Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson shares decades of experience as a hormone and nutrition expert so you can be a healthier, happier you.
“Unfunc Your Gut” with Functional Medicine M.D. Dr. Peter Kozlowski (#230)
59:39Gut health rules the basis of health. We now know that our gut cross-talks with our heart, brain and all tissues. If your gut is unhealthy, so is the rest of you! In this show you will learn: What functional medicine is and why it’s uniquely qualified to treat chronic illness What are elimination diets and if they’re effective The mind/body connection to illness How your emotional health affects your physical health Why food sensitivities have become so common The benefits of intermittent fasting How a mental, emotional, and spiritual connection to the food you eat influences your health How a low-FODMAP diet can drastically improve your digestive system New Book: UNFUNC YOUR GUT: Boost Your Immune System, Heal Your Gut, and Unlock Your Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Health.
How Not to Let Your Doctor Slowly Kill You Author: Dr. Angela DeRosa DO (#229)
54:24In this show you will learn how hormones keep not only your skin thicker but waist thinner, but also how estrogen and progesterone are critical for boosting immune health and even treating leaky gut. Dr. Angela DeRosa is an osteopathic physicians specializing in female health. Dr. DeRosa first got into this field because she went through peri-menopause in her 20’s while attending medical school, and then experienced full-blown menopause at age 35. When no other doctors could help her, Dr. DeRosa had to figure out how to accomplish that on her own. As of 2021, Dr. DeRosa has been prescribing bioidentical hormone therapies for 25 years. Dr. DeRosa also trains physicians. In 2018, she launched The Hormonal Health Institute: Executive Instruction for MedicalProfessionals, a hormonal healthcare consultancy designed to instruct medical providers and provide practice development training on bioidentical hormone replacement therapies. In addition to her educational and clinical activities, Dr. DeRosa serves as the medical director for Belmar Pharma Solutions where she provides clinical and scientific technical support for all aspects hormonal therapies. Belmar pharmacy is the same facility that is “Behari Certified”, fulfilling low-dose-naltrexone scripts for $55 for a three month period. In this show you will learn: Males have multiple forms of FDA approved testosterone, while women have known. If the FDA succeeds in blocking compounding pharmacists from compounding bioidentical hormones, there will be NO testosterone replacement available for women! Why testosterone is one of the most important hormones for aging women. How (and why) big pharma is lobbying against bio-identical HRT The importance of custom tailoring hormone treatments instead of using a “one size fits all” approach. Why your doctor “must” track FSH and SHBG when prescribing you hormones. Why you want to achieve a “pre-menopausal” FSH level, to improve if not normalize your blood pressure, waistline, bone density, cognition and more. Not to mention your vocal cords, to avoid “little old lady” voice. The gender gap in healthcare. How a lack of transparency in the FDA puts patient health at risk. The evidence demonstrating compounded hormones work for millions of people. This is a must-hear conversation between two amazing women who hormone therapies have saved their own lives as well as patients they collaboratively serve. CONNECT WITH DR. DEROSA - Links DrDerosa@BelmarPharmacy.com @DrHotFlash
Science About Early Covid Intervention with Peter McCullough, MD (#228)
52:53In today’s environment, there is science to back both polarized sides. So it is difficult for everyone and anyone to figure out the truth. It takes courage to speak science that might not be the status quo. This show is about courage. On this show you will only hear peer review facts. We share about protective nasal sprays, how you can make them at home, and much, more. In today’s dynamic dialogue you get to hear one of the most active academic physicians from Dallas, TX, Dr. Peter McCullough. In this show you will hear, backed by facts: What is going on with early intervention. What is going on with the Delta variant and vaccines. Durable immunity. · What’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and how and why to interpret this. How to make nasal sprays that block viral adherence in mucous membranes. And more. Plus, the reminder to eat your veggies. They matter! References of these past two studies that should have made headline news everywhere, but didn’t But you got them here! Diet quality and risk and severity of COVID-19: a prospective cohort study. Gut, 2021; gutjnl-2021-325353 DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2021-325353 Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case-control study in six countries. BMJ Nutr Prev Health. 2021 Jun 7;4(1):257-266. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2021-000272. PMID: 34308134; PMCID: PMC8219480. Links: Check out The McCullough Report Podcast
