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Ep. 46: Sensitive Food

Our bodies are complicated systems that can react harshly to food, if we've developed a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities are more common than ever, partly because of the way our food is grown and manufactured, and the way it's jammed with additives and preservatives. So how do you know whether or not you have a food sensitivity? And even once it's identified, what do you do?


Ep. 45: Milking It

Milk has been a staple of young diets for decades. But are we giving our kids something that's unhealthy for them? And if milk isn't necessarily all that good for us, what are the alternatives? Goats and coconuts are among the sources for healthy milk choices. Soy, not so much.


Ep. 44: Flu Law

Whether or not you choose to vaccinate against the flu, the United States Supreme Court has a few things to say about it. A 2011 court ruling provides protection for vaccine manufacturers in the event a vaccine harms a consumer, based on legislation passed by Congress in 1986. What do you need to know about liability and protections for the developers of vaccines?


Ep. 43: Mind Your Minerals

Minerals are essential parts of healthy living, and some of the minerals in food aren't what you'd expect. Did you know, for example, that sulfur is in broccoli? And that salts in our water like sodium chloride help power our bodies? Together, minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats and other nutrients are what make us go. But specifically, why are minerals important, and what happens when our diets are mineral deficient? And how are modern agricultural techniques making the food supply less...


Ep.42: The 411 on HRT

Hot flashes and night sweats are among the common symptoms of menopause. Over the years, many medications and procedures have evolved to help women deal with these symptoms, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). These therapies are not without their dangers, including a heightened risk of breast cancer. The alternative? Safe and natural preventative measures tailored to each woman's particular needs.


Ep. 41: The Trouble with Supplements

The best source of vitamins is food, but if the food source is faulty, the food we buy isn't as rich in nutrients as we might expect. Depleted soil and toxic chemicals in the environment are among the culprits. Are supplements the answer, the means by which we can compensate for the declining quality of food? Or are they part of the problem?


Ep. 40: The Traitor in Your Body, Part 3

How can we expect our immune systems to protect our bodies if we're doing things every day to weaken them? By over-stimulating our systems, we create conditions that make us more susceptible to toxins. What over-stimulates the system? Some flu vaccinations, for example, may lessen symptoms, but byproducts in the vaccines may create more problems than they solve. The answer is to strengthen your body with diet, and to do it consistently.


Ep. 39: The Traitor in Your Body, Part 2

Your body maintains direct connections between your brain and your immune system, while your stomach, believe it or not, is the center of the immune system. With all these connections, all this additional plumbing, things can go wrong at any point and help ruin your health. So what do you do when you suffer from a faulty immune system? Better, how do you prevent it from happening in the first place?


Ep. 38: The Traitor in Your Body, Part 1

Our immune systems help keep us safe from all manner of diseases and illnesses which would otherwise leave us helpless. But if we're not maintaining a healthy balance in our diets and limiting our exposure to environmental hazards, we can create conditions that throw the immune system out of whack. If we're not careful, the immune system attacks the very body it's supposed to be protecting.


Ep. 37: Our Dirty, Dirty Water

Water supplies across the country are full of stuff you don't want there. These contaminants include runoffs of herbicides and pesticides from agriculture, as well as poisons from other industries. Plus, dated infrastructures are leaking lead and other dangerous elements into the water we use every day. What can we do? Start filtering, and start now.


Ep. 36: Seaweed, the Thyroid's Friend

Thousands of years ago, physicians prescribed seaweed as a treatment for goiters, or enlarged thyroids. Was this quackery, or did doctors who worked in the age of togas and chariots know something? It turns out they did. Seaweed is a source of iodine, a trace mineral critical for many functions of the body, including the thyroid. But there are much better sources for the essential ingredients we need for healthy thyroid function.


Ep. 35: Heavy News

The numbers bear out the bad news: Americans, young and old, are getting heavier, to the point where it constitutes a threat to public health. Why are we getting fatter, and what can we do about it? One myth is that we should be counting calories. Contrary to common belief, a calorie isn't what we think it is, and our focus on calories distracts from the true sources of our national obesity epidemic.


Ep. 34: Putting the Brakes on Restless Legs

Restless legs are just what they sound like, the involuntary moving or shaking of your legs. It's a common condition, and it makes relaxing or just getting through the day difficult. It's just one more way your body tells you that bigger problems may be in your future, including more serious issues with your autonomic nervous system. But if you make changes now, if you improve your diet by including some things and absolutely avoiding others, you can put your legs at peace.


Ep. 33: All About the Endocrine

Our endocrine systems are complex networks of glands, including the thyroid and adrenal glands, that regulate bodily and organ function. Disruptions to the proper functioning of the endocrine system can be disastrous, and that's exactly what we're doing to ourselves with the chemicals in many household products, including the cosmetics we apply and the water we drink. The solution? Choose products without the harmful chemicals. They're available, and they're easy to find.


Ep. 32: Attention, ADD

First, emotional imbalances among the general population are not at the crisis level some sources would have you believe. And second, the medications that have been created to treat various disorders are not only unhelpful, but often harmful. Behaviors like inattention and hyperactivity are often related to thyroid issues. Fix the thyroid, and you fix the problem.


Ep. 31: The Diabetes Dilemma, Part 3

In our age of instant gratification, with immediate access to news and all manner of communications with mobile devices, many Americans have become less physically active. Is this turn away from exercise and even basic physical activity a contributing factor to illness, and to diabetes in particular? Yes, if you accept the notion that a less rounded, more sedentary lifestyle makes us more careless about our general health.


Ep. 30: The Diabetes Dilemma, Part 2

There's a laundry list of symptoms that could indicate the onset of diabetes, including dramatic weight loss, increased thirst or hunger, blurred vision, and headaches, just to name a few. But these problems are symptomatic of many serious conditions. If you're experiencing any of these discomforts, how do you know whether or not you're in danger of developing diabetes?


Ep. 29: The Diabetes Dilemma, Part 1

Almost a third of the total population in the United States is diabetic or pre-diabetic, and the numbers are especially egregious among the very young and very old. What's going on? What are we doing that's led us to this disturbing point? It's the diet, folks. The culprit is everything you eat. And yes, you can adjust your diet in ways that'll keep you from becoming another diabetes-related statistic.


Ep. 28: Cracking the Egg Myth

Pity the egg. This mainstay of the world diet has been slandered for years, displayed as a dangerous delivery system for cholesterol and other health-killing ingredients. The misconceptions begin with cholesterol itself, which isn't the villain the hype would have you believe. In fact, eggs are loaded with healthy stuff like fat and protein. Yes, those things are good for you, and eggs are where to find them.


Ep. 27: The Secret of Superfoods

Just what are superfoods? Depends on who you ask. To some food companies, superfoods are whatever the marketing department says they are. They may tell you that certain superfoods are good for heart health, or for maintaining a healthy gall bladder, or for enabling you to grow wings and resist fire. But the true superfoods aren't necessarily that specific. Fresh food and foods rich in nutrients are superfoods. There are more, and there are certain places you can find them in almost any...