Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer.
Upset Stomach and Diet with Dr. M. Singh
If you suffer from stomach pain or other gastrointestinal disorders, you won’t want to miss this episode with one of the only integrative gastroenterologists in the United States, Dr. Marvin Singh, MD. He explains the idea of personalized medicine, and how our genes and what we eat interact, otherwise known as nutrigenomics. Thinking of starting a trending diet? Listen to this episode first because that diet may not be right for you.
In this podcast you’ll hear:
1:50 - What is an integrative gastroenterologist?
3:30 - Dr. Singh’s professional journey to becoming an integrative gastroenterologist and how it affected his personal diet choices/health choices
9:30 – What is personalized medicine?
12:40 – Dr. Singh’s integrative approach to gastrointestinal problems and his diagnostic methods
17:20 – Nutritional genomics: the science of applying nutritional recommendations based on one’s genes
25:15 – How affordable is this type of healthcare?
29:30 – How does a person find the right healthcare provider?
32:00 – Types of patients that Dr. Singh treats
33:00 – SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
37:00 – Why can’t I eat this? (food sensitivities, leaky gut, celiac, crohn’s)
39:30 – What’s wrong with diets for the masses?
40:00 – Are stomach problems hereditary?
The Hormone-Food Connection with Dr. K. Dunston
Are you suffering from hormonal imbalance and would you even know if you were? From diabetes and weight gain to infertility and moodiness, hormonal imbalance can cause many health problems for both men and women. In this episode, Dr. Kyrin Dunston MD, a board certified Obgyn and Functional Medicine practitioner, discusses the various hormones in our body and why diet can play an important role in hormonal balance. She shares her own personal and professional journey to achieving better health outcomes and offers diet tips to balance hormones.
In this episode you’ll hear:
2:00 – Dr. Dunston’s personal and professional journey to becoming a functional medicine practitioner; from being overweight, anxious, depressed and suffering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to discovering functional medicine and regaining her vitality.
10:30 – Difference between functional medicine and mainstream medicine
12:30 – Functional medicine and the cause of health problems: hormone imbalance, toxicity, nutritional deficiency, energetic imbalance
14:30 – Are most functional medicine practitioners MD’s?
15:00 - What to do when you’re not feeling right
16:45 - Symptoms of sex hormone imbalance in all ages
19:45 – Perimenopause, menopause and different types of hormone replacement therapy (synthetic hormone replacement, bioidentical hormones)
23:00 - Dr. Dunston’s position on bioidentical hormones
26:10 – At what age should a woman check her sex hormone levels?
30:40 – Types of hormones and can we address hormonal imbalance with diet?
34:20 - Blood sugar roller coaster – are you hangry?
38:00 – How should we eat?
43:00 – The problem with standard diets today
50:45 – Dr. Dunston’s top food picks
56:00 - Greenwashing
The Role of Nutrition in Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Disease with Dr. M. Litman
Think back to biology 101 when you learned that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. These mitochondria need nutrients to function properly or else chronic disease can result, according Dr. Mel Litman MD, a family physician whose practice follows the principles of orthomolecular medicine. Unfortunately, our diets today are low in critical nutrients plus we are being bombarded with toxins that disrupt our system even more. In this episode, Dr. Litman explains the connection between mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic disease, and the importance of choosing clean and nutrient dense foods that help us “get the good stuff in and the bad stuff out”.
In this episode you’ll hear:
2:40 - What is orthomolecular/nutritional medicine?
4:40 - Is orthomolecular medicine the same as functional medicine?
5:30 - Why is nutrition so important?
6:00 - “Hope is an indispensable ally of the physician and an absolute right of the patient.”
8:40 - Dr. Litman’s professional journey
14:00 - What are mitochondria?
17:15 - What happens if mitochondria don’t function properly? (e.g. neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, auto-immune diseases, psychiatric problems)
19:30 - Testing
20:30 - Nutrient deficiencies and toxins
21:45 - What is toxic to the mitochondria? (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, certain medication)
23:10 - How Dr. Litman gets the health picture of his patients
26:15 - Can we get the recommended nutrients from diet alone?
27:00 - Depletion of nutrients in food supply
28:00 - The role of supplements
31:20 - Science-based evidence
31:50 - How to find good quality supplements
34:40 - Dr. Litman’s success rate
36:10 - Is medical school teaching this area?
37:00 - Cancer and mitochondrial damage
Food & Mood (Part 2) with Dr. L. Plowright
In part 2 of our interview with Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Linda Plowright, we continue the conversation about the role of diet in creating healthy brain cells. Dr. Plowright discusses the importance of certain vitamins and minerals, whether a good diet can increase the efficacy of certain medication, and practical tips for meal preparation.
Food & Mood (Part 1) with Dr. L. Plowright
Can your diet affect your mental health? In part 1 of a 2 part interview, Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Linda Plowright, MD discusses how nutrition plays a role in the treatment of mental illness. Dr. Plowright shares scientific research on the connection between inflammation and psychiatric illness and provides practical examples of pro and anti-inflammatory foods. Great science-based information for people both in and outside of the healthcare profession.
Dental Emergencies & Other Dental Problems During COVID-19 with Dr. Y. Lenga
What should you do if you have a dental problem during the COVID pandemic? In this episode, Dr. Y. Lenga, DDS, MSC, FRCDC, DIP discusses what people can do if an emergency or non-emergency dental problem arises. He discusses infection prevention from his perspective as a dentist and provides food tips to reduce oral inflammation.