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April 24
3 PM ET

Frankie Boyer

Our Sick Food Chain

Want to hear some Healthy Talk? Tune in to Dr. Michael Smith's Internet talk show on www.RadioMD.com. This week, Dr. Mike addresses the typical American or "Western" diet — what's wrong with it, and how to eat better for a healthier lifestyle.

Joining Dr. Mike will be Frankie Boyer, a longtime champion of healthy living. In addition to her popular Internet radio show and blog site, frankieboyer.typepad.com, Ms. Boyer now has a new e-zine focused on healthy living and is currently shooting a gluten-free cooking program for the YouTube channel, Food2DayTV.

The American food chain is sick — and, by association, so are we. Dr. Mike and Ms. Boyer will discuss the impact of food additives and questionable culinary practices such as GMO grains; farmed, non-organic livestock and fish; and even the deluge of salts, sugars, and artificial ingredients used in our traditional American or "Western" food supply.

Don't miss this important episode of Dr. Mike's Healthy Talk. You'll learn what foods to eat and which ones to avoid in order to eat a better diet … and live a longer, healthier, and more vibrant life in the process!

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Internist, researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Mike has been called the "country doctor with a city education" because of his engaging way of presenting complex medical topics in a clear, conversational way.

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Apr 17, 2014

Do You Have a Food Sensitivity & Not Know It?

Food sensitivities are very common and have a more serious impact on your health than previously thought.Has it ever occurred to you that fatigue, weight gain, abdominal discomfort, headaches and aging skin could be due to food sensitivity?

Eating the same food every day increases your risk of developing an immune reaction, which raises inflammation and might be the underlying cause of some of your symptoms. The problem is, you may not know which foods are causing you to feel this way.

Just to be clear, the difference between a food allergy and food sensitivity can be confusing. A food allergy is a dangerous immune reaction involving the immunoglobulin (IgE) antibody to a particular food. An example of this is a peanut allergy.

A food sensitivity is completely different. Even though it is also an immune reaction, a food sensitivity is an unpleasant reaction to certain foods. This reaction can cause you to develop acid reflux, nausea or abdominal cramps.

If you've gone to several physicians and they are either prescribing anti-inflammatory medicines or telling you it might be in your head, it's time to take matters into your own hands.

What can you do?

Consciously think about the foods you're eating, especially foods you're eating every day. You need to look at your Immunoglobulin G (IGG levels), which is related to food sensitivities.

Dr. Mike shares the differences between food allergies and food sensitivities, symptoms of food sensitivities and tests you can take to determine food allergies and food sensitivities.

For more information, you can go to Life Extension to research some at-home allergy tests.

Apr 17, 2014

Home Tips to Keep Your Allergies at Ease

Learn some healthy home tips for relieving allergy symptoms.Medicine and supplements can help prevent and treat allergy symptoms, but did you know there are natural remedies found in your home and office that can help reduce your miserable allergy symptoms as well?

For instance, simply removing all nylon curtains and vinyl shower curtains can decrease symptoms.

It's important to remember that springtime is one of the most common seasons for allergies. The weather is changing, flowers are blooming and allergens flow freely through the air.

In certain areas, you may need to turn on your AC due to the warmer weather. Sometimes, your indoor air conditioner can be worse for you than being outdoors. Think about it; you've been sealed in a confined space for more than a couple months.

Another tip? Open your windows and doors for at least 20 minutes a day. During those winter months you might have used spray air fresheners or cooked on your stove top without turning the vent on. All these toxins need a place to escape.

You should also take your shoes off at the front door. Do you know where your shoes have been?

It's not called spring cleaning to get you excited for a new season. Cleaning out your closest gets rid of dust that can trigger your allergies. Wash your pillows, pillowcases and bed sheets.

What are some other ways you can combat allergies?

Special guest, Robin Wilson, joins Dr. Mike to share ways you can relieve your allergy symptoms within your home. Wilson is an expert focused on allergy/asthma related issues in indoor quality and has served as an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America since 2011.

Apr 17, 2014

Healing Arthritis with Natural Foods

Arthritis is a painful, debilitating condition. What if there was a way to ease your symptoms naturally?As you age, your joint cartilage begins to wear away (the main protector of your joint), causing your bones to rub against each other and resulting in inflammation, excruciating pain and damaged joints.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects roughly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.

What if there was a way to ease your symptoms naturally?

A new field of study links chronic inflammation not only to the development of arthritis, but also to all other lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. There is no doubt that both short- and long-term health requires constant attention to a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.

If you're suffering from arthritis or any kind of pain, the first thing you should do is change your diet from acids (alcohol, red meats, saturated fats) to alkaline (fruits and veggies, specifically lemon and watermelon). Another important step is to begin taking supplements that contain glucosamine sulfate.

A multi award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Gary Null, PhD, shares his favorite foods to heal your arthritis pain in a natural way.

Foods To Add To Your Diet: 

  • Coconut oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon
  • Blueberries
  • Rice
  • Cabbage Juice
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Any C veggie (celery, cucumber, chives, etc.)
  • Miso soup
  • Beans
  • Grape seed extract
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Ginseng

Apr 17, 2014

New Approach to Prevent Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects roughly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints that causes stiffness, joint damage and pain. Did you know that arthritis is referred to as a single disease but has more than 100 medical conditions? These medical conditions all affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically your joints.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects roughly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, due to aging and wear and tear on your joints. Even though Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, you can prevent it before turning 60.

Multi award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Gary Null, PhD, joins Dr. Mike to share his approach to give positive results to ease arthritis pain.

Dr. Null's simple yet life-changing protocol is proved to provide consistent, positive results in just 3-4 weeks for 85% of the participants in his study, as reported in his new book, Reverse Arthritis and Pain Naturally: A Proven Approach to a Pain-Free Life.

Apr 17, 2014

10 Tips to Help Kids Eat Healthier

What might change if you taught your kids the importance of food, where it comes from and why you need certain food groups to fuel your body?Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to eat your fruits and vegetables? Sitting at the dinner table until your plate was clear of leafy greens was like torture. If this method didn't work out for you, it probably isn't going to work on your own kids.

As a society that is constantly on the go, it's no surprise that the distance between food education and nutrition is growing. Children mimic those within their daily environments. That means if you're not eating healthy, your eating habits are rubbing off on your kids.

A new study from Business Insider claimed that children with strict parents are more likely to be overweight.

What if you taught your kids the importance of food, where it comes from and why you need certain food groups to fuel your body?

Dr. Mike shares why you should educate your children on healthy foods and 10 tips for helping your kids eat healthier.

10 Tips for Helping Kids to Eat Healthier

  • Read about food together
  • Play games
  • Encourage farm-to-school and environment-based curricula
  • Engage kids in community gardens and farms
  • Understand the importance of proper nutrition
  • Start a school campaign dedicated to food security issues
  • Start a family garden
  • Watch educational programs
  • Include kids in meal planning
  • Establish family meal times

Apr 10, 2014

Lose Sleep, Lose Brain Cells?

Low on sleep? You could be losing brain cells because of it, according to the results of a new study.Do you have problems falling and staying asleep?

You're not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.

But did you know you might be losing brain cells from lack of sleep?

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania placed mice on different sleep schedules to study the effect it had on their brains. What they found was somewhat surprising.

Not only did the lack of sleep prove to be damaging, the outcomes turned out to be worse than expected. Lack of sleep increases oxidative stress and kills neurons.

The researchers broke up the mice into three sleeping groups: those that mimicked shift workers, one group was allowed to sleep normal and the last group was kept up past their typical sleep schedule for a short period of time.

The group that experienced short-term sleeps deprivation, where the mice were woken up on occasion, produced a protein from a gene called SERT Type-3. The mice representing the shift workers did not produce this protein and through extensive amounts of sleep deprivation the alertness and brain function was also damaged. In fact, these mice lost about 25 percent of brain cells.

Protect your brain with these tips before getting some shut eye:

  • No electronics past 9:00 pm (this means your Smartphone too!)
  • Get under low lighting
  • Read before bed
  • Try to have the same sleep cycle every day Monday-Sunday
  • No eating or hanging out in your bed
  • When you get up in the morning, look out the window and allow natural light in your eyes and skin

Dr. Mike discusses the sleep study, what this means for those who have trouble sleeping and ways you can get better sleep.

Apr 10, 2014

The M.I.N.D Protocol for Alzheimer's & Dementia

The M.I.N.D. protocol is a disease treatment strategy that targets the proposed causes of Alzheimer's disease.If you know someone with Alzheimer's disease, you know that one day his or her mind can be functioning exceptionally well. Then, on other days, you notice memory loss or confusion.

