Your Body is Talking to You, Learn to Listen with Longevity Expert Dr. Michael Galitzer

Dr. Michael Galitzer has 40 years of medical expertise and is specialized in longevity and energetic medicine, he joins the show to discuss how anyone can work on reaching optimal health.

Tune in for an enlightening discussion on toxicity reduction, stress management, and how to get all of your organ systems functioning at peak performance.

 

“This gets your head out of the circus to try to think about what a patient needs. You’re basically asking the patient: ‘What do you need? What works and doesn’t cause side effects? What’s effective and what’s tolerated?’”

— Dr. Michael Galitzer

 

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Dr. Michael Galitzer is a nationally recognized expert in Energy Medicine, integrative medicine, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For more than 40 years, Dr. Galitzer has been a leading figure and innovator in the field of longevity or anti-aging medicine.

You can find out more about Dr. Michael O. Galitzer on his website!



Key Takeaways

[:54] David welcomes Dr. Michael Galitzer and asks him to talk about his path to medicine, working the E.R., being called “Dr. Trauma,” and the journey he took through nutrition towards energy medicine.

 

[4:07] Dr. Galitzer shares how he sent his best friend to the dentist to remove some toxic fillings and ended up finding out about electroacupuncture. He shares an overview of how this process works.

 

[7:00] Just as electrical impulses precede the heartbeat and muscle contraction, Dr. Galitzer explains that an electrical impulse precedes all bodily functions.

 

[8:30] Dr. Galitzer touches on the importance of HRV data to assess autonomous function health — which NuCalm is proven to strengthen. Dr. Galitzer has always found that in order of importance you have immunity, hormones, and autonomic nervous system; he explains why in detail.

 

[13:10] In order to achieve outstanding health a balance has to be struck between properly functioning systems; Dr. Galitzer offers an analogy to understand organ system function: the car

  • Heart = engine
  • Thyroid = fuel injection system
  • Adrenals = gas pedal

He shares examples of adrenal fatigue coupled with a sluggish liver.

 

[17:54] People who don’t feel well usually have high levels of toxicity and suboptimal hormonal function. Measuring adrenal fatigue is difficult, but Dr. Galitzer shares a few non-invasive ways that he uses to measure adrenal function, such as HRV, as well as tips on how to improve the liver, lymph, and kidney system.

 

[22:45] Dr. Galitzer shares his health routine, from juicing lemons in the morning to water intake, exercise, and NuCalm! He also shares the support formulas he takes.

 

[25:00] Exercise is key, but Dr. Galitzer opens up the conversation on the difference between fitness and health.

 

[27:00] Detoxing only works if you do it right: liver, lymph, and kidney drainage always have to come first.

 

[27:54] The quest for longevity is hampered by fear, Dr. Galitzer explains how. He also shares a few of the things that he finds exciting about the future of energy and longevity medicine from peptides to stem cells, genetics, epigenetics, and exosomes.

 

[34:03] The floor is open for audience questions! Q1: How can NuCalm help with compound migraines?

 

[36:15] Q2: What about regular saunas?

 

[36:55] Q3: Any help with heavy metal toxicity?

 

[39:29] The Korean radio story!

 

[42:42] Q4: You mentioned oxygen-rich water; do you recommend any device?

 

[44:50] Q5: What products to measure HRV at home? (NuCalm!)

 

[46:30] Q6: When it comes to microbiome and gut health, any supplements to recommend?

 

[48:35] Q7: Any foods we should avoid?

 

[50:53] Q8: Any publications on peptides?

 

[51:30] Q9: Any thoughts on hormone balancing for menopause?

 

[53:27] Q10: Any devices to induce sleep? (NuCalm 3.0!)

 

[55:31] David thanks Dr. Galitzer for his wealth of knowledge and asks him to share the impact of a walk in nature on the body, before signing off until the next episode.

 

Continue on your journey and until next time, breathe deep, relax and keep looking forward.

 

Mentioned in this episode

NuCalm

Ophora

Oura Ring

International Peptide Society

 

Books:

The Fourth Phase of Water, by Gerald H. Pollack

The Sexy Years, by Suzanne Somers

This is NuCalm, the show for those looking to improve sleep quality, manage stress, and boost recovery. Brought to you by Solace Lifesciences, the makers of NuCalm, the world’s only patented and proven neuroscience technology that works within minutes, without drugs, every time! In over one million medical sessions, NuCalm has helped men and women around the world.

NuCalm: stress relief for the way we live today, technology to help you disconnect.


Key Takeaways

[:54] David welcomes Dr. Michael Galitzer and asks him to talk about his path to medicine, working the E.R., being called “Dr. Trauma,” and the journey he took through nutrition towards energy medicine.

 

[4:07] Dr. Galitzer shares how he sent his best friend to the dentist to remove some toxic fillings and ended up finding out about electroacupuncture. He shares an overview of how this process works.

 

[7:00] Just as electrical impulses precede the heartbeat and muscle contraction, Dr. Galitzer explains that an electrical impulse precedes all bodily functions.

 

[8:30] Dr. Galitzer touches on the importance of HRV data to assess autonomous function health — which NuCalm is proven to strengthen. Dr. Galitzer has always found that in order of importance you have immunity, hormones, and autonomic nervous system; he explains why in detail.

 

[13:10] In order to achieve outstanding health a balance has to be struck between properly functioning systems; Dr. Galitzer offers an analogy to understand organ system function: the car

  • Heart = engine
  • Thyroid = fuel injection system
  • Adrenals = gas pedal

He shares examples of adrenal fatigue coupled with a sluggish liver.

 

[17:54] People who don’t feel well usually have high levels of toxicity and suboptimal hormonal function. Measuring adrenal fatigue is difficult, but Dr. Galitzer shares a few non-invasive ways that he uses to measure adrenal function, such as HRV, as well as tips on how to improve the liver, lymph, and kidney system.

 

[22:45] Dr. Galitzer shares his health routine, from juicing lemons in the morning to water intake, exercise, and NuCalm! He also shares the support formulas he takes.

 

[25:00] Exercise is key, but Dr. Galitzer opens up the conversation on the difference between fitness and health.

 

[27:00] Detoxing only works if you do it right: liver, lymph, and kidney drainage always have to come first.

 

[27:54] The quest for longevity is hampered by fear, Dr. Galitzer explains how. He also shares a few of the things that he finds exciting about the future of energy and longevity medicine from peptides to stem cells, genetics, epigenetics, and exosomes.

