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The Pharmacist Answers Podcast

Your health is probably one of the most important things to you.  Yet it can be one of the most complicated things to understand.  Our bodies are meant to work a certain way, but when they don't, we may never be 100% sure why or what to do about it - even after seeing a healthcare professional.

The Pharmacist Answers Podcast is hosted by Cynthia Hendrix, PharmD.  On the Podcast, you can learn the basics of body parts and organ groups, get a glimpse of how disease processes work, and learn some practical steps to take in your own flesh and blood relationships with healthcare providers.

Everyone's health story is different.  No one is truly a "textbook case".  You need someone who sees your uniqueness and help you gain the knowledge and confidence to have conversations, ask questions, and make decisions that are right for YOU!

*The Podcast started out as live conversations on Periscope.

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Jan 22, 2018

The 3 Phases of Swallowing

Oral Phase

This phase includes chewing and saliva mixing with the food to form a bolus (a little glob of mashed up food). Then the tongue moves the bolus towards the back of the mouth.  The tongue starts by pressing against the hard palate behind the front teeth.  Then the sides of the tongue...


Jan 8, 2018

What is a Tonsillectomy?

A Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils.  Tonsil - immune system tissue in the back of the throat.  -Ectomy = to remove something from the body.

Removing the tonsils may be required if chronic tonsilitis is a problem.  Chronic tonsilitis is defined as multiple infections in...


Dec 11, 2017

Tonsils Basics

Your tonsils can be found in the back of your throat.  You can open your mouth and look in the mirror and see them on each side of your mouth behind your teeth and tongue.  You can also feel them below your earlobes and behind your jaw bone.

Tonsils are composed of lymph tissue since they are a part...


Dec 4, 2017

Glossary

Aguesia: no taste

Hypoguesia: reduced ability to taste (no the same as when taste changes due to changes in ability to smell)

Dysgeusia: dysfunctional taste - bad, salty, rotten, or metallic taste (metallic is the most common).

Causes for Change

Chemotherapy and radiation for cancer causes taste changes because...


Nov 27, 2017

Review

Smell plays a big part in your ability to taste.  The bumps on your tongue that you can see are actually papillae.

4 Types of Papillae

Filiform

Filiform papillae are the most numerous papillae and are arranged in regular rows running parallel to the median sulcus.  They are cone-shaped - either a single cone...