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WebTalkRadio.net Host We’re barraged daily with new information about our health, exercise and nutrition. Eat this, not that. Take that, not this. And exercise my way, not his. Say hello to Larry McCleary, M.D. who, along with his guests, helps you understand the difference between theory, fad and fact. Don’t take another pill, start a new diet, join the latest gym craze or listen to another guru until you hear what Dr. McCleary has to say. The Doctor prescribes a little hope, a little exercise, a lot of knowledge and some just plain fun.

 

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Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Cure Aging or Die Trying: An interview with Dr. William Andrews

How would you react if your dad told you during your teenage years to do something significant like find the cure for aging? Well, that is exactly what my guest today was told as a young boy. And he never forgot it! As the Founder, President and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a bio-tech company in […]

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Brain-Body Breakthroughs with Larry McCleary MD

Larry McCleary, M.D. is the retired Acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he performed postgraduate work in theoretical physics at Boston University, attended medical school at the State University of New York–Buffalo, did his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota and completed his residency in neurosurgery at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

Dr. McCleary’s books include Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly (Greenleaf Book Group 4/1/11) The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine & Menopausal Symptoms and Boost Mental Energy (Perigee Press, 2007) and the two-volume set Bald Is Beautiful: The Shining Stars Foundation Guide for Living with Childhood Cancer (2009), which can be ordered online at www.ShiningStarsFoundation.org. He has also published numerous medical articles in Cancer, the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Neurology and the American Journal of Neuroradiology among other peer reviewed periodicals.

Dr. McCleary holds several patents for nutritional supplements and is the Co-Founder of Natural Health Pathways. He is also the volunteer Medical Director for the Shining Stars Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Colorado that provides programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

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  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Cure Aging or Die Trying: An interview with Dr. William Andrews

    How would you react if your dad told you during your teenage years to do something significant like find the cure for aging? Well, that is exactly what my guest today was told as a young boy. And he never forgot it!

    As the Founder, President and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a bio-tech company in Reno, Nevada, he is in the process of doing just that. Seem unlikely? You wont feel that way after you hear what he has to say. Dr. Andrews views aging just as any other disease. He tells you why he feels that way and has data to back him up.

    The Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2009 was awarded for work done on telomere biology. This is the same field we will be discussing today. You’ll soon see why it has the potential to turn back the hands of time as well as cure cancer and a host of other chronic diseases. You’ll even hear how the ability to lengthen telomeres might enable AIDs patients to live normal lives.

    Sound too good to be true? Only if you’ve never heard Bill Andrews explain how close he is to solving these difficult problems.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – If you want to lead a long and healthy life, you should grow your own groceries. An interview with Marjory Wildcraft.

    We all know how much oil is consumed in the production and transportation of food to our table. And it seems like we are always hearing of repeated food-borne illnesses due to organisms such as enteropathogenic E. coli or Salmonella. Our food just doesn’t taste the way it did fifty years ago. Nor is it as healthy as it once was. On today’s program I have the pleasure of interviewing an expert in sustainable home-scale food production who has put in the requisite “dirt time” to know what it takes to educate us on how to avoid the common pitfalls in growing our own groceries.

    Her video program has been used by over 250,000 individuals and she is a passionate and informed advocate for her brand of sustainable agriculture. So whether you live in the country or in Manhattan, you will learn how to grow nutritious, tasty meals inexpensively and with minimal time expenditure.

    Today you’ll hear about bio-intensive gardening, food forests and highly efficient techniques that homeowners can use that are unavailable to commercial growers and will really learn how to grow your own groceries.

    Join us today and become a changed person!

    LINKS

    Link to Marjory Wildcraft — http://marjorywildcraft.com/

    Link to learn how to grow your own groceries — www.GrowYourOwnGroceries.com

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How to balance your Tai and Qi: An interview with Dr. Lorene Wu

    I watched a recent video from the Onion News Network that promoted a tongue-in-cheek way to keep social security solvent. It outlined an approach that encouraged Americans to live faster and die younger. It cut taxes on cigarettes, outlawed helmets and encouraged sleep only “when dead.” In place of senior citizen’s checks, vouchers were handed out for grain alcohol and hang gliding. The goal was to cut health costs by shortening lifespan by 15-20 years.

    Another way of achieving the same cost-cutting goals while lengthening lifespan and living a mindful, fulfilling and healthy life might be to listen to my guest today Dr. Lorene Wu — a specialist in blending Western and Eastern medical approaches that balances energy through mind-body-spirit medicine. She is an MD who is board-certified in Family Medicine and is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She describes how you can lead a truly “balanced” life and benefit from the best of both medical worlds. You will be thoughtfully walked through the ins and outs of Eastern medical philosophies, learn how they complement our Western medical approach and how and when to choose one over the other in a manner that best suits your mind and body.

    She founded The Whole Life Center in the Chicago area and will change how you think about medicine and life. Please join us!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Get smart with exercise! An interview with Dr. Arthur Kramer

    If you want to lose weight, stay healthy and protect your heart, exercise is a dose of just what the doctor ordered. However, it may be one of the best things for your brain if you want to think more clearly, learn faster, prevent Alzheimer’s disease and age more gracefully. My guest, Arthur Kramer, Ph. D., Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells how his interest in science and jock-like activities conspired to propel him into a career as a distinguished scientist who speinfocializes in cognition and brain plasticity.

    Brain plasticity was recently popularized by Norman Doidge in his book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. While much has been said of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to re-wire itself on the fly) and its ability to help heal from stokes, head trauma and even Alzheimer’s disease, there have been painfully few therapeutic interventions designed to use it in a meaningful fashion. In this episode of Brain-Body Breakthroughs Dr. Kramer reveals how certain types of exercise can literally revitalize brain structure and function.

