In the first half, pharmacist Ben Fuchs discussed natural health remedies and the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that our bodies need to maintain good health. Fuchs is also an advocate of such things as exercise and deep breathing to increase well-being. It's important to breathe through the nose rather than the mouth so that you can take advantage of the built-in filtering system provided by the nasal passages, he said, and by breathing into the bottom of the belly, the diaphragm expands out and "you're activating all kinds of relaxing neurology." Rather than being dependent on mainstream medical treatments, "given the right basic building blocks, the body can do its work," he added.
Regarding liver spots (also called age spots), these dark areas are not on the skin's surface and thus harder to remove. He said they're caused by the build-up of cellular waste or debris, and the key to reducing them is to clean out the lymphatic system. Exercise such as on a mini-trampoline, or dry brushing the skin helps to drain out the system, Fuchs suggested. The body's cholesterol serves essential functions for healing, growth, and the immune system, but if it accumulates to an elevated level, he recommended reducing sugar intake, and taking such supplements as niacin, selenium, and EFA.
Author Marc Hartzman is one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre. In the latter half, he delved into his latest work on supernatural history from ancient times to the Victorian spiritualists to the ghost stories that have shaped our modern conception of the spirit world. Many people define the idea of a ghost as an apparition, but it could also be something in the mind's eye, or observed through different senses like smell or hearing, he noted. "I think what it is," he continued, "is some kind of connection from the dead to the living." Some of the deceased might not know they're dead, and in the ancient world, psychopomps would guide the dead into the afterlife.
He researched a number of different mediums and found that certain ones seemed to exhibit inexplicable abilities, like Leonora Piper. At the time the spiritualism movement kicked off in the mid-19th century, and in subsequent decades, the majority of mediums were women-- it was a kind of new career path that became available for them, he pointed out. Whether real or fake, the mediums learned such skills as table levitation, furniture moving, manifestations, and voices independently without any apprenticeship. Hartzman talked about poltergeist phenomena and how it may be a form of telekinesis originating from humans (particularly kids going through puberty). He also touched on the late 1970s investigations of engineer Vic Tandy, who found that at certain "haunted" locations, external factors like the hum of a fan could cause the eyeball to vibrate and be more prone to see strange or peripheral visions.
News segment guests: John M. Curtis, Charles Coppes