Healthy Talk

Feb 24 2016 302

Dr. Michael A. Smith, MD, is committed to providing listeners with the most current health information available. His weekly show is the place to listen to respected experts in the fields of integrative health, wellness, fitness, and medicine. Dr. Mike's engaging ability to present complex medical topics in a clear, conversational manner has attracted a sizable following of anti-aging and disease-prevention enthusiasts who have dubbed him "the country doctor with a city education." Healthy Talk is produced in conjunction with the Life Extension Foundation.





Ask Dr. Mike: Reducing Risk for Genetic Cancer Predisposition
Feb 24 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I don’t want to get cancer, but I have a family history of cancer. What can I do to decrease my odds? The key to cancer prevention is keeping your cells healthy. Cancer is a cell gone bad. The basic blueprint that drives the engine of a cell turns bad when you have cancer. The genetic makeup gets mutated. Do things to promote DNA health. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables preserve the integrity of DNA. Watercress, kale, cauliflower are also cruciferous. Eat at least a serving or two of cruciferous vegetables every day. The isothiocyanate inside is what protects your DNA. Diet is first, but it would be difficult to get enough isothiocyanate from just vegetables. Supplementation will help. Look for a product that lists the amount of isothiocyanate on the label. Curcumin is the workhorse of cell health. It seems to benefit every organ system in the body. Try 400 mg a day. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Repeat Heart Attack Prevention
Feb 24 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Can you suggest a heart protocol for someone who has had a heart attack? Many patients go on an ACE inhibitor or something to control blood pressure. We devise regimens that are appropriate based on individuals. Don’t stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor, but there are things you can do with nutrients. You can take 200 mg a day of CoQ10. You want to know what your blood level is, so do a blood test to see if you’re between levels 4 and 6 because that’s a heart healthy range of CoQ10. Omega-3 supplements will help as well. You should do 2-4 grams a day. They are blood thinning, so make sure your doctor knows that. You may have to cut down the dose of Omega-3 and watch for easy bruising. Vitamin D3 should be about 5000 IU a day. That helps with cells. You are at risk of a second coronary event if you’ve had a heart attack. Stabilize all of your arterial plaques by building a cap of collagen and calcium. That keeps all the fat and cholesterol from rupturing into the blood stream and forming a clot. Vitamin K2 will help stabilize the plaque. Gutocola is an herb that puts collagen into the cap of the plaque. You can try EDTA for oral chelation. Garlic oil can help. Increase the activity of the PON1 gene to prevent the fat from oxidizing and getting sticky. You can be helped by 250 mg of pomegranate a day, as well as by supplementing with curcumin. The endothelial cell lines the artery. You can boost the endothelial cells with resperital, SOD, and garlic extract. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Osteoporosis Prevention & Virus Help
Feb 17 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I am healthy and 74 years old. My family doc said I need to take fosamax because I have osteopenia that could become osteoporosis. I have asthma and it has always been well controlled. I took my first fosamax pill and had a headache for 24 hours. I rarely get headaches, and I can easily treat the ones I do get with Advil. The main problem is that I coughed all week, night and day. Can fosamax cause my asthma symptoms to escalate? Is it worth the benefit to my otherwise healthy body? Are there other ways to stave off osteoporosis? If you have asthma, any drug can be a stressor to your body, because the cortisol in your body increases. The reaction to this new thing might exacerbate some reactive airway symptoms. You need to discuss the risks versus the benefits with your doctor. As you get older, you really must take care of your bones. Look at your total calcium intake. It’s good to take 1500 mg per day, and at least 1000 units of vitamin D per day. Vitamin D helps the calcium get into your bloodstream. Take vitamin K2 to help the calcium get into your bones. You don't want your calcium to be mismanaged and deposited into the wrong places, so be sure to take all three. Boron, silicon, and plum extract all help increase the strength and mineralization of the bones. Strontium was very popular in the 1950s for low bone density. It’s perfectly safe in supplement form and awesome for your bones. I’m 69 years old. A month ago I got sick with a virus that is still with me. Once a week I go to an alternative medicine doctor. I was treated weekly with nutritional and peroxide IV, and yesterday he prescribed erythromycin. I've had chronic yeast inflammation for many years, and I take several supplements. What else can I do? The ache, coughing, and malaise that hang around are known as the viral syndrome. Antibiotics won’t hurt if you’ve had it for a while, because the bacteria may hang around in the respiratory system. Vitamin D (5000 IU daily), reishi mushroom extract, and andrographis paniculata are all great. You can also try vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Give your immune system a chance to tackle the virus. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Curcumin to Fight Alzheimer's & Vitamin D Levels
Feb 17 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I read an article on www.lifeextension.com about curcumin and how it might be an Alzheimer's treatment. It didn't get into how it would do it, other than curcumin is a good antioxidant. Can you explain how curcumin works? Curcumin is a potent antioxidant. It breaks the blood-brain barrier and can serve as an antioxidant in the brain. The theory is that oxidative stress contributes to Alzheimer’s disease development. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory. Curcumin can also stimulate the immune system. Abnormal proteins clump together to form the Alzheimer’s protein plaque, which is just a symptom of the disease. Curcumin addresses oxidative stress and inflammation. It’s also helping to clear the amyloid plaques by attaching itself to the abnormal proteins. That combination is enough to stimulate a type of immune cell that internalizes the plaque and is able to clear it. I’m a 60-year-old woman and I’ve been taking 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for over three years. I wear sunscreen daily. My blood level is between 80 and 99. There are so many opinions on what is a safe blood level for vitamin D3. I have read that 80 to 100 levels are cancer preventative. Am I in the safe zone regardless of the cancer prevention? Vitamin D blood levels between 80 and 99 is great. A vitamin D level of 34 is the conventional blood level, but that's the level where you're safe from diseases specifically related to vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays a huge part in the immune system that fights cancer. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Cancer Linked to Mold & Sugar PLUS Chest Virus Duration
Feb 10 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Is mold really linked to cancer? More oncologists and research doctors have been looking at the possibility that infectious agents in certain settings can initiate cancer over the past few years. Molds can create toxins. The toxin that gets into the cell damages the DNA. All cancer is defined as mutations in the DNA, regardless of the ultimate cause of that cancer. The process of cell replication is regulated by your DNA. If there’s damage to the DNA, it can lead to the cell mutation that ends in cancer. The theory is that microbes in mold can produce the toxins that enter the cells. There is good evidence that these toxins can enter the cells and potentially lead to cancer. Science leads us to these conclusions based on testing and results. Alzheimer patients have a lot of spirochetes in their brains, which was recently found in research. Mycotoxins (toxins from mold) could lead to cancer, but it needs to be researched further. The theory that mold can create toxins that cause problems holds weight but needs further study. Can sugar lead to cancer? When a cell becomes cancerous, it starts to grow uncontrollably. The cancerous cells then are thrown into your circulation. They tend to use sugar and sugar only to grow. Glycolysis is the process where an unhealthy cell uses sugar for short energy bursts. This is the beginning of normal cell energy production, but cancer cells want the energy quickly. If you starve the cancer cell of sugar, you may make them more susceptible to cancer treatments. Eliminating sugar may not prevent cancer. So many things can initiate cancer. Genetics can as well. One lifestyle change, like eliminating sugar, may not prevent cancer since cancer has many factors. However, doing so improves your overall health and wellness. How long will the virus in my chest last? It's been almost two weeks and I still feel really bad. Viruses can last a long time because of your body’s response to the virus. It's not uncommon for it to hang out in the respiratory system for two to four weeks; longer if you're older or have chronic issues. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.




