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4/1/2006 Nobody claims that soft drinks are health food, but could they be contributing to America’s national obesity problem? A top nutrition scientist suggests a new approach to beverages for better health.

We’ll also discuss diets, vitamins and weight loss. Losing weight is hard work; is there any way to make it easier?

Some people act as though they are addicted to tanning. We’ll talk about the research that confirms their predicament.

In addition to these stories we take your questions about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Join the conversation at (888) 472-3366.

Guests: Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Chairman of the Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Harvard University. His new book, written with Mollie Katzen of Moosewood fame, is Eat, Drink, & Weigh Less.

Steven Feldman, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Alan Greene, MD, Founder and CEO of drgreene.com and Stanford University Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. His book is From First Kicks to First Steps: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Life.

Commentator: Bernie Siegel, MD, a well-known proponent of alternative approaches for healing the mind, body and soul. His books include Love, Medicine and Miracles and his most recent: 101 Exercises for the Soul – A Divine Workout Plan for Body, Mind and Spirit.

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