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Optimal The Podcast Episode 13 - The NMR Lipoprofile

Optimal The Podcast Episode 13 - The NMR Lipoprofile

June 1, 2022

Welcome to episode 13 of Optimal - The Podcast! In this episode Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio talk about the NMR Lipoprofile, and if it’s a good course of action for diagnosis.

After a little discussion about real food, Dr. Dicken and Beth dive deep into the NMR Lipoprofile panel and uncover the small nuances doctors need to be aware of when ordering this important series of biomarkers. They go through what can be measured with the NMR Lipoprofile, and why it would be a good option to consider– while also comparing it to the Cardio IQ Report (Ion Mobility).

Don’t miss out on this episode as they share their findings on some biomarkers that initially had them scratching their heads; namely the key difference between the sdLDL and sdLDL-C biomarkers!

Episode Highlights:

  • (02:19) Dr. Dicken and Beth discuss real food!
  • (11:13) What is NMR?
  • (12:17) The subclasses assessed in the NMR report.
  • (18:53) What do the results of the NMR lipoprotein subfractionation mean?
  • (23:37) Is sdLDL the same as sdLDL-C?
  • (32:19) Is NMR the same as Ion Mobility or other methods of lipoprotein subfractionation, e.g. the Cardio IQ® test?

Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby

Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn

Optimal DX Website

Optimal DX Resource Center

Optimal DX Blog

Where to Reach Beth

Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website

Nutrition Mission Website

Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 12 - Stress

Optimal The Podcast Episode 12 - Stress

March 24, 2022

Welcome to episode 12 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they take a deep dive into one of the most prevalent factors of our health: stress

Many people often view stress in a negative light, but that doesn’t always have to be necessarily true. Moderate amounts of stress can serve as a motivator that can steer us in a positive direction - boosting alertness and performance. But with factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing political and economic issues in the world, this constant buildup of stress begins to actively harm our mental and physical health.

Make sure to join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they address the various sources of stress, the physiology of the body’s stress response, and the steps we can take to alleviate stress and its adverse effects.

Episode Highlights:

  • (5:29) Does drinking distilled water have an adverse effect on kidney function?
  • (13:27) Common Sources of Stress.
  • (16:52) The Physiology and Hormonal Control of Stress.
  • (25:23) General Adaptation Syndrome.
  • (32:08) Biomarkers of Stress.
  • (47:19) Addressing Stress.
  • (50:45) Nutrition and Stress.

Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby

Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn

Optimal DX Website

Optimal DX Resource Center

Optimal DX Blog

 

Where to Reach Beth

Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance Website

Nutrition Mission Website

Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn

 

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

  • Click here to check out the Headspace app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Register for The FBCA Mastery Training Program by clicking here.
  • Click here to view the video on Willard water

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 11 - Your Questions Answered

Optimal The Podcast Episode 11 - Your Questions Answered

January 26, 2022

Welcome to episode 11 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio as they kick off 2022 by answering questions submitted by you, our listeners at Optimal DX, through the AMA feature in the ODX software.

As healthcare practitioners dedicated to empowering their fellow practitioners to help their patients reach their optimal state of health, join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode where they provide answers to your clinical questions ranging from identifying the best biomarkers for Functional Blood Analysis and Fatty Liver to recommendations for supporting anterior pituitary dysfunction.

 Episode Highlights:

  • (2:42) What are the best biomarkers to run for a comprehensive Functional Blood Analysis?
  • (8:16) What are the optimal values and purpose of testing normal CRP in comparison to Hs-CRP?
  • (11:58) What would be your recommended time frame for repeating blood panels?
  • (16:21) What are some of the ways to support anterior pituitary dysfunction?
  • (24:26) Why would someone have a low HgbA1C (4.3%) and yet have elevated fasting glucose (105 mg/dl)?
  • (30:03) Fatty Liver Biomarkers: In your view, what should be the complete list of biomarkers to monitor for those who already have fatty liver, and how often should they get tested on these biomarkers?

Where to Reach Dr. Weatherby

OptimalDX.com

Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn

 

Where to Reach Beth

Nutrition Mission

Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn

 

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

  • Register for the The FBCA Mastery Training Program by clicking here.
  • Want to submit questions to us? Click Here for a free trial in the ODX Software
  • Click here to visit the Optimal DX website.

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 10 - Menopause

Optimal The Podcast Episode 10 - Menopause

October 4, 2021

Welcome to episode 10 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, we’re diving into Menopause.

With menopause, it’s important to understand the changes women’s bodies will be going through-- and what they should expect when the process begins.

