308 episodes

PodcastDX is an interview based weekly series. Guests share experience based medical insight for our global audience. 

We have found that many people are looking for a platform, a way to share their voice and the story that their health journey has created. Each one is unique since even with the same diagnosis, symptoms and the way each person will react to a diagnosis, is different. Sharing what they have experienced and overcome is a powerful way our guests can teach others with similar ailments.

Many of our guests are engaging in self-advocacy while navigating a health condition, many are complex and without a road-map to guide them along their journey they have developed their own. Sharing stories may help others avoid delays in diagnosis or treatment or just give hope to others that are listening. Sharing is empowering and has a healing quality of its own. Our podcast provides tips, hints, and support for common healthcare conditions. Our guests and our listeners are just like you- navigating the complex medical world. We hope to ease some tension we all face when confronted with a new diagnosis.

We encourage anyone wanting to share their story with our listeners to email us at info@PodcastDX.com

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

PodcastDX is an interview based weekly series. Guests share experience based medical insight for our global audience. 

We have found that many people are looking for a platform, a way to share their voice and the story that their health journey has created. Each one is unique since even with the same diagnosis, symptoms and the way each person will react to a diagnosis, is different. Sharing what they have experienced and overcome is a powerful way our guests can teach others with similar ailments.

Many of our guests are engaging in self-advocacy while navigating a health condition, many are complex and without a road-map to guide them along their journey they have developed their own. Sharing stories may help others avoid delays in diagnosis or treatment or just give hope to others that are listening. Sharing is empowering and has a healing quality of its own. Our podcast provides tips, hints, and support for common healthcare conditions. Our guests and our listeners are just like you- navigating the complex medical world. We hope to ease some tension we all face when confronted with a new diagnosis.

We encourage anyone wanting to share their story with our listeners to email us at info@PodcastDX.com

    EDS and Gastroparesis

    EDS and Gastroparesis

    This week we are speaking with Dani, AKA, Stoned Zebra. It took almost 7 years of her health declining after giving birth, until she finally received her EDS diagnosis. She was initially misdiagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, or chronic pain syndrome.  Her gastroparesis, symptoms (bloating, nausea, early satiety, severe constipation, weight loss, dehydration, belching, belly pain) began July 2022, and after a ton of aggressive testing, she was diagnosed in May 2023. 
    EDS just tacks on chronic pain, joint instability and other comorbidities like POTS, MCAS, and OH that she also developed. She currently is primarily tube fed, via GJ. She will soon have separate stomas placed due to EDS complications.
    If you would like to follow her rare disease journey, send a follow request @stonedzebra along with a message of where you found her page! Her rare journey is only available to friends on TikTok, she keeps her circle small. If you’d like to follow and see her handmade gifts/online store, she is on TikTok Shop at SZ Creations, and @stndzebracreations.

    • 44 min
    Long Covid with Grace Miller

    Long Covid with Grace Miller

    This week we will discuss a topic that is of concern for millions of people: "Long Covid" and our guest this week is Grace Miller.  Grace is 20 years old, and lives in Iowa. Currently attending college, where she is president of the honor society and finishing up her gen eds. She plans on pursuing a degree in Communication Disorders and become a speech pathologist. Some of her hobbies include crocheting, singing, playing the piano, and learning. 
    Some people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions (PCC). Long COVID is broadly defined as signs, symptoms, and conditions that continue or develop after acute COVID-19 infection.
    This definition of Long COVID was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in collaboration with CDC and other partners.
    ​People call Long COVID by many names, including Post-COVID Conditions, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID. The term post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC) is also used to refer to a subset of Long COVID. (Credits: CDC)

    • 37 min
    Processed Food Addiction

    Processed Food Addiction

    Continuing a mini-series on obesity, we welcome once again Dr. Ifland.   She founded the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) in 2016, www.foodaddictionreset.com. The Facebook group, ‘Food Addiction Education’ (2014) and www.foodaddictionresources.com (2014) provide free support.  Reset Week  is the first online live video program for withdrawal (2018).  ARC Manager Training is a program training future Addiction Reset Community leaders (2020).

    Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction and definition of addictive foods.
    Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010); her MBA at Stanford Business School (1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science at Oberlin College (1974). She currently resides in Seattle.
    Social Media links: 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1806154526275515

    ​Twitter
     https://twitter.com/JoanIfland

    ​Instagram 
    https://www.instagram.com/foodaddictionreset/
     

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Childhood Obesity

    Childhood Obesity

    This week we will discuss the obesity problem for children in the US.  Our guest, once again, is Dr. Joan Ifland.  Dr Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction from 1999 with her first popular book to 2018 when her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery was released by CRC Press.  

