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#77 Why You Should Eat Sprouts, with Dr Chris D’Adamo

11 Nov 2020

What are the issues with nutritional research, how do we create a robust culinary medicine teaching system for doctors … and why should we eat sprouts? These are the questions I put to Dr Chris D’Adamo - Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on today’s podcast!

Dr D’Adamo is a medical research scientist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetics on human health and wellness. And his research, clinical, and educational network includes leaders in the fields of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine. 

On the show today we talk about:

  • Epidemiology and his background in studying research
  • How his culinary medicine programme was set up
  • What phytonutrients cruciferous vegetables have in them and how they are processed
  • Sulforaphane and where it comes from
  • What the mechanisms are behind  this nutraceutical found in broccoli, cabbage and sprouts
  • The anti-viral activity of Sulforaphane
  • The impact on Heat Shock Proteins and Neuro-inflammation
  • How Sulforaphane impacts detoxification mechanisms and why this is important
  • How supplements are to be used exactly as a ‘supplement’ to the foundation of a healthy diet and lifestyle

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GUEST: Dr Chris D'Adamo

Dr. Chris D’Adamo is a medical research scientist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetics on human health and wellness. His research, clinical, and educational network includes leaders in the fields of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine. Dr. D’Adamo received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health. Dr. D’Adamo serves as the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first academic-based integrative medicine center in the world with a nearly 30-year history featuring over 800 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over $50 million of competitive research funding, an expansive medical professional education program, and outpatient and inpatient integrative clinical care. Dr. D’Adamo leads an extensive education program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, including an elective course for 4th year medical students, a “culinary medicine” educational series combining evidence-based nutrition instruction and hands-on cooking that is part of the required medical student curriculum, and numerous lectures in other medical school classes. He also holds adjunct faculty positions in the Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland and at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where he was involved in the creation of the Nutrition and Integrative Health graduate program. Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on a wide variety of clinical trials and observational studies in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and multi-modality integrative and functional medicine interventions. These studies have included clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of nutritional supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, nutrition education, physical activity, and mind-body medicine programs in underserved urban communities, and a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national practice-based research network of integrative medicine clinical practices. He has also served as Principal Investigator on observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients and markers of healthy aging as well as cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics. In summary, Dr. D’Adamo’s research experiences has cut across the entire lifespan from children to older adults and has extended from the bench, to the bedside, and beyond into community settings and within schools, hospitals, and other institutions of public health influence.

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