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Cutting edge information on health and nutrition with Dr. Ben Weitz

    Integrative Approach to Anxiety & Depression with Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 235

    Integrative Approach to Anxiety & Depression with Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 235

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno speaks about an Integrative Approach to Anxiety and Depression with Dr. Ben Weitz at the Functional Medicine Discussion Group meeting on November 18, 2021.

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    Dr. Peter Bongiorno is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist and he is the co-director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture, with offices in New York City and on Long Island. He also works with clients via phone and Skype. He’s written a number of books, including Healing Depression in 2010 and Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression in Therapy in 2015, targeted for physicians, and How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not, and Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug Free Program, both for patients. His website is DrPeterBongiorno.com.

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for nutrition consultations specializing in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS/SIBO and Reflux and also specializing in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors like elevated lipids, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure and also weight loss and also athletic performance, as well as sports chiropractic work by calling his Santa Monica office 310-395-3111. Dr. Weitz is also available for video or phone consultations.





     

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    Dr. Weitz:                            Hey. This is Dr. Ben Weitz, host of the Rational Wellness podcast. I talk to the leading health and nutrition experts and researchers in the field to bring you the latest in cutting edge health information. Subscribe to the Rational Wellness podcast for weekly updates, and to learn more, check out my website drweitz.com. Thanks for joining me, and let’s jump into the podcast.

    Thank you for joining our functional medicine discussion group meeting tonight with Dr. Peter Bongiorno on an integrative approach to depression and anxiety, and I hope you’ll consider joining some of our upcoming meetings.  December we are not going to have a meeting, but January 27th, Dr. Aristo Vojdani will be joining us on why we should test the immune system, and I’ve yet to fill out the rest of the schedule for next year, so I’ve got to get going on that.  I encourage everybody to participate in the discussion by typing your question into the chat box, and then I’ll either call on you or simply ask Dr. Bongiorno your question when it’s appropriate.

    If you are not aware, we have a closed Facebook page, the Functional Medicine Discussion Group of Santa Monica, that you should join so that we can continue the conversation when this evening is over.  I’m recording this event, and I’ll post it on my YouTube page, and I’ll include it in my weekly Rational Wellness podcast.  If you haven’t listened, please check out the Rational Wellness podcast and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and if you enjoy it, please go to Apple Podcasts and give me a ratings and review.  I want to thank our sponsor for this evening, Integrative Therapeutics, which is one of the few brands of professional supplements that we use in my office, and so I’d like to welcome Steve Snyder from Integrative Therapeutics to talk to us a little bit about a few product...

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    Dead Bodybuilders with Dr. Howard Elkin: Rational Wellness Podcast 234

    Dead Bodybuilders with Dr. Howard Elkin: Rational Wellness Podcast 234

    Dr. Howard Elkin and Dr. Ben Weitz discuss Why Bodybuilders Are Dying Young but How Weight Training Promotes Health.

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    0:27  Quite a number of professional bodybuilders have been dying recently at young ages due to anabolic steroid use/abuse, including the death of the 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden, who died of a massive heart attack at age 46 several weeks ago.

    7:48  The goals of this podcast are 1. to describe the health risks of anabolic steroids for those bodybuilders who are taking them and who are not aware of the risks, and 2. to explain why weightlifting promotes health, so those who hear about bodybuilders dying are not discouraged from weight lifting.

    9:20  Weightlifting promotes longevity by allowing you to gain muscle and strength.  Muscles support and stabilize your joints including your spine.  Maintaining muscle strength allows you to maintain your mobility as you get older.  Loss of muscle is called sarcopenia and this can lead to loss of mobility as you age.  Seniors with sarcopenia are more likely to fall and break a hip, which can be catastrophic.  You are much more likely to die in the next few years after breaking a hip.  If seniors end up on the ground, they often cannot get up without help due to them being too weak. In fact, being able to get up from the ground without help has been shown to be a predictor of longevity. (De Brito LBB, Ricardo DR, de Araújo DSMS, Ramos PS, Myers J, de Araújo CGS. Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2014;21(7):892-898. doi:10.1177/2047487312471759) On average, after the age of 30, we lose about 1/2 lb of muscle per year unless you do weight training and this loss of muscle accelerates after age 50.

    12:38  Weightlifting promotes bone strength.  As we age, the loss of bone, osteopenia or osteoporosis, can lead to fracture, sometimes catastrophic.  Weight training can not only strengthen your muscles, but your bones as well by placing controlled amounts of stress on your bones. Weight training not only loads the bones but also as the muscles contract, they pull on the bones, leading to both better bone density and bone strength.

