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 for her drug use…and sales.

Claude called about a hip issue, Lee discusses his heart failure and Tammy called late in the show to ask about a heart issue.

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Can a medical doctor or psychiatrist diagnose someone by watching them on television? No matter your politics, how does it it make you feel that CNN has a doctor on TV telling you the president has a neurological disorder? Video here.

He is having trouble word-finding when he said united shush instead of the United States. These are words, he can’t find them,’ [Dr. David] Scheiner told CNN, ‘This is happening over and over again. Comedians joke about it. It’s not a joking matter.

‘I think there’s a neurological issue that’s not being addressed.

If he had an MRI of his head over there, I would be very pleased. I think he needs it.’

Even if you think this is an accurate representation of a particular politician…

Dr. Franklin Wefald points out that the American Psychiatric Association established the Goldwater Rule to protect the profession from practitioners who would diagnose without seeing the patient. We didn’t get into it, but apparently medical doctors follow similar guidelines.

In the middle of the discussion, we hear from Claude with symptoms of a hip problem but Dr. Wefald did not diagnose.

On Heart Health Radio, I will not diagnose you over the phone. I will give you information so you can talk to your doctor.

Dr. Franklin Wefald

Listen to episode 148 here.

Links to our topics:

You can read along with the show if you’re that motivated:

Opiod Crisis — Doctors are withholding pills, and that’s a bad thing.

Drug Use, Sales and Blame — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba blames her drug arrest on the show.

Chemicals and Lawyers, Some of them Are Toxic — As Roundup Lawsuits Pile Up by the Thousands, Bayer Remains Defiant

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Catchy slogan, but is it fair?

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 heart health after just a month, researchers said on Friday.

In study results likely to be closely scrutinized by health specialists worldwide, British scientists found that cigarette smokers who switched to nicotine-containing vapes saw a marked boost to their vascular function – a change that could lead to a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

As you’d expect, he says both vaping and smoking are wrong for young people. But what if you’re already hooked on nicotine?

Hear the entire discussion on Heart Health Radio Episode 147 on Heart Health Radio. The vaping discussion is in the first few minutes, right after a call about a 91-year-old who might need to see a cardiologist.

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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 know how spices got to be big in the world? Rancid meat. Yeah, because you couldn’t store it. There was no refrigerator. So, it was rancid and you poured turmeric on it. Now turmeric comes from the east, some part of Asia. It’s a yellow spice.

What it does it decrease the levels of these things called leukotrienes. Now, there may be some more things but these are exchanged signals between immune cells. The immune cells are good. Inflammation is good but the problem is, and this may come from the Neanderthals. We’ll talk about that later but you know we’re mixed up with those ancient humanoids and it causes there to be too much of these chemicals and they recruit all sorts of bad actors who tear up our body. So, turmeric has been shown to reduce the risk of inflammation, reduce the amounts of inflammation and that has been studied scientifically.

If you hear me say that something is good, there is scientific evidence. Now what do you do? There is a combination of turmeric and ginger, apparently that’s the best one. You can get that anywhere, Wal-Mart, Wally World and you can get it at any pharmacy. Turmeric and ginger and they recommend two capsules once a day. There are no negative side effects. You mean, you can’t find one.

Let me just tell you that we’re not selling you capsules of turmeric, ginger and milk thistle.

Dave Alexander

Fred: Would it be possible to take too much? Because I’m taking it three or four times a day and …

Dr. Frank Wefald: No, I don’t think it can hurt you. I don’t know, I think you can take it two or three times a day. I’m just saying that when I saw this study it said two of those capsules, once a day. Let me tell you, it could be a placebo effect. Do you have chronic pain, like in your back?

Fred: I do. I’ve got two 8” rods and screws. I have arthritis below that.

Dr. Frank Wefald: Well I can tell you…I’m sorry, go ahead, I’m interrupting you. I get so excited about this topic.

Fred: I have two 8” rods and 17 screws in my back and I have arthritis below the fusion. I’ve been taking the turmeric every two hours and it’s about all it lasts. It really helps, but it only lasts for two hours.

Dr. Frank Wefald: Yeah, let me tell you what may be better for you to do instead of taking one every couple of hours is to take two or three every four hours. There is something called a threshold. So, you may be getting a level in your bloodstream and I’m going to tell you the truth, I don’t know… What we call the half-life, which is how long it takes your body to eliminate half of the drug, but it’s a threshold to hit it.

So, what I might do instead of taking one frequently is to take two or three less frequently. What will happen is that it will get into your system at a high level and then it will help extinguish the inflammation and then it will take time for the inflammation to come back.

Turmeric powder in wooden spoon on old wooden table.
Click here for a Mayo Clinic article on turmeric.