 

[34:03] The floor is open for audience questions! Q1: How can NuCalm help with compound migraines?

 

[36:15] Q2: What about regular saunas?

 

[36:55] Q3: Any help with heavy metal toxicity?

 

[39:29] The Korean radio story!

 

[42:42] Q4: You mentioned oxygen-rich water; do you recommend any device?

 

[44:50] Q5: What products to measure HRV at home? (NuCalm!)

 

[46:30] Q6: When it comes to microbiome and gut health, any supplements to recommend?

 

[48:35] Q7: Any foods we should avoid?

 

[50:53] Q8: Any publications on peptides?

 

[51:30] Q9: Any thoughts on hormone balancing for menopause?

 

[53:27] Q10: Any devices to induce sleep? (NuCalm 3.0!)

 

[55:31] David thanks Dr. Galitzer for his wealth of knowledge and asks him to share the impact of a walk in nature on the body, before signing off until the next episode.

 

Continue on your journey and until next time, breathe deep, relax and keep looking forward.

 

Mentioned in this episode

NuCalm

Ophora

Oura Ring

International Peptide Society

 

Books:

The Fourth Phase of Water, by Gerald H. Pollack

The Sexy Years, by Suzanne Somers

 

More about your host

Connect with David Poole — Chief Business Officer at NuCalm on LinkedIn

 

More about NuCalm and the podcast

This is NuCalm, the show for those looking to improve sleep quality, manage stress, and boost recovery. Brought to you by Solace Lifesciences, the makers of NuCalm, the world’s only patented and proven neuroscience technology that works within minutes, without drugs, every time! In over one million medical sessions, NuCalm has helped men and women around the world.

 

NuCalm: stress relief for the way we live today, technology to help you disconnect.


Full Transcript

David Poole
Today, we’re going to talk about medicine, we’re going to talk about energy, we’re going to talk about the life of someone who’s a very dedicated medical professional. He’s got an unbelievably interesting practice out in Beverly Hills and has spent his life helping people. I want to introduce you Dr. Michael Galitzer.

David Poole
On the line, we’ve got a group of our mastermind participants. These folks are interested in using NuCalm and helping us understand the consumer behavior and what triggers the inertia to use NuCalm and develop a habit and where the friction might be. We’re interested in what kind of learning and what kind of information is helpful in making informed decisions on health, wellness, stress management.

