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  • Managing the Anxiety of Parenting Teens
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  • How To Be A Good Parent On A Budget
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  • The View From The Bay - Discussing men's and women's communication
    The View From The Bay - Discussing men's and women's communication
  • AVG - The Digital Playground
    AVG - The Digital Playground
  • AVG Digital Diaries Episode 2: Digital Birth
    AVG Digital Diaries Episode 2: Digital Birth
  • AVG Digital Diaries Episode 3: Internet Safety for Six to Nine-Year-Olds
    AVG Digital Diaries Episode 3: Internet Safety for Six to Nine-Year-Olds
  • Shelly Rivoli with Rona Renner on The View from the Bay
    Shelly Rivoli with Rona Renner on The View from the Bay
  • Blossoming Mom Series (PART ONE)
    Blossoming Mom Series (PART ONE)
  • Blossoming Mom Series (PART TWO)
    Blossoming Mom Series (PART TWO)
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  • Blossoming Moms Series (PART FOUR)
    Blossoming Moms Series (PART FOUR)

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Autism Through The Lifespan: Desire for a Brighter Future

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More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. In  2014, the Centers for Disease Control identified 1 in 68 children as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors.” —Autism Speaks

Join my guests, Jill Escher and Zack Oelerich

April 24th from 2-3PM on About Health  94.1FM, KPFA.org 

 “Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.”

—Temple Grandin

Call us with your experiences and your questions: 1-800-958-9008 

Guests:

Jill Escher is president of the nonprofit, Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, working to build a strong Bay Area autism community and focusing on the growing crisis in adult care, services and housing. Jill is an autism philanthropist, real estate investor, former lawyer, and mother of two children with nonverbal autism. Through the Escher Fund for Autism, Jill partners with major research organizations to spearhead pioneering autism causation research. She is also an active volunteer in the Bay Area’s autism community, including organizations such as Morgan Autism Center and Autism Fun Bay Area. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the UC Berkeley School of Law and can be reached at jill.escher@gmail.com.

Zack Oelerich is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has lived and practiced in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He specializes in the comprehensive treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Zack’s philosophy builds on the unique strengths and sensitivities of his clients. In his psychotherapy practice, he helps teens and adults understand more about their Neurodiversity and how it impacts their lives. Zack also consults with technology professionals in the public and private sectors, assisting organizations in better understanding the nuances and complex group dynamics of their creative and sensitive coworkers.  You can reach Zack at Zackoelerich@gmail.com
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Autoimmune Diseases: An integrative approach to treatment

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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.

You can listen NOW to About Health

 https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=257981

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.

Guest:

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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Digital Technology and Health: Is there such a thing as balance?

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Listen to todays show, 3/27/17, on KPFA

https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=256348

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. 

 Guests:

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 support@commonsensesupport.desk-mail.com.

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The Clutter in Your Life: Understanding Hoarding Behaviors

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

https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=251992

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.

Guests:

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.

 

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Your Thyroid Health

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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.

Guest:
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.

 

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