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Chronic Illness & Mental Health

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Release Date: 10/10/2023

COVID and LUPUS show art COVID and LUPUS

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Your  is your body's main defense against germs and illnesses. When you have , you're more prone to infections because your immune system works differently than most people's. It becomes overactive and attacks your body itself. ​ Our guest on today's show is another repeat guest,  Amber is a Registered Nurse turned blogger and patient advocate for those with chronic illnesses.  She deals with Hemiplegic Migraines and Lupus and unfortunately she caught COVID at the very start of the Pandemic. 

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Kidney Dialysis show art Kidney Dialysis

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This week we will discuss kidney dialysis with Christina & Michael.  Christina and Michael Gilchrist have quickly become known as "BLIND CHICK LIVING" & "THE CARETAKER" but who could forget Christina's service dog MOOSE!    Christina story: early teens kidney disease diagnosed, early 20's pregnant, doctor missed toxemia, seizures which caused retina and optic nerve imploded causing blindness in total kidney failure, oldest brother donated kidney, unfortunately rejected, asked if she could do home dialysis "NO!! YOU ARE BLIND", in center dialysis 5+yrs plus a young single...

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Red Blood Cell Exchange & Sickle Cell Disease show art Red Blood Cell Exchange & Sickle Cell Disease

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This week we will discuss Red Blood Cell Exchange (RBCX) and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  Our guest is Carly Newton.   ​Carly is a Registered Nurse at Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies with over 15years helping Health Care Professionals treating SCD patients with Red Blood Cell Exchange all over the globe. Specializing in apheresis treatments, Carly uses that experience to educate Health Care Professionals on the most effective ways to prescribe Red Blood Cell Exchange.  ​By focusing on differentiating the different types of transfusion therapies available to SCD patients,...

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Asthma show art Asthma

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As you may recall Myisha spoke with us in season 7 about Crohn's Disease and season 10 about Asthma.   We are running this week's episode as a re-run of her asthma interview.  Myisha is a passionate dedicated advocate she’s received proclamations from states for recognition of her advocacy and IBD awareness.  Besides her challenges with Crohn's, Myisha has a daughter with severe asthma and is here today to discuss her daughters' journey.   ​Patients with severe asthma use the highest dose of inhaled corticosteroids plus a second controller and/or oral...

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Neuro Complications from Chronic Disease show art Neuro Complications from Chronic Disease

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On this week's episode we are talking with Dr. Cornish about Neuro complications in Chronically Ill Patients.  Dr. Cornish, a highly regarded physician, provides integrative medicine services to a diverse global patient community. Currently serving as the Functional Medicine Director of the Amen Clinic East Coast Division, she specializes in autoimmune diseases, hormone imbalances Lyme disease, autism, environmental toxicity, gut imbalances, neurology and various other chronic conditions. Employing a holistic approach, Dr. Cornish identifies the root causes of health issues within the...

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Hormonal Imbalance show art Hormonal Imbalance

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 Hormonal imbalance is this week's topic, and our guest is Dr. Dan Murauski. As humans we are all made of the same set of biological systems but how those systems interact with one another is unique to each individual.  Dr Murauski believes that the goal of a patient physician relationship is to develop an understanding of the unique variables within each system and how they interact with one another in order to optimize health and create longevity. Dr. Daniel Murauski’s path to functional medicine began with his roots in his undergraduate education in biomedical...

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Comparing Types of Medical Service show art Comparing Types of Medical Service

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This week we discuss the differences between conventional western medicine, functional medicine and complementary medicine.  We also will touch on the 42 different subsets of conventional medicine. Western medicine refers to the traditional healthcare practices commonly used in the United States and much of the world. It relies on evidence-based methods to diagnose and treat symptoms and conditions. Healthcare providers in Western medicine use scientifically proven techniques to improve overall health. Examples of Western medicine include blood tests, X-rays, dietary changes,...

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Surviving Childhood Trauma show art Surviving Childhood Trauma

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This week we will discuss childhood trauma with author, speaker, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Shari Botwin.  Shari has been practicing since 1996 and is a certified trauma expert treating those with eating disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma. She’s here today to talk about her work helping individuals recover from childhood trauma. ​ Few of us will escape our lives without some sort of trauma—some more or less severe than our peers. Whereas previous discussions around trauma were conducted only on therapists’ couches or in private diaries, they are now being more...

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Black Box Pharmacy Warnings show art Black Box Pharmacy Warnings

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This week we will discuss the warnings some medications carry due to the dangerous side effects they may cause.  In the past these were called "Black-Box" now the term used is simply "boxed". Boxed warnings apply to certain medications that carry serious risks for the person taking them. The FDA decides which medications require boxed warnings. A doctor must review the risks and benefits of a medication with a boxed warning before prescribing it. They will decide whether a medication is safe to prescribe based on a person’s health conditions, any medications they take, and other...

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Lupus and Gaslighting show art Lupus and Gaslighting

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Our topic this week is Lupus and how doctors are frequently considered to be gaslighting the patients in their care.   Our guest knows from first-hand experience that when you’re relatively healthy, you tend not to think much about ‘wellness.’ But when this slips away and lupus comes barreling in… your world gets rocked. That’s why she wrote the book, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Lupus, to help other women struggling with this chronic disease feel less alone and more empowered to take control of their health and manage their lupus. Amanda holds an Master’s degree in...

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This week we will discuss mental health impacts from living with a chronic illness with our guest, Christy Amos (aka Christi Winstead)

Christy Amos is a compassionate and resilient individual who has made it her mission to help others navigate the challenges of living with chronic illnesses. With a Master's degree in Counseling, she has acquired a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological impact that chronic conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones.

Despite facing her own health battles, Christy's determination and empathy have driven her to become a patient advocate. Drawing from her personal experiences with multiple chronic illnesses, she uses her expertise to support and empower others in similar situations. Her dedication to improving the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses has made her an invaluable resource in the social health community.

In addition to her advocacy work, Christy is a freelance author. She shares her wealth of knowledge and personal insights on chronic hives and asthma through her contributions to respected platforms such as chronic-hives.com and asthma.net. Her writing not only educates and informs, but also serves as a source of comfort and inspiration for individuals living with these conditions.

Christy Amos

Christy's unique perspective as both a patient and a professional counselor allows her to approach chronic illnesses holistically. She understands the complexities of managing physical symptoms while also addressing the emotional and psychological impact of these conditions. Through her writing, counseling, and advocacy efforts, she strives to promote understanding, raise awareness, and facilitate meaningful conversations about chronic illnesses.

Christy's commitment to making a difference in the lives of others shines through in everything she does. Her courage, resilience, and unwavering determination serve as an inspiration to those who have the privilege of knowing her or benefiting from her work. With her profound understanding of the challenges that chronic illnesses present, Christy Amos continues to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by these conditions, bringing hope and support to countless people in need.