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Causes Or Cures is a health podcast hosted by Dr. Eeks. She works in the field of public/global health as a consultant, is passionate about scientific communications, and has a penchant for using a blue-collar sense of humor as a health communications tool. She is currently consulting on several public health initiatives at the national and international level, and if you are interested in learning more, feel free to email. On this podcast, she features experts in their field, doctors, public health experts, public figures, researchers, interesting people, "characters", and folks with compelling personal stories, with the goal of discussing hot topics in public health and wellness in a down-to-earth kinda way. Sometimes we will discuss strange or weird stuff, too. ;) DISCLAIMER: Some topics are more controversial than others, so keep in mind that this is information ONLY and not any kind of health advice. Dr. Eeks doesn't endorse any of her guests' views nor does she endorse any products, supplements, oils or potions. Causes or Cures is not a "news site." It's about having conversations, and Dr. Eeks is confident that she can have a respectful conversation with anyone, even people who think far differently than she does. Some people are experts, some people are interesting or intriguing to talk to, and some people are both. The point is to not take anything here as Gospel and to use your critical thinking skills to establish an informed opinion about something. Eeks does all the interviews from her home or while on the road traveling for work via Zoom, and does her best to make them sound okay. Somestimes her dog Barnaby makes his opinion known, but the good news is that he's a smart dog. Most importantly, she hopes this podcast encourages folks to stay curious, empathic, compassionate, honest, open-minded and engaged. Freedom of discussion is a beautiful thing, one that many take for granted. (The views on this podcast do not reflect the views of anyone she works or consults for.)

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Causes Or Cures is a health podcast hosted by Dr. Eeks. She works in the field of public/global health as a consultant, is passionate about scientific communications, and has a penchant for using a blue-collar sense of humor as a health communications tool. She is currently consulting on several public health initiatives at the national and international level, and if you are interested in learning more, feel free to email. On this podcast, she features experts in their field, doctors, public health experts, public figures, researchers, interesting people, "characters", and folks with compelling personal stories, with the goal of discussing hot topics in public health and wellness in a down-to-earth kinda way. Sometimes we will discuss strange or weird stuff, too. ;) DISCLAIMER: Some topics are more controversial than others, so keep in mind that this is information ONLY and not any kind of health advice. Dr. Eeks doesn't endorse any of her guests' views nor does she endorse any products, supplements, oils or potions. Causes or Cures is not a "news site." It's about having conversations, and Dr. Eeks is confident that she can have a respectful conversation with anyone, even people who think far differently than she does. Some people are experts, some people are interesting or intriguing to talk to, and some people are both. The point is to not take anything here as Gospel and to use your critical thinking skills to establish an informed opinion about something. Eeks does all the interviews from her home or while on the road traveling for work via Zoom, and does her best to make them sound okay. Somestimes her dog Barnaby makes his opinion known, but the good news is that he's a smart dog. Most importantly, she hopes this podcast encourages folks to stay curious, empathic, compassionate, honest, open-minded and engaged. Freedom of discussion is a beautiful thing, one that many take for granted. (The views on this podcast do not reflect the views of anyone she works or consults for.)

    How the Food Industry Influences Public Health Policy & Nutritional Guidelines, with Dr. Melissa Mialon

    How the Food Industry Influences Public Health Policy & Nutritional Guidelines, with Dr. Melissa Mialon

    In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Melissa Mialon about how the food industry influences public health policy and nutritional guidelines. She will describe the many characters of the food industry, what corporate political activity is and how they use it to influence health policy and nutritional guidelines, food labels, conflicts of interests involving decisionmakers of important nutritional guidelines, how the industry biases the scientific evidence base and what we can do to make sure the system is not biased towards food industry interests and profits.

    Dr. Mialon is a food engineer, a Research Assitant Professor at Trinity College, Dublin and an honorary Research Fellow at the University of San Paulo in Brazil. She is also an independent consultant currently working in France. She works for many health and consumer organizations, including the WHO, Blommberg Philanthropies and the Ministry of Health Ghana and is the co-cordinator of the Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Interestin Public Health. She is highly published in the area of how the food industry influences health policy in numerous countries and is the author of a recent book, Big Food and CIE.  You can learn more about her and read her publications on her website here.


