Targeting Telomeres with Dr Lise Alschuler

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Targeting Telomeres with Dr Lise Alschuler

If your telomeres could talk - what would they tell you?

In today's podcast we welcome back one of our favourite guests, Dr Lise Alshuler to dive into a discussion about telomeres and their relevance in health.

Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes that serve to protect them from damage. Telomeres shorten as we age and their length can have an impact on our resilience and overall health.

So, how can we optimise them? Can we lengthen them or prevent them from shortening in the first place? What, if any, interventions exist for this? Dr Alschuler will expertly walk you through it.

Covered in this episode:

[00:50] Welcoming back Dr Lise Alschuler
[03:44] Today's Topic: Telomeres
[04:05] What are telomeres?
[05:59] Telomere Structures
[06:59] Telomerase enzyme
[07:55] Shortening vs. lengthening of telomeres
[10:44] The relevance of telomeres in oncology
[12:50] Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) 
[14:18] Influencing telomeres for preventative health
[18:02] Lowing stress, lengthens telomeres
[21:06] Exercise vs. Diet
[24:01] Sleep is a crucial intervention
[26:50] Curcumin and telomeres?
[28:02] Early days: telomere-boosting supplements
[30:55] Core foundations to telomere health
[36:18] Can we test our telomeres?
[39:09] Telomeres in the future of oncology
[42:02] Final summary & thanks

Additional Resources
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP)
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
Book: The Definitive Guide to Cancer
iThrive Plan for Cancer Survivors
Books by Dr Lise Alschuler
Bastyr University
TAP Integrative
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)
PODCAST: L-Theanine - A Modern Panacea? with Dr Lise Alschuler

Other podcasts with Lise include:


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Dr Lise Alschuler
Dr Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic physician with Board certification in naturopathic oncology. She practises naturopathic oncology at Naturopathic Specialists LLC in Scottsdale Arizona, specialising in prevention and naturopathic care for people who have been affected by cancer in their lives. Dr Alschuler has authored many articles in professional and popular press publications and co-authored The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing. She also travels the world giving presentations about integratied healthcare, naturopathic medicine and naturopathic oncology. Dr Alschuler currently serves as the President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).