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Does All Medical Research Get a Fair Shake?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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→

Can We Solve Our Health Problems One Person at a Time?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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→

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.

Connect the Dots: Maya Shetreat- Klein: The Dirt Cure

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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.

Dr. Paul Offit, the Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases at
 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
 has authored a new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (Harper, 2013) Now on the stump, he encourages thinking more critically about health care treatments. Too bad his is a one-sided view. And that his intended audience is unlikely to be convinced because health information has been increasingly available over the last twenty-five years. Nor do many physicians and prominent medical organizations subscribe to his views (although a few legislators do.) Read More→

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Who’s Afraid of Taking Action for Health?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We can proclaim the joy of eating healthy, and meditate our stress away. But when it’s time to take action to change policies that affect the health of millions, the response is: Who me? Read More→

Radio Show: Integrative Pediatric Care

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

On this program, Alison Rose Levy interviews Dr. Lawrence Rosen, MD, a board certified pediatrician committed to holistic child care. Dr. Rosen runs the Whole Child Center in New Jersey and serves as Medical Advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology. With the health difficulties that Read More→

How Can You Be Healthy in an Unhealthy World?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Can you be healthy in an unhealthy world? It’s something we prefer not to think about.

Yes, it’s inconvenient to worry about how what we buy in the hardware store (or food market, beauty counter, pharmacy, doctor’s office, flooring, or furniture store) affects our family’s health. It’s easier to choose to eat organic than to think about the health impact of what we can’t control: the brew of interactive, toxic chemicals which the exterminator, house painter, road repair team, farmer, fish farmer, agribusiness, local industry, hospital, manufacturer and gas driller infuse into our air, water, land and food supply. Read More→

Last week, 60 Minutes reported on David and Susan Axelrod’s search for a cure for epilepsy prompted by their two decade plus experience of the ailment, which their adult daughter has suffered since infancy. But while Katie Couric admiringly covered the researchers seeking to find Read More→

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In following the vaccine debate, I’ve observed what seem like two completely different versions of reality. For those perplexed by this, here’s a brief guide to a basic issue underlying this long-standing controversy: biological individuality. If properly understood Read More→

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