11/24/2012 (Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole)
#1 Jacksonville, FL Everlasting Hot Flash
Karen says that she has had a hot flash for 25 years and wants to know what to do? Her doc prescribed antidepressants b/c their side effect is to reduce hot flashes, but they make her shake. Z says natural remedies don’t do much, so he recommends antidepressants and estrogen. In response to Karen’s dislike of antidepressants he suggests that there are multiple brands to try and that she can try a lower dosage. He recommends SSRIs like Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Selexa, etc… in the lowest dose – or even half that dose – once or twice a week or taking old ones called tricyclics like Nortryptolene at bedtime.
#2 Lodi, WI 5-Hour Energy Harmful?
John wants to know if 5-Hour Energy drinks are habit forming? Z says they are not and that they are just as habit-forming as coffee. Z does warn, however, that 5-Hour Energy drinks are no substitute for sleep. The real danger is when they are combined with alcohol.]
Topic Vitamin & Supplement Dangers
Z discusses potential dangers of supplements. More than 50% of Americans take supplements, and Consumer Reports found that there were 10,300 serious outcomes including 115 deaths. Z specifically mentions some supplements that are tainted with prescription drugs – like Lovastatin in red yeast and Viagra in natural male enhancement products.]
#3 Corvallis, MT Overdose on D?
Anne wakes up w/ severe headaches multiple times per year. Her doc said it was due to too much vitamin D. Z recommends she check her vitamin D levels but doesn't think it's due to vitamin D. Z does not know the cause of her headaches.
E-mail Leather Saddle (Listener Tip)
John in Murphysboro, IL recommends using a leather saddle bike seat to ease the pain while biking. The seats mold to the body better than plastic, and can be easily ordered online.
RECIPE: Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
#4 Los Angelos, CA Heavier with Hypothyroidism
Claudia wants to know how to lose weight, because the drugs she takes for hypothyroidism combined with a college diet have led to a weight gain of 45 lbs. Z recommends “increasing her metabolic point” (i.e. exercise), and reducing her over all calories. Z suggests myplate.gov and the Lose It app.
#5 Jacksonville, FL Daughter’s Kidney Reflux
Z explain that any sweetener (unless artificial) when taken in the same amount, is going to have the same affect and issues (read: increase in insulin/diabetes). One is not more refined and/or healthier than the other.
E-mail Compression Socks (Traveling Tips)
Joan in Madison, WI is 77 years old and wants to know if she should wear compression socks to prevent blood clots on her flight to China? Z says they’re a good idea b/c they reduce the risk of blood clots.
TOPIC: Flu during Pregnancy linked to Autism?
Z and T discuss a recent Danish study that found that woman who have the flu during pregnancy might have a higher risk of having a child with autism. Z says the study was small, but Z advises all pregnant women to get flu shots.
#6 Augusta, GA Sprouted Supreme?
Jessica wants to know if sprouted organic seeds (pumpkin, sunflower…) are any different than regular organic seeds? Z doesn’t believe so – just more expensive.
Mythbuster: Carbs before Cut
T asks Z if having carbs before surgery actually helps patients heel faster? Z says yes, if may be useful because carbs will get glycogen in your system/liverss which your body can access during or after the surgery. Z advises that you still have to refrain from food for a certain period of time before surgery.
#7 Milwaukee, WI Wicked Wheat
Z speaks to a caller concerned about whether the book "Wheat Belly", which says all wheat is evil, is right? Z does not believe this, and thinks that moderation is the best approach (unless of course, you suffer from gluten intolerance).
E-mail Regime (Grammar Police)
T reads an e-mail from general internist Daniel in Racine, WI that accuses Zorba of misusing the word “regime” when he means to say “regimen”.