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Causes Or Cures is a health podcast hosted by Erin Stair, MD, MPH. She is the founder of bloomingwellness.com, creator of ZENBands and author of the new parody, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, Letters from the Wellness Industry, now available on Amazon for you to read or listen. Erin is also a West Point graduate, public health consultant and senior medical writer. On this podcast, Erin features experts in their field, doctors, public figures, researchers, controversial folks and folks with compelling personal health stories in order to discuss hot topics in public health, medicine, alternative health and overall wellness. She does all the interviews from her NYC apartment via Skype and does her best to make them sound okay. That said, you might hear a city noise here or there or her dog, Barnaby, might bark, but that's just him saying Hi. (It's a very organic podcast. ;) ) To reach Erin: erin@bloomingwellness.com
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While most people are focused on vaccines, face masks and lockdowns, some doctors are trying to get people to focus on, or at least consider, early ambulatory treatment for COVID-19. This means care that is initiated right when a person is diagnosed or starts to show symptoms, while he/she is still at home or self-isolating, and well before a person has to go to the hospital. These doctors believe early ambulatory treatment would significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths.In this podcast, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Peter McCullough, an internist, cardiologist and epidemiologist who authored a paper on this topic that included a protocol for early treatment. The protocol lists specific drugs to use and when to use them. Dr. McCullough discusses the rationale behind this protocol, what other countries are doing for early ambulatory treatment ( things that the US is not doing), and why the media is not addressing early ambulatory care since he believes it could save many lives.Dr. McCullough is the Vice Chief of Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Tx and a consulting cardiologist. He is a Principal Faculty in internal medicine for the Texas A&M University Health Sciences, has over 1000 publications and over 500 citations in the National Library of Medicine. You can read his full bio here. Keep in mind that this podcast is information only and not medical advice.To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
Prior to the current pandemic, the news cycle was dominated by the opioid epidemic,  a beast that has taken the lives of many people from all walks of life. Just yesterday, the Sackler family's Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to the marketing and selling of opioids. Universities, like NYU, just announced that they are removing the Sackler family name from their campuses. Many other drug companies face serious legal issues. Prior to COVID-19, the opioid crisis was the top public health issue that everyone was talking about. National, state and local governments were desperate to find ways to address it. It was a top election issue. Since COVID-19, the opioid epidemic has been removed from the spotlight..., but it has not gone away. In fact, it's gotten significantly worse. We just aren't talking about it as much. In this podcast, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. John Kelly about the current state of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Kelly will identify who is getting hit the hardest,  why the epidemic is getting worse, overdose deaths, why stress and isolation affect a person struggling with opioids more than a person who is not, and if someone is in recovery, when is the most critical time period he or she is most likely to relapse. He will also discuss changes to treatment, telemedicine, digital Apps and what he thinks is the best path forward for putting a major dent in this public health crisis. Dr. Kelly is a Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine, and the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service. He is a former President of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology and has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-federal institutions, as well as foreign governments and the United Nations. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, chapters and books in the field of addiction medicine. Finally, he was the author on the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Sharonza Penson, a very talented artist and single mom in Texas. Sharonza is mom to Elijah, her beautiful four year old son.When Elijah was born, Sharonza learned that Elijah had a rare genetic disorder called Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. The doctors told her that Elijah wouldn't be able to do much and in the podcast, Sharonza talks about that day and how that conversation made her feel. While Elijah has many medical difficulties, has already undergone numerous surgeries, and is currently non-verbal, Sharonza is confident he will talk one day. Elijah has already found other ways to communicate though, including the keyboard and the drums. He has a peg tube to assist with feeding and though he's small for his age, Elijah has a larger-than-life personality. In the podcast, Sharonza discusses Elijah's medical issues and what her day-to-day looks like as Elijah's sole caretaker. In fact, she recorded the podcast from the hospital, because Elijah is there for a procedure. Sharonza is also an incredibly talented artist, and you can see for yourself on her Instagram feed. In the podcast she discusses her art, what inspires her and her goals. When Elijah was born, Sharonza left a successful career to take care of him full time, though as you can imagine, that hasn't been easy. She talks about that transition and the financial difficulties it brought, especially after a car accident that totalled her car. In fact, she sells her art and raises funds with the hope of raising enough money to purchase a new car to take Elijah to his frequent doctor appointments. After you listen to the episode, if you are interested in contacting Sharonza or seeing more of her art, you can contact her on Instagram or via email: sharonza@sharonza.com. If you are interested in contributing to her and Elijah's cause, you can do so via GoFundMe or Zelle ( sharonza@sharonza.com), Paypal (smp3716@yahoo.com), or CashApp : ($Sharonza9)    Thanks for listening and hope you find her story inspiring! To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair discusses the scientific evidence for The Shroud of Turin with Barrie Schwortz. The Shroud of Turin is a cloth that has an image of a man ( a negative image) that some people believe was the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. Of course, others do not believe that. To this day, no one can explain how the image was created. In this podcast, Dr. Stair and Barrie Schwortz discuss the evidence base for the Shroud, possible theories that could explain the characteristics of the image, the 1988 Carbon dating, as well as eye-opening, new details that emerged related to it, why he believes it is authentic and the future of Shroud research.Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in Shroud research and education as the editor and founder of the internationally recognized Shroud of Turin Website, the oldest, largest and most extensive Shroud resource on the Internet, with more than fifteen million visitors from over 160 countries. In 2009 he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.), a non-profit  corporation, to which he donated the website and his extensive Shroud photographic collection, as well as many other important Shroud resources, in order to preserve and maintain these materials and make them available for future research and study. He currently serves as the President of STERA, IncThanks for listening! To get in touch with Erin Stair, MD, MPH, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Wendy Ractcliffe and Angela Peacock about the documentary film, Medicating Normal. Wendy is a director and executive producter of the film and Angela, a combat veteran, is featured in the film. Angela is also a social worker and part of the film's outreach team. From the website, Medicating Normal is the "untold story of what can happen when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress." The documentary follows Angela, a Naval Academy Graduate and his wife, a teenager and a waitress as they struggle with unexpected prescription side effects, polypharmacy, dependency and withdrawal symptoms from drugs that were taken as prescribed. This podcast covers what "medicating normal" means, the importance of informed consent, the struggle to be heard and taken seriously, while not being labeled "anti-psychiatry," how people overcame their unexpected struggle with prescription medication, the future of mental health and what optimal, long-lasting healing looks like. Angela also shares her insight on how these topics relate specifically to the veteran community. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair discusses Wellness Paranoia Syndrome. (WPS for short, because acronyms are wonderful.) Please note that this isn't a real syndrome recognized by any reputable medical organization. But it is a "thing" that can suck the enjoyment out of your life, and it is a thing that marketers can use against you in the business of "Wellness."  Take a listen with a healthy sense of humor and sarcasm. :) To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart!To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
Do you believe in medical miracles or do you believe science can explain everything? In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with The Miracle Hunter, Michael O'Neill. Michael "hunts" for miracles around the globe and describes them in detail on his popular website, the Miracle Hunter. He is considered an expert on miracles and has been featured on popular TV shows and in numerous magazines, including National Geographic's feature on the Virgin Mary. He will discuss the requirements for something to be considered a miracle, how the Catholic Church investigates miracles and how science plays into the entire process. He will also discuss apparitions of Mary, Stigmata, specifically the well-documented case of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, and the Incorruptibles, or bodies of the holy deceased that do not decay. He will also discuss what he says to those who remain cynical. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. John McDonough about Medicare for All. They discuss what the slogan really means, the details of Medicare, who would be covered, what role private insurance companies would play, quality of care, personal values, how much it would cost over ten years and who will pay for it. Dr. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy & Management and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive & Continuing Professional Education. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where he worked on the writing and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Between 2003 and 2008, he was Executive Director of Healthcare For All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a leading role in the passage of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Reform Law.  From 1998 through 2003, he was an associate professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University.  From 1985 to 1997, he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.  His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and other journals.  He has written: Inside National Health Reform in 2011 and Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care in 2000, both by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting in1998 by the University of Michigan Press. He holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
 Wellness is a Luxury Brand. Dr. Erin Stair explains why.  ;) To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut about the characteristics of mass shooters, mass shootings, the media's role and its impact, and the best, evidence-based prevention and response strategies. Dr. Schildkraut discusses her recent research on school lockdown drills and provides advice on how to conduct them. She also provides trusted websites to visit for helpful tips. Dr. Schildkraut is a national expert on mass shootings. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is highly published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and the majority of her research focuses on mass and school shootings, media effects, social problems, moral panic, school safety and survivor needs. She's made numerous media appearances and is the author of several books, including Columbine, 20 Years Later and Beyond: Lessons from Tragedy, Mass Shootings, Media, Myths and Realities, and Lights, Camera, Execution!: Cinematic Portrayals of Capital Punishment. Hope you listen, share and subscribe! To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Rami Nakeshbandi and Rohan Maini about their research and the paper they recently published in the International Journal of Obesity, The Impact of Obesity on COVID-19 Complications: A Retrospective Cohort Study. The CDC and other health organizations have unequivocally stated that obesity is a significant risk factor for increased severity of COVID-19 infections and clinical outcomes. While it's well established that obesity is a significant risk factor for numerous health problems, Dr. Nakeshbandi and Rohan Maini will discuss the results of their research, particularly differences noted between men and women, ages, fat deposition, what outcomes were significantly impacted, and, perhaps most interestingly, why and how obesity impacts COVID-19 and its link to inflammation. They also use their sample population to elaborate on the causes of obesity and what we can do to prevent or slow down the USA's rising obesity rates. Dr. Nakeshbandi is the Interim Chief Medical Officer at Suny Downstate Medical Center and the Chief Quality Officer. He is also the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Rohan is a 4th year medical student at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, where he cofounded a Street Medicine organization and serves as the director of a student-run asylum clinic. He will be applying for an Internal Medicine residency this year. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Doula and Birth Educator Sierra McClain-Henry about the US maternal mortality rate and the Black maternal health crisis. The US has a shockingly high maternal mortality rate, especially for Black women who are 4x as likely to die as White women, and more likely to die than any other race. Sierra is a certified doula, hypnobirthing instructor, founder of Sankofa Mama Birth Services and founder of the 100 Black Mamas initiative. Sierra is going to talk about her experience as a Black doula, mom and why she feels the maternal mortality rate is so high for Black women and how doulas can play a significant role in creating a positive birth experience. She is also going to talk about her new initiative, 100 Black Mamas, a grassroots birth education project designed to address the Black maternal health crisis by providing comprehensive, holistic and culturally- aware birth education on a scholarship basis. After hearing from Sierra, if you are interested in donating to 100 Black Mamas, please click here. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here.To follow her health page on Facebook, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Alessio Fasano about the Hygiene Hypothesis and its connection to our guts, microbiomes and chronic inflammatory diseases. The Hygiene Hypothesis is a proposed explanation that states that improved hygiene in an industrialized world and less exposure to infectious agents ( bacteria & viruses) has led to an increase in chronic inflammatory conditions. ( This is why some supporters of the Hygiene Hypothesis will tell you to take your kids to a farm or play in the dirt.) In this episode, Dr. Fasano discusses how this hypothesis relates to a leaky gut and how our modern way of life may affect our microbiome ( bacteria that live in our gut) in a way that puts us at risk of developing a chronic inflammatory condition. He will discuss the 5 pillars that he believes need to be in place for this to happen, how probiotics and gluten relates to this, and ways we can improve leaky guts. Dr. Fasano is a pediatric gastroenterologist and researcher. He is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is the director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Mass General for children and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program. He's the director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, where he oversees over 50 researchers and staff. Dr. Fasano is credited with discovering Zonulin, a protein responsible for regulating intestinal tight junctions ( and he explains this in the podcast) and he is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is considered a world expert on Celiac disease and is in the top 1% of scientists cited worldwide. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. 
To open or not reopen our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic is a contentious topic that is currently being debated by parents, doctors, public health professionals, politicians and teachers. There are strong opinions on both sides of the issue. On this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson who will explain why he believes it's safe for schools to be open. Dr. Ludvigsson is both a pediatrician and epidemiologist in Sweden. Between 2011-2014, he was the chairman of the Swedish Epidemiological Association and between 2014-2016, he was the chair of the Swedish Society of Pediatrics and has done extensive research in the area of pediatrics, as well as set up the first national gastrointestinal pathology register. He is an honorary professor at Columbia University School of Medicine in New York City and at Nottingham University School of Medicine in the UK. He's on the editorial board of the European Journal of Epidemiology and in 2019, he was named the staff pediatrician for the Swedish Television Station TV4. In May of 2020, he wrote a paper, Children are unlikely to be the main drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic , and he will discuss his current viewpoints on this issue, as it relates to schools. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here.To read Manic Kingdom, click here. . As always, this is just information and a conversation, not advice! 
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Victoria Albina NP, MPH about her journey from clinical practice to becoming a Certified Life Coach, Certified Breathwork Meditation Facilitator and the host of the Feminist Wellness Podcast. They chat about perfectionism, codependency, authenticity and how Victoria's personal and clinical experience shape the work she is doing now. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, Victoria has a Masters degree in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. She has worked in health & wellness for over 20 years and has a passion for helping women to heal mind, body and spirit. To learn more about Victoria Albina, visit her website here. To learn more about the Feminist Wellness Podcast, click here. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. To read Manic Kingdom, click here. 
