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23
March
2013

What is Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™?

Posted in : About Chad,Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,Maximize Your Grades,Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less

Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining program that shows you how to overcome the headgame hurdles that block our health, happiness, and ultimately our path to living life On Top of The World.  Its philosophy simplifies the complexity of our choices.  Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is the course we never had in school about choices, consequences, and how the two are interwoven to pave or derail our path to success.  The program offers strategies that can be implemented the minute you leave the talk … strategies that will skyrocket you to living life on top of the world.  The choices we make and the action we take determine the life we create.  When we improve our choices, we improve our chances for enhanced health, happiness, and success.

Ready. Set. Go.

The program begins with the basics:  Exploring our obsession with chemically stimulated living — our true chemical romance.  In today’s world, we have a bottle filled with some sort of “chemical” to help us wake up, stay awake, study harder, play the field, play on the field, and even hit the hay at night.  Remember the old advertisement that said, “We’ve got an app for that”?  Well, instead of an app, we’ve got a bottle for that!  From the bedroom to the boardroom and from the dorm room, to the classroom, and even into the locker room, we’ve got a bottle for each of life’s circumstances.

Energy drinks.  Alcohol.  Medications.  And more.

From there, I look at the most common bottles each of us use every day, yet this is not a substance abuse lecture … far from it, in fact (leave the substance abuse for the Dr. Drews of the world).  You’ll find none of the “thou shalt nots …” so often hurled toward you in an effort to force feed you an opinion — or worse:  to sell you another bottle that promises to help you succeed.  I’m not here to make up your mind for you.  My mission is to deliver the information you want in an edgy, engaging, and entertaining forum.  You make up your own mind about what is right for you.

Living Bigger Than A Bottle …

As the program moves forward, you’ll gain a solid foundation to help make more informed choices, to overcome the headgame hurdles holding you back, and you’ll gain solid strategies to give you all the energy, all the success, and even better health while no longer feeling mandated to reach for some kind of bottle to get these same benefits.  I call this Living Bigger Than A Bottle … the core philosophy of Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™.


17
April
2012

5-year-old Dies from Medication

Posted in : Health & Wellness,In the News

Medications Are Like a Weapon!

In the News …

Dr. Carol Huser, a Colorado medical examiner in La Plata County, stated the death of 5-year-old Kimber Michelle Brown was the result of a combination of two over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications, dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in OTC cough medications like Robitussin-DM) and an antihistamine, cetirazine (the active ingredient in the allergy medication, Zyrtec).

The child, who had toxic levels of the medications in her system at the time of her death, had been staying with her grandmother.  It is uncertain if the grandmother administered too much medication to the child, or if the 5-year-old took doses without the grandmother’s knowledge.  News reports indicate the medication was sitting on a counter in reach of the child.

At this time, Dr. Huser is ruling the death an accident.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/kimber-michelle-brown-5-year-old-dies-from-cold-medicine-overdose_n_1428699.html

My Thoughts on this Event …

This story is heartbreaking and my sympathies go out to the family of this child.  Sadly, however, it’s not surprising since we know that 100,000 people die each year as a result of accidental overdoses or errors in the administration of medication.  Based on information from the medical examiner’s office, it appears Kimber is now part of that statistic.

Events like this are exactly why I do my talk, Sex, Drugs & Red Bull™.  Each and every day students, parents, celebrities, neighbors, coworkers, friends, relatives, and even children are injured or die as a result of a medication or other substance.

One of the critical pieces of information I discuss in my program is that we have become exceedingly comfortable with OTC medications.  In my talk, I ask audiences which of these groups of drugs is the dangerous group:  OTC, Prescription, or Illegal Drugs.  I often see more hands raised for the “illegal drug,” but the truth is that they all can be dangerous.  Because over the counter medications do not require a prescription from a physician we have a false sense of security about using them; however, they can be just as harmful — or lethal, as in this case — as prescription medications.

Is this Preventable?

Yes.  A few tips to help keep


20
March
2012

Seriously? Breathable Caffeine?