    He discusses startling new findings illustrating how exercise can turn back the clock on brain aging, especially involving the frontal lobes where executive functions such as working memory are located. He’ll tell us what to do if we want to make that memory center called the hippocampus bigger and better and how to learn faster at any age. And he’ll provide insight into tools that work effectively on refurbishing brain skills whether you’re 20 or 70.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – The Rogue Nutritionist: An Interview with Jonny Bowden, Ph. D.

    It can be pretty easy to lose weight … the same 15 pounds, over and over again. Just like it’s easy to stop smoking. As Jonny’s dad said, “I’ve done it 20 times!”

    Once you’ve lost the weight, the difficult part is keeping it off. Dr. Jonny Bowden believes the secret to weight-loss success lies between your ears. We all know what is good food, how much to eat and what to avoid. The hard part is doing the right things consistently, day in and day out, especially when we are constantly being bombarded with eating triggers on TV, on line and in magazines and newspapers. The food manufacturers know what we crave and they package it appealingly and market it with billion dollar marketing budgets.

    So, what can we do to fight back? Jonny tells us in his new program Unleash Your Thin where he discusses how the messaging we are bombarded with literally rewires our brains and makes it almost impossible to resist. The secret is knowing how to bullet proof our minds and achieve the slim self we all desire.

    To hear about the 150 healthiest foods on earth and how to navigate our toxic food environment, please join me for a rollicking interview with Jonny Bowden.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Approaching Life Transitions (Part II): How to avoid stress and feel comfortable talking with loved ones about the move to alternative living opportunities. An interview with Tracy Greene-Mintz.

    As we learned last week, Tracy Greene-Mintz is a real expert in how to take the sting out of addressing difficult life transitions such as the move of a parent or loved one into assisted living, a group home or a memory care unit. She reveals secrets accumulated during years of teaching life transition strategies to concerned family members and health care professionals. She has a delivery that combines professionalism with her sage sense of humor in an engaging manner that makes learning easy and provides many helpful tips along the way.

    This week we’ll be discussing what different living choices are available, how to choose which one is most appropriate, how to allow the senior to become invested in the process and what questions to ask to evaluate the new lifestyle and make the most out of the living arrangements.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Approaching Life Transitions (Part I): An interview with Tracy Greene-Mintz, LCSW

    Have you ever had a loved one, parent, or friend who you knew might not be safe living alone? And worse yet, had no idea how to broach the subject or what to do. Didn’t even know what the options were? Well my guest today is Tracy Greene-Mintz, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of aging, and a nationally recognized expert in the field of Relocation Stress Syndrome in the elderly. She has written an extremely helpful book on the subject, which is available at her website www.SeniorCareTraining.com at the bottom of the page. She has agreed to provide free shipping with the purchase of the book if you mention Brain-Body Breakthroughs.

    We’ll be discussing how to know when a move might be required, how to avoid one, if possible, how to talk about the subject in a meaningful fashion and why it is so important to preserve the dignity of the older person involved.

    Tracy has savvy, poise and a sense of humor as she discusses these sensitive issues and provides numerous practical pointers for successfully navigating potential minefields along the way.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How to Sleep Yourself Thin: An Interview with Michael Breus, Ph. D.

    Have you ever gotten to the point where you only had 5-10 pounds more to lose but were unable to get there no matter what you did? Well, what might have done the trick for you was probably the last thing you would have considered — SLEEP! My guest today is Dr. Michael Breus who has a new book out called The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep. He is an expert in sleep disorders and will be talking about why we need sleep, who is most in need and how to get all the beauty rest that is required. He has even developed a better sleep system that is based on the concept of thermo-neutrality. Please join me to hear why you shouldn’t drink coffee before bed even if you have no trouble falling asleep, what is the real skinny about melatonin and who is most likely to sleep walk! You’ll even hear what to do to prevent jet-lag.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Stop Fractures Now!: An interview with Paul Miller, MD.

    We’re all getting older and as we do many of us are getting shorter as well. You might have thought this was merely a nuisance but today you’ll hear why this is so much more important. My guest is Dr. Paul Miller — an expert in bone research and osteoporosis — and the founder of the Center for Bone Research in Colorado.

    He’ll be discussing the latest findings about how much calcium you should be taking and why too much is BAD. We will be talking about how to know when your bone health program isn’t working, what to do about it and what is the absolute best form of exercise to prevent fractures.

    You’ll also learn about blood tests that can predict what your DEXA scan will show two years down the line. So, if you want to be the most well-informed person on the block regarding the latest news on bone health this is the program for you.

    And do a friend a favor and tell him/her about the show.

    Paul Miller — Link to: Paul Miller — Link to: http://www.centerforboneresearch.com/About-Dr-Miller.php

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – What could happen to you in the hospital if you don’t know about delirium. An interview with Malaz Boustani, MD

    Delirium — an acute brain disorder — is as serious as having a heart attack! Once it develops, the risk of death is the same as having a heart attack … and you probably haven’t even heard of it. What’s worse, it frequently goes undiagnosed.

    It’s probably the most common acute brain disorder affecting adults in general hospitals involving 10% of all hospitalized adults, 33% of elderly hospital patients and up to 80% of those in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). It accounts for $150 billion of health care expenditures and doctors are even beginning to think it is a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Some of the OTC (over the counter) products on your nightstand might even put you at risk of getting delirium. Join me today to find out what they are.

    To hear more about this widespread problem, what it is, how it is treated and even how it can be prevented, listen to what Dr. Boustani — Research Director for the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard – has to say.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Doctor-Patient Communication — How to get the most out of your 20 minutes, and walk away happy! An interview with Dr. Richard Frankel.

