The Many Uses Of Medicinal Cannabis

On 2/19/18 I was joined by Dr. Harry Mcilroy on “About Health,” 94.1FM,, to discuss the health benefits of Cannabis.  If you missed any part of the show you can listen now at

This was the second of a two part series. You can listen to the show we did a few months ago by clicking here: 

 “It’s surprising that cannabis ever left our medicine cabinets, since the plant has been used for millennia in cultures throughout the world as a curative for ailments of both mind and body.” —Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Harry McIlroy, MD, is an integrative physician certified with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Before medical school and completion of residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, he had a background in nutrition and obtained a Master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Harry McIlroy strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being.

Little Big Steps After A Life Changing Injury

You can listen to an interview I did with Arash Bayatmakou, author of, Little Big Steps, A Life-Changing Injury and the Inspirational Journey to Overcome the Odds.

Arash had a traumatic injury that changed his life forever. On his road to recovery he has worked diligently towards regaining function and getting back on his feet. Listen to his story! He is an inspiration for anyone who has suffered from a trauma or debilitating illness, and who can use an extra dose of hope.

Following his undergraduate studies, Arash Bayatmakou, used his knowledge of five languages to work in dozens of countries throughout four continents. He completed an MBA focusing on social enterprise and entrepreneurship from the University of San Francisco. He co-founded Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours and worked for two clean-tech startups. Arash suffered a traumatic cervical spinal cord injury in 2012 and was given a dire prognosis for recovery. Arash has written a memior, “Little Big Steps – A Life-Changing Injury and the Inspirational Journey to Overcome the Odds.” It details the pivotal moments, interactions, and breakthroughs, in the first two years following his injury. And he is still working, just as hard as ever, on improving his condition. You can find out more about him at and

More Health And Ease In The New Year

Tune in here to the show I did on 1/1/17 on About Health on KPFA, 94.1FM

2017 was a difficult year, causing many people to feel more stress, anxiety, and fear. We are faced with the reality that there are many things we can’t change….things out of our control, but there are things we can change. Are you wondering what will unfold on a global, local, and personal level in 2018? Join us to discuss how to set goals that are authentic and realistic to live happier and healthier lives….and stay strong and engaged to do what we can, to be conscious citizens of the planet.


Marilynn Preston is the author of “All is Well, the Art and Science of personal well-being”. She is a journalist, healthy lifestyle expert, Emmy winning TV producer, and author of “Energy Express,” the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the US. In her 40 plus year career as a journalist, Marilynn spent 18 years at the Chicago Tribune as a media critic and feature writer. She is also an ACE-certified fitness trainer and certified Wellcoach. And is  the founding chair of Girls in the Game—a life-changing non profit that helps girls get the healthy lifestyle training they need to become strong confident women. To learn more about Marilynn go to 


Trauma and Resilience

If you missed the show on @KPFA 94.1FM on Christmas Day (12/25/17) you can listen now:

The holiday season can be difficult for people suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder…better know as PTSD. During this time of year some people try to avoid situations that trigger memories of a traumatic event, or they avoid people they feel uncomfortable around. Sometimes family or friends are involved in a history of trauma, and seeing a specific person can be really challenging. The  holidays are “supposed to be joyful” but some people feel alienated for not pretending to be happy. And sometimes a person doesn’t even realize why she’s feeling down around this time of year.  It can be really helpful to understand some of the causes that are  influencing your emotional state, and also what to do about it.


Rachel Walker received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she specialized in Expressive Arts Therapy. In the past she worked with people with chronic mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, with criminal offenders, and with people suffering from addictions. She has provided individual, couple, and family therapy to clients facing a wide range of clinical issues including: anxiety, trauma, addiction, divorce, grief, bi-polar, cultural and diversity issues, eating disorders and creative and professional blocks. She is trained in modern dance and contact improvisation and Authentic Movement. Rachel has also studied improvisational writing, theater, and voice. Currently she sees clients as an EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapist in Berkeley, California. She is a certified EMDR therapist and approved EMDR consultant.  Go to to learn more about her work.

Homelessness: A public health crisis

Listen now to our show from  11/27/17, on 94.1FM

Being unhoused makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to access general health services. Poor health, addiction, mental illness, and violence are some things that lead to homelessness, and homelessness can make all of these things worse.

The majority of adults that experience homelessness have more than one health issue. They range from hypertension and diabetes to HIV and viral hepatitis, but the most significant reasons people go to emergency-rooms are mental illness and addiction. The sick and vulnerable become homeless, and the homeless become sicker and more vulnerable.


Alejandro Soto-Vigil comes from a family of activists in the Bay Area. Last year he was re-elected to his second term on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. After 8 years working in the City of Berkeley as a legislative aide, Alejandro now serves as the program manager for the Berkeley Drop-In Center, an organization that has served Berkeley’s homeless residents for over 25 years. Alejandro majored in political sciences at UC Berkeley. 


Jeffrey Seal is the medical director and interim director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. He has worked at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. He completed his medical degree at Boston University, a psychiatry residency at UCSF, and a chief residency at San Francisco General Hospital. He grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and currently lives in Oakland CA. He is a current California Health Care Foundation Leadership fellow and has special interests in public health systems, social determinants of health, re-entry populations, and trauma.