Ask Dr. Mike: 5 Tips to Look & Feel Better PLUS Joint Pain Post-Surgery
Feb 10 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: What are five things I can do right now to look better and feel better? It’s easy to believe anybody online. We have to be careful when we research. Not everyone knows what they’re talking about, and a lot of people are trying to sell you something. These five things are well-supported by research: Hydration. You need to be hydrated. Your skin is better, your kidneys work better, your liver detoxes better. Exercise. Walking at a nice pace for 30 minutes daily can help joints, immune system, and mood. Eat less. The excess of calories slows us down. Eat more nutrient-dense foods but eat less food overall. Get better sleep. There is an epidemic of insomnia in this country. It puts you at risk for stress, anxiety, and mood issues. Say no to sugar. We consume too much added sugar. We’re getting 10-20 tablespoons of sugar per day instead of a few teaspoons. I had knee surgery because my bones were shattering and my knee was leaning in. I was bow-legged my entire life. The leg that had knee surgery was straightened, and it's now longer than the other leg. I now have new pain in my hips and back. My doctor had me get an orthotic lift, but it's still not adjusted perfectly. The pain is making me crazy. The lengthening of the leg puts pressure on the other joints. Chiropractic care can help readjust the hip joint and knee joint so your gait matches with the other leg. Natural supplements can also help. Taking 400 mg of a high quality curcumin extract, 250 to 500 mg of glucosamine, and 1000 mg of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) should help. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.






