26 episodes

“Green Docs” is a podcast dedicated to helping expectant mothers and the world at large understand how our changing environment, and climate change specifically, is threatening pregnancies and our general health. You’ll hear from experts in the field about the latest medical and environmental advances - all while being entertained - and you’ll come away knowing more and feeling much better about our collective future.

Green Docs Nathaniel DeNicola, Bruce Bekkar

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

“Green Docs” is a podcast dedicated to helping expectant mothers and the world at large understand how our changing environment, and climate change specifically, is threatening pregnancies and our general health. You’ll hear from experts in the field about the latest medical and environmental advances - all while being entertained - and you’ll come away knowing more and feeling much better about our collective future.

    S2E13 “Gator-Aid” with Dr. Joel Gator Warsh

    S2E13 “Gator-Aid” with Dr. Joel Gator Warsh

     
    How much screen time is safe for your kids?  Does it really put them at risk for depression and anxiety?  And what’s the story with encapsulating- and eating- your placenta…?  In this episode we bite into all those questions with Dr. Joel Gator Warsh, or as you may know him on instagram, “Dr. Gator.”  He brings his expertise as a Pediatrician, Integrative Medicine physician, and author of the book “Parenting At Your Child’s Pace”, to give you the incisive answer to these and other pressing questions parents face today.  You might be surprised by his take on social media.
    Nate and Bruce dissect the latest headlines: how a magic marker accident made Trader Joe’s recall thousands of pounds of their popular chicken soup dumplings, the rapid benefits of eating an organic diet, and unsettling data on whether kids actually spend less time outdoors than prison inmates- there’s a reason they’re called the “Anxious Generation.”  Speaking of anxiety, the guys share their strategies for college basketball’s March Madness tournament – and why Nate’s dog, Dagny, may be the leader of the pack.  Until next time, ‘later gator!
    Show Links:
    Trader Joe’s Chicken Dumpling recall  https://www.vox.com/23815696/trader-joes-recalls-falafel-cookies-soup-food-safety-fda-broccoli-cheddar-rocks-insects
    Environmental Working Group’s 2024 “Dirty Dozen” report
    https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php
    Study: better brain development for kids eating organic food
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749121009866
     
    Kids spend less time outdoors then prison inmates
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/three-quarters-of-uk-children-spend-less-time-outdoors-than-prison-inmates-survey
    Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
    https://richardlouv.com/
    Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh, author of Parenting at Your Child’s Pace
    https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Your-Childs-Pace-Pediatricians/dp/1454952490
     Study: chronic conditions increasing in children
    https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2015/14_0397.htm#:~:text=Chronic%20disease%20is%20not%20unique,patients%20(4%2C5)
    Rising rates of diabetes and obesity in US kids https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2022/12/30/youth-diabetes-surge-cdc-study/10966164002/
    Study: rising rates of ADHD in children: increased recognition or overdiagnosis? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9616454/
    Safe medication use while breastfeeding (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/contraindications-to-breastfeeding.html
    Social media and mental health: a collaborative review (New York University)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w-HOfseF2wF9YIpXwUUtP65-olnkPyWcgF5BiAtBEy0/edit
    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx
    Dr. Jonathan Haight, author of The Anxious Generation
    https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/
    Project TENDR
    https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP358
       
    Mocktails:
    Key ingredient: Gatorade 
    https://acultivatednest.com/blue-hawaii-mocktail-drink-recipe/
    https://vegcharlottenc.com/2023/04/16/the-accidental-mocktail/
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    S2E12 Global IVF Practice, Irish Twins and Guinness!

    S2E12 Global IVF Practice, Irish Twins and Guinness!

    Irish eyes are smiling this St. Patrick’s Day as the Green Docs share a pint with Dr. Edgar Mocanu, a Dublin-based fertility specialist and president of the International Federation of Fertility Societies.  He brings his unique global perspective to the fertility question on everyone’s mind: what on earth is going on in Alabama?  The answer might surprise you.  Dr. Mocanu also weighs in on the latest trends: how diet can improve fertility, why we worry about jacuzzis and getting pregnant, and how to avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals.  There’s a reason they say geniuses pick green.
     
