The Prism Podcast – Episode 30

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Jason is off running amok in the mountains, so Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley is filling in for him. In this episode, we are thrilled to interview Dr. Eugenie Scott, former Director of the National Center for Science Education.

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.

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Dr. John Shook

received his PhD in philosophy at Buffalo. He was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006. He then left OSU to become Research Associate in Philosophy, and Instructor of Science Education, at the University at Buffalo. He teaches courses for the entirely online Science and the Public EdM program at Buffalo. He has also worked with several secular organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, the Institute for Humanist Studies, the Humanist Institute, and the Society of Humanist Philosophers.

Philosophy of Science discussion.

Conspiracy theories

Critical thinking skills

Naturalism explained

The great unification


And then pragmatism

Deepak and book sales.  Interests other than naturalism or pragmatism.  Don’t care about science.

Neil deGrasse Tyson and philosophy

New atheism explained

Limitations of science and the scientific method

Materials, methods and mechanisms

Test for coherence

What is the causal “go”

Cochrane reviews and the philosophy of science

Science communication (“know your audience”)


Beer:     Magic Hat no.9

Check out the newest dental podcast:

WOD:    Yankovic!  Check out Weird Al’s new album and videos.

You can now read more from Grant at every month.






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!