Your Brain On Comedy

February 13, 2019

What does comedy do to your brain? Can comedy change your brain chemistry? Can it create new neural pathways alleviating pain? On this episode we explore the science of comedy and humor and it's effects on the brain. We also explore what works and what doesn’t work when you’re trying to tell a joke on stage with our guest comedians:

Nancy Norton has been featured on A&E‘s An Evening at the Improv and starred in her own one-woman show on PBS, The Yellowish-Green Girl, and recently featured on Nickelodeon, bringing stress-relieving comedy to parents on Nickmom Night Out! With a background in healthcare, standup and parenting: Nancy delivers performances and programs that are spontaneous and fresh, teaching the physiology of laughter, which is truly beneficial to any individual or organization.

Danielle Perez is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress best known as the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right. She appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live for her hilarious reaction to winning the awkward prize. Before viral video fame, Danielle rolled onto the Los Angeles comedy scene and quickly established herself as a unique comedic voice with her bubbly stage presence and dark wit.

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Murses In The Media And Toxic Masculinity

February 4, 2019

Just how male are male nurses? Also known as Murses with an "M!" We are living in a time where where razor blade commercials threaten to cut off the scrotal sacs of men, further purging their toxic masculinity.... But are male nurses less empathetic? Are they less of a man? Do they adhere to more female gender roles? More men than ever before are entering into the nursing profession once known to be a predominately female profession ... and a new surveys shows "Male nurses still make $6,000-plus more than women!"

In this episode we explore murses in the media and toxic masculinity with our Expert Guests Leo Oliva RN, BSN, and Mark Roman.

Having been an ER and ICU nurse for way longer than he ever imagined, Leo is in transition to his first big love, Acting. After Self Producing and Writing his own feature film about nursing –The Shift, now playing on Amazon Prime, in which he also starred in alongside Danny Glover - - Leo has been able to garner some consistent acting work over the years as a TV and Film Actor slowly pulling him away from the bedside and more in front of the screen.

Mark Roman is a writer, SAG-AFTRA actor and busker. He's known for his "Lt. Frank" live improv character, as seen on Hollywood Blvd, at LA football tailgates, at Beacher's Madhouse (Vegas & Hollywood), in the Hollywood Reporter, and on KTLA 5 TV. Mark is podcaster-in-chief of Mark Roman Empire (also a podcast).

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Transgender Youth And The Transformation Of Beauty

February 4, 2019

A study by the CDC reports nearly 2 percent of high school students identify as transgender — and more than one-third of them attempt suicide.Transgender youth report greater incidences of bullying, drug use and sexual assault. The recent transgender military ban has opened the discussion on transgender. In this episode we explore Transgender Youth and The Transformation Of Beauty. Our guest experts today are: Bianca Salvetti, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at one of the world's largest pediatric transgender programs in the United States. She is also a member of the Trans Lifeline Board of Directors.

Bianca provides care for gender diverse youth and young adults using an informed consent model. She has experience working with young people affected by HIV, homelessness and mental health disorders. Rob Lebow is the Producer and Director of the Human Empowerment short documentary film ‘Gorgeous. ' He is a self published author and lifelong photographer.

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Keto Kraze Or Keto Krazy

January 28, 2019

It was the number one Googled diet in 2018, and it's creating a social media craze! the Ketogenic diet has been around since 500 BC with Hippocrates preaching about intermittent fasting. At the turn of the 20th century, the diet was used to treat diabetics who had type 1 diabetes, and in 1920 it was found to help decrease seizure activity in people who had epilepsy. But is this diet causing people on social media to go crazy? Some say they've lost a ton of weight, have gained mental clarity, and have more energy! Others claim it's unsafe? And what's the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis?

Our guests Ben Morgan an ICU nurse in the Air Force stationed in Alaska. He’s been a nurse for 8 years. He’s been experimenting with different diets for most of his adult life. He’s tried vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and keto among others. He’s been mostly keto for almost 2 years, and recently mostly carnivore.

Sahil Makhija – YouTuber by day and metal musician by night. He's the host of the popular YouTube cooking show "Headbangerskitchen," he's passionate about food and cooking and currently on a mission to make the Keto diet easy, tasty and very achievable.

