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Show 1034: How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medications

How can you stay healthy without taking lots of medications? Exercise and diet are key. Share your success with other listeners.
Show 1034: How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medications
James Blumenthal
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How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medications

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Americans take a lot of pills with the goal of staying healthy-pills to lower cholesterol, pills to control blood pressure, even pills to keep bones strong. How can we use fewer pills but still maximize our health?

What Is Exercise Good For?

It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that both diet and exercise are important pieces of the puzzle. But what kind of exercise? What does it really do?

What Should We Be Eating to Stay Healthy?

And what should we be eating to stay healthy? For years, we’ve been told to watch out for butter and cheese, and turn instead to vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fats.

But was that advice ill-advised? We’ll discuss the recently disclosed results of a study done decades ago that suggest concentrating on vegetable oil, especially corn oil, as the primary source of fat in the diet might not help you stay healthy, despite the conventional wisdom.

Sleeping Pills and Allergy Drugs:

Commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications can sometimes interfere with memory and cognitive function. A recent study of such anticholinergic drugs suggests that regular use may change the structure and function of the brain in older people. Could that increase the risk for dementia?

Share Your Story:

If you have been able to stay healthy with a non-drug approach, Joe and Terry invite you to share it. Have you had success with a diet to lose weight, control blood sugar or lower blood pressure? Share your story: Call 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on March 19, 2016 or email radio@peoplespharmacy.com

This Week’s Guests:

James Blumenthal, PhD, is J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University Medical Center, an Assistant Professor in Medicine and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Study of Aging. His website is http://sites.duke.edu/unwind/

Shannon L. Risacher, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosacher specializes in neuroimaging of aging and dementia. Her research was published in JAMA Neurology on April 18, 2016 (online).

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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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