Constant development in research has found numerous factors why you or someone you know could develop Alzheimer's.

There are also just as many sources to help prevent Alzheimer's. This could be metabolism and core factors contributing to dementia, inflammation and infections damaging brain cells, nutritional deficiencies, and drug use and over-medication; aka M.I.N.D.

The M.I.N.D protocol, designed by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, targets the primary causes of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

For the metabolism, you have to optimize adrenal, thyroid and testosterone function. For inflammation and infections, you may experience mental fogginess, the most common cause is Candida. To ease inflammation in your brain you can add curcumin into your diet. Curcumin is an Asian spice that is within the ginger family.

Nutritional deficiencies are common with Alzheimer's patients. Vitamin supplements or powders, specifically energy nutrients, can help patients with Alzheimer's.

The M.I.N.D. Protocol is currently in a clinical trial. If you or know someone with mild cognitive dysfunction, dementia or Alzheimer's, you can join the trail by calling 410-573-5389.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, joins Dr. Mike to discuss the M.I.N.D Protocol and how it can help prevent and treat people with Alzheimer's.

Apr 10, 2014

The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research

New discoveries in the causes of Alzheimer's disease is opening the door for exciting new treatment options.Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells. This leads to memory loss, changes in brain function and thinking. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million Americans are living with this disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Over 85% of all Alzheimer's cases occur in the United States, Western Europe and developed Asian countries. This has led many experts to research the impact pollution, toxins and cellular health has on developing Alzheimer's disease.

What are some of the biochemistry research developed for Alzheimer's?

Research emerges frequently about new developments in the treatments and links to Alzheimer's. In fact, researchers are now looking into cognitive impairment and energy levels.

Another development in Alzheimer's is that attacks on the mitochondrial protein by a free radical, nitric oxide, which causes a chemical reaction called S-nitosylation.

What about genetic research?

The newest findings claim that blood tests can predict if you will have Alzheimer's. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and the University of Rochester School of Medicine reported that a panel of 10 lipids could one day predict Alzheimer's.

Is there any way to lower your risk?

Exercise has been emphasized to help lower your risk. This includes both physical and mental exercise, such as doing a crossword puzzle or striding on the elliptical.

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, joins Dr. Mike to discuss the latest research on Alzheimer's, as well as promising new treatments.

Apr 10, 2014

Does Oil Pulling Offer Real Health Benefits?

Swishing a small amount of oil in your mouth for several minutes may improve your overall health.Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda practice that has gained popularity in the U.S over the past couple of years. This method involves placing a tablespoon of oil into your mouth, swishing it around and pulling it through your teeth and gums for 20 minutes. Oil pulling claims to remove unwanted bacteria, plaque and toxins from your mouth.

Many people are touting the health benefits of oil pulling, claiming it treats conditions like diabetes, asthma, acne, migraines, and allergies. Oil pulling has also been shown to help with gingivitis and bad breath.

But what is the real scoop on this ancient practice? Is it really some kind of a "cure-all" as it's claimed to be?

According to studies found on the National Institutes of Health Database, oil pulling was equally effective as prescription mouth rinses and fighting bad breath.

What oils are the best to use and at what time of day should you do it?

It is recommended to swish the oil around in your mouth in the morning on an empty stomach, with cold pressed oils. These include sesame, coconut and sunflower oil.

What about the other conditions oil pulling is claimed to help fight against?

Dr. Mike discusses this latest trend in oral health care, the benefits and if YOU should be participating in this ancient practice.

Mar 27, 2014

6 Foods for a Better Mood

"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food" - HippocratesYou've heard the saying, "you are what you eat" throughout your life.

Is this actually true? Or just some clever advertisement to get you to buy healthy foods?

Put it to the test.

If you were to stop right now and acknowledge how you're feeling, what would you say? Have you ever considered that what you're eating could directly affect the way that you're feeling?

Foods can actually make a big difference in the way you feel.

Take coffee, for example. Did you know that Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than anything else?

According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee drinkers have been shown to have lower depression levels than those who don't drink coffee. Now make a note, this doesn't include your heavy dose of International Delight coffee creamer or your three spoonfuls of sugar.

Spicy foods have also been shown to release endorphins, a brain chemical produced during excitement, exercise or pain.

What are some other foods that can cause a boost in your mood?

Dr. Mike shares six foods that can lift your spirits and exactly why you should be adding these foods to your daily eating routine.


6 Foods For a Better Mood:

  • Coffee
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fruits and Veggies
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Curcumin (tumeric)
  • Yogurt

Mar 27, 2014

Essentials of Hypertension: How to Gain Control

Despite huge profits made by Big Pharma on anti-hypertension drugs, hypertension continues to silently kill.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the people in the U.S. have hypertension.

Unfortunately, half of the victims don't even know they have suffer and could run the risk of heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening emergencies.

Hypertension occurs when you have abnormally high blood pressure that causes your arteries to persistently have elevated blood pressure. You can have hypertension for many years without any symptoms, giving it the name the "Silent Killer."

However, there are some symptoms to watch out for if your blood pressure readings come back higher than normal.

For instance, if you're constantly feeling dizzy or get light headed when you stand up, if you're ankles are swollen, if you wake yourself up from snoring gasping for air or if you have chronic nosebleeds, you might be suffering from hypertension.

If you have high blood pressure, you need an action plan.

Talking to your physician about what your blood pressure should be for you to be your healthiest, making sure you know your blood pressure, measuring your medications, and losing some weight can all help you lower your blood pressure.

Dr. Christine Lee joins Dr. Mike to discuss the warning signs, foods that can raise blood pressure, and an action plan for making simple changes that can lower your blood pressure naturally.

Mar 27, 2014

Boost Your Health with Green & Red Superfoods

Green and red foods are detox powerhouses and are essential for getting healthy. Which ones should you be eating?Super foods are known as nutrient-rich foods that are extremely beneficial for your health and well-being. You may know that by eating certain super foods, you can maintain your weight, fight disease and ultimately live a longer life.

You may think that you need to go to some "secret" health food store in order to find super foods. That is not the case; super foods are amongst you in your everyday grocery store... it may just take some extra digging to find these hidden green and red gems.

Do you know which green and red super foods you should be eating to help boost your health?

One red super food is Goji berries. Known as one of the most nutritionally rich foods, this berry is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. A hidden benefit from these super foods is their detox power.

Researchers from Tufts University in Boston have found that by adding red and green super foods into your diet, you're reducing the risk of degenerative diseases by 66 percent.

What are some other red and green super foods you should be eating?

Author of Greens Are Good For You, Tony O'Donnell, ND, joins Dr. Mike to share the benefits of adding green and red super foods into your diet.

Green and Red Super Foods: 

  • Goji Berries
  • Mangosteen
  • Strawberries
  • Wheat Grass
  • Spirulina 


Mar 27, 2014

Melatonin: It’s Not Just For Sleep

Melatonin is well known as a natural sleep aid, but what about its other benefits?Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? You're not alone. According to the CDC, sleep insufficiency is a growing problem and considered a public health epidemic.

According to the The Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institute of Health, about 30-40 percent of adults say they suffer from chronic insomnia.

Instead of taking a prescribed sleeping pill, you may want to try a more natural remedy: melatonin. Since it is produced in your brain, taking small doses can help regulate sleep.

But did you know that melatonin isn't just for sleep?

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a tiny gland in your brain. This hormone is mainly in charge of regulating your sleep and wake cycles. But, Melatonin also has other health benefits.

Melatonin is also used to help slow digestion, calm your brain waves and relax your muscles.

A study conducted a team of researchers of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paolo, Brazil, found that taking 3 mg of melatonin 30 minutes before your bedtime can help sooth your migraines.

Are there any other hidden benefits?

Dr. Mike explains how melatonin works, why it helps promote natural sleep and the other hidden benefits.

Feb 27, 2014

Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

Probiotics can help your tummy feel better, but can they slim your stomach too? A new study suggests they might.Every day there seems to be a new diet trick out there to help you lose unwanted weight, especially in those hard-to-reach areas like your tummy. What about using probiotics that naturally target your gut health to help the process?

Probiotics are essential in your body's nutrition and contain the same healthy bacteria found naturally in your gut. This healthy bacteria is used to help prevent gastrointestinal issues. Probiotics can also be taken as a supplement to help replenish your gut when you run low on that healthy bacteria.

Might probiotics have other benefits?

A recent study conducted and published in the British Journal of Nutrition wondered the same thing: can probiotics help you lose weight?

