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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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Jun 8, 2021

Low treatment adherence negatively impacts patient outcomes and limits the effective treatment of chronic conditions in clinical practice. In this interview, Alex Keller, ND, describes the key findings of a recent paper he coauthored with his colleagues. He also describes key strategies that integrative practitioners can use to help improve treatment adherence. Keller is the medical director at Fullscript, an industry-leading health technology platform that facilitates virtual dispensing of practitioner-grade dietary supplements.

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.

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Jun 1, 2021

A randomized clinical trial in the April 16, 2021, issue of JAMA found that loving-kindness meditation helped veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reduce symptoms of PTSD and depression.1 In this interview, Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM, explains why and how loving-kindness meditation, and meditation in general, can help with PTSD and other conditions. Gahles is a retired chiropractor, homeopath, and interfaith minister who has extensive experience in dealing with trauma.

About the Expert

Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM, is CEO and founder of Health & Harmony Wellness Education and Center for Integrative and Holistic Healthcare, TeleHealth & Harmony, and Spirit of Love~The Rockaway Sangha. She is a retired chiropractor, certified classical homeopath, certified mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practitioner, and ordained interfaith minister in family practice since 1980. Gahles’ unique method, the Triumvirate Technique, integrates the best of the mind/body/spirit disciplines including nanomedicine, diet, lifestyle, meditation, yoga, qi gong, breath and bodywork, cognitive-behavioral techniques, spirituality, palliative care, end of life issues, and positive potential practice. Her website is drnancygahles.com.

May 25, 2021

The gut microbiota has a tremendous impact on immunity. In a recent interview, Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, had the opportunity to talk with immunologist and Natural Medicine Journal Editorial Board Member Heather Zwickey, PhD, about environmental factors that affect the gut microbiota. They discussed pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum chemicals and the impacts they can have on the 100 trillion–plus microorganisms that reside in the human gut.

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is a professor of immunology and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She launched the Helfgott Research Institute, which advances the science of natural medicine. Zwickey founded the school of graduate studies and developed masters programs in research, nutrition, and global health. Zwickey has received the Champion of Naturopathic Medicine Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently leads a National Institutes of Health–funded clinical research training program focused on integrative medicine research and studies the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.

Abbreviated Transcript

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO: What do you think is the most pressing topic that people need to know about as far as environmental factors that influence the gut?

Heather Zwickey, PhD: I think that as we start to discuss gut microbiota, it has such a profound impact on the immune system. And the immune system has really been my focus—neuroimmunomodulation. So when we think about the gut microbiota, we're often thinking about the obvious things that have an effect on it, like antibiotics. But we don't often consider some of the less obvious things that have an effect on microbiota, like pesticides we find in the environment and in our food.

Kaczor: When you say pesticides, so you're talking about Roundup, glyphosate, that kind of thing?

Zwickey: Sure. Roundup (or glyphosate) is one of the more common pesticides that we find in the environment. There have been studies that detect it in urine. So we are getting measurable levels of glyphosate in our diet. That might come from eating foods that are not organic, or if you live out in the country, it could come from places like your well water, where glyphosate has been sprayed on crops around you and has leached into the well water. The reason that we worry about that is that glyphosate actually has an effect on an enzyme that affects all bacteria. In fact, it affects everything except mammals. So insects like bees that are going to pollinate our fruits and vegetables can be killed by glyphosate.

But when we think about glyphosate with respect to humans, we have to remember that we have this microbial community within us, and it is susceptible to glyphosate. Some really recent data has shown that not all microbes in our gut are responsive to glyphosate. Many microbes can use tryptophan and other ring-based amino acids without needing the shikimate pathway, which is what glyphosate blocks. But Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, 2 of the big ones, require the shikimate pathway, and glyphosate can kill them.

Kaczor: In our world of clinical medicine, we always have outliers who can't seem to hold the Lactobacillus population in their gut. They'll go through courses of probiotics, we'll change brands a few times, and it just keeps going back down to nothing. We probably should be looking more closely at their glyphosate exposure in their urine.

Zwickey: Absolutely. You can actually measure their consumption and keep in mind that for most probiotics they're not going to become commensals. So what we need to be doing is addressing the metabolites that make our endogenous Lactobacillus and our endogenous Bifidobacterium grow. And for that, we're really looking at short-chain, fatty acids. Thinking about the metabolites might give us a different direction to go therapeutically. You might want to use a postbiotic or a prebiotic, as opposed to a probiotic.