    Nate and Bruce unpack the latest news: what you haven’t heard about the Alabama decision on embryos and personhood; how three parents can sometimes be better than two; and the shocking reunion of twins separated at birth and then reconnected nineteen years later via a TikTok video.  All worthy of an Irish blessing!  You’ll also learn about Nate’s recent undercover mission in Washington DC, and see if Bruce can pass the tests of a true Irishman?  Slainte!



    Alabama rules frozen embryos are children
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/20/health/ivf-alabama-abortion.html
     
    Three’s company two: UK delivered its first child conceived from … 3 parents
    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-65538866#
     
    Twins separated (actually stolen) at birth are reunited by a TikTok video
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68055420
     
    Pesticides and sperm quality
    https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/global-decline-sperm-concentrations-linked-common-pesticides-rcna125164#
     
    More Joy campaign
    https://www.iffsreproduction.org/morejoycampaign/
     
    Microplastics in placentas
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/27/microplastics-found-every-human-placenta-tested-study-health-impact#:~:text=The%20research%2C%20published%20in%20the,common%20plastics%20detected%2C%20after%20polyethylene.
    Mocktails:
    Zero-Proof Guinness 
    https://www.guinness.com/en-us/beers/guinness-0
    How to pour a Guinness 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKbVwv6yMOs
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S2E11 Trust Your Gut: Dietary Tips from a Health Guru

    S2E11 Trust Your Gut: Dietary Tips from a Health Guru

    Show Notes:
    What is “integrative medicine” and why has it gotten so popular?  This episode explores this approach to illness – and boosting wellness- with Dr. Edison de Mello, the founder and head of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, California.  As the author of a book called Bloated, Dr. de Mello shares his views on the many connections of our gut microbiome to our overall health as well as the benefits and risks of vaginal “seeding” of newborns to help boost their immune systems.
    Speaking of the gut flora, Nate and Bruce start off with new research that shows how even light exercise can boost their health, helping protect us in the process.  The guys also share new evidence of a “flavor window” for the successful introduction of healthy foods to babies, potentially preventing many food fights down the line.  They also answer some listener questions and share the story of Ai-Hin, the clever Chinese panda that faked pregnancy to get better food and air conditioning- and who can blame her?
     
     
    Show Links:
    Microbiome and exercise
    https://www.uclahealth.org/news/new-microbiome-research-reveals-exercise-may-impact-gut
     
    UCLA Health: exercise and gut flora health
    https://www.uclahealth.org/news/new-microbiome-research-reveals-exercise-may-impact-gut
     
    “Flavor window”: how to get your kids to eat vegetables
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/serenity-kids-brings-bold-global-134100744.html#
     
    Giant Panda fakes pregnancy to receive nicer food and round-the-clock care
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/giant-panda-in-china-fakes-pregnancy-to-receive-nicer-food-and-roundtheclock-care-9693743.html
     
    Alcohol and sexual function in women
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/26/well/mind/alcohol-sex-orgasm.html
     
    NIH National Center for Integrative Health definition of integrative health
    https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/complementary-alternative-or-integrative-health-whats-in-a-name
     
    Gut Microbiome facts  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4191858/#:~:text=There%20are%2010x%20the%20number,and%20weighing%20approximately%202%20kilograms.
     
    2023 study of spore-based probiotics and gut/skin health
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9918080/
     
    American Museum of Natural History: 99% of our unique genes are microbial, not human
    https://www.amnh.org/explore/science-topics/microbiome-health/meet-your-microbiome
     
    Dr. de Mello’s book, Bloated
    https://www.amazon.com/Bloated-Reclaim-Your-Health-Without/dp/0999194925
     
    Dunkin Donuts with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and J-lo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve2miT5iF2M
     
     
    Mocktails:
    Virgin Caipirinha - Tudo Bem!
    Health
    Lime: Mint:  Rosemary: Thyme: INGREDIENTS
    1 lime, cut into wedges 1.5 teaspoons white, granulated sugar 1 ounce Seedlip Garden 108 2 ounces Lyre's White Cane Spirit 2 dashes All The Bitter Orange bitters DIRECTIONS
    In a rocks glass, muddle the lime wedges with sugar and bitters. Fill the glass with ice, add both spirits, and stir to chill. Garnish with a lime wheel. RECIPE NOTE
    You’ll need some time and a little muscle when muddling the limes. The goal is to extract the juice, but also to get the sugar into the lime peel, releasing the fruit's aromatic oils.
     
    MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
    Want to session some Caipirinhas all afternoon without getting too smashed? Try mixing 1 ounce of an alcoholic white rum (or cachaça if you have it!) with 2 ounces of Seedlip Garden.
     
    https://allthebitter.com/blogs/recipes/caipirinha-non-alcoholic-cocktail-recipe
     
    Health
    Lime: vit c and antioxidants; helps improve iron absorption Mint: auntie nausea Rosemary: NOT as a supplement in pregnancy; improve mood Thyme: reduce bloating

    • 1 hr 18 min
    S2E10 Lead Expert Spills the Tea on Stanley Cups

    S2E10 Lead Expert Spills the Tea on Stanley Cups

    Show Notes
    Have you ever wondered how consumer goods get recalled?  In this episode the Green Docs spill the tea with Tamara Rubin, the woman behind many of those recalls related to lead and food toxicity  – including most recently calling out Stanley Cup Tumblers.  You may have seen Saturday Night Live satirizing the safety of these “Big Dumb Cups.”  Tamara brings her experience as the mother of two children with lead poisoning to drive her passion as an activist and filmmaker – and as the “Lead Safe Mama” she delivers everything you need to know about protecting you and your family from toxics at home.
    Bruce and Nate also review the rise in premature births across the US and share a little-known risk factor you can avoid.  They also weigh in on the "take your shoes off at the door" controversy; or as Sex and the City called it, "a woman's right to shoes."  Finally, they identify yet another benefit of garlic – hint: it involves removing lead.  They even incorporate garlic into a wellness mocktail helpfully named, “you don’t have to take your cloves off.”  And if you thought that ingredient was surprising – wait until you hear what they have to say about giraffe milk. 
    Show Links
    Stanley Cup tumblers with lead
    https://abc7chicago.com/stanley-cups-lead-oversize-tumblers-tiktok/14378499/
    Preterm birth rates rising in the US
    https://abc7chicago.com/stanley-cups-lead-oversize-tumblers-tiktok/14378499/
    Should you take your shoes off at the door?
    https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/07/health/remove-shoes-germs-wellness/index.html#:~:text=Taking%20off%20shoes%20at%20the,can%20be%20a%20thoughtful%20gesture.
    Tamara Rubin’s website: leadsafemama.com or tamararubin.com
    Saturday Night Live’s “Big dumb cups”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2tUO2mp99Q
    Tamara’s lead documentary, MisLEAD
    https://tamararubin.com/2023/01/a-link-to-my-film/
    Federal guidelines for homes with lead-based paint (Housing and Urban Development)
    https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes/lbp/hudguidelines
    Lead-safe renovation guidelines for homeowners (EPA)
    https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-safe-renovations-diyers
    Preterm birth and air pollution
    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/subtopics/climate-change-and-pregnancy-preterm-birth/
    Preterm birth and heat
    https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3811
    Our research into both air pollution and heat and preterm birth
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767260?utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_term=061820
     
    Mocktails
    We Don't Have to Take Our Cloves Off garlic mocktail:
    https://blackrestaurantweeks.com/we-dont-have-to-take-our-cloves-off-roasted-garlic-cocktail/
    Garlicky Citrus Non-Alcoholic Bloody Mary: 
    https://spiceworldinc.com/health/delicious-mocktails-for-a-dry-january/
    If you like your mocktails to have a little bit of kick to them, then you will love the Garlicky Citrus Non-Alcoholic Bloody Mary. Since this recipe contains tomato juice, you can receive nutritional benefits from it. Tomato juice is said to be a great  source of vitamin C, vitamin B, and potassium. To discover how this mocktail can benefit your health, follow these steps to make it! 
    To make this mocktail, you will need: 
    3 cloves of Spice World’s Organic Peeled Garlic, roasted  Drizzle of olive oil  1 tablespoon of horseradish  1 cup of tomato juice  ½ of a jalapeno  1 orange slice  Half of a lemon  1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce  Optional: garnish with a celery stick  Directions: 
    In a small pan with a drizzle of olive oil, roast your Spice World’s Organic Peeled Garlic under medium heat until slightly brown in color.  Muddle together your roasted garlic, orange slice, lemon, jalapeno, and horseradish in a shaker.  Add in your tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce and then shake. Add ice to a class and pour in the drink.  Garnish with a celery stick if desired. Enjoy!

