Archive for February 2015

Guest // Michael B. Schachter, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD


Think cancer is always a death sentence?

Think surgery, chemo, and radiation are basically non-optional treatments?

Is cancer something we need to “get out” of our bodies, or is it an invitation to go in, look around, and clean house?

  • What are the top 3 myths dominating the field of conventional oncology?
  • What are the major drivers of the cancer epidemic? Is there really more cancer? What is causing it, if so?
  • Is there a role for supplements in cancer treatment? Vitamins? Fish oil?
  • What are some of the most important evidence-based natural treatments?

Join the conversation with Michael Schachter, MD who has been supporting cancer patients for over 40 years at his holistic center in Suffern, NY.

MBS headshot cropMichael Schachter, MD is the founder and director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Rockland, NY. He has 40 years of clinical experience in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine. Michael is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has obtained proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. Read more at


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Guest // Rabbi Benay Lappe

Host // Toni Bark, MD

crash_dog_tshirtCrisis is inevitable.

We know this. But what happens during those moments of tumultuous and dislocating change in our lives… when we’re caught flat-footed and lacking in grace, emotional reserves, and judgment?

Did you know that we’re faced with only 3 choices when things don’t turn out as planned? There’s something called “Crash Theory.” It explains why we stubbornly cling to truths we have been taught, even when we realize they are not actually true. It is a simple paradigm that explains how we can better navigate all life’s “crashes” — social, religious, and personal.

benay lappe headshot cropRabbi Benay Lappe is the founder of SVARA, a “traditionally radical” yeshiva that welcomes learners of all faiths. Her teaching focuses on the radical methods of legal change recorded in the Talmud. Her work on the evolution of religious traditions has led her to develop her Crash Theory (listen to her TEDx talk). Benay has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois, Temple University, The University of Judaism, University of California, Berkeley, and The Wexner Institute. She is Director of Education and Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary, Benay is one of The Forward’s 2014 Most Inspiring Rabbis and Jewrotica’s Sexiest Rabbis of 2013. She is a licensed pilot, shoemaker, and patent-holding inventor.


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Guest // Thomas Seyfried, PhD

Host // Toni Bark, MD

cancer as metabolic disease

Half of men and one-third of women will receive a cancer diagnosis sometime during their lives. Increasingly, more patients are declining conventional treatment. They are interested in a different kind of approach to cancer management and prevention.. one that is more cutting edge and incorporates the latest research.

If we can understand what cancer is, what feeds it, and why metastasis happens, then we can find and apply more effective strategies to shrink (and hopefully eliminate) tumors.

Meet Professor Thomas Seyfried. He is a biochemical geneticist who has been investigating the lipid biochemistry of cancer for thirty years. His pioneering research expands on Otto Warburg’s groundbreaking theory that cancer is a disease of energy metabolism. With this framework, he’s able to explain the relationship between cancer and inflammation, vascularization, cell death, drug resistance, and genomic instability. Discussion topics during today’s show include:

  • How does this view differ from the direction in which much of current research and funding is heading? (i.e., genetics)
  • Is the controversy largely a matter of cause and effect (i.e., mitochondrial respiration and genetic damage)?
  • What has been the response of the scientific community?
  • Where is the research heading? (i.e., mouse to man, clinical trials?)
  • What is the ketogenic diet and how is it implemented? How does this differ when applied to children?
  • What is the Press-Pulse metabolic strategy for cancer management?

If you have questions, be sure to send them before the show or meet up with us on the blog afterwards to discuss.

seyfriedThomas Seyfried, PhD focuses on gene environmental interactions related to complex diseases, such as epilepsy, autism, brain cancer, and neurodegenerative (the GM1 and GM2 gangliosidoses) diseases. He investigates many of these diseases from the perspective of, genetics, lipidomics, and energy metabolism. Tom received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1976. He  was an Assistant Professor in Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine. Tom has received awards from the NIH, The American Society for Neurochemistry, and the Ketogenic Diet Special Interest Group of the American Epilepsy Society. He was Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association and serves on several editorial boards, for Nutrition & Metabolism, Neurochemical Research, the Journal of Lipid Research, and ASN Neuro. Read more about his work here.


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Guest // Alan Sherr, DC

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

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Dr. Larry Palevsky interviews Dr. Alan Sherr. They have known each other for 14 years, and have been working side by side for almost 10 years.

In this upcoming hour, they will explain, confide, and dish about the varied ways they partner and share in the care of children and families:

  • What are their respective approaches and how do they incorporate them into their practices to maximize the health of children?
  • What is their position on the topics of nutrition, vaccines, preventive health, and the nervous and immune systems?
  • What kinds of acute and chronic conditions do they treat together?

There are different types of medical doctors and different types of chiropractors who practice varying degrees of conventional, integrative, and holistic medicine. After listening to this hour of conversation, you will glimpse at the future of  health care, where a team approach can help you maintain your children’s optimal well-being.

alan sherrAlan Sherr, DC has been in private practice for more than 34 years in Long Island, New York. He is founder and director of the Northport Wellness Center, a holistic health care practice which takes a “vitalistic” approach to health care. Alan encourages patients towards the realization that life and healing come from within and maintenance of health is superior to the treatment of disease. He champions the philosophy of chiropractic, which emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual and views health as a dynamic process involving the body, mind and heart. Alan graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1980. His book Heart of the Healer won the Benjamin Franklin Award for the Best New Publication. Alan’s practice includes healthy adults and children, and those with autism, chronic disease, and musculoskeletal illness.


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