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How to overcome the environmental factors plaguing your transformation efforts with Dr David Minkoff

by Dr. David Minkoff April 05, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

How to overcome the environmental factors plaguing your transformation efforts with Dr David Minkoff


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.

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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.

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