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

    Gerson Therapy with Dr. Patrick Vickers: Rational Wellness Podcast 259

    Gerson Therapy with Dr. Patrick Vickers: Rational Wellness Podcast 259

    Dr. Patrick Vickers discusses Gerson Therapy for Cancer with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    Dr. Patrick Vickers is the current face of the Gerson Therapy today.  He was trained by Dr. Max Gerson’s family and is one of the few people to have studied Dr. Gerson’s handwritten files. He continues to carry on Dr. Gerson’s legacy through his clinic, The Advanced Gerson Therapy Clinic, in Rosarito, Mexico; the world’s premier clinic for the natural treatment of cancer and advanced disease. Dr. Patrick Vickers is also featured in the epic documentary series, The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and one of his patients is also chronicled in the classic documentary, The Beautiful Truth.

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for Functional 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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    The Keto Code with Dr. Steven Gundry: Rational Wellness Podcast 258

    The Keto Code with Dr. Steven Gundry: Rational Wellness Podcast 258

    Dr. Steven Gundry discusses how to Unlock The Keto Code with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    Dr. Steven Gundry is a cardiovascular surgeon who has changed his focus to a Functional Medicine/Integrative approach. He is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.  He is the best selling author of Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, The Longevity Paradox, and his latest book, Unlocking The Keto Code.  Dr. Gundry can be reached through his website, DrGundry.com or by calling his office at (760) 323-5553.

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for Functional 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. Our topic for today is whether or not to keto and why with Dr. Steven Gundry. The keto genetic diet is one of the more popular diets in the functional medicine world. Being recommended for weight loss, diabetes, cancer, neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s and a number of other conditions. But the ketogenic diet is a very controversial, and now we have Dr. Steven Gundry weighing in with what his take is on the keto diet. Dr. Steven Gundry does not really need an introduction, but he’s a heart surgeon who has changed his focus to nutritional and preventative medicine.  He is now internationally known, having made hundreds of TV appearances, and he’s all over the internet. He’s the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs in Santa Barbara. He’s the bestselling author of Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, The Longevity Paradox, and his latest book Unlocking The Keto Code, which you can see to the right of Dr. Gundry. Dr. Gundry. Thank you so much for joining us today.

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    Integrative Cancer Care with Dr. Paul Anderson: Rational Wellness Podcast 257

    Integrative Cancer Care with Dr. Paul Anderson: Rational Wellness Podcast 257

    Dr. Paul Anderson discusses An Integrative Approach to Cancer at the April 28, 2022 Functional Medicine Discussion Group Meeting with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    12:55   While in early cancer care, conventional care has a reasonably high rate of success and the protocols are fairly standardized, in stage four cancer care there’s just as much experimentation and unknown in standard of care oncology as there is in Integrative cancer care.

    14:00   We need to share with patients that while we don’t know how their case will go, we know a lot more and have a lot more tools to help patients with cancer, but being realistic is a difficult balancing act. When patients ask if he can cure their cancer, Dr. Anderson will typically answer that curing cancer is above his pay grade, but that we can help to improve your quality of life and when that is done, we often see cancer markers improve as well as cancer outcomes.  For patients with stage 4 cancers who kind of know how things are playing out, they want to have as much energy and they want to be on as little medication as possible.  For patients with curable cancers, they may have other outcomes that are important for them.

    19:03  The patients who did the best with an Integrative Oncology approach have addressed the three main foundational pillars, which are the following:

    1.  Food.  Your diet should be low glycemic and it should be as clean as possible. We also know that doing at least a 13 hour intermittent fast daily is associated with longer life and better survival in cancer patients.  

    2.  Muscle.  For all chronic diseases, but especially in cancer, that I think we all realize now that whether it’s cancer or not, but especially in cancer, the more muscle metabolism you work yourself through and the less fat metabolism you work yourself through, the better your survival and the better your quality of life. And so this doesn’t mean the person has to be a power lifter. It just means they need to move their body.  

    3.  Brain.  How you think about cancer and how empowered you are as a cancer patient will affect your outcome.   

    The cool, high speed, high expense therapies like IVs, hyperbaric and hyperthermia will work better in the setting of these foundational things being attended to.

