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Causes Or Cures

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Causes Or Cures is a podcast by Erin Stair, MD, MPH, founder of, creator of ZENBands and author of Manic Kingdom, a True Story of Breakdown and Breakthrough, available on Amazon. Erin plans on featuring interesting guests to discuss hot topics in public health, medicine, alternative health and overall wellness.Sometimes she'll do all the talking, it depends. She does all the interviews with people from around the world from her living room via Skype, and does her best to make them sound okay. That said, her dog, Barnaby, usually barks at some point. Such is life. ;) Erin will discuss controversial health topics, medication side effects, epidemics, alternative treatment choices and lifestyle factors as they relate to disease, with the essential question being: Is this a Cause or is this a Cure? To reach Erin:


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Recent Episodes

The Faulty Health Claims of Alkaline Water: An Interview with Dr. Tanis Fenton
Alkaline ( High pH) water is a very popular wellness product,and one you'll see in natural stores across the country.The alkaline diet is also trendy, with many websites and books dedicated to it. Both alkaline water and the alkaline diet are linked to various health benefits, but is there any solid evidence to support these claims? In this Causes or Cures episode, Dr. Erin Stair chats with Dr. Tanis Fenton, a researcher who studied the alkaline diet, alkaline water and potential health effects.Through her research, she discovered that health claims made about alkaline water and the alkaline diet are unfounded and make no sense on a basic scientific level. Dr. Fenton is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, a Registered Dietitian, Epidemiologist and Evidence Analyst for Dietitians of Canada. She is the Nutrition Research Lead for Alberta Health Sciences. Please write Erin at Blooming Wellness if you have any questions or comments! 
Why EMF Shields Do Not Work: An Interview with Dr. Paul Heroux
In this episode, Dr. Paul Heroux chats with Dr. Erin Stair about electromagnetism ( EMF exposure from things like cellphones, wireless, Bluetooth, and the up and coming 5G...) and why the popular EMF shields are not effective and may actually be worsening your EMF exposure. Dr. Heroux has his PhD in physics and is a researcher who focusses on EMF exposure and biological effects. He is highly published in this area and runs InVitro Plus, a toxicology laboratory out of McGill University Health Center, dedicated to studying the therapeutic and pathological effects of electromagnetism. For any questions, please write Erin at 
The Effectiveness of Homemade Sunscreen and What People Should Use to Protect Their Skin: An Interview with Dr. Julie Merten
In the world of wellness, skepticism around commercial sunscreen is at an all-time high. Wellness bloggers, moms, influencers and others have taken to creating their own sunscreen with various SPF claims. But are these "natural", homemade sunscreens effective at all? What's in them? How is their SPF value being determined? In this podcast, Dr. Stair has a conversation with Dr. Julie Merten about her recently published research, "Pinterest Homemade Sunscreens: A Recipe for a Sunburn." Dr. Merten answers the above questions and in general, discusses the widespread dissemination of wellness advice from "wellness advocates" on social media and what that means for consumers. Dr. Stair asks Dr. Merten about concerns over some of the chemicals in certain sunscreens, and Dr. Merten offers her advice on how to avoid them and still protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer. Dr. Merten is an associate professor of public health at the University of North Florida. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Public Health Review and Chair of the Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force for the Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative. Her research involves behavioral skin cancer prevention. Take a listen! 
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Mar 6th, 2019
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Sep 29th, 2019
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