Losing weight using healthy strategies
My Interview with Dr. Fred Pescatore. MD

Digestive Health

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You may recognize Dr. Fred Pescatore as the New York Times bestselling author of The Hamptons Diet (2004). The Hamptons Diet focuses on lean meats, healthy fats, and limited carbs. It focuses on whole foods (organic when possible) that are minimally processed and lots of fish and low-carb veggies. There is also a big emphasis placed on omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats (MUFA) especially macadamia nut oil. Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working directly with Dr. Robert C. Atkins.

What we have learned over the decades from Dr. Atkins and Dr. Pescatore is that fats in the diet are not the cause of obesity. We also have learned about the importance of the types of fats in the diet and that some fats are better than others. We learned that refined carbs and too many carbs is a major factor in the obesity epidemic.

The A-LIST Diet (2017)
Dr. Pescatore’s newest book is designed to go beyond Atkins and Paleo diets. Dr. Pescatore improves on these popular diets by boosting protein, protein rotation, reducing inflammation and alkalizing the body. Dr. Pescatore takes a fresh look at everyday choices and helps you customize his strategies for your unique needs.

Five Weight Loss Secrets

  1. Amino Acid Balance. “Getting the amino acid balance just right is the future of low-carb, higher protein diets.” Dr. Pescatore. It is not enough just to eat higher amounts of protein and lower amounts of carbohydrates. Science has confirmed that you need that a supply of amino acids will have positive effects.
  2. Protein Boosts.More specifically Dr. Pescatore is recommending the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) as the missing link between health and weight loss. BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine. The A-List Diet does not restrict calories but instead focuses on nutrient-dense foods.
  3. Inflammation Normalization. Eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, and consuming too much sugar can contribute to chronic inflammation. These poor habits turn the immune system on and help it stay activated for prolonged periods of time, causing problems rather than eliminating them.
  4. Alkalizing the body. Amino acids are acidic. The A-List Diet recognizes the need to consume alkalizing fruits and vegetables. The A-List Diet is designed to effectively keep your body in an ideal metabolic state.
  5. Epigenetics. There is growing evidence that numerous dietary factors can modify epigenetic traits.

What Type of Dieter are You? There is no diet that is perfect for every type of dieter. Dr. Pescatore has identified 6 different types of A-List dieters:

  • A woman in her twenties or thirties
  • A perimenopausal woman
  • A menopausal or postmenopausal woman
  • A man in his twenties or thirties
  • An andropausal man over forty
  • A diet challenged woman or man with a history of on and off dieting over years

The food portion of the diet won’t vary much between dieter types but rather the protein booster content that is customized for each specific type.

The A-List Diet consists of three phases:

  • The first phase is a week long detox. The detox phase is necessary to rid the body of toxins and balance the digestive tract.
  • The second phase focuses on the best weight loss practices until you reach your goal weight.
  • The third phase is to stay healthy and look and feel younger for the long-term.

Recommended Probiotics by Dr. Pescatore
Dr. Pescatore has recognized the importance of a healthy microbiome. His recommendations for probiotics are very specific
Reg’Active Detox and Liver Health: This probiotic is the only supplement known to science that helps your body produce glutathione, the most potent antioxidant and liver detoxifying agent. Listen to our interview on Reg’Active.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic:There are many probiotics on the market, but Dr. Ohhira’s is truly unique and the only one I recommend to my patients.” Listen to our interview on Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic.
There are many nutritional supplements covered by Dr. Pescatore that can customized for your unique needs. He discusses the difference in foods and food sources and what to look for in choosing healthier foods. He describes what foods to avoid. He includes over 100 recipes to help you get started.

