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Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson

Health Series
Producer: GlassOnion Productions
Rights: Unlimited, 10/15/16 to 9/30/18
10 x 30
High Definition

Free SeriesBrenda Watson NHB

Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson highlights recent research, cutting edge medical techniques and the benefits of a diet based on natural foods and supplements. To help her viewers understand how these advances can positively impact their own lives, Brenda visits research centers across America to interview leading scientists and practitioners about a diverse range of topics. The series is constructed around one medical topic each week.

Each episode of the series also includes a revealing personal story about someone whose health has significantly improved thanks to one of the featured approaches.

The series includes programs on: the brain, stem cells, genetics, heart health, immunity, the human microbiome and much more.

Doctors and experts included in the series to date include: Dr. William Davis (Wheatbelly), Dr. Steven Masley (30 Days To A Younger Heart), Dr. John Baker, Dr. William Rea, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, Dr. Lawrence Fiedler, Charles Postemack, MD, Dr. Ellen Li, Dr. Leonard Smith and many others.

The series is beautifully produced by Ellyne Lonergan (Drop 7 Foods Feel Better Fast, 30 Days to A Younger Heart, The Road To Perfect Health, BrainChange, Northern Railway, Saddle Up series, and many others) – you need to see the preview on the enclosed DVD to see just how high quality Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson will be.


101 Heart Health: Effects of wheat, statins, diet, exercise and probiotics to the heart. (TRT: 29:00)

Wheat is bad for your heart, and so are statins
William Davis. MD: cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly

Statins save lives, but diet and exercise are just as important
Mariell Jessup, MD: Cardiologist and immediate past president, American Heart Assn.

A natural way to protect your heart so you won’t need statins
Steven Masley, MD: President, Masley Optimal Health Center

Study: Probiotics alter gut bacteria in ways that protect hearts during cardiac events
John Baker, PhD:  Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

Personal story
Mike and Barbara Smith: Mike was close to a potentially fatal cardiac event when he agreed to follow a diet and exercise program prescribed by Dr. Masley; today he’s healthier than he’s been in decades.

102 Brain Heatlh:
The key to a healthy brain and the gut-brain connection. (TRT: 29:00)

The key to a healthy brain is a healthy gut
David Perlmutter, MD:  neurologist and prominent author of numerous books about brain health

Treating depression by changing what you eat
Kelly Brogan, MD:  maverick NYC-based psychiatrist who prescribes dietary and lifestyle changes instead of pharmaceuticals to treat depression

Using probiotics to prove the gut-brain connection
Emeran Mayer, MD:  Director of UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health; conducted study that demonstrated probiotics’ ability to change brain responses to certain stimuli

Mapping the brain
John Mazziotta, MD:  Director, UCLA Brain Mapping Center; better knowledge of the brain’s workings will mean more effective treatments for numerous diseases

Why Omega-3s are so important for brain health
Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla: Principal Investigator, the Neurolife Lab, UCLA

Personal story
Bonnie Rosen:  describes how Dr. Brogan’s food-based treatment helped her stop using the antidepressants she’d been taking for more than ten years


103 Fermentation: What is it, and why it is important to our overall health. (TRT: 28:05)

What is it, and why is it making a comeback?
Sandor Katz:  Fermentation Revivalist and author, The Art of Fermentation

Fermentation’s place in a healthy, natural-foods diet
Sally Fallon Morrell: Founder, The Weston A. Price Foundation and author of  Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts

Medical uses of fermented foods
David Berger, MD: Tampa pediatrician who recommends fermented foods for kids with GI problems

Spreading the fermented-foods gospel in the heartland
Donna Schwenk: Kansas resident who’s regional director of the Weston A. Price Foundation; her family’s health greatly improved thanks to fermented foods

Personal story
Jolene Taranto: how her son’s desperate situation turned around after she began feeding him fermented foods

104: Microbiome: Microbes in our gut, what are they and what they do. (TRT: 28:24)

The amazing world of microbes in our guts: what are they, what do they do, etc.
Rob Knight, PhD: Prof. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder;
co-leader of The American Gut Project

When gut microbes go bad
Ellen Li, MD:  Division Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stony Brook Univ. School of Medicine; why C. diff happens, and why it’s so hard to eradicate

Using fecal microbial transplants to cure C. diff
Lawrence Fiedler, MD:  Boca Raton gastroenterologist who helped pioneer use of fecal microbial transplants in his regional hospital //  Charles Posternack, MD, Prof. of Clinical Biomedical Science and Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs at Boca Raton Regional Hosp.

Providing safe FMT materials for doctors and their patients
James Burgess, Exec. Director, OpenBiome; how this non-profit established by MIT students and faculty has become the leading provider of safe fecal microbial materials for use in treating C. diff.

