Archive for October 2014

Guest // Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

gmo-tomatoEver wish Google Translate could convert Science into Plain English? Wouldn’t it be great if your best friend was a scientist and you could ask her whatever you wanted?

We’re bringing you not one but two talented MIT alums who are fluent in science and health and not on the payroll of Big Food or Big Pharma. They’ll discuss:

  • What does the latest research really say about why kids are so sick today, with autism, allergies, food sensitivities, ADHD, and sleep problems?
  • How are these disorders connected?
  • Which prevalent toxic chemicals cause the most concern?
  • When it comes to toxins in our food, what should we eat and avoid? Does eating organic make a difference?
  • How about toxins in vaccines? How do we sort out the scoop from the spin?
  • Where are the biggest areas of disconnect between the scientific literature and what we read in the mainstream press about food and vaccines?
  • Does she really believe that, at today’s growth rate, 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2025?

Dr. Stephanie Seneff gets down to brass tacks and points the finger squarely at the toxic chemicals in food and vaccines. Together, these poisons work synergistically to erode our health. Two of the most significant poisons are glyphosate (in the herbicide Roundup) and aluminum. These substances have become so common in our environment that we mistakenly dismiss them as harmless.

Autism is a complex condition but Stephanie can explain multiple known features of autism through direct links to glyphosate and aluminum. She can also explain sleep disorders, which are associated with many neurological diseases, and which are rising in frequency in the US in step with the rise in the use of Roundup on core crops.

Stephanie Seneff MIT cropStephanie Seneff, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She holds degrees from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition (BS) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (PhD). Stephanie has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings papers. Since 2007, she has focused on nutrition, health, and the environment, and has published over a dozen papers on these topics in medical and biological journals. Her most recent research is on the pervasive toxicants: aluminum and glyphosate. Stephanie proposes that low-nutrient food combined with pesticides and toxic metals play a crucial role in many modern conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, and autism.

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Guest // Alex and Wendy Murray

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

widening circle jacketPolly Murray was the first person to focus on what came to be known as Lyme disease. She and her husband were raising their four children in beautiful Lyme, Connecticut in 1965 when something started making her sick. When it spread to her family (and neighbors), she embarked on a 20 year medical journey to figure out what was wrong. Doctors had no answers and worse, exhibited hostility, rejection, and no sense of urgency to help her family.

Polly persevered. She kept meticulous records of her family’s rashes, flu-like illnesses, swollen knees, pain, and other symptoms. Her attention to detail and investigative work led to the 1982 discovery of the spirochete (corkscrew-shaped bacterium) borrelia burgdorferi by Willy Burgdorfer, MD, PhD. Her story is riveting and inspiring. There are parallels with modern day chronic disorders (autism comes to mind) and offers hope to parents engaged in a similar battle for recognition and resources towards prevention, treatment, and a cure.

When Polly’s children ask her which of her life accomplishments bring her the most pride, her career as a fine art painter or discovering Lyme Disease, she always says: “Lyme Disease.” Two of Polly Murray’s children, Alex and Wendy, will participate in the show. Alex Murray works in the wine trade as a distributor and educator. He was first stricken with Lyme Disease in 1974 as a senior in high school, before the disease had been identified. He was captain of the varsity soccer team and hobbled around with swollen joints during the final game of his career. The disease caused massive swelling and joint dislocation in his left knee, and sidelined his hopes playing soccer in college. Now 40 years later, Alex still suffers from pain in his left knee. Wendy Murray is an education editor living in New Jersey. Their family’s story was profiled in the Boston Globe in 2013 (part 1 and part 2).

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Guest // Jenn Giustra-Kozek, LPC

Host // Beth Lambert

healing without hurting jacketThe number of children diagnosed with ADHD in this country has reached epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of children ages 4-17 have an ADHD diagnosis and 1 in every 5 boys will receive this diagnosis during their childhood. That’s 20% of our boys!

Most of these children will be put on some form of stimulant medication that can deplete the body of essential nutrients; impact sleep, appetite, and growth; and result in a whole host of negative side effects including anxiety, tics, rage, kidney and liver problems, manic episodes, and altered personality.

