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Positive Health Podcast
80 minutes | 5 months ago
Dr Ciara Wright, PhD: Fertility, Female Health and Personalised Nutrition
Ciara Wright, PhD is Director of the Glenville Clinic, Dublin, Ireland and specialises in male and female fertility and women’s hormonal balance. Ciara has a special interest in immune-related subfertility which can result in difficulty conceiving or recurrent miscarriage. She has a PhD in molecular biology from the Institute of Immunology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, experience in diagnostic hospital laboratories and a qualification in Medical Laboratory Sciences, and is an independent researcher and author of several important publications. In this interview Ciara discuses nutritional interventions, diagnostic testing and her research related to fertility and personalized nutrition. Further reading: Wright C, Milne S, Leeson H. Sperm DNA damage caused by oxidative stress: modifiable clinical, lifestyle and nutritional factors in male infertility. Reprod Biomed Online. 2014;28(6):684-703. Dalton LM, Ní Fhloinn DM, Gaydadzhieva GT, Mazurkiewicz OM, Leeson H, Wright CP. Magnesium in pregnancy. Nutr Rev. 2016;74(9):549-557. Wright C, Leeson H (2018) Assessing Iodine Status in Frontline Healthcare. J Nutri Med Diet Care 4:028. doi.org/10.23937/2572-3278.1510028
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Ron Hunninghake, MD: Vitamin C Therapy, Energy Metabolism and the Future of Medicine
Ron Hunninghake is Chief Medical Officer at the Riordan Clinic, an internationally recognized pioneer of Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) therapy, and co-author of three books and several research papers on integrative medicine. In addition to his full-time practice as a holistic medical doctor at the Riordan Clinic, Dr. Ron has made multiple trips to Japan, Spain, Ecuador, Columbia, New Zealand, Canada and South Korea to lecture on The Riordan IVC Protocol for Cancer and is actively involved in IVC research. In this interview Dr Ron shares his remarkable history and vision for the future of integrative medicine. Further reading: Mikirova N, Casciari J, Riordan N, Hunninghake R. Clinical experience with intravenous administration of ascorbic acid: achievable levels in blood for different states of inflammation and disease in cancer patients. J Transl Med. 2013;11:191. Published 2013 Aug 15. doi:10.1186/1479-5876-11-191 Riordan HD, Hunninghake RB, Riordan NH, et al. Intravenous ascorbic acid: protocol for its application and use. P R Health Sci J. 2003;22(3):287-290.
62 minutes | 7 months ago
William B. Grant, PhD: Vitamin D Supplementation and COVID-19; From Evidence to Action
William B. Grant, Ph.D. is founder and president, Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, San Francisco, California and a leading expert on vitamin with over 275 publications listed at pubmed.gov. His primary research interests are identifying and quantifying the risk-modifying factors for chronic and infectious diseases, with a particular interest in ultraviolet irradiance and vitamin D. In this interview we explore vitamin D research and clinical use with particular focus on the relationship between vitamin D and viral respiratory tract infections including COVID-19. Further reading: Grant WB, Lahore H, McDonnell SL, et al. Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths. Nutrients. 2020;12(4):988. Grant, WB. Preventing a covid-19 pandemic: Can vitamin D supplementation reduce the spread of COVID-19? Try first with health care workers and first responders. BMJ. 2020.
71 minutes | 7 months ago
Professor Julia Rucklidge, PhD: Revolutionising the Treatment of Mental Health with Nutrition
Professor Julia Rucklidge PhD is director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury and a pioneer of research on mental health and nutrition. Her research has explored the impact of nutritional interventions in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults, anxiety and stress in adults and children following catastrophe, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, depression, addictions, emotion dysregulation and more. In this interview she shares her extraordinary work, its powerful implications, and her radical vision for the future of psychiatric care. Further reading: Rucklidge JJ, et al. Vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with ADHD: a fully blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2018;59(3):232‐246. Sarris J, , et al. Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015;2(3):271‐274. Rucklidge JJ, et al. Shaken but unstirred? Effects of micronutrients on stress and trauma after an earthquake: RCT evidence comparing formulas and doses. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2012;27(5):440‐454.
