#13 Vaping: The Next Epidemic with Meredith Berkman

Meredith Berkman, co-founder of Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes, joins us today to expose the truth about the real harm that E cigarettes, in particular the brand, Juul is causing. She talks about the chemistry of the new nicotine compounds, the very shrewd and insidious marketing to kids, and what her foundation is doing to get the production halted on flavored cartridges.

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Episode 12: Social Media: Don’t Twitter Away Your Sanity with Melissa Hunt

Society has been turned on its head by social media. People are losing days and years of their lives scrolling through social media instead of living actual lives. Clinical psychologist, Dr. Melissa Hunt has done a thorough study of the effects of social media on both mind and body. She breaks down the study for us, plus explains why exactly social media has been so detrimental instead of bringing us joy. She also points out the toll that our ‘on demand’ culture has taken on our ability to be patient, the kind of vitriol that people spew at each other thanks to the anonymity of the internet, and gives parameters for healthy use of social media.

Email Melissa mhunt@upenn.eduor find her at http://melissahunt.net/

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Episode 11: Tea Guru: There's Something About Miriam with Miriam Novalle

With us today is the lady who brought tea into mainstream culture in the US, owner of the T Salon and High Tea, Miriam Novalle. She has much to say about the quality of tea leaves, how they are farmed and fair trade, how flavors can be sullied by shortcuts in mass production; and she tells us the emotional story of how she created High Tea; along with some interesting side notes on meeting Herb Alpert, having the first non-smoking restaurant in NYC, and serving tea to the first responders at ground zero on 9/11. 

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Episode 10: Superfandom & Supplements with Zoe Fraade-Blanar

The idea of a superfan has become ubiquitous, but have you given thought to the psychology of it? Neal's guest, author Zoe Fraade-Blanar has done just that. She talks to Neal about the rise of superfandom and its acceptance in modern society; the philosophical concept of fandom; what's good about it, what's bad about it; how it can be exploited; concepts like 'shared toxicity' and 'posse syndrome'; and how to keep a healthy perspective when you become fanatical about something.

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Episode 9: CBD: It’s Time To Believe The Hype with Martin A. Lee

Today, Neal is joined by author and co-founder of Project CBD, Martin A. Lee. CBD is the latest drug craze and with good reason. It has applications from lowering anxiety, to pain relief, to calming neurological disorders. However, as a derivative of hemp, its research and distribution can be stymied be narcotic laws. Martin explains to us a bit of its history including prohibition; the science of how it interacts with the other compounds of hemp, especially THC; the research being put into finding the right dosages and cannabinoid combinations for various ailments; regulation; and what he hopes will become of the medical cannabis industry.

Learn more at https://www.projectcbd.org/

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Episode 8: Yoga: A Path For Healing with Tara Sanders

Yoga is the centuries old practice of stretching and breathing to help quiet the mind and keep the body fit, yet it has a stigma of being only for a certain type of person. Neal is joined by yoga instructor, Tara Sanders to examine the possibilities of the practice. Tara specializes in trauma-informed yoga which is its own kind of practice. Yoga, while meditative, can also be very tactile and interactive. Trauma-informed yoga is generally hands-off as well as providing other safeguards for persons in all stages of recovery. It's Tara's mission to make yoga accessible to any who have the desire and her optimism about it is infectious. 

Connect with Tara at https://www.tarasanders.net/or at https://exhaletoinhale.org/

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Episode 7: Keto, Fasting, Paleo, Raw: Trendy Diets In 2019 with Julie Morgan

Good nutrition has flummoxed the best of us and new fad diets seem to be nonstop. Most of us grew up learning that fat and calories were what made you fat, now carbs are the enemy. Sugar has always been the devil, but sugars occur naturally in fruit, so which is it? Neal is joined by his in-house nutritionist, Julie Morgan to address all the heavy-hitters in the diet world today. Julie applies common sense and offers the science behind these diets, or lack thereof. 

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Episode 6: The Rock Doc with Neil Ratner

This week, we experiment with all the different ways to spell Neal. It's two, there are only two ways; and the other way is favored by our guest, Neil Ratner a.k.a. The Rock Doc. What an interesting life this man has lead. He talks to Neal about his love of music early on coupled with his love of the human body; how he met up with the brothers Winter and became Edgar's tour manager; how that lead to forming his own company and then leaving it all behind to pursue medicine. But his life in music didn't end there. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he became Michael Jackson's personal physician for a time (not the one with him when he died). Think that's as crazy as his life got? There's still more...

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Episode 5: Bone Health with Dr. Matt Stryker

Neal is talkin' bones this week. How to care for our bones and keep them strong into the winter of our lives can get murky. Neal explains what calcium actually does for us and what other vitamins and factors we should be taking into account. It might surprise you what influences bone density. Plus, we hear from Dr. Matt Stryker, a clinical pharmacist and assistant professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This episode is book-ended with puns, so, you know... just a head's up...

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Episode 4: The Crazy Person In Your Head - Meditation and Mindfulness with Dr. Lawrence Dresdale

This week, Neal sits down with his actual therapist, Dr. Lawrence Dresdale to discuss the benefits of meditation and to define exactly what mindfulness is. Dr. Dresdale explains how to push past the stigma of therapy and the defeatist thoughts in your head in the effort to recondition yourself not to be so angry about small mistakes that will be inconsequential to the whole of your life. He also explains what a person can hope to achieve with meditation, what it won't do for you, and how to apply it daily.

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Episode 3: Choosing An Expert

With so many fly-by-night companies trying to cash in on wellness, how do you find a real expert? Neal is back this week to give you the questions to ask when it comes to finding the right specialist, supplement, or medication for you. What differentiates this person or product? How transparent is this company? What kind of credentials do they have and who issued those credentials? There is a lot to consider when it comes to finding the best of the best and Neal outlines it all for you.

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Episode 2: The Wellness Pyramid

Neal has a formula for living your healthiest life that he calls the wellness pyramid. It can be applied to each facet of a person's life to avoid getting mired in whatever new health craze has taken over. He has his producer, Daena, chime in with some anecdotes from her life to apply the pyramid in real time. Revelations are had.

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Episode 1: The Rant Awakens

Welcome to the pilot episode of The Big Mouth Pharmacist! Today, Neal introduces himself to you and gets into one of the biggest conflicts in modern wellness- medication vs. supplements. He has strong opinions about both and they might surprise you. Plus, he answers some questions submitted to his website.

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