It gets worse. In May 2014, the New York Times reported that at least 10,000 toddlers are currently medicated outside current pediatric guidelines, which does not really recognize ADHD as a valid diagnosis before age 4.

If no one seems alarmed by that fact that one-fifth of our boys are walking the halls of their elementary schools on psycho-stimulant medications, surely, the drugging of babies will make somebody stand up and take notice?

And it has.

MeejennpicJennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, HpN, author and licensed psychotherapist with 15 years of clinical experience treating clients with an array of health disorders including Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. Jennifer has seen this epidemic unfold in her own private practice and watched the harmful impact of medication on her many young clients:

I’ve frequently seen medication change sweet and agreeable children into angry, depressed and/or foggy children their parents didn’t recognize.

The ADHD epidemic turned personal when Jennifer’s young son was diagnosed. She plunged into a world where parents have found safe and natural healing modalities outside of the pharmaceutical model. Her son is now recovered from ADHD and apraxia. Jennifer’s new book Healing Without Hurting will be released in November. Jennifer began consulting and blogging with thousands of moms through social media to teach them about alternative and natural solutions for healing autism spectrum disorders. Since the creation of her Facebook page, over 100,000 weekly visitors turn to her for guidance and support.

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Guest // Rick Strassman, MD

Host // Toni Bark, MD

DMT jacketResearch into the class of drugs known as psychedelics has made a resurgence in mainstream medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins and New York University. There are many reasons for this, including the need for better treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Psychedelics are psychoactive substances that produce hallucinations and an expansion of consciousness. LSD is the best known of these. Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is another such substance.

Questions abound! Topics to be addressed on this show include:

  • What’s it like to be on DMT?
  • What’s happening to the body?
  • What insights does this research provide into the way the brain and mind work?
  • Does our brain chemistry allow entrance into other realms of existence? What is the utility of this and is it something we can control?
  • What’s the neurochemical basis for experience?
  • Can DMT be used as a treatment for psychiatric issues?

This research is provocative, intellectually courageous, and expands the boundaries of science and medicine. It offers tantalizing insights about human consciousness and the metaphysical world.

rick strassman headshotRick Strassman, MD is a psychiatrist, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, and a researcher in clinical psychopharmacology. He discovered the first known role of melatonin in humans. In 1990, he began US government-funded human research with psychedelics. His book DMT: The Spirit Molecule has been translated into 12 languages and is the basis for an independent documentary of the same name. Rick is president and co-founder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation, which conducts scientific research into the nature of consciousness. He graduated from Stanford University and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Rick lives in western New Mexico.

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Guest // Jeanne Ohm, DC

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

pathways vax in pregnancyThere’s a lot going on during the weeks and months before and after birth. It’s called the perinatal period, from preconception to at least 9 months after birth. Many couples obtain their guidance from clinicians who perform routine tests and scans by stage of gestation. But perinatal wellness isn’t about standardized checklists. And sometimes what’s on those lists can lead mama down the wrong path.

What can women teach each other about wellness? Are we suffering from a lack of heritable wisdom? Who is showing us how to believe in our bodies and our babies? Join host Kelly Brogan, MD as she dives in with Dr. Jeanne Ohm who has been mothering mothers and their loved ones for almost 35 years. Jeanne is a perinatal wellness chiropractor who is deeply invested in progressing the paradigm of women’s health. This hour will undoubtedly leave you inspired by the simplicity of holistic medicine, and the radical empowerment that it offers.

  • How have we been indoctrinated into the Western health paradigm? How can we think differently about our wellness?
  • What does a chiropractor bring to prenatal care?
  • Is chiropractic safe for infants? What can it help with?
  • What are the most important things for women to know about perinatal health?
  • What are the top three pearls for today’s pregnant woman?
  • Isn’t chiropractic about bad backs? Why do babies need it? Is it safe? What can it help with?

Jeanne cropJeanne Ohm, DC is Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and editor of the parent magazine: Pathways to Family WellnessShe travels internationally teaching Doctors of Chiropractic specific skills to care for pregnant women and children, and is on post-graduate faculty for numerous chiropractic colleges.

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