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Nov 27, 2023

Why You Should Listen: 

In this episode, you will learn about cutting edge approaches to support children dealing with autism.

About My Guests:

My guests for this episode are Dr. Christian Bogner and Alex Zaharakis.  

Christian Bogner, MD, FACOG, CFMNP is a lecturer, educator, and experienced practicing clinician. He has four children, with his oldest affected with autism.  He is a certified Functional Medicine physician with additional board certification in OBGYN.  He has obtained his certification in Plant-Based-Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Bogner is a clinical consultant for MaxGen Labs, LLC, a nutrigenomics lab analyzing genetic data, utilized by over 800 practitioners around the world.  He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad regarding integrative approaches to disease with a focus on genetics, the microbiome, and toxicities.

Alex Zaharakis, MA, MS, DABR is a grateful husband and father of two beautiful children.  His interest in the microbiome and biomedical healing is driven by his son's regressive autism at 17 months, after a culmination and spark of several timely medical insults several of which were microbiome focused.  Alex has devoted his spare time and efforts to researching and learning about the microbiome while helping other parents to navigate the biomedical and microbiome issues experienced in autism to develop strategies for intervention.  Alex is a licensed and board-certified Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology, a scientist with background in physics, mathematics, and biology who has utilized his life experiences to develop an analytical method for quantifying and intervening with intestinal dysbiosis which he believes to be significant in the development and severity of autism and other disease states.  He has devoted his personal time to studying the microbiome through analysis of 16s type sequencing, and he has developed software to analyze raw 16s data and provide suggestions to improve dysbiosis in a targeted manner.  Alex feels that providing support for dysbiosis is a direct window into increasing the quality of life for all individuals, including his own son which has been the driving force in the work that he does.

Key Takeaways:

  • What are the top contributors to autism?
  • What is the role of 16s microbiome balancing?
  • What role might mold and mycotoxins play in autism?
  • How might cyanide play a role in autism?
  • What is the role of ammonia in autism?
  • What tools may be helpful for neuroinflammation?
  • What are the mechanisms by which sodium thiosulfate may support the body?
  • How might sodium thiosulfate assist the body in increasing reduced glutathione?
  • Is sodium thiosulfate generally well-tolerated in those with sulfur sensitivities?  
  • Might the body need additional detoxification support when starting to use the sodium thiosulfate lotion?
  • How important is constipation when attempting to support detoxification?
  • Is the potential for glutamine to convert to glutamate a real concern?
  • How well-tolerated are herbal products in those with sensitivities to phenolics or salicylates?

Connect With My Guests: 

Christian Bogner, MD, FACOG, CFMNP

Alex Zaharakis, MA, MS, DABR

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Interview Date:

November 15, 2023


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.