Ask Dr. Mike: Trouble Sleeping on Supplements & Arterial Plaque
Feb 03 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I’ve been taking 100 mg of CoQ-10 enzyme for cell energy for many years. In the past six weeks, I’ve started taking AMPK activator as well. Lately I’ve had trouble sleeping more than four or five hours a night. I have lots of energy. I’m 72 and have a 70% raw food diet that I alternate with a paleo-ish diet two to four times per day. I've rarely had sugar for the past two years. I avoid most bread and eat grains and nuts. Is the high energy-low sleep because of the CoQ-10 and AMPK supplements? AMPK activator contains ynostemma pentaphyllum and rose hip extract. Those have been shown to activate an enzyme in your cells called AMPK. When AMPK is activated in your cells, they manage energy better. You tend to make more ATP (coenzyme used as an energy carrier in the cells), burn more fat,and burn more sugars. The cell becomes cleaner and functions at a higher level. When people first start taking CoQ-10, they may feel energized and have some sleepless nights because their blood level of CoQ-10 was so low and it's being recharged. Your body will reach a steady state with a supplement and there will not be peaks and valleys. The energy you might get early from CoQ-10 is gone, but the supplement is still good for you. You should be at a steady state with it if you take it on a consistent basis. The addition of the AMPK activator could be the culprit. It creates cell energy, which the CoQ-10 was already doing. You may reach a steady state with the AMPK activator in another week. If nothing changes after a week, try dosing every other day or every third day. If that doesn’t help, stop the AMPK activator and just use the CoQ-10. My question is about plaque in the blood. As we try to eat healthy and supplement to clean our blood, is there a chance that a dissolved or dislodged piece of plaque might float around and cause blockage down the line? Eating better, getting more exercise, taking supplements targeted to the cardiovascular system and supplements targeted to the plaque itself (pycnogenol made from pine bark extract, pomegranate, vitamin K2, gotu kola, EDTA, resveratrol) can help with plaque burden. Nothing totally gets rid of plaque. It's more about stabilizing the plaque. You can decrease plaque burden by doing the right things. The body puts a fibrous cap on the plaque, shrinking the plaque and decreasing the plaque burden. You’ve stabilized the plaque and it is less prone to rupture. Your body knows how to take care of the plaque. The contents of the plaque (fat, cholesterol, immune cells) can be absorbed by the arterial wall itself or just leave as you stabilize the plaque. Vitamin K2 can help the cap become stronger and keeps calcium out of the way. Focus on stabilizing the plaque to prevent cardio events in the future. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Is Kefir Liquid Gold? PLUS Pros & Cons of Telemedicine
Feb 03 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I eat more whole foods than processed foods and I try to remain very healthy. I've been drinking a few ounces of kefir every day on an empty stomach. I've been reading great things about it-- including healing, preventative, and wellness benefits. I purchase it from a local store and he uses organic whole milk to make it. How much is recommended daily? Is it actually "liquid gold" as some say? Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food. The main reason people use it is for the probiotics made from cultured whole milk. Yogurt isn't bad, but it's overly processed in this country and doesn't have a lot of healthy, viable, living, good bacteria. Kefir is basically a fermented probiotic product for replenishing healthy gut bacteria. Kefir has a high number of good bacteria and a high number of strains. With any probiotic, you want to be sure it has at least six or seven common bacteria strains (phytobacteria, lactobacilli, and others). It's a strong drink so most healthcare practitioners will tell you to start with two to three ounces a day and work up to a cup a day. It's good for you, but it's not liquid gold. Skin, immune, brain, mood, heart -- they all benefit from healthy probiotics. But, it has to be done in the context of a healthier lifestyle. One probiotic product is not liquid gold. What are your thoughts on telemedicine? Doctors love telemedicine because they don't have to do a physical exam and can be connected to the patient from any computer. It's great for many common conditions like cold and flu that general doctors address. There is risk, however, because nothing is better than talking to a person face to face and doing a good physical exam. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Essential Tremors, Fecal Transplants & Is Alzheimer's a Fungal Disease?
Jan 27 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: For the past 10 years I've had tremors and it's getting worse. The tremors only happen when I'm signing my name. When I move around, they are okay, and when I'm at rest they are okay. My father also developed tremors at the young age of 60. He died at 97 without being diagnosed with Parkinson's. Unfortunately, nobody knows what causes an essential tremor. They usually begin around age 40, starting on one side of the body and progressing to both sides of the body. Dr. Mike suggests doing a high dose of vitamin B12 and vitamin C shots. He also suggests phosphatidylserine. Do you recommend fecal transplantation for a cure of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? Is this procedure safe? Fecal transplantation has some science and validity to it, so it's not as crazy as it sounds. However, Dr, Mike is always cautious when using the word "cure." With that being said, it may help. You should find a doctor to look into it with you. There was just a new study that looked at the possibility of Alzheimer's disease being a fungal disease. What's your take on this? What causes Alzheimer's in multifactoral. The amyloid plaques that form in your brain if you have Alzheimer's is not the cause, it is the result and the symptom. This idea that Alzheimer's could be fungal or bacterial is not a crazy idea, and there needs to be more research on this. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.










Ask Dr. Mike: 3 Health Hacks PLUS Calcium Supplementation
Jan 13 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: What are three health hacks to use in your everyday life? 1. Brushing your teeth when you're hungry decreases your appetite. If you're on a diet, or trying to detox after a long binge of unhealthy eating and drinking (aka: the holidays), brushing your teeth can actually help manage your appetite. 2. If you have chronic gum disease or bad breath, oil pulling is one of the best things you can do. Oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of oil into your mouth, swishing it around and pulling it through your teeth and gums for about 20 minutes. Oil pulling removes unwanted plaque, toxins, and bacteria from your mouth. 3. One way to get extra nutrients is to boil vegetables with water over the stove. Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the pot and let the water sit and cool off. After it's cooled, drink the water to obtain more nutrients. I read that during our evolution period, calcium was scarce and magnesium was plentiful. So, our bodies got very adept at pulling calcium from our food. Do we really need to take calcium supplements? It is true, we pull calcium from food. When Dr. Mike makes his dosing suggestions, he is basing it off of food, but also with a supplement. For example, women over 36 should be getting close to 1,000 mg a day. For men, it's about 500 mg. The key thing about taking a calcium supplement is that you can overload on calcium when you don't have enough vitamin D and vitamin K2. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.