About Dr. Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH, CCN
Fred Pescatore, MD. MPH, CCN is a Manhattan-based traditionally trained physician and internist who specializes in nutritional medicine. He is a globally-renowned health, nutrition, and weight loss expert, as well as the author of 7 books including the New York Times bestsellers – The Hamptons Diet and newly released The A-List Diet.
He is the president of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists and a member of the College for the Advancement of Medicine.
Dr. Pescatore’s extraordinary background in Complementary Medicine led him to open his globally recognized medical center, Medicine 369, in New York City. The rapid expanding practice is credited as one of the most effective and successful integrative medical centers worldwide. He has studied in America, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Africa and Europe and sought after as one of the frontline educators and visionaries improving health care and human life. Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic



Many factors influence the health of your microbiome

My Interview with James LaValle

James LaValle

Digestive Health

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There is no product that has as much traction in the marketplace right now as probiotics. The understanding that probiotic bacteria have a profound beneficial effect on human nutrition has crossed over into the main stream. Probiotics can be found in many different products, even foods and beverages. One might even assume that all probiotics are good for human health and that you can take as much as you want. People assume that one probiotic may be equally good as any other product. Most people don’t realize how much modern life can adversely affect your probiotic balance.

Most people also don’t know how to compare probiotics. Most people think more bacteria is better than fewer. Not necessarily true. Most consumers like to believe that all probiotics are equally effective. Again not true. Users also believe that all probiotics will remain stable and viable through the expiration date. This is also not true. So how does one make a smart choice?

There are many challenges for consumers in finding the best products. That’s just part of the process. Consumers need to understand that there are also many lifestyle factors that affects your microbiome. There are also health challenges that can disrupt your intestinal balance. The more challenging the circumstances, the more vital it is to understand these distinctions. In this interview with James LaValle, we will discuss these issues.

Factors Influencing Intestinal Flora


  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Corticosteroids
  • NSAIDs
  • PPI and H2 Acid Blockers

Dietary Intake

  • Sugar
  • Bactericidal chemicals in drinking water
  • Pesticides and heavy metals in food
  • Alcohol

Physical Issues

  • H. Pylori infection
  • Poor Gastrointestinal pH
  • Poor Bowel transit time
  • Stress 
  • Allergies

You can learn more by watching the video by James LaValle. Source Total Health Magazine YouTube Channel.

You need to examine your life and try to understand what are the factors that are most likely affecting you and what are the things that you can do something about. You must be proactive is seeking out your solution. 

Things to consider when choosing your probiotic. 

  • The reputation and history of the company may the the most important. Choose products from reputable companies.
  • Type of strains. Are they human strains? Have they been clinically studied? Are potency and shelf life guaranteed?
  • Read the reviews. Consumers are overwhelming positive about Kyodophilus.
  • Multiple variations. Does the company have different products for different needs? Kyodophilus is a family of products.
  • Try it. The best product is the one that works best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Healthy Guides
These 6 mini-magazines are full of useful articles on supplement education, diet and exercise tips. They include easy to follow action plans so you can learn more about these conditions and make lifestyle changes to improve your health. 

  • Love Your Liver
  • Blood Pressure
  • Men’s Health
  • Immunity
  • Cholesterol
  • Balance Your Immune System

Wakunaga, the parent company of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract and Kyodophilus has over 750 studies on their products. Far more than any other supplement company by far. They have proven over and over again that their products are effective for supporting a wide range of human health concerns. One way to discover good companies is to look at the science behind their products. We have many interviews with the actual doctors and researchers who conducted these studies. 

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About James LaValle, RPh, CCN
Jim LaValleJames LaValle is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc. He founded and practices at Progressive Medical Center  in Orange County, CA.  LaValle has 27 years of expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. As such he has written hundreds of articles for a variety of industry journals and publications, and has lectured for thousands of healthcare professionals and consumer audiences globally on these topics. He was a founding author of the NHI on Demand database and spearheaded the Lexi Comp databases relating to natural therapeutics.

He is author of 16 e books and 20 books and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance; Dietary Supplement Information Bureau.






