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The Smart Human


Rheumatologist Anti-chemical warrior Health/wellness expert Smart Human Podcast

Dr. Aly Cohen and Dr. Barry H Cohen discuss the kidney and the importance of prevention:

If you have a 20 minutes visit, it's hard to treat, especially a specialist, They're coming to me because they're sick. How much time can I spend to treat that sickness? And then prevention is hard. There's not a lot of time elements involved. But they got to start medical school prevention to learn that all, And teach doctors how to talk about it in their offices. And for us, early referral. Early referral because we can stop things and control things. They don't have to be on dialysis. Not everybody goes to dialysis. And understand for us, dialysis is not the end of the world. These people survive. They have families, they work. It depends on the other diseases that might cause it, like diabetes and hypertension, strokes. But the dialysis machine does not tie people down and end their lives, which some people fear when they hear that word. They come to my office as a referral. The first thing they worried about is that word dialysis, that I have to as soon as they walk in the door, I tell them, you're not here for that. You're here for evaluation, diagnosis and prevention.

#HealthcareChallenges #PreventiveCare #MedicalSpecialists #PatientEducation #DialysisMyths
Watch this clip with Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Aly Cohen on The Smart Human Podcast episode 24 on sugar. Subscribe to The Smart Human Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!

#DrRobertLustig #RobertLustig #Sugar #Diabetes #HealthcareMatters #MetabolicHealth #PublicHealth #HealthyLiving #MedicalResearch #HealthEducation #ChronicIllness #WellnessJourney #HealthyChoices

"Happy talk is just that. It's happy talk and we have a big problem. But what we've done is we've siloed it away and we basically make it the patient's fault. The fact is that type two diabetes, when I was a med student in 1976, was 2.5% of people over the age of 65 and 0.1% of people under the age of 65. And I know because I did a paper on it. Today type two diabetes is 9.4% of everyone over age 20. Now, how does that happen? Because gluttons and sloths all at the same time? Because we're all healthy? In fact, it has now been shown that 88% of the American population has some form of metabolic dysfunction. So that is not exactly what you would call a healthy population." - Dr. Robert Lustig
(please watch!) From a recent taping of NewsNation discussing the impact of new soil testing results from ground zero of the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment that occurred on Feb 3rd. (Always fun to hear your kid giggling at the end. Keeps me humble)
Facts about dioxin:
They are a large class of chemicals (>450) that form when chlorine is burned… as was done with the intentional slow vinyl chloride gas burn…5 cars full…a EPA decision that had known consequences.
Dioxins last a really long time in the environment…very difficult to breakdown…require temperatures of over 1300 degrees Celsius (not the case with this burn)
Dioxins are part of the “dirty dozen” industrial chemicals known throughout the world as POPs..persistent organic
Dioxins like fatty substances (lipophilic) so they also stay in the human body, livestock, fish and ecosystems for many years (often decades)
Dioxins have been designated by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) which is part of the WHO as a Group 1 known carcinogen (as is vinyl chloride)
Dioxins have also been found to have other health effects: developmental, reproductive, immunologic, neurologic, and metabolic (elevated lipids, type2 diabetes, heart disease)
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, dioxins are safe in public drinking water at an MCL (maximum contaminant level) of 0.00000003! Many residents of Palestine are served by drinking wells….which are fed by rainwater which moves through surrounding soil.
History has shown with other dioxin exposures/disasters that critical soil, air, dust, sediment, water and body fluids from those exposed, need to tested, monitored and remediated. EPA needs to do better.
#humanhealth #drinkingwater
Go Fran! #FranDrescher #SAGAFTRA #CancerSchmancer #LeadershipInHealth #TheNanny #AwardWinningActress #HealthAdvocate

Listen to the Smart Human Podcast episode with Fran Drescher and Dr. Aly Cohen on Toxins & Cancer! Find the podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Fran Drescher was elected president of SAG-AFTRA in September 2021.

A 20-year cancer survivor, Drescher has a reputation for passion and commitment.
She is Founder and Visionary of the Cancer Schmancer Movement; dedicated to educating, motivating, and activating patients into medical consumers by connecting lifestyle to disease with her Master Class Health Summit and teen-targeted education video, Be The Change, starring Jamie Foxx.