David Poole
Today, if we can, I’d like to start with how you got into the field of medicine and then how you discovered energy medicine, which I think is a really curious topic. Demystifying that, I think, will go a long way on this call alone.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Sure. David, it’s a pleasure, and hello everybody. Glad to be on the call. I graduated med school and came out to LA and did an internship out here, went straight into emergency medicine. I was always fascinated with the ER. I was, I don’t know, 25, 26. Definitely wanted action and got a lot of action.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I did ER in the old days when there were no trauma centers, and the traumas went to the nearest hospital. When you’re in a community hospital, you’re in charge of the whole place, the ER, the ICU, the CCU, and so I saw a lot of trauma. They used to call me Dr. Trauma there in North Hollywood. We always used to say that the moon was always full in North Hollywood.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
ER was great. There’s nothing better than saving somebody’s life, and you got to do that a lot in the emergency room with all sorts of auto accidents, all sorts of overdoses and heart attacks. It was really an exciting time.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
After 15 years of it, however, I got burnt out. I was board certified and looking for a change. The politics were a little gnarly in the ER. They would call me in after a committee meeting: “Dr. Galitzer, you’re doing a really good job but you kept too many people in the CCU, Coronary Care Unit, who didn’t have insurance, so maybe you can do a little better next time.”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I just did politics where hospital was first and the doctors who served the hospital were second and the patient was really third on the pecking list. It was unfortunate. So, looking for a change. Lots of 24-hour shifts.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Came across a clinic close to where I was living that was looking for a doctor to do a general practice in nutrition. Being an ER doc, I knew all about general practice but didn’t have a clue about nutrition, so I figured, I would learn it. I was single, and it was all convenient. I went to seminars, read books, listened to tapes at the time and I got a nutritionist, started doing all these new blood tests that I really hadn’t heard of before and started putting people on supplements. Nobody got any better, David.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
One of the people that … or person that didn’t get better was my best friend at the time, and in running new blood tests, these tests, found out he had mercury toxicity from his silver fillings. I heard the expert talk. He was Hal Huggins. He was a dentist from Colorado, and went up to Hal after the lecture and asked him who I could refer to locally as a dentist to remove the fillings.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, in those days, you would do an allergy test, like a food allergy test except this is a metal allergy test, trying to find out which metals were compatible with the patient’s blood to put back into his teeth.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I sent my friend, Bill, to the dentist. He came back from this dentist and said, “Well, this dentist had this machine and he was measuring my skin resistance, and he had all these vials for the different metals, and he was able to tell me what metals were compatible with my body and what metals were not compatible with my body, and they exactly matched the blood tests.” I said, “If you can figure this out without blood, I want to meet this guy.”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Met the dentist. He told me that there was people from Europe who were giving their first seminar. This was December of 1986. It was a while back. Took the seminar, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It’s an amazing system; electroacupuncture working on the principle of galvanic skin response, kind of like a lie detector. You lie on the lie detector machine, the skin resistance changes. Here, if you put a formula or an antibiotic or a medication or an herb or a homeopathic or a food in circuit with the patient, you can measure whether or not the skin resistance changes, and if the skin resistance does change, then you know that substance is not good for the person.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It’s an amazing way to really … In medicine, we frequently use our heads: “You’ve got this, take this. You’ve got that, take that,” whether it be a medication, an antidepressant, a blood pressure medicine, an antibiotic, an herb, a homeopathic, but this gets your head out of the circuit. Instead of trying to think about what a patient needs, you’re basically asking the patient, “What do you need? What works and what doesn’t cause side effects? What’s effective and what’s tolerated?” It’s an amazing system, and you can adapt it to hormones. You can adapt it to anything. As long as you have a vial to test with that person, you can just about test anything.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It really is more than personalized medicine. It’s really precision medicine because you’re exactly giving the person what they need at that time, and things do change over time.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
That was my first foray to what I call energy medicine. I used to have on my card that I was doing antiaging medicine, but it’s really about energy medicine, because, number one, health is energy, and number two, there’s an energetic level to your body that we look at. Most of medicine is really physical and chemical, but we do x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, looking at the structure of mammograms, looking at the structure of your body. We do blood tests looking at the chemical level of your body.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
But the electrical level or the energetic level correlates more to how people feel. Now medicine does electrical medicine and, with the cardiologist, do an EKG looking at the electrical heart and really the electrical impulse precedes the physical heartbeat.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
A neurologist will do an EEG or EMG looking at the electrical brain or neuro muscle. But just like there’s an electrical heart and electrical brain, there’s an electrical liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals, thyroid. I tell my patients that your body’s this orchestra in which these glands and organs are instruments in that orchestra. Some are sluggish and out of tune, which you cannot see on a blood test. You can see an inflamed liver but you can’t see a sluggish liver, and some are strong and in tune. If we can get everything that’s sluggish strong, then the orchestra plays better music.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
The other concept are toxins. In the ER, we were concerned about life threatening toxins: overdoses, sleeping pills, carbon monoxide poisoning, chemical spills, oils spills. This medicine says there’s toxins in the air, water food. There’s pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals of all sorts. Certain foods can be toxic to an individual. A lot of people have problems with gluten. If we can reduce the toxicity at the same time that we strengthen the orchestra, people get a whole lot better.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
That’s really the hallmark of what I try to convey to patients, that we’re looking at the electrical you which correlates more to how you feel, and really, everybody these days complains about lack of energy or not having enough energy that they used to have. We can see this on the electrical level.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
One of the tests that I’ve used over time is heart rate variability. The heart rate variability looks at what’s called the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system, the subconscious nervous system, the system that controls things you don’t think about: your next breath, your next heartbeat, your blood pressure.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There are two parts to this nervous system, the sympathetic part, which is your performance part to say how fast did you run the hundred yard dash, and the parasympathetic which is relaxation-recovery. How long did it take for you to get your breath back. Of the two, the parasympathetic is much more important. Everybody’s on the go too much, which is why I think this is like a global reset here and reboot with COVID. People just don’t relax. People are just too concerned with performance and working too much.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It’s the sympathetic nervous system that’s usually too strong. The parasympathetic nervous system is too weak. Heart rate variability looks at how often each beat is a little different from each other beat. If you had a pulse of 60, say, you’d think, well, each beat is one second. But if each beat was one second, then there is no variability, and the heart rate variability tracing looks like a straight line across. But if one beat is one second and the next beat is .98 seconds in length and the next beat is 102, that’s variability. The more each beat is different in length from the preceding beat, the greater the heart rate variability, and on a graph you’ll see these peaks and valleys, the healthier the parasympathetic nervous system is and the healthier the person is.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
That seems to be a very, very, very important test to run on every patient. There’s a lot of information on heart rate variability that’s accepted in the medical literature. The beauty of NuCalm, which I was introduced to by my wife, I think it was around 2012 or ’14, is that it strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system, and that is huge. The parasympathetic nervous system allows one to sleep better, allows one to recover better from any kind of a stressor. I found that the NuCalm device is really incredibly powerful and important with a lot of my patients.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Needless to say, when I test patients’ heart rate variability, I would say that 90% to 95% have a negative reading on the parasympathetic nervous system. Therefore, you can argue, since I’m looking at people that are very holistically motivated here in LA, that are very in tune with their lifestyle and very in tune with a lot of the things that we want to do to improve our health, and these people still have, 95% of them, still have negative readings on the parasympathetic nervous system.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
You can imagine that NuCalm, not only it would help these people, but you can imagine all the people who don’t come to see me, who aren’t taking care of their bodies, and they too are going to have negative parasympathetic nervous system if you were to do heart rate variability on them.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I would say the bottom line is that NuCalm really helps everybody because NuCalm stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, and that is so key.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There’s a lot of talk about, right now, with COVID and the need to strengthen the immune system. I’ve always looked at the immune system as number three, and that more important than the immune system is the hormonal system, the thyroid, the adrenals, insulin levels, and more important than the hormonal system is the autonomic nervous system. I think that’s the top of the pecking pole because it can make changes in seconds. The hormonal system is really more about hours and days. I think the immune system, actually, is actually third in line in the pecking order.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
When you’re seeing these people that are getting COVID infections where their body over-reacts and they get into trouble and need to be on a ventilator, I really believe it’s an aberrant or an abnormal endocrine and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system that allow these kind of things to occur, that over-reaction by the immune system.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
That’s a quick foray into energy medicine, autonomic nervous system, heart rate variability and NuCalm. Again, I find it extremely valuable, because the ability to strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system may be the key to getting people to optimal health.