    15:47 The cardiovascular benefits of weight training. Weight training improves your cholesterol and lipids. It increases blood flow, dilates your blood vessels and helps keep the arterial walls compliant and reduces their stiffness. Most studies show that weight training lowers your levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and cholesterol and raises your HDL (“good” cholesterol). (Sheikholeslami Vatani D, Ahmadi S, Ahmadi Dehrashid K, Gharibi F. Changes in cardiovascular risk factors and inflammatory markers of young, healthy, men after six weeks of moderate or high intensity resistance training. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2011 Dec;51(4):695-700.) Weight training also helps with weight loss, since it raises your metabolic rate, which is the rate at which your burning calories all day long even when you are not exercising.  And obesity certainly increases your risk of heart disease.

    While your blood pressure may rise temporarily during weight training, such as while doing a leg press, performed consistently it will lower blood pressure.(de Sousa EC, et al. Resistance training alone reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure in prehypertensive and hypertensive individuals: meta-analysis. Hypertens Res. 2017 Nov;40(11):927-931.)

     

     





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    Microbiome in Food Allergies with Dr. Tom Fabian: Rational Wellness Podcast 233

    Microbiome in Food Allergies with Dr. Tom Fabian: Rational Wellness Podcast 233

    Dr. Tom Fabian speaks about the Role of the Microbiome in Food Allergies with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    1:30  Food allergies vs Food sensitivities vs Food intolerances.  Food allergies are mediated by Immunoglobulin E and mast cells tend to play a role.  Patients with true food allergies may have very severe reactions such as anaphylaxis and they are immediate after eating that food.  Food sensitivities are typically  mediated by IgG and they tend to be delayed reactions. They can also be mediated by IgM and IgA, though these are less well defined.  Secretory IgA, which is reported on the GI Map stool test from Diagnostic Solutions, is known to play multiple roles in the gut both in terms of reacting to things thought to be threats, but also a protective role in terms of commensal bacteria in which IgA binds to these commensals and by binding to normal food antigens, it helps to reduce or prevent over-reactivity from the immune system.

    7:13  A Food Intolerance is a non-immune mediated reaction to a food, such as a carbohydrate intolerance or a histamine intolerance, which can be mediated by a lack of diamine oxidase enzyme, which keeps you from breaking down histamine.

    8:46  A healthy microbiome can play a role in our oral tolerance to foods that might otherwise be harmless. Our immune system has a balance of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. Immune tolerance is a mechanism by which the immune system restrains overreaction, which applies to food allergies, and involves Treg cells. There are a number of products from the microbiome that promote Treg cells that promote immune tolerance and the one that has been best studied is butyrate.  Certain commensal microbes seem to be especially important. In the small intestine, the important microbes are Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Prevotella, esp. a particular species, Prevotella histicola, which has been shown to protect against food sensitivities. 

    15:46  Leaky Gut. If you have leaky gut or increased intestinal permeability, then you can more easily get food antigens across the epithelial lining of the gut and react with the immune cells in the intestinal mucosa. If you have overgrowth of inflammatory type bacteria, such as E. coli, Klebsiella, or Ciotrobacter, this can cause leaky gut.  Certain microbes can modify how antigenic a protein is. Pseudomonas, which is common resident of the small intestine, can break down certain proteins, such as gluten in a way that makes it easier for the gluten to get through the leaky gut. Then the gluten doesn’t break down enough till it is broken into individual amino acids, which is the ideal situation, since amino acids usually do not cause immune reactions. It’s the larger proteins that cause immune reactions. This is one of the reasons why hydrochloric acid is so important to break down proteins and a lot of people do not have enough hydrochloric acid. 

     

     

     





    Tom Fabian, PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Tom is also a certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and he specializes in the microbiome and how it relates to digestive, immune, brain, and metabolic health. Tom offers a Microbiome Mastery course through his website, Microbiomemastery.com. Tom also works with Diagnostic Solutions helping to interpret the GI Map stool test. https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for nutrition consultations specializing in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS/SIBO and Reflux and also specializing in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors like elevated lipids...

