KUSP-FM: KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn Podcast
By Dr. Dawn Motyka - KUSP.org
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An hour of medical questions, answers, debate, dialogue, discussion, & health in the news.
||2014-04-12: Replay of Interview with Jane Wade about the certification processes of organic food||History of organic food regulations in the United States; The "links in a chain" of regulations from the origin of the seed through farmers and processors; The "organic system plan" customizes the regulations and inspections for individual organic farmers; Isolation between organic foods and non-organic is monitored at all steps from growing to processing and distribution; Organic products cannot be contain GMO or be irradiated; All ingredients from all over the world have to meet the same standards to be accepted as US organic; California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) covers all of North America and originated by merging standards from many separate organic certifiers; The USDA regulates the organic certifying organizations with yearly audits; The organizational structure of the national standards board and the politics of big agribusiness; The origins of organic farming in the 1970's and the difficult process of setting national standards; Reasons for organic farming, from not eating pesticides to soil health, like all farming was a few generations ago; Traceability of farming details is important for food safety; The US farm bill needs to support small organic farming; Environmental advantages to reducing pesticides and the important issue of loosing bees for pollination; Organic is healthier because plants resist bugs using chemicals defense such as vitamins and antioxidants that are good for us; Explaining why organic food cost more and the advantages of farmers' markets and sourcing locally||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||2014-04-05: Personalized medicine by genetic testing and cancer treatments is central theme||The Warburg effect — why do cancer cells favor glucose fermentation? Can I take a baby aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time? Certain types of gut bacteria can promote genetic mutations and cancer; Personalized medicine approach using genetic arrays to customize cancer treatments; High dose methylfolate (Deplin) is used to treat depression in those with certain genome variants; Is there any interaction with aspirin and Naproxen? The association of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Celiac disease; Topical use of Metronidazole for rosacea doesn't have the risk of Crohn's disease that the oral version does; Punch biopsy is the best way to remove a tick head left in the skin; Restoring motor neuron disease with stem cells and light therapy; Hemoglobin A1C test and supplements to help prevent diabetes; Antioxidants can counter DNA damaging effects of omega 6 fatty acids; Bioidentical hormones and the risk of breast cancer||4/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||2014-03-29: A wide variety of topics from phone calls, emails and important medical news||Low dose Naltrexone and hyperbaric oxygen are used for fibromyalgia and other conditions; How a monoclonal antibody is used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma; New treatment for post-mastectomy pain syndrome; Family history is important to judge fracture risks with osteoporosis — treatments are discussed; A woman's gut problems stems from a Blastocystis hominis infection; The antibiotic Metronidazole is linked to increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease; Detoxification helps the long term effects of anesthesia; How do I reduce my high Lipoprotein(a) level? Conservative treatment first is recommended for medial epicondylitis; Going off of estrogen therapy and Arimidex, not anesthesia, is causing hot flashes; Try antihistamines to reduce itching side effect of pain meds for arthritis||4/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||2014-03-22: Male hot flashes, thyroid hormones, e-cigarettes and other interesting topics||Unfortunately, electronic cigarettes are available to minors; Suggestions to maximize absorption of vitamin supplements; My husband has hot flashes — get thyroid tests; Boric acid is a safer fire retardant chemical in furniture; The shingles vaccine wears off after about 5 years; Preventative health advice to control health care costs in a self-insured group; The tricky issue of thyroid hormone supplementation and the politics of drug industry regulations; A urologist notes that low testosterone can cause hot flashes in males; More discussion about shingles vaccine; What should I expect with my Medicare physical and what lab tests should I get? Don't be too worried about a borderline high hemoglobin A1c value; Read the fine print when buying long term care insurance; Can I tell my doctor to not put some information in my medical record?||3/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||2014-03-15: Keeping muscle and loosing fat with age and detecting prostate cancer||Retaining muscle mass is very important in staying healthy as you age; Review of the Regenexx procedure using stem cells to repair joint cartilage; Certain lipids may be biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer's disease; More about the health benefits of retaining muscle mass and disadvantage of belly fat; What are supplements to support liver and gut health? Genes variants that correlate with higher risks of stroke, coronary artery disease and diabetes; A listener developed meat allergy after a tick bite; Discussion of elderly health issues such of lack of mobility and rate of decline; More discussion about the locations of fat accumulation; Detecting prostate cancer — PSA is not as reliable as we'd like; Another doctor describes new techniques to detect and treat prostate cancer||3/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||HIV treatments, stem cells for arthritis, evaluating doctors and tinnitus are featured this week||Second case of a baby cured of HIV; Genetically-modified T-cells are the latest treatment for HIV AIDS; Stem cells used to regenerate hip cartilage; The difficulty in evaluating doctors from online reviews; Interplay of