The study took 125 overweight men and women, randomly splitting them into two groups: one was given a probiotic, the other was given a placebo. All subjects were on a similar 12-weel weight-loss diet plan.

The study found that women who took probiotics lost an average of 10 pounds compared to four pounds in the women in the placebo group. The men, however, didn't lose any significant weight and any pounds dropped was relatively similar in both groups.

Dr. Mike discusses the study in depth and if probiotics can in fact help you lose weight.

Feb 27, 2014

Foods Never to Feed Your Pets

Just because it's yummy to you, doesn't mean it's good for your pet.Foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption, as well as other animals, may be toxic and even poisonous to your pet, causing a serious threat to its health and well being.

Even though your pet might be begging, or giving you that cute look, it's important to understand that not all foods are okay for your pet to consume. Not all animals are affected the same way by the foods you feed them, but would you want to take that risk?

For example, did you know that feeding your dogs grapes causes kidney insufficiency?

Some other foods that you should avoid giving your dog are raisins, chocolate, garlic, onions, chives, xylitol and avocados.

Cats are very curious and can smell, lick and eat almost anything. Flowers and plants are something to be extremely careful about. Certain plants and flowers like lilies are poisonous to cats and can immediately cause difficulty breathing.

A tricky food that people automatically think is okay for their cats to consume is milk (blame the movies). Consuming milk can cause upset stomach, skin irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.

Pet Health Network is a great source for determining which foods your pet can or cannot eat.

Emmy Award winning veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Werber, joins Dr. Mike to discuss which foods not to feed to you dogs and cats.

Feb 27, 2014

Race & Vitamin D3 Deficiency: Are You At Risk?

Low vitamin D plays a role in all age-related diseases, specifically those afflicting African Americans.Optimizing vitamin D through diet and supplements can help reduce the risk and prevent the development of age-related diseases so prevalent within the African American population. These individuals, for various reasons, have a hard time maintaining adequate blood levels.

All of the cells in your body have a Vitamin D receptor, so when your cells are Vitamin D3 deficient, your cells are not working the way they should. This can lead to diabetes, hypertension, and adrenal disease.

The majority of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D; but within the African-American population, 98 percent are affected by vitamin D deficiency.

Why is this sunshine vitamin so important to everyone's health, and especially within the African-American population?

The pigmentation of your skin can prevent the conversion of vitamin D to vitamin D3. In order for this process to occur, your skin needs to let ultraviolet rays in.

Dr. Richard Walker joins Dr. Mike to discuss the benefits of vitamin D3 and its impact on this at-risk population.

Feb 27, 2014

Does Race Play a Role in Your Health?

Did you know African Americans are more likely to develop more illnesses and diseases than any other race?African Americans are more affected by high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and cancer than any other race. This population is three times more likely to die from asthma than white Americans. Did you also know that roughly 42 percent of African American men and more than 45 percent of African American women age 20 and older have high blood pressure?

What are the factors that separate African Americans from any other race on such a huge level?

Even though lifestyle factors can play a role in determining almost any health risk in any race, that is not just the case with African Americans. There is also a genetic and a nutritional component to the disparity.

However, changing lifestyle choices and replenishing and supplementing your body with food and nutrients can help reduce these health risks dramatically.

What are some other solutions to lower health risks within the African American population?

Richard W. Walker Jr., MD, joins Dr. Mike to raise awareness by discussing the major differences that are affecting African American health and the solutions to help decrease these health risks.

Feb 27, 2014

Are You Taking the Wrong Supplements?

Trying to find the right supplements can be overwhelming and frustrating. How can you identify the best ones for YOU?There are hundreds of supplements to choose from at health stores, online stores and your grocery stores. Not knowing which supplements you need makes the searching and buying process overwhelming.

Everyone's body is different and can require more or less intake of specific nutrients, but your body -- just like everyone else's body -- needs the same foundation of nutrients.

How do you know which supplements are best for you?

A supplement pyramid can make the process of picking out what your body needs fairly simple and can save you from frustration and confusion. Moving up from the bottom of the pyramid to the top, the supplements become more personalized.

At the bottom is the foundational level, or the basic nutrients that every person needs in order to maintain function in everyday life. Nutrients in this category are multivitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10 and probiotics.

The middle of the pyramid is more personalized and looks at your risk factors, symptoms and what supplements best fit those symptoms.

At the very top of the pyramid is the optimization level, adding supplements to help with the aging process.

Dr. Mike explains the three levels in the supplement pyramid, how to find which supplements are right for you and the supplements recommended within each level.

Feb 13, 2014

Aging Erasers: Top 3 Supplements for Youthful Skin

Powerful antioxidants can help reverse the signs of aging skin. Which ones are most effective?There are so many nutrients that can help with anti-aging. What's important to remember is that your skin differs from anyone else's skin.

There are also various theories about why you age; some of them being the loss of hormones, the loss of cell membranes, the loss of neurotransmitters or the most recognized theory is the loss of cell energy.

Why do your cell energy levels decrease over time to cause aging? What are some supplements to help your skin?

The first supplement, Coenzyme Q10, is essential to your cell energy. By taking COQ10, you are allowing your mitochondria (a membrane-bound organelle found in your eukaryotic cells) to produce more energy.

Dr. Mike shares his top three supplements for anti-aging and explains why they are so essential to your skin.

Top 3 Anti-Aging Supplements:

1. CoQ-10
2. PQQ
3. Creatine


Feb 13, 2014

Tips for Coping with Your Child's Asthma

An asthma attack can be truly scary, especially for a kid. Avoid feeling helpless and learn how to help your child prevent these attacks.Did you know that an average of 36,000 children miss school every day because of asthma symptoms, which leads to roughly 14 million lost school days each year?

Allergens, the environment and changes in temperature can all cause an increase in your child's mucus production and inflammation in your child's large and small airways, making it harder to breathe.

Most parents are unaware of the symptoms associated with asthma, and most children's cases are left untreated. But you don't have to feel helpless; there are some ways to be proactive. Be careful, though. No matter how hard it may be, try not to take matters into your own hands, especially now when everything is searchable online. If you must turn to the internet, a valuable resource is Get Smart About Asthma.

Ultimately, it is most important to take your child to a physician to check their inflammation levels in order to determine whether or not your child has asthma.

A way to monitor your child to see if the symptoms are present is to look for shortness of breath or chronic coughing. Another symptom to keep an eye out for is if your child is waking up in the middle of the night or has a hard time falling asleep.

Board certified allergist, Dr. Bassem Chahine, discusses with Dr. Mike ways you can help your child overcome asthma.

Feb 13, 2014

More Magnesium: Soooo Many Health Benefits

Your body has over 300 enzyme systems that depend heavily on magnesium; The tricky part? Your body cannot produce magnesium on it's ownMagnesium is an essential mineral that is found inside your body. In order for you to be functioning at your best, you need normal-to-high levels of magnesium.

You may think there's a different reason why you have chronic headaches, indigestion and even high blood pressure... but did you ever think to check your magnesium levels?

Probably not.

Many Americans have no idea that they have low levels of magnesium or what the benefits of magnesium are.

Your body has over 300 enzyme systems that depend heavily on magnesium. The tricky part? Your body cannot produce magnesium on it's own and constantly needs replenishment.

One of the main benefits of magnesium is lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease and your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

In this segment, Dr. Dennis Goldman shares the top benefits of magnesium and why you should always be aware of your magnesium intake.

Feb 13, 2014

Dangerous Consequences of Magnesium Deficiency

Lack of magnesium can cause you to feel fatigued or weak and induce chronic headaches, muscle aches, digestive issues and more.Magnesium is a key mineral in your body and has several important functions that help you maintain a healthy life. Magnesium is essential in more than 300 chemical reactions in your body, such as the detoxification process, muscle and nerve function, energy production and blood pressure regulation.

Did you know that roughly 80 percent of Americans are magnesium deficient? Why is this percentage so high?

You may think that you're getting enough through the foods you eat. However, this is simply not the case.

Many acres of land where most of our food comes from has low levels of magnesium in the soil, causing the food you love to be lacking in optimal amounts magnesium.

Without magnesium in your body you simply cannot function properly.

Lack of magnesium in your diet can cause you to become fatigued or weak and induce chronic headaches, nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, muscle aches and digestive issues.

The scary thing about magnesium deficiency is that most people don't know about it.

Left untreated, magnesium deficiency is associated with heart attacks, stokes, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and problems with your immune system.

Dr. Dennis Goodman talks with Dr. Mike about the scary truths of magnesium deficiency, as well as ways to make sure you get enough.

