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Gary Taubes, THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

Have diet scientists been feeding us junk food when it comes to advice on why we get fat? Science journalist Gary Taubes thinks so. He talks about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar.

Taubes says our massive consumption of refined sugars can be linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. And, he says, the sugar industry is doing everything it can to throw the blame elsewhere. Continue reading

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Alan Schwarz, ADHD NATION & Carol Gignoux, YOUR INNOVATOR BRAIN

Is Big Pharma fueling the ADHD epidemic? Alan Schwarz talks about his book, ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic. Then, maybe ADHD isn’t so much a disorder, as a different type of brain — one with great gifts, as well as deficits. Carol Gignoux discusses her book, Your Innovator Brain: The Truth About ADHD. Continue reading

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George Hodgman, BETTYVILLE & Alan Teel, ALONE & INVISIBLE NO MORE

George Hodgeman talks about his wonderful memoir of taking care of his mother in her declining years, Bettyville, first published in 2015 and now out in paperback. Then we re-air our 2011 interview with Dr. Allan Teel about his innovative approach to caring for seniors, called Full Circle. His book is Alone and Invisible No More. Continue reading

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Cicero’s End, Dust Up over Sanders’ Plan, & Remembering Quentin Young

We talk with novelist Robert Harris about the last book in his trilogy about the Roman statesman Cicero, Dictator. Then, economist James Galbraith tells us why he disagrees with the attacks on Gerald Friedman’s analysis of Senator Bernie Sanders’ economic plan. And finally, we pay tribute to Dr.Quentin Young, who passed away this week, with a clip from an interview Francesca did with him in 2009. Continue reading

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Two Allegories: Michael Golding’s A Poet of the Invisible World & Robin Cook’s Host

Michael Golding talks about A Poet of the Invisible World, his stunning new novel set in 13th century Persia. This fable explores the spiritual path taken by its main character, a Sufi poet with four ears.

Then, Robin Cook tells us about his new medical thriller, Host. It’s about what happens when medical research into the newest class of drugs — biologics — intersects with a greed-driven medical system. Continue reading

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The Promise And Perils Of The Teenage Brain

Frances Jensen talks about her book, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults . And marijuana is being used to successfully treat some illnesses. But it’s not so healthy for the developing brain. Addiction psychiatrist Kevin Hill tells us about risks and benefits of pot. His new book is Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About The World’s Most Popular Weed. Continue reading

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Why Diets Don’t Work And Supplements May Be Bad For You

Catherine Price talks about her book VITAMANIA: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection (Penguin). Then food psychologist Traci Mann tells us why diets don’t work and how we can get to — and stay at — our leanest live-able weight. Her book is Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again. Continue reading

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Dr. Sharon Moalem, INHERITANCE & David Shenk, THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US

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Dr. Sharon Moalem
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David Shenk

Dr. Sharon Moalem talks about how nature and nurture impact our genes. His book is Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes.

And we re-air our 2010 interview with journalist David Shenk about his book The Genius In All Of Us: Why Everything We’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Are Wrong.

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Dr. Jordan Metzl, THE EXERCISE CURE & Randy Davila, THINK LIKE A PUBLISHER

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Randy Davila

Sports medicine physician Jordan Metzl talks about exercise as medicine. His book is The Exercise Cure: A Doctor’s All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health and Longer Life.

And publisher Randy Davila discusses how to market your book in his book, Think Like A Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, & Sell Your Book. Continue reading

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Judy Foreman, A NATION IN PAIN

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Judy Foreman

nationJudy Foreman talks about America’s biggest health problem — chronic pain. Her book, A NATION IN PAIN, is a comprehensive and fascinating exploration of what chronic pain is, what’s wrong with how our nation treats it and better ways to treat it, including a saner approach to pain medication and non-drug treatments like massage, acupuncture, exercise and meditation.

The book’s central thesis is that chronic pain is a disease in its own right — and deserves to be treated as the serious health problem it is. Continue reading

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Jared Diamond, THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY & Holly Bellabuono, THE AUTHENTIC HERBAL HEALER

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Scientist and author Jared Diamond talks about his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? And herbalist Holly Bellabuono discusses her book, The Authentic Herbal Healer: The Complete Guide to Herbal Formulary & Plant-Inspired Medicine for Every Body System. Continue reading

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Deborah Kesten, Make Weight Loss Last; Story: “The Food Philosophe”; & Jerelle Kraus, All the Art That’s Fit to Print.

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Jerelle Kraus

Nutritionist Deborah Kesten shares the results of her research into losing weight and keeping it off. Her book is MAKE WEIGHT LOSS LAST. Then, Francesca’s story about a master chef’s philosophy about food. And Drew reviews ALL THE ART THAT’S FIT TO PRINT (And Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page and talks with the author, Jerelle Kraus. Continue reading

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Brita Belli, THE AUTISM PUZZLE & Nancy Nichols, LAKE EFFECT

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Whats causing the autism epidemic in American children? Brita Belli talks about her book, THE AUTISM PUZZLE: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates. And its not just autism. Its also cancer and other diseases. We air our 2008 interview with journalist Nancy Nichols about her memoir LAKE EFFECT: Two Sisters and a Towns Toxic Legacy. Continue reading

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Robin Karr-Morse, SCARED SICK & Dan Morhaim, A BETTER END

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Robin Karr-Morse talks about her book SCARED SICK. It’s about how chronic fear in childhood is at the root of many adult diseases. And Dan Morhaim tells us how to take better control of the end of our lives. His book is THE BETTER END: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World. Continue reading