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    Cortisol and the HPA Axis with Mark Newman of Precision Analytical: Rational Wellness Podcast 232

    Cortisol and the HPA Axis with Mark Newman of Precision Analytical: Rational Wellness Podcast 232

    Mark Newman of Precision Analytical speaks about Cortisol and the HPA Axis with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    2:04   The adrenal glands release cortisol, which is your stress response.  This is directed by the brain. The hypothalamus in the brain releases Cortisol Releasing Hormone (CRH) that goes to the pituitary gland, which releases ACTH and both the hypothalamus and the pituitary are in the brain.  ACTH then finds your adrenal gland and it stimulates the release cortisol, as well as aldosterone, DHEA, and your catecholamines like adrenaline.  Cortisol secretion is an important component of our normal circadian rhythm along with melatonin. ACTH starts going up before you wake up and when you wake up and the light hits the back of your eye, that is the signal to make ACTH, which make cortisol. Waking up is is a stress event, so you get the stress hormones secreted.

    5:17  When testing the salivary cortisol upon awakening and throughout the day, if you are not making enough cortisol, it could be related to COVID. The antibodies for COVID can cross react and attack your ACTH and make it more difficult to produce cortisol.   And this could persist for a long period of time, which could be one factors in the symptoms that long haulers with COVID have, such as fatigue and brain fog.

    8:47  Supporting the adrenal glands could be an important component of helping people recover from COVID.  We know now that the adrenal glands never actually become fatigued and unable to produce cortisol. The problem has to do with the signaling from the brain to the adrenal glands that gets disrupted.  This has led the conventional medical community to dismiss this concept of adrenal fatigue caused by long term stress, first described by Dr. James Wilson in his book Adrenal Fatigue. Allopathic medicine tends to see Addison’s Disease if you don’t make any cortisol and Cushing’s Disease if you make excessive levels of cortisol and nothing in between, but this is not true and this dysfunctional stress response is what those of us in the Functional Medicine community are helping patients deal with.

    13:11  Salivary cortisol testing. To test for adrenal function, serum testing is not very helpful. This is why salivary testing for cortisol that can be done at various parts of the day is much more accurate and helpful.  The comprehensive DUTCH complete test includes not only cortisol testing at various parts of the day, but it also looks at the sex hormones, since if a guy has low testosterone, that can cause fatigue. And this test also looks at a marker for B12, and a B12 deficiency will cause fatigue. 

     

     

     





    Mark Newman, MS is a recognized expert and international speaker in the field of hormone testing. Mark spent nearly 25 years developing and directing urine, blood, and saliva-based hormone testing along with other biomarkers like organic acids. His unique experience led him to pursue a revolutionary way to test hormones; so Mark began his own lab, Precision Analytical Inc., to create the latest innovation in hormone testing, the DUTCH Test® (a Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones).  The website is DUTCHtest.com. 

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for nutrition consultations specializing in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS/SIBO and Reflux and also specializing in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors like elevated lipids, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure and also weight loss and also athletic performance, as well as sports chiropractic work by calling his Santa Monica office 310-395-3111. Dr.

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    Environmental Toxins with Dr. Joe Pizzorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 231

    Environmental Toxins with Dr. Joe Pizzorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 231

    Dr. Joe Pizzorno speaks about the Environmental Toxins with Dr. Ben Weitz at the Functional Medicine Discussion Group meeting on October 28, 2021.

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    2:53  GGT (gamma-glutamyltransferase) is an inexpensive lab test that used to be run to monitor for hepatitis, but it is a good way to monitor for toxins. GGT is the enzyme that recycles glutathione, so our bodies will elevate GGT to recycle glutathione faster as a way to protect us against a toxic load.  The normal range is 10 to 50, depending upon the lab and for women the range should be a bit lower, and the average of the people they surveyed was 30, but a GGT of 30 carries with it an eight fold risk of diabetes. And one third of the US population has arsenic levels that are high enough to cause disease.

    5:31  When Dr. Pizzorno was in private practice in the 1970s he did not see many patients with diabetes because it was not that prevalent. Now, diabetes is very prevalent and the primary cause is not sugar but toxins, though high fructose corn syrup might be a contributor. 

    11:03  Unimportant molecules.  Dr. Pizzorno gave a lecture at the IFM annual meeting this year and his thesis was that we decided that food contained about 42 or 43 vitamins and minerals and everything else was unimportant.  But now we know that there are perhaps 50,000 phytonutrients that are actually very important, but when you grow foods chemically, you have less of these unimportant molecules, these phytonutrients.  Arsenic contributes to up to one third of all cancers and the consumption of floratin has decreased dramatically and floratin is a phytonutrient that helps protect the DNA from the arsenic damage that leads to cancer. 

    14:09  The arsenic gets into the water both naturally and from industrial sources such as arsenic in treated wood and from arsenic compounds in pesticides and arsenic until recently was fed to the chickens both to kill parasites and to make the chickens plumper. 

