7 commonly held myths about the economy; and alternative approaches to prostate cancer

08/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Today on the first part of the program we’ll talk with a writer for ProPublica who has written a column about some of the commonly held myths about the state of the US economy.

Later we’ll talk with a doctor about alternative approaches to prostate cancer.

First up today - Mike Grabell of ProPublica has written a column about what he calls Seven Myths of the Economy.

Mike starts the piece with these words:

"With the recent Iowa straw poll and President Obama's bus tour, Americans are hearing a cacophony of arguments about the wobbly economy. The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been more successful if it had only been bigger. Taxes are either stifling or the lowest they've ever been. America needs to invest in infrastructure, or "infrastructure" is merely a euphemism for more government spending. So, here's our guide to the most prevalent economic myths."

Author Michael Grabell is working on a book Money Well Spent?: What Really Happened to the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus Plan, due out in January from PublicAffairs.

Next up - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is coming up in September, and even though it is the most common non-skin cancer in this country (nearly 32,000 deaths are attributed to prostate cancer each year), there is a lot of misinformation circulating among men about this disease.

Does more sex cause prostate cancer? Does pinot noir prevent it? Dr. Philippa Cheetham is one of the leading authorities in integrative medicine for prostate cancer and can dispel some of the myths related to the disease and discuss lifestyle changes that can contribute to prostate cancer prevention.

Prostate cancer is becoming much more common in younger men too. The New York Times recently reported that the new drugs for prostate cancer are astronomical in price, so prevention is paramount and fortunately, prostate cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancers. African-American men have the highest frequency of prostate cancer in the world and the highest death rate from the disease. In other countries such as Asia, Africa and Latin America, prostate cancer is extremely rare.

Dr. Cheetham is a board certified urologist in the Department of Uro-oncology at Columbia University Medical Center and is frequently called upon as a medical expert by major national media outlets. She joins us now.

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