Dr. Michael Galitzer is a Board Certified Emergency Room Physician having practiced ER in Los Angeles for 15 years. For the last 33 years, Dr. Galitzer runs an anti-aging and regeneration practice with an emphasis on emergency medicine.
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John: Welcome to another edition of the Impact Podcast. I am John Shegerian, and I am so honored and excited to have my good friend. Dr. Michael Galitzer with us today. Welcome to the Impact Podcast, Michael.
Dr. Michael Galitzer: John thanks for having me. It is a pleasure.
John: This is a special edition of the Impact Podcast because A) I have been a client of yours for about ten years, so have many members of my family, and you run a very, very special practice. I want to get into that in a little bit, but before we do that, Doc, I want you to share with our listeners some of your fascinating backstory on your evolution from a college student to becoming an MD and then how you got into Energy Medicine.
Michael: Glad to tell you about that John. Basically, I went to college in Buffalo, New York, grew up in New York City. Med school in Syracuse, came out here for my internship, in LA, and move right into Emergency Medicine which I did a while back, it was 1974 or 1975, and became board-certified, actually one of the first one hundred doctors in the country to become board certified in ER as a new subspecialty at the time. I worked in LA, in the ER, for fifteen years when there were no trauma centers. So the traumas went to the nearest hospital and that became quite an adventure working in North Hollywood. You can imagine that. We used to say the moon has always fallen in North Hollywood. I did that for about fifteen years, got burnt out, hard work, 24-hour shifts and you do not really get to see the results of the patients that you treat. You admit them, and you sew them up but you never see how it turns up because you only see them once. Really in the ER, John, you are seeing people at their physical, emotional, and psychological low point because why would you go to ER?
Michael: And so, after all, you are really starting to think about, “Is everybody out there a little cuckoo?” because that is all you see. You do two-twenty-four shifts, and that per week is a lot of work. After fifteen years, I got a little burnt out. I was looking for new areas to get into and came across the nutrition practice in Westwood which was close to where I was living at the time, the Westwood part of LA. They wanted me to do general practice and nutrition. So I need the general practice of being an ER doc. I really did not have a clue about nutrition. This is like 1986. So I tried to learn it. I was single and started to read books, went to seminars, watching the tapes at the time, become a nutritionist and nobody [inaudible]. One of the people who drink at dinner was my best friend at the time, and in running all these new tests in nutrition found out he had Mercury toxicity from a mouthful of silver fillings.
I heard the expert talk at the time at a medical conference, Hal Huggins, from Colorado out of state and asked him who I could refer my friend to local. His agenda is to change out the fillings. At that time we do like a blood test to find out what metals were compatible with your blood, like a food allergy test, and the results came back. I referred my friend to a dentist in LA. He came back from the dentist and said, “This guy had this machine from Europe and he was testing my finger. He is holding an electrode and he was measuring my skin resistance and had valves for each different metal and he gave me a list of all the valves that were metals that [inaudible] the body and organelles that match the body and they exactly match the blood test.” So I said, “If you can figure this out without blood, I want to meet this guy.” So I am at the dentist and he told me about these people from Europe who were giving the first seminar on this technology called electrodermal screen. I took that in like December of ’86 and I was off and running. So in the space of three months, I had actually switched from nutrition into this whole new area of quote-unquote Energy Medicine, which I have been doing for the last thirty-two years. It has been very rewarding. The traditional medicine looks at the body from a physical point of view.
Michael: X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, biopsies, mammograms, and from a chemical point of view, blood test. So you are looking at the structure and you are looking at biochemistry, but most people that I see do not feel well and yet they check out pretty good on the physical and the chemical level. It is because there is a deeper electrical level or energetic level, sort of referred about as Energy Medicine where the changes are occurring. Now if you see a cardiologist he would do an electrocardiogram to look at the electoral heart, and essentially the electrical impulse precedes the physical heartbeat. A neurologist would do an EEG to look in the electrical brain. So we look at the electoral liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals, thyroid. It is the idea being that your body is an orchestra and these organs and glands are instruments in that orchestra. Some are sluggish, not in tune, which you cannot see on blood tests. When they are strong and in tune, and if we can get everything that is sluggish to be strong, the orchestra plays better music.
