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. Among the best topical ingredients to keep skin looking healthy and youthful, he cited fat-soluble Vitamin C, retinol, and alpha hydroxy acid, which can also help with conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. To combat depression, Fuchs suggested practicing gratitude and appreciation, which can activate the healing nervous system and bring more blood supply to the front part of the brain. When he has insomnia, Fuchs said he goes through a list in his head of all the things he's grateful for, which helps him fall asleep.
Bentonite clay is loaded with minerals and helps to detoxify the body, he reported. For weaning oneself off too much sugar in their diet, he recommended eating more protein and taking the supplement, glutamine, an amino acid. For those dealing with inflammatory pain from conditions like arthritis, Fuchs pointed out that some foods have inflammatory properties for certain people, so keep an eye out for which items might trigger this for you. For more, check out Ben's syndicated radio show, The Bright Side.
In the latter half, Edgar Award-winning author J. W. Ocker shared tales of mysterious monsters and creatures that lurk in all regions of America, as well as the communities that embrace and celebrate their local cryptids. While some of the creatures are more folkloric in nature, he suggested that many of the entities witnessed in forests or bodies of water have a possibility of being real because these environments are shrouded in mystery. He spoke about the Gloucester sea serpent, one of the most documented cryptids of all time, which was seen frequently off the coast of Cape Ann in Massachusetts. The town erected an 8-ft tall statue of the sea monster.
The state of Wisconsin, he noted, has perhaps the best variety of creatures, such as the Hodag, a fanged panther-sized cryptid with spikes on its back that is part of lumberjack lore and celebrated as the town mascot in Rhinelander. Ocker touched on other cryptids and oddities, including Batsquatch, the Flatwoods Monster, Lizard Man, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, and the Beast of Bray Road. He also delved into his research of cursed objects, like haunted dolls, the "Unlucky Mummy," and a Roman artifact known as the Ring of Silvianus, said to inspire Tolkien's creation of the one ring to rule them all in "Lord of the Rings."