297 – Nutritional Support for Digestive Challenges

Digestive complaints are one of the most common health issues. Common digestive problems include poor digestion, upset stomach, acid stomach, irritable bowel, gas, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, and probiotic imbalances. Those are the common ones. More serious digestive issues include Crohn’s, C-diff infections, leaky-gut, Celiac disease, and so on. The number of people who chronically use acid-blocking drugs is skyrocketing. The long term use of these medications has profound nutritional consequences.
In this interview Neil E. Levin discusses the challenges throughout the digestive tract. It’s important to have as clear an understanding of your situation as you can. The more you understand the more likely you will be to find an effective solution. Neil explains some of the distinctions between problems and discusses which nutrients you can consider. Remember the best products are the ones that work best for you so be open to experimentation.

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296 – The Power of Fermentation for Foods and Supplements

You are likely already consuming fermented foods than you realize. Some common fermented foods include yogurt, beer and wine, vinegar, tempeh, sauerkraut, pickles, olives, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso and sourdough bread. There are others. Fermented foods are easy to digest and they are gentle on the stomach. Almost any food can be fermented. In this interview Yolanda Fenten we discuss the value of fermented foods. We also discuss Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea 100% Organic Fermented Greens and Protein. 

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295 – Is Your CBD Safe and Effective? What to Look For.

I have preached this many times: In order to find the best products, you have to first find the best companies. Companies who pass the tests and produce products you can trust is what you are seeking. This is perhaps the most important thing in this exploding market of CBD. How do you know which products and companies are worthy of your trust and dollars?

Consumers assume CBD is CBD, without distinction except perhaps for milligram potency. But there is so much more to the story. In this interview with Stuart Tomc, we are going to discuss many of the important distinctions that tell the story of traceability, transparency and so on. We are using CV Sciences’ PlusCBD Oil as our model. If you have followed our interviews on PlusCBD Oil then you already have a good foundational background. If not you can find those interviews here.

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294 – Nutritional Support for Healthy Blood Pressure

This is an important interview on a couple of levels. First because Dr. Jaffe stresses the importance on nutrition, diet and lifestyles for healthy blood pressure and as a first line defense. Secondly he discusses some of the deficiencies in the medical approach of controlling blood pressure with pharmaceutical drugs and the failure of many doctors to consider the lifestyle factors. In this interview we will discuss how to maintain a healthy blood pressure by lifestyle choices before turning to pharmaceutical drugs.

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293 – The Benefits of Biochem Science by Nature Whey Protein

More consumers are seeking to boost protein consumption and whey protein is perhaps the most popular and for good reasons. We use protein powders in our home and we have found that whey protein is our preferred source of supplemental protein.
One of the great advantages that we have now as consumers is that nutritional science continues to evolve and wonderful products based on that science are widely available.

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292 – Astaxanthin: Nature’s Most Potent Antioxidant for Skin

Skin is our largest organ and our first line of defense against environmental exposures like damaging UV rays, pollutants and microbes that can leave skin feeling dry and showing fine lines. Topical applications, like serums and creams, reach the surface of the skin but can’t get down into the deeper layers that contribute to skin’s elasticity and nourishment. Taking astaxanthin orally promotes healthy skin from the inside out.

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291 – Nutritional Support for Auto Immune Issues – My Interview with Laurel Sterling

I have a strong personal interest in this topic. I have reported on this frequently because my wife, Debbie has been challenged with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 40 years. In her case it was severe. She left her job as a teacher in 1989 and never was able to go back to work. She spent the next 15 years just trying to survive day to day by consuming 8 narcotic Darvocet doses each day. Those were tough days. So we personally know the challenge of auto immune breakdown. I have great empathy for those who suffer and their families. Our lives were turned around in 2003. There were two thing that changed her course in the most dramatic ways, drugs and nutrition.

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290 – Thyme Extract for Acne, Eczema and More – My Interview with Andrew Klenert

Thyme Out is effective and fast alternative for Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Cold Sores, Pet Rashes, Bug Bites, Fungus, Poison Ivy, Any Skin Inflammation! This is a pretty impressive claim. That’s what I first thought when I learned about Thyme Out Skin Remedy. My second thought was “how do we know that those are the benefits of Thyme extract?” So I discovered the answer in conversations with Andrew Klenert. You’ll learn the answer as well in this interview with Andrew.

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