The other concept is toxins. In the ER, we were concerned about life-threatening toxins, overdose of sleeping pills, carbon oxide poisoning. This medicine says we are exposed daily to toxins in the air, water, food, heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, certain foods can be toxic. Toxins accumulate in our bodies and our bodies do not work as well. So the goal is to right the orchestra, strengthen the weak organs, and also to lower the toxicity level in people, and I do pretty successful in doing that. At the same time, the practice has expanded in terms of also looking at hormone levels. Hormones are really, really key. It is an ever-expanding practice, so to speak, but the key points are to strengthen these organs that are not working as well, and also reduce the toxicity, and looking at your body from an energetic point of view.
John: For our listeners out there, I just want to reiterate, because Dr. Galitzer is a friend of mine and I am a client of his, he is actually an MD as he said. First, he was an MD. So this is not some woohoo medicine, voodoo medicine, because when you start talking about energy and all these other things, alternative holistic medicines, some people think it is just out there, but you are an MD, straight up MD before you evolve into this Energy Medicine practice.
It is just fascinating. For our listeners out there to find Dr. Galitzer or to go make an appointment to see him, please go to www.drgalitzer.com, and let me give it to you, dr., d-r, galitzer, g-a-l-i-t-z-e-r .com, dr.galitzer.com. Michael, I have been in your office hundreds of times over the last ten years and I am not going to talk about any of the celebrities or world-class athletes that come to see you, but you have a fascinating array of people. Given where you sit in West LA, you have a clientele list of the who is who, or what is what of finance, of entertainment, of the Sports World, of the political world, and just normal run-of-the-mill Joe’s like me and members of my family. Can you share a little bit about if people want to feel better or are not feeling well, who is someone that should be coming to you? Should they wait until they are sick or should they be coming to you otherwise, just to start feeling better and getting on a better path of wellness, whether it comes from food, or some of the energy principles that you want to share with them, or otherwise?
Michael: Well, thanks for that description there John. Most of the people that I see had issues of fatigue, they cannot sleep, they have got digestive difficulties, they have got allergies, their joints hurt. Well, I would say probably fatigue is a huge issue. Insomnia is a huge issue. People say they go to sleep and wake up and cannot get back to sleep. But I see all sorts of people, I see people with cancer who know that they want to do traditional therapy, but also they want to keep their bodies strong. So I think cancer is a tug of war, the energy of the cancer versus the energy of the body. Traditional medicine tries to kill the bad guys, but sometimes they weaken the good guys. So, if we can keep the good guys strong, which certainly can be done, while people are doing traditional therapies for cancer, then people win. That is the goal, is to get people to win.
The oncologist, probably, they do not quite understand it and frequently they are not happy with it. There is a saying in medicine that, “If you are not up on it you are down at it,” but basically you cannot really as an oncologist be aware of all this whole integrated medicine with nutrition, detoxification, drainage, hormonal balance. You just do not have the time to really understand that. So patients basically do both, and when patients do both they do great. The statistics in oncology or really the survival rates, they are all based on people that do not do both. So it is kind of like you cannot compare apples to oranges. So there are no studies that say, “Well, if you do integrative approach and you do the traditional approach, what are the results?” There are not any studies and it is unfortunate, and so when people hear about there are no statistics and not realizing that they can be helped at any stage. So I see general chronic fatigue a lot, chronic viral illnesses a lot, allergens a lot, just about anything. I would say the only thing I probably have had no success with would be Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS, but I see people with all sorts of chronic conditions and also probably late-stage Alzheimer’s, I think that is an issue that is difficult, but early on I think there is a lot to be done for just about anything.
