The Prism Podcast – Episode 29

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Dr. Lauren Tedaldi talks about Sense About Science with Jason, Grant, and special co-host Dr. Julie Franstve-Hawley.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 28

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Dr. John Shook discusses the importance and relevance of the Philosophy of Science.

The Prism and The Science Based Medicine Blog

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The wonderful, popular, and informative Science Based Medicine blog has asked Prism’s own Grant Ritchey to be a regular contributor. As readers and listeners of the Prism already know, there is a preponderance of woo in dentistry, and it is apt and fitting that SBM is to have a dental presence there. We know this will enable us to spread our anti-pseudoscience mission to a larger audience and are proud to be included in the SBM team. Please check us out there.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 27


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Dr. Kent Smith talks to us about the dental management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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Dr. Kent Smith – Frito Lay Sanitation Expert and


  • Lubbock Christian University B.S. Biology
  • Baylor College of Dentistry 1985
  • Extensive continuing education with over 200 hours each year (12 hours yearly are required)
  • LVI Global continuum


  • Diplomate American Board Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • Oral Sedation
  • CPR / Basic Life Support

Sleep apnea


Links from Kent about sleep duration and timing:


The reason for sleep?  “washing the brain” perhaps

Snoring – a potential first sign of Apnea.

The Elbow Test: 


Weight and Age are the highest predictors for sleep apnea.

Diagnosis of Apnea requires a sleep study…types are discussed.

Description of mild, moderate and severe Apnea.

PAP therapy explained.

Can cranial osteopathy cure sleep apnea?

Silent Apnea – must be ruled out!

Adjunctive treatments discussed.

Alternative therapies – truth and consequences.

Apnea in kids and growth…tonsils?

Tooth grinding?

The dentists role in helping to treat sleep apnea.


App – Best sleep Hygiene – get it!


The Prism Podcast – Episode 26


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Ms. Monica Metzler JD MA, Founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Science Council, joins us today on The Prism Podcast.

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Monica Metzler JD (Illinois Science Council)

Founder & Executive Director

Monica’s formal education in science ended with high school chemistry. She went on to earn a B.S. in Public Policy from Northwestern University, and a J.D. along with an M.A. in Policy from Duke University. Her latent interest in science continued and in 2005 she realized Chicago had no coordinated effort promoting science as it did for arts & culture. She created ISC in 2006 to share the astounding amount of science happening in her hometown.


Science café.  Café Scientifique.  Science in the Pub.  And more.

A rundown of some of their projects and events.

Science funding is lacking.

Understanding of science and technology makes us have a better society.

More description of many of the amazing programs the Illinois Science Council has had.



Lightning strike/tasers/etc.

Coffee (intelligentsia)

String theory

Chicago as the city of science.

The birthday of science.

Pi day 2015!  10 digits of pi to celebrate.  See us there in 2015.

Ninja learning.

Marijuana, Microbes, and Milk.

Brain programs coming up.

Beer:     Flywheel from Metropolitan brewery.

WOD:    Kleptoparasitic