David Poole
So, Michael, in lieu of us rushing to your office and going through treatment, say I show up, I’m 51-years-old, and that’s actually my age, and I’m complaining of, not chronic fatigue, but a lack of energy and I’m restless at night. I’m guessing that’s probably a pretty common phenomenon for many people my age. What would you suggest? How would you take me through an analysis, and then what can I do on a personal level to understand when I’m making improvements and really achieve that outstanding health I’m looking for and longevity?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Sure. Again, going back to heart rate variability, when we have these negative readings on the parasympathetic nervous system, the two organs that most closely correspond to the weakness in the parasympathetic nervous system are the liver and the adrenals. Now, I’m not talking about an inflamed liver that you can see elevated liver enzymes on a blood test. I’m talking about a sluggish liver. I’m also talking about adrenal weakness.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
If we had the analogy of the, quickly, of the body, think of the heart as the engine to the car. The thyroid is the fuel-injection system, and the adrenals are the gas pedal.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Looking at the adrenals, adrenal fatigue is really hugely very, very common in our society. The adrenals are the first organ affected by stress: mental stress, emotional stress, nutritional stress: i.e., say, a gluten allergy, environmental stress, electromagnetic stress, physical stress; hurt at the gym or had surgery, or infectious stress virtue of virus yeast infections.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Whenever there’s a stressor or when there’s several stressors occurring at the same time, the adrenals continue to secrete stress hormones. At some point, the adrenals get tired. Your ability to handle stress goes down. Stress becomes a threat as opposed to a challenge. You can’t differentiate big stress from little stress. You overreact to the little things. You can even get anxiety.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, a lot of people think that anxiety starts up on top, but if you think of your brain as having a conversation with your adrenals in the morning, and your brain says to your adrenals, “Got a lot on my plate today, and I need you, adrenals, to secrete these hormones to get me through the day.” The adrenals say, “Well, I’m tapped out. I’ve got nothing to give you.” Well, you’re going to get anxious because you don’t have the resources to meet the demands of the day.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Frequently, anxiety can be a component to adrenal fatigue, and again energy. When one complains of fatigue, David, the adrenals are always tired, so, again, the adrenals, being one of the key factors in strengthening the autonomic nervous system, the parasympathetic nervous system.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
When I say about the adrenals, I mean the outer adrenals, the adrenal cortex. The inner adrenals are really about adrenaline which is like a fireman. Adrenal fatigue is huge.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, let’s look at the liver. The liver’s the major organ that has to process the foods, and the liver’s also the major organ that has to help clean the body. We call it a drainage organ. The liver, the lymph and the kidneys are the drainage organs. The liver’s like the general of the body. When the liver’s sluggish and not balanced, people have a hard time making decisions. The liver controls the eyes. Migraines are because the liver is imbalanced.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
In Chinese medicine, there’s 12 major organ systems or meridians through which energy flows, so each of the 12 organ systems which have two hours of the organ clock, the 24-hour clock, where their energy is the maximal.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Liver time is between 1:00 and 3:00 in the morning. When you hear that I can’t fall asleep or I always wake up between 1:00 and 3:00, you really know that the liver’s imbalanced.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, there’s some people that wake up between 1:00 and 3:00 and go back to sleep. There are other people that wake up between 1:00 and 3:00 with a buzz as if they just had caffeine. What those people have is adrenal fatigue on top of the liver imbalance. Basically what happens is that even though we’re sleeping, the cells just still need sugar. That’s the job of cortisol, the adrenal hormone, to tell the liver to release sugar during the night.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, if cortisol is insufficient while we’re sleeping, the body still needs the sugar, and it turns to the inner adrenal which secretes adrenaline. Adrenaline wakes up everything. The liver secretes sugar, and you wake up with a buzz.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Frequently, when you hear people say, “I wake up just like I just had a cup of coffee at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning,” you know that their adrenals are fatigued and their liver’s overloaded. You can really tell a lot by just hearing some of these symptoms that people have.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, what I see in my practice, David, is that most people have high levels of toxicity. I used to say that if you can get people better in LA, you can get people better anywhere, due to the noise, the pollution and everything else that goes on here in the city.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
High levels of toxicity and also a hormonal system that’s sub-optimal; i.e., certainly the adrenals not working nearly as efficiently as they should.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, very hard to measure adrenal fatigue. Some people recommend an 8:00 a.m. blood cortisol level, but if somebody comes at you with a needle first thing in the morning, your cortisol level is going to go up. Probably the best way to measure that outside of the testing that I do and the heart rate variability, would be a saliva test where you’re looking at saliva 8:00, noon, 4:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., midnight and 4:00 a.m. to get a circadian rhythm to cortisol and DHEA, which are the two main adrenal cortex hormones.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
In a nutshell, people who don’t feel well, have high levels of toxicity. The first thing you want to do is to, we call drainage to stimulate the liver, the kidneys and the lymph. The second thing we want to do is balance the hormonal system.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
If we look at getting toxins out, what can a person do, which was part of your original question, to help stimulate drainage, short of coming to see me, well, juicing a lemon in the morning for the liver. Take a lemon, cut it in half, squeeze the juice out of both halves, pour it into six to eight ounces of water, drink that down.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Liver: vegetables, carrots, beets, zucchini squash, watercress, artichoke. You can just either eat them raw. I find that juicing greens, very, very helpful, so green juice every day.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There’s supplements for the liver, N-Acetyl Cysteine. I think Vitamin C is very helpful. We get a lot intravenous Vitamin C, which helps both the liver and the adrenals, in our office. We run that over 25,000 milligrams over about an hour in an IV.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Glutathione, a very important supplement. You can give it intravenously, you can inject it in muscularly, you can take it orally. There’s a lot of really good supplements for the liver.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Kidneys are helped by lots of good water. Water is really, really important, and most people don’t drink enough water. There’s all sorts of excuses. They don’t want to go to the bathroom or they’ll wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom, drink water during the day. Women sometimes don’t want to go to the bathroom a lot. I find that most people don’t enough water. Actually, some people feel that one of the major causes of fatigue is not drinking enough water. Water becomes really, really important.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Parsley, pomegranate and asparagus are great kidney foods. Horsetail tea is another kidney tea or equisetum tea. The kidneys are helped by water and asparagus, parsley and pomegranate.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
The lymph is helped by avoiding dairy. Anything from the cow seems to really obstruct the lymphatic system. Deep breathing, very helpful for the lymphatics and exercise: bouncing, trampoline, rebounder, a chi machine. We have the Sonic’s, so vibrational machine in the office. Very, very helpful for the lymphatic system.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Traditional medicine pays very little attention to the lymph except when they look for lymph nodes if the person has breast cancer or Hodgkin’s disease or Lymphoma. Other than that, there’s very little attention paid to the lymphatic system. Again, one of the values of exercise and deep breathing is that it moves the lymphatics through your body.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Getting toxins out of the body through the liver-lymph-kidney systems, supporting those organs as we talked about. Acupuncture is very, very helpful, I think, for a lot of people to help stimulate the liver and the kidneys and strengthen the adrenals. Now, the adrenals, there’s all sorts of … You can give adrenal hormones like DHEA. Very helpful. Giant redwoods is an herb that helps the adrenals. Licorice helps the adrenals. Salt, a lot of people don’t have enough salt in their diet. Himalayan salt, I think, is very, very helpful.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think the bottom line on the adrenals is how do you reduce the stress in your life. Try to identify the stressors and also, again, back to the parasympathetic nervous system and NuCalm, the ability to relax and the ability to go within; i.e., also like in meditation, really is just a great tool that NuCalm is, to go deep, relax, stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and also reduce the stressors in your life which ultimately has to help your adrenal glands.