Feb 13, 2014

Undergoing Cancer Treatments? 5 Ways to Replenish Your Body with Food

The first thing you want to do while undergoing treatment is find foods with a detox benefit.If you or a loved one is fighting cancer, it's essential to know that your food choices can help the outcome of your treatments.

Now, you're probably thinking you will have to spend money and time looking around for fresh, organic food.

You're wrong.

Instead, focusing on certain food groups will be more beneficial than worrying about if you can eat the fruit you purchased from a local grocery store. Picking certain foods over others will help you replenish your body while undergoing treatments.

The first thing you want to do while undergoing treatment is finding foods with a detox benefit. You not only want to detox from the cancer itself, but the chemotherapy and radiation that can be toxic and cause unfavorable side effects to your body.

Some detox foods to look for in order to help restore your body are those high in vitamin B. Vitamin B is located in all sorts of fruits and veggies, and the darker the color, the higher level and the better for you. Artichoke has been shown to help the liver de-congest and help fight off harmful toxins.

Dr. Mike will discuss five ways to replenish your body with food, as well as which foods to add to your diet during you or your loved one's journey through cancer treatment.

What You Want To Accomplish by Picking Optimal Foods to Eat:

1. Detox
2. Control inflammation
3. Improve immune system
4. Promote healthy cell growth
5. Make sure the cancer doesn't spread

Jan 30, 2014

Can Chocolate Reduce Body Fat?

New research reveals chocolate's fat burning potential.You may feel guilty after eating chocolate.

After all, up until this point, you've been led to believe that it's completely unhealthy and fattening.

A recent study, however, actually associated eating chocolate with less body fat.

Is this true or just wishful thinking?

Dr. Mike gives the scoop on chocolate's fat-burning potential.

Jan 30, 2014

Reduce Hot Flashes without Hormones

An almost "too good to be true" formulation of natural extracts is stopping hot flashes cold!An almost "too good to be true" formulation of natural extracts is stopping hot flashes cold!

It's true: the next-generation solution for hot flashes is EstroG-100... an all-natural, botanical, safe and non-toxic formulation.

This is a women's health supplement that is practical and has multiple proven benefits including decreased severity and frequency of hot flashes and an improvement in vaginal dryness.

Special guest, Michael Jeffers, CEO of Helios Corp, joins Dr. Mike to explain the benefits behind this revolutionary new formula.

Jan 30, 2014

The Acid & Alkaline Food Guide

In order to be healthy, your body requires an acid-base balance. How can you achieve the right pH level?In the last few years, researchers around the world have increasingly reported the importance of acid-alkaline balance.

The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide was designed as an easy-to-follow guide to the most common foods that influence your body's pH level.

Now in its Second Edition, this bestseller has been expanded to include many more domestic and international foods.

Updated information also explores the myths about pH balance and diet, and guides you to supplements that can help your body achieve a healthy pH level.

Special guest, Susan Brown, PhD, joins Dr. Mike to discuss information contained in the guide.

Jan 30, 2014

Acidic Food Causing You to Age?

An internal acidic environment is damaging to your cells and tissues. How can you reverse this?Most cellular functions require a non-acid environment.

This means if you're eating too many acidic foods, your cells and tissues are struggling to function properly.

The result can be cancerous growths, cellular damage and even cellular death.

Join Susan Brown, PhD, and Dr. Mike as they discuss the danger of an internal acidic environment, as well as how you can reverse it.

Jan 30, 2014

Why You Should Take a Multivitamin

In today's world, supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals is an absolute necessity.Even the healthiest diets fall short in terms of supplying the optimal amount of nutrients you need... not just to survive, but to thrive.

In this segment, Dr. Mike discusses how your health is threatened on a daily basis by hidden ingredients in the food you eat, by environmental toxins right inside your home, and by the effects of chronic stress on your body.

By the end, you'll be convinced that nutritional supplements aren't just a good idea in today's modern world, they're essential.

Jan 23, 2014

Boosting Collagen: The Science Behind Younger Looking Skin

One of the most visible signs of aging occurs in the skin, where previously firm, healthy collagen strands give way to wrinkling, dryness, and looseness.One of the most visible signs of aging occurs in the skin, where previously firm, healthy collagen strands give way to wrinkling, dryness, and looseness.

Fortunately, nature has provided nutrients -- that when applied topically -- can increase your own production of collagen and protect it from the damaging effects of sun, wind and stress.

In this segment, Dr. Mike explains the ways in which your habits and environment are aging you, and how estriol cream, vitamin C serum, and vitamin A oil can boost your own natural collagen production to create more beautiful, firm, and younger-looking skin.

Jan 23, 2014

Reverse the Aging Process: Eat for Your Cells

The secret to anti-aging success is that unlike an automobile, the human body is a self-repairing system.In his exciting new book, Never Feel Old Again, scientist Raymond Francis offers a simple road map to anyone who wants to slow (and even reverse) the aging process.

As he explains, just like an automobile, the body ages as a result of a lack of maintenance and accumulated repair deficits.

The secret to anti-aging success, however, is that unlike an automobile, the human body is a self-repairing system.

The key is to eat for your cells, helping them stay in good repair, keeping the body biologically young even though it is becoming chronologically older.

Join Dr. Mike and Raymond as they share how you can preserve youth for years to come.

Jan 23, 2014

Protecting Your Health Rights

What can you do to ensure your health rights are protected and preserved?The FDA was established in 1906 to protect the U.S. public from mis-branded and adulterated foods and drugs.

While the original intent may have been honorable, over the years the mission has become tainted by lobbyists and money.

James Gormley, an award-winning journalist, editor and consumer advocate with 20 years of experience in health and the natural products field, joins Dr. Mike to discuss ways you can protect yourself against the government's war on health freedom.

Jan 23, 2014

The FDA's Silent War Against Health Freedom

How much health freedom do we really have in the United States? Are your rights being impinged upon without your knowledge?Who controls the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and what are the real goals of this powerful agency?

These are the central questions explored in Health at Gunpoint, a book that brings into clear focus the silent war being waged by the FDA against American consumers.

Author of the book, James Gormley, joins Dr. Mike to discuss what is happening in the current state of FDA affairs, as well as what steps you can take to make a change.

Jan 23, 2014

Treating Heartburn Naturally

Did you know that orange peels contain a powerful nutrient for treating heartburn?Have you ever wondered why you see so many TV commercials for heartburn medications such as Prilosec® and Tagamet®?

It's because a startling 40% of the adult population suffers from either heartburn or a more serious condition known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

If this sounds like you, and you're not into taking drugs, a safe and extremely effective option is d-limonene, a natural compound found in orange peels.

Jan 16, 2014

Boost Your Love Life With Oxytocin

Whether it's between a mother and her newborn or between two lovers, oxytocin is the hormone that binds us.Over time, many have argued that monogamy is "unnatural," but modern science is actually painting a very different story.

In fact, it seems that we may be hardwired for monogamous relationships after all, and oxytocin, otherwise known as the "love hormone," may have something to do with it.

Whether it's between a mother and her newborn or between two lovers, oxytocin is the hormone that binds us.

Dr. Mike discusses ways to get a little more of this love hormone into your system, as well as the ways it can help improve the quality of your life.

Jan 16, 2014

Feel Healthy & Lose Weight with the Pritikin Diet

It is a popular misconception that you have to starve yourself and abandon any notion of enjoying food in order to lose weight.It is a popular misconception that you have to starve yourself and abandon any notion of enjoying food in order to lose weight.

"There is a myth in this country," states Dr. Gayl Canfield, "that healthy eating is too difficult to follow."

The most important and rewarding thing Dr. Canfield does is give people confidence that they really can "eat to be healthy."

Her patients learn that a healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation.

Instead, it's about all sorts of wonderful foods like fresh grilled seafood, savory pastas, incredible desserts – and most importantly, feeling the best that you've felt in years.

Join Dr. Canfield and Dr. Mike as they discuss this way of living and eating, also known as the "Pritikin principle."

Jan 16, 2014

Reignite & Rebuild Your Metabolism

Becoming a fat-burning machine doesn't happen overnight; but it can happen relatively quickly if you restore youthful metabolism.While there are many diets that claim to help people lose 15 pounds in 15 days, they rarely help dieters keep the pounds off for any length of time.

Now, to be sure, becoming a fat-burning machine doesn't happen overnight. But it CAN happen relatively quickly if you restore youthful metabolism.

With the Colorado Diet and the focus on a "Mile-High Metabolism," residents from every state in the nation can achieve weight-loss success and develop habits that keep the weight off for good.

Join Dr. Mike and special guest, Dr. Holly Wyatt, as they discuss this mindset and way of living.