    We’ve come a long way since the days of Dr. Kildare and Marcus Welby, MD. When men were doctors and we just sat in the office when DOCTOR was ready, and listened. Now times have changed and the stakes are much higher. It’s no surprise that many patients are discouraged, upset and confused after leaving a doctor’s visit. This often foments an antagonistic relationship with the person who holds your (medical) life in his hands.

    Because of this, along with the desire to streamline and improve health care delivery and medical outcomes, this entire field has come out of the closet and has gone mainstream. It’s new name is patient-centered care. And it includes the use of computers and the Internet as tools to facilitate the effective and timely communication of salient medical information and enhance the ability of doctors and patients to relate to each other and accomplish common goals such as improved safety and better health care.

    An integral component of this transformation is the 4-Habits Model of communication which we will discuss. It is being incorporated into medical school curricula and even medical practitioners who have been in the field for decades are reaping benefits, feeling better about their patient contacts and are experiencing improved outcomes with less time expenditure.

    So please join me for a trip into the Brave New World of doctor-patient medicine. And find out how it feels and how it will improve your health!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How it feels, literally, when cancer cells die! — One person’s perspective: An interview with Sandra Miniere

    Liz Taylor developed a brain tumor. Suzanne Somers had breast cancer. And Farrah Fawcett had colon cancer. At some point in our lives one third of us will have to walk in their footsteps. And we’ll have to decide what is the treatment that we believe has the best chance to make us cancer free … and live, or die, with that decision.

    Sandra Miniere did just that. She is now a 10-year breast cancer survivor who was told shortly after surgery that they “didn’t get all the cancer.” Listen to her tell about the journey that took her from coast-to-coast and hear about how she “hit the jackpot” on her trip to “the cure.”

    She reveals how a psychic enabled her to realize what was important, get in touch with her body and realize that she had to heal herself if she was going to beat her cancer.

    Her training as a life coach helped guide her, but nothing fully prepared her for having to say “No” to one of her doctors. Join us and gain insight into a courageous woman’s fight for her life.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Finally, What to Eat When You’re Pregnant … and Why. An interview with Adele Hite.

    Learn how to choose food during your pregnancy that keeps you healthy and prevents your baby from becoming overweight as a child or developing diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure as an adult! Moreover, you’ll hear from a mom and a nutritional researcher why this is so. Join us and hear how to eat a guilt-free diet that is good for you and your baby!

    LINK:

    Adele Hite — Link to: http://fireofthegodsfitness.blogspot.com/2010/08/adele-hite-on-usda-food-guidelines.html

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – A discussion of the most important nutrition document in the world! An interview with Adele Hite

    Learn how The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a governmental description of what constitutes a nutritious diet, has become a political tool of the US Department of Agriculture. Listen to how the USDA operates under a large conflict of interest — they must maximize the sale of American farm products, mainly wheat and corn, while providing guidelines for what Americans should eat. This typically means that their definition of “nutritious” is crafted to coincide with what the farmers grow despite the negative impact on our health.

    This is the story told by someone in the trenches — an expert in nutrition who has your health as her number one concern. Listen and be amazed. You’ll be outraged at what you hear.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – ADHD — The rest of the story

    An interview with Dr. Mary Anne Block.

    How would you respond if you were the parent of a young child who is sent home with a note from the teacher saying your son has been repeatedly disruptive in class and can’t sit still? She has suggested that you take him to the doctor to see if something can be done for it. This is very commonly how children get placed on Ritalin or a number of other powerful drugs that act in a manner similar to cocaine. It is exactly how many children are treated. The problem is that placing kids on Ritalin is not dissimilar to giving a child with a brain tumor some Tylenol for the headache. The underlying problem has not been diagnosed and it is not being treated.

    This happens in adult medicine with some regularity as well. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you will frequently walk out of the doctor’s office with a prescription for a diuretic (water pill) without having the doctor look for the underlying cause of the high blood pressure, which is usually NOT treated by the water pill you were prescribed.

    Today there are over 5,000,000 children diagnosed with ADHD and many of them are on powerful stimulant drugs … for many years. What impact does this have on their brain and their health in general?

    Today I’ll be talking with a doctor who approaches ADHD differently and you’ll hear why.

    If you are the parent or relative of a child with ADHD, or are an adult with ADHD-like symptoms, you won’t want to miss this program.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – What you absolutely must know about the “flu” shot

    An interview with Dale Peterson, MD.

    About thirty years ago only 15% of elderly Americans received the flu shot. Today the CDC (Centers for disease Control) is recommending flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. Tune in to hear what impact this wide-ranging vaccination program has had on the elderly and those most at risk for flu-related deaths. The results will surprise you.

    I’ll be discussing how flu vaccines are produced, how the experts decide what flu strains to vaccinate against, what some of the unlikely ingredients are that you’ll find in the flu vaccine “cocktail” and what happens if the experts are wrong.

    If you had the flu shot last year, tune in to hear whether you need to get it again.

    You’ll learn how the drug companies disagree with the CDC and why this might impact the health of you and your baby.

    I’ll also be discussing a novel approach that might shorten flu symptoms if you become one of the unlucky persons to get the flu.

    Please join me for an enlightening program and hear what you’re NOT being told about flu shots.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – If you have “high” cholesterol or have been told to take a “statin” drug, you must listen to this program. It could save your life. An interview with Ernest N. Curtis, M. D.

    Cholesterol. It’s the buzz-word in medicine. It’s the darling of the cardiologist. The lower the “normal” level of cholesterol is set, the more patients cardiologists have to see. And what’s considered “normal” has fallen dramatically in recent years. The question is “Why?”