Ask Dr. Mike: Calcium Supplementation & Can Inflammation Cause Weight Gain?
Jan 06 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Can inflammation really be a cause of weight gain? I recently read in an article by a doctor that it can. What are your thoughts? The fat you have in your body works like a factory that pours out inflammatory molecules. These molecules have a metabolic affect that can slow down your metabolism. Your fat cells within your body can be used to store fat for energy. However, your body needs to know when to hold onto those fat cells to store them and when to burn them. It makes sense that there is a neuro-hormonal connection in different parts of your body. Dr. Mike believes that inflammation can disrupt the normal fat cell signals, causing the fat cell to hold on to more fat. However, if you were to do something to reduce some of the inflammation, can you lose weight? This is where it get a little tricky. Is calcium supplementation necessary? In other cultures where they don't supplement calcium, do they have a higher risk of bone breaks and fractures? In older adults, calcium supplementation is crucial. It's important to have the right dose and to remember that you shouldn't be taking just calcium, this can lead to build up in your arteries. Dr. Mike suggests taking calcium with vitamin K2 and vitamin D. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: GERD Options, Supplements for Sore Muscles, Calcium in Pill Form
Jan 06 2016
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I've been a Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patient since 1998. My doctor has put me on PPI's since then; however, earlier this year my friend encouraged me to reach out to a specialist on natural medicine. During the conversation he recommended that I stop eating wheat and start taking enzymes and probiotics. I started the diet and started taking the enzymes and probiotics that have improved my GERD condition. I am now back to only 1 mg a day of the PPI (instead of 20 mg). Before bed, I was taking six to eight Tums, and now I'm just taking one or two esophageal guardian soft chews. Recently, looking for additional alternatives, I was listening to one of your shows on Healthy Talk that discussed GERD and you mentioned Di-Delamine. If I stop taking my PPI's and start taking Di-Delamine would that be okay? Dr. Mike first wants to point out that his advice is informational and wants you to first discuss any changes in your medication with your doctor. Di-Delamine is a protein found within citrus fruits. Doctors are surprisingly unsure why Di-Delamine works. Some believe it works as a coating mechanism. Can you suggest something for muscle soreness after working out? There's a lot of information on muscle support and building, but not on recovery. Dr. Mike suggests branch chain amino acids, tart cherry extract, glutathione, and lemon verbena. You might also want to try using a foam roller to help ease some of the muscle soreness. I was wondering if the sudden infusion with a large amount of calcium from a pill is good for our health? If you take a bunch of calcium in pill form, there could be some problems and it could deposit into your arteries. Dr. Mike suggests taking calcium with vitamin K2 and vitamin D. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.















Ask Dr. Mike: Alternative vs. Traditional Vitamins PLUS Can I Skip a Day of My Supplements?
Dec 09 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I've been trying to cycle my supplements more. I've been taking supplements during weekdays and taking the weekend off, except for a few supplements. Now, of course we all know we should get everything our body needs from food, but realistically that's difficult. We're also not talking about survival levels of nutrients, we're talking life extension/optimal levels. The question is, do you think there are any supplements that are so important to optimal health that they shouldn't be skipped a couple days a week? Unfortunately, this is not a simple answer and the concept is actually very complex. If you need to take a break on occasion and it ultimately helps with compliance for the rest of the days, Dr. Mike says to go for it. If you suffer from pill fatigue and you end up stopping them all every day, then that's not good. Consistency is best, but if taking a day or two off helps, then do that. However, Dr. Mike has a second answer that contradicts this first answer. He also believes that you shouldn't take breaks. You don't really get a break from the toxins that surround you within your environment, or take a break from stress. When you think of it that way and consider the things that are causing your body harm, you don't take a break. Therefore, you really shouldn't take a break from the supplements that optimize your body's well-being. Here's some suggestions to help with compliance: try to take water-soluble vitamins every day, like the B vitamins, vitamin C, and herbal vitamins. Dr. Mike also wants to point out that if you're taking a supplement for a specific condition, don't skip those either. Are gummies, liquids, and mints as good as more traditional forms of supplements like tablets and capsules? It seems like the alternatives like gummies, mints, and liquids are more popular among younger consumers. Again, this answer can be complex. When you first look at compliance, it could be better. People might be more prone to take the gummies, liquids, and mints on a daily basis and wouldn't need a break. However, as far as the purity and getting the effect that you ultimately need from the nutrients, Dr. Mike believes the alternative format still needs some improvement. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.











