Music and Medicine

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Chuck Carroll exam room podcast host
Chuck Carroll
Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle! Eight years later, he’s maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.

Neal Barnard M.D.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
Dr. Neal Barnard, a real-life rock star and authority on plant-based living, motivates and inspires both new vegans and those who have been plant-powered for life.

Music and Medicine

Music and Medicine

Music can heal your mind and body. It’s a topic that doctor and rock ‘n’ roller Dr. Neal Barnard knows very well! Dr. Barnard and “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll examine the medicinal effects of music, including promising research involving Alzheimer’s patients. Find out why everyone can reap the benefits of song no matter what type of music it is. Also, hear the inspirational story of a woman whose meat-heavy diet nearly proved deadly and how she’s trying to save lives. Plus, learn how to make Chunky Monkey Truffle Bites. They’re guaranteed to make your taste buds sing!

On The Show

Silvia LuceroInspiration: Chuck chats with Silvia Lucero whose meat-heavy diet nearly proved deadly. Her own health was in jeopardy until she learned about the benefits of vegan diet. Perhaps most alarmingly, her stepfather is a cardiac surgeon who suffered a heart attack. Because of Silvia’s encouragement he is now adjusting to a plant-based diet as well. And it’s a true family affair, because her mother also went vegan! 

Doctor by day, rock and roller by night: Dr. Neal Barnard regales Chuck with his history as a musician and reveals that his band has landed on the Top 40!

Alzheimer’s benefits: Dr. Barnard and Chuck discuss the effect music has on Alzheimer’s patients. Despite deteriorating memories, playing music they enjoyed years ago has been show to improve cognition. Their memories can come flooding back and reduce anxiety.

Better than junk food: It turns out that music isn’t just good for the mind, it’s good for the waist. Dr. Barnard and Chuck discuss why your favorite tunes can stop you from picking up a bag of Doritos. 

Come on get happy: Find out why even a sad song can make you happy.

CarbonWorks: Hear Dr. Barnard shred on the guitar with his band CarbonWorks. The song is called "Samurai" and it’s pure rock 'n' roll with a purpose. 

Recipes On The Exam Room

Aly Luning, a registered dietitian at the Barnard Medical Center, whips up something sweet and delicious for any jam session… or party… or just yourself. Chunky Monkey Truffle Bites are amazing! Check out more of Aly’s fun dishes on Instagram @thelittlegreenpea.

chunky monkey truffle bites

Chunky Monkey Truffle Bites 


1 8-ounce bag pitted dates 
1 cup walnuts 
1 cup cacao nibs
1 package Bare banana chips  (2.7 oz) or freeze-dried bananas
1/4 cup low-fat shredded coconut
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Popsicle sticks or toothpicks to serve


Gather all ingredients and equipment. 

Soak dates in hot water for about 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, blend the banana chips into a powder and set aside. 

Blend 1 cup walnuts into a powder and set aside.

Drain dates, reserving some of the soaking liquid. Add soaked dates into food processor or blender and blend into a paste, adding the water in 1-tablespoon increments to blend as needed.

Transfer date nut paste to a mixing bowl and fold in cocoa nibs, walnut powder, banana powder, and remainder of whole walnuts until well combined. 

Roll into 1-tablespoon-sized balls with wet hands, and decorate as desired with any leftover banana powder, cocoa powder, and or shredded coconut. 

Stick in toothpicks for serving or serve individually wrapped in mini cupcake papers. 

Let chill on serving tray at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Makes about 21 golf-ball sized servings