John: For listeners out there also, you are not only an Energy Medicine Pioneer, but you are also an anti-aging expert. I am fifty-seven years old and have been coming to you for about ten years. You are a little bit older than me, but you look ten years younger. So for our listeners out there that are interested not only in feeling well but in also looking your best, I think there is a lot to your energy medicine and your lifestyle changes or tweaks or alterations that you suggest to your clients that can do all of us well. If people are interested in looking their best on a daily basis, can you share some of the anti-aging approaches that you have for people who want to come see you just for looking their best and feeling their best at the same time?
Michael: Sure, sure. I think the basics are nutrition, water intake, sleep, and exercise and that is the basics. You cannot imagine how many people who do not do the basics, they do not drink enough water, do not exercise. I think one of the hardest things to do is to get people to– motivate people, especially people over fifty or sixty to exercise on a daily basis. I think if you eat every day, you should exercise every day. So I try and tell people that your body is a Ferrari, you want high octane fuel into your Ferrari by eating food, and once you fill-up the tank you want to take it on the track. So you have got to move your body, and walking the dog is just not enough. So it was really about the basics, but again, people here, say in LA, for example, the sun shines but there are a lot of toxins, you get your car washed and the windshield does not look too good a couple of days later, so getting toxins out of the body through a process called drainage, which is stimulating the liver and kidney system, that is where toxins move through on their way out into the end, the stool, it is highly important. Optimizing nutrition, highly important.
Once you get the toxins out, then you can get to drainage, then you can move into what is called detoxification, that means pulling toxins out of the binding sites in the tissues from which they go through the liver and kidney systems and up, but you have got to do drainage first before you do detoxification. So drainage before saunas, drainage before colonics, drainage before castor oil packs to the liver, drainage is key. So what can that do to a workout? So when you do a workout, a lot of people do when they go to the gym and do workout they basically get on an exercise bike or treadmill or stair climber to increase blood flow. So, think about drainage as increasing blood flow to the liver and kidney systems. Once you get off of the treadmill then you want to go to the weights, or the machines to strengthen your muscles. So once we get to detoxifying, those strengthen those key organs, that we can identify through very objective test by the way, heart rate variability and bioimpedance. So this is like real medicine looking at the heart and nervous system, body fat, body water, and so we do an objective test and at that point, we will look at the hormones. Most people who do not feel [inaudible] think they have a hormonal imbalance and most of the time that hormonal imbalance are the adrenal glands that do not work as often as they should. The adrenals are the first organ affected by stress, mental stress, emotional stress, nutritional stress, even logic too, environmental stress when you are exposed to pesticides, electromagnetic stress when you are talking to your friend with the cellphone for an hour.
Michael: Physical stress you had at the gym or you had surgery, or infectious stresses, that you realize you have infections. So, most people have one stressor and a lot of people have many stresses occurring at the same time, the adrenals fire all the time, eventually, the adrenals get tired. We are going to handle stress, it goes down, stress is no longer a challenge, it becomes a threat. We cannot differentiate big stress from little stress and you are overacting little things. You get tired. Think of the adrenals as kind of like the gas pedal in your car, where is the thyroid is more or less the fuel injection system. One thing that happens frequently, John, is anxiety from the adrenal situation. So picture your brain having a conversation with your adrenals in the morning, and the brain says, “Look, I got a lot on my plate today and I need to do this, this, this and that and I need you, adrenals, to secrete hormones to get me through the day,” and the adrenal says, “Well, I am all tapped out. Well, you are going to get anxious because you do not have the resources to deal with the challenges of the day.” So, frequently, anxiety starts with your adrenals as opposed to starting with your brain, it is a two-way street and the ability to discern in which way that street was going is really, really important. So hormonal balance is very, very key, support the adrenals, of course, supporting the thyroid.
