Show 1322: Herbs for Healing and Optimal Wellness
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
21h ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we talk with two physicians who have looked closely at the research on using herbs for healing. Sometimes, people dismiss the medicines we can find in plants as old wives’ tales or silly home remedies. Increasingly, however, scientists are confirming that certain herbs can be very helpful to overcome chronic illness and improve wellness. Herbs for Healing: Culinary herbs like rosemary and thyme give our food flavor. But they can also do much more. In fact, use of such herbs might help account for the renowned health benefits of the Mediterrane ..read more
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Show 1321: Rebalancing Our Microbiome Through Personalized Nutrition and Viruses
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
3w ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we consider how to maintain a healthy balance in our gut microbiome. Each of us carries a vast collection of microbes in our digestive tracts. Although we usually think first of bacteria, there’s also an enormous number of viruses that feed on the bacteria. Could these bacteriophages, as they are called, help with rebalancing our microbiome to a healthier state? Rebalancing Our Microbiome: In this conversation, we look at two different avenues of research about rebalancing our microbiome. Needless to say, when one or another type of bacteria s ..read more
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Show 1320: The Fascinating World of Tiny Animals Living on Us
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
1M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we explore the ecology of our bodies, especially our skin. Our faces, our armpits and even our bellybuttons harbor a multitude of tiny animals that we don’t see most of the time. What are they doing on us? The Fascinating World of the Tiny Animals Living on Us: We begin our conversation about the Serengeti on our skin with face mites. Humans host two different species of face mites, tiny arachnids that live in our hair follicles. You might think that they are pretty closely related, since they both live on us. But genetic analysis show that th ..read more
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Show 1319: How to Have Healthy Hair and Nails
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
1M ago
In our nationally syndicated radio show this week we’ll be taking your questions live. We have invited two distinguished dermatologists to discuss problems affecting the hair and nails and tell you how to have healthy hair and nails. Green Nail Syndrome: For years, listeners have been calling in questions about nail fungus that makes toenails too thick to clip. We’ve also heard about a lot of home remedies for weird nails during that time. Some of them work, at least for some people, some of the time. When the problem is caused by a fungal infection, prescription antifungal medicines can be he ..read more
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Show 1317: Psychedelic Compounds for Healing
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
2M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we speak with scientists studying the potential of psychedelic compounds to help heal mental illness. Recreational use of drugs like LSD during the 1960s gave these compounds a bad reputation. As a result, funding disappeared, and research withered. Over the last decade or so, however, investigators have been examining possible uses of these compounds. Many feel they could revolutionize the treatment of some mental illnesses. The History of Psychedelic Compounds: Healers around the world have been using plants and fungi with psychoactive prope ..read more
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Show 1316: Protecting Your Digestive Tract
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
2M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated public radio show, we invite gastroenterologist Nicholas Shaheen into our studio to answer your questions about protecting your digestive tract. He is a nationally recognized expert in esophageal diseases and has helped write numerous treatment guidelines for gastrointestinal illnesses. Detecting Digestive Tract Tumors: Two of the most common cancers that affect Americans are colorectal cancer and esophageal cancer. Colorectal cancer, for example, is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the US. Approximately 4 percent of us will develop it at some po ..read more
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Show 1315: Are We Medicating Normal Emotions?
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
2M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we examine the consequences of prescriptions for anxiety or grief. All of us, at some point in our lives, will experience some of these emotions. If we discuss them with a healthcare provider, there’s a chance we’ll end up with a prescription. When are medications helpful and when do they cause more harm than good? Are there risks in medicating normal emotions? How Should We Understand Mental Illness? For decades, neuroscientists have been telling us that mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. The logical conclusion fro ..read more
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Show 1314: Better Air Quality Through Ventilation and Filtration
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
2M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we talk with one of the world’s leading experts on indoor air quality. If we had been paying more attention to air when the COVID-19 pandemic began, we might have saved millions of lives. Improving air quality is still critical to our health. Not only is SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, still an airborne disease, but so are influenza and numerous other viruses. Better Air Quality Through Ventilation and Filtration: Dr. Richard Corsi has spent much of his illustrious career studying ways to improve indoor air quality. Two of the most ..read more
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Show 1313: Avoiding Germs in Bathrooms and Bedrooms
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
3M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we learn where the most germs are lurking in our homes and workplaces. Public toilets often make people nervous, but in fact, says Dr. Chuck Gerba, cafeterias and break rooms are much more likely to harbor dangerous pathogens. What will help us in avoiding germs? Hint–keep on washing your hands! 80 percent of infections are transmitted hand-to-mouth. The Bottom Line on Bathrooms: The reason we might be concerned about public restrooms is the aerosol plume created when a toilet flushes. That problem is especially serious when the toilet lacks a ..read more
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Show 1312: Fiber, Phytonutrients and Healthy Soil
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by Joe and Terry Graedon
3M ago
This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we discuss the importance of fiber and phytonutrients in our food for keeping our intestinal microbes healthy. We’ll also find out why encouraging a varied and thriving microbiome in the soil is critical for producing healthy food crops. Fiber and Phytonutrients: Do you know what is the best diet for you? If you are a regular listener, you will have heard that many different diets can be beneficial. But the best ones have at least two things in common: fiber and phytonutrients from a meal plan full of plants. The DASH diet, the Mediterranean d ..read more
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