KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn

KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn

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Most Recent Episodes

2015-05-16: Mandatory vaccines in CA and the vaccine controversy is the focus of today's show

Fish oil may help your brain and reduce aggressiveness and antisocial behavior; Dr. Dawn comments on the issue of mandatory vaccines; Review of Dr. Kondrot's macular generation treatment; Does resveratrol or other antioxidants slow progression of macular degeneration? Wide-ranging discussion of vaccines: the number required, effectiveness and the anti-vaccine controversy; Heart rate variability is better predictor of heart health than the average rate; The issues of who pays for vaccines not covered by insurance and vaccine scheduling; What is risk of getting Whooping cough if my son didn't get the vaccine as a child; Identifying the cause of reflux using an elimination diet to identify food sensitivities; Kava and other alternatives to alcohol as a end-of-the-day relaxant; Back pain at night might not be from a herniated disc — alternative pain treatments

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2014-05-09: Evaluating drugs and supplements plus advice for a variety of injuries

Paying attention to the amount of radiation should reduce the use of CT scans; An American doctor who is Ebola-free in blood has the virus in his eyeballs; More research about the protein accumulation as the basis of nerve cell degeneration in Alzheimer's disease; Suggestions to diagnose the cause of neck pain — a chiropractor may help; Muncie exercises are good for a knee cap injury; The dose of anticoagulant Coumadin is hard to manage, but newer replacements also have problems; Supplements that have many ingredients at subtherapeutic doses are not very useful; Effectiveness of Flomax depends on timing relative to meal times; Dr. Dawn favors bioidentical rather than synthetic hormones for HRT — the complexity of the steroid hormone pathways; Important diagnostic tests for evaluating adequate supplements and avoiding neuropathy and dementia in elders; Are the various hormones my wife is taking affecting her pancreatitis?

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2015-05-02: The shady side of drug profits and FDA approval plus the usual variety of health topics

Changing behavior and restaurant menus to help us eat more healthy; The strange story of frivolous lawsuits and profiteering with the gout drug colchicine; Listener stories about the shady side of the drug industry; Stress and a monotonous diet can lead to food sensitivity — how to diagnose; Try eliminating gluten and dairy and other ways to a address brain fog; How to try to get off thyroid drugs — doesn't work for all thyroid diseases; Some advice from a caller: try to train opposite hand to use your mouse; Listener experience supports that Lactobacillus probiotic can cure urinary incontinence; Topical estrogen doesn't have the side effects of oral estrogen; Getting off of the drug Domperidone by a very gradual taper

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2015-04-25: Detailed review of recent advances in genetics and applications to disease

Testing and sequencing fetal DNA and RNA in mother's blood reveals health of the fetus; Identifying which genes are most important in predicting diseases; Single nucleotide mutations (SNPs) can control a wide variety of diseases; MicroRNA is involved in epigenetic changes behind a variety of diseases; Interfering with microRNA to turn off genes in cancer cells; Extra DNA in phages and plasmids inside bacteria transmit antibiotic resistance among different species; Gene regulation in our cells involves a gene editing mechanism that exists in all organisms, including bacteria; Utilizing gene-editing enzymes to manipulate genes to fix mutations or other ways to attack cancer and other diseases; Small regulatory changes in the activity of a gene determines blond vs. brunette hair color; Autism may involve the inhibition of DNA unwinding enzymes required to transcribe very long genes linked to Autism; DNA vaccines: Injected bacterial DNA can be taken up by immune cells and transcribed into proteins that cause an immune reaction! Advice for a suspected Lyme disease sufferer bit years ago — look for other tick-borne infections; Successful treatment of Meniere's disease in flight attendants suggests it may be an infectious disease

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2015-04-18: Gut bacteria, probiotics and other gut issues are featured this week

Saliva testing for certain gut bacteria correlates with risk and severity of Parkinson's disease; Stem cells used to create a lab model of the intestine for research purposes; Supplement suggestions to keep you healthy and testing for good absorption; The lack of agreement on what is a normal thyroid hormone level; Avoiding and treating diarrhea when traveling to other countries; Using probiotics to compensate for the effects of amoxicillin for a tooth infection; Strange symptoms in my head after getting a respiratory infection; Adverse symptoms will get a breast reduction operation paid for by insurance; What to do after lab tests indicate insulin resistance; Saccharomyces boulardii is the best probiotic to address a possible C. difficile infection after diverticulitis

