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April 27, 2016
Guest // Sally Mendelsohn, CNM
Host // Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
Do you have a pediatrician you love? Do you even know what that could look like? In the current polarized medical climate, finding a like-minded — or even open minded — pediatrician is not always easy.
But… there was one pediatrician who was willing to swim against the tide — loudly and proudly — even back in the 1970s. In this episode, homebirth midwife Sally Mendelsohn and Dr. Maya discuss Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s “renegade” ideas, including his books How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor and Confessions of a Medical Heretic.
How did Dr. Mendelsohn start on his visionary path and how was it received by the medical establishment?
What were his thoughts about birth, ultrasound, breastfeeding, and vaccination?
What, if any, practices and attitudes have changed since he wrote his books?
Robert Mendelsohn, MD (1926-1988) was one of the first outspoken, renegade pediatricians. A graduate of University of Chicago for both his undergraduate studies as well as medical school, he went on to write numerous books including How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, and more. He was selected by President Johnson to lead Project Head Start’s Medical Consultation Service. He publicly questioned the mainstream attitudes about medication, parenting, birthing, ultrasound, immunizations, hospitalization and surgery. He appeared on over 500 television and radio talk shows.
Sally Mendelsohn, CNM is the daughter of Dr. Robert Mendelsohn and a leader for women in her own right. After getting her undergraduate degree at Brandeis College, she graduated from Georgetown and Cornell Universities to eventually became a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1982. During her 25 year career, she delivered babies both in home and hospital settings. Most recently, she taught midwifery in the graduate program at New York University. Sally and her family have recently launched a new website to more broadly share the ideas of her father. Learn more at www.thepeoplesdoctor.net.
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The Doctor of the Future
Guest // Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
Host // Kelly Brogan, MD
We need bright lights on the horizon of medicine.
We need visionaries and heart-centered healers.
We need this because our system is broken and flailing in the complexity of modern illness, and the prioritization of profit-centered objectives.
How can we simplify our health struggles and bring high yield results to every person out there seeking — and deserving — a better way?
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee may very well be the one to show us this answer. Poised to launch a history-making BBC program called Doctor In The House, Rangaan is in the trenches, and moving in to his patients’ homes to show them about what real healing looks like.
Kelly Brogan, MD interviews Rangan about the future of medicine:
- Why medicine needs generalists, not specialists?
- How will we bring evolved medicine to this medical system?
- What are the best strategies for creating and maintaining health?
- and more!
Rangan Chatterjee MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCGP, MRCP, AFMCP has practiced medicine since qualifying from Edinburgh University Medical School in 2001. He was a hospital doctor for 6 years and has spent the last 7 years working in General Practice. Rangan holds a BSc Honours Degree in Immunology and is a certified functional medicine practitioner via the Institute of Functional Medicine in the United States. He passionately advocates that lifestyle and nutrition are first line medicine and the cornerstone of good health. He empowers his patients with the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve and maintain optimal health. Rangan combines the best of nutritional science, conventional medicine, and advanced diagnostics to find the root cause of illness. For more information about his work and blog, visit www.drchatterjee.co.uk.
Medications and Mitochondria
Guest // Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD
Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD
Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses in human physiology. You might remember the mitochondria from high school biology. They are the tiny organelles inside our cells that produce adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the energy currency necessary for cell functioning. If you took a few more science classes you might have been required to memorize the various structures and processes associated with ATP production. Once memorized, however, mitochondrial function became a distant memory and the significance of dysfunctional mitochondria, if considered at all, was quickly forgotten, but it shouldn’t have been.
Mitochondria are critical to cell function and by extension human health. Damage or derange their functioning and the disease processes that can be evoked are numerous, varied, commonly chronic or progressive, and often, devastating. Some of the cardinal symptoms of mitochondrial deficiency are fatigue and muscle pain but there is dizzying array of other symptoms. Everything from central nervous system, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular function can be disrupted when the mitochondria do not work properly.
What causes mitochondrial damage and dysfunction?
In addition to genetic dispositions and diet, environmental and pharmaceutical exposures seem to be at the root of many mitochondrially-mediated disease processes. Researchers at the cutting edge of mitochondrial medicine, like our guest, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, link common medications to mitochondrial dysfunction. For today’s show, we’ll be talking about the nuts and bolts of mitochondrial medicine including:
- common medications impact mitochondrial functioning
- symptoms of ailing mitochondria
- what to do if you suspect mitochondrial illness
Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD is the director of the Golomb Research Group has over 15 years of experience serving as a primary care physician. Dr. Golomb is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She received a BS in physics from USC and an MD and PhD from UC San Diego.
Dr. Golomb’s research involves mitochondrial function in health and disease. She is best known for her work on Gulf War Illness, statins, placebos and chocolate. More recently, she has begun a study investigating the adverse effects associated with the fluoroquinolone antibiotics; a topic we covered on the Heal with Friends podcast earlier this year. A number of her studies have been featured in the national and international print, radio and television media, from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Economist to Jon Stewarts’s The Daily Show.
Water and the Paradoxes of Biology
Guest // Gerald Pollack, PhD
Host // Sayer Ji
Can humans extract energy directly and/or indirectly from sunlight?
Can the true nature of water explain unresolved paradoxes of biology?
There’s new light on existing research that overturns long held beliefs in biology about our dependence upon other organisms for ‘food’ (i.e. heterotrophic definition):
1) How does the 4th phase of water shed light on controversies and anomalies in our understanding of human physiology?
2) How does water act like a “battery” within all the cells of our body?
3) What are some of the technological implications of the discovery of the 4th phase of water?
4) How might we apply this information practically? What is the best water to drink? Does this have implications for nutrition?
Gerald H. Pollack, PhD is a professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle Washington. Watch his TEDx talk to learn more about his work.