Kaczor: You mentioned bees earlier. Can you talk a bit about how some of the compounds that are used in bee farming can affect the gut.

Zwickey: We know about the problem with the bees, and we've targeted a particular pesticide, the neonicotinoids, as one of the culprits for killing off our bee population. But glyphosate is clearly involved in this one as well. When you kill the bees’ microbiota, they get infectious disease—usually mites and viruses. A study came out a few years ago out of Boston on giving probiotics to the bees. They're actually putting Lactobacillus plantarum into the hives. And guess what? The bees recover.

Kaczor: I'm out in the country, and I would love it if they would spray Lactobacillus on the plants instead of manure.

Zwickey: Yeah, no kidding. But the issue around the neonicotinoids gets even more interesting when we start looking at how neonicotinoids are being administered onto plants these days. Historically we would spray pesticides on the plants, but apple growers and other fruit growers noticed that they were still getting worms in their apples. And more recently, trees are either injected with the pesticide or the pesticide is sprayed at the bottom of the tree so that it goes into the root system. And that way you don't have any worms in your apples, but that also means that you can't wash pesticide off of those fruits.

In another study out of Boston, researchers went to the grocery stores, took apples off the shelves, blended them up like you would for a smoothie, and then measured pesticide content. And what they discovered was that apples that were not organic had 300-fold more neonicotinoids. When we encourage people to eat apples, we need to encourage them to eat organic apples, because you can't get the pesticides out of there. And neonicotinoids affect the human gut microbiome as well.

Kaczor: Can you talk about environmental influences on the gut during pregnancy?

Zwickey: So one of the things that I have studied for a long time is vaccinations. People worry about vaccinations with respect to ADHD, autism, and neurodevelopment. And we're starting to discover that it's probably not related to vaccinations. It's probably related more to antibiotic exposure. There's great data now looking at antibiotic exposure in the first year of life for a child, but now they've gone backward and they've looked at maternal antibiotic exposure, and 80% of women are exposed to antibiotics during pregnancy. That's a huge number. If a woman is exposed to an antibiotic during pregnancy, we look at the fetal microbiome and then the microbiome of the offspring when the infant is born, and we see that within 60 days, we can get it back to 89% of normal, but it never reaches 100%.

That's interesting because one of the things we notice in kids with autism and kids with neurodevelopmental delay is that they're missing certain species of microbes. Are they missing species of microbes because mom was on an antibiotic? Are they missing species of microbes because mom was on some other medication? There's now data showing that when moms are on antidepressants, it can have an effect on their microbiome. And there's a great Nature paper that came out a couple of years ago, 2018, that showed that nonantibiotic drugs are absolutely able to influence microbiome. Some of them kill off different species of microbes, and some of them make different species of microbes overgrow.

So here we are with some might call a health emergency when we look at incidence of autism at 1 in 60 for males these days, and we know that there's a microbiome relationship, but we're not paying attention to all the various things that have an effect on the microbiome, especially of a developing child.

Kaczor: What can you tell us about preservatives in food?

Zwickey: A preservative is designed specifically to kill microbes, and that's good. We don't want necessarily pathogenic microbes in our food supply. But if it's designed to kill microbes, it is probably going to kill off some of your gut microbes as well. So again, there's so much that has an effect on our gut microbes—BPAs, plastics, diesel—all of these things have an effect on the microbial community. And what we need to remember is that we're never going to be able to control everything that has an effect on your gut microbes. So instead we have to be thinking about how we can constantly be doing things that make them happy. Making them happy is eating plant-based foods, plant-based fibers.

There was some really interesting research that came out of University of California, San Diego, that showed that 30 plant-based fibers per week is important for maintaining the diversity, the alpha diversity of our gut microbiome. And 30 is a lot. That's not 30 servings, that's 30 different fibers. We need the diversity of the fibers to feed the diversity of our microbiome. So if you're only eating tomatoes as your vegetable, for example, you need to add some more different varieties of plant-based fibers in order to truly maintain that healthy gut microbiome.

