Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 016 The Microbiome with Dr. Mark Kaye

Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 015: Flouride Dangers with Dr. Paul Connett

Dr. Ben Weitz interviews Dr. Paul Connett, a former chemistry and toxicology professor, on the possible dangers of flouride toxicity.  To begin with, there is no need in the human body for flouride and there is no disease associated with a lack of flouride.  Second, biochemists have known for a long time that flouride is very toxic and at high dosages it can kill you.  Flouride can interfere with enzymes, hydrogen bonds, and it combines with metal ions like calcium and magnesium, preventing them from the useful functions they have in the body. And these effects occur at low levels. And then there are the health effects of flouride, including dental flourosis, which is a discoloration of the enamel of the teeth, and this occurs in over 50% of children in the US.  And then we have potential damage to the brain, bones, thyroid, and the rest of the endocrine system, esp. in children. Over 50 studies document that levels of flouride that can easily occur in our children between water fluoridation, fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash, and other sources of flouride, leads to lowering IQ by approximately 5 points! What an irrational way to deliver a potentially toxic drug to our population, given that there is no way to control the dosage. And we are giving a medication to people without their consent!  Dr. Connett has written many papers and several books, including his most recent, The Zero Waste Solution  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-zero-waste-solution-paul-connett-phd/1115235807   and  The Case Against Flouride https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-case-against-fluoride-paul-connett/1021577574?ean=9781603582872     Here is Dr. Connett’s website:  http://www.americanhealthstudies.org/index.html    While he is retired, Dr. Connett is available to speak at conferences.


Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 014: Improving Psychological Health with Dr. Hyla Cass

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Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 013: Optimal Fitness with Mike Mutzel

Dr. Weitz inteviews Mike Mutzel on some of the newest strategies to help you lose weight and get into great shape.  Mike and Dr. Ben both agree that it is best if you can not only teach others how to be more fit and healthy, but also to lead your life that way.  They both walk the walk as well as talking the talk. Mike explains how overtraining, such as doing excessive cardio, has negative consequences.  Mike recommends weight training 4 times per week as well as doing some yoga and some high intensity cardio, such as interval training. Mike explains that you have to beat your body up in order to stimulate it to adapt and get stronger and more fit.

Mike recommends taking branch chain amino acids, specifically L-leucine, which promotes muscle growth signalling.  He also recommends consuming a little caffeine prior to going to the gym, which stimulates fat burning and stimulates their nervous system.  Mike also talks about the importance of getting enough protein through your diet, if you want to improve in your strength and muscle building.

Mike also talks about respecting the body’s natural circadian rhythm and that antioxidants should only be taken at night, since if taken before workouts, it might interfere with the free radical stress that is part of how exercise stimulates our body’s adaptation and this lead us to get stronger. Mike also likes alkaline creatine and beta alanine as performance enhancers.  Beta alanine is a lactic acid buffer.

Mike talks about the importance of brown fat and how taking a cold shower will stimulate the production of brown adipose tissue, which is metabolically active.  Fat is not just inert. It is immunologically and metabolically active.

Check out Mike Mutzel’s website and his High Intensity podcast: http://highintensityhealth.com/ Also order his excellent book, Belly Fat Effect https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/belly-fat-effect-msc-mike-mutzel/1119083881?ean=9780991070312

Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 012: Brain Health

Dr. Ben Weitz discusses new research on brain health revealed at the June 2017 Institute of Functional Medicine Annual meeting in Los Angeles. He discusses the plasticity of the brain and Dr. Dale Bredesen’s findings on reversing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rational Wellness Episode 011: Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Ben Weitz

Dr. Ben Weitz answers a question from a listener who was told by her doctor that because she had a negative blood test that her Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was caused by stress. Just because the IBS Chek Test is negative does not mean that you don’t have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  Not that the the IBS Check test is not a useful test, but it only rules out autoimmune origin to IBS.  It measures antibodies to Cytolethal Distending Toxin and Vinculin.  But even if this test is negative, you can still have SIBO induced IBS.  A lactulose hydrogen, methane breath test is really the definitive test to look for SIBO.  There are very few cases of IBS that are caused by stress.  In fact, if you consider the stress response evolutionarily, which is really the fight-or-flight response, if you were being chased by a saber-toothed tiger in prehistoric times, it would make no sense that you would have to suddenly have a bowel movement.  That certainly would not enhance your likelihood of survival.

While many doctors still consider IBS to be a condition of unknown origin with no way to get rid of it, there is growing evidence that most cases of IBS are caused by SIBO.  And many cases of SIBO can be eradicated with proper treatment.  That treatment involves either specific antibiotics (such as Rifaximin or Rifaximin plus Neomycin, etc.) or natural anti-microbials (such as orgenao oil, berberine, allicin from garlic, neem, etc.) along with agents to restore bowel motility.  In addition, a specific diet is often helpful to be followed for a period of time during active treatment or for a time after.


