Nutrition: preventing and reversing chronic diseases

June 23, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Dr. Steve Blake designed and helped implement the Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial, a clinical study at the Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Center. His study found that changes in nutrition could affect the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is also powerfully affected by diet. Reducing protein to just the needed amount can allow much better production of dopamine with the potential to cut symptoms in half. With migraines, avoiding dietary triggers can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. He emphasizes that we can no longer ignore the role of diet in neurologic disorders. He discusses how nutrition can reverse atherosclerosis and hypertension. He found this was a successful approach in improving cognitive functioning in persons with mild cognitive impairment, in preventing strokes, and in reversing atherosclerosis and hypertension.

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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Episode Directory

June 2017

  • 6/30/2017: GMOs: The Twisted Truth Coming Soon
  • 6/23/2017: Nutrition: preventing and reversing chronic diseases Listen Now
  • 6/16/2017: Metabolic Code: How we can Guide our Health Listen Now
  • 6/9/2017: Functional Neurology Listen Now
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Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP

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Steve Blake, ScD

Steve Blake, Doctor of Science, is faculty nutritional biochemist at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience. He has offered many classes at the University of Hawaii. He designed and ran the Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial, a clinical study at the Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He is author of the 2008 McGraw-Hill college textbook Vitamins and Minerals Demystified, A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease, Mastering Migraines, Parkinson’s Disease: Dietary Regulation of Dopamine, Stop Strokes before they Start, and Understanding Fats and Oils. He has written Mosby’s Alternative Remedies and is co-author of Mosby's Drug Guide for Nurses, 4th edition. He also authored the Diet Doctor, software for analyzing dietary nutrients. Steve Blake attended the University of California. He is a research specialist in nutritional biochemistry. Email: View Guest page

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Steven Druker

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Raymond Francis has been cited as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease.” A graduate of MIT, he is the author of five cutting-edge books on health, including the international bestseller Never Be Sick Again and The Great American Health Hoax, Never Fear Cancer Again, Never Feel Old Again, and Never Be Fat Again. Simplifying health and taking the mystery out of disease, his books are decades ahead of standard medical practice. Raymond has appeared on over two thousand radio and television shows. He lectures all over the world and was a syndicated talk-show host for 16 years.
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