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Are you looking for world-class health and wellness advice, combined with a dose of inspiration and spiritual encouragement? You’ve come to the right place. This is nourishment for body and soul. This is Manna and I’m Dr. Turner...Welcome!

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Manna with Dr. Turner by Michael Turner M.D.

    • Health & Fitness
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Are you looking for world-class health and wellness advice, combined with a dose of inspiration and spiritual encouragement? You’ve come to the right place. This is nourishment for body and soul. This is Manna and I’m Dr. Turner...Welcome!

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    Lab Tests You Should Ask Your Doctor About

    Lab Tests You Should Ask Your Doctor About

    Dr. Turner returns to the Health Solutions podcast to discuss the most important “next level” lab tests to ask your doctor about (ones you may not have thought of).  Listen to their fascinating discussion for insight on living your best, healthiest life.
    Discover: 
    * The most important hormone to drive energy levels and weight loss
    * The hormone that boosts your immune system, lowers blood sugar, helps weight loss, improves brain function, and protects against Alzheimers
    * The hormone that boosts muscle mass, sheds fat, improves strength and stamina, boosts mood and boosts sex drive
    * You can’t lose weight if the level of this hormone is high. 
    * The vitamin that boosts bone and muscle density, fights cancer, strengthens your immune system, and treats autoimmune problems
    * The genetic mutation that causes problems with energy levels, immune strength, nerve health, mood, and pain
    * This potent antioxidant vitamin also boosts cellular energy generation. And every person taking a statin medication should be on it. 
    1:12 Introduction to Dr. Turner
    2:48 Test #1: Vitamin D 
    * Strong correlation between low vitamin D levels and chronic pain
    * If your vitamin D is low enough, you develop widespread pain that looks like fibromyalgia
    * Misnamed - vitamin D is actually a hormone that requires sunlight to activate
    * Causes of reduced vitamin D synthesis:
    * Indoors all the time
    * Sunscreen
    * Living in northern latitudes –  increased portion of atmosphere that the sun has to penetrate
    * Darker skin – the same skin tones that protect against sunburn also block the synthesis of vitamin D
    7:19 Benefits of Vitamin D
    * Bone density 
    * Fast-twitch muscle fibers are highly influenced by your vitamin D levels
    * Your immune system improves with better vitamin D levels
    *  Autoimmune disease risk lowers with higher vitamin D
    * Often a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS)
    * Strong anticancer properties
    9:21 Vitamin D Dosage
    * Start with getting an accurate view of your vitamin D level
    * If you’re very low, typical doses would be 50,000 IU per week
    * If you just need maintenance, 4,000-6,000 IU per day
    * If you’re acutely ill (e.g. COVID) and cannot get tested, 10,000 IU per day is safe
    * Best to take a combo product that includes vitamin K2 (prevents calcium build-up in blood vessels)
    * Here is my favorite product 
    10:45 Test #2: MTHFR genetic mutation impairs folic acid activation 
    * MTHFR (methylene-tetra-hydro-folate reductase) helps activate folic acid, a core B vitamin
    * Genetic mutations are common, causing impairments in the functions of B vitamins (energy, immune system, nerve health, depression, pain)
    15:16 Test #3: DHEA
    * DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone with multiple roles in the body
    * Excellent overview here
    * Boosts immune system
    * Raises intracellular levels of testosterone and estrogen
    * Improves blood sugar metabolism and promotes weight loss
    * Dosing
    * None for women under 35
    * Women over 35: 15-25 mg a day, depending on blood levels (goal 250)
    * Men: 50-100 mg a day,, depending on blood level (goal 500) 
    * Brain function: boosts levels of Dopamine and Serotonin, promotes nerve growth, treats anxiety and depression, protects against Alzheimer’s
    * In-depth article here
    21:26 Test #4: Coenzyme Q10
    * CoQ10 is important for creation of energy in your mitochondria
    * Often the limiting factor (i.e. a chain is only as strong as the weakest link)
    * Also a potent antioxidant
    * What is oxidation and why is it bad? Rust on an old truck or a half-eaten apple out on the counter turning brown = oxidation
    * Very important if you take statin medications, suffer from chronic fatigue, or have heart problems
    * Dosing: 
    * General health, anti-aging: 100mg 
    * History of heart problems or statin medication use:  200mg
    * Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia: 400-500mg
    * Here is my favorite product
    24:36 Test #5: Thyroid
    * A initial screen includes TSH, Free T3, and Free T4
    * Symptoms of low thyroid: fatigue, weight gai

