The People's Perspective on Medicine

Show 995: Changing Your Life to Improve Your Health

Making simple changes in daily routines such as diet, activity or sleep can go a long way to improve your health.
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Changing Your Life to Improve Your Health

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Most of us know what we should do to clean up our lifestyles–eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and so on ad nauseum. You’ve heard it all before. But we don’t necessarily do the things we know that we ought to.

Perhaps we think it doesn’t really matter for us, at least not right now. Or maybe we think it won’t make enough of a difference. In some cases it might feel like changing our behavior will be too much trouble.

Making Changes

We talk with our friend John who has made significant changes, little by little, and reaped great rewards. He was suffering terrible heartburn that prompted him to choose different foods to eat. He ended up losing 50 pounds-and the heartburn.

We’d like to hear your story. How have you changed the way you live to improve your health?

A Sex Drug for Women?

An FDA advisory committee met Thursday to consider whether flibanserin (Addyi) should be approved to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder. It would be the first such medication for women. After much consideration, a majority of the members recommended for approval, but with caveats that are important. We’ll discuss them with pharmacologist David Kroll, who will help us answer your questions.

Call in your stories and comments at 888-472-3366 or email between 7 and 8 am EDT on June 6, 2015.

Read Joe’s blog about the flibanserin FDA hearings and his perspective on the drug here.

This Week’s Guests:

John Lester is an expert in immersive learning and 3D simulations in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is Chief Learning Officer with ReactionGrid. He is also Creative Advisor and Community Developer at Wiggle Planet. The photo is of John Lester.

David Kroll, PhD, is a pharmacologist and science writer in Durham, NC. His blogpost about flibanserin was published at

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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Thanks for the opportunity to be on your show! I hope my experience helps other folks dealing with similar health issues.

I changed my life in 2009…. I was 200lbs in a wheelchair for traveling the length of a mall and on steroid treatment for ms…. I decided to make a huge change! I told the dr. to take me off the steroids and started a water aerobics class for ms people under jean zoda and changed my diet to high protein and low carb…… 11/2 years later I was 90 lbs lighter out of the wheelchair able to walk the length of a mall 6 times and eating a healthy diet with multi grain reintroduced back in to my diet feeling awesome!!!!!
no bread low sugar water aerobics portion control boom I’m there!!!!!!! sincerely kim

Kim, that’s a powerful, wonderful message to all of us that are not suffering as you were but still very miserable in our ‘existence’.
You really took control of your life in all aspects. Including the sorry, accepting attitude we foster in our hearts and minds that ‘this is how it is’. You don’t mention your age and
it doesn’t matter. You are living proof that it’s all in us, and to just ‘believe’ you want to and can do it! Enjoy your life to the ‘fullest’ now.

I’m 74, and yesterday I bought my 1st ipad! Of course I need to have grandchildren teach me how to use it, but I’m tired of feeling ‘left out’ because the kids don’t e-mail anymore! We will never know how far we can manage to go, unless we truly try.

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