The Integrative Health Podcast with Dr. Jen

Dr. Jen

The Integrative Health Podcast is hosted by Dr. Jen Pfleghaar. Dr. Jen is a double board certified physician (Emergency Medicine and Integrative Medicine). This podcast is meant to educate and empower about important health topics. Dr.Jen's passion is to get to the root cause of disease and prevent illness.  Dr. Jen will feature guests who are experts in their fields and experiences in all things related to Integrative Medicine.

Episode #35 Dr. Michael Huang California Senate Candidate: A Warrior in a White coat
Apr 19 2022
Episode #35 Dr. Michael Huang California Senate Candidate: A Warrior in a White coat
Dr. Michael Huang: God, Country, Liberty, and RespectMichael grew up in Taiwan and immigrated to the US in his teens and worked his waythrough school to support his family and pay for his education. After completing amission for his church, he attended UCLA majoring in Biochemistry, then St. Georgeschool of medicine. Michael conducted cardiovascular research at Stanford Universitywith various clinical rotations throughout the US and England. Dr. Huang obtained hismedical degree in 2001 and completed his internship at Indiana University andresidency at UC Davis in Family Practice and was selected as House Staff President tohelp lead teams of physicians through their medical training.Dr. Huang’s practice philosophy focuses on solving the root cause of disease, byconstant learning and mastering a wide range of diagnostic and surgical skills. Thisenables Dr Huang to act as his patients “race engineer” to better health and happiness.In 2020, Dr. Huang became alarmed by the rapid spread of Covid-19 miss-informationand dismissal of evidence-based medical practice with rapid adoption of baselessmandates rooted by fear and ignorance. Dr. Huang kept his clinic open and treatednumerous patients that were given up by their physicians and denied basic medical careresulting in successful treatment of thousands of Covid-19 patients. Dr. Huang hasfilled the vacant role of a health advocate for thousands of people in California andacross the state line as they seek refuge from the harms and collateral damages of illadvised Covid 19 measures.
Episode #27 Masks: "This is science y'all" with Brendan McNamara
Aug 10 2021
Episode #27 Masks: "This is science y'all" with Brendan McNamara
Brendan McNamara is a human being made in the Image of God and His likeness as a creator. He's created characters - on screens big & small (from The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down to Brooklyn 99 to Loudermilk) on stage (from Neil Simon to countless improv shows on the stages of UCB, Groundlings, Second City, Improv Olympics, Hothouse, etc.) and on paper (writer for RipeTV's Hollywood Burn). He's created feature films (The Light of Love), documentaries (on everything from bull riding to street racing to celebrity impersonators) hundreds of short films and a vinyl comedy album, The Big Tickle). He also hosts a daily Biblical devotional on Instagram and pursues a multitude of auto-didactic areas of interest, wherever winds or whimsies blow. Studies:Jacobs JL, Ohde S, Takahashi O, Tokuda Y, Omata F, Fukui T. Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Infect Control. 2009 Jun;37(5):417-419. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2008.11.002. Epub 2009 Feb 12. PMID: 19216002. mask use in health care workers has not been demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds. A larger study is needed to definitively establish noninferiority of no mask use."Aiello AE, Perez V, Coulborn RM, Davis BM, Uddin M, Monto AS. Facemasks, hand hygiene, and influenza among young adults: a randomized intervention trial. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e29744. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029744. Epub 2012 Jan 25. PMID: 22295066; PMCID: PMC3266257. alone did not provide a benefit, suggesting that single personal protective interventions do not protect against incidence of ILI or influenza."Mask and hygiene- not masks along helpful.MacIntyre CR, Seale H, Dung TC, Hien NT, Nga PT, Chughtai AA, Rahman B, Dwyer DE, Wang Q. A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 22;5(4):e006577. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006577. PMID: 25903751; PMCID: PMC4420971. study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated."Bundgaard H, Bundgaard JS, Raaschou-Pedersen DET, von Buchwald C, Todsen T, Norsk JB, Pries-Heje MM, Vissing CR, Nielsen PB, Winsløw UC, Fogh K, Hasselbalch R, Kristensen JH, Ringgaard A, Porsborg Andersen M, Goecke NB, Trebbien R, Skovgaard K, Benfield T, Ullum H, Torp-Pedersen C, Iversen K. Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers : A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2021 Mar;174(3):335-343. doi: 10.7326/M20-6817. Epub 2020 Nov 18. PMID: 33205991; PMCID: PMC7707213. recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection."MacIntyre CR, Chughtai
Episode #22 Vaxelias new hexavalent
Jun 8 2021
Episode #22 Vaxelias new hexavalent
“VAXELIS may be used to complete the hepatitis B vaccination series following 1 or 2 doses of other hepatitis B vaccines, in infants and children born of HBsAg-negative mothers and who are also scheduled to receive the other antigens in VAXELIS. However, data are not available on the safety and effectiveness of VAXELIS in such infants and children. Administration of VAXELIS following previous doses of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) VAXELIS may be administered to infants and children who have received 1 or 2 doses of IPV and are also scheduled to receive the other antigens in VAXELIS. However, data are not available on the safety and effectiveness of VAXELIS in such infants and children. Administration of VAXELIS following previous doses of Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccines VAXELIS may be administered to infants and children who have received 1 or 2 doses of H. influenzae type b Conjugate Vaccine and are also scheduled to receive the other antigens in VAXELIS. However, “Each 0.5 mL dose contains 319 mcg (0.319 mg ) aluminum from aluminum salts used as adjuvants.Active ingredients: inactivated bacteria of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hib, and inactivated hepatitis B and polio viruses. The bacteria and viruses in VAXELIS are not alive and do not cause disease. • Other ingredients: aluminum salts, polysorbate 80, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, bovine serum albumin, neomycin, streptomycin, polymyxin B, ammonium thiocyanate, yeast protein, and waterwww.vaccinesafety.edu
Episode #21 The Mirena and Leaky Vaginas with Dr. Felice Gersh
May 25 2021
Episode #21 The Mirena and Leaky Vaginas with Dr. Felice Gersh
Dr. Felice GershWebsite: www.integrativemgi.comPractice:Integrative Medical Group of IrvineIrvine, California 92604Social Media:Instagram  @dr.felicegersh   @DrFeliceGersh   @felicegershmd Channel: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system and the risk of breast cancer: A nationwide cohort studyConclusions: The results imply that intrauterine administration of levonorgestrel is not only related to an excess risk of lobular breast cancer but also, in contrary to previous assumptions, to an excess risk of ductal breast cancer.Impact of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system use on the cancer risk of the ovary and fallopian tubeConclusions: LNG-IUS use associated with decreased risk for both invasive and borderline ovarian tumors. The incidence of primary fallopian tube  intrauterine system and breast cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analysisConclusions: Current evidence suggests that LNG-IUS users have an increased breast cancer risk regardless of age and indication. The effect of LNG-IUS on breast cancer risk seems to be larger in older users. However, our systematic review detected methodological issues across the available studies, and confounding factors may be responsible for at least a fraction of the risk effects associated with LNG-IUS use. Nevertheless, users of LNG-IUS should be aware of these trends. We believe that caution is needed, and risks should be balanced against proven health benefits (eg effective treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and avoidance of surgical interventions), when prescribing LNG-IUS for long periods of use, especially in women with other known breast cancer risk factors such as old age, obesity, and familial predisposition you for listening!Please comment on future topics and questions you would like for the Podcast!