Ask Dr. Mike: Oxidizing Supplements, Vitamin K2 & Do Supplements & Vitamins Deteriorate ...
Dec 02 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I read from your website to take fish oil and put it in a bowl to help it get oxidized and take some of the smell away. You said that all fats are like that and have a stability question to them. I was refrigerating my Nordic Natural omega-3's for a long time and according to Nordic Natural, it's not necessary to do that. What do you recommend? You are using a great product and there's no reason to change. Personally, Dr. Mike believes there are two other important ingredients to have in addition to omega-3s. They are: sesame lignans and olive oil. I've been taking Vitamin K2 for my bone health, but Life Extension has said "If you're taking anticoagulants such as Coumadin, please consult with your physician before taking supplemental vitamin K." I also remember listening to one of your shows on RadioMD where you also said something like taking vitamin K2 is for those taking blood thinners. However, I'm taking Vitamin K2 to make my bones stronger. What exactly is Vitamin K2? Is it for bone health or blood health? What Dr. Mike means by those taking blood thinners and vitamin K2 is that vitamin K2 is a safe form of vitamin K for people on blood thinners to take. Life Extension had that statement on their website as a standard disclaimer. Dr. Mike wants you to talk to you doctor about taking vitamin K2. Do vitamins or any other supplements deteriorate over time? For instance, I took a glucose support product from 2013 for my sugar levels. It worked for a little while but then it stopped. I then switched to a cinnamon extract, and that worked for a while but no longer seems to be working. I am wondering if I should be switching my supplements from time to time? There are many other questions that Dr. Mike has, for instance, what made you start taking a glucose support pill, what is your lifestyle like, etc. If truly nothing changed and the product wasn't working as well, Dr. Mike suggests doubling the dose, even if just every other day. Following up with a blood test is a great way to see if a supplement or medication is truly working or not. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Intermittent Fasting, Bulletproof Coffee, Converting T4 into T3
Dec 02 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting? Dr. Mike thinks that as long as it's truly intermittent (one day a week or one day every couple of weeks) it has amazing overall health benefits. What are your thoughts on putting butter in your coffee? This is called bulletproof coffee, where you put unsalted and grass-fed butter into your coffee mixed with a medium chain oil (like coconut oil). There is some evidence that a fat-based diet is better for you than a carb-based diet. Dr. Mike believes that butter in your coffee is fine to do, but you might want to consider doing it in moderation. I listened to your show about the thyroid gland and it's very interesting. However, I didn't understand the name of the plant extract that can help convert my T4 into T3. Your thyroid gland (located in your neck) makes T4, it then travels throughout the body and when it gets to a specific cell (like a muscle cell) it converts to the more active thyroid T3. When it comes to supporting your thyroid, it's important to support your thyroid with supplements like iodine and Tyrosine. You also want to incorporate a nutrient known as Commiphora, since it can help your body convert T4 into T3. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.








