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    AVG Digital Diaries Episode 2: Digital Birth
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    AVG Digital Diaries Episode 3: Internet Safety for Six to Nine-Year-Olds
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    Shelly Rivoli with Rona Renner on The View from the Bay
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The Clutter in Your Life: Understanding Hoarding Behaviors


You Can LISTEN NOW to the About Health show (January 30, 2017)


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.


51ayyjRMmxL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_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.


Your Thyroid Health

Listen Now to About Health, KPFA 94.1 FM https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=251433

On 1/23/217 we discussed the complexities of

thyroid disease. The thyroid is one of imgresthe 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.

160608_Harry_McIlroy_0053_bw-768x1152Harry 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.


Roots of Health Disparities

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


images“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


Dr. Muntu Davis is the Public Health Department Director and County Health Officer in Alameda County, California. He advises the County Board of Supervisors, local government agencies, and community members and organizations on medical and public health issues and on the development and implementation of public health policy and practices. He also provides oversight, strategic direction, and fiscal management of the department and all of its divisions. He joined the ACPHD in October 2005. Prior to working Alameda County, he worked in the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Health Services on pandemic planning and education on febrile rash evaluation. He also practiced medicine in urban and rural primary care and urgent care clinics in Northern and Southern California. He held multiple positions at the Continuity of Instruction to Reinforce Our Children’s Learning Environment (C.I.R.C.L.E.) program at the Tom Bradley Elementary School including co-director and member of the board of directors. Dr. Davis completed a residency in Family Medicine at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California. He completed The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy Fellowship and received his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

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.

The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health


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

Community Acupuncture

December 19th on 94.1FM KPFA.org 

You can hear the show now at 




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. 


Fund Drive: The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting

Tune in2265 on Dec. 12th to “About Health”

KPFA, 94.1FM, from 2-3PM.

You will hear Dr. Brené Brown talking about Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection

Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents guideposts to creating “whole-hebrene-brown-home-360x239arted” families. 

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.imagesTis the season of giving, so please think about making a tax-deductible donation to KPFA, so they can do what they’ve been doing for 67 years, speaking truth to power, fostering real change, and making a transformative impact. Please donate at https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ 

Alcohol Addiction: Rethinking Drinking

Listen Live to the show I did with Lisa Frederiksen 

on 94.1 FM, KPFA.org, on 11/28/16 


We addressed alcohol addiction as a chronic and treatable brain disease that requires medical intervention, not moral judgment.




My guest:

lisa-42Lisa Frederiksen is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!,” “Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn’t,” and “Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions.” She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention, and treatment; mental disorders; addiction as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); and secondhand drinking (SHD) help for the family. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits, and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.


Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer, One Precious Day at a Time.

Listen now to About Health, KPFA.org, 94.1FM, Oct 31st from 2-3PM.


1 in 8 (about 12%) women in the U.S will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and it’s estimated that 40,450 women will die this year from breast cancer.sunset

What is it like for someone who has a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, as they face the challenges of treatments, tests, side effects, and planning for their future? And how do they develop the ability and mindset to live each day fully with a full range of emotions and experiences?

 My Guests:
Dr. Janet Sollod has a unique perspective being both a physician and cancer patient for the last nine years.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr Janet went to MIT undergrad, USC medical school, and UCLA for pediatric residency.  She practiced for a year in Puerto Rico before joining her father in his pediatric practice in San Francisco in 2004.  They eventually became partners, then sold the practice last year.  Dr Janet has been living with metastatic breast cancer for over seven years.  She also snowboards, rock climbs, dances, hikes, backpacks, practices yoga, travels the world and says “Yes” to any adventure. To hear her speak listen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu31oIlHEP8&feature=youtu.be
Catherine Williams was one of the 6-10% of people diagnosed with “de novo,” or from the beginning, stage IV metastatic breast cancer, after her first mammogram at age 40. She is a patient advocate and volunteers for several organizations including METUP, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, METAvivor, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), and the California Dialogue on Cancer. Catherine is determined to help change the landscape of metastatic breast cancer. She loves books, traveling, cooking & eating, outdoor adventures, and the Oregon Ducks. After a couple of life-changing experiences that helped her deal with her diagnosis, she adopted a new motto: We Never Have Another Chance At Today!

Type II Diabetes: Health Obstacles, and Tools for Healing

Tune in now if you missed the show on KPFA



Over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. In adults 20 and older, more than one in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors that figure rises to more than one in four. Type 2 diabetes represents 90-95 percent of all diabetes cases.

People can reduce the complications of diabetes by getting support, good medical care, and learning how to make some lifestyle changes.


Harry McIlroy, MD is an integrative 40-kpfa-picturephysician 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.


Michael Beda9781505445886_p0_v1_s192x300r, MA, is Co-Director of the East Bay Healing Collective, and author of,  Sweet Healing, A Whole Health Journey.  He also helped found the project that became the documentary film”Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.” As a storyteller, speaker, spiritual counselor, and author, his work has inspired people to be honest about their experience of being blocked in their health, and move into wellness practices.
You can find out more at www.readsweethealing.com.


Social Determinants of Health and Inequities

You can listen to today’s show (Oct.2, 2016)

  “About Health” on KPFA radio


images-1Your health and the health of your community is affected by many factors.

We know that health care is essential for all, but it is only one health determinant.  There is a broad range of social, economic, racial, and environmental factors that can support or hinder healthy outcomes.

How do we get to greater health equity? Join us for this important conversation.

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.–“World Health Organization”

My Guests:

Dr. Dayna Long is the Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is also an Attending Physician. Her career has been dedicated to addressing health inequities that affect families and young children. In addition to her role as pediatrician, she also serves as a steering committee member of First Five-Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement, Co-founder and Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Spokeswoman for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Initiative….and much more. You can find out more about her at http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/find-a-doctor/long-dayna-a-md-473.aspx

Anna Gruver, LCSW, is the Maternal, Paternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MPCAH) Coordinator and Health Care Services Administrator at Alameda County’s Public Health Department. She is a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field of social work focusing on children and families for more than 20 years. As the MPCAH Coordinator and Alameda County Healthy Start Initiative Project Director she leads the integration of maternal child/early childhood family support services for pregnant women and families with young children; looking closely at social determinants of health and the strength of families. 

MPCAH enhances access to comprehensive, quality health care and focuses on early intervention and prevention services.  The goal is to reduce health disparities, protect and improve health outcomes among Alameda County families, including pregnant women, parenting women and men, and their children.


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