Suicide: Food, Fashion, and Fame

June 18, 2018

For centuries mental illness has been taboo in our society. The recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have created a media frenzy around the topic.Why would someone with fame and fortune it all up and take their life? Award winning writer, standup comic, promoter, producer and baker Mara Shapshay sheds light on this phenomena and shares her story of dual diagnosis (Mental Illness and Drug Addiction), trauma, and how living with Carrie Fisher saved her life! Mara is currently starting the Friends of Carrie Fisher Foundation to raise awareness for dual diagnosis and she is putting together a mental health and recovery from addiction tour called Heavy Mentals. To learn more visit her website at:

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Frequent Fliers And Other Annoying Things That Happen In Hospitals

May 29, 2018

Pen stealing at a hospital is a serious annoyance! But what happens when Shaquile O'Neil steals your pen for the third time in a row? Oscar Sagastume, (Storyteller, Moth Winner, Prodcuer "Tinsel Town" and many other storytelling shows) shares his "frequent flyer" antics of multiple hospital visits, germs, and lost wallets!

Nurse expert @OnlyInTheICU (Twitter personality, ICU Nurse) shares her wisdom of things that are left behind in hospitals, CEO's that make too much money, and insurance scams/frauds.

This episode is sure to make you guffaw with laughter! If it doesn't ,then you should check your pulse to see if you are still alive!

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Circumcision: Cut It Or Leave It (Part 2)

May 21, 2018

"It's foreskin from a Korean Baby!" remarked Ellen Degenres as she yucked it up revealing Sandra Bullocks new skin care regimen! On part 2 Circumcision: Cut It Or Leave It, Dr. George Denniston former Associate Medical Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a retired professor in the Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Washington has created D.O.C. to eradicate the illegitimate practice of partial penile amputation (circumcision) because it not only harms future American men; it has harmed the medical profession dramatically. We discuss Iceland's recent dismissal of the circumcision ban, the anatomy of the pahllus and why it should remain intact, compelling research against circumcision, and long term traumas that men may be suffering later in life as a result of having their genitals mutilated!

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That Difficult Conversation Called Death: Hospice and Palliative Care (Part 2)

May 7, 2018

Death, it's gotten political lately! Senator John Mc Cain is planning his funeral, Mike Pence is invited, but President Donald Trump is not! Who would you want at your funeral? In this episode Part 2 of "That Difficult Conversation Called Death," we join Storteller/ Comedian, UCLA Writing Teacher Lisa Medway, and our Nurse Expert Michelle Lasota RN, BSN aka 'The Nurse With The Purple Hair." We dive deeper into hospice and explore: Opiates and their role in the dying process. Death doulas and death cleaning/ de-cluttering.

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That Difficult Conversation Called Death: Hospice and Palliative Care (Part 1)

April 30, 2018

Barbara Busch recently made headlines with her death. Not because it was one of those typical celebrity deaths: suicide, heroine overdose or taxes! But because in the days leading up to her death she chose comfort care, also know as palliative care, and to die at home instead of continuing on with medical treatment to prolong her life.

She’s being applauded with starting that difficult discussion that many of us don’t want to talk about. That conversation called death. This episode starts off with Storyteller/ Comedian, UCLA Film and TV Writing teacher, SAG/AFTRA member, and mother Lisa Medway telling us about her difficult conversations around death and hospice. We dig deeper into the death discussion and explore the hospice world. What's it all about? Do you have an advance directive? Who's making those end of life decisions for you if you can't? Michelle Lasota RN, BSN 15 year veteran to the nursing profession and hospice expert better know as "The Nurse with the Purple Hair" will answer those difficult questions as well as take us on a journey through her hospice film, and talk about death cafes.

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Circumcision: Cut It Or Leave It (Part 1)

April 23, 2018

It's been banned in the Netherlands, Iceland is on the verge of making it a crime, and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill in 2015 making it illegal in California! Some see it as a commandment from God, or a right of passage while others consider it genital mutilation. In this episode of Nurses and Hypochondriacs we explore the controversial practice of male circumcision with guest Rabbi Yonason Denebeim (Ask A Rabbi, Palm Springs, California).Rabbi Denebeim will be sharing his wisdom! We ask and he tells! Be sure to listen and come up with your own opinions! This episodes is one you will not want to miss!

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Pornography and The Teenage Brain

April 17, 2018

"I've seen this in 'Porn' Do you want to try it?" An estimated 50% of all internet traffic is related to sex! Pornography is becoming a mass phenomena. Teenagers are turning to porn to learn about sex. Research shows that pornography is affecting adolescents sexual lifestyle as well as their sexual habits, which is having a profound influence on their sexual attitudes and behaviors. Our guest, Braxton Dutson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Sex Therapist and Host of "The Birds And Bee's Podcast" discusses the three C's as to why your child/teenager may be looking at porn, as well as how to have an honest open conversation with your child about human sexuality.

Join us as we take an in-depth look at how the media influences porn consumption as well evaluating the true defination of porn addiction and the chemical changes that can occur in the brain. This is an episode you will not want to miss!

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Sex, Tide Pods, And Shootings

February 20, 2018

Sex, Tide Pods, and Shootings... These are just some of the issues affecting teens in the United States causing a media frenzy these days! Join me and my guest Kim T. Cook RN, CHES, President of the Illinois School Health Association and author of Teen World Confidential. In this episode, we explore how to talk to teens about sex through a parent's and health care practitioner perspective, porn addiction in teens, and current trends in teen sexual health. Our podcast will dive into the USA Olympic Gymnastics Sex Scandal, and how parents and teens can prevent this type of behavior. Since the beginning of 2018 there have been 17 school shooting! Is mental health to blame? And why are kids eating Tide Pods on YouTube? You definitely won't want to miss this episode!

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February 13, 2018

Flu-Pocalypse is taking over the World! The Flu of 2017- 18 is causing mass wide spread hysteria! A pandemic illness with hospitals becoming overwhelmed with mass amounts of patients! There have been numerous deaths attributed to this years flu virus both in adults and children. In this episode of Nurses and Hypochondriacs we discuss the 1.6 Billion dollar business of the flu. How pharmaceutical companies bid, manufacture and market their vaccines? Are antivirals like Tamiflu really effective in combating the flu? CDC facts and fiction. Flus of past, present and future. What you can do to boost your immune system, and stay healthy.

Nurse Expert Guests: Jim Kane RN, MN, CNS, NE-BC, and Cynthia Thrulow RN, MSN, NP, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Life Coach.

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Fever, Valley Fever… The Mysterious Illness

November 28, 2017

There's a "Mysterious Fungus" infecting the American Southwest. Valley Fever has been around for more than 100 years, and affects poor farm workers, prisoners, and people living in endemic areas. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness which is baffling the medical community. How does a tiny fungal spore cause so much havoc? With an 800% increase in cases since 2011 in California, and a 30% increase since 2016, why did Governor Jerry Brown just veto a bill that would increase awareness and save lives? This episode is a "Must Listen" as Valley Fever Advocate, Community Activist Wife, Mother, and lover of life Julie Solis joins our "Nurse Expert" Abner Vilches RN, MSN, C-FNP to discuss Valley Fever, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, pathology, asessment, and treatment as well as the politics behind this "Fun-Guy!"

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