Aug 26, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 401: Atrial fibrillation and Plant Based Nutrition

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Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common arrhythmias that people develop.  It can require hospitalization as well as long term medications that can have side effects.  I am often asked whether a plant based diet can prevent or reverse such arrhythmias.  The answer is possibly yes.  Yes, if risk factors such as hypertension, elevated BMI, diabetes, smoking, and sleep apnea can be reversed through lifestyle changes.  In a 29 year career as a cardiologist, I have not seen such a reversal take place with medication therapies alone.   In fact, a recent study confirmed that only 5.4% of people ever achieve risk factor control despite all of the medications available.

The good news is that a plant based diet and exercise can reverse the risk factors.  However, it takes a consistent daily commitment that is permanent. 

I will address some factors that help in making such lifestyle changes. 

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Aug 18, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 400: Who Put Bovine Collagen in My Oatmeal?

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My summer vacation from Florida to Houston and Houston to Florida was a celebration of four generations of family all thriving on a plant-based diet and movement.  Running, swimming and celebrating all while eating plant based.    It would be easy to give up our nutritional lifestyle and eat like the rest of American from fast food restaurants and service stations full of sugar, salt and fat.  Driving across Interstate 10 from the Florida panhandle to Houston, Texas the scene varied little.  Obesity, pale complexions, and difficulty walking were the norm. 

I did make a nutritional mistake and purchased Purely Elizabeth Oatmeal that contained BOVINE COLLAGEN.  It was right on the front label, and I missed it!

Who would think there is cow ligaments in oatmeal?

The collagen subject comes up as much as protein consumption.  In reality, collagen is a type of protein made of amino acids that we can make and process.  Taking in collagen protein is no different than eating animal protein.  It is broken down into the component amino acids and reassembled into proteins that the body may need.  Collagen is marketed widely to help with skin, wound healing, bone healing and digestion.  OR…. Our bodies can make it given plant proteins, along with vitamin C, E, and zinc.  I will give you some reasons why taking a little more vitamin c is much better than eating dehydrated chicken feet to build collagen. 


The choice to stay plant based and exercise while traveling is yours.  It may not be the same as at home but taking the stairs and getting in some walks along with eating a health nutrient diet will go a long way to vacation success. 

Thank you for listening.

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Aug 11, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 399- Time

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I turned 60 this week.  I am entering the senior years of my life.  Time is my most precious commodity.  Do I coast or push? Many people promise the fountain of youth through pills or procedures.  But I challenge you to take charge of your health now. 

In reality, most modern medical procedures and pharmaceuticals patch problems rather than cure them.   The accumulation of metabolic waste begins to take its toll and diagnosis increase as do medications and ailments.  

I believe the best way to eliminate metabolic waste and improve health is through plant based nutrition and movement. I want to share this secret with as many people as I can for my remaining years.  Would you like to join me as an outlier in health and wellness? 

 Standing decreases your risk of death and major cardiac events as noted in a recent publication that I will discuss.  Do you stand for 8 hours a day? Let me help you do a few calculations.  Excessive sodium intake results in vascular injury and heart disease.  Do you really know how much sodium is in your food?

Who are you going to trust to assure your food is as healthy as it can be?  Spoiler, it can only be you.  Your choice.  Health and nutrition over marketing and gimmicks.  What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking.  

Thank you for listening. 

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Jul 29, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 398 with Bob Becker

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Today I am honored to have Bob Becker from Ultrasportllc join me to discuss his recent Badwater 135 finish becoming the oldest finisher of the race at 77 years young.  It is not his first record at Badwater.  He set the record at age 70 for the first to complete the 146 mile course from the Badwater basin to the summit of Mt Whitney.  He ran his first ultra at age 60!

Do you have to run 100 miles to stay healthy?  Probably not.  But we do know that successful aging requires a sense of purpose, social interactions, a positive mental attitude, and a lot of moving.  Bob checks all of those boxes with a dose of humility and gratitude.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired by this interview.

Just a few of his race finishes:

2020: Pony Express 100 mile race Utah

2020: Won 24 hr race in Ft Lauderdale Icarus ultrafest 96 miles

September 2019: overall winner and record holder for Race for the Ages in Mn Tenn.  230 miles in 74 hours

2019: Brazil 135 mile race

2017: oldest finisher of Javelina Jundred in Arizona

2016: Mt Goolagong ultra in Teng Chong, China

2015: Badwater 135 then summited Mt Whitney at 146 miles then back to basin for 252 miles



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Jul 22, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 397: Hydrating for Health

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The accumulation of metabolic waste is the source of many lifestyle diseases.  But where is the waste accumulating and how do we get rid of it?

 As a cardiologist, I look at the blood vessel as an area that accumulates waste such as cholesterol, triglycerides, white blood cells, and inflammatory proteins under the endothelial layer.  We see some of the same things in joints and soft tissues that are inflamed.  In cancer, metabolic waste and toxin accumulation results in DNA damage that overwhelms the cell’s ability to repair itself.  In the gut, that accumulation is associated with constipation and obstruction leading to  toxin absorption into the lymphatic system causing further dysfunction of the immune system.

The best advice is not to accumulate the waste in the first part.  That would translate in to avoiding excessive food intake as well as toxic substances.  Our bodies have multiple paths to clear waste products if we can just be patient and allow it to do it’s job without adding further insult to injury.

