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Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

Location:

Durham, NC

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Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

Language:

English

Contact:

800 732 2334


Episodes

Show 1310: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care

8/4/2022
This week on our nationally syndicated public radio show, Dr. John Abramson describes the impact of Big Pharma on American health care. In the US, we spend more on healthcare than any other country (both overall and per capita). However, our health metrics are mostly mediocre. Compared to other wealthy countries, they are abysmal! Big […]

Duration:01:03:10

Show 1308: Saving Money on Prescription Medications

8/1/2022
On our nationally syndicated radio show we take questions from listeners about how to save money on prescription medications. As with nearly everything else, drug prices have been rising. First, we speak with health and medicine investigative reporter for Consumer Reports Lisa Gill about five ways to save on prescription drugs. How many of her […]

Duration:00:59:33

Show 1309: Coping With Dry Eyes and Tear Problems

7/28/2022
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, learn how to cope with tear problems. This is an extremely common eye disease, but that doesn’t mean it is trivial. An estimated 16 million adults in the US suffer with dry eyes, and suffer is the right verb for many of them. What Is Dry Eye […]

Duration:00:59:31

Show 1257: The Metabolical Results of the American Diet (Archive)

7/21/2022
Dr. Robert Lustig has been warning us all about the hazards of sugar since 2009, when his YouTube lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” went viral. As a pediatric neuroendocrinologist, he spent much of his career treating the causes of obesity in children. Now, he turns his impressive expertise to helping adults as well as children. […]

Duration:01:10:51

Show 1271: New Approaches to Managing Depression (Archive)

7/6/2022
For many months now, people have been dealing with the pandemic, Which has brought both grief for the lives lost and anxiety about the threat of infection. At the same time, fires and floods have made it clear that climate change is not a fuzzy future concern, but an urgent issue. The economic impact of […]

Duration:00:32:44

Show 1307: Cocoa Compounds and the COSMOS Trial

6/30/2022
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we explore the power of cocoa compounds to help heart health. Our first guest is Harvard’s Dr. JoAnn Manson, lead investigator of the COSMOS trial. That stands for Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study. It is a very large, randomized placebo-controlled study that looked at the effects […]

Duration:00:59:05

Show 1306: The Best-Kept Secret in Heart Disease

6/23/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week you’ll learn about a cardiac risk factor you may never have heard mentioned. Although scientists identified lipoprotein a as an important problem in the 1970s, your doctor may never have measured your level. We ask one of the country’s leading experts why Lp(a) has been overlooked for […]

Duration:00:59:02

Show 1305: When Will the COVID Pandemic Be Over?

6/16/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we talk with Dr. Aaron Carroll, who is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Chief Health Officer of Indiana University. Despite rising infection rates, many of the precautions common last summer are melting away. There are no mask mandates on […]

Duration:00:59:21

Show 1212: Should You Worry About Forever Chemicals?

6/16/2022
Virtually everyone in the US has been exposed to PFAS chemicals. That stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances found in fire-fighting foam, nonstick coatings, food packaging and waterproofing or stain resistant chemicals used on clothing, furniture and carpets. Pesticides are also an important source. These are also referred to as “forever chemicals” because they persist […]

Duration:00:55:51

Show 1304: Fixing Your Foot Problems

6/9/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we have a guest live in the studio. Podiatrist Jane Andersen will be ready to answer your questions about foot problems and what you can do about them. Fixing Your Foot Problems: Has the pandemic been hard on your feet? Some foot doctors report seeing 20 to […]

Duration:00:58:58

Show 1227: What Do You Need to Know About Airborne Virus? (Archive)

6/9/2022
After more than two and a half years have we learned anything about how an airborne virus like SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted? Judging from the way people have been acting lately and the way public health authorities have been responding to the latest COVID-19 surges, the answer is not much! An article in JAMA (June 7, […]

Duration:01:14:49

Show 1303: The Mental Health Crisis Affecting American Teenagers

6/2/2022
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel. His latest series for The New York Times takes a long look at the mental health crisis affecting American teenagers. This is not a tale of COVID disruption, although COVID has made it worse. This is a story of […]

Duration:00:59:21

Show 1302: Managing the Microbiome for Better Health

5/26/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we with an international expert about managing the microbiome. How does the microbiome interact with our immune system? Each of us has trillions of microbes living in our digestive tract. The exact number and type of species varies from one person to the next, so in essence […]

Duration:01:03:48

Show 1244: Life-Saving Lessons for COVID-19 from the Ebola Epidemic (Archive)

5/19/2022
We are heartbroken that Dr. Paul Farmer, with whom we spoke in this episode, died suddenly on Feb. 21, 2022. He was a true hero. Our condolences to his family and colleagues. We are airing this interview in memoriam. In 2014, an Ebola epidemic broke out in three countries of West Africa–Liberia, Guinea and Sierra […]

Duration:01:00:12

Show 1301: What Are Forever Chemicals Doing in Food Packaging?

5/12/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, our guests discuss “forever chemicals” (PFAS) used in a wide range of products. How do they affect our health? What Are PFAS, or Forever Chemicals? Scientists refer to a large class of synthetic chemicals, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as “forever chemicals.” A Dupont chemist created […]

Duration:00:59:36

Show 1300: How Vitamin D and Omega-3s Help Your Health

5/5/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we consider the benefits of two dietary supplements against autoimmune diseases. Although health care providers are sometimes skeptical about the value of supplements, the VITAL trial represents gold-standard research. In fact, this large, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial demonstrated that vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids each reduce […]

Duration:00:59:34

Show 1299: Is Evidence-Based Medicine an Illusion?

4/28/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we consider the strengths and shortcomings of evidence-based medicine. Compared to the alternatives–basing medical care on opinion or tradition–evidence-based medicine sounds like a great idea. As currently practiced, however, it falls far short of its potential. What Is Evidence-Based Medicine? Philosopher and bioethicist Leemon McHenry describes the […]

Duration:00:59:36

Show 1298: The Health Benefits of Tart Cherries

4/21/2022
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we talk with two scientists who have been studying how eating cherries affects our physiology. Both are experts in sports medicine who have done some intriguing research that may convince you to include tart cherries in your diet. Tart Cherries for Precovery: First we speak with Dr. […]

Duration:01:04:45

Show 1249: How Near Death Experiences Transform People’s Lives (Archive)

4/14/2022
For many years, possibly even centuries, some people who unexpectedly survived a life-threatening event have recounted amazing experiences. Between the time they appeared to die and when they revived, they often encountered places and beings unlike those of everyday life. What should we make of such near death experiences? Reports from the Operating Room: Occasionally, […]

Duration:01:17:08

Show 1235: Safer Sex in the Time of COVID (Archive)

4/13/2022
In the midst of a pandemic, many people feel isolated. When you are not even supposed to shake hands, much less hug or kiss, how can those who live alone meet their needs for sexual intimacy? Is it possible to date without running a high risk for COVID-19–or a sexually transmitted infection? How can people […]

Duration:00:59:58