Testosterone Mythology Debunked with Dr. Abraham Morgentaler (#227)
1:16:02We live in a polemic world of clashing misinformation. Especially about hormones. Including testosterone. Too many men are taken off Testosterone (T) if they get a diagnosis of prostate cancer or heart disease even though the science shows otherwise. Today’s interview is with Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Harvard urologist and world expert on Testosterone, who has done much of this science. This is a must hear conversation on hormones and health that you will want to share with your physicians and patients. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler Abraham Morgentaler, MD is an international authority on men’s health and a pioneer in the treatment of testosterone deficiency in men. Dr. Morgentaler’s research is credited with reversing the decades-old belief that testosterone therapy is risky for prostate cancer. Dr. Morgentaler graduated from Harvard College in 1978 and Harvard Medical School in 1982. He completed his residency in 1988 through the Harvard Program in Urology, and then joined the faculty of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School. In 1999, Dr. Morgentaler founded Men's Health Boston, the first center in the US to focus on sexual, reproductive, and hormonal health for men. Dr. Morgentaler was the recipient of the New Investigator Award in 1994 granted by the American Foundation of Urological Disease. Publications Dr. Morgentaler has published over 120 scientific articles on testosterone, prostate cancer, male sexual dysfunction, and male infertility. His work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Cancer, and The American Journal of Medicine. He is the author of the book Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex, which has been widely hailed as a groundbreaking exploration of male sexuality. Dr. Morgentaler’s other books include Testosterone For Life: Recharge Your Vitality, Sex Drive, Muscle Mass, and Overall Health, and The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships. In this show you will learn: That T does NOT drive prostate cancer. How this myth started and has incorrectly affected medicine for 80 years. The known and unknown symptoms of low T. The issue with just looking at total testosterone and why you must run “free testosterone” and also “SHBG”. What lizards and men have in common? The unappreciated role of hormones in overall health and why so often our doctors don’t realize this or take this into consideration when treating us. Links Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex Testosterone For Life: Recharge Your Vitality, Sex Drive, Muscle Mass, and Overall Health The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships.
Early Intervention Statistics with Dr. George C Fareed (#226)
51:53Dr. George Fareed Dr. George Fareed is a Harvard trained medical doctor who started out working in virology with Dr. Fauci at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases early in his career. Then Dr. Fareed wanted to help the “underserved” and moved from Washington to east of San Diego. This is a highly agricultural area and the residents are mainly of Hispanic descent with a high incidence of health issues that often make them much more vulnerable to severe viral disease. In this population, Dr. Fareed and his colleague, Dr. Brian Tyson, have treated over 7,000 cases of this virus. Their patient population have a high incidences of type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Remember, these are the very “co-morbidities” that increase the risk of severe cases in the pandemic. Dr. Fareed utilizes “early intervention” as described in the article just published by himself and a number of esteemed medical colleagues below. At the end of August 2021 The national average of being treated in the typical manner, translated into a 9% hospitalization rate if you are over 60 years of age. And if you are under 50 years old, the hospitalization rate is 0.4%. Dr. Fareed’s office had a statistician come in and track the efficacy of his protocol on the first 4,500 patients. The hospitalization rate for Dr. Fareed’s patients who received early treatment was only 0.07%! So… his protocols are keeping vulnerable patients out of hospitals. The question becomes, “Why is early intervention being censored? Not available? Why are Doctors who talk and write about early treatment worried they might have to go before their medical board?” What is Next Dr. Fareed is leaving to go to the Rome Covid World Summits in a few weeks and will come back on the show to share what was discussed by viral experts around the world. Keep an eye out for Dr. Fareed's upcoming book talking about his journey in the treatment of pandemic patients. Additional Information & Links Outline of Dr. Fareed and Dr. Tyson's Current Protocol Early Outpatient Treatment in Nursing Homes International Covid Summit Dr. Fareed's Book Preview Multifaceted highly targeted sequential multidrug treatment of early ambulatory high-risk SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19) Statistical Reference How Many SARS-CoV-2-Infected People Require Hospitalization?