Ask Dr. Mike: Digestive Enzymes & Foods with Glutamine
Nov 18 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Hello Dr. Mike, I have a confusion about the use of digestive enzymes. I've heard on your show that taking certain supplements can block certain digestive enzymes to slow the absorption of sugar. My son is on a gluten-reduced diet and occasionally takes a digestive enzyme to aid in the breakdown of gluten. However, I've also heard mention of the importance of blocking this enzyme. I can assume that the need to block or increase the absorption of protein, sugar, etc., is specific to certain health conditions. Can you help me understand when digestive enzymes should be supplemented or restricted? Dr. Mike can see how this can be a little confusing. Some shows and doctors might discuss the importance of digestive enzymes. However, there also are times when doctors might talk about blocking digestive enzymes, so it can seem like there is a contradiction. However, it depends on the situation the doctor is talking about. In a perfect situation, where you're not worrying about other health conditions, you want to supplement with digestive enzymes. Supplementing with digestive enzymes is the norm and in most cases what you want to do. The only time doctors might talk about restricting digestive enzymes is usually in the context of weight and weight management. This is when you want to block sugar or fat digestive enzymes. Dr. Blaylock is against dietary intake of high glutamine foods, saying that they are excitotoxins. The problem is, most foods that are considered healthy are high in glutamine (such as meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, beans). It's to the point where someone can name any food and I could give you several reasons why you shouldn't eat it. I use a couple of scoops of whey protein in my morning shake. What are your views on dietary glutamine as a neuroexcitotoxin? Glutamine is an amino acid that plays an important role in your body, and you need it to function optimally. The glutamine in foods is good for you and glutamine in itself is not an excitoxin. What happens is it converts inside nerve and brain cells to glutamate, which is a neurotoxin. A major source or glutamate is glutamine from the food you eat. The problem is, you might build up too much of it from the food you eat, as well as the protein supplements you take. This causes it to accumulate in the brain, and that's when it's bad for you. Dr. Mike's suggestion is to not avoid glutamine foods, but rather counter the potential build up of glutamate of those foods with other foods and nutrients known to calm down the brain. Spices and foods like saffron, omega and coconut oil, wild green oat extract, gaba, green tea, lemon balm, and passion fruit will all be beneficial in doing this. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Feel Good Neurotransmitter & Prioritizing the Best Brain Supplements
Nov 18 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: In Life Extension's recent dopamine article, dopamine is called the "feel good" neurotransmitter. But, I've heard you say that serotonin is this feel good neurotransmitter. Which is it? Actually, there's really no such thing as a feel good neurotransmitter. It's just a catch phrase used in medicine. However, Dr. Mike remembers learning in med school that serotonin influences more mood balance than any other transmitter. So, that's why Dr. Mike mentioned it as the feel good neurotransmitter. Doctors are still leaning, as the brain is very complex. For example if a patient is taking Prozac for depression and it doesn't work, it may be because the human body's neurotransmitters are so complex. It doesn't mean that drug might not benefit someone else. All of the neurotransmitters, like dopamine, serotonin, Gaba, and glutamine, work together and influence each other. So, there's really not just one feel good neurotransmitter. Can you help me prioritize all of the different brain supplements on the market? I'm 60 and my memory is getting really bad. Just given that information, Dr. Mike suggests the following: magnesium threonate essential, coconut, and omega oils phosphatidylserine blueberry extracts saffron extract triptophan wild green oak extracts If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids & Nautral Ways to Keep Your Hair Color
Nov 11 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I'm a 56-year-old woman and I have a nine centimeter fibroid on my uterus. I still have regular menstruation and it isn't hurting, but it bleeds a lot. I have little iron in my body. What are your thoughts on having an operation? Or, should I wait until I'm done menstruating and hope the fibroids disappear with less estrogen to feed it? Are there other possibilities? Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in your uterus. There are many theories on why this happens, but no one knows for sure. Many doctors believe it's some kind of hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. In Dr. Mike's opinion, since it's just one fibroid, you shouldn't jump to surgery. He thinks that you should try taking progesterone to help balance out your hormones. He also suggests uterine artery embolization. This is when you block off your uterine artery that's feeding the fibroids. The third option would include a myomectomy, a surgery that cuts out that one fibroid. However, he suggests talking with your doctor before trying this (or any) option. I just borrowed a DVD of yours from the library and I noticed the awesome color of your hair. How can I get mine like that? Dr. Mike recommends taking Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an anti-aging hormone made naturally in your body, as well as melon and onion extracts, black sesame, and amaranth. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Best Foods for Weight Loss
Nov 11 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I have been struggling with weight loss. I have gained 44 pounds in a year. I have a job that works me 12 hours a day, 60 hours a week. I usually grab what I can to eat because I'm so hungry when I get a chance to eat. Is there a way to try to lose weight with healthy foods that are simple to cook? Dr. Mike thinks it's great you're looking for healthy options to help you lose weight. At the end of the day, it's going to be the lifestyle choices that have the most affect on your health. Some of Dr. Mike's healthy food suggestions include: nuts and seeds, seafood, vegetables, grains, herbs and spices, and legumes. Some of the healthiest vegetables to eat for weight loss are: asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, eggplant, kale, leeks, olives, sea vegetables, squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatoes, and turnip greens. As far as the seafood options, cod, salmon, sardines, and fatty tunas are great. For the nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. Beans and legumes: chickpeas, lima beans, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, white beans, and navy beans. For grains: barley, buckwheat, rye, millet, and quinoa. Herbs and spices: basil, cilantro, cumin, sage, rosemary, oregano, and turmeric. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Easing Depression through Lifestyle & Nutrition Changes
Nov 04 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I just worry about my mother. She's really sick and has been to a lot of doctors and they say "try this, try this." She's been up and down, at times with depression and anxiety, etc. She did a total 180 in the last 10 years, she seems worse and worse. She doesn't want to go out, or clean herself. I just thought you might have some direction? Dr. Mike wants you to understand that he's here to just give information and some ideas that can help. The best advice Dr. Mike can give is to have your mom find a psychiatrist or psychologist that she's comfortable with and can work with to get better. Even though it may be tough, it's extremely important to get your mom outside in the sunlight exercising. Research has shown that exercise is just as good as (or better than) medication. From a nutritional perspective, you may want to consider Tryptophan, wild green oat extract, saffron extract, and light box therapy. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Alkaline Reflux & Omega-3 Fish Oil
Nov 04 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I would like you to direct me on the subject of alkaline reflux. I had an endoscopy done recently and the gastroenterologist observed reflux of bile back into my stomach. Unfortunately, in the related research I did about the existence of this illness, I found very little and on how to handle it, absolutely nothing. Thank you for your non-drug advice. Alkaline reflux is just like acid reflux. However, instead of the acid juices coming back up into your stomach, alkaline juices from your internal organs like your pancreas, liver, and gallbladder reflux back into your stomach. Alkaline reflux is also due to a weakened lower esophageal sphincter muscle. Based on recommendations from experts, Dr. Mike would treat this just like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The three best nutrients are a combination of zinc and carnosine, liquorice root, and Picrorhiza kurroa. The stability of omega-3 fish oil is somewhat questionable. On one hand, you're told to keep fish oil in the refrigerator and not expose it to heat. On the other hand, salmon gets cooked at high heat and sits in a tupperware for days in the fridge as a leftover. You would think that would completely oxidize the omega-3's. What do you think? If you take fish oil and put it out in a bowl, it will get oxidized, and begin to stink. All fats are like that and have a stability question to them. That's why Dr. Mike believes that if you're taking an omega-3 supplement, it's important to have additional ingredients to help preserve it. Cooking the fish can be looked at as a form of processing. When you start to manipulate a food source, that's processing and it will decrease the nutrient content of the food. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.

















Ask Dr. Mike: Excessive Sweating & Why Do Some Smokers Live Long Lives?
Oct 14 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Hey Dr. Mike, just a question on sweating. I've always been prone to sweat a lot, even in my teenage years. I'm very fit, working out six days a week for at least two hours a day. My personal trainer/friend barely breaks a sweat, but I'm drenched. Why do some people sweat more than others? There's a condition known as hyperhidrosis, an abnormal sweating disorder which causes you to sweat during times unrelated to exercise or temperatures. However, Dr. Mike doesn't think you have this since you mentioned it occurs while working out. If you're sweating excessively during your workouts there could be a number of things contributing to it; caffeine, or you might just have more sweat glands, so you produce more sweat. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do. Dr. Mike suggests to just embrace it. Have they really discovered why some smokers live really long lives? It looks like there are some smokers who have a cluster of genes where there's these slight changes (mutations) that are providing a protective benefit from the toxins and smoke. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.



