    Today millions of Americans are being told by their doctors that they need to take a potentially toxic, and very expensive, medication for 40, 50, or more years. Many of them are totally asymptomatic. Their only mistake was to have their cholesterol level checked in the first place. Once that is done, many of them will end up taking one of an army of statin drugs.

    And can they ever lower cholesterol … often by up to 50%. The only kicker is that how much the cholesterol level is lowered has NO relation to any benefit the drug may provide. If this sounds absurd, you need to read the book The Cholesterol Delusion. If you do, the trust in your doctor, and in medicine in general, will be changed forever.

    We have all been inundated by the adds for drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor. We will be discussing how these drug companies “legally” distort the purported benefits of these drugs with a well-known statistical trick. You’ll learn how funding of heart research for the last generation has been more political than scientific. And you’ll get a sense of why doctors feel compelled to treat a number (your “high” cholesterol level) rather than treating the patient (you!).

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – The biggest epidemic the world has ever known … and you’re part of it. An interview with Dr. Michael Holick.

    Have you heard there’s a new drug that can slash your risk of a number of deadly cancers by up to 50%, almost eradicate childhood diabetes, diminish the risk of multiple sclerosis and double the health benefits of exercise?

    Sound too good to be true? That’s because it doesn’t exist. However, if it did, the drug company would be advertising it every chance they got and they’d probably sell billions of dollars of it each year. Don’t despair because there is a solution and you can get it for free.

    My guest today is someone who stuck with his guns and dared to buck the medical system. He was forced to resign as Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine by the same person who had previously nominated him for a prestigious research award and actually made the presentation. He did so because he believed that current medical dogma he was being asked to support was incorrect. He will provide some startling insights about the vitamin deficiency that afflicts almost 2 billion people worldwide including approximately 160 million Americans and many newborn children.

    If you’re overweight or have dark skin you are at even higher risk.

    The pressing problem is that of vitamin D deficiency. You will hear as Dr. Holick estimates that correcting this problem could eliminate $260 billion from our yearly health expenditures. He will also provide some unexpected insights about tanning beds and explain why millions of Baby Boomers have the wrinkles they do today and how it’s due to their sunscreen.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Get rid of your pain. Learn about the modern world of chiropractic medicine. An interview with Dr. Rob Harrison.

    Jerry Rice, perennial Pro Bowl receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and winner of three Super Bowl rings swears by his chiropractor as being the key to keeping him in the game for so many years. His sentiments are mirrored by many other athletes including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Evander Holyfield and Tiger Woods. Whether its relieving pain, getting ready for the big game or relaxing sore muscles, chiropractic therapy has the answer.

    However, you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to benefit from what this unique branch of medicine has to offer. According to Dr. Rob Harrison, the body is a big erector set and it needs to be maintained. He speaks candidly about how he approaches healing, what it’s like to visit a chiropractor and what you can expect.

    He even explains how low level laser therapy can decrease inflammation and improve a number of conditions. So tune in to be entertained and educated.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – The Advanced Course in Nutritional Supplementation — Part 2 of a discussion with Dr. Larry McCleary.

    Last week we discussed how prolonged, low-grade vitamin deficiencies could contribute to the development of many chronic diseases and premature aging. This week we’ll carry on the discussion of nutritional supplementation and you’ll learn how specific supplements can play vital roles in the prevention of many of the diseases that plague society today including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, diabetes and stroke.

    You’ll be hearing about new uses for well-known supplements, supplements you might not be aware of, what you MUST be taking if you are on one of those “statin” medications, how a simple spice could save your life and what supplement you should definitely NOT be taking if you want to live a long and healthy life.

    So take an hour of time to learn what could add years to your life!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Are your vitamins killing you or are they the secret to a long, healthy life? An interview with Dr. Larry McCleary. Part 1 of a 2 part program

    There have been recent medical studies all over the news claiming that your vitamin supplement may be killing you. Is that really the case, or are things not so clear cut? There are other studies showing that vitamins may slow cognitive decline or increase levels of deficient nutrients in your body.

    What are you to believe? To hear a lively discussion that peels the onion and delves into what is really being said in scientific circles listen to what Dr. McCleary has to say about the cutting-edge research into how subtle, but chronic, vitamin deficiencies are harming your health and what you can do about it.

    Dr. Bruce Ames has published detailed findings about his TRIAGE theory of long term mild micronutrient deprivation and how it contributes to DNA damage and cellular deterioration that contributes to chronic disease development including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He describes how our evolutionary heritage directed our cells to deal with vitamin deficiencies … and what the consequences are for you! It’s all in today’s program.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – A Summary of What’s in the News this week with tantalizing tidbits about the PSA-based prostate cancer screening controversy and other relevant topics with Larry McCleary, M. D.

    Several years ago, during the convocation of the newly-admitted medical school class at Harvard Medical School the Dean admitted that half of what they will be taught would ultimately be proven to be false — he just didn’t know which half. That appears to reflect the current state of medicine regarding recommendations about screening for prostate cancer — the second leading cancer in American males. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has just released recommendations suggesting that PSA-based prostate cancer screening for healthy men not be performed, thus reversing a long-standing medical policy. This has triggered a maelstrom of emotional responses, controversy and misunderstanding. Tune in for an informative discussion to help make sense of what you’ve been hearing in the media.

    I also discuss a novel approach (still in the research stage) that could revolutionize treatment for severe allergies, new ways to prevent an array of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADD and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and a new link between Celiac Disease and osteoporosis. Today’s shorter program is fast-paced and very informative.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – The Rogue Nutritionist: An Interview with Jonny Bowden, Ph. D.