Then we move into other hormones for longevity. When women turn around fifty and move into the stuff, having [inaudible], have night sweats, hot flushes, cannot sleep, that is real suggestion for bioidentical hormones, which basically is made from the AMS, bioidentical estrogen and progesterone, and even testosterone for the woman, very, very key because if you cannot sleep, then there is no way that you can regenerate and optimize your life. So that is one aspect of hormone imbalance. Guys over sixty, sometimes over fifty, also need testosterone. So to structure and bioidentical can be very, very important. There are some people that do well with growth hormones. Growth hormone, I think, have got a really– one of the things that I have learned here is that people love sugar, and sugar takes a lot of people down. If your, you know, your sugar levels and you do not have insulin resistance and you eat well and your exercise well, for some people growth hormone can be really, really important. So, again, if you are looking at optimizing nutrition, optimizing your water intake, your sleep, and your exercise, and you have a low sugar diet and you do bioidentical hormones after you have got the toxins out and strengthen the weak organs, then you can really go pretty far in terms of longevity.
John: Doc, I find that all those things you just shared have worked for me, and I am going to be frank with our audience here, everything you just said has kept me feeling the best I have ever felt in the last ten years of my life, but we are taping this podcast during one of the most unique circumstances ever in the world history. This COVID-19 crisis, and I know myself, I had to reach out to you, to come to see you in the coming days ahead because I live in Fresno, California where our business is based out of and the air quality here over the last five months has averaged a hundred and fifty or more. One night when I was driving home it was four hundred and fifty. I have not been into a gym since they have closed the gyms down. I have been going to the gym since I am fifteen years old. The external stresses that we are all facing, whether it is through the media or other channels, the COVID-19 has put us all under external stresses that we have never seen or felt before, probably, and if we have seen or felt it before it has just been now maximized, it is more of a burden on us than ever before. So talk a little bit about navigating, I know we are closer to the end of this crisis, hopefully, because vaccines and monoclonal antibodies are on the way, but we are probably closer to the end because science hopefully will win, but we still have a ways to go. How can our listeners out there get to navigate this crisis, this world crisis, and feel better and get through this with the least amount of damage to their whole system?
Michael: Well, that is a great question. So, first of all, I would like to say that I think the media has been completely irresponsible and not sharing information on how people can improve their health because that is the bottom line is-
Michael: -how do you improve your health? Wherever you are in this realm from disease to help you– how do you get better?
Michael: So, there is a lot more than just wearing a mask and social distancing, and unfortunately, they do not seem to be going to convey that information. So, John, I would say that the immune health is actually trumping longevity at this point, so the question is, “What is a virus?” So, when we explain to people the concept of virus is [crosstalk]. So, basically, we are going to use an analogy of your car that overheats. Now, when your car overheats, there is an issue with the water system. It is not enough water in the system or one of the hose is broken, the car gets too hot, and so think of the car as being too inflamed and then think of water as being what is called an antioxidant, to quench the heat from the [inaudible]. Well, that works great. Then, say the car overheats again, okay, there is another hose that broke and so you again fix that, put more water in the system and you know, but if the car continues to overheat, then water is no longer the treatment, antioxidants are no longer the treatment. The engine of the car is weak, and that is what happens to the cell when the cell is exposed to all sorts of toxins over time, whether it be smoke, pesticides, heavy metals, poor nutrition, no exercise. The cells are no longer creating up energy like the engine in the car. At that point, the cell becomes very susceptible to viruses. So the energy is low in the cell and viruses can go in and take care of that. So that is kind of what happens with any kind of virus, whether it be the flu, or cold, or in this case the coronavirus. So, the question is, how do you energize yourself?
Michael: How do you energize the immune system?
