Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

Welcome to Alphabet Soup: a mental health and medicine podcast with Neva Hidajat! Medical conditions, myths, mental health, and their history, the maze of human emotions; we explore them all in a series of short and sweet, weekly episodes. Instagram: @alphabetsoup.podcast https://www.alphasoup.co/

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September 7, 2021 6 min

Social media monsters are the cues and rewards that make social media so addicting, and dangerous to mental health! Part 2 focuses about how you can handle your social media monsters through the power of moderation. 


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An astounding 81% of Americans today are smartphone users, and 79% of them are active on social media platforms. Even comparing 30 years ago to today, we can observe how much smartphones and social media have consumed and transformed our society. Positive: increased connectivity and negative: higher potential risk for mental health problems. These negative risks are social media monsters...


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Story about a 19-year old university student who overdosed on soy sauce and faced life-threatening conditions all because of a dare. The power that peer pressure holds on us, and how we can work to exert positive peer pressure instead. 


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August 17, 2021 6 min

Sudoku - the greatest worldwide puzzle sensation since the Rubik's cube - was the trigger for one man's clonic seizures. The patient was skiing when he got caught in an avalanche and suffered 15 minutes of oxygen deprivation. Brain damage was certain, but why sudoku seizures? Find out more in today's episode! 


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Before, mental health disorders were thought to be caused by individual factors. However, scientists have long realized that these conditions tend to run in families, suggesting a possible genetic correlation. Neva explores the genetic variations that serve as a link between five mental disorders: autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression, or schizophrenia. CACNA1C and CTCF, what do these genes have to do with mental disorde...

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The origins of Chai Tea, plus five scientifically proven heath benefits including lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, anti-nausea properties and more! Time "tea" get our Chai on! 


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The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are here! Athletes have trained their whole lives to make it to the Olympic Games. Today on the show I share some of their stories of endurance. #simonebiles #michaelphelps #lydiajacoby #aliphinetuliamuk #kevinmcdowell


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It's a fact that EVERY single human being on this planet has their own unique set of strengths. Neva talks with special guest Michael Beavers - a leadership and life coach, and CEO of a strengths-based organization - about how you can better use those strengths as your own "superpowers" and more. 


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Anorexia is a condition that has been heightened by Society's pressures and social media. We live in an increasingly "Anti-Obese" world that internalizes the fear of being called "obese" in some. Social media posts of what we are "supposed" to look like place unrealistic standards in our minds. But what was our downfall can be our solution. Find out more by listening to the episode. 


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White noise can optimize your focus and learning abilities! Studies also show that white noise helps people sleep... I can't help but wonder what benefits a white noise power nap could reap? Finally, while some kinds of noises (like the distracting sound of your co-worker sipping coffee) are good to drown out, Steve Jobs reminds us to never let the noise of other people's opinions drown out your inner voice. 


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June 29, 2021 7 min

Wonder why you're feeling more exhausted after your naps? It could be that you're trigerring sleep inertia by waking up while you're in your deep sleep! Learn the secrets of Power Napping to feel more invigorated! 

Also, Alphabet Soup's website is up! Check it out for more info on power napping, your host, and the show at https://www.alphasoup.co/ 


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June 22, 2021 7 min

Many people are searching for a way to describe the feeling that you aren't worthy of something... If this sounds like you, you'll want to listen to this episode. Feeling like an imposter in an area out of your depth is surprisingly common, in fact over 82% of people will encounter Imposter Syndrome at least once in their lives, including me. This is my first step to combat my Imposter Syndrome. 

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Neva learns from Dr. Mark Reeves, a cancer surgeon, and Dr. Michelle Reeves, A family medicine specialist, about the value of eating a plant-based diet + daily exercise. Discover what the doctors have to say about Beyond Meat and hear about the doctor's journeys and favorite quote, (hint: it's by Abraham Lincoln), in this very special episode!

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June 8, 2021 8 min

Neva talks about friendships, and how they can improve our health and wellbeing! Did you know, studies have found that friends can lower your risk of depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and even increase longevity? 

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June 1, 2021 8 min

Listening to music brings comfort. Plus, it's a total workout for your brain! Can good music also affect the formation of Ice crystals in water? Find out in today's episode of Alphabet Soup!

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Join Neva in learning more about the martial art that gave Zhang Shanfeng superhuman-abilities... Okay, realistically the benefits are more like better core strength, flexibility and proprioception, but it's still fascinating! 

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Our thoughts conduct our lives... even when we only have direct control over 10 percent of them! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Neva talks about how it's normal to feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts, and how to combat that with positivity. 

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May 11, 2021 8 min

Asthma: an airway predator. Let's find out more about this currently incurable disease!

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May 9, 2021 1 min

What's the inspiration behind Alphabet Soup? Find out in this short, welcome episode. 

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