    16:33  Testing for heavy metals and metalloids like arsenic.  Serum testing is accurate but it doesn’t tell you what’s in the bones or stored in other tissues in the body. The best way to measure heavy metals that may be stored in the body are to do a chelation challenge by having the patient take 500 mg DMSA and 300 mg DMPS and then collect urine for 6 hours.

    20:25  Rice.  Rice has been shown to contain arsenic and people who eat rice have twice as much arsenic as people who don’t.  You should wash the rice thoroughly to remove arsenic and if you cook it for a minute and then throw out the water and then resume cooking, you can get rid of the majority of the arsenic. 

    21:13  Besides arsenic, the other most problematic heavy metals are lead, mercury, and cadmium.  Dr. Pizzorno stated that while chemical toxins are a problem as well, these four metals are causing the majority of the disease in the country.  Did you know that there is a correlation between your arsenic levels and getting shingles?  Half of the myocardial infarctions in the US are from arsenic and lead. 

    25:03  The upper limit for GGT should be between 15 and 20.  Disease correlations start around 20.

    28:09  To reduce arsenic levels, you want to reduce exposure. One way is to filter the water in your house.  A whole house filter is best. If not, then filter the water you use for drinking and cooking. There’s a filter called ZeroWater that gets rid of most of the arsenic. Reverse osmosis and ion exchange both work well.  Berkey water filters do not get rid of arsenic.

    29:39  Arsenic toxicity is difficult to diagnose without testing,

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    Breathwork For Longevity with Niraj Naik: Rational Wellness Podcast 230

    Breathwork For Longevity with Niraj Naik: Rational Wellness Podcast 230

    Niraj Naik speaks about Breathwork for Longevity with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    Niraj Naik is known as the Renegade Pharmacist and he is a certified UK pharmacist turned wellness and breathwork expert. He is one of the world’s most sought-after spiritual ceremony facilitators and leads breathwork workshops around the world. His journey started in the midst of a “burnout” in his corporate career, when he found himself bedridden with chronic illness for more than a year. Healing himself using breathwork techniques and dietary adjustments, Niraj felt motivated to share his knowledge with others. Today, Niraj runs a global breathwork community and trains hundreds of breathwork experts through his SOMA Breath framework, and if you use the discount coupon Manifestation55 you will get a 55% discount. Also, if you would like to order some awesome colostrum that Niraj formulated, if you go to Shop.somabreath.com and use the Promo code RW20 you will get a 20% discount.

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for nutrition consultations specializing in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS/SIBO and Reflux and also specializing in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors like elevated lipids, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure and also weight loss and also athletic performance, as well as sports chiropractic work by calling his Santa Monica office 310-395-3111. Dr. Weitz is also available for video or phone consultations.





     

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    Dr. Weitz:            Hey, this is Dr. Ben Weitz, host of the Rational Wellness Podcast. I talk to the leading health and nutrition experts and researchers in the field to bring you the latest in cutting edge health information. Subscribe to the Rational Wellness Podcast for weekly updates, and to learn more, check out my website, Drweitz.com. Thanks for joining me, and let’s jump into the podcast.

    Hello, Rational Wellness podcasters. I’m very excited today to be interviewing Niraj Naik. Naik, is that how we pronounce it?

    Niraj:                     Perfect. That will do.

    Dr. Weitz:            The renegade pharmacist and breathwork expert, Niraj Naik is a certified U.K. pharmacist turned holistic wellness and breathwork expert. He’s one of the world’s most sought after spiritual ceremony facilitators, and he leads breathwork workshops around the world. His journey started in the midst of a burnout in his corporate career, when he found himself bedridden with chronic illness.  Healing himself using breathwork techniques and dietary adjustments, Niraj felt motivated to share his knowledge with others. Today, Niraj runs Global Breathwork Community and trains hundreds of breathwork experts through SOMA Breath framework, which is also taught at numerous wellness centers in the U.S., Europe, and around the world. Niraj, thank you so much for joining us today.

    Niraj:                   Absolute pleasure to be here, [Beitz 00:01:37], [inaudible 00:01:37]. How do I pronounce your name, Beitz?

    Dr. Weitz:            Weitz.

    Niraj:                   Weitz.

    Dr. Weitz:            Right.

    Niraj:                   Ah, so it’s a silent B. Got it. Cool.

    Dr. Weitz:            Yeah, so Niraj, perhaps you can tell us how you overcame your health crisis, and how you … Tell us about the health crisis that you had and how you overcame it.

    Niraj:                   Yeah,

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