In the first half, Ben Fuchs, a registered pharmacist, nutritionist and cosmetic chemist, shared alternative health concepts, and offered tips on supplements and healthy changes to one's diet and lifestyle. When our body is in emergency mode, we don't digest our food properly-- that's why it's not good to eat on the run, or when you're distracted. Saying grace before a meal or being grateful activates the parasympathetic nervous system, he said, and this leads to relaxation and a feeling of safety, which helps to maintain the body's overall health and repair mechanisms.
When it comes to low testosterone levels, one of the best things you can do is resistance training at the gym which builds muscle, he outlined. As far as supplements, zinc is important for the male reproductive system, as well as magnesium and B Complex, he added. Interestingly, Fuchs reported that digestive enzymes have pain relieving properties, can bust up scar tissue, and help thin the blood. He named apple cider vinegar as a particularly powerful supplement. It contains acetic acid, and has a variety of benefits including for brain health, appetite suppression, blood sugar, and the digestive system.
In the latter half, the host of Popular Science Radio and automotive aficionado, Alan Taylor, discussed the future of the automobile and its intersection with technology, as well as classic cars and design. Driverless or autonomous cars are already here, and some states have legalized their operation, he said. There are some 3.5 million truckers in the US, and their jobs may be in jeopardy as self-driving vehicles become a reality. There could be a ripple effect beyond the trucking industry, to include companies like Uber and Lyft offering automated taxi service, he noted.
For Taylor, driving a car has a calming effect, but he admitted that for those that have to commute in congested areas, it could be a real boon to be able to switch on an automated function and just relax. But beyond a dual driver/driverless functionality, Ford is considering ditching the steering wheel and pedals for their self-driving cars in 2021, and the front seats would face the backseats so you could have a conversation with the other passengers. He praised the current Tesla cars, which are incredibly fast, and so silent that they have to pipe in sound because they're "too quiet." Regarding classic cars, such as certain models from the 1960s and 70s, they remind us of a simpler, less complicated time in our lives, he mused.
News segment guests: John Hogue, Chris Conrad, Stephen Bassett