    • 43 min
    How to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

    How to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

    Dear Friends,
    Like you, I am eager to see this whole pandemic come to an end and to do everything in my power to help myself, and those I love, stay healthy and strong.
    Like you, I know people – close friends – who have died from this dreadful disease. We have suffered way too many lives lost; and way too much social, educational, and economic damage.
    Perhaps differently from you, as a physician, I have been blessed with inside knowledge of physiology and medicine – and, if I don’t know something, I know where to look to educate myself on it. I can look behind the veil of media censorship to understand what truly does and does not work. I have used this knowledge, combined with practical expertise, to successfully provide prevention and early treatment for thousands of people.
    My desire is to make this critical information more widely known.
    Guess what?
    I just did a Google search for “How to treat COVID at home.” Here is what I found:
    Get vaccinated?.. What?… I am not “anti-vax” but we need to be honest – vaccination is not even a treatment, it’s a prevention strategy (with an increasingly questionable risk/benefit ratio). Not to mention, someone with COVID should never get the injection while he or she is actively sick.
    “Water. Rest. Tylenol and ibuprofen...Masks, isolation, and quarantine.”
    The #2 Google search result was from the Mayo Clinic… More of the same.
    Is that all we can do?... Seriously? 
    What about Vitamin D?... Zinc? .. Gargling with mouthwash to kill the virus? Nasal sprays?
    What about the fact that Dr. Brian Tyson and Dr. George Fareed (Harvard Medical graduate) gave early treatment to over 3,000 people with zero deaths, published a book about it, and even spoke on record at the US capitol over a year ago? (actions which promptly got them banned from Twitter and YouTube).
    This is a disgrace. This silence is deafening and is causing unnecessary suffering and loss of life. We can do better – and we will.
    It’s time to join with me, and many others, to get this message out. I am going to do my part and share with you the best of my expertise and insight; it’s up to you to do the rest.
    Let’s get started …
    Step 1: Strengthen Your Immune System
    Your best defense against COVID is a healthy, robust immune system (which is, for example, the goal of the vaccine). There are many ways to do this, but here is my personal list of the absolute most impactful suggestions:
    SLEEPThe strength of your immune system today is affected by the quality of sleep you had last night. And when you are sick, this becomes even more important: Your body fights COVID (or any infection) mainly when you are asleep, not when you are awake. This is why when you get sick you feel both sick and tired – your body is trying to send you a message: “Put me to sleep so I can get active fighting this infection.”
    EXERCISEBesides all the good exercise does for the heart, lungs, brain, muscles, etc. it also boosts your immune system. In fact, if I were to draw your blood immediately after doing cardio, it would show higher circulating levels of white blood cells (via a phenomenon called “demargination”). 
    MINIMIZING/AVOIDING SUGARYou already knew sugar wasn’t good for you...Enough said.
    MUSHROOMS OR MUSHROOM EXTRACTSMushrooms are great for the immune system. My personal favorite is the ABM mushroom. There’s a reason the natives call it “the mushroom of God.”
    AGED GARLICTake your garlic just like Grandma used to tell you.
    NAC (N-ACETYL CYSTEINE)NAC is a blockbuster natural supplement the FDA is trying to take away from us. (How do you spell “drug company influence”?) Read more of the science here. 
    SELENIUMSelenium is a trace mineral and a potent anti-cancer weapon. 
    PROBIOTICSTurns out healthy bacteria in your gut are good for your immune system – helping not only with infections but also allergies. 
    CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINEI can’t claim to understand it, but I have seen this product work

    • 2 min
    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - Part 1

    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - Part 1

    Your amazing brain: the source of your memories, your thoughts, your intelligence, and your personality. 
    The control center of the rest of your body.
    Wouldn’t it make sense to invest a little time learning to optimize the health of your brain?
    Join Dr. Turner as he educates and inspires you towards optimal brain health. 

    3 Key Takeaways
    All the functions of your brain are based on the integrity and health of 3-dimensional, physical connections between nerves.The most essential factor for a healthy brain is sufficient blood flow.Atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”) results in diminished blood flow, thereby killing your brain slowly (aka dementia) or suddenly (aka stroke).
    Resources
    Phenomenal science-based summaries of pertinent health topics: nutritionfacts.orgExplore and apply these subjects in more depth with Dr. Turner's "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life!" curriculum:

    https://www.michaelturnermd.com/contents/services/brain-health
    Ready to take action?
    What if you took some time to further learn and develop habits of health that would optimize your brain function for the rest of your life?Dr. Turner has created a multimedia curriculum, delivered by email, to help you. This is a dynamic 12-week program filled with engaging content and actionable steps to help you optimize mental function and prevent disease.Click here to learn more 
    About Dr. Turner
    Michael K. Turner, M.D., is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and The Mayo Clinic. He practices Integrative Medicine in his own national concierge practice, providing personalized approaches (including hormones, sleep, recovery, nutrition, supplements and exercise) to help people achieve their optimal state of health. Called “genuine”, “caring”, and “the best doctor in the world” by patients, he brings a high degree of empathy, trademark optimism, and a holistic approach to patient care. He brings a passion for excellence to everything he does. He believes in living and modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  
    What would it feel like to be as healthy as you could possibly be?
    Let’s begin the journey…


