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Medicine for the Body Politic

I am a refuge, I am an immigrant, I am a colonizer, I am an exploiter, I am a victim, I am a murderer, I am a winner and I am a loser.

Neither metaphorically, nor solely out of empathy or solidarity, do I speak this but as a statement of fact. Biologically, I am a product of my ancestors, what they did, and how they adapted to their experiences. The sum total of it all was passed down in my genome and epigenome to me.

It’s not just biological. We ourselves, those we love, and all who came before us have lived out diverse and seemingly contradictory potentials. Through our family history, in our own lifetime, over the course of a single year, or even a day, all history informs our cells and awareness that no one always wins, and no one always loses. Read More   →

Does All Medical Research Get a Fair Shake?

Many people believe that integrative and functional medicine are woo-woo and not science-based. But the reality is that there is ample evidence of the efficacy of less toxic interventions. The question we really have to ask is: “How objective are peer-reviewed articles, published in medical journals overall?”

One study found that it depends on who the peers are. In a randomized, controlled, double-blind study, a group of nearly four hundred expert peer reviewers reviewed an obesity paper. Fifty-percent of the experts reviewed a paper in which the drug “hydroxycitrate” was named as the active ingredient, while an otherwise identical paper reviewed by the other half of the peer review group listed the active ingredient as the homeopathic remedy, sulfur. Read More   →

What’s the difference between health prevention, health care, and public health? Health prevention tries to address the causes of health imbalance and disease. Health care treats an individual after symptoms or disease manifests. Public health tries to remove disease contributors— that affect all people. The bottom line is that some health concerns must be addressed through health care and making the right personal health choices. But some disease contributors can only be addressed by modifying societal health choices.

Let’s first clarify the difference between personal and societal health choices— and the connection between them. On the personal level, if my friend, Ralph chooses to regularly over-eat foods known to produce gain weight, his personal decision may drive him towards obesity. On the societal level, if corporate influence, regulations, laws, subsidies, and social policies make fattening foods cheap and available, then these policies will drive Ralph— and millions of others— towards weight gain and obesity. Read More   →


As Dr. Joseph Pizzorno (co-founder of Bastyr University) and other prominent physicians point to the unintentional damage wrought by agricultural and industrial toxins, the assumption that all chemical combinations are good for us, or can be managed by our detox systems is being revealed as false. Yet the mainstream media lags behind in telling the true story.

For example, in a press teleconference I attended, three researchers revealed the current (and highly disturbing findings) on chemical toxins as contributors to rising cancer rates in young children. All of the scientific researchers spoke about the need to regulate the 80,000 toxic chemicals that have never been studied or regulated since they were “grandfathered” into common use in 1975. After the scientists spoke, “Wendy,” a young mother recounted how her daughter died of cancer before the age of four. This caring mother was traumatized by this tragedy, as most people would be.

I felt sad and puzzled observing the blind spot this true story evoked in media folks. The truth of this story was unacceptable to their predefined “rules” about how to convey this information. Several major media reporters at the conference set about translating for their readers this worrisome information and its call to action. A reporter for a major and well-regarded online health media website heard the tragic story of Wendy’s young daughter’s death from brain cancer, and asked, “Of course we don’t want to scare our readers, so what can we tell them they can do about this?” Read More   →

Listen to Dr. David M. Brady, ND discuss his new book, The Fibro-Fix: Get to the Root of Your Fibromyalgia and Start Reversing Your Chronic Pain and Fatigue in 21 Days to learn why a combination of toxins, stress, and abuse are producing an epidemic in conversation with Alison Rose Levy.

Since January 2011, Connect the Dots is a weekly show on the Progressive Radio Network hosted by food, health, and environmental journalist, Alison Rose Levy. Each week through in-depth interviews with different thought leaders, advocates, scientists, authors, and experts, we connect the dots between personal wellbeing and the total environment.

Bugs R Us

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From the get-go, conventional medicine’s signature promise was to help humans kill infections and wipe out invading bacteria via antibiotics and vaccines.But research over the last decade reveals that fighting germs with antibiotics, injecting antibiotics into livestock animals, and dousing ourselves, our homes, and our environment with antibacterial toothpastes, cleansers, and soaps may turn out to be a misguided, producing long term health consequences. Read More   →

Listen to Connect the Dots: I interview Kelly Brogan, MD, author of A Mind of Your Own, talk about the myth that anti-depressants work, a more effective natural approach to depression, and the media blackout on her new book. http://connectthedots.podbean.com/e/connect-the-dots-–-kelly-brogan-md-–-031616/ Since January 2011, Connect the Dots is a weekly show on the Progressive Radio Network hosted by food, health, and environmental journalist, Alison Rose Levy. Each week through in-depth interviews with different thought leaders, advocates, scientists, authors, and experts, we connect the dots between personal wellbeing and the total environment.

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Wilma Subra has studied the biological impacts of industrial and naturally occurring chemicals for over twenty-five years. When chemical spills or toxic industrial releases affect unsuspecting communities, Subra — a distinguished microbiologist and chemist — often gets called in to investigate. Her experiences have taught her that the contamination of communities and waterways is just part of doing business for multinational corporations and it is becoming a significant, growing byproduct of our current, poorly regulated industrial practices. Read More   →

Listen to Connect the Dots: I interview Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, author of The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids With Foods Straight From Soil. We talk about the connection between childhood allergies and immune disorders and all the toxins and additives in food and other products. http://connectthedots.podbean.com/2016/02/
Since January 2011, Connect the Dots is a weekly show on the Progressive Radio Network hosted by food, health, and environmental journalist, Alison Rose Levy. Each week through in-depth interviews with different thought leaders, advocates, scientists, authors, and experts, we connect the dots between personal wellbeing and the total environment.

Connect the Dots: Vincent Pedre: Happy Gut

Listen to Connect the Dots: I interview Vincent Pedre, MD, author of the new book, Happy Gut about why so many people have digestive issues nowadays— and what you can do!

http://connectthedots.podbean.com/e/connect-the-dots-–-taking-it-in-the-gut-–-010616/
Since January 2011, Connect the Dots is a weekly show on the Progressive Radio Network hosted by food, health, and environmental journalist, Alison Rose Levy. Each week through in-depth interviews with different thought leaders, advocates, scientists, authors, and experts, we connect the dots between personal wellbeing and the total environment.