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    • 59 min
    Chemicals in Everyday Products Fueling Obesity, with Dr. Jerry Heindel

    Chemicals in Everyday Products Fueling Obesity, with Dr. Jerry Heindel

    In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Jerry Heindel about his and other researchers' recent reviews published in Biochemical Pharmacology on how chemicals in everyday products may be fueling the obesity epidemic here in the US and elsewhere. He will discuss what these chemicals are and how we get exposed; what the term "Obesogen" means and why that term should be on our radar; the potential mechanism of actions for how these chemical lead to obesity; when getting exposed to these chemicals puts us more at risk; the current evidence base for these chemicals fueling obesity, and things that we can do on both the individual and population level to reduce or mitigate our exposure.
    Dr. Heindel has his doctorate in biochemistry and worked in the area of reproductive biology and toxicology while a faculty member at the University of Texas Medical School and the Univeristy of Mississippi. He worked for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for 25 years where he focused on the potential impact of environmental chemicals on the developmental origins of health and disease. He is currently the director of the Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies (HEEDS), an organization that is funded by grants and personal donations, not corporate interests.

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    • 45 min
    The Monkeypox Outbreak that Started in Nigeria in 2017 & Lessons for the World, with Dr. Ogoina

    The Monkeypox Outbreak that Started in Nigeria in 2017 & Lessons for the World, with Dr. Ogoina

     In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Dimie Ogoina about the human monkeypox outbreak that started in Nigeria in 2017, after the country had not seen a case for approximately 40 years. Dr. Ogoina is an infectious disease specialist and president of the Nigerian Infectious Disease Society whose hospital saw the first (index) case of human monkeypox in 2017. He has published several papers on this topic which can be found here.

    In this episode, he will describe the beginning of the monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria in 2017, symptoms, thoughts on transmission and things that struck him as unusual. He will talk about how Nigeria tried to warn the rest of the world that they were seeing something unusual. He will discuss similarities between what he observed (and treated) in Nigeria to what many countries around the world are now experiencing. He will also discuss the rate of mutations in this particular monkeypox virus, possible animal reservoirs, the link to the smallpox virus and what we can do better going forward as a global health community when it comes to addressing outbreaks.

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    • 44 min
    The Cognitive Abilities (Math & More!) of Fish, with Dr. Vera Schluessel

    The Cognitive Abilities (Math & More!) of Fish, with Dr. Vera Schluessel

    In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Vera Schluessel about her work on the cognitive abilities of fish, with a specific focus on her latest study published in Nature Scientific Reports, "Cichlids and Stingrays can add & subtract 'one' in the number space from 1 to 5. " Basically, she is going to tell us about fish doing math!  In the podcast she will discuss why she started researching the cognitive abilities of fish, why the general public rarely considers it and wrongly assumes "fish are dumb", some of her unique fish studies and results,  and the overall message she hopes to convey to the general public.
    Dr. Schluessel runs the Schluessel Cognition Lab at the Institute of Zoologie at the University of Bonn in Germany.

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    • 45 min
    How Drug Companies Influence Patient Groups & Why That Matters, with Dr. Lisa Parker & Dr. Joel Lexchin

    How Drug Companies Influence Patient Groups & Why That Matters, with Dr. Lisa Parker & Dr. Joel Lexchin

    Continuing the exploration of industry's influence on healthcare and health policy, in this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Joel Lexchin and Dr. Lisa Parker about the influence drug companies have over patient groups. They will describe what patient groups are (why they are needed & the variety of work they do), why drug companies have a vested interest in patient groups, how drug companies fund and influence the groups (and sometimes even create them) and how the groups influence healthcare policy. They will also discuss practical things that can be done to make the overall health system put patients over profit.
     
    Dr. Lexchin is a professor at York University, where he teaches pharmaceutical policy, an emergency medicine physician, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and was chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Parker is an honorary senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and on the faculty of medicine and health. She is a clinician who practices in the field of oncology(cancer) and her research focuses on public health ethics and policy.


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    • 59 min
    The History and Future of Psychedelic Medicine, with Dr. Dave Smith

    The History and Future of Psychedelic Medicine, with Dr. Dave Smith

    In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. David Smith about the history and future of psychedelic medicine. He will discuss early research on psychedelics (including experiments the CIA ran), the potential health benefits and disorders they may treat, any potential side effects we should worry about, the current state of research, and why he remains cautiously optimistic. (You'll also hear about some of your favorite bands and how their contributions kept some of the earliest clinics open.)
     
    Dr. David Smith is one of the founders of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, founded in 1967 during the Summer of Love. He is a recognized national leader in the treatment of addictive disease and the psychopharmacology of drugs. Now in his eighties, he continues to serve as medical director for several medical centers and is chair of addiction medicine for a residential center for teens with substance abuse. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the California Society of Addiction Medicine and founding editor of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Arta007 ,

Love her podcasts

Amazing smart host! Funny too!

you cant offend me ❤️ ,

Huh?

Episode 72…. He never answered anything. But still love the show

Moonlight2727 ,

What a fantastic podcast

Respectful, intelligent and so so informative. We need those conversations in the era we live in!

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