    She founded the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) in 2016, www.foodaddictionreset.com. The Facebook group, ‘Food Addiction Education’ (2014) 
    and
     www.foodaddictionresources.com (2014) provide free support.  Reset Week  is the first online live video program for withdrawal (2018).  ARC Manager Training is a program training future Addiction Reset Community leaders (2020).
    Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction and definition of addictive foods.
    Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010); her MBA at Stanford Business School (1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science at Oberlin College (1974). She currently resides in Seattle.
    Social Media links: 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1806154526275515
    Twitter
     https://twitter.com/JoanIfland
    Instagram 
     https://www.instagram.com/foodaddictionreset/
     
     Childhood obesity is a complex disease with many contributing factors, on including genetics, eating patterns, physical activity levels, and sleep routines. About 1 in 5 American children has obesity. Compared to children with healthy weight, children with obesity are at a higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure. 
    "Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.”
    Yet the prevalence of childhood obesity appears to vary across countries.
    Island nations in the Pacific, such as Nauru and the Cook Islands, appear to have the highest obesity rates among children 5 to 19, but the countries Ethiopia and Burkina Faso appear to have the lowest rates. The number of obese or overweight children 5 and younger climbed from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016, according to WHO data. If current trends continue, the number of overweight or obese children in that age group could increase to 70 million by 2025." (CNN Health News)

    • 48 min
    Recovering From Surgery in a Rehab Setting

    Recovering From Surgery in a Rehab Setting

    Skilled Nursing care, also known as Post-Acute Rehabilitation, is for those who need short-term care following an injury, surgery, or illness. The goal with this level of care is to successfully transfer patients from hospital to home, or senior living community, by providing the tools and resources for each phase of recovery. A stay at a skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and post-acute care center is meant to be a transitional period to help patients recover and return to their everyday lives.
    Our Co-Host Ron had shoulder surgery recently and needed this type of care until he could regain use of his "good-arm".  As you probably know from an episode we did (again with Ron as the guest) very early in our podcasting to discuss his life with a disability.  You see, Ron was hit be a motor vehicle as a child and lost the use of one of his arms.
    You can understand how rehabbing after shoulder surgery would be impossible without help!  He is here to explain that process, and I'd like to report he is now back to his version of 100%!  He is even going to the Vegas-Shoot in a couple of weeks to compete once again in target archery.

    • 20 min
    Building Confidence in Children

    Building Confidence in Children

    This week we will discuss the confidence building in children with returning guest, Casey Hersch!  

    ​Casey Hersch is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, author, Latin ballroom dancer, health journalist, and animal advocate. She uses holistic and resilience-based models to help children and families cope with trauma, stress, and illness.
    ​A Regent’s scholar and CSU Chico’s social worker of the year, she has devoted her career to helping children, parents, families, and communities build resilience and minimize the effects of stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences throughout the lifespan. During her childhood, Casey witnessed the toll of trauma and stress on her health. She has spent most of her adult life overcoming Crohn’s disease (autoimmune) and mental illness (anxiety), which further motivates her to create resources for children. Her passion for giving voice to the health benefits of animal rescue and pet companionship granted her recognition for excellence by the Cat Writer’s Association. Her work is published in a variety of venues.
    Casey’s diverse clinical experience as a psychotherapist, child custody investigator, educator, and community organizer inspired I Am Pawso. All too often Casey sees toddlers, tweens, teenagers, and adults who missed out on early interventions. These mental health resources in schools, homes, and communities can reduce the long-term consequences of stress and trauma, such as chronic illness, mental illness, anger and behavior management issues, depression, and violence. Casey’s evidence-based philosophy is simple: When we provide children the lessons and resources they need to build resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy brain neural pathways, we give them the best opportunities to thrive. I Am Pawso is Casey’s gift to children: An intervention providing them the tools and confidence they need to live healthy and successful lives.















     
     
     
    I Am Pawso is a family labor of love. Casey’s rescue cat, Pawso, is the main character. Her husband, Scott, illustrated the book by taking real photographs of Pawso. When Casey is not writing, she is Latin Ballroom dancing, serving her community, and playing with her cats, Pawso and Samba.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

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Hiatal Hernia

This was a great episode to find out what’s happening. Is there a follow up to the surgery?

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Fabulous Medical Peer-to-Peer Podcast

Lita Tomas is a true patient advocate. With PodscastDX she empowers patients to discuss their diagnoses.

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Great podcast!

I personally know Lita for a long time. She is the kindest and the most caring person I ever met in my entire life. Such an inspiration. The world would be a better place if only there were more people like her. Keep it up Lita!

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