Jan 16, 2014

State of Slim: The Colorado Diet

One state is bucking the trend in regards to the obesity epidemic. Learn why people from Colorado are the leanest in the nation (and how you can join them).Americans are getting fatter. A third of us are now obese -- not just a few pounds overweight, but heavy enough to put their health in jeopardy.

However, one state is bucking the trend.

Colorado is the leanest state in the nation... but not because of something in the air or the water.

Rather, the state provides a venue where diet, activity, and environment perfectly intersect.

Join special guest, Dr. Holly Wyatt to learn more about Colorado's healthy mindset, as well as how you can adapt their ways of eating and living.

Jan 16, 2014

3 Reasons the USA Lags Behind in Life Expectancy

Amidst all the attention on health insurance, it's crucial not to lose focus on the fact that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in terms of life expectancy.Amidst all the attention being placed on health insurance these days, it's crucial not to lose focus on the fact that the United States is lagging behind other countries across the globe in terms of life expectancy.

The recently published report, "U.S. Health in International Perspectives: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health," demonstrates not only how low our life expectancy is relative to other developed countries, but also how far we have fallen even in the last 30 years.

Why are we not realizing the same gains as countries with comparable incomes?

Dr. Mike has three possible reasons why we don't live as long as other cultures.

Jan 09, 2014

Why Food is the Problem AND the Solution

Discover the hidden dangers in the foods you eat and why they could be responsible for making you sick and tired.In her new book, Eat Healthy. Be Healthy at Any Age, Jane Falke identifies problem foods that promote acidic cells and tissues leading to allergies, inflammation, toxicity and age-related diseases.

Although avoiding these foods is important, it's often not enough.

You also need to proactively eat the foods that can reverse the damage that's already been done.

Join Falke and Dr. Mike to learn more about this integrative approach to ultimate health and wellness.

Jan 09, 2014

Steps to Take after Being Diagnosed with a Serious Condition

Learn to meet the challenges of your illness and minimize the aggravation of the current healthcare maze.When you first receive the upsetting news that you have a serious condition such as cancer, you naturally feel distressed.

After the initial anger, fear, and sadness, you often feel overwhelmed and lost.

You may be at a loss at what steps to take next.

Dr. Melissa E. Clarke, a Harvard-educated physician for over 20 years, joins Dr. Mike to discuss steps you should take after being diagnosed with a serious condition.

Jan 09, 2014

How to Stay Sick & Tired

Are you jeopardizing your health by practicing bad habits that just keep you sick?Many people create a list of New Year's resolutions to finally get healthy.

But in doing so, you often forget that you also need to create a list of your bad habits – so you can STOP doing them.

The bad habits that got you unhealthy in the first place are the same bad habits that prevent any good ones from helping you. 

So make your list of healthy resolutions; but also be honest with yourself and list the bad ones as well.

"Do the good ones and stop the bad ones" – a simple rule for finally getting healthy.

Join Dr. Mike and special guest, Kathy Gruver, as they explain why it's so important to balance the good and the bad.

Jan 09, 2014

Best Nutrition Tips for 2014

A common New Year's resolution is to eat healthier. But what does that really mean and how do you accomplish it on a day-to-day basis?A common New Year's resolution is to eat healthier. But what does that really mean and how do you accomplish it on a day-to-day basis?

Dr. Kathy Gruver, an acclaimed naturopathic physician and author of The Alternative Medicine Cabinet, is an expert in using supplements, nutrition, homeopathy, and massage as alternatives to Western medicine.

She joins Dr. Mike to define "eating healthier" and to discuss her top nutrition tips for 2014.

Jan 09, 2014

The List: Ranking Popular Weight Loss Supplements

Which weight loss supplements are safe and actually work? Dr. Mike has created a ranking system for popular weight loss products – did yours rank well?With so many options and sensational claims, how can you know which weight loss supplements are safe and actually work?

Well, with Dr. Mike's ranking system, you can know for sure.

He applies his system to the top 10 sellers and ranks the weight loss supplements from best to worst.

This system will give you peace of mind and a fighting chance to finally succeed at losing weight.

Dec 19, 2013

Ginger: Not Just for Stomach Aches

Ginger goes way beyond helping to settle your stomach; it also reduces pain and inflammation.Ginger contains ultra-potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which are the substances that many scientists believe are responsible for the reduction in inflammation people experience when they start taking ginger supplements regularly.

Case in point: a recent study involving patients who tried conventional drugs to alleviate painful symptoms found that 100% of patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief of pain or swelling when they consumed ginger on a daily basis.

Dr. Mike explains all the benefits of ginger, as well as how you can easily incorporate it into your daily regimen.

Dec 19, 2013

Hypnosis: Real Relief from Chronic Pain

Hypnosis and mind-body techniques are helping millions of people live free of pain.Some people believe that hypnosis and other mind-body techniques hold the key to stopping chronic pain, without having to take dangerous drugs.

But do they really work?

Michael Ellner, certified medical hypnotist and self-help coach, joins Dr. Mike to discuss how you can use hypnosis and other mind-body techniques to live a healthy, pain-free life.

Dec 19, 2013

Suzanne Somers’ Secrets For Staying Young

Suzanne is vibrant, energized and active – and she'll tell you how you can be too.Don't miss Suzanne Somers' tips for staying young.

She'll discuss with Dr. Mike everything from fresh foods and cooking methods to supplements and hormones – all geared towards helping you live healthier, longer.

Dec 19, 2013

Safely Replace Hormones & Achieve a Vibrant, Energy-Filled Life

Suzanne Somers shares how to safely replace your hormones.If you've read her new book, I'm Too Young For This! you know how Suzanne Somers feels about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

She thinks it's the new way to age. Thanks to BHRT she enjoys robust health, balanced hormones, strong bones, and the energy of someone half her age.

Suzanne joins Dr. Mike to discuss how you can have what she has – a vibrant, energy-filled life.

Dec 19, 2013

Are Hormones Safe to Take?

Your body makes them; so doesn't it make sense to replace them?It makes perfect sense to replace low levels of hormones.

Without them, your brain cannot talk to your body. The result is disease and aging.

So why are so many aging adults not taking hormones?

They're scared.

Well, let's dispel the myth that replacing hormones is dangerous.

In this segment of Healthy Talk, Dr. Mike presents solid research and evidence supporting hormone replacement therapy.

Dec 12, 2013

This Natural Supplement Helps Suppress Appetite

Suppress your appetite and stop cheating on your diet by taking white kidney bean extract.Excess calorie consumption has become epidemic in the United States.

The invariable result is more overweight Americans and a litany of associated health problems.

A crucial component of a longevity or weight loss program is reducing portion size and the quantity of ingested calories.

A natural supplement has been developed to help tame hunger and promote satiety so more people can adhere to lower-calorie diets.

Intrigued?

Join Dr. Mike to learn about the newest natural appetite suppressant, white kidney bean extract.

Dec 12, 2013

Cooking Healthy Food for the Holidays

It's not rocket science... you can make healthy holiday meals that taste good too.Does the thought of preparing a holiday meal stress you out? Want to learn new – and more healthful – ways to prepare some old-time favorites?

Elliott Prag is a full-time chef instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health (NGI) and frequent contributor to Vegetarian Times.

He joins Dr. Mike to discuss ways to make healthy holiday meals that taste good too.

Dec 12, 2013

Boswellia: Mystical Plant for Managing Pain

Also known as frankincense, boswellia produces a sap containing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic compounds.There are few herbs that have boswellia's mystical reputation.

For centuries, it was considered sacred by many religions... both for its healing properties and traditional importance in many religious rituals.

Also known as frankincense, boswellia produces a sap containing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic compounds.

Taken in pill form, an extract from the plant can significantly reduce pain and improve mood.

Special guest, Dr. Reza Ghorbani, joins Dr. Mike to share the many benefits of boswellia, as well as how you can incorporate it into your health regimen.

Dec 12, 2013

Lifestyle Changes to Manage Pain

Changing ingrained habits can be a painful process. However, it's an essential part of leading a pain -ree life.While changing your lifestyle to include more exercise and a better diet to reduce your weight will do wonders to ease your chronic aches and pains, changing ingrained habits can be a difficult process. However, it's an essential part of leading a pain-free life.

Dr. Reza Ghorbani joins Dr. Mike to discuss the simple steps you can take to reduce chronic pain.

Dec 12, 2013

Probiotics Essential for a Healthy Gut

Replenishing your gut with probiotics can lead to fewer chronic diseases and a stronger immune system.Probiotics have formed a vital part of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years, in the form of fermented milk and vegetable products such as yogurt and pickles.

