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.
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.
35-57% of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills, or laxatives. Disordered eating also occurs in boys, but at a lower rate. Parents are often at a loss as to how to talk to their teens about their eating behaviors, especially when their child says that everything is fine. Finding quality treatment is difficult, especially now during the pandemic when rates of eating disorders are even higher than before, and clinics have long waiting lists. Stigma and shame continue to be factors that slow down diagnosis and treatment, and can lead to serious medical problems.
Treatment and recovery is possible! Join me and my guest Dr. Sara Buckelew to learn more.
Dr. Sara M. Buckelew is a pediatrician and specialist in adolescent medicine. She is Medical Director of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program and the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic at UCSF. Her focus is on caring for teenagers with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia. She is also involved in medical education at UCSF’s School of Medicine.
Dr. Buckelew earned her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and earned a master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. At UCSF, she completed a residency in preventive medicine and public health, followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Society and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
If you missed the 11/22/21 show with Elizabeth Scott LCSW, CEDS-S, you can listen now.
Health experts who treat eating disorders report an increase in the number of people who are reaching out for help during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are waiting lists at treatment centers across the county, and over the course of the pandemic, the National Eating Disorder Association helpline has reported a 40% increase in call volume.
“It’s estimated that 30 million Americans have struggled with an eating disorder at some point over their lifetime. That breaks down to 20 million women and 10 million men.” —National Eating Disorders Association
Join me and my guest Elizabeth Scott, to discusses the difference between the terms “body image” and “embodiment.” We will explore the many factors that can lead to an eating disorder and why treatment is vital to a person’s health and wellbeing.
**Listen now to About Health show (11/22/21) on KPFA.org—94.1FM**
Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, CEDS-S, is an educator and psychotherapist whose work focuses on the intersection of embodiment, social justice, and mindfulness. As Co-Founder and Director of Training for The Body Positive, Elizabeth instructs treatment professionals, educators, and students to use the Be Body Positive Model to end eating disorders and promote joyful embodiment. Elizabeth is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and IAEDP(TM) Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S). She studies Insight Meditation and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
National Eating Disorders Association Helpline (800) 931-2237
“In an average day, 17 veterans die by suicide — not in a far-off place, but right here at home. Two service members die by suicide every day of the year. They’re our daughters. Our sons. Parents. Spouses. Siblings. Beloved friends and battle buddies… Each of these precious lives leaves behind loved ones who feel their absence every single day, like a black hole in the middle of their chests.” —President Biden, CNN 11/2/21
Suicide is a major public health issue and among the top ten causes of death in the United States. More veterans die by suicide than in combat.
My guest discussed why it’s important to rethink our approach to suicide prevention and consider what is being done wrong since rates continue to rise. It’s time to reduce the stigma and blame around suicide and rethink how we can change things as a society instead of only seeing death by suicide as the result of a mental illness.
Listen Now to About Health—KPFA.org, 94.1FM (11/8/21)
Guest: Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is the author of “Rethinking Suicide, Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better. His research on suicide has led to the development and refinement of interventions that significantly reduce suicidal behaviors, and has been featured in major media outlets including Scientific American, CNN, Fox News, NPR, USA Today, New York Times, and the Washington Post. Dr. Bryan has published hundreds of scientific articles and multiple books, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for this work.
24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Harry McIlroy, MD is an integrative physician certified with the Institute for Functional Medicine. He has a background in nutrition and holds a Master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is the Clinical Director of BioReset Medical’s San Francisco office. He has practiced integrative medicine for over 25 years and is a leading expert in nutritional and plant based medicines, including medical cannabis. He continues his focus on treating chronic disease with Functional and Regenerative medicine and Dr. Harry strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being.
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Is That Me Yelling? is available in most bookstores and at Amazon
"Engaging and practical, humorous and evidence-based, prescriptive but not preachy, authoritative yet never stuffy, Is That Me Yelling? quickly rises to the top of the many parenting books I've ever read. Rona Renner provides thoughtful and achievable solutions. If you're a parent who has ever yelled at your kid and wished you hadn't, this book is for you." —Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley; and vice-chair of psychology at the University of California, S.F.
"Is That Me Yelling? is a complete and compassionate companion for every parent and educator. With excellent examples from her extensive professional and personal experience, nurse Rona illustrates fundamental psychological principles and functional parenting practices with empathy and enthusiasm." —Marisol Muñoz-Kiehne, PhD, clinical psychologist, parent educator, radio host, and author.