All too often health care providers prescribe medications and treatments without digging deep into the root causes of illness. Also, some people prefer a medication prescription rather than making life style changes such as healthy eating—eliminating pesticides, processed foods, and allergens. And for other people, eating organic or non-GMO foods can be challenging because of cost and availability.
Food related causes of ill health is a personal, community, and national problem.You can listen to the January 22, 2018 show now at:
Guest: Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has previously published six books on the social dynamics of health, scientific knowledge and politics, and is currently the editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
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 http://marilynnpreston.com/
If you missed the show on @KPFA 94.1FM on Christmas Day (12/25/17) you can listen now: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=275452
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 http://rachelwalkermft.com/ to learn more about her work.
Listen now to our show from 11/27/17, on KPFA.org 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.
Listen to About Health’s show from 11/20/17
A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the U.S. and is the fifth leading cause of death, killing about 140,000 Americans each year.
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. Recovery from a stroke is a life long process, and there are many people, like my guest, Dr. Diane Barnes, who have a story to tell that might help you or a loved one with recovery and hope.
Common Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
Dr. Diane Barnes is a third generation physician. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University School of Medicine, and is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology. She left the practice of medicine in 2010. After surviving the catastrophe that inspired her one-women show, My Stroke of Luck, Diane Barnes discovered improvisation. Now a Meisner-trained actor, she also completed the American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress, and studied with Anna Deavere Smith, Ann Randolph, Keith Johnstone, and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. You can find out more about her show, presented November 2-December 9, at www.themarsh.org, or call The Marsh box office at 415-282-3055
Patricia Gill, MS, MFT, is the Executive Director at the Schurig Center.
She started there in 2006 as a Teacher/Counselor and transitioned to Programs Director in 2007, and then Executive Director in 2009. Patricia earned a BA and MS in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University and has worked in research and clinical positions at UC Davis and UCSF. Other professional positions include management of an Alzheimer’s and Dementia residential program; administration of neuropsychological testing; teaching at the University of San Francisco; coordinating research projects at UCSF/USF; and providing psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and groups. Patricia is passionate about providing services that enhance people’s lives and ability to meaningfully engage with the community.
Listen now: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=271121
Whether you’re a professional athlete, high school soccer player, in the military, a victim of a traffic accident, or an elder who has fallen, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will change your brain and often your life.
At least 3.17 million Americans are living with long-term disabilities related to TBI. An integrative approach is essential to healing.
Dr. Dan Engle was my guest on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, Oct.23 2017, to discuss causes and treatments of TBI’s.
Dr. Dan Engle is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines functional medicine, intergratie psychiatry, neuro-cognitive restoration and peak performance methods. He lectures and consults globally and is the medical advisor to Onnit Labs, the True Rest Float Centers and several international treatment centers using indigenous plant medicines for healing and recovery. His other programs include: Freedom From Meds and Full Spectrum Medicine. You can learn more about him at http://drdanengle.com/
You can order his book at: https://www.amazon.com/Concussion-Repair-Manual-Practical-Recovering/dp/1946697346/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Listen now to the show we did on About Health (10/2/17) on KPFA.org
We discussed the complexities of getting a good night sleep and talked about insomnia, jet lag, circadian rhythms, shift work, electronics, and other sleep concerns.
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Jamie Zeitzer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and a health science specialist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is a member of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Child Health Research Institute, and Stanford Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Zeitzer’s work has direct application in jet lag, shift work, and altered sleep timing in teens and older individuals.
If you missed todays show (8/21/17) Listen Now to About Health
What is it like to live with a parent with mental illness who keeps his illness a secret? And how do we as individuals and as a society reduce the stigma associated with illnesses such bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression?Silence and shame must be transformed into open dialogue.
Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco. He is the author of twelve books, and his book, Another Kind of Madness, A journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness, has just been released. His research efforts in clinical and developmental psychology have received numerous international awards.
“Another Kind of Madness is one of the best books I’ve read about the cost of stigma and silence in a family touched by mental illness. I was profoundly moved by Hinshaw’s story written beautifully, from the inside out. It’s a masterpiece.”
Listen to the show we did on July 31st on About Health KPFA.org 94.1FM
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Dr. Vanessa Grubbs and Robert Phillips talked with us about kidney disease, dialysis, the long wait for transplants, and inequities in care. In Dr. Grubbs new book, “Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers,” she describes her journey to donate a kidney to the man she fell in love with and then married (Robert).
Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco, and maintains a clinical practice and research program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She also teaches writing for patient advocacy to medical students and practicing physicians.
Robert Phillips is the President and CEO of Social Interest Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality health and social services through technology and policy solutions. Robert is an accomplished executive with nearly 25 years of experience working in political campaigns, health policy, health systems, technology, philanthropy, and strategic consulting. He and Vanessa are married.