True Health Care - Reversing Chronic Illnesses with Roberto Tostado, M.D.

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Despite ever more sophisticated medical technology and more expensive healthcare, chronic diseases are increasing. If mainstream medicine is doing its job, why are the rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rising instead of decreasing? Years ago people died from infections, plagues, and flus. It can be said that today we die from toxins in food and the toxic side effects of drugs. Obesity and diabetes have become the new plagues of our time. What can we do? How can we turn our focus from a sentence of perpetually taking more and more drugs to creating a new model of healing care? Tostado advocates healing people, not just assisting people in managing their diseases. When he was a doctor at a large and reputable HMO, he realized that primary care is not focusing on prevention and that he was becoming a licensed killer by prescribing medications that could potentially do harm to a patient. He says, “Health is a mindset. It’s how we look at it that will determine whether we live with a chronic disease or, if we choose for ourselves to want to, live free from the disease. It is significant that in medical school we’re taught pharmacology for two years. That’s half of your medical school education and it’s perpetuated throughout your training residency. We always see these pharmaceutical representatives coming to us to push their wares, so to speak. Never have I ever seen a nutritionist come to me and say, ‘Have you considered giving bananas and apples to your patients?’ Never.” This deep dialogue explores how many of us are choosing a toxic lifestyle and what we can do to transform it into a healthy one. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Roberto Tostado, M.D., has been practicing medicine for over 26 years and is board certified in regenerative and anti-aging medicine. He’s a fellow of nutritional and digestive medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, dedicating his practice exclusively to preventative and regenerative medicine. He is one of a new breed of doctors pioneering in integrative approach to wellness. Dr Tostado inspires his patients with the simple, powerful idea that good food is medicine. He enables his patients to experience newfound vitality at any age. He received his degrees from Columbia University, the University of Michigan Medical School, and a USC Medical Residency at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles. He founded the IBody Wellness Center in San Marino, California.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why Tostado left his HMO practice
  • How pharmaceutical companies are encouraging doctors to become pushers of legalized drugs
  • What are the effects of pharmaceutical company commercials seen on television
  • How nutrition is a powerful way to reverse chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure
  • How most health care today is disease care
  • Why eating sugar creates the craving for more sugar
  • Why we are, for the most part, unaware of all the toxins that surround us and that are in our foods
  • What are some good fats to add to our diet
  • How can we improve our liver function
  • What does most thyroid testing miss
  • How the body stores fat in order protect the body from stored toxins
  • Why coconut oil is a super food
  • Why sea salt is better than processed salt
  • How iodine got bleached out of our diet
  • Why is vitamin D important and how do we absorb it
  • How inflammation is an umbrella term and affects all the body systems: organs, muscles, bones
  • Why shopping at farmers market is good for your health, for your community, and for the planet

 Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 5/27/2019   Program Number: 3677

Music Playlist

From Album: Homage to Kindness
Artist: David Darling
2019 Hearts of Space Records # 2-HOS-11440

Opening Essay: Track 01 The Beauty of All Things
Music Break 1: Track 02 Homage to Kindness
Music Break 2: Track 03 The Great X
Music Break 3: Track 04 First Impression