    It can be pretty easy to lose weight … the same 15 pounds, over and over again. Just like it’s easy to stop smoking. As Jonny’s dad said, “I’ve done it 20 times!”

    Once you’ve lost the weight, the difficult part is keeping it off. Dr. Jonny Bowden believes the secret to weight-loss success lies between your ears. We all know what is good food, how much to eat and what to avoid. The hard part is doing the right things consistently, day in and day out, especially when we are constantly being bombarded with eating triggers on TV, on line and in magazines and newspapers. The food manufacturers know what we crave and they package it appealingly and market it with billion dollar marketing budgets.

    So, what can we do to fight back? Jonny tells us in his new program Unleash Your Thin where he discusses how the messaging we are bombarded with literally rewires our brains and makes it almost impossible to resist. The secret is knowing how to bullet proof our minds and achieve the slim self we all desire.

    To hear about the 150 healthiest foods on earth and how to navigate our toxic food environment, please join me for a rollicking interview with Jonny Bowden.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Musings from an Issei: An interview with Mr. Paul Okimoto.

    We all arrive at that time in our life when we feel the need for contemplation about the decisions we have made and how our life has unfolded. Tumultuous events we encounter along the way can refocus the prism with which we filter future experiences. Nowhere is that more prescient than with my guest today — Paul Okimoto. At a tender age he was plucked from his Japanese homeland and taken to San Diego, California shortly before the outbreak of WWII.

    He and his family were subsequently placed in an internment camp in Poston, Arizona where they spent three years. Mr. Okimoto describes these poignant memories and how they catapulted him off to college and then around the world. He reveals his unease with the opposite sex and how he used humor to defuse stressful situations such as childhood dates where he referred to holding hands as “promiscuous interdigitation.”

    He learned to read at age 4 and was introduced to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Pathetique the same year. These events simultaneously launched his musical career and wanderlust. In his memoirs the reader is exposed to many glimpses of an unconventional lifestyle. Join Mr. Okimoto on his journey across Russia, through medical school in Bordeaux, for early morning educational training with a Palestinian mathematician and while careening through Amsterdam streets with crazed cabdrivers.

    Listen as Mr. Okimoto reflects on a life well-lived and what he would do differently if given a second chance.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Cure Aging or Die Trying: An interview with Dr. William Andrews

    As the Founder, President and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a bio-tech company in Reno, Nevada, he is in the process of doing just that. Seem unlikely? You wont feel that way after you hear what he has to say. Dr. Andrews views aging just as any other disease. He tells you why he feels that way and has data to back him up.

    The Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2009 was awarded for work done on telemore biology. This is the same field we will be discussing today. You’ll soon see why it has the potential to turn back the hands of time as well as cure cancer and a host of other chronic diseases. You’ll even hear how the ability to lengthen telomeres might enable AIDs patients to live normal lives.

    Sound too good to be true? Only if you’ve never heard Bill Andrews explain how close he is to solving these difficult problems.

    George Clooney just celebrated his big 5-0 and he said his current aspiration is to be AARP’s Sexiest Man to Still be Alive! We all want to live long and healthy lives. Listen today to learn how to take the first step!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How it feels, literally, when cancer cells die! — One person’s perspective: An interview with Sandra Miniere

    Liz Taylor developed a brain tumor. Suzanne Somers had breast cancer. And Farrah Fawcett had colon cancer. At some point in our lives one third of us will have to walk in their footsteps. And we’ll have to decide what is the treatment that we believe has the best chance to make us cancer free … and live, or die, with that decision.

    Sandra Miniere did just that. She is now a 10-year breast cancer survivor who was told shortly after surgery that they “didn’t get all the cancer.” Listen to her tell about the journey that took her from coast-to-coast and hear about how she “hit the jackpot” on her trip to “the cure.”

    She reveals how a psychic enabled her to realize what was important, get in touch with her body and realize that she had to heal herself if she was going to beat her cancer.

    Her training as a life coach helped guide her, but nothing fully prepared her for having to say “No” to one of her doctors. Join us and gain insight into a courageous woman’s fight for her life.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – GALSCHOOLS 101 — Transforming education one child at a time: An interview with Liz Wolfson

    Imagine classrooms filled with happy learners. Children anxious to stand up and discuss what they just read. Movement, energy and enthusiasm. At GALSCHOOLS (Girls Athletic Leadership Schools) they call it their brand of active pedagogy. And if standardized testing is any measure of success, they are succeeding! After only their first year, they rank in the top 18% in the Denver Public Schools.

    Based on new research, exercise and movement facilitate learning and at GALSCHOOLS they take both seriously. Not only that, but imagine a school where eating in class is allowed … because the brain needs fuel for optimal learning. According to Liz Wolfson, Founder of GALSCHOOLS, young girls need more fruits and vegetables in their diets to more effectively fuel the creative learning environment the school fosters.

    It’s not just the kids who move, there are frequent runs with the teachers leading the pack. It is their job to ignite learning in their students so that the kids take charge of their lives and naturally evolve into community leaders.

    The passion for learning starts at the top with Liz and permeates the teachers, assistants and students.

    Come join us for a far-ranging conversation where nothing is off limits. Find out how learning is enhanced by Zumba classes, bouncy balls in computer lab and children playing electrons as they fly around the nucleus.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Brain Training for those who want to have SHARP BRAINS: An interview with Alvaro Fernandez (Part 2)

    Now that you understand the critical difference between brain activity and true brain training, and have read the SharpBrains 10-point guide to choosing the best brain-training tool for you, the next step is to find out what the choices are. That will be covered in this week’s edition of Brain-Body Breakthroughs.

