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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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Feb 12, 2018

Gag Reflex Basics

The official name of your gag reflex is the pharyngeal reflex or laryngeal spasm.  Trigger points for the gag reflex can be found on the roof of the mouth, back of the tongue, in the tonsil area, the uvula, and the back of the throat.  The purpose of this reflex is to prevent objects from entering the...


Feb 5, 2018

Bad Breath Basics

Halitosis, aka bad breath, can have many causes.  Some bad breath you can prevent with the choices you make, but some bad breath can be a sign of a more serious issue or disease.

Oral Health

You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day, including the surface of your tongue, then rinse...


Jan 29, 2018

Dysphagia Basics

Having difficulty swallowing or the inability to swallow is known as dysphagia.

Symptoms of dysphagia include:

  • Pain while swallowing
  • The sensation of food stuck in the throat or chest
  • Drooling
  • Hoarseness
  • Regurgitation
  • Reflux
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Choking, coughing, or gagging when swallowing
  • Taking...


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...