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Chuck Garcia-NuVal Nutritional Scoring System

Three major U.S. grocery chains will be launching the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System in their stores in September, marking the first-wave debut of an on-shelf consumer education program that is expected to be operating nationwide by this time next year.


Aaron Carroll, M.D.: Medical Myths-Learning the Truth

This week, Dr. Aaron Carroll will join Dr. Galati and discuss medical myths, some that even physician believe. Dr Carroll is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Center for Professionalism in Medicine at University of Indiana. Many common beliefs about what is good and bad for you are untrue, they are "medical myths", said US researchers writing in a leading medical journal Even doctors are duped, said authors Rachel C Vreeman, fellow in children's health services research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Aaron E Carroll, assistant professor of paediatrics at the Regenstrief Institute, both in Indianapolis, writing in the 22nd December Christmas issue of the BMJ. Click here to read the article. Should people drink at least eight glasses of water a day? Does reading by a dim light damage eyesight? Does shaving make …


Is Our Soil Hurting Us?

Dr. Filippelli from Indiana University will be joining Dr. Galati this week to discuss the exciting research he and his team are performing on soil sample in urban cities. They are finding that the levels of lead are in the toxic range, and contributing to increased lead levels in our children.


Multiple Sclerosis: A Patient's Point of View

Dr. Galati had the opportunity to interview a patient of his, Angela, who has multiple sclerosis. This week on the program, Dr. Galati was discussing upcoming activities sponsored by the Lone Star chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Having a patient on the program adds an added demension to understanding what Multiple Sclerosis is all about.


Food of the Week: Tomatoes

What better food than tomatoes to discuss this week. The tomatoe can be placed in just about any meal, and prepared in hundreds of ways, including raw, grilled, baked, chopped, and sauteed. The nutritional value is excellent, and a food you need to incorporate into your diet. Below is valuable information on tomatoes. Share these links and think how you can add this wonderful food into your diet.


Carla Davis, M.D. : Food Allergy Awareness

Dr. Carla Davis from Texas Children's Hospital will join Dr. Galati to discuss food allergies.   A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Once the immune system decides that a particular food is harmful, it creates specific antibodies to it. The next time the individual eats that food, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, including histamine, to protect the body. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and/or cardiovascular system. Scientists estimate that approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies.   Symptoms may include one or more of the following: a tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and the throat, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, drop in blood pressure, loss of …


Down Syndrome: New Treatment Protocols

Teresa Cody, D.D.S. Annie Lord Changing Minds Foundation Dr. Teresa Cody graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in 1992; receiving her Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1988. She has a private practice in the Houston area that specializes in children with disabilities. Her area of interest is orthodontics (braces) and orthopedics (retainers). She has enjoyed success utilizing new methods and techniques which have improved the lives of her patient’s with disabilities. Dr. Cody is very interested in current cognitive research for the Down syndrome patient and has spent the last 8 years reading and studying the latest research. She spent 3 years in dental school tutoring biochemistry. This background has paid off in her ability to assimilate, sort and integrate the latest technological advances from scientific publications and on-going research.   …


Bryan Vartabedian, M.D. : GERD and Colic in Children

Dr. Bryan Vartabedian is a pediatric gastroenterologist, and an expert in colic and esophageal reflux disease in children. He has authored a book on this topic, "Colic Solved", discussing this problem in greated detail and outlining a plan for parents. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is very common in children of all ages, but it is usually mild. Heartburn has been reported in 1.8% of 3-year-olds and in 5.2% of young people between 10 and 17 years old. Children with the following conditions are at higher risk for severe GERD: Neurologic impairments. Food allergies. Scoliosis. Cyclic vomiting. Cystic fibrosis. Problems in the lungs, ear, nose, or throat. Any medical condition affecting the digestive tract. Symptoms in Children A physician should examine any child who has the following symptoms as soon as possible, because they may indicate complications such as anemia, failure to gain weight, …


Heartburn: New Therapy and Procedures

Dr. Raijman will be on Your Health First this week to discuss heartburn and esophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is a very common problem faced by adults, and most are aware of the "purple pill" to treat their indigestion. But is this a good thing? Many experts fear that self medication by over the counter preparations of these medications can lead to serious complications later on. Barrett's esophagus, a complication of longstanding esophageal refulx disease, is a pre-malignant condition of the esophagus, and can develop into cancer over time. Dr. Raijman is a national and internationally known physician in gastroenterology and disorders of the biliary system. His practice, Digestive Associates of Houston, specializes in complex cases of the digestive system.  Dr. Raijman is located in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX. Topics Drs. Galati and Raijman will discuss on the …


Dental and Oral Care: What You Need to Know?

                                      Proper oral care is required to maintain overall good health and wellness. This week, Dr. Steve and Mark Lukin, D.D.S. of Lukin Family Dentistry will join Dr. Galati and discuss some of the basic concepts related to good oral health. The podcast of the interview is available for listening.   Links of interest are posted below: CREST Home Page American Dental Association A to Z Dental Topics Parents Guide to Children's Teeth Gum Disease and Heart Attack Oral Cancer Diabetes and Oral Car