“My sense of creativity has prevented me from ever really struggling on a vegan diet.”  — Evette Eweka Episode 7 of MedShadow’s Power to the Patient Podcast welcomes Evette Eweka, a recent college graduate on her pre-medical school path. Eweka, born and raised in New York, grew up in a Nigerian immigrant household, where the majority of her food was plant-based. When she would fall ill, her mother, a registered nurse, would often opt for natural, home remedies before turning to a doctor’s visit or prescription medicines. This in-home health culture would come to define her passions much later in…

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The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat, the more your body rejects the things that are not good for it. On this episode of Power to the Patient, Dr. Lillie Rosenthal sits down with health coach Samantha Salmon from Los Angeles, CA. As a black woman of Jamaican heritage, food has played a big role in Samantha’s life. Her decision to pivot towards clean food consumption led her to adopt a raw vegan diet. Born and raised in Queens Village, NY, Samantha grew up in a Jamaican immigrant household, eating primarily Jamaican and American food. As with most traditional…

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The first death has been reported in a medical mystery that could affect anyone who vapes. Vaping, the use of electronic cigarettes, seems to be the cause for 190+ people in the hospital. The respiratory illness is serious enough for hospitalization, major meds, intubating and, so far, one death.  Symptoms begin with a gradual onset of difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue or chest pain. Some patients have mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea. Doctors could not find an infection causing these symptoms and the patients did not improve with antibiotics. A few have responded positively to…

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