David Poole
Michael, that was great. There’s a lot of information there. I’m glad we’re recording this. Can you give us some clues into how you stay so healthy? I know we just celebrated a birthday together last month, and you’re in remarkably good health. What’s your secret? What’s your recipe around exercise, sleep and diet?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, I do all the things that I just talked about in terms of juicing lemons, drinking a highly enriched, oxygenated water. I exercise every day. I do the bicycle here at home every day. Deep breathing. NuCalm.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’ve created formulas that are marketed to health professionals, also available online, for liver-lymph-kidney drainage, for adrenal support. I’d say I walk my talk, but I’m fully engaged. I think that in your practice, if you’re having a longevity, energy medicine, antiaging practice, you’ve got to walk your talk. You’ve got to look healthy.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’ve been blessed. I never really had a weight challenge in my life. I’ve always exercised. I think that’s very protective. I think that if you eat every day, you should exercise every day.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
That’s really, David, one of the hardest things, I find, is to motivate people. First of all, medicine doesn’t really have the tools to motivate people to change and show them how to change, as a rule, traditional medicine. I find that one of the hardest things for me is to motivate people to exercise. When I started this practice about 33 years ago, people were in their 20s and 30s and 40s. Now, these people have aged and they’re more like in their 50s, 60s, 70s.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Getting these people to exercise and motivating these people to exercise, I find one of the more difficult things. People are very happy to eat healthy, very happy to do all the things that they’re supposed to do, but they’re not really wanting to exercise. They’ll say, “Oh, I walk the dog.” I find that to be one of the harder things to do is to continually get and motivate people to exercise.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There’s all sorts of reasons, and one of the big reasons which I find to be why this COVID thing is like a global reset or reboot is that people say, “Well, I don’t have time to exercise. I wake up early, I go to work, I come back late, and it just can’t work that way. I’m too tired in the morning, I’m too tired at night. There’s not enough time.”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think that people’s perception of time, that time’s running out, that there’s always something to do, I think may be one of the more important things that interferes with their health. Getting people to exercise is really key. Again, you’ve got to move your body. If you don’t move your body, you can’t be as healthy as you should be.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, there’s fitness and there’s health. People that work out at the gym, they’re convinced that they’re healthy because they’re fit. I disagree. I think that a lot of people who do work out can be healthier, again, because toxicity being high. Like Magic Johnson. At the peak of his career, he had HIV. He was certainly fit, but he wasn’t that healthy. I see that with a lot of people that work out. I see that with certain tennis players, professional tennis players. They’re very fit but they’re not as healthy as they can be.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think the key, again, to health, is how do you keep your parasympathetic nervous system healthy, how do you keep your liver healthy, how do you keep adrenals healthy. When I mean healthy, I mean optimal. I mean, you want a liver that’s processing the food. You want to eat the right food.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, eating organic is key, but that doesn’t get toxins out of the body, so you’ve really got to do herbal formulas, homeopathic formulas, acupuncture, juicing; all those kind of things to help get the toxins … Infrared sauna.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, one of the interesting things that you hear about is, people come in and go, “Well, I need to detox.” They do these fades. They do all these things and they get sick. The reason being is that detox is really by pulling toxins out of the tissues, but once they got out of the tissues, they’ve got to go through the lymph-liver-kidney system. Now, if those drainage organs are clogged, then there’s nowhere for the toxins to go, and people feel tired and weak and sick. You always have to do drainage first before you do detox like chelation or infrared saunas, those kind of things, colonics. All those detox things need to occur after one does liver-lymph-kidney drainage. Doing the drainage first, it’s like having a bowel movement on a toilet that won’t flush. There’s nowhere for this junk to go, so drainage first, detox second while you’re supporting the hormonal system and while you’re doing things like NuCalm to support the parasympathetic nervous system.

David Poole
May I ask you a personal question, Michael? How long do you want to live? What’s your personal goal for life expectancy?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’d say definitely 100-years-old, but I think the key is is that there’s all these things out there for longevity. I mean, there’s so much out there right now. There’s again, drainage. There’s detoxification. There’s hormonal balance. There’s bioidentical hormone. There’s peptides, both oral and injectable. There’s supplements to increase mitochondrial function. There’s genetics that’s coming down the pike. There’s stem cells. There are exosomes.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
All these things are useful, David, but I think that the real key, you can’t get there if you’ve got a fear of death. I see this every day. I see this a lot right now with people with this current health challenge where people are afraid to come to my office because they think they’re going to get COVID and then they think they’re going to be hospitalized and then they think they could be on a ventilator, which they think they could die.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think that if you continue to have this fear of death, no matter what you do, I’m not quite sure you can get to where you really want to get in terms of longevity.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I see this with cancer patients. There’s a global fear of cancer that if you have symptoms that don’t go away after a week, you think you have cancer. If your pain doesn’t go away after a week, you think you have cancer.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think that the fear of getting this virus, fear of getting cancer, and it’s a global fear, I think that massively interferes with this quest for longevity. I think that getting over those fears are really key, not only for me but for society’s all, for the whole world. I think this health virus challenge that’s going on right now is really indicative of how scared people really are.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think the media is irresponsible. The media should certainly be telling people how to strengthen their immune system or what can you do to stay healthy as opposed to staying away from people. I’m not sure that’s the answer, and I’m not sure it’s even the short-term answer. In any event, it is the answer right now. But the bigger question is getting over your fear of death is really the key to a long, healthy life.

David Poole
I have one last question, Michael, and we’ll open up to the team here. I could talk to you for hours. I love this stuff. What are you excited about in terms of energy medicine or any new tech or new thought processes that are coming down that you’re learning on your journey is for continuous improvement education? What are you most excited about?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’m really excited about everything that’s needed to feel great, energetically-wise, having energy. I think energy is the key. Again, we talked about the need to get toxins out, the need to strengthen the hormonal system, the need for parasympathetic balance using NuCalm and liver and adrenal function.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’m very excited about peptides. A hormone is a large group of amino acids. Peptides are smaller groups of amino acids. Peptides, I think, are very, very important, especially with this current virus challenge. I think something like thymus and Alpha-1, which is a peptide to stimulate your immune system, thymus and Beta-4, which is a peptide that prevents maybe some of this vibratic reactions that people are having in their lungs secondary to this virus, EPC for a GI function and also for healing injuries.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Peptides are very, very exciting. I think the future really moves into stem cells, exosomes. Tony Robbins did a great podcast yesterday on … We had a couple of doctors talking about placental stem cells that are now being investigated with an ING with the FDA to help stimulate the immune cells with thymus T-cells, the natural killer cells. I think stem cells are definitely the future. I think the powers to be are not excited about the use of placental stem cells, but I think they’re really, really important, I think.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Probably genetics at some point, will be … the use of genetics. But again, with these stem cells, they will be perfected, David. There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to, at one point, introduce to the body, perfectly matched stem cells, not from your own source but maybe placental cells.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think the key is how do you optimize the body to both receive the stem cells and to utilize the stem cells. That’s where my research is going. It’s that I’ve seen too many people that have gotten stem cells, it didn’t work. They got worse because they were toxic and they were not hormonally balanced and their nervous system was not right. If you can get that person in that perfect state, I do think that stem cells, in the future, can be very valuable.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, obviously, I’m going to have to do the right studies. It’s funny, while they’re really coming down on doctors who use it and, unfortunately, I can’t use that at the present time, the stem cells being researched at numerous medical centers in the country. Long term, I’m sure this will be a positive, but short-term, it’s probably not there yet. But I see that as the key; how do you reduce the toxicity, optimize hormone levels, balance the autonomic nervous system and then use stem cells to further enhance a person’s health.