Michael: So, antioxidants at that point are not the answer, oxidative therapy is the answer. So, you can basically do intravenous vitamin C, it helps people with all sorts of viruses. Some people are using intravenous [inaudible], intravenous hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet light to the blood. Now, that is a very acute situation where if you had something that was really knocking you out, then those kinds of things would be very useful in doctor-patient setting, and there are a lot of doctors who do this kind of medicine using pretty aggressive techniques. However, before you get to that point, how do you protect yourselves from not getting to that state? Again, what is the media not telling you? Well, everybody should be taking vitamin C, probably 2,000 milligrams twice a day. Everybody should be taking Vitamin D. There are studies that show that the higher vitamin D level the stronger the immune system and the susceptible to viruses. So 5,000 iu, international units, of vitamin D, take it with some milk because it is fat soluble. Echinacea is an immune stimulant. Astragalus is a Chinese herb that is an immune stimulant. Zinc 25 to 50 milligrams a day is an immune stimulant. There is an herb called AHCC, called Empower that stimulates the natural killer cells in the thymus. There is another option called BRM4 which stimulates the thymus gland.
The thymus gland that sits behind the breastbone, John, is the key immune gland. Anything that will stimulate your thymus gland will strengthen your immune system and making much less susceptible to these viruses. There is something out there called peptides, injectable peptides, thymosin alpha-1 that is a massive stimulant to the immune system, into the thymus gland. You got to take a probiotic which is putting the good bacteria into your gut. So there is a lot of things that you– no, I do not think the media should be telling people to do injectable peptides. I think it is a little more advanced. But to me, they should certainly be telling people to do vitamin C, and vitamin D, Echinacea, Echinacea as a capsule which is an immune stimulant, and like I talked about, AHCC and also astragalus. So there is a lot of things that we could do to strengthen the immune system, to increase the energy in your cell so that you are not susceptible to viruses, and if you do get, unfortunately, this coronavirus, it is not going to take you out. I think that is what people are scared about.
Michael: People are scared about dying from this virus as opposed to maybe not having any symptoms of the virus. There is a whole lot of study that came out of Sweden at the end of June that said we grossly underestimated immunity to the coronavirus because we have not looked at the thymus immune system response, not the antivirus but the thymus gland which is like the first guy to respond to this virus. So these vaccines are really trying to increase antibody levels.
Michael: But if you can stimulate your thymus gland, they are like the infantry, think of the antibody is more like the bombers up above who go down and bomb out the virus, but if the infantry could knock it out and what we just mentioned earlier and talk about all the supplements, it is all about stimulating the infantry, and so the article basically said that there is a lot of people who are measuring to cell responses, thymus cell responses, natural killer cell responses, and a lot of the asymptomatic people that are not going to spread the virus because of the fact that they have a huge immune response, but we have not measured that at all. So what we talk about is how do we stimulate our own thymus gland, our own immune system in any situation, especially now, with the weather changing pretty soon. Unfortunately, people kind of go off their little rhythms, thanksgiving, Christmas time, you eat too much, drink too much, too much sugar, and they are going to get the virus, most probably, and they are going to get scared because they would not know if it is the flu or the coronavirus. So, I think we are still early on in this thing. The key thing is do not wait for the vaccine to improve your health.
Michael: These are the things that you can do right now. Get back into exercising, you can exercise at home if you go to the gym. You can eat right. Unfortunately, people are home more and therefore eating more sweets because they are watching the news and they are doing emotional eating. So, again, it gets back to sleep, exercise, water, and nutrition. So there is a lot to do and I think the media is a little responsible on not telling people what they can do and I do not think it is right.
John: Doc, for our listeners out there who have just joined us, we have got Dr. Michael Galitzer with us today. You can look up his great service and reach out to him and make an appointment at www.drgalitzer.com, d-r-g-a-l-i-t-z-e-r, drgalitzer.com. Michael, you are not only an Energy Medicine Pioneer and an anti-aging expert but you also are a best-selling author. That is how I met you. I read the book where Suzanne Somers had written the preface to the book and explained her experiences with you which were nothing short of remarkable. Can you explain what you have put in your books and also your new book that is coming out in the near future?
