Zorba Paster: Make This Thanksgiving A Time To Give Back
Monday, November 21, 2016, 11:00am
Before you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner, celebrate the successes of the year, think about those who aren't around and count your blessings. Before you dig into that turkey and eat more than you should, why not think about your community? Make a plan to help and do it.
Zorba Paster: The Scoop On Sugar
Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:00am
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed how the sugar industry had a hand in playing down sugar as a cause of heart disease, allowing the saturated fat studies to come to the forefront.
Zorba Paster: It's Ok To Be Alone
Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:00am
Dr. Zorba Paster responds to letters about social isolation and a generic version of Viagra called Revatio.
Zorba Paster: It Is Possible To Be Too Thin
Friday, September 9, 2016, 11:00am
"You can never be too rich or too thin." Who said this, class? Here’s a hint: The King of England gave up his crown for her in the 1930s. It was Wallis Simpson, a looker and a smart dresser for her day. Perhaps she was right about the “too rich” thing, but she wasn’t about the “too thin” thing. New...
Zorba Paster: Let's Talk About CoQ10
Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:00am
Dear Doc: My best friend said I should take CoQ10. He has read it makes your heart stronger, prevents heart attacks and increases energy. If it’s that good, why don’t doctors prescribe it? What’s the scoop? — T.C. from Madison.
Dear T.C.: You're right to question this. Anything that...
Zorba Paster: Colon Cancer Screening Can Be A Financial Nightmare
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 11:00am
Dear Doc: I love your radio show and because I can’t listen on Saturday mornings, I podcast it (thank you for that). I would love if you could comment on the recent colon cancer screening discussion of finding out procedure coding and costs before the procedure. I’m a paralegal and I’m shocked by...
Zorba Paster: End Of Life And The Importance Of Power Of Attorney
Friday, July 15, 2016, 11:00am
Dr. Paster: Thank you for your discussion of end-of-life care for an Alzheimer’s patient. It reinforced how inappropriate so much end-of-life care is for anyone with dementia. That fact that your mom’s doctor didn’t stop torturing your mom until you uttered the "S" word (sue), is amazing. You’re a...
Zorba Paster: Thai Food Allergy? A Shellfish Reader Question
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:00am
Dear Doc: My husband became allergic to shellfish in his 40s. We both love Thai food. Absolutely love it. We never get any shellfish when we order. Because we love it I decided to learn how to make it. Shock of shocks – fish sauce is a key ingredient in Thai food. Doesn’t this Thai...
Zorba Paster: Body Fat Questions? Use The Mirror Test
Friday, July 8, 2016, 11:00am
Dr. Z: I’m a healthy man of nearly 63. I run three miles three times weekly. I do a light resistance workout twice a week. I eat right, lots of fruits and veggies, little red meat and a handful of almonds almost every day. I’m fond of food and craft beer, so I’m probably about 10-...
Zorba Paster: New FDA Food Labels, A Side By Side Comparison
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:00am
If you want to eat right you have to know what you’re eating, of course. But those food labels can be confusing. Now there is set to be new labeling. I’ve included a photo of two labels side by side, the old label and the new one. What the Food and Drug Administration wanted was a...
Zorba Paster: The Anger About Drug Pricing Is Well Warranted
Monday, June 20, 2016, 11:00am
Dear Doc: You were right! Again! I took my prescriptions to several local pharmacies and none of them, not one of them, would tell me prices unless I let them run prescriptions through. I couldn’t get the price without having them filled.
Is this fair? I don’t think so. I compare prices...
Zorba Paster: Loneliness May Be A Risk Factor For Heart Attacks
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 11:00am
Loneliness is awful. I was very lonely as a child — as an only child. My mom would have what we modern parents call “playdates,” but that wasn’t the same as having a sibling to romp around with. I was small, geeky and no good at any sport with a ball, which put me in the...
Zorba Paster: Marijuana, Death, and Me
Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:00am
Sometimes it’s just fun to share some of the letters I get. Keep in mind when I say letters, I don’t mean the kind my mom would write to me in longhand, but other more modern letters — emails, Tweets, Facebook comments and, of course, the very rare handwritten letters I get. Here...
Zorba Paster: Sitting Is The New Smoking
Monday, June 6, 2016, 11:00am
I know, I know. I harp on smoking all the time. All the time. Everyone knows they should quit, even long-term smokers. But for some, they still need convincing — something more concrete than just, "I know I should do it." Well, how about money? Money, money, money. A recent study...