Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by autoimmune diseases, such as Graves disease, Type 1 Diabetes, and Rheumatoid arthritis. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases.
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When the immune system functions normally, it protects us against harmful substances like cancerous cells, bacteria, and parasites. Autoimmune diseases occurs when a person’s immune system gets out of whack, and targets its own cells, tissues, or organs.
Most conventional doctors treat the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, but may not look to find the root cause. There are other practitioners who try to uncover the cause of inflammation, and suggest dietary and life style changes to help people heal.
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, Harry had a background in nutrition
and obtained a Master’s in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being.
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Do you and family members have a healthy media diet? If so, how do you set limits?
My guests, Jason Brand and Caroline Knorr discussed how digital technology impacts our relationships with family members and friends.
Is it possible to find balance and health while being connected to our phones, computers, and electronic games?
And, you can hear Jason and Nurse Rona’s podcasts called Digital Diaries at http://www.nurserona.com/?s=digital+diaries. Keep in mind they were done in 2011, so there are many new things since then.
Jason Brand, LCSW, is a family therapist in Berkeley. He specializes in providing support to families in a rapidly changing world where digital technologies are transforming our lives. His work takes place in schools and with organizations where he leads workshops about the entanglements of families, culture and technology. His book, “1 to 1 at Home: A Parent’s Guide to School-Issued Laptops and Tablets” is a practical guide to integrating new technologies into family life. In his private practice, Jason counsels families with children and adolescents. https://www.jasonbrand.com/
Caroline Knorr is a senior parenting editor at Common Sense Media where she helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you’re wondering “what’s the right age for…?” Caroline can help you make the decision that works best for your family. She has more than 20 years of editorial and creative marketing writing experience. She specializes in translating complex information into bite-sized chunks to help families make informed choices about what their kids watch, play, read, and do. And she’s the proud mom of a teenage son whose media passions include Star Wars, StarCraft, graphic novels, and the radio program This American Life.
Email Caroline at email@example.com.
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February 27th on KPFA, 94.1FM
We listened to Dr. Brené Brown talking about cultivating shame resilience, empathy, and how we use perfectionism, numbing, and other tactics to avoid feeling vulnerable.
This CD set also covers the 10 guideposts of wholehearted living.
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.
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On February 20th on @KPFA.org—94.1FM we discussed contraception and reproductive health.
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“Approximately 50 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and of these, 43 percent will end in abortion.” —Dr. Adrienne D. Bonham
How can women get the advice and care they need? What forms of contraception are available? And where do families go for help in planning when they will have children and how to stay healthy in the process.
—Dr. Lealah Pollock is a family physician at the University of California, San Francisco. As an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Pollock works and teaches both at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She specializes in comprehensive care for women living with HIV and their families and family planning for people of all genders. She directs the reproductive health core curriculum for family medicine residents at UCSF.
—Amanda Giordano is the Director of Quality Management and Nursing for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Amanda oversees the processes that ensure the patients are receiving the highest quality of care at all 34 health centers. Additionally, she manages the Registered Nurses at the centers and works directly with patients, as an RN, at various locations. She has a Masters in Health Policy with a Minor in Global Health from the UCSF School of Nursing. Throughout her career Amanda has worked with the underserved population specifically through her involvement with the Rotacare Free Clinic, the Junior League, and as a nurse for a summer camp for low-income kids. Her passion has always been to ensure all patients have access to the high quality health care.
—Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodríguez is the Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country. Lupe served on the board of directors of Essential Access Health and now chairs the board of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, and is the treasurer of the board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She is serving her third term as the Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. She has a BA in neurobiology from Harvard University.
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We discussed the factors of hoarding: excessive acquiring, difficulty discarding, living in cluttered spaces, and having distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding is a common, serious, and treatable behavior, that can have significant negative effects on people who struggle with it and their families.
Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as seven books, including Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Cutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl). His most recent book on the topic of hoarding is Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach. The Mental Health Association of San Francisco awarded him the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the understanding of hoarding and cluttering.
David Bain is a Peer Facilitator with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Team at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. He has a background in technology, education, and psychology. He leads groups teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to individuals dealing with hoarding behaviors as a part of a joint study with University of California San Francisco. He speaks at conferences, develops and presents courses, and presents information to community groups. He has a Masters degree in Education.
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On 1/23/217 we discussed the complexities of
thyroid disease. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands. It influences almost every cell in your body and helps to regulate your metabolism and weight. When your thyroid levels are out of balance, so are you. Join us to learn how your thyroid works, what can cause it to be unbalanced, treatments, and life style changes.
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, Harry had a background in nutrition and obtained a Master’s in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
He strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being.
If you missed the January 16th show on KPFA about The Roots of Health Disparities you can hear it now at https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=251021
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice
in health care is the most shocking and
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Decades of racially discriminatory policies have marginalized people of color in every way, including in areas of housing, transportation, education, employment, and health. In spite of civil rights laws passed 50 years ago—people of color still face barriers on nearly every quality-of-life measure.”
—”Health Equity As a Critical Civil Rights Issue,” PolicyLink, 2015
Dalila Butler, Associate Director, works with the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place to promote social, economic and health equity through environmental and policy change, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. Dalila serves as the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee Chair. She also provides technical assistance to communities across the country and supports research and writing for health team projects. She supports the Boys and Men of Color team by working with networks in advancing policy and practice to advance equity in the areas of health, education, employment, and juvenile justice. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Dalila supported health equity projects at Prevention Institute. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University.
Listen now to an interview with the authors of
The Hidden Half of Nature
(December 26th 2-3PM, 94.1FM, KPFA.org)
The book, The hidden half of Nature,: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, is a riveting exploration of how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves. It reveals why good health—for people and plants—depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. The authors discover startling insights into the similarities between plant roots and the human gut.
Guests and co-authors:
David Montgomery, is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geo-morphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist and the author of three award-winning popular-science books. When not writing or doing geology, he plays guitar in the band Big Dirt.
Anne Biklé is a biologist with wide-ranging interests that have led her into watershed restoration, environmental planning, and public health. She has also worked extensively with community groups and non-profit organizations on environmental stewardship and urban livibility projects. Anne spends her free time out in the garden with her hands on plants and dirt.
You can learn more about their work at http://www.dig2grow.com
December 19th on 94.1FM KPFA.org
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We discussed Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. An acupuncturist encourages the body to promote natural healing by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at acupuncture points.
My guests focused on their work in community clinics, treating people who in the past could not afford acupuncture.
“Our goal is to build community by delivering compassionate care in a comfortable accessible place of rest and refuge. We help create social change by offering relief from pain, suffering, stress and isolation. We envision a world where acupuncture is part of everyday life for people of diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds.” —Sarana Community Acupuncture.
Jeffrey Levin, LAc, received his California acupuncture license and M.S. in Asian Medicine from AIMC in 2008. After a year of successfully working in private practice, he decided to make a change. He started to work at the Oakland Acupuncture Project in early 2010, and since then has helped them open other locations. Aside from continuing to provide an average of 80 acupuncture treatments a week, Jeffery oversees (with co-owner Whitney) the operations of their three clinic locations.
Tatyana Ryevzina, LAc has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 13 years. In 2008, she helped co-found Sarana Community Acupuncture, a non-profit clinic offering affordable accessible acupuncture in a peaceful and relaxing open space. Tatyana discovered her passion for helping bring acupuncture to underserved populations while working in a public health clinic in S.F. and volunteering at CharlotteMaxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland.