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Natural Medicine Journal Podcast

Natural Medicine Journal's interviews with thought-leaders in the field of natural and integrative medicine dig deep into the most important topics in the field. Whether it's a one-on-one with top researchers in integrative medicine or a conversation with a practitioner about treating hard-to-tackle conditions, each episode promises to provide trusted, cutting-edge, evidence-based knowledge about natural medicine that you won't find anywhere else.
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Dec 14, 2020

New research published in the Lancet demonstrates a disturbing connection between psychiatric disorders and Covid-19. Research indicates that people with mental health disorders are at significant risk of developing Covid-19 and Covid-19 increases the risk of psychiatric disorder. On this episode, mental health expert Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, delves into details of the study and then discusses his integrative approach to the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Bongiorno is codirector of InnerSource Natural Health, with clinics in New York City and Long Island, and is the author of several books on the holistic treatment of mental health disorders.

About the Expert

Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, is codirector of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture. Specializing in emotional and mental health, Bongiorno researched at the National Institute of Mental Health and Yale’s Department of Pharmacology before studying at Bastyr University. He is a past-president of the NY Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He was a major contributor to the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier), and has authored several books. He can be reached through drpeterbongiorno.com or InnerSourceHealth.com.

Dec 2, 2020

Why do some shun science and cling to conspiracy? Bruce Miller, MD, recently wrote in JAMA about the dangerous consequences of antiscience rhetoric and the neurological mechanisms that can actually encourage acceptance of false beliefs. Miller is a world-renowned expert on the diagnosis and management of dementia. As a behavioral neurologist, he is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute. In this interview he makes the connection between the brain and science denial. He also talks about what clinicians can do to help their patients embrace science. 

About the Expert

Bruce Miller, MD, holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UC San Francisco where he directs the Memory and Aging Center. He is a behavioral neurologist whose work in neurodegenerative conditions emphasizes brain-behavior relationships and the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and program project on frontotemporal dementia. Additionally, he helps lead the Tau Consortium, the Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia and the Global Brain Health Institute. He was awarded the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology and elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dec 1, 2020

As we face one of the most challenging health crises in modern history, it's clear that we need an integrative approach to immune simulation. On this episode, Karolyn interviews 2 expert guests about how to optimize immune system function as cold and flu season converge with the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN and Douglas “Duffy” MacKay, ND, provide information about both daily and acute immune system support and describe the science behind targeted ingredients. We also discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine, cannabidiol (CBD), and PEA are discussed.

About the Experts

Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN, is CV Sciences's Medical Advisor. Lewis is an expert on brain health, particularly concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He founded the nonprofit Brain Health Education and Research Institute when he retired as a colonel after a distinguished 31-year career in the US Army. Lewis is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. A sought-after speaker, consultant, and clinician, Lewis is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. He is the author of the best-selling book, When Brains Collide: What Every Athlete and Parent Should Know About the Prevention and Treatment of Concussions and Brain Injuries.

Duffy MacKay, ND, is senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, for CV Sciences and is responsible for driving product quality, safety, and innovation. MacKay also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Dietary Supplements, is on the advisory board of the American Botanical Council (ABC), and serves on the editorial boards of Integrative Medicine: a Clinician’s Journal and Natural Medicine Journal.

MacKay comes to CV Sciences after a 10-year career with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) where he served as the senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs. MacKay oversaw the scientific and regulatory affairs department, ensuring that the association’s scientific, policy, and legislative positions were based on credible scientific rationale. MacKay is no longer in practice but has 14 years of clinical experience as owner and practitioner in an integrative medical clinic.

About the Sponsor

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Nov 18, 2020

A higher percentage of black women die of heart disease each year than women of any other race. Why is that? And even more importantly, what can integrative healthcare practitioners do about it? Your African American female patients will want you to listen to this interview with women’s health expert Beverly Yates, ND. Yates, who is the author of the book Heart Health for Black Women, provides practical, insightful advice for clinicians on this important topic.

About the Expert

Beverly Yates, ND, is a diabetes expert and author who has more than 27 years of experience working with those who struggle with blood sugar issues related to type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Yates is the creator of the Blood Sugar Mastery program, a simple and effective lifestyle-based program for people who have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, to lower blood sugar levels, and achieve healthy A1C and fasting blood sugar levels. Yates is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of diabetes and heart disease, and a published author. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR in 1994. She is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

Oct 26, 2020

This article is part of our October 2020 special issue. Download the full issue here: https://issuu.com/impacthealthmedia/docs/nmjmag18_oncology_final.

Among the tragedies of the Covid-19 pandemic is how it is affecting people at risk of cancer and those being treated for cancer. In this episode, Natural Medicine Journal Publisher Karolyn Gazella and Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, discuss how the pandemic has negatively impacted cancer care and what integrative healthcare practitioners can do to help. Kaczor is board-certified in naturopathic oncology and has a private telemedicine practice via Round Table Cancer Care. Karolyn is a cancer survivor and the cocreator and CEO of the iTHRIVE Plan, an online wellness program for cancer survivors.

About the Expert

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor-in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board-certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past-president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She is the editor of the Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Portland, Oregon.

Oct 26, 2020

This article is part of our October 2020 special issue. Download the full issue here: https://issuu.com/impacthealthmedia/docs/nmjmag18_oncology_final

On this episode, integrative clinician and researcher Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, shares some of the more progressive methods he uses with people who have cancer. In addition to providing an update on galectin-3 and modified citrus pectin research, Eliaz also discusses his research involving prostate cancer relapse and how he uses mushroom extracts to address breast cancer regardless of receptive status. Finally, he briefly describes his pioneering applications using therapeutic apheresis.

About the Expert

Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, is an integrative medical doctor, licensed acupuncturist, researcher, author, product formulator, and frequent guest lecturer. He has been a pioneer in holistic medicine since the early 1980s, with numerous peer-reviewed publications demonstrating the benefits of his innovative formulas and protocols.

Eliaz is the founder and medical director of Amitabha Medical Clinic in Santa Rosa, California, an integrative health center specializing in cancer and chronic conditions. Eliaz is regarded as a leading expert in galectin-3 and modified citrus pectin research, as well as a pioneer in the use of therapeutic apheresis blood filtration in the United States.

About the Sponsor

MD-Formulated. 3rd Party Researched. The Clinical Synergy Difference.

Clinical Synergy Professional Formulas is a recognized leader in advanced nutraceutical formulas, featuring first-in-class, independently researched solutions for optimal health and aging. Developed by renowned clinician and researcher, Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, Clinical Synergy products and protocols are recommended worldwide as effective, evidence-based solutions for today's most critical areas of health. Clinical Synergy specializes in targeted, extensively researched formulas for cellular function and healthy aging, cardiovascular and kidney function, immune balancing, detoxification, neurological health, vector-borne health concerns, microbiome support, and more.

Oct 15, 2020

On this episode, our guest is Randy Horwitz, MD, PhD, FACP, who is currently the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Horwitz addresses several Covid-19 issues, including pathophysiology, hypoxia, and identifying the lingering effects of the virus in some patients.

About the Expert

Randy Horwitz, MD, PhD, FACP, is the medical director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Prior to medical school, he completed his PhD in molecular immunology. Horwitz completed 2 fellowships: one in allergy and immunology and the other in integrative medicine. He is triple board-certified in internal medicine, allergy and clinical immunology, and integrative medicine. Horowitz was elected as the founding chair of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is the author of the textbook Integrative Rheumatology  (Oxford University Press), and he is currently completing Integrative Allergy & Asthma (Oxford University Press), due to be published in 2021.

 

 
Oct 5, 2020

Addressing female infertility often requires an integrative approach. This interview features 2 integrative health experts on the topic, Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, and Stephanie O’Neill Bhogal, DC, DICCP, who are in private practice at Wolfe Family Chiropractic in Metamora, MI, where they specialize in women’s health and pediatrics. Bhogal and O’Neill share details associated with their integrative approach to improving egg quality and increasing the chances of pregnancy. 

About the Experts

Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, enjoys private practice in Metamora, MI, where he blends his 20 years in academia with clinical expertise in technique and integrative work. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, he is also a diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists and has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Bhogal is a popular lecturer providing continuing education and often speaks at national and international conferences. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals and recently coauthored a chapter in a pediatric chiropractic textbook with his wife, Stephanie O’Neill Bhogal, DC, DICCP. Together, they also established Peak Potential Outreach, an international nonprofit organization committed to bringing healthcare to the globally underprivileged.

Stephanie O’Neill Bhogal, DC, DICCP, is in private practice caring for women and children in Metamora, MI, following 18 years in academia. After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, she completed a 3-year clinical residency in Chiropractic Pediatrics and earned her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) from the International Chiropractic Association. She is the current president of the ICA Council on Pediatrics. O’Neill has collaborated on publishing a mainstream chiropractic pediatric textbook, has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and lectures frequently at conferences and international symposia. She also serves as an editor for the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. She travels regularly to underserved countries with Peak Potential Outreach, a non-profit foundation she and her husband founded.

About the Sponsor

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Empowering Patients & Practitioners for a Naturally Healthy World

Aug 31, 2020

In this interview, Russell Jaffe, MD, shares his immune-boosting protocol that can enhance immunity and help patients achieve better overall wellness. In addition to discussing diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements, Jaffe shares information about an innovative lymphocyte response assay that is now available. Jaffe is an internal medicine physician, clinical pathologist, immunologist, and biochemist.

About the Expert

Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD, is CEO and chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH). He is considered one of the pioneers of integrative and regenerative medicine. Since inventing the world’s first single step amplified (ELISA) procedure in 1984, a process for measuring and monitoring all delayed allergies, Jaffe has continually sought new ways to help speed the transition from our current healthcare system’s symptom reactive model to a more functionally integrated, effective, and compassionate system. PIH is the outcome of years of Jaffe’s scientific research. It brings to market 3 decades of rethinking safer, more effective, novel, and proprietary dietary supplements, supplement delivery systems, diagnostic testing, and validation studies.

About the Sponsor

PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH) is dedicated to speeding the transition from sickness care to healthful caring. Delivering novel, personalized health solutions, PIH gives physicians and their patients the tools needed to achieve sustained optimal wellness. Combining the best in functional, evidence-based testing with premium professional supplements and healthful lifestyle guides, PIH solutions deliver successful outcomes in even the toughest cases. If you are interested in delving more deeply into this and other integrative health topics, we invite you to join the PIH Academy.

Additional resources made available to you by PIH and Jaffe are shown below:

Aug 5, 2020

In this interview, clinician and dietary supplement expert Alex Keller, ND, CISSN, provides practical information about how healthcare practitioners can effectively evaluate the quality of the dietary supplements they recommend. Keller also gives some advice about how to effectively communicate with patients when it comes to dietary supplement quality.

About the Expert

Alex Keller, ND, CISSN, is a practicing naturopathic doctor in Ottawa, Canada. Keller is the cofounder of an integrative physical therapy clinic and maintains a practice focus in pain management, performance, and stress resilience for athletes. He serves as the medical director at Fullscript, where he oversees the 15-member Integrative Medical Advisory Team (IMAT), which develops dietary supplement-related educational content for the Fullscript ecosystem.

Prior to medicine, Alex worked in the renewable energy sector, where he developed a deep passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. Today, he splits his professional time practicing as a clinician, working for Fullscript, and developing a permaculture operation. He and his wife, Jenn Keller, ND, raise their family and approximately 20 farm animals on a farm that they’re in the process of converting into an integrative health retreat and botanical medicine learning center.

About the Sponsor

Fullscript is the ultimate platform for those who want to do wellness the right way — the personal way. It has the industry’s most comprehensive catalog of 300+ professional-quality products, making safe supplements more accessible and affordable, and making personalized treatment plans possible.

But it’s also much more than a virtual dispensary. With features like EHR integrations, patient refill reminders, customizable dosage instructions, an evidence-based protocol library, and educational content for patients, it makes integrative medicine feel…well, integrated. With your way of working. With your evolving approach to wellness. And with your patients’ day-to-day lives.

Dietary Supplement Quality Guide: Research, Procedures, and Certifications

This guide provides an overview of supplement quality, including manufacturer considerations, regulations, testing, third-party certification, the role of research, and more.

Aug 3, 2020

In this podcast, our editor-in-chief Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, discusses the basics of the Blood Type Diet with Peter D'Adamo, ND. D'Adamo talks about the historical context of the diet, including its multigenerational evolution to what is today—a more data-driven, personalized approach to care. D'Adamo also explains how blood type may be relevant to the apparent variable outcomes of infection with the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. 

About the Expert

Peter D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician who is also an author, researcher-educator, and software developer. He is a world expert in glycobiology, principally the ABO (ABH) blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms. In 1996 Dr. D'Adamo wrote the NY Times Bestseller Eat Right For Your Type.

D'Adamo is a distinguished professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine where he directs the new University of Bridgeport Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. He is also an adjunct clinical professor for both the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ, and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR. 

In 2001 D'Adamo founded the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI). In 2003 he instigated the first IfHI biannual conference and certification, at which he was the keynote speaker. These conferences, which have attracted the best and brightest minds in nutritional genomics, have continued through 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

D'Adamo is currently developing several new bioinformatics tools. In professional and academic circles, he is best known for his genomic software Opus23 and SWAMI, a program that devises complex one-of-a-kind diet protocols for individuals. Many of his open-source bioinformatics programs can be found on his website www.datapunk.net.

Jul 21, 2020

On this episode, immunologist and integrative health expert Heather Zwickey, PhD, tackles some tough questions about recent developments surrounding the science of Covid-19. She also discusses the newly formed Naturopathy and Complementary Medicine Covid-19 Support Registry at National University of Natural Medicine Helfgott Research Institute.

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a focus on infectious disease. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health, among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences worldwide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation. 

Jun 30, 2020

Chronic health issues can precipitate from a myriad of origins including inflammation. On this episode, integrative medical physician Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, explains his physiology first approach to restorative healing. In addition to recommended testing, Jaffe will describe a comprehensive strategy that is fundamental to personalized medicine and improved patient outcomes. Jaffe is one of the pioneers of integrative and regenerative medicine with expertise in testing, research, diagnostics, and dietary supplements.

About the Expert

Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD, is CEO and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH). He is considered one of the pioneers of integrative and regenerative medicine. Since inventing the world’s first single step amplified (ELISA) procedure in 1984, a process for measuring and monitoring all delayed allergies, Jaffe has continually sought new ways to help speed the transition from our current healthcare system’s symptom reactive model to a more functionally integrated, effective, and compassionate system. PIH is the outcome of years of Dr Jaffe’s scientific research. It brings to market 3 decades of rethinking safer, more effective, novel, and proprietary dietary supplements, supplement delivery systems, diagnostic testing, and validation studies.

About the Sponsor

PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH) is dedicated to speeding the transition from sickness care to healthful caring. Delivering novel, personalized health solutions, PIH gives physicians and their patients the tools needed to achieve sustained optimal wellness. Combining the best in functional, evidence-based testing with premium professional supplements and healthful lifestyle guides, PIH solutions deliver successful outcomes in even the toughest cases. If you are interested in delving more deeply into this and other integrative health topics, we invite you to join the PIH Academy

Jun 30, 2020

On this episode, Robert Cuyler, PhD, provides information and advice on how to effectively utilize telemedicine to treat patients. With 20 years of experience as an early adopter of this technology, Dr. Cuyler is considered a leading telemedicine expert. He is the author of the book Implementing Telemedicine: Completing Projects On Target On Time On Budget.

About the Expert

Robert N. Cuyler, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer of Palo Alto Health Sciences which offers Freespira, an FDA-cleared digital therapeutic for the treatment of panic disorder and PTSD.  Cuyler has decades of experience as a practicing clinical psychologist, healthcare executive, and consultant. Cuyler earned his PhD in psychology from Louisiana State University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Menninger Foundation. For more information, visit Freespira.com.

Jun 15, 2020

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, was the executive director of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which helped the VHA embrace a whole health approach that empowers and equips patients to take charge of their health. Now as executive director of the Whole Health Institute, she is once again a catalyst in helping transform healthcare to a more holistic, integrative approach. Gaudet will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming AANP virtual conference on July 11th.

About the Expert

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, is the executive director of the Whole Health Institute, which strives to make whole health accessible to all people in all communities. Gaudet was previously the executive director of the Veterans Health Administration’s National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation until 2019. Gaudet was with Duke University Health System, where she served as executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine until 2010. Gaudet received her BA degree in psychology and sociology and her MD degree from Duke University, and she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Jun 2, 2020

A 2019 report on physician burnout found that nearly 60% of physicians identified as either burned out, colloquially depressed, or clinically depressed. And some estimates indicate that 76% of physicians worldwide are experiencing burnout. In this interview, integrative medical expert and radiation oncologist, Matt Mumber, MD, reminds practitioners to try a mind-body integrative approach to reversing and reducing risk of burnout. Mumber is presently a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Georgia.

Approximate listening time: 17 minutes

About the Expert

Matt Mumber, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Georgia. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Virginia and he also did a fellowship in integrative medicine with the University of Arizona. He is the coauthor of the book Sustainable Wellness and the editor of the textbook Integrative Oncology: Principles and Practice. Mumber is the director of medical affairs of the iTHRIVE Plan.

Jun 2, 2020

The scientific literature now recognizes that metabolic endotoxemia is an underlying factor in many serious health conditions. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how and why this condition occurs and how to prevent and reverse it. Krishnan has spent several years with hands-on research and development in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He is currently involved in 16 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome.

About the Expert

Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He comes from a University research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Kiran established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition. Kiran is also a co-founder and partner in Nu Science Trading, LLC.; a nutritional technology development and research company. Kiran is also a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs. He is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences. He is an expert guest on National and Satellite radio, has appeared in several international documentaries and has been a guest speaker on several International Health Summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in 16 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. Kiran is also on the Scientific Advisory Board or a Science Advisor for 7 other companies in the industry.

About the Sponsor

Microbiome Labs was originally established in 2013 as Physicians Exclusive as an organization focused on providing probiotic bacteriotherapy. In the past several years, its business model has grown and so has public awareness for gut health issues. Microbiome Labs comes to you as an all-inclusive resource center designed to address the needs of physicians and health care practitioners across the globe.

Microbiome Labs’ goal is to provide integrative solutions and clinical research data to address indications that stem from digestive and immune health issues. It hopes to encourage other supplement companies to raise the bar of the supplement industry as a whole. In 2018, Microbiome Labs attended over 148 conferences, initiated and/or completed 14 clinical trials, and provided key solutions to thousands of practitioners, changing over 344,000 lives… and counting. View MBL’s video to learn more about its story.

To learn more about our flagship product, MegaSporeBioticTM, click here.

May 20, 2020

On this episode, pharmacist, nutritionists, author, and health educator, Ross Pelton, discusses his comprehensive strategy to support and enhance viral immunity. In addition to making the connection between the gut microbiome and the immune system, Pelton talks about diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements that have been shown to support a healthy gut microbiome. He also discusses probiotic research, dosage, and why multistrain combinations are effective.

About the Expert

Ross Pelton, RPh, CCN, is Essential Formula's director of science, in addition to being a practicing pharmacist, clinical nutritionist, and health educator in Southern Oregon. Pelton earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. A certified clinical nutritionist, Pelton was named as 1 of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the United States by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. Pelton teaches continuing education programs for healthcare professionals to use natural medicine and integrate it into their practices. He also has authored numerous books, including The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, which is a gold-standard reference book for health practitioners.

About the Sponsor

Essential Formulas Incorporated (EFI) was established in 2000 as the sole US distributor of world-renowned microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira’s award-winning probiotic dietary supplements and skin care products. Always an innovator, EFI introduced REG’ACTIV in 2015, containing ME-3, a probiotic catalyst that produces the “master’” oxidant glutathione inside the body's cells. A family-owned and operated business, EFI was founded on the philosophy of providing high-quality preventative, supportive, and comprehensive pro-health products for the entire family. EFI continues to flourish and grow through a strong company and product integrity and the knowledge that they’re providing scientifically proven products that positively impact the health and well-being of their customers.

 

May 14, 2020

This interview was recorded on May 8, 2020.

On this episode, Susan Ryan, DO, who has been on the front lines of this pandemic since it began, shares insights about her experience. Ryan also talks about the spectrum of symptoms, the toll on healthcare, and her own struggles with fear and anxiety. Ryan has been an emergency room (ER) physician with Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO, for 23 years.

About the Expert

Susan Ryan, DO, has been an emergency room physician with Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO, for the past 23 years. She received her medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency with Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. She also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship with the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies and worked as an Olympic Team Physician and for the Colorado Avalanche Hockey team. She is also a volunteer puppy raiser for the nonprofit organization Canine Companions for Independence and has been a board member of that organization for the past 5 years.

May 6, 2020

In this interview, integrative physician and best-selling author Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, discusses his approach to preventing and treating diabetes. Teitelbaum goes into detail about the botanical intervention, Hintonia latiflora, that he uses in clinical practice for prediabetes and diabetes. Teitelbaum explains how diabetes can be prevented and even reversed using a comprehensive integrative approach. Teitelbaum is a board-certified internist and Medical Director of the Practitioners Alliance Network. 

About the Expert

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine and serves as the medical director of the Practitioners Alliance Network. He earned his medical doctorate from Ohio State University and he is the author of several best-selling books including From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free, 1,2,3!, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction, Real Cause Real Cure, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution, Diabetes Is Optional, and the popular free smartphone app Cures A-Z. Teitelbaum is the lead author of 4 studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. For more information visit vitality101.com.

About the Sponsor

EuroMedica® specializes in bringing proven natural medicines to the United States and in developing unique formulas containing clinically tested, safe, and effective ingredients. EuroMedica’s founder and president, Terry Lemerond, has more than 45 years' experience in the nutritional supplement industry, beginning with the founding of his first companies, Enzymatic Therapy and PhytoPharmica, and culminating in his current company, EuroMedica.

Terry Lemerond is credited as the first to introduce standardized ginkgo, glucosamine sulfate, and IP-6 to the United States. Several of EuroMedica’s products have been featured in published scientific papers. New clinical trials, some including the well known BCM-95®/Curcugreen™ Curcumin, are now underway at prestigious research centers. EuroMedica is perhaps best known for Curaphen® Professional Pain Formula and CuraPro® products, both containing BCM-95®/Curcugreen™ Curcumin. Additonally, EuroMedica provides unique and proprietary products including EurOmega-3®, Traumaplant® Comfrey Cream from Germany, Bladder Manager® featuring the clinically studied SagaPro®, Sucontral® D with hintonia latiflora, and Clinical Glutathione™ with Sublinthion®.

May 5, 2020

African Americans and other people of color throughout the United States are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19. In this interview, Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, CYT, talks about how integrative practitioners can better serve the health needs of underserved populations during this pandemic. Thomas is an integrative primary care nurse practitioner and the board president of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, a nonprofit organization of multidisciplinary practitioners committed to affordable, accessible integrative healthcare for all.

About the Expert

A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, CYT, is a board-certified nurse practitioner in primary care and practices integrative medicine in a Safety-Net hospital system for the underserved in Southeast Florida at Memorial Primary Care. She is also pursuing her PhD in nursing at Walden University’s interdisciplinary health track, focusing on the integration of behavioral health in primary care. Udaya is also the board president of the non-profit organization Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US).

Disclosure: Thomas is partially funded by Grant #5T06SM060559-07 of Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Association (SAMHSA) American Nursing Association (ANA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). SAMHSA is a government resource for practitioners and the ANA MFP is currently accepting applications for more minority fellows.

Transcript

Karolyn Gazella: Today, our topic is serving the healthcare needs of underserved populations. We'll also discuss the fact that African Americans and other people of color are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19. Hello, I'm Karolyn Gazella, your host and the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal. My guest is integrative primary care nurse practitioner Udaya Thomas. Udaya presently works in a safety net hospital system for the underserved in Southeast Florida at Memorial Primary Care and she is also pursuing her PhD in nursing. Udaya, thank you so much for joining me.

Udaya Thomas: Thanks for having me Karolyn. It's great to be with you and thanks also to my colleague Priscilla Abercrombie, Past President of IM4US for connecting us.

Gazella: Yes, that's great. Yeah. Now before we jump into our topic, tell us a little bit about your present clinical work at Memorial Primary Care.

Thomas: Well, I work as a primary care nurse practitioner in a patient-centered medical home, and actually for the past 5 weeks instead of person care, we've had to go virtual with Covid-19 pandemic, but our administration led us into a quick change and we're doing 100 percent telehealth encounters. Patients can also message me directly to give them access to me whenever they need it.