Michael: Well, the book is called Outstanding Help, John, because when you listen to people, they do not want to live to a hundred if they are going to be in a wheelchair.
Michael: Or in a nursing home. So, basically, people want outstanding health. They wanted to have outstanding health, and as a culture, we were [inaudible] we get Super Bowl, Academy, Awards, gold medals, people want to be outstanding whether it be a parent or at the work that they do. So, deep down people want to have outstanding health, and if you have outstanding health you have longevity. So that is what, really, people are after. They want to have energy, they wanted to have the same energy they had twenty years or thirty years ago. So, it is do-able. Basically, the book addresses what you need to have that outstanding health, what you need to have emotional health and emotional balance, what you need to optimize your nutrition, what you need to get the toxins out of your body, how do you create hormonal balance and optimize your hormonal system, what Energy Medicine techniques are available to people right now in terms of homeopathy, acupuncture, things like that. The interesting thing is that when people talk about energy, what will give me energy, and okay, we will give you energy but do not forget we dissipate our energy through our thoughts and through our emotions.
So, the question is, what are you focusing on? The perfect example right now is the current situation, you cannot really focus on things that you cannot control. So you really cannot control the virus. You really cannot control who the president United States is going to be. You cannot control the riots. So, the question is why would you dissipate your energy and focus on things that you cannot control? So a lot of the– when you get down to it, the emotional component to help is critical and that plays itself out in something that is called the autonomic nervous system, John. That is the automatic nervous system, the system that controls things which do not have to think about, your next breath, your next heartbeat, your blood pressure. These are automatic things. There are two parts of the nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, which is like performance, help us if you wanted to do a hundred yards dash. The parasympathetic nervous system is rest, and relax, and recovery. How long did it take you to get your breath back? Of the two, the parasympathetic, the relaxation nervous system is really more important. Everybody is sympathetically stimulated. Everybody is out there performing and everyone is actually getting very agitated with the current situation. That is all sympathetic. But, okay, so now that you are sympathetically energized, which is creating an imbalance, how do you relax? How do you recover? Do you do deep breathing? Do you meditate? Do you do yoga? Do you connect with nature? Do you go inward?
So I think that that is the problem. Well, that is the issue right now. We are glued to our TV sets with massive sympathetic stimulation which causes us to be emotional and we are not doing anything to relax. So we actually measure that in a test called heart rate variability, and everybody gets one of those tests on their first visit, to look at how variable each heartbeat is in length from the preceding heartbeat. The more variable each beat is, the stronger the parasympathetic nervous system, and usually the healthier the person is. So, again, we talk about a few things that you can do to strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system, and one of the things that I find very useful is a technology called NuCalm, N-U-C-A-L-M. Actually, I co-wrote a book on NuCalm called A New Calm, and it is a neuroscience technology where people basically have an eye cover and a disc that they put on your arm that has gathered frequencies on it, and when you listen to music and entwined in the music, your Alpha and Theta brainwave relaxation equivalencies that cause you to get into a parasympathetic relaxation state.
We have done testing with it. It has been tested thoroughly in Harvard and you can produce and increase relaxation response to increase strength of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is really maybe the most important thing one can do for immune health and longevity. So, I highly recommend that people look at this technology. You can go to their website, nucalm.com and just listen to what they have to say. So, I find that very helpful. Again, when you look at the world right now, we are too sympathetically driven and I think we have a president that ticks that mode, and I think we all need to slow down and relax. I think the more we can do that the more we can go inside, the more we can connect with nature, and the healthier we are going to be.
John: I think you are so right Doc. First of all, I found myself during this whole COVID period more stress-eating than I have ever done in my whole fifty-seven years. I cannot agree with you more about the stress eating and everything else, and that thing triggers a whole another host of problems. Going back to the heart rate variability, is there a range that you want to see people in or what is weak and what is strong? Is there a number or is that specific to the person?
