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Ex5 Podcast Episode 9: CBD (Cannabidiol)

Ex5 Podcast Episode 9: CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD (Cannabidiol) has gained popularity as an extract from hemp plants, and many claim it has far-reaching medicinal benefits. Brendon Hodgson, owner of The CBD Store and Evolution CBD, explains what CBD is, how it’s extracted from the hemp plant, how it’s consumed by the end-user, how it’s different from THC in marijuana, and what potential benefits may result from its use. Where to listen: Contact the guest: Website:  https://www.thecbdstores.com/ Website:  https://www.evolutioncbd.com/ Facebook:  @thecbdstores Phone:  (816) 474-7400
What Is Caffeine?

What Is Caffeine?

We typically think of caffeine as the magical ingredient in coffee, soda and energy drinks that gives us an extra boost or keeps us awake at night, but there’s more to caffeine than a quick buzz.  Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced in certain plants to protect them against insects.  By stimulating the central nervous system and temporarily blocking adenosine, the chemical in our body that makes us feel drowsy, caffeine makes humans...
Is Adderall The Same As Meth?

Is Adderall The Same As Meth?

While meth (methamphetamine) and Adderall are both amphetamines, Adderall and meth are not the same thing.  Chemically, the two are very similar, altering brain chemistry and how messages are sent between brain nerve cells in order to increase a person’s concentration and focus.  Because amphetamines are stimulants, they have the ability to provide a euphoric high, helping the consumer to stay up later and suppress their appetite.  Adderall, unlike meth, is legal when prescribed but...
Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Healthcare in the United States is extraordinarily expensive and a large driver of that is administration costs.  Because each insurance company and plan has their own schedule of instructions, it requires an entire industry of people who do nothing but process medical billing.  They interpret the insurance plan flow-charts that explain which treatments are covered, how much of each treatment is covered and who gets paid what percent of the fee. Ex5 Podcast Episode 5: Healthcare...
How Did Opioids Become So Prevalent?

How Did Opioids Become So Prevalent?

While the “Opioid Crisis” has drawn a lot of attention from both a healthcare and political perspective, a contributing factor to the prevalence of opioids may be related to how the medical field thinks about pain management.  Opiods are drugs typically prescribed for the relief of pain.  In the 1990’s, hospitals and doctors began to be graded heavily based on patient satisfaction scores.  A major contributor to that score was the level of patient pain. ...
What’s The Problem With Urgent Care?

What’s The Problem With Urgent Care?

Urgent care locations are opening up all over the country, and while they may increase accessibility to on-demand care, they also come at a cost.  Not only are they one of the most expensive forms of healthcare, but they may result in a lower quality of care. When you visit an urgent care, the doctor is only seeing you for a sliver of time.  They don’t have a background on your medical history.  They don’t...
How Does Hemp Help The Soil?

How Does Hemp Help The Soil?

While hemp has a number of industrial and consumer uses, it provides a unique ability to cleanse the soil on which it’s planted.  This process is called bioremediation or phytoremediation and has been utilized most famously at Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster that resulted in radioactive waste affecting parts of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.  Planting hemp on the impacted area resulted in a reduction of radioactive elements in the soil.  In addition to...
Is Tylenol Dangerous?

Is Tylenol Dangerous?

If taken in excess of the recommended dosage, Tylenol can definitely have some very harmful side-effects.  When you overdose on standard, over-the-counter Tylenol, your liver becomes overwhelmed and is unable to process the Tylenol.  The liver’s job is to clean our blood and remove toxins, but just as it can be damaged by alcohol and other substances, Tylenol can have a similar impact.  Without the liver available to clean our blood, toxins begin to build...
Why Is Sleep So Important?

Why Is Sleep So Important?

A hundred years ago, we slept almost a full two hours longer on average than we do today.  The average American only gets 6 and a half hours of sleep each night, which is outside of the optimal 7-9 hour range for an adult between the ages of 26 and 64.  For every hour outside of the optimal sleep window, the risk of heart disease goes up five-fold, inflammation within our bodies increases and our...
Ex5 Podcast Episode 5: Healthcare

Ex5 Podcast Episode 5: Healthcare

Take our healthcare system through a checkup with direct primary care physician Dr. Damon Heybrock as he examines how we think about our health, the cost of medical care, the role insurance plays, the resources available to us, and many other topics that may help us in our day-to-day lives. This week's episode may even save you from a very expensive urgent care or emergency room visit.
Ex5 Podcast Episode 3: Drugs Will (Probably) Kill You

Ex5 Podcast Episode 3: Drugs Will (Probably) Kill You

Pharmacist Lilian Caton prescribes a Halloween scare for Ex5 in Episode #3 as she holds our trembling hands through the terrors of overdosing not only on illegal drugs but on some of the most common over-the-counter medicines currently residing in our own kitchen cabinets! Where to listen: Additional resources: Full podcast video Contact the guest: LinkedIn:  Lillian Caton, Pharm.D.
Is Phantom Limb Pain Real?

Is Phantom Limb Pain Real?

Billy Brimblecom, amputee and Executive Director at Steps of Faith Foundation, says yes.  After being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in his lower leg, Billy took the doctor’s recommendation to have an above-the-knee amputation in order to prevent the cancer from spreading.  When he awoke after surgery, Billy immediately felt intense pain at the point of amputation.  Doctors gave him painkillers to help manage the pain as the area continued to heal. Listen to the full...
What Is A Prosthetic Leg Made Out Of?

What Is A Prosthetic Leg Made Out Of?

Prosthetic legs are ideally made of material that is both lightweight and extremely strong.  This typically comes in the form of aluminum, titanium or carbon fiber.  Those metals may then be covered in other lightweight plastics that help to fill out the pant leg and provide a more natural appearance.  The most important part of the limb, though, is the socket which connects the prosthesis to the body of the wearer.  The flexible plastic socket...
What Happens To An Amputated Limb?

What Happens To An Amputated Limb?

After a limb is amputated, it isn’t just thrown out at a dump.  For health safety reasons, it’s sent out to be incinerated (heated to the point that it’s turned to ashes) with other medical waste.  In some cases, like that of Billy Brimblecom, prior to disposal, the limb may be sent out for medical testing called pathology. Listen to the full podcast: Spotify | iTunes. In cases like Billy’s, pathology is important in helping to determine...
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