Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast, Talking About How To Build Your Immune System Amidst COVID-19

Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast, Talking About How To Build Your Immune System Amidst COVID-19


Episode 6

How To Build Your Immune System
What can you do to strengthen your immune system? At the time of the recording of this podcast, there is an outbreak of the coronavirus called COVID-19. In this episode of Doctors+, Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP, discusses integrative strategies to boost the immune system. You’ll learn about foods and vitamins that can boost the immune system, and what to avoid if you have COVID-19.

In this podcast you’ll hear:

2:35 – Can a strong immune system prevent someone from getting COVID-19?

4:30 – Prevention strategies

5:30 – Can the severity of symptoms be lessened with a strong immune system?

6:40 – Viral load

7:20 – Boosting the immune system with sleep, stress management, exercise

12:00 – Boosting immunity and reducing inflammation with diet

16:30 – Vitamin C and other natural health products to boost immune system

19:00 – Cautions on what natural health products to avoid during symptoms of infection or if test positive for COVID-19

23:00 – Supplements that can boost immune system, continued.

25:00 – Importance of consulting a qualified healthcare practitioner

26:30 – Frozen v. canned food

28:00 – Safe grocery shopping

31:15 – Healthy snack ideas for kids

32:00 – Dispelling COVID myths


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Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast, Talking About How To Build Your Immune System Amidst COVID-19

Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast

Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer. Listen to Part I and II with Dr. Esther Konigsberg


Episode 1

What is Integrative Medicine?
This is Part I of AFN’s interview with integrative medicine consultant Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP. Dr. Konigsberg, whose teachers and mentors include Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil, explains what integrative medicine is, why patients seek it out and how it fits in with an overall treatment plan. The podcast also explores whether western and alternative healthcare practitioners are really on opposite sides or is the landscape changing? This episode leads into Part II of the interview with Dr. Konigsberg which delves into the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine. In this podcast you’ll hear:

2:15 – Why Dr. Konigsberg wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor

3:05 – Dr. Konigsberg’s experience in medical school

4:30 – Dr. Konigsberg’s pursuit of further education and her mentors

8:00 – Dr. Konigsberg’s views on evidenced-based medicine

10:00 – Benefits of Integrative Medicine

14:10 – Are western and alternative/complementary medicine practitioners still on ‘opposite sides’?

16:25 – What to look for in an alternative healthcare practitioner

18:10 – Integrative medicine in the U.S. v. Canada


Episode 2

The Role of Food in Integrative Medicine
This is Part II of AFN’s interview with Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP, where she discusses the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine versus western medicine. While food and nutrition are often discussed in the context of maintaining general good health, what about food as medicine? Do students in medical school learn about nutrition? Diet changes to help with pain, inflammation and digestive problems are just a few of the topics discussed in this podcast. In this podcast you’ll hear:

1:50 – The large role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine

3:20 – Inflammation and diet

5:30 – Gluten-free diet

6:55 – Is diet and nutrition being taught in medical school?

11:50 – Dr. Konigsberg’s recommendations for educating current and future MD’s about nutrition

16:05 – Listen to your body

17:50 – The misinformation about soy

20:13 – Nutrition in the media


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New year, new you: 5 steps to kick-starting a healthier life

New year, new you: 5 steps to kick-starting a healthier life

By Stefanie Polsinelli
special to CTV News.ca


A new year symbolizes a fresh start: 365 days of nothing but promise ahead of you. It also means you’ll likely make a resolution you won’t be able to keep past March. But all that can change for 2017.

When people make a resolution about their health, they tend to focus on a single improvement, such as losing weight. But according to Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine Consultants Inc., you should strive towards a healthy lifestyle overall rather than zeroing in on any one aspect.

“You want your foundation to be strong and the only way to create a strong one is to be as healthy as possible,” she says. “There is a huge amount of scientific evidence proving that if you exercise and eat well, all the risk factors for diseases dramatically drop.”

She adds that the key to sticking with your resolution is to slowly incorporate the new activities into your life so that it’s easier to turn them habits. “It doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” she says. “Just set the intention and balance out how to factor the healthier habits into your already-busy life without causing more stress.” She has pinpointed five specific changes you can incorporate into your routine to develop a healthier lifestyle for the new year and beyond.

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Teatox diets: a nasty way to lose weight

Teatox diets: a nasty way to lose weight

By Alexandra Kimball
Chatelaine


Juice fasts are so 2014. The latest way to cleanse your body is the “teatox,” which supplements a low-calorie diet with large amounts of herbal tea. (The #teatox hashtag has over 300,000 posts on Instagram.) Proponents say teatoxing improves energy, clears up skin, boosts metabolism and promotes weight loss.

Tea is a broad beverage category, and includes those made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub (both green and black teas come from this plant), as well as any number of dried herbs and fruit. While both green and black teas have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, and antioxidants in green tea may reduce your cancer risk, there is little research about the health benefits of the herbs in your average teatox blend.

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