Gazella: That's great. Now, where does your interest in healthcare disparity spring from?

Thomas: I would say from growing up as a first-generation Indian immigrant in a low-resource rural community, I've always actually been interested in integrative approaches. So I chose nursing and public health as my path to work for the underserved in this country.

Gazella: That's great. So you're the president of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, also known as IM4US. Tell us a little bit about that organization.

Thomas: IM4US is a nonprofit organization of multidisciplinary practitioners who are committed to affordable, accessible, integrative health for the underserved. IM4US is the only integrative health organization focused solely on the underserved, which makes us fairly unique. We support practitioners that serve underserved populations to outreach, education, research, and advocacy. We also have equity, diversity, and inclusion principles for all the work that we do. And while we typically have an in-person annual conference, due to the coronavirus precautions, we've moved our 10th annual conference to a virtual conference.

Our underserved communities have been specifically affected by the crisis, not only because they're more likely to be susceptible to getting ill, but being out of work for this long really puts them at risk by not having an income, leading to less resources and poor health outcomes.

Gazella: Yeah, and I want to talk about that in a little bit more detail because right now, given the data that we've received presently more African Americans and other people of color throughout the United States are dying of Covid-19 compared to Whites. Now this crisis is really shining a bright light on existing healthcare disparity. So from your perspective, what is the present Covid-19 crisis telling us about this huge healthcare gap that exists in this country?

Thomas: There's so many factors. As Dr. Zwickey mentioned and at the end of your last podcast with her, the coronavirus pandemic has really turned on a loudspeaker to how many disparities there really are. Studies have shown that social determinants of health are responsible for on average 50% of people's health outcomes. For example, The Hill published last week that African Americans are 6 times more likely to die than their white counterparts in Chicago. Yesterday morning, Governor Cuomo commented on CNN, the new rise in Latino cases and deaths in New York. Suffice it to say that comparative to their percentage in the population, minorities are greatly affected and dying at a much higher rate. Current estimates as you might know, are up to 70% areas with concentrated low-income minorities. So is it their racial background or ethnicity that puts them at risk? Well, in the case of coronavirus and most illnesses, actually no.

Rather, it's poor social determinants of health, the lack of employment, safe and stable housing, literacy level, and access to healthy food options that determine health outcomes. These determinants are responsible for most health inequities, as well as lack of access to equitable care. For example, Karolyn, a New York hospital was recently highlighted in the lower-income part of town that is struggling with fewer resources compared to wealthier areas. It's a systemic issue. Because of all the challenges and sometimes trust issues, minorities may delay seeking care too. At IM4US we help practitioners attempt to level the playing field by offering low-cost solutions and increase access to integrative modalities and care and to increase trust. We also provide members opportunities to get involved with educational and policy initiatives to support the underserved.

Gazella: Yeah, I love that about your organization and it's going to be especially interesting for our listeners and readers because they already practice integrative medicine. So the fact that they can take their medicine and now serve the underserved, I think it's really a cool thing. And you know, you mentioned that 70% of deaths that studies showed that even though 70% of the deaths were in African Americans, African Americans only represented 32% of the population. So that is a really big healthcare disparity issue that we have. Now, as you mentioned, it is a systemic issue and it's clear that it needs to be addressed systemically. But what can integrative practitioners do to help ensure that they're not contributing to the problem or perpetuating healthcare disparity issues in their clinical practice?

Thomas: Mm-hmm (affirmative) Great question, Karolyn. While there are many things that practitioners and specifically integrative practitioners can do, but just to mention a few really important things that could make a great impact. One, they can do implicit bias training. This is a free training and it's online and it allows practitioners to find out their own biases as we all have them, whether we work for the underserved or not. Secondly, practices if they don't already have one, can try to secure a legal aid attorney to offer low-income patients legal advice and representation when facing issues like discrimination or eviction for example, and third, they can join our movement. IM4US promotes groups as a way to build trust and increase access to integrative care. In light of the current crisis, we're recommending telehealth groups whether in the time of Covid-19 or not, we can also offer medical group visits via telehealth. It's a great way to connect patients, HIPAA-compliant consent of course together with care team members to increase social connection, reduce loneliness, anxiety and fear that the public is currently living with.