Now I don’t know how that’s going to work in you, but that’s my suggestion. I can say this because it’s not a medicine, OK? So, I’m not giving him advice about medicines, I’m giving advice about a supplement and really a spice. Turmeric is a spice. My recommendation is that if it’s helping a little and you’re doing one frequently, try taking two or three less frequently and see if that helps you. Now, this may be a placebo effect.

Fred: I was very skeptical of it when I heard you say it…

Dr. Frank Wefald: Oh, I was extremely skeptical but I took it and I’m up on my feet all day running around from patient to patient. I forget to take my Advil at 4:00 in the afternoon because I don’t need it. I don’t have the discomfort. Now, a lot of these…scientists will say “that’s a placebo effect”, you know. So what! It works, right? I mean, I don’t have pain.

So, whether it’s my brain telling me “you’re not going to have pain” or if the inflammation is saying “you’re not going to have pain”, it doesn’t matter. I don’t have pain.

Dave Alexander: Does anybody, I mean between you and Fred, do you know what turmeric tastes like? I mean, could we sprinkle it on stuff?

Dr. Frank Wefald: No, you take the capsule.

Dave Alexander: Take the capsule. Alright Fred.

Dr. Frank Wefald: So tell you what, here is what I want you to try is to take three every four hours.

Caller Fred: I’ll do that.

Dr. Frank Wefald: Or every six hours and call us back next week and let us know how my little experiment turned out.

Caller Fred: I’ll try. I don’t know what will be happening next Saturday.

Dave Alexander: Fred, you’re now a part of the longitudinal study on turmeric and ginger.

Dr. Frank Wefald: And also throw in some milk thistle.

Dave Alexander: Milk thistle.

Fred: I bought all of that just a few weeks ago.

Dr. Frank Wefald: Give it a hoot.

Fred: I was skeptical and I tried it for a few days and it went away, my pain went away. I stopped it and it came back. I did that three or four times.

Dr. Frank Wefald: So listen, that is actually, that’s a good study. Because, you know I had patients all the time say this medicine is making me sick. So what you do is you have an interrupted period. You say take it and then stop it and then take it again.

Fred: I’m glad I heard about the turmeric from you because I was taking too much ibuprofen.

Dr. Frank Wefald: That’s bad. Ulcers.

Fred: I stopped that altogether.

Dave Alexander: This is Heart Health on the Heart Health Radio Network. Let me just tell you that we’re not selling you capsules of turmeric, ginger and milk thistle.

Dr. Frank Wefald: Yeah, we’d go broke.

Fred has promised to call again and let us know how Dr. Wefald’s recommendations work. Remember to talk to your doctor before adjusting your medicines. Apparently turmeric, ginger and milk thistle are not really medicines. — Dave

Fake News: Millenials Will Get Sick and Die Faster Than Boomers

In Episode 156 of Heart Health Radio, Dr. Franklin Wefald calls FAKE NEWS on a new study making the rounds:

Men’s Health: Millenials are the largest, most educated, and most connected generation the world has ever seen. They’re also going to be sicker, skinter, and die younger than their parents (a.k.a Generation X) if a new US healthcare report is anything to go by.

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Photo: Men’s Health
Maybe they will die from excessive tattooing. – Dave

The grim analysis, by Blue Cross Blue Shield, forecasts two different futures: a ‘baseline’ that represents a best-case scenario according to historic health data, and ‘adverse’ which is essentially what will happen if current trends continue. And either way, the prognosis is pretty bleak.

Dr. Wefald addresses this about 15 minutes into the latest Heart Health Radio archived at

So please don’t worry about this. You’re already anxious enough, you know. I think that millennials are going to live longer than us, honestly.

Dr. Franklin Wefald

Dr. Wefald: Now what did they do? They went through 140,000 millennials and saw what medicines they take and the diagnoses that they have and they made some sort of computerized projection to say the millennials are going to die more than the Gen Xers or the boomers.

Now, let me just tell you this. This is what they said. Compared to the Gen X and boomer generation the millennials between the ages of 30 and 39 are therefore, when they get to that age, going to die. Accidental overdose, suicide and homicide.

Now just remember, if you’re a millennial stop worrying. If you don’t use heroine and Fentanyl you’re not going to die of an accidental overdose. Now, suicide is a really serious problem and I do not have all the information to tell me whether the millennials are more depressed or more suicidal. If they are, I think we can possibly say it’s because of stuff like this. Getting people to worry about their health when they don’t need to worry about their health.

I will say this, the millennials are really in tune to physical activity and exercise. Dave Alexander: Right. Dr. Frank Wefald: And this is what the article said, “maybe they won’t die from boring old things like heart disease and cancer”. So, they are exercising more which helps mental health. It releases these natural opiates called endorphins and you can’t overdose on the nature opiates. So, all of you millennials out there, when you’re thinking about OK Booma, we’re supposedly not going to overdose, not kill ourselves and not kill each other. So please don’t worry about this. You’re already anxious enough, you know. I think that millennials are going to live longer than us, honestly.

