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Pushing the Limits with Lisa Tamati: The Search for the Perfect Protein and Why So Many of Us Are Deficient

by Dr. David Minkoff November 01, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

Pushing the Limits with Lisa Tamati: The Search for the Perfect Protein and Why So Many of Us Are Deficient


ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Lisa Tamati has 25 years of competing in the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. She is the acclaimed author of three bestselling books: “Running Hot,” Running to Extremes,” and her latest book, “Relentless – How a Mother and Daughter Defied the Odds.”

This book reveals how she brought her mother back to health after suffering a major aneurism that left her with significant brain damage, achieving full health in three years. She has a popular podcast, “Pushing the Limits,” and is an international speaker, the co-founder of Running Hot Coaching and LT Epigenetics personalized wellness programs.  She has been featured in magazines such as Runner’s, Women’s Health, Desert Runner, and GoodHealth Choices.

In this Pushing the Limits podcast, Lisa interviews Dr. David Minkoff.

This episode covers the following subjects:

  • 6:28 – Dr. Minkoff discusses how he began his journey to functional medicine. His wife, a triathlete, developed health problems after having mercury amalgam fillings removed incorrectly and began suffering severe neurological symptoms, and he was searching for answers. 
  • 9:58 – Dr. Minkoff explains how he first asked a dentist who introduced him to the symptoms of mercury toxicity and where he could learn a natural approach to treatment. He covers how the treatment protocols he studied were effective and how his wife returned to good health over four or five months.
  • 12:54 – Dr. Minkoff covers how his new knowledge of natural treatments led to a practice that grew in leaps and bounds, now with 40 staff and patients from across the globe who come to him to treat illnesses such as cancer, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, MS, and Parkinson’s disease. 
  • 13:58 – An explanation of the levels of toxicity in the modern environment, including heavy metals, are the underlying cause of many illnesses. Dr. Minkoff covers the metals in amalgam fillings, including mercury, cadmium, and arsenic.
  • 14:31 – A discussion of aluminum, how the body is continuously exposed to heavy metals, and how the system is not built to eliminate toxic metals. He discusses how the incident at Fukushima released massive quantities of uranium into the environment and how depleted uranium warheads are scattered across Iraq, affecting the health of members of the Armed Forces deployed in the region. He explains that while many vaccines do contain mercury, other sources of this toxic metal are more prominent in the environment and can affect a child’s health.
  • 17:23 – Dr. Minkoff explains his approach to treating metal toxicity. He covers mineral depletion and the science behind detoxifying the body correctly, based on the individual’s mineral deficiencies and amino acid levels. He discusses how the body must be “set up” to detoxify, including gut health, or the heavy metals lodged in the body could be released, causing worse damage.
  • 25:07 – An explanation of what causes cancers to develop and how the mitochondria extract energy and produce ATP, the energy produce particle allowing the cells to function correctly. He discusses how cancer cells thrive on sugar and how a PET scan reveals cancer after the cancer cells suck up the sugar in the intravenous fluid.
  • 32:04 – An explanation of how the Keto diet starves cancer cells of glucose, inhibiting growth, and when used in combination with other treatments or as a preventative, it can be very useful. He discusses how vitamin D depletion can trigger cancer development. He discusses how, even in a sunny climate, most people are still deficient as they wear sunscreen.
  • 36:40 – A discussion about glyphosate, the ingredient in Roundup, and how this chemical is in the food, water, and how it blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D. Further discussion about vitamin D, and that it is responsible for about 700 processes in the body.
  • 38:08 – An explanation of the science behind cancer and vitamin D deficiencies and how correcting additional deficiencies in selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and amino acids can help ward off cancer and maintain a healthy immune system.
  • 41:11 – An explanation about amino acids, the basic unit of proteins. The fact that almost everyone is low in amino acids, and how these acids are critical in repairing the body, for weight loss, enhanced immune response, and athletic performance. Dr. Minkoff covers the science of amino acids, how they work, and how critical they are to body wellness.
  • 1:04 – Dr. Minkoff explains why acid blockers are harmful. The stomach must be acidic to activate pepsin. If blocked, the pepsin cannot activate, and you cannot gain the benefits from the protein you consume. He explains PerfectAmino, and how this product supplies the EAA the body needs to function correctly.
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 43 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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