The People's Perspective on Medicine
Woman weighing herself on a scale
Drug Side Effects

Will Contrave Help You Lose Weight Safely?

Contrave is a combination drug for obesity. Is it a good way to lose weight safely?

Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetables
Home Remedies

To Control Your Weight, Be a Healthy Vegetarian

Spanish scientists find that a mostly vegetarian diet with vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and olive oil may help you control your weight.

Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Hacking of the American Mind

Show 1145: Are Big Corporations Hacking the American Mind? (Archive)

American corporations are exploiting our desire for pleasure and hacking our bodies and brains. It doesn't make us happy. How can we reverse this trend?

Girl watching TV at night in a dark room
Weight Control

Could TV On All Night Make You Gain Weight?

New research shows that women who leave the TV on while they are sleeping are more likely to gain weight over the next five years.

a couple kissing over breakfast

Can Restricting Eating Time Help Control Blood Sugar?

Restricting eating time to early in the day may improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar response to meals and help with weight control.

Mediterranean diet salad with olive oil
Home Remedies

Can a Mediterranean Diet Help You Control Your Weight?

Monkeys given a Mediterranean diet did not get fat as monkeys on a Western-style diet did. Will a Mediterranean diet help you control your weight?

woman with knee and joint pain
Home Remedies

Will a Keto Diet Help Eliminate Your Knee Pain?

One reader reports that following a keto diet eliminated her knee pain. Researchers have confirmed that a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce pain.

6,000 steps, dog and dog-walkers

Are Dog-Walkers at Risk for Broken Bones?

Dog-walkers get more exercise, but they must take care not to end up in a tumble that could break a bone.

an aluminum can of artificially sweetened light diet soda
Heart Attack

Will Drinking Diet Soda Raise Your Risk of Stroke?

Data from the Women's Health Initiative suggests that heavy diet soda consumers are more likely to suffer strokes and heart attacks.

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD

Show 1149: Is Cutting Carbs More Important Than Cutting Calories?

New research shows that people use more energy on a low-carb diet. It suggests that people cutting calories should pay attention to which calories they cut.

an aluminum can of artificially sweetened light diet soda
Cognitive Dysfunction

Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

Non-sugar sweeteners may not offer the expected health benefits. In fact, some research suggests that such sugar substitutes may increase inflammation.

blue woman silhouette of space
Alternative Health

Can Mindfulness Help You Lose Weight?

Researchers found that mindfulness training helped volunteers resist fast food and lose weight. Might this approach help you?

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions
Weight Control

All Calories Are Not the Same

Does it matter where your calories come from? A new study shows that maintaining weight loss is easier on a low-carb dietary pattern.

man measuring his fat belly bulge with a measuring tape

Low-Carb Diet Research Arouses Reader Outrage

Many readers are upset about the new low-carb diet study published in the BMJ. Find out what the fuss is all about and read their comments in this post.

a plate with fish and veggies, typical mediterranean diet

The Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars…Again!

An interesting new study pits low-carb against higher-carb diets. When it comes to maintaining weight, the low-carb diet wins handily.

Home Remedies

KayaBiotics: High-Quality Organic Probiotics from Germany

Our new sponsor produces speciifically-targeted probiotic products in Germany from certified organic ingredients. Check out KayaBiotics.

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Drug Side Effects

Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with Drugs?

Many people believe that the FDA verifies that dietary supplements are pure. A new study asks: are dietary suppelemnts contaminated? Answer: Some are!

Man holding his big fat belly
Home Remedies

Could a Supplement Help You Lose Belly Fat?

Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, has a reputation for fighting belly fat. Studies show it doesn't work very well and has some drawbacks.

Man holding a plastic water bottle made with BPA substitutes

How Good Should You Feel About BPA Substitutes?

Manufacturers are replacing the endocrine-disrupting plasticizer BPA with other compounds. Are these BPA substitutes really safer?

olive oil and wine and a country style loaf of bread
Heart Attack

Are High Carb Diets Better Than Low Carb Diets?

In a long-running cohort study, people getting about half their calories from carbohydrates had a better chance of long life than those eating either low carb or high carb diets.