They are credited, in part, for the relatively low rates of chronic, age-related diseases that prevail in those regions.

In this segment of Healthy Talk, Dr. Mike discusses how you can benefit from healthy gut bacteria through diet and supplementation.

Dec 05, 2013

Did a 17-Year-Old Cure Cancer?

Nanoparticles, infrared light and melting tumors – a simple science project for 17-year-old Angela Zhang.Most teenage girls spend their free time hanging out with their friends and figuring out how to outwit their parents.

But Angela Zhang spends her time somewhat more productively. The 17-year-old has found a possible cure for cancer.

The extraordinary sophomore at Harvard University was the 2011 Siemens National Individual Winner in math and science and the recipient of a $100,000 scholarship.

Her research on cancer diagnostics and therapy has been featured on CNN and CBS. Additionally, Angela has presented her research to President Obama at the 2012 White House Science Fair.

She joins Dr. Mike to talk about her research and plans for the future.

Dec 05, 2013

Sitting Kills. Moving Heals.

Learn about a few simple, everyday movements for preventing pain, illness and even early death.While the technologies of modern times have given us improved quality of life and vastly increased life-expectancy, they have not come without costs.

Effectively, your mind is over-loaded with information while your physical body is under-loaded, despite the seeming increase in "exercise."

Dr. Joan Vernikos, research scientist and former director of NASA's Life Sciences Division, presents a comprehensive explanation as to why Americans are so unhealthy — and delivers the solution: an easy-to-follow, scientifically proven plan to restore Americans' health.

Dec 05, 2013

New Approach to Treating Hypothyroidism

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, don't wait any longer... learn how to get your life back with this new treatment approach.Since 1989, Dr. Steven Hotze and his team of medical experts have treated over 25,000 hypothyroid patients successfully using his 8-point treatment regimen centered in natural, bio-identical hormone and thyroid therapy, allergy treatment, proper nutrition, and vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Dr. Hotze likes to say "If you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, don't waste another minute. Get your life back today!"

Join Dr. Hotze and Dr. Mike as they discuss this revolutionary treatment plan.

Dec 05, 2013

Hypothyroidism: Getting the Correct Diagnosis

Using a blood test to diagnose hypothyroidism might not be as accurate as previously thought.In the 1960s, pharmaceutical companies started coming out with synthetic thyroid hormone and developed a blood test to determine and diagnose hypothyroidism.

The blood test became the standard of diagnosis and it's still used today.

But, given new information on the scientific docket, using this test often leads to a misdiagnosis.

Dr. Steven Hotze joins Dr. Mike to discuss how you and your doctor can overcome this serious problem.

Dec 05, 2013

Using Mung Bean to Lower Inflammation

Chronic inflammation accelerates aging and is an underlying factor in many of the diseases associated with aging.Chronic inflammation accelerates aging and is an underlying factor in many of the diseases associated with aging.

But by reducing this chronic inflammation, you can actually live a longer and substantially healthier life.

How do you do this?

A new target for lowering inflammation is HMGB-1 – what some scientists are calling the "inflammatory switch" in aging adults.

Researchers have discovered that an extract from mung beans can inhibit HMGB-1 and dramatically lower inflammation.

Join Dr. Mike to learn more about this exciting research.

Nov 21, 2013

All-Natural Migraine Treatments

Maintaining balanced neurotransmitter levels along with healthy blood flow to the brain can be an effective strategy to lessen the impact of a migraine headache.Research has shown that two ingredients, magnesium and gastrodin, an exotic orchid extract, work in unique ways to lessen the distress of migraine pain.

Magnesium has been shown to be a major factor in relaxing the smooth muscles within the blood vessels. This, in turn, supports normal blood flow and helps promote head comfort.

Gastrodin enhances the presence of the calming neurotransmitter, GABA. Studies show that the combination of magnesium and gastrodin is a powerful, effective, all-natural migraine treatment.

Nov 21, 2013

B12 Deficiency: Epidemic of Misdiagnoses

When B12 is low, all sorts of symptoms and problems develop, from anxiety and depression to muscles spasms and memory loss.Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy cell growth and repair. When it's low, all sorts of symptoms and problems develop, from anxiety and depression to muscles spasms and memory loss.

Sally Pacholok, an emergency room nurse with over 25 years' experience, joins Dr. Mike to discuss her own journey of misdiagnoses and failed therapies.

She is passionate about the need to educate the public about the dangerous consequences of this hidden and all-too-common disease.

Nov 21, 2013

Alternative Cancer Therapies with Traditional Treatments

Learn how cancer patients can blend alternative therapies with traditional cancer treatments.Information is the best weapon in the fight for your life. Dr. Kevin Ryan empowers patients with knowledge in his book, When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer is the Answer.

Dr. Ryan joins Dr. Mike to discuss how cancer patients can blend alternative therapies with traditional cancer treatments. His book is a guide for patients from diagnosis through treatment and even death.

The goal, he says, is to make patients active participants in their treatment... at home and in the examination room.

Nov 21, 2013

Stem Cell Treatments for Common Injuries?

A forward thinking foot and ankle surgeon uses stem cells to treat common runner's injuries.Foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Richard Braver, has begun utilizing both platelet rich plasma injections and stem cell treatments for common injuries.

The goal of these procedures is to allow patients to heal from injuries using the body's own healing mechanisms, as opposed to traditional surgeries.

These FDA-approved, non-surgical therapies have proven ideal for athletes, including Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Hines Ward and Brandon Roy; as well as those who wish to avoid surgical procedures.

Nov 21, 2013

Stimulating Brain Cell Regeneration

Improving mental performance through brain cell regeneration is possible with gastrodin, an extract of the exotic orchid Gastrodia elata.Your brain is under assault from environmental toxins, oxidative stress, inflammation, and excess sugar.

Collectively, these factors contribute to an excited state of neurotoxicity that accelerates brain aging and brain degeneration.

Gastrodin, an exotic orchid extract, helps to protect your brain by stimulating dormant brain cell regenerative properties – improving mental performance and energy.

Join Dr. Mike to learn more about this option for improving mental performance.

Nov 14, 2013

Supplements to Boost Your Energy Reserves

Feeling sluggish? Cordyceps and Korean ginseng provide quick and lasting energy, without undesirable side effects.Tired of being tired all the time? Aging people often suffer from diminished energy and persistent tiredness.

But contrary to popular belief, mental and physical fatigue are not always predestined effects of growing older.

Cordyceps and Korean ginseng can provide quick and lasting energy without the crash that comes with consuming caffeinated and sugary drinks.

Nov 14, 2013

Energy Drinks: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Learn what makes a good energy drink and what makes a not-so-good energy drink – ones you'll probably want to avoid.Does a concoction of processed sugars and caffeine sound healthy? Of course not! But those are the two primary ingredients in most energy drinks. And the energy they provide is quick and fleeting to say the least.

Tom Morse, founder of Rushmore Essentials, joins Dr. Mike to discuss the ingredients that you should look for in an energy drink... the ones found in healthy drinks that provide lasting energy.

Nov 14, 2013

How to Read Food Labels

Learning how to read food labels ensures that you won't be seduced by manufactures' unwarranted claims and marketing jargon.Processed food, fast food, adulterated and chemically-enhanced foods make stocking your pantry with healthy foods a truly mystifying chore.

Mira Dessy, author of The Pantry Principle, joins Dr. Mike to discuss how to read food labels and not be misled by manufactures' claims and marketing jargon enticing you to buy their products.

Nov 14, 2013

What’s REALLY in Your Food?

When it comes to grocery shopping, do you really know what you're getting? Learn how to avoid being seduced by the pretty pictures on the box.Many of us don't know where our food comes from, and we don't know what's really in it.

Many of the edible-appearing products on grocery store shelves contain ingredients that have the potential to be harmful.

While you may be seduced by the pretty pictures on the box, or the marketing claims by the manufacturer, you often don't really know what's in your food. You trust that if they are selling it, you can eat it.

Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Special guest, Mira Dessy, joins Dr. Mike to help you wade through all the confusion and shares tips for finding truly healthy foods.

Nov 14, 2013

The Trinity of Nutrients for Lowering Blood Sugar

When used in combination, sorghum bran, white mulberry and phloridzin can significantly and safely lower blood sugar.Blood sugar is an essential part of good health.

Three plant-derived nutrients, through their rich array of complementary mechanisms, afford an unrivaled level of optimal, broad-spectrum support for lowering dangerously high blood sugar levels.

