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Drew Manning, a fitness trainer and the host of the Fit2Fat2Fit podcast, is the bestselling author of Fit2Fat2Fit, which covered how he gained and lost seventy-five pounds to understand the struggles of weight loss better. Drew has taken on the fitness industry and its lack of empathy for people with excess weight and is a worldwide leader in the keto diet movement. In this episode, he discusses overcoming the environmental factors that can plague your efforts to transform your body and achieve better physical and mental health with Dr. David Minkoff.
This episode covers:
5:16 – Dr. Minkoff discusses his background and education, including in pediatrics, infectious diseases, and at the time, new research on antiviral medicines during the AIDS epidemic.
6:06 –An explanation of how Dr. Minkoff’s wife became ill after having mercury fillings removed and how traditional medicine failed to improve her health. He talks about the toxicity of mercury. When mercury fillings are removed incorrectly, the mercury can be released when you drink any hot liquid and then swallowed and can trigger serious illnesses and conditions.
11:06 – Dr. Minkoff reveals how he first learned about mercury toxicity, including the protocols for removing mercury, and applied the treatment to his wife, restoring her health. He began treating his friends and colleagues on his off-hours at no charge and saw many chronic maladies disappearing.
13:25 – A discussion of how Dr. Minkoff began helping doctors who were treating high-end athletes competing in the Tour de France, as well as the Nike team of track and field athletes. The treatment to remove heavy metals led to the development of Metal-Free, produced by his company BodyHealth. These actions were the inception of what is now one of America’s largest alternative health practices, Lifeworks Wellness Center, in Clearwater, Florida. He discusses how many of the patients who come to his practice are suffering from a chronic disease or condition have seen up to 13 different doctors without resolution and the range of tests he performs to discover the underlying condition.
18:00 – Dr. Minkoff goes into detail about the effects of mercury on the body, how adverse effects on the body are related to dosing, and how mercury, after uranium, is the most toxic metal for your body.
21:32 – A discussion about some of the patients Dr. Minkoff sees at his clinic, many of whom complain of fatigue and sleep problems. He reveals that he evaluates the amount of visceral fat they have and how excess fat produces inflammatory particles that are implicated in heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. His approach involves first putting the patient on a paleo diet so they can shed some of the excess fat.
23:13 – An explanation of how the treatment proceeds, including finding out what they are eating and discovering whether they are insulin resistant, and how putting them on a ketogenic or paleo diet, low carb, can increase insulin sensitivity. He mentions that about 60 to 70 percent of people are hypothyroid, which standard thyroid testing does not discover. He talks about the various symptoms, including dry skin, lack of energy, and brain fog.
25:43 – Dr. Minkoff goes into more depth into how he diagnoses a patient, utilizing metrics above and beyond those used in traditional medicine. He speaks about animal glandular supplements and how these supplements can work like a charm, restoring overall health, including aiding in weight loss and skin condition.
30:55 – A revealing discussion about the multitude of toxins in the environment, including in the food, water, and air. An explanation about one chemical, glyphosate, found in RoundUp, and how the soil in the USA is saturated with this chemical, as well as the groundwater. He discusses the dangers of this chemical, how it can trigger a leaky gut as it is an antibiotic that kills the good gut bacteria and kills your microbiome. He talks about the 80,000 chemicals in the environment, many of which have never been tested for safety.
35:00 – Dr. Minkoff covers how childhood illnesses such as asthma and ADHD could be a reaction to poor food quality for children with food sensitivities. He speaks at length about gut health and how 99 percent of the people he sees at his practice have gut health issues, affecting all their body systems. He explains how 80 percent of the immune system is around the small intestine, and if it is not functioning, the whole system becomes sensitive.
39:32 – A look at Dr. Minkoff’s journey to understanding how the human body functions and his interest in nutrition. He mentions how when he was young, there was a quarter of the numbers in obesity that we have now, and how the increase in environmental toxins leads to a range of conditions, including sexual dysfunction.
45:31 – Dr. Minkoff talks about his workout routine, including biking, running, swimming, and certain exercises to strengthen his body. The total is about 8 to 12 hours per week. He discusses his performance in both Iron Man competitions and local competitions and how he enjoys it.
48:33 – A discussion about the various diets he has tried, including vegetarian, paleo, and keto, and how a high-fat diet affected his performance. He discusses athletic performance, carbs, and ketones and how he is constantly experimenting with diets.
53:22 – An explanation about various diets, including vegetarian, paleo, and how he is now an omnivore. He finds that almost everyone coming to his practice improves with a keto or paleo diet. He talks about weaning off gluten or dairy and how some can transition easily, while others need months to drop these foods, and how he tailors diets to the individual.
How much does our environment — not to mention conventional medicine — really harm our health?
Dr. David Minkoff shares his journey from the ER to functional medicine and describes the many problems people face with heavy metal toxicity in this mercury-free Living 4D conversation.