Veterans’ Health Matters

Veterans’ Health Matters

Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, as well as historic deployments in multiple eras, have resulted in Veterans with a range of post deployment health concerns and the need for providers to understand these concerns and utilize best practices in the identification, assessment, management, and communication of Veteran care. Veterans with complex medical conditions may benefit from a patient centered approach that is rooted in whole health and functional and integrative medicine. Veterans’ Health Matters, a new podcast series sponsored by the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), offers clinicians, Veterans, and caregivers information on post deployment care, and also offers tools on effective patient-provider communication, various functional and integrative medicine approaches, along with exercise, that can improve the care of our nation’s Veterans. During every episode you’ll hear subject matter experts weigh in on these topics and also talk about services the WRIISC provides because every Veteran’s health really does matter.


December 29, 2020 19 mins
An Introduction to the (WRIISC) War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Helena Chandler, Acting Director of the NJ WRIISC, and welcome back Dr. Susan Santos, Director of Education and Risk Communication at the WRIISC, as they discuss the WRIISC including its nearly 20-year history and how WRIISC can best serve Veterans and their healthcare teams.
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Wearable Technology Trends: What Gets Measured, Might Get Improved
In this episode, Dr. Michael Falvo, Scientific Director of the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence, and Matthew Watson, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, discuss how to measure or monitor personal exercise and physical activity, some advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and its importance to Veterans and clinical providers.

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December 1, 2020 10 mins
Essential Food Nutrients, Vitamins and Supplements
Dr. Serena Satcher, Integrative and Functional Nutrition physician ends our Functional Nutrition segment by exploring with moderator Paulette Brower, proven essential phytonutrients in food and drink known to provide health benefits. How the VHA Whole Health model supports “food and drink” as a resource to stay healthy and fight disease is also addressed.

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November 17, 2020 11 mins
The Role and Importance of Mitochondria
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Serena Satcher once again to have a discussion on the role and importance of mitochondria with Paulette Brower. Hear Dr. Satcher examine how functional nutrition plans impact and support optimal mitochondrial function.

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November 3, 2020 16 mins
The Detoxification
Dr. Serena Satcher discusses how required nutrients and others optimize the body’s natural detoxification process in the liver, kidney and skin. This podcast is moderated by Paulette Brower.

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October 20, 2020 19 mins
The Elimination Nutritional Food Plan
Dr. Serena Satcher sits down for a conversation with Steven Greer, Veteran and Exercise Physiologist with the NJ WRIISC, and Paulette Brower. In it, she Introduces the Elimination Diet and its usefulness as a functional nutrition tool in supporting post deployment Veterans with weakened immune systems which may manifest in CMI (Chronic Multi-symptom Illness).
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October 6, 2020 17 mins
Nutritional Rebalancing-Beyond Diets
For this episode, Dr. Serena Satcher, Integrative and Functional Medicine physician in conversation with Paulette Brower, examines functional nutrition plans, their ability to improve overall health and a vast array of Veteran’s symptoms, and how Intermittent fasting is used with them to achieve detoxification and apoptosis [cell death].
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September 22, 2020 22 mins
Gut Function and Health
We welcome back Dr. Omowunmi Osinubi, Dr. Serena Satcher, and Paulette Brower, as they explore how increased intestinal permeability also known as leaky gut syndrome negatively affects Veterans’ health by promoting chronic inflammation, compromising immunity, and resulting in other medical issues. They explore how utilizing what is referred to as the 4 R’s may be helpful in decreasing intestinal permeability...
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September 8, 2020 11 mins
VA Whole Health and Functional Medicine Approaches for Managing Chronic Inflammation
Dr. Serena Satcher, Integrative and Functional Medicine physician with the NJ WRIISC, examines how Chronic Inflammation - a consequence of military exposures and lifestyle factors - may manifest as disease and impact overall health. This discussion is moderated by Paulette Brower.
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August 25, 2020 19 mins
Environmental Exposures & Gastrointestinal Health of Veterans
Dr. Omowunmi Osinubi, Clinical Director of the NJ WRIISC sits down with our moderator Paulette Brower, at the WRIISC, to highlight common types of health conditions experienced by Veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its environmental exposures impacts upon gastrointestinal health.
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August 11, 2020 16 mins
What’s Wrong with me? Creating a Shared Understanding to Improve Communication
Dr. Susan Santos and Dr. Lisa McAndrew discuss how to improve communication by develop a shared understanding and treatment plan with Patients when there is no easy answer for their complex medical or exposure concerns.
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Improving Communication Between Patients and Providers around Difficult or Sensitive Topics
The inaugural episode of Veteran Health Matters, WRIISC’s Dr. Susan Santos, Director of Education & Risk Communication, and Dr. Lisa McAndrew, Director of Research address known difficulties in Communicating with Patients when there is no easy answer for their complex medical or exposure concerns.
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