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Focus on Nutrition and Nutrition Science

Ever-increasing evidence points to the importance of nutrition in preventing and managing disease. Through a thorough examination of metabolic and physiological responses of the body to diet and nutrition, we seek to highlight current topics, research and best practices in this field.

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Examining the Low FODMAP Diet for Functional Bowel Disorders

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Patsy Catsos FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates (oligosaccharides), disaccharides, monosaccharides and related alcohols that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. For patients with irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disorders, ingestion of these carbohydrates can significantly worsen disease symptoms. How are low FADMAP diets constructed to control this nutritional issue, and where do patients need help and guidance maintaining these diets? Host Kathy King welcomes dietitian Patsy Catsos, author of IBS Free at Last. Ms. Catsos has a private practice in Portland, ME and has been an early adopter of the FODMAP approach for patients with functional bowel disorders.

19 Oct 2015

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Treating Obese Women

Guest: Emily Merrill, PhD, RN Host: Lisa Mazzullo, MD Imagine going into a doctor's office, putting on a gown and finding that it won't wrap around your body. Or, having your blood pressure taken when the cuff doesn't fit around your arm. These are just a few of the problems obese women deal with as medical patients. Dr. Emily Merrill, department chair for nurse practitioner studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, discusses with host Dr. Lisa Mazzullo the challenges, stigmas and frustrations associated with treating obese women. They also discuss the attitudes and perceptions of doctors, medical students and nurses when it comes to treating overweight women.

27 Feb 2009

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Healthy Eating Guidance for Weight (and Age?) Loss: Marla Heller, Author of The DASH Diet

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Marla Heller, MS, RD is the author of the best-selling books, The DASH Diet Action Plan, The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution, The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook, and more recently The DASH Diet: Younger You. In her discussion with host Dr. Brian McDonough, she proposes a nutritional guidance plan intended to halt and even reverse many of the effects of aging by improving blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and helping readers reach a healthy weight.

2 Mar 2015

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Intermittent Fasting: Is It a Fad or a Viable Therapy?

Host: Kathy King, RDN Diet fad or bonafide therapy? A growing number of physicians seem to be asking this question in regards to intermittent fasting. Kathy King is joined by registered dietitian and health counselor Teresa Pangan. With over thirty years experience, Ms. Pangan reviews what intermittent fasting is, where it comes from, and how it could work for your patients.

12 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Adding a Ketogenic Diet to Chemo: Improved Outcomes?

Guest: Thomas Seyfried, PhD Host: Bruce Bloom, DDS, JD Brain tumors are a near-certain death sentence, and the treatment process is notoriously arduous and unrelenting. Yet there is evidence to suggest that there may be a way for us to alleviate some of the pain and other treatment-related symptoms for patients. Dr. Thomas Seyfried, professor of biology at Boston College and associate editor of the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, joins host Dr. Bruce Bloom to explore the possibility of combining chemotherapy with a calorie-restricted ketogenic diet, as a means to extend and improve the lives of brain cancer patients.

24 Sep 2008

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The Wild Turmeric Cure: 4,000 Years of Healing Applications

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Dr. Brian McDonough chats with physician and nutrition expert Dr. Cass Ingram, author of The Wild Turmeric Cure, about the various reported health benefits of wild turmeric as a disease-preventing spice.

31 Mar 2017

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Diets with More Plant Protein Linked to Lower Risk of Death

[Read the Article] According to a new study, eating a diet that includes more plant-based protein is associated with a lower risk of death, while eating more animal protein is associated with a higher risk of death, especially among adults with at least one unhealthy behavior such as smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight or living a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital examined how each protein source influenced long-term health. They looked at more than 131,000 adults participating in two long-running national health studies. Participants provided 25 to 30 years of detailed data on diet, lifestyle, and medical conditions. Researchers reviewed detailed food questionnaires that were sent to the participants every four years. They found that higher intake of animal protein was positively associated with mortality and that the association was higher among adults who lived an unhealthy lifestyle. Substituting plant protein for animal protein, especially processed red meat, was associated with lower mortality, suggesting the importance of protein source. [Watch more videos of The JAMA Report]

1 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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5 Simple Steps to Kick Your Patients' (& Your Own) Sugar Cravings

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugars every year. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a long list of health problems, from obesity and cardiovascular disease to joint inflammation and ADHD, but most of us can’t seem to be able to stop eating sugar no matter how hard we try. Joining Dr. Brian McDonough to address the growing threat of sugar addiction is health educator and wellness expert Dr. David Magnano.

5 Dec 2017

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Reprogramming the Digestive System: Where Traditional and Integrative Therapies Merge

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Tasneem "Taz" Bhatia, MD Dr. Jennifer Caudle welcomes Dr. Taz Bhatia, associate professor in Integrative Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and and Founder and Medical Director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Bhatia is author of The 21-Day Belly Fix: The Doctor-Designed Diet Plan for A Clean Gut and a Slimmer Waist. She describes her personal journey toward dual-expertise in allopathic and integrative medicine, and the research foundations behind her popular book.

14 Sep 2015

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Skinny Liver: A Closer Examination of Fatty Liver Disease

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN Fatty liver disease affects more than thirty percent of Americans, most of whom go undiagnosed due to the typically asymptomatic early stages of the disease. Joining Dr. Kathy King is Dr. Kristin Kirkpatrick, author of Skinny Liver and Lead Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. From diagnosis to long-term effects, Dr. Kirkpatrick discusses how fatty liver disease has become an epidemic among the American population and the role of nutrition and lifestyle guidelines.

