Shame is a universal social emotion meant to keep us out of trouble. It may be expressed in many ways including perfectionism or feeling worthless. It can be hard to detect shame since it can bind with other emotions, such as grief, anger, or fear. Shame can be transformed from a self-punishing emotion into an ally supporting our well being and health.
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Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP, and Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT, are long-time helping professionals who have devoted the last twenty years of their lives to healing shame. They are the founders and co-directors of the Center for Healing Shame. Through their workshops, they have taught thousands of therapists, coaches, and other helping professionals from all over the world how to more effectively identify and work with shame.
Sheila is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered drama therapist, and has taught at JFK University and CIIS, as well as being the eating disorder specialist at a hospital and directing Embodied Life Stories performances. Bret holds doctorates in both psychology and drama and has taught at Tufts University, Pomona College, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as written and directed plays in regional theater and off-off Broadway.
Sheila and Bret are married and live in Oakland, California. When they are not working to heal the planet through healing shame, Sheila devotes herself to painting, and Bret puts his soul into photographing birds and other wildlife. Please visit healingshame.com to discover more about them and their work.
About Health on 94.1FM—KPFA.org, 1/15/23
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In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will discuss African American Wellness. The harsh reality is that not all patients are treated equally, and racism has consequences on a person’s health and health care. An Associated Press wire story from 1966, contained Dr. King’s famous quotation regarding injustice in health care—“Of all the forms of in-equality, injustice in health, is the most shocking and in-human.”
My guest today, Dr Michael Lenoir, has been committed to the health and well-being of the African American community for a long time now…believing that “Healthcare is a fundamental right.”
Guest: Dr. Michael Lenoir
Dr. LeNoir has been the CEO of the Ethnic Health America Network, and currently he is CEO and Chairperson of the African American Wellness Project and the host and producer of the Black Doctors Speak Podcast. He is a board-certified, practicing pediatrician in Oakland, and a nationally recognized expert on asthma in inner cities. In the past he served as president of the Ethnic Health Institute at Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center and associate clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been an active member of the National Medical Association and was the 114th President. Dr. Lenore was the host of About Health Radio show on KPFA.org for over 20 years.
Good oral health is a critical component of health for adults and children. It not only helps prevent problems like cavities and gum disease but also contributes to overall wellbeing. In California, more than 50% of children in kindergarten already have experienced dental decay, with nearly 3 in 10 being untreated. Maintaining good oral health through oral hygiene, healthy nutrition, and receiving preventive and early dental care can reduce the risk of systemic diseases, improve self-esteem, and support good nutrition.
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Dr. Jared Fine is the former Dental Health Administrator, for Alameda County, where he served the Public Health Department for nearly 40 years. After graduation from dental school at Maryland, he served in the US Navy Dental Cops at Treasure Island. He completed his, Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley before completing a dental public health residency at UCSF.He is recognized in as a visionary leader in public health policy, program development, advocacy and community organization. He initiated Alameda County’s WIC oral health program, and led Alameda County in the development of its first 5 year strategic Plan for Oral Health. He co-chaired the successful 2016 Soda Tax Campaign in Oakland and served on Oakland’s Advisory Commission for 2 years. Dr. Fine co-chaired the advisory committee to the California Oral Health Plan, chaired the non profit Center for Oral Health for 10 years, co-chairs the Oral Health Committee of the County Public Health Commission. He has served on the Board of the Alameda County Dental Society since 1986 and initiated the development of “California Dental Association’s 7 Year Strategic Plan to Overcome Barriers in Access to Care.”Most recently he has served as a consultantto Alameda County’s Healthy Teeth Healthy Communities, Dental Transformation Initiative pilot project serving as the Dental Health Ambassador.
Dr. Bahar Amanzadeh, DDS, MPH, is a California Oral Health Technical Assistance Center (COHTAC) member and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry. She has been the Dental Health Administrator at the Alameda County Department of Public Health where she planned, evaluated, and oversaw the dental public health programs. She is an independent consultant in dental public health. She works with multiple organizations and local jurisdictions to conduct oral health needs assessments, develop community oral health improvement plans, and guide the implementation and evaluation of such plans. She focuses on school oral health programs and dental care coordination and strives to engage the communities to build the infrastructures to combat oral health disparities. Previously, she directed the Community Based Dental Education program at UCSF School of Dentistry. Dr. Amanzadeh has an extensive background in working with underserved communities, designing educational, preventive programs and integrative systems of care in the areas of children’s oral health and school oral health programs, dental care coordination and community health workers, the oral health of pregnant women, seniors, people with disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness, motivational interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. She is also a mother, a visual artist, and an intuitive painting facilitator.
With the holiday season upon us, it may be a good time to reflect on your relationship with alcohol. Rebecca Williams, PhD, author of the new book, Simple Ways to Unwind without Alcohol, offers us strategies for behavior changes that can lead to more ease and better health. She encourages us to slow down, develop compassion for ourselves, and discover new ways of understanding what we need.
About Health 12/4/23, KPFA.org—94.1FM ….Listen now!
Rebecca E. Williams, PhD is a psychologist, wellness expert, and award-winning author. She received her master’s degree from Harvard University, and her doctorate with a specialization in clinical psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rebecca enjoyed a twenty year career as a clinic director with the San Diego VA Healthcare System; was associate clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego; and maintained an active private practice. She is co-author of two popular books bridging addiction recovery with the power of mindfulness. The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction and The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress, and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors. The workbook is now in its second edition and has been translated into multiple languages. Rebecca is excited to introduce her latest book Simple Ways to Unwind without Alcohol: 50 Tips to Drink Less and Enjoy More designed for those who want to change their relationship with alcohol and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Find out more by visiting her website www.mindfulnessworkbook.com.
Have you wondered about the safety of the products you use to keep your home clean, or the chemicals that are in your lipstick or hair products? Did you know that you may be putting asbestos, formaldehyde, or even lead on your hair or lips? Toxic chemicals in our cosmetics, sunscreens, and skin care products are unregulated, and many cleaning produces, non-stick frying pans, or water resistance clothes, may contain the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Recent reports from the United States Environmental Protection Agency reveal that PFAS may be a bigger issue than we originally thought.
Every day we’re exposed to toxic chemicals in the air, water, food, and in the products we use. The more we know, the better chance we have of making good choices for our health and the health of our children.
Listen now to About Health 11/6/23, KPFA radio—94.1FM
Kaley Beins is a Senior Scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG). She focuses on the intersection of public health and toxicology, specifically improving human health by reducing chemical exposures. Before joining EWG, she worked for the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she contributed to consensus studies and organized federally funded workshops. Prior to her work at the National Academies, she helped develop toxicological profiles for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and supported green chemistry and product labeling programs for the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also contributed to community health and environmental justice initiatives at nonprofits and local health departments. Kaley is active in the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society as vice president, was a Fulbright Research Fellow, and co-hosts a medical education podcast. She is an associate member of the Society of Toxicology.