Posted in : Health & Wellness,In the News

AeroShot is an inhaler type of device that delivers a shot of caffeine that you “draw into your mouth and swallow,” according to the website for Breathable Foods — the company that makes AeroShot.

This product confounds me on a lot of levels, so let’s break it down:

The name of the company is an oxymoron to me.  Breathable Foods.  Huh?  A food, by definition, implies the need for digestion — which takes place in the digestive tract.  The word “breathable” implies respiration — which takes place in the respiratory tract.  The body was designed such that neither tract would ever meet the other thanks to a little flap called the epiglottis.  In the world of healthcare when someone “breathes food”, we implement the Heimlich maneuver because breathing food results in choking.  Our bodies were not designed to breathe food.  We were designed to eat food.

Again, I don’t understand the name of the company: Breathable Foods.  The company website states, “Pull the yellow end to open, put the other end in your mouth, gently draw the powder into your mouth, and swallow. Push closed.”  So, really, you just suck the powder into your mouth and swallow.  No breathing.  No inhalation.  Just suck and swallow.  I guess the name Suckable Foods doesn’t have the same appeal.

Those of you who have attended one of my talks and seen me speak about caffeine know that I’m not anti-caffeine.  You also know that it’s easy to overdo the amount of caffeine we consume because we get so much from a multitude of sources (tea, coffee, soda, energy drinks, etc…).  The AeroShot manufacturer states each shot contains 100 mg caffeine — approximately the amount in a large cup of coffee.  When we consume excessive amounts of caffeine, our bodies can experience everything from irritability, nervousness, heart palpitations and seizures to sudden death.

Michael W. Roosevelt, acting director in the office of compliance at the FDA, recently issued a warning letter to Breathable Foods regarding their AeroShot caffeine product.  The letter states, “Your labeling is false and misleading because your product cannot be intended for both inhalation and ingestion.” Hmm.  The FDA does not appear to be impressed.

While I’m not against caffeine, I am against the misuse and abuse of caffeine.  My concerns — for now — are as follows:

I’m concerned that the AeroShot will make its way into the club, party, and college scene and be consumed in tandem with alcohol.  The problem with drinking alcohol and caffeine together is that the caffeine “fakes out” your brain and makes you think you are not as intoxicated as you actually are.  The “buzz” sensation you get when you drink alcohol alone acts like a warning system for lots of people who drink alcohol.  It lets people know they’ve had too much and that they need to stop drinking.  The buzz sensation is significantly delayed — or even missing — with the consumption of alcohol and caffeine together … resulting in far riskier behaviors than you would normally engage in had you left the caffeine out of the equation.  In addition to the brain fake out, the combination of caffeine and alcohol can also result in blackouts and other dangerous medical complications.

I’m concerned that people will begin to use AeroShot in addition to other caffeine containing products they already use.  This combination could quickly lead to overconsumption of caffeine which can result in serious health concerns.

I’m not fond of the delivery mechanism — the shotgun-shell-looking-lipstick-sized-inhaler-type thing.  The design seems like it would be way too easy for someone to actually breathe AeroShot’s caffeine formulation into their lungs — which would be potentially harmful and could result in a bronchospasm which could even lead to death.  Compounding the likelihood of someone mistakenly inhaling the powder is the manufacturer’s name:  BREATHABLE Foods.

Breathable Foods’ website suggests the use of AeroShot for athletes.  During intense workouts, our heart rate increases.  Caffeine also increases our heart rate.  In my opinion, athletes should avoid the use caffeine during practices and during games.

Breathable Foods’ website suggests no more than three AeroShots per day. That’s 300 mg of caffeine!  We can start to see medical complications in people who consume more than 250 mg in a day, so three AeroShots seems like way too much in my opinion.  I would not recommend consuming more than one AeroShot in a 24-hour period, so that the cumulative dose of caffeine from all other caffeine sources doesn’t put you anywhere close to the 250 mg zone.

