Sound Body

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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The June 2018 What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine asks “how good is your digestion”, and offers simple do-it-yourself home tests to find out about your gut. One fun fact from the article - your large intestine will process around 50 tons of food in your lifetime.

The June 2018 AARP Bulletin offers many articles on health and well-being. Topics include predications on future health care, how a comedian helped an Alzheimer’s patient, and worries about heartburn.

Can chiropractic medicine help people, or is it a modern day snake oil treatment? Many chiropractic associations are rewriting their practices to acknowledge treating only spine and neck problems. While others offer treatment for diseases not directly related to the spine. Also, an article describing what chiropractic care is, and its history.

The summer 2018 special issue of Discover Magazine focuses on medical mysteries and related topics.  Fourteen  examples of tools or instruments that have changed the way medicine is practiced and allowed us to peak into the human body. Also, some unexpected discoveries that lead to startling advances in medical science. 

Your dog can get vaccinated for Lyme disease but you can't.  The safe and effective human vaccine is no longer available, and the patent has expired. Also, how to protect your body and yard from ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease.


A special summer 2018 issue of Discover Magazine focuses on medical mysteries. 

A number of articles that highlight the promise of, and concern about immunotherapy for desperate cancer patients. While immunotherapy holds out hope for cures, it is also priced beyond the reach of most people and can have horrible side effects. Also, a lifesaving medical pump for cancer patients is being taken off the market. And, what does the diagnosis “pre-cancerous” mean. 

Wired Magazine looks at a sleep robot, called Somnox, used to subconsciously shift our breathing to  a slow and steady sleep rhythm. Seven good reasons why getting a good 7 hours of sleep is important. Also, an article on how to fall asleep fast, and stay asleep. 

In 2006 science and math writer Julie Rehmeyer was diagnosed by a neurologist with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). It took her four years to discover that her debilitating symptoms were caused by exposure to mold. This June 2017 article from Oprah Magazine describes her journey and the extreme measures she had to take to find relief. 


Articles from a variety of sources questioning the accepted wisdom that preventive health care is a universally positive trend. Author Barbara Ehrenreich on the quest to control aging, death and disease. Dr. Caroline Poplin writes in an essay for MedPage Today that the best way to improve the health of a population is to look after social determinants of health - good wages, education, decent housing, a safe environment and good social supports.

People in the happiest countries feel secure, have a sense of purpose, and enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy. A National Geographic article explores why Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore are the happiest countries in the world. 

A focus on articles about good sexual health. Topics covered include pain during sex, male contraceptives, endometriosis, and sex after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

MedPage Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel teamed up for a year-long investigation into physicians who leave behind troubling disciplinary actions in one state to go practice with “clean” licenses in another state. 

The sugar industry has waged a decades long campaign to blame the obesity epidemic on fats, not sugars. The New York Times offers a guide on how to stop eating sugar, to help readers curb the excess sugar consumption that leads to many health problems.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention would like us to learn the signs and symptoms of sepsis, now that estimates for the incidence of sepsis suggest that more than a million Americans develop sepsis every year and a quarter million die from it. Other articles look at the important signs and symptoms of heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

A few articles focusing on ways that health care consumers, insurers, and accountable-care organizations are trying to reduce health care costs. UnitedHealthcare reports that it will pass rebates from drug companies on to consumers.

With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a universal influenza vaccine before the next devastating epidemic

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the devastating global influenza outbreak. Smithsonian magazine follows the history of this plague, which killed more people than all the military deaths in World War 1 and World War 2 combined. 

With the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and increases in chronic wounds from diabetes, maggots are once again being used for treatment. Enzymes in maggot saliva clear away dead tissue and infected flesh that otherwise surgeons would scrape away using a scalpel.  To keep things on the squeamish side - an article on why nose-picking is bad and how to stop it, as well as information about boils on the buttocks.

The Personal Genome Project was supposed to revolutionize medicine, but the results reveal how much we still have to learn. The Toronto Globe & Mail looks at the risk of misleading results as DNA testing enters mainstream medicine.


As many as 1 out 4 people have hypertension, but many people do not know they have high blood pressure. Knowing what the proper benchmarks for blood pressure readings, and the correct method of measuring blood pressure are part of managing this condition.  The latest drug treatments, and suggestions on how to manage stress and hypertension.

Sound Body #1806: Cold, Flu and You, 02/09/18

Feb 5, 2018

This has already been a long nasty season of cold and flu viruses. Today's readings cover how to recognize five different types of cough, information about the efficacy and safety of cold and flu OTC drugs, prescribed drugs and supplements, and a quiz on general knowledge of cold and flu.

TV celebrity Dr. Phil has been accused of trading on his TV fame to sell his own products, as well as mistreating vulnerable guests on his show. In another article, hospitals make changes to stop contributing to the misery and death of opioid addiction.

Dr. Mercola

Host Louise Craig shares information from numerous sources about how to tell the difference between two conditions that can both cause inflamed skin and intense itching - psoriasis and eczema. She'll also share ideas on how to soothe the skin.


Conclusion to the New Yorker article titled “Is Health Care A Right?” Dr. Atul Gawande explores 2 competing sets of values surrounding the health care debate. Americans want to reward work, ingenuity, self-reliance. And we also want to protect the weak and the vulnerable.

MPR News

Dr. Atul Gawande explores two competing sets of values surrounding the health care debate. Americans want to reward work, ingenuity, self-reliance. And we also want to protect the weak and the vulnerable. Published in the October 2, 2017 New Yorker, and titled "Is Health Care A Right?"

Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog

ProPublica publishes a column called "Wasted Medicine." This article titled looks at 3 examples of outrageous medical billing that contributes to the ever-increasing cost of health care in the U.S. In one example a hospital charges $1877 to pierce a 5 year-old's ears during another procedure. Also, seven ways patients can protect themselves from excessive medical bills.

National Geographic Society

National Geographic explores how children in poor nations often go without vaccines that rich nations take for granted. As a result, hundreds of thousands of young lives that could have been saved are lost.

MedPage Today

Howard Wolinsky is a retired health journalist who is now giving us an inside look at his own medical diagnoses and treatments. Three articles follow him from his diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes through to his treatment. During this journey he tells us about his medications, diet, finding the right doctor, and how his changing health has impacted his life.

Sound Body #1751: Pain-Free Living, 12/15/17

Dec 11, 2017
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The October/November 2017 Pain-Free Living magazine provides patient education, tips for living with chronic pain, research study information and therapy recommendations. Articles read include studying the link between pain and the weather, diagnosing and treating chronic pelvic pain, and book recommendations for people interested in chronic pain.