Ask Dr. Mike: Vitamins for Daily Use, Lead in Your Home PLUS What's Causing Your Weight Gain?
Sep 09 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I'm a 58-year-old female and exercise (sometimes too much). My problem is that since I started taking bioidentical hormones, I've gained 10 pounds. I cannot get rid of it, no matter what I do. I do also have a muffin top and excessive skin. Please tell me what I can do to lose the weight. Dr. Mike thinks the question should be why are you gaining the weight, because it seems like you're doing everything you should be doing (eating healthy and exercising). It might be a hormone imbalance, which might be why you're taking the hormones in the first place. Dr. Mike suggests doing a follow-up with your doctor on where your hormones are at. You need to make sure you're at the right level constantly and adjusting your hormone levels. Dr. Mike thinks there's still a hormone imbalance going on, which is making you gain weight. What year was lead removed from homes? I'm finding some conflicting information. Some are saying 1968, others 1978. According to Medicine Net, most lead was removed from homes in 1978. If you're buying a house, you want to make sure to find out exactly what year it was built. There are so many reports and studies on the vitamins we should have daily. It's so hard to keep up! Is there a list available that shows what I need on a daily basis? You need basic macro- and micro-nutrients every day; vitamins, minerals, and a balanced diet of healthy fats, carbs, and protein. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Carpet in Your Home & Proper Dosing of Folic Acid
Sep 09 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: What's your opinion on carpet on your home? Should we remove it all? Dr. Mike has mentioned how carpets can possibly affect your health in a negative way. Many people believe that toxins are only found outside in the environment, and even though this is true, toxins can be found in your home as well. As the carpet ages, the chemicals that were used to manufacture the carpet begin to break up and are released into the air. Older carpet can also have mold, which can damage your health. In Dr. Mike's opinion, if you're having allergy symptoms, you might need to remove your carpets. However, Dr. Mike doesn't believe removing carpet is for everyone. Can you please tell me what might be a safe dose of folic acid for a healthy boy around 60 pounds? Are all the B vitamins necessary for folic acid to absorb? What are other amino acids that might help with ADHD and mild autism? In this case, with your doctor's guidance for a healthy and safe dose, 1,000 micrograms is a good amount. Yes, vitamin B is necessary for folic acid to absorb. Dr. Mike suggests magnesium threonate, omega oils, and inositol. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.








Ask Dr. Mike: Vitamin D Dosing & Taking Probiotics on an Empty Stomach
Sep 02 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: It appears that the average stomach pH while empty is one to three (very acidic). Stomach pH with food is between a four and five. I often take probiotics on an empty stomach. This seems like the opposite of what you should do. If you want to put the probiotic in the least acidic stomach environment, you would think you would want to take them with food. Also, what do you think about taking probiotics with water as a higher pH? One of the problems is as the live bacteria travels from your stomach to your small intestine, and ultimately in your colon, most of the probiotics won't survive. When you're taking a probiotic pill, you want to get as many as those bacteria in your colon alive. There's a huge debate on how to do that, and on whether you should take the probiotic with food or not. It may seem like a good idea to take a probiotic with food, but you are decreasing transit time, which means that your probiotic pill will sit in your stomach longer than it should. So, Dr. Mike says it's best to take a probiotic on an empty stomach, since it will move faster through your digestive tract. I've been a loyal Life Extension member for many years. I live in New York and have a question on whether I should be taking or not taking vitamin D to correspond to the seasons. I take vitamin D, K from October to May, but not in the summer because I get plenty of sun. In the late fall through early spring I would not be getting much vitamin D since New York is so far north. Is it going against nature to be artificially raising my vitamin D level during a period when it normally would not be so high? Should the vitamin D levels be lower or higher? Dr. Mike says that you want to have consistent vitamin D levels throughout the year, no matter what the season is. Dr. Mike believes a normal range is between 50-70 and wants you at that level constantly. You might want to consider getting your vitamin D level tested at least once a year to see where your level is at, and base your vitamin D dosing on that level. Dr. Mike also wants to point out that just because during the summer months there is natural sun, you shouldn't stop taking vitamin D. Many people make that mistake and think they only need it during months where it might not be as sunny. Dr. Mike wants you taking that vitamin D dose every day. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.



Ask Dr. Mike: Nattokinase vs. Serrapeptase
Sep 02 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Dr. Sinatra has been suggesting nattokinase for some time to help reduce the amount of fibrin in the bloodstream to prevent clotting, thereby reducing the chance of a heart attack. Ralph Holsworth talks about other things to use, like serrapeptase for heart attack prevention. Do you have an opinion on nattokinase or serrapeptase? Dr. Mike things that there should be more research on both of these types of therapies. Inflammation is part of most diseases, and Dr. Mike believes it's crucial to get inflammation under control to help prevent disease. Inflammation occurs when there are too many proteins within your blood. Blood clotting also happens because of the excessive amount of proteins that are in your blood. Fibrinogen is what doctors target to help reduce blood clotting with enzymes like nattokinase or serrapeptase. In Dr. Mike's opinion, nattokinase is the better therapy, because it targets fibrinogen more specifically and more potently. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.