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2015-04-11: From growing a heart from stem cells to advice on a variety of health issues

Spider silk protein is a good matrix to grow a rat heart from stem cells; What is the value of an annual physical? Using Epsom salt to treat gall stones; Why are the elderly prone to getting urinary tract infections? Advice to help; A variety of bacterial species in probiotics for different purposes; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is acknowledged as a real disease; More advice for pain from rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder; Intravenous vitamin C is good therapy to augment chemotherapy for brain cancer; Will residual numbness and pain post repetitive motion injury last forever? Advice for someone with nerve sensitivity on the bottom of his feet; A caller's experience with successful rotator cuff surgery; Medical glue is often used instead of sutures after surgery such as knee replacement

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2015-04-04: Advice and research about infections from superbugs to H. pylori to fingernails

You should not take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after a heart attack; Ancient eye potion is effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria; Cigarette smoke makes it harder to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria; Clarification of the relation of a mitochondrial gene mutation with the PANDAS condition; Difficulty in control high blood pressure in a type 1 diabetic; A possible solution to the problem of tumor formation that thwart the use of stem cells for Parkinson's disease; Supporting detoxification is important for your liver before getting chemotherapy; Low stomach acid increases risk of stomach infections like H. pylori — protecting stomach lining when treating this; Brief review of treatments for fingernail and toenail fungus; The cancer risk of soy phytoestrogen is problematic only if you are not producing estrogen; Infections or autoimmune disease can cause pericardial effusion (water around the heart); Estriol supplementation for treating vaginal atrophy after menopause

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2015-03-21: Research about acupuncture, autism, testing for arthritis and advice for many issues

A review of the latest hypothesis for the biological basis of acupuncture; Be sure doctors have access to your advanced directive documents; Quick acceptance of medical devices like the PICC line often leads to unforeseen problems; Functional MRI reveals differences in the visual cortex and other parts of the autistic brain; Using estrogen receptor blockers to fight breast cancer; All about dealing with a hiatal hernia; Are there health risks of the mercury found in coastal fog? Try an antifungal cream to treat a skin rash; Boosting the immune system to fight a staph infection after knee replacement; A caller relates her complications from getting a PICC line; Protocols for taking thyroid medicine along with rhodiola for adrenal support; Use natural sources of vitamin C to treat iron deficiency anemia; New blood tests to detect and differentiate between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

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2015-03-07: Important news about bioidentical hormones, breast cancer and reducing risks of dementia

A review article supports the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones for menopause; Changing the gut microbiome can help treat diabetes; Emulsifiers, even in healthy products, may increase inflammation leading to bowel diseases; Good quality sleep is essential for the waste-collecting glymphatic system important for brain health; Long term study show that antihistamines and other anticholinergic drugs increase risks of dementia; Avoiding rapid rise in insulin from processed grains reduces stress-causing inflammation; Deglycyrrhizinated licorice coats membranes and may help avoiding proton pump inhibitors for peptic ulcer; Should a 70 year old with rotator cuff tear get surgery? What to do instead; Reducing weight, quitting smoking and drinking reduces the risk of getting a second breast cancer

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2014-02-28: How autophagy underlies Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases is the main topic

Details of the protein and cellular cleanup process of autophagy: How defects in autophagy underlie Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; Heavy metal exposure raises the risks of developing Parkinson's; Type 2 diabetes increases the risks of Alzheimer's; New antibiotics attack the autophagy process in bacteria; The system of tubes circulating cerebral spinal fluid to carry away cellular waste; Review of a meta-analysis of studies showing risk of ovarian cancer with hormone replacement therapy; Survivors of childhood cancers have a greater risk of tumors throughout their lives; Diabetics have higher risk of fractures and need to adjust bone density scores; The problem with placebos in medical research and thus many surgeries and procedures are unproven; Hypnosis plus local anesthesia in certain surgeries have better recovery than those with general anesthesia; MRI studies show that infants react to emotions conveyed in human voice; How an aspirin a day may help prevent or slow many types of cancer; Probiotics are shown to reduce stress in mice research; Simple ways to diagnose causes of dizziness from physical to stress to menopause; Conventional and Functional Medicine approaches to Graves disease, a thyroid autoimmune disease; Getting my genetic testing validated my supplement and exercise choices to improve my health; The progressive mutational path toward cancer — recognizing the intermediate steps

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