Safe Pain Alternatives and Regenerative Medicine with Dr. David Harris MD (#225)
1:14:02Looking for Safe Options for Severe Pain When you are in severe pain what are your safest options? How do you not become worse down the road from short-term fixes? Consider regenerative medicine. My Personal Experience A few months ago, I was supposed to fly from Austin, Texas to Houston to give an 8-hour continuing medical education, all-day class, for physicians. But a few days before all this, I woke up with my right leg so, in pain, I could not walk let alone stand! I called Dr. David Harris, a Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Board-Certified Pain Medicine specialist, who specializes in safe regenerative procedures. Usually, Dr. Harris is booked for up to 9 months, but there was an atypical cancellation. Most patients would get a steroid epidural. But as we age, we get more complicated. As I have shared before, I have an eye condition that cannot handle steroids. Thus, Dr. Harris, a pain “whisperer” (but all based in science), created a safer alternative epidural made of ozone, B12, sterile homeopathic Traumel, with a dash of steroid. I was then able to fly, stand and lecture all day, and go on to live my regular life without pain or disability. It all happened at Dr. Harris’s clinic called “Charm”: The Center for Healing and Regenerative Medicine. They provide “non-surgical” answers for pain that help joints heal without making them worse in the long run, as repetitive steroid treatments have now been shown to do. (If you watch this interview on YouTube, that’s the table where it happened.) Dr. David K. Harris is a physiatrist in Austin, Texas. Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in helping patients with disabilities. Without surgery. Their focus is rehabilitation, restoration of function, and a return to a high quality of life. The clinic offers prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, and stem cell injections. Dr. Harris’s wife is a physical therapist, so this is one-stop shopping. Their PA, Michelle Hall is a superb practitioner, too. I witnessed first-hand how helpful this medicine can be. Ten years ago I referred a 60-year-old man with half his rotator cuff missing, who had not been able to move his arm for 6 months. All other doctors insisted that his only option was to have surgery. Shoulder surgery is not for the faint of heart. With very long recovery times. Dr. Harris, avoiding surgery, performed his special medical regenerative injections. Within three months, that man’s shoulder was as good as new and continues to be up to today. All without painful, expensive surgery or drugs. There are only about 187 doctors nationally who do what Dr. Harris has learned to do, and many of these doctors have been trained by Dr. Harris. Got pain? Consider regenerative medicine and the Charm clinic in Austin, Texas. Links Charm Clinic
Beating Long Covid with Dr. Leo Galland, MD (#224)
1:10:41Leo Galland MD is an internist and author of medical books including Superimmunity for Kids, The Four Pillars of Healing, Power Healing, and The Fat Resistance Diet. Based in New York City, Galland is a regular columnist for Huffington Post, writing about various issues in integrated medicine. Dr. Berkson and Dr. Galland have lectured at the same conferences for decades. They have even co-formulated some nutraceutical lines - decades back. Dr. Galland being in NYC started to treat Covid patients early on. Dr. G has also written deep scientific dives about it. Presently his focus is on healing long covid cases. In this show you will learn: What to do to treat long Covid Who is at risk of Long Covid? What nutrient and dosage boosts mitochondrial function often damaged by Covid-19 The name of the probiotic that boosts alpha interferon vs. gamma interferon What estrogen has to do with alpha interferon. What progesterone has to do with BDNF. What nutrients boost BDNF and why you should care. What is butyrate and why is it important to keep making it The Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Harvard study that showed how many veggies a day protected against Covid and what about keto? Why having high enterococcus faecalis in your stool is not great for Covid and how to check. And much more, whew. You do NOT want to miss this show. Links: Website Protocols (free eBooks) Healing Long Covid (video) Your Brain After Covid-19 (PowerPoint Presentation) Understanding Long Covid: a comprehensive presentation for health professionals Covid & The Gut Microbiome with Dr. Leo Galland, MD& Dr. Berkson
Immunity Boosting Tips with Dr. Pamela Smith (#223)
1:08:47Dr. Pamela Smith is one of the most well-known lecturers in functional medicine. She started out as a family practice and ER doctor but has moved into the arena of functional medicine, hormones and protocols to heal. Dr. Pamela Smith is the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging. She created the modules for this 5-year board certification program where doctors learn how to become “functional practitioners” – all based on science. Dr. Smith and Dr. Berkson lecture frequently together at these modules and at other conferences. For example, Dr. Smith and Dr. Berkson gave a two-day conference for pharmacists in Salt Lake City two years ago. Dr. Smith is also a prolific author. She has her new book out called Max Immunity. This show is all about how to keep healthy especially in a pandemic. In this show you will learn: How to maximize immunity using specific nutraceuticals and medications The two parts of your immune system and timing of nutrients and medications Hormones and the immune system Sugar/alcohol and the immune system Gut health Metformin’s role in immunity And… why it is never too late to improve your gut health, and thus, your overall immunity. There are lots of clinical pearls in here. You do NOT want to miss this show. Some of Dr. Smith’s great books: Max Your Immunity Women’s Hormones Vitamins, Minerals Herbs and More
