Wellness Wednesday

Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the hemp plant, is a popular trend in wellness. Better known as CBD oil, it’s found in lotions, candles, coffee, lip balm, and many other products.

CBD oil, although derived from the same plant as marijuana, contains little to none of the chemical that produces a high.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board in August ruled that that CBD oil is illegal under the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Today on Wellness Wednesday we take a closer look at CBD oil and more. 


Some chemicals in food packaging could be harmful to children, according to a new report from the American Academy Pediatrics.

The report highlights five chemical groups to watch out for while grocery shopping. Those are: bisphenols, phthalates, perchlorate and nitrates/nitrites.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss how to keep your kids safe from these chemicals, CDC head injury guidelines and more.



Exercise is good for muscle, heart and mental health.  A recently published study in Lancet Psychiatry says that there might be a point of diminishing returns, however, when it comes to mental wellbeing and exercise.  Today on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss the links between exercise and mental health.  


Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the United State are at an all-time high. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, 2.3 million cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea were reported in 2017, marking the fourth straight year STD rates have risen in the U.S.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, surging STD rates and more.

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As of Monday, more than 600 people have filed complaints against a Chipotle in Powell, Ohio. 

Last week, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant began receiving hundreds of complaints that the restaurant’s food was making people sick. 

Two lawsuits have since been filed. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday we discuss ways to protect yourself against food-borne illness, as well as why variety in workout and recovery routines benefits health.


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Tech Tuesday followers will recognize Russell Holly, contributing editor for Android Central and a regular on the show. They may not know about his personal journal away from the world of tech since 2014. Back then, Russell weighed 540 pounds and lived off fast food and energy drinks.  Since then, he has lost more than 340 pounds.  We talk about how he did it today on All Sides with Ann Fisher.   


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Obesity rates for people who have disabilities are higher for children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new gym that’s opened in Dublin aims to combat that disparity and was started to help people with disabilities stay fit.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, the challenges of staying physically active facing those with disabilities. Also, a new study on alternative cancer treatments and the impact of substance abuse on family members.


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A new study by the consumer website GoodRx has found that the cost for prescriptions can vary videly, even in the same state. 

Cleveland pharmacy prices were 2.5 percent above the national average while Columbus prices were nearly 22 percent below the average.  

Today on Wellness Wednesday, how and why drugs are priced differently in different cities and states.

Also, the growing science of gene editing, and who should check their bone density numbers -- and when. 


Mason, Ohio artist Priya Rama with some of the painting inspired by her chronic migraine headaches.
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Migraines can be debilitating for those who suffer from them. Symptoms include vomiting, light sensitivity, and throbbing headaches. Artist Priya Rama had chronic migraines. At its worst, she had as many as 26 in a month. 


Americans diagnosed with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years before the average American. This is a larger discrepancy than factors such as race, ethnicity, geographic status or socioeconomic status. Rather than passing away from complications from mental illness, patients die from treatable illnesses such as diabetes and cardiac issues.

Join us today as we discuss why these patients die sooner as well as bone marrow transplants and recent fitness research.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov. 


Stanford University researchers have developed a blood test that predicts a pregnant woman's due date, and might identify women who are at risk of giving birth prematurely. The test isn’t ready for general use and the sample size was small, but early results are promising.  

Join us as we discuss that and more today on Wellness Wednesday.


There have been many studies conducted on how to best recover after exercising, but questions remain as to whether post-workout activities actually provide results or if we just think we feel better from them. Join us for a conversation with an expert on the topic.

We will also take a peek into Clintonville's health-friendly fast casual spot, Pocket Produce, and then step into space with a look at what happens to the human body beyond the Earth.

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In an age of social media and film streaming, Americans are becoming more and more socially isolated. Social isolation is considered more objective than loneliness as it includes how one lives and their number of social ties.

Today, we discuss the impact of social isolation in America, the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Columbus and cancer preventing foods.

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While the number of minorities living in the U.S. is expected to exceed 50 percent by 2044, there is a significant lack in representation of these communities among medical researchers and study participants. Today we look into efforts being made to improve inclusion of minorities in such research, including a new study that will ensure 51 percent of its one million participants come from underrepresented groups.

We then discuss the benefits of exercise on health with New York Times Well Blog columnist Gretchen Reynolds and take a look at women's health ahead of Mother's Day.


In March, the most comprehensive penis transplant was performed on a US veteran at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The recipient has already shown signs of improvement as he is able to walk and is projected to make a full recovery. The surgery was made all the more difficult as the recipient has a rare blood type, leading to a smaller amount of possible donors. 

Today, we discuss men's health, the impact stress has on overeating, and Dr. Linda Stone's efforts to combat burnout in medical students through the arts.