    CEO and co-founder of SharpBrains, Mr. Alvaro Fernandez, will be discussing the top brain-training tools in the fields of general cognition, memory and learning, enhancing focus in ADHD and even how to improve your driving skills. He goes on to provide perspective on brain-training as an additional resource in the rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury and stroke.

    We all live in a stressful world and brain-training can be a useful tool to help us unwind, relax and chill out. We’ll be mentioning the best tools for that purpose as well.

    So, please join us for a stimulating program that is sure to expand your mind!

    And if your brain still needs more stimulation and challenge, go to the SharpBrains website and check out their interactive 3-D brain.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Brain Training for those who want to have SHARP BRAINS: An interview with Alvaro Fernandez (Part 1)

    We all know that physical exercise is good for your heart, your brain and your well-being. But what can you do beyond physical exercise that is good for your brain? What really is brain training? And who should care the most about it? Those are the topics of today’s program.

    If you did five weeks of aerobic training with a one week refresher course one year and three years later, do you think your body would still be reaping benefits from it five years later? Probably not, since the benefits from such physical exercise only last a brief period of time. But when researchers looked into what a similar time investment in brain exercise provided they were able to detect a beneficial and persistent effect on brain function five years later. WELCOME TO THE BRAIN FITNESS REVOLUTION!

    This week we will be talking to Mr. Alvaro Fernandez, co-founder of SharpBrains and co-author of Continue reading →

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Facts For Females To Avoid Frequent Fractures: An Interview with Dr. Larry McCleary

    For an elderly person who has a hip fracture, the mortality rate is 20-50%. Osteoporosis is no laughing matter. Yet, many indivisuals are not aware of how they are jeopardizing their bone health or what to do about it until it is too late. Gwyneth Paltrow is vitamin D deficient and has osteopenia. So anyone can be at risk. And it is well-known that she has followed many extreme diets over the years that may have contributed to her current bone health crisis. Not alone, Britt Eckland has osteoporosis and has been encouraging public awareness of the condition.

    This program is designed to educate women (and men) about metabolic bone disease — what is it, how the skeleton evolved into the multi-functional organ it is, why early bone health is important and how adolescent children are at risk for the same type of “fragility” fractures post-menopausal women experience.

    Join us to hear more about vitamin D, learn about the newest bone-forming supplement, find out how your diet might be sabotaging you and what you can do about it — and should be doing about it as soon as possible. If you smoke, find out another reason why it is mandatory that you stop!

    You’ll even learn how a woman can lose 10% of her skeletal calcium in six months … at age 30!

    This is not a program that you can afford to miss!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How to Sleep Yourself Thin: An Interview with Michael Breus, Ph. D.

    Have you ever gotten to the point where you only had 5-10 pounds more to lose but were unable to get there no matter what you did? Well, what might have done the trick for you was probably the last thing you would have considered — SLEEP! My guest today is Dr. Michael Breus who has a new book out called The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep. He is an expert in sleep disorders and will be talking about why we need sleep, who is most in need and how to get all the beauty rest that is required. He has even developed a better sleep system that is based on the concept of thermo-neutrality. Please join me to hear why you shouldn’t drink coffee before bed even if you have no trouble falling asleep, what is the real skinny about melatonin and who is most likely to sleep walk! You’ll even hear what to do to prevent jet-lag.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How to balance your Tai and Qi: An interview with Dr. Lorene Wu

    I watched a recent video from the Onion News Network that promoted a tongue-in-cheek way to keep social security solvent. It outlined an approach that encouraged Americans to live faster and die younger. It cut taxes on cigarettes, outlawed helmets and encouraged sleep only “when dead.” In place of senior citizen’s checks, vouchers were handed out for grain alcohol and hang gliding. The goal was to cut health costs by shortening lifespan by 15-20 years.

    Another way of achieving the same cost-cutting goals while lengthening lifespan and living a mindful, fulfilling and healthy life might be to listen to my guest today Dr. Lorene Wu — a specialist in blending Western and Eastern medical approaches that balances energy through mind-body-spirit medicine. She is an MD who is board-certified in Family Medicine and is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She describes how you can lead a truly “balanced” life and benefit from the best of both medical worlds. You will be thoughtfully walked through the ins and outs of Eastern medical philosophies, learn how they complement our Western medical approach and how and when to choose one over the other in a manner that best suits your mind and body.

    She founded The Whole Life Center in the Chicago area and will change how you think about medicine and life. Please join us!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Lt. Columbo’s Fatal Miscalculation and other portentous stories

    The news wires have been buzzing this week and you’ll soon hear why. From Lt. Columbo’s Fatal Miscalculation — and why that’s important — to a discussion about one of the most misunderstood aspects of women’s health (thyroid disorders) and also including some compelling insights from two huge new studies on calcium supplementation, bone health and the darker side of calcium – where more is definitely not better.

    You’ll learn about the trade off between prevention of broken bones and the increase in heart attacks and strokes; how you can be hypothyroid and have normal blood tests; and why general anesthesia can put you at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease — breaking news that’s not available anywhere else. So stay tuned!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – A new Approach to Weight Loss. Part 2. Larry McCleary, M. D., author of Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly

    If you have ever been told that “a calorie is a calorie” and you need to cut the calories you eat to lose weight, you will be very surprised at what we will be discussing on the program today.

    Children don’t go through a growth spurt because they eat too much and we don’t gain weight because we have poor will-power. You’ll hear why what we’ve been told for the past 40 years (and are still being told by the USDA) is all wrong. Learn why the My Plate dietary guidelines encourage you to eat a fattening diet — one that is not much different than swine fattening chow!

