FROM Maria Bustillos
Can a vegan diet help treat multiple sclerosis? Last year, when she was just 23 years old, Carmen Johns was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a degenerative disease that slowly, and permanently, damages the central nervous system. There is no known cure. There are drugs to treat the symptoms, but the side effects can be harsh. So Carmen’s mom, journalist Maria Bustillos, decided to investigate. She looked into a lot of academic studies and discovered one that seemed deceptively uncomplicated….and effective: a simple vegan-plus-fish diet could dramatically relieve MS symptoms. The study took place in the 1950s but few doctors today either recommend this diet or even know about the study behind it.
The Haves and the Have Nots We’re just into 2015, and here we are, talking about the presidential candidates for 2016. And in speech after speech, Republican and Democratic candidates are weighing in on income inequality and the wealth gap. Or, as Jeb Bush called it this week in a speech, the "opportunity gap."
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.