Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer.
Episode 6: How To Build Your Immune System
In this podcast you’ll hear:
2:35 – Can a strong immune system prevent someone from getting COVID-19?
4:30 – Prevention strategies
5:30 – Can the severity of symptoms be lessened with a strong immune system?
6:40 – Viral load
7:20 – Boosting the immune system with sleep, stress management, exercise
12:00 – Boosting immunity and reducing inflammation with diet
16:30 – Vitamin C and other natural health products to boost immune system
19:00 – Cautions on what natural health products to avoid during symptoms of infection or if test positive for COVID-19
23:00 – Supplements that can boost immune system, continued.
25:00 – Importance of consulting a qualified healthcare practitioner
26:30 – Frozen v. canned food
28:00 – Safe grocery shopping
31:15 – Healthy snack ideas for kids
32:00 – Dispelling COVID myths
Episode 5: The Gut-Brain AxisListen to “Gut-Brain Axis” on Spreaker. The connection between the gut and the brain is fascinating! In this episode of Doctors+, Dr. Simran Rattan, MD, integrative medicine physician, integrative health coach, meditation coach and certified tai chi instructor, explains the gut-brain axis and how inflammation, mental health and chronic disease fit in. You’ll learn about leaky gut, our microbiome and what causes gut imbalance. Plus, discover what foods can help restore gut balance, including a discussion about prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods. In this podcast you’ll hear: 5:45 – Gut-brain axis: a 2 way street 8:15 – Microbiome and leaky gut 10:15 – Gluten sensitivity and leaky gut 11:15 – The connection between gut imbalance and eczema 12:47 – Signs of leaky gut (bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, mood changes, abdominal pain) 13:20 – Stomach aches & migraines in children 17:00 – Mind body therapy 17:35 – What causes gut imbalance? 19:00 – Relationship between gut health, nutrition and mental health 19:20 – Whole foods 19:40 – Anti-inflammatory foods & Mediterranean diet 22:50 – Fermented foods, prebiotics & probiotics 27:55 – Mental health and mind-body therapy
Episode 4: Food Poisoning, Parasites and Food Safety
What can you do to prevent foodborne illness? How long does food poisoning last? In this episode of Doctors+, Dr. Ashley Salomon, M.D., discusses what foodborne illness is and how to avoid it both at home and while travelling.
In this podcast you’ll hear:
2:40– Causes of foodborne illness
3:05– Length of symptoms
3:30– Food offenders
4:25– Sushi warning
9:30– Common viral infections
12:20– When to consult a doctor
14:20– How to stay hydrated (water, ginger tea, electrolytes)
15:25– Role of integrative medicine for foodborne illness (diagnostics & treatment)
21:35: Difference between foodborne illness and food poisoning
23:15– Who is high risk
25:10– Prevention tips at home
26:45– Most common food offenders
29:00– Travel prevention tips
33:10– Foods and herbs that can protect our stomach
Episode 3: Heavy Metals in Food & Water: What You Need To Know with Dr. A. Salomon
Listen to “Toxic Heavy Metals in Food & Water with Dr. A. Salomon” on Spreaker.
Toxic Heavy Metals in Food & Water with Dr. A. Salomon
What are heavy metals and why are they in our food? In this episode, MIT, Princeton and Rush Medical College graduate (to name a few), Dr. Ashley Salomon, MD, provides examples of toxic heavy metals, the big food offenders, and the symptoms and illnesses associated with heavy metal exposure. You’ll learn what foods can protect you plus hear about some great alternatives to foods that are high in heavy metals. Brown or white rice? How should you rinse your rice? Red or white wine? If you’re a fan of sushi, rice and/or wine, you’ll want to listen to this one!
1:00 – Dr. Salomon’s educational and professional background
3:25 – What is functional medicine
10:20 – Examples of heavy metals
12:00 – Symptoms and illnesses associated with heavy metal exposure
16:37 – Arsenic in rice; brown rice v. white rice
17:40 – Recommendation for soaking rice
18:45 – Mercury in fish; fish with higher metal levels v. lower metal levels
20:20 – Who should avoid foods with heavy metals
22:20 – Omega 3’s
22:50 – Alternatives to foods with high heavy metal levels
24:00 – Water and water filtration
26:00 – Protective foods
29:00 – Pesticides and heavy metals
30:45 – Wine
31:40 – Heavy metals in medicinal herbs & supplements
34:00 – More on wine and heavy metals
37:30 – Testing for heavy metals