    • 54 min
    S2E9 Just The Tips: Valentine’s Day Health Guide

    S2E9 Just The Tips: Valentine’s Day Health Guide

    In this Valentine’s Day episode, the Green Docs review toxic-free romance.  Yes, it can happen.  You’ll learn how couples, including expectant couples, can enjoy a swoon-worthy evening without any extra toxic chemicals –  from chocolate and sweets, safe foods to enjoy, flowers, spa days, and other – ahem – “lotions.”   Plus, have you ever wondered if safe sex is actually safe in pregnancy?  Later in the episode we’ll switch it up and talk with a co-founder of a premium non-alcoholic beverage company, Something and Nothing, and get some rose-themed mocktails to cap the night.
     
    Nate and Bruce review the latest headlines: France’s government extends parental leave as they witness their lowest birth rate since WWII; the International Pasta Organization (yes, real organization) reports that the happiness from pasta exceeds that from music and sports; and could there really be contraception for men?  Also – hear how Nate got to talk cars with Matt Farah, Bruce made another trip around the sun, and the podcast reached 3,000 downloads.  Many balloons! 
     
    Show Links
    France to reform parental leave after births hit lowest since WWII:
     https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/france-sees-collapse-births-lowest-since-world-war-two-2024-01-16/
    Happiness from eating pasta is greater than what you get from music and sports:
    https://www.foodandwine.com/eating-pasta-is-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-feel-better-8548017 
    Gel injected into s*****m could be next male contraceptive:
    https://www.wired.com/story/male-contraceptive-contraline-vasalgel-hydrogel/#
     
    Chocolate- what to know:
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-benefits-of-having-a-healthy-relationship-with-chocolate#:~:text=Increases%20heart%20health%3A%20The%20antioxidants,and%20death%20from%20heart%20disease.
    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dark-milk-or-white-which-chocolate-is-best-for-your-heart
    https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/chocolate-when-pregnant#recommendations
    Sweets to have and to avoid:
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-benefits-of-having-a-healthy-relationship-with-chocolate#:~:text=Increases%20heart%20health%3A%20The%20antioxidants,and%20death%20from%20heart%20disease.
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007430.htm
    Slippery stuff- what to know:
    https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/vaginal-lubricants#what-it-is
    Sex during pregnancy: enjoy!
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318
    Mocktails: health perks of aloe vera juice:
    https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/aloe-vera-juice-benefits
     
     
    Mocktails
    New Leaf
    1.5 oz of the kaffir lime leaf seed lip .0.75 ounce cucumber water (cucumbers and water blended and then strained 0.75 ounce lime juice 0.25 ounce rich simple Shake together, double strain into a double rocks glass with fresh ice.  Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime leaf from the infusion.
     
    Bright Eyes, Bushy Tails
    1 ounce raspberry puree 2 ounce lemon 0.5 ounce simple  Shake and then pour over ice.  Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig. 
     

    • 57 min
    S2E8 Climate, Health, & Rock’n’Roll

    S2E8 Climate, Health, & Rock’n’Roll

    Congressman Mike Levin joins the Green Docs to talk about climate, health, and yes rock’n’roll.  Roughly in that order.  He explains how his early work in Southern California’s clean energy sector has informed a prolific career in Congress – one that has delivered successful, bipartisan environmental policies that improve the health of pregnancies and families nationwide.  He shares what members of Congress do for fun on rare days off: turns out they like Pearl Jam too.  And he gives a candid look behind the scenes of campaign finance; where the real action happens.  We’ll jump to the punchline: follow the money.  
     
    Nate and Bruce review the latest news: why mom’s literally carry their children in their hearts and minds forever; how new California laws are making companies earn their “eco-friendly” labels, or pay up; and why even champagne is at risk due to climate change.  Let’s stop that from bubbling over! They’re joined by a guest mixologist from Rep. Levin’s California 49th district who has ginger and peppermint mocktails for anyone who feels nauseous thinking about Congress.  Or if you’re pregnant. Plus, you’ll never guess why Bruce suddenly has more energy in the new year!
     
