The People's Pharmacy Radio Program

The People's Pharmacy Radio Program

From North Carolina Public Radio

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 »

Most Recent Episodes

Show 1023: How to Rebalance Your Digestive Tract Bacteria

What do you know about your digestive tract bacteria? Normally, a wide range of bacteria helps us digest our food and works together to keep us healthy. But when infections or antibiotics intervene, the variety of beneficial bacteria drops and undesirable strains like Clostridium difficile can gain the upper hand. What About Probiotics? Could probiotics help? These beneficial bacteria could help shape the ecology of the intestinal tract. The result should be a better intestinal microbiome, and fewer symptoms of indigestion. Should you be taking probiotics and prebiotics? What about the foods that feed healthy digestive tract bacteria? When the Small Intestine Harbors Digestive Tract Bacteria: The majority of our intestinal bacteria make their home in the large intestine, or colon. When bacteria start flourishing in the small intestine, trouble ensues. Could small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) be causing your heartburn? If so, you could overcome it without drugs simply by changing what you feed your digestive tract bacteria--and yourself. This Week's Guests: Gerard E. Mullin, MD, MS, CNSP, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an internist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist. Dr. Mullin co-directs the Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program and directs the Celiac Disease Clinic. He also directs Integrative Nutrition Services. He is author of The Gut Balance Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology and Lose the Weight for Good. His website is thefoodmd.com Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of the Digestive Health Institute, is a microbiologist and gut health expert. He devoted his career to developing new medicines before he discovered the power of diet for his own digestive health. His goal is to develop holistic treatments for digestive and systemic illnesses based on a clear understanding of the underlying causes of disease. Dr. Robillard recognized a connection between gas-producing bacteria in our intestines, nutritional malabsorption and the symptoms of acid reflux. Based on this research, he created the Fast Tract Diet for a variety of functional gastrointestinal disorders. The diet is a safe and effective alternative to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and H2 blocking drugs. The following resources are available at the Digestive Health Institute: § The Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn and Fast Tract Digestion IBS books (http://digestivehealthinstitute.org/shop/). § The Fast Tract Diet Mobile App (http://www.fasttractdiet.com/) for putting the diet into action and tracking symptoms § Individualized consultation on the Fast Tract Diet (http://digestivehealthinstitute.org/consultation/) The photo is of Norman Robillard. 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

Listen to the Episode

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

Listen to the Episode

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

Listen to the Episode

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.

Listen to the Episode

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

Listen to the Episode

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

Listen to the Episode

Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from