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I Worked At A Suicide Hotline

November 20, 2018

Suicide is the the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., (American Foundation For Suicide Prevention).Men die of suicide 3.53 x more than women. The rate of suicide is highest in middle age white men. The national suicide prevention lifeline answered 2 million calls last year through it's toll free hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Who are the 'crisis counselors' that answer those calls? We kick off our "Mo-Vember" ( Mens Health) episodes this month with "Ian" a former suicide hotline crisis counselor. For Ian, being a crisis counselor changed his life and was not just a "job" but a passion project! We discuss positives and negatives of being a crisis counselor, tips on how to become one, using humor as self care, why crank calls to suicide hotlines are never a good idea, and how you can make your coworkers laugh by giving them chair rides!

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Cadavers… A Curious Conversation With Mary Roach

October 15, 2018

Have you ever thought about what happens to your body after you die? Would you ever eat a 'mellified man?" or Donate your body to science so that your brain can be studied? In part 3 of our Halloween episode we talk about the curious lives of human cadavers with 7 time New York Times Best Selling Author and Science Humor Writer Mary Roach! Mary chats with us about her best selling novel "STIFF, The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers," her quirky writing process, how she got the idea to write about cadavers, her first reaction to seeing a severed human head, and why she went all the way to China looking for dumplings made from human flesh! This episode is not to be missed!

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I See Dead People

October 8, 2018

"I See Dead People... Walking around like regular people! They don't know that they are dead!" In this episode we continue with our Halloween series and explore the paranormal. Reports of supernatural experiences in hospitals by nurses and doctors are often presented as Anomalous/Paranormal Experiences (APE) and will include apparitions, odd coincidences, death-bed visions and other anomalous phenomena. Some visions appear to be dead relatives of patients who have come to assist dying patients and give comfort to them
through the dying process. But are these healthcare professionals hallucinating or suffering from burn out?

Dr. Terence Palmer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network and the Society for Psychical Research, joins us to share his scientific research. Dr Palmer has been trained in hypnotherapy by the Proudfoot School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and the Royal Society of Medicine and has a diploma in medical hypnosis from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr Palmer has been a spirit release practitioner since 2003 and his doctorate was awarded for his research on the scientific study of spirit possession. His thesis is published as The Science of Spirit Possession 2nd edition.

Dr Palmer is active in promoting scientific research into the efficacy of spirit release methods with universities in the UK and the USA. He also teaches health-care professionals and therapists spirit release methods in the UK and the USA. His philosophy is to integrate clinical practice with education and research.

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The Terrors Of Salmonella

October 1, 2018

Salmonella...It's that bacteria that makes people sick, and causes one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States – salmonellosis. It's known to have killed Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. and the whole Aztec civilzation in 1545-1550. In this episode we kick off our 4 part "Halloween Series" and discuss "The Terrors of Salmonella" with Storyteller/ Blogger Adrian Hoff (Hoff The Beaten Path, Adventures In Car Free Living) who takes us on her unnerving journey full of twists and turns! Who would have thought cleaning out your turtles tank could get you sick? Or did it? We discuss health department woes, bioterrosim threats and how the Rashnishees poisoned 700 people! After this episode you'll never eat at a salad bar again!

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Sex Addiction And Other Things

September 10, 2018

What do John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Jada Pinckett Smith have in common? Sex Addiction!

Is Sex Addiction actually a thing? The DSMV criteria does not recognize it in it's comprehensible list of diagnosable disorders. Many argue that it's a chemical imbalance that hijacks the brain's reward system. Comedian, Photographer, and confirmed Sex Addict Frankie Norstad takes us through her journey of sex addiction that led other addictions. We explore the histroy of sex addiction, pop culture, men vs women sex addicts, peer reviewed sex addiction studies, and famous sex addicts in history.

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Cats vs Kids? Who Would You Choose To Throw Off A Plane?

August 27, 2018

Cats Vs Kids? Who would you choose to throw off a plane? A 15 year old teenager recently picked a bad day to fly on Alaska Airlines. An 'emotional support cat' was also on the flight and the teen has severe allergies to cats! Well, the teen was asked to leave the flight and the cat stayed on board!

Guest Kelly McCarron (Comedian) joins us to discuss the legalities and policies airlines have regarding 'emotional support animals.' We review what to do if you have an allergy to pets and there happens to be a pet on board your flight, current FDA approval of generic epinephrine, how to keep healthy and stay hydrated on long flights, and what part of the plane has the most germs that can get you sick! A must listen if you are a hypochondriac or allergic to animals and frequently fly.

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