Fran received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable “Miss Fine'' on CBS’s hit series, The Nanny, which she both created and executive produced. She also created, executive produced and starred in t groundbreaking TV Land sitcom, Happily Divorced, which was inspired by her real-life relationship with her gay ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson. Fran recently starred in the new NBC sitcom, Indebted, about a Baby Boomer couple who go broke and have to move in with their adult son and his young family. She has worked with many great directors in films such as Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap, to which Fran won Esquire Magazine’s One Minute Oscar, Milos Forman’s Rag Time, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack. She also starred in Beautician and the Beast opposite Timothy Dalton. Her famous voice is currently featured in the top-grossing SONY animated feature franchise film, Hotel Transylvania: In her role as Eunice, the wife of Frank Stein. In 2019, Fran starred in two indie films, The Creatress and After Class.

An accomplished author, Fran received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award for Cancer Schmancer, which, along with Enter Whining, were New York Times Best Sellers. She also penned the celebrated children's book, Being Wendy. Furthermore, Fran made her Broadway debut as “Madame” in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Tony-Award winning, Cinderella.
#BPAFree #EndocrineDisruptors #ChemicalSafety #ToxicChemicals #HealthAndEnvironment #PlasticPollution #ChemicalExposure #Phthalates #HealthAwareness #SustainableLiving

BPA, and many other chemicals, like phthalates, are still prevalent in numerous products. Phthalates are commonly used to make plastics soft and bendable, such as phone cases, vinyl flooring, and PVC piping for water treatment systems. These chemicals have become deeply ingrained in our culture, making it challenging to eliminate them from our daily lives. Unfortunately, they find their way into our bodies through ingestion when consuming food and water, as well as through inhalation when using fragrances and other scented products. As a result, phthalates and other unregulated chemicals can be detected in our bloodstream soon after exposure. The widespread use of these chemicals demands a careful examination of their impact on human health and the environment.
I began my journey into the world of chemicals around 2006, soon after my 4 ½ year old dog, Truxton, became gravely ill. He suffered from autoimmune hepatitis, a condition that is unusual in dogs, and especially rare for Truxton’s breed, Golden Retriever.

As a mother, and ironically an autoimmune disease specialist—and, of course, completely heartbroken—I searched for a cause that could have made this beautiful dog so sick, especially at such a young age. I wracked my brain about his habits, behaviors, food, and his environment living on a farm in NJ. I recalled that he had been chewing and sucking on a red rubber toy, or Kong, for his entire life…..even while he slept. He had at least 7 of them, all broken down, discolored and cracked…..but that didn’t stop Truxton!

As a mother, and ironically an autoimmune disease specialist—and, of course, completely heartbroken—I searched for a cause that could have made this beautiful dog so sick, especially at such a young age. I wracked my brain about his habits, behaviors, food, and his environment living on a farm in NJ. I recalled that he had been chewing and sucking on a red rubber toy, or Kong, for his entire life…..even while he slept. He had at least 7 of them, all broken down, discolored and cracked…..but that didn’t stop Truxton!

Digging through the liteimmune hepatitis while working in plastics and synthetic rubber manufacturing plants. Although I will never establish direct chemical cause for Truxton’s early demise, my curiosity about chemicals and chemical oversight in the U.S. was awakened. Everything about the chemicals that we are surrounded by became interesting…and what I discovered, I yearned to share with others. I no longer looked at the world in the same way.

Life is a funny thing and takes many turns. My work in environmental health is dedicated to Truxton….for igniting this journey. I hope to honor his passing with my work.
Robert A. Bilott is a partner in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices of the law firm, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced in the Environmental and Litigation Practice Groups for over 31 years. During that time, Rob has handled and led some of the most novel and complex cases in the country involving damage from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”), including the first individual, class action, mass tort, and multi-district litigation proceedings involving PFAS, recovering over $1 billion for clients impacted by the chemicals. In 2017, Rob received the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his decades of work on behalf of those injured by PFAS chemical contamination. Rob is the author of the book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont,” and his story is the inspiration for the 2019 motion picture, “Dark Waters,” starring Mark Ruffalo as Rob. Rob’s story and work is also featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Rob is a 1987 graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida, and a 1990 graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Rob also serves on the Boards of Less Cancer and Green Umbrella and is frequently invited to provide keynote lectures and talks at law schools, universities, colleges, communities and other organizations all over the world. Rob is a fellow in the Right Livelihood College, a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and an Honorary Professor at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. Rob also has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Ohio State University and New College.

For the rest of the conversation listen to The Smart Human Podcast Episode 26. Find it on Spotify, Youtube, or wherever else you listen to podcasts!

#flouride #inorganicfluoride #organicflouride #drinkingwater #cleanwater #3m #dupont #PFOA #PFOS #environment #saveourplanet #teflon #health #healthy
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