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Dr. Michael A. Smith, MD, is committed to providing listeners with the most current health information available. His weekly show is the place to listen to respected experts in the fields of integrative health, wellness, fitness, and medicine. Dr. Mike's engaging ability to present complex medical topics in a clear, conversational manner has attracted a sizable following of anti-aging and disease-prevention enthusiasts who have dubbed him "the country doctor with a city education." Healthy Talk is produced in conjunction with the Life Extension Foundation.

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Dr. Michael A. Smith, MD, is committed to providing listeners with the most current health information available. His weekly show is the place to listen to respected experts in the fields of integrative health, wellness, fitness, and medicine. Dr. Mike's engaging ability to present complex medical topics in a clear, conversational manner has attracted a sizable following of anti-aging and disease-prevention enthusiasts who have dubbed him "the country doctor with a city education." Healthy Talk is produced in conjunction with the Life Extension Foundation.

    Ask Dr. Mike: Reducing Risk for Genetic Cancer Predisposition

    Ask Dr. Mike: Reducing Risk for Genetic Cancer Predisposition

    Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I don’t want to get cancer, but I have a family history of cancer. What can I do to decrease my odds? The key to cancer prevention is keeping your cells healthy. Cancer is a cell gone bad. The basic blueprint that drives the engine of a cell turns bad when you have cancer. The genetic makeup gets mutated. Do things to promote DNA health. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables preserve the integrity of DNA. Watercress, kale, cauliflower are also cruciferous. Eat at least a serving or two of cruciferous vegetables every day. The isothiocyanate inside is what protects your DNA. Diet is first, but it would be difficult to get enough isothiocyanate from just vegetables. Supplementation will help. Look for a product that lists the amount of isothiocyanate on the label. Curcumin is the workhorse of cell health. It seems to benefit every organ system in the body. Try 400 mg a day. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at askdrmikesmith@radiomd.com or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.

    Ask Dr. Mike: Repeat Heart Attack Prevention

    Ask Dr. Mike: Repeat Heart Attack Prevention

    Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Can you suggest a heart protocol for someone who has had a heart attack? Many patients go on an ACE inhibitor or something to control blood pressure. We devise regimens that are appropriate based on individuals. Don’t stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor, but there are things you can do with nutrients. You can take 200 mg a day of CoQ10. You want to know what your blood level is, so do a blood test to see if you’re between levels 4 and 6 because that’s a heart healthy range of CoQ10. Omega-3 supplements will help as well. You should do 2-4 grams a day. They are blood thinning, so make sure your doctor knows that. You may have to cut down the dose of Omega-3 and watch for easy bruising. Vitamin D3 should be about 5000 IU a day. That helps with cells. You are at risk of a second coronary event if you’ve had a heart attack. Stabilize all of your arterial plaques by building a cap of collagen and calcium. That keeps all the fat and cholesterol from rupturing into the blood stream and forming a clot. Vitamin K2 will help stabilize the plaque. Gutocola is an herb that puts collagen into the cap of the plaque. You can try EDTA for oral chelation. Garlic oil can help. Increase the activity of the PON1 gene to prevent the fat from oxidizing and getting sticky. You can be helped by 250 mg of pomegranate a day, as well as by supplementing with curcumin. The endothelial cell lines the artery. You can boost the endothelial cells with resperital, SOD, and garlic extract. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at askdrmikesmith@radiomd.com or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.

    Safe Exercises for Lung Disease Patients

    Safe Exercises for Lung Disease Patients

    How does exercise help people with lung disease?Everyone knows exercise is a component of healthy living. It's important to exercise, even when challenged with lung disease. Speaking with your doctor and starting out with a low gradient is the best way to get started. Here are some exercises for beginners who are battling lung disease: Yoga, which focuses on breathing. There are classes available for those with difficulty breathing. You can feel your breathing improve if you continue practicing yoga. Walking, which is an easy way to get started with an exercise regimen. If outdoor air quality and factors are too tough on you, you can join an indoor walking group or walk around your local mall. Gardening, which involves walking and light lifting. It's also a great chance to relax and enjoy nature while you exercise. Dr. Jack Coleman joins Dr. Mike to share how exercise can benefit those with lung disease.

    Stem Cell Therapy Takes on Lung Disease

    Stem Cell Therapy Takes on Lung Disease

    What can stem cell therapy accomplish with lung disease?Stem cells are the body's natural way of healing. When you are sick or injured, stem cells travel through the body to the site that needs repair. But, the stem cells the body provides don't work fast enough to remedy a chronic progressive disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Stem cell therapy introduces additional stem cells to battle the disease by rebuilding healthy cells in the affected area. New developments in stem cell therapy indicate that the lung cells may be rebuilt, treating the cause of the chronic progressive disease. Dr. Jack Coleman joins Dr. Mike to discuss how stem cell therapy can help combat lung disease.

    Benefits of Female Ginseng

    Benefits of Female Ginseng

    Find out what dong quai, also known as the female ginseng, can do for you.Ginseng is well known for for its ability to support male sexual function, heart health, and endurance. Dong quai is known as the female ginseng, mainly because of its ability to ease menopausal symptoms. But, dong quai can help men and women alike with a myriad of concerns. Dong quai supports mood with potential seratonin-like qualities. It also supports bone strength and eases inflammation of the joints. It supports lung health with its anti-inflammatory ability, serves as a brain booster, supports heart health, and it may fight cancer. Listen in as Dr. Mike discusses what dong quai can do for you.

    Ask Dr. Mike: Osteoporosis Prevention & Virus Help

    Ask Dr. Mike: Osteoporosis Prevention & Virus Help

    Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I am healthy and 74 years old. My family doc said I need to take fosamax because I have osteopenia that could become osteoporosis. I have asthma and it has always been well controlled. I took my first fosamax pill and had a headache for 24 hours. I rarely get headaches, and I can easily treat the ones I do get with Advil. The main problem is that I coughed all week, night and day. Can fosamax cause my asthma symptoms to escalate? Is it worth the benefit to my otherwise healthy body? Are there other ways to stave off osteoporosis? If you have asthma, any drug can be a stressor to your body, because the cortisol in your body increases. The reaction to this new thing might exacerbate some reactive airway symptoms. You need to discuss the risks versus the benefits with your doctor. As you get older, you really must take care of your bones. Look at your total calcium intake. It’s good to take 1500 mg per day, and at least 1000 units of vitamin D per day. Vitamin D helps the calcium get into your bloodstream. Take vitamin K2 to help the calcium get into your bones. You don't want your calcium to be mismanaged and deposited into the wrong places, so be sure to take all three. Boron, silicon, and plum extract all help increase the strength and mineralization of the bones. Strontium was very popular in the 1950s for low bone density. It’s perfectly safe in supplement form and awesome for your bones. I’m 69 years old. A month ago I got sick with a virus that is still with me. Once a week I go to an alternative medicine doctor. I was treated weekly with nutritional and peroxide IV, and yesterday he prescribed erythromycin. I've had chronic yeast inflammation for many years, and I take several supplements. What else can I do? The ache, coughing, and malaise that hang around are known as the viral syndrome. Antibiotics won’t hurt if you’ve had it for a while, because the bacteria may hang around in the respiratory system. Vitamin D (5000 IU daily), reishi mushroom extract, and andrographis paniculata are all great. You can also try vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Give your immune system a chance to tackle the virus. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at askdrmikesmith@radiomd.com or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.

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