Pharmacist Ben Fuchs fills in for Dr. Wallach. Ben discusses a recent news article tauting fruit as a good alternative for sweet snacks. Ben disagrees asserting that the fruit does have good nutrients and fiber. But that fruit is loaded with sugar.
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Doug and Ben discuss a news article concerning a done at the Scripps Research Institute. The study was looking into ways to shut down the "hunger hormone" ghrelin. Researchers beiieve that regulation of this hormone could lead to an obesity vaccine.
- Peggy's mother-in-law has a chronic cough and elevated white cell count.
- Pamela has questions regarding greying hair and mineral deficiencies.
- Roy has been experiencing inflammation in his feet.
Dr. Wallach discusses the problem of obesity and weight gain in America. Citing the statistic that nearly two thirds of American adults are over weight and one third are obese. Asserting that the various fad diets won't work if people don't deal with the root cause. Doc recommends his "Hell's Kitchen" book as a resource that explains why this epidemic has occurred an the U.S. Also recommending the "Ferret Fat Pack", "Nature's Whey" nutrition bars, "Chocolate Lover's Dream Diet" and "Slender FX" as possible solutions to weight loss.
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Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss two recent news articles. The first concerns a report put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reports states 24,000 children a year are treated in hopitals for injuries received while riding in a shopping cart. With two thirds of those injuries involving the head and neck. Next Doug and Doc discuss a study done by researchers at Yale University. The researchers exposed fetal mice to frequent and prolonged ultrasounds. Discovering that the ultrasounds disrupt brain development in the unborn mice. Previous studies also found brain anomalies linked to ultarsound use in human fetuses.
- Shawn was recently diagnosed with Grave's disease.
- Ann has discovered a soft tumor on her pelvic bone.
- Kathy has three questions, the first regarding the safety of microwaving eggs. Next she asks Dr. Wallach if it is ok to use powdered milk in her "Nature's Whey" shakes. Finally Kathy asks about a 140 pound dog that is suffering seizures.
- Ginny is a alcoholic looking for a non-chemical to quit the booze.
Dr. Wallach discusses a National Institute of Health report on salt. The report claims that with all of the added salt to pre-processed foods there is no need to add salt to food. Citing theories that salt causes water retention, increases risk of hypertenion and heart disease. Doc disagrees contending that salt along with the 90 essential nutrients will not cause the afore mentioned health challenges.
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Doug discusses a couple of recent news articles. The first is a Consumer Report on the quality of nursing homes. The report stated that not-for-profit homes provided a better quality of care than did for profit homes. Niether type of nursing home actually fared very well by Consumer Report standards. With for profits meeting the standard of "good quality" 2% while the not-for-profits meeting that standard 7.3% of the time. The higher care quality in the not-for-profits was attributed to more staffing and registered nurses as staff rather than nurses aids.
- Becky has a friend in a vegatative state with a feeding tube and wonders if it would help to give the friend liquid nutrients.
- Linda asks Dr. Wallach about uterine fibroids.
- Al has a dog that is losing it's teeth.
- Rick has questions concerning osteoarthritis.