In this Causes or Cures episode, Dr. Stair chats with artist Elsha Stockseth. Elsha is a 37 year old woman, award-winning artist, racer and the world's greatest U2 fan. She was born with Werdnig-Hoffman Disease, a form of Muscular Dystrophy and progressive muscle weakness. The doctors told her parents that she wouldn't be able to do anything, and although Elsha has never been able to walk, she has accomplished a lot. Elsha is also the designer of the Blooming Wellness ZENBands, the headband, pillow speakers and eye-mask combo that Dr. Stair sells through her website. In this episode, Elsha discusses her journey as an artist. She used to use her arms, but as her muscles grew weaker, and she lost the use of her limbs, she devised a new way to create art without having to use her limbs. It seems there are no obstacles this woman can't overcome. She also describes the races in which she participates and how she participates in them, what inspires her, and what it was like to meet Bono and U2 13 times. To learn more about Elsha and view her art, please click here. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
There has been a lot of chatter in the news about COVID-19, increased clotting, and the possibility of strokes in old and young people in their thirties and forties. How does this happen? And what can we do about it? In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Ricardo Jose who has over ninety publications in the area of respiratory (lung) infections and how they affect us systemically. He is a Respiratory Consulting Physician at the Royal Brompton and HareField NHS Hospital in London who has a special interest in how inflammation caused by lung infections relates to coagulation (clotting). He has published several papers on COVID-19, one of the most recent ones being in the Lancet: COVID-19 cytokine storm: the interplay between inflammation and coagulation. You don't have to be a doctor or have a scientific background to listen to this. In easy-to-understand terms, he will explain what causes the cytokine storm, how that relates to coagulation and clot formation, how doctors are currently addressing it and what we have to worry about. He also covers the latest evidence, including the use of steroids for certain cases, and provides ideas on future approaches. This is a great episode for anyone who wants to learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects the body, as well as anyone concerned that he/she or his/her loved ones might become affected one day. Please note: This isn't medical advice! This is a conversation with the hopes of shedding more light around the medical side of the pandemic in an easy-to-understand way.To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
While this podcast focuses on what's happening with COVID-19, it could be applied to any public health intervention in present times. In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair discusses inconsistencies in public health messaging, political and industrial biases, and how those factors interact and impact how people will respond. She explains why consistent and objective public health messaging is more important now than ever. She discusses how inconsistent messaging and underlying biases will affect who people trust when it comes to healthcare advice, who wears a face mask and who doesn't, who complies with future lockdown or social distancing orders and how these factors will affect vaccine hesitancy, which is clearly on the rise. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart! To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
 CBD products are incredibly popular and marketed for numerous health ailments. But do they do what they claim to do? Do they contain what they claim to contain? When it comes to CBD products or supplements, how do we know who to trust? In this episode, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Bill Gurley, the principal scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Gurley has studied commercial supplements for over 25 years and recently did a study analyzing the content in commercial CBD Products vs the claims made on the label. He talks about the study's findings, CBD products in general, the supplement industry and things to watch for, and tips for distinguishing "good" CBD products and supplements from "not so good" ones. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart! To read Manic Kingdom, click here.
 What is the evidence for wearing a face mask? Can it significantly slow the spread, or no? Who should wear a face mask and when should a face mask be worn? What's the most effective face mask? Should we keep them handy for a second (or third) viral wave? These questions and more are answered in this podcast.  In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Erin Stair has a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Cowling, who recently published a study on the effectiveness of face masks in Nature Medicine. But more than that, he's been researching the pandemic since its initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, and authored several of the first papers, like this one in the New England Journal of Medicine, on the characteristics of the virus as well as its transmission dynamics. Dr. Benjamin Cowling is the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Hong Kong University. He earned his PhD in medical statistics at the University of Warwick and did his postdoc fellowship at the Imperial College in London. In addition to leading the Epidemiology department, he is a co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control.His primary area of research is infectious disease epidemiology, including modes of respiratory virus transmission, influenza vaccination effectiveness and immunity to infections on the individual and population level. He works closely with China CDC and the NIGMS-funded Harvard Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. Dr. Cowling's has over 426 publications, is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and an Associate Editor of Emerging Infectious Diseases. To get in touch with Dr. Erin Stair, please visit her website, Blooming Wellness.To follow her on Instagram, click here.To find her on Twitter, click here. To follow her health page on Facebook, click here. To read or listen to her new comedic parody on the wellness industry, Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling, click here. Or you can listen to it from Google Play or Walmart! To read Manic Kingdom, click here.Consider subscribing & sharing! Thank you! 
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