At the beginning of the program, George announced that popular Coast host Ian Punnett would be returning to guest host from time to time. Then, former electrical engineer turned expert in self-reliance and backyard food production, Marjory Wildcraft discussed how medical self-reliance is gaining popularity due to many factors such as medical errors, superbugs on the increase due to overuse of antibiotics, and vaccines like Guardasil prompting numerous lawsuits. Wildcraft said that she is "totally done with conventional medicine" due to her opinion that the medical system in the U.S. is expensive, dangerous (due to issues such as erroneous diagnoses and botched surgeries) and is "contrary to fundamental principles of health." She does, however believe that conventional medicine is good for such treatments as cuts and broken bones.
Wildcraft said that antibiotics like penicillin are not nearly as effective as natural remedies such as garlic, which she says has "twenty five antiviral and antifungal components." To begin to treat yourself with natural medicine, she recommends starting with about five herbs and learning their properties, and also to "start making medicine before you need it." Ultimately, Wildcraft said that the best strategy for a healthy life is prevention, which includes nutritious food, exercise, and making an effort to "lead a purposeful life."
Resident veterinarian on Good Morning America for 17 years, adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary medicine, and currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association, Dr. Marty Becker, has spent his life working to create better physical and emotional well-being for pets. He addressed the latest in veterinary medicine and his new work exploring the thought processes of animals, especially during times of extreme stress, grieving, and change. Becker recalled that he was educated by veterinarians who told him that animals do not feel pain. Over his years of work in animal care, he has come to believe that this was a false assumption.
Until recently, Becker says that animals were being treated like children in the 1950s and 1960s when physicians "manhandled manipulated, threatened, and abused" patients. He believes that the physiological reaction to fear in animals is the same as it is in humans: Stress causes health problems. Becker also discussed a healthy lifestyle for pets, which involves keeping animals engaged mentally and mimics their evolutionary makeup as hunters of prey. He suggested hiding food in different places in the house or yard for dogs or cats to find, as well as making time to get a dog "panting tired" every day. He concluded that "we have an obligation to these pets for them to not only lead a healthy life, but a happy life."