    It’s easy to see that the current dietary guidelines have made us all fat and there is no end in sight to the current obesity epidemic. To understand such a difficult problem you need to think outside the box and that’s exactly what you’ll be hearing. “They” have it all backwards and have been experimenting on the American public by making eating recommendations that do more to support the farmers than keep us thin and healthy.

    If you’re mad, you should be. If you get fat following the MyPlate food guidelines it’s not because you’re gluttonous, it’s because the food choices you’ve been told to make are preventing you from losing weight … and they’ve actually made you get fat in the first place.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – A new approach to weight loss. Part 1. Larry McCleary, M.D., author of Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly

    If you have ever asked your doctor how to lose weight the response has probably been that you need to “eat less and exercise more” with the caveat that you should get accustomed to feeling hungry. We have also been told to banish fat from our plates if we want to lose weight and avoid a heart attack. If you’ve tried this approach and are heavier than ever before, you need to listen to this program.

    Kirstie Alley is the poster-child for yo-yo dieting based on these recommendations and exemplifies how what we have been told for the past 30+ years is all wrong.

    The MyPlate (the new USDA dietary guidelines) approach is at the epicenter of a vortex of poor food choices and allows us to eat a diet that is one third sugar and two thirds empty calories. It is no surprise that obesity is rampant and is now a major risk factor for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and has even eclipsed alcohol as the major cause of liver disease.

    Tune in to hear how “sticky” fat cells are the culprits behind unwanted weight gain and are the cause of those dreaded weight-loss “plateaus.”

    Learn what you need to know to make healthy food choices and get prepared for the resistance your doctor will give you when you confront him/her with what you are about to hear.

    LINKS:

    Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly — Link to: http://www.amazon.com/Feed-Your-Brain-Lose-Belly/dp/1608321010/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309349283&sr=1-1

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Relationships, Love and Healing: The lighter side of childhood cancer. An interview with Suzanne Henry

    Just the thought of cancer in a child conjures up images of pain, suffering and injustice. If that’s the case, you’ll be overwhelmed with the outpouring of emotion and the uplifting message in this program. I am not interviewing an expert in treating cancer who wears a white coat all day long but the mother of a young woman who developed cancer as a teenager — an expert in how to live with childhood cancer. When her daughter was told by one doctor to go home and die with her Wilms’ tumor, Megan said to her mother, “That doctor doesn’t know me very well.”

    If you have never met a child with cancer and her mother, there is no better place to start. The interview chronicles the journey of a resilient young woman from the world of Irish dancing to the inside of an operating room and then through two stem cell transplants. All with a homecoming dance, some intense mother-daughter bonding, being told by a hall monitor at school to take her hat off after she lost all of her hair and a wake that was attended by almost 1,000 friends.

    You will hear from an inspirational mother who supported her entire family through the darkest hours and brought them out the other side able to love the moment, appreciate the little things and enjoy everything life has to offer. What she has to say about the “good” in cancer will surprise you.

    Finally, you’ll hear how important hope is for getting through the tough times and being able to wake up and smile every day.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Get smart with exercise! An interview with Dr. Arthur Kramer

    If you want to lose weight, stay healthy and protect your heart, exercise is a dose of just what the doctor ordered. However, it may be one of the best things for your brain if you want to think more clearly, learn faster, prevent Alzheimer’s disease and age more gracefully. My guest, Arthur Kramer, Ph. D., Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells how his interest in science and jock-like activities conspired to propel him into a career as a distinguished scientist who specializes in cognition and brain plasticity.

    Brain plasticity was recently popularized by Norman Doidge in his book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. While much has been said of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to re-wire itself on the fly) and its ability to help heal from stokes, head trauma and even Alzheimer’s disease, there have been painfully few therapeutic interventions designed to use it in a meaningful fashion. In this episode of Brain-Body Breakthroughs Dr. Kramer reveals how certain types of exercise can literally revitalize brain structure and function.

    He discusses startling new findings illustrating how exercise can turn back the clock on brain aging, especially involving the frontal lobes where executive functions such as working memory are located. He’ll tell us what to do if we want to make that memory center called the hippocampus bigger and better and how to learn faster at any age. And he’ll provide insight into tools that work effectively on refurbishing brain skills whether you’re 20 or 70.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – If you have “high” cholesterol or have been told to take a “statin” drug, you must listen to this program. It could save your life. An interview with Ernest N. Curtis, M. D.

    Cholesterol. It’s the buzz-word in medicine. It’s the darling of the cardiologist. The lower the “normal” level of cholesterol is set, the more patients cardiologists have to see. And what’s considered “normal” has fallen dramatically in recent years. The question is “Why?”

    Today millions of Americans are being told by their doctors that they need to take a potentially toxic, and very expensive, medication for 40, 50, or more years. Many of them are totally asymptomatic. Their only mistake was to have their cholesterol level checked in the first place. Once that is done, many of them will end up taking one of an army of statin drugs.

    And can they ever lower cholesterol … often by up to 50%. The only kicker is that how much the cholesterol level is lowered has NO relation to any benefit the drug may provide. If this sounds absurd, you need to read the book The Cholesterol Delusion. If you do, the trust in your doctor, and in medicine in general, will be changed forever.

    We have all been inundated by the adds for drugs like Lipitor and Crestor. We will be discussing how these drug companies “legally” distort the purported benefits of these drugs with a well-known statistical trick. You’ll learn how funding of heart research for the last generation has been more political than scientific. And you’ll get a sense of why doctors feel compelled to treat a number (your “high” cholesterol level) rather than treating the patient (you!).

