On Vitamin D Absorption and Supplements | The Narberth Family Medicine Podcast | Ep. 010

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In this episode, Dr. Andrew Lipton talks about how Vitamin D is absorbed by the body and what food and supplements we should take to meet our body’s Vit. D needs.

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:39.5]  What to eat for Vit. D to be absorbed
  • [0:01:00.4]  Food that are fortified with Vit. D
  • [0:01:13.5]  Getting Vit. D from the sun
  • [0:01:30.2]  Vit. D supplementation

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A Holistic Approach to Indigestion and Leaky Gut | The Narberth Family Medicine Podcast | Ep. 009

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In this episode, Dr. Andrew Lipton talks about what causes indigestion and leaky gut, and discusses other gut issues such as food allergies and food sensitivity.


  • Understanding indigestion and leaky gut
  • Food Allergies vs. Food Sensitivity
  • Effects of long standing digestive issues

And many more! Make sure you listen to the entire episode.

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:59.1]  What is considered as ‘indigestion’?
  • [0:01:14.2]  Understanding allergic reactions to food
  • [0:02:15.0]  How indigestion happens
  • [0:03:34.3]  The effects of long-standing digestive issues to other parts of the body
  • [0:03:50.7]  The difference between food allergies and food sensitivity
  • [0:04:41.2]  Food sensitivity testing
  • [0:05:54.5]  What diet is best for leaky gut?

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CBD vs THC: Discussions on the Medical Use of Marijuana | The Narberth Family Medicine Podcast | Ep. 008

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In this episode, Dr. Andrew Lipton and Mary Ann discusses the effects of medical marijuana and how it can help various diseases, from chronic pain to seizure disorders.


  • Difference between hemp and medical marijuana
  • Information on industrial hemp
  • The endocannabinoid system
  • CBD receptors in the body
  • Psychotic effects of THC
  • Finding the right TCH to CBD ratio
  • Minimum lethal dosage of THC and CBD
  • How to take CBD
  • CBD and sleep
  • CBD and chronic pain
  • CBD and seizures
  • Medicare coverage for CBD treatment

And many more! Make sure you listen to the entire episode.

“It’s important that your CBD product be fully traceable from seed to product.

It must have been independently screened for contaminants, and that there has been a quantitative lab analysis of it.

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:23.3]  Difference between hemp and medical marijuana
  • [0:01:56.3]  A note on CBD products
  • [0:07:54.7]  The difference between marijuana and industrial hemp
  • [0:11:10.4]  About CBD
  • [0:12:40.3]  Getting to know our body’s own CBD receptors, the endocannabinoid system
  • [0:14:39.0]  About the legal use of medical marijuana
  • [0:17:04.6]  Who can take medical marijuana?
  • [0:19:32.0]  The downsides of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
  • [0:20:37.9]  Comparing THC and CBD
  • [0:21:25.4]  The effects of combined THC and CBD
  • [0:22:34.3]  How to use CBD, recommended dosage
  • [0:25:24.0]  Using CBD for emergency situations such as seizures
  • [0:26:19.9]  Minimum lethal dose of CBD
  • [0:27:00.2]  More information about the CBD receptors
  • [0:27:55.4]  CBD effect on sleep patterns
  • [0:29:06.9]  Is medical CBD covered by Medicare?
  • [0:29:31.1]  Can CBD be taken with other medications?
  • [0:30:18.5]  If CBD doesn’t work for seizures, is it safe to take a small dose of THC instead?
  • [0:32:04.5]  Minimum lethal dose of THC
  • [0:33:08.3]  For chronic pain, how long should they take CBD/THC before they lower their opioid doses?

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How Stem Cell Therapy Can Benefit Your Lungs and COPD | The Narberth Family Medicine Podcast | Ep. 007

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In this episode, Dr. Andrew talks about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, and how they can help with lung problems and COPD.

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:35.7]  About stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine
  • [0:02:14.5]  What are stem cells and how do they work?
  • [0:04:04.0]  Benefits of stem cells for lung health
  • [0:05:00.5]  How stem cells are delivered to the lungs

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The Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy to Your Nerves and Musculoskeletal System | The Narberth Family Medicine Podcast | Ep. 006

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In this episode, Dr. Andrew Lipton gives us a brief introduction to stem cell therapy, and what you can expect before, during and after a therapy session.


  • Introduction to stem cell therapy
  • What are stem cells?
  • How stem cells are extracted from the body
  • What it’s like before, during and after a stem cell therapy session
  • How stem cell therapy can help with neurodegenerative diseases
  • How stem cell therapy can help with musculoskeletal diseases
  • Client experience story
  • Treatment plan for stem cell therapy

And many more! Make sure you listen to the entire episode.

“Stem cells live in your body and are used to heal and replace the normal cells all the time. If we did not have stem cells [in our body], we would die in three days.”

