improves the functionality (how it works) of high-density lipoprotein, your good cholesterol,  even in patients at high risk for heart disease. 

A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil helps the body in diverse ways especially reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by:

-----removing excess cholesterol from arteries,

-----being a powerful antioxidant, and

-----keeping blood vessels stay more flexible and open (patent).

What else helps your heart health? Regular, satisfying orgasms. See

Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 2017 Feb 9. doi: 10.23736/S1121-421X.17.02367-4. Effect of Cis-palmitoleic acid (an omega-7 fatty acid) supplementation on inflammation and expression of HNF4γ, HNF4α and IL-6 in patients with ulcerative colitis: a double-blind, randomized pilot study.

Fortschr Med. 2016;158(Suppl 6):12-6.

Mar 3, 2017

Russ Jaffe MD PhD CNS is one of the fathers of functional nutritional medicine. Initially Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and also worked in regulatory medicine at the NIH. He heard of some alternative practitioners getting better results than many medical interventions. Being a Doubting Thomas and proactive on "rhoids" he went to check it out. Dr. Jaffe saw the many results of alternative care, like acupuncture. Due to his agile mind and spiritual nature, within time Dr. Jaffe became a moving force in integrative medicine himself. On this show, Dr. Jaffe discusses the 8 predictive biomarkers that clearly identify future risk of disease.  These are available for self-ordering at betterlabtestsnow.comunder the label of predictive biomarkers. 

Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 doctors in interpreting these results. Dr. J. feels that these tests give much more practical information than the typical yearly blood panels run by many facilities. Dr. Jaffe helped begin the higher board nutrition certification called the CNS.  Dr. J speaks about how to eat healthier, live healthier and walk your talk to give a higher probability of a healthier future. In this podcast, as in the first, Dr. J. combines scientific word-smithing with spiritual acumen (the Dalai Lama is his daughter's godfather) and much more. Dr. Jaffe says that sophisticated testing and nutrition are the real tools to survive this toxic present 21st Century.

Mar 3, 2017

Russ Jaffe MD PhD CNS is one of the fathers of functional nutritional medicine. Initially Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and also worked in regulatory medicine at the NIH. He heard of some alternative practitioners getting better results than many medical interventions. Being a Doubting Thomas and proactive on "rhoids" he went to check it out. Dr. Jaffe saw the many results of alternative care, like acupuncture. Due to his agile mind and spiritual nature, within time Dr. Jaffe became a moving force in integrative medicine himself. On this show, Dr. Jaffe discusses the 8 predictive biomarkers that clearly identify future risk of disease.  These are available for self-ordering at betterlabtestsnow.comunder the label of predictive biomarkers. 

Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 doctors in interpreting these results. Dr. J. feels that these tests give much more practical information than the typical yearly blood panels run by many facilities. Dr. Jaffe helped begin the higher board nutrition certification called the CNS.  Dr. J speaks about how to eat healthier, live healthier and walk your talk to give a higher probability of a healthier future. In this podcast, as in the first, Dr. J. combines scientific word-smithing with spiritual acumen (the Dalai Lama is his daughter's godfather) and much more. Dr. Jaffe says that sophisticated testing and nutrition are the real tools to survive this toxic present 21st Century.

Feb 28, 2017

Dr. Lindsey Berkson discusses how the power of food is not just in our food choices, but in how much we eat. This podcast is on the power of "less food." 

Dr. Berkson shares how "caloric restriction" helps us live younger longer and may now be used to treat some illnesses, such as reverse some cases of type-2 diabetes. It's long been repeatedly observed in pockets of humanity where people live longer and healthier, that eating less is one way to slow down the Mac Truck of Aging. But how? Brigham Young University researchers, in a mouse model, suggest it comes down to our "ribosomes." Ribosomes make proteins. They work 24/7 to do this. Since they work so hard, malfunctions can and do occur. Caloric restriction allows ribosomes to have extra time to repair. More repair and cellular "reboot" slow down the aging process and creates healthier cellular processes. So how do we give ribosomes more time to repair? By eating less. Restriction of calories creates an almost linear increase in lifespan as well as a healthier lifespan. It turns out that constantly eating three meals a day along with snacks, is not the best template to take in nutrition. Ribosomes like "time-out." Calorically restricted mice, compared to mice who were allowed to eat all they wanted, were more energetic and suffered with fewer diseases, as well as lived longer. 

Food is not just a substance to be burned. It signals our bodies how to respond and how life might unfold. Eating less food at various times, called "intermittent fasting" allows our bodies to rest, repair and reset our internal cellular systems.  