     

    35:22  While chemotherapy and radiation will decrease the size of tumors in many cases, we know that in the long run, they are associated with the more likely return of more aggressive cancer. That might be months later, it might be years later, but we know that happens.  We need to be supportive to those therapies but also supportive to their normal tissue so that we don’t get recruitment of cancer cells by emboldening the cancer stem cells with the chemo and the radiation.  While cancer patients are undergoing active treatment, we often focus on reducing side effects, like mucositis, and enabling the patient to tolerate the therapies. Whatever we can do to improve their quality of life will be helpful on the back end.  What is done from an integrative perspective, unless you’re doing something really strange, you’re actually not going to interfere with anybody’s chemotherapy or radiation for the most part.  For every 100 units of concern that a radiation oncologist has or a medical oncologist has with you interfering with their very powerful therapies, there’s probably two or three units of actual concern that need to be had. Now, that doesn’t mean they’re going to buy that, but you need to have that conversation with your patient.

    38:54  Antioxidants.

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    Type I Diabetes with Lauren Bongiorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 256

    Type I Diabetes with Lauren Bongiorno: Rational Wellness Podcast 256

    Lauren Bongiorno discusses Type I Diabetes with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    5:53   Some of the most important variables that we need to manipulate for type I diabetes are nutrition and exercise.  With respect to exercise, there is the type of exercise, the time of exercise, what your insulin sensitivity levels are, and what kind of food you have before exercise.  With nutrition, the combination of macros, timing of macros, and the timing of insulin are all important factors.  Also important are your relationship to food, your mindset to diabetes and your acceptance of it.  Your hormones, including the menstrual cycle, and cortisol are other factors that are probably more important for type I diabetics and all these factors have to be juggled at the same time. 

    7:30  Monitoring glucose levels.  Lauren monitors her glucose with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), the Dexcom, but this technology is not accessible to everyone, since it may not be covered by insurance and it is somewhat costly. Ideally every type I diabetic should have access to both a CGM and an insulin pump.  On the other hand, some people are perfectionist and they may obsess too much on getting their numbers perfect and using a CGM may drive them crazy, constantly living on their phones, watching the arrows and trying make decisions to control the numbers.  It’s also important to get to know your body’s patterns and to know what a higher or lower blood sugar feels like.

    11:17  Maintaining blood sugar overnight.  Lauren does not feel that there is one way to help type I diabetics to maintain stable glucose levels throughout the night while sleeping. Some diabetics do well with a high carb, low fat approach, while others thrive with a keto style diet. Some do well eating some fat in the evening to keep blood sugar even, while others do better having a carb snack in the evening. 

     

     





    Lauren Bongiorno is a health coach, a diabetes influencer, and the founder and CEO of Risely Health. Lauren has dealt with type I diabetes since she was 7 years old. She is challenging the current healthcare system and the world of diabetes management through her company’s innovative health coaching programs and online educational classes.

    Dr. Ben Weitz is available for Functional 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. Today. I’m excited to be talking about type 1 diabetes, which is not a topic we’ve spoken about very much on the Rational Wellness Podcast. We’ve had a number of conversations about type 2, but type 1 is a very important topic and type 1 diabetics need a lot of help from nutritional perspective that they often don’t get.

    What is type 1 diabetes?

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    Reverse Biological Aging with Dr. Christopher Shade: Rational Wellness Podcast 255

    Reverse Biological Aging with Dr. Christopher Shade: Rational Wellness Podcast 255

    Dr. Christopher Shade discusses How to Reverse Biological Aging with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    3:05  Dr. Shade said that his chronological age is 53, but his biological age is younger. This is now measured by looking at methylation patterns on CPG islands in your DNA. This is through epigenetic clocks, such as the Horvath clock, as found in the Tru-Age test from Tru-Diagnostics.  [Turning Back Time with Epigenetic Clocks.]  The clocks have been trained or correlated with IQ, grip strength, balance, facial aging, etc.  If you are aging at a rapid rate, if you have a faster loss of function, then your biological age might be 70 when you’re 53, or if the pace of your aging is slow, then your biological age might be 43.  Our goal is to reduce our biological age to extend our health span.

    6:35  Dr. Shade and Quicksilver Scientific have conducted a study using their supplements for three months and measuring their biological clock using TruDiagnostic’s TruAge test and the preliminary results look very good.  They saw improvement in the Horvath clock and in the pace of aging.  They beat the results of a two month caloric restriction trial.  They also saw positive epigenetic changes in certain white blood cells–monocytes and natural killer cells. The first month was detox with support for Nrf2 and AMPK activity (70% Nrf2/30% AMPK).  Second month, they shifted to 70% AMPK, 30% Nrf2, and a lot NAD+ and membrane building and sirtuin activation.   So clear things out, detox, then build up metabolic strength. Then the last month, we kept going on that mitochondrial metabolic strength, and the results were very positive.  According to Chris, “you start with AMPK phosphorylation with this PGC1A promoter for mitochondrial biogenesis, but then you have to deacetylate it with sirtuins, which means you have to have enough NAD+ to do that, and then you get full activation mitochondrial biogenesis, which makes more mitochondria per cell.”