Also, a local hospital gets poor marks in a quality survey and Dr. Wefald disagrees. Fred asks about turmeric, ginger and milk-thistle…and Dr. Wefald endorses it! Margaret asks about an autoimmune disease called GCA.

Click here for the show.

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 has some thoughts. No, really. You should listen.

The program is on the WPTF Podcast page here.

A Vaccine for Breast Cancer is on the Way

…they’re not going to say anything unless they’ve got some really good evidence. — Dr Wefald

Dr. Franklin Wefald reacted to this news from the Mayo Clinic:

Could a vaccine one day be given to prevent breast cancer? That’s what a group of Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers are working to find out.

“If we’re able to have the immune system trained to recognize abnormal cells, or cancerous (or) precancerous cells, then maybe the immune system can eliminate them before they even develop,” explains Dr. Amy Degnim, a Mayo Clinic surgeon.

Dr. Degnim is on the team that’s evaluating a vaccine against the HER2 protein, which is found in the majority of women with a noninvasive breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS.

Dr. Frank Wefald:

Remember we talked about the monoclonal antibody for plaque psoriasis.  So, what they are doing is they are developing a method where they give you a vaccine and it jazzes up your immune system to specifically fight breast cancer.  It’s in the very early stage. 

You know, I don’t like studies that are in the very early stage that come out and say “if you eat pistachios on Thursday there is a less risk for you to have a stroke.  But this is actually very interesting because they’ve got models in animals where they have tested it and it works and when you have somebody at the Mayo Clinic doing this, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic or Harvard I think that they’re not going to say anything unless they’ve got some really good evidence. 

So, these monoclonal antibodies that are treating plaque psoriasis, the studies have been in the works for a long time and I have believed in them because the research is there.  So it’s going to be about 8 years before they think they’re going to have this on the market and all I can say is that I hope it works because it will be another magical thing, it’s not magic it’s science, but it seems magical that’s going to do so much good. 

Dave Alexander: Assuming no ill effects from the vaccine do you think that typically women are just going to get this shot?

Dr. Frank Wefald: Well I think so.  Now, one thing, this thing has only been shown to work in a model for what we call triple negative breast cancer.  That’s where you don’t have three receptors that make the breast cancer a certain type.  And so triple negative is a certain type of breast cancer but these models that are there, the animal models that they’re doing, it’s working very amazingly.  So, it also may work for ovarian cancer which at this point in time is much more difficult to treat than even breast cancer is. 

So, remember your tax dollars, some of it’s going to the National Institutes of Health and they’re giving out grants. Not all of the grant money sponsors this research, but just remember if you are paying your taxes, you’re supporting this and you’re part of the solution to these really bad health problems.

Find more medical news and analysis at WPTF Podcasts and Episode 143 of Heart Health Radio. We’re on live at 680-WPTF on Saturdays at noon.

Episode 143: The Mayo Clinic Has a Vaccine for Breast Cancer!

We also discussed the Scandinavian Diet.

According to DR. Franklin Wefald, the diet isn’t much different from the “No-no” Diet, which involves cutting down on carbs and sugars. Stop eating so much potatoes, white flour, white rice and anything made with lots of sugar. Goodbye cake, hello, healthier you. Listen to the podcast for more, near the end of the show.

Heart Health Radio Episode 143 on the WPTF podcast page.

Also, a CNN report about toxins in baby food is Fake News!

Photo Credit: CNN

Dr. Wefald explains why this child really isn’t being harmed by his baby food.

Saturday, October 19 at 12:00 Noon. On the podcast page of and at itunes under “Heart Health.”

Episode 142: Dr. Macon Singletary and Sleep is Good

Dr. Macon Singletary of North Raleigh Periodontics was in-studio for segment one, and he and Dr. Wefald discussed changes in the body related to dental health.

Here’s a study which links poor dental health to poor health all the way on the other side of the body:

Poor Dental Health Linked to Colorectal Polyps

We also discussed health insurance, with both doctors talking about their hard choices on behalf of their employees.

Other Topics:

Sleep is Good for Grades

Study Links Mushrooms and Lower Rates of Prostate Cancer — Fake News according to Dr. Wefald, since nobody can remember how many mushrooms they’ve eaten over decades!

Find the podcast here:

Want to Live Longer? Get a Dog.

On Dr. Wefald’s Health Minute a few months ago, he said exactly that. Now the American Heart Association agrees:

Study Highlights:

DALLAS, Oct. 8, 2019 – Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors living alone and 27% reduced risk of death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog.

I feel better already. The dog featured above has a neat story here.