David Poole
Excellent. I’m encouraged. I’m halfway to 100. I’m going to beat you.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’m up for the challenge.

David Poole
We have several questions. Thank you so much, Michael. I really appreciate your time today. Got a question from Pablo: How can NuCalm help with compound migraines?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Pablo, well, again, migraines are always due to the liver, and the liver is essential for the health of the parasympathetic nervous system. Again, as we talked about with migraines, I think you want to look at food allergies. I think you want to look at leaky gut, which is the small intestine, and so gluten being a major issue with leaky gut.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Basically, so gluten causes increased intestinal permeability in the small intestines, the area around the belly button. Foods that are only partially digested in toxins are able to get through to the small intestine, and they all drain to the liver. The liver gets overloaded, so you’ve got to treat the leaky gut, you’ve got to identify the trigger foods, gluten, say, dairy frequently. Then if you can get the liver balanced with lemony water, liver supplements, acupuncture, and, again, NuCalm, with its ability to strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system of which the liver is a key component, that combination should be very successful.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It isn’t as hard as you think. I think if you can do all of those things, you can certainly get rid of these migraines.

David Poole
Pablo, thanks for the question. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about that. What if you’re experiencing a migraine? Would NuCalm be useful in doing acute response, or maybe not?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think with an acute migraine, I think you’ve got to take the medication, whatever medications that are prescribed because I think that the … It’s funny that people will, given the movement towards pleasure or away from pain, people always opt for moving away from pain.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Generally, I think I’d take the medication, whether it be Maxalt or aspirin or Advil. But long term, to prevent it, the key to prevention is what we just talked about in terms of liver health, hormonal health, GI health and NuCalm.

David Poole
Excellent. Got a question from Tao about regular saunas, probably from the detox and health and balance. Is that something you recommend?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Right. Great question. Infrared saunas, I think, are really, really important. A lot of people buy them for their home. A lot of people can go get saunas. But, again, sauna is a level represents detoxification, so you want to do a liver-lymph-kidney drainage, as we talked about earlier, before you get into the sauna. I think two or three times a week is great. Once the drain is unclogged through liver-lymph-kidney drainage, then infrared saunas become even more useful and valuable.

David Poole
I have a question for Madhu about any help with heavy metal toxicity.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Heavy metals. Well, again, let’s remember that heavy metals go out through the kidneys almost always. Some through the gut, but my experience has been that you’ve got to really do kidney drainage first before you deal with the heavy metal issue.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There are herbs for homeopathics. There’s acupuncture. Kidney-3 is an acupuncture point by the ankle bone on the big toe side. You can go straight between the ankle bone to the achilles tendon. You’ll fall into a hole halfway. If you rub that, you can do acupressure to kidney-three or acupuncture to kidney three. It’s a major point.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Kidney drainage, we’ve talked about herbs, homeopathics, asparagus, parsley, pomegranate, great water. What I find is that mercury toxicity is key, is maybe the most important heavy metal and frequently from the silver fillings. Initially, you want to do selenium to neutralize the mercury. Once the person is hormonally balanced and reduced the toxicity to a certain extent, you can have that person go see a biological dentist, and have them take the fillings out quadrant by quadrant maybe one month apart, quadrant by quadrant where you take chlorella maybe five tablets the day before and the day of the mercury filling removal to block any mercury that they get into the gut.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Biological dentists really use drainage systems, rubber dams, so they’re the ideal person to do, but you want to do it when you’re strong. You don’t want to take the fillings out all at once.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Then you can then do follow-up after all the fillings are out by further strengthening the kidneys with kidney drainage, kidney formulas, acupuncture. Glutathione can help pull mercury out.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Another thing is that people get these scans, MRIs for the breast with contrast. Gadolinium is like a heavy metal. After one of those scans using gadolinium as a heavy metal for the contrast agent, you certainly want the kidneys going too. Again, kidney drainage, detox the heavy metals. First, you’ve got to do kidney drainage. Secondly, you always want to support the kidneys while you’re doing these procedures, especially with the mercury fillings.

David Poole
Michael, can you just share the experience you had with the gentlemen or the patient who was getting Korean radio news?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Great question. That’s another issue with mercury fillings. I had just started. I just started getting into this energy medicine, I think it’s 1987. This guy comes in. His first name was Arnie, and he says to me, he says, “I’m hearing radio stations in my head, music stations in my head, and I can’t sleep. I’ve got to go into my trailer and sleep by the beach.” I said, “Oh God, another crazy. I just got out of the ER, and here I’ve got another person like that.” I didn’t have a clue what was going on.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, what was going on is he had a mouthful of mercury fillings. In addition to the mercury being a heavy metal and toxic to the body, in the presence of saliva, mercury causes electrical currents. Those electrical currents can be increased through cellphones, sitting in front of computers, and they override the brain. He was creating so many electrical currents in his mouth, that he was basically tuning in to radio frequencies, radio stations, and that’s why he was hearing the music. When we took the fillings out, the music stopped and Arnie was a happy camper.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, mercury is really two major things: It’s a toxin directly affecting the hormonal system and very close to the thyroid gland, so a lot of thyroid issues are due to mercury fillings. Kidneys excrete the mercury so it can affect the kidneys. It can affect the entire hormonal system and can also cause electrical currents that, in our culture, get amplified by WiFi, computers, cellphones, 4G, 5G. It’s a huge issue. Huge issue.