57 minutes | a year ago
William Harris, PhD & Kristina Harris Jackson, PhD: Omega-3 Science from Assessment to Personalized Nutrition
William S. Harris, PhD, FAHA is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids with more than 300 publications relating to fatty acids in medical literature and author on two American Heart Association scientific statements on fatty acids. Kristina Harris Jackson, PhD, RD has contributed important publications to the omega-3 field specifically related to maternal health in addition to creating the Prenatal DHA test and the Mother’s Milk DHA test. Both are involved with OmegaQuant Analytics and the omega-3-index test. This fascinating discussion explores many important aspects of omega-3 research including the state of the clinical science, testing, absorption, dose, safety and health effects.
48 minutes | a year ago
Dr Robert Verkerk, PhD: Reimagining Healthcare and a Blueprint for Sustainable Health
In this remarkable interview Dr Robert Verkerk shares a blueprint for a sustainable healthcare system that incorporates factors such as patient empowerment, nutrition, lifestyle medicine, societal change and environmental ecology. Dr Robert Verkerk BSc MSc DIC PhD FACN, is Founder, Executive & Scientific Director of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) and has been instrumental in directing legal actions to protect the right to natural health and pioneering the development of novel, scientifically rational risk/benefit analysis approaches to foods and natural health products. Dr Verkerk has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 7 years and has authored some 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is an expert on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability in healthcare, agriculture, food quality and related fields. Further reading: Alliance for Natural Health. Health Sustainability Blueprint. Available at anhinternational.org
64 minutes | a year ago
Brad Leech, Clinical Nutritionist, PhD Candidate: Translating Intestinal Permeability Science to Clinical Practice
Brad Leech is a Clinical Nutritionist, Ayurvedic Herbalist, lecturer, clinic supervisor and research supervisor at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Brad is currently undertaking his PhD at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney where his research involves developing a clinical practice guideline for the assessment and management of increased intestinal permeability. He is an international presenter and published author writing both peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In the discussion we explore intestinal permeability from an evidence-based perspective including topics such as risk factors, disease associations, assessment and treatment. Further reading: Leech B, McIntyre E, Steel A, Sibbritt D. Risk factors associated withintestinal permeability in an adult population: A systematic review. Int J Clin Pract. 2019 Oct;73(10):e13385. Leech B, Schloss J, Steel A. Association between increased intestinal permeability and disease: a systematic review. Adv Integr Med. 2018;6:23‐34.
59 minutes | a year ago
Dr. Samuel F. Yanuck: Functional Immunology; Unravelling Inflammatory and Autoimmune Dysfunction
Dr. Samuel Yanuk is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and creator of Cogence Immunology, a widely acclaimed online functional immunology course for clinicians. Dr Yanuk is also in private practice focusing primarily on immunology and the application of natural methods in cases involving immunological dysfunction. In this remarkable conversation Dr Yanuk unravels the complex landscape of inflammatory and autoimmune illness from a functional medicine-based perspective in a way that is both enlightening and empowering. Further learning: cogenceimmunology.com
64 minutes | a year ago
Justine Bold, BA Hons, Dip BCNH: Non-celiac gluten sensitivity; from infertility to mental health.
