Nature’s remedies: herbal medicine

Dave LaLuzerneIn this rebroadcast from last spring, Health Writer Steve Blank interviews David LaLuzerne, owner of Herb TV Online, about Herbal Medicine. The discussion explores differences between pharmaceutical and herbal medicine, misconceptions about herbal medicine, and “wildcrafting,” the art of finding herbal remedies in the natural landscape. Finally, Dave discusses the annual “HerbDay” which will be celebrated this year at Olbrich Gardens in Madison on Monday, May 5. For more information on HerbDay, contact Dave at 512-9633 or

To listen to our April 10th broadcast, click on the player below.

Affordable Care Act update

aca-updateWith the deadline looming for purchasing a health insurance plan through the ACA’s Healthcare Exchange, Health Writer Mary Moyer speaks with attorneys Brynne McBride & Bobby Peterson from advocacy organization ABC for Health for an ObamaCare update.
To listen to our March 27th program, click on the player below.

Important Links:
Consumers Companion-Guide to Health Care Reform
Consumer Info from Advocacy and Benefits Counseling (ABC) for Health
Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform FAQs

Food security in peril

SNAP_WIHealth Writer reporter Chris Lang speaks with Michelle Kramer from 2nd harvest food bank about SNAP (food stamps) and the potential effects of cuts to the program in the recently passed farm bill. Listen to our March 13th broadcast by clicking the player below.

Frack sand mining and hydraulic fracturing

Horn_Carroll_with mapHealth Writer Chris Lang explores the impact frack mining has on the people of Wisconsin and the nation with Steve Horn from and Professor Alan Carroll from the UW Department of Geoscience.
To learn about frack sand mining in Wisconsin and its relationship to hydraulic fracturing on a national scale, click on the player below.

Love is sweet (or at least it should be)

Love is sweetHeads up all you lovers and heart breakers… the Valentine’s edition of Health Writers has finally been posted! Join Health Writer Mary Moyer and Dr Bjarne Holmes for their annual check-in on the state of love and relationships in these modern times.

To listen to our February 13th broadcast, click on the player below.

The Jacki Rickert medical marijuana bill

Jacki Rickert billHealth Writer Chris Lang interviews Rep. Chris Taylor, cosponsor of Senate Bill 371, aka the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. The bill provides that the Wisconsin Legislature enact legislation allowing residents with debilitating medical conditions to acquire and possess marijuana for medical purposes if supported by their physician.

To listen to our January 23rd broadcast, click on the player below.

The use and abuse of antibiotics

antibiotics-420x0Health Writer Mary Moyer discusses the latest issues and news related to antibiotics with Dr Warren Rose from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. The discussion covers the overuse of antibiotics, the problem of drug resistance, the lack of development of new antibiotics, effectiveness of products containing antibacterial ingredients, and more!
To listen to our January 9th broadcast, click on the player below.