Gazella: Yeah, that's true. What about people who may not have internet access? Does the telehealth visits still work?

Thomas: Great question. Actually we are putting together some continuing education for our upcoming conference and on that specific topic because we want to address access to everybody. I know actually that even when I do telehealth visits just with family members together, hearing multiple voices together and knowing that they're connected to their practitioner and their care team, whether through telephone or through video really makes their spirits lift and a sense of relief that they had contact with you. And you're right, many don't have high internet speed or access to join by video, but making group chats available is also helpful and just knowing someone is on the other line can save a life.

Gazella: Yeah. Like when you mentioned in the very beginning that your patients actually have access to you and they can message you. That's huge. And I would think that that would be a big part of their healing and a part of their care. Now, where can people find more information about IAM4US?

Thomas: Well, we have a website and I'll give you the address. It's www.im4us.org.

Gazella: Perfect. We'll also put a link to that website on our Natural Medicine Journal site so people can just click over and find access. It's a great organization, lots of resources, and really doing some good work to help underserved populations. So Udaya, thank you so much for joining me today.

Thomas: You're welcome, Karolyn. We've been around for about 12 years, so we're still considered somewhat young, but like I said, we're having our 10th anniversary this year and we're really excited to have more of the community join us.

Gazella: Yeah, absolutely. Well, happy anniversary-

Thomas: Thank you.

Gazella: … and this is a conversation that we're going to keep going. I think it's such an important one. You know we provided some good information, but let's just keep talking about it. I think this is very, very important. I also want to remind listeners that you can find all of our past podcasts at naturalmedicinejournal.com. Today I mentioned the ones that I've done with Dr. Zwickey on Covid-19. But we have lots of information at naturalmedicinejournal.com and our podcasts are also available on Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, iTunes, and many other podcast outlets. So thanks for listening everyone and stay safe.

May 5, 2020

This episode was recorded on May 4, 2020.

On this episode immunologist and integrative health expert Heather Zwickey, PhD, tackles tough questions about antibody testing concerns, why more men die than women, and what the risk is regarding animal transmission. Zwickey is executive program chair and a professor at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a focus on infectious disease. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health, among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences worldwide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation. 

May 1, 2020

Caring for a patient who is critically ill and dying poses communication challenges for everyone involved—patient, practitioners, and loved ones. How we communicate during this profound time in a person’s life can significantly impact end of life care. In this interview, health communications expert and researcher Carey Candrian, PhD, talks about the power of language and explains why it’s time to evaluate equity in hospice and palliative care. Candrian is an Assistant Professor with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the author of the book Communicating Care at the End of Life.

About the Expert

Carey Candrian, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar. A social scientist with a postdoctoral degree in communication, Candrian explores how communication shapes—and is shaped by—perceptions, attitudes, and biases in the community. She earned her PhD in organizational and health communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also was a researcher and instructor for 6 years.

Apr 6, 2020

This interview was recorded on April 4, 2020.

This podcast addresses new information regarding the loss of smell and taste as symptoms, as well as airborne spread of the virus. In addition to being editor-in-chief of the Natural Medicine Journal, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, has been seeing patients since earning her doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2000.

About the Expert

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor-in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine, and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Portland, Oregon.

Apr 1, 2020

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density which places them at risk of developing osteoporosis. As Baby Boomers age, that number is expected to climb as 10,000 people turning 65 every day. In this interview, bone health expert John Neustadt, ND, explains why bone density scan is not the most clinically important endpoint and how to identify fracture risk in clinical practice. Neustadt details his whole-person approach to reducing fracture risk that includes medications, diet, lifestyle, environmental, and dietary supplements.

About the Author

John Neustadt, ND, received his naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University. He was founder and medical director of Montana Integrative Medicine and founder and president of Nutritional Biochemistry, Inc. (NBI) and NBI Pharmaceuticals. Neustadt is a medical expert for TAP Integrative, a nonprofit organization educating doctors about integrative medicine. He has published more than 100 research reviews and was recognized by Elsevier as a Top Ten Cited Author for his work. Neustadt’s continuing-education podcast on Insomnia: An Integrative Approach is available for free through the Natural Medicine Journal.

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