How We Zoom: Co-Founder & CEO Dave Sanders at TEDx Portland 2017

On April 15th, ZOOM+Care Co-Founder and CEO Dave Sanders took the stage at TEDx Portland to reveal the 3-part formula that has already begun to revolutionize healthcare. Watch the crowd-rallying talk or read the full transcript below.

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Seen at Zoom: Our Derm’s 5 Fave Sunscreens For Sensitive Skin

Crappy sunscreen makes you feel like you’re coated in Elmer’s glue. It can also irritate sensitive and acne-prone skin. Which is why many of us with skin issues often skip SPF altogether.

Of course we know we shouldn’t: Wearing sunscreen on the regular can lower risk of melanoma by 50-73%. We just need to find one we can tolerate.

To that end, we asked Zoom’s Lead Dermatologist Omar Qutub, MD, for his reigning favorites. If your current bottle, tube, stick, or aerosol SPF isn’t cutting it, check out this list.

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Hey Zoom, Fidget Spinners Don’t Actually Help with Anxiety, Do They?

There’s no research on fidget spinners, but some psychiatrists are optimistic that the toy can help kids with autism avoid more disruptive behaviors. It may also reduce nervous habits like nail biting.

Like stress balls or worry stones, it’s really how you choose to use a fidget spinner that matters.

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Hey Zoom, is Drinking LaCroix All Day Bad For Me?

Gulp. We hope not. But now that you mention it… a bunch of rumors about the health risks of carbonated water are coming to mind.

Given our nationwide obsession with LaCroix (which Zoom has no affiliation with, by the way), it’s time to double-check the research.

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Hey Zoom, Is It OK to Suggest Someone Get Help for Anxiety or Depression?

It depends on where you’re coming from, says Erik Vanderlip, MD MPH, Psychiatrist and Zoom’s Mental Health Team Lead.

Here’s why you should give yourself a gut-check before bringing up potential anxiety or depression — and how to express your concern the right way.

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Seen at Zoom: When an IUD Causes Pain During Sex

The IUD fan club gets bigger every day. Its most impressive members? Female GYNs. When it comes to their own birth control, gynecologists pick intrauterine devices more often than the Pill or implants.

They know that IUDs deliver maintenance-free contraception for 3 to 10 years (depending on the type and model). And that serious complications are reassuringly rare. But as a recent Zoom patient demonstrated, an IUD can cause pain during sex. Which completely defeats its purpose.

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Hey Zoom: Should I Be Eating All This Activated Charcoal?

Great question. We’ve been eating a fair share of activated charcoal ourselves. The Salty Caramel Ash ice cream at Frankie and Jo’s is delicious. And when you’re having a horrible day, there’s nothing like sipping a smoothie that’s as black as your mood.

We consulted a ZOOM+Care doc to find out if this stuff is helping or hurting us.

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Hey Zoom: Is Doing the Nude Bike Ride Good for My Mental Health?

YES! And we’re not just saying that because we plan to take pics and blackmail you when you run for office, start a company, or file for custody of your children.

“If you do the Nude Bike Ride the right way, it can boost your confidence and resilience,” says Psychiatrist and Zoom Mental Health Team Lead Erik Vanderlip, MD MPH.

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Health Hack: Hate Your Job? Say These 3 Things to Feel Better

Your boss is unbearable, the work is beneath you, the money sucks… we’re hearing a lot of people wallowing in work stress these days. You too?

To help you enjoy the rest of your life, we tracked down Erik Vanderlip, MD, Psychiatrist and Mental Health Team Lead at ZOOM+Care and got some advice on diffusing work stress at the end of the day.

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Hey Zoom, I Keep Thinking About the MAX Attack and I’m Scared to Ride the Train. Is This Normal?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Mental Health professionals, it’s that they’re not keen on labelling stuff “normal” or “not normal.” But when we cornered ZOOM+Care Psychiatrist Erik Vanderlip, MD, MPH, and insisted he answer your question, he said “Well, it isn’t abnormal.”

“When something happens in the world around us that’s traumatizing and awful, it can open old psychological wounds or create new ones,” says Dr. Vanderlip. “The closer and more directly we’re impacted, the deeper the wound and the slower it is to heal.”

Luckily, there are proven ways to overcome your anxiety.

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