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Pharmacist Ben Fuchs fills in for Dr. Wallach.  Ben starts the show discussing the fact that drugs only treat symptoms and often the side effects are sometimes worse than the original health challenge.  He also talks about so called "Bio-Identical" hormone treatments for women.  He asserts that in reality there isn't such a thing as "bio-identical" hormones.

Pearls of Wisdom

Doug Winfrey and Ben Fuchs discuss a recent study that found omega-3 fatty acids slowed the break down process in bones.  This finding has caused researchers to theorize that fish oil in the diet may strengthen bones.

Callers

  • Sal's wife is experiencing weight loss for no apparent reason.
  • Kim has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
  • Dean has questions about mixing "pro-biotics" and "enzymes".
  • Ken recently underwent a quadruple bypass and is now having difficulty breathing.
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Dr. Wallach discusses all the the recent research concerning the health benefits of chocolate.  Outlining the various antioxidant qualities and chocolate's ability to increase blood flow to the brain.

Pearls of Wisdom

Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a couple of recent news articles concerning the drug maker Merck & Co.  The wonderful people who brought the world Vioxx and who more recently were aggressively seeking to have their new vaccine Gardasil made manditory for girls ages 9 and up in public schools.  Now the company has backed off of it's aggresive lobbying because it came to light that some political leaders such as Texas Governor Rick Perry were given campaign donations and owned stock in Merck.  Governor Perry took a $5000 campaign contribution from Merck and made and executive order to make the Gardasil vaccine manditory in his state.

Callers

  • Cheryl has two questions the first concerns hair loss.  Second she asks about Fabry's disease.
  • Jan has a friend diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Lee has two questions the first concerns a friend with palsy and concerns about Parkinson's disease.  Second he has another friend with reflux.
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Nurse JoAnn Conaway fills in for Dr. Wallach.   JoAnn starts the show discussing a recent article in "Breakthroughs in Health" magazine.  The article is outlining the recent studies that have been focusing in the positive health aspects of chocolate.

Pearls of Wisdom

Doug Winfrey and JoAnn Conaway discuss a news release from drug maker Merck & Co. regarding their lobbying policies of certain vaccines.  Merck had been actively lobbying to have their vaccine Gardasil for HPV (human papillomavirus) made manditory for all school age girls.  This would include girls as young as 9 years old be made to get the vaccine.  The company stopped the lobby process due to negative media criticism.

Callers

  • Lydia has two questions the first concerns a friend with chronic kidney infections.  Second she has questions regarding a girl withchronic sinusitis.
  • James asks JoAnn's opinion of cholesterol lowering drugs.
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