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    • 19 min
    4. It’s Time To Bring Courage and Kindness to a World In Need

    4. It’s Time To Bring Courage and Kindness to a World In Need

    “Behind every challenge is an opportunity.” The last two years of the COVID pandemic have been a difficult time for everyone, but like all other challenges we go through, they are also an opportunity to act in courage and faith to lift others up.
    Dr. Turner concludes his candid reminisces about hardships from his past, including adopting four children, two marriages that ended in divorce, taking the biggest risk of his career, and losing close friends to COVID. But most importantly, he shares lessons learned from these adversities.   
    Join Dr. Turner on today’s episode of Manna as he shares a message of hope and encouragement.


    Key Takeaways
    We all face challenges in life, some more difficult than others. For Dr. Turner, these included:
    Adopting four young childrenTwo marriages that ended in divorceGiving up a well-paying, comfortable jobLosing two dear friends to COVIDBut what ultimately matters is how we respond to those challenges. “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?” Henry Ford.


    Resources
    Website 
    Instagram
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Google Business Page


    About Dr. Turner
    Michael K. Turner, M.D., is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and The Mayo Clinic. He practices Integrative Medicine in his own national concierge practice, providing personalized approaches (including hormones, sleep, recovery, nutrition, supplements and exercise) to help people achieve their optimal state of health. Called “genuine”, “caring”, and “the best doctor in the world” by patients, he brings a high degree of empathy, trademark optimism, and a holistic approach to patient care. He brings a passion for excellence to everything he does. He believes in living and modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  
    What would it feel like to be as healthy as you could possibly be?
    Let’s begin the journey…


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit drturner.substack.com/subscribe

    • 16 min
    3. Who Shrunk My Jeans? Confronting Life’s Challenges With Honesty and Hope

    3. Who Shrunk My Jeans? Confronting Life’s Challenges With Honesty and Hope

    Have you ever been fired from a job, resorted to stress-eating, or failed to achieve a dream?
    You’re not alone. Dr. Turner continues sharing candidly some of the challenges he has faced and his shortcomings in dealing with them.
    Join us on this episode of Manna as we explore some of Dr. Turner’s most formative experiences.


    Key Takeaways
    Dr. Turner can relate to you if you …
    Have been fired from a jobHave struggled to make ends meet on a tight budgetHave responded to stress in unhealthy waysHave experienced the death of a dream

    Resources
    Website 
    Instagram
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Google Business Page


    About Dr. Turner
    Michael K. Turner, M.D., is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and The Mayo Clinic. He practices Integrative Medicine in his own national concierge practice, providing personalized approaches (including hormones, sleep, recovery, nutrition, supplements and exercise) to help people achieve their optimal state of health. Called “genuine”, “caring”, and “the best doctor in the world” by patients, he brings a high degree of empathy, trademark optimism, and a holistic approach to patient care. He brings a passion for excellence to everything he does. He believes in living and modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  
    What would it feel like to be as healthy as you could possibly be?
    Let’s begin the journey…


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit drturner.substack.com/subscribe

    • 12 min
    1. Holistic Health and Hope: An Introduction to Dr. Michael Turner

    1. Holistic Health and Hope: An Introduction to Dr. Michael Turner

    What makes Manna different from other health-focused podcasts?
    In this inaugural episode Dr. Michael Turner shares his perspective about why you’ll find value here. Uninterested in marketing pitches disguised as educational advice or selling products you don’t need, he prizes honesty, efficiency, and directness.
    From holistic and integrative health advice drawn from multiple sources, to positive inspiration and spirituality, our host describes Manna as “world-class health and wellness advice, combined with a dose of inspiration and spiritual encouragement.”
    Join Dr. Turner as he explains three key reasons why you and your loved ones will want to listen. 


    Key Takeaways
    Holistic and integrative health advice, drawn from all streams of wellness.Inspiration: Dr. Turner speaks from a place of positivity, hope, and enthusiasm.Spirituality: Dr. Turner approaches everything he does from a spiritual framework, as a calling from God and not just a job.  

    Resources

    Website 
    Instagram
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Google Business Page



    About Dr. Turner
    Michael K. Turner, M.D., is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and The Mayo Clinic. He practices Integrative Medicine in his own national concierge practice, providing personalized approaches (including hormones, sleep, recovery, nutrition, supplements and exercise) to help people achieve their optimal state of health. Called “genuine”, “caring”, and “the best doctor in the world” by patients, he brings a high degree of empathy, trademark optimism, and a holistic approach to patient care. He brings a passion for excellence to everything he does. He believes in living and modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  
    What would it feel like to be as healthy as you could possibly be?
    Let’s begin the journey…


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit drturner.substack.com/subscribe

    • 5 min

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