The People's Pharmacy Radio Program

The People's Pharmacy Radio Program

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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 1036: How to Prevent Diabetes by Changing Your Life

An increasing proportion of Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes. In 2012, 86 million adults had prediabetes, which is elevated blood sugar that doesn't quite reach the cut-off for a diabetes diagnosis. Frequently, people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes, but they don't have to. You can reverse prediabetes by changing your life. Our radio show, which will air on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will provide insights on how to accomplish such changes in practical ways. How Do You Succeed at Changing Your Life? The CDC has approved an evidence-based approach to diabetes prevention that works through changes in lifestyle: exercise, diet, stress reduction and group support. That sounds like a good idea, but it also sounds daunting. Changing your life in those ways can be hard! How Would You Make Those Changes? There are ways to learn how make those challenging behavior changes. Learn about the YMCA's successful diabetes prevention program designed for people with prediabetes. It is available at YMCA facilities around the country. Health Coaching: We also discuss how health coaching can help people make changes in their lives so that they can reduce their risks of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. A health coach has skills and time that most physicians do not. Botanical Medicines to Control Blood Glucose: Are you interested in non-drug approaches to lower blood sugar? Dr. Tieraona Low Dog describes a number of botanical medicines that can be useful for this purpose. You may be interested in our Guide to Managing Diabetes, which covers some nondrug approaches to blood sugar control as well as discussing medications. The sites Dr. Longjohn mentions for a self-assessment are ymca.net/diabetes and cdc.gov/diabetes. This Week's Guests: Matthew Longjohn, MD, MPH, is the national health officer of the YMCA of the USA. He oversees programs and practices to advance the Y's Healthy Living goals, including the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. Dr. Longjohn is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Karen Lawson, MD, ABIHM, is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She is Director of Integrative Health Coaching at the Center for Spirituality and Healing (www.csh.umn.edu). In addition, Dr. Lawson is a co-founder and executive leader of the National Team for Standards, Certification, & Research for Professional Health & Wellness Coaches (www.ncchwc.org ) 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 The photo is of Dr. Low Dog. 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

Show 1036: How to Prevent Diabetes by Changing Your Life

Show 996: Mystery and Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis (Archive)

People who have had difficulty getting an accurate diagnosis of their ailments may feel that their doctors are not taking them seriously. Perhaps if they had MD degrees themselves, they imagine, the diagnostic process would be more productive. A Medical Mystery This is not always the case, however. Our guest, Neil Spector, MD, is a distinguished researcher and medical oncologist. But when he came down with troubling symptoms, the doctors he consulted told him he was suffering from stress. No one could figure out why his heart was racing and he had so little energy, but the diagnosis of "stress" followed him around. He had to become his own advocate. Gone in a Heartbeat Years later, his doctors discovered that his heart was barely functioning. It had been destroyed by Lyme disease that had been completely overlooked. He learned that unless he got an immediate heart transplant, he could be gone in a heartbeat. What can we learn from Dr. Neil Spector's successful struggle to overcome his Lyme disease misdiagnosis? Detecting Lyme Disease Earlier: Since listening to Dr. Spector's description of the difficulty he had with the blood tests to detect the infection, there has been some progress on blood tests that can be used for early detection of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) infection. A team from George Mason University has just announced its results. A multi-university team has also developed a multi-antigen test that should be helpful for early diagnosis (Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Dec., 2015). But for any of these tests to be useful, a doctor needs to suspect Lyme disease and order the test. This Week's Guest: Neil Spector, MD, is the Sandra P. Coates chair in breast cancer research and an associate professor of medicine as well as pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke University Medical Center. He co-directs the experimental therapeutics program for the Duke Cancer Institute, and is a Komen scholar. His book is Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing. 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

Show 996: Mystery and Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis (Archive)

Show 976: Intimacy and Eroticism (Archive)

Why do couples who love each other often experience diminished desire? Relationship expert Esther Perel says that achieving intimacy sometimes removes the mystery that makes sex so exciting. Keep the Spark: Drawing upon her decades of experience as a couples and family therapist, the author of Mating in Captivity tells how to keep the spark alive even in dedicated relationships. How can we learn to desire what we already have? This Week's Guest: Esther Perel is a couples and family therapist and author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. She serves on the faculty of The Family Studies Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center and The International Trauma Studies Program at Columbia University. Her website is www.estherperel.com *This week's show deals with adult sexuality. Although it is not graphic, listeners should be advised that it may not be suitable for everyone. 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