A lot of times people in the exercise industry promote the goal of 10,000 steps a day. Well, in the nutrition industry, maybe the goal should be “get your 30 different plant-based foods.” That includes nuts, spices, and all these things that we don't necessarily consider when we think of plant-based foods

Kaczor: I tell people, "Tend your culture.” You’ve got a culture in your gut, and you need to tend it.

Zwickey: Yeah. You say tend the culture, I say, feed the beast. You've got this little beast in your gut, and it gets mad if you don't feed it.

Kaczor: The concept is that the microbiome is an entity unto itself. And actually we should treat it like we treat any organ. You wouldn't consciously take in chemical compounds that are toxic to your heart, right?

Zwickey: Exactly.

May 24, 2021

An integrative approach can help enhance the immune response against viruses and provide additional protection. In this interview, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, who is a respected researcher, pathologist, immunologist, and biochemist, gives clinicians advice on how to strengthen the body’s viral immune response. He discusses immune system assessment, targeted nutrients, and some lifestyle factors to focus on.

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.

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May 19, 2021

The use of the antiparasitic medication Ivermectin to reduce the risk of Covid-19 is controversial, but some integrative medical doctors still use it. In this interview, immunologist and integrative health expert Heather Zwickey, PhD, tackles the topic of the off-label use of Ivermectin. She also discusses vaccine shedding, variants, and herd immunity. Zwickey currently leads a National Institutes of Health–funded clinical research training program focused on integrative medicine research and is a professor of immunology and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. 

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is a professor of immunology and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She launched the Helfgott Research Institute, which advances the science of natural medicine. Zwickey founded the school of graduate studies and developed masters programs in research, nutrition, and global health. Zwickey has received the Champion of Naturopathic Medicine Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently leads a National Institutes of Health–funded clinical research training program focused on integrative medicine research and studies the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.

May 4, 2021

The functional food category has grown considerably over the past few years. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how clinicians can utilize targeted functional foods in clinical practice. As a leading probiotic researcher, Krishnan focuses much of his attention on how functional foods can positively influence gut health.

About the Expert

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.

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Apr 21, 2021

What role can spirituality play in healing? On this episode of the podcast, spirituality scholar Frederic Craigie, PhD, gives practitioners advice on how they can successfully meet the spiritual needs of their patients. He also talks about ways clinicians can become more spiritually grounded in their work. Craigie is a respected psychologist, author, and faculty member at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

About the Expert

Frederic Craigie, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and medical educator who serves as visiting associate professor at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In 2015, he transitioned from a 37-year full-time faculty role at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine, where he coordinated behavioral health teaching for residents and students and provided behavioral health care to a largely underserved primary care population. Since the mid-80s, Craigie has written and presented extensively about spirituality and health, resilience and well-being in healthcare, and positive mental health. He is the author of the newly released book, Weekly Soul: Fifty-two Meditations on Meaningful, Joyful and Peaceful Living.

Apr 6, 2021

As George Schatz, MD, helps create the Covid Clinic at Banner - University Medical Center and wraps up his Covid-19 long hauler research grant from the National Institutes of Health, he takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about this complex issue with NMJ publisher Karolyn Gazella. Schatz describes an integrative and functional medicine approach to treating post-Covid symptoms and how this treatment approach can help heal long-hauler syndrome. Before joining the University of Arizona, Schatz was a functional medicine physician with the Cleveland Clinic. 

About the Expert

George Schatz, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician working at the Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic in Tucson, Arizona. He is certified in functional medicine by the Institute for Functional Medicine and has completed a residential fellowship in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. He also has specialized training in functional medicine earned first-hand at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He earned his medical doctorate from Stony Brook University.

Apr 6, 2021

CoQ10 is a commonly used nutrient in clinical practice. In this interview, Barrie Tan, PhD, describes research showing how this important nutrient has been improved. He also talks about CoQ10's synergy with other nutrients and how to effectively use CoQ10 in clinical practice. His research is laser-focused on lipid-soluble nutrients. Tan is a leading nutraceutical scientist and considered the world’s foremost expert on vitamin E as he is credited with the discovery of natural source tocotrienols.

About the Expert

Barrie Tan, PhD, is hailed as a trailblazer and the world’s foremost expert on vitamin E, credited with discovering tocotrienol in 3 major natural sources: palm, rice, and annatto. A scientist first and foremost, Tan earned his PhD in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and spent several years as a professor at University of Massachusetts. Today, his research focuses on lipid-soluble nutrients that reduce and slow chronic conditions.