Rational Wellness Podcast: Episode 010 Circadian Rhythm with Dr. Corey Schuler

Dr. Corey Schuler joins Dr. Ben Weitz for a discussion on the importance of the body’s internal time clock, the circadian rhythm.  Both the central clock and peripheral time clocks control the metabolism of the body, our sleep, alertness, body temperature, and even our gene expression.  Our modern lifestyle, lack of sleep, exposure to artificial and blue light, caffeine consumption, etc. has had a negative impact on our natural circadian rhythm and this may result in many negative health consequences.  We discussed how stress, adrenal function, and the HPA axis impact our circadian rhythm.

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Here is Dr. Schuler’s web site:  http://www.metabolictreatmentcenter.com/corey-schuler/

Rational Wellness Episode 009: The Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Que Collins

Dr. Ben Weitz conducts a fascinating interview with Dr. Que Collins about how the Ketogenic diet and other nutritional and lifestyle factors promote health.  Hydrogen atoms are contained in water molecules in the body and for every 1,000,000 atoms there are 156 heavy hydrogen molecules, aka, deuterium atoms.  Higher levels of deuterium are associated with higher levels of cancer, obesity and other chronic diseases.  Eating more green vegetables, eating a low carb, ketogenic diet, getting more restful sleep, and other nutritional and lifestyle factors result in lower levels of deuterium.  Deuterium levels can be measured through a breath test and various diet and lifestyle factors can help to lower deuterium levels, thus lowering risk of chronic disease and improving athletic performance.  Dr. Que feels that this theory is the underlying molecular reason why a Functional Medicine approach to health is often successful.

Dr. Que runs the Cignature Health Metabolic clinic in Santa Monica: http://www.cignaturehealth.com/

Rational Wellness Podcast Episode 008: Prostate Cancer with Dr. Geo Espinosa

Dr. Ben Weitz has a fascinating conversation with Dr. Geo Espinosa, the Functional Medicine world’s leading expert in Urology and Prostate health.  Dr. Espinosa is the Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center in the Department of Urology, where he is the director of the Integrative and Functional Urology Center.  Dr. Espinosa is the author of the popular prostate cancer book, Thrive, Don’t Only Survive and co-authored numerous books on natural medicine in urology and men’s health.  Dr. Geo is the Chief Medical Officer and formulator of XY Wellness, LLC and lectures internationally on the application of science-based nutritional medicine in urology.  On his time off, he enjoys researching, writing on his popular blog, DrGeo.com and spending time with his wife, Johanna, and three kids.


Rational Wellness Episode 007 Diabetes with Dr. Jeffrey James

What You’ll Hear In This Episode

01:08    Dr. Ben Weitz provides an introduction on the Diabetes epidemic in the United States
01:25    Diabetics have a 50% increased risk of dying.
01:45    Obesity and Diabetes are both caused by insulin resistance.
05:42    I asked Dr. James what is the biggest factor in our society that contributes to the increase in the rate of Diabetes and Prediabetes?  Dr. James said that there is not one thing, but it probably  started in the 80’s when everybody got so scared of saturated fats and we went to the high carbohydrate, refined carbohydrate, and margarine diet. That didn’t help things. As the advent of  computers and cell phones got bigger, we started sitting around more, living a sedentary lifestyle, and this contributes to increased mortality.
06:58   Dr. James explained the role of stress and cortisol and cortisol functions to elevate blood sugar when it is low.  He explained the risk of low blood sugar and how diabetics that he’s worked with are more fearful of low blood sugar than high blood sugar.
07:48  Dr. James explains that while sleeping, since you are not eating, if your blood sugar level dips, your body will secrete cortisol to elevate the blood sugar.  But if you have been under stress for a long period of time, instead of the adrenal cortex releasing more cortisol since you have depleted cortisol levels, then the body goes into DEF CON II and it uses epinephrine and norepinephrine.  These are hormones that will stimulate your liver to release glucose into your blood stream but they have the added effect of stimulating your sympathetic nervous system and waking you up.  So folks who wake up at 2 or 3 am, that may be a blood sugar dysregulation issue that results from being under so much stress that their cortisol levels are depleted.
09:35  Dr. James explains that we are not just talking about emotional stress but the stress of emfs and electricity of modern life that humans never had to deal with before.
12:32  I brought up the role of toxins in metabolism such as BPA.  Dr. James mentioned a recent patient who’s numbers were not making sense and she tested positive for immune responses to Bisphenyl S and A, Formaldehyde, and Benzene rings. We know that some of the plastic chemicals are endocrine disruptors, but we’ve been told that if we get rid of BPA that we will be fine. But the other plastic chemicals like BPS that are often substituted for BPA in BPA free containers are also endocrine disruptors.  Dr. James talked about how to detox these chemicals, including using infrared sauna.
15:06  Dr. James talked about the BPA coating on cash register receipts and I mentioned that even though I buy BPA free paper, just because it doesn’t add BPA to the paper, because the paper starts with recycled paper, some of which has BPA on it, it will still contain BPA. And of course money all has traces of BPA on it from those who touch receipts and then touch the money.
16:18  Dr. James noted that the problem is not just BPA, but the onslought of chemicals that are endocrine disruptors that we get exposed to.
Dr. Jeffrey James is a Doctor of Chiropractic.  He also has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He is a Board certified chiropractic neurologist DACNB, and has been in private practice since 1989.  Here is the website for his practice in West Los Angeles: https://www.integratedphysicians.com/