By targeting all of the diverse glucose pathways, sorghum bran, white mulberry and phloridzin deliver the widest possible support to help naturally stabilize blood sugar levels.

Nov 07, 2013

Benefits of Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains contain all of the necessary nutrients for producing a whole new plant. These same nutrients are good for you as well.The body of research detailing the health benefits of sprouted whole grains is growing daily.

Although it's important to remember that no standard, uniform definition of sprouted grains has been observed from one study to another, it's intriguing to see - even with a wide range of definitions - how many different benefits seem to be associated with sprouted grains.

Join Dr. Mike to learn how you can incorporate sprouted grains into your regimen for incredible health results.

Nov 07, 2013

Your Diabetes Action Plan

Preventing the devastating consequences of diabetes requires a plan of action. Do you have one in place?Preventing the devastating consequences of diabetes requires a plan of action. Do you have one in place?

Christine Lee joins Dr. Mike to discuss her book, The Essentials of Diabetes, which outlines a simple plan for gaining control over the disease and avoiding the dangerous and devastating consequence of high blood sugar.

Nov 07, 2013

Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Dr. Ruth shares tactics and resources from her guide book for the Alzheimer's caregiver.For years Dr. Ruth has been a trusted name in relationship therapy.

Now, she's sharing effective coping strategies for both the practical problems and emotional stresses of Alzheimer's care in her newest book, Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver.

More than 15 million Americans are responsible for the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. If you are one of them, you know this situation can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed while trying to balance between the full-time needs of your dependent adult and your own physical and mental health.

The tactics and resources presented in this book build your confidence and provide health-guided advice on how to avoid burnout and maintain a loving relationship with a spouse or parent with Alzheimer's.

Nov 07, 2013

Is Sex Over after Menopause?

Dr. Ruth Westheimer offers straight-to-the-point tips for staying sexually active after menopause.Dr. Ruth Westheimer realizes that as women age, they go through certain changes that may affect their libido or their confidence. These changes may lead them to thinking that sex is no longer an option.

In her straight-to-the-point way, Dr. Ruth is out to dispel that myth. In fact, she wrote an entire book on the topic titled, Dr. Ruth's Sex After 50.

She joins Dr. Mike to discuss ways women can continue with a healthy, active sex life after menopause.

Nov 07, 2013

The Lesser Known Thyroid Test

Is your thyroid medication not working – even at higher doses? You might want to test your reverse T3 level.Millions of people with low thyroid remain symptomatic even when they are taking thyroid medication.

Conventional doctors may or may not do anything about the symptoms, other than increasing the dose of the medication.

However, a tested called reverse T3 may offer some insight to why some people with hypothyroid remain symptomatic even while taking medication.

Join Dr. Mike to learn more about this revolutionary test and how it may help you finally feel "normal" again.

Oct 31, 2013

Exposing Hidden Food Toxins

Learn about the most dangerous food toxins and how to protect against their toxic effects.Dangerous chemicals are added to many foods as preservatives and flavor enhancers.

Brominated vegetable oils used in citrus soda and diacetyl, found in artificial butter flavoring, are common food toxins considered "safe" by the FDA.

Unfortunately, what the FDA considers safe is still causing untold damage to your body.

Dr. Mike discusses what these specific toxins are, how they cause disease, and natural ways to protect you and your family from their effects.

Oct 31, 2013

Navigating Your Medical Bills

You can save hundreds -- even thousands of dollars on your medical bills by avoiding common "bill hiking" mistakes.Sarah O'Leary formed ExHale Healthcare Advocates, a consumer advocacy company that makes "healthcare a fair fight." ExHale Health is the first company of its kind to define a new category in healthcare: personal healthcare management.

O'Leary joins Dr. Mike to discuss ways to navigate your medical bills and potentially save hundreds -- even thousands of dollars on your medical bills.

Oct 31, 2013

The Many Benefits of Detox

Removing built-up toxins from your body is often the first step towards feeling better and living healthier.Although you may lose some weight in the process of proper detoxification, there is a bigger benefit with detox programs.

These benefits involve the overall health of your body and making sure it is functioning optimally in overstressed, over-toxic environments.

Brenda Watson joins Dr. Mike to discuss safe and effective ways to detox.

Oct 31, 2013

Simple Steps to Improve Your Digestive System

If you can't properly digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste, you simply won't be optimally healthy.The Diva of Digestion, Brenda Watson, discusses how to improve the three basic systems of your digestive track: digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste.

Brenda's high-energy, no-nonsense approach to bodily functions has made her a popular presenter on PBS and a frequent health expert on national television. She joins Dr. Mike to share her best tips for improving your digestive system and overall health.

Oct 31, 2013

Exposing Hidden Environmental Toxins

Learn about two dangerous environmental toxins and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from their damaging effects.Phthalates and triclosan are two common environmental toxins considered safe by the EPA.

What the EPA seems to be ignoring, however, is that these toxins are doing irreversible damage to your body.

Dr. Mike discusses what these toxins are, how they cause disease, and natural ways to protect you and your family from their toxic effects.

Oct 17, 2013

How Young Blood May Cure Cancer

Transfusing cancer patients with blood from young, healthy individuals offers hope for a cure.The Life Extension Foundation® has donated $800,000 to the South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute to fund a research project where activated immune cells from young people will be transfused into cancer patients. The objective is to achieve remission, complete response, or cure.

The delay in moving forward with this project is that not enough young people have come forward to donate their blood.

Join Dr. Mike to learn more about this imitative and how you can help.

Oct 17, 2013

PQQ: The Next Generation Energy Supplement

PQQ enhances cell energy by increasing the number of your cellular powerhouses.An abundance of published studies underscores the critical importance of the mitochondria to overall health, especially as you age.

Until recently, the only natural ways for aging individuals to increase the number of mitochondria in their bodies were long-term calorie restriction or exhaustive physical activity - which are difficult or impractical for most people to implement. PQQ offers a viable alternative.

Special guest, Dan Lifton, joins Dr. Mike to discuss this next generation energy supplement.

Oct 17, 2013

Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes

Getting kids to cook and eat healthy is easy with ChopChop Magazine's kid-friendly recipes.ChopChop, the fun cooking magazine, has introduced families to the joys and benefits of cooking together since 2010.

Now, they've expanded the boundaries of the magazine in a new cookbook: CHOPCHOP: The Kids' Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family. Sally Sampson, the magazine's founder, discusses her favorite kid-friendly recipes.

Oct 17, 2013

Cooking Up a Cure for Childhood Obesity

Teaching kids how to cook and helping them develop a healthy relationship with food are real solutions to childhood obesity.ChopChop Magazine, which just won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award as the 2013 Publication of the Year, is a non-profit publication dedicated to helping kids and families develop a fun, healthy relationship with food.

The magazine's mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. Its founders believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

Special guest, Sally Sampson, joins Dr. Mike to share more information about the magazine's mission.

Oct 17, 2013

Brain Tumor Treatment Breakthrough

Treating brain cancer patients for a common viral infection significantly increases survival.Perhaps the most frightening malignancy one can be diagnosed with is a brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

Median survival without treatment is 4.5 months. Aggressive conventional therapy buys about 10 months of added life.

However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine may represent the most significant advancement in treating this deadly cancer.

Join Dr. Mike to learn more about this exciting discovery.

Oct 10, 2013

Nitric Oxide: Lesser Known Heart Disease Risk

Low nitric oxide results in arterial dysfunction and increases your risk of heart disease.Now, it's true that cholesterol contributes to arterial plaque, but the mechanism by which it most damages the arterial wall is quite different than what drug companies promote.

When levels of cholesterol are too high, there is a corresponding reduction in the amount of nitric oxide available to the inside lining of the arteries – this can lead to catastrophic arterial failure.

Join Dr. Mike as he explains how you can lessen your risk.

Oct 10, 2013

Can Fruit Juices Increase Diabetes Risk?

Fruit can be an excellent snack, but are you eating it the right way? Could you be doing more harm than good?Fruit can be an excellent snack, but are you eating it the right way? Yes, there actually is a "right way" to eat fruit, believe it or not.

According to a recent study, drinking fruit juice is likely to increase your risk of diabetes, while eating whole fruits could actually decrease your risk.

When you add this on top of what you already know about processed fructose, things really start to add up.

Dr. Mike will attempt to unravel this "fruit paradox" and offer a safe vegetable-to-fruit juicing ratio.

Oct 10, 2013

Can Cinnamon Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Compounds in cinnamon offer hope for millions of Alzheimer's patients.Of all the problems that can come along with aging, the loss of mental function is often feared the most... and for good reason.