12 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Is a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet the Key to Diabetic Management?

Host: Barnett Mennen, MD Guest: Sarah Hallberg, MD Carbohydrates are our main source of energy and provide important nutrients for good health. However, they are also the main culprit behind elevated blood sugar and are problematic for diabetic patients trying to control their blood sugar levels. Host Dr. Barry Mennen sits down with Dr. Sarah Hallberg to talk about carbohydrate restriction as a key to successful weight loss programs. She prescribes that adherence to a low-carb, high-fat diet is vital to patients for controlling their diabetes, with the possibility of being able to come off medications over time. Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health and Founder of the Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program in Lafayette, Indiana.

5 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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11 Essential Foods for Infants and Children: Guidelines to Healthy Eating

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Parents today are bombarded with confusing and sometimes harmful information in regard to which foods are best to give their kids. Nutritional guidelines are constantly changing and parents don’t know who to trust for medically sound and proven advice that works. Host Dr. Jennifer Caudle sits down with Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician, founder of Calabasas Pediatrics, and author of the book, What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatrician’s Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No Fuss, Healthy Eating Kids. The two talk about the importance of introducing children to healthy eating habits from an early age to ensure a good eating adult lifestyle.

12 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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Nutrition and Sleep Hygiene: Helpful Roles vs Disruptive Risks

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Diana Noland For many research scientists in the molecular biochemistry and physiology fields, sleep is often touted as 'the most anti-inflammatory event in metabolism.' But what role does nutrition play in healthy sleep cycles and, by extension, inflammatory disease risk reduction? Joining host Kathy King to discuss nutritional mechanisms in sleep aids and sleep disruptors alike is Diana Noland, dietitian and board-certified clinical nutritionist on the adjunct faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, and in private practice in Burbank, CA. Ms. Noland specializes in nutritional health for complex metabolic conditions, oncology, gastrointestinal, and neurologic chronic diseases.

19 Oct 2015

Rank #13

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Brain Food for Seniors: Dietary Impacts on Cognition and Longevity

Host: Kathy King, RDN Can good nutrition improve cognition in the aging brain, as well as expand life spans in older adults? Host Kathy King speaks with dietitian and nutrition consultant Matthew Ruscigno about the latest research and subsequent dietetic recommendations aimed at seniors. They discuss which foods and dietary practices are now associated with helping seniors preserve cognition and live longer.

16 Jan 2017

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What's the Deal with Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

Host: Alan S. Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA Dr. Alan Brown welcomes Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Penn State and Past President of NLA. Dr. Kris-Etherton reviews the current dietary recommendations for saturated fat for the population at large and for reducing LDL-C levels. The two discuss the evidence to support these dietary recommendations and optimal replacement nutrients for dietary saturated fatty acids (SFAs).

2 May 2016

Rank #15

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Nutrition Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Elizabeth Strickland Can dietary choices play important health roles for patients with autism spectrum disorders? Addressing this question with host Kathy King is pediatric dietitian Elizabeth Strickland, author of Eating for Autism: The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child's Autism, Asberger's, or ADHD. Ms. Strickland is the founder of ASD Nutrition Seminars & Consulting, a clinical nutrition consulting firm that serves families, professionals, educational systems, and private and government programs. Her work expands nationwide to include providing individualized nutrition therapy to children with autism and related disorders.

19 Oct 2015

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How Low Carb Diets Enhance Gestational Diabetes Control

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Lily Nichols Controlling blood sugar and weight gain in expectant patients with gestational diabetes can be challenging. But the move toward lower carbohydrate diets for these patients has shown promise in controlling diabetic progression through pregnancy. Joining host Kathy King to discuss the mechanisms and rationales behind this nutritional guidance is dietitian and certified diabetes educator Lily Nichols, author of Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

19 Oct 2015

Rank #17

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Debunking the Villainization of Dietary Fats

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Diana Noland Fats in the diet: are they villains to our health, or necessary fuels and basic cellular components we can't live without? Exploring this and other important questions with host Kathy King is Diana Noland, dietitian and board-certified clinical nutritionist on the adjunct faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, and in private practice in Burbank, CA. Ms. Noland specializes in nutritional health for complex metabolic conditions, oncology, gastrointestinal, and neurologic chronic diseases.

19 Oct 2015

Rank #18

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The Dietitian's Guide to Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivites

Host: Kathy King, RDN It's estimated that 4 - 8% of the U.S. population has at least one food allergy, and the incidence rate appears to be growing. How do we explain this harmful trend in public health, and what can clinicians and patients do to help mitigate the risk of developing food allergies? Host Kathy King is joined by Debra Indorato, nutrition advisor for Kids With Allergies, which is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The two discuss the latest understandings and dietetic approaches to food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

9 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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The Dietitian's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Host: Kathy King, RDN Guest: Angela Grassi Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the top cause of female infertility in the United States. Patients with PCOS often ask whether nutritional choices can affect both their quality of life and even their fertility. How should the clinician respond? Joining host Kathy King to investigate nutrition therapy for PCOS is dietitian Angela Grassi, author of PCOS: The Dietitian's Guide. Ms. Grassi is the founder of the PCOS Nutrition Center in Bryn Mawr, PA, dedicated to advocacy, education, and evidence-based research of this syndrome.

19 Oct 2015

Rank #20