David Poole
Michael, just out of curiosity, how did you get to that determination? I mean, the first thing you said was, “Uh-oh, another crazy person. I thought I left this in the ER.” That’s not-

Dr. Michael Galitzer
One of the things that, as a doctor, you always say, “Open your mouth and stick out your tongue and go ah.” Well, that’s fairly useless in terms of … People gag. There’s a little trick that if you just put the tongue depressor on the front of the tongue as opposed to the back of the tongue, you prevent a gag. But when you do that on a physical exam and you see a mouthful of mercury fillings and then, again, I was doing that electrodermal testing that I referred to earlier, it was obvious that he had mercury toxicity.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, my mentor at the time was guiding me through this process. It was the beginning of my career there. He picked it up, I picked up, and it was obvious that visibly he had a whole mouthful of mercury fillings. We were pretty hip to that. This was 1987. We were hip to that. We were hip to vaccinations in those days.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Here in LA, I’ve got to tell you that trying to talk to people about energy medicine and toxicity in 1987 was a challenge. Most people were not getting it.

David Poole
I know what you mean. Bring NuCalm back 10 years and it was the same thing, just vacant stares. A few more questions and I’m going to let you go. I like these stories. This is from Justin. You mentioned oxygen-rich water. Do you have a particular filter device to help oxygenate home drinking water?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Yeah. There’s a company in Santa Barbara called Ophora, O-P-H-O-R-A. Most water is two parts per million of oxygen and the water that … we have a cooler or a dispenser in the office that connects to the bathroom. Also have one here at home. That has 10 parts per million of oxygen. Ophora actually bottles water in glass jars that have 50, 5-0, parts per million of oxygen.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Elon Musk did his research and had the Ophora system installed in his house up in Northern California. I would say that oxygenated water through the Ophora system is what I would recommend, and it’s a system that if you can’t afford the, I think it’s around $5,000 for the unit, you can certainly buy it. It’s available in bottles, in glass bottles. So, O-P-H-O-R-A, oxygenated water would be a great thing to do.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
There’s a whole lot of research on water. This guy, Pollack, wrote this book on The Fourth Phase of Water because we think of water as either the solid ice, liquid or vapor, but there’s a gel state too.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
It’s funny, I heard a tape where an ER doctor was talking, Dr. Cowan, C-O-W-A-N, who’s a very interesting guy, by the way. It would be worth looking at his stuff. Cowan said when he was an ER doc and somebody came in the ER with a cut, he didn’t see any water on the floor. There was a cut in the body, and the reason being is that water really is in the gel state within the cells of the body, and that’s the fourth phase of water.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
You should certainly look into this fourth phase of water. It’s very interesting because that’s maybe how the greater the gel state, the healthier the person’s going to be. We talked about how to get healthy. Look at that and also look at the Ophora system for highly oxygenated water.

David Poole
Excellent. Another question here from Patrick: What products would you recommend if I want to start measuring HRV at home?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, I think that what I would certainly do would be to get a NuCalm system if you don’t already have one, Patrick, because I think the NuCalm system is key. I think the Oura Ring, O-U-R-A is a ring that connects to your … there’s an app for your iPhone or for whatever smartphone device you have. The Oura Ring basically looks at heart rate variability at night. You put the ring on at night and it’ll show your heart rate variability while you’re sleeping, which is an interesting thing. In medicine, we’re always doing tests on people awake but nobody seems to want to measure things while people are sleeping; i.e., body temperature; i.e, pulse rate; i.e., heart rate variability. I think you could probably predict, I think, the Oura company is working with the University of California at San Francisco to do a research study to see if they can predict who’s going to get in trouble with this virus challenge using the Oura Ring.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Say if your body temperature starts changing at night, maybe that might be a way to assess that you’re going to get a potential problem.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Again, the Oura Ring allows you to measure heart rate variability, body temperature, heart rate at night. I think that might be a very valuable thing to see the positive effect of NuCalm that you would do during the day but it’ll certainly have an effect on your heart rate variability at night while you’re sleeping. I think, again, we’re always measuring things during the day, but the ability to measure things like heart rate variability at night with the Oura Ring is a real plus.

David Poole
Thank you. Several more questions here. This is, again, from Justin. How are you thinking about the microbiome in gut health? Are there particular supplement probiotics you’d recommend?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Every year, an alternative medicine or integrated medicine, there’s a hot topic. There’s a new supplement or a new thing, I think. This last year was NAD. The year before was the microbiome.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I see a triangle. When I was being taught this stuff by the Germans, they said, “Look, the key is that most things start in the gut, and there’s a liver, pancreas, intestinal triangle. Every part of that triangle can affect any other part. The liver can affect the gut. The liver can affect the pancreas. The pancreas can affect the gut.” Again, the liver is the major organ in detox. The liver processes the food. The pancreas creates digestive enzymes. The small intestine absorbs the foods. The large intestine handles the waste products, re-absorbs the water.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think that I don’t pay any attention to how many billion organisms are in the capsule. I don’t know who counted them. I don’t think that’s really that important. I really think that the key to a healthy microbiome is eating organic and having liver-pancreas-intestinal health.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I want to look at those things, and instead of maybe take … The pancreas is strongest in the morning and weakest at night, which is contrary to how most Americans eat. Most Americans don’t eat a small breakfast and eat this huge dinner where the pancreatic enzyme secretion is at the lowest at night. I’d want to take a digestive enzyme at night. I would want the herbs homeopathics for the pancreas.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
The ability to optimize pancreas, intestinal and liver health will create a healthier microbiome once we know that you’re eating organic. I would tend to want to focus that way as opposed to which probiotic is the best.