7 key points to remember …

1.  Do NOT party with AeroShot

2.  Do NOT use AeroShot with alcohol

3.  Do NOT use AeroShot with other caffeine containing products (i.e. energy drinks)

4.  Do NOT breathe AeroShot into your lungs

5.  Do NOT use AeroShot if you are under 18 years of age

6.  Do NOT consume more than one AeroShot per day

7.  Do NOT exercise or play sports after consuming AeroShot

There are plenty of other highly effective, medication free (yes, caffeine is a medication), and side effect free strategies to achieve increased energy levels without using caffeine, including my Zone 1530 program.

If you choose to use AeroShot, use extreme caution and use at your own risk.

I’m not the Caffeine Nazi.  In fact, I’m no different from most of you.  I drink tea or coffee almost every day, and just like many of you, I’ve even “earned” my Starbucks Gold Card.  Plenty of us love our caffeine and are living life on the edge, but remember that it takes very little to send us over the edge and to an early grave.  While there is a big difference between living on the edge and going over the edge, only a fine line separates the two.

The bottom line is simple:  I’m not a fan of AeroShot.

Be well,

Chad Simpson, RPh

The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen (including, but not limited to such things as exercise and physical therapy) without first checking with your physician.


01
September
2011

Talk to Me

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,LGBT,Stress Less

 

Hey Everyone!

A quick note about an amazing new program I just heard about from my friends over at The Trevor Project …

Check out The Trevor Project’s new campaign, “Talk To Me”.  Click the icon above for more information.

The Trevor Project is one of my favorite programs for at risk youth.  I’ll be making a shirt to wear on September 9th.  I’d love to see you do the same and join me!

Be well …

Chad

PS … Stay tuned for some insanely exciting information about my very soon to be released program, “The Prescription for Student Success … A fast acting formula for getting good grades & graduating on time!” I can’t wait to share this program with your school or organization.  In the meantime, talk a couple of minutes to check out the Talk To Me campaign by The Trevor Project (just click the icon above) … you’ll be glad you did!

 

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.


06
April
2011

Read This BEFORE You Take a New Job

Posted in : Health & Wellness,In the News

Office

Many of you are getting ready to graduate soon.  This information was just released and should be considered BEFORE you take a new job after graduation.  It could save your life … really.

In the News …

A new study of office workers in England found that employees working eleven hour days or longer were 67% more likely to develop heart disease than those working seven or eight hour days.  The study was published in the April 5, 2011, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

My Take on the Information …

This is not all that surprising to me.  We know that working longer hours is likely more stressful and does not allow for as much time to participate in stress relieving activities like exercise and meditating.  With 70 – 90% of all visits to primary care physicians being for stress related illnesses, we can fairly conclude that stress is the root of most illness.  The results are disturbing, but certainly not shocking.

Is this preventable?

Life has few guarantees, but I’d say you would be better off in the long run if you follow these two strategies:

1.  Find a job that does not require you to work more than seven to eight hours per shift.

2.  Do not compromise the daily stress management tools I teach in my coaching program and in my lectures.

Wishing you less stress and abundant success in your life,

Chad

 

Source:

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/651527.html

 

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

 


28
March
2011

Check out this dog … literally!

Posted in : In the News,Stress Less

Yale Law School is experimenting with a new program to help their students in the ongoing battle with stress.  Monty, a certified therapy dog, is a 21-pound, brown, border terrier mix who is available for students to check out — literally — from the law library.  The thirty minute sessions with Monty provide students with an additional avenue for stress relief.

Law librarian, Blair Kauffman, hopes the free three day pilot program is a “positive addition to current services offered by the library.”

My take on Monty the Stress Therapy Dog …

MTV and the Associated Press recently teamed up and studied over 2000 students from 40 randomly selected colleges across the nation.  Their results showed that 85% of students are stressed out on a daily basis.  In my career as a hospital pharmacist, I’ve seen therapy dogs make a positive impact in the lives of patients with various medical conditions and suspect those benefits would carry over to stressed out students as well.  As a pharmacist and wellness advocate who specializes in showing students, professionals, and entrepreneurs medication-free strategies to minimize stress and maximize success, I’m ecstatic to see such a program for the students at Yale Law School and hope their trial run is a huge success.

To less stress and abundant success,

Chad

 

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

 

 


 

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I'm a pharmacist who speaks to college & corporate groups. My signature program is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining talk called: Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull.™

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