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:53.8]  What stem cells are
  • [0:01:38.2]  How we get stem cells from your body (surgical procedure
  • [0:02:32.9]  Does it hurt to get stem cells from my body?
  • [0:03:04.5]  Stem cell extraction (demonstration)
  • [0:03:51.0]  Are stem cells right for me?
  • [0:04:46.6]  Client experience story
  • [0:05:31.4]  How stem cells can help solve musculoskeletal issues
  • [0:06:19.0]  What is the treatment plan for stem cell therapy
  • [0:07:17.2]  Stem cells for fingers, elbows and other orthopedic problems
  • [0:07:52.2]  How stem cells can facilitate a faster healing rate for athletes and the elderly
  • [0:09:13.8]  A quick word on the science of stem cells
  • [0:10:01.4]  Injecting stem cells through the joints
  • [0:10:40.8]  How fast can I recover through stem cell therapy (for musculoskeletal injuries)?
  • [0:11:20.2]  Stem cells for neurodegenerative diseases
  • [0:12:31.8]  Benefits of stem cell therapy for systemic neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • [0:13:15.2]  Addressing concerns regarding fetal stem cells
  • [0:13:53.2]  How stem cells are administered for people with neurodegenerative diseases
  • [0:14:07.4]  Does stem cell therapy have any side effects?
  • [0:14:48.8]  What it’s like before, during and after a stem cell procedure

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3 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes | Ep. 005

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In this short episode, Dr. Andrew Lipton talks about the top three nutrition mistakes that most people make and how each deficiency affects our bodies.

If you want to learn more, listen to the full episode!

Show Notes:

  • [0:00:35.5]  Oxygen deficiency
  • [0:00:54.5]  The importance of staying hydrated
  • [0:01:08.5]  The dangers of eating too much junk food

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Are Natural Sugars Better Than Processed Sugar?

People have a lot of misconceptions regarding natural sugars and their use. When you think of it, natural sugar, just like processed or granulated sugar, is used as a sweetener and at its very core contains the same ingredients as granulated sugar.

However, science says that natural sugar is overall better than table sugar due to a variety of reasons. For example, natural sugar often contains different vitamins and minerals that may be good for your health.

This is especially true in the case of dates that contain a good amount of fiber. However, if you wish to consume natural sugar as a way to reduce calorie consumption then it will not make any difference to your diet as all sugars contain the same amount of calories, i.e: 4/gram.

Nonetheless, the truth is that natural sugars are not truly better for you. They’re just an alternative. If you complain of sugar rush or if you need to reduce your consumption of sugar then you need to stay away from all kinds of sugars, natural or granulated.

In addition, natural sugar is a better source, as far as calories and blood sugar changes, for example a diabetic, sugar is sugar. Excessive consumption of sugar in the diet can aggravate and cause many diseases, including diabetes and cancer. If you are concerned about your sugar levels, have a fasting blood glucose performed along with a Hemoglobin A1C levels which will tell you your average sugar over months.

Strange Links Between Organs and Their Effects on Your Health

The human body is amazing — and strange. It functions thanks to careful cooperation and coordination between organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, as well as entire systems that these organs form a part of, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.

The brain tells the heart to beat, which then pumps blood to the lungs, where the blood picks up oxygen before heading back to the heart, where another beat sends it out into the body to replenish cells with oxygen. That’s amazing, but it’s hardly strange to you — they taught you that in high school. What you didn’t learn about are some of the more bizarre links between organs, many of which were only recently discovered. Moreover, these links can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health. Here’s a look at some.

Mouth and Heart

Gum disease boosts a person’s risk of contracting a heart condition by 20 percent, according to research cited by Healthline. This may have something to do with bacteria causing inflammation in the soft tissue lining the mouth, which constricts certain arteries and slows the flow of blood. There’s another reason to brush and floss, but it’s not the last.

Mouth and Brain

Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of mental health disorders. For starters, the bacteria that cause gingivitis seem to travel through the bloodstream to the brain, wreaking havoc on neurons and leading to memory loss and dementia. On a more basic level, bad breath induces social anxiety, which, left unchecked, often ends in depression. Again, brush and floss!

Gut and Brain

The gut-brain axis has been the subject of intense study since researchers discovered that microorganisms living in your intestines influence the cognitive and emotional centers of the brain. That, in turn, affects the production of hormones such as serotonin, which plays a large role in regulating your mood. To ensure a healthy gut, many nutritionists recommend eating probiotic foods such as yogurt that contain living cultures of healthy bacteria, along with taking probiotic supplements and reducing the use of antibiotics.

Gut and Lungs

Although not as well understood as the gut-brain axis, research has been conducted on how gastrointestinal microbes protect against certain allergies and asthma, a respiratory disease in which airways in the lungs constrict, making it difficult to breathe. It’s been known for a long time that chronic lung diseases often coincide with gastrointestinal ailments.

Lungs and Brain

According to research cited by Onlymyhealth, keeping your lungs healthy leads to better cognitive functioning and a stronger brain overall. This can help people maintain their problem-solving abilities as well as their memory recall into old age, when those functions begin to wane. For healthy lungs, quit smoking and exercise.

Liver and Brain

This link is a bit frightening. According to Scientific American, the liver actually “eats” a structure in the brain called the hippocampus, the center of memory. More specifically, both the liver and hippocampus compete for a protein called PPARalpha, with the liver coming out on top among people with a lot of belly fat, another reason for a healthy diet and exercise.

Skin and Bones

Spending time outdoors exposes the skin to the sun’s rays, inducing the production of vitamin D in the largest organ of your body, one that envelopes all the rest. Among its many other functions, that vitamin works with calcium in building bone. The message: Get some sun.

Skin and Brain

It turns out that vitamin D also plays a crucial role in mood regulation. Studies suggest that natural declines in the vitamin during the winter months are related to a drop in the amount of serotonin in the brain. It may be cold, but head outside anyway.

And that’s just the beginning. As science marches forward, it will doubtlessly discover even more strange connections between organs in the human body and how they affect your health in surprising ways.

Stay tuned — and stay healthy!

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