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Alternative Health / The Odd & Unexplained

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Date Host George Noory
Guests Benjamin Fuchs, Colin Dickey

In the first half, pharmacist, nutritionist, and cosmetic chemist, Ben Fuchs shared alternative health concepts, and offered tips on supplements and healthy changes to one's diet and lifestyle. He referred to the pandemic as a "crisis of awareness," and suggested that to maintain our health, we must be aware of how to leverage our immune system and biology. We shouldn't marginalize our natural immune system, he continued, with its "incredible biochemical process that recognizes viruses and creates heat-seeking missiles" to kill them. Regarding hypothyroidism, he said it can be caused by an autoimmune reaction, and such supplements as zinc, magnesium, and B-complex are helpful.

Collagen peptides are amino acids that help build up the body's own collagen. Not only do they have anti-aging properties but are important to the heart, and tissues and structures of the body, he reported. Bone broth is a great source of collagen, he noted. He cautioned about including too much red meat in one's diet because of all the hormones and additives. Turmeric is one of the most medicinal and therapeutic of all the herbs, Fuchs said. Another great one is cayenne pepper, which stimulates the metabolism when sprinkled in vegetable juice or food, he added.

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With a PhD in comparative literature, writer, speaker, and academic, Colin Dickey has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories. In the latter half, he discussed his latest work on oddities, cryptids, alien encounters, and the unexplained. He delved into intriguing figures involved in fringe beliefs such as Ignatius Donnelley, a former U.S. Congressman, who wrote a bestseller on Atlantis in 1892 that revived the idea of a lost continent as the origin of many ancient civilizations. Charles Fort was another early influential writer, and became known for his collection of anomalous accounts and reports.

One case that Fort documented was the Great Kentucky Meat Shower, Dickey shared. In the 1876 incident, a woman and her grandmother witnessed falling flesh from the sky and collected it in jars. One theory suggested a pack of vultures vomited horse meat, though there were no reports of such birds. Dickey visited the University of Transylvania in Kentucky to view the supposed meat remains, which he said looked like a white "knobby bit of organic matter." He shared the tale of UFO contactee Gloria Lee, a flight attendant. She wrote of her contacts with a Venusian named J.W., who preached free love-- a controversial position in 1955. Later, she beseeched congressional officials to build a spaceship according to J.W.'s blueprints, and when they did not do so, she went on a hunger strike and sadly died. He also touched on the Paul Bennewitz case, and the Kenneth Arnold sighting.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Robert Zimmerman, Steve Kates

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