Eat a high fiber, plant based diet.  Avoid unnecessary exposures.  Check out the to find out about toxic ingredients in common household products and foods.

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Jul 15, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 396: Tough Questions and Answers that You Would Not Expect


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When it comes to your health, I have always asked the question; will it make you live longer, or will it make you live better?  Another translation might be, will your quality of life be better and or longer?  If you are sick and feel bad, the question is a lot easier perhaps than if you are feeling well.  Physicians sometimes confuse quality of life with objective progression free survival.  Translated roughly if the disease has not gotten worse, you must be better.  Even though it seems reasonable, it has never been proven to be an equivalent measurement.  For example, a tumor could shrink but the person has long lasting side effects from the medication.  Quality of life is also a personal decision and there is not a  universal definition. 

What about the things we accept for truth such as sun causes cancer?  What about our source for vitamin D? Should we even wear sunglasses?  Why do some melanomas occur where there is very little sun exposure?  How about rest?  Should we move if we are injured? 

One thing we have lost as health care providers is taking time.  Time to speak with patients and understand their concerns. Time to explain our thoughts for their treatment and discuss risks and alternatives.  Time to have the hard talks about what quality of life means to a particular person.  Time to think about where the information we base our protocol driven decisions comes from and question if it is valid?

I hope you enjoy the podcast.  Thanks for listening.

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Jul 8, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast: Discussing Childhood Obesity with Addie Majnaric, RDN

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I am joined by Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN today to discuss childhood obesity.  This week is National Childhood Obesity Week. 

In contrast to adults, weight is assessed by percentiles of the ratio, weight to height, by age and sex.  Greater than the 95th% percentile is considered obese and greater than 85th% is considered overweight.

It is a very important to address childhood obesity in a healthy way in order to decrease the risk of lifestyle diseases associated with being overweight such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic complications, and cancer. 

Unlike adults, children are still growing and developing.  Caloric restriction can be dangerous for growth and development if proper macronutrients and micronutrients are not obtained.  Care must also be taken so as to not make a child self-conscious or to develop an abnormal relationship with food.

Addie and I will address healthy positive ways to obtain healthy weights for children.

It is important to set a good example as adults for our children for long term good eating habits and relationships around food and nutrition. 

Addie Majnaric, RND works with families through our practice to meet the nutrition goals for all stages of growth and development.  You can email her at  with questions. 

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Jul 1, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast: Episode 394: All You Have to Do is This

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Happy 4th of July. 

I will give you a simple guaranteed solution to reverse lifestyle diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and vascular diseases.  All you have to do is eat vegetables, fruit, grains, potatoes and exercise.  There it is.  Easy.  So easy that it is hard to believe the whole world is doing it. 


Sorry, it is not that easy to do when the world seems to be going in the opposite direction.  Perhaps if everyone had a device to tell them their heart rate, glucose, and metabolism, and there were meals delivered to fit the above readings. Wait those are available too, and we still have disease. 


Perhaps if others changed first, and you were sure it would work and not be too difficult.  I do not think that is going to happen any time soon.


Change starts within.  Observing what is going on.  Questioning if the changes you are making are resulting in progress.  Redirecting.


What is health worth to you?  Your health is more valuable to you than anyone else.  No one will put more effort into your health than you do.

What are you waiting for?  Let’s get healthy.  It starts with you.


Here is a link to some healthy tips and recipes for the 4th of July


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Jun 23, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 393: Leadville Trail Marathon Recap

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This episode is a recap of the Leadville Trail Marathon located at Leadville, Colorado.   It is the highest elevation marathon in the United States at 10,000 ft climbing to Mosquito pass at 13.186 ft. 


Finish time: 8:41:46

Distance 26.4 miles covered


552 people completed the marathon.  43 Did not finish.

133 finishers over the age of 50. 

1 70 year old man finished as oldest finisher. 


Predictors of slower time: Not living at altitude and over 50. 


Lessons learned:

Hill training important

Rock training equally important


Plans to improve:

Hill training

Strength training for foot speed

Balance and mobility training for uneven terrain


Nutrition discussion: Herbs and spices to improve immune function.


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Jun 10, 2022

Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast Episode 392-Alzheimers Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimers awareness month.  I think a better name would be Alzheimers prevention month.  Alzheimers is one of many subtypes of dementia.  It is mainly a pathologic diagnosis described as abnormal amyloid plaques and protein tangles in the neurons.  Symptoms are usually progressive but the onset and course of progression is variable.  The diagnosis is devastating and frightening because of the lack of curative therapies and loss of the ability to care for ones self.  An early diagnosis often leaves the patient and family alone to fear for the future and grab at any potential therapy available.  

As a cardiologist, I have treated many patients with dementia.  More importantly, I experience caring for a patient with dementia, my father.  Watching a loved one fade away mentally while their body is still there is very difficult.  The best treatment we have to date is prevention.  

The risk factors for dementia are not unlike other lifestyle diseases.  Good news is that prevention is similar.  Waiting until the diagnosis in the case of dementia is not the time to make lifestyle changes.  It is too late for significant reversal once the diagnosis is made.  Slowing of progression can occur with diet and exercise but the time to act is while you are still healthy.  How you live your 40s and 50s may ultimately determine your dementia in later years.  

I will offer some suggestions for diagnosis, prevention and nutritional and physical therapies.  Most of all, I offer hope to prevent and to cope with whatever challenges you may face.  

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