Do you believe you should have the right to choose when you die, if your illness is beyond any hope of meaningful recovery?
Listen now to About Health (3/14/22) KPFA.org— 94.1FM
Medical aid in dying is a practice that allows a terminally ill adult who is mentally capable, and who has a prognosis of six months or less to live, to request a prescription for medication from their doctor. They can then decide if they want to take the medication to die peacefully. This is an end of life option that is available in California, as well as other places across the country. Join me and my guest Samantha Trad, from Compassion and Choices.
Samantha Trad is the National Director of Care Advocacy for Compassion and Choices. In this role, she works to expand patient-centered and patient-directed end-of-life care across the country, which includes makingsure people have the tools they need to plan for a possible dementia diagnosis and other serious illness. She is also an expert on implementing medical aid in dying laws and leads education and outreach efforts to eliminate barriers for eligible patients who want the option of medical aid in dying. Before working at Compassion & Choices, she taught American Politics at the University of Redlands and was the Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network. Samantha has a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science from the University of Redlands and Master’s of Art in International Economic and Political Studies from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Listen Now: 2/7/22 on KPFA.org—94.1FM
My guest was Dr. Michael Lenoir. We discussed current health issues, such as Covid 19, asthma, disparities in health care, and other questions from you.
Michael LeNoir, MD, is an allergist in the East Bay, board certified in both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and served on the Board the American Association of Certified Allergist. He is also an associate clinical professor at UCSF, and for 20 years he was the Director of Allergy Services at San Francisco General Hospital. He has a special interest in asthma in the African American and high risk communities, and genetic polymorphisms. He served as the President of the Northern California Allergy Association, and has served as the chairperson of the Underserved Committee of the American Academy of Allergy. Dr. Lenoir served as the President of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters and he was one of 50 physicians, nationwide, chosen to receive the Pfizer Positive Physician Award from the American Medical Association. He has served as the President of the Ethnic Health Institute at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and Chair of the Board of the African American Wellness Project. For over 10 years he served as the medical editor for KCBS radio, hosting a 2 hour weekly talk show, and he was also the host of About Health on KPFA radio for many decades. He continues to do radio and podcast programs, such as Black Doctors Speaks collaborating with blackdoctors.org. He has 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Listen now to About Health (1/17/22)
Functional Medicine addresses the root causes of disease. My guest, Angel Shannon, MS, CRNP, will help us understand how this patient-centered and science-based approach can be of great value during this prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. She will suggest ways we can enhance our immune system, restore our health, and consider life-style changes that could move us towards increased wellbeing. She will also offer sound tips of how to be an advocate for your health, no matter what healthcare system you’re a part of.
Angel V. Shannon, MS, CRNP, is a personal development keynote speaker, board certified nurse practitioner, and founder of Seva Health and The Seva Institute. Her inspiring presentations are drawn from over two decades of clinical practice and lifetime study of integrative health and mind-body medicine. In 2019, she founded the Seva Institute to bring the wisdom of ancient contemplative practices into the corporate environment, leading seminars in mindfulness based stress reduction to help overworked professionals develop inner resilience and embodied leadership. In addition to managing her busy clinical and coaching practice, Angel is the host of Healthy House Calls With Angel, a podcast filled with tips, tools, and strategies to live longer and live better with lifestyle medicine. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/healthy-housecalls-with-angel/id1551184766. Stay connected with Angel at www.sevahealthgroup.com.
**Listen now to KPFA.org—94.1FM, (1/10/22)**
What would it take to have a caring system that addressed health disparities, honored indigenous medicine, and respected the stories and struggles of all people? What are the systems and environmental factors that create conditions of illness? How can we create a culture of care for our children, elders, and the planet? And, what could we be doing differently in this prolonged, confusing, and painful time of Covid-19?
Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, writer, mother, and a
composer. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and worker-director of the Deep Medicine Circle, a WOC-led organization committed to healing the wounds of colonialisim through food, medicine, story, restoration and learning. Her work sits at the nexus of climate, health and racial justice. She is the co-author with Raj Patel of the book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. Dr. Marya was appointed by Governor Newsom to and serves on the Healthy California for All Commission where she tirelessly advocates for Single Payer healthcare. She has toured twenty-nine countries with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes, whose music was described by the legend Gil Scott-Heron as “Liberation Music.” To learn more about her go to https://rupamarya.org
“I’m going to die someday. So will you. Let’s all do what we can and make key decisions now in order to be kinder to those we’ll leave behind.” —Cianna Stewart, Dying Kindness
Have you thought about what your loved one will have to do when you die? Will they know your passwords, where your Will is, what your vision is for a funeral or celebration? Have you talked with your relatives about their advanced directives, or is it a taboo topic in your family? Consider the conversations that can bring you closer to your loved ones, and clarify your wishes.
Listen now 12/20/21 on KPFA.org—94.1FM
Cianna P. Stewart produces and hosts Dying Kindness, a podcast for people who are going to die someday. The goal is to help people make key decisions now in order to be kinder to those they’ll leave behind. Cianna’s varied resume includes community organizing, HIV prevention, nonprofit management, startups, theater, documentaries, and event production. Cianna’s tagline: Super curious about nearly everything. Tweet @cianna and visit http://www.dyingkindness.com to learn more.