David Poole
What foods should we avoid, Michael, in general, food groups or red meats? We hear different things all the time. What foods do you avoid today?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’m a Pisces. I’m a Pisces, so I tend to eat a lot of fish. I eat fish and I eat eggs. I don’t eat red meat or chicken. I think if you’re going to eat those things, you’ve got to have organic. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating red meat, but I do think that it’s really about acidity and alkalinity. If you’re going to eat acidic foods, you’ve got to have a lot of the alkaline vegetables. You can’t just have meat with rice and pasta. You’ve got to meat with veggies.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I think that the real key is to create balance. You’ve got to have protein. If you want to eat organic red meat, I think that’s fine. I don’t personally eat that, or I don’t eat, really, chicken, but I eat a lot of fish and eggs.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
In terms of foods that cause problems, gluten seems to be the number one food. Dairy is probably number two. Corn is genetically modified. So is soy. If you can find a non-genetically modified version of corn and soy, I think that would be okay, but I do think that most of the soy and corn is difficult for most people.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I’d say gluten. Eggs, some people have problems with eggs, but I think it’s really gluten and dairy. If I had to pick two foods that don’t work for most people, it’d be gluten … And dairy, when I say dairy, I mean from the cow. A lot of people can tolerate goat. A lot of people can tolerate sheep products, but cow products and gluten seem to be the major offenders.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
And, again, sugar. Sugar. Sugar is obviously a huge issue because, number one, it tastes good, but number two is it’s inflammatory. It causes insulin secretion to increase, which [inaudible 00:53:04] inflammation. I’d say sugar, obviously, is why soft drinks shouldn’t be taken because they’re too acidic and [ten 00:53:14] two spoons of sugar in a regular Coca Cola, so sugar would be a big one, so those would be the big ones.

David Poole
Excellent. Three more quick questions and we’ll break. Walter asks, “Is there a medical director of doctors with expertise in peptides? Are they published anywhere?”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Great question. There is an International Association of Peptides, IPS, International Peptide Society. It’s Peptide Society dot org. You can call them up and get that list or go to their website, Peptide Society dot org, and get the list of practitioners that are using peptides that are members. That would probably be your best bet for peptides.

David Poole
Excellent, and then Madhu has a question: Any thoughts on hormone balancing from menopause?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Right. Well, I was in Suzanne Somers’ first book, The Sexy Years, is written in 2004. Being in that book really was, in the beginning, was overwhelmed with menopausal women. I’m a huge believer in hormones, bioidentical hormones for women. Again, I find that if you’re doing these things like strengthening the adrenals, strengthening the liver, reducing toxicity, that hormones are the definite antiaging effect. I don’t feel that they cause cancer. Again, healthy lifestyle with all the things that we talked about on this podcast, I find that hormones have an antiaging effect.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
The interesting thing is that Maria Shriver is one of those people that have been leading this Alzheimer’s crusade. She said that it’s interesting that two-thirds of the people with Alzheimer’s are women.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
When I started doing this in 2000 and … Well, I was doing it before, but when the book came out in 2004, the office was flooded with women really aged 50 to 60 that were really perimenopausal, having hot flashes, having night sweats and couldn’t sleep. You can’t tell me that giving hormones and helping women sleep isn’t a huge benefit for their health.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
More importantly, 15 years later, now 2020, those 50-year-olds are 65. Those 60-year-olds are 75, and they’re still taking the hormones, and they’re not getting into trouble with Alzheimer’s. I think there’s a direct connection with healthy lifestyle and bioidentical hormones, especially estrogen, in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.

David Poole
Excellent. Last question, are there any devices that actually induce sleep; i.e., NuCalm 3.0? How would you help someone get to sleep if they’re struggling to fall asleep at night?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, again, I think that you’ve got to … That’s a huge issue, but we talked about liver, a balanced liver and the ability to, if your liver’s imbalanced, you’re more likely to fall asleep easier.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
The question is, what is your head thinking about as your head hits the pillow at night? Are you thinking about all the issues of the day? Are you thinking about how great the next day is going to be, or are you thinking about how great you can sleep tonight and what kind of dreams you could have? Are you focusing on your breathing? You can’t think about your breathing and think about life at the same time or the issues of the day. I think you’ve really got to focus on your breathing while your head’s on the pillow and that really distracts you from going to sleep, distract you from thinking about things that would interfere with you going to sleep.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
I would certainly do NuCalm … My experience has been that you want to do NuCalm early in the day, before 7:00 at night. Again, that’s about maintaining your parasympathetic nervous system, which is really the key system when you’re sleeping. The stronger your parasympathetic nervous system is, the more balanced your adrenals are, the more balanced your liver is, the more likely you are to have a restful sleep.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Now, I personally take melatonin. I think melatonin is great. I urge people to take melatonin whether that it helps them sleep or not because it has so many powerful effects on the body as an antioxidant. It’s just very helpful. I think magnesium is helpful to take before you go to sleep. Magnesium threonate seems to help balance the brain, T-H-R-E-O-N-A-T-E. I would say magnesium, melatonin, focusing on your breathing, doing NuCalm early in the day all should help, and again, balancing your liver and your adrenals are probably the keys to helpful sleep too.

David Poole
Excellent. Well, that’s our list of questions. As a wrap, Michael, if you wouldn’t mind, can you share the story you shared with me last night about the impact physically on the body of taking a walk in nature, specifically, in a wooded nature?

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Right. It was a physician that basically did a study where he had people take a hike in the woods and found that their natural killer cells, which are made by the key cells that help against viruses and cancer, were markedly increased in people that took a hike in the woods.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Then he took the people, and they weren’t working. The people said, “Well, you’re not working and so, therefore, of course your immune system is better because you don’t have to work.”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Well, they took the same people that didn’t work and took them into the city and it didn’t have any effect. What he found was that the trees secrete this aroma that, again, I can’t remember the name of it but it is that aroma that actually helps stimulate the natural killer cells. People, again, said, “Come on.” He said, “Well, I’ll prove it to you.”

Dr. Michael Galitzer
They took these medical students. He said, “Look, you guys are going to work real hard during the day, and then when you go to sleep, we’re going to atomize this substance that the trees secrete,” and sure enough, their natural killer cells went up.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Basically, the conclusion was taking a hike in the woods may be the most important thing that one can do for your immune health, or one of the more important things one can do for your immune health. It’s funny because out here, it’s against the law to hike because of this virus situation. You can’t go to the beach, you can’t hike, and so it’s a little strange that we have to socially distance at the same time we can’t do the things that obviously support our immune health. Seek out the trees, if you can. Make sure nobody’s watching, and good luck.

David Poole
That’s great advice. Well, thank you so much, Michael. I really appreciate your time, your expertise, your talents and your passion. You’re a wonderful guy, a great friend, and this was a great hour. I learned a lot.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
All right, David. It’s always great talking to you. I’m looking forward to our next encounter.

David Poole
All right. Cheers, brother. Thank you. Thanks everybody for joining today.

Dr. Michael Galitzer
Thanks, again.

David Poole
Take care.