Listen now to our show from 11/27/17, on KPFA.org 94.1FM
Being unhoused makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to access general health services. Poor health, addiction, mental illness, and violence are some things that lead to homelessness, and homelessness can make all of these things worse.
The majority of adults that experience homelessness have more than one health issue. They range from hypertension and diabetes to HIV and viral hepatitis, but the most significant reasons people go to emergency-rooms are mental illness and addiction. The sick and vulnerable become homeless, and the homeless become sicker and more vulnerable.
Alejandro Soto-Vigil comes from a family of activists in the Bay Area. Last year he was re-elected to his second term on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. After 8 years working in the City of Berkeley as a legislative aide, Alejandro now serves as the program manager for the Berkeley Drop-In Center, an organization that has served Berkeley’s homeless residents for over 25 years. Alejandro majored in political sciences at UC Berkeley.
Jeffrey Seal is the medical director and interim director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. He has worked at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. He completed his medical degree at Boston University, a psychiatry residency at UCSF, and a chief residency at San Francisco General Hospital. He grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and currently lives in Oakland CA. He is a current California Health Care Foundation Leadership fellow and has special interests in public health systems, social determinants of health, re-entry populations, and trauma.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, high school soccer player, in the military, a victim of a traffic accident, or an elder who has fallen, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will change your brain and often your life. At least 3.17 million Americans are living with long-term disabilities related to TBI. An integrative approach is essential to healing.
Dr. Dan Engle was my guest on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, Oct.23 2017, to discuss causes and treatments of TBI’s.
Dr. Dan Engle is a psychiatrist with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, psychedelic research, integrative spirituality, and peak performance. His medical degree is from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His psychiatry residency degree is from the University of Colorado in Denver, and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship degree is from Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Engle is an international consultant to several global healing centers facilitating the use of long-standing indigenous plant medicines for healing and awakening. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Kuya Institute for Transformational Medicine in Austin, Texas; Full Spectrum Medicine, a psychedelic integration and educational platform; and Thank You Life, a non-profit funding stream supporting access to psychedelic therapies.
Dr. Engle is the author of The Concussion Repair Manual: A Practical Guide to Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, as well as his new book, A Dose of Hope: A Story of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy.
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December 19th on 94.1FM KPFA.org
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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.