Studying gut microbes will lead to many more health breakthroughs
Leonard Smith, MD: retired surgeon sums up recent findings that reinforce the gut microbiome’s role in  overall health

Personal story
Barbara Abel/Beverly Mabee:  Barbara arranges for her desperately ill twin sister Beverly to have a fecal microbial transplant, a last-chance attempt to stop a chronic      C. diff infection from taking her life

105: Toxicity: Everyday toxins causing health problems. (TRT: 28:51)

How toxic chemicals are causing genetic changes that lead to obesity
Bruce Blumberg, PhD: Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology, UC Irvine;

The total toxic load on our bodies is causing multiple chronic health problems
William Rea, MD: Founder and medical director, Environmental Health Center- Dallas

Environmental toxins, especially  molds, are a huge source of misunderstood illnesses
Ritchie Shoemaker, MD: retired physician, author of Surviving Mold

Personal story
Torre Dean:  how she went from being an active, healthy college student to being chronically ill, and how Dr. Rea’s treatment protocols brought her back to good health


106 Stem Cells I: Current state of stem cell research, and it’s promising future. (TRT: 28:59)

Research into using stem cells to repair damaged hearts
Joshua Hare, MD:  Director of Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Univ. of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Research into using stem cells to repair damaged spinal cords
Barth Green, MD:  Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Univ. of Miami Health Miller School of Medicine, and co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Using stem cells during orthopedic surgery to improve healing and recovery times
Wade McKenna, DO: orthopedic surgeon who routinely uses patients’ enhanced stem cells during their operations; Neil Riordan, PhD:  research scientist who pioneered the process that enhances patients’ stem cells (he’s also McKenna’s business partner)

The current state of stem cell research, and its promising future
Andrew McMahon, PhD:  Director of the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC

Personal story
Jim Morella: we follow this 60-something marathon runner who needs knee surgery (again!) and who’s decided he wants Dr. McKenna to give him stem cell injections to help him heal better and faster.

107 Stem Cells II: Cutting edge stem cell treatments (TRT: 27:00)

Cutting-edge stem cell treatments outside the U.S.
R. Vijayanagar, MD:  pioneering transplant surgeon now provides stem-cell treatments for heart disease at a Bahamas clinic

A full-service stem-cell treatment clinic in Panama
Neil Riordan, PhD:  research scientist and founder of Stem Cell Institute, in Panama City, Panama

Why the clinic’s stem cell treatments are safe
Jorge Paz Rodriguez, MD:  internal medicine specialist at the institute

Acquisition and processing of stem cells
Rodolfo Fernandez:  medical technologist

Personal stories
Sam Harrell – being treated for MS
Juan Jose Ballareno – being treated for a spinal injury
Todd Rinehart – being treated for rheumatoid arthritis


108 Food Allergies: The diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. (TRT: 29:00)

Leading center for the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies
Hugh Sampson, MD:  Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC

Trials and tribulations of peanut-allergy treatments
Stephanie Leonard, MD:  pediatric allergy specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
Reyna Winter:  11-year-old allergy sufferer who’s undergoing immune challenges

One mom’s hard-core approach to protecting her son from peanuts
Ashley Smith and her son, Zayden

Promising research that could make peanut flour safe to eat
Mary Ann Lila, PhD:  Director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University

Personal stories
Reyna Winter
Ashley and Zayden 

Pets: Probiotics were superior to antibiotics in treating dogs with IBD. (TRT: 28:21)

A holistic approach to treating all kinds of pets
Joel Murphy, DVM:  owner of Animal and Bird Medical Center in Palm Harbor, FL; he is widely recognized as an authority on non-traditional approaches to caring for companion animals

Study: probiotics were superior to antibiotics in treating dogs with IBD
Jan Suchodolski, DVM, PhD:  Assoc. Director of the GI Lab at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine; his study compared a common blend of probiotics to two standard drugs in treating inflammatory bowel disease in dogs – the probiotics won

Even so, most vets still resort to pharmaceuticals – here’s why:
Audrey Cook, DVM:  helps oversee the Small Animal Internal Medicine Dept. at A&M’s veterinary medical clinic

A vet who’s convinced probiotics make a difference in dogs with GI problems
Karen Becker, DVM:  she describes herself as an integrative veterinarian who focuses on optimizing dogs’ diets to prevent health problems from occurring

Personal story
Jango: a patient of Dr. Becker’s, an Australian Shepherd experiencing chronic GI distress

110: Genetics: Current genomics research (TRT: 28:59)

Overview of the current state of genomics research
Eric Green, MD, PhD:  Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH in Washington, DC.

How genetic testing affects treatments for various diseases
Richard Lifton, MD, PhD:  Chairman of Yale University’s Department of Genetics; his research into genetic drivers of blood pressure has changed the way high blood pressure is treated

Genetic testing for everyone?
Emily Drabant Conley, MD: Director of Business Development for 23andMe, a company created to make genetic testing routine; the FDA has restricted them to two tests

The ethical ins & outs of genetic testing
Hank Greely: Professor of Law and Genetics at Stanford University’s Center for Law and the Biosciences

Personal story
Bill Wray: a patient who’s being treated by physicians at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center using genetic testing



Feeddate/Time:    Saturdays 10/1/16 to 12/3/16 @ 1230-1300ET/HD04

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