9/29/2012 (Energy Bites)
#1 Jacksonville, FL Almond Milk OK if Allergic to Dairy?
Caller is concerned that there will be side effects from replacing dairy milk, to which her son is allergic, with almond milk. Z says that as long as the child gets protein, any sort of milk is OK.
#2 Stevens Point, WI “Bratwurst” in Groin
Caller is a biker and wants to know how to cure giant bratwurst-like bump in groin. Z confirms that it’s an inflamed “ischial tuberosity” caused by bumping up and down on small seat of his bike. Z recommends getting a padded bicycle seat and to also purchase donut to sit on when he’s not on his bike.
Topic Obesity: Nature or Nurture?
Z and T discuss whether the cause of obesity is genetic or environmental. Z says that a study by the University of Exeder showed that there’s a 70% causation rate for the FTO gene variant that causes obesity. But the gene can be overcome if you exercise while young! Z also notes that exercise can reduce appetite.
#3 Bozeman, MT Animal Proteins and Cancer
Z takes call from Kate, who is concerned about a study that found that animal proteins and casein (from dairy) can cause colon cancer in mice. Z says that a high ruffage diet that causes you to go to the bathroom regularly helps prevent against colon cancer, which is what Americans are lacking. Z says dairy can be good, and casein isn’t the main problem – ruffage is.
E-mail Brushing Teeth Reduces Colds?
T reads an e mail from Scott in Jacksonville in which he says that by brushing his teeth he has reduced the number of colds he gets. Z says clean teeth are good, but that he doesn’t think they solve upper respiratory problems.
RECIPE: Energy Bites
From Dr. Sarah Fox of Super Snacks for Super Kids
#4 Idaho Falls, ID Lowering Cholesterol
Caller, Rich, wonders if taking medicine to lower cholesterol is enough? Z says that exercise and diet are important too, and combining them with medication is ideal.
#5 Lanen, WI Crooked Pinky
Z tells caller concerned about whether her crooked pinky will ever be straight again that she needs to go to physical therapy and do PT exercises. Z also recommends seeing a hand doctor and taking anti-inflammatories. An x-ray is needed to fully diagnose.
E-mail Teflon Dangers (Disagreeing with the Doc)
T reads an e mail from Marc who is concerned about Z’s view on Teflon and thinks Z should take it more seriously. Z says it’s been around for a long time and hasn’t been linked with anything except for a bad reputation, so it can’t be that bad.
TOPIC: Women and Sleep Apnea
Z and T discuss a study done in Sweden that found half of the 400 random women it tested had sleep apnea. This is important because sleep apnea can cause heart attack and stroke. Risk factors are being overweight and having a thick neck. Z recommends you get tested with a CPAP machine if you even think you have it.
#6 Lombard, IL Sleep Terrors
Z speaks with a caller who experiences strange night terrors, during which he is partially conscious. Z says these often run in the family, and that unless the caller wants to take medication nightly, there may not be anything he can do. Z advises avoiding sleep aid medications, because they will make things worse.]
Mythbuster: Warm Water vs. Cold Water for Washing Hands
T reads an e-mail from David who is wondering whether warm water is any better for hand washing than cold water. Z says that it is not, but that you should wash hands for full 25 seconds.
E-mail Maple Syrup for Acid Reflux
T reads an e-mail from Robert is Phoenix, AZ who recommends maple syrup to quell acid reflux. Z says if it works, try it! Just be sure not to ingest too many calories from the syrup.