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – The biggest epidemic the world has ever known … and you’re part of it. An interview with Dr. Michael Holick

    Have you heard there’s a new drug that can slash your risk of a number of deadly cancers by up to 50%, almost eradicate childhood diabetes, diminish the risk of multiple sclerosis and double the health benefits of exercise?

    Sound too good to be true? That’s because it doesn’t exist. However, if it did, the drug company would be advertising it every chance they got and they’d probably sell billions of dollars of it each year. Don’t despair because there is a solution and you can get it for free.

    My guest today is someone who stuck with his guns and dared to buck the medical system. He was forced to resign as Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine by the same person who had previously nominated him for a prestigious research award and actually made the presentation. He did so because he believed that current medical dogma he was being asked to support was incorrect. He will provide some startling insights about the vitamin deficiency that afflicts almost 2 billion people worldwide including approximately 160 million Americans and many newborn children.

    If you’re overweight or have dark skin you are at even higher risk.

    The pressing problem is that of vitamin D deficiency. You will hear as Dr. Holick estimates that correcting this problem could eliminate $260 billion from our yearly health expenditures. He will also provide some unexpected insights about tanning beds and explain why millions of Baby Boomers have the wrinkles they do today and how it’s due to their sunscreen.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – What your doctor doesn’t know about your heart may kill you! An interview with Dr. Steven Helschien

    Most of us have known someone who suddenly, and quite literally, “dropped dead.” This is usually from a heart problem. And often it could have been prevented if it had been recognized. Tune in today to see how to avoid what happened to popular political journalist Tim Russert, the congenial anchor of “Meet the Press.” He had just passed a cardiac stress test 6 weeks before he died of a massive heart attack. The average age for experiencing sudden cardiac death in men is between 58 and 62. In about 30% of such cases, sudden death is the first sign that something is wrong.

    The signing of the National Cancer Act in 1971 by President Richard Nixon is generally viewed as the beginning of the war on cancer. One of the subsequent discoveries was that early diagnosis is a cornerstone in curing cancer. This prompted an array of early screening programs for Cancer. Such has not been the case for heart disease. That is until now. Tune in to hear Dr. Steven Helschien talk about Cardiocrusaders and the early warning tests now available that can detect cardiovascular disease and the risk for sudden cardiac death long before you befall the fate that Mr. Russert sadly experienced.

    We have all seen the popular pink ribbons that signify the Susan G. Komen Foundation promoting “the Cure” for breast cancer. However, did you know that more than 6 times as many women die from heart disease each year as die from breast cancer. Now the number of women dying of heart disease is about the same as the number of men. This is an epidemic and to make progress early diagnosis is critical. Listen and find out what you need to know to protect your family. Discover what your doctor probably has never discussed with you, and may not be aware of.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – How to Cure Cancer by Making the Right Food Choices! An interview with renowned neuroscientist and researcher Dr. Thomas Seyfried

    The Big C. Cancer. The disease that kills more Americans than any other. Believed by most to be a death sentence. Months of intolerable chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments. Lose your hair and your appetite and feel terrible for months. That doesn’t have to be the case at all according to Boston College Professor of Biology, Dr. Thomas Seyfried. Even if you’re Michael Douglas or Teddy Kennedy, you would benefit from what this man has to say. He breaks all the rules by stating publicly why you should avoid x-ray treatments and how steroid medications (drugs used in most leukemia protocols and by most patients with brain tumors) can actually “feed” cancer cells.

    His incisive and scientifically-based insights use the same principles that main-stream medicine uses to identify cancerous tumors in the body, but takes them one step further. He makes recommendations about how these fundamentals of biology can be used to treat cancer. By identifying the metabolic basis for cancer, he outlines an approach that should become the template for all cancer therapies — a treatment protocol that attacks cancer cells while enhancing function in normal cells. If you’ve ever had chemotherapy or radiation, you know all too well how they make you feel and what impact they have on your body. The revolutionary approach recommended by Dr. Seyfried relies on one unique difference between normal cells and cancer cells. Cancer cells don’t have the metabolic flexibility to transition between fuel sources while normal cells do. It’s like a hybrid car that can use gas and ethanol. Cancer cells only can use one type so when only ethanol is available, they die.

    In one of his peer-reviewed medical papers he even states that of all the chronic diseases we are afflicted by, cancer should be the easiest one to prevent! So, be sure you don’t miss a word this respected scientist has to say. It may tip the world of cancer treatments on its head.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Finally, What to Eat When You’re Pregnant … and Why. Adele Hite

    Learn how to choose food during your pregnancy that keeps you healthy and prevents your baby from becoming overweight as a child or developing diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure as an adult! Moreover, you’ll hear from a mom and a nutritional researcher why this is so. Join us and hear how to eat a guilt-free diet that is good for you and your baby!

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – A discussion of the most important nutrition document in the world! An interview with Adele Hite

    Learn how The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a governmental description of what constitutes a nutritious diet, has become a political tool of the US Department of Agriculture. Listen to how the USDA operates under a large conflict of interest — they must maximize the sale of American farm products, mainly wheat and corn, while providing guidelines for what Americans should eat. This typically means that their definition of “nutritious” is crafted to coincide with what the farmers grow despite the negative impact on our health.

  • Brain-Body Breakthroughs – Jackie O’s personal trainer reveals secrets for optimal bone health — Joan Pagano

    Dr. Larry McCleary interviews Joan Pagano, the personal trainer for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Kennedy, as she reveals training tips for keeping bones strong through the ages. Joan’s book Strength Training for Women is a classic. She dispels myths about strength training in women, outlines a 5-point exercise plan for osteoporosis and sets fitness goals for all age groups from 18 to the over 50 generation. She even provides pointers for enhancing self-confidence in the job market.