For many, a gradual decline in physical abilities seems somewhat acceptable. But a disease, like dementia or Alzheimer's, that threatens your memories and ability to recognize familiar faces is another story altogether.

Amazingly enough, compounds in cinnamon may actually offer hope as a future prevention and treatment strategy for Alzheimer's disease.

Oct 10, 2013

Eating Green & Healthy for $5 a Day

Go green for $5 a day (or less) with mostly organic or sustainably raised ingredients.A common misconception is that it is quite expensive to eat organic or farm fresh foods.

That's simply untrue. You can afford to eat wonderful food that is good for your body and for our planet, at $5 a day or less with mostly organic or sustainably raised ingredients.

Linda Watson, founder of CookforGood.com, created her wildly affordable cooking plans after being inspired by a national challenge to eat on a food-stamp budget.

She joins Dr. Mike to discuss her success with eating healthy... all while not breaking the bank.

Oct 10, 2013

Dichloroacetate: A Cure for Cancer?

A powerful anticancer drug, dichloroacetate, induces cancer cell death. The problem? It's too cheap for Big Pharma.An experimental cancer drug called dichloroacetate shows promise in the fight against cancer by altering cancer cell metabolism and inducing apoptosis – basically cellular suicide.

It appears to exert anti-tumor effects against several forms of cancer, including brain, endometrial, cervical, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers.

The problem is Big Pharma doesn't want to spend money researching it because of its low return on investment.

It begs the question... why, as a nation, do we spend so much money on cancer research awareness if the real solutions aren't being pursued?

Oct 03, 2013

Do Soft Drinks Cause Cancer?

The bitter truth about sweet soft drinks is that they are linked to one of the most deadly cancers known to man.You know that soft drinks aren't healthy for many reasons — one of which is triggering weight gain.

However, a study conducted in Singapore should have you even more concerned. According to the study, drinking two or more sodas a week increased the risk for pancreatic cancer by 85% compared to non-drinkers.

Interestingly, the study was based in a country whose populace, like ours, tends to enjoy an occasional soft drink.

So, if you like sodas and other soft drinks, what are you to do?

Join Dr. Mike as he shares how to make your own healthy alternative -- right in your own home.

Oct 03, 2013

Are You Being Fooled by Unhealthy Health Foods?

Learn how to uncover the hidden truth of unhealthy "health food" pitfalls and avoid them altogether.Let's say you're committed to eating healthier, and maybe you even start exercising.

Your shopping cart now contains whole grains, multi-grains, baked chips, high-fiber cereals, juices, and nuts. Good stuff, right?

Hold on there, maybe not.

Unfortunately, many healthy foods may not be so healthy after all. Food manufacturers do an incredible job of hiding the truth about many of their so-called "healthy" products.

Join Dr. Mike to learn how to uncover the hidden truth of unhealthy "health food" pitfalls and avoid them altogether.

Oct 03, 2013

How to Conquer Your Chronic Stress

Although the human body is relatively adept at managing acute stressors, chronic stress can produce a variety of harmful effects.Chronic unremitting stress can increase your risk of suffering from a barrage of anxiety- and pressure-related diseases, ranging from high blood pressure and dementia to depression.

Chronic stress also increases your risk for some types of cancer and may lead to premature death.

According to reports by the American Academy of Family Practice, nearly two-thirds of doctor's office visits are related to stress; yet most conventional doctors offer no real hope.

So, what is the answer?

Dr. Kathy Gruver joins Dr. Mike to explain the many dangers of chronic stress, as well as offer some tips for relieving the pressures of daily life.

Oct 03, 2013

Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners

Avoid artificial sweeteners at all cost – they have been linked to many adverse health effects.Artificial sweeteners seem like attractive alternatives to sugar since they add virtually no calories to your diet.

Adding to the allure, you only need to use a fraction compared to the amount of regular sugar you'd normally use for adding sweetness.

But there's a seriously big catch — they're dangerous and they're showing up everywhere these days, even in foods considered to be otherwise "healthy."

Despite mounting clinical and laboratory evidence pointing to dangerous health consequences attributed to artificial sweeteners, the government has now decided that they are safe.

Special guest, Kathy Gruver, joins Dr. Mike to give you the low-down on artificial sweeteners, including which ones you should be aware of -- and avoid.

Oct 03, 2013

Is Your Hair Dye Killing You?

Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes contain dangerous chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems — including cancer.In this day and age, you would be hard-pressed to find a woman who hasn't colored her hair at least once in her life. If you're like many women, you have a standing date with either your stylist or your take-home bottle of color... typically every 4-6 weeks.

You may want to re-think that regimen.

Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes contain dangerous chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems — including cancer.

The most dangerous hair dye chemicals are Arylamines. They can be absorbed through your scalp or even inhaled during application of hair dye.

Arylamines have been established as risk factors for bladder cancer by several clinical studies, including one conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

So, if you're a hair dye enthusiast, you might want to take a closer look at your favorite brand. Join Dr. Mike to learn where all the dangers lie, and if there is a healthy alternative.

Sep 12, 2013

Your Ultimate Health Information Resource

Life Extension has published 130 protocols on disease prevention and treatment. Learn how you can make use of their discoveries.Imagine over 1,400 pages of breakthrough information that bridges the gap between cutting-edge science and mainstream medicine, in one must-have volume that you'll find invaluable now and for years to come... all thanks to one organization concerned for you and your health.

That organization, Life Extension, has published 130 evidence-based protocols on disease prevention and treatment.

This is information you simply won't find anywhere else, generated by an organization passionate about keeping you younger and healthier longer. Learn how you can make effective use of their discoveries, as special guest Luke Huber joins Dr. Mike in this segment of Healthy Talk.

Sep 12, 2013

Staying Healthy as a Caregiver

If you're caring for a loved one you may unknowingly be putting your own health at risk.With the Baby Boomer generation reaching age 65, there are a growing number of Americans – 42 million in fact - caring for someone who is ill, disabled or aged.

And while being a caregiver can be rewarding, it is often time-consuming and stressful. A recent survey revealed that caregivers were more likely to rate themselves in poorer health compared to non-caregivers.

Paul Reyes, from Ask the Pharmacist, offers important tips to help caregivers stay on-top of their own health.

Sep 12, 2013

James Worthy’s Head Start Programs

The James Worthy Head Start program addresses the nutritional needs of children living below the poverty line.The causes of poverty have multiple roots involving individuals' health, families, communities, institutions, systems and cultures.

The James Worthy Foundation works with alliance and support organizations to carefully select programs for ensuring the nutritional needs of children living in poverty.

Specifically, the James Worthy Head Start program addresses the nutritional needs of children living below the poverty line.

Sep 12, 2013

James Worthy Helps At-Risk Youth

The James Worthy Foundation is on a mission to help a "Nutritionally Insecure" American population – at-risk youth.In the low-income communities, where sports are the center of their community interactions and the number one dream of "want to be" sports stars, there is a big information gap about the sources of high-quality and sustainable nutrition and energy.

NBA star, James Worthy, wants to get young athletes off "energy" drinks - which are full of empty calories, sugar and potentially harmful chemicals - and replace them with an all-natural drink that meets their nutritional needs.

Sep 12, 2013

4 Questions for Interpreting Sensational Medical Headlines

Asking four simple questions can help reveal the truth behind scary medical headlines.One headline read, "Taking a multivitamin won't help you and might even be dangerous to your health."

Before believing the sensational hype, ask yourself the investigational questions Who, Why, How and What.

You'll soon discover that sensational headlines are often conclusions from poorly designed, biased research.

Sep 05, 2013

High Homocysteine Can Damage Your Brain

Elevated homocysteine is now associated with cognitive decline in older adults. Might you be at risk?It's well established that at high levels, homocysteine, an amino acid metabolite, can damage the arteries feeding your heart.

However, new research shows it can also do some damage to your brain, resulting in poor memory, cognition and worsening hand-eye coordination.

Dr. Mike will discuss the latest research and offer safe and effective solutions for lowering homocysteine.

Sep 05, 2013

Secrets Your Heart Doctor May Not Tell You

As much as you'd like to trust your doctor, there are things they may neglect to tell you regarding heart health.Conventional heart doctors unwittingly place their patients at risk because they mismanage high blood pressure, neglect vitamin deficiencies, expose patients to drug side effects and inadvertently exchange one risk factor for another.

Dr. Kira Schmid, associate director of Scientific Affairs for Life Extension, joins Dr. Mike to discuss important, potentially life-saving information they've recently published.

You'll learn what optimal blood pressure is, which vitamins are heart healthy, and how to avoid the side effects of statin prescription drugs.