Justine Bold is a researcher and clinician whose remarkable work has improved our understanding of food sensitivities, in particular non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, and how it may contribute to a diverse range of issues, from infertility to mental illness. Justine is Senior lecturer in Nutritional Therapy at the School of Allied Health and Community, University of Worcester, Program Director of Continuing Professional Development at the Centre for Medical Education, University of Cardiff, and delivered the nutrition education element of the SHAPE project that runs within the NHS for young people with severe mental illness such a psychosis and bi-polar disorder. Justine has worked part time in practice since 2003, and is editor of Integrated Approaches to Infertility, IVF and Recurrent Miscarriage: A Handbook. Further reading: Casella G, Villanacci V, Di Bella C, Bassotti G, Bold J, Rostami K. Non celiac gluten sensitivity and diagnostic challenges. Gastroenterol Hepatol Bed Bench. 2018 Summer;11(3):197-202. Busby E, Bold J, Fellows L, Rostami K. Mood Disorders and Gluten: It's Not All in Your Mind! A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 2018 Nov 8;10(11). Bold, J. & Bedford, S. (2016) Integrated Approaches in Infertility, IVF and recurrent miscarriage. Jessica Kingsley Publishers Singing Dragon, London
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, MA: Rethinking Mental Health; Nutrition and Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
Dr Jonathan Prousky has been instrumental in the advancement of nutrition and integrative medicine in mental health care for over two decades. He is author of over 70 research papers, 7 books (including Integrative Clinical Nutrition, and Anxiety; Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment), and several book chapters. Dr Prousky is Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Lead Supervisor of the Mental Health Focused Shift, previous Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and maintains a medical practice with emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of mental health concerns. Further reading: Prousky, J. The manifestations and triggers of mental breakdown, and its effective treatment by increasing stress resilience with psychosocial strategies, therapeutic lifestyle changes, and orthomolecular interventions. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2013;28(3):111-130 Prousky, J. Orthomolecular psychiatric treatments are preferable to mainstream psychiatric drugs: a rational analysis. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2013;28(1):17-32.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Professor Glenn Gibson, PhD: Prebiotics and Gut Microbiota-Targeted Strategies to Improve Health
Dr Glenn Gibson is one of the world’s leading experts on expert in gut health and prebiotics, having originally coined the term “prebiotic.” Dr Gibson was responsible for the initiation of the whole prebiotic concept for gut microbiota management through diet. He has published over 450 research papers and is currently researching acute and chronic gut disease, autism, obesity and probiotic/prebiotic functionality. The article which originally coined this term was published in 1995 and is currently the most-cited paper in the Agricultural Sciences field of the ISI Essential Science Indicators with over 5000 citations. In this interview we discuss the prebiotic concept, gastrointestinal as well as extra-intestinal health effects of prebiotics, and translation to clinical medicine. Further reading: Gibson GR, et al. Expert consensus document: The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug;14(8):491-502. Petschow B, et al. Probiotics, prebiotics, and the host microbiome: the science of translation. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2013 Dec;1306:1-17.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Professor Bruce Ames, PhD: Prolonging Healthy Aging: Longevity Vitamins and Proteins
Dr Ames is a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. His research has been fundamental in developing our understanding of how suboptimal micronutrient intakes contribute to accelerated aging and chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, and cognitive decline. Recently he expanded his ‘triage theory’ to introduce two concepts inherent in the triage-rationing mechanism: longevity proteins and longevity vitamins. This indicates there is a new class of vitamins that are essential for healthy ageing, but do not have the immediate deficiency-related disease of traditional vitamins. Dr Ames shares his theory and its implications for nutrition, health and personalized medicine. Further reading: Ames BN. Prolonging healthy aging: Longevity vitamins and proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 23;115(43):10836-10844.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Professor Michael J. Gonzalez, PhD: Metabolic Correction; A Functional Biochemical Therapeutic Approach
Dr Gonzalez is Professor at the Nutrition Program, School of Public Health in the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico and Adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. The author over 200 scientific publications, Dr Gonzalez has developed a model for therapeutic intervention based on pioneering experimental science, innovative theories of disease development, and clinical research. In this interview Dr Gonzalez shares how is work has evolved, explores areas of particular relevance such as carcinogenesis and mitochondrial function, and provides us with important scientific and clinical insights. Further reading: González MJ, et al. Metabolic correction: a functional biochemical mechanism against disease--Part 1: concept and historical background. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Mar;34(1):3-8.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr. Felice Gersh, MD: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; New Perspectives, The Microbiome and Circadian Rhythm