smoking and alcohol addictions; Acupuncture or chiropractic can help tinnitus; Dr. Dawn's healthy diet recommendations; Resistant starch isn't fully digested and is good for your gut flora; A fracture in the shoulder that is healing slowly may also involve a torn ligament; Formulas with micronized zinc might help to avoid reactions to sunscreen||3/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nutrition labels, mitochondrial disease and non-drug pain management are among this week's topics||More about topical vs. injected testosterone supplement; Meat allergies develop after being bit by certain ticks; A reanalysis of the SELECT study about vitamin E and prostate cancer; Numb pinky finger at night is probably a pinched ulnar nerve; FDA improves nutrition labels on food to reflect more realistic serving sizes; A blue spot on the stomach should be monitored for growth; Why is my ferritin level high? Risks of contrast MRI are also discussed; The monoclonal antibody Xolair helps desensitize people to food allergies; Using healthy mitochondria from a 2nd ovum donor is a controversial method to treat mitochondrial disease; Non-drug pain management suggestions||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lots of medical research news and practical health advice||Warnings about using morcellation to remove fibroids; Why doing pet scan for all fibroid cases isn't practical; More about testosterone supplementation — creams are better than shots; Annual screening in a male with BRCA2 breast cancer gene and the problem with pancreatic cancer detection; Is there any inflammation reduction benefit to fasting two days a week? Does more antibiotic use increase chances of obesity? Sore arms and shoulders, especially while sleeping; A runner struggles with bone spurs on her heals; Antibiotic resistance makes it harder to treat urinary tract infections; Is the mold growing on my organic yogurt safe to eat? HPV may cause skin cancer in immunosuppressed organ transplant recipient — get the vaccine! Swollen ankles is making it difficult to walk — possible causes are discussed; Inflammation markers rise during chronic stress — implications for PTSD||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Research about mammograms, anti-oxidants during chemotherapy, Alzheimer's and inflammation and more||Review of research claiming lack of reduction in breast cancer deaths with mammogram screening; How consistent are radiologists in reading mammograms? How do I prevent blood clots in my legs from recurring? Drinking hydrogen peroxide is not advisable! Use sun screen to reduce cold sores on lips — also test for gluten sensitivity; Support for using anti-oxidants such as vitamin C during chemotherapy; Inability to reduce inflammation is linked to Alzheimer's disease; Using laparoscopic surgery to remove ovaries and avoid hysterectomy; Research reveals how stem cells differentiate into different adult cell types; Differences in gut bacteria between thin and heavy people and rats; Non-drug options to manage chronic pain; Monitoring blood levels is essential when using testosterone supplementation||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diverse questions and health news: from hepatitis to testosterone supplements||Astaxanthin is an natural anti-inflammatory useful for arthritis and other diseases; Reference librarians can help find health information in both books and on the Internet; Using a punching bag is not a good form of exercise when you get older; The problem of sanitation in public facilities like spas, baths, pedicures etc; About mushroom supplements for immune and anti-cancer support and how to judge supplement brand quality; Supplements to ease joint and muscle pain from hepatitis C; Avoiding impact exercises is essential for achilles tendonosis; Support for liver damage in a former alcohol drinker; Review of research connecting testosterone supplements with heart attack and stroke; Look for low grade infection in a case of irritation during urination; A pessary helps with pelvic organ prolapse, but yeast infections may be a problem; Topical creams with gabapentin and ketamine for postherpetic neuralgia after shingles; Statins may protect against Hantavirus||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
I live a continent away from the radio station which broadcasts Dr. Dawn, but I am so glad that doesn't mean I can't listen in on her insightful discussions. This is a fantastic program that allows individuals to call in and ask very detailed, personal health related questions that run the gamut of topics and get the opinion of an incredibly patient and well-rounded professional. Dr. Dawn does not appear to ascribe to any particular paradigm of health care, other than one that is as non-invasive as possible and looks at the whole body and person rather than merely at a selected aspect. It woudl be heard not to learn many things in just one hour of listening this program.
Most doctor advice podcasts are so general and self-censored (for fear of lawsuits I guess) that they don't really seem to offer anything that I can't easily look up for myself. Dr. Dawn is a welcome exception to that rules of uselessness. Not only does she she often take calls from her actual patients and advise them right there, she also gives full scientific explanations of the advice she's giving without feeling as if she has to dumb it down for the rest of us. On the contrary, she has a gift for eloquently explaining the most complex issues of organic chemistry (or even that most esoteric of all topics, medical insurance!) in ways that are easily understood. I only discovered this podcast by accident, but am now a faithful listener.
Great health insights from a licensed MD
Staying on top of our health can involve a plethora of alternatives on how to stay healthy and treat disease. For that piece of the puzzle provided by American Medical Association physicians, Dr Dawn stays on top of current study findings, treatments, lifestyle choices and other healthcare news. She takes live calls on the radio so we can learn from each other's health concerns after presenting current topics of interest. Keep up on the pulse of interesting and often groundbreaking new medical insights from a licensed MD. Thanks Dr. Dawn - great show.