Is high blood pressure a silent epidemic? Should we be monitoring blood pressure in a different way? I know what you’re thinking…just what we need! Another epidemic! We already have COVID, obesity and opioids. Well, some people think high blood pressure is also an epidemic, albeit one happening silently. And they think we should be […]
Cursing and Physical Pain: WTF?
Who likes to curse? Then one of my recent podcast episodes, cursing and physical pain, is for you. In this episode of Causes or Cures, I chatted with Dr. Nick Washmuth about how swearing (cursing, saying “bad” words, dropping “f bombs”) can be used to help manage physical pain. He discusses the theories for why […]
Medical Assistance in Dying, MAID: Challenges & Concerns
Recently, Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying, MAID, was in the news, because of its anticipated expansion in eligibility to include those with mental illness as a primary diagnosis. Essentially, that means that anyone over 18 with a primary diagnosis of mental illness can request medical assistance in dying if they so choose. As you read […]
Who is to Blame for the High Cost of Insulin?
Who is to blame for the high cost of insulin? A new Causes or Cures Podcast! Before recording this podcast, I would almost instinctively blame “Big Pharma” for the high cost of insulin in the United States. I suppose Big Pharma is an umbrella term for all the players involved in a for-profit, private healthcare […]
A COVID Vaccine You Can Drink?
A COVID Vaccine you can drink? Yes, one is in the works, that is a vaccine you can drink rather than getting a shot in the arm. Folks who choose to get vaccinated but don’t like needles, will appreciate this episode. In a recent episode of Causes or Cures, I have a conversation with Dr. […]
H2F: The Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness System
H2F: The Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness System: Hey everyone! In a recent episode of Causes or Cures, I chatted with Col Michael McGurk (Ret), Director of Research for the US Army’s Center for Initial Military Training, about the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness System, or H2F. Col McGurk was instrumental in the development of […]
Vaccine Nation: Causes or Cures Podcast with Dr. Elena Conis
Vaccine Nation: a Causes or Cures Podcast with author Dr. Elena Conis. Hi guys! Hope everyone is doing well. I posted my most recent Causes or Cures Podcast which is with medical historian and the author of Vaccine Nation, America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization, Dr. Elena Conis. I had the opportunity to read the book […]
PADs for Parkinson’s: How Dogs Detect the Disease
PADs for Parkinson’s is a unique, great program where dogs are being trained to detect Parkinson’s disease! I have always been interested in how dogs are trained to detect illnesses, whether it’s sniffing out specific cancers or COVID-19. Their sense of smell is insane, and I’d often joke that if Barnaby, my dog, sniffs me […]
The Amish and COVID-19: How did they respond?
This post will focus on the Amish and COVID-19. I was curious about how this small, close community did during the pandemic and reached out to a researcher who has done a lot of studies on the Amish community. Besides the fact that I’ve always been enamored by the Amish families and farms, having […]
Human Health in Space: Can We Really Live on Mars?
Human health in space…despite all the excitement, can we really survive and thrive on a different planet? We often think about the technology needed to get us to the Moon, Mars and beyond, but what about our health? Both the moon and Mars are totally different environments than Earth, so what are the anticipated health […]
Daily Steps and Risk of Disease
Daily steps and risk of disease, a new Causes or Cures Podcast on recent scientific research. Many people wonder if there is a magic number of steps we should be taking to lower our risk of disease and/or death. While it seems intuitive that more steps is always better, sometimes you see diminishing returns […]
Dog Bowls and Health
Dog bowls and health is a podcast for the dog lovers out there! How clean is your dog bowl? What sort of bugs grow on it? What sort of diseases can happen to your dog or even people from a dirty dog bowl? How often should you clean it and how? What about dog food? […]
Risk factors and Cancer
People often discuss risk factors and cancer…what can we do to lower our risk? What raises our risk? Is one risk more dangerous than another? On a recent Causes or Cures Podcast, I chatted with Dr. Christopher Murray about his recent article published in The Lancet (2022) titled The Global Burden of Cancer Attributable to Risk […]