Dr. Felice Gersh is Board Certified in OB/GYN, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and is Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. As physician teacher Dr Gersh served as Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years. An internationally recognized pioneer in integrative women’s health, Dr Gersh covers the remarkable role of Circadian Rhythm in PCOS and its relevance to the microbiome, nutritional medicine, time restricted eating, and fasting, with hope for more advanced and compassionate patient care. Further reading: Dr. Felice Gersh. PCOS SOS. (new book available early 2019). Visit www.felicelgershmd.com for more information.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
Ray Griffiths, MSc: Mitochondrial Medicine; An Opportunity for Personalised Nutrition
Ray Griffiths obtained his Masters in Personalised Nutrition from Middlesex University where his work focused on the role that mitochondria play in Parkinson’s disease. Ray is author of the reference text; Mitochondria in Health and Disease: Personalized Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners. As a Registered Nutritionist and Lecturer, Ray has been researching and practicing nutrition for over 20 years and lecturing for over 10 years. In this revealing and insightful interview, we bring to life the dynamic world of the mitochondria, explore their relevance to our health, and discus the role of nutrition and lifestyle medicine in improving mitochondrial function. Further reading: Griffiths, R. Mitochondria in Health and Disease: Personalized Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (Personalized Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for Healthcare Practitioners). Singing Dragon. 2018.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr. Alan R. Gaby, MD: Controversies in Nutritional Medicine; Folate and Vitamin D
Dr. Alan Gaby received his M.D. from the University of Maryland, was in private practice for 19 years, specializing in nutritional medicine, professor of nutrition at Bastyr University, and is author of several books and publications, including his remarkable and essential textbook Nutritional Medicine. In this interview we dive deep into the science and explore controversies surrounding the use, safety and efficacy of folate and vitamin D including the clinical relevance of blood testing and nutrigenomics. Further reading: Alan R. Gaby. Nutritional Medicine (second edition). Fritz Perlberg Publishing. 2017. https://doctorgaby.com
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Gaétan Chevalier, PhD : Electric Nutrition, The Science and Benefits of Earthing
Dr. Chevalier is a core faculty member and former director of research at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, California, and Director of the Earthing Institute. His background in physics led him to studying the effects of bioelectrical changes generated by Earthing or Grounding on human physiology. In this spectacular interview we explore the remarkable science of earthing, how it influences our physiology, and its important implications for our health. Further reading: Sinatra ST, et al. Electric Nutrition: The Surprising Health and Healing Benefits of Biological Grounding (Earthing). Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Sep;23(5):8-16. www.earthinginstitute.net
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr. Haines Ely, MD: Is Psoriasis a Bowel Disease?
Dr. Haines Ely, MD is a board-certified dermatologist, researcher, clinician and Clinical Professor UC Davis University of California Davis School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. In this remarkable interview, Dr. Ely takes us on a journey that connects dots between nutrition, gastroenterology, microbiology, cardiology, hepatology, immunology and dermatology. His extensive experience and novel discoveries in these diverse fields help us understand what’s causing psoriasis and translate to effective treatments. Further reading: Ely PH. Is psoriasis a bowel disease? Successful treatment with bile acids and bioflavonoids suggests it is. Clin Dermatol. 2018 May - Jun;36(3):376-389.
31 minutes | 3 years ago
Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD: Integrative Psychiatry, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Nutritional Lithium
Dr. James Greenblatt is a leading expert in eating and mood disorders and a pioneer of nutritional medicine for mental health. For the last three decades, Dr. Greenblatt has devoted his career to educating clinicians and patients in the role of integrative medicine and nutrition in the treatment mental illness. Dr. Greenblatt has published several books, including recently The Breakthrough Depression Solution 2nd eds. (2016) and Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story (2016). He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Further reading: Greenblatt J,Grossmann K. Nutritional Lithium: A Cinderella Story: The Untold Tale of a Mineral That Transforms Lives and Heals the Brain. 2016.
64 minutes | 3 years ago
Lucille Leader, Nutritional Therapist: Parkinson’s Disease, Nutritional Management, and Collaborative Care
Lucille Leader is an expert on the personalized nutritional management of Parkinson’s disease and a pioneer of true integrative care for neurodegenerative illness. She is the Nutrition Director of the London Pain Relief and Nutritional Support Clinic at The Highgate Hospital, Special Section for Parkinson’s Disease, co-author and editor of several books, recipient of numerous awards, council member for the food and health forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, has published peer-reviewed research, and lectures internationally. Lucille shares with us her unique clinical approach while exploring the importance of nutritional biochemistry and multi-disciplinary medical collaboration. Further reading: Leader G, Leader L. Parkinson’s Disease Reducing Symptoms with Nutrition and Drugs. Third Edition. 2017. Denor Press.
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