So be sure to check out this week’s episode as Dr. Weatherby and Beth Ellen dive into the causes and effects of menopause, the different menopause phases, and how doctors can treat and alleviate symptoms.

Episode Highlights:

  • (3:39) The Conversation about Menopause
  • (18:00) The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
  • (31:02) AMA Question #1 - Low Cholesterol
  • (35:27) AMA Question #2 - High Ferritin, Low Iron and phlebotomy
  • (37:25) Vitamin D - Clinical Insight
  • (48:19) Back to Basics - the 6 Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 9 - Low T Syndrome Among men

Optimal The Podcast Episode 9 - Low T Syndrome Among men

June 3, 2021

Welcome to episode 9 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, we’re diving into Testosterone with an exploration of andropause and Low T Syndrome in our male patients.  

Testosterone is a vital hormone both for men and women. But its role is greatly significant among males, as it contributes to their muscle growth, sexual health, and other aspects of health.

For men, the thought of being low on testosterone feels like a hit to their masculinity. What happens when your patient’s testosterone is low? How can you tell? What can you do to help them boost it?

Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about the low testosterone syndrome among male patients, what causes it, as well as the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Episode Highlights:

  • Allopathic definition of hypogonadism vs a Functional definition of Low T Syndrome
  • How testosterone is produced
  • What causes men to have lower levels of testosterone?
  • How can you use symptomology and Functional Blood Analysis to uncover Low T in your patients?
  • Reasons why the sex hormone binding globulin might be increased or decreased.
  • How to deal with low testosterone?

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 8 - Blood Biomarkers and Risk Factors for COVID-19 and its Comorbidities

Optimal The Podcast Episode 8 - Blood Biomarkers and Risk Factors for COVID-19 and its Comorbidities

April 28, 2021

Welcome to episode 8 of "Optimal - The Podcast". In this episode of Optimal, we’re diving back into COVID-19 a year after our first discussions to see where things stand. 

Dr. Dicken and Beth will also talk about the comorbidities, the risk factors, as well as how medical practitioners, nutritionists Naturopathic Physicians, and integrative medicine providers, can help uncover and identify weaknesses in their patients’ systems using blood chemistry analysis to diminish the risk of having an adverse outcome when they are infected by COVID-19.

Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about how to use blood chemistry analysis to reduce the risk of comorbidities associated with COVID-19 and dietary recommendations to consider before and during a COVID-19 infection.

Episode Highlights:

  • April 2021 COVID-19 updates
  • Food choices and lifestyle factors that you can control to decrease the risk of an adverse outcome if you have a COVID-19 infection
  • The components of an unhealthy diet
  • The components of a healthy diet
  • Biomarkers to monitor in every patient to minimize their risk of an adverse outcome to COVID-19
  • An in-depth review of 3 nutrient biomarkers - Vitamin C, D, and Zinc
  • How to deal with COVID-19 and its comorbidities

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 7 - Endothelial Dysfunction

Optimal The Podcast Episode 7 - Endothelial Dysfunction

March 5, 2021

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the primary cause of death worldwide, cutting short an estimated 17.9 million lives annually, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately four out of five of those deaths is attributed to heart attack and stroke.

A growing body of evidence indicates that the underlying cause of most CVD is endothelial dysfunction caused by damage to the endothelial lining of the coronary arteries.

In this episode of Optimal – The Podcast, we’re diving into the underlying cause and contributor of most cardiovascular diseases: endothelial dysfunction.

Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about the assessment and treatment of endothelial dysfunction and its role in cardiovascular diseases, and how to prevent endothelial dysfunction!

Episode Highlights:

  • Review of the endothelium
  • The role of Nitric Oxide
  • What is endothelial dysfunction?
  • Causes and promoters
  • Immune response and endothelial dysfunction
  • Oxidative stress and its relationship to the endothelial dysfunction
  • Functional assessment of endothelial dysfunction
  • Key blood biomarkers
  • Functional Naturopathic Approach to treatment
  • How to prevent endothelial dysfunction
  • Supplements to consider

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 6 - Inflammation: A Focus on Cytokines

Optimal The Podcast Episode 6 - Inflammation: A Focus on Cytokines

February 17, 2021

Join Dr. Dicken and Beth Ellen DiLugio in this episode as they talk about inflammation and its biomarkers. Learn about the signs and symptoms of inflammation, what conditions are associated with it, how our body can fight it, as well as the role of cytokines in inflammation!