    11:14  AMPK, Nrf2.  How to slow the aging process should start with AMPK activation and this often goes hand in hand with Nrf2. Nrf2 is a master switch for chemo protection and when it’s upregulated, it’s called a nuclear transcription factor which means that it’s outside the nucleus and something triggers it to go into the nucleus.  Nrf2 is part of the chemo protection family, which includes antioxidants, detoxification, protein regulation, getting rid of unfolded proteins, fixing damaged proteins, and this is all cleanup stuff.  For example, to get rid of heavy metals, you need to raise nrf2 to bring up the glutathione genes and get rid of toxins like heavy metals.  AMPK can be triggered by fasting, carb restriction, exercise, and various nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals such as metformin, berberine, resveratrol, and quercetin.  Fasting and carb restriction triggers you to mobilize and efficiently use your own stored energy resources, like glycogen, old proteins, and stored fat.  You use old proteins through autophagy.  You can increase glucose transporters, and lower insulin resistance/increase insulin sensitivity.  You are also going to mobilize stored fat and turn it into ketones for energy.  You can burn the fat out of fatty liver, which is called lipophagy.  If you take old, damaged mitochondria, and recycle them, this is mitophagy.  If you use old golgi apparatus and old endoplasmic reticulum, this is endoreticulophagy.  It’s the inner detoxification for your broken inner parts. So Nrf2 is more taking away environmental toxins and AMPK is more clearing out your own accumulations...

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    Breast Implant Illness with Danielle Valoras: Rational Wellness Podcast 254

    Breast Implant Illness with Danielle Valoras: Rational Wellness Podcast 254

    Danielle Valoras discusses Breast Implant Illness with Dr. Ben Weitz.

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    1:40  Brief history of Silicon Gel Implants (from the FDA website). 



    * Silicone breast implants were introduced in the US in 1962.

    * In 1976 the US Congress passed the Medical Device Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.

    * In the early 1980s concerns arose about the safety of breast implants, esp. silicone gel implants and the FDA published case reports identifying frequent local complications and adverse outcomes and they identified possible cancer and connective tissue disease in some women with breast implants.

    * In 1992 the FDA removed all silicone gel-filled breast implants from the market due to safety concerns.

    * In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a report that concluded that while there were lots of local complications and health concerns related to silicone breast implants, like rupture, pain, capsular contraction, and infection, that there was no evidence of systemic health effects such as cancer or autoimmune disease.

    * In 2006 the FDA approved silicone breast implants, specifically Allergans and Mentors based on 3-4 year safety reports from the manufacturers, but the FDA also required the manufacturers to conduct 6 post-approval studies for a loner period of time.

    * In October 2021 the FDA ordered stronger warnings for breast implants, including a boxed warning in which the risks are reported on the package.  Some of the risks that the FDA highlighted in the report include capsular contracture, implant rupture, and possible silicone gel migration into surrounding tissues, systemic breast implant illness with symptoms that may include fatigue, memory loss, rash, brain fog, and joint pain, and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, abbreviated BIA ALCL.



    8:21  Danielle’s personal story is that at age 48 she looked at the research and she chose to get silicone breast implants.  Danielle already had an autoimmune disease–Grave’s hyperthyroid and anyone with autoimmune disease should be careful with implantable devices like breast implants. After the implants, Danielle had hair loss, connective tissue issues, she tore both menisci in both of her knees and she had swelling in her ankles.  Her symptoms kept getting worse.  She had both breast implants removed, including the capsules and she got about 70% better right away.  Removing the capsule can be very difficult because the plants are under the pec muscles and the capsule is up against the back wall of the rib cage and scraping them off the back wall risks puncturing the lungs and causing a pneumothorax.  But Danielle feels that it is very important to remove the capsule as well as the rest of the implant, esp. since the capsule also contains silicone.  Both the silicone and the platinum that is used in the implant are quite dangerous.  Danielle discovered that she had very high arsenic levels and her arsenic levels came down after the implants were removed.

    14:25  The capsule is the catcher’s mitt.  It is the scar tissue that forms around the silicone breast implant. Not only is silicone potentially toxic to the body, but there is also platinum used to make the silicone more gel like and to hold it’s shape and be more solid.  We know that the silicone and the palatium can get through the capsule and into the body.  The outer shell of the implant and even the outer shell of saline implants is made of silicone, so silicone comes into contact with the body.

    18:37  Some of the silicone doesn’t crosslink and some it comes off the shell a...

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Great topics and guests. I just wish the podcaster would stop interrupting his guests. It’s annoying, disrespectful and distracting.

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