Episode 151: The SAD Lamp

Can a lamp help you beat the winter blues? In the latest Heart Health Radio, Dr. Franklin Wefald talks about depression and seasonal affective disorder. Dave Alexander: Are people getting sick more during this period of time? Dr. Frank Wefald: Yeah, and I think a lot of it has to do with the stress. AndContinue reading “Episode 151: The SAD Lamp”

Episode 150: North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Troubles

If a hospital has a problem, should they let patients know? This was in the New York Times: The parents of a 3-year-old who died after heart surgery at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in 2016 are suing the institution, saying it failed to disclose internal concerns about the quality of its care. Dr. Franklin WefaldContinue reading “Episode 150: North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Troubles”

What is the “No-No Diet?”

And How Can Just About Anybody Lose Weight? Dr. Franlin Wefald didn’t invent the “No-no Diet” but he did name it. Based upon years of helping people manage diabetes, heart conditions and obesity, Wefald figures if you can cut down on a short list of foods, you’ll be healthier and lose weight. But it’s stillContinue reading “What is the “No-No Diet?””

Episode 149: 70% of Blood Available for Transfusion Contains Xanax

…and lots of coffee, too. Story here. Seventy percent of people don’t really take Xanax, so why is so much blood tainted? Dr. Franklin Wefald suggests a reason for this. You might be someday getting two flu shots a year. Dr. Wefald is asking his doctor about it. Should you? Marc called about his cardiacContinue reading “Episode 149: 70% of Blood Available for Transfusion Contains Xanax”

Does Donald Trump Have a Neurological Disorder?

Episode 148 of Heart Health Radio is one of our most fun. We actually don’t diagnose Donald Trump on the radio, but discuss whether it’s ethical to diagnose patients without examining them. Listen now. Links to the topics we discussed are below this post. We discussed an American Idol contestant who blames the show forContinue reading “Does Donald Trump Have a Neurological Disorder?”

Smoking and Vaping…from a Cardiologist Who Smokes

Dr. Franklin Wefald of Heart Health Radio is trying to quit smoking, and he suggests that vaping is a much better alternative. Dr. Wefald reacted to this story: LONDON (Reuters) – Chronic smokers who switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarette vapes in a large randomized control trial saw a significant improvement in markers of heartContinue reading “Smoking and Vaping…from a Cardiologist Who Smokes”

Turmeric, Ginger and Milk Thistle…Oh My!

Dr. Franklin Wefald says it helps him reduce inflammation. From Heart Health Radio Episode 146: Fred: A few weeks ago you recommended turmeric for inflammation and I was just wondering how much and how often? Dave Alexander: Oh, turmeric. It’s not a medicine, it’s a supplement. Dr. Frank Wefald: Right, it’s a spice. You knowContinue reading “Turmeric, Ginger and Milk Thistle…Oh My!”

Episode 145: Jeffrey Epstein and the Death of Senator Kay Hagan

Dr. Wefald talks about the death of former Senator Kay Hagan from a tick bite. Also, this guy: No, Jeffrey Epstein was not on Heart Health Radio, in part because on August 10, 2019, he didn’t kill himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Well, that’s a popular theory, anyway. Dr. Wefald hasContinue reading “Episode 145: Jeffrey Epstein and the Death of Senator Kay Hagan”

A North Carolina Hospital Spotted the Problems with Vaping Early

From northcarolinahealthnews.com Doctors at the WakeMed Raleigh campus saw three relatively young adults come in within a week of each other this summer, all struggling to breathe and with no other obvious signs of what could be causing their distress, said Kevin Davidson, one of the critical care pulmonologists at WakeMed, in an interview withContinue reading “A North Carolina Hospital Spotted the Problems with Vaping Early”