Show 1035: How to Understand Medical Flip-Flops

Why can't the medical experts make up their minds? That's a question we hear often when the guidelines for eating a healthy diet, treating high blood pressure or lowering the risk of heart attacks suddenly change. Many people complain about medical flip-flops. How Medical Flip-Flops Affect Medical Practice: It isn't only patients who become frustrated about medical reversals. Physicians also become upset when they discover that a treatment they have been using is not supported by strong evidence. But sometimes it takes a surprisingly long time for that problem to come to light. What Is Evidence-Based Medicine and How Could It Help? Are reversals an inevitable part of the scientific process, or is there a way to avoid the whiplash? Find out what types of scientific research are least likely to result in reversals and what changes might be able to minimize such medical flip-flops. The website our guests mentioned that can be useful in sorting out which studies make sense and which might need to be confirmed before anyone accepts the findings is HealthNewsReview.org. This Week's Guests: Adam Cifu, MD, is a general internist and professor of medicine at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Vinay K. Prasad, MD, MPH, is assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology Oncology in the Knight Cancer Institute. He is also a Senior Scholar in the Center for Health Care Ethics in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University. The photograph is of Dr. Prasad. His website is www.vinayakkprasad.com Drs. Cifu and Prasad are co-authors of the book, Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives. 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.

Show 1035: How to Understand Medical Flip-Flops

Show 1034: How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medications

Americans take a lot of pills with the goal of staying healthy-pills to lower cholesterol, pills to control blood pressure, even pills to keep bones strong. How can we use fewer pills but still maximize our health? What Is Exercise Good For? It shouldn't be surprising to learn that both diet and exercise are important pieces of the puzzle. But what kind of exercise? What does it really do? What Should We Be Eating to Stay Healthy? And what should we be eating to stay healthy? For years, we've been told to watch out for butter and cheese, and turn instead to vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fats. But was that advice ill-advised? We'll discuss the recently disclosed results of a study done decades ago that suggest concentrating on vegetable oil, especially corn oil, as the primary source of fat in the diet might not help you stay healthy, despite the conventional wisdom. Sleeping Pills and Allergy Drugs: Commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications can sometimes interfere with memory and cognitive function. A recent study of such anticholinergic drugs suggests that regular use may change the structure and function of the brain in older people. Could that increase the risk for dementia? Share Your Story: If you have been able to stay healthy with a non-drug approach, Joe and Terry invite you to share it. Have you had success with a diet to lose weight, control blood sugar or lower blood pressure? Share your story: Call 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on March 19, 2016 or email radio@peoplespharmacy.com This Week's Guests: James Blumenthal, PhD, is J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University Medical Center, an Assistant Professor in Medicine and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Study of Aging. His website is http://sites.duke.edu/unwind/ Shannon L. Risacher, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosacher specializes in neuroimaging of aging and dementia. Her research was published in JAMA Neurology on April 18, 2016 (online). 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

Show 1034: How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medications

Show 1033: How to Stay Healthy with Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine

Most Americans are not familiar with the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Despite its thousands of years of tradition, it seems exotic and possibly irrelevant for today. How Ayurvedic Medicine Principles Can Be Integrated into Neurology: Learn how a neurologist re-discovered the importance of Ayurvedic approaches when she found that her own migraines did not respond to the medications she prescribed for her patients. This experience convinced her to start incorporating principles from Ayurvedic medicine into treating her own patients. Find out why this integration works so well that she treats patients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and migraine headaches with a combination of dietary adjustment, behavioral change and stress management along with medication. Learn how this ancient tradition pioneered the use of personalized treatment and discover why the Ayurvedic proverb, "What you eat becomes your mind," should be taken seriously by 21st century Americans. The Prime tea Dr. Chaudhary describes is made of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Tasty! Could it be your first step to spontaneous weight loss? This Week's Guest: Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, is an integrative neurologist, with combined expertise in modern neurology and ancient Ayurveda. She is the former director of Wellspring Health at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA, and the co-founder of Habit Change. She is currently chief medical officer for New Practices, Inc. Dr. Chaudhary is a neuroscientist who has participated as an investigator in more than 20 clinical research studies of conditions including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson's disease and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her book is The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss. Her websites are http://drkulreetchaudhary.com and https://theprimeclub.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 Read the book and listen to the CD Download the mp3

Show 1033: How to Stay Healthy with Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine

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