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908 Salt and Summertime Health

908 Salt and Summertime Health

Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here’s what it’s about:

 We’ve long been urged to reduce the amount of sodium we consume. It’s easy to see that many Americans do get too much salt in cheeseburgers, French fries and other processed foods. But how good is the evidence suggesting we should all slash salt as much as possible? We’ll find out why the prestigious Institute of Medicine differs from the CDC in its recommendations on sodium restriction.

We will also talk about how to grill without endangering your health. How do you deal with motion sickness, whether it is in a car or a boat? Sunburn, insect stings, poison ivy and other summer hazards can often be avoided. But if they happen, you don’t have to let them ruin your summer. Find out what to do in a pinch.

Here is a link to the CDC’s map of where West Nile Virus is showing up. Just because your state is not yet on the map does not mean you can be complacent about mosquitoes! Several listeners also let us know (by email) about a device called a tick key for easy tick removal.

 We welcome listener questions and stories about staying healthy in the summer.

Guest: Brian Strom, MD, MPH, is the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Chair and Professor of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He is Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Executive Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs. He served on the IOM committee that produced the report.

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.




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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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