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Weekly half-hour program, Fridays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Sound Body is a weekly program of information to help you manage your overall health and well-being. Topics have included Migraines & other headaches, Diabetes diagnosis & tips; Dental Health; Mental Health & Aging; Lowering Cholesterol; The Elephant Cure; Nutrition & exercise; Health Care Proxies and Living Wills.

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Restless Legs Sydrome is commonly known as a sleep disorder, but it is characterized as a neurological sensory disorder. A look at the symptoms, causes and treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome. Also, four non-arthritic conditions that can cause leg pain while walking.

Lyme disease, like Covid-19, has mushroomed into a global epidemic. It is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, with 30,000 cases reported to the CDC each year. Experts believe that the real number of cases is more likely 300,000.

Some studies have shown that Type O blood has a protective effect, while another suggested that people with Type A blood may have a higher risk of catching Covid-19. Other studies do not show any significant differences related to blood type. Also, the American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. A look at different types of blood donation. Also, how to stop “doomscrolling” or over-focusing on doom and gloom news.

Confronted by rare illnesses that most scientists overlook, four families create their own extraordinary approaches to finding treatments.  The New York Times reports on the overwhelming toll of caring for individuals with rare diseases while trying to connect with other families and create cures. Also, how toxic positivity can make it harder instead of easier to cope during a pandemic.

Good Health and a healthy gut go hand in hand. When all goes well our digestive system transforms food into nutrients that develop, repair and maintain our bodies. Researchers have found an association between an unhealthy gut microbiome and many digestive disorders.

Digestive problems appear to be more common than they were years ago. Digestion is a critical function the body must perform in order to survive and thrive. Also, making the decision to see a doctor for non-critical appointments or elective procedures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whether you are pitching in the big leagues or glued to your keyboard, repetitive stress injuries can be very debilitating. Also, a quick look at the man who pioneered the study of stress.

Skin is our largest organ - we each have approximately 8 pounds and 22 feet of it. Skin is a conduit to your bloodstream, and acts as a waterproof shield for the rest of the body. Readings include: how sweat affects skin health, what it is like to have a skin disease known as “Butterfly Skin”, health risks from using sunscreen, what are skin tags, and, do detox foot pads really work

While most are focused on the mysteries of the novel coronavirus, both the New York Times and the Washington Post publish “medical mystery” columns. The Washington Post explores why a family had continuous strep throat infections. The New York Times solves the problem of gastrointestinal distress in an immune-suppressed patient. Also, how to re-enter society without anxiety after being under coronavirus lockdown .

:   A New York Times article comparing the risk of dying from Covid-19 to the risk of dying from driving to work every day, skydiving, or being a soldier in a war. Also, Consumer Reports looks at paying for healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic - assessing health care plans available to people who have lost employment, and offering suggestions on how to get help if  you receive a surprise medical bill.

Sound Body #2023: Eating Plastic 06/05/20

Jun 1, 2020

Consumer Reports suggests that we may be ingesting as much as a credit card’s worth of plastic every week. Also, of all the plastic ever produced, more than 10 billion tons of it - less than 10 percent has been recycled.

Anne Boyer, a poet and essayist, writes an unflinching personal essay on becoming a cancer patient.

Copper has been exploited for health purposes since ancient times to reduce the spread of germs and cure infections. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal, it disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Also, an article on how to make a bad day better, and an article on ways to support front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic.

The music industry is working to help musicians and their on-the-road colleagues who face unique challenges in addressing addiction and mental-health issues.

By targeting each patient’s unique tumor, precision medicine is defeating once untreatable cancers. Precision medicine is very successful with some types of cancer, however, only about one in ten patients is currently eligible for these treatments. Researchers are trying to expand the number of patients they can treat with targeted therapies. Using artificial intelligence they are hunting fort hundreds of potential genetic targets.

A group of dedicated service members and physicians is bringing whole-person healthcare to the U.S. Military.

Sound Body #2017 (Encore 2005): Habits, 04/24/20

Apr 20, 2020

An article from the October 28, 2019 The New Yorker reviews two books about creating good habits, and changing bad habits. Science suggests ways to change habitual behaviors without relying solely on “will power".

Readings from the Winter 2019 issue of Arthritis Today magazine offers some advice about CBD for pain and inflammation; how to decide whether you need 911, an urgent care center or your own doctor; research into osteoarthritis - including recent studies about using injections to reduce pain in osteoarthritic knees, and how to rekindle your sex life.

(Rpt. 01/17/20)

Two medical mysteries. In the first, a mentally confused patient is well between bouts. In the second, a patient spends 7 years trying to find a diagnosis for the nausea, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and need to get up 6 times a night to urinate.

Constipation is a very common ailment that impacts the daily well-being of millions of Americans. Health.com suggests twenty foods that help alleviate constipation. Diarrhea can be caused by food poisoning, medications, or an infection. For bouts of diarrhea that are not severe, home remedies can help.

Sound Body #2012: Now That's Interesting, 03/20/20

Mar 16, 2020

No one lives forever, but you can do things to extend your life for as long as possible. What are the highest risk behaviors in a typical day.

Sound Body #2011: A World of Pain Conclusion, 03/13/20

Mar 9, 2020

Scientists are working on unraveling the mysteries of pain and learning more about how pain is transmitted. Chronic pain patients are conditioned by constant exposure to pain to react as if every stimulus is painful. Mood can impact how a patient experiences pain.

Sound Body #2010: A World of Pain, 03/06/20

Mar 2, 2020

The article “A World of Pain” comes from the January 2020 National Geographic Wellness Issue. Scientists are working on unraveling the mysteries of pain and learning more about how pain is transmitted.


Two aspects of pharmaceutical drug usage. From the New York Times an article by Jane Brody about the side effects of drugs; including the impact on people too scared by the possible side effects to use necessary medication, and individual factors that impact the appropriate usage and dosing of specific drugs. The AARP Bulletin looks at the usage and marketing of off-label prescriptions.


Readings from the Winter 2019 issue of Arthritis Today magazine offers some advice about CBD for pain and inflammation; how to decide whether you need 911, an urgent care center or your own doctor; research into osteoarthritis - including recent studies about using injections to reduce pain in osteoarthritic knees, and how to rekindle your sex life.

Excessive medical billing may be technically legal, but it is morally indefensible. In a Kaiser Health News story that was also published by the New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal provides evidence that in medical billing, fraudulent charges can pass as legal. Also, Kaiser Health News and NPR have teamed up for a series called “Bill of the Month”. This month highlights the $25,865 paid to check whether a head cold was Strep throat.

Researchers have linked inflammation to nearly every critical disease of aging, among them; Dementia, Depression, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, COPD, Type 2 Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus.

For too long suicide has been a taboo subject. But as rates continue to rise, this once-private shame is becoming a public health crisis. Personal stories of suicide survivors from the January 2019 Oprah Magazine.

According to the CDC over 1/3 of American adults are getting less than the minimum daily recommendation of 7 hours sleep. Sleep deprivation has been proven to increase the risk for many chronic conditions - obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, just to name a few. This special edition of “The Science of Sleep” published by Popular Science magazine explores what sleep is, what gets in the way of a good nights sleep, what we know about the role of dreaming, and ideas for a better nights rest.

Whether the cannabis extract - delivered in salves, tinctures, and even gummy bears - can treat dozens of ailments is still being determined. But for the parents of some epileptic children, CBD is offering relief from terrifying seizures.

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