How to Prioritize Your Health | Jerrica Dodd | Purse Power

Dr. Jerrica Dodd

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Ep 150 - How do you decide how much water to drink a day, how much Vitamin D should you take? Jerrica Dodd answers these questions and more! Jerrica Dodd is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, and leader. She has been a pharmacist for 20 years and recently transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship after a 17-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. She’s the founder of Your Pharmacy Advocate LLC, which exists to close the gap on medication risks allowing prescribers and patients to manage health better. In this episode, Dr. Jerrica talks about the importance of prioritizing health, especially during the pandemic. Listen in to learn the importance of making behavioral and lifestyle changes for the betterment of your long-term health. You will also learn how to handle medication and to advocate for your health with your practitioner.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to take control of your health to avoid chronic illnesses that lead to a worse covid prognosis
  • How to mitigate physical and mental stress to protect your immune system
  • How to advocate for your health by voicing your concerns and opinions with your practitioner
  • How to collect data on the impact of your medication to have an objective conversation with your physician
  • Have a list of your health information that you share with trusted people in case they might need to speak on your behalf

In this episode you'll discover:

Get to know Dr. Jerrica and the events that led her to start prioritizing her health [0:42]

The importance of prioritizing and taking control of your health [2:41]

The steps you need to take to support your immune system during the pandemic [4:30]

The things to do to avoid physical and mental stress, which impacts the immune system [8:28]

The process that Dr. Jerrica uses to assess the health of her patients [15:28]

Why you should advocate for your health and look for a second opinion if not heard [18:27]

Why you shouldn’t stop medication without the guidance of a practitioner [21:00]

Why not to take expired medicine plus the best way to dispose of expired meds [24:33]

How to take this opportunity to connect with other people or be creative [26:55]

The importance of taking drugs as prescribed to get their full effect [30:32]

Why you should just consume sugar instead of artificial sweeteners [34:05]

The neurological effects of excess vitamin D and how to prevent it [37:21]

How exercise helps the insulin in the body do its job more, leading to a healthier you [39:01]

Why too much water is harmful and how to drink the healthy amount [40:34]

Learn to prioritize your health over anything else to prolong your life [43:00]

The importance of making, keeping, and sharing your medical information with trusted people [44:59]

How to be careful with looking for health information on the internet [46:46]



Dr. Jerrica Dodd is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, and leader. Throughout her years in the pharma industry and in several community venues, Jerrica has experience speaking to diverse audiences including physicians and other health care providers.

She served for 15 years as a Medical Science Liaison/Director between pharma companies and healthcare practitioners discussing clinical and medical data as well as coordinating involvement in sponsor and investigator-initiated trials. She has served as the Summer Commencement speaker for the Atlanta campus of Sanford Brown College in 2012 and 2013.


Jerrica is an ordained and licensed minister and served for 6 years at the Global Leadership Christian Center in various roles on the ministry leadership team. Jerrica is the managing member of JD3 Enterprises, LLC and Jerrica Speaks, LLC. and her most recent start-up is Your Pharmacy Advocate LLC. YPA exists to close the gap on medication risks allowing prescribers and patients to manage health better. YPA allows pharmacists to be partners in safe medication use, and Dr. Dodd often says, “everyone needs a pharmacist in their life at some time or another.”


Dr. Dodd holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science with a focus in Applied Pharmacoeconomics from the University of Florida. She completed an ASHP accredited residency at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. Dr. Dodd has been a pharmacist for 20 years and recently transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship after a 17-year career in the pharmaceutical industry in various roles in Medical Affairs and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to her time in the pharma industry, she managed a hospital pharmacy and has had experience in retail pharmacy.

Her recent educational pursuits have been the completion of a Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Currently, she is enrolled in the Institute of Functional Medicine and aiming to introduce a functional medicine perspective to the pharmaceutical management of member patients of Your Pharmacy Advocate, LLC.





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