     
     
     
    Show Links:
    The Most Mysterious Cells in Our Bodies Don’t Belong to Us - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2024/01/fetal-maternal-cells-microchimerism/676996/
    California’s new climate laws - https://www.mofo.com/resources/insights/231018-california-enacts-ab-1305-to-strengthen-the-voluntary-carbon
     
    https://www.persefoni.com/learn/california-sb253-sb261
     
    This beloved New Year’s Eve ‘pop’ could soon disappear because of changing weather - https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/28/climate/new-year-champagne-weather-threat-climate/index.html
     
    Cottage cheese eggs - https://www.instagram.com/reel/C1YFsXxPwHK/?igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA%3D%3D
     
    Las Vegas MSG Sphere immersive experience “Postcard from Earth” by Darren Aronofsky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjgnniAi1r0
     
    32 Million US Births Link Air Pollution to Preterm Birth, Low Birthweight: Original Research by Dr. Bruce Bekkar and Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767260
     
    Retired coal plants and decreased risk of preterm birth - https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/8/1586/4996680?login=true
     
    Taylor Swift and Notre Dame: The undoubtable truth of “Champagne Problems” - https://ndsmcobserver.com/2020/12/taylor-swift-and-notre-dame/
     
    See Eddie Vedder talk climate change with ISS astronauts in Earth Day video - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/eddie-vedder-climate-change-iss-astronauts-earth-day-1341943/
     
    Dave Groll on Christopher Walken and Foo Fighters! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WgNWVLwXI4
     
    First EV to lead global vehicle sales - https://cleantechnica.com/2023/12/28/tesla-model-y-going-to-be-top-selling-vehicle-in-the-world-in-2023/
     
    Q&A With George Barker, Owner of Mayfield in San Juan Capistrano - https://orangecoast.com/ocdining/qa-with-george-barker-owner-of-mayfield-in-san-juan-capistrano
     
     
     
     
    Mocktails:
    New Leaf
    1.5 oz of the kaffir lime leaf seed lip .0.75 ounce cucumber water (cucumbers and water blended and then strained 0.75 ounce lime juice 0.25 ounce rich simple Shake together, double strain into a double rocks glass with fresh ice.  Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime leaf from the infusion.
     
    Bright Eyes, Bushy Tails
    1 ounce raspberry puree 2 ounce lemon 0.5 ounce simple  Shake and then pour over ice.  Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Nancy Amaro ,

An aural wellness mocktail, cheers

First of all, the synergy between Dr.’s Bekkar and DeNicola is almost palpable and their vocal presence is reminiscent of that of “McDreamy and McSteamy” I’ll leave it to you to decipher which is which. An attractive and dynamic presentation. Pun completely intended - the most suitable description of the format silhouette would be that of a wellness mock-tail. The subject matter substantive but concise, and well attenuated. From birth rates, toxins, chocolate, hormones to sex - where it would have been easy to depreciate the presentation with crude innuendos (typical of a male led podcast),……innuendos included the presentation maintained a refined, elevated, and epigrammatic ethos.

On a final more personal note, I felt the subject matter was very relevant. I was initially under the impression the podcasts intended audience was solely that of the family forming and/or child rearing demographic & was pleasantly surprised by the fact that this was broader and includes the whole of the millennial age bracket (28-43) by which the sum of the parts of this podcast expresses its zenith.

Lastly but most importantly, it was a very sexy episode.

(S2E9 Just the tips: Valentine’s Day)

Georgetahhan01 ,

Essential

Super grateful to both Dr. Bekkar and DiNicola for their efforts in discussing such important topics about women’s health. I find their speaking styles to be quite educational with a twist of humor and lightness that makes it more appealing for me to listen.

smartysmarts101 ,

The OBGYNs you need!

I love listening to the Green Docs podcast for environmental and female health information. Dr. Bruce Bekkar and Dr. Nate DiNicola tell me what I need to hear, but with some great banter and wit! If you’re not listening, you’re missing out.

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