Dietary changes of less food and less sugars and carbohydrates, have been shown to reverse both pre-diabetes and overt diabetes, even in patients with long term serious illnesses. The Department of Medicine at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the The University of Tennessee Health Science Center used eating less carbs and more protein to reverse pre-diabetes in males and females.

We are also now seeing caloric restriction reverse type-2 diabetes. Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist from Canada, has been reversing type-2 diabetes (not type-1). This is not new. Diabetologists were using caloric restriction to treat type-2 diabetes 100 years ago. Dr. Fung has been using variations on a theme of caloric restriction to reverse insulin resistance, normalize blood sugar, and get type-2 diabetics off many meds and live healthier and leaner lives. Type-2 diabetes has been repeatedly shown to be reversed by three ways: bariatric surgery, fasting and with keto-genic diets. What do they all have in common? Caloric restriction. Eating less calories and eating less sugars. These dietary changes rapidly move unhealthy fat out of the liver and pancreas. This often occurs within one to four weeks, long before huge amounts of weight have been lost. When fatty liver and pancreas begin to reverse, insulin resistance improves (IR). IR, says Dr. Fung, is the true cause of type-2 diabetes, not high blood sugars. Thus, one of the main goals in treating and possibly reversing type-2 diabetes is healing IR. Traditional diabetic care aims at lowering blood glucose. This is treating the symptom, not the root cause. Well performed studies have shown that tighter control of blood sugar in type-2 diabetics does not improve the health of these people and often increases all cause-mortality. At sensible times, eating less turns out to be part of eating wiser.

Feb 21, 2017

The earth is supersaturated with toxic chemicals, so our environment issues have entered into our health care problems and solutions. What we eat, how we get the bad stuff out of us, detox and better predictive blood tests to assess health, must all move mainstream. In fact, Dr. Jaffe shares that any person can go to and order a new assessment compilation of tests called "8 predictive biomarkers, that reveal you your risk of illness within the next 10 years much more accurately than typical yearly blood tests. Dr. Jaffe has trained 10,000 Md's in interpreting these tests and in his next talk will let us know how to get a hold of one these docs.

Dr. Jaffe was a coagulation specialist and regulatory physician at the NIH and was a "Doubting Thomas" about functional medicine. He heard of a Chinese acupuncturist getting much better results than typical Md's, so he traveled to Boston to see for himself. He ended up being a personal student of this doctor for an intensive 8-year program and then went much deeper into alternative and nutritional care.

A few examples of his many contributions to molecular biology and clinical diagnostics include:

  1. Early colon cancer detection tests 
  2. Predictive tests of cardiovascular health and function based on changes in blood clotting and systemic repair status.

Once he got the bug, Dr. J dove deeper into integrative care (combing functional and allopathic care together) so he has the privilege of contributing to the “birth” of modern integrative medicine.  He's published over 100 articles. He trains other Md's and has contributed to both practical contributions to clinical medicine as well as to healthcare policy. Dr. J. says he gave Dr. Berkson's Hormone Deception book (one of the 1st breakthrough books on hormone disruptors) to many regulatory folks at the NIH. He credits three women with major impact on environmental perspective and healthcare: Rachel Carson, Dr. Theo Coburn and Dr. Berkson. But Dr. J feels that Berkson had the courage to publish about detox before others, and now he too feels that detox must move mainstream. His daughter's godfather is the Dalai Lama and he was recorded surrounded by Tibetan pray flags, and with wind chimes humming... so this is a fascinating, pragmatic and inspiring radio show.

Feb 10, 2017

Dr. Berkson shares science-based steps to protect the glia cells in your brain that "feed" and "protect" brain and central nervous system nerves (neurons). If glia cells age, we age. Protecting glia cells is demonstrated to slow down brain aging, which is the real deal in achieving effective anti-aging. Berkson goes through what glia cells are, how they have been identified in corpse research to protect the brain as they do. She shares exact steps you can add into your daily life to keep your brain healthier, younger and more cognitively fit by care-taking these brain-supportive cells. Dr. Berkson explains "autophagy" and it's role with glia cells. She gives tips on tamping down unhealthy neuroinflammation (brain on fire) to reduce brain issues from migraines and brain fog to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Learn the one healthy and tasty food shown to reboot anti-cancer stem cells as well a glial function. Be amazed at Nrf2 activators that you can have in your fridge and meals as well as which turmeric compounds are 80% absorbable compared to only 8%. Learn what exercise has to do with your testosterone levels and hippocampal brain health, and more!

