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Straight Talk on Health

How do you live your healthiest life when health information seems to change every day? Each week on Straight Talk on Health, Dr. Chet Zelasko examines the health headlines, digs into the latest research studies, explores the claims of miracle nutrients and diets, and gives you his insight about what’s real and what’s not so you can make informed decisions about your health. Straight Talk on Health airs Monday afternoons during WGVU’s Midday West Michigan.

The health information Dr. Chet talks about is for educational purposes only and not a substitute for medical advice from your healthcare provider; it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. This information is, however, designed to motivate you to work towards better health, which includes seeing your healthcare professional regularly.

Latest Episodes
  • Do you ever start your day with a cup of black tea? How about closing the day with a beer? You just might be surprised at the flavonols they contain. On this episode, Dr. Chet Zelasko explains the latest research on flavonols and their relationship with mortality
  • What do you do when there is no research on what ails you? Dr. Chet Zelasko gets asked about supplementation for every condition you can imagine. How does he evaluate the things that could help someone? He lets us know on this edition of Straight Talk on Health
  • How would you like an easy way to reduce your risk of dying of cardiovascular disease? Two new studies show that stretching decreases the risk. Dr. Chet Zelasko takes a look at the research on this episode
  • Is a cautionary tale about vitamin D more hype than anything else? Maybe. Before you attribute a death to supplementation, it’s good to have all the facts. In this case, we don’t. I’ll let you know why we don’t on this edition of Straight Talk on Health
  • Today Dr. Chet Zelasko talks guts. Not courage - but your digestive system. Is it operating as it should? What role might coffee play? That and more on gut health on today’s Straight Talk on Health
  • Dietary supplements always seem to be under attack. On this episode of Straight Talk on Health, Dr. Chet will give a couple of examples, including one where the consumer should know better
  • BMI, or Body Mass Index - Is it a good way to set a weight loss goal? Some people don’t think so. On this episode of the Straight Talk on Health podcast, Dr. Chet Zelasko checks out what’s being said and gives his take on the subject
  • A long-time listener to Straight Talk on Health heard a guest on another podcast talk about the dangers of oxalates. According to this person, avoiding eating foods with oxalates cures just about everything. What are oxalates? And is this true? Dr. Chet explores this topic on this edition of Straight Talk on Health
  • A recent scientific study suggested that the use of vitamin D to build bones in children is a myth. On this episode of Straight Talk on Health, Dr. Chet Zelasko evaluates the study and gives his opinion on whether that is true or not
  • If you work out to gain muscle or just want to increase your protein intake, how much protein should you take? Nutritionists have always said up to 25 grams per shake because any more than that won’t help. A recent study suggests that that may no longer be the case. Dr. Chet Zelasko will talk about the study on this edition of Straight Talk on Health