Episode Highlights:

  • What is inflammation?
  • How do we know which conditions are associated with inflammation?
  • What are the sources of inflammation?
  • Inflammation biomarkers
  • Beth talks about the practical aspects of looking at cytokines
  • Inflammation and Cytokine Storm Assays
  • Pro-inflammatory cytokines vs anti-inflammatory cytokines
  • The ideal state of a patient prior to getting testing that would give the most value in terms of results from a clinical perspective?
  • Dietary inflammatory index
  • The most important anti-inflammatory spices
  • Natural supplements that boost immunity

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 5 - The HOMA2 Calculator in Clinical Practice - an Interview with Dr. Brad Rachman

Optimal The Podcast Episode 5 - The HOMA2 Calculator in Clinical Practice - an Interview with Dr. Brad Rachman

December 9, 2020

Join Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Dr. Brad Rachman as they talk about Dr. Rachman’s practice and clinical insights on blood sugar dysregulation. He discusses his use of the HOMA2 calculator, his assessment matrix to identify 5 dysfunctions of blood sugar regulation, and why he would be unable to assess for these without HOMA2.

Dr. Brad Rachman is an experienced health professional currently serving as Medical Director of the Rachman Clinic in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He also teaches restorative yoga therapy at Black Mountain Yoga and has dedicated most of his professional career to the treatment of chronic debilitating illnesses.

Tune into this episode as Dr. Rachman walks us through the process of taking someone through the diagnostic journey, explains why we’re seeing such a big epidemic in blood sugar dysregulation, what our fasting glucose is really telling us, as well how he uses the invaluable HOMA2 calculator values and other blood biomarkers to pinpoint exactly where his patients are on the journey to diabetes.

Episode Highlights:

(00:00) A brief intro on what Dr. Brad Rachman’s work

(00:01:23) Dr. Rachman’s process for taking someone through the diagnostics journey

(00:08:10) The epidemic of blood sugar dysregulation

(00:12:09) Biomarkers of Blood Sugar Dysregulation and the HOMA2 Calculator

(00:16:34) Nuts and bolts basics of glucose metabolism

(00:20:00) Elevated glucose as a sign that regulation is off and the effects of this

(00:21:38) HOMA2 ranges

(00:26:38) Dr. Rachman’s Blood Sugar Regulation Assessment Matrix: Early Insulin Resistance

(00:29:06) Why Dr. Rachman never uses fasting insulin to calculate HOMA2

(00:32:08) Dr. Rachman’s Blood Sugar Regulation Assessment Matrix: Late Insulin Resistance

(00:33:06) Dr. Rachman’s Blood Sugar Regulation Assessment Matrix: Type 2 Diabetes

(00:34:35) Dr. Rachman’s Blood Sugar Regulation Assessment Matrix: Reactive Hypoglycemia

(00:41:14) Dr. Rachman’s Blood Sugar Regulation Assessment Matrix: Type 3C Diabetes

(00:44:10) Dr. Raschman discusses his insights on what to do when presented with patients on this matrix

Where to Reach Dr. Rachman:

Genova Diagnostics LinkedIn

Dr. Brad Rachman LinkedIn

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Optimal The Podcast Episode 4 - All About  Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Optimal The Podcast Episode 4 - All About Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

November 24, 2020

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin is an essential micronutrient required for proper red blood cell production, DNA formation, nerve function, and metabolism. 

Insufficiency of this vitamin can have wide-reaching neurological and hematological consequences for your body. Our bodies cannot produce B12, thus, we get it mainly from animal-based food and other vegetarian options. To maintain optimal health and quality of life, you need to follow the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12. 

Having a clear understanding of B12 and B12 deficiency can help you attain optimal health. 

Join Dr. Dicken Weatherby and Beth Ellen DiLuglio as they share their in-depth review about what vitamin B12 is and why it’s very crucial for our body. We have done the research on the biomarkers to assess B12 deficiency, as well as how we can use some of this blood chemistry and signs and symptoms to assess for deficiency! We talk about choosing the right type of B12 the dosage food sources.

Are your patients B12 deficient? Find out by listening to this episode!

Episode Highlights:

  • (01:53) The biochemistry of vitamin B12
  • (04:21) Vitamin B12’s physiology in the body
  • (10:53) The dysfunctions and diseases associated with vitamin B12 deficiency
  • (12:05) How can one become vitamin B12 deficient
  • (12:18) Do Vegetarians have B12 deficiency
  • (19:55) Signs and symptoms to assess a deficiency
  • (37:35) The role of B12 deficiency with oxidative stress
  • (39:20) Talks about her research and findings on the neuropsychological consequences of B12

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