Ask Dr. Mike: Are Nutritional Deficiencies to Blame for Being Overweight?
Aug 19 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Are nutritional deficiencies to blame for being overweight? When you lack proper nutrition, your body may be showing you signs that you have a nutritional deficiency. These signs can be a number of things like brittle nails, bleeding gums, painful joints, hair loss, acne, dry skin, and many others. What about weight gain? A study from a children's hospital in Oakland, California conducted three eight-week trials involving the twice daily intake of nutrient bars for two months for 43 lean and overweight/obese adolescents. What researchers found was in the overweight/obese participants, there was a reduction in weight, weight circumference, diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, triglycerides, insulin resistance, C-Reactive Protein, and inflammation. Nutrition is extremely important; in fact, it's listed as one of the nine pillars of successful weight loss Dr. Mike wrote about. The rest of the pillars are: Restore insulin sensitivity Restore youthful hormone balance Control rate of carbohydrate absorption Increase physical activity Restore brain serotonin Restore resting energy expenditure rate Restore healthy adipocyte signaling Inhibit the lipase enzyme Eat to live a long and healthy life If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









Ask Dr. Mike: Hawaiian Spirulina vs. Chlorella & Bicycling Prostate Concerns
Aug 12 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: If I ride my bike, will that make my enlarged prostate worse? This has been debated back and forth for many years. Some doctors will tell you that it doesn't damage your prostate, while other doctors will tell you it does. Dr. Mike thinks that if your prostate is normal size, there's no issue with riding a bike. However, if you have prostatitis, or an enlarged prostate, you might exacerbate and cause more symptoms. A study on Health Day's website looked into bike riding and men's health. Researchers found that cyclists who ride more may face a higher risk for prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction. Is Hawaiian spirulina the best source, and is it better than chlorella? Yes, Hawaiian spirulina does seem to be the best sourced. Spirulina is a blue-green algae; it doesn't have a cell wall and has more of a complete protein. Chlorella is more like a plant and is better for heavy metals. So, depending on what you're trying to do will determine whether to use spirulina or chlorelia. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.


Ask Dr. Mike: Supplements You Should NEVER Mix & Intestinal Overgrowth
Aug 12 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: I sometimes feel like a mad scientist in my own personal experiments as I mix several supplements into a drink and toss it back. Currently, before I go out for my hikes I mix L-carnitine, d-ribose, MSM, and natural calm into a drink and it actually tastes okay. I feel like I can actually hike and climb longer with lower heart rates when I take this. The question is this: are there supplements that should never be mixed together? There are two ways to think about this, and one of them is pharmacokinetic. This is how something is digested, distributed, absorbed, and eliminated from your body. So, if you're mixing things together, does this change the kinetics of that compound? On the other hand, there's an pharmacodynamics perspective... is it going to increase or lower the response of the supplement? Dr. Mike is going to answer with a pharmacokinetic response. You need to be cautious when mixing calcium, magnesium, and zinc together, since calcium blocks the absorption of zinc and magnesium. Another bad combination is creatine and glutamine, as they use the same co-transporters and end up competing with one another. If you take them together, you might lose the cellular effect. Vitamin E and iron is another combo that you shouldn't mix, because iron can disrupt vitamin E absorption. From a pharmacodynamics standpoint, Dr. Mike would never start someone on rhodiola and DHEA because it might overstimulate. Everyone is taking probiotics these days. As I understand, the small intestine is supposed to be almost sterile and the colon is supposed to be lined with the desirable probiotic. More is being talked about small intestinal overgrowth, where the normally bacteria-free small intestine becomes overgrown with bacteria. This seems to cause bloating and gas. I am unclear: if we swallow large amounts of bacteria, how is it that most people don't develop small intestinal bacteria overgrowth? You internal digestive system is covered in probiotics, all the way from your throat to your anus. The reason why you don't see intestinal overgrowth when people are taking probiotics is because in the small bowel, there's a layer of bicarbonate that protects any seeping from your stomach acid coming into your small bowel. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.








Ask Dr. Mike: Summer Weight Loss Tips & Grains or No Grains?
Aug 05 2015
Listen in as Dr. Mike provides the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions.Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk, you wanted to know: Grains or no grains? I'm confused. What do you do? Dr. Mike agrees that it can be confusing when it comes to deciding on whether or not to eat grains, and there might be conflicting answers. For example, people who follow a paleo diet don't believe in eating any type of grain, since society's ancestors never did. Then, you have other dieters who believe that the ancient grains are okay to eat. One of the issues with grains is that they are carbohydrates that break down into simple sugars. This results in an insulin release, which in turn causes you to store food. Dr. Mike believes that grains are fine in moderation, but that you should try to avoid overdoing it. Fox News Health listed ways to prevent summer weight gain. What do you think about what they had to say? The first thing Fox News had on the list was if you're feeling a sweet craving coming on, eat something sour instead (bite into a pickle or drink lemon tea). Dr. Mike believes in this, and even suggests brushing your teeth to curb sugar cravings. The next one on the list was to eat more fiber. Dr. Mike also believes eating fiber is great for your health, but also that there are more factors involved. The third on the list is to stay hydrated and to drink a glass of water before every meal. Dr. Mike agrees with this tip and suggests that drinking broth can also help. The fourth tip is to savor every bite. Dr. Mike strongly believes in this and has talked about it before. The last tip is to snack smart by eating a healthy snack in the mid-afternoon. Dr. Mike agrees with this and suggests snacking on almonds. If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at [email protected] or call in, toll-free, to the LIVE radio show (1.844.305.7800) so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.









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