A biomedical research pioneer, Dr. Joel D. Wallach spent more than 40 years in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the effects of individual nutrients on animal health, before becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982. Today, Dr. Wallach is renowned for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals. He currently dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals, and on lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry.
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Dr. Wallach begins the show discussing medical mistakes made by doctors. Citing a US News & World Report study that found 15.8 million Americans are killed, injured and infected each year in the medical industry.
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Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a recent study that found most doctors don't pay attention to complaints from patients regarding side effects of drugs they've prescribed. The study surveyed 650 patients taking statin drugs and found that 47% of paitents who complained of muscle or memory problems (both well documented side effects of statins) they were told by their doctors there was no connection to the drug.
Dr. Wallach starts the show discussing a recent news article concerning dieting. The article outlines six popular diet strategies and critques the diet's success rates. Then outlines his own strategies for weight loss asserting that the other diets don't address the root cause of cravings.
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss two recent research studies concerning obesity. The first study found that the state of Mississippi is the first in the U.S. to break the 30% mark for adult obesity. The second study found that mothers with untreated gestational diabetes were twice as likely to give birth to children who will later have weight issues.
Dr. Wallach just back from continuing education to maintain his medical license relates a conversation with a medical doctor. The doctor was exclaiming that the medical industry was in a poor state because the government announced that Medicare will no longer pay to correct medical mistakes. Doc applaudes this decision contending that is something he has been wanting for 43 years.
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a recent news article concerning maternal death rates. The article states that in 2003 the maternal death rates rose above 10 per 100,000 births since 1977. Experts are blaming maternal obesity and an increase in Caesarean sections. Twenty nine percent of all births in the U.S. last year were by C-section.
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