Hormone Therapies, Brain Protection with Compounding Pharmacist And Hormone Guru: Jim Hrncir RPh (#222)
1:01:29Jim 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 (where 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 discusses doses, bases, controversies and more. In this show you will learn what are bioidentical hormones and how they make can make a huge difference in your life. They are the most powerful tool that we have to slow aging down. They are safe, effective and protect your brain against the big “C” cognitive decline. In this show you will learn of the studies showing that hormone replacement reduces the risk of cognitive decline by 50 to almost 80%, with the natural molecules (the bioidentical hormones vs. the patented synthetic ones) having even more protection. This was shown by a large insurance study on 400,000 patients tracking their cognition and their hormonal therapies history. This show is a powerhouse of amazing information. You can ask your compounding pharmacist to ask Jim about his creative and effective protocols. You can reach listen to some of his talks at his pharmacy’s web site: https://www.lascolinaspharmacy.com/
Telemedicine’s Inventor & Kidney Doctor - Dr. Jack W. Moncrief (#221)
47:01Jack W. Moncrief, MD Dr. Moncrief has been in practice almost 50 years and was honored as one of the 7 physicians that made kidney medicine what it is today. In this show you will learn why and get in on a great conversation between colleagues and old friends. Dr. Moncrief and Dr. Berkson worked together in his clinic and dialysis center for almost 10 years. Both, together with Dr. Kenneth Burton, co-invented and worked on a combination drug/herb pharmaceutical and published original research shown below. Listen to Learn In this show you will learn how telemedicine got its start with an Austin kidney doctor wanting to do dialysis in faraway cities. By the nephrologist Dr. Jack Moncrief. Dr. Moncrief was the firsts doctor to do organ transplantation, dialysis, and dialysis in an infant, here in Texas. You hear about kidney health as well as how to treat brown recluse spider bites, so it doesn’t become an acute medical emergency requiring surgeries and wound care. You also hear about nitroglycerin and its application in medicine. Also amazing is that Dr. Moncrief is still “seeing” patients, though mostly over telemedicine. But not all. So if you have any kidney issues that you need a set of truly experienced eyes on, you may want to reach out to him. Dr. Moncrief’s accomplishments: Co-inventor and patent holder primary self/home dialysis procedure (CAPD) continuous parenteral ambulatory dialysis Nephrology practice 40 years Austin Biomedical research Moncrief-Popovich Research Institute Dialysis and Transplant practice First dialysis in newborn infant Their study: Free Radic Biol Med 2013 May;58:46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.01.020. Epub 2013 Jan 29. Acute effects of hemodialysis on nitrite and nitrate: potential cardiovascular implications in dialysis patients Nathan S Bryan 1, Ashley C Torregrossa, Asad I Mian, D Lindsey Berkson, Christian M Westby, Jack W Moncrief DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.01.020 Abstract Cardiovascular mortality in dialysis patients remains a serious problem. It is 10 to 20 times higher than in the general population. No molecular mechanism has been proven to explain this increased mortality, although nitric oxide (NO) has been implicated. The objective of our study was to determine the extent of the removal of the NO congeners nitrite and nitrate from plasma and saliva by hemodialysis, as this might disrupt physiological NO bioactivity and help explain the health disparity in dialysis patients. Blood and saliva were collected at baseline from patients on dialysis and blood was collected as it exited the dialysis unit. Blood and saliva were again collected after 4-5h of dialysis. In the 27 patients on dialysis, baseline plasma nitrite and nitrate by HPLC were 0.21±0.03 and 67.25±14.68 μM, respectively. Blood immediately upon exit from the dialysis unit had 57% less nitrite (0.09±0.03 μM; P=0.0008) and 84% less nitrate (11.04 μM; P=0.0003). After 4-5h of dialysis, new steady-state plasma levels of nitrite and nitrate were significantly lower than baseline, 0.09±0.01 μM (P=0.0002) and 16.72±2.27 μM (P=0.001), respectively. Dialysis also resulted in a significant reduction in salivary nitrite (232.58±75.65 to 25.77±10.88 μM; P=0.01) and nitrate (500.36±154.89 to 95.08±24.64 μM; P=0.01). Chronic and persistent depletion of plasma and salivary nitrite and nitrate probably reduces NO bioavailability and may explain in part the increased cardiovascular mortality in the dialysis patient.