Feb 3, 2017

DR STEPHANIE SENEFF Senior Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Dr. Seneff explores the intersection between biology and computation, with an emphasis on human health and the environment. Dr. S discusses on this show: toxic chemicals causing micro-nutrient deficiencies, such as pesticides making us manganese deficient which then promotes mitochondrial dysfunction, autism and even cognitive decline. Dr. S. goes into depth on glyphosphates (Roundup) as being a pivotal cause of the rise of autism spectrum, gluten issues, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ALS, and even supports a new perspective of adverse consequences of vaccines. Dr. Seneff explains that non-veggie gel capsules of most supplements contains robust levels of Roundup as it is fed to the animal sources these capsules come from. Dr. Seneff is especially interested in combating diseases with wise, organic food choices. She shares what she eats (or rather her husband cooks, lucky duck). Seneff says that sulfur doesn't get enough respect. It is our micronutrient, hormonal and neurotransmitter Uber, transporting and maintaining healthy reserves of nutrients throughout the body. Dr. Seneff has authored 24 peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics. She's been called a controversial scientist and a genius. Seneff and Berkson go at a speed that requires you to have full focus, inspires awe, enjoyment and lots of helpful info. She explains that Roundup might be the main reason why the US has astronomical health care costs. Glyphosate gets into proteins, by mistake, in place of glycine. This has huge adverse consequences throughout the body, damaging methylation, rinsing folate out of tissues, and partially explains the epidemic in opioid drug abuse. This chemical is scattered throughout your supermarket cart, in your your kid's crackers, cereals, and even inorganic garbanzo beans. Listen and really learn!

Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Erica Elliott pioneer in environmental medicine. Author of Prescriptions For A Healthy House. Dr. EE started as a family practice doctor but didn't like "pill pushing" and ended up getting ill secondary to a "sick building," which changed the course of how she practices and writes about medicine. Dr. EE discusses the symptoms of toxicity from unhealthy environments and some natural answers to treat them. She describes a dramatic case of a woman who was treated as a psychiatric patient for severe major depression for years, which turned out to be a chronic gas leak in her home (she loved to cook and used the stove often). Dr. EE has a blog she invites you to read and share that deals with medical controversies. Dr. Elliott and Dr. Berkson have taught two conferences on dealing with, and conquering severe illness—in Santa Fe, and at the Omega Institute. You can read Dr. Elliott's blog (soon to be published in a book) here:


Jan 18, 2017

Dr. Catherine Hansen is a board certified gynecologist with a fellow in intimacy, hormones and menopause. She discusses that the most common problem in her practice is that women are globally exhausted and overwhelmed and then this seeds diverse disease. She discusses mindfulness in life and how that feeds the body. You can only have with another person (spouse, kids, office mates, friends) that which you have with yourself. If you are on empty inside, all your relationships suffer. With simple 5 minute steps that we discuss you can turn this around. We each have inside ourselves natural pharmacy cornucopia that we can access to gain energy, balance and health. We discuss how to do this by yourself, for yourself, for you own health and the health of all your relationships.

Get more information and a free gift from Dr. Lindsey Berkson at

Jan 13, 2017
Berkson was a yogini for 25 years and lived with swami Satchidananda. She gives a very specific easy breath tool, finding the crossroads of your breath and nudging it where it helps heal, make suffering less and hope more. It is difficult not to judge but we should never judge those who are suffering. Some people do everything right but still get the wrong outcomes. Berkson gives hope, healing and positive vibes your way in this short but powerful podcast.
Jan 10, 2017
Internationally acclaimed nutritional medical expert. Dr. Gaby speaks on magnesium, oral vs. intravenous, controversies surrounding IV use and why the misunderstanding, how stress makes magnesium rinse out of the body, the difference between alternative and allopathic medicine, the role of Vitamin C in viral diseases, the environmental attack on Vitamin B6, the rise of fairly new Vitamin B6 deficiency diseases, the role of nutrients vs. dietary intervention (you can't take a lot of expensive and sophisticated nutrients and expect them to help without positive dietary changes), and why is it so difficult to find doctors that truly respect, understand and implement "natural" answers. Dr .Gaby discusses the reality of "sugar addiction" demonstrated by fascinating animal model experiments. Sugar cravings are real when consuming a relatively higher refined carb diet.
Dr. Berkson and Dr. Gaby have been life-long colleagues. They did their 1st rotation in integrative medicine together with Dr. Jonathan Wright (the father of bioidentical hormones) in 1977. They've been learning, respecting and laughing together ever since. Get Dr. Gaby's new book Nutritional Medicine at
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