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Mar 1, 2021

There is a growing awareness of the interconnection between sleep, stress, and mood. Often, all 3 need to be addressed in clinical practice. In this interview, pioneering integrative health researcher, pathologist, immunologist, and biochemist Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, shares his physiology-first approach to tackling all 3 of these common clinical issues. He and his team have developed and validated personalized, proactive, predictive, primary prevention practices and protocols over the last four decades. Listeners will glean new ideas regarding lifestyle and targeted nutrients that can help with sleep, stress, and mood.

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:

Mar 1, 2021

Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO, discusses the clinical use of mind-altering drugs for addressing central nervous system conditions of all kinds in this interview with Editor-in-Chief Tina Kazcor, ND, FABNO. For more than 20 years, Standish has been advocating for a legal, standardized source of ayahuasca to study its effects properly in clinical trials. Her current clinical practice includes the use of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to address deeply rooted causes of neurological and psychological conditions. In this interview, Standish covers the historical context and clinically relevant considerations for the use of psychedelics in practice.

About the Expert

Leanna J. Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO, is a neuroscientist and physician living in Seattle. She has faculty appointments in the University of Washington School of Medicine Radiology Department, the University of Washington School of Public Health, and Bastyr University. She is working toward obtaining approvals to conduct ayahuasca clinical studies in the United States. She uses functional magnetic brain imaging to study brain-to-brain communication and the ‘entangled minds’ hypothesis. As a physician she specializes in naturopathic oncology, with special interest in the treatment of stage 4 cancer.

Standish earned her PhD in neuroscience/biopsychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1978, her ND from Bastyr University in 1991, an MS in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University in 1994, and became board-certified in naturopathic oncology in 2006

Feb 3, 2021

Enhancing immunity in some patients may require a comprehensive approach to stress management. In this interview, integrative health expert and Natural Medicine Journal editorial board member Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, provides clinical insights on how best to help patients deal with stress while enhancing immunity. Bhogal provides clinical rationale for the use of targeted dietary supplements to help with stress management and immune enhancement. 

About the Expert

Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, enjoys private practice at Wolfe Family Chiropractic in Metamora, MI. 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 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, a nonprofit organization committed to bringing healthcare to the globally underprivileged.

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Feb 2, 2021

On this episode, Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, describes the paper she recently published with her colleagues at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine about convalescence considerations for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Covid-19 disease. Covid-19 recovery can sometimes be complex and difficult even in cases of mild or moderate illness. Alschuler and her colleagues describe a comprehensive, integrative approach that may enhance Covid-19 recovery outcomes.

About the Expert

Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, is a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona where she is the associate director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Alschuler obtained her naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University where she completed her residency in general naturopathic medicine. She received her bachelor of science degree from Brown University. She is board-certified in naturopathic oncology. Alschuler is past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member, immediate past-president and current board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is coauthor of Definitive Guide to Cancer, now in its 3rd edition, and Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer.

Jan 5, 2021

During these challenging times, clinicians may lose sight of their own self-care and how they can cultivate their own resilience. Award-winning professor and psychologist Frederic Craigie, PhD, joins us to discuss the role of resilience and purpose for clinicians. He provides practical advice on how practitioners can enhance their own self-care plan while helping patients achieve their wellness goals. Craigie taught and practiced as a clinical psychologist at a family medicine residency for 37 years and presently serves as visiting associate professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

About the Expert

Frederic Craigie, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and medical educator who serves as visiting associate professor at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In 2015, he transitioned from a 37-year full-time faculty role at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine, where he coordinated behavioral health teaching for residents and students and provided behavioral health care to a largely underserved primary care population. Since the mid-80s, Craigie has written and presented extensively about spirituality and health, resilience and well-being in healthcare, and positive mental health. He is the author of the newly released book, Weekly Soul: Fifty-two Meditations on Meaningful, Joyful and Peaceful Living.

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.

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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

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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

DaVinci Labs believes that better health starts with better information. We have compiled an array of educational media aimed at providing the most cutting-edge education and practice support for today’s integrative practitioner, as well as providing everything an inquisitive consumer needs to know to take control of their own health:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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