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Show 1086: Why Dogs Are Good for Babies’ Health

Babies exposed to a range of microbes early in life are less likely to develop allergies or asthma. That's why dogs are good for babies' health.
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Dogs and Babies’ Health:

Most young kids love their dogs. New research shows that even babies too young to play with the pet benefit from a dog in the house. What is the story on pets as probiotics? How do dogs affect the microbiome of a household, and how does that help babies’ health?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Red Yeast Rice?

Many people have turned to the popular supplement red yeast rice as an alternative to statin drugs for lowering cholesterol. Where does red yeast rice come from and how well does it work? (The article on red yeast rice causing less muscle fatigue than simvastatin was published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, May 18, 2017). What should you know about potential downsides, such as contamination with citrinin?

A recent analysis showed that over-the-counter red yeast rice supplements are not labeled with the amount of active ingredient. This research, funded by Consumer Reports, was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (June 23, 2017).

We discuss the difficulties of purchasing a reliable brand of red yeast rice with Dr. Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab.com. (There’s no connection between Consumer Reports and ConsumerLab.com.)

We talked about a study showing that melatonin twice a day can counteract elevated liver enzymes during statin treatment. That was published in BioMed Research International, May 29, 2017).

Your Calls Are Welcome:

How do you control your cholesterol? Do you have a special diet or nondrug approach to share, along with your results? You are also invited to share your stories about how your dog helps your family stay health. Tune in Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 7 to 8 AM EDT or call 1-888-472-3366. You can also reach us through email (radio@peoplespharmacy.com) or Twitter @peoplespharmacy.

This Week’s Guests:

Tod Cooperman, MD, is the founder and President of ConsumerLab.com and PharmacyChecker.com.

Jordan Peccia, PhD, is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is also the director of Yale Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Studies. His research group applies classical and molecular biology techniques to solve environmental problems.

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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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My sister, my brother and I grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma. We had three rooms and a path, no indoor plumbing. We were raised in an completely septic environment. We had cows and pigs as well as cats and dogs. We are rarely sick. I recently retired with more than two years of no sick days. None of us children ever have had a stomach virus. We are sickeningly healthy. Our environment was certainly not an antiseptic environment. All the frenzy about cleanliness and antibacterial soaps is questionable.

Why not eat a clean plant based diet instead of high dose cholesterol medicines?

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