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Everything from home remedies to the latest breakthrough drugs are discussed on The People's Pharmacy. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Terry Graedon talk to leading experts to discuss issues relating to drugs, herbs, home remedies, vitamins and related health topics.More from The People's Pharmacy Radio Program »

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Show 1022: How to Pick Dietary Supplements That Make Sense for You

Are you getting all the nutrients you need from the food you eat? We are often advised to eat a well-balanced diet, but many people find that difficult. In today's fast-paced world, it can be hard even to know what it means. Should You Take Dietary Supplements? Dr. Tieraona Low Dog suggests that many of us need nutritional insurance because we are not loading our plates with vegetables three times a day. But different individuals have differing nutritional needs. What dietary supplements make sense for you? An African-American woman in Minneapolis needs more vitamin D than a light-skinned fellow in Tampa. Men should not be taking multi-vitamin-mineral supplements with iron, but premenopausal women usually do need iron in their dietary supplements. How Do Your Medications Affect Your Nutritional Needs? If you are taking certain drugs for heartburn, such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec), you could be at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, as well as falling short on other crucial nutrients such as magnesium. People taking the diabetes drug metformin may also need to be boosting their nutritional intake beyond what they can get in their food. Dr. Low Dog has spent months investigating the effects of medications on nutritional needs, and she tells you how to fortify your life with the right dietary supplements. This Week's Guest: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is Fellowship Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine with the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements, herbal medicine and women's health. She is a founding member of the American Board of Physician Specialties, American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women's Health. She has served as Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements/Botanicals Expert Committee. Her books include: Women's Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Life Is Your Best Medicine; and Healthy at Home. Her latest is Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More. For more information, see her website: drlowdog.com Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Listen to the CD and read the information-packed book Download the mp3

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Show 1021: If You Are in Pain, You Are Not Alone!

Chronic pain is often invisible, but it undermines the quality of life of a hundred million Americans. Many of these people face a terrible dilemma: without medication, they suffer dreadfully. But if they use narcotics to control chronic pain, they may be treated with suspicion or disdain. Measures designed to reduce drug abuse put many restrictions on people who are just trying to maintain their ability to function. Can Chronic Pain Be Managed Better? What solutions are there for controlling chronic pain? And how can we come to understand the people who need a narcotic medication just to complete their daily tasks, not because they are trying to get high? This Week's Guest: Judy Foreman is a nationally syndicated health columnist who has won more than 50 journalism awards and whose columns have appeared regularly in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and other national and international outlets. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis. Her book is A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem. Her website is JudyForeman.com The photograph of Judy Foreman was taken by Andy Dolph. Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Download the mp3

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Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hungry

Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet and that counting calories could help us lose weight for a while, but we gained it back again. Why Is a Low-Fat Diet the Wrong One for Many People? To get 2016 off to a good start, we talk with endocrinologist (and "obesity warrior") Dr. David Ludwig. Find out why the diet recommendations of the past several decades have been exactly wrong to help most of us control our weight, and why a low-fat diet may actually make you hungry. What Can You Do? What are the solutions to this problem? Dr. Ludwig outlines how we can conquer our cravings and retrain our fat cells in 2016 so we can lose weight permanently. He explains how to put biology to work for you, by changing the types of food you eat, instead of letting it work against you and make you fat. This Week's Guest: David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children's Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Boston Children's Hospital, one of the oldest and largest family based weight management programs. He also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. Dr. Ludwig's new book is Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, & Lose Weight Permanently. His website is drdavidludwig.com. The photo of Dr. Ludwig is courtesy of Boston Children's Hospital. Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Read the book and listen to the CD: Take advantage of Dr. Ludwig's carefully crafted menus and delicious recipes to get your weight-loss plan off the ground. The combination of the book and the CD is offered at a 15% discount from buying each one individually.

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Show 1019: Trade In Bad Habits for Better Ones

As we start the new year, many of us use the opportunity to try to change the habits that affect our health. Last week we heard from Gretchen Rubin, author of the book Better Than Before. How to Change Our Bad Habits: This week, we touch base with Dr. Wendy Wood, whose research focuses on how people form and change their habits. Find out how to make healthy habits stick, and what it takes to get rid of bad habits. Join the Conversation: We welcome listeners' calls about their struggles and successes turning poor health habits into better ones. Call 888-472-3366 to join the conversation or send an email to radio@peoplespharmacy.com. This Week's Guest: Wendy Wood, PhD, is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. Her website is http://dornsife.usc.edu/wendywood/ Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Download the mp3

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Show 1018: How to Have Healthier Habits in the New Year

Habits-things you do on a regular basis without even thinking about them-can have a huge impact on our health. But it isn't easy to drop old habits that aren't serving us well, like eating a pint of ice cream every night. Nor is it always easy to adopt healthier habits that could be more helpful, like taking a brisk 30 minute walk every day after lunch. How can we change our everyday lives so that we don't have to waste will power making good health choices, but instead do them almost automatically? Advice on Developing Healthier Habits: Now as we face our New Year's resolutions and are focused on our health goals for 2016, author Gretchen Rubin has great advice for us on how to get rid of the habits that hamper us and embrace healthier habits that could help make our lives better than before. Why not make listening to The People's Pharmacy one of your great health habits for 2016? How Habits Can Help You Be Happier: This question and answer didn't fit in the show, but we think you'll find it interesting. Gretchen Rubin talks about the connection between habits and happiness: This Week's Guest: Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential and thought-provoking writers on happiness. Her best-selling earlier book was The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. She followed that with Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. In this interview we are discussing her latest book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits-to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life. Gretchen Rubin writes a daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, and hosts a popular weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Download the mp3

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Show 939: The Health Benefits of Chocolate (Archive)

Chocolate has long been considered a sinful indulgence, definitely not a food that belongs in any "healthy" diet. But over the past few decades, evidence has been building that consuming chocolate actually offers specific health benefits. What are they, and what is the best way to get your dose of beneficial cocoa compounds? What Are the Health Benefits of Chocolate? The experts describe how chocolate affects blood pressure, stroke, and even Nobel Prize potential. And we get a peek at how to produce great tasting chocolate from a master. New research shows that cocoa flavanols can calm inflammation as well as relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure, lower total cholesterol and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol. People who eat chocolate regularly have a lower risk of stroke. People who would like to get cocoa flavonoids without the sugar and calories of candy may be interested in CocoaVia. Mars Botanical, the manufacturer, provides standardized cocoa flavanol extract as supplements and in powders to add to beverages. Mars has supported some of the research on the health benefits of chocolate, but independent research is largely consistent with the findings of Mars-related research. This Week's Guests: Eric Ding, PhD, is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. Susanna Larsson, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her meta-analysis on chocolate consumption and stroke was published in Neurology. Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Vice Chairman and Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1980. Franz Messerli, MD, FACC, FACP, is Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University college of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. His article on chocolate consumption, cognitive function, and Nobel laureates was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. John Scharffenberger is co-founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate. With his business Partner, Dr. Robert Steinberg, he set off a new wave of chocolate making to the US. Listen to the Podcast: The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Download the mp3

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