Michael: Well, John there is a– so, the example would be if she had a pulse restriction where you think that each beat is 1 second. Well, if that is the case there is no variability. But, if one beat is 1 second away, the next beat is quite .98, and the one after that is 1.02, that is beat-to-beat for her body.
Michael: So this stress test where we look at the variability both lying down, where it is easier for the heart to get blood to the head, and standing up with its gravity. So gravity is a stress, standing up is a stress. Not only do we want to know heart rate variability lying down, but we live in a world where we are moving. So we would like to see both patterns of the heartbeat when we stand up, and then it is plotted as an XY axis +4 to -4 for sympathetic, and +4 to -4 for parasympathetic. We frequently see that people are too strong on the sympathetic and negative on the parasympathetic. So, maybe -1 on the parasympathetic and -2, -3 to -4. So, basically, it shows people where they are, but the interesting thing about this test is that it also measures your stress levels. It is something called tension index. So there is a numerical readout where you should be under 200 standing up and a hundred lying down. I have seen people x50,000. So when people see that as a visual, that they are -4 and that their tension index or stress levels are high numerically, it is great feedback for them. So it is a great test.
Once we see where you are, then we can start talking about, number one, what you can do on the deeper inner levels and also the key organs for the parasympathetic nervous system are delivered, and the adrenals. So we can, again, we talked about the liver and its key role in getting toxins up, the liver is a very, very important organ, and the first four letters in liver is live. So once you see where you are on that heart rate variability test, we can start talking about how we strengthen the liver, how do we strengthen the adrenals, what can we do on the inner planes to restore that balance of too much sympathetic. Now, traditional medicine knows this, and so, say hypertension is a perfect example, high blood pressure, hypertension, the sympathetic is too strong. The traditional method really does not have drugs to stimulate the parasympathetic, so they treat the imbalance by weakening the sympathetic, like a beta-blocker, Inderal, Propranolol. So medicine understands the imbalance and they correct it by weakening the sympathetic nervous system, which is a good idea, but the real key is to strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system.
There are some people that think that that is what causes a heart attack in a person. It is like an underlying weak parasympathetic nervous system, and then it is exposed to sympathetic stress, where would be June 6 running, or somebody getting angry at their spouse, instead of acute sympathetic stress on top of a weaken parasympathetic nervous system that can cause the heart attack. So the question then is what can you do at that point? Well, if you keep your parasympathetic nervous system strong, which we have been talking about, then maybe you can handle that acute sympathetic stress. So there is a lot to this that– your viewers may realize that one-third of the time the first symptom of heart disease is sudden death. So you do not even know this is going to happen to you. All these steps that one can do can certainly remit this sudden death heart disease and all the other things that come out of that.
John: Doc, we are going to wind down today, but I want to give you the last word. Is there anything else you want to share with our listeners before we sign off for today? Because I have learned so much, and I know our listeners have. I am just grateful for your time today. Anything else you would like to share before we sign off for today’s episode?
Michael: Well, I think we have covered it all, John.
John: You have said it all. I love it. I learn every time I am with you and I always love being with you. You are my favorite doctor that I ever go with. Every other doctor I always get bad news. I always come to you and I both get hope and I learn something, and to me, when I walk out of your office with hope and also learning something, I am all good. That is how I feel about you. I know everyone else I have ever sent to you tells me the same thing, and my brother calls you the savior of the ship, of the Shegerian family, and I have to concur with his name for you because you have just done just wonders for our family. I am so grateful to you. For our listeners out there who want to connect with Dr. Galitzer, please go to www.drgalitzer.com, d-r-g-a-l-i-t-z-e-r. Doc, I am so grateful for you in every way, for myself personally, for my family, and also for all the great information, you get to share with the world, make us all healthier and better. You did that again today with all listeners. You are always welcome back on the Impact Podcast, and thank you for being such a wonderful and important guest today.
Michael: It is a pleasure, John. To all of you who are out there, let us stay safe.