Dr Kokayi interviews Dr Victor Zeines, a holistic dental specialist. Dr Zeines shares his experience with peridontal disease and the role of nutritional non surgical approaches. The toxicity of silver amalgams is highlighted and Dr Zeines shares his many years of experience in the arena of removing these mercury fillings from the mouth. Root canals are revisited and Dr Zeines speaks to the connection between different nerve roots and various parts of the body.
Archive for September, 2009
Dr Kokayi interviews the co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, Barbara Loe Fisher. Dr Kokayi and Ms Fisher establish why there is no real crisis at this time and why the safey of the swine flu vaccine should be questioned (preservatives include thimerosal, formaldehyde, aluminum). While government and the pharmaceuticals are pushing for vaccination science and the epidemiology of the behavior of the swine flu suggest that for this time of year it is one of the mildest flu seasons relative to deaths and hospitalizations. Dr Kokayi also reviews supplements that might be very beneficial in preventing flu and warding off serious complications of the flu.
Today we are going to hear from the founder of the American Botanical Council, Mark Blumenthal so that we can get a better understanding of the botanical world and the world of plant medicines from the perspective of an organization that provides educational opportunities and helps to disseminate information about botanicals, appreciating them in their cultural/geographic environment as well as their medicinal qualities. All of these are of course related.
Plant medicines are all around us but in large measure we ignore and under appreciate them. There is a saying to the effect that a weed is a medicinal plant whose value has not been discovered. Even our kitchen cooking herbs and spices are underutilized with respect to their medicinal qualities. Yet we all complain about the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals and many of us are not motivated enough to do some herbal 101 work. On the other hand health professions have to be high on the list of people looking for a second career with a willingness to go back to get another degree or some recognized license. Why not herbal medicine. Unlike much of what goes on with pharmaceutical medicines plant medicines do heal and would be particularly useful for chronic health concerns.
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Dr Kokayi uses the hour to discuss an approach to understanding stomach dysfunction highlighting the use of metaphor to better appreciate stomach problems. The limitations of mainstrearm ant acids and acid blockeing therapies is discussed along with the true causes of acid reflux. Low stomach acid as being the predominant condition of most people who take prescription medication for the stomach is highlighted and alternative treatments from apple cider vinegar to various homeopathic rememdies and mastic gum are discussed. A patient recently treated by Dr Kokayi for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux) is called and shares her experience with this disorder and the treatment modalities she has been exposed to over the years.